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08.23.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Good show last night, chock-full of info. Football rankings rolling out next week.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Seth Smith – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…A BSFU in B2B games? Yeah, he’s our POD.

The Bats:
Shin-Soo Choo – 4/8, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…On Killboy’s bench. Ha!

Kosuke Fukudome – 5/9, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI…On everyone’s wire!

Ryan Braun – 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB…This guy has no business stealing 28 bags in a season. Is he dating Davey Lopes behind Kemp’s back?

Brandon Allen – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Now batting .394 as an Athletic. Hmm…

Yonder Alonso – 3/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Have liked this guy through the minors and he did his best Votto impression last night.

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08.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Y’all, I need to come clean. I have bashed Javier Vasquez since pre-season, but with Tommy Hanson making a DL trip – I picked him up and started him last night. I know, I know. Forgive me. I thought last night he would’ve burned me, and it did look that way after the first two innings, but he redeemed himself. Tough match-ups ahead so I’ll probably dump him.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ricky Romero – 3-hit SHO/6:2…Sick stats for pitching on a bad team in a tough division: 12-9/2.73/1.11/147:63.

The Bats:
Alex Gordon – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Leadoff hitter or not, Gordon has thrived this year. His current line is .297/76/16/64/12.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2/3, R, HR, RBI…B2B games with a blast. Still strikes out way too much. A full season next year could see 200+ K.

Mark Teixeira – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…First homer in 10 games. Too bad his average isn’t even over .250.

Colby Rasmus – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…He’s alive. He’s alive! Batting just .253 for the Jays, which is better than his .246 for the Cards. 2012 sleeper. He has something to prove.

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07.20.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Proof where I was…first timer!


4th and Home Player of the Day: Jacoby Ellsbury – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Career year as he slipped in drafts when jerks like me were telling you to pass.

The Bats:
Jay Bruce
– 2/2, R, SB…Another hot month and he’ll finish the year with 35 bombs and double-digit steals. Might’ve been your last year to get him cheap.

Jayson Werth – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…Will you be happy with a .220/20/60 final line? No? Well that’s what you’re getting.

Jimmy Rollins – 3/5, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Facing Dempster on a bad Dempster day is like Christmas in July.

Hideki Matsui – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…A Werth-like .220/15/75 for a tenth of the price.

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07.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

All-Star break is coming, so is the trade deadline. July is such a great month.

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Derek Holland – 4-hit SHO/7:2…Jekyll showed up. Or Hyde.

The Bats:
Jason Heyward
– 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…J-Hey with the BSFU! Good to know he’s still alive. What a keeper!

Freddie Freeman – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…I thought he was owned in my league and then I saw he got picked up. Idiot! Note to self: Never assume someone is owned. Always check the wire.

B.J. Upton – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Well, one Upton homered!

Ben Zobrist – 3/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…The Year of the Zobrist!

Travis Hafner – 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…Walk-off Salami!

Justin Upton – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…The other Upton homered! Wonder how many times that has happened in the same day? Anyone? Anyone?

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The Casual Sabermetrician – First Half 2011 analysis

Welcome back to the Casual Sabermetrician.  It’s July, Summer is in full swing, and we’re at the half way point of the season.  We again look back on our pre-season exercise  and First Quarter Analysis of looking at tERA vs. ERA to find out which pitchers are pitching above their heads and which have been unlucky so far.  For fantasy purposes this translates to who we can sell high on and conversely who we might be able to buy low on.

Again, our method involves extracting tERA and ERA stats from Fangraphs into a spreadsheet and creating a formula to view tERA-ERA.  We can also look and see if the guys we looked at 7 weeks ago have regressed to the mean or not.
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06.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

I was off on Friday hanging out with some rednecks and Deliverance-esque folks. Quite the time!

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Evan Longoria – 4/6, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…She is SO hot.

The Bats:
Jhonny Peralta
– 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Guy has been a find for managers this year.

Jimmy Rollins – 4/4, 2 R…He wants to push towards .300, but the means keep him around .260.

