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Well, you should be sorry, Ronald Belisario. You have been pretty rough on your owners since stepping into the closer role, testing the limits of SAGNOF and just how much pain a fantasy owner will endure to capture those elusive saves. Belisario was at it again last night and gave up three hits and two runs to the Blue Jays, recording just one out before being removed from the game. In just 12 innings pitched since inheriting the job, Ronny has surrendered 10 ER on 20 hits with three blown saves in in that time. More like RonaldO-No! Hey, a World Cup pun, how topical. In Belisario’s defense, he did manage eight saves during his stay as closer, but that’s more a testament to Manager Robin Ventura sticking with him this long. Well, Ventura has had enough. Alrighty then, Ventura, who’s your closer now? Jake Petricka finished out the game last night and notched his second save of the season. Petricka has a 2.08 ERA and 1.27 WHIP on the year and looks like the most likely choice to take over the closer role. Javy Guerra, Zach Putnam and Daniel Webb could also be names to watch and see chances were the Sox to go to a committee. Whatever the case, Ronald is out. And although he may not apologize for killing your ratios over the past month, you can drop him now, which is definitely something you won’t have to feel sorry about.

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

Mookie Betts – Called up to start for the Red Sox in the outfield Saturday night. Grey told you to BUY and worth an add in all leagues, as soon as ESPN uploads him into their player universe. Get on it ESPN!

Jason Grilli – Traded to the Angels in return for Ernesto Frieri. Hard to believe you can have a Grilli without a Frieri, especially with the Fourth coming up. The change of scenery should be good for both these guys and I am 95% sure that the Angel’s GM made this trade just to make sure that Mike Scioscia couldn’t make Frieri the closer ever again. Grilli managed 30+ saves last years and could find himself with the ninth innings duties should he pitch well enough, or if Joe Smith falters. Smith is still the guy to BUY at the moment, but Grilli could certainly be worth a speculative add. On the other hand, Pittsburgh’s bullpen is crowded as it is, so Frieri can be dropped in most standard leagues. You’re welcome.

Joakim Soria – 1.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER, BB, K. Seemed like Soria really wanted to blow this one for Texas, but he just wasn’t up to the task. That sounds more like a job for Ronald Belisario.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-5, 2 RBI. JR’s now got four hits in three games since returning from the DL and I could see adding him for some pop. I know Reddick hasn’t been much of a fantasy player for a while now but he’s still just two years removed from a 30-homer season, and if he can get hot again he’s a must own. Reddick has always seemed like the heart and soul of this band of mostly-bearded misfits called the A’s, and that’s gotta count for something, right?

Jesse Chavez – 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Regression comes to all those who wait long enough. It certainly has taken its time getting to Jesse. He cruised through his first five innings in this one before surrendering all four earned runs in the sixth inning. You let down Mr. White, Jesse! He’ll have a chance to rebound next week in Detroit.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-1, pinch hit home run in the ninth, his 11th. I call that the Colby Jack. Tastes great on a burger!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, HR (25). Encarnaci-BOMB is more like it! ALL HE DOES IS HIT HOME RUNS!

R.A. Dickey - 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 5 ER, 9 K. Don’t get too excited little Dickey. The nine strikeouts were a season high but the four homers he served up will make you go limp real quick. Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez both homered, and naturally the Grande Dolor, Jose Abreu was good for two jacks, making him the fastest player to hit 25 home runs in MLB history. Future trivia question! Lock it in your brain space!

Jake Odorizzi – 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. Jake’s ratios stink like his name (4.14 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) but his peripherals smell much nicer, 3.54 xFIP and a 97/34 K/BB ratio. He’s more or less a very good streamer, and I might even try my luck next week with Jake at Yankee stadium.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-8, 2-run HR (25). He’s not going to let Edwin and Jose Abreu take over his home run crown that easy. A three-way tie for the league lead in homers!? Oh snap! There’s only one way to settle this: hot dog eating contest! It’s the American way.

Chris Tillman – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, BB, 2 K, W (7). Tillman’s second solid start in a row, but this one came against the lowly Devil Rays. Yes, Devil Rays. You can be the Rays again when you show me you deserve it.

