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If your approach in RCL leagues is anything like mine, then you’re carrying maybe 2-3 starters, and filling in the cracks with well researched streamers. Part of my process, as I’m sure it is with many of you, is to check the streamonator for the highest value available probables. Then I dive deeper into the matchup stats, and follow that up with a glance at the starters recent track record. One of the more common suggestions over the past few weeks has been Mets starter Rafael Montero. Best described as a AAAA starter, he’s long been the shuttle guy, and spot starter, whenever an elbow pops in the Mets rotation. With injuries a plenty in Flushing, there’s been abundant opportunity for Montero to stick for the better part of the next month, and beyond. Let’s take a deep dive into Montero’s Sunday start vs. the Oakland Athletics, and see if he might be an arm to keep in mind, as we stream our way to the promised land.

Scouting Report: Montero’s arsenal features a three pitch mix, though his fastball has a few variations; a four-seam fastball that sits 93-95, that he can ramp up to 96, as well as a sinking fastball that sits in the same velo range as his four-seam. A low 80’s slider with slight two plane movement, and he also mixes in a high 80’s changeup. His changeup ans sinker tend to generate grounders at 50%+ clip, while his slider tends to drive more flyball contact, sometimes resulting in homers when he leaves the pitch up in the zone. Both of his secondary offerings get a solid amount of swings and misses, with his change generating a 17.3% SwStr, while his slider checks in with a 12.5% whiff rate.

 

July 23rd, 2017 Rafael Montero vs The Oakland Athletics @ Citi Field Flushing, Queens, New York

First Inning

Matt Joyce – 93 MPH fastball, strike 1, 86 MPH slider low and inside, ball 1, 92 MPH fastball, ball 2, 93 MPH fastball high in the zone, pop-up, 1 out.

Marcus Semien – 93 MPH fastball strike, 94 MPH fastball high in the zone, Homer, 1-0 Oakland.

Yonder Alonso – 94 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 1, slider bounces before home, ball 2, 90 MPH change grounded foul, strike 1, 94 MPH fastball on the outside fouled off, strike 2, 84 MPH slider inside, ball 3, 89 MPH changeup fouled off, 3-2 count, 88 MPH change grounded foul, 94 MPH fastball fouled off again, slider at 83 MPH fouled off, ramps it up to 96 and gets Alonso swinging.

Khris Davis – 95 MPH strike on the outside, 85 MPH slider too low, ball 1, changeup gets a groundball to short, routine play, out number three.

So far Montero is working all three pitches, and challenging hitters up in the zone. Unfortunately one of those balls up in the zone was taken for a ride by Semien.

Second Inning

Jed Lowrie – 93 MPH fastball on the inside, strike 1, 93 MPH fastball too high, ball 1, 93 MPH fastball on the outside, strike 2, 93 MPH fastball way inside, ball 2, 85 MPH slider too low, ball 3, 93 MPH middle-middle and it’s hit for a single.

Bruce Maxwell – 94 MPH fastball, strike 1, 93 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 1, 87 MPH changeup gets a grounder to short, and it’s an easy double play for the Mets infield. 2 outs.

Matt Chapman – 85 MPH slider on the outside, strike 1, slider at 83 gets a swinging strike 2, changeup on the outside, ball 1, slider off the plate at 84, ball 2, 83 MPH slider just misses on the inside, ball 3, slider hit to short for the third out.

Montero gets a one-two-three Inning thanks to a couple of ground balls after the lead off single by Lowrie. Located his slider better this inning, still has seen 3 full counts to his first 4 batters.

Third Inning

Jaycob Brugman – 93 MPH fastball, strike 1, changeup at 89, swinging strike 2, low changeup at 88, ball 1, 93 MPH on the outside, fouled off, 93 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 2, changeup at 88, inside, ball 3, 88 MPH changeup hit to right field, 1 out.

Daniel Gossett – 94 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 1, 93 MPH fastball on the outside, 93 MPH fastball outside again, ball 2, 94 MPH fastball, strike 2, 94 MPH strike, and he gets Gossett looking. 2 outs

Matt Joyce – slider on the inside, strike 1, 84 MPH slider fouled off, strike 2, fastball high ball 1, 93 MPH fastball in the outside, ball 2, 88 MPH fastball changeup, ball 3, 94 MPH fastball fouled off, 84 MPH slider gets a check swing and Joyce can’t hold up. Strike 3.

