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The McC went 1-for-2 last night with a run. Not really numbers deserving of the lede, but since I only get to do this once a week, I do what I want. And plus, I had already done my photoshop before the game ended. So there’s that. Truth be told, I really have nothing else to say about Andrew McCutchen. It is a very fine season. You know that. I know that. Sky… may not know that. He’s busy helping out all you folks that don’t have a Fantasy Baseball team in the running over at RazzFoot. That’s what I’m calling our Fantasy Football site. Because 20 years ago, I loved the Ninja Turtles. You know, the Foot Clan? RazzFoot? NINJA VANISH! Eh. Whatever. The McCutch is having a great year. He’s having a great Fantasy Baseball year. To hate him is to hate kittens. To love him is to not spell it McCutcheon. Start spreading the word. Here’s what else I noticed yesterday:

Cody Asche — 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 4th home run. This is what I don’t get. Smokey has an avatar of Ashy Larry. And ash and smoke derive from fire. It’s a close enough connection here, I mean, why not just name yourself Ashy? I mean, it’s not like your real name is Smokey. Or, if you want to stay Smokey, because, you know, 420-4-Life or whatever, then why not pick an avatar more in line with what you do? Like Woody Harrelson? Or Smokey the Bear? You know, only you can prevent forest fires? Smokey the Bandit? YOU MAKE NO SENSE SMOKEY. Just pass it over here bro.

Scott Baker — So, for the three Baker owners out there, I have an update for you. After posting a 5.46 ERA in over 29 rehab innings, he’ll be brought up next week as a starter. His velocity is down and he only had 16 strikeouts in those innings. In any kind of rehab, they call that a relapse. The Cubs don’t mind seeing what he can do, but you, you should mind. No touchy.

Carlos Beltran — 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs. Has really shown his age of late. Except for last night. Where he didn’t? I’m Ron Burgundy?

Rex Brothers — 0.1, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 0 Ks. Was tagged with the blown save. They say there’s nothing like a brother’s love. Too much love here, if you ask me.

Clay Buchholz — Buchholz will rejoin the Red Sox’ rotation on Tuesday. That means Ryan Dempster will most likely to get the boot. What say you, JB Gilpin?

My reaction when JB Gilpin named Ryan Dempster his sleeper pick of 2013.

RIP sweet-sweet show of mine. Whoop whoop whoop whoop whoop.

A.J. Burnett — 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks. These things happen. It could be worse. James Shields says hello.

Lo Chia-Jen — 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 1 K. So, in a save situation, you give up runs ’til the sun rises. But in a non-save situation, you’re in lock-down mode. Hey. Chia Pet. You’re doing it wrong, bro.

Chris Colabello — 2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs and his 7th home run. Who? Let me help you out, via my Deep Impact series. “I don’t think his Minor League K% will translate well to the Major Leagues, but the power is legit. As a ceiling, I could see something along the lines of Casper Wells when he was somewhat relevant, so while this story might end up a better baseball one than fantasy, he might still be worth a look if you need a bat.” That being said, I’d still rather have Ruggiano. Goes better with dry reds.

Patrick Corbin — 8.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks. Would have been a win in most other situations, but it’s nice to see somewhat of a rebound after giving up 28,458 runs in his last 19 innings.

Chris Davis — 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 SB, and his 48th home run. Khris Davis did not play yesterday, furthering the conspiracy.

R.A. Dickey — 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks. Well, it’s been a long road traveled, and a road, I might add, where he ran me over and over and over again. I wrote a 80,000 word love letter! WHY? Was it my haiku? LOVE ME! Anyhizzle, cause that’s what the kids say, I guess… I think the real Dickey is slowly coming back, and the second half trends agree. Will another 2012 happen? Probably not, but he’ll certainly be a sleeper come next season.

Andy Dirks — 5-for-5, 4 runs, 1 RBI. What the…? My world is officially upside down.

Josh Donaldson — 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 21st home run. He’s certainly slowed down a bit in the second half, but what a season. I got flack for putting him so high on my 100-keeper list, but these are top tier numbers at 3B. And I think they are sustainable.