Kevin Gausman – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. Kevin’s going to need more gaus, man, after that rough start, Ouch! Not what we were expecting when we saw that juicy match up with the D-Rays. With the injury to Bud Norris, Gausman should stick in the rotation a bit longer and could be worth a look next week versus Texas.

Manny Machado – 2-for-6, HR (5). Oh yeah! If Macho Manny doesn’t like the results from his appeal, he’s threatened the commissioner with a flying elbow drop.

Travis d’Arnaud – 3-for-4. He’s hit safely in all four games since being called back up and is worth a look if you’re d’esperate at catcher.

Julio Teheran – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 9 K, W (7). Teheran it up! Not sure what I like better, his 0.95 WHIP or his 103/23 K/BB rate. This dude walks nobody. I feel sorry for his dog. Poor thing just sits there by the door all day with those sad puppy eyes just begging to go outside. I would report him to PETA, but I own him on too many teams and can’t risk the suspension.

Ben Revere – 3-for-4, run, SB (22). Listen my children and you shall hear, if you need speed grab Ben Revere! He’s been underwhelming thus far, but with 4 steals in the past two weeks, that tells me the SAGNOFs are coming, the SAGNOFs are coming!

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-5, 3-run HR (13), 4 RBI. Freddie is every pitcher’s nightmare!

Brian McCann – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (9). Nine homers on the season and just two in the past month is definitely disappointing but I still think McCann will turn it around to provide you that value at catcher you way over drafted back in March. I wouldn’t trade for him or anything, but if you own him I think Brian McCann and will be better.

Jason Hammel – 6.1 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, BB, 6 K, W (7). Is it just me, or do the Cubs really have three legitimate fantasy starters in Hammel, Arrieta and Samardzija? Even Travis Wood is serviceable in the right match up. Hammel has a 2.98 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 97/21 K/BB rate. He will probably be traded because we know the Cubs can’t have nice things.

Tanner Roark – 6.0 IP, 10 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Not so much a Roark as it was a meowk. Still Stream-O-Nator likes Tanner in his rematch vs. the Cubbies next week. But I wouldn’t know, because me and Stream-O-Nator haven’t really talked since I found out she was dating over a thousand other users. Damn “Her” and her sexy ScarJo voice.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4, HR (10). Adam’s triple slashing a nice .289/.429/.446 with 3 homers in June, and I don’t know if you believe in all the fantasy hocus pocus but LaRoche has historically been a better second half performer. With Bryce Harper scheduled to return Monday, LaRoche could be a decent buy low option if you need power and RBIs.

Francisco Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, W (3). Blew the save after surrendering a ninth inning jack to Razzball favorite Josh Rutledge (3-for-4, 2 runs, HR (2)) . I love me some Rutty as much as the next guy, but I’d stay away from him until I see some consistent production, or at least until the Rockies are back at Coors.

Brandon McCarthy – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 7 K, W (2). Grey told you to BUY him for this start. I normally wouldn’t touch a pitcher with a 2-10 record (both wins versus San Diego), no matter how fluky win-loss may be, but at PetCo everyone’s game.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-5, run, RBI, SB (33). Hamilton tried his own version of Billy on the Street, but no one could keep up with him running long enough to answer his questions. Billy’s quietly becoming one of the more valuable outfielders in all of fantasy. He has bat .323 in June with three homers and 13 stolen bases. For a dollar, name a more valuable player for speed!

Todd Frazier – 3-for-4, run, RBI, SB (11). Man, you gotta love those steals. Over the past two weeks, Todd is batting .355 with 12 runs, 3 HR, 12 RBI and 5 SB. Sweet sassy molassy! Many predicted Anthony Rizzo could be this year’s breakout Paul Goldschmidt, but it’s hard to deny what Frazier has been doing. He’s the number one player at his position and currently sits in the top 10 for fantasy on the year.

Johnny Cueto – 8.1 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, W (8). His ERA actually went up to 1.88 after this start because Johnny just be that good. Similarly, my BAC went way up after this start because I finally had something to drink to. To Cueto and to Friday nights alone. Blogging about fantasy. Huzzah!

Endy Chavez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, and the slam (1) and legs (1). Endy likes his legs soft boiled and his slam extra lean and cut into small pieces (cuz he’s old, lolz).

