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Trey Mancini aka All Day Trey Bombz was 2-for-4 Friday night with his 11th home run. He was all like, “Na Na, Bottoms Up, let’s see that one in Slow Motion.” Those are Trey Songz songs for the unindoctrined.  Trey is the MAN-cini lately, for real, batting .423 in the past week, with four homers and 11 RBI over the past 15 days. With Chris Davis out with an oblique injury (it’s still a little unclear), Trey looks to see an everyday role in the stacked Orioles line up. He’s been especially hot in June, with a .333/.370/.647 slash and an 1.017 OPS. Mmmm. The 25-year old rook has also hit safely in his past seven games, with multi-hit games in three of his past five. So how is it he’s available in 75% of fantasy leagues? Sure, the .368 BABIP is a bit high, but if we’re going to cherry-pick nerdy stats why not enjoy that 134 wRC+ and a 37.6 hard hit percentage. Did I mention he leads the team in batting average? And is second in RBIs with 35 on the year? Let’s not leave out the multiple position eligibility to sweeten the pot even more. In Baltimore/Washington, they love everything named Trey, and they might be onto something here. Grey told you to BUY, and I’d grab Mancini anywhere I needed some offensive help. If he can do the kind of damage in a full time role that he’s done part time, there should be plenty of Trey bombz in the future.

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Max Scherzer – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 8th win. When Max got that crazy look in his one brown eye. For the Glory of Valhalla! Witness him! Man, if I only owned Mad Max, life would be different. I’d still have a job and a real life human wife, and my cat wouldn’t hate me so much. Also, strikeouts. I’d have way more strikeouts.

Steven Matz – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, 4 K. After a nice debut return against the Braves last week Matz was put to the test in a big way versus the fearsome Natz, who tagged him for three home runs. When the Natz batz combat the Metz Matz begatz statz. Hey, that kind of rhymed! Still, I am encouraged from what I am seeing from Matz. I feel encouraged, you guys! Quick, some random commenter out there, take me down a peg! I’m hoping I can take this start and his next one in LA as my buy low opportunatz.

Michael Taylor – 2-for-4, HR (8), SB (5). A slam & legs! MT has hit safely in his past four games and is batting .400 with 2 homers and a stolen base in the past week. If you missed out on owning Trea and Harper, or Rendon or Zimmerman, or Daniel Murphy or Wieters, well, I guess Michael Taylor could be your chance to own a piece of this action.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, HR (18). Bruuuuuuce! Hitting .364 with 6 homers and 12 RBI in the past two weeks. This one came in the ninth down 6 runs. And yet…Mets still lose? Classic.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-3, HR (4). Jose Reyes is the most Mets player ever. That should be an award.

Carlos Martinez – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 6th win. Is Carlos Martinez the most low key ace ever? After his complete game shutout last week of Philadelphia, C-Mart got to show an even better team this week how good he is. He holds a 2.86 ERA, 1.05 WHIP with a 10.2 K/9. Perhaps I could trade for him somehow. Anyone interested in my worst catcher? No? How about my best? I would offer both, but they are the same player.

Paul DeJong – 3-for-4, 3 runs, HR (2), 3 RBI. When DeJong Goes Long With a Ding Dong. The Cardinals had 15 hits, including home runs from just about everyone in their line up whom I will list now to pad my word count: Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, and Jedd Gyorko.

Ian Happ – 2-for-5, run. As he bat second again. You got to hand it to Joe Maddon’s wild batting orders. They do produce a lot of solo home runs.

Jose Quintana – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3rd win. Is this your buy low opportunity or your chance to sell high? I don’t know!

Alen Hanson – 3-for-4, 3 runs, RBI, SB (1). After his pinch hit “Mmm bop!” (that’s what he calls his home runs) on Wednesday, Hanson lit it up leading off Friday night with three hits and a steal. It remains to be seen how much playing time he’ll get, but his speed upside makes him an interesting add, in particular if he continues to lead off for the White Sox. I’ll be watching him closer than the 2017 NBA Finals. Which to be fair I wasn’t watching all that closely after the first two games.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-4, 3 runs, HR (7), 5 RBI. Well, except for Rihanna, of course. I continued to watch her real, real closely for the remainder of the series and beyond. When your crush is as good at trolling and memes as she is at work, work, work, work, working it. I got your love on the brain, Riri!

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, HR (19), 2 RBI. Now tied for second for the league lead in homers. Dayum Justin, what u been Smoakin’?