Jacoby Ellsbury — Was missing-in-action Friday due to a foot injury. So his thumb is fine, but now we have to deal with this. And it might even take a few games. Braddock would not be pleased.

Scott Feldman — 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks. Most definitely not related to Cory. Happily, I’m sure.

Jose Fernandez — 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks. While most would lean Puig here, I’m going to state that Fernandez is my ROY. Simply outstanding season.

Ernesto Frieri — I still like Dane De La Rosa. Frieri’s saves are dirty. Christina Aguilera dirrty. With two ‘R’s’.

Scooter Gennett — 1-for-1, 1 run, 3 RBIs, and his 6th home run. At this point, ef Scooters. I’m gonna name him Automobile Gennett.

Kevin Gregg — 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 0 Ks, and his 30th save. Cleaned up after Pedro Strop decided that being irrelevant was more his style. I’ve floated this name before, so I’ll do it again, just for those of you still paying attention. Blake Parker intrigues me.

Billy Hamilton — 0-for-0, and his 3rd SB. Well, look at this way. If he keeps getting used as a pinch stealer, he can’t really hurt your batting average. Quick, someone tell Juan Pierre.

Jason Hammel — The Orioles plan to use Jason Hammel as a reliever for the time being. “You probably won’t see him physically available until Saturday. In an emergency, maybe Friday,” manager Buck Showalter said. I have no idea what this means in this context. What is not-physically available to you? He drank invisible juice? OR is he just available on Friday? Like for date night? Totally lost.

Dan Haren — 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks. Lives and dies via the home run. There’s been more dying. Like, Game of Thrones amount of dying.

Phil Hughes — 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 baserunners, 0 Ks. Moral of the story? Do not move someone to the pen unless they are mentally prepared for their replacement to be David Huff.

Omar Infante — 5-for-5, 2 runs, 6 RBIs. That’s cray-cray if I ever saw-saw.

Austin Jackson — 3-for-6, 1 run, 4 RBIs. You did this with Ramon Santiago hitting front of you? Inconceivable!

Scott Kazmir — 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks. His, alter-ego, BBazmir, took a vacation and did not appear in last night’s start. If you were wondering, the first ‘B’ is silent.

Junior Lake — 2-for-4, 1 run, 4 RBIs, and his 5th home run. Can you really be a Junior from a Lake? Doesn’t that just make you a river?

Cliff Lee — 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks. I have nothing to add.

Kyle Lohse — 5.0 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks. Underwhelming pitcher is underwhelming.

Mike Napoli — 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and his 19th home run. For the good of the Angels, Mike Scioscia should be forced, ala A Clockwork Orange, to watch every single home run Napoli has hit for the Rangers and Red Sox. You’d think watching a Jeff Mathis at-bat would have desensitized him to pain and suffering. But Grey doesn’t call him ‘The Sociopath’ for nothing.

Mike Pelfrey — 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks. Honestly, do we care?

Hunter Pence — 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and his 19th home run. Good things happen in threes I guess. Doesn’t quite explain the 19, but if that would have been his 3rd home run, then I think good things would then not happen in threes.

Yusmeiro Petit — 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 baserunner, 7 Ks. Was one strike away from the perfect game. I guess what we have here is a Petfect game. Or a Pertit game, if you like that sort of thing. I think I might after a few drinks.

Buster Posey — Posey has a small fracture in his ring finger. He’ll try to play through the pain, but expect him being out of your lineup for a few days. More importantly, I’d like to have Parker Posey (SFW) in my lineup, if you know what I mean. Of all the baseball/sexual innuendo to choose from, I go with that one… ugh.

Yasiel Puig — 1-for-4, 1 run. — This little Puig was in the lineup after going through some nicks-and-bruises.

James Shields — 3.2 IP, 10 ER, 16 baserunners, 6 Ks. WAT.

I present to you:

Every James Shields owner checking how their team did last night…

Alfonso Soriano — 1-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, and his 30th home run. Coincidence that he’s hit a home run every Friday since I started covering the weekend shift? Well, yeah, of course. What, you think I have some kind of super power that allows him to hit a home run every Friday, but only on the days that I write Daily Notes? What kind of stupid power is that? I want to fly. Or throw trains.

