Tag:Hitting Planner
Posted on: August 6, 2009 1:39 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

-- Banged-up Mets... Jose Reyes done? Beltran slow? Delgado ... Sheffield ... ah hell, does it even matter at that point?
-- Carlos Quentin back with a vengeance... where the heck is Josh Hamilton?
-- Disappointing Royals... when are Billy Butler and Alex Gordon going to become elite?

AL starts
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B Billy Butler
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Alex Gordon ... spotlight
SS Gordon Beckham ... spotlight
OF Justin Upton
DH Travis Hafner

NL starts
C Geovany Soto ... spotlight
1B Nick Johnson
2B Ryan Roberts
3B Andy LaRoche
SS Rafael Furcal ... spotlight
OF Will Venable

AL sits
C Brandon Inge
1B Hank Blalock
2B Alexei Casilla
3B Melvin Mora ... spotlight
SS Jed Lowrie
OF Delmon Young
DH Mike Jacobs

NL sits
C Chris Snyder
1B Lance Berkman
2B Luis Castillo
3B Emilio Bonifacio
SS J.J. Hardy ... spotlight
OF Gary Sheffield


Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:22 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

-- Manny is back. Pierre to the bench (except he still has value in Rotisserie leagues)
-- Returning Josh Hamilton... is this bigger than Manny?
-- Trades... Milledge for Morgan ... who wins? Josh Willingham. Who loses? Elijah Dukes. ... Mark DeRosa... 0-fer then injured??!
-- Next to be dealt? Matt Holliday, Aubrey Huff, Nick Johnson

AL starts
C Miguel Olivo
1B Jason Giambi
2B Chris Getz ... spotlight him
3B Gordon Beckham ... spotlight him
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
OF Josh Hamilton
DH Ken Griffey

NL starts
C Miguel Montero ... spotlight
1B Travis Ishikawa
2B Orlando Hudson
3B Mark DeRosa
SS J.J. Hardy
OF Raul Ibanez ... spotlight

AL sits
C Mike Napoli
1B Lyle Overbay
2B Marco Scutaro ... spotlight
3B Adrian Beltre ... spotlight
SS Erick Aybar
OF Alex Rios
DH Mike Jacobs

NL sits
C John Baker
1B Nick Johnson
2B Kelly Johnson ... spotlight
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
SS Rafael Furcal ... spotlight
OF Juan Pierre


Posted on: June 11, 2009 9:18 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

-- Banged up start outfielders: Grady Sizemore, Josh Hamilton and Carlos Quentin ... what's the deal?!
-- Returning from the DL: Pat Burrell and Jason Bartlett
-- Every team in baseball plays six games as interleague is in full swing. That reduces the decision-making some.
-- NL teams with full-time DHs: MIL, ARI, HOU,
-- AL teams without the DH for the whole week: CHW, TB, OAK

AL start 'em/sit 'em
DH start -- David Ortiz, he has been showing more life of late and the Red Sox play six home games.
DH sit -- Jim Thome, the White Sox are in two NL parks and won't have use of the DH
C start -- Miguel Olivo, streaky hitter is scorching right now and getting full-time at-bats with John Buck on the DL.
C sit -- Mike Napoli, he has been struggling and has lost the DH at-bats to Vladdy anyway
1B start -- Miguel Cabrera, his numbers haven't been bad enough to sit him in any league still.
1B sit -- Paul Konerko, has a thumb injury that will affect him and he might sit to get Thome some at-bats at 1B with no DH in play.
2B start -- Jose Lopez, he has had a market correction in June and has been one of the best 2Bs in baseball this month.
2B sit -- Howie Kendrick, his mystifying failures are reaching an all-time low. Might Sean Rodriguez become intriguing?
3B start -- Joe Crede, he is streaky and finally proving healthy and capable of going on a tear
3B sit -- Gordon Beckham, he finally got his first hit out of the way, but clearly he is not yet ready for Fantasy prime time.
SS start -- Jason Bartlett, should be able to return from the DL, barring setbacks on rehab stint
SS sit -- Marco Scutaro, surprising shortstop of the year has cooled off slowly, but a real deep slump should be coming.
OF start -- Marcus Thames, Tigers DH might play some OF at St. Louis, but he has come off the DL nicely.
OF sit -- Hideki Matsui, he has struggled of late and Yankees are on the road and also face a lefty at home, so Matsui will sit some games.

