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05.17.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The rains came and washed out four games, which translated into half of my team. How’d you fair?

Anyway, onto it…

4th and Home Player of the Day:Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 9:1…Guess Killboy is keeping him afterall. Lucky, because we all could’ve called his bluff. It was Seattle though…

The Bats:
Alex Rodriguez
– 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…The old man still has life left in his bat. Not sure what to make of him this year, but maybe he’s following the Yankees into Slumpsville. Or maybe they’re following him?

Brett Gardner – 3/4, 2 R, RBI…Wasn’t too long ago some genius writer on here said he’d be a 2012 second round pick. The bright side? He’s raised his average 50 points in the last 10 games.

Carlos Santana – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI…Average up to .233 now and has 28 walks and strikeouts. You knew the average would come around.

Travis Hafner – 2/4, R, 3 RBI…Batting .345. Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Carlos Pena – 2/3, R, HR, 3 RBI…Nice! B2B games with a HR and his average is up to .233. Hot streak alert!

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: National League

I know, we should have told you that Jesse owned Roy Oswalt before your draft. Our bad. I will now offer a few NL waivers to help compensate for your loss.

Jason Bourgeois, OF Houston Astros (19% owned in Yahoo, 40.9% ESPN)  

Current Stat Line: .407 AVG / 9 R / 0 HR / 7 RBI / 12 SB                              

I was worried about his playing time dwindling when Carlos Lee returned to the lineup but, it looks like the Astros are finding creative ways to get Bourgeois at bats. Bourgeois started at second base last night because of Bill Hall’s struggles at the plate. He has played second base for a few innings in each of the last couple years and he should also serve as a sub in all three outfield spots. He will continue to hit in either the first or second spot in the order and he is swiping bases at a unbelievable rate.

My Projection: .269 AVG / 78 R / 1 HR / 50 RBI / 39 SB

Carlos Pena, 1B Chicago Cubs (46% owned in Yahoo, 43% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .196 AVG / 7 R / 3 HR / 9 RBI / SB 0

For those of you who drafted Carlos Pena and decided to hold onto him through his struggles in April, you have been rewarded in May. Since May 1, Pena has hit .316 AVG / 5 R / 3 HR / 4 RBI with a fantastic BB:K ratio of 5:5. Grab him while you can, Wrigley Field in the summer months is a hitter’s paradise.

My Projection: .220 AVG / 65 R / 32 HR / 85 RBI / 0 SB

Bud Norris, SP Houston Astros (47% Owned in Yahoo, 66.3% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 2 W / 2 L / 3.16 ERA / 52 K / 1.27 WHIP 

Bud Norris’ 52 K on the year, ranks him seventh in all of baseball. He has put up at least 6 K during every single outing this season. His first two outings of the year were a little shaky but since then he has a 1.65 ERA with 39 K in only 32.2 IP. This sounds more like a 90% owned pitcher.

My Projection: 13 W / 10 L / 4.05 ERA / 201 K / 1.29 WHIP

Brandon Beachy, SP Atlanta Braves (46% owned in Yahoo, 74.6% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 1 W / 1 L / 2.98 ERA / 45 K / 0.97 WHIP

Beachy is still flying under the radar and I’m not sure why. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff (91.6 average fastball) but he has been striking batters out at an impressive rate (9.57 K/9) and he is a control freak (2.34 BB/9). I would like to see him induce more ground balls (30.5) and a few more fly balls could have left the park (7.7 HR/FB rate) but, this kid is for real.

My Projection: 10 W / 8 L / 3.45 ERA / 149 K / 1.20 WHIP

Vicente Padilla, SP/RP Los Angeles Dodgers (28% owned in Yahoo, 36.7% ESPN)

Current Stat Line: 0 W / 0 L / 1.50 ERA / 5 K / 0.83 WHIP /  1 S

Vicente Padilla has been named the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers while Jonathan Broxton is out. In many leagues, all closers should be owned. In leagues that require two or more starting pitchers daily, he is very useful because you can plug him in a SP slot when your thin. I have been known for chasing down the relief pitchers with SP eligibility who may get an opportunity to pick up saves. In the past four years I have owned Koji Uehara, Franklin Morales, Joel Hanrahan, and Kevin Gregg. Don’t be afraid to cut bait when Kuo or Broxton get back into the mix though.                                        

My Projection: 2 W / 2 L / 2.69 ERA / 55 K / 1.12 WHIP / 12 S

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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04.21.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Matt Kemp – 1/5, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Well, he did it again. His second walk-off this week. I’ll admit he’s slowing down, but you wouldn’t know it if you asked LAD fans.

Jair Jurrjens – 6 IP, 7 H, ER, 6:2…I talked about him Tuesday night and he did his best to make me look smart by out-dueling Kershaw. Came out with the lead before Linebrink blew it, only to have Kimbrel blow it later.

Freddie Freeman – 2/3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB…2 HR in his last 3 games, FF is doing all he can do garner your attention. There are other guys I’d rather have at first, but he should put up respectable numbers there this year. A nice 9:11 ratio so far.

