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    AL Player Report - August 8, 2008

    Eddie Guardado: Although his numbers look good, 3.02 ERA and a perfect 3 for 3 in saves, Guardado is a disaster waiting to happen as the new Rangers closer. He has a pedestrian 5.2 K/9; plus his 55% FB% is...

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    AL Player Spotlight- August 7, 2008

    Johnny Damon- NYA- Hot- Damon went 2-for-5 to extend his current hitting streak to 7 games and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13. He has definitely benefited from good luck, with a .290 BHIPx, but he also...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - August 7, 2008

    American League 1 Matt Wieters BAL C A Think he wants a Sept. call-up? .441 in last 10 games. For the year: 1.03 EYE, 1.041 OPS. 5 Matt LaPorta CLE OF A- Just .212 in 52 at-bats for CLE before...

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    NL Player Report - August 6, 2008

    Yoslan Herrera: After posting a 9.82 ERA in five starts, the Pirates mercifully sent Herrera back to the minors. Considering that he was not exactly blowing Double-A hitters away; 5.2 K/9 and a 3.1 BB/9, his lack of success in...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Marlon Byrd - Byrd was the hero last night with a walk-off grand slam against the Yanks, bringing his post-All Star break line to 283/406/528 in nearly every-day play. Byrd is posting career highs in walk rate, K rate (in...

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    NL Player Spotlight- August 5, 2008

    Prince Fielder- MIL- Hot- Lost in last night’s brouhaha (or is that a “brewhaha” when it involves Milwaukee?) was Fielder extending his current hitting streak to 8 games, in which he has gone 11-for-28 with 5 homers. He has not...

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    Value Picks - August 5th, 2008

    First Pitch – August 5th – Value Picks: For the first Tuesday in August we’re going to switch things up a bit and take a break from the traditional Sabermetric Tuesdays to provide you with a more comprehensive set of...

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    NL Daily Player Notes - August 4th, 2008

    Matt Kemp: Kemp’s putting up one of the more underrated fantasy seasons quietly making a run at a 20-30 season. Kemp knocked out his 13th HR of the season in a 3-5 effort that also yielded 3 runs and 2...

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    NL Player Commentary - August 3, 2008

    Barry Zito I’m pretty sure it was Barry Zito tossing eight scoreless innings against the Padres on Saturday, but with the lineup San Diego is rolling out there these days, it may as well have been horse trainer Nick Zito....

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    AL Daily Notes - August 3rd, 2008

    Esteban German: With Mark Grudzielanek going on the 15 day DL, German gets a boost in value as he slides over into the everyday 2B role. I’ve always liked German and thought he deserved more of a shot at the...

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    Daily AL Player Spotlight - August 2nd, 2008

    Jeremy Sowers – In 2006, Sowers had a brilliant rookie season, pitching in 88.3 innings as a starter with an ERA of 3.57 and WHIP of 1.189. The Indians then expected him to be a critical part of the rotation...

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    NL Player Spotlight - 8-2

    Tim Lincecum was robbed of a win as he put together yet another brilliant start for the offensively inept Giants. Lincecum allowed 1 ER on just 3 H with 3 BB and 11 K and if he were on a...

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    NL Daily Player Notes - August 1st, 2008

    Anibal Sanchez: Marlins fans went to the stadium, err… couch, angry last night at the missed opportunity to acquire Manny Ramirez but probably went to bed excited about Anibal Sanchez’s return. Sanchez looked great on Thursday night through the first...

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    AL Player Report - August 1, 2008

    Zack Greinke: After spending a good part of 2007 as a reliever, Greinke has pitched exclusively as a starter this year with good results, 8-7 with a 3.98 ERA. He is still just 24 years of age and with his...

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    AL Player Spotlight- July 31, 2008

    Arthur Rhodes- SEA- Cold- Rhodes showed a lack of control in more ways than one during his appearance against the Rangers last night. Besides the angry flare up that got him ejected, he also tossed a ball in the direction...

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    NL Daily Player Spotlight - July 31st, 2008

    Russell Martin – Martin went 2 – 4 last night, and his average now sits at .294, which is where it ended last season. I would not be surprised, though, to see Martin end this season with his average at...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - July 31, 2008

    Crazy times for me right now with the prospect spreadsheet. As I type this, the Manny Ramirez / Jason Bay / Jeremy Hermida deal has yet to go through, with multiple prospects rumored to be included in this one. Also,...

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    AL Daily Player Spotlight - July 30th, 2008

    Mike Aviles – When Aviles was first called up, I liked him in AL leagues because of some of the things he had done in the minor leagues, but I did not expect the level of success he is having...

