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May 11, 1:46 PM ET
Fantasy Baseball Focus

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:01 PM)

'Sup my fellow fantasy freaks? How is everyone? let's get it on...

andrew syracuse ny

FAUSTO CARMONA!!! he is a free agent in my league. should i pick him up after his complete game shut out today and can he keep it up?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:03 PM)

'Cuse in tha house! I went to SU myself... anyways, yeah, I've been high on Carmon for a while. Remember, he was lights out in the bullpen last year before his ill fated closer stint. He's a good pitcher and the Indians are not in the position of getting rid of good pitchers. So yes, he's definitely legit and I bet he stays in the rotation even when Westbrook comes back.

Joe (Arizona)

Just dropped Wainwright and picked up Washburn. Will I regret it?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:03 PM)

Yes. Washburn sucks

Rich (Richmond)

Is it now the quasi-daily TRUM? Need me some TRUM daily! (and none of this mailing it in non-sense).

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:05 PM)

Hey Rich: I worte one yesterday but it was rejected. I'm.. um... still trying to fit my style into what makes sense for ESPN.com... One today should be up soon. I hope.

Joe (Arizona)

Yes, but Wainwright has sucked worse this year.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:06 PM)

Wainwright has actual skill and has struggled. Washburn just sucks period. No upside there.

JJ(NYC)

Please answer this question! PLEASE! I have JJ Hardy and Derek Jeter on my team right now, I am riding with Hardy right now. Who's going to have the better overall year? Thanks.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:07 PM)

How insane is this that this is sort of a legitimate question? DJ will, but I've been saying for a while that Hardy is legit. he hit for power in the minors, but never like this. I say he finishes around 25 HR, 90 RBI

Matt (Austin)

Some schmuck in my leaguie just traded away Mauer and Francoeur for Pence and Posada. This is a dynasty league...I have to veto, right?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:08 PM)

No, I don't think so. Mauer over Jorge, but Pence over Franc for keeper purposes. I wouldn't veto it

JJ (NYC)

Matthew u misspelled wrote.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:10 PM)

yeah, it's all about trying to answer as many questions as possible. i'm a bad typer.

Matt (Boston)

I dropped Wainwright for Contreras, does he suck too?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:10 PM)

kinda, yeah

Brad(NM)

25 hr's? JJ's already got 13! So you're saying Hardy's reached his peak and will hit less hr's over the next four months than he has in his one and a half? Cmon Mr. Roto

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:12 PM)

Yes. 25 HR is legit from a SS, but do I see him hitting 13 HR every six weeks? No. I say he ends the year with under 30 HR. But at the start of the year, saying JJ Hardy would hit 25 or so HR would be laughed at - he doesn't have that kind of power

Bill (CT)

Kelly Johnson or Chris Duncan for an OF slot?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:13 PM)

I like both guys, but would rather have Duncan. The Cards are not this bad...

Pat (NY, NY)

Wish I was from cuse maybe this question would get answered. Is carlos gomez going to stay up and hit? I need a RF.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:14 PM)

yes and yes. The Alou going on the DL opens up PT for Gomez. I like him...

Ryan (Rochester)

JJ in NYC - you misspelled 'you'

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:14 PM)

awesome

Miguel (LA)

Would you trade Burrell for Wainright?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:14 PM)

No

Rejected TRUM ( CT)

I had JJ Hardy and dropped him cause all you fantasy experts said he couldn't continue at this pace. You suck.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:16 PM)

Not true, actually. I can only speak for myself, but I said in many columns, online video and on Mike and Mike that he was legit and continue - back when he had 6 HR. But come on. You gotta think for yourself too....

Mike (Pittsburgh)

Ryan from Rochester - you're a loser

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:16 PM)

Now guys are calling each other out. Hilarious

Frank (Clevland)

Better stats this year at 1B? Garko, Thorman, Blake? I need one today

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:17 PM)

Garko, Blake, Thorman but I like all 3

Michael (Portland, ME)

Start Nolasco at the Bucs tonight?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:18 PM)

Yeah totally. Nolasco's great on the road...

