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Did You Realize?? AL Edition
2012-06-02 06:50:00
It?s June 1st, did you realize? ?that Felix Hernandez is toting a 3.42 ERA, good for 40th among qualified starters in the majors? He posted a 4.45 ERA in May, but still had 33 strikeouts in his 32 innings with a 3.3 K/BB so I wouldn?t rush to the panic meter.  He had a BABIP ...
Bullpen Report: June 1st, 2012
2012-06-02 05:34:00
? Fellow Bullpen Report contributor Benjamin Pasinkoff shot out an e-mail the other day mentioning that the Mariners quietly called up Stephen Pryor this week. While not considered a blue-chip prospect in scouting circles, Pryor has never whiffed less than 10.7 K/9 at any stop during his minor league career. While his walk rate (4.6 BB/9 career, ...
A.L. Gearing Up: June 4-10
2012-06-02 04:03:00
Rising UpStephen Pryor (0% owned last week; 5% this week)To hear some in the fantasy media tell it, there's nothing to be had with Pryor but upside: a warm, fuzzy story that's going to end with him pumping gas past Major League hitters and leaving them and former closer Brandon League in his wake. The reality is a little more sobering: a high ceiling arm with some command issues that seemed to disappear after a 2011 promotion to AA but then resurfaced somewhat this year at AAA. Pryor's an OK spec grab in A.L.-only but the road from future closer to closer typically isn't a pleasant Sunday drive down the Interstate but rather a harrowing journey down the Hell's Pass on a dark Sunday at midnight.Garrett Richards (5%/7%)Richards is up for the injured Jered Weaver and is on tap for a two-start week next week, beginning with the Mariners on Monday. I'm not as high on Richards as some are. Some of this is based on the dubious eye test, but I also don't like the n...
UFC Heating Up This Summer with 9 Events in 10 Weeks
2012-06-02 02:31:00
With 9 fight cards in the next 10 weeks, the UFC is heating up this summer starting with tonight's The Ultimate Fighter Season 15 Finale. The undercard action is hot and currently underway with 4 finishes in 4 fights , check it out if you get FUEL TV on your cable or satellite package (channel 618 on DirecTV). Starting at 9 PM Eastern turn your television over to FX for the main card, and the main event of Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger promises to be a five-round war between two top 10 welterweights. The fights are always more interesting when you are making some picks, so make sure to get your fantasy UFC picks in at the following sites: MMA Playground MMA Junkie's Head-to-Head Fantasy Leagues (like fantasy football) MMA Weekly's Head-to-Head Leagues Enjoy the fights and here is a quick run-down of your UFC events in June, July and August: June 1 - UFC - The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 8 - UFC on FX 3 - McCall vs. Johnson 2 June 22 - U...
Podcast: Matt Kemp?s Faulty Hamstrings
2012-06-01 23:55:00
This week's episode of RotoRob's Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast (heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio) got off to a rocky start as Blogtalkradio was clearly having some issues and none of the guests could join host Buck, who valiantly flew solo for the first 25 minutes or so of the show. Finally, Tim and I were able to be patched in (thanks to Chris Wassel!), but scheduled guest Ivar Anderson was shut out. Thanks so much to Ivar for agreeing to join us; we'll be sure to get you on again real soon.
Players to Add: Daniel Nava
2012-06-01 23:54:00
In my DL post today I discussed Daniel Nava as a short term option for the injury to Matt Kemp.  I'm willing to go a bit further and say Nava should be owned in a few more leagues.  Currently Nava is owned in 21 percent of ESPN leagues, but until the Red Sox are forced to make some choices with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury returning I would be willing to add and play Nava to cover injuries or a traded outfielder. In 21 games so far Nava has walked in 17.6 percent of his plate appearances.  That puts him third among all hitters behind only Adam Dunn and Joey Votto so far this season.  This plate discipline is something Nava has been developing over the past few seasons. In 2010 Nava held a walk rate of 8 percent in Triple-A and 10 percent in the majors.  The Red Sox never needed Nava in 2011, but his walk rate continued to climb with a 13.4 percent back at Triple-A.  He also made some strides in contact with a 17 percent strikeout rate in th...
Meet The Prospect: Will Jedd Gyorko Hold Value As A Second Baseman?
2012-06-01 21:03:00
When the Padres released Orlando Hudson, they showed that they were ready to move to the next step.  They proved that they were willing to give their young players an opportunity in order to see what they could produce (which … Continue reading →
Hit Parade for Week 10
2012-06-01 20:16:00
Another round of interleague play highlights Fantasy Week 10. Who might get impacted in either a positive or negative way? Our Scott White shares his recommendations in his latest Hit Parade.
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Available Two Start Starters
2012-06-01 20:15:00
With a limited slate of action Monday, it?s a pretty lean week for two-start hurlers. This week, we examine a trio of left-handed hurlers, and take a brief look at a righty whose struggled outside of throwing a perfect game. Just a reminder: Team wOBA versus the handedness of that particular starter is what?s listed. ...
