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08.01.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Light day of action, but some noteworthy performances. It was the night of 2-HR games!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Asdrubal Cabrera – 3/5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…The career year continues.

The Bats:
Derrek Lee – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Nice first game for the Bucs. And you KNOW this will be his last!

Jason Kipnis – 3/5, 3 R, HR, RBI…Two straight with a homer. Look out!

Rick Ankiel – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Not bad coming from your lead-off hitter.

Dan Uggla – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Four HR in his past 4 games makes Uggla one of baseball’s hottest hitters.

Mike Stanton – 2/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…Grand slam in extras!

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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Cameron Maybin, OF San Diego Padres ( 35 percent owned in Yahoo, 57.5 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .283 AVG / 49 R / 6 HR / 27 RBI / 22 SB

Maybin can really fill up a stat sheet. During his ten game hitting streak, he is hitting .422/11/1/6/10. Don’t expect a .280 average going forward because his contact rates are Uggla-like (72.5 percent) but he will be a good source of runs and steals going forward.

Projection (rest of season): .250 AVG / 34 R / 4 HR / 24 RBI / 10 SB

Dexter Fowler, OF Colorado Rockies ( 18 percent owned in Yahoo, 20.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .250 AVG / 43 R / 0 HR / 24 RBI / 5 SB

After Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15 day DL, Dexter Fowler got the call once again. He knows he will have to prove himself to stay in the lineup when CarGo returns. In the past six games Fowler has hit leadoff while batting .454/5/0/5/2. I would like to see him more active on the basepaths but deeper leagues should try him out while he’s hot.

Projection (rest of season): .265 AVG / 28 R / 2 HR / 19 RBI / 6 SB

Nate Schierholtz, OF San Francisco Giants ( 15 percent owned in Yahoo, 50.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .287 AVG / 33 R / 7 HR / 36 RBI / 7 SB

Schierholtz is quietly putting together a pretty solid season for the Giants. He owns an overall triple slash line of .287/.331/.444 and a .382 wOBA for the month of July. He mostly hits out of the five-spot in the order so he should at least be a decent source of RBIs. Beware if the Giants end up trading for a player like Carlos Beltran, because Schierholtz may find his way into a platoon situation.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 21 R / 5 HR / 29 RBI / 5 SB

Vance Worley, SP Philadelphia Phillies ( 50 percent owned in Yahoo, 78.6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 1 L / 48 K / 2.02 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

Worley has been a good surprise for the Phillies this year. He won’t put up huge strikeout numbers but he does a good job of drawing weak contact and getting groundball outs. Hitters will still have trouble with Worley because they are not familiar with him yet. You may want to consider benching him when he is set to start against a team he has faced before. In his second start against the Mets, he gave up 8 R/3 IP.

Projection (rest of season): 4 W / 3 L / 37 K / 3.85 ERA / 1.30 WHIP

Jason Isringhausen, RP New York Mets ( 29 percent owned in Yahoo, 46.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 0 L / 28 K / 2.67  ERA / 1.13 WHIP / 2 SV

Isringhausen is the closer for the Mets and Bobby Parnell’s blowup against the Marlins last night (1 IP, 2 ER), only solidifies the closing gig. Izzy has plenty of experience in the closer’s role (295 career saves) so give him a shot.

Projection (rest of season): 2 W / 1 L / 19 K / 3.10 ERA / 1.20 WHIP / 10 SV

*All stats are current as of 7/25/11, 10:00 AM

07.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Looks like slumps could be ending soon…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Nate Schierholtz – 3/6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…”Schier Holtz!” Remember his love triangle with Maebe and George Michael?

The Bats:
Evan Longoria
– 3/6, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Him and D.Wright should inject some roids so they live up to their draft position!

Hunter Pence – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB…A lot of sites are calling for him to regress, which will probably happen, but that doesn’t mean he won’t put up stats like years previous. Love me some Pence.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…RBIs no. 14 and 15. Look out!

Dan Uggla – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…B2B games with a homer and Uggly is now batting .183.

Jordan Schafer – 4/5, R, RBI, SB…Seems like he is tearing the cover off the ball lately – but he’s not.

Austin Jackson – 0/1, 2 R, 4 BB…Four walks?!?!?! Throw it over the plate, he won’t hit it!

