Originally published 5/5/2009 at www.jelletlambie.wordpress.com
The FBR, or Fantasy Baseball Ramblings segment, appears regularly like B list celebrities on reality shows. Think of it as a friend who comes into your home and spews obscure stats and bold predictions while drinking all your beer. Enjoy.
Today we’re going streaking through the quad.
Ryan Zimmerman went 4-4 last night, emphatically extending his hitting streak to 22 games. He’s hit safely in every game but 1 this season. After last night’s offensive outburst he’s hitting .333 with 5 home runs, 18 RBI’s and 19 runs scored. Needless to say if he’s on your roster he should be in your lineup.
Zack Greinke extended his 2009 winning streak to 6 yesterday, baffling the White Sox with 10 K’s in his second complete game shutout of the season. For the season he’s 6-0 with 54 K’s (against only 8 walks) in 45 innings with a 0.40 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He’s quite simply the best pitcher on the planet right now.
Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of home runs against the Atlanta Braves. As of sunrise this morning he’s leading the majors in batting average, hitting .400 with 4 home runs, 18 RBI’s and 14 runs scored. He’s walked 17 times against 15 K’s and boasts an OPS of 1.111.
Brandon Inge failed to reach base yesterday, snapping his streak of 24 games. He homered Sunday and currently leads the Tigers in home runs, runs, RBI’s and walks. He’s second on the team in total bases and OPS behind Miguel Cabrera.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won their 11th straight home game to start the ‘09 season, setting a modern era record. The key contributing offensive factors during this run – Orlando Hudson (.465 average, 1.293 OPS at home), Andre Ethier (.400 average, 16 RBI’s and a 1.318 OPS in 11 home games), Manny Ramirez (.364 average, 1.329 OPS in 10 home games), Matt Kemp (8 extra base hits, 12 runs, 11 RBI’s in 11 home games).
The Dodgers home cooking has seen Chad Billingsley post a 3-0 record with 25 K’s in 20 innings at home, while Jonathon Broxton has 2 wins and 2 saves with 13 K’s over 5 and 2/3 home innings. Surprise – his ERA/WHIP split at home is 0.00/0.18.
Robinson Cano is 0-8 in his last two games since snapping his 18 game hitting streak.
The San Diego Padres have now lost 6 straight games. Below are their NL ranks in some relevant statistical categories.
2009 National League Ranks
Thank God for Adrian Gonzalez. Despite the awful team around him he’s hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games, posting a .289 batting average with 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s in that span. On the season he’s a .302 hitter with a 1.016 OPS, 9 home runs, 20 RBI’s and 19 runs scored. Imagine what he could do with a little protection in the lineup. He has struck out 28 times in 96 at-bats, so a careful eye should be placed on the situation. He’s pressing, because he has to. With no help around him opposing pitchers are throwing him fewer quality pitches every day. If he can avoid chasing the junk his walk totals (15 so far) should spike.
The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees last night running their winning streak against the Yank’s to 4 games this season. In those 4 games Jason Bay, Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell have been outstanding.
Bay: 9-15, 2 HR, 7 RBI’s, 5 runs
Youkilis: 5-13, HR, 1 RBI, 6 runs
Lowell: 7-18, 2 HR, 8 RBI’s, 3 runs
Combined that’s 21-46 (.457), 5 HR, 16 RBI’s and 14 runs scored in 4 games. I would think it’s safe to keep those three in your lineup for any and all games against the Yankees.
Oliver Perez continued his personal sucking streak on Saturday with yet another abysmal outing. He lasted 2 and 1/3 innings, surrendering 5 hits and 6 walks while allowing 4 earned runs. How only 4 Phillies scored against him out of 11 base runners I do not know. His season ERA now stands at 9.97. That is not a typo. That is a big fat ten spot, and that is the reason he’s on his way to the bullpen, the minors, the DL or behind the counter at a Dairy Queen somewhere. If for some reason he is still on your fantasy team, get rid of him, you just might climb out of last place.
Carl Crawford stole 6 bases Sunday, extending his 2009 streak of successful steal attempts to 18. He leads the majors in the category and is hitting .306 with 16 runs and 11 RBI’s on the season. The downside – 0 home runs. After stroking double digit bombs 4 straight seasons (’04-’07) he’s hit 8 in his last 551 at-bats. Buster Olney thinks he can steal 100 bags this year. I think he can, but he won’t.
A potential stealing outburst may be in store tonight in San Diego. Todd Hundley is expected behind the plate with a young right handed pitcher (Josh Geer) going for the Padres. Dexter Fowler swiped 5 bags against the combination of Hundley and Chris Young last week. Fowler is 4-19 in the last week so it’s no guarantee he’ll be on base, but if he is I expect some fireworks may be in order.
Chicago Cubs utility infielder Bobby Scales ended his streak of 11 years of minor league baseball Sunday when the Cubbies called him up to replace injured Carlos Zambrano on the roster. Scales is a .285 career minor league hitter with 919 career minor league hits. He’s played every position except pitcher and catcher and at 31 years old is the oldest rookie in the Major Leagues this year, so far. Good karma is coming your way. Fantasy owners – send him some love but you can stop short of extending a roster spot. Barring an incredible run he’ll be dispatched back to the PCL before long.
And finally Kendry Morales went yard again over the weekend, the 4th time in his last 10 games he’s hit a home run. He’s hit safely in 7 of those 10, going 13-39 (.333) with 4 bombs, 12 RBI’s and 8 runs scored. He’s heating up, much to the delight of fantasy owners who took a shot on him in the final rounds of the draft. He’s eligible at 1B/OF, so if you have a spot for a flex hitter you might want to consider him.
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