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Saturday, May 30, 2009
As you know, Clint Hurdle was fired a couple days ago and was replaced by bench coach Jim Tracy. So far, the fallout has seemed to impact Garrett Atkins, Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ian Stewart the most. Tracy had very nice things to say about Atkins recently, who he has since promoted to the cleanup spot in the order (h/t Yahoo!'s RotoArcade):
"I sat over on the other side of the field in this ballpark for a number of years and I watched Garrett Atkins drive in over 200 and some odd runs over the course of a couple of different seasons. If we're going to turn some things around, he needs to be in the middle of our order...He just needs to find some green grass."
This spells bad news for Stewart, who will likely loose a little play time to Atkins. It also pushes Brad Hawpe to 5th in the order. Tracy's emergence also has had a positive impact on Clint Barmes, who has now batted 2nd in both games managed by Tracy. This pushes the struggling Tulowitzki down to 6th.
And if you're wondering — I don't imagine you are, but I'll continue anyway — these moves help me out in my leagues . I've got Barmes in LABR NL and Atkins in FSIC NL.
Posted by Derek Carty at 10:41pm
Alexi Casilla will take over as the Twins starting second baseman while Nick Punto is on the DL with a strained groin. Casilla is worth a flier in AL-Leagues only as most likely he will be sent down to Triple-A upon Punto's return in the minimum 15 days. If Casilla does play well, however, he could steal the job from Punto, who was hitting just .187 with zero home runs before getting hurt.
Casilla was not any better in the majors earlier this season, batting a laughable .167/.231/.202 before getting sent down. His defense and hustle are also concerns, the Twins say.
Posted by Paul Singman at 11:45am
Friday, May 29, 2009
NL-only leaguers take note: Emil Brown has been traded to the Mets. He'll be sent to Triple-A, but given the uncertain (read: pathetic) state of the Mets' outfield, he's a guy worth keeping tabs on or grabbing depending on your league's depth. He has some pop and speed that could be useful and would bat in a good lineup, although CitiField isn't the friendliest place for power hitters.
Posted by Derek Carty at 3:00pm (0) Comments
It's looking like Brett Myers will be out for quite some time, if not for the rest of the season. GM Ruben Amaro said that "the Phillies immediately would look internally to fill the void in the rotation. He said Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Kendrick, Andrew Carpenter and Antonio Bastardo are candidates. It appears Chan Ho Park is not a candidate and will remain in the bullpen."
None make great options for mixed leaguers, but those in NL-only leagues could consider jumping on Bastardo and Carrasco, who mixed leaguers might want to keep an eye on. His trouble has always been control, but it has been pretty good (2.8 BB/9) in 85 Triple-A innings since mid-2008. Kendrick would only qualify for pickup in the deepest of NL-only leagues, and Carpenter really should be avoided in all leagues.
This also solidifies J.A. Happ's rotation spot for a while, and he could prove valuable in deeper mixed leagues.
Posted by Derek Carty at 1:37pm (0) Comments
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Orioles announced today that top prospect Matt Wieters will be making his major league debut on Friday. If he wasn't drafted in your league or his impatient owner dropped him, pick him up now. He needs to be owned in all leagues and could be a top five catcher the rest of the way.
Posted by Derek Carty at 10:03pm (0) Comments
After sitting out for the past week due to tendinitis in his right knee, Jose Reyes was finally placed on the Disabled List by the Mets today. The move is probably a relief to many who own him since now they can finally place Reyes on their own DL. Most likely, Reyes will return to the lineup on June 4 when he is eligible.
The ailing Mets also put Ryan Church on the DL with a minor hamstring injury, mainly because Carlos Beltran is dealing with injury issues of his own and will not be available for the next few games at least after an MRI today revealed inflammation.
Top prospect Fernando Martinez was called up to fill in for the injured outfielders and will get the start in right field tonight. The 20 year old Martinez is having a solid season at Triple-A, batting .291/.337/.552. In mixed leagues I would not use my priority on him, but in deep NL Only leagues he is worth a flier.
Posted by Paul Singman at 5:19pm (0) Comments
Scott Kazmir's on the DL with a strained quad, joining Oliver Perez and Chien-Ming Wang, among others, on the mercy train. There are fantasy implications for this general trend towards DLing pitchers instead of sending them down to the minors, a la Brett Myers - namely that you (or one of your opponents) can DL Kazmir and not waste a bench spot on him. A bit of a shame, since it takes away some of the strategy of fantasy.
Posted by Jonathan Halket at 11:33am (0) Comments
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Well, apparently it needs to be said. Brad Lidge will remain the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies. When it gets to this point for most closers — where they receive the dreaded 'vote of confidence' that manager Charlie Manuel bestowed upon Lidge tonight — we'll often see a change if the pitcher can't turn things around over his next couple appearances. It'll likely be a different story for a guy with the track record of Lidge, and this is actually his second vote of confidence this month. Maybe Manuel really is just trying to get people off his back.
Still, between 1) the fact that Lidge's strikeouts are down, he's walking a ton of batters, and he's not inducing many ground balls, 2) his volatile injury situation, 3) the fact that Ryan Madson is pitching well, and 4) he's now received two votes of confidence, there is certainly cause for concern.
Madson should be owned in all but the shallowest of leagues by any owners prospecting for saves. Lidge will have ample opportunity to turn things around, but if he can't, you can be sure the Phillies won't want to head into the summer months or down the stretch run with a guy who isn't slamming the door shut in the 9th. And remember, this is a relatively impulsive club — the same that sent Brett Myers to the minors last year.
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