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As I was flipping through my records the other day I came across my 45 of Devo’s Working in a Coal Mine. Originally a hit by Lee Dorsey, it was covered by the men in the funny hats and was a very popular song off the Heavy Metal soundtrack. For those that don’t know what Heavy Metal is you can look here. I would like to put up the trailer but it’s a NSFW kinda thing. Listening to this song reminded me of a guy that got lost in this seasons pool of injuries. Kole Calhoun is due back this week, most likely Tueday, and his ownership has dropped down to 10.8% in all of ESPN leagues! As this injury epidemic continues on we have been forced to drop some good players to make room for our studs. In all my years playing this maddening little game I have never seen anything like this. You must be some kind of wizard if you don’t have a player on the DL right now. Seriously go buy some lotto tickets and a couple of tall cans. You can pre-celebrate because you’re destined to be a winner. I shouldn’t try and explain all this craziness because that would be futile. Ok, maybe I’ll try one theory…maybe Bud Selig made a deal with the devil and now it’s time to pay the piper or maybe the devil and Bud Selig are one in the same. Insert your favorite evil laugh here….mine is Skeletor!

Coming into the season Kole Calhoun was one of Grey’s favorite sleepers. Like many of us, I agreed with him on that call. I got to watch Kole a lot last year and was always impressed with his skill set. In only 14 games this year, 60 AB’s, he’s impressively hit 3 HR’s, 8 XBH’s,  stolen 2 bases and crossed home plate 12 times. His ISO is very nice (.250), his BABIP is low (.267), his percentages are right in line with his career numbers and that includes his very impressive 15.8% HR/FB rate. To say that 20/20 is still a reasonable mark for him to hit is right on. Grey had a conservative 68/14/62/.289/10 tagged with room for a lot more. I think we still get a lot more out of him. The Angels have been at the top of the offensive ranks at Fangraphs and Calhoun’s return should only make them stronger. There is nothing in the way of playing time and even when Josh Hamilton returns we might see him get a day off every 7th or 8th game. I know some of you might not view this as a Creeper or a Hit of the week. But this is my shout out to you guys to pick him up NOW! I haven’t seen his name written about too much nor too many people talking about him in the comments. Hopefully most of you could of held on to him, but if you don’t own him then go see if he’s available. It’s OK, I’ll wait *taps foot* Good, you’re back. He is usable as a 4th or 5th outfielder right away and can help you stop the hemorrhaging from all these injuries. For shallow leaguer’s he’s still a relevant add if you have the space.

Because I talked about a guy who is coming off the DL, should be here on Tuesday, I want to give you a few stream worthy plays in case there is a delay. Adam Dunn is due for one of his Schmotato Streaks and now feels like a good time to start another. After sitting for a few games he is back and hitting the last couple of days and that’s enough for me to take notice. He gets to start the week against three pitchers he’s hit a total of four home runs against at a park, Kauffman Stadium, where he has had lots of success. Then he returns home to HR friendly U.S. Cellular for a 4 game set with the Yankees. Garrett Jones has been starting to heat up and he is another candidate for the all-time Hot Schmotato team. He gets five right handers this coming week. The splits players know how much he loves himself some righties. Lastly, keep an eye on CJ Cron. He’s been hitting really well since his call-up posting a 4/2/6/.353 with 3 doubles in only 34 AB’s.. The Angels face 3 lefties this week, so we know Raul Ibanez won’t be in those contests. You never know what the Sciosciapath will do from day to day. He could show up with a red mohawk and I wouldn’t be surprised. I know that Cron needs to be out there everyday and I say my prayer to Crom to get more Cron every night. If anyone can figure out a pattern for Cron’s usage then please share your thoughts below. We can also talk about anything baseball or life you want to.

 

  1. The Guru

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    Tip of the turban for the “Heavy Metal” memories.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @The Guru: You’re welcome. I was waiting for you to come over on that one. A childhood staple never gets old.

  2. Smalls Killer says:
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    I’m in an OPS league 12T

    Is Joey Bats, Kemp & Teheran to much to give up for Trout (& A.Soriano)?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Smalls Killer: Yup. start lower. Play up Trout’s struggles this year. He’s second in the majors in K’s

      • Smalls Killer says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks J FOH. How about for Trout & ZoBeast instead?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Smalls Killer: I like joey bats a lot this year. If you are set with power and can afford to lose joey then you’ll be fine. I like zob better than soriano

  3. Ray says:
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    Playing SS roulette from week to week, currently stuck with Alcides Escobar. Have an offer of Ian Desmond & Gerrit Cole for my Homer Bailey & Michael Brantley. Pull the trigger?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ray: pull the trigger. I think Brantley levels off and this is the perfect sell high for you.

  4. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Foh in a 12 team h2h I’m holding singleton right now but someone dropped zobrist who is out for 2 weeks or so. I’m dealing with the gyork at 2b, but do have kendrick at MI. Would you rather hold singleton or grab zobrist while he’s there?

  5. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Should we still be holding onto Javier Baez, dude has struck 20 of his last 40 times up!!

    Also you think Matt Weiters plays again this season?

    cheers

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I’m not stashing Baez anywhere at this point. He could easily be a Mike Olt when he does come up. I’d rather stash Polanco, Taveras, or Singleton.

      I give Wieters a 20% chance of playing, if you have room on the DL that’s fine, but if you have no space and need to make moves then I would consider dumping him.

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @J-FOH: thanks man, that was very helpful..cheers

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Malicious Phenom: No Prob….Everything with Weiters is situational, if you have a good catcher then go for it. It just depends on options, what place you’re in.

