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3U3D for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave

As many of you know, or more likely didn’t know. 3U3D came together through friendships and a love of baseball formed from the 2012 MLB Fan Cave competition. We all can’t imagine what it’d be like now if we had never met last year. The MLB Fan Cave is back for it’s third season and while we’d love and hope for us all to get in (along with a lot of our other friends), that might just be a pipe dream. We can assure you that we’re going to give it our best shot and we think any of us would be a great fit on 4th and Broadway. Without further adieu, enjoy our application videos!

Jeremy Dorn: Los Angeles Dodgers Fan

I’ve always loved baseball. From coach pitch to Little League to Varsity in high school, it’s been my favorite thing to do. Once the “become the next Derek Jeter” dream died, I turned my attention to another passion: writing. Eventually, I married sports and writing together on the blogosphere and worked my way up through the Bleacher Report ranks to become a Dodgers Featured Columnist. In 2012, my love affair with baseball really took off when I made the Fan Cave top 50. There, I met my girlfriend of 10 months now, my lovely 3U3D co-hosts, and many other great people who I’m lucky to call friends. Now, I spend most of my non-working hours watching, talking, writing, reading, and thinking baseball. And after much debate I decided to campaign again for this year’s Cave! Despite my location in San Francisco, my undying loyalty to the Dodgers will never waver.  I hope you like my video and I would be thrilled to have your vote! Here’s to hoping you see and hear a lot more 3U3D from New York City this summer.

Jeremy’s Twitter handle is @JamblinMan , his Instagram account is JamblinMan7, and his Facebook campaign page can be found here.

Brian Boynton: Texas Rangers fan

I have always been a baseball fan. I mean what kid didn’t pretend or even dream that they were pitching in a tie game, in the ninth inning, of Game 7, of the World Series? All kids have that dream and then most realize they will not get the opportunity to play baseball forever. I have always wanted to work in and around baseball. I may not have the ability to play baseball but watching every game on the Cave Monster has to be the next best thing, right? Making the Fan Cave Top 50 in 2012 really just made me like baseball that much more. Even though I wasn’t a Cave Dweller last season with every game I watched on T.V. I pretended I was. Meeting my 3U3D co-hosts has proven to me that there are people out there who enjoy discussing sports and especially baseball as much as I do. All year I have been thinking of skits I want to do and have a folder on my computer dedicated solely to those skits. I hope you enjoy my video and help me live out my adult dream of watching every game of the upcoming season live from the Cave. Lastly, who doesn’t want to hear a 3U3D recording from the Fan Cave?

Brian’s Twitter and Instagram handle is @GingaBeard_Man and his Facebook campaign page can be found here.

Bryan Mapes: Atlanta Braves fan

I think that I would be perfect for the MLB Fan Cave not just because of my love of baseball, but my love of the Fan Cave as well. I was able to visit 4th and Broadway on a few occasions, including seeing The Fray and Young the Giant perform. I’ll never forget when Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray, made a reference to Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive games streak and asked how long it was. I instinctively just blurted out “2,632 games” from the audience. Even funnier is that many of the Cave Dwellers knew it was me that had yelled out the answer. I also love social media from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tout, and more I enjoy them all. I was lucky enough to attend game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and the Orioles, when Raul Ibáñez hit the pinch-hit game-tying home run. I captured the moment from the bleachers and posted it to YouTube. It was seen by ESPN, they contacted me through Twitter, and used the footage their “Social Highlight” on SportsCenter the next day. That’s the power of social media.  I also would love to find creative ways to raise money for baseball charities like Stand Up To Cancer and Baseball Assistance Team.  Finally, I have so many ideas floating in my head I have a whole place in my phone filled with skits, interviews, and promotions to do in the Fan Cave should I make it. I would be ecstatic for that opportunity.

Bryan’s Twitter and Instagram handle is @IAmMapes and his Facebook campaign page can be found here.


