Thursday, June 30, 2011

postheadericon THURSDAY ROUNDUP!

Ian Kinsler – 2 for 4 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  Its nice to see a Kinsler sighting every now and then!

Jordan Zimmerman – 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER 4 K and was the loser on the day!  Zimmerman was outdueled by Dan Haren.  Zimmermans June ERA will finish at 0.85 and will get the awful Cubs his next start.

Chipper Jones – Needs surgery on his knee but will “exhaust every option that we have until surgery is necessary.  Glass Chipper at his best!

Bartolo Colon – Will come off the disable list Saturday to start against the Mets.  Mets have been on quite an offensive roll lately, I wouldn’t insert him into lineups for this game.

Brad Lidge – On track to begin a minor league rehab start early next week.  One has to wonder if Lidge returns, will he regain the closers roll?

Derek Jeter – Expected to begin a rehab start on Saturday.  Expect him back within a week if all goes well.  The Chase for 3,000 is almost back on!

David Wright – Will begin a rehab assignment within a week.  Wright has been doing baseball activities for the last week and all has progressed well enough for him to move on to a rehab assignment.  Wright could be back before the All star break but I would expect to see him after

Ryan Franklin  Released by the Cardinals.  Will anyone give him a chance this year?  Maybe, but it won’t be as a closer.

Erik Bedard – To the DL with a sprained knee.  Manager Eric Wedge doesn’t anticipate Bedard needing much more than the allotted 15 days.  It was only a matter of time before Bedard hit the DL.

Ryan Dempster – 8 IP 1 ER and was stuck with a no decision.  Dempster has been phenomenal as of late, He start the month of april with a 9.58 ERA and has since put up ERA’s of 3.08 and 3.13 in May and June.  Dempster is a must start every time out.

Brandon Morrow – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 K while picking up his 4th win of the season.  Morrow has now put together back to back quality starts, it’s safe to insert him back into fantasy lineups.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

postheadericon CLOSER WOES!

Ryan Madson – Placed on the 15 day DL retroactive to June 19th with a bruised hand.  Talk about a team that curses all its closers!  Antonio Bastardo becomes an immediate pick up, he should be getting the save opportunities.

Rich Harden – Expected to be activated from the DL on Friday.  Harden will be limited to about 90 pitches, but due to his great K rate, becomes a solid add.  You have to remember that you might only have Harden for a total of 3 starts before hes back on the DL.

Adrian Gonzalez – Will play outfield Wednesday night against the Phillies.  As I previously stated before, I doubt that Gonzo gets enough appearance/starts to be OF eligible.

Jose Tabata – Placed on the 15 day DL and is anticipated to be activated for their first game after the all star break.

Shin-Soo Choo- Had Thumb surgery on Tuesday and is not expected to return until August if at all.  If Choo wasn’t screwing you enough this year, something like this has to go and happen.  Due to Choos potential you have to hold on to him.

Alexi Ogando – Could be optioned to AAA after Fridays start.  Texas is worried that Ogando is starting to tire so sending him to AAA to rest might not be a bad idea.  It is expected to see Ogando return to the Texas rotation after the all star game.

Cliff Lee – Complete game shut out against a tough Red Sox lineup.  Lee has pitched 46 innings in June allowing just 1 run!

Josh Johnson – His shoulder is not feeling 100% so hes going to see Dr. James Andrews.  Theres a lot of talk about how this is just routine, I don’t buy it.  Stay tuned, and don’t be surprised if Johnson is shut down for the rest of the year.

Adam Dunn – Now seeing a sports psychologist.  Dunn is all sorts of a mess, if the Sox are willing to resort to this things are really troublesome.  Dunn cannot be owned in any leagues at this point.

Gio Gonzalez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 K while picking up his 7th win.  After struggling to start June he has now settled down and only allowed 3 runs in 21 IP.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

postheadericon PROGRESSING WANG!

Chien-Ming Wang – 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER on his first rehab stint in Class A Hagerstown.  Wang is progressing well from shoulder surgery but still probably won’t be worth a fantasy pick up this year.

Hiroki Kuroda – Kuroda is drawing a lot of interest from teams around the league.  Fantasy owners should hope Kuroda is traded, it will help spike his fantasy value.  Kuroda is 5-9 with a 3.10 ERA on the year.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 2 for 4 with a double and RBI in his MLB debut.  Chisenhall doesn’t have much value in mixed leagues right now, but will be a solid add in AL only leagues.

Bartolo Colon – Threw 4 simulated innings with no issues on Monday, it is not known if Colon will make a rehab assignment, if not he will start this weekend against the Mets.

Stephen Strasburg – threw 20 fastballs at 100 percent on Monday.  This is the first time he has thrown with 100 percent effort since having Tommy John surgery.  Strasburg is still not expect to pitch in a major league game this year.

David Freese – Activated from the 15 day DL and will be in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Pedro Alvarez – After having a setback with neck soreness over the weekend, Alvarez played in a rehab game on Monday going 0 for 1.

Matt Kemp – 4 for 5 with a home run 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Business as usual for Kemp!
Monday, June 27, 2011

postheadericon ANKLES NEED STRETCHERS?