Alex Avila – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (10). Oh hey, a catcher that’s hitting. Should you pick him up? I don’t know! I don’t care! Sure! Why not? No big deal! Thank you! Next question!

Alex Wood – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 5 K, 7-0. Fantasy owners will be very happy to wake up with Wood after last night’s game. When did this dude get so good? He’s rocking a 0.92 WHIP with a 10.51 K/9, and 29.8 K%. Sweet sassy molassy! Scared of that .268 BABIP? The advanced stats suggest you have nothing to fear, opponents are hitting just .188 against Alex and his 2.15 FIP (2.56 xFIP) tell me that 1.90 ERA is about where it should be. The real deal Alex Wood. Try knocking on that!

Dan Strailly – 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 8 K, 5th win. Possibly his best start of the year. He gets the Nats next week. Pick him up if you hate yourself.

Dee Gordon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 SB (23). Now has seven steals in June! FLASH! A-ahhh! Savior of your fantasy universe.

Justin Bour – 1-for-3, HR (17). Returned form the DL and picked up right where he left off: hitting dingers.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 2 runs, HR (14), 3 RBI. Don’t worry, Cleveland. Now that the Cavs are out you can focus on the only team that really matters in the Believeland–the Browns.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-5, HR (5), 4 RBI. Gomez returned from the DL to the heart of the Tejas line up and treated fans to a home run and a double. Somehow he’s available in 70% of leagues, but I wouldn’t know because I’m not in any of those leagues. If you happen to be, you should probably pick him up as soon as possible.

Delino DeShields – 2-for-4, 2 runs, SB (15). Rangers scored 10 runs on 13 hits which Carlos Gomez modestly attributed to his return. DeShields could see reduced at-bats with Gomez back, but his five steals in the past week make me think the Rangers will find plenty of ways to keep him in the line up. Sorry Choo!

Tyson Ross – 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1st win. Ross got the win with five Tyson punch outs in his return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. I would google that but I’m afraid the images might be too graphic. I liked Ross a lot in San Diego but I’d take a wait and see approach with him this time around. Like, wait-and-see if he gets crushed by the Blue Jays next week before picking him up.

James Paxton – 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. After a solid start in his return from the DL Pax the Destroyer has looked like he needs a little help from the Guardians of the Galaxy lately. Which is weird because he totally carried that second movie!

Ben Gamel – 1-for-2, 3 runs, SB (2). Extended his hitting streak to eight games, with six multi-hit games and 2 steals in the span. He’s also scored 10 runs in that stretch! You should probably add him while he’s still available in 90% of leagues. But I’m not you’re dad, you don’t have to listen to me. And if I was, you’d probably only pick him up after I told you not to.

David Peralta – 3-for-5 with a run. Now hitting .409 over the past week. Grey told you to BUY, click the link so I can get paid mere pennies for what is actually hours of work!

Mookie Betts – 1-for-2, 3 runs, HR (12). When someone asks if there’s any player you’d own over Aaron Judge right now and you scoff at them. Mookie is one of my favorite people in the world. I love him more than I could ever love a human baby. He’s hitting .400 with 8 runs, 3 homers and two steals in the past week. The hits, the catches, the throws are great, those moves tho!

Mike Fiers – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, 2 BB, 4 K. That’s four straight quality outings against at least one decent offensive team. See if you can figure out which team that is! He gets a nice start against Oakland next week and you can’t stream Michael Fiers unless you own Michael [expletive deleted] Fiers!

Drew Pomeranz – 6.1 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 4 K. If you started him versus Houston you deserve this okay to mediocre outing, which qualified as Pom’s fifth quality start of the season. I can totally see him getting rekt by the Royals next Wednesday.

Eric Thames – 3-for-5, HR (19). He’s back. FEAR HIM.

Keon Broxton – 1-for-4, HR (10). Keon’s now hitting .300 with four homers and nine RBI in the past week. Note to self, if you want to get someone out of a slump, call up Lewis Brinson and threaten to steal the majority of their at-bats.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-3, 2 runs, HR (12). I am reminded of Shaw’s talent every time I have to watch Pablo Sandoval try to field a ground ball at third.

Jeff Samardzija – 6.0 IP, 11 hits, 8 ER, BB, 4 K. 2-run HR (1). Sure, he gave up 8 ER at Coors, but he also hit a 446 foot dinger because, Colorado. What did you expect? It’s a give and take. Homers are way more popular with the millennials anyway. You can watch it again on his snapstory.

