Tag:Mike Pelfrey
Posted on: September 11, 2008 10:47 am
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Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- 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

Two-start sleepers
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

Emack.
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

Emack.

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 

Emack.

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!

Emack.

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

Emack.

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

Posted on: May 5, 2008 6:02 pm
 

Putting my money where my mouth is

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:

  1. Max Scherzer will be mildly disappointing in his first start, but he and the D-Backs are still talented enough to win anytime out.
  2. Khalil Greene will get hot. He is too good to be held down for long.
  3. Nick Adenhart will shake off his awful debut and pitch lights-out this week.
  4. Bronson Arroyo is going for a checkup and might be a DL candidate. Homer Bailey could get the call for him later this week.
  5. The only real bold prediction: Esteban Loaiza will give way to Clayton Kershaw by next week.
  6. You bench a stud like Alfonso Soriano and he goes off in a big way.
  7. Eric Gagne loses his closer's role by the weekend.
  8. Mike Pelfrey and the command of his 97 mph stuff improves in the coming weeks.
  9. Jered Weaver goes on a tear soon.
  10. Howie Kendrick comes off the DL hot... just a guess.

Feel free to abuse me or applaud me (blech!) if my bold predictions go up in smoke.

Emack.

Posted on: April 15, 2008 5:47 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2008 5:49 pm
 

Another prospect item

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.

Oh, Wood is also playing shortstop. And Erick Aybar already has 4 errors. We don't need to remind you Maicer Izturis deserves to be a utility man.

When the Angels dealt Orlando Cabrera, they did it with the thought Izturis and Aybar could keep the position warm until Wood was ready. Well, he looks like it in the power department at least.

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:

  1. Watch Mike Pelfrey tonight vs. the Nats. The Mets need him to be full-go in their rotation -- Pedro Martinez (hamsting) and Orlando Hernandez (foot) likely won't return until June at this point. Pelfrey's mid-90s stuff could be awesome if he can command it. On a top contender, there is big-time sleeper potential here.
  2. Scherzer.
  3. Dallas McPherson has four homers in nine Triple-A games, including one in each of his first three games. He is also listed as an OF on MiLB.com. Interesting.
  4. Rafael Betancourt is finally a closer. Own him in all leagues until he proves otherwise unworthy.
  5. The Braves have three potential closers on the DL with Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano and now Peter Moylan. Manny Acosta is the likely fill-in, but I am also putting in a claim on Will Ohman in a deeper NL-only Rotisserie league.

Emack.

 
 
 
 
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