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04.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Some injury news to bat lead-off todayUbaldo Jimenez was placed on the 15-day DL, but should be ready to go as soon as he’s eligible. His cut cuticle was not allowing him to grip the ball correctly. As a Ubaldo owner, the injury and he are “questionable” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but I hope this explains his terrible Opening Day start…The battered Cubs lost both Randy Wells (strained forearm) and 2008 first-rounder Andrew Cashner (stiff shoulder) to the DL. Matt Garza, Big Z and Ryan Dempster (who has looked like garbage) will have to carry this team in hopes that they don’t fall 10 games back of the Redlegs before May 1st. The Cashner injury seems to be more serious than the Wells injury, so we’ll see what happens in the next two weeks but “stiff” and “shoulder” are not words you want to hear regarding a pitcher’s injury.

Adam Dunn, like Matt Holliday, needed an emergency appendectomy. If his recovery is anything like Holliday’s, he should be back within a week or so.

I had Joel Hanrahan ranked as my #17 closer this year (Brian had him at #18) and he already has 4 saves for the Pirates. He did give up a run, but with the Pirates he should approach 30 saves with a decent ERA and WHIP.

Pirate co-ace Kevin Correia out-dueled Chris Carpenter allowing 7 baserunners, zero runs and striking out 3 in 7. Don’t go molesting your waiver wire for this guy.

Dan Haren was fantastic against the Rays and now sits at (1-0) with a 1.23 ERA and 0.68 WHIP after his first two starts. He hurled 7.2 innings of 4 hit ball, allowing just 4 hits (2 to Sam Fuld) and a HR. He struck out 6, walked none and now sports a 12:0 ratio through 14.2 innings. This year, Haren’s back. I think he might be top 10 even though we had him at 19 in our rankings.

Jeremy Hellickson took his first loss as a major leaguer, but not after flashing why he’s a top prospect. Hellboy struck out 10 over 5.2 innings, but was done in by 3 runs on 6 hits (one of which was a HR) and 2 walks. His next start is at Fenway, but as an owner I’d be starting him against the ’27 Yankees.

Alfonso Soriano keeps hitting. He hit his 3rd home run in his last 4 games. 30 HR? Eh, still skeptical.

Check the rankings. I told you to stay away from Chad Billingsley. After 2 games he now has a 8.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Sure, April has always been one of his worst months, but I don’t trust him.

My goodness Carlos Quentin keeps raking. 2 more doubles. That gives him 5. 3 more RBI. Now he has 10. Oh, he’s also batting .500. If he keeps it up, I’ll be telling you to sell high.

Buster Posey, thanks for joining us: 3-5, HR, 4 RBI.

Tim Lincecum, you ARE the biggest freak! Timmy was just awesome, striking out 13 Friars over 7 innings and allowing just 3 hits and a run. I’ll take that.

Red Sox…you are now (0-5). Haha! I hate Phillie fans, I hate Yankee fans (I even hate Jersey Met fans), but Sawx fans are the worst! Ok, seriously. I figured the Tribe would get stomped once the Sawx bats woke up, but no. Adrian Gonzalez did go yard, but it wasn’t enough as Dice-K and the bullpen were throwing BP out there. Don’t panic Sawx fans, you’ll still win the East.

Mike Pelfrey and Joe Blanton, it makes me sick to watch either of you. Last night was the perfect storm. Met fans rejoice, “Big Pelf is our ace!”

Logan Morrison watch: 0-2 with 3 more walks. He now has an 8:4 BB:K ratio.

Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures


Welcome to Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures! It’s real simple, I analyze odds to win the 2011 World Series and tell you who to take. Now on with it! Read more of this post

2011 Fantasy Baseball Bust: Rickie Weeks


Rickie Weeks dominated in 2010.

His final stats of 112/29/83/11 and triple slash line of .269/.366/.464 were impressive to say the least.

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2011 National League West Previews: Giants

Today’s Focus: San Francisco Giants

2010 Record: 92-70, World Series Champions

The San Francisco Giants scratched and clawed through a division that was pretty evenly matched in 2010. The Giants were 38-34 against the NL West, the Padres were also 38-34, the Rockies were 37-35, and the Dodgers bested them all going 40-32. They limited their injuries to Mark DeRosa, Freddy Sanchez and Edgar Renteria. Their pitching got them to the playoffs and their offense caught fire at the right time for them to win it all. Read more of this post

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: FIRST BASE

Is it any surprise that Albert Pujols is our consensus #1? Didn’t think so. Much like the catchers, we all agreed that there is clearly a #1 at the position without question. We may never know Albert’s true age, but one thing is certain, he is getting older and two guys last year made a run at dethroning him: Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto. In 2011, we may even see Adrian Gonzalez join them in the chase.

(Image: Zuma Press)

Does your Top 10 look like ours?

