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Mike (woodbridge, nj)
Good Morning. What are your thoughts on JD Drew? I have been holding onto him waiting for him to thrive in that Boston lineup, but so far, not too much to get excited about. Can we expect some pop from his bat?
Christopher Harris (10:58 AM)
Hi, gang. Thanks for coming this morning. Mike, I own Drew in a couple leagues, too, and it's been frustrating since that first week. Yes, he's going to hit...the big question with Drew is always whether or not he'll stay healthy, and I can't exactly answer for that, but for as long as he's healthy, we can expect him to hit. You have to hold onto him, I think.
Who is replacing Pelfrey in the rotation? Is it only one spot start with El Duque coming back or could they stick?
Christopher Harris (10:59 AM)
Hey, Goose. Pelfrey has been a disappointment...after the way he pitched in Spring Training, it seemed like he was ready for prime time, but now that appears not to be the case. For as long as Jorge Sosa is pitching like he did a couple years ago, my bet is he stays in the rotation, and Pelfrey gets some more seasoning in the minors. In other words: I don't expect it just to be a one-start thing. But Pelfrey will be back this year, for sure.
Bench one out of Schilling, Wang, and Burnett this week. I never seem to get it right.
Christopher Harris (11:01 AM)
Hi, Ben. This week I'd bench Wang. You probably can't ever bench Schilling, and Burnett will have the advantage of Ks over Wang every time. I like him at home against BAL, as opposed to Wang @CHW.
Any idea who's gonna close for the marlins? Is Kim in the mix?
Christopher Harris (11:02 AM)
Hi, Mike. No, I think Kim's headed for that rotation eventually. It'll still be a committee until Henry Owens feels better, but as I wrote this week, if I had to take bets on who'd have the most saves on that team by season's end, I'd say Taylor Tankersley.
Chris, as a follow up to the previous question what about humber?
Christopher Harris (11:03 AM)
Hi, Ryan. Humber would be an option in the second half of the year, but I really think the reason the Mets had the luxury of making this move with Pelfrey was because Sosa has been so completely lights-out in the minors. They're probably thinking that it won't last forever, but for as long as he's getting guys out, he might as well do it for them on the big club. Humber can see time this year, but he's not next in line...unless Pelfrey is terrible in the minors, which I don't expect.
Give me your thoughts on chad orvella. I read on here somewhere he has "elite closer" written all over him...
Christopher Harris (11:06 AM)
Hi, JT. Orvella still has a lot of potential, and he's been good (and relatively young) for every level where he's excelled. But fantasy owners remember last year, when he had the job basically handed to him at the beginning of the season, and he spit the bit. For as long as Al Reyes is around, obviously he's getting whatever saves the Rays muster. If/when Tampa deals Reyes, I wouldn't be surprised to see Orvella get another shot. He throws hard, and he has more than a full season worth of excellent AAA performance.
Rob (Teaneck, NJ)
Chris, Markakis hasn't done much. Should I release him and pick up Cust or Dan Johnson?
Christopher Harris (11:07 AM)
Markakis may be suffering through some sophomore blues, and any advice I'm going to give here is going to be depending on league format (hereafter referred to as "DOLF"). I'd still hold onto Markakis. Cust is a nice, red-hot story, and Dan Johnson isn't far behind, but in the long term, Markakis has more power than Johnson and more average than Cust. He'd be my choice, though I know it's frustrating having to ride it out with him.
What's up with Anthony Reyes? He has a 1.18 WHIP, but no wins and a plus five era. Do you think he's headed for improvement or decline?
Christopher Harris (11:08 AM)
I seem to be the lone defender of the Cardinals' two young (struggling) pitchers every week, both Reyes and Adam Wainwright. I do think it'll get better for Reyes, and I would still own him in mixed leagues. He's got a great arm, but he's gotten eight runs of support in seven starts. The Cardinals are obviously a bit of a mess, but things will get better.
