Finally, Albert Pujols owners can exhale. It took 110 at-bats, but the new Angel hit his first home run for his new club on Sunday. Hopefully that monkey is off his back now. Carry on.
Don’t look now, but B.J. Upton is batting .333 with seven runs scored, two long balls, 11 RBIs and two stolen bases. It’s hard to forget what he’s put owners through in the recent past, but I think we will see the 2007 B.J. Upton resurface in 2012. Two words: contract year.
Jayson Werth broke his left wrist while sliding to make a catch last night in an 8-3 loss to his former team, the Phillies. Initial reports indicate that Werth could miss “at least” six weeks.
Here are some quick outfield options to consider if you’re a Jayson Werth owner:
- Bryan LaHair (ChC-1B/OF | 79% Y!) There are still too many LaHaters out there claiming he’s not worth owning due to his ridiculous BABIP. Well, heck with all that BABIP talk, you better run him out there -- or sell high on him -- until that luck runs out. LaHair has been on base every games he’s started, and he’s sporting the league’s second best batting average (.390), on-base percentage (.478) and slugging percentage (.779).
- Jordan Schafer (Hou-OF | 58% Y!) We previously discussed Schafer in an edition of the waiver wire, but I still feel the same today. He will be a decent source of runs and stolen bases, if you can afford to take the hit in batting average.
- Jon Jay (Stl-OF | 43% Y!) Although Jon Jay is hitting way over his head (.405 BA) right now due to the luck department (.424 BABIP versus career .352), he is a safe outfielder to target if you’re in the market for one. Jay is a solid source of batting average (career .308), and will toss in 10-15 home runs and stolen bases over the course of the season.
- Josh Reddick (Oak-OF | 16% Y!) In the last two weeks, Reddick has clubbed three home runs, drove in eight, scored nine runs and stole a base. He’s not going to be kind to your batting average, but contributions across the other four traditional categories will be helpful.
- Tony Campana (Chc-OF | 11% Y!) Two categories: batting average and stolen bases. If you need a .300 hitter who will score about thirty bases this season, Campana is your guy.
Also on Sunday Night Baseball, Cole Hamels welcomed young Bryce Harper into the league by purposely plunking him the back with a fastball. Harper happily trotted to first, advanced to third base on a Jayson Werth single, then stole home when Cole Hamels threw over to first to check on Werth.
Those of you who invested wisely in Jesus Montero, can now reap the benefits of the newly earned catcher eligibility in most formats.
If you're in need of some corner or middle infield help from the waiver wire, check out my suggestions for week six here.
The Angels newest closer, Scott Downs, was removed from the ninth inning with a leg injury after dodging a J.P Arencibia single up the middle. LaTroy Hawkins would come in for Downs to earn the save when he caught a line drive off Omar Vizquel’s bat that resulted in a game-ending double play. However, while catching the line drive, Hawkins fractured his pinky finger. Relievers are literally dropping like flies. Looks like Jordan Walden may be back closing sooner than we thought.
Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox hit his first career home run tonight, a grand slam, in the fifth inning of a losing effort to the Baltimore Orioles.
In the same game, Chris Davis went 0-for-8 at the plate, with five strikeouts. However, the former college closer came on to pitch in relief in the 16th inning and subsequently earned his first major league win as a pitcher.
Just for fun, and courtesy of our friends at BrooksBaseball.net, I added the strike zone plot to the left so we can see the location of the three consecutive changeups that Adrian Gonzalez got from Chris Davis. His changeup maxed out at 84.6
but had excellent location and I can't stop laughing while typing this. The third changeup, labeled "3", was a swing-and-miss for the strikeout. Now we really have a closer dilemma in Charm City, don't we?
Frank Francisco (7), LaTroy Hawkins (1), Chris Perez (11), Cristhian Martinez (1), Jose Valverde (5) and Edward Mujica (2) earned handshakes on Sunday.
Pitching duels I’m looking forward to on Monday: Jon Niese (NYM) vs. Roy Halladay (PHI), Tommy Hanson (Atl) vs. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) and Barry Zito (SFG) vs. Ted Lilly (LAD)
Written by Alan Harrison exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com. Feel free to come ask his fantasy baseball advice on Twitter @TheFantasyFix, then proceed to tell him he's wrong.