Soxman’s Fantasy Baseball Weekly Insider



Fantasy Fill-up
Well, reality does not mirror fantasy this week as my White Sox get “sweep revenge” over the Cubs, but my fantasy team continues their downward spiral. 

Alas, my fantasy advice appears to be helping other teams get ahead, which is the main reason we publish this column on The SportsBank.

Mark Buehrle
Buehrle didn’t allow more than two earned runs for his fifth straight start. He has re-emerged as a high-end Fantasy SP and should be starting in all league formats right now.
A.J. Burnett
2 wins, 18 Ks, and a 0.60 ERA.  The ace is back.
Carl Crawford
3 homers and 6 RBI last week from a guy known primarily for speed.  What a bonus!
John Lackey
2 wins, a 0.54 ERA, and a 0.78 WHIP in his last two starts.
Dustin Pedroia
A .556 batting average with 2 dingers and 7 runs scored over the last 7 games.
Mariano Rivera
Rivera remains perfect in 22 save chances this season.  It’s hard to believe that he dropped in many drafts who believed it would soon be “Joba time” in NY.  Enjoy raking in the saves from one of the best closers in baseball.
Marcus Thames
The streaky Thames had three singles, one run and one RBI in four at-bats Sunday against the Rockies. Thames is 10-for-23 (.435) with one homer and three RBI in his last seven games and is making a strong case for AL Player of the Month honors in June as he is hitting .313 with nine homers and 15 RBI.

Joe Blanton
Blanton has given up 16 runs over his last 14 innings.  So much for him being the ace of the A’s staff.  He’s also the first American League pitcher to lose 11 games.
Ryan Dempster
Appears to have come back down to Earth a little posting a 30.86 ERA last week, compliments of the Chicago White Sox.
Eric Byrnes
Has really been struggling since his return from injury.  The D’backs outfielder failed to produce one run or deliver one RBI last week.

Hidden Thunder
Here are some sleepers to consider who have been pounding the ball the past seven days:
Brian Buscher, 9-22, HR, 7 RBI for the streaking Twins
Jim Edmonds, 5 HR, 8 RBI, and he’s returning to St. Louis this weekend
Pedro Feliz, 6-18, HR, 6 RBI for the fighting Phillies.
Twice the Fun
Here are your best bet pitchers who are getting two starts this week.
Jon Garland, (OAK & TOR)
Joba Chamberlain, (TEX & BOS), boasts a sub two ERA in his last four starts.
James Shields, (BOS & KC)
John Danks, (CLE & Oak)
Edinson Volquez,  (PIT & WAS)
DL Watch
Carlos Zambrano
“Big Z” declared himself ready to “pitch in the World Series” after throwing a pain-free session in the bullpen Sunday. He will be activated to start July 4 in St. Louis and should qualify to return to your starting rotation.  Big Z can sometimes get “over pumped” with excitement.  Considering they are playing arch rival St. Louis, the second place team in the NL Central, AND it is his first game back from the DL, it will be a high-risk, high reward start.
Chipper Jones
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that it’s “expected” that Jones will be placed on the DL. He has missed eight starts and hasn’t played since June 25th due to his injured right quadriceps.
Magglio Ordonez
Maggs is on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right oblique muscle.
Aramis Ramirez
A-Ram will miss the Cubs’ next three games to tend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic.  He asked for four games and actually got into a shoving match with the Cubs traveling secretary, so he could end up missing more games depending on the situation.  His troubles might explain his cold weekend against the Sox.  You might consider starting someone else in his place this week.  Mark DeRosa and Ronny Cedeno are the most likely to take his spot in the line-up.

Eric Gagne
Keep him reserved for now.  He may start out as a set-up man.  Torres is 12 for 12 in save opportunities since “Gag me” went on the DL and lost the closer’s role.  Gagne could be one of the biggest free agent busts of this season.



  1. Writer’s correction: A-Ram, did not shove the traveling secretary but is still likely to miss 2 more games dealing wit family issues. It was actuallt Manny Ramirez who shove his traveling sec over tickets. The wire service I get updates from initially wrote A-Ram.

  2. paulmbanks says

    Aramis Ramirez as Common would say, “you wouldnt be ballin if your name was Spaulding”

  3. Jason Moe says

    Alright, My team sucks Monkey Balls!!!

    McLouth is hurt now, Burnes back on the DL, Santana my number one pick is 7-7…Pedro sucks, Penny sucks…I can keep going..

    Russel Martin playing good, John Danks, and Milton Bradley…

    I am done going crazy, but I had to get that off my chest..

    Diddy out…

  4. paulmbanks says

    Moe. you should do your response in a rap..

    bust some flow for us

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