Childs and I just wrapped up a podcast this afternoon so I thought I'd share some of the topics we discussed:
Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter will miss his next start because of inflammation in his elbow. Carpenter got the loss on Opening Night against the Mets when he was tagged for five earned runs and nine hits in six innings. Fantasy owners who argue that drafting pitchers early is a bad idea because of their risk to injuries are looking pretty good right now. Carpenter was likely among the top three pitchers selected in most drafts. He entered '07 with a 51-18 record in his last three seasons.
With Tampa Bay having sent down second baseman Jorge Cantu before the start of the regular season, B.J. Upton's value increases. The Devil Rays were trying Upton out at different positions during spring training, and he got the start at second base in their opener. The 22 year old went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. His speed and eligibility make him an attractive option.
Need a short-term fix in the outfield? Try Diamondbacks outfielder Scott Hairston. Filling in for an injured Carlos Quentin, Hairston has started Arizona's first two games. He's shown serious pop in the past, having hit 26 homers in Triple-A last season and 13 bombs in 101 games with Arizona in 2004.