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08.09.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Good show last night. Lots of good info for your stretch run, especially for playing the “Spot Starting Carousel.”

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: James Shields – 6-hit SHO/8:3…8 CGs and 11 wins. Who does he think he is, Roy Halladay?

The Bats:
Martin Prado – 4/6, R, HR, 3 RBI…More hits last night than he’s had all year (it seems).

Bobby Abreu – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Tied it in the 6th and then won it in the 9th.

Josh Willingham – 1/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…On queue from Killboy on air last night, JWill homers.

Evan Longoria – 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…Was just thinking how much of a slump Longo’s in and then voila.

Justin Upton – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…First rounder next year? Could be…

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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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07.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Here are your updated 4th and Home Standings:
Me         12-4
Killboy  11-4-1
Eric        10-6
Chris     7-7-2
Jesse     6-10
Brian    6-10

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brett Cecil – 4-hit SHO/7:2…I guess AAA helped? Monitor him. Not ready to push all of my chips into the middle for him just yet, but I’ve always been intrigued by him.

The Bats:
Mike Stanton
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Some think he has a 40/20 season in him. I sure hope so!

David Wright – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…To say he’s been hot since his DL-activation would be an understatement.

Colby Rasmus – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Upping his price tag?

Hideki Matsui – 5/5, R, RBI…How does a 3-hole hitter produce little when getting 5 hits? Oh, when you’re an Athletic.

Nick Markakis – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Been hot this month, but the overall line is still garbage. Still glad I dropped him.

Torii Hunter – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Hunter batting .237. That’s about his age too!

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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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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

Seth Smith, OF Colorado Rockies ( 39 Percent owned in Yahoo, 66 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line- .315 AVG / 36 R / 8 HR / 33 RBI / 3 SB

We should  rename this post, “Seth Smith and Four Other NL Waiver Wire Gems.” I have been putting Smith’s name up here every other week yet he gets no respect. His .396 wOBA ranks 13th in all of baseball just behind Votto, Braun, Granderson, and Upton (the good one). His .919 OPS ranks him 12th in the MLB.

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05.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

It was a “night” dominated by the pitchers. Killboy had his wonderkids going in Dempster and Gallardo. Dempster blew it, but how did Gallardo do?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jake Peavy – SHO, 3 H, 8:0…Uhm, where did this come from? You know people had him stashed on their DL for this one. Now they will activate him and he will implode.

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 4/7, 2 R…Two straight appearances in this column. Perhaps he is heating up.

Hanley Ramirez – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! Nice to see HanRam make an appearance here.

Matt Joyce – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…He also had two walks and he is not slowing down. I’ve had him plugged in since I picked him up. Against righties, he is mashing.

Elliot Johnson – 2/3, R, 3 RBI…In his last 3 starts: 5/10, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI. Maddon said he’d play him while he’s hot.

Eric Hosmer – 1/5, R, HR, RBI…Game-tying solo shot off Neftali Feliz to send it to extra innings. After the game, Boras told the Royals they could lock him up now for a 10 yr/100MM contract.

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05.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

After crapping the bed the entire season, Francisco Liriano NO-HIT the Chicago White Sox. I am willing to bet the people that are still holding onto him, had him on their bench. I know Killboy did! That stinks. Great start, but not without concern as he K’d only 2 and walked 6. If you’re looking to sell, now is the time and be sure you point out the no-hitter and how he has “turned the corner” after noticing a mechanical flaw before this start. Good luck.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Scott Sizemore
– 3/4, R, RBI…Recently recalled – and starting – second baseman could provide value in your middle infield.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Don’t talk about him much, but he’s quietly hitting .316 with 2 HR and 20 RBI.

Brett Wallace – 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Continues to hit. He’s now at .383 and in the clean-up spot, I assume until El Caballo comes back.

Jose Reyes – 3/3, R, RBI, 3 BB, SB…Joe King is the most consistent Met as he may be auditioning for another team. He’s now batting .325 with 11 steals.

Carlos Beltran – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…How about that. Hitting .283 and playing every day. Let him sit on your wire.

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04.29.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A Friday recap for you all. I watched about two minutes of the Mets. I turned it on and they trailed the Phillies 0-2. It was then 0-4 and I turned it off. Not even an hour later I flipped back and it was 0-10. Disgusting. Oh joy, we face Halladay and Lee to wrap up the weekend. Shoot me now.

