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They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. This might actually apply here for my column name change. Last year, Sky put up a stellar Creeper of the Week every week, something I am still striving to live up to. But now I have my new feathered haircut, my acid washed Levi’s, seat covers for my El Camino… all these things have given me a different look, but underneath, I was still the same. The haircut scored me no brownie points with the ladies, the jeans made it look like I was wearing girls pants, and the seat covers were to cover up a cheap whiskey and firecracker incident… don’t ask. This isn’t like when they introduced New Coke, which I loved because I was a Pepsi drinker (the formula is the same, it just has my name inserted in a nothing kind of way). So in case this made no sense, I am still writing the Creeper of the Week, it’s just under a new title.

I was really hot on Norichika Aoki coming into the 2014 season. I drafted him all over the place, as I, like many, was expecting the Kansas City Royals offense to continue ascending up the ladder of feared offensive teams. So far this year, they have been a little bit of a bust. Their team batting average sits at .250, which isn’t bad, but after that, it becomes a joke. They are last in HR’s with 5, 4th worst in runs at 52,  dead last in total bases at 171, 4th worst in RBI’s at 50, and ranked 23rd overall in OBP. To put a little perspective out there with how bad it’s been, five players have more home runs than the Royals and seven players have the same number of home runs. Now before I go too far off the deep end, they weren’t a big home run hitting team last year and don’t play in a home run hitters park (22nd ranked in 2013 and 16th in 2012). On the other side of it, the ballpark was near the top in runs, hits, doubles, and triples in 2013. But what does that have to do with Aoki this week? Hey! Get out of my post random italicized voice, get back over to Grey’s place, I don’t want him thinking you’re cheating on him. Sorry Grey, won’t happen again. The takeaway here is the Royals don’t play at home this coming week *pops the champagne*.

Enough about the Royals and their woe’s, I need to focus on Jack’s Hit of the Week. Norichika Aoki was a real solid contributor with the brew crew the last two years, with averages of 80 runs, 25 stolen bases, .287 batting average, and a .355 OBP. The move to Kansas City and the lead-off position should have only made those runs grow. Consider this for a minute:  Alex Gordon, while batting lead-off and getting a minimum of 700 AB’s the last two years, averaged 91.5 runs, 10.5 SB, .280 batting average, and a .348 OBP.  Hunh, this is starting to sound like a post about why you should own him, and I guess it kinda is because you should. He has been pretty blah to start the season, and his teammates are not doing their job of knocking him in. Since he was benched the other day, he has come out on fire and is looking like life has been injected back into his game. In the three games since, he has 5 hits, 4 runs, and 2 stolen bases.

He opens this week facing the Indians and their rotation of early season hot garbage that has been passing out runs like candy out of a pinata. Oh, and they are all right-handers too… bonus points for the lefty hitter. When it comes to his speed, I decided to look at the Mike and Rudy SB vs. SP Tool, which I hear still needs an official name. Please post suggestions in the comments and I will pass them on.  I’ll call it the SAGNOFicator-Bot for now. Three of the four starters he faces have ‘blah numbers’ in allowing bags, so I could see him picking up a couple in the series. After that four game set he moves on to Baltimore to face two more righties in his three games, and gets put in a park that might help unleash the dormant power of the hitters behind him and we can start seeing some of those 90 runs I’m counting on this year.  He’s the 59th rated player for the coming week on the Hitter Tron, and I feel he’s ready to be put back into starting lineups where he belongs. If he was dropped by some hasty owner, you better grab him and if he has been your starter then you can set it and forget it because it’s showtime!

Others under consideration:  Justin Morneau, Xander Bogaerts, JJ Hardy, DJ LeMahieu

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  1. Matt says:
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    I have Seager, and a guy dropped Bonifacio. I have Yelich, Rajai and Pagan — I use Yelich vs. R, Rajai vs. L. Cant decide who to drop for Boni. Please help

    Thanks

    • The Louisville Slugger says:
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      @Matt: I’d drop Raj Davis. Seager is probably worth hanging onto awhile longer to see if he breaks out of his funk. Boni will make up for the steals lost. I think its safe to say Davis is going to hit over .300 all season.

      • The Louisville Slugger says:
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        @The Louisville Slugger: excuse my typo gentlemen. Isn’t** not is going to.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Matt: Pagan, he won’t stay healthy

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: accidental sarcasm RE: raj hitting .300 clearly understood. otherwise known as sarcasm.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: or typo.

