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Shelby Miller is living the high life. Major league success, fame, fortune… and twins! Everything’s coming up Shelby. He was masterful last night, tapping the Rockies in a complete game, 1-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. The 13 Ks was a career high and Miller time is now. It’s been an amazing  start for the rookie, but this was easily his best performance so far. He gave up a hit to Eric Young Jr. to start the game and then proceeded to retire the next, oh I don’t know…27 batters! Sweet sassy molassy! That’s called dominance, folks. That’s not just a “Shelbyville” idea either, that’s what aces do, and Miller may well have proven himself last night as a legit fantasy ace. He was painting the corners with his fastball yesterday, showing pin point control and throwing serious cheese between 94-96 mph, dude was untouchable.  Shelbs grabbed his fifth win and now has a 1.58 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP. The player rater has him as a top five overall pitcher. Yeah, he’s been that good, and it’s the 51/11 K/BB ratio that keeps me up at night thinking about him. He’s the champagne of pitchers and looks like the early favorite for rookie of the year honors. I had my own Shelby Miller fantasy last week and here’s what I said about him, “I believe the best is yet to come for Shelby Miller and have made some substantial offers for him in redraft leagues. I’m buying Miller if I can, even though I prefer Budweiser.” There may be some regression coming, but I expect Miller to continue his success going forward. No matter what beer you prefer to drink, or whether its Miller’s great taste, or the fact that he’s less filling that makes him so good, either way fantasy owners can agree that Shelby Miller has arrived and he’s here to stay.

Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Jon Lester - 9.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 5 K. After giving up 11 runs in his past three starts, Lestah rebounded in a big way. He was perfect through 6 innings until Maicier Izturis doubled in the 6th, but that was the only hit Lester would allow. Lester must have channeled his inner Shelby Miller, because he was untouchable last night, too. “Cahdinals! Owah 1-hittah was bettah and wickedah than yourah 1-hittah, no one denies this!” That was Ben Affleck. He’s a supah fan. It took Lester 118 pitches to record the complete game shutout; he’s 5-0 and he’s looking like a good bet to keep it rolling in Tampa next week.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4 with 2 runs. Adam’s got a seven-game hitting streak going and three straight multi-hit games since you dropped him. Some power would be nice to see, but this is a start.

Ian Desmond – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBI and his 5th HR. After he hit the homer he yelled to the ball as it sailed over the wall, “See you in another life, brotha!”

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5 with an RBI. My Starlin lead off last night as the Cubs faced a lefty. Generally, I like the idea of Castro leading off, it might even help his speed numbers. Manager Dale Sveum had been using David Sappelt in the role but nobody knew who that was and he eventually disappeared.

Jeff Samardzija – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 K and his 5th loss. You take the good, you take the bad, you take the Ks and then you have a Samardzi[expletive deleted]zjizjza.

Nick Swisher – 3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI. You know the sound the net makes when Kobe Bryant hits a jumper? It was kinda like that. The Injians can hit, people! Now let’s get some asses in those seats, Clevelanders! Your team is winning, and we know there’s not much else to do in Cleveland besides the Ikea and the Rock and Roll History Museum, so get to the ballpark!

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-5, 3-run HR, his 7th. Prince Fielder also hit his 9th HR (a 460 foot shot, natch) because that’s what best friends do for each other.

Wandy Rodriguez -6.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K. Way-Rod’s best start in over a month, but it was the Mess and he did surrender a HR to Anthony Recker, whoever that is. I’m keeping him on my bench next week vs. Milwaukee.

Shawn Marcum – 4.2 IP, 9 hits, 6 ER, 2 K. NOPE. Needed an MRI on his non-pitching hand after the game and his status for his next start is up in the air. Sounds like the Zack Wheelers are beginning to turn, at least in my head. Besides being the awesome thing to do, it would make sense too. Grey told you to BUY him so check out his Zack Wheeler fantasy, he wrote it in a van down by the river.

