Tag Archives: Jonathan Niese

Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.22.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  100 degrees in the East (101 heat index at 7:30 am as I type this) and killer hot most everywhere else in the country, hope those players are hydrating.  Me, I’ll be inside in the AC watching all weekend.

For games on Saturday July 23rd 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:

Derek Lowe 46%/ 31% (ATL) @ CIN

Matt Harrison 46% / 53% (TEX) vs TOR

Edwin Jackson 36% / 13% (CWS) @ CLE

Josh Collmenter 31% / 27% (ARI) vs COL

Randy Wolf 26% / 21% (MIL) @ SF

Homer Bailey 16% / 6% (CIN) vs ATL

Chris Capuano 16% / 9% (NYM) @ FLA

Rich Harden 9% / 5% (OAK) @ NYY

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.19.11

Welcome to the triumphant return of Spot Starting.  I’m back from my All Star week timed vacation.  Let me tell you, if you’re a huge baseball nut and plan to be on vacation in a place with no TV or internet, All Star week is the week to do it.  I feel like I didn’t miss anything (except the K Rod trade).  Let’s get back in the groove of picking those spot starts.

And don’t forget to listen to the 4th and Home Show Tonight featuring Killboy and yours truly subbing for Mike who will be watching the K Rod-free Mets at Citi.

For games on Wednesday July 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:

John Danks 46% / 34% (CWS) @ KC

Brett Myers 35% / 28% (HOU) vs. WAS

Aaron Harang 34%/ 24% (SD) @ FLA

Derek Holland 31% / 18% (TEX) @ LAA

Vance Worley 29% / 43% (PHL) @ ChC

Jason Vargas 25% / 16% (SEA) @ TOR

Kyle McClellan 24% / 11% (StL) @ NYM

Freddy Garcia 20% / 13% (NYY) @ TB

RA Dickey 15% / 4% (NYM) vs StL

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.05.11

Welcome to the last week of the first half of the season, hope you all had a fun and safe 4th.  Look out for my Casual Sabermetrician update on Starting Pitchers at the mid way point, should be out tomorrow.  I’ll also be guest co-hosting The 4th and Home Show tonight with Mike.  I’m sure we’ll talk about the outlook for the 2nd half of the season.

For games on Wednesday July 6th 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:

Phil Hughes 40% /  28% (NYY) @ CLE

Edwin Jackson 37% / 15% (CWS) vs KC

Bronson Arroyo 34% / 37% (CIN) @ StL

Jonathon Niese 33% / 12% (NYM) @ LAD

Josh Collmenter 31% / 17% (ARI) @ MIL

Jason Vargas 22% / 24% (SEA) @ OAK

Charlie Morton 21% / 11% (PIT) vs. HOU

Jeremy Guthrie 17% / 6% (BAL) @ TEX

Wade Davis 15% / 27% (TB) @ MIN

Tom Gorzelanny 5% / 1% (WAS) vs. ChC

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Kenley Jansen, RP Los Angeles Dodgers ( 5 percent owned in Yahoo, percent ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 1 W / 1 L / 36 K / 6.14 ERA / 1.59 WHIP / 1 SV

Jansen struggled greatly before he landed on the DL for shoulder inflammation. Aside from the injury, a .375 BABIP, 66 percent strand rate and 13 percent HR/FB percentage, did not help matters. While rehabbing he also worked on his slider and split-finger. The Dodgers don’t have many options for the closer role so expect Jansen to pick up some save opportunities. He may even take over the job full-time.

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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

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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