FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 4/1/14

5:47
Paul Swydan: CLEVER INTRODUCTION!

BASEBALL!!!

Polls coming later.

5:47
Paul Swydan: Oh, also, 9 pm ET is the start time. Be there!
8:58
Jeff Zimmerman: Question. I am going to examine individual park sections for the THT like I did with the league with this article:

http://www.hardballtimes.co…

I already plan on looking at Oakland’s foul area, Green Monster, Houston hill. Any other requests?

9:00
Paul Swydan: Help Jeff out guys!
9:02
Comment From JV
Scooter Gennett is getting the start again today (this time vs a lefty). Safe to say he is not in a straight platoon with Weeks???
9:02
Paul Swydan: I don’t think it’s SAFE to say, but it’s certainly trending that way.

9:03
Jeff Zimmerman: I am not going to make a platoon call after two games.
9:03
Comment From JV
Do you see Jason Castro taking another step forward this year or more of the same?
9:03
Paul Swydan: I see more of the same, which is pretty good stuff, if you ask me.
9:03
Jeff Zimmerman: More of the same
9:04
Comment From Sal
Hi Paul 14 team 5×5 H2H with QS instead of W’s my rotation is Fernandez, Salazar, Kluber, Kazmir and Kennedy with Gausman stashed is that enough or do I look to deal for another top tier starter? Or do I hit the wire for Mejia or Peralta?
9:04
Paul Swydan: I think that if all of those guys play to expectations it’s enough, but you have a lot of high beta/low track record guys.
9:05
Jeff Zimmerman: I would be worried a bit on getting the 6 innings with the whole staff, but I don’t think the others are much of an upgrade.
9:05
Comment From Terrible Ted
Tampa’s roof? …
9:05
Comment From Guest
Do the rafters at the Trop count?
9:05
Paul Swydan: Oh Tampa’s roof/rafters is a good one.
9:05
Comment From Charityslave
Pray for Scott Feldman.
9:06
Paul Swydan: That comment came in before 6 pm. Guess it wasn’t Feldman we needed to worry about.
9:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Looks like the Prayers worked.
9:06
Paul Swydan: Hey I added the scoreboard dealie thing to the chat. BASEBALL!
9:06
Comment From Jaack
I always find it cruel that the best day of the year (Opening Day) and the worst day of the year (April Fools) fall so close together. All these lame attempts at ‘pranks’ are seriously killing my baseball buzz.
9:07
Paul Swydan: Jaack is sensitive, you guys.
9:07
Comment From Michael
Is Sabathia done?
9:07
Paul Swydan: Nope.
9:08
Jeff Zimmerman: He will just need to locate better. He might have to struggle like Lincecum has been the last couple of seasons.
9:08
Comment From RES
Is this Hutchinson’s best start of 2014? Is his value never this high again?
9:09
Paul Swydan: I mean, it’s the fifth inning. I know you guys are excited, but…
9:09
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, but I was higher on some other 5th starters.
9:10
Paul Swydan: Some shenanigans going on in this LAD-SD game.
9:10
Comment From Meano Eno
Carl Crawford almost ejected! The intrigue! The suspense! The drama!
9:10
Comment From Michael
Which 3 players will play the most games in the Red Sox outfield this season?
9:10
Jeff Zimmerman: Paul?
9:10
Paul Swydan: Oh, I like this question. I will say Victorino, Bradley and Nava.
9:10
Comment From Terrible Ted
How is StubHub legal?
9:11
Paul Swydan: Because the leagues all play ball with them now.
9:11
Jeff Zimmerman: Because it makes sense
9:11
Paul Swydan: Pretty RBI double from CarGo.
9:11
Comment From Meano Eno
Swydan, how worried should I be that Xander hasn’t even hit a homer yet????????????
9:11
Jeff Zimmerman: He should be.
9:11
Paul Swydan: He has had four plate appearances, and reached base in two of them. Winning.
9:12
Comment From Lucas
If SIERA is considered the most accurate ERA predictor , how come you guys seem to like to use FIP more frequently than SIERA?
9:12
Jeff Zimmerman: I would prefer kwERA if it was available.
9:12
Paul Swydan: I believe the answer is that they’re not THAT different, and we had the rights to use FIP before we had the rights to use SIERA, so there wasn’t a huge need to switch, but I feel like Jeff will know better than me on this one.
9:13
Comment From Ryan
Adam Jones for Troy Tulowitski– who wins?
9:13
Paul Swydan: The team that gets Tulo – by a mile and a half.
9:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Jones
9:14
Paul Swydan: DISAGREEMENTS!
9:14
Jeff Zimmerman: If going to go early, take the healthy player.
9:14
Comment From rugglez
Paul- I’m new to fantasy baseball. Receiving pitcher + pitcher/position players for Cano. What should I expect in return? Thks!
9:15
Paul Swydan: Cano is one of the best position players in fantasy baseball, perhaps THE best when you take positional scarcity into account, so I would expect star level players back.
9:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Both players should have a ADP of 30 or more.
9:16
Comment From Edge O
Is Lindstrom really going to be the closer because he saved 20 games once 4 years ago. Meanwhile Jones’ whiff rate is 9/IP
9:16
Paul Swydan: I think Lindstrom is going to be the closer because it will mean that Nate Jones will make less money in arbitration.

