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09.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Now that the Northeast is restored from Irene, perhaps 4th and Home can restore itself as a staple in your diet…

The 4th and Home regular season has ended and just 4 are headed to the playoffs. The final standing of the nuts you know:

Mike      16-5-1
Killboy   15-5-2
Eric       12-10-0
Jesse     10-11-1
Chris      9-11-2
Brian      8-14-0

So now I play Jesse in Round 1 and Killboy and Eric square off.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day:Zach Stewart – 1-hit SHO/9:0…If you started him in this one, then you should be in Vegas.

The Bats:
Mike Morse – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…A .315/62/26/82/2 line through 2/3 of a season. I’ll never let go of the fact I dumped him in April.

Jesus Montero – 2/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…His first two longballs and a taste of 2012 for fans.

Mark Reynolds – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU and he continues to prove me right as a major sleeper this year while everyone was jumping on the Pedro Alvarez love train.

Dexter Fowler – 3/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Batting .307 in the 2nd half and I could see him being a cheap source of stats come 2012.

Evan Longoria – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…A BSFU for Longoria who has been coming on strong of late.

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08.09.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Good show last night. Lots of good info for your stretch run, especially for playing the “Spot Starting Carousel.”

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: James Shields – 6-hit SHO/8:3…8 CGs and 11 wins. Who does he think he is, Roy Halladay?

The Bats:
Martin Prado – 4/6, R, HR, 3 RBI…More hits last night than he’s had all year (it seems).

Bobby Abreu – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Tied it in the 6th and then won it in the 9th.

Josh Willingham – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…On queue from Killboy on air last night, JWill homers.

Evan Longoria – 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…Was just thinking how much of a slump Longo’s in and then voila.

Justin Upton – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…First rounder next year? Could be…

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08.04.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome to a special edition of Box Score Breakdown featuring your favorite Spot Start picker, me.  Mike is off to Pittsburgh as he continues his mini stadium tour.  Speaking of, I watched the ESPN special where they had the 2 FDNY Firefighters do the tour of all 30 MLB parks culminating in the All Star Game in Phoenix.  That has to be every true baseball fan’s dream come true.  On to it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – W, CG, SHO, 9/7/0/8:0… Lee pitched a masterful game shutting down the Giants including giving post season hero Cody Ross the golden sombrero.  The Phillies exact some revenge on the Giants and continue to roll on, 7 wins in a row, 8.5 game lead.  

The Bats:
Michael Young – 2/5, R, RBI…Batting .335, 3rd in MLB, 74 RBIs (11th).  Remember when he was falling off your draft radar because he would have no position?

Jose Bautista – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB… Number 33 tied the game in the 8th.  Remember when you thought he couldn’t possibly repeat last year?

Casey Kotchman – 2/3, R, 3 BB… keeps up his .331 average, ups his OBP to .394.  Career Year.

Desmond Jennings – 3/6, R, RBI, HR… This guy is a star, Carl who?

Albert Pujols – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB… Nice bounce back from the 0/5 yesterday with his 25th bomb.  He good.

Matt Holliday – 1/3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, BB… Putting together an awesome season – imagine if he hadn’t missed so much time.

Robinson Cano – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, HR, BB… Average back over .300 for first time since May 6th.  He’s always a strong finisher.

Alex Gordon – 4/5, 2 R… Batting .311 – 9th in AL.  34th double puts him tied for MLB lead.  Royals will not be push overs for much longer.

Billy Butler – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI… 27th double.  Just a solid across the board producer.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR… 21st bomb.  This guy is a 2nd half killer, just sit back and enjoy.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3/4, 2 RBI, BB… 2 doubles, 13 game hitting streak (including 8 multi hit games).  He is finally healthy and showing why he is an elite third baseman.

Mark Trumbo – 2/4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR… Trumbo’s 21st and now up to 62 ribbies.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, HR… Pence has hit in every game as a Phillie and hit an absolute bomb for his 12th.  Working his way back to keeper status.  Batting .311, 8th in NL.