Delmon Young – Was carted off on a stretcher for an ankle injury.  Really? You need a stretcher for an ankle injury?  Anyway, Delmon was placed on g DL and is most likely going to be out for a while, im thinking August.  Hes now droppable in all leagues.

Jordan Walden – Blew his 5th save of the season to the Dodgers.  Don’t expect to see a closer change, Walden has been fairly solid as of late throwing 7.2 scoreless innings.

Evan Longoria – 8 hits in the series versus the Astros including a 4 for 6 day on Sunday with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.  Looks like all will be fine in Longoria world after all.

Jonathan Broxton – Was pulled from his rehab appearance when his elbow stiffened up on him.  Without any further information we can only guess  how long Broxton will be out.

Jose Tabata – Injured his quad on Sunday and had to leave the game on a motorized cart.  Expect Tabata to land on the DL.

Jonathan Sanchez – Was placed on the DL with biceps soreness.  Sanchez there’s no pain there but it’s just “kind of sore”.  Sounds like a phantom injury to me while he works out whatever flaws he has.

John Danks – Placed on the 15 day DL with a strained right oblique.  Makes sense that Danks would get injured when he finally starts pitching better!  He’s set to undergo an MRI on Monday, we will know more then.

Carlos Guillen – Finally scheduled for a rehab assignment for single A Lakeland.    Guillen will be an option in AL only leagues until he proves otherwise.

Alex Rodriguez – Admitted that he had a sore knee that he sustained while running the bases against the Cubs.  It doesn’t look like that sore knee is bothering him too much as he has been red hot lately.

Jose Reyes – 4 for 5 with  a triple RBI and stolen base.  Reyes MVP season continues in major fashion, yes, I said MVP.

Alex Gordon – 2 for 4 with a double and RBI and now has a modest  12 game hitting streak.  Alex Gordon being unproductive this year?  HA!

Brandon Phillips – 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI.  This was Phillips first home run in June and also his first in 38 games.  Thanks for showing up, Brandon!
Thursday, June 23, 2011

postheadericon CLOSER BY DEFAULT!

Jonathan Broxton – Manager Don Mattingly said that Broxton will eventually get his closers job back.  It shouldn’t be hard for him to reclaim the spot, the Dodgers bullpen is just pitiful.

Brandon Lyon – Will undergo surgery on his right biceps and miss the remainder of the year.  Fantasy owners who own Melancon rejoice!

Ike Davis – Might need microfracture surgery in his ankle.  Sounds like we aren’t seeing Ike again this year, don’t release him until you hear the official word.

Shaun Marcum – Says he plans on making his next scheduled start.  I think his next scheduled start will come in AAA as a minor league rehab assignment.

Joe Nathan – Expected to be activated from the disable list tomorrow.  If you have room for Nathan he might be worth an add.  Its not like Capps has been rock solid in that closers role.

Justin Morneau – Will have his cast removed on Friday.  He will not immediately go on a rehab assignment, he will regain range of motion before going on a rehab assignment.

Ty Wigginton – 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.  If you need help at 1st, 2nd, or 3rd add Wigginton while hes hot.  Please note that he could be dropped by next week.

Erik Bedard – 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 10 K and picks up his 5th loss of the season.  Bedard was dominant yet again Wednesday night, it might be time to sell high on Bedard im sure an injury is right around the corner.

Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 K while picking up his 9th win.  Correias ERA is steadily rising, if you need wins own  him, if you’re worried about your ERA, drop him.

Neftali  Feliz – .2 IP, 4 ER, 0 K as he takes the loss in the meltdown.  Chalk this one up to a bad day!

Fausto Carmona – According to Manny Acta Carmona is not going to the bullpen.  Hes right, he shouldn’t be going to the pen, he should be sent down to AAA.  Carmona is absolutely droppable right now.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

postheadericon ELBOW TROUBLES!!!!!!

Hunter Pence – Doctors say that Pence will be out the whole Rangers series.  This is not good news for Pence owners; one has to wonder if he will be put on the DL.  Astros say he will be ready for Fridays game, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Mike Napoli – Received a cortisone shot in his left oblique.  The next 24-48 hours should give us a better timetable for his return.

Dillon Gee – 4 IP, 4 ER, 1 K, 6 BB while suffering his first loss of the season.  Dillon has been pitching a bit over his head so far this year, but still managed a 7-0 start to the season.

Derek Jeter – On the day Jeter begins baseball activities again, Girardi said that Jeter would return to the leadoff spot upon return.  I know, nothing earth shaking here!

Wilson Ramos – Capped Washington’s 5 run 9th with a walk off 3 run home run.  Ramos now has hits in 5 straight games, could be the start of a hot streak.  Monitor Ramos closely!

James McDonald – 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 K 4 BB while taking a no decision.  McDonald has really been struggling lately; in his last 4 starts he has only pitched 6 innings once.  I would not drop McDonald, but he is no longer start able until he figures his stuff out.

Shaun Marcum – Is not 100% yet and will be monitored closely.  After the 3rd inning Marcum will be evaluated inning by inning.  Marcum should not be started on Wednesday.

Hanley Ramirez – ESPN's Buster Olney reports that there is sentiment within the organization that the Marlins would be better off trading Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley will not be traded unless some sort of blow up happened between him and the organization.  The return for Hanley right now is at an all time low, it would be bad business.

