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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Orioles announced today that top prospect Matt Wieters will be making his major league debut on Friday. If he wasn't drafted in your league or his impatient owner dropped him, pick him up now. He needs to be owned in all leagues and could be a top five catcher the rest of the way.
Posted by Derek Carty at 10:03pm (0) Comments
After sitting out for the past week due to tendinitis in his right knee, Jose Reyes was finally placed on the Disabled List by the Mets today. The move is probably a relief to many who own him since now they can finally place Reyes on their own DL. Most likely, Reyes will return to the lineup on June 4 when he is eligible.
The ailing Mets also put Ryan Church on the DL with a minor hamstring injury, mainly because Carlos Beltran is dealing with injury issues of his own and will not be available for the next few games at least after an MRI today revealed inflammation.
Top prospect Fernando Martinez was called up to fill in for the injured outfielders and will get the start in right field tonight. The 20 year old Martinez is having a solid season at Triple-A, batting .291/.337/.552. In mixed leagues I would not use my priority on him, but in deep NL Only leagues he is worth a flier.
Posted by Paul Singman at 5:19pm (0) Comments
Scott Kazmir's on the DL with a strained quad, joining Oliver Perez and Chien-Ming Wang, among others, on the mercy train. There are fantasy implications for this general trend towards DLing pitchers instead of sending them down to the minors, a la Brett Myers - namely that you (or one of your opponents) can DL Kazmir and not waste a bench spot on him. A bit of a shame, since it takes away some of the strategy of fantasy.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Well, apparently it needs to be said. Brad Lidge will remain the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies. When it gets to this point for most closers — where they receive the dreaded 'vote of confidence' that manager Charlie Manuel bestowed upon Lidge tonight — we'll often see a change if the pitcher can't turn things around over his next couple appearances. It'll likely be a different story for a guy with the track record of Lidge, and this is actually his second vote of confidence this month. Maybe Manuel really is just trying to get people off his back.
Still, between 1) the fact that Lidge's strikeouts are down, he's walking a ton of batters, and he's not inducing many ground balls, 2) his volatile injury situation, 3) the fact that Ryan Madson is pitching well, and 4) he's now received two votes of confidence, there is certainly cause for concern.
Madson should be owned in all but the shallowest of leagues by any owners prospecting for saves. Lidge will have ample opportunity to turn things around, but if he can't, you can be sure the Phillies won't want to head into the summer months or down the stretch run with a guy who isn't slamming the door shut in the 9th. And remember, this is a relatively impulsive club — the same that sent Brett Myers to the minors last year.
Trade RumorsFrom MLB Trade Rumors
Central Notes: Anderson, Cardinals, Ellis, Pirates
East Notes: Tanaka, Red Sox, Mets, Braves, Chavez
Corey Hart Could Make Decision Tonight
East Notes: Mets, Burnett, Phillies, Benoit
Central Notes: Arroyo, Twins, Cards, De Aza, Indians
Nationals Interested In Justin Wilson, Jerry Blevins
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