6 is the number for the day
Today’s number is six, boys and girls.
OK, somebody watched way too much television as a child.
The point is sixes are the theme for three roster changes affecting fantasy teams.
The six-fingered pitcher was the Cubs’ closer until he pulled a hamstring in spring training, but don’t expect to see him finishing games for Chicago any time soon.
Alfonseca was shaky to begin with last season and now the Cubs are slowly working him back into the bullpen mix, and Joe Borowski has a hold on the job for now.
Borowski is 1-0 with six saves. More importantly, he was very good in middle relief last year, going 4-4 with two saves and a 2.74 ERA, so the success isn’t coming from nowhere.
Alfonseca could still be traded or move back into the job if Borowski falters, but for now his value is almost nonexistant.
Most of this group has limited or no value except for Hernandez, who is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA, and Affeldt, who is supposed to be the superior prospect but has been held back by blister problems.
Drop everybody’s value even more with the six-man rotation. The limited work could make it harder for all six to stay sharp and it will definitely cut into their cumulative numbers because they are getting less work.
Jeter’s return should be a big bonus to owners who were patient with him and make the best lineup in the majors even more dangerous. Just be careful. Jeter did not have the problem corrected by surgery and separated shoulders often pop out again.