Band of Boxscores 5/10

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.

It could be time to let Fred Lewis back into our fantasy lives. After a slow start, he has his AVG up to .300 and he is leading off for TOR. A .300 hitting leadoff hitter is basically enough to be roster worthy. He is benefiting from a .383 BABIP, but he has a .361 career BABIP so he’s not far from the norm. What is really surprising is the .200 ISO coming into today. Fred was given the shaft by SF last year, which must be lingering in people’s minds because he is owned in only 4% of Yahoo! leagues. Lewis is capable of a .285/10/20 line with a little room for upside, did I mention he is a leadoff hitter?

The Amazins designated Frank Catalanotto for assignment and called up OF Chris Carter. Carter is tearing up the AAA International League with a .336/.390/.611 line. He has 6 HR (17 XBH) in 113 At Bats with a 8/8 BB/K split and he may or may not have created the X Files. The truth is out there. The well traveled minor leaguer (Arizona, Boston, New York) doesn’t strike out too often (13.5%-17.9% in 4 seasons of AAA), takes a few walks (7.7%-13.3%) and has some decent power. He hit 19 HR in 2006, 19 HR in 2007, 24 HR in 2008 and 16 HR in 2009. He stole 10 bases in 2006, but since then he’s been quiet on the base paths. I’m not going to pretend I know what the Mets are doing here, Bay and Francoeur are likely entrenched in the corners and Ángel Pagán hasn’t been awful. He is worth a speculation grab in NL-Only leagues, the rest of us can put him on the watch list and see what happens.

Call in the Reinforcements Miguel Batista was brought in to close the game for WAS, Matt Capps was given the day off after pitching back-to-back games. Manuel Corpas came into a tie game in the Ninth and did his best Franklin Morales impression, giving up 4 ER, taking the loss. I dropped him immediately and it felt goooooood. Owners in need of Saves may want to hold onto him, but not me. F that noise. Brian Fuentes was rocked [1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, BB, HR, K] and he now has a 1.57 WHIP, 7.04 ERA and a ridiculous mustache.

Body Count Dontrelle Willis (flu) was scratched from his start, Leyland hopes to use him out of the bullpen tomorrow. Andy Pettite hopes to pitch on Saturday. J.D. Drew (vertigo) was a late scratched from the lineup. John Lannan (elbow discomfort) threw a bullpen session and is expected to start Thursday. Chipper Jones (groin) left the game limping, the wind blew too hard on him. Jair Jurrjens (hamstring) had a set back while sprinting. Does ATL not know how to properly stretch? Someone get them a Richard Simmons tape. Carlos Gomez will likely hit the DL. Brad Hawpe was activated from the DL. Huston Street threw a bullpen session. Jeff Francis will have a 2nd rehab start Tuesday. Rafael Furcal could return Friday if his minor league rehab assignment goes well. Brad Lidge said he felt stiffness in his elbow, possibly normal side effects from surgery. He hopes to be ready tomorrow. Jose Contreras should be universally owned.

Mercenaries: soldiers for hire (less than 60% owned)
54% Ted Lilly? 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, K
52% Casey Blake 1/4, RBI, BB
49% Mike Napoli 1/3, HR(2), R, 2 RBI
48% David Ortiz 1/4, RBI
47% Nate McLouth 0/4, 2 R, RBI, BB
41% Rod Barajas 2/4, R, 2B
40% Chris Coghlan 1/4, RBI, SB(4), 2B, BB
33% Joel Piñeiro 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, BB, 7 K
33% Bronson Arroyo 7 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 2 K, Win
30% Scott Rolen 2/4, RBI, 2 2B
29% Cody Ross 2/4, R, 2 SB
18% John Buck 2/4, R, 2 RBI, 2B
17% José Bautista 1/2, HR(7), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
14% Carlos Ruiz 4/5, HR(2), 2 R, 2 RBI
13% John Maine 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 5 K
13% Evan Meek 2 IP, 0 ER, H
10% Dexter Fowler 0/2, 2 R, 2 BB
8% Travis Snider 1/4, RBI
7% Adam Kennedy 1/3, HR(2), R, RBI, SB(5)
5% Troy Glaus 2/4, HR(3), R, RBI, BB
5% Luis Castillo 1/4, RBI
4% Xavier Nady 1/4, R, 2B
4% Melky Cabrera 1/4, R, 2B, BB
3% Jeremy Hermida 1/3, R, BB
3% Ángel Pagán 2/5, HR(2), R, RBI, SB(4)
3% Nate Robertson 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K, Win
3% Ronny Cedeño 1/4, HR(1), R, RBI
2% Seth Smith 3/5, 3 R, 2B, 3B
2% Brennan Boesch 2/3, 3 RBI, 3B, BB
2% Matt Diaz 1/4, RBI, BB
2% Blake DeWitt 2/4, RBI, BB
2% John Jaso 3/5, RBI
1% Marcus Thames 1/4, RBI
1% Willy Aybar 1/3, HR(3), R, RBI
1% Jason Giambi 3/4, 3 RBI, 2B
1% Luis Atilano 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, Win
1% Ronny Paulino 1/4, HR(2), R, 2 RBI

Universal Soldier Awards
Jean Claude Van Damme Tommy Hanson 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, BB, 8 K, Win
Dolph Lundgren Martín Prado 2/5, HR(2), R, 5 RBI
Michael Jai White James Loney 2/4, HR(3), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Andre Arvloski Casey McGehee 2/4, HR(7), R, 2 RBI
Bill Goldberg Chad Billingsley 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K, Win

Quote of the Day “I hate walks. I just absolutely hate them because most of them score, quicker than a base hit. But his next time, hopefully, he can work it out.” -Cito Gaston after Brandon Morrow’s 1.2 IP, 6 BB performance