Sunday, May 1, 2011

Fantasy Baseball Report (4/25-5/1)

Ryan Zimmerman joins the 15-Day DL club - Abdominal Tear Surgery
Pablo Sandoval joins the 15-Day DL club - Broken Hamate
Casey Blake joins the 15-Day DL club - Staph Inefection
Joe Blanton joins the 15-Day DL club - Medial Impingement in His Right Elbow
Delmon Young joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Oblique
Corey Hart returns to Brewers lineup!
Jose Contreras joins the 15-Day DL club - Strained Right Elbow - Ryan Madson to close
Albert Pujols strains his hamstring, may not be available Tuesday
Evan Longoria to start rehab this week?

 
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News from last week
  • Sore shoulder lands Scott Rolen on the 15-Day DL
  • Neftali Feliz, Aaron Hill, and Jayson Nix join the 15-Day DL Club
  • Brett Cecil had been demoted to Las Vegas
  • Logan Morrison joins the 15-Day DL Club - Left Foot Strain
  • Brandon Belt has been demoted to Fresno
  • Erick Aybar has returned to the Angels lineup, Cody Ross has returned to the Giants lineup, and Brandon Morrow returns to Blue Jays rotation
  • Ryan Franklin losses closing job
  • Victor Martinez joins the 15-Day DL Club - Strained right groin
  • Ubaldo Jimenez returns tonight against SF Giants - Ian Stewart sent to minors
  • Dodgers call up OF prospect Jerry Sands
  • Jason Bay to return to Mets lineup Thursday
  • Red's pitcher Mike Leake arrested for stealing from Macy's
  • Twins name Capps new closer over Nathan

 

 
Get 'em While They're Hot
Jed Lowrie (2B,SS) - 71% Owned
Seth Smith (OF) - 23% Owned
Danny Espinosa (2B) - 23% Owned
Casey Blake (3B) -  8%  Owned
Juan Uribe (2B,3B,SS) - 48% Owned
Ryan Raburn (2B,OF) - 44% Owned
Adam Jones(OF) - 67% Owned

 
This Call to the Bullpen...
Randy Wolf (SP) - 22% Owned
Bruce Chen (SP) - 13% Owned
James Shields (SP) - 69% Owned
Michael Pineda (SP) - 65% Owned
Kyle McClellan (SP) - 41% Owned
Alexi Ogando (SP) - 55% Owned
Brian Duensing (SP) - 19% Owned

 
Under the Radar All Stars
C - Alex Avila - 10 r, 4 2b, 1 3b, 3 hr, 14 rbi, .321 avg
1B - Ike Davis - 11 r, 6 2b, 1 3b, 4 hr, 18 rbi, .316 avg
2B - Danny Espinosa - 12 r, 3 2b, 2 3b, 2 hr, 15 rbi, .281 avg
3B - Ryan Robets - 9 r, 3 2b, 4 hr, 13 rbi, .320 avg
SS - Angel Sanchez - 15 r, 4 2b, 1 hr, 13 rbi, .291 avg
OF - Jeff Francoeur - 14 r, 6 2b, 1 3b, 4 hr, 18 rbi, .325 avg
P - Justin Masterson - 4 gs, 4 w, 26.1 ip, 21 h, 5 er, 15 k, 1.71 era

 
AAAA All Stars
C - Miguel Olivo - 4 r, 1 2b, 4 rbi, 21 k, .164 avg
1B - Derek Lee - 5 r, 2 2b, 1 hr, 2 rbi, 17 k, .211 avg
2B - Dan Uggla - 9 r, 2 2b, 1 3b, 5 hr, 8 rbi, 19 k, .182 avg
3B - Chris Johnson - 6 r, 4 2b, 1 hr, 7 rbi, 20 k, .181 avg
SS - Ian Desmond - 7 r, 4 2b, 2 hr, 8 rbi, 20 k, .203 avg
OF - Carl Crawford - 5 r, 3 2b, 1 hr, 6 rbi, .171 avg
P - James McDonald - 4 gs, 18.2 ip, 22 h, 21 er, 5 hr, 10.13 era,

 
Team with Great Matchups-

Cleveland Indians - vsRoyals vsTigers - Looking at the AL Central standings is mind boggling right now.  It has almost completely flipped upside from what many predicted.  The Indians and Royals are the top two teams in the division and it does not seem to be a fluke.  This Cleveland-Kansas City matchup should be a lot of fun to follow.  Both teams are top 7 in team batting average and runs scored, but the advantage goes to Cleveland in team ERA. 