Jhoulys Chacin – 6.2 IP, 1 ER 7 K with a no decision.  On the surface those numbers look great, but Chacin walked 6 on the night.  I don’t see any reason to worry, consider this just an off night.

Madison Bumgardner – Will either have his next start pushed back or skipped after giving up 8 ER any only getting 1 out.  I don’t see the reason why he needs to be skipped, before Tuesdays game, he posted 8 straight quality starts!

Michael Young – 3 for 5 with a home run and a run scored.  Young now has an 8 game hitting streak and is hitting .312 on the year.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

postheadericon MCKEON THE BOSS!!

Hanley Ramirez – Benched for arriving late to the ballpark.  McKeon is not wasting any time showing Hanley who is boss here.  I don’t see this benching being any more than one game.

Adrian Gonzalez – Terry Francona said Monday that Gonzalez could see some time in the outfield on their upcoming NL road trips.  I’m not sure that this will happen, and even if it does, I don’t know if he’ll play enough games there to become outfield eligible.

Albert Pujols – Out 4 to 6 weeks with a broken forearm, but reports say he is likely out until August.  Pujols will need 4 weeks in a cast but it could take a while for him to get back to baseball activities.

Ricky Romero – tough luck loser on Monday pitching 7 innings with 2 earned runs and striking out four.  What’s funny is that Tim Hudson ended up driving in the 2 runs.  Romero has now lowered his ERA to 2.98 on the year.

Tim Hudson – 8 IP, 0 R, 8 K picking up his 6th win on the year.  Not only did Hudson pitch a masterful game, he also drove in the only 2 runs the Braves score!

Ryan Braun – Was scratched just before game time with a viral infection.  Apparently he has been fighting this for a few days, but is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday.

Clayton Kershaw – Complete game shut on Monday against the Tigers while striking out 11.  Kershaw has been struggling lately, lowering his June ERA from 5.95 to 4.08.  Kershaw’s season ERA now sits at 3.01 with 7 wins on the year.

Hunter Pence – Held out of Monday’s lineup with a sprained elbow.  I don’t see this elbow issuing putting Pence on the DL, but it is something we should monitor.  Pence says he hopes to play Tuesday night, if he doesn’t, Pence owners should start to worry.

Phil Hughes – Will make 2 more rehab starts before returning to the Yankees.  Hughes struck out 7 batters while touching 95 on the radar gun.  If Hughes is on the free agent wire, and you have a DL spot available, I’d give him a shot.
Monday, June 20, 2011

postheadericon AGELESS WONDER!


Paul Konerko – 1 for 3 with a home run and an RBI.  Konerko is continuing to prove that last year was not a fluke, but some have to be worried that people at age 34 don’t have the best years of their careers. 

James Shields – After throwing a complete game shut out his last start, Shields follows that up with another complete game, a major league leading 5th.  I’m still expecting a decline, these stats are just not sustainable, but maybe they wont decline as much as I think!

Albert Pujols – Injury his wrist and shoulder after colliding with Wilson Betemit on a tag play.  Initial exam shows that Pujols only has a sprained wrist, we need to await the results of the MRI Pujols took before speculating.

JJ Hardy – 2 for 4 with a home run and just continues to hit since being moved to the leadoff spot.  Hardy is a must own for those who are weak at the shortstop position.

Vernon Wells – 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI.  Wells has  been hitting better as of late, but I still would not own him until he continues to show progression.

Juan Pierre – Continues to just be awful, and we are now hearing rumors that Dayan Viciedo could be replacing him soon.  Not only is Pierre been just miserable at the plate, its carried over to his defense, costing the Sox a few games this year.

Miguel Cabrera – 2 for 4 with a home run.  The home run was his first since June 5th, but has been continuing to get hits raising his average to .328 on the year.

Yovani Gallardo – Yovani continued his Jackal and Hyde ways on Sunday allowing 8 runs, 5 earned in 3 innings.  Yovani simply cannot find any type of rhythm early on in the season, I wouldn’t lose confidence yet, if possible see if you can buy low on him.
Friday, June 17, 2011

postheadericon MORE SHOULDER SADNESS!

Tommy Hanson – The Braves will skip his Friday start with right shoulder tendinitis.  Shoulder injuries are never good, expect Hanson to land on the DL.

David Freese – Freese claims hes about 2 weeks away from returning as he just start taking batting practice.  With third base being such a weak position, Freese will be a welcome face there.

Joe Mauer – Was activated from the DL immediately following the Twins win over the White Sox.  Mauer, when healthy is one of the best, if not the best catcher in baseball.  The problem is keeping him healthy, if someone is willing to give him up for cheap, you should try to deal for him.

Matt Holliday – Activated from the DL and went 2 for 3 with a home run and an RBI.  Making a splash for fantasy owners!

Danny Espinosa – It should be well known now that I have a man crush on Espinosa.  Espinosa, from the 2b position puts up better stats than most there.  I like to think of him as a Kinsler lite, with his power and steal combo. 

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper drives in 5 and promptly leaves with a groin injury.  No one should be surprised by this, or by the fact he could be headed to the DL.

