Saturday, April 18, 2015

Week 2 MLB Injury Report


Carlos Gomez- Right hamstring strain
The Brewers placed Gomez on the DL after he strained his hamstring earlier this week.  Reports out of Milwaukee suggest that Gomez will be out at least the minimum 15 days.  There is no reason why the Brewers should rush their star player back this early in the season.  Gerardo Parra will replace Gomez for the time being and is worth a pick up in deeper or NL only leagues. 

Victor Martinez- Left knee soreness
Martinez was given the week off after tweaking his surgically repaired knee last weekend.  Martinez was most likely going to sit a few games this week anyways as the Tigers were on the road in the national league.  He is back in the starting lineup this weekend, but look for the Tigers to give Martinez a day of every now and again up until the All Star break. 

Brett Gardner- Right wrist bruise
After taking a pitch off his right wrist earlier in the week, the Yankees gave Gardner a few days off from fielding and hitting.  Gardner underwent an MRI on Thursday that indicated no serious damage to the Yankee’s leadoff man.  He was used as a pinch runner on Friday, which leads me to believe he will be back in the starting lineup very soon. 

Alex Rios Left hand fracture
A pitch hit Rios on Monday and unlike Gardner tests showed a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.  The Royals have not provided a timetable for his return, but they should be without Rios for at least a month. The club will turn to Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando to fill the outfield spot in Rios’ absence.
David Wright-  Right hamstring strain
Different season, same story.  David Wright was place on the 15-day DL on Wednesday with a hamstring strain.  The aging third baseman was off to a solid 2015, batting .333 in 8 games.  Fantasy owners will need to have another option at third base for the remainder of the year as Wright has dealt with injuries 3 of the last 4 years.    

Yan Gomes- Right MCL sprain
The Indians suffered a huge loss this week after finding out Yan Gomes will be out for 6-8 weeks.  It looks like Gomes will avoid surgery, but won’t be able to return to the club until at least June.  The Indians will try to replace Gomes’ production by calling up Roberto Perez, who had a .305 average in Triple-A last year.
Carlos Carrasco- Left jaw bruise
It was a very scary moment in Indian’s game Tuesday when Carrasco took a come backer off the side of his face in the 1st inning.  Luckily, Carrasco escaped with only a bruised jaw and will make a start on Monday.  Fantasy owners can breath a sigh of relief knowing that the right hander will be able to continue in what could be a very promising 2015 campaign.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Fake Baseball presents: Risers and Fallers

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Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers

posted by Justin Edwards
Nelson Cruz may be stuck in his shirt.
Nelson Cruz may be stuck in his shirt.
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We’re gonna be keeping an eye on some year long Risers and Fallers in this here article. I’ll try and give you a little tidbit on what you should do with all this information but if you’d like some other questions answered please drop some words in the comments below or hit me up on twitter!

The ownership percentages are a median between Yahoo! and ESPN own%.

Risers
(90%-100%)

Adam Jones (99.5%) is making a bid to be the best power hitter in the league with this nasty 8-game stretch to start the season. The OPS stands at 1.398, ISO at .500 (!!), wOBA at .579 plus, he’s got more runs (9) and RBI (11) than games played in. Ew.

Billy Hamilton (99%) being picked way too early is starting to feel like the right decision, after all. Though his 28.1 K% is stupid high, he’s still managed to keep a .250/.344/.393 line which should be right where you’d like it if you own him. B Ham has double the amount of SBs as the guy in 3rd place (8-4) and is tied for the league lead in runs scored among lead-off guys. If you’re hurting in the speed category there’s no better time than the present to go trade for em.

Nelson Cruz (98.5%) gon’ Nelson Cruz. For the fourth day in a row Nelson dropped a baseball over the wall, running the long ball count to 5 on the year. A player’s stock doesn’t get a whole lot higher than this so if you feel you’ve got plenty of power on your team go and try to trade for whatever your heart desires.

Dustin Pedroia (98.5%) shot a laser over the Green Monster last night; his 3rd longball of the year. He’s nearly halfway to his 2014 HR total and hopefully this quick start will help his power stroke throughout the season. Dusty P. didn’t hit his 3rd homerun in 2013 until May 27th, his 3rddinger in 2014 didn’t come until June 7th.

Mookie Betts (98.5%) is proving all that preseason hype was for a good reason. The Nationals touted rotation has come into Boston and Mookie has effectively farted in their coffee, racking up 6 RBI and 3 SB in the first two games of the series. He’s slugging .457 and even though it’s still early in the season a 30/30 season has to start somewhere…

Kris Bryant (96%) is coming. He’d better not be on your waiver wire.

