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Tyler Chatwood continued his red hot play last night pitching seven innings, surrendering just six hits, two runs, and walking none while striking out 11 Brewers for his seventh win. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBI because apparently he is Tyler the Run Creator now. How about that headline, you guys? I woke up in the middle of the night and saw it in bright lights. And as much as I kept telling myself it was really, really bad — sometimes these things are too bad to be denied. Back to Tyler Chatwood. Hello there, strikeouts! Have we met? You’re just visiting for the weekend? Oh, that’s too bad. The Ks may be a bit fluky and that Milwaukee line up is inspiring fear in no one these days, but Chatwood’s success over his past few starts can’t be ignored. He lowered his ERA to 2.48 and has allowed 2 ER or fewer in his past four starts. He has also managed to notch three wins in those four starts, with the tough luck loss coming after pitching 8.0 innings of one-run ball. He is a great option on the road and is at criminally under 10% owned in RCL. I’d absolutely grab him for his start in Atlanta next week if you need starting pitching help. He cannot be stopped right now! I better go knock on Chat-wood.

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

Randall Delgado 9.0, 3 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. His first complete game and his first shutout! Delgado even had a hand in helping his own cause going 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored. Grey and Stream-O-Nator told us to BUY this start, and that’s why we read Razzball folks.

Aaron Hill 2-for-2, 2 RBI, left game with a strained hamstring. Cliff Pennington will fill in for Aaron in the interim. At this point, Hill could return to hit 12 HRs, steal 10 bases and send me cake and chocolates with my face etched into it with gold sugar flakes and he’d still be a pretty big disappointment in my mind. I will take the free candy though.

Cody Ross 2-for-5, 2 RBI and his 6th HR. Grey and the HitterTron are all over Ross and told you to BUY. With their powers combined, it makes for one hairy robot.

Paul Goldschmidt 0-for-5 with 3 K. Goldy, how you gonna do me like that?! The ultimate ticker tease to end all ticker teases! The D-Backs scored 9 runs on 17 hits but poor, poor Paulie couldn’t even reach base. If you need me, I’ll be in my room, slamming my head against my Paul Goldschmidt fathead.

Giancarlo Stanton 2-for-2, 12th HR. Had he not walked twice, I’m convinced he would have had 3 home runs. I have been trying to buy “Don’t Call Me Mike” Stanton all season long and the price just does not go down. Giancarlo owners, why won’t you give up on him!? Regardless, I think 15 HRs the rest of the way is not out of the realm of magical Marlins possibility for G-Carlo. Especially as Miami beefs up their line up a bit with their super prospects. Just give him a bat and watch what happens.

Steve Cishek 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 K and his 21st save. Steve’s name is one that keeps coming up in trade talks, and with good reason, he’s had like 15 saves in a month. Grey told you to BUY Ryan Webb in case this happens, but A.J. Ramos threw 1.0 inning with 3 K and has pitched well all year, so best to keep an eye on both while you still have both your eyes!

Henderson Alvarez 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 5 K and his first win. Much of this can be chalked up to the Pirates anemic offense, who have begun their annual second half implosion from a top team to a team that gets shut out by Miami. It’s every year with these Pirates! Arrrgh! I feel your pain Bucs fans. Still, give Henderson some credit here, he grabbed his first win with Miami which is reason enough for celebration, and he’s now pitched 13 shutout innings in his past two starts. He’s worth a look for his start next Wednesday versus the Mets.

Cole Hamels 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K and his 13th loss. You unlucky bastard. He actually slipped on a banana peel in the dugout after the game and fell in dog poop. Someone tell Michel Young to stop bringing his Pomeranian to the ball park.

Doug Fister 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 6 K and his 9th win. His third win in a row, with a 1.35 ERA in that stretch. I suggested you buy Fister last week with the hope that the best was yet to come and judging by this start it just may be! Three in a row for Dougie; if Cole Hamels had that kind of success — he’d  probably be on the Tigers.

Manny Machado 2-for-4, 2 RBI and his 9th HR. Macho Manny Machado (oh yeaaah!) has been in a killer slump lately, hitting just .227 in July. More concerning is just one double this month, after hitting 27 in the previous three months. I love Machado more than I love my unborn child (Chevy, after the cars), but if you can get top value for him in a redraft league I’d sell him like a Buy it Now Auction on ebay.

