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It was a good night for a rally, but a bad night for a closer. Summer is officially here which means we can no longer use the “he’ll heat up as soon the weather warms up” excuse for our struggling stars. And just as the air at Coors makes the balls fly higher, the increased temperature and humidity also causes those baseballs to travel even farther. This time of year the advantage tends to shift from the pitchers to the hitters. It’s science, Mr. White! Fact. Just go ask a scientist. He’ll tell you summer is coming, Jon Snuh, no need to look so depressed all of the time. Perhaps this explains why last night, on Summer’s Eve, a number of closers collectively decided to destroy your ratios in an all out Closer Catastrophe. Let’s start with Zach Britton (0.2 IP, 3 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, BS (2)). I haven’t seen a Yankee beat a Britton like that since the Battle of Saratoga. Revolutionary war joke! (NERD!)  With nine saves in the past month, it’s hard for Britton’s owners to complain here, so let’s move on. Old Reliable Glen Perkins (1.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB), was handed his third blown save but managed his third win, in expert vulture stylez. The crowning jewel of last night’s CloserTastrophe, Aroldis Chapman (0.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 BB, 4 ER) was handed the loss after a five run ninth inning capped off by a 3-run HR by Edwin Encarnacion. Say it ain’t so, Roldy! Is no one safe? With Craig Kimbrel (1.0 IP, 1 hit, 2 BB, 1 ER) notching his fourth blown save I should think not. Anthony Rendon hit a game-tying HR (11) off Craig, the first homer Kimbrel has surrendered all season. Are you getting scared yet? Was there a full moon last night or something? How about Greg Holland (1.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 BB, 2 ER) taking his second loss. This one was tied when he entered but stillz. By this time in the night when I saw Kenley Jansen (0.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 hits) enter the game with one run lead, I knew it could only end poorly. Escape while you can, Kenley! Fake a stomach cramp or something! He was handed his third blown save of the year. Sure, I’m ignoring all the closers who did manage to notch saves last night, but that’s not the point. It was a tough night to be a closer, but an even tougher night to own one in fantasy baseball. I feel your pain, all.

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

George Springer – 1-for-4, HR (13), 2 RBI. It’s going down. I’m yelling Spriiiingeeer! Yes. George has given me everything I’ve wanted from him and more. Springer’s been great, but Summerer’s power number’s could be even better! #science

David Price – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 12 K. The ratios aren’t making me swoon (3.81 ERA), but the 122/13 K/BB rate is pretty insane. Have I mentioned I like strikeouts? I made this collage of Ks out of old magazines. It’s not what it looks like–I love all races, colors and creeds! Price’s 10.35 K/9 makes me Happy, Pharrell. Clap along if you must.  He’s struck out 10+ batters in four straight starts and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in his last six starts. If he could actually get some run support, or perhaps a new team even, Price could be invaluable down the stretch. Hard to believe I didn’t want any part of this guy a month ago.

Chad Qualls – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 K, SV (9). Really should be owned in all leagues, the Lastros are barely under .500 and Qualls has been way better than most of your other terrible closers.

Jordy Mercer – 1-for-3, 3-run HR(5). Good week for the BUY/SELL column. Grey told you to BUY Jordy! In the words of Uncle Jesse, “Lord, have Mercer!”

Starlin Castro – 1-for-4, 3-run HR (11). I mentioned him last week when he homered but now Castro’s got a eight game hitting streak with three homers in that span. Last week, my shortstop slept with the girl I like, used all the hot water in the shower and finished off the rest of the cereal. So yeah, I’d rather have Castro right now.

Jason Grilli – 1.0 IP, 1 hit 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Looked better in the non-save situation, but probably a few more outings like this away from reclaiming the closer role. I wouldn’t drop him, but I’d try to own Mark Melancon too if I could.

Henderson Alvarez – 6.1 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 5 K. Grey told you to BUY him for last night’s start and Alvy impressed yet again. He has been quietly reliable. Which is the best kind of reliable. Nobody likes a show off. Henderson has a two wins, a 0.98 ERA and a 21/2 K/BB rate in four June starts, which is something you can set your watch to, if you have some weird watch that keeps track of ERA and strikeouts. Either way, I’d grab Alvarez for his start next week versus Philadelphia if he’s available.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 5.1 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. The 2.68 ERA is certainly surprising, but wait until you see him throw a gyroball.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2-for-4. Returned from a the DL and has now collected a hit in both games since his return. The catcher questions are inevitable so I will say that as much as I like the Saltine, I’m still probably not dropping my catcher for him unless my catcher is injured. But feel free to ask away!

