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NL Waiver Wire Gems

Sorry its a day late folks, but here are some hidden gems in the NL who I think can provide some help for the stretch run:

Danny Espinosa, 2B, Washington Nationals (45% Yahoo/59.2% ESPN)

Current Line: .225/55/17/55/12

Espy has not hit a home run since July 17th, and has seen his average drop 23 points, but he is likely due for one last surge here at the end of the season. Not too many second basemen available out there in over half of yahoo leagues can match his potential power/rbi/speed output. Gordon Beckham and Aaron Hill are owned in more yahoo leagues, which seems criminal. I think 20/15 is a lock, and 25/17 is not too far-fetched.

My Projection (all rest of season): .235/23/7/25/4

Jason Bay, OF, NY Mets (49% Yahoo/70.8% ESPN)

Current Line: .248/47/9/42/10

Bay has been a colossal disappointment to Mets fans everywhere since joining the team in 2010, and has also pretty much been a fantasy bust. However, if you are making a playoff run these last few weeks, all you care about is a player’s production this last month and a half (assuming you are in a redraft league). Bay has been very good the last two weeks: .311/11/3/6/1, and I think he will provide decent spot starter OF numbers the rest of the way. This is a guy who used to average 30/100 through 2009, so he has not completely forgotten how to hit, citifield notwithstanding. Bay did clear waivers today, according to ESPN NY, but anyone think a team might take on the rest of his 66 million dollar contract? Well, anyone but the White Sox?

My Projection: .255/20/6/20/5

Jose Tabata, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (41% Yahoo/18.8% ESPN)

Current Line: .265/39/3/15/14

Tabata was a trendy pick this year, and unfortunately for me, I went along with this trend. He started the season red-hot, then fizzled, then got hurt, out since the end of June with a strained quad. Tabata is due to return to the Pirates this week, and, if his legs are fully healed, could be a big run/speed contributor. He should even be a plus average bat. If the Bucs use him at the top of the order, Tabata could be a Michael Bourne Light the rest of the way.

My Projection: .275/22/3/12/10

Jason Barlett, SS, San Diego Padres (21% Yahoo/17% ESPN)

Current Line: .254/50/2/33/22

Bartlett has been hot of late, and that is half of what gets a low owned player mentioned here, since being hot in Mid-August could be enough to stay hot into September. He is hitting .300 with a HR and 10 RBIs the past two weeks, and we know from his 2009 season that he is capable of going on ridiculous runs (even though that season was a huge outlier, to say the least). Given the dearth of production at SS in both leagues, Bartlett is worth a flier for his speed and average. Not saying he will save your team from extinction, but he should be better than Ryan Theriot, Darwin Barney, and Ian Desmond, all who are owned in more yahoo leagues.

My Projection: .265/16/1/17/10

Javier Vazquez, SP, Florida Marlins (37% Yahoo/15.5% ESPN)

Current Line: 4.68/1.39/104/7-10

Vasquez is much maligned, but lately, he’s been very useful. He has struck out 18 in his last 20 innings, with a 2.25 ERA and .90 WHIP. Go back even further, to June 16, and his ERA has dropped over two runs since then. Javy has San Diego at Petco coming up this week, so a perfect time to add him.

My Projection: 3.95/1.25/40/2-3

AL Waiver Wire Gems

J. P. Arencibia, C, Toronto Blue Jays (47% owned Yahoo, 42.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .216/25/12/37/0 (avg/runs/hrs/rbis/sbs)

J.P. should bash around 25 home runs before the year is out. Not many catchers can match that power production. You will take a big average hit – I think Arencibia has bottomed out though – but that is pretty standard at this traditionally thin – and even thinner this year – position. He is basically Mike Napoli with more at bats (Ron Washington seems like he has finally come around on playing Napoli every day, finally). If Naps is owned in your league, which he should be, J.P. is a decent consolation prize.

My Projection (rest of season): .235/32/13/35/1

Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox (46% Yahoo, 51.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .241/34/7/24/2

Becks raised his average almost 50 points last year in the 2nd half, and has shown some signs of life lately; I wouldn’t get too excited about him, but at one of the weaker positions in a line-up that is due to bust out, he should outperform the 1st half numbers pretty easily. The former #1 pick should produce solid MI stats the rest of the way.

