Fantasy baseball mailbag
Each week I'll answer a handful of the most pertinent questions I've received during the week in an attempt to bring insightful fantasy analysis to the fore. Need your questions answered? Drop me a line. For more fantasy analysis, check out Fanball.com.
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2010: 4.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 7.64 K/9, 1.95 BB/9, 3.91 K/BB, 1.13 GB/FB
Given that his current batting average against is only .004 points off his career mark (.262), that his BABIP is only .003 points off his career mark at .312, and that his WHIP is below his career mark, it is odd that his left on base percent is just 64.5 percent, this after four-straight years of the mark being at least 75.2 percent. If that number was where it should be and at the 75 percent level, Greinke's ERA could very easily be below his career number (3.79) and that would make things look a whole lot better.
Has he been disappointing? Absolutely. Has he been inconsistent (he has allowed at least six runs in three of his last seven outings)? For sure. Still, as I said above, he was never going to repeat his 2009 effort and he still has the 16th best WHIP in the AL and more strikeouts than
This question got a lot easier earlier Wednesday. The
You might be saying to yourself -- why in the world would the Phils demote Brown with the slacker that is
After this question was submitted the Dodgers decided to place Furcal on the DL with a lower back strain. The move is retroactive to Aug. 3, but it's unclear when he will be able to return, and how he will do once he is back in action (Furcal has hit a mere .175 over his last 12 games).
Is Hardy an adequate replacement? Obviously the answer is no if you are looking for thefts or the ability to fly around the bases while racking up copious amounts of runs, but that doesn't mean that Hardy is without value by any means. The often injured shortstop of the Twins is in quite the groove of late hitting .375 the past week and .333 over his last 60 at-bats covering 18 games played. Though he has only 241 at-bats and doesn't qualify for the batting title, his .270 batting average on the year is actually better than
Garcia is 10-5 with a sparking 2.71 ERA in his first full season. He has a a solid K/9 mark of 7.05, and does an excellent job keeping the ball on the ground with a 2.07 GB/FB ratio. However, he still needs to work on cutting down the walks (3.63 per nine), and it remains to be seen if he can continue to strand runners with such skill (his 75.2 percent LOB mark is slightly elevated). There are also valid concerns about Garcia's durability given that he tossed just 37.2 innings last season and that he has been limited to less than 150 innings in each of the past three years (he is up to 126.1 innings right now, one of the reasons the Cardinals will likely be somewhat cautious with his usage for the rest of this season).
Posey was incredible in July on his way to Player of the Month honors (.417-7-24-20), and predictably he has slowed down since (he his hit .261 his last 13 games). Overall, Posey has been unbelievable for the Giants this season hitting .345 with eight homers and 42 RBI in just 232 at-bats. To put that effort into perspective,
Hurlers can toss one pitch and blow their arm out. Catchers can take one foul tip and break a hand ending their season. Both positions have risks associated with them, and while I like Garcia, his upside clearly doesn't rise to the level of Posey who, if he can just stay healthy, seems likely to be a difference maker an a potential top-5 option at the catchers position for the foreseeable future.