Garrett Jones – 3-for-5, 3-run HR, his 5th. He’s got a four game hitting streak with two homers and five RBIs in that span. Amazingly still available in about a quarter of leagues so get on that people.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 1 run and a RBI. Hey, I remember you! From my nightmares! How ya been? Pedro now has back to back multi-hit games and hit a HR on Thursday so if your going to own him now’s the time. He’s about ready to pop.

Jayson Werth – Headed to the DL with a strained hamstring. The stint is backdated so he’ll be eligible to return on May 18. You can take this information for what it’s Werth.

Alex Cobb – 4.2 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 13 Ks. Don’t call him corny! He had 9 Ks through the first three innings and had already thrown 74 pitches. Threw 117 pitches total but wasn’t able to pitch deep enough into the game to get the win. Still the 13 Ks sure are purdy.

Matt Joyce – 2-for-4, 2 runs. Grey told you to BUY him and he goes and hits, not one, but TWO baseballs last night. Happy happy, Matt Joyce. He will sit against lefties but could be worth a look in the right match-ups and is available in more than half of RCL leagues.

Carlos Quentin – 1-for-3 with his 3rd HR. Boo! Hiss! Jeer! He is the Pete Campbell of baseball. Somebody punch him. No, not you, Greinke.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-4, 9th HR. Remember how good he used to be? How pretty that swing was? The pure power he possessed? Yeah, it’s all still there.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4, 8th HR. Continues his quest to destroy my soul because I owned him last year and stayed far away this year. My bad, Nelly. I’m hoping we can still be friends after this, but I really do not like you anymore. Shimmy shimmy coco puff, listen to me now: stop hitting homers.

Norichika Aoki – 3-for-3, 1 run, 2 BB. Caught stealing. But the important thing here was that he tried — oh, and that he reached base 5 times. Again, he reached base five times and tried to steal. I like the sound of that. Nori, that’s A-OK.

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 5th HR. Ryan Braun homered in this one too, but oh man, do I love me some Jean Segura. What a name. What a city! I think one of the most interesting things about Milwaukee is that it’s the only American city to elect three Socialist mayors. Party on, Brewers!

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-4, his 6th HR and 2 RBI. B-Phil my beating heart, the Reds’ cleanup hitter leads the NL with 31 RBI. That’s 18 more than Joey Votto for those of you keeping count. Is it me or is Jo-Vo the least exciting top 10 player to own in all of fantasy? I know he’s good, the picture of consistency and the power stats will come, but man I’m tired of waiting around for him.

Tony Cingrani – 4.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 4 K. Threw just 85 pitches and gave up back to back homers to Braun and Segura. Can you blame him? Those guys are awesome. Despite the sparkling 2.89 ERA and the Ks for dayz (37 Ks in 28.0 IP), Tony C. has given up 6 HRs in 5 starts. As much as I like the kid and hope he stays up over Mike Leake, I have a bad feeling he’s odd-man out when Johnny Cueto returns. I only say that because life is unfair, everything is stupid and everyone sucks. The world is a vampire, sigh, what’s the point.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. Gordo has a six game hitting streak with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in that span. Since Razzball mentioned he should bat third, Alex has four hits, a home run and 4 RBIs in two games. If your reading this Royals GM (and why wouldn’t you be), why not try batting Eric Hosmer lead off? He’s batting .321 over the past week and he’s got (or had at least at one point) a skill set that could thrive at the top of the order. Get on it, Royals!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-3, 4th HR. He like-a the juice, eh! Helios! Get some more juice for da man. Grey told you to BUY this hot little gyro. But make sure you get extra juice on the side. He like-a the juice!

Vernon Wells- 0-for-5. Yup. He must have ran out of Michael’s Secret Stuff. Spoiler: it was vodka.

Ichiro – 3-for-5, HR, SB, 3 runs, 3 RBI. Ichiro drank the rest of the secret stuff with his slam & legs, all wrapped up in seaweed.

