August 2009

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, August 11

CORY’S PICKS

Cahill @ D.
Hernandez

Nippert @ Laffey
(I picked up Laffey in NFBC for this two-start week…he’s on a good roll, is
not homer-prone, and the Rangers are erratic offensively and in general not as
good on the road…it’s a risk but a good gamble)

Richmond @
Chamberlain

Porcello @
Tazawa

Davies @
Blackburn

Price @ Big
Erv
(do you trust either of these guys?)

Danks @ Fister

Lannan @
Hanson

Oswalt @
Volstad

Happ @
Harden

Richard @
Looper

Lehr @
Wellemeyer

Ohlendorf @
Cook

Livan @
Scherzer

Wolf @ J.
Martinez

SIANO’S PICKS

Cahill @ D.
Hernandez

Nippert @
Laffey

Richmond @
Chamberlain

Porcello @
Tazawa

Davies @
Blackburn

Price @ Big
Erv
*Man
can I go to the well with Erv at home? You’d think this would have been a fun
one but no telling, ROLL the DICE Siano!!!!!!!!

Danks @
Fister

Lannan @
Hanson

Oswalt @
Volstad

Happ @
Harden

Richard @
Looper

Lehr @
Wellemeyer

Ohlendorf @
Cook

Livan @
Scherzer

Wolf @ J.
Martinez

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, August 8-10

CORY’S PICKS

SATURDAY


Tillman @
Cecil (nice of him to get hot after I cut him in
NFBC)

Buchholz @
Sabathia (Buchholz not doing well right now, don’t trust him in
YS)

Millwood @ Jered
Weaver

TBD @
Torres

Perkins @
Verlander

Anderson @
Greinke

Shields @ Snell
(Snell a reasonable
risk)

Arroyo @ Zito
(you read that right)

Haren @
Mock

West @
Hamels

Parra @
Hampton

Wainwright @
Morton

Dempster @
Marquis

Parnell @
Latos

Kawakami @
Kershaw

 
SUNDAY

 
Baker @
Washburn

Matusz @
Halladay

Huff @
Contreras

Gonzalez @
Hochevar

Holland @
Lackey

Kazmir @
Rowland-Smith

Lester @
Pettitte

Petit
@
Martin

J.
Johnson
@
Moyer

Pineiro @
Duke

Gallardo @
Wandy

Wells @
Hammel

Harang @
Cain

(Harang’s been awful for a couple of months now, so this is
risky)

Johan @
Stauffer

Vazquez @
Kuroda

 
MONDAY

 
Braden @
Guthrie

Rzepczynski @
Mitre

Jackson @
Penny

Garza @
O’Sullivan

Floyd @
French

Moehler @
VandenHurk

Cueto @ Lohse (Cueto
benched for now)

Gorzelanny @ De La
Rosa
(not trusting Gorzo yet)

Pelfrey @
Davis

Schmidt @ J.
Sanchez

SIANO’S PICKS

SATURDAY

 

Tillman @
Cecil

Buchholz @
Sabathia

Millwood @ Jered
Weaver

TBD @
Torres

Perkins @
Verlander

Anderson @
Greinke

Shields @
Snell

Arroyo @
Zito

Haren @
Mock

West @
Hamels

Parra @
Hampton

Wainwright @
Morton

Dempster @
Marquis *madness

Parnell @
Latos *this boy
good

Kawakami @
Kershaw

 
SUNDAY


Baker @
Washburn

Matusz @
Halladay

Huff @
Contreras

Gonzalez @
Hochevar

Holland @
Lackey

Kazmir
@
Rowland-Smith

Lester @
Pettitte

Petit @
Martin

J.
Johnson
@
Moyer

Pineiro @
Duke

Gallardo @
Wandy

Wells @
Hammel

Harang @
Cain

Johan @
Stauffer

Vazquez @
Kuroda

 

MONDAY


Braden @
Guthrie

Rzepczynski @
Mitre

Jackson @
Penny

Garza @
O’Sullivan

Floyd @
French

Moehler @
VandenHurk

Cueto @
Lohse

Gorzelanny @ De La
Rosa

Pelfrey @
Davis

Schmidt @ J.
Sanchez

Mock First Round

A fan of the 411 named Cadio posted the other day and asked if we could show him a mock first round. We heard and obliged. Below is a mock first round done over e-mail yesterday with members of the 411 and MLB.com’s fantasy writers. Enjoy and react. The comment associated with the picks are from the GM themselves….Siano 

 

PS

Matt Underwood of Indians broadcast team joins us on radio show tonight as does Jeffrey Ma. Sirius 210 / XM 175 6-8pm ET.

@fantasy411 is Twitter , follow or lose!

 

1.  Pujols   (Gottlieb)

 Can it even be debated at this point? Pujols’ legitimate run at the NL 
Triple Crown solidifies his standing as one of the most complete 
hitters of this generation – and maybe in history.

