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April 14, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap: Kaz, Kouz, and more

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap:  Kaz, Kouz, and more
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There was good news and bad news for Scott Kazmir.  He threw six shutout innings on Sunday, striking out nine and lowering his xFIP to 3.16.  He also left the game with triceps soreness.  Initial reports do not make it sound serious but it bears watching.

 

Adrian Beltre is headed to the DL, retroactive to April 9.  Kevin Kouzmanoff takes his place for the week ahead.  He is an aggressive hitter with a little pop and considering Texas is at home for the next two series he is worth a look in AL only leagues.

 

Alex Cobb is going on the shelf for four to six weeks with a strained oblique.  He was having a strong follow up year, nearly matching 2013’s FIP.  He is worth the DL stash but his replacement, Erik Bedard, should be ignored.

 

Plenty of Red Sox health news.  Dustin Pedroia and Koji Uehara are headed to Boston for tests.  Uehara may be managed carefully from here on out, leaving Edward Mujica with at least a handful of save opportunities.  Shane Victorino also starts his rehab assignment Tuesday.

 

Tyson Ross posted his first quality effort this year on Sunday.  The sleeper earned a reprieve from the chopping block in standard mixed leagues.  So far his BB/9 is a good indicator of how well he is pitching.

 

John Axford and Matt Lindstrom both blew save chances Sunday.  Cody Allen needs to be owned.  The White Sox could turn to any number of relievers.

 

Adam Lind is hitting .313/.450/.500 and batted cleanup.  Toronto faces right handed starters in every game this week.

 

With Ryan Zimmerman hurt Danny Espinosa has a steady gig again.  He is one year removed from a 17/20 season so some tools are present.  Making contact was the issue last year.  For what it is worth he struck out in 15.2% of Spring Training plate appearances and 16.7% of 24 regular season PAs.

 

Nate Eovaldi kept 71.8% of his pitches in the strike zone so far, walking one hitter in 19.1 IP.  Last year on starter had a zone% over 54% so he is operating in some uncharted territory.

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