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Anibal Sanchez was amazing last night, pitching 8 innings and giving up just 5 five hits with a whopping 17 strikeouts against one of the league’s best offenses. Sanchez has never looked dirtier. Filthy even. I was hoping Manager Jim Leyland would send Sanchez out for the ninth to try for 20 Ks, but Anibal was pulled after 121 pitches. Leyland said he needed Sanchez in the dugout to bum a cigarette. No, Sanchez doesn’t usually smoke but he was on fire last night and always has a spare menthol for Skip. That kind of know-how and pedigree was why I owned Anibal everywhere last year, so of course I don’t own him anywhere this year. I must give it up to our fearless leader, Grey, for coming up with that headline. I almost went with “Bell of the Anibal” or “A Boy Named Anibal.” And those are just terrible. But things are really clicking for the Boy Named Anibal. I once knew a boy named Sue. He got in bar fight with Commodus and Reese Witherspoon, and Reese played the “Don’t-you-know-who-I-am!?” card and everyone got arrested. Well, if you didn’t know Anibal Sanchez before last night you better know him now. 17 STRIKEOUTS! Great Anibals of fire! Sanchez’s previous high was 14 Ks, but he now holds the Tigers record, which has got to peeve Justin Verlander a bit. Relax JV, you had Kate Upton, let Sanchez have this. His new home in Detroit has been good to him. No one wants to win more than 14 games for Jeffrey Loria anyway, right?

Since joining Detroit he has a 2.54 ERA with 7 wins in 17 starts. Sanchez is a candidate to be a good number two starter for your fantasy team, but if you can sell high and net a Top 30 player for him (see Harvey, Matt), by all means do it quickly as his value will never be higher than it is right now. I’m talking about dinner using coupons for the dollar menu and a $1 can of Arizona iced tea value. Now that’s value! Anibal was cooler than an ice cold Arnie Palmer last night and has been stellar all April, compiling three wins with a 1.31 ERA and 1.04 WHIP and 41 punch outs. April has historically been his best month and these stats are right within his career norms. I’d expect Sanchez to break out this year with 15-17 wins and an ERA around 3.50. Based on past seasons a K/9 of around 8 should give him a good chance at 200 strikeouts. That will help your fantasy team!

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball last night:

David Ortiz - 1-for-4 with his 2nd HR in just his 6th game back from injury. I’m pretty sure even if Big Papi was 400 pounds and in a wheelchair he’d still hit at least 20 home runs a year. The man is pure power. #bostonstrong

David Ross - 4-for-4, 2 HR. We have to chalk most of this up to the Astros being terrible but the Red Sox managed 17 hits off Houston. Dustin Pedroia had 3 hits and Jacoby Ellbury and Mike Napoli had 2 each, while Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with his 6th HR. The Lastros are doing some wondrous things for fantasy stats.

Ryan Dempster - 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 K and his 1st win of the year. We hate on the Dumpster a lot here, but in all honesty he should have at least three more wins than his record reflects and the 43 Ks are glorious.

Justin Grimm - 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 4 Ks. In the words of Calvin Candy, you had my curiosity last week, Mr. Grimm, now you have my attention. It was the Twins, sure, but don’t be grimm, that’s two straight quality starts and he’s definitely proven he’s at least streamer-worthy. He gets the White Sox next week.

Oswaldo Arcia - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. His second home run. Arcia’s a rookie with some crazy power in one of MLB’s most cavernous ball parks. That’s a recipe for some serious meh.

Jake Peavy - 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 K and his 3rd win. Jake’s 39 strikeouts in April is his best total since he struck out 46 in April of 2007. He also won the Cy Young that year. I’m not saying… I’m just saying.

Tyler Greene - 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. If Jeff Keppinger is expected to miss any serious time, Greene would be the fill in so he’s a guy to watch over the next few days, especially if your hard up at MI.

Jordan Zimmermann – 9.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 BB, 4 K. Threw just 91 pitches. Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez get all the fanfare but I think some Zimmermania is warranted. Zimm moves to 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA. Watch and learn, Strasburg.

Homer Bailey – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 6 K. Two of the leagues best offenses squared off so naturally this game was a pitchers duel to end all pitchers duels. Since his 7 ER debacle in St. Louis, Homer has given up just 3 ER in 21.0 IP with 24 K.

