Terrifyingly Troubling Tribe: I’m About To “Pull A Drennan”

2 06 2010

I think I’m close.

You know the mental state you have to be in to break down like Bruce Drennan did?

Jason Donald beating out an infield single to break up a no-hit bid in the top of the 9th inning.

I’m close.

I just sat at the bar and watched the Indians come oh so close to being no hit, nay pitched perfectly against. Armando Galarraga almost found himself in the company of Ubaldo Jimenez, Dallas Braden, and Roy Halladay – all whom have thrown no hitters this season (Braden and Halladay’s were perfect games).

If it weren’t for Jason Donald’s infield single(!) in the top of the 9th, the Tribe would have been on the opening segment of Sports Center. And when I say infield single what I mean is botched call by the umpire. Read the rest of this entry »


Sunday Night Speculation: A waiver consideration at every position

17 05 2010

(Note: Every Sunday, Dave will provide his fantasy baseball musings in “Sunday Night Speculation.” And yes, I’m aware that we just posted its inaugural article on Monday. So you can call it “Monday Musings” today if you would prefer.)

So many different emotions are expressed toward your fantasy teams on Mondays. If you are like me you usually have distain toward most players on your squad. This guy didn’t show up and that guy blew it- the accusations fly left and right. I won’t get into the depth at which I analyze all the available players early early every Monday morning but lets put it like this, fellas, if this were Fantasy Island I would be Ricardo Montalban.

1B – Aubrey Huff – SF –  4 HR/18 RBI/ .279 BA

First base has been a very deep position this year so chances are your team doesn’t need one but if you do Huff can prove to be solid enough to hold his own. Along with the numbers above he has 20 runs and has a low strikeout total- 18 (if your league plays with K’s). Only owned in 16% of Yahoo! leagues.

2B -Adam Kennedy – Wash. –  2 HR/12 RBI/ .245 BA

The numbers above may not impress but Kennedy gets my vote for pick up of the week. Not only is he eligible at 2B but at 1B and 3B as well. He is in the midst of a 9 game hit streak and, like times in ’09, you should get on board with Kennedy ASAP because this streak could end just as soon as it began. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo! leagues.

3B – David Freese – STL –  3 HR/ 22 RBI/ .306 BA

People continue to sleep on Freese’s production but unless you have a top 10 third baseman, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider him.  He is going to continue to see RBI chances while batting behind Holliday and Pujols so unless you are desperate for home runs, Freese should be your guy. Owned in 47% of Yahoo! Leagues. Read the rest of this entry »

A Fantasy Spin on the Indians’ Pitching Staff

26 04 2010

If you play fantasy baseball like I do (always contending for the Waiver Move Crown) then you are always looking for a hidden gem pitcher to stash at the bottom of your bench. These guys are always two stat monsters that, if given the right conditions, could deliver a Sunday start that wins you that week. If this is the case with your team then look no further then the Cleveland Indians and their pitching staff of waiver warriors:

  • Justin Masterson, SP– Before getting torched for seven runs in four innings yesterday (4/25) by the Oakland Athletics, Masterson bolstered 20 strikeouts through 15 innings. If you are looking for cheap Ks in a Roto-league or need a boost in the K category late in the week, Masterson should be atop you ‘watch list’.
  • Fausto Carmona, SP– Though his strike out numbers aren’t anywhere near Masterson’s, he is the winning-most pitcher on the Indians staff right now with 3 wins and has an ERA cruising around 2.95. Control has always been Fausto’s issue and as long as he is striking out more people then he is walking (12:6 in his last 3 starts) he should be a safe play for 6+ innings without blowing up your ERA for the week.
  • Mitch Talbot, SP– I’m not saying that Talbot is pick-up worthy right now but he is coming off of back-to-back starts in which he went the distance against the White Sox with no walks and a two hit effort through six innings in a win over the Twins. If he can keep getting run support in his starts, Talbot can be a solid fantasy option around the All Star break.
  • Chris Perez, RP– Kerry Wood still doesn’t have a time table set for his return so Chris Perez is still the man who gets the ball in the ninth. While control will always be an issue with Perez, he has not given up a run in his last five appearances and is looking very strong against the Tribe’s divisional rival: the Chicago White Sox- who Perez has picked up all 4 of his saves against (3.2 innings pitched, 3:1 K/BB).
  • Jensen Lewis, RP– Depending on the number of statistical categories you play with in your league, Jensen Lewis probably doesn’t even land on your radar, but if you are like me random relievers can impact the outcome of your week. Middle relievers have been lost in the fantasy world but they can contribute to your Holds and K/BB categories if you play with them. With a line of-  7.2 IP/2 W/1.17 ERA/ 2.33 K/BB- Lewis is becoming the go-to reliever when the Indians have a lead.

