Opening Day Notes

April 6, 2012
  • Don’t freak out, all the closers are finding a groove, even Mariano blew a save.  Valverde is till good, Perez can hold his job and Putz will be more dominant
  • On that note, Justin Verlander should close out his own games for the Tigers, Valverde should close for all the other starters.  Verlander has proven he can do it and he could throw 150 in a game, as long as it’s only once in a while
  • Austin Jackson should have a breakout year and he could have the best of anybody in the MLB, his new stance seems pretty legit for getting his average up and he will K still, but reducing his K’s by 30-35 is possible
  • I still believe in the Marlins and that they have a great chance at the playoffs but if anyone could disappoint big it’s the Marlins, small chance they’re like the 2008 Tigers but I doubt it
  • Melky Cabrera’s 2011 may have not been a fluke
  • This could be Chad Billingsley’s year to become a great number two
  • Verlander is really as good as 2011 suggests and Halladay has to be the favorite for a CY Young this year
  • Johan Santana is ready to comeback strong
  • Both Vernon Wells and Adam Dunn will improve easily on his 2011
  • I wouldn’t be too concerned with Yovani Gallardo yet
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Best Hitter-Pitcher Combos in the MLB Going Into 2012

March 26, 2012
  1. DET: Cabrera and Verlander
  2. LAD: Kemp and Kershaw
  3. NYY: Cano and Sabathia
  4. LAA: Pujols and Weaver
  5. MIL: Braun and Grienke
  6. TB: Longoria and Price
  7. PHI: Pence and Halladay
  8. BOS; Gonzalez and Lester
  9. ARZ: Upton and Kennedy
  10. TOR: Bautista and Romero
  11. SF: Posey and Lincecum
  12. TEX: Hamilton and Darvish
  13. WSH: Zimmerman and Strasburg
  14. STL: Berkman and Wainwright
  15. CIN: Votto and Latos
  16. MIA: Ramirez and Johnson
  17. ATL; McCann and Hanson
  18. SEA: Suzuki and Hernandez
  19. COL: Tulowitzki and Guthrie
  20. CHC: Castro and Garza
  21. MIN: Mauer and Baker
  22. KC: Hosmer and Sanchez
  23. CLE: Snatna and Jemenez
  24. CHW: Konerko and Danks
  25. NYM: Wright and Santana
  26. SD: Maybin and Stauffer
  27. BAL: Jones and Britton
  28. PIT: McCutchen and Bedard
  29. OAK: Weeks and McCarthy
  30. HOU: Lee and Rodriguez

