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08.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Y’all, I need to come clean. I have bashed Javier Vasquez since pre-season, but with Tommy Hanson making a DL trip – I picked him up and started him last night. I know, I know. Forgive me. I thought last night he would’ve burned me, and it did look that way after the first two innings, but he redeemed himself. Tough match-ups ahead so I’ll probably dump him.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ricky Romero – 3-hit SHO/6:2…Sick stats for pitching on a bad team in a tough division: 12-9/2.73/1.11/147:63.

The Bats:
Alex Gordon – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Leadoff hitter or not, Gordon has thrived this year. His current line is .297/76/16/64/12.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2/3, R, HR, RBI…B2B games with a blast. Still strikes out way too much. A full season next year could see 200+ K.

Mark Teixeira – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…First homer in 10 games. Too bad his average isn’t even over .250.

Colby Rasmus – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…He’s alive. He’s alive! Batting just .253 for the Jays, which is better than his .246 for the Cards. 2012 sleeper. He has something to prove.

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08.02.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Seeing Bryce Harper tonight if the rain holds off. If they play, I am calling for a homer!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Mark Teixeira – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…A BSFU from Teix? What is this world coming to? Besides the terrible average, he has MVP numbers.

The Bats:
Ian Desmond – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3RBI….Was a nice night during a disappointing season for him.

Brennan Boesch – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…BSFU in the rain. That is STRONG!

Nelson Cruz/Mike Napoli – 4/9, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…If I told you one of them was batting .264 and the other .294, would you be surprised by the answer?

Garrett Jones – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…May lose playing time with Ludwick in town.

Alfonso Soriano – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…19 homers and a DL-stint? Bounceback!

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07.25.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Happy Birthday, Mom!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Ian Kinsler – 4/6, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Must think it’s Spring Training!

The Bats:
Chris Denorfia
– 2/5, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB…Who?

Michael Brantley – 2/3, 2 R, SB…I think MB is going to be one of my top sleepers heading into 2012.

Mark Teixeira – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…The average is garbage. Remind me to pass next year.

Derek Jeter – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Speaking of passing, how did he pass on Jessica Biel?

Yadier Molina – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…Actually been quite serviceable this year. Still wouldn’t draft him though.

Colby Rasmus – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look who’s heating up!

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06.30.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

4th and Home Player of the Day:

The Bats:
Geovany Soto
– 1/1, R, HR, 3 RBI…Pinch-hit 3-run walk-off home run. Sign of things to come? You’d have to think so.

Pablo Sandoval – 2/6, r, HR, RBI, SB…2nd career BSFU!

Ryan Howard – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…Are him and Teixeira not the exact same player anymore?

Jason Varitek – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…”Idiot.”

Andy Dirks – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU for the Rook!

Mark Teixeira – 1/4, R, HR, RBI….On pace for 50 bombs. Average stinks. Guy is an anomaly.

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06.15.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Well, Seattle promoted Dustin Ackley days before the scheduled Monday call-up, so go on and grab him if you can.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Josh Beckett – 1-hit SHO/6:0…We’ve seen some dominating performances the past two nights and this ranks right up there with Verlander’s.

The Bats:
Jimmy Rollins
– 2/5, R, HR, 4 RBI…J-Roll stayed hot in game one of the double-header vs. the Fish.

Wilson Valdez – 3/4, R, 3 RBI…No place for him to play in that infield.

Shane Victorino – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB…He only has 11 SBs? Well, 20 is in the bag and he has an outside shot at going 20/30.

Mark Teixeira – 3/5, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…Teix is now tied with Grandy and Bautista for the league lead with 21 homers. He’s been on fire!

Robinson Cano – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI, SB…BSFU!

Eduardo Nunez – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SB…BFSU2!

Ian Kinsler – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BFSU3!

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06.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Now (8-1) after another clobbering this week of a ghost team. This week I face Eric who is always tough and then Killboy who is the reigning Champ. Not getting any easier! How’s everyone doing in their leagues?


4th and Home Player of the Day: Adam Lind – 4/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Is he back to 2009 Lind? The average sure does look good and he has 9 bombs now.

The Bats:
Drew Stubbs
– 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! He is the King of filling up the box score this year.

Matt Kemp – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Three walks to boot! Kemp had a big weekend and now has 16 HR and 14 SB. He’s pretty much halfway to the 30/30 club and we’re barely into June. I ranted about Kemp in a pre-season radio program that if I had to pick one player that was a lock for the 30/30 club it was him.

