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Cleveland Indians: Solving The Third Base Problem

As the Indians’ organization breathes a collective sigh of relief that Shin-Soo Choo’s gold medal victory in the Asian Games will excuse him from his military duty to his native South Korea, we can all stop worrying that we’ll have to watch a parade of no-name prospects in right field next season.

The Cleveland faithful are now free to shift the target of their worry over to that pesky, ever-problematic place on the diamond for the Tribe: Third base.

A revolving door of a position for the Indians dating all the way back to their late 1990s heyday, the hot corner is like teflon for the Indians—nothing sticks.

The team hit an all-time low in 2010, starting off with Jhonny “Quit hitting the ball toward me, you’re interrupting my nap” Peralta and ending with the horrifying “Nimartuena”, a blundering, clumsy, error-making Frankenstein cobbled together with the likes of Jayson Nix, Andy Marte and Luis Valbuena. 

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Fantasy MLB Waiver Worthy: Is Melvin Mora Worth Using Over the Last Few Days

It’s funny.  Two years ago I found myself in desperate need of saves in August, and my league rules limited my options for trades (in August you can only trade with a team two spots from you in the standings). 

With excess power, I was able to coerce the team behind me to trade me Jonathan Papelbon and Melvin Mora in exchange for Ryan Braun and Jonathan Sanchez.

I knew the owner, and I knew his love for home runs and strikeout potential.  Plus, let’s be honest, on paper the deal looks lopsided in the wrong direction from my perspective.  However, there was a huge need I needed to fill.

The deal panned out, as I went on to take home the title.  Surprisingly, that had as much to do with the performance of Mora (despite missing time in September), who hit .418 with eight HR and 32 RBI in August that year (in August and September, Braun hit a total of eight HR and 25 RBI) as Papelbon locking down saves (he was one of the best closers in the league that season).

I never would’ve predicted that, and I wouldn’t have predicted actually picking up the now 38-year-old Mora for the final week of the 2010 season.  In baseball, however, strange things happen.

Mora is supposed to be a utility option for the Rockies, but injuries and struggles have forced him into the lineup on a regular basis of late, and he has certainly delivered. 

In his last five games (through Sunday) he has gone 6-15 with two HRs, seven RBIs, and three runs.  In fact, he’s spent some time hitting fifth, behind Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.  In other words, if teams ever decide to stop pitching to them, Mora is going to get the opportunity to make them pay.

Overall in September (83 AB), he’s hit .325 with three HRs, 17 RBIs, and 11 runs.  He’s just been hot, and there really is no reason to ignore it.

With eligibility at 1B, 2B, and 3B, chances are those in deeper formats have a need to plug him in.  It’s hard to imagine, but he actually is a viable option over the final week of the season.

He has some tough matchups over the final week, with the Dodgers and Cardinals on the schedule.  Over a three-day span the Rockies may get to face Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright, and Chris Carpenter.  It’s “may” because there is now talk that Wainwright may not make his final start due to a sore elbow (plus, there’s no guarantee he’s in the lineup every game).

At this time of year, you can’t judge a player strictly by his matchups because you really never know.  Any bump or bruise could cause a manager to sit them down.  At any time, thanks to deep bullpens from expanded rosters, a manager could decide to limit the number of innings of his starter.

When you are hot you are hot and you can’t simply ignore it.  It doesn’t matter who the player is, when the chance is there to catch lightning in a bottle, it is worth trying to take advantage of.

I’m not about to say Mora is a must-use option, but depending on your format there is potential value there.  My league is a 13-team league with 33-man rosters (23 active, 10 bench).  In a league like that, he’s worth taking a shot with if you need someone for the last few days.

In daily leagues, he’s certainly worth grabbing if you know he’s starting and plugging him in.

What are your thoughts on Mora?  Would you consider using him over the final week?  Why or why not?

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Colorado Rockies Cook Up a Victory

Can the 2010 season for the Colorado Rockies get any more strange?

With a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night, the Rockies moved closer in the standings to the Padres in the West than they are to the Phillies in the Wild Card. All of this coming a work week after being within three-and-a-half games of the Phillies.

Such is life for the Colorado Rockies in 2010.

Aaron Cook, pitching for the first time since a mystery turf toe injury happened to reappear when the team wanted Jhoulys Chacin back in the rotation, looked like the Aaron Cook that pitched himself into the All-Star game in 2008. For the first time all season long, Cook pitched with a sinker that was going exactly where he wanted it to go. He worked ahead in the count and pitched to the spots he was looking to hit.

In all, Cook pitched 6.1 strong innings. He gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked four, one of which was essentially intentional when he walked Adrian Gonzalez on five pitches when he had a base open and two outs.

The victory saw two phenomenal defensive plays in the sixth inning. Melvin Mora made a barehanded catch and throw on a Miguel Tejada chopper that went 50 feet off of home plate. Later, Jason Giambi made a great diving stop and dove back to first base to record the second out of the inning with the bases loaded. In hindsight, Giambi’s play may have won the game for the Rockies.

With five games left against the Padres, and three against the Giants at Coors Field, the Rockies now shift their focus back to what their original goal was going into the 2010 campaign, winning the National League West.

At six-and-a-half games back, they are most definitely a longshot.

However, with the Padres in a freefall, partially because they were due for a setback and partially because their young pitching may have hit a wall, and with the Giants still within reach, the Rockies potentially could make a run.

What will be required, however, if the Rockies do want to win the West, is a road resurgence.

The Rockies won with four runs on Friday. That was the most runs the Rockies have scored on the road since August 11, when Melvin Mora hit a grand slam to lift the Rockies over the Mets 6-4. A four-run offensive output being haled as a resurgence underscores the issues that Colorado has had away from Coors Field.

If the Rockies want to win, they must beat the teams in front of them when they play head to head. Sweeps in baseball are never to be expected, especially on the road, but this club must find a way to sweep the Padres and get within four-and-a-half games of the division lead if they have any chance of crawling back into the race.

The Rockies are going to need 90 wins to get into the playoffs. That means that they must win 20 more games in 28 more chances. That will not be easy, but if there is a team who cannot be written off in September it is the Colorado Rockies.

One thing is certain: The Rockies will know whether they are in the race or not by the end of the day on Sunday.

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