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Fantasy Baseball is War- The National League Report
Posted By Mo Johnson On May 3 2011 @ 8:15 pm In Fantasy Baseball | No Comments
Let’s take a quick look around the anti-DH senior cicuit:
Arizona Diamondbacks- Ian Kennedy  has an ERA under 4, as of Sunday the next lowest ERA among the starting rotation was …..5.46 by Armando Galarraga . That’s TERRIBLE. If you want to look for rebound potential in the staff, keep an eye on Daniel Hudson . Offensively Kelly Johnson  is making last year’s success look like a fluke as he is hitting under the Mendoza line so far. He should rebound to at least mediocrity.
Atlanta Braves- Lowball for Dan Uggla  now, clearly he is not a under .200 hitter. As I said on the closer report, Craig Kimbrel’s true value wouldn’t be decided until after he got punched in the mouth. Well he took two to the jaw with back to back blown saves. I suspect he will be fine, so if you own him don’t panic….yet. Just monitor his next couple of outings, and hope he comes back strong.
Chicago Cubs- 247, 227, 196. Those are Carlos Pena’s respective batting averages over the last 3 years. So there is no reason to be optimistic about a turn around to his .159 start. He is what the numbers say he is. Who is NOT what the numbers say are Alfonso Soriano  and Matt Garza . Alfonso Soriano is hitting home runs like he is 28 again. Ride him while he’s hot but at 35 he can’t be trusted to keep it up. Matt Garza started out slow but seems to be pulling it together. He should be a good starter the rest of the way. Ryan Dempster on the other hand is officially a question mark. They say he is healthy and his velocity is fine, which means he should figure it out, but I am not holding my breath.
Cincinnati Reds- I told ya’ll Mr. Votto  was the truth! (There is also an interesting blog about Votto on the Reds blog page here ) Ok now that I finished my victory lap it seems that Jay Bruce  may be turning it around. I LOVE this kid, and have been acquiring him in leagues where owners had decided to give up on him. Edinson Volquez  is still way too inconsistent for my tastes but he has looked a lot better in his last has two starts.
Colorado Rockies- Ubaldo Jimenez  has looked very mediocre to start the season. He should turn it around although you can’t expect him to ever get as hot as he was the first half of last season. Yes Jhoulys Chacin  really is good. Carlos Gonzalez’s  slow start makes him an obvious trade target. Of course it’s so obvious you may not be able to get a discount at all.
Florida Marlins- Josh Johnson  will win a Cy Young someday. More interestingly Ricky Nolasco  has been pitching well. It looks like he may finally offer up that quality season owners expected last season. Leo Nunez has been good as gold. Hanley Ramirez  has been less than impressive so far, and quite frankly has me a little nervous. His home run total has dropped for three straight seasons prior to this one. I’d still say he is a buy low trade candidate but I’ve slightly adjusted my projections for him downward.
Houston Astros- As of Sunday Brett Wallace  was hitting an amazing .382 but his power has yet to come. He may not homer much this season, but the fact that he is figuring out major league pitching is promising for keeper league owners. Carlos Lee , who I believe is finished, bruised his ribs on Sunday. If it turns out to be for any period of time keep an eye out on Jason Bourgeois as the speedster has done well when given the opportunity this season. For years I believed Hunter Pence  was not as good as advertised. I have adjusted my opinion some. I think he truly is good, but being in that lackluster line-up makes him a mediocre fantasy option.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Jonathan Broxton  is never returning to his dominate self; it is time to let that idea go. Ted Lilly  should settle down and be fine at the middle or back end of your fantasy rotation. Matt Kemp  is super talented, but he has had prolonged slumps before. Andre Eithier  is another fine talent playing above his means. Not that I am saying either should be dealt, but you just can’t expect either to stay at this pace. Jerry Sands  has not done much with his first look in the majors. He is someone to keep an eye on though, especially in keeper leagues.
Milwaukee Brewers- Zack Greinke  will likely make his season debut this week. I would suggest that owners wait until next week before placing him in line-ups if you have an alternative. While Yovani Gallardo is inconsistent due to command issues he is much better than he is shown so far. When he is right he is an upper level talent.
New York Mets- Ok, I am just going to say it. Chris Young  is an elite pitching talent. He proves it every time he is healthy. The problem is his arm is made out of wet toilet paper and can fall apart at any time. In weekly leagues, he should be amongst your first pick-ups whenever he has a 2 week start. I like Josh Thole  but the kid better start hitting SOON now that Ronny Paulino is back.
Philadelphia Phillies- The Phillies vaunted rotation has made many overlook how mediocre the bats have been so far. The main missing piece, Chase Utley , may indeed be nearing a rehab stint but the high level of caution combined with the lack of information coming from the organization leaves me doubting that he will return any time soon. Also on the mend is Dominic Brown , who was activated from the DL and sent to AAA. Once he proves healthy, he will likely be brought back to the majors where a logjam of corner outfielders will ensue. Fantasy numbers will likely suffer all around until someone gets hot enough to take control. One of the candidates, Raul Ibanez  may be playing himself right out of the line-up with his struggles so far.
