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I didn’t think this was going to turn into my ode to the Beastie Boys this week, but as fate would have it, it did. Brock Holt has been a beast(ie) of late, but his ownership has barely budged (6.8%). This rap of nonsense has nothing to do with Mr. Holt, but the title worked for me. I’ll be honest, the creative juices are a little low over here. Have you heard some of these lyrics – “beer drinking, breath stinking, sniffing glue, belly fullin’ always illin’ , bustin’ caps” Huh? What? Maybe it isn’t that far off because Brock Holt doesn’t make sense to a lot of people either. But what does make sense is you need to hold on to Holt if you own him and grab him if you don’t. In a league I’m in with our resident Orgeonian Sky, he quickly scooped up Brock to fill in for the injured Nolan Arenado two weeks ago, and I thought he was a puffing penguin. When I saw this I was head scratchin’ a little bit. Who is this Holt kid? Why hasn’t he been plastered all over the place like every other Red Sox prospect that has a sliver of talent? Why do I ask myself all these questions?

Unlike Will MENDOZAbrooks, Brock “The Rock” Holt has been very useful and I think he has logged enough quality games to merit consideration for 12 team leagues. Since being re-called on May 18th, he only has 4 games without a hit, 7 multi-hit contests, 10 extra base hits and 2 stolen bases. His wOBA sits at a very nice .351, bating average at .314, OBP at .357, and has solidified the top of the Red Sox order. The return of Stephen Drew hasn’t effected him but the return of Mike Napoli will. With Napoli due to come off the DL on Sunday he will take back 1st base and leave Holt as a man without position. The other thing that hurts him is Xander BOREgaerts has returned to being the Xander Bogaerts many drafted him with dreams of unicorn stats and Leprechaun gold. Then why make him your creeper J-FOH? That’s a good question diligent commenter. The reports I’ve read out of Boston have him moving to the outfield because they don’t want to lose his bat. I talked on the phone with the Guru, Razzball’s resident Red Sox reporter, and he confirmed that Farrell had talked to Holt about this last week and with the rest of the OF is hitting .200 it’s looking good for the Rock. Thank you my turban wearing fantasy sports and musical contemporary.  So while others will be dropping him, you should be scooping him up because he ain’t going nowhere. When Shane Victorino returns there will be a log jam, but I’m not worried about that right now. The guy will continue to bat lead-off, and unless John Farrell goes all platoony tunes, Holt should stay. I get this is a bit of a reach but when you have a bat this solid hitting atop of the Red Sox lineup with their second best power hitter returning, you want to ride that wave. This is a gut call for me, for I have a strange affinity for lead-off men, see: Calhoun, Kole. But if he stays like they say, this will be a great score for those that can grab him.

Brock isn’t getting much love from the Hitter-Tron this week, 24th rated and a $6.9 play. I’m not sure I can trust everything he’s selling. Word on the street is he hooked up with a rusted out Maytag and has been on a cycle of antibiotics the last couple of days.  When I pick my Creeper’s I always like to have a player that gets a full week and this week Brock get’s 7 days of games. He starts the week at Baltimore facing Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman. He has hits against Tillman and Norris and has hit .429 against the O’s in his short career. Then he gets to travel home with a four game set against the Indians. On the year he hit .361 at home and even though he get’s four right-handers, .263 average, it’s hard to argue with the hot hand at home. For you ESPN players he’s only 3rd base eligible, but if you’re playing in a Yahoo league, he’s got 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base eligibility. I liken him to Yangervis Solarte, with the power swapped out for speed. In the minors this year he snagged 7 bags in only 27 games, and is primed to start running. The K-rate, 19.8%, is way above his norm, so as he adjusts more, that should come back down. If you’re an ESPN player, he’s a nice fill in at CI or Util. For the Yahoo’ers, he’s 1B, 2nd, and 3rd eligible, and can help Aaron Hill and Emilio Bonafacio owners deal with the Gyorkian slumps they are in right now.

Last week’s Creeper Josh Willingham has turned into more than a Zombtato with his ownership in ESPN shooting up from 4.8 to 68.1 percent! It was a great kickoff in my return to the Creeper title. This week, I also like Danny Santana (0.5%) for some SAGNOF and average boost with a week away from Target Field. The Hitter-Tron likes Andre Ethier (11%) and his blah-tastic bat. Roghned Odor (2.7%) gets 5 right-handers, and has been on a little roll lately. Drew Stubbs (4.4%) may get an uptick in playing time with Michael Cuddyer‘s mystery injury. Tommy La Stella (4.8%) is just flat out hitting, and I love Junior Lake (5.6%) every week if he plays.

