Lots of information to get too today, in fact there’s so much this could be a top 30. Expect a couple complementary pieces to follow, but I know how much you guys like your 10s.
And, since I know how many of you are Yankees fans/haters, we’ll start with a feat by a couple Bombers. On Friday, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano became the first Yankees to have hits in 10 consecutive games to start a season.
That means these 2010 middle infielders have done what Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Berra and DiMaggio, Mantle and Maris and any of the seven regulars on the 1996 team that hit .292 or better were not able to accomplish.
What does this mean for your fantasy team? Contrary to some haters, Jeter is not done and Cano might just be as good as the player he was last season.
Elsewhere around fantasy baseball on Friday/early Saturday:
Mitch Talbot — Threw a complete game for his first major-league win. He allowed one earned run and six hits while striking out two and walking none. He retired 21 of 23 batters he faced at one point. He’s not shown anything to make him a fantasy pickup, but if he throws like this again, he could boost your ERA and WHIP.
Chase Headley — His 3-run walkoff homer could be one of the defining moments in 2010 despite it coming in April. The homer followed an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez. If Headley can provide protection like that, Gonzalez will have to see more pitches to hit. Along with Kyle Blanks and Will Venable, this could be a very dangerous lineup for opposing pitchers.
Fernando Rodney — Pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Boring by itself, but word is that Brian Fuentes will be back off the DL by Wednesday. How the Angels plan to use the duo will be news for a later date. My take: they keep Rodney in there until he struggles, if he struggles.
Manny Ramirez — Left Friday’s game with a calf injury. Don’t be concerned about his absence from the lineup on Saturday, it was a scheduled day off.
Joe Nathan — An ESPN report says that the Twins have insurance on the injured closer and could recoup most of his salary for this season. If the Twins are in contention near the trade deadline and feel they need help, they’ll have cash to go after a closer.
Martin Prado — He made our list yesterday, but he’s back today after a report from Rotowire. They talked to — or read about — a scout who thinks Prado’s .469 average is the real deal. The scout compared Prado to Placido Polanco. Not a ringing endorsement, but that makes him more valuable to fantasy teams than he was as just a utility player. That sounds about right.
Carlos Lee — Went 1-for-4 on Friday, breaking an 0-for-18 skid. His 2010 has been an epic slump so far. He was 1-for-31 going into Friday’s game with 0 RBI. I avoided him in every league this season. Unfortunately, autodraft wasn’t as kind so I’m stuck with him on one team.
Felix Pie — Shoulder and back injuries have pushed Pie to the 15-day DL. We’ll know more after an MRI on Monday. For now, Nolan Reimold and Luke Scott will platoon in left and Lou Montanez, who was recalled Friday, could see some time.
Kerry Wood — Reports say that Wood is nearly ready to put the DL behind him. While that may be the case, he’ll get reacquainted soon enough. I wouldn’t drop Chris Perez if I were you.
So, there it is already at 10… As we’re prone to here at Chinstrap Ninjas we’re giving you bonus content at no extra cost:
Alfonso Soriano — There’s a 50-50 chance Soriano could be cut by the Cubs according to a report from KFFL. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base on Friday. If his contract wasn’t so ridiculous, they wouldn’t think of cutting him.
Aaron Hill — He’ll start a minor league rehab assignment last week and can be released from the DL’s grasp on April 23.
Brian Roberts — His back responded to a second epidural. I couldn’t find anything on a timetable for his return, but you should be concerned because back issues — Andy LaRoche left Friday’s game with back spasms — can linger all season.
So that’s it… OK, no it’s not: Lance Berkman (knee) cleared to start rehab, Carlos Silva looks rosterable as ERA/WHIP (0.69/0.62) help after two starts and Andrew Bailey (elbow) recorded his first save of 2010.