Chicago Cubs top prospect Anthony Rizzo

On my radio program, The Wake Up Call on www.sportstownchicago.com yesterday morning, I discussed the likelihood of a call up of Chicago Cubs top prospect Anthony Rizzo.  The first baseman was acquired in an offseason trade with the San Diego Padres for the former first round draft pick Andrew Cashner, and reunited him with Theo Epstein, the man that drafted him in Boston.

Rizzo struggled mightily during a late season call up with the Padres last season and the Cubs front office has to be concerned of rushing him back to the big leagues.

 In 153 at bats last season, Rizzo hit just .141 with one homerun while accumulating a scant nine RBI’s.

Having success at the triple a level does not guarantee success in the Major Leagues as many hot shot prospects that flamed can attest, but with Bryan LaHair playing like an All- Star a spot does not exist on the roster for the 22 year-old lefty slugger.

Calling him up now would be a disservice to the promising career of Rizzo. Continue reading

Money Talks…

I love playing Fantasy Baseball, and in my league we have an actual salary cap.  Just like in real life, getting the most bang for your buck is very important.  Everyone uses sabernomics to find the value of players, but I use a little different method. It is fully based on the money value and it averages out how much money you are spending per win, runs scored, strike out, etc.  I’ll be writing these little articles fairly often, so if you have a player or players you want to ask me about just hit me up via email or twitter.

For today’s article I will be showing you a couple of pitchers that would be good for your team.

Finding an ace to anchor your fantasy rotation is vital to the success of your team.  If you put too much money into your first few players you are going to hurt your bench players, and that is a very bad thing.  Baseball has a long season and players will get hurt or just need a day off.  Having a solid bench that you can call on at a moment’s notice is a nice safety net.  Continue reading

The Lone Star Series Preview

The Lone Star Series is between two Texas rivals, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Friday the 18th, Nolan Ryan will be throwing out the first pitch. Also, on the 19th, the Astros will give out Nolan Ryan bobble heads to the first 10,000 people. This will be the last series played in Houston when Houston is a National League team. Then, next year they will play a lot as they will be in the same division.

In the past several years, it seems that the Rangers have won most of the series, and the Rangers are back and better than ever.

Josh Hamilton is playing great and if you read my “Top 10 Power Rankings” article, I ranked the Texas Rangers first in the MLB. Yu Darvish has been pitching well with 5 wins, 51 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.84. Continue reading