http://www.hardballtimes.co…

9:16
Jeff Zimmerman: Maybe, some how Chris Perez closed for like three seasons.
9:17
Comment From Rick
Should I try to trade someone like Arian Gonzalez for Brian McCann as an upgrade over Evan Gattis? Does the answer change if I have V-Mart and he might acquire C eligibility?
9:17
Paul Swydan: VMart only caught 5 games last season, so I wouldn’t bank on him getting C eligibility.

I would absolutely prefer to have McCann over Gattis, but I think this depends on who your replacement at 1B is if you trade Gonzalez. Gattis isn’t the worst ever.

9:18
Jeff Zimmerman: I would wait a bit on V-Mart. He has some early away interleague games. Wait until then to see if he get C eligibility.
9:18
Paul Swydan: Jeff is always two steps ahead.
9:18
Comment From Edge O
How much playing time does Konerko get in his last season? It would be nice to see 10-12 hrs maybe some key hits for the borderline HOFer
9:19
Jeff Zimmerman: 50 games, 30 starts.
9:19
Paul Swydan: First of all, I don’t think anything he does this year should count towards any HOF campaign that may or may not be mounted on his behalf in the coming years.

Second, I figure 300 or fewer PAs.

9:19
Comment From Rocket Roger
Will Schoop stick once Machado returns from injury?
9:20
Paul Swydan: I think he certainly will stick on the roster, and if he shows that he can hit at all, he’ll be the starter. Ryan Flaherty isn’t standing in his way. They demoted Flaherty to play Alexi Casilla at times last season.
9:20
Paul Swydan: And when I say starter, I mean at second base, not third.
9:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Not sure, but I did try to pick him up today (got out bid).
9:20
Comment From XanderFan
Thoughts on Lombardozzi? Decent minor league numbers, just 25. Any chance he could win the BAL 2B job?
9:21
Paul Swydan: There’s a chance, but Schoop will have to fall flat first I think.
9:21
Jeff Zimmerman: He seems like a lifetime Util player.
9:21
Paul Swydan: Agree
9:21
Comment From bdhudson
Puig is just silly strong.
9:22
Paul Swydan: AGREE! I remember people saying he put on weight this spring. I kept trying to figure out where that was on Sunday night, because he still looks like a brick sh*thouse to me.
9:22
Jeff Zimmerman: The Dodgers are just getting way over analyzed right now.
9:22
Comment From dgrussel
how much spare budget do you keep in Ottoneu throughout a season?
9:23
Jeff Zimmerman: I aim for 25-30 dollars. Most teams seem to have 0. The extra dollars are great for trades.
9:23
Paul Swydan: I have $28 right now, and will spend it liberally. I find that generally, if I run out money, I can always make a trade and pick up a couple dollars here and there in a loan.
9:24
Comment From jesse
HIMYM finally… thoughts
9:24
Jeff Zimmerman: Googling……
9:24
Paul Swydan: God I hate that show. My wife watches it. I heard the finale was terrible. It made me happy to hear that.
9:24
Paul Swydan: How I Met Your Mother, Jeff.
9:25
Comment From Meano Eno
Jeff is the mother??????
9:25
Paul Swydan: That would have been a world class ending.
9:25
Jeff Zimmerman: could care less. It is baseball season. Regular TV is worthless for 6 months.
9:25
Comment From Guest
HIMYM is the most average, underwhelming “comedy” ever.
9:25
Comment From Guest
HIMYM is replacement level, at best.