Lester Won?t Stay Down in the Hole
2012-06-01 20:00:00
On Wednesday, Jon Lester gave a line of 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks and I said he found the sweet spot between yawn and ho-hum.  Some runs, bunch of hits and not at all dominating.  It was just another run-of-the-mill start for Lester.  Larry Johnson’s Grandmama could throw that line.  Perhapizzle, I ...
RotoAuthority Live Chat
2012-06-01 19:33:00
Steve Adams will be chatting live at 5pm CT. Click below to submit your questions ahead of time, and be sure to drop in when the event goes live! <a href=" hp/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/alt cast_code=a494f094c2" _mce_href=" ile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcas t/altcast_code=a494f094c2" >RotoAuthority Live Chat 6-1-12</a>
Third Base Watch: Nolan Arenado
2012-06-01 19:15:00
The Colorado Rockies’ record stands at 21-29. They are 11 games back of the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve just put their star Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list and recently designated for assignment the warm-the-cockles-of-your-heart story, Jamie Moyer. The latter move is ostensibly to to keep space available for Christian Friedrich or Drew ...
Low Level Prospect Review: Diamondbacks LHP David Holmberg
2012-06-01 19:00:00
Last Saturday I had to good luck to see Diamondbacks' left handed pitching prospect David Holmberg start against the Stockton Ports, and I promised a more in-depth profile of the pitcher. So let's take a look at Holmberg, and what he could provide for dynasty league owners in the future. Holmberg was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft out of Port Charlotte High School in Florida by the White Sox. Holmberg signed for the slot recommendation, and was able to make 14 appearances (7 starts) for the White Sox' rookie league affiliate in the Appalachian League. The White Sox sent him to the Pioneer League for 2010, where he made 8 starts for Great Falls before being included in the trade that sent Daniel Hudson to the Diamondbacks. Yes, Holmberg was basically the secondary piece for the White Sox to acquire Edwin Jackson. Holmberg made 7 more starts in the Pioneer League, this time for Missoula. He finished the season with a combined 76/16 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings, and was ...
Eno Sarris RotoGraphs Chat ? 6/1/12
2012-06-01 18:15:00
Eno Sarris RotoGraphs Chat
Fake Teams Fantasy Links of Interest
2012-06-01 18:00:00
In case you missed some of our fantasy baseball coverage, here are links to some of our articles this week, along with some links from around the internet: Fantasy Links from Around the 'Net Giancarlo Stanton's Ridiculous May - Fish Stripes Tim Lincecum and the Strike Zone - McCovey Chronicles The Braves' Rotation Gambit - Baseball Nation Rotowire Fantasy Blog | Bullpen Performance: The Revolving Door of Closers Three Outfielders Who Are Much, Much Wealthier Now - Baseball Nation Sell High Candidates: Which Hitters With Inflated HR/FB Should We Be Selling | Rotoprofessor Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: Bryce Harper's Brain is a Neural Net Processor (subs req.) Fantasy Baseball A.J. Burnett: Undervalued Pitcher Ahead of the Curve: It's Going To Be A Rockie Road Don't Believe The Hype: Andy Pettitte, Huh? Edition Dustin Ackley: I Still Like Him And So Should You McDonald Rising We are now 2 months away from the July 31st trade deadline, and SB Nation's MLB Daily D...
What is Going on With Jason Grilli?
2012-06-01 17:15:00
Jason Grilli has been one of the top middle relievers in all of baseball so far this season, netting a 1.80/2.33/2.16 ERA/FIP/xFIP along with 0.5 wins out of the bullpen in exactly 20 innings. Currently, Grilli has the highest strikeout rate of his career, by far, at 42.7%. The huge jump in strikeout rate would ...
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Don't Believe The Hype: Roy Oswalt Edition
2012-06-01 17:00:00
Ross Detwiler lost his job, so go with the crowd and cut him. It's not as if he he was pitching extremely well to begin with. Henry Rodriguez might have lost the closer's job in Washington as well, after slamming his finger in a door while pitching for a team loaded with quality relief options. Henderson Alvarez is slowly being dropped, which I find surprising, since this is a pitcher who is striking out 2.6 per nine.* In a related story, why do 31 of you still own Adam Lind? He's not even on the 40-man roster in Toronto anymore, and is also terrible. *Not surprising. As for the adds, we've got quite the pitcher available in most leagues. At least for this week, anyway. Roy Oswalt, SP (62 percent owned, +27 percent): Now that Roy Oswalt has signed, he's being scooped up by those who didn't think to grab him beforehand. You know the drill with him: if he's healthy, he'll be productive, but back injuries are troublesome, and you never know if he might miss time because of it....
Fantasy Baseball: 6/1
2012-06-01 16:53:00
Nate Ravitz and Jonah Keri discuss Matt Kemp's trade value and play the Name Game with Chris Sale.
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Waiver Worthy: Who Is Streaking And What Should You Do About It
2012-06-01 16:45:00
by Will Overton It has been two weeks since we have checked in on the waiver wire so let?s make this one a good one. We are going to be looking at some of the hottest bats and arms available … Continue reading →
Stock Watch: Buy & Sell Analysis
2012-06-01 16:00:00
Last week's Stock Watch recommended selling Brandon League, and the weekend after the article posted, League was removed as closer. Hopefully, you didn't own League in this season of the Closer Carousel. Buy Cliff Lee - Posting the same elite...
