Tag:Joba Chamberlain
Posted on: August 14, 2008 9:55 am

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Paul Byrd traded to the Red Sox. Is this a move because they fear the worst with Tim Wakefield?
-- David Price is not here Aug. 1 like you said. He has moved up to Triple-A but got beat up, what's up with that?
-- John Maine returned with five solid innings. Could the Mets really consider using him, Oliver Perez or Mike Pelfrey in the bullpen?
-- Who are some of the next pitchers to return from injury that we can pick up? Phil Hughes. Adam Wainwright. Joba Chamberlain. Carl Pavano. Andrew Miller. Bartolo Colon.

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Joe Blanton PHI
(08/19) vs. WAS Jason Bergmann 
(08/24) vs. LA Brad Penny 
70 percent owned 46 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher
Brad Penny LA
(08/19) vs. COL Jeff Francis
(08/24) @ PHI Joe Blanton
73 percent owned 37 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Anthony Reyes CLE
(08/19) vs. KC Luke Hochevar
(08/24) @ TEX Luis Mendoza
24 percent starting 15 percent owned

Jeff Francis COL
(08/19) @ LA Brad Penny
(08/24) vs. CIN Josh Fogg
50 percent owned 27 percent starting 


Posted on: August 6, 2008 6:27 pm

Joba rules? Try Joba ruins

Joba Chamberlain ... with the notorious Joba Rules ... was babied in his progress from prospect to setup man to Yankees starter. A voice on SNY makes a good point: What does that say about the restrictions that were placed on him? They did it so they wouldn't hurt his young arm, but now his young arm is hurt. Go figure.

I am becoming more and more on the throw, throw, throw ... throw some more ... process in building big league arms. A shoulder needs to be conditioned to handle the 200-plus innings in the major leagues. You don't run a marathon after jogging a 5K race. You need to throw to stretch it out.

Sure, a lot of pitches early can shorten a pitcher's career, but how many pitchers have long careers nowadays anyway? Not many.

I say ride your young horses until they falter. Even if you baby them, then seem to get hurt and prove useless to you.

So, my suggestion is, if your young pitcher ain't broke, then don't baby him. Crank it up and keeping letting arms push their limits.


Posted on: August 6, 2008 6:18 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

Video notes for the Week 20 Pitching Planner
-- Joba Chamberlain to the DL ... Ian Kennedy up ... what are the Yankees to do to get back in the race? Phil Hughes, Carl Pavano????
-- John Maine was Joba a week ago ... can we trust him in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? Jonathan Niese? El Duque? Bueller?
-- Also with the Mets... what are they going to do at closer?
-- Gio Gonzalez, Anthony Reyes, Jeff Karstens, Chris Waters ... can we trust these guys?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Justin Verlander DET
(08/11) vs. TOR Shaun Marcum
(08/16) vs. BAL Chris Waters
97 percent owned 75 percent starting

A two-start pitcher to sit
Shaun Marcum TOR
(08/11) @ DET Justin Verlander
(08/16) @ BOS Josh Beckett
86 percent owned 43 percent starting

Two-start pitching sleepers
Anibal Sanchez FLA
(08/11) vs. STL Joel Pineiro 
(08/16) vs. CHC Ryan Dempster
50 percent owned 29 percent starting

Jeff Karstens PIT
(08/12) vs. CIN Homer Bailey 
(08/17) vs. NYM Johan Santana
6 percent owned 4 percent starting


Posted on: August 6, 2008 11:45 am

Kennedy getting the call again

As Joba Chamberlain (shoulder) heads to Dr. James Andrews -- usually the bearer of bad, bad news -- the Yankees are going back to the well on Ian Kennedy. Pick him up in any league where you need a starting pitcher. He is much better than he had shown earlier this season. Most important, he has his command back in order. The Yankees can get hot for him and make him a winner for your Fantasy team.
Posted on: June 4, 2008 12:37 pm

