Tag Archives: Prince Fielder

07.05.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Did you catch Jesse on The 4th and Home Show last night?

4th and Home Player of the Day: Curtis Granderson – 3/6, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…A 50/30 season? Possible now!

The Bats:
Aramis Ramirez
– 1/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…That makes 8 HR in his last 12 games. Yeah, his power is back.

Derek Jeter – 2/6, R, 2 RBI…4 hits shy of 3,000 now.

Brandon Wood – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI…Oh yeah, I remember this guy. Quad-A stud.

Jose Bautista – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…No. 28 and counting.

Matt Holliday – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…Holliday seems to produce more power in the second half in his old age. Looks like he’s starting early this year.

Read more of this post

06.13.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Make sure to tune in tonight. Killboy and I are making our triumphant return to the airwaves at 8:30pm EST. The 4th and Home Show is back!

Onto the box scores…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Vernon Wells – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…After telling Jesse he should have dropped this guy months ago, Wells rewarded his faithful owners.

The Bats:
Emilio Bonafacio
– 3/6, 2 R, RBI…Doing his best HanRam impression.

Mike Stanton – 2/4, R, 2 RBI…Also added a walk and did not strike out. The average was way up there, but now he’s down to .259.

Miguel Montero – 3/5, 2 R, 4 RBI…Montero is healthy and rewarding owners. IMO, he is a C1 for the rest of the season.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Pence is now at .325/33/9/50/3. If Pence goes .300/100/25/100/10 does he become a 2nd round pick next year?

Jordan Schafer – 2/5, R, HR, 3 RBI…This from the lead-off spot.

Read more of this post

06.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A rather tame evening at Citizens Bank Park last night, although Jesse was yelling at the Polish String Band’s lack of dancers.

Let’s get into the few games from last night…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Brennan Boesch – 5/6, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Wow. Just. Wow.

The Bats:
Prince Fielder
– 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…Up to 49 RBI. He leads the NL now.

Ryan Braun – 2/4, 2 R, RBI, SB…Without the long ball, Braun is still a box score beast!

Michael Brantley – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…Tell me he is owned in your league. Tell me!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…The Roid Homer Binge continues. He now has 12 in 240 ABs. Coming into this year he had 18 in 1,415. Just sayin’…

Jonny Gomes – 2/3, R, HR, 4 RBI…All or nothing. Last night? All.

Jay Bruce – 3/4, 3 R…2 doubles out of the clean-up spot. Wait, Dusty moved his hottest hitter to the 4-hole?

Read more of this post

04.29.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A Friday recap for you all. I watched about two minutes of the Mets. I turned it on and they trailed the Phillies 0-2. It was then 0-4 and I turned it off. Not even an hour later I flipped back and it was 0-10. Disgusting. Oh joy, we face Halladay and Lee to wrap up the weekend. Shoot me now.

Speaking of disgusting, can we please stop coverage of the wedding going on in England now? Shoot me again I ain’t dead yet.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Ryan Howard 
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI…27 RBI now? That is so Zobrist!

Robinson Cano – 2/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…Cano is turning it on now.

Jose Bautista – 2/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…He is going to make us all look stupid for saying he’d be lucky to hit 35 bombs this year. He’s on pace for 54 now. Weird.

Carlos Santana – 1/4, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB…WALK OFF!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB…Box score filler-upper!

Read more of this post

04.13.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7:2…Couldn’t get the win vs. a tough Rangers team, but ended with a nice stat line.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4:1…Wow. Just. Wow. Not sure what’s going on with Liriano, but the 6-run 4th pretty much did him in. Now has a 12:9 ratio.

Alex Gordon – 2/5, R, 2 RBI…Keeps hitting. Now at .346. Too early to call it a bounce-back. It is promising though…

Mike Aviles – 2/4, R, 3 RBI – Mike has let me down since my glowing post about him. Nonetheless, it was good to see he still has a pulse.

ChiSox Bullpen – 2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3:3…All four of Ozzie’s closers were terrible. This is a situation to avoid. Grabbed Thornton as my #1, but dropped him last week. They all stink.

John Danks – 8 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:3…Robbed of a win by the jokesters in the bullpen. Danks continues to do well and always seems to be under the radar on draft day.

