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You’ve got to be schlitting me, right? There’s actually a pitcher with the last name Schlitter. I was watching a Cubs spring training game last week and this guy was on the mound. It was literally a mound of schlit. I wonder… when he has an awful outing and someone asks him how he pitched, does he say “schlitty”? Another pitcher with an interesting last name is Jeff Manship. Manship! Sounds like the Carnival Cruise line that doesn’t allow any females. Or perhaps it’s the mode of transportation that Sean Doolittle will be offering to the dudes he bought tickets for to fill the seats in Oakland on LGBT Pride Night. And what about Josh Outman of the Atlanta Braves. Is he the guy that told everyone who secretly bought a ticket for the man ship? Any chance Josh Phegley is on that list? Wow, that really got outta hand fast. Did anyone throw a trident?

I’m not quite sure how I plan to approach this weekly points league post, but I do know one thing. This week’s post is dedicated to Slipping Jimmy. If you find yourself asking yourself “who the freak is Slipping Jimmy”, well one, stop asking yourself questions you clearly don’t know the answers to, and two, shame on you for not watching Better Call Saul. I actually had hoped that Jimmy Rollins or Jimmy Nelson or some other player with the name Jimmy had done something of consequence these first couple days of the season to allow me to work a baseball Jimmy into this somehow, but to no avail, James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill stands alone.

Yo Adrian. You did it! No post about fantasy baseball would be complete without mention of the player who has hit five home runs in his first three games and has tallied 39 fantasy points. Adrian Gonzalez is averaging 3 points per plate appearance and is off to one of the best starts many have ever seen. Sadly I do not own him, but luckily I am not going against him. Can he keep this up, obviously not, but his stock has certainly skyrocketed.

If you came into week 1 with a outfield of Jose Bautista, Starling Marte, Charlie Blackmon and Evan Gattis you were probably feeling pretty confident. Well so far these disappointments have combined for 29 strikeouts and -19 points in 50 at bats. That’s a combined strikeout rate of 58 percent. Holy strikeouts, Batman!!! Speaking of Batman, those of your in your late 30’s or older might appreciate the return of Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in an upcoming animated project. While we are on the subject of strikeouts, both George Springer and Giancarlo Stanton have five of them in just eight at bats. And neither of them have a home run yet. Any bets on who hits one first? Did I mention Alex Rodriguez has a homer and would have had another Wednesday night had the weather cooperated.

In 13 at bats Nick Hundley has five fantasy points. In one at bat Wilin Rosario has six, proving Walt Weiss is also bad at math.

After Adrian Gonzalez, the next three hitters with the most points are Nolan Arenado (23), Corey Dickerson (21) and Carlos Gonzalez (19). What do these players have in common…? They are all Colorado Rockies. Oh, that explains it, everyone hits well in Colorado. While that is true, the Rockies haven’t yet played a home game. Say whaaat. That’s right. With Troy Tulowitzki not far behind with 15 points, the 3-0 Rockies are poised to score a boat load of points.

While it’s next to impossible to really put much stock in just three games worth of statistics, that doesn’t mean I not going to try. Two players that stick out so far are Adam Lind and Lorenzo Cain. In ten at bats Lind has three singles, two doubles and a home run. If he can stay healthy, he might just have a productive season in Milwaukee. Keep an eye on him as I am sure he is on your waiver wire. And as for Cain, I am a slight twitch away from adding him to my team. If my league didn’t institute a maximum pickups per week rule this year, he’d already be on my team. With five hits, a homer, 4 RBIs and a stolen base, he has the potential to hit 10+ homers and steal 25+ bases. And that’s me quoting Grey who might have unknowingly been quoting me if this post came out two days ago.

Two additional players I am keeping track of daily are Devon Travis and Julio Iglesias. Did I say Julio, I mean Jose. Perhaps I was thinking of Julio Franco. Both have the potential to be valuable assets in points leagues. By the way, Julio Franco is still playing baseball at the age of 56!

What do Felix Hernandez, Carlos Carrasco, Johnny Cueto and Scott Kazmir have in common besides the fact that they pitch in the Major Leagues? They all struck out ten batters in their first start this season putting up a nice chunk of points. Felix, Cueto and Kazmir needed seven innings to accomplish the feat while Carrasco needed just six and a third. Of the four, only Cueto failed to record a win. It’s pretty difficult, and perhaps pointless, to try and make much out of just one start, so I’m only going to mention one more pitcher. Trevor Bauer. The illegitimate son of Jack Bauer, the man who saved the world nine times in nine days. Here’s what Jack had to say after Trevor was pulled after pitching six innings of no-hit baseball. “DAMMIT!!!