Giancarlo Stanton — 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, and his 19th home run. Great. I’m sure glad I spent that first round pick on you. Sarcasm alert: Red. RED LIKE THE BLOOD OF A DRAGON SLAYERS VENGEANCE YOU DISAPPOINTING HEATHEN! Something like that.

Pedro Strop — 1.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 baserunners, 2 Ks. I give you: The quick and easy way to immediately cede all closer duties. Nailed it bro.

Mike Trout — 3-for-4, 0 runs, 1 RBI. Unless the Angels can magically pull out 56 wins in the next 20-or-so games, Trout will once again be snubbed for MVP choice. You could argue Miguel Cabrera, but I would disagree. Shall we begin?

B.J. Upton and Justin Upton — 0-for-8. NEVER AGAIN.

Zack Wheeler — 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks. This is what a young pitcher is. Ups-and-downs. Old pitchers do this too. Whatever, just go with it.

Matt Wieters — 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and his 21st home run. He may be better than sliced bread, but that’s only because we are referring to the pre-toast era. The world has changed.

Will Venable — 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI, and his 21st home run. The lesson to be learned here is that I’m right all of the time. Except when I’m not.

Jonathan Villar — 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and his 13th SB. Obviously, he wants to be more than a SAGNOF. It could happen, but I don’t think the hit tool is that advanced. So take the speed, enjoy the extra stuff. That’s what she said. Err.

Joey Votto — 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 23rd home run. Living proof of why you should play in OBP leagues.

Delmon Young — 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 9th home run. Hey, you remember this? He was 3-for-7 in two games before this start, and, basically all you want at this point in the season is a little bit of hotness. Which is why your spending part of your Saturday with me. Look, I know Young is hard to buy into, it was hard for me to turn Young into a post-lede, not so much into a sting ray. That part was actually fun. Any ways, I’m just saying, keep an open mind.

 

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. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Didn’t Chad Gaudin pitch a Pertit game earlier this season? Also in my money league I’m in a 5 team scrum for 1st place, with ERA likely to be the deciding factor. I had both Shields and Matt Garza pitch last night and now I need all of the whiskey.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: ugh, I hear ya. Shields hurt a lot of teams last night.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jaywrong: aren’t the LAA and DET like 2 of the top 5 teams in OPS. that was the case before those games. You’d have to have more categories to win than lose to play those 2 starts, like if you need wins/K’s and don’t mind risking era/whip, not saying I’ve never done similar, of course.

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @goodfold2: Yeah, I wasn’t expecting shutouts by any means. The league settings don’t allow for much roster movement. Basically, unless a guy is on the DL or in the minors, and is on your roster, you have to start him. We get 3 roster moves pre and post All-Star break and most teams are down to 1 or 0. Basically it’s a “let it ride” situation.

  2. Chris says:
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    I need to get Cingrani active next week. Would you drop Niese (vs. Wash. (Roark)) or Archer (@ Minn. (Albers)) to do so? Also, would you drop the other one to pick up a two start Cashner (@ Phi. (Martin) and @ Atl. (Teheran))?

    Thanks for all the work y’all do.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Chris: I’d drop Niese for Cingrani. I don’t like Cashners two starts.

  3. Shake N Bacon says:
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    That’s Shields GIF is great! Omar Infante and Dirks rocked Shields’ world!

    I have Donaldson in a keeper league, but if I kept him, it would be over Rizzo, Desmond or Kipnis. I don’t think I’m ready to go out that far on a limb for him yet. If he played in a hitter friendly park, then possibly.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: “Omar Infante and Dirks rocked Shields’ world!” Baseball is weird.

      Yeah, all three guys you have there, I think I had ranked higher. I think you have to go with Desmond… maybe Kipnis there.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @jaywrong: Yeah of all the players in the Tigers lineup last night, who would’ve thunk it.

        Yeah Kipnis has definitely slowed down this second half. I think if I didn’t keep him, he might be picked up in the 7th round of the draft before my pick. I might have a better chance to get Donaldson with my 7th pick, only because I don’t think people in my league are as high on him as they are on Kipnis. There are more keeper 3B in my league than keeper 2B too (I think…maybe…I have no idea, it just sounded good).

