Movies, TV, Hotties & Baseball
I had an odd weekend. There was less booze than I anticipated. There was less fun than I anticipated. There was about the level of worry on Sunday for fantasy football as I expected (I'm in too many leagues to worry about certain plays or players in Week 1). There was a great novel (The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum, who by the way was one hell of an author. If you've seen the movies with Matt Damon it's still worth your time to read Ludlum's three novels as they have little to do, in plot at least, with the Hollywood films). At least there was plenty going on in the world of baseball to hold my attention.
Curtis Granderson has socked 35 homers for the Yankees this year on his way to 86 RBIs and a .235 batting average after his five RBI effort Sunday (he's also scored 85 times). Still, he's looked an awful lot like Adam Dunn with his all or nothing approach. Over his last 53 games, that's a third of a season, Granderson has hit .213 (Dunn is hitting .208 on the year for the White Sox with 38 homers, 88 RBIs and 79 runs scored). The counting stats are great, but that's an awfully high price to pay in the batting average category.
Nick Markakis will have surgery on his broken left thumb Tuesday. The Orioles are hopeful that they will make the playoffs and hang around long enough for us to see Markakis again this season. Don't count on that happening. Regardless, Nick's regular season is over. Thanks to hitting .335 with a .390 OBP over his last 54 games Markakis will end the year with a .298 average and .363 OBP, numbers nearly identical to his career marks (.295 and .365). He's not an elite fantasy option, but he's solid an about as consistent as they come.
I watched The Change Up this past week, a stupid film in which Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds party, pee in a fountain while drunk, and miraculously change bodies (apparently the fact that they made a “wish” while urinating in the fountain caused the goddess statue in the fountain to grant them their drunk wish – to live the others life. I told you it was a stupid movie). Why the hell would I bring this clunker up? Olivia Wilde. She is, simply put, gorgeous. If you look into those eyes and don't feel a tingle, you aren't a lover of women.
Mike Napoli is ready to rock as his quadriceps muscle is finally strong enough for him to go out and perform in game action. He'll begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco Tuesday. A big time disappointment after being a top-3 catcher selection in nearly every league this year, Napoli has hit just .233 with 17 homers and 40 RBIs this season, light year from the pace that saw him net a .320 average, 30 homers, and 75 RBIs in 2011. Still, Let's compare his 2010 effort in 453 at-bats, to the pace that his effort this season would net him in 453 at-bats (he actually has 301 this season).
2010: .238-26-68-60 with a .784 OPS 2012: .223-26-60- 68 with a .771 OPS
I don't see any difference at all there, do you?
Alexei Ramirez was scratched from the White Sox lineup Sunday since he showed up late to the ballpark (maybe he was watching Olivia Wilde in something?). When he has made it to the field on time Alexei has been fairly productive in the second half hitting .284 with a .771 OPS, numbers that are very similar to the .278 and .733 career marks that he owns. With one more homer he will also post his 5th straight 10 homer season, and it will also be his 4th 10/10 season in five years (he stole only seven bags last year or he would have pulled off the double/double in all five of his big league seasons).
If you like spy shows, comedy, cartoons, hell if you have any taste, you have to check out Archer on FX if you haven't already. It's flippin awesome --- and I hate that word, but it truly fits.
B.J. Upton is trying to put the slow start he had to the season behind him. The elder Upton bashed three long balls Sunday giving him six homers in his last 11 games. His overall numbers include a mere .256 batting average, but he's driven in 66 runs, has scored 65 times, and has gone 20/20 yet again (21 homers, 29 SBs). This is the third 20/20 effort of his career, the second in a row, and with one more steal he'll also have 5-straight efforts of at least 30 thefts. He's a ballplayer that brings everything in the fantasy game, other than batting average of course.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 5-8 PM EDT and Sunday 7-10 PM EDT), Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
- San Francisco is trading for OT Jonathan Martin
- Rondo will not play on Wednesday night
- Saints have signed S Jairus Byrd
- Bucs agree to terms with CB Alterraun Verner
- Lakers will declare Kobe out for the season
- Bears are cutting DE Julius Peppers
- Falcons officially released Tony Gonzalez
- Jaguars traded Blaine Gabbert to 49ers
- McFadden will re-sign with the Raiders
- Steve Smith is not being released on Tuesday
Worst case? Hamilton can't hit and is back in the minors in May. @brimasky