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Posts tagged ‘Brandon Phillips’

Phillips a Triple Shy of Cycle – But with Two Costly Errors

Brandon Phillips committed a costly pair of errors as the Reds dropped Game 2 of the NLDS to the Phillies. Phillips led off the game with a home run and actually finished a triple short of the cycle, but this game will be remembered for his team’s uncharacteristically poor defense. Scott Rolen and Phillips were charged with back-to-back errors in the fifth, setting the stage for a two-run single by Chase Utley. When Jay Bruce flat-out missed a flyball in the bottom of the seventh inning, Phillips dropped the relay throw, allowing the game-tying and go-ahead runs to score. All this from a team that was tied with the Padres for the least errors during the regular season. (Rotoworld)

Phillips to Bat Leadoff for NLDS Game 1 Against Phillies

Brandon Phillips is batting leadoff for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Phillies on Wednesday. Phillips bounced around the lineup a bit to close out the season, but has primarily been Dusty Baker’s leadoff hitter. Bothered by a sore right hand, Phillips batted .198 over the final 29 games of the regular season. (Rotoworld / John Fay on Twitter)

Roster Moves – Week 14 – July 6th, 2010

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • RP Joel Hanrahan, Pirates ($0 FAAB) – Add to Actives


  • 3B Chase Headley
  • RP Drew Storen
  • SP Randy Wells


  • 3B Casey Blake
  • RP Sam Demel
  • SP Chris Volstad
  • SP John Ely


  • SS Danny Espinosa


  • No other bidders on Hanrahan, who joins the Roadrunners for the first time in his career, though he was tracked from Los Angeles to Washington and now to Pittsburgh. He’s a hedge for saves, with the expectation that Pirates closer Octavio Dotel will be dealt in the coming weeks.
  • Update (7/7): The Marlins demoted Chris Volstad to AAA New Orleans after Tuesday night’s rough start.
  • All-Star Teams were announced this weekend, and the Roadrunners have six on the roster.
    • SP Josh Johnson
    • 2B Brandon Phillips
    • SS Troy Tulowitzki (injured, will not participate)
    • UT Omar Infante (really? This selection universally panned)
    • OF Marlon Byrd
    • OF Matt Holliday

Phillips Notches 8th Homer and 10th Steal

Brandon Philips went 3-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season in Saturday’s win over the Royals. Philips also swiped his 10th stolen base of the season and has turned on his bat over the last three weeks. He’s hit over .400 in June and is currently riding a 15-game hit streak. (Rotowire)

Overnight Dispatches – June 11th, 2010

Josh Johnson fired eight shutout innings on Thursday as the Marlins topped the Phillies 2-0. Johnson improved to 7-3 on the year while out-dueling the best pitcher in the National League: Roy Halladay. He struck out five batters and allowed only one hit while keeping a talented Phillies lineup to three hits. Leo Nunez earned his 13th save of the season with a nearly spotless ninth inning. (Rotoworld)

Tyler Clippard struck out a pair of batters in a scoreless ninth inning to notch the first save of his career on Thursday. Matt Capps has been used heavily lately, so Clippard was given the opportunity to close it out on Thursday. It’s interesting to note that prized rookie Drew Storen did not get the ball in the ninth inning, but rather Clippard. (Rotowire)

Jose Tabata (hamstring) was back in the Pirates’ lineup Thursday. Tabata collected his first career RBI with an opposite field double against Livan Hernandez Thursday night. Tabata hustled on his double and ran hard down the first base line on an infield groundout. It looks like the Bucs dodged a bullet with Tabata, but the promising rookie has dealt with a history of hamstring injuries throughout his minor league career. The rookie was lifted from Wednesday’s game with a cramp, but clearly it was just a precautionary measure. Tabata hit .308/.373/.423 for Triple-A Indianapolis before getting promoted to the big leagues earlier this week and is expected to bring a spark to the Pirates’ starting lineup. (Rotowire)

