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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 05:  Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is greeted as he returns to the dugout after hitting a home run in the third inning against the New York Yankees on June 5, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 5-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
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04.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 6:3…Typical JJ. 13 hits now given up in 34 innings. That is ridiculous.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 IP, H, 3 ER, 7:4…He’s coming around and once he’s shaken off the rust he’s going to be dynamite. Buy low if you can

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 4 H, 7:3…You missed your opportunity to buy low on this SP.

John Danks – 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 8:2…Another fine start from Danks, but finds himself at (0-3).

David Wright – 2/4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, SB…Wright did everything in this one as he is really starting to heat up.

James Shields – SHO, 4 H, 7:2…Yes, it was the BJays but it was on the road where Shields has not been good in his career. That makes him (2-1) with a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

Ben Zobrist – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…B2B games now with a HR as he lifted his average over .200. Good job, Benny!

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04.22.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Chad Billingsley – 6.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 3:3…Not flashy, but effective.

Kosuke Fukudome – 3/4, R…Batting .417 on the year now with 15 hits; all singles.

Juan Uribe – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…2 HR and 9 RBI in his last 3 games.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 8:0…Arguably the best April of his career now.

Ryan Raburn – 2/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…B2B games with a homer. Hopefully this begins his ascension into “stardom.”

Carlos Quentin – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…3 HR in his last three games, Quentin is putting up very solid numbers thus far.

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2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of February 27th

SPRING TRAINING QUICK HITS

There is still talk of Francisco Liriano being dealt to the Yankees within the next two weeks. Still not sure how this makes sense for Minnesota, but they’re not exactly doing anything to dispel the reports…Fausto Carmona has rightfully been named the Indians’ 2011 Opening Day starter, this after winning 13 games last year with a 3.77 ERA…Destined for the bullpen, Aroldis Chapman continues to electrify starting off the spring with 4K in 2 IP. And he’s also walked three…Just when it appeared time to worry about Domonic Brown‘s spring struggles, we now get to worry an additional 4-6 weeks as he fractured his hamate bone. Remember Ryan Zimmerman fractured the same one and it sapped his power for some time. Ben Francisco now has a great opportunity to do something with this opportunity…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: THIRD BASE

Well, I’ve been called a lot of things but our 3B Fantasy Baseball Rankings have now earned me the taunting of being a Homer. Yes, I may be the only one ranking David Wright ahead of Evan Longoria this year, but my own projection system has them so close with a minimal edge given to Wright for 2011. I think their numbers will be similar with Wright getting a slight advantage in SBs. In a keeper, yes, Longoria is the clear #1. Let’s see where everyone else is ranked…

Longoria celebrates his 4th and Home Composite Rankings


RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Evan Longoria – TB 1 2 1 1 1 1.2
2 David Wright – NYM 2 1 3 2 2 2
3 Alex Rodriguez – NYY 4 5 2 3 3 3.4
4 Ryan Zimmerman – WAS 3 4 4 4 4 3.8
5 Kevin Youkilis – BOS 5 3 6 5 5 4.8
6 Jose Bautista – TOR 6 6 5 7 6 6
7 Adrian Beltre – TEX 7 9 7 6 7 7.2
8 Michael Young – TEX 9 12 8 10 8 9.4
9 Aramis Ramirez – CHC 8 13 9 8 12 10
10 Martin Prado – ATL 10 11 12 11 9 10.6
11 Pablo Sandoval – SF 14 8 13 9 11 11
12 Mark Reynolds – BAL 11 7 11 13 13 11
13 Casey McGehee – MIL 12 10 10 14 10 11.2
14 Pedro Alvarez – PIT 13 14 14 15 14 14
15 Scott Rolen – CIN 16 20 18 12 15 16.2
16 Ian Stewart – COL 15 15 16 16 16.6
17 Chris Johnson – HOU 17 18 17 17 18
18 Chone Figgins – SEA 15 16 19 18.4
19 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 16 19 18 19
20 Chase Headley – SD 19 17 19.8

 

PABLO SANDOVAL

Kung Fu Panda is coming off a disappointing season and it seems to given him motivation to get his act in gear this winter.  He’s lost 38 pounds and dropped his body fat percentage by over 10%.  The 5′-11″ third baseman is down to a svelte 240lbs.  He’s also spent some time working on his hitting with Barry Bonds.  Expect his numbers to be closer to his 2009 debut than to 2010’s let down. .305/70/20/80/5

CASEY McGEHEE

McGehee silenced his critics by following up his 2009 career year with a very solid 2010 campaign. McGehee finished 9th among fantasy 3B in 2010 while improving his strike out rate. Expect more of the same from McGehee in 2011 unless Ken Macha moves him to 2nd in the order. This move would hurt his RBI opportunities and slightly diminish his value, but right now I have him at .288/79/21/96/1.

