July 2010

Second Half Mock Draft

Hey everyone,

Just thought I’d share the results of a second half mock draft that I, along with several members of the MLB.com fantasy department, participated in this week. The “league” is a 10-team mixed that runs from now through the end of the 2010 season. Note that we only did three rounds. Your feedback is more than welcome.

Also be sure to check out the rest of the content on this brand new blog, The Fantasy Goodness. Dave and Ian will surely keep you entertained!

-Zach

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 16

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________


PoD
chart June 29.pdf


Lilly_2010.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Romero @ Bergesen – Romero
should bounce back from rough finish to first half

Scherzer @
Westbrook

Shields @
Sabathia – Can’t trust Shields yet in tough matchup

Lewis @
Doubront

G.Gonzalez @
Greinke

Floyd @
Liriano
– The start of what
will be a monster 2nd half from Floyd

King Felix @
Pineiro
– Pineiro finished
the first half in strong form

Blanton @ Lilly – Bad
matchup for struggling Lilly

Myers @
Duke

Hammel @ TBD – Could be
season debut for Volquez

Strasburg @
Nolasco
– The Floyd comment
above applies to Nolasco as well

Wolf @
Hanson

Billingsley @
J.Garcia
– Garcia won the
award for biggest All-Star snub

Haren @ Garland -
Disappointing season for Haren but a slam-dunk in SD

Niese @
Zito

411 Midseason Review

Hey guys,

The All-Star break is a perfect time to reflect, so on today’s show Mike and Cory unveiled the 411’s midseason All-Surprise, All-Disappointment and All-Fantasy teams while also grading their preseason picks. Below you’ll find the rosters for the three teams in addition to an Excel spreadsheet with all the grades.

-Zach

Overrated-underrated 070710.xls

ALL-SURPRISE TEAM

 

C    John
Buck

1B  Troy Glaus

2B  Martin
Prado

3B  Scott
Rolen

SS  Alex
Gonzalez

OF  Jose
Bautista

OF  Chris
Young

OF  Brennan
Boesch

SP  Carlos
Silva

SP  Colby
Lewis

RP  Neftali
Feliz

 

ALL-DISAPPOINTMENT TEAM

 

C    Chris
Iannetta

1B  Lance
Berkman

2B  Aaron
Hill

3B  Aramis
Ramirez

SS  Yunel
Escobar

OF  Grady
Sizemore

OF  Nate
McLouth

OF  Adam
Lind

SP  Dan
Haren

SP  A.J.
Burnett

RP  Chad
Qualls

 

ALL-FANTASY TEAM

 

C    Miguel
Olivo

1B  Miguel
Cabrera

2B  Robinson
Cano

3B  David
Wright

SS  Hanley
Ramirez

OF  Josh
Hamilton

OF  Alex
Rios

OF  Shin-Soo
Choo

SP  Ubaldo
Jimenez

SP  Josh
Johnson

RP  Billy
Wagner

 
 

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Sunday, July 10-11

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________


PoD
chart June 29.pdf

Pelfrey.jpg
SATURDAY

CORY’S PICKS

Lackey @ Morrow
 -
Lackey is gradually returning to form

Blackburn @ Bonderman
– Bad matchup for slumping Bonderman

Bannister @
Floyd

Laffey @ Garza
– If you can’t start Garza here, where can you?

TBD @
Harrison

Kazmir @ Sheets -
neither are impressing lately

Vazquez @ King
Felix

Hudson
@
Pelfrey – That’s right, ditch slumping Pelfrey

Gorzelanny @
Ely

T. Wood @
Halladay

J.
Sanchez
@
Stammen

Suppan @ Myers
– Myers bounced back last time

Karstens @
Bush

Robertson @ Kennedy -
Kennedy awful lately

LeBlanc @
Hammel

 

SUNDAY

ZACH’S PICKS

Pavano @
Oliver

Matsuzaka @
Litsch – I just don’t trust Dice-K in this matchup

Masterson @
Niemann

Greinke @
TBD

Arrieta @
Wilson – Wilson 2 ER or less in each of his last six starts

Weaver @
Cahill – Cahill should bounce back from rough outing vs. Yanks

Sabathia @
Rowland-Smith

Lowe @ J.
Santana
– Lowe a little risky here but I’ll throw him out there

Maloney @
Hamels

Bumgarner @
Livan – Livan maddeningly inconsistent lately

Hawksworth @
Wandy – Wandy definitely back on radar but I don’t like this matchup