Paul Maholm – 3.2 IP, 10 hits, 8 ER. The regression train was headed straight for Maholm but he tried to dodge a la Teddy Duchamp. He dodged it successfully, but still got mauled by the Tigers.

Dan Uggla – 0-for-4, 4 K. Uggla, indeed.

Matt Tuiasosopo – 2-for-4, 2-run HR, 5 RBI. He’s been great against lefties but doesn’t play enough to be a decent fantasy option. He’s just so-sopo. Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter each had 3 hits in this one as well. Great, as if that Tigers’ lineup isn’t fearsome enough, these guys are about to get going.

Kyle Kendrick – 9.0 IP, 3 hits, 5 K. Shutout. A little MetCo magic, perhaps? Even Kendrick was shocked he pitched this well. He takes his 2.41 ERA into next week’s match up versus Miami. Stream-o-Nator is gonna eat that one up.

Ryan Howard – 1-for-4, 3-run HR, his third HR. If you can find a believer in Ryan Howard, or just a huge fan of Subway commercials, sell while you still can.

Kevin Gregg – 1.0 IP, K and his 2nd save. Carlos Marmol got the save yesterday and Sveum wasn’t gonna press his luck. Kevin Gregg has been included in every trade proposal I make over the past two years. He’s my ultimate throw-in. Oh, want me to sweeten the deal? I’ll give you Kevin Gregg. Yeah, I know I don’t own him but I’ll pick him up and trade him. He’s not the worst player in the league, but I like to pretend like he is.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, SB. His 7th and 8th HR. AND a steal!? That’s the slam and legs with extra slam. I can never get enough slam. You really know the way to my heart, Rizzo. I’m buying.

Mariano Rivera – 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 K and his 8th save. It was a little shaky, like his knees at 43, but the cutter prevails.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 2 HR. His 6th and 7th HR. Yeah, you should have traded for him last week. His fourth straight game with a homer and his fifth in four games. #edwinning

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4 and his 6th HR. Joey Bats has got his work cut out for him if he’s trying to keep pace with E5 these days. Either way, it should be fun to watch.

Francisco Cervelli – Suffered a broken hand and expected to miss at least a month and a half. He was off to a nice start, batting .269 with 3 HRs. If you were unfortunate enough to be a person who had to own Cervelli, it might serve you to know that Austin Romine was called up to replace him on the roster, but I can’t recommend him outside of AL-East Only leagues.

Lance Lynn – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 9 K. Gotta love that Cardinals starter magic. They should just tell their bullpen they’re simply starting the game in the ninth. It’s all about the phrasing.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Hit home runs from each side of the plate for the ninth time in his career. Wow! That means zero to your fantasy team. So who cares.

Matt Carpenter – 2-for-4 and his 3rd HR as the Cardinals score nine runs on the Pirates. Those of us who had to choose between Matts were hopeful it was Adams who would be the guy, but now that he’s injured Carp is the man. He’s got 7 hits and 2 HR in his past five games and he has multiple position eligibility. Carpenter also loves Rainy Days and Mondays. If you get that joke, you are old.

Starling Marte – 1-for-3 with his 6th SB. Despite the K/BB rate being 25/5 my Starling is batting .322 with 6 steals. As much as I like him, that looks like a great candidate for some sell-high action.

Tim Lincecum – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K. Not bad, Timmy. You almost beat the Padres at Petco. Now SELL, owners. SELL! Get anything you can.

Brandon Belt – 2-for-4. Neal Schweiber’s doppelganger has a four-game hitting streak with a HR in that span. He also plays everyday and is available in 40% of RCL leagues. He’s worth a look, don’t make me take of this belt!

Paul Goldschmidt – 0-for-4, SB. That stolen base is why Grey told us all to draft him back in March. Now let’s see him do it 15 more times, with 25 more homers. Please?

Martin Prado – 0-for-5 now batting .218. I hear a lot of fantasy chatter but not much about Prado. For a guy you generally own for batting average Martin has been brutal. I mean, he’s no Justin Upton. The multiple eligibility is sweet but if there’s better options on waivers it might be time to go for it. Prado may be stylish, but I couldn’t blame you for cutting him for someone better.

