04.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Some injury news to bat lead-off todayUbaldo Jimenez was placed on the 15-day DL, but should be ready to go as soon as he’s eligible. His cut cuticle was not allowing him to grip the ball correctly. As a Ubaldo owner, the injury and he are “questionable” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but I hope this explains his terrible Opening Day start…The battered Cubs lost both Randy Wells (strained forearm) and 2008 first-rounder Andrew Cashner (stiff shoulder) to the DL. Matt Garza, Big Z and Ryan Dempster (who has looked like garbage) will have to carry this team in hopes that they don’t fall 10 games back of the Redlegs before May 1st. The Cashner injury seems to be more serious than the Wells injury, so we’ll see what happens in the next two weeks but “stiff” and “shoulder” are not words you want to hear regarding a pitcher’s injury.

Adam Dunn, like Matt Holliday, needed an emergency appendectomy. If his recovery is anything like Holliday’s, he should be back within a week or so.

I had Joel Hanrahan ranked as my #17 closer this year (Brian had him at #18) and he already has 4 saves for the Pirates. He did give up a run, but with the Pirates he should approach 30 saves with a decent ERA and WHIP.

Pirate co-ace Kevin Correia out-dueled Chris Carpenter allowing 7 baserunners, zero runs and striking out 3 in 7. Don’t go molesting your waiver wire for this guy.

Dan Haren was fantastic against the Rays and now sits at (1-0) with a 1.23 ERA and 0.68 WHIP after his first two starts. He hurled 7.2 innings of 4 hit ball, allowing just 4 hits (2 to Sam Fuld) and a HR. He struck out 6, walked none and now sports a 12:0 ratio through 14.2 innings. This year, Haren’s back. I think he might be top 10 even though we had him at 19 in our rankings.

Jeremy Hellickson took his first loss as a major leaguer, but not after flashing why he’s a top prospect. Hellboy struck out 10 over 5.2 innings, but was done in by 3 runs on 6 hits (one of which was a HR) and 2 walks. His next start is at Fenway, but as an owner I’d be starting him against the ’27 Yankees.

Alfonso Soriano keeps hitting. He hit his 3rd home run in his last 4 games. 30 HR? Eh, still skeptical.

Check the rankings. I told you to stay away from Chad Billingsley. After 2 games he now has a 8.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Sure, April has always been one of his worst months, but I don’t trust him.

My goodness Carlos Quentin keeps raking. 2 more doubles. That gives him 5. 3 more RBI. Now he has 10. Oh, he’s also batting .500. If he keeps it up, I’ll be telling you to sell high.

Buster Posey, thanks for joining us: 3-5, HR, 4 RBI.

Tim Lincecum, you ARE the biggest freak! Timmy was just awesome, striking out 13 Friars over 7 innings and allowing just 3 hits and a run. I’ll take that.

Red Sox…you are now (0-5). Haha! I hate Phillie fans, I hate Yankee fans (I even hate Jersey Met fans), but Sawx fans are the worst! Ok, seriously. I figured the Tribe would get stomped once the Sawx bats woke up, but no. Adrian Gonzalez did go yard, but it wasn’t enough as Dice-K and the bullpen were throwing BP out there. Don’t panic Sawx fans, you’ll still win the East.

Mike Pelfrey and Joe Blanton, it makes me sick to watch either of you. Last night was the perfect storm. Met fans rejoice, “Big Pelf is our ace!”

Logan Morrison watch: 0-2 with 3 more walks. He now has an 8:4 BB:K ratio.

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