Roy Halladay- TOR- Great Player- Seeing a pitch count of 117 instinctively makes me flinch, but Halladay has a track record of not suffering from heavy workloads. It is the 4th time in 7 starts and third time consecutively that he has thrown more than 110 pitches. He has followed up his first three times with quality starts, so there is no reason to be overly concerned about Halladay’s next outing.
Carlos Silva- SEA- Drop Value- The Mariners have lost their patience with Silva and he is likely out of the rotation, at least temporarily but possibly for good. After recording just 1 quality start I his first 6, they have come to the conclusion that Silva’s just not pitching well enough to merit any more starts right now. They should have been able to figure that out at least a couple of starts ago. There are really no indicators out there to show that Silva is even at replacement value in terms of a starting pitcher. BHIP, K/IP, none of it is good. Seattle says that they are hoping that some time in the bullpen will help relieve some of the pressure from Silva. It might, but that’s not his problem. Unless the bullpen is hiding a few cans of lost talent, it’s not a place where Silva will get back to fantasy or real value.
Chone Figgins- LAA- FYI- Figgins has been a feast or famine player for the past couple of weeks. He has raised his average from .227 to .260 since April 25th. In the 8 games since that date, Figgins has taken the collar 4 times and banged out multihit games the other 4 times. His average is still being suppressed by a low BHIPx (.234) and he is still keeping his OBP up in respectable territory (.368) so it’s just a matter of time.
David Ortiz- BOS- Cold- A single and a walk in 4 trips to the plate is what constitutes a good effort from Ortiz these days. Looking at this player charts, we see some disconcerting items. His BHIPx is a low .185, but it’s not that low for Big Papi. It’s not like he beats out a lot of infield hits. There is a dramatic drop in Batting EYE and the Walk rate/Strikeout rate charts show it is driven mostly by a rise in K ratio. This is an indication that Ortiz is losing bat speed, just not catching up to balls like he used to. That could be fatal for a player like him. We could be seeing a precipitous decline for the slugger.
Mark Teahen- KC- Hot- Teahen continues to astound and amaze. After going 3-for-5 with his 4th homer of the season, his batting average now stands at .307. With position versatility, Teahen has emerged as a valuable fantasy commodity. His BHIPx of .254 does not indicate any abnormal luck. A dramatic surge in Batting EYE to .61, when his highest full season mark is .47 is a good sign. Teahen batted .313 last September and hs picked up where he left off. He is now 27 years old, so we may be watching him hit his prime.
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