Should you add Brett Lawrie
: He should be picked up in all leagues, and I can see him hitting in the .280 range with around 8 HRs, 40 RBIs and 10 SBs in his first taste of the big leagues.
: While you can credit a lot of his success this season due to playing in the Pacific Coast League (aka the home runs) and a little bit of luck (.385 BABIP), it is hard to argue with his potential to produce, especially at a weak position. While it is hard to anticipate him posting numbers even reasonably close to what he’s done this season, he’s a must own option in all formats immediately
: At the moment he's eligible at second base in Yahoo! leagues, but he'll earn his third base credentials with five starts. Lawrie is an immediate add in any format
: My take on Lawrie now is the same as it was in the June report: he's going to be a masher, and his numbers are not merely a statistical illusion created by the Pacific Coast League and Las Vegas. His bat speed is truly outstanding. Lawrie may have some strike zone issues at first, and he'll commit some errors at third base, but Lawrie has everything needed to be a star hitter, and I think people will be pleasantly surprised by his defense.
fresh from the cafe press.
The Case for A.L. Cy Young, By Michael Stephens
: Caveat 2: Verlander, Sabathia and Weaver are within a half win of Fangraphs’ WAR — or wins above replacement — (CC 5.6, JV 5.5, JW 5.1), so I’ll leave that out of my analysis as it’s statistically a virtual push in terms of not being able to set any one of them apart. Now, on to why Verlander should be the favorite so far:
Wide World of Waivers: Digging Deep, By R.J. White
: RP Glen Perkins
, MIN. Saves are generally hard to find this low in the FA list (though it does happen, right Mr. Javy Guerra
). But Perkins is a guy that can give you the occasional save and win while keeping your ratios down and your Ks per inning up. Check out this July line: 13 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 17 K, with three wins and two saves. That’s a 0.23 WHIP! Think that could have helped your fantasy team last month?
Updated first base rankings.
2011 First Base Rankings: August
: Freddie Freeman
man, that dude’s been on a mission since mid-May and hasn’t stopped hitting. Hosmer’s tear hasn’t lasted quite that long, but he’s been producing at a high level for more than a month. Morse has been mashing for close to 700 PA now, so we’re beyond the point of him possibly being a fluke. All three lack track records though, which relegates them to tier three.
News that interests me, and possibly you, but mostly me.
The Seattle Mariners will recall OF Trayvon Robinson
from Triple-A Tacoma to replace OF Greg Halman
on the roster. Robinson, who was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, was hitting .293 with 26 home runs and 71 RBIs with Triple-A Albuquerque
The Seattle Mariners will make an effort to limit SP Michael Pineda
's innings over the final two months of the season by giving him extra rest in between starts. He is on pace for 195 innings this year but will have nine days of rest before his next outing.
(elbow) is scheduled to pitch one or two innings during his rehab start for Single-A Hagerstown Sunday. Strasburg is expected to make four rehab starts, which means he could return to the team at some point in September.
I had him on a couple of rosters and was fine with the production. Sure the BA was meh, but the counting stats over the last month were nice
's timing at the plate has been off for the past two weeks, and he has been starting his swing a bit too early, which has had a hand in his recent struggles. "Even last night when he flew out he was seemingly coming out of the box early," manager John Farrell said. "Front side pulling off the ball and it leaves him with that one-handed swing, rather than when he is hitting from a good, solid, firm base."
Heard this story before
is spending a few days working on making adjustments to his swing in the batting cages with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. There has been plenty of talk of his "front side flying open" and the "bat path through the zone" and "staying inside the ball." Moustakas said his front shoulder is leaking, meaning his first move is to open his body up toward the pitcher. "This is really the first time I've had this problem," Moustakas said. "I've had other problems that I was able to correct, with lunging too much or getting too far on my front foot." Opening up too soon may be a sign that he is becoming too pull-happy against major league pitching.
Yeah i bet.
said he is willing to play wherever the team asks him to during the final two months of the season. "I feel like I can do the outfield thing maybe even better than the infield thing," Schumaker said. "It just creates versatility and more at-bats for you. It helps you stick around a little bit longer in the big leagues. I'm very comfortable in both spots now."
Welcome to the Senior Circuit.
(finger) allowed three runs in one inning for Double-A Tulsa Thursday. He will receive three days rest and then throw again before returning to a normal starter's routine. He is expected to join the Rockies rotation before the end of the season.
Jr. said he has been concentrating on hitting the ball on the ground and using his speed to get on base.
(neck, wrist) will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester Thursday. He had been working out at Target Field until now. Morneau's progress will be evaluated next week
How bout a 2 month tear to end the season ian.
is in a 1-for-30 slump, but the team has no plans to move him out of the leadoff spot.
: It would serve the Giants right if they missed the playoffs by one game due to their stubborn insistence that Aubrey Huff can still play.
hit a solo home run for his major league-leading 33rd home run in a loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday.
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