Hi kids... As always, all subjects answered. RIP George. Let's get it on.
Understanding you have a man-crush on Morrow...I still need to ask who you think gets more saves the rest of the year -- Morrow, Gonzalez or Izzy?
Probably Gonz because of opportunity. My guess is once healthy, they let Putz back in the role so they can trade him. Morrow as the best skills and is the guy I'd want in a keeper league, but Gonz is answer to your question.
Will Sheff being activated from the DL take away any Thames ABs?
Yes... but not a ton the wya Thames is hitting. He's streaky tho (Thames) so be prepared. The power is legit on Thames, the high average is not
What's your take on Mike Aviles? I say he outproduces Jay Bruce for the rest of the season.
I like him a lot - mentioned him as a pickup last week. But he's a bit older and has no speed. He's a career ,295 hitter in the minors, so the avg is legit and he does have real power, but I'd rather have Bruce. And it's not close.
And that's with bruce really struggling lately.
Matty, i had the good fortune to be in the same room as anne hathaway last week and to be honest i was NOT impressed at all. in fact, on my walk back home i saw at least 3 women who were much more attractive. you should crush on somebody else.
Yeah, you're not the first person to say that - I've had others who have seen her in real life and said the same thing. That said... none of us are as pretty in real life as we are in person. You'd be amazed at what make up does for me, for example. I still think she's really really pretty. And fun! And single! This isn't creepy at all! Right?
Your tout wars team is getting worse by the day. You seem to be in a tough position given that your ERA and WHIP are horrible yet you are last in Ks - a real double whammy. You can load up on MRs but that will only put you farther behind in Ks. I have two recommendations: 1) give AJ Burnett a pep talk - he can help you in 4/5 categories; and 2) trade for a closer - which you prefer not to do, but saves are so tightly bunched you can make up some ground while helping your ERA and WHIP.
Hey Jake: Yeah, I know. It's brutal. I agree with you on some level - I may have to make a trade for a closer to bridge that gap... but in my column that comes out today, i did a bunch of lists of guys that had big second halves last year and it's like my entire team.... Burnett, Carmona, Bedard... Vlad, etc... those 3 are the ones killing me. My offense will come around. No way Miguel Cabrera and Vlad are this bad... But it's weird. The team is tanking and I look at it and i say... it's a good team. Seriously. Or, at lerast it should be....
Need Wins and K's with 3 of my SP's on the DL. Proposed Chone Figgins (backup 2B) and Todd Jones (now going to punt saves) for Cole Hamels. If he asks for Jenks instead, do I still pull the trigger? Your Opinion? BRRRRR!
Think Chone is a fair deal for Cole straight up. I wouldn't do it but if it's a ten team mix, saves are easily available, so feel free if you have to give up more value than you are getting back. Hard to answer those type of questions in a vacuum.
Can you go category by category in comparing Milton Bradley to Eric Byrnes from here on out?
Sure. Bradley over Byrnes in avg and RBI. Byrnes over Milton in SB and Runs. Thnk Byrnes has slightly more HR
Matthew, PLEASE answer me this. Who do you like best for the rest of the year-Kurt Suzuki, Chris Snyder ?
Well, since you put please in all caps. Suzuki.
Please help out a fellow Matt!! Who is a better sell-high candidate: Duchscherer or Laffey? Also, what can I expect from Colon & Penny the rest of the season?
Laffey, though i like both of them. More from Colon than Penny but not much from either...
Got offered Huff for Rowand! Would you do that deal Mr. Berry ?
I would not, even though I like Huff. Rowand's a big second half guy
Thoughts on Tulo for the rest of the year?
Think he's okay... won't be TT until after the AS Break .. he'll get there but it will take a while to get into game shape, get conditioning down. timing, etc
Wanted is getting good reviews??? Are you seeing this movie on anything other than cable in 2010?
I actually think it looks kind of cool.
DeJesus is currently 27th on the player rater (last 15), what is your take? Should I have him instead of Swisher if I'm looking for HR's and AVG?
I still belive in Swisher for power. DeJesus for avg.... Swisher will hurt your avg more than DeJesus will hurt your power though....
