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06.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Lot of rookies playing last night, getting the call, etc. Look for some big-time prospects within the next week or so. Not sure who you should be looking for? Follow Chris (here).

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Tim Stauffer – 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 8:1…Wow. For what it’s worth, the Rockies’ bats have been garbage.

The Bats:
Dee Gordon
– 3/5, R, SB…In his first MLB start, Gordon yet again flashed his speed. Middle infield help is here.

Matt Kemp – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Back at it. 17/14 through 62 games. 40/40? Nah.

Adam Jones – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…He’s batting .301 now. Still doesn’t walk enough.

Andrew McCutchen – 1/2, 3 R…Also added two walks as the Bucs’ clean-up hitter.

Kelly Johnson – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Keeps on rollin’.

Juan Miranda – 4/4, R, HR, RBI…Might be time to pick him up.

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05.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The rains came and washed out four games, which translated into half of my team. How’d you fair?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day:Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:1…Guess Killboy is keeping him afterall. Lucky, because we all could’ve called his bluff. It was Seattle though…

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The old man still has life left in his bat. Not sure what to make of him this year, but maybe he’s following the Yankees into Slumpsville. Or maybe they’re following him?

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 2 R, RBI…Wasn’t too long ago some genius writer on here said he’d be a 2012 second round pick. The bright side? He’s raised his average 50 points in the last 10 games.

Carlos Santana – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Average up to .233 now and has 28 walks and strikeouts. You knew the average would come around.

Travis Hafner – 2/4, R, 3 RBI…Batting .345. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Carlos Pena – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI…Nice! B2B games with a HR and his average is up to .233. Hot streak alert!

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05.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Full schedule last night, so let’s get into it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Adrian Gonzalez – 3/6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBIHe is making up for lost time in a big way lately.

The Bats:
Andrew McCutchen
– 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Despite the .242 average, McCutch now has 7 HR and 19 RBI.

Matt Kemp – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Kemp has cooled off in May, much to Jesse’s delight, but tonight was a nice showing. He is now batting .336 with 7 HR and 24 RBI.

Martin Prado – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Prado has had a quiet year, but his numbers aren’t too shabby.

Jayson Werth – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…The average is still terrible, but I think he is a nice buy low.

Derek Jeter – 2/4, R, RBI, SB…Look who’s still kicking!

Victor Martinez – 3/4, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB…Continues to rake!

Austin Jackson – 2/5, R, BB, SB…Last four  games have been nice. Rest of season? Not so good.

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05.04.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A night after we saw Francisco Liriano toss a no-hitter, Tim Hudson…..tossed a one-hitter. Oh, what a letdown. Still a great game that saw him face two over the minimum. Very underrated pitcher these days.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Alex Rios
– 3/4, R, HR, RBI…3 HR in his last 5 games. Just needed the weather to warm up. He’ll be fine.

Adam Lind – 4/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Must think it’s 2009, because 2010 is a distant memory…in the future or something if that makes sense.

Martin Prado – 4/10, 2 R, 4 RBI…Slowly making his way back to respectability.

Nate McLouth – 5/5, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB…Heyward better watch it. Nate wants to get back in that two-hole. Damn that was gross.

Brad Hawpe – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Meh!

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05.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

After crapping the bed the entire season, Francisco Liriano NO-HIT the Chicago White Sox. I am willing to bet the people that are still holding onto him, had him on their bench. I know Killboy did! That stinks. Great start, but not without concern as he K’d only 2 and walked 6. If you’re looking to sell, now is the time and be sure you point out the no-hitter and how he has “turned the corner” after noticing a mechanical flaw before this start. Good luck.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Scott Sizemore
– 3/4, R, RBI…Recently recalled – and starting – second baseman could provide value in your middle infield.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Don’t talk about him much, but he’s quietly hitting .316 with 2 HR and 20 RBI.

Brett Wallace – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Continues to hit. He’s now at .383 and in the clean-up spot, I assume until El Caballo comes back.

Jose Reyes – 3/3, R, RBI, 3 BB, SB…Joe King is the most consistent Met as he may be auditioning for another team. He’s now batting .325 with 11 steals.

Carlos Beltran – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…How about that. Hitting .283 and playing every day. Let him sit on your wire.

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04.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, Jake Peavy had a rehab start cut short due to injury. Wait, you’re surprised? Is this your first year playing fantasy baseball? Anymawho, Peavy can be placed in the Rich Harden and Brandon Webb file until further notice. Don’t bother wasting a roster spot – and probably not even a DL spot. A waste I tell you!

