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Episode 30 – Playoff Push – Dead or Alive

The gang is back in playoff form as a few teams clinched last night.  We also play ‘Dead or Alive’ with the teams who are still in the chase. For you fortunate enough to be in your fantasy baseball finals, we give you some last week smart starts to push you to victory!

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Episode 29 – Playoff Panic and Movie Premieres

Your starting 5 are suited up and ready to talk baseball once again.  We touch on the happenings around baseball from Yunel Escobar to the Playoff Panic meter for each team involved in these closely contested Playoff races. The movie critics come out as well, when we discuss our favorite baseball movies in lieu of “Trouble With the Curve” debuting on Friday. All that and more inside this episode of “Three Up, Three Down”.

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Episode 27 – You Can’t Spell ‘Playoffs’ Without O’s and A’s

Three Up, Three Down touches ‘em all this week as they discuss Strasburg’s Innings Limit, Playoff Chances, Fantasy Pick-Ups, and even have special guest, Lindsay Guentzel, 2012 MLB FanCave Dweller, to discuss the 2014 All-Star Game. Take a listen!

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Episode 24 – High Socks Monday Sweeping the Nation

The guys celebrate “High Socks Monday” this week as the Braves continue to roll behind Chipper Jones’ twitter account.  They also get into baseball news from around the league and hit on the mid-season awards.  You’ll also be happy to know that we care about your fantasy teams as we provide yet another week of solid fantasy pickups in the ‘Three Up, Three Down’ segment.

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Episode 23 – The Morning After…. The Trade Deadline

Trades! Trades! Trades! You’ll get all the MLB trade talk you want on this week’s podcast. We recap just about every trade that happened in the last week before the trade deadline.  Greinke? Dempster? Pence? We have them all. And to cap it all off, the gang gives you some bad injury news.  Hope you enjoy!

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Grade That Trade! Big Fish Hanley Ramirez Edition

Last night, I was totally excited to go to bed and get a full night’s sleep for the first time all week. And then right as my night was winding down…*Buzz*. Dodgers acquire Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins.

I nearly fell out of my seat. As a Dodger fan, this was the news I’d been waiting to hear for weeks – finally, another bat to complement Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the middle of our lineup (Ramires is hitting .245 with 14 homers and 47 RBI so far)! And to think, the Dodgers only gave up a high-ceiling starter in Nathan Eovaldi and a decent Single-A reliever, Scott McGogh.

Not only that, but the Marlins threw in lefty specialist Randy Choate, something the Dodgers also sorely needed. Despite Scott Elbert’s (the lone lefty in the Dodgers ‘pen before the trade) solid season, left-handed hitters were very successful against him this year.

Coming into this trade deadline period, I was adamant that the Dodgers improve on at least three of these five areas: left field, first base, third base, lefty relievers, starting rotation. In one trade, they scratched two of those off the list, and are still in talks to acquire an outfielder from the Phillies (they are closely eyeing Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence) and trying to finalize a deal with the Cubs for starter Ryan Dempster.

Is this the trade that will push the Dodgers back to first place in the NL West? Does this lock down a playoff spot for a squad that had more ups and downs than Space Mountain?

Time will tell. But on paper, the trade looks like a complete steal for Los Angeles.

It’s understandable that the Fish wanted to unload Ramirez. He was unhappy from day one with moving to third base to make room for Jose Reyes at shortstop. He’s had his attitude problems in the past, and is currently recovering from a hand injury he sustained from punching a fan out of frustration.

Well, I’d be frustrated too if my team wasn’t playing up to expectations. Ramirez should be ready to play and fully recovered here soon, and he’s coming to a much better team environment than he left in Miami.

The Dodgers manager, Don Mattingly, is the polar opposite of Ozzie Guillen. Mattingly is calm and collected and knows how to lead a team through turbulence. Additionally, Ramirez will learn from stand-up veterans like Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Bobby Abreu, etc.

All signs point to this being a fantastic trade for the Dodgers. Ramirez won’t even get a chance to be a prima donna in this clubhouse, and the additional bat in the middle of the lineup has to strike fear into opposing teams. A 3-4-5 of Kemp, Ethier and Ramirez is one of the best in all of baseball now. 

