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