Posts under ‘2011 Baseball’ Category

Fantasy Baseball Sportal Announces Our All-Star Picks for AL and NL

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
2011 All Star Game

Fantasy Baseball Sportal announces our All-Star teams!

The All-Star Game is rapidly approaching, and with that comes all of the speculation involved. Who deserves to play first base for the stacked American League? Who will fill the outfield in the National League? While the All-Star game has long been criticized as a popularity contest, it remains a showcase of the best talent that Major League Baseball has to offer; a stage for the best Fantasy Baseball players in the world to compete in America’s pastime.

As a recent member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, we at Fantasy Baseball Sportal are casting our ballot for the 2011 All-Star game. (more…)

All-Star Balloting: Adrian Gonzalez is the Talk of the AL for a Reason

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez continues to roll over the opposition.

While the Red Sox have not fared too well in their past 6 games, it has not slowed down the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, who continues to put up a show for all of baseball to see. He leads a slew of powerful first basemen, a group that the American League All-Star club may not be able to carry with all of the depth. Who will be the snub? Only time will tell. These are the American League Power Rankings as on June 27th.

1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 1)

Adrian Gonzalez is now leading the American League in hitting, with a batting average of .361, and RBIs, with an astounding total of 71. At this pace, the Red Sox star is on pace to win the batting title and knock in around 150 runs. (more…)

All-Star Balloting: Matt Kemp Keeps Top Spot as Midsummer Classic Creeps Closer

Monday, June 27th, 2011
Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp has been dominating the National League

As the All-Star game comes closer and closer, the National League’s finest are showing that they belong on the summer’s biggest stage. Whether it is cracking home runs or just getting on base, this week’s National League Power Rankings feature the most productive players in the league, many of whom will represent the NL All-Star club. With Albert Pujols out, there are many questions as to who will fill in at first base, and there are plenty of other positions up for grabs. These are the National League Power Rankings as of June 26th.

1) Matt Kemp – LAD (Last Week: 1)

Matt Kemp is a having a stellar month of June, even as the Dodgers have faltered. His average for the month now stands at .368, and he has hit 8 homers and knocked in 20 runs, despite his Los Angeles club going 9-14 this month. (more…)

2011 Fantasy Baseball: Paul Konerko and Gaby Sanchez

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Talk about draft day values

At 35 years of age, Can Paul Konerko actually win the AL MVP trophy?  He’s certainly been playing like he should win it.  Today, Konerko is batting .327 with 21 homers, 59 RBI and 39 runs.  We aren’t even at the All-Star break yet, so he definitely looks to be on pace for a 30-35+ home run year, again!  Talk about draft day value.  I snagged this guy in round 5 of my fantasy baseball draft.  Now I know round 5 might not seem like a big bargain round, but when your round 5 pick is putting up numbers like a round 1 pick player should be, he’s a bargain. (more…)

Madison Bumgarner’s [Very] Poor Start: a Fantasy Perspective

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Madison Bumgarner's concern was shared by fantasy owners across the land - unnecessarily

Madison Bumgarner last night demonstrated the trouble with judging based on recent performance.  Yes, his peripherals had been very good despite the 3-8 record.  The record is now 3-9, and his peripherals aren’t quite so appealing.

It could be called ‘The Meltdown’ – Did you see it?  No, I’m not speaking of last night’s MMA bout, but of Madison Bumgarner and his impressive one-out start.  And, yes, impressive for all the wrong reasons. The game began harmless enough, with several seeing-eye groundballs through holes in the infield.  And then several more.  And then a solid line drive to the outfield.  And then another.  And another seeing-eye single.  And now the batter is Carl Pavano, who will be Bumgarner’s first (and only) out of the ballgame, the score already 7-0 Minnesota.  The next batter, Ben Revere, graciously ended Bumgarner’s night with an RBI double, much like the axe coming down on Mel Gibson’s exposed neck in the epic “Braveheart.”  So, Bumgarner’s final line: 0.1 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 8 ER (note that there were no errors, nor any walks involved in this seal clubbing).  For the ‘outing’, if you can call it one, that’s a WHIP of 27.00 and an ERA right around 215.  It’s actually 216.0, but I rounded down, for Bummy’s sake.

What does this mean?  Get him out of there, as far from the pitching rubber as possible – Antarctica maybe?  Australia?  They only play cricket, right?  Wrong.  Well, not about cricket, but about Bumgarner. This is an example of the law of averages, the deceptions of a small sample size, regression to the mean.  Over the past week, I don’t know how many places I have read that Bumgarner is a much better pitcher than his record indicates.  Want to write that article today?  Why not?  Is he really a worse pitcher now?  He has shown us just how bad he can be, but you shouldn’t be too surprised with the awful outing.  He kept the ball in the yard, and didn’t walk people.  The balls just didn’t bounce his way.  Sure one game is a horrendously small sample size, but Twins hitters were 9 for 9 on balls hit in play.  That smells like a ridiculously unlikely BABIP; note Madison’s season BABIP of .333.  And if you watched the first inning (the rest of the game was fairly moot), you might have recognized that Bummy’s supporting defense wasn’t exactly at their best.

What matters in Fantasy Baseball (and real baseball) is not one game, but 162.  Bumgarner is a good pitcher, not a great one, but probably good enough to grace a roster in most fantasy leagues.  More importantly, he’s also a young player.  His last start was so horrible – and unlikely – that it’s a guarantee his next will be better.

A moral to this story?  Well, bad outings and games will come, they’re a part of every player’s season.  Bumgarner had had bad luck with regards to wins and losses up to yesterday, but after last night’s debacle, it’s hard to argue that he is much better than his 4-8 record indicates.  After the loss, his WHIP for the season sits at 1.39, quite a contrast to the pretty 1.29 he sported entering yesterday.  Last year’s WHIP of 1.31 makes me think this is probably the high point. The moral is, start him, he’s the same pitcher he was two days ago, and if you have a cranky owner in your league that wants to get rid of a pitcher after his worst start of the year, take advantage and trade for him.