Madison Bumgarner has been fined and suspended three games for his actions in a Triple-A game on Monday. Bumgarner melted down after a runner was called safe after a pickoff attempt at first base. With Todd Wellemeyer likely headed to the disabled list before his next start, this could make Bumgarner less likely to be called up to take his place. Still, his suspension, which will cost him a start in Triple-A, keeps him eligible to be join the Giants before Wellemeyer’s next scheduled start. (Rotoworld)

Brandon Phillips went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple as part of an eighth-inning rally in the Reds’ 7-6 win over the Giants on Thursday. After Phillips’ triple tied the game at six, Joey Votto singled the second baseman in for the go-ahead run. Phillips had his big game while hitting leadoff for the first time since April 13, 2007 and just the 12th time in his career. He’s actually done quite well in those games, hitting .280 with three homers, seven RBI, nine runs scored and six walks. (Rotoworld)

Mat Latos allowed two runs and two hits over six innings Thursday as the Padres beat the Mets 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. He struck out eight in outdueling Johan Santana. Latos retired the final 13 batters he faced, but the Padres still chose to take him out after 99 pitches. Of course, that was an easier call with their bullpen. Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell all pitched perfect innings after Latos left. He improved to 6-4 with the victory, bouncing back from a shaky outing against the Phillies in his last road start. Earlier this season, it looked like Latos would have to be streamed for his home starts, but he’s looking like a viable option even in shallow mixed leagues for most of his matchups thanks to a 64:20 K:BB ratio in 72.1 innings. (Rotoworld, Rotowire)

Overnight Dispatches – June 9th, 2010

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates will call up prospect right-hander Brad Lincoln and outfielder Jose Tabata before Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Lincoln was widely expected to make his major league debut on Wednesday, but the promotion of Tabata comes as a minor surprise. The 21-year-old outfielder is batting .308/.373/.424 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 224 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. The Pirates will likely give plenty of playing time to Tabata, making the supposed 21 year-old a worthy fantasy pickup right off the bat. We’re still eagerly awaiting Pedro Alvarez’s debut, but the two are a nice infusion of youth for a team that was dominated by Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night. (Rotoworld)

Casey Blake was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to the starting lineup against the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Blake missed the last five games due to back spasms. (Rotoworld)


Chris Volstad allowed six runs — five earned — over four innings in a loss to the Phillies on Tuesday. The Phillies offense was on and Volstad just wasn’t up to the task, allowing eight hits, including two homers. He didn’t help his own cause by walking three and striking out just two. Volstad does struggle with consistency, but has big upside. There was a chance that the line might have been much uglier for Volstad, as he left three men on base when he exited, and only one of those runners scored. He allowed two home runs in the contest for his first mulit-home run performance since April 25 when he pitched at Coors Field. He has gone more than a month without a win (May 7). In other words, he’s a matchup starter in mixed leagues. Against Tampa Bay this weekend, you’re going to have to have a strong stomach to use him. (Rotoworld)

Omar Infante went 3-for-5 with a steal in the Braves’ win over the Diamondbacks Tuesday. He got to start at second with Martin Prado nursing a finger injury, but the regular is expected to return Wednesday. Infante might be hard-up for playing time now that Chipper Jones has returned to third base. (Rotowire)

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a double in the Reds’ loss to the Giants Tuesday. He picked up three hits against a gem-ing Matt Cain, but he was caught stealing for the sixth time this year. (Rotowire)


The Padres moved Chase Headley to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Tuesday, the team’s official site reports. Manager Bud Black wanted to move David Eckstein into the leadoff spot, which prompted him to move Headley into the now-vacant two-hole. Headley will now bat ahead of Adrian Gonzalez instead of behind him. (Rotowire)

