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Posts tagged ‘Kenshin Kawakami’

Roster Moves – June 30th – Week 13

Trades:

Trade 1:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:  Reds SP Johnny Cueto
  • Cover Zero receives: Nationals OF Adam Dunn

Trade 2:

  • Atomic Roadrunners receives:
    • Diamondbacks SP Max Scherzer
    • Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw
    • Cardinals 3B Prospect Brett Wallace
  • Misogynistic Padres receives:
    • Braves 3B Chipper Jones
    • Reds 2B Brandon Phillips
    • Giants Closer Brian Wilson
    • Braves SP Kenshin Kawakami

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • Jon Rauch, RP Diamondbacks ($0 bid, reserve)
  • Alex Romero, OF Diamondbacks ($0 bid, active)

Up:

  • CM Emilio Bonifacio
  • RP Nick Masset
  • OF Andres Torres (to DH)

Down:

  • RP Matt Lindstrom
  • SP Shairon Martis

Move:

  • 2B Matt Downs (from DH – replaces Brandon Phillips)
  • 3B Mat Gamel (from CM – replaces Chipper Jones)

Cut:

  • SP Mat Latos (prospect)

Notes:

  • RP Matt Lindstrom was placed on the 15-Day DL on June 25th with elbow inflammation.  Will be out at least six weeks
  • SP Shairon Martis was optioned to AAA Columbus on June 28th
  • SP Antonio Bastardo was placed on the 15-Day DL on June 30th with a left shoulder strain
  • Jon Rauch was originally protected by Misogynistic Padres for 2009, and was released on May 12th.  He retains his contract and salary – signed through 2010 for $1.
  • Former RoadRunner Chad Gaudin was selected by X-Men for $6.  I had bid $5 to re-acquire Gaudin after two stellar outings.
  • Former RoadRunner Jake Fox was selected by X-Men for $11 due to his strong interleague performance.
  • The first big AL Free Agent joined the NL.  In this case, Mark DeRosa was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday.  Bidding was as follows:
    • $70 Stanimals
    • $46 X-Men
    • $45 Atomic Roadrunners (max bid)
    • $43 Shoeless Jews
    • $33 Get Off Kong!
    • $25 Cover Zero

Roster Moves – June 23rd – Week 12

Free Agent Acquisitions:

  • Kyle Blanks, OF/1B Padres  ($17 bid) reserve
  • Ryan Hanigan, C Reds ($5 bid) up to C
  • Matt Downs, 2B Giants ($0 bid) 2B, active at UT
  • Drew Stubbs, OF Reds ($0 bid) reserve

Up:

  • CM Mat Gamel
  • SP Kenshin Kawakami
  • RP Matt Lindstrom

Down:

  • RP Nick Masset
  • OF Andres Torres
  • CM Emilio Bonifacio
  • C John Baker

Cut:

  • John Grabow
  • Carlos Ruiz
  • Fernando Tatis
  • Matt Maloney

Notes:

  • Missed out on bidding for Kevin Correia.  I bid $2, and X-Men bid $1 and Misogynistic Padres bid $0, but Get Off Kong! bid $7.
  • Blanks was originally a 3rd round pick by Misogynistic Padres, but was released last week.
  • Blanks’ nickname is apparently the “Pillsbury ‘Fro Boy” – at least online

Roster Moves – June 2nd – Week 9

Trade:

  • OF Conor Jackson (along with AaRr 12th-Round Minor League Draft) to The Pi Train, for his 4th-Round Minor League Draft in 2010.

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • DH Jake Fox, Cubs ($3, add to actives)
  • SP Mat Latos, Padres ($0, reserve)

Up:

  • P Matt Lindstrom
  • P Sean West
  • OF Matt Diaz

Down:

  • DH Brian Barden
  • P Kyle McClellan
  • P Kenshin Kawakami
  • OF Austin Kearns

Cut:

  • OF Jonny Gomes

Notes:

  • San Diego RP Edward Mujica was a backup pickup if Fox wasn’t acquired.  He was picked up by Get Off Kong!
  • Conor Jackson may not return this season, due to his contraction of Valley Fever.  He’s currently on the 15-Day DL, and based on his $16 price tag and .190 batting average, he probably isn’t a candidate to be protected.

Roster Moves – May 26th – Week 8

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Sean West, Marlins ($3 bid, reserve)
  • OF Jonny Gomes ($0 bid, reserve)

Up:

  • C Robinzon Diaz
  • P Kenshin Kawakami
  • P John Grabow
  • P Todd Wellemeyer

Down:

  • C Chris Iannetta (15-Day DL – hamstring)
  • P Shairon Martis
  • P Matt Lindstrom

Cut:

  • P Jose Ceda
  • P Dan Meyer

Notes:

  • OF Jody Gerut was traded on May 21st to Milwaukee for OF Tony Gwynn, Jr.
  • Stanimals picked up former Roadrunner Tim Hudson for a $0 FAAB bid.  Hudson was our contingent bid if AaRr didn’t get Sean West.

