Monthly Archives: July 2011
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
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!
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!
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
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
Here are your updated 4th and Home Standings:
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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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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