Adam Jones 2-for-4, 3 RBI and 2 HR (21 & 22). Adaaaayum you the man, Jonesy! That’s now six homers in his past 12 games. The coaching staff got him with two pies post game, and coincidentally I was eating two pies on my couch at the time. We are the same, me and Adam.

Chris Tillman 7.0 IP, 2 hits 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K and his 13th win. He is the first Orioles pitcher since Mike Mussina to have at least 13 wins at this point in the season, which is frankly just kind of sad. I don’t know, whenever I see or hear Mike Mussina’s name it just makes me sad.

Juan Lagares 4-for-9, 3 runs, RBI, and 2 SB. Started both games for Eric Young, Jr. in center field and went 3-for-4 in game one of doubleheader. Deeper leaguers note, Lagares should see plenty of regular playing time going forward. He’s batting .500 since the break with 2 homers and 2 steals. He can offer a little of everything and a lot of nothing, which sounds perfect for the Mets outfield. Come back soon, EYJ!

Daniel Murphy 6-for-9, 3 runs, 2 HR (7 & 8) and 5 RBI. Danny is a hot little potato, covered in sour cream and chives right now, you guys.

Ike Davis 1-for-3 with his 6th HR. He’s making it harder and harder to recommend him but he’s still out there in over 70% of RCL leagues and few players have as much power upside as Ike. Quit making me look bad, Davis, and start hitting more dingers!

Jenrry Mejia 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, 7 K and his first win. Pretty impressive outing for Jenrry, which I’m guessing is pronounced “On-Ray” because it’s more fun to say. He gets the Marlins next week, so you gotta like that!

Jordan Zimmermann 6.2 IP, 6 hits, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. You still haven’t sold him yet? What are you waiting for!? Still, I’ll take the eight strikeouts. Thankfully, one Zimmerman came through Friday as Ryan Z hit the game winning home run in the second game of the double header. It’s a bad month to be named Zimmerman, but luckily Ryan isn’t letting it get to him. What’s your excuse Jordan?

Matt Harvey 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 7 K. Harvey has made it no secret that he admires Jeter’s “lifestyle.” That makes both of us! Pretty soon Matt will start handing out gift baskets with signed Jeter memorabilia to all his late night female visitors. Hey, it worked for DJ!

Jayson Werth 5-for-7 with a run scored. Werth is hotter than an Anthony Weiner Snapchat,  batting .317 with 5 homers and 10 RBI over the past two weeks. For what its werth, that’s pretty hot.

Jason Heyward 1-for-4, 8th HR. He also had a pretty sick catch in right field where I screamed at my TV for him to be careful. But, alas, he never listens to me.

Mike Minor 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 5 K and his 10th win. Mike has given up 2 ER or fewer in his past four starts and the strikeouts have showed up too, with 24 Ks in that span. Perhaps he made a *pinkie to mouth* “minor” adjustment?

Jose Reyes 3-for-3 with the slam (6) and legs (11). Joe-say is now batting .338 with 4 stolen bases and 2 homers in the past nine games. Batting atop that crazy line up, Reyes could be a top 10 player going forward. Yeah I said it, he’s that good!

Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-4, 2 HR (27 & 28), 5 RBI. Homered twice in the 7th including a grand slam, it was the first time he’d homered twice in an inning so let’s give him a golf clap. His feat inspired his teammates as well and Colby Rasmus went 4-for-5 and Adam Lind hit his 11th HR. I wouldn’t count the Blue Birds out of it yet.

Brett Lawrie 2-for-4 with his 7th HR. Still not 100% owned in RCL. Well, why the heck not!?

Wil Myers 2-for-5, run, RBI as he hit third. The Rays captured first place, now 1/2 game up with a 61-42 record and they’ve won an incredible 20 of their last 23 games. Again, not going to jump to conclusions but the Rays are the best team in baseball since Myers hit his first home run on June 22. FACT! I’m not saying he’s the savior, but it’s pretty obvious to me the heart of that team is now batting in the heart of that lineup. Rookies win championships! Yogi Berra said that. Or not. Regardless, the Rays took this one easily thanks to Wil “The Thrill” Myers, James Loney, who went 2-for-5 with a 3-run HR and 4 RBI, and Jeremy Hellickson, who pitched 6.0 innings, and gave up just 4 hits for his 10th win. These ain’t your daddy’s Devil Rays, ya’ll!

