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The Vs. Series moves to the outfield today as we match up leftfielders from our shared city teams. I think this is the first platoon situation we’ve run into during this series. Let’s start today’s match ups in Chicago.

One of the Chicago White Sox big off-season signings was a leftfielder. Melky Cabrera was signed to a three year $42 million dollar contract to be their everyday leftfielder. The White Sox will be Cabrera’s 6th major league team. He started with the New York Yankees, then went to the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants before spending the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. Cabrera is a career .286 hitter and hit .301 with the Blue Jays last season. Never a big home run hitter, but Cabrera did hit 16 home runs for Toronto last season. That was his 2nd highest season total after the 18 he hit in 2011 with the Royals. Cabrera had 13 assists in 133 games in leftfield last season while committing only 2 errors and posting a fielding percentage of .992; just a little above his career fielding percentage of .989. Cabrera was a well received signing by experts and White Sox fans; so will see if it pay off.

For the Cubs it looks like they’re going with a platoon of Chris’ in leftfield. Either Coghlan or Denorfia should be in leftfield. Coghlan the former 2009 Rookie of the Year with the then Florida Marlins should get the majority of at bats since he’s the left-handed hitting part of the platoon. After some injuries and other struggles Coghlan had a bounce back season for the Cubs in 2014 hitting .283 in 125 games. Coghlan did tie his career high in home runs with 9 while adding 28 doubles and 5 triples in 2014.  Denorfia has a reputation for hitting left-handed pitching and that’s what the Cubs will ask him to do. Denorfia had a down year hitting .230 with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners last season. His career batting average is .272 and the Cubs are hoping for a season closer to that number from Denorfia. The Cubs aren’t going to get a lot of power out of leftfield as Denorfia has only reached double-digit home runs once in his career; he hit 10 home runs in 2013 with the Padres. It’s two solid major league players splitting time; so this looks like it should work out for the Cubs.

Comparing the position between both of the Chicago teams I think you have to take Melky Cabrera over the platoon of Chris Coghlan and Chris Denorfia.

The New York Mets made what I believe was the first free agent signing of the baseball off-season when they inked Michael Cuddyer to a two year $21 million dollar deal. Cuddyer is penciled in as the everyday leftfielder for the Mets. Cuddyer was limited to 49 games with the Colorado Rockies last season due to injury, but he still posted a .332 batting average. Remember Cuddyer is coming off of winning the National League batting title in 2013 with an average of .331. Cuddyer is a career .279 hitter and the Mets will see if being moved out of playing home games at Coors Field will bring his average back to that level. Cuddyer has only played nine career games in leftfield, but has 907 career games in the outfield where he has a fielding percentage of .986. I’m guessing the Mets didn’t sign Cuddyer for his defense, but hopefully for a bat that can help David Wright out in the line up.

Brett Gardner is the New York Yankees everyday leftfielder. Gardner is coming off of a down year where his batting average fell to .256 a little below his career batting average of .265, but down 17 points from his 2014 average of .273. Gardner did post a career high in home runs last season with 17 and is still a threat on the base paths. Gardner stole 21 bases in 26 attempts last season and led the American League with 49 steals in 2011 and has a career total of 182 steals. Gardner is an above average fielder posting a .992 fielding percentage last season making just two errors in leftfield in 2014. Gardner did just have three assists last season; so that either means he has a great arm and teams don’t run on him or he has a weak arm and doesn’t throw anyone out. A bounce back year out of Garner is a key for the Yankees to compete in an AL East that looks like it might be up for grabs.

This is a tough choice here. Cuddyer has had the better numbers the last few seasons, but that was in Colorado. Gardner is five years younger and has more experience in leftfield. A tough decision here, but I think I’m taking Brett Gardner.

Tomorrow we’ll look at the centerfield position for these four teams.

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Schaumburg Stu and Dan the Man tied for the best record in Week 10 of our picks at 10-3. Mr. Fantasy was a game behind at 9-4 while I finished last for the week at 8-5. For the season I have the lead at 94-51-1, Schaumburg Stu is two games back at 92-53-1, Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy are four games off the lead at 90-55-1. We’ll see what Week 11 brings.

