Christopher Gingrich: Value to be found on the mound
Summer is officially here, and that means baseball is at the forefront of the fantasy sports community right now.
I know that it’s tempting to go outside and enjoy the great weather, concerts, the river and barbecues with family and friends, but wouldn’t you rather spend your time frolicking through piles of stats and baseball goodness to win a nifty little virtual trophy?
There’s always time for summer fun in my book, but you can bet I’m up at the crack of dawn to set my lineups for the day just so I don’t miss out on my shiny Yahoo! Trophy this fall.
All I can say about Albert Pujols is “wow.”
The dude is in what I like to call “beast mode” right now.
If you drafted Pujols this spring, you no doubt are reaping the benefits of his great season.
His past 10 games have been especially impressive: 17 RBIs, eight home runs, 11 runs scored, and he raised his batting average 12 points. Just give him the National League MVP right now, I say.
There have been a rash of injuries to pitchers lately, as well. I can count at least 10 pitchers who have been put on disabled lists in the last week.
The most notable of them has to be Daisuke Matsuzaka, of the Boston Red Sox, who went on the 15-day disabled list on the 20th with a shoulder strain.
Reports say it’s a mild shoulder strain, but Dice K could miss more time than originally thought, so prepare your roster accordingly.
There are several pitchers who have caught my eye this week, so I think it’s time to take a quick look at who’s available in the pitcher free agent market.
• Kevin Gregg, Chicago Cubs, relief pitcher: Gregg has been excellent this month. In 13.2 innings of work, he accumulated five saves, two wins, a 1.32 ERA and 11 strikeouts.
He’s still available in about 30 percent of Yahoo! Leagues.
• Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies, starting pitcher: The young pitcher has had a great month with 30 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work. There still is some work to be done, but you can see he’s got something going for him.
• Trevor Cahill, Oakland Athletics, starting pitcher: Cahill has great stuff and is starting to show it now. He has held the past six opponents he faced to three runs or fewer.
If he’s available in your league, I recommend picking him up.
You may want to keep an eye on these guys, too: Kevin Kouzmanoff, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, Andrew McCutchen (get him now) and Brett Gardner.
Stay cool, folks.
Next week, I will do a quick rundown of the NBA Draft and have some more fantasy baseball news.
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