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  1. Keep an eye on the Matt Carpenter 2nd base experiment. It is very possible he starts there for the Cardinals.

    Comment by Anon — February 25, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  2. Watch for Mauro Gomez to see a lot of time at 1B for the BoSox as Napoli wastes away on the DL. And watch for him to hit some bombs too.

    Comment by Caveman Jones — February 25, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  3. It’s interesting that steamer is high on Darnell but low on Venable and Denorfia considering that both of them have averaged over 3 WAR/600 plate appearances for their careers as Padres.

    Comment by Drakos — February 25, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  4. Speaking of Carpenter, I am considering selecting him with my first round FA pick in a 3-round draft. I am needing an infield UTIL guys (think backup 1b/2b/3b) type for my team. Available guys are Keppinger, Kelly Johnson (assuming he gets enough starts at 1b/of), and Carpenter. Also, assuming Carp gets 2b elig, is he worth taking? So far the experts have said, “not over Keppinger” due to questions about PT. What say you FG nation?

    Comment by kujoep — February 25, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  5. For sure I’d say take Carp. There is a good chance Freese, Craig, Holiday, or Beltran get hurt for an extended period at some point, and Matt Carpenter is a strong candidate to step in and get a lot of at bats. Beltran is also going to be rested more frequently with Carpenter getting most of the fill in starts. I can easily see a scenario where he gets 400 at bats or more.

    Comment by Cards2WS — February 25, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

  6. I seriously doubt that anyone at “FG nation” cares whom you pick.

    Comment by Baltar — February 25, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  7. Ooops! At least one FG citizen does.

    Comment by Baltar — February 25, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

  8. Anybody else listening to Dirk Hayhurst do commentary on Red Sox v. Blue Jays? Knuckleballer and famed author R.A. Dickey faces off against knuckleballer and famed comic Steven Wright.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — February 25, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  9. Maybe I’m just missing something that’s obvious, but isn’t Travis D’Arnaud a catcher and didn’t you say catchers were excluded?

    Comment by Marcus Andrews — February 25, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

  10. Thanks for the heads up, Well-Beered. I just finished The Bullpen Gospels on Saturday, so this seems like apt timing to hear him in action for the first time.

    Comment by jwise224 — February 25, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

  11. Dirk Hayhurst just used “stat modifier” and “synergistic” in the same sentence!

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — February 25, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  12. Yes but D’Arnaud is also one of the Three Musketeers and French – so he’s really more of a catcheur.

    Comment by jfree — February 25, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

  13. “Here’s who Brock Bond is:”

    The villain of Vineland. FTFY.

    Comment by matt w — February 26, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  14. It is, in fact, the author who is missing something obvious.

    Edited now. Or, mostly edited.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — February 26, 2013 @ 10:19 am

  15. If Keppinger looks healthy, I might take his .300 average and guaranteed starting gig.

    Comment by SKob — February 27, 2013 @ 10:05 am

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