Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Week 4 (4/23 - 4/29)

4/28 - The Washington Nationals have called up Bryce Harper to play in this weekends series with the Dodgers, as Ryan Zimmerman has finally landed on the 15-Day DL.  He has been added in over 50,000 Yahoo fantasy leagues!  Did you pick him up?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have also called up there top prospect, Mike Trout, after releasing Bobby Abreu.  Trout has been added in over 20,000 Yahoo leagues.  To be honest, I would rather own Trout at this point then Harper.


4/25 - The New York Yankees Michael Pineda will undergo surgery which will sideline him for the rest of the season, and possibly some of next season.  67% of owners on Yahoo might want to drop him and free up that DL spot on their rosters.

The San Francisco Giants have placed Aubrey Huff on the 15-Day DL with an anxiety disorder.  This is great news for Brandon Belt owners!


4/24 - The Washington Nationals are fearful that Ryan Zimmerman could miss more than week with a strained right shoulder.  No structural damage, so surgery should be avoided.

The New York Mets have placed Jason Bay on the 15-Day DL with a non-displaced rib fracture.  It was getting close to say farewell to Bay anyway so this is a blessing in disguise for fantasy owners.  Cody Ross (28% Yahoo), JD Martinez (66%), Alejandro De Aza (59%) and Jordan Schafer(53%) are you best bets in replacing Bay if they are still available in your leagues.  If not, let us know who is and who you are thinking about adding to your roster.  Mike Pelfrey could possibly require Tommy John's which would end his season.

The Atlanta Braves have sent Jair Jurrjens to the Minors.  On July 6 of last season, Jurrjens had won his 12th game of the season while losing just 3.  With a 12-3 record, Jurrjens had an incredible 1.87 ERA.  Since that start, Jurrjens is just 1-5 with 5 no decisions a 4.56 ERA and averaged just 5.2 innings/start.  He was shut down in September of last season with a bone bruise in his knee and did not make an appearance that month.  He has allowed 3 or more earned runs in 9 of those 11 starts.  He did that just twice in first 16 starts last season.

Division Leaders to start the week:
AL East - Yankees
AL Central - Tigers
AL West - Rangers
NL East - Nationals
NL Central - Cardinals
NL West - Dodgers

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Teams Playing 7 Games:

Boston Red Sox (4-10) - The struggles continue for Red Sox bullpen as their 8.44 ERA is the worst in the majors.  In 42 innings, they have allowed 40 earned runs and opponents are hitting .335.  They will be on the road all week with 3 games in Minnesota followed by a 4 game series in Chicago.


Chicago White Sox (8-6) - Philip Humber became the 21st pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game on Saturday.  He is the 7th ex-Met to throw a perfect game.  The offense continues to struggle however as their .242 batting average is just 21st in the league.  They have a 3 game set in Oakland before coming home to host the Red Sox for 4.


Kansas City Royals (3-11) - The Royals are 10th in the MLB with .252 team batting average, yet they are 25th in runs scored.  Even more unbelievable, they second in doubles, 11th in hitting with runners in scoring position and only the Yankees and Giants have struck out less times.  Can someone please explain why they are having trouble scoring runs??  They will finish up their series with the Blue Jays on Monday, before playing 3 in Cleveland and 3 in Minnesota.



New York Mets (8-6) - New York has been hitting all season long, but they have had trouble scoring runs.  Their .257 team average is 9th in the league yet they are 25th in runs scored.  They are hitting just .225 with runners in scoring position.  The bullpen which was so strong to start the season, has struggled in recent games, with a 4.87 ERA over the last 7 games.  They finish up their series against the Giants with a double header tomorrow, before hosting Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins for 3.  They then head to Colorado for a 3 game series with the Rockies.


San Francisco Giants (7-7) -  The pitching staff has been excellent early on this season even with Tim Lincecum having an ERA over 10, and losing closer Brian Wilson for the season to Tommy Johns surgery.  We knew the staff would be good, but the offense has been surprisingly good.  They have 5 everyday bats hitting over .300.  They finish up their series in New York with a double header tomorrow, before heading to Cincinnati for 3 games.  They go back to the West Coast to host the Padres for 3 more after that.


Toronto Blue Jays (8-6) - The Blue Jays offensive continues to roll, as they are 5th in the league in runs scored.  The most suprising stat though is that Jose Bautista is hitting just .212 this season after hitting .302 last season.  Lots of fantasy owners are really regretting using a top pick on him and in all honestly, if you can trade him and get back a nice package, then you should.


Every other team plays 6 games
  • Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers play all 6 at home
  • Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals play all 6 on the road
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster

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


PitcherTeamOpponents
Bartolo ColonOAKCWS, @BAL
Brandon MorrowTOR@KC, SEA
Bruce ChenKCTOR, @MIN
CC SabathiaNYY@TEX, DET
Chris CapuanoLADATL, WAS
Clayton RichardSDWAS, @SF
David PriceTBLAA, @TEX
Derek LoweCLEKC, LAA
Dillon GeeNYMSF, @COL
Ervin SantanaLAA@TB, @CLE
Gavin FloydCWS@OAK, BOS
Gio GonzalezWAS@SD, @LAD
Henderson AlvarezTOR@BAL, SEA
Jaime GarciaSTL@CHC, MIL
Jair JurrjensATL@LAD, PIT
Jake PeavyCHW@OAK, BOS
Jamie MoyerCOL@PIT, NYM
Jason MarquisMINBOS, KC
Jason VargasSEA@DET, @TOR
Johan SantanaNYMMIA, @COL
Jon LesterBOS@MIN, @CWS
Jonathan SanchezKC@CLE, @MIN
Josh BeckettBOS@MIN, @CWS
Josh JohnsonMIA@NYM, ARI
Kevin CorreiaPITCOL, @ATL
Kyle KendrickPHI@ARI, CHC
Lucas HarrellHOU@MIL, @CIN
Madison BumgarnerSF@NYM, SD
Mat LatosCINSF, HOU
Matt GarzaCHCSTL, @PHI
Max ScherzerDETSEA, @NYY
Tim LincecumSF@NYM, SD
Tommy HunterATLTOR, OAK
Wade MileyARIPHI, @MIA
Zack GreinkeMILHOU, @STL

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