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Cesar Hernandez is the number 10 overall player on ESPN’s Player Rater. The same Cesar is the number 26 overall player on Razzball’s Player Rater. Cut to Grey in three…two…one….interview with Grey AlbrightIs he cackling due to the ranking discrepancy or the fact that Cesar is even that high to begin with? What I do know is that Grey thinks he is soigne because he wears two togas. Talk about flatulence. That’s how the ancients be flossin. Grey is playing a little too much Words for Friends apparently. Anyways, let’s break down The Emperor and see if we should be exalting him or stabbing him in the back…or front if you are a gangster.

Through 12 games and in 56 plate appearances, Cesar has a .346/.393/.615 slash line with three home runs, 13 runs scored, eight RBI, and one stolen base. Who does he think he is? Jimmy Rollins? Well, has anyone ever seen Cesar and Jimmy in the same room at the same time? I need visual evidence or it didn’t happen.

So, let’s start with the good. The Emperor is batting leadoff for a surprisingly effective Phillies offense, which is scoring 4.67 runs per game with a .721 OPS. The runs per game is the highest mark since 2010, when the Phillies had…gulp….Jimmy Rollins<insert Twilight Zone music> Ok, things are not that dramatic but we are talking about a Phillies team that has scored under 3.90 runs per game for the past four seasons. I again ask the question: Who has seen Cesar and Jimmy in the same room at the same time? I’ll get back to business as I patiently wait for the answer. The .721 OPS is the highest mark since….wait for it….2010.

The Emperor seems to have changed his approach at the plate. He’s like the little chihuahua that became emboldened after it made the mailman soil his pants. Now, it be strutting through the dog park shitting wherever it wants to. The 5′ 10″ 160 pound Cesar now thinks he’s Barry Bonds, as he’s swinging for the fences. GB/FB has gone from the 2.5’s to 1.58, FB% has increased 10%, and HR/FB has gone from 7.1% to 25%. Now, this is a great example to show the kids that confidence comes from within and that they can do whatever they set their minds to. With that said, a chihuahua still gets destroyed if it shits in the German shepard’s domain, no matter how much confidence it has.

Which brings us to the bad.

GB/FB has gone from the 2.5’s to 1.58, FB% has increased 10%, and HR/FB has gone from 7.1% to 25%. Yes, the same thing that’s made him good is the thing that makes him crap. That is not Cesar’s game and it’s not something that will be sustainable. Do you really think he can sustain an ISO of .269 after eclipsing the .100 mark three times in his entire professional career? Do you think the .405 BABIP will continue? Do you think the .615 SLG, which by the way is the 27th-highest mark in all of baseball, will continue? This change in Cesar’s game has brought his walk rate down and strikeout rate up. In addition, the SwStr% is up and contact rates are down.

There was another emperor by the name of Napoleon, who was also short of stature. One of his most famous quotes was, “God is on the side with the best artillery.” Well, I love Cesar Hernandez, as I keep churning him in my RCL leagues, but he is just not blessed with the requisite artillery to keep launching balls into the stands. My favorite fantasy baseball emperor must be stabbed. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to do it face-to-face or from the back.

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  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, Son’s back!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Grey: Good to be back Billy Grey!

  2. pondfrogsplash says:
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    Why should I care about Austin Meadows?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: Because someone in Pittsburgh ate some not-over-the-counter vitamins. Meadows is a highly regarded prospect, but has been struggling in Triple-A. Go hit up Ralph for more the low down

  3. Brutus says:
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    Aw.. way to harsh my buzz. No, that’s an excellent reminder of the Willie Mays Hayes syndrome.

    I drafted C-Her for avg + SBs so this is actually discouraging. Before reading this, I was just happily surprised at the extra power. Now I might try to move him. Or hope he goes back to being a speedy contact hitter… somebody show him Major League 2!

    Thanks, Son!

    • Son

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      @Brutus: Haha. The chihuahua will continue to think he’s a pit bull until the German Shepard tears him a new one. With that said,its super early and the sample size is small, so it may just be a blip but if the change in approach continues then I’d be concerned.

