August 2006

Great Chcuck Norris stuff and 411 HOF update

Our good friend Bryon sent me the following e-mail today.

Mike

  I thought you may enjoy this since you guys do so many Chuck Norris jokes.  This is Chuck Norris on The Worlds Best **** Sports Show Ever reading some of them.  It has some that I have never heard.

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjIfmRO_LHk&search=Conan%20O%27Brien%20Chuck%20Norris

Bryon
Iowa City

This is the kind of stuff Hall of Famers do. Speaking of which the final inductees list is done and let’s just say we will have a long show coming up. The tentative date is Thursday Sept 14th.

unread for august 18th 2006

Drew
Broomfield, CO

Will Delmon Young get called up when rosters expand and will he be worth a spot on my team in a 20 team 5×5? With the recent injuries and Gomes wondering about surgery, is he worth the move?

Siano:

As recently as today the Rays were wrestling with calling up Young so I agree with the even money estimation (Cory just got back from Vegas and I’m hitting a casino tomorrow so excuse the gambling refrences). I realize that in a 20 team league there isnt much out there right now, but when rosters expand you should be able to get a fairly decent pick up if Young doesnt get the call. I hate to say it but Gomes who I prediected big things for in 06′ has become useless because of the shoulder injury so you shoul be letting him loose now reagrdless of Young’s situation.

Cory:

Given Young’s uneven season this year in Triple-A (.325 with 22 steals, but only eight homers and a 13-56 BB-K ratio), not to mention his bat-throwing incident and continued criticisms of the organization’s handling of young players, I’d say it’s no more than even money that he’ll be recalled in September. But, as you mentioned, Gomes’ shoulder has rendered him useless since May, and it’s not like Damon Hollins, Greg Norton or Russell Branyan should block Young from getting at-bats. Young is definitely worth a pickup in a 20-team league, but keep your expectations reasonable.

For more fantasy insight catch us weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on the MLB.com Fantasy 411. For more info go to www.mlbradio.net.

For even more fantasy info check out our good friend Jeffrey Ma and company over at www.protrade.com.

New Way to Listen to the 411

Kids,

Here is the link for the new MLB.com Toolbar. In the link is a radio component that allows you to listen to the live stream for MLB Radio. It’s free and takes two minutes.

Take a look and enjoy.

-siano

unread for august 9th 2006

Joe from Philly-

12 Team Mixed 7×7…Last few starts have been mediocre for Lester. Should I drop him for Saunders, Garza, Maine, or Hirsh?  I’m in second place. My pitching has been wildly inconsistent. What do you think of my chances of winning the league with this staff? Randy Johnson, Roy Halladay, Brandon Webb, Cliff Lee, Scott Olsen, Jon Lester?, and Jason Jennings as starters. Otsuka, Fuentes, Broxton, and Linebrink as relievers.  Thanks love the show 

Siano:

Joe,

With a fairly good staff I wouldn’t worry too much about Jon Lester. I would not have a problem cutting him in hopes of catching on to the Garza or Hirsh gravy train and see what happens. Maine and Saunders are ok in my book but if I’m gonna roll the dice I want the big time strikeout potential. What I would like to see you do instead of fretting over a back end of the rotation guy like Lester is address your bullpen. Use your depth in SP to get a mid or close to mid tier closer. Could you swing a deal for an Eddie Guardado type? Good luck.

For more fantasy insight catch us weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on the MLB.com Fantasy 411. For more info go to www.mlbradio.net.

For even more fantasy info check out our good friend Jeffrey Ma and company over at www.protrade.com.

unread for august 7th 2006

Peter
Merced, CA

Hey guys,
I picked up Carmona when I saw he started the 9th inning of last game.
Dont laugh.  Should have waited until the game was over.  So has he lost the job now?  Whats your take?  Also, what about everyday Eddie?  I saw he had a sore forearm so I picked up Bray and then he comes into the game early yesterday.  What about McClung?  Any other situations where there might be a job change?  Right now I only have Gonzalez and Otsuka who officially have the job.  Gotta love chasing saves huh?

Cory:

Peter, I don’t know if Carmona has lost the job outright but there’s no doubt he won’t get the next save opportunity the Indians generate, and it might be awhile before he gets his next one. In a non-keeper league he can probably be cut. As for Guardado, I think he was just getting some rest when Bray picked up the save, so I wouldn’t read anything into that. McClung is setting up Meadows for now but could take the job in fairly short order so that’s worth watching. Burgos has been struggling of late in KC but Joe Nelson, the presumptive next-in-line, got utterly shelled his last time out so that should help Burgos’ job security. Keep an eye on Dan Wheeler in Houston, since Lidge has continued to struggle and had to be removed from his last save chance, which Wheeler cashed in. Have fun chasing!