Angelo Fileccia: Detroit Tigers fan

I would be the ideal fan to be in the MLB Fan Cave because on top of what some might call an unhealthy infatuation with baseball, I’m able to network extremely well and have already built rapport with several major leaguers. I am completely comfortable talking to anyone, making him or her feel welcome and engaged in anything that we are doing. I’m very well rounded when it comes to topics like of pop culture, sports, and world news to name a few. I have a unique way of socializing with people and have been told by many people that I have a contagious personality. When it comes to meeting, interacting, and getting to know the MLB stars, I’m not the type to get star struck and act unprofessional by any means. While I wish I had the lifestyle, I understand what a MLB star goes through on a day-to-day basis. I feel it’s that type of knowledge that not everyone has but people want to know. It can also make for better interviews, skits, and all other interactions. In all, I’m passionate about what I do in life and I’m passionate about baseball. When baseball becomes my life, the greatest things will happen.

Angelo’s Twitter and Instagram handle is @GODF_TH_R and his Facebook campaign page can be found here.

The 5th member of 3U3D, Kurt Peter, decided not to apply this year, but he had great things going on for him. Make sure you check him out on Twitter too @FalconKP! We would love to have your support in our quests for the Cave! Thanks from all of us at 3U3D!

Bryan Mapes for 2013 MLB Fan Cave

It’s Election Day!  Make sure you get out and vote for everything from President to State Representative and everything in between.  I figured today would be the perfect time to announce my campaign for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave!  Please support me by following me on Twitter @IAmMapes and liking my Facebook page.  Together we can put a Brave in the Cave again!

A Heartbroken Braves Fan

It’s safe to say that I will never experience a game with ranging emotions like the 2012 Wild Card game between the Cardinals and the Braves. I was so excited and ready to exorcise the demons from the Braves collapse from 2011. I was so excited to watch Chipper Jones playing another game at Turner Field. I was so excited to see a sold out ballpark chopping and chanting to my hearts delight. Instead, I ended up heartbroken.

Heartbroken that the Braves couldn’t get past the Cardinals again.

Heartbroken that the Braves record winning streak when Kris Medlen starts came to an end at twenty-three.

Heartbroken that the team that prided itself on defense (with the fewest errors in the National League) ended up committing three crucial throwing errors.

Heartbroken every time the Braves put runners on base and couldn’t get them home, twelve in all.

Heartbroken when the excitement from the Andrelton Simmons bunt got reversed to an out, but it was the right call.

Heartbroken that an infield fly call gone wrong is what we’ll remember this game for.

Heartbroken that Braves fans did the wrong thing in protesting the call by throwing debris on to the field and making us all look bad.

Heartbroken that it might actually be the right call, but called wrong.

Heartbroken that the Braves still had a chance with the bases loaded in the 8th and Michael Bourn just couldn’t come through.

Heartbroken that if the playoff system wasn’t in place, they would still be playing a game two in the NLDS.

Heartbroken that a 94-win season came down to one game where anything could happen (and did) and not a three-game series.

Heartbroken that the Braves have now lost four straight winner-take-all games at Turner Field.

Heartbroken that the Cardinals were chanting “Infield fly” in the clubhouse, after the game.

Heartbroken that the protest I believed might work, but deep down knew wouldn’t. Didn’t actually come to fruition to save the Braves.

Most of all, I’m heartbroken that I’ll never see my favorite player of all-time, Chipper Jones, play the game we both love so much.

Thank you for everything Chipper. Thank you for being a role model, the 1999 NL MVP, a World Series champion, an All-Star, and even the greatest tweeter of all-time, while doing it all with a smile on your face. You’ve made Braves Country so proud these past 19 seasons. Thank you for never leaving. Thank you for never quitting not from a torn ACL in 2010 and especially not from making the last out in your final game. I look forward to making the trip to Cooperstown in five years to see you be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. #10 is forever in my heart. You deserved better than going out in a game like this.

Now to just put my heart back together again for April 1st against the Phillies. This is why we chop, Braves fans. Nothing can ever keep us down.

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

#MapesFantasySpecial For September 18th

Well we hit a bump in the road after Kyle Kendrick, Andrew Cashner, and Dan Straily evened out the greatness that had been the Mapes Fantasy Special.  Naturally, the secondary picks of Francisco Liriano, Tommy Milone, Jeremy Guthrie, and Mike Minor were the ones I should have gone with.  Hopefully you find yourself in the next round of the playoffs.  Here’s what I like for Tuesday, September 18th.

