September 2011

Top 10 1B and 3B for 2012

Hey everyone,

On today’s show, we began our 2012 position by position preview by unveiling our top-10 first basemen and third basemen:

FIRST BASE

1. Albert Pujols
2. Adrian Gonzalez
3. Joey Votto
4. Miguel Cabrera
5. Prince Fielder
6. Mark Teixeira
7. Ryan Howard
8. Paul Konerko
9. Lance Berkman
10. Eric Hosmer

Honorable Mentions: Mike Morse, Mark Trumbo

THIRD BASE

1. Jose Bautista
2. Evan Longoria
3. David Wright
4. Aramis Ramirez
5. Michael Young
6. Alex Rodriguez
7. Ryan Zimmerman
8. Kevin Youkilis
9. Brett Lawrie
10. Adrian Beltre

Honorable Mentions: Pablo Sandoval, Mark Reynolds

                                                                                                                                       ***Tomorrow, we’ll cover the middle infield, but first we want to hear your top-10 second basemen and shortstops. Feel free to comment here and we will put some of your lists on the show.

-Zach

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 13

ZACH’S PICKS

Carpenter @ Karstens – Cards rank first in NL in both runs scored and batting average. Ditch Karstens.

Wang @ Gee – Both are high-risk, minimal reward.

Dempster @ Leake – Leake in 3 starts vs. Cubs this year: 2.74 ERA 1.00 WHIP

Hand @ Minor – Minor at home this year: 3-1 3.34 ERA, over a K per inning.

Hamels @ Happ

Rogers @ Greinke

Kennedy @ Billingsley – Billingsley’s a mess right now.

Luebke @ Cain

Price @ Simon

Morrow @ Wakefield – Morrow vs. BOS this year: 13.83 ERA 2.20 WHIP

Masterson @ Harrison

Pavano @ Chen

Verlander @ Floyd

Williams @ Moscoso – Favorable matchup for both.

Burnett @ Furbush – That’s right! Ditch A.J. even vs. M’s.

Pitch or Ditch for Saturday-Monday, September 10-12

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

VandenHurk @ Alvarez – Owners in deeper leagues should take a chance on Alvarez here.

Carmona @ Humber – Both struggling lately.

Swarzak @ Scherzer

Cahill @ Ogando – Ogando worth a shot vs. anemic A’s lineup.

Weiland @ Hellickson

Sabathia @ Haren

Paulino @ Pineda – Great spot to pitch Paulino

Wells @ Capuano – Capuano getting the job done at home this year and Wells is hot!

Arroyo @ White – This has all the makings of a slugfest.

An. Sanchez @ Locke – Anibal is settling down.

Wandy @ Lannan

Lee @ Wolf – Wolf has been inconsistent of late and it’s the Phils.

Lowe @ J. Garcia – Lowe in four career starts at the new Busch Stadium: 0-4  8.57 ERA  1.86 WHIP  .371 BAA

Stauffer @ Miley – Stauffer too risky in this matchup. Miley an intriguing option but only in deeper leagues.

Kuroda @ Vogelsong

                                                                                                                                                 SUNDAY

Diamond @ Fister

Hunter @ McGowan

Lester @ Shields

Jimenez @ Stewart – Three straight quality starts for Ubaldo.

Harden @ Wilson – I don’t trust Harden here.

F. Garcia @ Big Erv – Freddy coming off shelling…I’ll pass.

Chen @ Vasquez – I’m giving Chen one more chance!

Vazquez @ McDonald – McDonald dominant since All-Star break (3.26 ERA  1.24 WHIP)

Sosa @ Strasburg

Worley @ Gallardo

T. Hudson @ Westbrook

Willis @ Pomeranz – Tough opening test for Pomeranz.

Lilly @ Bumgarner

LeBlanc @ Collmenter – Collmenter seems to be back on track.

Garza @ Batista

                                                                                                                                              MONDAY

Niemann @ Britton – Niemann very mediocre lately…I’ll sit this one out.

Porcello @ Peavy

Pineiro @ Gonzalez – Not giving up on Gio.

Hughes @ King Felix – Still don’t trust Hughes, regardless of the matchup.

Lohse @ Lincoln – I like Lincoln but this isn’t the time to pitch him.

Lopez @ Leake – Leake close to being shut down.

Volstad @ Beachy

Wang @ Dickey – Dickey en fuego since All-Star break: 3.24 ERA  1.16 WHIP

Oswalt @ Myers

Saunders @ Eveland

Harang @ Surkamp – Surkamp a worthy play in NL-only leagues.

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 9

ZACH’S PICKS

Slowey @ Penny – I just don’t see the upside in pitching Slowey.

Guthrie @ Cecil

Lackey @ W. Davis – Lackey career @TB (7 GS): 5.98 ERA  1.69 WHIP

McCarthy @ Lewis – McCarthy vs. TEX this year (3 GS): 5.28 ERA  1.57 WHIP

Gomez @ Buehrle

Colon @ Weaver – I trust Bartolo.

Francis @ Beavan – I know Sheehan said pitch on Beavan, but he makes me nervous.

Nolasco @ Ohlendorf – Nolasco mediocre lately but you’ve got to like this matchup.

Norris @ Milone

Coleman @ Pelfrey

Halladay @ Marcum

Delgado @ Jackson – Edwin: 3 ER or less in each of his last 6 starts.

