Andy Behrens

  • Closing Time: Adam Duvall continues to clear fences

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 12 hrs ago

    After Monday's two-homer binge at Coors Field, Adam Duvall now ranks third in the N.L. in slugging percentage (.606), tenth in OPS (.911) and he's tied for fourth in long-balls (13). You would think a guy with those power credentials would be universally owned in fantasy leagues, but, well ... no. Not close. Duvall remains available in more than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues, despite his 40-homer, 90-RBI pace.

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    We've endorsed Duvall around here a time or two already, so we shouldn't need to take a deep dive into his professional history. We'll just remind you that the 27-year-old hit for power at every minor league stop, with a pair of 30-bomb seasons included. He's cleared the fence six times in his last eight games, which is insane, and he's playing every day for Cincinnati. He gets three more appearances at Coors this week, too.

  • Daily Dime: Nathan Karns, Kris Bryant and $63 worth of outfielders

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    We've got a full slate on a Monday, so let's make good choices, gamers. Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups.

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    P Nathan Karns, Sea, $40 (vs. SD) – As a team, the Padres rank next-to-last in MLB in team batting average (.227) and on-base percentage (.286). So the match-up really couldn't get much better. Karns has struck out a batter per inning on the season and he hasn't allowed more than three runs, earned or unearned, in any of his last six starts.

    P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (vs. TB) – Kennedy has pitched well to this point, striking out 53 batters over 53.1 innings and posting a 1.16 WHIP. The Rays are obviously something less than a run-scoring juggernaut, ranking in the bottom-third of the A.L. in runs (198), AVG (.239) and OBP (.310).

    C Chris Iannetta, Sea, $7 (Cashner) – If you're spending the minimum at catcher, you might as well buy the guy who gets to face Cashner.

  • Closing Time: Hyped prospect Joey Gallo back in our fantasy lives

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    Just about every Texas Rangers outfielder, past or present, is currently injured — everyone from Oddibe McDowell and Gary Ward to Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs. Nobody is healthy, it seems. Choo and Stubbs both hit the DL on Monday, dealing with hamstring and toe injuries, and we also learned that Josh Hamilton will undergo season-ending knee surgery

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    So there's hope, is what I'm saying. Gallo is still just 22 years old, and his power potential is almost unrivaled. Here's a sample, if you've never witnessed his work. He's already produced a pair of 40-homer seasons in the minors.

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  • Daily Dime: It's Kershaw day, so you know what to do

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    Be sure to check the game-time weather conditions before finalizing lineups. Let's make good Monday choices, people.

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    P Clayton Kershaw, LAD, $61 (vs. Cin) – Not sure if you'd heard, but Kershaw is skilled in the pitching arts. He's posted double-digit Ks in six straight games, which is ridiculous, and his season WHIP is 0.70 (also ridiculous).

    P Ian Kennedy, KC, $42 (at Min) – Kennedy has posted quality ratios for the season, and he's coming off a 9-K, two-run effort against Boston. Surely he can deal with the Twins.

    C Derek Norris, SD, $7 (Cueto) – When you start a $61 pitcher, you're probably going to punt a position elsewhere. Norris has had a miserable year, but he did deliver XBHs on Friday and Saturday. Any positive contribution would be welcome at this price.

    1B Matt Adams, STL, $13 (Lackey) – Quietly useful in recent weeks, Adams is slashing .318/.375/.500 in May.

  • Closing Time: Welcome back, Cameron Maybin

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    Cameron Maybin spent the first six weeks of the regular season and most of his spring on the disabled list, recovering first from a fractured wrist, then a shoulder issue. Maybin finally returned to action for Detroit on Monday, starting in center and batting seventh. Like all Tigers batters, he took part in the early pummeling of Twins starter Jose Berrios (0.2 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 4 BB), then he continued to reach base against left-hander Pat Dean. When all the numbers were in — and Detroit had narrowly avoided losing a game they should have controlled — Maybin had gone 2-for-2 with a walk a stolen base and one run scored.

    Not such a bad 2016 debut.

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    Anthony Gose was optioned to Toledo when Maybin arrived, so he can't hurt us anymore.

