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MLBtraderumors found a reason to stay significant post-trade deadline yesterday, and now it’s official — Alex Rios has been traded to the Rangers for Leury Garcia. Who? Basically. (To be fair, he does have some speed, but the hit tool is a bit lacking. So close, yet Profar. HUUUUR.) You can check on the complete, gory details here. But don’t complain about the lack of gore. So, what’s the fantasy impact here? No, silly, I’m not asking you. Unless you know the answer, then by all means, go for it. You can’t tell, but I waited a good five minutes. Thanks for nothing. Allow me. While U.S. Cellular Field can be homer happy, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is right behind in offensive park factors. I do prefer the Texas lineup, so a boost in projected runs and RBI’s may occur. Grey projected a 37/10/30/.284/14 line for him in the second half, and while Rios has gotten off to a slow start, these are still achievable numbers if going into a playoff situation can get some of those juices flowing. Or there might not be any juices. I am unaware of Rios’ juice levels. But let’s hope its cranberry. Because that’s my favorite juice. Honestly, it’s just really hard to tell if a player is going to pull a CC Sabathia or Ryan Ludwick. Overall though, I don’t see a huge change in the dynamic, but there’s certainly nothing to complain about. Here’s what else I noticed yesterday…

Norichika Aoki — 2-for-5, 3 RBIs. Looks like he’s going to give close to a 10/20 year with a decent BA. For a #4 OF, he’s Aoki in my book.

Oswaldo Arcia — 2-for-10, 2 runs, 2 RBI and his 8th and 9th homers. What did the pirate say to his friend before leaving? ARRRRcia!

Jose Bautista — 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 26th homer. Really the only highlight for the Blue Jays last night. Well, that, and realizing Esmil Rogers should probably not start anymore games this year.

Brandon Beachy — 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks. Encouraging to see a second solid start with a side of no earned runs after his blowup against the Rockies. Even then, I still don’t trust him. Fair? Maybe. Maybe not. What can you do? Sometimes, life is a Beachy. Yeah. I just did that.

Brandon Belt — 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 13th homer. Now hitting .458 with 3 HRs and 5 BB’s in the month of August. Did you not believe me?

Lance Berkman — He’s aiming to return next Friday after contemplating retirement. Money, I’m sure, played no part in this decision. Expect a rehab stint starting tomorrow. Don’t worry, I have a Photoshop of him batting in a wheelchair on standby.

Clay Buchholz — Threw a 40-pitch bullpen session, with about 60-65 percent effort, and should be moving up to a simulated game next week. Since we are doing simulated games, am I to understand here, that after doing a 40-damage attack with the red-thread infused ball of white, with a dexterity rating of 60-65, that Buchholz is ready to return? I’d prefer not to use him to slay the great green monster until we find the +5 to magic missile amulet.

Matt Garza — 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks. This start is pretty much the poster child of what I would expect going forward. He’ll get you the K’s, but that’ll go with a very pedestrian ERA and WHIP.

Josh Hamilton — 1-for-2, 1 run, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer. Hamilton had been hitless in his last 13 at-bats until this game, and Chris Nelson was hitting in front of him. Proving that when you are at rock bottom, there’s a whole ‘nother level below that mutha. I mentioned him as buy at All Star break, and since then, he’s actually, um, tied July’s sacrifice fly total of one. So there’s that, I guess.

Austin Jackson — 4-for-6, 2 runs. Hmmm. All those hits and no RBIs. This is what happens when you put Don Kelly in a lineup.

Scott Kazmir — 3 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks. The good here? He finished the game strong, giving up no runs with 3 strikeouts in his last two innings. The bad? He only pitched three innings.  

Francisco Liriano — 2 1/3 IP, 10 ER, 14 baserunners, 1 K. UGH.

Jed Lowrie — 4-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer. I would love to say something nice here. Heck, I would love to say anything, but I’m afraid that any utterance will send him directly to the DL.

Ivan Nova — 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks. Doesn’t seem that long ago when I made the bold prediction that Nova could outproduce Dan Haren this season. Granted, there has been some DL time served by Nova, and the counting stats are still fairly close. But both the rate and advanced stats are telling me there’s a huge difference, and, more importantly, that he’s rosterable in all formats.

Starling Marte — 4-for-4. He relies on BABIP for success. I rely on Bibimbap. Coincidence? Probably. Relevant? Not really. Hungry? You betcha.

