Band of Boxscores 5/11

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.

Michael Saunders continues to hit well while filling in for the disgruntled Milton Bradley. He went 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI tonight. He was also caught stealing by Matt Wieters. That makes back-to-back multi-hit games for Saunders, who was named the Mariners #1 prospect at Fangraphs. Saunders was actually stinking up the joint in AAA PCL before he was called up (.254 BABIP doesn’t help matters), but he has shown the ability to steal bases and hit for power before. There may be some strike out issues (he has shown improvement here tho) and he’s a rookie hitting at Safeco, but how can you ignore a hot hitting top prospect? Think 15/15 potential… not too shabby for a player who is currently 0% owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Mike Aviles continues to swing a hot bat on his comeback tour. He went 2 for 4 today, raising his AVG to .429 (28 At Bats). Coach says he is going to be playing most days due to his solid defense and hot bat. You may remember Aviles as every one’s favorite sleeper at shortstop after his .325/10/8 season in 2008 (102 games). He crashed and burned in 2009 and seems to be long forgotten (13% owned). Don’t let the 2009 Tommy John surgery and .223 BABIP scare you away from Aviles. He doesn’t walk much, but he doesn’t strike out much either. He has a little speed and power; I’m sure plenty of people can find room for a .300/15/10 SS or MI.

Call in the Reinforcements Brandon League got the last 5 Outs with a 4 Run lead for his first Save. Tyler Clippard made his 17th appearance and took a lumping, giving up 4 H and 3 ER, recording only 1 Out. Neftali Feliz gave up 3 H and an ER in 2/3 of an Inning for his 2nd Blown Save. Frank Francisco pitched the 10th inning, allowing 2 Hits, but no Runs. Andrew Bailey allowed a Walk, a Hit and an ER for his first Blown Save of the season. Bobby Jenks got the Save opp. a day after Ozzie Guillen said he would play the matchups, Jenks bounced a pitch 5 ft in front of home plate against the intimidating Nick Punto and gave up a double to Jim Thome (which prompted a mound visit), but he came out unscathed and got his 6th Save in 7 chances. Joakim Soria needed some work and entered the game in a non-Save situation, he gave up a solo shot to Russell the Muscle Branyan.

Body Count Erik Bedard was supposed to pitch in a simulated game, but it was rained out. Carlos Beltrán (knee) has started limited baseball activities (swinging a bat, light jogging). Freddy Sanchez went 2 for 4 w/ 2 Doubles and 4 RBI in his first rehab game (single A). Mark DeRosa underwent an MRI and nerve tests for his troublesome wrist. Troy Tulowitzki tested out his sore thigh and could possibly play in Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jorge de la Rosa says he’s ready to throw and will have an MRI on his finger in the next few days. Justin Duchscherer may come off the DL and start on Saturday. Chipper Jones rested his sore groin today. Jeff Francis threw 7 scoreless Innings in a AA rehab outing, his Fastball averaged 86 mph. Brad Lidge wasn’t happy with his bullpen session, Charlie Manuel may have been lying to us! Franklin Morales (shoulder weakness) was put on the 15 day DL. Tim Stauffer could be out 6 weeks after having an emergency appendectomy. J.J. Hardy (wrist) was put on the 15 day DL. Marc Rzepczynski (finger) threw 4.2 scoreless Innings in an extended Spring Training game, striking out 4. He is hoping for a late May return.

