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AJ Mass (11:01 AM)
Good morning, gang! Just started absolutely pouring in my neck of the woods, with thunder and lightning all around. We'll try to get through this chat, but if I "disappear" you'll understand why. Who is up first, while we can?
who goes down Lyons or Wacha?
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Talking about the Westbrook start on Friday. My guess is that its Wacha who goes down, with Lyons staying around. It's good to be a LHP.
Jason (Nashville, TN)
If Braun doesn't think time off is helping his thumb, does that mean surgery? Or does he just go back to playing, but providing no power?
AJ Mass (11:03 AM)
Brewers are certainly hoping time heals all wounds, but certainly if he misses the weekend, a DL trip is going to be in the offing. As for actual surgery... can't make that call for him. Either way, it's a mess.
Is Gyorko worth stashing?
AJ Mass (11:05 AM)
I think so. Obviously, not at the expense of other needs or "better" inured players, but given where he plays and the value he's produced thus far, I'd hang on if I could.
ROS: Iwakuma, Cain, Hamels, Price?
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Believing in Iwakuma. Think he can be a top-10 SP rest of the way.
Wil Myers (TB)
When will I be called up, AJ?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
I'd guess the first few digits have already been dialed. Not long now.
Billy Hamilton (Cincy)
How much longer until I make a fantasy impact this season?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
From what I've been hearing, it sounds like Hamilton's still a September only situation. Things can always change, but that's where we are at present.
You didn't rank ROS for Robert's question, AJ....
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
Read it as one of the above, Hank. But Hamels, Cain, Price for 2-4.
Reddick or Swisher ROS?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Swisher for me at this point, and I was big on Reddick in pre-season. Not sure the wrist holds out.
Is Profar going to stay up? Will he play full time?
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
Not sure the Rangers know yet, but with Kinsler likely back Monday, we're going to know soon. My guess is they send him down and let him play everyday at Triple-A. But it's only a guess.
Schrief (St. Louis)
Thoughts on Porcello the rest of the way. Top 30?
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
I don't see it, simply because the ERA is bound to be too high. The skills are there, but whether it translates to that high a value, I am skeptical.
THC ranks them Hamels, Cain, Iwakuma, Price. Why the difference?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I believe in Iwakuma more than he does, obviously. Comes down to sustainability of the K/BB rate and I think it's very legit.
When will I make my first major league start, and how do you think I hold up ROY?
AJ Mass (11:16 AM)
My guess is next week. Just a matter of time at this point, and Mets may go to 6-man rotation to ease burden on Wheeler and Harvey an stretch out their innings. We all know the scouting report and the reason for excitement, but let's see the first start before projecting on the rest.
Thoughts on Matt Moore?
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Way too wild and if he were 6-5, few people would be as interested in him.
Jon Lester or Travis Wood ROS?
AJ Mass (11:18 AM)
Wood. If only he were to get some run support! He and Shark are dying as a result.
ETA on Nick Castellanos?
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
With Austin Jackson due back, I think that gets back-burnered for a bit. But should Jackson go down again once he returns, I think that's the day.
Will we see M.Kemp anytime soon or is this a lengthy DL?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Haven't heard the latest take on this from Stephania, but I am thinking we're another week away at least.
AJ, Is it time to start believing that Daniel Nava will be a valuable fantasy starter ROS?
AJ Mass (11:23 AM)
We're in June and he's posted better value than Buster Posey thus far. I don't think that continues, but to assume he'll be "valuable" the rest of the way? That's something we should be doing, yes.
Doc Terminus (Passamaquoddy)
Any rumblings about a lingering Puig injury?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
Day-to-day is the word. I'm not going into panic mode until he misses three games here. One day of soreness after the "rumble" is something I can write off.
I am aiming high, but whats the worst pitcher you would take for Longoria?
AJ Mass (11:26 AM)
I think you need a top-20 SP here. But maybe Lance Lynn is the "lowest" I'd go?
Phil (Baton Rouge)
AJ, can't believe nobody has asked about the Braves rotation yet. Thoughts? Who's odd starter out?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I hate to say it, but there's still time for an injury to occur or a starter to implode and have this whole thing work itself out. But the fact Medlen is being quite vocal about his not wanting to be sent to the pen, that makes me inclined to believe that's how the Braves are currently leaning.
Gyp (Tabor Heights)
You'd trade a Top 10 offensive player (Longo) for Lance Lynn? Really?
