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Episode 43 – The Umps Must Be Crazy

We’re back to discuss the mishaps on and off the field. But mostly just on the field because the umpires can’t make up their mind on how to do their job. A few mix ups got people talking and we didn’t want to miss out on that! We also talk about Mr. Tommy John as if there weren’t enough people needing surgery already. Then with a sprinkle of fantasy sleepers and keepers to make you kick ass at fantasy baseball.

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Episode 42 – The 15 Day DL Is Getting Crowded

Welcome back! The gang is back this week discussing the many many trips to the 15 Day DL that everyone is taking. Zimmerman, Chacin, Billingsley, etc etc, the list goes on and on. Derek Jeter has also sprung up in conversation as he won’t be back until after the All Star Game.  David Ortiz and Chase Headley return from the DL to help their respective teams, and the Brewers get a little crazy stealing first base and throwing water at other players.  We also give you your hot fantasy pickups and drops to help you win that office league. Take a listen and start winning!

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Episode 41 – Today’s Recipe: One Greinke Collar Bone With A Side Of Fantasy Pickups

Three Up, Three Down took in the first week of baseball and found out a few things. The Atlanta Braves are very good at baseball like activities, and that Zack Greinke isn’t as big as Carlos Quentin.  We recap our thoughts on the brawl between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres and touch on the other injuries around baseball. The classic “3U3D Fantasy Special” is back and you might like what we have to say, especially if you’re already a cellar dweller in your league. Check it out and thank us when you start your climb to the top!

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Gallardo’s ERA Not The Only High Statistic – Brewer’s Ace Arrested With DUI

Milwaukee Brewers’ ace Yovani Gallardo was cited for the first DUI of the 2013 Major League season last night when he blew a 0.22 BAC while driving on Interstate 94 in Milwaukee. Gallardo was pulled over around 2:20 AM with reports that he was swerving out of his lane and driving slowly.

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In the state of Wisconsin, drunk driving warrants yourself a $300 ticket and extra fines based on the driver’s Blood Alcohol level.  The deviation from your lane also can tack on up to $178.80. UPDATE: He will be fined a total of $778.80

This merits a few questions:
Why would a major league pitcher ever not take a cab home if he was over the limit?
Is the Brewers record driving Gallardo to drink?
Why isn’t his ERA the same as his BAC?
But in all seriousness, drunk driving is no joke and baseball players are no exception. It’s against the law and no one should EVER drive drunk. Get yourself a designated driver, a taxi, heck even a limo if you can afford one, but don’t get behind the wheel after too many drinks.

Gallardo is slated to start Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.

UPDATE: The Brewers issued a statement that can be found here.

-Kurt Peter (@FalconKP)

Episode 40 – Yu Can’t Predict Ball

Coming fresh into a new season the Three Up, Three Down crew jumps right into the opening series with a lot to talk about. A few extensions were handed out to players such as Elvis Andrus, Justin Verlander, and Paul Goldschmidt and who could forget watching Clayton Kershaw slicing and dicing the San Francisco Giants while taking one deep? Was that better than Yu Darvish’s almost perfect performance against the Houston Astros? Not only are the pitchers doing well, two hitters have made a statement this early in the season as Chris Davis and Michael Morse are smashing the ball, but who would you rather have the rest of the season on your fantasy team? Take a listen and choose wisely!

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3U3D Break It Down: N.L. Central

Ah, baseball season. We move along to the N.L Central to try and organize what most people call “the worst division in baseball.”  As of the last four or five years, the N.L. Central breaks down to a three horse race, with two of the horses being a bit stronger.  I’m of course referring to the Reds, Cardinals, and Brewers.  The Pirates and Cubs would like to join the party, but it’s going to take quite the miracle for that to happen.  Let’s get to looking at the teams.

Projected Order of Finish: Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs

Why the Reds could win the N.L. Central: The Cincinnati Reds have quietly turned into a National League powerhouse. Behind their two All Stars Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, it’s hard to count them out at any point in the season.  If they can stay healthy and get a boost from 2012 rookie standout Todd Frazier and their off-season acquisitions of Shin-Soo Choo and Jonathan Broxton, it could be a long season for the rest of the N.L. Central.  They also manage to shorten every game to 8 innings as Aroldis Chapman throws fire and leaves batters shaking in their shoes as triple digits consistently hit the radar gun.  

Why the Reds wouldn’t win the N.L. Central: If Frazier collapses, Choo doesn’t pan out and Chapman isn’t as effective this year, things could derail quickly in Cincinnati. Not to mention the fact that Bruce and Votto are only getting older.  It’s hard to see all of that happening, but hey, you never know. Their starters are also not all perfect. Mike Leake and Homer Bailey are spotty at best.  Really though, worst case scenario for the Reds is probably taking 3rd in the Central.

Why the Cardinals could win the N.L. Central: I’ll be honest, every time I look up and down the Cardinals lineup it scares the bejeezus out of me. Each and every one of them can change a game with a single swing of a bat.  That alone makes them scary. Not to mention they’re only two years removed from a World Series Championship.  Pitching staff? Solid. Relievers? Battle tested, but can be shaky at times.  It’s as simple as that.

