Tag:Jeremy Sowers
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:18 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 1:20 pm

Sabathia trade

If you want to pick up C.C. Sabathia in NL-only and Matt LaPorta in AL-only leagues, they are on waivers for Wednesday at 1 a.m. or so in CBSSports.com leagues.

Sabathia will start Tuesday and Sunday for Milwaukee. Jeremy Sowers likely assumes the two-start pitcher's role for Sabathia with the Indians and the No. 5 call-up could be Matt Ginter or perhaps even David Huff. Fausto Carmona (hip) likely won't be ready until after the All-Star break.

What to do with Sabathia?

You should not start him in AL leagues that lose players dealt to the other league, obviously. And many NL-only leagues he likely won't be available in time to get him for Fantasy Week 15 (July 7-13).

But you should absolutely start him in mixed leagues.

This is a great trade for Sabathia's Fantasy value, because the Brewers are a top contender with a good offense. He can be a big winner -- perhaps even a top-five Fantasy option at his position again.

LaPorta can be an Aug. 1 call-up at this point. He heads to Double-A Akron to get his feet wet, but if he merely continues his productivity in his new home, the rebuilding Indians will be anxious to call him up to get him up to speed in the majors before spring 2009 -- where he should be a full-timer either at first or left field.


Posted on: June 11, 2008 9:03 pm

Video notes for the Pitching Planner

An outline of the topics for the Week 12 Pitching Planner video:

-- More injury woes for the Braves as Tom Glavine hits the DL and Jair Jurrjens tweaks his ankle ... Charlie Morton gets the call.
-- Dice-K is working his way back, what is the timetable and the status of Justin Masterson
-- Brandon Morrow earned his first save in place of J.J. Putz (elbow). Putz has struggled, can Morrow take over?
-- Jeremy Bonderman and Jake Westbrook are out for the year, is there value in their replacements?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Justin Verlander DET
(06/16) @ SF Tim Lincecum
(06/22) @ SD Randy Wolf 
96 perecent owned 75 percent starting

Sit, two-start pitcher
Bartolo Colon BOS
(06/16) @ PHI Cole Hamels
(06/22) vs. STL Braden Looper
84 percent owned 60 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Andrew Miller FLA
(06/16) @ SEA Carlos Silva 
(06/22) @ OAK Justin Duchscherer
50 percent owned 23 percent starting

Mike Pelfrey NYM
(06/16) @ ANA Jered Weaver
(06/22) @ COL Greg Reynolds
16 percent owned 7 percent starting


Posted on: April 23, 2008 10:05 am
Edited on: April 23, 2008 10:06 am

A few notes on under-the-radar guys

Jamey Eisenpod gave me a homework assignment for the podcast, so I figured I would share my work with you. I once allowed Will Allen to copy off my calculus homework at Syracuse, so I am not unaccustomed to helping others.

The assignment was: Name some sleepers off the waiver wire who are owned in less than 30 percent of leagues right now:

1. Homer Bailey

Josh Fogg has been banished to the bullpen. Matt Belisle returned from the DL unspectacularly. The Reds are struggling some. Dominican Dandys Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez are cruising. And, to top everything off, Bailey is off to a great start in Triple-A. We have hyped Bailey a bit too much for an American pitcher with a smooth, cookie-cutter delivery that has yet to fool anyone in the majors, but Bailey has a great arm and could finally hit stride in the bigs and be a winner for your Fantasy team.

2. Aaron Laffey

Jake Westbrook (ribcage) is out 2-to-4 weeks and the Indians need a No. 5 starter. Laffey is pitching a little bit better than Jeremy Sowers right now and was the one who finished last season in the rotation and entered spring with the spot to lose. Red-hot Cliff Lee took it from Laffey, but the similar lefty should be the one to get the call Saturday and is a sleeper for all leagues immediately. The Indians won't stay down for long.

3. Clint Barmes

Barmes' career has been all downhill ... downstairs? ... since the deer meat incident, but he is scorching at the plate right now and stealing everyday at-bats from underwhelming rookie Jayson Nix. Consider Barmes if you have a need in the middle infield in deeper leagues. The first half of his rookie year he really looked like something special, even if he hasn't much since.

4. Franklin Morales, Andrew Miller and Adam Loewen

All three of these guys are elite pitching prospects struggling with their command right now and getting dropped in numerous leagues. They will eventually develop into sturdy Fantasy options -- perhaps as soon as midseason. If you have room for an early flier, buy low now. Also, they are two-start pitchers for deeper leagues if you want to take a chance on their talent coming through even sooner.

5. Conor Jackson

Very likely not available, but take note he is finally hitting with authority and producing runs. He has never been a monster power bat, but the D-Backs everyday first baseman said this spring he would stop trying to hit homers. He is, after all, a cleanup hitter on a top contender and a first baseman. But, a crazy thing happens when you stop trying to hit homers -- you actually start hitting homers. Jackson is becoming a must-have Fantasy option in all leagues at the deep first base position.

6. Richie Sexson

One first base going up in Jackson and one going down in Sexson. 'Son of a. But Sexson is showing more power and says it is a result of getting more lift on his swing. He had five homers entering this week but easily could have had two more of Torii Hunter didn't bring a pair of his back already. Sexson will strike out a ton, but as a free-agent-to-be veteran he could be a sleeper off the waiver wire in a low-end comeback year.

Pitching Planner notes to come later today.


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