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08.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Too long of a drive and a 60% chance of showers, so Killboy and I did not go see Bryce Harper. They got the game in and he went 0/2, BB, 2 K, CS. He stinks.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Casey McGehee – 3/4, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI…Had 5 HR coming into this one. Bet he was on your wire or your bench.

The Bats:
Dan Uggla – 2/4, 2 R, HR,  3RBI…Swinging a hot stick, he is simply on fire right now.

Mike Carp – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…In deeper leagues, I’d take a gamble. He was a Mets’ prospect and we all know they trade the best ones away.

Rafael Furcal – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…This will be the start of something. I feel it!

Ryan Raburn – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Remember when I thought he’d be a great buy during the pre-season? Well, he stinks.

Todd Helton – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…At the age of 45, Helton still making good on his contract as he’s earning $60MM this season – or something close.

Ryan Howard – 2/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Guy has been red hot since the Pence trade, but he always heats up in summer.

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07.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Pretty light day for games, but enough action to warrant a post. I tell you, it was over 100 again here in the Northeast so it wasn’t easy! 103 tomorrow!

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.J. Wilson – CG/2/0/8:1…A CG loss. That sucks. Know what else sucks? Knowing he was going to have a great year and then having Jesse draft him right before you!

The Bats:
Cameron Maybin
– 4/5, 2 R, 2 SB…9/15 in this series, just one extra base hit but five stolen bases. I’ve been wanting to get excited by this guy since Opening Day 2007. Remember “Strobe Light Honey” by Black Sheep? Yeah, they wrote that song for guys like Maybin, not girls at the club.

Ichiro – 3/4, R, SB…Batting .265 and it’s safe to say the wheels have fallen off. Ichiro is waiver fodder if you ask me.

Jason Heyward – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…J-Hey with another rare homer. I am hoping he’s not falling into the “what if” category, but color me concerned – just don’t color me badd.

Freddie Freeman – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…He remind anyone else of Votto-lite?

Evan Longoria – 2/2, R, HR, RBI…Longo trying to get over .240.

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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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06.29.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Late night last night…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Miguel Cabrera – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…You’d think with a game like this the Tigers would win. Nope!

The Bats:
Orlando Cabrera
– 4/6, 2 R, RBI…O-Cab is a nice multi-position play if he’s 2B/SS in your league.

Ryan Raburn – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Where art thou?

Jhonny Peralta – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…JP with yet another jack. Career year!

Angel Pagan – 4/6, 3 R, 4 RBI, SB…Pagan may sit on wires everywhere, but he is a decent play going forward if you need OF depth.

Jason Bay – 1/2, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB…Also added 4 walks. Why not get him in your lineup? He’s been hot and so have the Mets. Wait, what?

Raul Ibanez – 3/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…The only damage Lackey allowed.

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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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06.14.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A great show last night. You have to listen to hear the crazy Killboy story. Too insane to believe!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Justin Verlander – 2-hit SHO, 12K…Verlander walked Brantley in the 7th to end the perfect game and then gave up a single to Cabrera in the 8th to end the no-no. Besides that, another dominating outing by Verlander.

The Bats:
Domonic Brown
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The Rook is holding his own. I think he may explode this summer.

Jimmy Rollins – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…J-Roll needs to get going for owners and the Phillies.

Chase Utley – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…I think he is just about BACK.

Shane Victorino – 3/5, 2 R…Look for him also to explode this summer when the Phillies offense starts clicking.

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, SB…Time for him to get going while Loverboy is on the DL.

Curtis Granderson – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…The HRs just keep on coming.

Nick Swisher – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been a rough year so far for Swish.

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05.23.11 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

Adrian Gonzalez

Last 7 games: .433 Avg, 5 R, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Call: Buy

Of course, I say don’t expect the average but love the power so he hits for a better average and has no pop. Seriously though, buy this guy if you have the chance.

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