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08.10.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Some hot prospects going yard? Lack of pitching gems? Tell me more!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jason Kipnis – 5/5, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI…I keep debating picking this guy up, because he will go cold once I do. Would like to see him walk more.

The Bats:
Juan Rivera – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…He’s actually been pretty decent for the Dodgers.

Matt Kemp – 4/5, 2 R, RBI, SB…4 HR to reach 30/30 status – you heard it pre-season from me on The 4th and Home Show.

Ryan Howard – 2/3, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI…Capped the comeback with a longball.

Andrew McCutchen – 1/1, 4 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SB…Now this was a BSFU by Cutch.

Ryan Ludwick – 3/4, 2 R, RBI…Batting .303 as a Pirate.

Curtis Granderson – 2/3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…Out of this world.

Robinson Cano – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Heating up, like Jesse talked about.

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08.04.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Welcome to a special edition of Box Score Breakdown featuring your favorite Spot Start picker, me.  Mike is off to Pittsburgh as he continues his mini stadium tour.  Speaking of, I watched the ESPN special where they had the 2 FDNY Firefighters do the tour of all 30 MLB parks culminating in the All Star Game in Phoenix.  That has to be every true baseball fan’s dream come true.  On to it…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Cliff Lee – W, CG, SHO, 9/7/0/8:0… Lee pitched a masterful game shutting down the Giants including giving post season hero Cody Ross the golden sombrero.  The Phillies exact some revenge on the Giants and continue to roll on, 7 wins in a row, 8.5 game lead.  

The Bats:
Michael Young – 2/5, R, RBI…Batting .335, 3rd in MLB, 74 RBIs (11th).  Remember when he was falling off your draft radar because he would have no position?

Jose Bautista – 1/4, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB… Number 33 tied the game in the 8th.  Remember when you thought he couldn’t possibly repeat last year?

Casey Kotchman – 2/3, R, 3 BB… keeps up his .331 average, ups his OBP to .394.  Career Year.

Desmond Jennings – 3/6, R, RBI, HR… This guy is a star, Carl who?

Albert Pujols – 3/4, 3 R, RBI, HR, BB… Nice bounce back from the 0/5 yesterday with his 25th bomb.  He good.

Matt Holliday – 1/3, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, BB… Putting together an awesome season – imagine if he hadn’t missed so much time.

Robinson Cano – 2/3, 2 R, RBI, HR, BB… Average back over .300 for first time since May 6th.  He’s always a strong finisher.

Alex Gordon – 4/5, 2 R… Batting .311 – 9th in AL.  34th double puts him tied for MLB lead.  Royals will not be push overs for much longer.

Billy Butler – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI… 27th double.  Just a solid across the board producer.

Troy Tulowitzki – 3/4, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR… 21st bomb.  This guy is a 2nd half killer, just sit back and enjoy.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3/4, 2 RBI, BB… 2 doubles, 13 game hitting streak (including 8 multi hit games).  He is finally healthy and showing why he is an elite third baseman.

Mark Trumbo – 2/4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR… Trumbo’s 21st and now up to 62 ribbies.

Hunter Pence – 3/4, R, 2 RBI, HR… Pence has hit in every game as a Phillie and hit an absolute bomb for his 12th.  Working his way back to keeper status.  Batting .311, 8th in NL.

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08.03.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Too long of a drive and a 60% chance of showers, so Killboy and I did not go see Bryce Harper. They got the game in and he went 0/2, BB, 2 K, CS. He stinks.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Casey McGehee – 3/4, 3 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI…Had 5 HR coming into this one. Bet he was on your wire or your bench.

The Bats:
Dan Uggla – 2/4, 2 R, HR,  3RBI…Swinging a hot stick, he is simply on fire right now.

Mike Carp – 3/5, 2 R, 2 RBI…In deeper leagues, I’d take a gamble. He was a Mets’ prospect and we all know they trade the best ones away.

Rafael Furcal – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…This will be the start of something. I feel it!

Ryan Raburn – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI…Remember when I thought he’d be a great buy during the pre-season? Well, he stinks.

Todd Helton – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…At the age of 45, Helton still making good on his contract as he’s earning $60MM this season – or something close.

Ryan Howard – 2/4, R, HR, 4 RBI…Guy has been red hot since the Pence trade, but he always heats up in summer.

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08.02.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Seeing Bryce Harper tonight if the rain holds off. If they play, I am calling for a homer!

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Mark Teixeira – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SB…A BSFU from Teix? What is this world coming to? Besides the terrible average, he has MVP numbers.

The Bats:
Ian Desmond – 2/3, 2 R, HR, 3RBI….Was a nice night during a disappointing season for him.

Brennan Boesch – 3/4, 2 R, HR, RBI…BSFU in the rain. That is STRONG!

Nelson Cruz/Mike Napoli – 4/9, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…If I told you one of them was batting .264 and the other .294, would you be surprised by the answer?

Garrett Jones – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…May lose playing time with Ludwick in town.

Alfonso Soriano – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…19 homers and a DL-stint? Bounceback!

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07.26.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Brian McCann heads to the DL, so he won’t be the No. 1 Catcher for too much longer. Jose Bautista left another game and Collin Cowgill goes 0/4 with 2 K in his debut.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: C.C. Sabathia – 7/1/1/14:3…Sabathia has been so dominant that you have to wonder if he turned it on too fast. I am feeling post-season meltdown out of C.C.

The Bats:
Chase Utley/Ryan Howard
– 4/8, 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Just like old times.

Greg Dobbs – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…What is this, the all ex and current Phillies BSB?