Over 15 innings, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir combined to allow the Texas Rangers two hits, no runs and 13 punch outs. Against those same Rangers, teammates Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman allowed 14 hits and ten earned runs in just 9.1 innings pitched. Hopefully Graveman didn’t give up his day job at the cemetery. I’m not ready to jump ship on either of them quite yet, but I am closer than I was a few days ago.

Here are some players, besides the super obvious, that have a chance (according to Hitter-Tron) to score more than their fair share of fantasy points over the next week or so. Pablo Sandoval, Neil Walker, Josh Donaldson and Ike Davis.

Slipping Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun!

 

 

  1. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Very nice write up malamoney! Really enjoyed it!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.

  2. Jason says:
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    Hahn or D Norris?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason: Norris. Also like his RP eligibility.

  3. Jason Morgan says:
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    Great stuff malamoney!
    Slippin Jimmy is the man. Really enjoyed the show and this writeup.

    I’ll ask you the same question I asked Grey since it seems you are the points guy.

    Ranks these batters: Cain, Souza and Lamb
    How are you stashing for saves between Giles, Ottavino, Osuna and Marshall?

    Thanks for the points articles.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jason Morgan: Thanks Jason. How do you feel about your re-cast on General Hospital? Personally I am more of a Steve Burton fan, but that’s just me.

      Cain then Souza then Lamb. I actually drafted Souza and I actually picked up Cain this morning. I don’t know who in my personal league reads my posts, so I’ve got to stay one step ahead of my posts.

      Giles or Ottavino. Not sure. If you asked me a few days ago I would have said Giles, but hasn’t looked good and Hawkins already being chased by pitchforks and tridents!

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks. Ha, you know your GH. Yeah, I think Billy Miller is an ok actor, but there is only one Jason Morgan.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Jason Morgan: I couldn’t agree more!

  4. Tom says:
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    Excellent read as usual. I have Danny Santana as my SS currently and watches as Alicides and Lowrie were snatched up this week. Aybar, Iglesias, Crawford, Brad Miller, and Hardy are some others who are available right now. Might ride it out a little longer with Santana.

    I’m hanging on to AJ Pollock but definitely considered dropping him for Cain. Not sure if Pollock will be playing everyday. What do you think there?

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: Also, any preference on Avila or Norris over Martin at Catcher?

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Tom: Martin then Norris then Avilla. You can’t judge on only 3 games. In points leagues, I’m sticking with Martin.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Tom: If you league penalizes for strikeouts then I have Aybar ahead of them all including Santana.

      I wouldn’t drop Pollock for Cain quite yet. As far as I know Pollock will be playing every day.

  5. phil says:
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    Need to pick up a C Nick Hundley, Flowers , Avila ?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @phil: Avila

  6. Colonel Angus says:
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    How would you feel about starting Bud Norris at home against the Jays this morning?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Colonel Angus: I wouldn’t be very thrilled about it…

      • Colonel Angus says:
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        @malamoney: Cool. I won’t then.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Colonel Angus: Seems like only a matter of time until Bautista and Donaldson go yard. What better place to do it than at homer friendly Oriole Park.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Colonel Angus: 3 IP, 7 hits, 8 earned runs

  7. Sange76 says:
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    12 team h2h points keeper league
    C darnaud
    1b pujols
    2 b Walker
    3b Santana
    Ss Hanley
    Of Brantley (rd 12 keeper)
    Of marte
    Of Gordon
    Utility Harrison (rd 13 next year)
    Utility Blackmon
    Bench a Escobar
    Bench Buxton (rd 16 next year)
    Sp scherzer
    Sp Arrieta
    Sp Richards (DL)
    Sp iwakuma
    Sp Greene
    Sp Carlos Martinez (rd 14 next year)

    Hang tough with Blackmon, who looks
    To be on the bench vs lefties or drop for:
    Cain, lind, Markakis or lamb?
    Or
    Hang tough until Garrett Richards comes off the DL, then unDL Richards for Blackmon. Leaves me short on the hitter bench but, that’s a pretty sweet 6 man rotation (can roster 6 sp and actuvate 5, can have 4 RP and activate 3.
    7 SP start limit a week in my league)
    no need to hope and stream, and leaves me with a full set of RP every day…

    Also what’s your view on having too many guys on the same team. I’m a little royals and pirates heavy…or is it a nice stack on decent offensive teams? It’s not like I’m rolling with 4 Twins or Rays….just curious.

