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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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World Baseball Classic Fantasy: The Finals!

It’s time for the San Francisco treat, the World Baseball Classic finals! We have two teams that everyone expected to be there in Japan and the Dominican Republic, plus two upstarts that have surprised everyone along the way in the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. The latter two knocking out two of the big favorites in the tournament in Cuba and the United States. Mapes is just excited he gets to yell HONKBAL for at least one more game!

It’s time though for the final WBC Fantasy draft on Three Up, Three down between Mapes and Jeremy. Jeremy dominated “Round Two Pool One” 161-121 after Mapes took the USA side “Pool C/D Round One” draft 124-121. Mapes came back to crush Jeremy in “Round Two Pool Two” 115-63 on the strong backs of Gio Gonzalez and Fernando Rodney and the bad back of “Captain America” David Wright for Jeremy. Mapes now leads the overall score 360-345.

For the final with only three games, we’re going to draft the same nine offensive positions, but only one SP and one RP each. Again, we must have at least two from each country and no more than four from any country. Jeremy had first pick last time, so Mapes starts us off for the finals!

 

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Pick #1 – Team Mapes: Kenta Maeda, SP (Japan)

If I had just picked Maeda in the last draft with the Japanese teams, I’d be coasting to victory. Maeda is rested and ready to go, he gets to face a Puerto Rican team who just had to travel from Miami to San Francisco with no rest day. Maeda’s been the best pitcher in this tournament and is the clear #1 pick to get a win and advance to the finals.

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Pick #2 – Team Jeremy: Fernando Rodney, RP (Dominican Republic)

I’m snagging the guy that killed me last round, and it’s not just for revenge. Out of the four teams left, I think Rodney is the closest thing to a guarantee to get me some save points, as he’s been automatic since…well, since Opening Day of the 2012 season. If the Dominican Republic somehow doesn’t advance, I’ll be shocked. But we’ve seen crazier things happen.

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Pick #3 – Team Jeremy: Robinson Cano, 2B (Dominican Republic)

Not picking the best hitter in the tournament would just be plain silly. Cano is going to rip up the Netherlands’ pitching, and likely have a second game in the tournament to do more damage. I expect to see at least one ball clearing the outfield fence when he’s hitting at AT&T this week. Watch out, McCovey Cove!

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Pick #4 – Team Mapes: Shinnosuke Abe, C (Japan)

You said Abe was the Japanese Buster Posey. The finals are in AT&T Park in San Francisco. I like that symmetry there and I’m not letting him have a multi-homer game on your team again. Yes, I know this lets you take your boy Yadier Molina later and stay in your girlfriend’s good graces.

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Pick #5 – Team Jeremy: Carlos Beltran, OF (Puerto Rico)

I know this is the third straight time I’ve taken Beltran, and he hasn’t exactly produced. But the guy has given me no reason to doubt him over a clutch postseason career, and he’s still one of the most productive hitters in the history of the World Baseball Classic. Plus, he kind of likes hitting in AT&T Park (.328 there over the last three years).

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Pick #6 – Team Mapes: Andrelton Simmons, SS (Netherlands)

You’d think you’d learn by now that I’m not going to take Beltran, ever. My crush on Andrelton Simmons is tremendous right now. It’s to the point that I’ve made a custom Netherlands shirsey for him, but not sure to pull the trigger on ordering it. If the honkballers win the title, I will for sure.

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Pick #7 – Team Jeremy: Yoshio Itoi, OF (Japan)

This guy has been absolutely crushing the ball lately, driving in 7 runs in his 6 games. If he’s good for a couple hits, a run and an RBI in Japan’s first game, I’m happy. That being said, Japan should get two games. Double the pleasure, double the fun for me!

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Pick #8 – Team Mapes: Hirokazu Ibata, Util (Japan)

He’s been DHing a lot for Japan, but I have no qualms with just putting him in my utility spot. He’s 8 for 14 for the Japanese and hits in the middle of that lineup. I’ll pair him with Abe and hope for the best. I think you can tell by now, I believe Japan make the finals for the 3rd straight time.

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Pick #9 – Team Jeremy: Hanley Ramirez, Util (Dominican Republic)

I thought about waiting a little longer to snag my boy here, but didn’t want to risk you finding a way to sneak him on as a third baseman or something. It hasn’t just been the WBC — Ramirez has been hitting the ball hard all spring. He’s going to get me some points hitting in that lineup, especially in two games, hopefully.

