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Killin’ the Odds & Player Props (Results)

Back on April 1, I picked out some prop bets from Bodog and posted my top 10. The players must start the season on the active roster. Hitters must play in 130 games for action, starting pitchers must start 25 games and relievers cannot spend any time on the DL. If any of these situations occur, the wager is a push.

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07.27.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Colby Rasmus to the Jays, E-Jax to the Cards, Carlos Beltran to the Giants (?) and Felix Hernandez stops the M’s bleeding. What a day!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ervin Santana – A 10K no-no, although he did give up an unearned run. Simply dominating effort.

The Bats:
Mike Cameron
– 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…He’s been – terrible.

Ichiro – 4/5, 2 R, 2 SB…Guess he’s still alive, although he’s fodder IMO.

Dustin Ackley – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI…Ackley’s been holding his own and should be a decent option in 2012.

David Wright – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Batting .429 since being activated.

Jacoby Elssbury – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU! What else can you say about the kind of year this guy is having? .325/78/17/60/29 through 102 games.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Pedroia’s been out of his head too.

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07.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Heat wave is nto only affecting my writing, but Roy Halladay’s pitching!

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Joe Mauer – 6/8, R, RBI…”Well played, Mauer.”

The Bats:
Mike Morse
– 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…First HR since 1978 for Morse.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Gosh it’s been a disappointing year for third basemen.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…A great year for Hardy and of course the O’s locked him up.

Carlos Pena – 3/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…Pena is having a Pena-type year. I really thought it he would’ve fared better in Wrigley.

Curtis Granderson – 2/3, 2 R, 2 SB…No homers since the All-Star game, but stop you’re pouting. He’s hitting .350.

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Killin’ the Odds & Player Props

I picked out some prop bets from Bodog and posted my top 10. The players must start the season on the active roster. Hitters must play in 130 games for action, starting pitchers must start 25 games and relievers cannot spend any time on the DL. If any of these situations occur, the wager is a push.

Manny Ramirez (59.5 RBI) OVER -130: Manny is slated to be the Rays’ clean-up hitter. Don’t worry about the games played. You still win if he reaches 60 RBI in less than 130 games and it’s a push if he doesn’t.

Rickie Weeks (27 Home Runs) UNDER -115: Click here.

Carlos Santana (.262 Batting Average) OVER -115: He hit .260 last year with only a .277 BABIP. He also has a great eye with a 19.3 percent walk rate.

Carl Crawford (47.5 Stolen Bases) UNDER -115: Does anyone really think the Red Sox will need him to steal 48 bases?

Felix Hernandez (2.45 ERA) OVER -115: I would never project anyone to have an ERA under 2.45.

Freddie Freeman (19.5 Home runs) UNDER -115: He has never hit 20 in the minors so what makes you think he will hit 20 in his first year in the big leagues?

Ryan Braun (27.5 Home Runs) OVER -115: Braun only hit 25 home runs last year but he averaged 34 home runs in the three years prior.

Joe Mauer (.332 Batting Average) UNDER -115: Mauer has hit over .332 only twice in seven years. He is a great hitter but projecting anyone to hit over .332 is just crazy talk.

John Axford (28.5 Total Saves) OVER -115: Axford is legit and the Brewers will win lots of games.

Ichiro Suzuki (214.5 Total Hits) UNDER -115: Ichiro isn’t going to do it forever. This may be the year.

Disagree? Light me up in the comments!

2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: CATCHER

THE CATCHERS…Well here we are, finally rolling out the much-anticipated 2011 Positional Rankings starting with the Backstops. To no one’s surprise, Joe Mauer tops our composite rankings as the #1 Catcher for this upcoming season. Mauer could not repeat his 2009 success, but to call his 2010 a bust would be absurd. Mauer looks to rebound and keep his throne.

Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images

Enjoy and comment as necessary!

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Joe Mauer – MIN 1 1 1 1 1 1.0
2 Victor Martinez – DET 2 3 2 2 3 2.4
3 Buster Posey – SF 3 4 3 3 2 3.0
4 Brian McCann – ATL 4 2 4 4 4 3.6
5 Carlos Santana – CLE 6 6 5 6 5 5.6
6 Geovany Soto – CHC 5 9 6 5 6 6.2
7 Mike Napoli – TEX 10 5 7 8 7 7.4
8 Kurt Suzuki – OAK 7 8 13 7 8 8.6
9 Jorge Posada – NYY 12 11 8 10 9 10.0
10 Miguel Montero – ARI 8 10 9 13 11 10.2
11 Matt Wieters – BAL 11 7 14 9 10 10.2
12 Carlos Ruiz – PHI 9 12 18 11 14 12.8
13 Chris Iannetta – COL 13 16 10 12 13 12.8
14 Russell Martin – NYY 15 13 12 15 12 13.4
15 John Buck – FLA 16 17 11 16 17 15.4
16 A.J. Pierzynski – CHW 17 14 20 17 15 16.6
17 J.P. Arencibia – TOR 16 14 16 17.6
18 Miguel Olivo – SEA 18 15 18 18.6
19 Ryan Doumit – PIT 19 19 17 19 20 18.8
20 Yadier Molina – STL 14 19 19 18.8

MIKE NAPOLI

I am sticking to my words: “Napoli could wind up a Top 5 Catcher.” The guy is in one of the best parks and lineups in all of baseball. 30 bombs is NOT a stretch.

J.P. ARENCIBIA

Last year’s Pacific Coast League MVP is pretty much guaranteed to be the starting catcher in Toronto this year.  He has almost no major league experience but his minor league home run total’s (32HR in 2010) make him worth a flier in the late rounds of the draft.  Expect some growing pains, but Arencibia could be a cheap source for power.

CARLOS RUIZ

Chooch continues to be one of the most under rated players in MLB.  He was the Phillies 2010 MVP for his clutch hitting and handling of their pitching staff.  All projections are calling for him to regress this season – but looking at graphs of his last three seasons he is trending up in all the right categories.  Ruiz could be a tremendous consolation prize if you like to draft your catcher(s) in the later rounds.

SLEEPER: JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA

Salty has + power for a catcher and looks to be the likely starter in Boston. In that lineup you can expect a lot of RBI and Run chances. Only downside potential is the number of AB’s Varitek may steal from him.

BUST: KURT SUZUKI

Weak 260-275 AVG with low double-digit HR totals. Suzuki’s move to the bottom 3rd of a poor Oakland lineup will kill his counting stats. If you wait to draft a catcher, at least draft one with power potential.