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I begin with this:

Foul Ball Chug

The scene above is from Wednesday’s Mariners v. Astros game, and I realize that the clip has made its rounds by now.  Still, I’m compelled to bring it up because it is truly wonderful.  From the leaning grab, to the triumphant hoist and subsequent chug, this man wins the week.  It always seems like the most brilliant moments happen at crappy games in empty stadiums, and this is no exception.  What a hero.

Oh yeah, two-starters… Week three’s look-ahead is below.  As always, probable pitchers are subject to change.  For a look at all fantasy baseball streamers, click that link.

MUST START

Cliff Lee (@CIN, STL); Matt Moore (@BAL, OAK); Kris Medlen (KC, @PIT); Jordan Zimmerman (@MIA, @NYM)

  • Start these dudes.

FIRST TIER

Barry Zito (@MLW, SD); Ryan Dempster (TB, KC); Lance Lynn (@PIT, @PHI); Tommy Milone (HOU, @TB); Derek Holland (@CHC, SEA);  James McDonald (STL, ATL); Jake Westbrook (@PIT, @PHI); Josh Johnson (CWS, NYY); Homer Bailey (PHI, MIA)

  • Zito (53% owned in Y! leagues), Milone (48%), McDonald (32%) and Westbrook (8%) are widely available and all four should be started in weekly formats.  Zito, in particular, hasn’t cooled off since last fall, and I fully endorse riding out his hot streak.  I actually endorse riding out ALL hot streaks this early in the season, so hop on board with Westbrook too.  The others in this group can be started comfortably.

SECOND TIER

Jeremy Hellickson (@BOS, OAK); Mark Buehrle (CWS, NYY); Chad Billingsley (SD, @BAL);  Felix Doubront (@CLE, KC); Wily Peralta (SF, CHC); Erik Bedard (@OAK, CLE); Wade LeBlanc (WAS, @CIN); Joe Blanton (@MIN, DET); Juan Nicasio (NYM, ARZ); Eric Stults (@LAD, @SF); Jake Arrieta (TB, LAD); Dylan Axelrod (@TOR, MIN); Kyle Kendrick (@CIN, STL); Rick Porcello (@SEA, @LAA); Travis Wood (TEX, @MLW); Jeremy Guthrie (@ATL, @BOS); Ivan Nova (ARI, @TOR)

  • Pitchers in this second tier are available, for the most part.  In weekly points leagues, this group should dipped into frequently — if you’re looking for counting stats, you can do a lot worse than these guys.  If you’re trying to avoid blowing up your ratios, however, use caution here.  I don’t see a huge variance in terms of upside among the guys in this group, so default to matchups if you’re choosing between a few.  Doubront, Peralta, Bedard, Stults, Arrieta and Porcello all have favorable schedules in the week ahead.

THIRD TIER

Ubaldo Jimenez (BOS, @HOU); Gavin Floyd (@TOR, MIN); Mike Pelfrey (LAA, @CWS); Dillon Gee (@COL, WAS); Jeff Francis (NYM, ARZ); Jeremy Hefner (@COL, WAS); Alex Sanabia (WAS, @CIN); Aaron Harang (DET, @TEX)

  • If the above tiers are completely picked over, and your league is extremely deep, and you’re really friggin desperate, perhaps you could look here for help.  There’s a bit of upside in tier three as Ubaldo gets a start against the Astros, and both Francis and Sanabia come off of strong outings.  And it’s not crazy to be a little optimistic about Harang’s debut in the M’s rotation, either.

DON’T START

Jonathan Sanchez (STL, ATL); Brandon McCarthy (@NYY, @COL)

  • Don’t start these dudes.

95 Responses

  1. Piranhaman says:
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    best moment of the season!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Best moment ever?

  2. mcBlunty says:
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    i have jose reyes who will be going on the DL, currently i have A-Rod and Colby Lewis stashed on my DL, who should i drop to put reyes on the DL

    • daniel says:
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      @mcBlunty: A-rod is toast. Cut him loose and don’t look back.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I have to agree with Daniel here. Drop A-Rod

  3. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats up!!! Man u guys are great and helping my team always for the best.. I’m just wondering why everyone is telling me to stay away from Zito? When I read about him, all sighns point topicking him up.. Whats wrong with him for me to stay away from him?

