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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Pitching Preview – Opening Week

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
2012 Fantasy Baseball: Pitching Preview – Opening Week

Avoid Jair Jurrjens for Opening Week and maybe the entire 2012 fantasy baseball season.

To borrow a phrase from announcer Bruce Buffer, “It’s time!”

The MLB season kicks off this week. So owners who stream pitching in head-to-head matchups are hitting the waiver wire and, with injuries to guys such as Tim Hudson, some fantasy baseball owners may be scrambling for starters already.

With that in mind here are guys to pickup and some guys to avoid.

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Kyle Lohse vs. Marlins, Reds – especially in H2H matchups as he’ll have two starts this week – one against the Miami Marlins on Opening Day and another against the Cincinnati Reds on April 10. Some folks feel that Lohse got  lucky with a .269 BABIP against in 2011. But keep in mind that he set career bests in HR/9 and HR/FB while tying a career best 2.01 BB/9.

Matt Harrison vs. White Sox – a ground ball lefty, Harrison set a career best in HR/9, HR/BB, BB/9 and K/9 in 2011. He does walk a few too many hitters, but if he can keep the HRs in check and force double-play balls as often as he did last year there’s no reason to think he can’t repeat his 2011 numbers of 3.39 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

Jamie Moyer vs. Astros – Moyer is back and looks to show all the young whipper-snappers that he’s still got it. His spring numbers look terrific (2.50 ERA in 18 IP) and he’ll get one of the league’s least-potent offenses on April 7 away from Coors Field. (more…)

All-Star Balloting Special Edition: Power Rankings for NL Snubs

Monday, July 4th, 2011
Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen is not on the NL All-Star roster yet.

Every year, the fans vote in their starting lineup for the All-Star game, and it seems every year it is just a popularity contest, with no eye for the players who actually deserve an All-Star nod. Has this year been different? The answer may depend on what league you are looking at. Inevitably, however, there will always be snubs more deserving to play in the game than those who were voted in or tapped by their peers as All-Stars. These are the top 10 snubs for the National League, including hitters and pitchers.

1) Andrew McCutchen – PIT

McCutchen has been featured in our NL Power Rankings a few times, and for good reason. The 5’ 10”, 190 pound centerfielder has hit .294 with 12 HRs, and 45 runs knocked in. (more…)