Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Banana Stand - Week 6

The Banana Stand is a weekly look back at the fantasy week that was.

Those in H2H leagues may have run into some unusual stat lines this week, adding fuel to the fire for those who prefer traditional roto formats. On the offensive side, Kevin Youkilis hit five homers and had 10 runs batted in. Youkilis might not hit five more homers for the rest of the year. Joey Votto hit three homers in one game. Lance Berkman continues to rake, but his owners might be even happier with the two swipes he had earlier in the week. On the downside, Alex Rios had a tough week, striking out 12 times. Patience is the key right now with Rios.

The most notable pitching issues from this week pertain to a couple of closers from the midwest. Eric Gagne was removed from the closer's role. Ned Yost, despite giving Gagne the dreaded vote of confidence on Tuesday, made the move and stated that Gagne needs a mental break. Gagne himself stated that he didn't deserve the role as he sports an ERA north of 6.00 and a WHIP north of 1.80. If money/value were not an issue Gagne would probably not be given the opportunity to earn back the job. However, his $10 million contract will most certainly play a factor. The smart money says that Gagne is closing again by late June and then is traded to a contender to become a set-up man (Yankees?). Expect either Torres or Mota to pick up saves in the mean time.

The other closer that lost his job is Jason Isringhausen. He has not been pitching well as he has given up 13 ER in only 15.2 innings. Ryan Franklin is the favorite for saves but it is assumed that Izzy will reclaim the closer role in a few weeks.

Fantasy Expert League Update:
We did not have a great week in the GOTOS league. While we remain in 6th place, our point total dropped down to 67.0 while Jordon from Rotorob has jumped into the lead with 93.0 points. J-Roll is back now so hopefully he can provide the spark our squad needs to make a push.

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