Hey Matty, I'm back, and I'm finally ready for you!
I really haven't been paying enough attention to you, have I?
Hey Berry, is Masterson worth adding in a 10 team league or am I a homer?
Yes and Yes
I'm in insider and want to sign up for your Rotopass.com how do I get the Insider discount.
If you follow the link from ESPN on the index page and then follow it through to the price page, it should show up. If not, email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will refund you money.
What's your take on Scott Baker? Looks underrated based on K/W ratios.
Totally agree. He's also in the column today and I'm talking about him on BBTN tonight
Who is a better fantasy player over the next two years me or Evan Longoria. Thanks
I want to sign up for your RotoPass as well, because I want to be your Insider...
Okay, that's one's pretty funny
TMR - Where did the ESPN rankings go? I need them. I WANT them. (NOW who's creepy?)
BAseball can be found be searching and new ones will be up in the first week of July. Football is up now - just goto the fantasy football main page at ESPN.com
I think Pod Vader should do a little science experiment on your and Nate and edit the mailbag the mailbag drop, removing the "brrr". $10 says you make like Pavlov's dog and laugh anyway. Keeper league trade question: I'm currently leading an AL only 5x5 league, but could use some pitching help. Dealing Quentin and E. Aybar for Nathan and Lackey (neither of whom I can keet) is a no brainer, right?
Yep. No brainer. And I'll take that bet. But thanks for listening.
Can I have a free pass to RotoPass?
But of course.
Who/What is pod vader?
He is the producer of the Fantasy Focus podcast I do every day with Nate. Heis real name is Jay Soderberg and he is the producer of all the podcasts ESPN produces, hence the nickname. You should listen to the podcast. it's funny.
TMR, is it just me or are people jumping off the Bruce bandwagon too fast? I know you just said he will be better than Longoria for the next two years so you may be the exception to the rule. But if you look at his first 24 games and compare them to Braun's first 24 games they are very similar. People think that Braun came in and started hitting HRs right away but it took him 30 games to make the adjustments and catch fire. I am not saying Bruce will do the same thing but I think he is a smart enough hitter to make the proper adjustments and hit 15-20 HRs from here on out. This isn't really a question but just something I thought other fantasy owners should know.
Better catcher rest of the year: Salty or Clement?
Am i gettin the nod 2nite in a 10 team mixed league?
Now that we are almost halfway through the baseball season, why can't ESPN adjust the "undropable" list. In particular Bedard. He clearly is not in the top tier as far as SP's are concerned.
I have almost nothing to do with our games group - I work in content. That said, a reasonable request. I'll pass it along. They are good, hard working folks...
So would you fight Gina Carano if you could go on a date with her after?
No. I bruise easily. I would be in no condition to date her
Should I drop Garza or A. Galaragga for S. Baker
Like Baker more than Garza, yeah
If you had to choose one, would you start Laffey vs CIN or Baker @ The Fathers this week?
Baker, even though Laffey is great at home
Who, besides Nate, at ESPN is NOT good hard working folk?
Two thumbs pointing at this guy
I'm pretty badass for dissing Kobe even though I couldn't take a loaded Phoenix Suns team past the overrated San Antonio Spurs that we were built to beat, right?
You said on the Podcast you think Rhodes was a one and done, but you didn't sound as convinced as Nate. How bad is Morrow's back, and is Rhodes worth a pick-up? Thanks.
I think Rhodes could get another shot or two, yeah. Morrow's not on the current trip, which makes me think it's a little more serious. My guess is no DL stint, but he has been hurt before this year as well....
I need steals--best option? Pierre, Bourne or Roberts?
I think you have ranked correctly.
How come you never hear about the Angels' great year so far? It's all about the Cubs and Red Sox. Weak sacue... World Series: Cardinals vs. Angels.
I know. Drives me crazy.
Are you doing any football questions or should I not waste my time?
Bring it on
Matthew great stuff as always. I am in a Fantasy Football league were we can only keep player for 3 years. This is my last year with Marion Barber. Should I ride him out? What is his trade value Parker?S.Jackson?
He's an upper tier second round rb... his value is higher than parker, less than S JAx... w/out taking keeper level into consideration.
Am I good?
