FANTASY BASEBALL WHERE YOUR SWAG AT!:
PLOUFFING THE MAGIC DRAGON (VOL. III)
BEAST DOME NATION.
In case you missed my introduction on Andrew Levy.
If there was anyone that could bring players out of slumps, Andrew Levy aka BrooklynBums has the magical touch as he revitalized hitters and pitchers all-season long by calling them out. Mark Teixeira could not hit a HR if his life depended on it to start the season. Brooklyn Calls Him out, and Tex hits 4 bombs in that week. It’s always a good thing when your player gets mentioned.
WHERE YOUR SWAG AT! (Vol. III)
By Andrew Levy
Lets see if we can round out some more players who have lost their “swag”. Welcome to another week of WHERE MY SWAG AT. We take a look at players who have been under performing and I try to work some magic and turn their season around.
After my first post I was asked about Will Middlebrooks. The reason I have not included him yet is because he is still producing HR’s, he is on pace to hit 42 of them and although his BA is low, being a hitter in Fenway will help bring that back up. Thanks for the comments and keep them coming.
This week we are going to look at Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe. Coming into the season the Twins were not expected to turn heads. Sure they have talent with the Mauer/Morneau combo, and after an amazing year last year Josh Willingham. Plouffe was going to be another piece of that puzzle. Last season he ended the year with 24 HR’s in only 119 games. Things were looking up for him coming into 2013 with the starting 3B job.
TREVOR PLOUFFE – 3B – MIN
STATS AS OF 4/29: .226 Average/2 HR/4 RBI/1 SB
The season started off very slow for Trevor and he hasn’t caught up with it. While playing in 18 games this season Plouffe has only 2 HR and 4 RBI’s. That puts him on pace for a very average 17 HR and 34 RBI season, which would be a major disappoint for all his fantasy owners. The Twins have sat him a few games this week in hopes to give him time to think and get his mind more in the game. I would hold on to Plouffe for a bit longer, but start looking at other options.
PLOUFFE, WHERE YOUR SWAG AT?
The worst thing for pitchers is having a high ERA and not being able to get W’s. In the case of this pitcher he has problems with both. Josh Beckett of the LA Dodgers is kind of a mystery to me. I have a theory that when you are a pitcher and you move from the AL to the NL it makes you that much better. I love going after pitchers that move leagues. Beckett had a fantastic spring and got to work with legendary pitcher Sandy Koufax. Beckett looked like he was going to come into the season and dominate!
JOSH BECKETT – SP – LAD
Stats as of 4/29: 4.75 ERA/ 0-3/ 25 K (30 INN)
Wrong again. Beckett did the exact opposite. In his 5 games that he has started he has a record on 0-3 and an ERA of 4.74. That looks nothing like someone who worked with Koufax. The long ball has also been a big problem for Beckett. With all the pitching troubles the Dodgers already have this season, Josh was going to be one of the bright spots. Beckett will try to get his first W of the season when he goes up against the Rockies this Wednesday. Last season he went 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts against them. Thank god this game is at Dodger stadium or Beckett’s HR total will is sure to go up.
BECKETT, WHERE YOUR SWAG AT?
Andrew Levy aka BrooklynBums is an author/contributor of BEAST DOME during the Fantasy Baseball Season. Andrew is a Die Hard Baseball fan who could talk to you about the game for days. He is also known to snap players out of funks.