Tag:Brett Myers
Posted on: August 21, 2008 10:46 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Adam Wainwright is back as a starter, not a closer -- despite Jason Isringhausen being out for the year and perhaps his career
-- What's wrong with Josh Beckett? The Red Sox rotation is in shambles right now.
-- What is wrong with Jake Peavy, losing three of four starts? Can we trust this guy down the stretch?
-- Brett Myers a complete-game shutout last time out. What happened? He was getting hammered and back in the minors a month ago...

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Mike Pelfrey NYM
(08/25) vs. HOU Brian Moehler
(08/31) @ FLA Scott Olsen
81 percent owned 57 percent starting

Two-start pitcher to sit
Kevin Millwood TEX
(08/25) @ KC Gil Meche
(08/30) @ ANA Jered Weaver 
20 percent owned 6 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Jeff Francis COL
(08/25) @ SF Matt Cain 
(08/31) @ SD Jake Peavy
51 percent owned 26 percent starting

Brian Moehler HOU
(08/25) @ NYM Mike Pelfrey
(08/30) vs. STL Braden Looper 
21 percent owned 12 percent starting


Posted on: July 2, 2008 11:36 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

This week's notes for the Pitching Planner video:

-- Troy Percival back on the DL. Dan Wheeler and Grant Balfour likely to share save opportunities for the next few weeks, but Percival won't be out long. He didn't want to come out of the game in the first place and the Rays are being extra cautious.

-- Brett Myers is back in Triple-A to work on some things. He is out until late July and will be the equivalent of a trade-deadline acquisition for the first-place Phillies. J.A. Happ get a look now, perhaps prospect Carlos Carrasco later, but the Phillies are likely in play for one of the aces on a market -- Erik Bedard, C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Greg Maddux or even Bronson Arroyo.

-- Sidney Ponson didn't do so bad in his first start with the Yankees. What kind of leagues should we trust this guy in right now?

-- Francisco Liriano and David Price were smoking in their past minor league starts. Yep, they're good. Second half stars we like tracking every time they sneeze.

Must-start two-start pitcher(s) ... pick and choose your underrated hero here:
Ricky Nolasco FLA
(07/07) @ SD Josh Banks
(07/13) @ LA Chad Billingsley
66 percent owned 55 percent starting

Matt Garza TB
(07/07) vs. KC Gil Meche
(07/12) @ CLE Cliff Lee 
79 percent owned 52 percent starting

Manny Parra MIL
(07/08) vs. COL Jeff Francis
(07/13) vs. CIN Daryl Thompson
74 percent owned 48 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher ... last week Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, this week...
Pedro Martinez NYM
(07/07) @ PHI Adam Eaton
(07/12) vs. COL Ubaldo Jimenez
79 percent owned 39 percent starting

Two-start sleepers ... owned in less than 50 percent of CBSSports.com's leagues
Mike Pelfrey NYM
(07/08) vs. SF Kevin Correia 
(07/13) vs. COL Jeff Francis 
27 percent owned 13 percent starting

Jorge Campillo ATL
(07/07) @ LA Hiroki Kuroda 
(07/13) @ SD Josh Banks
35 percent owned 24 percent starting

... And with an Amber Wilson wink and smile: Good luck with your rotations guys!


Posted on: May 27, 2008 5:04 pm

All-Bust Team: The pitchers

Last week, we outlined the 1/4-pole All-Bust Team: Hitters. Now for the pitchers. Fantasy history has taught all of us the risk you assume with pitchers, so many of the names on this list you likely took too soon anyway. It is quite a star-studded rotation:

We are going to list these in order of their Average Draft Position:

SP -- Johan Santana, NYM

Sure, he hasn't been bad yet, but he was drafted No. 8 overall on average -- in Rotisserie leagues, no less! He is not even in the top 20 in scoring in Head-to-Head points leagues right now ... among starting pitchers! Going to the NL and an assumed contender in New York was supposed to make him a 20-game winner. His stuff looks average right now and he has given up his career-high in hits allowed in each of his past two starts (10 and 12). Most of his disappointing Fantasy point totals are due to the listless Mets supporting cast, though. They haven't held his leads or scored many runs for him. Santana is notoriously a slow starter and tends to soar in the summer months. We don't see it coming right now, but perhaps your trade partner doesn't either -- buy low if the price is right.

