Category Archives: General

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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4th and Home new look

You’ll notice just a slight upgrade in our masthead today with the addition of an awesome logo designed by our good friend Ryan Starr (no, not the American Idol contestant.  And he’s not related to Ringo).  Please check out his amazing Graphic Design portfolio and please hire him for your next logo or website design , because lord knows we couldn’t afford to pay him.

http://www.ryanstarrdesign.com

My Take……Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds is the all-time home run leader in major league baseball with 762 during his career. He also holds the record for most home runs in a single season with 73 in the 2001 season. Overall, Bonds ended up with a career .298 batting average, 2,935 hits, 1,996 RBI, 2,558 walks (MLB record), 688 intentional walks (MLB record), and 514 stolen bases. Barry was a 14 time all-star, 8 time gold glove winner, 12 time silver slugger award winner, 7 time NL MVP, and 3 time Hank Aaron award winner.

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Mike’s 2011 MLB Predictions

Another year of baseball and with it, predictions to start the season off. Each writer here at 4th and Home is going to post their predictions so we can measure each other up come October. No real surprises here although I think the Dodgers and ChiSox have the pieces to put a nice run together.

AL East Champ: Red Sox

AL Central Champ: Twins

AL West Champ: Rangers

AL Wild Card: Yankees

NL East Champ: Phillies

NL Central Champ: Reds

NL West Champ: Dodgers

NL Wild Card: Braves

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2011 Fantasy Baseball: 2010s All “Extrapolation Team”

Everyone loves doing this with rookies who made a splash in a half or even a quarter of a season, so why not try it with pinch hitters and back-ups? Ok, fine. I will.

The ground rules are that the player had to acquire stats in more than one game, but not more than 50 in 2010 – or maybe I’ll cherry-pick as I please. I simply entered the 5 categories in Baseball Monster’s Hitter Ranking system to find out who had the most value on a “per game basis.” From there, I grabbed the first pinch-hitter or back-up I could find to enter him on the ALL EXTRAPOLATION TEAM!

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The Dawn of Radio

Be sure to check us out on radio tomorrow morning at 10:30AM EST. Log in HERE.

(We’ll get better times once Killboy wins some bets and can get us some premium time).

Lineup includes: Intros, Past Week in Content, the Super Bowl, and your calls!

We’re getting ready to go full steam on Monday, so the program will kick all that off.

Welcome

It’s been an interesting journey getting to this point and we are all excited to welcome you to 4th and home! We’re looking forward to bringing you our views on fantasy baseball and football as everyone involved with the blog has been an avid player for many years. Rest assured that you will be receiving interesting content with a few new wrinkles. On the 7th we’ll be up and running at full steam, but keep checking back as we’ll be providing some updates on the upcoming baseball season before then. So until next time, sit back, bookmark this page and get ready to enjoy the ride.

This Season on 4th and Home…

MLB Team Previews

Predictions

Position Rankings

The “Remember When” Series

3 Up, 3 Down

Bounceback Candidates

Black Swans

Sleepers

Busts

…and much more, beginning February 7th.

Stay tuned.