h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) All-Stars

I had a whole intro planned out (and partially written) that included a long analogy of the first week of the season and the beginning of a relationship. I talked about how you don’t really know what a person is like after a first date – did they say they liked cats because some cleavage was shown? Are they secretly a picky eater? Are they bat-shit insane? You might have an inkling of what a person is like, but it’s impossible to be sure. I would call this the Jose Bautista.2010 principle.

Then I kind of threw that out once the winner of the FB101 fans-writers league sent me the below from the Denver post:

“Fortunately for the Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki will not miss any time after contracting Bieber Fever.”To hit home runs that helped us win games, I am probably going to stick with it,” Tulowitzki said. The all-star shortstop changed his walk-up song to Justin Bieber’s “Baby” after going 0-for-8 in the first two games of the season. Tulo began the season with Katy Perry’s “Firework” serving as his batter clip. It was significant because of the fans’ involvement. Working with The Denver Post, Tulo asked fans to submit their choices, and he narrowed it down to a final four. The fans, around 11,000 strong, selected “Firework,” easily outdistancing Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” and Bieber’s “Baby.” Bieber was always Tulo’s first choice, but he was committed to pleasing the fans. At least until he wore the collar the first two games. “It’s nothing crazy. Certain songs sound better on the sound system (at Coors Field). Katy Perry wasn’t bad, but it would have been better had it started in the place I wanted it to,” Tulowitzki said. “We’ll see how this one works out.”

First, had Tulo started with Hot n Cold, none of this would have happened. Second, watch out for short-term fixes. Bieber fever might be here to stay, but it might not. So, the inaugural 2011 KP All-stars looks through some hot starts to see whether they’re more Bautista or Chris Shelton. Just know that I resisted countless temptations to link to Glee.

Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Willie Bloomquist – Dayton Moore must be crying in his Francouer-e-os after Bloomquist got off to a .348 start with one homer and five steals. Of course, he’s only getting playing time because Stephen Drew has been unable to actually get on the field (just one pinch-hit to show for his 2011 work). Still, the Diamondbacks let Drew hit which eliminates their ability to back date his DL stay, so he should be in the lineup sometime soon. Clearly, Bloomquist will have some NL-only value going forward given his position flexibility and steal potential. But he’s nothing more than an Emilio Bonifacio at the moment.

Ryan Hanigan – I liked Hanigan going into the year and am encouraged by his start: 5/7 with two HRs. Still, there are legitimate downsides to Hanigan in that seven at bat number. With Ramon Hernandez also hitting well, the likelihood that Hanigan gets well more than 300 at bats is incredibly small. If you need a spot start at catcher or play in two catcher leagues, he is someone to watch, but unless Hernandez gets injured Hanigan isn’t much use for most leagues.

Alberto Callaspo – In 2009, Callaspo hit 11 HRs and batted .300/.356/.457. In roughly the same number of at bats in 2010, his on base percentage (.302) barely beat the previous year’s average. Still, he did hit double digit homers. Another Royals’ cast-off, Callaspo has been scorching this year (9/20 with two HRs). I don’t think anyone expects this level of excellence to continue, but he could settle into being a .280 hitter with a .330 OBP and approach double digit HRs. That ain’t great, but it’s much better than Brandon Wood.

David Murphy – I loved Murphy coming into the year and the only thing limiting him is playing time. In his nine at bats this year, he has five hits, one HR and three RBIs. If there is any kind of injury to a Rangers outfielder (and Hamilton/Cruz are not the healthiest players) gobble Murphy up immediately. He’ll be a double digit HR/SB pace guy.

Brennan Boesch – Boesch has put together some picturesque sample sizes in his career. His 15 at bats to start 2011 are nothing different (six hits and runs, one HR and four RBIs). Still, I don’t think this tells us much about Boesch’s prospects for the season. I’m thinking he’s a .260-.270 hitter with 15 HRs – there is some upside and nothing wrong with owning him when he’s hot. Just be quick to drop him when he starts striking out in droves.

Willie Harris – Every baseball player named Willie has made Katy’s all-stars. In his 14 ABs this year, Harris has five hits, four runs/RBIs and a homer. I actually like him as a short term player over those mentioned above. If you need some quick help, he’ll likely provide minimal pop, some decent speed and a solid average. He’s deep league useful.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Cabrera, only 25, went .308/.361/.438 in 581 plate appearances at age 23. After an injury riddled 2010, he appears to be regaining top shortstop form. He has started 6/21 with one HR and a steal. While the Indians don’t have an overly dynamic lineup, there are some nice hitters. Asdrubal could do a pretty fine impression of Orlando Cabrera (during Orlando’s heyday) with a little more power. For those drowning in the Stephen Drew/Mike Aviles shortstop mess, Cabrera might alleviate some of the stress.

