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Alex Rodriguez’s Tumble

October 23, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Wade Davis pitched very well for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Will Wade Davis get a chance to start or is he ticketed for a set-up role?

How bizarre was it to see Alex Rodriguez get benched in the final two games of the ALCS against the Tigers?

It’s really been a free fall for A-Rod since 2008, hasn’t it been?

The broken hand that cost him over a month this season really screwed up his campaign. In the final 28 games of the regular season, Rodriguez managed all of six extra-base hits including just two freaking homers.

Power outage city, baby!

The Yankees have now been eliminated by their new kryptonite, Detroit, three times in the past six years, and A-Rod’s playoff disappearing act is a big reason why.

Other than 2009, Rodriguez has been a notorious dud in the postseason, and this season was no different. He hit .120 without an extra-base hit, scored just once and failed to drive in a run while whiffing a dozen times in seven games. Blick!

A-Roid’s .111 showing vs. Detroit forced Manager Joe Girardi to actually bench A-Rod for Games Three and Four. Ballsy city, baby!

After that shocking development, the rumours that the Yankees would like to divest themselves of Rodriguez started en masse. There’s no doubt New York will listen this winter, but will a realistic trade scenario emerge?

This will be just one of several fascinating storylines to follow in New York this offseason in the wake of another Yankee playoff failure.

Quick Hits

  • Back in a late-July Podcast, we talked about how Tim Lincecum could be the game’s most important player in the second half. Well, he was clearly a vastly better pitcher after the break, shaving over 2.5 runs from his ERA and significantly improving his hit rates. No, Lincecum is not all the way back, but the Giants are going to desperately need him to continue to pitch well in the World Series, either as the Game Two starter or as a bullpen option until later in the series.
  • Heading into the season, we ranked Wade Davis just outside the top 100 among starting pitchers. Well, he didn’t wind up making a single start for the Rays this year, but based on his performance out of the pen, he would have been well inside the top 100. Even though he still feels he should be in the rotation, Davis was extremely effective in a long relief role, doing a superb job of keeping the ball in the yard. He’s signed through 2014 (and not at bargain basement prices), so the Rays are likely to step up his responsibility next season. Look for Davis to evolve into a top set-up man, a role that will increase his Fantasy value.

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MLB Notes: Will Texas Open a Spot for Jurickson Profar?

September 25, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The southpaw immediately rewarded their confidence by looking like a Cy Young candidate in August. He hasn’t been nearly as effective this month, but he’s still been decent. Overall, he’s been the best Phillies’ starter this season, which tells you as much about how good he’s been as it does about Philly’s season. The fact is, Hamels’ control hasn’t been as sharp as last year and the bottom line numbers have been slightly weaker as a result. He’ll need to be at his absolute best Tuesday if the Phillies are going to stay alive in the playoff race.
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Fantasy Notes: Chase Headley Keeps Raking

September 19, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Chase Headley simply isn’t slowing down. As great as his August was – good enough to make him the first Padre to be NL Player of the Month since Tony Gwynn in May 1997 – he’s smoking it even more this month. How about a .344 mark with six dingers, 21 RBI and a steal?
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Billy Butler’s Breakout

September 16, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Other than a middling May (in which he still hit a season-best six homers with 19 RBI), Butler has been money all year long. His lowest OPS by month was that May at 818. That’s not too shabby!
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NFL News and Notes: Michael Irvin Takes a Stand

July 15, 2011 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
For that I give him huge kudos. Good for you, Michael, for using your station in life to do your part to educate and enlighten people, or at least try to make the world a better place.
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