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08.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Back from “The Burgh!” PNC Park…best stadium I’ve ever been in. Simply amazing, but watched them drop their 8th straight. Not good as they now have NO chance of getting to October. Thanks to Jesse for filling in admirably. Kid writes novels!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Seth Smith – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…A very respectable season thus far. If you can platoon him, you’d be “aight.”

The Bats:
Michael Bourn – 2/5, 2 R, RBI, SB…Steal No. 42 and counting.

J.J. Hardy – 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…HR No. 20 on the season as he’s been a top option at Short this year. If he batted clean-up, he’d have a shot at 100 RBI easily. Well, maybe 70 for the O’s.

Jay Bruce – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…There we go. Those long droughts are what made me trade him in our keeper. I do love the power potential though. Maybe NEXT year is his year.

Todd Helton – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI…What has come of Helton? He has been a monster recently!

Jason Kubel – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…He is loving life after the break.

David Ortiz – 4/5, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI…Papi was sliding on the road, but he busted out big time in this one.

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07.27.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Colby Rasmus to the Jays, E-Jax to the Cards, Carlos Beltran to the Giants (?) and Felix Hernandez stops the M’s bleeding. What a day!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ervin Santana – A 10K no-no, although he did give up an unearned run. Simply dominating effort.

The Bats:
Mike Cameron
– 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…He’s been – terrible.

Ichiro – 4/5, 2 R, 2 SB…Guess he’s still alive, although he’s fodder IMO.

Dustin Ackley – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI…Ackley’s been holding his own and should be a decent option in 2012.

David Wright – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Batting .429 since being activated.

Jacoby Elssbury – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU! What else can you say about the kind of year this guy is having? .325/78/17/60/29 through 102 games.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Pedroia’s been out of his head too.

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07.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Here are your updated 4th and Home Standings:
Me         12-4
Killboy  11-4-1
Eric        10-6
Chris     7-7-2
Jesse     6-10
Brian    6-10

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brett Cecil – 4-hit SHO/7:2…I guess AAA helped? Monitor him. Not ready to push all of my chips into the middle for him just yet, but I’ve always been intrigued by him.

The Bats:
Mike Stanton
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Some think he has a 40/20 season in him. I sure hope so!

David Wright – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…To say he’s been hot since his DL-activation would be an understatement.

Colby Rasmus – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Upping his price tag?

Hideki Matsui – 5/5, R, RBI…How does a 3-hole hitter produce little when getting 5 hits? Oh, when you’re an Athletic.

Nick Markakis – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been hot this month, but the overall line is still garbage. Still glad I dropped him.

Torii Hunter – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Hunter batting .237. That’s about his age too!

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Weekly Minor League Recap


Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): Montero is still coasting (.265/.375/.294 his last ten), but he has shown an improved ability to draw a walk (4 in his last three games).  At this point, you would have to call his season a disappointment, given the expectations.  But he still has time to show people why he belongs in the majors – and recall that last year at this time he was not exactly lighting it up either.  The Yankees sure wouldn’t mind adding a powerful bat without having to make a trade, and fantasy owners wouldn’t mind either.  But the window for 2011 impact is surely getting smaller.

Brett Lawrie, TOR, 2b/3b, Vegas 51s (#40): Lawrie is on the DL with a broken bone in his left hand for an indefinite amount of time now.  It could be early August before he sees playing time again. Sucks.

Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas slumped hard last week, going 3 for 20.  On the bright side, he continues to walk more than strike out.

Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer was 6 for 22 last week with 5 RBIs. Recall or no recall, he gives Tampa yet another young, potentially productive player.

-Yonder Alonso, CIN, OF, Louisville Bats (#73): Alonso was back on the field last week, but he is only at .200/.304/.350 his last ten games.  He did however hit another HR on 6/24 and had a 6/4 BB/K ratio.

Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE, 3b, Columbus Clippers (#25): Chisenhall returned from his concussion with a vengeance, as he went 9 for 21 with 2 HR and 14 RBIs last week.  Bus ride to Cleveland in the near future (if this continues)? Magic 8 ball says: “signs point to yes.” Update: Scratch the ‘if this continues’; Chisenhall is up. 

Jason Kipnis, CLE, 2b, Columbus Clippers (#54): Kipnis cooled off considerably last week, going 5 for 22, though he did walk 9 times in 7 games.

-Desmond Jennings, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (#22): Jennings stayed cool last week, going 6 for 21 with a HR and 2 SBs (he missed Sundays game with a sore wrist, nothing serious though).  The last few weeks have spurred many a Jennings watch, but still nothing.  The Rays are always tough to figure out, eh?

-Kyle Gibson, MIN, SP, Rochester Red Wings (#34): Gibson had two starts last week, with mixed results: 10 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 Ks.  He has been solid, if unspectacular.

Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked):  Cain went 7 for 25 last week, with 7 RBIs.

-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5):  Another week, another couple of gems: 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 Ks on 6/20; 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 Ks on 6/25.  Simply brilliant.

