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Aces Wild

April 12, 2012

Let’s match the ERA’s to the aces through the first week of the 2012 season:

Matt Cain – 7.50

Tim Lincecum – 12.91

C.C. Sabathia – 6.75

Yovani Gallardo – 5.91

Zack Greinke – 6.75

Josh Johnson – 8.38

Dan Haren – 6.97

WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON???

I know it’s early, but my goodness those are some crooked numbers. My fantasy team got hit especially hard yesterday, when Sabathia, Lincecum and Johnson all got absolutely rocked in their respective starts.

Well, who’s for real? Who is going to bounce back and who is in trouble? I’ll tell you…NOW!

First of all, let’s be realistic. These guys are aces for a reason – there are four Cy Young awards spread throughout that group and a whole bunch of pretty stats. So they will all bounce back. But only to a degree. Here goes nothin’:

1. Matt Cain, Giants

The Giants made Cain a very, very rich man recently. How does he go out and reward them? By posting a hefty 7.50 ERA in his first start. Well, let me point a couple things out. Cain was throwing on the road against a red-hot Diamondbacks offense. Not to mention, I watched that game and it was really just a couple bad innings. He looked pretty solid for most of the game, but the hits kept piling up when he was missing location in a couple innings. Cain will be just fine.Panic Level 1-10 (10 is high):3

2. Tim Lincecum, Giants

The Freak is a huge reason why the Giants are floundering in last place early in the season. When Barry Zito (CG, 0 R, 4 H vs. Rockies) is your most reliable pitcher, things need to change. And quickly. Lincecum’s double-digit ERA is especially frightening, because he’s looked awful in his two starts. He’s lost velocity on his fastball, the breaking balls aren’t biting, and he can’t hit the broad side of a barn consistently. This is the second year in a row Lincecum’s velocity has dropped. Panic Level: 7

3. C.C. Sabathia, Yankees

I picked C.C. as my pre-season Cy Young favorite in the American League, so the big boy has a lot more than just his stats to worry about. I mean, would you want this human bicep coming at you?! Stop laughing…anyway, Sabathia’s 6.75 ERA is frightening. He’s getting on in age, and his last start was against the Baltimore Orioles. Sure, they have a penchant for big offensive outputs, but it’s still a last-place team that was ripping C.C. apart. Panic Level: 5

4. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers

Gallardo got absolutely torched by the Pujols-less Cardinals at the Milwaukee home opener last week. He allowed four home runs. In one inning. It was just stupid. Gallardo has a tendency to be very inconsistent. His stuff is some of the dirtiest in the game if he can get it over the plate. But when he starts hanging breaking balls like he was against St. Louis, the Brewers are in for a world of hurt. I’m calling this early-season struggles, rather than a decline in talent. Panic Level: 4

5. Zack Greinke, Brewers

Has the rest of baseball figured Greinke out? Aside from his Cy Young year in Kansas City, Greinke hasn’t been THAT good. He’s similar to Gallardo, where his stuff is dirty, but he needs to consistently get it over the plate. If both these guys struggle in 2012, the Brewers are in for a very long season. I think Greinke will bounce back to have respectable numbers, but he’s never going to return to the award-winning form we’re accustomed to. Panic Level: 5

6. Josh Johnson, Marlins

Okay, Johnson worries me. He got shelled by the oft-injured Phillies lineup yesterday, and got touched up for a few runs by the Cardinals on Opening Day. It’s not his abilities that have me wary – it’s the fact that he’s coming off an arm injury. Is he fully healthy? I hate to speculate, but this is so out of character for the young righty, that I think something must still be bothering him. Panic Level: 8

7. Dan Haren, Angels

The Angels have been struggling big time, despite their big free-agent transactions this winter. It’s partly due to an offense that is still struggling to find its identity. But Haren isn’t helping matters either. He only allowed three runs to the Twins in his last start, but got hit hard against the Royals in his first. I’m not worried about Haren yet. He’s still got a 12:2 K-to-BB ratio, and is always solid. Give him another start or two before the panic meter rises. Panic Level: 2

There you have it! Comment below and let me know who I missed or who has a level that’s terribly skewed. Follow me on Twitter @Jamblinman!

Episode 4 is in the Books!

March 27, 2012

Whoaaaaa…accidental pun! Score! Episode four of Three Up, Three Down is our best yet, if I do say so myself. We’ve got the typical divisional news, a little over/under action and we discuss our three “up” teams and three “down” teams. All in all, it was a fantastic show. Please check it out on iTunes, and don’t forget to like the Facebook page. Also, you can follow us on Twitter @3u3d for regular updates on the podcast.

Now, I’m working on a piece for the 3u3d blog right after this. It’s going to detail my picks for all the major awards. And you lucky readers get a sneak preview here:

NL MVP:

Matt Kemp -Come on, was it really going to be anyone else? He’s driving hard for the unprecedented 50/50 season. And if being snubbed in 2011 doesn’t light a fire under his ass, I don’t know what will.

NL Cy Young:

Clayton Kershaw – I know you WANT to call bias, but you can’t. He’s the reigning Cy winner and has all the makings of a repeat run. Give me 23 wins and 220 K’s this year, Clayton!

NL Rookie of the Year:

Bryce Harper- I hate to do that. The sexy pick. Ew. Especially a little douchebag who roots for the Lakers, Yankees, Duke and the Cowboys? Well, I can’t deny the kid’s talent.

AL MVP:

Miguel Cabrera – You know what they always say! Getting hit in the face by a baseball builds character! Right? Either way, Miggy is going 40/120 and leading the Tigers to the ALCS this year.

AL Cy Young:

C.C. Sabathia – The Yankees got better, and Sabathia was already a freak. He’s going 22 wins this year and will edge out last year’s winner, Justin Verlander for the award in 2012.

AL Rookie of the Year:

Jesus Montero – A fair trade for the Mariners, finally getting a promising young bat. I don’t think it will be a monstrous year by any means, but Montero will rake like no Mariner has raked in years.

There you have it. Head over to the Three Up, Three Down blog to get a more in-depth analysis of all my picks, as well as my final predicted standings! Give the podcast a listen and feel free to send in all your comments, criticisms and questions.


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