John (South Jersey)

Start Andrew Miller tomorrow? and what are your expectations for the rest of the year?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:19 PM)

No and I do not think he sticks - they have said they're sending him right back down no matter what.

Mike (DC)

Hey there are other Shortstops besides Hardy!!! Like Tejada. Is he french toast?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:19 PM)

No, Tejeda will get it together. He WILL be traded, I'm just sure of it. And he's hitting for average. The power will come

Dan (DC)

Should I drop Wainwright for Jorge Sosa?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:20 PM)

Yes, like Sosa a lot...

Greg (Philly)

Is Dan Johnson legit? Will he hit .295 and 20 HR's?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:21 PM)

yes and Yes. Easy.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:21 PM)

yes and Yes. Easy.

Ryan (NYC)

Pick one of each three headed close-monster: Soria, Dotel, or Riske? Tankersley, Owens, or Gregg? Duchscherer, Calero, or Embree?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:23 PM)

All will be volatile all season except OAK when Street comes back. For tonight? I say Riske, Gregg and Kiko. Duke is hurt and Soria has given up an ER in 4 of his last 5 appearances.

John (South Jersey)

What makes you the leading expert of all the fantasy experts on espn? What do you feel like separates your personally as well?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:26 PM)

You'd have to ask my bosses the first question. Honestly, there's no such thing as an expert. I've played for 23 years and I've written proffesionally about it for 8 and people seem to enjoy my style. But it's not for everyone - which is also good. I'd rather be interesting and a bit controversial than just boring and not hated but not loved either. I will say that folks that have kept track of me over my career say I hit at about 75%, which is a pretty good rate. On the Fantasy show last year, my success was over 80% (Stephen Jackson notwithstanding)

Douglas (Baltimore)

Is the 2007 Player Rater for ESPN League Members only? I'm a paid insider subscriber, as well as a paid TMR subsriber, but my league is actually housed elsewhere. How can I get the ESPN Player Rater?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:27 PM)

The player rater is coming but yes, it's currently only avail to those that play on ESPN. But it's similar to the Stat Rat if you're a TMR guy

Your style

You say your style is not for everyone, Apparently that includes your editor.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:28 PM)

Noticed that, did ya?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto

I'm no expert at all. I'm just a glorified computer geek who is good at statistics. I never played a game of baseball in my life!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:28 PM)

True that

Janet (San Fran)

GIVE ME SOME FANTASY LOVIN'!!!!! Lind or Dukes in a non-keeper. Thanks.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:29 PM)

Unpopular answer, but I like Lind slightly more this year

Joe (NJ)

Final numbers for Bill Hall and Erik Bedard?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:30 PM)

Hall: 25 HR, .280, 85 RBI Bedard: 3.70 ERA, 200 K, 13 W

Spencer (Orange County)

Which Call is worse: The Phantom Doug Eddings dropped 3rd strike or suspending Amare and Boris for Game 5.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:31 PM)

Great question. I say Doug Eddings but I'm an Angels fan

Kevin (San Diego)

Brendan Harris - for real or not?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:32 PM)

yes, for real...

Matt (Rhode Island)

If I add Jorge Sosa, who should I drop: E. Santana, Hendrickson, Marquis, or Washburn.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:32 PM)

Washburn

Brian (Concord NH)

Better keeper long term: Zimmerman or Gordon?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:33 PM)

Zimmerman for the rest of this year and next. Over their career, Alex.

James (DC)

What the heck is TRUM?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:33 PM)

My blog. Stands for Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless Info and Musings.

Cesar Cabral, Montclair, NJ

ESPN's Daily Notes are largely really good. But why is it that on a site where all the writers talk about the dangers of small sample size, your "Daily Notes" writers recommend that I sit Mike Cuddyer because he's 2-14 against Paul Byrd and Carl Crawford because he's 0-8 against Brendan McCarthy? Yet I should start Blalock because he's 4-13 against Fossum, not mentioning Blaylock has a sub .650 OPS against lefties in his career? There countless examples of similar specious arguments.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:36 PM)

Well, because we try not to have obvious things like "Start Johan"... so when you're dealing with players that are available on a lot of waiver wires, there's not a lot of data there... we try to put the stats in as much as possible to show that it's IS a small sample size but unfortunately it's all you can do...better than nothing and if you've been following them, they usually are spot on. Carlos Pena, Randy Wolf, Jorge Sosa all yesterday...