Justin Maxwell — 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. I can’t say I think much of Maxwell. But he’s gone 8 for his last 17 with 2 HR’s in the last week. So he’s either Maxhot or Hotwell. So you have a choice of what I imagine sounds like a spicy tampon or a musty British pub. Choose wisely.

Justin Morneau — 2-for-10, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers. I’ve been waiting five years for a day like this. I’m not sure if that reflects more poorly on Morneau or me.

Wil Myers — 2-for-4, 2 runs. For a midseason call-up, you have to be ecstatic with what he’s done. Just keep your future expectations in check. A high BABIP is a wonderful thing. Basically, I think his ceiling is more Jay Bruce than Ryan Braun.

Rick Porcello — 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks. Along with Grey, I’ve been on the bandwagon for quite a while. But if there are lessons to be learned from his 2013 season, they are: First, Mr. Dombrowski… defense, it’s part of the game. Please act like it. Second, FIP fantasy leagues should exist. Third, bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon and, you guessed it, more bacon. Always end on a high note.

Jake Peavy — 5 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners. Not even a strikeout… incredibly uninspiring. Then again, he was cheaper than Matt Garza! That’s the glass half-full way of seeing things. I’m sure our resident Razzball Boston-diehard, The Guru, prefers the glass half-empty way. At least he’s not as bad as Ryan Dempster! Wait a sec…

David Price — 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks. I told you to buy when the Price was right. Now, the price is probably wrong. Pricewrong does not roll off the tongue as good as Jaywrong. Advantage me. Pricewrong pitches in the Major Leagues and makes more money. Advantage Pricewrong. It’s a tie! So why am I so sad?

Alexei Ramirez — 3-for-10, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homers. Well, he finally passed Pete Kozma for the home run lead. That is, if you take out the 330 or so players that have hit more than three homeruns. So congrats, I guess.

Josh Reddick — 3-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 6th, 7th, and 8th homers. He hit more home runs in this game than he had in his previous 32 combined. A sign of things to come? His BABIP, batted ball profile, and plate discipline numbers are all pretty screwy, so a correction would be in order. Might be worth a look-see if Reddick has the urge to try and fit all that correction into as few games as possible this week.

Fernando Rodney — 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K. Last night’s closer-defenestration was brought to you Fernando Rodney. Fernando? Just Fernandon’t. That’s his seventh blown save for the season and his second in the last three days. They’ve stuck with him so far, but if you have room for a handcuff, Joel Peralta would seem to be that guy.

Wilin Rosario — 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer. He’s ready AND Wilin. That’s a keeper.

Justin Smoak — 1-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer. I like the improvements in his BB%, and the power is nice, but that BABIP over the last year has been around .330, which is a bit high for a guy with no speed. I would love to see nothing more than the Smoak monster emerge, but I still get the feeling that he’s just messing with me.

Chris Tillman — 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks. He’s always shown flashes, and you have to admit, with this last start, he might be an enticing option for your pitching needs. But like Winter in Game of Thrones, regression is coming.  By the way, I’m midway through season three. Daenerys is the only one doing this right. Everyone else just has no clue what they’re doing. And, you know, Dragons bro.

Justin Upton — 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 22nd homer. I’m getting the profound sense here that Upton only likes months that start with the letter ‘A’.

Jered Weaver — 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. One of these days, his loss of velocity and his diminishing peripherals will show up in the results. At least, that’s what I’ve always told everyone. Then everyone reminds me that my name has the word ‘wrong’ in it. It’s hard to argue against that.

Rickie Weeks — Will need surgery on his injured left hamstring and will miss the remainder of the 2013 season. This guy, I call him Ray Lewis, cause he knows how to stab a guy and run.

BACON!

Jaywrong is a 30-year old Korish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

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  1. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team dynasty league I had my trade of profar lee soler for marte xander and Gio gonzalez rejected. I’m thinking of going back to him and offering profar wheeler darvish soler franklin for tulo ryu fister rizzo. Would this be a good haul for me? I could also just do profar wheeler soler franklin for tulo and ryu instead. What do you think I should do? I am in a win now mode.

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

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    sp yu darvish
    sp daniel straily
    rp sean doolittle
    rp mat belisle
    rp Jose veras
    rp heath bell
    p mat thorton
    p chad gaudin
    p garret richards
    bn zack wheeler

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ryan: the second deal looks better, but I would rather hold. They seem very lateral if you are in a win-now mode.

