Posted on: September 11, 2008 10:47 am
-- The Angels have clinched and they are slowing their starters down now, can we trust them in crunch time?
-- It is like this with all teams this time of year? Some teams have six-man rotations (Angels, Pirates), some have four-man rotations (Mets). It is a case-by-case basis.
-- Another contender made a switch with their No. 5 man, Max Scherzer is in for Yusmerio Petit.
-- And about closers ... Chris Carpenter is now closing games for the Cardinals, do we trust him at this point?
Must-start two-start pitcher
Mike Pelfrey NYM
(09/15) @ WAS John Lannan
(09/20) @ ATL Jorge Campillo
87 percent owned 67 percent starting
Two-start pitcher to sit
Andy Pettitte NYY
(09/16) vs. CHW Gavin Floyd
(09/21) vs. BAL Brian Bass
91 percent owned 61 percent starting
Doug Davis ARI
(09/15) vs. SF Brad Hennessey
(09/20) @ COL Aaron Cook
34 percent owned 18 percent starting
Chris Volstad FLA
(09/16) vs. HOU Brian Moehler
(09/21) vs. PHI Brett Myers
43 percent owned 19 percent starting
Posted on: May 5, 2008 6:02 pm
When doing the Stockwatch this week, I realized how easy it might be to merely pick the hot players and most-added ones in that weekly feature.
Well, that does you little good. You are being told what you already know. So, I decided to pick some players who are struggling but I expect them to still be fine. Here are a few only semi-bold predictions this week:
Feel free to abuse me or applaud me (blech!) if my bold predictions go up in smoke.
Posted on: May 1, 2008 3:21 pm
I am biased, but the most important piece of content to consume every week -- outside of the pitching planner and daily roster trends and most-viewed players, of course -- is the Prospect Report every Thursday.
If you followed that story, you would have had Max Scherzer on your roster right now and feeling real cool. This week we hype him and Adenhart as impact starting pitcher call-ups on top contenders, but you might want to know a few names I think have to be stashed weeks in advance.
The up arrows tend to outline them, but here are some names you will want to be more proactive on. We will call it the On the Verge we used to have in the report a year ago:
Good luck with your prospect fliers and remember the week-plus before June is a huge time for prospect movement.
Posted on: April 30, 2008 10:50 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2008 10:57 pm
Here are my items for discussion on the Pitching Planner video for Week 6 ...
-- John Smoltz on DL, moving to bullpen
Yeah, I know Suppan just got beat up.... but, I think he rebounds.
Tags: Chuck James, Cliff Lee, Darrell Rasner, Fantasy Baseball, Jason Hammel, Jeff Suppan, Jo-Jo Reyes, Joba Chamberlain, Joe Saunders, John Lackey, John Smoltz, Kei Igawa, Mark Mulder, Max Scherzer, Mike Hampton, Oliver Perez, Phil Hughes, Pitching Planner, Rafael Soriano, Scott Kazmir, Tim Wakefield, Ubaldo Jimenez
Posted on: April 30, 2008 11:05 am
Posted on: April 28, 2008 12:49 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2008 1:00 pm
The most-owned minor leaguer from a week ago -- at least until Francisco Liriano was sent down -- got called up this weekend, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I took the opportunity to pick him up in every league possible -- just in case he puts up another hot streak like a year ago.
Then, I went and told my other minions -- no, not like Scott E. White's 1-star posse -- but people who frequently IM me for a scoop. Sometimes I am not busy enough to clue them in.
So, I told this one fine lady to pick up Salty. She did immediately. And apparently had some buyer's remorse. Here is the IM convo Monday morning:Said lady: salty is not going to play everyday?
Me: he played Saturday and not Sunday... but he is a catcher. Catchers get day games off after night games
Me: he is an elite talent on a rebuilding club, so I have to imagine he will play DH and some 1B. The Rangers 1Bs have (expletive deleted)
Said lady: cool
Me: I think he will play enough to make an impact at the catcher position
Me: You can sit him this week and track his at-bats, if you have a decent C to start
Then, in one of the leagues I am in, I reaquired red-hot Ryan Doumit to start over my recently added Salty pick-up. Doumit is an equally intriguing young catching slugger, currently hot and getting more at-bats right now. Also, Doumit's Pirates have seven games this week. Bonus!
If you are in a league like mine -- 14-team Head-to-Head with one catcher starter and six reserve slots -- do this with me. Own Doumit and Salty. Start Doumit this week and sit on Salty's potential.
You could get the best of both worlds and might even have a dealable piece by the end of the week. I painfully cut Chris Snyder to do all this. I still like the 27-year-old Snyder, though, but hopefully he doesn't get away from me on the waiver wire.
Because catchers tend to hit like pitchers, I like skipping that position on Draft Day and rotating it a lot over the course of a season.
PS... because I always have to put my money where my mouth (word) is, I picked up Max Scherzer in all my leagues. You know, just in case. He is starting for me in NL-only 12-team Rotisserie and a mixed league 12-team Rotisserie as a reliever, and riding the pine in my other leagues. In the bullpen now, he could develop into an option to close over erratic Brandon Lyon -- or a candidate to start for arguably the best team in baseball. That is a potentially huge flier to take now for some second-half rewards if you can afford to wait.
PPS... I am reading The 33-year-old Rookie, by Chris Coste now. I am still in the spring training chapter. It is not a novella of prose, but it is an easy and quick read. Once I finish it, we will get him on a podcast.
Posted on: April 15, 2008 5:47 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2008 5:49 pm
I said pick up Max Scherzer because of his hot start in the minors and his top contender in Arizona.
Now it is time to give you a hitter to track. Just look at the homer leaderboard on MinorLeagueBaseball.com. One Brandon Wood is at the top with six.
He will still strikeout a ton, but that power at that position is noteworthy, especially if you need a sleeper in deeper AL-only leagues.
A few notes:
Posted on: April 13, 2008 4:38 pm
If you are the utmost aggressive in your deeper Fantasy leagues, I have a sleeper for you.
Max Scherzer. He has mid-90s stuff and the red-hot D-Backs look like as good of a contender as anyone this season, especially with the maturation of their young talent.
Scherzer is next in line. If Randy Johnson (back) doesn't make it through Monday's return from the DL, Scherzer could be the man to get the call.
Scherzer is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA through two Triple-A starts. He struck out 11 on Saturday in seven shutout innings and fanned seven in five shutout innings his first time out. He has struck out 18 in 12 innings thus far with a microscopic .122 batting-average against. He stands to be my next focus of my Prospect Report on Thursday/Friday later this week.
I am putting my money where my mouth/idea is, putting in a FAAB claim for Scherzer in my NL-only Rotisserie analysts league. Piggy-backing my $1 claim on Mets No. 5 starter Nelson Figueroa. Figueroa had a nice spring and anyone getting starts for the Mets should be owned in NL-only formats.
Which brings up another topic: If you are burning a waiver priority on a claim, you would be wise to think a step ahead and pick up multiple players behind the first one. The idea is you might not have a shot at the next guy you want if you fall to the back of the waiver-priority line. Piggy-back your first pickup with a flier you might think you will need to take next.