Thursday, September 4, 2003
Updated: September 5, 11:04 AM ET
Daily Shrink: Thursday
By Eric Karabell
(Note: This article is daily,
completed each weekday morning.
And we won't be talking football here.)
Tomorrow's Starters: Owned in less than 50 percent of ML leagues
The Giants are hot and on their way to 100 wins, so why not like Jerome Williams? He's been inconsistent lately, but last week he shut down Arizona, and tomorrow's opponent is - Arizona. Horacio Ramirez could be fine as well. The also guy is San Diego's Adam Eaton. The Padres are scoring many runs, and Eaton has allowed only one run in his last two starts combined. And hey, looking back, we hit it right on for Brian Lawrence and Steve Trachsel. They each won, and combined they allowed only one run.
Diamond Daily: Thanks for playing!
For Friday, it might be a fun time to choose Sammy Sosa, as he faces Ben Sheets. Sosa's hit .389 off Sheets (Moises Alou has the same average off him), and Sheets gives up many gopherballs. Mike Maroth tries to avoid his 20th loss, with Vernon Wells (.429 off him) waiting for him.
Injury Updates: Who's coming back soon? Who's not?
Bad news on Derek Jeter. He will probably miss the weekend series with Boston with his rib injury. ... Look for Philly's Placido Polanco to return to action today. ... Kurt Ainsworth might make an appearance for the Orioles this month, but don't expect much. Next season, expect much. ... Hideo Nomo was having a terrific season until recently, and now we know why. Nomo had an MRI and there's inflammation in his rotator cuff. He won't start again this week.
ESPN Stat Services: Player Rater and Most Added/Dropped
The top four guys still have about the same overall score, but Albert Pujols leads. Mark Prior's one start away from catching Jason Schmidt and Esteban Loaiza. Tim Hudson takes a hit after getting lit up. And entering the top 50 today is Aubrey Huff. ... On Add/Drop, Jose Reyes is being cut left and right. Reyes might play the final week of the season, though I'm not sure why the 90-loss Mets would risk it. Time to drop Ryan Klesko now; his season is over. Jody Gerut has gone from 7.2 percent owned to 62.1 in a week. Nice hot streak.
Fix it time: We answer your questions
Ari in New York writes, "Shrink! The fun never stops with keeper leagues...
I'm stacked with talent from Nomar, Beltran, Schilling, Brown, Sheffield, Nevin, Berkman and Green. Only five can stay on the island. Nomar, Beltran, and Schilling seem like locks for next year, but Shef's stellar year, Brown's age, Nevin's 3B eligibility, and Berkman and Green's talent are giving me fits... I lay on your couch - please give me your analysis! Who would you keep?"
Shrink: Well, after another Freddy Garcia outing I could use a couch. I wouldn't keep Brown or Green. Both are injury risks. I would keep Sheffield, and if given a choice of Nevin and Berkman, considering you have a few outfielders, I would go with Nevin. I still see him as a 35-110 guy when healthy, and next year's Padres are going to be good.
Just Talkin': Steve Trachsel is my new favorite pitcher. OK, that's a bit strong, but for where I drafted Trax (or added him off free agency), I love having 14 wins and a sub-4.00 ERA. Admit it, that's hard to believe. ... Isn't it odd that Seattle and Oakland each get blown out in shutouts by bad teams on the same night. I'm never surprised when Freddy G gets it handed to him, but Tim Hudson. Wow. ... Alex Escobar isn't working out. He can't hit for average, and after hitting his third homer he now has four RBI. I don't know if he'll ever make it. ... I want to thank Jason Giambi for going hitless in 25 at-bats and costing me a few spots in average in one very tight league. He homered last night. ... When is Josh Beckett going to be a 200-K guy who wins 15? Next year maybe?
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