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
People always read way too much into what I answer. I never said I would trade Longoria at all. But if you also had Manny Machado, for example, and needed help in pitching... then a SP might have more value to you, even if he's not as valuable "in the player universe" as Longoria.
Bobby (South Jersey)
We had a league issue recently. Someone was "persuaded" into a trade (its a Roto League). The trade was Votto/Cano/McClouth/Headley/Lynn for JUpton/Kinsler/Street/Marte/Frazier. It was vetoed...but my question, is that a fair trade?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
I don't even need to get into whether or not it was a fair trade. The fact that you're using the word "persuaded" seems to indicate you think this guy got taken and that the veto is justified because he needs protection from himself. If you allow trades, allow them. Period. End of story.
14 team keeper league, trade Adrian Gonzalez for Corbin?
AJ Mass (11:36 AM)
I would not want Corbin at that price, no. Smoke and mirrors.
JP (Columbus, OH)
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
Waiting on the second cup. Quite seriously, it's pitch black outside. Scary stuff. Waiting for Brad Pitt to drive by chased by some zombies.
Thoughts on Billy Butler - will he turn things around.
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
I don't see a huge difference for the rest of this season.
John (Rainy Mass)
JRoll or IDesmond h2h 10team wkly ROS?
AJ Mass (11:39 AM)
Dickey was dropped him my league. Pick him up in favor of Masterson or Colon? Wins need not apply.
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
I'd probably stand pat with those two, but more inclined to let Masterson go if you forced me to choose.
Tim Tebow (Carrying Brady's Uggs)
When are you drafting me in a 12 team league?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
No. No. Just...no. Stop it. No.
Why are you first contradictory on your opinions, and secondly wrong?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Same reason you use blanket statements in your accusations and secondly, don't cite any evidence to back up your claims.
JFranco (los angeles)
Do you prefer Cano or Holliday? - it seems like it should be obvious but Holliday has scored more runs and has only 2 less RBI...
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
I prefer Cano, but you're right... it's not a question that can be laughed away.
Since when is an 'opinion' wrong?
AJ Mass (11:44 AM)
There's that, too, Shawn.
Thoughts on Tyler Chatwood?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
Willing to take a chance on him. I mean, he's still in the streamers territory, but...
How do you find keeper leagues? Whenever I sign up for leagues I never see an option for a keeper league.
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Get a group of friends together that you know have an interest and start one yourself. The "keeper" aspect simply means the plan is to stick together for years to come, but it's hard to find that "at random" with strangers on the internet.
Crazy to start Morton today?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
Not crazy, but he never had a lot of value when he was 100 percent before...
As crazy as this sounds, who would you prefer ROS; Pujols or Dom Brown?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
I think I'd have to go with Brown and hope the power continues. At some point, the Machine will run out of batteries, and we may have reached that point.
Safe to stream me tomorrow against Miami?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
I would. Bad team and pitch count in rehab was actually pretty good.
You may have the opinion that the earth is flat or that evolution is a myth, but you would be wrong. That is how.
AJ Mass (11:53 AM)
Those would not be opinions, Brad. Those would be facts. (And hence, can be proven wrong.)
Safe to stream me against Miami?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
Mark Reynolds was just waived in my league. Drop Hosmer for him?
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
I can see why you'd want to make that call.
Fact: Some people don't know the difference between fact and opinion.Opinion: That's sad.
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Boo to the ya.
Rank these OFs: Aoki, Hunter,L. Cain, Gardner. Please and Thank You
AJ Mass (11:56 AM)
Aoki, Gardner, Cain, Hunter
I like your point that if your league allows trades, allow them.. but if your league allows vetos, shouldn't there be no issue if they decide to veto a trade?
AJ Mass (11:58 AM)
The point I try to push is that by allowing vetos at all, you're effectively saying you don't really want trades. But yes, if the rules say veto votes are allowed, then you do also have to let those go.
Scott (Milky Way)
Eaton take the field this year, or is it a lost cause at this point?
AJ Mass (11:59 AM)
I don't think you should wait around to find out. Once you need the DL spot, or if you aren't in a keeper, might as well let him go.
AJ Mass (12:00 PM)
That's the lightning strike! Looks like we made it through. Is that a rainbow? Anywho, thanks to all for the questions. We're on twitter (@ajmass) in case I didn't get to your query. Until the next time, that's the fact, Jack!