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I am reading through the free projections called Zips on the baseball data site Fangraphs.

 

Zack Greinke (175.2 IP, 4.0 zWAR) and Robbie Ray (172.0, 3.9) both profile as frontline starters, while Patrick Corbin (168.0, 2.4), Zack Godley (155.0, 2.7), and Taijuan Walker (156.1, 2.2) each receive an above-average forecast.

 

a sampling from other NL pitchers

Michael Walker 2.2 WAR

Steven Matz 1.7 WAR

Rich Hill 2.4 WAR

Yu Darvish 4.0 WAR

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For one of my NL only fantasy squads, how to approach the availability of several top tier starting pitchers was something I wrestled with leading up to the auction draft this April.  With Santana available, I knew he would go for some big money. The thing I kept kicking around was would I be better off getting a pitcher who might be close to the talent of Santana, but would go for a price that would save me some money.  For the money saved by going for the lesser talent, I could use that money to help me go after an additional top tier pitcher. I thought this plan might work. Peavy was coming off an off year. He was rumored to go another team in trade rumors. We all  knew last year he was just not the same pitcher pitching away from Petco Park.  I figured I could save about $10 in the draft by going with Peavy as my top pitcher, rather than Santana.   Then, I could use that $10 to add to my budget for a second pitcher, as I just dropped Scott Olsen prior to the draft at $12.  I had targeted one of my favorites in Ricky Nolasco as that second pitcher.  At the draft, the numbers came close to what I expected on this plan. I saved $8  by going with Peavy ($31) over Santana ($39). I used that money to get Nolasco at $24

Its only three starts into the season, but it appears as if I might of been better at going with Santana as he has been dominant so far on the season. Here is the numbers compared so far on the year:

Player Park K BB ER H
Santana
Great American (Cincinnati) 7
4
1
3
Santana Dolphin Stadium (Miami) 13
1
0
3
Santana Citi Field (N.Y.)
7
0
0
5

Santana has 27K’s on the season, and only one earned run.

Player Park K BB ER H
Peavy
Petco Park (S.D.)

8
2
3
7
Peavy Petco Park (S.D.) 10 0 3 7
Peavy Citi Field (N.Y.)

5 4 3 6

Peavy has been good, but not great. He lucked out in his third start and got some good run support for his second win. His pitching  performance away from Petco has began by looking a lot like last year .

Player Park K BB ER H
Nolasco

Dolphin Stadium (Miami)

6
0 5 7
Nolasco Dolphin Stadium (Miami)

2 2
4
7
Nolasco
WAS
4
1
2
7

Nolasco started off good in his first start, and it looked like he might be in line to continue the good pitching shown in his second half of last season. But, later in the game he got lit up by the Nationals, but the Marlins run support gave him the win.  He has continued to look bad in the next two starts and the Marlins brass is trying to figure out what Ricky’s problems so far are on the season.

A lesson to be learned here. If you have a chance to get that special pitcher. Go for it. As, Santana is showing that he is that good. The bullpen blew alot of his wins for him last year, costing him a Cy Young. Unfortunately, for the most part, the voters look mainly at the pitchers wins, and don’t drill down enough on the pitching peripherals. Again, its only three starts, but the comparison here is worth following to see how this plays out over the season.

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This is the fourth AL voting period after six seven in the books. The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. In doing so, you get a cumulative snapshot of the award winners, instead of the single vote. That way we get constant feedback as the year goes on.

American League Most Valuable Player Vote Week #7

  1. Josh Hamilton – 285 points
  2. Kevin Youkilis – 167 points
  3. Carlos Quentin – 160 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 14 points, the player ranked second is assigned 9 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 8 points. Click to see the actual votes.


American League Cy Young Vote Week #7

  1. Cliff Lee – 122 points
  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka – 48 points
  3. Zach Grienke – 29 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

American League Rookie of the Year Vote Week #7

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – 89 points
  2. David Murphy – 70 points
  3. Greg Smith- 46 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

The following blogs contributed to the Blog Poll results:

Baseball Digest Daily
Baseball Happenings
Baseball Musings
Seth Speaks
Fire Brand of American League
Brock For Broglio
Brew Crew Ball
Beyond The Boxscore
Fake Teams
RotoRob
Over the Monster
No Bias Baseball
Outs Per Swing
Bugs & Cranks
Talking Chop
Roto Junkie
Baseball Time In Arlington
CardinalsDiaspora
Tiger Tales
Kranepool Society
Cubs F/X
Roto Advice
Chicago Cubs Online
Baseball Legends
Roto Professor
DRays Bay
DisabledListInformer

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This is not the first, nor the second second NL Voting period, but the third NL voting period after six weeks in the books. The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. In doing so, you get a cumulative snapshot of the award winners, instead of the single vote.  That way we get constant feedback as the year goes on. Whereas, from Fox News is the Dayn Perry’s 25% awards.

National League Most Valuable Player Vote Week #6

  1. Lance Berkman – 277 points
  2. Chase Utley – 196 points
  3. Chipper Jones – 161 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 14 points, the player ranked second is assigned 9 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 8 points. Click to see the actual votes.