Another inning, another pair of full counts, Montero has now seen the count run full to 5 of the 10 batters he’s faced. He continues to nibble a lot, but had been able to limit the damage and particularly hard contact.

Fourth Inning

Marcus Semien – 92 MPH fastball and its popped up to second for the first out.

Yonder Alonso – 91 fastball in on the hands fouled off, strike 1, 84 MPH slider taken for a strike, fastball on the outside, ball 1, 84 MPH grounder to second, 2 outs.

Khris Davis – 93 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 2, slider at 84 taken for strike 1, 83 MPH slider in the middle of the plate and it’s given a ride to left field. Second homer allowed of the game for Montero. Hung that slider.

Jed Lowrie – 94 MPH ball on the outside, ball 1, fastball down in the zone, ball 2, fastball inside, ball 3, fastball again out of the zone, ball 4.

Bruce Maxwell – Fastball on the outside corner, strike 1, changeup on the outside, ball 1, changeup on the hands, fouled off, strike 2, 92 MPH fastball gets a swinging strike from Maxwell to end the inning.

Made a mistake on that hanging change to Khris Davis and he made Montero pay. Inning started for efficiently than the previous had, but in the end it was Montero’s toughest inning since the first.

Fifth Inning

Matt Chapman – starts Chapman off with a fastball, strike 1, changeup at 90, ball 1, 93 MPH fastball outside belt high, and Chapman hits it deep to right for a double.

Jaycob Brugman – Fastball at 93 fouled back, strike 1, 93 MPH fastball fouled off, strike 2, 85 MPH slider bounces and catches Rene Rivera behind home plate for a wild pitch, Chapman advances to third, slider low and inside, ball 2, ball on a fastball on the outside, and Rivera throws out Chapman at third, 93 MPH fastball is hit for a dribbler up the middle for a base hit.

Daniel Gossett – Tries to bunt on a 93 MPH fastball, foul, strike 1, 91 MPH fastball is dropped in front of Rivera, he throws to first for the second out.

Matt Joyce – 83 MPH slider gets a swinging strike, 84 MPH slider on the outside, ball 1, 92 MPH fastball gets a grounder to Reyes at short, out number three.

Despite allowing two hits to open the inning Montero gets out of the fifth unscathed. The base running flub by Chapman cost the A’s at least a run. That’s two consecutive innings for Montero without a full count. Baby steps Bob, baby steps.

Sixth Inning

Marcus Semien – 83 MPH slider, ball 1, slider up in the zone fouled off, strike 1, 92 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 2, fastball on the outside, ball 3, 93 MPH fastball popped up to Jay Bruce on the foul line, ball drops on Bruce but he guns out Semien at second. 1 out.

Yonder Alonso – Changeup at 88 and Alonso swings in the first pitch and grounds into the shift. 2 outs.

Khris Davis – first pitch fastball at 93 is hit to Reyes at short for the third out.

A 7 pitch inning for Montero, who’s gotten some lucky breaks the last two innings, but has also gotten bad contact earlier in counts. When he gets contact on his slider and change, he gets grounders.

Seventh Inning

Jed Lowrie – 92 MPH on the inside, ball 1, 93 MPH fastball to the warning track and Conforto makes the catch. 1 out.

Bruce Maxwell – 93 MPH fastball down Main St., strike 1, 92 MPH fastball hit to left, and Conforto makes the catch. Two outs.

Matt Chapman – 83 MPH slider off the plate, ball 1, 84 MPH slider off the plate, ball 2, 83 MPH slider hung high in the zone, and Chapman gives it a ride to left for a long bomb.

Jaycob Brugman – 93 MPH fastball and the first pitch is hit to left for the final out of the 7th.

 

Final Line: 7 IP, 7 Hits, 1 Walk, 3 Runs, 3 Home Runs, 4 K’s, 5 Swinging Strikes, 99 Pitches, 61 Strikes

Summary: Very solid start for Montero, I was expecting to see him struggle with control, but he was able to work around all those full counts early, and limit the damage. His breaking ball is a solid pitch when it’s down in the zone, though doesn’t get as many whiffs as you’d like to see. Due to this, Montero is more likely to succeed driving week contact than missing bats. Neither his aforementioned slider or changeup gets a great deal of swinging strikes. He nibbles a lot with the slider at the bottom of the zone and that’s by design. My ultimate conclusion is Montero is a matchup play, particularly for weak opponents at home, but not someone I would roster outside of a 16 team league.

