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  1. moustakas or pedro alvarez, ROS?

    Comment by johnnycuff` — July 11, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  2. probably depends on your league and your needs. If you need HR’s, everything else be damned, go with Alvarez. If you want a batting average north of .230 and decent remaining counting stats, go with Moustakas.

    Comment by Michael Barr — July 11, 2012 @ 10:58 am

  3. Here’s a question no one knows how to answer: Ryan Zimmerman… did the cortisone shot flip the switch, or is it just a temporary band-aid? How much do I need to cover for him in the second half? I divested myself of all backup 3Bs since his hot streak started, with the hope that a clear waiver wire option would present itself if his arm fell off again. Anyone have a reasonable guess how likely that will be?

    Comment by Jason — July 11, 2012 @ 11:11 am

  4. hard to say it’s coincidental – since his cortisone shot, Zim has gone .333/.394/.683 with five HR and six 2B. Only nine K’s in 66 PA too. His BABIP in that stretch is just .326 so it’s not insane luck as far as I can tell from the data. It also sounds like they’re willing to just keep dosing him with cortisone as the symptoms return and then decide on surgery when the season is over. If for some reason the Nats fall out of contention, that might happen earlier, but right now that’s not looking likely. Run with him.

    Comment by Michael Barr — July 11, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  5. I heard that doctors only allow 2-3 injections per year, so lets hope they time them right so he can ahem…. cheat? his way to success this year

    Comment by Ashman — July 11, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

  6. I think the thing about cortisone is docs get nervous when they’re using it for relief of tendon/ligament pain because it can lead to added degeneration of the tissue. But Zim’s deal is bone on bone, so there’s really no added harm to repeated doses.

    But, ahem, I’m no medical expert to be sure…

    Comment by Michael Barr — July 11, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  7. Currently have Aviles at 3B with Seager on the waiver. Who’s more likely to have value over the rest of the season?

    Comment by Joey Batnuts — July 11, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  8. pretty much too close to call. If you need RBI, go with Seager.

    Comment by Michael Barr — July 11, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  9. Thanks!

    Comment by Joey Batnuts — July 11, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  10. Also keep in mind Seager is 1 game from having 10 starts at 2b too if he can get one more start there he can qualify for it this year.

    Comment by Bob — July 11, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  11. Hanley or Edwin Encarnacion ROS?

    Comment by The smah — July 11, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  12. Great thoughts from both you guys. I hope you’re right… I’m not buying next year, even if a surgical option is possible and he is recovered enough to start the year, but if cortisone can get him through this year I’ll be plenty happy.

    Comment by Jason — July 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  13. Depends on category needs. E5 edge in HR, RBI but probably not by a lot; Hanley obvious plus in SB. Other than that, their slash line might not look much different ROS. Nutty.

    Comment by Michael Barr — July 11, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

  14. There is nothing at all wrong with Moustakas. His numbers early last year were not luck related, they were horrible, godawful approach related. He has the best approach of any of their hitters. He has a ways to go against lefties, and that’s probably a year away, but he’s surprised me already based on how quickly he’s made adjustments. If somebody is down on him, I strongly recommend grabbing him, especially in keeper leagues. Don’t forget that the heat wave has driven the humidity down, and going forward those humid nights in the low 80′s at the K are going to be inviting for more gap power and HRs.

    Comment by Paul — July 11, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  15. Moose Tacos all the way

    Comment by batpig — July 11, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  16. indeed. thank u sir!

    Comment by The smah — July 12, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

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