News and notes from around the league for May 13, 2013.
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Alvarez is 1-for-19 to start the season, but are the images as ugly as the numbers?
Later tonight, the Pirates will take on the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh is unlikely to start Pedro Alvarez because Joe Saunders is scheduled to take the mound for Arizona. Alvarez as a platoon player isn’t what the Pirates envisioned for him back on Draft Day 2008, but the reality is more grim. There are slow starts, and then there are 1-for-19-with-12-strikeout starts. Why is Alvarez floundering? I went back and reviewed his at-bats while taking some notes.
Which men of misery prevented their teams from escaping the murky waters of suckitude?
My semiannual Replacement-Level Killers series spotlights the worst holes in contenders' lineups, as well as the possible remedies they might take to avoid letting such subpar production destroy their post-season chances the next time around. I make no claims for this companion series being so noble in purpose. Because bad baseball so often makes for good copy, it's more fun to hunt the fish at the bottom of the major-league barrel to find the positions where players' contributions could be considered the worst in the majors. What follows is an "all-star" team of players who have produced tornado-level disasters amid their lineups, often at salaries that represented far more than just a soft breeze running through their team's bank account. Once again, I present the Vortices of Suck.
Some late season performance shifts that fantasy owners may have overlooked.
Hello. Remember me? I’m fantasy baseball. I know it is September and now that college football and pro football are both underway, I am like the forgotten leftovers in the back of the fridge. With just two and a half scoring periods left, there is not much you are going to be able to do with your roster, but there have definitely been several interesting statistical stories happening over the last few weeks that may have been overlooked by most of you. The correlation between late season success and the following season’s success is not terribly strong, but before Jose Bautista became Joey Bats, he was hitting home runs in September of ’09, and nobody noticed because they were watching football. Before Ben Zobrist had his breakout 2009, he had an excellent September in 2008 to help push the Rays into their first ever postseason berth while nobody noticed. With that in mind, did you know….
Shifting to Friday, Michael makes up for the hiatus with several VP changes and a long turn at Playing Pepper, including a bunch of Brandons.
Now appearing on Fridays, I’m back to prepare you for your weekend fantasy games. Several developments have happened in the ten days since my last column, and I’m jumping to adjust the VP list accordingly. Fortunately, many hot corner infield commodities are available to help your fantasy squad.
A sudden abundance of options doesn't always mean an abundance of talent, but Michael sifts through this week's news to find three new VPs, stealing only a few from Rob McQuown.
In the week before the trade deadline, fantasy moves and news usually come from pennant-race wheeling and dealing, but this week’s news consisted mostly of injuries, promotions, and demotions. My next column will undoubtedly reflect some of those yet-to-be-made deadline deals, but for now, I’ll look at some moves that have already been made while repaying my colleagueRob McQuown by poaching a few outfield qualifiers.