Monthly Archives: July 2011
Stats are as of Friday, July 29th.
Ryan Ludwick, OF, San Diego Padres (29% owned Yahoo, 44.5% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .238/41/11/62/1
Nothing impressive except for RBIs, but he could move to a contender in the next few days and not have to deal with Petco. Has an outside shot at 20 hr/100 runs batted in, and no matter the avg., that has value in almost every league. 10 HRs and 35 RBIs the rest of the way are not out of the question.
My Projection (all rest of season): .245/25/9/32/1
Dexter Fowler, OF, Colorado Rockies (22% Yahoo, 32.3% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .261/45/0/26/6
Fowler has been on fire since returning to the Rox on 7/15. He provides steals and runs even when not hitting around .370 and having multi-RBI games, but now is the time to ride him if he fills a need. Batting near or at the top of the Colorado line up for probably the rest of the season should make him a valuable commodity in all deep leagues, and I think you’ll see him run more in the next two months.
My Projection: .265/35/3/20/13
David Freese, 3b, St. Louis Cardinals (39% Yahoo, 61.6% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: .318/21/6/26/0
Freese slumped hard after coming back from injury at the end of June, but in the last week or so he has picked it back up, slugging 3 HRs and driving in 7 runs. Given the sad state of 3b in the NL, his decent avg/power profile could prove very useful down the stretch in deep leagues; just don’t expect him to be David Wright.
My Projection: .275/20/7/24/1
Josh Collmenter, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks (40% Yahoo, 52.1% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 3.10/.99/63/6-6
Collmenter went through a predictable rough patch in June/beginning of July, but has since rebounded, providing quality starts in three of his last four (Friday, not so much, as he got lit up for 7 H, 5 ER and a HR by the Dodgers). He has survived all year with a low K rate, and usually I hate pitchers who allow too many balls in play, but you can’t argue too much with the 3 era and sub 1 whip, even if it is pretty unsustainable from here on in. Even with the inevitable rise in both, he could be a back end of the rotation asset down the stretch in deep leagues.
My Projection: 4.00/1.25/38/4-3
Mark Melancon, RP, Houston Astros (37% Yahoo, 53% ESPN)
Current Stat Line: 3.10/1.30/41/5-3
As a closer, this guy should be owned in many more leagues. Sure, he pitches for a bad team, but so do Joakim Soria, Leo Nunez, and Drew Storen, all much higher owned than this guy. He has had his bumps in the road like most relievers, but only has two blown saves since he became the closer; remember this is his first year in the hotseat. His K rate aint too shabby (41 in 48 innings), and he has cut down on his walks (only 3 in his last 10.1 innings).
My projection: 3.50/1.30/20/1-2/10 (era/whip/ks/w-l/saves)
Happy Friday and welcome back to Spot Starting. Let’s find that last pick of the week to put your team over the top.
For games on Saturday July 30th 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:
Bartolo Colon 44% / 44% (NYY) vs. BAL
Aaron Harang 37% / 27% (SD) vs. COL
Derek Holland 33% / 22% (TEX) @ TOR
Mike Leake 20% / 10% (CIN) vs. SF
Zach Britton 15% / 21% (BAL) @ NYY
R.A. Dickey 14% /4% (NYM) @ WAS
Jason Marquis 13% / 8% (WAS) vs. NYM
Just a few days left and some big names have yet to move. I picked up Ryan Ludwick because I’m convinced he’ll be a Phillie and if not, being part of the Sawx carries equal fantasy weight.
4th and Home Player of the Day: Desmond Jennings – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, SB…That was fast. Few games into his career and he makes the BSB POD. Yeah, he’s for real. Upton can leave.
Miguel Cabrera – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…At the end of the day his numbers won’t look like last year’s, but they’ll still be first round quality.
Mark Trumbo – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI…Missed the cycle by a single? You’d think the triple would be elusive for the big man!
Erik Aybar – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, SB…Straight up for Reyes (rumor)? No, but closer than you think.
Joey Votto – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Three straight with a jack. Must think he’s Billy Butler. What?
Dustin Pedroia – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! STILL on fire.
Billy Butler – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Votto’s biggest fan.
