Tag:Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: May 31, 2008 4:03 pm

Week 10 Tout Wars FAAB Bids

Mixed Tout Wars FAAB for Week 10
AL Tout Wars FAAB
NL Tout Wars FAAB
  • Russell Branyan: Hertz 29 (Hertz 29, Van Riper 11, Walton 9, Wilderman 6, Colton/Wolf 2)
  • Seth Smith: Becker 19 (Becker 19, Kreutzer 15, Lombardo 15, Pianowski 10, Collette 8, Leibowitz 8, Walton 6, Colton/Wolf 6, Wilderman 5)
  • Josh Fogg: Van Riper 0 (Van Riper 0)
  • Joe Mather: Kreutzer 11 (Kreutzer 11, Wilderman 8, Becker 0)
  • Cha Seung Baek: Wilderman 3 (Wilderman 3)
  • Neal Cotts: Wilderman 0 (Wilderman 0)
  • Joe Smith: Colton/Wolf 0 (Colton/Wolf 0, Leibowitz 0)
  • Nick Evans: Kreutzer 8 (Kreutzer 8, Leibowitz 5, Colton/Wolf 1, Becker 0)
  • Adam Eaton: Walton 6 (Walton 6, Kreutzer 3)
  • Doug Waechter: Walton 0 (Walton 0)
  • Josh Banks: Kreutzer 3 (Kreutzer 3, Colton/Wolf 0)
  • Brian Moehler: Kreutzer 0 (Kreutzer 0, Colton/Wolf 0)
  • Cory Sullivan: Wilderman 0 (Wilderman 0, Colton/Wolf 0)
  • Michael Wuertz: Colton/Wolf 0 (Colton/Wolf 0)
  • Joe Nelson: Collette 1 (Collette 1)
  • T.J. Bohn: Lombardo 6 (Lombardo 6)
  • Craig Counsell: Wilderman 0 (Wilderman 0)
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 30, 2008 10:27 am
Edited on: May 30, 2008 10:30 am

Week 10 Start 'em and Sit 'em

Good team starts
  • Philadelphia -- 7 G, 4 at home vs. CIN
  • Texas -- 7 home games, CLE, TB
  • Oakland -- 6 home games, DET, LAA
  • Boston -- 7 G, 6 home games
  • Atlanta -- 7 home games, FLA, PHI
  • L.A. Dodgers -- 7 home games, COL, CHC
Bad team starts
  • L.A. Angels -- 6 road games, @SEA, @OAK
  • Tampa Bay -- 6 road games, @BOS, @TEX
  • Kansas City -- 6 road games, @CHW, @NYY
  • San Diego --7 g, vs. CHC, 4vs. NYM
  • Arizona -- 6 road games, @MIL, @PIT, 25th in road scoring
  • Pittsburgh -- 6 home games, HOU, ARI
  • Cincinnati -- 7 road games, PHI, FLA
  • Chicago Cubs -- 7 road games, SD, LAD
Good Player Starts
  • C Miguel Olivo, KC: Seeing most of the starts in KC, 11 RBI in May.
  • 1B Jason Giambi, NYY: Eligible at 1B and batting over .400 in the past two weeks.
  • 2B Alexi Casilla, MIN: Only Ian Kinsler and Chase Utley have more RBI at this position since May 15.
  • SS Bobby Crosby, OAK: He has 17 RBI in 30 home games this season -- and he has six home games this week.
  • 3B Evan Longoria, TB: Leads third basemen in RBI (13) since mid-May.
  • OF David Murphy, TEX: The other top AL rookie hitter is batting over .300 recently, and he has an RBI in nine of his past 13 games.
Bad Player Starts
  • C A.J. Pierzynski, CHW: After batting .300 in April, he's hitting just .250 in May, without any homers.
  • 1B Both White Sox first basemen: Nick Swisher and Paul Konerko have six RBI between them over the past couple weeks, hitting around .200 combined. Sure, Konerko homered Thursday, but it was his first since late April.
  • 2B Aaron Hill, TOR: After banging heads in a collision on Thursday, Hill is questionable for the weekend, and he has just two RBI in recent weeks anyway.
  • SS Julio Lugo, BOS: Just one stolen base since mid-May, and he's batting under .260 in that span.
  • 3B Aubrey Huff, BAL: Six road games ahead, along with Monday's start at home vs. knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
  • OF Luke Scott, BAL: The other former-Astro-turned-Oriole is dealing with Achilles', knee and hamstring problems -- as well as a sub-.200 average
Good Player Starts
  • C Jesus Flores, WAS: Still has a couple weeks with the job until Paul Lo Duca and Johnny Estrada return from injury. Flores has hit safely in 10 of 14 games since starting. Owned in just 7 pct.
  • 1B Adam LaRoche, PIT: Has six home games and he's hitting .320 over past two weeks.
  • 2B Kelly Johnson, ATL: After slumping in recent weeks, he's batting around .340 in his past 40-plus at-bats.
  • SS Cristian Guzman, WAS: Getting a ton of extra-base hits and only Michael Young is scoring more lately among shortstops.
  • 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff, SD: Leads third basemen in homers in the past couple weeks, and he has five bombs in his past seven games. He also has seven home games ahead (only one of his homer runs this year have come on the road).
  • OF Shane Victorino, PHI: Six steals recently, along with a 10-game hitting streak.
Bad Player Starts
  • C J. R. Towles, HOU: Batting below .100 in May, with just four hits in 17 games.
  • 1B Mike Jacobs, FLA: He has four games against the Braves pitching, and he's batting under .230 over the past couple weeks.
  • 2B Felipe Lopez, WAS: No homers, no RBI and a sub-.200 batting average since May 15.
  • SS Stephen Drew, ARI: Streaky hitter this season, on the downswing now with six road games ahead.
  • 3B Edwin Encarnacion, CIN: Struggling at the plate and he has seven games away from Great American Ball park this week.
  • OF Kosuke Fukudome, CHC: Hitting under .240 in recent weeks, and the Cubs are at San Diego and Los Angeles this week. He's batting just .207 away from Wrigley
Posted on: May 29, 2008 10:25 am
Edited on: May 29, 2008 2:47 pm

