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We are almost through April and most fantasy baseball owners fall in two categories.  There are those owners that have gotten off to a good start and feel pretty comfortable about their teams.  Maybe almost too comfortable. Then there are the “OH-MY-GOD-WHAT-HAVE-I-DONE!!!!” owners. You know who you are. I feel ya. I do. Hell, I’ve been there. Something has gone astray. You didn’t draft well or you had a minor Jerry Maguire freak-out moment and then proceeded to make a bad trade. This stuff happens to everyone, so how do you start to right the ship? There are some moves that you can make that to either stop the bleeding or to continue a fast start.

Below are a list of names of affordable players that have their best hitting month in May.  There are some parameters regarding this list.  These players below have at least 200 at bats in May.  I felt like the sample size for younger players was just too small to make a correct prediction.  Also, these guys are affordable.  Say it all together now: AFFORDABLE!  I’m listing these guys because you don’t have to break the bank to get them on your team.  There is no Joey Votto or Andrew McCutchen here.  Granted they both rake in May, but what good are they if you blow your load trading for them.  No, these are guys that might not make your season, but they are players that just lllllllloooove May.  Next to each name are each player’s career stats in May and then a couple of sentences to make it look like I know what I’m talking about.  Got it?  Ok.  Let’s do this.

Angel PaganOF – SF (326 AB, .344 AVG, 56 Runs)

Pagan’s first and second half splits are about as even as they can get. He bats .283 in the first half and .278 after the All-Star break. His stolen base numbers are about the same as well as RBI and HR.  But in the first half he does most of his damage in May. Crazy Horse hits .344 in May which is by far his best month (he also hits .291 in August).  Granted Pagan has nearly twice as many as bats in the 2nd half as he does in the first, but there is no denying his fondness for May.  He has also stolen 26 bases in May which is only second to the 29 he has swiped in August (where he has 175 more ABs).

Hunter PenceOF – SF (648 AB, .330, 100 R, 29 HR, 105 RBI, 14 SB)

Another Giant outfielder that heats up in May.  Now he might not be as affordable as say his teammate Pagan, but he certainly won’t demand too much unless you are trying to trade with some poor bastard that loves the Giants and asks for WAY more than he’s worth.  (Sorry, bitter-trade-face.)  Anyhow, May is the only month that Pence hits over .300 (.330 to be exact), but it’s also the month in which he’s scored the most runs, hits for more RBIs, and steals the most bases.  His 29 long balls in May are tied with August as the most also.

Matt JoyceOF – TB (228 AB, .320 AVG, 49 Runs, 17 HR, 51 RBI)

Matt Joyce, really?  I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.  (Great, now I have the theme song from Arthur stuck in my head.  Everyone now!  “If you get caught between the moon and New York City….”  And not the new Arthur.  The Dudley Moore one.  Much better.)  Chances are in a shallow league Joyce is available, in deeper leagues you could probably get him for pocket lint.  Joyce is really only good in May, actually.  In 228 AB, he has a career average of .320 (well above his all time career mark of .253) with an OPS of 1.020.  He reaches base as a higher clip and goes deep more in May than in any other month.  Now I am not going to sit here and tell you that Matt Joyce is single-handedly going to lift your team, but during May he sure as hell won’t hurt it.

Jeff Keppinger - 1B,2B,3B,CI,MI – CWS (251 AB, .315 AVG)

The crafty veteran is probably on people’s radars because of his position eligibility so his asking price might be a little higher, but I would put him as a player you throw in during a trade if you are already dealing.  He hits for average pretty much all year and is a good source for runs.  In May he turns it out, but in a deceiving way.   While he hits .315 during that month, what is interesting is that most of his work in May did come from his 2010 season in which he had 108 plate appearances; he hasn’t reached 40 the past two years, however, he still hit for .389 and .333 respectively.  You might be able to get him for cents on the dollar as he is ice cold to start this season.

