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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 06.08.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Not to toot my own horn too much or jinx things, but my picks haven’t lost in over a month now (Bud Norris on 5/7/11).  I picked ole Bud yesterday so hopefully he does not bookend the streak.

For games on Thursday June 9th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Josh Collmenter 42% /55 % (ARI) @ PIT

Aaron Harang 42% / 32% (SD) vs. WAS

Derek Holland 23% / 8% (TEX) @ MIN

Mark Buehrle 17% / 10% (CWS) vs. OAK

Jonathon Niese 14% /5% (NYM) @ MIL

J.A. Happ 10% / 5% (HOU) vs. StL

Doug Fister 7% / 4% (SEA) @ DET

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05.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Still trying to process how Cliff Lee can strike out 16 and lose, oh that’s right the Phil’s bats went back to sleep and they hate facing Derek Lowe who took a no-no into the 7th.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Andre Ethier – 3/5… The Streak is now at 30!

Ryan Howard – 0/4 3 Ks… 3 for his last 24 since the Grand Slam

Chipper Jones – 2/5, R, RBI… Larry’s 24th RBI, 5th in the NL.

Jay Bruce – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI… Bruce’s 7th on the year, 2nd in as many days…could be going on a tear.

Jason Bourgeois – 3/5, R, SB… The Astros’ new lead off hitter is on a tear – 6 game hitting streak which includes 4 multi hit games and SBs in 5 of 6 games.  He better be on your radar by now if not in your lineup, now batting .412 with 12 sb!

Hunter Pence – 2/4, R, 2 RBI… Pence now batting .300 with 10 2B and 27 RBI… but when will some of these doubles start to leave the park (none the past 9 games)?

Derrek Lee – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB… Lee’s 3rd HR but it’s his 2nd this week – Lee is starting to show signs of life that Killboy was looking for as a sleeper candidate.

Adam Lind – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR… Lind now batting .317 with 7 HR, 11 game hitting streak which includes 6 HR!  He is en fuego.

Jose Reyes – 3/4, 2 R, BB, SB… Joe King continues his quest to play his way out of Queens.

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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 Fantasy Baseball Projections: Assembling a Team After Pick 250

ADP data can be one of the most useful items of information you can have with you at your draft. Not only will you afford yourself the knowledge of knowing who you can  and can’t grab later, but you’ll also find hidden gems that the rest of the fantasy baseball community are letting slip too far. It is these gems we will focus on in this article as I lay out my All Forgotten Team

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