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Fantasy Notes: Fielder of Dreams

May 7, 2007 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
  • Prince Fielder, just two days shy of turning 23, has arrived as a bona fide slugger. With another two jacks yesterday, followed by the go-ahead run, he led baseball’s best team to its third straight win and seventh in eight games. Yes, that’s right, Milwaukee is a major-league best 21-10 and Prince is a huge part of this with nine dingers (seven in the last 16 games), 21 runs and 26 RBI in 31 games. A seven-game hitting streak has seen him raise his BA from .260 to almost .300 and his OPS is now 965. Fielder is third in the NL in dingers, fourth in RBI, 10th in slugging and 14th in runs. He is on pace to score 110 runs and drive in 136. I also really like the fact that his improvements have been supported by a better batting eye (15 BB/25K). At this pace, I’m expecting him to move up from his current slot at No. 8 on the RotoRob first baseman rankings when our next update is released.
  • How good are things going for the Brew Crew? They are now 11 games over .500 for the first time in 15 years. Damn, they even got Johnny Estrada to lay down a successful bunt to move Fielder over to start the go-ahead rally in the eighth. How rare is that footage? Johnny E has just five sac bunts in almost 500 career games.The bullpen, led by closer Francisco Cordero (now a perfect 12-for-12 in save tries), has been lights out with an ERA barely over three and a quarter. Now the team wraps up its homestand with three games against the rancid Nats.
  • About the only thing that didn’t go right for the Brewers on Sunday was that they allowed a 4-0 lead to slip away in the seventh, costing Ben Sheets a chance to win back-to-back starts for the first time in 23 starts since August 2005. Of course, three stints on the DL have come in the interim. Since getting knocked around in back-to-back starts in mid-April, Sheets has been rolling, and yesterday’s quality outing was his fourth straight strong start (6 1/3 IP, six hits, two runs, five Ks, three walks). His hit rates have been solid, and with an ERA down to 4.04 and WHIP of 1.20, Sheets will continue to be a very useful fantasy starter as long as he avoids the DL, especially in 4×4 leagues. I’d definitely like to see more strikeouts, but his season-high yesterday was a good sign.
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