Jason Bay – OF – SEA (794 AB, .298 AVG, 143 Runs, 48 HR, 155 RBI)

Remember him?  There MAY not be a spot for him (see what I did there?) in Seattle’s outfield, but he has performed historically well in May.  He has a .298 month average and has hit more homeruns than in any other month.  If he gets some playing time, he should take advantage.  You can find him on your local waiver wire.

Then there are some players that haven’t reached that 200 at-bat level in May.  They might be a little more risky since the sample size is smaller, but they are worth noting.  These are their May stats only.

Michael Morse – OF – SEA (80 AB, .388 AVG) A very small sample size and he’s already started the season on a tear, but it’s worth noting anyway.

Jonathon LuCroy – C – MIL (179 AB, .346 AVG, 42 RBI, 8 HR) Dude loves May.  And he loves Pirates.  Peglegs and parrots.  The Rajun Cajun bats .356 in 101 Abs against Pittsburgh.  Oh by the way, both teams meet 8 times in May.   Arrrrrrrrrrrrrggg.

Jon Jay – OF – STL (160 AB, .338 AVG) He does have a higher OBP in July.  No power but should get on, and batting 2nd for the Cards.

 

  1. Javier says:
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    How about for the pitchers??

    • The Bender

      The Bender says:
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      @Javier: I’m working on another piece for pitchers.

      • Javier says:
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        @The Bender: Muchas Gracias!

        • The Bender

          The Bender says:
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          @Javier: De Nada

  2. W1ldFire says:
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    What are your thoughts on this trade…Pujols, Freese, and Pagan for Adam Jones and Alcides Escobar?

  3. The Bender

    The Bender says:
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    Honestly, I think whoever is getting the Jones side is getting the more production right now. Pujols is not the Pujols we used to know. Can’t stay healthy.

  4. johnny 5 says:
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    its fair,depends on needs,assuming Albert doesnt get hurt,his side,but with that foot,i might be happy to nab jones there

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great job thanks for the post

    • The Bender

      The Bender says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Thank you sir. You a beer guy or a hard liquor guy, Mr. Koholic?

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @The Bender: used to be an anything guy,but pretty much beer until drafts roll around,hehe,woodford reserve is the best,with a few shots of patron to chase it down with,and an occational irish car bomb for a pick me up,that used to be the 1st 45 minutes of my visit then jaeger bombs beer and shots,Someone asked me one time ,dont you feel like shit after that?i said ,well i feel like this everyday so i feel normal,my tollerance though is gone,when i do cut loose,it hurts for 2 days now

        • The Bender

          The Bender says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: With age comes hangovers. It sucks. Love me some micro brews however.

  6. Keith says:
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    Just traded B. Morrow for Shin Soo Choo in 10 team points league…did I “win”?

    • The Bender

      The Bender says:
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      @Keith: Uh, yeah.

  7. ozzzie19 says:
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    Hurting at SS and MI (Reyes/Espinosa victim), currently using Espinosa/Nunez/Valdespin for SS and MI. Was offered Seager for Machado (current CI). I’d platoon Lind/Francisco at CI to replace Machado. Do the trade?

    • The Bender

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      @ozzzie19: No reason trading a problem for a problem. If you are already platooning and the result of the trade would be another platoon, then I don’t know if I would make that deal. It’s like dating a girl that is a complete slob then dumping her and going out with another girl that has daddy issues. Problem for problem.

    • Men-in-Cleats says:
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      @ozzzie19:

      Espinosa is streaky. Last year Seager was streaky and was also someone you wanted to sit against lefties and also had much better road splits than home. I don’t think you’d be picking up a lifesaver here.

      Lind hasn’t done anything this year and Francisco is allegedly going to start getting the short end of the stick in their platoon so you might create a problem that is worse than the original one at a position that most are getting good power numbers from.

  8. Steady says:
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    Pujols Pagan for Goldy and Choo

    Goldy for Kipnis and Frazier

    Which sides do you like

  9. The Bender

    The Bender says:
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    Goldy/Choo

    And I would probably go with the Goldy side on the second as well, although I do love me some Frazier.