Jordan Pacheco – 3-for-4, 2 runs. With Todd Helton sidelined for being old the Tyler Colvin talk began, so naturally it’s Pacheco who looks to spend a lot of time at first base. I mention him because he has 3rd base eligibility and 3rd base is a barren wasteland riddled with fire, ash and Josh Donaldson. Not expected to have much power, but he should hit for average at Coors.

Wilin Rosario – 2-for-4 with his 5th HR. Again, just draft the catcher in Colorado, and draft him late. It’s science!

Wei Yin Chen – 8.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 BB, 5 Ks. Chen has been solid for the O’s all month and he gets the Mariners next week at SafeCo. Yes, please. He is available in just under 70% of RCL leagues. If you want to weigh-in on Chen, leave it in the comments.

Carl Crawford – 2-for-4, 2nd HR. Recently said in an interview that his time in Boston was a nightmare. True, nothing scarier than that 7-year $142 million dollar contract, but admittedly I sometimes wake up screaming to Bobby Valentine‘s  eerie grin, too. Still we’re all hoping for a solid bounce back year for Crawdaddy, and so far he’s delivered.

Josh Beckett – 5.1 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks. Beck can’t seem to buy a win this year and is quickly laying to rest the Beckett “odd-numbered-years” theory. However, he can buy a 12-piece bucket of KFC for just $7.99. And OMG you guys, he ate all the bones!

Jean Segura – 2-for-5, 2 RBI and his 7th SB. Batting .359 with 10 runs and 7 SB. He is the number two shortstop on the player rater and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jean stay in the top 5 all season. Jean has got it going on.

Ryan Braun – 1-for-5 with his 7th HR. ALL HE DOES IS HIT HOME RUNS! He sent this jack by Fed-Ex, so expect your stat to be added on Monday.

CJ Wilson – 5.1 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 9 K with his 2nd win. He struggled in this one despite the 9 Ks. Everyone on the Angels not named Trout scares the fishes out of me. C.J. gets the A’s next week but I’d sell high on this outing if I could.

Mike Trout – 1-for-3, 2 BB and his 4th SB. The wise old prophet, the Catatfish, has returned to provide his wisdom on the Great Trout. Oh-Ommmmmm. The Catatafish holds that Trout has four more SB and two more HR than he did last April (he had just 11 AB). When you put it in that perspective, clearly Trout is just getting started. #itbegins

Peter Bourjos – 2-for-5 with 2 runs now batting .319. Grey told you to BUY him. Bourjos .319 average is gorgeous and he’s got a nice eight-game hitting streak leading off for the Anjels. But damn, if you don’t steal a base soon Pete, I am just going to snap. If Trout was leading off he’d have 15 SB by now. You heard me, Catatafish!

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4 with a 2-run HR, his third homer. We’ve all heard the sad trombone plenty of times, but what does a happy trombone sound like? Probably a lot like Mark Trumbo going yard. Trums, who always starts hot out of the gate, is batting .327 over the past two weeks and I’d sell high if you could as I can’t imagine that average can be sustained. If you need power, though, Trumbo is the right instrument to own.

Andrew Cashner - 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 5 K and his first win of the season. Straight Cashner, homey! He was even 1-for-1 with a run and a stolen base, too. He stole a base! Who cares if it didn’t count towards my stats, I am smitten with Cash. Played like a true Padre, he knows if he doesn’t score probably no one else will. Honestly, if you had me guess which pitcher struck out 17 batters last night, my first guess would have been Cashner. He’s got the skills for some serious K-upside (10.1 K/9 in 2012 or 52 K in 46.1 IP) and he pitches half his games at Petco. Injury issues are always a concern but the kid’s still just 26 so he’s worth the taking a chance on. Grey told you to BUY him, now I’m telling you. Andrew Cashner is worth paying for.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

92 Responses

  1. malamoney says:
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    Someone dropped Josh Reddick. Would you rather have Reddick, Cain or Morse?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Cain is hot right now. But I like Morse the most going forward.