Chris. Frank Thomas is a FA in my league? What can I expect going forward? I could really use some HR's and RBI's. I would have to drop Pence, Willingham, Teahen or Chris Young.
Christopher Harris (11:10 AM)
Hi, Mike. Thomas isn't having the kind of year he had in Oakland, obviously, but he's still a power threat, and hasn't gone on a major tear yet (plus he's about the only Blue Jay who hasn't gotten hurt). In a non-keeper league, I'd own him over Pence for sure. (Not that I don't like Pence...but I think Thomas's production, especially his power numbers, will outstrip Pence during his rookie campaign.)
Andy (New York)
Delmon Young. Just a slump or is there reason for concern long-term?
Christopher Harris (11:11 AM)
I think there's maybe a third option. It's probably not "just a slump," because it's gone on too long. But I don't think there's cause for long-term concern, because the kid is so talented. I think this is a frustrating adjustment period. Young will be a fantasy asset eventually, but in shallow leagues, I can see looking elsewhere. I own him in a couple places, though, and I'm riding it out, simply because I think the rewards (this year) will be worth it.
MAJOR TRADE HELP NEEDED???? I was offered Johan and Konerko for DLee and Tim Hudson.. I was just concerned about Konerko.What do you think?
Christopher Harris (11:13 AM)
Hi, Tom. I understand being concerned about Konerko, because he hit under .200 in April, but he'll hit. I'd do the deal, simply because Santana is such a slow starter (for him); you *know* he'll get awesome again soon.
Up early for your ADVICE!!!! Trade help please before my season is lost. Give: Papelbon and Casey Blake(throw in)get Kent, Verlander and Tom Gordon. I have Myers, Gagne and Jenks as well. 12 team league, 5 SP's and 3 RP's start each week. THANKS!!
Christopher Harris (11:14 AM)
Hi, Sean. Don't worry...it's May 14, your season isn't lost. The prize you're getting is obviously Verlander; Kent will produce, and he's valuable if you're weak at 2B, but Verlander is really what's interesting here. I have him pegged as a top-40 guy for the rest of the year...good, but not great. I do think you might be able to get a better starter (if that's what you need) for Papelbon, but if you also have a big-time need at 2B, you're killing two birds with one stone. I don't hate the deal, though I don't love it.
Who puts up better numbers--Berkman or Rios?
Christopher Harris (11:15 AM)
Berkman, hands down.
I just picked up Contreras and dropped Cabrera! Good Move? Also should I drop Markakis and pick up either Chris Young or Ibanez?
Christopher Harris (11:17 AM)
Hi, Corey. Yes, I like Contreras more than Daniel Cabrera, so that's a fine move. As for Markakis, I have him ahead of Chris Young, but Ibanez is close. If it's a keeper league, obviously you keep Markakis. In a non-keeper league, it's really close. I could see Ibanez. I have him rated just slightly ahead of Markakis in my season ratings, but you never know when an older player (like Ibanez) is going to fall off big-time. My answer is it depends on what you're more comfortable with: a potential sophomore slump, or a potential fading vet.
Ponson released! Who takes the Rotation spot Baker, Garza, Slowey? Heard Baker is front runner, worth owning in Al only league?
Christopher Harris (11:19 AM)
I think I speak for the entire fantasy univers when I say: Finally. It's a four-way race, from what I can tell, between Matt Garza, Glenn Perkins, Kevin Slowey and Scott Baker. If I had to guess, I'd guess Slowey. He's been the best pitcher at AAA in this organization, hands-down, and his blend of really good control with nice offspeed stuff would seem to me to translate best right away. Garza wasn't great in his audition last year, obviously. I actually feel like Baker would be *my* fourth choice, but he's got the most experience for the job. I know nothing inside, but if I had to bet, I'd bet Slowey.
Is Abreu going to snap out of this slump he is in? He looks horrible at the plate?
