Jorge Cantu became the first player in major league history to have a hit and an RBI in each of his team’s first nine games.
All I have to say about that is “Jorge Cantu? Really?” The Associated Press story said that the record dates back to 1920 when RBI became an official statistic. Dating back to last season Cantu has 13 games in a row with at least one hit and one RBI. The most recent similar streak belongs to Mike Piazza, who had 15 in a row from June 14-July 2, 2000.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Wednesday/early Thursday:
Diamondbacks bullpen — Managed two blown saves in the same game. Blaine Boyer dropped the ball in the sixth inning, then in the ninth Chad Qualls decided to play anything you can do I can do better. Arizona did win the game. Leo Rosales pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Where’s the fantasy news, you ask? It’s Qualls. He’s terrible.
Rickie Weeks — Has hit in all eight of his teams games going into Thursday’s contest. He’s hitting .357 with 7 runs, two homers, six RBIs and a stolen base.
CJ Wilson — Scratched from his start on Wednesday after eating bad grub in the Rangers clubhouse. Food poisoning is not fun, but Wilson’s pain was our gain. Colby Lewis pitched a gem in his place.
Brad Hawpe — Pinch hit Wednesday and could return from his quadriceps injury as early as Friday.
Burke Badenhop — He didn’t make today’s top 10, but Badenhop is newsworthy. He struck out three to record a two-inning save for the Marlins on Wednesday. Leo Nunez received a preseason upgrade in the fantasy world because there was little competition for his job. Badenhop’s performance says otherwise.
Brandon Morrow — It’s harsh after just two starts, but I’m off Morrow. I wouldn’t own him now until he has a fantastic month of consecutive good starts. Morrow lasted only four innings Wednesday. He gave up eight hits and seven earned runs with only three Ks and one walk.
Carlos Gonzalez — Expected to run today. Depending on the outcome, he’ll either go on the disabled list or stay day-to-day.
Eric Young — Probably could be included in the Gonzalez blurb, but we need to make sure his name is out there in bold. Dude could still steal 40 bases if given the opportunity. If CarGo goes to the DL, Young will be called up. He can back up in the outfield and at second base.
Andruw Jones — Hit his 391st career homer, moving him into the top 50 of all time. Again, he’s way past his prime and in a platoon, but he could still produce a 10-homer month — he hit eight with 14 RBI in July last season.