CC Sabathia 5.0 IP, 9 hits, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Sabathia’s given up 22 ER in 30 IP in July. Boy howdy, that reeks like a burning condom filled with kimchi. He gets his chance to rebound at PetCo next week and hopefully he can put this horrid July behind him. Based on his track record in the final months, CC should be much better. I wouldn’t go out and trade for him or anything, but he should be much better.

Alfonso Soriano 0-for-5, run, RBI. Honestly, what did you expect? Two home runs in an inning? Nah, that’s Edwin’s thing.

Leonys Martin 3-for-3, 2 runs, RBI, and his 20th SB. He’s been in a vicious slump lately and his ownership rate has plummeted as a result, so it was nice to see this from him. Hopefully he can reclaim a spot at the top of the line up if the Rangers are set on keeping Engel Beltre penciled in there. If someone in your league gave up on Leonys, I’d give him another shot.

Ryan Raburn 2-for-6 with the game-winning 3-run HR in the 11th. Royals, you’ve officially been Ra-burned. Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 with 2 runs as well as the Injians scored 10 runs on 18 hits, including 3-hit games from Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles.

James Shields 7.0 IP, 8 hits, ER. 2 BB, 2 K and his 5th win. I’d rather have Wil Myers! Said everyone ever.

David Lough 2-for-3, 2 RBI and his 4th HR. He’s batting .330 with a HR and a SB over the past two week — oh, I’m sorry I almost dozed off for a second there. All this David Lough talk is making me sleepy.

Rickie Weeks 2-for-4 and a run as he led off. It was his third straight game in the lead off spot. This might be worth noting if Rickie wasn’t so terrible. Regardless, I noted it, but it wasn’t worth it.

Norichika Aoki 2-for-4, run, RBI. Nori goes through these crazy streaks. He’s batting .350 with a HR and 3 SB in the past week. That’s A-OK if you ask me. Ryan Braun texted him post game with a sure fire way to hit even more homers and steal even more bases in a single week. But it’s probably best that Nori just ignored that.

Nolan Arenado 2-for-4, 2 runs, RBI. Of course, as soon as I drop him he gets a six game hitting streak going. Sigh. So it goes, Billy Pilgrim.

Wily Peralta 3.2 IP, 10 base runners, 8 runs, 5 ER, 2 K. Grey told you to BUY him. He also told you NOT to start him in this game. Coors Field = Bad. He’s under 40% owned, gets the Cubs next week, and if you take out last night’s start he’d given up just 1 ER in 29.1 IP in July with a 26/10 K/B ratio.

Clayton Kershaw 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 8 K and his 10th win. Just another day at the office for Kersh — or as he likes to call it, “Friday.”

Hanley Ramirez 2-for-4, with the slam (11) and legs (7). HanRam serves up his slam with extremely tender hamstrings. That’s the only way to get the best flavor out of the muscle. Gordon Ramsay taught him that. Carl Crawford also went 3-for-4 and is batting .424 over the past week.

Yasiel Puig 0-for-4, 3 K. If you haven’t sold him yet, you’re probably stuck with him now. Why do we never learn. He is not Mike Trout. No one is.

Mike Trout 3-for-5 and a 2-run HR, his 17th. Except him. He is Mike Trout. The one of the Catatfish’s prophecies. The One said to bring balance back to the AL West. The one and only. Do not sell him.

Bartolo Colon 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 2 K and his 14th win. If Colon wins 20 games, Billy Beane said dinner’s on him. Luckily, Beane has all that Brad Pitt money or else he’d go broke after the first round of doritos locos tacos.

Felix Hernandez 9.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 11 K. The King F-Her lost his shutout and the win in the ninth inning after surrendering a run scoring single to Trevor Plouffe. Trevoooooor! F-Her? No, F-Him!

Glen Perkins 1.0 IP, 1 ER, SV. Gave up a home run to Kendrys Morales in the 13th inning, but still managed to capture his 25th save. This is my impression of Rob Lowe in the offseason, if he were the GM of the Twins: “We literally NEED a closer. I would like him to be good. I would like him to throw fast. Hey, GLEN-PERK-INS! You are LIT-TRALLY the PERFECT man for the job.

Matt Cain 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 7 K. This was encouraging. He is a huge risk, but I like Cain’s chances to rebound in the final two months. I wouldn’t trade a top 40 player for him, but if you can get him on the cheap I’d take a chance.

