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James Quintong (3:04 PM)
Good afternoon everyone. Well, let's just get to the big news of the day -- Matt Holliday going to the Cardinals for three prospects, including Brett Wallace.
Matt Holliday going to the cardinals. What effect do you think this is going to have on his game?
James Quintong (3:06 PM)
He'll be in a better lineup, likely hitting behind Albert Pujols, and probably hitting in front of Ryan Ludwick. So RBI and run opportunities should be there. He was hitting much better in recent days, so there's hope that he's found his swing again. Remember, though, that Busch Stadium isn't Coors Field, so while he should be good, he may not be the stud guy we had seen the past couple of years.
Brett Wallace (En Route to Oakland)
Am I worth a pickup in a deep (20-team) keeper league? What are the chances I can make an impact this year?
James Quintong (3:07 PM)
And for the other side of the story, Wallace should definitely be picked up in a keeper league of that size. He's got the bat, but the glove is still a question mark. I don't think he does a whole lot this year until maybe September, though, so those in smaller leagues probably don't need to be too concerned just yet.
Marshall (St. Louis)
I've had Wieters all year, is it time to drop him? I could pick up either Posada or Doumit instead.
James Quintong (3:09 PM)
I seem to have gotten a bunch of Wieters questions today. I think he's just in the middle of a slump, but I don't think he's going to be the all-world catcher this year that many had expected. In a case like this, I probably would take the chance on Posada or Doumit instead. In other leagues, though, I might ride him out.
David (Toronto (ON))
What effect will Chris Snyder's impending return have on Miguel Montero? Will Montero outproduce Bengie Molina for the rest of the season?
James Quintong (3:10 PM)
And to continue with the catchers, I think Montero has hit enough to keep the regular job over Snyder. With that said, I still would prefer Molina over him the rest of the way.
Did the top 250 vanish? Were can I find it?
James Quintong (3:11 PM)
It sort of cycled off our pages. But here's the link if you still want to look at it: http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/flb/story?page=ASBranks250I'll try to get it back on the pages, after the chat.
with Matt Holliday going to St. Louis will Rick Ankiel get any playing time?
James Quintong (3:12 PM)
I'm guessing Ankiel is going to be the odd man out, especially given how he's hitting this year. If Ankiel doesn't get dealt, he'll be a bench guy and not worth much fantasy-wise.
Clay Bucholz (Boston)
Do I stay in the Boston rotation for the rest of the year or do I get sent back down to AAA in a couple weeks when Wakefield returns?
James Quintong (3:13 PM)
I think Buchholz needs to pitch his way to keep the job. He was only so-so replacing Wakefield in the rotation the other day, so that wasn't inspiring any confidence for the future.
Looking to next year (Low in the standings)
James, thanks for the help. What position do you see Zorbrist playing next year for the Rays? Do you think he puts up numbers close to what he is doing this year?
James Quintong (3:15 PM)
I think Zobrist probably plays in right next year, although we'll see what the Rays want to do with Akinori Iwamura. I think he's been a great surprise this year, but I don't know if he'll be this good next year. His position flexibility combined with some pop and speed will make him a valuable guy next year, but let's not make him a second- or third-round guy either.
LOEFFLER (rochester mn)
need sbs, is fowler worth the pickup or try and look elsewhere
James Quintong (3:16 PM)
I think he's still worth a look. My colleague Brendan Roberts mentioned in yesterday's Hit Parade that he likes Fowler's patience at the plate, which will lead to more SB opportunities.
With Tillman looking to come up next week, who has a brighter future: Tillman or Madison Bumgarner?
James Quintong (3:17 PM)
Both look good, but I think Bumgarner has the brighter future, especially given his eventual home park.
Is Hughes worth trading for, or should I go pick up another MR - Bard, Balfour, etc..? thanks.
James Quintong (3:18 PM)
I like what Hughes has done in the bullpen this year, and it looks like you're just going for solid ratios and relief K's. So yeah, he's definitely worth chasing.
Chris (Lynchburg, VA)
James I've got a huge problem at 3B with Inge being injured and likely not being that productive even when he does play, and Huff just being flat out bad. Would you drop either for Blake, McGahee, Rolen, Teahen or Feliz?
James Quintong (3:19 PM)
I would consider Rolen out of that group, and possibly dropping Huff. Inge is hurting, and his playing through the injury may not be a good thing.
chris (latham ny)
this is a simple one... whoes the better all around player from this point on, shin-choo or nyjer morgan?
James Quintong (3:20 PM)
I'm going with Choo, especially if you're saying all-around.
Joel Pineiro (Philadelphia)
Start me today at Philly? I'm hot, but so are they ....
James Quintong (3:20 PM)
I'd be wary of starting him, especially against the similarly hot J.A. Happ.
Hey James - What do you think of the M's pitchers from here on out: can Felix keep it up? That said, what side of this trade do you like: Bedard/Kemp or Felix/Votto? Thank you!!!
James Quintong (3:21 PM)
I can't really figure out the Mariners pitchers. There's some talent at the top, but I'm never sure about Washburn. As for the trade, I'll take Felix/Votto. Kemp is great, but there's too much risk involved with Bedard.
