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Hyun-Jin Ryu ($8,700) got smoked in his last start, but he draws a weak Padres team today at home in our last day of games prior to the All-Star Break. What will we do for four days?! I for one will be catching up on what my wife and children have been up to for the last three months while their father stared at a computer screen combing box scores. Father of the year! I’ve recommended Ryu before and while he’s not flashy, he’s solid for the price you’ll pay in DFS. The Dodger left-hander has a 7.6 K/9 to go along with a 1.9 BB/9. Outside of the Tiger mauling, Ryu had given up 3+ ER in only one of his last 10 starts. The Padres, meanwhile, have a putrid 70 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. Given it’s a home start and the opponent today, Ryu appears to be one of the better values on the board. Good luck and enjoy the break!

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Kevin Gausman, SP: $6,200 – Gausman has been up and down between the majors and minors, but he’s flashed some of his potential in his starts this year. He had one clunker, but in his last start at Boston he allowed only one run while striking out seven. Today it’s about risk/reward, and the money I’ll save with Ryu and Gausman could come in handy elsewhere in my lineup.

Dee Gordon, 2B: $4,500 – I know Gordon has slowed to a near halt lately, but I’m willing to take a chance on him against Tyson Ross and his 21 steals allowed (most in MLB).

Todd Frazier, 3B: $4,400 – For a guy that costs even less than Gordon, I really like the match-up for Frazier today. He’ll have the platoon advantage against lefty Francisco Liriano, a pitcher he’s gone yard on twice in just 14 at bats. Plus he’s from my home state of New Jersey so points there as well.

Bryce Harper, OF: $4,300 – Harper hasn’t come flying out of the gate (or into walls) after his injury, and that’s to be expected. He did go yard Friday night and got a day to clear his head yesterday. I’m expecting something nice from the youngster today against right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who got nicked up for three dongs and seven earned runs in his last start.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

There’s a solid chance of storms in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Colorado (40%).

Doing Lines In Vegas (9-13)

Five was nice but six in a row is a straight up roll. I’ll take the under for SD@LAD (7).

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  1. Paul says:
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    Nice write up! Fingers crossed on dee!

    Totally off topic but what are your thoughts on Polanco v Calhoun ROS in a league with OBP and OPS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      I’d go with Calhoun unless it’s some sort of keeper/dynasty

      • Paul says:
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        Cool – thanks. Same answer if Dickerson v Calhoun?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah, I’d go Calhoun there too

  2. costaricanchata says:
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    Hey Mike :

    a couple of days ago , i asked Grey if you could write a
    dynasty column for Razzball .
    he indicated that he gave you carte blanche to write about whatever you want .

    so , i’m here today to ask if you would consider writing
    a regular (?) dynasty or large keepers column for us .

    i recognize that you’re probably over-burdened , writing these
    daily gambling columns as well as contributing mightily to the
    daily round-up columns that Grey writes , and that perhaps these
    are not the forums for me to make such a request .
    But , this is where i find you .

    i suspect that there are “not a few” Razzers who would be regular readers
    and contributers .

    please .
    and thank you , for the consideration .

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hey Chata! Thanks for the kind words the other day.

      I’d love to do something like that, and I’ll chat with Grey, Rudy and Jay about it. Could be something we hammer out in the offseason if they feel there’s enough readers that are interested. In the meantime, I know I rely on Dano and Chris’ stuff for a lot of my deep league/dynasty stuff.

      I’m going to give the steals column some minor league attention tomorrow in honor of the “Futures” game since it’s an off week.

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Nice write up Mike! Thanks for reminding me of Mr. Ross’ inadequacies when it comes to holding runners. I was going to go Altuve but maybe I’ll give Dee a try. That came out wrong….

    Shall we revive our Sunday Dad vs. Dad battles?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime Ralph!

      sure thing, sho0t me a H2H and I’ll get my lineup in :)

  4. Jack says:
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    Mike,
    Off topic but wanted to get your opinion….thinking about trading Pujols for Wainwright in my H2H OBP league. If both stay healthy and perform as projected, it’s a win for my team needs. So my main question is about Wainwright’s health. Jeff Zimmerman over at Fangraphs does a great job at looking at stats related to health. Jeff’s not putting up any red flags yet, but I did notice that Wainwright’s Velocity and Zone% (2 of the main warning signs) are trending moderately down from the beginning of the year. Offensively, I’d be replacing Pujols (who has some health risk of his own) with Duda, Dunn or Byrd.

    What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s a fair trade and one that I would make if I needed an ace to win now. I think the second sentence you wrote answers your question.

      I’d usually bet on the hitter over the pitcher in a vacuum when it comes to health concerns, but Pujols is no spring chicken himself (as you mentioned).

  5. Mike says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Gennet,Wong,Kipnis…
    Thx!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Kipnis, Wong, Gennett

  6. Justin says:
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    I can hold 2 of the 3.

    Pearce, Vogt and Alcantara.
    Who gets the boot?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Vogt

  7. Mike says:
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    Puig or adam jones ROS??
    Thx!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Puig. Can’t go wrong with either, so it’s a preference

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