Edwin Jackson 6.2 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Grey told you to BUY him. Him and the 1.83 July ERA.

Jed Lowrie 3-for-4, 3 RBI and his 8th HR. Let me tell you about the man named Jed. I said in the preseason I thought Lowrie would be a top five shortstop. This goes to show how wrong I can be about this fantasy business sometimes. Feel free to berate me in the comments. So he probably won’t hit 20 homers, and you can criticize me all you want, but you’ll never destroy my and Jed’s friendship, because that’s as solid as Oak(land).

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco.

  1. ashtray says:
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    Which side would you rather have:

    Shelby Miller/Lance Lynn

    or

    Gallardo/Verlander

    H2H cats 7×7 (includes losses and QS)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @ashtray: I’ll take Miller and Lynn.

      • ashtray says:
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        @Dan Pants: What about if you were a time with a huge lead in the standings and sure to make the playoffs? Would innings limits change your mind?

        • Dan Pants

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          @ashtray: A little. Depending on how deep your league is, I don’t consider Gallardo an ownable pitcher. He will hurt you more than he helps. Verlander has struggled but I guess I’d want him the most down the stretch in H2H. But give me the choice I’ll take Lynn (no innings limit) and whatever Shelby’s got left in him. I wouldn’t be trading FOR Verlander in any format.

  2. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Need a starter in a 10 TeamNL only roto. Jenrry Mejia worth a look?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: Absolutely. He gets Miami next week!

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @Dan Pants: good.. I picked him up last night. Thanks!

  3. OaktownSteve says:
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    Pretty happy I did not stream Johnson.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @OaktownSteve: He is the WORST. Isn’t he?

  4. AJ says:
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    Which SS would you target via trade.. Tulo or Rollins? Willing to part with Puig, Myers, Pence or Rafael Soriano…or would you rather hit the wire ?…Miller, Simmons, Villar available…looking to replace the suddenly HOTT Reyes that I trade for Cano

    • Dan Pants

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      @AJ: Hey, if you can pull off a Tulo trade for some combo of the players listed I’d do that in a second, but I’ll bet it will be tough. I always prefer to hit the wire, I’d roll with Miller or Villar.

      • AJ says:
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        @Dan Pants: sweet thanks…do you think a jones for Tulo would be enough?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @AJ: Yes, I wouldn’t pay much more than that.

          • AJ says:
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            @Dan Pants: nice thanks !

  5. Chris says:
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    Dude,
    Totally botched Adam Duritz reference. Your song lyric is from “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes. Their lead singer is Chris Robinson. Send Adam Duritz an apology, man!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chris: Ha! I’m sorry Adam Duritz. My bad. I screwed up, will fix this ASAP! Thanks for pointing it out!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Chris:

      I was going to let it slide. Originally an Otis Redding song. Covered by the Black Crowes.

  6. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Very nice Parks and Rec reference, that was LIT-TRALLY the BEST impersonation ever!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: Been waiting all year to use it. Perkins first Friday with a save was last week, and he got another one yesterday, so two consecutive chris traeger references. The more the better. Swanson next time!

  7. Ralph says:
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    Hard to Handle was the Black Crowes, not Counting Crows

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ralph: Yeah sorry about that. Apologies to Adam Duritz and Chris Robinson and Otis Redding.

  8. Christophe Lachance-Tardif says:
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    I want to trade Cruz since he will be suspended for PEDs. Trade him for Puig a good deal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Christophe Lachance-Tardif: I wouldn’t worry about the suspensions, it’s hard to say when you own them and see what happened to Braun, but with Texas in contention it’s more likely Cruz won’t serve his suspension until 2014. I think you can get more than Puig for Cruz. You can do better!

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @Christophe Lachance-Tardif: I agree with Dan here.
      35/110 players don’t grow on trees. Also, I’m expecting some serious regression with Puig…and it’s already started. His contact rate is fairly low at 64.5% ( league average around 80%), but what’s rather alarming is his swinging strike percentage is 19.3%…that’s more than double the league average, which is around 9%. If he had enough plate appearances he would rank last in the league in that category.

      To put this in perspective, let’s take a look at Cruz, who is a .270 hitter. Hi contact rate is 72.2% and his swinging strike percentage is 12.3%. Not great, but better that Puig…and I’ll take .270 all day when it comes with plus power.