Chris (maine)

Fausto Carmona has a K/9 of 3.7 and a BAA of .275, plus he'll pitch half his games in the Jake. He sounds like a lesser version of CM Wang. Can you elaborate a little on why you're so high on him? Thanks TMR!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:37 PM)

Yeah, but last year his k/9 was 6.99. I don't disagree that the underlying numbers a re a bit troubling and certainly, I expect some inconsistency, but it's a very good team behind him, I've never been a Westbrook guy... I just like him.

Rob (Teaneck, NJ)

Helton for Konerko? Is that a good buy low/sell high?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:38 PM)

Yes and no. Good buy low on Konerko who WILL get it going. But Helton is legit. He bulked up and is healthy this year finally.

Joe (Squarejaw, NY)

Hey Matty. help me out! I have Chris B. Young on my bench - Is it time to start him? Would he be a better play over Granderson or Dejesus?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:39 PM)

I like all those guys but yes, I'd rather have him over Dejesus

Jeff (San Diego)

Can you post your TRUM on TMR, when ESPN rejects it?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:39 PM)

yes and I do except for yesterday's

Joe (Squarejaw, NY)

AJ Burnett: Drink the Kool-Aid?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:41 PM)

No, I don't think so. He's too inconsistent, he has a terrible schedule (BOS and NYY) and his bullpen has a lot of question marks. Last night aside, he generally has a poor WHIP... I've never been a huge fan

Gary Sheffield (Detroit)

Lightning round!!! My final numbers this season...

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:42 PM)

27 HR. .302, 95 RBI

Mickie (DC)

Lets see your if you have any real life expertise! Bottom of the 9th bases loaded with 1 out. Down 5-3, will the Mets win?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:42 PM)

LOL

Ryan (NY)

Pence or Chris B Young the rest of the way?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:44 PM)

Wow, that's a tough one too. But I'm gonna say CBYoung. But it's very very close. I just thnk Pence slows down once the league gets a book on him. He's terrific - and for real - but so is CBY

Viv - CT

O. Cabrera or Ryan Theriot? Thanks!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:45 PM)

People never give O Cab (I call him O Cab) enough love. But The Riot is The Real Deal. Him by a slim margin

Seth (Valdosta, GA)

Alright Berry make up for the lack of TRUMS by answering this: CARMONA or BUSH?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:46 PM)

I'd say Carmona, but I'm one of the few that isn't that high on Bush. My guess is most others would say Bush...

Ryan(MI)

You da man TMR - is it time to sell Torii Hunter or did I miss it by a week?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:46 PM)

Gosh, shucks. And you didn't miss it because Torii is legit. Another guy that always goes lower than he should. Remember, contract year for Torii. He's 20/20...

Eric (College Park, MD)

Yoo Matty...12 Team Mixed H2H...Please rank these current closers in terms of overall value for the rest of the season....SORIA REYES DEMPSTER TORRES and ACCARDO...THANKS...by the way did Gerry McManamara graduate yet!?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:47 PM)

Accardo, Reyes, Dempster, Torres, Soria and you gotta think Gerry's a NBDL all star at some point, right?

Mary (Los Angeles)

Okay, now we're curious, what was yesterday's column about that you couldn't post it on TMR either????

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:48 PM)

About that exact subject

Mike (Indy)

Joe Blanton's final stats?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:49 PM)

120 K, 14 W, 3.80 ERA

SprungOnSports (Long Island)

Fact or fiction: Jack Cust will hit for 20 homers this season.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:49 PM)

Fact. but not much more. He is as sell high as it gets.

Freddie (NYC)

I HATE RYAN DEMPSTER!!!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:50 PM)

don't we all, Freddie. Don't we all...

