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Eugenio Velez Los Angeles Dodgers
I'd say try to low-ball him -- he's not hitting, he's not especially good in the field, and he's not even running that effectively (8 for 12). There's no reason for the Giants not to keep giving him chances (though it is the Giants, with their love affair with veterans), but he is kind of likely to hurt your average.
mike fenger mike
May 11 '08
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
In both my leagues, he was owned on reserve lists. (I got him in one.) His first start wasn't so hot, but today was pretty solid.

I did see that Mike G. was going to bid $35. I like Scherzer a lot, but there's not a guarantee that he'll keep a rotation spot if/when Davis comes back. I think you need to have a strong pitching staff otherwise in order to make such a bid.
mike fenger mike
May 11 '08
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
If I was a paying customer (wait, I am!) I'd be livid that Rotowire hasn't updated Ethier since April 6th. First he surprisingly becomes a regular, then he loses his job for no apparent reason. But in both cases Rotowire is silent.

Rotoworld has some later comments, but doesn't address the recent benching. Maybe Torre is being conciliatory with Juan Pierre, who has been hot. Maybe there is nothing to be said, except that there are four outfielders and three jobs.

I sure wish some of the services I was paying were at least making guesses.

My guess (and please provide real info if you have it) is that Pierre got hot and Torre can't sit Jones or Kemp that much, though Jones has been a disaster. So Joe tries to even things up and Ethier ends up with 8 AB in the past week, despite perfectly good numbers this year.

Feh.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
May 11 '08
Small sample but the guy is raking. Not a candidate to keep this up, at least from what his years of history tells us, but worthy to roster in almost any league in case he backslides only part of the way.
Mark Bond booond
May 10 '08
Stephen Drew Washington Nationals
Gammons is looking pretty smart about now. I guess the jury's still out on whether Drew is "breaking out", but he's been pretty solid. (As has Upton.)
Paul Benninghoff PaulB
May 9 '08
Rick Ankiel New York Mets
It's a shame he couldn't throw that accurately when he pitched. He looks great out there...only a matter of time before Micah Owings pulls a similar move.
cliff cook clc3
May 7 '08
Won the game with his left arm yesterday. Two jaw-dropping throws to third.
Alex Patton Alex
May 7 '08
Mark Mulder St. Louis Cardinals
Thanks for the scouting report...much appreciated.

Keith Cromer Slyke
May 7 '08
Manuel Corpas Colorado Rockies
Rocks continue to struggle. Corpas continues to struggle. Both big surprises to me.
Alex Patton Alex
May 7 '08
Mark Mulder St. Louis Cardinals
Pretty damned interesting.
Alex Patton Alex
May 7 '08
Saw his start in Memphis last night...was passing through town, the ballpark lights were on and I didn't have to be in St.Louis until today...sat in the 2nd row right behind home plate.(the club PR guy, who came down to say hi, told me the whole row of seats belongs--they were all empty--to the CEO of Fedex--but since I'm a distinguished looking old fart he didn't chase me.) Scoreboard radar showed Mulder's fast ball was in 85-89 range and that felt accurate. He hung a lot of curve balls, which the Colorado Skysox converted into a deluge of doubles. Mulder only threw a couple of sliders. They were very effective --but the ability to hit a good slider is the difference between a hitter spending his life in Memphis for 2k a month versus steaming up the Mississippi River to St.Louis and millions. His real problem was ZERO movement on his fastball. When he's right it sinks significantly. This is what rehab starts are for. It's gonna take time for him to get good movement back since he's got to loosen up that surgically repaired shoulder and retrain his muscles to get the movement. If you can stash him on a reserve list he could be late help...or it might never come. His biggest problem is that he's running out of rehab time and may have to go back to the big club before he gets that feel back.
The other interesting thing was he didn't shake off the young catcher, Anderson, once.
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 7 '08
Greg Norton w/more power or is it Russell Branyan w/fewer walks?
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 7 '08
Mark Hendrickson Baltimore Orioles
Hendrickson claims the improvement is a product of surgery to improve his eyesight. Sez he didn't know how much concentration and energy it was taking him just to see....go figure.
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 7 '08
Chase Utley Los Angeles Dodgers
The swing reminds me of another slugging infielder...Eddie Matthews.
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 7 '08
Edinson Volquez Texas Rangers
I believe the difference is for real. To me it appears the he is able to disguise and control his change-up much more effectively. He won't be as good 2nd time around the league--but he'll be well worth owning.
And Rotoman's dead on ...the g/f ratio with him is important as he's got a pretty good bunch of gloves behind him as long as he keeps it in the yard.
Lew Prince theoldfart
May 7 '08
Ervin Santana New York Mets
I would think so. The one thing that is pretty much proven when it comes to PEDs is that they make you stronger. The stuff about improving reflexes, giving you sharper vision, heightening your instincts is at best questionably proven and worst a bunch of hooey.

So hitters who already had the ability to hit a baseball 400+ feet were stronger and could now hit that same baseball a little further and a little harder. On the other hand, pitchers who could throw the ball hard still needed to be able to locate their pitches, keep focused on the game situation, and make sure to stay involved in the pitch selection. These aren't things that PEDs are going to help. In fact, if PEDs did anything for pitchers, they probably hurt game-day performances. Anyone who ever played in Little League can remember the coaches telling the pitchers not to "muscle" the ball in there.

Of course, until someone produces more than the smattering of positive drug tests we've had so far, this is all but a pie in the sky discussion in any event.
Mike Gianella MikeG
May 6 '08
Eugenio Velez Los Angeles Dodgers
Does anybody have any insight to Velez's future playing time? Is he worth targeting for steals or is he too much of a risk to bother with. NL only 5x5 12 teams. Also, he is $1 and it is a keeper league.

G Man DoctorG
May 6 '08
Ervin Santana New York Mets
In the final version of the Projector, I had Santana back up to $11. Showing independence of spirit, the American Dreamers fought for him until he reached $12.

Santana's just one of 7 starting pitchers taking a regular turn who have yet to taste defeat (Webb 7-0; Santana, Saunders and Wang, 6-0; Matzuzaka and Lee 5-0; Sheets 4-0): a combined 34-0, which could well be a record for this far into the season.

You look at this group (ERA well under 2.50), you look at the group in the Weeks thread, and like it or not, you have to think about the elephant in the room.

Did PEDs give hitters a bigger boost?
Alex Patton Alex
May 6 '08
Matt Joyce Miami Marlins
Showed a quick bat and a nice swing yesterday against the Red Sox. Hit a rope against Dice-K with two men on in the fifth inning. In 97 AB at Toledo hit .299/.367/.536; 11 BB, 27 SO.
Alex Patton Alex
May 6 '08
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
Jamie Moyer showed him what's it all about yesterday. Nevertheless, Scherzer showed enough -- more than enough -- to increase the buzz.

So what did folks pay for him?
Alex Patton Alex
May 6 '08

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