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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.19.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Critical weekend for those of us in tight playoff races, one extra good start could make the difference.

For games on Saturday August 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:

Edwin Jackson 43% / 20% (StL) @ ChC

Randy Wolf 34% / 40% (MIL) @ NYM

Aaron Harang 34% / 20% (SD) vs. FLA

Freddy Garcia 33% / 25% (NYY) @ MIN

Charlie Morton 19% / 14% (PIT) vs. CIN

Doug Fister 16% / 7% (DET) vs. CLE

Chris Capuano 10% /3% (NYM) vs. MIL

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08.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome back to Box Score Breakdown.  Again today, I’ll be guesting for Mike.   Quite a weekend of baseball.  The Phillies took 3 of 4 from the Giants in an NLCS rematch/possible preview but had their win streak snapped at 9.  The Pirates continue to slide out of the playoff race as their losing streak reaches 10, what a nightmare.  The Yanks and Red Sox also gave us a taste of October with a great match up and great back drop to write this to.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Prince Fielder 3/4, 4 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB.  Prince gonna get paid.  .304/26/85.  Brewers 3 up on the Cards.

The Bats:
Albert Pujols – 2/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB…Homers in 3 of his last 4 games, now at 27 and batting .282.  Amazingly has re-entered MVP talk if he can get the Cardinals the Division title.

Matt Holliday – 2/4, 1 R, 3 RBI, BB…Along with Berkman, just an awesome 3,4,5 punch.  Back to back multi-hit games raises his avg to .318.  10 hits and 10 rbi this week.

Drew Stubbs – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR, SB…BSFU!  Snaps out of a mini slump

Marlon Byrd – 3/3, R, 2 RBI, BB…Avg back up to .310 – but where is the power?  Cubs are just playing out the string – there’s always next year Chicago.

Logan Morrison – 1/4…Writing not about the 1/4 but to say, is this all?  Morrison is starting to become a real disappointment.  He’ll have quick short bursts of power then zzz through a week like this one.

Jason Heyward – 1/2, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR, BB…Speaking of disappointments…Heyward was benched for the last 2 games and responded by crushing a home run in his first AB.   He went on a tear to end 2010 and his graphs are trending that way again.

Jose Constanza – 2/3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, BB, SB…BSFU!  Has now hit in 8 of his first 9 MLB games including 7 in a row.  If you saw this coming from the 27 year old rookie, go you!  He also took out Met’s Daniel Murphy on a hard SB slide, possibly ending his season.

Dan Uggla – 1/5…Continues the ugliest (pun unintentional) hitting streak in recent memory.  Has raised his average 42 points….to .220!!

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.28.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.

For games on Friday July 29th 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:

Gavin Floyd 49% / 29% (CWS) vs. BOS

Erik Bedard 49% / 49% (SEA) vs. TB

Edwin Jackson 41% / 20% (StL) vs. ChC

Dillon Gee 41% / 31% (NYM) @ WAS

Josh Collmenter 38% / 41% (ARI) @ LAD

Randy Wolf 25% / 18% (MIL) vs. HOU

Carlos Carrasco 23% / 14% (CLE) vs. KC

Dontrelle Willis 3% / 2% (CIN) vs. NYM

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.20.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  I hope you all caught the 4th and Home Show last night.  If you missed it, don’t forget you can follow us on iTunes as a podcast.  You’ll hear all about Killboy’s night out with Darren Daulton, all while Mike listened in horror from Citi Field texting us furiously about Angel Pagan rbi doubles.  On to it…

For games on Thursday July 21st 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:

Jonathon Niese 36% / 15% (NYM) vs. StL

Javier Vazquez 34% / 14% (FLA) vs. SD

Carl Pavano 25% / 9% (MIN) vs. DET

Doug Fister 13% / 6% (SEA) @ TOR

Dustin Moseley 4% / 1% (SD) @ FLA

Jake Westbrook 4% / 2% (StL) @ NYM

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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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National League East Previews: Nationals

Today’s focus: Washington Nationals

2010 Record: 69-93, 5th Place NL East (14th in NL)

The Nationals have been on quite a roller coaster ride the past 21 months.  From the highs of drafting Stephen Strasburg, the most hyped pitching prospect in recent memory – to almost not being able to sign him.  Finishing last again, to drafting Bryce Harper, the most hyped high school position player in recent memory.  The excitement of Strasburg’s dominating debut to the crushing blow of losing him to Tommy John surgery.  The Nationals decided to make a big splash this off season by signing one of the biggest name free agents in Jason Werth.  They over paid him by $10’s of millions but such is the plight of a franchise that has finished no higher than 4th since 2002.

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National League East Previews: Mets

Today’s focus: New York Mets

2010 Record: 79-83, 4th Place NL East (10th in NL)

The Mets off-season made news for all the wrong reasons as the headlines have been filled, not with big name free agent signings, but with talk of Madoff, lawsuits, massive debt, plans to sell off team shares, and loans from MLB. This all coming on the heals of fun news items like closer Francisco Rodriguez’s assault arrest that also led to season ending surgery on his thumb and ace Johan Santana’s sexual assault charges and season ending rotator cuff surgery that will keep him out until June at the earliest. All-Star Centerfielder Carlos Beltran has combined for only 145 games the past two years on his surgically repaired knees and has just told the team that he needs to move to Rightfield to reduce wear and tear. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of health going into 2011.

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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


  • 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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