Fantasy Baseball 2012- Starting Pitcher Rankings

March 7, 2012
RANK PLAYER TIER ROUND $ STOCK
1 Justin Verlander 1 2 37 Same
2 Roy Halladay 1 2 37 Same
3 Clayton Kershaw 1 2 37 Up
4 Felix Hernandez 2 3 35 Same
5 Cliff Lee 2 3 34 Same
6 Tim Lincecum 2 3 33 Up
7 CC Sabathia 2 4 33 Same
8 Jered Weaver 2 4 32 Same
9 Cole Hamels 2 4 31 Same
10 Dan Haren 2 4 30 Same
11 David Price 2 5 28 Up
12 Zack Greinke 3 6 27 Up
13 Jon Lester 3 6 25 Same
14 Matt Cain 3 6 24 Same
15 James Shields 3 7 21 Same
16 CJ Wilson 4 7 20 Same
17 Stephen Strasburg 4 7 20 Up
18 Yovani Gallardo 4 8 19 Same
19 Madison Bumgarner 4 8 19 Up
20 Adam Wainwright 4 9 17 Up
21 Josh Johnson 4 9 15 Up
22 Ian Kennedy 4 9 15 Same
23 Matt Moore 4 10 14 Up
24 Ricky Romero 4 10 13 Same
25 Chris Carpenter 4 10 13 Same
26 Daniel Hudson 4 10 12 Up
27 Jeremy Hellickson 4 10 12 Up
28 Michael Pineda 4 11 12 Up
29 Mat Latos 4 11 12 Up
30 Matt Garza 4 11 12 Same
31 Tommy Hanson 4 12 11 Same
32 Josh Beckett 5 12 11 Same
33 Jordan Zimmermann 5 12 11 Up
34 Yu Darvish 5 13 11 Up
35 Gio Gonzalez 5 13 11 Same
36 Johnny Cueto 5 13 11 Same
37 Doug Fister 5 13 10 Same
38 Tim Hudson 5 14 10 Down
39 Hiroki Kuroda 5 15 10 Down
40 Brandon Beachy 5 15 10 Up
41 Shaun Marcum 5 16 10 Same
42 Max Scherzer 5 16 9 Up
43 Anibal Sanchez 5 16 9 Same
44 Ubaldo Jimenez 5 16 9 Up
45 Justin Masterson 5 16 9 Up
46 Ervin Santana 5 16 8 Same
47 Brandon Morrow 6 17 8 Up
48 Jamie Garcia 6 17 7 Same
49 Jair Jurrjens 6 18 7 Same
50 Brandon McCarthy 6 18 7 Same
51 Wandy Rodriguez 6 19 6 Same
52 Derek Holland 6 19 6 Up
53 Cory Luebke 6 20 5 Same
54 Ryan Demspter 6 21 5 Same
55 Ted Lilly 6 21 4 Down
56 Chad Billingsley 6 21 4 Same
57 John Danks 6 22 4 Up
58 Clay Buchholz 6 22 4 Up
59 Johnathan Sanchez 6 22 4 Up
60 Edwin Jackson 6 23 4 Same
61 Ricky Nolasco 6 23 4 Same
62 Bud Norris 6 23 3 Up
63 Jhouyls Chacin 6 23 3 Up
64 Vance Worely 6 23 3 Up
65 Neftali Feliz 6 23 3 Up
66 Chris Sale 6 23 3 Up
67 Trevor Cahill 6 23 3 Up
68 Johan Santana 6 23 3 Same
69 Mike Minor 6 23 3 Up
70 Mark Buehrle 6 23 3 Same
71 Jon Niese 6 23 3 Same
72 Gavin Floyd 6 24 2 Same
73 Tim Stauffer 6 24 2 Same
74 Scott Baker 7 25 2 Same
75 Francisco Liriano 7 25 2 Down
76 RA Dickey 7 25 2 Down
77 Ivan Nova 7 25 2 Up
78 Mike Leake 7 25 2 Up
79 Zach Britton 7 25 2 Up
80 Josh Collmenter 7 26 2 Same
81 Ryan Vogelsong 7 27 1 Down
82 Jake Peavy 7 27 1 Down
83 Homer Bailey 7 27 1 Same
84 Phil Humber 7 27 1 Down
85 Roy Oswalt 7 28 1 Down
86 Jeff Niemann 7 28 1 Same
87 Wade Davis 7 28 1 Up
88 Matt Harrison 7 29 1 Same
89 Jeremy Guthrie 7 29 1 Same
90 Henderson Alvarez 7 29 1 Up
91 Edinson Volquez 8 30 1 Up
92 Erik Bedard 8 30 1 Down
93 Kyle Lohse 8 W 1 Down
94 Rick Porcello 8 W 1 Up
95 Jacob Turner 8 W 1 Up
97 Chris Caupano 8 W 0 Down
98 Julio Teheran 8 W 0 Up
99 Randy Wolf 8 W 0 Same
100 Aroldis Chpaman 8 W 0 Up
101 Danny Duffy 8 W 0 Up
102 Drew Pomeranz 8 W 0 Up
103 Jason Vargas 9 W 0 Same
104 Brad Peacock 9 W 0 Up
105 Brett Anderson 9 W 0 Up
106 Dallas Braden 9 W 0 Same
108 Brain Matusz 9 W 0 Up
109 Luke Hochevar 9 W 0 Same
110 Jarrod Parker 9 W 0 Up
111 Josh Tomlin 9 W 0 Same
112 Jorge De La Rosa 9 W 0 Same
113 Feddy Garcia 9 W 0 Down
114 AJ Burnett 9 W 0 Down
115 Dillion Gee 9 W 0 Same
116 Jordan Lyles 9 W 0 Up
117 Jake Arrieta 9 W 0 Up
118 Carlos Zambrano 9 W 0 Same
119 Alex White 9 W 0 Up
120 Mike Pelfrey 9 W 0 Same
121 Blake Beaven 9 W 0 Up
122 Carl Pavano 9 W 0 Down
123 Randy Wells 10 W 0 Same
124 Chris Volstad 10 W 0 Same
125 Travis Wood 10 W 0 Same
126 Guillermo Moscosso 10 W 0 Same
127 Tom Millone 10 W 0 Up
128 Daniel Bard 10 W 0 Up
129 Alfredo Aceves 10 W 0 Same
130 Bronson Arroyo 10 W 0 Same
131 James McDonald 10 W 0 Same
132 Joe Saunders 10 W 0 Same
133 Aaron Harang 10 W 0 Same
134 Jeff Karstens 10 W 0 Same
135 Jerome Williams 10 W 0 Same
136 Jason Hammel 10 W 0 Same
137 Wei-Yin Chen 10 W 0 Up
138 Andrew Cashner 10 W 0 Up
139 Bruce Chen 10 W 0 Down
140 Bartolo Colon 10 W 0 Down
141 Charlie Furbush 10 W 0 Up
142 Clayton Richard 10 W 0 Up
143 Zach Stewart 10 W 0 Up
144 Jake Westbrook 10 W 0 Down
145 Felipe Paulino 10 W 0 Up
146 Derek Lowe 10 W 0 Same
147 Kyle Kendrick 10 W 0 Same
148 Joe Blanton 10 W 0 Down
149 Dustin Moseley 10 W 0 Same

