Today is May 27th. 44 years ago today, major league franchises were awarded to San Diego and Montreal (RIP). Today is the 74th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate bridge. On this day in 1958, the F-4 Phantom II made its maiden flight. The F-4 held several speed and altitude records for many years and is still in service. Happy 44th birthday to Frank Thomas and Jeff Bagwell, two players who should probably make the Hall of Fame and most likely won't. Here are your fantasy baseball links for today:
So what’s an owner to do? Well, if you’re going to trade for pitching, make sure you trade for difference makers. Top-15 starters only. Replacement-level pitchers are too good to make a deal for even the 20th best pitcher worthwhile...Listed below are the 15 pitchers I would trade for:
See-Through Statistics | Sons of Roto
We're talking about some buy and sell targets and candidates while looking at the extreme BABIP and HR/FB% numbers from around the league.
Fantasy Baseball Insider Trading: Dan Uggla, Asdrubal Cabrera, more | KFFL.com
Uggla won't be this bad forever. Cabrera won't be this good forever. Is the next move so obvious?
Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Brandon Belt, more | KFFL.com
Giants lose stud youngster, bringing up another one. Plus, potential Blue Jays saves?
Follow the jump for more of the latest fantasy baseball news and analysis from around the web.
Buster Posey Out Indefinitely After Left Leg Injuries | Roto Hardball
Waiver wire suggestions for Posey owners
The most overlooked catcher of the year, Lucroy has put up numbers every bit as good as Brian McCann, yet his ownership percentage lags 68 percentage points behind (98% to 29%). He hits in that star-studded Brewers lineup and making the most of it, with 15 runs (2 fewer than Posey), 5 homers (one more than Posey), 22 RBI (1 more than Posey), and a .321 average (37 points higher than Posey). Now, his BABIP is an unsustainably high .368, but Lucroy looks like a good one.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Saltalamacchia has put that April slump behind him to turn into a productive hitter for the Red Sox or in fantasy. It’s worth mentioning that ZiPS hates him though, pegging him for .233/.306/.395 with seven homers the rest of the way. I’ll take the over thanks to Fenway.
[Santana] has delivered in the minor leagues, but there is a chance that he’s the catcher version of Chris Davis, who kills it in the minors, but struggles with major league pitching.
No way is he Chris Davis. If the Santana owner in your league thinks this way, jump all over it.
The real question centers around his average, and that’s where fantasy owners need to be concerned. He is a career .287 hitter, so there really is no reason to think that he won’t turn it around, sooner or later. However, if he’s going to keep swinging for the fences and hit more and more fly balls (his rate has increased from 43.5% in April to 45.1% in May), the less likely it will become that he hits for a usable average.
Is Jerry Sands Mixed-League Worthy? | Roto Hardball
Jerry Sands started slow during his MLB debut, but he's looked much better as of late. Is Sands a player you should be picking up in standard mixed fantasy leagues?
DeJesus over this time period hit .295 overall, but .327 with runners in scoring position. Looking at his batting heat maps, you can see the change in his approach.
ZiPS likes him the rest of the way, forecasting a .257/.333/.441 (.343 wOBA) batting line with ten homers over the next four-plus months. That wOBA/HR projection is on par with guys like Mitch Moreland (.343/12), Matt LaPorta (.336/13), and Brandon Belt (.352/9), for some perspective.
So it may simply be that batters are hitting more fastballs and therefore hitting them harder and more squarely than curveballs, which is turning groundballs into liners. Our suggestion? Carpenter should mix in more curveballs.
Given that Feliz is still throwing hard, doesn't seem to be hurt, and appears to be pitching to roughly the same spots as he was last season, I have little choice but to come away assuming he'll be all right. There are no smoking guns here, and even though the splits are ugly, the rest of the picture suggests that Feliz isn't far away from what he was. I'm inclined to believe that he'll go back to normal before long.
The Cheeks Weather Report (5/27/11) | Sons of Roto
Fantasy baseball weather report
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Zack Cox, more | KFFL.com
Zack Cox not meeting hype so far. Do the Nats have another gem of an arm?
Minor League Notes, May 26th, 2011 | Minor League Ball
Joe Benson, LeVon Washington, Shawn Tolleson, Daniel Corcino
From the long history of pushback to the batting helmet (including the current players' objections to the new "Gazoo-style" helmets), the fear of change - and the tough-guy, "back in my day" attitude - has always been stronger than the fear of injury. Players couldn't even be convinced to switch to helmets even after Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane was forced to retire after a beanball cracked his skull.