Thursday's Must-See Bloggy

While sipping on your morning protein shake, here are the top 10 things you need to know about for Your Morning Constitutional:
  1. Dice-K's next start in jeopardy: Daisuke Matsuzaka left for Boston Wednesday to get an MRI on his fatigued pitching shoulder. Manager Terry Francona has not ruled him out for Monday's start at Baltimore. There's a day off in there, so the Red Sox could juggle the rotation a bit, according to The Boston Globe. Tim Wakefield could start Monday, and Justin Masterson had his debut at Triple-A Pawtucket moved up from Saturday to Thursday, which would put him in line to start Tuesday against the Rays.
  2. Pedro could return next week: Pedro Martinez threw six solid innings in a Class A rehab start for Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. The hamstring injury is behind him and he's just building up strength at this point. He gave up two runs on four hits (82 pitches), with six strikeouts and no walks.
  3. Pedro who!?!?!? David Price outpitches Mets' superstar: The Rays' No. 1 overall pick from 2007 threw six scoreless innings for Class A Vero Beach against Pedro Martinez's Port St. Lucie team. Price has now thrown 11 consecutive shutout innings to start his pro career. He allowed two hits and one walk -- and nine strikeouts. "I want (Pedro) to go home and one day tell his grandchildren about me," Price said. You have to like that!
  4. Celtics win again at home, Rip questionable for Game 6: The Celtics went up 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals after Ray Allen dropped 29 on the Pistons. And now Richard Hamilton has an elbow injury that puts his start back in Detroit in question. Kevin McHale is still counting the bolts in Boston.
  5. Crosby scores first two goals of Cup career, Penguins win: The Pens do their best to make this Stanley Cup Finals interesting, and they finally score a goal against G Chris Osgood (6-1 in Finals history). Sidney Crosby scores his first goals to get his Stanley Cup career going. Pittsburgh is 9-0 at home, but the Red Wings are now 14-2 in their past 16 Finals games.
  6. Johan Franzen scores 13th goal of postseason: The Wings center leads all scorers in the playoffs. My question is, where does the 28-year-old Swede get drafted in Fantasy play next season? He'll be entering his fourth season in the NHL, coming off a career year (27 G, 11 A, 14 PPG). Going into this past season, he was the 44th center drafted on average and he ended the season owned on only 44 percent of Fantasy Hockey leagues. From March 2 to the end of the regular season, he has 20 points (15 G, 5 A, 7 PPG). Only Alex Ovechkin scored more goals than him in that span, and only six players had more points. Franzen could be a sleeper pick that could drop to the third round of a 12-team draft.
  7. Royals suck and blow: The former is for their 10th consecutive loss Wednesday, and the latter is for blowing a five-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning. Then they make sure they keep Joel Peralta in -- after he gave up the tying homer to Craig Monroe in the ninth -- so he can give up the go-ahead homer to Morneau on the first pitch of the 10th.
  8. Fernando Tatis hits game-winning double for Mets: Tatis hit a two-run double in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Marlins. He has been out of baseball for two seasons and he's already stealing headlines from the high-paid disappointments in the field. If you recall, Tatis hit 34 homers for the Cardinals in '99 before taking a step back in '00. Then the Cardinals traded him in the spring of 2001 to Montreal to make room at third base for a prospect named Albert Pujols.
  9. Michael Cuddyer interview this afternoon: Things I plan on asking the Twins RF for today's podcast: 1. After a breakout '06, along with MVP Morneau and batting champ Mauer, he fell off in '07. What's tougher: establishing himself or maintaining? 2. He went to the same high school as the Upton brothers, who he's still friends with -- which one will have the better career? 3. He was drafted in a great OF class of '97 (Berkman, J.D. Drew, V. Wells), but he was drafted as a shortstop. When can we get five games played there for Fantasy eligibility?
  10. Cody Ross wins Fantasy POD for Wednesday: Thought about giving it to Jose Reyes for his 2-for-5, HR, SB evening, but Ross likely helped his owners more, with two homers and four RBI against Reyes' Mets. Ross has a fireplug body, with a scary Xavier from X-Men head. He now has nine homers -- just four away from the career high 13 he hit two seasons ago, but the .202 batting average (and just 18 RBI) in part-time work hurts his value. Although, he's only owned in three percent of leagues -- which I'm going to guess is the lowest number of any player with nine home runs in the majors.