I’m going with Mets rookie Matt Harvey making his last start of the season at home against the Phillies.  The 39% owned righty was solid pitching at Philadelphia on August 29th going 6.1 IP and giving up just two earned runs.  I think Harvey will want to leave a lasting impression on Mets fans as they head to the offseason.  Harvey’s strikeout potential (63 in 52.1 IP) is tremendous if you’re looking for a push in that category.  Plus, you’ve got to like him pitching in Citi Field where he has a 2.12 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 17 innings.

We’re double dipping today for Mapes Fantasy Special with one of our favorites Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen.  Chen provided great numbers for us last week (7.1 IP, 8H, 2ER, 1BB, 7K) against the Rays.  He now gets to pitch in possibly the best pitchers park in Seattle.  Last time he faced the Mariners at Safeco, Chen just dropped a pitching line of 7.1 IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, and 9K.  That exactly what we’re looking for in a Mapes Fantasy Special and what Orioles are looking for in their playoff push.  Chen is owned in just 45% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

If You’re Desperate: Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte returns from a broken fibula after three months to take on the Blue Jays.  He’s a big game pitcher, but not a risk I think I’m willing to take, Pettitte is owned in 22% of leagues.  Athletics rookie A.J. Griffin (46% owned) has been an absolute stud since getting called up, but I’m not sure I’m willing to trust him on the road against the Tigers team that has the 3rd best OPS against righties in MLB.  Padres Eric Stults (18% owned) has a matchup at Chase Field against the D’Backs, which is usually scary, but Stults threw 7 scoreless at Arizona just four starts ago.  Braves Paul Maholm (44% owned) has been Jeckyll & Hyde lately alternating good and horrible starts.  He’s due for a good start this time (if you believe that sort of thing) at the Marlins who he held to one earned over eight innings last time he faced them.  Reds Homer Bailey (34% owned) has three straight starts of 2ER or less, but faces a Cubs team who he gave up nine hits and four earned runs last time he pitched in the Windy City.

If You’re Desperate Rankings: Maholm, Griffin, Stults, Pettitte, Bailey

Good luck in your fantasy leagues!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

#MapesFantasySpecial For September 16th

Down to the wire time! You’re looking for anything that can help you win on Sunday in the playoffs. Here’s what could help out your pitching staff on Sunday, September 15th.

Here’s a pitcher that is available in 94% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues. A’s rookie Dan Straily has been very good in three of his four starts since getting called up. He also has great strikeout potential if you’re facing an uphill climb in that category. I also like that this was Jason Hammel’s rotation spot for Baltimore and Hammel unfortunately got hurt. This means the Orioles will have to go with a spot starter or someone on short rest on the road. Advantage: Athletics.

If You’re Desperate: Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (31% owned) has given up just one earned run over his last three starts with two shutouts against the 1st place Nationals. He gets another 1st place team in the Reds at home. If you’re truly desperate you can do worse than Nolasco’s upside. Twins rookie Scott Diamond (38% owned) has been pretty great at home this season with a 3.13 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, but he has limited strikeout potential. Diamond faces the White Sox, who tagged him for four earned runs in 5 innings, just ten days ago in Chicago. I like him to be better in the confines of Target Field. Braves Mike Minor (44% owned) has bounced back after a disastrous start to the season. Minor hasn’t given up a earned run in his last two starts, with 15 strikeouts in 12.2 IP. He gets the Nationals and 19-game winner Gio Gonzalez, so if you’re looking for a W, it might be better to look elsewhere. Padres rookie Andrew Werner (7% owned) has been amazing for San Diego giving up two earned runs or less and six innings or more in all four of his career starts. You have to like the combo of Petco and the Rockies. He also has provided strikeouts with 23 in 24.1 innings this season for San Diego.

Good luck in your fantasy leagues!

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

If I Could Turn Back Time: Atlanta Braves Edition

I absolutely loved Jim Caple’s piece today on if you could go back in time what’s the one MLB game you would go see?  If I’m answering Caple’s question I think I would go with Babe Ruth’s called shot game in the 1932 World Series.  It was a great game and I would love to see first hand if The Sultan of Swat really did call his home run.  It got me thinking though as a Braves fan what games would I want to go back and see the most?  After much deliberating, here’s my top five.

#5 Padres at Braves, August 12, 1984, The Fight Game

I bet you’re sitting there thinking, “this guy is picking a random game in August against the Padres?”  You would be right, but this isn’t your typical game.   This game features probably the greatest series of basebrawls in the history of MLB.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the video!  How cool would this have been to see in person?

