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07.28.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Just a few days left and some big names have yet to move. I picked up Ryan Ludwick because I’m convinced he’ll be a Phillie and if not, being part of the Sawx carries equal fantasy weight.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Desmond Jennings – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, SB…That was fast. Few games into his career and he makes the BSB POD. Yeah, he’s for real. Upton can leave.

The Bats:
Miguel Cabrera
– 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…At the end of the day his numbers won’t look like last year’s, but they’ll still be first round quality.

Mark Trumbo – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI…Missed the cycle by a single? You’d think the triple would be elusive for the big man!

Erik Aybar – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, SB…Straight up for Reyes (rumor)? No, but closer than you think.

Joey Votto – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Three straight with a jack. Must think he’s Billy Butler. What?

Dustin Pedroia – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! STILL on fire.

Billy Butler – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Votto’s biggest fan.

Ryan Braun – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Looks like he’ll come close to matching his 2009 season.

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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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07.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Brian McCann heads to the DL, so he won’t be the No. 1 Catcher for too much longer. Jose Bautista left another game and Collin Cowgill goes 0/4 with 2 K in his debut.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 7/1/1/14:3…Sabathia has been so dominant that you have to wonder if he turned it on too fast. I am feeling post-season meltdown out of C.C.

The Bats:
Chase Utley/Ryan Howard
– 4/8, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Just like old times.

Greg Dobbs – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…What is this, the all ex and current Phillies BSB?

Derrek Lee – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…5 HR and 17 RBI through July, he looks to have another decent second half. I think I’m buying.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…What a waiver steal for all you luckies.

Dustin Pedroia – 4/5, 3 R, RBI…Who is the No. 1 Fantasy Second Baseman?

Billy Butler – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! With 8 HR, Butler is on pace for 30…over 3 seasons. Who told you to take Logan Morrison before Butler? Oh yeah, the same guy who told you to pass on Ellsbury for Gardner!

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07.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Derek Jeter made history over the weekend by getting his 3,000th hit. Could it have gone any differently for him? The hit was a home run and what a way to put himself in the books. Jeter is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and although I think he is one of the more overrated players of this generation, there is nothing overrated about accumulating 3,000 hits. My thoughts aside, a great day for Derek and the Yankee faithful. And yes, I would’ve sold that ball to the highest bidder. it’s tough times and you must be nuts to give a ball away that was worth thousands.

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 4-hit SHO/9:1…Sabathia has been as dominant as they come. Look for a great second half from him.

The Bats:
Emilio Bonafacio
– 3/3, 2 R, 3 SB…Just a few short years ago he was the hottest pick-up in April. Now? Not so much. (Though he’s been red hot of late!)

Eric Thames – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Pepperdine product has been scorching since his recall. Take a look.

Raul Ibanez – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 6 RBI…Ibanez has had an awesome 5-game stretch.

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06.19.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

In a day owners were prepared to be without Fat Albert for a few months, he still had a stellar day at the plate.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Albert Pujols – 3/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Would’ve been more unreal if he put up this line WITH a fat-@ss wrist…

The Bats:
Carlos Santana
– 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Is he finally busting out? Let’s check back in next Monday.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Sawx should scare owners more with “surgery” talk. He’s been a madman (with power) since we first learned of a possible surgery.

Mark Reynolds – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…3 hits and now definitely over the Mendoza at .217.

J.J. Hardy – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Speaking of madmen, Hardy has been an awesome pick-up for the O’s and fantasy managers alike.

Skip Schumaker – 2/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…Walk-off!

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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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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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04.09.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A full slate of great games on the second Saturday of the season including a Doubleheader in Baltimore and a suspended game in San Diego. Kudos to the schedule makers for all the great divisional rivalries right off the bat – none better than Yankees-Red Sox which always has a playoff atmosphere and tons of fantasy implications. The Red Sox were desperate to build on Friday’s first win, but it was not to be as the Yanks prevailed 9-4. Not to be outdone, the Phillies hot bats picked right back up after Friday’s loss to crush their chief rival Braves 10-2. The Rangers were blanked in the opener by the O’s but then turned around and spanked them in the night cap 13-1. And then we had A’s at Twins – wow, what a slug fest as the A’s prevail 1-0 behind Gio. Neither of these teams can hit their way out of a wet paper bag. The Rays nightmare April continues as they dropped to 1-7 reminiscent of their pre-2008 dominance. The Giants Miguel Tejada walked off on the Cardinals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win.
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04.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The biggest news of the day was Manny Ramirez retiring from baseball. Manny was facing a repeat-offender suspension and I guess he felt it was not worth hanging around for. If I were the Rays, I wouldn’t want him back. Hall of Fame? Not a chance. What a bum. As the 4th and Home guys were discussing yesterday, I guess he’d rather inject estrogen than play baseball. Manny finishes his career a .312 lifetime hitter with 555 HR and 1831 RBI. Surely a first ballot HOF-er, but after two failed tests, no chance. Shunned forever!

Before I start, does anyone else get really frustrated when games are postponed after it’s too late to swap players out of your lineup? There has to be a solution to this for sites hosting leagues. Very annoying. Colby Lewis took up a pitching slot where I could’ve had Matt Thornton inserted to blow my WHIP up!

