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Bauer is back. You have 24 hours to pick him up before someone else does and the terrorists win. Cleveland Indians pitcher/rapper/counter-terrorist Trevor Bauer will be called up to start Tuesday versus the Tigers and likely take over Danny Salazar‘s spot in the rotation. The third overall pick in 2011, Bauer has filthy stuff, with numerous pitches at his disposal, including that sweet 95-97 mph fastball. He has struggled with control during his brief stints in the majors (7.1 BB/9 in nine major league starts), which has ultimately kept him from finding success in the big leagues. However, in a spot start in early April (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 8 K), it seemed like Bauer’s command issues were a thing of the past.  Granted, that start was against the Padres, but he impressed nonetheless. Although he labored through his latest minors start (5.2 IP, 12 base runners, 6 ER, 4 home runs), the Indians obviously think Bauer is ready to show his stuff, and I don’t mean his free-styling ability. Yeah, he raps. Does that make you like him more or less? Not so sure? Maybe you should listen and judge for yourself. He’s still not as bad as P. Diddy. Whether you believe T-Bau’s a gifted lyricist or not, his 4-1 record, 2.15 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 44/14 K/BB ratio in 46.0 IP at Triple-A this season could certainly help out your fantasy pitching staff. If he can pitch twice as good as he can rhyme, Lil’ Trev could be headed from the “Gutter to the Grail” like his song. He raps,  “From gutter to grail, we rise up to win it/Wahoos on first with his eyes on the pennant.” So Trevor Bauer can spit hot fire, let’s see him throw some hot fire next week versus Detroit. Based on his upside, he’s worth the add in all leagues. To quote the the Notorious T.R.E.V., “Getting filthy with the pitch…getting stupid throwing cheddar,” pick up Bauer in your league, cause buying Bauer makes you better.

Here’s what else happened Friday night in fantasy baseball:

Devin Mesoraco – 1-for-3, 3-run HR (4). Mesoraco picks up right where he left off. Mesorock n’ rolling! In his limited play this season, Devin had 22 hits in 47 ABs with 4 HRs and 13 RBI. Look at your catcher. Now look at another team’s catcher. Now look in the mirror. Devin Mesoraco has probably been better than all of these players. With Joey Votto headed for a possible DL stint, Mesoraco looks to factor big into the Reds offense the next few weeks. Grey told you to BUY him and he is somehow available in over 50% of ESPN leagues so go pick him up.

Alfredo Simon – 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 8 K and his fifth win. Alfredo is a conundrum, wrapped in a enigma, covered in riddles and deep fried in mystery, with a whole lot of guacamole, sour cream and Frank’s red hot on the side. Nice rebound outing after getting chased early from last week’s start by the Rockies (3.0 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER). And those 8 Ks are certainly a pleasant surprise. I wouldn’t expect these kind of strikeouts every week, but I think Simon has proven he is a serviceable fantasy starter given the right match up. He gets the Nationals next week and I’d call that the right match up.

Francisco Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, SV (17). Is it sad that he’s been the best player on the majority of my fantasy teams?

Jeff Samardzija – 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K and his fourth loss despite his 1.62 ERA. The Cubs offense, or lack thereof, strike again! Cue the Jaws music. Sorry Shark! Meanwhile, Kyle Lohse (7.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) pitched his way to his fifth win. Despite the win, I think I’d take Samardzija’s start over Lohse’s if I had the choice. That’s how much of a sucker I am for the strikeouts! I am K-razy for Ks!

Junior Lake – 1-for-4, HR (5). Just think, if he played every day he could have had eight home runs by now!

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 HR (4), including a grand slamy and 6 RBI. Two homers! That shizz is re-ddick! Apparently, that’s how the kids are saying “ridiculous” these days. Everything is abbrev’d. It’s just cooler. I get it! Ain’t nobody got time for full words anymore. Josh has three multi-hit outings to go with three home runs in his past four games and now is as good a time to pick him up as any.

Derek Norris – 2-for-4, 2 runs. In case you miss out on Mesoraco but still hate your catcher, Norris has two home runs and eight RBI in the past week.

Zack McAllister – 1.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 BB, 8 ER. More like McOWWister, right!? Because if you own him that’s gotta hoit and stuff. The A’s continue to hit, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits including two hits from Yoenis Cespedes and home runs from Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie.

Sonny Gray – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K. Son-ny Gray is sweeping my fantasy woes away. On his way, to winning me E-R-A! Back due to popular demand (seriously, enough with the emails people), The Count has returned as a special guest to tell you about Sonny Gray’s outing. Take it away Count: “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine…NINE STRIKEOUTS! MWA-AH-AH! I love to count!” We know you do, Count, and I love strikeouts.

Nick Swisher – 1-for-4, HR (3). Sigh. Come on Cleveland. You’ve got to do better than that. Trevor Bauer better be awesome.

Tanner Roark – 5.0 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Grey and Stream-O-Nator told you to BUY this start. He’s got the eye of the Tiger, and we’re gonna hear him Roooark! Tanner’s been a decent to good streaming option given the right match up. He’s been particularly awesome sauce at home (17.2 IP, 2 ER, 17/5 K/BB ratio) and with the Reds all beat up, I could see possibly starting to think about maybe considering the option of using him next week, too.

Tyler Moore – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. Tyler is about as exciting as the first season of Breaking Bad, but even that had its moments of greatness. Tyler the Run Creator has a four game hitting streak with a HR in that stretch, and if you need a bat in NL-Only or deeper mixed leagues he should see lots of playing time while Adam Laroche is on the shelf.

