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What do the Rangers do now? Prince has gone belly up. [Jay's Note: More like belly all around, amiright? You know, because he's fat.] Besides Yu Darvish, their pitching is hot garbage. I’m 50/50 if they try to make a deal for Kendrys Morales. What’s really going on in Arlington? Mitch “I get relevant every May” Moreland is what’s going on. Over the last three years, the month of May has been by far his best. He’s hit .312, with 17 dongs, 46 runs and 38 RBI’s. Maybe he has a thing with the letter ‘M’? MMMHHHH! – Mitch Moreland May I? Mitch May Moreland… Is May his middle name? Either way, something good has happened for triple M. Prince Fielder‘s neck couldn’t handle all that weight it’s been carrying around, and now Mitch gets his shot again. Hey J-FOH, Mitch has never been able to put it together for a whole season? That is correct, diligent random commenter. Mitch has never been able to put it all together for a full season and I don’t expect that to change. What I do know is May is almost over, Mitch loves to hit in May, Prince is now a popper… of pain killers, and opportunity is the drug we all subscribe to in fantasy baseball.

The 1.7% owned Mitch Moreland gets a full slate this week, which is always a nice thing. Although these games are on the road, I would like to throw out there that the “hitter friendly” label that once applied to Arlington is now over. Frequent Commenter Oaktown Steve did a nice job of pointing out that since moving the fences back, the park has become pretty neutral and the numbers back him up. On the year, Arlington is 23rd in home runs and 29th in doubles among all parks. I understand the lineup in Texas is not what it used to be, and has been hit with injury (Beltre) and disappointment (Fielder) so far. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the opponents aren’t doing it as regularly as well.

So where is Mitch playing this week? Well he gets the luxury of traveling to Minneapolis and the cavernous Target Field. Now before you back click and go read the Guru’s Jam It or Cram It, please hear me out. Target Field, on the year, is ranked 13th in MLB for home runs. That is not a type-o my friends and critics. That is as real as Grey’s beautiful mustache and accompanying vape pipe. Mitch is a combined 6-for-13 with a home run against three of the Twins starters… starters he faces with another newbie right-hander for him to introduce himself too.  He follows the Minnesota trip with a stop in D.C. to face the hapless Nationals. Here is a situation that can get dicey. Nationals Park has not been friendly to hitters this year and I get that. But what I like is three more right-handers, and with where he has been hitting in the order, 3rd this past Saturday, Moreland will be surrounded with some protection.

Don’t be bummed out if you missed out on Garret Jones, Adam Dunn or Lonnie Chisenhal. Dealing with the fall out from Prince Fielder being down for the year, Joey Votto finally getting put on the DL, losing your CI Nolan Arenado because he doesn’t know how to slide, or waiting for Adam LaRoche to come off the DL will leave your options pretty thin. Did I just write waiting on Adam LaRoche? What is wrong with this season. Oh, wait LaRoche just came off the DL yesterday. Tragedy averted! Players are dropping like flies and getting a guy who will be flip flopping between the three and four spot in the lineup is hard to come by. Knowing my luck, Moreland will break his leg on Tuesday doing a proper feet first slide into second.

Other Options: Kolten Wong, Mark Reynolds, Denard Span, Lorenzo Cain, Chris Carter

  1. Rudacious says:
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    Need some quick help! In a really really tight race on ERA and WHIP.

    I have Beckett @ PHI

    Kuechel @ Seattle

    Teheran vs COL

    Who do I play? Who do I not play? Please hurry!

    THaNKs!!!

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Rudacious: I’m in the same situation and I’m sitting Beckett. Dude seems prime for a blow up. Teheran is too good to sit right now and the rockies have been cooling off. As for Keuchel, I’m just jumping on the bandwagon.

      • Rudacious says:
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        @The Thumb:

        Yea I decided to sit Beckett. I’m still not sure if I’m going to start my other two but I put Beckett on the pine. Hopefully he doesn’t turn into a sonovabench! .

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rudacious: I agree with the thumb. Tehran is an always start. DK for sure. Beckett on bench

    • The Thumb says:
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      @Rudacious: Sorry dude

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Rudacious: didn’t see the no no coming.

      • @J-FOH: Well, that makes sense. If you had seen the no-no coming AND then benched him, that wouldn’t make sense.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Fanthead: I meant I didn’t see a strong outing for him

          • @J-FOH: J-Foh. I’m teasing. But just so it’s clear: Inherent in the act of benching is a prediction that player is not going to do well.

    • Chris r says:
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      @Rudacious:
      Don’t feel bad, I benched beckett in a tight whip race too :(

  2. piotr says:
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    Would you rather get one definite start from Stauffer in your rp slot, or 1, maybeee 2 from Chase Whitley?

    +5 for a quality start, +5 for a win, -5 for a loss

    • J-FOH says:
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      @piotr: stauffer

  3. J-FOH says:
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    We need to have a memorial weekend music draft today…you down?

  4. de nachos says:
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    Speak for yourself I am quivering with excitement over the return of La Roche.

    5th place in AVG here I come.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: you’re like Nachos without cheese

    • Kid A says:
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      @de nachos:

      Looks like you slipped under 4oth parallel of the Nachoza line again today. That poor liver.

      If only we could all be so ambitious and shoot for 5th…and hit 11th.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Kid A: actually 11th thru 5th moves around a lot lately. I aim to be king of the dipshits

        • Kid A says:
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          @J-FOH:

          SO much volatility in the league. No one is safe.

          Gun to my head, I’d say Future Chicken From The Past has best odds of winning it all.