Berkman is just so locked in with a mind boggling 1.256 OPS that has put the Astros right in the thick of the NL Central race. Same for Ramirez 8 HR’s has 13 stolen bases as well as leading the Marlins (The Marlins?) to first place in the NL East. Joe Morgan is a lousy announcer but is a Hall of Fame player and if he says Chase Utley is the best 2nd baseman he has ever seen that is very high praise. Tough to leave Alber Puljos off this list and how about an honorable mention for Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady for making baseball worth watching in the Steel City once again” — Steve, Kranepool Society

National League Cy Young Vote Week #6

  1. Brandon Webb – 90 points
  2. Tim Lincecum – 49 points
  3. Edinson Volquez – 40 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

There is no way Webb doesn’t have a stranglehold on this award now: 8-0, 2.41 ERA. Wow! Edison Volquez: An obscenely low 1.06 ERA, Volquez has done a great job keeping the ball in the park, but needs to firm his command up. Aaron Cook :Any time a Rockies pitcher has a 2.26 ERA through eight starts, you’re recommended to sit up and take notice.
” — Evan , Fire Brand of American League

National League Rookie of the Year Vote Week #6

  1. Geovany Soto – 116 points
  2. Jair Jurrjens – 48 points
  3. Kosuke Fukudome- 47 points

The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point. Click to see the actual votes.

Chicago Cubs’ catcher Geovanny Soto takes over the top spot with a 1.003 OPS. Teammate Kosuke Fukudome falls to second because Soto’s postion and SLG outpace Kosuke’s excellent .481 OBP. Reds’ 1B joey Votto noses out Braves’ SP Jair Jurjjens thanks to history-making 3HR/1Sb day. He is also drawing some walks which should serve to keep his OBP respectable. In a weaker field, Dodgers’ 3B Blake DeWitt would get more props with a slash stat line of 323/398/479 – after doing worse between Hi A & AA last season!” — Eric, Fake Teams

The following blogs contributed to the Blog Poll results:

    Baseball Digest Daily
    Baseball Happenings
    Baseball Musings
    Seth Speaks
    Fire Brand of American League
    Brock For Broglio
    Brew Crew Ball
    Beyond The Boxscore
    Greener On Other Side
    Fake Teams
    RotoRob
    Over the Monster
    No Bias Baseball
    Outs Per Swing
    Bugs & Cranks
    Talking Chop
    Roto Junkie
    Baseball Time In Arlington
    CardinalsDiaspora
    Statistically Speaking
    Tiger Tales
    Kranepool Society
    Cubs F/X
    Roto Advice
    Chicago Cubs Online
    Baseball Legends
    Roto Professor

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      The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. The Blog Poll Voters is a group of some of the best writers the baseball blogosphere.

      American League Most Valuable Player Vote Week #5

      1. Manny Ramirez – 270 points
      2. Casey Kotchman – 114 points
      3. Josh Hamilton, Carlos Quentin (Tie) – 113 points

      The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 14 points, the player ranked second is assigned 9 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 8 points.

      American League Cy Young Vote Week #5

      1. Cliff Lee – 116 points
      2. Zack Greinke – 40 points
      3. Ervin Santana, Chien-Ming Wang (Tie) – 18 points

      The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point.

      American League Rookie of the Year Vote Week #5

      1. Jacoby Ellsbury – 83 points
      2. Greg Smith – 58 points
      3. Evan Longoria – 25 points

      The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 point.

      The following blogs contributed to the Blog Poll results::

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      The MLB Blog Poll votes on the MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of Year candidates in each league throughout the regular baseball season. The Blog Poll Voters is a group of some of the best writers the baseball blogosphere. This week we vote on the National League. This week I am making an individual post per award where I show each voters selections.

      National League Cy Young Vote Week #4

      1. Brandon Webb – 72 points
      2. Tim Lincecum – 52 points
      3. Ben Sheets – 35 points

      The player ranked first on a ballot is assigned 5 points, the player ranked second is assigned 3 points, and the player ranked third is assigned 1 points.

      Edinson Volquez – Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Can you say unsustainable?” — Rob Blackstien, RotoRob

      No Johan Santana? Not with the way these three have been pitching” — Steve Keane, Kranepool Society

      Tim Lincecum – He’s on pace to finish with a 26-0 record and 233 K’s…which probably won’t happen; no matter, he’s been one of the best this season & has found ways to get wins with a limited offense behind him (it helps only have allowed 4 ER all season)” — Ken, Roto Advice

      Brandon Webb – I challenge anyone to defend to me not picking a 6-0, 1.98 ERA, 41.0 IP.” — Evan, Fire Brand of American League

