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June 29, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with AJ Mass

AJ Mass
  (10:59 AM)

How is everyone this Wednesday morning? We've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage ahead... so let's get right to it. Second cup of coffee in hand... who, pray tell, is up first?

Nick (College Park)

AJ, who are some 2B that you'd RATHER HAVE than Gordon Beckham at this point for ROS? "All of them" also a sufficient answer.

AJ Mass
  (11:01 AM)

"All of them..." except Mark Ellis.

Raph (Long Island)

More likely to get their respective closing gig back: Joe Nathan (MIN) or Brad Lidge (PHI)? Desperate for saves when it matters, in the H2H playoffs in Sept.

AJ Mass
  (11:02 AM)

I'd say it's Nathan. I don't think Madson cedes the job if he doesn't get hurt again... and he should be back from the DL on Monday.

Horton (Whoville)

Thoughts on Logan Morrison? Hold or Dump? He has been pretty bad lately.

AJ Mass
  (11:03 AM)

This is who LoMo is and will be... ranked around 100 in hitters, but with 25 HR-potential. It all depends on what's on the wire, but I'd keep him.

Jordan (Delaware)

Would you rather have Avila or Santana for ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:04 AM)

I like Avila the rest of the way, and for the All-Star Game for what he's done so far.

Bob (Philly)

Hi AJ,Have you heard whether Boston will be using Ortiz at first tonight?

AJ Mass
  (11:06 AM)

I've heard talk that will happen, but until the lineup card is handed in, that could change. Papi didn't get to swing last night and needs to have some ABs this series.

Jordan (Delaware)

Would you drop either Wandy or Jonathan Sanchez for any combo of Stauffer, Peavy, or Baker?

AJ Mass
  (11:08 AM)

Yes to dropping both to any and all of the three.

RJ (Philly)

Hey AJ, what kind of outfielder can I expect to get in return for CC? Is McCutchen, or Hamilton too much to ask?

AJ Mass
  (11:10 AM)

Nothing is ever too much to ask... always try to get the most you can... I think Hamilton, even given the injury risk that's always there, is fair. Cutch is not quite enough.

Matt (Astoria)

Does Ogando right the ship again, or did we get all we're gonna get from him this season? To be fair, the performance he gave me off the wire has earned him a place in my heart always.

AJ Mass
  (11:13 AM)

Ultimately, he'll be fine... but Texas is talking about shutting him down until after the ASB. Now may the time to unload him, just in case.

Scott (PA)

Rank these closers for the rest of the season League, Farnsworth, Santos, Salas.

AJ Mass
  (11:14 AM)

Kyle, Brandon, Fernando, Sergio.

John (Boston)

What to do with Lilly, cut bait? wait to see if he turns it around?

AJ Mass
  (11:15 AM)

Lilly's certainly an enigma, but I don't think you can do anything but stream him right now and hope you catch the right start.

Randy (ATL)

Guy in my league just dropped Rajai Davis. I own Juan Pierre. Which struggling speedster would you rather have?

AJ Mass
  (11:17 AM)

Juan for me, but as you said, neither is all that attractive at this stage of the game.

Brian (Newtown, PA)

AJ, you're the man who's not afraid of bold predictions. Early in the yr, I remember you endorsed Konerko over Howard (good call). How about another one...would you endorse Castro over Hanley???

AJ Mass
  (11:18 AM)

Why yes, yes I would.

dan (IL)

keppinger or casilla ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:19 AM)

Gots to go with the Jeffster.

MLB (Question)

Do you not get a save for recording 4 outs in a 4 run game? Was this ever the case or am I mistaken?

AJ Mass
  (11:21 AM)

You are mistaken. More than 3-run lead = no save, unless he pitches 3 full innings.

Ryan (East Lansing, MI)

Freeman, Loney, Smoak, Garrett Jones or Kotchman for a Pujols replacement? Thanks.

AJ Mass
  (11:23 AM)

Smoak for me. I'm liking this kid.

Shane (Boston)

Actually, AJ .... you can get a save if there is more than a three run lead .... if the number of men on base + the batter the on-deck hitter adds up to enough to take the lead, then it is a save situation.

AJ Mass
  (11:25 AM)

Indeed, that is the other scenario... provided he enters the game with those men already on base. You can't put them on yourself and then take credit for the save.

Jim (NJ)

Dom Brown or JHey ROS? Thanks AJ!

AJ Mass
  (11:27 AM)

Brown, though I'm not all that impressed. Kid swings at anything and everything.

Jim (NY)

Should I be selling Jordan Zimmermann with this strict 160 inning cap limit?

AJ Mass
  (11:29 AM)

I'd still want as many of those IP for me... but certainly, you have to listen to offers as the next 10 starts start to tick away.

David (Cal)

Eric Hosmer or David Freese ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:31 AM)

I'm in the Mr. Freese camp.

Chris (Boston)

You THAT down on Heyward? Should I let him go?