Who gets more saves the rest of the way - Soriano or Francsisco?
James Quintong (3:22 PM)
I'll say Soriano, but it's pretty close, and also because I'm not totally sure about Francisco's health.
Buy low on Josh Hamilton?
James Quintong (3:23 PM)
I think I might. In his clipboard this week, Jason Grey talked with Hamilton, who said that he was tinkering with his swing early in the year, which led to some of his struggles. He said found his old swing again, which could mean the return of the Hamilton we saw last year.
Frustrated Wright Owner (NYC)
Why is everyone still so infatuated with Wright? He hasn't hit a HR this month and there isn't a whole lot of good news on his injured teammates. Even if you take his slump into account, his BABIP is still more than 60 points above his career average. Time to trade him to someone who still believes?
James Quintong (3:25 PM)
I guess the steals right now are the thing keeping his value up, especially with the slump. I have no idea if the power will return, and you're right, there isn't much around him for run-producing opportunities. I think it might be worth trading him for decent value (just keep all that other stat info between us).
Michael (Portland, ME)
Thoughts on Garrett Jones? I just picked him up but wondering if he's just going to go cold. Start him over Pence?
James Quintong (3:27 PM)
I don't think I'd start him over Pence, and I'm just as skeptical that his power production will remain the same. And in fact, all his homers have been of the solo variety, so he hasn't helped a ton in RBIs either.
What effect, if any, does the trade have on Rasmus?
James Quintong (3:27 PM)
Not a whole lot. Rasmus is entrenched in center, he just has another bat down in the lineup to drive him in.
Is Bay's slump something to worry about or do you think he'll return to form?
James Quintong (3:28 PM)
I think he'll return to form. I haven't seen any injury issues with him, and I think all players go through some slumps from time to time. I'm not concerned yet.
Weery of Liriano (Fantasy World)
@ CLE, vs KC, vs Cle, @KC, vs BAL. This is Liriano's schedule in August. Sounds as favorable as any pitcher in baseball. Every time i try to get out, he pulls me back in! Am i a sucker?
James Quintong (3:29 PM)
Not a sucker, and at least you can convince yourself that he's worth keeping. I think he's starting to find his game, slowly but surely, and yes, that schedule helps tremendously.
JQ ... Keeper league with Minor League bench ... better keeper for 2010 and beyond ... Lars Anderson or Stanton? What is the upside of each and when do they reach The Show?
James Quintong (3:30 PM)
I think Stanton is the better keeper going forward. Anderson has some power (I saw him hit a couple of homers earlier this season in a Double-A game) but I don't know if the team is as high on him as before.
JQ please choose a side in this trade: Bay/Quentin/Volstad for Miggy/Nolasco... Thanks.
James Quintong (3:31 PM)
Yunel Escobar is only 26 and has been on fire.Is this kid a keeper?
James Quintong (3:32 PM)
I like his bat, but I think the Braves are sometimes wondering about his head when he's on the field. He had a couple of odd fielding decisions. Nonetheless, I think he's done better than even my relatively high expectations and he could be a solid guy going forward.
I need to find a replacement for Berkman, but the waiver wire is barren. Who do I pick up out of Blalock, Garko, Ishikawa, Butler, or Blanks. Thanks!
James Quintong (3:32 PM)
The average isn't much, but I have no problem with Blalock.
Matt Lindstrom (Florida)
Am I worth stashing, do I get my job back when I return?
James Quintong (3:33 PM)
I think he'll have a good shot at getting his job back, even if he wasn't that great when he went on the DL.
Would you prefer Tommy Hanson or Rick Porcello in a keeper league?
James Quintong (3:35 PM)
I'd probably go with Hanson, although Porcello will also be a very nice pitcher in the upcoming years.
More closer talk. Who is more likely to inherit a closer role due to a trade: Jim Johnson (Balt) or Jon Rauch (AZ)?
James Quintong (3:36 PM)
I'm guessing Rauch would be more likely to get the late-season closer role. I guess I wouldn't be surprised if Sherrill or Qualls get dealt, but Rauch seems like the more "obvious" guy to move up after a trade.
Everyone is worried about Wright, what about Longoria? He's hitting below .200 for the last month.
James Quintong (3:38 PM)
Yes, Longoria is struggling as well, but he's also hit a few homers, unlike Wright. I think Longoria will turn things around, and it could be a good time to get him if someone is trying to jump ship.
James (Chicago, IL)
How does Holliday's trade affect Ludwick? I'm working on a deal that may include Ludwick; do you think I should project that his value is up based on this trade, or that it stays the same? Thanks!
James Quintong (3:39 PM)
Holliday probably hits ahead of Ludwick in the order, so that might limit RBI chances slightly. Otherwise, I think his value stays the same since he's not going to lose much playing time.
Is Votto underrated? He has been really good when he's played this season. What do you see from him going forward?
James Quintong (3:41 PM)
He's been great when he's been on the field, but he was at a deep position, fantasy-wise, so he might've been overlooked a bit. He'll probably get to about 20-22 homers and finish in the .320 range this season.
