Monthly Archives: June 2011

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.
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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.24.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  With another great outing last night by Capuano we’ve now won 4 consecutive picks.   I hope these have helped my loyal readers (all ten of you) and that you are doing much better in your leagues than I am.

For games on Saturday June 25th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Josh Collmenter 48% / 46% (ARI) @ DET

Brian Matusz 41% / 34% (BAL) vs. CIN

Bronson Arroyo 35% / 42% (CIN) @ BAL

Jonathon Niese 32% / 25% (NYM) @ TEX

Jeff Karstens 19% / 16% (PIT) vs. BOS

Wade Davis 14% / 23% (TB) @ HOU

Jason Vargas 14% / 11% (SEA) @ FLA

Danny Duffy 1% / 1% (KC) vs. ChC

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.23.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Friday June 24th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Tim Stauffer 42% / 15% (SD) vs. ATL

Edinson Volquez 39% / 36% (CIN) @ BAL

Edwin Jackson 37% / 14% (CWS) vs. WAS

Carlos Carrasco 33% /32 % (CLE) @ SF

Matt Harrison 32% / 15% (TEX) vs. NYM

Randy Wolf 30% / 31% (MIL) vs. MIN

Paul Maholm 8% / 2% (PIT) vs. BOS

Vance Worley 2% / 1% (PHL) vs. OAK

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06.22.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

You would think having Votto and Teixeira for a double-dipper I’d be set with tons of stats. Negative.

I am growing frustrated this week…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Chris Heisey – 3/5, 4 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI…Yep, count ’em: THREE jacks. I have liked this guy for some time and I hope Dusty starts to play him more than Gomes going forward. Of course, we know where Dusty’s allegiances lie.

The Bats:
Adrian Gonzalez
– 4/4, RBI…The hits just keep on coming.

Matt Kemp – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, SB…TWENTY-ONE stolen bases and counting…

Ty Wigginton – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…We JUST discussed Wiggy on The 4th and Home Show Tuesday night.

Danny Espinosa – 2/4, R, RBI…Did you know he has FORTY-FIVE RBIs?

Mike Stanton – 3/5, 2 R…Multi-hit games are old hat for Mikey.

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.22.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  There is a very short slate of games for tomorrow but luckily we have some decent options anyway.

For games on Wednesday June 23rd these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Jason Marquis 15% / 7% (WAS) vs. SEA

Brian Duensing 8% / 1% (MIN) @ SF

Chris Capuano 5% / 2% (NYM) vs. OAK

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06.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Today we celebrate Minnesota fans across the country.

Onto the tidbits…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Madison Bumgarner – 0.1/9/8/1:0…Thank you Mr. Bumgarner for destroying my ERA this week. Today is the Minnesota edition of the BSB, so YOU are the POD.

The Bats:
Seth Smith
– 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…This guy is getting no love despite his overall line of .316/36/8/32/3.

Jose Tabata – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…I am feeling a strong summer from Tabata.

Kevin Youkilis – 4/5, RBI…Greek God of Walks upped his average to .276. Room to grow.

Torii Hunter – 4/5, R, RBI…Remember when Bonds picked him up over his shoulder after Torii robbed him of a home run at the All-Star game? Yeah, that was the last time he was relevant.

Jason Bay – 3/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…Earning that contract!

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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.21.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting. 

For games on Wednesday June 22nd these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Jacke Peavy 48% / 40% (CWS) vs. ChC

Kevin Correia 45% / 43% (PIT) vs. BAL

Brett Myers 37% / 32% (HOU) @ TEX

Brandon Beachy 25% / 17% (ATL) vs. TOR

John Lackey 24% / 13% (BOS) vs. SD

Rick Porcello 19%/ 13% (DET) @ LAD

Mike Leake 18% / 14% (CIN) vs. NYY

Clayton Richard 13% /  1% (SD) @ BOS

Nick Blackburn 12% / 6% (MIN) @ SF

RA Dickey 12% / 4% (NYM) vs. OAK

John Lannan 4% / 5% (WAS) vs. SEA

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06.20.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Batters headline today’s Breakdown, but a pitcher headlines the Bats and Arms…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Tim Hudson – 8/2/0/8:1…Hudson also hit a 2-run shot to secure victory for the Braves.

The Bats:
Carlos Santana
– 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Ok, it is ON!

Carlos Gonzalez – 3/5, 2 R, SB…Lead-off hitter excelling!

Nick Markakis – 3/4, 2 R…Don’t look now, but Markakis has 9 hits in his last 4 games. Where da power at?

Adrian Gonzalez – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI…Man On Fire.

Chase Headley – 4/5, 2 R…Batting .297 now. Career year? Still not exciting!

Orlando Hudson – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…O-Dog showing us he’s still alive.