  2. malamoney says:
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    Pick two. H2H points league:

    Smyly, Hellickson, Teheran and Cashner

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Cashner and Hellickson

  3. raul says:
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    I woulda went with Aniballin’ out of control

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @raul: good one, how about aniballer status

  4. booya says:
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    Would you want Pujols, Bruce & Cingrani or Edwin, Choo & J Zimmerman?

    Thanks

    • malamoney says:
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      @booya: That’s a tough one. What are the details of the league and keeper rules?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @booya: Encarnacion, Choo and ZImm

  5. D'Janish Unchained says:
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    12 team keeper, who has more value now and next year in 7×7 roto? Jose Fernandez as a 19th rd pick, Frazier 16th rd, Taveras 20th, Zunino 27th? They get drafted a round higher each year there kept.

  6. AbAdMaN says:
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    I have Murph at second but also drafted David Wright should I stick with Daniel Murphy or pick up one of the following:
    Kipnis/scutaro/m ellis/betancourt/k johnson/r Roberts
    Thanks for the help
    Also better closer rest the way: Parnell or frieri

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @AbAdMaN: I would definitely try to pick up Kipnis but if there’s someone besides Murph you could drop that’d be ideal.

  7. Rob says:
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    Thank you Grey for telling me not to trade Kimbrel for Sanchez, Corbin and FAAB! Ugggggghhhhhh

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rob: Ouch. Stil I’d be surprised if Kimbrel doesn’t finish the season ranked ahead of Sanchez.

  8. EK says:
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    Crawford or Crisp?

    Pls rank ROS H2H pts:
    Cashner, Kendrick, Niese, Hammel

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: I’d want Crawford. That group of pitchers are all pretty close. I like Cashner’s upside the most, followed by Niese, Hammel and Kendrick

  9. Tony says:
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    Was wondering if i should hold on to maholm or should i dump him now while his trade value is still somewhat high?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tony: I’d hold Maholm for now, Detroit is a tough assignment for any pitcher

  10. malamoney says:
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    Better injury stash?

    Beachy, Pineda or Hart?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: Corey Hart

  11. Gareth says:
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    I have a roster crunch for week 5. My pitching is pretty stellar so I have some tough decisions on who to start and who to bench. Only 9 Spots available for 13 pitchers. the 4 other pitchers sit on the bench in a WEEKLY Cbs Format.

    Here are my 13 pitchers:

    starters:

    Felix (@ Toronto)
    Gio (@ ATL, @ Pit)
    Gallardo (PIT, STL)
    Estrada (PIT, STL)
    Morrow (BOS, SEA)
    Cobb (@ KC, @ COL)
    Lynn (CIN)
    Lincecum (@ Arizona)
    AJ Burnett (Washington)

    Relievers:

    Holland (7 home – CLE, TB, CHW)
    Betancourt (3 Home, 3 away TB, @ LAD)
    Street (3 Home, 4 away ARI, @ Cubs)
    Frieri (4 Home, 3 Away BAL, @ OAK)

    I am currently second on my league. The categories I need to catch up on are wins, Whip and Era. I am 4th in Saves and 3rd in Strikeouts.

    So which 4 out of these guys would you put on the bench this week?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Gareth: Lynn, Lincecum and Burnett and Morrow is my first instinct. But if you really want to go with Morrow or Lynn I would sit either Estrada or Street.

  12. Rotten Rookies says:
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    Would you drop Cingrani or Jose Fernandez for cashner?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rotten Rookies: I would drop Fernandez for him but I’d be hesitant to drop Cingrani just yet.

      • Rotten Rookies says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I was offered cano for Lincecum and Zobrist.. I’m a dick if I don’t take this right?

        • Ca$e says:
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          You’re retarded for even asking this question. Accept it yesterday.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Rotten Rookies: Yeah, cano is a stud. Do the deal.

  13. Ryan says:
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    Im in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. i was offered desmond jennings for miguel sano and kevin gausman. This is how my team would look like after the trade. What ya think I should do?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ryan: Wow. For a 20-team league your team is insanely insane. I don’t think you necessarily need Jennings, but your team is obviously in it to win it so you might as well go for it. Jennings is still young, and you have plenty of great prospects (profar, wheeler, strailly) even after the trade. Try to get him to throw you a close too, but I think either way your team is stacked.

