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04.11.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Was anyone else astounded by how much the ESPN crew during the Rays/Sawx game was bashing Manny? I never heard guys talk so harshly about another player, even calling him an “idiot” and “stupid.” Hilarious! It was all true of course, but McDonough, Sutcliffe and Boone are just horrible. Anyway, here are some more observations from Monday’s games…

Alexi Ogando – 7 IP, 2 H, 4:1…Ogando was awesome-o at Detroit. He outpitched Verlander and again left early because of blisters. C’mon! I first told you I liked Ogando during spring training and to give him a look in deeper leagues (here) and then I told you to monitor him for all of your leagues after his first start against the Mariners (here). I am now telling you to either grab him off your wire or wait until his start at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. If he pitches well on that stage, it might be too late. This guy is a converted outfielder and only pitched 70+ innings last year in his first season as a pitcher, so he might not last too long. Won’t stop you from speculating and selling high later on!

Justin Verlander – CG, 6 H, 2 ER, 4:1…Verlander was cruising until the 7th when he let in the only two runs of the game. Besides that, he was decent. Not awesome-o, just decent. Could’ve used some more Ks. Hey, the terrible Aprils may be a thing of the past. Verlander came prepared this season ready to wreck sh-t, Albany Kegs-and-Eggs style, yo! His remaining April schedule is: OAK, CHW, and SEA. Tasty!

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2:2…Send this guy back to radioactive Japan already. How is he owned in even 12% of Yahoo leagues???

Sam Fuld – 4/6, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI…For all intents and purposes, he pretty much hit for the cycle. Joe Maddon was even yelling to him to stop at first on his 9th inning double. I can’t exactly recommend Fuld, but he looked awesome at the plate and in the field.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1:5…Walkboy should be thankful the Buccaneers put up 16 points on the Sawx, because he didn’t deserve a win in this one. Look, he’s pitching for a crap team and he’s a rookie. Expect some stinkers (not many), but he will just fine – and I’d be shocked if we saw him walk this many guys again anytime soon. Twins on Saturday!

Dallas Braden – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:2…I know I’m in the minority, but I like Braden. He seems to be pretty serviceable and he mixes in some real nice starts like this one. Alas, he pitches for the A’s so one run equals loss or no decision. “This is Dallas!”

Mark Buerhle – 8 IP, 2 H, 1:1…My goodness I thought he was gonna no-hit the A’s. Matt Thornton came in to blow the save op and leave Mark with a big fat ND. Did I mention I drafted Thornton as a my #2 closer? Yeah, I dropped his arse over the weekend.

Lance Berkman – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Brian told you Puma was a bounceback candidate. Did you listen in your deep league? Will be interesting to see what he does now that Holliday is back and once Pujols gets going.

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7:2…In his first start off the DL (where I expect him to spend more time this year), Latos pretty much held the Redlegs in check. However, pitching in Petco for an AGonz-less team means that 3 runs will usually do you in. And it did.

Edinson Volquez – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5:3…A quality start for Edinson as he avoided a terrible first inning. Nevermind. He gave up his two runs in the first. Volquez’ 1st inning ERA: 27.00. ERA after the first inning: 1.28. Buy.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1/3, HR, RBI, BB…Unreal. Now has 4 HR in his first 10 games. You thought I was joking, but he needs to get “randomly” tested.

Matt LaPorta – 1/3, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Hello, Mr. LaPorta. The shine of your top prospect label has greatly worn off.

Mitch Talbot – 8 IP, 5 H, 4:2…Say what?

Clayton Kershaw – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 7:2…Not incredibly efficient, but Kershaw shut the Giants down. Mike says: Cy Young hopeful! I did say that didn’t I.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3:4…It’s not looking pretty in the early going. Drop him now. Then I will pick him up. Thank you.

Matt Kemp – 1/2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB…You thought you could get through this without a Kemp update? 7 steals. 0 caught stealings.

