Hi kids. Let's dig in - as always - all subjects answered. And remember you can follow me on Twitter at TheRealTMR.
Matty, I wanna know a little bit about Kris Medlin. Should I drop Percival whose rotting on my bench to snag him up? Already have Franklin,Gregg,and Marmol in 12-team mixed.
It's Medlen and I like him... 5-0, 1.19 ERA at AAA with 44 k in 37.2 ip. Frankly, I'd drop Gregg instead of Troy,,, depends on your needs but yes, he is worth rostering in a 12 teamer,
Should I start Ricky Nolasco today?
Since game is at FL, yes
Is this my breakout season?
Who would you keep in ppr league? Carson Palmer, P. Thomas, McFadden
Look at that... via mobile! Impressive. I'd keep Pierre Thomas of those
Quien es mas macho? TMR is mas macho!
5 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 9 K's...WOW!!!
Yeah and they still pulled him after 5.
What do you think of this Brett Cecil character? He has been putting up great numbers and supposedly has the pedigree. My buddy at the station says he likes him more than David Price.
Well, I discussed Cecil in my last chat and said I didn't like him because he had struggled at Triple A and wasn't ready - he's only 21. So far he's provd me wrong... your buddy is correct - Cecil does have a great pedigree and is a highly touted prospect - I just think they rushed him. I'm not convinced he keeps it up and I'd rather have Price but so far, so good.
Pick two of Slowey, Baker, and Hanson for this season only assuming you have enough other top starters that none of them need to be every start guys
Losing Hanson... Rookie pitchers are always a bit iffy and the fact they brought Medlen up before doesn't help get him here quicker. I still think we see Hanson but I'd rather have the other two starting today
Unfortunately, I have Ricky Nolasco, Scott Kazmir and James Shields on my team (yes the ERA/WHIP peripherals don't look good). Who do I cut bait on?
Oofa. Most would say Nolasco, I'd probably say Shields.
would you do carpenter for bj upton
Another mobile question... Yes, that's fair - rather have Upton but that's fair
Do you Twitter by choice or is it required by your bosses?
I twitter by choice
You buying me (2 starts next week) over Medlin?
Hey MB, Am I worth a start today after that stunt I pulled on Saturday?
TMR! I know you're not Starphania Bell or anything, but do you think Duchscherer is worth stashing on the DL in a 12-team mixed keeper league?
I do, actually. They think he will be back in June. That's very much worth waiting for...
Were you impressed with my debut enough to recommend adding me in all mixed leagues?
Yeah, I was. Look, you had a 14/9 k/bb in 13.1 rehapb innings... you'll get a lot of K's, double digit wins and a shaky WHIP. But I like him at WSH, which is his next start
Do you think John Smoltz is worht stashing on the DL in a 12-team H2H?
Please explain why you'd cut me over a guy on my own team I'm outperforming, as well as Nolasco, who has done nothing but suck all year.
Well, Shields K/( and K/BB are at carerr lows, he's been bad on the road for over a year and I believe, from a pure skills standpoint, Nolasco and Kazmir are better. All are underperfomring - s who do you think has the best chanceof rebounding? I go with skills in this instance... Talent wise, he's the least of the 3
Hey, what is up with Garrett Atkins and should I trade him for Mike Lowell in a obp. league? Thanks Matty! You the man!
I believe Atkins will get better - remember, he was like this in 07 before turning it around- but yeah, I'd rather Lowell so if you can do that deal, do it
TMR - How do you still have a job there? Did I just read you said you'd rather have Slowey and Baker for the rest of the season over Tommy Hanson? Maybe you're confusing him with one of the former pop band Hanson bros or possibly with the Jonas Bros... cmon look up filth in the dictionary and it's a pic of this kid. His upside is tremendous. And the guy's question clearly stated "if you didn't need to depend on said pitcher for every start". Please turn in your fantasy analyst card as you exit the building today.
Hanson is still in Triple A. Yes, he has upside, but he is also young and unproven at the major league level. Baker was great last year, Slowey was good and since the guy can spot start he can cherry pick those guys at home where they are even better. People fall in love with rookies...
Matty Ice, what's the deal with the Big Unit? He seems to be dominate, then terrible every other start. De La Rosa worth picking up for him?