  4. Will says:
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    Marte suspended 80 games.

    Sh*t

    Time to hit the waiver wire for a replacement – K Broxton or D Santana or D Fowler?

    • Son

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      @Will: Ouch all around. D Fowler for me.

  5. Damon says:
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    I have Hernandez in an OBP league and I thought heading into the season that he’d be a sneaky good play at MI. The homers are clearly unexpected and won’t continue, but I do think he’ll start running more. Worked on his technique this spring with some success. Only 1 SB so far but hitting at the top of the lineup with a career .353 OBP, 20 steals here on out seems reasonable, with upside for more.

    • Son

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      @Damon: Sounds fair, as that is his bread and butter. If he keeps swinging for the fences, though, then I think it becomes a legitimate concern.

  6. Adam says:
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    Would u drop contreras to pick UP grandal ?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Adam: I liked Grandal better than Contreras coming into the season, so yes.

  7. frankenstein says:
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    Drop Margot or Kepler for Austin Meadows, or neither?

    12 team H2H redraft, OBP otherwise standard

    Thanks!

  8. Starlin 'Didn't get those Vitamins at K' Marte says:
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    If you’re looking for a lottery ticket to stash at 2B, would you rather have Cesar or some of the prospecty guys (Happ, Barreto, Calhoun, admittedly all or none of them could actually even qualify at second)

  9. rick says:
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    Asked Grey and he didn’t give me the answer I liked so trying you!

    Hosmer for Judge and Santana? Thoughts on Santana?

    played CWS twice but great stuff going back 17 starts

    • Son

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      @rick: Well, which answer do you like so I can write that one down.

      Tough to judge trades without context. In a vacuum, its fine. As for Santana, BABIP is .074, ERA is .041, xFIP is 3.74, and the LOB is 100%. Do with that information what you will.

      • rick says:
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        @Son: regression coming, thanks!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @rick: Haha. Anytime.

  10. Chris says:
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    Hello Son,

    Would you make this trade the following in a 14 team 7 keeper league:

    Give: duffy and osdubel herrea
    Receive: blackmon and a no good rp (benoit maybe)

    My current team is:
    Grandal, chris davis, cano, tulo, moustakas, lorenzo cain, mccutchen, Kepler (bn), trumbo (utl), moreland (utl), jd martinez (dl)
    Sp: kluber, duffy, nova, hellickson, snell, leake, price (dl)
    Rp: (sv and hlds): Kelley, ottavino, vizcaino, bedrosian

    Thanks!

    • Son

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      @Chris: It’s an enticing offer, but I wouldn’t.

  11. adam says:
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    would u trade chris davis for adam eaton?
    head to head league with OBP

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @adam: Would depend on the rest of my team. In a vacuum, it’s a fine trade.

  12. William Hung says:
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    Blake Treinen is done

  13. Bigbear says:
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    Joc Pederson. Where’s the beef? Discuss. Thinking is booting him for some Mitch. Moreland.

    • Son

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      @Bigbear: I’d have no problem dropping him. Still striking out way too much, hitting low in the order, not playing everyday, and the Dodgers have so many options.

  14. Bigbear says:
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    Trade Tendon for Cesar?

  15. Josh says:
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    Disappointed with Musgrove and Cotton so far. Would you drop for any of these guys on the wire?

    Senazatela
    Taijuan
    Triggs
    Santiago
    Sabathia
    Shields
    Chatwood

    thanks

    • Son

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      @Josh: I’d hold onto Cotton. I’d pick up Taijuan for Musgrove.

      • Josh says:
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        @Son:

        thanks. did it.

  16. Russell james says:
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    Drop Margot for Brantley?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Russell james: Wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I’m ambivalent. I could make a case for either, so comes down to personal preference.

  17. Mark Maharaj says:
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    Would you accept Ceasar for Soler? Keeper league h2h normal 5×5?

    • Son

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      @Mark Maharaj: I’ve never been a Soler fan, so no for me. There is some power potential there, so if you like to live dangerously, the ceiling is higher

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