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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/13/2008 8:32:00 PM
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Tim Hudson has looked flat-out dominant early on. I gambled on him in numerous leagues last year but was afraid he wouldnít have continued success this season with a 5.3K/9 IP mark. Well, it helps that heís allowed just 1 homer every 24.5 at-bats since 2006. He simply gives up very few extra-base hits, allowing him to succeed despite the sub-par K rate. With the way heís throwing, Hudsonís not someone you should be trying to sell-high right now.

Iím starting to get the feeling the Jose Reyes vs. Hanley Ramirez preseason debate is going to look awfully silly come seasonís end.

There are plenty of guys I wish I hadnít drafted this year, but I sure am glad C.C. Sabathia and Roy Oswalt arenít on any of my teams. Oswaltís K:BB rate is fine, but the five homers allowed in 16 innings is eye-popping. Heís going to improve, obviously, but no one should be surprised when he turns in his worst season of his career; the warning signs have been apparent.

How about Fausto Carmonaís 8:17 K:BB ratio? He and Sabathia arenít going to fall off a cliff, but since one jumped 160 innings and the other jumped 70 innings last year from the previous season, itís going to be an uphill to battle to match last yearís production.

If you are referred to as a ďprofessional hitter,Ē itís not a compliment.

Carlos Pena is having one of the most productive seasons youíll ever see from someone hitting .209. He entered Sunday with an isolated power of .450, which is better than good. Anyone who considered last yearís outburst a fluke is going to look foolish at seasonís end. In fact, you can have any American League hitter you want, and Iíll take Pena to finish with more homers. Any takers?

David Ortiz is currently sporting an .070 average (3-for-43), which is the lowest in the major leagues. He is hitless in his last 17 at-bats and is 1-for-29 over the last eight games. Maybe heís been inadvertently jinxed.

When I was 20 years old, I was drinking terrible beer out of kegs and eating Jack In The Box at 3 in the morning. Justin Upton, meanwhile, is leading the National League with five homers while batting .400 playing Major League baseball. The high K rate suggests he should still be shopped around in redraft leagues, but if there are no believers, might as well sit back and enjoy the ride, because even when his average comes crashing down, heíll supplement that by stealing 20-25 bases. Siblings are both going to be top-10 fantasy picks for years to come.

This article is simply fantastic. And it was written by Mose Schrute!

Bought Guitar Hero III over the weekend, and itís safe to say youíll see fewer articles from me over the next couple of weeks. Not only is it time consuming, but Iíve already developed full-blown carpal tunnel syndrome.

Max Scherzer is an obvious own in all keeper leagues, but heís now warranting consideration as someone to stash in deep redraft formats with roster space. After flashing a 10.6 K/9 IP mark last season, Scherzer has fanned 18 batters over 12 scoreless innings in Triple-A this year. Heís also increasing his groundball rate. With Doug Davis sidelined indefinitely and only Edgar Gonzalez in his way for a rotation spot, Scherzer should get a shot before too long. And thereís always the possibility Randy Johnson doesnít hold up also.

I want to have Tim Lincecumís children. After all, he is a beefcake.

Donít look now, but my boy Anthony Reyes is thriving in the pen. Yes, itís a tiny sample size, but would a 6:0 K:BB ratio and a 0.71 WHIP interest you? He canít bring much fantasy value as a middle reliever (although his save Saturday assured me from not finishing with zero in the cat in a couple of leagues), and the Cardinals actually do have numerous options in the rotation, so a trade would be for the best.

Miguel Cotto nearly murdered poor Alfonso Gomez on Saturday night. The fight between Antonio Margarito and him will be very good. And the one after that against Floyd Mayweather (if Pretty Boy doesnít keep ducking him) will be even better, with the potential to be the fight of the decade.

Troy Tulowitzki owners, especially those who drafted him as high as the third round, are likely to be left disappointed at seasonís end. Of course heís going to bounce back from the dreadful start, but his .256/.327/.393 line away from home last year revealed he wasnít quite as good as the counting stats suggested. Heís also been caught on eight of his 19 stolen base attempts throughout his career. That doesnít mean Coors Field still canít make him a fantasy star, but the 23-year-old with the propensity to strike out played a bit over his head in 2007.


