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“Joe Talkin’ To Me?!” NL West Fantasy Baseball Manifest Destiny: Out With The Old, and In With The…Old?


Since I last embellished my NL West ramblings two weeks ago, the San Francisco Giants rotation received a 40% remodeling.  It’s nice to remodel for the sake of updating style, modernizing technology, and upgrading luxury.  On the other hand, when you are forced to remodel due to rotting roofs, leaky pipes, or faulty wiring…  Let’s just say, I hope you have some money.

What if the roofer, plumber, or electrician showed up and tried to replace your shingles, pipes, or wires with used ones?  You would surely meet the shifty contractor with skepticism.  I would tell them to “get bent”!

The Giants were forced to remodel their starting rotation and are going with the shifty contractor.  Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum have both hit the DL.  Both have logged a lot of innings and are inconsistent at best in this stage of their respective careers.

Lincecum was useful for the Giants, going 7-4.  For fantasy teams, not so much.  His 1.48 WHIP is a direct result of his 4.5 BB/9.  When you factor in his .260 BAA, the not so lincecum-hoodieimpressive ERA of 4.13 looks like the result of good fortune.  Not having the option to start him now in your fantasy league is a good thing.  There is talk of him being placed in the bullpen when he returns from the DL in two weeks.

Hudson finds himself on the same boat, but with no timetable for a return.  Opposing batters are hitting .290 against him.  I shouldn’t need to say more here, but just in case you you are saying, “My league doesn’t count BAA.”;  The stats that do count in fantasy: 4.68 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 5-7 W-L, and 49 K in 90+ IP.

Sometimes it can be hard to say goodbye to old mainstays.  Injuries to past-their-prime pitchers can often open the door for someone better equipped to come in and improve a situation, similar to getting brand new pipes for your busted up, rotted ones.

Enter Matt Cain and Jake Peavy…screeeeech! (Record player being abruptly shut off).

A couple of more high mileage, damaged pipes…I mean pitchers.  Cain and Peavy have had their own struggles with injuries and ineffectiveness as age has crept up on them.  I do not believe father time will turn back the clock on these two, but I do believe they will be old pipesupgrades over the law firm of Tim and Tim.  It’s great timing for the Giants that both of these vets got healthy when the Tims went down.

Cain has had two starts  since being activated.  Two starts is meaningless.  Let’s talk about his track record.  Cain sports a career 3.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and .228 BAA.  These are excellent numbers, but we cannot ignore the career worst 4.18 ERA and .242 BAA (worst since 2008) in 2014 before being shut down in early July.  With almost a full year off, it’s possible his flexor tendon is healed and we will see the 3.41 ERA pitcher.  Cain is only 31-years-old and it is possible the terrible numbers from 2014 were due to injury, and not age creeping in.  2014 was the first time in his career Cain made less than 30 starts.

Peavy, unfortunately, I do not have as many nice things to say about. The first thing I think of is injuries with Peavy.  He has started over 20 games only three times since 2009.  During that span, in limited action, he posted an ERA of 3.97 or higher five times.  He did have a resurgence in 2012 for the White Sox and again down the stretch for the Giants last season.  He is worth a gamble, but I wouldn’t count on health or production.

These shingles may be used, but when they were new, they were better than the ones the Giants are replacing.  The Giants have a great deal of potential in that rotation now with MadBum, Cain, and Peavy all being/having been dominant at one point.


Waiver Wire Rescue 

Patrick Corbin, SP, ARI – If you find yourself desperately seeking a SP, remember this guy Patrick Corbinwas an All-Star in 2013 before missing the entire 2014 season with Tommy John surgery.  The effectiveness of pitchers right off of TJ is seemingly better with every returning pitcher (Harvey, Fernandez).  There is still zero guarantees here, but how many 25-year-old All-Star pitchers will you find on the waiver wire?

Matt Cain, SP, SF – See above.  This guy’s track record speaks for itself.

Jake Peavy, SP, SF – This is a gamble.  He keeps resurrecting himself and maybe he can do it again.

Yonder Alonso, 1B, SD – This dude is batting .301 and is a free agent in every league I play in.  Unfortunately, the BA is the only thing he brings to the fantasy world.  If you have been hit by injuries, or just need a bench bat or corner IF, you can do a lot worse than a .300 hitter.


 Roster Zombies

Tim Lincecum, SP, SF – Unproductive, hurt, and slated for the bullpen. One…Two…Three strikes.  You’re outta here!

Corey Dickerson, OF, COL – “Planter Fasciitis” is bad news.  These are two words you never want to see attached to your fantasy players name.  It can be nothing, or ruin an entire season.  It seems to be ruining Dickerson’s season.  I’m tired of waiting for this guy and have always made a conscious effort in fantasy sports to treat players with Planter Fasciitis like woman with Syphilis.

Jimmy Rollins, SS, LAD – It’s over.  He is batting .208 with an OPS nearly 100 points lower than his previous career low.  With super prospect Corey Seager waiting in AAA, the Dodgers could make a move at any time.


“And Boggs Never Walked Again”

Archie Bradley, SP, ARI – Shoulder, no timetable for return.

No.  Not that Boggs...

No. Not that Boggs…

Ender Inciarte, OF, ARI – Hamstring, expected return immediately after All-Star break.

Justin Morneau, 1B, COL – Concussion, no timetable for return.

Corey Dickerson, OF, COL – Planter fasciitis, no timetable for return.

Adam Ottavino, RP, COL – Tommy John, out for the season.

Carl Crawford, OF, LAD – Oblique, expected return immediately after the All-Star break.

Brandon Beachy, SP, LAD – Tommy John, expected return late July.

Brandon McCarthy, SP, LAD – Tommy John, out for the season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD – Torn Labrum, out for the season.

Paco Rodriguez, RP, LAD – Elbow, expected return September.

Wil Myers, OF, SD – Wrist, expected return mid-late August.

Brandon Morrow, SP, SD – Shoulder, expected return late July.

Josh Johnson, SP, SD – Tommy John, not expected to return.

Cory Spangenberg, 2B/3B, SD – Knee, expected return late July.

Cory Luebke, SP, SD – Tommy John, expected return late July.

Nori Aoki, OF, SF – Fractured Fibula, expected return early August.

Tim Lincecum, SP, SF – Forearm, no timetable for return.

Tim Hudson, SP, SF – Shoulder strain, no timetable for return.

Jean Machi, RP, SF – Groin, expected return late June.


He wears a different uniform today.

He wears a different uniform today.



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  1. Joe Iannone

    July 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

    You remember record players……. and um syphilis.

    I traded Dickerson for deGrom in my contracts league. How’ed I do?

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