Ryan Braun – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Looks like he’ll come close to matching his 2009 season.
Welcome back to Spot Starting.
For games on Friday July 29th 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:
Gavin Floyd 49% / 29% (CWS) vs. BOS
Erik Bedard 49% / 49% (SEA) vs. TB
Edwin Jackson 41% / 20% (StL) vs. ChC
Dillon Gee 41% / 31% (NYM) @ WAS
Josh Collmenter 38% / 41% (ARI) @ LAD
Randy Wolf 25% / 18% (MIL) vs. HOU
Carlos Carrasco 23% / 14% (CLE) vs. KC
Dontrelle Willis 3% / 2% (CIN) vs. NYM
Colby Rasmus to the Jays, E-Jax to the Cards, Carlos Beltran to the Giants (?) and Felix Hernandez stops the M’s bleeding. What a day!
4th and Home Player of the Day: Ervin Santana – A 10K no-no, although he did give up an unearned run. Simply dominating effort.
Mike Cameron – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…He’s been – terrible.
Ichiro – 4/5, 2 R, 2 SB…Guess he’s still alive, although he’s fodder IMO.
Dustin Ackley – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI…Ackley’s been holding his own and should be a decent option in 2012.
David Wright – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Batting .429 since being activated.
Jacoby Elssbury – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU! What else can you say about the kind of year this guy is having? .325/78/17/60/29 through 102 games.
Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Pedroia’s been out of his head too.
Welcome back to Spot Starting. Looks like I was wrong to be worried about Zito (his start was moved up a day, Phillies touched him up good. But that’s what it is to be a true Philadelphia fan, never cocky and always ready for the other shoe to drop.
For games on Wednesday July 28th 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:
Matt Harrison 48% / 60% (TEX) vs. MIN
Kevin Correia 45% / 41% (PIT) @ ATL
Derek Lowe 44% / 28% (ATL) vs. PIT
Homer Bailey 17% / 8% (CIN) vs. NYM
Carlos Villanueva 13% / 4% (TOR) vs. BAL
Chris Capuano 13% / 5% (NYM) @ CIN
Brian McCann heads to the DL, so he won’t be the No. 1 Catcher for too much longer. Jose Bautista left another game and Collin Cowgill goes 0/4 with 2 K in his debut.
4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 7/1/1/14:3…Sabathia has been so dominant that you have to wonder if he turned it on too fast. I am feeling post-season meltdown out of C.C.
Chase Utley/Ryan Howard – 4/8, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Just like old times.
Greg Dobbs – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…What is this, the all ex and current Phillies BSB?
Derrek Lee – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…5 HR and 17 RBI through July, he looks to have another decent second half. I think I’m buying.
J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…What a waiver steal for all you luckies.
Dustin Pedroia – 4/5, 3 R, RBI…Who is the No. 1 Fantasy Second Baseman?
Billy Butler – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! With 8 HR, Butler is on pace for 30…over 3 seasons. Who told you to take Logan Morrison before Butler? Oh yeah, the same guy who told you to pass on Ellsbury for Gardner!
–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero picked up the production last week, hitting 2 HR and driving in 9. He was 7 for 23, with 5 extra base hits.
-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo makes his debut on the list as he has had too good a season to ignore any further: .307/.365/.500, with 49 R, 16 HR, and 65 RBIs. He got called up last year to the big club, and acquitted himself quite well, hitting .308 with 5 HR and 13 RBIs in 104 ABs. Viciedo strikes out a healthy amount and doesn’t walk much (70/31 respectively on the season), but if/when he gets the nod, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him provide solid value in deeper leagues. Unfortunately, he has slumped of late (.143/.302/.143), but that shouldn’t erase the fine season he is having.
–Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco has also had a very good season, one that probably warranted attention here a while ago; oh well, better late than never. He has been involved in trade talks recently, so who knows where he will end up finishing the season. His bat seems legit: .303/.376/.502 with 47 R, 10 HR, 54 RBI this year. His past ten have been very good as well: .324/.342/.459. As we all know how thin catcher is, if he gets a chance in Cincy or elsewhere, should be worth a look in almost all but the shallowest leagues.