Earlier today at RotoGraphs, Mike Podhorzer advised the teeming masses not to sleep on Cleveland right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Sound advice, that — nor is Carrasco the only player with regard to whom said advice is relevant. There are number of other players upon whom we shouldn’t be sleeping.
A number a lot like seven, for example:
A relatively even surface is ideal for sleeping. Uggla, meanwhile, is composed almost entirely of biceps that bulge out all over his body. Not conducive at all for healthy sleeping practices. Don’t sleep on Dan Uggla.
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, Gordon has one of the slightest builds in all of baseball. Even a normal-sized man lying atop Gordon for seven or eight hours could have disastrous consequences for the shortstop. Don’t sleep on Dee Gordon.
Even if there are certain players in the league who would permit being slept upon, it’s fair to assume that their wives have little desire to share a bed, as well. Especially with someone who looks like you, with that haircut and those weird pleated slacks you’re always wearing. Don’t sleep on any married players, probably.
If his tenure as a major-league owner is any indication, Jeffrey Loria lacks something basic in terms of human empathy. Were he to find someone sleeping on him, the results could be fatal — or worse. Is Jeffrey Loria an actual player? No. But still: don’t sleep on Jeffrey Loria. It’s just good sense.
One might suppose that, given Prince Fielder’s corpulence, that he’d be the perfect sort of player for sleeping upon. Except for this: an abundance of soft tissue can thicken the wall of the windpipe, narrow the inside of the windpipe, and cause sleep apnea. For Fielder to support not only his own weight but also someone else’s could put him at considerable risk for any number of problems: high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, etc. Please, for the love of humanity, don’t sleep on Prince Fielder.
Unlike Jeffrey Loria, Matt Harvey is full of empathy — so full, in fact, that he’s compelled in his dreams after every start to re-live every one of his strikeouts from the batter’s point of view. As a result, Harvey is prone to night terrors — and is a danger to anyone around him. Don’t sleep on Matt Harvey.
Podhorzer’s advice is sound. Carlos Carrasco is returning from Tommy John surgery. He didn’t pitch at all in 2012, and now he’s finally returning to peak physical health (as his encouraging velocity readings of late suggest). Were one to sleep on Carrasco and accidentally re-injure him somehow — that would be pretty difficult for Carrasco, probably. A setback like that could have real repercussions for him, from an emotional point-of-view. Don’t sleep on Carlos Carrasco.
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