9:25
Comment From Jaack
Jeff died!
9:25
Comment From RES
I’m starting to regret my Hutchinson love earlier in this chat.
9:26
Comment From seinfeldisgone
is there such a thing as a good network sitcom these days? non animated obviously; only funny shows are cable (sunny,curb,californication)
9:26
Paul Swydan: I really enjoy Brooklyn 99, and Parks & Rec as well, although P&R is waning without Rashida Jones.
9:26
Comment From Nittanychris
Please rank these end of rotation starters for AL only: John Danks, Miguel Gonzalez, Zach McAllister, Erasmo Ramirez, Carlos Carrasco. Thanks!
9:27
Jeff Zimmerman: McAllister, Danks, Carrasco, Gonzalez, Ramirez.
9:27
Paul Swydan: Pretty much the way you have them. Carrasco could vault over them if he puts it together, but I’m not holding my breath there.
9:27
Comment From Sgt. Pepper
Rashida Jones was redundant. Rob Lowe was a real loss.
9:27
Paul Swydan: I mean, Rob Lowe has nice cheekbones, but … no. Disagree.
9:28
Comment From Michael
Who should be trying harder to sign Stephen Drew, Blue Jays or Tigers?
9:28
Paul Swydan: Blue Jays
9:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Harder, Blue Jays, Needs him more = Tigers.
9:29
Comment From Guest
Anybody else having issues with MLB.tv on Chrome? No game will load past 33%…
9:29
Paul Swydan: I’m not having video loading issues, but my audio has been spotty.
9:29
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes.
9:30
Jeff Zimmerman: I had to use my wife’s computer.
9:30
Paul Swydan: (Trying to find questions that aren’t about CC Sabathia)
9:30
Comment From j roll
Wise to trade jzimm for sonny in a forever keeper league?
9:31
Jeff Zimmerman: Don’t touch Gray, velo way down.

https://twitter.com/jeffwzi…

9:31
Paul Swydan: Hmmmmmmmm….I like the gamble. I guess it’s a floor vs. ceiling question. Zimmermann has a great floor (3 wins or so), but Gray’s ceiling is probably higher.
9:32
Comment From Meano Eno
Is that velo April velos or average across the season?
9:32
Jeff Zimmerman: 2013 season vs. last start
9:32
9:32
Comment From Jake
Watching Fernandez’s slider and Wainwright’s makes me wonder…who has the best of each pitch in the bigs among starters? (i.e. best curveball, change, split, etc.)
9:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Change = Hamels
9:33
Jeff Zimmerman: Split = Koji
9:34
Paul Swydan: Jeff is better at these.
9:34
Comment From Matt
Cutter – Jansen
9:34
Comment From Meano Eno
it says starters you sillyheads
9:34
Comment From Timothy
Slider – Corbin
9:35
Comment From Harry Porter and the Voldemalts
Curve – Kimbrel
9:35
Comment From JV
Felix’s change is better
9:35
Comment From RES
WIll Corey Dickerson be relevant this year?
9:36
Jeff Zimmerman: At some point, just figuring out when will be key.
9:36
Paul Swydan: He will, but it will take the Rockies a few months to realize he’s the best option. They started Blackmon and then Stubbs. They started Stubbs against a right-handed pitcher over Dickerson. The Rockies have no clue.
9:36
Comment From Sgt. Pepper
Why are there always so few games on Tuesdays?
9:37
Jeff Zimmerman: They put in a break with cold teams so there is an opening day.
9:37
Paul Swydan: Actually, Tuesdays and Wednesdays generally have more games than Monday and Thursday, because Monday and Thursday are the biggest travel days.