    Thanks! Absolutely love the points leagues write-ups. Should be promoted to daily my friend!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      Sorry. Closer are Cody Allen, hector Rondon and zach Britton. Traded cole Hamels for Arrieta and Britton after the draft. Score!!!

      • malamoney

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        @Sange76: Nice trade. I don’t put much stock into Hamels first start and expect him to rebound, but I like what I saw from Arrieta and to get a closer in the deal too!

    • malamoney

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      @Sange76: Thanks! Don’t have the time to go daily.

      I’d hold on Blackmon for now. It’s only been 3 games and he has yet to play at home. If he does become only a starter vs righties, then I’d be fine with dropping him for an everyday player such as Cain. But as far as I know he’s a regular starter. Just keep an eye on the situation and I will do the same.

      I’ve got no problem with having multiple players from the same team if they are valuable to your team. A lot of times it will result in double points when one player drives in another. You get the run scored and the RBI, etc.

  8. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Malamoney!

    Looking forward to every Friday write-ups for points leagues…

    keep up the good work man!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks Rico. I’ll see you on Fridays! In the meantime don’t hesitate to ask any questions…

  9. Lville Jim says:
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    Have Joey Bats in three different points leagues. A very disappointing start to say the least coming off a nice spring training. Can do nothing but run him out there everyday, see he was 3-3 today before a calf cramp got him removed.

    • malamoney

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      @Lville Jim: It’s only been a few games. However, Joey Bats is a must start unless on the DL.

  10. Jerry says:
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    Hey Malamoney! Do you like Shane Greene, McCarthy, Wade Miley, or CJ Wilson? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Jerry: McCarthy and then CJ…

  11. FrankGrimes says:
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    Adam West best work
    will always be the show
    that unfortunately never got picked up

    http://youtu.be/dBQ3HbB0c8Y

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Stern was talking about this recently. Didn’t Conan O’Brien write that?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @malamoney: @malamoney:
        yup with Smigel I believe
        Harvey working out for me so far.
        Good shit talking me off the ledge last week haha

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @FrankGrimes: oh man, that’s TV funhouse Smiegel (and the incomparable triumph of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, nice).

  12. Ron says:
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    Great work as always. Going to be looking forward to Fridays.

    Scoring Format:
    RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1.25), 2B (+2.5), 3B (+3.75), HR (+5), BB (+1), SO (-1), SB (+1), CS (-0.5)
    WIN (+5), LOSS (-3), SAVE (+2), BS (-1), K (+1), ER (-1), HOLD (+1), QS (+3)

    Team:
    C – Lucroy
    CI – Donaldson, Carpenter
    MI – Kinsler, Reyes
    OF – Trout, Brantley, Holliday
    Util – R. Zimmerman, Hosmer
    BN – Melky, Segura

    SP – Arrieta, Gray, Kennedy, McHugh, Keuchel
    RP – Carrasco, Shoemaker
    BN – Pineda

    1) I have an open bench roster spot. Guys like Butler, Vogt, Lind, Aoki, Markakis, Mauer, D. Travis, Eaton, Snider, Span are on the wire. From this group, who are your top 3 to consider grabbing in order?

    2) Is the ‘zero closer’ method something that can be carried through the entire year or is it more just a draft strategy and every team should have at least 1 closer at some point?

    Thanks.

    • malamoney

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      @Ron: Putting them in order is difficult, but my top three would be Lind, Markakis and Snider. Span would normally be number one in this list for me, but he’s currently injured.

      I do not advocate the “zero closer” method in points leagues at all. Hopefully nothing I’ve said has given you such an impression. I don’t advocate not drafting a closer either. Except in shallow leagues with small benches where a majority of starting closers will be on the wire.

    • malamoney

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      @Ron: And by the way, thanks for the compliments. I’ll be here every Friday…

  13. Zoot says:
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    LOVE the Points League articles addition to Razzball! Keep em coming PLEASE!

    Im in a 14 team, h2h, points league.

    Here’s my team…. Do you think I’m ok with that staff? I love Kluber and Cueto… but after that I’m feeling a little uncomfortable. Was banking on Ryu/Fiers as my 3/4… The last two spots with Chen and Hudson have been guys I’m streaming. hoping to hit.