Yu Darvish – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K. On Fridays I’m in Love with Yu, so I tend to reference the Cure a lot here. But really, I should probably be referencing Biz Markie because baby, Yu, Yu Got What I Need.

Drew Hutchison – 9.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 BB, 6 K, his first career shutout and his second win. Anything Yu can do, Drew can do better. Drew can do anything better than Yuuu! No he can’t, but he out dueled the ace last night. Hutch has been hard to peg, giving up 12 ER in his previous three starts, while also going 7+ innings in two of those starts. His 55/16 K/BB ratio sure is nice to look at though, so he obviously could have some serious strikeout upside. I’d avoid his start in Boston next week, but I’ll be watching closely. If Hutch can make Kevin James desirable to women, I’m sure he can become a useful mixed league starter, too.

Adam Lind – 2-for-4. Lindy has hit safely in six of the nine games he’s played since he returned from the DL. This may be the Xanax talking, but I see the power coming for Lind sooner than later. I also see golden eagles, flying through the sky and over rainbows until they morph into dolphins and free fall to the sea to become one with the ocean. OK, that part’s probably the Xanax talking.

Chris Tillman – 9.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. I would be even more impressed if Drew Hutchison didn’t just do the exact same thing. You freakin’ unoriginal hack! Whoa. Sorry Chris, I ain’t mad at ‘cha. I’m just upset I have to wait even longer to find out who the O’s closer is.

Chris Davis – 2-for-3, HR (3). Guess who may or may not be back? People call him CHRIS-THE-DISH! Actually, nobody calls him that!

Brian Dozier – 2-for-5, HR (10). I used to make jokes here about how Dozier would put me to sleep. Now, he keeps me up at night thinking about how his power-speed combo will lead me to fantasy glory.

Josmil Pinto – 2-for-3, HR (6). How many more homers is that than Joe Mauer? “One. Two. Three. Four! Four more homers than Mauer! MWA-HA-HA!” That was a rhetorical question, you can go home now, Count. “I love to count!” Sigh, yes we know, oh how we know.

Kyle Gibson – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He’s been impressive in spurts this season but like his distant relative Mel, Gibson could go all Apocalypto on you at any moment.

Max Scherzer – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 4 BB, 7 K and his sixth win. Speaking of Mel Gibson, Mad Max was a real Road Warrior last night and shut down the Sawx at Fenway. Bostonians would have to agree that 1.83 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 11.14 K/9 is wicked good. Apparently Max hasn’t lost a May start in three years, which seems cray but ESPN says so, and who am I to question that.

Lance Lynn – 6.0 IP, 9 base runners, 2 ER, 3 K and his fifth win. Lance Lynn knows how to win! I will give him that much. It probably helped that the Cardinals had 13 hits.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-4, run, SB (4). Grey and the rest of the Razzball crew have been telling you to BUY Kolten for Wong time now. Besides one of the coolest names around the guy’s got four steals. Pick him up, this kid’s gonna be a star, ha-cha-cha!

Chris Johnson – 2-for-4, run. CJ’s got six multi-hit games in his last 10 and if you need help falling asleep at night, Chris Johnson’s game stats and a little marijuana can really help, but that’s most likely the pot more than the stats.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-4, 2 SB (4). Another BUY this week, and it’s hard not to like any player hitting in front of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez at Coors field, but hey, also SAGNOF!

Jorge De La Rosa – 7.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K and his fifth win. Had a no-hitter going through six innings before Chris Denorfia (2-for-4, run) went and spoiled it all by hitting something stupid like a triple. I think opposing pitchers must love the Padres even more than Jay does.

Adam Dunn – 2-for-4, 3-run HR (6) as the White Sox won 7-2. I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure this ball traveled 700 feet. Dunn decided to go out for some traditional Texas BBQ post game to celebrate. In a related story, Texas has run out of cows.

Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-4, run, SB (4). Just when I’m about ready to drop him again he keeps doing stuff. Stop doing stuff!

Jose Quintana – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K and his second win. Not the juicy start you may have been expecting from an Asstros match up, but good enough for me to keep him on my roster for next week’s start at Kansas City.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4, 4 runs, HR (5), SB (6). Christian likes his slam and legs with extra body of Christ, and occasionally a little extra slam, but not on Fridays!

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4, run, RBI. Grey told you to BUY for some reason and he notches two hits. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Grey’s a wiiiitch! Panda should be cheap enough that he could be worth buying, like the new waffle tacos at Taco Bell, except buying Sandoval will only make you half as sick to your stomach. Breakfast at the ‘Bell: greet your morning with diarrhea.

Chris Archer – 5.2 IP, 2 hits, 5 BB, 0 ER, 5 K and his third win. Archer was right on target last night. I may be mistaken, but I think I hear Kenny Loggins playing softly because the Angels must have entered Archer’s DANGER ZONE, LANA!

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5, HR (8), 2 RBI. The Cuban Missile cannot be stopped, and I don’t mean just in school zones. Call the Kingslayer, someone needs to deal with this guy! His Grace, Lord Puig of House Cuba, First Bat of Dodgers, Famed Defector, Father of Illegitimate Children, Protector of Adrian Gonzalez and sworn Defender of the 88 cities of Greater Los Angeles county, stretches his hitting streak to 15 games, a span during which he has amassed 24 hits, 4 home runs, 9 runs, and 17 RBI. If I was forced into trial by combat, I’d want Yasiel Puig to be my champion right now. Who needs dragons when you got this guy?

