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08.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The home stretch! Love this time of year. Football starting, fantasy baseball ending. Excitement! Be sure to keep a look out for our football preview.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brandon Morrow – 6/3/1/12:2…Dominating. You know he can do this on any given night. His strand rate is super high, so at some point he’s going to put it all together and put an amazing year together. He currently holds a line of 4.41/1.24 with 154 K in 132.2 IP. Sick.

The Bats:
Aramis Ramirez – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…This guy has been crushing the ball since June and now he’s hitting close to .400 in August.

Angel Pagan – 2/5, R, 3 RBI, SB…Pagan has been a disappointment, but games like this give us false glimmers of hope he can end the season well.

Kurt Suzuki – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…He’ll best his 2009 season of 15 HR (now has 12), but the .230 average keeps him off most teams.

Nick Markakis – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…I am being serious when I say this, but a 15-homer guy is not worth a roster spot.

Allen Craig – 4/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…He’s BA-aaack…

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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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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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06.19.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

In a day owners were prepared to be without Fat Albert for a few months, he still had a stellar day at the plate.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Albert Pujols – 3/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Would’ve been more unreal if he put up this line WITH a fat-@ss wrist…

The Bats:
Carlos Santana
– 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Is he finally busting out? Let’s check back in next Monday.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Sawx should scare owners more with “surgery” talk. He’s been a madman (with power) since we first learned of a possible surgery.

Mark Reynolds – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…3 hits and now definitely over the Mendoza at .217.

J.J. Hardy – 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Speaking of madmen, Hardy has been an awesome pick-up for the O’s and fantasy managers alike.

Skip Schumaker – 2/2, R, HR, 2 RBI…Walk-off!

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05.12.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Thank you, Ubaldo Jimenez for burning me. Two years of great stats, I finally buy in and draft you over Weaver and JJ. Figures!

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Carlos Beltran – 3/5, 3 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI…Holy 2006, Batman! Beltran went OFF in this one. He will be picked up by scores of people today and be traded for players like CarGo, but the realty is, he should be on your wire.

The Bats:
Asdrubal Cabrera
– 2/3, 2 R, HR, RB…He has definitely cooled off after that first week or so of the season, but he still has been pretty darn good. He’s now at .289/22/6/24/3.

John Jay – 3/6, R, 3 RBI…Filling in for Berkman, JJ lead-off and produced. Was hoping to see what he could do this year and then the Cards went and signed Puma.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 RBI…Hitting .538 since coming off the DL. Nice middle infield play if you ask me.

Billy Butler – 4/6, R, 2 RBI…It’s amazing seeing his batting splits when he’s wearing his bro (manzeer).

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04.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The Bats:
Wilson Ramos – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Former Twins’ catching prospect now hitting .378 for the Nats.

Grady Sizemore – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Looking healthy as ever. Average now at .406.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2/4, R, HR, 4 RBI, SB…Filling up the box score. Mentioned him briefly on last night’s show.

Melky Cabrera – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Another box-score filler-upper!

Paul Konerko – 2/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…6 HR and 19 RBI now.

Brent Lillibridge – 1/1, R…Made b2b amazing defensive plays to close the game out for the ChiSox. He should’ve gotten the save in lieu of Santos.

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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.

Today’s Games (4/26/11)
  
San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+115) @ Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 (-135) My Pick: Pirates Run Line
Anytime you see a home team underdog with a run line of +1.5 at -140 or better, you should take a closer look. The Giants are 13th in the National League in runs and Matt Cain has started the year slowly. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker have put together a few solid games at the plate. I also think a change of scenery will do Brandon Wood some good. Either way, I think this game will remain close.
 
Seattle Mariners (-119) @ Detroit Tigers (+109) My Pick: Mariners Money Line
It’s hard to argue against Felix Hernandez but it’s even harder to argue against Felix Hernandez when he’s playing the Tigers. In his past 5 starts against the Tigers, King Felix is 4-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 39:5 K:BB in only 33.2 IP. The Tigers are not great versus right-handed starters because their lineup is mostly right-handed. The last time Phil Coke has pitched against the Mariners was exactly one week ago and he gave up  6 ER in only 3.2 IP. King Felix will have to go a long way in this one but he is due.
 
