A friend in a weekly transaction league sent this email on Sunday night:
I can't believe I just benched CC Sabathia in favor of Jonathan Sanchez BECAUSE Sabathia has a two-start week coming up.
Here's how that decision is working out so far, after CC's decisive win over Gil Meche and the Royals:
Sabathia - 6.0 IP, 1 W, 11 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Sanchez - 0.0 IP
Aren't you sort of glad that Yahoo! wouldn't let you cut him?
• Eric Gagne kept his consecutive games streak alive, pitching again. He also blew his fourth save of the season. Gagne had a little help this time, however:
Gagne got Rick Ankiel to chase a pitch for strike three, and Pujols hit what appeared to be a a tailor-made double-play grounder to third baseman Bill Hall. But second baseman Rickie Weeks couldn’t turn it, allowing Izturis to tie the game at 8 and costing Gagne his second straight save opportunity. “I just had a bad throw,” Weeks said.
• Manny Corpas blew his third save of the year and raised his ERA to 6.55. He allowed a walk and three hits tonight, including a three-run ninth-inning double by Pat Burrell.
Brian Fuentes is 25.9 percent-owned, just in case you were wondering.
• Jorge Cantu went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Florida's loss to Pittsburgh. That's the fourth straight multi-hit game for Cantu, who's only 3.1 percent-owned. He's now hitting .338.
• Left-hander John Lannan had his second consecutive useful start, picking up a win against Atlanta. He pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out four. Last week he held the Mets to one run over six innings, and he struck out 11. The 23-year-old has not posted extraordinary minor league K-rates, however, striking out 229 batters and walking 127 over 336.0 innings.
• Two more hits tonight for the 33.4 percent-owned Lastings Milledge...
• And three more hits for the 28.4 percent-owned Joey Votto, who raised his average to .333.
• Tampa catcher Dioner Navarro went 3-for-4 tonight, as did first baseman Eric Hinske. Brad Evans thinks it's outrageous that I'm burying Hinske here in the seventh bullet.
"He's got five home runs! Five! That's as many as Morneau!"
• The recently mass-dropped Hunter Pence hit his first home run of the season for Houston tonight. The 44.0 percent-owned Kaz Matsui hit leadoff for the Astros and went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
• Livan Hernandez gives up runs?! Wha--?
Yeah, it's true. Livan, who's owned in way too many leagues (46 percent), gave up four earned runs over six innings. He struck out three. You can probably drop him now.
• JJ Putz returned from the DL tonight and made things right in the Seattle bullpen, picking up a save and recording two Ks.
• Josh Beckett was scratched from his start with "neck stiffness."
• Here's a bit of news that you don't exactly mind if you're a Miguel Cabrera and/or Carlos Guillen owner: those two are swapping positions. This means that Cabrera will soon qualify at 1B and 3B in Yahoo! leagues, while Guillen will qualify at 1B, SS and 3B.