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How to watch a baseball game

I went with my dad to Citizens Bank Park, Saturday, and saw the Phillies play the Braves. I watched the game; I scored the game; but I did so, as I now do all the time, in fantasy-owner-mode. (Note: Anything with more than one hyphen should be taken very seriously). Not that I did not enjoy seeing Halladay pitch, or watching Rollins and Utley in the field, but I primarily concerned myself with who was in my lineup (Juan Pierre and Freddie Freeman) and who I might want to consider for next year. (Below). I rooted for the Phillies, but, in the end, what can I do about the game's outcome? So I settled in and tried to concentrate on something I have at least some control over; my future fantasy teams.

Mike Minor, SP, ATL; I had Minor on my team at the beginning of this season. His first several outings did not go as planned. His ERA was north of 6.00 and his HR/9 was well over 1.50. He was subsequently sent to the minors (no relation), and I cut him. His results over the last 31 days have been wonderful, though. In his last 36.3 IP, he has an ERA of 2.43, a WHIP of 0.85, and his HR/9 is 0.50. Of course, another owner scooped him up a couple months ago and has enjoyed his renaissance, but, I can still think about next year. Mike has a career HR/9 of 1.18, and an ERA of 4.46 (4.06 xFIP). His WHIP is worrisome at 1.32, but his K/9 and BB/9 are 7.93 and 2.95, respectively. Mixed results, but you expect that in a young pitcher. I think there are enough positives, though, to take a flyer on him in a deeper mixed league. Keep an eye on the home runs, but the K/9 and BB/9 are good enough to put him on my radar.

John Mayberry, Jr., OF, PHI; With the Victorino trade, Mr. Mayberry appears to be the Phillies future center fielder. In 447 PA this season, he has hit 14 HR, driven in 46 runners, and scored 50 runs, all while batting .255. The .255 may be a ceiling, and there is no speed to speak of, but he may hit 20 HR, while driving in 75 and scoring 80. Certainly serviceable as a 4th or 5th outfielder in a deeper league.

Kevin Frandsen, 3B, PHI; I am not sure if Frandsen will stick in the Phillies lineup. They are certainly giving him a look, but with the possibility of Utley going to third next year, Frandsen may get squeezed out, in 2013. He is batting .329, but that seems unsustainable for a career .262 hitter. He does not have any speed or power, so the most you can hope for is the occasional counting stat from a middle of the road batter. Deep NL-only material, only.

As for Saturday's game, Halladay struggled, allowing 7 ER in less than two innings. Minor did what every pitcher I drop does; he pitched a gem, striking out 6, and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, in 6 IP. Some guy proposed to the girl next to him, and they showed it on the big screen. She seemed surprised, but appeared to say "yes" so I think they knew each other. Chase Utley came out to Kashmir, by Led Zeppelin, which places him very high on the cool-player-scale. (Multi-hyphen alert). That was also the only song for any of the players that I recognized. Finally, while overall I had a nice time, I was a little disappointed that I did not get on the Bongo-Cam, but, like the Phillies, there's always next year.

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