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2012 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Preview: Part 1

Well, its March, so time to start rolling out my 2012 top prospect list. Every year, highly regarded rookies with little to no previous MLB exposure are looked to as possible fantasy contributors for the upcoming season. It may not surprise anyone that, for the most part, first year players struggle to live up to expectations for a myriad of reasons: inexperience against MLB-type opponents, lack of roster space/position blocking, fatigue, regression at the high A level, team control issues, etc. But this doesn’t stop us in the fantasy world from dreaming that we will draft the next Jason Heyward or Ryan Braun or pick up the next Mike Stanton, Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer off of waivers (Go Yankees!) – and hopefully avoid the next Alex Gordon (pre-2011) or Brandon Wood.

I will go through my top 20 ‘impact prospects’ for the 2012 fantasy season in two installments. Obviously ‘impact’ is an amorphous term, and nothing is more debatable than a list of players who have little to no big league experience.  However, I will use some definitions to try to make ‘impact’ more concrete. For hitters: ‘impact’ means at least 130-150 ABs and production at or above a .330 wOBA, or weighted on base average (check out http://www.fangraphs.com for more on this and FIP, used below for pitchers). Why .330 wOBA? Given that .330 is around league average from year to year, if a rookie can produce at or above that number, we will consider them to be more or less helping your fantasy team, at least on a back up level. Around that number, a guy should be giving you decent counting stats. For pitchers, it gets a little more complicated.  For starters we will use: at least 80 IP, a mid 4 ERA, and a low 4 FIP, or Fielding Independent Pitching, which tries to take out some of the random outcomes out of a pitcher’s control once the ball leaves their hands.  For relievers: 25 IP, mid 3 era and FIP to match.  Now, I know most fantasy formats do not use wOBA or FIP as categories; they are still too exotic for most and fantasy games are more about counting stats anyway.  However, you can rest assured that a good wOBA/good FIP usually is a good indication of solid fantasy production. For the definition of prospect, we will hover around the standard rookie eligibility definition: around 130 or less at bats, or 50 innings or less pitched at the big league level.  Some of these guys have their names all but penciled in on big league rosters, some are just complete crapshoots; some are not as talented as others, but have a much better opportunity to play everyday; most of you will disagree with me, and probably half of these guys will end up having well below league average numbers (50% was my success rate from 2011).  Anyway, on to the list with #20-11; 10-1 will follow next week:

20. Wilin rosario, COL, C – Given that the Rockies signed Ramon Hernandez this off-season, it looks like Rosario is probably another year away from being the everyday catcher in Denver. However, Hernandez is 36, and he may break down behind the plate sooner rather than later, and most definitely will need a lot of rest. If Rosario puts up solid power numbers in the minors as expected, he could get the call and provide great power from the catcher slot (combined 40 HR in a little over 700 PA the last two years in AA) as a back up/utility player. He probably won’t help average-wise – most catchers don’t – but he makes for an intriguing monitoring situation for later in the year when you make your playoff run, or when you are thinking about stocking up on young talent in keepers.

19. Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP – Skaggs has ripped through A and AA the past two years, and his K rate, ERA, and FIP have all gotten better each year. His walk rate has held steady in the mid to high 2’s/9, a nice bonus for such a young arm, and he’s left-handed to boot. He will probably start in AAA if he holds his own in ST, and looks to be a notch below fellow prospect teammate Trevor Bauer. If he dominates the minors again, I can see him cracking the rotation during the summer, or at least making some useful spot starts. I highly doubt Joe Saunders, Josh Collmenter, and/or Trevor Cahill will all last a full season with the D’backs.

18. Shelby Miller, STL, SP – Miller’s upside screams ace, but not in 2012. I just don’t see the Cards rushing their best prospect to the majors, even though he probably could do as well or better than Kyle McClellan, Kyle Lohse, or Jake Westbrook. Be that as it may, given his prowess in A-AA the past two years (sub 3 ERA/FIP, over 10 K/9, around 3 BB/9), I would not be surprised if he is a late season call-up to bolster the back of the rotation if St. Lou is making a playoff run. His rank is only this low due to lack of opportunity.