Matt Dominguez, Fla, 3b, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez continued his hot hitting last week, as he is now slashing .375/.405/.475 in his last ten.  Only 1 RBI and no HRs last week though.  He doesn’t figure to be a big power/average guy in the majors, and much of his real-life value resides in his glove, but he could still prove useful, especially in NL-only leagues, where the hot corner talent level is ‘meh’ at best behind David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman.

Collin Cowgill, OF, ARI, Reno Aces (unranked): Cowgill was only 8 for 30 last week, but has hit safely in 8 straight.  Lots of talk Goldschmidt and he could join the D’Backs very soon.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Danny Espinosa, 2B Washington Nationals (33% owned in Yahoo, 55.5% in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .219 AVG / 29 R / 10 HR / 33 RBI / 5 SB

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04.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 6:3…Typical JJ. 13 hits now given up in 34 innings. That is ridiculous.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 IP, H, 3 ER, 7:4…He’s coming around and once he’s shaken off the rust he’s going to be dynamite. Buy low if you can

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 4 H, 7:3…You missed your opportunity to buy low on this SP.

John Danks – 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 8:2…Another fine start from Danks, but finds himself at (0-3).

David Wright – 2/4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, SB…Wright did everything in this one as he is really starting to heat up.

James Shields – SHO, 4 H, 7:2…Yes, it was the BJays but it was on the road where Shields has not been good in his career. That makes him (2-1) with a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

Ben Zobrist – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…B2B games now with a HR as he lifted his average over .200. Good job, Benny!

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04.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Matt Kemp – 1/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Well, he did it again. His second walk-off this week. I’ll admit he’s slowing down, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked LAD fans.

Jair Jurrjens – 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 6:2…I talked about him Tuesday night and he did his best to make me look smart by out-dueling Kershaw. Came out with the lead before Linebrink blew it, only to have Kimbrel blow it later.

Freddie Freeman – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…2 HR in his last 3 games, FF is doing all he can do garner your attention. There are other guys I’d rather have at first, but he should put up respectable numbers there this year. A nice 9:11 ratio so far.

Kyle Lohse – SHO, 2 H, 6:2…Lohse does this every year. Don’t fall for it, but you could always do a lot worse.

Matt Holliday – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Matty boy keep hitting as he’s now at .455.

Albert Pujols – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Here he comes…

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04.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

David Wright had 4 hits against the Phillies in a rout. Cole Hamels was lit up and I even got a message from Jesse during the game saying “Hamels is hurt, book it.  He’ll be on the DL before the month is out.”

Chris Young, in his first start as a Metropolitan, struck out 7, walked 4, and allowed 5 hits and a run in 5.1 innings. Remember, his pitch counts get high real fast (1 CG in 135 career starts), so don’t count on him to go deep into games. Monitor and be ready to pounce. Really, really like him in Citi. If healthy, a great pick-up.

Another game, another home run for Mark Teixeira. That makes 4 in 5 games, same as Nelson Cruz. Did you know: The most home runs Teix has ever hit in April was 6? He’s done that once. Giddy up!

C.C. Sabathia pitched a gem, only to see Rafael Soriano blow it by giving up 4 runs. Sabathia threw 7, 2-hit innings, striking out 6 and walking 1 in a ND. Remember this game when Sabathia finishes a win shy of 20.

Jered Weaver was fantastic against the Rays, going 6.2 and striking out 6 while allowing just 6 baserunners and 1 run. Weaver now sports a 0.69 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through two starts. Tasty.

After being named the new Angels closer, Jordan Walden closed Weaver’s game out. As I mentioned on The 4th and Home Show last night, it’s time to grab Walden if he’s available.

I mentioned during Spring Training that Aaron Harang was worth monitoring pitching in PETCO. In his first start as a Padre in San Diego, he struck out 6 Giants in 6 innings, allowing just 8 baserunners and 1 run. Keep him on your watch list.

And…the Sawx fall to 0-4. You would’ve thought win #1 would’ve come against the Tribe, but Josh Beckett allowed 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings to take the L.

Carl Crawford went 0-4 with a K in the 2-hole. He is now 2-15 on the year.

After looking like garbage all Spring, Mike Leake turned in a very nice outing against the Astros. Over 6 innings he allowed just 5 baserunners and 2 runs while striking out 4. Not sure how long he’s going to be in the rotation, but he’s on my watch list.

Making their first MLB starts, Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando turned in decent performances. Pineda allowed 6 baserunners and 3 runs over 6 innings. He struck out 4. I watched part of this game and he looked pretty darn good, especially if you remove the 2-run 6th. Ogando simply shut the M’s down. Pulled after just 90 pitches, he allowed just 4 baserunners and struck out 4. Monitor him. He was great out of the bullpen last year and can strike guys out.

Yovani Gallardo was brilliant against a good-hitting Braves team. He completely shut them down as the Braves could only muster 2 hits and 2 walks against him. He  struck out just 2 and I have to wonder about Gallardo’s 6:5 ratio over 15 innings so far this year. Where da Ks? Guess you can’t complain too much when he’s sporting a 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.

Look out. Logan Morrison now has 2 bombs. Remember, I said if his HR/AB rate hit 3%, he could hit 20 HR. Small sample size alert: Right now he’s at 14%.

