Posts Tagged ‘Major League’

Today’s Heroes: 4/23

Time for another installment of advice, counsel and worldly wisdom. More players, more advice, less talking. Before I get to it, though, I hope at least some of you caught the Thunder-Laker game last night. It was freaking awesome. Maryland may have the patent on the Gold Rush, Penn State on the White-Out, And the Cavs/Angels on Snuggie Records (Here’s the Angels’), but the Thunder just blew them all out of the water with what I’m calling Oklahoma Blue Balls.

Pre-Game Blue Ballin'

Derek Fisher gets balled while the Lakers get Blue Ball'd

  • Those of you in the know have either already picked up Justin Smoak or are kicking yourselves for missing out. Texas promoted him as Chris Davis struck out in his chance at the big leagues (much like he does far too often at the plate). I distinctly remember paying $20 for him last year and regretting it almost instantaneously. Man he sucks.
  • Clay Buchholz unfortunately has been dynamite this year, striking out 10 Rangers last night, but (*snickers*) still lost to the team in Arlington. Isn’t it hilarious when the Red Sox lose? I agree with you, everyone who reads this site but Collin. Buchholz should be owned in every league under the sun, but is inexplicably available in 57 of Yahoo! leagues. Go pick him up, if you can. Like, now. You can come back, I trust you.
  • More out of frustration than anything else, I’m combining the next two pieces of news to a single bullet. Ryan Zimmerman, who missed yesterday’s game, will miss today’s as well with a calf injury. This comes after already missing games with a hamstring problem. Willie Harris can’t solve everything, Ryan. Or should I say, Roger Dorn. Also, Miguel Olivo, who I dropped for Mike Napoli two days ago, per my post, homered again and is batting .303. That’s three homers and a steal on the year for the man who is making it his business to remove another Rhode Islander from the big leagues and to make me second-guess myself. What an ass.
  • Though Collin already regaled you of the tale of the Brewers’ beatdown of the Pirates, I feel the need to quickly re-hash a point I visited at length yesterday: Rickie Weeks‘ uncanny ability to cross the plate. He scored four times, or every time he reached base, yesterday, pushing his total on the year to 16, good for third in the majors. For every 550 ABs he’s had in the majors (or what I consider an average full season), he’s scored about 106 runs. Considering he bats leadoff, that’s a low full-season projection of ABs, and consequently runs. If he plays a full season, like I said yesterday, he will score 110+ runs, and threaten for 20/20, otherwise known as a sure-fire top-5 2b. Can you tell why I always fall into his trap?
  • Those of you looking for help at the corners, consider Casey Kotchman and Scott Rolen. I know, neither of these guys have been super fantasy-relevant during their careers, and neither are a spring chicken, but both of them have secure jobs in great positions in their lineups, both of them are absolutely raking right now, and both of them are available in more than 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Kotchman’s hitting behind Ichiro, Chone Figgins and Franklin Gutierrez – fast guys who get on base very well and need someone else to drive them in. Kotchman could be that guy with 100 RBI at the end of the year that no one realized. Rolen won’t have lasting success this year, he’s too old and to fragile, but he’s hit four homers so far, he’s in a great ballpark, in a solid lineup, so ride him while you can, if you have space.
  • Streamable guys for Saturday: The ever-impressive Doug Fister, of course. He’s facing the White Sox, who had four, count ’em four guys in the lineup batting under .200 yesterday, six under .220. They’re not very good. Fister has been amazing, so if you’re streaming, he looks great. Other good options: Fausto Carmona against the Athletics (a good rule for streaming is: if he’s facing the A’s, pick him up), Pirates prospect Brad Lincoln, 2006’s fourth overall pick, makes his first career start against the Astros…he’s probably better than anyone the Pirates have now, if yesterday is any indication, and Luke Hochevar, who was the first overall pick in that draft, against the Twinkies.  If you have no interest in a win or ERA or WHIP, I would bet Ian Kennedy accumulates 6 or 7 strikeouts against the Phils tomorrow.

I’ll leave you with this glorious play from the non-justice-system’d Agent Zero. If this doesn’t motivate you to tune into the playoffs, then you clearly don’t like Lamar Odom getting posterized or fun. Either one.


Willie Harris is Willie Mays Hayes and other thoughts

Today I joined former Washington Post assistant managing editor for sports George Solomon and his class at UMD for a field trip to lovely Nationals Park. I wasn’t told why his class was going, just that they were going and that I could tag along if I wanted. Well, I wanted to and I did. I was all, “Man, we’re going to go in the locker room, I’m going to get to interview Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, former Terp Justin Maxwell…it’ll be awesome!” I started thinking I can ask them some questions about fantasy baseball.

So I get there like a half hour early, jot down like 20 questions for those three, and meet with ol’ George (he’s very old), and find out that we won’t be interviewing those guys, we won’t be going into the locker room, or anything remotely useful for this blog. We will sit down in the press room and listen to Miguel Batista and Willie Harris talk about the culture of Major League Baseball and what it’s like being Dominican or African American in today’s MLB. Useless for fantasy reasons, considering they’re both un-ownable, and pretty useless for most reasons. Except for one: the incredible discovery that Willie Harris is the real-life version of Willie Mays Hayes.

Willie Mays Hayes: Play Like Mays, Run Like Hayes

Some quotes I remember from the half hour interview:

“Willie Harris has got to look out for Willie Harris.”

“I wanted to be just like Vince Coleman. I studied film, tried to make my game identical to his.”

“I was big into football in high school. Then I realized I was too small and got out, and got serious about baseball in college.”

“We should’ve gotten the live chicken.”

That last quote was from Mays Hayes himself in Major League and not actually from Harris today, but it might as well have been. It struck me afterward how similar the two were, and I asked the other people there if they agreed, and they all said there was a distinct similarity.

Also, Miguel Batista’s is the freakin’ man. I would go into more detail about that, but you’ll just have to take my word because I don’t feel like it (one thing I will say is that he goes to Central America and backpacks around with a backpack full of books and gives them to poor kids. Yeah, awesome).

Some more thoughts that are actually fantasy relevant:

  • Carlos Zambrano faces the Mets today. If he gets blown up, I’m dropping him no questions asked. I don’t care how good Ike Davis is, the Mets’ offense is terrible and if he turns in anything other than a quality start he doesn’t deserve to be on any team, let alone mine.
  • Jason Heyward is second in the majors in RBI, one behind Jorge Cantu, who’s had at least one RBI in every single game but two thus far, starting the year with 14-straight games with one. Why this got so little coverage I have no idea. Heyward is officially a beast, I knew it, picked him up in both leagues, and won’t shut up about him until he slumps. Sorry. Sidenote: he’s exactly 50 days older than I am. Further sidenote: I am now depressed.
  • Check back here at THATV (the acronym for this blog that shall henceforth be used) later tonight for the post about my team in my other Auction League, which features commenters Brando Commando, Ben, and Jay Bee. Exciting, huh?