The interview with Cuddyer went very well -- super knowledgeable guy that understands why Fantasy owners would listen to an interview with him. But from now on, in the office, he's known as Michael Cuddeeay.
Posted on: May 27, 2008 10:02 am

Back to Work, Slackers!

While eating your 2-Sausage McGriddle sandwiches for $2 (I've been meaning to talk to you about your diet lately), here's what you need to know after a long Memorial Day Weekend:
  1. Jay Bruce IS HERE! JAY BRUCE IS HERE!: Finally, after nearly two months of starting guys like Geoff Jenkins, Scott Hairston and Alfredo Amezaga in your Fantasy outfield, Jay Bruce can come off of your bench to start. The Reds are expected to call him up sometime Tuesday for his major league debut against the Pirates at Great American Ball Park. He hit .349 with nine doubles, five triples, 10 homers and 37 RBI in 49 games at Triple-A Louisville this season. His ownership is still just at 63 percent -- up from 55 percent a couple days ago.
  2. Clayton Kershaw IS HERE! CLAYTON KERSHAW IS HERE!: The Dodgers' young lefty struck out seven batters in six innings against the Cardinals on Sunday. He was the sixth pick of the '06 draft behind Andrew Miller and Brandon Morrow. Actually, seven of the top 10 picks in that draft are currently in the majors already. Only Pirates (4th) P Brad Lincoln  (Tommy John surgery), Reds (8th) OF Drew Stubbs and Orioles (9th) 3B Billy Rowell have yet to make their debuts. (Max Scherzer (11th) and Ian Kennedy (21st) have also arrived.)
  3. Willie Randolph still has a job: After meeting with the Wilpons, the Mets will continue to be managed by the former Yankees second baseman. Then the Marlins beat Randolph's Mets at Shea Stadium. Jose B. Reyes cranked out a pair of homers and didn't cost his team a win in the field -- so that's progression. The Mets are five games below .500 since June 1 of last season.
  4. Jeff Garcia is unhappy, but won't hold out: The Bucs offensive MVP last season said he won't hold out a day from training camp. It's possible the Bucs will franchise tag him if they don't come to contract agreement. Earnest Graham, meanwhile, continues to miss the team's OTA workouts. With Warrick Dunn in camp, you'd think Graham would want to get back and make a claim on the job -- then again, it's still just Warrick Dunn.
  5. Carlos Pena takes Fantasy Player of the Weekend honors: In the four games from Friday through Monday, Pena hit .727 with a home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. His teammates B.J. Upton (.571) and Evan Longoria (2 HR, 7 RBI) looked pretty good too.
  6. Syracuse beats Johns Hopkins for NCAA lacrosse title: This is the Orange's record 10th men's lacrosse championship, which makes them like the Yankees/Celtics/Canadiens of lacrosse ... which means people hate them. Trivia! Who is the only NFL Hall of Famer that is also in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame?
  7. Pair of Jays keep relievers well rested: On Friday, Roy Halladay threw a complete game against the Royals. Then on Saturday, Jesse Litsch followed suit with his own complete game against Kansas City. But the relievers threw four combined innings on their Nintedo Wii in the bullpen.
  8. Red Wings go up 2-0 in Stanley Cup Finals: As much as the Sidney Crosby fans (including myself) had hoped to see a great finals, the Wings are treating the Pens like a little brother that borrowed his Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti album without asking. Red Wings - six goals. Penguins -- zero goals. G Chris Osgood hasn't allowed a goal in 137 minutes and 33 seconds ... and counting.
  9. Antonio McDyess, of all people, puts Detroit on his back for series-tying win: McDyess -- the guy that was drafted by Denver, eventually traded to the Knicks in a deal for Marcus Camby and Nene in a draft day deal in 2002, and hasn't scored over 10 ppg since that deal -- scores 21 points to tie the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
  10. Some guy wins the Indy 500: Scott Dixon takes the checkered flag for his first Indy 500 win -- and even NASCAR fans yawned.
Posted on: May 26, 2008 10:29 am
Edited on: May 26, 2008 3:32 pm