Rick Porcello – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER. 1 BB, 3 K and his 9th win. I wish I knew how to quit you, cowboy Jake Gyllenhaal. I don’t understand why I can’t either. His ratio’s are bleh, and although his BB/9 are down from last year his strikeout numbers are way down from last year’s rates. The nine wins, however, ties him for fourth best in the league, which I guess explains why I still own him.

Joe Nathan – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 2 K, SV (15). Of course, on a night when six closers blow games, Nathan For You pitches a solid inning to get the save. Of course! Nathan’s now pitched four consecutive scoreless outings with two saves and a win in that span.

Victor Martinez – 1-for-3, 2-run HR (18). Sweet sassy molassy, 18 dingers!? I had no idea, V-Mart. We haven’t seen power like this from Martinez since he hit 20 homers in 2010 with Boston. He’s hitting .328 which is more than even his owners could have anticipated when they drafted him, and his current .596 SLG% is a career high and good for top five in the league! If Miggy’s looking for his lost power, Victor’s locker is the first place I’d check.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-4, 3-run HR (7). J.D.’s locker is the second place I’d check. Grey told you to BUY this hot little potato and it doesn’t get much hotter than J.D. He’s got a 10 game hitting streak with four homers and nine RBIs in his last five games. In the past two weeks he’s triple slashing .447/.436/.895. Yes, you should probably pick him up. I probably should too. Race you!

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, HR (10). Santana’s got 8 RBI and 3 homers in the past ten games. Pretty smooth, Rob Thomas. Matchbox 20. Sing a song! Now stop! I’ve been trying to buy him low, but owners don’t seem to want to budge on Carlos. The .196 batting average is cringe inducing sure but if you can still find an owner to sell, there are few players with his kind of ceiling, especially one with catcher eligibility.

Corey Kluber – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Kluber’s been less dominant lately, but still very solid. Which is why I can’t understand his declining ownership numbers. Stop dropping him, people! Trade him to me instead. I will give you my two worst players.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 3-run HR (7). Beltran’s walk-off homer to win this one was his second homer in the past five days. Here’s a guy who could heat up really quick, and as bad (and injured) as he’s been, Carlos is due for a big week. The injury concerns make him a risky buy, but I do like him going forward. I’ve always liked you, Beltran. That swing is so pretty, and have I mentioned the weather is heating up?

Jose Abreu – 1-for-4, HR (21). The Grande Dolor’s .609 SLG% is second only to Troy Tulowitzki, but you’re still first in my heart, Jose.

Adam Eaton  – 2-for-4, RBI. Eaton is available in a little less than half of ESPN fantasy leagues and I must insist that he be owned everywhere. He’s hit safely in his past seven games, with four multi-hit games in that span. He’ll steal some bases and he can be a run-scoring machine at the top of that line up. He’s battled some injuries, but has produced when healthy, so go pick him up before he gets hurt again. Not yet convinced? Grey told you to BUY him, too, so go do that! Adam should be owned everywhere.

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-5, 2 HR (22 & 23), 6 RBI. His sixth multi-homer game of the year. E5 grabbed the league lead in homers and he may never look back. Remember when he had zero homers on April 20 and everyone was panicked? Yeah, me neither.

Brett Lawrie – 3-for-5, HR (12). The 12 homers is a career high! Only a real friend, bud-day, guy would do that for your fantasy team. Thanks bud-day! Let the post-post-post-post hype hype hype begin!

Jay Bruce – 2-for-3, 2-run HR (6). Bruuuuuce! I haven’t heard that in a while…I guess that means Jay’s about to go on a tear and hit six homers in the next week, or hit 0-for-25 in the next week. The Reds had an eight run second inning in this one but managed to blow it in epic fashion. Unfortunately, owners can’t blame Bruce for that.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4, 2 runs. The Jays tallied 14 runs off 16 hits and it looked like that spark that they had before they lost it last week was back. At least until they lose it again next week. Sorry Blue Jays, the Royals are the new “it” team right now, and they’re right in the heartland of Amurca. Go back to Canada, will you? Colby’s collected a hit in each of his games since returning from the DL and the power should be back any time now. He’s available in about 70% of leagues and was one of this week’s BUYs so grab him.