For more fantasy insight catch us weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on the MLB.com Fantasy 411. For more info go to www.mlbradio.net.

For even more fantasy info check out our good friend Jeffrey Ma and company over at www.protrade.com.

unread for august 3rd

Vinny in Toronto

Hi guys!!

In my 8 team 5by5 league, Danny Haren is on the wire…should I use my waiver claim to pick him up (maybe cut Willis/Tim Hudson??)

Thanks guys!,

Cory:

Simple answer: I’d take Haren over either of those guys for right now and for the rest of the season. Enjoy!

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unread for August 2nd 2006

Hey Guys My name is Chris I’m from Virginia. I’m a rookie to fantasy. Could you explain Pitch or Ditch a little better. I have one open spot do I pick up a pitcher every day and hope for the best. 12 team 5×5 mixed. I do have an innings limit 1250.

Cory:

Hi Chris, the "pitch or ditch" strategy is based on a bigger approach towards drafting and roster management:

First, don’t overpay for starting pitchers during the draft, because they are much less reliable and consistent than hitters. Load up on a big offense in the early rounds, get a strong bullpen, and look for less costly pitchers, with good upside, in the middle and later rounds. To identify such pitchers we refer to the so-called "list of 12," which is based on the notion that pitchers need 500 or so innings at the Major League level before they gain the consistency and experience to take a big step forward. This year’s list of 12 (which was actually 18!) included Brandon Webb, Jeremy Bonderman, Brett Myers, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Gil Meche (check out his recent stats!). Of course, it also included Carlos Silva, Oliver Perez, Shawn Chacon and Josh Towers, so it’s not a perfect system, but it’s a good starting point.

Then during the season, pick up free agent starting pitchers when they are in favorable matchups: home against the Royals, against a team that struggles against lefties or righties, when they are coming off a recent string of hot starts, etc. We call this "pitch or ditch" because you may pick up a guy in one matchup but not another, and the intention is to only keep the pitcher for one start and then cut him to pick up someone else.

This approach enables you to max out your innings, which ensures relatively strong finishes in wins and K’s, and also enables you to find more starting pitching bargains as the season progresses. Chris Capuano was last year’s pitch or ditch gem, and a guy like Erik Bedard could be had for free this year.

Add it all up and this strategy is designed to allow a roster that will finish at or near the top in every offensive category, as well as saves and strikeouts, while finishing at least in the middle of the pack in ERA and WHIP. Add it all up and that should be enough to win most mixed leagues. :-)

Good luck!

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catching up on unreads

Hope everyone enjoyed the coverage for Trade Deadline, we had fun doing it.

Scott in Perth, Aus

hey folks, great show.  I’ve had a sudden influx of DL listed players

In a 5×5 h2h 12 team mixed non-keeper, which I am leading by 13 games, I have now Nomar and Kazmir joining John Patterson on the DL- I can only designate one as DL, and have Maicer Izturis and J-Honey Peralta at SS (where Nomar has been on my lineup this season) and Zambrano, Hudson (Tim), CC and King Felix as my non injured starting rotation.  Should I wait out on all three to return or should I drop one or other of Nomar or Patterson.  And if so, should I try to bump up my starting rotation by getting an extra arm? 

thanks folks,

PS- the rest of my starting lineup is Pudge, Dunn, Utley, David Wright, Cliff Floyd, Scotty Po, Freel, Bonds and Laroche, with a bullpen of Izzy, Papelbon, Benitez and Coco Cordero

Cory:

Patterson is almost certainly out for the year, and given how he pitched when he was able to take the ball, you can feel free to cut him. Moreoever, with your starting pitching, you do need some help so you should use that spot accordingly. King Felix, Sabathia and Hudson should all pitch better, but with only one truly reliable option right now in Zambrano, some additional pitching help would be justified.

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John in Santa Barbara

I’m in 2nd place in a Yahoo 12-team, 5×5 league…my weakest category is runs where I’m in last place…a trade has been proposed to me…I’d receive Grady Sizemore and Jeremy Bonderman in exchange for Carlos Lee and Curt Schilling…I’m inclined to reject the deal but I do need runs and I’d pick up 21 of them with Sizemore…what do you guys think?

Cory:

Why would you reject this deal? You do give up power here but you make modest gains in average and speed, plus a big gain in runs, where Sizemore ranks second in the Majors. The pitching is a wash at worst, as Bonderman has a big edge in strikeouts and also a lower ERA than Schilling, offsetting Schilling’s slightly better WHIP (1.12 to 1.16) and wins (13 to 11). This deal fits your needs and gives fair value to both teams, so I’d go for it.

For more fantasy insight catch us weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on the MLB.com Fantasy 411. For more info go to www.mlbradio.net.

For even more fantasy info check out our good friend Jeffrey Ma and company over at www.protrade.com.

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