17. Trevor Bauer, ARI, SP – Bauer has made only 7 professional starts, across high A and AA in 2011, but that was because he spent 09-most of 11 at UCLA, where he K’ed 203 in 136 innings his last year there. In the small sample size he has in the pros, he dazzled with a 17 and 14 K/9 in A and AA respectively, though he did have control issues, with above a 4 BB/9. Still, this guy can pitch, and the D’Backs look like they will give him a shot in the spring. Even if he gets some polish in AAA as expected, Bauer has the upside to make an impact in 2012.

16. Brett Jackson, CHC, OF – Jackson turns 24 this summer, and looks to have made progress every year in the minors, culminating in a .297/.388/.551 line in 48 games in AAA in 2011. He can run (20 SBs in 115 games in 2011), he has patience at the plate (13% walk rate), and flashes some pop (20 HR). More importantly, given the Cubs’ lack of OF talent and likelihood of being in rebuilding mode, Jackson should get a good amount of reps and have himself a solid rookie campaign on the North Side.

15. Zack Cozart, CIN, SS – Cozart is a bit old for a prospect, clocking in at 26, but he only just had his first cup of coffee last fall, where he performed amazingly for a SS, albeit in just 38 PAs (.324/.324/.486). Cozart looks like the lead pony to grab the starting SS job in Cincy in 2012, and could be a great late round speculative pick, possibly good for a 70/10/60/10 .270 season. You definitely could do worse picking much earlier at this thin position.

14. Julio Teheran, ATL, SP – Though he didn’t light up the majors in his 19 IP last year, Teheran remains a top-notch pitching prospect, one who could crack Atlanta’s rotation out of ST due to Tim Hudson’s injury and an open competition for spots 4 and 5; I don’t think it will happen though, as Atlanta has other, older options in Brandon Beachy, Randall Delgado and Mike Minor, and will want to be extra careful with their future ace. Teheran had a very good 2011 otherwise (7.6 K/9, 3 BB/9, 2.55 ERA, 3.06 FIP), and could have a productive 2012 fantasy season as a summer add-on/spot starter.

13. Jarrod Parker, OAK, SP – Once the Diamondbacks top pitching prospect, and now a member of the A’s, Parker should finally arrive in the majors full-time after he proved in 2011 that he was fully recovered from Tommy John Surgery which cost him all of 2010. Parker pre-surgery showed very good strike out abilities (9 K/9), but has often struggled with control (around 3.5-4 BB/9). With the A’s 3-5 spots wide open due to injuries to Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson (and Bartolo Colon the #2 at this point), Parker could see some substantial work in the majors this year right off the bat. His pedigree suggests that work will produce a decent output.

12. Jacob Turner, DET, SP – Turner impressed Detroit so much in his three AAA starts in 2011 (10 K/9, 1.5 BB/9) that he got the call when they needed some starts in September. Alas, he did not fare well during his call-up, but I’ll chalk that up to the usual rookie shock, as I feel Turner has the skill set, home park, and offensive backing to give you some solid counting stats. Turner should have a legit shot to compete for the 4-5 spots out of ST, if the Tigers feel like giving up a year of team control. If not, look for him to join the team during the summer when Detroit should be tired of looking to Rick Porcello, Phil Coke, and a cast of also-rans to fill out the rotation. I give him the edge over Teheran because of better opportunity, and over Parker because of health.

11. Addison Reed, CWS, RP – Our first – and only – rookie reliever featured, Reed  exploded onto the scene in 2011, going from A, A+, AA, AAA to the majors all in one year. Along the way, his K/9 never fell below around 12, his BB/9 never rose above around 2.5, and his highest ERA was in his 7.1 IP in Chicago (3.68), mainly due to a crazy high BABIP of .474. Reed is big, throws hard, and has the classic closer make-up. Just don’t draft him expecting a 2012 version of Craig Kimbrel (you really shouldn’t draft any closer expecting Kimbrel-like numbers, the dude had a ridiculous 2011).