  6. Sange76 says:
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    12 team head to head points

    Drop any of these guys: Ian Kennedy. Matt Cain. Beckett.

    For any of these guys?: Tillman. Samardjizda, keuchel.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @Sange76: I’d hold

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sange76: Cain for Samard

  7. gareth says:
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    Dunn and jones look like solid picks for nex week. I have dunn already. I would need to drop either reddick, revere, ramos or swisher to add Garrett jones. Who gets cut?

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @gareth: Revere

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: Revere or Swish. Reddick is hot and Ramos needs to come around.

      OK Mr. Indians expert….What do you think of Aguilar?

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: I like him for his power potential and right handed bat but I don’t think he’s fantasy relevant as yet. The Indians have Santana, swisher and chisenhall at 1b, 3b and dh so He won’t play that much. He will likely spot chisenhall against lefties (lefty starters have killed the Indians this year). And will spot the other two when they are rested/injured.

        He’s ultimately there to light a fire under the butts of Santana and swisher, who have been entrenched in a season long slump.

  8. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Heavy Metal is a classic, good music, twisted cartoons and animated T&A!

    I’ve held onto to Kole in all my Razzball leagues and can’t wait for his well rounded stats to return. This season has been a nightmare.

    You want to do another free H2H with the late games? I missed the contest this morning due to family stuff.

    BTW my favorite evil laugh is Shredder from the original TMNT. Mostly because it’s evil Uncle Phil from the Fresh Prince.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m about to leave and will be gone for a few hours. Let’s shoot for Monday off day. Those are always crazy fun. I loved that movie. Went to a showing back in 2000 very loaded and saw things I missed as a child….or did I?

      Is this evil?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvM2ioj3aak

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: sounds good we’ll do Monday. Yeah I rewatched it after the South Park spoof a few years ago and was shocked that I watched it when I was 10.

        Some how I didn’t make the connection until recently that Shredder and Uncle Phil were one in the same. My mother in law bought my son season 1 of the original TMNT cartoon and I heard the voice I thought “Shoot, that’s James Avery”…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: HA! I love the south park spoof. I watched the movie when I was eight and we rented it all the time.

  9. Jason says:
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    Great call on Kole – hoping he flies under the radar until tomorrow when I can make a few moves again.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jason: its a risk. I jumped on him this past thursday and limited my weekend options for the better long term bat

  10. Michael says:
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    Was just offered Stanton, Reyes and Cueto for C. Gomez, Tulowitzki and Wacha.
    Should I do it?
    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Michael: if tulo stays healthy then you lose that one by a lot. Im not a Reyes fan and think cueto regresses. I say hold or try to find a less complex deal.

  11. Abdoozy says:
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    Look at this draft and tell me you wouldn’t have been at least cautiously optimistic back in late March:
    4. Fielder 1b
    21. Harper of
    28. Kipnis 2b
    45. Sale sp
    52. JoFer sp
    69. Zobrist Ss
    76. Gio sp
    93. AramisRam 3b
    99. Hamilton of
    116. Cuddyer of
    123. Ryu sp
    140. Grilli RP
    147. Sabathia sp
    164. Cashner Sp
    171. Middlebrooks 3b
    178. Parnell RP
    195. Henderson RP
    202. Calhoun of
    219. Martin c
    226. Laroche 1b
    243. Gee sp
    250. MPerez sp

  12. J-FOH says:
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    There was a lot of risk there.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @J-FOH: holy jesus, that makes me feel better about whatever team i would bitch about having injuries. damn.

  13. Mitch says:
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    A weekend in coors and nothing from jerko. Might drop him for Rickie Weeks and hope for 2011 numbers from him. Can’t be much worse than what jerkoff has given me.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Mitch: I still have faith in Gyorko. You need to find a way to sit him and play someone else.

  14. mike iwakuma says:
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    Blackmons Dickerson in the Pujols is Wong

  15. piotr says:
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    god knows you can’t be as wrong as you were about maybin this past week…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @piotr: didn’t see a hot hitter getting benched. It happens

  16. Redlegs says:
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    Whose cheerios did Ozuna piss in? Should I drop him for Calhoun? Grabbed Nick Marsuckass last week for some empty BA and, well, I didn’t even get that. Starting Puig, CarGo, Yelich, Viciedo, and Marsuckass/Ozuna…

    Kind of missing Trout in my OF at this point (even with all the Ks), but Yu and Kinsler were a decent return, don’tcha think?

    • Redlegs says:
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      @Redlegs: Duh. Obviously I drop Marsuckass. I just felt like posting a comment. Ignore me. Everyone else does.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Redlegs: with Eaton returning it should cut into viciendo time. I would hold on ozuna for now. Markakis can go. Grab Calhoun

  17. HudsonRiver says:
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    I just made a 3 for 1 trade for McCutchen. I have been lucky and not hit by an injuries. Now I have two bench spots open. Please pick two of these players who I should pick up for remainder of the season considerations. Calhoun, T. Walker, Eaton, Polanco, Taveras or Seager.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @HudsonRiver: depends on need but I’ll rank them out

      Polanco – should eclipse all of these guys
      Calhoun – 20/20 still a reality
      Eaton – lots of speed and runs with a few HR’s chipped in
      Taveras – The Cards play games, it could be a frustrating add
      Walker – not a fan of stashing pitchers, but is still DL eligible. Might be better than your worst arm
      Seager – not getting called this year

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