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What does Juan Lagares have to do with this title? Not very much, but this day only comes around once a year, and I’m going to honor it by using it as the title of my post. I’m such a nerd that I still have my Star Wars lunch box from when I was a kid, and I ain’t selling it. My inner-Jedi has been searching around to try and find a stop-gap who has the force flowing through them for the next week. Many of us need help in our lineups while we deal with injuries and non-performers. I own Adam Eaton, Billy Hamilton, and Kole Calhoun in one league, and I’m in serious need of a bat right now that won’t kill my team. If you were a diligent reader of the pre-season awesomeness here at Razzball, then you may own some of these players too. It’s a predicament of Sarlaccian proportions and as we dodge asteroids in our Millennium Falcons, we need to find that bat to help us through this mess.

Before I move forward, I want to talk about the newest Star Wars movie due to be released on December 18th, 2015. The cast has been set and many of the original Star Wars players will be involved, including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher. You can read about the new cast here. The marketing is going to go bananas for this one and we will be flooded with merchandise of epic proportions. Vans has even announced a line of Star Wars shoes for the uber geeks. Hey Jay(Wrong), can you get Star Trek slip-ons?……I think not. [Ed. Note– Uhh. Yes I can?]

Juan Lagares just came off the DL, he’s only 1% owned in ESPN leagues, and as I write this, he has picked up right where he left off going 4-for-9 with a run and a RBI in his first two games. Before he went down, he was sporting a very nice .298 batting average with 5 runs, 6 RBI’s, 4 extra base hits in only 47 AB’s. To put him in perspective, he had only one game so far this year where he didn’t get a hit, and including what he’s done since coming off the DL, he has 7 multi-hit games on the young season. I understand the counting stats are not jumping off the page, but when you hit like that, they will come. I prefer to have a player that isn’t going to hurt you than a player who might give me a home run one game then go 0-13 over their next three contests.

Lagares opens the week with three games against the Marlins where he has gone 6-for-14 with 2 triples against the scheduled starters for those games. The sample size is small (hehe), but I have a feeling he’s going to use that huge park and his speed to put himself in position to score. After an off day on Thursday he opens a home weekend series against the Phillies where he faces Cole Hamels (5-for-13, 3 doubles, 2 walks) and Kyle Kendrick (3 for 4, 1 double, 1 walk). He also gets to face Roberto Hernandez and his bloated 5.74 ERA and 1.56 WHIP. Again we have a small sample size, but when you have a player that is an extra base hits machine, you have higher opportunities to score runs and maybe some of those XBH’s will start turning into home runs. He might come off as a little boring but he is steady and won’t hurt you. If you really want to get into the underlying numbers with him, then look at his GB/FB of 0.76. It screams power should be there, and I think it’s only a matter of time before he pops a few more over the fence. His BABIP is high at .422, but if you look at his minor league track record, it’s not uncommon for him to be on the high side.  Because of his defense, he should continue to get AB’s and his speed will keep him interesting.

I’m starting him in a few leagues and I suggest if you need a fill in you should too.

Others under consideration: Brad Miller, Colby Rasmus, Chris Carter, Lucas Duda

 

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  1. Birdmann says:
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    May the fourth be with you and all those injury, sounds like you need to go to Tosche Station and pick up some power converters. Help Obi Wan you may be Jacks only hope.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: I’ve been curbing myself lately, I hope he’s a suicide hotline counselor too

  2. Birdmann says:
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    CJ Cron might surprise some people and move Raul to the bench. He already was added in my 14 man league.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Birdmann: I added him in all my expert leagues yesterday

  3. guidedbyvoices says:
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    i actually have a team w/Harper,Cuddyer,Trumbo,Eaton and Cobb plus….I drafted Moore and Josh Johnson.
    anyway….its a standard 5×5 league w/ just one DL spot.
    drop Colon for Buehrle?
    how bout dropping Castellanos for Byrd?
    thnks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @guidedbyvoices: I have Cobb and had Moore in the league I mentioned above. I feel you bro, where in this together. I like Catellanos long term over Byrd and I Colon vs. Buerhle is really a match-ups game and there is no clear cut winner there.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @J-FOH: I’ve got the Royal Flush Boys…..Cobb, Crush, Trumbo, Chapman, Bruce, Latos Just got Minor back & Segura. so I’m currently sporting a no catcher no utility spot. It can’t get worse right??

