Tuesday, August 23, 2011

postheadericon MOONS OVER MY HAMMY!

Adrian Beltre – Given the O.K. to start running the bases Monday.  Beltre is now on a pace to return by September.

Jose Constanza – Has a slight ankle sprain that he suffered during his game with the Cubs Monday night.  Its uncertain if he will need a DL stint or not, but its sounding more like he will not.

B.J. Upton – Has a right shoulder strain after crashing into the outfield wall.  Upton is listed as day to day and shouldn’t miss too much time.

Victor Martinez – Scratched from Mondays lineup with back spasms.  Vmart should be back in the lineup Tuesday, if not Wednesday.

Starlin Castro – Got a mental day off according to Mike Quade.  Another reason why Mike Quade should not be managing a big league club.  Just because some racist announcer says he’s lollygagging it doesn’t mean you need to listen to him.  Consider Mike Quade a joke.  Castro will be back in the lineup Tuesday.

Jose Reyes – Expected to being a minor league rehab stint on Thursday for Double A Binghamton.  Reyes could be back by early next week.

Michael Cuddyer – After sitting out 10 games due to a neck issue, Cuddyer goes 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a walk.  Thank you Cuddyer for coming back and  helping my squad.

Mike Napoli – 1 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs.  I don’t look now but Napoli is now on an 11 game hitting streak and hitting .293 on the year with 21 home runs on the year.  Mauer? Mauer who?

Mike Carp – Saw his hitting streak of 20 games end with an 0 for 4 night.  During the streak Carp went 29 for 84 with 4 home runs and 19 RBIs.

Aramis Ramirez – 3 for 4 with a walk as he continues to kill the ball the last 2 months.  Can anyone say best 3B in the league?  Don’t let anyone tell you any differently, he certainly is.
Friday, August 19, 2011

postheadericon YOUK TO THE DL!

Kevin Youkilis – on the 15 day DL with back pain.  As many of us knew already, he was playing through the discomfort for a while.  The Red Sox are just preparing for the playoffs and getting all their guys healthy.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 K’s.  If Minor is on waivers I’d go ahead and pick him up and hope you strike gold like last year with him.

Tommy Hanson – Could be activated from the DL on Tuesday but wont be.  Surprised? Why? It’s a shoulder injury.

Colby Rasmus – has now homered in back to back games.  Lets hope this is a start of a hot streak for Rasmus.

Ricky Romero – Complete game shut out while picking up his 5th straight win, while having an ERA of 2.27.  Guess who won’t be drafting Romero next year?  You guessed it!  This guy!

Joe Mauer – Start his first career game in the outfield.  Can anyone else see Mauers value plummeting?

Mark Trumbo – Hit a walk off  home run in a must win game for the Angels.  Is it just me or does it always seem like the Angels always have a solid first baseman?
Thursday, August 18, 2011

postheadericon MORROW ME SOME MORE!

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 1 ER, 12 K’s in one of his best starts of the year.  The 12 K’s were a season high for Morrow and he will get the Royals in another must start matchup.

Mike Stanton – Has now  homered in 4 straight games.  Oh how I love me some Mike Stanton!

Alex Rodriguez – Will rejoin the Yankees on Thursday but won’t be activated.  Expect him back this weekend.

Brian Wilson – Was not available on Wednesday due to an inflamed elbow.  He has no structural damage and will just need some time off.

Stephen Strasburg – Could rejoin the Nationals on September 2nd.  Due note that this is only a goal and seems silly and unrealistic.  Don’t expect to see the Nationals rush their prized pitcher.

Michael Cuddyer – Could be placed on the 15 day DL as early as Thursday.  Cuddyers neck is not responding to treatment and might require more time than originally hoped.

Jose Reyes – Will test his hamstring on Friday and should have a better timetable on his return after that.

David Ortiz – Was fitted for a walking boot for the heel issues he is having.  Ortiz isn’t suppose to miss more than a week.

Adrian Gonzalez – Has a sore neck that his manager thinks is causing his recent power outage.  Why cant his manager just admit the pace he was on was not sustainable?

