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Weekly Minor League Recap

After a two week hiatus, minor league recap is back. Note: Baseball America updated their prospect rankings, but I am just going to stay with the ones from the beginning of the year.


Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero was starting to heat up at the end of June/beginning of July, going 8 for 26 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs from June 28-July 3, but then he got placed on the 7 day DL with an injury. It isn’t major, so he should be back shortly. Would sure be nice if he keeps up that mini power surge when he does return. Unless the Yanks find an everyday spot for him, it doesn’t look like a call up is imminent, even with the rash of injuries to the big club. However, with A-rod now out for a month +, I wouldn’t put it past the Bombers to call up Montero to be the regular DH/back up catcher.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas is hitting .263 in his last ten, with 4 walks and 4 Ks. Slugging is an abysmal .368 over that same period.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer got called up for a couple of games, but went 0 for 3 in his one appearance. He was sent back down after Sunday’s tilt against the Yankees.  He was hitting very well at Durham prior to that: .351/.429/.432, with 6 RBIs, 5 BBs, 2 SBs, and 8 Ks in his last ten.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso slashed .263/.378/.526 in his last ten, with 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 7 BBs and 8 Ks.

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Kipnis got hot again over his last ten, hitting .351 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs, an OBP of .429 and Slugging of .622.  With Chisenhall now up, Kipnis stands a good chance of joining the Indians shortly as well.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings is still at Durham, for whatever reason.* Newsflash Tampa: Sam Fuld is not that great, legends and myths notwithstanding. He hit 2 HRs and stole two bases in his last ten, but hit .235/.350/.441. Stay tuned, you never know if/when the Rays will pull the trigger. *Apparently he actually fractured a finger, so he is out of commission for a couple of weeks at least. Oh well…

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06.19.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

In a day owners were prepared to be without Fat Albert for a few months, he still had a stellar day at the plate.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Albert Pujols – 3/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Would’ve been more unreal if he put up this line WITH a fat-@ss wrist…

The Bats:
Carlos Santana
– 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Is he finally busting out? Let’s check back in next Monday.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Sawx should scare owners more with “surgery” talk. He’s been a madman (with power) since we first learned of a possible surgery.

Mark Reynolds – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…3 hits and now definitely over the Mendoza at .217.

J.J. Hardy – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Speaking of madmen, Hardy has been an awesome pick-up for the O’s and fantasy managers alike.

Skip Schumaker – 2/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…Walk-off!

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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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05.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

It was a “night” dominated by the pitchers. Killboy had his wonderkids going in Dempster and Gallardo. Dempster blew it, but how did Gallardo do?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jake Peavy – SHO, 3 H, 8:0…Uhm, where did this come from? You know people had him stashed on their DL for this one. Now they will activate him and he will implode.

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 4/7, 2 R…Two straight appearances in this column. Perhaps he is heating up.

Hanley Ramirez – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! Nice to see HanRam make an appearance here.

Matt Joyce – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…He also had two walks and he is not slowing down. I’ve had him plugged in since I picked him up. Against righties, he is mashing.

Elliot Johnson – 2/3, R, 3 RBI…In his last 3 starts: 5/10, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Maddon said he’d play him while he’s hot.

Eric Hosmer – 1/5, R, HR, RBI…Game-tying solo shot off Neftali Feliz to send it to extra innings. After the game, Boras told the Royals they could lock him up now for a 10 yr/100MM contract.

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05.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The rains came and washed out four games, which translated into half of my team. How’d you fair?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day:Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:1…Guess Killboy is keeping him afterall. Lucky, because we all could’ve called his bluff. It was Seattle though…

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The old man still has life left in his bat. Not sure what to make of him this year, but maybe he’s following the Yankees into Slumpsville. Or maybe they’re following him?

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 2 R, RBI…Wasn’t too long ago some genius writer on here said he’d be a 2012 second round pick. The bright side? He’s raised his average 50 points in the last 10 games.

Carlos Santana – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Average up to .233 now and has 28 walks and strikeouts. You knew the average would come around.

Travis Hafner – 2/4, R, 3 RBI…Batting .345. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Carlos Pena – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI…Nice! B2B games with a HR and his average is up to .233. Hot streak alert!

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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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04.13.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7:2…Couldn’t get the win vs. a tough Rangers team, but ended with a nice stat line.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4:1…Wow. Just. Wow. Not sure what’s going on with Liriano, but the 6-run 4th pretty much did him in. Now has a 12:9 ratio.

Alex Gordon – 2/5, R, 2 RBI…Keeps hitting. Now at .346. Too early to call it a bounce-back. It is promising though…

Mike Aviles – 2/4, R, 3 RBI – Mike has let me down since my glowing post about him. Nonetheless, it was good to see he still has a pulse.

ChiSox Bullpen – 2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3:3…All four of Ozzie’s closers were terrible. This is a situation to avoid. Grabbed Thornton as my #1, but dropped him last week. They all stink.

John Danks – 8 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:3…Robbed of a win by the jokesters in the bullpen. Danks continues to do well and always seems to be under the radar on draft day.

Jason Vargas – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:1…Seattle’s #3 on my team? Not a chance!