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 7 IP, H, 3:1…Oh man. He is reeling you in. You know you shouldn’t, but it might feel so good to pick him up. Come back! Don’t go towards the light! This is Dice-BB we’re talking about. Pick him up and he will use you, make you do the walk of shame to the waiver wire the next day.

Jed Lowrie – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…This guy is on fire. Scutaro who? The only thing Marco had going for him was his wife. Nevermind, they’re divorced. If you’ve seen A Player to be Named Later you know what I’m talking about.

Kevin Youkilis – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Youka!!! Still batting under .200 on the season, so buy low if you can.

Aaron Hill – 0/3…Read Chris’ article yesterday? Go ahead, I’ll wait…Yeah, call Brett Lawrie up already!

Kevin Correia – CG, 4 H, 2 ER, 5:2…Could this last all year? Sure. Will it? Hells no!

Travis Wood – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3:1…Mike Leake gets arrested for stealing t-shirts and Travis Wood gets rocked by the Pirates in the same day. What were the odds on that? Betting a nickel I would’ve been able to retire. Oh well. Travis, get ready to kick back and enjoy the AAA bus rides.

Chris Heisey – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…Wondering if Dusty can create a softball-style defense to make sure Heisey gets in the lineup more as a 4th OF. Love the guy, but Gomes had to juice before the season and screw it all up. Free Heisey!

David Price – 8 IP, 4 H, 9:2…Hey now. Very nice start from Killboy’s nemesis. Last start vs. Boston was decent, but this one had lots of Ks. So it was decenter.

Felipe Lopez – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Wow, things are bad in the Bay when journeyman Felipe Lopez is your cleanup hitter. Somewhere Manny is laughing while bra-shopping.

Sam Fuld – 4/4, R…Closing in on .400. I don’t know what to say.

Carlos Zambrano – 8 IP, 3 H, 10:1…What a tease that Big Z. I do not like green eggs and ham! Start him next week and he will give you 6 walks and a fight with your catcher.

Francisco Liriano – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2:5…Fastball velocity is way down and the brass thinks he’s out of shape. No winter ball equals crApril. I did not want Liriano this year, mainly because the Twins were trying to trade him for a bag of peanuts. If you own him you can’t sell low, but I wouldn’t even try to acquire him if you don’t. My crystal ball says injury coming soon. Yes, the same crystal ball that said Oswalt would be out 3 weeks, smart ass.

Tim Lincecum – 7.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 10:3…Mitch Kramer with a brilliant start against the Rockies. Now sporting a 1.67 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.

C.J. Wilson – 7 IP, 9 H, ER, 9:1…If your league doesn’t count WHIP, CJ will be a 2nd tier SP this year. In the other leagues, he’s still nice. Just have to wonder if the innings bump will catch up to him from last year.

Adrian Beltre – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Beltre is seeing the ball real well right now. That’s like 20 RBI in his last 3 games.

Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 5 H, 5:0…Marcum is just crusing through the NL. Yes, I think he can keep it up. 1.90 ERA and 1.10 WHIP now.

Joe Blanton – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4:1…That other Phillies pitcher with a nice start. No, do not buy this. Sell it.

Ted Lilly – 7 IP, 4 H, 6:2…Well, Lilly sure looked like the guy the Dodgers acquired last year for the playoff push. I had Lilly down as a top starter this year. Flyball pitcher in spacious park? Tasty.

Jerry Sands – 1/3, RBI…Dodgers called up the young buck yesterday and he doubled in his first at bat and hit a sac fly in his second. Right now you need to monitor him. He absolutely raked last year in the minors, had a decent spring training and then raked in AAA before the call-up. Sounds like Ryan Braun’s path…

Jason Heyward – 0/4…Well, he was slotted into the 2-hole while McLouth rested and was there last night while McLouth played. Me likey, but J-Hey needs to hit so he can stay there and approach 100 runs.

Grady Sizemore – 3/5, R, RBI, BB…It’s the old Grady! He’s back!

Justin Smoak – 1/5, R, HR, RBI…Ok, I nearly wrote about him after his 2-hit performance but I figured I should definitely mention him now. The “Smoak-monster” (I hate that nickname he was given) could be heating up. His average actually dropped after last night to .291. Keep one eye on ‘im.

Brennan Boesch – 2/2, R, RBI, 2 BB…I don’t know what to make of this guy (I said that last year too), but he’s now batting .302 with a 9:10 BB:K ratio.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7:4…Can’t complain too much about the results. Scherzer is now (3-0) with a 1.70 WHIP!