Zack Greinke – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K and his seventh win. Zack Attack! Of course I don’t own him anywhere this year. The Greinkster tied Roger Clemens’ record last night of 21 consecutive starts allowing 2 ER or fewer. Yeah, he’s been that good! Zack is rocking a 1.11 WHIP and a 2.03 ERA that’s good for top five in the league. The 10.29 K/9 is real purdy and the elite 2.69 xFIP is Re-ddick! I used to own Zack every year, but we had a bit of a falling out. He got injured a lot, he bounced around the league a bit, he got attacked by Carlos Quentin, etc. But mostly he was a big Caleb Johnson supporter while I was pulling for Alex Preston, and that created a considerable amount of tension between the two of us. Either way, the past is in the past, Zack, Caleb prevailed, and if you’ll have me back, I’m ready to be best friends again.

Questions? Problems? Complaints? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long! 

  1. D Jax says:
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    Thanks for the roundup. Start Bauer next week v Det and @Balt? It’s exciting, but woah, rough matchups for the Kid.

    (12×12 H2H points league)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @D Jax: Trial by fire! If I picked him up I’m starting him, but I guess there’s no harm in stashing him on your bench until he proves he’s worthy.

    • @D Jax: I would sit Bauer his first start, last minor league start he gave up 6ER in 5 innings, including FOUR HOMERS!

  2. J-MoneyIV says:
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    12 Team Roto 6×6 (OPS, QS)

    Would you be happy with a return of Grienke, Tanaka or Scherzer (or really any top 10 pitcher) for Fielder? I already have Goldy at first.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @J-MoneyIV: Yes, I’d be very happy with any of those three for Prince, but I think you may have trouble pulling that off.

      • J-MoneyIV says:
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        @Dan Pants: I figured, but I am going to try. Would offering two pitchers, such as Zimmermann/Cashner + Eovaldi, give me more success?

        Plenty of pitching on the waiver to stream and I’m trying to free up roster space.

        For reference, staff is currently
        Zimmermann, Cashner, Gray, Ventura, Porcello, Kluber, Keuchel

        • Dan Pants

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          @J-MoneyIV: Your pitching is pretty sick, you honestly don’t need a top 10 pitcher. The two pitchers may not do it, but Prince + a Zimm/Cashner might do it. If you’re trying to land one of those three you named for two pitchers alone, you’re most likely going to have to include Gray or Ventura somehow.

          • J-MoneyIV says:
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            @Dan Pants: Thanks, was really happy with this staff after the draft (Keuchel was a ww grab), but I am actually doing just alright in pitching categories.

            I thought you might say that. Wanted to sell the bigger names in order to keep my young arms. Either way, I’ll give all of those things a try and see what happens.
            Are there certain top arms you prefer over others? I like the three I mentioned already plus F-Her.

            Also, thanks for all your help!

            • Dan Pants

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              @J-MoneyIV: Greinke has been insanely good and I’m not sure the fantasy world has caught on to just how good yet, so you might be able to get him slightly cheaper than some of the bigger names. I would never pay for a top 10 pitcher. I would rather take my chances getting almost the same thing 10 rounds later, like a Teheran, Gray, Zimmermann, etc. But if I was going to buy one it’d be Darvish or Tanaka.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        man the tigers fleeced the rangers on that one, it gives them zero excuse to pay scherzer imo.

  3. Matt says:
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    Have to drop a player to reactivate Alex Cobb This Week. Shallow 12 team league 23 man rosters

    Kendrick, Butler, gyrko. (currently starting 2 of them)
    Also have Ubaldo or Montero i could drop but want to keep montero for his 2 start week.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Matt: Butler’s been terrible, but if you’re not comfortable dropping him you could let go of Ubaldo after his start tomorrow.

      • Matt says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        would you drop Butler or MOntero then and bag Montero’s 2 start week?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Matt: I would drop Butler. In fact, I dropped him over a month ago.

  4. Hey Dan, 2 questions:

    start porcello today v Bosucks?

    also looking for a backup 3B:

    who you like from this bunch:

    Pablo Sandoval
    Todd frazier
    Brett Lawrie
    Juan Fransico
    Mark Reynolds

    • Dan Pants

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      @Malicious Phenom: I tend to avoid Fenway starts whenever possible but Porcello has been on a roll lately. I am starting Porcello, and I’d grab Sandoval of the bunch.

      • @Dan Pants: I was also thinking the panda…Still not sure of Porcello, I try not to start guys in Fenway as well. SON does not seem to like him either..LOL..game time decision I guess..cheers

        • Dan Pants

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          @Malicious Phenom: Whenever I’m on the fence, I’d sit him. Unless you’re in a H2H league or weekly league where you need Ks and wins to take the match up, no harm in sitting him if you’re unsure about a start.

        • @Malicious Phenom: Just did some research..Porcello much better at home this year, under 2 ERA..4.44 road ERA..

          One start in Fenway in 2013..EIGHT ER in 5 innings. He will sit on my bench today..

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Malicious Phenom: damn shame i agreed with all of this porcello info and benched in a H2H where he would’ve locked up wins, and likely locked up era.whip too. did play him in 16 teamer with QS and a 15 team roto. benched in 10 team h2h and 12 team roto (where i’m over in innings)

    • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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      @Malicious Phenom:

      u in an 8 team league?? how is Lawrie or Francisco avail, even frazier.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Pretty nice 3B options on the wire in his league compared to some of these names I’ve been forced to play there recently.

  5. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Who’s better long term for my UT spot?

    Ike Davis/ Seth Smith/ Pollock

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chicken Dinner: Tough to say long term but I’d go with Ike Davis. Pollock could also be a useful power/speed combo.

  6. Bauer Pauer says:
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    Speaking of Jaws music, did I overpay for Samardzija in a deep, QS/Sv+Hd league?

