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Manny’s Back Tonight

Posted in Rant with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Manny Ramirez is back and all of his owners will rejoice. Ethier owners should be rejoicing as well. The numbers just haven’t been there for Ethier the way they were when Manny was around. Obviously Manny’s return is going to mean more runsĀ  for Ethier and even more RBI’s.

Mannys return tonight should also mean the return of Ethiers numbers

Manny's return tonight should also mean the return of Ethier's numbers

Ethier certainly wasn’t slouching while Manny was gone, but his number did drop. I don’t own Manny on any teams, simply because I don’t like the guy.

I always knew there was a reason why he was wearing such bagging uniforms. I do, though, own Ethier and I’ll be looking forward to the increases in all categories.

The window might’ve passed to get in a trade for Ethier, but you still might be able to pull something off.

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.

Martin Prado – Multi-Position Eligibilty to get More ABs

Posted in News with tags , , on July 2, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

I’m not a Braves fan but I live in the south and Braves games might be the team with the most regional coverage. Sure, there are Yankees and Red Sox fans everywhere, just like there are Cowboys fans – they all have jumped on the bandwagon at one time or another.

What’s my point? Because I get to listen to the Braves on the radio and TV more often than any other team (I get Reds games, too) I tend to pick up Braves on my team. With Martin Prado available on the wire and Bob Cox making the call that he’ll be the official starter at 2B, at least for now, I thought I’d pick him up. He’s had a hot bat lately.

Martin Prado takes over at second, for now.

Martin Prado takes over at second, for now.

I don’t need a 2B – I have Kinsler, Roberts, Phillips and Zobrist. I have Bonafacio, too. But this is a real deep league.

I dropped Ianetta for Prado, who was owned in 68% of all leagues on Sporting News. We’ll see what happens and how quickly he gets picked up by an opponent.

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.

Tommy Hanson, Andrew McCutchen

Posted in News with tags , , on June 4, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

These are the newest call-ups to keep an eye on and implement right into your lineups. From what I’ve read everybody in the fantasy world is high on Hanson and is suggesting that you go with him even on his first start. I’ve only heard good things out of Atlanta about Hanson, but it was a surprise when the Braves called up Medlen first. He didn’t fare too well.

As for McCutchen, he was getting talked about before the trade. He’s the top Pirates prospect and he’ll be getting playing time. I’ve gone ahead and picked him up and plugged him right into my lineup. As of today’s game he’s already got his first hit and some peripheral numbers.

Get them both now if they’re still around.


Posted in Rant with tags , on May 24, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

I mean really, who was lucky enough to go up against a team that had Cuddyer on it? Seriously?

How annoying was that? I basically got beat by Michael Cuddyer. Unreal. Sickening. Depressing.

Daily Grab

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.