Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.26.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  For the second straight day we are faced with a slew of poor match ups, but we march on and dig deeper.

For games on Wednesday July 27th 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:

John Danks 48% / 42% (CWS) vs. DET

Carlos Zambrano 42% / 17% (ChC) @ MIL

Phil Hughes 41% / 32% (NYY) vs. SEA

Cory Luebke 38% / 52% (SD) vs. ARI

Javier Vazquez 33% / 9% (FLA) @ WAS

Bronson Arroyo 30% / 31% (CIN) vs. NYM

John Lackey 24% / 17% (BOS) vs. KC

Paul Maholm 17% / 11% (PIT) @ ATL

Barry Zito 11% / 4% (SF) @ PHL

Livan Hernandez 5% / 2% (WAS) vs. FLA

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07.25.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Happy Birthday, Mom!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ian Kinsler – 4/6, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Must think it’s Spring Training!

The Bats:
Chris Denorfia
– 2/5, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB…Who?

Michael Brantley – 2/3, 2 R, SB…I think MB is going to be one of my top sleepers heading into 2012.

Mark Teixeira – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…The average is garbage. Remind me to pass next year.

Derek Jeter – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Speaking of passing, how did he pass on Jessica Biel?

Yadier Molina – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…Actually been quite serviceable this year. Still wouldn’t draft him though.

Colby Rasmus – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look who’s heating up!

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.25.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  I got to watch a TON of baseball over the weekend stuck inside to avoid the heat.  Read below to see a first in 52 of these articles…

For games on Tuesday July 26th 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:

Jake Peavy 42% / 31% (CWS) vs. DET

Jonathon Niese 37% / 19% (NYM) @ CIN

Brett Myers 34% / 27% (HOU) @ StL

Carl Pavano 24% / 7% (MIN) @ TEX

Jake Arrieta 18% / 8% (BAL) @ TOR

Chris Narveson 14% / 6% (MIL) vs. ChC

Doug Fister 12% /4% (SEA) @ NYY

Jake Westbrook 5% / 3% (StL) vs. HOU

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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres ( 35 percent owned in Yahoo, 57.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .283 AVG / 49 R / 6 HR / 27 RBI / 22 SB

Maybin can really fill up a stat sheet. During his ten game hitting streak, he is hitting .422/11/1/6/10. Don’t expect a .280 average going forward because his contact rates are Uggla-like (72.5 percent) but he will be a good source of runs and steals going forward.

Projection (rest of season): .250 AVG / 34 R / 4 HR / 24 RBI / 10 SB

Dexter Fowler, OF Colorado Rockies ( 18 percent owned in Yahoo, 20.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .250 AVG / 43 R / 0 HR / 24 RBI / 5 SB

After Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15 day DL, Dexter Fowler got the call once again. He knows he will have to prove himself to stay in the lineup when CarGo returns. In the past six games Fowler has hit leadoff while batting .454/5/0/5/2. I would like to see him more active on the basepaths but deeper leagues should try him out while he’s hot.

Projection (rest of season): .265 AVG / 28 R / 2 HR / 19 RBI / 6 SB

Nate Schierholtz, OF San Francisco Giants ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo, 50.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .287 AVG / 33 R / 7 HR / 36 RBI / 7 SB

Schierholtz is quietly putting together a pretty solid season for the Giants. He owns an overall triple slash line of .287/.331/.444 and a .382 wOBA for the month of July. He mostly hits out of the five-spot in the order so he should at least be a decent source of RBIs. Beware if the Giants end up trading for a player like Carlos Beltran, because Schierholtz may find his way into a platoon situation.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 21 R / 5 HR / 29 RBI / 5 SB

Vance Worley, SP Philadelphia Phillies ( 50 percent owned in Yahoo, 78.6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 1 L / 48 K / 2.02 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

Worley has been a good surprise for the Phillies this year. He won’t put up huge strikeout numbers but he does a good job of drawing weak contact and getting groundball outs. Hitters will still have trouble with Worley because they are not familiar with him yet. You may want to consider benching him when he is set to start against a team he has faced before. In his second start against the Mets, he gave up 8 R/3 IP.

