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05.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Thanks to Jesse for getting me caught up on baseball over the weekend. Was a nice read after being in the car seven hours. I can’t believe New York drivers get such a bad wrap, because Massachusetts drivers are by far the worst!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Derek Jeter – 4/6, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…Box score filler-upper! Nearly won Jesse his game over future bro-in-law Chris, but no-can-do.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Hanley Ramirez
– 1/5, R, RBI, SB…Still batting under .200 and as we’re well into May, his season is reminding me of David Wright’s 2009.

Gaby Sanchez – 4/4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Gaby is up to .328 with 4 HR and 20 RBI as the Fish’s clean-up hitter. In OBP leagues he is the MAN!

Andre Ethier – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…A one-game hit streak is ALIVE!

B.J. Upton – 2/4, 4 RBI…Upton is racking up the ribbies. He might break Hack Wilson’s record if he faces the Orioles weekly.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3/5, R, SB…17-game hit streak and hitting close to .300 now thanks to a .371 May.

Adrian Gonzalez – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…A-Gonz is heating up.

Kevin Youkilis – 2/4, 4 R…The Youka! or The Greek Gawd of Waks! if you will. Didn’t know he had the legs to get 4 runs in a game. First time since July 11th, 2009.

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04.28.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Ok, so if it isn’t bad enough for Killboy that he owns Gallardo and Liriano, I was perusing match-ups tonight and came across his pitching for the night. I see Ryan Dempster’s ERA at 189.00 and WHIP at 24.00.
HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!?!!?
Shazam that has to be a record. I have never seen anything like that before in fantasy baseball. It’s the craziest thing I’ve seen since I had Clinton Portis go off for 200+ yards and 5 TDs! Mind-boggling.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

That's right, Jesse does love you.

The Bats:
Ben Zobrist – 7/10, 5 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, SB…If you can believe it, Jesse did NOT have him on his bench. Simply one of the best fantasy game(s) you could ask for. He more than filled the box score in game one alone.

Ian Desmond – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…New daddy belts a homer and raises his average to .220! Makin’ baby proud!

Elvis Andrus – 2/4, R, 3 SB…Now up to 7 SB and is on pace for 40+. Still, I was hoping for 50 this year. Andrus stinks.

Travis Snider – 1/4, K…Batting .184 this year will not cut it for the greatest team in baseball. It gets you sent to AAA.

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04.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The Bats:
Wilson Ramos – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Former Twins’ catching prospect now hitting .378 for the Nats.

Grady Sizemore – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Looking healthy as ever. Average now at .406.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2/4, R, HR, 4 RBI, SB…Filling up the box score. Mentioned him briefly on last night’s show.

Melky Cabrera – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Another box-score filler-upper!

Paul Konerko – 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…6 HR and 19 RBI now.

Brent Lillibridge – 1/1, R…Made b2b amazing defensive plays to close the game out for the ChiSox. He should’ve gotten the save in lieu of Santos.

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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!

2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of February 27th

SPRING TRAINING QUICK HITS

There is still talk of Francisco Liriano being dealt to the Yankees within the next two weeks. Still not sure how this makes sense for Minnesota, but they’re not exactly doing anything to dispel the reports…Fausto Carmona has rightfully been named the Indians’ 2011 Opening Day starter, this after winning 13 games last year with a 3.77 ERA…Destined for the bullpen, Aroldis Chapman continues to electrify starting off the spring with 4K in 2 IP. And he’s also walked three…Just when it appeared time to worry about Domonic Brown‘s spring struggles, we now get to worry an additional 4-6 weeks as he fractured his hamate bone. Remember Ryan Zimmerman fractured the same one and it sapped his power for some time. Ben Francisco now has a great opportunity to do something with this opportunity…

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: OUTFIELD

Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez at #1? That was the debate, though one guy even ranked Carl Crawford as his #1. Madness!

Ryan Braun: Ready to tee off in 2011

And…Ryan Braun takes home our #1 OF ranking, but it was close. You could definitely make an argument for either, but the composite sided with the guy who has done it more than once before. You’ll notice our individual rankings are all over the place, showcasing our different views. When compiled, it’s a pretty safe list with hidden gems when compared to the latest ADP data. There is lots and lots of value late in the draft, so if you miss out on top-tier guys while stockpiling other positions you can always get a proven vet in the 30s and 40s.

