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Have you heard I like Anibal Sanchez this year?  No?  What rock have you been living under?  Does your rock have an address?  Do you get mail addressed to “Rock?”  If someone throws a rock onto your street, does it confuse the postman?  Do you ever get mail that’s meant for The Rock that accidentally finds its way to your rock?  I have rock questions.  I haven’t been this excited about a man with a woman’s name since Jody Gerut hit 3 homers in September of 2009.  Anibal doesn’t have as many innings on his arm as most 6-year vets not because he’s a sissy with a sissy name, but because he’s had countless injuries and a labrum tear, which does sound like an injury that would happen to a girl.  He’s shown he can locate his pitches with authority, cutting his walk rate and bumping up his first pitch strike percentage to a new career high.  Not only is he commanding his pitches, but he’s also throwing them faster.  Most instances his past injuries would scare me away, but he’s actually gained speed on his fastball each year since 2007 with this past year setting a new career high for his fastball and slider velocity.  Maybe all those years of being toughened up from beatings as a boy with a girl’s name has finally paid off.  So what can we expect of Anibal Sanchez for 2012 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

The sleeper part is easy.  He’s being drafted after Hellickson, Cueto, Carpenter and near Tim Hudson.  To break down those four pitchers further.  That’s a Don’t Like, Don’t Like, Don’t Like and Injured for the 1st Month, respectively.  So you can get Anibal at a decent price.  He’s also coming off a year where he had a 9+ K/9.  There’s no other pitchers being drafted as late as him with a 9+ K/9 that don’t come with some serious baggage.  Like a four walks per nine innings-sized bag, or play for a team that might only win 70 games-sized bag.  The Marlins are primed to challenge for the pennant and their ace is Anibal Sanchez.  Not Josh Johnson as is being reported by everyone but me.  Last year, Sanchez had a 3.67 ERA, but a 3.25 xFIP due to a bit of bad luck.  Even if he repeats his shizzy luck and only comes away with 3.50 ERA and 200 Ks, he’s way more valuable than the other pitchers I mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.  In the top 40 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball, I put Anibal’s projections at 15-8/3.50/1.24/190.  If there’s one pitcher I want on every team that could sneak into the Cy Young conversation this year, it’s Anibal Sanchez.  Yeah, I’m shooting up some serious Anibalic steroids.

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  1. Awesomus Maximus

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    I have rock questions, as well. Does the new movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island star The Rock, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, or Dwayne Johnson? Why is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s acting superior to Dwayne Johnson’s, and vastly superior to The Rock’s? I don’t know what his name means in Samoan, but does he realize that in American his name means “man taking a leak”?

    • Grey

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      @Awesomus Maximus, I don’t know, but the thought of The Rock riding a giant bumblebee has me intrigued. Too bad it’s not B. Brian Blair. Also, was there a Journey 1?

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, Yeah, it’s a sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth… and yeah, I hate that I know that (though I swear I did not watch it, nor will I watch this… you gotta’ believe me).

        Where are you at with Project Runway and Battle of the Exes?

        • Grey

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          @Awesomus Maximus, Seriously behind on Runway, I think two weeks. I’m only one week back on Exes. I saw the first week. Speak on it!

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @Grey, Well the most recent episode is tits, but I’ll put that aside to avoid spoilers. Things that struck me during Ep. 1:

            – Mark is too old to still be doing this… and way too old to be getting excited over bunk beds. Though, this may land him the cover of the latest AARP magazine.

            – Poor Sarah… she had a one night stand with a decent-looking guy, and now it looks like she had a relationship with a friggin’ blimp. I think the only things Vinny has been lifting since he got off roids is meatball parms.

            – Excited initially to see CT, of course… and then I remembered that this is some sort of rehabilitated CT. He puts those glasses on and it drains him of his super powers (the ability to drink to excess and pick fights randomly).

            – I don’t like saying things “look gay,” but when a man has one matching earring in each ear (Abe), it looks gay. And I don’t mean it looks lame, I mean it looks homosexual. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

            • Grey

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              @Awesomus Maximus, I thought Mark was one of those that made a big deal about retiring. I faintly remember him in a Speedo trying to melt a block of ice doing his best Danny Glover impersonation.

              re: Sarah — Ha! I know, thought the same thing. Usually these people stay in good shape, it’s all they do. Speaking of which, at my gym, I always see Ty.

              re: CT — I think all the worst seasons of CT were ones where Diem was there.