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings for ROS based on 12-team Roto)

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Max Scherzer, WAS 
2 Chris Sale, BOS
3 Corey Kluber, CLE  
4 Madison Bumgarner, SF  
5 Alex Wood, LAD 
6 Zack Greinke, ARI  
7 Jacob deGrom, NYM  
8 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
9 Lance McCullers, HOU 
10 Carlos Martinez, STL   
11 Yu Darvish, TEX
12 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
13  Carlos Carrasco, CLE   
14  Robbie Ray, ARI
15 Luis Severino, NYY 
16 Chris Archer, TB  
17 Gerrit Cole, PIT
18 James Paxton, SEA     
19 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
20 Rich Hill, LAD 
21 Jake Arrieta, CHC  
22 Michael Fulmer, DET  
23 Jon Lester, CHC
24 David Price, BOS       
25 Sean Manaea, OAK   
26 Jose Quintana, CHW   
27 Marcus Stroman, TOR  
28 Jose Berrios, MIN
29 J.A. Happ, TOR 
30 Gio Gonzalez, WAS  
31 Dan Straily, MIA 
32 Danny Duffy, KC   
33 Aaron Nola, PHI     
34 Jacob Faria, TB
35 Jameson Taillon, PIT  
36 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
37  Cole Hamels, TEX        
38 Kyle Hendricks, CHC     
39 Zack Godley, ARI   
40 Drew Pomeranz, BOS   
41  Ivan Nova, PIT     
42 Mike Clevinger, CLE  
43 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL     
44 Jordan Montgomery, NYY
45 Brad Peacock, HOU 
46 Danny Salazar, CLE   
47 Rick Porcello, BOS  
48 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY  
49 Sonny Gray, OAK 
50 Lance Lynn, STL  
51 Mike Fiers, HOU     
52 Michael Wacha, STL 
53 Felix Hernandez, SEA         
54 Taijuan Walker, ARI  
55 Alex Cobb, TB    
56 Kenta Maeda, LAD     
57 Jeff Samardzija, SF    
58 Justin Verlander, DET  
59 Jason Vargas, KC 
60 Luis Castillo, CIN     
61 Charlie Morton, HOU   
62 Jon Gray, COL    
63 Adam Wainwright, STL      
64 Trevor Cahill, SD  
65 Ervin Santana, MIN       
66 C.C. Sabathia, NYY         
67 Trevor Bauer, CLE  
68 Jake Odorizzi, TB  
69 Steven Matz, NYM        
70 Julio Teheran, ATL      
71 Ian Kennedy, KC     
72 J.C. Ramirez, LAA 
73 Sean Newcomb, ATL        
74 Anibal Sanchez, DET       
75 Ariel Miranda, SEA      
76 Mike Leake, STL      
77 Kyle Freeland, COL  
78 Luis Perdomo, SD        
79                            Dinelson Lamet, SD                               
80 German Marquez, COL     
81 Seth Lugo, NYM      
82 Vincent Velasquez, PHI
83 Kendall Graveman, OAK     
84 Tanner Roark, WAS   
85                           Patrick Corbin, ARI                                   
86 Parker Bridwell, LAA
87 John Lackey, CHC 
88 Jason Hammel, KC 
89 Dylan Bundy, BAL      
90 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI 
91 Jaime Garcia, MIN
92 Jhoulys Chacin, SD   
93 Brent Suter, MIL 
94 Zach Davies, MIL 
95 Carlos Rodon, CHW  
96 Jose Urena, MIA
97 Jeff Hoffman, COL  
98 Adalberto Mejia, MIN
99 Junior Guerra, MIL
100  Trevor Williams, PIT

 

Disabled List (Ranking When Active):  Clayton Kershaw, LAD (3)Noah Syndergaard, NYM (8), Johnny Cueto, SF (28)Chase Anderson, MIL (29), Brandon McCarthy, LAD (42)Matt Shoemaker, LAA  (54), Aaron Sanchez, TOR (66) Matt Andriese, TB (68),  Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD (75 will add next week)Scott Feldman, CIN (84), Matt Harvey, NYM (99) Brandon Finnegan, CIN (100)

Dropped off: Mike Montgomery, CHC, Zack Wheeler, NYM, Marco Estrada, TOR, Andrew Moore, SEA