Let us not forget who the Marlins got in this deal. Despite struggling a bit of late, Eovaldi is a big, hard-throwing right hander who has shown flashes of brilliance at the big league level already. He hits 97 on the gun regularly, has a pretty good curveball, and is developing a change-up to go with it. Also, Eovaldi is just 22 years old –  plenty of time to grow.

In the last two days, the Marlins have acquired two big, right-handed starting pitching prospects and a host of other lower-level minor league guys. But, they’ve traded half their infield and one of their established starters. Anyone who thinks this team is not in fire sale mode, needs to lay off the booze.

There is no doubt that the Dodgers won this trade. That’s how it was designed. L.A. gets an impact bat for NOW, Miami gets some building blocks for the future. But the real question is, how would you grade this trade by the Dodgers?

Take into account that they didn’t have to give up prized prospect Zach Lee, but they took on Hanley’s entire contract, and vote in the poll below!

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- Jeremy (@Jamblinman)

Episode 19 – All Eyes on Kansas City

We’ve got All Star Festivities discussions like crazy this week. The Three Up, Three Down guys talk about the Homerun Derby, the All Star Game, and give you some surprising All Star Fantasy “Three Downs”. Tune in and listen to what happens!

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Ten Struggling Starters: Are They an Ace or Joker?

You have all played with cards before. In the majority of games, the ace is the card you want – the unbeatable, old faithful, shut down card. And the joker is the one messing with your head, screwing up your game in every way possible.

Well, this is a baseball analogy that makes perfect sense. In a starting rotation, you want your ace of the staff pitching the big games and coming through for you every fifth (or fourth, if you play in Colorado) day.

A startling trend, deep into this 2012 season, has seen a handful of aces losing velocity, missing location, and getting knocked around by opposing offenses.

So let’s play a game: Ace or Joker? Which of the following 1o starters will bounce back to ace status, and which 10 are jokers and doomed to season long struggles and failure?

With all due respect to outliers like Clay Buchholz and Ricky Romero (both have 8 wins and high ERA’s – isn’t run support nice?), or guys who haven’t fallen far enough to make the cut (Clayton Kershaw, C.C. Sabathia, Felix Hernandez), let’s shuffle the deck:

1. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

Why not start with the biggest fish out there? Lincecum’s fall from grace has been well-chronicled this year and deservedly so. It’s not every day that a two-time Cy Young winner entering his prime just randomly starts getting blown out regularly. I’m an avid anti-Giants fan, so I’ve been following this story closely. Just watch him pitch. Something is clearly wrong, and I don’t see any adjustments being made.

His line this year: 2-8, 6.07 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 3 Quality Starts (QS) out of 15

Verdict: Joker.

2. Mat Latos, Cincinnati Reds

Latos continues to prove me right – I said when the Reds traded some of their better prospects to the Padres for Latos last year, that it would come back to bite them. Sure enough, away from Petco Park, Latos has been a disaster in his first season in Cincy. Don’t let the record fool you – Latos tries to force pitches by hitters, resulting in 16 HR allowed already. Will he be an ace? No. But he will bounce back and have a sub-4.00 ERA.

His line this year: 5-2, 5.20 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 5 QS out of 14

Verdict: Joker

3. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

We all know Lester is a notorious slow starter, but at what point in a season is that no longer an acceptable excuse? I’d say approximately six weeks ago. On a team that is slowly spiraling out of control, the one mainstay in that rotation needs to really step his game up. It’s not like Lester isn’t getting run support (nearly 4 runs per game), he’s just not executing to his fullest potential. That being said, Lester will bounce back.

His line this year: 4-5, 4.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 9 QS out of 15

Verdict: Ace

4. Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers

Gallardo has always been a puzzling pitcher to me. He has the tools to be one of the best in baseball, and has certainly shown flashes of brilliance here and there. But he’s maddeningly inconsistent for a Brewers team that needs consistent pitching to balance out the line up production lost when Prince Fielder moved on to Detroit in free agency. I’m not sure if Gallardo will ever put it all together, but he will continue to toss quality starts and the numbers will improve.