    Melancon and T Ross for Samardzija

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bauer Pauer: No sounds like a good trade for you. Samardzija has been unlucky in the win column but otherwise stellar, and in QS league that’s really not an issue you have to worry about.

  7. stynyr says:
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    Who gets dropped for Cingrani coming off of DL?

    Kazmir, Hammel, Beckett, Wheeler, Eovaldi

    • Dan Pants

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      @stynyr: I’d drop Hammel.

  8. Ecstatic Giraffe says:
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    Hey sweet roundup! Anyway Cingrani is available in my league, should I drop wheeler for him?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ecstatic Giraffe: Thanks! Wow, I don’t think i’d drop Wheeler for him but I would try to find some other way to pick him up.

  9. My Minor Likes Female Pujols says:
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    13 team redraft….What’s your thoughts on Alex Gordon? He’s been pretty meh all year and i just picked up a hot bat in Stubbs to put Alex on the bench for a while… Should I try to deal him for whatever I can get or should he rebound? He looks like he could still be maybe a 12hr 10sb type guy this year… Isn’t that stats I can get from free agency players???

    Thanks! Nice run down!

    • Dan Pants

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      @My Minor Likes Female Pujols: Thanks! That whole Royals offense has looked just awful. Gordon has killed owners as badly as some of the others. His average isn’t terrible, and the counting stats are there, power and speed should come eventually. I think you’ll have a tough time finding a trade partner but if you can get a low end starter or a bad closer I’d go for it. You’re right, you can always find OFers on the wire.

  10. Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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    Should I expect anything from Carlos Quentin, I took a flyer on him just to see if he can surprise me and be a4th or 3rd of for me. Are those chances realistic?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Billy Beane Is Not My Lover: Eh. Maybe if that SD offense hasn’t looked quite so pathetic I’d have some hope but outside of AL-Only and deep mixed I probably wouldn’t mess with Quentin. If you’re lucky, he’s a 5th OFer in 12-team leagues.

      • Billy Beane Is Not My Lover says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        yea im in a 12 team 5×5, but iwth 2 util spots.

        i usually only play 3 ofs, and right now i hv pollock, crisp, rasmus (dl), Melky, Quentin, and just put in a waiver claim for heyward but im 9th on the wire. good thign i only need to play 3, and thank god dozier has been my best waiver pick up since i got pujols his rookie year.

  11. gareth says:
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    I’ve heard of a horse whisper straitening out horses but a careless whisper being a slump buster?

    http://m.rollingstone.com/culture/news/never-gonna-bat-again-oakland-as-josh-reddick-on-careless-whisper-20140514

    I was at progressive field last night and saw reddick Wham! two home runs (including a grand slam in the second that effectively ended the game right there as a contest). I’d seen enough. I dropped khris davis and added josh reddick.

    “And I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet ain’t got no rhythm…….”

    The song in question for your listening……pleasure? (30 MILLION hits on YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izGwDsrQ1eQ

    The A’s should invite this guy to a game one night (preferably reddick bobblehead night): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaoLU6zKaws

    Finally – Oaktownsteve: if you get a chance, I’d love to hear one of your excellent player assessments on Josh Reddick.

    • Dan Pants

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      @gareth: Wow. This is awesome. Thanks for the links Gareth. Clearly, George Michael had Faith in reddick all along. I can’t imagine the tight-pocketed A’s could ever afford a bobblehead giveaway night, but I agree on Sergio as the new team Mascot. The elephant makes no sense anyway.

  12. ashtray says:
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    Gyorko is killing me. Lindstrom/Teheran for altuve a good trade?

    12 team h2h 7×7 includes obp &Ks

    • Dan Pants

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      @ashtray: It’s fair if you have the pitching to spare. Altuve has been real nice and could be worth the buy, but I still think Gyorko will come around.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Dan Pants: I still have Cole, bailey, weaver, Ventura, sale, porcello, Gray.

        • Dan Pants

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          @ashtray: I like Teheran a lot. Would rather trade Cole, Bailey or Weaver obviously but Altuve is a solid bet to be productive so its a fine trade.

      • Streaming Leake says:
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        @Matt: @Dan Pants: As I write this Gyorko is at 0 for 25, hitting about .147. How long are you planning to wait?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Streaming Leake: I was really hoping this Coors series would wake him up, at least he snapped his hitless streak tonight. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of other options, so I’ll wait on gyorko as long as I need to. If there are better options for you available I couldn’t blame you for making a switch.

  13. Jon says:
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    Hey dan, I’m in a 10 team h2h points league on ESPN, looking at week 8 would you keep or drop Desmond Jennings? We start 4 outfielders & he’s been my 4th, others I start are Matt Holliday, Hunter pence, and Michael Brantley .

    If I drop Jennings, here are some OF’ers I’m looking at; george springer, Dustin ackley (eligible at OF), solarte (eligible at OF too), Seth smith, AJ pollock, Yelich, rajai Davis, or lastly Grady sizemore

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jon: Those are some good names. Jennings really hasn’t played poorly enough to drop but I’ll admit I would want to own Springer over him. If you can add Springer without dropping Jennings even better.

      • Jon says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Without dropping Jennings I could drop Papelbon ; at the RP slot I’ve been going with SP’s who are eligible at RP, this past week I had Alex wood & Roark, I’ve had wood since start of season but since hes stating in pen he seems very droppable; this week looking toads keuchel & smyly for to RP slots, by dropping wood & Roark, what do u think of that?

        Thanks again!

        • Jon says:
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          @Jon:

          On bench for bats I have Hosmer & been stashing polanco

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Jon: I would drop Alex Wood for Springer. I like him, but if he’s not starting he’s not helping you and in a 1-team league you can lose him.

