Monday, June 27, 2011

A.L. FAAB Log: June 27, 2011

Tyler Chatwood $3. Other bids $3, $1.
I've already panned Chatwood a couple of times this year. Since I last wrote about him on May 27, Chatwood has been solid, posting a 3.08 ERA with a 1.342 WHIP across six starts. On the positive side, the strikeout rate is up somewhat while the walk rate is down somewhat across those six starts. On the negative side, besides the fact that it's a small sample size, Chatwood's xFIP over those six starts is a 4.18. He's shown improvement, in other words, but it's more marginal than the ERA would lead you to believe. Chatwood has also benefited from a soft schedule over those six starts. He does get another "soft" game against the Dodgers this week, so if you want to play the match-up, there are worse options in A.L.-only.

Once upon a time, Teagarden was a prospect that Roto geeks drooled over (20 home run potential! And he's a catcher! Wow! I can't stop yelling!) who now is clearly going to be nothing more than a fringe back-up option unless a lot of things break right for him. Three true outcomes guys excite the numbers nerds, but often the home runs turn into strikeouts in the bigs because that diet of fastballs at AAA becomes more of an assortment of pitches that the minor league slugger cannot cope with on a daily basis. Teagarden looks like a lifetime back up with a little pop and not much else.

Davis is organizational filler who is with the Orioles due to multiple injuries. He's splitting time with the similarly uninspiring Robert Andino at second base. Davis doesn't run much, has little power, and even if he continues to split the job with Andino, is a marginal choice for your fantasy team.

Smith has been the same serviceable middle reliever he's always been, but some lucky strand and HR/FB rates have left him with a gaudy ERA he doesn't deserve. The whiffs per nine are down, too, so Smith is a questionable add unless you're playing 4x4. Even then, he doesn't excite me.

Tateyama came out of the gates strong for the Rangers, but has struggled recently, particularly with a penchant for the long ball. The right-handed submariner lives off of deception, so it's possible someone figured something out. It’s also possible that this is just small sample size noise. Tateyama looks like a middle-of-the-road middle reliever to me. You can own him or leave him on your free agent pool depending on your preferences.

Jesse Crain. Claimed by 7th, 6th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place teams.

Andruw Jones. Claimed by 5th place team.

Charlie Furbush. Claimed by 1st place team.

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