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It's been about two months since I last did this, and much like players endowed with two first names, it seems to always be a crowd pleaser. So here, once again, are 10 lists of 10.
List 1: Interesting Stats
1. Brett Myers, P, Astros (owned in 39.8 percent of ESPN standard leagues): Has pitched at least six innings in each of his 21 starts.
2. Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Pirates (26.3 percent): Hitting .288 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in July.
3. Jonathon Niese, P, Mets (22.7 percent): 6-2, 2.58 ERA and a 51-16 strikeout-walk rate in his past 10 starts.
5. Vin Mazzaro, P, A's (6.1 percent) Since rejoining the rotation as a starter on June 8, he's 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA and he's had at least five strikeouts in four straight games.
6. Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays (65.6 percent): Hitting .313 with six steals and 12 runs in July. Speaking of July
7. Andres Torres, OF, Giants (67 percent): How many times have I mentioned him? He's hitting .299 with six home runs, 17 RBIs, 20 runs and four steals.
8. Wandy Rodriguez, P, Astros (56 percent): Over his past six starts, Way-Rod is 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA and a 34-9 strikeout-walk rate in 39 innings.
9. Vicente Padilla, P, Dodgers (40.5 percent): Since coming off the DL, Padilla is 3-2 with a 1.91 ERA and a 38-9 strikeout-walk rate in 47 innings pitched.
10. Troy Glaus, 1B, Braves (69.8 percent): Hitting .222 since June 1 and has not hit a home run since June 20.
List 2: Minor league prospects to grab for 2011, in order
suggested to me on Twitter by many, including @eddiebecker, @sald0gg, @thekirby1122
1. Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (I swear on the life of my dog I wrote this two hours before Philly called up Brown)
2. Desmond Jennings, OF, Rays
3. Brett Wallace, 1B, Blue Jays
4. Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Rays
5. Martin Perez, SP, Rangers
6. Jesus Montero, C, Yankees
7. Aroldis Chapman, SP, Reds
8. Kila Ka'aihue, 1B, Royals
9. Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox
10. Tanner Scheppers, P, Rangers
List 3: Pitchers, in order, that I'd try to trade away now because they will lose value as the season starts to wind down
1. Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
2. Mike Leake, Reds
3. Mat Latos, Padres
4. Phil Hughes, Yankees
5. Jeff Niemann, Rays
6. Colby Lewis, Rangers
7. Johnny Cueto, Reds
8. Wade Davis, Rays
9. Mike Pelfrey, Mets
10. Fausto Carmona, Indians
List 4: Best fantasy baseball team names
So, on Twitter (where you can follow me at @MatthewBerryTMR), I got a suggestion from @blulinr77 to do a list of best fantasy baseball team names. So I threw that out to the gang on Twitter, and there were many, many hilarious names. By far the most popular one was "Honey Nut Ichiros," which was suggested by many. "It Byrnes When I Peavy," "Morneau After Pill," "The Devil Wears Prado" and "Don't Ask, Dotel" showed up multiple times, as did "LaPorta Potties," "Domo Arigato Joey Votto" and "Beat With an Uggla Stick." My personal favorite to use, incidentally, is "Sexual Napalm," after the famous John Mayer interview.
Many funny but unprintable ones came in using the names of Albert Pujols, Rollie Fingers and Tim Lincecum as verbs. Cory Lidle's tragedy apparently inspired many (you ought to be ashamed of yourselves), and there were lots of "Seinfeld" references, with "Verlanderlay Industries" and "Cano Soup for You" being among my favorites. But here are my 10 favorite (printable) ones, along with who suggested them. (Note that this could be their team name, or simply a good one they'd heard of.)
1. Lady Galarraga -- @andrezeski
2. I Shin Soo Choose You -- @whatadewitt
3. Where My Pitches At? -- @DanielEStark and @mylespappadato
4. Ubal. Corner Pocket -- @@sfavreeK
5. Carry On My Heyward Son -- @pdoulatshahi
6. Billy Beane is Not My Lover -- @pcunningham3
7. Mo Vaughn, Mo Problems -- @frontofficefan
8. Smack My Pitch Up -- @mwilly33
9. Blue-Va-Ja-Jays -- @Heybeavis
10. Longorius Basterds -- @amandarykoff
List 5: Breakout position players I would happily trade for in keeper leagues
Suggested by @plavangie
1. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
2. Chris Young, OF, Diamondbacks
3. James Loney, 1B, Dodgers
4. Buster Posey, C, Giants
5. Carlos Santana, C, Indians
6. Brennan Boesch, OF, Tigers
7. Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Marlins
8. Tyler Colvin, OF, Cubs
9. Ike Davis, 1B, Mets
10. Colby Rasmus, OF, Cardinals
List 6: Players I will not draft next year (my dead to me list)
Suggested by @heybadway
1. Jason Bay, OF, Mets
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers (hated him before this year too)
3. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles
4. B.J. Upton, OF, Rays
5. Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
6. Nick Markakis, OF, Orioles (see Kinsler, Ian)
7. Wade Davis, SP, Rays
8. B.J. Upton. You're damn right he's on the list twice.
9. Adam Lind, OF, Blue Jays
10. Erik Bedard, SP, Mariners. Probably. Sigh.
List 7: More baseball team names I liked but didn't make the cut for List 4.