  • Two starters who have been strong over the last month, despite reports of their demise, are Gerrit Cole and Jake Arrieta. Cole’s gone 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 9.4 K/9, and a 1.69 Bb/9 over his last 6 starts, while Arrieta is 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA, 6.2 K/9, and a 3.22 Bb/9. Obviously Cole is actually pitching in a way that supports his recent run of success, Arrieta looks like he’s getting lucky.
  • Speaking of hot runs over the last month, very few have been better than the Dodgers Rich Hill. The ancient lefty is 4-1 in his last 6 with a 1.93 ERA, and insane 6.5 K/Bb over that time. If Hill can keep his fingers slick, he might be the most undervalued arm down the stretch.
  • Looking for a starter you can buy at a value? Look no further than the Phillies Aaron Nola. The former first rounder is 4-1 over his last 6 with a 1.70 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .190 BAA, 10.6 K/9, and 2.7 Bb/9. The best part is how deep he’s getting into games, in five of those six starts he’s gotten out of the 7th inning. Great add in points leagues or QS formats.
  • Looks like Masahiro Tanaka is back to his old self, despite blah starts in two of his last three. Over the last month he’s 2-2, with a 3.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, .238 BAA, 9.6 K/9, and a 1.4 Bb/9. Prolly not such a bad buy either, at the right price of course.
  • Stay away from Mike Leake right now. Not only are there reports he’s having trouble maintaining “optimal body strength” between starts, he’s been junk with a side of blah sauce for a month plus. His ERA over his last 6 starts isn’t terrible at 4.11, but his 4.7 K/9, and 4.1 Bb/9 are big ol’ red flags.
  • I want to trust Jon Gray, but I don’t think I can really trust Jon Gray. My apologies to all the people who’s ratios were impacted by my over-rank. Like Cougs might say “I love me some Gray, but Ralph is dreamy.” I’ll leave this right here…(3 hi Jake)

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  1. jon says:
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    ROS, Lynn, Roark, Freeland, Godley

    League stats W ERA WHIP K K/9 QS

    Will be dropping Ryan Madson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jon: Godley, Lynn, Roark, Freeland. I guess Roark gets a little bump with K/9

  2. Alcesto says:
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    I’m out for presidents to represent me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m out for dead presidents to represent me

      • Alcesto says:
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        You’re the baddest ‘pert. And not just because you rock hip-hop from ’94, but mostly.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Alcesto: WHICH ONE?

          • Alcesto says:
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            If you have to ask….

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Alcesto: who’s world is this?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Oh my God, Khris Davis was so off balance and still hit a home run. Dude is such a monster. Rawr!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Grey: Khris Davis doesn’t care, he’ll fall over and still crush a hanging slider

  4. PM_me_alexwood_woodies says:
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    What the actual eff, fam? Kershaw finally goes down and you still have Wood totally underappreciated. lol noob.

      • PM_me_alexwood_woodies says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Make me happy, turd!

        In unrelated news, hometown boy Sonny Gray shouldn’t be so close to Alex Wood in the rankings

  5. Slimcompoop says:
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    Great stuff, per usual, Ralph.

    I’m in 10-team, H2H, 6×6 (K/9), keeper league, and have the current starting pitching staff of Sale, Kluber, Carrasco, Wood, Cole, Duffy, Morton, and Corbin.

    I had McCullers as well, but moved him last week for Murphy and Knebel (I had needs y’all with injuries to Turner and the trade of Robertson to the Yankees).

    Two questions…(1) What are your thoughts on the aforementioned trade, and (2) why so low on Corbin?

    Appreciate you! xoxo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Slimcompoop: Hahaha we’re all good brother. I just may or may not be Tyler O’Neill’s father. I’ll leave that to the courts.

      I think it’s a great trade. I’d do that everyday.

      Corbin’s splits are weird. The home/road makes sense in abnormal home ballpark, but he’s awful out of Chase. I wanted to rank him higher though, but really from him to Matz it’s all like one big number with 20 places haha.

  6. John says:
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    Hi,

    I have to drop one guy btwn Morton and Rodon. Am I crazy for wanting to hold on to Rodon?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @John: Yes I’d dump Rodon. Less K’s less wins, pitching poorly

  7. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    30 team 5×5 – Trade my K. Herrera, Pham, & Marrifield for his JD Martinez, Merrifield, & Pham? We keep 5 and my keepers are likely: Stanton, Avisail, Castro, Alonso & Herrera. Currently in 12th place and saves are hard to come by… just 3 OF slots and no CI/MI/DH/U slots so my OF would be full. Thanks!!