    • Steady says:
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      @The Bender: im trying to get goldy as a result of a third party trade and i like frazier a lot to but im getting killed in avg and goldy would be a nice upgrade in that department without loosing fraziers numbers if at all

      • The Bender

        The Bender says:
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        @Steady: I concur sir.

        • Steady says:
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          @The Bender: got another one for ya…. carlos gomez or aoki ROS

          • The Bender

            The Bender says:
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            @Steady: Gomez. Why? Aged 27 years.

            • Steady says:
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              @The Bender: I have aoki and gomez owner dropped him a week and a half ago in panic… also still to consider that im getting killed in avg

              • The Bender

                The Bender says:
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                @Steady: I would pull the trigger.

                  • The Bender

                    The Bender says:
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                    @Steady: Nice.

                    • Steady says:
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                      @The Bender: may aswell go for another one what about iwakuma leading the AL in era since last july at 2.44… drop estrada for him for ROS

                    • The Bender

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                      @The Bender: yes. No question.

                    • Steady says:
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                      @The Bender: before i blow another hole in the wall that is the FA market… any worry with iwakuma and IP this year… i know hes not a 200 guy but will the difference of 30-40 innings from estrada to iwakuma make a difference?

                    • The Bender

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                      @The Bender: Not for the production value.

                    • Steady says:
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                      @The Bender: aight sounds good… thanks for the advice man… sometimes i wish there was just a chat cuz im always a fan of talking fantasy

  10. Pope says:
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    How do you feel about sending Carlos Gomez, Iwakuma and Cingrani for any one of these guys: Stanton, Encarnacion, Matt Holliday, Bruce, or Bautista?

    Or do I even have a chance to land one of them with what I’m offering?

    Thank you

    • The Bender

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      @Pope: I don’t think you will get Stanton or Double-E, or maybe Holliday, but maybe Bruce? He’s not had a good start.

      • Pope says:
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        @The Bender: Got Bruce! How do you feel about that one? I had a slew of pitchers and little outfield power Choo, Gomez, Aoki, Ruggiano, Cespedes DL. Read the sell Gomez article and took it to heart.

    • Dawtcommish says:
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      @Pope:

      I owned cingrani and Gomez and wanted stanton, but in order to land him, I had to offer Cingrani and Will Myers. The owner in my league would have never accepted the offer if it was Gomez and Cingrani for GS, but if the owner in your league will, do it! Do it now! Did you get Stanton yet? What are you waiting for? Hello?

      • Pope says:
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        @Dawtcommish: Ha I wish the GS owner took the offer, but unfortunately he did not. Ended up landing Bruce for Gomez, Cingrani and Dempster. My outfield now has Choo, Ethier, Aoki, Cespedes, Bruce. My pitching staff is Hamels, Darvish, Kuroda, Morrow, Cobb, Iwakuma, Cahill, Grilli, Parnell, Axford. Espn 12 team H2H

        • Dawtcommish says:
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          @Pope:
          Very nice!

  11. GR says:
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    Thanks for the suggestions…
    I have Yonder Alonzo on my bench…would you drop for Jon Jay? Thanks a bunch!

  12. The Bender

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    Wait until Jay shows a sign of life. Any sign of life. A Don Johnson “Heartbeat” if you must. Once that happens, then snag Jay. But drop someone else. Someone bad.

    • GR says:
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      @The Bender: Ok Thanks…just considered grabbing him on your advice but I will wait for the pulse!

  13. Billy B-Cup Butler says:
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    I enjoyed this future focus, thanks!

    In a 12 team, H2H, standard league, I was offered Wainwright for JoFer, Cingrani, and Glenn Perkins.

    My other pitchers include Scherz, Ryu, Lester, H. Bailey, AJ Griffin, Millone, Cahill, Mujica, A. Bailey, and Wilhelmsen. (I had only drafted Scherz, Homer, Lester and the mediOAKers)

    Pull the trigger?