Top 20 War Movies

After you stuff down an apple fritter and coffee while getting ready to barbecue up a storm on Memorial Day, here's my top 20 war movies to consider during Memorial Day (my rules are that they have to be about a modern day war, World War I to the present):
  1. The Great Escape -- Without question, greatest war movie ever made (and a true story). Great cast, excellent story.
  2. Saving Private Ryan -- Best battle scene ever in first 20 minutes.
  3. The Dirty Dozen -- We need more ensemble cast-epic movies like this one.
  4. M*A*S*H
  5. The Longest Day
  6. Kelly's Heroes -- Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland -- you can't go wrong.
  7. Stalag 17 -- Precursor to "Hogan's Heroes."
  8. Schindler's List -- Just when you think you hate Nazis all you can, you watch this movie and hate them more.
  9. Full Metal Jacket -- Much like other war movies, it gets uninteresting once they leave boot camp.
  10. The Deer Hunter -- "You're just too good to be true ... Can't take my eyes off of you ... "
  11. The Big Red One -- Luke Skywalker and Lee Marvin? You can't miss.
  12. Von Ryan's Express -- Frank Sinatra's best movie everrrr.
  13. U-571 -- Watched it again a few weeks ago, it's still keeps you on the edge of your seat nonstop.
  14. Good Morning, Vietnam
  15. The Bridge on the River Kwai -- Best whistling movie everrrr.
  16. Platoon
  17. Apocalypse Now -- Not as big a fan of this as other people, to be honest.
  18. Heartbreak Ridge -- Clint Eastwood + Chet from Weird Science = Good times military movie.
  19. The Train -- Very underrated Burt Lancaster pic about the Nazis trying to steal French art on a train.
  20. Battle of the Bulge

Best nickname so far this season: Monster Max -- That's the tag given to Rangers' catching prospect Max Ramirez. He's tearing apart Double-A pitching with Frisco this season. He's batting .388 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 46 games so far. He only went 1-for-7 with an RBI over the weekend, but he had a four-game home run streak active before Saturday's game at NW Arkansas. In his past 10 games, he's batting .424 with 11 RBI. He has a few players ahead of him in the organization (Gerald Laird, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden), but his presence could help force a trade, whether it's himself or Teagarden. Something tells me the Rangers wish they got something else from Atlanta in exchange for Mark Teixeira. Salty could be good, but they look stocked behind the plate for a few seasons now.

