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AJ Mass (11:00 AM)
Good morning gang! What's the good word? No Double Trouble here... we've got 60 minutes of fantasy chattage ahead. Second cup of coffee in hand... who is up first?
AJ! Please help me, it's driving me nuts. Which SS should I go with ROS? Jeter, A Escobar or Ian Desmond.
AJ Mass (11:02 AM)
Jeter for me here... I still have some faith once he's back.
I got Andrus and Castro at short. Who should I keep for ROS and who should I try to trade? What can I expect in return?
AJ Mass (11:04 AM)
Keeping it at SS... OK. I like Castro more, which means he'd also likely yield more in a trade. Place the names out there and see what bites you get.
Mike (Tampa, FL)
Hey AJ, Matusz just got sent down...any thoughts on what's wrong with him? He destroyed my AL only team...
AJ Mass (11:06 AM)
Nope. Clearly the fastball isn't as fast and the curve not nearly as curvy... hopefully the coaching staff can fix it and it's not anything injury-related. It probably will be a few weeks before you see him in the bigs again either way.
Cory Luebke (SD)
Am I... a Streamable starter? Waiver fodder? Solid sleeper for ROS?
AJ Mass (11:07 AM)
Certainly startable this weekend. I'm cautiously optimistic going forward.
Wookiees (Wall Street)
12 Team H2H Points League - Which deal is better: Bautista for Halladay or Votto for Lee?
AJ Mass (11:09 AM)
I'd rather trade Votto than Bautista.
Am I better than Smoak?
AJ Mass (11:10 AM)
Lots of Trunbo/Smoak questions coming in, so clearly it's a close call. I like Smoak better, but we're not talking enough to make a switch if you already own one of these guys.
AJ - Let's try 3B... What are your expectations for Aramis Ramirez ROS as he seems to be finding his power stroke..
AJ Mass (11:12 AM)
I was just asked to vote for the All-Star starters in an ESPN experts article, and I went with Aramis at 3B in the NL. More of an indictment on the quality at the position, but also a reason to grab him over other options.
Mr. Belding (Cali)
Who is the lowest ranked player you would take for Matt Cain in a trade
AJ Mass (11:13 AM)
Interestingly enough, Aramis Ramirez.
thoughts on Ellis now that he's moved to the thin air of CO?
AJ Mass (11:14 AM)
I think he's simply awful... but a change of scenery, and a return to 2B is certainly enough to claim him in an NL-only.
Beau (Baton Rouge)
I need pitching; how would you rank these available pitchers? (Baker, Stauffer, Dempster, Zimmerman)
AJ Mass (11:17 AM)
Stauffer, Zimmermann, Baker, Dempster. I'd put Jordan first, but the Nats seem adamant about that innings cap.
Jhonny Peralta or Stephen Drew, ROS?
AJ Mass (11:19 AM)
Jhonny... he may not be able to spell... but he can rake.
Please rank for ROS: Morrow, Beachy, Billingsley
AJ Mass (11:20 AM)
Beachy, Brandon M., Buzzsaw
Alexi Ogando (Texas)
Is my team really considering sending me to the minors if I have a bad start tonight?
AJ Mass (11:21 AM)
Yes, but it's not a "demotion"... just a roster move. Ogando will not pitch at all in Triple-A, rather, he'll sit until after the ASB, then get a recall.
Any reason I should hold onto Ike Davis for keeper purposes? Should I just cut bait and grab Trumbo?
AJ Mass (11:24 AM)
If you're talking about a bench spot that you're not going to use anyway, then I'd wait and hope... but otherwise...
Do you think the Mariners' will rest Pineda early so he can pitch later into the season, or will they just keep rolling him and cut him off toward the end?
AJ Mass (11:25 AM)
They are certainly looking ahead a bit... for example, they have an open spot in the rotation on Sunday, but likely won't move Pineda up a day to fill it... but don't expect a lot of September innings.
Cole Hamels got hurt!!!!! NOOO!!!!! You think he will be ok?!?!?!?
AJ Mass (11:27 AM)
He *could* go in his next start, so I'm not to concerned... it wasn't his pitching hand. My guess is that Philly skips him just to be safe, but he will be fine.
Rex (Vista View)
Dan Haren. Can I package him for a better pitcher like Lester or Cliff Lee...or is it just a waste of time and not an improvement
AJ Mass (11:28 AM)
I think Haren is top 10, so I wouldn't make a move here.
Mike Moustakas (KC)
will I be better than Trumbo or Headley the ROS?
