Yep that's right. We have crossed the 40% mark to the fantasy season. For some of you head to head types, you've already passed the halfway point. If your team aint in the playoff picture, it's time to poo or get off the pot. If you are in Roto, you need to be swapping spit with other league managers, soon. They have needs, and you have needs. Its my guess that there is a match or three out there that improves both your needs. If you have a little extra speed, or maybe you are the "race to the wire for saves" Champion, use those saves to sandbag the leader, by trading to guys below him. He has a weakness, find it, exploit it. This game aint about baseball. Its about numbers. Period. Bottom line is You wanna be starting something .. Now
AL MVP Race.
Adrian Gonzalez continued his assault on the American League Thursday, doubling, hitting a solo homer and drawing two walks in a win over the Rays. The homer came in the ninth inning of Rays closer Kyle Farnsworth and gave the Red Sox an insurance run. A-Gone has been simply unconscious in June, hitting a blistering .429 with four homers and 15 RBI over 13 games. He now boasts a .347 batting mark, 14 homers and 61 RBI for the year.
Bill Chuck: The Blue Jays' Jose Bautista has not had too many bad months over the last couple of seasons, but he's scuffling this month. As reported by Mark Rutsey of the Toronto Sun, Jays manager John Farrell was asked if he thinks it’s a sign of frustration over the fact that he often gets pitched around? “No, I wouldn’t say it’s from frustration,” Farrell said. “The one thing that Jose is very clear on is that when he’s gotten loaded with the proper swing mechanics it allows him to get ready earlier, which enables him to see the ball earlier in the flight to home plate. When he’s a little bit late, he doesn’t have the same clarity and I think that’s why we’re seeing some of the swings that you’re referring to.” When you take a look at his overall swing rate this month, you can see he's swinging at pitches all over the zone:
Peas in a pod.
Ian Kennedy struck out 10 and allowed just an unearned run over eight innings Thursday against the Giants. Unfortunately, J.J. Putz blew a one-run lead in the ninth, costing Kennedy his eighth victory. Kennedy struck out 10 for the second time this season. It's the fifth time already that he's pitched at least eight innings and allowed one or no runs.
Joba Chamberlain had his Tommy John surgery, and he tweeted afterward that everything went well. Based on his feed over the last few days, he seems to be in pretty good spirits considering how much an injury like that sucks.
Phil Hughes, out since April 15 with inflammation in his shoulder, will start on Sunday for the Class A Staten Island Yankees in a road game against the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets' Single-A affiliate. The goal is for him to throw 65 pitches as he builds himself back up to rejoin the starting rotation. If the outing goes well, he would likely need 2-3 more starts as part of his rehabilitation assignment and could be pitching for the Yanks in the first week of July."
Brandon Beachy (oblique) allowed just one run Thursday in a five-inning rehab start at Triple-A Gwinnett. Beachy scattered four hits and struck out eight batters while needing only 88 pitches. The right-hander is scheduled to make another rehab appearance on June 21 before potentially returning to the major league starting rotation. For now, Mike Minor will continue to fill in
Mike Minor got knocked around by the Mets Thursday, surrendering five runs on seven hits and three walks over only 4 1/3 innings before escaping with a no-decision in the 9-8 extra innings win. The Braves spotted the lefty a 6-2 lead, but Minor fell apart in the fifth inning, allowing a pair of walks and a single before Scott Proctor came on and served up a three-run bomb. He had put up three straight quality outings, but it’s worth noting that they came against the Pirates, Padres and Astros.
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Brandon Gray, Evaluating Speedy Outfielders: There comes a time for most teams where 3-4 stolen bases a week can bring back great value. Maybe it’s to grab 2-3 more points in rotisserie league, or win a category in H2H. Unfortunately, as owners, we often group all of these players as one of the same, not factoring in their additional abilities or lack there of. In this article, I aim to find the best base stealing outfielders for you to pick up or try to acquire via trade.
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Don Mattingly is frustrated with SP Chad Billingsley's lack of effectiveness this year. "Ultimately, you have to go out and tell yourself you're not going to make mistakes, that you're going to throw the ball where you want to throw it," Mattingly said. "I don't have any magic words. You've got to get yourself ready to play and to pitch to each guy." Billingsley is 1-2 with an 11.19 ERA and 30 hits in 13 2/3 innings in his last three starts. C Rod Barajas said Billingsley was unable to spot his fastball Wednesday, and his curveball was not sharp
Worst catcher in baseball
Jack Moore: After the top tier of catchers rolls off the board, finding any sort of productilaion at backstop is a godsend. Those lucky enough to wind up with Alex Avila know exactly what I mean. Despite a rather mediocre season in 2010, Avila has exploded in 2011. Through 220 plate appearances, Avila has a fantastic .304/.367/.550 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line. Throw in nine homers, 24 runs scored, 38 RBI, and even three stolen bases, and Avila has clearly been among the elite catchers to begin 2011. In case you haven't caught on, as with most of the Under the Microscope pieces so far, regression is in store for Avila. He's not capable of sustaining a. 360 BABIP and he probably doesn't have the power to maintain a .246 isolated power either. As things settle themselves with Avila over the next three and a half months, will he still look like a bargain at catcher?
Props to all of you that bought low!
Adam Lind went 2-for-4 and hit his 14th homer Thursday against the Orioles. Lind homered in all three games against the Orioles and now has his OPS over 1.000 for the season. On a per-game basis, he's homering at the same rate as the AL leaders. He has 14 in 44 games for the season, while the league leaders are all at 21
Seattle's newest outfielder?
Eno Sarris: Dustin Ackley is with the Mariners, and in your deep keeper leagues he's already gone. But what about mixed redraft leagues? In those leagues, some managers are still struggling along with Chone Figgins and Aaron Hill at the position, and they might need help. With Brett Lawrie around the corner, there's some confusion. Which second baseman should help the most, this year? Which is the best non-keeper pickup?
I was fortunate enough to pick up Lind in early may with a 7th waiver. After his hot streak before hitting the DL, I was able to trade him straight up for Werth. I was more than happy back then. Now I'm not so sure if it was the right move.
I've got 5 closers for 4 RP slots, so I'm basically burning one of my 3 bench spots carrying an extra closer. But I can't find a good trade. I've been offered his Swisher for my Melancon...might take it just to finish off this situation.
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