Tagged: Tommy Milone

The Mapes Fantasy Special

I figured it’s time to bring it over to the blog: The Mapes Fantasy Special.  It’s for fantasy baseball players in daily leagues that are looking for a starting pitcher to pick up that is widely available.  The standard for me is the pitcher must be available in at least 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.  It all started with Orioles “ace” Jason Hammel (49% owned) picking up a quality start against the Twins with 6 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, and getting a win.  Nothing too great, but you’ll take the WHIP and a win any day.

And then good things started to happen.

Milone’s line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Win

He settled down after giving up two early runs and was great. I love Milone and a lot of the Athletics when they pitch at home.

Guthrie’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, Win

This was my pick of the week; he was available in 99% of leagues! Guthrie has since been bumped up to 13% owned in Yahoo! leagues, but his dominance over the White Sox continues. He’s going to be a future pick I’m sure, especially when facing Chicago.

Straily’s line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, Win

I like Straily and his make-up. It’s why he was my American League Rookie of the Year pick. He sadly got sent down to the minors after this start due to Oakland’s current six-man rotation, but man, was he fantastic blowing away Astros hitters. I’m in the court of starting any pretty good pitcher against Houston this year.

Colon’s line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Win

Do I feel bad picking on Astros again? Yep. Do I feel good picking a 97% available pitcher for a win and quality start? Yep.

This is where I started realizing things are going quite well, but there weren’t a lot of options for Sunday and went with a guy who was facing off against the American League Cy Young winner.

Masterson’s line: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, Win

Sometimes the Rays offense is non-existent and Sunday was one of those days. Masterson was the best pitching surprise of week one, going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 13 K in 13 IP. Even more impressive, he picked up wins while squaring off against each of last year’s Cy Young winners.

For Monday, I’m going with a pitcher I feel won’t be under the 50% threshold for much longer in Paul Maholm. The Marlins offense is pretty weak and Marlins Park is a pitcher’s park.

The final lines on Mapes Fantasy Special for the week. 38.2 IP, 27 H, 11 ER, 6 BB, 36 K, 6-0 W-L, 6 Quality starts, with 2.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP. Not bad at all for guys available in at least half of leagues. Hopefully I can keep it going for all of 2013.

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-Bryan Mapes

#MapesFantasySpecial for September 20th

Wei-Yin Chen gave us his 2nd consecutive successful #MapesFantasySpecial last night, despite not getting a win.  Mets Matt Harvey had his start pushed back due to rain, so we’ll see how that plays out tonight.  I’m not sure he can get a win against Cole Hamels, but hopefully the peripherals and strikeouts will be there.  Here’s what I like for Thursday, September 20th that’s available in more than half of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was featured on this week’s podcast as a 3UP player and I really like him at home against the White Sox.  Guthrie shut down the White Sox just a week and a half ago, tossing eight shutout innings.  Even more impressive, Guthrie has had three starts against the White Sox since coming to Kansas City, would you like to guess how many runs he’s given up in 23.2 innings?  That’s right, zero!  I’ll trust him one more time to get solid numbers, he’s owned in just 15% of fantasy leagues.

If You’re Desperate: Cardinals Jaime Garcia (49% owned) takes on the Astros in a solid matchup, but has been so terribly up and down since returning from injury he might no be worth the chance.  Brewers rookie Michael Fiers (45% owned) had 10 strikeouts, last time he faced the Pirates, but has a 5.40 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh this year.  A’s Tommy Milone (44% owned) hasn’t been good on the road this season and takes on Detroit at Comerica.  No thanks.  Nationals Ross Detwiler (35% owned) has been good this season and could help your WHIP, but don’t expect a ton of strikeouts.  If you need strikeouts and can afford the ERA/WHIP hit, Francisco Liriano (35% owned) could get you some strikeouts, but got lit up last time out against KC.  Lastly, Giants Barry Zito (21% owned) got beat up by Colorado last time at home, 4ER over 5.1 IP, but is 6-2 in his career with a 2.59 ERA and 1.09 WHIP against the Rockies.  The Rockies do have trouble scoring runs on the road, except against Andrew Cashner of course.

If You’re Desperate Rankings: Fiers, Zito, Detwiler, Garcia, Liriano, Milone

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

#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)