  2. Shitty Billy Butler says:
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    I own Sal Perez, Eric Hosmer, and Nori Aoki. Needless to say, this start has been awfully uninspiring by the Royals. But have to keep in mind in these times of panic, it’s early!

    • The Louisville Slugger says:
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      @Shitty Billy Butler: I’d hang with Hosmer and Sal. I think it’s safe to say you could probably find better on the wire for Aoki. OF is deep.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shitty Billy Butler: the Royals have been offensively terrible but it’s so early we can’t be sure what half these guys are going to be.

  3. Jack says:
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    My first visit to what was formally called Creeper of the Week. Is the idea of this column to present a hitter that can be streamed for the next week?

    • Kid A says:
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      @Jack:

      Glitch in the Matrix!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: I took the green pill

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jack: I’ll own it, I whoopsed this week. It will be back to normal next week. I shouldn’t try contemplating this whole Easter thing, here is some holiday viewing for you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_Ibn0WrosM

  4. Travis says:
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    Good rundown, made me relook aoki…. Eyeballing him, Eric Young Jr, and Ozuna…. Who you like best of those 3?

    • The Louisville Slugger says:
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      @Travis: The Great & Powerful Oz

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Travis: long term, Aoki, Young, Ozuna

      • Battle of the Sleepers says:
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        @J-FOH: add Yelich to the mix, where’s he come in?

          • Papajeansegura says:
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            @J-FOH: not high on Ozuna? I was prob gonna pick up EYJ for him. Or was gonna drop Hector Rondon or Marco Estrada, who I was streaming, but now am considering holding. What would you do ,if you were me?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Papajeansegura: depends on need, if you need saves hold Rondon as Chicago pen gets figured out, I like Ozuna but I like EYJ more because of the speed

  5. Roland Deschain says:
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    Which starter would feel more comfortable keeping on your team for the ROS…Lance Lynn or Jered Weaver? I can only keep one.

  6. Ryan says:
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    Who would would you rather have in a dynasty league…Simmons Stanton or fielder profar?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ryan: Simmons/Stanton

  7. Eddy says:
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    What’s the cutoff for Hit of the Week? 50% owned?

    I know in Yahoo he’s at 59%, which is much lower than I thought, but I still a bit high for this column, no? Either way, appreciate the work, going to peep Mourneau for this upcoming week!

  8. Nicholas Pieroni says:
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    Trade got vetoed in my league. I gave Braun, Trumbo, Cingrani and Soria for McCutchen, Votto, and Chapman. Points league HR are worth 8 points. Do you guys think it should have been vetoed? Thanks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nicholas Pieroni: looked fine to me. Was it vetoed by the commish or the members?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: i’d be curious as to which side was being claimed to be unfair (better) side.

      • Nicholas Pieroni says:
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        @J-FOH: Commish and other league mates. 5 votes to veto. Thought the cutch side was to generous for Braun and crap as they put it. Team owner trading Cutch side doesn’t know what hes doing. Etc, Etc. PLus I won the league last year. I think that may have something to do with it.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Nicholas Pieroni: yep, you winning is the real reason. haterism. 95% of these vetoes are due to teams being jealous, sometimes they’ll call it “unbalanced” or “unfair”, but when you really question them about it you’ll find out it’s really about they’re just mad it’s not their team getting whichever side is better in their minds. It’s like if every time a pretty woman gets married every one of these douchebag vetoers would get up and protest the wedding. Only difference is it’s a social stigma to stop a wedding just due to jealousy. But in fantasy sports a lot of people show just who they are.

  9. Anthony says:
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    My Kershaw, Tim Hudson, and Jason Vargas for Wheeler, Minor, and Price? It’s a really deep league with a bare waivers..good return for Kershaw? Thanks man!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Anthony: Nah, I don’t love it

  10. OutofStep13 says:
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    I currently have Aoki in my bench spot as my backup outfielder. My 3 starters are Alex Rios, Jason Heyward, and Desmond Jennings. Alfonso Soriano cleared waivers and has been a FA for a few days now, should I drop Aoki and pick him up?

  11. Chad Bowling says:
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    Traded Howie Kendrick (2B) for Aoki. Smart Move? I have Cano at 2B, so he sits my bench.

  12. Russell James says:
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    What do you think of Kendrick, I picked him up after three weeks of watching Datbum Phillips shit the bed.

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