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Last week around the Razzball water cooler, Sky was like, “you should be my creeper of the week.”  Boy does he wish he took that back.  I rolled up about 5 driveways down from his house at 13(redacted)5 (redacted)field Lane, (redacted)town, (redacted) in my 1985 maroon Chevy Astro and grew a Derek Holland/Tyler Skaggs-esque-stache until the moment was ripe.  While he may have you think he’s working on some awesome content over there at Razzball Football, I actually hired a look alike off Craigslist to post his work.  I mean, look at how fuzzy his picture is, I could get anyone from Channing Tatum to The Elephant Man to Tehol.  Trust me, that’s not the only thing Tehol advertises as “his services” on Craigslist.

So whilst Sky “sleeps” in the ambiance of 5-day old living refuse and a lava lamp, I hijacked his piece for this wondrous Sunday to talk a Brewers player near and dear to my heart.  After an immediate 2-8 low, then 9-game win streak high, then a terrible stretch since then until this weekend, my Brewers have taken me on a wilder emotional roller coaster ride than It Could Happen To You.  I’m sitting there the whole time thinking, “I hope being married to Rosie Perez doesn’t happen to me!”

Pretty much the sole reason the Crew were able to beat the Phillies on Phriday night was Joanthan Lucroy‘s resurgent 5-5 2 homer 4 ribbie breakout followed up by going 2-4 with another solo shot yesterday afternoon.  It ended up being the pivotal run as K-Rod and the umpires both tried to hand it back to the Phillies.  Take that Tim Donaghy!  It looks like both the Brewers (let’s hope, but probably not) and Jonathan Lucroy (definitely) are back.

With his average now at .259 with 6 homers and 25 RBIs, Lucroy has vaulted himself to the #12 ranked catcher in both ESPN and Yahoo.  Yeah he doesn’t score enough runs, thanks to Yuniesky “I’m only going to be fantasy relevant when I’m a 2-week superstar” Betancourt  and a hodgepodge (not  HodgePadres – but I would take Jason Marquis over Rickie Weeks with a bat right now) of either Alex Gonzalez, Weeks, Jeff Bianchi, or AAA players hitting behind him, it’s going to deflate your R column.  As does consent.  Poor taste?  Sky mumbles “no,” but I’m not sure if he was answering that question.

With a full 7 days at hitter/beer-drinker-friendly Miller Park this upcoming week where the hot Lucroy has hit 21 career HRs vs. 14 on the road (and remember that includes the 3 in Philly over the weekend), I think he can continue his slugging ways.  He’ll get interleague pitchers in Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin and Bartolo Colon without the advantage of power-sapping Oakland, before those very same Phillies return to Milwaukee with that same Mike Adams (who Lucroy hit two of those homers against this weekend) in the bullpen.  It looks like Lucroy has a great shot at keeping it up.

So I leave it to you, Razzball Nation, to pick up Lucroy where appropriate and cheer during the sausage race all next week.  Sky will wake up tomorrow morning with a fuzzy memory of his weekend and slightly slurred speech, and I will shave off my psuedo-mustache and return to Pitcher Profile and Draft Kings writing for next week.  Sky will return to his normal routine as well with his writing chair just a shade less comfortable for some reason.

37 Responses

  1. John Mycell says:
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    Should I be worried about this lineup or anyone in it, or am I due for a big summer?

    C- Vmart
    1b – Puljos
    2b – Kipnis
    3b – Longoria
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Holiday
    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Bruce/Jennings
    Util – David Wright

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @John Mycell: A little worried about VMart, got a lot of tread on there and hasn’t looked great since bouncing back from injury. Like everyone else though, think Pujols is undervalued right now, still think he end up .280 with 28-30 HRs

  2. Pope says:
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    Thanks for the post JB, great title. I’ve been watching Lucroy this past week, yet I’ve been stubborn and haven’t picked him up while Salvy Perez has been MIA. It may be a little late with Perez due back Tues I guess, but I may still snag Lucroy to see if he keeps it up. Any thoughts on those two guys? Perez is obviously giving me nothing but average.
    Thank you

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Pope: Thanks man! Yeah I think you grab Lucroy. Even if he cools off, Sal will probably stay on your wire and if he’s picked up, whoever is next on the wire isn’t more than a shade lower. Keep the hot bat. Thanks for reading!