Christopher Harris (11:20 AM)
Yes, he'll snap out of it. Remember, he's not an elite power hitter. But you're right, Rob, he just *looks* terrible, and that's the kind of thing a good, professional hitter eventually figures out and gets right. Hang onto him.
Who do you want going forward: Kazmir, Bush, Bedard, Maine
Christopher Harris (11:21 AM)
Hi, Bryce. It's a nice problem to have, I guess. I'd rank these guys (for the rest of this year only) thusly: Kazmir, Bedard, Bush, Maine.
Should I bench Atkins in favor of Blalock? Also, with Manny and D. Lee going out yesterday, should I go with B. Giles and Nomar instead?
Christopher Harris (11:23 AM)
Hi, Brian. I don't think Manny is out. I think, in fact, that Terry Francona was disciplining Manny for not hustling on Kevin Millar's eighth-inning hit, before the Sox suddenly rallied for a win. My guess (and it's just a guess, obviously) is that he's fine for this week. As for Lee, "neck spasms" doesn't sound good to me. As of this moment, I haven't heard anything, so if I had to make a choice this very second, I'd take Nomar. But check in on the news later today to be sure if Lee's status gets resolved.
Seth (Valdosta, GA)
"DOLF" aside, I have Lowell and Atkins. To this point Atkins has sucked. If I need pitching help would it be smart to move Lowell and an unneeded closer for Dice-K? What do you see Atkins and Lowell doing from here on out?
Christopher Harris (11:25 AM)
Hi, Seth. Yeah, Atkins has been brutal. Whether or not I'd do the deal would depend on the level of the "unneeded" closer...if it's not a top-tier guy, then yes, I'd do the deal, simply because Lowell is playing above his head. Not that he's not a fine player, but I can't see this continuing. Plus, Atkins will snap out of it. I know that 1 RBI in the last week is brutal, and the prospect of having to start him is scary, but have faith...it has to turn around.
Should i pitch zambrano against the mets tomorrow night? He's been killing my pitching but don't want to miss any starts when he finally perks up.
Christopher Harris (11:27 AM)
Hi, Mike. Yeah, Zambrano has been a mystery. He's supposedly completely healthy. I don't have any explanation or any magical solutions, but I'm of the school that says you start your best pitcher no matter what, unless his appendix just burst. It should be a two-start week for him, which is good for weekly-transaction leagues. He's falling in my estimation, but not enough to bench him yet.
Garrison (Brookline, MA)
Please help. I can't stand to watch Cano go 0 for 1000 any longer. Is it out of the question to drop him yet or is that a possible move given this massive decline in production?
Christopher Harris (11:29 AM)
Hi, Garrison. I used to live on Short Street in Brookline. Yay. Anyway, I wrote a "Big Rotowski" feature about Cano last month, which might be worth looking up if you have the time. (Insert shameless-self-promotion groan here.) I don't think you can drop him, but I also don't think (as I wrote) that the kid's ever going to hit for the kind of average he hit for last year, at least not until he stops swinging at everything. The league is adjusting to his very slight walk rate, and not giving him much to hit. It's the same thing AL pitchers (the good ones, anyway) did to Alfonso Soriano when he was a Yankee. Whether or not Soriano adjusts will be the next question. You probably have to stick with him, or at least try and trade him. Don't drop him.
Tom (Princeton, NJ)
Hey Chris, Pick 2 2-start pitchers out of Dave Bush (@PHI, MIN), Randy Johnson(@COL, @PIT), and King Felix (ANA, SD). Thanks.
Christopher Harris (11:30 AM)
Hi, Tom. Good one. I think I go with Randy and Felix. I like Bush for the rest of this year, but since you've got some great options, let's let Bush get right on his own time, and then you can plug him into your rotation later.
Please help! Should I trad Baldelli and Weathers for Cuddyer or will that be giving up too much? I'm ok with saves and Baldelli's injury history scares me.