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05.25.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Funerals are never fun and being out-of-town made it hard to keep you all up to date with my opinions on the daily box scores. So as I get back into it, drooling as Matt Joyce went yard AGAIN the other night, this is what I saw LAST night…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Wilson Valdez (PHI 2B) – 3/6…Decent game at the plate filling in for Chase Utley. But, he entered in the 19th to pick up the win as he pitched one inning of scoreless ball! Player of the Day!

The Bats:
Steve Pearce
– 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…The once-touted Pirate prospect is seeing some time now that Pedro Alvarez is on the DL. Ship has sailed.

Dan Uggla – 0/5, 3 K…Now batting .180. Ouch. Actually…OUCH! Most of you had high hopes for him this year and this is not looking pretty.

Dustin Pedroia – 2/6, R, HR, 3 RBI…Guess he wasn’t too hurt.

Carl Crawford – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…Average sits at .229. He’s coming along, but maybe won’t be the No. 1 OF I expected pre-season.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…I expcted better from him this year, but I think the Braves traded the correct backstop despite the “experts'” opinions on the matter.

Prince Fielder – 2/2, 4 RBI…Been a rough May, so maybe this gets him out of the funk.

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05.15.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A rough weekend to be a writer here at 4th and Home. I apologize if you waited patiently for a Breakdown and I did not deliver. Shame on me. I hope it never happens again.

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jose Bautista – 3/5, 3 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI…Ridiculous!!! Nothin’ else to say.

The Bats:
Lance Berkman
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…There he is! First HR since May 5th. And you thought he reverted to Puma 2010…

Ramon Hernandez – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Three HR in his last two games. Need a backstop?

Dan Uggla – 2/3, 3 R, HR, RBI…Hit the game winner off Doc Halladay. Maybe this gives him some confidence to hit another 30 this year before Brian pulls his hair out.

John Mayberry – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…Keeping it warm for the injured (again) DomBrown.

Matt Joyce – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Pick him up, YET? If it makes you feel better, yours truly owns him. Actually dropped Luke Scott for him. Feel better? Good, now pick him up.

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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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National League East Previews: Marlins

Today’s focus: Florida Marlins

2010 Record: 80-82, 3rd Place NL East (tied for 8th in NL)

The Marlins have now played 8 seasons since winning the second of their two world championships and in their 18 seasons overall, they still have never won their division.  In contrast, the Phillies have played 128 and won the same number of titles.  All this is to say, the Marlins are very good at catching lightning in a bottle and also very good at letting it walk out the door the next year to remain within their modest payroll.  The Marlins have been stringing more and more keys to their kite the past few years with the emergence of Josh Johnson, Chris Coghlan, Mike Stanton, and Logan Morrison to add to the star power of Hanley Ramirez.

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2011 National League East Previews: Braves

Today’s focus: Atlanta Braves

2010 Record 91-71 2nd Place NL East, Wild Card.  Lost to Giants in NLDS

The Braves will look to build on their 2010 Wild Card season as they enter 2011 with hopes of unseating the Phillies from the top of the NL East.  Their biggest change from last season is new skipper Fredi Gonzalez who takes over for the legendary Bobby Cox.  Gonzalez has a knack for getting the most from a young lineup and he has a good mix of young talent and proven veterans at his disposal.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SECOND BASE

After everyone agreeing on the #1s for Catcher and First Base, we now run into positions where #1 is debatable. Robinson Cano or Chase Utley? Well, majority rules here so Cano takes our Composite #1. This was Utley’s position until guys like Pedroia and Cano put on MVP campaigns the past few seasons. Pedroia looks to be healthy and rebound, while Cano looks to prove why he should be #1 for the next few years.

