Here’s some stuff kickin’ around our brains we thought we’d share with ya’ll. Our pleasure to drop such exquisite and random knowledge on the loyal population of readers, even if it is only 3 of you.
–> Carl Crawford suffered one of the strangest sports injuries we’ve ever seen. It got me thinking about where it ranks with some of the odd injuries that have befallen baseball players (like, say, holding back a sneeze or carrying meat from the hunt). And I have to tell you, that is one hell of a cup-check there, Jake Arrietta. And what a break in the bro-code by Wiggington, you gotta stop that baseball, man! Baseball injuries rank atop my list, followed by football, because the way Belichick revolutionized the vagueness of the injury report leads to endless amusement from pretty much the entire league.
–> I know I hyped (excessively) his would-be replacement, but Wade Davis has been really solid recently. Whether he goes to another team or stays with the Rays, he looks like he has worked out some kinks going back through the league. Watch him at the deadline, as his moving or not moving has serious, legitimate, playoff-for-fantasy altering ramifications (as well as the less-important-but-nationally-relevant real life baseball ones).
–> This is frankly an astonishing story that Dave found (ny times) from 2008. What an ingenious player, Mr. Newsom. I’m surprised something like this hasn’t taken off yet. It’s a pretty great idea. I wish I had thought of it. Are you teased enough? Read the damn article! He has since retired, but good for a Northeast fella for making a name with not only baseball but being clever (how’s that working out for you? being clever?)
–>Dan Haren to the Angels. Yawn. This move bores me. But it does allow me to discuss a highly sought after prospect who DIDN’T move, Mike Trout. Here’s a scouting report with video linkage on the man, who’s really just a boy. In addition to having a stupendous baseball name, Trout profiles as a speedy and dynamic (read: fantasy relevant) player who is on track to big league standout. He runs very well and hits for raw power. We will be keeping tabs on him for you, but mostly for ourselves going forward.
Related to the deal, I like it for Joe Saunders‘ fantasy future. Saunders gets to face the Gents, Dodgers, and Pads all the time now. Even if the D-Backs aren’t great, those less-than-stellar offenses should do nothing but improve a solid AL pitcher into a very useful NL one. Remember Clayton Richard? Well Saunders is a better pitcher than him. Think about it. People own Richard. You’ll like having Saunders. This is all I’m saying.
–> How great was that Fight Club clip?! Here’s where I got it: (via)
–> Some guys that need to move at the deadline to get us excited for them in fantasy: Jose Guillen (Dejesus would follow, but the man just smashed himself into a wall); Ichiro. Yup, we went there. We come to take Ichi for granted in fantasy. Imagine him in a playoff race on a good team? My goodness I’m already drooling; Oswalt is an obvious name, but my god if he doesn’t need a change of scenery, I don’t know who does; JJ Putz– GET HIM SOMEWHERE WHERE HE IS THE CLOSER AGAIN ALREADY! Yeeesh; Adam Dunn as a DH somewhere. This would make his value skyrocket in the fantasy world. Imagine him in Detroit behind Cabrera. Go ahead, think about it. Awesome; Ty ‘Nutella’ Wigginton– on a better team with a good offense (read: the Yanks), Wiggy is a super-utility fantasy stud; Dan Johnson could use a move, so he could attempt to be good once again in the MAJOR leagues. For now he will continue to rake for the Rays minor league team; Brad Hawpe needs to get out of Colorado; So does Iannetta (hellooooo Red Sox? Please?); Aaron Harang should plead to move at the deadline- what happened to him???? The Phils could use an open OF spot (Raul Ibanez, Victorino, Francisco, are all part of this list) because the second coming of Eric Davis, aka Dom Brown is on the rise- look the ‘f’ out; Doesn’t it seem like Ryan Dempster has been pitching for 100 years? I know you said yes. And that is reason enough for Dempster to go somewhere a little less… dysfunctional than Chicago.
–> Another Northeast guy is making waves in fantasy, as Chris Denorfia, the former Cincinatti great, is raking for the Friars in Petco. I snagged him in a deep league because, well, he has an outstanding name and is a power/speed combo guy who is hot. Do I really need more of a reason? Look at his minor league stats. Maybe he just needs the right role in the right place?
–> Look at Brandon League‘s pitching motion (in sweet, sweet superduper slo-mo). He throws 99 MPH. This blows my mind.
–> Final thought: the Reds can mash and are heading to Milwaukee this week. I expect sparks to fly. Go Gomes Go.
CONGRATS to Andre Dawson, great player who looked great in the old Montreal Uniforms. Love the flow, Hawk.