    • Whatever says:
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      @Frank Lynch:

      Because people don’t trust that Zito’s resurgence is real. I did see an MLB network spotlight on him and they feel his mechanics are back in order and that he is actually the real deal.

    • Blue says:
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      @Frank Lynch: Because everyone has been burned by him at some point in time over the last few years.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t go trade for Zito, but if he’s available on waives, pick him up. He’s on a roll right now & you might as well see how long this lasts. I’m sure he’ll regress at some point, but he’s a great 2-start option this coming week.

  4. daniel says:
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    How long is your leash with Parker? Shallow 10 team h2h points league. Considering adding Westbrook for his 2 starts but Parker is my most likely cut and don’t know if I’m quite ready to drop him. Thanks

    • daniel says:
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      @daniel: redraft..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold Parker for a bit longer, but I really like Westbrook in a weekly points format for the coming week — no bench bat you can cut?

      • daniel says:
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        @Scott Evans: Middlebrooks/ Frazier and Rizzo are my bench bats so not sure I want to drop any of them. Other possible sp is Niese. Kershaw, Wainwright, Latos, Minor, Morrow, Zimm, J. Fernandez and Shelby round out my rotation. Have a pretty deep rotation right now but don’t really want to cut any of those guys loose just yet..

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yeah I agree. You’re handcuffed with depth, but that’s a good thing. You’ll be able to trade some of these guys & develop flexibility as the season progresses, but I wouldn’t be too concerned about nabbing Westbrook this week. Not worth dropping someone of value.

  5. Frank Lynch says:
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    Omg also I just found out Reyes got hurt and will be out up to 3 months. I already have Teixeira on the DL list. What are my options?

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      and where would you fit Zito?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can probably cut teix loose — he’s been a really fringy guy past couple seasons.

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Mat Latos
    Cole Hamels
    Wei-Yin Chen
    Shelby Miller
    Roy Halladay
    Brett Anderson
    Jeff Samardzija
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Greg Holland
    JJ putz

    • Frank Lynch says:
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      Sorry I forgot I dropped Chen for AJ Griffen

  7. Frank Lynch says:
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    Those r my pitchers n theses are my batters. 10 team h2h points
    prince fielder
    jose reyes ryan zimmerman
    sterlin castro
    matt holliday
    MCcutchen
    weiters
    jose altuve
    carl crawford
    gardner
    josh reddick
    mark reynolds
    beltran
    teixeira

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gotta be better options than Gardner on waivers in a 10 team league. That’s an easy cut. Reynolds can kill you in weekly formats because of icy cold stretches. It’s important to keep a flexible pitching staff in this type of league — I’d try to trim some fat on offense in order to add a few streamer slots for 2-start pitchers, because I don’t see much worth dropping on your pitching staff.

  8. Snake Hips says:
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    That is the coolest thing I have ever seen!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      A lot of life lessons to be taken from that scene.

  9. EricB says:
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    Someone in my roto league just dropped Bonifacio (2B,OF-Toronto). I’m not sure if I can fit him on my team though. Currently I’ve got Zobrist, Brandon Phillips, and Alcides Escobar occupying my 2B,SS, and MI slots. I’ve got Derek Jeter on the bench since he’s injured.

    It’s a no-brainer to keep Zobrist and Phillips. Should I drop Escobar or Jeter for Bonifacio? Escobar and Bonifacio seem really close to me with Bonifacio giving me more steals and Escobar a better batting average. Similar runs, rbis, and hrs. Maybe a bit more HR for Escobar.

    Not sure what to expect out of Jeter. I drafted him late. Is he still an elite run-producer or is he washed up now at 38?

    I know Bonifacio should be owned in this 10-team roto league, but my team is pretty stacked already so it’s hard to fit everyone on the roster.

    Cut Escobar or Jeter for Bonifacio or hold?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can probably expect something like 10-and-10 with a 275 AVG out of Jeter… that’s really fringy. Upisde with Bonifacio is better, but it’s kind of a coin flip move. I’d make it though, for upside’s sake.

