Tag:Aubrey Huff
Posted on: June 12, 2008 2:47 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2008 2:53 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

Lead notes... Soriano, Pujols go down. V-Mart, too? The dog days are putting Fantasy stars in the doghouse.


AL -- Good starts
C -- Kenji Johjima -- He has had a terrible first half, but he might be coming out of it now.
1B -- Aubrey Huff -- Streaky slugger broke out of his slump with a four-hit night this week.
2B -- Alexei Ramirez -- The Cuban Missile got off to a slow start, but he is a hot everyday player now.
3B -- Evan Longoria -- AL Rookie of the Year candidate has gone on that massive tear we expected. Start him in all leagues.
SS -- Maicer Izturis -- Slap-hitting basestealer is hot and a solid start in all Rotisserie leagues.
OF -- Luke Scott -- Streaky slugger on the right side of things and having his best month in June.  

AL -- Bad starts
C -- Ivan Rodriguez -- Well-past his prime veteran is now in a time-share with Brandon Inge.
1B -- Carlos Pena -- Targeting a return in mid-week, but let him return and prove productive first.
2B -- Jose Lopez -- Streaky hitter has fallen back in a slow. Time to back off him for a week.
3B -- Chone Figgins -- Coming off the DL, but his hamstring has been shaky and his No. 1 weapon.
SS -- Yuniesky Betancourt -- He has fallen into a slump and really should only be starting in deeper AL-only formats anyway.
OF -- Carl Crawford -- 27-year-old has been a bust and is dealing with chronic sore knee. Likely shouldn't start outside of Roto or AL-only

  NL -- Good starts
C -- Chris Iannetta -- The Rockies have seven games and he is hot and earning more starts.
1B -- Mike Jacobs -- Came out of his slump with homers in back-to-back games this week.
2B -- Kelly Johnson -- Showing signs of breaking out and Braves one of just two teams with seven games.
3B -- Mark Reynolds -- A repeat must-start guy. He is streaky and on a serious roll in June.
SS -- Yunel Escobar -- He has been hot and the Braves have seven games.
OF -- Brad Hawpe -- He has come off the DL hot and is among the few hitters to have seven games this week.  

NL -- Bad starts
C -- Paul Bako -- Has career-high six homers and 5 RBI game last week, but he is not this good.
1B -- Chris Duncan -- Has a full-time job with Pujols out until July, but wait until he gets hot before trusting him.
2B -- Ian Stewart -- He is 2B eligible now, but Clint Barmes' return could affect his playing time. Track that.
3B -- Andy LaRoche -- Dodgers call up the top prospect, but he is just in a platoon right now. Watch him.
SS -- Troy Tulowitzki -- Starting rehab assignment, but it figures to be a long one. Keep him reserved at least one more week.
OF -- Moises Alou -- We said he would return last week but don't start him as a day-to-day injury risk. Right on, keep him stashed.


Posted on: March 25, 2008 1:18 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2008 3:15 pm

Just two Fort games left

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Marlins-O's today. Scott Olsen vs. No. 5 starter finalist Brian Burres, who likely wins a rotation spot with a decent outing.

-- Melvin Mora continues his strong spring with a triple to left center that Alejandro De Aza dove for but missed. De Aza can run, but he played that into a triple. He should have held it to a double. Double-A demoted Cameron Maybin would have and might even have made the catch running away. De Aza also sailed a throw over the catcher to try to get Mora on a sac fly attempt.

-- Olsen is a head case, but as a third-year starting pitcher downgraded on a bad team, he could prove to be a sleeper in deeper leagues. A 200-inning season is not out of the question for him.

-- After I type that, Olsen has gotten slapped around hard. The O's are popping extra-base hits all over the place. Giving up hits is one thing, getting multi-tagged is something else. A stiff wind blowing in might have helped some of the flies, but Olsen is awful today regardless.

-- Jorge Cantu won the Marlins' starting third base job. Consider him a sleeper in NL-only leagues. But Cantu's fortune to the Marlins' misfortune. They clearly have the worst defense in baseball. Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla are great offensive players but they are butchers up the middle. Cantu and 1B Mike Jacobs pick it like DHs, as does Josh Willingham in left. Oh Maybin, where art thou?

Cody Ross in center, Jeremy Hermida in right and Matt Treanor behind the plate are the Marlins only non-below average defenders. Yet another reason to hate Marlins' pitchers in all Fantasy leagues this season.

-- Speaking of bad gloves. ... Aubrey Huff is playing third today with Mora as a DH. Huff won't play much at third at all this season, but he could be the fall-back option if something significant happens to the older Mora this year.

-- Burres tossed up all zeroes today and will be named the O's No. 5 starter by manager Dave Trembley right after the game. Pick him up in deeper AL-only leagues if you are desperate for a starting pitcher.


Posted on: March 7, 2008 11:34 am
Edited on: March 7, 2008 4:11 pm

Goin' bloggin' at the Fort

FORT LAUDERDALE -- At the Red Sox split squad vs. the O's today. Julian Tavarez vs. Jeremy Guthrie. I am also finishing my pre-draft series on sleepers and breakouts with Part VI ... 27 under 27. The thought here is players younger than their prime should be good picks for continued improvement.

Don't have internet access in the O's press box... that stadium is ancient, so this blog comes after the game:

-- Save for Mike Lowell, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox brought their B squad.