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: It’s sound reasoning. This is the second year in a row with the Kipnis fade, just something to think about. Still good value at the keystone. And I think 3B and 2B have similar depth issues as well.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @jaywrong: Yeah. I’m considering trading him 1-1 for a keeper in the off season. His overall stats look great but I think he is what he is now. He doesn’t have anymore upside than what he has produced.

  4. Blue says:
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    Do I hold on to Petit or drop him to keep on streaming?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Blue: I’d keep streaming. It’s that time of year where you get the hot when you can.

  5. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Lmao. The whole thing. Great stuff jay.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: Too kind Mike. Thanks bro!

  6. Mike says:
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    Traded Justin Upton in July was the smartest move I made. He could hit 20 more homeruns by the end of the season and I would still stay away from him next year. Stanton is more like a 7th round pick next year but someone well take him in the 2nd round because of Yahoo, ESPN ratings.
    D. Young gets hot this time of year and in the playoffs. Venable to me is a breakout candidate that I hope I can get in the top 100 next year. Byrd a Pirate who will be 36 I like around the 200th pick but I am sure someone will rate him higher and I will pass on him. Can’t wait to see your SS ratings next year, the youth movement has really improved this position

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: With some disappointing as well. I’m staring at you, Starlin Castro.

      A new park might invigorate the price on Stanton, unless it’s SafeCo. Nothing cures all ills like winter time.

  7. drew says:
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    Has Razzball given up on the hockey section?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @drew: More of a Grey question. Maybe with football season, Andrew is focusing there? Not sure.

  8. SpeedyJohn says:
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    I love Corey Kluber’s upcoming matchups. Drop Travis Wood, Brandon McCarthy, A. J. Griffin, or (*gasp*) CC Sabathia?

    12 team 5×5 roto. Need wins and WHIP.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @SpeedyJohn: Either McCarthy or Wood. Leaning Wood.

  9. Eric K says:
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    Trout over Cabrera forMVP? Pffffffft! There is no logical argument for that one.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Eric K: in fantasy? Sure. You could say that.

    • fitz says:
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      @Eric K: I’d say Davis more deserving than Trout too.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @fitz: how so? Defense counts. Baserunning counts. Position counts. I’d argue McCutchen is having a better year than Davis.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @jaywrong: i think cutch and davis’ WAR’s are very close,I think slight edge to davis right now.

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @goodfold2: I do think one could go either way here.

  10. Mike says:
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    I will take Cabrera as my MVP and next year as my No 1 rated player

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: if we are talking about real baseball, there’s enough surplus value from position, defense, and baserunning to offset Cabrera’s power advantage.

      • Eric K says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Surplus from position? Thirdbase in not a strong position. Even with the year Beltre is having, Cabrera is a far superior hitter that he dwarfs Beltre. Cabrera’s defense is not as good, but it’s not terrible either. If we are talking real baseball then there is no argument that can be made saying Cabrera is not the mvp. Trouts great and has many mvp’s in front of him, but Cabrera (even missing time recently) is having one of the greatest seasons by a right handed hitter of all time!

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Eric K: CF, and OF in general is tougher to play than the corners.

          And to say “Cabrera’s defense is not as good” is a gross understatement. He’s one of the worst defenders in the game, next to Zimmerman. Let’s be fair here.

          There is an argument to be made. It’s simple. Cabrera is elite at hitting. Trout is elite in all phases of the game. They are only separated by 20 wRC+… close enough when adding in all the other things Trout does.

          I’m all for debate, but you can’t just say there’s no argument. There is.

          • Eric K says:
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            @jaywrong:

            Imo there is no argument. Thirdbase is a very difficult position to play and Cabrera’s defense has been fine. They are the two best hitters in the game, but Cabrera is in tier 1 by himself with Trout in tier 2. If you were taking one player to build your team for next season only, I’m taking Cabrera with hesitation.

            • Eric K says:
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              @Eric K:

              I’d also argue the gap between Trout and McCutchen is much narrower than the gap between Cabrera and Beltre. For this season alone I’d give more votes to Mccutchen for mvp then I would Trout.