SCOTT ROLEN

Rolen’s career peaked in ’04. 2005 was a lost season, ’06 a bounceback and since a poor ’07 he has steadily improved to fantasy respectability. Call it the career death rattle, but FanGraphs career paths show a consistent spike leading to the Age 37 season – Rolen will be 36 in 2011. Just be sure you milk his production early in the season and sell high as he always fades in the later months. Another season of .280/70/20/80/3 would not be a surprise and it could be higher.

SLEEPER: MARK REYNOLDS

If you listened to The 4th and Home Show this past Saturday, you heard me talk about the drop in home runs across the league. That will not change, so jump on HR before you have to start paying a premium for them via trade. In that O’s lineup, Reynolds will kill the ball – along with your average so make sure you have some .300 hitters on your team. Reynolds is currently being drafted as the 11th 3B off the board (much like the jokers here!) and that is way too late for a guy who has averaged 35HR and 14 SBs the past 3 seasons. I have Reynolds down for .240/85/35/95/10.

BUST: JOSE BAUTISTA

16, 15, 15, 13, 54…which of these numbers don’t belong? He’s a career .244 hitter that had never had more than 16 home runs in a season. Even with his swing adjustments, expect pitchers to figure him out this year and those power numbers to come back to Earth. I think we’re looking at an upside of low 30’s in homers. .250/85/30/95/5

2011 American League West Previews: Angels

Today’s Focus: LOS ANGELES ANGELS of ANAHEIM


2010 Record: 80-82 (3rd in Division; 10th Best Record in AL)

Since 2004, the Halos have won the American League West 5 times. 2010 was not one of those years. After registering 97 wins in 2009, they failed to break .500 for the first time since 2003. After Kendry “Gramatica” Morales went down like Frazier, the team lost all focus scoring 202 fewer runs than they did in 2009. They were hoping Dan Haren could save their season, but the Rangers proved to be for real…as did the A’s since they finished ahead of them as well. The Rally Monkey of 2002 seems like a distant memory, so perhaps 2011 is their year?

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2011 American League West Previews: Rangers

Today’s Focus: TEXAS RANGERS


2010 Record: 90-72 (AL Champion; Division Champ; 4th Best Record in AL)

Last season ended with a 5-game World Series loss to the San Francisco Giants. Not bad for a once dazed-and-confused team out of Spring Training that saw Josh Hamilton fall off the wagon (or is it on the wagon?) and Manager Ron Washington test positive for cocaine. Despite the adversity, Washington finished 2nd in AL Manager of the Year Voting and Hamilton won his first MVP Award even after missing much of September.

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American League East Previews – Red Sox

Today’s focus: Boston Red Sox


The story for the Red Sox last season was injuries. When you have Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Varitek, and Marco Scutaro all injured during the course of one season it definitely becomes tough to keep up in a division as talented as the American League East.

This year, if they can keep everyone healthy the Red Sox should be the team to beat. They have a great combination of speed and power, especially with the additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Moving Youkilis to third and bringing in Gonzalez at first will improve the offense, while losing Beltre at third will definitely be a liability in the field. Overall, still a plus for the Sox though. Additionally, bringing in former closer Bobby Jenks definitely helps to solidify the bullpen.

Notable Losses Include: Adrian Beltre

Notable Pick Ups: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks

The obvious weaknesses to focus on at this point are the question marks in their starting rotation. John Lester and Clay Buchholz will anchor the rotation, but John Lackey was up and down last season and Josh Beckett was clearly not his Cy Young self. I think we have seen about the best we can expect from Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the Sox are counting on Lackey and Beckett to be back in form. Assuming minimal improvement there, I see the Red Sox offense carrying them to another divisional crown.