Kawakami Out-Duels Doc Halladay 1-0

Kenshin Kawakami moved to 3-5 with eight scoreless innings as he edged Roy Halladay and the Blue Jays 1-0 on Friday night. After a really awful April, Kawakami has pitched much better this month, not allowing more than three runs in any of his four starts. Tonight was his best effort in the bigs, holding the Blue Jays to just three hits — two singles and a double — against seven strikeouts and zero walks. Along with a 4.73 ERA that keeps going down, he has an impressive 42 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings. (Rotoworld)

Kawakami Gets a Win Over Phillies

Kenshin Kawakami picked up a win on Sunday by limiting the Phillies to two runs in six innings of work. The Braves scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, then added a fourth run in the ninth. The bullpen then did their job and held up the win for Kawakami, who walked four and struck out six. The quality start was Kawakami’s second in six outings. Kawakami still walked too many hitters on Sunday in picking up his second victory. He’s yet to really pitch deep into a game for Atlanta and until he can prove that, he’s only going to be worth using in NL-only Fantasy leagues. He’s next scheduled to start on Saturday against Arizona’s Max Scherzer. Once again, he should only be used in NL-only formats. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

Kawakami Learns How to Skate on Thin Ice

Kenshin Kawakami allowed two runs over five innings in a 4-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night. Kawakami was very lucky to get out of this giving up just two runs. He labored through five innings, throwing 113 pitches while allowing eight hits and walking three. On the bright side, he did strike out seven and his ERA actually went down to 6.41. Still, at 1-4, the shoulder has to be a concern. This isn’t what the Braves thought they were getting for $23 million. Kawakami had this start pushed back three days because of soreness in his right shoulder, which might have contributed to his awful line last time out. Then again, he still allowed far too many baserunners Tuesday even though he gave up only the two runs. The veteran of the Japanese league is struggling to find his footing in the majors. He’s not worth using in mixed leagues until he does. His next start and second of Fantasy Week 5 (May 4-10) is scheduled for Sunday at Philadelphia. (Rotoworld, CBS Sports)

Kawakami Seems to Be Broken, Start Pushed Back Again

Kenshin Kawakami’s next scheduled start has been pushed back two days because of a sore right shoulder. He said he felt some discomfort in his shoulder after his disastrous start Sunday, though it was cured by a cortisone shot. Moving his start will give him some more rest, but it’s rough news for those in weekly leagues, as he will not make a start this week. Instead of starting Saturday’s game against the Astros, Kawakami will get the nod for Tuesday’s series opener against the Mets. Kawakami is 1-3 with a 7.06 ERA. He has allowed 24 hits and walked 11 batters in 21 2/3 innings. He has lost his last three starts, including Sunday against the Reds when he was tagged for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. Kawakami hasn’t had a great start to his MLB career and could make a trip to the DL if he can’t recover from the sore shoulder. (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)

Roster Moves – April 28th – Week 4

FAAB Acquisitions:

  • SP Chad Gaudin, Padres ($0 bid,  reserve)
  • SP Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals ($1 bid, active)

Up:

  • 1B Casey Kotchman (to CM)
  • RP Juan Gutierrez

Down:

  • 3B  Emilio Bonifacio
  • SP Shairon Martis
  • SP Kenshin Kawakami

Cut:

  • 2B/3B Blake DeWitt
  • 3B Dallas McPherson

Notes:

  • Gaudin was originally drafted this season by The Pi Train, in the 12th round of the Minor League Draft.  Upon being cut by the Cubs, The Pi Train released him.  He was then signed by the pitching-starved Padres.
  • We say farewell to DeWitt, who was protected from 2008.  However with the acquisitions of Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson, and Joe Torre’s goal of having him rot on the bench, DeWitt won’t be able to help anyone until 2010, at the earliest.

Reds Continuously Shell Mt. Kawakami

Kenshin Kawakami was shelled for eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Sunday as the Braves fell to the Reds. Kawakami dropped to 1-3 on the year. He didn’t look too solid in his only victory this year, against the Nationals, and shouldn’t be anywhere near fantasy rosters. He struck out only one batter while watching his ERA jump to 7.06. An ugly outing, but at least he walked just one batter after giving out 10 free passes in his first three starts. Kawakami was hurt by the long ball as Joey Votto took him deep twice, both two-run shots. Kawakami’s ERA is up at 7.06 on the year. Kawakami has allowed five homers in 21 2/3 innings this season. He’s seemingly getting worse with each start and Sunday was by far his worst yet as his ERA went from 4.76 to its current inflated state. He’s not someone to trust right now in anything but NL-only leagues. Having only defeated the lowly Nationals this season, Kawakami has not impressed thus far. His next scheduled start comes Saturday against Houston. We don’t recommend him in mixed leagues, that’s for sure. A bigger worry may be that he’s given up five home runs in 21.2 innings. The Braves have to be sorely disappointed. (Rotoworld, Rotowire, CBS Sports)