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First and foremost, I’d like to start this little piece off with a big thanks to all of those who read these creeper posts.  It’s meant a lot to me but I’m afraid I have to move on from them for a while…like for a week.  You think I’d abandon you?  Never!  You’re like a box of fluffy little kittens left outside a grocery store in November.  If I could, I’d take you all home with me.  But I can’t afford that so I’m gonna have to do the most humane thing I can which is sack you up and drown you in the river…whoops, where was I going with this insanely dark path?  I don’t know.  I’ll be out next week.  Deal with it.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not here for you this week, friends.  Nope, I’m all in on it for you this week as we examine the curious life of Kole Calhoun and how he’s here to help you for week 19 of the 2013 Fantasy Baseball season…but wait, there’s more!  If ya didn’t know this by now, I write for the football side here on Razzball as well.  If ya didn’t know part deux, we do our own version of the RCLs over there and you get to win sweet Razzball swag that way as well.  So let’s say you’re out of it for baseball’s grand prize this year, we’ve got you covered with the Razzball Football Commenter Leagues, peeps!  And before you tell me to close my filthy, whorish mouth realize Razzball is like the 3 Musketeers: we’re all for one and one for all!  Anythewho, back to talk to you about what we came to do.  Ain’t that right, boo?  TRUE!

Now I’m gonna be straight up with you about Calhoun.  I started this post calling him Kevin Calhoon.  That’s how much I really know about him other then what research I’ve done since picking him up in my deep keeper league on Friday.  Not usually a good sign when you don’t even know the feature’s name, but hang in there with me.  Kole’s never been highly touted during his minor league career.  In reviewing our Los Angeles Angels Minor League Preview from our prospect writer Scott, there isn’t anything spectacular about Kole.  Good approach, decent pop and maybe a good bench bat to put what Scott had to say in a nutshell.  Of course, his season so far at Triple-A has been intriguing for various reasons.  I know y’all wanna talk about his 20-25 HR bat and his 20 steal speed but what really intrigues me is what happened to his K%.  After a cup of coffee with the Angels in 2012 that saddled him with a 24% k-rate — which was in line with his 19% K-rate at triple-A in 2012 — we’re now seeing an 11.7%/14.3% split across AAA and the majors so far this year from him.  Sure, the ISO’s dipped a bit as he’s gone for more contact in pitcher’s counts no doubt, but the key thing is those kind of stats find a way to stay in lineups.  You’ll notice I’m not talking much about his matchups this week and for good reason.  What I do see is a batter who’s started 8/18 thru Friday night with a HR and a steal this year and I don’t see a big reason for him to cool off any time soon.  He’ll start the week off in the bandbox that is Texas and then, after a day off Thursday, heads to Cleveland.  Though it’s doubtful, he may get sat against Kazmir Friday as they’ve said they’ll sit him against ‘tough lefties’.  Don’t know if I count Scott Kazmir in that category, but hey, I’m not the coach so I can’t say for sure.  All in all, he’s an intriguing pick up who might be someone to hold onto longer if he keeps rolling.  With ownership at 2% or under in most formats, you won’t be battling anyone to find out.  So go sing Calhoun-amatata to yourself for this week while I enjoy my vacation.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I knew it was gonna be kitten mittons before I clicked!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @JB Gilpin: what can I say, I love the new classics

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Haha, lets hope the show doesn’t suffer going to the FX sloppy seconds channel…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @JB Gilpin: what do you mean, I haven’t watched it in two years

            • JB Gilpin

              JB Gilpin says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: It’s moving to that channel, all I really know, I don’t watch it really anymore either…

  1. JoeG414 says:
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    This is for Monday: Who do we like:Arcia @ K.C.(Guthrie) or Wallace vs Bos.(Lackey)? deep mixed daily 6×6 roto.
    Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @JoeG414: Ugh, Wallace probs

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Need a Perez replacement: Mesoraco, AJ, Avila, Ramos, Martin, Salty

    Thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @bossmanjunior: AJ Pierz right? not Ellis? Pierz.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: i’m guessing (just from hitting stats, and ownership % ) that he did mean aj ellis.

  3. MB says:
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    Rajai Davis does not seem to be getting regular playing time with Milky out. Think he is worth a play over Kubel this week?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @MB: Depends on if you think you need the speed, I think I would

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @JB Gilpin: doesn’t the dude have like 7 steals in the last 2 games he did start? Unless it’s one of those god-awful weekly leagues, just bench him until he starts.

  4. Phil says:
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    Ruf or Calhoun ?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Phil: Calhoun

  5. Freakshow says:
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    ROS: Marisnick, Calhoun, Saunders, or Arcia?

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Freakshow: Might go Saunders actually there

  6. Field of Dreams says:
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    Hey Sky,

    I just heard that David Wright was recently placed on the 15 Day DL- ill clearly need another third baseman for the time being; who would you recommend:

    Pablo Sandoval

    Chris Johnson

    Chase Headley

    Martin Prado

    Brett Lawrie

    Or Kelly Johnson (3b eligible)

    — also who would you drop Aaron hill or Adam Dunn to aquire the thirdbaseman

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Field of Dreams: drop dunn for sure. Or just put wright into a DL slot.

  7. Frieri Remembers says:
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    Calhoun and the Angels host the Rangers this week. They played in the Arlington bandbox last week. Frieri is still reeling from that series.

  8. Viv Savage says:
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    Calhoun or B. Lawrie this week for my utility spot? H2H points

  9. Di Ro says:
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    Need to start 2; Holland, Doubront, Bailey, Tillman

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Di Ro: not sure after not tillman, but probably bailey/doubront. don’t know matchups though.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: looked at matchups. bailey/holland.

  10. jared says:
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    Drop yelich for Calhoun? My playoffs start next week and I’m on the bubble. I need to get production this week or I’m not gonna make it. Thanks.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @jared: he would’ve said no.

  11. FIlthyRich says:
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    Need to fill two OF/UT spots. Which 2 of the following: Calhoun, Shuck, Cody Ross, Yelich or B Lawrie?

  12. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… I have to drop Peralta so I need another guy and I was reading your blog about Calhoun. I was about to grab him but on his notes on Yahoo it says that he’s only used against right handers only. Do you know different cause I can’t afford to lose an add player this week??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Nope that’s accurate; could change If he proves himself however.

  13. Frank White says:
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    Also, why did you skip my post in your blog in football?? What, you hate helping me or something? To annoying?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Confused…are you talking about the one where you ask about the rankings? Because I answered that one

      • Frank White says:
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        Hey I got a couple football questions. Should I talk to you over there?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah please do

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