NL start 'em/sit 'em
C start -- Geovany Soto, he is finally showing signs of life and like should be active in all leagues.
C sit -- John Baker, he is banged up and struggling mightily of late. Time to sit him in mixed leagues.
1B start -- Mark Reynolds, the D-Backs have the DH full-time, so we don't see the 30-40 homer threat sitting any games.
1B sit -- Jorge Cantu, streaky veteran has battled dizziness and his numbers haven't been impressive of late.
2B start -- Ian Stewart, he is streaky, but intriguing enough to start in all deeper leagues through thick and thin now.
2B sit -- Felipe Lopez, after a decent start as a D-Back, he has been awful in June and shouldn't be active in mixed leagues.
3B start -- Mat Gamel, Brewers slugging prospect will get full-time DH at-bats
3B sit -- Garrett Atkins, the Rockies are giving him less at-bats now with Ian Stewart taking off.
SS start -- Clint Barmes, his career revival and current torrid stretch makes him a must-start in all leagues.
SS sit -- J.J. Hardy, notoriously streaky slugger is stuck in a massive slump and can be sat in all mixed leagues.
OF start -- Andrew McCutchen, prospect has hit the ground running, literally. Start in him in all Rotisserie leagues.
OF sit -- Gary Sheffield, he is hobbled and losing at-bats against right-handers. And Mets don't have DH to help over the weekend


Posted on: June 19, 2008 11:25 am

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

Notes for the Week 13 Hitting Planner:

AL starts
C -- Ramon Hernandez: The veteran has been a bust, but he has shown signs of perking up in June. He is better than this.
1B -- Marcus Thames: Streaky slugger has been on a monster roll and is eligible at first and the outfield.
2B -- Dustin Pedroia: Reigning AL Rookie of the Year got off to a slow start the past two years, but he is hot now and a must-start in all leagues.
3B -- Alex Gordon: He hasn't quite been the instant hit we expected, but he is hot right now and a solid start in all leagues.
SS -- Mike Aviles: The unheralded rookie has been instant offense for the Royals and looks capable of making an extended splash at the thin shortstop position. He can really hit.
OF -- J.D. Drew: Uh, duh, this guy is on a massive tear in June, almost equaling his homer total for all of 2007 this month. He picks up the slack of Big Papi and Manny Ramirez and is a must-start in all leagues right now.

AL sits
C -- Jeff Clement: The top prospect is back up, but he is still in a time-share. Stash him until he proves worthy of full-time at-bats.
1B -- Richie Sexson: This one is rather obvious, but there are reports now the Mariners are going to release him soon. Avoid him in all formats.
2B -- Maicer Izturis: He was hot, but the return of Erick Aybar stands to cut into his playing time now.
3B -- Scott Rolen: After a decent April and May start, Rolen is around the Mendoza Line in June.
SS -- Yuniesky Betancourt: This glove-first shortstop is perhaps the most over-owned  player at his position in Fantasy. He should not be used in mixed leagues right now.
OF -- Hideki Matsui: The Yankees' primary DH is dealing with a sore knee. But what's worse, he won't have the DH in play at Pittsburgh and the N.Y. Mets, two NL parks.

NL starts
C -- Chris Iannetta: A repeat on this list. Powerful young talent has taken over full time in Colorado, so use him in mixed leagues now.
1B -- James Loney: Developing young slugger has gotten hot in June and looks like a solid start in any league right now.
2B -- Felipe Lopez: The underachiever is notoriously streaky, but he is on the right side of streaky right now.
3B -- Chase Headley: Top prospect gets call-up and gets off to a Jay Bruce-type start. He will play both third and outfield.
SS -- Troy Tulowitzki: A return from the DL is expected and his swing has come around on his rehab assignment.
OF -- Fred Lewis: Speed-and-power 27-year-old looks like a must-start in all Rotisserie leagues and is not getting starts against lefties, which can make him intriguing in mixed Head-to-Head leagues.

