Tagged: Fantasy Baseball

#MapesFantasySpecial For September 14th

Mapes Fantasy Special’s have been doing quite well since making a comeback on the blog to help you out in your fantasy playoffs.  Travis Wood, Clayton Richard, and Wei-Yin Chen have combined for three quality starts, with a 2-0 record, 1.63 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 22 innings.  Hope you were able to grab all three.  Let’s see what’s in a bag of tricks for Friday.

Looks like I pulled out Padres flamethrower Andrew Cashner!  Cashner returned from injury to give up 2ER in 5 innings against the Diamondbacks and now gets a last-place Rockies team at Petco.  The Rockies are 28th in MLB in road OPS this season and have had their troubles away from hitter-friendly Coors Field.  Cashner also provides some great strikeout potential with 50K in 41.2 IP this season.  Cashner is owned in just 14% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

There are some other good options for a spot start tomorrow that are available in 50% or more of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.  Athletics Tommy Milone (44% owned) is home against the Orioles who as I type just walked-off against the Rays in the 14th inning and have to travel all the way across the country.  Milone has a 2.77 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP at home this season.  You can use him before the Athletics hit the road against some tough competition.

White Sox Francisco Liriano looks intriguing against his old team, the Twins, at Target Field.  The 33% owned pitcher gave up 2 runs in 6 innings with 8 strikeouts the first time he faced his former team on the road.  If you can afford the WHIP hit and need strikeouts, he may be worth the risk.  Be warned though that the Twins are the 2nd hardest to strikeout in the Majors this year.

If you’re looking for ERA/WHIP help I’d go Milone.  If you’re looking for strikeouts, I’d go Liriano.  However, I think it’s Andrew Cashner that will get the best mix of everything on Friday and is available in the most leagues.  Good luck in your fantasy playoffs!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

Episode 28 – So A Brewer And A Philly Walk Into A Bar…

This week’s episode is quick and to the point. We discuss a bit about instant replay, Stephen Strasburg’s Innings Limit, and give you your Fantasy Baseball playoff push pickups. May you win all of your leagues! We also touch on the surging playoff races as the Brewers and Phillies are closing the gap for the Wild Card quickly.

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#MapesFantasySpecial For September 13th

3U3D brought back the Mapes Fantasy Special with Travis Wood yesterday, plus a side of Clayton Richard. We’re still waiting to see the results, but here’s my pick for Thursday, September 13th.

Orioles “ace” Wei-Yin Chen has been their most reliable pitcher the entire season. The Rays are a great team pitching-wise, but still have their hitting woes. Chen threw 7 shutout innings against Tampa on August 4th and has a 3.72 ERA and 1.14 WHIP against the Rays in 19.1 innings this season. Chen will be completely focused and looking to bounce back after a distastrous start against the Yankees. Chen is owned in just 43% of Yahoo! leagues.

He doesn’t qualify for the Mapes Fantasy Special because he’s now over 50% owned, but if Brett Anderson (62% owned) is still available, go grab him! Now!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

#MapesFantasySpecial For September 12th

It’s playoff time for fantasy baseball head-to-head leagues.  Not a better time to try and give a daily recommedation to try and help you out down the stretch!  We’re looking for pitchers that are available in more than half of leagues.  Here’s my pick for Wednesday, September 12th.

Cubs pitcher Travis Wood is just 7% owned in Yahoo! fantasy leagues.  Wood has had a quality start in 3 of his last 4 starts and only missed the 4th by 1/3 of an inning.  He takes on the Astros who he has dominated in his career with a 2.09 ERA and 0.98 WHIP over 43 innings.  Wood threw 7.2 shutout innings last time he faced Houston on July 1st.  I also think Clayton Richard at home in Petco against the Cardinals could be serviceable if you’re looking to use up some innings.  Richard is owned in 28% of leagues and has a 2.76 ERA and 1.07 WHIP at home this year.  Good luck!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

Episode 27 – You Can’t Spell ‘Playoffs’ Without O’s and A’s

Three Up, Three Down touches ’em all this week as they discuss Strasburg’s Innings Limit, Playoff Chances, Fantasy Pick-Ups, and even have special guest, Lindsay Guentzel, 2012 MLB FanCave Dweller, to discuss the 2014 All-Star Game. Take a listen!

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Episode 14 Is Extremely Pristine

Three Up, Three Down comes back this week to recap the big news in baseball.   We hit the DL and also attack ‘Mapes Too Early Awards’.  It also wouldn’t be a “Three Up, Three Down” without our 3U3D Fantasy segment, which continues to provide you with some very good picks.  Sit down, grab your favorite beer, and take a listen to this week’s episode. Thanks for listening!!

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Episode 13 Is A Well Oiled Machine

Three Up, Three Down comes back this week to recap the big news in baseball.  We also touch on our biggest surprises and disappointments this far in the season.  It also wouldn’t be a “Three Up, Three Down” without our 3U3D Fantasy segment, which has brought you quite a few winners over the last few weeks.  Sit down, grab your favorite beer, and take a listen to this week’s episode. Thanks for listening!!

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Episode Eleven Sounds Like Heaven

Three Up, Three Down recaps all of baseball last week with talk about Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, and the dreaded Disabled List. The “3U3D” segment features some interesting players in lieu of injuries around the league and we get some heated debate for the match ups of the week.

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 9 Featuring San Diego Padres Pitcher Anthony Bass!

Hey everyone! This week the fellas of Three Up, Three Down recap the last week of baseball and bring you up to speed on injuries and call-ups. If you need any fantasy help, they also give you some players that are on the rise and fall in the “3 Up, 3 Down” segment.
The most exciting part is having their first Major League guest on the show, as San Diego Padres starting pitcher Anthony Bass (@anthonybass45) joins them for some questions and insight into the mind of a Major League pitcher.

Listen below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to the podcast!

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Four To Buy Low On

One of my favorite fantasy baseball strategies is buying low on players after the first few weeks of the season.  Things always even themselves out by the end of the year.  If a player has gotten their cold streak out of the way in April, means more fantasy goodness for you in the next few months.  Here’s who I am targeting.

Mark Reynolds, Orioles

An eyesore of one to start off with for sure.  Reynolds is hitting a paltry .125 this season with no home runs.  Reynolds however is a proven power source, hitting at least 28 home runs in each of the last 4 seasons.  If you can take the batting average hit, there are still a ton of home runs coming his way.  April is traditionally Reynolds’ worst month as he has just a .218 batting average in his career in the opening month.

Rickie Weeks, Brewers

Weeks is hitting .188 in 2012 after a .269 batting average each of the last two seasons.  Power numbers are still there as Weeks has three home runs so far early on the year.  The runs dropping was expected with Prince Fielder out of the lineup, but Weeks is still a top level second base or middle infielder option.

Coco Crisp, Athletics

Crisp has been out of the A’s lineup with the flu and an inner ear infection.  His numbers though .167 batting average, three runs, and just two stolen bases make him an easy buy low.  If he’s owned you can point to those numbers and probably get him at a discounted price for a speedster with 30+ stolen bases the last two years and 49 in 2011.

Tim Lincecum, Giants

Something may be a little off on him as his velocity is still down.  Lincecum is still striking out batters at a great clip (24K in 18.2 IP) that shows he’s still doing things right.  Let his owner panic about his 8.20 ERA and 1.87 WHIP and swoop in.  Lincecum is still a great pitcher that has a great home pitchers park in San Francisco.

-Bryan Mapes