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Cameron Maybin has been one of the most frustrating and intriguing players to watch over the last eight years. After flying through Detroit’s system just under two years, he made his first appearance in 2007 with lackluster results. Following that 2007 season, he was the centerpiece, along with Andrew Miller, in the Miguel Cabrera deal between the Marlins and the Tigers. He opened the 2008 season with the Marlins AA team and put together his best season to date, when in 459 AB’s, he gave us a line of 73/13/49/21/.277. He followed that with a September call up where he stole 4 bags and scored 9 runs in 32 PA’s. I remember being disappointed in 2009, when after that great call-up, he was set to start the year in AAA and we all had to wait to add him when he got the call. At the time I didn’t know SAGNOF yet, but I was playing it. Always searching for the cheap SB’s or anyone playing against Chris Young when he was on the Padres. For those that forgot, in 2006 and 2007, Chris Young gave up 41 and 44 SB’s respectively, which averaged out to about one every four innings. YIKES! Sorry, back to Maybin. After that, it was just one long roller coaster of solid minor league performance followed by MLB disappointment until a trade that put him in a San Diego uniform, with a chance to start over.

2011 was his best pro-season, when he scored 82 runs, stole 40 bags, and had 41 XBH in 137 games. What a steal he was that year! Pun point! He battled small injuries, but for the most part was able to put up back-to-back 140 game seasons. Last year, he was limited to 14 games as he battled knee and wrist issues, and was lost for the season. Since joining the Padres this year on April 27th, he’s batted .361 with 5 runs, 5 doubles and a stolen base. Unfortunately, he has spent all of this season in a pitcher’s park, and the Padres have been offensively asleep for most of that.

When I seek out my hitters of the week, I like to find guys with good match-ups and playing in favorable parks. We need to take advantage of the circumstances. This week, Cameron Maybin gets a sink or swim test, as he gets to travel to Cincinnati and Colorado for 6 games starting on Tuesday. These two parks are ranked 1st and 3rd respectively for home runs, and what else do we need to know….right? Cool, I’ll see you all next week…

I keed I keed. He has no history with Mike Leake or Alfredo Simon, but I’m not too worried about that. Bottom line is, he’s been hitting well and a streak is a streak. The other Cincy pitcher he gets is Johnny Cueto, who has been a stud so far this year, but will likely see that 0.134 ERA rise up to his norm at some point. Maybin has hit .444 with a home run in the couple of games he’s faced him. The sample size is small, (that’s what she said), but I like the hot hitting Maybin to continue his comeback in the mini-park in the city that used to be called Porkopolis. Excuse me for a minute, but really? I’m calling for a name change, even though I don’t live in Ohio. Can you imagine the T-shirts, Porkopolis is for lovers, I had my heart attack in Porkopolis, Porkopolis or bust, and I went to Porkopolis and all I got was lousy artery blockage. The real meat of the week for Maybin is his trip to Coors. He’s Bichetter in the thin air! Lifetime he’s batted .320 with 4 HR’s in 24 games. That is the most home runs for him at any away ballpark. When you have a player that is a 10 HR guy, you want as many of those you can get, and this is the week where opportunity outweighs pessimism.

He’s in his age 27 year, which is a favorite urban basement legend, and is regularly hitting doubles. He’s doing this while having a higher than usual GB rate and a very low LD rate. Those numbers should start to come up, and that only means more doubles shouldn’t be out of the question. His speed helps him turn well placed hits into stand-up doubles, and leaves him in scoring position. I don’t think it would be out of the question to see 6 runs, 1 HR, 2 SB, and and a happy owner at the end of the week. With the rash of injuries right now I know a lot of you are looking for help while we wait for our “studs” to come back and are having to resort to batty calls to get us through these difficult times.

Others under consideration: Drew Stubbs, Gerardo Parra, Corey Dickerson, C.J. Cron, Chris Denorfia, Denard Span, Carlos Quentin(if off the DL)

  1. royce! says:
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    Howdy, Jack!

    In a 14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH (thereby increasing power and OBP players) would you drop Fowler for Maybin? Maybin has been sitting on the wire and I feel like he should be owned, but Fowler seems to be Maybin minus some steals and plus some OBP, ie, kind of a wash…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: what up royce!

      I’m not a fowler guy an it sounds like you have a streamer spot there. I’d grab maybin over Fowler for the week. With you being in San Diego this should be fun for you. I used to play an XBH league and I know how important doubles hitters are for you.

