Todayís theme is no theme. A few random observations Ö
* B.J. Upton has looked like a fantasy superduperstar in the early going. Heís hitting .358 with seven home runs and five steals -- great numbers for just about anyone, never mind a 22-year-old second baseman.
However, like many a young Devil Ray, Upton has plate-discipline issues. His 38/9 K/BB just isnít going to cut it.
Iíd expect a correction here shortly. That doesnít mean Upton is going to become useless, but a slump -- perhaps an extended one -- is likely. That average is sure to tumble, and his power output could decline as well.
* What a brutal big-league stint for Kei Igawa, huh? A 7.63 ERA and eight home runs in 30 2/3 innings were not what the Yankees expected when they shelled out $26 million just to talk to the guy.
Although he pitched horribly and is on a remedial trip to the minors, I think Iíd try to buy low and stash Igawa on my reserve list for a while. Igawa still has a chance to be a good pitcher. He was terrific in Japan, and if he can solve his problems during his minor-league voyage, he could end up being a decent fantasy pitcher in the second half.
You canít give up on anyone after 30 2/3 innings. Give Igawa a chance.
* Speaking of chances, youíre taking a big one if you donít deal Chipper Jones now. Larry has started the season hotter than a habanero: .291 average, 10 home runs, 1.026 OPS. Problem is, he canít stay healthy. Heís suffered a litany of injuries in recent years, and already this season heís battled/battling a strained oblique, strained quad and sore feet.
Chipper is a ticking time bomb. Deal him now and get a lot for him before he hits the DL.