Tag:Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:34 pm

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Posted on: February 25, 2008 1:14 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2008 10:02 am

Thoughts from the weekend...

-- The Phillies have to be wondering if they did the wrong thing trusting Brad Lidge, whose shaky knee didn't take long to flare up. Now they say they will rely on Tom Gordon to close at the start of the season if Lidge isn't ready. Gordon is 40 years old and has a shoulder that forced them to try ace Brett Myers as the closer last May. Bad news. The suggestion here is to ignore Gordon, who we expect won't make it through a whole season again and take a late flier on Ryan Madson. Madson was once one of the best young setup men in baseball before the Phillies tried him as a starter and shoulder issues popped up. He should be healthy now and makes for a more intriguing flier in Fantasy at this point that Gordon. Madson should be a productive pick as a middle reliever in deeper Rotisserie leagues even if he doesn't get closing chances.

-- Mark DeRosa's scare makes you wonder if the Cubs won't reconsider a Brian Roberts deal. Careful picking Roberts in AL-only leagues where you stand to lose a player traded out of the league.

-- Francisco Liriano and Danny Richar are not in camp. Two players who need to be seen this spring before you pick them on Draft Day.

-- Teams are having their intrasquad games this week before the action is live this weekend, mid-week for some teams. The O's in Fort Lauderdale have an intrasquad game Tuesday, which I will blog from. Also, Duaner Sanchez will throw for the Mets in a game Monday. That should be interesting. Before tearing up his shoulder in a South Florida taxi accident, Sanchez was looking like he could be one of the best setup men in baseball and a potential future closer. He is important to the Mets and a sleeper in deeper NL-only Rotisserie leagues that use true middle men.

-- Johan Santana makes his Mets debut on Friday in Port St. Lucie against the Cardinals. I hope to make it to that one. Gotta ask the Boss man to send me.

-- This weekend was the "calm before the storm" as teams did lighter workouts because the next seven-plus months will have plenty of action over the weekend.


Category: MLB
Posted on: February 22, 2008 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2008 10:03 am

Firsts of spring

When I do player updates it sometimes can get a little dry, but I get excited when I get to update some firsts of spring.

1. The first player placed on the DL ... P Bobby Livingston, CIN.

The Reds needed room on the 40-man roster for the Dragon Slayer. Fogg is a decent veteran innings eater who can add value to deeper NL-only leagues. Most important, he makes it likely Johnny Cueto will start in the minors. Heck, Edinson Volquez might even be competing with Homer Bailey for the No. 5 spot behind Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Matt Belisle and Fogg. Bailey especially and Volquez notwithstanding both deserve rotation spots for the Reds. Competition is a good thing.

2. The first player cut ... 1B/OF Craig Wilson, CIN now FA.

Wilson has always been a favorite of mine, especially against left-handed pitching. But he didn't even make it to the mandatory reporting date. Ouch.

We're going to be blogging daily during spring training to give you a quick-hitting way to get into the news of the day. I will be focusing on topics closest to my pursuit of the next big thing but I might mention some items on the Freddy Sanchez's of the world. (Nothing against Sanchez -- a solid big leaguer -- but a low-ceiling player who has peaked like that just doesn't do much for me in Fantasy.)


Category: MLB
Posted on: February 14, 2008 5:19 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 5:54 pm

The rule of 3 for 45


Why are 45 wins lovely?

February 14, 2008

It's Valentine's Day, and Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is sending flowers to his top three starting pitchers—Mark Buerhle, Jose Contreras and Javier Vazquez. Cooper said recently he needs 45 wins from the front end of his rotation in order for the pale hose to compete in 2008.

Why 45? It turns out that five teams in 2007 received 45 or more wins from their top three starting pitchers, and all five teams made the playoffs:

 Pitcher #1  Pitcher #2  Pitcher #3 
Indians (53)  Fausto Carmona (19) C.C. Sabathia (19)  Paul Byrd (15) 
BoSox (52)  Josh Beckett (20) Tim Wakefield (17)  Daisuke Matsuzaka (15) 
Angels (50)  John Lackey (19) Kelvim Escobar (18) Jered Weaver (13) 
Cubs (45)  Carlos Zambrano (18) Ted Lilly (15)  Jason Marquis (12)
Yanks (45) Chien-Ming Wang (19) Andy Pettitte (15)  Mike Mussina (11) 


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