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2011 MLB Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Peter Bourjos, OF Los Angeles Angels ( 42 percent owned in Yahoo, 69.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .281 AVG / 55 R / 8 HR / 32 RBI / 17 SB

Peter Bourjos remains one of the hottest hitters in the AL. Since he was mentioned here last week, he has hit .320/4/2/5/0 in 5 games. For the month of August Bourjos has hit .349/17/5/11/3. He is still hitting leadoff for the Angels so he will continue to put up great numbers for your fantasy team down the stretch.

Projection (rest of season): .280 AVG / 19 R / 3 HR / 11 RBI / 5 SB

Delmon Young, OF Detroit Tigers ( 46 percent owned in Yahoo, 60.3 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .272 AVG / 30 R / 6 HR / 41 RBI / 1 SB

My favorite part about Young moving to the Tigers is that he’s batting third for them. With Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez batting behind him, he has protection in the line-up. He will show a bit more power for the Tigers too. Young only hit 4 HR in 305 ab with the Twins but, he already has 2 HR in his first 48 AB with the Tigers. He is hitting .313 with the Tigers and .311 with 14 RBI in his past 20 games overall.

Projection (rest of season): .290 AVG / 16 R / 4 HR / 17 RBI / 1 SB

Kyle Seager, 2B/3B Seattle Mariners ( 7 percent owned in Yahoo, 6.1 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .310 AVG / 11 R / 2 HR / 5 RBI / 0 SB

Seager started slow out the gates but he is now looking very comfortable at the plate. In his past nine games he has hit .514/8/2/5/0. He is obviously somewhat held back by the Mariners lineup but they have been hitting well lately. Seager makes for the perfect back-up in daily leagues because he is eligible at multiple positions and he plays on the west coast. In ESPN leagues he is still only eligible at 3B. He has started two games at SS, I’m crossing my fingers that he will get a few more.

Projection (rest of season): .283 AVG / 13 R / 2 HR / 11 RBI / 1 SB

Brandon Allen, 1B/OF Oakland Athletics ( 4 percent owned in Yahoo, 6 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .286 AVG / 16 R / 5 HR / 13 RBI / 1 SB

Brandon Allen is a hitter that can put up good power numbers for you down the stretch. In 422 AB with four different teams, he has hit 28 home runs. He strikes out too much but he can take a walk so he remains valuable in OBP leagues (.371 OBP). Right now it would be difficult to start him against lefties but he has no competition in Oakland if you really needed to start him every day. He reminds me of a young Ryan Howard.

Projection (rest of season): .255 AVG / 14 R / 5 HR / 18 RBI / 0 SB

Doug Fister, SP Detroit Tigers ( 21 percent owned in Yahoo, 12.4 percent in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 6 W / 13 L / 106 K / 3.35 ERA / 1.19 WHIP

Doug Fister is finaly starting to figure things out in Detroit. In his past two starts with his new team he is 2-0/1 ER/12 K/1 BB. His schedule the rest of the way is just laughable and check out who he has on tap for your fantasy playoff run, 9/4 CHI, 9/10 MIN, 9/15 @OAK, 9/21 @KC.

Projection (rest of season): 3 W / 1 L / 26 K / 3.15 ERA / 1.10 WHIP

07.28.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Just a few days left and some big names have yet to move. I picked up Ryan Ludwick because I’m convinced he’ll be a Phillie and if not, being part of the Sawx carries equal fantasy weight.

4th and Home Player of the Day: Desmond Jennings – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, SB…That was fast. Few games into his career and he makes the BSB POD. Yeah, he’s for real. Upton can leave.

The Bats:
Miguel Cabrera
– 2/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…At the end of the day his numbers won’t look like last year’s, but they’ll still be first round quality.

Mark Trumbo – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 5 RBI…Missed the cycle by a single? You’d think the triple would be elusive for the big man!

Erik Aybar – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, SB…Straight up for Reyes (rumor)? No, but closer than you think.