Lyle Overbay – 4-for-5, 2-run HR, 5 RBI. That’s two more homers and seven more RBI than Joey Votto. This makes perfect sense.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-4 with a HR in his rehab game. He’s set to return next week and I bet he hits the ground running. If you can find an owner who’s worried the power will be sapped I’d try to buy Grandy while you still can. The power is real, and it’s spectacular.

Manny Machado – 3-for-6, 2 runs and a RBI. Drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning. Our hero! The Orioles managed 18 hits in this one including 3-hit games for Chris “The Dish” Davis and Adam Jones. In dynasty/keeper leagues there’s really no player I’d rather have at third base than Macho Manny Machado. Oh yeah!! This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Grey told you to BUY, him. If the rookie can hit at Target Field he can hit anywhere. It’s kind of like throwing him into the fire. Or like throwing the Khaleesi into the fire, and instead of burning at the stake, she births dragons and takes over all the kingdoms Westeros. Oswaldo is a dragon warrior. Are you ready MLB?

Josh Hamilton – 0-for-5, 2 Ks. If you got your hopes up by J-Hammies nice start to the week, keep in mind he has hit all four of his home runs and six of his 11 RBI versus the Lastros. Coincidentally, Houston is the only team with a worse record than Los Angelheim. The Angels look really bad you guys, and Josh Hamilton looks the worst.

Alejandro de Aza - 2-for-5, 7th HR. Second straight game with a HR. The .252 average is ugly for a lead off hitter, but everything about the White Sox is ugly right now, so they’ll take what they can get.

David Hernandez – 1.0 IP, 1 hit, 1st SV. Are you wondering why he went to Hernandez over Bell after you just picked up Bell? Manager Kirk Gibson commented post game, “Because [expletive deleted] you, and your [expletive deleted] fantasy [expletive deleted] team.” Fair enough. Bell pitched the past three days and should get the next chance, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up splitting the role until one of them truly steps up. Currently the Bell tolls for Heath.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 9 Ks. Good gravy! Where did this guy come from? No, I mean I know he’s Japanese, I meant that metaphorically. I’m saying he’s awesome.

Brian McCann – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI. His second homer in as many days. Remember Evan Gattis? Me neither.

Matt Cain – 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 7 K and his 2nd win. After a few rocky starts, Matt has won two straight with 3 ER and and 11 Ks in 15.1 IP. He Cain do it!

Jose Fernandez – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, 7 K. The rookie grabbed his second win. Jo-Fer’s set to take on Tony Cingrani and the Reds next week at home in rookie nookie match up. Must see TV, people!

Carl Crawford – 3-for-5, and his 7th SB. Everyone is so surprised that Carl Crawford is playing like Carl Crawford. He makes $140 million, he should be at least this good. No? Matt Kemp also stole his 5th base in this one, but he is dead to you anyway.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 3-run HR, his 4th. A-Gone was sidelined a bit last week with a neck thing but that looks like it’s behind him now. The days of 40-HR Adrian are A-Gone and forgotten, but 25-28 homers with a .300 -.320 BA is looking like money in the bank.

Zack Greinke - 4.1 IP, 6 hits, 8 runs, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks. Greinke looked just fine in his rehab start at Rancho Cucamonga, but he didn’t quite look good enough to convince me to start him in his first start off the DL. If I’m on a starts cap, and Greinke’s on a pitch count I’m worried Zack doesn’t pitch deep enough into the game to even get me a win. I’d take my chances on another starter next week, but going forward the Greinkster should be fine as long as he stops picking fights with angry sluggers. Let Nick Punto fight your battles from now on ZG, that’s what utility players are for.

Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. Kyle says:
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    Worth dropping arenado for venable?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kyle: I’d stick with Arenado a bit longer, but Venable is definitely a hot schmotato right now. Five hits in three days with two homers and three steals? I wouldn’t drop Arenado but if Venable keeps this up I might have to.