      • Ryan says:
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        @jaywrong: Cool thanks. Do u see any type of moves I should focus on making?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Ryan: offense is stable, and balanced. But you have enough top end pitching to be okay there. Maybe one more solid bat would help. Or a bit of speed.

          • Ryan says:
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            @jaywrong: I actually was offered trumbo for wheeler and soler. How about a move like that?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Ryan: win now, I think that’s fair, though I’d try to counter with just one of those guys, depending on contracts or years.

              • Ryan says:
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                @jaywrong: oh we get to keep our whole team with no limits on anything

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @Ryan: I’d do it then. Flags fly forever.

  2. alex says:
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    Wilson Ramos or Sal Perez ros??

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @alex: Ramos.

  3. Eli says:
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    With Middlebrooks call up, is it all but done for Bogaerts to make it to big club before some leagues roster lock next week?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Eli: yeah, looks like they want to wait. I think he’ll be up soon, but we could have to wait a few more periods.

      • Eli says:
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        @jaywrong: would you hold Bogaerts on your locked roster or pick up another player off wire ie calhoun, yelich, cjohnson?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Eli: if you got the spot, maybe Yelich.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @jaywrong: how in the hell is c.johnson still on waivers? even in a 6 teamer the guy who leads the league in avg (NL league) can’t still be on waivers. Lucky or not. Entire SEASON of hot schmotato.

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @goodfold2: Oh, yeah, I always confuse him with Chris Nelson for some reason. It’s weird.

  4. TarmanGotHim says:
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    I dropped Jacob Turner for DDL Rosa. I have Balfour, Perkins, and Parnell. My team is 8 1/2 in First. I am absolutely staked, but if Bobby doesn’t come back that crucially hurts my S situation. Good pick up? I mean he seems like the 9th inning option in LA now. He did get the save last night.

    I just don’t have much to trade for just a closer and my leagues are difficult to trade with.

    A guy in this league sent Hamels and Soriano for Joey Bats but I can’t get someone like Joey Bats for Prince Fielder, I guess that is why I am in first no!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TarmanGotHim: yeah, that seems to be all there is to do this late in the game. Take flyers on guys, ala Peralta, Burton, Perez, maybe you’ll get lucky and run into some saves.

      • TarmanGotHim says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks bud!! I had to drop Bogaerts : ( they called up Middlebrooks.

  5. Frank Kim says:
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    bibimbap! funny!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Frank Kim: you know what’s up.

      • Frank Kim says:
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        @jaywrong: Enjoyed your podcast too. Good keepers list. :)

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Frank Kim: thanks!

  6. matt says:
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    I grabbed reddick last night. . Glad I did cuz my dwindling hr lead was down to 3 I’d say take a flier on him if you have a fuy struggling right now. I mean why not?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @matt: exactly. If he goes on fire, I sense scorched earth here.

      • matt says:
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        @jaywrong: I hope you’re wrong on will the thrill..I’m using a keeper on him cuz he has sexy hair and I can’t keep puig since I don’t own him lol

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @matt: Wil Myers? Yeah, it’s not like Jay Bruce is a bad outcome though. I’m just trying to keep things tempered.

  7. poop says:
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    Jay – would you trade cuddy/G.Cole for Freeman or Rios?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @poop: in a redraft, for Rios, yes.

      • poop says:
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        @jaywrong: thanks for the reply – it is a redraft. You like cuddy over freeman ROS? Seems like they’re close to same player but freeman’s got more chances in his lineup.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @poop: I’m not a huge fan of either to be honest.

      • poop says:
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        @jaywrong: also – do u like cespedes over cuddy? Grey does but I get mixed reactions on that one in comment boards.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @poop: I do. Cuddyer should be crashing while Cespedes will improve, at least that’s what the numbers are telling me.

    • poop says:
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      @poop: in addition, would you drop crisp or aramis for Reddick or Bogaerts? I have Franklin at ss who has been up and down.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @poop: its risky, but if you are willing to take a chance, I’d do both.

        • poop says:
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          @jaywrong: thinking about holding off on bogaerts until some news breaks – which would you rather drop for Reddick?

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @poop: prolly aram.

  8. ohmy says:
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    Leonys or venable ros ?
    Or trying my luck on reddick or calhoun ?
    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ohmy: I’d lean Reddick here, unless you need speed. Then Venable.

  9. FillyP says:
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    Who should I nab to replace Weeks at MI? A/Y. Escobar, Infante, Crawford, Iglesias, Cozart, Jeter, Rendon, Villar, Didi..