Jordan Zimmerman – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4:0…Zimmerman looked pretty decent against the Mess. I think his K numbers will rise the deeper we get into the season. Not promising a lot of victories, but he will surely help your ERA and WHIP. J-Zimm has a tough test against the Phillies this week. I’d be tempted to start him, but if you sat him I wouldn’t object.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Pedroia helped the Sawx get off the schnide with a decent game against a battered Phil Hughes (who may be headed to the bullpen). Just like that, Pedroia is hitting .296 and looks to increase the counting stats as he gets more comfortable on the diamond.

Brett Gardner – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB…Gardner had a great game from the lead-off spot. Remember what I said about him? Sure you do. Anyway, Gardner is up to .222 from the top spot.

Jonathan Sanchez – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 7:2…Sanchez pitched a great game against the Cards until Brian Wilson imploded, only to be one-upped by Ryan Franklin imploding. Sanchez might have a lower ERA than WHIP by year’s end…

Pablo Sandoval – 3/5, RBI, BB…Look out, Kung Fu Panda is batting .440 in 2011. Only one of his 11 hits has gone for extra bases so far. If you listen to us on radio, I mentioned his weight issues prevented him from driving the ball. This year, his line drive percentage is at 25 (17.1 last year). Expect the extra bases to come in bunches.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3:2…Not in tip-top form just yet, but I still love his prospects for this year. Still allowing too many baserunners. His WHIP now stands at 1.82. I think the Tigers should demote Max. We know what happens when Max gets demoted. Ace!

Ricky Nolasco – 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…I’ve always loved Nolasco, but somehow his peripherals never translate onto the field. 6 K thru 15 innings is not good enough, but I’ll take the 2.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 8 H, ER, 2:0…Wandy lowered his ERA to 6.55 after this decent start. Be patient with him. The warmer months are around the corner…

Brett Anderson – CG, 8 H, 2 ER, 5:0…Anderson was sailing in this one, only to allow consecutive hits and allowing 2 runs as an Oakland pitcher usually spells LOSS. The benefactor…

Carl Pavano – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 1:1…Pavano was in line for the loss, but was bailed out by his small-ball of a team. For his cost, I thought Pavano was a great buy – and still do.

Jose Tabata – 2/6, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Now THAT is a nice stat line and one I expected more frequently when I listed him as my #19 OF for 2011. Tabata is now hitting .344 with 3 steals.

Tim Hudson – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…A typical Hudson start, but a great one against the Phils. Hudson is the NL’s version of Trevor Cahill. Well, Cahill is striking people out this year, but you know what I mean!

Cliff Lee – 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3:1…Everybody hits! Wow. Did not expect this one. No worries, that 7.84 ERA will be down in the 3s by May.

Gordon Beckham – 3/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Little annoyed at myself for not being more aggressive trying to nab him this year. To my defense, I own Pedroia and felt I needed to load up in other areas. Beckham is proving his rookie year and last year’s second half were no fluke. Damn you, Killboy!

Ian Kennedy – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 9:1…Now this was a nice start! I watched the first few innings of this game and Kennedy had all of his pitches working. He made Jay Bruce look silly, so I changed the channel. Inconsistency always bothered me about Kennedy, so beware of a ERA-killing start.

Travis Wood – 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4:2…Wow. I guess you have to expect this from young guys, but this one hurts. Still love Wood this year…ok, that was gross. Ok, still love Travis this year. Brush it off, big man!

Miguel Montero – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, BB…Montero is now hitting .545 and has played in every Diamondback game this season. This might be the year he lives up to the pre-season hype.

Travis Hafner – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Ok, I am tempted to pick Hafner up. The Indians are now (5-2) in no small part to the .375-hitting Hafner.

Matt Kemp – 3/3, RBI, BB, SB…Kemp is still on first base in the 2-2 game, so there is a chance he gets a 2nd steal…ok, he’s still there. Oh! The game was suspended early this morning. It will pick back up today. Kemp is hitting .409 with 2 steals now. Jesse, how you feel?

Speaking of Jesse, he’ll be filling in for me tomorrow.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: The Position Scarcity Effect

No doubt that all of us who have been playing fantasy baseball for at least a few years have heard of position scarcity. Over the last several seasons I think the popularity of this theory has become even greater. Prior to it getting a cool name, I think most players acknowledged the fact that there were few great shortstops to choose from, but I’m not sure how many people actually factored that into their draft strategy. Well, like many good ideas, once they get into the popular conscience they tend to be overblown and after time settle into a nice useful medium.

The basic premise behind position scarcity is that there are few elite players at some positions and therefore the elite players at those spots should have their value elevated somewhat to account for this fact. I agree with the logic whole-heartedly. Where I think we may have gone slightly astray is in determining the amount these values should be adjusted by versus those elite players at roles that have more depth. For example, when someone tries to convince me that Jose Reyes should be drafted ahead of Adrian Gonzalez because of position scarcity, I think we may have gone too far. While I would tend to classify them both as tier 2 players at their respective positions and admit that short stop is an extremely shallow spot, I don’t see the justification for the move when runs and average will be about a wash and Reyes only gets the edge in steals. Unless you have a dire need in steals, it seems to defy logic. Personally I believe the best available player in the draft will usually be the best player for your team. This won’t always be the case, but about 90% of the time this logic will serve you well.

Now for the 3 most scarce batter positions and their elite players (either tier 1 or 2):

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