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Teddy Heater: It can but it won’t, i think the world will shift back in your favor soon

  4. Reed says:
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    That’ nothing! Totally serious, I have only one league and I have Hamilton, Harper, Kipnis, Ryu, Pineda, Janssen (drafted day before he hit shelf) and Machado who I’m finally getting back. Machado was a keeper and we made our keeper picks when it looked like he was good to go to start the season. On top of that, I drafted Braunfels who I traded away when the injury surfaced. I also have Gomez who will serve a suspension this week most likely.

    It’s all I can do to field a full roster right now let alone get in 12 starts as is our league setting. This is a 10 team H2H points league with 5 bench spots and 2 DL slots…luckily.

    Ok, done whining. Thankfully, I do have this site to help me through it!!!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Reed: It’s OK to come here to vent. I’ve already cried myself to sleep a few times this year. Post anytime your problems, we’ll get through it

      • Reed says:
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        @J-FOH:

        LOL! Somehow, i managed to squeak out a win this week so, all things considered…i’m pretty happy tonight. i’ll come back next time i’m on the ledge. :) Cheers!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Reed: come back every week for a rant, it always makes me feel better

  5. Goldschimting says:
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    In OBP league, who would you rather have Lagares or Revere?

  6. Roger Rocket says:
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    One last spot to fill for SP….who do u like better for the rest of the year McHugh or Stroman? Thanks

  7. Dennis says:
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    Which SS would you add for power, (RBI/ homers) , Jhonny peralta, jimmy Rollins, Brandon hicks, or Jonathan villar- I’d be dropping Andrelton Simmons (I already have Alexi Ramirez but was starting Simmons at IF slot just looking for an extra pop)

    Thanks again!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dennis: Peralta or Villar,

  8. Snake Hips says:
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    What is the inside body temperature of a Taun-Taun? …

    Luke-warm

  9. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    ok so what am I doing with EY then if Lagares ‘terk his jeerb!’? – need power/speed – Oswaldo, BJ, Maybin, De Aza?

    thanks!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I’d take a flyer on Maybin. Watch for oswalso’s return, he might be interesting down the road

  10. Smalls Killer says:
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    Trying to figure ifi need a replacement guy for puig next week. Have a feeling he test the first half the week then plays the weekend. Will his weekend be better than say loney or scooter or Dominguez? Francisco is a possibility or even moustakes. Crawford & eithier are outthere too. I have to drop Liriano for someone or play panda (puke on a stick). Who would you choose? Thanks jack

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Smalls Killer: I’d take a try with Crawford or do batty calls, check Hitter Tron as well

  11. Shawn of the dead says:
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    Hey, keep or drop Eric Hosmer?

    My main 1b is goldy, but I have Carlos Santana & Adam Dunn who are also eligible at 1b. And at IF I have dee Gordon at utility Andrelton Simmons.

    If I were to drop Hosmer; here are some options to add:
    Salty, will middlebrooks, Dayan Viciedo, leonys Martin, rajai Davis,Jean Lagares , justin smoak, Desmond Jennings or lastly nick castellanos who’s eligible at 3b & of.

    Or would you look to add another pitcher? Here are some that are available; sonny gray, Nate evoldic, CJ Wilson , Dillon gee, lackey, peavy or iwakuma?

    My sp’s are already Strasberg, tanaka, cueto, Gerrit cole, zach wheeler and Bumgarner & we start 3 sp’s

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Shawn of the dead: hold Hosmer, you can lose dunn, I would grab gray and drop wheeler for Eovaldi

  12. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    while eaton and calhoun probably are owned by disproportionate amount of Razzballers Billy H. was actually ranked lower here than major fantasy sites, and deemed too expensive (of course in RCL’s he may have been possibly gotten at ADP simply due to Razzball readers following Razzball rankings) i.e. his hype at sites was big.

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i did miss dropping juan f. for cron in 20 team, which could hurt later, but with beltre/fielder/stanton at util/1st/3b hopefully it won’t hurt too much. juan F. is only sub at 1st/3rd for me. cron could only be used at 1b and Fielder almost never takes days off anyway.

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