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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.31.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Slim pickings for Thursday as per usual but as we’ve done all year, we dig deeper and move on!

For games on Thursday September 1st 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:

A.J. Burnett 42% / 43% (NYY) @ BOS

Mike Leake 23% / 12% (CIN) vs. PHL

Fausto Carmona 13% / 11% (CLE) vs. OAK

Tommy Hunter 3% / 1% (BAL) vs. TOR

Danny Duffy 2% / 0.2% (KC) @ DET

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Fantasy MLB Spot Starting 08.04.11

Welcome back to Spot Starting.  Yankees-Red Sox showdown in Boston this weekend and the Phillies seek revenge in San Francisco in an NLCS rematch – that’s some good baseball.  Spot Starting will return next Tuesday as I slide over and fill in for on the Box Score Breakdown while he is out of town.

For games on Friday August 5th  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:

Bartolo Colon 46% /  46% (NYY) @ BOS

Derek Holland 46% / 41% (TEX) vs. CLE

Jeff Niemann 35% / 54% (TB) vs. OAK

Aaron Harang 35% / 19% SD) @ PIT

Josh Collmenter 34%/ 26% (ARI) vs. LAD

Mark Buehrle 28% / 22% (CWS) @ MIN

Mike Leake 20% / 10% (CIN) @ ChC

Juan Nicasio 5% / 3% (COL) vs. WAS

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2011 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Gems: American League

Jorge Posada, C New York Yankees ( 43 percent owned in Yahoo, 36.9 percent owned in ESPN)

Current Stat Line: .239 AVG / 19 R / 9 HR / 27 RBI / 0 SB

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2011 National League East Previews: Phillies

Today’s focus: Philadelphia Phillies

2010 Record 97-65 1st Place NL East, Best Record in MLB.  Lost to Giants in NLCS
The Phillies off season can be summed up with two words: CLIFF LEERuben Amaro Jr and the Phillies shocked the baseball universe when they emerged as the “Mystery Team” swooping in to sign Lee for fewer years and dollars than the Yankees and Rangers were reported to have offered.  The Phils have assembled easily the best pitching rotation in baseball, and on paper, the best in the past 20 years.

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The 4th and Home Show today at 1:30

Don’t miss today’s show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/4thandhome.  Special 1:30 time today or catch it in the archives later. We will be discussing superbowl picks, the AL East and our catcher rankings for the upcoming fantasy baseball season.

American League East Previews – Yankees

Today’s focus: New York Yankees

After finishing in second place last season and not adding another world championship to their collection, the popular thought was that the Yankees would reload over the off season. All signs pointed toward yes during their pursuit of Cliff Lee, but as it turns out, money really ISN’T everything to some people.

The challenge the Yankees will face this year will be their rotation. While C.C. Sabathia is a solid ace, once you get past him there are a lot of question marks. Phil Hughes looks like a solid starter, maybe not a number 2 which is most likely where he will fall in the rotation this year, but solid. AJ Burnett is looking to bounce back from a down year which seemed more related to his mental approach than his stuff. Joba Chamberlain we’re being told won’t be a starter and Andy Pettitte has decided to retire. The recent signing of Freddy Garcia at least moves either Ivan Nova or Sergio Mitre out of the rotation, thankfully for all those Yankee fans. If the Yanks find another capable starter, Burnett gets his groove back and Hughes continues to develop, they would have a very good staff, if all those things don’t happen it will be below average.

Notable Losses Include: Javier Vazquez, Lance Berkman, Marcus Thames, Andy Pettitte

Notable Pick Ups: Freddy Garcia, Rafael Soriano, Andruw Jones, Russell Martin

While overall I still see a 90+ win team here, the concern is not that the Yankees have declined, but how much the Red Sox have improved. On paper I would see the Yanks finishing in second once again, but this year it will be behind the Sox. Of course, that’s just on paper and there’s a reason they still play the games.