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Eric K: Well, I’m glad you think so. I don’t, and the numbers are with me.

              And future value is a whole separate animal, and to not pick Trout is even more astounding.

              • Jay

                jaywrong says:
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                @jaywrong: This whole Beltre thing is a straw man. There’s no relevance here.

                I love a great debate, but there’s nothing here. No evidence, just anecdotal statements. I can’t do much with that.

            • matt says:
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              @Eric K: Trout Tier 2? Lol. . That’s a joke right?

          • Stephen A says:
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            @jaywrong:

            I guess I am in the minority thinking Cabrera is the better real world player as well. Love Trout, and he has more tools, but Cabrera is tge hands down mvp.

            As for your statement about corner outfield being more difficult then third…not sure I buy that one. You don’t see many players not being capable of playing the outfield and shifting to the third but you do see the opposite happen quite a bit.

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Stephen A: Actually, I think most are with you and Eric and Mike.

              I’m not here to hate on anyone’s opinion. Miguel Cabrera will MVP, I can’t argue that aspect. But what I do want is people to not just assume its a given. I would love a debate that involves more than just RBIs, or home runs, if you know what I mean.

              There are valid points on both sides. I just notice that the points for Trout get drowned out more.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @jaywrong: it seems quite a few people on here throwing out trout as MVP are only talking about fantasy stats, not real life runs or wins over replacement at all.

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @goodfold2: Agreed. I’m strictly speaking real life. Fantasy, you have to give the edge to Miggy.

              • Stephen A says:
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                @jaywrong:

                I play in a runs created league. Prior to Cabrera’s injury he was on pace to create 185 runs. I think Trout was on pace for 140 and Mccutchen 125. For comparison sake, the most ever runs created since I’ve been alive was Barry Bonds creating 200 while on steroids. Other then him, 140 has been what I would consider elite. When you get into the 150 and over level you are talking insane numbers. Runs created (that my league uses) does take into account steals and caught stealing, but it is muted some what. And it does not take into account defense, rbi, runs, or any other “team” stats. It purely accounts for how many runs each player accounts for. Based on this stat alone (which to me is the most telling stat) Cabrera is the best hitter and most valuable player. If you exclude Bonds, he is having one of the best seasons from a runs created perspective in my life time….which is 40 years.

                • Shawn of the livid says:
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                  @Stephen A: When taking into account all stat categories, plus defensive ability, then Trout is the winner. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Not that Miggy isn’t insanely good at hitting. But he doesn’t fire on all cylinders like Trout. Defensive ability being a glaring difference.

                  Next years draft. I grab trout over Mig.

                  I’m with Mr.Wong . Because he’s right

                  • Stephen A says:
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                    @Shawn of the livid:

                    But in a league that uses runs created, like mine, you’d be wong.

                • Jay

                  jaywrong says:
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                  @Stephen A: I’m speaking strictly in terms of non-fantasy. In regards to ‘runs created’, I prefer the weighted version, as it adjusted based on league, environment, etc. In that regard, Miggy only has a +20 advantage. Yes, that’s better. But the MLB isn’t just about offense.

                  That’s where Trout gets the edge. MVP isn’t just being the best hitter. It’s about being the best *player*.

                  • Stephen A says:
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                    @jaywrong:

                    Agreed. I was referencing shawn of the livid though who was clearly talking about a fantasy team. If we are talking real baseball then I’m taking Trout based on age, and all-around talent level. If we are talking about fantasy I am taking Miggy until he shows his age is catching up on him.

                    I would sell The Dread Pirate short though. He may not have as great of tools as Trout, but he isn’t that far off. But with him I think we are seeing the best he has to offer. With Trout I’m not sure we’ve seen his best yet…which is scary.

                    • Jay

                      jaywrong says:
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                      @Stephen A: Oh, then yeah. I guess we agree. I should have figured that out before all this typing.

