May 26 2011
I always set goals for draft day and this year I had two – Dan Uggla and speed. I have always liked Uggla, but unfortunately I was outbid for Uggla in my 8-team NL-Only Keeper League. He went for $36 and I had too many other needs at the time to justify spending $37. But, when a trade offer was proposed to me in late April that included Uggla, I jumped at it. Since, Uggla is batting well under.120 with 4 HR and 4 RBI. The free agent/waiver wire is so thin in this particular league and I feel stuck. Anybody else out there feeling the same way these days?
After going 0-5 with three strikeouts on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, I know my frustration with him has hit an all time high. Uggla says he is feeling the pressure that comes along with signing the big extension with the Atlanta Braves. Fantasy owners in mixed leagues have simpler solutions to replace Uggla, but if your participating in an NL-Only league with few options, the best advice I can offer you is to remain patient and don’t sell Uggla low. Uggla is going to produce and owners have to hope he gets it going soon – like Friday against Cincinnati.
In other fantasy news from Wednesday…..
- Prince Fielder went 2-4 with 4 RBI. Fielder now has 41 RBI for the season and is on pace to break his 2009 total of 141 RBI.
- Mike Morse homered for the third straight game. With Adam LaRoche, Morse is a viable option in deep mixed leagues and NL-Only formats. Morse is only owned in 2.3% of ESPN leagues.
- Erik Bedard threw six scoreless innings and earned another victory on Thursday. Bedard has given up four earned runs in his last five starts. He’ll face the Orioles in his next start.
- Gavin Floyd deserved a better against the Rangers. He pitched seven solid innings (one earned run), but got no support from the White Sox offense.
- Brian Roberts (c0ncussion) is going to miss at least three weeks.
- Mat Latos threw eight solid innings to earn his second win of the year. He punched out seven Cardinals.
- Joakim Soria is a mess right now. He blew his three save of the season on Wednesday night and should be on your bench if you own him.
- Mike Minor gave up just one earned run over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Pirates. Minor is good option in deep mixed and NL-Only leagues while he remains in the Braves rotation. He’ll face the Padres in his next start.
- Carl Crawford is finally coming around and starting to hit. He went 4-4 with a home run and two RBI against Cleveland. Crawford was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
- The Rockies placed Jorge De La Rosa (torn elbow ligament ) on the 15-day DL. He will require Tommy John surgery and be out for the remainder of the season.
- Grant Balfour is the new A’s closer until Andrew Bailey returns. Bailey has made two scoreless appearances for Triple-A Sacramento and could only need a few more outings before being able to return.
- Juan Nicasio, rated the No. 8 prospect by Baseball America, is going to start for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. This is going to be a spot start for Nicasio, but he is worth a flyer.