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I'm on vacation next week. Been a while, so I'm looking forward to it. You know what else has been a while? Ten lists of 10. So, with topics suggested by my followers on Facebook, here, once again, are 10 lists ... of 10.
List One: Ten players owned in more than 50 percent of ESPN standard leagues that can -- and in most cases, should -- be dropped, as there are better options out there. (Suggested by Brad Dickson, who wanted 75 percent but will take what he's given).
1. Carlos Lee, Astros. Just five home runs (95 percent owned).
2. Desmond Jennings, Rays. Hitting .240 on the year, .205 since he came back. (94 percent).
3. Marco Scutaro, Rockies. Not a ton of power or speed. (87 percent).
4. Matt Joyce, Rays. Injured and not worth wasting a non-DL spot on. (79.7 percent).
5. Roy Oswalt, Rangers. Match-up play but not above Wandy line. (81 percent).
6. Chris Davis, Orioles. The bad Chris Davis is back (59 percent).
7. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers. Never been a believer, and one good start doesn't undo the previous three bad starts in a row. (57 percent).
8. Brett Gardner, Yankees. Out until late July, also not worthy of wasting a non-DL slot on. (54 percent).
9. Rickie Weeks, Brewers. Hitting .227 the past seven days ... which is an improvement. (59 percent).
10. Tim Lincecum, Giants. After last night I'm probably holding onto him and hoping, but I still have no issue if you wanna drop him after his next stinker (100 percent).
List Two: Ten players whose stats are lying. (Suggested by David Hermann)
|Sorry, it has to be said: It's time to cut LaHair.|
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mets. Striking out way too much (29.5 K percentage) to maintain his level of play.
2. Bryan LaHair, Cubs. We've already seen this. There's a reason I ranked him so low in May. Hitting .211 in June. Another strikeout machine.
3. Ben Revere, Twins. I actually like him, but just a .146 well-hit average and a 2.9 walk percentage. He's solid, but he's not this good.
4. Adam Dunn, White Sox. The 33.3 percent homer-per-flyball rate is unsustainable, even for him (career 21.9 percent). He's on pace for 52 home runs. He'll wind up with 40, but not 50.
5. Dayan Viciedo, White Sox. Just a 3.7 walk percentage, a 23 percent strikeout percentage and a 22.4 percent HR/FB rate. The power is legit, but it's not this legit (on pace for 28; think he winds up in the 20 range). I don't even think his .253 average is sustainable with those walk and strikeout rates; he has just a .189 well-hit average.
6. Tommy Hanson, Braves. Strikeout rate is down, walk rate up, has a FIP of 4.77, an x FIP of 4.44. You think he's been only a little worse than last year, but he's actually been getting lucky this year. (An 82.7 left on base percentage).
7. Yu Darvish, Rangers. If the heat and increased workload don't catch up to him, his 4.70 walks per nine will.
8. Jose Quintana, White Sox. Just 24 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings, he has less than 50 innings experience at Double-A (and none at Triple-A), his xFIP is 3.86, so I don't put much stock in his 1.25 ERA so far.
9. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals. Another case of good, but not this good. He is inducing more ground balls this year, but a FIP of 3.88 and an xFIP of 3.59 along with a BABIP of .265 (career .292) and a left-on-base percentage of over 81 percent ... his ERA will wind up in the mid-to-high 3s.
10. Johnny Cueto, Reds. I know, it looks like a mirror image of last year, but he's actually lost a little velocity on his fastball this year, he's inducing fewer ground balls, and his strand rate is at an all-time high. Feel like his 3.63 xFIP is closer to what his ERA should be.
List Three: Ten prospects that haven't been called up yet who could be useful in the second half. (Suggested by Oscar Gutierrez)
1. Danny Hultzen, SP, Mariners
2. Wil Myers, OF, Royals
3. Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays
4. Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs
5. Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners
6. Chris Tillman, P, Orioles*
7. Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox
8. Charles Leesman, P, White Sox
9. Jean Segura, SS, Angels
10. Andrew Cashner, SP, Padres*
*I cheated a bit. Tillman is a "former" prospect and Cashner has been up already, but both are still young (24), in the minors, and could help you.
|This is the second time this season that this column is referencing "When Harry Met Sally." Will there be a third? Don't bet against it.|
List Four: In honor of Nora Ephron, 10 "chick flicks" it's OK for dudes to admit they like. (Suggested by Brant Patrick Parsons)1. "When Harry Met Sally"
List Five: Ten semi-interesting stats (through June 26). (Suggested by me. I can do some of my own ideas, you know.)
1. Catcher A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers (available in 80 percent of leagues) is second in the majors in terms of pitches seen per plate appearance (4.52).
2. Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Andrew McCutchen all have six intentional walks on the season. The same number as ... James Loney? Yes. James Loney.