D.J. LeMahieu – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB (4). DJ kept cranking out the hits and even stole a base! Hey DJ, can you play that one song–it’s like dum, dum, dum, dum. Dum dum dum dum. Arrrrr-click boom! Dum dum dum dum dum. Cheeeeeeeeeeeee. Chicka, chicka, chicka, bummmmm bop! It’s like dopest ish out. Do you know it?

Raimel Tapia – 2-for-4, run. Now three straight multi-hit games for Raimel who’s worth keeping an eye on as long as he’s hitting in Colorado. Yep, your weekly Coors streamer, for your Coors streaming pleasure. Mmm, sounds like a beer ad.

Joe Panik – 3-for-5, 3 runs, HR (4), 2 RBI. Joe Panik at the Disco! is one of the hottest hipsters around hitting .462 in the past week, which makes the exclamation point less ironic, I guess.

Ian Kennedy – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 4 K. His first win of the year. Woof. Don’t worry though. He’s had a number of “moral” victories this season so rest assured he’s feeling just fine about himself.

Lorenzo Cain – 3-for-4, 2 HR (10), 3 RBI. Sugar…Cain has been real sweet in June batting .368, and he’s hitting .462 with 11 runs, 6 home runs, and 11 RBI in the past seven days! Is it merely coincidence that the Royals are 8-2 in their last 10 games?! Yeah, probably.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-3, HR (23), 3 RBI. Your Honor with his league leading 23rd home run. As in, Your Honor to own him. He’s slashing .339/.447/.713 on the year and hitting .450 in the past week with 13 runs, 5 homers, 11 RBI and a steal. The 1.160 OPS is fine I guess. Whatever. The 41.8 HR/FB ratio is obviously unsustainable. And how about that .430 BABIP? Could suggest he’s just getting lucky, right? *dodges tomato OK, fine I get it, you’re the best player on the planet right now. But I’d still rather own Mookie for his moves and his smile. Amiright my over-the-internet friends? *dodges second tomato No? I’m alone on this one, huh? I accept that.

 

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 
  1. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Always enjoy your work Mr. Pants. I have been offered Conforto for Chris Archer in a 6 X 6 Roto Keeper league. Conforto is struggling with back issues currently and Archer has been much more consistent this year. Archer has been durable but I like Conforto’s long term prospects. Your thoughts sir?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: I’d want Conforto in keepers

  2. M says:
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    Lugo or Rich Hill Ros?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @M: I’d take a chance on Lugo

  3. Alejandro Martinez says:
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    Looking to pick up Maybin. Who would you drop? Piscotty, Delino or Pedroia (I have Schoop I can also play at 2b.

  4. Scuffy McGee says:
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    4 player keeper (11 tms) I have Judge, Conforto, Duvall, Trumbo, and Peraza/Bellinger both have OF eligibility. I’m lacking hits, runs, average, and SB’s. Would you pick up Mallex Smith or stick with Peraza as a base stealer?

    Enjoyed your article this morning, thank you!

  5. nuggetflazer says:
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    Moreland or Mancini ROS?

  6. Mark says:
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    I own Judge, Goldschmitt, Blackmon, Kershaw, and Darvish on the same points league squad. In a head to head league I am on a 25-2 run.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mark: See you in October!

  7. Wacha Wacha says:
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    A Simmons, c Taylor, or gyorko… Which would be your preferred mi in h2h obp format?

    Thanks!

  8. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Dan,
    Nice write up. Would you drop JBJ for any of the following in our 10 Team H2H Points League:

    Schebler
    Maybin
    Peralta

    Probably Schebler, as it seems he should be owned in most leagues.

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Yankee My Wanky!: Id’ hold with bradley for now

      • Yankee My Wanky! says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks much Dan. I assume you would say hold with Polanco as well?

        Have a great weekend.

  9. Steve says:
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    Mallex or Tapia? OBP daily league.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve: mallex

  10. Mike says:
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    Drop lucroy for Alex Avila?

    Also, which side do you like better, Carlos Martinez for Cueto and gerrit Cole?

    • Mike says:
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      @Mike: also, what are your thought on dealing beltre for Andrew miller?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Mike: give me lucroy, cueto/cole and beltre

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Love the Friday night recap DP!!

