Fantasy Spin Cycle



By Bruce Herman

Welcome to Fantasy Spin Cycle,’s bi-weekly “cheat sheet” covering myriad topics in a quick-hitting style intended to help keep you in the game from the first pitch of the season to the final bubbly shower in October. On Mondays, we’ll review the hot players and the cold, the emergency free agents and timely cuts, and all the latest medical reports. On Fridays, we’ll examine the fantasy impact of the latest MLB transactions, break out some stimulating stats, turn an eye to keeper leagues, offer a few random thoughts and keep a close eye on closers.


September 20, 2010


Leaders and Losers



Last 7 Days

Last 30 Days

Last Year


Robinson Cano-.520

Carlos Gonzalez-.436

Josh Hamilton-.358


Mike Aviles-.520

Jason Heyward-.400

Omar Infante-.339


Will Venable-.500

A.J. Pierzynski-.385

Carlos Gonzalez-.338


C. Rasmus, J. Werth,

Austin Jackson-28

Joey Votto-114


C. Gonzalez,

T. Tulowitzki, C. Gonzalez,

Jose Bautista-113


T. Tulowitzki-9

L. Morrison-27

Mark Teixeira-111


Troy Tulowitzki-6,

Troy Tulowitzki-14

Jose Bautista-55


S. Choo, M. Aviles,

Jose Bautista-11

Albert Pujols-39


J. Werth-4

several with-8

several with-38


Troy Tulowitzki-17

Troy Tulowitzki-36

Jose Bautista-130


Shin-Soo Choo-11

Carlos Gonzalez-28

Miguel Cabrera-129


Jayson Werth-10

Victor Martinez-26

Alex Rodriguez-126



Michael Bourn-13

Juan Pierre-61


Carlos Gomez-4

Coco Crisp-12

Michael Bourn-55


several with-3

several with-10

Brett Gardner-46






Alberto Callaspo-.040

Adam Moore-.125

Justin Smoak-.199


Casey Blake-.048

Carlos Pena-.151

Mark Reynolds-.200


Casey Kotchman-.067

Mark Reynolds-.152

Carlos Pena-.202


Stephen Drew-0 in 26 ABs

Travis Snider-4 in 84 ABs

Josh Wilson-26 in  363 ABs


Wilson Valdez-0 in 25 ABs

Casey McGehee-5 in 101 ABs

Ivan Rodriguez-34 in 401 ABs


Brandon Phillips-0 in 25 ABs

C. Pennington,

B. DeWitt-5 in 83 ABs

Bengie Molina-31 in 375 ABs


Aaron Cunningham-0 in 29 ABs

Juan Pierre-0 in 128 ABs

Elvis Andrus-0 in 600 ABs


Juan Pierre-0 in 29 ABs

Placido Polanco-0 in 121 ABs

Nyjer Morgan-0 in 484 ABs


Placido Polanco-0 in 29 ABs

Michael Brantley-0 in 110 ABs

Jamey Carroll-0 in 372 ABs


Michael Brantley-0 in 28 ABs

Orlando Hudson-1 in 94 ABs

Nyjer Morgan-23 in 484 ABs


Emilio Bonifacio-0 in 27 ABs

Alberto Callaspo-2 in 106 ABs

Jamey Carroll-24 in 372 ABs


A. Callaspo, B. Phillips-0 in 25 ABs

Travis Snider-3 in 84 ABs

Josh Wilson-24 in  363 ABs


many with-0

many with-0

Billy Butler-0 in 593 ABs




Adrian Gonzalez-0 in 593 ABs




Mark Teixeira-0 in 591 ABs



Last 7 Days

Last 30 Days

Last Year


Randy Wolf-0.00 in 9 IP

Cole Hamels-0.76

Roy Halladay-2.32


J. Chacin, L. Hernandez,

Jhoulys Chacin-0.95

Felix Hernandez-2.39


J. Westbrook-0.00 in 8 IP

Carlos Zambrano-1.05

Brian Duensing-2.46


many with-2

R. Oswalt, J. Lester,

Roy Halladay-21



B. Myers,

Ubaldo Jimenez-21



C. Zambrano-5

Cc Sabathia-21


Joe Blanton-16

Wandy Rodriguez-47



Jon Lester-16

Max Scherzer-47

Adam Wainwright-235


B. Myers, A. Wainwright-15

J. Lester, J. Verlander-46

Roy Halladay-229


Brandon Lyon-3

Brandon Lyon-13

Brian Wilson-47


Carlos Marmol-3

Carlos Marmol-12

Rafael Soriano-46


many with-2

Huston Street-11

Heath Bell-46






Barry Enright-14.85

Sean O’Sullivan-8.76

R. Rowland-Smith-6.60


Andrew Miller-14.21

