Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Rays Hit Back to Back to Back Jacks

Last night featured just 4 Major League Baseball games.  Instead of our usual Box Score Rundown, we are going to focus on a player from each team that we think is worth buying at their low low cost today, and which player you should be looking to flip immediately, thanks to them playing way beyond their ability. 

Esmil Rogers allowed back to back to back jacks to James Loney, Wil Myers and Sam Fuld which helped the Rays end the Blue Jays 11 game win streak.  The only run Toronto would score, would be in the 8th inning on a fielders choice when Jose Bautista grounded out to short with the bases loaded.  Jeremy Hellickson was great for Tampa Bay allowing just 1 hit over 7 innings, winning his 6th.  Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save.

Buy Low:
Neither team has any realistic options in my opinion.  If you think otherwise, let us know in the comment section!

Sell High:
Tampa Bay Rays - James Loney 
  • The decline has already begun, with Loney hitting just .244 in June.  With his average still above .300 on the season, look to send Loney elsewhere.  For his career, Loney tends to hit better in the first half and only once in his career has he hit 15 home runs.  He already hit 9 dingers so don't expect many more of those guys!
Toronto Blue Jays - Adam Lind
  • Lind has really figured out how play in the Big Leagues.  But with that being said, I doubt we ever see the Adam Lind that hit .305 and mashed 35 home runs & 46 doubles while driving in 114 RBI in 2009.  Steroids?  PEDs? Who knows.  What I do know is that Lind hasn't hit better than .255 since that season.  Expect a decline in production.

The Cleveland Indians took the first of a four game series in Baltimore from the Orioles by the score of 5-2.  Ubaldo Jimenez scattered 8 hits, including solo home runs by Nick Markakis (8) and Matt Wieters (10), to limit the damage.  He won his 6th start and Vinnie Pestano earned his 4th save.  For the Indians, Michael Brantley picked up 2 hits, including his 5th home run, and drove in 4 runs.  Michael Bourn was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. 

Buy Low:
Cleveland Indians - Nick Swisher
  • Swisher is hitting just .140 in June and fantasy owners are probably feed up with him at this point.  Swish has had just one MLB season with less than 75 RBI and is a career .255 hitter and has never hit less than 20 HRs, so he is destined to go on a nice tear soon.  Make sure you own him when this happens!

Baltimore Orioles - Matt Wieters
  • Wieters has never lived up to the hype for me, but a .230 average is sure to change.  He too is just a .256 hitter, but in his career he typically hit just as well before the All-Star game as he did after.  Well this year, he will have to have a MUCH better second half to get back to his career averages.  Take a chance!
Sell High:
Cleveland Indians - Jason Kipnis
  • Kipnis is hitting slightly above his career 1st half average of .277 at .282 but he is a career .246 2nd half hitter!  That is not a good sign of things to come!
Baltimiore Orioles - Nate McLouth
  • Lets be honest, McLouth is not that good of a baseball player.  He had one great season in Pittsburgh to put himself of the map, and then Atlanta foolishly traded Jeff Locke for him.  Even with the great numbers he has posted since joining the Orioles last season, McLouth is just a .221 hitter over the past 3 seasons.


Yasiel Puig hit his 7th home run in the bottom of the 1st off Madison Bumgarner in a 3-1 Dodgers victory over the Giants.  The Giants were hit even harder when they learned Angel Pagan will miss 10-12 weeks after needing hamstring surgery.  They then lost Joaquin Arias in the second inning.  Puig would later pick up the game winning RBI on a single, scoring Nick PuntoHanley Ramirez added an insurance run on a groundout to short, scoring Mark Ellis.  Hyun-Jin Ryu shut the Giants offense down scattering 8 hits over 6.2 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.85.    The Dodgers bullpen earned the W and Kenley Jansen saved his 5th game.   

Gregor Blanco is a must own in all league formats with Pagan out for a long, long time.  Blanco will lead off and play CF everyday according to Bruce Bochy.   ESPN had the game and showed an interesting statistic, stating that Marco Scutaro has the second most hits in baseball since being traded to the Giants, just 9 behind Miguel Cabrera

Buy Low:
Los Angeles Dodgers - Adrian Gonzalez
  • After a hot start the season, Gonzalez is hitting just .238 in June, now is the time to make a move!  Wth the Dodgers getting healthy and the weather heating up, Adrian Gonzalez is sure to have a solid second half.
San Francisco Giants - Brandon Crawford
  • Shortstops are hard to find.  Crawford is curerntly a top 10 shortstop and with some of the good ones injured it makes him even more valuable.  So how is this buying low?  He is hitting just .167 in the past 7 days, he has just 3 RBI all mognth and many owners might feel that he has peaked and they might think they are selling high due to his .280 average.

Sell High:
Los Angeles Dodgers - Chris Capuano
  • Back to back shutout starts over 11 innings and not a single walk.  LA is starting to hit, and will get Matt Kemp back very soon.  See what you can get for Capuano with all of the "Aces" still struggling!
San Francisco Giants - Gregor Blanco
  • If there was ever an opportunity to trade Blanco, its now.  You can sell the fact that he is the everyday CF and leadoff hitter for the Giants and could turn him into a star player that is underacheiving at the moment.  You have to do it!


The San Diego Padres scored 3 in the 9th and walked off in the 10th, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.  Eric Stults and Cliff Lee both pitched great games, combining for 15 innings, 11 strikeouts, and 4 earned runs.  Kyle Blanks scored two on a single in the 9th and later scored on a passed ball to send the game to extras.  Jonathan Papelbon blew his 4th save, all in his last 5 apperances!  Blanks singled in the game winning run.  The Padres are now 1 game OVER .500, 3 games out of 1st place in the NL West and ahead of the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the standings.

Buy Low:
San Diego Padres - Chase Headley
  • Chase Headley is the centerpiece of this improved Padres lineup.  He hasn't proven that this year but he will.  Don't wait to long to make a trade for him because once he gets hot, he will be untouchable.
Philadelphia Phillies - Cole Hamels
  • 2 and 11?  Who the hell wants this guy on their team?!  Oh wait, we all do!  Hamels is a much better pitcher then his number show.  He gets little run support and strikes out nearly a batter per inning.  His ERA tends to drop in the second half.

Sell High:
San Diego Padres - Jason Marquis
  • Marquis is receiving nearly 5 runs of support each time he takes the mound, which has helped him jump out to a 9-2 start.  He is not a strike out pitcher and has already allowed 15 home runs.  Trade his wins and see what comes back!.

Philadelphia Phillies - Domonic Brown

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