AJ Mass (11:29 AM)
I wouldn't bank on it.
Is Alex Avila a solid keeper for next year? aka is he on an upward trend career-wise to the top 5 catcher level?
AJ Mass (11:30 AM)
Given the dearth at catcher... I'd say so on both counts.
Drew Stubbs (NY)
Do you like me better than McCutchen ROS?
AJ Mass (11:31 AM)
No. Not even half as much.
You starting Nova tonight at Citifield?
AJ Mass (11:32 AM)
Ranked 11th in DN for the day... of course, context is always important. If I had four other pitchers ranked higher, then no.
At this point it's clear that you have your second cup of coffee at 11 AM every day. But when do you drink your first cup? Inquiring minds want to know...
AJ Mass (11:33 AM)
That's for me to know, and for you to find out. Heh-heh!
Garza - Turning things around? Think he's worthy or rostering full time or streaming?
AJ Mass (11:34 AM)
Starting to turn it around. I think he'll be better off once he's done with this interleague nonsense.
Gilbert N. (Asheville, NC)
Would you trot Neise out v. the Yanks tonight?
AJ Mass (11:35 AM)
No, I'm a little nervous, given the heart palpitations last time out. He should be just fine, but I don't want to waste a start if he needs to come out early.
Hold it now...Hit it! (Ann Arbor)
Sean Marshall or David Robertson for holds?
AJ Mass (11:37 AM)
I like Marshall better overall - the holds will come.
How Fantasy Sports Explains The World (My bookshelf)
What are your thought on Harden ROS? What type of stats should I expect. Thanks
AJ Mass (11:38 AM)
Buy, buy, buy! Color me skeptical... let's see him get through this one and take it from there. Health first, then projections.
Hey AJ you starting Madison Bumgarner tonight? Last start looked solid after his crash the game before....
AJ Mass (11:40 AM)
Yes he did, but I'm going to pass on the road. MadBum's a streamer at best.
Francisco Liriano (minn)
hey aj, you starting me tonight?
AJ Mass (11:41 AM)
No.8 in DN... that's usually a good sign, no?
What can I expect from Neil Walker the rest of the way? Will the batting average come back up to the .270 range?
AJ Mass (11:42 AM)
Quite down on Mr. Neil am I. Expecting less production in the second half.
Is Lilly Dropable?
AJ Mass (11:45 AM)
If you're talking the HIMYM character, not a chance. If you're talking the pitcher, then yes. I mean... haaaaaave you met Ted?
Not a fan of Interleague, huh?
AJ Mass (11:46 AM)
Not when wild-card spots can be determined primarily because one team played a far weaker set of opponents.
Wonka (Lost )
What SP would warrent Howard in a deal? David Price?
AJ Mass (11:48 AM)
I would not take Howard for Price... C.J. Wilson, on the other hand...
Would you trade King Felix for Joey Batts if you needed power?
AJ Mass (11:50 AM)
That's a deal that could well be a win-win. Obviously, I'd try and swing it for less...
AJ - Please help my OF out: Moreland, Ludwick or Brantley for ROS?
AJ Mass (11:51 AM)
Mitch Mitch Mitch!
Are you guys doing an updated top 250 soon?
AJ Mass (11:52 AM)
Why yes. Yes we are.
I need a Shortstop. Maybe I should drop Lilly and pick up Barney for a totally HIMYM transaction!
AJ Mass (11:54 AM)
That comment is legen.... wait for it...
What do you see Ublado doing ROS? What might be a good buy low offer range?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
Certainly I expect better... but still not more than No. 4 SP-type stats.
Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)
Moose, Headley or Polanco at the hot corner?
AJ Mass (11:55 AM)
...dary. Chase for me.
Karstens or Harden to replace Matusz?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Karstens for me... simply a case of the unknown. Might change my mind if Harden looks good.
Tom Tuttle (Tacoma)
Best non-closer to stash with the expectation that he soon becomes a closer: Adams, Nathan or Izzy?
AJ Mass (11:57 AM)
Does Brian Roberts have much value in the 2nd half? He's sitting on waivers in a 12 team mixed roto...
AJ Mass (12:01 PM)
Keep him there.
Tulo or HanRam ROS?
AJ Mass (12:02 PM)
I am standing firm on my Han-Ram "hate."
AJ Mass (12:04 PM)
Having some unfortunate technical difficulties, so we're going to have to call it... but the Twitter is there for you, and we'll be back next week. Until then, good luck and may the odds be EVER in your favor.