Derrek Lee – 4/5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI…5 HR and 17 RBI through July, he looks to have another decent second half. I think I’m buying.

J.J. Hardy – 2/5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI…What a waiver steal for all you luckies.

Dustin Pedroia – 4/5, 3 R, RBI…Who is the No. 1 Fantasy Second Baseman?

Billy Butler – 3/4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Look out! With 8 HR, Butler is on pace for 30…over 3 seasons. Who told you to take Logan Morrison before Butler? Oh yeah, the same guy who told you to pass on Ellsbury for Gardner!

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting: 07.26.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  For the second straight day we are faced with a slew of poor match ups, but we march on and dig deeper.

For games on Wednesday July 27th 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 48% / 42% (CWS) vs. DET

Carlos Zambrano 42% / 17% (ChC) @ MIL

Phil Hughes 41% / 32% (NYY) vs. SEA

Cory Luebke 38% / 52% (SD) vs. ARI

Javier Vazquez 33% / 9% (FLA) @ WAS

Bronson Arroyo 30% / 31% (CIN) vs. NYM

John Lackey 24% / 17% (BOS) vs. KC

Paul Maholm 17% / 11% (PIT) @ ATL

Barry Zito 11% / 4% (SF) @ PHL

Livan Hernandez 5% / 2% (WAS) vs. FLA

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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.

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06.30.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

4th and Home Player of the Day:

The Bats:
Geovany Soto
– 1/1, R, HR, 3 RBI…Pinch-hit 3-run walk-off home run. Sign of things to come? You’d have to think so.

Pablo Sandoval – 2/6, r, HR, RBI, SB…2nd career BSFU!

Ryan Howard – 2/3, R, HR, 2 RBI…Are him and Teixeira not the exact same player anymore?

Jason Varitek – 2/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI…”Idiot.”

Andy Dirks – 2/3, 2 R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU for the Rook!

Mark Teixeira – 1/4, R, HR, RBI….On pace for 50 bombs. Average stinks. Guy is an anomaly.

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05.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

The big news of the day of course was Justin Verlander’s no hitter in Toronto.  He faced the minimum with his only blemish a walk to to J.P. Arencibia erased on a DP.  On the other side of the spectrum we saw the end of Andre Ethier’s hitting streak against last minute replacement starter Dillon Gee.  Lots of zeros, ones and twos on the scoreboards as the Arms beat the Bats today across the league.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Andre Ethier – 0/4, BB… The Streak is over at 30.  One shy of the team record.  Andre must have heard he wasn’t getting paid anymore.

Matt Kemp – 1/4… Mr. April only hitting .250 in May which is historically his 2nd worst month.

Jose Reyes – 2/5, RBI… Picked off first base day dreaming of playing for another team.  Now hitting .329.

The Blue Jays – 0/26, BB, 4 K… wonder how many times a team has had fewer than 27 ABs in a game.

Jhonny Peralta – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, HR… The Tigers 9 run attack to back Verlander was pretty evenly distributed but Peralta did hit his 2nd HR and his average is up to .273.

Ryan Howard – 1/4, R, RBI, HR… Ryan reads this article and it inspired him to go deep for his 7th.  Now at 30 RBI.

Kosuke Fukudome – 3/4, RBI, BB… Not just any RBI – walk off style.  Raise your hand if you knew he was still batting .360 as he’s cooled off.  Still, the platoon suits him.

Carlos Pena – 3/4, R, RBI, HR… 3rd home in 4 games and nearing the Mendoza line.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2/5, R, 2 RBI, SB… Nice box score filling day for Ellsbury – his 9th SB and up to 17 ribbies out of the lead off spot.

Evan Longoria – 2/4, R, 4 RBI, HR… Longoria finally gets off the shnide hitting his first of the year and collecting his first 4 RBI after missing so much time on the DL.

Ben Zobrist – 4/5, 3 R… Zobrist collected 4 hits in a game the Rays score 8 runs but yet got no RBI – Rays 8,9,1 hitters went 0/13.  Zobrist should be hitting 5th where he has 16 RBI, come on Joe Maddon.

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05.06.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Still trying to process how Cliff Lee can strike out 16 and lose, oh that’s right the Phil’s bats went back to sleep and they hate facing Derek Lowe who took a no-no into the 7th.

Here’s what else I saw:

The Bats:
Andre Ethier – 3/5… The Streak is now at 30!

Ryan Howard – 0/4 3 Ks… 3 for his last 24 since the Grand Slam

Chipper Jones – 2/5, R, RBI… Larry’s 24th RBI, 5th in the NL.

Jay Bruce – 1/4, R, HR, 3 RBI… Bruce’s 7th on the year, 2nd in as many days…could be going on a tear.

Jason Bourgeois – 3/5, R, SB… The Astros’ new lead off hitter is on a tear – 6 game hitting streak which includes 4 multi hit games and SBs in 5 of 6 games.  He better be on your radar by now if not in your lineup, now batting .412 with 12 sb!

Hunter Pence – 2/4, R, 2 RBI… Pence now batting .300 with 10 2B and 27 RBI… but when will some of these doubles start to leave the park (none the past 9 games)?

Derrek Lee – 1/3, R, HR, RBI, BB… Lee’s 3rd HR but it’s his 2nd this week – Lee is starting to show signs of life that Killboy was looking for as a sleeper candidate.

Adam Lind – 2/5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR… Lind now batting .317 with 7 HR, 11 game hitting streak which includes 6 HR!  He is en fuego.

Jose Reyes – 3/4, 2 R, BB, SB… Joe King continues his quest to play his way out of Queens.

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