Ahead of the Curve: Major Injuries Cause Disturbance in the Force
2012-06-01 16:00:00
It's common sense, right? If you lose two of the biggest offensive stars in the game, there's going to be extra match-ups to exploit in the coming weeks. Right now, as of writing this, it looks like Matt Kemp will miss at least four weeks after re-aggravating his hamstring, and as much as I like Alex Castellanos as an NL-only and deep mixed league pickup, it would be a severe understatement to say this will be a downgrade. Then we have Troy Tulowitzki going on the DL in Colorado, leaving some combination of Chris Nelson and D.J. LeMahieu to get way too many at bats for their own good. But that's not all! He's certainly not on the Tulo/Kemp level, but now the Orioles will be without Nick Markakis for at least 3-4 weeks with a hamate bone fracture. Xavier Avery is interesting in that he's one of those toolsy outfielders who was finally showing signs of putting it together at AAA earlier this year, but he also had a 615 OPS in 60 at bats during his first stretch of action this yea...
Alex Castellanos, Potential Bench Option
2012-06-01 15:43:00
Last summer, the Dodgers traded longtime shortstop Rafael Furcal to the Cardinals, hoping to get something out of their oft-injured star before he reached free agency. Furcal was not only a useful cog on the St. Louis march to the championship, he’s been the best shortstop in the National League so far in 2012. The ...
Early Risers
2012-06-01 15:15:00
After spending the majority of the week day-to-day with flu like symptoms, I mustered the energy to begin my mid-season Top Prospect List. Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of lists, as they often beget spats about order rather than rationale. Alas, we must give the people what they want! Thus far, here are some ...
June Call-Ups: Yasmani Grandal Joining The Padres
2012-06-01 14:01:00
We all know that June is a popular month for some of the games brightest prospects to be recalled.  We’ll be tracking who joins the Major Leagues in this post, so make sure to keep checking back! June 1, 2012 … Continue reading →
Mark Trumbo: The Most Valuable Angel
2012-06-01 14:00:00
Mark Trumbo was a big time power hitter in the minors, hitting 110 home runs in his five minor league season, capped off with his 2010 season in AAA where he hit 36 HRs and drove in 122. That power outburst forced him into the Angel s plans in 2011, and he responded by hitting .254-.291-.477 with 29 HRs, 65 runs, 87 RBI and 9 stolen bases. Coming into the 2012 season, he didn't have a position, as the Angels had signed some guy named Albert Pujols to play first base for them for the next 10 years. Kendrys Morales, who was out of action for almost two years, was finally healthy and can't play any position other than first base, so he became the Angels full time DH. So, where would Trumbo play? They tried him at third base, but that proved to be a disaster as he made 4 errors in 5 game, so they moved him to right field, this after Torii Hunter had to take care of some personal matters, Bobby Abreu was waived, and Vernon Wells hit the DL. All he has done since moving to the outfield ...
Roto Riteup: June 1st, 2012
2012-06-01 13:15:00
If you’re reading this at work then you only have but a few short hours before being released to the weekend. If you’re reading this in pajamas at noon, then I am jealous of you. Today’s Roto Riteup didn’t have a large quantity of games to pick from, but the quality of the games was ...
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The daily grind 6-1
2012-06-01 11:55:00
We're on to the third month of grindingRead more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.
Valuation to Date: A.L. Hitters
2012-06-01 11:48:00
Today I conclude my series on valuation to date for Rotisserie League, mono league scoring formats with American League hitters.Top 10 Hitters1) Josh Hamilton $562) Adam Jones $443) Paul Konerko $394) Edwin Encarnacion $365) Jason Kipnis $346) David Ortiz $347) Mark Trumbo $338) Miguel Cabrera $339) Adrian Beltre $3110) Derek Jeter $30Hamilton surely can't keep it up, but it's fun to see what a monster season like Hamilton's could be worth if he did. This is a much older group on average than in the National League, though Kipnis keeps the average age down a little bit. This list is dominated by established veterans and much older players like Konerko, Papi, and Jeter; not a good omen if you're the kind of owner who likes to gamble on young talent like Eric Hosmer and Brett Lawrie.Bottom 10 Hitters (Auction Only)1) Ryan Raburn ($6)2) Endy Chavez ($5)3) Josh Donaldson ($4)4) Chris Parmelee ($4)5) Nick Punto ($3)6) Kosuke Fukudome ($2)7) Eric Sogard ($2)8) Don K...
Around the Majors: May 31: Carlos Gonzalez Strikes Again, Bud Norris Implod
2012-06-01 11:31:00
There were just three games on the schedule last night, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to talk about.  How good is Carlos Gonzalez?  Should Quintin Berry remain the Tigers leadoff hitter?  Let’s look at these questions and … Continue reading →
NL Waiver Wire: Week 8
2012-06-01 10:47:00
The rise of the youth!Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.
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