In a sad note, Geremi Gonzalez was struck and killed by Lightning on Sunday in his native Venezuela. With Cory Lidle dying in a plane crash in October of 2006, and Joe Kennedy dying last November of natural causes, Gonzalez makes the third ex-Rays pitcher to die in the past 19 months. Gonzalez threw the pitch that broke Sammy Sosa's corked bat a few seasons ago.
Category: General
Posted on: May 23, 2008 10:16 am
Edited on: May 23, 2008 10:17 am

Week 9 Start 'em and Sit 'em

Good start teams
  • Tampa Bay: Seven home games (TEX3, CHW4)
  • Texas: Facing two top 10 staffs (@TB3, OAK3)
  • St. Louis: Six home games (HOU3, PIT3)
  • Chicago Cubs: Seven home games (LAD3, COL4)
  • N.Y. Mets: Seven home games (FLA3, LAD4)
Bad start teams
  • Chicago White Sox: Seven road games (@CLE 3, @TB4)
  • N.Y. Yankees: Six road games (@BAL, @MIN)
  • Toronto: Six road games (KC1, @OAK3, @LAA3)
  • Florida: Six road games (@NYM3, @PHI3)
  • Piittsburgh: Six road games (@CIN3, @STL)
  • Houston: Six road games (@STL3, @MIL3)
  • L.A. Dodgers: Seven road games (@CHC3, @NYM4)
  • Washington: Six road games (MIL1, @SD3, ARI3)
Good starts

  • C Dioner Navarro, TB -- Only Brian McCann (19 hits) is out-hitting him (14) over the past two weeks, and he has seven home games.
  • 1B Alex Gordon, KC: Batting over. 340 in the past half month, with six home games ahead (MIN/CLE).
  • 2B Akinori Iwamura, TB: Seven games at the Trop where he's batting over .300 this season.
  • SS Bobby Crosby, OAK: Hitting over .300 in his past 50 at-bats.
  • 3B Joe Crede, CHW: He's batting well again, and with six road games, he's still a decent start because he's hitting over .300 away from home.
  • OF Jose Guillen, KC: More RBI (19)over the past two weeks than Josh Hamilton, Lance Berkman and Alfonso Soriano.
Bad starts
  • C Ramon Hernandez, BAL: Just one RBI in past two weeks, and the O's face the Yankees and Red Sox.
  • 1B Ryan Garko, CLE: The arrival of Michael Aubrey is already costing Garko at-bats at first base.
  • 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE: Just not getting it done at the plate, batting .125 this month.
  • SS Orlando Cabrera, CHW: Flashing some power lately, but the ChiSox have seven road games against two top-5 pitching staffs at home.
  • 3B Scott Rolen, TOR: Lost his touch lately and the Jays are on the road for six.
  • OF Melky Cabrera, NYY: Batting below .200 in May, and he has six games away from Yankee Stadium.
Good starts

  • C Yadier Molina, STL: Batting .300 recently and he has six home games ahead.
  • 1B James Loney, LAD: The sweetest swing in baseball is batting around .350 in his past 40-plus at-bats.
  • 2B Kaz Matsui, HOU: His five steals in the past couple weeks are second at the position to just Ian Kinsler.
  • SS Khalil Greene, SD: The Padres' offense is starting to wake up and Greene's four homers lead the position over the past two weeks.
  • 3B Troy Glaus, STL: He's finding the open spots right now, with a .432 batting average in the past two weeks, and the Cardinals are home for six.
  • OF Randy Winn, SF: I picked him up in Tout Wars last week and he's paying off already. He's batting .340 with 12 runs scored since early May.
Bad starts
  • C Jesus Flores, WAS: Hitting well lately (.355 since May 8), but he has tough road matchups at Petco Park and Chase Field.
  • 1B Conor Jackson, ARI: The D-Backs were just swept by the Marlins, and Jackson is struggling to hit .200 in the month of May.
  • 2B Jeff Kent, LAD: Batting less than .150 in the month of May and the Dodgers are away for seven games.
  • SS Yunel Escobar, ATL: Starting to hit well again, but a collision on Tuesday messed his knee up -- he's a sketchy start for Week 9.
  • 3B Jorge Cantu, FLA: Just two homers so far this month, and Florida is away for six games.
  • OF Pat Burrell, PHI: Uh-oh, look who's streaking the other way again. Pat the Bat is hitting below .200 over the past couple weeks with just three RBI.
Posted on: May 22, 2008 10:12 am
Edited on: May 22, 2008 10:14 am

