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Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:02 AM)
Good morning everyone! Let's get right to your questions...
Jeff (Santa Barbara)
Sam Fuld has STRUGGLED lately. Had a nice night yesterday but before that awful. When will Desmond Jennings get the call up?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:05 AM)
I like to pick Memorial Day as a general date for things, if only because that weekend has a lot of history for Phillies fans: May 29 the date Roy Halladay threw his perfecto in Florida last year, also the date Mike Schmidt retired in 1989. Of course, that's neither here nor there; I'm not even a Phillies fan. It's just that Memorial Day weekend is a baseball weekend for me, and it's also three weeks or so off, and deep enough into the year for that silly "arbitration clock" thing. Seems about right for Jennings, judging by recent Fuld returns.
Would you shop Heyward?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:08 AM)
No. Until we know his status, it's gauche to trade a player dealing with an injury, unless you're prepared to be completely open and honest about your intentions (which you shouldn't be). I know some might disagree with that opinion, but I think the damage you do to your reputation on the trade market vastly exceeds any short-term benefit.
Are you buying HOMER BAILEY...or is this a case of two starts against the same bad team???
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:09 AM)
The pace numbers are a case of two starts against a bad team, and if you go back a couple years to when Bailey first showed signs of "figuring it out," he similarly dominated the Pirates, I think 6-0 in six starts one of those years (or over two years, it might have been, it definitely was that kind of dominance). I'll say this: Bailey does look like he can hang in here as a matchups-to-NL-only regular, meaning he's no top-25 guy, but could make an outside run at top-40/Wandy Line-esque status.
Logan Morrison (FL)
Dude, I'm coming off the DL. Who do I drop to open up a spot, Andres Torres or Cameron Maybin?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:11 AM)
Can't wait for you to live-tweet your first game back! I'd drop Torres. That's no long-term endorsement of Maybin, it's just that in the league format I get a sense you're in -- standard mixed -- at this level you should stick with the hotter hand, because it's not impossible to just find another when/if Maybin cools.
Gabby Sanchez was a career .300+ hitter in the minors and averaged around 20HRs per full season of ABs. He's also at that magical age of 27. Is it safe to expect .300/25/100 ?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:13 AM)
The "magical age of 27" thing is a myth; I've done past analysis of it that proves it. (Check my archives.) So let's put that aside. To me, Sanchez isn't quite an elite slugger; he has enough trouble with righties -- or did last year -- that I think his true value is a .280s hitter with 20-25 homer power. Remember, minor league stats should rarely be taken at face value; that's what MLEs are for, and they usually lower the batting average.
Thinking about streaming Humber tomorrow @ Oak - you sign off on this?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:14 AM)
I sign off on this. It's a favorable matchup on paper, love that ballpark, and there's the added motivation that one misstep probably costs him his job.
Tristan, it's no secret that decent 3Bs are on the endangered species list so far this season, sooo... (1) should I be giving up on Pedro Alvarez yet, and (2) your best prediction on when we'll see Moustakas in the bigs?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:15 AM)
Alvarez was covered in last week's "Hit Parade" and the point was that in a shallow mixed league, I endorse cutting him if you can find anything viable as a replacement (which in many cases you can't). On my teams -- most of those deeper leagues -- I'm not cutting him; there's trash to sub in if I was going to, so I'll have to live with my doubts of a quick comeback from him. As for Mike Moustakas, he's not really raking in the minors, so I'm thinking it's after the All-Star break, as things stand today. Could be September, in fact.
Joe (Milw WI)
Tristan...ready to call Peavy a top 30 pitcher yet? Drop a Tomlin/Britton type for him?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:18 AM)
Top 30? Absolutely not. We can debate top-40 or 50 status, but I've laid out my concerns about the healthy version of Jake Peavy countless times over the past calendar year-plus. The strikeout upside makes him a more valuable asset than the hot-starting Josh Tomlin, but that's as far as I'll go with the endorsement.
Which is going to give me more heartburn, owning Raburn or tabasco on my breakfast burrito?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:20 AM)
The tabasco, but the question is oh-so-fair and I suppose I'm giving Ryan Raburn the benefit of the doubt because I desperately had to trade for him in my AL-only leagues or suffer zeroes from Felipe Lopez. Raburn's problems making contact are troubling; he's going to kill your batting average all year but I think he'll be OK in AL-only formats.
