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Despite his recent clunker, Marcus Stroman was the most added player on ESPN with a 49% jump in ownership. It’s well deserved, as the 23-year-old right-hander has put together a nice season for the Blue Jays. After spending the first part of 2014 yo-yoing between the minors and a brief role in the Jays bullpen, Stroman has a 3.49 ERA (3.30 xFIP) with a 7.9 K/9 and 2.09 BB/9. Those are solid numbers from a rookie, and while it was speculated that he could be hurt by the long ball, he’s managed to keep his HR/9 at a nice 0.58 rate. He’s not a big guy, but if you’ve seen him pitch this year you’d agree he’s got good stuff. The Toronto faithful have even made this cool hat. Like all rookies he’ll have bad days like this past Sunday, but sandwiched between two bad starts were three beauties. Prior to that start he had strung together 21 innings with only one earned run and 20 strikeouts. He hasn’t walked more than two batters in his last five starts and he hasn’t given up a homer in six of his last seven. It’s possible the Jays will be careful with Stroman moving forward so keep an ear to the ground for news of a possible innings limit. Outside of that I’d roster Stroman in all forrmats despite Sunday’s hiccup. He’s right there with fellow rookies Jake Odorizzi and Kevin Gausman and I’d actually prefer Stroman over both at the moment. Here are this week’s other big adds and drops in 2014 fantasy baseball…

Yangervis Solarte, IF/OF – 59% owned (+40%)

It’s Padre mania as the San Diego club has really heated up. Solarte is right in the middle of this run with two homers, ten runs scored, and ten runs batted in over the past two weeks. The 27-year-old came to San Diego from the Yankees in the recent Chase Headley trade. He was surprisingly good in the early part of the season (especially May) but quickly dropped off in June with a .164 average and zilch power. Solarte came out of nowhere as he wasn’t a major prospect and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this two week stretch quickly turn on fantasy players that are adding him right now in hopes of a spark. The dual eligibility is nice, but I’d rather roll the dice with Danny Santana or even Emilio Bonifacio. Even a guy like Jake Marisnick could have more fantasy upside over the last two months. Solarte has had a nice couple of weeks with his new team, but I don’t think he’s worth the add in 12-team leagues. TRASH.  

Kolten Wong, 2B – 61% owned (-13%)

On the flip side we have Kolten Wong, who was a more highly regarded prospect and has had a great rookie campaign for the Cardinals in 2014. I’m confused by the 13% drop here. He’s hitting second in the Cardinals lineup and outside of a ho-hum .243 batting average, Wong has contributed across the board in the fantasy categories. I don’t get to quote Grey too often but yesterday morning he posted a really cool stat: “For those who aren’t the best at math, he’s on pace for 15 homers and 34 steals over the course of a full season.  Yup, and Mike is super.” Man, Grey is such a nice guy! In all seriousness, those are great numbers at any position let alone second base. The icing on this cupcake is that he could actually get better. Keeper leaguers especially should be looking to add the 23-year-old second baseman. While Steamer is only projecting another three homers and five steals, I’d take Wong for the rest of this season over fellow rookie Arismendy Alcantara and even the recent hotness of Jedd Gyorko. TREASURE.

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  1. Clint says:
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    Would you stick w/Segura in an 8 team h2h pts league where you can keep 10 or give Baez a shot despite his K rate being potentially harmful? I’ve already got quite a few whiffers on my squad (Moss, Bautista, Bruce, C. Davis) so I’m not sure adding another would set my roster for the playoffs favorably.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Clint: goodness–those are the best SS in an 8-team? I’d give Baez a shot. Presumably if he tanks there are mid-range SS available.