There Are No Songs About Thursdays

I'm guessing you were lazy and just drive through Burger King this morning, picking up a sausage/egg/cheese croissanwich, with hash rounds, coffee -- and an order of the Cinni-minis because you couldn't resist. Here's Your Morning Constitutional:
  1. A-Rod homers twice, gets credit for just one: Despite hitting two balls out of the park, Alex Rodriguez was rewarded with just one homer and a double (the ball bounced off some outfield steps before returning the field and unjustly credited as a double by the umps). My Tout Wars team was quite upset over the ruling. But he has four hits, two homers, four RBI and three runs scored in his two games since returning from his quad injury.
  2. Joba Chamberlain begins to get stretched out for the rotation: The big Nebraskan threw two innings Wednesday and the Yankees will try to give him more innings in each outing, but you have to expect he'll take a trip to the minors for a couple of starts. His ownership has gone up from 79 to 84 percent in CBSSports.com leagues.
  3. Jason Taylor's career in Miami is likely over: J.T. won't be attending team activities, which signals the end of his Dolphins career. I can hear the phone calls now from Bill Parcells to other teams: "Hey, remember when I laughed at you for that trade offer you made on Draft Day for Taylor? ... Well, I'll take it! And I'll get Tony Sparano to get an autographed pic of Sylvio for you as well." Way to get less for a commodity, Fins.
  4. The Falcons acquire Tony Gonzalez and Jamal Lewis in monumental day: This wide receiver and safety won't have the same effect as the more famous Tony Gonzalez and Jamal Lewis, but still! Someone wanted to play for Atlanta!?! That's a coup in itself.
  5. The Rays look good on the new cover of Sports Illustrated: Our media relations guy, Alex Riethmiller, texted me yesterday to tell me about the new cover of SI. It's in comic-book style, with a Rays player holding Derek Jeter over his head, with the headline, "Bizarro Baseball!" Then I went to SI.com to look at it yesterday -- and I couldn't find it on their site. Nice marketing, boys. It might be up there by now.
  6. One player hit by pitch, one pitcher hit by batted pitch: Chipper had to leave Wednesday's game after getting plunked in the right ankle, but he hopes to be able to play on Thursday in the series finale against the Mets. Chris R. Young took an Albert Pujols' line drive in the face and had to leave his start in the third inning. He's questionable for his next start Tuesday, so whoever might replace him could see a two-start week.
  7. Bartolo Colon takes a break from the buffet, pitches five innings vs. Royals for a win: After a long wait, we finally got to see Colon make his Red Sox debut -- allowing six hits, two runs and two walks in five innings against Kansas City Wednesday. His ownership has climbed up 19 percent in the past week to 67 percent. He'll be a two-start pitcher in Week 9 (at Seattle, vs. Baltimore).
  8. The 2008 American Idol winner is David ... : That's how many people's Tivo's cut off the end of last night's finale. Cook is the winner, while Archuleta goes back to being an expensive underperforming safety in my dynasty IDP league for the last season of my stupid four-year contract with him.
  9. Speaking of David's you care about: I'm doing well. The other David you care about, David Price, is set to make his pro debut Thursday night for Class A Vero Beach. He has battled shoulder issues and an elbow strain in recent weeks. He struck out 10 batters in five innings in an extended spring training game Sunday. He even struck out A-Rod -- and served up a homer to him. The Rays' pitching staff is currently deep, so they can afford to remain cautious with the No. 1 overall pick from 2007.
  10. Thomas Diamond pitches in a game for the first time in 14 months: The last remaining DVD prospect left in the Rangers' organization pitched 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Frisco Wednesday night. Diamond underwent Tommy John surgery early last season. He allowed six runs on four hits and four walks, to go with five strikeouts. He was hit hard in the first inning, which can be written off for nerves. He's a 25-year-old prospect that was a first-round pick in 2004. The Rangers named him their Minor League Player of the Year in 2005.
Posted on: May 20, 2008 8:49 am
Edited on: May 20, 2008 8:57 am

