So much for the spot start advice Sunday.
Los Angeles’ John Lackey allowed 10 hits in seven innings, but K’d 10 to get a W. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s Barry Zito got rocked for 10 hits and seven runs in 3.2 innings.
Cleveland’s Carl Pavano, my top pick, was very much not a Ninja. He gave up nine hits and six runs before being chased in 5 innings.
My saving grace: Dave Bush did suck. The Milwuakee hurler gave up 5 hits, 8 runs — all earned — in 3.2 innings.
All I can say is, if you want to be a Ninja you gotta break some eggs. Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
Would you take some buys/sells as compensation? I knew you would:
Clint Barmes, 2B, 3B, SS, Rockies — Barmes has been among the best hitters in baseball over the last month — .336, 17 runs, 17 RBIs, 2 homers, 2 steals — and he’s got lots of juicy infield eligibility.
Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks —Remember in the preseason when everybody was predicting 20-20 or 30-30 for Young. Remember how the season started with everyone laughing at those predictions?
In the last week, young his hitting a whopping .286 (that’s excellent for him), and has 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 homers and 2 steals. Heating up? This Ninja thinks so.
Ty Wigginton, 2B, 3B, OF, 6B, Orioles —The Orioles wish they could add an extra position just for him and call it the Wigginton. He went 3-for-4 with 2 homers, 3 RBIs and 4 runs on Sunday.
He’s not getting consistent playing time, but should and soon will. Get him now before the Orioles realize Melvin Mora deserves a spot on the bench.
Garrett Atkins, 1B, 3B, Rockies — You tell you’re victim: Atkins was 3-for-4 Sunday! He’s ready to get hot!
You know the second part is a lie, but somebody will see his name and believe it. Heck, 58% of you still have him on a freaking roster. Don’t expect a lot for him, but understand that he is worth nothing.
Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians — I know you wasted a high pick/lots of cash on the Indians OF superstar, but he’s got an elbow injury. And while the MRI came back negative there’s “still something in there” according to manager Eric Wedge via a Yahoo update.
Elbow injuries are not good, and if he comes back it’ll probably linger all season. Sell now and roster players who’ll be helpful for the rest of the season.
Derek Lee, 1B, Cubs — Grey over at Razzball compared Lee to Lyle Overbay in one of his recent updates, and I couldn’t make a better connection.
He’s not a power hitter, he’s not going to steal any bases for you and he’s not going to hit .300.
An owner in your league is going to believe that he still has some of that old Derek Lee fire in his gut. Stalk that owner and slice up his roster.
What do you think? Oh, you wouldn’t sell Sizemore for anything? Already have Barmes? Tell us all about it in the comments, or start a conversation in our now de-spammed (and de-porned) forums.