      • Clint says:
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        @Steve Stevenson:

        Other SS’s available in addition to Baez/Segura are: Aybar, Asdrubal, Escobar, Lowrie, Bogaerts

        I’m in 2nd place and being a Brewer fan I keep hoping Segura’s gonna turn the corner but he’s been killing me all year long so I thought maybe for the 2nd half I should look at a change.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Segura hasn’t done much so I’d take the gamble on Baez sure

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Know who’s not on pace for a 15/34 season, and also has a poor avg (and a lingering oblique problem to boot)? Kipnis! Who you got ROS in 6×6 (OPS) H2H? I have Cano at 2B so this is for Util/bench bat.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ouch! so my choice is between Kipnis and Wong? I might still go with Kipnis there

  3. 740 says:
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    Sup Mike, news on Cutch he has fractured rib not oblique injury…i guess my question is that better or worse? lol

    thanks Mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes. before they were saying a month. now he’s not even on the DL? I’d just follow the news closely if you own him but even though I’m not a doctor I’d imagine he’d need at least the 15 day stint

      • 740 says:
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        @Mike:

        1st Goldy now Cutch. smh. Thanks for the help Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah tough tough week. anytime

  4. Charles says:
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    12 Team points league. Should I leave Duda in today vs LHP Gio Gonzales or slot in Tex vs David Price? Usually Duda sits vs LHP and I platoon him with Tex. But Duda is my main 1B. Today’s lineup surprised me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d sit Duda vs LHP

      • Charles says:
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        @Mike:

        Thank you for the reply. WET TAIL rides the pine!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha anytime man

  5. DansUggla says:
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    12 team h2h standard 5×5

    Rank rest of season: porcello, Dallas keutchel, Duffy

    I have stras, Bumgarner, cueto, Jordan Zimmerman and the three above… and I need to move some of theses guys. Who should I move?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Keuchel and Porcello about the same, with Duffy behind them.

  6. Mike, since you are ultra-grooving &since you write such a delicious column I have to ask you: I’m in a weird 20 years keepers league where I am vying for first place. But just got donged with Tanaka and Gold Standard going on DL. I got Freeman at First. But to really win I need Sonny Gray. I can get him for George Springer and a number one pick (hard to convey keeper league value with regards to picks but i used the 1st pick of last year’s draft for M. Tanaka).

    Springer and trading vets for number one picks is THE EXACT strategy i used to go from last to 1st: upside, prospects, sleepers, etc. But I gotta go for it right? I just need to hear another voice, children. My outfield would be: Carlos Gomez, Jayson Werth, Chris Carter (Starling Marte & Stephen Vogt are my lone backups)!!! I(I got good insides: Todd Frazier, Anthony Rendon, Altuve, the aforementioned Freeman, Gattis, Alexei Ramirez). I’m hanging by teeth hair! But if I trade Springer I feel I’d have a less volatile rotation of: Corey Kluber, Tyson Ross, Scott Kazmir, Rick Porcello–and Sonny Gray. THOUGHTS O WISE O? Sorry for the length and turgidity of my wailing. But I wail! This trade has been discussed for two weeks now. Thank you to you and everyone at Razzball Inc.. A fine nation of soothsayers if you ask me! If I have offended the word-count gods I hereby beg forgiveness.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha thanks!

      this sentence sums it up…”I am vying for first place… to really win I need Sonny Gray”

      Make it happen to win now. Worst case scenario you take a really good young pitcher into next year and look for another up and coming outfielder to complement Marte and Gomez

  7. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Hot schomatoes David Murphy, Singleton or Wong… Looking to replace Goldy, but they can go in my UTIL slot… Fine riding a hot start til it peters out, but not sure how much longer David or Jon can sustain this…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      David was the Creeper this week, shout out to JFOH.

      I might go with Singleton for the power upside there.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Mike: yeah, he was–but he also plugged Singleton too, hence my quandary :)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha. personally I’d go with Singleton ROS

          • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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            @Mike: Josh reddick or Chris carter are other options.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                for power Carter. for AVG, runs, SBs Span

                • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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                  @Mike: carter over singleton?

                  My lineup is:
                  Luccroy
                  Trumbo
                  Dozier
                  Reyes
                  Wright
                  Calhoun, Austin Jackson, Eaton, Ellsbury, Cespedes (UTIL/of)
                  Springer, Myers (DL)

                  So theoretically I can use power more, but short of eaton, everyone is slumping so……?

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    yeah, I think Carter’s been hitting over 300 for like a month now with a bunch of homers. I’d ride him till he falls off

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      .289 in July, 400+ in Aug. 9 homers since start of July

    • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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      @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: thanks man. Grabbed carter, but liking Span too. Would you drop Kole Calhoun for span now that Kole has cooled off? Or will he bounce back?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d still prefer Calhoun there

        • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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          @Mike: what about over AJax post trade? I see his runs dropping a bit?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            I’d take Span over AJax sure

  8. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Also, what you think of Vance Worley or Kyle Hendricks in place of Odorizzi?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Well, I’d much rather have Odorizzi, unless he strings together a couple more bad outings. I think this last one was more of a blip.

