Tag:Nick Adenhart
Posted on: March 19, 2009 12:44 pm
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All we are is Dustin the wind

In CBSSports.com.s AL-only Head-to-Head league (10 teams, standard scoring and rosters), I had to drop Nick Adenhart for Dustin Moseley. Moseley shouldn't have been available because he is assured of a rotation spot in one of the best rotations/contenders in baseball. Moseley is not the long-term talent the 22-year-old Adenhart is, but he is assured of a rotation spot and pitching much better this spring.

Don't lose sight of Adenhart, though. I still think he has some surprises in his right arm -- much like I still do with Homer Bailey, who has been solid this spring.

Emack.

Posted on: May 7, 2008 5:45 pm
 

Video notes for Pitching Planner

-- Rich Harden returning Sunday ... Chad Gaudin to the bullpen
-- Gavin Floyd red hot ... is this guy for real? Yeah, he is.
-- Edinson Volquez is, too. Who do you like better Cueto or Volquez?
-- Sidney Ponson, too? Is he for real? Um, not really. High-risk for AL-only leagues still.
-- Bronson Arroyo struggling. What are the Reds to do? Homer Bailey?
-- Dodgers going without a No. 5 starter whenever possible? Jason Schmidt or Clayton Kershaw a candidate? Sure, around June 1.
-- Joe Borowski will return as the closer.
-- Eric Gagne struggling. How long can they stick with him?

Must-start two-start pitcher
Jered Weaver ANA 
(05/13) vs. CHW John Danks 
(05/18) vs. LAD Derek Lowe 
94 percent owned 72 percent starting

Must-sit two-start pitcher
Barry Zito SF
(05/12) vs. HOU Roy Oswalt 
(05/17) vs. CHW Mark Buehrle 
34 percent owned 11 percent starting

Two-start sleepers (50 percent ownership of less)  
Mike Mussina NYY
(05/13) @ TB Edwin Jackson 
(05/18) vs. NYM John Maine 
50 percent owned 32 percent starting

Kevin Slowey MIN 
(05/13) vs. TOR Jesse Litsch 
(05/18) @ COL Jeff Francis 
16 percent owned 6 percent started

Nick Adenhart ANA 
(05/12) vs. CHW Mark Buehrle 
(05/17) vs. LAD Brad Penny 
21 percent owned 7 percent starting

Emack.

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: May 1, 2008 3:21 pm
 

An extension of the Prospect Report

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:

  1. Clayton Kershaw -- Was once a lead of our Prospect Report in Week 1, but he could be an even more impactful Scherzer-like arrival before the end of the month. Watch Esteban Loaiza closely.
  2. Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce -- Last week's lede. They are a package deal. Bailey comes and Bruce follows. Watch Matt Belisle and Corey Patterson very closely.
  3. Chris Volstad -- They should have gone to him instead of Burke Badenhop, but it's Volstad elite prospect status that actually held him back in that instance. They really want to be sure Volstad is ready. He looks like he could be.
  4. Adam Miller -- Started slow due to injury, but if he can get ready before Jake Westbrook returns in June, he could Jeremy Sowers Aaron Laffey. Jeremy Sowers is used as an adjective for stealing his rotation spot.
  5. Dallas McPherson -- 10 homers. Hello! He doesn't belong in Triple-A.
  6. Carlos Gonzalez -- A's rotation is doing great but that offense is punchless. Gonzalez is an answer for that.
  7. Chris Davis -- Masher is ready to assume the Rangers' everyday first baseman's role. Chris Shelton was called up in that role now, but Shelton will be out come June if he is not worthy. Davis has all-Fantasy league power potential -- albeit a tough position to crack in most Fantasy lineups. He could retain 3B eligibility in some leagues.
  8. Matt LaPorta -- Corner outfielder for a team that doesn't necessarily need one, but he is a masher from th 2007 draft who could be too good to ignore. Plus, he is on some kind of role right now. Stash in all deeper NL-only leagues where you have available reserve spots.
  9. Kyle Davies -- He is working on Brett Tomko's day and probably should have been in the Royals rotation out of spring training anyway.
  10. Radhames Liz -- Garrett Olson got the first look, but Liz has been hot after a slow start and should be watched closely in deeper AL-only formats for his potential to replace Steve Trachsel.

Good luck with your prospect fliers and remember the week-plus before June is a huge time for prospect movement.

Emack.

 
 
 
 
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