Over Under for 2012: Part 1

February 9, 2012

HITTING
Jose Bautista- 43.5 HR- Under
Miguel Cabrera- .344 AVG- Under
Robinson Cano: 39.5 HR- Over
Jacoby Ellsbury- 29.5 HR- Under
Carl Crawford- 99.5 Runs- Over
Albert Pujols- 40.5 HR- Over
Prince Fielder- 119.5 RBI- Over
Michael Bourn- 60.5 SB- Over
Joey Votto- 39.5 HR- Over
Jose Reyes- 49.5 SB- Under
Troy Tulowitzki- 39.5 HR- Over
Adrian Gonzalez- .330 AVG- Under
Matt Kemp- 39.5 HR- Over
Buster Posey- 25.5 HR- Over
Justin Upton- 109.5 RBI- Over
PITCHING
Justin Verlander- 19.5 Wins- Over
Roy Halladay- 2.35 ERA- Under
Tim Lincecum- 240 K- Over
Clayton Kershaw- 2.20 ERA- Over
Bronson Arroyo- 39.5 HR- Under
James Shields- 199.5 K- Over
David Price- 2.99 ERA- Under
Josh Beckett- 1.05 WHIP- Over
Doug Fister- 3.30 ERA- Under
Josh Johnson- 25.5 Starts- Over
Jose Valverde- 44.5 Saves- Under
Jordan Walden- 8.5 Blown Saves- Under
Johnny Venters- 34.5 Holds- Over

MORE HR: Pujols or Fielder: Fielder
MORE HR: Cabrera or Fielder: Cabrera
MORE HR: Cano or Granderson: Cano
MORE HR: Gonzlaez or Ellsbury: Gonzalez
MORE HR Votto or Kemp: Kemp


Who has The Better Chance At Winning?

October 5, 2011

DETROIT AT NEW YORK: I will say the Tigers because Fister is better than Nov and I’ll say Game 1 was a fluke for both because of the way it was resumed.  The Tigers offense will need to step up a bit an if it does it will do awesome and even if it doesn’t live up to it’s fullest it can beat the Yankees.  The Yankees do have a really good shot, especially with their offense.  I also like the Tigers because I think Scherzer could be big in relief and JV could come in to get one or two clutch outs by using his gas.  Benoit and alverde will be ready too and Soriano could let down the Yanks.  The Tigers have a slight edge I think, they are better all-around and can beat the Yankees.
ST. LOUIS AT PHILLY: I have to say the Phillies have the advantage because of Halladay and the fact that they’re just a better team but the Cards have a serous chance at an upset with the way Freese and Berkman are going and the rest of team as shown up.  I also expect something big of Pujols, win or lose.  Carpenter can handle pressure well and will pitch a good game and do what he does best, give up barely any runs if any.  The Phillies lien-up could be the advantage here though and I’ll take them in a close one.  The Phils are the best team in the playoffs and at home too.
EXTRA: if the Brew Crew loses tonight they might not have an edge anymore but I wouldn’t be surprised if they won.  The D’backs [play great baseball though


Ranking The Postseason Starters

October 1, 2011
  1. SP Justin Verlander
  2. SP Roy Halladay
  3. SP Cliff Lee
  4. SP CC Sabathia
  5. SP Zack Grienke
  6. SP James Shields
  7. SP Cole Hamels
  8. SP Doug Fister
  9. SP David Price
  10. SP CJ Wilson
  11. SP Ian Kennedy
  12. SP Yovani Gallardo
  13. SP Jeremy Hellcikson
  14. SP Chris Carpenter
  15. SP Roy Oswalt
  16. SP Shuan Marcum
  17. SP Jamie Garcia
  18. SP Matt Moore
  19. SP Daniel Hudson
  20. SP Max Scherzer
  21. SP Rick Porcello
  22. SP Edwin Jackson
  23. SP Josh Collmenter
  24. SP Matt Harrison
  25. SP Joe Saunders
  26. SP Ivan Nova
  27. SP Jeff Niemann
  28. SP Randy Wolf
  29. SP Freddy Garcia
  30. SP Derek Holland
  31. SP Colby Lewis
  32. SP Kyle Lohse
  33. SP AJ Burnett

Ranking Top Starters in The MLB

June 25, 2011
  1. Justin Verlander- Will keep it going too, should win the CY Young and be dominate
  2. Roy Halladay- Consistent and will have an even lower ERA by the end of the year
  3. Cliff Lee- Right behind Halladay could finish even better and have a career year
  4. Felix Hernandez- He’s the King but has had a few too many bad games.  Will get a lot better and soon
  5. Clayton Kershaw- Is just so great and is getting better almost every start
  6. Tim Lincecum- Will get better in the second half, he is better than his ranking but isn’t so hot right now
  7. Cole Hamels- Is an awesome three and will do awesome for the Phillies all year-long
  8. Jared Weaver- The numbers might get worse but is a true ace who will get really hot
  9. Jair Jurrjens- Is the definition of dominate so far and could keep it that way
  10. Michael Pineda- The next big thing, great stuff and great everything
  11. James Shields- Looks like he will finally have a year where he’s consistent and is an ace, a great pitcher and he will not regain his wildness but will strikeout 200