It’s been a while, but I’m going to be back to blogging on a regular basis, perhaps even daily. Anyway, right down to the news. As many people now know, the 2007 Rule 4 Draft was televised on ESPN 2 for the first time and I spent part of my afternoon following that. Living in Detroit, a lot of fans should be pleased with Rick Porcello, who was certainly regarded as possibly the best high school pitching talent in the draft but fell as a Scott Boras client. I was also happy to see the Royals take INF Mike Moustakas, a guy who broke the California high school home run record and may turn into a 2B the way things look in Kansas City right now. Obviously, P David Price would be the easy pick to make it to the majors first for the D-Rays. He may follow a similar track to the Tigers’ Andrew Miller, who was just recalled for Nate Robertson who went on the DL with arm fatigue.
A new feature I’m going to be adding will be very similar to the "pitch or ditch" strategy most employ in daily mixed leagues. I’m going to take 3 starters who I think are primed to have good starts each day and put them out there, guys who may not be obvious candidates. I think you’re going to see some bombs every few days, but I’d like to at least keep the experiment going on for around a month and see what kind of results it yields. With that being said, here’s today’s 3 Strikes:
Jeff Francis (@ BAL)
Carlos Silva (vs. WAS)
Justin Germano (vs. SEA)
I like the Gaudin vs. Lincecum matchup to be a pretty good pitching duel as well in the Bay Area, but I think it’s risky for a win to pick both, although both are good starts.
A few notes of interest:
- Alex Gordon owners must be ecstatic over his day yesterday; I know I was. His 4-for-4 day was good for more hits than he’s gotten over the past few weeks, and that included a HR short of the cycle. Chances are you probably counted on him as your 3B in AL-Only leagues and possibly a CI as his value increased near Opening Day in mixed leagues. If he was cut in your league, now’s the time to watch for him. If owners are jumping on Josh Fields, Gordon should be watched as well. The way it looks, I think Fields is going to get a long look at 3B while we’re on the subject. Crede may have seen his last days in black and white.
- Some mid-range closers I would be weary of right now: Octavio Dotel, Eric Gagne and Brian Fuentes. More than likely, I see the Royals shipping Dotel for prospects before the deadline, and word is the Tigers have been asking the Rangers if either Gagne or Akinori Otsuka is available. Gagne may not be racking up saves, but he is starting to look like the guy who put together one of the great relief performances in baseball history as of late. And although the Rockies are just a game or two under .500, they have a 15-game run ahead of teams from the AL East. If they win 6 games, I think that’s probably decent.
- Shea Hillenbrand may have gotten off what he believed was a sinking ship last year in Toronto, but if you haven’t gotten a lifeboat yet, now’s the time to get off Shea’s. He’s just recently lost his full-time job according to Mike Scioscia, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s cut or demoted within the next month based on all the returning players the halos have.