Tag Archives: Johnny Damon

2011 Fantasy Baseball Busts: David Price

At the young age of 25, David Price has already started in an All-Star game, pitched in the World Series and finished runner-up  in the 2010 Cy Young voting. In 2010, he posted a 2.72 ERA with 19 wins and 188 strikeouts in 208.2 innings. Those numbers look outstanding but, the numbers under the surface paint a different picture.

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Killin’ the Odds & A.L. Futures

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

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Hot Stove Baseball: Spring Training Edition

Spring is here, kind of, as we had the start of baseball this weekend. All of us fantasy baseball fanatics have been waiting for this day since the end of last season and it’s been a long winter of withdrawal.

Without further ado, let’s get to the highlights from the games and the week of training:

Game Highlights

Friday

  • Giants 7, Diamondbacks 6 . Lincecum started and pitched 1 2/3 giving up 3 runs and 5 hits. Not a stellar start for the ace, but about typical for him in spring training. Joe Saunders started for Arizona and took the loss but had a nice 1-2-3 first inning. Aaron Rowand started in center with Andres Torres at DH, they are the 2 candidates for the CF job at the moment.

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American League Central Previews- Tigers

Today’s Focus: Detroit Tigers

The additions of Victor Martinez and Joaquin Benoit are huge. They also have a guy named Miguel Cabrera who will see more strikes with VMart hitting behind him. Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer will be the best 1-2 starters in the A.L. Central. Their bullpen is a strength with Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Daniel Schlereth, Joel Zumaya and Brad Thomas. Is this enough for the Tigers to compete in 2011?

Brad Penny is a good add for the back-end of the rotation. The only dilemma I see is Brad Penny and Rick Porcello are both ground ball pitchers. This will have a negative affect on the Tigers leaky infield defense. Carlos Guillen has lost his range and Jhonny Peralta never had any. Miguel has never been a great defender.

As for the lineup, you have about five guys who should be penciled in at DH and most of team is right-handed. What happens when the injury-prone Brandon Inge goes down? Do you move the injury-prone Carlos Guillen to 3rd? Carlos Guillen may not be back until May. Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes will platoon at 2B until he returns.

Notable Losses: Armando Galarraga, Johnny Damon, Gerald Laird, Jeremy Bonderman

Notable Pick Ups: Brad Penny, Victor Martinez, Joaquin Benoit

This team seems to have too many aging veterans and injury concerns for my liking. Expect them to finish 3rd in the Central again finishing behind the White Sox and Twins.

American League East Previews – Rays

Today’s focus: Tampa Bay Rays


Coming off a division winning season, you would think the prospects would be sunny for the Rays. However, losing Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Matt Garza, Grant Balfour, Carlos Pena, Randy Choate, Joaquin Benoit and Jason Bartlett probably changes the thinking just a smidgen.

Joe Maddon still believes Tampa’s goal is to defend last year’s division title. I think that’s an admirable goal, but has about as good a chance of happening as I do of whooping Chuck Liddell in a street fight. While picking up big names in Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez gives the look of a team trying to compete, realistically these are two players who are way past their respective primes. Damon last season in over 500 at bats hit .271 with 8 HR’s, 51 RBI and 81 runs scored. Manny adds to that with 285 at bats last season producing a respectable .298 average, but only 9 HR’s, 42 RBI and 38 runs scored. You could be optimistic about Manny lasting a full season, but to put it into perspective, Crawford alone last year accounted for a .307 average with 19 HR’s, 90 RBI and 110 runs scored. Basically their offensive stats combined.

Notable Losses Include: Half their team as noted above

Notable Pick Ups: Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon and not enough else

The Rays have done a good job the last few years with a tight payroll compared to the players in their division. This one definitely looks to be a rebuilding year though and they will be in a fight with Toronto to see who takes the last spot in the division this season.