Iím not that worried about the Tigersí dismal start. The fact Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson are all injured is some cause for concern, but Iíd still take them over the Indians in the Central at even money. Dontrelle Willisí recent line of no-hit ball through five innings with a 0:7 K:BB ratio is one of the strangest youíll ever see.
With Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez looking legit, the Reds have to be taken seriously. If Homer Bailey develops, thereís a chance Cincy could boast the best 1-5 starting rotation in major league baseball during the second half of this season. They have the upside to win the National League.
Matt Kempís continuous exclusion from the starting lineup is simply inexcusable. Maybe thereís some politics involved not wanting to show up a GM who signed Juan Pierre for $45 million, but if Joe Torre truly is making this decision from a baseball standpoint, heís officially lost his mind. Or maybe thatís already happened, and itís only now becoming glaringly apparent.
Chris Young, who allowed a perfect 44-of-44 successful stolen base attempts against him last year, is already ahead of the curve, as he picked off James Loney on Sunday.
Will someone please inform Travis Buck the season began. Heís started the year in an 0-for-21 slump with a 9:0 K:BB ratio. Thatís not very good.
Without a doubt, there is not a more annoying commentator than Ron Santo.
Justin Upton is batting .333 with three homers already but with nine strikeouts in 24 at-bats, he makes for a better sell-high than anything else. Of course, in a keeper format, that doesnít apply, as he could go 35/35 one day.
When Fred Lewis is your teamís No. 3 hitter, you know youíre in trouble. Good thing the Giants combat that with an awful infield defense. Iím going on record right now: the Giants wonít win 50 games this season. Forward thinking owners might want to pick up Justin Germano now for his Wednesday start against the Littles. Same with Kyle Lohse after that.
Last season, J.D. Drew didnít hit his third homer until June 8. This year, he has two bombs in four games played. Additionally, his 6:0 K:BB ratio might be construed as a good thing, as it shows heís taking a much more aggressive approach at the plate. Heís going to go down as a serious steal in fantasy leagues.
Jered Weaver and Ian Snell are two young pitchers ready to post monster 2008 seasons. Donít forget, Snell entered last yearís All-Star break with a 2.93 ERA and 1.17 WHIP before wearing down in his first 200-inning season. Weaver, meanwhile, was hampered by a loss of velocity after a spring training injury last season. Now that a few extra mph has returned, heís going to be extremely difficult to hit, especially against right-handers.
I wouldnít be too concerned with Josh Beckettís poor first start; his stuff was there, and he was bound to be shaky early on after a stunted spring. If someone in your league is uneasy with his health and bad outing Sunday, go make a legitimate offer.