  2. JoeC says:
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    I believe Shelby Miller tapped that Rockie ass (to put it technically).

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JoeC: Ha! The rockies couldn’t hit it

  3. Jash says:
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    Sox fan here, was at the game last night, Lestah was cranking out pitches at 94mph in the 9th wheeew, wish I owned Shelby in more than one league this year… bah

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jash: Wish I owned Lester in any league, he’s looking better than ever.

  4. emporersmonkey says:
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    Would appreciate some opinions on this offer. My friend acts like I am trying to rob him blind, but I think its more than reasonable. He easily has the worst pitching in the league.

    My Victorino & Bumgardner for his McCutchen.

    • Dan Pants

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      @emporersmonkey: I’d want the McCutchen side. It’s not a bad offer, but McCutchen is arguably top 10 player and if I’m going to trade him for a pitcher its probably gonna be one of the top 5 guys. Even if my pitching is terrible, I need more if I’m selling my best player and sacrificing my office.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Dan Pants: offense*

        • JoeC says:
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          @Dan Pants: But I like the idea of sacrificing one’s office. To which god though?

  5. Gbac16 says:
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    Sadly,
    We don’t even have an IKEA.
    Cleveland.

  6. RDP says:
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    yes jon lester and shelby were outstanding lastnight but Rafael DePaula had 12k’s including 5 in a row before being yanked out. Id pick him #1 overall

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @RDP: Thanks for the info! Not even in the fantasy player universe yet, guarantee that changes this weekend.

  7. KCC26 says:
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    which side for each of these deals? I have encarnacion side. and if you would make either, which would you prefer?

    encarnacion/napoli or votto/ s.perez

    encarnacion/napoli/corbin for votto/latos

    • Dan Pants

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      @KCC26: I prefer the encarnacion sides, but I also really like Edwin and am lukewarm on Votto at the moment. If you expect big things to come from JV go ahead and make the trade and if you can get Latos out of it too that’s a nice trade.

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

    c-Perez
    1b-Ike Davis
    2b-Rutledge
    3b-Longoria
    ss-Lowrie
    of-Braun, CarGo, Choo
    util-Jennings
    util-Alex Gordon
    sp-Kershaw, Moore, Harvey, Minor, Bailey, Cahill, Ryu, Jose Fernandez
    rp-Soriano, Janssen, Holland, Cishek
    dl-Garza, Reyes

    Been offered Allen Craig for Gordon. Don’t really wanna do it but I need a 1b. Icky ain’t getting it done. What do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @stynyr: The way Gordon is playing I’d try to shop him around for a better first baseman (maybe a Billy Butler-type, somewhere in that range). But if you can’t get anyone to bite Allen Craig is not a bad plan B.

      • stynyr says:
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        @Dan Pants: I was offered Goldschmidt for Harvey and Gordon. I tried to go Harvey for Goldschmidt but he wouldn’t do it. Do either sound good for me?

        • Dan Pants

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          @stynyr: I love Goldschmidt, but the way Harvey’s pitching and Gordon is playing I think you can do better.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Dan Pants: Wait, what? Why is Billy Butler better than Allen Craig? In what universe? :)

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @JoeC: I’ve always been irrational in my Billy Butler love. You are right, I’d probably rather own Craig.

          • JoeC says:
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            @Dan Pants: Well, I own both, so it’s not like I hate the Moobster. But Allen Craig is just at another level.

            Once the weather warms up, the homers will come and men will bow before his mightiness and know he is the God!

  9. Silky says:
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    Do you like Shelby or Gio more going forward?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Silky: Gio Gonzalez. I still have yet to see Miller go through a league a second time or seeing how pitching an entire season 180+ IP will affect him. I’ve seen Gio put up Cy Young caliber stats throughout an entire season so I go with the guy who has done it before.

      • stynyr says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thank you sir.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @stynyr: No problem. Anytime!

