Matt Kemp has been on fire lately, but was it enough to overtake Jose Bautista? Photo Credit: Cbl62
Oh yes, it is once again time for the Top 100 Fantasy Baseballers. We're 10 weeks into the season, it's time for an update. We have over 10 newcomers joining the ranks, including the resurgent David Ortiz and everyone's newest heart throb, Mike Morse. One of those Johnny-come-latelys, however, was not Derek Jeter. He still smells like the poo. Alright, enough small talk. Make the jump the see the risers and fallers, make the jump to see the Top 100 Fantasy Baseballers.
Starbo's Ma' Dukes Lives La Vida Loca Photo Credit: Steven Damron
It looks like your boy Cheeks burst onto the scene at just the right time. I'm writing this slightly after 8:00 PM eastern time, and we've already had three game cancellations. Hopefully you were able to make the required adjustments following my warning yesterday. Things aren't looking much better for tomorrow's schedule as the average MLB field looks to be wetter than Starbonell's mom after watching a Ricky Martin video. Let get down to the nitty gritty:
WAS vs. NYM: 90% chance of thunderstorms all night long. Decent chance of a second straight PPD for Citi Field.
NYY vs. BAL: There is an 89% chance of thunderstorms in Baltimore up until 11:00 PM, at which point it only gets slightly better with a 56% chance for the rest of the night. Not looking good.
COL vs. PHI: 90% chance of thunderstorms until 11:00 PM, when it only gets slightly better with a 75%. Looking even worse.
DET vs. BOS: 80% chance of thunderstorms all night long.
PIT vs. CIN: 45% chance of rain showers throughout the night. Maybe a delay or two, but a pretty safe bet to get the game in.
It's definitely not party time in Larry Wayne's world. Photo Credit: Keith Allison
In a shocking turn of events (I hope you’re sitting down for this), Chipper Jones and Grady Sizemore are injured! I wish I was their physical therapist, these two guys could single-handedly keep my office in business. The fact that these guys suffered injuries should surprise no one; they have medical charts the size of Webster’s Dictionary. What is worth commenting on, however, is what to expect in terms of recovery time and future production. That’s where I come in. Is there a better fantasy sports injury analyst out there than me? NO. So pay attention, I’m about to educate you.
When it rains, it pours with Jorge Posada jokes. Photo Credit: Googie man
There is nothing more annoying then setting your lineup only to have that bitch Mother Nature rain on your parade. Like last week when the Mets/Rockies game was rained out and I had Carlos Beltran waste a roster spot while Jason Kubel and his four RBIs sat on my bench. In any league with daily transactions, especially head-to-head leagues, these seemingly minor choices can be the difference between victory and defeat. That's why your boy Cheeks is here to save the day. Aside from being a fantasy basketball genius, world renowned humanitarian, and beer pong Hall of Famer, I'm also an accredited weatherologist (that's right, I said weatherologist). So check back here at Sons of Roto every day to get the report on what games may get the dreaded PPD before setting your lineup. I ain't no bitch like Al Roker though, so I won't waste any time with frills or birthday wishes for old people.
Now, the forecasts for Tuesday's games:
There are a ton of potential weather-related problems on Tuesday. Must be that time of the month for Mother Nature.
PIT vs. WAS: This game is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM and there is actually a 93% chance of rain all day and night beginning at 1:00. 93% of the time you really shouldn't be starting any Nats or Pirates anyway, so make sure you have these guys on your bench.
BAL vs. BOS: 95% chance of rain showers from game time at 7:00 PM through midnight, so pretty good chance of a PPD.
NYM vs. FLA: 94% chance of thunderstorms all night long. Not looking good.
LAA vs. OAK: 65% chance of showers throughout the night.
CHC vs. CIN: 60% chance of showers throughout the night.
MIL vs. LAD: 76% chance of showers beginning at 7:00 PM, decreasing to 42% from 8-12 so looks like a best case scenario would be a delayed start.
NYY vs. TB: The game is being played in a dome, so no real problems on the field. However there is a 100% chance of wet conditions in the Yankee locker room due to Jorge Posada's tears.
