Category Archives: Fantasy News and Notes

The Freak’s freak showing.

And that’s “freak showing” in a bad way. A real bad way.

Lincecum struggled against the lowly Padres on Sunday.

Lincecum struggled against the lowly Padres on Sunday.

The San Francisco Giant’s Cy Young award  winner Tim Lincecum is struggling to the tune of a 7.56 ERA and an 0-1 record through his first two starts. That doesn’t seem like too huge a deal, but one of those starts came against the measly, beleaguered San Diego Padres.

In the fantasy world, Lincecum’s struggles are a blessing and a curse. On the curse side, Lincecum owners are likely weary and pissed off after spending a premier draft pick on him. On the bless side, non-owners are chomping at the bit for another poor outing, hoping to buy the superstar while he’s low.

There’s been no mention of injury from the Giant’s camp and it’s highly likely that Lince’s just getting settled in. After watching both games in some capacity, it’s apparent to me that his two-seamer and straight fastball seem to be riding up-and-in on righties and up-and-out to lefties. He’s also having trouble keeping his curve in the strike zone. Both of those problems indicate a simple mechanics issue to me. His change, which is usually not considered his out pitch, has looked real nice though.

During the offseason many looked at Lincecum as a dropoff candidate due to his high IP totals last year. That, coupled with his recent struggles, make him a perfect buy-low candidate if he struggles in outing #3.

I’ll be offering this year’s first Cy Young candidate, Texas’ Kevin Millwood.

That was sarcasm.

Some valuable pickups (that are still actually available).

By now, everyone knows that Emilio Bonifacio is tearing it up as the Marlin’s leadoff man and that Adam Lind is raking in Toronto. Chances are, if your league is competitive at all, they’re dead and gone. But there’s still a few guys available out there who can provide some lightning in a bottle or at least provide some value while your regular position players bust out of slumps.

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I’m not starting Greinke.

And you shouldn’t either.

Zack Greinke, arguably the Royals ace, goes up against the Chicago White Sox in a battle between AL Central teams today. According to Yahoo! the hurler is 0-6 with a 7.78 ERA at U.S. Cellular Field. With a 3-8 overall record against the team and an ERA hovering right around 5.00, he’s a risky play at best.

Of course, Greinke will now pitch a no hitter and you’ll all want my head on a platter. I’ll try to get some other pitcher predictions up by this afternoon.

American League news and notes from day one.

Cleveland at Texas – Kevin Millwood pitched seven extremely strong innings at home, limiting the Indians to only one run and five hits. Millwood also pitched well last April so keep an eye out as he is a former All Star and can still have some value. Cliff Lee, on the other hand, got his ass handed to him, surrendering seven runs through just five full innings. Lee usually struggles in Spring Training (0-3, 12.63 ERA through six starts this offseason) so maybe he’s just nurturing some lingering control issues. Also, Texas shortstop and sleeper prospect Elvis Andrus scored his first major league run.

New York at Baltimore Jeremy Guthrie limited the Yanks to three runs through six innings, while CC Sabathia struggled mightily. The big lefthander was shown on the Yes Network with a heat pack on his abdomen, a condition that has ailed him before. Yankee’s rookie Brett Gardner looked good in the box and in the field, going 1-3 with an outfield assist. Gardner could be a real asset in leagues this year if he can get on base, scores some runs, and steal some bags. Baltimore brought my speculated closer-in-wings Chris Ray out in the seventh where he promptly gave up a two run jack to Hideki Matsui.

Detroit at Toronto – Travis Snider, one of my top 5 prospects, smashed his first homer of the year off Justin Verlander. Adam Lind, the perennial breakout candidate, drove in six. Verlander’s stuff was almost there yesterday, but he struggled to control his change up and Toronto capitalized to the tune of eight runs in 3.2 innings. Yuck. One more bad outing and people are going to be looking to move the struggling ace.

Seattle at Minnesota Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings, striking out six. Miguel Batista came in to pitch a scoreless ninth. Obviously he’s not going to take Brandon Morrow’s place at closer, but he could be Ken Wakamatsu’s next-in-line. Francisco Liriano, in his first Opening Day start, pitched seven solid innings, allowing four runs on four hits.

Oakland at Los Angeles – Oakland did not have the bats working, clocking only three hits off four different Angel’s pitchers. Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth, a marked difference from his miserable spring.