08.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome back to Box Score Breakdown.  Again today, I’ll be guesting for Mike.   Quite a weekend of baseball.  The Phillies took 3 of 4 from the Giants in an NLCS rematch/possible preview but had their win streak snapped at 9.  The Pirates continue to slide out of the playoff race as their losing streak reaches 10, what a nightmare.  The Yanks and Red Sox also gave us a taste of October with a great match up and great back drop to write this to.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Prince Fielder 3/4, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB.  Prince gonna get paid.  .304/26/85.  Brewers 3 up on the Cards.

The Bats:
Albert Pujols – 2/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB…Homers in 3 of his last 4 games, now at 27 and batting .282.  Amazingly has re-entered MVP talk if he can get the Cardinals the Division title.

Matt Holliday – 2/4, 1 R, 3 RBI, BB…Along with Berkman, just an awesome 3,4,5 punch.  Back to back multi-hit games raises his avg to .318.  10 hits and 10 rbi this week.

Drew Stubbs – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR, SB…BSFU!  Snaps out of a mini slump

Marlon Byrd – 3/3, R, 2 RBI, BB…Avg back up to .310 – but where is the power?  Cubs are just playing out the string – there’s always next year Chicago.

Logan Morrison – 1/4…Writing not about the 1/4 but to say, is this all?  Morrison is starting to become a real disappointment.  He’ll have quick short bursts of power then zzz through a week like this one.

Jason Heyward – 1/2, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR, BB…Speaking of disappointments…Heyward was benched for the last 2 games and responded by crushing a home run in his first AB.   He went on a tear to end 2010 and his graphs are trending that way again.

Jose Constanza – 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB, SB…BSFU!  Has now hit in 8 of his first 9 MLB games including 7 in a row.  If you saw this coming from the 27 year old rookie, go you!  He also took out Met’s Daniel Murphy on a hard SB slide, possibly ending his season.

Dan Uggla – 1/5…Continues the ugliest (pun unintentional) hitting streak in recent memory.  Has raised his average 42 points….to .220!!

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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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07.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

All-Star break is coming, so is the trade deadline. July is such a great month.

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Derek Holland – 4-hit SHO/7:2…Jekyll showed up. Or Hyde.

The Bats:
Jason Heyward
– 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…J-Hey with the BSFU! Good to know he’s still alive. What a keeper!

Freddie Freeman – 3/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…I thought he was owned in my league and then I saw he got picked up. Idiot! Note to self: Never assume someone is owned. Always check the wire.

B.J. Upton – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Well, one Upton homered!

Ben Zobrist – 3/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…The Year of the Zobrist!

Travis Hafner – 3/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…Walk-off Salami!

Justin Upton – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…The other Upton homered! Wonder how many times that has happened in the same day? Anyone? Anyone?

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06.16.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well it was a sad day as I finally had to cut ties with Matt Joyce. Hey, I had to activate Jason Heyward!

Box scores, please…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – 2-hit SHO/4:2…The pitching gems just keep on coming.

The Bats:
Adam Lind
– 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Still at it.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, R, HR, RBI…Now 5 HR in June and batting over .400. Did you listen to Killboy?

Kosuke Fukudome – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…Batting ,301 now as half-a-platooner.

Alfonso Soriano – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Batting .275 with 13 HR. Not bad considering he’s missed some time.

Ryan Braun – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Like Kemp, also on pace for a 30/40 season. I’m inclined to think his steals drop soon.

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04.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Josh Johnson – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 6:3…Typical JJ. 13 hits now given up in 34 innings. That is ridiculous.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 IP, H, 3 ER, 7:4…He’s coming around and once he’s shaken off the rust he’s going to be dynamite. Buy low if you can

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 4 H, 7:3…You missed your opportunity to buy low on this SP.

John Danks – 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 8:2…Another fine start from Danks, but finds himself at (0-3).

David Wright – 2/4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, SB…Wright did everything in this one as he is really starting to heat up.