Matt,MPLS

Victorino, Cust or Chris B Young?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:51 PM)

Victorino actually. He's been terrific. Skightly ahead of CBY... I count for speed, which is much more rare than power

Ryan Dempster

Even I hate me....

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:51 PM)

LOL!

Sadie (Portsmouth, NH)

Hey TMR! Which one sits tonight out of Crawford, Bonds and Willingham? Seems like a no-brainer, but Bonds has been cold the past week and the Hammer has been hot. What do you think? Thank you!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:52 PM)

Yeah, FLA hits Armas really really well too.... I might sit Crawford actually, as Kameron Loe is good on the road...

Scott (FL)

Will Rich Harden make more than 15 starts?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:52 PM)

Yes. But not a lot more.

Douglas (San Ramon, CA)

Is James Shields the real deal and is he worth owning? Drop Owens for HIm? I have F. Cordero, Reyes and Accardo as my RP's.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:53 PM)

Yes he is for real. Yes drop Owens for him.

Jason (West Orange)

Who do you see as the top candidate to replace Huston Street?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:54 PM)

It's Kiko Calero now that Dukes is on the mend

Ryna Dempster's Mom

I hate him too!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:54 PM)

Come on, I had to post that...

John (Seattle)

Yo Matt, what do you make of the Pirate's closer situation now and down the road? Does Capps ever take over?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:55 PM)

He's gotta.. but then again, I've been saying that since the start of the season. But Torres is terrible...

AGgy (NYC)

Chone Figgins was just dropped, what's his deal the rest of the way? Thanks. Drop Ryan Freel?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:56 PM)

That's insane. I hate leagues like that. Figgins should be owned in every single list

Varun (NYC)

Why is A-Rod always either at the top or below rockbottom? It seems like he only either does amazing, or amazingly crappy. Trade him for Oswalt and the other NY 3B?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:57 PM)

Yeah, actually, I would. I hate A Rod like Demspter's mom hate Dempster. But Oswalt and Wright for A Rod? I'd do that. A Rod will be fine, of cours,e but no way he hits over 50 this year. Which means he only has 35 or so left at best...

Rich Aurilla (SF)

Am I still going to go .300-15-85?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:58 PM)

I think so. You've been ice cold but you'll get it together...

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:58 PM)

I think so. You've been ice cold but you'll get it together...

Josh (NY NY)

James Shields follow-up...would you part with him and Lilly for the injured Halladay? Is half a year of Halladay worth Shields and Lilly?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (3:59 PM)

Great question. And that's a fence sitter. It would depend on your pitching depth, etc... but yeah, I think I'd do that deal. Lilly's not THIS good and Shields will struggle with wins.

Brunette (NJ)

I'll LICK YOUR TOES!!! whose better from now till season's end...FURCAL or HARDY? THANK!!

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:00 PM)

Furcal, but again, only becuase I value speed more than power - it's more scarce.

Bill (Portland, ME)

Explain to me why I want to drop AJ Burnett? He has dominated 4 of his last 5 starts (including NY) and he faces Bal, CHI, LAD and then WAS?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:01 PM)

I never said drop him. I just said he's inconsistent (which he is) and that I don't beleive he's this good. But you have your own mind. Feel free to disagree with me. And if I owned him, I would not drop him. I would try to sell high however...

Joe (NY)

Pence or Cust?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:02 PM)

Good question. Pence. Cust won't have a job when Piazza comes back

Elston (chicago)

BUZZER BEATER....Best 5 buy low candidates right now.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:03 PM)

last one... Abreu, Konerko, Delgado, Ichiro, D Wright

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:03 PM)

Puljols too, obviously.

ESPN HR Department

Mr. Berry, could we have a moment with you?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:03 PM)

LOL. Ok, gotta go now...

A-Rod (NYC)

I'm just trying to make a living. What's with the hatred? Also, would you trade me for Jimmy Rollins and Abreu?

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:04 PM)

What's with the hatred? How long you got? And yeah, I'd do that deal.

Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

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Matthew Berry - The Talented Mr. Roto
  (4:05 PM)

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