      • C.O.C. says:
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        @Dan Pants: Asked Grey about an innings cap on Miller and he said he might get shut down at 175, if that info helps….

  10. Huge Caulk says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h.. Hitting is good, pitching mediocre… Can I make this trade?

    I ship him Medlen for
    Shin Soo Choo

    Seems like decent OF are all over the waiver wire, but quality SP’s are tough to get…however Medlen is slightly lacking in K’s and Ks count double in my league(K and K/9). In a vacuum, you make this trade every time but in my situation I am not sure,,, Other OF i own include:
    Holliday, Ichiro, Victorino, Aoki, Joyce so I could use some improvement there. But is Choo that much of an improvement and worth sacrificing pitching? Pitchers I own: Harvey, Medlen, Kennedy, Shark, Jo-fer, Cingrani, Kuroda, Wei Yen Chen, Masterson… Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Huge Caulk: Yeah I’d do the trade. Medlen is nice but Choo is a top 30 player, you can find pitching on the wire a lot easier than players like Choo.

  11. raul says:
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    What’s up with Cespedes? His average was great last year, and now he’s batting .213

    Do you think it’s just a slump or will he not get near his average last year? He was only .250 before he started going 0-4 for several games.

    • Dan Pants

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      @raul: Yeah I think the average was high last year, I see him more as a .240-.250 hitter and the power is still there. Just a slump (seems like the entire A’s team is going through it), he will be fine.

  12. Dkohn says:
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    Should I trade Giancarlo?

    If yes, who would you try and get?

    Manny Machado as a 9th round keeper next year? Ah cha cha No?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dkohn: If its a keeper league I’m trying to hang onto Giancarlo. 9th round for Machado is pretty sweet so it depends what Stanton’s round is but I’d probably lean toward Stanton even still. The power is just unreal.

  13. Funky Cold Molina says:
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    Would you rather own Rizzo or Machado in a dynasty?

  14. Pete says:
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    Ok to start Quintana in a H2H points league tonight?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Pete: He starts tomorrow I believe. He’s not a very exciting play against Anaheim, but I wouldn’t bench him if I needed the win that offense does not scare me. However, Quintana is meh, I think there are probably better options out there.

      • JoeC says:
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        @Dan Pants: Why does everybody hate Quintana? He’s solid and should be rostered in 12-team and above leagues.

        • Dan Pants

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          @JoeC: Yeah, Quintana hasn’t been bad, but he hasn’t been that good either. The white sox are pretty bad and I wasn’t crazy about the match up.

  15. Ben says:
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    I haven’t been able to sell Miller for anything in my leagues. The best offer I’ve had is Victorino for him. It seems like the general perception is he won’t sustain. The BABIP is very low and will correct, but he’s not walking guys and his xFIP is still only 2.91. I’m not too broken up about hanging on to him.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ben: My guess is the offers should be a lot better after last night, but if no one’s buying hang on he’s legit.

  16. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I was offered segura napoli shelby miller for longoria soler zito and gattis. Do I consider this trade? I think segura is legit and I could use the added speed. What should I do?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel Escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf evan longoria
    lf michael morse
    cf norichika aoki
    rf justin upton
    of carl crawford
    util desmond jennings
    bn nick franklin
    Bn jorge soler
    bn evan gattis
    bn jurickson profar
    bn peter bourjos

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp Scott Kashmir
    p mat thorton
    p Jason motte
    p ja happe
    p Barry zito
    bn zack wheeler

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ryan: That’s a great offer but I still think Longo is the best player in this deal by a lot. I’d hold for now.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Dan Pants: What if I offer straily profar aoki for segura miller instead? Better?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Ryan: Sure. You could use the speed at SS, and you have enough prospects where given up Profar is no big deal.

  17. J Money says:
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    Rather have Alvarez or Moose Tacos ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @J Money: Mmm…Moose tacos. I’d go with Mike, but Alvarez might be heating up right now don’t be surprised to see a barrage of power.