  14. C.O.C. says:
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    Give Uggla, J. Upton for Kinsler, J. Zimmerman…Good deal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @C.O.C.: Keep Justin Upton.

      • C.O.C. says:
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        @Dan Pants: I guessing you are also in the “epic” season for Upton camp? BTW, he just hit #12…..

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @C.O.C.: Yeah, I have a fair amount of love for J. Upside. If you do want to sell I bet you can get more than that.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @C.O.C.: upton’s worth more than those 2 by himself.

  15. Yu Trout says:
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    Hey, would appreciate any possible help on a trade

    Standard 5 X 5 yahoo league

    My David Wright for his Kemp and Freese
    He has surplus outfielders(Bautista, Bruce, Crawford,Ellsbury, Granderson on the DL) but his infield is pretty terrible.

    My outfield consists of J.Upton, Stanton, Allen Craig(who i occassionaly use at 1B when Berkman’s sitting) and spare parts like Chris Carter and Duda

    Any plus value there? Do i counter with Bautista and Freese or is that the same value?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Yu Trout: I’d feel more comfortable with Bautista and Freese than Kemp but I might target Ellsbury here. His skill set would best compliment your other OFs.

  16. Yu Trout says:
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    and thank you so much for your work, really appreciate it.

  17. kendeey says:
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    I will start this by saying, I’m a Giants and Lincecum fan.

    So… what do you think about me trading Headley for Lincecum straight up?

    Curious how you compare value on a trade like this where it’s a pitcher for a hitter. I basically just want Timmy on my roster but don’t want to overpay for him.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @kendeey: Honestly I don’t want any part of Lincecum this year, but since your a fan I think Headley might be overpaying a bit. Lincecum is coming off two good starts (both versus SD). I’m not so sure he can keep it up and I imagine if you can wait a week or two his owners will be dying to sell.

    • SOP says:
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      @kendeey: Giants fan here. Timmy’s an avg. pitcher now. Don’t let your homerism cost you wins.

  18. OaktownSteve says:
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    Got a good look at Chen last night (was at the game). Pretty impressed, tempered only by the fact that the A’s are in a pretty brutal slump right now. He’s got an interesting delivery. He starts in the wind up and takes a short step back but then settles into the stretch position and comes to a complete stop. In effect he’s always out of the stretch even though there’s a little wind up that precedes.

    If you’ve ever watched any cricket, they kind of have something similar to baseball in that there are guys who throw hard and there are guys who are junk ballers. In cricket they call the junk ballers, spin bowlers. That’s what came to mind watching Chen. There’s a ton of change of pace and everything seems to have a variety of spins. Though the divide his pitches into fastball, change, slider and curve, I felt like there were a lot of different flavors of each pitch. The change seems to turn over a fair amount, the slider gives him a pitch with horizontal break and the curve has a big hump in it. Seemed to have really good command with all pitches, but particularly the fastball, which he spotted to really great effect.

    The change in velocity is what really made him effective though. The fastball was easy delivery at 91 consistently. The change and the slider both sat right around 82, giving him a good separation with the fastball. The curve floats in tantalizingly at 68-70. He has a 20 mph range in velocity that he can play with and it showed in the number of front foot swings he induced.

    The demeanor was really confident. The pace was excellent and the defense played crisply behind him. He was an efficient 105 or so pitches through 8 innings.

    I don’t see any K upside with him, but he’ll get a few swings and misses, particularly to righties with change. But all together, very solid pitching guys and a good deeper league arm with good match up or double start appeal in most leagues.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Thanks for the info, Steve. I’m pulling for your A’s! 6-0 vs. Houston in April probably had a lot more to do with their hot start than we’d care to admit.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      thanks for your opinion of chen .
      has been on my roster for a couple of years now , and always try to watch
      whenever he’s on the mound .
      honestly , i don’t understand the fuss over hammel .

      was hoping that you had a chance to be in attendance for the 40th reunion game .
      wishing i had been there .
      felt like a kid again , watching it on the computer .
      fortunately , the internet was coming in clear for the whole game .
      bando’s story about the telegram from the meat-packers union was a classic !!

