Band of Boxscores 4/28

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.

Jamie Garcia looked great tonight [7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, BB, 5 K, Win], he should be owned in more than 35% of Yahoo leagues. He was a well known prospect, cruised through the Cards system before being shut down with the elbow injury and induces ground balls at will. He came into the game tonight with a 4.22 GB/FB and a 70.4% GB%. Tonight he induced 13 ground balls (2 fly balls). Now that I’ve built him up, it’s time to break him down. Garcia missed most of 2009 after Tommy John surgery, has some funky mechanics that may lead to injury and has been the beneficiary of some good luck (.224 BABIP). I will look to sell on him after a few more starts in a 14 team league. Unlikely I’ll get anything I’ll like/accept, but ya gotta try.

Trevor Hoffman blew another Save, giving up a pinch-hit HR to Ryan Doumit. I was chatting with Scott Pianowski who said the ball barely cleared the fence, so he is making progress from the bombs he was giving up earlier. That does not console me! My Brewers connection says Trevor isn’t locating his fastball well. I’m still not worried about the Hoff.

Lost in all the Hoffman hoopla, Octavio Dotel blew his 2nd Save and his numbers look terrible (2.14 WHIP, 10.61 ERA). He shouldn’t have the leash that Hoffman does and Evan Meek looks like the only good reliever they have (1.07 WHIP, 0.64 ERA). Donnelly (2.00 WHIP, 7.00 ERA) is pitching in high leverage situations, but he is just going to blow Saves too. Hopefully the Meek shall inherit the role. I see Eno Sarris has picked him up in the Blog Wars league so I’m making the rounds now.

Jake Fox (0 for 4) started his 5th game at Catcher, that makes him eligible there in most leagues. He is hitting .175 now, but his BABIP (.214) isn’t helping matters. Oakland Coliseum isn’t quite as friendly to hitters as Wrigley Field, so keep that in mind if you pick up Fox.

Kyle Blanks was blanked again tonight. He went 0 for 4 with 3 Ks, his AVG dropped to .185, not good. I’m sure the he’ll lose a few owners after tonight (17% owned as of now). I have him starting in one league and that is because the league is NL-Only. The best free agent hitter is the 0% owned Roger Bernadina. Seriously, I’m not joking. I am strangely happy that Kyle made his way onto this team and this team only. Last year I was forced to play Clint Barmes in a NL-Only league while he absolutely sucked, it worked out for me. Eventually Kyle will turn it on and finish the season with 25-30 HR (he has 2 now), although the increased strike out percentage (39.3% and rising) is worrisome. It is completely safe to drop him in standard leagues, maybe even 14 team leagues, but just make sure he is on your watch list and be ready to pounce once he starts heating up.

Call in the Reinforcements Juan Gutierrez got his first Save, Qualls was unavailable after pitching back-to-back games. Franklin Morales took a loss in extra innings. Brian Wilson blew his first Save. Ryan Madson blew a 10th Inning Save, Nelson Figueroa picked up the slack in the 11th, getting his first Save. Brian Fuentes gave up two hits in 1 inning, but got the Win. Pat Neshek gave up a walk and was credited with 2 ER and a Blown Save in the 6th Inning. What a screw job. Francisco Cordero was beat up in a non-Save situation, he is sporting his usual ugly WHIP (1.59). Cordero is a bum if you ask me, Arthur Rhodes should be closing in Cincy. Neftali Feliz was beat up again (1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H) and his numbers aren’t pretty (1.41 WHIP, 5.91 ERA), but he still got his 3rd Save.

Body Count Everth Cabrera sat out (hammy DTD). Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez got the day off. Jimmy Rollins started jogging, he’s not rushing anything. Juan Uribe expects to return on Friday. Gardenhire is hopeful to have Morneau back (stiff back) for the weekend series vs CLE. Jorge Posada left the game with a bruised knee, but it’s not believed to be serious, no x-rays were taken. Kurt Suzuki was originally in the A’s lineup, but was scratched after batting practice (left side soreness).