Carlos Martinez – 4.1 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Grey told you to BUY him for his upside. That glorious, delicious, K-upside. C-Mart threw just 82 pitches in this one which kept him from getting the decision, but it’s becoming more and more clear that he will be coddled by the Cardinals. Where’s Dusty Baker when you need him to run your rookie pitcher into the ground until his arm falls off?

Lorenzo Cain – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI. Anyone named Lorenzo is instantly cool in my book. Cain doesn’t lead off often but he probably should. Fresh off the slam and legs Thursday he added a three hit effort last night. He can help in all categories and the .317 AVG is real nice. If he stays hitting lead off he’s worth a look in all standard formats.

Billy Butler – 2-for-4, run, RBI. OK, so the power is gone. Pretty sure he ate it. Fair enough, he probably covered it in his famous KC BBQ sauce. Despite the power outage (1 HR over the past month) Butler’s batted .340 in June, which I guess is just enough production to keep you from eating yourself into Billy Butler game shape.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, HR (18). A 489 foot shot, the longest home run this season. Unfortunately, my “restraining order” keeps me at least 500 feet from His Troutness at all times, or else I would have totally caught this ball. Then I could have displayed it in my basement with the lock of hair I “found” and my collection of skins flakes, which I affectionately am calling my Trout scales. Hmm, on second thought, I guess I can understand why he wanted that restraining order.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI. Going, going, Cron! These home run balls traveled Cron Air, in case you were wondering. I have nothing but high praise for C.J. Cron, Nic Cage. Prophetically, Grey told you to BUY him yesterday. In his past six games, Cron has managed five homers, and seven RBI while collecting at least a hit in each game. He’s under 20% owned, is batting in a loaded line up and Cron now has 8 home runs in 40 games which makes him a 30+ homer hitter with regular at bats. If he keeps this up he will force Mike Scioscia to do just that. Yep. C.J. Cron has got it going on.

Questions? Problems? Complaints? 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. Uncdrww says:
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    So who closes for the pale hoes?

    • Uncdrww says:
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      @Uncdrww:

      Gotta be Perestroika or Javy.

      • Uncdrww says:
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        @Uncdrww:

        Maybe
        Putnam. No way it’s Webb

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Uncdrww: You got me on that one. Petricka is my best guess. If I were speculating I’d grab Petricka, Guerra, Putnam in that order. But beyond Petricka, unless you’re desperate for saves might be better off watching this one play out a bit before making any other adds.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Dan Pants: if you don’t have adds limits (or do, but so many a week) make sure to have one of them though.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: of course that’s easier for us ex-belisario owners to say, since we all have 1 free roster spot to use for WSOX hopeful incumbent.

  2. Chicagifornia says:
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    Cron or Morales ROS?

  3. Jack says:
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    Mooooooooookie!!! Any idea hoe ESPN works as far as them putting them into their player pool? Assume he plays tonight. Does he then go on waivers and if our setting is 1 day would that make him available to come off waivers early Monday morning?

    Do you think he’ll have 2B eligibility? If so, it will be like Christmas! I’ve been waiting forever to drop Hill for someone.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jack: Yeah, way to drop the ball ESPEN! I’m honestly not sure how it works, ESPN is usually very good at having these players readily available.

      • Steve says:
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        @Dan Pants: So weird, like it’s a conspiracy… They have Correa available, who won’t be in the league for a couple of seasons.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jack: As for the 2B eligibility, I seriously doubt it. He has SS eligibility in Yahoo! so that;s likely the best case scenario for ESPN as well. But he’s being called up to play the outfield, and with Xander, Brock Holt, and Pedroia all ahead of him, I don’t see him playing much infield.

      • Jack says:
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        @Dan Pants: Actually, I’d take MI eligibility for sure. I can still replace Hill! If he has MI and he plays full time in the OF that would be perfect because my league counts errors.

  4. Ping pong says:
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    Close race in wins era and whip with the close lead in all.

    I have met my inn min.

    Just have closers in for saves.

    Today’s conundrum

    Start Darvish or sit him.

