Kirk Gibson takes over as coach of the Diamondbacks and puts Chris Young in the leadoff spot. Bingo. Young goes 3-for-5 with a homer, five RBI and a stolen base.
We talked yesterday about how the managing change could pay dividends for the players and your fantasy team. This is a perfect example.
Young is already a top 6 fantasy outfielder in 2010. This change could provide enough opportunity to keep him up there all season and, apparently, improve. Young is still available in 22% of Yahoo leagues. How is the No. 6 OF that available?
Now for some other fantasy baseball new from Friday:
Huston Street — Earned his second save after pitching a perfect ninth. He’s still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues and shouldn’t be.
Tim Lincecum — We usually focus on players who are available, injured and slumping. Rarely is Lincecum associated with those three things, but his recent performance is casue for concern. He gave up four earned runs in six innings Friday and that’s just more of the same from him in the last couple of months. Last month he had 38 Ks in 38 innings, but had an uncharacteristic 3.55 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Something’s not right here.
Clint Barmes — Almost made the update yesterday. He’s a 2B/SS option for those of you battling injuries. He hit his third homer of the week on Friday and drove in two more runs to give him nine. In the last month, Barmes is hitting at a .321 clip with 13 runs, 15 RBI the three homers and two stolen bases. He’s no long-term answer, but Barmes is available in 67% of Yahoo leagues and should be owned in more considering the injuries this season.
Jonathan Niese — Struck out a career high eight batters and allowed one run in seven innings to earn his sixth win. Niese should not be available in 81% of Yahoo leagues. In the last month, the 24-year-old has five wins, 32 Ks in 40.2 innings to go with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.
Gio Gonzalez — Several owners dropped Gonzalez after some struggles in June, but it’s time to add him again. Available in 72% of Yahoo leagues, Gonzalez has a 0.46 ERA in his last three starts (19.2 IP).
Max Scherzer — Since returning from the minors, where he found his fastball, Scherzer has been a force. He has a 2.95 ERA and 45 Ks in his last 36.2 innings. Scherzer allowed one earned run in eight innings on Friday. Available in 41% of Yahoo leagues, it would be wise to check your wire.
Mark Rzepczynski — Recalled by the Blue Jays. You might recall that Rzepczynski had a 3.67 ERA, and 60 Ks to 30 walks in 61.1 innings pitched last season. However, at AAA in 2010, he has a 6.66 ERA and a 1.685 WHIP.
Josh Willingham — Hit a solo home run Friday. He had a bit of a power drought in June, but his career numbers show some struggles in June. However, July is his best month. He’s available in 39% of Yahoo leagues.
Tyler Greene — Recalled by the Cardinals. Greene is a PCL All-Star this season, scoring 52 runs with seven homers, 28 RBI and 10 steals while hitting .291. He hasn’t been as good in the majors, but his performance is worth monitoring.
Jhoulys Chacin — Destined for the bullpen when Jorge de la Rosa returns. Obviously he loses considerable value. His replacement in the rotation, de la Rosa is still available in 56% of Yahoo leagues.
What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.