Mike Minor – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 BB, 2 ER, 11 K. Mike’s given up 29 hits and 13 runs in his past three starts, so it was nice to see this start from him, although it’s still not doing your WHIP any favors. As bad as he’s been Minor could be a good buy low candidate, the high BABIP (.345) suggests a bit of bad luck and I think he should be much better going forward.

Denard Span – 2-for-5, RBI. I think this was the first time in over a month that Denard Dawg wasn’t featured in this week’s buy/sell. Still sitting at under 40% owned, I think Grey gave up on us. Fair enough, I can try to fill in. Span has seven hits and three steals in his past four games so maybe you should pick him up!

Billy Butler – 3-for-4, run. Butler’s got a 10 game hitting streak with a homer in there somewhere, but he’s still only got two dingers on the year. A fat guy that can’t hit for power is about as useful as a doodoo scented air freshener. However, Butler has had seven-multi hit performances in that span and is hitting just about everything right now. If he’s hanging out on your wire he’s probably worth picking up, but be careful he’s pretty heavy.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (8). That’s four times as many home runs as Butler, for those keeping track. And before you ask, yeah I’d probably drop your catcher for him. The Royals had 14 hits with two hit games from Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Jarrod Dyson and a 2-run HR (8) from Mike Moustakas.  And they were all like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on their timepiece. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. And baby they’ll rule, they’ll rule, they’ll rule, let them help my fantasy (team).

Logan Morrison 2-for-5, run, HR (2), 3 RBI. You better believe he live tweeted it, too! Next time I want a live Vine cam, LoMo. Make it happen!

James Jones – 3-for-4, 2 runs, SB (12). He’s a BUY and he’s got five stolen bases in his past five games. That averages out to one SB per game. 5 SB / 5 games = SAGNOF. Mathematical!

Brad Miller – 2-for-4, HR (6). Hit the go-ahead homer in the ninth to win this one for the M’s. Two homers in the past week. I won’t recommend him, but I will pick him up and let him disappoint me himself. I will spare you that pain though, loyal reader.

A.J. Burnett – 9.0 IP, 7 hits, 1 ER, 3 K. Say what you want about A.J., the dude eats innings and has rebounded quite nicely since surrendering 8 ER to Washington earlier in the month. Was that not what you wanted to say?

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, 2 runs, SB (7). I think I get even more psyched when he steals a base.

Seth Smith – 3-for-3, 2 HR (7 & 8). The Lisper’s Nightmare was an even bigger nightmare for the Dodger’s last night. Dan Haren will be waking up all week in cold thweats.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-3, with the slam (18) and legs (2). Josh likes his slam and legs wrapped in a syrup soaked waffle.

Leonys Martin – 1-for-3, SB (16). Despite some yawnstipating stats, Leonys’ ownership numbers haven’t really wavered. I’m just not sure his numbers have warranted that kind of respect. Denard-ney Span-gerfield wonders why he can’t get no respect. Regardless, Martin has led off the past two games and perhaps that can give his value the boost that his ownership numbers deserve.

Garrett Richards – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 BB, 1 ER, 7 K and his seventh win. I don’t know if it’s the 94/33 K/BB ratio, the 9.03 K/9, or maybe it’s just the 7 wins and 1.11 WHIP. Most likely it’s the muscle relaxers making me feel all happy in my face, but I wish I owned Richards on every team. I am K-razy for Ks, y’all. It’s an addiction.

Corey Dickerson – 4-for-5, 2-run HR (9), 3 RBI. I’m not sure who should love Coors more, fantasy owners or players like Dickerson. The answer is fantasy owners. Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario had 3 hits a piece, but 10 runs just wasn’t enough to stop Marco Estrada from getting his sixth win (5.2 IP, 10 hits, 7 ER, 7 K).