Chad Billingsley – 2/2, R, HR, 3 RBI…Huh? Yeah, that’s right. Chad was ok in his pitching line (5/8/4/3:3), but was mighty with the stick!

Elvis Andrus – 2/3, R, HR, RBI…Still on pace for 100+ runs and 50+ steals. Who wudda thunk it?

Rickie Weeks – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Weeks has a real good shot of going 25/25 this year.

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04.16.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Jonny Gomes – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB…Oh, Jonny. I know as soon as I pick you up you’ll do nothing. Someone pick him up for me. 5 HR and 13 RBI now and he is walking all over the place. As long as he’s hitting righties, he will be a nice add to your squad.

Drew Stubbs – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Feast or famine and right now it’s feast. Stubbs is now hitting .298 with 3 HR, 10 RBI and 4 steals.

Freddy Garcia – 6 IP, 2 H, 1:1…Freddy looked decent in his first start and got 11 of his 18 outs by groundball.

Mark Teixeira – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! Now hitting .234.

Alex Gordon – 3/4, 3 R, 2 RBI…Gordon’s up to .373 and now has 8 doubles. I would like to see him walk more, but even these two weeks are a bonus.

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 6:2…Got shut out by the Royals today. He’s now (1-2) with a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Don’t panic.

Josh Beckett – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:2…Josh has looked dynamite. I did not foresee this, but it’s still April. Plenty of time for him to screw it up, but you should be starting him until he shows he stinks again.

Jed Lowrie – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Ok, I called Scutaro a sleeper but Lowrie needs to start more. He’s batting .500 and seems to be the best player on the team.

Aaron Hill – 2/3, R, BB, SB…Upped his average to .241. Have not talked about him, but he now has back-to-back multi-hit games. The BB:K ratio is pretty bad though, so maybe he’s not going to rebound.

Josh Tomlin – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4:0…(3-0) now with a 2.75 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Still not buying.

Orlando Cabrera – 2/4, 3 R, HR, 4 RBI…Must think it’s 2003 and Montreal still has a team.

Jason Kubel – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, BB…Did you know he’s hitting .320? I’d tell you to speculate, but then he would stink. He’s best left unowned, friends.

Scott Baker – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 6:1…Best start of the year. Still no win as Nathan blew another save for the Twinkies.

Chipper Jones – 3/6, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…He’s old, but I bet Larry could hit .300 with one arm.

David Wright – 0-7, 3 K…Brlliant.

Alex Gonzalez – 3-8, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Nice double-header, but this will be the last time I’ll have to write about him this year.

Jason Heyward 1/8, R…C’mon! Now hitting .217.

Derek Lowe – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4:2…Lowe’s been a pleasant surprise this year with a line of 1.82/1.09. Remember what I said after his first start?

Jair Jurrjens – 7 IP, 2 H, 4:1…Coming off the DL? Face the Mets and look like a Cy Young contender.

Tyler Chatwood – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3:2…Nice line vs. the ChiSox, but don’t expect this to continue.

Howie Kendrick – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…5 homers now. He wasn’t even drafted in our league. What a steal he’s been.

Juan Pierre – 2/3, BB, CS….5 CS in 9 attempts! Juan is slowing down.

Starlin Castro – 4/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Not slowing down. Now hitting .397. Hard to complain, but only 6 of his 25 hits have gone for extra bases so he STILL has room for growth.

Alfonso Soriano – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 5th and he’s trying to make us all look bad for saying he’s finished. Remember when?

Dallas Braden – 5 IP, 3 H, 5:2…I’m sure he’s owned in your league, but if not I’d grab him. Pretty easy schedule coming up.

Austin Jackson – 0/4, RBI…Now batting .170 with a .254 OBP with 17 K. Tigers have to have someone that can get on base at a better clip than this, right?

Kyle McLellan – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:0…I had him benched last night. Sunova!

Clayton Kershaw – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5:5…Yeah, din’t bring his A game for this one. Actually, didn’t bring his B or C game either.