Jed Lowrie – His shoulder popped outta the socket and now could be headed to the DL.  Tough break, Lowrie was putting up solid numbers from the shortstop position.

Jake Peavy – As I wrote earlier, don’t be surprised if Peavy at some point does end up in the bullpen.  The Sox earlier in the week were against this and now appear to be a little more responsive, expect Peavy to land in the pen.
Thursday, June 16, 2011

postheadericon THURSDAY ROUNDUP!

Ricky Romero – Pitched 8 shutout innings against the Orioles Wednesday night while striking out 12.  Romero matched a career high with the 12 K’s and now sports a dazzling 3.01 ERA with 6 wins.

Michael Morse – 3 for 4  2 homeruns, 3 RBI and he continues to tear the cover off the ball.  If Morse happens to be on your waiver wire, pick him up and start him immediately.  Morse now sports 12 homeruns and 40 RBI on the year and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Scott Kazmir – Released from the Angels on Wednesday, after sucking it up for the last 2 years.  Kazmir hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2008, he’ll catch on somewhere but don’t expect anything from him. 

Allen Craig – Diagnosed with a small fracture in his knee cap and is likely to miss 6 weeks.  Its too bad, as Craig was having a nice season at a position that’s scarce.

Joe Mauer – Will be activated from the disabled list on Friday.  It appears Mauer’s hitting session against Nathan yesterday went well, I still wonder why they’re waiting until Friday to activate him.

Albert Pujols – Needs one more start at 3B to become eligible there.  This is significant news, if Pujols gets that one more start at 3B, he will also be eligible at 3B next  year.

Alfonso Soriano – Activated from the DL on Wednesday but did not start.  He did enter the game as a pinch hitter and struck out.  Soriano wasn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball in his rehab assignments, I would wait a little before putting him in your lineup.

Dustin Ackley – Recalled from AAA Tacoma.  Ackley is listed as an OF in Yahoo! Leagues, and I would not start him as an OF.  Once he gets 2B eligibility he could become quite valuable there.  Ackley is a must grab in all deep leagues.

Jeff Baker – Call me crazy, but for those of you with awful teams, take a look at Jeff Baker.  Baker comes with an asterisk attached to him.  Baker is worth a look for teams who have absolutely nothing to lose, but only against LEFT handed pitching.  Baker on the year is hitting .500 with 2 homeruns and 11 RBI in 46 at bats.  If your team is struggling and you’re looking for a quick fix look at Baker and start him against LEFTIES only!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

postheadericon MR. 3,000 ON HOLD!!

Derek Jeter – Place on the DL with a right calf strain.  Jeter is six hits shy of 3,000 and will continuing pursuing this May 29th, the first day he’s eligible off the DL.

Justin Morneau – To the DL with a sore left wrist.  Things just keep getting worse for Morneau, if you can get anything of value for Morneau, take it.

Joe Mauer  Will not return on Thursday as expected.  Instead he will face Joe Nathan on Wednesday, whatever that means.  Joe Mauer is the reason why you don’t draft catchers at the spot he was drafted at.

Jake Peavy – Says hes open to pitching in the bullpen.  Peavy in the bullpen might not be a bad idea, its much like what Kerry Wood did.  The Sox aren’t open to this right now, but don’t be surprised if you do see him in the pen after he injuries himself yet again this year.

Hanley Ramirez – was activated from the DL and promptly went 0 for 4.  Yup, that’s Hanley picking up right where he left off!

Dustin Ackley – Expected to be promoted on Monday.  Rumors had it he was going to be called up this past Monday but due to super two reasons he was not.

Cole Hamels – Left his start after 7 innings with back tightness.  Hamels was absolutely brilliant again Tuuesday night before exiting.  Since May 28, Hamels has only allowed 4 earned runs.  Hamels is certainly pitching like an SP 1 right now!

James Shields – Complete game shut out Tuesday night against a red hot Red Sox team.  Shields was dazzling allowing only 5 hits and walking 3.  Shields ERA sits at a rather impressive 2.60 on the year, remember what I said, he’s not a sub 4 ERA pitcher.

Danny Espinosa – 3 for 5 with an RBI in a Nationals come from behind win.  Espinosa is still struggling to hit for average but his power numbers are excellent and hes driving in runs.  I still see him as a .250 hitter with 20+ home runs and 80+ RBI.  Some would kill for that at the 2B position.

Jose Reyes – 3 for 5 with two stolen bases Tuesday night.  Reyes is on an absolute tear right now, as is proving that when healthy, hes one of the best in the game.  I could see Reyes getting a few MVP votes if he continues this all year.

Jared Weaver – Complete game shut out over the M’s Tuesday night picking up his 8th win.  Weaver owed us this start since he has been winless in his last 8 starts. 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

postheadericon MR. 3,000 ON HOLD?

Derek Jeter – Left Mondays game with a grade 1 calf strain.  No word yet if hes going to be placed on the DL, stay tuned.

Justin Morneau – Had an MRI on his wrist, which came back negative.  The dreadful season for Morneau is just getting worse.  He is considered day-to-day.