Jhonny Peralta – 2 for 3 with his 17th homer on the year.  What a beautiful, unexpected surprise from the shortstop position!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

postheadericon SHOULDER WOES!

Cole Hamels – Diagnosed with shoulder inflammation but will not be placed on the DL.  Apparently the inflammation isn’t causing as much discomfort as one would expect.  Phillies are confident hell remain off the DL.

Hanley Ramirez – Wont return when eligible, are you surprised?  I hope not, this should have been expected.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 K’s.  Ubaldo is atrocious right now and cannot be started in leagues until he figures out how to pitch again.

Pedro Alvarez – Sent back to Triple-A to make room for Jose Tabata.  Well at least Alvarez’s draft position next year will be way below where it should!

Jonathan Sanchez – To the DL with an ankle injury.  After Tuesdays game Sanchez was seen on crutches and manager Bruce Bochey said he will be out a while.  Sanchez was borderline ownable when he was healthy, cut him loose.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2 for 8 in a double header while hitting his 21st and 22nd homer.  Next year Ellsbury will be severely overhyped.  If you think Ellsbury hits 20+ homer next year, you’re nuts.

Desmond Jennings – 3 for 9 with a homer and a steal in Tuesdays double header.  Jennings is putting together an absolutely fantastic season.  I know I said expect a drop off, but I don’t see one coming anytime soon.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 K’s but didn’t get the win due to Marmol crapping the bed.  Dempster has now strung together 5 straight quality starts.

Neil Walker – 3 for 5 with his 10th homer on the year.  Did you know that Walker is top 10 for second basemen and also top 10 for third basemen?
Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Delmon Young – Traded from the Twins to the Tigers and promptly hits a home run against his old team.  I love the Delmon trade for the Tigers and I love it even more for fantasy.  Delmon should now be seeing regular at bats and could thrive with a change of scenery.  I’d buy if anyone is selling.

Pablo Sandoval – Fouled a ball off his foot and had to leave the game.  He is supposedly only going to miss one game, consider him day to day.

Francisco Liriano – 6 IP, 5 ER and continues to pitch horribly.  Liriano is becoming borderline droppable and is certainly unstartable right now.  If he pitches poorly in his next 2 starts, I’d release him.

Ben Revere – 2 for 5 with a steal.  The steal was Reveres 21st on the season and should continue to see regular at bats with Young traded.  If you need speed, Revere is your man!

Brett Lawrie – Has now hit 3 home runs in 10 games played.  If you missed out on Lawrie this year, there’s always next year…. I love him for next year!

Mike Carp – 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 2 RBIs and should be owned in all leagues if hes not already.  Carp is on a tear right now and should be started until he cools off.

Jesus Montero – Won’t be called up until September unless there is an injury.  When Montero is promoted, I wouldn’t expect many at bats out of him.  I know I previously said he was worth a stash but I am retracting that statement and saying he’s only worth a stash in keeper leagues.

Brandon Allen – 3 for 4 and 6 for his last 10.  Allen is getting regular playing time, and as long as hes getting regular playing time, he should be owned.

Nelson Cruz – Hit a home run and then left with quad cramps.  Cruz is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night, but I expect him to sit!
Monday, August 15, 2011

Alex Rodriguez – Heads to Triple-A on Tuesday and aiming to return to the Yankees lineup on Thursday.  Put him back in starting lineups as soon as the Yankees active him.

Dan Uggla – 0 for 3 and sees his hit streak ending at 33 games.  During the streak Uggla hit .377 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI.

Edwin Jackson – Left his start Sunday night with a right hamstring injury.  As of right now Jackson is considered day to day but don’t be shocked if he ends up going on the DL.

Logan Morrison – Was sent back to Triple-A and is now thinking about filing a grievance against the Marlins.  While Morrison has been anything but great, he surely didn’t deserve a demotion.  He was second on the team in homers, and third in RBIs.  Something seems fishy here.