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    Value Picks - July 30th, 2008

    First Pitch – July 30th – Value Picks: Welcome to another edition of Value Picks! This week we’ll get back to the usual bag of tricks, scoping the waiver wire for golden nuggets that can help your team make a...

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    NL Player Report - July 30, 2008

    Mark Teixeira: If Teixeira is traded; Arizona would be the best place for the switch-hitter to land for fantasy purposes. Turner Field, his current home stadium decreases left-handed batting power by 17% and is neutral for right-handed batting power where...

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    NL Player Spotlight- July 29, 2008

    C. C. Sabathia- MIL- Caution- Yesterday’s 124-pitch effort is the third time this month Sabathia has cracked the 120 pitch mark. Even though he does not have a trend of ill effects from lengthy outings, that kind of workload is...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Adam Jones - Jones has been hot since about the 20th of May, and after last night's 3-6 performance he is virtually assured of putting up his second straight month with a better than .800 OPS. He still swings at...

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    NL Daily Notes - July 28th, 2008

    Jeff Samardzija: Those in holds leagues or deep dynasty formats may want to take notice of Jeff Samardzija who was called up earlier this week when the Cubs placed Kerry Wood on the DL. Samardzija picked up his first major...

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    AL Player Spotlight 7-27

    Alex Rios has certainly warmed up since mid-July and he continued the trend last night with a 2-2 performance with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R. Rios is batting .366 (11-30) with 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R and...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 27, 2008

    John Van Benschoten There are some guys you see in box scores and wonder, “Him again? Why?” I had that sort of feeling when I saw that Van Benschoten was going to get the start on Saturday. Predictably (though apparently...

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    NL Player Spotlight

    Mike Pelfrey - Pelfrey won his seventh in a row last night, shutting down the Cards over seven innings in a 7-2 win. The Mets have won his last nine starts, he's only walked three men in his last 36...

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    AL Player Spotlight- July 26, 2008

    Jack Hannahan- OAK- Hot- Hannahan went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI last night against the Rangers, making him 6-for-17 in his last 5 games with a homer, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 3 runs scored. We may be...

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    NL Daily Player Spotlight - July 25th, 2008

    Nate McLouth – McLouth has certainly shown by now that he is not a fluke, and he did that once more yesterday. McLouth finished up the day going 1 – 3 with 2 runs, and 3 RBI’s. His 1 hit...

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    AL Player Report - July 25, 2008

    Carlos Quentin: Quentin took over the AL lead in home runs with 26 and is having an MVP type season. Based on his 2007 season, 5/31/.214 in 229 AB, and skills; 7% BB%, 76% Ct%, and 41% FB%, this season...

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    AL Player Spotlight- July 24, 2008

    Casey Kotchman- LAA- Hot- Maybe Kotchman is a Fantistics subscriber and read Monday’s blurb about him needing more patience at the plate. Only once yesterday did he swing at a first pitch and went 5-for-5. In 3 of his at...

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    Prospect Spreadsheet Updates - July 24, 2008

    American League 30 Lars Anderson BOS 1B B Torrid July got him the AA promotion prior to his 21st birthday. 3-for-14 in AA so far. 37 Beau Mills CLE 1B B .351 in July with 4 HR. May be the...

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    AL Player Spotlight - 7/23

    J.D. Drew is having a far better season than I, or anyone else, could have predicted. Drew went 2-3 last night and hit his 18th HR of the year, which surpasses his total from 2007. His 57 RBI are also...

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    NL Player Report - July 23, 2008

    Russell Branyan: In what could be a sign of things to come, Bill Hall got the start against a right-handed pitcher on Monday and responded by going 3 for 5 with a solo home run. After a great start, 11...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Howie Kendrick - Kendrick added to his scorching July with another couple of hits (including a homer), bringing his line for the month to 373/387/678. Basically, Kendrick now has a remarkably similar line to his 2007, with a bit of...

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    NL Player Spotlight- July 22, 2008

    Chan Ho Park- LAN- Rise Value- Park’s shift in role to setup man and second closer option boosts his value, particularly in leagues that count holds. Maybe I am still bitter about his Texas years, being a Rangers’ fan, but...

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    NL Daily Notes - July 21st, 2008

    Emmanuel Burriss: The biggest winner in the Brewers-Giants trade from a fantasy perspective yesterday was a man not even involved: Emmanuel Burriss. We’ve touched on Burriss’ tremendous speed potential in the past and noted his limited experience above A ball...