August 2008

Fave Five Sidekicks

1. Robin (aka Dick Grayson), sidekick to Batman

2. Barney Rubble, sidekick to Fred Flintstone

3. Spock, sidekick to Captain Kirk                         

4. Linus, sidekick to Charlie Brown                        

5. Garth, sidekick to Wayne

1. Chewbacca, sidekick to Han Solo

2. George Coztanza, sidekick to Jerry Seinfeld               

3. Jelly, sidekick to Peanut Butter                        

4. Eric Murphy, sidekick to Vince in Entourage             

5. Siano and Schwartz, sidekicks to Me

1. Kyle Gass from Tenacious D, sidekick to Jack Black

2. Alfred, sidekick to Batman                              

3. Willow Rosenberg, sidekick to Buffy the Vampire Slayer  

4. Millhouse, sidekick to Bart Simpson                     

5. Muttley, sidekick to Dick Dastardly

Updated Feud Standings


Siano pulling away and Sterno passing Schwartz, thanks in large part to three homers from Mr. Hawpe (above).


Post-show blog for 8/19

No Siano again today, just little ol’ me… just think, if you had picked up Ryan Ludwick, Carlos Quentin, Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez off waivers in the first week of the season, where your team would be right now? And on the other hand, what if you had drafted Carl Crawford, Travis Hafner, Aaron Harang and Justin Verlander? Guh! You can’t win your league on draft day but you sure can lose it…

Keep those Facebook friend requests coming and make sure you and everyone else you know signs up as a fan on the Fantasy 411 Facebook page!




Post-show blog for 8/18

Siano is out this week so I’ll do my best to cover the blog solo! We can lament the utter suckitude of Aaron Harang, ponder the amazing awesomeness of Melvin Mora, and ponder the future of September call-ups. Post your questions and comments here and I will reply today and tonight as time allows.

Also, keep the Facebook requests coming, and if you are on Facebook already, make sure to add yourself to the Fantasy 411 fan page. Spread the love!




411 for Friday, 8/15

Hey folks, post your comments and questions for today here and we’ll reply throughout the day and maybe over the weekend too if I’m bored.🙂

411.jpgAlso, the 411 fans page on Facebook seems to have mysteriously disappeared, but our intrepid producer Tom Spota did the yoeman’s work and set up a new one, so if you are on Facebook, join today! Also, feel free to send friend invites to Siano, Sterno or me, just make sure to ID yourself as a 411 listener so we know you’re not just a creepy stalker!

Finally, this week is over but there’s still next week… our good friend Jeff Erickson from Rotowire will be calling in to the show on Tuesday (8/19) so make sure to tune in for that show. Not that you wouldn’t be already, but if you need added incentive to cut class, blow off that meeting or ignore that special someone in your life, we’ll give it to you.🙂

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of the show, have a great weekend and remember… you can win or lose your league by one run, one RBI, one strikeout, etc., so manage your roster every day as if the title is on the line. It just might be!



POD for Sunday-Monday


Pitch: Saundo, Miner, Mussina, Burnett, Perkins (YES!), gamble on both Vazquez and Gio, Kazmir, Dempster, Volstad, Lohse, Volquez, Ubaldo, Johan, Unit (en fuego!), Oswalt, Suppan (hot, chase win), Kershaw, Hamels


Pitch: Lester, Guthrie, Sonnanstine (hot), Duchscherer, Blackburn (YES!), Buehrle, Maine, Maholm (hot), Campillo (fading?), Sabathia (um, yeah!)

Unreads for 8/14


Hey Guys,
Would you start Jeremy Guthrie next week in a weekly league?  He’s at home against Boston and the Yankees.
Bill in Chicago

Hey Bill,

Despite the tough matchups, Guthrie is a guy you’ve got to play all the time, especially in a two-start week.  As solid as Guthrie was in the beginning of the year, he’s been lights out over his last five starts, going 4-1 while allowing a mere six runs in 35 innings.  And the best part is that Guthrie’s no longer the tough luck loser he was during the early part of the season, as the O’s have averaged just over seven runs per game during this five start stretch.  Overall, his 3.18 ERA ranks 16th in the majors and his 1.15 WHIP places him 12th.  I simply don’t understand why this guy receives little to no recognition.  Those who own the Orioles’ ace likely used this fact to their advantage in scooping him up months ago.

Hey Guys.

16-team Dynasty League. Cats are Runs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, BB, AVG Wins, Saves, K’s, Holds, ERA, WHIP

would be receiving Pujols and Halladay for Hanley and Harang. I’m
currently about 10 games back from the 6th spot (last playoff spot) and
my pitching has struggled a lot. My other speedsters include B.
Roberts, Berkman (sorta), Byrnes (next year). I’m playing to improve
for next year. My pitchers are Lackey, Burnett, Harang, Washburn,
Looper (Eveland too, but he’s in the minors).  Thanks.

