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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

James Loney, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers ( 36 percent owned in Yahoo, 56 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .277 AVG / 44 R / 9 HR / 51 RBI / 3 SB

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.31.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Slim pickings for Thursday as per usual but as we’ve done all year, we dig deeper and move on!

For games on Thursday September 1st these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

A.J. Burnett 42% / 43% (NYY) @ BOS

Mike Leake 23% / 12% (CIN) vs. PHL

Fausto Carmona 13% / 11% (CLE) vs. OAK

Tommy Hunter 3% / 1% (BAL) vs. TOR

Danny Duffy 2% / 0.2% (KC) @ DET

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.29.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.   Sorry for the short hiatus, drying out from Irene on the eastern Seaboard (I love that term).  Really was an odd weekend to have so many teams sitting on the sidelines.

For games on Tuesday August 30th these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Edwin Jackson  45% / 22% (StL) @ MIL

Javier Vazquez 42% / 29% (FLA) @ NYM

John Lackey 29% / 18% (BOS) vs. NYY

Bronson Arroyo 27% / 32% (CIN) vs. PHL

Doug Fister 24% / 17% (DET) vs. KC

Charlie Morton 20% / 13% (PIT) @ HOU

Zach Stewart 1% / 0% (CWS) vs. MIN

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.19.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Critical weekend for those of us in tight playoff races, one extra good start could make the difference.

For games on Saturday August 20th  these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Edwin Jackson 43% / 20% (StL) @ ChC

Randy Wolf 34% / 40% (MIL) @ NYM

Aaron Harang 34% / 20% (SD) vs. FLA

Freddy Garcia 33% / 25% (NYY) @ MIN

Charlie Morton 19% / 14% (PIT) vs. CIN

Doug Fister 16% / 7% (DET) vs. CLE

Chris Capuano 10% /3% (NYM) vs. MIL

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.17.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Hope many of you took my advice and started Jeff Niemann last night, he did something no other pick has done this year.   Read on…

For games on Thursday August 18th  these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Javier Vazquez 47% / 50% (FLA) @ SD

Philip Humber 35% / % (CWS) vs. CLE

Bronson Arroyo 27% / % (CIN) @ WAS

Brian Duensing 9% / % (MIN) vs. NYY

Mike Minor 5% / % (ATL) vs. SF

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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

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.12.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Saturday August 13th  these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Jake Peavy 41% / 35% (CWS) vs. KC

Derek Lowe  39% / 27% (ATL) vs. ChC

Kevin Correia 36% / 32% (PIT) @ MIL

Phil Hughes 35% / 22% (NYY) vs. TB

Javier Vazquez 35% / 13% (FLA) vs. SF

Homer Bailey 13% / 7% (CIN) vs. SD

Luke Hochevar 9% / 10% (KC) @ CWS

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.20.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  I hope you all caught the 4th and Home Show last night.  If you missed it, don’t forget you can follow us on iTunes as a podcast.  You’ll hear all about Killboy’s night out with Darren Daulton, all while Mike listened in horror from Citi Field texting us furiously about Angel Pagan rbi doubles.  On to it…

For games on Thursday July 21st these selected pitchers might be had in your league (less than 50% owned in Yahoo! or ESPN) with percent owned Yahoo/ESPN, (team), and opponent:

Jonathon Niese 36% / 15% (NYM) vs. StL

Javier Vazquez 34% / 14% (FLA) vs. SD

Carl Pavano 25% / 9% (MIN) vs. DET

Doug Fister 13% / 6% (SEA) @ TOR

Dustin Moseley 4% / 1% (SD) @ FLA

Jake Westbrook 4% / 2% (StL) @ NYM

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04.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and Mark Teixeira all went yard again. That makes 3 in 3 games for each of them.

Miguel Cabrera, Jorge Posada, Howie Kendrick (3 in 4 games) and sleeper catcher Ryan Hanigan each belted two home runs.

Brennan Boesch went 4-4 with a HR and 4 RBI.

Max Scherzer and Phil Hughes both looked terrible giving up 6 home runs between them. Better days are ahead for Scherzer, but Hughes’ velocity was down. Monitor him.

Matt Harrison shut the Sawx down, striking out 8 over 7 innings allowing 7 base runners and one run.

Javier Vazquez, welcome to the American Lea….wait a tick. Ok, so league matters no more to Vazquez. His velocity scared me off in the pre-season, so I wouldn’t go near him in drafts and now it’s still around where he was for the Yanks. Owners be scared. Vazquez was lit up by the AAAA Mets lineup, serving up 2 homers and 5 walks in 2.1 innings.

R.A. Dickey shut down the Fish over 6 innings, allowing 8 base runners and striking out 7.

The ChiSox offered John Danks no run support as he lost to the Tribe. Turned in a great outing nonetheless, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits while K-ing 8.

Tim Hudson shut the Nats down going 7 strong allowing only 3 hits while striking out 5.

Roy Oswalt beat his old team striking out 6, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.

Ryan Howard stayed hot going 3-5 with a home run and 4 RBI.

Rookie Zach Britton was great in his first MLB start for the O’s, striking out 6 Rays in 6 innings and giving up just 1 run on 3 hits. Speculative grab!

Jaime Garcia was masterful against the Padres, shutting them out and allowing just 6 base runners while striking out 9. I do not think this will be the norm, but if you have him you’ll take it.

Starlin Castro went 3-4 and is now hitting .615. He will hit .300, but he needs more counting stats to be elite.

Bobby Abreu reached base SEVEN times, going 5-5 with 2 BB and a HR. Wow. Didn’t think the old man had it in ’em!

Gio Gonzalez shut the M’s down, although he did allow 6 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings. Is it possible he finishes 2011 with an ERA lower than his WHIP?


Disbaled List: Evan Longoria, Jair Jurrjens, and Brian Matusz were all placed on the 15-day DL. Longoria will be out three weeks with a strained oblique. Matusz will be sidelined at LEAST three weeks, maybe six, with a strained intercostal muscle. Jurrjens (side) was also placed on the 15-day DL, but is expected to make his debut on April 16th.

2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of February 27th


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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