Brandon Belt – 0/4, 3 K…Ouch. Now hitting .143. Chances that he gets demoted once Ross comes back are getting better.

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 6:2…Just a blip. A big friggin blip, but a blip nonetheless.

Jesse Litsch – 5 IP, 5 H, 4:4…Remember 2008, his last full season, where he posted a line of 13-9/3.58/1.23/99? I do, but I am getting older fast because I thought that was last year! Monitor him, but know he throws about 50 pitches per inning. And DON’T watch him, because he’s as frustrating to watch as a Bonderman/Dice-K pitch-off.

On the injury front, Rafael Furcal will be out indefinitely with a broken thumb. Will he come back or retire?

Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 03.31.11

Jermaine Dye has hung it up. Oh, you didn’t realize he was still holding out for a phone call?

You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain the J-Hey Kid! Jason Heyward has now had two great Opening Days by going yard off Livan Hernandez on Thursday AGAIN in his first at bat of the season. He also walked and struck out, so look for 162 walks this year.

Derek Lowe looked sharp by only allowing 3 hits in 5.2 innings in his final spring tune-up, er, against the Nats. He also K’d 6. The last time he looked this good on OD was in 2009 when he went 15-10/3.24/1.13/147. Yahtzee!

In an amazing come-from-behind victory, the Reds spoiled a Yovani Gallardo win after Ramon Hernandez hit a WALK-OFF against John Axford. Gulp. Trevor, pick up the phone! Edinson Volquez was shaky early on, but settled down. If he can keep the walks down, I love him in 2011.

Look out, Mark Teixeira is in for a monster champagne-campaign after taking Justin Verlander deep for a 3-run bomb. Someone told Big Teixy it was July. The HR was Verlander’s only mistake in an otherwise nice April start. Guess someone told him it was May?

Wainwright who? Ace Chris Carpenter shut the Friars down, giving up just two hits in 7, but…Ryan Franklin blew the fancy start by giving up a Cameron Maybin long ball in the 9th. Aye caramba. Albert Pujols was 0-5 with 3 GIDP. Sorry, MVP days are over. Sell, sell, sell!

Jered Weaver picked right back up where he left off in 2010 by going 6.2 innings against the Royals and striking out 6 while only allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. This is why you selected him early. Fernando Rodney got the first crack at a Halo save, but not without giving up a hit and a walk to get Angel fans nervous.

Alex Gordon went 0-5 with 3 K. Spring tease.

Clayton Kershaw outdueld Tim Lincecum by going 7 strong and striking out 9 while only allowing 5 baserunners. Wanted him this year, but he eluded me.

Brandon Belt went 1-3 with a walk and a punch out. Had a chance to be a hero in the 9th, but he got Broxton-ed.

Matt Kemp loves Davey Lopes. He went 1-1 with THREE walks and a stolen base and he was NOT caught stealing!

See you tomorrow…

2011 National League West Previews: Dodgers

Today’s Focus: Los Angeles Dodgers

2010 Record: 80-82, 4th NL West

In 2010 the Dodgers struggled to an 80-82 overall record but they were 40-32 against the NL West. The Dodgers ended 2009 in first place but, in 2010 they finished in 4th place even though they had nearly the same team. Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Jonathan Broxton were arguably their best players in 2009 but they struggled mightily at times in 2010. Will they be able to rebound in 2011? Read more of this post

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: STARTING PITCHERS

Leave it to Killboy to disagree who the No. 1 Starting Pitcher should be in drafts this year. While all of us were picking Roy Halladay, Killboy chose Tim Lincecum. I am not sure many of us here condone the use of a first round pick on a pitcher, but if you’re going to take one; Halladay is your guy. Doc recorded 21 wins in his first year with the Phillies to go along with a 2.44 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 219 K. A beautiful Cy Young season.

“The Year (after) the Pitcher” still shows a lot of high quality arms available pretty deep into the draft. I have been burned many times by pitching, so loading up in more shallow positions before grabbing a pitcher is my recommendation for 2011. Of course, if any of these studs fall – pounce!

