Category Archives: Remember When

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.17.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  We enter Inter League play this weekend so teams aren’t as familiar with the pitchers they face which is usually advantage to the pitcher.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fellow Dads out there.  It is my wish for you that you get to read your Sunday box scores in peace if just for one day.

For games on Saturday June 18th 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:

Brian Matusz  47% /  51% (BAL) @ WAS

Edinson Volquez 41% / 38% (CIN) vs. TOR

Scott Baker 40% / 27% (MIN) vs. SD

Tim Stauffer 39% / 13% (SD) @ MIN

Matt Harrison 32% / 14% (TEX) @ ATL

Randy Wolf 27% / 28% (MIL) @ BOS

Carlos Carrasco 11% / 6% (CLE) vs. PIT

Paul Maholm 8% / 5% (PIT) @ CLE

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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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Remember When: Cecil Fielder, Former Detroit Tigers Home Run King

Nowadays, when you ask someone young if they remember Cecil Fielder, the response is usually something along the lines of “Do you mean Prince?” For those of us old enough to remember Prince’s father, there is a tale of triumph and tragedy. Read more of this post

Remember When: Kevin Maas

This week on Remember When….We are going all the way back to the early Nineties when a 25 year old kid came up for half a season to turn the Yankee faithful into believers. Kevin Maas was going to be the next Babe Ruth.

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Remember When: Travis Hafner

 

This week on Remember When….We are reaching way back to one of our Mid-2000’s studs, Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians.

There was a time when Pronk, as he affectionately became known, was one of the most coveted first basemen/DH’s in fantasy baseball. But, as has become the norm, after a couple good seasons he signed a monster contract and has been a drag on the team ever since. Hafner’s numbers from 2004-2006 were trending to make you believe we had a star on the rise:

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Remember When…….

Remember When is a series of articles on nostalgia really. Something to whisk you to way back when you had that favorite player who was destined to be the greatest of all time, but something strange happened along the trip to Cooperstown.

This week, remember when….Alfonso Soriano was the most coveted second baseman in fantasy baseball? Not a slightly better than average outfielder saddling the Cubs with a $20 million dollar a year contract?? Just imagine if you will, a second baseman hitting .280 with 35+ HR’s, over 100 RBI and stealing as many as 43 bases in a single season! This is the kind of production fantasy managers generally only get in their dreams. But for 1 lucky manager in your league it was a reality from 2002-2005.

Year     Team  Runs     HR       RBI      SB         Avg

2002    NYY    128      39        102      41         .300

2003    NYY    114      38        91        35         .290

2004    TEX     77        28        91        18         .280

2005    TEX     102      36        104      30        .268

Then, Alfonso went to Washington, where all good things go to die. Suddenly defense became an issue and the outfield became the cure. That first season still seemed great, how can you complain about 46 home runs? But the eligibility definitely caused his value to take a hit. Then Soriano signed that fateful deal with the most cursed team in baseball, the Chicago Cubs. Now they’re paying all that money for this type of production:

Year    Team  Runs     HR       RBI      SB       Avg

2010    CHC    67        24        79        5          .258

I don’t know who I feel worse for, the Cubs, Soriano or those poor fantasy owners who thought they were in for a 10 year run of greatness…..