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Dan Pants: 10-team*

  14. Andre says:
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    Got a trade offer that I’d like some opinions on….

    My Braun, Ventura, Dom Brown, plus two draft picks for his Chris Davis and Justin Verlander. 10 team, h2h, keeper league….he’d be moving two keepers for my one (Braun)

    Is this giving up too much? I am a Jose Fernandez owner and have been pretty stretched for pitching since he went down.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Andre: JoFer trade hurts but you have Ventura who is a pretty great keeper himself, and a guy I’d probably want over Verlander at this point, especially in a keeper league. I think I’d hold.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Dan Pants: JoFer injury hurts*

  15. JWray says:
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    Is it time to give up on Gyorko? He’s had three, maybe four games were he’s done something and every o – for I see for him just pisses me off more…..

    • Dan Pants

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      @JWray: Not ready to give up. This is who he is, he’s a .240 hitter with 20+ homer power, meaning his cold streaks are going to be brutal. It doesn’t help that the Padres offense has been so bad. I’d stick with him, unless there is clearly a better option available on the wire.

  16. Just Busted says:
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    Drop Tillman or Eovaldi for Bauer?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Just Busted: I’d hold.

  17. AMolnar says:
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    Drop Rafael Montero for Wong?

    12 man keeper league.

    • Dan Pants

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      @AMolnar: Not sure what your needs are, or who you’re currently starting at 2B and middle infielder, but Montero’s got a two-start week coming up so you might want to hold onto him for that.

  18. Sange76 says:
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    Just approved my Adam jones for Herriot cole and Yelich trade since I was a Jose Fernandez owner. Good move?
    12 team head to head weekly points league.

    Also, staff is now Cole, Matt Cain, Garrett Richards, Ian Kennedy and josh Beckett. 5 sp max on rosters.
    Anyone worth dropping or picking up: keuchel, Estrada, Tillman on the wire.

    Thanks!

    • Sange76 says:
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      @Sange76:

      Gerrit cole, not Herriot. Herriot has No upside and his whip is awful.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Sange76: Agreed. Herriot Cole is the worst. Drafted him first overall last year and dude did practically nothing for me. Gerrit on the other hand has a ton of upside. You may have overpaid a bit, Jones is starting to heat up, but you needed the pitching and you got a nice OFer in return in Yelich so not a bad trade at all.

        • Sange76 says:
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          @Dan Pants:

          Ha! Thanks!
          Anyone on my staff worth dropping for.any of those wire guys?
          12 team Weekly Points league

          • Dan Pants

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            @Sange76: As great as Keuchal has been, his start Monday @ LAA scares me a bit, while Estrada has a couple of nice match ups coming up including the Cubs tomorrow.

  19. JFK says:
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    Nice write-up/pants!
    Dig The Cure/Biz Markie refs/riffs ^^

    3 SP/3 RP/3 P slots, and I’m flooded with mixed offerings:
    SP – Cueto, Adverb, Hamels, Kluber, Fister, Smyly, Salazar*, Holland (DL)
    RP – Britton, Lindstrom, Qualls, Mejia, O’Day, Davis, Brothers, Crain (DL)

    On a scale of 1-10, what would your overall rating be of the strength of my arms?
    Trying to decide whether I need to:
    A) Try to trade for a top-tier SP and sacrifice a bat or two;
    B) Pick up another solid MR guy to stabilize ratios and possibly fish for saves/holds (Duke, Warren, Peralta, LeCure, Tazawa, Farnsworth, Veras);
    C)
    D) Take a risk on a back-end waiver SP w/upside (Lincecum, Arroyo, T. Wood, De La Rosa, CC, Montero, Heaney)
    E) Hold.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JFK: Thanks, Jack! You are my all time favorite president by the way. I like your staff, and I’d give it probably an 8? Cueto/Lee is a solid 1-2, and really no one has pitched as well as Cueto. That said, your RPs are a little more suspect. I know SAGNOF is the word, but Lindstrom is literally your best bet for saves which is rough. You do have some nice set ups guys though. I might take a risk on a Lincecum to beef up your staff a bit, I’d probably drop one of the middle relievers, but if you feel like holding them until you know if they’re closing or not (Mejia, O’Day, Britton) you can lose Salazar in the meantime.

      • JFK says:
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        @Dan Pants: I was the best, wasn’t I? Wonder who my Marilyn would be in this generation…Katy Perry?

        Thanks for the independent verification…I actually thought my rotation was shakier, so pretty happy with an 8.
        Timmay and Montero are probably the most interesting options from that list, and I can actually hold Salazar and drop JoFer (sadface) for either of them; would you grab both? I don’t mind holding Salazar if there’s a chance he figures things out and comes back in a month to close out the season the way he did last year…

        Was also thinking of going after Anibal – do you like Machado straight-up, or Fister + Smyly , or am I giving up too much?

        • Dan Pants

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          @JFK: Either Perry or Kim Kardashian. Ugh. I guess they don’t make them like they used to…See how Timmy does tonight, if he keeps it going I’d consider grabbing both him and Montero. If he looks meh, just grab Montero. Fister + Smyly for Anibal seems fair, I’d like to see how Sanchez does after returning from the DL first before investing in him though.

          • JFK says:
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            @Dan Pants: Sounds like a solid plan; thanks, have a great weekend!

            • JFK says:
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              @JFK: Just kidding – one more question: who do you like more ROS, Anibal or Sonny?

              • Dan Pants

                Dan Pants says:
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                @JFK: No problem, I’ll take Sonny Gray here but it’s close.