Why does Hanley keep slipping down your rankings in Hit Parade when hes been the best SS so far this month?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:22 AM)
The month is 11 days old and in the past seven days on our Player Rater, Hanley Ramirez ranks fourth; in the past 14 days he ranks third. Erick Aybar has been the "best" shortstop so far in May, though I stress small sample size. I believe I dropped Hanley to the 12-15 range this week, which means I still utterly love him, comparative to his mediocre numbers so far in 2011. I just think we have to be somewhat realistic, that's all.
What is Ryan Zimmerman worth right now? I need a middle infielder and I need to shop him.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:25 AM)
Trading players currently on the disabled list -- especially not those whose returns are imminent -- is extraordinarily difficult, if only because of the high risk involved in acquiring them, not to mention the differing opinions about that risk. If I were you, I'd stick with Zimmerman, because in many cases you might have to give him away. Check my rankings in "Hit Parade," which give you a good sense of my value-point opinion. I'd be aiming for a Howard Kendrick or Stephen Drew, and I wouldn't accept anything less than a Brian Roberts or Aaron Hill if I was so desperate for a middle infielder.
You starting Neise vs the Rockies today? Has been pretty good his last few starts (with the exception of WHIP)
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:26 AM)
Jonathon Niese is not the kind of pitcher I'd care to try out at Coors.
What numbers do you see Trumbo having on the year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:28 AM)
His pace numbers are .263, 26 and 72, and I don't think that's an unfair full-season expectation. Off the top of my head, I was prepared to say .280/20-25. But I think the lower batting average is appropriate considering he still has some problems with right-handers.
Scott (Boston, MA)
Adam Dunn: Funk over?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:29 AM)
Yes. He's 10-for-21 (.476 AVG) with three walks and six extra-base hits, one a home run, in his past five games. I tried to warn; your buy-low window has probably now closed.
Gut feeling: Are you more confident in Yovani or Latos? Reasonable to consider dropping one for: Ian Kennedy, Dan Hudson, Gavin Floyd?Also: your thoughts on the green tabasco sauce? I love it
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:31 AM)
My gut thanks you for the question, and it says, "Yovani Gallardo." That's not a ranking thing, that is merely a gut instinct in response to the question of who I'm more confident in. (And here's why I stress that: Mat Latos has the higher ceiling of the two, I'm just much more troubled by his sluggish start.) The difference between the two: Gallardo has shown me glimpses of that awesome potential around all the rough patches, like that recent weekend masterpiece as well as during a bit of spring training. And for the record, I wouldn't cut either just yet, but I'd try oh-so-hard to find a way to get Hudson on my roster if I could. Drop someone else!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:32 AM)
Green tabasco sauce: I've never tried it, but given the choice, I always pick the salsa verde over the traditional red, so it wouldn't surprise me if I loved it.
Matt (Ann Arbor)
Is my Rios for his Dunn fair?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:33 AM)
Sure it's "fair," but I'd never do it if I was an Adam Dunn owner.
Masterson is fourth in the Daily Notes, but history is against him...do you think he's effective today?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:35 AM)
I saw that Justin Masterson stat, and in response, to steal from history, I believe I heard something to the effect of the Rays having won about 33 percent of their games all-time in Cleveland? (I can throw out an arbitrary stat in defense of the guy, too.) It's a road game for a Rays offense that hasn't quite found a rhythm, I say, and Masterson looks too good so far to doubt in a home game. Go for it.
Jon (Rome, GA)
You said Beacy was ranked 52 in 60F6I (which is a great column every week) b/c of concerns about him wearing down. If you didn't have those concerns, where would he rank? Above Kuroda, Kennedy, and/or De La Rosa?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:37 AM)
But he does have those concerns. If what you're asking is how to treat him in the short term, say, the next month or so, sure, I'd prefer him to all of those but Jorge De La Rosa, who I just personally like a lot. Those rankings account for today through season's end, though, so the concerns are valid. Can't recall whether I mentioned my other concern but since you didn't list it here, I'll repeat it: Adjustment period for young/rookie pitcher. Almost everyone endures one and there's a worry one might arrive soon for Beachy, maybe in mid-June/July.
