Jordan Zimmermann is coming back for the Nationals just as Stephen Strasburg goes down. It will give Nationals fans and fantasy owners a taste of what 2011 will be like, but just like Nationals fans won’t be printing playoff tickets with Zimmermann’s arrival head to head owners shouldn’t count on Zimmermann to help in fantasy playoffs. He is still fairly young at 24 years old and his numbers from 2009 suggested he was developing. The fact that he is developing and just coming back from TJ Surgery gives you two clear cut reasons that Zimmermann is not worth adding. It’s common sense.
Now for keeper leagues and NL Only leagues, he can certainly be useful. He struck out a batter per inning in his MLB and minor league careers before the surgery. In four minor league starts this season, he has an ERA of 1.59 and a WHIP under 1.00. Those numbers are exciting, but I would much rather wait and see than get a Jeff Niemann type start today.
- Speaking of Niemann, both the Rays and Niemann himself attributed the 10 runs he let up to a lack of command rather than health.
- The Rockies had one of the best comebacks in recent memory. Carlos Gonzalez had the big hit that tied the game, and if the Rockies can close the gap in the Wild Card race (they have won four in a row) he deserves MVP consideration.
- Of course Joey Votto is probably the MVP if the season ended today. He also had the big hit in a game that was just as crazy as the Rockies and Braves game. He has now set career highs in every 5×5 stat.
- The third guy that might draw a vote for MVP is Albert Pujols. You might have heard of him. He was 0 for 4 yesterday and probably will never get a hit again. Trade him or release him which ever is easier.
- Huston Street had saved three straight games for Colorado, so Matt Belisle pitched the 9th, but it is still Street’s job. Matt Harrison got the save for the Rangers, but that job isn’t his either.
- Nick Swisher was in the original lineup for the Yankees, but got scratched when his leg wasn’t up to the task during batting practice.
- Adrian Beltre was thrown out of the night cap of the Red Sox double header against Seattle. Beltre claims that he was talking trash with former teammate Felix Hernandez and the rookie umpire misinterpreted why he was thrown out.
- Adrian Gonzalez hit his 9th home run at Petco this season. He has 17 on the road.
- Brandon Phillips was taken out of the Reds win against the Giants after being hit in the wrist with a pitch. He had x-rays and we’ll see what happens today. It was encouraging that he tried to stay in the game.
- J.A. Happ had a little redemption against his former team getting the win in 6.1 innings. Happ has 28 strikeouts and 19 walks since joining the Astros, so there is room for improving.
- Ricky Nolasco tested his knee and felt great. He could start Saturday.
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