Hello Mr. Anonymous!

I’d much rather have the Pujols/Halladay duo.  There’s no doubt that
Hanley holds a significant edge over Pujols in stolen bases and runs,
but Pujols has 20 more RBIs and, even more importantly, a 50 point
advantage when it comes to batting average.  Albert has also walked 81
times compared to Hanley’s 63.  So of the six hitting categories,
Pujols wins out in three of them, with one (home runs) being a virtual
wash.  But let’s call the tradeoff from H-Ram to Pujols an even
exchange since steals are the scarcest category.  As for the pitchers,
Halladay is a top five fantasy option while Harang, at this point, is
hardly worth a roster spot in a standard 12 team league.  The upgrade
from Harang to Halladay is enormous.  I understand that losing H-Ram leaves very few stolen base sources, but at the same
time I can’t think of a better way to improve your pitching for the
present and future than to acquire arguably the most reliable starting
pitcher in all of baseball.

Zach Steinhorn


Post-show blog for 8/14

So no sooner did we finish the show than we fount1_samardzija.jpgd the news that Lou Piniella has dropped the idea of starting Jeff Szamardzija (right) on Sunday, and Sean Marshall will start instead. Siano and I didn’t like the idea in the first place so good decision Lou!

Also, note that David Price gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings in a Triple-A start last night, so everyone expecting him to come up and dominate down the stretch will just have to wait a little while longer. I’ll stick with my original opinion here: he comes up late in the season but in a Joba ’07 type of role, and doesn’t pitch enough innings to make any impact this season. Nice keeper, though.

Anyway, post your questions and comments here and we will respond throughout the day. And if you’re sending a Facebook friend request, make sure to ID yourself as a 411 fan so we know you’re not just some weirdo Internet stalker!🙂




The “Perfect” Team


2008 has so far been a crazy year in fantasy.  I can’t remember a season in which so many players have outperformed their preseason draft value to this extent.  So that got me thinking about a “fantasy” fantasy team, one that could have easily (in theory) been drafted.  I think it’s safe to say that this squad would be in first place by a hefty margin, well on their way to a league title.  I tried to balance it out as much as possible to address each of the five hitting and five pitching categories.  With the possible exceptions of Cliff Lee and Carlos Quentin (just had to include them!), I don’t think there are any players here who would’ve gone undrafted.  The league is a 12 teamer with the standard roster construction of 23 starting spots.  The round that each player was drafted is in parenthesis.


C   Geovany Soto  (12)
C   Ryan Doumit  (21)
1B  Adrian Gonzalez  (6)
2B  Ian Kinsler  (3)
SS  Hanley Ramirez  (1)
3B  Aubrey Huff  (18)
CI  Conor Jackson  (17)
MI  Kaz Matsui  (16)
OF  Lance Berkman  (2)
OF  Josh Hamilton  (8)
OF  Matt Kemp  (10)
OF  Xavier Nady  (20)
OF  Carlos Quentin  (22)
UT  Ryan Ludwick  (19)

Honorable Mentions:  Carlos Delgado, Nate McLouth, J.D. Drew


Brandon Webb  (4)
Joe Nathan  (5)
Roy Halladay  (7)
Joakim Soria  (9)
Chad Billingsley  (11)
Ervin Santana  (13)
Edinson Volquez  (14)
Rich Harden  (15)
Cliff Lee  (23)

Honorable Mentions:  Ryan Dempster, Mike Mussina

AP080321021414.jpgLet me know what you think.  I’m sure there are some guys I’m missing who could make this team even better.

Zach Steinhorn


Post-show blog for 8/13

Hey kids sorry for the delay, we had problems logging in… anyway, here’s the place to add your questions and comments, and we’ll respond throughout the day.

BTW, Siano and I have a 5.0 game lead for the wild card in our Baseball Prospectus scoresheet keeper league. Our ace was supposed to be Aaron Harang but that hasn’t worked out, and Carlos Lee was the anchor of our offense but of course is now out for the season. Since we would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, we’re trying to win now, so we have gone for broke in recent trades and made two more yesterday:

vlad.jpg1. Traded Carlos Lee and our 12th round pick next year (essentially a 2nd rounder since we keep 10) for Vladimir Guerrero and Tyler Yates;

2. Traded Aarong Harang and Michael Bourn for Torii Hunter and an 18th round pick.

So we traded a guy who is out for the year, a bench OF, a struggling SP who was also on our bench, and downgrade one draft pick by 6 rounds, for two front-line outfielders (one an elite bat and one a solid bat and elite glove) and a little bit of bullpen depth (which is already our strength). Vlad and Torii go right into our OF along with Matt Kemp, while Shane Victorino — himself having a great 2nd half — becomes our 4th OF, defensive caddy and #1 pinch-hitter.

Flags fly forever!!