Joey Votto – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Three straight with a jack. Must think he’s Billy Butler. What?

Dustin Pedroia – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! STILL on fire.

Billy Butler – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Votto’s biggest fan.

Ryan Braun – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Looks like he’ll come close to matching his 2009 season.

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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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04.30.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Owners of Ryan Zimmerman and Pablo Sandoval received some bad news on Saturday afternoon. It appears Zimmerman’s slow recovery has been slow because he needs abdominal surgery. He may be out until All-Star Break. Sandoval has a broken hamate bone (a Ryan Zimmerman specialty) and will miss the next 4-6 weeks. Tough break (hardy har) for Panda owners, but maybe Brian or Killboy will have some replacement suggestions for you at corner infield.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Matt Joyce 
– 2/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Keep an eye (or both) on Joyce as he is now the clean-up hitter for the Rays.

Michael Young – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…His first homer? Really?

Mike Napoli – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, 3 BB…I am done petitioning Ron Washington. This guy just clobbers lefties. I benched him because I thought Brett Anderson would contain him. Wrong. Benched Napoli and started Anderson. Doh!

Carlos Santana – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…Has homered in three straight games and is closing in on .200!

Miguel Cabrera – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, 3 BB…Another night, another homer.

Alex Gordon – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…Gordo and the revolution!

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04.15.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Hey you, economy got ya down? Yeah, it’s tough out there. Looking for a job to pay the bills?A job just to get by? You’re not alone. Adrian Gonzalez has a job, but he was looking for some long-term security. It’s a down market, so he’s only going to make about 21 million per year for the next 7 years. Yeah, I want to puke too.

Roy Oswalt – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6:1…Crusing along, then WHAM! Roy Oswalt ran to first base remembering he was Roy Oswalt and needed to have back issues. Same story, different season. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’s gone for a minimum of 3 weeks despite him saying he’ll make his next start.

Logan Morrison – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Logan hit his 4th HR and his HR rate is above what I said it needed to be to hit 20 HR. If he keeps this up, he is going to be an absolute steal. Glad you listened to me. Who am I kidding. You probably drafted Mike Aviles and curse me daily.

Matt Harrison – 8 IP, 7 H, ER, 3:3…Harrison is now (3-0) including wins vs. the Yanks and Sawx. Not too shabby. Hard to be confident in telling you to grab him, but lefties seem to have staying power. After three starts his ERA sits at 1.23 and WHIP at 0.93. His next toughest game comes on May 6th vs. the Yanks again.

Ian Kinsler – 0/3, RBI, 2 BB, CS…Ian is now hitting .196 and that first series seems like a distant memory. His 8 walks to 4 strikeouts bodes well for his success, so sit tight pilgrim.

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 3:1…I thought Brian was a little crazy for picking him up in our league for a spot start. Sheesh. He was right. Masterson is now 3-0/1.33/0.93.

Travis Hafner – 1/2, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Hafner’s up to .293 with 3 HR now with a dinger off a lefty. Well, taking a flier wouldn’t be the worst mistake.

Rickie Weeks – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Weeks hit his 4th, but lost to the Nats 2-4.

Charlie Morton – CG, 5 H, ER, 3:2…Jay Bruce ruined the SHO in the 9th. How is Morton only 27? I swear he pitched with Avery, Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine…

Drew Stubbs – 2/4, 2 SB…You’re loving him right now.

Andrew McCutchen – 0/5, 4 K…Moved to the leadoff spot and sucked even more. Ugh!

Jose Tabata – 4/5, R, SB…Guy keeps hitting, but it comes to no surprise to me as you know.

Neil Walker – 1/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Pirate fans, your new cleanup hitter!

Sam Fuld – 3/4, R…Keeps on hitting. Batting .366 now.

Wade Davis – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 1:2…A 3.26 ERA and 1.19 WHIP bodes well. The one strikeout does not. Expect some blow-ups.