Kyle Lohse – SHO, 2 H, 6:2…Lohse does this every year. Don’t fall for it, but you could always do a lot worse.

Matt Holliday – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Matty boy keep hitting as he’s now at .455.

Albert Pujols – 1/3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB…Here he comes…

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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.

04.03.11 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?

EDIT…

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 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: STARTING PITCHERS

Leave it to Killboy to disagree who the No. 1 Starting Pitcher should be in drafts this year. While all of us were picking Roy Halladay, Killboy chose Tim Lincecum. I am not sure many of us here condone the use of a first round pick on a pitcher, but if you’re going to take one; Halladay is your guy. Doc recorded 21 wins in his first year with the Phillies to go along with a 2.44 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 219 K. A beautiful Cy Young season.

“The Year (after) the Pitcher” still shows a lot of high quality arms available pretty deep into the draft. I have been burned many times by pitching, so loading up in more shallow positions before grabbing a pitcher is my recommendation for 2011. Of course, if any of these studs fall – pounce!

Onto the Rankings…

RANK PLAYER Brian Mike Killboy Jesse Eric COMP
1 Roy Halladay – PHI 1 1 2 1 1 1.2
2 Felix Hernandez – SEA 3 2 3 2 2 2.4
3 Tim Lincecum – SF 2 4 1 4 3 2.8
4 Cliff Lee – PHI 4 3 4 3 4 3.6
5 Jon Lester – BOS 6 8 5 12 5 7.2
6 Josh Johnson – FLA 8 9 11 7 6 8.2
7 Clayton Kershaw – LAD 9 5 6 17 7 8.8
8 CC Sabathia – NYY 7 12 9 6 11 9
9 Cole Hamels – PHI 13 10 7 5 14 9.8
10 Zack Greinke – MIL 5 11 16 8 10 10
11 Justin Verlander – DET 12 7 10 15 12 11.2
12 Ubaldo Jimenez – COL 10 15 14 14 8 12.2
13 Jered Weaver – LAA 17 13 8 10 16 12.8
14 David Price – TB 11 6 19 21 9 13.2
15 Mat Latos – SD 15 14 13 11 13 13.2
16 Tommy Hanson – ATL 21 16 18 19 15 17.8
17 Roy Oswalt – HOU 20 19 20 13 17 17.8
18 Francisco Liriano – MIN 16 18 12 26 19 18.2
19 Dan Haren – LAA 18 17 17 18 22 18.4
20 Matt Cain – SF 19 20 23 16 18 19.2
21 Chris Carpenter – STL 24 22 24 9 21 20
22 Max Scherzer – DET 22 23 21 25 20 22.2
23 Shaun Marcum – MIL 26 25 26 20 26 24.6
24 Yovani Gallardo – MIL 14 39 15 34 23 25
25 Brett Anderson – OAK 25 21 29 39 24 27.6
26 Ted Lilly – LAD 35 24 37 22 30 29.6
27 Daniel Hudson – ARI 34 26 30 24 35 29.8
28 Clay Buchholz – BOS 28 32 44 32 25 32.2
29 Tim Hudson – ATL 39 31 41 23 29 32.6
30 Hiroki Kuroda – LAD 37 34 25 29 38 32.6
31 Chad Billingsley – LAD 23 45 27 31 37 32.6
32 Wandy Rodriguez – HOU 27 42 32 28 48 35.4
33 Jonathan Sanchez – SF 40 38 34 35 31 35.6
34 Ryan Dempster – CHC 31 43 28 33 44 35.8
35 Ricky Nolasco – FLA 33 29 33 37 49 36.2
36 Colby Lewis – TEX 46 37 39 27 34 36.6
37 Madison Bumgarner – SF 36 33 42 40 41 38.4
38 John Danks – CHW 41 46 51 30 32 40
39 Brandon Morrow – TOR 29 40 35 59 40 40.6
40 Gio Gonzalez – OAK 30 30 38 78 28 40.8
41 Jeremy Hellickson – TB 43 27 40 57 51 43.6
42 Jhoulys Chacin – COL 47 41 49 44 39 44
43 Phil Hughes – NYY 42 54 47 36 42 44.2
44 Josh Beckett – BOS 38 50 22 71 43 44.8
45 Trevor Cahill – OAK 59 36 59 45 27 45.2
46 Jaime Garcia – STL 52 35 65 42 33 45.4
47 Edinson Volquez – CIN 44 28 55 56 52 47
48 Ricky Romero – TOR 32 69 43 54 47 49
49 Brett Myers – HOU 55 48 54 55 36 49.6
50 Matt Garza – CHC 49 62 52 41 46 50
51 C.J. Wilson – TEX 63 44 66 38 45 51.2
52 Ian Kennedy – ARI 54 51 56 43 53 51.4
53 Gavin Floyd – CHW 61 63 31 52 56 52.6
54 Scott Baker – MIN 64 59 57 46 54 56
55 Jorge De La Rosa – COL 45 74 45 68 59 58.2
56 Edwin Jackson – CHW 67 49 63 50 65 58.8
57 Jake Peavy – CHW 76 68 36 49 76 61
58 Johnny Cueto – CIN 60 67 58 64 57 61.2
59 Ervin Santana – LAA 56 57 72 73 50 61.6
60 James Shields – TB 57 60 48 62 61.6
61 Jordan Zimmermann – WAS 51 66 53 75 63 61.6
62 Carlos Zambrano – CHC 50 55 71 77 58 62.2
63 Jair Jurrjens – ATL 65 56 79 51 64 63
64 Travis Wood – CIN 47 47 62 63.6
65 Anibal Sanchez – FLA 73 53 70 70 55 64.2
66 Brian Matusz – BAL 48 61 50 64.2
67 Javier Vazquez – FLA 53 46 74 73 65.4
68 Bronson Arroyo – CIN 71 79 69 53 61 66.6
69 John Lackey – BOS 75 64 64 65 71 67.8
70 Carl Pavano – MIN 66 80 67 61 69 68.6
71 A.J. Burnett – NYY 58 65 60 69
72 Derek Holland – TEX 70 58 62 75 69.2
73 Dallas Braden – OAK 77 48 67 70.8
74 Brett Cecil – TOR 69 76 60 73.4
75 Johan Santana – NYM 78 60 72 74.4
76 Erik Bedard – SEA 52 75.2
77 Clayton Richard – SD 79 71 78 68 75.4
78 Brandon Webb – TEX 77 61 79 75.8
79 Jonathon Niese – NYM 68 80 70 76
80 Joel Pineiro – LAA 58 76.4