      National League Cy Young Vote Week #4

      Voter Player Rank Points
      RotoRob – Rob John Smoltz 1 5
      RotoRob – Rob Edinson Volquez 2 3
      RotoRob – Rob Tim Lincecum 3 1
      Kranepool Society Brandon Webb 1 5
      Kranepool Society Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Kranepool Society Carlos Zambrano 3 1
      Outs Per Swing Jake Peavy 1 5
      Outs Per Swing Carlos Zambrano 2 3
      Outs Per Swing Brandon Webb 3 1
      NoBiasBaseball Brandon Webb 1 5
      NoBiasBaseball Ben Sheets 2 3
      NoBiasBaseball Jake Peavy 3 1
      Beyond The Boxscore Ben Sheets 1 5
      Beyond The Boxscore Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Beyond The Boxscore Jake Peavy 3 1
      Chicago Cubs Online Ben Sheets 1 5
      Chicago Cubs Online Carlos Zambrano 2 3
      Chicago Cubs Online Jake Peavy 3 1
      Seth Speaks Brandon Webb 1 5
      Seth Speaks Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Seth Speaks Jake Peavy 3 1
      Roto Advice Jake Peavy 1 5
      Roto Advice Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Roto Advice Ben Sheets 3 1
      Bugs & Cranks Carlos Zambrano 1 5
      Bugs & Cranks Mark Hendrickson 2 3
      Bugs & Cranks Brad Penny 3 1
      Baseball Legends Ben Sheets 1 5
      Baseball Legends Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Baseball Legends Brandon Webb 3 1
      Talking Chop Ben Sheets 1 5
      Talking Chop Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Talking Chop Jake Peavy 3 1
      Baseball Happenings Brandon Webb 1 5
      Baseball Happenings Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Baseball Happenings Jake Peavy 3 1
      Brock For Broglio Aaron Harang 1 5
      Brock For Broglio Jake Peavy 2 3
      Brock For Broglio Carlos Zambrano 3 1
      Baseball Musings Tim Lincecum 1 5
      Baseball Musings Ben Sheets 2 3
      Baseball Musings Edinson Volquez 3 1
      Fire Brand of American League Brandon Webb 1 5
      Fire Brand of American League Jake Peavy 2 3
      Fire Brand of American League Carlos Zambrano 3 1
      Greener On Other Side Brandon Webb 1 5
      Greener On Other Side Jake Peavy 2 3
      Greener On Other Side Johan Santana 3 1
      Statistically Speaking Brandon Webb 1 5
      Statistically Speaking Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Statistically Speaking Jake Peavy 3 1
      Drays Bay Ben Sheets 1 5
      Drays Bay Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Drays Bay Edinson Volquez 3 1
      Cubs F/X Brandon Webb 1 5
      Cubs F/X Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Cubs F/X Jake Peavy 3 1
      CardinalsDiaspora Brandon Webb 1 5
      CardinalsDiaspora Carlos Zambrano 2 3
      CardinalsDiaspora Jake Peavy 3 1
      Roto Professor Brandon Webb 1 5
      Roto Professor Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Roto Professor Edinson Volquez 3 1
      RotoRob Brandon Webb 1 5
      RotoRob Tim Lincecum 2 3
      RotoRob Jake Peavy 3 1
      Fake Teams Brandon Webb 1 5
      Fake Teams Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Fake Teams Edinson Volquez 3 1
      Brew Crew Ball Brandon Webb 1 5
      Brew Crew Ball Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Brew Crew Ball Jake Peavy 3 1
      Baseball Time In Arlington Edinson Volquez 1 5
      Baseball Time In Arlington Ben Sheets 2 3
      Baseball Time In Arlington Tim Lincecum 3 1
      Tiger Tales Brandon Webb 1 5
      Tiger Tales Tim Lincecum 2 3
      Tiger Tales Jake Peavy 3 1

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      In a fitting tribute to the QS, Brandon Webb continues the Quality start steak going six innings with 0 ER and picks up the win to make it 6-0 on the season. Lets not forget who he was facing in Jake Peavy who also pitched a good game, but takes the loss.

      I told you about James Shields brilliant first year numbers from last year, he backs it up yesterday to complete the sweep against the Red Sox. Lets me say that again, The Rays have swept the Red Sox, and welcome to first place! Let I say, help is also on the way.

      In case you missed it, Edwin Volquez who the Reds traded for one of my favorite player Josh Hamilton is fooling many NL batters so far this season. He is an emerging Ace. Talk about a trade that really helps both teams. Too bad John Daniels has made some mistakes along the way. The biggest probably being trading Chris Young for Adam Eaton.

      The Pirates fan base seems like another club who thinks their GM is doing no favors for them in releasing Matt Morris. I personally would blame the last GM for acquiring that bad contract, more so than not getting value for Morris when he had some.

      To me, the surprise team the first four weeks is the St. Louis Cardinals. This is a team that the experts were saying had a good chance of shutting down Pujols down by mid season. They are in the thick of it in the NL Central. They are doing it with solid role players like Skip Schumaker and Aaron Miles. Tony LaRussa is working some magic. They do have some concerns such as at closer where Isringhausen has blown some games. But, overall its Pujols in his MVP form, along with some surprising good pitching especially from the two Kyles – Lohse and McClellan. They have Mulder and Colby Rasmus who could help later on in the year. By September, maybe Chris Carpenter is there in the mix too.

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