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08.24.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

My team went on a rampage tonight and hit 8 HR. Tomorrow they will hit zero.

Onto it!

4th and Home Player of the Day: Joey Votto – 5/7, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…All in a day’s work.

The Bats:
Willy Mo Pena – 3/3, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI…The village bicycle finds a home in SafeCo (sort of) and provides enough offense for 4 King Felix starts.

Nick Swisher – 2/3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI…Not enough gusto to get pasto the A’s. Next stop? Afghanistan!

Coco Crisp – 4/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Coco went yardo like he was the Great Bambino.

Carl Crawford – 2/3, R, HR, 5 RBI…Could you imagine what the Sawx would be like if Crawford didn’t play like he cared?

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3/5, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, SB…This is getting ridiculous. He must have 10 BSFUs this year.

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08.15.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

History was made on Monday night by…

4th and Home Player of the Day: Jim Thome – 3/4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI…Nos. 599 and 600. Historic and the quietest 600 home runs ever.

The Bats:
Jose Constanza – 3/3, R, RBI…”Can’t-Stand-Ya!” is now batting .414 as he shows Jason Heyward: “Bat – Ball – Hit Ball.”

Delmon Young – 2/4, R, HR, RBI…Traded to Detroit and then cranks one against his former team the SAME day (in his first at bat). Oh man…

Ryan Doumit – 4/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…Now batting .444 with 2 HR and 4 RBI since I saw him play at PNC. You’re welcome.

Derek Jeter – 3/4, R, 3 RBI, SB…Line now at .282/61/4/44/13. Killboy was WAY too nice.

Ryan Braun – 2/4, R, HR, RBI, SB…BSFU! He has an outside shot of the 30/30 club as he’s now sitting at 23/23. I say “nein.”

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Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season

Welcome back to Killin’ the Odds & the Regular Season! In the “Today’s Games” section, you will see my picks to win for the day. I will post either the “Money Line” or the “Run Line”. The money line is always a “straight up” bet which means your team will never need to win or lose by a specific amount of runs. The money line odds represent what amount has to be wagered or what can be won. For example, if there is a minus sign (-) next to an amount, you have to wager that amount to win 100. If there is a plus sign (+) next to an amount, you will receive that amount for every 100 wagered. When you see a “Run Line”, that means a spread is involved. In Baseball, the spread is always 1.5 runs but you can find alternate run lines on some websites. When I post a run line of -1.5, that means our team must win by two runs. When you see a run line of +1.5, that means our team can lose by one run and still win the wager. Listen to our show from April 5th, 2011 for more explanation and tips.

Today’s Games (5/25/11)

St. Louis Cardinals (-112) @ San Diego Padres (+102) My Pick: Cardinals Money Line
Absolute no-brainer here. Chris Carpenter hasn’t been as sharp as he’s been in the past but, he also hasn’t been as bad as his numbers have indicated. Look for Carpenter to get back on track in Petco as the Padres are 8-20 at home and 12-24 against right-handed starters. The Pads’ have lost 5 straight (all at home) and the Cards’ have won 4 straight (all on the road).
Arizona Diamondbacks (+113) @ Colorado Rockies (-123) My Pick: Diamondbacks Money Line
Get ’em while there hot! The DBacks have been on fire as of late winning 7 of their last 8. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Rockies have been “Rockie Mountain Cold” while losing 4 of their last 5. Jason Hammel has been bad at home this year (5.17 ERA 1.37 WHIP) and Ian Kennedy has been superb on the road (1.78 ERA 1.07 WHIP). CarGo and Tulo are a combined 6 for 30 against Kennedy in their respective careers.

Results from 5/21/11

Washington Nationals (+142): LOSS -100
I would do it again in a heartbeat! If you were to take five bets at around +150 and only win two of them, you still break even.

Daily Total: -100
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04.20.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Of note, Mitchell Boggs and Drew Storen each converted save opportunities and Storen relieved Burnett in the 8th. Need a closer? Pounce.

Jed Lowrie – 2/4, R, HR, 2 RBI…Oops, he did it again. Another ding dong. Guy is en fuego! You have to pick this guy up. In most leagues he is 2B/SS-eligible.