              • Awesomus Maximus

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                @Grey, Oh dear lord… was that the challenge where the guys team was dressed only in Speedos, and they had to lay one guy on top of another guy on top of the ice block, and then the rest of the team alternated pulling their feet and hands so as to rub their bodies back and forth on the ice block? As I mentioned, I don’t like to say things “look gay,” so I’ll refrain from commenting.

                Ty is a beast. D.C. is one of the two Real Worlds (Paris being the other) I’ve never seen, but it doesn’t seem like anyone else came out of that cast.

                A few other things I noticed:

                – The fake blonde isn’t working for anyone. Matter of taste, I guess, but Diem looked so much cuter with her short brown hair. Now she looks like an almost washed up porn star, while Mandi looks like a low-level porn star. Sarah looked way cuter as a brunette, as well. Paula… well she always looks like Gollum/Smeagol to me.

                – Wes is a tool. No, he’s a bucket of tools. Wait, no, he’s a big, shiny, red Craftsman chest of tools. Wait, wait, wait… he’s the entire friggin’ Home Depot Tool Corral!

                – Oh, and Heather’s dairy pillows are still spectacular. Can’t believe a gay porn actor (who looks as if he smells like feet) is STILL hittin’ that.

                • Grey

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                  @Awesomus Maximus, He’s STILL hitting it? That must be a spoiler cause I don’t remember that from the 1st episode. Diem did look better when she had short hair. Robin has really fallen off. Wes cracks me up, but he seems like he’d be miserable to be around in real real life.

                  • Awesomus Maximus

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                    @Grey, Dunno’ if it came up in Ep. 1, but it’s not secret info. There was a pre-show episode where they went through each of the teams and their relationships, past to present.

                    • Grey

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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Ah… Missed the pre-show info. So they’re together? Interesting…

                    • Awesomus Maximus

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                      @Grey, I don’t believe they’re together; I think they just hook up regularly. There’s a big difference in there somewhere.

                      I wonder how narrow we can get this nested conversation… one word per row?

                    • Grey

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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Word

                    • Grey

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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Just watched. Great episode. Few thoughts: 1) I love Leroy. 2) I watched the club footage that they showed like it was the Zapruder film and I didn’t see Vinny pull off Mandi’s top. 3) They should’ve said, “Sara you could’ve stayed if you had hooked up with someone else on all the seasons you were on, but you hadn’t. So there’s no ex, you have to go.”

                    • Awesomus Maximus

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                      @Grey, Okay… I immediately turned to my wife when they were showing the club footage and said, “I didn’t see him do anything to her top.” Don’t have DVR, so thanks for confirming. He obviously DID do it, since he left without an argument, but they (shocker) didn’t have any footage, so they just showed the only footage they had of the two of them near each other.

                      I think the producers should have told Sarah the truth, “We would have brought in another partner, but we just watched the footage where you’re talking about getting all the troublemakers out of the house. You think our ratings come from good vibes and bad farts? GTFO!” Seriously, when Leroy (yes, I love him too) lost his partner last Challenge, which was about playing with your arch enemy, they brought in his BEST FRIEND as a replacement, so obviously the replacement doesn’t need to make sense. There was just no need to keep around the good-two-shoes without her fat, drunk, mongo mistake.

                      Didn’t you kind of feel bad for Naomi at the end? I was just shaking my head and talking to my TV, “Sweetie… let it go. You have no idea how desperate and sad you look right now. You’re trying to talk a man into hooking up with you, and he’s telling you repeatedly that he doesn’t want to.”

                    • Grey

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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Nothing worse than a girl pleading on TV that she just wants to hook up with a guy and the guy saying no. In levels of pathetic, that has to be near the top. Maybe right below hooking up with Mike (Paula). I rewatched the club footage countless times and one second there’s nothing wrong then she has a black bar over her top and Mongo doesn’t move near her throughout the whole thing. I was thinking maybe he was so drunk he assumed he did it, but didn’t. But you’re right, why not fight it if you didn’t do anything. BTW, still one episode back on Runway but not liking it at all. I think they thought the contestants would be the stars but the new judges/Coles subtract so much that I can’t get into it.

                    • Awesomus Maximus

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                      @Grey, I still say they have no footage of the event, so they just slapped a black bar over the only footage they have of the two of them near each other. My wife reminded me that Johanna should have been Wes’ ex, not Mandi, but I’m sure she was contacted and declined. She already cut that choad out of her life and took his house (ha!), so she doesn’t need to even be on the same show as him.