Christopher Harris (11:32 AM)
I like Cuddyer and Baldelli about the same this year, and that's accounting for Baldelli's injury history (without it, he's more valuable than Cuddyer). So even though I don't love Weathers (that's an understatement), I do think you're giving up a bit much. See if you can target a slightly better outfielder offering the same combo. (Torii Hunter? Hideki Matsui?)
Jeremy Accardo looks like the real deal as a closer. Do you agree?
Christopher Harris (11:33 AM)
Well, he's got the job, and that's half the battle. It'd be hard to disagree considering he hasn't given up a run yet this year, but it's hard for me to get *too* jazzed about a first-time closer on a team as banged-up as Toronto is. Accardo was also pretty crummy for the Jays last year, setting up for Ryan after he came over from San Francisco. He's worth owning in all formats, but if the question is is he elite, the answer (my answer, anyway) is no.
Looks like Lidge is back to old form! I just dropped Rodney and picked him up. Good Move?
Christopher Harris (11:35 AM)
Hi, Leo. Do I value Lidge more than Rodney? Yes, because Dan Wheeler seems less of a sure thing to hang onto his job than Todd Jones. But do I think either guy will be valuable this year? No, I really don't. Lidge is pitching well, but Phil Garner has been careful to say there's no timetable for his return to the closer's role, and Wheeler has done really well. He's got moxie, something Lidge could do with a little of.
Any injury update on Carlos Lee? They said he got hit in the arm?
Christopher Harris (11:37 AM)
I actually didn't hear anything about it, Sean, so you may have one up on me here. I do know Lee has four straight multiple-hit games, including yesterday, and he's continuing to average about an RBI per game. Here's hoping it's not serious, if this is legit.
Dan (Cleveland, OH)
Wickman comes off the DL tomorrow. Would it be a good call to drop Raphael Soriano?
Christopher Harris (11:38 AM)
If you've got the roster space, I might hold off for a few days. Wickman's back is his trouble, and while he looks to be healthy, you never know for sure until a guy actually gets in a big-league game. If he hurts himself again (a possibility), you'd hate to be the one to have given up on Soriano a day too soon. If you have no choice, though, and it's a shallow league, then yes, Soriano certainly loses much of his immediate value.
Kyle (Hobbs, NM)
Chris, who would you prefer going forward: Beltre, Crede, or Zimmerman? Thanks!
Christopher Harris (11:40 AM)
Hi, Kyle. I think it has to be either Zimmerman or Crede, and believe it or not, I'm stubbornly sticking to my guns on Zimmerman. I'm not getting blinded by Saturday's grand-slam heroics, I promise. I just think he's going to snap out of it and be the guy we remember from his rookie year.
Bart Aurora IL
Dan johnson or Pat Burrell??
Christopher Harris (11:41 AM)
HI, Bart. They play different positions, obviously, so it depends on what you need. If you're looking for pure power, Burrell. If you're looking for...just about anything else, it'd be Johnson. If you're asking me which guy I'd rather have at my Utility spot, I'd say Johnson, just because Burrell hurts you too many other places other than power.
Tom (Yorba Linda, Ca)
Back end of rotation help...are Guthrie or Marcum worth owning in AL only League?
Christopher Harris (11:43 AM)
Hi, Tom. Marcum, I'd have to say not. I know he looked sharp his last time out, but to me he's another of the Blue Jays' generic fifth-starter types. (I wish they'd give Casey Janssen another try.) As for Guthrie, yes, I'd say he was impressive enough yesterday that desperate AL-only owners can give him a shot. He threw *hard* against Boston.
pick one, Delmon, sosa, Helton or Willingham
Christopher Harris (11:44 AM)
Hi, Rich. For me it'd come down to Delmon Young among the OFs you mention, and then in a comparison with Helton, it's a tough one. Right now, there's no question Helton's playing immensely better, so in the short term you might be better off with him. But Delmon has the potential to be better in more categories over the course of the year. He's riskier with higher upside; Helton's safer with lower upside.
