The Rockies scored 16 runs in their first five innings last night - with NO home runs! Man, I love Coors Field.
Randall Delgado's solid effort against the putrid Astros raised our streaming pitcher record to 6-1 for the season. Today, we'll try Dodger southpaw Chris Capuano (owned in 2.3 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Pirates. Capuano's K/BB ratios always make you think his ERAs should be a little better.
On to the news:
- Nationals closer Drew Storen had elbow surgery on Wednesday, and is expected to return sometime around the All-Star break. Until further notice, Brad Lidge and Henry Rodriguez will continue to share the closer role.
- Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are close to signing Johnny Damon, presumably as the busier half of a left-field platoon with Shelley Duncan until Grady Sizemore is ready to return. Damon is worth picking up in AL-only leagues, but beyond that don't bother.
- Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman might be out all weekend due to his calf injury. Keep Berkman on the bench until you hear he's playing.
- Twins SP Scott Baker will have season-ending elbow surgery. It's a good thing nobody around here has Baker as a key component of an AL-only fantasy rotation. Oh, wait - I do. Dammit!
- In related news, Jason Marquis will probably rejoin the Twins' rotation next week.
- Tigers C/DH Victor Martinez was expected to miss the entire 2012 season due to two knee surgeries, but the second one isn't needed, and he might be ready to return by August. Nothing - including Martinez's level of play upon his return - is guaranteed at this point, so unless you're in a keeper league or have a really deep bench, use your DL spot on someone else.
- Giants C Buster Posey wasn't in last night's lineup due to a case of shingles, but he did make a pinch-hitting appearance and is expected to start today. I have a couple of relatives who endured shingles, and they said it was miserably painful. They were in their 60s when it happened, though.
- I'm not usually one to read much into two starts at the beginning of a season, but Chad Billingsley's second consecutive gem has me excited. That might be because I've always liked Billingsley, and had him pegged for a bit of a rebound.
- To DL, or not to DL? The Mets will make a decision on 3B David Wright (fractured pinkie) by Friday.
- Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson expects to make his Saturday start after getting hit in the head by a batted ball during a bullpen session. I'm all for nostalgia, but can we do away with old-school, unprotected bullpens?
- Prospect watchers: Dave Cameron of FanGraphs wrote this glowing review of Dylan Bundy's Tuesday start. It's a fun read, making it sound like Bundy was pitching against a bunch of Little Leaguers.
- Braves OF Jason Heyward hit a homer and stole his second base last night, and hinted after the game that he'll be running more this season.
- When can a non-closing reliever help your fantasy squad? Check Aroldis Chapman's line from last night, and expect a lot more outings like it from him.
- If you're an AL-only owner looking to stash speed on your bench, Royals OF Jarrod Dyson already has six steals in seven games at Triple A. Dyson doesn't have a job waiting in Kansas City at the moment, but Royals manager Ned Yost makes a habit of saying nice things about him.
- Forty-nine-year-old Jamie Moyer starts today for the Rockies. Coincidentally, the first 10,000 fans to arrive at Coors Field for the game will receive free hip replacements.
- Marlins SP Josh Johnson might be a health risk this season, but he probably won't keep getting pummeled like he did last night.
- Royals SP Felipe Paulino (forearm) will throw batting practice today, and is expected to go on a rehab assignment soon.
- Mark Trumbo was out of the Angels' lineup again last night. If you're a Trumbo owner counting on his bat, you'd better hope he learns how to play third base quickly. The Halos' outfield is too crowded.
- Here's an update on injured Phillies Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, neither of which has a timetable to return.
- Mariners OF Mike Carp (shoulder) is nearing a return to the lineup. The M's aren't yet sure if Carp will need a rehab assignment.
- Royals OF Jeff Francoeur had 20 pizzas delivered to fans behind the right-field fence in Oakland last night. I hope they return the favor by stuffing the ballot box and getting him on the AL All-Star Team. Nice job, Mr. Francoeur.
See you back here tomorrow morning.