    I need the safest long-term play because I’ve got 3 moves left on the season.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @FillyP: Rendon, unless you really need speed, then Villar.

      • FillyP says:
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        @jaywrong: Funny you should say that.. my team is terrible at speed. But I’m also hurting at AVG/OBP. Raburn is also an option.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @FillyP: whichever cats you are closest to then. I don’t like the other names.

  10. TKilla says:
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    Which pitcher to pick up for ROS out of Nova, Lohse, Ogando or Salazar? Heavily win-based in my 10-team H2H points league. Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TKilla: I’m leaning Nova right now, but would keep an eye on Salazar.

  11. The Thumb says:
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    Great piece! How would you rank Ajax, Dexter, BJ ROS? And who gets the most steals? Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Thumb: Fowler, Ajax, BJ ROS, though I think BJ might steal the most.

  12. Abdoozy says:
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    Hi Mister Wrong,

    Deep daily H2H 6×6 redraft with OPS. I have RZimm and Chavez at 3rd, Rollins and Lake at short, Dozier 2b. Jones, McLouth, Moss and Calhoun OF, Napoli and Cuddyer at 1st.

    Getting ready for the playoffs and am set with pitching but worried at the plate. Would you drop any of the above for Bogaerts or Moustakas? (I can’t believe I typed that last word)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Abdoozy: Lake for Bogaerts, definitely. I might consider Calhoun for Moustakas, but I’m okay holding too.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @jaywrong: how about Reddick for Moss? I mean, seriously.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Abdoozy: Eh, I might do that. It’s been three weeks since Moss has a homer.

  13. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Nice job with that Family Photo. Took me a while to realize there was a Death Star hanging in the corner! Slow clap…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Haha. To be fair, I’ve heard some people confuse the death star with a small moon.

  14. Paul says:
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    Thanks for the post – Nova killed it last night against Detroit!

    For next season, how would you rank Encarnacion, Bautista, Davis, and Adam Jones? Trying to target one of them as a keeper in my H2H league that uses OBP instead of average. Looking at positional scarcity, I like E5 the most.

    Thanks!

  15. The Thumb says:
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    Starting Lackey (SON 8.2) @KC tomorrow? Have roughly 200 innings left and need to lower my era (3.54).

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Thumb: Ehh, not feeling it for some reason. Its a gut call. For what it’s worth, my last gut call was to tell someone not to start Carlos Martinez. And also to order pizza.

  16. Tio says:
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    Reddick or yelich for last spot? Redraft league

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Tio: Reddick. Something is brewing…

      • Tio says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Reddick could be this years Ike Davis in the second half. Plus he can steal a bag and the A’s are locked in a playoff race….worth a gamble in my book

  17. Mariner Mike says:
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    Did Middlebrooks get called up? If so is a Bogarts call up just a figment of my imagination. I have Bogarts stashed do you think It’s time to go in another direction or hold for a few more games? Have Lake doing a reasonable job at SS and waiver wire talent is slim at best so thinking of holding. By the way what do you think of Lake, Drew’s out there but seems mighty streaky kind of like Lake what think ? Thank you once again for your help and thoughts. Have a good week end!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Yeah, looks like Middlebrook is getting recalled. I’m not a fan of Lake, I think he’s a bit player. Drew, while he’s hot, could help. If you have the room, I don’t mind give a dead spot to Xander. It still seems only a matter of time.

  18. Art Vabderlat says:
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    Is Frieri done with saves for the season? Would you drop him for De La Rosa?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Art Vabderlat: I think so. But it’s all so iffy…

  19. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Jay, nice write-up!

    Even nicer photoshop skillz. What does Ron Washington have in his hand?

    So I have a quick keeper question for you.

    If you could only keep two of these three guys, who would the two be?

    Giancarlo Stanton
    Bryce Harper
    Manny Machado

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      Ya know what Jay, I just got motivated and checked your Keeper post. Duh! Looks like Giancarlo and Harper are the two you’d keep, without a question. I really hope Giancarlo gets traded this winter!

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Shake N Bacon: Hah, to be fair, I didn’t even check it, so… And yeah I think he’s traded this offseason. I’m guessing to Texas or Seattle.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: Thanks! But you’ll have to ask Ron Washington that.

      It’s tough, but I’m leaning Stanton and Harper.