Now I’d like to take a break from the fantasy world for a minute to discuss something that is shouting out to me from the Indians 8-10 record so far this year:

  • I know it is as aparent to Many Acta as it is to us in Tribe nation, Shin-Soo Choo sets the pace for the Tribe offense.
  • Choo’s on base numbers directly correlate with their wins and losses so far this season. Choo has had 13 of his 18 strikeouts in Tribe losses and has 9 of his 13 walks is Tribe victories.
  • He is leading the team with a .313 batting average, 4 homeruns and 13 runs batted in so its hard to ask for more from him at this point but it seems that with the rise and fall of Shin-Soo Choo will directly correlate with the rise and fall of the Indians offense and the Indians in general.

– Dave

2010 NFL Mock Draft

22 04 2010

Greetings all! Here is our 2010 NFL Mock Draft. I’m sure that at around 8 p.m. Thursday, these will be considered completely broken and useless. Nevertheless, Dave and I will enter our mocks into a Yahoo! or ESPN competition. Winner gets bragging rights and a beer. Feel free to take us on.

1) St. Louis Rams

Dave’s pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

– The Rams need a QB about as bad as the Browns do and Bradford is the only ‘franchise’ signal caller in the draft.

Sam’s pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

No surprise here. Ndamukong Suh is the best player in this draft, but for better or worse, the golden rule remains: “If you don’t have a franchise QB, you don’t pass on one.” If you look at the Rams’ roster today, you’ll find three names: Null, Feeley, and Reilly. I promise you those are in fact quarterbacks, and the only three currently set to play for St. Louis. After passing on Mark Sanchez last year and Matt Ryan the year before, I don’t think they can do it again.

2) Detroit Lions

Dave’s pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

– With the addition of Vanden Bosch, taking Suh here would give the Lions a defensive line to think twice about.

Sam’s pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

This should be a no-brainer pick. I think he is the most elite talent to come out in recent memory. I’ve heard scouts say Gerald McCoy is right up there with him. Bologna. I’m not drinking that Kool-Aid. I know McCoy is a stud in his own right, but this season I watched multiple Cornhuskers games for one reason: to check out that defensive tackle. What? That just doesn’t happen. But this guy is a human wrecking ball. No, like literally. He hits like a human wrecking ball.

He recently participated in a “Sport Science” segment for ESPN. He hit a tackling dummy harder than any other participant they’ve ever had. They compared his force to that of a freight train. Who else has participated in this tackling exercise? Oh, only pro bowl defensive tackles like Kris Jenkins, and future hall of famers like Ray Lewis. No big.

Now should the Lions take him? Absolutely. Will they? Probably. But who knows? It’s too early for a wide receiver joke, but this is still Detroit.

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Tribe – Getting ahead of myself…

12 04 2010

Just as I was about to kick off the baseball season with my first article praising the early maturity of the Indians bullpen, they showed me how young they still are. Sundays game went a little like this: the Tribe never hits against Verlander (3 runs is 30 innings against Verlander in ’09), yet they hopped on him early and put up five runs in the first inning. Westbrook looked much better in his second outing and wasn’t working behind in the count to every batter. The five run lead inched to four in the seventh inning, to two in the eighth and was finally blown when the Tigers put up three runs in the ninth. The main culprits for the Tribe’s demise? A guy who is struggling to find a spot in the bullpen- Rafael Perez (who posted 60+ innings in ’07 and ’08 with a 9.2 and a 10.14 K/9 but only appeared in around 40 games with an ERA of over 7 in ’09) and a guy who looked very solid in his first two appearances- Chris Perez (he got the saves in both 5-3 wins over the dreaded White Sox). Chris Perez couldn’t find the strike zone on Sunday against the Tigers, allowing three walks- and you suddenly remember why St. Louis was willing to part ways with him. There are still 156 games left and these two, along with the rest of the young arms in the pen- Aaron Laffy (who looked great in his hold of the lead last Wednesday night against the White Sox), Jensen Lewis (solid in all four appearances this season), and Joe Smith (who the Tribe hopes can give them a healthy ’10) have a lot to prove if the Indians have any shot of being competitive in the AL Central.

Final Thoughts

  • Coming up next: The Rangers. The Indians posted an abysmal 1-8 record against Texas last year. Carmona, who is the Opening Day starter, has never gotten a win against the Rangers at home in 6 opportunities.
  • While the power stroke may never return, Travis Hafner is still proving he can be productive- driving in 3 runs in his last 3 games.
  • Grady sat out the last game of the Detroit series with a bad back and he is expected to miss the home opener on Monday as well.
  • Carlos Santana hit his 4th home run in as many games for the AAA Clippers on Sunday. Just one step closer to joining the big league team.

– Dave