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I have no idea of how to tie in one of the most famous AHnold soundboard choices, but like last weeks selection of ANIMAL!, I really don’t need a reason. I have established this, and it feels good to make said establishment. I also have no idea what we’re are still doing here, playing in these deep leagues. Sometimes I panic that I won’t have anything to write about, and then I remember, there’s always money in the banana stand. No, wait, that doesn’t make any sense. Ah, yes. We’ll always have Humberto Quintero to talk about. The fantasy catching equivalent of seppuku. And guess what? I haven’t even typed a player blurb on Tom Gorzelanny yet, so exciting times indeed! God, shoot me now.

Considered a solid back of the rotation pitching prospect, Justin Grimm hasn’t really shown anything spectacular so far this year with a 5.56 ERA. But there is some potential here for him to be a bit more. His 4.30 FIP tells a different story of the year he’s having, and a really rough start against Boston where he gave up 978 runs may have scared enough owners off his trail. His K/9 of 7.18 and BB/9 of 2.90 are very solid, and Grimm might be a nice buy-low option if you need a stable starter that could be a bit more.

Finally getting the call for the Milwaukee Brewers, the five year minor leaguer, Sean Halton looks to translate some of his power to the big leagues. He’s been old for the levels he’s played, but he’s also a very big man (6-5, 250) and could be a cheap source for power. Based on his minor league numbers, the high K% may not translate well to the big leagues, and combined with a low walk rate, contact might be Halton’s undoing. But if you have an open corner, he might be worth a look.

Sporting a 2.93 ERA, with a not so zesty WHIP of 1.41, Andrew Miller could be helpful for one thing and one thing only. So far in almost 28 innings, he’s accumulated 45 strikeouts, good for a 14.64 K/9. His FIP is 3.16, so there will likely not be a huge regression change. Add in the fact that regression works a bit differently with relievers anyhow, since of the consistently small sample sizes from year to year, the strikeouts could continue. I doubt he’ll see any saves, but will get the occasional hold here and there as the Red Sox bullpen goes into transition.

J.B. Shuck me? Well, J.B. Shuck you! In 167 plate appearances so far for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County, California, near Disneyland, and sorta close to Los Angeles, he’s produced a respectable 306/362/388 line. He doesn’t really have much power, and doesn’t really steal that much, so I see him only as a temporary rate stat helper, especially in OBP leagues. Though, it should be noted, most of his at-bats came when Peter Bourjos was on the DL.

I should probably just copy and paste what I said about Andy Dirks a few months back and be done with Clete Thomas. Then again, I would have to still replace all the Tigers stuff I talked about to the Twins, which would take just as long. Thomas won’t necessarily hurt or help you, and in a pinch, he could get you some at-bats with marginal stats. His ceiling seems to be something like 250/320/400, with limited run and RBI opportunities. To be honest, I might recommend just leaving an empty slot in your outfield, but in leagues deep enough, any at-bat, no matter what happens, is a good one. So the fact that he’s hitting 262/338/377 might actually help. I need some mouth wash.

 

Jaywrong is a 30-year old Korish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress average-looking women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

74 Responses

  1. malamoney says:
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    Demon Young or Mike Morse ROS in H2H points league?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @malamoney: Morse.

  2. Psychedelic says:
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    What do you think of Denard Span? His season numbers are well below his career numbers, and he’s supposed to be a big on-base guy. Do you think he will bounce back in the 2nd half?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Psychedelic: Yeh, I think him and the Nats in general will have a strong 2nd half.

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @jaywrong: would you trade Alcides Escobar/Alen Hanson for Denard Span/Edwin Jackson? Jackson is meh but id be counting on Span having a strong 2nd half. It’s a dynasty league

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Psychedelic: I like that trade for you.

          My deep impact series is for leagues with the dynasty mechanism, so you’re in the right place.

          • Psychedelic says:
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            @jaywrong: ok sweet thanks again man

      • Psychedelic says:
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        @jaywrong: I know you’re not the dynasty guy but I figured you could offer some advice anyways :p thanks!

  3. malamoney says:
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    Would you give up Goldschmidt to get Strasburg in a H2H points league where we can keep any 4 players?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @malamoney: if you need the pitching, yeah, I would do that.