  20. Bruce LeRoy says:
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    Drop belt v mart or Eaton for rios? I really like all three but Rios could be a beast in texas.. thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Bruce LeRoy: Eaton. No prob.

  21. Fish says:
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    Favorite Chuck Norris joke…

    AND GO!

  22. Fish says:
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    Speaking of Belt, I shared this blurb with Grey that I think you’ll appreciate as well…

    So this is interesting…. http://brandon.mlblogs.com/

    I’m taking this from cbssports.com (full credit to them):
    Over his last seven games, Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is hitting .471 with a double, a home run, and a 1.414 OPS. While he was due for a surge at some point, this jump in production actually has a direct reason.

    On his MLB.com blog (which more people should really be reading), Belt writes that the team’s hitting coaches have been suggesting he move back in the box and hold the bat with ihs fingers, not his palms. “But I was stubborn,” Belt says. “I’d been successful my whole life with what I’d always done.” It took some conversations with other players — including Buster Posey and a player on another team — to convince him to try it. His first attempt at the changes? Seven games ago.

    Belt says the tweaks allowed him to see the ball better, and have eliminated a rushed feeling at the plate. “I felt I was really tapping into my ability,” Belt writes.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fish: Yeah, if you follow Keith Law, he mentions that both he and Belt have spoken about his mechanics before, but Law credits the coaching staff for these changes. I’m sure its a continual progress.

      Its a small sample size with a possibility of confirmation bias, but I’m a believer.

      • Fish says:
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        @jaywrong:

        As long as I’m getting the stats he’s currently producing, I’m all for confirmation bias and then some. In his blog post, Belt mentions the coaching staff recommending the change, but he was resistant to changing his mechanics.

  23. JoeG414 says:
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    W.Flores or Milldelbrooks? As a bench bat for the ros. Deep daily mixed 6×6 roto

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JoeG414: Middlebrooks.

  24. SPM says:
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    Hey Jay just a quick question – in a H2H 6×6 (BB for batters, QS for pitchers), which two of the following outfielders do you like ROS: Michael Morse, EYJ, Juan Lagares, Oswaldo Garcia, Josh Willingham, Robbie Grossman, Michael Saunders, Kole Calhoun, Will Venable. I’d prefer one speed and one power guy but whichever two have the best overall value in that setup ROS in your opinion would be great help.

    • Jay

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      @SPM: Based on your needs, I would go Arcia and Venable. The Padres seem committed to batting him lead off with ECab gone, and I like his approach lately.

  25. Nick says:
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    I want to pick up Sonny Gray, but don’t want to drop Danny Salazar or Erasmo Ramirez. I was thinking of cutting Oscar Tavares, but I am deathly scared to do so. While it’s not a keeper league, it is a league where you can only set your lineup once per week (stupid, I know) so I’m able to stash prospects on the bench. I stashed Puig early and it obviously payed off dividends. I would hate to drop Tavares and have him get called up and start raking and lose him to someone else. Advice? Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nick: I say go for Gray. He’s producing now, and I’m not so sure that Oscar contributes this season.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jaywrong: probably drop taveras, if not for ankle thing i’d say he’d be up for sure in september, but with it not so sure. The drop is Erasmo if you are worried about losing Taveras, Taveras if you aren’t worried. do not drop salazar.

  26. Brett says:
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    Question I have holland k Janson and balfour team ahead of me has Rivera romo and soriano. I trail by 8 saves team and have a comfortable lead over team behind me. Odds I can catch him? I have Hawkins as well and debating if I should keep or trade him.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Brett: 8 saves is a large gap this late. I would just try to hold the position and sell off excess.

  27. Paz says:
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    I know he went 3-4 tonight, but Markakis is giving me little value.

    Should I drop him and pick up a hitter like Bj Upton, Juan Lagares, Cody Ross, Yelich, or Jon Jay?

    p.s. damn, rattling off that list makes me realize how many hot bats are out there…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Paz: yeah, maybe Yelich. But I’m biased, big Markakis fan.

      • Paz says:
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        @jaywrong: you think he’ll be productive down the stretch? he’s got 22 bases on 21 hits the last month with exactly 2 rbis…not encouraging, but I am a hopeful person…

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Paz: well, to be fair, my biggest weakness is I’m stubborn. My biggest strength? I’m right more times that I’m wrong. I could be wrong with Markakis, but I own him in all my leagues, and I’m holding.

  28. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I was offered rios and reed for Goldschmidt 20 teams. Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: I would hold unless you are desperate for saves.

