Band of Boxscores 5/4

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.

The 6% owned Chris Davis is hitting .385 with 14 RBI in 9 Games for the OKC Redhawks. Davis has struck out 9 times in 39 at bats (23%) and is no stranger to crushing AAA pitching. Justin Smoak, 2008 1st Rd pick, is hitting .184 with 2 HR in 12 games. Just a warning for those few remaining Chris Davis fans out there. Any power hungry managers in need of corner help should take a look at him. It wouldn’t hurt much to stash him on your bench for now, Crush apparently needs a few AAA warm up at bats before he starts smashing the ball. He hit .327 after being sent down in 2009 and hit .285 with 17 HR in 80 games after being called up in 2008.

Bob Dutton says via Twitter, “Royals plan to recall first baseman Kila Ka’aihue to replace injured Rick Ankiel on roster”. Kila is killing the ball in the PCL, hitting .304 with 7 HR and 20 RBI in 23 games. According to his career minor league splits, he can hit LHP, but hits RHP for more power. He has a great eye at the plate, taking more walks than he strikes out (19.3% K% in AAA 2009). He hits a lot of fly balls (48.4% MiLB career FB%) and has a lot of power. Kila has hit 61 HR in 278 AA/AAA games since 2008. Mitch Maier played CF tonight, but I don’t think the .249 career hitter will be there long. David DeJesús and Scott Podesenik both have experience at CF and José Guillén can get back in one of the corner OF positions, making room for Kila at DH. He was already scooped up by Razzball in the Blog Wars, any power hungry managers in need of 1B/UT help should check out the 0% owned Kila Ka’aihue.

NL Only: the Pirates recalled Steve Pearce from AAA to take the place of Brendan Donnelly. Pearce was hitting .349 with 2 HR and 3 SB in 86 AB this season. It seems like the 27 year old has been around forever (2007-2010 in AAA). Jeff Clement is struggling so Pearce may have a chunk of at bats coming his way. He takes some walks, doesn’t strike out too much, has modest power, a little speed; nothing too exciting. If you just need at bats in a deep league, Pearce your nipples.

A speculative add, for deep leaguers, is Cleveland’s Jason Donald. He is hitting .323 with 2 HR and 7 SB in 96 AAA Atlantic League at bats. The Donald has shown an increased Walk Percentage (17 BB) and decreased Strikeout Rate (17 K)in the first quarter of 2010. Luis Valbuena (.172) and Mark Grudzielanek (.250) are not getting the job done at 2B and The Donald may tell them, you’re fired. Jason would make the switch from SS and carry dual eligibility. He is 0% owned, so you could be the very first person to roster him on Yahoo, chicks dig that.

Call in the Reinforcements Evan Meek was back in the 7th Inning role and Octavio Dotel locked down his 4th Save (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, BB, K). Brad Lidge pitched for the second time in as many days, he looked good (1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, BB, K). Matt Capps notched his 11th Save, he now has a 1.26 WHIP and 0.63 ERA. Joba Chamberlain recorded his 2nd Save as Mariano Rivera rests his stiff side muscle. Francisco Cordero took the loss after giving up a 9th Inning HR to Rod Barajas. Guillermo Mota got the Save for SF in the 12th Inning after Leo Nunez (IP, solo HR, K) blew his 2nd Save. Chad Qualls pitched a perfect ninth for his 6th Save. Franklin Morales (0.2 IP, ER, H, 2 BB) took the loss vs SD.

Body Count Asdrubal Cabrera (strained quadriceps muscle) is expect back Friday. Kerry Wood was beat up in his first rehab appearance, he reportedly feels good. Wood is scheduled for another on Wednesday. Andrew McCutchen sat out because of a sprained ankle. Ryan Madson will miss at least 8 weeks (broken toe) after karate kicking a chair. Yunel Escobar was placed on the 15 Day DL list. Clay Buchholz was not seriously injured by a line drive off his foot in Monday’s game. Rick Ankiel was placed on the 15 Day DL list with a strained quad. Dexter Fowler (ankle) didn’t start, but came in to pinch-hit and play CF.