#4 Braves at Twins, October 27, 1991, Smoltz vs. Morris

This is on the short list of greatest games ever played period.  In Caple’s column Indians closer Chris Perez picked it as the game that he would go see if he could travel back in time.  John Smoltz and Jack Morris dueled with neither giving an inch.  The Twins had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th and couldn’t get the game-winning run across.  The Twins had their chance again in the bottom of the 9th and couldn’t get the World Series walk-off.  Jack Morris refused to come out of the game and pitched a scoreless top of the 10th, ending with a gutsy 126 pitches.  Gene Larkin broke through for Minnesota bringing in Dan Gladden with the winning run.  It’s a game that drove 7 year-old me to tears all night, but a game 21 years later that I can truly appreciate for great baseball.

#3 Indians at Braves, October 28, 1995, The World Series One-Hitter

If Braves/Twins didn’t let me sleep because I was so sad, Indians/Braves didn’t let me sleep that night because I was so happy.  This was the best Braves team I had ever seen.  Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz anchored the best rotation the Braves had during the division title run.  Like game 7 of the 1991 World Series, this title-clinching game in 1995 would finish 1-0.  Glavine threw eight innings of one-hit ball, while David Justice hit the biggest home run of his life.  The title was the feather in the cap of manager Bobby Cox after the disappointment of the previous four seasons losing in the playoffs and the baseball strike.  I would have loved to have been there to celebrate with my fellow Braves fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

#2 Pirates at Braves, October 14, 1992, Sid Bream Slide Game

This is the most exciting win in Braves history and another great game that is consistently ranked in the top ten of games all time.  Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Braves found themselves down 2-0 heading to the bottom of the 9th.  Just when Pirates fans were set to exact their revenge on Atlanta for the previous season, things got fun.  Terry Pendelton led off with a single, then an error and a walk gave the Braves bases loaded with no outs.  Ron Gant hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.  Another walk made the bases loaded once again with the hopes resting on pinch-hitter Brian Hunter.  Hunter wasn’t up to the task, leaving Bobby Cox to call on backup catcher Francisco Cabrera with the bases loaded and two outs.  This is what happened.

#1 Dodgers at Braves, April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron Passes the Babe

The only game on this list that actually occurred before I was born, but it is one of the biggest moments in MLB history.  Hank Aaron dealt with so much in his chase of the home run record that it just added to this moment’s greatness.  To have been one of the lucky one’s in attendance would have been a true honor.

Honorable Mention: Phil Niekro or Warren Spahn’s no-hitter, Randy Johnson’s perfect game against the Braves in 2004, Bob Horner’s four-homer game in 1986, Bobby Cox’s final game in 2010, Hank Aaron’s 714th home run game, and Braves at Astros 18-inning game in 2005 NLDS

What Braves game would you have liked to have attended if you have a time machine?

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

Vin Scully Bobblehead vs. Sid Bream Slide Bobble: Round 2!

Alright guys. The debate is re-opened at my request. It’s been announced that Bryan Mapes, our podcast host, blog father and Braves fan has tested positive for bobblehead testosterone recently.

Rather than strip him of any of his titles, we are going to just re-open one of the most popular debates Three Up, Three Down has ever seen.

Mapes represented the Sid Bream bobble a few months ago, and I was the Vin Scully bobble representative. We posted a picture of each and a poll to decide which piece of memorabilia you would rather own.

I regret to report that it was an overwhelming final tally: Mapes and his three-player bobble-slide won in a landslide over the simple, elegant, perfect bobble of the greatest announcer of all time sitting at his desk.

Speaking of Scully, he is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks game. They are finally releasing the beautiful Vin Scully bobblehead at Dodger Stadium tonight, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit.

And because I asked for it (Mapes isn’t really on testosterone – he’s just that good at everything, au naturale. Like Ryan Braun…okay, I’ll stop being mean.), we’re giving baseball fans a chance to vote again. It seems only fair to release this poll again, when the Scully bobblehead is actually being given away.

Here again is a picture of each, a short description, and that damned poll:

Vin Scully bobblehead

The greatest broadcaster of all time, perched at his desk, looking as handsome, intelligent and suave as ever. “It’s time for Dodgerrrrrr baseball!”