Jay Bruce –  Hit another homer Sunday and now has 5 in his last 7 games.  We consider this, Jay Bruce being Jay Bruce.

Jose Reyes – Not expected to be activated from the DL when eligible this week.  Not ground breaking news, I think everyone was expecting that.  The groundbreaking news would have been if he had returned when eligible.

Brian Wilson – Was unable to pitch Sunday due to back issues.  If this starts to linger, one would have to think that Sergio Romo will benefit and get the save opportunities.

Carlos Guillen – Back to the DL with a wrist injury.  What else is new….Right?

Carlos Zambrano – Emptied his locker after giving up 5 home runs in a game against the Braves.  I think Zambrano has struck the last nerve of the Cubs organization.  He has been placed on the disqualified list and was instructed to have no contact with the Cubs organization.

Ryan Vogelsong – 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 K’s and how has an ERA at 2.47.  Would anyone else be upset if Vogelsong won the Cy Young?  I know I would!
Thursday, August 11, 2011

postheadericon HANRAM HAS AN OUCHIE!

Hanley Ramirez – Placed on DL with a sprained right shoulder.  The move is retroactive to August 3rd, meaning he is eligible to come off the 18th of August.  There are rumors that he could be ready to come off that day.

Brett Lawrie – 2 for 4 with a grand slam and 2 runs scored.  Im sure everyone is jumping on the Lawroe bandwagon, if you can sell him for anything valuable do it.

Jason Kipnis – 5 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI.  After a slow start Kipnis is finally strating to take off and is up to 6 home runs and a .295 average.

Curtis Granderson – 2 more home runs last night and is on an easy pace to 40 HRs this year.  I know I said earlier in the year that I thought this guy would slow down, but clearly I was wrong!

Dee Gordon – To the DL with a hurt shoulder.  Is it just me or are all the speedy shortstops getting hurt this year?

Justin Morneau – Expected to return from the DL this Friday.  If hes available in your league, hes worth a shot as long as you are not giving up anything of value.

Zack Cozart – To undergo season ending elbow surgery.  Cozart had a very nice 2011 campaign in the short time he was up in the bigs and will certainly be a fantasy sleeper next year.

Gio Gonzalez – Spanked around yet again, giving up 4 earned runs while walking 5.  Gonzalez right now is an absolute joke and cannot be started until he figures it out.

Jonathan Sanchez – Speaking of pitchers who are jokes, this clown was also smoked.  Sanchez is borderline droppable at this point.  He is another pitcher who absolutely cannot be trusted.

Dan Uggla – 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and now has a hitting streak of  31 games.  I told all you guys that Uggla was going to come around at some point!

Vance Worley – 4 innings and 6 ER for the guy pitching above his head.  Could the honeymoon now be over for Worley?  Monitor closely sports fans!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Casey Kotchman – 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and now had 5 multi hit games in august and is hitting .341 on the year.  Would anyone else be mad if Kotchman wins the AL batting title?

Justin Morneau – 2 for 4 in his rehad game and is now hitting .353 on the year.  If you have room to stash Morneau it might not be a bad idea, but I wouldn’t drop anyone worthwhile for him.

Scott Baker – Continuing to have elbow problems and will likely be placed back on the DL.  Don’t forget that Baker had elbow surgery in the offseason and its just not feeling 100%.  He is expected to meet with doctors on Tuesday.

Shin-Soo Choo – Had to at bats in his first rehab start and went hitless.  Funny, he did a lot of that in the majors as well.  Shoo is about a week away from returning.

Alex Rios – 2 for 4 with a steal as he continues to show life these last few games.  I wouldn’t pick him up, because I do believe is garbage but if he continues this hot streak, we will have no choice.

Heath Bell – .1 IP 3 ER as he blew the save for the Pads.  No ones perfect right?

Tommy Hanson – May have his next start pushed back due to ineffectiveness.  I don’t believe there is any injury here, but more of a tired arm.  Skipping Hanson in the rotation for a start should help fantasy owners long term.

