The tater trots for September 8: Justin Upton is still a joy to watch, even if he does take his sweet time (not that that was abnormal on Thursday).
Eighteen home runs were hit across the league on Thursday. And, no, that does not mean that there were only two or three games being played around the majors. Apparently it is "normal" for there to be such few home runs hit on a single day occasionally. It may be hard to believe from recent experience, but it's true.
Extreme power and speed picks join a very exciting VP week for outfielders.
Value Pick outfielders performed like they'd been hit by a hurricane this past week, but the batter Ozzie Gullen calls “The Tank” (Dayan Viciedo) is up, causing belated relief in Chicago as Adam Dunn hasn't been striking out for a few days now. And this author risks becoming “Rocket Man” as yet another Astro gets featured in Value Picks. But really, who outside The 610 Loop has paid any attention to the Astros recently, anyway? And a lack of attention often leads to value.
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Indicators conflict about new VP-arrival J.D. Martinez, and Rob discusses the shake-ups in many major league outfields.
Rebounding from a rough week, the six Value Pick Outfielders hit a combined .299/.358/.557 this past week, led by Eric Thames at .389/.450/.944, and just-removed Nolan Reimold reminded fantasy owners why he was a Value Pick in the first place, hitting .286/.348/.571 for the week. Meanwhile, outfields all around the majors have been shaken up this week. Delmon Young switched allegiances in the AL Central, changing lineups in Detroit and Minnesota. Logan Morrison will be Tweeting from the minors, and two-thirds of the Giants starting outfield (Andres Torres and Carlos Beltran) head to the disabled list, as does Rajai Davis of the Blue Jays. Shin-Soo Choo and Jose Tabata returned to action, and former Value PicksWily Mo Pena, Brandon Allen, and Brandon Belt all seem to be in line for more playing time. All these changes have created opportunities for shrewd fantasy owners.
The tater trots for August 14: Brandon Belt's statement and Eric Thames' wondrous sprint.
Three games, each featuring possible or likely playoff teams, were rained out on Sunday, almost certainly cutting down on the number of home runs hit across the league. In the twelve games that were able to be played, 22 home runs were hit. Add three more games to that, featuring the potent bats of the Yankees and Phillies, for example, and that total likely shoots north to thirty or so. Makes it easy for the Tater Trot Tracker, though!
The tater trots for August 12: Dan Uggla sends Carlos Zambrano over the edge, Branyan's slow trot, Eric Thames' sprint.
It's been a surprisingly busy summer for me, with a lot more travel than I expected. This week, for example, work found me in the Chicago area for two days (and one baseball-less night), preventing me from doing the Tater Trot Tracker the last couple of days. I've caught up with the last few nights below, including a couple of brilliant celebrations from Brett Lawrie and Chris Young.
An enigmatic new Mariner and a serious power bat finally get shots in the majors and on VP this week.
There was little value to be had this past week as the seven players on the Value Picks List hit a combined .192/.261/.256, but Dexter Fowler and Josh Reddick had good weeks, and there's reason for hope with some others. As always, some players won't last on the list, while new faces come along to help out fantasy teams in need.
The tater trots for July 28: big days for Hardy and McCutchen; Eric Thames looks to join a select group.
The weekend is upon us once again, which is usually a pretty good thing. This weekend, however, also happens to mark the MLB trade deadline - making it a great weekend. My only question: how did it get to be August already?
While Dexter Fowler gets another shot, Dominic Brown has seen his last, and Rob teases a Brandon Belt writeup.
Many fantasy owners have gone fishing the past couple weeks, with Mike Trout's promotion and all. Trout's value to fantasy teams will depend entirely on how much playing time he's able to “earn” while Peter Bourjos recovers. It's not clear where he'd fit on a Value Picks list (since he's so hyped, it's hard to believe he's a “value” in many leagues), so he'll be skipped for now. But don't take his omission as any sort of knock against Trout. He's a dream fantasy prospect. He has blinding speed that should translate into many steals, good power, and should contribute in batting average as well. Hanley Ramirez hit .313/.385/.521 from ages 22-26, stealing 196 bases in those five seasons. Nobody would be surprised if Trout posted stats like these, nor if he got started at as early an age as Hanley did. That being said, his 2011 value is hard to determine. Don't expect full-blown stardom in August and September, even if he keeps the job. And since we’ve seen Vernon Wells start some of the games while Bourjos has been out, it seems that the Angels are serious about throwing Trout back in 2011.
The home run world settled a bit down on Wednesday, with only 22 balls clearing the fence. That's half the number from Tuesday, when every park in baseball decided to play like the new launching pad in Arizona. The Tater Trot Tracker works a bit better when there aren't 500 trots to time.