NL sits
C -- Paul Lo Duca: The rebuilding Nats have handed the regular catcher's job to young Jesus Flores, so Lo Duca is no longer useful in most Fantasy leagues.
1B -- Albert Pujols: He is eligible to come off the DL next Thursday, but four gmes might not be enough to activate him in Fantasy, especially if he has a setback.
2B -- Omar Quintanilla: Slap hitter has been hot, but Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes are expected to return from the DL and send Q to the bench.
3B -- Ian Stewart: A repeat guy on this list, despite a two-homer game recent. Like Quintanilla, he will be shuffled to the bench behind the Rockies' DL returnees.
SS -- Omar Vizquel: The 41-year-old looks washed up right now and is no longer a true threat to steal, which was his last true Fantasy asset.
OF -- Justin Upton: Free-swinging 20-year-old has eight homers, mostly in his hot start to the season, but there are reports now that Eric Byrnes' return from the DL could get him sent to the minors.


Category: MLB
Posted on: June 4, 2008 10:05 pm

Video notes for the Hitting Planner

Filling in for that short-timer David GONE-os on the Hitting Planner. At least you won't have to see his ugly mug this week.

AL -- Good starts
C -- Jorge Posada -- Off the DL and at thin position he should start as long as he is healthy enough to hit.
1B -- Daric Barton -- Rookie is snapping out of his slump by showing more patience at the plate.
2B -- Alexi Casilla -- Slap-hitting basestealer has come up hot and has earned everyday at-bats right now.
3B -- Eric Chavez -- He has come off the DL swinging a hot bat, proving he is not done.
SS -- Bobby Crosby -- His homer numbers might be down, but he is healthy for once and hitting doubles.
OF -- Ben Francisco -- Hot and leads in the Indians in doubles despite starting in minors.

AL -- Bad starts
C -- Rod Barajas -- Gregg Zaun's return from the DL could take time from him.
1B -- Jason Giambi -- A good start last week, but he is dealing with a foot issue and could miss some games.
2B -- Asdrubal Cabrera -- Glove gets him at-bats, but just not doing anything at the plate now or this season.
3B -- Jack Hannahan -- Has been leading off, but Eric Chavez's return makes him more of a part-timer now.
SS -- Marco Scutaro -- AL-only infielder will lose at-bats this week with Aaron Hill expected to play more.
OF -- Emil Brown -- Ryan Sweeney's return more likely to bump him to bench than Travis Buck or Carlos Gonzalez

NL -- Good starts
C -- Ryan Doumit -- Run producer coming off the DL. Ownership can double from 46 percent. 7 games
1B -- Mike Jacobs -- Dormant power stroke is returning and Marlins have seven at home (only 2 vs. LHP)
2B -- Travis Denker -- Rookie has pop and is stealing at-bats for rebuilding club. NL-only. 7 games.
3B -- Mark Reynolds -- He was great in April; bad in May and now hot in June. Streaky hitter on a roll.
SS -- Stephen Drew -- Has moved into leadoff spot for a streaky young team about to get hot. All leagues.
OF -- Matt Holliday -- Coming off a cautious DL when first eligible. Start him in all leagues.

NL -- Bad starts
C -- J.R. Towles -- Rookie struggling, woefully below the Mendoza Line and now losing starts.
1B -- Dmitri Young -- Had a renaissance last year, but he has been awful and he looks more fat than ever.
2B -- Ray Durham -- More of an NL-only option, but bad D got him yanked and Travis Denker came on.
3B -- Bill Hall -- Losing time to journeyman Russell Branyan and asked for trade. Sure way to get benched.
SS -- Clint Barmes -- Expected to return from DL but the Rockies could hold him back. You should, too.
OF -- Moises Alou -- Might return from DL, but if you have learned anything, it's don't trust him right away.


Category: MLB
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