Fantasy Sports Locker Room takes a closer look at last night’s Fantasy Baseball News and Notes from around the majors – Twitter style. So many great story lines from last night, but I have to start in Boston.
The Yankees had multiple conversations with Michael Pineda about pine tar after April 10 incident, including about possible consequences.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 24, 2014
Those conversations did not seem to bother Michael Pineda one bit, well at least the consequences didn’t seem to bother him…
Pineda: “In the first inning I didn’t feel the ball. I didn’t want to hit anybody so I put it on.”
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) April 24, 2014
Pineda apologized. He said he couldn’t grip the ball and didn’t want to hit anyone. People have been pitching in cold weather for 150 years. — David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) April 24, 2014
Pineda was turning into a great Fantasy Baseball steal, but now he may be suspended 10 games. Let’s wait and see what happens, but it’s not the best news for owners. I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to drop him and go after a player on the waiver wire. There have been a few wire beauties that have panned out so far for owners so far.
— Jon Collins (@joncollinsFSLR) April 23, 2014
— SiriusXM Fantasy (@SiriusXMFantasy) April 23, 2014
Baffled or annoyed, were all surprised what Aaron Harang has been doing. He just keeps #haranginaround.
Let’s just go ahead and give the NL comeback player of the year to Aaron Harang. Why wait any longer?
— Tom (@Haudricourt) April 23, 2014
Let’s keep the waiver wire trend going shall we…
Wow. Ball game for Martin Perez. 26 scoreless innings now. Rangers take over first place with sweep.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 23, 2014
— Nick Kirby (@Nicholaspkirby) April 24, 2014
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) April 23, 2014
Charlie Blackmon, the number 1 ranked Fantasy Baseball player, just keeps on padding the stats. The Rockies leadoff man went 2-for-5 last night with a home run, three RBI, four runs and a stolen base. Blackmon has a ridiculous .410/.453/.692 line with five homers, 16 RBI, 19 runs and six stolen bases. 84 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues. Am I right to suggest that Blackmon may get you to your Fantasy Baseball playoffs, but he won’t help you win a championship. I’m not sure exactly what to make of him, but he has played over half his games at Coors Field so far, and he will play at least half his games there which we all know is friendly, friendly, friendly to guys who swing bats.
I personally would sell high. Blackmon was decent last year hitting .309 with six homers, 34 runs, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases, in a small sample size with only 258 plate appearances. If he can keep himself atop the Rockies lineup he could steal 25 bags and who knows, he could even score 80-100 runs. As long as he can stay away from his 19.0% strikeout rate from last season. Obviously he can’t keep this up. Scott Pianowski from Yahoo! sports gives his take on Blackmon.
— SiriusXM Fantasy (@SiriusXMFantasy) April 24, 2014
It really was a home run derby in Toronto and Nelson Cruz was feelin’ it!
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 24, 2014
Is Nelson Cruz looking like a bargain now? — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 24, 2014
Zack Greinke also feelin’ it. For a long time now.
The streak continues. Zack Greinke has now gone 17 consec starts w/ at least 5 IP and no more than 2 R. Longest 5 IP-2R streak in modern era
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 24, 2014
Zack Greinke struck out 20.6% of his batters faced in 2013. He has 9 strikeouts through 5 innings tonight and has struck out 35.2% this year
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 24, 2014
Another rough go for Ernesto Frieri who I have watched pitch all season, and I’ll tell ya…it feels time to give up on the guy.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 24, 2014
If Freese wasn’t such a dumbass on the bases we wouldn’t have even seen Frieri in the 9th inning most likely. Joe Smith needs to close, STAT
— Chuck Richter (@ChuckRichter70) April 24, 2014
Frieri gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth as the Nationals walked off for the 5-4 win.
More Frieri: “I’m mad at myself because I keep missing pitches, and if I keep doing that, I’m going to keep getting hurt like that.” — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2014
At least he knows what he is doing wrong, I don’t think it matters. I would start thinking of Joe Smith despite…
Scioscia says he’s sticking with Frieri as his closer. #Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) April 24, 2014
Tough break for Mark Trumbo owners…
Trumbo didn’t offer a timetable. He said he had a stress fracture in right foot in 2011. Took 5 1/2 months to heal. Said this isn’t as bad. — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 23, 2014
Apart from his home runs, Trumbo was really struggling at the plate.
— Jonathan (@Jonathan_TTF) April 23, 2014