Andy Behrens

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

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 23 hrs 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 7 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 8 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 12 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 13 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 14 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 20 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.

  • Yu Darvish dials it up to 97 in rehab appearance

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 21 days ago

    Yu Darvish made his first minor league rehab start of the season on Sunday, and it really could not have gone much better. Darvish threw 32 pitches, allowing no hits, no runs and one walk while striking out two. His fastball routinely hit 94, topping out at 97.

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    Ninety-seven , you guys. That works. 

    If you're wondering about his breaking stuff, just look at the finishing pitch in this video. Pure wickedness. 

    When asked what he was thinking prior to his appearance, Darvish had jokes:

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  • Daily Dime: Nathan Karns, Nolan Arenado and other solid Monday plays

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 22 days ago

    As always, be sure to watch the weather and stay on top of MLB lineups.

    P Nathan Karns, Sea, $38 (at Oak) – Karns has struck out 24 batters in 22.1 innings so far this season, and he tossed seven scoreless frames in his last appearance. Oakland ranks dead-last in the A.L. in team OBP (.291), so there's no reason to fear the opposing lineup.

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    P Bartolo Colon, NYM, $35 (vs. Atl) – Colon hasn't given up more than three runs in any start this season, and he's facing the N.L.'s lowest-scoring lineup. At $35, he's a gift.

    (Honorable mention at pitcher: Jose Berrios is a rookie with wicked stuff and he's facing the Houston Astros, a team that leads MLB in strikeouts. It's tough to bank on Minnesota getting a win in any matchup, but Berrios has a great shot at a significant K total.)

  • NFL Draft 2016: Top fantasy prospects for Rounds 2-3

    Andy Behrens at Roto Arcade 24 days ago

    A full day of drafting is in the books, and Myles Jack isn't the only massively talented prospect still waiting to hear his name called.

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    Here are three potential impact skill players still available, likely to be drafted on Day 2:

    RB Derrick Henry, Alabama – Henry earned pretty much every trophy available to him last year — the Heisman, Maxwell, Doak Walker, three CMAs, a Grammy, two local Emmys, etc. He was the centerpiece of a punishing Alabama run game, dominant in the biggest moments, and he was a freak at the combine. In the right team context, running behind an O-line that allows a clean first step, he'll be a beast as a pro.