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Pick #10 – Team Mapes: Nelson Cruz, OF (Dominican Republic)

We’ve strangely never drafted the “Lord of the Boomstick”, but he’s been one of the Dominican’s top hitters and way better than Hanley’s pitiful .176 average in the WBC.

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Pick #11 – Team Jeremy: Mike Aviles, SS (Puerto Rico)

We don’t get points for batting average. So you can keep your Cruz, I’ll take my Hanley, who has the same amount of runs scored and homers in this tournament, even with the big gap in average! That being said, Aviles is hitting around .300 in the tournament and has been the only RBI threat on the team thus far. His 8 RBI are five more than the next closest in that lineup.

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Pick #12 – Team Mapes: Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (Dominican Republic)

Might as well load up on the middle of the Dominican lineup after you’ve made the terrible mistake of not taking Jose Reyes at shortstop with your utility already filled. I’m ready for Encarnacion to put out a bomb like he did 42 times in 2012.

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Pick #13 – Team Jeremy: Curt Smith, 1B (Netherlands)

Oh, you mean the Reyes who has 2 RBI and 0 stolen bases in this tournament? That Reyes? No thanks. I’ll stick with Aviles, who has been far more productive. I love Smith, too, and I’m not sure why. But he seems to be the most consistent threat in that Honkbal lineup behind Simmons, and I don’t want to miss this chance.

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Pick #14 – Team Mapes: Angel Pagan, OF (Puerto Rico)

I’ll finally cave and take a Puerto Rican, not that I’m bitter for them knocking out the United States. We should make them the 51st state just so these shenanigans don’t happen again. Pagan leads Puerto Rico in total bases and picks up an occasional steal. If they’re going to have a chance against Japan, Pagan needs to play like he did at AT&T Park last season.

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Pick #15 – Team Jeremy: Andruw Jones, OF (Netherlands)

Now why do you have to bring up Pagan at AT&T Park last season? That’s a low blow! But I’ll snag your boy Andruw here, who is Team Honkbal’s third most consistently dangerous hitter. You can have Simmons, I’ll take the talents of their other two offensive stars to South Beach (seriously, there’s an area in San Francisco called South Beach…don’t laugh at this, I don’t deserve it).

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Pick #16 – Team Mapes: Alex Rios, OF (Puerto Rico)

Please just stop being terrible for one game Rios. It’s all I ask.

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Pick #17 – Team Jeremy: Nobuhiro Matsuda, 3B (Japan)

I can’t believe I’m only going to take two Japanese players in this draft, but it’s equally shocking that I get Matsuda this close to the end of the draft. All he’s done at the hot corner for Team Japan thus far is hit .389 with a homer, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored.

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Pick #18- Team Mapes: Jonathan Schoop, 2B (Netherlands)

I need a second baseman AND another Honkballer so I’m going with the Orioles prospect that I know has some pop.

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Pick #19 – Team Jeremy: Yadier Molina, C (Puerto Rico)

You said earlier that this was to stay in Kelsey’s good graces. Is it any coincidence that I’ll be telling her about this draft later today? Yes, believe it or not. I actually had my eye on Carlos Santana of the Dominican Republic, just because they should have two games, as opposed to Molina’s one. But I won’t complain about getting Yadi again. He’s been good for me so far.

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Pick #20 – Team Mapes: Xander Bogaerts, 3B (Netherlands)

HONK IF YOU LOVE HONKBAL!!!

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Pick #21 – Team Jeremy: Edinson Volquez, SP (Dominican Republic)

Your first overall pick of Maeda did end up putting me in a bind. We don’t even know who is going to start for the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico’s pitcher will get rocked. Volquez is a guy I rarely trust, but with that lineup behind him, he could have a mediocre start and still pick up 10 points for me. I’m just glad he’s not facing his own team.

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Pick #22 – Team Mapes: Kazuhisa Makita, RP (Japan)

Still can’t resist a submarine-throwing closer. Just can’t do it.

Can Jeremy mount a comeback in the finals? Or is the 15 point lead going to hold up for Mapes? Should Jeremy have take Jose Reyes? Let us know in the comments or tweet usand thank for enjoying WBC Fantasy, we’ve had a lot of fun doing it!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes) & Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

World Baseball Classic Fantasy Baseball: Pool A/B Round Two

We couldn’t just stop with the opening round of pools C and D!  Jeremy and Mapes of course had to delve into the 2nd round of pools A and B.  It will give Mapes something more to root for than just saying the word “honkbal” over and over and over.  The first WBC fantasy draft and rules can be found here.

