Obvious Good News: Getting O'Flaherty back from the DL provides Bobby Cox with a second lefty he's come to trust, now and into October-if the Braves get there-although it's worth noting that Dunn has been effective in a low-leverage role, if as wild and frightening as Kimbrel was in his previous stints. Speaking of Kimbrel, he's been exceptional since his return, striking out 12 of 16 batters faced, allowing a lone hit-and going walk-free.
The 2006 class is a tough one to beat among a strong recent group of rookie classes.
Earlier this week, the folks at Beloit College released their annual MindsetList, a document designed to explain the cultural differences between the incoming class of college freshmen and the older faculty hired to teach them. The idea is to highlight the small and large ways the world has changed in the last 20 years by mentioning things that were true during the life span of oldsters that were never true for those under 20, e.g., the existence of things like a telephone cord, a country called Czechoslovakia, and a baseball commissioner not named Bud. For me, a man who fervently hopes Jamie Moyer comes back next spring to ensure I won’t have to face being older than every major-league ballplayer, this is always a time to reflect on youth and age, both in life and in baseball—especially so this year, since the current Mindset List includes a reference to the term Annus Horribilus, which I happened to use in last year’s BP Annual, but which I now know dates me almost as much as saying “23 Skidoo.”
Activated OF-LNate McLouth from the 15-day DL; optioned OF-S Gregor Blanco to Gwinnett (Triple-A). [7/21]
Optioned OF-L Nate McLouth to Gwinnett; activated OF-RBrent Clevlen from the 15-day DL; signed C-R Dave Ross to a two-year, $3.25 million contract extension through 2012. [7/27]
The Fish are a man down after post-game hijinks, along with other injury news from around the majors.
Chris Coghlan (torn meniscus, ERD 9/30) Between Kendry Morales and now Coghlan, post-game celebrations might get banned this year. Coghlan had an MRI yesterday, and reports vary on what was injured. Some say that it showed a sprained MCL in his knee while most, including MLB.com, say that there's a meniscal tear. Fact is, it's likely to be both. It's said to be the result of a "pieing" on Sunday. Coghlan snuck up behind Wes Helms and got him with the shaving cream to celebrate Helms' game winning hit, but somehow torqued his knee and sprained the ligament. Coghlan heads to the DL, but there's no word yet on surgery. There's no word on how significant the sprain is (if it exists), but in most cases, the MCL isn't repaired surgically even if it's ruptured, so that shouldn't affect the timing. Reports have Coghlan out for eight weeks, which would in essence end his season, but that's the high end of the estimates. Coghlan will immediately start a rehab program, and the Marlins trainers will start looking for a brace that will protect Coghlan's knee. The Marlins' slogan of "Serious Fun" has ended up a serious injury.
The guys you want at any price, the ones you'd buy for a dollar, and the ones you expect will break out or disappoint.
Since we're the fantasy crew here at Baseball Prospectus, we wanted to give you some more fantasy-focused predictions for the upcoming year. This is the perfect opportunity for us to claim that the things we predicted that came true make us brilliant, and also gives us adequate time to come up with excuses for the things that did not turn out the way we planned. It's a flawless plot, and we hope that you take part with your own predictions in the comments. Here we are, in alphabetical order, because alphabetical by height was too daunting a task:
With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 16 National League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. Keep in mind these are projected rosters and subject to change. American League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.