Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
April 03, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Detroit may be less than 400 miles from Milwaukee, but it might as well be a parallel universe for Prince Fielder (1B, DET). Not only will he be facing a slate of pitchers he hasn’t seen very often, but he’s also going to have to adjust to a change in venue.
Dave
Adler
April 01, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre (3B, TEX) before the start of the 2010 season, it looked like Michael Young (3B, TEX) would be relegated to a life as a full-time DH. But injuries allowed Young to play all over the field, and he turned in another fine year at the plate. Young is a pillar of good health, but his results haven’t been consistent:
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 28, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
Rickie Weeks (2B, MIL) started quickly last year, earning his first All-Star selection with a .283-14-33 first half. But like so often in the past, injuries derailed his season. Now 29, Weeks will be counted on to help pick up the offensive slack following Prince Fielder's (1B, DET) departure.
Dave
Adler
March 27, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
In a spring training battle for a roster slot? Just make a good early impression—like hot-hitting Ryan Raburn (2B/OF, DET), who’s vying for the Tigers’ opening day second base position. Despite the start, Raburn has fairly one-dimensional the past few years.
Brent
Hershey
March 26, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
After a troubling 2010 in which leg injuries limited him to a career-low of AB, Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI) headed into his 2011 walk season playing for a new contract. He did enough to secure at least three more seasons in Philadelphia, though his skills have decidedly flattened out in recent seasons.
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 24, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
Josh Collmenter (RHP, ARI) was called to fill in as Arizona's fifth starter early last year and ran with the opportunity, posting a sub-3.00 ERA and a WHIP below 1.00 in the season's first half. He wasn't quite as good from July on, but kept the job. But does Collmenter have the skills to merit fanalytic consideration?
Dan
Becker
March 23, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In a lineup full of more veteran boppers, Brett Gardner (OF, NYY) provides some youth and zip on the bases. Gardner has become a great asset to the Yankees because of his speed and defense, but is there room for more growth in his game?
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 22, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
Joey Votto (1B, CIN) faced a tall order last year—expectations that he would repeat his 2010 MVP and career highs in average, home runs, RBIs and SBs. Instead, his numbers were down across the board, though still very good. Does last season make a new benchmark for which to base expectations?
Dave
Adler
March 21, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
While the top of the Seattle rotation is pretty much set, the back-end is a work in progress. One competitor for a spot is non-roster invitee Kevin Millwood (RHP, SEA). While Safeco provides a safe haven for pitchers, there are reasons to be leery about Millwood.
Brent
Hershey
March 20, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Many fantasy owners rode Matt Kemp's (OF, LA) breakout campaign to championships last season. And even though we here at BaseballHQ.com have written recently of the danger of paying for last year's performance, Kemp is surely the exception. He'll pick right up where he left in September—right?
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