Bailey @ Chacin – Bailey career vs. COL (4 GS): 7.23 ERA  2.20 WHIP

Latos @ D. Hudson

Kershaw @ Lincecum

Pitch or Ditch for Thursday, September 8

CORY’S PICKS

Nova @ Simon

Miller @ Romero – Miller’s K-BB rates say “untrustworthy”

Huff @ Floyd

Hochevar @ Vargas – Hochevar is a tease, but he’s coming off a great outing and has a great matchup

Billingsley @ Detwiler – hang with ‘em

Teheran @ Schwinden  (Gm 1)

Minor @ Gee  (Gm 2) – Gee has faded badly in the 2nd half

Hamels @ Narveson

Luebke @ Kennedy

Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, September 7

ZACH’S PICKS

Verlander @ Masterson

Britton @ Burnett – I don’t care who Burnett is going up against. He’s a ditch.

Holland @ Price – Holland is hot again.

Chen @ Moscoso – Both are worthwhile gambles.

Wakefield @ Morrow – I don’t trust Morrow here.

Danks @ Pavano – Pavano offers little upside.

Furbush @ Williams – Williams worth a shot, but only in deeper leagues.

Dickey @ Hand

Cain @ Harang

Beachy @ Oswalt – Beachy’s a graduate.

Happ @ Burres

Eveland @ Wang

Cueto @ Dempster

Greinke @ Carpenter

Saunders @ Millwood – Slugfest alert!

Pitch or Ditch for Tuesday, September 6

ZACH’S PICKS

Hunter @ Hughes

Porcello @ Carmona

Lester @ Perez

Wilson @ Niemann

Peavy @ Hendriks

Duffy @ Gonzalez

King Felix @ Big Erv

T. Hudson @ Worley

Myers @ Lincoln

Lilly @ Strasburg

Batista @ Volstad

Leake @ Lopez

Gallardo @ Lohse

TBD (ARI) @ Hammel

Surkamp @ LeBlanc

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

ZACH’S PICKS

SATURDAY

Romero @ Colon – Romero has struggled vs. Yanks but he’s red-hot. Playing it safe and sitting Colon vs. strong TOR lineup.

Pineda @ McCarthy – McCarthy at home vs. terrible offense.

Floyd @ Penny – Floyd has a 3.86 ERA and 0.95 WHIP since the All-Star break…and that includes a 10 ER blowup!

Lewis @ Bedard – High risk minimal reward for both. I’m avoiding this one entirely.

Simon @ Davis – Davis sports a 5.96 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in four starts vs. BAL this year.

Huff @ Hochevar

Duensing @ Weaver

Ohlendorf @ Coleman

Bailey @ J. Garcia – Bailey not a bad option in deeper formats but STL lineup is solid.

Narveson @ Norris

Gee @ Milone – My confidence in Gee has been restored.

Eovaldi @ Minor

Hamels @ Nolasco – Watch Nolasco throw a shutout here!

White @ Luebke

Kennedy @ Lincecum

 

SUNDAY

Cecil @ F. Garcia – Freddy’s numbers are sparkling but I could never bring myself to pitch him even in semi-scary matchups.

Harrison @ Lackey – 9-8 final score alert!

Guthrie @ Hellickson – Guthrie’s road ERA is more than a full run lower than his home mark. Pitch if you’re the gambling type.

Gomez @ Francis

Slowey @ Williams – Williams gave up 4 ER to SEA so I’m not all that enthusiastic about him.

Beavan @ Cahill – If you don’t feel comfortable starting Cahill here, go ahead and cut him.

Buehrle @ Scherzer – Scherzer is struggling a bit lately but CWS lineup is erratic.

Halladay @ An. Sanchez – Go ahead and sit Anibal here, especially if you’re running out of innings.

Kershaw @ TBD (ATL)

Pelfrey @ Livan – Both are too risky in mixed leagues.

Marcum @ Wandy

Arroyo @ Jackson

Morton @ Wells – Rolling the dice on Wells coming off two-hitter.

D. Hudson @ Vogelsong

Cook @ Latos

 

MONDAY

Reyes @ Sabathia

Fister @ Jimenez

Beckett @ Alvarez

Ogando @ Shields – I’ve officially lost patience with Ogando.

Humber @ Swarzak  (Gm 1) – Humber hasn’t notched a quality start since July 2.

Stewart @ Diamond  (Gm 2)

Paulino @ Harden – Nice matchup for Paulino.

Vasquez @ Haren

Kuroda @ Lannan

Sosa @ McDonald – Sosa an intriguing option in NL-only and deep mixed leagues but he’s not on 12-team mixed radar just yet.

Willis @ Garza

Miley @ Rogers

Bumgarner @ Stauffer – SF offense the perfect remedy for Stauffer’s recent inconsistency.

Wolf @ Westbrook – Wolf hitting a rough patch and matchup is far from favorable.

Lowe @ Lee

Capuano @ Vazquez

Pitch or Ditch for Friday, September 2

ZACH’S PICKS

Danks @ Verlander – Challenging matchup for Danks but he’s been pitching very well lately.

Morrow @ Nova – Morrow cannot be trusted here. Nova risky too but I say pitch.

Britton @ Price - Britton coming off gem vs. Yanks but he’s still too unpredictable.

Holland @ Miller – Holland coming off terrible August (5.13 ERA  1.82 WHIP)…no way do I pitch him at Fenway.

Masterson @ Chen – Chen a PoD special. 3.63 ERA at home and facing a mediocre lineup.

Pavano @ Chatwood – Pavano dreadful since All-Star break (5.74 ERA  1.57 WHIP).

Vargas @ Moscoso – Great matchups for both.

Karstens @ Dempster – Karstens has been erratic lately…I’m sitting this one out.

Dickey @ Detwiler – Dickey working on seven straight quality starts.

Oswalt @ Hand

Billingsley @ Beachy – I wouldn’t waste my time with Billingsley, particularly if you’re running out of innings.

Greinke @ Harrell

Cueto @ Carpenter

Millwood @ Harang – Harang has a 3.54 ERA and 1.30 WHIP at home this year.

Saunders @ Cain – Ideal matchup for Saundo. He’s well worth a look in deeper leagues.

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