  19. Gareth says:
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    Following on from the question I asked earler:

    I think I’m definately benching burnett, lynn and lincecum who all have one start against good offences.

    The last bench spot is between 2 dicey 2 start pitchers (cobb – rockies away, morrow – a hot red sox) or 2 relievers (a scuffling streer / frieri homer prone).

    Who sits?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gareth: I like Cobb and Morrow but those starts do scare me a bit. I’d bench Street, Padres getting him a save opp. more than twice next week is unlikely, and you can pick and choose your starts with Morrow and Cobb.

  20. a1r fann1ng says:
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    is rickie weeks droppable in a 12 team mixed yet…. i own rutledge and segura for my 2b and SS slots

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @a1r fann1ng: Yeah you can drop Weeks

  21. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    12 team h2h mixed league, Cespedes is coming back from dl, drop Gattis or Morse? Thanks. I’m leaning towards Gattis but just looking for input.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I’d drop Gattis only because I see him fighting for playing time in a couple weeks with McCann’s return and that Braves line up at full health.

  22. Stantonovation says:
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    What range of player is a good target to sell high on Trumbo?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Stantonovation: That depends on what you need. But I think his current value could net you a SP in the range of a James Shields, Medlen, maybe Peavy? Whereas a hitter like Lawrie, Cruz or even Beltran might be in the same ballpark.

  23. Project Merkin says:
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    DP, great write up as always.

    You on board with benching these guys this week?

    Niese vs Phi
    Ryu vs Col
    Peavy @ Tex

    I love me some Homer Bailey but I’m nervous about his start against the Cards, espesh because that’s the only team that has roughed him up. Thoughts on that one?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Project Merkin: I’m starting Peavy the way he’s been pitching. Ryu’s start is at home so I could see starting him too. I think Bailey earned our trust back the past 3 starts and you gotta go with him in St. Louis again.

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Dan Pants: 10 team league with a 1600 innings limit….still on board?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Project Merkin: If your playing it safe and have the limit I couldn’t blame you for benching any of these guys. I’d probably start Peavy myself, but any start in Arlington can be scary. It’s still real early so you can play it conservatively if you feel better doing that.

  24. Hondo says:
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    Anibal the Kannibal

    • Project Merkin says:
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      Ha, fly fly fly

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Hondo: good one. Fine Young K-Anibals

  25. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Who was the previous Tigers single game K leader? My best guesses are Newhouser, McLain or Bunning. Newhouser led the league in Ks in 1944 and 1945 with 187 and 212, respectively. Then he had 275 in 1946 but did not lead the league.

    • VinWins

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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Mickey Lolich struck out 16 twice in a three week period in 1969.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        Ha I had to look that one up Vin

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Dan Pants: Well, I just read it in the story about Anibal.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Mickey Lolich pitch two 16-strikeout games in 1969.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks. Overlooked him. I wonder if he had 4 in one inning in one of those games. I am thinking I may have seen that nugget mentioned on the back of one of his cards.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Wallpaper Paterson: He did not do the 4 Ks in one inning thing. Had to be some other K feat that was noted. I bet I still have the card in question and will look at it later.

  26. joeg414 says:
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    Keppinger for D.Espinosa? I get Espinosa.
    Make the deal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @joeg414: Yeah, espinosa can be streaky though, so know what your getting.

    • Dan Pants

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      @mc serch: Hope so, he’s had some issues staying healthy in the past so hopefully that’s behind him.

  27. do you like Cashner better than Villenueava, Quintana or Tillman?

    Who is someone to target for Josh Hamilton (trying to get some value, pitcher or hitter), currently have Gordon, I Davis, Adam Jones, BJ Upton, Garnder

    • Dan Pants

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      @kR Express: Yes I like Cashner the best of those four. Hamilton’s value is pretty low right now so you might want to wait till he heats up a bit and he will heat up eventually. But as it stands your looking at targeting maybe a 4th or 5th round player.

