Archive for March 2009

Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 31 March 2009 (Issue 9)

March 31, 2009

Brad Ziegler may start the season as the closer for the A’s because of Joey Devine‘s elbow problems.
Scott Downs won’t be a co-closer with B.J. Ryan, but he will receive significant opportunities to close this season.
Jason Bergmann will start the season at closer if Joel Hanrahan is not yet ready.
Daniel Murphy will bat second for the Mets. If Jose Reyes gets on, the distraction could give him some pitches to hit, and with David Wright batting third, he should score a lot of runs. Luis Castillo will now bat eighth.
Although Victor Martinez will play first base a lot, Kelly Shoppach is still not a good pick at catcher, because there is too much competition at DH, and he can’t play any other positions.

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Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 30 March 2009 (Issue 8)

March 30, 2009

By now you’ve learned a few things, hopefully:

  • Roles in baseball change every day.
  • This column is not published every day.

Unlike my daily show, which records an episode, well, daily, there are a few things that make this column different from the show:

  • If I miss a day because I am on vacation, there is no column.
  • If nothing happened yesterday, there is no column. This will happen a lot in the offseason.
  • This column is actually informative and entertaining, which the show is not.

Also, I only go back 24-48 hours in my reports. If enough of you legitimately use my column as your fantasy sports bible, I can go into greater detail when I skip days, but I just don’t see this to be the case. So with that established, let’s see what’s going on.

It’s often said not to waste high draft picks on starting pitching. Of course, it depends on what your fellow GMs do on draft day. Everyone is a good bargain at some point. But in general, you want to use those early picks on a shallow position, such as third base, shortstop or second base. Then, you can pay attention to your waiver wire, and pick up someone like Ricky Romero. If he has a quality start (6 IP or more, 3 ER or less), snatch him up. He’ll hurt your WHIP a bit, but he otherwise can create some nice fantasy numbers.

Brandon Morrow will close in Seattle. Kevin Gregg has beat out Carlos Marmol to do the same for the Cubs.
Carlos Villanueva will close in Milwaukee while Trevor Hoffman is out.

Brett Anderson
and Trevor Cahill are the No. 4 and 5 starters for Oakland.
Anthony Reyes will be the No. 5 starter in Cleveland.
Ross Ohlendorf has made the Pirates’ starting rotation.

Episode 983 is up

March 30, 2009

Episode 982 is up

March 30, 2009

Episode 981 is up

March 30, 2009

Episode 980 is up

March 29, 2009

Episode 979 is up

March 27, 2009

Fantasy Baseball Strategy Guide and News for 26 March 2009 (Issue 7)

March 26, 2009

I’m surprised at the amount of feedback I have received so far with this little newsletter. The consensus is pretty clear:

  • Tell me when pitchers become or are no longer starters.
  • Tell me when pitchers become or are no longer closers.
  • Tell me when hot prospects get called up.
  • Tell me who injury replacements are.
  • Go get a real job.

This makes sense. Why read something for 10 minutes when 90% of it is stuff you already know about or can’t do anything about? So with that in mind, here is your ever-evolving newsletter.

Danys Baez is no longer competing for a SP slot. He’s not going to return to closing, so you can simply forget about him.
Adam Everett hurt his ankle yesterday in the first inning when he slid awkwardly into second on a double. It’s understandable, considering how out of practice he is when it comes to extra-base hits. His replacement would be Ramon Santiago.

Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 14, 25 March 2009 Playlist

March 25, 2009

Pericardium, Unattainable
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phenomena
Jen Wood, Bronze Wand
The Redwalls, Modern Diet
Von Bondies, C’Mon C’Mon
Martha Wainwright, Who Was I Kidding?
Lal Meri, Bad Things
Von Iva, Guise
The Watson Twins, How Am I to Be
Blue Jungle, Loser
Veruca Salt, Closer
The Qemists, On the Run
Bjork, Pagan Poetry
Versus, Shooting Star
Alela Diane, Age Old Blue
Visqueen, Look Alive
The Bad Plus, Barracuda
The Virgin-Whore Complex, Golden Nights
Velocette, Bitterscene
These Are Powers, Double Double Yolk
Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco, Anarchy
20 Minute Loops, Pilot Loop
The Godshills, The Unclean Spirit
Twigs, Eleven
Tsunami Bomb, No Good Very Bad Day
Astronauts of Antiquity, Everywhere
Tuscadero, Holidays R’ Hell
The Trolleyvox, I Call on You
The Handcuffs, Electroluv
Tracy + the Plastics, Knit a Claw
Throat Sprocket, Savage Love
Jennifer Trynin, One Year Down
Touch My Rash, Single by Choice
Tom Tom Club, Who Feelin’ It
Te, Poem Is Just a Lonely Solace Shared by a Master of the Sick-Minded and the Solitary
Tilt, Viewers Like You
Tiger Trap, Puzzle Pieces
Mistress Stephanie and her Melodic Cat, Weimar
Tilly and the Wall, Jumbler
The Ting Tings, Be the One
Amadou & Miriam, Sabali
Mary Timony, Return to Pirates
Throwing Muses, Backroad
The Love Language, Lalita
That Dog, Did You Ever
Jenny Toomey, Your Inarticulate Boyfriend
Sik Luv and the Cold Hearted Dames, Switchblade King
Tegan and Sara, Speak and Slow
Blair Tefkin, Looks Like Love
Duffy, Live and Let Die
Suran Song in Stag, Essence Rare
The Sugarcubes, Happy Nurse
Paul John, Impetus (feat. Supernova)
Subdebs, Give It Up
Stereolab, Wow and Flutter
Company of Thieves, Ordinary Riches
Marnie Stern, Grapefruit
Stereo Total, Les Lapins
Cock and Swan, Morning’s Window
Garrison Starr, Rebel
Staci Twigg, You Hailed on Me
Concrete Blonde, It’s Only Money
Star 69, Lay Me
Spiritualized, Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Mynx, Kissie Show
Mirah and Spectratone International, Share This Place
The Soviettes, Photograph
The Decks, What You Said
Rebecca Gates, Move
Nora Orlandi, Soho
The Softies, Over
Angus & Julia Stone, Hollywood
Andrea Doria, Bucci Bag
The Rocking Horse Winner, Horizon

Episode 978 is up

March 25, 2009