Projection (rest of season): 4 W / 3 L / 37 K / 3.85 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

Jason Isringhausen, RP New York Mets ( 29 percent owned in Yahoo, 46.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 0 L / 28 K / 2.67  ERA / 1.13 WHIP / 2 SV

Isringhausen is the closer for the Mets and Bobby Parnell’s blowup against the Marlins last night (1 IP, 2 ER), only solidifies the closing gig. Izzy has plenty of experience in the closer’s role (295 career saves) so give him a shot.

Projection (rest of season): 2 W / 1 L / 19 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.20 WHIP / 10 SV

*All stats are current as of 7/25/11, 10:00 AM

07.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Here are your updated 4th and Home Standings:
Me         12-4
Killboy  11-4-1
Eric        10-6
Chris     7-7-2
Jesse     6-10
Brian    6-10

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brett Cecil – 4-hit SHO/7:2…I guess AAA helped? Monitor him. Not ready to push all of my chips into the middle for him just yet, but I’ve always been intrigued by him.

The Bats:
Mike Stanton
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Some think he has a 40/20 season in him. I sure hope so!

David Wright – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…To say he’s been hot since his DL-activation would be an understatement.

Colby Rasmus – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Upping his price tag?

Hideki Matsui – 5/5, R, RBI…How does a 3-hole hitter produce little when getting 5 hits? Oh, when you’re an Athletic.

Nick Markakis – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been hot this month, but the overall line is still garbage. Still glad I dropped him.

Torii Hunter – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Hunter batting .237. That’s about his age too!

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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League


CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10:  Jemile Weeks #19 of the Oakland Athletics hits the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on June 10, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 7-5.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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: 07.22.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  100 degrees in the East (101 heat index at 7:30 am as I type this) and killer hot most everywhere else in the country, hope those players are hydrating.  Me, I’ll be inside in the AC watching all weekend.

For games on Saturday July 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:

Derek Lowe 46%/ 31% (ATL) @ CIN

Matt Harrison 46% / 53% (TEX) vs TOR

Edwin Jackson 36% / 13% (CWS) @ CLE

Josh Collmenter 31% / 27% (ARI) vs COL

Randy Wolf 26% / 21% (MIL) @ SF

Homer Bailey 16% / 6% (CIN) vs ATL

Chris Capuano 16% / 9% (NYM) @ FLA

Rich Harden 9% / 5% (OAK) @ NYY

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07.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Pretty light day for games, but enough action to warrant a post. I tell you, it was over 100 again here in the Northeast so it wasn’t easy! 103 tomorrow!

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.J. Wilson – CG/2/0/8:1…A CG loss. That sucks. Know what else sucks? Knowing he was going to have a great year and then having Jesse draft him right before you!

The Bats:
Cameron Maybin
– 4/5, 2 R, 2 SB…9/15 in this series, just one extra base hit but five stolen bases. I’ve been wanting to get excited by this guy since Opening Day 2007. Remember “Strobe Light Honey” by Black Sheep? Yeah, they wrote that song for guys like Maybin, not girls at the club.

Ichiro – 3/4, R, SB…Batting .265 and it’s safe to say the wheels have fallen off. Ichiro is waiver fodder if you ask me.

Jason Heyward – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…J-Hey with another rare homer. I am hoping he’s not falling into the “what if” category, but color me concerned – just don’t color me badd.

Freddie Freeman – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…He remind anyone else of Votto-lite?

Evan Longoria – 2/2, R, HR, RBI…Longo trying to get over .240.

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.21.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Friday July 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:

Gavin Floyd 48% / 28% (CWS) @ CLE

Phil Hughes 45% / 41% (NYY) vs. OAK

Carlos Zambrano 43% / 18% (ChC) vs. HOU

Cory Luebke 37% / 53% (SD) @ PHL

Bronson Arroyo 31% / 33% (CIN) vs. ATL

Carlos Carrasco 30% / 18% (CLE) vs. CWS

John Lackey 21% / 11% (BOS) vs. SEA

Paul Maholm 20% / 17% (PIT) vs. StL

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