      • Beardcrabs says:
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        @Scott Evans: i would drop jeter, at least bonifacio has 2b, of eligiblity, and he’s going to get ss soon with reyes out…

  10. Project Merkin says:
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    You like Ryu at Arizona today? The Steam o Nator sure doesn’t…..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d start him.

  11. Jack Burton says:
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    Ok, I know it is early, but my team is falling into quite a hole. I’m in a 12 team mixer, 5×5, 30 man roster, no trades. Here’s my team
    C Martin/Castro (Ellis available)
    1b Votto/I. Davis
    2b Utley/Getz (soon to be Carpenter)
    Ss Rutledge/Segura
    3b Zimmerman/Alvarez
    Of Stanton/Heyward/Bruce/Revere
    Util Y. Alonso
    Dl Hart/C. Ross
    Sp Bum/Scherzer/Morrow/Samarjziga/
    M. Estrada/Dubront
    Rp Wilhelson/Perkins/League/Benoit/
    Al Al/Robertson/Pestano/Cashner
    I really need someone to tell me everythings gone be all right. Should I drop a reliever for another starter? I think J. Fernandez/Hernandez(?) is available. Should I drop anyone to put pick up Saunders and
    stash? Finally, any general suggestions on areas I should adress would be much appreciated! Thank you razzballas.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Drop a MR (probably al al) for Jose Fernandez for sure. Wouldn’t be too concerned with stashing Saunders. Important to be patient in roto — tough to gauge your weaknesses before Memorial Day… I’d hold tight for a few more weeks & feel free to bench starters vs. worrisome opponents. you’ll make up those innings later on, as the premium streamers become more clear.

    • Jack Burton says:
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      @Jack Burton:
      Ok, the young Marlins hurler is gone. Anyway, here are the guys still in the pool: Rasmus, C. Young, C. Pena, B. Crawford, Joyce, Venable, V. Wells, Gentry, Pollock, Marwin G, Duda, J. Maxwell, Saunders (stash)…B. Norris, Gee, C. Lewis (stash), Axford….Any good plays to make there?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Lewis is a decent stash. I never shy away from riding hot streaks early in the season, so you could go with guys like Rasmus & Marwin while they’re hot. I wouldn’t drop anyone of value, though…

  12. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner Did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Who do you like better for next week – Dubrount or Peralta?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Doubront.

  13. PWIRE says:
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    Which side do you like?
    I have Castro and J.Upton and was offered Votto and Hewyard.

    My team 5×5 13 team mixed
    C-Pierzynski
    1B-I.Davis
    2B-Bonifacio
    SS-Castro – I have Lowrie
    3B-Beltre
    OF-Braun
    OF-J.Upton
    OF-Pence
    OF-Markakis
    U-Reddick

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Votto/Heyward side. You could definitely feel comfortable pulling the trigger here.

  14. Frank Lynch says:
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    What about Zito… Who would u drop for him??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Drop Teix, add Reyes to DL, that opens up a roster spot for Zito.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        I was thinking of trading Teix with someone else for Justin Upton. I already talked to him and he said make an offer.. Who would u offer? I’m pissed cause as soon as I dropped roy halladay, he said he would’ve taken him with someone else for j upton.. pisses me off. Lol

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Your pitching is pretty strong… offer Hamels or Latos in a package with Teix, but I’ll be surprised if he bites on that.

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            they’re my top pitchers.. Well i guess I’m getting a top batter.. Any other Batters I can package with him?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Frankly, I don’t see how acquiring Upton for a guy like McCutchen or Fielder helps you. Sounds like you’re just making a deal because you feel like you need to. That’s never a good idea. Let the other guy make the offer if he’s indeed interested. Nothing is jumping out at me right now, so I wouldn’t force it.

              • Frank Lynch says:
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                Well we’re gonna talk about it Monday but he said he would do cole hames n Teix for J upton. He said he would be getting the better end of it so I might grab a pitcher also for him.. Your right I know I don’t have to do it and I feel like it.. LOL but like Grey said I’m kinda light on power so I think Upton would be a good add. Hamels is also 0-2.. I gotta hope that he plays like last year. If he doesn’t then later his value will drop

                • Scott Evans

                  Scott Evans says:
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                  I’d pull the trigger on that one without hesitation. That’s a steal.