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Roy Halladay – PHI 1 1 2 1 1 1.2
2 Felix Hernandez – SEA 3 2 3 2 2 2.4
3 Tim Lincecum – SF 2 4 1 4 3 2.8
4 Cliff Lee – PHI 4 3 4 3 4 3.6
5 Jon Lester – BOS 6 8 5 12 5 7.2
6 Josh Johnson – FLA 8 9 11 7 6 8.2
7 Clayton Kershaw – LAD 9 5 6 17 7 8.8
8 CC Sabathia – NYY 7 12 9 6 11 9
9 Cole Hamels – PHI 13 10 7 5 14 9.8
10 Zack Greinke – MIL 5 11 16 8 10 10
11 Justin Verlander – DET 12 7 10 15 12 11.2
12 Ubaldo Jimenez – COL 10 15 14 14 8 12.2
13 Jered Weaver – LAA 17 13 8 10 16 12.8
14 David Price – TB 11 6 19 21 9 13.2
15 Mat Latos – SD 15 14 13 11 13 13.2
16 Tommy Hanson – ATL 21 16 18 19 15 17.8
17 Roy Oswalt – HOU 20 19 20 13 17 17.8
18 Francisco Liriano – MIN 16 18 12 26 19 18.2
19 Dan Haren – LAA 18 17 17 18 22 18.4
20 Matt Cain – SF 19 20 23 16 18 19.2
21 Chris Carpenter – STL 24 22 24 9 21 20
22 Max Scherzer – DET 22 23 21 25 20 22.2
23 Shaun Marcum – MIL 26 25 26 20 26 24.6
24 Yovani Gallardo – MIL 14 39 15 34 23 25
25 Brett Anderson – OAK 25 21 29 39 24 27.6
26 Ted Lilly – LAD 35 24 37 22 30 29.6
27 Daniel Hudson – ARI 34 26 30 24 35 29.8
28 Clay Buchholz – BOS 28 32 44 32 25 32.2
29 Tim Hudson – ATL 39 31 41 23 29 32.6
30 Hiroki Kuroda – LAD 37 34 25 29 38 32.6
31 Chad Billingsley – LAD 23 45 27 31 37 32.6
32 Wandy Rodriguez – HOU 27 42 32 28 48 35.4
33 Jonathan Sanchez – SF 40 38 34 35 31 35.6
34 Ryan Dempster – CHC 31 43 28 33 44 35.8
35 Ricky Nolasco – FLA 33 29 33 37 49 36.2
36 Colby Lewis – TEX 46 37 39 27 34 36.6
37 Madison Bumgarner – SF 36 33 42 40 41 38.4
38 John Danks – CHW 41 46 51 30 32 40
39 Brandon Morrow – TOR 29 40 35 59 40 40.6
40 Gio Gonzalez – OAK 30 30 38 78 28 40.8
41 Jeremy Hellickson – TB 43 27 40 57 51 43.6
42 Jhoulys Chacin – COL 47 41 49 44 39 44
43 Phil Hughes – NYY 42 54 47 36 42 44.2
44 Josh Beckett – BOS 38 50 22 71 43 44.8
45 Trevor Cahill – OAK 59 36 59 45 27 45.2
46 Jaime Garcia – STL 52 35 65 42 33 45.4
47 Edinson Volquez – CIN 44 28 55 56 52 47
48 Ricky Romero – TOR 32 69 43 54 47 49
49 Brett Myers – HOU 55 48 54 55 36 49.6
50 Matt Garza – CHC 49 62 52 41 46 50
51 C.J. Wilson – TEX 63 44 66 38 45 51.2
52 Ian Kennedy – ARI 54 51 56 43 53 51.4
53 Gavin Floyd – CHW 61 63 31 52 56 52.6
54 Scott Baker – MIN 64 59 57 46 54 56
55 Jorge De La Rosa – COL 45 74 45 68 59 58.2
56 Edwin Jackson – CHW 67 49 63 50 65 58.8
57 Jake Peavy – CHW 76 68 36 49 76 61
58 Johnny Cueto – CIN 60 67 58 64 57 61.2
59 Ervin Santana – LAA 56 57 72 73 50 61.6
60 James Shields – TB 57 60 48 62 61.6
61 Jordan Zimmermann – WAS 51 66 53 75 63 61.6
62 Carlos Zambrano – CHC 50 55 71 77 58 62.2
63 Jair Jurrjens – ATL 65 56 79 51 64 63
64 Travis Wood – CIN 47 47 62 63.6
65 Anibal Sanchez – FLA 73 53 70 70 55 64.2
66 Brian Matusz – BAL 48 61 50 64.2
67 Javier Vazquez – FLA 53 46 74 73 65.4
68 Bronson Arroyo – CIN 71 79 69 53 61 66.6
69 John Lackey – BOS 75 64 64 65 71 67.8
70 Carl Pavano – MIN 66 80 67 61 69 68.6
71 A.J. Burnett – NYY 58 65 60 69
72 Derek Holland – TEX 70 58 62 75 69.2
73 Dallas Braden – OAK 77 48 67 70.8
74 Brett Cecil – TOR 69 76 60 73.4
75 Johan Santana – NYM 78 60 72 74.4
76 Erik Bedard – SEA 52 75.2
77 Clayton Richard – SD 79 71 78 68 75.4
78 Brandon Webb – TEX 77 61 79 75.8
79 Jonathon Niese – NYM 68 80 70 76
80 Joel Pineiro – LAA 58 76.4

