What's up party people? Let's get to it. As always, all subjects answered.
Rizzo was called up today. Would you rather have Hosmer or Rizzo the rest of the way? (standard scoring)
Hosmer.... Better offense around him, better division, better home park... close but I like Hosmer more.
How do you feel about Dillon Gee second half of the year? do you think he'll be able to keep up his hot streak?
Somewhat, though he's struggled on the road this year... 6.38 ERA away from CITI, which makes me nervous. Right now, he's a spot starter in mix leagues
Trying to catch lightning in a bottle. Do you think I can buy low on Dunn, Uggla from a frustrated owner, and make out in the second half? Really could use a power lift and not much trade bait to offer
Yes, I certainly think you can buy low. I'd rather Dunn than Uggla. Uggla looks really really lost right now and I have reason to believe it's not getting better anytime soon. Might be my worst call of the season. Ugh. No pun intended.
What's the weirdest email you've gotten?
Wow, that's a great question. I'd really have to think about it. One really crazy death threat that got into my religion.... Marriage proposals... I get random emails from people asking me to gointo business with them that are like.... I got this great idea - i can't tell you it, but if you sign up with me and promote it and loan me some money we'll both be rich, just trust me.... so insane stuff like that....people ranting at stuff that have nothing to do with me, like yelling at me becayuse of the BCS or something Skip Bayless said or something random.... I did have one from a guy who runs a small fantasy sports website that had just trashed me six months ago asking me for a job at ESPN and telling me what a big fan he was...that was funny...too many to choose.
2 questions real quick Bedard or Liriano ROS? and please tell me Moustakas is coming soon stupid Lawrie
Bedard. Look at Liriano's K/bb, even AFTER he changed his delivery. (23/17 k/bb in last 30ip) His 2 best performaces were vs CLE and SEA... Not buying the "He's back" talk.Yeah, the hand injury with Lawrie really hurts - we discussed on today's podcast with Stephania. I believe Moustakas is up in July.
Whats up Mr. Berry, Do we have a status update on Yunel?
He's not in lineup today with the quad - nothing beyond that.
Will Justin Turner hit the rookie "wall" soon or do you think he will remain productive the rest of the year?
Somewhere in between. Playing a bit over his head but this is more legit than not.
No one has been talking about Ichiro like Dunn and Uggla. How worried are you? Currently hitting .256.
Definitely worried, though he's not as bad as those two guys. He's on pace for almost 40 steals and 80 runs - down numbers for him but not useless. The average will come up.
lyon or Guerrier-ros? Thanks love your work.
Lyon has better shot at saves though I'd rather have Guerrier, who is the better pitcher and let the saves fall where they may
I own Lind in all of my leagues. Is he for real or should I sell high?
For. Real. Thanks for listening.
Come on give us some relief on this hot day answer!!! Itching for fantasy football satisfy that itch with some genius predictions of early sleepers like last year's Arian Foster please!!!
Well, trying to predict a season like Foster's last year is insane... but I do like Blount A LOT this year... going deeper, I think Ryan Williams in AZ is interesting as is Roy Helu in Washington and I could see Shonn Greene having a post hype sleeper year
How do you feel about Dee Gordon for this year and the future?
Like him. He's fast, son. Fast.
Today's column doesn't really apply to H-2-H leagues. For instance, maximizing innings by streaming/adding lower tier pitchers probably negatively affects ERA and WHIP. Basically, one can't rely in an accrued lead in any categories. Any suggestions on how to come back from a deficit in a H-2-H league? Thanks.
Very true, it does not. 10 tm Roto leagues are by far the most popular on ESPN, so the column tends to be geared towards that.In a h2h league, pitching is super devalued and your season is only 7 days long, so the priciples of the article still apply: Getting as many at bats as possible, so fill you bench with hitters and then stream pitchers, especially towards ends of the week to make up ground. H2H leagues are easier to make up ground in than Roto, I feel, assuming you are playing total cats, not just you either get 1 win or 1 loss every week.
Do you pick your own questions to answer or does someone help you find the good ones while you're typing away?
pick my own. One man show over here. Many times when you are waiting it's because I'm scrolling through lots of questions... I get thousands and it only shows me like 15 at a time.