      Maybe this gives you an idea of what to actually expect from Puig going forward. Don’t get me wrong, Puig has great talent, but he isn’t very disciplined, and misses a TON of pitches…unless he adjusts I don’t see him hitting over .270 ROS. He is currently at .267 post break.

      • Christophe Lachance-Tardif says:
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        @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Thank you Joe and Dan, The numbers you mentioned gives me an idea on what to expect from Puig in the future. I will hang into Cruz and hope he doesn’t get suspended. Unless an owner is wiling to overpay for Cruz’s services, what kind of hitter should I expect to recieve for Cruz? Zobrist with a Corbin? Dexter Fowler?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Christophe Lachance-Tardif: Zobrist would be a nice return. Heyward, Bruce, Rizzo, maybe you could land Stanton?

  9. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Currently in first in a QS 10 team league and my arms have been struggling (cough cough Zimmerman. A guy has offered me his 24th round Liriano for my 10th pick next year and Brad Peacock who is in my farm. Would you pull the trigger?

    • Dan Pants

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      @2 Cups 1 Braun: I don’t think Liriano will be the answer to your struggling starters woes, and with Pittsburgh struggling too he’s not sure thing to end the season strong. That said, you’re giving up very little for him and it couldn’t hurt. I might pull the trigger here.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Dan Pants: would you go for Masterson over him then?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @2 Cups 1 Braun: Ha! I think I’d prefer Liriano actually. Similar in that I don’t trust either of them, but they can both put together some incredible stretches.

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @Dan Pants: Thanks, going to pull the trigger for Liriano and keep my fingers crossed. Worst case is I miss out on a Tommy Milone type or closer next year as the 10th is when that run starts in our 8 player keeper system

  10. Rob says:
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    Decided to stream Josh Johnson vs the Lastros today-was thinking hopefully he might be able to have a decent start….and it turns out if there’s one guy who can get blown up by the freakin Astros…..it’s him i guess

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rob: Yeah, he is the worst person in the world.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Dan Pants: i picked up redmond for tomorrow. SON likes him a bit. I’m freerolling at wins/era/whip/k’s. Already losing those and losses too.

        • Dan Pants

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          @goodfold2: Can’t be any worse than JJ, right? Because JJ is the worst.

  11. Ziggy says:
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    Peavy is off the DL and I’m gonna start him next week. Who do you think I should put on the bench?

    Hector Santiago, Cashner, Wheeler, or Chris Archer

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ziggy: Hector has one start next week versus Detroit so he’d be the guy I’d bench.

  12. Scott says:
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    Better headline…. Chatwoods arm no match for brewers wood.

  13. Scott says:
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    Better headline…. Chatwoods arm no match for brewers wood.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: Yes. That is better. Good one!

  14. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Would I be crazy to offer these trades in a10 team 6×6 5-player keeper league?

    My Segura for Darvish?
    My Crush Davis for Matt Harvey?

    Pitching is at a huge premium in my league. Thanks or your help.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Johan Barleycorn: I tend to keep hitters over pitchers because pitchers are more unpredictable year to year, however if Darvish and Harvey are clearly two of the best. I’d try to hang onto Segura, but if you can flip Davis for Darvish or Harvey I’d be happy with that trade.

  15. c0wfunk says:
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    Gyorkos flop return has me struggling to fill 2b headed into playoffs next week.

    Currently I’m going with lemahieu.. Considering dropping for weeks, or possibly jordy mercer or Brian Roberts.

    Hittertron gives weeks the nod but he’s under .150 over the last few weeks. Mercer looks intriguing but hittertron hates him. Roberts is always tantalizingly risky. What see he, razzball brain trust? Which 2b is most likely to flash a streak over the next 6 weeks?

    H2h 12 team cats. Avg has been my weak suit lately and can always use more power.

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: “hittertron gives the nod to weeks…” “What say ye”

      Proofread.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @c0wfunk: I’d go with Roberts while he’s healthy because its the best line up, but Rickie Weeks leading off intrigues me and I think Mercer is the safest best (he won’t hurt you but probably not much in the way of counting stats either), I like Gyorko the best ROS of all the names you mentioned but I think we side with hittertron here and gamble on Weeks.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks.. Grabbed weeks and I’ll keep a close eye on the others. Cheers!

