Friday, April 29, 2005

Red Sox: Wade Miller

Wade Miller
With their top two starters, Schilling and Wells, on the shelf, Red Sox nation has started focusing in on Miller's rehab. Miller's minor league action shows he should be pitching for Boston some time in May. Miller, a former start for the Houston Astros, was throwing around 90 mph. The Red Sox need to be careful that they don't rush him back, but he is projected to start on May 8 against the Mariners. If he's still out there in your league pick him up because he is going to get more thane enough run support to pile up some wins.

Phillies: Chase Utley

Now that Utley is not splitting time w/ Placido Polanco, he should get into a groove and start increasing his production. Utley has gap power and could add 25-30 home runs to your lineup. He should be the Phillies' starter at second for the rest of the year and put up a 300-25-90 year.

Rockies: Brad Hawpe

Hawpe is an unusual Rockie becuase he average away from Denver is outstanding, .400 in 20 at-bats. The book on Hawpe is that he has good power, hitting 31 home runs in Triple-A ball in 2004, and has the tools to add fantasy value. With Dustan Mohr out for a while, Hawpe is a good pickup becuase he can bat at home at Coors and on the road.

Yankees: Sheffield continues hitting pitchers

Sheffield's hitting .478 over the past six games, but only two hits have gone for extra-bases. But he hasn't hit a home run and has only produced two RBI and three runs. Once the Yankees start hitting, expect his number to improve.

Angels: Figgins continues stealing

Figgins has stolen eight bases already. Over the past week, he's stolen four and is hitting .423. His stealing prowess makes him an every day insert into your lineup.

Brewers: Turnbow picks up second save

Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow got his second save of the season on Thursday against the Cardinals. Ever since he was named closer, Turnbow has been very effective. Turnbow should be able to save 30 games this year.

Tigers: Percival nabs second save

Tigers closer Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Indians Thursday to record his second save. While still a fine closer, he's not the same guy who saved 40 games in 2002.

Mariners: Meche strong Thursday

Mariners' pitcher Gil Meche allowed one run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings worked against the Rangers Thursday. Meche keeps getting stronger with each start. He's a decent pick in AL-only leagues.

Cardinals: Marquis tosses average game

Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis scattered five hits, two walks, and four earned runs while striking out two against the Brewers on Thursday. Though he got his first loss of the season. Marquis still has a 1.15 WHIP, 3.27 ERA, and 3-1 record. He should be a 3rd or 4th starter in your fantasy lineup.

Rangers: Young looks very good in loss

Rangers' pitcher Chris Young allowed two runs and eight hits in eight innings against the Mariners Thursday. Unfortunately, the very good outing was not enough for the win. Young's really turned it up a notch over his last two starts. He's posting a 1.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, while striking out 10 and holding batters to a .180 average. He's becoming a solid AL-only option.

Astros: Berkman to have knee examined today

Astros outfielder Lance Berkman has been doing well in his rehab starts at extended spring training and will be reexamined. If he receives a positive report, Berkman could report to Triple-A Round Rock to continue rehabbing. Astros general manager Tim Purpura didn't speculate how soon Berkman will join the team, but did say they won't rush him into the lineup despite the team's offensive struggles. Berkman has been able to stretch a single to a double and make a tough running catch in the outfield, so needless to say, the strength in his injured knee is slowly returning. He is still on track to return in May.

Brewers: A decision on Sheets coming soon

The Brewers are still struggling with making a decision on whether or not to place their ace pitcher Ben Sheets on the disabled list. Sheets is recovering from vestibular neuritis, the same inner-ear ailment that sidelined him briefly last June. Wes Obermueller, who has served as a middle reliever for the Brewers, would go in the rotation in Sheets' place, and he is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday against Cincinnati, the next time Sheets' rotation spot comes up. Obermueller has been more effective as a starter than a reliever over the course of his career, but not enough to warrant fantasy consideration. Sheets owners will have to look elsewhere for their temporary stop gap should the ace be forced to the DL.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

'zona completes Dodger sweep

Arizona, a team thrown away by baseball pundits at the beginning of the season, completed a 3 games sweep of what was the hottest team in baseball, the LA Dodgers, in LA. They've done it with a revamped offense and some surprising pitching.

