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  1. Wieters' elbow injury a major concern

    Eric Karabell

    The No. 2 catcher on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater started at designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, hitting a pair of singles in five at-bats and raising his batting average to an impressive .341. Then again, nobody knows when Matt ...

    Blog | May 07, 2014
  2. Camp Tour: LA's Calhoun ready to shine

    Eric Karabell

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Six players received more than 25 at-bats out of the leadoff role for the Los Angeles Angels last season, including J.B. Shuck, Erick Aybar and the splendid Mike Trout. Then there was Kole Calhoun, a lefty-swinging outfielder who hit ...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  3. Spring storylines: National League

    Eric Karabell

    The lineups can get a little crazy, and the top hitters generally leave after a few at-bats. Players with futures not likely to include fantasy stardom tend to produce big numbers. The starting pitchers get an inning or two as they cautiously get str...

    Blog | February 27, 2014
  4. Bits: Billy Hamilton makes debut

    Eric Karabell

    Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton certainly played a key role in his big league debut Tuesday night, scoring the lone run in a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Of course, Hamilton did not bat in the game, or play the field, but he entere...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  5. Assessing values of Soriano, other Cubs

    Eric Karabell

    While the baseball world awaits a resolution on the annoying Alex Rodriguez situation (like the Ryan Braun saga, it's not likely to end well), the New York Yankees have reportedly been trying to acquire another right-handed bat, one certainly familia...

    Blog | July 25, 2013
  6. What's wrong with Justin Verlander?

    Eric Karabell

    Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios did something noteworthy Tuesday night, tallying six hits in as many at-bats, while adding a pair of stolen bases and an RBI. The oft-overlooked Rios is rightly owned in all leagues, and good for him; he's provi...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  7. Bits: Werth, Harper deliver for Nationals

    Eric Karabell

    While Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper made news Monday by coming off the disabled list and -- naturally -- smacking an opposite-field home run in his very first at-bat, fellow outfielder Jayson Werth was the one who finished with an eye-...

    Blog | July 02, 2013
  8. Stanton's return can help Marlins bats

    Eric Karabell

    One gets the feeling the Miami Marlins really don't have much of a plan, and they're winging it from day to day, but since their offense could again feature the No. 14 option from ESPN live drafts as early as Monday night, fantasy owners have no choi...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  9. Outlook for Ryan Braun, Brewers bats

    Eric Karabell

    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is having another fine season, hitting better than .300 and on roughly a 30-homer, 100-RBI pace, but there's been one statistic notably missing and it's why he hasn't been one of the very best fantasy options s...

    Blog | June 03, 2013
  10. Should fantasy owners drop Matt Wieters?

    Eric Karabell

    Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters celebrated his 27th birthday Tuesday with another hitless performance in four at-bats, dropping his season batting average to .223, but it's hard to tell if fantasy owners have noticed. Wieters was supposed to b...

    Blog | May 22, 2013
  11. Can we still believe in Eric Hosmer?

    Eric Karabell

    Heading into Thursday's games, plenty of players with 100 at-bats this season had yet to hit a home run, but the names read like a who's who of powerless singles hitters, from Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus to San Francisco Giants infielder Mar...

    Blog | May 10, 2013
  12. Bits: Albert Pujols' foot 'hurting real bad'

    Eric Karabell

    Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, a first-rounder in many fantasy drafts for this season, has a respectable .317 batting average after hitting a double in four at-bats Sunday afternoon. But that's hardly the story. It also came out...

    Blog | April 22, 2013
  13. Albert Pujols dealing with sore foot; Jhoulys Chacin, Chad Billin...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell examines the fantasy-relevant notes from the weekend games, including the news that Albert Pujols is dealing with a sore foot.

    Blog | Conversation | April 22, 2013
  14. Bits: Thoughts on LaRoche, Lincecum ...

    Eric Karabell

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche is a steal of a 15th-round choice in ESPN average live drafts, but he started the season hitless in 13 at-bats, then missed a few games because of back stiffness, and that apparently was enough for a ha...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  15. Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche returns to raking; Tim Lincecu...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell has the fantasy-relevant notes from Tuesday's games, including a reminder of how good Adam LaRoche can be.

    Blog | Conversation | April 10, 2013
  16. Hicks struggling, Mastroianni worth a look

    Eric Karabell

    Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire might not want to admit it, but rookie outfielder Aaron Hicks is clearly overmatched at the plate. I caught a few of Hicks' at-bats over the weekend and again Monday, with each of them ending in strikeouts,...

    Blog | April 09, 2013