 

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  1. Mello Yello says:
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    Yeah…hey man not every word of the Beatles made sense either, and that seems to be working out…

    “You say eff that, yo homes eff this. I’m the King Ad-Ram and you’re Dick Butkus”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mello Yello: good point, I’ll add to it and say the Beatles are really over rated too

      • anchovies says:
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        @J-FOH:
        i couldn’t agree more.

  2. AJ says:
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    I was very sad to see Holt go as a Pirate fan. I urged them (in my head, of course) to give him more of an opportunity to solidify a role with the big league team, even if it were just to have ANYONE on base after the heart of the order. But alas, they tack him onto a deal and ship him away before giving him a real chance. I’m probably one of the only ones not surprised to see him doing well in Boston. With that said, even my optimistic ass doesn’t believe he’ll continue at the pace he’s been on. Left field would be a nice spot to park him until it’s known exactly what he can and can’t do as a big league hitter though.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @AJ: It’s always hard when your team ship out promising talent when they haven’t won anything in a while. I watched my Dodgers dump all their prospects during the McCourt era so they wouldn’t have to pay the guys they traded for. His BABIP isn’t out of control if you look at his career numbers

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: Please thank McCourt for Carlos Santana in exchange for Casey Blake.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: shut up Gareth

  3. Maxi says:
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    you like brock holt over josh harrison in a 12-team OBP and SLG league?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Maxi: Yup, and with the pending promotion of Polanco I would go Holt

      BTW, nice call on Choice this past Thursday for DraftKings

      • Maxi says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah, i was considering picking up Mercer instead of holt to platoon with andrelton simmons, but I need runs right now and he’s a better bet batting leadoff

        Thanks! choice was money, but too bad Cruz’s goose egg and Wacha’s dud lost it for me :( …I swear I’ve yet to start Cruz on a day that he’s hit a jack, which is pretty incredible given that he’s the HR leader

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Maxi: I’m in the same boat with Cruz too. I screwed up. I did my lineups early because I knew I wouldn’t be home til late that day and missed on all the COL ARZ bats. You could say I made a sizeable charitable donation to DraftKings on Thursday

  4. Max says:
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    8 team roto, 1850 innings cap, k/9 league. Want to move on from Estrada. Who do you like the best on the wire? Hughes, Roark, Vogelsong, Hutchinson, Bauer, Stroman, gausman, Archer, Hudson(just bc its a k/9 league), milone. If you pick Hudson can you give me a runner up please. Thanks in advance

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Max: Archer, most are guys you start every 3 out of 4. If you have the patience… Bauer, Gauman, and Stroman have better upside but they are probably start every 2 out of 4. Is heaney available?

      • Max says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks for the advice. Heaney is available. I also have keuchal and Pomeranz at the end of my rotation if you like anybody on the wire better than them

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Max: Nah, honestly i like taking risks and I would stash heaney for the week and see if he gets the call

  5. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I love the idea of moving him to the outfield and keeping the bat in the lineup. Too bad it’s going to probably be in left, because JBJ sucks and they need a better CF option.

    Even when Napoli and Victorino come back I wouldn’t be shocked to see Farrell platoon Holt all over the field. In a perfect world Stephen Drew is swallowed by one of those things from Tremors and disappears off the face of the earth for eternity.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I love your perfect world. The kid can hit and that’s something Boston has not done well this year.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: no it’s probably their biggest issue. No it is their biggest issue.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Sucks is kinda harsh…I prefer “light-hitting”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mello Yello: hitting incapable? hitting indifferent? Battyblah? offensively opposed?

    • AJ says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: @Ralph Lifshitz: Betts in center? I drafted him in a dynasty league before the year, so I’m dying to get him up lol. But unless he can learn CF in a week’s time I bet it’ll be awhile.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @AJ: I bet he’s August call up. Pun Point! With the stupid wild card system you can suck it for four months and still make the playoffs. No reason for the Sox to hit the panic button

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: If he’s called up after they expand the roster he’ll play 5-10 games max. I think Betts will be up June 2015 call up.

          Bradley makes me nuts. He k’s a ton and there’s nothing he brings offensively outside some walks. He doesn’t run enough, isn’t a good contact hitter and has very little power. His defense is great, but so was Darren Lewis’. Actually Lewis was better offensively. JBJ is like Herm Winningham.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: I was being kinda sarcastic. I didn’t watch baseball then but have never heard of him

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @J-FOH: Damn you J-FOH and your sarcastic ways!