  9. Chris says:
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    Hello Mike,

    Making a move to win. Would you trade:

    Get: Holliday + Freeman + Round 10
    Give: Edwin + Round 5

    H2H, 12 teams, 3 keepers.
    My keepers would be Freeman, Rizzo and Stanton.

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it if it helps you win now. Those are solid keepers.

  10. Marcus says:
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    Would you make this deal for E5in a H2H points league? Him and Bogaerts but I give up Porcello and Han Ram. I think I might be panicking for a 1B since I’m on the verge of getting into the playoffs but this seems like too much.
    Also, who has a better ROS, A. Jackson or Reddick?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with you…I like the Hanley side

      Reddick

      • Marcus says:
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        If I can talk down Porcello to an Odorizzi or Liriano or get him to throw in Ventura is it still a pain move? An thanks for the advice and entertaining reads, it’s been a good year so far!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like getting Ventura in return yes

          Anytime thanks for reading

  11. mcBlunty says:
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    baez or oscar t ros as well as keeperwise

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Oscar

  12. Edward says:
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    I’m with you on Kolten Wong, who’s still a FA in my league. What do you think of dealing Longoria/Chris Davis/Archer for Harper/Hamels? I’d slide Rendon to 3b and add Wong for 2b. Really boost my SP w/o hurting my offense much, if at all.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the Harper side and agree it’s a pitching boost. I’m a big Hamels fan and Wong is a decent fill in.

  13. fausto says:
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    ROS J.D. Martinez or Reddick? Gotta lose one.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go JD but it’s a coin flip

    • fausto says:
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      @fausto: sorry one more which side gomez, or cano/jd martinez? Ill stop g3’ing whatever that is. Or g4,563’ing

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d take Cano there.

        Haha no worries man thanks for reading

  14. can't fight fate says:
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    Do you trust Lawrie ROS? I have the #2 waiver, and am debating whether to use it on him. Will probably have to part with Gyorko who has really not shown much the last few games. Or should I stay put?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I might use it on him yeah. I don’t particularly trust him but I like him a little more than Gyorko

  15. Mike says:
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    Is Altuve a $22 player next year.
    If so would you trade Matt holiday for him.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      IMO yes and yes

  16. Mike says:
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    Do you see Betances as the Yankee closer next year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s possible

  17. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Who wins this trade?

    I get: Brantley and Quintana

    I give: Bruce, Polanco, and DeGrom

    MY HITTING

    C – Gomes
    1B – Duda
    2B – Rendon
    3B – Beltre
    SS – Desmond
    OF – Brantley
    OF – Calhoun
    OF – Yelich
    UTIL – Arenado
    UTIL – Dickerson
    B – Aramis

    I sit in 5th. Ok up big this week and I’m near 1st meaning it’s a close race.

    I had Fielder and Choo but dropped PF cause the injury and Choo I just dropped because he’s been riding my bench since may and has been hot garbage.

    You like? My power is suprisingly consistent with guys like Rendon and Calhoun who get just enough HR’s to help me win the cat every other week.

    Thanks!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, I like it

  18. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Of course everybody dropped bruce and he goes and homers and alrwady has 12 points this week smh

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      of course

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Mike: it seems like that always happens with me..not just with him.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          it happens. I try to be patient but once I make a cut I don’t look back. Otherwise I just end up chasing my tail

  19. Nicholas Pieroni says:
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    Been struggling at SS all year. Hardy, Bogarts, Alcantara, etc. Just picked up Baez. Got offered Hanley for Tyson Ross. H2H pts league where Ross has been pretty dominant. Other Sp’s are Sale, Stras, Liriano, Stroman, Arrieta, Kazmir, Alex Wood, Kimbrel, Robertson, Holland and Pineda on DL. Hold or pull the trigger? Anyone know is Ross will be on an innings limit? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Hanley yes

      Not sure about an innings limit for Ross

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