Jean Segura – 3-for-5, 2 HR (3 & 4), 3 RBI. Grey JUST told you to BUY him yesterday. Is Grey pulling a Biff Tannen on us? I mean, is he working some crazy Back to the Future-esque racketeering scam where he came from the future with box scores to give us all fantasy advice? I have so many questions! How does he benefit from this personally, I mean besides all those daiquiris. And if Grey is Biff who’s Marty? Rudy is obviously Doc Brown, so that leaves only…well, I’m not saying I’d make the perfect Marty McFly, but I do own all Michael J. Fox’s films on VHS. I have no VCR to play them though. Maybe Grey/Biff can travel back to the 90’s and get me one. I know, that’s Lea Thompson and she’s super hot but it’s still my mom and that shizz is gross, man, come on! Holy tangent, where was I!? Ah yes, I’m Marty McFly and Grey has been travelling in time to tell us we should buy Jean Segura, who proceeded to hit two homers last night. Great Scott, Greynac the Magnificent! Time travel or witchcraft are the only explanations here.

Khris Davis – 2-for-5, 2-run HR, 3 RBI (13). The Brewers had 19 hits (there’s no place like Coors) including 3-hit games from Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and Aramis Ramirez. Bet you didn’t see that one coming did you, Biff? Oh? You say you did? It’s called HitterTron and it runs on a Flux Capacitor? I will have to check that out. Meanwhile, Krish Davish strikes again! I hope you’re getting my fan mail, Khris. The first 10 letters or so must have got lost in the shuffle. Hit me back, just to chat. Truly yours, your biggest fan. This is Dan (cue Dido).

Questions? Problems? Complaints? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? 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! 

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  1. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Nice write up as always. I shook my head when I saw segura’s numbers last night. How the hell did grey call that one.

    Anyway, I was offered willingham and Roark for my Khrush and Eovaldi. Hold?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @BitchesBeShoppach: Yeah, I’m not sold on Willingham. He had those two years in 2011 and 2012 that people still refer to when talking about acquiring him, but I think those types of power numbers are long gone. Roark’s numbers are going to get worse going forward. I’d hold.

  2. Spyre says:
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    Start Odorizzi sit Bauer?

    Odorizzi vs HOU
    Bauer vs DET

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Spyre: Yes! Like Odorizzi today. I am starting Bauer in my H2H league because I need the Ks, otherwise I’d sit.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Spyre: Odorizzi

      • Spyre says:
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        @Peter Nincompoop: Im h2h points and down by 10 right now… gotta win this week to keep my distant playoff hopes alive.

        bauer would be the drop for odor. its a 12 team league but pitching is thin. is it safe to drop bauer? other drops could be t.walker/heaney/wheeler

        • Dan Pants

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          @Spyre: Yeah, he’s probably safe to drop, he does have a nice start vs. Seattle next week though, which is a bit more favorable than Wheeler’s start vs. Oakland. If you’re fighting for the playoffs you might want to considering dropping Walker. No telling when he’ll be up for sure and you could use the roster spot if you’re trying to compete.

          • Spyre says:
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            @Dan Pants: Thats what I was thinking, I ended up dropping walker. I’ll probably stream another start tomorrow, then pick him back up if/when he clears waivers. not sure when he’s coming up, but i heard it seems like he may be coming up in the next 2 weeks. dunno

            Here’s to hoping bauer a QS. He pitched well in May when he faced them DET: 6IP 2ER 7H 3BB 5K

            • Dan Pants

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              @Spyre: Tai gave up 6 ER in his last start and struggled if that’s any consolation. I am stashing him all over the play, but its admittedly getting harder now that’s he’s not DL-eligible. Hopefully Erasmo will slip up and Tai will be on his way soon.

              • Spyre says:
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                @Dan Pants: I had him stashed on my DL but I had to take him off it this week. dropped eovaldi in that move, who’s looked blah as heck lately

  3. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Don’t know if you were following the comments on Grey’s thread earlier in the week, but there were 20-to-25 asking advice on whether or not they should drop Segura. Sigh. The Hitter-Tron was predicting this hitting onslaught.

    A lot of OF’s out there to potentially buy (i.e., Martinez, Rasmus and Eaton). Let’s throw in Marisnick as well. How would your rank all four of them going forward.

    Thanks for the write-up. Good shizz.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Peter Nincompoop: I overdrafted Segura myself, and although I wasn’t ready to drop him, I definetely wasn’t expecting much going forward. Good news for me! I’d rank them Eaton, Rasmus, Martinez, Marisnick.