  16. TarmanGotHim says:
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    Me and my friend work at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, and we left work late night. I said

    “Goldy went 0-5 w 3 K’s and the D Backs won 10-0… TICKER TEASE.”

    Thank goodness the rest of my team hit like “exaggerated” 10 home runs. Haha.

    I dropped Erasmo for Kazmir because of his next two start. Sound good? I had Erasmo in all 4 leagues but I’m sure I can wire him if he turns in around. He’s gonna be really good.

    • Dan Pants

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      @TarmanGotHim: Great minds think alike. Sounds good to me, Kazmir got a nice two start week coming up, CWS and Mia.

  17. peely says:
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    Which 2 would you keep? Eric young Jr, chase headley, kendrys Morales, Brett Lawrie, Shane victorino

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @peely: Brett Lawrie for sure. Then I’m undecided, depends on the round or auction amount. I love EYJ, but keeperwise I can’t say I’m sure he’ll have playing time next year. Lawrie and Victorino or Headley are probably the safest bets in a vacuum.

  18. "topes says:
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    Hey Thanks for the article!

    What are you thoughts on Henderson ROS? Deep 14 team single season roto and I was offered Kazmir for Henderson and I could use the saves.

    Also thinking of trying to acquire Melancon or Ziegler for Dempster. Think it’ll take?

    • Dan Pants

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      Henderson is one a few names that keeps being brought up in trades talks so he could very well be dealt, and if he is dealt he would likely not be closer for his new team. Melancon is a nice target but your probably going to have to give more than Dempster to land him. Ziegler for Dempster sounds about right, depending on the person’s needs.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Dan Pants: i hope that works, but who would ever trade for a guy who’s a short term option on his own team, even if they dont’ trade for a good closer. If Ziegler blows one save Putz has that job again, or somebody else. That’s without the trade they are likely making.

        • Dan Pants

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          @goodfold2: True, but Dempster hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire either. Ziegler is getting saves right now, and that is valuable.

  19. Birdog says:
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    You’re funny, Dan Pants.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Birdog: Thank you, sir! At the very least I try to be! You are awesome!

  20. Kevin says:
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    Send Jay Bruce / Shields for Felix / Cespedes in a 14 team 5 keeper league?

    I’m not making playoffs this year, looking to improve 2014 on.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kevin: Yeah, that sounds like a great trade for you! Do it!

  21. WakeNbake says:
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    Are you starting Ryu vs. CIN and Cashner @ ARI tonight?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @WakeNbake: I don’t think so. Outside of H2H weekly leagues I’ll wait for better match ups.

    • Jaime "Floyd" Lannister says:
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      @WakeNbake: Bench Ryu! You still have time! you won’t regret it!

      Trust the Floyd.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        The Stark send their regards, Floyd!

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        Starks*

      • chunk says:
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        sonofawhat?

        • chunk says:
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          @chunk: oh yea bench

  22. Mariner Mike says:
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    Hey Dan, have A.Caberra and Miller who do you think is the keeper ROS ? Also have Cespedes and Marte doing their best Mendoza imitation think hope or sell short? Speaking of Mendoza have Butler and Machado idolizing him also although waking up slightly just wrote this for humor. May become a Trader Jack in the future but I guess now is the time to LOVE fantasy baseball. Thank you for the thoughts!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mariner Mike: I’d go with Cabrera over Miller ROS. Yeah, this is the dog days of summer, and its a tough stretch for a lot of players. I’d stick with Cespedes for power and Marte for speed for the rest of the year unless someone blows you away with an offer. In redraft leagues those guys hold less value, same goes for Machado. I love him but if you can find someone to give you good value for him I’d take it and run.

  23. stonepie says:
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    ugh just traded for pujols and now he appears headed to the DL

    • Dan Pants

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      @stonepie: Rough. No sure I would have traded FOR Alby, but I can certainly sympathize. Maybe he comes back stronger than ever.

  24. Beastman says:
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    Parks and Recs references are infantile compared to a Slaughterhouse 5 reference!

    Poor Billy Pilgrim.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Beastman: Poo-tee-weet? And so on to infinity.

  25. Worm Turner says:
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    12 team linear pts contract ($4/yr) auction league keeper.

    Looking to trim down on salary, have Votto for $40 and Liriano for $1, thinking of moving them for a $4 E5 and $1 Iwakuma.