Corey Patterson or Michael Brantley rest of way?
J Bourgeoius or D Jennings? What say you?
Bourgeios. The Rays seem in NO hurry to call up Desmond.
Thoughts on Nicasio today? Deep 5x5 worthy?
Would you make this trade? I'm thinking my friend is an idiot... I'm a Wright owner so I'm looking for a replacement 3rd baseman for the next month or so, and have a pretty stacked outfield. So I offered Justin Upton for Michael Young to a guy who has the best 3rd base eligible player in the game, Jose Batista. This is a weekly points league with no corner or middle infield slots.
I'd jump at that. Would much rather have Upton.
The pace of this chat implies you have 10 billion questions to scroll through--and you went through all of them
Who do you like better Rizzo or Lawrie?
Markakis or Francoeur ROS? We have to start a LF, CF, and RF so I have to play one of them.
Francouer. Markakis is terrible. And I hear he's mean to women and children, too.
gordon or scutaro as a backup MI?
Gordon. Even if Dustin goes on DL.
I'm in a FF league where people are so reluctant to make trades, unless it's getting AP for their backup QB or something...what do you think I can do as commish to motivate?
Make it a keeper league with limits on who you can keep and for how long, draft picks, etc... so teams that are out of it are much more inclined to deal.
Football: I'm in a 14-team, 2QB league where we keep 6 players. I have McNabb and Henne. Is either worth hanging on to, considering the top QBs are never available?
Depends where McNabb ends up and who else you would not keep for either QB... it's not out of the question. But if you didn't, would whoever you draft be significantly worse than either guy? If not, I throw 'em back.
Kelly Johnson a top 8 2B the ROS?
top 10 - he won't stay this hot but you know power is for real.
Brandon Morrow - breakthrough or tease?
Do you consider yourself a celebrity?
No. I think I'm well known to a certain group of people thanks to the power and reach of ESPN, but no, I'm nowhere close to a "celebrity."
Matthew - would you drop Brett Anderson now or wait for the TJ surgery announcement? Everyone seems to be suspecting the worst, and Dr. Andrews is now involved, so what's the use of be patiently hopeful?
Well, because you never know, but yeah, it's looking grim.
I think you are VERY special.
Best 2B prospect ROS, J Weeks, Lawrie, Ackley?
Help TMR! Dropping Larwie tonight and need advice. Baker or Volquez ROS?
What will Lebron's stats look like tonight?
High point total (like over 30) but on poor shotting percentage. Like 13 for 33 or something with some FT's. Go Mavs.
Rizzo or Morneau for the rest of the year?
Morneau, but barely. It's tough with him....
Anthony Rizzo. Go out on a limb and predict his contributions from here on out. Thanks.
I'll say 15 HR, .270 avg (his BABIP is way high in AAA and it's a hitter's league), 65 RBI, 5 SB
you're trippin. I'm gonna be on fire and truck the mavs tonight. DeShawn needs to learn to keep his mouth shut and not punch sleeping lions.
TMR - Humber or Volquez as an Anderson replacement. I like Humber's number except for the little dinky strikeout total.
Exactly. But I'd rather have Humber and lose some K's than Volquezx and not have to worry he's gonna destroy my ERA/WHIP
What is Kyle Blanks up to these days?
That's A LOT of RBI for Rizzo!
yeah, might be 10 or so too high - BUT THE Padres are playing a little better these days and I'm feeling optimistic
Does Humber keep a spot in the rotation?
Definitely. He's been their best pitcher. And Peavy just went on DL. Again
Why don't people want to see Lebron win a title? I feel like I'm crazy for rooting for him. Besides his poor method of informing the public of his "decision" why do so many people dislike this guy?
I'll just speak for myself. It wasn't just the televised "decision" but also that he left CLE holding the bag. If he wasn't resigning, he could have told them much earlier in free agency and let them try to make a play for another guy. The whole celebration in Miami before they had won anything.But for me, the biggest is that he went to play with Wade. LeBron is better at hoops than I will be at anything in my life. He has that rare chance that so few people get - to be potentially hte greatest player ever. EVER.And the minute he went to Miami he said - not only will I not be that, I don't even want to try. I'm all for sidekicks - MJ had Pippen, Bird/McHale, Kobe needed Gasol etc etc.... But Wade is basically James equal and already has a title. Watching the Finals... it's clearly Wade's team. And that is the coward's way out in my opinion. MJ would never have joined Wade - he'd have wanted to crush him. Jordan has said that himself, as has Barkley and many others.THAT's why for me.