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Smoltz out for the season, Soriano likely closer with Acosta/Gonzalez as his double-barrel setup men
-- Joel Zumaya just needs back-to-backs before returning... he could be the Tigers closer before July now .. Rodney also coming back
-- Joba's disappointing debut. You expected too much, it will get better
-- Pedro Martinez had a better (re)debut than Joba... can he be a trustworthy Fantasy ace?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Randy Johnson ARI
(06/09) @ PIT Zach Duke 
(06/14) vs. KC Luke Hochevar
93 percent owned 75 percent starting

Must-sit, two-start pitcher
Dontrelle Willis DET
(06/09) vs. CLE Cliff Lee 
(06/14) vs. LA Clayton Kershaw 
64 percent owned 20 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Homer Bailey CIN
(06/10) vs. STL Todd Wellemeyer
(06/15) vs. BOS Josh Beckett
46 percent owned 13 percent starting

John Lannan WAS
(06/09) vs. SF Matt Cain
(06/14) @ SEA Jarrod Washburn 
25 percent owned 16 percent starting


Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:07 am

Video notes for the Pitching Planner

This week's notes for the Pitching Planner video

-- Joba needed in rotation now
-- Pedro Martinez returns to Mets rotation
-- Dice-K hurt, what's Boston to do? Ho-Hum... Buchholz and Masterson are ready
-- Woah, David Price is pretty good, eh?

Must-start, two-start pitcher
Oliver Perez NYM
(06/02) @ SF Jonathan O. Sanchez
(06/08) @ SD Wil Ledezma 
87 percent owned 57 percent starting

Two-start pitcher to avoid
Joba Chamberlain NYY
(06/03) vs. TOR Roy Halladay 
(06/08) vs. KC Zack Greinke 
90 percent owned 45 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Tim Wakefield BOS
(06/03) vs. TB Matt Garza 
(06/08) vs. SEA Erik Bedard 
38 percent starting 20 percent owned

Clay Buchholz or Justin Masterson BOS
(06/02) @ BAL Jeremy Guthrie 
(06/07) vs. SEA Miguel Batista
Buchholz 47 percent owned 7 percent starting
Masterson 6 percent owned 1 percent starting


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: April 30, 2008 10:50 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2008 10:57 pm

Pitching Planner video notes

Here are my items for discussion on the Pitching Planner video for Week 6 ...

-- John Smoltz on DL, moving to bullpen
-- Others affected: ouch for Rafael Soriano, hello Jo-Jo Reyes, Chuck James and perhaps Mike Hampton
-- Phil Hughes to the DL ... who replaces him? NOT JOBA! (Kei Igawa, Darrell Rasner?)
-- Two words, Max Scherzer
-- Cliff Lee and Joe Saunders are smoking hot
-- Scott Kazmir back this weekend (Hammel to bullpen?)
-- John Lackey coming back a little slower
-- Mark Mulder disappointing on rehab

Two-starter to go with
Max Scherzer ARI
(05/05) vs. PHI Jamie Moyer 
(05/10) @ CHC Jason Marquis 
65 percent owned 30 percent starting

Two-starter to sit
Oliver Perez NYM
(05/05) @ LA Chad Billingsley 
(05/11) vs. CIN Aaron Harang 
94 percent owned 76 percent starting

Two-start sleepers
Tim Wakefield BOS
(05/06) @ DET Nate Robertson 
(05/11) @ MIN Nick Blackburn 
43 percent owned 27 percent starting

Jeff Suppan MIL 
(05/06) @ FLA Scott Olsen 
(05/11) vs. STL Braden Looper 
29 percent owned 16 percent started

Ubaldo Jimenez COL
(05/05) vs. STL Joel Pineiro
(05/10) @ SD Greg Maddux 
39 percent owned 15 percent starting

Yeah, I know Suppan just got beat up.... but, I think he rebounds.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com