Clay Buchholz – 5.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:4…Not great, but owners will take it. I still think you have to sell this guy.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 9:1…Oh!!!! His ERA has finally eclipsed his WHIP. Look at that, just one walk.

Rick Porcello – 6.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 6:1…He did this against SEA so don’t go dropping anyone for him, unless it’s Bedard who he beat.

Wade Davis – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2:2…As mentioned on the air, I like Davis but his drop in K rate is worrisome. If he has to rely on his defense and praying his flyballs don’t leave the yard, he’ll experience some correction. Nice, Jesse!

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04.14.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

You can all thank Jesse for Joe Mauer hitting the DL. I think we start seeing Mauer spend a little bit more time at DH than in seasons passed. Just a guess.

Let’s get into it…

Troy Tulowitzki – 5/8, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB…Question: Why pitch to Troy Tulowitzki at this point? Since last September he has been Ruthian! My goodness. He now has 7 HR and 14 RBI. He was a STEAL at #5 in our Mock Draft.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2/9, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB…CarGo finally hit his first. Were you worried? If so, he won’t hit another one so trade him to me.

Jose Reyes – 3/9, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB…Haven’t talked much about Joe King this season. Today’s home run was his first, but he did steal his 4th base.

Carl Pavano – 8 IP, 4 H, 7:2…Nice start, but Joe Nathan blew it in the 9th. Too undervalued this year. Gets BAL in his next start.

James Shields – 7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 4:2…Quality start for Big Game James. Must we still call him that?

Sam Fuld – 2/5, R, SB…Stole his 7th base. His ownership must be creeping up there by now. He was grabbed in my league and I’m in a two-teamer.

Nick Markakis – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI…Markakis is chugging along. His average sits at .268 and I am expecting more power this year.

Brett Gardner – 0/5, 3 K…Ouch. The guy is pressing at leadoff. Get him out. Now batting .150. Chris wants Swisher leading off. Probably the Yanks best bet and most worthy.

Phil Hughes – 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2:0…Oh man. If you dropped him, many would call it pre-mature. I would be ok with it.

Jorge Posada – 1/4, R, HR, RBI…Now has 5 dingers as the DH. I nearly grabbed him as my catcher this year with the thought that I could leave him in my catcher slot and not have to worry about swapping out catchers during off days. Good job if you drafted him with that thinking.

Randy Wolf – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 10:2…Where did this start come from? Pirates had no chance.

Paul Maholm – 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6:3…You’re probably in a very deep league if you own him, but check his stats: 2.33 ERA/1.14 WHIP.

Cliff Lee – SHO, 3 H, 12:1…This is why you took him early. Guy can just be dominating in any start. He had everything working. Was against the Nats, but he’s done this against the best bats. Guy is top-notch.

Jordan Zimmerman – 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 4:0…Gave up 4 runs, but even his lone earned run was too much against Cliff.

Brian McCann – 2/4, R, HR, 3 RBI…McCann now has 2 HR and 9 RBI while hitting .340. Guess he’s seeing the ball just fine right now.

Bud Norris – 6 IP, 2 H, 7:3…Always a candidate to walk the lineup a few times, Norris had great control only walking 3 Padres. Like Morrow, if he gets control he’s gonna be studly.

Dustin Moseley – 6.2 IP, 7 H, ER, 1:2…Ok, nice start but he might be the only Friar pitcher I wouldn’t grab in a spot start.

Bruce Chen – CG, 6 H, 1:1…So it was a rain-shortened CG. I’ll take it. What I won’t take is any of you owning this guy.

Alex Gordon – 1/3, R, 2 RBI…Now batting .345 and hit his 7th double. Yes, he is the league leader in doubles. Damn you, Killboy!

Phil Coke – 7 IP, 3 H, 2:2…Best start yet as a starter. Pretty efficient too. We hadn’t talked much about the reliever turned starter, but I suppose he could be a CJ Wilson-type. He’s now sporting a 2.25 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 2 H, 6:6…In typical Gio fashion, averaged a K/inning as well as a BB/inning (with 2 wild pitches). His ERA is now at 0.47 and his WHIP at 1.26. Recognize!

Jamey Carroll – 3/5, 2 R, RBI, SB…I suppose you could do worse, but in a 20-teamer I think he’s serviceable in your MI slot.