Mercenaries: soldiers for hire (less than 60% owned)
58% Alexei Ramírez 1/4, R, 2 RBI, 2B
55% Andruw Jones 1/4, RBI, Y! Rank 44
51% David Freese 1/3, RBI, BB, .321 AVG
51% Alberto Callaspo 2/4, .300 AVG
51% Juan Uribe 1/3, RBI, 3B, BB
51% Casey Blake 1/4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, BB
46% Nate McLouth 1/4, R, RBI, BB
46% Kosuke Fukudome 2/3, R, BB
45% J.D. Drew 2/4, R, RBI, SB, BB, .286 AVG, hit 3rd
45% Erick Aybar 2/5, SB(4)
44% Jeff Francoeur 1/3, 2 RBI, SB
42% Rod Barajas 2/4, R, 2 RBI, 2B
40% Daisuke Matsuzaka 7 IP, ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K, Win
36% Julio Borbón 2/6, RBI, CS(1)
36% Johnny Cueto 9 IP, 0 ER, H, 0 BB, 8 K, Win, 102 pitches
35% Juan Pierre 3/5, R, 2B
30% Scott Rolen 2/3, RBI, 2B, BB
30% Mark Teahen 1/3, R, 2B, BB
29% Cody Ross 1/3, HR(2), R, 2 RBI
28% Corey Hart 1/3, RBI, SB(3)
26% A.J. Pierzynski 1/5, R, 2 RBI, 2B
26% Jhonny Peralta 1/4, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
24% Cristian Guzmán 2/3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
22% John Buck 2/3, R, 2B, .270 AVG
16% Aubrey Huff 2/4, R, RBI, 2B
16% Alcides Escobar 2/4, RBI, 2B
14% Delmon Young 1/4, RBI, 2B
13% Starlin Castro 2/4
11% Kyle Blanks 0/2, R, SB, 3 BB
8% Austin Kearns 2/4, 3 R, RBI, BB
8% Yuniesky Betancourt 1/3, R, .283 AVG
8% Jason Varitek 2/3, HR(6), 2 R, RBI, split the uprights
6% Daric Barton 2/7, HR(2), R, 2 RBI, .296 AVG
6% Russell Branyan 3/5, 2 HR(2), 3 R, 3 RBI
6% Troy Glaus 2/5, HR(4), R, 3 RBI, 2B
5% Fred Lewis 2/4, RBI, 2B, .309 AVG
5% Gaby Sánchez 1/4, HR(3), R, RBI
5% David Murphy 2/6, HR(2), 2 R, RBI
5% Brett Myers 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
4% Ronnie Belliard 2/4, 3 RBI, 2B, BB
4% Jerry Hairston Jr. 1/3, R, 2B, 2 BB
3% Adam Rosales 2/5, BB, .280 AVG
3% Ángel Pagán 2/5, R, RBI
3% Brandon Wood 1/4, R
3% Jim Edmonds 2/5, 2B
2% Sean Rodriguez 2/4, R, 2B
2% Ramón Hernández 2/5, RBI, 2B
2% Garrett Atkins 1/3, RBI
2% David Eckstein 2/2 , 2 RBI, SB, 3 BB, .279 AVG
2% Jake Westbrook 6 IP, ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, Win
2% Gregg Zaun 2/4
1% Trevor Cahill 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, K, 13/5 GB/FB
1% Nick Punto 2/4, .276 AVG
1% John Ely 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K, Win
1% Geoff Blum 1/3, R, .328 AVG
1% Eric Chávez 2/4, HR(1), 2 R, 2 RBI
1% Jamey Carroll 2/5, R, 2 RBI, .274 AVG
1% Darnell McDonald 1/4, RBI, 2B
1% Eric Hinske 2/2, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 2 BB
1% Dioner Navarro 2/4
1% Freddy García 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
1% Rob Johnson 2/4, R, RBI
0% Mark Grudzielanek 1/2, RBI, BB, .288 AVG
0% Chris Heisey 3/4, HR(1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 1st Major League hit
0% Tommy Manzella 1/3, RBI, CS
0% Humberto Quintero 1/2, RBI

Universal Soldier Awards
Jean Claude Van Damme Ricky Nolasco 7 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K, Win
Dolph Lundgren Evan Longoria 2/5, HR(8), R, 4 RBI
Michael Jai White Russell Martin 2/5, HR(4), 2 R, 3 RBI
Andre Arvloski Cliff Lee 7.1, ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 2 K, Win
Bill Goldberg Brad Penny 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Quote of the Day “No matter what kind of ballpark they built, it was going to be better than that one,” Ozzie Guillen said before Tweeting, “Target fields best stadium in the american league”.