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  • Daily Dime: Maeda, Ozuna and various Rangers

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 16 days ago

    Before finalizing your lineups, be sure to check the game-time weather conditions. Let's take a crack at the Monday slate...

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    P Kenta Maeda, LAD, $46 (vs. LAA) – Maeda has been mostly brilliant, posting a 1.02 WHIP with a swinging-strike percentage of 12.1. The Angels' lineup at this stage is basically Mike Trout and eight outs, so I like the matchup.

    P J.A. Happ, Tor, $46 (vs. TB) – Tampa Bay ranks last in the A.L. in runs and next-to-last in team OBP. Happ hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start this season, and he's given up just one run in 15.2 innings so far this month.

    C Tyler Flowers, Atl, $7 (Niese) – Here's a nice matchup at a position-punting price. Niese has been crushed by right-handed batters this season: 8 HR, 15 XBH, .309 AVG, .928 OPS.

    1B Carlos Santana, Cle, $17 (Lamb) – Good things often happen when Santana gets to face a left-handed pitcher: career .276/.385/.440.

  • Super two: Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon are ruling Triple-A

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 20 days ago

    As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates trail first-place Chicago by eight games in the N.L. Central. The division is probably a lost cause, because the Cubs are clearly the most powerful collection of humans ever assembled for a common purpose. But a postseason berth is very much in play for Pittsburgh, as the Bucs are only 1.5 games out of a wild card spot.

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    We mention the Pirates' playoff positioning not because anyone around here has a rooting interest in the team, but because some of us have fantasy investments in two of the club's top prospects, right-handed starters Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. Both pitchers entered the year ranked among baseball's top minor league arms according to pretty much every source for such ranks. Here's how the duo has performed this season at Triple-A Indianapolis:

  • Closing Time: Dietrich, Bradley, Cingrani and other notable names

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    Derek Dietrich entered the 2016 season without an everyday role for Miami, coming off a miserable spring (3-for-34). He made the most of his limited early opportunities, however, collecting nine hits in his first 27 at-bats. When the Dee Gordon/PED news broke, Dietrich found himself with a path to regular playing time and, well ... so far, so good.

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    Dietrich was batting lead-off for the Marlins on Monday and he went 3-for-5 with a triple, one RBI and a run scored. He's now slashing .407/.467/.630 for the month and .333/.417/.603 for the season with 10 extra-base hits in just 72 plate appearances. Dietrich cleared the fence 10 times in 250 at-bats last year, so the pop is real. We probably shouldn't expect him to hit for average over the long haul, but he did flash on-base ability in the minors, so he's not the worst choice to hit at the top of the order.

  • Daily Dime: Jon Lester and a pile of Rockies bats

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    Before finalizing your lineups, be sure to check the game-time weather conditions. Let's take a crack at the Monday slate...

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    P Jon Lester, CHC, $53 (vs. SD) – Chicago's total season run-differential has already reached triple-digits, which is insane. The Cubs are simply an overwhelming favorite here, facing a last-place club that ranks near the bottom of the N.L. in runs scored. Lester has of course been terrific; he's allowed one earned run or less in five of his six starts so far this season.

    P Aaron Sanchez, Tor, $39 (at SF) – Sanchez has really only had one hiccup in his six starts, he's struck out nearly a batter per inning, and his ratios are outstanding (2.82 ERA, 1.17 WHIP). I have to believe the Jays' lineup will put a few runs on the board against Jake Peavy on Monday night.

  • Closing Time: A.J. Griffin frustrates Jays, continues hot start

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 28 days ago

    A.J. Griffin was sidelined for two seasons , you guys. Two years, wiped out. Griffin delivered a breakout campaign in 2013, winning 14 games for Oakland and striking out 171, but he required Tommy John surgery the following spring, then right shoulder issues limited him to only 14.1 minor league innings in 2015.

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    We wouldn't normally expect a pitcher with Griffin's deep injury history to return to fantasy relevance, but, well ... just look at the Wiffle nonsense he threw at Toronto's lineup on Monday.

    Griffin struck out nine Blue Jays over six frames, holding a dangerous team to just three hits, two walks and one run. He had 'em flailing at non-strikes and generally looking mystified. Impressive stuff. Griffin is now 31 innings into his big league comeback, and he's allowed just eight earned runs (2.32 ERA) while striking out 26.