    I know Votto is the best of the bunch, but I dont think I can afford him for more than a year (44).
    My infield is set otherwise and Wouldn’t take a big hit losing Liriano.

    Thoughts?
    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Worm Turner: Love this trade for you, go for E5 and Iwakuma, you can always blow your budget on a big free agent at the draft next year.

  26. JJ says:
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    Hey Dan
    I need to figure out what to do with this team.
    12 team H2H 5X5 KEEPER league(we keep 10)
    I have 2 guys in KEMP and GRANDERSON that should be coming off of the disabled list soon so I will have to make some room.
    My team
    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-H.RAMIREZ
    3B-B.LAWRIE
    OF-J.WERTH
    OF-C.CRISP
    OF-D.FOWLER
    UTIL-A.LAROCHE, JJ HARDY
    DL-M.KEMP, C.GRANDERSON, J.GYORKO

    SP-M.HARVEY
    SP-M.BUMGARNER
    SP-C.HAMELS
    RP-A.CHAPMAN
    RP-C.JANSSEN
    P-K.UEHARA
    P-J.BENOIT
    BENCH-J.FERNANDEZ, M.GARZA, K.MEDLEN, G.COLE, Z.WHEELER, E.RAMIREZ

    GYORKO is technically off of the DL but I didnt activate him as of yet so he is still in that spot on my roster. Both he and Laroche have basically done nothing for me lately so I dont have any real problem with dropping both.

    If I dropped both I could pick up a bat
    Best available FA
    A.CABRERA
    L.SCOTT
    J.SMOAK
    D.VICIEDO
    K.JOHNSON
    D.UGGLA

    Any advice appreciated!

    • Dan Pants

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      @JJ: Drop Gyorko and Laroche, and I’d pick up A-Cab or Kelly Johnson. If you need to drop another when Kemp or Grandy returns I’d drop Medlen.

  27. C.O.C. says:
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    Innings cap on archer?

    • Dan Pants

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      @C.O.C.: Likely but not something I would worry about it. My guess is they will skip his turn a few times, in particular if/when Alex Cobb returns. We’ve seen the Rays use their rookies as a big part of their playoff rotation and I would expect the same to apply to archer.

  28. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Threw this up on Smokey’s post but not sure how active that is right now:

    Need to pick up some holds, primarily for next week but also ROS–since it’s a limited moves league whoever I grab will be around a while: Fien, Axford or Bastardo? Could also grab Strop since he’s been on fire and the Cubs have 8 games next week, but he could also be the closer by Wednesday.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d go with Bastardo, but Fien would be a nice grab too.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Dan Pants: Fien’s stats are best, but he’s by far least likely closer of those 4. I think for saves alone Grey’d say Bastardo/Ax/Strop/Fien

        • Dan Pants

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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: You’re right but the question was who to pick up for holds, right?

          • Steve Stevenson says:
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            @Dan Pants: Right. I’m good with saves, but am in a tight race for 1st in a H2H. I’m playing my competition this week and should have him easily beat in SV, but I only have Clippard for HLD and he’s got a couple guys. So my main concern is picking up HLD this week.

  29. Puddin371 says:
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    Would you trade CC Sabathia for Glenn Perkins or Ernesto Frieri? Roto AL only.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Puddin371: If I needed the saves and could spare the starting pitching, yes that sounds fair.

      • Puddin371 says:
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        @Dan Pants: I need both, but CC has only hurt me so far. My biggest needs are ERA, WHIP and Saves.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Puddin371: I’d go for Frieri if I could get him then.

  30. cubjet says:
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    Keeper league. Miguel montero is my catcher.
    Was offered Napoli for my Puig. Am currently not using puig, have an outfield of carlos gonzalez, stanton and bautista and wil myers at my utility.
    What do you guys think. I think i’m gonna do it juat looking for some reassurance.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jaime "Floyd" Lannister says:
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      @cubjet: I’m not bullish on Puig at all, but I wouldn’t do that trade in a keeper league (depending on settings, of course). Puig’s gonna have some exciting stretches; if you’re gonna trade him, do it during one of those.

    • Dan Pants

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      @cubjet: Floyd has a point. Puig is much more valuable in a keeper format. In a redraft league Napoli for Puig sounds just right, but keeper format you should ask for a little more.