  11. matt says:
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    Trout is GOD.. if there’s a GOD it’s Mike Trout! I want trout over miggy all day. Where is miggy right now? Oh yea wrong side of 30 banged up while my Adonis has barely begun having acne. Miggy at 21 Trout at 21 = No Comparison

    • matt says:
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      @matt: if there’s ever going to be a 100HR 50SB season trout will be the first lol

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @matt: Haha. Not sure if I’d go that far. But I like the cut of your jib.

  12. Elijah says:
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    At least I waited til r2 for Stanton…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Elijah: a better man than I.

  13. The Red Cyclones says:
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    WOW. I am lucky I only own Shields in a points league. The 6Ks kept him from bleeding me for almost 20 points. I still need therapy after checking my stat line that night.

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    Sup Wong

    So Im trying to pick the perfect outfielder to carry in my first week of the playoffs. For this player Im primarily looking for steals but would like positive all around contribution. Right now I have Raja, but he hasnt stolen a base in forver so Im looking a possible change. Here are some available players on the waiver:

    Raja 3LAA, 3BAL

    Yelich 4ATL, 4NYM
    Bonefacio 3CLE, 3DET
    Dyson 3CLE, 3DET
    Gardner 4BAL, 3BOS
    EY 4NAT, 4MIA
    BJ 4MIA, 3SD
    Jennings 3BOS, 3MIN
    Eaton 3LAD, 3COL
    Martin 3PIT, 3OAK

    The hitter-tron really likes Gardner and Raja (>10$), hates Yelich (<10$), and is nuetral (between 1-10$) on the rest.

    In checking batter v pitcher numbers, to the best of my ability, It looks like Gardner has very good numbers against 4 of the pitchers he faces and bad numbers against 2 (the last 2 next week). Raja has more nuetral numbers across the board. Do any of the other guys peak your interest more or would you swap out Raja for Gardner for at least the first 4 games of the series. I think Jennings might be a good play in the last 3, facing 2 weak MIN lefties and Correia.

    What thinks you, good sir?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: what up. I am in a same situation, believe it or not. I’ve been watching Gardner closely, and he seems to be heating up. Hittertron, from what you say, agrees. I’m going with him.

      See how it goes. That Jennings play could he smart.

  15. bossmanjunior says:
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    Im going to continue to abuse your attention while I have you *hey…look over here!* Thought I lost you for a second. Anyways, I picked up Moss for some power next week but he has fallen on some tough times this past week (.188 BA 1 HR). Next week he faces the Twins in the first series (Hendricks, Pelfrey, and Correia), so that could be nice. He’s at TEX after that, facing Darvish and Holland in the series though. So maybe just hold him for the Twins series and then switch. Here are some other options on the waiver:

    Swisher, Avisail, Colabello, Ethier, Dirks, Nava

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I’m loving me some Swish right now. Like Gardner, I think he’s heating up. He’s in the same lineup I have Gardner in for my championship week.

      So I guess if you go down, I go down. Anyhow, that’s my way of saying, if you match me, we’re in this together.

  16. bossmanjunior says:
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    LAST ONE I SWEAR…

    I posted this in Scott’s article, but he hasn’t answered any comments in a while, so wouldn’t mind getting your take. Trying to make a move(s) tonight.

    “Ok so I need some help setting my rotation for next week. Here are my current starters at it stands right now and their respective match ups next week.

    Gio @NYM, PHI
    Bumgarner @LAD
    Lester NYY
    Kluber @CHW
    Miller MIL, SEA
    Garza PIT (8$)
    A. Wood @MIA (11$)
    Niese WAS (11.1$)
    Buchholz @TB, NYY (DL)

    The starters Im most worried about are Garza, Niese, and Wood. Garza faces PIT (#5 in wOBA last 2 weeks) at home, Niese (who was roughed up today against CLE) faces NAT (#8) at home, and Wood faces MIA away after being roughed up against them 2 starts ago. Because of match ups, Wood is probably the safest of the three for me.

    Buchholz is on my DL right now, so I don’t have to activate him for his start @TB. His past couple of rehab starts have been sup par, so im tempted to hold him on the DL for his first start. If he looks good, I could activate him for his start against NYY at home. To do so I would need to drop one of the aforementioned pitchers.

