July 28, 2012
Fantasy Fare: MLB trade deadline fallout
By JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency
The trades are coming now in both quantity and quality, at least they are for American League-only pools that are getting the influx of major-league talent from the NL. Here is the potential fantasy impact of recent deals made before noon on Saturday:
Zack Greinke LAA: His trade to the Angels on Friday, and return to the AL, will make him the prize catch on the waiver wire this week. A few rough outings lately, but he’ll be supported by a powerful hitting lineup and a lights-out closer and is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA against AL teams this season.
Anibal Sanchez DET: Had a rough Tigers debut on Saturday against the Blue Jays, but should still be a popular pickup. He was a proven workhorse with the Marlins, with a career 3.75 ERA and 7.6 K/9 rate, who should now improve his 5-7 season record with better run support. Drew Smyly or Rick Porcello may be the odd man out of the Tigers rotation.
Omar Infante DET: Solid numbers are still being propped up by a torrid first seven weeks, when he batted .340 with six of his eight HRs. Since then, he’s been more as expected — .247 with six SBs. But he’ll continue to be a low-end everyday player, replacing the low-hitting committee the Tigers had been using at 2B all year. Versatile Emilio Bonifacio takes over for Infante in Miami, leaving a hole in the OF.
Ryan Roberts TB: He’ll play 3B until Evan Longoria returns, then likely move over to fill the Rays’ black hole at 2B. His first-game HR aside, this year’s pedestrian numbers for the D-Backs suggest his near-20/20 year in 2011 was simply a Cinderella season. He’s also moving to a tougher ball park to hit in, but no doubt will be of particular interest to A-Rod owners.
Brett Myers CHW: Robin Ventura says Addison Reed is still his closer, but the manager’s track record on such matters says not to believe him. The rookie Reed may start to feel some playoff-chase pressure down the stretch (if he hasn’t already) and Myers provides a veteran alternative.
Coming soon, perhaps: Francisco Liriano, Ryan Dempster, Cliff Lee, James Shields and perhaps even Josh Johnson.
Ichiro Suzuki NYY: Like all Mariners, he hit better away from Safeco. But while some feel he’s washed up, leading off at Yankee Stadium half of the time is going to re-energize him. Carlos Peguero replaces him in Seattle.
Hanley Ramirez LAD: We all know what he is capable of. Maybe the Dodgers being in a pennant race will bring it out more consistently. At worst, his RBI totals could spike hitting behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Recent callup Donovan Solano (.317, 3 SBs) is Miami’s first choice right now at 3B.
Wandy Rodriguez PIT: Numbers won’t be overly affected staying in the same division, but his win total should get a boost as long as the Bucs remain in the playoff hunt. Armando Galarraga returns to take his place in the Astros rotation.
Nathan Eovaldi MIA: Solid prospect lugged a 1-6 record and a 4.15 ERA into Saturday’s Miami debut but will likely be a rotation fixture the rest of the way.
Marco Scutaro SF: Veteran SS won’t be helped moving from the majors’ most hitter-friendly facility in Coors Field to it’s least in AT&T Park.
With fantasy rating out of 5
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Looked like the next Stephen Strasburg in his highly anticipated MLB debut Thursday, though he managed only a paltry 11 Ks (in just 5.1 IPs) and had ’Zona hitters swinging and missing all night. (Strasburg had 14 Ks in his first outing for the Nats in ’09). Harvey and his dominant slider have the chance to be something special.
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Had an equally impressive MLB debut Thursday, launching the first pitch he saw for a HR and adding a single in a 2-for-4 night. The Bucs will let him play every day to see if his power (12 HRs in triple-A) and speed (21 SBs) can put them over the top for their first playoff berth in two decades.
He’s been on the fantasy scrap heap for years with back woes but, with A-Rod out, former A’s slugger should be in against most starting RHPs until September. Was hitting .266 with 8 HRs in part-time duty. Day-to-day after taking a pitch off his shin Friday.
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A high-average line-drive machine in the minors, RH bat has hit safely in 10 of 13 starts since being called up from double-A. Has 15-HR, 20-SB potential and his stock just went up with new that Troy Tulowitzki is not expected back any time soon. Batting .365 with 3 SBs so far.
Michael Cuddyer COL
Day games: 105 ABs, 1 HR, .181
Night games: 233 ABs, 13 HRs, .292
HOT AND NOT
Starting pitchers the past month
Paul Maholm PIT
5-0, 0.94, 0.89
Michael Fiers MIL
2-2, 0.83, 36 Ks
Jason Vargas SEA
4-0, 1.46, 1.05
Homer Bailey CIN
4-0, 1.43, 1.04
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Jon Lester BOS
0-3, 10.42, 2.11
Tim Lincecum SF
1-3, 6.84, 1.59
Here we go again. Evan Longoria (hamstring) is finally back out on his second minor-league rehab stint. We’d give him another week before re-activating him, just to be sure … Reports of Troy Tulowitzki (groin) being shut down for the year appear to be false … Jayson Werth (wrist) and Chris Iannetta (wrist) can likely go back in your lineup this week … Frank Francisco (knee) should be back for Monday’s game … Colby Lewis (elbow) is done for the year … While rehabbing his elbow Friday, Shaun Marcum felt tightness in his shoulder … Out all season, Brett Anderson (elbow) is pitching in triple-A … Placido Polanco (back) has landed on the DL … Pablo Sandoval is back on the shelf with a sore hamstring ... Matt Wieters (hip) and Jim Thome (neck) are day-to-day.
I’ve had bad pitching days before, but few like Friday. Josh Tomlin started by giving up 8 runs in 4 innings. That was the good part. That night, three normally reliable RPs (Jim Johnson, Alexi Ogando and Sean Doolittle) all choked. Total line: 8 innings, 19 earned runs, 22 base-runners, four lost points in the standings. I feel sick.
-- STATISTICS DO NOT INCLUDE SATURDAY'S GAMES --