BUT – Today there are fewer, because for most open-air ballparks, they put an off day after Opening Day just in case there’s a rain out.

9:38
Comment From seinfeldisgone
The Rockies have given up 11 runs to that Marlins offense they obviously have a clue, how to do absolutely everything wrong. They should embrace George Costanza’s opposite ism.
9:38
Paul Swydan: Not a bad idea.
9:38
Comment From bdhudson
Martin Perez looking pretty damn solid
9:39
Jeff Zimmerman: He is more “confident” going Day 2
9:39
Paul Swydan: It’s four innings against a Phillies team that left Domonic Brown on the bench.
9:39
Comment From Jaack
The Rockies just take some sick pleasure in watching that thing in the Marlins outfield.
9:40
Paul Swydan: Who doesn’t?
9:40
Comment From Michael
Did the Yankees slot Tanaka as the 4th starter because they thought they would sweep the Astros regardless?
9:41
Jeff Zimmerman: I think people will be a bit disappointed in Tanaka. I could see Kuroda out perform him.
9:41
Paul Swydan: Maybe they figured some of the Japanese media wouldn’t travel to Canada for the Blue Jays series? Or that they wanted him to start the Blue Jays home opener for some reason? You got me.
9:41
Comment From Another Jeff
AJ Burnett this season – closer to 2012-13 (great) or 2010-11 (omg awful) form?
9:41
Paul Swydan: 2012-13
9:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Awful, his magic is done.
9:42
Comment From Brian
dj lemahieu over under 25 sb
9:42
Paul Swydan: Under. He doesn’t even have 25 SB in his major league career.
9:42
Jeff Zimmerman: Under, but not sure why.
9:43
Comment From Harry Porter and the Voldemalts
Will we have baseball in OAK tonight?! I need both starters to pitch!
9:43
Paul Swydan: I’m seeing on Twitter that it was rained out, which sucks, because I had Kazmir going in that game.
9:43
Comment From Colbylocks
Fair or foul? Replay at the Trop…
9:43
Comment From RES
Is it wrong to be really disappointed by how empty a bunch of the stadiums are today? I guess not everyone is hopeful in April?
9:44
Paul Swydan: Not everyone is warm in April.
9:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Yankees score.
9:44
Comment From Guest
Drop Tim Hudson for any of these…Jenrry Mejia, M. Perez, Paxton, Carrasco, or Erik Johnson?
9:44
Paul Swydan: Perez, probably.
9:44
Jeff Zimmerman: Perez
9:45
Comment From Lenard
So with Ramos hurt, the top waiver options are Salty, Martin, Ruiz, Arencibia, and Navarro. Standard 5×5, who should I pick up?
9:46
Jeff Zimmerman: Salty
9:46
Paul Swydan: Martin seems like he would kill you least. Maybe Navarro or Ruiz.
9:46
Comment From Max fisher players
should the astros try and lock up castro for the long haul, seems like a catcher like him has alot of value
9:46
Paul Swydan: I think that given his injury history that he is a guy with whom you go year to year.
9:46
Jeff Zimmerman: I would never lock up a catcher unless it is with a Sal Perez deal.
9:47
Paul Swydan: Obviously, whatever the Royals do is good, right Jeff?
9:47
Comment From Terrible Ted
If Cameron is the dad of FGs, and Eno is the teenager going through his awkward years…who are you?
9:48
Paul Swydan: I think Jeff and I would be the creepy uncles who show up to holiday dinners already half in the bag.
9:48
Jeff Zimmerman: Only half?
9:48
Comment From Jake
You get a chance to watch Sabathia’s first 2 IP? Really did not look good.
9:48
Paul Swydan: I did not, sorry.
9:49
Jeff Zimmerman: Nope, I was watching a High school triangle before the chat.
9:49
Comment From Rated Rookie
This chat is probably the most entertaining but least informative chat on Fangraphs. But that’s why I show up for it.
9:49
Jeff Zimmerman: We try to please.
9:49
Paul Swydan: I think that’s a compliment, but I’m not sure.