  4. "DL:ed says:
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    Enjoyed your post!

    My C Davis and Arcia for his Kimbrel and Chisenhall

    I have a lot of offense with many having just come off the DL or will be shortly including Cargo, Harper and Trumbo. I have Votto to man First.

    I only have One RP Frieri

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      Seems like you’re overpaying a bit. If you need to trade for a closer it doesn’t have the be THE BEST closer in baseball. But it also doesn’t sound like you need Davis too much. How about trading him for two average closers instead?

  5. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Mesoraco,Rosario,McCann or Jaso ROS points league?

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Dan Pants: interesting you put McCann before rosario and Mesoraco

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @my sisters friend boyfriend: I’m a sucker for some Coors field action. I’d be happy owning any of the three.

  6. Uncdrww says:
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    Is Segura really available in any leagues? Not in any of mine…

    So Arcia is looking like a bust, which is a bummer.

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Uncdrww: The power is legit, but Arcia is just a schomato right now. He’ll get hot again and then you drop Rasmus for him, who you just picked up in place of Arcia. Oh no, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Uncdrww: Doubtful. When we say to buy him, referring to making a trade. Unfortunately, after last night it won’t be as easy to buy as low. Yeah, Arcia’s been struggling, 0-for his last 21 I think. HitterTron kind of likes him this weekend, but if there are better free agents available (Rasmus, Martinez) I wouldn’t hesitate to drop him.

      • Maxi says:
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        @Dan Pants: would you drop Arcia for Byrd, James Jones or Scooter Gennett? I missed out on Martinez :(

        I have Cespedes, Bruce, Braun, Dickerson and Holt at 0F, so I don’t mind holding Arcia til he’s hot again. Jones obvs has the insta-SB appeal.

        thanks!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Maxi: If you can stash Arcia while he struggles then do it, but if you need the steals I’d make the switch to Jones in the interim.

  7. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league, would you trade justin upton kris bryant oscar taveras for giancarlo stanton starling marte?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Ryan: Absolutely

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ryan: Yes. I would trade almost anything for G-Carlo though. Just click accept and never look back.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I am Biff

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Grey: As long as I can be Marty! “That’s about as funny as a screen door on a battleship!”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Make like a tree!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Grey: Who you calling butthead? You butthead!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Grey: Can I be Scooter Kid #2?

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @Dan Pants: Dual roll = Dual $

  9. aki says:
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    should I use Pujols(Util) to trade for Segura, my SS is Peralta and other 1B with Rizzo(MI), Freeman(1B), and Singleton (Util), 14 team league

    • Dan Pants

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      @aki: Unless you need the speed, I’d want Pujols.

  10. King Trout says:
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    Grey that was a sick call on Segura. Dan your right, Grey is Biff. Grey, I mean Biff, any predictions for tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t order the Kung Pao Chicken, no matter how much you want to.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @King Trout: Might be going out on a limb here, but I’m going to say Mike Trout has a nice night at the plate.

      • Spyre says:
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        @Dan Pants: i’m starting hamilton over kemp… though i feel I will probably regret it

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Spyre: HitterTron likes Hammy a lot more today, stick with him

  11. The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Eaton, James Jones, or Calhoun ROS?

      • The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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        Thanks.

  12. The Wizard of Oz(una) says:
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    Eaton, James Jones, or Calhoun ROS?

    • Brett says:
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      @The Wizard of Oz(una): don’t know if Calhoun will ever play vs lefties but bats lead off vs righties on a solid offense. But if you are playing them everyday prob. Eaton

  13. Brett says:
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    Would you trade puig and Machado for goldschmidt? I have Calhoun to fill the open spot?

    12 team 5 player keeper league goldschmidt has contract for of 19, 24 , 29 over next 3 years. Machado can be given a contract next year for up to 4 years with 5 increments starting at 13 in 2015. Puig can’t be kept

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Brett: Tough to give up on Machado, but since you can’t keep Puig, I’d pull the trigger on Goldschmidt.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brett: Yeah, Peter is right. If you want the keeper I’d trade for Goldy. You probably are better off this year holding, but not by much.

