Fantasy Notes: Putrid Ponson
Great minds must think alike. After witnessing Sidney Ponson’s effort Friday night, I wrote the following recap on Rotoworld.com:
Sidney Ponson was battered by the Royals on Friday, suffering the loss when he gave up 10 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Now that’s the Sidney Ponson we all know and hate. After winning his first game of the year against Tampa Bay last time out, the rotund one was shelled by a team that has struggled to hit its way out of a paper bag. Ponson’s ERA is 9.39 and you’ve got to figure another one of these gems will have the Twins seeking other rotation options.
Around the time I was hacking out that note, RotoRob.com writer Tim McLeod sent me an e-mail drawing my attention to Sir Sid’s horrible effort and talking about how well Kevin Slowey was looking for Triple-A Rochester. On Thursday, Slowey recorded his second straight shutout performance, fanning nine in 5 2/3 innings. He’s now 2-0, 0.00 and in 11 2/3 innings, he’s given up six hits, struck out 11 and walked none. Of course, if (or rather when) Minnesota decides to make the switch and ditch Ponson, Glen Perkins could be the first option. He’s already up with the big team, and looked stellar in his only Triple-A start (although he has failed to impress for the Twins yet). And let’s not forget Scott Baker, who has been superb for Rochester so far, or Matt Garza, who many thought deserved a job directly out of spring training. Garza has had some issues with his command, so I’d prefer to see him work that out before returning to the majors.