Why the Cardinals wouldn’t win the N.L. Central: If they get off to a slow start while missing Furcal, Freese, Motte, and Carpenter, the Reds may be too far ahead to catch them. They’re defensively worse off without Furcal and Freese. No doubt. Things can get shaky down in St. Louis, but I don’t think that Matheny or the Cardinals’ front office would let that happen for too long before making changes.

Why the Brewers could win the N.L. Central: As a Brewers fan, I always think they could win the N.L. Central.  Is 2013 their year? They’d most likely need a lot of things to go their way, but certainly aren’t far off from making a good run. In fact, they’re about a good bullpen and decent pitching staff away.  Blowing an incredible amount of leads in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, the Brewers could have easily made the playoffs last year if that didn’t happen.  Braun, Weeks, Hart, and Ramirez will be the main driving forces for the offense while Gallardo and recent acquisition Kyle Lohse will have to maintain their composure on the hill. Anything can happen, they could play like they did in September last season, or they could play like they did in April last year. Time will tell.

Why the Brewers wouldn’t win the N.L. Central: The other side of things is clearly the Brewers first half of the season for them last year.  The bullpen and pitching staff hardly got much of an overhaul by only adding Lohse and Gorzelanny.  It’s their biggest weak spot and the biggest difference between the Brewers finishing above .500 or falling into the depths of the Central. Another huge factor will be if MLB finds Braun guilty of something that earns him a 50 game suspension. But he hasn’t done anything wrong, so that’s probably a long shot.

Why the Pirates could win the N.L. Central: The Pirates won’t win the Central. Plain and simple. Then again, McCutchen is certainly going to try and carry this team to victory.  A.J. Burnett got comfortable last season, and N.L Central veteran Wandy Rodriguez will bolster their rotation a bit, but that’s about where it stops.  Gaby Sanchez will provide some pop, Garrett Jones will try to play like he’s still young, and Russell Martin will load the back end of the lineup. It could happen.

Why the Pirates wouldn’t win the N.L. Central: The Pirates won’t win the Central. Plain and simple. A team that hasn’t finished over .500 since 1992 and things probably won’t be changing this season.  They lack a lot of fire power on both sides of the ball.  Their bullpen is weak, they don’t have another big bat to help McCutchen, and just don’t have the overall makings of a winning team.  I’d love to see 81 wins happen for them…it’s just not going to be 2013.

Why the Cubs could win the N.L. Central: Whaddya know. Another team that won’t win the Central.  The Pirates have been bad, but the Cubs have been worse the last few years.  They’ll try to hone their young talent this year led by 2012 standout Anthony Rizzo. Starlin Castro also provides some excitement at shortstop and certainly helps make watching a Cubs’ game bearable. I don’t want to say it can’t happen, but Theo Epstein will have to keep on chugging to turn this team into the next Red Sox.

Why the Cubs wouldn’t win the N.L. Central: Because they’re the Cubs.  History gives you every reason why they wouldn’t win the Central. They have an unproven lineup, an unproven and extremely shaky rotation, not to mention Carlos Marmol is known for putting runners on base late in games. Hopefully they can get some AAA guys up and let them get a taste of the big leagues and maybe see what their future will hold. Until then, the rest of the Central thanks them for the wins.

Awards Watch

N.L. MVP

Jay Bruce, Joey Votto – Reds

Matt Holliday – Cardinals

Ryan Braun – Brewers

Andrew McCutchen – Pirates

Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro – Cubs

Cy Young

Johnny Cueto – Reds

Adam Wainwright – Cardinals

Yovani Gallardo, Kyle Lohse – Brewers

A.J. Burnett – Pirates

Rookie of the Year

Wily Peralta – Brewers

Shelby Miller – Cardinals

Gerrit Cole – Pirates

Who do you think wins the N.L. Central?  Can the Cubs or Pirates salvage a winning season?  Let us know in the comments!

-Kurt Peter (@FalconKP)

Episode 39 – Season 2 – Over/Under: Battle For The Golden Jock

Three Up, Three Down is back at it for the Season 2 premiere, and what a better way to kick off the new season than with the 2nd Annual Battle for the Golden Jock.  We’ll pick our Over/Under winners for the year and see if KP can defend his title.
Feel free to play along and let us know how you did!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks because we’ll be back in the swing of things with more podcasts and blog posts all season long.

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Episode 37 – DMX Wants Upton Here! Upton Here!

Y’all Gon Make Us Lose Our Minds! Upton here! Upton here! Well, Uptons in Atlanta, but the Three Up, Three Down crew breaks down the trade that puts the brothers together.  We also talk about Chris Carpenter with special guest Kelsey Shea, where the free agents will end up, and dabble in this years 2013 Fan Cave talk. I mean, c’mon, that’s what brought us all together in the first place! Go Vote!

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Episode 36 – Standing in the Hall of Fame

Our off-season podcast series continues with the Hall Of Fame recap where we break down our 1st Annual 3U3D Hall of Fame Ballots and discuss why some of the other players didn’t get in.  We also hit on the tough subject of what to do with the PED players. Should they get in? Will they get in? Take a listen and find out!

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Episode 35 – Marlins Move to Toronto

We’re back for our first off-season podcast talking about the big moves that have been made around the majors.  Marlins hold a mini fire sale and David Wright secures his title as ‘Mr. Met’.

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