      • Pope says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Thank you sir. Needed to hear that to finally dump Perez. Keep up the solid work, I appreciate it

  3. Yager says:
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    Lucroy just put a grand slam on the board!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Yager: Ugh, reviewed and gave him a triple I believe, I have it on mute, he had to go back to third even though there was no play. Weird.

  4. Justin says:
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    Hey I’m thinking of dropping Rickie Weeks for Dom. brown since Matt kemp is now on the 15 day DL I’d need another OF; also thinking of dropping Vernon Wells for either Matt Carpenter, Jedd Gyorko, or Matt Joyce.

    Rest of lineup is Carlos Santana, Paul Goldschmindt , Ben Zobrist , Ian Desmond , mike Napoli,, David wright , Alex rios, Jason Heyward, Matt kemp, v. Wells, David Ortiz., Adam Dunn. Bench- r. Weeks , Ike Davis, Nate mcclouth , and g. Stanton at DL. What are your thoughts on that? Thank you

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Justin: Definitely want Brown. Raking right now. I think I hold onto Wells though, Carpenter only is a star for runs (if you need those, then yeah, I’m fine nabbing him), not big on Gyorko and Joyce gets platooned a lot. Hope your stars get better soon!

      • Justin says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Thanks for the advice JB, would you drop rickie weeks for Dom. Brown? I’ve been disappointed with rickie weeks so far this season & he didn’t do a whole lot today. Since you like Vernon wells to keep on the roster, would you also keep Nate mcclouth?

        Do you like Neil walker from Pittsburgh?

        Thanks me too, I’ve had a ton of injuries so far this season, Jason Hayward, Giancarlo Stanton, David Price, & now kemp have all been on the DL.

        Would you start Greinke in the next match up or sit him for Cole Hamels ? Both have looked sub par as of late. I also have jordan Zimmerman , Matt Harvey , but looking into dropping an extra bench reliever I have for either Kyle Kendrick or wacha of STL who do you like?

        • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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          @Justin: Definitely drop Weeks for Brown what are you even doing with Weeks still on your team?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Justin: Yes I would. I would keep McLouth, I kinda shrugged him off on the Podcast about a month ago, but he’s up to 19 steals with no signs of slowing down. Walker is a good hitter, but never could be consistent. Prefer Brown, McLouth and Wells over him in a vacuum even with positions factored in. I’m playing Hamels no matter what. His start on Saturday was very unlucky, a lot of weak hit flares and dribblers. Definitely like Wacha over Kendrick.

  5. G Penny says:
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    I didn’t want to do it because I always liked the idea of a catcher who would put up a solid average, but I finally worked up the courage to drop Sal Perez. He just didn’t do much of anything else! Anyway, so far the experiment is going well: I rode the Doumit express for a hot weekend, and now I am going to start Monday with Lucroy in there for the week.

    I hope Sal and his family are recovering from their loss, but I’m on a hot schmotato bender behind the plate for the time being to try and fend off any further losses on my end.

    Weeee!

    PS – In my other ten team H2H league, I’m carrying both Uggla and recent pickup Neil Walker for MI slot. League counts AVG and OPS. Any problem dropping Uggs and going with Walker for the ROS? Or do I have it backwards?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @G Penny: Streaming the hot catcher wooooo! Lucroy shoulda had a grand salami yesterday too, but got overturned. I don’t think either way is backwards, they’re pretty close, I would probably ride out Uggla just because his OBP will be respectable even though he’ll hit .210-.220 but he’ll do so much better power wise.