Vicente Padilla – Set to undergo neck surgery on Thursday.  Apparently the anti-inflammatory injection he received is not working.  If for some god awful reason you’re actually storing Padilla, drop him now.  I expect him to miss the remainder of the season.

Brett Anderson – James Andrews has advised Brett Anderson to rehab for six weeks and will not need Tommy John surgery.  To me this just sounds like he’s delaying the inevitable.

Jason Heyward – 1 for 3 with a double and a walk in his first rehab game.  When Heyward comes back, he is a must play in all formats.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 7 K with a no decision.  Dempster was absolutely magnificent Monday night holding a tough Brewer offense scoreless.  Dempster has been fabulous since May 3 allowing more the 2 runs only twice.

Wandy Rodriguez – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K while picking up his 4th win.  Excellent start straight off the DL, im sure many of you benched him for this start.

Johan Santana – Had a set back and is know likely out until August.  Is anyone surprised by this?  I saw this coming, drop him in all formats.
Monday, June 13, 2011

postheadericon THE ZIMM IS RETURNING!

Ryan Zimmerman – Finally healthy and will return from the DL on Tuesday.  Zimmerman becomes a must start immediately and is still an elite option at 3B.

Adam Dunn – Hit a 3 run home run on Sunday, and what some could say is now “heating up”. Dunn has 2 home runs and 6 RBIs in the last 4 days.  I wouldn’t pick Dunn up in 10 team leagues quite yet, monitor the situation.

Mike Moustakas – Playing in his 2nd big league game, Mike Moustakas hit his first career home run.  Moustakas is a must own in all leagues and formats due to the weak stats at 3b.

Francisco Liriano – Had a perfect game going into the 7th inning before an error ruined that, and then lost his no hitter in the 8th.  Liriano was absolutely brilliant Sunday afternoon shutting down a great Texas offense.

Mike Napoli – To the DL with an oblique strain.  Tough break for fantasy owners, Napoli was starting to get more playing time and was playing well.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 14 K to pick up his 8th win on the year.  Hansons 14 K’s were a career high, Hanson is a must start against ALL teams.

Alex Gordon – 3 for 5 with 2 RBI on Sunday afternoon.  Gordon is having himself an unexpected quality year at the 3B position.  While Gordons average is slowly dropped from the .350 it was at in april, he has still been driving in runs and have driven in over 10 runs a month and is on pace to do so again.  Until Gordon proves otherwise, he is still a solid option at the 3B position.

Jordan Zimmerman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 K while taking part in yet another no decision.  Zimmerman hasn’t given up more than 3 runs since April 26th and is quickly becoming an elite option.  If only the Nationals can start giving him some run support.

David Ortiz – Ortiz has absolutely been tearing the cover out of the ball the month of June.  He is batting .400 with 5 home runs and 16 RBI.

Prince Fielder – Speaking of someone else who is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, Fielder has just been a home run machine lately, blasting 8 in the month of June while driving in 16.

Sergio Santos – Blew a save on Thursday and has been shaky his last couple times out.  Santos is clearly not closer material; he doesn’t possess the stuff to be a closer.  No one in the White Sox pen has closer type stuff, with the exception of Sale.  If you own Santos, you need to monitor this situation closely.
Friday, June 10, 2011

postheadericon WELCOME TO THE BIGS, MIKE!

Mike Moustakas – Promoted from AAA Omaha.  Moustakas has the potential for elite talent, he is an absolute must add in keeper leagues, and what the hell, he should be a must add in all leagues due to the crap that’s available at 3rd base.

Anthony Rizzo – 1 for 2 with 2 walks, not a bad debut from the youngster, but like I said yesterday, keep your expectations in check from such a deep first base position. 

Dustin Pedroia – After getting his knee “thoroughly” examined on Thursday it was determined that he only has a bruised knee cap.  I guess Pedroia now has an excuse to use when he sucks!

Jerry Sands – was optioned back to AAA Albuquerque. Sands struggled at the major league level his first time around, but this shouldn’t affect his long term outlook, Sands could be quite a sleeper next year.

Albert Pujols – Started at 3rd base again on Thursday. In Yahoo! leagues, Albert Pujols can gain 3B eligibility with two more starts or six more appearances at the hot corner.

Joba Chamberlain – Will need Tommy John surgery, maybe that’s the reason why he sucks so bad?

Jonny Venters – Got the save yesterday as Kimbrel needed a day off.  Venters has been exceptional this year, but is no more than an elite holds guy this year.

Craig Kimbrel – Was passed up on a save situation yesterday because he pitched two days in a row and threw 28 pitches on Wednesday.  A lot of people are looking too much into this, I believe Fredi as Kimbrel has done nothing to relinquish the closers role.

Trevor Cahill – 2.2 IP, 6 ER and 8 H.  Cahill is still obviously a very good pitcher,  but he’s not a sub 3 ERA pitcher, still it was a bit of a surprise to see him get lit up by such a weak offensive team in Chicago.  I would still continue to run Cahill out there every start until he proves otherwise.
Thursday, June 9, 2011

postheadericon OHHHHH, FRACTURES!

Brett Lawrie – Diagnosed with a fracture in his hand.  Lawrie will be shut down for at least 3 weeks and then re-examined.  Don’t expect to see Lawrie in the bigs until late July, early august.

