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    NL Daily Notes - April 29th, 2011

    Brett Wallace (1B - HOU): I've never been enamored with Brett Wallace as a fantasy option, but with his strong start to the season I figured it was time to pay a little respect to the early season improvements...

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    AL Player Notes - April 28th, 2011

    Jeremy Guthrie- BAL- Hot- Guthrie tossed 6 shutout innings against the Red Sox, but didn't factor in the decision, leaving his record at 1-3 while his ERA is a sparkling 2.53. Guthrie gave up 7 hits and 1 walk while...

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    NL Player Daily Notes - April 28, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: Here's a quick look at today's National League daily notes. Ian Desmond returns to the lineup after paternity leave. He's good for stolen bases right now and nothing else, so he remains an upside candidate at...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 28, 2011

    * Please note that this isn't a comprehensive list of my top prospects - it's merely a sampling. For the complete lists, please don't hesitate to subscribe... We provide 70+ updates each week. Here is a sample of 20: American...

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    AL Player Notes - April 27th, 2011

    Delmon Young OF (MIN) - I haven't lost faith in Young despite his slow start. In fact, I'm encouraged last year was not a fluke. Young is getting loft on his swing (38.8FB%), which is very important for his...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 25th, 2011

    AL Quick Pitch: Max Scherzer out-dueled John Danks on Sunday as the White Sox continued to spiral downward. Within the notes this morning we'll take a look at some alarming indicators surrounding Scherzer's early season success. We'll also dig...

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    NL Player Notes - April 25, 2011

    Hanley Ramirez (SS-FLA) - Ramirez was passed this year in fantasy drafts by Troy Tulowitzki as fantasy's #1 shortstop (at least we did here at Fantistics), but the disparity is growing by the at-bat. Tulo leads the NL in slugging...

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    NL Player Notes - April 24th, 2011

    Cole Hamels SP (PHI) - Two nights ago Hamels dominated the Padres, and after a brutal first start of the season (6 ER, 2.2 IP) Hamels' ERA is all the way down to 2.92. For some reason, people tend...

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    AL Player Daily Notes - April 23, 2011

    AL Quick Pitch: Some old names return to today's quick pitch. Will 2011 be the breakout year for "old" names like Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur? Both have gotten off to hot starts in April and deserve ownership in all...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 22nd, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: Daniel Hudson's early-season struggles continued in a tough matchup against the Reds. Hudson hasn't had problems generating K's at the same enormous rate he posted after moving to the NL last year, but has struggled with command....

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    AL Player Notes - April 21st, 2011

    Jeff Francoeur- KC- Hot- Francoeur raised his average to .333 by going 2-for-4 and hitting his 3rd homer of the season. His average is being boosted by a .345 BABIP so that may not hold. The power numbers have a...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 20, 2011

    National League 29 Jerry Sands LAD 1B B+ Gets the call to help desperate offense and doubles off Tim Hudson in AB #1. Nice start. 31 Yasmani Grandal CIN C B+ .276 in the early going with 6 of 8...

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    NL Player Notes - April 20th, 2011

    Roy Halladay- PHI- Cold- Halladay got lit up for the first time in 2011, allowing 6 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in 6.2 IP. He got hit hardest in the 7th inning and ended...

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    AL Player Notes - April 20th, 2011

    Daisuke Matsuzaka SP (BOS) – Despite Daisuke’s successful Patriot’s Day start, I remain very skeptical and am even dropping him in some deeper leagues after delving into some of his swing data. Here are some very disturbing numbers. First of...

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    NL Player Notes - Apr 19th

    Jonathan Lucroy - Lucroy has hit in all five games since coming off the DL, and for me he's a bit of a sleeper as likely the sixth best bat in a decent offense (once Hart returns). Not only do...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 18, 2011

    Summary: Ryan Franklin has blown 80% of his save chances, so expect a change to Mitch Boggs or (less likely) Jason Motte. … Speaking of closers, Jonathan Broxton has five saves, but his 1.58 WHIP indicates it’s been a struggle....

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    AL Daily Notes - April 18th, 2011

    Jeremy Hellickson (SP - TB): Hellickson continues to show some growing pains at the major league level. In his third start of the season on Sunday Hellickson made it 0-3 in the quality start category by allowing 4 ER’s on...

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    AL Player Notes - April 17th

    Derek Holland - I thought Ron Washington should have yanked Holland after 7 strong innings yesterday, and definitely after allowing a single with one out, over 110 pitches, and with a lefty in the bullpen. Instead, a two-run Cano HR...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 15th, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: We got some positive updates on injured NL players on Thursday. Corey Hart progressed to live batting practice and should be heading out on a rehab stint soon. His current target date to return is April 22nd....