Purple Haze All in My Brain

While you're feasting on smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels for breakfast, we're still under a smoke advisory from over 80 active fires in the state of Florida. Dear Florid-Dummies, Quit throwing out your lit cigarettes -- it hasn't rained since 1975. Here's what you need to know about Monday's events:
  1. Jon Lester survives cancer and wins World Series clincher last year, no-hits the Royals Monday, plans to invent diet donuts that taste good next year: Clay Buchholz did it last season and Lester follows suit. Nearly as impressive, Jason Varitek has been behind the plate for a record four no-hitters. And these aren't even yesteryear's Royals -- they rank in the middle in team batting average this year. Who are the last two teammates to throw no-hitters in back-to-back seasons? (I'll have to research it to answer, maybe someone out there already knows.) Lester's no-hitter was worth 39 points in the BIGS league H2H scoring, and 41 pts in the FLEX league.
  2. The Spurs move on to face the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals: Lakers, Spurs, Pistons and Celtics -- your Final Four. Multiple championships necessary for entry. This is a battle of teams I hate (other than the Spurs, but sheesh, they've won enough.) I guess I'll root for Boston, since a couple buddies of mine stand to win a chunk, which means free beer in my future.
  3. Ryan Ludwick homers for the fourth time in three days: He also has seven RBI, five walks, five runs scored and his ownership has climbed 11 percent in one scoring period. Emack and I were recently asked about a Roto trade of Ludwick/Edinson Volquez for Brandon Webb in an NL-only league. As much as I love Volquez, both of those players are playing well above their heads and will be regressing soon. Emack and I agreed, the Webb team is the winner (just like the D-Backs!)
  4. Chicago gets hot in the summer: The Cubs are 8-2 in their past 10 games, which makes them the hottest team in the NL, and the White Sox's five-game winning streak is the longest in the majors. When told about the White Sox winning streak, Cubs fans reportedly said, "Who?" Good to know for Fantasy purposes: Sean Gallagher could be set for two-starts at Wrigley Field in Week 9 (vs. LAD, vs. COL). He's only owned in four percent of leagues right now.
  5. Jacoby Ellsbury steals his 17th and 18th bases of the season: Only Ichiro Suzuki (20) and Michael Bourn (19) have more stolen bases than Ellsbury right now, and the center fielder has nearly half of his team's total (40). They are tied for fifth in the majors right now, compared to 16th last season, 30th in 2006 and 28th in 2005.
  6. The Red Wings beat Dallas Monday to move on to face Sidney Crosby's Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals: If you've ever been to Detroit -- and lived to talk about it -- you'll know that it truly is "HockeyTown, USA." Fans in that area react to hockey the same way football fans react in football cities. I've never been to Green Bay, but I imagine their obsession is like the Wings' fans fervor. I was there in 1998 and just walking around the town, you'd see no fewer than five old ladies wearing Steve Yzerman jerseys. You have to respect that -- but you HAVE to root for Sid the Kid and company.
  7. After getting the weekend off, Big Hurt returns in a Big Way: Frank Thomas blasts a pair of homers (his first for the A's) Monday after sitting out the interleague weekend for the A's. Since rejoining the A's (22 games now), Thomas is batting .297 with 13 RBI and nine runs scored. He's my Fantasy PoD.
  8. Geovany Soto forced into fast home run trot: The rookie catcher blasted a shot to left-center field that hit next to the yellow fence line, and the umpires forced him to run it out. He still got the homer, but it was of the inside-the-park variety. He has nine homers on the season now, second only to Mike Napoli's inexplicable 10 homers in 89 at-bats. Both are on pace for over 30 homers, which hasn't been done by a catcher since Mike Piazza hit 33 in 2002. (Is that right?)
  9. Evan Longoria and Randy Winn join the Fantasy Five club Monday: Both players added to each of the five Rotisserie categories on Monday. Winn went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base against the Rockies. And Longoria went 3-for-6 with three RBI, one run scored, one steal and a 13th-inning homer to put Tampa Bay ahead to stay in Oakland.
  10. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" opens this week: And co-worker Fazal Imam, who has been stuck in the 80s for nearly three decades, is wearing a fedora and brandishing a whip this week in honor of it. Well, he wanted to do that, but he was too lazy to get it together in time. I'm sure we can be expecting him to be saying, "I HATE snakes!" all week though.
Category: MLB
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