You think Morneau will be better than .270 and 15 hr's as you project Rizzo????
Yeah, I think the power is about the same and he'll hit for a higher average with a better chance at RBI
Wow you havent answered a single one of my questions. Thanks for nothing!
Another satisfied customer!
I hate LeBron because he is the full embodiment of the self-entitled attitude that seems to be invading the culture these days
With the struggles of Delmon Young and that Span and Kubel are hurt, would Gardenhire be more inclined to play Ben Revere everyday?
I think at some point MIN has to just throw in the towel and say, you know, it ain't our year. And I'd leave Mauer on the shelf (or DH him a lot), I'd bring up kyle Gibson to get him some experience, I'd certainly let Revere play... so yeah, I think he'll get more run in both the short term and long term
Follow up to Humber question. Does the low strikeout rate mean he is in line for some major regression?
No, because he doesn't walk anyone. He's a finesse guy. I don't thinbk he's THIS good, but it's more legit than not.
You said Stubbs was going to be this years Carlos Gonzalez. Who would you rather have ROS?
I did. Thanks. Still CarGo though. I believe.
Padilla get the closer job back in LA? Does he keep it?
No and No.
Don't take it personally Mike, TMR hates the Heat and it's fans, where's Nate when we need him...
They are easy to hate - they bring it on themselves. And you gotta admit - LOTTA bandwagon fans in Miami.That said - I like Wade a lot. Amazing player. And I think Spoestra is a much better coach than he gets credit for.
So who does take the LA closer job?
I like Javy Guerra
As a cheesehead and huge Wade fan, very well said and to the point. It doesn't only take away from LeBron's legacy but Dwyane's as well.
Is Mark Reynolds worth a pickup based on how shallow 3B is this year?
Yes. Discussed on pod this morning. He's a streaky guy and has 3 HR / 8 RBI in last 7 games
MJ had awesome teams with the Bulls, it wasn't "MJ, Pippen and then a bunch of nobodies". The whole "LeBron couldn't get it done on his own" thing is so dumb, I don't even know where to begin.
They had enough talent to get to the finals and have the best record in the NBA in another year... I disagrere CLE had nothing either
Does Crow still get 10 saves the ROS, or is Soria the guy in KC again?
Soria the guy
Kobe demanded to be traded because there was nobody on the Lakers to help him win. And then they only won because Pau Gasol got giftwrapped to the Lakers. How come Kobe gets a pass for that?
Because he has 5 rings. He (sometimes to his detriment) always wants the ball. He wouldn't have passed with DeSahwn Stevenson on him. And Gasol wasn't giftwrapped - just look at how well Memphis did this year with a roster built with a lot of help from the Gasol trade.
Would you deal Morse for a mid-level closer?
No. Morse is legit and you can find saves...
I'm a Lebron fan. I get the hate but don't agree. This guy is everything thats right with basketball. Plays the game hard both defense and offense and does things no one else can do. Wade is a great player but Lebron is going to be one of the legends. He makes Wade a better player. The Heat would not be in the finals without Lebron. And all this talk about Lebron being a coward and so on.. he is leading the Heat in points, assists and steals in the playoffs and 2nd in rebounding.
I agree with a lot of that. No question - he's a big part of why the Heat are in the finals and he's a great player, obviously.
Kobe doesn't get a pass for demanding a trade and running Shaq out. It's a part of his legacy. He won 2 rings as the MAN, and 3 as a side-kick. Kobe's legacy is his ultra competitiveness even though it can alienate his teammates.
That's fair.... although Shaq wore out his welcome too - as evidenced by all the other teams he's been on....
What's the deal with Frank Francisco? Any shot at reclaiming the closer role or droppable in a 12 team mixed?
yes, he has a shot but I'd rather have Rauch. And yes, he's droppable.
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