Truth be told, I was planning on taking the day off here to rest up for a big weekend of baseball, but I don’t want to leave you all hanging here when so many Jered Weaver owners are dying to talk about his no-hitter on Wednesday. Far be it for me to ignore one of the most difficult feats…although with the frequency of no-hitters and perfect games over the last few years, maybe it’s not so difficult…in the game. For the pitcher to shut down an offense like that is tremendous and Weaver’s performance deserves the accolades. I won’t even trivialize it by mentioning that Jerome Williams tossed a three-hit, complete game shutout against these same Twins just one night earlier and how I talked about streaming pitchers when they play Minnesota. That wouldn’t be fair to Weaver or his owners that are strutting around today like proud peacocks.
So with that, just allow me to congratulate Weaver on his accomplishment, congratulate all of his fantasy owners that reaped the benefits of such a studly performance, and thank that universal spirit that ties and binds all things for not putting Weaver on the roster of anyone I played against in head to head leagues.
That being said, let’s just quickly note the highlights…
|Jered Weaver, LAA||9.0||0||0||0||1||9||0||0.00||0.11|
On a day when offensive players were crushing the ball, still, the obvious nod here goes to Weaver. Not really sure if there’s much else to say about it. He’s a talented pitcher? You’d be wise to own him in fantasy? The Twins stink? All of the above? No need for me to put on my Captain Obvious costume here. You all get the point.
|Carlos Beltran, OF STL||4-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI|
|Chris Johnson, 3B HOU||4-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI|
|Carlos Ruiz, C PHI||3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI|
|Kyle Seager, 3B SEA||3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI|
|Jake Arrieta, SP BAL||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 9 K|
Do you see some of these numbers? Crazy production. Carlos Beltran was maybe as beastly with the bat as Weaver was with his arm, Chris Johnson finally delivered a performance that will make you stop and consider picking him up off your waiver wire (Evan Longoria owners, I’m looking at you), Carlos Ruiz obviously woke up angry on Wednesday morning, and who would have thought that anyone on the Mariners could put up a night like Kyle Seager did when the Tampa pitchers racked up 14 strikeouts? Outstanding nights for several role players, indeed.
Kudos to Jake Arrieta for shutting down the Yankees like that. You never want to be the follow-up pitcher after your teammate embarrasses the New York offense, but Arriets showed that he truly is a fantastic pitcher in the making. He’ll still hit a few bumps in the road, but it really does look like he is finally coming into his own.
|Hector Sanchez, C SF||0-5, 3 K|
|Chone Figgins, 3B SEA||0-5, 3 K|
|Brendan Ryan, SS SEA||0-3, 3 K|
|A.J. Burnett, SP PIT||L, 40.50 ERA, 4.88 WHIP, 2 K|
|J.J. Putz, RP ARI||L, BS, 27.00 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 2 K|
Yeah, well, if you didn’t see this coming every once in a while for A.J. Burnett, then you were fooling yourself. He’s still a solid fantasy asset, but you’re going to have to tread lightly with him and play the match-ups still. Given his recent history, you’re not just going to throw him into the deep end of the pool without any floaties. That would be unfair to your ratios, my friends.
J.J. Putz better right this ship or he’s in for some serious trouble. If you own him, then you better have David Hernandez for a handcuff and if you want to dive in a little deeper, you may want to look into Bryan Shaw as well.
Like I said, folks, just a quickie today…
We’ll go more in depth later tonight/early tomorrow…..I promise.
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over ten years on a variety of web sites including his own, The Fantasy Baseball Buzz. You can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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