  15. Stephen says:
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    Probably not the best thread to post this trade offer, but I have limited time to accept.

    In a 12 team mixed keeper league, $260, standard 5 x 5 categories.

    I give up the best player in the deal, Zobrist @ $24 (who can be signed for $27 the following year) for Rutledge @ $9 (who can be signed for $13 and then $16) and Trumbo @ $5 (who can be signed for $25 the following year).

    I currently have Altuve/Castro as my 2B/SS and my backup to my infield is Mark Ellis. Trumbo would be coming in my lineup to essentially replace L. Martin, who is essentially replacing Saunders and I have Bourjous in my lineup replacing Lawrie.

    In two weeks, it is quite possible that Trumbo will be my replacement for Bourjous, as I will have Mccutchen, BJ Upton, Beltran, Trumbo and Saunders in my lineup, with Bourjous and Martin as bench OF’s.

    I am very nervous that if Rutledge performs poorly in the early going, he could lose his job to Nelson/Areando (can’t spell his name)…

    Upside is, if Rutledge breaks out, I can keep him, and I think he can produce similar numbers to Zobrist.

    Thoughts? Thanks for any responses!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Zobrist. The deal is not that far off, but I agree that taking on Rutledge is a bit of a risk.

  16. daniel says:
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    Also have a prospect question for you Scott. Talk me off the ledge please. Just traded away Gerrit Cole in my deep 20 team dynasty and kinda regretting it (even tho he hasn’t looked great so far). Needed holds and Ks but didn’t want to give up Cole without getting a similarly talented sp prospect back too, so I targeted Taillon. Ended up giving up Cole for Taillon and Tim Collins. What do you think about the trade and the 2 guys I got back? Thanks

    • daniel says:
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      @daniel: I also have Bundy and J. Fernandez in this league so I felt ok giving up the immediate/quicker impact that Cole could provide.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t sweat this one too much. You addressed a need and took on a prospect of slightly lower praise than Cole. A lot of sources are split between Taillon and Cole, anyway. They’re very close, the only kicker being Cole’s proximity to Pittsburgh.

  17. flanagan says:
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    Which 5 OF for next week?
    D.Jennings
    A.Jackson
    Beltran
    Crawford
    Victorino
    Reddick
    I have Gardner currently at UTIL but can swap him out too…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sit Reddick.

  18. Dirty Byrd says:
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    Do you think Cole will be called up tomarrow? I traded away Shelby & Morse for Ellsbury & now I plan to drop Gardner when Ortiz comes back next week. Swap Evercab for Rutledge(backing Tulo & Kinsler) or Segura? It’s a 10 team mixer (keep 5). Our transactions take effect the next day, so I would need to make the move today. Thank you

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The Pirates are insisting that they won’t use him just yet, but they haven’t named a starter for Monday & Cole would be on regular rest… A speculative add wouldn’t be crazy, but I doubt we see Cole before June.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Re: Cabrera, I like him over both Rutledge & Segura, Segura being the bottom guy.

      • Dirty Byrd says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks for helping me not make a mistake.

  19. LuckyToBeBC says:
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    Ok so Reyes will hit the DL and I have no Bench bats, 1 DL slot held by Grandy. So i need to drop a SP ( Dempster, or Parker) and I need an add, dont know how long he will be out but I have the SS covered with my Util guys Prado, Rutledge. Obviously I take a hit in the SB dept.. So here who is available.

    Seager, Suzuki, Alvarez, Kubel, Soriano, Segura…Highest % owned group

    Span, Wells, Gattis, Rasmus… Off to good starts…

    Thoughts?? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Suzuki is safest pickup, but I like the thought of riding a hot streak this early in the year. Go for Span & drop Dempster.

  20. habemuspapam says:
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    What about Bronson Arroyo he has two starts? He is not listed above. Please advise.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I missed that one somehow. He indeed goes twice & I’d slot him in with the 2nd tier. Pretty available at 12% owned & a decent 2-start play.

  21. Question to loyal Mets followers.

    Been eyeing 2b/of, Jordany Valdespin, in my deep 14 team mixed redraft league. Need help at MI. Currently rostering Pete Kozma.

