Fantasy Weekly: "Three Up, Three Down"
Hello everybody. Welcome to the MLB 2009 season, finally.
March Madness is coming to a close, and I would like to personally thank it tremendously for helping me make it to opening day.
Anyways, I have started a small blog site with a friend of mine. We are not looking for fame out of it, we just love sports.
The site is called thesportspa.blogspot.com. We talk a lot about fantasy sports on the site, so if you ever want some good information, or a little assistance, you might check it out.
We have certain things on the schedule to write about during the MLB season. For instance, Tuesdays are designated for a "3 Up, 3 Down," type of article.
Our purpose on Tuesdays is to pick three players whose fantasy stock has risen and give our reasoning, and also three players who have taken a fantasy value hit.
Each week I will be producing one of these lists. So, feel free to check out my opinions of who's hot and who's not each week.
The week one stats aren't terribly impressive, but keep in mind that the games only started this previous Sunday night. Beginning next week, each set of three up and three down will be based on weekly performances.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy. If you like it, please look for it each week, or check it out at thesportspa.blogspot.com.
I chose Griffey for the cover just because I'm hoping his return to Seattle is magical. He has one of the sweetest swings I've ever seen. He homered in his first game, so he's off to a good start. Good luck, Junior.
Up No. 3: Jeff Francoeur
Everyone is so down on him after his 2008 showing. I personally think he will have a terrific bounce-back performance in 2009. My case strengthened ever so slightly on Sunday evening when Francoeur went 1-4 with a HR. Is he back? Whether he is or not, his fantasy stock is officially on the rise. Buy while he's still semi-cheap and hope for a big payoff.
Up No. 2: Hank Blalock
Hammerin' Hank appears to be healthy. How long will that last though, right? Take advantage of it while you can. Hank hit a three-run HR in the Rangers' opening day victory over Cliff Lee and the Indians. Lee is a good pitcher, which just proves that Hank can still hit when healthy. If you're looking to add a little pop he's a guy you have to at least consider.
Up No. 3: Felipe Lopez
Felipe had a good year in 2008 for the Cardinals, who I guess later somehow determined that Skip Schumaker would make a better second baseman, so the Cardinals decided to cut Lopez lose. He responded to that treatment by going 2-4 with two HR on opening day for the Diamondbacks. How do you like me now, St. Louis? He's definitely worth grabbing since second baseman with pop are few and far between.
Up Honorable Mention: Emilio Bonifacio
Who? Exactly! He went 4-5 with a HR, two RBI and three SB for the Marlins. That's an impressive stat line for someone you don't know, huh? I had to look him up to see what position he even played. They say he plays 2B and 3B, so if you are looking for some speed to add to your roster, he might be your man. The multiple position eligibility increases his value as well. His fantasy stock definitely climbed after that performance, though, because he's on my radar now.
Down No. 1: C.C. Sabathia
Remember this is early in the year, and only two days into the season, so all you Yankee fans can save it. Sorry, he had a horrible game, earning him this spot. Not that you're gonna go off and trade him or anything, but it certainly wasn't the debut the Yankees were looking for. All that money couldn't buy them a win on opening day. Such a sad story...not!(I'm a Red Sox fan.) But overall, I think CC will have a very good season. Twenty wins wouldn't surprise me. If you own him, don't drop him, but if he has a couple more bad outings, before adjusting to the New York pressure, make sure to buy him cheap.
Down No. 2: Cliff Lee
Certainly not a Cy Young performance on opening day, eh? He gave up seven ERs in five innings of work against the Rangers. I know the Rangers have a stacked lineup, but come on. Lee kind of came out of nowhere in 2008, so it makes me wonder if last year was a fluke, or simply just a bad outing. I'm thinking more along the lines of fluke for some reason, but I guess we will see. Good luck Cliff. It's nothing personal, I just don't think you are really that good. I recommend selling Lee high while he still has some value. Get a more sure ace for your staff before it's too late.
Down No. 3: Brandon Webb
Not a good start for the NL Cy Young from 2008, either. He gave up six ER in four innings of work. That gives him a hefty 13.5 ERA: can you say ouch? Don't be stupid enough to think this will become a habit, because Webb is a great pitcher. Use the CC plan on him as well, hang onto him, or try and buy low if you can.
Down Honorable Mention: Chris Davis
Rangers fans were ready to add a "T" to the end of his first name. Instead, they get 0-4 with two K's on opening day, which is certainly a disappointment. This kid is talented, but this just goes to show that he is still a young hitter, and may struggle from time to time. His nickname is Crush, so you know he has to hit for power. I'd try to steal him away for less if I could, because eventually he's gonna be good. He just almost makes the list because he was so hyped-up.