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Paul Maholm Loses Limited Appeal as Reliever

May 28, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Paul Maholm was part of Los Angeles Dodgers history this week.
Paul Maholm helped make Dodger history this week. No, really. (Dodgersdigest.com)

In a Podcast in April 2013, we marvelled at the model of consistency that Paul Maholm was.

Well, after a superb start last season, things didn’t go so well for the veteran southpaw as his ERA rose almost three-quarters of a run year-over-year and he wound up getting hurt a couple of times and missing a few weeks.

Maholm’s already modest strikeout rate regressed after a career-best performance in 2012 and his win total dipped (although he did manage to reach double digits for just the third time in his career).

When the Dodgers signed him this winter, it caused many an eyebrow to raise given how cheaply he came. There didn’t seem to be a place for Maholm in the LA rotation, but you know what they say about never having enough pitching.

Sure enough, early season injuries opened the door for Maholm to start. First it was Clayton Kershaw, and then Maholm received a stay of execution when Hyun-Jin Ryu got hurt. Once Ryu returned just over a week ago, however, it was back to the bullpen for Maholm.

It’s been a rough start to the season for Maholm. He’s been giving up more runs and has really never looked worse. Perhaps a bullpen stint is just what he needs at this point — especially considering how bad his last start was (11 hits and 10 runs allowed in 3 2/3 IP against the Marlins two weeks ago).

Since moving back to the pen, Maholm has tossed two shutout outings, giving up just one hit in 2 2/3 IP with three Ks.

It’s the same old, same old for Maholm. He gets a crack at starting, looks pretty good for a while, and then begins to smell like turned cottage cheese. Okay, we’ll give him this: he’s tough (see video below).

Still, if nothing else, he managed to become part of Dodger history this week, combining with Josh Beckett and Ryu to hold opponents hitless for 52 straight at-bats.

Here’s another thing Maholm should be proud of: with 967 career strikeouts, he is the active leader among Mississippi-born hurlers. Hey, we can’t make shit like this up!

The soft-tosser has thrown curveballs that have barely topped 60 mph this season, and while it’s nice to see him settle down as a reliever, any possibility that Maholm could offer Fantasy value disappears with his rotation spot. If for some reason, you’ve been hanging onto him in a deep NL-only league, just let go.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you think the future holds for Paul Maholm.

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The Wire Troll: Jaime Garcia is Back in the Win Column

May 25, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Well, he’s slightly outplayed that, likely coming in around top 45 so far, yet he remains available in over half of ESPN and CBS leagues. The Phillies lead-off man the last two games is a bit below pace for his stated goal of 50 to 60 steals, but he’s managed to raise his BA 23 points in the last two games (including a 4-for-4, three-run gem on Saturday) — something that should help him from losing any more PT in centre field.
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May 23, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, was rocking and rolling this week as RotoRob’s guest was none other than RotoRob.com NHL Editor Chris Wassel, back on the show for the first time since mid-January.
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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part IV

May 17, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Sure enough, he spent the entire 2013 season at High-A before being promoted to Double-A this year. Early on this season, Sanchez is dealing with some wildness (26 walks, four hit batsmen and one wild pitch in 43 1/3 IP), but it has not hurt his bottom line results — yet. The righty is Toronto’s top prospect and while he dealt with some shoulder woes last year, he’s generally remained healthy as a pro. Sanchez could be a top of the rotation hurler, but he’ll need to sharpen that command along the way. His record at High-A wasn’t great in 20 starts and a low BABIP (.250) suggests a bit of luck was involved in keeping his ERA below 3.50. Sanchez’s K rate dipped in the AFL (although he made the All-Prospect Team), and so far this year, he’s benefited from a pretty high strand rate. Don’t be fooled by that very low ERA at Double-A as so far his peripherals don’t support it. In a nutshell, we love Sanchez’s K potential (he’s averaged over one per inning), but that control (4.7 BB/9 in his career) needs fixing. He has a perfect pitcher’s build (6′4″, 200).
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Podcast: Are the Rockies For Real?

May 16, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This week on RotoRob Fantasy Baseball Weekly Podcast, heard every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Blogtalkradio, RotoRob was joined by RotoRob.com NBA Editor Bob Raymond, back on the show for a fifth time, joining the coveted five-timers club.
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