2b- Felipe Lopez or Josh Barfield
Christopher Harris (11:45 AM)
Hi, Max. If Lopez has 2B eligibility in your league (and I'm assuming he does given your question), I'd take him over Barfield. And if not, I'd probably still take him, but it's closer, simply because there are more good SS than 2B out there. But I'm probably taking Lopez's proven speed either way.
I was a little afraid that my OF would be the down fall of my team coming into the season, I got Sizemore in the 2nd round and was excited about that but then I had to go for Ordonez and Hunter later in the draft. Right now they both look like the steals of the draft! Can Hunter and Ordonez keep this up? Thanks!
Christopher Harris (11:47 AM)
Hi, Alex. Can they? Sure. Will they? Well, it's not likely. Ordonez's power surprises me...before this upswing so far in '07, he'd been much more of a gap guy since his series of injuries with the White Sox. Perhaps this means he's finally fully healthy, or perhaps it's a blip. Don't get me wrong: I think they're both top-30 OFs in mixed leagues. But I don't think they're top 10 for the rest of the year.
Do you have any players that could be sittin on the wire that could make big 2nd half impacts?
I know it's a few weeks away, but what happens to Cust when Piazza comes back? Do they find somewhere to fit him in, especailly if he stays hot, or does Piazza sit?
Christopher Harris (11:49 AM)
Hi, Jesse. Well, Cust is certainly making a case for a full-time job, isn't he? The problem is going to be that he can't play in the field...he's just terrible. These things do have a way of working themselves out...as you say, Piazza's going to be out for another month or so, and if Cust is still this hot after another several weeks...well, that'll be a nice problem for Oakland to have. It'd be sort of scary if they stick him in the field, though.
How about a Torres question? I picked up Capps in hopes Torres would lose his job, however he's been pitching well recently. Any reason to think that Capps has a shot to close this year?
Christopher Harris (11:50 AM)
Well, given the fact that Torres told reporters he's thinking of retiring at the end of the year, yes, I think there's still reason to think Capps could close. Torres is back from his mini-lull in the back half of April, but I still say that bullpen would be better if the rubber-armed Torres was getting in there more often as a setup guy. It's clear Capps is the guy they want to be the closer of the future; at some point this year, they have to give him a shot.
Paul ( Baltimore,MD )
Will Tom Gordon still be the closer when he returns?
Christopher Harris (11:51 AM)
Hi, Paul. My money says Myers keeps the job even when Gordon comes back. Myers is the team's best pitcher, and it would be stupid not to have him either at the front of your rotation or at the back of your bullpen. Plus, the fact that he's not in the rotation for so long means it'd take him a while to get "stretched out" again. My guess is Myers is the closer.
Can you answer Deluca's question? You posted it but did not answer!!
Christopher Harris (11:53 AM)
Doh. Sorry about that. The problem with a question like that is it's incredibly open-ended. More specific questions, about, say, certain positions are much easier to answer. One guy who'll make an impact? Homer Bailey. He's got to be up soon. Doesn't he?
Could this be the year that Pujols struggles, his supporting cast is terrible? Also, troy glaus , is his heel going to be an ongoing issue?
Christopher Harris (11:53 AM)
Hi, Chris. No and Yes. Pujols is going to be okay. And Glaus's main trouble is always going to be health.
Do you agree with your colleague that rated Gonzalez a top 5 1B?
Christopher Harris (11:54 AM)
Hi, Harry. Top five? No. Top 10. Yes.
Please help--- would you trade Kelvin Escobar for Gorzellaney and Delmon Young?
Christopher Harris (11:55 AM)
Hi, Martin. Yes, that's a deal I would strongly consider, especially if you need outfield help. Escobar to Gorzelanny is a downgrade, but not a huge one, and plus Escobar is such a big injury risk. And as I've said earlier in this chat, I'm still a Delmon believer.