Speaking of disgusting, can we please stop coverage of the wedding going on in England now? Shoot me again I ain’t dead yet.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Ryan Howard 
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI…27 RBI now? That is so Zobrist!

Robinson Cano – 2/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…Cano is turning it on now.

Jose Bautista – 2/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…He is going to make us all look stupid for saying he’d be lucky to hit 35 bombs this year. He’s on pace for 54 now. Weird.

Carlos Santana – 1/4, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB…WALK OFF!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB…Box score filler-upper!

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04.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Andrew McCutchen – 3/3, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB…McCutch, is that you? It’s about time you start showing up. Now you’re batting .250 and most of us expect you to hit .300 this year. So, that means you need more of these days. Hang out with Tabata in the dugout, not Alvarez.

Jose Tabata – 1/5, R, HR, RBI, SB…Tabata is doing what I thought he would do. I can’t see him keeping this up, but he will continue to steal bases, just don’t expect 20 HR. 3 HR and 8 SB so far. Must think he’s Matt Kemp.

Garrett Jones – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, BB, SB…Ok, folks. Time to start monitoring Jones. That makes three straight multi-hit games. Remember 2009?

Pedro Alvarez – 0/4, 2 K…Something needs to give. Either bench him or send him to AAA. This is just bad and the exact reason I did not reach for him. He has K issues worse than NYC club-goers. He’s now batting .193 with 20K in 15 games.

Jay Bruce – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Now we’re talkin’! Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce! Few more games like this and he’ll be batting .400 with 40 HR by All-Star break.

Grady Sizemore – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Hmm, is this that former first round 30/30 threat?

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:1…I said that as long as he doesn’t walk people, he’ll be fine. Pitching against the Orioles doesn’t hurt either. Now has a 1.27 ERA since his Opening Day bed-crapping.

Jose Reyes – 2/4, 2 R, BB, SB…Reyes is now up to 6 doubles and 6 stolen bases while hitting .315. Everybody clap your hands!

Dillon Gee – 5.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:2…Take that, Braves! A little Gee to shut you down. Beat Tommy Hanson too. Look out!

Tommy Hanson – 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Now (1-3). Maybe I overvalued the guy, but I was certain this was his year to shine. Still early, Mike. Still early.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 5:3…Not incredibly sharp, but good enough today. 10 K in his next start. Book it.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7:2…The kind of start you want to see, but a 2-run 6th prevented him from getting the W.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 8:4…Still too many baserunners.

Placido Polanco – 3/4, R, HR, RBI…Did you know he’s batting .373? Me either. Gonna score a lot of runs in that 2-hole.

Brian Duensing – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5:2…Not bad. Monitor him as he has two nice match-ups coming up.

Livan Hernandez – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 3:0…Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Do NOT pick him up.

Danny Espinosa – 2/7, R, HR, 6 RBI…Jesse’s lovefest continues.

Ian Desmond – 4/8, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…He’s getting ready to push that average over .200…

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 5:4…Three great starts to start his career off. No way he should be on the wire unless you’re in a two-teamer with yourself.

Dan Haren – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6:0…Now with a 27/2 K:BB ratio and a 1.16 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. At 4-0 he is the #1 fantasy pitcher.

Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 9:0…Are you kidding me? Are you KIDDING me?

Seth Smith – 2/2, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Headed for an even better stat line before injuring himself. Seth was a popular deep sleeper this year. Guy has 7 doubles and is hitting .312. Let’s see if he’ll be back soon. Maybe he’ll end up on Killboy’s waiver list next week.

Carlos Gonzalez – 4/5, R, 2 RBI, SB…CarGo is heating up. I think I might have said that already.

Aaron Rowand – 2/5, R…Rowand now has 4 multi-hit games in his last 5.

Justin Upton – 2/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…I try not to regret draft picks so early, but right now I am kicking myself for taking McCutchen over him.

Madison Bumgarner – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2:1…I am CONVINCED something is wrong with him.

Matt Kemp – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI, CS…Walk-off! Here is your #1 fantasy batter. He’s batting .474 now. Chasing Hornsby!

Chad Billingsley – 8 IP, 2 H, 11:2…Hate Billingsley and then he proves me stupid for saying that. Just an awesome start Broxton blew, but thankfully for Dodger fans there is…

Ryan Franklin – 0 IP, ER…Now has 4 blown saves and I would have to imagine Mitchell Boggs is the new Cardinal closer. Boggs went 3-up/3-down in his inning. But Boggs didn’t face Kemp!

