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Posted in Daily Grab with tags , , , on May 16, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

For today’s games I’m picking up two pitchers – Vincent Padilla, TEX and Eric Milton, LAD.

Why Padilla? I just have a good feeling…and the Rangers pile on runs. I need some wins and I’m basically calling it quits on ERA.

Why Milton? He’s facing the Marlins, and they are awful against lefties. He’s fresh out of the minors where he’s put up some good numbers this year.

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Posted in Daily Grab with tags , , , on May 12, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Yesterday I went with Daniel Cabrera, and what did he do? He gave up 3 eared runs and lost to the Giants. Let the truth be told, while I did pick him up to start him, I ended up dropping him last minute. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings. He’s now 0-4 and over 39 innings he’s walked 34. That’s no good.

So, who am I picking up today? Luke Hochevar for the Royals. There’s a lot of hype swirling around him in the fantasy world. I guess the experts need something to write about, and for today, he’s their guy. I think he’s just a decent guy to jump on if you’re an expert – if they tell you to pick him, and he does good…well, then suddenly they are more of an expert.

He hasn’t had a start yet this year and he’s facing the Athletics. We’ll see.

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Posted in Daily Grab with tags , , on May 10, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

How many people picked up Kenshin Kawakami for his matchup against the Phils today? Probably not very many. I had him though…and he was brilliant.

There aren’t many games on the block for Monday, but I have the fever and I have to get in on the action…so I’ m going with Daniel Cabrera vs. the Giants. Why? Because the Giants offense isn’t doing so hot and I just can’t go a whole day without a starting pitcher. I’ll never break that habit.

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Posted in Daily Grab with tags , , , on May 7, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Who I picked up yesterday, and who I’m taking today…

First of all, I didn’t pick up anybody yesterday…but today, I am.

Jason Hammel – COL vs. FLA
That’s right, Hammel. Why am I taking Hammel? Because the Marlins are pretty bad on the road and they aren’t hitting righties very well. That’s all there is to it. Hammel’s ERA is 3.45, which is respectable, but his WHIP is 1.72. There is nothing sexy about him. I’m purely going for the matchup. The Marlins have a .704 OPS and a .241 BA against righties. On the road it gets worse. A .229 BA and .680 OPS.

That’s why I’ve got Hammel. I’m worried.

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Posted in Daily Grab, News, Strategy with tags , , on May 6, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

A daily look back at my spot starters and a look forward at who I’m taking off the wire…

Yesterday’s Spot-Start

Koji Uehara – BAL, 6 2/3 IP, 8 K, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1.20 WHIP DECENT
Well, this ended up being a pretty good pick, but the bullpen is what hurt him, along with some errors. He pitched well and at sent down 14 in a row. But, some fielding problems and a bullpen that brought a bucket of gasoline to the mound, took care of his hard work. He’s been doing pretty good this year and his numbers definitely show it. I’m going to keep him on my teams.

Today’s Spot-Starters

I’m not picking up anybody for today. I’m actually picking somebody up that isn’t pitching until Saturday! Who is so special that I went that far ahead? Shairon Martis, the rookie SP for the Washington Nationals.

Even when I read that I think it’s a pretty lame idea, but he’s facing the D-Backs on his home mound and the D-Backs are awful on the road. They’re awful at home, but they are really awful on the road.

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Posted in Daily Grab, News, Strategy on May 5, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

A daily look back and look forward at my spot-starters

Yesterday’s Spot-Starts
Bartolo Colon, CHA – 5 IP, 7K, 3.60 ERA, 2.00 WHIP  DECENT
I picked him up because I didn’t have any SP’s to go up against my opponents 3 SP’s. He has 7 rolling in the next three days and I only had one without any pickups. I’ll take the ERA and the K’s, but his WHIP left a little to be desired. He’s got two starts so I’m holding on, for now.

Eric Stults, LAD – 5.7 IP, 1W, 4K, 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP  GOOD
I picked up
Stults because he was facing the D-Backs and they are awful away from home. I think they’re batting something like .198 on the road. Stults previous numbers weren’t very good, but Arizona is so bad, I just went for it and it worked out. They really are that bad. I suggest taking a spot start against Arizona any time they’re away from home, and possible even when they’re at home. He’s got another start this week, so I’m just going to hold onto him.

Koji Uehara, SP for BAL is my spot-starter for today - but Im a little worried.

Koji Uehara, SP for BAL is my spot-starter for today - but I'm a little worried.

Today’s Spot-Starters
Koji Uehara, BAL – 30IP, 2W, 19K, 4.50 ERA, 1.13 WHIP – I might have passed on Koji if my opponent wasn’t bringing so many pitchers at me so soon. Okay, so I don’t wait till the day a pitcher is starting to pick him up. If I can, I’ll go a day ahead and pick up a guy. It happens all the time…you see an SP on the waivers on Friday, but you decided to hold off until Saturday morning (for some reason). When you go to pick him up on Saturday morning – he’s gone.

I liked the low WHIP here, but I have a bad feeling about this one. It’s a bit of a gamble, but Uehara is a veteran pitcher so I’ve got confidence. He’s only owned in 18% of SportingNews leagues. He held BOS, TEX and LAA to .86, .60, and 1.11 WHIP in his last 3 starts respectively. I’d say that’s pretty good.

If he holds off TB then I’d look for Koji to be the most-picked-up player on the waivers this week in fantasy baseball.