  14. Spyre says:
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    if puig can’t be kept, then i definitely would

    • Spyre says:
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      @Spyre: whoops that was a reply to above ^^
      don’t drink and razzball folks

  15. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Need saves. Drop Frieri for Hawkins?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @malamoney: I’d be hesitant to drop Frieri but you should def own Hawkins and if he’s the only guy you have to drop, go for it.

      • malamoney

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        @Dan Pants: I have been hesitant all season to drop Frieri and have managed to hold onto him. I am still hesitant. In our H2H league we only start two RP. Right now I have Street, Allen and Frieri.

        • Dan Pants

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          @malamoney: I’d probably drop him for Smith.

  16. ram says:
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    Great writing! Last nite was weird for closers, eh? I watched my crown jewel Aroldis get roughed up by the Blue Jays – I can tolerate a 54.00 ERA from him cuz he is usually unhittable. Was wild last night with the breaking ball…very wild. It must be hard to resist just throwing 102 every pitch.
    I think somebody hacked yahoo.com today….good thing I got up late. yahoo has Jose Abreu, Danny Santana and Adam Jones “x – not playing” today and they ARE PLAYING.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ram: Thanks! Yeah, Jonesy just hit one out! Uncool Yahoo! get it together!

    • ram says:
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      @ram: on a related note, why doesn’t yahoo sync up with mlb.com somehow (i know my computer shit) for starting lineups. mlb.com has the starting lineups often 2 or 3 hours before yahoo confirms a starter. i have a lot of questions for IT folks.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @ram: Agreed. I feel like ESPN is on that stuff a bit quicker, unfortunately I couldn’t tell you why though.

  17. The Thumb says:
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    Would you trade either Adams/Morse and Roark for Scherzer?
    10 team roto. My behind on my innings as I’ve been selective with starters

    My 1B/OF are:
    Pujols
    Ortiz
    Morse
    Adams
    Adam Jones
    Bruce
    Beltran
    Dickerson
    Khris
    CarGo (DL)
    Taveras (NA)

    My SP are
    Teheran
    Gray
    Cobb
    Keuchel
    Roark
    Heaney
    Paxton (DL)

    Thanks guys!

    • Dan Pants

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      @The Thumb: Yeah I like that trade for you. I’d lean towards trade Morse over Adams, but either way netting Scherzer is a good deal.

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Dan Pants: would you rather deal Roark or Keuchel? I get the sense with Keuchel that he’s destined for a Patrick Corbin-esque post ASG blow up

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @The Thumb: Wow, good question. Similar numbers, especially the advanced stats. I like Keuchel a bit more because he’s consistent a few weeks more than Roark, but Roark certainly has the NL going for him and arguably a better offense once Harper returns. If you get bad vibes from Keuchel, then trade him over ROark.

  18. Brett says:
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    Rather have joe smith or Jake McGee?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brett: Joe Smith

  19. malamoney

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    Just traded Sonny Gray, George Springer and Singleton for Teheran and Pujols. This was purely a move to help me this season as I will not be able to keep any of them given my other keepers.

    Would you trade Teheran and Pujols for Tanaka? Or would I be giving up too much?

    • Dan Pants

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      @malamoney: I wouldn’t trade for Tanaka, his asking price will be way too high. I’d rather have Pujols and Teheran but I think that offer is about right. You probably won’t get him for much less than that.

  20. JustanUncle says:
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    Elias and Santana; good plays for tomorrow?

    • Dan Pants

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      @JustanUncle: I’d start Santana with confidence. Elias has got the hot-hitting Royals (who aren’t hitting anything today), so I might sit Elias if I could afford it.

  21. chisoxx22 says:
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    Which side? A. Sanchez and yadi for gonzalez rodney and carlos santana?

    • Dan Pants

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      @chisoxx22: Which Gonzalez are we talking about? If it’s Carlos or Adrian I’ll take that side, if it’s Gio I’d stick with the Sanchez side.

  22. Brett says:
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    Starting verlander?

    • ram says:
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      @Brett: hell yes!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Brett: I am playing it safe and benching him

      • ram says:
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        @Dan Pants: i already benched Wily Peralta today cuz I am scared of Coors….have never benched 2 in a day.

  23. James V says:
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    Minor was just dropped by a team in my 10-team 5×5 Roto. Do I drop one of the following to pick him up?

    Keuchel, Heaney, Wood

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @James V: Of the three I’d drop Keruchel for Minor, but not until after tomorrow’s start.

