What are you going to do if you're stuck with the 7th pick in a snake draft? CJ, AP, MJD, Rice, Gore and Turner are gone. Andre Johnson? Would you take a thirty-sum dollar WR after a handful of $55-$70 RB were just selected? You want Steven Jackson after back surgery? Want to show off your cojones and take Mendenhall, Greene or Mathews? I know you are smart enough to avoid a QB in the first and second round. You don't have to worry about not having a top six pick in auction drafts. Everyone is available and players are drafted at their true price rather than where they fall. Snake drafts are a thing of the past and Cash Rules Everything in an Auction Man. How are you spending your dollar dollar bills y'all?
Darrius Heyward-Bey. Just saying that name makes some people nauseous and some violently ill. GHB was likely involved in making Heyward-Bey the 7th choice in the 2009 NFL draft. The intoxicating effects of DHB had Al Davis raving one minute and sleeping the next. Al woke up to find a salty taste in his mouth, an empty feeling inside and a 9-124-1 line from his prized wide receiver. Even with the embarrassment that comes from waking up with your pants around your ankles, Al is still drinking the Kool-Aid. I'm not sure what it is, maybe someone slipped me a mickey, but ole MDS is starting to warm up and feel the same fuzzy feelings for Darrius.
Zack Greinke is hanging with a bad crowd. When you think of the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, you don't picture him mingling with fantasy hooligans like Luis Atilano, Nick Blackburn, John Lannan and Brad Bergesen. Looking at his Contact Percentages, that is exactly what he is doing. Is Greinke a bad seed or a product of his environment? Do we turn a blind eye to his actions? Do we send him packing like those lazy kids on the reality TV show, World's Strictest Parents? Fantasy owners are growing tired of Greinke's behavior on the mound and they have turned to Dr. Phil MDS for answers.
Pittsburgh is expected to call up Jose Tabata for today's game against the Washington Strasburgs. Tabata has quietly put together a nice season at Triple-A for the Indianapolis Indians in the International League. He hit .308 with 42 Runs, 3 HR, 19 RBI and 25 SB in 53 games, his 25 SB leads the league. Obviously Tabata is not a power play, but he should be useful in most leagues. So what should we expect from the once prized Yankee prospect?
Check it, direct it. Let's begin. Starbonell Station is back and yours truly will play the role of guest emcee. We'll rap about Stephen Strasburg, Mike Stanton and we'll review the block buster movie, Good Burger. OK, there won't be any Good Burger action, but you don't want to miss the live radio show anyway.Thursday, 7:30 Central
We're pouring over some nerd stats courtesy of Fangraphs. Let's dig around for some of the Starting Pitchers who have experienced some good luck through the first two months of the season. We're looking at Batting Average of Balls in Play, the base hits that get past the defense and Home Run per Fly Ball Percentage, the percentage of fly balls that go over the fence. There are pitchers who have the skills to excel in these statistical categories, but for the most part, these stats are considered luck based. Tape up your eye wear, grab a glass of ovaltine and let's do some homework.
No intro, nothing fancy, just some good old fantasy baseball notes....
The Marlins are expected to call up Mike Stanton early next week. Color me skeptical here. I've been burned by Alex Gordon in the past and I've seen many more burned by another AA MVP, Brandon Wood. Wood once hit .321 with 43 HR (100 extra base hits) in AA ball. He struck out at a 24% clip that year and Stanton is striking out at a 28% rate (51 K in 180 AB). It really bothers me that he wasn't promoted to AAA. Is it fair to shrug off Stanton because of past AA all star struggles? Of course not. At least Stanton has a decent eye (40 walks, 51 strike outs). I think his ceiling this year is Adam Dunn-lite numbers. The floor is Brandon Wood. With all the hype, I'd look to sell on him now before he strikes out 30 times in his first 80 at bats.