  18. Mike says:
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    Holy crap – Niese just imploded again – drop him for Jose Fernandez?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: Looks like he may be headed to disgraceful list. If he does I wouldn’t hesitate to make a switch.

  19. Jeff says:
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    Guy in my league is shopping King Felix.

    Minor + Ortiz too much to offer? Would you offer Shark or Sanchez instead?

    Other SPs are Shark, A. Sanchez, Cingrani, Harvey, and Yu Darvish.

    He wouldn’t take Cingrani + Ortiz.

    Keep 2 guys league with k/9, BB/9, era, whip, wins, saves, holds.

    Thx.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jeff: I think Minor/Ortiz is about right. I’d hold onto Anibal if I could.

  20. Mike says:
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    I’ve been offered Beltran for Homer Bailey. I need avg and rbi’s. Is this a fair trade, or is Bailey worth more than Beltran?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: No, this is a good trade. Go for it.

  21. So cg says:
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    Great stuff. Probably getting to this too late to get an answer, butwould love some feedback on a trade.

    I give Rios, lance Lynn.
    I get torii hunter, price.

    • Dan Pants

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      @So cg: If your a believer in Price as I am you take this trade in an instant. Lance Lynn has been every bit as good so far though, but I think before long Price will get back to his cy young ways.

  22. Chuck says:
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    Adam LaRoche Vs Mike Moustakas
    Which would you pick up ROS?
    Higher ceiling? Higher floor?
    7×7 league with OBP & SLG

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chuck: I’d pick up LaRoche. I think Mous probably has a bit more upside but the higher (or lower) floor by a lot. LaRoche is the safer bet, we know what he can do.

      • Chuck says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! I was leaning that way… I do hope Moustakas heats up, Royals fans deserve it!

      • Chuck says:
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        @Dan Pants: PS what is your twitter handle?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Chuck: @dandemanco

  23. Hank says:
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    Arenado, moose, yonder ROS? Also to pick up wheeler should I drop Santiago, cashner, milone, or cingrani?

    Thanks!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Hank: I’d want Arenado. I wouldn’t drop any of those four four Wheeler just yet. If you really want to stash I’d wait and see how Santiago pitches tomorrow and if he does poorly he’d be the first to go.

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      @Hank: *Correction santiago pitches monday in Minnesota, and I’d hold him for this start.

  24. Am I being too impatient to offer Votto for Verlander? My SPs are Scherzer, Samardzija, Milone, Lincecum, Bailey, Medlen, Slowey; I have Freeman and LaRoche for corners. I just think Votto is going to end up a high-priced 20/80/.300 guy if he stays healthy, and I have no aces as you can see.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sherm: Joey Votto may be starting slow but he is a legit top 10 player, but so is Verlander. If you need an ace and can spare Votto on offense this is a good trade.

  25. Kyle says:
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    Whose the fool just traded Miller and C. Davis for Sabathia

  26. Kyle says:
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    Trade help please!
    - I get Braun
    - I give Darvish and Heyward.

    10 Team H2H pts, 2 Keepers (trout & cano), 7 starts per week,
    -makes sense to have elite SPs

    Would you deal for Braun?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Kyle: No, I’d hold with what you have.

  27. RedRox says:
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    Trade my Smardjajajaja for Rios?

    • Dan Pants

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      @RedRox: Depends on what you need, but I’d hold on Samardzijia a bit longer, at least until he gets another good start and builds some value.

  28. Barn owl says:
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    Really want to grab Wheeler, but can’t decide who to drop… Kennedy, Lincecum, CJ, Travis Wood (seems like the obvious choice, but I just picked him up for a double next week)?
    Leaning towards Kennedy, but is that too drastic?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Barn owl: Yeah, not sure I’d drop any of these guys yet until I knew for certain that Wheeler was being called up.

