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09.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Now that the Northeast is restored from Irene, perhaps 4th and Home can restore itself as a staple in your diet…

The 4th and Home regular season has ended and just 4 are headed to the playoffs. The final standing of the nuts you know:

Mike      16-5-1
Killboy   15-5-2
Eric       12-10-0
Jesse     10-11-1
Chris      9-11-2
Brian      8-14-0

So now I play Jesse in Round 1 and Killboy and Eric square off.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day:Zach Stewart – 1-hit SHO/9:0…If you started him in this one, then you should be in Vegas.

The Bats:
Mike Morse – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…A .315/62/26/82/2 line through 2/3 of a season. I’ll never let go of the fact I dumped him in April.

Jesus Montero – 2/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…His first two longballs and a taste of 2012 for fans.

Mark Reynolds – 3/4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…BSFU and he continues to prove me right as a major sleeper this year while everyone was jumping on the Pedro Alvarez love train.

Dexter Fowler – 3/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…Batting .307 in the 2nd half and I could see him being a cheap source of stats come 2012.

Evan Longoria – 1/2, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…A BSFU for Longoria who has been coming on strong of late.

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07.18.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Heat wave is nto only affecting my writing, but Roy Halladay’s pitching!

Onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Joe Mauer – 6/8, R, RBI…”Well played, Mauer.”

The Bats:
Mike Morse
– 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…First HR since 1978 for Morse.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Gosh it’s been a disappointing year for third basemen.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…A great year for Hardy and of course the O’s locked him up.

Carlos Pena – 3/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…Pena is having a Pena-type year. I really thought it he would’ve fared better in Wrigley.

Curtis Granderson – 2/3, 2 R, 2 SB…No homers since the All-Star game, but stop you’re pouting. He’s hitting .350.

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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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04.08.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The biggest news of the day was Manny Ramirez retiring from baseball. Manny was facing a repeat-offender suspension and I guess he felt it was not worth hanging around for. If I were the Rays, I wouldn’t want him back. Hall of Fame? Not a chance. What a bum. As the 4th and Home guys were discussing yesterday, I guess he’d rather inject estrogen than play baseball. Manny finishes his career a .312 lifetime hitter with 555 HR and 1831 RBI. Surely a first ballot HOF-er, but after two failed tests, no chance. Shunned forever!

Before I start, does anyone else get really frustrated when games are postponed after it’s too late to swap players out of your lineup? There has to be a solution to this for sites hosting leagues. Very annoying. Colby Lewis took up a pitching slot where I could’ve had Matt Thornton inserted to blow my WHIP up!

Jordan Zimmerman – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4:0…Zimmerman looked pretty decent against the Mess. I think his K numbers will rise the deeper we get into the season. Not promising a lot of victories, but he will surely help your ERA and WHIP. J-Zimm has a tough test against the Phillies this week. I’d be tempted to start him, but if you sat him I wouldn’t object.

Dustin Pedroia – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Pedroia helped the Sawx get off the schnide with a decent game against a battered Phil Hughes (who may be headed to the bullpen). Just like that, Pedroia is hitting .296 and looks to increase the counting stats as he gets more comfortable on the diamond.

Brett Gardner – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB…Gardner had a great game from the lead-off spot. Remember what I said about him? Sure you do. Anyway, Gardner is up to .222 from the top spot.

Jonathan Sanchez – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 7:2…Sanchez pitched a great game against the Cards until Brian Wilson imploded, only to be one-upped by Ryan Franklin imploding. Sanchez might have a lower ERA than WHIP by year’s end…

Pablo Sandoval – 3/5, RBI, BB…Look out, Kung Fu Panda is batting .440 in 2011. Only one of his 11 hits has gone for extra bases so far. If you listen to us on radio, I mentioned his weight issues prevented him from driving the ball. This year, his line drive percentage is at 25 (17.1 last year). Expect the extra bases to come in bunches.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3:2…Not in tip-top form just yet, but I still love his prospects for this year. Still allowing too many baserunners. His WHIP now stands at 1.82. I think the Tigers should demote Max. We know what happens when Max gets demoted. Ace!