  2. kangaroo hops says:
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    Hi JFOH! In a dynasty points league, which side do you prefer: Homer Bailey + Ian Desmond for Dee Gordon/Frieri.

    Thanks! I’m having a hard time valuing Gordon…

  3. malamoney says:
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    In order to pick up Montero I’d need to drop one of Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri or Melancon. I also have Street. We start only 2 RP, but given those 3, who knows which one is startable.

    Also not sure if Montero crack my lineup behind Felix, Strasburd, Greinke, Gerrit, Gray, Anibal and Stroman when we only start 4.

    I could drop Khris Davis who is now behind Braun, Cespedes, Gordon, Bruce, Kemp, Springer, Moss and Prado.

    Thoughts?

    • kangaroo hops says:
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      @malamoney: I would drop Prado or Davis, I suppose.

      • malamoney says:
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        @kangaroo hops: Definitely not Prado. Despite his slow start, his position eligibility is helpful.

        Any other opinions?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @malamoney: Davis can go. Frieri is a mess, any of Allen or Shaw available?

      • malamoney says:
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        @J-FOH: Would you drop Davis to grab Montero or are you just saying Davis can go? Do you like his upside? And by Montero I mean Rafael.

        Shaw and Allen are available, but I don’t want any of them. I think the closer to have for Anaheim is Frieri, but he’s not reliable right now. I just wish I knew if Melancon will keep the job.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @malamoney: I think Grilli gets it back upon his return but will then lose it again to Melancon. I’ve watched frieri this year more than any other closer and he’s a mess. The hits you will take to your ratios will out weigh your gains. Smith has been a solid bullpen arm since his days with the Mets. I think he holds the job the rest of the way with Frieri getting the occasional vulture save.

          Montero is solid and I like the upside of Davis but he’s turning into a guy you might be able to drop and pick back up later if he gets hot. The BA is horrid and the K rate is ridiculous. That being said i would bench Davis and pass on Montero until he starts and see how it goes. 3 of his first 4 starts are not favorable.

          • malamoney says:
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            @J-FOH: The problem is someone in my league is going to pick him up the minute CBS announces his arrival.

            I’m not sure Davis will turn it around far enough to crack my starting 4.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @malamoney: that might help you if he gets blown up. If/when Davis gets hot he can be plugged in

  4. Chicagifornia says:
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    Which side: Francisco Liriano for Christian Yelich?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Chicagifornia: I like Yelich long term but think Liriano is better than what he’s done. That being said pitching is deep so I’d take Yellich

      • Chicagifornia says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I could also offer Kluber or Tillman

  5. Phenomenot says:
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    I just got crush back off the dl and have to drop one of:

    Chris young (of) Lorenzo cain, maybin, Dickerson.

    My of is hurting.

  6. Kid A says:
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    I’m going to ask you a pitcher question and want you to answer me as fast as you can.

    Without thinking. Like a muscle memory reflexive kind of thing.

    READY…
    STEADY…
    GO!!!

    R.A. Dickey or Jon Lester?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: have a happy mother’s day

    • de nachos says:
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      @Kid A: “ready steady go” how Anglophile of you, no wonder you don’t get upset when Tehol and his merry band call you a British cigarette, good on ya, Bob’s your uncle.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @de nachos: I never thought of Kid A sounding like a Limey

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @J-FOH: lester.

  7. gareth says:
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    Sit or start tim Hudson @ the Dodgers versus Clayton Kershaw?

    I know he’s been money so far but that matchup is tough and I feel a stat correction coming. I’m also racking up the starts in a league with a games started limit.

    Thoughts?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: Dodgers are primed for an offensive blow up. If you are way over game starts then I’d sit him.

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: was my thoughts too. Thanks jack!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: Meow!

  8. Maxi says:
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    do you like Maybin over Aoki or Lorenzo Cain?? …currently starting 2 KC OFs alongside Cespedes with Bruce, Braun, Calhoun and Avisail all DL’d

    Dickerson/Stubbs are also on my list to pick up, but i dont know who to go with. the rockies are blowing my mind this year.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Maxi: I’m not a Cain fan. Stubbs/Dickerson are also great options. It’s really a daily matchups thing for me. Is this a keeper league?

      • Maxi says:
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        @J-FOH: Yes, 12 team keeper league, 2 NA spots…its daily lineup

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Maxi: I thought so with garcia stashed. who do you have stashed in your NA?