  12. Nitro says:
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    2 questions if I might… In a 10 team HTH Keeper League…

    Would you trade Miggy for Z Greinke? Have Thames and Healy to cover first base

    Please rank ROS:
    Haniger
    JBJ
    Fisher
    Cain
    Conforto

    Thanks!!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nitro: if you have the power rbis to replace miggy go for it, but i’d prefer cabrera

  13. Nightpandas says:
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    Dropping poo holes for Mancini…

    Mercy Monsieur Pantalons

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nightpandas: thanks for reading!

  14. Chud says:
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    Nice write up!

    10 team full salary keeper league trade offer:

    I give Smoak ($9)/Mazara($2)/Duffy($9)

    I get Encarnacion ($21)/LCain ($7)/Bryon Shaw($3)

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chud: i’d want smoak side

      • Chud says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks! If u took out Duffy n Shaw would it still be the Smoak/Mazara side over Encarnacion/Cain?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Chud: I like mazara at $2!

  15. Fogimon says:
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    Which side you got;
    Carpenter/Martes or Grandal/Altherr
    Keeper league, roto

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fogimon: Carpenter

  16. Slimcompoop says:
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    Thanks for the write-up DP. I traded under the influence last night:( I gave up Donaldson and got Kluber, Allen, and Healy. I like the haul, but was wondering your thoughts upon initial glance.

    With the trade, my current starting pitching staff in my 10-team, 6×6, H2H, keeper league (you get to keep 6) consists of Sale, Kluber, Carrasco, *McCullers, Wood, Cole, Walker, *Duffy, and a streamer spot. I think that’s pretty solid to go along with my closers (i.e., Allen, Diaz, Giles, and Robertson).

    My hitting is a different story. I know analyzing a whole roster is annoying, but indulge me.

    C – Realmuto
    1B – Abreu
    2B – Pedroia/*Segura
    SS – Turner
    3B – Arenado
    2B/SS – Ramirez
    1B/3B – Rendon
    OF – Springer
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Bradley Jr.
    OF – Mazara
    OF – Brinson
    UTIL – Healy

    I’m short on power, but am planning to kick the tires with it for the time being. Any glaring weaknesses you can assess?

    Appreciate any feedback you can give.

    • nuggetflazer says:
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      @Slimcompoop:
      Brinson. Has to be better options on the wire in a 10 team league! Broxton has blown up since the call up

      • nuggetflazer says:
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        @nuggetflazer:
        Missed the keeper part, NM

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Slimcompoop: Overall looks solid esp upon segura’s return. Brinson could have questionable playing but I think mazara should be much better. I like the trade

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks DP.

  17. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    15 team roto – Mancini or Altherr from here on out?

    Thanks DP

  18. Joeg414 says:
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    Starting Buck Farmer on Sunday vs Rays ?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Joeg414: Yes. If you’re not starting him against the rays, then you probably shouldn’t own him

  19. nuggetflazer says:
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    Schebler, Broxton, or Fowler ROS? SB and HR are about tied for what I need to improve on. In 1st, 95 out of a possible 110 ROTO league!

    • nuggetflazer says:
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      @nuggetflazer:
      Choo available too

      • nuggetflazer says:
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        @nuggetflazer:
        And Altherr Thanks!

        • Dan Pants

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          @nuggetflazer: Broxton has the most upside here but I think Fowler is safer bet

  20. lwomack58 says:
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    Mancini or Melky?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @lwomack58: Mancini

  21. KillerB says:
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    @danpants – I’m having some middle infield woes. Forced to play aledmys and Javier Baez each week and not getting much out of either. Also need to find a little more speed somewhere.

    Would you swap either of those guys for chris Taylor, hernan Perez or andrelton? Bear in mind everyone (including aledmys and Baez) are keepable multi years.

    Also, to address the speed need – do you like maybin more than any of the following: odubel, Broxton, Lorenzo Cain, Fowler? Or as a bench bat over Suarez, Smoak or Longoria?

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @KillerB: I’d hold for now with baez/diaz, maybin over odubel right now

  22. Maverick says:
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    Hey Dan
    Great posts man! Really helps me out! Asking for some advice…
    Which side wins:
    Alex Wood for Duvall and Sabathia.

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Maverick: depends on need, wood looks very strong right now but duvall can hit you some home runs. I’d rather own wood but fair trade

      • Maverick says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks Dan! What about Thames for Wood? Got that offer too.

  23. RiffRaff says:
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    Would you drop Bautista for Mancini?
    Also available on the waiver wire:
    Maybin
    Altherr
    Fowler

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