Mercenaries: soldiers for hire (less than 60% owned)

59% Scott Podsednik 2/5, R, RBI, 3B
59% Iván Rodríguez 2/4, R
58% Brett Gardner 1/3, 2 R, SB(12), BB
56% Garrett Jones 1/3, R, BB
55% Casey Blake 1/4, R
52% Juan Uribe 2/6, 2 RBI, 2B
50% Mike Napoli 3/3, SB, 2B
49% Brian Matusz 6 IP, ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 2 K
49% Josh Willingham 1/3, HR(4), R, RBI
48% Todd Helton 2/4, RBI
42% David Freese 2/5, R, 2B, .360 AVG
37% David DeJesús 2/4, R, 2B
36% J.D. Drew 2/4, R, 2B
31% Scott Rolen 1/3, HR(6), R, RBI, BB
30% Corey Hart 1/4, 2 R, BB
29% Juan Pierre 2/3, R, 2 SB, BB
29% Orlando Hudson 0/3, R, SB, BB
28% Jhonny Peralta 1/4, 2 RBI, 2B
28% Rod Barajas 1/4, HR(7), R, RBI
27% A.J. Pierzynski 1/4, HR(1), R, RBI
24% Christian Guzman 2/4, RBI
21% J.J. Hardy 2/4, R, RBI, 3B
20% Wade LeBlanc 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K
19% Alcides Escobar 1/4, R, RBI, BB
16% Nick Blackburn 9 IP, 3 ER, 11 H, BB, 2 K, Win, 95 pitches, 23/8 GB/FB
15% Delmon Young 2/4, RBI
12% Aubrey Huff 2/5, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
12% Ian Kennedy 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
11% José Bautista 2/3, HR(6), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB(3), BB
11% John Maine 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K
9% Carlos Ruiz 2/3, HR(1), R, 2 RBI, 2B
9% Ian Desmond 2/4, HR(2), R, 2 RBI
9% Kevin Kouzmanoff 3/4, RBI
9% Carlos Gómez 2/4, R, RBI
8% Aaron Rowand 3/5, HR(2), R, 3 RBI, BB
7% Ryan Sweeney 3/4, HR(1), R, 5 RBI
6% Jason Vargas 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K
6% Daric Barton 2/3. 3 R, RBI, 3B, BB
5% Travis Snider 3/5, 2 R, RBI, SB, 2 2B
5% Luis Castillo 1/3, R, BB
5% Jim Thome 1/4, R, RBI, 2B
4% Andy LaRoche 2/4, HR(3), R, RBI, 2B, .333 AVG
4% Luke Hochevar 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, Win
4% Jerry Hairston Jr. 1/3, 2 RBI, 3B
3% Dontrelle Willis 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K
3% Lyle Overbay 1/3, RBI, 2 BB
2% Nate Schierholtz 2/5, 2 R, RBI, SB, 2B, .350 AVG
2% Reid Brignac 1/4, RBI
2% Anibal Sánchez 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K
2% Garrett Atkins 3/4, R, 2B
2% Jeremy Hermida 2/4, R, 3 RBI, 2B
2% Chris Getz 2/4, R, RBI, SB(5)
1% Mike Aviles 3/5, HR(1), R, RBI
1% Fred Lewis 2/5, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2B
1% Ryan Church 2/4, HR(1), R, 2 RBI
1% Brennan Boesch 1/4, HR(2), R, RBI
1% Francisco Cervelli 3/3, 2 R, 3B
1% Chris Narveson 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, Win
1% Greg Zaun 3/4, HR(1),2 R, 2 RBI
0% Mark Grudzielanek 2/5, R, RBI
0% Roger Bernadina 2/4, RBI
0% Matt Downs 2/6, R

Universal Soldiers of the Day

Jean Claude Van Damme A.J. Burnett 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K, Win

Dolph Lundgren Adam Wainwright 8 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K

Andre Arvloski Vladimir Guerrero 2/4, HR(3), R, 5 RBI