Bryan V (Columbus, OH)
I think you've mentioned it before, so I apologize for asking you to repeat yourself. How do hitters and pitchers compare? I mean, if I'm looking to trade the #75 hitter in your Hit Parade, what number pitcher should a target from your 60 Feet 6 Inches?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:40 AM)
I don't ever mind repeat questions of philosophy of rankings, don't be afraid to ask. It's a valid inquiry. My philosophy is that, in-season, we know a lot more about pitchers' prospects than we did at the draft table, so they move up in actual trade stock. For example, I'd probably aim to deal the No. 75 hitter, Coco Crisp, for a starting pitcher in the 40s or 50s, maybe No. 41 Scott Baker. In the preseason, by comparison, you might have picked the 75th hitter around the time of only the 25th-30th starting pitcher.
Bob (Riverside CA)
Matt Cain's rankings the last four 60' 6"...13, 15, 16, 17. Is there anything to this? Should owners be concerned?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:42 AM)
Nope, not really. Another philosophical point to be made: Readers sweat way too much the minor shifts in rankings, overstating the impact of even a one-spot drop in the ranks. It's not necessarily any knock on that specific pitcher at all; it very often has everything to do with the pitchers who were ranked around him. To me, if the guy's not moving at least five spots, it's not even a story, because if it is, I'd tell you so in the story (probably in "Three up/down").
Adam (Newtown, PA)
Hi Tristan, Brian Matusz is nearing a return. Once he gets a few starts under his belt, how high do you see him ascending in your rankings? Top 30 or so possible? Ultimately, do you see him finishing the season ranked higher or lower than fellow young left, Madison Bumgarner?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:44 AM)
Matusz's injury problems -- ones that were utterly unexpected by this columnist and way more significant than initially advertised -- bother me. It's going to be hard for him to restore was "favorite breakout candidate" status with me as a result, though I tend not to forget that kind of love entirely. To say top-30 as his best-case scenario is fair, but on March 15 I'd have told you, "Oh yes, completely could see that." Now, I'm left saying, sure, he could, but it's about as likely he's 75th-best from today forward. Just tread carefully, though I'm bold enough to prefer Matusz forced to pick from those two.
How about Cano for Kemp? Who's looking better in that deal?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:45 AM)
Robinson Cano's side, but most of that has to do with position scarcity being a hair more important to me than the power/speed guy (unless his batting average is also regarded elite).
Dan (Concord, NH)
Nick Markakis jumped more than 20 spots in this week's Hit Parade. Don't get me wrong - not complaining here - just would love to hear your thoughts on this one. THANKS for chatting!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:47 AM)
Dan, you know, it might merely be waffling on my part, because I've spent so much time the past two seasons talking about how overrated Nick Markakis is. I enjoy rooting for him from a real-life angle; he's got so much talent and is better than this. And he's hitting better than .300 the past two weeks, so I'm thinking it was a matter of not liking the guys he jumped very much, as well as my holding out hopes that maybe he's about to put it all together. That low in the ranks, you have to be prepared to adapt more quickly.
Brian (San Diego)
Are you buying into Granderon's power binge to continue? 40 home runs possible?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:47 AM)
I am buying and 40 homers is a realistic high-end expectation, accounting for the ballpark. That said, I've seen Yankee Stadium's power numbers drop a bit once the temperatures rise, so don't let your expectations get out of control.
trevor cahill has gone from 45 to 40, 31, 27, 25, 21, 19. theres definitely something to that right? how high can he go?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:50 AM)
Definitely something to that, and it's the maturation of a tremendous young pitcher. Cahill has done what another personal favorite, Chien-Ming Wang, could not at a similar stage of their careers: He has restored what was a respectable strikeout rate he once possessed in the minors. One of the reasons is greater reliance on his curve; Cahill's arsenal is simply deeper than Wang's ever was even at the ex-Yankee's prime. I think Cahill is Tim Hudson. Heck, he might have an even more noteworthy career.
Adam ((Wheaton Illinois))
Please Tristan answer this question. James Shields today vs. Indians. He has not fared well vs them in the past but is having such a good season do I roll with him today and hope for the best.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:50 AM)
That is a hot streak worth rising. Queue my "ride the streak" podcast drop...
Isn't Cahill undefeated? That's what's to it....
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:51 AM)
Wins have absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm not so brash as to ignore the value of wins in Rotisserie -- it's always in the back of my mind -- but I'm always going to give you advice that's related to skillful pitching than "win potential."