There are only four teams in this round two so the rules change to where we need at least two players from every team and a maximum of four from each team.  The same positions and point scoring system applies!  We’re choosing from Cuba, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Jeremy had the first pick in the pools C and D draft so, Mapes will take the opening pick in this draft Let’s roll!

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Cuban.  Barry.  Bonds.  Let’s just move on.

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Pick #2 – Team Jeremy: Shinnosuke Abe, C (Japan)

Did you really have to go the “Barry Bonds” route? Why not the Cuban Babe Ruth? In any case, this guy is the Japanese Buster Posey. No, seriously. He won MVP on the champion team, named the Giants. And he’s just as good with the bat, better with the glove.

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Pick #3 – Team Jeremy: Alfredo Despaigne, OF (Cuba)

What more do you want? This guy has a 1.636 OPS in the World Baseball Classic so far, which was capped off by an absolute monster three-run homer against Japan in the opening round. Despaigne is en FUEGO right now.

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Pick #4 – Team Mapes: Chien-Ming Wang, SP (Chinese Taipei)

I really loved what I saw from Wang in his first start of the WBC.  His sinker ball was really working and I expect him to go for a full six innings and contend for a win in this round.

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Pick #5 – Team Jeremy: Danny Betancourt, SP (Cuba)

My team will be stocked full of Cubans. There’s good reason. Yes, these guys can mash on offense, but if you watched Danny Betancourt’s first round performance (eight strikeouts, by the way), you know this dude is straight filth.

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Pick #6 – Team Mapes: Andrelton Simmons, SS (Netherlands)

Homer pick!  I wasn’t letting Simba get away from me with my love of the Braves.  He hit over .300 in the first round, plus gets plenty of at-bats atop the Dutch lineup.

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Pick #7 – Team Jeremy: Diegomar Markwell, SP (Netherlands)

Depending on Markwell’s matchup in the quarterfinals, this could come back to haunt me. But he was downright nasty in the first game of the tournament against a powerful Korea team, so I’m hopeful he’ll score me some big points.

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Pick #8 – Team Mapes: Jose Fernandez, 2B (Cuba)

I wanted to ensure that I was strong up the middle and also take as much of Cuba’s powerhouse lineup.  I’m doubling down on those with Fernandez, who led Pool A and B in the first round with a .625 batting average.  I hope it carries over to round two.

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Pick #9 – Team Jeremy: Yoshio Itoi, OF (Japan)

Itoi had a big first round, hitting .300 with four RBI and two stolen bases. He has a unique blend of speed, power and contact hitting abilities, which I hope he will continue to ride into round two for my team.

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I thought about going symmetry and taking the other “Ching-Ming” on Chinese Taipei, but instead I’ll go with Dai-Kang Yang who played in all three games for Chinese Taipei.  He led the team in total bases in round one, which is what I need to rack up points!

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Pick #11 – Team Jeremy: Frederich Cepeda, OF (Cuba)

My outfield is just unfair. Itoi, Despaigne, and now the latter’s Cuban teammate, Cepeda. He tied for the team lead with 9 total bases in their first three games, including two doubles and a triple. The .500 batting average and .615 on-base percentage sealed the deal for me, though.

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Pick #12 – Team Mapes: Kazuhisa Makita, RP (Japan)

Can’t resist a submarine-throwing closer.  Just can’t do it.

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Pick #13 – Team Jeremy: Loek Van Mil, RP (Netherlands)

This picture is not photoshopped. Van Mil is 7’1″ and comes at the hitters from seemingly inches away. He got the job done for the Netherlands in the first round, and I expect him to close out any games that they lead in round two.

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Pick #14 – Team Mapes: Hung-Wen Chen, RP (Chinese Taipei)

I needed to grab another reliever, with Van Mil gone and my strategy of only grabbing Cuban offensive players, that leaves me with Hung-Wen Chen who picked up a save in round one.

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Pick #15 – Team Jeremy: Curt Smith, 1B (Netherlands)

I think this is a big sleeper pick. I love this guy filling in at first base. If there’s one player who was unknown among other big names on this team’s roster, it was Smith. He only had seven at-bats in the first three games (thanks to four walks), but hit .286 in that span.

