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.
Yahoo! fantasy football opened up for registration today! I've already set up one league and the draft is coming up.... in 95 days. That is a long wait. Anyway, it's time to do some recruiting. I am looking for two clans/gangs of managers. Anyone who has a group of regulars they do battle against, who thinks they can take on the Abbot and the Drunk Monks aka the Million Dollar Man-agers can step up.
I hate Kevin Gregg (how's that for an opener?). I'm willing to bet many more people hate Gregg after his five walk, Blown Save implosion tonight. Just check out the above Inning Summary, his line is too disgusting for me to type it. I can't do it. No. Gregg has lost his closing job two years in a row (in Chicago and Florida) and he's looking for the turkey. Even before tonight his May numbers were terrible (5.11 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 2 BS). I don't think my solar powered calculator can crunch the huge numbers from tonight at this time of day. I might need a gas powered calculator for his performance, that's how bad it was.