              • Mello Yello says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Dude Darren Lewis was the shizz

  6. Mello Yello says:
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    Okay…amazing defense, that’s why he’s going nowhere

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mello Yello: if that works for you

  7. The Guru

    The Guru says:
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    Holt starting in left tonight. Long live the CREEPER!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Guru: For today I’m not a dumbass, did you see your photo in the article?

  8. gareth says:
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    I’m not a fan of Texas by any stretch but this injury thing with them is pretty awful. They just lost Moreland for three months and now odor just hurt himself in the most innocuous play you’ll ever see.

    That’s like the 20th guy they’ve lost. The A’s and Angels obviously benefit significantly from their snakebitten season.

    • AJ says:
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      @gareth: it’s karma for taking on Prince’s contract. But what’s more impressive is that they aren’t 15 games below .500

      • gareth says:
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        @AJ: Everything is bigger in Texas.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: it’s brutal for them. I would like to se the Astros sneak up and wreck havoc on the A’s and Angels

  9. gareth says:
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    Nice mention of Danny Santana j-foh. Hes a nice creeper at the middling middle infield positions if you need runs, steals and average. Someone just scooped him up in my league.

    • AJ says:
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      @gareth: isn’t he like a career .274 hitter in the minors? I think I remember reading that. I’d probably ride out the hot streak if I had an obvious drop candidate, though. Anyone know more about him? Just curious if the unimpressive minor league numbers have any bright side to point towards continued production.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: he’s beenhot and batting lead off in Minnesota, with Oswaldo and Hammy coming back that could be a nice play for a while.

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Of Santana
        2b dozier
        Of Arcia
        1b Mauer
        Of Willingham
        Dh Morales
        3b plouffe
        C pinto / suzuki
        ss Escobar / nunez

        First Houston, now the Twins.

        What is it with these terrible offenses suddenly becoming respectable? Way to streaming more complicated basement dwellers!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: shit happens

  10. gareth says:
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    Kendrys Morales signs with the twins under the condition he gets put immediately on the major league ballclub without a spring training to recondition himself.

    With this news, Jon singleton or kendrys Morales?

    HAHAHAHAHA

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: it’s close but I like Singleton….barely

  11. Chris says:
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    Good stuff J-Foh

    Is Locke a good pickup or is he going to get sent down again soon?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris: Nah, he’s a streamer

  12. Pat says:
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    Who do you like better ROS Aaron Hill or Neil Walker?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Pat: hill

  13. Chris says:
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    Thanks for the reponse! Start one this week: 5×5 head to head

    Lincecum home agianst Col
    Deduno @ det
    Whitley@seattle
    Roberto Hernandez home against Chicago

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chris: lincecum for the K’s

  14. Leifer maddness says:
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    so im having trouble deciding who to grab between brock holt and danny santana?? whats your thoughts?? they seem very simler but who will have better production and playing time??? ros can either maintain such a high average? thanks

  15. Basement Artie says:
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    Regarding Michael Morse not rounding the bases after hitting the game winning home run vs the Mets and driving in Hunter Pence with the winning run: Really, is it too much to ask these guys to round the bases? I mean, mob the guy at home, not at first! Don’t they realize I need counting stats? Geez!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: true, but really, why does anybody, on any homer, have to round the bases, the hit itself negated any need for that.

        • AJ says:
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          @goodfold2: Sure it’s in part ceremonial, but a run should be scored. You should have to (and do have to) touch each base legally and unassisted for the run to count. I get what you’re saying, but just as a triple is 3 bags, a homer is four. The only difference is that the hitter gets to sit down after.

  16. Mello Yello says:
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    Brock Holt…that’s what’s happenin’ cap’n

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mello Yello: I’VE BEEN MAKING THRUSTING MOTIONS AT MY COMPUTER ALL NIGHT!!!!!!!

  17. Jay says:
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    Pick up Brock holt with his bolt of a bat to my lineup to bench dee Gordon?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jay: as long as you dont drop Dee then do it

  18. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Hey sir! Great read, love Willingham, hes that hamma!

    I’ve got a trade offered to me right now and its highly tempting..

    TEAM A
    Miguel Cabrera
    Mat Latos

    TEAM B
    Evan Longoria
    Shin Soo Choo
    Elvis Andrus
    John Lester

    Which side are you interested in?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jayrod Ceol: Longo side, i usually prefer the best player but Latos scares me

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