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Ryan Braun – MIL 1 2 2 1 1 1.4
2 Carlos Gonzalez – COL 2 3 1 2 2 2
3 Carl Crawford – BOS 3 1 3 4 3 2.8
4 Josh Hamilton – TEX 5 5 4 5 4 4.6
5 Matt Holliday – STL 4 6 5 3 5 4.6
6 Shin-Soo Choo – CLE 6 10 6 6 8 7.2
7 Matt Kemp – LAD 7 4 7 18 6 8.4
8 Nelson Cruz – TEX 22 9 9 7 7 10.8
9 Andrew McCutchen – PIT 9 11 8 14 12 10.8
10 Hunter Pence – HOU 13 12 13 11 9 11.6
11 Jason Heyward – ATL 10 13 15 9 11 11.6
12 Andre Ethier – LAD 15 14 12 12 16 13.8
13 Justin Upton – ARI 8 8 11 32 10 13.8
14 Jose Bautista – TOR 17 22 10 10 13 14.4
15 Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS 19 7 18 26 15 17
16 Alex Rios – CHW 20 17 16 13 23 17.8
17 Ichiro Suzuki – SEA 12 41 14 8 14 17.8
18 Jayson Werth – WAS 11 15 27 19 17 17.8
19 Jay Bruce – CIN 14 16 19 34 18 20.2
20 Corey Hart – MIL 16 31 20 29 26 24.4
21 Shane Victorino – PHI 28 25 21 35 20 25.8
22 Aubrey Huff – SF 25 26 25 15 39 26
23 Delmon Young – MIN 21 18 28 42 24 26.6
24 Drew Stubbs – CIN 23 21 30 41 19 26.8
25 Nick Markakis – BAL 18 24 36 25 31 26.8
26 Mike Stanton – FLA 24 37 31 28 21 28.2
27 Chris Young – ARI 33 27 22 39 25 29.2
28 Torii Hunter – LAA 30 30 41 17 37 31
29 Nick Swisher – NYY 45 29 33 23 29 31.8
30 Martin Prado – ATL 26 28 32 52 22 32
31 Juan Pierre – CHW 36 32 39 21 34 32.4
32 Curtis Granderson – NYY 32 40 23 36 33 32.8
33 Brett Gardner – NYY 27 20 40 38 44 33.8
34 B.J. Upton – TB 41 38 17 58 27 36.2
35 Colby Rasmus – STL 40 23 29 28 36.2
36 Carlos Lee – HOU 50 43 24 27 40 36.8
37 Bobby Abreu – LAA 42 46 34 22 42 37.2
38 Vernon Wells – LAA 35 58 43 20 36 38.4
39 Adam Jones – BAL 37 33 46 40 38 38.8
40 Angel Pagan – NYM 34 36 45 45 46 41.2
41 Jason Bay – NYM 31 56 35 51 35 41.6
42 Jose Tabata – PIT 47 19 48 46 56 43.2
43 Ben Zobrist – TB 52 50 16 41 44
44 Grady Sizemore – CLE 39 42 51 32 45
45 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 53 47 53 24 51 45.6
46 Carlos Beltran – NYM 38 35 56 57 47 46.6
47 Luke Scott – BAL 60 57 26 44 48 47
48 Ryan Raburn – DET 29 48 37 47.2
49 Magglio Ordonez – DET 45 44 30 58 47.6
50 Michael Bourn – HOU 56 50 47 47 45 49
51 Carlos Quentin – CHW 43 38 43 49.2
52 Manny Ramirez – TB 48 44 42 59 57 50
53 Austin Jackson – DET 52 55 59 55 30 50.2
54 Andres Torres – SF 54 52 37 49 50.6
55 Rajai Davis – TOR 44 39 60 50 50.8
56 Denard Span – MIN 53 58 31 54 51.4
57 Coco Crisp – OAK 34 55 54.4
58 Alfonso Soriano – CHC 49 49 52 54.4
59 Desmond Jennings – TB 33 55.4
60 Ryan Ludwick – SD 51 55 49 55.4

 

JUSTIN UPTONUpton is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 3 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently improved his statistics as his playing time increased, expect a bounce back this year. For more, continue reading (here).

JACOBY ELLSBURY Remember this guy?  He’s a season removed from stealing 70 bases, scoring 94 runs, and batting .301.  Ellsbury was a wasted pick for lot of fantasy owners last year, when he missed all but 18 games, but now he’s healthy and ready to go.  I’ve seen this guy ranked all over the place (including our individual rankings) but he has the potential to be a top 10 outfielder.  Don’t wait too long to grab him. .295/90/7/55/60

B.J. UPTON…Even though BJ Upton hit .237 last year, he still finished the season ranked as the 29th fantasy outfielder in Yahoo. His speed is too good to repeat his .304 BABIP and his career mark is .334.The 26 year old is fully healthy so his power should be back to stay. Other than Carl Crawford, he is the best candidate to go 20/40. .259/78/20/73/45

SLEEPER: JOSE TABATA…Most forget Jose Tabata was a touted Yankee prospect, but certainly remember his estranged wife. After his June call-up, Tabata went .321/53/3/31/14 in July/August/September. Extrapolate that and he goes .321/106/6/62/28 in a season. At only 22 he has plenty of time to develop into a double-digit HR hitter and the speed is real. Currently the #51 OF off the board. I have him at #19 with a projected 2011 line of .300/90/10/60/30.

BUST: MATT KEMP…Fantasy Managers have been waiting for the great Matt Kemp break out for the past couple seasons and I’m here to say they shouldn’t hold their breath.  His unsustainably high BABIP, high K% and low BB% really caught up to him in 2010.  He also forgot how to steal bases being caught almost half the time.  Questions about his desire and makeup all spell reasons to stay away as other managers continue to way over pay for Kemp taking him as early as #16 overall.  .278/85/25/85/25

2011 Fantasy Baseball “September Stars” Series: Drew Stubbs

Last week we looked at the September Star phenomenon and how an astute eye could have forecasted a Jose Bautista 2010 breakout. This week we take a look at our first nominee, Drew Stubbs, to determine if he’s destined for 2011 stardom.

Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America

Before we get into Stubbs’ prospects, let’s examine the last 5 years of 20-30 players:

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2011 American League Central Previews: Indians

Today’s Focus: Cleveland Indians

When I look at this team, I feel sad and I’m not even a Cleveland Indians fan.

It looks like Carlos Santana will be staring opening day and Shin-Soo Choo is returning healthy. Lonnie Chisenhall, Alex White and Jason Kipnis are their 3 best prospects and Kipnis may see time at 2B this year. Manager Manny Acta has mentioned Jared Goedert will get a good look at 3rd base this spring. In 481 ABs between AA and AAA, Goedert hit .283 with 27 home runs and 83 RBI.

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