Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Carlos Carrasco:  8.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.52.  Carrasco was one a big time prospect but now he is nothing more than a deep league starter who can occasionally do this.

Francisco Liriano:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.20.  Liriano is available in one of my leagues and I am tempted to pick him up since I am buying really low.  Still the walks are not getting any better and he has not been right all season.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .301.  Ellsbury is starting to look like second round material next season.  If he can reach 20 homers with 50 steals and a .300 average along with 100 runs?  Wow.

David Ortiz:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .324.  I can deal with Ortiz hitting home runs while batting around .260 but not .324.  I cant even tell you to sell high since he supplies the endangered home runs we all need in this day and age.

JJ Hardy:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .274.  Attention Hanley Ramirez owners.  Sale on former 25 homer guy who can still be of service.

Adam Jones:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  This was the Adam Jones we looked for last season.  Just ask the Dallas Cowboys.

Matt Kemp:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .320.  I have three letters for you:  Fantasy Baseball MVP.  Well that was 18 letters but I was too lazy to go back and delete it. 

Dee Gordon:  3/5 with his first SB.  Yup there will be lots of steals here.

Roy Oswalt:  6 IP 8 H 4 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.05.  Remember when I said in the spring Oswalt's comeback K's would vanish again?  Yup.

Kelly Johnson:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .227.  What a great year he is having but this is another example of how fantasy baseball owners overvalue average more than any other hitting stat.  He is still available in one of my money leagues.  That's stupid.

Chris Young:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .241.  Now that he cant pitch anymore this season, Young felt it would be a good idea to make a hitting impact.

Daniel Hudson:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.98.  Yeah I said to hold onto Hudson after his rough April due to the fact the poor luck he was dealing with would turn.  Hope you listened.

Edinson Volquez:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.74.  This was progress for Volquez who would walk a Little League batter.  Keep an eye on this to see if he continues to limit the free passes. 

Tommy Hanson:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.59.  Hanson is showing a little Gallardo this season in that he is not pitching deep into games due to rough control.  He is limiting the damage though so the numbers look great.  All in all its been a tremendous season like we all knew he was capable of doing.

Paul Konerko:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .318.  I gush over this guy so much that my wife is getting bothered.

Felix Hernandez:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.29.  The classic throw away game from a great starter.  There is nothing to talk about with this.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .278.  Remember the days when we worried that Pujols would continue to struggle all season due to his contract issues?  That didn't really happen did it?

Lance Berkman:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .329.  You can just picture Berkman saying to himself "boy I should have tried this hitting behind Albert Pujols bit much earlier." 

Carlos Lee:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  Yeah he is still playing.

Adam Lind:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .317.  As much as I love Paul Konerko, I just might love Adam Lind even more this season. 

JP Arencibia:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .249.  The guy has been one of my best pickups this season off the wire and let me explain this since I killed him all spring.  My beef with Arencibia was not the poor average he was going to put up since at catcher it doesn't matter as much.  My issue was with playing time which was only half the games through the first month of the season.  Now that he is getting the majority of starts, the results are very good. 

BJ Upton:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .228.  Wow that average sucks once again.  Sorry I just cant ignore that part of this . 

Dan Haren:  3 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 2.41.  Good first start since suffering the back issue.  Nothing to worry about.

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