                • JFK says:
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                  @Dan Pants: Got it, thanks!

  20. Psychedelic Floyd says:
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    13-Team 5×5 Roto (5 OF, 1 MI, 1 CI, 1 UTIL, 9 P slots, no SP or RP slots)

    I’m in need of some speed and OF help, and have good SP depth and Koji Uehara is my only closer right now, took a flyer on Bryan Shaw though.

    I’m trying to work up a deal that looks something like this right now..
    I give:
    -Hanley Ramirez
    -Rick Porcello

    I recieve:
    -Chris Owings
    -Kole Calhoun
    -Aroldis Chapman

    Is this in the ballpark of what I should be giving up? I really like Hanley this year but there is obvious injury risk, and although he is the best player in this trade IMO, I am addressing needs and Owings could be solid the rest of the year as well. I think there is more power there that hasn’t shown up just yet, and Calhoun I really like for 15/15 season, and possibly more. And Chapman is just what he is, a really good source of saves that i badly need to balance out my categories. What do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Psychedelic Floyd: I like where you’re going with the trade. Chapman obviously helps you in the saves department, but not sure Calhoun and Owings, while they could solid player (Calhoun in particular) will help you much speed wise. Owings hasn’t stolen a base in over a month and Calhoun is coming back from an ankle injury. Keeping Hanley might be your best bet for steals. And although you need saves, you don’t necessarily have to target the best closer in baseball. You could probably get two below average closers for the price of Chapman if all you need is saves. To be honest, I think you can do better than this trade for HanRam.

      • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yaa I like that idea actually, I was approached by the Chapman owner and he through abunch of these guys at me so I was trying to work something out, but I think you are right. I really want to ride it out with Hanley so it was guna be hard for me to offer him up in a deal anyways haha. Thanks for the input man I appreciate it!

      • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yaa I like that idea actually, I was approached by the Chapman owner and he through abunch of these guys at me so I was trying to work something out, but I think you are right. I really want to ride it out with Hanley so it was guna be hard for me to offer him up in a deal anyways haha. Thanks for the input man I appreciate it!

  21. Dan says:
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    Drop gyorko fo Wong? Feel like this is more than just a slump, the dude stinks.

    And thoughts on Aoki? Droppable? Have Calhoun coming off the DL and need to find a spot. Thanks as always

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dan: Like I mentioned above, Gyorko is a low-average power hitter and his slumps are going to be brutal. He will be better, but I wouldn’t hold it against you for making that switch. And yeah, I think you could drop Aoki when Calhoun returns.

  22. costaricanchata says:
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    am hoping that your mention of cargo
    might light a fire under his azz .
    this is not what i signed up for .
    have been sitting him most days .

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @costaricanchata: To be fair, he hasn’t been that bad but he certainly hasn’t looked like a top 5 fantasy player. But this is pretty standard with Cargo. I never draft him in my H2H leagues because it’s like he will do nothing for weeks at a time, he is completely on and off. Better roto player because he will get his stats. I think him and Tulo must have a deal where only one of them can be hot at a time, in which case CarGo would be due to go off any day now.

  23. tom says:
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    I’m in a 12 team H2H weekly points league and J Neise was just dropped… Is there something that I don’t know thats going on with him? My pit staff is cashner,J smarijia, E Santana, S Kazmir, D Haran, W Miley and Wacha …. Drop miley or someone else for Niese??? I appreciate your info.

    • Dan Pants

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      @tom: Cashner is headed to the DL, if you can move him to the DL and grab Niese that’d be ideal. If not then you can drop Miley.

  24. tom says:
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    Oh ya one more question sorry, you saw my SP’s staff in the above question . I was offered Greinke and U Jimenez for Elsbury and K Jansen. My OF now is elsbury , M Holiday, Byrd, Dominic brown and Calhoun off the DL. So my OF is already borderline AND weak with out elsbury. Quentin n leonis Martin are Fa waiver. My RP’s would then be D Robertson n Drew Smyly . Smart for my team to swap elsbury for Greinke considering how week my OF would be… Im just trying to get the most points out of my weekly lineup. AGAIN really appreciate the help .

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @tom: Keep Ellsbury. But I’d probably drop Byrd for Leonys Martin.

      • tom says:
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        @Dan Pants: ok he changed his offer. For elsbury n K Jansen I would recieve Grenkie and Lackey. Still have Robertson and Rp/SP Smyly for my two RP spots. My much weakened OF still worries me but this makes my SP staff much stronger. BTW I picked up Leonyes Martin so my OF would now be Holliday Calhoun and Martin with Dominic brown on the bench. G Planco and Quentin are FA … Your help/info is awesome thank you !!

        • Dan Pants

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          @tom: I would still hold here, man. You may be gaining a top SP but you are losing a top 20 player in Ellsbury, not to mention you’re only other closer outside of DRob. You are better off keeping Ellsbury.

  25. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Is there any reason to hold on to Salazar or should he be dropped immediately? I hate to drop a guy I invested $15 in, but it could be a month or longer til he is back up. Kolten Wong is out there and he would help me with speed and runs.

    • Dan Pants

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      @ChiliCheeseConey: I think in 12-team leagues or smaller you can lose Salazar if you need the roster spot. It’s rough and I feel for you. I actually traded for Salazar a month but ended up dropping him yesterday.

      • ChiliCheeseConey says:
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        @Dan Pants: it’s a 14 teamer so there are no pitchers on the wire that I am interested in. Would holding him make sense? I feel like if he can figure it out in a month or so he could be pretty valuable down the stretch.

        • Dan Pants

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          @ChiliCheeseConey: Sure if there’s no one appealing on the wire, no harm in holding him a little longer and see how he does at AAA.