    Here are the best options available on the waiver, including a couple of your 2 start options:

    Ubaldo KC (7.5$), @CHW(?)
    Morton CHC (11.9$)
    Cashner @PHI (2.3$)
    Perez PIT (-3.6$), OAK (?)
    Torres WAS (-4.4$), MIA (?)
    Maholm SD (7.5$)
    Vargas @HOU (6.1$)
    Leake CHC (7.1$)
    Wheeler WAS (7.9$)

    Right now Im leaning towards dropping Garza and Niese for Ubaldo and Morton and holding Buchholz on the DL for his first start back. If Buchholz looks good in his first start, I can drop someone else (maybe Wood) for his start at home against the Yankees. With Wood’s rough start today, I could drop him right now and start Buchholz @TB instead of Wood @MIA.

    Let me know what you think. Im open to ideas. Thanks Scott!”

    And that’s me quoting me! Let me know what you think Wong.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Crazy scenario. I only say this, because I’m leaning towards sticking to your guns. I’m not high on Ubaldo or Morton, I’d rather do Garza and Niese.

      But I like your idea of standing by on Clay.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @jaywrong:

        So you would hold Garza and Niese for their next respective starts? What about Alex Wood? I could hold him, drop for Ubaldo or Morton, or drop him to activate Buchholz for Tuesday’s start @TB. Thanks

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          @bossmanjunior:

          Or hold Wood for his next start, then drop him and activate Buchholz for his second start of the week at home against the Yankees.

          • Jay

            jaywrong says:
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            @bossmanjunior: Yeah, this seems prudent.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @bossmanjunior: Oh, yeah, forgot about Wood. I like him against Miami, despite his history against them. I’d take him over Niese.

  17. meangeneimean says:
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    Looking for some new info sites to bookmark. I know better than to take a single article and judge an entire site…but jeez.

    Plenty of comments followed, none of which were down on the writer, so I assume everyone here is accustomed to this type of posting.

    I’ll get cussed, banned, and booted for saying so but perhaps the writer will remember this comment before he closes his eyes to sleep tonight:

    As a first time reader of this page, I’m sad to say that if someone said, “Hey, you ever read Razzball? Whatcha think about it?” that my unequivocal answer would be “Yes, but the first time I visited the site I read a post where a guy named Jay Wrong worked 10, no 50 times harder attempting to be funny than he did at any type of useful fantasy analysis.”

    His name, however, is fab.

    I’m not a hater – just offering constructive criticism from someone who values his time, and invests far more than he should reading Fantasy Baseball info. First impressions count.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @meangeneimean: some people say that cucumbers taste better pickled.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @meangeneimean:

      Try Rotographs, the fantasy stepsisters of Fangraphs. With a sabermetric approach, they do extensive analysis and show you the research and numbers. Only fab name there is Eno Sarris.

  18. harkrider says:
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    Do you think Rizzo and Scherzer or Grienke is close enough for Adam Jones, Carlos Gonzales, Tulo, Pedroia, or Kipnis? Or should I stick with what I have

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @harkrider: In the realm, but I don’t think its enough. It’s somewhat closer in a keeper, but it comes down to how the parties value Rizzo. Another piece should even it up.

  19. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Shallow limited moves league, I have 7 pickups left and a bye next week. SV and HLD both count. Someone punted SV and dropped Uehara. I don’t really need the SV with 4 closers, but I also don’t want anyone else to pick him up, and his other stats are obviously great. Would have to drop C. Perez (a little shaky lately, but the Indians’ schedule is amazingly easy) or Henderson. Make the move, or hold and see what my needs are in the semis? I have more moves left than my main competition, but I usually like to use them to stream pitchers or replace cold bats in the playoffs.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: If it doesn’t matter, go with the strongest guy for the weakest guy. In my opinion, that’s Perez. I’m assuming you can’t just stash a guy on the bench.

  20. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Thanks. Yeah, with Harper hurting I can’t drop my bench bat (Jennings) yet, and I need Clippard for HLD and can’t afford to drop a SP, so to make the add it’d have to be another closer. If Harper hits the DL (not bloody likely with expanded rosters) then I could just make the add and bench Perez.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Okay, I hear ya. Makes sense.

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