Known as the Sacagawea of fantasy primers, the Weekly Rundown guides head-to-head owners through a forest of obscure stats and exploitable matchups in an attempt to help solve lineup conundrums. While reading, keep in mind matchups are subject to change due to managerial moves, unforeseen injuries and Mother Nature's influence.
Fanaticals meet your new royal highness.
Amongst the stars in Los Angeles, Jhoulys Chacin(notes) (eight-percent owned) delivered a performance worthy of a spot on the fantasy Walk of Fame. Gustavo he is not. Spoiling Manny Ramirez's(notes) return to the lineup, the top prospect went seven strong, conceding no earned runs with seven strikeouts. Colorado's six-run scoregasm off Charlie Haeger(notes) in the first was all the filthy youngster needed to earn his second big league win.
Tommy Hanson(notes) is the finest second-year starter in the National League. That claim is indisputable. However, the 22-year-old may not be too far behind. In three games (one as a reliever) he's compiled a mantasy-fostering 16 punchouts in 15.1 innings, allowing zero runs. He's walked a reasonable five.
The book on Chacin reads similarly to most Rockies starters in the Humidor Era. The righty is a large, strapping hurler blessed with a devastating sinker, sensational change – his nastiest offering – plus slider and curve. His calling card: striking fear into subterranean creatures. Already he's coaxed 13 groundball outs. Most importantly, scouts have compared the prospect's demeanor and polish to that of a grizzled veteran, characteristics that immediately grabbed Jim Tracy's attention this past spring. From MLB.com:
"I am a big believer in this kid," Tracy said. "He made terrific pitches, and he's a great athlete. I observed him in Spring Training last year and the way he carried himself, his body language and disposition resembled a winning player..."
Tracy said Chacin showed signs of what was to come when the pitcher was brought up last July.
"But it wasn't with his fastball command," Tracy said. "He gave you glimpses with his secondary pitches. If he wanted to pitch in the big leagues, we made it clear he needed to work on the fastball command."
Based on the number of weak jabs he's attracted, it does appear the kid does have a firm grip. He's officially graduated from "watch" status in 12-team mixed leagues.
Advanced scouting may catch up to Chacin, but as long as he remains composed and continues to consistently get his fastball over the plate, he could be the NL version of Ricky Romero(notes). In other words, an unforeseen waiver treasure who could pay a very handsome SP4/5 dividend.
Kiss thy cloak.
QUICK HITTERS (tidbits from Saturday's slate): Tyler Clippard(notes) continues to be a spicier version of Alfredo Aceves(notes) '09. The illegitimate son of Kent Tekulve netted his fifth win of the season despite allowing a game-tying, two-run shot to Gaby Sanchez(notes) in the seventh. Adding three punchouts to his season total, he now has 28 Ks in 22.2 IP – beastly. … Fasten your seatbelts Kerry Wood(notes) owners. The adventurous closer surrendered two earned in seventh inning duty. Obviously he's being eased back into the closer's spotlight, but the rocky stopper is all too familiar with blown saves. Keep Chris Perez(notes) on speed dial. … Wood's teammate Austin Kearns(notes) continues to play … well, unlike Austin Kearns. The journeyman outfielder knocked in three and now is equal to Raul Ibanez(notes). He's also batting an unsustainable .343. … After roping a two run triple against San Francisco, Angel Pagan(notes) has hit safely in seven of his past 10 games. He's a fair stopgap in very deep formats functioning as Jerry Manuel's leadoff hitter. … In the Boston Massacre revisited Mark Teixeira(notes) emerged from hibernation clubbing three homers with five RBI. With four total hits on the day, he's officially called off his engagement to Mr. Mendoza. … Crossing over from the bullpen, Kris Medlen(notes) was effective as a starter yielding just one earned over 4.1 IP (3:0 K:BB split). The former thoroughly hyped youngster is one to keep an eye on in 12-team and deeper mixed leagues with Jair Jurrjens(notes) on the shelf. … Felipe Paulino(notes) shutdown the monastery, striking out 11 Padres, a career high. The former 'Stros top prospect is reckless, but when dealing his slider-fastball-curve combo is downright filthy. … On the other side of the line, Jon Garland(notes) lowered his ERA to a miniscule 1.71 the same tally as improbable producer, Seattle's Doug Fister(notes). Generating 12 more groundball outs, he may have regained his '05 form. He's only owned in 26 percent of Y! leagues. … In his sixth straight quality start, Tom Gorzelanny(notes) whiffed nine over six innings. Though he took the loss, the Bucco castoff has an astonishing 35 strikeouts in 35.1 IP, one more K than Johan Santana(notes) in 6.1 fewer innings. … Intriguing prospect Derek Holland(notes) is expected a call-up either Wednesday or Thursday, replacing injured fifth starter Matt Harrison(notes). The 23-year-old southpaw has been untouchable at Triple-A Oklahoma City notching a 0.93 ERA with 37 strikeouts and a mere seven walks in 38.2 IP. Deep thinkers take note. … Jody Gerut(notes) hits for the cycle in the Brewers' dismantling of Arizona. Additional at-bats could be forthcoming, but he's nothing more than an NL-only pick-up currently.
For stream conscious owners who want to push the innings-pitched envelope this is the list for you. Run support, ballpark factors, historical and recent trends, opposing offenses, opposing SPs, managerial tendencies and meteorological influences are painstakingly taken into account to give you the top double dippers of each week.
Other AL Double Dippers: None
FEAST OR FAMINE?
Torn between two stat-similar infielders this week? Use the pitching and hitting staff sorters below to help you decide whether or not Adam LaRoche(notes) or Carl Pavano(notes) is fantasy feast or famine. Stats are for games played through May 8:
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