If you don’t remember the above, do you remember my sleeper alert about Kyle McClellan? McClellan shut the Pirates down, allowing 7 base runners and 2 runs over 6 innings while striking out 7. Season ERA = 3.00. Yeah, yeah…small smaple size.

Jhoulys Chacin beat Clayton Kershaw, Killboy, and Vegas on Tuesday night. He turned in a solid performance against the Dodgers, allowing just 5 hits, 2 walks and 0 runs in 7 innings. He struck out 4. I’m sure he was drafted in your league, but if he somehow slipped through the cracks, grab him now.

National League East Previews: Mets

Today’s focus: New York Mets

2010 Record: 79-83, 4th Place NL East (10th in NL)

The Mets off-season made news for all the wrong reasons as the headlines have been filled, not with big name free agent signings, but with talk of Madoff, lawsuits, massive debt, plans to sell off team shares, and loans from MLB. This all coming on the heals of fun news items like closer Francisco Rodriguez’s assault arrest that also led to season ending surgery on his thumb and ace Johan Santana’s sexual assault charges and season ending rotator cuff surgery that will keep him out until June at the earliest. All-Star Centerfielder Carlos Beltran has combined for only 145 games the past two years on his surgically repaired knees and has just told the team that he needs to move to Rightfield to reduce wear and tear. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of health going into 2011.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: THIRD BASE

Well, I’ve been called a lot of things but our 3B Fantasy Baseball Rankings have now earned me the taunting of being a Homer. Yes, I may be the only one ranking David Wright ahead of Evan Longoria this year, but my own projection system has them so close with a minimal edge given to Wright for 2011. I think their numbers will be similar with Wright getting a slight advantage in SBs. In a keeper, yes, Longoria is the clear #1. Let’s see where everyone else is ranked…

Longoria celebrates his 4th and Home Composite Rankings

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Evan Longoria – TB 1 2 1 1 1 1.2
2 David Wright – NYM 2 1 3 2 2 2
3 Alex Rodriguez – NYY 4 5 2 3 3 3.4
4 Ryan Zimmerman – WAS 3 4 4 4 4 3.8
5 Kevin Youkilis – BOS 5 3 6 5 5 4.8
6 Jose Bautista – TOR 6 6 5 7 6 6
7 Adrian Beltre – TEX 7 9 7 6 7 7.2
8 Michael Young – TEX 9 12 8 10 8 9.4
9 Aramis Ramirez – CHC 8 13 9 8 12 10
10 Martin Prado – ATL 10 11 12 11 9 10.6
11 Pablo Sandoval – SF 14 8 13 9 11 11
12 Mark Reynolds – BAL 11 7 11 13 13 11
13 Casey McGehee – MIL 12 10 10 14 10 11.2
14 Pedro Alvarez – PIT 13 14 14 15 14 14
15 Scott Rolen – CIN 16 20 18 12 15 16.2
16 Ian Stewart – COL 15 15 16 16 16.6
17 Chris Johnson – HOU 17 18 17 17 18
18 Chone Figgins – SEA 15 16 19 18.4
19 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 16 19 18 19
20 Chase Headley – SD 19 17 19.8



Kung Fu Panda is coming off a disappointing season and it seems to given him motivation to get his act in gear this winter.  He’s lost 38 pounds and dropped his body fat percentage by over 10%.  The 5′-11″ third baseman is down to a svelte 240lbs.  He’s also spent some time working on his hitting with Barry Bonds.  Expect his numbers to be closer to his 2009 debut than to 2010’s let down. .305/70/20/80/5


McGehee silenced his critics by following up his 2009 career year with a very solid 2010 campaign. McGehee finished 9th among fantasy 3B in 2010 while improving his strike out rate. Expect more of the same from McGehee in 2011 unless Ken Macha moves him to 2nd in the order. This move would hurt his RBI opportunities and slightly diminish his value, but right now I have him at .288/79/21/96/1.


Rolen’s career peaked in ’04. 2005 was a lost season, ’06 a bounceback and since a poor ’07 he has steadily improved to fantasy respectability. Call it the career death rattle, but FanGraphs career paths show a consistent spike leading to the Age 37 season – Rolen will be 36 in 2011. Just be sure you milk his production early in the season and sell high as he always fades in the later months. Another season of .280/70/20/80/3 would not be a surprise and it could be higher.


If you listened to The 4th and Home Show this past Saturday, you heard me talk about the drop in home runs across the league. That will not change, so jump on HR before you have to start paying a premium for them via trade. In that O’s lineup, Reynolds will kill the ball – along with your average so make sure you have some .300 hitters on your team. Reynolds is currently being drafted as the 11th 3B off the board (much like the jokers here!) and that is way too late for a guy who has averaged 35HR and 14 SBs the past 3 seasons. I have Reynolds down for .240/85/35/95/10.


16, 15, 15, 13, 54…which of these numbers don’t belong? He’s a career .244 hitter that had never had more than 16 home runs in a season. Even with his swing adjustments, expect pitchers to figure him out this year and those power numbers to come back to Earth. I think we’re looking at an upside of low 30’s in homers. .250/85/30/95/5