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Pick #16 – Team Mapes: Yulieski Gourriel, 3B (Cuba)

I know, I know.  Gourriel went 1 for 13 in round one, but he still hits in the heart of the Cuban lineup.  I’ll gladly take his upside, when I need a third baseman anyway this late!

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Pick #17 – Team Jeremy: Xander Bogaerts, 3B (Netherlands)

You can have your Cuban missile launcher, I’ll take my all-around stud in Red Sox top prospect Bogaerts. If defense counted, he’d be even more valuable. But so far with the bat, Bogaerts has been relatively quiet. That won’t last long for the career .296 minor league hitter. I hope he breaks out when he’s on my team.

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Pick #18- Team Mapes: Hisayoshi Chono, OF (Japan)

This is where I panicked, but I like Chono’s upside.  I think he bounces back after hitting .200 in round one, but will get all the time in left field for team Japan.

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Pick #19 – Team Jeremy: Chih-Sheng Lin, SS (Chinese Taipei)

At this point, I’m still in need of two Chinese Taipei representatives. With middle infield to fill, I looked at Lin to provide some offensive pop for my team. He hit .300 in the first round, and also got on base quite frequently (.417 OBP).

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Pick #20 – Team Mapes: Andruw Jones, OF (Netherlands)

My other Braves homer pick!  I love that Netherlands has control of Curacao so they can use Simmons and Jones in the WBC.  I can’t resist not having a player I grew up watching in Atlanta on my team and he was even pretty good in round one.

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Pick #21 – Team Jeremy: Alexei Bell, OF/Util (Cuba)

With my utility pick, I had to go back to the bats of Cuba. I could have closed my eyes and picked any of the hitters, but I settled with Bell because I still can’t get his ridiculous homer the other night out of my memory. Hopefully there’s more where that came from.

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Pick #22 – Team Mapes: Erisbel Arruebarruena, SS/Util (Cuba)

The guy can hit and I really just took him so I would have more reason to learn how to pronounce his last name.

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Pick #23 – Team Jeremy: Tadashi Settsu, RP (Japan)

I ruled out the Cuban closer by selecting Bell with my previous pick, but that’s all fine and dandy. I don’t know if Settsu will get me any saves, but he did lock down one of Japan’s two wins in round one. He’s unhittable and could score me a few sneaky points.

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Pick #24 – Team Mapes: Dashenko Ricardo, C (Netherlands)

Well I have to take a catcher and Ricardo hit .400 in round one.  Honk if you love honkbal!

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Pick #25 – Team Jeremy: Yen-Wen Kuo, 2B (Chinese Taipei)

Well, I wasn’t going to leave his double play partner alone on my roster! I fill out the team with a necessary pick of the Taipei second baseman, and can’t complain about his .333 average in round one!

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Pick #26 – Team Mapes: Masahiro Tanaka, SP (Japan)

With Jeremy taking his starting pitchers super early it let me take my choice of Japanese starters to round out my team.  I like Tanaka’s upside, even though Kenta Maeda had the better numbers for Japan in round one.  Plus, this opens me up to plenty of “you have no marbles” jokes like Tanaka from Major League 2.

Now all four pools are represented, even if we showed up a bit late to the party (Can you blame us? We’re still waiting for Jose Abreu’s home run ball to land, okay?). We have our teams and will let fate dictate this the rest of the way. Follow along with us on Twitter at the tags below, and don’t forget to vote for who you think has the best team below!

- Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes) & Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

Episode 13 Is A Well Oiled Machine

Three Up, Three Down comes back this week to recap the big news in baseball.  We also touch on our biggest surprises and disappointments this far in the season.  It also wouldn’t be a “Three Up, Three Down” without our 3U3D Fantasy segment, which has brought you quite a few winners over the last few weeks.  Sit down, grab your favorite beer, and take a listen to this week’s episode. Thanks for listening!!

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We’re At It Again With Episode Ten!

The gang recaps the last week in baseball, debuts “KP’s Brewers Injury Korner”, talks about their “Mount Rushmore of Yankees”, and has a few match-ups to be sure to watch this week. We also give you closers a plenty in this weeks “3 Up, 3 Down” Fantasy outlook. Thanks for tuning in for ten episodes!

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