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    AL Player Notes - April 7th, 2011

    Francisco Liriano- MIN- Cold- Liriano’s Grapefruit League issues (20 H and 9 BB in 18.2 IP) have continued in the regular season. A good thing from yesterday’s effort was that his control was much improved. Liriano only walked 1 in...

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    NL Player Notes - April 14, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: For today’s quick pitch, we’ll take a look at the up arrows, down arrows, injuries, and recent trends in the National League. I’ll go over why I’m not giving up on guys like Carlos Pena, Ian Desmond...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - April 14, 2011

    Highlights include a 2-HR game from Mike Trout and Jerry Sands homering in four straight... American League 1 Mike Trout LAA OF A+ .214 through four games and then a 2 HR outburst. That's more like it. 39 Nick Franklin...

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    NL Player Notes - April 13th, 2011

    Ryan Zimmerman (3B—Nationals) The Nationals will be placing Ryan Zimmerman on the DL with an abdominal strain that will likely keep him out somewhere around three weeks. This is a big blow to the Nats and to fantasy rosters as...

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    AL Player Notes - April 13th, 2011

    Delmon Young OF (MIN) – Young went 0-4 last night to drop his average to .167 and has now struck out 9 times versus just one walk. Truth is, with a free swinger like Young, cold stretches like this are...

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    NL Player Notes - Apr 12th

    Mike Pelfrey - Pelfrey improved from hideous to poor yesterday, as the Met #1 starter allowed four runs (three earned) and eleven baserunners in 5 1/3 innings against Colorado. Pelfrey's control has escaped him thus far this year, and he's...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 11, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: In the National League, Cole Hamels rebounded with seven strong innings after a tough debut, while Anibal Sanchez and James McDonald continued their struggles. … Matt Holliday (appendectomy) returned after just nine days on the shelf, while...

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    AL Daily Notes - April 11th, 2011

    AL Quick Pitch: Jered Weaver and Josh Beckett put together two of the best starts of the young season. Weaver struck out 15 and saved the Angels pen that had thrown nearly 10 IP the night before, while Beckett man-handled...

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    NL Player Notes - April 10th, 2011

    Matt Kemp OF (LAD) – Kemp is off to a scorching start this year. He went 3-5 yesterday, which raises his average to an absurd .484. Kemp saw his K% rise last year, but early on appears to be making...

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    AL Player Notes - April 10, 2011

    Scott Baker – In fantasy baseball, there’s value in consistency from your starting pitchers. So there’s definitely value in a guy like Scott Baker who has posted FIPs between 3.89 and 4.08 the past 4 seasons. While his value is...

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    NL Daily Notes - April 8th, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: Roy Halladay continued his dominance of the National League, twirling 7 shutout innings against the Mets. While he’s been dominant in his first two outings, he’s also been less efficient with his pitches. It’s not a big...

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    AL Player Notes - April 8, 2011

    AL Quick Pitch: Declining power, walk rates, and an incredibly slow start have Kevin Kouzmanoff falling out of AL-only consideration. Some unconventional considerations with Alcides Escobar and Jhonny Peralta. Can Josh Willingham strike out anymore? His batting EYE is getting...

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    NL Player Notes - April 7th, 2011

    Chipper Jones- ATL- Hot- Jones went 2-for-3 to raise his 2011 average to .333. That is also his BABIP, which explains a lot. He hasn’t stuck out in 25 plate appearances, but he has also only walked once. Jones is...

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    AL Player Notes - April 7, 2011

    AL Player Daily Notes - April 7, 2011 AL Quick Pitch: Carlos Quentin looks like his old 2009 self. Let’s hope he can stay healthy. Joakim Soria got lit-up by the White Sox and was handed his first blown save...

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    NL Player Notes - April 6, 2011

    NL Quick Pitch: Andrew Cashner’s major league debut as a starter has Cub fans holding their breath as they await for the results on an MRI. Drew Stubbs is living up the hype while Drew Storen is not. With closers...

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    AL Player Notes - April 6th, 2011

    Josh Beckett SP (BOS) – Beckett was rusty in his first start of the season, and it showed in his lack of control. He walked 4 batters and needed 106 pitches to get through 5 IP. However, with Beckett being...

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    NL Player Notes - Apr 5th

    Brandon Beachy - A 24 yr old undrafted free agent who was pitching out of the bullpen in Class-A Rome just two years ago, Brandon Beachy is now the Braves' 4th starter with Jair Jurrjens on the shelf. After the...