  4. win1forthe says:
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    Been offered the following deal:

    He sends Parker, Nolasco and Moreland for Jose Fernandez, Morrow and Lawrie.

    Thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @win1forthe: I would hold. Fernandez sways the deal for me.

  5. Yager says:
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    I don’t need saves in a twenty team league, I lead the league by fourteen, so I am taking offers on closers. I received a Mujica for Carpenter deal today. I have Belt at first, Pedroia at second and Frazier/Rendon/Arod (if he ever comes back) at third. I wanted starting pitching for saves, but I do like Carpenter a lot. Which side do you like?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Yager: I still go with carpenter. Love him.

      • Yager says:
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        @jaywrong:
        Thanks for the reply. The deep impact always has the most actionable stuff for league with 20 teams. Keep up the good work.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Yager: Totally. I appreciate that, as I play in a couple of 20 teamers myself, there is simply nothing out there tailored to us. I wanted to change that. No matter how niche we are.

      • Yager says:
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        @jaywrong:
        …. and I was leaning towards Carpenter, just needed the push.

  6. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Yadier Molina, James Shields, Glen Perkins and Mark Meloncon (Holds count in this league) for Yu Darvish, Street and Gregorson.

    Which side?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: Boy, its close, but I’m going with the Darvish side.

  7. jose says:
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    jay they offer me evan longoria and zack greinke and arnoldis chapman for edwin encarnacion and mike leake or evan longoria and anibal sanchez and arnoldis chapman for edwin encarnacion and mike leake…. its fair? and which trade should i take?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @jose: I’d want the deal with Anibal. It’s fair, actually, I think it leans slightly in your favor in that iteration.

      • jose says:
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        @jaywrong:
        anibal sanchez injuries dont are a problem? could he be healthy thru all the season?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @jose: yeah, its a concern, but I like him still more than zack.

  8. wookiemomspussface says:
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    COMPLETLY OFF SUBJECT…of these 4 players which 2 do I keep on my roster? N. Franklin,Oswaldo Arcia,Gregor Blanco or Juan Francisco

  9. Jiggy Nits says:
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    Jay you’re my guy! thanks for getting back to me on twitter. I kept Rutlege for now instead of claiming Denorfia…. Thinking about dealing Dom Brown for Kimbrel. Which side do you like more? Should I hold and try and get some cheaper saves?

    • Jiggy Nits says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: NL only roto 5×5 10 team

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jiggy Nits: saves are so volatile, its nice to get an elite one. If you need em, I think its fair. Depends on how you can get those cheap saves though.

      • Jiggy Nits says:
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        @jaywrong: I’m second last in saves so there is a lot of upside. Leading HR and SB by 20+… but I’m the guy who just dealt Cargo for Zimm and Freeman… So my OF already taken a blow. Dont think I can pull the trigger on this unless I can get some help back in the OF.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Jiggy Nits: Yeah, in that situation, I don’t mind holding. Try pinging for some cheap saves and see what happens.

  10. B.J. says:
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    Would like to grab Cingrani in my 12 team H2H, who is the cut? Rendon (backup to Utley), J. Benoit, Lester, J. Parker, Dez Jennings?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @B.J.: I’m leaning Parker. Rendon if its not a keeper.

      • B.J. says:
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        @jaywrong: It is a redraft. I love the BA from Rendon but the lack of power/speed makes him tough to own.

        I’m having a hard time letting Parker go because he’s pitched so well over the last few weeks. Unfortunately no one in my league is interested in trading for him.

        Ugh! This is a tough one.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @B.J.: Yeh, in a Redraft, I’m leaning rendon.

          • B.J. says:
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            @jaywrong: Thanks dude! That’s who I decided to drop.

  11. bossmanjunior says:
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    Jaywong,

    Would you hold Rollins or drop for Asdrubal or Aybar? Thanks!

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @jaywrong:

        So do you think Rollins is a bit of a lost cause right now? Honestly they seem like very similar players with Rollins offering more speed and Asdrubal more average with age obviously an advantage for Cabrera. A frustrated owner dropped Rollins a month ago and I was hoping to catch some forward trending regression but have ended up just as frustrated with one homer and four steals the last month. Thanks for your insight.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @bossmanjunior: Yeh, just not expecting much from rollins. Unless you are desperate for that speed edge.

  12. jose says:
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    jay if you need pitching would you trade edwin encarnacion for evan longoria and anibal sanchez?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @jose: yeh, I would in that situation.

