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French Kawakami

Posted in Strategy on July 3, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

I’m picking up French for the Tigers and Kawakami for the Braves, today. Let’s see how that works out. Kawakami was awesome last week against the Yankees before he took a liner to the neck. Ouch.

French is seeing his first MLB start and is coming off a 2.98 ERA and a 4-4 record for the Mudhens of Toledo. I like the idea of an unseen rookie taking on the Twins. We’ll see how that works.

Im picking up Luke French and letting him roll in his first MLB start for the Tigers.

I'm picking up Luke French and letting him roll in his first MLB start for the Tigers.

We’ll see.

Are Wins Arbitrary?

Posted in Rant, Strategy with tags , , on July 2, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Unless your pitching staff is loaded, picking up wins can be about as easy finding someone who’ll say something nice about Detroit. Okay, I actually like Detroit. It has character. I once saw a guy riding a rascal and giving it three-wheel motion down a sidewalk going about 15mph. That’s fast for a rascal and this guy was laid back on it.

What about pitching? Well, I try to go for wins every single week – like a moth to a flame. I go for wins and there goes my ERA and WHIP – every week.

Right now, I’m down two wins. About to be three as soon as Wandy gets his. It’ll be 5-2. What will I do about it? I’ll drop and pick up and drop and pick up as much as I can. I’ll roll with 4 pitchers each day and maybe, just maybe I’ll get one win.

So, why bother? It’s probably a better idea to just go with what you’ve got and pick up one or two guys during the week if the match-ups are good. Sometimes you’ll get wins, sometimes you won’t.

Who am I kidding? I’ve got to have 3 pitchers going everyday. It’s no fun if you don’t.

Bradon Inge – Still Producing

Posted in Strategy with tags , , , on June 19, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

When Brandon Inge started getting noticed for his HR production, people started pointing out his usual batting average. Every expert out there said he’d be coming back to Earth.

So, has Inge fallen back to Earth?

A little, but he’s still producing and he’s the 3B mainstay on a potent offense. He’s the early Gold Glove favorite around the league so you know he’ll always be in the lineup.

What’s he been doing? He’s still batting .272 and remarkably owned in 97% of ESPN leagues. Why’s that remarkable? Because if you had told anybody that he’d be batting .272 at this point in the season and owned that much in the fantasy world, nobody would buy it.

The Gold Glove? Well, Tigers fans aren’t surprised. We’ve been watching this guy for years now. His arm is pretty amazing.

His strike outs are up and a little more like what we’re used to. He’s coming off a May where he hit .231, which is more “normal.” He struck out 31 times in May as opposed to just 14 in April. He’s struck out 18 times so far in June, but he’s hitting .264.

So, the numbers are coming back down to Earth a little bit for Inge, but he’s still producing. He might have been a guy to sell high on in April, but I doubt you could have found a taker.

I’m holding onto him.

Pseudo-Starters and Taking Away SP’s

Posted in Strategy on June 19, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Every league is different – different rules, different cash-outs, different opponents. You need to guage everything, including the habits of your competition. If you’re like me, and you make a lot of waiver moves picking up SP’s almost every day, then watch and see what your opponent does. If your opponent is trying to match you so they don’t get blown out in K’s or W’s, then see if you can bait them into picking up a bad SP.

In deeper leagues I like to pick up an SP early for each day. I’ll do it a day in advance if I can. That gives my opponent the impression that I’m starting him. Keep him in your starting lineup as long as you can. Of course, make sure it’s a guy that you’d consider starting.

By picking up pitchers in head-to-head leagues, you’re taking SP’s away from other owners. You might not be playing that owner that week, but it’s still going to make a difference. Picking up an SP, whether you play him or not, is keeping those stats away from everybody else in the league.

Maybe that pitcher you picked up got a W. That W might have made the difference for another team in the W category – maybe it would have given them the point for Wins, but you took the chance away. When the playoffs come around, it might be that one point (or all the points you’ve built up from this strategy) that gets you into the playoffs.

Somebody’s Got a Case of the Mondays…

Posted in Strategy with tags , , on May 11, 2009 by cuzitsmybday
Mondays can be tough on fantasy baseball addicts (Thursdays, too).

Mondays can be tough on fantasy baseball addicts (Thursdays, too).

There’s nothing like coming off a weekend full of fantasy baseball and running headfirst into a 3 game Monday slate where you’ve barely got anybody playing. Boring.

On Mondays like these, I start cutting the fat off my team just to pick up some scrubs off the waiver wire so I can get guys taking swings. Who did I pick up?

Fred Lewis and Nick Johnson. These guys aren’t horrible, by any means, but I only picked them up for today. Chances are they’ll all go 0-4 and my average will be in the hole before the week really gets started.

Sometimes it’s just all about having fun, enjoying yourself, and feeding the addiction.

Carlos Guillen to the DL, Watch J. Anderson

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

The slumping Carlos Guillen has apparently been having shoulder issues so he’s been put on the DL. Leyland says two weeks off should help him out. Is he really hurting? Or is this just a slump-busting attempt to revive the perrenial above average hitter?

Well, that’s not that important. What is important is that this move will probably free up some more playing time for Josh Anderson. Who’s that? As of Tuesday Anderson hit lead-off for the Tigers and Leyland dropped Granderson to 5th. Anderson is batting .333 on the season in 51 AB. He’s got speed in the form of 6 SB within that limited amount of playing time.

But if Leyland’s shuffling is going to put Anderson at the top of the order, then I think he suddenly becomes pretty relevant. The Tigers can hit and Anderson is getting on and around the bases. He might lose some AB’s once Guillen comes back, but if Guillen continues to slump and Anderson continues to hit and run, then the spot could be his.

By the way, in SportingNews he’s only owned in 22% of all leagues…

Day Trading

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

My most recent trade (effective today)

I gave…
Josh Beckett
Jason Bartlett

I got…
Yunel Escobar
Lance Berkman

The original offer had me giving Nyjer Morgan for Magglio Ordonez as well, but the other owner countered with the deal you see above. I am loaded with SP’s. This is a strategy to consider in your next drafts. Load up in one position – SP’s or CL are probably the easiest, then hunt down who’s in need.

Who are my SP’s in that league?
Lincecum, Lohse, Edwin Jackson, Haren, Lowe, Galarraga, Wandy Rodriguez, and…Zack Greinke. I felt like I could give up Beckett who, by far, has been the worst performer of the bunch. I don’t even care if he starts lighting it up. I’ve got Berkman now. As far as Bartlett goes…he was a wire pick-up, so I could care less about him either. Yunel Escobar? Well, I actually have high thoughts on him, but he was there to more or less even it out.