1. Coffey's for Closers -- @EAEO
2. Aroldis and Kumar -- @pdoulatshahi
3. The Garza Strip -- @sfavree
4. New Kids on the Knoblauch -- @ryanJFFoley
5. Pants on the Mound -- @i268Ben
6. The Quentin Administration -- @TheRobMorse
7. The Double Rainbows -- @thejosh21
8. Attack of the Chones -- @TheBaronOfFunk
9. Personal DeJesus -- @jasoncollette
10. Stephen Strasborg (Team pic is of a half Strasburg, half Terminator) -- @theblanco
List 8: If you need help in slightly deeper leagues, here are players who are available in more than 80 percent of standard leagues.
1. Jack Cust, DH, A's (15 percent): Six home runs this month.
2. Chris Denorfia, OF, Padres (4.8 percent): Four homers, two steals and a .353 average in 34 at-bats since All-Star break.
3. Fred Lewis, OF, Blue Jays (4.9 percent): Six of his 11 steals on the year have come in the past 18 games.
4. Jon Jay, OF, Cardinals (3 percent): Keeps finding his way into lineup. Probably because he keeps hitting. I expect both to continue.
5. Jim Thome, DH, Twins (1.5 percent): Since June 1: .282, seven home runs.
6. Tyler Colvin, OF, Cubs (13 percent): In 57 at-bats as the leadoff hitter, he's hitting .298 with 6 home runs, 14 RBIs and 13 runs.
7. Chris Johnson, 3B, Astros (4.8 percent): As a starter, he is hitting .330 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 30 games.
8. Jose Tabata, OF, Pirates (13 percent): .314 with a home run, 11 RBIs, five steals and 16 runs in July.
9. Logan Morrison, 1B, Marlins (0.3 percent): Had a 35-48 strikeout-walk rate in Triple-A this season.
10. Danny Valencia, 3B, Twins (3.8 percent): As a starter this year (just 95 plate appearance, but still), he is hitting .402 with a home run, 12 RBIs, 10 runs and a steal.
List 9: Guys owned in more than 60 percent of leagues I have no issue dropping
1. Scott Podsednik, OF, Dodgers (98.6 percent)
2. Ty Wigginton, 1B, 2B, 3B, Orioles (66.4 percent)
3. Troy Glaus, 1B, 3B, Braves (71 percent)
4. Chone Figgins, 2B, 3B, Mariners (89.2 percent)
5. Miguel Tejada, SS, 3B, Orioles (67.3 percent)
6. Stephen Drew, SS, Diamondbacks (81.4 percent)
7. Franklin Gutierrez, OF, Mariners (60 percent)
8. Raul Ibanez, OF, Phillies (63.7 percent)
9. Manny Ramirez, OF, Dodgers (91.2 percent)
10. Phil Hughes, P, Yankees (100 percent)
List 10: My own "Jersey Shore" drinking game.
Season 2 starts tonight, so if you are of legal age, I say you do a shot every time
1. The Situation shows the abs. References the abs. Tries to use the abs to get girls and fails. Or succeeds. Look, bottom line, you see the abs? Glug, glug.
2. When Ronnie throws a punch, you drink some.
3. JWoww stars in another Cleavage Cabaret.
4. DJ Pauly D refers to himself in the third person, like so: Yo, I can't help it if chicks want to go home with DJ Pauly D. That's the power of playing music in a club. No one can do that like DJ Pauly D. I mean, DJ Pauly D picks the song all by himself and everything.
5. Any of them pump their fist. (Hint: The thing on top of Snooki's neck is not a fist.)
6. Three letters: GTL.
7. Snooki throws herself at a breathing mammal.
8. Reference is made to any of these relationships: Ronnie and Sammi's, JWoww and the dude back home, The Situation and a mirror.
9. When Ronnie drinks, you drink with the man.
10. Anyone in your group remembers that Vinny is on the show.
Can. Not. Wait.
Matthew Berry -- The Talented Mr. Roto -- would be known as "Mayhem" if he were on "Jersey Shore." He is the creator of RotoPass.com, a website that combines a bunch of well-known fantasy sites, including ESPN Insider, for one low price. Use promo code "ESPN" for 10 percent off. Cyberstalk the TMR | Be his cyberfriend
Matthew Berry's latest "10 lists of 10" features minor league prospects, interesting stats, players to pick up and drop and two lists' worth of the best fantasy baseball team names suggested by his Twitter followers.