SP -- Jake Peavy, SD

If Santana is a bust, Peavy has to be considered one, too -- although Peavy has a better excuse. He is not healthy and the Padres are completely terrible in every facet of the game right now. Peavy owners don't care, though, they wanted numbers when they drafted him 17th overall on average. After missing two weeks, Peavy is barely in the top 30 of his own position.

SP -- Justin Verlander, DET

Drafted, on average, No. 5 among starting pitchers this spring, Verlander has been a bust for a Tigers offense that still has scored among the top 10 teams in baseball. He has been a particularly painful start in leagues that penalize losses. As bad as he has been, he has the most promise to have a huge next four months. He should be better than Peavy (still hurt) and Santana (he ain't what he used to be). If you are looking for a buy-low candidate, Verlander makes a better one than Santana or Peavy, because the Tigers should get hot this summer and reel off some serious winning streaks.

SP -- Erik Bedard, SEA

The Mariners stink. Granted we overrated them and Bedard, but unlike that Mickey Mouse organization, we were not idiotic enough to rank Bedard as the No. 2 overall Fantasy pitcher this spring. I still don't understand why Scott E. White likes those guys so much.

SP -- Brett Myers, PHI

Myers won on April 22, despite allowing six earned runs and 11 hits in seven innings. He hasn't won since, losing his past four starts and falling to 2-6 on the season. Unlike the arms above -- assuming Peavy gets healthy -- he is not even a certainty to remain in the rotation. He has had issues with velocity and shoulder strength after spending last year in the bullpen. This spring, he admitted he would prefer to be a closer, but Brad Lidge has that role covered more than effeciently. We still like Myers to reel off 12-15 victories before the season is done, but he and the Phillies will really have to get hot for that to happen.

RP -- Joba Chamberlain, NYY

Before you Joba owners go crazy, realize you drafted him in the middle of the closers and starters on Draft Day and haven't gotten much out of him to date, if anything. Yes, Chamberlain is headed for the rotation and will be the best rookie pitcher in Fantasy once he reaches the rotation, but this is about production from opening day until the 1/4-pole. In that time span, Chamberlain was the most over-owned player in all of Fantasy.

CL -- J.J. Putz, SEA

Putz was drafted as the No. 3 closer in Fantasy, on average, this spring, but his scoring doesn't place him in the top 30 of relief pitchers. He was supposed to be ready to enter the Jon Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez area of elite. Instead, an injury-riddled spring and then a DL stint in April are partially to blame -- and so is the listless Mariners, who are not winning any games, much less close ones with save situations. Three blown saves in eight attempts certainly makes matters worse. The Mariners can get hot, but they don't figure to be any kind of a consistent winner here on out. We don't think Putz is even worth buying low on right now.

I am curious to hear who your top busts have been. You surely have a number of them with regard to pitchers. They always seem to disappoint. Remember that yet again on Draft Day 2009.


Posted on: May 15, 2008 10:53 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

Another week of anticipation for Kershaw...

-- Brett Myers booed off mound in Philly. Prefers to close, but needs to correct himself before he wrecks himself.
-- John Lackey returned spectacularly. It's like he never left. He is a must-start two-start pitcher.
-- Red Sox No. 5 starter with Clay Buchholz out? Colon or Masterson
-- Dodgers No. 5? Kershaw might get call May 27 ...
-- Homer Bailey could also arrive as teams tend to follow top prospects up the chain around June 1 before the draft

Two-start pitcher to use
Mike Mussina NYY
(05/20) vs. BAL Daniel Cabrera 
(05/25) vs. SEA Carlos Silva
64 percent owned 45 percent started

Two-start pitcher to sit
Daniel Cabrera BAL
(05/20) @ NYY Mike Mussina 
(05/25) @ TB James Shields
67 percent owned 36 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Luke Hochevar KC
(05/19) @ BOS TBA 
(05/24) @ TOR Jesse Litsch
26 percent owned 13 percent started

Manny Parra MIL
(05/20) @ PIT Paul Maholm 
(05/25) @ WAS Tim Redding
24 percent owned 11 percent starting

One of these two will get two starts:
Mike Pelfrey NYM
(05/20) @ ATL Tom Glavine
(05/25) @ COL Jorge De La Rosa
23 percent owned 10 percent starting

Claudio Vargas NYM
(05/20) @ ATL Chuck James
(05/25) @ COL Jorge De La Rosa
14 percent owned 7 percent starting

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