 Los Angeles Dodgers (-137) @ Florida Marlins (+127) My Pick: Dodgers Money Line
It’s no wonder why the Marlins are trotting around with a 14-7 record. Any lesser record would be a disappointment after facing teams like the Mets, Nationals, Astros, and Pirates. With Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers coming to town, it is time for them to come back to Earth. Kershaw’s last start in Sun Life Stadium was stellar with 7 innings of one-hit ball. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp are still on a roll plus, Juan Uribe is expected back today. Volstad has given up 14 R in 15 IP this year. Hanley Ramirez is still slumping and Logan Morrison is still on the DL.
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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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Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes from 04.02.11

At first I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but Matt Holliday really did get an emergency appendectomy and was first reported as being out indefinitely. Seems he may only miss 10 days or so and might not even go on the DL. Owners can breathe.

Rick Ankiel hit a 3-run HR off Tommy Hanson who crapped the bed. The homer proved to be the game winner as the Nationals are now just a half game out of first.

The ChiSox continue to put up football scores as they put up 8 today with the help of another 2 RBI from Carlos Quentin who had two doubles. Gordon Beckham had another multi-hit game and he’s now hitting .625.

The Cubs got their first win, but they had to earn it against the Bucs as they left 17 men on base. Carlos Marmol closed out the comeback by K-ing the side. This guy is unreal.

Kyle Drabek outdueld- who am I kidding, he was the only pitcher to show up- Francisco Liriano by tossing 7 1-hit innings while striking out 7. Halladay who?

Albert Pujols turned those Opening Day frowns upside down by jacking one. Wasn’t enough though, as the Cards fell to the Padres.

Matt Cain tossed 6 shutout innings vs. the Dodgers, striking out 3.

Brad Penny got pounded by the Pinstripes. He gave up 8 runs on 7 hits in just 4.1 innings. Guess he misses Dave Duncan.

Mark Teixeira went yard again. Two games. Two 3-run jacks. Extra batting practice and a fake calendar. Glad I own him.

Someone told Cliff Lee it was October, because he struck out 11 Astros en route to a victory. He gave up just 4 hits (3 runs), but looks to make a charge at 20 wins this year.

Someone also told Carlos Lee that he was 25. El Caballo missed the cycle by a double.

Brian Roberts now has 5 RBI as the O’s lead-off hitter. He took James Shields deep for a 3-run blast. Shields was pitching great up until that mistake, allowing just 4 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 7.

Former 2nd-rounder Chris Tillman shut the Rays down through 6, giving up ZERO hits, walking 3 and striking out 5.

Travis Wood helped move the Reds to 2-0 by shutting down the Brewer bats allowing just 4 hits, 1 run, walking none, and striking out 7. Jesse and I ranked him as our #47 pitcher. Did we know something? I like to think so…

Ian Kinsler has now homered in every game this year. More amazing, it’s been to lead off the game. First player EVER to do that. Kinsler’s torrid spring is carrying over. Once the weather starts heating up, sell. He’ll either cool off or get injured. Or is THIS the year?

Nelson Cruz also hit his second HR of the early season.

John Lackey got shelLACKEYd (10 hits, 9 runs, and 2 walks in 3.2 innings). Sorry, the John Lackey of old is LONG gone…

 

2011 National League West Previews: Giants

Today’s Focus: San Francisco Giants

2010 Record: 92-70, World Series Champions

The San Francisco Giants scratched and clawed through a division that was pretty evenly matched in 2010. The Giants were 38-34 against the NL West, the Padres were also 38-34, the Rockies were 37-35, and the Dodgers bested them all going 40-32. They limited their injuries to Mark DeRosa, Freddy Sanchez and Edgar Renteria. Their pitching got them to the playoffs and their offense caught fire at the right time for them to win it all. Read more of this post