    Has Terry Collins figured out his leadoff hitter yet? Ive noticed no consistency over the first 10 games. Valdespin would thrive in that role with the speed/power combo and could become valuable with some ample playing time. Does Collins still see him in a utility bench role, whereby he starts against righties and bats leadoff, and sits versus lefties?

    FWIW, Mets play 7 games this week (5 RHP, 2 LHP) and trying to decide between him and Kozma.

    Appreciate the help. thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      Valdespin is a much better option than Kozma. I don’t have any good insight as to the Mets’ batting order situation… seems like it’ll be another couple weeks before we have clarity. Would like to hear Mets fans’ thoughts on this too…

      • @Scott Evans:

        Agreed. Playing time was more my question with Valdepsin. Would rather get 25-28 AB’s a week out of Kozma than 16-20 ABs from Valdespin, if given the choice. All things being equal, would much rather have Valdepsin…. Hence, my question.

        Any METS fans, please comment.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @El Burro: I am a Mets fan but still don’t know what is going on with the outfield. Byrd, Duda, Baxter, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin and Cowgill have all started games in the outfield. At least I think Nieuwenhuis started once.

          The best situation would be an outfield, left to right, of Duda, Valdespin and Byrd. Baxter is a good backup. Cowgill vs Nieuwenhuis for the 5th outfield spot with the loser being the first to be shipped to AAA when necessary.

  22. Some Guy says:
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    In a 12 team keeper league with no bench and a 15 move limit, my staff is Sale, Minor, Ryu, THud!son, Edwin Jackson, McCarthy, Kenley, RSoriano and Kyuji with Garza on DL.

    I was thinking of dropping one or both of Jackson and McCarthy for AJ Griffin or Zito or Chacin or Westbrook. To me, McCarthy for Griffin makes sense, since Brandon’s an injury prone pitcher in a hitter’s park while Griffin is in a pitcher’s park in front of good D and has long term potential. Jackson for Zito or Chacin or Westbrook sounds more like dreck chair shuffling (or, if you like Mad Magazine, BLEECH! chair shuffling). Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks and good work.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m definitely with ya on the McCarthy for Griffin, but I’d probably hold Jackson over Zito/Chacin/Westbrook.

  23. Fratstar says:
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    I can pick up Buehrle right now off of waivers for my 10 team mixed weekly league.

    Here’s my line up:
    Cain
    Wainwright
    Samardzija
    Scherzer

    Who should be the 5th? Bailey? Buehrle? Gallardo?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bailey.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Homer over Yoga, am I reading that right?

        If so wow, you must be down on Yoga.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Homer for 2 in a weekly league over Gallardo for 1… not a statement on overall or ROS or anything.

  24. Tack The Kack says:
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    Hey Scott, I was thinking about picking up Segura before the guy who just lost Reyes does. I have Bonifacio, Rutledge (both 2B & SS elig) and Aybar for MI but I could also spare Gardner in OF. Who do you think I should drop to grab him or do you think I should just keep things as is? Thanks a lot.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d sit tight & hold Gardner.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Tack The Kack: Id drop either Boneface or Aybar for Segura. He’s better than both of them.

      Plus then maybe you could trade one to the guy who lost Reyes.

  25. JoeC says:
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    It must be said though, that was a pretty poor chug. Half the beer ended up on his fleece rather than down his gullet. Perhaps we can give a pass for the turbulence caused by the baseball being in his Dixie cup, but that really looked like one of those moves you make when you really don’t want to drink as much as your dumb-ass friends, but you succumb to the peer pressure they employ upon you.

    So perhaps, after all, he’s smarter than the average bear.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Given the circumstances, I can’t criticize the chug. The spillage was a factor of the baseball being lodged in his cup… tough to avoid without removing the ball. And it needed to be a quick chug — if he takes his time with it, the camera cuts back for the next pitch, y’know? Great judgement & execution. #Scouting

  26. Abs says:
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    Scott, quick Q is there a hitter in this year Draft Class or 2014 draft class that can compare to Buxton or Russells ceiling?

    • Scott Evans

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      Austin Meadows has impressive game, but I’d say he falls a bit short of Buxton-status.

