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Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: June 10, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Kind of how things have been going for the Marlins lately

The Braves beat the Marlins Thursday night and sent them to their 8th straight loss. SP Jair Jurrjens improved to 8-2 going 7 innings and allowing 6 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks & 2 Ks. Jonny Venters picked up his second save as Craig Kimbrel threw 28 pitches on Wednesday night. Venters now owns an ERA of 0.47 & a WHIP of 0.72 on the season.  OF Martin Prado missed another game with his knee injury.

GAME NOTES

Not much on the injury front tonight so I’ll just combine it with the game summaries.

Mets SP Jon Niese went 7 2/3 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits and struck out 8 in the 4-1 win.  Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo gave up 10 hits and 4 runs with a walk & 5 Ks in 5 innings for the loss.  NYM OF Jason Bay had the night off in the midst of an 0-23 slump.

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Hey it is 4/4 today. Paying homage to The Man...just don't let him near the Queen!!

So I’ve been telling you all along not to panic…it’s only the first week of the season. Hitters are very streaky. What about pitchers you ask? I wouldn’t overreact over pitching debuts either. But what you can do is target the owners that do.  Look for someone in your league with a trigger finger like Raylan Givens and make your move.  Here’s some guys to target…

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The Reds celebrate as their teammate Ramon Hernandez is named Mr. March 2011 by PlaxicoAgrees.com

If the calendar says March 31st that must mean it’s time for some baseball!  Today was Opening Day 2011 for Major League Baseball.  The only one of the three major sports NOT to have an impending lockout on it’s hands.

Only 6 games today, so let’s start with some fantasy baseball tidbits….

First HR of 2011 was hit by Jason Heyward, RF for the Atlanta Braves off of  Nationals starter  Livan Hernandez.  Expecting many more of those this season.  (For both Heyward AND Hernandez).

Yankees 1B Mark Texeira is on pace for 162 homers & 486 RBIs so far this season.

Mr. March 2011 goes to Ramon Hernandez, C for the Reds.  He hit a 3-run walk-off homer off of Brewers closer John Axford.  Condolences to all the fantasy owners (myself included) who thought they were getting one of the top closers this season.  He was one of the select few with job security.  I guess we can consider him day to day.  Aren’t we all.

In other closer news, Craig Kimbrel picked up the save today for the Braves with Jonny Venters picking up the (H)old.   Guess that’s where the H went.  Keep an eye on these two, it’s another one of those dreaded closer by committees.

Much maligned from last season..Jonathan Broxton picked up a save tonight for the Dodgers..upon closer examination…he served up a HR to the SECOND hitter he faced.  Also..no strikeouts in the inning he pitched.  Something worth monitoring there.

March 31, 2011 was the Day of the Set Up Man.  6 games…3 Wins by set up men (Pat Neshek, Joba Chamberlain, and the 6’8″ Logan Ondrusek.  He doesn’t even have a picture in his Yahoo profile).  I wouldn’t go scouring the waiver wire for these guys….you can trust me, they are most likely available in any league where Holds isn’t a category.

Today it was all the #1 starters opposing one another.  Derek Lowe, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum all allowed 0 ERs although Lincecum picked up the L….against Kershaw.

Austin Jackson of the Detroit Tigers looks like he picked up where he left off last year leading the AL in strikeouts.  3 more for him today against the Yankees.

Brandon Belt, the rookie 1B for the SF Giants was a big story out of Spring Training.  He ended up getting the start today, batted seventh and singled in his first MLB AB.  Keep an eye on him.  Interesting to see what the team does when Roy Halladay’s pal Cody Ross comes off the DL.

Speaking of Halladay, he’s starting off the Phillies season tomorrow at 1:00  on ESPN against the Astros.  The #1 starter for the Astros opposing him is Ex-Philly Randy Myers. That’s 1 of 11 games scheduled for Friday.  Make sure to check your lineups if you’re in a daily league these first few days.  Teams play sporadically when the season starts.

The last piece of news for today…consensus #1 overall fantasy pick Albert Pujols made history today.  This may be the only time this season you find him in the Fantasy NOT category.  Pujols was 0-5 with 3 GIDP.  A bit of advice for you…and if you need this advice I have no idea why you are reading this post.  KEEP HIM IN YOUR LINEUP!