3. Only Melky Cabrera and Ian Kinsler have more two-hit games this year than Jose Altuve.
4. When Max Scherzer is caught by Gerald Laird, his ERA is 2.89 (28 innings).
5. When Scherzer is caught by Alex Avila, his ERA is 5.88 (52 innings).
6. A stolen base has been attempted 16 times against A.J. Burnett this year. And 16 times it was successful. Most in major league baseball.
7. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Stephen Strasburg induces 29.5 percent of swings that miss, the most in baseball among qualified pitchers (those who have pitched at least one inning for every game their team has played).
8. If he'd pitched 2 1/3 more innings, Francisco Liriano would qualify and his 29.7 percent swing-and-miss rate would be the league-leading mark.
9. In the month of June, Alex Rios has five home runs, 13 RBIs, 18 runs scored, six steals and is hitting .326.
10. The Texas Rangers have hit 95 home runs. The same number as ... the Baltimore Orioles.
List Six: Ten Buy Low Guys (First suggested by Anthony Gibbs)
1. Eric Hosmer, Royals. Dammit, I still believe.
2. Carl Crawford, Red Sox. His price will never be cheaper. What do you have to lose?
3. Jemile Weeks, A's. BABIP at crazy career lows (including minors) and he's walking significantly more this season than last.
4. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies. Very quietly, hitting .317 with 19 runs, six home runs, 15 RBIs and two steals in June, and is traditionally better in the second half.
5. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox. The homer-per-flyball rate is insanely low, despite his hitting fewer ground balls and more fly balls than last year.
6. Max Scherzer, Tigers. I know. I'm not rational about him. But crazy strikeout numbers, and walks have gotten under control.
7. Jon Lester, Red Sox. Is he the elite Jon Lester? No. But is he this bad? Also no. Velocity same as last year, getting very unlucky with strand rate and BABIP. Also has a career-best 2.58 walk rate this season.
8. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals. Has a 2.70 ERA over his past four starts, trending toward his 3.13 xFIP. Last chance.
9. Anibal Sanchez, Marlins. Recent four-game skid may provide buying opportunity. Just a blip; still a very good pitcher.
10. Matt Garza. I refuse to believe he's this bad, and an xFIP of 3.52 agrees with me. Velocity is the same as last season, as are most underlying numbers. Been victimized by the long ball, but once the HR/FB rate normalizes, he should be a lot closer to the guy you drafted.
|Finally, someone has found a way to make hockey watchable.|
List Seven: Ten best movies where an animal plays sports and someone in the movie says "Well, there's nothing in the rules that says a (whatever the animal is) can't play!"
1. "Babe" (Damn right I'm counting sheep-herding as a sport)
2. "Gus" (The field goal kicking mule!)
3. "Air Bud" (The one where he plays hoops; you know, the classic Air Bud.)
4. "MVP: Most Valuable Primate" (They love this one in Canada!)
5. "Karate Dog" (Always love when the plot of a movie is in the title.)
6. "Ed" (Matt LeBlanc's finest moment? Matt LeBlanc's finest moment.)
7. "MXP: Most Xtreme Primate." (Does Bjorn Leines play himself? You bet he does. How did they ever get Bjorn Leines?)
List Eight: Ten guys available in at least 70 percent of leagues that should be the first added at their positions if you need someone. (Click on their names to see recent stats.)
1. Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies (89 percent available)
2. Tyler Moore, 1B, Nationals (99 percent)
3. Chris Nelson, 2B, Rockies (83 percent)
4. Ryan Theriot, SS, Giants (87 percent)
5. Chris Johnson, 3B, Astros (83 percent)
6. Quintin Berry, OF, Tigers (86 percent)
7. Rajai Davis, OF, Blue Jays (81 percent)
8. Michael Saunders, OF, Mariners (70 percent)
9. Norichika Aoki, OF, Brewers (97 percent)
10. Juan Pierre, OF, Phillies (77 percent)
List Nine: Ten guys available in at least 65 percent of leagues to grab if you're chasing saves.
1. Bobby Parnell, Mets (67 percent available)
2. Andrew Bailey, Red Sox (81 percent)
3. Jared Burton, Twins (90 percent)
4. Glen Perkins, Twins (83 percent)
5. David Hernandez, Diamondbacks (98 percent)
6. Sergio Santos, Blue Jays (76 percent)
7. Jason Grilli, Pirates (97 percent)
8. Brandon Lyon, Astros (100 percent)
9. Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers (97 percent)
10. David Robertson, Yankees (85 percent)
List Ten: Ten worst suggestions for a list for this column.(Suggested by Stephen Wirsch).
1. Ten best facial hair designs.
2. Ten reasons baseball sucks.
3. Ten best players named Patrick.
4. Ten scenarios where I would have to leave my job (in or out of handcuffs).
5. Ten things you've learned about women.
6. Top 10 zoo animals.
7. Ten favorite varieties of legume.
8. Ten facts about Aquaman.
9. Top 10 varieties of cheese.
10. Ten sexiest major league managers.
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