    This should be a slam dunk, but he has given up 4 or more runs last 3 out of 4 starts

    Stream loves him, Vegas loves him but this is a big week for me in h2h and this decision could close the deal for me or cost me the week.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ping pong: Always, always, always a start for me. Especially vs. the Twins. But if you don’t need the wins or Ks, you might be better off sitting if you’re worried about your ratios.

      • Ping pong says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks…

        Really is a tough one

        • Ping pong says:
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          @Ping pong:

          Well that worked out well

          No idea what I was worried about:)

  5. Barenrewn says:
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    I got Evan longoria @ 3rd and he’s been pretty boring to own. Frazier is on the wire. Should I drop longoria for Frazier? Unless I can trade Longoria of course.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Barenrewn: You should def pick up Frazier ASAP. I’d try to drop someone else before Longo ( a pitcher?), but if he’s the only choice you have I’d make the switch to add Frazier.

    • bobbo says:
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      @Barenrewn: Todd Frazier on the wire? Are you in a 4-team league? Or are the other owners comatose? I think it’s time for you to find a new league.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @bobbo: bobbo beat me to this.

  6. dubjay says:
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    who do you like better for this year?
    C.MARTINEZ
    M.STROMAN
    J.ARRIETA
    Long term….?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @dubjay: I am a sucker for Stroman this year, with Arrieta second, but I think C-Mart is the best bet long term.

  7. BlameItOnHoffman says:
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    Rank these guys ROS, Cron, Lorenzo Cain and Austin Jackson

  8. Taylor says:
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    Assume we’re sitting Hughes @ TEX today? What about Yordano vs LAA? SON is kind of meh on him

    • Dan Pants

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      @Taylor: Angels have been hitting but so have the Royals, I am starting him because I think he can get me a win. Texas’ offense, on the other hand, is not inspiring anyone. Hughes looked shaky in his last outing but I’d probably start him today, too. Of course, if you have any doubts, no harm in sitting either of these guys.

  9. your mom says:
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    bruce or rizzo in a keeper? Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @your mom: Anthony to the Rizzo

  10. mypitchingis says:
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    start both grienke and lester? i feel like grienke should be an easy call, but he’s been getting hit pretty hard lately some of the guys on the cardinals have a history of rocking him

    • Dan Pants

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      @mypitchingis: Yeah I’m starting them both. Streamonator loves the Greinke start if it makes you feel any better.

  11. Paul says:
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    With Arenado coming back soon, how would you rank he v seager v Ryan zimm ROS at 3b in an obp league? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Paul: Seager, Arenado, Zimmerman

      • Paul says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks! If I can only keep 1 of Zimmerman or C Dickerson as my bench/of3 – any preference?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Paul: I prefer Dickerson, but Zimmerman probably has more value and can likely get you much more in a trade. 3B is pretty shallow, make a trade!

  12. Paul says:
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    With Arenado coming back soon, how would you rank he v seager v Ryan zimm ROS at 3b in an obp league? Thanks!

  13. I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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    Pick up Leake over Gausman?… Also have to drop an OF for Harper… Craig, Morse, Dickerson are my choices… Any thoughts? Thanks Danny boy… And thanks for the shout out in Teheran blurb!

    • Dan Pants

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      @I Be Teheran It Up!: No problem! Yeah I like Leake’s start next week better, but I’d rather own Gausman long term. More upset. So I’d pick up Leake for that start, then grab Gausman again if possible.

    • Dan Pants

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      @I Be Teheran It Up!: Oh and I’d drop Morse to make room for Harper.

      • I Be Teheran It Up! says:
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        @Dan Pants: c mart is available…Him over any of these guys?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @I Be Teheran It Up!: I still like Leake’s start best. But I’d want Martinez over Leake and gausman, yes.

          • I Be Teheran It Up says:
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            @Dan Pants: Thanks señor pants

          • I Be Teheran It Up says:
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            @Dan Pants: Do u think he (cmart) will ever pitch into the 6th or 7th inning? If so then he’ll definitly be worth it

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @I Be Teheran It Up: need to look at the sick amount of baserunners carmart puts on all year long. i don’t mean just lately, or just as RP. constantly living on the edge of just an extra couple of singles being a terrible start (not to mention doubles or homers). eventually he’ll be great, but he can’t control that stuff yet.

