Tag:Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:19 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2009 6:26 pm

Lineups for June 10

Here you are daily lineup league owners, the lineups for today's action as it comes in. I'll continue to post the lineups as I come across them from the beat writers at the various stadiums:

Red Sox vs. Yankees   (Boston Globe)
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Mark Kotsay, CF
8. Nick Green, SS
9. George Kottaras, C
-- Tim Wakefield, RHP

Ellsbury (shoulder) still out, Kotsay still in.

Yankees vs. Red Sox
(Boston Globe)
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Hideki Matsui, DH
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF
-- Chien-Ming Wang, RHP

Matsui back in lineup, Gardner out.

White Sox vs. Tigers (Chicago Tribune)
Podsednik lf
Ramirez ss
Dye rf
Thome dh
Konerko 1b
Pierzynski c
Beckham 3b
Getz 2b
Anderson cf
Danks p

Status quo here.

Reds vs. Nationals (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Jerry Hairston Jr.
Willy Taveras
Brandon Phillips
Laynce Nix
Ramon Hernandez
Jay Bruce
Alex Gonzalez
Ryan Hanigan
Aaron Harang

Status quo.

Royals vs. Indians (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
1. David DeJesus lf;
2. Willie Bloomquist cf;
3. Billy Butler 1b;
4. Jose Guillen rf;
5. Mark Teahen 3b;
6. Alberto Callaspo 2b;
7. Brayan Pena dh;
8. Miguel Olivo c;
9. Tony Pena ss.

Status quo.

Indians vs. Royal
s (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
1. Ben Francisco cf;
2. Jamey Carroll 2b;
3. Victor Martinez 1b;
4. Shin-Soo Choo rf;
5. Mark DeRosa lf;
6. Travis Hafner dh;
7. Jhonny Peralta 3b;
8. Luis Valbuena ss;
9. Kelly Shoppach c.

Status quo.

Rockies vs. Brewers (Denver Post)

CF Fowler
2B Barmes
1B Helton
RF Hawpe
3B Stewart
SS Tulowitzki
LF Gonzalez
C Iannetta
LHP De La Rosa

Brewers vs. Rockies (Denver Post)

2B McGehee
SS Hardy
LF Braun
1B Fielder
CF Cameron
RF Hart
C Rivera
3B Hall

Posted on: April 17, 2009 4:29 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2009 5:06 pm

New Yankee Stadium a home run haven

Watching today's Yankees-Indians game, one can't help but think that the House that Steinbrenner built is going to be a home run haven.

I was lucky enough to get the chance to be at the very first game played at the new Yankee Stadium, the exhibition played between the Yanks and Cubs on April 3 and noticed that the ball really flies out there. Death Valley? The Yankees forgot to bring that across the street apparently. There were nine home runs hit in the first two regular-season games and seven home runs were hit in the two exhibition games against the Cubs. That is 16 home runs in about 36 innings.

Talking to our resident baseball guru, Eric Mack about that when I got back in the office he asked me about the stadium's makeup and when I told him that the concourses at the new stadium are now wide open, Emack said that may be the reason. I also think the fact that the outfield is more enclosed than in the old stadium kills some of the resistance that fly balls faced at the old park, especially in Death Valley in left center.

That's science. Certainly nothing either Emack nor I are experts at, but the numbers don't lie. The ball is flying out of the new Yankee Stadium and it's not even summer yet. Imagine when the temperature rises and balls really start jumping off the bat. Maybe A-Rod will get a full season's worth of stats after all.

Just something to keep in mind if you own Yankee hitters, but especially if you own Yankee pitchers.

Posted on: March 7, 2009 1:51 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 1:52 pm

Is Pedro the Shaq of Fantasy Baseball?

Yesterday, I was talking to Jamey Eisenberg and Eric Mack in the office about how amazed I am at Shaquille O'Neal's resurgence this season after I moved him into the seventh spot in the center rankings for Fantasy hoops. This afternoon, I couldn't help but think if Pedro Martinez may have a similar type of resurgence in him after watching his excellent three-inning outing for the Dominican Republic.

Sure, the outing came against a Netherlands team whose big star (in more ways than one) is Sidney Ponson. And sure, it was a brief outing that included matchups against names like Kingsale, Schoop and Randall Simon. However, it wasn't so much the results that caught my attention, though they were admirable 4 strikeouts, 1 hit, 0 walks in three innings and 32 of his 40 pitches were strikes. It was the pitches and the way he looked like, well, Pedro out there on the mound.

The late movement was there. The zip on his fastball was there. The flare was there. The pointing up toward the sky as he walked off the mound was there. And the crowd in San Juan's Hiram Bithorn got that same old Pedro charge that Fenway Park got for all those years and Shea Stadium got in the early part of his Mets career. For a moment in time, Pedro was back.

Currently, he is not with an MLB team. He will be soon, though. He told ESPN's Pedro Gomez after his outing that he feels a whole lot better than he did last season after dealing with back issues and the loss of his father. Perhaps new surroundings on a team like the Dodgers, where he can be reunited with his buddy, Manny Ramirez and handled by a guy who knows how to coddle veteran stars (Joe Torre) could be just what he needs for a Shaq-like resurgence.

It at least makes him worth a late-round flier in Fantasy leagues, no?


Posted on: August 2, 2008 12:28 pm

Switching focus a little

A pretty quiet day on the NBA front. Unless you consider the fact that the Magic re-signed Adonal "I'm still in the NBA" Foyle. The only significant news concerning a player with any Fantasy value was about Josh Howard going just a little bit too fast (95 in a 55) and getting arrested. He's not going to be missing any time on the court, though.

With that said, I'd like to throw in my two cents about something concerning Fantasy Baseball. What's the deal with the Yankees not calling up Ian Kennedy?

Kennedy has been pitching extremely well in Triple-A, but there has not been much talk of an impending call up. Someone page Francisco Liriano's agent.

Kennedy allowed just one and three hits in six innings for Scranton/Wilkes Barre in his latest start and he is 2-0 with just two earned runs and seven hits allowed over his last three outings -- a span of 20 innings. He's been down in Triple-A since July 3.

The Yankees didn't make a move for a pitcher at the trade deadline and are dealing with Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson anchoring the bottom two spots in their rotation. Sure, Ponson pitched great Friday night against the Angels and Rasner is coming off a nice start himself, but we're talking about a pitcher in Kennedy that the Yankees didn't want to include in a trade for Johan Santana this offseason. He was in the rotation on Opening Day and was banished to Triple-A after struggles and a mysterious back injury limited him in the first two months of the season.

A lot of things have changed since late May. Manny Ramirez is a Dodger, Pudge Rodriguez is a Yankee. Brett Favre wants to play football. So why not give Ian Kennedy a chance? Have the Yankees lost confidence in him? If they could do it all over again, would pull the trigger on that Johan trade?
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