His line this year: 6-5, 4.22 ERA, 1.41. WHIP, 12 QS out of 15

Verdict: Ace

5. Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks

Last year’s Cinderella story in the National League during the regular season was the Arizona Diamondbacks, led by their “ace” Kennedy. Don’t get me wrong – Kennedy was fantastic last season (21-4, 2.88). But it also seems fluky, given his career numbers prior to 2011. All signs are pointing to him returning to human form in 2012, as Kennedy is giving up about 7 hits and 4 runs per outing.

His line this year: 5-7, 4.13 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9 QS out of 14

Verdict: Joker

6. Dan Haren, Los Angeles Angels

Haren has struck out at least 192 batters in five different seasons, and posted a nice 16-10/3.17/1.02 stat line in 2011 for the Angels. See, the thing with sinker ball pitchers is that they are either filthy dominant or leave the pitch hanging, and then baseballs fly very, very far. Where even Torii Hunter can’t reach them. Haren hasn’t been himself this season, but he will make an adjustment for the second half and turn in a solid season.

His line this year: 5-7, 4.24 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 7 QS out of 15

Verdict: Ace

7. Jeremy Guthrie, Colorado Rockies

What the Rockies thought they were getting in a trade for Guthrie blows my mind. They must have failed to recognize that he was a career 47-65 with a mid-4.00′s ERA during his time in Baltimore. Potential doesn’t always equal results, but he was still brought into Colorado to be the ace of the staff. How has that gone? Well, a bullpen demotion and 15 HR allowed in 11 starts is not a pretty place to be.

His line this year: 3-6, 6.68 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 2 QS out of 11

Verdict: Joker

8. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

The fact that Halladay was pitching through an injury for a few starts explains a LOT. He still has surprisingly decent numbers when you look deeper, but a Hall of Fame pitcher should not have an ERA approaching 4.00 this late in the season. I figure the two-time Cy Young winner will be back with a vengeance when healthy, though it might be too late by then to save the flailing Phillies.

His line this year: 4-5, 3.98 ERA, 1.15 ERA, 8 QS out of 11

Verdict: Ace

9. Adam Wainwright/Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals

Both of these guys have ace-level stuff and have been there in the past. Wainwright has stepped his game up recently, but still has horrid overall numbers. Coming back early from injury might have played a role in his bad first couple months. Garcia is now on the DL himself, so time will tell if a little R&R solves his problems. But if the Cards want to contend down the stretch, they will need both of these guys at full strength.

Their lines this year: Wainwright – 5-7, 4.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 6 QS out of 14/Garcia – 3-4, 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 6 QS out of 11

Verdict: Wainwright – Ace, Garcia – Joker

10. Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres

Unfortunately for the Padres, they didn’t get off unscathed from the Latos trade. The starter they got in return from Cincinnati is Volquez, who is a similar case to Gallardo. Both have electric stuff and a crap ton of potential, but it goes wasted on spotty control and mental mistakes. Volquez will improve his numbers a little bit, but he’s not an ace of any rotation, and I’m not sure he ever will be.

His line this year: 3-7, 4.11 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 8 QS out of 15

Verdict: Joker

Let me know who you think will bounce back by commenting below!

- Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

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Sweet Sweet Episode 16

This week’s podcast hits on the week of baseball that wouldn’t be complete without a few Tommy John surgeries.  We also talk about our current National League All Star roster would be and complain about who’s still getting votes that shouldn’t.  The guys even come up with a nice All Star Skills Challenge that would be incredibly fun to watch. Take a listen and see if you agree!

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Episode 14 Is Extremely Pristine

Three Up, Three Down comes back this week to recap the big news in baseball.   We hit the DL and also attack ‘Mapes Too Early Awards’.  It also wouldn’t be a “Three Up, Three Down” without our 3U3D Fantasy segment, which continues to provide you with some very good picks.  Sit down, grab your favorite beer, and take a listen to this week’s episode. Thanks for listening!!

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