Aroldis Chapman had his worst outing as a pro on Monday, giving up seven runs on six hits and six walks with one strikeout in just two-plus innings, the Reds’ official site reports. Chapman’s walk-rate was already a concern before this outing, and it should help slow down the cries to call him up. He’s got a 61:34 K:BB in 54.2 innings. (Rotowire)

Phillips Breaks Out Against Marlins – 4-for-6, 2 RBI

Brandon Phillips went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles in the and a pair of RBI in the Reds’ win over the Marlins Tuesday. Phillips had only gone hitless in two games thus far this season, but he still entered the game hitting .185/.241/.333. He increased his batting average to .273 in a single evening. He had a pair of doubles, scored two runs and drove in two more. Phillips also struck out once. Thanks to the joys of small sample size, all of those numbers should increase tremendously after Tuesday’s game. Now this is the Phillips we expected to see in 2010. He got off to a rocky start, but stick with him, he’s a potential 30-30 threat and a No. 1 Fantasy second baseman. (Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Phillips Gets on the Homer Board Against Cubs

Brandon Phillips cranked his first home run of the season in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday afternoon. It was a two-run shot in the third off starter Carlos Zambrano. Phillips entered the afternoon just 2-for-15 (.133) to kick off the young season. He was 1-for-4 on Saturday. (Rotoworld)

Phillips Notches RBI Double, Steal to Opening Day Tally

Reds 2B Brandon Phillips had a nice game on opening day in a loss to the Cardinals. Phillips went 1 for 4 but his hit was a double that drove in two runs. He scored and added a walk in the game and also stole his first base of the season. Phillips had an overall very productive game on opening day consider he finished with just one base hit. After hitting .276 with 20 homers and 98 RBI last season, Phillips remains a No. 1 Fantasy 2B for use in all mixed leagues. (CBS Sports)

Meet the New Guys – 2010 Auction Edition

Troy Tulowitzki – Shortstop
Tag: Troy Tulowitzki
Round: 1st
Overall: 1st
Nominated by: Tim Nygard – Misogynistic Padres
Salary: $31
Notes: Bold move to start the draft, but at least followed strategy. Ranked as the Number one available Shortstop. Was targeting either him or Jimmy Rollins. Rollins later went for $30, but only as a result of a $5 skip-bid by Stanimals. Love the power, may be lacking in steals.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Rockies .290 95 26 90 14


Brandon Phillips – Second Base
Tag: Brandon Phillips
Round: 1st
Overall: 7th
Nominated by: Andrew Flynn – Atomic RoadRunners
Salary: $32
Notes: Went over budget by $6 – estimated $26. Best available 2B, by far. Next best was Rickie Weeks ($14). Consistent, re-joins the team for fourth consecutive season. At this price, hoping for improvement, towards 25/25. We’ll see.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Reds .275 84 22 87 24


Matt Holliday – Outfield
Tag: Matt Holliday
Round: 1st
Overall: 10th
Nominated by: Andrew Capece – Goodfellas
Salary: $35
Notes: Second-best OF available (behind Ryan Braun). Was originally targeting $28 Carlos Lee here, as we’ll need power, but didn’t mind expected production from Holliday. Lighter on homers, but better on steals. Third-best OF available Justin Upton went second overall to X-Men for $35, and 4th-best Jason Bay went for $29.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Cardinals .310 100 26 108 15


Adam LaRoche – Corner Infielder
Tag: Adam LaRoche
Round: 3rd
Overall: 25th
Nominated by: Barry Stahl – The Pi Train
Salary: $19
Notes: Last remaining good first basemen, I had ranked third overall, behind Joey Votto and Lance Berkman, ahead of James Loney. Intrigued by his power potential in Arizona, and needed a 1B with two 3B’s already on the squad.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Diamondbacks .275 74 24 86 1


Hunter Pence – Outfield
Tag: Hunter Pence
Round: 3rd
Overall: 27th
Nominated by: Andrew Flynn – Atomic Roadrunners
Salary: $26
Notes: I had Pence as the sixth-best available OF (behind Braun, Holliday, Upton, Bay, and Lee) and ahead of Michael Bourn, Shane Victornio, and Manny Ramirez. Really like his upside, and had targeted him for $27, so there’s a $1 savings there.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Astros .284 79 26 84 13