TOMMY HANSON…Hanson stumbled last year with his ERA climbing from 2.89 in ’09 to 3.33 in ’10, but he  did improve his walks going from 3.24/9 in ’09 to an impressive 2.49/9 in ’10. If you focus on the 2nd half, he sizzled with a 2.51 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. At only 24 years old and with Hudson and Lowe around to keep the #1 starter pressure off of him, expect to see Hanson continue to blossom this year. 15-9/3.25/1.17/200

SHAUN MARCUM…The Marcum trade was probably the most under rated move of the entire off season.  Marcum doesn’t overpower hitters, but has great command and one of the best changeups in the game that he misses bats with it. His GB/FB/LD splits are as consistent as can be but he has been able to bring his HR/FB rate way down along with his BB/9.  Shaun might be the only guy Bill James isn’t bullish on this year but I love Marcum coming over to the NL and he is a steal with an ADP of 27 SP (103 overall).  13-8/3.60/1.15/158

JEREMY HELLICKSON…”Hellboy” is currently going off the board as the #41 SP, which is where he’s ranked in our composite. I can understand the reservations, but here is why you need to grab him before that: he dominated in the minors to the tune of a 2.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9 over 580 IP. He has MLB “stuff”, including two great breaking pitches, and he showcased that last season when he got four spot starts. As a matter of fact, the Rays dealt Matt Garza just so Hellickson would have a rotation spot in 2011. With the ability to keep the ball low in the zone and the great defense behind him, there is no reason he can’t keep his ERA and WHIP low with high K totals even if he is limited to about 180 innings this year. 14-10/3.40/1.15/185

SLEEPER: GIO GONZALEZ…In his first full season as a starter for the A’s, Gonzalez put ups some impressive stats; 15 wins, 3.23 ERA, and 171 K’s.  He especially turned it on after the All Star break when he shaved a point off his first pre-break ERA, lowered his WHIP, and increased his K/9.  The 25 year old could be in line for an excellent season with monster K’s (his minor league K/9 is 10.3 and he’s already struck out 10 batters in 5 innings of pre-season work). 16-8/3.30/1.26/200

BUST: TREVOR CAHILL…Cahill finished 2010 with 18 wins and a 2.97 ERA. He also sported a poor 5.4 K/9 and a ridiculous .236 BABIP. I’m not sure how the Baseball Gods missed this one. Expect regression. 12-10/3.96/1.24/129