Have you listened to this week's edition of the Fantasy 15 podcast, with Joel Beall, Mike Harmon and me? You really should. Like, right now.
Another start, another quality start for R.A. Dickey, who whiffed 11 batters in seven innings and raised our streaming starter record to 32-18 on the season. Tonight's selection is Carlos Zambrano (owned in 37.8 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) against the Rockies, with Thursday's pick being Philip Humber (3.6 percent owned) against the Twins. Humber has been solid in his last two starts after a brief post-perfect game slump.
On to the news:
- Nationals manager Davey Johnson has decided that the team will use a closer-by-committee approach, and Tyler Clippard got the group's first save last night. You may remember Clippard as the pitcher whose name was omitted from yesterday's blog entry, which mentioned Sean Burnett and Craig Stammen as candidates to close for the Nats. That was a brainfart on my part, since Clippard is pretty good. The only thing we can safely predict about this committee is that Burnett will get chances against good lefty hitters. Beyond that, remember that Drew Storen is apparently only a few weeks away from returning. Don't get too attached to the new triumvirate, and feel free to cut Henry Rodriguez in mixed formats.
- Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero will be out until at least Friday due to a groin injury. The team doesn't want to put Montero on the DL, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. Stay tuned.
- Kevin Youkilis hit a home run in his return to the Red Sox lineup last night, starting at first base while rookie Will Middlebrooks played third and Adrian Gonzalez was in right field. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? Heck, this team even called up Scott Podsednik yesterday.
- Ubaldo Jimenez won a game last night, which would have been nicer if he hadn't given up three runs and six walks in six innings. For the season, Jimenez has a 5.02 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts against 38 walks in 52 innings. When you cut him, try to resist the urge to say, "But it's Ubaldo Jimenez! I can't cut him!" Yes, you can. He's horrible.
- Nats 3B Ryan Zimmerman was scratched last night due to shoulder soreness, but is expected to play tonight.
- Irving Falu and Johnny Giavotella will platoon at second base for the Royals while Chris Getz (ribcage) is on the DL. Giavotella will be busier, since he'll face lefties. Giavotella is a better hitter, but Falu has some speed (21 SB at Triple A last season).
- Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who hasn't played in a major-league game since May 16, 2011, due to concussion-related issues, will begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight. Roberts' maximum stay in the minors is 20 days, so you can expect to see him in Baltimore during the week of June 11 barring any setbacks. Let's see how Roberts hits before figuring out a fantasy strategy.
- Did you buy low on Adam Wainwright? After last night's shutout, it might be too late.
- Rockies' infielder Jonathan Herrera is headed to the DL with a hamstring injury.
- We've got six afternoon games on today's schedule, with Red Sox-Orioles and Mets-Pirates leading things off at 12:35 p.m. ET. Set your lineups accordingly.
- In Phillies' news, SS Jimmy Rollins (paternity leave) isn't expected to play today, and SP Vance Worley won't need Tommy John surgery, if you were worried about that (he has bone chips in his elbow). Worley's timetable to return from the DL is still unclear.
- Padres 3B Chase Headley missed Tuesday's game due to a "lower back issue." His status for today is TBD.
- In other Padres' news, here's a non-update on Huston Street. He seems to be moving along in his rehab.
- Hector Noesi ... hmm.
- Cardinals' infielder Matt Carpenter left Tuesday's game with an injury to his right side, but it doesn't sound serious.
- The Toronto Star thinks that June 25 is the target date for Vladimir Guerrero's debut with the Blue Jays. Zzz ...
See you back here tomorrow morning.