Hanley Ramirez – Could return from the DL on June 14th if all goes well.  To make things easier for all, just expect all things to not go well.

Pablo Sandoval – Expected to return from the DL next Tuesday.  Upon his return, you should keep expectations in check, im not sure which Pablo well see.

Anthony Rizzo – Will be called up Thursday and will start everyday at 1st base.  Rizzo is a fine prospect but you need to keep expectations in check, at least for this year due to the park that he plays in.  Petco will kill great power that Rizzo possesses.

Pedro Alvarez – Reinjured his quad and will be shut down yet again.  Its getting awful close to the time where we release Pedro from our squads.

Jose Tabata – 4 for 6 with a single and nothing else.  Really? 4 hits and nothing else, talk about a worthless 4 for 6.  Anyway, lets  hope this is the start of Tabata getting on track.

Carlos Quentin – 2 for 5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.  Quentin has single handily been carrying the White Sox these last 2 weeks.  In the month of June he has hit .400 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI.  If history repeats itself, expect him to get hit by a pitch and break something soon.

Curtis Granderson – 0 for 5 and is now hitting .083 in the month of June with no home runs and no RBI.  I said bounce back year, not MVP year, Granderson will struggle like this from time to time but don’t worry about it, he will be fine.

Carl Crawford – 2 for 5 with a home run and is now batting .247 on the year.  Crawford is putting together a 2nd straight very good month hitting .346 with 2 home runs.  I have a question for Carl, where have all the stolen bases gone?

Elvis Andrus – 3 for 5 with an RBI and caught stealing.  Since June 3rd Andrus is hitting a smoking hot .476 (10/21).  Andrus is slowly putting together a very nice fantasy season.

Mark Melancon – Saved his 6th game of the year on Wednesday and now sports a 1.78 ERA on the year.  Melancon has only blown 1 save since being appointed the closer and that was way back on May 17th.  Players like Melancon are the reasons why you don’t draft closers early in drafts

Prince Fielder – 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI as he continues to be on a tear.  Fielder has 6 home 0runs and 12 RBI in the month of June.

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 K while picking up his 8th win on the year.  Hamels has been absolutely dominate as of late and now sports a very impressive 2.58 ERA

Matt Cain – Complete game 1 ER, 11 K performance to pick up his 5 win on the season.  After struggling on May 24th and 29th, Cain has put together 2 straight excellent performances.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

postheadericon Another Eblow bites the dust, again???

Brett Anderson – Going to see James Andrews to get a second opinion on his elbow.  It has been rumored that Anderson will need Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.  Don’t drop Anderson yet, wait until surgery is confirmed before dropping him.

Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K and now sports a 2.59 ERA on the year.  Yup, I’d say that’s pretty elite! Roll him out there with confidence every start.

Mark Teixeria – Lets Tuesdays game after getting hit on the knee by a Lester pitch.  X-Rays came back negative and he will miss a game or two.

Jonathan Papelbon – Suspended 3 games for bumping into an umpire in Saturdays win over the A’s.  Expect Daniel Bard to vulture saves while Papelbon is out.

Dee Gordon – 3 for 5 with a stolen base in his first major league start!  I wouldn’t expect such a high average out of Gordon, but the steals are legit.  Think a full season of around 40 steals!

Jemile Weeks – 0 for 4 in his major league debut.  As of right now Weeks isn’t worth picking up unless you’re in an AL only league.  Weeks minor league numbers are uninspiring to put it nicely.

Carlos Carrasco – 8.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 K while picking up his 5th win.  Was this start good because he faced a weak twins team, or was he just dominant on the day?  Ehhh, I think it was a little of both!

Pablo Sandoval – Homered and drove in 4 runs in his rehab stint Tuesday.

Jimmy Rollins – Charlie Manuel says that Rollins could return to the lineup on Wednesday.  Rejoice, silly sports fans that actually drafted Rollins!

Jake Peavy – Offically placed on the 15 day DL with a groin strain.  Any chance that Peavy can pitch out of a bubble?  That’s about the only way this guy could possible stay healthy!

Vernon Wells – Activated from the DL on Tuesday and promptly goes 0-3.  Wells is not worth picking up until he decides to bull his head out of his butt.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

postheadericon tuesdays round up!!!!!!

Michael Brantley – 3 for 4 with a double and home run.  Brantley is simple putting up numbers across the board for fantasy owners.  He is quickly becoming a must start guy in mixed leagues.

Logan Morrison – 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Morrison has been struggling a little as of later, watching his average drop down to .290 before yesterdays 3 hit performance.  Morrison, more than likely is not going to hit .300 all year, probably more around the .280 range, but his exceptional plate discipline could give him a shot at hitting .300.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI.  Cabrera continues to be a nice surprise this year as he has just hit his 12th home run of the year.  For a guy who has never hit more than 6 home runs in a season, this comes as a huge surprise.  Expect a power outage to come soon.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP 4 R, 3 ER while suffering his 4th loss of the year.  Gio has been struggling somewhat his last 2 starts, hes been plagued by some bad early innings.  Expect him to correct his early inning struggles and continue to roll him out there with confidence.