    • Bill Lumbergh says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh: oops! Meant trade my K. Herrera, Pham & Merrifield for his JD Martinez, Baez, & Cecil. thanks!!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Bill Lumbergh: Yeah you’re getting the best keeper

  8. mrbaseball says:
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    Zack Wheeler – Looks like Thats all folks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @mrbaseball: Yeah he’s dead..

    • Racehorse says:
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      @mrbaseball: the Mets should just save everyone the trouble and put Seth Lugo on the DL because he’s next.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Racehorse: Rafael Montero is the Mets Zombie. Extremely hittable and never dead!

  9. bill amodeo says:
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    Ralph,

    Worried about McCullers at all?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bill amodeo: Yes, and if he’s bad this week he’s getting dropped to Cole territory. If he’s looks good this week and seems to have worked through this issue he’ll stay there.

      • Nick Cage says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: McCullers hasn’t gone over 5.1 innings since June 8th and hes ranked ahead of people like Carlos Martinez, Paxton, and Severino. LOL no way

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Nick Cage: Between 4/20 and 6/21 Paxton barely even went 5 and has a history of issues nor is he on a winning team or as good as McCullers. Could be a rough stretch that McCullers works through.

          C-Mart has a 5,48 ERA in July

          Severino, has been unexpectedly great with few downpoints.

          That said above I said if there’s another bad week I’ll drop him. Pitchers have rough stretches that’s common.

          Feel like you’re splitting hairs a little and being a know it all with little supporting your argument besides his rough stretch.

  10. Racehorse says:
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    It’s being reported that the Royals have acquired Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from the Padres for Straum, Travis Wood, and Esteury Ruiz.

    Thoughts?

    • Chucky says:
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      Cahill had a 0.72 ERA at Petco. You know thats going up in the AL. Same thing happened to me last year with Pomeranz going to the Red Sox, from Petco as well, albeit he’s pitched much better this year than last in the AL. As a Cahill owner we cant be happy, can we?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Racehorse: Think Cahill’s value might stay about the same. KC is still a great place to pitch, he might get deeper into games, has a better pen, and better chance at wins. I think there’s some give and take. K’s should remain, ratios should take a hit.

      Don’t get why the Royals would sell a nice piece like Strahm though. His value jumps a ton IMO. He’s not pitching this year though. I mean I guess they could win the division but I don’t buy them as a real contender after this deal.

  11. TTRA1N says:
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    You really like J.A. Happ huh? Reasons?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TTRA1N: Lefty, 5 pitches throws strikes, he’s faced Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Yankees last four. I mean if you dropped him down to 43 or something fine. For the most part these guys are tiers.

  12. John Hagar says:
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    Thanks again, Ralph! You make it easier to manage a fantasy baseball team! :)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @John Hagar: Thanks for reading! Hope it helps.

  13. Rogger says:
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    Looking to grab a prospect that will be an impact player either end this year or next K Lewis, McMahon or Kingery?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Rogger: McMahon

  14. Me says:
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    Full keeper:

    Pollock or wood and Kimbre (could also be chapman or Giles instead of kimbrel)l?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Me: Wood and the closer. I don’t want any part of Pollock long term.

  15. Cheese says:
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    I’ve pretty much locked up a playoff spot in my 16 team H2H league 6×6 (OPS, QS. K/9, K/BB, NSVH) so I should be able to absorb the 4-6 week hiatus of Kershaw. RP with SP eligibility that get holds are very valuable in our league. Rosters are deep and waiver wire is very thin.

    You’ve been high on Wood for a while, but I worry about his innings and injury history.

    I give: Alex Wood and Ryon Healy
    I get: Clayton Kershaw and David Phelps.

    Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cheese: I don’t think I’d do it. I mean you’re worried about a potential injury vs a real one. That’s my logic.

  16. Skillz says:
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    Hey Ralph, THANK YOU for all your awesome work!
    A couple Qs.
    1) Based on your rankings, my bottom three pitchers are Nova, Maeda, and Verlander. I have Keuchel coming back this week, but am I leaning dropping Nova, due to poor K rate, and Maeda’s upside/team, and Verlanders’s trade prospects. Would you agree with my opinion?
    2) I have Devers I need to take out of my NA spot or drop him. My worst bat is Kemp. Would you drop kemp for Devers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Skillz: I think I’d hold Verlander because…hope. I’d cut Maeda. Nova hlps with ratios so much, I know the K’s hurt though.