For Week 10 Mr. Fantasy and Greg both went with the same quarterback; Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and it worked out for them as Rodgers was the highest scoring quarterback of the week. At running back Mr. Fantasy went with Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears while Greg chose Andre Ellington of the Arizona Cardinals. Forte finished 17th among running backs with 15.85 points while Ellington scored 18.45 points and finished 13th among running backs for the week. At wide receiver Mr. Fantasy picked Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown scored 10.79 points and was 33rd among wide receivers for the week. Greg;s wide receiver pick was Demaryius Thomas of the Denver Broncos. Thomas scored 19.30 points and finished 14th among receivers for the week. At tight end Mr. Fantasy took Julius Thomas pf the Denver Broncos while Greg went with Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints. Thomas finished 2nd at 24.05 points while Graham finished 1st with 27.10 points for the week; so they nailed the top two tight ends for Week 10. For kickers this week Mr. Fantasy picked Cody Parkey of the Philadelphia eagles while Greg went with Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. Parkey scored 9.75 points and finished 9th among kickers while Tucker scored 3 points and finished tied for 21st for the week. I what I thought was a bit f a surprise both Mr. Fantasy and Greg picked tight ends for their sleeper picks. Mr. Fantasy went with Chicago Bears tight end Dante Rosario who had 1 catch for 3 yards and scored 1.05 points in Week 10. Greg picked Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson. Wilson injured his ankle in the 2nd quarter of the Seahawks game Sunday. Wilson didn’t have any catches before he was hurt and scored 0 points for the week. It looks like it was another close week between these two, but I think Week 10 goes to Greg. I use the scoring system from our Yahoo league titled Next Year is Here 13.

On the Sports Time Radio podcast you might have heard us talk about our different fantasy football teams and leagues. We have the league above that I mentioned and then we have a Sports Time Radio named league that was done with an auction draft format. Mr. Fantasy and I have what we describe as a money league team with some of his friends. In this league the player who owns Adrian Peterson was looking to trade him. The deal that was kicked around was T.Y. Hilton the wide receiver from the Indianapolis Colts for Peterson straight up. The Peterson owner actually told us he could get a lot better player than Hilton for Peterson. As I look at the league scoring totals for the season Hilton sits 6th among wide receivers. Here are the players in front of him 1 through 5. Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Jordy Nelson. So he’s going to get a better wide receiver than Hilton; interesting. Would you give up any of these wide receivers for Peterson?

Sunday in Homestead Florida after the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway NASCAR will crown a 1st time champion. Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman will have a 400 mile shoot out for the Sprint Cup championship. Which ever driver has the best finish wins the title. I don’t know if there’s a favorite among these drivers. Newman hasn’t won a race all season, but with solid finishes and let’s call it moving Kyle Larson out of his way last weekend he finds himself with a chance to win it all. Harvick maybe the driver on the best roll going into this race, but Logano has been strong all season. Hamlin may be a bit of a wild card in the race. It will be interesting to see how aggressive these drivers will be early in the race and it would be great if they where all in the Top 10 with about 5 laps to go. Did you like the new format for The Chase this season?

It looks like Major League Baseball is going to investigate the Chicago Cubs hiring of Joe Maddon. There had been rumors and reports that the Tampa Bay Rays thought that the Cubs had spoken with Maddon and that’s why he opted out of his contract with the Rays. The Cubs insist everything was by the book — that they even checked with the Commissioner’s Office before contacting Maddon — but the Rays weren’t so sure, and MLB at the very least is giving the complaint due diligence. It’s hard to blame the Cubs for jumping at the chance to land Maddon — he’s the type of manager who could not only bring a new personality to a team, but energize a fan base too. The question is whether the Cubs were a little too eager to secure Maddon. We know, for example, they had no problem doing Rick Renteria dirty. If it is proven that the Cubs tampered with Maddon Tampa Bay could receive compensation. That compensation could come in the form of players, draft picks or money. Also if Cubs officials lied to MLB investigators there could be some type of suspensions involved. This will be a very difficult charge to prove; so don’t be surprised at all if nothing comes from this, but MLB has to look into it.

Did you have the New York Mets signing the first free agent? They agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Michael Cuddyer. The 35-year-old is a two-time All-Star and was the NL batting champion in 2013 with the Colorado Rockies. Cuddyer hit .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs (Runs Batted In) this year in a season interrupted by injuries. He was limited to 49 games and was on the disabled list three times because of a strained left shoulder and a strained left hamstring. Cuddyer signs a two-year, $21 million deal and with this signing the Mets lose their 1st round draft pick this June which was #15 overall.

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