The Can of CornMarch 31, 2010


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By Michael Stephens

Welcome to The Can of Corn, hosted by Michael Stephens and Nate Davis! We’re on a roll now! With the final preseason show – the “Wests” – in the can, we’re now officially ready for the regular season to begin! It’s only five more days until fantasy leagues begin play, and whether you’re a head-to-head guy or a roto guy, an auction guy or a serpentine guy, it all comes down to this! We’ve packaged our analysis of the American and National League’s Western divisions for you late drafters, including the hitters and pitchers we like/don’t like on every team, impact rookies on each squad and also the most likely save vultures out of this pod of teams. If you’re a big fan of Frozen Ropes, The Hot Corner and Battle of the Wits, you’ve have to wait about 10 more days for our bread and butter, but in the meantime we’ll join you in counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the 2010 MLB season begins! For now, it’s time to grab your glove and head for the outfield, because here comes The Can of Corn!

INTRODUCTION
• Introduction of show and hosts (Michael and Natel)
• Published on Fantasy Baseball Cafe Radio and brought to you by the Fantasy Baseball Cafe
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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Mariners Ichiro approaches 200 hits for ninth time.

Seattle Mariners (0:56)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – there’s a lot to like on this team, and we’re not just saying that cause we’re shameless homers (we promise)
• and those on whom we’re not – anyone who’s named Casey Kotchman
• Offensive impact rookie – You’ll want Moore of this guy once you see him
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – It’s pretty obvious, really
• and those on whom we’re not – everyone you’ve never heard of/heard of only in SportsCenter punch lines
• Impact rookie pitchers – nope
• Save vultures – More crappy options than there are “A”s in Aaaaaaardsmaaaa

Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) (6:46)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – a bunch of 26-year-olds we really like, and a couple of old men who are still quite useful
• and those on whom we’re not – there’s nobody we really don’t like this year (which pains us, as Mariners’ fans, to say)
• Offensive impact rookies – umm…
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – Bounceback candidates with big strikeout potential, and a little brother
• and those on whom we’re not – a former Mariners’ “star”
• Impact rookie pitchers – keep and eye on this guy
• Save vultures – these guys are volatile, and you can certainly do better

Texas Rangers vs. Mariners in Seattle.

Texas Rangers (11:37)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – We. Like. Everyone.
• and those on whom we’re not – …which leaves no one…
• Offensive impact rookies – Smoak ‘em if you got ‘em!
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – They still pitch in Arlington, right?
• and those on whom we’re not – Everyone in the rotation not named Harden
• Impact rookie pitchers – a live arm and an undefined role leaves many questions
• Save vulture – these guys will probably close at some point, but do you really want them?

Oakland Athletics (15:11)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – Captain Kurt and his speedy buddies in the outfield
• and those on whom we’re not – there’s plenty here to not like as well
• Offensive impact rookies – this guy might make an impact…it just might be on his fourth team in two years if he’s not careful!
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – Two of the young guns and some freshly cleaned Sheets
• and those on whom we’re not – the other two young guns…
• Impact rookie pitchers – they all came up last season
• Save vultures – two of the better vultures here

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Los Angeles Dodgers (17:42)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – Anyone who’d about to turn 26-27
• and those on whom we’re not – nobody really, but the older guys are starting to near the precipice
• Offensive impact rookies – they’re ALL gone
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – A control-challenged ace and a former ace looking to get back on the horse
• and those on whom we’re not – Anyone other than those two and the best closer in the game
• Impact rookie pitchers – check back in 2011
• Save vultures – some usable experience here, but they most likely won’t be used

Game Four-NLDS-Colorado Rockies Host Philadelphia Phillies

Colorado Rockies (20:37)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – a lot of likes here, including some you might not like as much as we do, but that’s O.K.
• and those on whom we’re not – nobody to hate on this offense
• Offensive impact rookies – will he be as “good” as his dad? He needs PT for us to find out…
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – a young flamethrower who doesn’t even know how good he really is
• and those on whom we’re not – the rest, though to varying degrees
• Impact rookie pitchers – 2011 will be a bumper crop of Rockies’ starters
• Save vulture – the vulture most likely to have a shot at 8-10 saves

San Francisco Giants (24:13)
• Hitter on whom we’re high – Notice it says “hitter”, not “hitters”
• and those on whom we’re not – that leaves a lot of luke-warm (at best) options
• Offensive impact rookies – This guy’s no Posey(er), and here’s a name you should know, but probably don’t…
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – Timmmmmarrrrr, and a couple of his buddies (Kenny and Cartman won’t be up til next season though)
• and those on whom we’re not – Barry Zito.
• Impact rookie pitchers – he’ll be up…eventually…if he can top 90…and Barry Zito sucks…which WILL happen…all of it…
• Save vulture – you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel if this guy goes down…

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Colorado Rockies in Denver

San Diego Padres (27:47)
• Hitter on whom we’re high – same reason as the Giants…
• and those on whom we’re not – …except their supporting cast is much worse!
• Offensive impact rookies – they’re all up already
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – a sure-fire trade candidate, and nobody else
• and those on whom we’re not – no one really; we’re luke-warm on almost everyone on this staff
• Impact rookie pitchers – not this year (at least)
• Save vultures – these two guys will have some serious value come mid-season (especially whoever takes over when the stopper is dealt)

Arizona Diamondbacks (29:37)
• Hitters on whom we’re high – anyone who’s young and has a shot at going 20/20 or more, plus a highly useful, under-the-radar backstop
• and those on whom we’re not – there is one youngster on this team we really don’t like…
• Offensive impact rookies – this guy made a lot of stops last year, and he hit well at every one of them
• Pitchers on whom we’re high – The top two are worthy of fantasy man crushes…
• and those on whom we’re not – and the last three are most definitely not…
• Impact rookie pitchers – Not this year (or next), buddy!
• Save vulture – a volatile guy in a volatile job, backed by two other volatile guys…yikes!

CONCLUSION
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• Look forward to our next show (”Opening Day”), which will air on Friday April 9th!

 
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Michael Stephens is an avid sports enthusiast with over 7 years of fantasy experience who writes for the Cafe. He is an aspiring sports journalist who hopes to continue fantasy writing as a career in the future. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, he is naturally a die-hard Mariner fan! You can find Michael in the Cafe's forums where he actively posts under the name WaCougMBS. Nate Davis is a lover of all things Seattle sports (except, of course, for the Sounders). You can find him posting in the Cafe's forums under the alias thracken.
 
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One Response to “The Can of Corn – 2010 “Wests” Preview”

  1. I disagree that there are no quality save vultures for the Ms. I really like Brandon League. His new split-change (or whatever you want to call it) was the single pitch that induced the highest percentage of swinging strikes last year, of any pitch in baseball. His ERA was almost a run and a half higher than his xFIP last year. League also posted a 3.62 K/BB. Lowe’s not as good as League IMHO. Anyway, that was probably too many words to say that there is at least one solid option if Aardsma goes down. Yeah, there are a lot of crappy options *Chad Cordero* but if the Ms are smart(I think they’ve proven that) they’ll use League if the DA blows up.

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