Pecking Order: What OPS-against can do for you
It was a big week for
As you can see, the most effective pitchers in OPS-against tend to be the ones doing the best job helping out their fantasy teams. Aside from
In other news,
I don't know if it's the smart move, but I picked up San Diego rookie pitcher Mat Latos and dropped Matt Capps in a relatively deep (4 SP, 3 RP, 3 P) head-to-head league with the following pitching categories: W, CG, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/9. Most of the 10 teams carry three closers, and I have five -- I'm now down to Rivera, David Aardsma, Francisco Cordero and Atlanta's lefty time-share closer, "Speedy" Mike González. Aside from the occasional save, Capps just wasn't getting it done in ERA, WHIP and K/9 (5.82/1.68/6.68). Let me know if you think I'm crazy. I tried to move him last week to no avail, but I had to act fast since Latos would have been free-agent-eligible on Wednesday. Fernando Rodney continues to be blessed with a perfect save rate, although he's still entrenched in the bottom third of starting closers I'd recommend owning. Just when I consider putting Andrew Bailey "On Board," word gets out that the rookie reliever received a hyaluronan (brand name Synvisc, for all you sticklers out there) injection in his left knee. Hyaluronan is like motor oil for balky or arthritic knee joints; it's present in normal joint fluid and responsible for its lubricating properties. Since I'm not an orthopedic surgeon and I'm not intimately familiar with Bailey's situation, I don't know what the long-term prognosis is, but this news would worry me as a keeper league owner.
The hottest fodder in town may still be George Sherrill (the Cubs are interested in having him setup Kevin Gregg), but Kerry Wood and Chad Qualls continue to be mentioned as possible pawns in the late July trading hi-jinks to which we've all grown accustomed. With each passing day, their values take hits, since neither would likely be closing for a contender -- unless it's the Tigers.
Walking pneumonia is no joke, and while the prognosis is much better for 6-3, 230-pound 29-year-olds than the immune-deficient and elderly, those affected need their rest. The Rangers recalled RHP Willie Eyre to replace Francisco, but C.J. Wilson takes over regular closing duties until Francisco returns (he's eligible to come back Saturday in Kansas City if he responds to medication). Francisco was first bothered by flu-like symptoms on Saturday night but got worse over the weekend.
Lindstrom has been out since June 24 with a right elbow sprain, but will face live hitters in a simulated game Wednesday against minor-leaguers. Lindstrom, who threw his third bullpen session Sunday, will begin a rehab assignment next week and re-join the Marlins in a couple weeks if all goes well.
Percival is still receiving daily chiropractic and muscle therapy treatment in California while he helps coach his son's Little League team. No word on whether or not he's ready for a comeback attempt, but I'm assuming an '09 return is not a possibility.