Fantasy Outlook: Arizona is just a team who can get the job done. Solid starters like Brandon Webb, and, tonight, Brad Halsey, an offense featuring Troy Glaus and Luis Gonzalez, and a stopper in Lyon is translating into wins. The way the D-backs have been playing, though, don't expect the starters to get all the wins and with closer Brandon Lyon as busy as he's been, other D-back relievers will get a shot at some wins and some saves.

A-rod still hot, Yankees not

A-rod homered again, but it wasn't enough to save the Yankees this time. Jarrod Washburn pitched 7.2 innings of 1-run ball.

Fantasy Outlook: With the Angels dominating offense and bullpen, wins are in the bag for the Angels pitchers. If they get K's and have a reasonable ERA like Washburn or Colon, that's a nice bonus.

Mussina's posting an ERA of almost 5. He hasn't shown any of the dominance he's demonstrated throughout his career. In fairness, he's gone up against tough offenses- Baltimore, Boston, and now, the Angels.

Moose is a streaky guy, my advice is to start him very selectively until he gets hot. At that time, I recommend riding it out for a bit and then seeing if you can trade him at a tidy profit

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Foster saves Braves, Kolb

The usually reliable Kolb has been struggling mightily this season, and was on the verge of blowing his second save this year. Two blown saves isn't that big of a news story, particularly this year, but Kolb's ERA of 8.00 is. Bobby Cox is far enough above criticism to the point where he can take out his closer for the last out. Particularly if it's against a torrid Cliff Floyd.

You may have noticed on the ESPN bottomline after the Mets-Braves score S-Foster (1). Yes, rookie John Foster got a save. No, he's not the new Braves closer. I hope you didn't run to go pick him up. But seriously, Kolb's got nasty stuff, and the braves play a lot of close games. Even if Kolb doesn't get every save, he'll get more than the average closer. He's undervalued right now, and I think he'll turn it around, go for him if you can get him cheap.

Beltre: On pace for 16 home runs

For those of you who drafted Adrian Beltre in the first two rounds, you're vindicated, he hit his second homer this season. This puts him on pace for 16 this year. He went 2-5 today in Seattle's 7-4 win over Texas.

Fantasy Outlook: I loved Beltre last year, not that I had him. Did any sane fantasy guru forsee him repeating his .340, 48 HR performance last year? No. Did we think he'd go back to the old .250, injured-all-the-time Beltre? No, but at least he's not injured. So right now Beltre owners, along with the owners of the Mariners are a little scared. My advice is: trade Beltre if you think you can get close to fair value for him. If not, don't worry, Beltre can't be this bad all year.

A-rod drops the bomb, thrice

A-rod went 4-5 with 3HR, 3 runs and a ridiculous 10 RBI in a 12-4 trouncing of the Angels.

Fantasy Outlook: To A-rod owners: Be grateful, you have a day to gloat over the guy in your league who drafted Pujols 1st pick.

For Colon owners: Colon's ERA has jumped to 3.73, but be happy, he'll get K's and he's going to win 15 games. Think twice about starting him against the Yanks if you've made that mistake.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Yankees: Williams stays hot

Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams went 2-for-4 with a run in Saturday's game against the Rangers. Bernie has looked very comfortable hitting second in that potent lineup.

Mets: Diaz collects four hits

Mets outfielder Victor Diaz went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, three RBI, and a walk in Saturday's game against the Nationals. The rookie is hitting .362 on the season. Diaz is making it very difficult for the Mets to figure out their future. He's just filling in until Mike Cameron (wrist) is ready to return, but how could they send down a guy who is hitting like this?

Mets: Floyd extends hit streak to 10

Mets outfielder Cliff Floyd went 2-for-4 with two runs in Saturday's game against the Nationals. He now owns a 10-game hitting streak and has multiple hits in four of his last seven games. As usual with Cliff, though, we're left wondering when the next injury will pop up and derail his hot bat.

Cubs: Hawkins blows save

Cubs closer LaTroy Hawkins couldn't shut the door on the Pirates Saturday. Hawkins is just setting himself to eventually lose the job to Joe Borowski or convince the Cubs to make a trade for another closer.

Phillies: Floyd demoted

The Phillies sent pitcher Gavin Floyd down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Saturday's game. He has a bright future as a starter in the majors, but he likely won't have a full-time job until 2006.

White Sox: Contreras injures his hamstring

White Sox pitcher Jose Contreras left Saturday's game in the fourth inning due to a strained lower right hamstring. Contreras was amazing prior to leaving his start, and if he's available you should pick him up.