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 H2H (OPS & QS):

    1) pick one Monday stream–Phelps v TB (Archer) or Peavy v CHC (Arrieta)? SON greatly prefers Peavy, but picking on the Rays has been profitable. FWIW, Phelps has the better weekend start @ MIN, but it’s not lilely I hold him in the roster spot that long.

    2) LaRoche, Napoli, Cron or Lind at Util? Tom likes Napoli, though I currently have LaRoche in at least for today’s doubleheader. Just traded away Abreu for McCutchen, though I’m still pretty good in power with E5, Ortiz, Moss, Mesoraco and Springer.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve Stevenson: Whoa, that is some power. I’m going with Tom on this one and stick with Napoli, but I do like Laroche a lot going forward. And I’d take Phelps for Monday, wouldn’t touch Peavy right now.

  15. Brett says:
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    Dan

    12 team daily league roto 5 player kept 6×6 extra categories are holds and ops

    Roster
    C Santana 1b pujols 2b Prado ss e Cabrera 3b Frazier ci machado mi Andrus of Harper of cGomez of trout of Batista of puig util Calhoun

    Strasberg bailey gray verlander Beckett Ross joe smith grilli melancon rosenthal meija clippard

    Who do you cut for betts? If He is only of eligible on espn who if anyone would you cut?
    He can be kept for 5 next year

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Brett: He is currently only SS eligible in Yahoo!, I don’t know what he will be in ESPN. Either way he will play primarily OF. I’d drop Grilli or Ross for him..

      • Brett says:
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        @Dan Pants: I also have. Heaney would you cut him over grilli or Ross to get betts?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Brett: No I’d stick with Heaney.

  16. Teddy Heater says:
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    Loved the Teheran dog walking joke. Not sure if it’s because I have him rostered on all my squads or cause I have dogs? Either way nice write up!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Teddy Heater: Thanks Teddy! I can’t say enough about the sacrifice those dogs make for my pitching staff. Truly man’s best friend.

  17. Tom says:
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    Need to stream in the up coming week to have a chance in my H2H matchup. Please pick 3 of the following to stream – no more than one a day. SON estimates given $ ERA WHIP K:

    Mon.
    Duffy @Min (Pino) 10.5 3.44 1.35 5.5
    Walker @ Hou (McHugh) 5.6 4.32 1.43 6.0

    Tues.
    Kennedy vCin (Leake) 17.7 3.18 1.13 6.0
    Leake @SD (kennedy) 10.5 3.54 1.23 5.0
    Alvarez vPHI (Burnett) 7.9 3.41 1.25 3.9

    Wed.
    Morton vARI (Anderson 8.9 3.34 1.25 4.0

    Thurs.
    Sanitago vHou (Keuchel) 10.8 3.74 1.31 5.7

    Fri.
    Cain @SD (Stults) 12.4 3.64 1.24 5.3

    Sat.
    Colon vTex(Saunders) 12.1 3.55 1.13 4.3

    Sun.
    Lincecum @SD(Hahn) 11.2 3.85 1.29 6.3

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tom: I’ll take Walker Cain and Lincecum.

      • Tom says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! A little nervous about Walker. I’m coming off a bad streaming experience with Gausman.

        • gareth says:
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          @Tom: I’d go leake over walker. Houston are actually no pushovers any more. San Diego are, and leake is on a roll.

  18. Uncdrww says:
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    Stroman is owned in 6% of ESPN leagues. 8 ER in last 5 starts.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Uncdrww: That must be how I own him on every team. Get on that, people!

  19. Steve Stevenson says:
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    12 team 6×6 (OPS) league where we start 3 OF, you think I’ll regret if I drop Werth to stream? He’s been disappointing in all but R, though he was great in this format last year. I’ve got McCutchen-Springer-Moss across the OF and LaRoche or Napoli (per my Q above) at Util. Plenty of decent OF on the wire–Ozuna, Eaton, Fowler, several hot schmotatoes (Harrison, Duda) and SAGNOF guys (Revere, j. Jones) but I’d hate to lose Werth if he gets back to a .300 avg/.900 OPS/25HR pace like last year.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’ve never been a Werth guy, but I know many who are and I guarantee if you drop him he will get snatched up real quick. I would hold.