Gut feeling, is Alex White a permanent member of the Cleveland rotation going forward?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:53 AM)
Yes. If Justin Masterson can do it, then Alex White can do it. Experience is the only difference between the two, and if the Indians are smart, they'll realize a groundballer like White has every bit as much long-term potential as -- and I'd argue probably more than -- a Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin or Mitch Talbot. Heck, that's one of the traits I most liked about Carrasco entering this year, before the injury issues, so it stands to reason I'd also gravitate towards White.
On the homer front....who wins the homer title this year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:54 AM)
Jose Bautista, if only because he's mad at me for projecting him for only 37 home runs this season.
Still no concerns about Danks?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:56 AM)
I say things change quickly and now there are hints of concern: 6 K's compared to 5 walks in his past three starts combined have me saying that now. Bleagh. Plus, I really dislike this idea of a six-man rotation, throwing White Sox starters like Danks' schedules off, after so much time dealing with the standard schedule most pitchers endure. I'd say it's time to worry a little, but it's also a small sample. If I were to rank today, at best Danks is dropping maybe five spots. (In most cases) talent doesn't evaporate overnight.
True or False: The A's entire rotation should be owned in AL-only leagues.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:57 AM)
Eric Hosmer (Kansas City)
No love for me this week Tristan? I hit my first home run in my 5th game! Where's the love?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (11:59 AM)
I am just about ready; for full disclosure I will say that I had never personally had a chance to watch or scout Eric Hosmer before this Yankees series, but what I've seen has impressed me. He's legit, he's here to stay and even before this he was barely beneath the cut: Think like No. 126 overall. He might be in the 80s by the next edition.
Tim (St. Louis)
I noticed Locroy was not mention in C replacements in HP. Your thoughts on him as a viable replacement?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:00 PM)
Considered it, just didn't see the power potential that I did in Chris Iannetta, plus I love the ability to pick elite matchups (Coors) when I can. Jonathan Lucroy also didn't really qualify as a "deeper" choice; he's gone in all NL-only formats and many mixed, I'm sure. He gets my thumbs-up though, if you need him.
Michael (South Carolina)
What is wrong with Carpenter?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:03 PM)
A quick look at his peripherals shows little of grave concern other than that he has an awfully slim differential in velocity between his fastball and changeup; perhaps that explains why neither one has been effective so far, and why his line-drive rate has soared. I can't say I'm terribly troubled, but this now looks like a No. 2 or 3 starter on a mixed fantasy team, as opposed to a No. 1 or 2.
gary (apple valley)
do you think conger will get more playing time? right now its like a straight split with mathis. i think he is a much better hitter.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:04 PM)
I think Hank Conger's bat should earn him increased at-bats over time, yes. Jeff Mathis is such an automatic out, I haven't been able to understand for years how the Angels can stomach it.
How do your days off work, i need to be eaten
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:04 PM)
I so often eat my lunch while working, sandwich, so watch out. And by the way, I dunno, it seems kinda odd to eat a talking sandwich...
Aaron (Los Angeles)
Jordan Zimmerman worth starting in Atlanta tonight?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:05 PM)
(Hesitant) yes. Think NL-only, and deeper mixed that lack innings/start caps. Feels like a borderline QS outing to me, not much more.
Domonic Brown (Philly)
I'm straight mash'n down here at Triple-A! WHEN do I get the callup & What can my owners realistically expect in terms of Production upon my arrival? Any thoughts? HIT PARADE material?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:07 PM)
Domonic Brown is raking and was a serious consideration for a significant mention in this week's column. At this rate, he could be the Phillies' second-half everyday right fielder, so keep that nugget stashed away. The primary reason I haven't sung his praises is I remain firm in my belief that he's going to be streaky initially and might not fully "arrive" as a fantasy star until 2012-13.
Over/Under: 27 HRs for David Ortiz for the rest of this season. Feel free to expand on your answer! It's your 'PTI' moment - go for it! Thanks for chatting!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:09 PM)
Over, sure. He finished with more in each of the past two seasons and is on pace for 26, so why not? It's not like that Red Sox lineup has any holes in the middle so opponents could work around any of these guys...