      • jose says:
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        @jaywrong:
        its not a oneside trade? injuries of both players could make them a problem?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @jose: I’m not concerned right now. Longoria appears minor, and Anibal is close to returning. I’m okay with that.

  13. chunk says:
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    So much for Perez… Advantage back to Medina?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @chunk: I’m sure the whole bullpen will get a shot. Pryor might even get into the mix soon.

      Ultimately, I think it goes back to Wilhelmsen.

  14. Mike Escario says:
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    There’s always money in the banana stand!

    http://youtu.be/UuHILqDIvis

    Now that THAT’S out of the way, time to read more than the first paragraph. You have made me a happy, happy man. Thank you

  15. stynyr says:
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    10-team, H2H. 5×5

    c-Perez
    1b-Loney
    2b-Gyorko (DL)
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Lowrie
    of-Joyce, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Ryu, Jose Fernandez, Garza, Wheeler
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland
    dl- Reyes, Braun

    Dump Lowrie and bring Reyes back ~OR~ drop Gyorko, move Lowrie to 2B and bring Reyes back to SS?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @stynyr: I’m okay letting go of jed in that situation.

  16. Fister Furbush says:
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    So choose one to keep in a h2h points league going forward.

    Ervin Santana
    Gerrit Cole
    Matt Garza
    Tony Cingrani

    Thanks

  17. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    I got offered I give up Jordan Zimmerman I get Lynn and Arenado what do you think?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: I think its just fine in a keeper.

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @jaywrong: This season no keeper 12 team mixed

  18. roo says:
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    Kuroda vs Baltimore. start or sit?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @roo: I’m leaning sit. Total gut call.

  19. MB says:
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    Whom do I drop in 15 team, 45 man rosters. 5×5

    Eric Chavez who rotates with moss as CI, Ryan Dempster, Hector Santiago, Joe Blanton or T Hudson. Have 10 SP currently

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @MB: I’m leaning demster.

  20. Mike says:
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    I’m in a 12 team standard roto league. Both Cingrani and Jacob Turner are free agents. Who do you like the ROW? Are either worth the roster spot?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: Oh, and I’d be dropping Matt Joyce for one of them.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: maybe Cingrani, but both are meh in a 12 team Redraft. I’m more comfortable streaming them.

  21. JoeG414 says:
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    I just picked up Brad Miller, I have him, Rutledge and Gregorius for only one starting spot. Which one to cut if I have to.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JoeG414: Didi.

  22. subs says:
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    need to drop 2.

    its a 6×6 where k/9 matter and boy do I need the k’s and K/9
    NON KEEPER
    J Johnson Lester Norris Archer Cole

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @subs: archer and Cole.

  23. Mike says:
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    Hi JayWrong,

    Longoria has put me in a bind and Aramis Ramirez is on the wire.

    Which OF do I drop for Ramirez?

    Adam Jones
    Alejandro De Aza
    Carlos Beltran
    Josh Hamilton
    Matt Holliday
    Nick Markakis
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Yoenis Cespedes

    I think it is De Aza or Markakis.

    I lean toward dropping De Aza but the rest-of-year meter says to drop Markakis.

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: I actually like Markakis. If you need counting stats, prolly De Aza, rate stats, Markakis.

      • Mike says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks – I like Markakis too.

  24. Andrew says:
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    Do I bench one of Heyward, Marte, C. Gomez to start Ibanez this week? I’m leaning benching Heyward

    Also Kendrick (6 v. STL/BOS) over Altuve (7 v. TB/TEX) if I’m not in need of the steals?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Andrew: I would actually keep Ibanez benched.

      And yes on Kendrick.

      • Andrew says:
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        @jaywrong:

        even with 6 HR in last 11 games and 6 games in Tex and Cin this week? Normally I don’t bench my stars but an exception might be in order.

  25. hunter2 says:
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    had to hunt your post down because you got my Kuroda and Cueto start/sit questions right.

    Anibal Sanchez returns tomorrow vs the Indians who got shutout by Porcello last time, but before that they were scoring runs well. Start or sit him?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @hunter2: Nice!

      Yeah, I always have a policy of waiting one start before activating a pitcher off the DL. It’s hurt me, sure, but in the long run, helped me more.

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