Andrew Miller-8.17

Brian Bannister-6.34


several with-10.80

Paul Maholm-7.92

Luke Hochevar-5.94


many with-0

Jason Vargas-0 in 6 GS

Ross Ohlendorf-1 in 21 GS



many with-0 in 5 GS

R. Rowland-Smith-2 in 22 GS




Jeff Karstens-4 in 22 GS


Lucas French-0 in 7 IP

Kyle Kendrick-2.6 per 9 IP

R. Rowland-Smith-3.9 per 9 IP


Brett Cecil-0 in 6 IP

Carl Pavano-3.0 per 9 IP

Nick Blackburn-3.9 per 9 IP


Nick Blackburn-1 in 7 IP

Barry Enright-3.2 per 9 IP

Mark Buehrle-4.1 per 9 IP


many with-0

many with-0

Pedro Feliciano-0 in 91 G




Darren O’Day-0 in 74 G




Joe Beimel-0 in 74 G




Double Play

Two players you should claim off your league’s free agent list TODAY:


·Brent Morel, 3B, White Sox: After Saturday’s game, Ozzie Guillen told reporters that this rookie reminded him of Robin Ventura and Joe Crede. So Morel, whom I like better than the more touted Dayan Viciedo, should be in the lineup most every day the last two weeks. He hit .326 in Double-A and .320 in Triple-A with moderate power, but four of his five hits in Chicago have been for extra bases. I’d peg his upside between Ventura and Crede — somewhere in Scott Brosius/Edgardo Alfonzo territory.


·Phil Coke, RP, Tigers: With Jose Valverde’s elbow and ERA hurting of late, Coke has been announced as Detroit’s closer. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ryan Perry thrown in there, either.


Double Cut

Two players it’s time to cut loose or deal:


·Fernando Rodney, RP, Angels: His status is Anaheim is deteriorating by the day and Jordan Walden got the most recent save opportunity. Is there a saves-shy contender in your keeper league who would be willing to take a chance on Rodney for a prospect.


·Joel Hanrahan, RP, Pirates: Another guy you might want to peddle to a contender. John Russell seems to be leaning toward Evan Meek as his closer of late, and Hanrahan’s tally now reads only five saves against four blows.



Trauma Center

Updates on the injury status of key players.  A condition of Fair or better implies a roughly 50-50 chance of the player returning to action sometime this week.



Jake Arrieta, SP, Orioles (elbow)

Tyler Colvin, OF, Cubs (chest)

Geovany Soto, C, Cubs (shoulder)

Lastings Milledge, OF, Pirates (oblique)



Erick Aybar, SS, Angels (hernia)

Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks (shoulder)



Jason Donald, 2B, Indians (finger)

Freddy Garcia, SP, White Sox (back)

Ian Stewart, 3B, Rockies (oblique)

Jose Valverde, CL, Tigers (elbow)

Andres Torres, OF, Giants (abdomen)

Chris Getz, 2B, Royals (concussion)

Gordon Beckham, 2B, White Sox (hand)

Coco Crisp, OF, Royals (finger)

Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, A’s (back)

Chris Iannetta, C, Rockies (calf)

Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies (hamstring)



Scott Baker, SP, Twins (elbow)

Denard Span, OF, Twins (shoulder)

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Marlins (elbow)

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Red Sox (wrist)

Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays (wrist)

Jason Kubel, OF, Twins (wrist)

Joe Mauer, C, Twins (knee)

Mike Napoli, C, Angels (forearm)

Mitch Talbot, SP, Indians (shoulder)



Laynce Nix, OF, Reds (ankle)

Chris Young, SP, Padres (shoulder)

Andy Pettitte, SP, Yankees (groin)

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