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 8:1…Did you grab Harang like Jesse told you? Harang is now 3-0/1.50/0.94/16:5 in 18 innings. Grab him. Faces the weak Cubs in Wrigley and then the Braves in Petco.

Jhoulys Chacin – SHO, 6 H, 7:2…Take away the Pirate start and Chacin has been fantastic. 114 pitches in this one, so there is a chance for implosion in his next start.

Jeff Francoeur – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Now has 11 RBI. Sell.

Erik Bedard – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6:3…The Ks are there, but so are the home runs, hits and walks. I am dropping him shortly, but will monitor him like a hawk. He’s been out for a long time. He’s healthy, so he’ll just need time.

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4:0…Crap start. Drop him.

Brandon McCarthy – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 7:1…Former ChiSox prospect keeps on pitching well. He shut down a decent Tiger lineup, but his bullpen imploded. I thought the A’s would have the best bullpen in the majors this year. Anyway, don’t expect Harden to challenge him for starts so go ahead and speculate. He now has a 2.45 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 4:1…First start this year not giving up 5 runs. Guy is still just 22 and it’s hard not to think the Tigers rushed him through.

Miguel Cabrera – 1/4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB…Miggy with his 5th.

Daniel Hudson – 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 10:3…My September Star pitched a nice game, but was done in by a Panda 3-run homer.

Pablo Sandoval – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…3 HR and 9 RBI to go along with a .359 average.

Matt Cain – 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 3:2…Cain is now (2-0) with a 1.42 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.

Albert Pujols – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Up to .241 and is smokin’ hot.

Lance Berkman – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Speaking of smokin’. Did you pick him up?

Colby Rasmus – 3/5, 2 R…With two more doubles he’s up to .397. Must be nice hitting in front of Pujols. As Albert heats up, look for Rasmus to get some meaty pitches.

04.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Jered Weaver – 7.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 15:4…Jed was flat-out NASTY on Sunday. Sure he faced a free-swinging Jays line-up, but striking out 15 batters in 7.2 innings is no joke! The 125 pitches is a bit much, but what was Mike supposed to do after using his bullpen AND Dan Haren in last night’s 14 inning game? And what’s the deal with Mike. Now Rodney’s closing again? C’mon!

Jason Marquis – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Was in line for a loss against the Mets, but Pudge and Gang pulled out a victory to give Marquis a ND. Nice start, but I’m not buying.

Miguel Cabrera – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Miggy went yard off of Hochevar for his 4th and raised his average to .355 in the process. So long as he’s off the wagon (or is it on the wagon?), he’s a lock for another MVP-type season.

Wilson Betemit – 4/4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB…Playing while Aviles gets his head out of his –

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 4 H, 8:1…Hamels relieved his owners after a first start stinker earlier this week with a dominant start in Atlanta. This is what most of us expected and as long as he’s healthy (Jesse!) he will be a top starter this year.

Shane Victorino – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…The Flying Hawaiian stayed hot and raised his average to .417. Word is the Phils were working with Shane pre-season to get him to STOP swinging for the fences. Well, he still went yard today, but it was his first.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 5 H, 6:2…Holland turned in another decent start. He is someone you should probabaly pick up – or monitor – at this point. He’s pitching for a powerhouse and he’s had minor league success. Maybe this is the year it translates.

Ian Kinsler – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 4th HR while trying to get that average to creep up. It now sits at .250.

Adrian Beltre – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Beltre hit his 3rd of the year. Quick hit: 7 hits this year, 3 of which are HR. Now batting .189.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3:2…Not a “purdy” start, but owners will take the W.

James McDonald – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3:3…Everyone’s pre-season sleeper isn’t looking good. I’m still monitoring.

Jose Tabata – 1/3, R, BB, SB…Steal numero CINCO on the year for Tabata. Oh, that’s FIVE for all of you who forgot 7th grade spanish.

Brandon McCarthy – 7.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 5:0…Like Holland, McCarthy had minor league success and is looking to prove the naysayers wrong. Monitor, but the #5 for Oakland isn’t making me rush to the wire.