  26. The Sportsguy says:
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    Which trade do you like better?
    Moustakas and Roberts and get Archer
    Mosutakas and Cowgill and get Masterson

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @The Sportsguy: I’d rather have Masterson

  27. EK says:
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    Pls rank ROS for roto (W, S, K, ERA, WHIP):

    Kennedy, Eovaldi, Cingrani, Beckett, Leake

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: Cingrani, Beckett, Eovaldi, Kennedy, Leake

  28. EK says:
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    Start Porcello @BOS tonight?
    12 team H2H pts.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @EK: I answered this above, if you are hesitant about the start I’d bench him. His lone start last year at Fenway he gave up 8 ER in 5 IP. That said, I am starting him.

      • EK says:
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        @Dan Pants: Sorry about that..thanks I’m with you goodluck

  29. Tony Cingrani's Ego says:
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    chris davis or hanley or cano ROS excluding positions?

    who do you drop for cingrani if any
    chavez, kasmir, g cole

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tony Cingrani’s Ego: Give me Chris Davis, and I don’t think I’d drop any of those three for Cingrani but I’d try to find a way to add him.

  30. Chris says:
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    I’ve got to pick two from the grab bag for tomorrow. Which two:

    Danks @ Hou. (Peacock)
    Peacock v ChW (Danks)
    Wheeler @ Wash. (Zimmerman)
    Travis Wood v Mil.(Estrada)

    H2H Pts league and I need some serious points. I see what SON says but want your opinion.
    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Wheeler for sure. Then its a toss up between Danks and Wood. Wood is probably safer, but Danks probably has better odds of getting the win and you gotta like the HOU match up. Either one of these guys could burn you though, choose your poison.

  31. Tarman Got Him says:
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    I’m trying to rid of Fielder.

    Would you offer

    Fielder and Rendon for Marte and D Murphy

    I feel like He was such a waste for my 1st pick.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Yeah, hate to give up Rendon too but that’s not a bad return.

  32. kandeepan says:
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    In a 12 team yahoo roto (one catcher league). Wilson Ramos or Derek Norris?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @kandeepan: I’d go with Norris.

  33. Travis says:
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    Dan, great rundown as always. However, just to clarify on Gibson analogy–by apocolypto, you mean one epicly awesome performance among a bunch of otherwise generally good ones, right? :)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Travis: Thanks. I meant it could get violent real quickly. I wouldn’t rely on Gibson for more than a spot start for now. Awesome movie though.

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: I figured as much, I was just kidding around because apocolypto was a great movie. :)

  34. Peanut butter jelly time says:
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    Trade my Sonny Grey, A. Cobb, A. Rizzo, and J. Bautista for P. Goldschmidt, A. Gordon and J. Zimmerman. My pitching kinda sucks already, so by trading them maybe I could “punt” starting pitching. I think the asking price is still a little too high considering A. Gordon and J. Zimmerman aren’t that great. I would love getting Goldy, but I feel this asking price is too much. What do ya’ll think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Peanut butter jelly time: Yeah I think you’re overpaying. Goldschmidt is great, but Gray and Cobb (who is due back this week I believe) are top starters and a Rizzo + Bautista almost make up a Goldy. Punting starting pitching is a bad idea, if you can keep Cobb or Gray I’d consider the trade but you’re better off holding.

  35. Andy says:
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    Isn’t Aroldis Chapmans nickname the , “Cuban missile”? Is that what we call all good ball players from Cuba now?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Andy: Hey, you’re right! In my defense I’ve never heard him called that, but funny because I had it as the “Cuban Mountain” and changed it to missile because of reasons. D’oh. As far as I know he’s the only one, Viciedo is Tanketa, Cespedes is el Talento or something, but Cuban Missile definitely makes the most sense for Chapman.

  36. Travis says:
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    Hey Dan, what’s your thoughts in Fielder for Fister? That selling Fielder too low?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Travis: Depends how much you need the pitching, but thats sounds about right. You are not going to get a lot for him until he starts showing something.

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: my pitching in that league is Verlander, Minor, Ryu, Kluber, Porcello, Eovaldi, Archer, and then a streaming slot held currently by Jaime Garcia, but will probably pick up Smyly, odorizzi, Bauer, or Keuchel…but the league is H2H and we score IP, QS and wins (in addition to normal) so favors quantity…

        However, starting to wonder if fielder will do anything, especially with this chronic neck pain…

        • Travis says:
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          @Travis: I’m holding out on an offer of fielder for madbum, since that guy needs a 1b badly… The fister guy also has Haren, Chavez, Harang, Niese, Cain, Estrada, Sale… Other than sale, none of the others really seem that much better than Fister.. I tried initially for Sale and he countered with Fist..

          Would you offer Fielder + Eovaldi for Sale vs straight fister for fielder? Or I could toss in a bat (Lowrie, Springer, Myers, Blackmon, Cespedes, Kemp are my more tradeable ones…all good big names, all either underperforming or cooling off).

          • Travis says:
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            @Travis: just offered the guy in that league who just lost Abreu (and has Belt on the DL) Fielder for cueto (he also has Darvish so not hurting for SP)…

            • Dan Pants

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              @Travis: Cueto has been the best pitcher in the league to date, I think you’re going to have trouble pulling that off. No one really wants Fielder. Fielder/Eovaldi for Sale seems better but I’d still be surprised if he accepted. A pitcher like Cain for Fielder seems more reasonable.

              • Travis says:
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                @Dan Pants: well he countered for Fielder + Closer (id do Reed–still have Cishek, Perkins, Papelbon) for Sale….

