CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 11: Home plate umpire umpire Eric Cooper #56 and Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians exchange words in the sixth inning during action against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on August 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tigers defeated the Indians 4-3. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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If the Nationals let [Strasburg] go six out each time -- or if he proves to be particularly efficient on his pitch count, extending the amount of innings he will throw -- then you'll reap even more benefits, and may end up having added one of the better pitchers in baseball with a month to go in the season. You don't get this opportunity very often, but take advantage of it if you can.
Clearly, in 2011, Cabrera has been the more valuable player and a much better value in fantasy based on where these guys were drafted at the start of the season. Now the question remains as to which one you would rather own heading into next year. Will Cabrera continue his growth and improve upon his 2011 totals? Is this really the decline of Hanley Ramirez?
Offensively, Arenado's path reminds me a little of Toronto Blue Jays catching prospect Travis D'Arnaud who had similar question marks prior to breaking out this season as a 22-year old. Like D'Arnaud, Arenado combines strong contact skills and the ability to drive the ball the other way. However, both also had similar weaknesses in that they struggled to turn on pitches middle-in and work counts to their favor in the Sally. As Arenado continues to make adjustments, I expect a spike in power which will quiet doubters.
The Edwin Encarnacion Revival Project | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
I keep seeing caveats in these articles about people playing in leagues that count defense. That's a noble goal, but none of you are really doing this, right? (By the way, Encarnacion is a good pickup at third base.)
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Will [Tabata] hit .414/.469/.655 for the remaining six weeks of the season? Sorry, probably not, but if he hits close to his ZiPS ROS projection of .283/.363/.385, that’s certainly positive production from a wire grab this late in the season.
Although his batting averages have been quite low throughout his career, he makes decent contact, but his BABIP marks have typically been below the league average. He has a little bit of speed, so could swipe a couple of bases, but you’re really just banking on some long balls from Plouffe.
It's time. There are five weeks left. Remove the blinders, and quit playing nice. By the time your competitor has gotten your player into his lineup, there will only be four weeks left, and you'll have flexibility back in your life.
That said, Moore's toolset stands out, and his combination of speed, occasional power, and defensive ability is tempting. The flaws in his skills give him a high risk factor, but even a small amount of progress in his hitting approach could take him a long way.
Daily Dish: Tigers Still ‘Smyling’ After Shedding Prospects In Trade | Baseball America
Smyly, Oliver, Harvey, Banuelos, Martinez, Santana, Singleton, Teheran, Peralta, Dickerson, Thompson, Joseph, Carter, Moore, Sands
The Lineup Card: 11 Disastrous Acquisitions | Baseball Prospectus
Who would you add to this list?