When The Going Gets Weird… Notes From Week 3

April 25, 2010

Barry Zito returns from the grave to haunt fantasy owners

Weird happenings from around baseball this week…

An $18 million dollar starter with a penchant for implosions gets banished to the bullpen. Zambrano the set up man debuts in Milwaukee. Fantasy owners who drafted him collectively double over as Sweet Lou kicks them in the nuts.

Ivan Rodriguez and Livan Hernandez lead the NL in Batting Average and ERA respectively.

The Yankees tripled up, in a game that will be better remembered for A’s Dallas Braden taking umbrage to A-Rod’s breach of baseball etiquette.

Hebrew Hammer, Prince and The Brews build their reputation for intimidation at the expense of Pirate goyum. 20 – bupkis.

Barry Zito is fantasy baseball’s Solomon Grundy. I believe potent magic has finally dispelled the curse of Alyssa Milano. I feel your pain my friend. He out dueled my ace in the battle of mega-curveballs.

To end this recap of a bizarre week, I’m going to recommend the ageless Jamie Moyer for deep-league owners looking for two good starts to stream in this week. The 3% owned lefty has a start in SF against Todd Wellemeyer and the punchless Giants and then comes home to face Oliver‘s Army and The Mets.

In honor of The Brews 20-0 beat down…

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Zambranooooooo!

April 21, 2010

That’s me screaming his name and shaking my fists at the sky. I don’t have enough expletives to hurl at Lou Pinella’s inane decision to put his opening day pitcher, Carlos Zambrano into the bullpen. Couldn’t he at least asked my opinion? Lou must have thought I was booing, rather than Loooooouing back when I saw him play so many moons ago.

I really thought Zambrano turned the corner last night against The Mets as he went 6 and gave up 2.  Aside from his usual opening day blow-up, he’s been alright. Not good, not bad but alright, giving up a lot of cheap hits that have marred his numbers. He’s mowed down hitters at a blistering clip of 12.9 K/9 and even kept his cool when he’s gotten shoddy D behind him or squeezed by the ump. Now I understand that outside of Marmol, The Cubs pen has been Hatchet-Face ugly. I’ve seen a lot of ugly bullpens, but never before have I seen a club ask it’s supposed ace (who’s making about $18 million this year by the way) to go out there and earn his money… by getting out three batters?!

Now I’m left with some decisions to make. Aaron Hill is supposed to come off of the DL on Friday, which means I have to drop someone. It was going to be Ian Desmond and it still might be. Meanwhile, I’m trailing or tied in all of the pitchers counting categories and my opponent’s got at least 3 more starts than me scheduled for the remainer of the week. I may be picking up Mister Fister after all.

Bad day all around for the Uptown Ham Fighters. First the Z news, then Buerhle goes and gets rocked and to top it off, nobody’s hitting aside from Fat Ichiro and J-Will tonight. Not fun. Better luck tomorrow boys.


Streams Of Thought – Week 3 Two Start Pitchers

April 19, 2010

Here are three names that might be of interest to owners in deep leagues. This is not at all an endorsement of general rosterability, but more like a “hey check out these guys, they might be rosterable in a shallower league soon,” kind of jump off. Of the three, Fister is still available in The Big Ballers League and I own the next two. So I got that going for me. Which is nice. Tread these waters at your own risk!

Doug Fister could be soon known for something other than his awesomely pornotastic surname. Will you have the cojones to ride Fister to victories at home against the hapless Orioles and on the South Side against the ChiSox? I know it’s tough to send him up against John Danks but the Pale Hose have been having trouble at the plate and the O’s are going with Brad Bergeson, who was rocked in his first start. Mister Fister is coming off of 8 shutout innings against the A’s in his last start. With the best D in baseball grabbing everything behind him, Fister looks like a solid streaming option for deep leagues this week.

I’m feeling Pelfrey this week but you already know that if you’ve been following along. Hopefully I was just over-reacting in my outrage over his Save in Saturday’s 20 inning marathon in St. Louis. He’s facing Z-Man and The Cubbies on Monday, followed by a visit from Tommy Hanson and The Braves. Could go either way. I do however have tickets to Saturday’s game and The Mets are 24-6 in the last 30 regular season games I’ve seen live.

Once upon a time, Brett Myers was a pretty good pitcher. Derailed by problems on and off the field, Myers caught a major case of suckitis before being shipped over to the woeful Astros in the off season. A power pitcher with a career 7.49/3.13 K/BB rate, the homer has always been his undoing. At home for both of his starts, Myers faces two decent match-ups in The Marlins with Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm and The Pirates. Don’t expect two Wins out of Myers, however. That would imply that the Astros can actually muster up a couple of runs.

After an inauspicious beginning to my streaming ways, I think I’m off the streams for a bit. You know how that goes. I’ve got a good feeling. Like Jimmy The Greek. I might surprise myself (hey self… BOO!) and actually have one of these guys left on my roster by weeks end.

For a comprehensive rundown on all of the probable two-start pitching match ups for the week, check out The Roto Professor.

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Streams Of Thought – Week 2 Two Start Pitchers

April 11, 2010

“Streams Of Thought.” Good name for a column about streaming starters. It’s catchy. Let’s go with it… Since many other fantasy baseball sites are posting the two start pitchers of the week, I’m not going to run down the whole list for you. You can find such lists here: Roto Times, Fantasy Baseball Journal, Roto Professor and elsewhere. Instead, I’m going to focus on a few guys who are available on waivers in my 12 team, H2H mixed keeper league, instead of wasting virtual ink summarizing pitching match-ups between guys everyone already owns. Each week I’ll pick one or two pitchers who I would pick out of the crop of marginal choices. Not content to simply throw out names, I’m going to tabulate stats on my two start picks and see if all the hand wringing over Carl Pavano or John Maine is really worth it. At the seasons end, I’ll share my records and we’ll see how my streamers did.

So far, I’m off to an inauspicious start, after Vincente Padilla’s horrible opening week. Padilla was downright awful for L.A. and he just about sunk my WHIP all by himself this week. With my starting 2B, Aaron Hill, nursing a tweaked hammy, I just cut Padilla in favor of Casey McGehee, to acquire some infield depth. My opponent this week is only rostering six starters to my seven – four of whom start twice this coming week. I’m not going down the left hand path this week, but if I were dipping into the noxious pool of marginal pitchers going twice this week, I would go with…

M’s lefty, Ryan Rowland-Smith takes the mound at home against the AAAAthletics (probably starting Justin Duchscherer) and the not so scary Tigers of Detroit who have Mad Max Scherzer going. That is a whole lot of schers going on! I like Smith at home to drive the two Jerry’s back across The Channel whence they came. For those who like projections, Bill James digs Smith this year, projecting a 2.05 K/BB rate – 6.84 K/9 and 3.34 BB/9, to go along with a teeny .81 HR/9 ratio. With the M’s flying around, catching everything that stays in the park, Smith could be a nice surprise for fantasy owners.

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Week 1 – Two Start Pitchers

April 2, 2010

I’m a big fan of leaving a roster spot open for grabbing a nice two start pitching match up or two every week, particularly in a head to head league. The guys over at Razzball make it easy to sort through the detritus of the waiver wire and find the guys who can give you valuable starts. I’m going to let them do the hard work over there, since they’re pretty much on the ball.  Read their insights for yourself.

Week 1 – Two Start Pitchers

I’m not diving into the two start pool this week, but I’d take Padilla if I thought I needed the starting help.

With Jon Rausch named The Twins closer, I’m dumping Guerrier and picking up Padilla. Mr. Padilla welcome to The Ham Fighters. Don’t get too comfortable.