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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/5/2008 5:57:00 PM
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Homer Bailey needs to be owned in NL-only leagues, of course, but heís unlikely to be a big help in mixed leagues anytime soon. He gave up just two earned runs during his season debut Thursday, but he wasnít very impressive doing so, posting a 1:4 K:BB ratio and typically topping out at 91-92 mph. Heís still got nice long-term potential because of that curveball, but his 55:31 K:BB ratio over 69.1 Triple-A innings this season suggests heís far from ready to consistently get major league hitters out.

Somewhat quietly, Milton Bradley is having a fantastic season. His 1.050 OPS leads the American League, and while heís playing a bit over his head, itís not some huge fluke, since he posted a 1.004 OPS while playing for the Padres last year. Hitting cleanup in Texasí lineup and ballpark, thereís potential for massive counting stats, and he even has the ability to do more running. However, we are talking about someone who has averaged 86 games per season over his eight-year career, so heís one of the most injury-prone players of his generation. Heís basically the perfect sell-high candidate.

Over his last four starts, Cliff Lee has a 6.62 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP, quadrupling his season ERA in the process. Still, itís not exactly time to jump ship, since his schedule was extremely difficult during that stretch, and it was accompanied by a 21:8 K:BB ratio.

Thereís no one in minor league baseball with a higher ceiling than Rick Porcello.

Alexei Ramirez needs to be owned in AL-only and deep leagues. Heís solidified his spot in the White Soxís lineup thanks to five multi-hit games over the past nine contests. Ramirez wonít run a ton, but heís got good power for a middle infielder, and he plays in a ballpark that will only help in that department. He led the Cuban league in home runs last season.

Barry Bonds is losing sleep at night with Joe Mauerís recent power display. Speaking of Bonds, MLB teams do realize heís currently unemployed, right?

Chien-Ming Wang has gotten absolutely tattooed over his last four starts, seeing his ERA increase from 2.90 all the way to 4.26 by allowing 22 runs over 23.2 innings. While his strikeout rate has improved this season, heís also walking more batters than ever, and while typically among the league-leaders in OPS against, heís served up three homers over that four-game span. Itís probably just a small blip on the radar, but he looks awfully hittable right now.

The Cubs lead MLB in runs scored, and unsurprisingly, rank first in OPS. Yes, that stat is the best indicator of performance.

B.J. Upton hasnít exactly lived up to the lofty expectations, but thatís almost exclusively in the HR department, and heís actually improved his game significantly this season. His contact rate has jumped way up from last year, and heís walking an impressive 16 percent of his plate appearances. Uptonís BABIP is once again sky-high (.391), but he was typically .350-plus in the minors, and heís become much more aggressive on the base paths. The home runs will come.

The Rays, Astros, Red Sox, Mets and Giants are the five teams with the most steals in baseball this season, in that order. Speed is obviously a prerequisite, but opportunity is equally important in SB totals, so itís good to know these teams clearly have an aggressive philosophy this season. The Pirates, meanwhile, rank dead last with just 16 thefts on the year.


Ryan Franklin got the save easily this afternoon but blew it big time tonight.

I think the Franklin era as closer could be movin' towards a possible close with Izzy starting his rehab. Unfortunately I think Izzy might get the ball back before Perez does since Perez has struggled a bit of late also.

Franklin's last 5 outings he's only had one smooth ride - this afternoon's save:

1 IP 1 er; 1/3 IP 1 er, 1 ip 2 hits, escaped with save; 1 IP easy save this afternoon; 2 batters 2 ER blown save tonight.

overall in the last 5 outings: 3 1/3 IP 7 hits 4 ER shockingly 4 saves hehe
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/5/2008 7:18:00 PM
Lee's Texas outing shouldn't even count. Arlington is the carnival of the league this year.
Posted by spianow at 6/6/2008 10:27:00 AM
I think Cliff Lee is lucky if he's considered as a top 30 mixed league starter. Sure he's had some tough starts recently, but who did he dominate early? Either bad offenses or teams who were struggling mightily at the time. Sell high, if that's even possible.
Posted by joey'scookies at 6/6/2008 1:08:00 PM
How many AL starters would you take over Cliff Lee right now? It's not a very deep league.
Posted by spianow at 6/6/2008 2:27:00 PM
Lincecum 7 IP 5 HIts 5 K 0 BB 1 ER moving to 8-1

Johan Santana again struggling to get through 6 innings before hitting 100 pitches and gives up the lead to the Padres after the mets give him a 1 - 0 lead in the top of the 6th

Santana continues to be ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh in his debut season for the Mutts
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/6/2008 8:40:00 PM
What's wrong with 1 ER on 8 WH in 6 IP with 5 K? Looks like a fine line for Santana.

Also, a bold statement on Porcello. I know he's only 19 at High-A, but his K/IP is awful (36/62.2)
Posted by bscwik at 6/6/2008 11:02:00 PM
I'd argue Cliff Lee is one of the toughest players to rank in fantasy sports in recent memory - came out of (relatively) nowhere, low BABIP, easy schedule early on, fantastic(!!!) K:BB ratio, best first month over the last 50 years in MLB history. I for one, am far from writing him off.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/6/2008 11:07:00 PM
What more can I say about Lincecum at this point? He's already taken out a restraining order on me, so quit baiting me to talk about him. He's clearly a top-5 fantasy pitcher right now.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/6/2008 11:10:00 PM
Totally agree Bret - Porcello needs to start striking more batters out. David Price (among others) certainly has a better case right now, but age, stuff, etc. is what made my statement. His current repertoire reveals quite a bit of potential. Porcello would have been a sure-fire top-3 pick last year if not for Scott Boras. Of course, the only way I win this argument is about five years from now.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/6/2008 11:21:00 PM
DDD... Was that you I saw the cops taking away from lincecum's house last week? It was admittedly hard to see as I was buried under the mulch in his front yard because it gave me the chance to see him walk by twice per day...
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/7/2008 5:22:00 AM
spianow... If I was choosing al only, I guess I'd go something like this..
9.Felix the king
I guess at this point it could be a toss up between several more pitchers with a history and/or a hot start.
Marcum,McGowan,Harden,Saunders,Cliif Lee,Carmona,Wang.
I know I probably view him lower than most people, but that's probably where I'd take him.
Posted by joey'scookies at 6/7/2008 9:38:00 AM

Did you watch the outing? He pitched ok for the first five but when finally given the lead he gave it up in the sixth inning bigtime and was lucky to limit the damage there as a giles basehit gifted him an out in that sixth when it hit a baserunner. Johan version 1.0 comes out in the sixth and mows down the padres. Johan version 2008 lets it slip away because he is ultimately more hittable this year. I didnt say he was baaad but he was ehhhhh
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/7/2008 9:41:00 AM
billgoofnow - Funny stuff about Lincecum.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/7/2008 10:24:00 AM
uhhh yeah I was uhhhh kidding about being buried under the mulch in his front yard....

What is up with the Braves bullpen and these injuries?? Soriano out again on Friday with arm pain... is Mike Gonzalez truly going to end up as the closer there in a few weeks?

Anyone have any good comps on relievers coming back from TJ surgery and how effective they have been in that initial return?
Posted by billgoofnow at 6/7/2008 7:56:00 PM
I don't even want to pretend I know what to expect from M. Gonzalez. But I will say Soriano is someone to have zero faith in at this point. ATL has been wrecked by injuries to pitchers this year.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 6/7/2008 10:05:00 PM

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