Yes, I'd rather have DeLaRose and Johnson
Offered Spilborghs and Kawakami for Abreu...doing well in steals and struggling in pitching, would drop Sonnanstine...yea or nay?
Would not do that deal.
Ian Stewart or Brandon Wood?
Do you wanna go to Palm Springs with me?
Nobody is talking about Edwin Jackson...
We talked about him on the podcast a few times. He's good. Doing well. I believe. What do you want to know?
First off, I love the name man! I'm currently in what amounts to an ESPN standard league with 2-3 extra bench spots. It looks like the fireballer Ubaldo has finally started to figure the strike zone out. I'm thinking of picking him up for Jordan Zimmermann. Good Idea? Maybe I should drop Bret Cecil instead? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work, and I always love hearing what the TMR has to say!
Like Ubaldo more than Jordan, yes... That's who I'd drop over Cecil - ride him while he is hot.
TMR, We all know that you have lower expectations for Dustin Pedroia than most analysts, you're not high on Josh Beckett, and recently announced David Ortiz as dead. Safe to call you a Red Sox Hater?
I was among the first to pronounce Papi dead but not the only. I also liked Varitek as a sleeper this year, Masterson... I actually like the Sox and am going to the game tomorrow night.... but I call them like I see them. My fandom or hate of teams never interferes with my analysis. So far I've been right on Ortiz and Beckett... we will see on Pedroia.
What about not-so-Sexi Alexi, is he anything but WW fodder at this point? You still buying??
I am but it is getting harder and harder. I own him in three leagues and am hanging tough... he is too talented not to get better
Prefer me or my teammate Aaron Hill for the rest of the year?
hill and its not close
Can we expect Asdrubal Carera to continue his fantastic fantasy numbers the rest of the season?
yes, I believe - he's shown this kind of skill before...
I love you. You love me. Do you like me better than Randy Wolf-y?
I do not. Wolf has been terrific this year
Hey Big Guy, my 8 kids are looking for a daddy. If you ever get tired of Twittering alone, give me a call.
You are not nearly attractive enough to overcome your personality...
Time to cut Uggla? K/BB rate is much improved, but stats are garbage. I can grab Tejada to replace him at MI. Thoughts?
He's always gonna strike out but power will be there at the end. I like him more than Tejada
My #1 fan, how ya' been TMR! Am I worth stashin'?
Yes... You should be back next month
BJ Upton on the wire- Use #2 Priority for him?
Yes. That's insane.
Galarraga.....Ugh, cant even get out of the first inning against an offensively challenged A's team. Drop him for Medlen?
No, I don't think I would. Look, I can understand if yo want to. Galaragga might lose his rotation spot when Bonderman comes back in about 2 weeks. But Galarragga is better than this and as much as I like Medlen he's still a rookie.
Medlen will only be here if/until Glavine comes off the DL. He is targeting the SF series at the end of May.
Glavine is no bet to be effective if/when he comes back. And it's not like Kenshin is all that either... If medlen pitches well he will stay
Brett Anderson, friend or foe? Still a believer in the long-term potential in an AL only league?
Still a believer, yes
Start Carpenter right away or wait a bit?
I'd start him
Don't you bore with fantasy baseball. It seems like it is a childs game.
I have the mind of a 12 year old. It's perfect.
Matt-thanks for putting me on to Ibanez- your "love 'em and hate 'em" is a great reference for me when I draft. Question on Carpenter-what is your thinking about starting a guy once he is coming back from an injury? Wait a week, or send him right out there?
You starting Lackey tonight?
Yes, starting Lackey and Carp. Depends on the pitcher - case by case basis. Welcome for Ibanez
You believe in Brett Anderson but this year still...or just the future? Is he worth $9 in a 12-team AL-Only league?
No, I wouldn't pay that much in a AL only...
Hey, it worked for Dave Bush. Matt it seems that 2009 is shaping up to be a very inconsistent year for Jon Lester....are there good times ahead or more of the same? Please tell Theo to stop screwing around and bring up Clay to replace Brad Penny!!!! Thanks.
Yes, I think we see Lester bounce back. He's not as good as he was last year but there's no question he is a better pitcher than what he has shown so far. He's gotten some bad luck too...
Hey. Pick one of these to stash on my DL: Kuroda, Wang or Escobar.