Nick Markakis – 3/5, 2 RBI, SB…Keep this up so I can trade you, ya bum.

Brandon Phillips – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Must be lovely to hit in front of Votto.

Jeff Keppinger – 3/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…This guy is still playing? Wasn’t he in the same rookie class with Dickie Thon?

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06.14.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A great show last night. You have to listen to hear the crazy Killboy story. Too insane to believe!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Justin Verlander – 2-hit SHO, 12K…Verlander walked Brantley in the 7th to end the perfect game and then gave up a single to Cabrera in the 8th to end the no-no. Besides that, another dominating outing by Verlander.

The Bats:
Domonic Brown
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The Rook is holding his own. I think he may explode this summer.

Jimmy Rollins – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…J-Roll needs to get going for owners and the Phillies.

Chase Utley – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…I think he is just about BACK.

Shane Victorino – 3/5, 2 R…Look for him also to explode this summer when the Phillies offense starts clicking.

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, SB…Time for him to get going while Loverboy is on the DL.

Curtis Granderson – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…The HRs just keep on coming.

Nick Swisher – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been a rough year so far for Swish.

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05.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Thanks to Jesse for getting me caught up on baseball over the weekend. Was a nice read after being in the car seven hours. I can’t believe New York drivers get such a bad wrap, because Massachusetts drivers are by far the worst!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Derek Jeter – 4/6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…Box score filler-upper! Nearly won Jesse his game over future bro-in-law Chris, but no-can-do.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Hanley Ramirez
– 1/5, R, RBI, SB…Still batting under .200 and as we’re well into May, his season is reminding me of David Wright’s 2009.

Gaby Sanchez – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Gaby is up to .328 with 4 HR and 20 RBI as the Fish’s clean-up hitter. In OBP leagues he is the MAN!

Andre Ethier – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…A one-game hit streak is ALIVE!

B.J. Upton – 2/4, 4 RBI…Upton is racking up the ribbies. He might break Hack Wilson’s record if he faces the Orioles weekly.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3/5, R, SB…17-game hit streak and hitting close to .300 now thanks to a .371 May.

Adrian Gonzalez – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…A-Gonz is heating up.

Kevin Youkilis – 2/4, 4 R…The Youka! or The Greek Gawd of Waks! if you will. Didn’t know he had the legs to get 4 runs in a game. First time since July 11th, 2009.

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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back 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.

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back 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 (4/26/11)
  
San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+115) @ Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (-135) My Pick: Pirates Run Line
Anytime you see a home team underdog with a run line of +1.5 at -140 or better, you should take a closer look. The Giants are 13th in the National League in runs and Matt Cain has started the year slowly. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have put together a few solid games at the plate. I also think a change of scenery will do Brandon Wood some good. Either way, I think this game will remain close.
 
Seattle Mariners (-119) @ Detroit Tigers (+109) My Pick: Mariners Money Line
It’s hard to argue against Felix Hernandez but it’s even harder to argue against Felix Hernandez when he’s playing the Tigers. In his past 5 starts against the Tigers, King Felix is 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 39:5 K:BB in only 33.2 IP. The Tigers are not great versus right-handed starters because their lineup is mostly right-handed. The last time Phil Coke has pitched against the Mariners was exactly one week ago and he gave up  6 ER in only 3.2 IP. King Felix will have to go a long way in this one but he is due.
 
 Los Angeles Dodgers (-137) @ Florida Marlins (+127) My Pick: Dodgers Money Line
It’s no wonder why the Marlins are trotting around with a 14-7 record. Any lesser record would be a disappointment after facing teams like the Mets, Nationals, Astros, and Pirates. With Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers coming to town, it is time for them to come back to Earth. Kershaw’s last start in Sun Life Stadium was stellar with 7 innings of one-hit ball. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp are still on a roll plus, Juan Uribe is expected back today. Volstad has given up 14 R in 15 IP this year. Hanley Ramirez is still slumping and Logan Morrison is still on the DL.
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