(55%-74%)

Billy Butler (61.4%) keeps chugging along and now has a nine game hitting streak or, a hit in each game so far. As long as Billy is smack dab in the middle of this Athletics’ lineup and swinging the bat to the tune of .371/.421/.543 he needs to be in your DH/UTIL spot.

Shane Greene (59.8%) continues to impress as he made Pittsburgh mow the grass with the baseball, piling up a 60.9 GB% on his way to eight scoreless innings and a 2-0 record to begin the season. The rookie is pounding the strikezone, having walked only 1 of the 54 batters he’s faced and leaving the game with a mere 85 pitches (65 strikes) after allowing only 3 hits on Tuesday. If he’s hanging out on the waiver wire go grab him as a flier and hope Detroit’s defense continues it’s efficient ways.

 (0%-29%)

Steven Souza (27%) is supposed to be a speed guy and he proved as much in the 7th inning last night with a bunt-stolen base-bad throw to second-sac fly combination that eventually won Tampa Bay the game, but the bigger story might be his power stroke. The first inning home run prompted a post game Daniel Norris to remark “If I missed my spot it was by a couple of inches and he hit it about 700 feet.” If you haven’t seen it I insist you open up a new tab and check it out. His 37.9 K% is still ungodly but he knocked 20 HRs out between AAA and the majors in 433 PA last season so he’s got 20/20 potential.

Adam Ottavino (23.6%) has been named the Colorado Rockies closer. Obviously Coors Field isn’t where you want your closer to be playing but he’s been there for 3+ years now and it hasn’t seemed to affect him too much; he has only allowed 6 combined HRs there in almost 80 innings over the last two years to go along with a 3.08 ERA across all ballparks. You can safely add him to bulk up your fake bullpen.

Miguel Gonzalez (6.9%) set a career high in strikeouts Tuesday, knocking down 10 Yanks and bringing his season total to 15 after two starts. His ERA sits at 1.42 but keep an eye on his control, he did give away 5 free passes in his first start. I’d go ahead and grab him in a deep league but otherwise wait back and see how he does in his next start against a potent Red Sox lineup.

Anthony DeScalfani (6.4%) spun a gem Tuesday night. He struck out five, walked two and allowed a goose egg in the run column. His first two starts for his new team have been great ones but his left on base % of 93.8 would seem unsustainable. Anthony’s next scheduled start will be Monday in Milwaukee. I’m definitely not plugging him into that matchup but if he can blank that offense I’ll be rushing to the waiver wire.

A.J. Pierzynski (2%) and his 49 year-old bleach blonde tips hit their 2nd homerun of the year. I mean, if you don’t want to leave the C spot empty and you know he’s starting I suppose it couldn’t hurt.

Yangervis Solarte (2%) is starting to sneak his way into the lineup, starting the last four games and compiling a .364/.417/.500 line through 24 plate appearances on the season. Jedd Gyorko will be given the start come Wednesday but it’s obvious that San Diego wants Yangervis’ bat in the lineup and they don’t mind benching people to get it. If the Padres want to slot him in at 1B every once in a while that will just give another him position’s eligibility and make him a little more valuable.


Fallers
(90%-100%)

Stephen Strasburg (99.5%) is having a rough go of it after allowing 10 hits and 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings against Boston last night. For whatever reason his curveball isn’t fooling hitters much right now as 13 of his first 14 weren’t even offered at. His K/9 is still high at 8.44 but that’s easier to do when you’ve only lasted 5 1/3 innings in two straight outings as the Mets took him to the woodshed with 9 hits just one week ago.

Adrian Beltre (99.5%) is staying true to form by keeping his K% to a lowly 7.3 but the rest of his game isn’t looking too hot. After a five year low HR total last year he has come out of the gates slow this year, clearing the fences only once and batting .171 with taking a free pass. Father Time catches up to everybody and the days of top-tier third basemanism might be far in the rearview.

David Wright (97.5%) (surprise!) is heading to the DL after pulling his hammy on Tuesday. Hopefully you’ve got an open DL spot on your team, but either way you’re gonna want to keep him on the roster. Go look for some fresh blood on your WW.

