In yesterday’s game, Matt Kemp had 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. On the season, he’s batting .383 with 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 12 Runs and 4 steals. The 7th spot in the order is killing his value like Daniel Craig killed the Bond series. Kemp’s a solid choice for NL MVP and I could see him moving to the 1st round next year for fantasy baseball drafts. He said in the preseason that he wanted to go 40/40. Can he actually do it? Like Chris Young, it’s a tall order. You don’t fall into 40/40 and, in Chavez Ravine, it’s not going to be easy for the 40 homers. But the fact he wants to steal 40 bases is telling. Steals are partially about motivation. Sometimes guys just don’t want to steal (see Krispie Young in ’08). Other times, players pile steals on to show they can (Canseco’s 40/40 year). I doubt Kemp reaches 40 homers, but 30/30 with a .300 average isn’t crackers. We shall call him Sizemoremore. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Glen Perkins – 8 IP, 1 ER. You’re talking about a pitching who had a 4.41 ERA last year, but a FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) rate of 5.14. That’s pretty bad. Okay, I’m being generous. That’s awful. Yes, he was lucky to only have an ERA of 4.41. His MOLLY (Mitigating Of Lousy Loathsome Yuck) was 7. That means he got pretty lucky. So far this year his MOLLY is 9.9. His BABIP has been insanely lucky so far, his fly balls are all over the place yet falling into fielders’ gloves. He’s due for a regression. If you own him, you’re bound to get Mollywopped. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Robinson Cano? Please tell me you’re not going to suggest we buy into Robinson Cano? Please, Grey, I was beginning to find you halfway intelligent. Sorry, random italicized voice, I’m a glutton for punishment. Someone has a terrific season the previous year (Pedroia) and I pull back. A player craps the bed in the previous season (Robinson Cano) and I get excited about them. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that he would require hip surgery and would miss a few months. Willie Bloomquist owners rejoice! Obviously this isn’t great news for Gordon. That’s 99 red balloons for your fearless leader, Grey. I loved me some Alex Gordon. Though, as fate would have it, I didn’t actually get him on any team. Not by design. I luckily backed up into that one. You can DL him, but I’d cut bait if you have anyone else in the DL slot. Gordon’s not coming back for a while and even when he was around, he was tentative at best. It’s going to be real hard for me to sell anyone on drafting him next year. But I will try! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
LaTroy Hawkins – Notched a save as Jose Valverde was held out of the game because of a sore back. The Astros are making it sound like Valverde’s back isn’t much of an issue. Yeah, and the Orioles wanted Wieters to work on his D. And the Mariners brought Griffey back so they can win games not as a PR stunt. And the Rockies were happy with the value they received for Holliday. These clubs lie through their teeth. Valverde may be fine and Hawkins is a cuddle boy, but all that means nothing if Hawkins is getting the saves. If you have room, own him. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I wrote this blurb about Daisuke Matsuzaka, then ran it through an online Japanese translator then converted it back to English. Here’s what came out — “Dice-K’s arm fell asleep! You wish he was going to recover like Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai after he found humility. Please, blog, may I have some more?
I think I’m approximately six weeks late on this, but if you read Razzball daily (of course you do, you reader, you!) then you’ve read before some, if not all, of these predictions. So what now? Read them again. They won’t hurt you. Plus now that I’ve put all of my ‘preseason’ predictions in one place, we can look back at this later in the year and laugh. Oh, and we will laugh. Who’s your NL MVP? Soriano? Oh, you do kid, Grey. You do! Please, blog, may I have some more?
Lastings Milledge was sent to the minors yesterday clearing room for Elijah Dukes to cover for him in center and probationary hearings. Luckily, on his way out of town, Milledge stopped by Razzball HQ with some “word science.” After you read the rhymes Milledge dropped, feel free to drop him. Please, blog, may I have some more?
You have ADD and you have no idea how this sentence will end because you’re already reading the comments. You drafted Hanley and traded him for Bonifacio. You’re glad Marco Scutaro has 3rd base eligibility so you can drop Chris Davis. Webb is lucky he was DL’d because you were about to drop him for Kevin Millwood. You’re trigger finger is itching and only Nyjer Morgan can scratch it. You’re also potentially losing your league in April. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Chien-Ming Wang – the two-time 19 game winner – is pitching historically bad. How bad? Some TV highlight show quoted some statistical service that the 15 earned runs he’s given up in the past 2 starts are the most ever for a Yankee pitcher’s first two starts of the year. For fantasy purposes, he’s more toxic than Chinese air, waterways, and land combined. As for Ted Lilly, you have to respect a guy who can overcome the ignominy of being traded for Hideki Irabu and Jeff Weaver. He’s been a very underrated late game starter for the past two years with the Cubs. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The title was part of a special Simpsons that Kim Jong Il commissioned where Ralph Wiggum’s mouth is jammed shut full of Korean bean paste. Stupid American! Last year in 317 ABs, Shin-Soo Choo had 14 HRs and 4 steals while batting .309. Though, as I used to say to one ex-girlfriend, “Beware the small sample size.” Hmm… Maybe that’s oversharing. Choo’s last two months were a bit-torrent, to incorrectly use the slang of the kids. If you were to project Choo’s last year stats out over a full season with a full-time job, you get the wrong idea. He’s not a 25+ home run guy. The good thing (as of right now), he does have the full time job. In 2009, we should expect Shin-Soo Choo to have less power than he showed, but more speed. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Who doesn’t love a good comeback story? Mickey Rourke, Jamie Walters, Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky after a very hit or miss, A Ghost is Born… Now there’s Edwin Jackson. Last night, he pitched a gem. 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER with 89 pitches. I love prospects that seem destined for greatness then fail. Please, blog, may I have some more?