  31. Doc says:
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    What would you expect in return for Pujols right now with the cloud of a lengthy DL stint possibly on the horizon…?

    • Doc says:
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      @Doc: Sorry for any confusion, meant to ask what would you expect to haul in return for albert

      • Jaime "Floyd" Lannister says:
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        @Doc: In a redraft, I doubt you can expect much. By all means, make a “best offer takes him” kind of league message, but I doubt you get a whole lot of interest. That said, if there is a team with an overload at a position (like say, closer), you might be able to get a useful piece from a team that is willing to speculate.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Doc: Yeah, I’ve been trying to trade Albert all year and have had no bites, so now that he’s injured I don’t expect to be able to trade him for much at all. Now is not the time to trade him, his value is likely the lowest it will be all season.

  32. Frank White says:
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    Sup Bro… I picked up Delgado cause on the Nator I read all the numbers like I usually do and it looked good. I know this has to be a stupid question but when you guys say, the stream o nator told you to BUY, It really doesn’t have a spot on there where it tells you to BUY does it??

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Frank White: any number under the $ that is higher than, say 9 is decent. Of course this depends on the size league you are in. A $9 pitcher in a 16 team league is quite good, not so much in a 10 teamer. Notice the highest numbers for any pitcher in a week is like high 20′s around 30. That’s the very best.

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah but most of them are owned.. I’ve been a beast on streaming by just comparing the 2 pitchers by QS and if the win % for one guy is 40 and the other guy is at the bottom with a W % 33 Loss 40% and has a bad quality start then I grab the the first guy. I try to do what you say if I can but they’re all guys that are over 75% owned so I gotta pick through the rest of the batch. Hey it works for me!! LOL. 10 team league

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Frank White: it’s completely normal for the good ones to be owned. but if most good ones are owned in a 10 teamer, you must have pretty deep benches. Either way, the stats that are least hard to chase are wins/QS. Especially wins. The rest of the team has much more to do with that than the pitcher. Ask Sale about it. Or Lance Lynn. The most leading stat to follow, the one that most likely is predicative of all the other ones, is whip. That’s why everybody’s so nutty for K/BB rate. People have to get lucky to get on base when they aren’t busy walking. And if they’re striking out they aren’t on base at all.

          • Frank White says:
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            Yeah I hear ya… Hey is Uehara still closing for Boston??

            • Dan Pants

              Dan Pants says:
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              @Frank White: Yes, Uehara is still closer. And April’s Pillow is right, the Stream-O-Nator can rank the quality of a start based on a dollar value so obviously the highest value starts are typically going to be the best pitchers in the league. Scroll through the list until you find a pitcher or two in the top 10-15 that is unowned and if you like the match up stream away.

          • Frank White says:
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            But like yesterday, look at the Nator from yesterday. I picked Haren. He wasn’t the best but he looked great over Gee. I know you think it might be luck but I do it all the time and most of the time I get it. Maybe it is luck. Oh and yeah, most of the teams are deep in pitchers including me cause they bring in a lot of points. 20 for a win plus a point per K and inning but -10 for a loss

  33. Mile says:
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    CArgo or Bryce ROS??
    Thx

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mile: Cargo

  34. Buzzdainer says:
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    If Cishek is traded, do you think there’s a chance Chad Qualls gets consideration for the closer’s role in Miami? How would you rank Ramos, Webb, and Qualls in terms of their likelihood of being handed the job?

    • Buzzdainer says:
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      @Buzzdainer: I play in a very deep league (20 teams, 28-man rosters), which is why I’d ask about such obscure relievers. Webb is already owned, and I’m now trying to decide whether to add Qualls and/or Ramos.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Buzzdainer: Tough call. It could be either of them really. I pick up Ramos because the Ks can help me even if he isn’t named the closer. Ramos pitched the eighth on Wednesday, the 7th on Friday and the ninth last night. Manager Mike Redmond seems to trust Ramos, but Qualls has the “closer experience.” Both are nice grabs but I’d go with AJ Ramos.

        • Buzzdainer says:
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          @Dan Pants: Thanks for the feedback. I made room for both.

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Buzzdainer: Good call!

  35. Dubs says:
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    Have been holding out on Sal Perez too long. In 2 leagues. Ugg.

    Drop him for Castro or Gattis?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dubs: If you need the power I’d make the switch to Gattis.

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