Jason Vargas – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 7:1…Seattle’s #3 on my team? Not a chance!

Alex Rodriguez – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…A-Rod blasted his 4th and he is looking like the 50-homer A-Rod.

Travis Wood – 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 5:3…Wood deserved a win, but the bullpen let him down.

Joey Votto – 3/4, R, RBI, SB…Votto is up to .444. The power is coming.

Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 4 H, 4:1…Marcum was dealing! He was also dealing with shoulder issues in the spring, but he is earning that sleeper status. He’s now (2-1) with a 2.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

Prince Fielder – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…As Jesse said Saturday, Prince is locked in.

Roy Halladay – CG, 6 H, 2 ER, 9:2…Roy was: Roy. Had his shutout broken up in the 9th. Now (2-0) with a 1.23 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Haha!

Josh Johnson – 7.1 IP, H, 9:3…Johnson was awesome as he AGAIN flirted with a no-no.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB…Tulow hit his 5th and now has 12 RBI to go along with his .306 average. MVP-to-be?

Aramis Ramirez – 3/5, R, RBI…Now up to .326. Keeps hitting.

Lance Berkman – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI, BB…I think Puma is getting our attention. A Salami last night and he is now thriving hitting behind Pujols at .293/4/11.

Colby Rasmus – 3/6, 3 R, 2 RBI…Rasmus hit his first two doubles of the year and is now at .375. I snatched Colby in our league. Love the potential and was hoping THIS was the year. We shall see.

Russell Branyan – 2/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Another start for Branyan and he’s now hitting .421 with his first HR and RBI on the year. Monitor him since he is a cheap source of power and looks to be getting more PT.

Ian Kennedy – 3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 1:2…I did not want him on any of my teams this year, so if you drop him I’d be ok with it.

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 9:2…Sanchez got his first win, doing what he does best – striking guys out. The two walks is a great sign as he now has a 24:7 ratio in 16.2 innings. His walks have dropped each year and I wanted him this year. Didn’t happen.

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!

04.09.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

A full slate of great games on the second Saturday of the season including a Doubleheader in Baltimore and a suspended game in San Diego. Kudos to the schedule makers for all the great divisional rivalries right off the bat – none better than Yankees-Red Sox which always has a playoff atmosphere and tons of fantasy implications. The Red Sox were desperate to build on Friday’s first win, but it was not to be as the Yanks prevailed 9-4. Not to be outdone, the Phillies hot bats picked right back up after Friday’s loss to crush their chief rival Braves 10-2. The Rangers were blanked in the opener by the O’s but then turned around and spanked them in the night cap 13-1. And then we had A’s at Twins – wow, what a slug fest as the A’s prevail 1-0 behind Gio. Neither of these teams can hit their way out of a wet paper bag. The Rays nightmare April continues as they dropped to 1-7 reminiscent of their pre-2008 dominance. The Giants Miguel Tejada walked off on the Cardinals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 win.
Read more of this post

Killboy’s 2011 MLB Predictions

No real surprises here. I like the Rays to fall off and the White Sox to win the Central. The Brewers will knock off the Reds but the Reds will still beat out the Dodgers and Braves for the Wild Card. I think the loss of Bobby Cox will hurt the Braves. Read more of this post

Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures


Welcome to Killin’ the Odds & NL Futures! It’s real simple, I analyze odds to win the 2011 World Series and tell you who to take. Now on with it! Read more of this post

National League Central Previews: Brewers

Today’s Focus: Milwaukee Brewers

2010 Record 77-85, 3rd Place NL Central

The Brew Crew are looking to follow fellow cheese heads, the Green Bay Packers, into a world championship this season.  The Brewers made major moves in the off season to strengthen what was already a good team.  The biggest move was the trade with the Royals to bring in former CY Young Award winner Zack Greinke.  Greinke had a down season last year but you have to like his chances playing in the National League, on team that’s actually capable of winning games.  The addition to of Shaun Marcum to a rotation that already includes Yovani Gallardo makes much improvement to last season’s weak pitching staff.  The Brewers lost all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman, but new closer Jon Axford played well in the role last year when Hoffman floundered.
Read more of this post