 
Justin Masterson and has lead this Indians team to the top of the division, winning his first 4 starts.  He has allowed just 5 earned runs in 26.1 innings pitched.  Josh Tomlin has also stepped up this year winning three of his first four starts, allowing just 7 earned runs in 27 innings pitched.  Opening day starter Fausto Carmona has bounced back after a horrid start to the season with 3 solid outings in which he pitched at least 7 innings and gave up less than 3 earned runs.  His last start however, lasted just 5 innings.  It will be interesting to see how these three handle the hot bats of Betemit, Gordon, Francoeur and Butler, all batting over .300.  Since Grady Sizemore's return, the Indians are just 3-4 only scoring 5+ runs twice.  Carlos Santana and Shin-Shoo Choo are a combined 10 for 52 since Grady came back and they will need to get hot if they want to help this Indians team stay atop the AL Central this week with 6 division games.
Indians sweep series 3-0
  • Masterson - 6.2 ip, 5 h, 3 er, 7 k, W
  • Tomlin - 6 ip, 5 h, 2 er, 3 k, W
  • Carmona - 7 ip, 5 h, 2 er, 2 k, W
  • Betemit - 2 for 8 , 2 2b, 2 rbi, 3 k
  • Gordon - 1 for 11, 1 2b, 1 rbi, 1 k
  • Francoeur - 4 for 11, 2 r, 2 2b, 1 hr, 1 rbi, 2 k
  • Buter - 3 for 10, 1 r, 2 2b, 1 rbi, 1 k
  • Santana - 1 for 8, 1 hr, 1 r, 1 rbi, 3 k
  • Choo - 6 for 10, 3 r, 2 hr, 5 rbi, 2 sb

 
After hosting the Royals for a three game set, Detroit comes to play a three game weekend series.  The Tigers have the same record going into this week as the Royals, so Cleveland will look to build a lead in the win column, by handed out tally marks to the two teams chasing them in the loss column.  After fireballer Max Scherzer beats the Indians on Friday night, the Tribe's bats should have no trouble hitting Rick Porcello and Phil Coke to take 2 of 3 from the Tigers.  However, it will be up to Jeanmar Gomez, called up when Talbot was put on the DL, to make sure the Indians win game 2 of the series.  His first start did not go so well, and if Miggy and rest of the Tigers are hungry on Saturday, it could be an early shower for Gomez. 

 
Outside of Cabrera, the only other Tigers hitting right now are Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila.  If the Indians pitch around these three guys, and make Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn(each with 27 strikeouts) actually put the ball in play, the Tribe should take both division series this week.
Indians sweep series 3-0
  • Scherzer - 6.2 ip, 6 h, 5 er, 7 k, 5 bb ND
  • Porcello - 7 ip, 7 h, 2 er, 7 k, ND
  • Coke - 6 ip, 4 h, 2 er, 4 k ND
  • Gomez - 5.2 ip, 10 h, 3 er, 4 k, ND
  • Cabrera - 5 for 11, 3 r, 1 2b, 2 hr, 4 rbi
  • Boesch - 2 for 16, 1 r, 3 k
  • Avila - 3 for 10, 1 2b, 3 rbi
  • Jackson - 5 for 12, 1 r, 6 k
  • Raburn - 5 for 15, 2 r, 1 2b, 1 hr, 2 rbi, 5 k
Team with Tough Matchups-
Seattle Mariners - @Tigers @ Red Sox - After King Felix wins the opener, Erik Bedard takes his 0-4 record and faces off against Justin Verlander.  Series tied 1-1.  Then young gun Michael Pineda takes on the Tigers who are 6-3 at home, while the Mariners are just 3-7 on the road.  While Pineda did win his start in Kanasas City, the Mariners have yet to score more than 4 runs for him and the Tigers scored 9 runs in 2 of their 3 games against the White Sox top 3 pitchers this past weekend.  Chris Ray and Josh Lueke have been terrible this season and if the games are close late, expect the Tigers to come out on top. 

 
Seattle continues this road trip in Boston as they look to not be embarrassed in Beantown.  The Red Sox have won 8 of their last 10 and are finally looking like the team everyone predicted to win the World Series.  Even without any production from Carl Crawford, the Sox have only scored less than 4 runs once during the ten game span.  Boston's pitching staff has been far from great, but the lack of power in the Mariners lineup has prevented them from scoring runs. 

 
Milton Bradley is the only Mariner with double digit RBI, and Ryan Langerhans, yes Ryan Langerhans, leads the team in HR with just 3!  It does not matter if Ichiro bats over .300 all season, or continues to steal bases(8), no one is hitting behind him.  I just learned that Franlkin Gutierez has been out all season with IBS, which troubled him all last year after a breakout season in 2009.  The Mariners have a long week ahead of them, and the only bright side is that Felix Hernandez pitches twice.

 

 
KeithyP's Fantasy Lineup
C - Alex Avila  vsMariners @Indians - 5 for 21, 2 2b, 5 rbi, 7 k
1B - Ryan Howard @Diamond Backs vsMets - 7 for 24, 1 2b, 3 hr, 9 rbi, 4 runs
2B - Danny Espinosa vsPirates vsMets vsGiants - 2 for 24
3B - Alex Rodriguez vsWhite Sox vsBlue Jays-  3 for 25, 2 runs, 1 2b, 1 rbi, 8 k
SS - Asdrubal Cabrera vsRoyals vsTigers - 7 for 24, 5 runs, 2 2b, 1 hr, 3 rbi
OF - Jason Bay @Nationals @Phillies - 5 for 21, 3 runs, 5 k
P - Matt Cain @Pirates @Nationals - 2 gs, 12 ip, 11 h, 5 er, 1 hr, 11 k, 4 bb, 0-1
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