The Giants and Padres combined for 25 runs yesterday. We probably had better odds of seeing a solar eclipse.
Philip Humber's rough outing dropped our streaming starter record to 32-20 for the season. For the weekend, we'll go with A.J. Burnett (owned in 5.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Cubs today, Felipe Paulino (5 percent owned) at Baltimore on Saturday, and Hector Noesi (0.6 percent owned) against the Angels on Sunday. Noesi has been improving a bit lately, and I don't like the rest of Sunday's options.
On to the news:
- I don't like dealing in small sample sizes, but White Sox OF Alex Rios homered for the second consecutive game last night, and has a 1.000 slugging percentage over his last four. His 2012 OPS (.747) isn't far off from his career mark (.756), and his .274 BA is about what it has always been. There's no reason why Rios can't return to the 15-homer, 15-steal level, and he's owned in just 11.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. It's very possible that I led off with Rios today because I've been waiting for him to start turning things around.
- White Sox SP John Danks is on the DL with a sore shoulder. The team expects Danks to start again on June 5, so the injury apparently isn't serious.
- The Braves are still struggling with some weird issues. 1B Freddie Freeman is having vision trouble due to dry eyes, and waiting for a pair of sports glasses that are expected to be delivered "before or during the homestand" that starts today, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Catcher Brian McCann missed another game Thursday due to a flu bug that seems to be getting worse. Also, 3B Chipper Jones has been sitting out with a bruised ankle that isn't improving. Try to wait for the Braves' lineup to be released tonight before starting any member of that trio.
- As expected, the Tigers placed OF Austin Jackson on the DL with a strained abdominal muscle. His speedy replacement, Quintin Berry, stole two bases while you read that sentence.
- Why did Logan Ondrusek get Thursday's save for the Reds? Probably because Aroldis Chapman pitched on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Reds' website game recap said that Ondrusek "handled the closer's role for the night."
- Emilio Bonifacio's thumb injury is worse than originally thought, as he's expected to undergo thumb surgery today and miss another 4-6 weeks. Is it too much to ask for the Marlins to let Bonifacio pinch-run every day so he can keep racking up stolen bases for his fantasy owners?
- Albert Pujols homered last night for the fourth time in nine games. I hope you came up empty when you tried to trade him early this month for an absurdly low return.
- Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig (hamstring) took batting practice Thursday, and hopes to come off the DL when eligible on June 1. In weekly leagues, you should probably err on the safe side and keep Craig on the bench next week.
- The Mariners sent OF Casper Wells to the minors to accommodate catcher Miguel Olivo's return from the DL. I had Wells pegged as an interesting AL-only sleeper this season. Oh, well.
- Padres OF Carlos Quentin will begin another minor-league rehab assignment tonight. His timetable for returning to the lineup is TBD.
- Here's an update on Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. The Phillies still have no idea when they'll come back.
- Brewers SP Marco Estrada is on the DL with a quad strain, which he got while running the bases on Wednesday. Serves the Brewers right for moving to the National League in 1998.
- Hey, AL-only owners: Have you been keeping an eye on Indians 3B Jose Lopez? He's got a 10-game hitting streak, and even though he might spend more time on the bench when Jack Hannahan returns, he still might be able to help you a little.
- Let the trade deadline speculation begin! First up: The Chicago Cubs.
See you back here Monday morning. If I'm getting up at 5:30 a.m. on a holiday to write a blog post, you had damned well better get up to read it. Have a great weekend!
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