Matt Holliday – 3/3, R, BB…Quietly hitting .441.

Adrian Beltre – 3/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Beltre did everything he could to defeat the Yanks on his own.

Ian Kinsler – 0/4, R, BB…Hitting .170. The slide continues.

Brett Gardner – 0/2, K…Hitting .140. More sliding.

04.12.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, if you listened to our show last night it was a zoo! Actually, if you didn’t listen- besides it being a zoo- we broke down the Josh Hamilton injury and who you want to grab in his two month absence.

Angel Sanchez – 4/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…Speaking of the show, Killboy talked about Sanchez as a possible fill-in if you lost Rafael Furcal to injury.

Michael Bourn – 2/5, 4 R, RBI, 2 SB…Bourn looks like he’s breaking out and is now up to .268 and 4 steals.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 4 RBI…Pence is quietly having a nice season so far, batting .326 with 9 RBI. 9 ribbies in that lineup!

Brett Myers -7 IP, 8 H, ER, 5:0…Speaking of quietly, Myers now has a 1.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through three starts.

Marlon Byrd – 3/3…Look out. It’s that time of year again. If you need a quick Hamilton fill-in, Byrd seems to put nice streaks together. He’s up to .391 and has 6 multi-hit games in his last 7.

Michael Young – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, SB…Second baseman Mike Young had a nice first start at second. Expect him to continue to see plenty of PT while Hamilton is out.

Jayson Werth – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SB…Pow! Werth filled up the box score. Owners wish he could face Joe Blanton 162 games a year.

Wilson Ramos -2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB…Former Twins’ prospect has been HOT and now appears to get an increase in PT. Monitor.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 4 H, 5:2…Owners, rejoice! Hanson finally turned in a start we expected. Gets the Mess next. Tasty!

David Price – 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3:2…Price finally had a great start and it was to get out of the basement! Killboy still no likey.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 8:2…Poor Lester. Should probably be (2-1). Instead, he is (0-1).

Alexei Ramirez – 2/4, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB…Walk-off! Just wait until his Cuban blood heats up with the weather!

Dan Haren – SHO, H, 8:2…Haren with an impressive outing against the Tribe to end their 8-game win streak. Guess 120 wins IS out of the question.

Fausto Carmona – 7.2, 4, 2, 6:3…On the losing end of Haren’s gem. Carmona has been solid, now sporting a 1.27 ERA is his last two starts. Cherry pickin’!

Late games…

Chris Carpenter – 4 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 4:3…In the slugfest that occurred in ‘Zona, Carp got caught in the middle. Just. Ouch. He is now (0-2) and sporting a 5.82 ERA and 1.35 ERA through three starts. It isn’t all bad. He should probably be (2-1).

Justin Upton – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB…WOW. Did you (see) his moonshot that traveled an estimated 478 feet by HitTrackerOnline.com?

Chris B. Young – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Young is batting .302 in the early going with a 2:9 BB:K ratio. Yeah, nothing’s changed. That .302 will come down to .250 in no time.

Lance Berkman – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…I could post every player from the Cards/DBacks game, but Berkman is up to .289 and since Brian hyped him I have to put him here.

Drew Stubbs – 2/6, R, HR, 4 RBI…Stubbs being Stubbs. A home run and two strike outs.

Sam LeCure – 6 IP, H, ER, 8:2…A very nice start against San Diego Middle School. LeCure will be headed to the minors soon.

Clayton Richard – 7.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:2…Petco is to pitchers what Coors used to be to hitters. Richard and other Friar pitchers will be more than serviceable in home starts.

Corey Patterson – 2/4, 2 RBI, BB…We touched on him on the show last night, but Corey is being Corey. When he plays, he produces. Might not be a bad short-term play.

Michael Pineda – 7.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:2…Pineda is showing why he was- and still is- a top talent. Will be some bumps in the road, but he looks as advertised.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8:2…A nice start from Romero and after three starts he’s at (1-0) with a 1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 20:4 in 21.2 innings. Beat downs are coming…

Tim Lincecum – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4:1…Mitch from Dazed and Confused needed a lot of pitches in this one. Affeldt blew the save, so Timmy deserved a dubya.

Chad Billingsley – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6:2…Sorry, just not a fan. Check tha record.

Ok, I won’t bring up my favorite Dodger…I could though! He was caught stealing last night. Uh oh…back to 2010-Kemp?