Fantasy Notes: Glendon Rusch to the Rescue
July 9, 2006 | | comment on this post
Glendon Rusch may get more time in the Cubs’ rotation.
In today’s notes, we look at Glendon Rusch’s triumphant return, Bronson Arroyo’s struggles and potential changes coming in the Windy City.
- The Cubs found an unlikely hero Sunday in Glendon Rusch. Just activated off the DL Monday and then shelled in a relief outing Tuesday, Rusch filled in for an ailing Mark Prior with five decent innings to lead the Cubs to a victory over the Brewers. Talk about help from a surprise source. Rusch had been shelled for 18 earned runs in 15 IP over his last five appearances before Sunday’s four-hit, two-run, two-walk, five-strikeout start. With the Cubs’ rotation in shambles, Rusch could have bought himself another couple of starts with this win. But we’ll have to see a lot more before suggesting he’s worth a waiver wire claim.
- The Reds’ lone All-Star representative, Bronson Arroyo, enters the break looking like anything but a star. After getting tattooed by the Braves Sunday afternoon, he’s now lost three straight decisions, and has been burned for 15 hits and 11 earned runs in 11 1/3 IP in the past two starts. Thanks to his tremendous breaking balls, Arroyo has generally been nasty on righties this year (.194 BAA heading into this start), but he couldn’t get anybody out Sunday. His normal trend this season has been a slow start (6.03 ERA in the first two innings of his starts) followed by a fantastic finish (1.71 for the rest of the game). However, Atlanta not only got to him for four runs in the first two innings, but it added another two over the next 2 1/3 IP. If this keeps up, Arroyo will very quickly work his way out of the Cy Young mix.
- Despite having won three straight, the only place the Cubs are heading for is a house cleaning. That could mean more PT for outfielder Angel Pagan, recently off the DL after missing most of the season with a hammy injury. Pagan homered Sunday, and could soon be worth exploring if you need outfield help in a deep NL-only league.
- No, Rickie Weeks has yet to emerge as the new Gary Sheffield as some expected. But he’s still just 23 and continues to improve each season. Weeks is currently stuck in a 2-for-14 funk as the Brewers have dropped three straight, but he went yard Sunday and is now on pace for 15 homers, 31 steals and a very impressive 120 runs. He’s sixth in the NL in runs and also ranks in the top 10 in swipes. If his owner was anticipating that Weeks would already be a 30-30 man and he grows weary of waiting, feel free to exploit at will and descend on Weeks like a seagull on a french fry.
- With Corey Koskie out of the lineup, Jeff Cirillo has had the opportunity to get some action. He snapped a 1-for-8 skid with a nice 2-for-5 performance Sunday to end the first half batting over .330 as a part-timer. Koskie is expected back after the break, so Cirillo will probably return to just playing against southpaws shortly. But if he continues to rake, he may earn a larger share of the gig at third in Milwaukee.