                      Runway sucks… these judges are ruining my show. They have no cohesive and certain opinions. I can’t tell which designs they like/dislike or, more importantly, why! I swear, one of the past two weeks (no spoiler) Mizrahi says something to the effect of, “As soon as I saw your piece I hated it, but it’s obviously fantastic.”

                      Coles is such a nothing. She is totally rushed and is obviously afraid to give any strong advice that might not be echoed by the judges. As EiC of a major mag, she has credibility to lose. Gunn has never had a problem telling a voted off contestant, “I don’t see what the judges are talking about. I thought you did a great job.”

                      The worst part is how contrived the cast list is. Again, no spoilers… it has been painfully obvious that there is a group who is there to be voted off, a group that is there to contend, and a few people who are there to surprise or disappoint. It’s playing out according to script, and that feels totally non-Runway more than anything else.

                    • Grey

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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Wow, good memory on Johanna, totally forget about that. Yeah, she got the house. Ha! These judges are ruining All-Stars, they’re not making much of an impression to be on the regular version. If they are in Lifetime’s eyes (still weird I watch a Lifetime show), then I’m not watching the regular one anymore. The sad thing about Coles is she’s committing the cardinal sin of reality. She’s not being herself so she’s losing credibility. If she was an utter bitch, she’d actually gain fans and enemies, which means she’s being interesting. Now she’s just a bore.

    • Grey

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      @dingbat, You got Carthaginian questions.

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        @Grey, I do! If they remove the ‘h’ to make Carthaginian names Spanish, does that mean they call them Cartaginians? Did Annibal lead Elepants against the Romans while Asdrubal defended Ispania?

        Most importantly, are there any future baseball players named Amilcar or Anno the Great?

        • Grey

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          @dingbat, Anno the Great is in the Astros system, they’ll probably trade him for Brett Wallace’s nephew.

    • MikeY says:
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      @dingbat, @Grey

      I get the joke, but it doesn’t really apply since his name isn’t pronounced “ah-nih-bell”, it’s “a-nee-ball”.

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Anibal!! Love him/her this year.

    In response to your response earlier Grey on the other thread, it’s just a 10 teamer. I’ll post the post (man this is getting confusing) again below, thanks!

    Was having a quick chat with Albert Lang on the other thread last night (well was night for me here in England) about keeping pitchers (SPs) for multiple years, whats your view on it? I’m tempted to keep Gio for 2 yrs at $11 in my keeper league, and whilst Albert was ok with the price, he’d only go the 1yr ($8) route because of the injury/unpredictable nature of SP’s. What is your stance kind sir? (us Brits don’t all normally talk like that don’t worry)

    • Grey

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      @TheNewGuy, I’d just keep him for one year too. Plenty of pitchers in a 10 teamer each year.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Thanks man, like the new reply setup!

  3. Cheese

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    So Anibal appears to be the pitcher you want on every team. I don’t think we’ve come across the hitter you’re wanting most yet (at least based on all the other sleeper posts unless I’ve missed it). Any specific hitter you’re going after in all drafts?

    • Grey

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      @Cheese, Hitters that are higher ranked I’m excited about, as of right now. Hitters there’s a few in each ranking post that I feel are sleepers and that I like later. Like Altuve, Presley, etc.

    • Grey

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      @Cheese, That’s confusing. I’m really excited about some higher ranked hitters. Sleeper-wise, there’s guys that I’d take flyers on in each ranking post.

  4. Big Magoo

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    Sweet, a Killer Bees reference. No love for Jumping Jim Brunzell though?

    • Grey

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      @Big Magoo, Oh, I gots much love for him.

  5. jeffjam says:
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    Hey Grey, just wanna ask who do you feel about Pomeranz and Surkampf. Will either of them get any separate post?

    • Grey

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      @jeffjam, They’re not in the rotation as of right now.

  6. bill says:
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    Grey- I’m adopting you as my go to fantasy guru. 1- because you make me laugh and no other blog-pert does that 2. your logic on players makes sense and 3. you are man enough to rock a stash
    It could also be because you say nice things about my keepers
    So.. I just made an offer on CAnibal- I’m changing his name (if the Latin players can do it so can I) to make him sound more macho

    • Grey

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      @bill, Thanks, Billy-Boo-Boo. Is it okay if I call you that?

      • bill says:
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        @Grey, that brings back too many memories

  7. birrrdy! says:
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    Grey, don’t lie. Gaby Sanchez got you more excited in 2011 than Jody Gerut did in September ’09. You just wanted to say Jody Gerut.