Sid Bream bobbleslide

One of the most famous moments in playoff history is depicted here, with Bream beating the tag with the series-winning run in the 1992 NLCS. Complete with the umpire signaling a triumphant “SAFE!”

Vote wisely, my friends.

Don’t forget to follow @3u3d on Twitter and LIKE Three Up, Three Down on Facebook!

– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)

Ricky Mast’s Kris Medlen Tribute Video

You may remember Ricky Mast from his kick-ass stint in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave.  Even better, you might remember him from his “Go Yicketty” video based on Chipper Jones’ Twitter.  That video went viral and is near 25,000 views.  Our friend Ricky is back for more YouTube awesomeness, this time parodying Eminem’s “Without Me” with a tribute to Braves pitching rotation savior Kris Medlen.  Enjoy!

 

 

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

Get Your Bobble On: Sid Bream or Vin Scully?

Is there anything better than getting some free stuff on your trip to the ballpark? Arguably, the most popular ballpark giveaway is the bobblehead doll. The bobblehead has become so popular the Miami Marlins even built a shrine to the figurines in their new ballpark.

There will be quite a few new additions to the museum this season, but none will top the “Sid Bream Slide” or the “Vin Scully” bobbleheads. Jeremy and I will plead our case as to why the one representing our favorite team should be the one you splurge on eBay to add to your collection.

The Case for the “Sid Bream Slide” Bobblehead:

Any true Braves fan and any true baseball historian should want to get their hands on this bobblehead on June 9th. This piece is already being hawked on eBay for the lowest price of $55 plus shipping. The bobblehead depicts one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting play in postseason history. Francisco Cabrera, the light-hitting back up catcher steps to the plate and delivers the unlikeliest of clutch hits. Sid Bream rounds third and is heading for home in seemingly slow motion. The throw comes in from future Hall of Famer Barry Bonds as Bream slides past Mark LaValliere’s tag…he’s safe! Just an unbelievable moment as the Braves were going to the World Series for the 2nd straight year after being in dead last place in 1990. The bobblehead perfectly chronicles the slide, even with Randy Marsh giving the safe call. It’s truly a great moment in baseball lore, plus you’re getting THREE bobbleheads not just one! Take a look.

The case for the Vin Scully bobblehead:

I need some redemption after being spanked by Mapes like a misbehaved child in our jersey draft earlier this season. So without further adieu, this is why you must add the Vin Scully bobblehead to your collection: let me do what any good sport does first, and give Mapes props – that triple bobblehead is EPIC. But not only is it not the best moment in postseason history, but it would be ranked behind about ten of Scully’s personal broadcast calls. Look, all I have to say is if you know sports, you know Vin Scully. He is far and away the greatest sports broadcaster in the world, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees. Just listen to the legend announce one game and you’ll agree with me. Scully has been announcing Dodger games for 63 years, the longest tenured play-by-play man for one team in professional sports history. Bream’s slide was a big moment, but there is no bigger off-the-field figure in baseball than Scully. Go grab his crazy, bobbling head at Dodger Stadium on August 30th. And then send me one. Please?

Which bobblehead are you dying to get your hands on? Let us know! Both is acceptable answer in this case!

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

Weekend Watch! Interleague Style Part Two!

It’s time for another round of interleague play!  These match-ups aren’t as exotic as the last “Weekend Watch” with interleague play involved, but it doesn’t mean that cross-divisional series aren’t as fun.  Here’s what I’m looking forward to watching this weekend as I sneak the MLB At-Bat app on while tailgating at the Belmont Stakes.

6) Indians at Cardinals

Battle of the two 2nd place teams in the Central where both are trying to get back to the 1st place perch they had just recently.  The injury bug continues to hit St. Louis as Jaime Garcia finds himself joining teammates Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker, and Lance Berkman on the disabled list.  The Indians, on the other hand, seem to be the least talked about “good” team in the Majors.  They keep plugging away without doing anything too special, they sit 8th in the AL in batting average and a dismal 2nd to last in ERA, but there they are at 30-26, just a game out of 1st place.  Jason Kipnis has been great for Cleveland in his sophomore season leading the team in home runs (9) and stolen bases (14).

