Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 2 (4/9 - 4/15)

With the first week of fantasy baseball officially over, unless you play on ESPN, many owners feel like the Diamondbacks, Mets, Rays and Tigers who swept their opponents, while others feel like the Braves, Giants, Red Sox, Twins and Yankees who were all swept this weekend.  Which side are you on?

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Orioles/Rays
AL Central - Tigers
AL West - Mariners
NL East - Mets
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Diamondbacks

Michael Morse is out until at least June.  To the 94% of Yahoo owners who own him....DROP HIM.

Johnny Damon is back in baseball!  The Cleveland Indians have signed Damon who hit 16 HRs last season and drove in 73 runs while stealing 19 bases.  Damon will have fantasy value regardless of where he hits in the Indians lineup.  If he replaces Shelly Duncan in the Indians lineup, he will be slotted into the 7 hole, but I doubt the Indians want Johnny Damon batting 7.  I can see Cleveland slotting Damon in the 2 hole, moving Asdrubal Cabrera to the 3 spot, and Shin-Soo Choo to the 6/7 spot.  Updates to come.

David Wright has a fractured finger.  Not official yet, but expect Wright to join the 15-Day DL club.  Bad news for David Wright owners as this could take up to 6 week to recover from!  Wednesday will bring more results and news so stay posted!

Doug Fister is the first important fantasy player to join the 15-Day DL club (not including those from preseason)
  • He has been diagnosed with a left costochondral strain.  The average person has never heard of this before.  But luckily for us, I happen to be dating a physical therapist who broke it down for us.  Dana says that Costo means rib and Chondro means cartilage so the cartilage around the ribs is inflamed.  She claims this is a tricky injury and Fister could be out more than a month!  If you need to replace Fister, don't do so without telling us your options!

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Can't decide which utility player to use?  Don't know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don't know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games:
Chicago Cubs (1-2) - Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster combined to go 22.1 innings, 11 hits, 4 earned runs and 23 strikeouts, but only Samardzija got a win.  Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol have allowed 7 hits and 6 earned runs in 2.1 innings, while walking 6 and striking out just 1 batter blowing 2 save opportunities.

Cincinatti Reds (2-1) - Jay Bruce went 3 for 11 this weekend, with 3 home runs and 5 RBI.  His OBP (.250) is actually lower than his AVG (.273).  Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart is 6 for 11 batting .545 with 2 doubles, a triple and a home run, SLG 1.182.

Milwaukee Brewers (1-2) - All 7 games on the road, first 4 in Chicago followed by 3 in Atlanta.  Ryan Braun is 4 for 12 with 2 doubles and a solo home run.

Seattle Mariners (3-1) - The Mariners will travel to Texas to face the Rangers before another 3 game series with the Atheltics.  Chone Figgins has been hot to start the season, going 7 for 17 with a double and triple, 4 RBI and a stolen base. 

Texas Rangers (2-1) - Josh Hamilton is hitting .455 to start the year, but has just one extra base hit, a home run.  Ian Kinsler's four hits this season have gone for the cycle.

Washington Nationals (2-1) - The Nationals bullpen has allowed just 2 earned runs (both by Ryan Mattheus) in 8.1 innings pitched, with 10 strikeouts and just 4 hits and 4 walks. 

Every other team plays 6 games
  • Rockies, Dodgers, Twins, Phillies and Blue Jays play all 6 at home
  • Diamondbacks, Angels, Pirates, Rays playall 6 on the road
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster

Two Start Pitchers
For a more in depth breakdown of each starter, check out Fake Teams post

TeamPitcherOpponents
ARICAHILL@SD , @COL
ATLBEACHY@HOU , MIL
BALHUNTERNYY , @TOR
BOSDUBRONT@TOR , TB
CHCVOLSTAD/MAHOLMMIL , @STL
CHWSALE@CLE , DET
CINLEAKE/BAILEYSTL , @WAS
CLETOMLINCHW , @KC
COLCHACINSF , ARI
DETPORCELLOTB , @CHW
HOUHAPPATL , @MIA
KCMENDOZA@OAK , CLE
LAAWILSON@MIN , @NYY
LADKERSHAWPIT , SD
MIASANCHEZ@PHI , HOU
MILMARCUM/NARVESON@CHC , @ATL
MINBLACKBURNLAA , TEX
NYMPELFREYWAS , @PHI
NYYNOVA@BAL , LAA
OAKMILONE/GODFREYKC , @SEA
PHIHAMELSMIA , NYM
PITCORREIA@LAD , @SF
SDSTAUFFERARI , @LAD
SEANOESI/BEAVAN@TEX , OAK
SFZITO@COL , PIT
STLWESTBROOK@CIN , CHC
TBMOORE@DET , @BOS
TEXDARVISH/FELIZSEA , @MIN
TORALVAREZBOS , BAL
WASJACKSON/DETWILER@NYM , CIN

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