(75%-89%)


Chris Carter (85.9%) added two more strikeouts to his collection but don’t worry he added a second hit to his season!1!1! Sorry, I might own him in a couple leagues or something. He has skyrocketed his slash line to the tune of .077/.043/.077 (yes, that’s a .077 slugging) and his K% is sitting at a girthy 35.7. Keep in mind that he is still one of only three players (Nelson Cruz, Giancarlo Stanton) to hit 37 or more home runs last year, though. I would keep him out of my lineup for the time being but I’m not looking to drop him this early, either.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week 1 MLB Injury Report

Matt Cain- Right flexor tendon strain
The Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15 day disabled list right before the start of the season.  If you have read any of my other pieces you will know that I am not very high on Cain this year.  He has been a workhorse for the last 10 years but I think time and age are finally catching up to him.  It would not surprise me if Cain never makes it back into the starting rotation.   

J.J. Hardy- Shoulder soreness
The Orioles shut down Hardy from all baseball activities for 10 days on March 30th.  Hardy has started taking dry swings and will be sent down to play some Double-A ball and the O’s could have him back in the lineup in a week.  Hardy has admitted to feeling some soreness during his dry swing sessions, but still expects to begin his rehab assignment on Thursday.  Be sure to monitor this injury closely and expect Hardy to lose some power when he returns.  

Jake Peavy- Lower back discomfort
Peavy was able to avoid the disabled list and is expected to make his first start Sunday.  With Matt Cain already on the DL, look for Peavy to step up his game and hold the number 2 spot in the rotation for the remainder of the year.  Peavy could be a sneaky pick up, as he is available in over 90% of all leagues.  


Matt Wieters Tommy John surgery 2014
The Orioles are continuing to play it safe with Wieters and probably won’t bring him back to the club until May.  Wieters' rehab has gone smoothly since dealing with tendinitis in his surgically repaired elbow, but the O’s are content with giving him as much time as needed as they have a very capable backup catcher in Caleb Joseph. 

Alex Cobb-  Right forearm tightness
Cobb was placed on the DL before the start of the season and has been progressing slowly in his recovery from a throwing arm injury.  For the first time since his injury, Cobb was able to throw back to back bullpen sessions this week.  Cobb will still need some work in the minors before joining the Ray’s rotation, but when he does rejoin the club expect him to return to his 2014 form when he posted a 2.87 ERA and 1.136 WHIP. 

James Loney- Right oblique strain
Tampa Bay placed Loney on the DL after he strained his oblique in a batting practice session Tuesday.  Loney had a solid spring and has been productive for the Rays over the last 2 seasons so don’t expect his playing time to be in jeopardy.   Loney doesn’t bring much to the plate other than a solid batting average and should be avoided in most formats until he can show that he has regained the power that he once had.



Anthony Rendon- MCL sprain
Rendon’s injury seems to be worse than originally expected.  He finally began doing side-to-side movements on Thursday and should start to ramp up his fielding work next week.  The Nationals may just be exercising caution with their All Star third baseman, which will pay off for the fantasy owner in the long run.  Be patient with Rendon as he is one of the top infielders in all formats when healthy.

Koji Uehara- Hamstring strain
After being placed on the DL on March 27th, Uehara made a rehab appearance on Saturday.  However, he was not his sharpest giving up 3 hits and 1 run in an inning of work.  The aging Uehara should be monitored closely, but he should return as Boston’s closer fairly quickly.  Especially with his replacement Edward Mujica having blown his only save opportunity of the year.

Jayson Werth- Offseason shoulder surgery
Werth is hoping to make his 2015 debut on Monday against the Red Sox.  After a great week of Minor league games, Werth looks like he will be able to fill one of the holes in the Nationals outfield.   Werth will be a great boost to the Nationals lineup who have not posted more than 3 runs in the first week of the season.  If the Nationals are going to even come close to fulfilling their 2015 expectations, they are going to need Werth to be a major contributor. 

Hunter Pence- Left forearm fracture.
As expected the Giants placed Pence on the DL before the start of the season.  Pence has been progressing well after getting hit by a pitch that left him with a fractured forearm. He is still roughly two weeks away from swinging a bat, but the Giants should have him back in their lineup in early May.  Pence is a very well rounded player that will help any fantasy team.  Like Rendon, be patient with Pence as your team will benefit in the long run when he returns.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Fake Baseball presents: Post-Draft Waiver Wire Adds

Post-Draft Waiver Wire Adds

posted by Justin Edwards

So your fantasy baseball draft(s) are in the rearview mirror and you’re finally coping with the excitement that is the baseball season. You’re getting over the euphoria of drafting all the perfect players at all the perfect times, and you’ve decided to open up the website or app to bask in the glory of your inevitable championship… Wait, did you really draft Cliff Lee, Yu Darvish and Adam Dunn? Or maybe your draft lasted past your bedtime or you had to head to work, or that freaking baby would just not stop crying and just HAD to fill her diaper up in the 23rd round. Well no worries fake sport brethren, help is on the way in the form of your league’s waiver wire. Here is a little bit of undrafted fodder to help replace those guys you really don’t want soaking up all those precious bench spots:

Anthony Gose (Y!:5% ESPN: 1%)
As Spring Training winds down, it looks as if Gose has locked up the leadoff spot for the Detroit Tigers. This monster of an offense ranked 2ndin the MLB in RS/G in 2014 and shouldn’t fall behind much with a healthy Kinsley, Cabrera and Victor Martinez batting in the 2, 3, and 4 spots. Apart from the obvious runs boost he will receive, he’s also a speedy CF who stole 15 bases after only 274 major league ABs last year. Anthony Gose has the defensive tools necessary to keep him in the lineup, as he accumulated a 9.2 UZR with the Blue Jays last year, compared to Rajai Davis’ -8.0 in the same category. Even with his swing-and-miss regularity, he managed to compile a 1.3 WAR; expect Detroit to keep him atop their big hitting lineup as long as he stays north of the Mendoza line.

Adam Lind (Y!: 37% ESPN: 9%)
From one former Blue Jay to the next, we have an all-fields hitter with entirely different makeup than the speedy Gose. For use in daily lineups only, Lind can be a big boost to your BA or OBP as long as you are mindful enough to plug him in when you see the Brewers are facing a RH starting pitcher. Adam continued his 2 year spree of all-star right handed dominance last year, compiling a .942 OPS, a miniscule 13.2 K% and a very unlucky 8.3% HR/FB rate. He may not flirt with a .400 OBP again, but I’d be willing to bet he more than doubles his 6 homeruns. Keep an eye on matchups and plug Lind into your CI/UTIL spot when you get the chance.

Khris Davis (Y!: 60% ESPN: 47%)
Khristopher has power. The type of power that is absolute fantasy gold if you can still grab him off the waiver wire. His average fly ball rate was sniffing top-50 last year, and his ISO ranked him in the top-15. Yeah, seriously, top-15. Ahead of Miggy, Josh Donaldson, Cespedes; ya know, everyone else who wasn’t in the top-15. Forget keeping him on your bench, because he could easily serve as a OF2 or OF3 and continually notch numbers for your HR category.

Arismendy Alcantara (Y!: 21% ESPN: 58%)
With Javier Baez being relegated to minor league work, the door is wide open for Arismendy to be the everyday second baseman in Chicago for the foreseeable future. The only thing that will keep him from playing either in the infield or the outfield everyday is the same downfall that his counterpart and many of the young guns in the league have: strikeouts. Big league pitching forced him into an unsustainable 31.0 K%, .205 BA and a .254 OBP through 300 PA last season. While he may not have much of a shot to bring his strikeouts down to the league average, his batting ratios have nowhere to go but up. Alcantara finished with a .266 BABIP, well below the league average for a regular batter, let alone a man with plus speed. It may not force you to charge to your waiver wire or trade away the farm to grab him, and I can see his slash resembling something closer to .240/.300/.420 this coming season. This is a possible 20/20 guy that you can keep snuggly on your bench to replace guys with off days or even have a double threat guy if you missed the 2B train during your draft.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fantasy Baseball Pre-Draft Injury Report by Payton Sanders


Garrett Richards- ADP 125/SP 31 - Left Knee
      Richards threw four no-hit innings in Triple-A ball on March 23rd.  All signs point to Richards returning to the Angels rotation by the end of April.  If Richards can be half the pitcher he was last year he is definitely worth a mid-round draft pick.   

Edwin Encarnacion- ADP 11/1b 5 - Back inflammation
      Encarnacion spent the beginning of this week taking some swings in the minors and will rejoin the team by the end of the week.  He is absolutely still a top 15 pick, but I would be wary taking the 32 year old in a very deep first baseman draft.  Hopefully the back issues are just a onetime occurrence and not a trend we see for the aging power hitter.

Hyun-Jin Ryu- ADP 133/SP 33- Left shoulder inflammation
      I am staying away from Ryu in all formats. Ryu missed 20 games last year due to the same injury and pitching arm issues this early is not a sign of good things to come.  Regardless, Ryu should be ready to pitch a couple weeks after the start of the year. 

Adam Wainwright- ADP 43/SP 12- Abdominal strain
      Nothing to see here.  Wainwright has pitched beautifully in spring training since returning from the abdominal strain and is slated to start Opening Day.  Most recently, Wainwright went 3 2/3 innings giving up four runs in the process. His stuff looked good and the abdominal strain seemed to be a non-factor.

