FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun reacts after hitting a game-winning home run during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Milwaukee. Braun won the National League MVP Award in voting announced Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
When I think of the term “Hebrew Hammer” I think of Moishe Steinbergowitzman, the handyman that put the deck on my neighbor’s house. That dude was out there every morning at 8am hammering away, except for Saturdays. Friday nights must have been his night to cut loose and throw back some Manischewitz. Of course there is also Mordechai Jefferson Carver, the baaadest Heeb this side of Tel Aviv. However, neither of these descendants of Abraham are the Hebrew Hammer to which I am referring.

I have been a Ryan Braun fan since his days in Huntsville back in 2006. It was only a few years ago that my primary fantasy league which I have been in for 15 years added a minor league roster spot. Before then I would be the guy in the league that clogged up at least one, if not two, bench spots with players that were in the minors. I drafted Braun in my 2007 draft with a late round pick. I was laughed at by a few league mates, including one that had passed out mid-draft and attempted on three instances to try and draft a player that had been drafted rounds earlier.

In 2006, across two levels of the minor leagues, Braun hit 22 home runs, drove in 77 runs and stole 26 bases in just 118 games. In 2007, in just 113 in the majors, he hit 34 homers, scored 91 runs, drove in 97 and stole 15 bases for a total of 414 points. Each season after built on the season before, except for 2012 where he hit only 25 homers, scored 101 runs, had 103 RBIs and 14 swipes for 486 points. Not too shabby.

How’s this for a bold statement. Ryan Braun was Mike Trout before Mike Trout was Mike Trout. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, let’s take a look at each player’s first four years in the Major Leagues.


Ryan Braun

Season G PA HR R RBI SB AVG FPTS
2007 113 492 34 91 97 15 0.324 414
2008 151 663 37 92 106 14 0.285 473
2009 158 708 32 113 114 20 0.32 544
2010 157 685 25 101 103 14 0.304 486
 AVG 144.75 637 32 99.25 105 15.75 0.308 479.25

Mike Trout

Season G PA HR R RBI SB AVG FPTS
2012 139 639 30 129 83 49 0.326 516
2013 157 716 27 109 97 33 0.323 561
2014 157 705 36 115 111 16 0.287 500
2015 132 565 33 87 74 10 0.297 405
 AVG 146.25 656.25 31.5 110 91.25 27 0.308 495.5

The difference is basically 12 stolen bases. And if you look at Braun’s first six seasons, his average numbers scream Mike Trout.

G PA HR R RBI SB AVG FPTS
147.16 642.33 33.6 102.33 107.16 21 0.314 506.67

Now I know what’s coming. Braun was using performance enhancing drugs. Maybe, but who cares. Do I think he used them, I think it’s obvious that he did. To what extent, I cannot say. And neither can you. Here’s one thing I do know. Ryan Braun is not using PEDs this year. He knows what getting caught again will mean to his career. So let’s take a look at his 2015 stats.

G PA HR R RBI SB AVG FPTS
131 535 25 83 81 22 0.288 373

On Pace For

G PA HR R RBI SB AVG FPTS
152 620 29 97 96 25 0.288 433

While these numbers aren’t quite Mike Trout-esque, they are good enough for the top twenty batters both last year and this year, and would make him a top ten outfielder. Trout is seven years younger than Braun and is currently only slightly ahead of him. Don’t get me wrong, I’d take Trout over Braun, or any other hitter, every day of the week (and twice on Saturdays while Moishe is nursing his hangover), but I just wanted let the Hebrew Hammer know that he’s still got a few fans out here that appreciate the fantasy points he sends their way.

In other points league related news… Good luck to all of you that have made the playoffs. Be very careful when setting your lineups as far as making sure your starters aren’t going to be skipped. Unfortunately it’s not alway possible to find this out until it’s too late, but I’m just reminding you to exercise caution. I got lucky as sh*t this week, when I decided to sit Gerrit Cole in order to start two-start Taylor Jungmann. Well at least I thought I was lucky, until Jungmann dropped a turd on the mound against the Marlins. Then it looked like he had lost his second start, but he appears to be back on track to start on Sunday against the Pirates whom he’s had success against this season.

Those of you that have been reading my posts most of the season know that I hate Chris Davis in points leagues. Well guess who is Chris Davis after Chris Davis was Chris Davis. That would be Kris Bryant. With 168 strikeouts, Bryant trails only Davis (182) in that department. Davis, however, has 41 home runs and Bryant has only 23. Next year I won’t be drafting either, but if you must, let Bryant go and wait a couple round and take Davis. You’ll get a better return.

Who’s going to be Mike Trout after Mike Trout was Mike Trout? Well it is supposed to Byron Buxton, but so far I’m not feeling it. However he is only 21 and had plenty of opportunity to blossom into a superstar. If any of your league mates have gotten impatient with him and dropped him, I suggest you scoop him up. If you are willing to accept a pitcher, take a look at Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell. I am currently stashing both. Otherwise you will have to talk to Prospect Mike…

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  1. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Points League where saves are worth +5, K’s +1, IP +3; and HR’s are worth +4, triples + 3, doubles +2, singles +1…who do you rank top 3 point scorers ROS: Rougned Odor, Kevin Kepsin, Aaron Hicks, Domingo Santana?

    Awesome reads this season man, many thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @Marty Janetty_Was Set Up: I assume you mean Jepsen. I’d have to go with Domingo and Odor and then I’d have to flip a coin on the last two. If Perkins comes back, Jepsen is worthless. Leaning Hicks on that one…

  2. GFY250 says:
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    You do realize that Bryant was graded with near 80 power before hitting the majors right? To compare the 2, Davis hit 21 HRs in 2009 at 23 with a K rate of nearly 36%. Bryant at 23 has hit 24 HRs with a K rate of under 31%. Yes, he’s had more PAs than CD did but Bryant is a top tier prospect where Davis was a tier below when he came up.

    Essentially, Bryant has Davis’ power with better plate discipline. At some point Bryant will cut is K rate to near 25% and hit 40+ HR while stealing 15 bases and driving in 120. Based on his progress this year, that year could be as early as next year. I’ll take Bryant all day over Davis next year. Davis will be 30 and this could be the last time he hit 40.

    • malamoney

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      @GFY250: I was only referring to next season. I won’t be drafting either of them. In two years if Bryant’s strikeout rate is reduced to a reasonable level, I will consider him, but in points leagues that penalize for strikeouts I usually steer clear of high strikeout batters…

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @GFY250: he wasn’t saying he’d not draft them in non-K penalty leagues (i.e. standard leagues), but their pts per game is crap with that many K’s.

  3. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    how do you “know” braun isn’t using those drugs anymore? i’d guess it’s more likely all these guys (more so cruz really, since suddenly he’s upped his career performance at his age by like 30-40% and somehow stayed healthy too for 2 str years?!) just found the newest technology that isn’t detectable yet. V-Mart last year for sure on this one, but appears to have lost the contact number for the dealers.

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: believing these guys suddenly decided to not use these drugs is like assuming a thief will get and keep a straight job after his prison stint, when it’s way more likely he’s just looking for easier thefts. It’s possible, but very rare in human nature, to “reform” from anything.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Mantis Toboggan MD: and wow, didn’t realize trout fell off in pts that much.

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