Before I get to the Roundup, I have a story to share with you. A lot of people I follow and read say the if you ever get a chance to see a game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you should. It is known as one of the nicest ball parks in the game, and they also have fan -friendly people working there.
My buddy, Kevin Reilly, was in Pittsburgh on business on Thursday, and he had the chance to check out the Pirates-Cubs game on Thursday night. He had really good seats in the club section of the ball park, and if you know my friend Kevin, we call him Red because he has red hair, he likes the adult beverage. So, he got up to get his second beer for he and his business associate, and had to put the beers in one of those cardboard carriers to carry back to his seats. On his way back to his seats, he didn't spill the beers once, he spilled them twice! Needless to say, he was not very happy.
After he second time spilling the beers, he was left with less than half a beer in each. The fans near him said he should go back and ask for refills. Being from New York, he gave the fan a strange look and thought better of it, deciding it was a waste of time to ask for a refill. Well, a few minutes later, security walked up to him and said "come with me". Kevin's first thoughts were he was getting kicked out for being over served (he wasn't), but judging by his inability to keep his beer in his cups on his way to the seats, one would think he may have been a wee bit intoxicated.
So, Kevin follows the security guard into the club bar, and once there the security guard said "we heard what happened, and you really need two new beers." Kevin was shocked at the hospitality he received at PNC Park and might have to make his way to another game there in the near future.
EPL Fantasy Week 4 Start/Sit Advice
Brian Stultz is back at it after a week hiatus in the English Premier League action. Here are links to this weeks Week 4 Start/Sit advice:
Fake Teams Podcast, Episode 31: Getting Defensive
Andrew and Zack were back at it with episode 31 of the Fake Teams fantasy podcast. In the podcast, they discuss Jose Fernandez, Julio Teheran, Billy Hamilton and a few other September call ups. In addition, they even had a loooooooonnggg conversation about how fantasy baseball is so much better than fantasy football. It was a very good listen.
You can listen to the podcast in several ways:
Chris Davis joins the 50 home run club
Last season, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had a breakout season with 33 HRs and 85 RBI while hitting .270-.326-.501, but i am sure no on predicted the season he is having in 2013. Last night, Davis launched his 50th home run of the season in the Orioles 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Davis has cooled off in the power department in the second half of the season, after hitting 31 home runs in the first three months of the season, he has hit "only" 19 home runs in July, August and the first two weeks of September. He now is hitting .296-.378-.653 with 50 HRs, 99 runs and 129 RBI on the season.
The question for his owners is, can he be a 40 home run hitter going forward, and more importantly in 2014? I will rank him pretty high in my rankings, but i will say I have some concerns about him being able to repeat the 40+ home run season in 2014, let alone 50 home runs.
The last hitter to hit 50 home runs in a season was Jose Bautista in 2010 when he hit 54 long balls. He has yet to 50 again, but did hit 43 home runs in 2011. I can see Davis reaching the 40 home run club in 2014, but it won't be as easy as 2013.
For more on Davis and the Orioles, check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Orioles fan site.
Matt Dominguez: Cheap power in 2014
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez probably went undrafted in many fantasy leagues this season, but he has been a pleasant surprise to many owners in 2013. Whle he doesn't hit for a high average, or get on base much, what he does do is hit for power and drive in runs.
Last night, he went 1-2 with a walk and a grand slam in the Astros 9-7 win over the Astros, and is now hitting ,.243-.285-.414, not a great slash line, but he has hit 20 HRs and driven in 74 for the last place Astros. Looking ahead to the 2014 season, Dominguez will once again be the Astros starting third baseman, as his glove will keep him in the lineup every day, so he has value later in drafts when if you are looking for a someone who plays every day to fill your 3B or CI slot.
For more on Dominguez and the Astros, please check out Crawfish Boxes, SB Nation's Astros fan site.
Well, Ryan Zimmerman is on some kind of tear this month, isn't he? Last night, he went 3-5 with a HR, 3 runs and an RBI in the Nationals 6-1 win over the Phillies. Zimmerman has now homered in three straight games. In fact, he has homered in six of his last seven, and in seven of his last games now, giving him 8 home runs in those nine games. He is now hitting .280-.351-.477 with 24 HRs, 77 runs and 73 RBI. He is carrying fantasy teams in September.
Another National is on a home run streak of his own. Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI last night, raising his triple slash line to .276-.309-.486 with 14 HRs, 26 runs and 50 RBI in just 66 games. He has hit five home runs in his last ten games, and is quietly having a very solid season at the plate, albeit in limited action. Despite playing in just 66 games, he currently is tied for 12th in HRs and 17th in RBI amongst all fantasy catchers.
One guy who has disappointed his fantasy owners this season is Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but he tried to make amends last night, going 2-4 with 2 solo home runs in the Marlins loss to the Mets. Stanton has struggled with injuries this season, once again, limiting him to 100 games played thus far. For the season, Stanton is now hitting .256-.370-.499 with 22 HRs, 56 runs and 52 RBI, but he has cut down his strikeout rate from 29% to 26%, and increased his walk rate from 12% to just under 15% this season. Looking ahead to the 2014 season, he will still be drafted in the first few rounds of drafts, and if he can stay healthy for a full season, he could duplicate what Chris Davis is doing in Baltimore this season. The offseason could be full of trade rumors involving Stanton, and a move away from Marlins Park will only stand to increase his fantasy value going forward.
The Indians have starter Danny Salazar on a pitch count this season, his rookie season, and I am anxious to see what he does when the gloves come off next year. He made just 78 pitches last night, and couldn't get out of the 4th inning, but he was pretty dominant when in the game. In the 3.2 innings he did pitch, he gave up just 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 9 White Sox hitters. On the season, Salazar has pitched just 40.2 innings and owns an excellent 54-13 strikeout to walk rate despite going six or more innings in just three of his eight starts thus far. He is striking out 33% of the batters he faces and will be a solid sleeper in 5 x 5 leagues in 2014.
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- Breakout Prospects in 2013
- EPL Week 4: Forwards
- Fantasy Rules: How should playoff rules work?
- MLB Prospect Rankings Review: A Look at Our Preseason Consensus Second Base Rankings
- Roto Roundup: Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Trout, Zack Wheeler, and others
- EPL Week 4: Defenders and Midfielders