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Sunday, August 30, 2009
With Arizona closer Chad Qualls dislocating his kneecap in tonight's game, the D'Backs will need a new closer. I'd endorse Juan Gutierrez as the first pickup, but you might want to keep an eye on Esmerling Vazquez and Clay Zavada. Definitely listen to what the D'Backs say over the next 24 hours, as this isn't a terribly clear cut situation.
Posted by Derek Carty at 9:14pm
Friday, August 28, 2009
Time for some funny ha-ha's.
1. Angel Pagan (CF)
2. Wilson Valdez (SS)
3. Daniel Murphy (1B)
4. Jeff Francoeur (RF)
5. Cory Sullivan (LF)
6. Fernando Tatis (3B)
7. Omir Santos (C)
8. Anderson Hernandez (2B)
9. Tim Redding (P)
Actually, I'm not sure what's funnier: that lineup, or the fact that it actually scored 10 runs in... no, faithful readers who are graciously putting up with this Mets fan's tirade, not two months... a single game.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:58am
This week's Fantasy Baseball Roundtable was hosted by FantasyPros911. The question:
I predict that Ubaldo Jimenez will be a top seven fantasy pitcher in 2010. Will I be right?
THT's Rob McQuown stepped up to the plate and answered for us this week. You can find everyone's answer here.
Posted by Derek Carty at 11:56am
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
With Dexter Fowler on the DL for a few weeks with a bruised right knee, the Rockies called up speedster Eric Young from Triple-A and Tuesday night he started in center, batting lead off. Young is a player I talked about briefly in this article, and for those link lazy I'll reproduce the chart of his minor league stolen base totals here:
As you can see, Young is a literal Ferrari on the base paths, and he has the potential to hit for a solid average as well. In NL-only leagues Young should be scooped up and also in most mixed leagues, depending on your need for stolen bases. If nothing else he can be used as a trade chip since a better steals opportunity is not likely to come along.
Almost comically, Young was caught stealing on his first attempt of his major league career but he should find more success running in the future.
As a last note, Seth Smith is also a player who you also might want to own while Fowler's out since a couple more starts are likely headed his way each week over this time period.
Posted by Paul Singman at 11:49pm
Looking for a starting pitcher to help you reach your league's innings max? Jays SP Scott Richmond could be as good a choice as any available on your waiver wire (I'd strongly consider Scott Baker as well). His 4.09 ERA might have already created a believer in your league, but if not, his 4.10 LIPS ERA backs it up. While his extreme fly ball tendencies limit his ceiling a bit, he is striking out over 8 batters per 9 innings with above average control, and it's possible that could end up going even higher. That's because, what I hadn't noticed about him until today, is how many swinging strikes he's inducing (which has been shown to correlate well with strikeouts). USA Today's Steve Gardner displayed this table today of the league-leaders in swinging strike rate:
+---------------------------------+-----+ | PITCHER | SS% | +---------------------------------+-----+ | Rich Harden, Cubs | 25% | | Scott Richmond, Toronto | 20% | | Francisco Liriano, Minnesota | 20% | | Ryan Dempster, Cubs | 19% | | Jonathan Sanchez, San Francisco | 19% | | Javier Vazquez, Atlanta | 19% | +---------------------------------+-----+
That's some elite company. Richmond may not dazzle with ridiculous velocity, but his fastball does have ridiculous movement (nearly a foot of rise!) and he mixes it in with some solid secondary offerings. If you've been scouring the waiver wire for a pitcher to help down the stretch, you might not need to look much further.
Posted by Derek Carty at 4:45pm
Monday, August 24, 2009
You'll probably be seeing these posts all over the place, but I'm a big fan of Tom Tango's Fan Scouting Report and wanted to post a notice just in case you guys don't hear about it elsewhere. As he's been doing for several years now, Tom is looking for fans to rate the defense of players they've watched. Here's an explanation from him:
Baseball's fans are very perceptive. Take a large group of them, and they can pick out the final standings with the best of them. They can forecast the performance of players as well as those guys with rather sophisticated forecasting engines. Bill James, in one of his later Abstracts, had the fans vote in for the ranking of the best to worst players by position. And they did a darn good job.
If you meet the criteria, please go over and fill out a form.
Posted by Derek Carty at 4:43pm
Friday, August 21, 2009
Billy Wagner is getting a lot of play in the media lately, but unless you're in a medium-to-deep NL (or AL)-only league, this former closer shouldn't be on your radar. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have indeed claimed Wagner, which leaves just a few possible fantasy scenarios:
Posted by Derek Carty at 6:11pm
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Anticipated Indians first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta and not-as-highly-awaited Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs were both called to the big leagues by their respective clubs today.
In Triple-A LaPorta has played well, putting up a solid .299/.388/.530 slash line while also cutting down his whiff rate from 20 percent last year in Double-A to 16 percent this year. With Ben Francisco gone and Trevor Crowe on the DL, there is not much standing in LaPorta's way from starting in left field, a job the Indians should give him as they play for next year. If available, LaPorta should be scooped up in AL-only leagues and most mixed leagues since he could be in store for a fine September complete with a good average, power potential, and mediocre defense.
The other call-up, Stubbs, is not having his best hitting season in his first at Triple-A, but is still displaying his value to fantasy owners with his 46 steals. He strikes out too much to hit for a high average, but does have some patience and doubles-power that could translate into mild home run-power in the future. Playing time is not so clear cut for him on the messy Reds roster, but against lefties he should start often enough to make him worth adding for NL-only owners looking for some steals.
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