2D) Blue Jays and Braves

This is a series as a Braves fan that I wish I could go down to Turner Field and attend in person.  Friday night, the Braves are retiring the great John Smoltz’s number (more on that in a blog tomorrow) and on Saturday is the greatest promotion the team has ever done, Sid Bream Slide Bobblehead Day!  Seriously, this thing is awesome and are already being offered on eBay from $55-75.  Both the Jays and Braves are playing in tightly contested races in their East divisions.  As I type this the AL East is separated by just four games.  The NL East is only a game and a half difference between 1st place and 4th place.  Every team in those two divsions is .500 or better except for the Phillies, who saw that coming?   No wonder why FOUR East interleague series make the “Weekend Watch” this week.

2C) Nationals at Red Sox

1st place vs. last place gets 3rd place here, that’s the average.  Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez have been wunderkinds in the National League, but how will they do on the road against a quality offense in Boston.  Gonzalez’s track record against the Sox while he was in Oakland was not very good as he has a 5.79 ERA over 28 innings in his career.  Red Sox Kevin Youkilis also feasts on Gonzalez pitching going 6 for 11 in his career.  I’m also intrigued to see Daisuke Matsuzaka’s return on Saturday to the Red Sox after recovering from Tommy John surgery.  If he can give Boston anything after they had to send down Daniel Bard to AAA it’d be a great plus.

2B) Mets at Yankees

The Subway Series means something!  The Yankees have been on fire winning 10 of their last 13 games going into Thursday night’s game with the Rays.  The Mets are still reveling in the teams first no-hitter by Johan Santana last Friday night and he’ll start the opener against Huroki Kuroda.  The no-hitter has been an extra spring in the step of Mets fans.  I live in Connecticut, where you get a mixture of Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox fans.  I’ve seen more Mets hats and jerseys in the past week than I had the entire season before Santana’s no-no.  Wonder if some will actually try to infiltrate the Bronx this weekend.  Derek Jeter thrives against his cross-town rivals hitting .385, the best batting average he has against any team he has 40 at-bats against.

2A) Rays at Marlins

The Battle for Florida means something!  I don’t expect a lot of runs this weekend between these two as the pitching matchups are pretty solid and Marlins Park has played towards the pitcher so far.  I really want to see if Matt Moore can continue his recent success as he has a 2.55 ERA over his last three starts compared to a 7.20 ERA his three starts before that.  Maybe he can still salvage my AL Rookie of the Year pick.  Mike Trout you say?  Yeah, I’m doomed.  James Shields vs. Anibal Sanchez on Sunday is an underrated pitchers special.

1) Rangers at Giants

Can’t be yelled at for East Coast bias if I put the Rangers and Giants in the top spot!  Despite Tim Lincecum’s worst efforts the Giants are the hottest team in the National League winning 8 of their last 10 games.  The Rangers have only won one game in each series against the Mariners, Angels, and Athletics coming into this series.  Roy Oswalt can’t get up to the Majors fast enough it seems as Derek Holland now joins Neftali Feliz on the DL from the rotation.  Alexi Ogando will come out of the bullpen to make the start in place of Holland.  Even better is that this could be a potential World Series match-up down the road.

Mapes Fantasy Special

Another great week for the Mapes Fantasy Special.  I’m now 10-2 since moving the Mapes Fantasy Special over to the Weekend Watch.  I’ll slow clap for myself.  Here are this weeks picks, remember these pitchers must be available in 50% or more of Yahoo! fantasy baseball leagues.

6/8 Gavin Floyd (32% owned) vs. Astros, Floyd has been absolutely terrible lately, but if he can’t do it at home against the Astros I have no hope for him.  I wish I could just quit you Gavin.

6/9 Scott Diamond (22% owned) vs. Cubs, Diamond has been a find in the rough for the Twins, sorry I couldn’t resist, he’s been stellar going 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Even better are his 4 walks in 38.2 innings this season.  Diamond faces the Cubs who have drawn the 4th least walks in the Majors this season, bodes well for him if they put in in play at Target Field.

6/10 Andy Pettitte (49% owned) vs. Mets, I have no explanation for what Pettitte is doing right now, so I’m just gonna enjoy the ride before he gets over 50% owned.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?  Who do you like in fantasy?  Tweet me using #MapesFantasySpecial

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)