  27. TheNewGuy says:
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    What a douche, great catch in the beer then ruins it by spilling it all down his shirt.

    Posted this on your prospect post, figured this would get answered quicker here though:

    How about a recent prospect as of last year Matt Harvey.

    What do you think of him? I watched him once last year and am watching him deal right now and am so impressed by his stuff. His power fastballs as good as most in the game.

    Never had him in my keeper league as a prospect, but got him in my H2H league this year and love the round I got him in. The only weakness of his right now is is control? Otherwise he’s looking mighty impressive, almost ace-like I’d say, huge bargain. You been a big fan throughout his minors career, is this what you expected from him?

    Shows this value of prospects in my keeper league that ‘hit’ once they reach the show. The guy with him has him for $0 all this year.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Oh and seeing as this is a regular fantasy post not just prospects, would be good to hear your take on this too.

      Am tempted to drop Rutledge for Segura in my H2H league for obvious reasons (Seggy’s been on fire). Grey disagrees with dropping his boy Rutledge, but would you be tempted to make the switch already (or is it too early)?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Too early. I still like Rutledge over Segura for ROS.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Harvey always flashed this kind of potential, but it was best-case type potential. I’m surprised he’s been this dominant this early in his career. Always liked him as a prospect, but he never was a top-ten arm in my mind. He sure is pitching like one now…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: He sure is daddio. These young arms like Sheby and Jose are really coming to the fore, largely because they can throw 95 and very few of the older guys can (even Gallardo is only 92 now), and the real former studs like Halladay are totally flaming out.

        Sorry if a bit incoherant and crazy, had quite a few drinks tonight.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Haha, it’s all good. That’s what Saturdays are for. I’m tipping back a few myself as I put together tomorrow’s Minor Accomplishments post!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Scott Evans: Ha good to hear, hope you’ve got one eye on Jo-Fer (Greys really creative nickname for Fernandez), filth so far!

            Let me know if you want a beer contest challenge anytime, 1 pint no splliage (!), quickest is the winner :)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      And yeah, I imagine spilling your pint like that is an unforgivable sin for you folks in the UK!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Haha it was just the way he spilt almost half of it all over him without even caring, at least if we did that here we would lean forward not to leave ourself totally soaked and stinking of beer all night!

        Or better yet we’d try and down the pint in one go without spilling a drop :)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: for some of us here in this country too. Gee plays tomorrow, not twice next week.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @TheNewGuy: His control is not bad at all considering how new he is to the Major Leagues. Heck, if he was an established veteran his control still would not be problem. However, if I had to pick one thing for him to improve it would be walks issued but that is like complaining about Miguel Cabrera striking out too much.

      Harvey talks like Smoltz or Darling or Hershisher or any other intelligent pitchers. He speaks very intelligently about his craft and is quite serious about being good. He also will add humor here and there such as today when he said he was going to have to take off the gloves if Terry Collins was going to pull him in the 8th or 9th inning if the no-hitter was still intact.

      I have heard at least five Harvey interviews already. I have not heard a Mets pitcher speak this impressively since Ron Darling and I am including Tom One Third Glavine.

      Harvey has stated he prefers packed houses over sparsely attended games. This may help to explain why he is pitching better in the Majors than he did in the Minors. Some guys are like that. Some like higher stakes and raise their game when the competition is better.

  28. Scott -

    Saturday Update — Cueto leaves CIN game with wincing pain in right shoulder. No updates yet, but Im grabbing Tony Cingrani in all my deep mixed leagues right now until more details surface…

    Just a heads up…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Appreciate the heads up! Grabbed him wherever I could…

      • @Scott Evans:
        no problem! hope he gets the call… he would get MIA @ home in 1st start.

  29. Jason says:
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    Please try to track down that guy who caught the ball in the brew and put him on your next podcast!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I will run this by Nick. I think that could make for a great segment, too. Thanks!

  30. Roger says:
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    Scott if we where talking about a h2h league UTIL spot who would you rather have Arenado or Brown, for a Dynasty Legaue

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Dom Brown or Gary Brown? …Doesn’t matter too much, I suppose. I like Arenado over both Browns.

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