Today is May 19th, the 101st anniversary of Cy Young's 500th win. On this day in 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang perhaps the most famous rendition of "Happy Birthday" ever, although JFK would not urn 45 for another 10 days. Here are your fantasy baseball links for today:
2011 fantasy baseball rankings in-season revision | ESPN
Jason Grey's fantasy baseball rankings mid-May revision
Changing Speeds: Bounceback, Breakthrough, or Balderdash? | Baseball Prospectus
Evaluating players off to hot starts
Can you win a team filled with Sell High’s? Sure you can, but you better never take a day off and constantly research the latest hot streaks and pick right 90%+ of the time. It’s much easier to move those guys for players with a solid track record of providing multi-category fantasy value. Over the course of a season, these players take care of themselves. Sure, they’ll endure their share of cold streaks, but when you get to the end of the season you’ll laugh at the thought of keeping the player you traded away over the one you have.
FANTASY BASEBALL ADVICE - H2HEADQUARTERS | RotoExperts
We’re Going Streaking! | Baseball By Paul
Hitters in the midst of hot streaks.
Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Felix Pie, more | KFFL.com
Felix Pie gets another slice of PT. Who else is in line for an upgrade?
Follow the jump for more of the latest fantasy baseball news and analysis from around the web.
David Wright: DL Stint Interrupts Increasing Strikeout Rate | Beyond the Box Score
Has David Wright peaked?
Can he [Bautista] keep up his current pace? I can say with 100 percent certainty that he cannot.
So perhaps the Pirates are asking him to see more pitches, to draw more walks, to try and get on base and create some havoc for pitchers. The results have been more walks, which I think is a positive sign - and it points to a young player still trying to adjust. But he's simply not getting the ball to fall in when he does swing the bat.
If anything, this is an argument is favor of Rios' 20-home run capability, while his three home runs and four steals to date say that a 15/15 or better campaign, even with Rios' struggling, is well in the cards.
Kelly may be a buy low candidate (as he looks to still have a little power and can steal a few bases), but his average right now will drag down the rest of the team. Until he is able to start hitting line drives and putting the bat on the ball, an owner may need to look for other options.
Duffy's 10.75 K/9 and 2.50 BB/9 from AAA are the kind of numbers we look for, Danny may find himself on a few of my teams. Just for comparisons sake, Michael Pineda posted a 10.97 K/9 and 2.45 BB/9 in AAA.
Danny Duffy Set to Make Big League Debut | Roto Hardball
Scouting report on Danny Duffy, written before last night's debut.
Castro still has good raw stuff, and his ballpark and competition will allow him to be successful when he figures things out and gets called up to the bigs.
The Cheeks Weather Report (5/19/11) | Sons of Roto
Fantasy baseball weather report.
Thames has a somewhat unusual background, possessing a strong bat but not getting as much attention as he deserves outside the ranks of Blue Jays fandom.
Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Brett Lawrie, more | KFFL.com
Lawrie and Dustin Ackley, a couple of hot infield prospects in the American League, are knocking on the door.
Andrew Oliver and Jason Kipnis, Scouting the Unknown | Razzball
A detailed scouting report for Andrew Oliver and Jason Kipnis for fantasy baseball.
Many expected him to be the first Royals prospect to get the call, but both Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy have beaten him to the Majors. Moustakas, however, is finally showing signs that he could force his way into the mix before too long.
Q&A: Alan Hirsch | FanGraphs Baseball
An interview with one of the authors of Short Hops.
The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864 | Baseball Prospectus
A fantastic article about umpiring a vintage base ball game.
Allan Travers | Wikipedia
Recommended by Humbled Fan. Great stuff.
The Great Fan Escape - Astros Game May 13, 2011 | Youtube
Guy runs onto field and successfully (?) escapes security. h/t Amazin' Avenue