  37. Travis says:
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    So I just got Strasburg for Beltran. Wasn’t even my idea! I was trying to get a closer and had offered as cheap as Frieri, but couldn’t pass that up. I almost feel guilty about it, but not enough I’ll lose sleep. This is now my pitching staff (12 team!!!)…

    Price, Strasburg, Tanaka, Shields, Sale, Ventura, Cobb, Fister…. Is that the nastiest staff in history of Fantasy?

    Scarier, pitching has been my weakness so far (Luccroy, Abreu, Kinsler, Longoria, Alexei Ramirez, Trout, Ellsbury, Springer, Hosmer, Bruce)…

    Sorry, just had to share with someone.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Travis: That is awesome. Especially considering Beltran is on the DL and could elect to have surgery which would keep him out for 3 months. That trade is basically robbery. Nice job! I might even trade one of those aces for another bat.

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah, I’m gonna try, but gotta wait til people forget how cheap I got Stras (otherwise they might not trade as high).. This league has a tight inning cap (1250), so might just run up my lead in pitching stats early then mass sell later… :)

        Tempted to try and grab a SS upgrade. Not sure what to make of Alexei rest of season.. Was his start a fluke and what he’s doing now what we can expect–or is right now just a minor cool streak but he’ll get hot again…

        • Dan Pants

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          @Travis: Hanley could be a nice shortstop to buy low, I would expect him to be much better than he’s been and you could probably get him fairly cheap at this point.

          • Travis says:
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            @Dan Pants: yeah, I might try and snag him… What level pitcher should I offer? Would Fister be insultingly low?

            Def need a bat now that Abreu joins my DL club. :(

            • Dan Pants

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              @Travis: Ha maybe not insulting but looking at your staff you can do better than that. Price for Hanley might be a good trade for you.

              • Travis says:
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                @Dan Pants: well I won’t lie, I break the cardinal fantasy rule and keep a few Rays where possible, especially Price (just always liked him as a player)… But I also got him as a steal early season (Price + Street for Dickey + Bourn + Lindstrom)…

  38. Knighttown says:
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    Some nice names available in my 11 team daily 5×5.

    -using Hill, Alcides and EverCab at MI. Drop any for Kolten?
    -recently grabbed Victorino and Fowler off the wire and need runs and SB. Drop either or both for any of DeAza, Stubbs or Reddick?
    -grabbed Matt Cain and still carrying Eovaldi and Liriano. Drop any of them for Archer?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Knighttown: I might drop Fowler for Stubbs, otherwise I’d hold with what you have.

  39. Booya says:
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    Would you want Keuchel or Burnett ROS?

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Booya: I’ll take AJ Burnett

  40. DiRo says:
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    Should I drop Zach Wheeler Jennry Mejia? I need more saves and Wheeler is killing me with his numbers.

    • Dan Pants

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      @DiRo: Outside of some tough match ups @ Coors and @ Yankee Stadium I’d say Wheeler has been pretty good. I wouldn’t drop him and Mejia is far from a sure thing from saves at the moment. See how Wheeler does today before doing anything drastic. I’d hold.

  41. Smalls Killer says:
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    I’m trying to figure out if Joey Bats Kemp & Teheran is too much to give up for Trout? (& A.Soriano) OPS Redraft

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Smalls Killer: I mean it’s a lot to give up but you’re going to have to pay for Trout and this seems about right.

    • Smalls Killer says:
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      @Smalls Killer: or how about for Trout & Zobrist? I can take the DL hit?

      • Dan Pants

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        @Smalls Killer: Yeah even better. I say you have to overpay for Trout, but I totally think he can be worth it. I traded AGone, Votto, Hamels and Lester for Trout last year, which seemed crazy and regretted it immediately after but I ended up winning it all. Trout is very good at fantasy baseball.

  42. Travis says:
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    Which side: Mad Bum + Matt Joyce for Porcello + Springer….. Really it’s a question of whether MadBum is enough of an upgrade over Porcello to warrant Springer who is just heating up? Joyce is a throwaway.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Travis: I’d want Springer side here, but MadBum is the best player in the deal and would probably cost you more than those to land him.

      • Travis says:
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        @Dan Pants: so still expecting greatness from springer then? I was more worried about losing the hotness of Porcello, but doubt he’ll sustain this rate all season…

        I just wonder if with folks like Keuchel, Smyly or Bauer, if I could get similar to Porcello off waivers (thus making trade then Springer for MadBum)?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Travis: Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be the guy who traded Springer before he really broke out, although Bumgarner is a great return for him for sure. Porcello has been great, but the K rate is nothing special and he’d def be a guy to sell high if I could.

          • Travis says:
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            @Dan Pants: like springer more than Alex Gordon who exploded today and hopefully is turning around? He’s on FA so could replace springer’s loss with him…

            • Dan Pants

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              @Travis: That was definetely nice to see from Gordon and he’s worth picking up, I’d still prefer to own Springer though. Don’t get me wrong, getting Bumgarner for Springer is a pretty great return for you so don’t sweat it.

              • Travis says:
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                @Dan Pants: were haggling.. How would you rank Kemp, Myers, Springer, Blackmon? Seeing who else he’ll take, but don’t want to pay more than springer :)

                • Dan Pants

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                  @Travis: Myers, Blackmon, Kemp, Springer

  43. Travis says:
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    Okie, so worke two trades simultaneously, here’s the net:
    Give: Fielder, Springer, A Reed, Porcello
    Get: Sale, Mad Bum, Casey Janssen

    That look better overall?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Travis: I like it, tough to give up Springer but you’re getting two top tier pitchers in return.

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