Did you follow Jesse’s advice Friday? Two nice picks. Maybe you follow his advice on spot starting, but steer clear of who he owns…

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome 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.
Today’s Games (4/9/11)
New York Yankees (+134) @ Boston Red Sox (-144) My Pick: New York Yankees Money Line  +134
I’m not a huge Buchholz fan and +134 straight up for the Yankees is just too good. Cano, Jeter, A Rod and Teixeira are hitting a combined .388 with 3 home runs off of Buchholz.
(Game 1) Texas Rangers (-113) @ Baltimore Orioles (+103) My Pick: Texas Rangers Money Line -113
With injuries to JJ Hardy and Brian Roberts, the Orioles are a little dinged up at the moment. Since this is the first game of a double-header, Showalter will need to keep Zach Britton in the game as long as possible so he doesn’t run out of relief pitchers.
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants (Over/Under 6.5) My Pick: Over -120
It’s rare to see an over/under as low as 6.5 runs. As good as Jamie Garcia was last year, he was bad on the road with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Matt Cain has had struggles with St. Louis in his career. In 5 starts he is sporting a 4.71 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. On top of all this, Brian Wilson and Ryan Franklin have been terrible!
Thursday’s Results
Toronto Blue Jays: LOSS -100
 Why did Romero have to leave the game?!?!
Atlanta Braves: LOSS -100
Hanson was a disappointment again. Only three strikeouts in two starts?
Daily Total: -200
Brian “Killboy” Kilpatrick is currently up +368 imaginary dollars in 2011.
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04.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

David Wright had 4 hits against the Phillies in a rout. Cole Hamels was lit up and I even got a message from Jesse during the game saying “Hamels is hurt, book it.  He’ll be on the DL before the month is out.”

Chris Young, in his first start as a Metropolitan, struck out 7, walked 4, and allowed 5 hits and a run in 5.1 innings. Remember, his pitch counts get high real fast (1 CG in 135 career starts), so don’t count on him to go deep into games. Monitor and be ready to pounce. Really, really like him in Citi. If healthy, a great pick-up.

Another game, another home run for Mark Teixeira. That makes 4 in 5 games, same as Nelson Cruz. Did you know: The most home runs Teix has ever hit in April was 6? He’s done that once. Giddy up!

C.C. Sabathia pitched a gem, only to see Rafael Soriano blow it by giving up 4 runs. Sabathia threw 7, 2-hit innings, striking out 6 and walking 1 in a ND. Remember this game when Sabathia finishes a win shy of 20.

Jered Weaver was fantastic against the Rays, going 6.2 and striking out 6 while allowing just 6 baserunners and 1 run. Weaver now sports a 0.69 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through two starts. Tasty.

After being named the new Angels closer, Jordan Walden closed Weaver’s game out. As I mentioned on The 4th and Home Show last night, it’s time to grab Walden if he’s available.

I mentioned during Spring Training that Aaron Harang was worth monitoring pitching in PETCO. In his first start as a Padre in San Diego, he struck out 6 Giants in 6 innings, allowing just 8 baserunners and 1 run. Keep him on your watch list.

And…the Sawx fall to 0-4. You would’ve thought win #1 would’ve come against the Tribe, but Josh Beckett allowed 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 runs in 5 innings to take the L.

Carl Crawford went 0-4 with a K in the 2-hole. He is now 2-15 on the year.

After looking like garbage all Spring, Mike Leake turned in a very nice outing against the Astros. Over 6 innings he allowed just 5 baserunners and 2 runs while striking out 4. Not sure how long he’s going to be in the rotation, but he’s on my watch list.

Making their first MLB starts, Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando turned in decent performances. Pineda allowed 6 baserunners and 3 runs over 6 innings. He struck out 4. I watched part of this game and he looked pretty darn good, especially if you remove the 2-run 6th. Ogando simply shut the M’s down. Pulled after just 90 pitches, he allowed just 4 baserunners and struck out 4. Monitor him. He was great out of the bullpen last year and can strike guys out.

Yovani Gallardo was brilliant against a good-hitting Braves team. He completely shut them down as the Braves could only muster 2 hits and 2 walks against him. He  struck out just 2 and I have to wonder about Gallardo’s 6:5 ratio over 15 innings so far this year. Where da Ks? Guess you can’t complain too much when he’s sporting a 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.

Look out. Logan Morrison now has 2 bombs. Remember, I said if his HR/AB rate hit 3%, he could hit 20 HR. Small sample size alert: Right now he’s at 14%.

If you don’t remember the above, do you remember my sleeper alert about Kyle McClellan? McClellan shut the Pirates down, allowing 7 base runners and 2 runs over 6 innings while striking out 7. Season ERA = 3.00. Yeah, yeah…small smaple size.

Jhoulys Chacin beat Clayton Kershaw, Killboy, and Vegas on Tuesday night. He turned in a solid performance against the Dodgers, allowing just 5 hits, 2 walks and 0 runs in 7 innings. He struck out 4. I’m sure he was drafted in your league, but if he somehow slipped through the cracks, grab him now.

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.