  29. Matthew says:
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    I’ve been coming to your guys’ site for a couple months now and it has helped my fantasy skills drastically. My four baseball teams are absolutely amazing at the moment. I love everything you guys do for us!!! Trying to show my love for all you guys so I’m trying to spread my q?’s haha

    Anyhow. I have Freeman in a league cause some dope dropped him, on top of that I have Goldschmidt, Frazier, and Ike.

    Someone dropped Markakis.

    Drop Ike for Kakis?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matthew: Markakis is pretty hot right now, but I wouldn’t expect him to keep this up entirely. If your team needs power you need to hang on to Davis, otherwise I have no problem playing the hot bat week to week.

      • Matthew says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks!! Makes complete sense. I need to debate cause my roster consists of pretty good power

  30. costaricanchata says:
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    you need to come up with some new lines .
    or maybe save this sort of stuff for a year-end tribute article
    in which you re-hash your best moments .
    ” I had my own Shelby Miller fantasy last week and here’s what I said about him, “I believe the best is yet to come for Shelby Miller and have made some substantial offers for him in redraft leagues. I’m buying Miller if I can, even though I prefer Budweiser.”

    • Dan Pants

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      @costaricanchata: Ouch. That was me quoting me! Sorry, I was trying to show that just last week I was talking him up, I will try to be more original in the future. Sometimes I forget which lines I’ve used due to all the psychedelic drugs. That and I’m lazy.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        i apologize for expressing my disappointment in such a crude manner .
        everything that i had read , up until then , indicated that you were a much better writer than having to resort to fluffing your own feathers .
        at least when Grey does it , he links back to his prior articles .

        will continue to read your work for the information , insight , and the humor .

        • Dan Pants

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          @costaricanchata: I probably should have included a link but you’re right I could have cut that whole sentence out and it would have read better.

  31. paulzone says:
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    Liriano or jo-fer ROS?

    • Dan Pants

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      @paulzone: Good question. I lean towards Jo-Fer, Liriano’s inconsistency scares me away.

  32. Ryan Gosling says:
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    Party on, wayne! The name “Milwaukee” is actually an Algonquin term meaning, “the good land.”

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ryan Gosling: Wow! So glad someone picked up on the wayne’s world reference. Was worried i went a bit too obscure.

      Does this guy know how to party or what?

  33. Frank Lynch says:
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    Who would you drop for Garrett Jones?? Trevor Cahill, Kenley Jansen, Evan Gattis( I just picked up like an hour ago), or Josh Donaldson??

    • Dan Pants

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      @Frank Lynch: I’d hold with what you have. Might be time to drop Gattis soon though when Heyward returns.

  34. Dan says:
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    6×6 league that counts walks, should i try to acquire granderson for pence? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Dan: Pence will probably steal more and hit for a higher average but if you need the power Granderson is a great player to target.

  35. Jacks says:
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    lol, I chose to throw Ervin Santana and Jaime Garcia over Shelby Miller this week! Might have killed my season. Cost me 7 points and counting :)

  36. Clint says:
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    I drafted Lester and Miller & the mating in captivity thing seems to be working so far because they just created a 2008 Kazmir. Maybe together they can repopulate my fantasy team’s staff & save my ERA/WHIP from the toliet it currently resides in w/a superrace of pitchers (insert pinkie & Dr Evil laugh here).

    • Dan Pants

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      @Clint: Nice! Better get Liriano on your team and throw him in the mix!

      • Clint says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I had him in his Twinkie days when he was supposedly the successor to Santana right after he had TJ surgery and it appears he hasn’t changed much since then when I left fantasy baseball for a few years. I always loved his strikeout potential but it seemed he never put it all together then or since. Has he changed that much and is now add-worthy?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Clint: His first start of the season looked good, but it was the Mets. I mention him because if your teams “powers” can do for him anything like what they’ve done for Kazmir he’d fit right in there if your looking to repopulate.

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