Hunter Pence- ADP 86/OF 24- Fracture in left forearm
      Pence took a wicked fastball off his arm that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks.  The injury occurred on March 5th so we should expect Pence back in the Giants’ lineup towards the end of April.  The injury should have no effect on Pence’s draft stock and production in 2015. 

Jose Fernandez- ADP 178 SP- Tommy John Surgery
      Aiming for a June return, Fernandez has had no setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery.  Although the Marlins are saying June, I don’t expect them to rush Fernandez back.  If you have the patience or a DL spot, Fernandez will be a great 14-17 round stash.

Daniel Murphy- ADP 146/2b 14 - Right hamstring strain
      Murphy will be ready for Opening Day, but you will want to monitor this injury closely.  Murphy should be a second option on most rosters anyway so go ahead and draft him the same as you would without the injury. UPDATE-Daniel Murphy likely to begin season on the DL

Jayson Werth- ADP 167/OF 47- Offseason shoulder surgery
Werth will continue to play in the minors this week, but the Nats are expecting him to be in their lineup at the beginning of the season.  Recently, Werth was quoted as saying he felt pain in his shoulder when swinging.  If you have read any of my other articles you would know that I love Jayson Werth this year, however I am going to drop him at least one round in my projections.  My concern is Werth will lose some power early in the year due to any lingering pain. 

Anthony Rendon- ADP 18/2b 3- MCL sprain
      Rendon suffered the sprain a week ago and is making improvements according to members of the Nationals.   An MRI taken on March 24th showed no structural damage which is a huge relief for guys like me who have Rendon locked in as a keeper.  If I’m a Rendon owner I want the Nats to hold him out for a couple more weeks to ensure that he is available the rest of the year.    

Matt Wieters- ADP 163/C 10- Tommy John surgery
      Wieters is now 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery and was recently shut down with some elbow tendinitis.  However, there is reason for optimism as x-rays have come back clean on the slugger. The Orioles are reporting that Wieters will begin the year on the DL to give his elbow more time to heal.  Even if he misses a week or two I expect Wieters to flirt with being a top 5 catcher this year as long as he can remain healthy.

Alex Cobb- ADP 82/SP 21- Right forearm tendinitis
      Cobb will miss his first start of the year to get a full recovery from the tendinitis in his throwing arm.  Cobb told the media on March 23rd that he was pain free and missing his first start was precautionary.  Draft Cobb as you normally would as he is lined up to be the Rays ace in 2015.

Koji Uehara-  ADP 120/RP 13- Left hamstring strain  
      Koji’s opening day availability is definitely in jeopardy, but that is not the reason why I wouldn’t draft him this year.  Koji is nearly 40 and even though the Red Sox resigned him for 2 years, the Red Sox have made sure they have a backup plan in place-Edward Mujica.  Uehara can make guys swing and miss with the best of them, but I think the shoulder injury is the first of many setbacks that happen with old age.    

Kenley Jansen- ADP 97/RP 7- Left foot surgery  
Jansen will miss the first month of the season recovering from foot surgery in February, but will immediately resume the role as closer for the Dodgers when he is healthy.  Jansen was 6th in saves last year and even with the month off should he should be a premier guy in 2015. 

Miguel Cabrera- ADP 6/1b 2-Right foot surgery   
The best hitter in baseball is healthy and ready to lead the Tigers’ high powered offense.  Draft him normally, which means early.

Victor Martinez- ADP 61/1b 13-Right knee surgery
      Like Miggy, Martinez will be ready to go for Opening Day.  After having meniscus surgery in February Martinez has already played in two spring league games.  Martinez if falling out of the first 4 rounds in most drafts which makes no sense to me considering he has 1b eligibility this year.  Regression from last year is predictable, but even with the regression Martinez will put up top 5 first baseman numbers.  UPDATE-V-Mart has admitted to some soreness in his surgically repaired knee.   
Chris Sale- ADP 19/SP 4 - Right foot fracture  
      The White Sox are hoping to have Sale back by mid-April so his draft stock should not take much of a hit.  The foot fracture should not affect Sale’s pitching if given the proper time to heal.  To that effect, his owners should be happy the Sox aren’t pushing him to start Opening Day.  Sale will throw a simulated game on Friday that will be a great indication of how Sale is recovering. 

Jacoby Ellsbury- ADP 30/OF 9- Oblique strain  
      After straining his oblique on the 17th, Ellsbury has started running and throwing and  is progressing great according to Joe Girardi.  Expect the Yankees to give Ellsbury enough time to recover, but he should be ready to go the first game of the year. 
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