Josh Tomlin – Tomlin was roughed up again Monday night allowing 6 run in 6 innings.  I don’t think its time to drop Tomlin yet, but hes no longer a must start.

John Danks – 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 K to pick up his first win of the year.  Its about time Danks gets his first win, who has definitely pitched better than 1 and 8 record.

Joakim Soria – Picked up the win in relief Monday night and was then reappointed the closer of the team.  As I said yesterday, I hope you didn’t drop him in any leagues.

Francisco Liriano – Activated from the DL and will start Tuesdays game.  I wouldn’t start Liriano on Tuesday, let him work the rust off.
Monday, June 6, 2011

postheadericon choo in the dui dumps

Shin Soo Choo – Claims that his DUI is causing him to play bad.  Might be the lamest excuse for sucking I’ve ever seen.  I still think that Choo bounces back this year and is a fantastic buy low candidate.

Evan Longoria – Is expected back in the lineup Monday night.  Breathe easy fantasy owners, Longoria pinch hit yesterday and had an RBI single. 

Clay Buchholz – Will have his Wednesday start pushed back to Friday.  Probably not a bad idea to give a guy with back issues a few extra days.  I wouldn’t worry too much until he’s missing some starts.

Dexter Fowler – Could be demoted to AAA.  Wouldn’t be a bad idea since hes been fairly worthless thus far in the season.  How does a guy with phenomenal speed have only 2 steals?

Edinson Volquez – Expected to be recalled from AAA and start on Tuesday.  He is not worth a pickup in mixed leagues, but in NL only, he might be worth a shot.

Joakim Soria – Ned Yost said that Soria is close to resuming his closers role.  If Soria is out there on your free agent waiver wire, go ahead and pick him up.

Jhonny Peralta – Hitting .320 with 8 home runs and 31 RBI.  Did any of you see this coming because I surely didn’t.  If by some small chance he is still on your FA wire, jump on his quick as he has SS and 3B eligibly.

CC Sabathia – Was one out away from a complete game against the Angels on Saturday while picking up his 7th win.  To go along with 7 wins CC now sports a 2.80 ERA on the year with 70 strikeouts.  That’s CC being CC!

Jake Peavy – Injured his groin while giving up 6 ER on Sunday.  Does anyone else think it’s funny how Peavy always gets hurt in game he sucks in?  Yeah, this bum shouldn’t be owned in anything more than AL only leagues.  It appears he’s yet again headed to the 15 day DL.

Adam Lind – In his 2nd game off the DL, Lind went 4 for 4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI.  Insert Lind back into your lineup if you haven’t already.

Carlos Marmol – Blew his 2nd consecutive save.  Don’t blame Marmol for this one, he should not have been out there Sunday.  Marmol threw 45 pitches on Saturday and looked as if his arm was dead on Sunday afternoon.  Continue to roll Marmol out there with confidence.
Friday, June 3, 2011

postheadericon Aubs Huff Has lifted off.... 3 Times!

Not too much to talk about today due to the lack of games, but here is what I saw that warrants noticing!

Aubrey Huff – 4 for 5 with 3 runs, 3 home runs, and 6 RBI!  That gives Huff 4 home runs the last 2 days and now puts him close to his home run and RBI pace of last year.  Who would thought it would only take Huff one game to get back on track!  Anyway, Huff still should not be started in everyday lineups, until he proves otherwise he’s a situational starter.

Colby Rasmus – 2 for 5 with a triple, grand slam and 6 RBI!  Huff wasn’t the only standout player in this game.  After a pretty miserable May, hopefully this is the start of something good for Rasmus.

Brandon Webb – Was pulled from his rehab start with the same shoulder inflammation that has been bothering him for years.  This further confirms that Webb wont be back this year, and don’t be surprised if this is the end for him.

Pablo Sandoval – Will begin a rehab assignment Friday for single A San Jose.

Jim Thome and Jason Kubel – Both were placed on the DL Thursday.  Does this is even matter?  The Twins are just a miserable team.

Brett Jackson – According the Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, its only a matter of time before Brett Jackson is called up from AA Tennessee.  Brett Jackson’s talent is endless, it’s a speed power guy who plays great defense.  I don’t think its time to start rostering Jackson just yet, but if youre worried someone will pick him up, go ahead and grab him.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 K, and his 6th win of the season.  That’s just King Felix doing work!

James Shields – 4 IP, 7 ER, 4 K as he suffers his 4th loss of the year.  Looks like the James Shield honeymoon is over.  If you thought he was really a Sub 4 ERA pitcher, give me what you’re smoking.
Thursday, June 2, 2011

postheadericon Another Elbow Bites the Dust!!

Dick K – Opting for Tommy John surgery.  Not a huge loss, Dice K sucks anyway.

Hanley Ramirez – Looks like Hanley might be taking a trip to the 15 day DL.  We will know the final decision on Friday….Expect Hanley to be placed on the DL

Matt Holliday – Speaking of someone going to the DL, Holliday was placed on it Wednesday.  As I told you last week, he was headed their anyway.

