|Fantasy Baseball: Ticker Week 5 (April 28 - May 4)|
Written by Jonathan Leshanski (Contact & Archive) on April 26, 2008
Fausto Carmona (CLE) SEA, KC
Jon Garland (LAA) OAK, BAL
Roy Halladay (TOR) @BOS, CHA
Cole Hamels (PHI) SD, SF
Dan Haren (ARI) HOU, NYN
Daisuke Matuzaka (BOS) TOR, TB
Johan Santana (NYN) PIT, @ARI
Joe Saunders (LAA) OAK, BAL - too hot not to start him
Ben Sheets (MIL) @CHN, @HOU
Ian Snell (PIT) @NYN, @WAS
Todd Wellemeyer (STL) CIN, CHN
You Make the Call:
Mark Buehrle (CHA) BAL, @TOR
Matt Cain (SF) COL, @PHI
Daniel Cabrera (BAL) @CHA, @LAA
Johnny Cueto (CIN) @STL, @ATL
Chad Gaudin (OAK) @LAA, TEX
Tom Glavine (ATL) @WAS, CIN
Tom Gorzelanny (PIT) @NYN, @WAS
Jason Jennings (TEX) KC, @OAK - good match ups
Derek Lowe (LAN) @FLA, @COL - the Coors Field start could be an issue
Greg Maddux (SD) @PHI, @FLA
Jason Marquis (CHN) MIL, @STL
Tim Redding (WAS) ATL, PIT
Kenny Rogers (DET) @NYA, @MIN
Carlos Sliva (SEA) @CLE, @NYA
Other Two Start Pitchers:
Bronson Arroyo (CIN) @STL, @ATL
Boof Bonser (MIN) CHA, DET
Aaron Cook (COL) @SF, LAD
Phil Hughs (NYA) DET, SEA
Aaron Laffey (CLE) NYA, KC
Andrew Miller (FLA) LAN, SD
Franklin Morales (COL) @SF, LAD - Coors start
Jamie Moyer (PHI) SD, SF both at home.
Mike Mussina (NYA) @CLE, SEA
Chris Sampson (HOU) @ARI, MIL
Greg Smith (OAK) @LAA, TEX
Brett Tomko (KC) @TEX, @CLE
At the top three hitters parks
Citizens Bank Park (Phillies): 2 games v. Padres, 4 games v. Dodgers
Great American Ballpark (Reds): No games
Coors Field (Rockies): 3 games v Dodgers
At the top three pitchers parks
PETCO park (Padres): No Games
Metrodome (Twins): 2 games v. White Sox, 3 games v. Tigers
AT & T Park (Giants): 3 games v. Rockies
Ratchet Them Up:
Curtis Granderson (OF, Tigers): Granderson returned with a bang this week, seemingly trying to make up for lost time. In three games he went 4 for 12 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs. If you haven’t already activated him do so immediately.
Brian Fuentes (CL, Rockies): Fuentes has regained the closer role in Colorado nearly a year after he lost it. His hold on it is far from certain though.
Carl Crawford (OF, Rays): Crawford has been on a tear over the last 12 games and is riding a hitting streak which has seen him raise his average from .204 to .314 over that time he’s hit 3 triples and two four baggers, and stolen 5 to boot.
Rafael Betancourt (CL, Indians): He has notched his first two saves already and has been just about perfect. A few more like this and you can pretty much be assured that he’ll keep the job.
Edwin Encarnacion (3B, Reds): Encarncion has been red (or is that Reds?) hot the past two weeks and has been so good that the team has switched him around between the four and six slot in the lineup. If Brandon Phillips continues to struggle that change could lead to many more RBI chances.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C, Rangers): Was called up from AAA and will split time behind the plate with Gerald Laird. Don’t be surprised if he gets additional at bats as the DH or even as the first baseman in the upcoming weeks. If he hits well Laird’s days are numbered in Texas.
Scott Rolen (3B, Blue Jays): Was reactivated from the DL and should see regular playing time. He still has power.
Frank Thomas (DH, A’s): Was released by the Blue Jays and signed with the A’s. He should get plenty of chances to drive in runs with Oakland.
J.J. Putz (CL, Mariners): Came off the DL and slotted back into the closer role.
Alfonso Soriano (OF, Cubs): Is expected to return from the DL this week.
Ratchet Them Down:
Chipper Jones (3B, Braves): Missed Saturday’s game with back spasms which could be an ongoing issue this week.
Andruw Jones (OF, Dodgers): Is day to day with a calf injury.
Nomar Garciaparra (3B, Dodgers): Injured again! Sure didn’t see that coming did you? He’s day to day with a strained left calf but I’d count on him missing most of the week.
Miguel Batista (SP, Mariners): sprained his groin in Fridays start. He’s headed to the DL but has been pretty bad anyway.
Troy Glaus (3B, Cardinals): Expect the Cards to have Glaus thoroughly checked out this week and maybe miss a few games after he had to be pulled from Friday’s lineup with blurred vision. This could be indicative of nothing or something very serious.
Manny Corpas (RP, Rockies): After another blown save Corpas has lost the closers gig to Brian Fuentes. No big shock there - but you might expect him to regain the job at some point since the Rockies did just sign him to a big contract to fill that role.
Francisco Liriano (SP, Twins): Was demoted to AAA as the Twins won’t need him for the next two weeks. He hasn’t shown any real ability to pitch at a fantasy-worthy level yet. If he’s taking up a roster spot it’s time to make a tough call and either write him off or hang onto him for another week or two and see how his minor league starts look.
Jake Westbrook (SP, Indians): Will miss at least one month, probably more with a back injury. It might be time to cut him.
Tim Hudson (SP, Braves): Was pulled from the game in the third inning on Saturday - that raises a lot of red flags even if nothing has been announced yet. I’d lay odds he’s hurt and will miss a start.
Carlos Gomez (OF, Twins): Left Friday’s game with a calf strain (a popular injury this week) and will probably miss a couple of games at the least - but since his value is in the legs his fantasy value takes a big hit until he’s 100%
Sean Casey (1B, Red Sox): Had to leave Friday’s game with a right hip flexor strain. He’s day to day but odds are he’ll miss some time, and Mike Lowell will be back in the not too distant future.
Brian Bruney (RP, Yankees): Will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Yunel Escobar (SS, Braves): Hurt his finger against the Mets on Friday and was only able to pinch run on Saturday. It’s hard to judge how much he’ll be able to play this week.
Michael Bourn (OF, Astros): Missed 5 games last week with a groin injury. It will probably affect his running so he might we worth keeping on the bench this week.
Adam Loewen (SP, Orioles): Was placed on the 15 day DL with a sore elbow.
Jermaine Dye (OF, White Sox): Strained his left groin on Thursday and has missed a few games as a consequence. He’ll probably miss a few more and a trip to the DL is not impossible.
Trevor Hoffman (CL, Padres): Trevor has blown four of eight save opportunities. That raises a lot of red flags.
Gary Sheffield (OF, Tigers): After two cortisone injections into his shoulders Sheffield is back in the Tigers’ lineup but until he shows that he can hit and still has power you probably would be smarter to leave him out of yours.