Not a whole lot of super exciting news in baseball today, but it is time to get your rosters ready for a late playoff run, or a run into the roto money.
Head-to-head league playoffs are just a couple weeks away and roto leaguers need to make serious moves now if they want to advance.
If the Chinstrap Ninjas can provide one nugget to help you gain one spot in your roto league, or top Elmer in the mailroom (how did he end up with that team!) this week to lock up a playoff spot, that’s what we’re here for.
Maybe all we’ll do is give you cellar-dwellers some advice for 2010 keeper options to snag off the wire now. Either way, I gobbled up some news this morning, this is it:
Stephen Strasburg – We’ll start with one of the aforementioned keeper picks. The Nationals prospect signed a four-year deal worth $15 million dollars. That’s a lot of green, but with the heat this kid can bring, I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a September 2009 debut. It’ll be interesting to see how he progresses, but understand he’ll be as hyped as any prospect you can remember. Players will reach for him next year. In deep dynasty leagues, I’d pick him up this year if you want him. He was actually drafted in one of my leagues.
Albert Pujols/Mark Reynolds – Neither of these guys are available in leagues, so I won’t spend much space talking about them. However, Pujols hit HR number 39 and Reynolds hit his 38th. Reynolds was 2-for-4 with the 2-run shot. He should be a top-three pick in 2010. He’s not a one-year wonder, either.
Kyle Blanks – I chatted up Blanks a few updates ago. He slumped a little after that, but I’m still putting him on here today and reminding everyone that his pace since becoming a regular is starting 1B material. He hit a 3-run, walkoff homer to beat the Cubs on Monday and is available in 97% of Yahoo leagues.
Tommy Hunter – Not so good on Monday, Hunter gave up four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 IP to get the win. That’s a lot of bad to get your fantasy team a win, but he’s been solid and I wouldn’t be against keeping the Rangers prospect on your spot-start radar. He’s 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 9 starts and available in 66% of Yahoo leagues.
Aaron Rowand – You see the name, see he was 4-for-4 with a homer for the Giants on Monday to break an 0-for-14 slump. Then you realize another 0-for-whatever is about to begin.
Luke Scott – Available in 65% of fantasy leagues, Scott has 20 homers, 45 runs and 58 RBIs without regular at-bats in 2009. The Aubrey Huff trade opened a full-time spot at first and he’s auditioning there (even against lefties, according to AP!). The Orioles have a lot of prospects at 1B, but Scott has been known get hot. Keep an eye on him.
Aubrey Huff – Speaking of Huff, he’s supposed to get “frequent” lineup appearances at first base and outfield. That doesn’t sound like he’s going to start, and he’s not even close to lighting the world on fire anyway. Yet, he’s still owned in 76% of Yahoo leagues. You can do better than him. *cough* Blanks or Huff or Jeff Baker or… *cough*
Francisco Liriano – To the DL with you.
Nate McLouth – See Liriano, Francisco.
Brad Lidge – Wish he would go on the DL, then I wouldn’t have to keep him in my lineups. His last four games: BS, SV, BS(and a L), SV. Wanna guess what he’ll do in his next appearance? Never draft a closer early. Never. You should listen to your own advice more often. That’s the little Chinstrap Ninja in my head making fun of me.
Max Scherzer – Scherzer’s been solid for a few games, but last night: 9 runs, 3 ERs, 5 IPs, 7 Ks, 6 Hs, and many angry fantasy owners.
Tommy Hanson – He’s available in 32% of Yahoo leagues. He could help in the stretch run and is a serious keeper option in dynasty leagues. Last night, he struck out seven and allowed six hits and only two earned runs in 6 IP.
Ted Lilly – Stormed back from the DL with an impressive performance, 6 shutout innings, 4 hits, 1 walk and he struck out four. He’s available in 21% of fantasy leagues. Check to see if an impatient/needy owner in your league dumped him for a pitcher of the month.
Felipe Lopez – Picked him up in one league where I put David Wright on the DL. He’s on an 11-game hitting streak and has a slew of eligibility options. He’s hitting .448 with seven runs and six RBIs in the last week. He had three straight 3-hit games, then tripled for his only hit last night.
Alex Rios – According to an AP report, Rios is “starting slow” since joining the White Sox. Nope, it’s just Rios being Rios. Remember when he was a top-50 player with a mid-60s overall ADP in the preseason?
Gaby Sanchez – Recalled to the Marlins. He has 10 big-league at-bats in his career, but his minor league stats have me intrigued. In 478 double-A ABs, he put up a 70/17/92/17 season with 42 doubles, a .303 average, an .879 OPS and had 69 walks to 70 Ks. If you project his tirple-A stats this year over a full season, you get 100/30/100/10 and similar AVG, OPS, BB and K numbers. It’s a big jump from triple-A to the Majors, but he’s worth keeping an eye on for the rest of 2009 and beyond.
Who was your waiver pickup of the week? Let us know in the comments.