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Albert Pujols – STL 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Miguel Cabrera – DET 2 2 3 3 2 2.4
3 Joey Votto – CIN 3 4 4 2 3 3.2
4 Adrian Gonzalez – BOS 4 3 2 5 5 3.8
5 Mark Teixeira – NYY 5 6 6 4 6 5.4
6 Prince Fielder – MIL 6 5 5 6 7 5.8
7 Ryan Howard – PHI 7 7 7 7 4 6.4
8 Kevin Youkilis – BOS 8 11 9 9 8 9.0
9 Justin Morneau – MIN 9 9 8 13 11 10.0
10 Kendry Morales – LAA 10 8 14 14 9 11.0
11 Buster Posey – SF 12 13 12 8 10 11.0
12 Adam Dunn – CHW 13 10 10 11 13 11.4
13 Victor Martinez – DET 14 12 11 10 14 12.2
14 Paul Konerko – CHW 11 15 13 15 12 13.2
15 Billy Butler – KC 15 14 16 12 17 14.8
16 Aubrey Huff – SF 17 19 18 17 15 17.2
17 Derrek Lee – BAL 17 15 18 16 17.4
18 Mike Napoli – TEX 16 16 19.0
19 Adam LaRoche – WAS 18 20 20 18 19.4
20 Carlos Pena – CHC 16 20 19.8



Since it’s Valentine’s Day I’m going to come out and say it, I love Paul Konerko.  The 34 year old has averaged 31HR, 95 RBI and a .280 average for the the past 10 seasons, and last year was one of his best (39HR, 111RBI, .312).  The best part about Konerko is that he always slips in drafts, which makes him a middle round bargain to fill out one of your utility spots.


Billy Butler is one of the best young players you don’t know due to his playing for the woeful Royals.  None of his individual numbers will blow you away but his above average production across all categories (except SB) makes him a valuable fantasy contributor that can be had as a bargain in middle rounds.  He is also a September Star that you’ll want during your playoff run.


My Ike Davis ranking doesn’t show up on our list, but I had him ranked 18th, right behind Derrek Lee. His MiLB career BABIP suggests he has room to grow even from where he was last year (.321), which means his AVG will rise, as will the rest of his counting stats. With a healthy Mets team, I don’t see why Ike can’t go .280-85-23-85-4 (along with 35-40 2B & 80BB if your league counts them). For a 24-year old, that is pretty solid and a low cost option in the later rounds.


First full season in the bigs he hits .273 with 19 HR’s! Only 27 to start the season, I think we can expect bigger things this year from Gaby. Gotta be better than the slim pickings at the bottom of the 1st Base list.


Career high K%(30.7) and BABIP(.330) both suggest major decline. Washington is tougher on lefties with a 94 HR park factor versus Arizona’s 114. Take a chance on a high ceiling guy and don’t waste it on LaDouche.


2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: CATCHER

THE CATCHERS…Well here we are, finally rolling out the much-anticipated 2011 Positional Rankings starting with the Backstops. To no one’s surprise, Joe Mauer tops our composite rankings as the #1 Catcher for this upcoming season. Mauer could not repeat his 2009 success, but to call his 2010 a bust would be absurd. Mauer looks to rebound and keep his throne.

Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

Enjoy and comment as necessary!

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Joe Mauer – MIN 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Victor Martinez – DET 2 3 2 2 3 2.4
3 Buster Posey – SF 3 4 3 3 2 3.0
4 Brian McCann – ATL 4 2 4 4 4 3.6
5 Carlos Santana – CLE 6 6 5 6 5 5.6
6 Geovany Soto – CHC 5 9 6 5 6 6.2
7 Mike Napoli – TEX 10 5 7 8 7 7.4
8 Kurt Suzuki – OAK 7 8 13 7 8 8.6
9 Jorge Posada – NYY 12 11 8 10 9 10.0
10 Miguel Montero – ARI 8 10 9 13 11 10.2
11 Matt Wieters – BAL 11 7 14 9 10 10.2
12 Carlos Ruiz – PHI 9 12 18 11 14 12.8
13 Chris Iannetta – COL 13 16 10 12 13 12.8
14 Russell Martin – NYY 15 13 12 15 12 13.4
15 John Buck – FLA 16 17 11 16 17 15.4
16 A.J. Pierzynski – CHW 17 14 20 17 15 16.6
17 J.P. Arencibia – TOR 16 14 16 17.6
18 Miguel Olivo – SEA 18 15 18 18.6
19 Ryan Doumit – PIT 19 19 17 19 20 18.8
20 Yadier Molina – STL 14 19 19 18.8


I am sticking to my words: “Napoli could wind up a Top 5 Catcher.” The guy is in one of the best parks and lineups in all of baseball. 30 bombs is NOT a stretch.


Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP is pretty much guaranteed to be the starting catcher in Toronto this year.  He has almost no major league experience but his minor league home run total’s (32HR in 2010) make him worth a flier in the late rounds of the draft.  Expect some growing pains, but Arencibia could be a cheap source for power.


Chooch continues to be one of the most under rated players in MLB.  He was the Phillies 2010 MVP for his clutch hitting and handling of their pitching staff.  All projections are calling for him to regress this season – but looking at graphs of his last three seasons he is trending up in all the right categories.  Ruiz could be a tremendous consolation prize if you like to draft your catcher(s) in the later rounds.


Salty has + power for a catcher and looks to be the likely starter in Boston. In that lineup you can expect a lot of RBI and Run chances. Only downside potential is the number of AB’s Varitek may steal from him.


Weak 260-275 AVG with low double-digit HR totals. Suzuki’s move to the bottom 3rd of a poor Oakland lineup will kill his counting stats. If you wait to draft a catcher, at least draft one with power potential.