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Several aces take the mound today, but with Clayton Kershaw costing $14K and David Price $12.5K, I’m going to save a few bucks and use Johnny Cueto ($9,900) as my #1 starter. Not only is his price much more reasonable which allows me to buy a few better hitters, but Cueto gets a nice match-up against the Marlins. Cueto has been dominant this season with a 2.04 ERA and a strikeout for every inning pitched. The 28-year-old right-hander is coming off of a complete game against the Indians. He actually faced the Marlins in the previous start, striking out nine while allowing only one earned run and one walk in seven innings pitched. I’d expect similar success again today. The Marlins are in the middle of the pack in terms of wRC+ against right-handed pitching (91) but their strikeout percentage against righties (24.1%) is the worst in baseball.

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Jose Bautista, OF: $4,900

Bautista gets what looks like a tough match-up against David Price, but Joey Bats has actually seen the Tigers’ new left-hander pretty well in his career. In 44 at bats, Bautista is hitting .341/.423/.727 with five home runs against him. The Blue Jays are always a threat to put up some runs at home even with an ace on the bump for the opposing team. I’d avoid throwing Price today and consider starting Bautista in your lineup for under $5K.

Lucas Duda, 1B: $3,700

Duda is probably going to look like hot garbage against Cole Hamels as I write this since he really can’t hit left-handed pitching. However, he has put up good power numbers this year with 20 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He’ll have the platoon advantage against Phils right-hander Kyle Kendrick who struggled against the Mets (4ER) two starts ago.

Austin Jackson, OF: $3,500

This is a nice price for AJax, who has managed a hit in each of his last four games. The Mariners leadoff hitter will have the platoon advantage today against lefty John Danks. In 45 at bats against Danks, Jackson has hit .400/.460/.644 with three home runs.

Jimmy Rollins, SS: $3,800

I can’t get through this post without mentioning a Phillie given it’s Wall of Fame weekend. Zack Wheeler is one of the better young arms in the majors right now, but JRoll has done damage against him already. The veteran shortstop has two homers in just ten at bats against the Mets righty.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There is a 40% chance of storms for MIA@CIN, SF@KC, and WAS@ATL.

Doing Lines In Vegas (13-13)

With a little over a month left in the season I’m sitting at .500. Let’s try to get in the win column with the under for LAD@MIL (7).

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  1. Paul says:
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    Great writeup, Mike! 3 unrelateds for you…

    1. ROS – pick 4 of Liriano, Ventura, Paxton, mchugh, odorrizi, and Hahn (h2h tracking QS and Ws, whip era and Ks )

    2. By saying “we’re not shutting CarGo down YET” are the Rockies effectively saying that they will be shutting him down / diminishing his fantasy usefulness to the point that he is sadly droppable for Corey Dickerson, kole, Bruce, or guys like that?

    3. Best DL stash – anibal, cole or Pineda?

    Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      1. Odorizzi, Ventura, McHugh, Liriano (Hahn could see IP cap)
      2. I’d hold for now, but watch that one closely. Seems like an odd choice of words.
      3. Sanchez is 3-4 weeks but the best arm of the three IMO. Prefer Cole to Pineda

      • Paul says:
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        @Mike: thanks! Looks like they just sent cargo to the DL, so that was quick haha. Do you like Dickerson Bruce kole or rajai as a replacement?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha definitely

          I’d go with Dickerson

  2. Bryan says:
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    Hey mix master mikewho are you starting this week at utility; jay Bruce vs polanco vs reddick & lastly jon singleton

    It’s h2h points weekly lock too

    Also, what’s going on w/ tanaka? Can I drop him or wait

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      re: Tanaka I think he’s soft tossing? I still don’t think he pitches this year, but if you’ve held this long you might as well continue to.

      I’d go with Bruce, who seems to be warming up…Tron likes him the most as well.

  3. Ryan says:
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    In a 20 team dynasty league, the guy that owns gregory polanco is interested in ian desmond. I’m thinking of trading desmond tanaka for jed lowrie polanco cobb. Is this a deal that improves my team?

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf oscar taveras
    util casey mcgehee
    bn kris bryant stephen vogt dominic brown carl crawford dl prince fielder

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp neftali feliz
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p brian wilson p neal cotts p wily peralta p tanner roark Bn drew pomeranz bn ryan volgesong dl masahiro tanaka

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think so, yes. Polanco is a top dynasty option and you’re getting a solid arm in return with Cobb

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: Do you see anyway I could upgrade at ss? Huge downgrade from deamond to lowrie.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          if you’re concerned about your SS, then don’t make the trade

          • Ryan says:
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            @Mike: how about tanaka taveras for polanco cobb? Better?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Taveras for Polanco is a wash IMO unless you can play Polanco at center and hoping Bryant ends up in RF for you

  4. BTXJ

    BTXJ says:
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    i played bautista today, so he is screwed. i am his kryptonite.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      well crap

      • BTXJ

        BTXJ says:
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        @Mike: he displayed massive warning track power as i finished that comment

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          how many points is that on DK?

