Category Archives: September Stars

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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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Brian Matusz

This week we take a look at our final “September Star”: Brian Matusz.

Matusz was a 2010 pre-season fantasy sleeper as he lit up the opposition in spring training. As most will point out, don’t place too much stock into March heroes. In his first full season, he compiled a line of 10-12/4.30/1.34/143 in 175+ innings for the Orioles. From August on, though, he looked every bit the ace many were hoping he’d become.

Let’s look at those final two months and decide if he is ready to turn in a full season of magic…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Madison Bumgarner

This week we take a look at our second “September Star” pitcher: Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner made only one start in 2009, but wound up getting 18 in 2010. His season was a little up and down by month, but he was stellar in July and September.

Let’s focus on his September stat line to try and discover if he can continue his effectiveness into 2011…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Daniel Hudson

This week we take a look at our first “September Star” pitcher: Daniel Hudson.

Hudson came over to the Diamondbacks in the trade that sent Edwin Jackson to the White Sox last season and started 14 games (11 for the DBacks) going:

7.9K/9…2.6BB/9…6.4H/9…2.45 ERA…1.00 WHIP

For comparison, Hudson’s minor league career included the following stats:

10.6K/9…2.5BB/9…6.9H/9…2.90 ERA…1.05 WHIP

In August and September, Hudson went 7-1/1.69/0.84/70 in 79+ innings. Before we go extrapolating this 24-year-old phenom into the No.1 Fantasy Pitcher for 2011, lets dig into his numbers a little bit…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Mike Aviles

Last week we went over Logan Morrison (here). This week we take a look at Mike Aviles of the Kansas City Royals.

Aviles burst onto the scene in 2008 as a 27 year-old, spending most of his time at SS for the Royals. In his 419 partial-season at bats he hit .325/68/10/51/8 and was tagged as a potential breakout player for the 2009 season. Unfortunately, 2009 saw Aviles undergo Tommy John surgery after just 36 games.  He entered 2010 as a question mark, but picked right back up where he left off in May going .304/63/8/32/14 in 424 at bats. A poor June removed from his batting average would’ve left him with a .323 average, which was similar to what he did over the course of 2008. Even after missing a year, Aviles was pretty much the same player he was before the injury. Of course, he stole 6 more bases, but knocked in 19 fewer runs.

This being the “September Stars” Series, let’s now examine what Mike Aviles did last September to warrant his selection this week…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Logan Morrison

Last week we looked at Ryan Raburn (here).

This week we peer into the crystal ball that is forecasting to determine if LOGAN MORRISON is primed for greatness in 2011. If you’re not in a league that counts BB or OBP you might have missed a very nice two months from a guy that won’t turn 24 until late August. And unless you’re a rookie named Stanton, you get a little overlooked from folks outside of Miami.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Ryan Raburn

Last week we looked at Drew Stubbs (here). This week: RYAN RABURN.

From August 1st on, Ryan Raburn had a stat line of .343-39-13-39 during the final months of the 2010 season. He nearly doubled his ABs after the All-Star break, continuing his yearly increase in playing time. What we need to determine is if this was a direct result of playing time or a change in approach. If it’s a direct result of playing time, we may be on the cusp of seeing a truly great season out of a guy who is 2B-eligible in some leagues.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Drew Stubbs

Last week we looked at the September Star phenomenon and how an astute eye could have forecasted a Jose Bautista 2010 breakout. This week we take a look at our first nominee, Drew Stubbs, to determine if he’s destined for 2011 stardom.

Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America

Before we get into Stubbs’ prospects, let’s examine the last 5 years of 20-30 players:

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