Escobar, Kuroda, Wang - in that order
Streaming pitchers for my last SP slot...Matt Palmer @ SEA, Zito @ SD, Wakefield vs. TOR, Bannister vs. CLE, or Shairon Martis vs. PIT?
Wakefield at home - he's great at Fenway
What gives, TMR. You actually seem serious and on task today? Haven't seen one Maxim reference?
Been getting mostly serious questions... what are you gonna do?
If you could trade draft picks, would you trade Bucholz and Lars Anderson for Strasburg?
no, that's too much for him. Lars can rake.
What's the dillio with Beltre? Will he hit the ball this year?
Beltre is a traditionally a slow starter, he's been doing better since adjusting his batting stance... patience if you can. Depends on size of league
Kelvim over Kuroda even though Sciosca said he may be in the pen?
Yes, because they need him in rotation - i know they've talked about pen but I think he's in rotation ... and because of strikeouts regardless of role
Deep league - who is more droppable: Ortiz or Hafner?
Drop DAVID PRICE or HANSON and pickup KERSHAW with my 6th waiver priority? Thanks
I would, yeah. Don't think either guy is much better than Kershaw this year
Wolf, Marshall, Uehara. Please rank for 09.
Wolf, Uehara, Marshall... only because Wells may take Marshall's rotation spot when Z comes back
Hi Matty boy.... I have Haren & Nolasco..who do I start today? Love ya Matty!
MB's May updated rankings: BJ Upton, #28 overall. Chris Carpenter, #183 overall. MB today: Carpenter for BJ is fair. Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?
Carpenter due back this week - when we dd ranks I felt he was further away. He'd be up higher in my ranks if done today... Impossible to say - I assume a deeper league if he's asking - I rank according to a 10 team mix league where pitchers are plantiful and devalued.
what about Delgado?...do you think he will be the same player as last year?
Depends on how bad the hip is. If he needs surgery, no
Is Webb a Top 10 pitcher when he returns?
90210 Name Game: Annie, Naomi, or Silver?
You have them ranked correctly. But Lori Laughlin is hotter than all of them
Matthew...would you cut Dejesus and Guthrie in a 17 teamer for the latest warm body? Or will either have value?
In a 17 team league I would hold tight
You know who's extremely attractive in the older 40 club - Marisa Tomei. Yum.
Is Chris Davis droppable in a standard league? Do you expect him to pick up his average?
Depends who else is out there but I wouldn't drop him....
More likely to keep it up: Asdrubal or Orlando Hudson?
Asdrubal... O-Dog is injury prone and Manny dependent, though I like him. But I'm high on Cabrera as you can tell..
Konerko or Butler for 1b? Thanks!
Who would you want from here on out Soto, Weiters, Inge?
Soto, Inge, Wieters.
Thoughts on Oakland's closer situation? Ziegler pitched 2 innings the other day in a non-save situation. Bailey just got dropped in my league, worth a #1 waiver claim?
We discussed this on the podcast this morning... Like Bailey a lot but not sure he's worth a #1 waiver claim. It'll be closer by committee
Did you know that you are the only ESPN chatter who exempts himself from the use of grammar?
Not surprised. I try to answer as many questions as fast as possible. And I type my own.... Figure people would rather have more questions answered and can deal with the occasional misspelling, ect
Is Adam Lind the real deal??? Is 30-100-100-.290 possible???
Please rank going forward - Haren, Gallardo, Verlander, Wainwright, Wandy.
YoGa, Wandy, Haren, Verlander, Wainwright
So your high on me? Would you take me over Uggla the rest of the way based on espn's player rankings?
Go away Grammar Police....
I was just thinking how well you type considering how fast you answer questions!
Inge over Wieters dude?! is that because he's not up yet? would it change if he got called today?
Ryan Zimmerman for B-Webb, fulfills a mutual need. Fair enough deal?
Yes, fair enough
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Get a new PHOTO!!!
Markakis and Pena for Grady and Votto....fair? pick a side thanks
Rather have Nick and Pena but it's very close.
Where you see Calvin's production with Stafford? Top 10 WR? Top 30?
I have Calvin as my #2 WR
Sell high on Ibanez? I can get Hamels for him.
I don't think Ibanez is a sell high. Think it's legit...
Okay gang... gotta run. Thanks for stopping by!