9:49
Comment From Michael
Speaking of catchers… Lavarnway, Vazquez or Butler?
9:49
Paul Swydan: I hear that Vazquez is the guy. (this was a Red Sox question, btw)
9:50
Jeff Zimmerman: Bullet to the head?
9:50
Comment From APH
Ozuna looked good yesterday. Is he someone with upside or was that a fluke?
9:50
Jeff Zimmerman: He could be OK.
9:50
Paul Swydan: Ozuna DID look good yesterday. Unfortunately, not every pitcher will miss location by two feet like De La Rosa did. When they do though, he seems to have enough power to jack them out.
9:51
Paul Swydan: On that home run pitch, De La Rosa literally was aiming for six inches off the outside edge, and put the ball right on the fat part of the inner edge. It was pretty bad.
9:51
Comment From Jake
Wong for Melkey 20 team league
9:51
Jeff Zimmerman: Depends on needs. Seems fairish.
9:52
Paul Swydan: I’m not really at all sold on Wong, and think you could do just fine picking up anyone else on the waiver wire, so ya, I think there’s more upside in Melky.
9:52
Comment From JV
Vin Scully just referred to Seth Smith as a homerun hitter
9:53
Paul Swydan: Well, he does have a career 11.6% HR/FB. That’s pretty good…
9:53
Comment From dgrussel
we’re really going to bitch about Vin Scully now? there aren’t more egregious things going on in the baseball world?
9:54
Paul Swydan: Also that.
9:54
Comment From Joe
Hak Ju Lee or Matt Davidson?
9:54
Jeff Zimmerman: Davidson – Lee has two knee surgeries and his value is mainly from SB
9:55
Paul Swydan: Jeff and I were talking about Lee earlier today. My feeling is this — Escobar has a cheap club option for 2015 ($5 M), so assuming that is picked up, Lee won’t get a shot at legit PT until his age 25 season.
9:55
Comment From bdhudson
“Beat LA” – the laziest chant in sports.
9:55
Paul Swydan: Sometimes lazy chants are the best chants.
9:55
Jeff Zimmerman: Yankees Suck?
9:55
Comment From Grady Sizemore
Two knee surgeries? Pah.
9:56
Paul Swydan: No, I don’t participate in that chant any longer…..unless I’m three or four sheets to the wind. Then maybe.
9:56
Paul Swydan: And then only if someone mentions Paul O’Neill. I still hate Paul O’Neill.
9:56
Paul Swydan: And Scott Brosius. OK, moving on.
9:56
Comment From dgrussel
I love Ottoneu in theory, but the interface is rough. And should I be getting real time updates/stat changes, or does my computer just suck?
9:56
Jeff Zimmerman: There is a Live tab.
9:57
Paul Swydan: Well, there is a LIVE button that should be showing you your team’s scoring in real time, and the league’s home page updates the standings in real time as well. So not sure what you mean there. Do those not work for you?
9:57
Comment From Pie > Cake
Aaron Boone was pretty hateable
9:57
Comment From bdhudson
Jedd Gyorko has some wicked chipmunk cheeks
9:57
Comment From Rated Rookie
Scott Brosius has the head of an Easter Island statue. But with ginger hair. Horrid.
9:57
Comment From dgrussel
‘Hey, you suck’. generic and ignorant, the pride of Univ. of Maryland
9:57
Comment From Terrible Ted
oleee oleee olle oolleee by Montreal fans (hockey)
9:57
Comment From Pie > Cake
Parnell is probably done right? What is his timetable if he were to avoid Tommy John?
9:58
Paul Swydan: One for Jeff.
9:58
Jeff Zimmerman: 2015 still, fork him IMO. I plan on writing up his outing for MASH on Thursday.
9:58
Comment From dgrussel
praise be the ‘live’ tab, thanks fellas.
9:59
Comment From Meano Eno
Dee Gordon can’t even bunt
9:59
Paul Swydan: I was still impressed with how fast he got down the line, at least.
9:59
Comment From bdhudson
When I was at USC, we used to chant “Big Balls Pete” to try to get Carroll to go for it on fourth down. ‘Twas a good chant.
9:59
Comment From Rated Rookie