Universal Soldiers
Jon Lester [7 IP, 0 ER, H, 2 BB, 11 K, Win]
Tim Lincecum [8.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 11 K]
James Shields [7 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 12 K, Win]
Ryan Dempster [8 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 6 K]
Jorge Cantu [1 for 3, HR, R, 2 RBI]
David Wright [2 for 4, R, double]
Jason Bay [1 for 3, 2 R, RBI]
Ryan Braun [2 for 6, 2 R, double]
Andrew McCutchen [4 for 7, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI]
Ichiro Suzuki [3 for 5, R, RBI, double]
Chone Figgins [2 for 4, 2 RBI, SB, triple]
Adam Dunn [1 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Carlos Gonzalez [2 for 3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB]
Troy Tulowitzki [1 for 5, R, 2 RBI, double]
Kelly Johnson [1 for 5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI]
Justin Upton [2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI]
Chris Young [2 for 4, HR, R, 5 RBI]
Ryan Howard [2 for 4, HR, 2 R, RBI, double]
Jayson Werth [1 for 5, 3 RBI, double]
Torii Hunter [3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, double]
Grady Sizemore [1 for 5, R, RBI, SB]
Magglio Ordonez [3 for 4, R, 3 RBI, double]
Jason Kubel [3 for 4, R, RBI]
Nick Markakis [3 for 5, HR, 2 R, RBI, double]
Miguel Tejada [2 for 3, R, RBI, double]
Derek Jeter [2 for 4, R, 2 RBI, double]
Robinson Cano [2 for 5, HR, R, RBI]
Evan Longoria [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, double]
Carlos Pena [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI]
Fat Elvis [1 for 4, HR, R, 2 RBI]
Skinny Elvis [2 for 4, R, 2 SB]
Josh Hamilton [1 for 5, HR, R, 2 RBI]
Carlos Quentin [2 for 3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, double]
Albert Pujols [2 for 4, R, RBI, double]
Colby Rasmus [2 for 3, R, RBI, double]

Mercenaries: Soldiers for Hire
Mike Leake [7 IP, ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, Win]
John Maine [6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K, Win]
Jake Westbrook [6 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 7 K]
Luis Atilano [6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, K, Win]
David Eckstein [1 for 5, R, 3 RBI, double]
Yorvit Torrealba [1 for 3, HR, 2 R, RBI]
Chris Coghlan [2 for 4, R]
Ronny Paulino [2 for 4, R]
Ike Davis [2 for 4, RBI]
Jeff Francoeur [1 for 4, R, 2 RBI, double]
Angel Pagan [1 for 5, R, 2 RBI, triple]
Carlos Gomez [2 for 7, HR, R, 2 RBI, double]
Corey Hart [1 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Aki Iwamura [3 for 6, 2 R, SB]
David DeJesús [1 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Jason Kendall [2 for 3, R, 2 RBI]
Andy LaRoche [1 for 5, HR, R, 2 RBI]
Adam Kennedy [1 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Dexter Fowler [3 for 6, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB]
Miguel Olivo [1 for 4, 2 R, RBI]
Eric Young Jr. [1 for 4, R, RBI, SB]
Tony Abreu [3 for 5, 2 R, RBI, double]
Andrés Torres [2 for 6, 3 RBI, SB, double]
Édgar Rentería [2 for 5, 2 RBI, SB]
Nate Schierholtz [5 for 5, 3 R, RBI, 2 doubles]
Austin Kearns [1 for 3, R, double]
Austin Jackson [2 for 4, 3 R, double]
Brandon Inge [2 for 5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, double]
Ryan Raburn [1 for 3, R, RBI, double]
Orlando Hudson [2 for 5, R, RBI]
Jim Thome [2 for 4, HR, R, 2 RBI]
Nolan Reimold [1 for 3, RBI]
Francisco Cervelli [2 for 4, RBI]
Nick Swisher [3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI, triple]
Willy Aybar [3 for 4, R]
Daric Barton [1 for 4, HR, R, RBI]
Ryan Sweeney [1 for 3, R, double]
Pedro Feliz [2 for 4, R, double]
Drew Stubbs [2 for 4, 2 R, SB]
Scott Rolen [1 for 5, 2 RBI, double]
David Murphy [1 for 3, R, RBI, double]
A.J. Pierzynski [2 for 3, R, RBI, double]
Skip Schumaker [2 for 3, 2 R]
David Freese [2 for 3, 2 RBI]