  29. Ed H. says:
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    Jay-

    Salazar and Archer are available and 2 start pitchers next week. My SP’s are Price, Strasburg, Cain, Alex Wood, Miley, Cingrani, Medlen, and Alex Cobb.
    Should I pick either/ both up, if so who should I drop? 12 team HTH

    Thanks

    • Fish says:
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      @Ed H.:

      Cut Miley for Salazar. Miley’s upside is limited and K-zar has awesome matchups this week.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ed H.: I would cut Miley for Salazar,

  30. Goldschmidt On Her Chest says:
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    Picture is outstanding. Hopefully he is as smooth as Walker. Ill never forget the episode where he licked dirt in an open field and goes “a plane landed here within the past 2 hours” classic Walker

  31. nightpandas says:
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    15 teams keep 9:

    Would you give up Scherzer, Kinsler, 2nd round pick for

    Darvish, Rizzo, Utley, 8th round pick (Utley is on the maybe pile to keep so it is more about the other two)

    Grey seems to like it, wanted to get your take, this is all about next year and beyond (no keeper restrictions), I am out of it this year

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @nightpandas: If it’s about next year, yeah, I like it too.

  32. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    I need a save desperately and I know these are pretty much impossible to predict but would you go with Uehara @ KC or Kenley Jansen vs TB. Jansens team keeps winning but they’ve been blowing out teams so he can’t pitch, and the Royals are hot and the Red Sox don’t seem to look as good as they have this year. Thanks for the help!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: When hunting for saves, my strategy is to do the opposite. So in this case, I’ll go with Jansen.

  33. Jason says:
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    Hey- drop Shane Victorino & add either BJ Upton, Junior Lake, Martin Prado or Eric Hosmer.. My OF is fine for the time being knock on wood about injuries, I’m activating Dom brown from the bench to starting lineup starting tomowrow (I kept him on the bench this week because I wasn’t sure when he’d be coming off the DL)

    Also with Francisco Liriano’s bad start this past week would you drop him to add either Nolasco , Salazar or homer bailey? Or just keep Liriano?

    Thanks man!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jason: I’d want Hosmer, and I’d see how Liriano responds. That start was terrible, but I don’t think that’s the norm going forward.

  34. Nathan says:
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    Which two of these four guys to you like best for ROS? Yelich, freese, willingham or rendon?
    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Nathan: Rendon and Willingham.

  35. Next week and ROS: Profar or Middlebrooks?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @exactly: Middlebrooks for power, Profar if you need the average.

  36. harkrider says:
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    keeper question (I have asked before but looking at another trade option)

    10 team, 5 keeper league

    Here is the question. the current owner of Braun cannot keep him next season. I’m currently in 5th place and there is a chance I could finish in 3rd, but most likely 4th or 5th. So, who could I trade as a keeper for Braun? Or should I trade any keepers for him? Unfortunately I think this owner will ask for McCutchen, Stanton, or Goldy and I’m just not willing to go to those lengths for Braun. What are your thoughts?

    current keeper options
    Giancarlo Stanton
    McCutchen
    Goldy
    Machado
    Rizzo
    Castro
    Heyward
    Scherzer

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @harkrider: I would feel some discount is in order. I don’t like giving up any of those names for Braun.

      He should be open to a Castro/Scherzer combo, or something similar.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @harkrider: (I should add, when I say ‘those’ names, I mean McC, Stanton, and Goldy.)

      • harkrider says:
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        @jaywrong: that is where I was leaning. Thanks for the suggestions

      • harkrider says:
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        @jaywrong: one other question since Braun’s owner isn’t willing to budge and thinks Scherzer is a 7-8 round pick instead of top 5 round. what about this

        Scherzer and Heyward or Castro or Rizzo for Hamilton and Adam Jones

        my keepers would be Goldy, Stanton, McCutchen, Jones, and Machado

        another option would be to try and trade for Pedroia or Tulo

        Thoughts? I’m trying to turn some of my 3-5 round keeper options into another 1-2 round keeper.

        • Jay

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          @harkrider: I would do the mad max and Heyward for Jones one.

          But if the guy doesn’t think Max is top 5 round material, he’s just negging you and its an uphill battle.

          • harkrider says:
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            @jaywrong: thanks for the opinions. this is a different team that I am trying to work with. The owner of Braun will not budge and doesn’t see Scherzer as keeper worthy

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @harkrider: Gotcha. Yeah, some people are irrational.

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