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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/3/2008 9:50:00 PM
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Jacoby Ellsbury is on pace to steal 73 bases this season. Since heís also capable of pitching in 10-15 homers and will score a bunch of runs hitting atop Bostonís lineup, heís shaking up to be a fantasy monster right out of the gate. His 23:27 K:BB ratio is very impressive.

It took until June, but the Joe Mauer/Victor Martinez combo is on the board with a homer finally.

Over his last three starts, Derek Lowe has a 1.23 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP, so hopefully heís now completely over the arm woes he was suffering from early in the year. His groundball/flyball ratio is way down this season (1.78) from last year (3.23), yet heís somehow done a good job of preventing homers. He should be fine moving forward.

I got the Lakers in six.

Jeff Larish had 16 homers during 191 at-bats at Triple-A before getting called up by Detroit this season, making him a viable option in AL-only or deep leagues. He strikes out a ton, but he can also take a walk and should get most of the starts at DH against righties with Gary Sheffield sidelined. Since thereís no guarantee Sheffield returns to health, and the Tigersí lineup should be potent from this point forward, Larish has some potential.

Roy Halladay has five complete games in 2008. No other pitcher in baseball has more than two.

Despite playing half his games in Petco Park and surrounded by poor teammates, Adrian Gonzalez is on pace to finish with 47 homers and 148 RBI. He still strikes out too often to hit better than .290, but his .648 slugging percentage on the road is pretty impressive. Heíd be a top-15 fantasy player on any other team.

The Braves are 2-16 in one-run games this season.

Throughout his career, Mark Teixeiraís worst OPS has been in April. His second worst is May. During those two months, heís averaged one homer every 23.6 at-bats. Over the next four months, heís averaged one homer every 14.7 at-bats. Bottom line, he gets better as the season progresses.

Gina Carano is the first person Iíve been both attracted to and capable of beating me up in a fight. And Kimbo Slice is a fraud (unless he sees this, then heís the real deal).

When I acquired Todd Wellemeyer for $6 in NL LABR toward the beginning of the year, I fully expected to be gaining the NL Pitcher of the Month for May. Only not. Dave Duncan and Tony La Russa are the rare managers who truly make a difference in baseball. Wellemeyer isnít this good, of course, but he can get a strikeout and his improved command is the main reason heís flourished. His .255 BABIP will be hard to sustain, but he did finish with a .259 mark last season, so a huge regression isnít necessarily in store. Then again, heís already eclipsed his career-high in innings pitched, so heís a candidate to wear down later on.

When it comes to sports talk radio, who ya got? Colin Cowherd or Max Kellerman or Michael Kay?


Comments....

Ixnay on the Herd eh....

Kimbo? Bleh indeed. Either that, or he's the greatest fighter since a young Mike Tyson.
Posted by vtadave at 6/3/2008 9:56:00 PM
 
Kimbo is a young ghetto version of Tank Abbott.....Kobe averages 42pts/game but KG wins the title in 7....put me down for Kelleman.
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 6/4/2008 1:31:00 AM
 
I am guessing that is a pick-your-poison type of question you pose since all three of them are dreadful. I like Steve Czaban on Fox Sports Radio.
Posted by skinsnut at 6/4/2008 5:28:00 AM
 
When is that Steve Czaban show on?
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/4/2008 7:42:00 AM
 
I'll go w/ Kellerman. At least he talks about Boxing every now and then and doesn't just push the ESPN agenda all the time...
Posted by Slugdog at 6/4/2008 8:00:00 AM
 
smoltz done for the year... Shoulder surgery. Can't say I'm surprised. But as a smoltz owner tis a huge blow.

DDD - quite bold tauting Wellemeyer on the night he is set to take the hill :) fate tempter!!

Even though they show huge gaps in their sports knowledge on a daily basis, I find myself entertained by mike and the maddog...

Griffey seems really old all the sudden...

Dan uggla is out of control.
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/4/2008 9:11:00 AM
 
I go with the Herd. There is NO OTHER talk radio host who does such a smart show, and who puts our world into perspective like the Herd. My wife even listens to him, and she doesn't like sports.
Posted by mrhappycrappy at 6/4/2008 9:46:00 AM
 
I always felt people undervalued Lowe. He's not going to carry your staff, but he's very reliable, especially in that ballpark. Couple that with the weak offenses in the NL West, and I agree that he's going to be pretty good going forward.

I've also got the Lakers in 6. Instead of predicting the series MVP (because if the Lakers win there's a 99.9999999% chance it will be Kobe) I'll give you a series MVRP, or Most Valuable Role Player: Sasha Vujacic.

I guess I'm alone in not listening to sports talk radio at all. Except for RotoWire on XM and podcasts, of course.
Posted by uwmichael at 6/4/2008 10:01:00 AM
 
Mike and the Mad Dog! I'm a big fan of the two man sports radio show. A one man format turns into a preaching session. You get less "Man Talk" and more sports talk with Mike and the Mad Dog. Everyone else thinks they're Howard Stern talking sports.
Posted by Rugby12901 at 6/4/2008 10:30:00 AM
 
An interesting short video about the Kimbo fight:

http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/06/03/video-claims-elitexc-fixed-kimbo-slice-fight/

Does the fact that Gina Carano can beat you up make her more/less attractive? I'm thinking Rob Cano will end up in the same category as Tex as far as getting better as the year goes on-he did last year and is on pace this year to do the same. Lowe has probably been the most consistent starting pitcher as far as WHIP and ERA the last 3 years, you know what you're going to get for him. I like his teammate, Brad Penny as a buy low candidate right now.

Posted by kevinccp at 6/4/2008 12:56:00 PM
 
No mention of Eveland not getting past the 5th inning for the second straight game?
Posted by kevinccp at 6/4/2008 1:14:00 PM
 
Does anyone know if Mike and the Mad Dog is available on XM? If so, what Ch. and what time?
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/4/2008 10:34:00 PM
 
kevin - Yeah, I've watched that video. It really does appear he tapped out there, but I still don't think the fight was fixed. What do you think?...I agree about Cano...Makes Carano more attractive...I'm done with the Eveland issue.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/4/2008 10:36:00 PM
 
mike and the dog are on the YES network weekdays from 1 - 6:30 ... They are a hoot.
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/5/2008 10:07:00 AM
 

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