Another quick batch of updates today. Lot’s going on here and in fantasy baseball.
Return to normalcy tomorrow. A holds update? Maybe. For now, let’s take a look at some of the big things going on:
Andre Ethier — Could be back in the bigs on Monday. According to analysis on ESPN, he returned to the minors hitting like he never left.
Nate McLouth — Benched in favor of Melky Cabrera, who’s 8-for-18 (.444) in his last eight games. Meanwhile, McLouth has one hit in his last 17 at-bats (.058). The sad part is that the slump hasn’t hurt McLouth’s batting average that much. He’s been hitting under .200 for most of 2010. Actually, he’s been well under .200. I’m probably going to drop him in a couple leagues if there’s a player with two ounces of talent on the waiver wire.
Mike Stanton — Marlins could call up the slugger June 5-8. Stanton has 17 homers and 44 RBI in 160 minor league at-bats this season. Triple-A could not contain him forever.
Daisuke Matsuzaka — Killed your ERA and WHIP on Thursday. Matsuzaka walked a career-high eight and allowed three eared runs in 4.1 innings. He admitted to pitching with sore legs. Also, he’s just not that good. He’s definitely not as good as the pitcher who threw eight no-hit innings against the Yankees in his previous start.
Brad Lidge — Could return Monday. He threw a bullpen session without incident Thursday.
Phil Hughes — Joe Girardi said the Yankees may soon decide if they’re going to limit Hughes. One report said pitch count would be monitored and another said Hughes would get extra days off. In either case, it doesn’t help your fantasy team. But dynasty-leaguers should be happy the Yankees won’t run him into the ground.
Jason Kubel — Hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs on Thursday. He’s five for his last 12 and has 11 RBI in his last five games. I’m not saying it’s happening, yet, but Kubel can get streaky. Check his performance in the next two games.
Johnny Cueto — Won his fourth straight start, allowing three hits and striking out a season-high nine batters in six shutout innings. Pitching like he’s ready.
Dan Haren — Allowed four homers and has surrendered 16 in 2010. He allowed 19 in all of 2008 and 27 last season. He gave up eight runs in 6.1 innings Thursday.
Brett Myers — Pitched six solid innings in a no-decision. Myers has a 3.32 ERA and has lasted at least six innings in all 10 of his starts this season. He’s not great, but could give you a good spot start or three. He’ll probably LeBlanc me this week.
Wade LeBlanc — Told you to stream him on May 17. Since then he’s been a disaster of a pitcher. He gave up four runs and two homers on Thursday. LeBlanc has given up 12 earned runs and four homers in his last two tarts (8.2 innings). His ERA has skyrocketed from 1.54 to 3.71. When I recommended him, I threw a hedge in there about his walks. In his last five games, LeBlanc has 13 walks and 15 Ks. Do not start him again until he rights the ship.
Brandon Laird — Yankees AA 3B prospect capped off his cycle — the second in Trenton Thunder history — with a walkoff homer. Laird, who is Gerald Laird’s younger brother, leads the Eastern League with 43 RBI, has nine homers and is hitting .305. He’s probably not long for AA.
Wilkin Ramirez — In the game against Laird’s Thunder, Ramirez hit three homers. The Tigers prospect leads the Eastern League with 13 home runs. His numbers aren’t as gaudy as Laird’s, but the Erie Seawolves’ left fielder does have 37 RBI and 27 runs.