04.13.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7:2…Couldn’t get the win vs. a tough Rangers team, but ended with a nice stat line.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4:1…Wow. Just. Wow. Not sure what’s going on with Liriano, but the 6-run 4th pretty much did him in. Now has a 12:9 ratio.

Alex Gordon – 2/5, R, 2 RBI…Keeps hitting. Now at .346. Too early to call it a bounce-back. It is promising though…

Mike Aviles – 2/4, R, 3 RBI – Mike has let me down since my glowing post about him. Nonetheless, it was good to see he still has a pulse.

ChiSox Bullpen – 2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3:3…All four of Ozzie’s closers were terrible. This is a situation to avoid. Grabbed Thornton as my #1, but dropped him last week. They all stink.

John Danks – 8 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:3…Robbed of a win by the jokesters in the bullpen. Danks continues to do well and always seems to be under the radar on draft day.

Jason Vargas – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:1…Seattle’s #3 on my team? Not a chance!

Alex Rodriguez – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…A-Rod blasted his 4th and he is looking like the 50-homer A-Rod.

Travis Wood – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:3…Wood deserved a win, but the bullpen let him down.

Joey Votto – 3/4, R, RBI, SB…Votto is up to .444. The power is coming.

Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 4 H, 4:1…Marcum was dealing! He was also dealing with shoulder issues in the spring, but he is earning that sleeper status. He’s now (2-1) with a 2.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

Prince Fielder – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…As Jesse said Saturday, Prince is locked in.

Roy Halladay – CG, 6 H, 2 ER, 9:2…Roy was: Roy. Had his shutout broken up in the 9th. Now (2-0) with a 1.23 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Haha!

Josh Johnson – 7.1 IP, H, 9:3…Johnson was awesome as he AGAIN flirted with a no-no.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Tulow hit his 5th and now has 12 RBI to go along with his .306 average. MVP-to-be?

Aramis Ramirez – 3/5, R, RBI…Now up to .326. Keeps hitting.

Lance Berkman – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, BB…I think Puma is getting our attention. A Salami last night and he is now thriving hitting behind Pujols at .293/4/11.

Colby Rasmus – 3/6, 3 R, 2 RBI…Rasmus hit his first two doubles of the year and is now at .375. I snatched Colby in our league. Love the potential and was hoping THIS was the year. We shall see.

Russell Branyan – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Another start for Branyan and he’s now hitting .421 with his first HR and RBI on the year. Monitor him since he is a cheap source of power and looks to be getting more PT.

Ian Kennedy – 3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 1:2…I did not want him on any of my teams this year, so if you drop him I’d be ok with it.

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Sanchez got his first win, doing what he does best – striking guys out. The two walks is a great sign as he now has a 24:7 ratio in 16.2 innings. His walks have dropped each year and I wanted him this year. Didn’t happen.

04.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Overhyped Mets “prospect” Lastings Milledge was designated for assignment by the ChiSox. It’s over.

Jon Lester and Fausto Carmona went head-to-head Thursday and although it might’ve seem lopsided on paper, they don’t play the game on paper! Each pitcher shut the other team down as Lester threw 7 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9 and My-my-my My Carmona threw 7 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Wait a tick. I just typed Carmona and 2 walks in the same sentence and I wasn’t talking about a single inning, but seven innings? Wow. As has always been the case with him, if he keeps the walks down his groundballin’ ways will keep the Indians in the game. The outing lowered Carmona’s ERA to (gulp) 9.00.

After going 0/8 in his first two games, Troy Tulowitzki has now gone 5/10 in his last three with a HR in each. Look out. Another home run binge!

Esmil Rogers shut the Pirates down, allowing just 5 baserunners and a run over 7.1 innings. He struck out 7 in the affair and looks to build on his success against the Mess next week. Rogers has K-potential, but has always had trouble keeping guys off base. Monitor.

Damnit why did I ignore Trevor Cahill round after round as he was just sitting there like the beat girl at a 5th grade dance? Cahill turned in another solid outing, shutting the Jays down over 8 innings, allowing just 3 baserunners and a run while punching out 7. Where these Ks coming from? He now has 15 in 12.2 innings. Zoinks!

A.J. Burnett moved to (2-0) after beating the Twins. Burnett wasn’t too mpressive, but got the job done allowing 8 baserunners and 2 runs in 6 innings while striking out 5. Of note is his 1.18 WHIP. If he can keep it south of 1.25 he should be quite valuable pitching for the Yanks.

Francisco Liriano was gross again. Putting way too many guys on base. WHIP now stands at 1.71.

Ryan Braun hit his 3rd HR. Now batting .391. Big year coming up for Ryan.

