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Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox
After he came off the DL in late July, he was having problems throwing his slider and his velocity was down. Last month in an interview, Jenks said that his velocity was down on purpose because he was trying to mix up his pitches, but that still shouldn't have precluded him from dialing it up on occasion if he wanted to. I smell trouble ahead too.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '09
Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
I think many people remember Parker disappearing for those years in the middle of his career, and not remembering how good he was when he resurfaced in Cinci.
Mike Landau ML-
Jan 18 '09
David Price Boston Red Sox
I flip-flopped into second place in ERA and the league standings with the eventual champion b/c of Sabathia's start to end the regular season. (in that league we keep stats of players traded to the NL). Had CC given up 2 runs or if I had waived Ervin Santana before his final start I would have won my league. Instead I lost by 1.5 points to the team that made up the gap and passed me in ERA.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '09
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
Thankfully, Roto leagues only use raw numbers.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '09
Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox
I'd worry. His BIP average was unlucky in 2005 and 2006 and then lucky the past two years. His walks are down, which is good news, but if his luck changes, and the Ks remain low, watch out for that ERA to spike.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '09
David Price Boston Red Sox
The second place team in my A.L. would have won with one more hit and one more win. Justin Morneau's 0-fer in the play-off against the White Sox was strike one, while not picking up an entire win in the final week was strike two and second place.

The fact that he left Rafael Perez and Brian Tallet on his roster for the final week was baffling.

Even more vexing to him had to be the fact that he dropped Roy Corcoran for Tallet. Corcoran's win in the last week would have left the second place guy 1/2 point out of 1st and he would have been cursing Morneau all winter.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '09
Felix Pie Baltimore Orioles
Added to the Orioles for Garret Olson. Will either start in LF with Luke Scott moving to DH and Huff to 1B or will be the 4th OF, subbing for Scott defensively and running for Huff. He's still relatively young for a former top prospect.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '09
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
He's also in a homer friendly park, which should make his raw numbers look better than his actual performance.
Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 18 '09
VERY small thing -- Brad Ziegler's pitching stats don't seem to be in the comment data base.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Bobby Jenks Boston Red Sox
38Ks in 61 IP? Ugh.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Well, that was pretty much what you or I wanted and/or paid for, wasn't it?
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Francisco Liriano Philadelphia Phillies
Did the Twins wait too long? Well, after they obviously initially rushed him in April, you couldn't really blame them.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
Still a little immature (and hotheaded), but you can't deny that season overall. Top 10 AL hurler? Probably. Gotta pay for that.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
David Price Boston Red Sox
Colin: 14 innings saved you? Man, that's a close league.

I don't know why they wouldn't just put him out there every five days with a reasonably conservative pitch count.
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Jack Hannahan Cincinnati Reds
Yeah, you have to squint real hard to find anything encouraging there from a 28-year-old guy. Why would you have him on the roster?
Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 18 '09
Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
I don't think anyone would dispute that any of the hitters you listed (Schmidt, Jackson, Winfield, Brett, Murray) are better than Rice. The argument here seems to be whether or not lesser lights like Rice belong in the Hall or not.

I think the main reason Parker has barely been considered and Rice is in the Hall are because a) Rice had three out-of-this-world seasons and Parker had one and b) Rice put up his stats in a shorter time frame than Parker. I think Rice is a better candidate than Parker, but I agree with you that the gap isn't as pronounced as the voting totals would have you think.
Mike Gianella MikeG
Jan 18 '09
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
I think low end we can expect Votto to be a guy who hits 25 HR's with a .300 AVG every year for the forseeable future.

I would not be surprised to see him put up a 30/.300/100 line this year, but don't see much potential for more than 85 runs scored, and he should be given a Red Light on the base paths, his horrid SB percentage says "stop please!!!"
Kevin Wiley kldub4life
Jan 18 '09
Elijah Dukes Washington Nationals
Dukes definitely shows flashes of brilliance, and a 20/20 season is a reasonable expectation. I love his patience at the plate if he could cut down on the strike ots some a respectable average could be had as well.
Kevin Wiley kldub4life
Jan 18 '09
Michael Young Los Angeles Dodgers
I gave him a bid price of $22 in the Fantasy Baseball Guide, which should be arriving in stores in the next few days (if it isn't there yet). His age and the obvious decline since his golden days argues for continued falloff, but he isn't so old that there isn't a chance for a bounce back. He's the odd player who has shown less power as he's aged, hitting only seven percent homers per fly ball the last two years. If everyone in your league is sour, he's a guy to try to skim.
Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 18 '09
At least Young will retain SS eligibility for one more year; it is a pretty weak position in the AL.

The real concern here is that Young's batting skills seem to be eroding. The K's are up, the Abs are down, the HR have dropped, the Rbi are lower, and last year's avg wasn't too helpful.

Hoping for a slight rebound, I'd pay about $23 for him right now.
Scott Shea SJS
Jan 18 '09

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