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Weekly Minor League Recap

AAA:

Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero, recovering from the eye infection that sidelined him much of the previous week, hit .272 last week, with a HR and no Ks.  There was some buzz about a call up, but Russell Martin avoided the DL and looks to be ok for the time being.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is on the 7 day DL with a broken bone in his left hand.  Still not swinging a bat yet, will be a few more weeks before we see anything from him, unfortunately.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas continues to perform at the plate, at .294/.351/.382 his last ten.  The lack of any real pop of late hurts his chances of joining the A’s anytime soon, barring injury to a regular in Oakland.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer had a great week, and is up to .351/.429/.541 his last ten.  He had a HR and 7 RBIs last week. 

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso only played two games last week for some reason, and he wasn’t injured or called up, so not sure what is going on.  He was 3 for 9 in those two games. 

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall sustained a concussion on 6/12 and has been out of the lineup since. Obviously a pre-All Star break call up isnt looking too good now. Just hope he doesnt suffer any lingering affects at this point; concussions are no joke. 

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Kipnis deserves some love, as he has been on fire of late and is now the next in line Cleveland prospect, what with Chisenhall slumping/injured.  He is at .381/.413/.762 over his last ten, and had a HR and 4 RBIs last week.  At .296/.366/.508 on the season with 10 steals, he could be an interesting middle infield option in deep/keeper leagues.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings slowed down last week, and is now at .263/.333/.289 (yuck) over his last ten.  He is striking out more and not hitting HRs of late, but he still stands to be the next big call up from Triple A. 

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson threw 6 solid innings last week: 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks.  The Twins have won 7 in a row, so maybe they think they can still contend in the AL central, which decreases the chance that they rush Gibson to Target Field.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain picked it up last week, and has a .333/.389/.788 line his last ten, with 4 HRs last week.  Melky Cabrera is making it tough for the Royals to call him up anytime soon though. 

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5):  Teheran was great again last week: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 Ks. What else is new? The Braves look like they don’t want to call him back up until they have a more permanent slot, which is probably the smart move.

Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez had a very good week, with a 4 RBI performance on 6/17.  At just .275/.295/.325 his last ten, but 7 for his last 16.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill stayed hot last week, with a HR and 8 RBIs.  Has a .342/.444/.500 line his last ten.  Great power (12 HRs) and speed (23 SBs) combo. 

AA:

Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine is still on the 7 day DL. 

Manny Banuelos NYY, SP, Trenton (#41): Banuelos had a rough outing last week: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks.

-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Tennessee Smokies (#38): Jackson is starting to come back around, with a HR and 6 hits in his last 17 at bats. 

Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Erie SeaWolves (#21): Turner picked it back up last week: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks.  He is starting to walk more batters of late, and his K rate has dropped slightly, but otherwise looks good.

Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, 1b, Mobile BayBears (unranked): Goldschmidt is in a slump! Just .188/.333/.406 his last ten (but he did hit a HR Sunday night).  Nothing to worry about, just shows he is human.

Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#35): Delgado got a spot start at the big league level last week, filling in for the injured Brandon Beachy; he went 4 IP and gave up 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, while K’ing 2.  He is back in AA with Beachy due back shortly.  Don’t expect another call up unless he is needed in an emergency. 

-Mike Trout, LAA, OF, Arkansas Travelers (#2): Trout is now at .359/.432/.667 his last ten, adding 2 more HRs last week. Looking good Mikey. 

Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Frisco Roughriders (#24): Perez had another bad turn last week: 5 IP, 6 H, 4  ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 5Ks.  Yep, the walks are back. 

Matt Moore, TB, SP, Montgomery Biscuits (#15): Moore outdid himself last week, tossing a no-hitter.  He walked 2 and K’ed 11.  Yea, this kid is something special.

Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Palm Beach Cardinals (#13): Miller is now starting to dominate AA as well: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks in his start last week. 

Arodys Vizcaino, ATL, SP, Mississippi Braves (#93): Vizcaino was superb last week: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks. 

A:

-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, Wilmington Blue Rocks (unranked): Odorizzi recovered from his worst start of the year to pitch 5.2 innings of 4 H, 0 ER ball last week.  He K’ed 11 and walked just two.

-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Hagerstown Suns (#1): Harper is at a pedestrian .281/410/.438 clip his last ten.  When you are .330/.429/.586 on the season, this qualifies as a dry spell.  

-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Visalia Rawhide (#82): Skaggs had a good start last week to bounce back from the previous week: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 Ks. 

Jean Segura, LAA, 2b/SS, Inland Empire 66 (#57): Segura is still on the shelf (hamstring). 

Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Delmarva Shorebirds (#14): Machado is still struggling, just at .190/.261/.310 his last ten. 

-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Charlotte Stone Crabs (#92): Lee continues to shine, with a .409/.435/.523 line his last ten.