Marlon Byrd – Utility Slot
Tag: Marlon Byrd
Round: 8th
Overall: 74th
Nominated by: Tom Ross – Get Off Kong!
Salary: $9
Notes: Byrd was one of several $10-ish OFs available, and I just happened to bid $9 to fill my DH slot. I had Byrd ranked 17th-best available OF. I had been targeting Lastings Milledge here, actually, but those two, along with Kyle Blanks (also $9, nominated immediately after this selection) and Conor Jackson ($12). Should be okay.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Cubs .284 67 14 71 7


Aroldis Chapman – Starting Pitcher
Tag: Aroldis Chapman
Round: 8th
Overall: 77th
Nominated by: Andrew Flynn – Atomic Roadrunners
Salary: $11
Notes: Tantalizing power lefty that hits 100mph, and still a possibility of being the Reds #5 starter. Wasn’t in the plans, but with the Reds offense (and defense) behind him, I like his prospects better than Strasburg to contribute in 2010. Available projections were quite sketchy.

Projection W ERA WHIP K S
Reds 3 4.83 1.56 46 0


Ian Kennedy – Starting Pitcher
Tag: Ian Kennedy
Round: 9th
Overall: 88th
Nominated by: Stan Sharik – Stanimals
Salary: $2
Notes: Was quite interested, had him ranked as the 29th-ranked starter available, but was convinced someone would say “$3”. Has always been solid in minors, though fluke injuries have bothered him the past two seasons. May not be a good fit in Arizona.

Projection W ERA WHIP K S
Diamondbacks 6 4.50 1.42 100 0


Drew Storen – Relief Pitcher
Tag: Drew Storen
Round: 10th
Overall: 92nd
Nominated by: Alex Tava – X-Men
Salary: $8
Notes: Was ranked as a must-get, after his performance in the Arizona Fall League. Was hoping to get him for a few dollars less, but banking on mid-season arrival and as a good protectable. Since I was shut out of current closers, went with this gambit, especially since I missed on Luke Gregerson six picks earlier.

Projection W ERA WHIP K S
Nationals 2 3.80 1.23 39 7


Omar Infante – Middle Infielder
Tag: Omar Infante
Round: 12th
Overall: 117th
Nominated by: Andrew Flynn – Atomic Roadrunners
Salary: $1
Notes: Was pretty much screwed out of every other available middle infielder, as we only had $3 remaining. Luis Castillo (56th, $3), Ian Desmond (57th, $7), Starlin Castro (97th, $3), Brendan Ryan (102nd, $3), Akinori Iwamura (105th, $5) and Felipe Lopez (107th, $2) were all taken ahead of this spot, and I nominated Desmond, Castro, and Lopez before I could actually get a middle-infielder. No offense to Infante, but perhaps I should have selected Juan Uribe (who will be starting most of April) instead.

Projection AVG R HR RBI SB
Braves .286 36 3 33 3


Edinson Volquez – Starting Pitcher
Tag: Edinson Volquez
Round: 13th
Overall: 127th
Nominated by: Andrew Flynn – Atomic Roadrunners
Salary: $2
Notes: Targeted an injured starter that will come back this season and be a good keeper. Primary was Volquez, but also looked at Jordan Zimmerman (further behind in rehab) or Chien-Ming Wang (not as much upside). Also part reclamation, as I traded for Volquez last season with Tom in a four-player deal (he received Jose Reyes, who also never came back in 2009. The principals were Tim Lincecum for Prince Fielder). Volquez is ahead of schedule and should be ready to return following the All-Star Break. Now if the Reds could only trade Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo . . .

Projection W ERA WHIP K S
Reds 5 4.01 1.42 74 0