-- Guthrie retired Ellsbury, shortstop prospect Jed Lowrie and Youkilis in order in the first. The 2007 rookie surprise has an awful supporting cast, but he continues to make the Indians look dumb for giving him away last winter. He had a great first half before coming back down to earth after the break. That can be expected of a rookie starter. The 180-inning grind is tough on first-timers. Guthrie should be able to stretch it out to over 200 innings this season. He is far more of a veteran sophomore than most. His poor team makes him a sleeper, especially in Rotisserie leagues -- where 2-1 losses don't matter as much.

-- Lowell got jammed on a good Guthrie changeup with two on in the third. Lowell is not in regular-season form, but Guthrie is a lot better than I had given credit for most of last year. I didn't really trust his first half numbers. Heck, the Indians just gave him away. Guthrie went three smooth innings.

-- Unlike Guthrie, Tavarez is facing most of the O's regulars. I don't give much of a chance of him supplanting Clay Buchholz (starting in Fort Myers today) or Bartolo Colon (working live BP in Fort Myers) as the Red Sox's No. 5 starter -- but he is a free-agent-to-be if you buy into that with older players.

-- Melvin Mora hit a 420-foot foul to left and then a 390-foot gap-job to right-center off Tavarez, scoring Brian Roberts from first. Roberts, as I have noticed many times, is built to run.

-- Nick Markakis followed with a sharp RBI single in the hole to right, scoring Mora. And Kevin Millar followed him with a slap single past Lowrie to center, scoring Markakis. Tavarez belongs in long relief, or on the trading block. Kyle Snyder, last year's long reliever, had to replace Tavarez in the middle of the innings -- embarrasing.

--  Aubrey Huff, who got off to a late start this spring because of sports hernia surgery in January, hit a high two-run homer to right to greet Snyder. Not sure if the winds was blowing directly in, but it most certainly wasn't blowing out. It didn't matter which way the wind was blowing, it was going to be a homer in any conditions in any ballpark. Huff hit another on the nose in his next at-bat, lining out to second.

-- Jamie Walker, who was going to close before the O's got George Sherrill from the Mariners, came into the game with Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart playing over the PA. Now that's a sweet entrance song. Anything from the '80s rock era is good, but some are getting overplayed by relievers.

-- Guillermo Quiroz is the only other catcher on the O's 40-man roster outside of Ramon Hernandez. That makes it likely he serves as the backup. Quiroz was once a highly regarded prospect in the Jays system before injuries and multiple changes of scenery made him a non-factor in keeper leagues. He did have a solid double down the line in this game and might be a serviceable No. 2 catcher in the deepest of AL-only leagues on the cheap.

-- Jim Leyritz made an appearance, hanging outside of the Red Sox lockerroom before the game. He was talking to a policeman of all people.

If you haven't heard, Leyritz is facing DUI and manslaughter charges in connection with a late December auto accident in Fort Lauderdale. Reports say Leyritz ran a red light and hit the SUV of a woman in the wee hours of the morning after partying with ex-school teacher/USA bikini model Erica Chevilliar. The woman he hit, Fredia Ann Veitch, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the hospital.

She was a bartender of mine at the Original Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Very flirtatious and my friends were very fond of her. My girl friend wouldn't appreciate me being as fond of her as they were. (Said "friends" were at the game today -- Red Sox fans Dr. Gene Perkins, Jimmy O'Halloran, Brett Tresky, Shannon Avello and my best buddy Colin Lucas Jordison -- who is almost 4).

A friend of Leyritz told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that former ballplayer was served by her before, too. He knew the person killed in his tragic accident. I didn't know her well, but she was as friendly and beautiful of a server as I can remember. She served us -- overserved us? -- during the postseason baseball games last October. Red Sox games in fact. And here Leyritz is in spring training visiting those Red Sox.

-- Gary Thorne and Buck Martinez are doing the broadcast today for MASN, the O's cable network in Baltimore. Thorne was the broadcaster who cited a player who said Curt Schilling's bloody sock during the 2004 playoffs was a hoax -- the red marks on the sock being paint and not blood. I am boycotting MASN. Not for the sock thing -- they stole CBSSports.com's huge center field ad space this spring. Actually, can't say I am boycotting MASN when I volunteer to do interviews for the Anita Marks Show whenever they ask.

-- The O's on Friday sent down No. 1 pick Matt Wieters and two of the arms received in the Erik Bedard trade, Chris Tillman and Kam Mickolio. They weren't candidates to make the team, but intrigue in O's campers wane by the day. Tillman was popping the glove better than most pitchers this spring, according to the Baltimore Sun blog by Roch Kubako.

-- Lowrie, an often-mentioned trade piece in the Johan Santana talks this winter, had a clean single to center. He looks like a solid shortstop prospect, but he doesn't have a whole lot of speed. He wasn't able to score on a ground single to left by Youkilis. He didn't even try to.

-- Brandon Moss showed something, a couple of hits. He could be and interesting contributor for the Red Sox and deeper AL-only leagues if J.D. Drew comes down with something serious.

-- O's pitching prospect Radhames Liz came on in the sixth after Guthrie, Walker and submariner Chad Bradford. He throws hard. He isn't really in the mix to make the rotation out of spring training at this point. Guthrie, Daniel Cabrera, Adam Loewen and Steve Trachsel are the likely first four, with Matt Albers, Garrett Olson, Hayden Penn and Brian Burres competing to be the No. 5.


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