My Projection (rest of season): .275/37/10/36/3

Rajai Davis, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (38% Yahoo, 55.2% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .243/34/1/23/24

Davis went through a brutal cold streak which dropped his average from .288 to .224, prompting me to drop him along the way.  Of course, now he has turned it back on, stealing 6 bases and raising his average 20 points in the last week. Might as well get back on the Rajai Train while he’s hot, as he can single handedly win you steals and help big time in runs any given week. But be prepared for big gaping holes of production from time to time.

My Projection (rest of season):  .260/34/3/25/25

Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox (37% Yahoo, 30% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 4.30 ERA/1.44 WHIP/92 Ks/5-7 W/L

All Sox and Jays so far. Jackson’s numbers look horrible, but lately he has been better, even if the ERA and WHIP haven’t gone down much.  In his last four starts, he has K’ed 27 and walked just 4, while giving up a manageable 26 hits in 26.2 IP.  We all know Jackson has the talent and stuff to go on a useful fantasy run for you, and now might be a good time to test him out, as his xFIP is 1 run lower than his ERA and he has been pretty unlucky, dealing with a .341 BABIP.  I’d be worried about using him against Detroit post-All Star break if he gets a start in that series, but against KC or Cleveland, I’d give him a whirl.

My Projection (rest of season): 4.05 ERA/1.30 WHIP/80 Ks/7-6 W/L

Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (30% Yahoo, 52.9% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .256/32/15/38/8

Trumbo continues to put up respectable power numbers, and has even stolen 8 bases thus far, a nice little bonus from a first baseman. He has two HRs in his last three games, and could flirt with 30 by year’s end, which isn’t too shabby for any player, let alone a back up 1B. He won’t walk, and his average probably will not get any higher than it is now, but if you are still holding onto Adam Dunn (cough, cough, like myself), you might want to consider swapping him out for Trumbo, especially if its desperation time in your league.

My Projection (rest of season): .250/30/13/35/5

2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Derrek Lee, 1B Baltimore Orioles (26 percent owned in Yahoo, 28.8 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .247 AVG / 26 R / 5 HR / 19 RBI / 2 SB

Lee has certainly not lived up to expectations so far in 2011 but his bat seems to be coming alive. In the past seven games Lee has hit .438 with five XBH and six runs. He has been shuffled between the fourth and sixth spot in the lineup so if he can stay healthy, he should help your team in AVG and RBI.
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05.02.11 Fantasy Baseball Hot & Cold List

Have a player who’s playing out of his mind or drastically underachieving? Keep reading right here and get our advice on some of the hottest and coldest players in the majors.

HOT

Jose Bautista

Last 7 games: .350 Avg, 6 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

Call: Buy

Repeat performer here on hot and cold. I may not be a fan, but the man is putting up stats! If you’re a lucky owner, hold on and enjoy the production.

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04.25.11 Fantasy Baseball Hot & Cold List

Back again this week with the Top 3 hot and cold baseball players from around the major leagues. Take our advice and dominate your league!

HOT

Jose Bautista

Last 7 games: .400 Avg, 10 R, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Call: Buy

So I wasn’t a supporter of Mr. Bautista heading into the season. I still don’t think he’ll ever come close to last year’s home run totals again, but apparently he has found a way to remain a power hitter at this stage of his career. He won’t hit .400 for many stretches, but the power seems legit.

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Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 04.01.11

The Phightins got off in phine phashion, not so much for nearly losing a Doc Halladay start, but for scoring three in the bottom of the ninth to beat the ‘stros. Roy Halladay struck out 6 over 6, giving up 5 hits and a run. Brett Myers didn’t record a strike out, but went 7 giving up just 3 hits and a run. Jimmy Rollins debuted in the 3-hole and recorded 2 hits, 2 runs and a stolen base. Chase who?

Fausto Carmona…got…ROCKED. 10 runs and 11 hits in 3 innings. If you started him, you lost ERA and WHIP this week. On the bright side, he K’d 5 and only walked 1.

“Say hello to my lil’ friend!” That’s what Adam Dunn said in his ChiSox debut, delivering a 2-run homer and 2-run double. 50 HR this year for Big Donkey, Killboy? You may be right. I may be crazy…

Carlos Santana‘s knee is fine. Love this guy. He’s gonna be a monster for years. Santana had 3 hits, 1 being a 2-run bomb.

Gordon Beckham had 3 hits and 3 runs in the 2-hole. He is going to score a lot of runs this year. A  lot.

Carlos Quentin had 3 hits and 5 RBI as he went yard.

