I’ve stuck with him for close to three months now. This is long overdue. I’m benching Adam Dunn for this week. When it comes to fantasy GMs, I’m about as patient as they come. But even I have had enough. Not only does Dunn have just two hits in his last 26 at-bats but he has struck out a whopping 16 times during this span. That has to be some sort of record, no? Actually, I have a very good excuse to bench him this week as the White Sox will be playing all six of their games in NL parks, and it’s not like Ozzie Guillen is ready to sit Paul Konerko anytime soon. Maybe Dunn starts one game at first base and he gets a few pinch-hit at-bats. Considering how my season is going in this league, he’ll probably hit three homers in five at-bats, but at least I’ll have a logical explanation as to why I benched him, so mentally I’d be at ease.
Wednesday, June 29 – 11:15 AM
You’ve probably heard enough about Adam Dunn by now so let’s talk about what is actually going right with respect to my money league team. Unlike in the early part of the season, my pitching has been lights out this month. Even I have to admit that I did a pretty nice job drafting starting pitching as three $1 guys, Erik Bedard, Anibal Sanchez and Scott Baker, make up half of my starting staff. My power, however, which I considered to be a strength back in April, has been absolutely non-existent lately. Man, do I wish I still had Chris Young. Was trading Young for Huston Street a mistake? As it turns out, Young, since getting dealt from my team in late-May, has raised his batting average by 30 points while launching six homers and swiping seven bags. But Street has racked up nine saves for me while posting solid ERA and WHIP numbers. I’m tempted to once and for all determine whether or not this trade was beneficial by comparing the two players’ stats since the deal, figuring out if the points gained in pitching outweigh the points lost in hitting, but I’ll pass on this work-intensive exercise. I’m kind of afraid to learn the answer and have a feeling it might just make me angry.
Wednesday, June 29 – 3:52 PM
I can’t say I’m surprised but Erik Bedard has just been placed on the DL with a sprained knee, an injury that has really come out of nowhere as there wasn’t any mention of this following his last start on Monday. My first reaction? Here we go again. But the more I think about it the more I see a silver lining. It’s not an arm injury. With the All-Star break coming up, there’s a decent chance he misses just two starts. But by now I know that all bets are off when it comes to Bedard’s health. Hopefully, this injury will be remembered as merely a minor setback in what has been a huge bounce back season for the Mariners’ southpaw.
Thursday, June 30 – 9:22 PM
Annoyed by losing out on Paul Goldschmidt a couple weeks ago in my NL-only keeper league, I’m about to put in a claim for Jameson Taillon. He’s one of the few top-20 guys listed on MLB.com’s top prospects list who is unowned in this league and I do have an open Minors slot on my roster, so I figure there’s little downside in making this move. The only problem? He’s not expected to reach the big leagues until 2013! I don’t care. His upside potential is said to be “Josh Beckett with better command” and I can own him through 2014 at a salary of five dollars. This is a no-brainer.
Thursday, June 30 – 11:30 PM
To think that I once considered my six dollar investment in Brian Matusz my best value pick goes to show you just how much can change in three months. Today, the promising lefty was demoted to the Minors following a four-start stretch in which he posted a 13.50 ERA and 2.59 WHIP. I’m beginning to think that he hasn’t fully recovered from the intercostal muscle strain that sidelined him for all of April and May. This is clearly not the same pitcher who went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA over his final 11 starts last year. I’ll keep him on my roster for now though. Maybe he figures things out and makes a contribution during the stretch run.
Saturday, July 2 – 10:18 AM
In the past, I’ve had a tendency to over-manage my starting pitching staff, benching all non-aces in unfavorable matchups. And I missed out on a good amount of solid outings to the point where I was hurting my team more than helping it. So this year I decided to change my approach. If a guy is pitching well, he deserves my trust regardless of the matchup. Such was the case with Anibal Sanchez, who got roughed up by the Rangers last night to the tune of seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. This marked just the third time in 17 starts this season that Anibal has allowed more than three runs. But why was this awful performance especially tough for me to swallow? Because at least a dozen other concerned owners who wrote in to the Fantasy 411 blog asking me if they should pitch Sanchez actually followed my advice. That’s all right. I can take the heat.