Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The NL West Tightens

Highway robbery!! Shenanigans! Surely, there's something I can yell that will rescue last night's SF Giants pick. Up 4-1 in the 14th inning, they found a way to blow it, sinking our +154 underdog. When all is said and done, we still went 2-1, but yesterday sure felt like a sweep in the making. Just need to pick up the shards that remain, and get moving on today's full card!

As noted yesterday, the Roundup will now be picking multiple-unit plays, since it seems folks have the growing desire to follow these picks and the Roundup's money management. Yesterday, all 3 games were 1-unit selections, but when we find a 2-unit bookbeater, we'll toss it out there. I don't know if I've posted the season record on here in weeks, maybe months, but a roughly break even first half combined with the second half Fantasy Roundup stands, altogether, at 122-103-3 (~14 units) with one unit on every play to this point. Not amazing, but it's a winning season so far, and with a few weeks left and regular season NFL and college action on the horizon, this is a big couple weeks to solidify the baseball winnings.

NL
Joe Blanton
- Somehow, big Joe just keeps rolling right along, picking up another win in his last start. Against the Pirates this year, Blanton gave up a solo homer to Garrett Jones over 7.1 strong innings, holding Pirates to a team average of just .148.
Sean West - He's been awful lately, but gave up just 1 run in 7 innings in a start against the Mets earlier this season.
Craig Counsell - Maybe others don't get the same pleasure I do when putting a new name on the Roundup, but welcome to the party, Craig Counsell, who has a .423 average against Bronson Arroyo over the last 5 years.
Felipe Lopez - A new-ish Brewer is 10-for-25 off Arroyo with a homer in the past.
Nyjer Morgan - The little speedster is 6-for-15 off Carlos Zambrano.
Josh Willingham - Teams are starting to pitch him hard inside which has put Willingham in a bit of a funk, but he's 5-for-10 off Zambrano, so maybe this will wake him up.
Hunter Pence - Batting .391 in 23 AB against Wainwright, but just 1 RBI coming on a solo shot.
Miguel Tejada - He's been slumping, but is 5-for-15 off Wainwright, and if the 'Stros have any shot tonight, they need Miggy to get a hit or two.
Matt Holliday - A monster pick-up for the Cards in their battles with Wandy Rodriguez, Holliday has homered off Wandy twice in 13 AB, and is 5-for-13 against him overall.
Khalil Greene - A respectable 4-for-11 off Wandy.
James Loney - Somehow, Loney has almost double the AB against Hammel of anyone else on the Dodgers, and he's 4-for-11 with a homer and 2 RBI.
Ryan Spilborghs - Last night's hero (and my new nemesis), Spilborghs is 4-for-8 off Kershaw with 2 homers and 5 RBI. The real scary part for Kershaw is that he's walked 13 Rox in just over 15 innings.
Stephen Drew - The younger of the Drewche brothers is 4-for-12 off Matt Cain with 2 homers. Who knows, 1 run might be the game tonight.
Fred Lewis - It's high time this kid got into the lineup, especially given his 8-for-16 mark against Danny Haren.
Edgar Renteria - 4-for-10 off Haren, though it's difficult to see the Giants bouncing back from yesterday's loss to Colorado all that quickly...

AL
The Old Yankees
- There are 7 Yankees position players (most of whom are regulars) with at least 9 career AB against Kevin Millwood and averages against Millwood over .300. Beware the bombers.
Brett Cecil - After facing the Red Sox, who crush Cecil, he gets to face the Rays this time out, a team he has fully neutralized this year. Carl Crawford's solo homer is the only run Cecil has given up to Tampa over nearly 8 innings of outstanding work.
Asdrubal Cabrera - The Greinke-stopper (taking a page out of Ruben Patterson's book), Cabrera is batting over .500 against the Royals' ace.
Shin-Soo Choo - This kid is pretty good, and he's back on the Roundup due to his 6-for-16 mark off Greinke.
Juan Rivera - Among a sea of Angels with big numbers off Jarrod Washburn, Rivera is 4-for-5 this year with 2 homers, and 9-for-25 over the past 5 years.
Vlad Guerrero - Sir SwingsAlot is hitting .414 off Washburn over the last 5 seasons with 3 homers, 9 RBI in 29 AB.
Kurt Suzuki - 7-for-13 lifetime off Ryan Rowland-Smith, most likely incorporating some Minor League faceoffs.

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