Hamels Stays & Hanley Goes

At first glance the tendency is to look at the new ballpark that Hanley Ramirez will play in and say this is bad for fantasy owners. Marlins Park has proven to be a better than average hitter’s park and we know historically that Dodger Stadium hasn’t been great. I don’t care. This is a good […]

Daily Notes | Just When Crawford Returns Ortiz Gets Hurt

Carl Crawford was in the starting lineup for the first time this season and hitting second in a lineup that featured four lefties at the top of the order. One of those lefties was David Ortiz who happened to be hitting behind Crawford in the Red Sox order. The relationship was working pretty well for […]

Daily Notes | Adam Lind Heating Up

Adam Lind was hitting .186 with a .586 OPS on May 16th. The Blue Jays organization had seen enough and Lilnd was sent down as a result. Lind dominated in 32 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. And even though it is considered one of the better places to hit in the hitting heavy Pacific Coast […]

Daily Notes | Cliff Lee Enters the Win Column

This season has been an excellent case study in valuing hitters over pitchers on draft day. None of the most consistent starters for the past three to five seasons have been themselves. Cliff Lee is one of those starters. Lee has already missed some time due to an oblique problem back in April and aside […]

Daily Notes | Closers on the Move in July

It happens every year at this time of the season. Contenders are scanning the rosters of teams looking to rebuild, and bullpen arms are probably the easiest movable part. The contender can always get better in this department and given the low level of annual commitments to most relievers, rebuilding teams are happy to get […]

Daily Notes | Were Brandon Phillips & Johnny Cueto Really Snubs?

Dusty Baker and Joey Votto were not pleased that teammates Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips were not selected to the National League All Star roster that Tony La Russa selected. Let’s look first at the case of Cueto. Here is how he stacks up with the other starting pitchers on the roster: Player ERA WHIP […]

Daily Notes | Franklin Morales a Must Add

Franklin Morales went 7 innings for the Red Sox last night and gave up only three hits against the Mariners. Yes, it was against the Mariners, but Morales has looked good in all three starts that he has made this year for the Red Sox. He has struck out 24 in only 18 innings and […]

Daily Notes | Chris Young Slumping

Chris Young was hitting .410 with an OPS of 1.397 back on April 17th. The season was very young, but he was looking at a career year. Then he crashed into a wall, hurt his shoulder and had to go on the disabled list. He returned a month later and has been awful ever since. […]

Mambino Wednesdays | Who Needed Youkilis?

Our friend Blake from The Great Mambino blog wrote his weekly blurb on fantasy and baseball in general. Here’s what he wrote: In the move that everyone saw coming, the Boston Red Sox finally traded Kevin Youkilis on Sunday. After rumors flew around fast and furious like a CC Sabathia batting practice, GM Ben Cherington […]

Daily Notes | Ryan Zimmerman Back to Old Form

Apparently all that Ryan Zimmerman needed was a cortisone shot. After slumping through a 5 for 48 stretch earlier this month, he has busted out the last three days with a 6 for 13 stretch that includes three extra base hits since getting a cortisone shot for his shoulder. Zimmerman elaborated in the story by […]

Daily Notes | Trout for Rookie of the Year and MVP?

As the Orange County Register pointed out last night, Mike Trout did not play in a game yesterday, but has taken over the league lead in batting average as Paul Konerko dropped a point behind him. Anytime a player is leading in one of the big traditional three categories (average, home runs, or RBI) it […]

Daily Notes | Bauer to Pitch Thursday?

Trevor Bauer pitched only 2.2 innings today. There was nothing physically wrong with him. He had 5 strikeouts and gave up 2 hits. Given that he met with the Diamondbacks front office earlier in the week to discuss how he would speak to the media and that Joe Saunders has been placed on the DL, […]

Daily Notes | Tim Lincecum’s Season Turns Around Tonight

Tim Lincecum is 2-8. He has not won since April 28. His team has lost 9 straight games he has started. He has an ERA over 6.00. He has a career worse 4.8 walks per 9 innings. His average fastball velocity is lower than ever.  Tim Lincecum is also 28. He has won two Cy […]

Daily Notes | Jacob Turner Making His 2012 Debut

Jacob Turner is one of the few starting pitchers that was sitting around in the minors that might deserve immediate consideration in mixed leagues. Along with Danny Hultzen and Trevor Bauer, Turner has the stuff that can help teams right now rather than somewhere down the road. Turner features a fastball, breaking ball, and a […]