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San Diego Padres Fantasy Report: Carlos Quentin Hurt Again

April 1, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Carlos Quentin is hurt again for the San Diego Padres.
Carlos Quentin (left) loves the DL so much, he invited Zack Greinke to join him there. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

The San Diego Padres had the honour of opening up the North American portion of the 2014 MLB season, earning a 3-1 home win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball.

Today we’re going to check in on a few Padre storylines we’re watching in the early going.

Two weeks ago, Carlos Quentin injured his knee while diving for a ball. Now, we know the idea of Quentin missing any action is hard to fathom, but lo and behold, he was not only forced to open the season on the DL, but is expected to remain there well beyond the earliest activation date (April 9).

We ranked Quentin among the top 80 outfielders in our recently released Outfield Rankings, but are now wondering if we were too generous. If he does return in mid-April, that won’t be too bad, but there’s no getting around the fact that he has never played more than 131 games in any of his eight seasons, and since achieving that lofty career high in 2010, he has failed to even play 120 games in any of the three subsequent seasons. Assuming he doesn’t have a setback, we’d recommend preemptively scooping Quentin off the wire in about a week or so — you know he can produce when he’s active.

On the plus side (if you’re a Dodger fan), at least Quentin won’t be around to injure starter Zack Greinke (see video below) Tuesday when the teams resume their series.

With Quentin out, the rest of the Padre outfield picked him up, with Seth Smith leading off the eighth inning with a major blast to tie the game at 1-1 and Chris Denorfia delivering a two-run single later in the frame to put the Padres up and provide the margin of victory.

Beyond Quentin, the Padres have more than their share of injuries to start the season, which makes those dark horse predictions a bit tough to swallow. There’s no doubt that even with their modest US$89 million payroll, the Padres have a chance to flirt with .500 or perhaps even surprise with 85 or so wins this season, but should they fall into a hole early, it’s going to be too difficult to sneak up on anyone.

Outfielder Cameron Maybin remains out with a biceps injury, although he may return at some point this month. However, the bulk of San Diego’s health concerns once again reside within the rotation, with Joe Wieland, Casey Kelly, Josh Johnson and Cory Luebke all our for extended periods. Johnson is the best bet to return in time to help this team, possibly back in six weeks, but promising youngsters Kelly and Wieland are likely to miss most, if not all of the first half. Luebke won’t be seen again until next year at the earliest.

One of the keys to the Padres’ fortunes this season will be Chase Headley’s ability to return to his 2012 form. Obviously, he’ll need to stay healthy this year to even have a shot, but last year was just such a huge step back offensively it’s hard to envision him getting all the way back. Do more of his home runs turn into doubles this year? That’s what we’ll be watching.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what storylines in San Diego you are currently following.

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2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Shortstop Rankings

February 21, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Tulowitzki is easily the most dangerous hitting shortstop in the game today. Despite the Coors Field stigma (which is somewhat true) Tulo is better than the field. His major issue is health. If you have owned him in the past, you know what we are saying. If Tulowitzki can actually stay on the field, 30 homers and 100 RBI are easily within his grasp. (Take a look at his mechanics in the video below to get an idea of his power.) His career OPS of 877 should be higher but health issues over the years has likely put a dent in it. While we don’t have the foresight to see that he will appear in 150+ games, we do know that if he does you will be a proud and contending owner. Tulowitzki is annually a slow starter but don’t lose faith because remember you drafted him high. After all, this dude’s career BABIP and OBP numbers would be great for a first baseman — never mind a middle infielder. Gamblers roll the dice and they don’t fear what hasn’t already happened.
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2009 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 10 Sources of Cheap Steals

March 10, 2009 | by Alex Hardin | Comments (4)
There may be no better man to target for cheap swipes than Houston’s Michael Bourn, right. Welcome back to the 2009 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit. Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out cheat sheets with analysis, essays and the classic Top 10 Lists that Fantasy Owners Always Wanted But Were Afraid to Ask [...]
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2009 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Cheat Sheets – Catcher

March 9, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (11)
Could Russell Martin benefit from a few more days off? BY TIM McLEOD AND ROTOROB And we’re off! With the release of our catcher rankings, the 2009 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit is officially launched. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be issuing a complete set of cheat sheets with analysis, essays, columns and our destined-to-be-classic Top 10 [...]
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Free Agency Report: NL, Part X

March 3, 2009 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
The World Champion Phillies think they will be stronger with Raul Ibanez instead of Pat Burrell in left field. Spring Training is officially underway, and all is right with the world again. That means it’s time for us to step up our baseball coverage, starting with the completion of our free agent report. Miss a section? [...]
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