We're close to wrapping up week six of the fantasy baseball season. Teams are beginning to form an identity in head-to-head leagues and the roto standings are starting to show a little stability. Is it time to start paying attention to the league statistics? Were you doing so already? Are you ignoring them until we get deeper into the season? Because we've only played against half (or fewer) of the teams in head-to-head leagues, we'll restrict this question to rotisserie leagues. When do you start paying attention to and caring about the league stats/standings?
We're rolling without the introductory theme today. We're using the Sarah Plain and Tall title and diving straight into the recap. Same rules apply: we're talking about the lesser-owned players in fantasy baseball and closing it up with a little MLB bullpen news. Meet me after the jump.
Breaking news: Jorge Posada has asked out of the lineup for Saturday's game after being informed he was due to bat ninth.
Not breaking news: Jorge Posada is an asshole.
Keep in mind that I am a die-hard Yankee fan, but I'm not one of those blindly loyal dudes that supports every player in pinstripes no matter what. I wanted Don Mattingly out when his decline started and I'll be the first to tell you that Derek Jeter blows these days. My annoyance with Posada really began in 2000, when his routine "routine ground balls" during the playoffs did nothing to dispel the notion that he was a "clutch" hitter (he has a .241/.349/.381 career line in the post-season). But my real disdain for Posada started when Joe Girardi was made manager. I was all about Girardi replacing Joe Torre (who, in my opinion, is one of the most overrated managers ever), but Posada was not pleased with the move according to insiders. Posada took it a step further in 2009 when he was openly critical of Girardi opting to pair Jose Molina with A.J. Burnett in the post-season. Burnett went on to pitch well in pivotal Game Twos of the ALCS and World Series, making Posada look like an idiot. Posada continued his "I know more than everyone else" tour this offseason by insisting he could still catch a full season, even though it was clear to everyone with a pair of eyes that his defense behind the plate had deteriorated to well-below average level.
Now he's "insulted" that Girardi has told him to bat ninth and retirement rumors are swirling. As of this writing, the Yanks are locked up with the Red Sox in an AL East battle, with Posada reportedly set to make some sort of announcement or address to the media after the contest. Here's hoping the large-legged freak realizes the error of his ways, or hangs up his cleats.
From a fantasy perspective, Posada has looked terrible. He's hitting .165 and while his BABIP sits at .164, it's for a good reason. Posada owns a terrible 11.4 LD% and 48.1 GB%; both career-worst marks. I still believe that if he plays for the remainder of the season, he'll still finish as a top 12 fantasy backstop since he can still hit for power (six of his 18 hits are HRs) and should presumably pick up his BA as the season wears on. That being said, he would still be a terrible BA contributor and would essentially be (at best) a two category asset (HR and RBI).
If he chooses to retire, the fantasy owner in me will be a bit upset that I'm losing a starting backstop in Million Dollar Sleeper's Blog Wars, but the Yankee fan in me will be happy to see this cantankerous old man walk away in a disgraceful manner befitting his arrogant demeanor. Fuck Jorge Posada.
The Top 100 baseball rankings are overdue for an update. They haven't received a fresh coat of paint since the season started. My god, someone named Hanley Ramirez is atop those rankings. How awful. I'm hoping to post a fresh set of ranks by Monday morning. I don't need your help, but I am interested in your opinion nonetheless. Who is your number one? If we (snake) drafted today, who would be atop your rankings?
A gang of socs from Arizona messed up Padilla-boy. He almost died on he mound. Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels
I own a few shares of Vicente Padilla so you'll have to forgive me while I root for the old man. How could you not cheer for the greaser who does his thing on the wrong side of town? Downtown L.A. can be rough, especially when you have Rob Lowe trying to keep you down. I know nothing stays golden, but I still want him to succeed. Vicente had a tough time tonight and needed a little help from a friend. While I try to figure out if Kenley Jansen is Two-Bit or Dallas, let's do a quick recap of what the lesser-owned players did on Friday with a little bullpen news to boot.
Thanks J, you're the only one who still believes in me. Photo Credit: David Shank
Well,well,well, time sure does go by fast. The MLB season is already over a month old. I know, this comes as a shock to most of you, heck I remember it like it was yesterday when I was going over my cheat sheets and drafting my teams. The season is well underway though, and as such, the stats and situations of certain players need to now be taken more seriously. Some hot starts and early slumps are now starting to dissolve, while others remain. The goal today is to highlight some of the continuing struggles and surprises of the young season. Let’s dig in shall we: