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May 18, 11:53 AM ET
Fantasy Sports w/Matthew Berry

Matthew Berry
  (3:02 PM)

Hi kids. Let's dig in - as always - all subjects answered. And remember you can follow me on Twitter at TheRealTMR.

Sandy (Albany CA)

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.

Matthew Berry
  (3:04 PM)

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,

Matt, (Florida)

Should I start Ricky Nolasco today?

Matthew Berry
  (3:05 PM)

Since game is at FL, yes

J.P. Losman (N/A)

Is this my breakout season?

Matthew Berry
  (3:05 PM)

No

Justin IA [via mobile]

Who would you keep in ppr league? Carson Palmer, P. Thomas, McFadden

Matthew Berry
  (3:06 PM)

Look at that... via mobile! Impressive. I'd keep Pierre Thomas of those

Brian (Halafax)

Quien es mas macho? TMR is mas macho!

Matthew Berry
  (3:06 PM)

Si

David Price (AAA)

5 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 9 K's...WOW!!!

Matthew Berry
  (3:06 PM)

Yeah and they still pulled him after 5.

Frank (NYC)

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.

Matthew Berry
  (3:08 PM)

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.

Alex (nyc)

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

Matthew Berry
  (3:09 PM)

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

Underperforming Pitchers

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?

Matthew Berry
  (3:10 PM)

Oofa. Most would say Nolasco, I'd probably say Shields.

brendan (kansas city) [via mobile]

would you do carpenter for bj upton

Matthew Berry
  (3:11 PM)

Another mobile question... Yes, that's fair - rather have Upton but that's fair

Straight Guy, USA

Do you Twitter by choice or is it required by your bosses?

Matthew Berry
  (3:11 PM)

I twitter by choice

De Lo Rosa (Col)

You buying me (2 starts next week) over Medlin?

Matthew Berry
  (3:12 PM)

Yes indeedy

John Lackey (LA)

Hey MB, Am I worth a start today after that stunt I pulled on Saturday?

Matthew Berry
  (3:12 PM)

Absolutely

CB (Virginia)

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?

Matthew Berry
  (3:13 PM)

I do, actually. They think he will be back in June. That's very much worth waiting for...

Rich Hill: (Baltimore, MD)

Were you impressed with my debut enough to recommend adding me in all mixed leagues?

Matthew Berry
  (3:14 PM)

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

James (Aberdeen MD)

Do you think John Smoltz is worht stashing on the DL in a 12-team H2H?

Matthew Berry
  (3:14 PM)

Yes

James Shields (TB)

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.

Matthew Berry
  (3:16 PM)

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

Ian Stewart Denver, Colorado

Hey, what is up with Garrett Atkins and should I trade him for Mike Lowell in a obp. league? Thanks Matty! You the man!

Matthew Berry
  (3:18 PM)

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

Chris (Raleigh, NC)

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.

Matthew Berry
  (3:22 PM)

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...

Doug (PA)

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?

Matthew Berry
  (3:22 PM)

Yes, I'd rather have DeLaRose and Johnson

Kamala (Parts Unknown)

Offered Spilborghs and Kawakami for Abreu...doing well in steals and struggling in pitching, would drop Sonnanstine...yea or nay?

Matthew Berry
  (3:23 PM)

Would not do that deal.

Who to keep?

Ian Stewart or Brandon Wood?

Matthew Berry
  (3:23 PM)

Stewart

Dan (San Jose)

Do you wanna go to Palm Springs with me?

Dan (NY)

Nobody is talking about Edwin Jackson...

Matthew Berry
  (3:24 PM)

We talked about him on the podcast a few times. He's good. Doing well. I believe. What do you want to know?

Matthew (Manhattan, KS)

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!

Matthew Berry
  (3:26 PM)

Like Ubaldo more than Jordan, yes... That's who I'd drop over Cecil - ride him while he is hot.

Brendan (Little Rock)

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?

Matthew Berry
  (3:30 PM)

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.

Scott (Binghamton, NY)

What about not-so-Sexi Alexi, is he anything but WW fodder at this point? You still buying??

Matthew Berry
  (3:31 PM)

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

Marco Scutaro (Toronto)

Prefer me or my teammate Aaron Hill for the rest of the year?

Matthew Berry
  (3:31 PM)

hill and its not close

Todd (Scottsdale, AZ)

Can we expect Asdrubal Carera to continue his fantastic fantasy numbers the rest of the season?

Matthew Berry
  (3:32 PM)

yes, I believe - he's shown this kind of skill before...

Dave Bush (Milwaukee)

I love you. You love me. Do you like me better than Randy Wolf-y?

Matthew Berry
  (3:32 PM)

I do not. Wolf has been terrific this year

Kate Gosselin, PA

Hey Big Guy, my 8 kids are looking for a daddy. If you ever get tired of Twittering alone, give me a call.

Matthew Berry
  (3:33 PM)

You are not nearly attractive enough to overcome your personality...

Gus (Chicago)

Time to cut Uggla? K/BB rate is much improved, but stats are garbage. I can grab Tejada to replace him at MI. Thoughts?

Matthew Berry
  (3:33 PM)

He's always gonna strike out but power will be there at the end. I like him more than Tejada

Kelvim (Anaheim)

My #1 fan, how ya' been TMR! Am I worth stashin'?

Matthew Berry
  (3:34 PM)

Yes... You should be back next month

Mark (Boston, MA)

BJ Upton on the wire- Use #2 Priority for him?

Matthew Berry
  (3:34 PM)

Yes. That's insane.

Kevin (Charlotte)

Galarraga.....Ugh, cant even get out of the first inning against an offensively challenged A's team. Drop him for Medlen?

Matthew Berry
  (3:36 PM)

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.

Cameron in Atlanta, GA

Medlen will only be here if/until Glavine comes off the DL. He is targeting the SF series at the end of May.

Matthew Berry
  (3:37 PM)

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

Jason (Bmore)

Brett Anderson, friend or foe? Still a believer in the long-term potential in an AL only league?

Matthew Berry
  (3:38 PM)

Still a believer, yes

Bob (Portland)

Start Carpenter right away or wait a bit?

Matthew Berry
  (3:38 PM)

I'd start him

Efrain (Bayonne NJ)

Don't you bore with fantasy baseball. It seems like it is a childs game.

Matthew Berry
  (3:39 PM)

I have the mind of a 12 year old. It's perfect.

Curt: Luverne, MN.

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?

Jim (Athens)

You starting Lackey tonight?

Matthew Berry
  (3:39 PM)

Yes, starting Lackey and Carp. Depends on the pitcher - case by case basis. Welcome for Ibanez

Tim (ABQ - NM)

You believe in Brett Anderson but this year still...or just the future? Is he worth $9 in a 12-team AL-Only league?

Matthew Berry
  (3:40 PM)

No, I wouldn't pay that much in a AL only...

Barney (The Annoying Purple Dinosaur)

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.

Matthew Berry
  (3:41 PM)

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...

GT (NC)

Hey. Pick one of these to stash on my DL: Kuroda, Wang or Escobar.

Matthew Berry
  (3:42 PM)

Escobar, Kuroda, Wang - in that order

Cameron in Atlanta, GA

Streaming pitchers for my last SP slot...Matt Palmer @ SEA, Zito @ SD, Wakefield vs. TOR, Bannister vs. CLE, or Shairon Martis vs. PIT?

Matthew Berry
  (3:42 PM)

Wakefield at home - he's great at Fenway

Bozo the Clown

What gives, TMR. You actually seem serious and on task today? Haven't seen one Maxim reference?

Matthew Berry
  (3:43 PM)

Been getting mostly serious questions... what are you gonna do?

Joe (Philly)

If you could trade draft picks, would you trade Bucholz and Lars Anderson for Strasburg?

Matthew Berry
  (3:43 PM)

no, that's too much for him. Lars can rake.

Hey Adrian (Philly, right?)

What's the dillio with Beltre? Will he hit the ball this year?

Matthew Berry
  (3:45 PM)

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

Dan (Detroit)

Kelvim over Kuroda even though Sciosca said he may be in the pen?

Matthew Berry
  (3:45 PM)

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

Jake (FL)

Deep league - who is more droppable: Ortiz or Hafner?

Matthew Berry
  (3:45 PM)

Ortiz

Bob(Ma)

Drop DAVID PRICE or HANSON and pickup KERSHAW with my 6th waiver priority? Thanks

Matthew Berry
  (3:46 PM)

I would, yeah. Don't think either guy is much better than Kershaw this year

? (?)

Wolf, Marshall, Uehara. Please rank for 09.

Matthew Berry
  (3:47 PM)

Wolf, Uehara, Marshall... only because Wells may take Marshall's rotation spot when Z comes back

Anne H (Hollywood)

Hi Matty boy.... I have Haren & Nolasco..who do I start today? Love ya Matty!

Matthew Berry
  (3:47 PM)

Haren

John (Marietta, GA)

MB's May updated rankings: BJ Upton, #28 overall. Chris Carpenter, #183 overall. MB today: Carpenter for BJ is fair. Exsqueeze me? Baking powder?

Matthew Berry
  (3:49 PM)

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.

Lee (CT)

what about Delgado?...do you think he will be the same player as last year?

Matthew Berry
  (3:51 PM)

Depends on how bad the hip is. If he needs surgery, no

Dann (La Crosse, WI)

Is Webb a Top 10 pitcher when he returns?

Matthew Berry
  (3:51 PM)

yes

Chad (Denver)

90210 Name Game: Annie, Naomi, or Silver?

Matthew Berry
  (3:52 PM)

You have them ranked correctly. But Lori Laughlin is hotter than all of them

Martin (Toronto)

Matthew...would you cut Dejesus and Guthrie in a 17 teamer for the latest warm body? Or will either have value?

Matthew Berry
  (3:53 PM)

In a 17 team league I would hold tight

Tom (Austin)

You know who's extremely attractive in the older 40 club - Marisa Tomei. Yum.

Billy (Chicago, IL)

Is Chris Davis droppable in a standard league? Do you expect him to pick up his average?

Matthew Berry
  (3:54 PM)

Depends who else is out there but I wouldn't drop him....

Travis C. (Lake Highlands)

More likely to keep it up: Asdrubal or Orlando Hudson?

Matthew Berry
  (3:55 PM)

Asdrubal... O-Dog is injury prone and Manny dependent, though I like him. But I'm high on Cabrera as you can tell..

Frank (NYC)

Konerko or Butler for 1b? Thanks!

Matthew Berry
  (3:55 PM)

Konerko

Ed (NJ)

Who would you want from here on out Soto, Weiters, Inge?

Matthew Berry
  (3:56 PM)

Soto, Inge, Wieters.

Joe K (Plainview, NY)

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?

Matthew Berry
  (3:57 PM)

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

Grammar Police

Did you know that you are the only ESPN chatter who exempts himself from the use of grammar?

Matthew Berry
  (3:58 PM)

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

The Dude Abides

Is Adam Lind the real deal??? Is 30-100-100-.290 possible???

Matthew Berry
  (3:59 PM)

Yes

Tim (DC)

Please rank going forward - Haren, Gallardo, Verlander, Wainwright, Wandy.

Matthew Berry
  (4:00 PM)

YoGa, Wandy, Haren, Verlander, Wainwright

Asdrubal (Drew Carey's hometown)

So your high on me? Would you take me over Uggla the rest of the way based on espn's player rankings?

Matthew Berry
  (4:00 PM)

yes

Efficiency Police

Go away Grammar Police....

Tom (NY)

I was just thinking how well you type considering how fast you answer questions!

Michael (Milwaukee)

Inge over Wieters dude?! is that because he's not up yet? would it change if he got called today?

Matthew Berry
  (4:01 PM)

Yes.

Johnny, Harlem

Ryan Zimmerman for B-Webb, fulfills a mutual need. Fair enough deal?

Matthew Berry
  (4:01 PM)

Yes, fair enough

NWA (LA)

%^&(^**&$% THE POLICE!!!!!

Fashino Police

Get a new PHOTO!!!

Jeff, Huntington WV

Markakis and Pena for Grady and Votto....fair? pick a side thanks

Matthew Berry
  (4:02 PM)

Rather have Nick and Pena but it's very close.

Justin (Chicago)

Where you see Calvin's production with Stafford? Top 10 WR? Top 30?

Matthew Berry
  (4:03 PM)

I have Calvin as my #2 WR

Greg (DC)

Sell high on Ibanez? I can get Hamels for him.

Matthew Berry
  (4:03 PM)

I don't think Ibanez is a sell high. Think it's legit...

Matthew Berry
  (4:03 PM)

Okay gang... gotta run. Thanks for stopping by!