Lincoln @
Wolf – Coming off two straight strong starts, Wolf worth a shot here

Richard @
Francis – Pitch Francis if you’re feeling lucky but he’s struggled of late

Sanabia @
Enright

Silva @
Padilla – I like what I’ve seen from Padilla recently

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 9

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________


PoD
chart June 29.pdf


Dickey_ra.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Hughes @
Lee

– Hughes slumping but still trust him vs. M’s even after last
time

Liriano @
Verlander

Lester @ Romero – Romero
got rocked last time out and BoSox owned him last year

Carmona @
Shields
– good matchup for Shields to bounce back

Matusz @ Feldman -
still like Matusz but not here

Chen @ Buehrle – Chen on
a roll!

Pineiro @
Mortensen

Cain @
Strasburg

Leake @ Blanton -
Leake slumping lately and Phils holding their own without
Utley

Hanson @
Dickey
– gotta ride the
Dickey bus as far as it goes

Wainwright
@
Norris

Maholm @ D.
Davis

Correia @ De La Rosa
– giving DLR one warmup start before putting him back in

Nolasco @
Haren

Lilly @
Billingsley
– great matchup for
both; Cubs can’t hit righties and Dodgers hate lefties

 

ZACH’S PICKS

Hughes @
Lee

Liriano @
Verlander

Lester @
Romero

Carmona @
Shields – Losing patience with “Big Game James” but this is favorable matchup

Matusz @
Feldman

Chen @
Buehrle – Buehrle on a nice roll of late…five straight quality starts

Pineiro @
Mortensen

Cain @
Strasburg – Now this is a must-watch

Leake @
Blanton – Leake erratic of late…I’m sitting this one out

Hanson @
Dickey – Pitch R.A. if you’re willing to gamble but Braves can hit

Wainwright @
Norris

Maholm @ D. Davis

Correia @ De La
Rosa – Favorable matchup for De La Rosa in his return but let me see one start before using him again

Nolasco @
Haren – Looks like Nolasco is back on track but all bets are off with this guy

Lilly @
Billingsley

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, July 7

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________


PoD
chart June 29.pdf


Arroyo_2010_2.jpg
SIANO’S PICKS

Bergesen @
Scherzer

Slowey @
Rzepczynski  *Pass on Slowey

Wakefield @
Price

Talbot @
Lewis

Saunders @ F.
Garcia  
*Go ahead Saundo you earned
it

Burnett @ G.
Gonzalez

Davies @
Fister

Medlen @ Moyer  *Medlen hot and Moyer unbelievable…25/4 K/BB
rate last 4 starts. Wow!

Garland @
Martin

Arroyo @ Niese  *Arroyo risky but he’s been hot for most
part

McCutchen @
Moehler

Lincecum @
Narveson

J.
Garcia
@ Cook

Dempster @
Jackson

Johnson @ Kuroda  *Start after Schwartz labels him an ace what does Kuroda do?

***Cory says Agreed
on all except for Saunders (too HR prone in HR-happy ballpark) and Kuroda
(worried about carryover from the beat-down in the desert vs. the
D-Backs).”

 

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, July 6

ZACH’S PICKS

Arrieta @ Galarraga
Pavano @ Litsch
Doubront @ Niemann
Masterson @ Wilson
Weaver @ Peavy – Jake back to ace form
Sabathia @ Cahill – Pitch Cahill despite tough matchup…9 quality starts in last 10 outings
Greinke @ Bedard – Not against pitching Bedard but I’ll play it safe for his first start of ’10
Jurrjens @ Hamels
Richard @ Livan – Livan too erratic to trust right now
Wood @ Johan
Lincoln
@ Wandy – Let’s continue picking on the Astros and, with some trepidation, throw Wandy back out there
Bumgarner @ Wolf - Wolf inconsistent but so is SF offense
Hawksworth @ Francis – Francis solid at home (3.58 ERA) but this is a brutal matchup
Silva @ Enright
Volstad @ Padilla – Volstad a decent gamble but has struggled on the road

