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  1. Enjoy the column…some thoughts though:

    1. Has daniel cabrera ever been a stock up guy?

    2. Dynamite drop in on Ollie

    3. I’m not drinking the Dexter Fowler Cool-aid from a fantasy perspective…strikes out way too much and with 6 of 6 SB from a guy who can’t stop ANYONE that means he’s only 3-4 from other picthers…still good but not 9-10 by any stretch. Play this guy against Chris Young though!

    Comment by Brian Noonan — May 4, 2009 @ 11:38 am

  2. Fowler only K’s at a 22% clip as a rookie. He also went 8 straight games without a K just in the past 2 weeks.

    I am high on him going forward.

    Comment by Bill — May 4, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

  3. Jay Bruce could get an honorable mention here….was this close to getting him while he was slumping and then on the day we were going to finalize the deal he hit 2 homeruns and the other guy backed out…just my luck.

    Comment by R M — May 4, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  4. The Orioles will be tinkering with a closer-by-comedy apporach – just wondering whose stock gets the biggest initial boost: Chris Ray, Jim Johnson or Denys Baez? Normally, Ray and George Sherrill would share duties, but Johnson and Baez have outpitched both.

    Comment by Choo — May 4, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  5. My initial response would be Chris Ray, but that is pure speculation only on the prior experience. Personally I don’t think any of the aforementioned guys should be owned unless you are totally desperate for saves and have no qualms with huge ERA and WHIP gains. Not to mention having the roster space available.

    Comment by Nate M — May 4, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  6. 9 ks in his last 5 full games…small sample size I know but can’t be good

    I agree he is young and raw and in a keeper league or one that doesn’t penalize K’s a good fit.

    What about Upton? Only owned in 60% of CBS leagues and starting to kill it. On average he hit the LONGEST HRs last year. Not that it matters but at 22 definitely impressive and at this point probably a better grab than Fowler.

    Comment by Brian Noonan — May 4, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  7. Upton would be another strong buy IMO, 60% still? He has had a good 7 days and posted a 800+ OPS as a baseball toddler…

    Comment by Bill — May 4, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  8. Up to only 75% on CBS after a strong week, Fowler owned in 60%

    Comment by Brian Noonan — May 4, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Love the site, the stats and the analysis.

    Regarding ‘Medium Papi,’ watching a few Sox games this year, he seems to be pressing way too hard to get his first homerun, and like you mentioned, seeing way less pitches.

    I have to think he turns it on soon, but it begs the question are we seeing a cliff-year from a former slugger?

    Comment by Zack — May 4, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  10. Baez is a different pitcher from 2007, but I don’t know how good he will be going forward. Ray’s a guy I would wait on as long as possible before picking up, if he’s the one that replaces Sherrill. Jim Johnson isn’t a great pickup – his ERA was vastly inflated last season, and his K/9 is way too low for a closer (I’m not talking Bobby Jenks – I’m talking Carlos Silva here).

    I think Ray is the favorite, and I think Baez is ahead of Johnson at this point. The O’s management considers Johnson as our 8th inning setup man for the foreseeable future, and they’re not gonna move him up or down from that role. On the other hand, if Baez continues to pitch well, and gets an opportunity to close for awhile, he could rack up a decent number of saves and maybe get traded at the deadline, which Andy MacPhail would love. There is a non-trivial possibility that Baez even gets the nod ahead of Ray, although his ability to go multiple innings is one thing that I think will keep him further back in the queue.

    Comment by David — May 4, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

  11. Another 2 Ks last night vs. some guy name correia…did walk once but that is 2 ks/game in his last 5 starts

    Comment by Brian Noonan — May 5, 2009 @ 6:57 am

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