Roy Halladay was himself. He shut the Mess down over 7 innings allowing just 6 hits and a walk. He struck out 7. 0.69 ERA/0.92 WHIP. Shazam!

Placido Polanco was 2/5 with 4 RBI and is proving to be an asset in the 2-hole for the Phillies. He will score plenty of runs while he’s there. Cheap source of stats.

Chase Utley’s replacement and ex-Met, Wilson Valdez, went 4/4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI. Relax.

Edwin Jackson was again brilliant against the Rays. No, he didn’t no-hit them but he struck out 13 over 8 innings allowing just 4 hits, 1 run and a walk. Lifetime against the Rays, EJax is now 3-0/1.44/0.88/18. HA!

Josh Johnson seems to be alright. He shut the Nats down over 6 innings, allowing just 4 baserunners, 1 run and struck out 6.

Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 04.02.11

At first I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but Matt Holliday really did get an emergency appendectomy and was first reported as being out indefinitely. Seems he may only miss 10 days or so and might not even go on the DL. Owners can breathe.

Rick Ankiel hit a 3-run HR off Tommy Hanson who crapped the bed. The homer proved to be the game winner as the Nationals are now just a half game out of first.

The ChiSox continue to put up football scores as they put up 8 today with the help of another 2 RBI from Carlos Quentin who had two doubles. Gordon Beckham had another multi-hit game and he’s now hitting .625.

The Cubs got their first win, but they had to earn it against the Bucs as they left 17 men on base. Carlos Marmol closed out the comeback by K-ing the side. This guy is unreal.

Kyle Drabek outdueld- who am I kidding, he was the only pitcher to show up- Francisco Liriano by tossing 7 1-hit innings while striking out 7. Halladay who?

Albert Pujols turned those Opening Day frowns upside down by jacking one. Wasn’t enough though, as the Cards fell to the Padres.

Matt Cain tossed 6 shutout innings vs. the Dodgers, striking out 3.

Brad Penny got pounded by the Pinstripes. He gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in just 4.1 innings. Guess he misses Dave Duncan.

Mark Teixeira went yard again. Two games. Two 3-run jacks. Extra batting practice and a fake calendar. Glad I own him.

Someone told Cliff Lee it was October, because he struck out 11 Astros en route to a victory. He gave up just 4 hits (3 runs), but looks to make a charge at 20 wins this year.

Someone also told Carlos Lee that he was 25. El Caballo missed the cycle by a double.

Brian Roberts now has 5 RBI as the O’s lead-off hitter. He took James Shields deep for a 3-run blast. Shields was pitching great up until that mistake, allowing just 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 7.

Former 2nd-rounder Chris Tillman shut the Rays down through 6, giving up ZERO hits, walking 3 and striking out 5.

Travis Wood helped move the Reds to 2-0 by shutting down the Brewer bats allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, walking none, and striking out 7. Jesse and I ranked him as our #47 pitcher. Did we know something? I like to think so…

Ian Kinsler has now homered in every game this year. More amazing, it’s been to lead off the game. First player EVER to do that. Kinsler’s torrid spring is carrying over. Once the weather starts heating up, sell. He’ll either cool off or get injured. Or is THIS the year?

Nelson Cruz also hit his second HR of the early season.

John Lackey got shelLACKEYd (10 hits, 9 runs, and 2 walks in 3.2 innings). Sorry, the John Lackey of old is LONG gone…


Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Saturday , 4/2/11

Minnesota Twins (-113) @ Toronto Blue Jays (+103) My Pick: Twins Straight Up -113

The Jays’ outburst yesterday helped lower the price today. It’s a pretty good deal for a Liriano-Drabek matchup and Liriano doesn’t give up many long-balls. Expect the Twins to be patient with Kyle Drabek and make him throw strikes. I also give the edge to the Twins’ bullpen.

Chicago White Sox (-125) @ Cleveland Indians (+115) My Pick: White Sox Straight Up -125

The White Sox scored 15 runs yesterday but don’t blame it all on Fausto Carmona. It doesn’t look like they will repeat their dreadful April from 2010. The White Sox are far superior to the Indians which makes this an easy pick at -125.

Boston Red Sox (+105) @ Texas Rangers (-115) My Pick: Rangers Straight Up -115

Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton and Michael Young have hit John Lackey hard in their careers. I think it will be another short day for Lackey in Arlington. The current Red Sox haven’t had much success with Cobly Lewis. With the Rangers being at home, take them to cover the Run Line of -1.5 (+165) if your feeling a little frisky.

Disagree? Light me up in the comments.

Brian “Killboy” Kilpatrick is currently up +662 imaginary dollars in 2011.