Have you ever wondered what if this REALLY is Domonic Brown?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:10 PM)
No. I assume that every player in my history of chats who has ever asked me a question is indeed not that particular player. (If I am mistaken, I'm happy to hear your proof to the contrary!)
Adam (Newtown, PA)
Could you please discuss Neil Walker? He's getting no praise (most likely because he plays in Pittsburgh) but has great #'s and as a former 1st round pick, its not like this is coming out of nowhere. What type of #s do you expect him to finish with: .285/25/90/15 seem about right?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:11 PM)
I've praised Walker quite a bit this year, but I realize now it has probably been a month or so since I took the opportunity. My stance remains about the same: I think he's a .270-.280 hitter with 25-homer upside, so as a fantasy second baseman, he belongs in every lineup.
What do you expect from Ricky Nolasco this year? he's looked good so far.. what's his ceiling?As always, thanks for the overtime.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:12 PM)
A point in Ricky Nolasco's favor: He has bucked what was once a trend of sluggish starts followed by tremendous finishes. I've long been a believer and so has most of the sabermetric community. Kudos, Ricky, for finally making it. I believe. Ceiling is a top-25 starter for sure, because that's what it was in 2008 ... and 2009 ... and 2010.
When does Brett Lawrie get the call?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:13 PM)
Once the Blue Jays are convinced he's defensively prepared to handle third base. I firmly believe that's the holdup.
What do I have to do to get in this chat?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:13 PM)
Welcome, Mike. What do you have to do to get in the darned Texas Rangers' lineup every day?
Which four guys you like for 2012- Kennedy, Gallardo, Pineda, Chacin, Romero, Zimmerman, Nolasco.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:15 PM)
Upside playing here, mostly. Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo are the smartest two, in no particular order. I'm going Ricky Nolasco next, and Michael Pineda after that. Then Jordan Zimmermann just beneath the four-man cut. Then Ian Kennedy, then Ricky Romero.
Red Robin (Yumm)
Over/under: Jacoby Ellsbury 60 stolen bases?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:16 PM)
Under but close. Had you said 50, I'd be tempted on the over. And here's a Tristan fact for you: I've never had Red Robin, primarily because, except for a 1-2 year period, I've never had one within even 50 miles of me, and even that one was something like 20 away.
Walden going south...who's next in line there?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:17 PM)
I don't believe Jordan Walden is going south, but rather that this is the proverbial "blip on the radar screen." Though today's "Relief Efforts" discusses the obvious next-in-line, Fernando Rodney. He's probably the answer, but I so think it should be Scott Downs before Rodney, if the Angels need a change.
only top 25 for nolasco?i mean he's currently ranked 24th best pitcher..you dont think theres much room for improvement?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:18 PM)
Hasn't he already improved? His current pace seems about right.
Tristan, could you list a few pitchers who you think are comparable in trade value to Billy Butler?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:20 PM)
Probably one of the Sanchezs, Gio Gonzalez, Daniel Hudson...
Is Sergio Santos the best pitcher in baseball?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:20 PM)
He's the best Santos in baseball. Way better than Santos Little Helper.
Why are people so hung up on your rankings? Do they need that much validation?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:21 PM)
Rankings inspire debate, and I enjoy that.
McClellan going to keep up the hot start?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:22 PM)
A debate I've had with the back-to-back champ in my keeper league, whom I'm itching to take down but so far am struggling to do this year. He thinks Kyle McClellan is a total in-season regression candidate you should trade now before his value entirely evaporates, I think he's a bit more valuable than what, say, Kyle Lohse was during the good years in St. Louis (meaning this year and the two in I think 2007-08). In other words, pick-and-choose. Joel Pineiro's St. Louis season another good comparable.
Fernando Martinez called up by the Mets...drop Gordon Beckham for him?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:25 PM)
Nah. That's no ringing endorsement of Beckham, either, more an indifferent opinion to Martinez's promotion. He might only be up until Angel Pagan is healthy, for one. And to return to the Domonic Brown mention from earlier, I think Martinez is even more so a guy who will take awhile to fully settle at the big-league level.
Brian (Princeton, NJ)
TRADE ANALYSIS: I give Konerko/Bumgarner and get Josh Johnson/Logan Morrison. Good move for me?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:25 PM)
Yes. You get the best player in the deal, and I think by a noticeable margin.