Aramis Ramirez – Went to go dive for a groundball and it ended up hitting him in the face.  Ramirez needed a few stitches in his lip, but overall escaped major injuries.  Expect Ramirez to be back in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

Fernando Salas – Blew his first saved of the year with 2 outs.  Salas allowed a single then a stolen base, followed by a 2 strike single up the middle.  Salas has been superb so far in the closers role, but still doesn’t possess top closer stuff, keep expectations in check.

Josh Tomlin – 6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 7 K and earns his 7th win of the season.  Tomlin is slowly starting to regress, he has given up 10 ER his last 2 starts.  We all knew Tomlin wasn’t a sub 3 ERA pitcher, but he should be fantasy relevant all year.

Brian McCann – 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.  Yup, that McCann telling you hes the best fantasy catcher in baseball!

Jose Reyes – Expected back in the lineup on Thursday.  It’s about time, you’re killing my week, Reyes!

Nelson Cruz – 3 for 4 with an RBI and stolen base. Now these are the things fantasy owners were expecting when they drafted Cruz in the late 3rd round, early 2nd.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

postheadericon MAILBAG!!!!

Question
“3B rest of the way in 12 team roto non keeper. Pick one or two you would want on your team the rest of the season:


Lowrie, Lawrie, Alvarez, Reynolds, Moustakas, Figgins, Headley”


Answer
There is a lot of young guys in this group, and I often have trouble trusting them in their first season in the bigs.  I would say that 2 guys you would want on your team all year are Alvarez and Lawrie, in that order.  I do feel that Alvarez will pick it up this year and still give you 20 plus home runs.

Question
“I have three 1B (Votto, Morneau and Dunn) but only two spots (1B and Util). Votto and who the rest of the way (Morneau or Dunn)?”


Answer
This is actually quite and easy question to answer.  I choose Dunn hands down, Morneau has too many issues going on, and his recent pinched nerve in the neck is a real cause of concern for me.  I would try to trade Morneau, but don’t just give him away.


Question
Would you start Gio Gonzalez today against Yankees?

Answer
I truly believe that if you own a pitcher, you pitch him.  If you aren’t going to pitch him, why do you own him?  You should only play matchups with pitchers who normally shouldn't be owned, for example, Jason Marquis type pitcher.  Gio Gonzalez to me, is a pitcher you should run out there everyday with confidence.  No matter who the pitcher is, he is going to get roughed up in a game or two this year.  See Cliff Lee last night.



Question

Keeper league. I have lidge and guy is offering me his 4th rd draft pick next year for him. Would you?


Answer
On paper I say do this, but I don’t know the specifics of your league.  When I think of closers in baseball, Lidge doesn’t even come close to being one of the top ones in my mind.  In 2009 he saved 31 games with an ERA of 7.21, hes just too inconsistent.

Question
What is your prediction of when domonic brown will become a must start option?

Answer
I’m not confident in saying that Brown will be a must start option this year.  If I had to guess when/if he would become a must start option this year, is when he becomes completely healthy and starts getting his timing down in the big leagues.  If I had to guess when this would happen, I would hope around the All Star Break.

Question
Please rank rest of the way - Bruce, kemp, victorino, choo. Also, zobrist or k Johnson ROTW? Thanks!

Answer
There is a lot of good names in there, so this will be tough and is just my opinion. I'd say Kemp, Bruce, Choo, Victorino.   For your Zobrist and K Johnson question, I’m not a Zobrist fan at all, hes simply a product of one very successful double header where he hit a good amount of home runs and drove in a ton of runs. So I am going Kelly Johnson and then Zobrist.

postheadericon ESPINOSA....TAKING OFF!!!

Danny Espinosa – 3 for 4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s and is now 6 for his last 15 with 4 home runs.  As I said before, Espinosa will hit you 20 HRs and bat you 250 and steal you a handful of bases.

Brandon Morrow – 5 IP, 6 ER, 9 K.  While the 9 K’s are very nice, Morrow continues his inconsistent ways and in quickly becoming a matchup only pitcher.  He’s also become a fantastic buy low candidate, hes simply not this bad.

Justin Morneau – Has a pinched nerve in his neck and is expected to linger throughout the season.  I feel sorry for all fantasy owners that drafted him.  After what he did to me last year, I swore I’d never draft him again.

Ryan Zimmerman – Will play in an extended spring training game on Wednesday.  Thank you, Ryan!

Michael Brantley – 3 for 5 with a double and a triple.  Brantley has been extremely consistent all year and should be owned in all formats.  As you all know, I love Brantley.

Matt Holliday – Headed for an MRI and now may need a DL stint.  As I said last week, don’t be surprised when Holliday lands on the DL.

Carlos Marmol - .1 IP 6 ER 0 K.  Marmol plain and simply didn’t have his good stuff on Tuesday.

Brett Lawrie – Hit in the wrist with a pitch Tuesday night and was sent immediately for x-rays.  The results of the x-rays come back with a bruised left wrist and will need a couple days off.  I’m sure we won’t see Lawrie in the majors until sometime next week, after this HBP.

Francisco Liriano – Expected to be activated from the disabled list on June 7th.  Don’t hold your breath, this is Liriano talking, not the Twins.

Edwin Jackson – Said he would be willing to accept a bullpen assignment, even though it wouldn’t make him happy.  Dear Edwin, you are not a good pitcher, accept your bullpen assignment!

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