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Archive for May, 2010

Dear RotoRob: H2H Help!

May 31, 2010 | by Tim McLeod | Comments (0)
Zach Braddock was filthy good at Triple-A for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Zach Braddock was sharp in the AFL, carrying that into a filthy good showing at Triple-A, earning a promotion to Sausage City.

Dear RotoRob,

League format: 10 teams, 25 players max., mixed H2H

I have won one week since Week Two. I am in third place, but double digits behind second. My offensive stats are middle of the pack or worse across the board. My pitching is the only reason I’m even this high at this point.

Expert after expert was telling me to stay put week after week, when I knew trades had to be made. Now I find myself losing in a week that I had to win if I wanted to make up any ground.

This is my roster; what trades do I need to make to improve my team?

C – Brian McCann
1B – Mark Reynolds
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – David Wright
SS – Orlando Cabrera
OF – Matt Holliday, Johnny Damon, Michael Bourn
UT – Shane Victorino
BN – Luke Scott, Marlon Byrd, John Buck
DL – Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins

SP – Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallarado
RP – Neftali Feliz, Matt Capps, Billy Wagner
P – Manual Corpas, Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Ely
BN – Felix Hernandez, Mat Latos, C.J. Wilson

Jay

Jay,

When reviewing your roster I have several concerns looking down the road. You have undoubtedly been hit hard on the injury front with the loss of both Rollins and Ethier. Ethier is scheduled to return Monday, while Rollins could be back next weekend. The return of both of these players will make a huge difference to your team.
 
My first concern, and it’s a rather large one, is Wright. He is currently on pace to approach Reynolds’ strikeout record for the season. Wright’s numbers have been regressing against righthanded pitching for several years, but are now at that stage where they are simply abysmal. He has struck out 53 times in 132 at-bats against righties this season, a shocking 40 per cent of the time. Now take that and add another 400 at-bats (assuming the usual 80-20 split of righties to lefties), and that brings Wright to 200+ strikeouts. Find the Met fan in your league and move Wright to him quick. You have some flexibility in that you can slide Reynolds over to third base so finding a quality corner infielder has to be a priority.
 
You have a great pitching staff as both your starting rotation and bullpen are solid. Why not look at trying to convert some of that depth into a bit more offense? Currently, Jimenez is the best in the business and his numbers are totally off the charts. His value will never be higher than it is today. See what you can get for him. Maybe a top-tier shortstop and then you don’t have to either wait or worry about the prognosis on Rollins? You have a great chip there and if it gives you the offensive numbers that you need, trade him and get top dollar. Your pitching is both deep and strong enough that you should be able to make this move and better your overall results.
 
The one thing that I wouldn’t do under your current set of circumstances is stand pat. You need a quality corner infielder and Wright is not the answer. An upgrade there and possibly at shortstop would go along way in improving your chances this season.


Dear RotoRob,

What do you think about Zach Braddock in an NL-keeper league?

Brent

Brent,

Roster him up, pronto. Yes, Braddock did implode Sunday against the Mets, but young pitchers will have their ugly moments. The Brewers will need his arm for many years to come and those 28 strikeouts in 16 IP at Triple-A Nashville pretty much says it all about how good his arm is. Braddock allowed eight earned runs in the minors, but if you look carefully, you’ll find that they were all in one major implosion on May 9. The kid has some serious heat and again I’d roster him up immediately, especially in a keeper format. Milwaukee’s relief pitching has been a wasteland this season, so Braddock has a golden opportunity to stake an important role within the Brewer bullpen.

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The Wire Troll: Don’t be a Dumbo, Pick up Trumbo

May 30, 2010 | by Tim McLeod | Comments (3)
The picture of Morales on the ground with his leg bent in the wrong direction is not a pretty one, folks, and this is a huge loss to the Angels as they try to keep pace with both the Rangers and Athletics in a suddenkly tough American League West Division. I’m not against celebrating, but let’s face it, this wasn’t Game Seven of the World Series and it’s just about time to cut this crap out of the game before someone else gets seriously hurt.
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Video Game Review: Raystorm HD

May 29, 2010 | by Herija Green | Comments (0)
The game offers two control setups: manual and auto. In manual your gun and laser are mapped to separate buttons, whereas in auto one button fires both of them. Both have a special attack that can be deployed. To do this you’ll need to fill a meter, which is done by locking onto and destroying your enemies with the laser. It’s the weapon you’ll use most often as it’s capable of hitting both aerial and ground targets, whereas the gun can only take down flying foes.
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Has Jason Kidd been a Failure in Dallas?

May 29, 2010 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Well, in 2007-08, it was more disappointment, as the Mavs went down in five games to the upstart Hornets. Last season, Dallas made it to the second round before being taken out by Denver with relative ease. And this season, old nemesis San Antonio prevailed over Dallas in the first round in six games.
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Video Game Review: Red Dead Redemption

May 28, 2010 | by Herija Green | Comments (2)
Things can get a bit tricky when you’re on horseback as well. Moving your horse in tight quarters is often clumsy, and I definitely grew tired of constantly hitting “A” to prod my horse and then holding the button down so the horse would maintain its speed. It’s primarily frustrating when engaging pursuing enemies. Rotate the camera so you can line up a shot and suddenly your horse is veering in the wrong direction. I generally slowed down to take on pursuers, but there are occasions where your time is limited and that isn’t possible.
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