      Is it a keeper? Your worst bat is Kemp? Damn

      • Skillz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, it’s a keeper. That’s my opinion of Kemp. I also have Desmond, Hosmer, and Miggy, but leaning Kemp.

        We do a keeper based on draft round and number of years of service. We only keep 4 playas, and I think I’m already keeping Berrios, Wood, and Jimmy Nelson.

        I’m talking too much… sorry… and thanks again!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Skillz: No worries that gives me some clues.

          Might be Kemp, depends on Desmond’s health.

  17. rukky says:
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    Would you move Salazar and Verlander for Kimbrel?

    My only reliable closer right now is Osuna.

    Current Rotation 16 team h2h:

    Scherzer, Nelson, Severino, Taillon, Quintana, Salazar, Verlander, Estrada, Bundy, Chase Anderson

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @rukky: Yeah with that staff I think you can.

  18. Great stuff Ralph, reading through it to plan some deals. I’m thinking of making a bold move to take a run, but it would mean selling off your boy Benintendi, and likely deGrom. What do you think about trading them and maybe one other piece for Bellinger, Dee Gordon, and then one of Quintana or Lester? I’m not 100% sure my pitching staff will hold up, but my only shot is making a big move in one or both of runs and SBs.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Milarky: I mean I wonder how much better you’re going to get? You won’t be worse though.

  19. You’ve been bullish with Scherzer at #1 for awhile even before the Kersh injury. I’ve been offered Kluber/Abreu/Thames for Scherzer/Moreland/Beltran (the last two are stapled to my bench). Thoughts?

    • Chucky says:
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      @Skeezix. Tell ya what…I like that deal from your perspective. Scherzer’s the best player in the deal, I get that. But its close. But Abreu and Thames or Moreland and Beltran? Thats a no doubter. Id hit accept.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Skeezix: Yeah I think I do that

  20. Crabman says:
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    Where does garrett Richards slot for you when he comes back?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Crabman: Prolly about 60. I feel like we need to be cautious with him when ranking for rest of season.

  21. SJ says:
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    Ralph, thanks to your very helpful articles, I am sitting in first place in my keepers league, and some really good prospects in my dynasty rebuild league.
    I have your thought on Benintendi already, but this is my rebuild team, my top players are Kepler, Benintendi,Margot Alford, E.Jimenez, Acuna , O’Neill,Robles,Tapia Calhoun,HOskins,N,Gordon,Gohara and T.McKenzie. Now a owner really want Benintendi, would you deal him for a package of some of the following, N.Williams,Fraizer, Senzel K.Lewis,C.Stewart,L.Brinson,C.Ray, F.Marte,,Y.Alvarez,S.Gonsalves,Kilome,Keller,Puk ,Groome and Soroka.

    Thanks once again.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SJ: Yeah If you could get multiple guys in there say Frazier and Senzel or Brinson or Keller or Puk

  22. Jose says:
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    Great stuff Ralph.

    I traded off Cole and Votto for Freeman and Davis in my keeper league. I like the idea of getting a lot younger with Freeman and Davis is a solid piece, I thought. I’ve owned Cole for 3 seasons now and he always showed the promise, but never could deliver. Good? Bad? Fair enough..?

    What are your thoughts on Gregorius the next 2-3 years? Do you think this year will be the outlier or can we expect 20 HRs and a .280+ avg for a couple more years. He’s on waivers and I was thinking about seeing what gaps I could fill in with a Segura trade (even though he’s in a bit of a rut)and then picking up Gregorius until T Turner returns.

    Thanks for the work Ralph!

    • Jose says:
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      @Jose:
      That would be Wade Davis in that trade.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jose: I think this is who Didi is blossoming into I turst him, and I get the trade.

  23. Oddball Herrera says:
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    Desmond injured, McMahon out of the lineup in AAA

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Oddball Herrera: I grabbed him all over

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Oddball Herrera: whew, thank god i saw this late and didn’t waste moves in limited moves spots where i don’t already have mcmahon stashed (only since i have hoskins stashed primarily)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @goodfold2: Yeah little surprised he wasn’t called up.

  24. Mike says:
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    Ralph,

    Would you move Starling Marte to get Chris Archer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Yes as long as it suited my needs

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