Matt Holliday – 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI…Hey, it’s 2011. Thanks for joining us, Matty. Guess he just needed an Ian Kennedy plunking to get him going. Now hitting .391.

Matt Kemp – 3/5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB…Unreal. Now has 8 steals (1 caught) and 2 HR. Had you told me he’d have 8 steals after the first two weeks I would have said your Charlie Sheen impression was not funny. Nonetheless, Matt Kemp is WINNING!

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.

04.07.11 Box Score Breakdown: Fantasy MLB News and Notes

Overhyped Mets “prospect” Lastings Milledge was designated for assignment by the ChiSox. It’s over.

Jon Lester and Fausto Carmona went head-to-head Thursday and although it might’ve seem lopsided on paper, they don’t play the game on paper! Each pitcher shut the other team down as Lester threw 7 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9 and My-my-my My Carmona threw 7 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Wait a tick. I just typed Carmona and 2 walks in the same sentence and I wasn’t talking about a single inning, but seven innings? Wow. As has always been the case with him, if he keeps the walks down his groundballin’ ways will keep the Indians in the game. The outing lowered Carmona’s ERA to (gulp) 9.00.

After going 0/8 in his first two games, Troy Tulowitzki has now gone 5/10 in his last three with a HR in each. Look out. Another home run binge!

Esmil Rogers shut the Pirates down, allowing just 5 baserunners and a run over 7.1 innings. He struck out 7 in the affair and looks to build on his success against the Mess next week. Rogers has K-potential, but has always had trouble keeping guys off base. Monitor.

Damnit why did I ignore Trevor Cahill round after round as he was just sitting there like the beat girl at a 5th grade dance? Cahill turned in another solid outing, shutting the Jays down over 8 innings, allowing just 3 baserunners and a run while punching out 7. Where these Ks coming from? He now has 15 in 12.2 innings. Zoinks!

A.J. Burnett moved to (2-0) after beating the Twins. Burnett wasn’t too mpressive, but got the job done allowing 8 baserunners and 2 runs in 6 innings while striking out 5. Of note is his 1.18 WHIP. If he can keep it south of 1.25 he should be quite valuable pitching for the Yanks.

Francisco Liriano was gross again. Putting way too many guys on base. WHIP now stands at 1.71.

Ryan Braun hit his 3rd HR. Now batting .391. Big year coming up for Ryan.

Roy Halladay was himself. He shut the Mess down over 7 innings allowing just 6 hits and a walk. He struck out 7. 0.69 ERA/0.92 WHIP. Shazam!

Placido Polanco was 2/5 with 4 RBI and is proving to be an asset in the 2-hole for the Phillies. He will score plenty of runs while he’s there. Cheap source of stats.

Chase Utley’s replacement and ex-Met, Wilson Valdez, went 4/4 with 3 runs and 3 RBI. Relax.

Edwin Jackson was again brilliant against the Rays. No, he didn’t no-hit them but he struck out 13 over 8 innings allowing just 4 hits, 1 run and a walk. Lifetime against the Rays, EJax is now 3-0/1.44/0.88/18. HA!

Josh Johnson seems to be alright. He shut the Nats down over 6 innings, allowing just 4 baserunners, 1 run and struck out 6.

Brian’s 2011 MLB Predictions

I may not be our resident betting expert, but I’ve got a good feeling about these picks.

AL East Champ: Yankees

AL Central Champ: Tigers

AL West Champ: Rangers

AL Wild Card: Red Sox

NL East Champ: Braves

NL Central Champ: Reds

NL West Champ: Rockies

NL Wild Card: Phillies

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2011 National League West Previews: Rockies

Today’s Focus: Colorado Rockies

2010 Record: 83-79, 3rd NL West

The Colorado Rockies started out slow again going 19-21 through May 19th. They were actually pretty up and down all year. Heading into the All-Star break, they won 8 of 10 but they lost 11 of 13 immediately after the break.The Rockies had a 31-51 record on the road last year while hitting .226 AVG. They were plagued by injuries which accumulated to 833 days on the DL forcing Jim Tracy to use 135 different lineups.  They didn’t even think putting Carlos Gonzalez in the 3 hole was a good idea until late June! For the Rockies to be successful in 2010, they have got to figure out how to win early in the year and on the road.  Read more of this post