Chase Headley – Out 6 weeks with a broken pinky.  Go ahead and drop Headley in all leagues.
Monday, August 8, 2011

postheadericon THE SURGING UGGLA!

Dan Uggla – Extended his hitting streak to 28 games with a single late in the game Sunday.  Uggla is absolutely surging right now, I mean come on, we all knew he wasn’t going to continue to play as bad as his first half…Right?

Brett Lawrie – 3 for 7 over the weekend with a home run and a run scored.  Lawrie has been impressive thus far, but don’t expect this to continue.  This is Lawries first taste of the big leagues, he will struggle at times.  He should be owned in all leagues.

Jose Reyes – After stealing 2 bases on Saturday, Reyes goes down with another hamstring injury.  The Mets said the injury isn’t too serious, but who can believe those guys.

Alex Rodriguez – Could rejoin the Yankees on a road trip that begins August 15th.  Arod has begun hitting and taking groundballs and could start a rehabnd

Jesus Montero – Will most likely be promoted on September 1st when the rosters expand.  If you have the room to stash Montero on your bench, I’d go ahead and do it now.

Jorge Posada – Will starting losing some at bats due to struggles.  Its been said he will no longer face right handers, expect to soon hear, “Posada regulated to spot starts and pinch hits.”  If for some reason you own Posada, drop him.

Carlos Beltran – Suffered a sprained right wrist Sunday.  Consider him day to day, the Giants don’t view this as a DL type of situation and could be back in the lineup as of Monday.

Stephen Strasburg – Threw an inning and a third Sunday allowing 1 ER and 3 hits and consistently threw in the upper 90’s.  I don’t think we see Strasburg this year, and even if we do how effective will he be?  No reason to hold on to him.

Victor Martinez – Skipper Jim Leyland believes Vmart could be back on Tuesday.  I think Leyland has been hitting the bottle a little too hard, Vmart returning from an injury this quick? HA!
Thursday, August 4, 2011


Alex Rodriguez – Was caught playing in an illegal poker game.  So just as we were about to get him back, were going to lose him again!

Casey McGhee – 2 for 4 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs.  I still wouldn’t pick him up, hes just not good.
Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 8 ER, 6 K’s as he was left out there to take a beating.  Someone needs to have a little talk witih Dave Duncan and ask him why he didn’t sprinkle some of his magic fairy dust on Jackson.

Delmon Young – 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.  The patented Delmon 2nd half surge is under way!  If by any chance he is available on your free agent wire, he should be picked up immediately.

Gavin Floyd – 2.1 IP 10 ER as he throws up a massive stinker.  Can you smell it?  That’s the White Sox calling it a season!

Chien Ming Wang – 5 IP, 6 R, 2 ER.  Wang was a victim of his own error and that cost him dearly.  I would not pick up Wang under any circumstances until he figures his stuff out.

Jason Kipnis – Has now homered in 4 straight games, if that’s not enough for you to pick him up if you need 2B help, I don’t know what is.

Gio Gonzalez – 6.1 IP, 6 ER, 9 K’s as he continues to get smacked around the diamond.  Gio is struggling mightily right now and should probably be benched until he figures this out.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Albert Pujols – Was hit in the hand by a pitch on Tuesday and is unsure if hell be able to play Wednesday.  X-Rays came back negative and he should be considered day to day.

Troy Tulowitzki – Left Tuesday game with an injury to his pinky finger.  No one is quite sure how bad the injury is so stay tuned sports fans.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 7 K while picking up his 9th win of the year.  Can you hear it? This is Romero telling you he was underrated in a all drafts being drafted around the 14th round.  Expect Romero to move up a couple rounds next year.

Hanley Ramirez – Has a sprained shoulder and is listed as day to day.  There were some rumors that Ramirez had a separated shoulder but those rumors are false.  Expect Hanley to miss a few days and then return to the lineup.

Clay Buchholz – Hopes to return for the postseason.  Thanks Clay, but that doesn’t help us out at all.  Drop Buchholz in all leagues.

