Just because the 2009 season has not officially wrapped up does not mean that it’s too early to start looking towards 2010. First up in our early positional rankings are the catchers, so let’s get right to it and take a look at the Top 15 (keep in mind that these are going to be fluid throughout the offseason based on news, transactions and further research):
- Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
- Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
- Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
- Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
- Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
- Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
- Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
- Bengie Molina – San Francisco Giants Read more
Adam Lind had a three home run night. Felix Hernandez furthered his case for the AL Cy Young, though it’s likely not to be enough. Jay Bruce continued his scorching hot streak. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Nick Blackburn posted his third straight solid start, giving up 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 4, over 7 innings in a no decision (Rick Porcello nearly matched him pitch for pitch, allowing 1 run on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 1, over 6.1 innings). He’s now 2-0 over those last three starts, giving up 3 earned runs on 20.1 innings. There’s talk of him going on three days rest against the Royals, but one way or another he should get one more start this season. If you are in need of another start, he’s worth grabbing, though if he does go Saturday he’s going to take on Zack Greinke, making a win a bit more difficult.
- Curtis Granderson went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R in the second game of the double-header. He went 2-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R in the first game, meaning he’s now homered in three straight games. He also is on a four-game hitting streak, going 10-19 with 3 HR, 7 RBI and 5 R. Nothing like heating up when it matters most.
- Wade Davis was solid, allowing 1 run on 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 3, over 7 innings to improve to 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA. It makes you wonder why they didn’t go to him earlier, doesn’t it? He’s had one bomb of a start against the Red Sox, but you take that out (8 ER over 2.2 innings) and he’s allowed just 4 earned runs over 28.2 innings. He may start on the final day of the season against the Yankees, so now isn’t the time to grab him, unfortunately. Read more
I know things have been a little slow of late and I apologize for that. Life has just been extremely busy of late outside of the site. I have been working on a few things here, as well as the football site, which is fully up and running for those who were not aware (cheap plug, but make sure you visit it at www.rotoprofessor.com/football).
The coverage for the baseball site is going to kick back in full force tomorrow, when I take my first look at 2010’s Top 15 catchers. It’s never too late to start preparing, is it?
Make sure you check back for that as I again apologize and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. You are what makes Rotoprofessor what it is and I truly thank you for it.
Ervin Santana delivered a big start while Cole Hamels struggled in crunch time. Ben Zobrist continues to shine during his breakout campaign. Matt Wieters is showing signs of how good he could be. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Gordon Beckham has a hitting streak and RBI streak of four games after going 2-5 with 3 RBI and 1 R. Over the streak he’s gone 6-14 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 4 R. He hasn’t been spectacular this season, but at .272 with 14 HR and 63 RBI in 364 AB, he’s shown promise. He’s not going to be a top 3B option heading into 2010, but he’s going to be worth considering.
- John Danks bounced back nicely after giving up 7 runs over 6 innings his last time out. He went the distance allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 7, to improve to 13-10 on the season.
- Andy LaRoche was clearly the offensive player of the day, going 5-5 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 4 R against the Dodgers. He’s now on a 5-game hitting streak. Today’s explosion may have been a little bit of an aberration, as it is only the second time all season where he has had three or more RBI in a game. Of course, he does have 9 RBI over his last three games, so he clearly is on fire and could prove to be useful in deeper formats if you need a player over the final week. Remember, with the Pirates having a double-header tomorrow, he’s going to get the opportunity for a big week.
- Zach Duke has been rather inconsistent of late, trading good and bad starts. Yesterday was a good one, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6, over 8.2 innings to get the win. Read more
Hitter of the Week:
Sometimes it is not just a big power week that separates yourself from the rest of the pack. How often do we see a player reach double-digits in runs scored? Not very often, so when Joey Votto scored 11 runs last week (2 ahead of his closest competitor), it gave him an edge. Throw in 1 HR and 8 RBI and things are getting better. Then, you factor in going 14-25 (a .560 average) and this becomes an easy decision.
- Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – .350 (7-20), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB
- Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals – .423 (11-26), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB
- Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – .375 (12-32), 2 HR, 14 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB
- Marlon Byrd – Texas Rangers – .320 (8-25), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB Read more
Francisco Liriano returned to the rotation, but didn’t look so good. Clayton Kershaw returned from injury and pitched well. Jimmy Rollins continued to try and make people forget about his poor average. Let’s look at these stories and all the rest from yesterday’s games:
- Chris Tillman has a lot of potential, but he didn’t show it in this one. He allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk, striking out 2, over 2 innings to get hung with the loss. He’s sitting with a 5.40 ERA and was perhaps pushed a little too quickly. He’s pitching int the highly competitive AL East, and obviously is even struggling outside of the division as well. He’s given up 4 earned runs or more in four of his last five starts and is unusable in the season’s final week. Could he be viable in 2010? Perhaps, but it’s going to take a whole lot to get there.
- Big game for Asdrubal Cabrera, going 4-5 with 3 RBI and 1 R. The same could be said for Matt LaPorta, who went 1-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R. While the Indians have struggled this season, both of these players have shown just how capable they can be in the major leagues. Both belong on fantasy radars for 2010, especially in deeper formats.
- Andy Pettitte allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4, over 6 innings to beat the Red Sox. He had some injury concerns, but has obviously bounced back alright. In his last two starts he’s allowed 5 earned runs over 12 innings, going 1-1 in the process. He did allow too many base runners in this one, but that’s going to happen from time-to-time with him. You have to be willing to deal with that when you have him on your roster. Read more