Maicer Izturis – Izturis and his career .340 OBP is on top of the Angels line-up, followed by Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. If he can get on base a bit, he should score a ton of runs and could steal a fair amount of bases. For a player who qualifies at most infield positions, he makes a nice addition to the squad. There won’t be anything glamorous with him, but the runs/steals should be adequate to make him a bench player in 12-teamers.

Kevin Correia@JoelHenard thought Correia could be a good/cheap player this year. So far, after 13 IPs, he has been right as Correia has a 1.38/1.15 ERA/WHIP. Still, he has only six Ks in those innings. The likelihood of him getting more than 120 Ks is pretty small. Think of him as a better version of Mark Buehrle, if you’re interested in that sort of pitcher.

Josh Tomlin – All aboard the Tomlin trade as the next stop is against the hapless Seattle Mariners. In his first start against the (hapless) Boston Red Sox, Tomlin went seven innings, allowed one run, and posted a 0.86 WHIP. I’ll sign-off on starts against the likes of the Mariners but don’t think he’ll be all that useful otherwise. I’ll also compare his possible 6.3 K/9 rate to a Buehrle type, making him a spot starter at best.

Aaron Harang – I cannot quit Aaron Harang. Outside of Derek Holland, I’ve probably written more words about Harang than any other pitcher. I like him. I hoped that the move to SD would replenish his career. In a ridiculously small sample (six innings), it has! Sure it was the Giants, but it’s nice to see the K/inning out of him. The cavernous NL west ball parks should help him, so I endorse him as a guy who will round out your staff in deeper leagues. He has some upside.

Then you’re cold…then you’re no…then you’re out…then you’re down

Max Scherzer – Everybody’s darling heading into the year has been everyone’s demon child so far (10.80 ERA and 2.20 WHIP, but, hey, he has the best winning percentage in all of MLB!). To date he’s been a far better second half pitcher and has been downright awful in May. Still, you can’t jump ship yet. I’m acquiring Scherzer if at all possible.

Edinson Volquez – I wasn’t in on the Volquez love fest during Spring Training – sure the K upside can be intoxicating, but the dude walks so many hitters. So far, in 11 innings, he has seven walks – that’s no good. The 13 Ks are fantastic and there will be some good starts but predicting when they will occur will be tough. He’s a great K option, but relying on him not to destroy your ratios is asking a bit too much.

Ryan Dempster – Someone I love, Ryan Dempster, has had a horrible start to the year (13.2 IPs, 6.59 ERA and 1.46 WHIP). Still he does have 13 Ks and hasn’t walked a ton of guys (just four). He has maintained an impeccable small sample size K:BB rate but has been destroyed by a couple of HRs and a .350 BABip – hopefully that will get closer to his career average of .306. Still, he is old, so there is pause for concern that he might be slipping a bit leading to better contact.

Mark Buehrle – come on, just drop him. Eleven innings and just two Ks – he ain’t worth a lot, really, he isn’t.

Brett Gardner – It’s hard to write about hitters this early as anyone can scuffle over a handful of at bats. In Gardner’s case, he’s had just 16 at bats and just two hits to show for his effort. The reason I bring him up is the lurking lefty-masher Andruw Jones. Gardner appears not to be a full time player. Further, Girardi seems to want to push a lot of buttons and if Gardner continues to scuffle, he might lose time. I’m not worried yet, but if I got draft/auction day value for him right now, I might move on it.

Vernon Wells – See Buehrle, Mark. In his career, Wells has hit better in Toronto than any other place. He has a .226/.267/.340 line in 173 plate appearances in Angel Stadium. With a lot of outfielders available, Wells just shouldn’t be owned as much as he is.

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All stats as of 12:30, April 7, 2011

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Gabby on April 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Go Yankees! You rock Derek jeter im 10 but me and my family are your#1 fans! Try your hardest and beet those teams!

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  2. […] Holland – It’s clear that I love Holland, however there will be two-start weeks with ERAs above 10 and near 2.00 WHIPs. At least he added 11 […]

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