AJ Mass
  (11:33 AM)

Not in a keeper league certainly, but Brown has only 2 fewer HR in about 80 fewer ABs. They're pretty even ROS, with a slight nod to Dom. Ultimately, though, I think Heyward will be the better player. It just won't be in 2011.

Ben (Arlington, TX)

The MLB average bavg per ESPN team stats is .252. My fantasy team in a 12-team league is .249. I'm not alone either as several other fantasy teams in my league are in the low .250s. What's going on? Wouldnt you think players good enough to comprise fantasy teams would hit better than the league average?

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

Part of the problem though, is that fantasy owners don't just leave their lineups alone day after day. They play the guessing game of who will be good each day, and more often than not, guess wrong. You can easily turn two .300 hitters into a combined .250 hitter in a hurry that way.

Frankie (LA)

Dom Brown over Heyward?! Why aren't you in MY LEAGUE!

AJ Mass
  (11:35 AM)

That old gag...

Jim (NJ)

I'll re-ask this question from a few weeks ago, Bruce or JUp, ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:37 AM)

Have no idea what I answered back then (nor is it particularly relevant any longer either) but as of today, I go Upton.

Rik (dover)

Verlander for Tulo fair?

AJ Mass
  (11:40 AM)

I think the way Verlander has been pitching of late, you'd need more than just Tulo to get the deal done.

Marilyn (Gary, IN)

Should we just let AJ and Jim chat today?

AJ Mass
  (11:41 AM)

Sorry, you're not Jim. I have no answer for you.

Terry (Dixie)

How (de)valued is SP in H2H?

AJ Mass
  (11:43 AM)

If you can win saves, ERA and WHIP with a bunch of solid RP, then you no longer need SP as much on a per week basis. Of course, minimum IP limits takes that out of the equation.

christo (dallas)

NL only, ROS X-Paul, Presley or Wily Mo?

AJ Mass
  (11:44 AM)

Xavier. I'd say Pena if I thought he'd get the PT after interleague play is done, and I question that.

Early Buyer of Your Book!!! (Boston)

What do you make of Ackley thus far? Anything approaching top 7 of 2B?

AJ Mass
  (11:46 AM)

I like Ackley a lot, especially in a keeper league... but he has to do it for a lot longer before I'd top-10 him.

Jason (St Louis)

How did 2b end up so strong compared to 3b?

AJ Mass
  (11:47 AM)

Lots of injuries didn't help matters... but I agree... I mean, who is NL All-Star going to be? Placido Polanco? Aramis Ramirez? Sheesh!

Ryan (DC)

Brannen Boesch-legit or lame?

AJ Mass
  (11:49 AM)

Legit, though certainly not at the rate he's been hitting. Some regression for Brennan to be expected, but I like him ROS.

Bryan V (Columbus, OH)

Let's continue the "legit or lame" thing... Danny Espinosa?

AJ Mass
  (11:50 AM)

Leaning to the lame here... that BA is going to be an albatross.

Barney (Sacramento)

Legit or Lame, OF Edition: Magglio Ordonez? Vernon Wells?

AJ Mass
  (11:51 AM)

Extreme Makeovers required. Move that bus!

Papa wants a Kishka (Brooklyn)

Any opinions about Luebke? Is he in the rotation for good? Out when Harang comes back? Someone to hold onto? Discuss.

AJ Mass
  (11:52 AM)

I'd hold him... the plan was to get him some starts before the Harang injury, so I think he stays in there.

Brian (NY)

Legit or lame - Lucroy?

AJ Mass
  (11:53 AM)

Legit, given the position. Expect more of the same the rest of the way.

Mike (IA)

Legit or lame...this legit or lame thing

AJ Mass
  (11:54 AM)


Nick (College Park)

Soto a better option than Arencibia the ROS?

AJ Mass
  (11:55 AM)

Six of one, half dozen of the other. I like JP personally, but could go either way here.

Asdrubal (CLE)

Still a believer in me?

AJ Mass
  (11:56 AM)

Yes I am. The HRs may not continue to come, but the runs and RBIs will.

Chad (NJ)

Legit or Lame: Bernadina

AJ Mass
  (11:57 AM)

Steals are nice, but generally, lame.

JP's Mom (Toronto)

I like JP too. He's a good boy.

Brian (NY)

Wigginton- lame or legit?

AJ Mass
  (11:58 AM)


Mij (NJ)

Romero, legit?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

Leaning to the lame here... I'd sell off.

Billee (Kalamazoo)

Too legit to quit?

AJ Mass
  (11:59 AM)

That's why we pray!

blake (?)

johnny peralta legit or lame?

AJ Mass
  (12:00 PM)

Super legit with a bag of chips.

AJ Mass
  (12:01 PM)

That's the end. Finito. I know, lame. Anyways... there's the Twitter for those I didn't get to, and I'll be back on Friday. Thanks for the Q's! Until then, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.