Alex Wood is dealing in Milwaukee. And you know what, it might turn out that Gattis has more value behind the plate than in the batter’s box.
9:59
Paul Swydan: That seems like a backhanded compliment RE: Gattis.
10:00
Comment From Jake
I Just dealt Kemp Alexie and Howie Kendrick for Hanran 1. Good deal? 2 Who do I pick up for a 2b I have none 20 team h2h League
10:01
Paul Swydan: 1. If you mean Hanley Ramirez and not Joel Hanrahan, then yes, that’s a great deal.
2. I mean, I don’t really have any way of knowing who is and isn’t available, but maybe one of Schoop or Semien slipped through the cracks?
10:01
Jeff Zimmerman: I could see it, but not sure in the that deep of league. Will you have to trot out Roberts at 2B
10:01
Comment From bdhudson
Zach Duke is still in baseball. Who knew?
10:01
Paul Swydan: Not even Zach Duke.
10:02
Comment From Nittanychris
Percentage chance Nate Jones becomes closer this year?
10:02
Paul Swydan: Kind of an odd question. Are you asking for what percent of the year, or what are his chances of being the closer at any point during the season? To the former, I’ll say 40-60%, so to the latter, obviously 100%.
10:02
Jeff Zimmerman: 66%, Basically a 33% chance that Lin. stays healthy and productive.
10:03
Comment From Slugger Dan
Alex Wood’s been impressive for the Braves tonight. Any of you have him in your fantasy teams?
10:03
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes, two leagues, I liked the upside.
10:03
Paul Swydan: I have him in our Ottoneu staff league. I got him cheap during a waiver wire auction last year and hung on to him. Not huge expectations because I’m not sure he’ll stay healthy, but I’m confident in putting him out there every time.
10:04
Comment From Guest
Valverde…deal him now while his value is high?
10:04
Jeff Zimmerman: but in one of those leagues I had CC going, so there is that.
10:04
Paul Swydan: Absolutely. Only a matter of time before he explodes and Vic Black or someone else gets the job.
10:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Unless you really need saves. Even 10 extra could be huge in a deep league.
10:05
Comment From Gila Monster
Why are the Phillies benching Dominic Brown?
10:05
Paul Swydan: Matt Cain doing his damndest to give that 4-run lead right back.
10:05
Jeff Zimmerman: Because they are the Phillies
10:05
Paul Swydan: My guess RE: Phillies is that they want to play everyone in the opening series, and this was an easy game to bench Brown because it’s a lefty on the mound. Hopefully it won’t continue.
10:05
Comment From Jake
Kershaw misses all of april. Does it hurt his Cy Young odds?
10:06
Jeff Zimmerman: Yes.
10:06
Paul Swydan: It’s pretty rare that a starting pitcher gets the Cy without pitching a full season, so he’d have to come back and be incredibly incredible to net the Cy this year, I’d think.
10:06
Paul Swydan: Gyorko vs Jansen
10:07
Comment From Christy Mathewson
Should I be concerned at all about how Liriano seemed to tire after the 5th inning yesterday in his start? Or is it nothing to worry about going forward?
10:07
Paul Swydan: I wouldn’t be too worried about it. He threw a lot of pitches because he was striking so many dudes out, and it was the first start of the season.
10:07
Jeff Zimmerman: A bit, I would see if he had similar problems in the past.
10:07
Comment From Michael
o/u 19.5 starts by Buchholz this season
10:08
Paul Swydan: Over. Barely. I think you have that line set properly.
10:08
Paul Swydan: And when I say barely, I mean, like 20-21.
10:08
Jeff Zimmerman: I would say 20
10:08
Comment From Slugger Dan
Freeman for NL MVP? 2 bombs tonight
10:08
Paul Swydan: He’s definitely going to be on the list if he keeps this up.
10:08
Jeff Zimmerman: They should just give it to him now.
10:09