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, July 3-5

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________


PoD
chart June 29.pdf


Leake.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Romero @ Pettitte
W. Davis @ Liriano – Davis bounced back last time but this is a very tough matchup
Braden @ Westbrook
J.Vargas @ Verlander – Vargas has graduated
Guthrie @ Lester
Danks @ Hunter – Hunter very impressive since coming off DL
Chen @ Big Erv
Cueto @ Wells – Wells too inconsistent to trust right now
A. Sanchez @ Hanson – Hanson too good to not bounce back
Dickey @ Strasburg – have to start Dickey the way he’s been going
Parra @ Carpenter – Parra racking up K’s and has handled Cards before
Kendrick @ Maholm
Zito @ Jimenez
Norris @ Correia
Kershaw @ Lopez

SUNDAY

Mazzaro @ Carmona
-
A’s a manageable matchup for Fausto

Lee @
Bonderman
– Bonderman cooling
off but should handle M’s at home

Morrow @ Hughes -
Hughes cooling off
but so are Jays… Morrow is not though

Matusz @ Lackey -
Lackey heating up with the weather

Shields @ Blackburn -
Tough matchup for struggling Shields

Buehrle @
Feldman

Lerew @
Pineiro

Takahashi @
Stammen

Blanton @
Karstens

Gallardo @
Wainwright

Leake @ Lilly
– Leake may be coming back to earth

Cain @
Hammel
– Hammel still worth
using even at home

Myers @
LeBlanc
– Good matchup for
Myers to bounce back from season-worst start

Billingsley @
Haren

Nolasco @ Hudson -
Nolasco turning it
around

 

MONDAY

Millwood @ Galarraga
– Perfect shine gone from Galarraga

Kazmir @ Floyd
– Kazmir not quite DTM but not in consideration now

Matsuzaka @
Garza
– do you trust Dice-K? I don’t, but who knows

Laffey @
Beltre

Vazquez @ Sheets – Sheets
not improving much

Bannister @ King
Felix

Gorzelanny @ Kennedy
– Reverse the venue and I pitch both, but not here

J.Sanchez @
Bush

Lowe @ Halladay -
Lowe cooling off but worth a shot vs. banged up Phillies

Harang @
Pelfrey

Robertson @
Ely – Ely bouncing back, looks like he’ll stick

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, July 2

Pitch
or Ditch is a strategy for (ideally) daily mixed leagues in which you
pick up
starters on a day-to-day basis based on how well they are pitching and
their
upcoming matchups, then cut them in favor of new guys the next guy. The
concept
is that the shallower the league, the more quality starting pitching is
available on the free agent wire, so rather than drafting expensive
starters,
it’s better to build a strong offense and bullpen and let the free agent
wire
populate your starting staff during the season. As a bonus, a handful of
“PoD”
guys emerge each year as worth keeping all year long, like Jair Jurrjens
last
year or Cliff Lee in ’08.

__________________________________________________________________________________

PoD chart June 29.pdf

Garcia_jaime.jpg
CORY’S PICKS

Cecil @ Burnett -
both struggling lately, sit this one out

Gonzalez @
Talbot

Fister @
Scherzer – Scherzer obviously didn’t like Toledo

Bergesen @
Wakefield

F.Garcia @
Lewis – Garcia solid at home and/or vs. weak matchups, but not
here

Price @ Baker – pains me
to say ditch on Baker but I must

Davies @ Saunders -
Saundo great at home last time, do it again and we’ll talk

Arroyo @
Dempster

Niese @
Atilano

Moyer @
Ohlendorf

Johnson @
Medlen
– Medlen has passed
all the tests, he’s a grad

Lincecum @
Chacin

Narveson @
J.Garcia – was Garcia’s last start a blip or the start of a
correction?

Kuroda @ Jackson -
kinda have to start E-Jax after the no-no, right?

Oswalt @
Latos

***Siano says:

Gamblers go for it on
A.J. or bench, but don’t cut in 12 teamer.

Talbot interesting
gamble. 

I’m off the Baker
train.

Dare I say pitch on
Moyer?

Tim needs to dominate
here, no?

Let’s see how the 149
pitches looks now. I say pitch. Kuroda now an ace in POD
chart. 

Oswalt @ Latos could
be a 1-0 thriller!!!

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