Keeper League Owner
My whole team is held over every season. I have Del. Young, Lind, Markakis, and Alex Gordon. Should I drop any of these guys considering I have all of them? Or should I sit tight and wait? I had no idea they would all slump at once!!
Christopher Harris (11:56 AM)
Lind hasn't been all that bad, but the other three, yes, that's a rough go. If you don't have fantasy bench spots, you might consider trading one of those guys...I have to believe in a keeper league, another owner could work up enough foresight to give you something short-term for one of them, right?
Kazakhstan is the greatest country in the world, all other countries are run by little girls...who would come out on top of Rios & Bay for Beltran? Niiiiice
Christopher Harris (11:57 AM)
Is it criminal to admit I didn't see "Borat"? Whatever street cred I had just went out the window. (That said, I've seen S.B.C. do the character 100 times.) Anyway, Rios and Bay for Beltran? As much as I like Beltran, getting a 2-for-1 on great outfielders is a no-brainer.
Please help..need..saves! Who gets the first shot at closing: Betancourt, Lyon, Pena, or Guardado?
Christopher Harris (11:58 AM)
Hi, Ryan. Obviously none of these guys is any kind of lock, but I think the one with the most value is Betancourt. Great arm, and Borowski just *has* to be exposed at some point, doesn't he?
John Micheal Mitcheletti-Sadderfield (sherman, TX)
Today is my birthday. Christopher, This question is hard! I have Chone Figgins (limping around) and Bill Hall (known for his long stroke) is available. They both have multiple positions, what do you suggest?
Christopher Harris (11:59 AM)
Happy birthday, John. It's a shallow league, I take it, if Bill Hall is available. I probably like Hall better right now, because he helps you in more categories. But if you'd otherwise be desperate for speed, you'd probably have to hang onto Figgy.
Betancourt will get a chance to save before F. Cabrera?
Christopher Harris (12:00 PM)
I don't think Cabrera was one of the pitchers he listed, was he?
Chris (Boogie Down Bronx)
My GF dumped me! please help me! Would you drop Lind to get Garret Anderson?
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
Hi, Chris. Anderson is out with a torn hip flexor, so he wouldn't be the guy I'd target right now.
Carnac the magnificent
Aren't the open ended non specifc questions just the worst? Let me toss you a straight forward softball: I am thinking of 2 players, call them Player A & Player B (can't mention them by name since my competition may be reading) Just shoot me the telepathic vibe on which one to pick up. Thx!
Christopher Harris (12:01 PM)
Player B. I've always thought Player A was a total stiff.
VJ - NYC
PLEASE HELP CHRIS! Everyone seems down on UPTON! Would you trade him for Delmon Young? Or if you needed pitching howabout Sabathia? Thanks!
Christopher Harris (12:02 PM)
Hi, VJ. Down on Upton? Really? I mean, he's having a breakthrough year. That said, I don't think he's this good (and clearly his average is coming down). Sabathia would be a surer thing than Young (as I've chronicled in previous answers today), and that would be a trade I'd try if I needed a starter.
I'm looking for outfield depth,who is the best outfielder going forward,non-keeper.A Kearns,J Guillen or M Bradley?
Christopher Harris (12:03 PM)
Hi, Joseph. I like Kearns better than the other two for this season. Bradley would be second for me.
Josh (Sheboygan, WI)
Have Tom Gordon and Kenny Rodgers, which should I put in the one DL spot I have and which should I dump so I can pick up Turnbow?
Christopher Harris (12:03 PM)
Probably Rogers, simply because it looks like he'll be out far longer. Gordon claims he'll be back this month, though you never know.
Shane (the 6th Boro)
Christopher... kinda weak how Tony killed you off. But it was a surprise. Anyway, if it's not Garza... if a keeper league (I also have Bailey) do you drop him at this point? Also can you talk about what we have seen so far and what to expect from youngsters Butler, Gordon, S.Drew, & A.LaRoche?