        • de nachos says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m frozen in the sótano. My recent pickups, Jeter Johnson Escobar Aviles Schierholtz 0-18 our WW is disgusting. Mr. JFOH miggy’s hurt, the price of Castellanos just went up, get in now.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @de nachos: a little hammy thing, nothing special

            • Kid A says:
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              @J-FOH: Famous last words. Flashback to Fielder a week ago.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Kid A: and JoFer *runs away crying*

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Kid A: *runs back to computer* and Avisail

                • Kid A says:
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                  @J-FOH: HUZZAH!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Kid A: hey, I’ve made more money on DK than I could of won in any of my leagues this year

  5. de nachos says:
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    Beckett’s no hitter was first against the Phils in 36 years. Ugh a right hander in CBP to boot. The phightin’s are rank. I think I’m streaming Chacin tomorrow.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: The price they paid for winning now and not winning

  6. Kid A says:
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    By god, Nachito and I will silence all the cricket screams in here just the twos of us if we must.

    Your beasts of burden.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: I’ve been missig you in here and now that you show up…I’m such an a**hole

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH:

        What? Now YOU wanna punch my lights out too? Gotta take a number. I think the broken-faced lady-boy wants first crack.

        All redemptions will be honored in Oakland at the 32 x 32 = 64 ÷ 32.*

        *Offer subject to availability.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: no, I was saying that I’ve been missing you coming in here and keeping me on my toes and now that you show up I don’t come in and respond in a timely manner. That makes me an a**hole. I see no need to throw blows at the 32 to the third. Were Ok my little friend to the south

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH:

            I know. I just wanted to call him a broken-faced lady-boy.

            You and I have been getting along quite well this year. Funny that. A real disappointment, I have to say.

  7. Kid A says:
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    Here’s a wrinkle for you:

    10 team 6×6 redraft. 64/100$ remaining. How much to bid tonight on Taveras and Polanco?

    I already asked EL Bigote this, and am curious to see which of you comes closer to the mark.

    No peeking.

    • de nachos says:
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      @Kid A: 27 on Tavares, 25 on Polanco, save 12 bucks for a bid on Gareth Bale.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: 18 on Polanco, 14 on Taveras

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Interesting. Hair Lip said $7 and $5.

        Best way to navigate a course is to take three readings. I’ll see what Goobert has to contribute.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: It’s tough, what’s your read on your league? what have other gone for? Is this experienced rational players or nutjobs with no clue?

          • Kid A says:
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            @J-FOH: Well I nabbed Springer for 20 (next highest bid was 18), but that was after he had gotten called. So everything was buzzy hoopla.

            I’m thinking I might be able to swipe TavLonco for cheaper since it’s still a touch early. I was really hoping that the Taveras talk wouldn’t heat up until next week.

            Finding the balance between my frugality and my desire is tricky with these call ups. I walk the line.

            Waivers process in a couple of hours so it will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Kid A: Personally, i don’t like the way the Cardinals handle their prospects for fantasy purposes. I would throw my dollars at Polanco and let someone else deal/gamble on Taverito. There is a higher chance that he becomes a frustrating own when you watching him siting on the bench while Jon Jay starts.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @J-FOH: it’s true, local STL newspaper finally outted Matheny as being the one jerking around Taveras back in training camp with the ankle thing (or at the least they’re throwing Matheny under the bus), and likely would play Jay over Oscar way more than the GM wants.

  8. de nachos says:
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    Oh thank Koresh I’m back at 40 points. I was about to make a Dogfish 120 and World Wide Stout Black and Tan with a chaser of Partida tequila and tears. Hold the water works, barkeep.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: you have an expensive habit over there. You might consider some kind of beer you can buy on a pallet.

  9. nick the dick says:
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    yo foh you like moreland over lind at all? lind sitting vs every lefty gets old, not sure if they are doing that with moreland.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: I prefer Lind long term. Have you tried pairing him with Jones or Davis?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: ya i like lind better too but no room to platoon with taveras and polanco stashed and whatnot. eh i can deal with i guess im not hurting and in 1st place. thanks man.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @nick the dick: they are all tough calls when it comes to our fringe

  10. de nachos says:
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    May have to replace Hanley in a weekly lineup OBP league, you like Odor Cozart or Scooter for the short term?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: odor, but they all stink

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: pun point!

  11. de nachos says:
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    Yup. He was my $0 bid guy. Deep league. Hopefully Hanley is fine but with weekly sets you gotta plan ahead Sun nights, thanks. BBQ well tomorrow.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @de nachos: will do, you entering any Brett Favre look alike contests this holiday weekend?

      • de nachos says:
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        @J-FOH: sometimes when I stumble drunk it’s reminiscent of his flop for Strahan’s bogus sack record.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: HA! does that work on the wife too?

  12. JFK says:
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    Jumping in to keep y’all company in here – in a 12-team H2H keeper, thoughts on this offer?
    His Polanco (25th rounder)/Wacha (5th rounder)/Paxton (16th rounder) for my Arenado (25 rounder)/Adverb (non-keeper)/Belisario (who would keep him?!)

    Thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @JFK: I’m a win now guy so I say the Polanco side

  13. They’ve never moved the fences at the Rangers Ballpark. Last season they opened up the concourse behind home plate which cut down on the swirling winds which would help carry the ball out.

  14. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Drop Gyorko or Aaron Hill for Wong?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @malamoney: I wouldn’t do either

    • philthebluntman says:
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      Drop gyorko. Hes hot garbage that cant make contact. I dumped him for wong already.

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    you can’t just count the doubles and homers in a park to get whether it is a hitters park or not. in the case of MIN i’m sure Dozier’s crazy outbreak, and likely hot opp, or even more likely MIN terrible starters are the reason, not HomerfreeRetroDome, which ranks as 81 and 87 Park Factors for right and left handers from BP going into this year, and they didn’t do anything different to that park. Those are some of the worst homer numbers in baseball for a park to have. You are right about TEX though, they have similar homer park factors.

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