Alex Rodriguez – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…A-Rod blasted his 4th and he is looking like the 50-homer A-Rod.

Travis Wood – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:3…Wood deserved a win, but the bullpen let him down.

Joey Votto – 3/4, R, RBI, SB…Votto is up to .444. The power is coming.

Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 4 H, 4:1…Marcum was dealing! He was also dealing with shoulder issues in the spring, but he is earning that sleeper status. He’s now (2-1) with a 2.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

Prince Fielder – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…As Jesse said Saturday, Prince is locked in.

Roy Halladay – CG, 6 H, 2 ER, 9:2…Roy was: Roy. Had his shutout broken up in the 9th. Now (2-0) with a 1.23 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Haha!

Josh Johnson – 7.1 IP, H, 9:3…Johnson was awesome as he AGAIN flirted with a no-no.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Tulow hit his 5th and now has 12 RBI to go along with his .306 average. MVP-to-be?

Aramis Ramirez – 3/5, R, RBI…Now up to .326. Keeps hitting.

Lance Berkman – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, BB…I think Puma is getting our attention. A Salami last night and he is now thriving hitting behind Pujols at .293/4/11.

Colby Rasmus – 3/6, 3 R, 2 RBI…Rasmus hit his first two doubles of the year and is now at .375. I snatched Colby in our league. Love the potential and was hoping THIS was the year. We shall see.

Russell Branyan – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Another start for Branyan and he’s now hitting .421 with his first HR and RBI on the year. Monitor him since he is a cheap source of power and looks to be getting more PT.

Ian Kennedy – 3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 1:2…I did not want him on any of my teams this year, so if you drop him I’d be ok with it.

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Sanchez got his first win, doing what he does best – striking guys out. The two walks is a great sign as he now has a 24:7 ratio in 16.2 innings. His walks have dropped each year and I wanted him this year. Didn’t happen.

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.
Today’s Games (4/9/11)
New York Yankees (+134) @ Boston Red Sox (-144) My Pick: New York Yankees Money Line  +134
I’m not a huge Buchholz fan and +134 straight up for the Yankees is just too good. Cano, Jeter, A Rod and Teixeira are hitting a combined .388 with 3 home runs off of Buchholz.
(Game 1) Texas Rangers (-113) @ Baltimore Orioles (+103) My Pick: Texas Rangers Money Line -113
With injuries to JJ Hardy and Brian Roberts, the Orioles are a little dinged up at the moment. Since this is the first game of a double-header, Showalter will need to keep Zach Britton in the game as long as possible so he doesn’t run out of relief pitchers.
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants (Over/Under 6.5) My Pick: Over -120
It’s rare to see an over/under as low as 6.5 runs. As good as Jamie Garcia was last year, he was bad on the road with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Matt Cain has had struggles with St. Louis in his career. In 5 starts he is sporting a 4.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. On top of all this, Brian Wilson and Ryan Franklin have been terrible!
Thursday’s Results
Toronto Blue Jays: LOSS -100
 Why did Romero have to leave the game?!?!
Atlanta Braves: LOSS -100
Hanson was a disappointment again. Only three strikeouts in two starts?
Daily Total: -200
Brian “Killboy” Kilpatrick is currently up +368 imaginary dollars in 2011.
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Top Fantasy Baseball Seasons by Position

I have seen this done in different variations, but thought by position would be a great reference. So here you have it, the best fantasy seasons by position. I welcome your own nominations and would consider revising mine. Even now I would not be opposed to swapping Gehrig’s two seasons as well as Walter Johnson and Koufax. Good conversation piece before we head into Opening Day 2011 tomorrow. Enjoy!

C: Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers (1997): .362/104/40/124/5

Honorable Mention – Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodgers (1953): .312/103/41/142/4

1B – Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees (1927): .373/149/47/175/10

Honorable Mention – Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees (1931): .341/163/46/184/17

2B – Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals (1922): .401/141/42/152/17

Honorable Mention – Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals (1925): .403/133/39/143/5

3B: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees (2007): .314/143/54/156/24

Honorable Mention – Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians (1953): .336/115/43/145/8

SS – Alex Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners (1998): .310/123/42/124/46

Honorable mention – Alex Rodriguez, Texas Rangers (2001): .318/133/52/135/18

OF – Babe Ruth, New York Yankees (1921): .378/177/59/171/17

Honorable mention – Babe Ruth, New York Yankees (1920): .376/158/54/137/14

SP – Walter Johnson, Washington Senators (1913) : 36-7/1.14/0.78/243

Honorable mention – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers (1965): 26-8/2.04/0.86/382

RP – Eric Gagne, Los Angeles Dodgers (2003): 2-3/1.20/0.69/137/55

Honorable mention – Bruce Sutter, St. Louis Cardinals (1984): 5-7/1.54/1.07/77/45

Brian’s 2011 MLB Predictions

I may not be our resident betting expert, but I’ve got a good feeling about these picks.

AL East Champ: Yankees

AL Central Champ: Tigers

AL West Champ: Rangers

AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East Champ: Braves

NL Central Champ: Reds

NL West Champ: Rockies

NL Wild Card: Phillies

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