Christopher Harris (12:07 PM)
Hi, Shane. Obviously it DOLF, but if it's an even marginally deep keeper league, you probably have to hold onto Garza, even if he's not the one who gets called up for Ponson. (At least if you have fantasy bench spots.) Alex Gordon has obviously struggled, and I think there's a chance he gets sent down when Shealy gets well. LaRoche has been decent, and his leash is longer. Drew has that job for better or for worse, and it's mostly been worse, but I'm not pulling the plug on him yet. Butler's the one who'll be sent down when Shealy comes up if it's not Gordon, but I don't see it happening, because he's hitting really well. He's a must-own in AL-only leagues.
Is it time to cut bait on Chris Duncan? He was the only one hitting in STL but his avg has fallen off a cliff as well over the last few days.
Christopher Harris (12:08 PM)
Hi, Jack. It DOLF for sure. In shallow mixed leagues, you can drop Duncan. In NL-only, I'm probably hanging on. He's a talented hitter, though Encarnacion's return does shake things up a little.
You mentioned a bit on Homer Bailey..I picked him up this weekend like a dope thinking he would start Sunday..do you have any info about what the Reds are going to do with him?
Christopher Harris (12:09 PM)
Hi, Brad. You weren't a dope...there was a huge outcry in Cincy among the media to make Homer the man. Bobby Livingston pitched okay yesterday, but the Reds have an off day, so they're skipping their fifth starter and won't have to make a decision on Livingston until like May 23. So we know Bailey ain't coming up before then. Wayne Krivsky says he wants to wait on Bailey, but I have to believe we're going to see him after the break.
Would you drop Soriano for Accardo, knowing what you said earlier?
Christopher Harris (12:10 PM)
Hi, Sean. It's a delicate moment to be dropping either Atlanta guy just now, until we're absolutely sure Wickman is okay. If you can wait a day without fear of Accardo getting picked up, I'd do it. If not, though, then yes, I'd make that move. Accardo should be owned in all leagues.
Just an FYI, the local papers are claiming that Baker will be called up by saturday to take Ponson's place...
Christopher Harris (12:11 PM)
Thanks, Matt. I'm surprised simply because he doesn't feel like the best candidate to me, and Slowey has pitched so well in the minors. But if that's what the Twins have decided to do, let's get that info out there.
Tim (Cashmere (WA))
The young Mariners are 2 games over .500, what do you think their chances of winning the division are
Christopher Harris (12:12 PM)
Hi, Tim. Well, not great, unfortunately. There are too many holes in the pitching rotation for my liking, though I'd like to have them give Brendan Morrow a shot to fill one of them. It's a winnable division, for sure...I'm underwhelmed by the Angels, and they're the best team out there for as long as Oakland refuses to hit (Jack Cust excepted). I'd put Seattle's chances at like 10%. Now go sign Ichiro!
Contreras or Gorzelanny, who would you rather have for the rest of the season?
Christopher Harris (12:13 PM)
It's close, but DOLF, I'd actually probably rather have Gorzelanny. And I surprise myself a little when I say that.
Tommy Boy (OH----IO)
DOLF Upton, Zambrano for Freel and Johan?
Christopher Harris (12:13 PM)
It's a fair deal. That said, I always like to be the person who gets the best player in a fantasy trade, and if you're the one getting Santana, that'd be you.
if you had webb, cain, lilly,gorzi, and lee as your SP's would you be patient (im 2nd to last in wins, last in losses, bad in k's as well) or trade pujols for a stud SP like oswalt or peavy and get a decent 1st baseman back?
