Band of Boxscores 4/26

All is fair in love and fantasy baseball. If you’re new to the game, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you’ve already lost. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll be able to function as a manager is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. Winning depends upon it. Arm yourselves and be ye men of valor; for we few, we happy few, we band of brothers shall embark upon a land of bullets, triple slashes and pulled hamstrings.

Josh Beckett was beat up by the lowly TOR lineup in a high scoring affair. Beckett gave up 9 Hits, 3 Walks and 8 ER in 3 Innings work. That makes 3 bad starts and 1 ho-hum day of work in his 5 appearances this season. What gives? The velocity is there, but the Ks are lacking. Beckett has been a little unlucky with the O-Contact% (76.4% vs 55.1% career avg). Beckett has walked a few more batters lately, but he is still pitching in the zone (Zone% 50.5%) and has a career high 69.4% F-Strike%. Things will eventually work out for Beckett, now is a good time to try to buy low on him. For what it’s worth, Josh has struggled vs TOR (1.41 WHIP, 6.62 ERA in 12 starts) and had a rough April (1.81 WHIP, 7.22 ERA) last season.

Colby Rasmus went 2 for 3 with a HR off Tim Hudson tonight. He’s now hitting .315 with 6 HR and 3 SB. It is going to be hard for him to continue hitting .315 with a 33.3% K%, I’m afraid he wont be able to continue the .345 BABIP that he had coming into today. He hits a lot of Fly Balls (50% FB% this season) so the BABIP is likely to sit near .300, maybe a shade below it. His 29.4% HR/FB% is sure to drop too… So basically what I’m getting at is that Colby is hot streaking now and while this will be a breakout season for him, don’t go crazy and simply extrapolate his stats for a forecast. But just for fun, CBS says Rasmus is on pace to hit 45 HR and steal 27 bases. Go crazy folks! The amazing part of the Rasmus breakout is the improvement he’s made in taking Walks. Last season he posted a 6.9% BB%, but this season it’s at 17.5%. Forecast: .270/26/17

Call in the Reinforcements Heath Bell struck out the side (1.0 IP, 3 K) in a meaningless appearance. Carlos Marmol (1.0 IP, H) got the Win vs WAS in the 10th, Bruney (1.2 IP, ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K) took the Loss. Frank Francisco looked good (1.0 IP, H, K) in the 8th, but Neftali Feliz was touched up (1.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 HR, K) by Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge. Feliz took the Loss and Jose Valverde got the Save (6). Papelbon locked down his 6th Save with a clean Inning. Kevin Gregg didn’t allow a hit or walk in an Inning, he now sports a 0.58 WHIP and 1.04 ERA. Daniel Bard struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Bruce Chen came in to get the 1-out Save while Joakim Soria rested, he pitched 3 Innings over the past two days. Dennys Reyes picked up the W and Ryan Franklin recorded his 7th Save. Dennys the Menace is a good reliever for Holds leagues, he gets a lot of 1-Out appearances in high leverage situations. Chad Qualls made his 11th appearance, getting his 5th Save. He gave up two Hits, a Walk and an Earned Run, but at least he didn’t blow another Save. Brian Fuentes (1.0 IP, BB, 3 K) locked up his 3rd Save.

Body Count Juan Uribe may not be able to play in the field until Wed. Nelson Cruz aggravated his hamstring injury and left early in Monday’s game, he is listed as DTD. Ivan Rodriguez was scratched due to lower back tightness, he was available to pinch-hit. Ian Kinsler could rejoin the team this weekend and Ron Washington plans to hit him 5th in the lineup. Jorge de la Rosa will have a MRI on the middle finger of his pitching hand, it isn’t believed to be serious. Felipe Lopez was put on the 15-day DL due to a sore elbow. X-rays revealed a slight fracture in Daric Barton’s right middle finger. No word if George Costanza followed him on the highway after believing Daric gave him the finger. Dan Meyer hit the 15-day DL with a strained calf. Dice-K remains on track to face BAL this Saturday. Ryan Zimmerman wasn’t in the WAS lineup today, he did pinch-hit and his injury is believed to be DTD. Lance Berkman hyper extended his knee in his last AB on Sunday, but it isn’t believed to be serious. Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs are still sore, he hasn’t started swinging yet. Brett Anderson may have his next start pushed back because of a sore elbow. Joe Blanton is on track to return next Mon or Tue. Mike Cameron will avoid surgery and could be back faster than originally expected.

Universal Soldiers
Josh Johnson [9 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 12 K, 117 pitches, Win]
Hanley Ramirez [1 for 4, HR, 2 R, RBI]
Jorge Cantu [1 for 3, 2 R, double]
Dan Uggla [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
Adam Dunn [3 for 5, double]
Josh Willingham [2 for 4, R, RBI]
Aramis Ramirez [1 for 4, R, 2 RBI, double]
Josh Hamilton [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, RBI]
Vladi Guerrero [2 for 4, R, 2 RBI]
Miguel Cabrera [3 for 5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI]
Adam Lind [3 for 4, 2 R, RBI]
Vernon Wells [3 for 5, 2 R, 2 doubles]
Aaron Hill [1 for 4, 2 R, RBI]
Marco Scutaro [3 for 5, 4 R, RBI, double]
Dustin Pedroia [3 for 6, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, double]
Kevin Youkilis [3 for 4, 2 R, RBI]
Yovani Gallardo [6 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, Win]
Prince Fielder [3 for 5, 3 R, RBI]
Ryan Braun [1 for 4, 3 R, SB]
Casey McGehee [1 for 5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI]
Andrew McCutchen [2 for 5, 2 RBI, double]
King Felix [7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 7 K]
Ichiro Suzuki [2 for 5, 2 SB]
Billy Butler [2 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Albert Pujols [3 for 4, R, RBI]
Colby Rasmus [2 for 3, HR, R, RBI]
Dan Haren [8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K, Win]
Carlos Gonzalez [2 for 3, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB]
Ian Stewart [2 for 4, RBI, SB]
Justin Upton [1 for 3, R, RBI, SB]
Jonathan Sanchez [5 IP, ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 6 K, Win]
Pablo Sandoval [2 for 4, 2 R, double]
Shane Victorino [3 for 5, R, SB]
Jered Weaver [6 IP, ER, 7 H, BB, 7 K, Win]
Bobby Abreu [2 for 4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB]

Mercenaries: Soldiers for Hire
Cody Ross [2 for 3, 2 R, RBI, double]
Marlon Byrd [3 for 5, R, RBI, double]
Gaby Sanchez [1 for 2, 2 RBI]
Carlos Silva [7 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, BB, K]
Austin Jackson [2 for 4, R]
Brandon Inge [3 for 5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, double]
Ryan Raburn [2 for 5, 3 RBI, 2 doubles]
Lyle Overbay [3 for 5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI]
Fred Lewis [2 for 6, 2 R, triple]
José Bautista [1 for 4, HR, R, 4 RBI]
Álex González [2 for 5, R, 2 RBI, triple]
Jason Varitek [3 for 5, 2 R, 4 RBI]
Alcides Escobar [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI]
Kyle Davies [6 IP, H, 3 BB, 5 K, Win]
Troy Glaus [2 for 3, RBI]
Adam LaRoche [1 for 2, HR, R, 3 RBI]
Erick Aybar [2 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Brandon Wood [3 for 4, R]
Austin Kearns [3 for 4, HR, R, RBI, SB]