    C – Derek Norris
    1B – Eric Hosmer
    2B – Ian Kinsler
    SS – Danny Santana
    3B – Matt Carpenter
    OF – Andrew McCutchen, Nelson Cruz, Mookie Betts
    U – David Ortiz

    SP(7) – Corey Kluber, Johnny Cueto, Mike Fiers, Shelby Miller, Daniel Norris, Wei-Yin Chen, Tim Hudson
    RP(2) – Drew Storen, Brad Boxberger

    Bench Bats (4) – Steve Pearce, Willin Rosario, Jake Lamb

    DL(3) – Hunter Pence, Kenley Jansen, Hyun-Jin Ryu
    Minors (2) – Hector Olivera, Miguel Sano

    • malamoney

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      @Zoot: Thanks Zoot. I plan to post every Friday.

      Cueto and Kluber are a heck of 1-2 punch. The K’s were there for Fiers, he just needs to cut down on the hits. It was his first start. I still have some hope for him. Shelby threw 5 scoreless, so that promising. I have hopes for him this season too. And if Ryu can come back from his injury, your staff is looking pretty good for a 14-team league. And let’s see how Norris settles into the big leagues.

      The only players on your team that I don’t like are Santana and Cruz. I think Cruz is way overrated and is in store for a let down season.

      • Zoot says:
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        @malamoney: Thanks man, I will be coming back every Friday for sure…

        I’ve been trying to move Santana and or Cruz for a SS upgrade. Especially with Pence coming back soon.

      • Zoot says:
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        @malamoney:

        thinking of trying to move Cruz for Starlin Castro and a SP.. Pineda or Chris Archer.. thoughts? not enough?

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          @Zoot: I don’t think I’d make that trade just yet. I’m not that high on Castro to be honest…

  14. nuclear molars says:
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    Nice write up! Do you think Avila will keep things going? If so Avila or Gomes?

    • malamoney

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      @nuclear molars: Thanks. For now, Gomes, but I’d keep an eye on the situation. I do not expect Avila to put up crazy numbers, but he is on a good team that will score runs and make things happen.

  15. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    you beat me to using the monkey with the machine gun line…. drat.

  16. al says:
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    Should I make moves for guys like Brantley, Rollins, A. Escobar? WHo to drop?

    And should I drop for anyone Norris, Fiers, Hahn, Eovaldi, Bauer, Smyly or Greene?

    10 Team H2H Points; Scoring:
    HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1), SB (+1) , CYC (+5)
    WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    (1) C: Lucroy
    (1) 1B: Freeman
    (1) 2B: Kinsler
    (1) SS: Andrus
    (1) 3B: Donaldson
    (3) OF: A. Gordon, J. Heyward, M. Cabrera
    (1) UT: JD Martinez
    Bench: (A. Rendon)

    (4) SP: Scherzer, L. Lynn, P. Hughes, McHugh
    (3) RP: Chapman, Kimbrel, C. Martinez [SP/RP]
    Bench: (Hutchinson, Paxton, Bauer, Cobb)
    Bench Total: (5)

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @al: Are you saying Michael Brantley is available?

      • al says:
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        @malamoney: Yup he was just dropped because I think people are worried about his health? So obviously now is the time to use my number 1 waiver?

        • malamoney

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          @al: I would

  17. Tom says:
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    I know how you feel about Kershaw, but what do you think of this deal?
    My Kershaw, Panda, and Danny Santana for Hanley, Donaldson, and Hammel?
    @malamoney:
    What do ya think?!
    C Russell Martin C | TOR
    1B Albert Pujols 1B | LAA
    2B Ian Kinsler 2B | DET
    3B Pablo Sandoval 3B | BOS
    SS Danny Santana OF,SS | MIN
    OF Matt Holliday OF | STL
    OF Adam Jones OF | BAL
    OF J.D. Martinez OF | DET
    OF Ryan Zimmerman OF | WAS
    U Mookie Betts OF | BOS
    Bench:
    OF A.J. Pollock OF | ARI

