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TRF
04-02-2009, 04:35 PM
I have a team with the following lineup:

C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B - Albert Pujols
2B - Ian Kinsler
3B - Edwin Encarnación
SS - J.J. Hardy
IF - Derrek Lee
LF - Manny Ramírez
CF - Jacoby Ellsbury
RF - Nelson Cruz
OF - Nate McLouth
UT - David Ortiz
BN - Magglio Ordóñez
BN - John Baker
BN - Willy Taveras
BN - Randy Winn
BN - Felipe López
BN - Chris Dickerson

SP - Jon Lester
SP - Clayton Kershaw
SP - Gavin Floyd
SP - Josh Beckett
SP - Scott Kazmir
RP - Mariano Rivera
RP - Francisco Cordero
RP - Fernando Rodney
P - Jonathan Sánchez
P - Joey Devine
P - Wandy Rodríguez
P - Brett Myers

Overall, pretty happy, but I am having reservations about Derek Lee, and my gut says Russell Branyan is going to hit 30 HR's. I'm also not sure Fernando Rodney is going to keep the closer job in Detroit. Add to that Devine is visiting Dr. Andrews, and I think I'm short in the bullpen.

Should I dangle Lee?

IowaRed
04-02-2009, 11:08 PM
I wouldn't count on Rodney for sure, over the last 3 years he has blown 25 while saving 33 with an ERA of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.41. Those aren't numbers I'd really want in my lineup, so yes dangle Lee. By the way, I think you should get your gut checked :)

TRF
04-14-2009, 10:42 AM
The Russell Branyan HR counter begins. 2 so far this season.

Eric_the_Red
04-14-2009, 11:37 AM
The Russell Branyan HR counter begins. 2 so far this season.


No way does he hit 30. I just don't think he will get the at bats to do this, barring an injury to another player. Plus he plays in a cavern, and often has trouble putting the bat on the ball.

TRF
04-14-2009, 12:23 PM
He's got the 1B job locked up. HR's to RF at Safeco are pretty manageable, and he's got legit power.

30 HR's.

And I'll be lauded as a baseball prophet.

IowaRed
04-15-2009, 07:57 PM
He's got the 1B job locked up. HR's to RF at Safeco are pretty manageable, and he's got legit power.

30 HR's.

And I'll be lauded as a baseball prophet.

You're already that, but is this the Russell Branyan that at age 33 has hit over 20 HR's exactly once either because he couldn't lock up a position or he was injured? The same guy that was released by the Brewers and Padres over the last few years? The same career platoon player we were able to enjoy as a Red? If anybody comes along in Seattle with anything resembling a pulse and under age 25 Branyan shouldn't be taking AB's away from them. If I remember correctly didn't Corey Patterson display some early power last year?

TRF
04-16-2009, 12:35 PM
You're already that, but is this the Russell Branyan that at age 33 has hit over 20 HR's exactly once either because he couldn't lock up a position or he was injured? The same guy that was released by the Brewers and Padres over the last few years? The same career platoon player we were able to enjoy as a Red? If anybody comes along in Seattle with anything resembling a pulse and under age 25 Branyan shouldn't be taking AB's away from them. If I remember correctly didn't Corey Patterson display some early power last year?

It's a new economy. :)

Branyan was a victim of the times and league. Moving to the NL hurt him, and FO's thinking he was a 3B hurt him more. He's a K machine, but he had decent OBP numbers.

Mark it down. 30HR's, 90+ RBI's, .875+ OPS

TRF
04-27-2009, 04:20 PM
Branyan watch continues...

5 days of not playing gives us a rested Russ...

current line is .311 .404 .622 1.026 with 4HR's

At this rate he's projected for 48 HR's. :)

prophet.

TRF
05-05-2009, 11:47 AM
Branyan watch continues..

.320 .388 .667 1.055 with 7 HR's.

He's on pace for 55 HR's

TRF
05-19-2009, 10:45 AM
The latest Branyan watch..

.309 .372 .642 1.015 with 10 HR's

HR pace has dropped to 47.

TRF
05-28-2009, 10:16 AM
The HR's keep coming...

.311 .398 .608 1.006 with 11 HR's

Anyone still think he can't get to 30?

Eric_the_Red
05-28-2009, 11:26 AM
The HR's keep coming...

.311 .398 .608 1.006 with 11 HR's

Anyone still think he can't get to 30?

What is a bigger surprise to me is the BA. .311?! :eek:

IowaRed
05-29-2009, 09:22 PM
Sure he CAN get to 30 but he won't...again. He has reached 20 twice in his career which began in 1998. If I was a betting man (and had any money) I would certainly bet on it. If you want to wager a sig. or avatar, I'm all for it

TRF
06-03-2009, 10:04 AM
Branyan update!

.323 .417 .622 1.039 with 12 HR's

He's been moved the the #2 spot in the order behind Ichiro.

TRF
06-08-2009, 09:49 AM
I wish I could change the name of this thread to BRANYAN WATCH 2009!!!

updated as of 7/7/2009

.322 .424 .621 1.045 with 13 HR's

ESPN has him projected for 40 HR's.

*BaseClogger*
06-08-2009, 04:34 PM
I wish I could change the name of this thread to BRANYAN WATCH 2009!!!

updated as of 7/7/2009

.322 .424 .621 1.045 with 13 HR's

ESPN has him projected for 40 HR's.

You know the future! :eek:

TRF
06-08-2009, 06:29 PM
You know the future! :eek:


oops. was in an virtual training class at the time. By then he'll have 22 HR's. :)

TRF
06-12-2009, 09:54 AM
And the Branyan updates just keep coming.. cuz I can. :)

.317 .413 .614 1.026 14 HR's

I too am amazed at the BA.

TRF
06-13-2009, 05:18 PM
He keeps rolling...

.319 .419 .628 1.047 15 HR's

I'm gonna say 20 by the ASB.

TRF
06-23-2009, 10:27 AM
As of 6-23-2009...

.305 .407 .596 1.003 with 16 HR's

Branyan was struck on the forearm with a pitch, x-rays were negative, but he got a couple of days off. He's 8 HR's off his career high of 24. According to Yahoo!, Branyan was the last regular to hit into a DP this season when he did so saturday night.

TRF
06-24-2009, 10:07 AM
6-24

.303 .403 .601 1.004 17 HR's

prophet.

*BaseClogger*
06-24-2009, 10:37 PM
Lets make these updates daily... :cool:

TRF
06-25-2009, 10:33 AM
thppt!

Branyan was one of those guys that suffered because someone insisted he was a 3B or LF. The power was always there. the Walks pretty much always there. He really is a poor man's Adam Dunn.

I think he'll hit 35 HR's this year as he can DH on days he needs a rest.

Which again, makes me a prophet.

TRF
06-25-2009, 11:14 AM
heh. hadn't checked.

now at .302 .401 .608 1.009 with 18 HR's

10 of his 18 HR's are at Safeco, where he's been a juggernaut this year: .317 .435 .693 1.128

*BaseClogger*
06-25-2009, 05:41 PM
His season reminds me of Carlos Pena in 2007. He could always hit but was never given the chance. Speaking of Carlos Pena in the fantasy forum, who wants to trade for Pena in the RZ Dynasty League? (what a transition)

AtomicDumpling
06-25-2009, 10:22 PM
His season reminds me of Carlos Pena in 2007. He could always hit but was never given the chance. Speaking of Carlos Pena in the fantasy forum, who wants to trade for Pena in the RZ Dynasty League? (what a transition)

Make me an offer.

TRF
06-28-2009, 06:40 PM
6-28-09

.302 .399 .613 1.011 with 19 HR's

at some point I'll explain my genius to all of you. Now if only I understood the value of stolen bases.

TRF
07-03-2009, 05:21 PM
Branyan's OPS drops below 1.000

.297 .395 .602 .997 with 20 HR's

redsfandan
07-03-2009, 09:49 PM
I'd say you got your moneys worth for a 20th round pick.

TRF
07-04-2009, 07:33 PM
true, true. Watch next year as Branyan goes in the top ten rounds and I avoid him like the plague.

redsfandan
07-13-2009, 03:36 AM
I wonder if I should boast about my 24th round pick starting in the all-star game.;)

TRF
07-13-2009, 10:48 AM
I wonder if I should boast about my 24th round pick starting in the all-star game.;)

pheh. this is my gloating thread. get yer own. :)

blumj
07-14-2009, 11:21 AM
I wonder if I should boast about my 24th round pick starting in the all-star game.;)
Aaron Hill?

redsfandan
07-15-2009, 05:43 AM
Good guess blumj. Yeah I think that pick paid off for me.:cool:

TRF
07-15-2009, 04:52 PM
thread hijacker.

redsfandan
07-15-2009, 05:42 PM
lol ok ok. I'm outta here TRF. It's all yours.

redsfandan
07-19-2009, 03:49 PM
That's his 23rd hr that Branyan hit today in the Mariners 92nd game. Wanna make a prediction on final #'s TRF?

By the way, ...

Sure he CAN get to 30 but he won't...again. He has reached 20 twice in his career which began in 1998. If I was a betting man (and had any money) I would certainly bet on it. If you want to wager a sig. or avatar, I'm all for it
... is there a bet on this?

TRF
07-19-2009, 11:56 PM
Russ Branyan final numbers prediction.

.265 .370 .550 .920 with 38 HR's

prophet.

redsfandan
07-20-2009, 08:51 AM
But did you guys make a bet on Branyon hitting 30?

IowaRed
07-20-2009, 02:46 PM
I don't believe "the prophet" ever responded, I'll stick with the bet if his gut is still guiding him to 30+

TRF
07-20-2009, 07:28 PM
I do hate taking candy from babies. I mean I do it, i just hate doing it.

How about winners choice for signature. Sig runs for the entire offseason.

IowaRed
07-21-2009, 09:45 AM
I'm in

redsfandan
07-22-2009, 07:45 AM
Between the bet among you two and the bet between *BaseClogger* and Falls City Beer I'll be paying alot more attention to how Seattle does the rest of the season.

IowaRed
08-04-2009, 11:37 AM
no Ruth, er... Branyan update in over a month. What the heck, I'll do it

.258 .359 .531 .890 24 HR's

he's slowing down faster than TRF's updates

TRF
08-04-2009, 03:27 PM
Branyan missed a few games over the last month. Back issues. I expect he'll somehow manage 6 more HR's.

Making me... a prophet.

redsfandan
08-08-2009, 03:01 AM
Branyan with his 25th homer of the season. Only 5 more to go with almost 2 months to go.

Eric_the_Red
08-08-2009, 09:16 AM
I just dropped Branyan in a mixed keeper league to get a young pitcher. Gotta look toward next year, and I think I've gotten the best out of Branyan this season.

TRF
08-11-2009, 10:27 AM
I believe he's up to number 27.

mu wahahahahaha.

NJReds
08-22-2009, 09:37 PM
He hit #30 tonight.

TRF
08-24-2009, 11:27 AM
prophet.

now I am shooting for 4th place.

TRF
08-26-2009, 10:29 AM
I've been remiss...

BRANYAN! update.

.251 .348 .526 .874 31 HR's second in the AL in HR's.

It's Aug. 26. How close will BRANYAN! come to 40?

TRF
08-27-2009, 04:38 PM
I don't believe "the prophet" ever responded, I'll stick with the bet if his gut is still guiding him to 30+

The new sig shall be...

"The mighty TRF baseball prophet told me so. His word is law. He must be a prophet as he has no crap on him."

IowaRed
08-31-2009, 02:28 PM
The new sig shall be...

"The mighty TRF baseball prophet told me so. His word is law. He must be a prophet as he has no crap on him."

done............and I still don't believe that he hit 30

TRF
09-02-2009, 11:25 AM
:)

You only have to use that till Spring training though, so you got that going for ya!