TOMMY HANSON…Hanson stumbled last year with his ERA climbing from 2.89 in ’09 to 3.33 in ’10, but he  did improve his walks going from 3.24/9 in ’09 to an impressive 2.49/9 in ’10. If you focus on the 2nd half, he sizzled with a 2.51 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. At only 24 years old and with Hudson and Lowe around to keep the #1 starter pressure off of him, expect to see Hanson continue to blossom this year. 15-9/3.25/1.17/200

SHAUN MARCUM…The Marcum trade was probably the most under rated move of the entire off season.  Marcum doesn’t overpower hitters, but has great command and one of the best changeups in the game that he misses bats with it. His GB/FB/LD splits are as consistent as can be but he has been able to bring his HR/FB rate way down along with his BB/9.  Shaun might be the only guy Bill James isn’t bullish on this year but I love Marcum coming over to the NL and he is a steal with an ADP of 27 SP (103 overall).  13-8/3.60/1.15/158

JEREMY HELLICKSON…”Hellboy” is currently going off the board as the #41 SP, which is where he’s ranked in our composite. I can understand the reservations, but here is why you need to grab him before that: he dominated in the minors to the tune of a 2.71 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9 over 580 IP. He has MLB “stuff”, including two great breaking pitches, and he showcased that last season when he got four spot starts. As a matter of fact, the Rays dealt Matt Garza just so Hellickson would have a rotation spot in 2011. With the ability to keep the ball low in the zone and the great defense behind him, there is no reason he can’t keep his ERA and WHIP low with high K totals even if he is limited to about 180 innings this year. 14-10/3.40/1.15/185

SLEEPER: GIO GONZALEZ…In his first full season as a starter for the A’s, Gonzalez put ups some impressive stats; 15 wins, 3.23 ERA, and 171 K’s.  He especially turned it on after the All Star break when he shaved a point off his first pre-break ERA, lowered his WHIP, and increased his K/9.  The 25 year old could be in line for an excellent season with monster K’s (his minor league K/9 is 10.3 and he’s already struck out 10 batters in 5 innings of pre-season work). 16-8/3.30/1.26/200

BUST: TREVOR CAHILL…Cahill finished 2010 with 18 wins and a 2.97 ERA. He also sported a poor 5.4 K/9 and a ridiculous .236 BABIP. I’m not sure how the Baseball Gods missed this one. Expect regression. 12-10/3.96/1.24/129

National League Central Previews: Astros

Today’s Focus:  Houston Astros

2010 Record:  76-86, 4th Place NL Central

After trading away long time Astros, Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman, last summer, Houston is looking to the next generation to lead this team.  Hunter Pence becomes the de facto leader of the team with 3 full seasons of solid play under his belt.  The Stro’s are also hoping their young corner infielders Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson can develop into productive major leaguers.  Johnson seems to be up for the challenge, he posted strong numbers after his 2010 call up, but Wallace may not be ready for prime time yet.

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Bust: Jayson Werth

In the past three years, Jayson Werth has averaged 29 HR, 92 R, 83 RBI, 17 SB, and .279 AVG.  In 2010, Jayson Werth established a career-high .352 BABIP. This number suggests luck because of his career-low line-drive rate of 17.5 percent. 

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