  20. ashtray says:
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    My league has about 5 Sawx fans in it so I’m trying to sell off Betts fast. Anyway, here’s the set up:

    12 Team H2H 7×7 (hitter stats include OBP & Ks)

    Here’s what I want to offer:
    Betts
    Springer
    LaRoche

    For his Puig.

    Am I lowballing him on Puig or is that a fair offer. Springer has a little less value in my league due to Ks being a stat.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @ashtray: Yeah, Puig is the best player here and it’s not close but its certainly an enticing package. Betts value probably won’t get much high this year than it is now. If you can get him to bite on Betts you might be able to do it, but methinks you may need to do a bit better than this.

  21. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Your font looks different today. Did you type this at the house of the stripper you just met and who also you let you motor boat her chest while you yelled “mooooookie betts”?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jackie Treehorn: The stripper actually typed it as I dictated. I figured if I’m going to be paying her she might as well help me get some work done. You know strippers and their fancy fonts..

      • Jackie Treehorn says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Ha!

  22. Mr. Glass says:
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    in a standard yahoo points league would you lose prado for LaRoche my outfield is pretty set and i have Seager & Santana at third so i really have no need for him there either

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mr. Glass: I like Prado’s multiple position eligibility, makes him more useful, especially if he’s your bench player. I’d probably hold unless you need LaRoche.

  23. Charlie says:
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    Just traded my springer for jay Bruce. Improvement?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Charlie: I think they are very similar, I’ll give the slight edge to Bruce because of his history, but Springer’s got that crazy upside.

      • Charlie says:
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        @Dan Pants: good call. It’s not a keeper league but once spring starts stealing that value booms.

        Also, I’m thinking of trading sonny gray. Is billy Hamilton worth it?

  24. gareth says:
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    Putnam with the save. I added petricka and Guerra.

    FMBL.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @gareth: Yeah really. D’oh. However Petricka did pitch last night, Putnam entered in the eight and surrendered a run on three hits. I wouldn’t call him the closer just yet, but something tells me this is going to be an unhappy situation for all parties involved.

      • gareth says:
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        @Dan Pants: I think I might drop Guerra. Especialy after he was replaced so quicky in the 8th inning. You are right though. Its a shituation you really shouldn’t be invested in (im SAGNOF desperate though!).

        • Dan Pants

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          @gareth: Ventura seems to favor Guerra in the seventh, but really your guess is as good as mine.

  25. gareth says:
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    Start Lester @ NYY versus Tanaka? SON is lukewarm, and actually like matt Cain’s start better (who I’m sitting).

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @gareth: If you’re playing it safe, bench him. Low chance for wins with the Sawx struggling and Tanaka pitching, but I’m starting him and I think he will be fine.

  26. gareth says:
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    No sign of MOOKIE on espn yet………….

    • Dan Pants

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      @gareth: Get your shizz together espn! Berry should have been on this weeks ago!

  27. Chris says:
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    Drop taveras or hosmer for Mookie?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chris: In a redraft league I’d drop Taveras for him, sure.

  28. I Be Teheran It Up says:
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    You said earlier that Mookie Betts will probably have SS eligibility in ESPN leagues. Is he worth the add, when ESPN wakes the hell up, over JJ Hardy or Segura? I have a 2 SS limit in my league :-(

    • Dan Pants

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      @I Be Teheran It Up: I said he has SS eligibility in Yahoo!, I honestly have no idea what ESPN has in store for him. He is just as likely to only have OF eligibility after today’s game. That said, I’d probably take a chance on him over Hardy, but I’d still want Segura over Betts

  29. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league

    Latos or Iwakuma ROS?

    Also, which side? Polanco/Seager for Latos
    Redraft.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Lemmingness: It’s close but I’ll take Iwakuma, and I’ll take the bats Polanco/Seager.

      • Lemmingness says:
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        @Dan Pants: If it was Seager/Polanco for Latos/one of Gausman-Stroman?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Lemmingness: I’ll take the hitters, but if you need the pitching its fair.

  30. Zar says:
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    Man, the Padres have had a bad week. First they get no hit by lincecum, then they even made Addison Reed look like a shut down closer……

    Do you like Cron or Duda RoS?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Zar: I’d take a chance on Cron.

