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SP Ubaldo Jimenez, Cleveland Indians
Another worthy member of the Tribe
What's the scenario? Folks are jumping on one hot Tribe hurler and not so much the other? When DM first pushed Jimenez, in the season's opening week, it appeared to be a big mistake. Opponents absolutely thrashed him in his three starts following an impressive season debut.
Since, in three outings (18 2/3 innings), the right-hander has flummoxed (10 hits, three runs, six walks and 20 punch-outs) three pretty good teams. Cleveland may finally be reaping the rewards of their persistent attempts to abridge Jimenez's mechanics, in part so that they'd be easier to repeat. In the AP recap of his latest pretty effort, versus the Detroit Tigers, he acknowledged that he's been finding that consistency.
There's still hope here, folks. Jimenez has been hitting 95 on occasion. He's tough to hit again, and he's keeping the ball out of the air. He may not regain his 2010 form, but the talent is still in there.
OF David Murphy, Texas Rangers
Murphy is on the free-agent list in the vast majority of mixed leagues these days because of his atrocious start to 2013 (.200/.252/.374 in 123 plate appearances). What happened? This dude was supposed to get a little more PT, a chance to play against southpaws regularly, now that Josh Hamilton had fled to the West Coast. And Murphy is a good enough hitter that it would matter!
To make matters worse, on Saturday night, he suffered a back injury while making a catch in the outfield. A week prior to that, he missed a game because of an illness. Things aren't going Murphy's way. Isn't that kind of Murphy's Law? Evan Grant scribed that the beleaguered left-handed batter has often slumped in April, but he usually busts out of it.
Murphy's approach against right-handed pitchers this season hasn't been very good, but his results against lefties have been just fine. He's a good hitter who's gone through a rough stretch -- hardly unusual. In 12-team mixed leagues and deeper, bring him aboard before he heats up and everyone else notices. He's seven for his last 20 with two home runs, and that stretch includes two pinch-hit appearances. This is a quality-depth bat.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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