Pittsburg Pirates- I thought Andrew McCutchen  was slightly overhyped coming into the season. But his early struggles may have transformed him into a buy low candidate.
San Diego Padres- I quite frankly almost fell out of my chair when I saw their TEAM batting average of .213. I think ESPN’s Matthew Berry  is a fantasy genius, but I want to fight him for tricking me in believing in Will Venable . In truth Venable may turn it around and Nick Hundley  may be worth keeping an eye on in 2 catcher leagues but the line-up is just dreadful. On the pitching side, that thud you here is Aaron Harang  remembering who he is and falling back to earth. Because of his spring training injury Matt Latos  is still just getting his sea legs under him. It may take him a little while but he will likely be worth the wait.
St Louis Cardinals- Tony LaRussa  has been a pain in the booty for fantasy owners for a while now. And here we go again, as he has gone to the dreaded closer by committee. Mitchell Boggs  will likely get more save chances then the others, but I’d avoid them all if possible. If you have Lance Berkman  do yourself a favor and try to deal that man as he will never keep playing at the rate he is now.
San Francisco Giants- I thought I saw small signs of regression and passed on Tim Lincecum  in my drafts, looks like the joke is on me. I should never doubt The Freak. On the other hand Aubrey Huff  has been plain bad. Since he hates me, watch Huff start hitting again now that I’ve finally dumped him. Both Matt Cain  and Madison Bumgarner will be better then they have been until now.
Washington Nationals- Ryan Zimmerman  is expected to miss another 6 weeks. His injury is not only crippling his owners but causing problems throughout the Nationals line-up. Their line-up was thin WITH him in, without him they are plain awful. With that said Jayson Werth  should come around. I think the change in ball parks and line-up will hinder his numbers, but not to the degree it has so far. And I expect the entire line-up will improve once Zimmerman rejoins them.
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URLs in this post:
 Ian Kennedy: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ian-kennedy/478667
 Armando Galarraga: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/armando-galarraga/481857
 Daniel Hudson: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/daniel-hudson/669935
 Kelly Johnson: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/kelly-johnson/335141
 Dan Uggla: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/dan-uggla/364711
 Craig Kimbrel’s : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/craig-kimbrel/744581
 Carlos Pena’s : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/carlos-pena/104110
 Alfonso Soriano: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/alfonso-soriano/85247
 Matt Garza: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/matt-garza/413565
 Mr. Votto: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/joey-votto/443857
 here: http://prosportsblogging.com/mlb-baseball/cincinnati-reds/is-cincinnati-reds-joey-vott0-the-best-position-player-in-the-national-league/
 Jay Bruce: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jay-bruce/516709
 Edinson Volquez: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/edinson-volquez/348643
 Ubaldo Jimenez: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ubaldo-jimenez/423501
 Jhoulys Chacin: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jhoulys-chacin/661011
 Carlos Gonzalez’s: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/carlos-gonzalez/443811
 Josh Johnson: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/josh-johnson/351591
 Ricky Nolasco: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ricky-nolasco/395287
 Leo Nunez : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/leo-nunez/303653
 Hanley Ramirez: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/hanley-ramirez/288165
 Brett Wallace: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1630094/brett-wallace
 Carlos Lee: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/carlos-lee/85051
 Jason Bourgeois : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jason-bourgeois/765800
 Hunter Pence: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/hunter-pence/443847
 Jonathan Broxton: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jonathan-broxton/341541
 Ted Lilly: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ted-lilly/85249
 Matt Kemp: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/matt-kemp/408705
 Andre Eithier: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/andre-ethier/388087
 Jerry Sands: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jerry-sands/1266998
 Zack Greinke: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/zack-greinke/154677
 Yovani Gallardo : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/yovani-gallardo/441789
 Chris Young: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/chris-young/220839
 Josh Thole: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/josh-thole/670335
 Ronny Paulino : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ronny-paulino/139919
 Chase Utley: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/chase-utley/139827
 Dominic Brown: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/players/playerpage/1597678
 Raul Ibanez: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/raul-ibanez/85134
 Andrew McCutchen: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/andrew-mccutchen/443793
 Matthew Berry: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/fantasy/matthewberry
 Will Venable: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/will-venable/571879
 Nick Hundley: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/nick-hundley/553459
 Aaron Harang: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/aaron-harang/104498
 Matt Latos: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/mat-latos/808581
 Tony LaRussa: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Tony-LaRussa-8217-s-daughter-is-an-Oakland-Raid?urn=nfl-wp1180
 Mitchell Boggs: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/mitchell-boggs/547061
 Lance Berkman: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/lance-berkman/85548
 Tim Lincecum: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/tim-lincecum/443795
 Aubrey Huff: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/aubrey-huff/86024
 Matt Cain : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/matt-cain/288281
 Madison Bumgarner : http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/madison-bumgarner/765852
 Ryan Zimmerman: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/ryan-zimmerman/348527
 Jayson Werth: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/player/jayson-werth/103964
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