      • Zar says:
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        @Dan Pants: …In other news…one of my teams has both Romo and Chapman AND Doolittle…..

        I mean seriously come on!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Zar: Bad luck comes in threes?

  31. Jack says:
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    I got excited about picking up Mookie but wait…..the following quote from Farrell seems to imply that Mookie will only play 5-6 times a week. I can’t afford a bench spot while he works his way into full time AB’s. It’s making me rethink droping Hill. Your thoughts?

    Here’s the quote from Masslive.com:

    The Red Sox now have five outfielders on their roster: Betts, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Brock Holt. “You know the best way I would probably categorize it is there’s five guys for four positions, which includes center and right and the left side of the infield,” said manager John Farrell, noting Holt could see time at shortstop. “Brock’s versatility lends to being able to get close to everyday at-bats in this positions. What our goal is is to get a minimum of five days a week or six days a week for the younger players and we feel like we can do that with this alignment.”

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jack: I think it will depend on how Mookie performs. Yeah, there’s a lot of hype surrounding this guy, but most of that is because he is a Sawx prospect, and the offense there has been so bad, in particular the outfield, any ray of hope is going to get fans excited. He is no Trout. It’s definitely a crowded situation, but Holt is the only one who’s earned every day playing time. I think if Betts plays well, like he has in the minors, he should be able to secure an everyday spot on the roster over guys like Gomes, Bradley and Nava. The cream will rise to the crop! It sure is a good thing they signed Stephen Drew.

  32. Peanut butter jelly time says:
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    Would you trade Miguel Cabrera and Matt Latos for Yu Darvis and Y. Ventura? I’m in a 12 team pitching heavy league where more pitching is better? The wire is decent with potential hitters as well.
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      @Peanut butter jelly time: Can;t say for sure, don’t know how your scoring works, but I would probably stick with Miggy.

  33. Bosmosis says:
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    Hey Dan. Need help at closer after Belisario flamed out. Grabbed Petricka and want to grab either Bastardo or Benoit as a speculative add. First, which of those would you grab, and then who would you drop from among the following:

    Heaney
    Eovaldi
    Masterson
    McHugh
    Balfour

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bosmosis: Petricka or Putnam, for the white sox. Petricka got the save Friday, Putnam on saturday, Your guess as to who will get the next chance. I grabbed Petricka in a few leagues. If I was stashing one of those guys I’d stash Bastardo. And you can probably lose Balfour, he hasn’t had a save chance in about a month.

  34. Jiggy Nits says:
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    I think you’re a firm #2 behind Grey in now… your write ups are great. Dont tell the other guys I said that.

    Pick a side: Melancon (11$) or Arrieta (10$). NL only roto keeper 5×5

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jiggy Nits: Wow, Jiggy, that’s high praise. Thanks, much appeciated! Arrieta has been unreal over the past month but good closers are hard to find. Assuming you’re not keeping either, I’d want Melancon this year.

  35. Mike says:
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    Most valuable player for speed is that little guy from Houston

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mike: The new pedroia! Correct! I owe you a dollar

  36. Jayson says:
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    Would you trade Matt Holliday for Jose Reyes?

    My other members in OF are (we start 4) pence, springer, Brantley & Bruce & have polanco at utility & Harper coming off DL soon

    My SS is Alexei Ramirez & have see Gordon who is eligible at SS

    This is who else he has catcher sal Perez & y Molina benched, 1b Matt Adams, 2b Daniel Murphy (& neil walker on his bench) , 3b Todd Frazier, IF spot Adam laroche, his OF Alex rios, Byrd, Brock holt & Brett Gardner , Pearce is his DH. Utility is Kyle seager

    Rest of my team;
    Catcher gattis , 1b goldy, 2b pedroia, 3b wright, SS I mentioned above IF votto, OF mentioned above, utility above, DH Carlos Santana

    W/ wrights injury & struggles I kind of want to target Frazier or seager what would you propose to that owner?

    Thank you!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jayson: I think Holliday for Frazier would be tough to pull off, but he could use the OFer. Maybe Polanco could land you Frazier? The 3B would help you, but otherwise I think reyes for Holliday is a nice trade for you.

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