James Shields – SHO, 4 H, 7:2…Yes, it was the BJays but it was on the road where Shields has not been good in his career. That makes him (2-1) with a 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.

Ben Zobrist – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…B2B games now with a HR as he lifted his average over .200. Good job, Benny!

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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!

04.16.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Jonny Gomes – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB…Oh, Jonny. I know as soon as I pick you up you’ll do nothing. Someone pick him up for me. 5 HR and 13 RBI now and he is walking all over the place. As long as he’s hitting righties, he will be a nice add to your squad.

Drew Stubbs – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Feast or famine and right now it’s feast. Stubbs is now hitting .298 with 3 HR, 10 RBI and 4 steals.

Freddy Garcia – 6 IP, 2 H, 1:1…Freddy looked decent in his first start and got 11 of his 18 outs by groundball.

Mark Teixeira – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! Now hitting .234.

Alex Gordon – 3/4, 3 R, 2 RBI…Gordon’s up to .373 and now has 8 doubles. I would like to see him walk more, but even these two weeks are a bonus.

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6:2…Got shut out by the Royals today. He’s now (1-2) with a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Don’t panic.

Josh Beckett – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:2…Josh has looked dynamite. I did not foresee this, but it’s still April. Plenty of time for him to screw it up, but you should be starting him until he shows he stinks again.

Jed Lowrie – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Ok, I called Scutaro a sleeper but Lowrie needs to start more. He’s batting .500 and seems to be the best player on the team.

Aaron Hill – 2/3, R, BB, SB…Upped his average to .241. Have not talked about him, but he now has back-to-back multi-hit games. The BB:K ratio is pretty bad though, so maybe he’s not going to rebound.

Josh Tomlin – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4:0…(3-0) now with a 2.75 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Still not buying.

Orlando Cabrera – 2/4, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…Must think it’s 2003 and Montreal still has a team.

Jason Kubel – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, BB…Did you know he’s hitting .320? I’d tell you to speculate, but then he would stink. He’s best left unowned, friends.

Scott Baker – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 6:1…Best start of the year. Still no win as Nathan blew another save for the Twinkies.

Chipper Jones – 3/6, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…He’s old, but I bet Larry could hit .300 with one arm.

David Wright – 0-7, 3 K…Brlliant.

Alex Gonzalez – 3-8, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Nice double-header, but this will be the last time I’ll have to write about him this year.

Jason Heyward 1/8, R…C’mon! Now hitting .217.

Derek Lowe – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4:2…Lowe’s been a pleasant surprise this year with a line of 1.82/1.09. Remember what I said after his first start?

Jair Jurrjens – 7 IP, 2 H, 4:1…Coming off the DL? Face the Mets and look like a Cy Young contender.

Tyler Chatwood – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3:2…Nice line vs. the ChiSox, but don’t expect this to continue.

Howie Kendrick – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…5 homers now. He wasn’t even drafted in our league. What a steal he’s been.

Juan Pierre – 2/3, BB, CS….5 CS in 9 attempts! Juan is slowing down.

Starlin Castro – 4/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Not slowing down. Now hitting .397. Hard to complain, but only 6 of his 25 hits have gone for extra bases so he STILL has room for growth.

Alfonso Soriano – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 5th and he’s trying to make us all look bad for saying he’s finished. Remember when?

Dallas Braden – 5 IP, 3 H, 5:2…I’m sure he’s owned in your league, but if not I’d grab him. Pretty easy schedule coming up.

Austin Jackson – 0/4, RBI…Now batting .170 with a .254 OBP with 17 K. Tigers have to have someone that can get on base at a better clip than this, right?

Kyle McLellan – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:0…I had him benched last night. Sunova!

Clayton Kershaw – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5:5…Yeah, din’t bring his A game for this one. Actually, didn’t bring his B or C game either.

Did you follow Jesse’s advice Friday? Two nice picks. Maybe you follow his advice on spot starting, but steer clear of who he owns…

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…

Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures

 

Welcome to Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures! It’s real simple, I analyze odds to win the 2011 World Series and tell you who to take. Now on with it! Read more of this post