  24. Mike says:
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    Please rank ROS Morse,Hosmer,Laroche
    Thx!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Laroche, Hosmer, Morse

  25. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Thoughts on Jesse Hahn?

    • Dan Pants

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      @malamoney: He’s faced some pretty bad teams but he’s looked good his last two starts. I’m not sure he’ll be in the rotation long but I”d take a chance on his next match up in SF next week.

  26. Mike says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Laroche or Singleton
    Thx!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: I’d want Laroche

  27. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Better short-term SB/AVG/R play in H2H: Span , Eaton or J. Jones?

  28. Jo says:
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    Hey mister dan pants, in a 10 team h2h points league, would you drop Adam Dunn who I have as my DH to add a two start pitcher in Andrew cashner? I’m not worried about the DH spot because on my bench I have Carlos Santana who is eligible at DH who I could plug in there; plus it looks like Santana is heating up with back to back games with Home runs.

    Also, for week 13 sit or start jay Bruce? I had him on my bench & wish I started him he’s gone yard two games in a row now & looks to be heating up, would you start him over Michael Brantley , springer or Matt Holliday for week 13?

    Keep or drop votto to add someone for IF spot where votto has been; here’s who I’m looking at; Kyle seager, jon singleton, tommy la Stella, Nick castellanos, asdrubal Cabrera, Jhonny peralta, jimmy Rollins, Brett lawrie

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jo: Heyo Jo. Drop Dunn for Cashner, start Bruce over Holliday and keep Votto.

  29. Puig's Poutines says:
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    grey says no to trading teheran for cespedes, do you agree? 6×6 OPS league

    • Dan Pants

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      @Puig’s Poutines: Depends on your needs. If Teheran is your ace I would hold onto him, he is a stud. If you have pitching to spare, Cespedes could be an asset in OPS league. Personally I like Teheran a lot so I’d probably hold.

  30. Jiggy Nits says:
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    NL only Roto 5×5 pick a side

    Kenley Janson vs Nate Eovaldi

    thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jiggy Nits: I’d want Jansen.

  31. Achilles says:
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    Should I drop Polanco for Dickerson in a 10-team, H2H redraft league? I need the power upside. I can also drop hitters like Matt Adams or Hosmer or pitchers like Roark or Hammel, although I would prefer to have more bench pitchers than hitters to get the counting stats. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Achilles: Dickerson is a great play when he’s at home but I would stick with Polanco here. If you have to drop someone drop Roark or Hammel.

      • Achilles says:
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        @Dan Pants: My three OF’s are Rios, McCutchen, and Pence. Of my two UTIL spots, I always start Longoria (Beltre is my starting 3B) and then either Polanco, Hosmer, or Matt Adams (Goldy is my starting 1B). Like I said, I would much rather keep pitchers because I can always start them but Polanco is supposed to be the man. I need more HRs and RBIs and figured I can keep playing the hottest bat. Thoughts?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Achilles: Dickerson is probably a better bet for power, my advice would be to trade Polanco for some power if you can. Play Dickerson in the interim, then you can pick a pitcher up when you have the roster spot back.

      • bored says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        Dickerson is actually a good play away as well. 5 HR home and away however he does have a 288 avg away, 423 home. He doesnt hit lefties very well yet he still has 261 w/ 1 HR against em (23 AB).

  32. bored says:
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    Morales, Span, D. Santana, Byrd, Willingham, S. Smith, JD Martinez, S. Pearce, Arcia…
    14 team h2h points league. (singles, doubles, triples, HR, BB, R, RBI, SB, (- .5 for K, – 1 for CS)
    Current OF are A. Jackson, Castellanos, Dickerson. Yes I am in dire need of OF help. Thinking Span for now and ROS. Still contemplating on whether or not I am going to be able to contend. Trying to trade V-Mart to fill OF hole, not having any luck. If I fall out of contention I will likely grab Arcia if still there. Thoughts/advice? Thanks man.

    • Dan Pants

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      @bored: JD has been crazy hot, but Span is probably the safest play for ROS. Byrd has also been very good, but you’re right Arcia for upside. I’d probably grab JD Martinez until he cools down, otherwise go with SPan.I wouldn’t blame you for losing Castellanos, although he has been better lately.

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