>Brief post time:
“We’re aware that if a relapse happens where the tendon ruptures even more, well, that’s major,” Quentin said. “That’s something that’s going to take longer, maybe even the rest of the season. So we’re thinking that if that tendon goes, that’s a two- to four-month recovery. Where we’re at in the baseball season, two-to-four really doesn’t work out as far as being able to play again this season. That’s more of the concern right now.”
Wow. Personally, I am a horribly disappointed Carlos Quentin owner in a 12-team keeper league. When I saw this news, my initial impulse was to throw something… hard. Or, better yet, punch something… hard. That impulse, however, reminded me of last season… when Carlos Quentin broke his hand in frustration…
I was reading an article at Sportsfrog.com a little while ago… it demanded that I trade Nick Blackburn. Bronto, the author, suggests:
“Blackburn has benefited from a better-than average BABIP, which stood at .278 before today’s game compared to last season’s .308 BABIP. And he’s walking more hitters too. After walking just 39 last year, Blackburn has walked 25 people this season after walking just 39 in 2008.”
Yes, this is all 100% accurate. However, with this all know, do we think anyone would be willing to deal anything for Blackburn and if so, what? Personally, I don’t think you’re going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes if you’re in a competitive league. Blackburn is what he is: a nice option in mixed-leagues and a really, really good option in AL-Only leagues.
“Blackburn has garnered a reputation as a “fly-ball pitcher,” especially from Twins’ announcers Bert Blyleven and Dick Bremer. However, Blackburn’s ground ball to fly ball ratio is 1.21 through his first 13 starts of 2009. As a contrast, Carlos Silva was often considered by many, including Blyleven and Bremer, to be a “sinkerball pitcher” who induced many ground balls. In his final season as a Twin in 2007, Silva had a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 1.41.”
In the end, it comes down to whether or not YOU like Blackburn. You can find all the stats in the world to support either side as Bronto and Pietrzak deliver above. For me, I say stick with him. Let him ride your bench next week and throw him in for two-starts in Week 13. Unless the Twins trade their top-flight defenders, I’d expect more of the same.
>For those of us who’ve been waiting to vulture Ryan Doumit from the waiver-wire… you may want to wait a little longer. A few minutes ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave an update on Doumit’s rehab:
“He’s been cleared to resume baseball activities, which means throwing and swinging a bat. Yesterday was the first time he threw soft toss from 45 feet and also took some dry swings. He did it again this morning. ‘It’s a progression and I’m going to ease into it,’ Doumit said, who’s beginning a two-week throwing/batting program. ‘I’ll do that for a couple of weeks and we’ll see where it goes from there.'”
Essentially, he’s still a while away from coming back. Throwing from 45 feet is typically the first of three legs a catcher has to run through to prove his health… not even including working your swing back into… swing. That all said, Doumit’s return shouldn’t be for at least another 3 weeks. The good news is that you’ll start getting more regular updates about his condition and training now that he’s starting a regular program.
“[Joe] Maddon confirmed LHP Scott Kazmir will start for Class-A Charlotte Wednesday.”
Short and to-the-point. Nothing that I could find about Kazmir’s shoulder or side-sessions, but I’m sure most of that will be available after his first go-round on Wednesday afternoon. Check back at the above link for more on Wednesday night or Thursday morning (as usual, I’m sure Rotoworld or MLB Trade Rumors will also have something on this).
“Von [Joshua] has had a lot of success with our guys on the way up. We’re really, really struggling offensively for reasons way beyond Aramis (Ramirez) being gone. Every day we have guys in the lineup who have played in the All-Star game. For whatever reason, they’re just not performing anywhere close to the level they’ve performed through their careers.”
That last part is huge. Owners of Alfonso Soriano, Derrick Lee, and Milton Bradley may start to see some signs of life soon. Though, Soriano has been struggling, now might be the time to try and make a trade for the perennial fantasy superstar. He and the rest of the Cubbies’ bats have the potential for a huge second half.
Well… not quite Carlos Quentin (Swisher will not hit 40 bombs this year), but in Fantasy terms, Nick Swisher‘s initial value (nothing) and long-term value (high-end #2 outfielder) match-up well to Quentin’s 2008 Fantasy Baseball Odyssey.
Now that the Bill James-enhanced Fantasy Baseball Prep Chapter has finally come to a close, I’ve been shifting through CBS Sports and Marcel projections over the past few days to really key in on the “popular” choices for breakout players and potential slumping players for the 2009 season.