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Break Out The Bats

August 19, 2012 -

When naming a column “break out the bats”, it’s probably asking for trouble to start off with your pitching pick. But I want money for position players today, and so I had to find a bargain. I think I have it in P Samuel Deduno of the Twins for $5000 in salary.

Deduno is facing the Mariners, who have not been overwhelming offensively, especially at home. The M’s had good numbers, including 2 home runs, against Nick Blackburn Friday, but yesterday Scott Diamond was effective. Blackburn’s problem is that he allows over 2 HR per nine innings pitched, and that’s how the Mariners beat him. Deduno allows less than 1 HR/9IP, but he walks too many batters. That is not a strong suit of the Mariners. Only four teams walk less often than they do. Deduno gets ground balls the rest of the time. I think he can be effective today, and I will take a chance.

With that money, I am betting on some big names to continue trends of big things.

OF Ryan Bruan ($4100) has been abusing the Phillies this year, going 13 for 23 with 6 HR. Even Cole Hamels, who had been very effective against Braun in the past, served up a long ball to Braun last night. WHt will Braun do today against Kendrick, when he is alreay 5 for 10 with a double against him in the past? Kendrick had a very nice outing against the Marlins, but that team was in a funk, having been shut out two days in a row already. The Brewers, and Braun in particular, are in no funk.

Even if Braun walks I like C Jonathan Lucroy ($3300) hitting behind him, though he has faced Kendrick only once (RBI single).

Another trend I want to ride is what OF Mike Stanton ($3900) is doing in Colorado – a homer in every game he has played there. Sounds unlikely to continue, until you look at his matchup today. Rockies P Drew Pomeranz is very much a LOOGY. Lefties hit .130 against him and slug .107. Righties hit him for .302 and slug .422.  Stanton hits lefties with a line of .315/.386/.618.

OF Josh Hamilton ($4200) has not had a hit in Toronto this weekend, but that is one trend I think will change. Henderson Alvarez allows lefties to hit .311 and slug .451.

Reds 3B Todd Frazier ($3700) is 2 for 3 against Chris Volstad. That is a small sample, but he is 5 for his last 12, with home runs in 3 of the last 5 games.

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Steve Grantz grew up in South Philadelphia, graduated from Central High and went to Penn. Steve works in the software industry to pay for his taste in food and wine, and uses his winnings in weekly poker games to plug up leaks in his sports wagering.

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