Going back to Ortiz's Over/Under: just making sure you read my O/U correctly... I said "27 HRs for David Ortiz for the rest of this season." (i.e., not "27 HRs for this season") Does that change your answer? Thanks for chatting (again!)!
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:26 PM)
That changes my answer. I'll say 30 total for the season, so that's 24 remaining if memory serves?
Jackie Wilson (detroit)
Over/under: Vicente Padilla, 20 saves
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:26 PM)
Over. Be bold, I say. I believe.
LOVE that you're going a bit long today.... so please, discuss Mike Aviles for me. 47th on the P.R.; 99 percent ownership; 3 position eligibility -- yet NO love in Hit Parade. What's up?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:29 PM)
Well, I don't hate Mike Aviles, it's just that I see him as more back-end roster value than a "leading man" type. The position flexibility is a tremendous asset, fair point. But he's hitting .265 and his Player Rater ranking is fueled by paces in homers (23) and steals (36) that he has never shown us at any other stage of his professional career. And if the homers come down, then so will the RBIs (current pace 113), in all likelihood. He's 30, so it's not really a stage of his career such a huge breakthrough is that likely.
starting Josh Tomlin this weekend vs SEA?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:30 PM)
Yes. He's got value, and that value is certainly streaming him for that matchup.
ike davis (the DL)
ouch. would you consider matt laporta a viable replacement?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:31 PM)
Yes. He was a candidate along with Mark Trumbo in this week's column, and like with the aforementioned Lucroy, LaPorta's profile doesn't fit that of "even deeper." He's absolutely gone in every AL-only league, I bet.
sell McClellan for Venters? or aim higher?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:32 PM)
Aim higher, and this is coming from a huge Jonny Venters fan. Might be the No. 1 non-closer in fantasy come season's end.
UBALDO: Thoughts? Buy low?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:33 PM)
Unquestionably a buy-low, and if you saw that trade I made in my NL-only league that I mentioned on Twitter on Monday, I was terribly saddened when my trade counterpart had dealt Ubaldo Jimenez while we were negotiating. All along my primary target in that deal wasn't Andre Ethier, it was Jimenez, because I firmly believe he's going to fix this.
Venters will be closing now since Kimbel blew another save last night?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:35 PM)
Says who? I don't think Craig Kimbrel has quite reached the danger zone yet. His stuff is still electric, and I haven't heard anything to suggest a switch is imminent. That said, there's a reason I'm a Venters fan; was in the preseason as well. It's not unthinkable he takes over given time, but I still say the McClellan owner should first aim higher, for a more sure option.
good call on masterson today..... you are clueless
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:36 PM)
You win some you lose some. If you won them all this game would be immensely boring.
Jeff S. (Vermont)
Which closer loses his job next?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:37 PM)
I've got this sneaking suspicion it might just be Matt Capps.
when will Belt be back up and does he become Of eligible at some point?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:39 PM)
Soon, another "before Memorial Day" guess, for his recall. As for the outfield eligibility, that is a valuable point not enough people are making. In 18 games in Triple-A, Belt has made 14 appearances in the outfield. He might very well figure in as an everyday corner outfielder once recalled, and if he gets that eligibility, it's another plus.
Adam Lind hits ___ HR's
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:40 PM)
I think a healthy Lind hits 32 home runs; he's got the power to do it. Health is a question, so the smart guesstimate right now is 25. Very much slipping into risk/reward territory. Frustrating, because I really like him.
Does Jose Reyes keep this up all year?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:41 PM)
A midseason trade -- which I personally believe is inevitable -- could disrupt his rhythm, and he'll remain a risk for a DL stint because of his recent history in that department. So I'm saying "no," but I sure wouldn't sell him off at anything lower than top-30-overall value right now.
Wade Davis -- a must own in all keeper leagues -- true or false?
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:44 PM)
True, but for the record, I'm a tremendous Wade Davis fan. It's in our nature to pick specific players we feel strongly about, and Davis is one of those who I watch and who greatly impresses me. (It's akin to my Matt Garza opinion of the past couple seasons.) I can't even give you a statistical backing; I just see something I like.
Tristan H. Cockcroft (12:45 PM)
OK, time to wrap things up for today. Thanks for all your questions, and sorry if I couldn't get to yours. Take care everyone, and enjoy your weekend! Best of luck to you in your matchups the next few days...