Why is this man to the left laughing? Good question. No one this side of weather forecasters are doing their job worse than him and still collecting a paycheck. But tonight's article is not just to pound on poor Baldy, he can't help that he was overhyped this year. Speaking of overhyped we have a guy on the South Side of Chicago showing a pulse, and the top closer going into this season on the shelf. We have two Yankees in tonight's piece, one that is pitching his way into the rotation, the other that is playing his way into being traded. I give another rookie thank you tonight for his fine first year and so much more in Sunday's rendition of Rounding The Bases.
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I was worried at the time of the trade that the Indians traded for the wrong starting pitcher if they were trying to stay in the race, and it looks like through four starts that they definitely did. Ubaldo Jimenez has been atrocious since coming to the American League and the Tribe, and he was at his worst on Sunday. Baldy allowed eight runs in just 3.1 innings, walked three and struck out four. Ever since the All-Star Break of last season, this guy hasn't been the same pitcher and I think it is time to say that his 15-1 start in 2010 wasn't indicative of his talent, but an extremely good run. A move to the American League didn't help matters either and I believe his days of being a fantasy ace may have left as quickly as they came.
Brian Wilson was put on the 15 day Disabled List with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and in this story there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Wilson went to Dr. James Andrews and he didn't get the death sentence of Tommy John Surgery like many pitchers before him that have gone to the good doctor. But the Giants are also not in first place right now, and while they are close, if they start to fade in the standings at all I could see them resting Wilson for the rest of the way unless he really responds to not pitching. The Giants are saying they expect him back, but with only five weeks left I could definitely see them sitting him down and waiting until next season.
Maybe ANOTHER fresh start was just what Delmon Young needed. He never quite found a home in Minnesota this season, but has been rapping the hell out of the ball since being traded to the Detroit Tigers. Young had his third multi-hit game in the six that he has played for Detroit, and hit his first homer for them while driving in four runs. Delmon has always had all of the talent in the world, but it is his attitude that seems to be holding him back from achieving his goals and realizing his potential. If he finishes the season strong I could potentially see drafting him as a third outfielder on your team, but more likely a bench guy with a chance of being much more.
Today I would like to say thank you to Danny Espinosa. No, not for the .231 batting average, obviously we would all like to see something better than that out of him, but damn it, he has had a great rookie year. Espinosa hit his 18th homer of the year on Sunday and will obviously top 20 in his first full season in the majors. He does have a ways to go to become a big time fantasy talent, but I have him in multiple leagues and I will take the lumps of the batting average to get the power at the middle infield spot. I will be targeting Espinosa as a top five to seven second baseman next season as I expect him to continue to get better.
Casper Wells was hit on the nose with a Brandon Morrow pitch a couple of days ago, but it didn't seem to halt his hot streak as Seattle's newest slugger hit another homer on Sunday. He was just acquired in the trade that shipped Doug Fister out of town, and now has five homers and nine RBI over the last eight games. Expect him to stay in the lineup going forward, and while this hot streak can't continue much longer, Wells is a viable outfield option, particularly in leagues that play four outfielders. He is also someone I would target with a bench spot for 2012.
After being benched in favor of Alejandro De Aza, Alex Rios stands to get every day playing time again with the injury to Carlos Quentin. Perhaps this is finally the kick in the ass that he needs to get his season on track. Rios made the most of the start on Sunday as he hit his eighth homer of the year and drove in two runs. If he was dropped, and I wouldn't blame anyone for doing so, I would actually add Rios for the rest of the year and see if you can get anything out of him. The talent is obviously there, it is the empty head that stops him from succeeding. At this point of the year you wouldn't find anyone near his talent level so for that fact alone he is worth the risk.
With A.J. Burnett trying to pitch himself out of the Yankee rotation, Ivan Nova is looking like there is no way that he is coming out. Nova won his 13th game of the season for the Yankees with seven shutout innings while striking out five. He isn't an overpowering pitcher, he doesn't have pinpoint control, but Nova just knows how to get it done. I think that he is going to be incredibly overvalued in 2012 though the way he has been pitching, as I had been using him as a streamer most of the season. He is a good pickup for the rest of 2011, but I urge you not to stretch to make him more than your fifth pitcher in the season to come.
So, who is going to trade for Eduardo Nunez this offseason? It is obvious that he has shown enough in his playing time with the Yankees this year that I would be shocked if they didn't try to move him over the winter since they still have Derek Jeter signed for three more seasons. Nunez has hit for a respectable average, driven in a decent number of runs, and stole his 19th base of the year on Sunday. If he is dealt I could see Nunez possibly being among the top 12 shortstops for 2012, and being a starting guy on your team if you don't get an elite player at the position.
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