    (as in “Gerut of all evil”)

    • Grey

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      @birrrdy!, Ha… True. Any chance for a boy named Jody reference.

  8. polczek5 says:
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    Ha, a torn labrum does sound like an ijury that would happen to a girl. and not a good one. insightful as always Grey. i’m glad I snatched up Anibal in my ongoing slow draft, just after missing out on Gio.

    • Grey

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      @polczek5, Are you being punny when you say snatched with a torn labrum? Emoticon.

      • bill says:
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        @Grey, ha thought the same pun

  9. Wake Up says:
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    To Steve…

    Thanks for the track listing link. Very interesting. Totally agree about the second to last track, as a musician.

    • Steve says:
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      @Wake Up, No worries. It was a little bit whimsical but more than a grain of truth I suspect.

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        @Steve, Woot! I have a gravatar.

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          @Steve, May need to get in a little tighter though.

          • Grey

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            @Steve, Who’s that Johnny U? Are the Colts your team?

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, It is, and not really – I’m more of a Packers guy, though I do have a soft spot for the Colts of Baltimore.

              I got to know (and admire) Johnny U – figuratively of course – after reading ‘The Best Game Ever’ by Mark Bowden, which I cannot recommend highly enough. On the subject of the Baltimore Colts, you should also watch the ESPN 30 for 30 film ‘The Band That Wouldn’t Die’. Great stuff.

              • Grey

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                @Steve, I’ve been meaning to watch about two dozen 30 for 30’s and still haven’t see any except the Escobar one, which was good.

        • Grey

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          @Steve, Well done!

  10. Love the new comment thread format. Hoping you will do an Altuve sleeper post. Would you draft him in a 12-team mixed? 10-team NL only?

    • Grey

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      @The Miracles, I’m gonna do one. Yes for both… Assuming you have a MI slot in the mixed league.

  11. Buge Hoobs says:
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    @grey: I apologize in advance if you’ve answered this already, I am still trying to get accustomed to the the new response thread format.

    In a 10 team standard 5×5, what’s the earliest round you pull the trigger on Anibal? Do you wait until Hellickson, Cueto, Carpenter and Hudson start to go?

    • Grey

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      @Buge Hoobs, Around the 8th to 9th round… Yeah, around when those guys are going…

  12. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Someone came through with the new format change huh??? looks crazy, but i dig it for sure…

    I like Anibal as well.

    My SUPPPER SP of the year is…

    Dustin McGowan.

    if he wins that 5th spot, i think he’ll be a GREAT pickup/ $1 pitcher. Dude can strike people out. Hopefully he’s healthy

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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, Meant to say SUPPPER sleeper SP*

    • Grey

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      @The Talented Mr. Dope Man, He does strike people out but he’s got some issues…

  13. exactly says:
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    This new comment reply thingy is freaking me the eff out…

    • Grey

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      @exactly, Ha

  14. Jay29 says:
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    @Grey, what do you think about Juan Nicasio? He’s supposedly healing well from his freak neck injury, had great numbers across the board last year (xFIP < ERA), and had great K/BB numbers in the minors. Despite Coors and the injury, it looks like he could be a great sleeper late in drafts, especially if people have the fallback option of DLing him for the fist couple weeks.

    • Grey

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      @Jay29, He did have great numbers, will have to see how the neck is doing in the spring…

  15. Bourne says:
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    I did. My first mock yesterday. It was on cbs. They have the most unique rankings I have seen this year. My team looked stacked on offense, but I had lester, annibal, and gio as my top 3 sp. Now that ain’t so bad.

    Seriously, who left mike stanton 50 spits below adp at cbs?

    • Grey

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      @Bourne, CBS is so bad I don’t even bother mentioning how bad they are because everyone automatically assumes they’re terrible.

  16. Random Collmenter says:
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    @Grey general draft question. what kind of paperwork do you use at a draft? i.e. ADP report, just your rankings, or do you split up players by position/tier?

    for example, you like MadBum more than most, but if you have him ranked as the 10th best pitcher, you obviously don’t want to reach for him during the draft, and you know you can wait a round or two before other people might draft him.

    am i making sense here? i want to walk into a draft with my rankings, but also have a firm idea of where other people will be drafting too…

    • Grey

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      @Random Collmenter, I go over that in the coming days. I take my top 100, top 300 and Rudy’s Point Shares into a draft and if it’s online I have my top 20 rankings open…

  17. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Anibalic Steroids is definitely moving up the rankings as a possible team name this season.

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