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Robinson Cano – NYY 1 2 2 1 1 1.4
2 Chase Utley – PHI 2 1 1 2 2 1.6
3 Dustin Pedroia – BOS 4 3 4 4 3 3.6
4 Ian Kinsler – TEX 3 4 3 5 5 4.0
5 Dan Uggla – ATL 5 5 5 3 4 4.4
6 Brandon Phillips – CIN 6 6 7 7 6 6.4
7 Rickie Weeks – MIL 7 9 9 6 7 7.6
8 Aaron Hill – TOR 9 7 6 9 8 7.8
9 Martin Prado – ATL 8 8 10 10 9 9.0
10 Kelly Johnson – ARI 10 10 11 8 10 9.8
11 Gordon Beckham – CHW 13 11 8 11 15 11.6
12 Brian Roberts – BAL 11 12 12 12 12 11.8
13 Ben Zobrist – TB 12 13 13 13 14 13.0
14 Howie Kendrick – LAA 14 14 16 14 13 14.2
15 Neil Walker – PIT 16 16 14 16 11 14.6
16 Chone Figgins – SEA 15 15 15 15 16 15.2
17 Mike Aviles – KC 17 17 17 19 18.2
18 Omar Infante – FLA 19 18 18 17 18.6
19 Juan Uribe – LAD 20 20 19 18 18 19.0
20 Ty Wigginton – COL 17 20 20.0


An MVP season in 2008, a great 2009, an injury-riddled 2010, and now in 2011 he is sometimes the 5th 2B off the board? With the revamped lineup in Boston, Pedroia will have another excellent season as he continues to show increased plate discipline. At age 27, don’t be surprised if he is the #1 2B off the board in 2012. (.300-110-20-85-20)


Uggla has established himself as one of the premier 2B in all of baseball and one of the most consistent hitters the past 4 seasons.  His move out of a football stadium and its teal monster and into a better lineup in Atlanta won’t hurt either.  Uggla ended 2010 hitting line drives at almost a 30% clip, reducing his GB%, while also increasing FB% and HR/FB which could signal his best season is yet to come as he comes to the peak of his prime.


Although derailed by injury last year, expect a return to 2009-type numbers for Roberts in a rejuvenated Baltimore lineup. See here.


I don’t really get the fascination with this guy.  Yeah, there’s potential for some nice power and speed, but how often does that actually happen?  Aside from the 31 HR, 31 SB season in 2009, in which his batting average plummeted to .253, there’s really not much to write home about.  There’s no way i’m taking this guy in the 2nd round of the draft, which is where he went in TSN’s expert mock draft.


Rickie’s 2010 HR/FB% was 17.3% (13.7% career), BABIP was .332 (.309 career) and K% was 28.3% (26.9% career). In Aug/Sept/Oct of 2010, he hit for a measily .251 AVG, 7 HR, 16 RBI, 4 SB and struck out a whopping 69 times. These numbers coupled with injury concerns, point to regression.

Fantasy Finds: Top 3 Underrated Second Basemen

The purpose of Fantasy Finds is to point out some names that have not been getting the attention they deserve on draft day. The focus of this article will be finding value at a thin position, second base.

1. Dan Uggla – Currently ranked #34 by Yahoo Fantasy Baseball

Last Season’s Statistics:

Average Runs HR RBI SB
.287 100 33 105 4

Very impressive stat line for Uggla last year which left him at number 18 in Yahoo’s 2010 rankings. In addition to his finish last year, he has now moved into the Braves lineup where he should thrive. Plan on a finish closer to last year’s 18 than the 34 Yahoo has tagged him with this season.

2. Kelly Johnson – Currently ranked #98 by Yahoo Fantasy Baseball

Last Season’s Statistics:

Average Runs HR RBI SB
.284 93 26 71 13

I think Johnson is getting a raw deal even from Yahoo. When it comes down to it, fantasy is all about offense. And the stats Johnson put up last year were very solid, especially for second base. The fact that he has his defensive liabilities, while soon to frustrate Diamondback fans on a regular basis, have not impact from a fantasy perspective as long as he keeps his job.

3. Brian Roberts – Currently ranked #104 by Yahoo Fantasy Baseball

Last Season’s Statistics:

Average Runs HR RBI SB
.278 28 4 15 12

Admittedly, those stats are probably deserving of a much lower ranking. However, Roberts was injured much of last season and only played in 59 games. Coming into this season healthy and with an upgraded lineup around him, it’s not unreasonable to expect a stat line more along the lines of his 2009 season:

Average Runs HR RBI SB
.283 110 16 79 30

Those numbers were strong enough to find him ranked as the 47th best player in Yahoo. Not bad for a player you will likely be able to grab as late as the 10th round of your draft.