Weekend Watch: Rajai Davis
April, 29, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Most of us tend to look only at the pitching matchups heading into any given weekend as a way of discussing a series, but there's much more than that. Sure, I can't wait to see what Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lackey do to the poor Seattle Mariners this weekend -- can you imagine, after the way these guys have been recently, if both got lit up? -- and there are number of other pitchers I'm keeping closer than normal tabs on (Ted Lilly, Joel Pineiro and New York Yankees right-handers A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova among them), but here are some hitters to watch as well.
Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: The speedster ESPN Fantasy projected to end up tied for the fifth-most stolen bases in baseball was activated off the 15-day DL Friday, after missing a few weeks with a sprained ankle. He's owned in fewer than half of ESPN's standard leagues. See what I'm getting at? A potential 50-steal guy might be sitting there on free agency in your league? Don't wait! Go check now, and then of course come back to finish reading this blog. (OK, are you back?) Davis is presumably starting instead of stopgap Corey Patterson in center field immediately, but I also want to see how the DH situation is handled with Travis Snider being unceremoniously demoted -- seems awfully quick to me -- and David Cooper getting the call after hitting .395 at Triple-A Las Vegas. The point is, if Davis swipes a few bases this weekend, by Monday it's too late to add him.