Christopher Harris (12:15 PM)
Hi, Leamon. Man, that's a frustrating group, huh? They're not pitching all that badly, really, but not getting you wins, that's for sure. I think I'd hold tight, under the assumption that it's going to get better. Also, it's scary having to deal Pujols when he's not at the peak of his value.
tony killed off chris? id didn't see last night's episode yet, so thanks for ruining it. a little head's up would be nice!
Christopher Harris (12:15 PM)
Hideki Matsui, give overall stats and where would you rank him out of all outfielders, Thanks
Christopher Harris (12:16 PM)
Hi, Shawn. I have him right around #20 among all outfielders, and maybe around #11 among AL outfielders.
Jessica (New York)
Is it time to sell high on Ken Griffey Jr before he gets hurt again? What about Hardy, Marquis and Looper?
Christopher Harris (12:17 PM)
Hi, Jessica. I can see dealing Junior, though I have to believe most people are going to want to see him do it for longer before they're willing to give up much. Wait another couple weeks, and if he keeps it up, then you'll be talking. I'm not high on any of the three others you mention, and I *would* deal them now, if I could get someone to give a lot.
do you like swiss cheese?
Christopher Harris (12:17 PM)
Why, 'cuz my answers are full of holes?
H2H 5x5 league, should i have 2 or 3 closers? (I have Papelbon and K-Rod)
Christopher Harris (12:18 PM)
Hi, J. I think you're okay with closers. Those are two of the best. If you've got any hitters on your fantasy bench who you never use, and if there are closers available, I could see augmenting with one more. But with those two, I have to believe you're competitive in saves every week.
Jon (Buffalo, NY)
Will Brad Hawpe turn things around? I had way higher expectations for him. Is Hunter Pence a suitable replacement?
Christopher Harris (12:20 PM)
I still like Hawpe more than Pence, though I understand the temptation. He's only had one big year, but I do think his sprained ankle from spring training has continued to slow him down. I wouldn't make this move yet.
bonderman or sheets to start this week in a mixed league??
Christopher Harris (12:20 PM)
Bonderman probably misses a turn because of a cut on his hand, so it has to be Sheets.
Hey Chris, with my closers being Borowski and Torres. Who should I pick up first Capps, Betancourt or Fernando Cabrera?
Christopher Harris (12:21 PM)
Eesh. I think Capps, simply because the possibility that either of the Indians you mention becoming the closer cancels the other one out. Despite what others have said here, I still think Betancourt is next in line in Cleveland, but Capps feels like the best option to me, because he *will* be his team's closer eventually (even if it's not this year).
First no one comes to my ma's funeral, now you won't answer my question. Kelly Johsnon or Alou in the OF for the rest of the season?
Christopher Harris (12:22 PM)
Hi, Mr. Walnuts. Johnson's a good story, and obviously Alou is hurt right now. But assuming Alou gets right, I like him better in the OF for the rest of this year.
Drew (Brookline, MA)
Gardner Road. Thoughts on moving Chris Ray for Rios. Need some OF help, but know how hard saves can be to hold down.
Christopher Harris (12:23 PM)
Hi, Drew. I like Rios, and I think he's a top 30 OF for the rest of the year, but I have to think you could do a little bit better for Ray.
staying on the cards...can izzy keep up this pace? hes been untouchable so far...even on a worse than advertised cards team what are your projections for him? thanks
Christopher Harris (12:24 PM)
Hi, Jeff. No, I don't think Izzy keeps up *this* pace, but he's been a very nice story. Let's face it, the biggest question about Isringhausen wasn't really his stuff, it was his health, and he's passed all tests in that regard. I do think 30 saves is a possibility, but that team has to get better for Izzy to do better than that. All right, guys, one more, and then they're kicking us out of the chat room.
Bedard or Cain for the rest of this year?
Christopher Harris (12:25 PM)
I have to say Cain, by a whisker. Thanks to everyone for coming out today. I'm sorry I can't get to everyone's questions (we had just about 2,500 even submitted today), but please do come back, and I'll try and get to as many as I can next time. See you.