Scott Baker – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5:2…Gross. Now two crap starts to begin the year after “earning” his rotation spot over Slowey. I would bench until further notice.

J.A. Happ – 7.2, 4 H, ER, 5:4…Hey now! Not too shabby. It was against a HanRam-less Fish, but decent. Monitor.

Anibal Sanchez – 4.2 IP, 13 H, 6 ER, 2:0…I’m sick of this guy. Every single year he’s on my watch list and I’m tempted to grab him. Why? Flashes of brilliance and then all hell breaks lose on your ERA and WHIP. He’s a tease. Thankfully Eric picks him up every year in our league so I don’t have to quit fantasy baseball.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2:4…I am officially scared. Not so much of the amount of baserunners (that is why I always stay away and rank him so low), but because of the drop in Ks. He now has only 8 in 20 IP. Somethin’s up…

Gavin Floyd – 8 IP, 4 H, 8:1…After a rough start, Floyd had a nice bounceback game vs. the Rays.

Paul Konerko – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB…Two jacks and now hitting .400. As Eric mentioned, he came at a discount and was worth it.

Aramis Ramirez – 3/5, 3 RBI…Now hitting .282 since All-Star break.

Prince Fielder – 3/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…2nd homer in as many days. Just like that he’s hitting .400.

Ryan Braun – 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Hit his 4th homer and is now hitting .353. You really think he’ll only hit 25 HR again?

Albert Pujols – 0/5…5 for 35 to start off 2011. Paging Jose, paging Jose. Uh oh…he really IS 10 years older than his passport says!

Erik Bedard – 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 6:1…I gave you sleeper love and this is how you repay me? Ok, love the upside but he is officially on a short leash with my squad. I can’t blame you for dumping him, but continue to monitor him. The plus is the Ks which are back, but damn that’s a lot of hits!

Asdrubal Carbrea – 3/5, R, HR, 2 RBI…I think he was hanging with Manny this off-season. That’s his 3rd HR already. In 2010, he didn’t hit is 3rd HR until August 28th.

Matt Kemp – 2/4, R, SB…His SIXTH steal in 9 games this season. Now hitting .438. Yes, I own him. Yes, I will talk about him every single day until he reverts to pansy-2010-Kemp.

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2:2…1.50 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through two starts against the Champs and the Dodgers. Read (here).

Stephen Drew – 4/4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB…Inserted into the clean-up spot after just two starts, Drew made the best of it. If he stays there, his value increases. I own him, so I am giddy.

Willie Bloomquist – 3/5, 2 R, SB…Now has 6 steals and upped his average to .394. This has got to stop, right?

Joey Votto – 4/5, R, RBI, SB…Quietly batting .455.

Drew Stubbs – 0/4, R, BB… Now hitting .237. Streaky.

Josh Beckett – 8 IP, 2 H, 10:1…Beckett was awesome on Sunday Night Baseball. This is a different pitcher from what we saw last week. After doing nothing right, Beckett and the Sawx took 2 of 3 from the Yanks and are now just four back of the Orioles!

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.

Eric’s 2011 MLB Predictions

Like most of my fellow 4th and Home colleagues, I’m picking Boston to win the AL this year.  Utley’s injury makes the NL race a little more wide open and I’m going with the Brewers.   I’m also predicting that a MLB star will wind up on reality TV.

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2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of March 6th

Spring Training Quick Hits

An MRI has revealed Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo has suffered a strained adductor muscle and the team has no timetable for his return. The fact that I’m reporting this shows how weak this position truly is……. Read more of this post

2011 Fantasy Baseball: How Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera’s Drinking Affects Your Draft

(St. Lucie County Sheriff's Dept.)

As many of you have probably heard, Miguel Cabrera was arrested again for an alcohol related incident. And trust me, it gets worse. Following is an excerpt from Yahoo Sports:

Cabrera, 27, was spotted by a deputy in a car that’s engine was smoking alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.

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