 2.  Crawford   (Feldman)

 He might have gone in the third or fourth round in your league, but no 
one has done a better job of providing ample power and a stellar
average while single-handedly carrying your team in steals. In my 
mind, Crawford has clearly been the second-best player to own this 
year.

 

carl-crawford.jpg3.  Hanley   (Klayman)

 Very happy he fell to three. He’ll be 27 in 2010, is a safe bet for 
.320-25-90-20, with the potential to go .360-35-100-40. Impossible t o 
pass up a shortstop with those numbers.

 4.  Utley   (Steinhorn)

 As consistent as they come at a thin second base position.  Utley has 
the ability to go .300-30-100-15 on a yearly basis.  He hits in a 
great lineup and in a very favorable home ballpark.

 5.  Braun   (Stack)

 He doesn’t have a glaring weakness. Braun is a legit .300 hitter, a 
virtual certainty for 30 homers and 100 RBIs and even contributes 15- 
odd steals. And his best years are ahead given that he’ll be just 26 
in 2010.

 6.  A-Rod   (Schwartz)

 We’re officially already in question mark territory — Reyes, 
Sizemore, Kinsler, Rollins, Wright — but I’ll gladly gamble on 
erstwhile #1 pick Alex Rodriguez. Despite playing at less than 100% 
this season after spring hip surgery, he has maintained strong power 
numbers and excellent plate discipline, and started to run the bases 
more freely in recent weeks. There’s no reason to think he won’t be 
back to full health next season, and will still hit among the likes of 
Teixeira, Damon, Jeter and the rest, so he should post monster numbers 
again in 2010.

 7.  Lincecum   (Cushing)

 Conventional wisdom says stay far away from pitchers in the first 
round, but fantasy gospel be damned — give me Tim Lincecum. Aptly 
nicknamed “The Freak,” Lincecum defies all the guidelines that apply 
to most pitchers, a throwback to the days when Pedro Martinez, Randy 
Johnson and Curt Schilling all topped everyone’s cheatsheets. With A- 
Rod off the board and the number of homers declining, why not buck the 
hitter trend and take a chance on the next potential 20-win, sub-2.50 
ERA, 300-strikeout super-ace?

 8.  Kinsler   (Ott)

 Yeah, Kinsler’s average is way down and he can’t seem to stay healthy 
for an entire season, but there’s no question he possesses plenty of

 power and speed. I’ll gladly take my chances on a 27-year-old second 
baseman with 30/30 ability.

 9.  Sizemore   (Siano)

 Picking 9th stinks. Being that I’m close enough to the wheel I am 
going to pass on a 1B and take my chances. I took Utley 9th in a draft 
this year so I will take another guy who may be banged up in spring 
training off surgery and deliver top 5 value.

 

grady-sizemore.jpg 10. Wright   (Kay)

  I wanted Sizemore, but I’ll settle for another guy whose value has f 
allen drastically over the first 2/3 of the season. Wright’s lack of 
power is the elephant in the room here, but 26 year-old studs don’t  
just forget how to hit homers overnight and 30/30 potential from a 
corner infielder is too good to pass up this late in the first round.

  11. Kemp   (Chiungos)

 Raw athletes often become real baseball and fantasy monstrosities 
(Elijah Dukeshku?), but Kemp is fulfilling his destiny as a five- tool 
and five-category monster. He’s proven himself as a legit .300 hitter 
and threat on the basepaths over the past few seasons, and if  he can 
get closer to the middle of the order, his run production wi ll only 
improve. As for his home run potential, it remains largely u ntapped; 
remember, this is a guy who went deep seven times during an  11-game 
span as a rookie in ’06, and with a 6-foot-2, 230-pound fra me, he has 
plenty of power surges left in the tank.

 12. Fielder   (Chaprales)

 

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, August 6

CORY’S PICKS

Blackburn @
Carmona

D. Hernandez @
Porcello

***Big Erv @
***Danks

Hunter @
Cahill

***Smoltz @ ***Chamberlain
(I’m
still bullish on Smoltz)

Vargas @
Chen

***Volstad
@
Stammen

Cook @
***Lee

***Scherzer @
Hart

Livan @
***Richard

***Lowe @
***Wolf

***Siano says:

Pitch Porcello, coming off a very good start and while the O’s hit for
average they don’t score many runs.

 
My
blue plate special is Tommy Hunter if you are behind in innings and wouldn’t
mind a shot at a win. Same thing on Vargas but very very
risky.

Smoltz
will go 5 mediocre innings.

Agree
on rest. No Cookie in Philly.

 

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 5

CORY’S PICKS

Guthrie @
***Jackson

***Liriano @
Laffey

Mitre @
Rzepczynski

***Penny @ Price (do you
trust Price right now? Not me)

French @
Davies

O’Sullivan @
***Floyd

Padilla @
***Braden (Rangers banged up and not scoring as much
lately)

Lohse @
Niese

TBD @
Moehler

***Hanson @
***Gaudin

Davis @
Ohlendorf

***De La Rosa @
***Happ

VandenHurk @
***Lannan

***Harden @
Lehr

Looper @
Schmidt

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