Michael (Portland, ME)
Chris Coste is playing some 1B while Berkman is out. Good pick up as a catcher?
James Quintong (3:42 PM)
He's got a little bit of pop, and as you said, he'll get some extra playing time at first with Berkman out. So yeah, grabbing him and sticking him in the catcher slot is fine.
When I look at the stat lines for Smoltz and Price I feel like dropping them, but my gut says to hold on. Should I listen to my head or my heart? If you were to drop one of the 2, which would it be? Thanks!
James Quintong (3:44 PM)
I think I might drop Smoltz at this point. I'd probably take my chances on the younger Price turning things around than the older Smoltz.
Fact Check (NY)
What's with this Garrett Jones not helping with RBIs fallacy? I saw one person mention the fact that his HRs have been solo shots and now everyone seems to be jumping on that quote. Fact is, the guy has 10 RBI in his last 10 games . . . he's also scored 9 Rs in that span. You can't say that he isn't helping in those cats when he so clearly is.
James Quintong (3:46 PM)
I think it's more of predicting future performance. Yes, he's got a bunch of runs and RBIs via the home run, and he's definitely helping your average right now. But 9-for-9 on solo homers seems a bit fluky. Plus, it can be a bit frustrating to see a guy whose homer and RBI totals are just about equal.
Whats your take on Barry Zito? Is he fanasty worty? He sure looked so yesterday.
James Quintong (3:47 PM)
He's had his moments this year, but I think he's a bit too inconsistent to rely on him on a regular basis, especially in standard leagues.
Justin Verlander (Detroit)
Are you worried about how many pitches I've thrown (127 in today's gem)?
James Quintong (3:49 PM)
I am a little bit since the last time he broke 120 pitches (also a complete-game win against the White Sox), he got hit hard by the Cardinals the next time out. I'd be slightly cautious, but nothing to get too outraged about.
Follow up on Votto: he already has 13 HR and missed time. Do you really think he will end up with only 20-22 on the year? Thanks!
James Quintong (3:49 PM)
I never expected him to be a big power guy, so I'm thinking he'll come close to the 24 homers he had last year.
Joba Chamberlain (Bronx, NY)
Do I have more perceived value than actual value?
James Quintong (3:51 PM)
I'm not sure Joba has a lot of perceived value at this point, never mind actual value. I'd probably still start him tonight against the A's, now without Matt Holliday.
Michael (Portland, ME)
Trying to shore up my pitching staff. Jonathan Sanchez or Chad Gaudin for an RP slot?
James Quintong (3:52 PM)
Not really enthralled with either guy, but Gaudin seems to be piling up the strikeouts recently and at a slightly more consistent pace than Sanchez (who got a bunch during his no-hitter).
Terry (Grand Rapids, MI)
Jorge De La Rossa worth a spot start at home vs. the Giants tomorrow?
James Quintong (3:54 PM)
Against the Giants, why not. At the very least, he'll be a candidate for a bunch of strikeouts.
Is it time to cut Peavy and Beltran or hope to get some production the last month of the year? If I was going to drop Peavy who would be worth a pick up? Dice K, De La Rosa, Kuroda, Contreras, D. Davis, Hudson
James Quintong (3:55 PM)
I wouldn't have a problem dropping Peavy at this point. Even if he does return, he may not be a huge help to your team. Of that group of pitchers, though, Kuroda, then maybe De La Rosa. You want no part of Dice-K.
James Quintong (FantasyJuggernaut)
hey james, its you from the future. it is ever so crucial for you to post this comment to keep the space/time continuum stable!
James Quintong (3:56 PM)
So am I shopping for a Volkswagon while this is going on?
better finish to the season... wright or n cruz?
James Quintong (3:57 PM)
I still think Wright has the better finish overall, but the question I was dealing with earlier was pretty much a guy trying to "sell high" on Wright. You could probably net Cruz plus maybe another player for Wright.
You starting Liriano tonight?
James Quintong (3:58 PM)
I probably wouldn't, but as a guy mentioned earlier, the road looks smoother for Liriano going forward.
In a NL only league does it make sense to go all out for Matt holiday in a FAAB bid?
James Quintong (3:59 PM)
I probably would put a bunch of money on Holliday, since I don't know what other big-name bats are coming over. I suppose you may want to save the buck s should Halladay come over. But right now, since you know Holliday is now an NL guy, go right ahead.
buzzer beater: Dye or Holliday?
James Quintong (3:59 PM)
Joe (Portland OR)
You starting Anderson in the Bronx tonight?
James Quintong (4:00 PM)
I'd be hesitant to start him against that Yankees lineup.
Would a trade help Kazmir's value?
James Quintong (4:01 PM)
I don't really think so. He's still very inefficient with his pitches, and unless a new pitching coach can fix that, he's going to be the same guy no matter where he goes -- potential for good strikeouts, OK ratios, lower chances for wins because he's only going 5-6 innings.
James Quintong (4:02 PM)
OK guys, I've got to go. Thanks for all the questions. Best of luck to everyone and have a good weekend.