You might be. You've looked good since moving into the rotation. I want to see how you pitch tonight, but you're definitely on my radar.
I have Peterson and Westbrook is available with the 1st pick in my draft? Could that be the best RB combo ever in fantasy?
it don't suck.
Why do I get Bill Simmons when I try to download your widget.
It's mine... click on it and expand it and I show up. Some sort of glitch that they are working on. Bill's widget was the first and I guess they built all the widgets on top of that. I don't know. I just know it looks like Bill's widget but it's actually mine when you click on it to expand it after you have downloaded.
Would you start me tonight?
I am, yes
TMR what are your thoughts on Eric Byrnes the rest of the way? Good buy low guy to target?
Mike Cameron has been hitting for a lot of power so far - a) can he keep it up and b) will he start getting on base a little more often (I am in an OBP league)?
Yes. And no. He's a career .250 guy. Always will be.
Is David Murphy for real ??
If you miss out on Brady and Manning, is it reasonable to wait for Roethlisberger/Anderson in the 5th/6th? Especially considering how few sure thing RB's there are.
Definitely. We did a mock draft yesterday and for fun, I took Brady at #7 overall just to see. I hated how my team turned out.
I've caught widget mania! I have given up on work and school to watch it, it is that amazing.
THAT's what I am talking about
Morrow is ready and available to pitch tonight, by the way.
Really? Hadn't seen that yet. Been dealing with football stuff all morning. Good to know if it is true.
Rios is killing me. At what point does it become a lost season for him?
Hang tight. I still believe
Hey, journeyman Adam Lind or rookie Jay Bruce?
Ok, Lind is not a journeyman. But I'll take Bruce. But I do like Lind.
Can we expect a Love/Hate for football?
Uh... it's been up for a week. http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/football/ffl/story?page=lovehateNFL2K8
Never done an auction, will you or someone else almost as cool be doing an auction advice column?
Yes and yes
Thoughts on Robinson Cano....
He'll have a big second half
Football keeper question. I can keep 2 players I drafted after the 3rd round from last year's team and each keeper would cost me a pick 2 rounds earlier in this year's draft. Who would you keep out of the following players with their value for this year in parentheses: MB III(2nd round pick), Calvin Johnson (3rd), LenDale White (6th), or Brandon Marshall (8th)? Thanks.
I would probably keep Marshall and MB 3. White is good value and MB3 is basically a second round pick, I just think he's a lot safer than White.
who at espn is almost as cool as you?
Pretty much everyone.
With Carlin's passing, rank the following comedians on raw talent (as oppossed to who enjoyed the most success) - Lenny Bruce, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and George Carlin.
Pryor, Bruce, Carlin, Williams
Would you Buy Low on Bedard?
Yes. He CAN'T be this bad.
If you had to predict a second half All Star Team, who would it consist of? Cano, Teixeira, Howard?.... Thanks.
Read my TMR column today
Why am I not convinced that AP warrants a first or even second pick? I seem to be in the minority, but I can't rank him above Westbrook, Addai, or S-Jax. They are all safer bets.
Read my "Love / Hate" column. I am with you. I have AP 4th overall.
Randy in MI needs to grow a set. you don't win playing it safe, you win with a set.
podcast fan here. are you happy doing the fantasy podcast or looking to branch out and do other podcasts...like baseball today. anne hathaways ex going to jail. here's your shot!
I am very happy doing the FF podcast, although Nate and I are now the hosts of Podcenter the Radio Show which features the best of Podcenter each week.
Matthew, listended to the podcast this morning and you touched some on Eric Byrnes. Would you make a Pence for Burrell and Byrnes trade in a keeper league? Also, the name game drops are lame and a complete waste since you asked.
Thanks Brent. And yes, I would make that deal
Am I better for the rest of the year than BJ Upton?
Name Game.....Scott Olsen or Scott Baker
I'd always thought (based on some, uh, Internet research) that my girlfriend looked kind of like Anne Hathaway. Then the other day she tells me she has an audition to be Hathaway's stand-in. And she likes Madden more than I do. So yes, I'm bragging, but also saying it's possible to live the dream.
See, Jeremy has that girl. I get Joel H.
