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Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 6

Previous editions are here. This week, I’ll focus mainly on starting pitchers. Starting Pitchers Josh Beckett I understand that some find owning older, injury-prone veterans like Beckett distasteful, but he should really be on a roster in every league right now. His velocity is up, he’s throwing his curveball as frequently as he did in […]

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Javier Baez’s slow starts

The Cubs top prospect Javier Baez is off to a forgettable start this year. Over 92 plate appearances he’s batting only .169/.250/.313. To his credit, he’s carried over a much improved walk rate from AA. It’s at 7.6% (7.9% at AA), but he’s struck out in 37% of his plate appearances. One thing we’ve gotten […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 5

My apologies for the late (and short) offering. I was indisposed today. Plenty of my previous rec’s are still widely available, given that these tend toward the deeper options. Dallas Keuchel An Astros starting pitcher? Really? Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are. And I don’t blame you for passing; he’s not likely to […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 4

Previous editions are here. As a reminder, with rare exceptions, I will highlight players at less than 30% ownership levels in Yahoo and ESPN leagues. Starting Pitchers Marcus Stroman Dustin McGowan was an intriguing fantasy bet in 2007 and 2008. In one of my leagues, I added him to my watch list after he was […]

Cubs Can’t Get Away from Cakeghazi

Yesterday, it came out that the giant Wrigley Field replica cake made for the Cubs’ birthday bonanza by the Cake Boss was tossed away uneaten into a dumpster. News spread quickly. I was shocked because this came so shortly after the Cubs got caught tossing away a bunch of stuff in Wrigley dumpsters that included […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-23-14

Tennessee Smokies The Smokies scored 8 in the first inning won 9-1. John Andreoli was 3-6. Dustin Geiger and Wes Darvill were each 2-5. Geiger had a double and a strikeout while Darvill had 2 doubles. Rubi Silva was 1-4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts, but his hit was a home run. Kris Bryant […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-21-14

Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur was 3-4 with a triple and run scored. Arismendy Alcantara has started to hit the baseball and was 2-4 with a home run. Javier Baez was 1-3 with a strikeout. He was hit by a pitch, which he’s not afraid to take. Chris Coghlan was 1-3 with a walk and Logan […]

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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-20-14

While everyone was busy getting high on yesterday’s National holiday, two of the Cubs minor league system were robbed of this long American tradition. Iowa Cubs They had 6 hits, no runs and made 3 errors. Maybe only one team was robbed of observing the holiday. Javier Baez was back in action after 10 days […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 3

Previous editions are here. Decent players are starting to show up on waiver wires after slow starts. Now is the time to scoop them up. I’ll start with this week’s big callup, though. Outfielders George Springer Unless your league has weekly transactions, it’s probably too late to pick up Springer. I do think he should […]

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Justin Grimm, Setup Man

When Justin Grimm came over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade last year, his profile seemed straightforward. Three pitches: fastball, curveball, and changeup. There was nothing remarkable about any of them. The fastball sat around 92-93, and he was starting to mix in a sinker. His minor league numbers were OK. In limited […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-18-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts and Logan Watkins was 1-1. That’s all the hits this team got. Maybe the Chicago Cubs offense is finally beginning to show in the minors. They’re all ready! Tsuyoshi Wada threw 8 very good innings. He allowed just 3 hits and a run (a home run). […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-17-14

Iowa Cubs Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double, RBI and walk. He also scored a run. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-5 with a triple and RBI. He struck out once. Logan Watkins was 2-2 with a walk and Eli Whiteside was 2-3 with an RBI and walk. Christian Villanueva was 1-2 with a double, 2 […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-16-14

Guy insulted me once, I pissed in his gas tank, car never drove straight again. Iowa Cubs Alright, Matt Szczur was 0-4. I’m tired of writing of that so unless otherwise noted, Matt Szczur was 0-4. Arismendy Alcantara said he was tired of not hitting and hit. He was 3-5 with a double and triple. […]

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4-15-14

I’ve not done these for several days and the reason is not important. Iowa Cubs Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara and Josh Vitters were a combined 0-12 at the top of the I-Cubs batting order. Chris Coghlan was 1-3 with a walk and Chris Valaika was 2-3 with a double. Logan Watkins and Eli Whiteside each […]

Top 10 2014 Free Agents – The Story So Far

No game to talk about yesterday, so this will be a quick little hit on how the top FA of 2014 have performed so far. 1. Robinson Cano – .326/.396/.370 (109 wRC+) Cano hasn’t exactly done the heavy lifting for the Mariners, but Smoak, Zunino, and Ackley have been more than sufficient so far. 2. […]

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