Ricky Nolasco – 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…I’ve always loved Nolasco, but somehow his peripherals never translate onto the field. 6 K thru 15 innings is not good enough, but I’ll take the 2.40 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 8 H, ER, 2:0…Wandy lowered his ERA to 6.55 after this decent start. Be patient with him. The warmer months are around the corner…

Brett Anderson – CG, 8 H, 2 ER, 5:0…Anderson was sailing in this one, only to allow consecutive hits and allowing 2 runs as an Oakland pitcher usually spells LOSS. The benefactor…

Carl Pavano – 8 IP, 4 H, ER, 1:1…Pavano was in line for the loss, but was bailed out by his small-ball of a team. For his cost, I thought Pavano was a great buy – and still do.

Jose Tabata – 2/6, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Now THAT is a nice stat line and one I expected more frequently when I listed him as my #19 OF for 2011. Tabata is now hitting .344 with 3 steals.

Tim Hudson – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2:0…A typical Hudson start, but a great one against the Phils. Hudson is the NL’s version of Trevor Cahill. Well, Cahill is striking people out this year, but you know what I mean!

Cliff Lee – 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3:1…Everybody hits! Wow. Did not expect this one. No worries, that 7.84 ERA will be down in the 3s by May.

Gordon Beckham – 3/5, 2 R, HR, RBI…Little annoyed at myself for not being more aggressive trying to nab him this year. To my defense, I own Pedroia and felt I needed to load up in other areas. Beckham is proving his rookie year and last year’s second half were no fluke. Damn you, Killboy!

Ian Kennedy – 8 IP, 6 H, ER, 9:1…Now this was a nice start! I watched the first few innings of this game and Kennedy had all of his pitches working. He made Jay Bruce look silly, so I changed the channel. Inconsistency always bothered me about Kennedy, so beware of a ERA-killing start.

Travis Wood – 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 4:2…Wow. I guess you have to expect this from young guys, but this one hurts. Still love Wood this year…ok, that was gross. Ok, still love Travis this year. Brush it off, big man!

Miguel Montero – 3/3, 2 R, RBI, BB…Montero is now hitting .545 and has played in every Diamondback game this season. This might be the year he lives up to the pre-season hype.

Travis Hafner – 2/5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…Ok, I am tempted to pick Hafner up. The Indians are now (5-2) in no small part to the .375-hitting Hafner.

Matt Kemp – 3/3, RBI, BB, SB…Kemp is still on first base in the 2-2 game, so there is a chance he gets a 2nd steal…ok, he’s still there. Oh! The game was suspended early this morning. It will pick back up today. Kemp is hitting .409 with 2 steals now. Jesse, how you feel?

Speaking of Jesse, he’ll be filling in for me tomorrow.

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

2011 MLB Spring Training Review: Week of February 27th


There is still talk of Francisco Liriano being dealt to the Yankees within the next two weeks. Still not sure how this makes sense for Minnesota, but they’re not exactly doing anything to dispel the reports…Fausto Carmona has rightfully been named the Indians’ 2011 Opening Day starter, this after winning 13 games last year with a 3.77 ERA…Destined for the bullpen, Aroldis Chapman continues to electrify starting off the spring with 4K in 2 IP. And he’s also walked three…Just when it appeared time to worry about Domonic Brown‘s spring struggles, we now get to worry an additional 4-6 weeks as he fractured his hamate bone. Remember Ryan Zimmerman fractured the same one and it sapped his power for some time. Ben Francisco now has a great opportunity to do something with this opportunity…

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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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Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Player Of The Week: Pablo Sandoval


Panda is coming off a year in which he took a considerable step backwards. Through his first 2 seasons in the big leagues he had consistently performed offensively:

2008 41 24 3 24 .345 .357 .490 .356
2009 153 79 25 90 .330 .387 .556 .350

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: THIRD BASE

Well, I’ve been called a lot of things but our 3B Fantasy Baseball Rankings have now earned me the taunting of being a Homer. Yes, I may be the only one ranking David Wright ahead of Evan Longoria this year, but my own projection system has them so close with a minimal edge given to Wright for 2011. I think their numbers will be similar with Wright getting a slight advantage in SBs. In a keeper, yes, Longoria is the clear #1. Let’s see where everyone else is ranked…

Longoria celebrates his 4th and Home Composite Rankings

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Evan Longoria – TB 1 2 1 1 1 1.2
2 David Wright – NYM 2 1 3 2 2 2
3 Alex Rodriguez – NYY 4 5 2 3 3 3.4
4 Ryan Zimmerman – WAS 3 4 4 4 4 3.8
5 Kevin Youkilis – BOS 5 3 6 5 5 4.8
6 Jose Bautista – TOR 6 6 5 7 6 6
7 Adrian Beltre – TEX 7 9 7 6 7 7.2
8 Michael Young – TEX 9 12 8 10 8 9.4
9 Aramis Ramirez – CHC 8 13 9 8 12 10
10 Martin Prado – ATL 10 11 12 11 9 10.6
11 Pablo Sandoval – SF 14 8 13 9 11 11
12 Mark Reynolds – BAL 11 7 11 13 13 11
13 Casey McGehee – MIL 12 10 10 14 10 11.2
14 Pedro Alvarez – PIT 13 14 14 15 14 14
15 Scott Rolen – CIN 16 20 18 12 15 16.2
16 Ian Stewart – COL 15 15 16 16 16.6
17 Chris Johnson – HOU 17 18 17 17 18
18 Chone Figgins – SEA 15 16 19 18.4
19 Michael Cuddyer – MIN 16 19 18 19
20 Chase Headley – SD 19 17 19.8



Kung Fu Panda is coming off a disappointing season and it seems to given him motivation to get his act in gear this winter.  He’s lost 38 pounds and dropped his body fat percentage by over 10%.  The 5′-11″ third baseman is down to a svelte 240lbs.  He’s also spent some time working on his hitting with Barry Bonds.  Expect his numbers to be closer to his 2009 debut than to 2010’s let down. .305/70/20/80/5


McGehee silenced his critics by following up his 2009 career year with a very solid 2010 campaign. McGehee finished 9th among fantasy 3B in 2010 while improving his strike out rate. Expect more of the same from McGehee in 2011 unless Ken Macha moves him to 2nd in the order. This move would hurt his RBI opportunities and slightly diminish his value, but right now I have him at .288/79/21/96/1.


Rolen’s career peaked in ’04. 2005 was a lost season, ’06 a bounceback and since a poor ’07 he has steadily improved to fantasy respectability. Call it the career death rattle, but FanGraphs career paths show a consistent spike leading to the Age 37 season – Rolen will be 36 in 2011. Just be sure you milk his production early in the season and sell high as he always fades in the later months. Another season of .280/70/20/80/3 would not be a surprise and it could be higher.


If you listened to The 4th and Home Show this past Saturday, you heard me talk about the drop in home runs across the league. That will not change, so jump on HR before you have to start paying a premium for them via trade. In that O’s lineup, Reynolds will kill the ball – along with your average so make sure you have some .300 hitters on your team. Reynolds is currently being drafted as the 11th 3B off the board (much like the jokers here!) and that is way too late for a guy who has averaged 35HR and 14 SBs the past 3 seasons. I have Reynolds down for .240/85/35/95/10.


16, 15, 15, 13, 54…which of these numbers don’t belong? He’s a career .244 hitter that had never had more than 16 home runs in a season. Even with his swing adjustments, expect pitchers to figure him out this year and those power numbers to come back to Earth. I think we’re looking at an upside of low 30’s in homers. .250/85/30/95/5