          [slowly backs out of the room]

          • BTXJ

            BTXJ says:
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            @Mike: i’m pushing for 1 and .5 for LD out. no luck yet.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha

  5. nick the dick says:
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    Yo mike i wanna grab lind and my options to do that would be 1-just drop taveras from util and get him. 2-drop dizzy mccann, play vogt at catcher and put lind at 1b. 3-just drop vogt or singleton and grab him for CI. Which would you do? Thanks man

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      #2 is what I’d do

  6. OT says:
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    Start 2, at least 1 catcher in 6×6 OPS

    Vogt -$7.3 7 games @KC/ATL 3 vs. LHP Vargas/Wood/Minor
    Gattis +$2.7 7 games v. LAD/OAK
    Taveras -$6.3 7 games @MIA/v.SF 1 vs. LHP
    Segura -$3.2 7 games @CHC/LAD

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gattis/Taveras

  7. SF says:
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    Hi Mike. Couple of questions for you.
    1. Need some pitching help. Sanchez is down for the count and I could use another pitcher on my staff. Which 2 would you grab out of these guys: Tillman, Shoemaker, Chase Anderson, Gee, Eovaldi, Wada, Hughes, Miller?
    2. I have room on my DL. Stash Derek Holland?
    Thanks.

    • SF says:
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      @SF: Kyle Hendricks is also available if that changes anything.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Shoe and Gee

      Yes on Holland

      • SF says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime

      • BTXJ

        BTXJ says:
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        @Mike: @Mike: anderson has it figured out. 3.53 xFIP and 9.09 k/9 since 7/2. i think it’s criminal he’s a FA!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anderson too :)

          • BTXJ

            BTXJ says:
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            @Mike: sorry, serious crush.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha no worries! chase is solid!

  8. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Should Sanchez be dropped in a keeper league where he isn’t one of my keepers? How long do you expect him to be out? We have 2 more weeks left in our regular season. And then 2 rounds of two-week playoffs. Right now I am 4th and 4 teams make the playoffs. I could probably use the roster spot for some versatility, but if he will be back in 3 weeks and startable, then it might be better to keep him. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      3-4 weeks is what I heard. Let’s say 4 weeks to be conservative, you’d have him maybe for a playoff week. I think I’d hold him if you’re already in the playoffs

      • malamoney

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        @Mike: I am not in the playoffs. Right now I am 3rd, but will be in 4th after tomorrow. I have 2 teams nipping at my heels with 2 weeks to go.

        He won’t be any good to me the next and final 2 weeks of the regular season. Then the playoffs are 2-week match ups. If I make the playoffs, I probably won’t be able to start him unless I make the finals which would be 4 weeks out. And at that, would I trust him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          then he’s dead weight

  9. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Drop Prado for Wong?

    Trade Moss for Harrison?

    H2H points league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, Wong

      depends on your needs, I’d want Moss for the power

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Mike: I don’t care about power. I just want points. I don’t care if it’s a bunch of singles, runs scored and stolen bases or a handful of homers. According to my stats, Harrison scores more points per plate appearance.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          then you should pick up Harrison

  10. SMLV1 says:
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    Springer or Wil Myers ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Springer, I think Wil may need time to get in a groove.

  11. chris says:
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    Hey mike good stuff,

    Plzzz pick 2 to start this week.

    Capuano @bal @TB
    Fiers@cubs
    Worley@Det
    Roberto Hernandez@atl
    Kuechel@bos

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks

      yikes…Keuchel for sure, then I’d prolly go with Fiers

  12. Better call Saul says:
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    Hey mike , would you bench Evan gattis this week & add to start any of these catchers;
    JP arencibia , yan Gomes, Vogt, or flowers

    Or add Danny Santana or Josh reddick for utility/IF(santana) or just depth I have an open roster spot so I won’t be doing any drops

    Thanks mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Gattis and add Santana

  13. DJ says:
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    Hey Mike – would you send Rios to get Tyson Ross in 12 team h2h 16-cat redraft league? i’d have Span, Dickerson, Beltran, Pence, Duda and Springer to fit into the 3 OF slots still…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup, I would

  14. Joe says:
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    Mike should i drop Gio González ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure if there are other options available. no reason to keep guys around who aren’t helping your team

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