          • Maxi says:
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            @J-FOH: Maikel Franco and Addison Russell (homer stash, can’t let him go to anybody else). My keepers (5 total) atm are Cole, Gray, Cespedes, Garcia, and I also have Stroman on the bench, although he got lit up today.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Maxi: I have mixed feelings on Rusell but like the Franco stash.

              • Maxi says:
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                @J-FOH: Yeah im almost 100% sure Russell’s not gonna get called up this year, but I’m afraid to drop him until something better comes along. deep keeper league, people have been sitting on all the prospects :(

                what do you think about picking up Carlos Quentin this week? he hit a HR in his rehab game today

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Maxi: if he returns for the series at Colorado I would batty call him

  9. Chris Davis or Prince Fielder for MadBum? H2h points league,10 teams…..i already have Abreu at first and Big Papi at Utility
    Rest of my staff —>fernandez ,ryu minor, iwakuma ,cueto ,pineda ,wood ,fister ,peralta and niese.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @baby daddy: I would try to move Papi

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: I don’t like Swisher or Grandy at this point. you would be better off using those spots for batty calls and hot schomatos. Dickerson, Maybin, Span are three i saw. You can also dump Ramos. You have Santana, I saw that Garrett Richards was available as well as Wade Davis. Davis is pitching great and will help your K/9 and your ratios. You just need to committ yourself to batty calls and sometimes they can come from hitter tron or going with the stack philosophy you will see matchups that are favorable to them based on the starters they are facing and park factors.

  10. Suessmanzada says:
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    love your post, hard to disagree, the stats are there. i have a question though.

    i could go with Maybin, Gerrado Parra, Matt Joyce, Seth Smith or Dexter Fowler this week.

    Weekly Lock, points league. You still say Maybin.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Suessmanzada: tough call, parra hit another HR today but next week he gets Zimmerman, Strausburg, Fister, Greinke, Kershaw, and Haren. He does have favorable numbers vs. a lot of these arms but I still like Maybin better.

  11. gareth says:
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    Xander bogaerts is killing me right now.

    Maybe he can take the form of a good hitter sometime or just be done with it and move to Florida to get himself locked into a cabinet at universal Orlando.

    I should have known better. Hes been a non factor since Buffy the vampire slayer ended.

    Hes the worst x-man since vinny jones played juggernaut in x-men: last stand.

    Actually, I should enlist vinny jones to revive bogaerts for me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3720oLH1ks

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: Ha! nice video. Xander is not good.

  12. Ron says:
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    2 questions for two different leagues that could very well decide my fantasy future(kinda):

    1) Lost Laroche to the DL monster – Pickup Cain, Maybin or Stubbs in Roto OBP league?

    2) Just got offered Beltran for Frieri in a daily points league and my only other closers are Balfour and Melancon. Take it or Leave it?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ron: @Ron:

      1) is Cron available?

      2) Beltran

      • Ron says:
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        @J-FOH: Cron is taken. I’m looking for a fill-in for a Util spot.

        Here are all the best avail: Revere, Olt, Venable, De Aza, Middlebrooks, Crawford, Hardy, Cain, Maybin, Stubbs .

        Who you take out of this bunch in OBP league?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ron: I like Revere for now

  13. [will work for saves] says:
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    I read this.

  14. Yu yu says:
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    Tough one for me

    Pick 2 of three for ROS

    Dickerson
    Middlebrooks
    Ozuna

    Is Allen going to get the closer role, when and will it be ROS

    Thanks

    Really value your perspective

  15. J-FOH says:
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    Ozuna, Middlebrooks

    After today I’m 75% SURE Allen gets it.

  16. Eric Nosebar says:
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    Looking for a bat for next week in my Weekly H2H pts format. Options include Stubbs (faces 3 lefties but only 5 games). Byrd (also only 5 games). Akcides (6 games) DeJesus (7 games, 5 RHP), or Krispy Young who does have 7 games but seems to be cooling considerably. Yan Gomes and Pierzynski also out there. What’s my best bet J-Foh?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eric Nosebar: I like Alcides and so does the Guru

      Yan for your catcher

  17. Eric Nosebar says:
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    Just realized Solarte with 7 games – all against RHP is also an option. Him, Alcides or Gomes for my UTIL slot?

  18. Jay says:
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    You taking maybin over aoki?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jay: nope

  19. J-FOH says:
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    Alcides for speed. Solarte for counting stats

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    urban basement legend is good stuff.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @goodfold2: thank you…..im glad someone noticed

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