Category Archives: Bounceback

05.22.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Interleague play always bring interesting games. Like the Mets being up 3-1 and ready to take the series from the Yanks and then giving up an 8-run inning to lose the game (and series).

Ugh…onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: James Shields – SHO, 3 H, 13:1…Big Game James continues to dominate. This start was just nasty!

The Bats:
Asdrubal Cabrera
– 5/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Wow. He now has 9 HR on the season (most in his career) and is looking to break all of his past single-season records. Yeah, I told you he was juicing.

Michael Brantley – 3/4, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB…Guy continues to produce, mostly since we talked about him on the Show of course.

Joey Votto – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Votto’s been absent for a bit from this piece, so it’s good to see him back. Batting .335 with 6 HR and 28 RBI.

Jay Bruce – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…If Jose Bautista did not exist, we’d be talking about Bruce. He has been ON FIRE. He’s now up to .271 with 11 HR and 27 RBI.

Alex Rodriguez – 4/5, R, RBI…Got the average back up to .284!

Curtis Granderson – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Number 16. Unreal.

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05.19.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Madison Bumgarner JUST missed a SHO. He’d be on your team if you read my “September Star Series…

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jason Giambi– 3/5, 3 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI…So he juiced before the game I assume?

The Bats:
Jay Bruce
– 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Bruce is starting to heat up as he’s now batting .333 for the past week.

Justin Morneau – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Morneau with a nice night to help his disappointing season.

Trevor Plouffe – 1/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Ok, ok. It’s about time I talk about the Rook. Through nine games he’s batting .286 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.

Howie Kendrick – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Been quiet lately, but now hitting .322 with 7 HR and 18 RBI.

Allen Craig – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Holliday-esque in his start!

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2011 Bounce Back Player of the Week: Chris Young, New York Mets

Chris Young has always been a tantalizing player with the capability to be a top tier pitcher, but never able to prove his prowess over the long run. A plethora of injuries have allowed him to pitch no more than 180 innings in a single season during his major league career and over the last three seasons he has maxed out at 102 innings in 2008.

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2011 Bounce Back Player of the Week: Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals

Lance Berkman Gettin His Ugly On In St. Louis

During the first decade of the 2000’s, Lance Berkman was a staple in any conversation about the best hitters in baseball. Through almost 12 seasons in Houston he had become the face of the franchise along with Roy Oswalt and was a former member of the killer B’s taking Derek Bell’s place in 2000 along with Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player of the Week: Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

In 2009 Ian Kinsler was just the 5th second baseman to complete a 30/30 season since 2000. Think about that, during those heady days of crazy power numbers he was only the 5th second baseman to accomplish this feat. That should give you a pretty good idea of just how good this young man is capable of becoming.

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2011 Bounce Back Player of the Week: Russell Martin, New York Yankees

In 2007 Russell Martin won a silver slugger and was generally considered one of the best catchers in the game. Since then it has been a long, steady fall from grace. Martin was plagued with MCL injuries last season, only playing in 97 games which helped continue his streak of declining production:

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Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player Of The Week: Jason Bay

Bay had a terrible season last year from two perspectives. He was injured and missed over 60 games, but even when playing his slugging was way down and he finished with his lowest home run total since playing in only 30 games his rookie season. Prior to 2010, Bay had been a borderline great player who you could count on for 30 HR’s and 100 RBI:

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Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player Of The Week: Pablo Sandoval

 

Panda is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 2 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently performed offensively:

Year Games R HR RBI AVG OBP SLG BABIP
2008 41 24 3 24 .345 .357 .490 .356
2009 153 79 25 90 .330 .387 .556 .350

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Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player Of The Week: Justin Upton

Week 2’s Selection: Justin Upton

Upton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased:

Year Games R HR RBI AVG OBP SLG BABIP
2007 43 17 2 11 .221 .283 .364 .287
2008 108 52 15 42 .250 .353 .463 .332
2009 138 84 26 86 .300 .366 .532 .360

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Bounce Back Player of the Week – Rollins

This will be a weekly column leading up to the start of the baseball season highlighting players I’m looking at for a significant jump in stats over last year.

Week 1’s Selection: Jimmy Rollins

J-Roll is coming off his worst statistical season since becoming a full time major leaguer. He’s 32 year old, had a rash of leg injuries last season and his game depends upon speed. Right about now you’re probably wondering why I would pick him as a bounce back player for 2011! Well, I have 3 good reasons:

1)      He’s healthy again after a full off season of workouts and his new found fondness of yoga.

2)      He’s extremely likely to be hitting in the #5 spot which will give him a lot of RBI chances in that lineup.

3)      IT’S A CONTRACT YEAR! He knows he has to produce to get paid, isn’t it funny how that always seems to help.

With those factors and the lack of quality depth at shortstop, I’d safely bet on Rollins being a top 5 shortstop again this year with the potential to end up as high as 3rd.

2011 Fantasy Forecast: 85 R, 18 HR, 90 RBI, 25 SB, .265 Avg