My God…are we done with the Bears/Browns highlights yet?

Neil Walker hit a granny against the Cubbies. Why was he going so late?

Bucs #3 hitter Andrew McCutchen went yard and doubled. He’s good. I might email Brian everytime he gets a hit this year.

Ian Kinsler homers in his first at bat and then…strands 5 runners, going 0-4 the rest of the game. If you’ve ever owned him, you know he does this a lot. Makes you think you’re in for a monster night. Still, he’s healthy so enjoy it.

Nelson Cruz also looked healthy as he homered as well- and a walk to boot!

Jon Lester looked like he usually does in April. Few more starts and then barage your league’s Lester-owner with trade requests. Me no like Lester in April.

Carl Crawford went 0-4 with 3 K in his Sawx debut. He’s pressing!

Ublado Jimenez gave up 4 doubles and 2 homers. Ugh. Thanks, dude. One strike out? My #2 dropped a #2 on my WHIP.

Justin Upton homered. 29 more are-a-comin’.

Jose Bautista and Adam Lind homered. Think they can hit 70 between them this year? I do.

Ricky Romero looked solid giving up just 1 run over 6.1 innings, striking out 7 vs. the Twinkies.

As if the Mets could not push my buttons any more then they already have leading up to today, they were getting no-hit by Josh Johnson through 6 innings. Johnson didn’t last too much longer and was removed after just 93 pitches, giving up 2 runs to the Mess. If healthy, Johnson is gonna be stellar this year.

Hmm, David Price gave up 4 runs and 5 hits to Boog Powell and the O’s. Did I know this was coming?

Quick, get to the wire! Kila Ka’aihue hit a walk-off! Relax. He’s a Royal. He also struck out twice.

Mike Aviles is now 2-8 with a HR and SB thorugh 2 games. Who told you to grab this guy? Who!? 80/80 this year, baby! 40/40 is nothin’!

Ok, Matt Kemp is on a mission. Went to steal 2nd, Loney swung and tapped it to 3rd. Kemp rounded 2nd and advanced to 3rd as Loney was thrown out at 1st. Kemp later scored on a sac fly. Davey Lopes is doing wonders just after two games with the young stud.

Brandon Belt hit a 3-run blast off Chad Billingsley. He looks so skinny, but he powered it over the center field fence.

Jonathan Sanchez K’d 8 Dodgers, but his defense let him down and gave him a loss. The World Champs are now 0-2 to start the season.

Ichiro stole 2 bases against Kurt Suzuki as King Felix pitched the first CG of the season giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5.

Trevor Cahill‘s pitch count got him removed from the game after 4.2 innings, but not before K-ing 8. He took a ND as his bullpen (which I thought was one of the best) imploded.

2011 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Gordon Beckham

 

Gordon Beckham’s 2010 season was riddled with inconsistencies and injuries. 

In the first half of 2010, Beckham hit only .216 with three home runs. He was flirting with Mr. Mendoza the whole month of June, hitting .199 as late as June 23.

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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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American League Central Previews- White Sox

Today’s Focus: Chicago White Sox

The White Sox will need to step it up in April and May to contend for the A.L. Central Division Title. Gavin Floyd, Jake Peavy, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham all did their part in ensuring a sub par April and May in  2010.

For the most part, the lineup looks to be pretty solid. The addition of Adam Dunn not only adds incredible power, but he also brings a much need left-handed bat in the middle of a right-handed heavy lineup. Gordon Beckham’s strong 2010 second half suggests a breakout campaign. The only glaring hole would be at 3B. Mark Teahan and Brent Morel will battle it out for the 3B job but this could be a possible platoon situation. Mark Teahan has a career .200 AVG vs. lefties and Brent Morel bats from the right side.

As for the pitching, they may have the best staff in the A.L. Central when it’s all said and done. The only issue I see is, we don’t know who will be filling in for Jake Peavy until his return. If they decide to go with Chris Sale, it will thin out their bullpen and they could go with a platoon of Jesse Crain, Sergio Santos and Matt Thornton in the closer spot.

Notable Losses: Manny Ramirez, Bobby Jenks, Mark Kotsay, Andruw Jones, Scott Linebrink, Freddy Garcia

Notable Pick Ups: Adam Dunn, Lastings Milledge, Will Ohman, Jesse Crain, Phillip Humber

If the White Sox can keep their heads above water during April and May, they will take the A.L. Central dethroning the Minnesota Twins.