    SP Gerrit Cole SP | PIT
    SP Mike Fiers SP | MIL
    SP Clayton Kershaw SP | LAD
    SP Corey Kluber SP | CLE
    SP Collin McHugh SP | HOU
    RP Aroldis Chapman RP | CIN
    RP Huston Street RP | LAA
    Bench:
    SP Homer Bailey SP | CIN
    SP Carlos Martinez RP,SP | STL
    SP Brandon McCarthy SP | LAD
    SP James Paxton SP | SEA
    RP Daniel Norris RP | TOR

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom:
      The scoring system:
      Singles 1 point
      Doubles 2 points
      Triples 3 points
      Walks (Batters) 0.5 points
      Caught Stealing -1 point
      Hitting for the Cycle 10 points
      Ground Into Double Plays -0.5 points
      Hit by Pitch 0.5 points
      Home Runs 4 points
      Strikeouts (Batter) -0.5 points
      Runs 1 point
      Runs Batted In 1 point
      Stolen Bases 1 point

      Walks Issued (Pitchers) -0.5 points
      Blown Saves -2 points
      Complete Games 3 points
      Earned Runs -1 point
      Hit Batsmen -0.5 points
      Innings 1.5 points
      Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
      Losses -6 points
      No-Hitters 15 points
      Perfect Games 20 points
      Quality Starts 1 point
      Saves 6 points
      Wins 6 points

    • malamoney

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      @Tom: It’s a fair trade, but I don’t like how it leaves your pitching staff. It does give you one hell of an infield though.

      It’s a real tough call.

  18. Steven says:
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    Hello, have Rendon at second and unsure when he is actually coming back. Have been playing D Travis but N Walker was just dropped. Would you grab him over keeping Travis for potential? Also Martin or Vogt have wieters on dl waiting. 10 team points league (-1 each k and Cs)

    Thanks

    • malamoney

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      @Steven: The answer should probably be Walker, but I’m leaning towards Travis. I like what I’ve seen so far. But if you want to play if safe, then Walker. Tossup at carcher. Slight edge to Vogt.

      • Steven says:
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        Ok thanks. One more ? 2 backup outfielders rest of season Markakis/Choo/Calhoun which one has to go?
        Ten team points league
        Single 1
        Double 2
        Triple 3
        Walks 1
        Stolen bases 2
        Runs 1
        RBI 1
        HR 5
        HBP 1
        Grand slam 8
        Cycle 10
        Caught stealing -1
        Strikeout -1

        • malamoney

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          @Steven: I’d keep Calhoun and Choo…

          • Steven says:
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            That’s who I was thinking. Do you think Ian Kennedy is worth holding onto if he is taking a roster spot due to dl being full?

            • malamoney

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              @Steven: I’d hold him for now. It’s apparently just a mild hamstring issue.

  19. Ron says:
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    Scoring Format:
    RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1.25), 2B (+2.5), 3B (+3.75), HR (+5), BB (+1), SO (-1), SB (+1), CS (-0.5)
    WIN (+5), LOSS (-3), SAVE (+2), BS (-1), K (+1), ER (-1), HOLD (+1), QS (+3)

    I’m trying to fill out the backend and bench of my roster. I have Util and bench spots that I would use them in. From the (exhaustive) list below, who are your Top 5 going forward in order?

    Pagan, Melky, Segura, Aoki, Span, Kiermaier, Butler, Markakis, Cuddyer, Mauer, Prado, Lind

    Thanks!

    • malamoney

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      @Ron: Melky, Markakis, Butler, Lind, Kiermaier, Segura. But honestly that’s a tough list to sort through.

      • Ron says:
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        @malamoney: What are your thoughts on the oh so hot hitting Canha, Kendry Morales and Gose?

        In your estimation, do any bump these guys off the list – Melky, Markakis, Butler, Lind, Kiermaier, Segura?

        • malamoney

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          @Ron: They’d certainly factor in. Probably slot them in after Kiermaier. But as I said earlier, the ordering of this list will probably change daily. It also has to do with what players will compliment your bench best…

  20. Ron says:
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    Would you trade R. Zimmerman for Rendon right now?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Ron: Yes

      • Ron says:
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        @malamoney: The injury does scare me but Im going high risk high reward. I’m going to go for Rendon first and if I miss on him then I will try for Zobrist.

        Thanks for the advice!

        • malamoney

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          @Ron: If this is a keeper league than Rendon over Zobrist for sure. If not, I am torn. Zobrist looks good and is eligible at 2B, SS and OF.

  21. Ron says:
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    Staying on the R. Zimmerman theme, would you trade him for Zobrist?

    • malamoney

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      @Ron: Yes

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