  28. Birrrdy! says:
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    In a 10 team NL-only keeper league with no bench. Being offered Oscar Taveras and Bumgarner for (your) Starling Marte, Lincecum and Liriano (DL). Even though you are saying to sell high on Marte and Lincecum, they have been quite productive for me, and Taveras may not be coming up any time soon, leaving a void in my lineup. We have 5 OFs and 3 U slots, so there is some buffer. We also have a DL. Thoughts from you and Grey?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Birrrdy!: I don’t know the specifics of your keeper rules (do you keep a certain number?) but this trade is basically Bumgarner for Marte. I am not crazy for Lincecum and would try to sell if I could, but since you start five outfielders Marte has extra value so depending on whats on waivers to replace him in your lineup you may want to hold off.

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Dan Pants: we can keep 8 players each year. we pay prices that are at a 10% discount of what appears in the Sporting News magazine in Jan. And we have a $300 keeper/auction total budget. Rosters are C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5OF/2U/1Inf/10P. It’s 5×5, NL only, 10 teams.

        Big premium on elite hitters, so Taveras should have more value next year than Marte assuming his pedigree pans out. He will be a keeper for 5-10 years in our league’s format. If he gets called up in May and produces, then this trade would be a no-brainer for me. If he is stuck in the minors until Sept., then I lose a roster spot for that whole time and hurt my chances to win this year. IF Lincecum gets blown out of the water ROY, though, then I may not care with a big upgrade to Bumgarner. I just kinda like Timmy’s chances in a contract year, and I don’t see the downside to Marte that sabermetricians are predicting for him. It must be his TWTW factor… ;^)

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @birrrdy!: birrdy, that’s the drunken scarecrow from Conker’s Bad Fur Day.

  29. JRBizzle says:
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    Who would you guys start out of these four? I can start all or none.

    1. Fister vs. ATL
    2. S. Miller vs. PIT
    3. Niese vs. PHI
    4. CIngrani @ WAS

    Right now I’m going with Fister and Miller while leaving Niese and Cingrani on my bench. Niese hasn’t looked great yet and Cingrani away from home will be quite the test.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JRBizzle: I would start all four, you could bench Niese.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @JRBizzle: Cingrani’s home park is actually much worse for pitchers than most parks.

  30. Yager says:
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    Would you take Miguel Cabrera for Giancarlo and Frazier? I would still have Crawford, Choo and Gardner in the OF in a twenty team mixed.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Yager: I would want a little more now that Stanton is finally hitting HRs again, but thats pretty close throw in another player.

      • Yager says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks I appreciate it. The question was posed before he hit the two last night. Hopefully this is only the beginning!

  31. who would you recommend to start this week for my final pitching spot…..2 start jose fernandez (vs matt harvery and cole hammels) , 1 start J Guthrie (vs gavin floyd) or David Phelps vs houston (bedard)? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Michael: I’d go with Jose Fernandez

  32. Chris says:
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    I have Pedro and Moustakas at 3b, jesus at C.

    Who do I need to put a claim in on more?

    Ruiz or Arenado?

    Doumit, Pacheco also avail at C

    7×7 w/slg and obp

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: I’d take a chance on Arenado.

  33. fausto says:
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    FBB virgin. 10team H2H What needs to change?
    C. Ianetta
    1b. A. Craig/Rizzo
    2b. Phillips/Kendrick
    SS. Segura/Asdrubal
    3b. Machado
    OF. Kemp, Bautista, A. Jones, T. Hunter, Bourjos
    SP. Price, Sale, CJ. Wilson,Detweiler, Milone, Beckett, J. Fernandez, E.Jax,
    RP. Romo, Betancourt, Smyly, Pestano
    Cashner, Grimm, Tepesch all available….Any help is appreciated

    • Dan Pants

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      @fausto: Matt Kemp needs to hit home runs. I don’t know how your rules work but if you have weekly acquisitions to make don’t be afraid to drop a Detwiler or a Beckett if someone has waivers has better match ups or two-starts or whatever. I would rather own SPs than guys like Smyly or Pestano (unless your league counts holds) because SPs can give me the edge in Ws and Ks every week.

  34. HH points league….pick one! for my utility spot this week who would you start? Pedro Alvarez, Duda or Nate Mclouth? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Michael: Go with nate the great mcclouth while he’s hot!

      • @Dan Pants: Ya thats who I had plugged in….2 points a SB too ….hopefully he can stay hot this week! Thanks!

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