Carlos Gonzalez – Should be activated before Saturdays game.  Cargo will play 7 innings in his first rehab game and then return to the Rockies as long as there are no setbacks.

Jesus Montero – Yankees plan on promoting Montero in a “couple of weeks”.   Montero should be picked up in all keeper leagues immediately and all AL only leagues.  If youre weak at catcher in mixed leagues, feel free to give him a shot.

Jose Bautista – 1 for 3 with his first home run since the all star break.  Thanks Jose, youre making me look real good ranking you #1 overall!

Alfonso Soriano – 2 for 5 with 2 home runs.  Soriano should have been dropped in all leagues, and should now be picked up in all leagues.  Soriano is a crazy streaky hitter and he could be going on one of those now.

Jason Kipnis – Has now homered in 3 straight games and should be owned in all leagues where youre weak at 2b.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

postheadericon CHOO TAKING BP!!

Shin-Soo Choo – Will take BP this week.  From all reports Choo is ahead of schedule and is hoping to return in about 2 weeks.

Cliff Pennington – In a non fantasy  baseball related incident, Pennington has been diagnosed with Bells Palsy.  Keep Pennington in your prayers.

Mike Stanton – 2 for 5 with a walk off grand slam.  Stanton is putting up elite power numbers and will be a force to reckon with for years to come.

Jonathan Sanchez – Activated from the 15 day DL and will start on Friday against the Phillies.  I would not start him.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3 for 5 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored.  Someone needs to tell me where all this power is coming from.  Asdrubal will be overrated next year.

Derrek Lee – 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in his first game as a Pirate.  Lee is still not a mix league add quite yet, but a few more games like this and he will be.

Starlin Castro – 3 for 5 Monday and now has 9 hits in his last 7 games.  Castro continues to improve, and will at some point be an elite fantasy shortstop, maybe even next year.

Aramis Ramirez – Was held out of the lineup Monday with a sore quad.  He is listed as day to day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Ryan Madson – Pitched the 10th inning Monday and got the save.  Bastardo pitched the 9th, which leads me to believe that Bastardo is still the leading candidate for saves.
Monday, August 1, 2011


Rich Harden – Was traded to the Red Sox then not traded to the Red Sox.  The hold up was over a shot he took after his first start.  Once that happened the Sox asked for a games started clause that the A’s turned down.  We need to monitor this situation closely, but for the time being, keep rolling Harden out there!

Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 K while picking up his 12th win.  Gallardo has now put together 3 straight excellent starts and continues his 2nd half dominance.  Its about time we get some return on our mid round draft pick!

Rafael Furcal – Acquired by the Cardinals in a trade for a minor league prospect.  Is it just me or does every washed up player that go to the Cardinals suddenly become awesome?  Keep an eye on Furcal.

Michael Bourne – Acquired by the Braves and fantasy owners rejoice.  Bourne should now see an increase in runs, considering the team he is on is exceptionally better.

Jordan Zimmerman – Has been told he has 4 more starts this year before he is shut down.  4 more starts will put him around 160 innings for the year.  I don’t know if anyone will bite on Zimmerman, but if they will do it.

Erik Bedard – Traded to the Red Sox and sees his value instantly go up.  Bedard should be significant run support, which he didn’t get in Seattle.  If you own Bedard you can help but be happy about this trade.

Alex Rodriguez – Scheduled to see a doctor on Monday as a check up on his knee.  We could get official word on Monday on a time frame for A-Rod.

Mike Adams – Went to Texas in a trade as many fantasy owners becomes very unhappy.  It was Bell that was supposed to be traded and then Adams moving into the closers role.  Stupid Padres!

Clay Buchholz – Has a stress fracture in his lower back and is done for the season.  If you own Buchholz, feel free to drop him.

Dee Gordon – With the trade of Furcal, it now opens up a spot for Dee Gordon.  If youre weak at the SS position I would pick up Gordon and hope for lightning in a bottle.

Brandon Allen – Traded to the A’s and promptly optioned to Triple – A.  Allen needed a change of scenery and hopefully will be managed properly in Oakland.