I love you.
Eric Chavez, EE, or Headley for the rest of the year?
Name Game.....V. Wells or Dice K
Wells. But I'm in the minority on Dice K
TMR-Scott Baker or Justin Masterson
If you guaranteed me that JM would be in the rotation all yea, it's def him. As of now, it's Baker. But I DO think Masterson has a shot to stay in.
Don't make me come up there, Joel H.
J Sanchez or Lester for the 2nd Half ?
The guys a while back talking about how he got Simmons' widget when he downloaded it, well he was right I have it on facebook and it works fine but on IGoogle you get Bill Simmons.
Good to know. I will pass that on to the tech team as well. But please keep downloading my widget!
Is your TRUM piece posted? Don't see it...
Not yet. A lot of editors ... um... enjoy reading my work, so it takes a while before something I write gets posted
What's the best way to get a blog off the ground?
Start writing. Link to other blogs, Ask other blogs to link to you. If you're any good, write for sites with a lot of traffic for free in exchange for them to link to your blog. Everyone likes good, free help.
Men's slow-pitch softball question? Eye-black guy or baseball pants guy?
Neither. I play in T shirt and shorts. It's slow pitch softball, man. Who are you kidding?
Why do you ignore me?
What are you talking about? I've been pimping you for the last two months...
Joel H and I have decided that we are more suited for each other than you, Matthew, I'm sorry, it may be hard on you but we are to be married, on July 22nd. I have destroyed all trace of you from my life, I will never again download your widget. Sorry It didnt work out, Dan.
Why do you keep showing up on my "people you may know" list?? If I have Ianetta and Weiters in a keeper, am I safe to deal Soto for an elite 2b (Kinsler) or pitcher (Sheets).
We probably know people in common. Yes, you are safe ... but not because I trust those catchers so much as those deal are fair....
Matt from NC - baseball pants!! Berry needs to stop playing co-ed.
Please pick one player that has been the biggest surprise and a second that has been the biggest disappointment season-to-date.
Hard to narrow down to one... But biggest surprise has to be Cliff Lee and bust (non injury) would probably be Roy Oswalt
did you receive my previous post about the ffb league?
No. I get thousands of questions.
I was walking in Times Square the other day, not too far from ESPN Zone, and I thought I saw you, Matthew. As I approached to say hello, however, I noticed it was actually a big, gay, blond dude. Sorry.
uh, This is a fantasy chat right?
Could you explain why'd you pick EE over Headley?
Because I don't like Headley's park or the team surrounding him and he's a rookie who will be inconsistent
How do you decide what questions to post/answer?
Something that makes me laugh, that I thihnk will make other laugh and most importantly tackles a subject that I think many are wondering... like Byrnes. Lots of Byrnes questions today...
Don't listen to what that imposter Fred Lewis said. I appreciate that you pimped him and he has done quite well for me for at least a month now.
I would be willing to bet that if you were a TV show, your rating would suck!
You'd be surprised at how wrong you are on that, actually, if my reads are any indication
Will you tell me what "in a vacuum" means before I put you in a headlock?
Without any additional info. It's a common phrase.
Football keeper question. I had a bad year last year (8/12)and took Maroney in the 1st. what do you expect from him? My other keeper candidates are Steve Smith (3rd), Calvin Johnson (5th) Rothlesberg (7th) Greg Jennings (waiver). Who should I keep?
I'd keep Big Ben, actually. I'm not high on Maroney. I explain why in my Love Hate column.
If by "suck" you mean "win Emmys"
Oh. Yeah. SNAP!
Where is the Canadian Football League Draft Kit?
Pete Becker's working on it.
If you needed a boost in W and ERA, would it be a bad idea to start Morton tonight vs. the Brew Crew and Braden Looper vs. the Tigers?
Yes and Yes
Just heard the podcast and you appeared to choose Delgado over Votto for the rest of the year. Was that just HRs or overall? And how do those 2 compare to Alex Gordon and Casey Blake overall the rest of the year?
What up, TMR! What should I expect from Martinez hear on out. The prognosis for the season from other experts is getting worse and worse.
I haven't liked him from day 1... he's no longer Pedro
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