Paul Swydan: Gyorko pops a lazy fall ball to shallow center and Dick Enberg says he just missed it. OK, Dick.
10:09
Comment From Meano Eno
Paul who do you think the Sox would give the first start to? Workman? Webster? Ranauado?
10:09
Paul Swydan: I think they kept Workman and Capuano around for just this reason.
10:10
Comment From Nittanychris
Does Abe Almonte hit leadoff all year long?
10:10
Jeff Zimmerman: No, I hope not.
10:10
Paul Swydan: I think he’ll hit leadoff until he does poorly, and then they’ll move on to Ackley or Saunders or someone else.
10:10
Paul Swydan: 1st and 3rd, 1 out for Padres in ninth against Jansen. BASEBALL!
10:10
Paul Swydan: Alonso actually went first to third on a single to center.
10:11
Comment From APH
A lot of talk about Austin Hedges in SD. Is he worth looking at for fantasy or is his value mostly incredible defense?
10:11
Paul Swydan: I think the latter.
10:11
Jeff Zimmerman: All D for now.
10:11
Comment From dgrussel
Rendon going to be worth $5 (+$1 drop of Forsythe) I’m claiming him at in Ottoneu? Everyone’s been talking about him but I’m still wary
10:11
Paul Swydan: I think Rendon is probably worth double that in Ottoneu.
10:12
Jeff Zimmerman: Get him especially with the MI position.
10:12
Paul Swydan: Wow, Denorfia swung at one at his chin for strike 3.
10:12
Comment From Guest
Please rank ROS (12 team, 5×5, roto): Paxton, Eovaldi, Skaggs, Morrow. Thanks!
10:13
Paul Swydan: Wow, our first ROS of the year!
10:13
Paul Swydan: If Morrow can stayed taped and glued together, then he’s the best option, and then I like Eovaldi, Skaggs and Paxton.
10:14
Jeff Zimmerman: Skaggs, Eovaldi, Paxton, Morrow.
10:14
Comment From jrp
Should I start Jose Abreu over Kyle Seager or Everth Cabrera in my league?
10:14
Paul Swydan: Assuming you mean at UTIL, then yes. I always want as much power as I can get from my UTIL spot.
10:14
Jeff Zimmerman: yes, depending on your needs.
10:15
Comment From Michael
If you were Ben Cherington, what kind of contract are you offering Jon Lester?
10:15
Paul Swydan: One that is for four years, max.
10:15
Jeff Zimmerman: Year to year.
10:15
Comment From Christian
Really don’t get why Angels fans boo Cano
10:16
Paul Swydan: Angels fans are almost as sensitive as Braves fans.
10:16
Paul Swydan: Wow, Jansen walks Grandal. Ducks on the pond for pinch hitter Hundley.
10:17
Paul Swydan: This seems like a good time to mention my article from today where I detailed how the Padres should have Blanks on the roster instead of Hundley:

http://insider.espn.go.com/…

10:17
Comment From JV
Cano killed the Angels in the 05 DS
10:17
Comment From JV
And the 09 ALCS
10:17
Paul Swydan: Yeah, that’ll happen. No reason to boo the guy.
10:18
Comment From Sam
Should I be worried about Cliff Lee? I kinda need him to be an ace
10:18
Paul Swydan: I would not be worried about Cliff Lee, no.
10:18
Comment From Meano Eno
is year to year a viable option though? why would lester do that?
10:18
Jeff Zimmerman: Not yet.
10:19
Comment From bdhudson
JANSEN SHOWED EMOTION
10:19
Paul Swydan: Wow, Hundley struck out, no way. Imagine if they had someone who could hit the ball, like Kyle Blanks perhaps.
10:19
Comment From Meano Eno
BOO EVERYONE
10:19
Comment From Harry Porter and the Voldemalts
HUGS FOR EVERYONE
10:20
Paul Swydan: Well, you guys are all over the place. Which means it’s probably time for us to go. Thanks for hanging out, we’ll see you next week!
10:20
Jeff Zimmerman: Bye.


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Paul Swydan is the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for Boston.com. He has written for The Boston Globe, ESPN MLB Insider and ESPN the Magazine, among others. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.


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