    • The Bender

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      @Billy B-Cup Butler: I don’t think I would do that deal. Bailey may or may not stick at closer and those are hard to find. Harder in a 12-team league. Not much of an upgrade over what you already have.

  14. drew says:
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    Was just offered Machado for Jim Henderson. Pull trigger?

    • The Bender

      The Bender says:
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      @drew: Keeper?

        • The Bender

          The Bender says:
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          @drew: Nope.

          • Dawtcommish says:
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            @The Bender:

            Who do you got at 3B right now?

  15. Anal herschiser says:
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    hi! Great post, thank you.

    In 12 team mixed h2h, should I accept offer of his scherzer for my latos and Frazier? I have lawrie on my bench to replace Frazier. Thanks for the help, I can’t think straight from the k/9 rate boner that the thought of scherzer gives me.

  16. The Bender

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    Is K/9 a stat in your league?

      • The Bender

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        @Anal herschiser: I think you can get more. Get a nice throw-in and make the deal. And I mean a nice throw-in.

  17. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    12 team, H2H pts league w/ obp, I was offered: A jones/hosmer to get votto/milone? 1b include Frazier, Trumbo, and posey (McCann on DL) and OF is cutch, Victorino, marte and Trumbo….so I’d have to scoop an OF of the wire until Victorino gets healthy (I mean IF he gets healthy)

    Don’t want to sell low on hosmer so maybe takin him out of the equation, or does it really not affect the offer?

    Thanks!

    • The Bender

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      @Cutch’s Dreads: Nah. You might win the deal, but I think it would hurt your team. Granted, I don’t know what your team looks like, but it’s up to you. You could flip Votto for something better.

  18. LuckyToBeBC says:
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    Thoughts on this trade??? Offered De Aza for Miley… Only 1 DL slot in this league and i have several guys on the DL so My Util is open cant drop the DL guys or really any of my pitchers..

    Thoughts on trade???

    • The Bender

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      @LuckyToBeBC: I would keep Miley. You can get more.

  19. alex says:
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    I have Elvis andrus but kind of disappointed so far. B Crawford is having a nice year should I pick him up and drop elvis

    • The Bender

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      @alex: Can you drop someone else? Andrus will come around. Hits .317 in May.

  20. Parker says:
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    got offered Chris Davis and scherzer for hambone and homer bailey.

    do we have reason to believe Chris davis will continue to hit the way he has?

    • The Bender

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      @Parker: Not a big believer of Davis. But he might have figured things out. Scherzer makes it a good deal.

  21. Ron says:
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    I need some help here. This is the list of pitchers I have:
    Verlander, Dickey, Sherzer, Moore, A. Sanchez, Bailey, Iwakuma, Quintana, Villanueva, Garza(DL)

    Beachy(DL) is available on the wire.

    Should I drop one of these pitchers for Beachy?

    • The Bender

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      @Ron: Yeah. Garza.

  22. Kyle says:
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    Haha, you said Jason Bay

  23. JoeBoo says:
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    Keeper league trade question- 12 team mixed, std roto 5×5
    My Tavares for his Frazier? Currently I have McCutchen, JUpton, AJones, Coco, and Beltran in my OF. I have ARam (DL) at 3b with Rendon and Chris Johnson filling in until he gets back. My other corner options right now are Dunn and LaRoche. With Jay struggling, it seems like Taveras comes up sooner rather than later. Hold or deal?

    • The Bender

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      @JoeBoo: I love me some Frazier. Your OF is solid. Deal.

  24. Russ says:
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    I have Pineda on DL, is he really gonna make it back this year? Do you think Jered Weaver will regain his velocity and is Josh Johnson done? Will Dylan Bundy be up before June.

    Thanks again.

  25. Russ says:
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    What are your thoughts on second tier pitchers like, Estrada, J.Garcia, and J. Quintana? Use as match ups permit or can I trust weekly?

  26. Ryan says:
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    would you play keppinger over omar infante as a fill in for aaron hill? Thanks

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