Funny, when I was 20, I was drinking 12ers of Keystone and going to Taco Bell at 2 in the morning.
Posted by vtadave at 4/13/2008 9:25:00 PM
Well, I am currently 20 and I drink 12ers of Bud Light/Natty and go to Taco Bell at 2 in the morning.

Or I order Jimmy Johns. Things haven't changed much Dalton.
Posted by skrones at 4/13/2008 10:09:00 PM
Good to hear.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/13/2008 11:26:00 PM
Taco Bell isn't edible on less than 12 beers. I'm going to be 37 in May, and while I've cut down on the drinking slightly, I've cut out the fast food entirely. If I absolutely need to eat a late-night burger, I get it at the local dive bar down the street (Hinano's). You're better off freebasing than eating fast food.

And Cotto annihilated Gomez - I think the Margarito fight will be decent, but I can't see Cotto losing to him. Cotto-Mayweather would be sick. I might have to go Cotto on that one, too - he hits hard and is so relentless - though Shane Mosley gave him some trouble. Either way, I'd love to see it.

And, by the way, Dalton - it's going to be hard for Sabathia to match last year's Cy Young numbers after getting blasted early on? You're not going out on much of a limb there - you've got your feet on the ground and leaning on the trunk. Luckily, I don't have him on any team, either. Unfortunately, I do have A.J. Burnett and Pedro Martinez in multiple leagues.
Posted by cliss at 4/14/2008 12:22:00 AM
I try to cut down on fast food as much as possible as well. It's awful. I haven't tried freebasing, but I imagine it's better than McDonald's...I think I might go Cotto over Mayweather also, but I reserve the right to change my mind. Please make that fight happen...Well, as far as my Sabathia comment, I hear you, but really I was just trying to convey "I told you so" without saying as much, since I recommended avoiding him all summer. Then again, it's very early, and I was also high on Chris Young (SD), so go figure.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/14/2008 12:41:00 AM
Edgar Martinez was called a "professional hitter" about 157,328 times, always a compliment. It depends on who the subject is.
Posted by spianow at 4/14/2008 7:34:00 AM
Good point. Maybe that was then and this is now, b/c I haven't heard it as anything other than "this guy is a veteran who won't embarrass you by striking out a lot" in a while.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/14/2008 7:37:00 AM
Call me crazy, but I'll still take ARod to finish with more HR than Pena.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/14/2008 8:40:00 AM
Cheer up, Big Papi owners. Lou Gehrig had the lowest batting average in the American League in late April of 1938. Of course, he was dying at the time.
Posted by kennruby at 4/14/2008 9:11:00 AM
3D, I'll take Miggy Cabrera over Pena. The Cotto fight was a joke, I actually wish they let it keep going, they were being overly cautious stopping it. I'll still take MMA anyday over boxing (can't wait for Montreal Sat). I think I've heard of Matt Stairs being referred to as a professional hitter. I for one am trying to buy low on Sabathia. I won't give the "contract year" argument, but what will he have to pitch the rest of the season to have an ERA of 4 at the end of the year? There is also the idea that if Cleveland is somehow out of it, he could end up on the Yankees (IF the Yanks are in it, at least that's what us Yanks fans are hoping). I'm glad to see you don't limit your man crushes to football (Lincecum).
Posted by kevinccp at 4/14/2008 1:45:00 PM
OK I'm making a mental note of the ARod/Miggy over Pena comments so I can brow beat you guys at the end of the year. Kevin - What do you think of Elite XC joining forces with CBS? Lincecum is my ultimate man crush. He's already looked into filing a restraining order.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/14/2008 3:07:00 PM
I wish I lived on a beet farm like Mose.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 4/14/2008 5:09:00 PM
If Elite has any success, you'll see UFC sign with one of the other networks, I'd guess FOX. Saturday night television is horrible as it is, I'm surprised a network hasn't taken a chance on something like this sooner. Kimbo Slice is going to have to pan out for Elite, I wouldn't be surprised to see other guys make the jump to Elite (Couture, Tito Ortiz, The Shamrocks).
Posted by kevinccp at 4/14/2008 6:02:00 PM

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