  6. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Who wins in a fist fight: Capozzi or Sky?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I’ll take Capozzi, he has to fight against bears, mounties, glaciers, etc. Lots of experience

  7. Jason says:
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    Moore and wacha or Felix.

    Which side you taking ROS? It’s in a keeper where my current keepers are Braun votto longo stras and verlander. I was debating keeping Moore over verlander going into next season.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jason: How many keepers can you keep? I’m guessing 5 since you listed 5, I mean, I think I keep Verlander still and hold out on that deal just because I think Verlander is still the best keeper. Then what will you go keeper wise? You’d have to pick between Felix/Stras/Verlander. It’d be like the Sophie’s Choice of aces haha.

  8. malamoney says:
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    Lucroy of Castro in a H2H points league?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @malamoney: Lucroy of Castro sounds like a royal in 16th century southern France. Haha. I’m guessing Jason Castro, I go Lucroy over him.

  9. Angels in the outfield says:
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    Drop rickie weeks for the rangers jurickson profar? How much longer is Kinsler on DL for? I could see him having some good hits vs Boston in the early weeks matchup. Or drop weeks for Mitch Moreland, and stick Moreland at utility?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Angels in the outfield: Kinsler sounds like he’ll be on the DL at least 3 more weeks. I think I would Profar over Weeks, then whoever is hot when Kinsler is back. Weeks is getting benched a ton. If no positional caveats necessary, like Moreland the most.

  10. Field of Cream on the Cob says:
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    Start J. Profar, Mitch Moreland, or Matt Carp.? For my utility spot this week

  11. Morning wood says:
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    Which brewer do you like this week & ROS? I’m liking Lucroy alot, should I add him? I have an extra roster spot available & wouldn’t have to drop anyone

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Morning wood: Well I still like Braun obviously ROS, I think Segura is for real too. Definitely would add Lucroy unless I had a top 5-ish catcher and didn’t want to hold two. With an extra roster spot you’re not using for pitcher streaming, definitely nab him.

  12. Jake the Snake says:
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    Is Puig really worth an add ? Or should I pass ? I’m currently in 5th place out of 8 teams, & sitting at 4-5 on the season & could use a spark.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Jake the Snake: I think so. .250 power/speed combo. Crawford is always hurt, Ethier always can’t hit lefties, and Kemp is on the DL for a while. He’ll get playing time unless he can’t keep his average around .230.

  13. The Fan says:
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    Wacha or Grienke for this week? Keep wacha for ROS ?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @The Fan: I think Greinke bounces it back this week, sticking with him. But I think you keep Wacha unless he implodes.

      • The Fan says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        Do you also like Hamels to bounce back vs Miami this week? It’s a tough spot for me, I want to start all three but I just have one spot I’m playing around with. I’m not benching Jordan Zimmerman or Matt Harvey. My RP are really solid ; have Kimbrel & Shelby miller(miller has the SP/RP tag so I’m able to start him here)

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @The Fan: Yea Hamels was unfortunate in that big inning vs. my Brewers, a lot of lucky hits. I like Hamels over Wacha and Greinke.

  14. Shawn.M. says:
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    I’m going 2 post my lineup before asking the Q. Russell Martin, Prince Fielder, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Neil Walker, Torii hunter, coco crisp, shin-soo choo, Cuddyer, joe mauer, Adam Dunn

    Pitchers c. Lee, masteson, Lester, Scott Feldman , Guthrie, aj Burnett , Kuroda.

    Was thinking of dropping Dunn for either David Freese, Kendrys Morales, Puig , Mitch Moreland or Alfonso soriano- which route would you do?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Shawn.M.: Conservatively I think Moreland has the best season. But Puig with the power/speed combo has a lot of upside. I think I grab Puig and if he starts out on fire might be a good guy to get a big trade for.

  15. Bobby's world says:
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    Would I regret dropping Ike Davis for Puig? If I do this I’m starting Puig for the week to see if I catch lightning in a bottle

    • Bobby's world says:
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      @Bobby’s world:

      By sitting Jason Hayward . Or keep Puig on the bench? My utility is Moreland

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Bobby’s world: I’d take a shot on Puig, if it’s not too late!

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