Did one of you em-effers say something bad about Austin Riley and/or good about Johan Camargo? Because if you did, you’re gonna have to answer to Bazooka and Cannon, which is what I call my biceps, as I point to them in a mirror, while wearing a burlap sack filled with limes, because if anything can kill Corona, it’s limes. I’m a genius! You know how hard players are gonna push back on a universal DH? Imagine a feather pushing against Paul Donald Wight II aka Big Show. Unless I’m misunderstanding what a Universal DH is. “A Universal DH sounds amazing! I always loved The Mummy franchise! Can Brendan Fraser be the DH for the Marlins?” That’s me misunderstanding a Universal DH. Why I say there will be no pushback on a Universal DH is because it means one more hitter getting stats, which is good for contracts. It’s an unmitigated win for players. With a universal (still playing with capping it every time or only sometimes; feels like it should be capped, because it’s such a big thing) DH (talk about a parenthetical interrupting the flow of a sentence, huh?), Austin Riley has to be at least near the top of the list of guys getting extra at-bats. Praise be, it’s gonna rain sexy time in Hot Atlanta! Or will it…Let’s take this sucker to ‘graph numero dos…So, what can we expect from Austin Riley in 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

Last year Austin Riley was a story of two halves split in half around the halfway point, even though he wasn’t around for all of the 1st half. That’s confusing by half! Austin Riley was called up in May and hit seven homers in 15 games like a lightning bolt shot out of Aristides Aquino GGOATOAT’s ass. Riley followed that Daniel Nava’s storybook first game and said, “Tuffy Rhodes, you need to pull my car around because I’m about to go off with a 7-homer month of June in 28 games.” 14 homers in the first month and a half and Riley was off and running! Then he Mary Decker’d into July’s grass and never got up again. This is a paragraph that a young Dennis Miller would’ve appreciated. So, which Riley can we expect in 2020? The one that went ding-dong that pitch is dead or the one that was looking for his keys during every at-bat while being locked out? Honestly, for his price, it doesn’t matter. But Riley was not a guy everyone expected to be garbage. On the contrary, he hit .293 and 15 homers in 44 Triple-A games prior to his promotion, and .282 and 12 homers the year before in Triple-A. Some of those numbers are a little misleading. He is a bit prone to the strikeout, but he also seems to get comfortable after some time and shouldn’t be a .226 hitter, as he was last year with a 36.4% strikeout rate. He could settle in as a 23-26% strikeout rate guy who hits .255+ with power. He would seem to be the Braves’ best bet for a Universal DH, definitely better than Frankenstein or Abbott & Costello. Definitely worth a dart throw this year.

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    You are still here! I have so much reading to catch up on. Hopefully we get some baseball soon… ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Intriguing dart throw report.

    a. So, love Riley now. J/k, he could be good. He only qualifies in the OF in my RCLs and is unavailable. Poop.

    b. MLB quote of the day for July 3, 1990

    ‘I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they’re in a jam, a lot of pitchers try to throw harder. Me, I try to locate better.’

    Thomas ‘Tom’ Michael Glavine. Only pitcher to throw 2 shutouts at Coors. Only one of six LHP to win 300 games (Johnson, Spahn, Carlton, Grove, Plank).

    c. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. He’ll soon have that coveted UTIL elig.

      B. Stop making sense, TG

      C. You too!

      • krazyivan says:
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        Glavine was the best pitcher I’ve ever seen at repeating his mechanics on each and every throw to the plate.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that whole rotation — God bless Leo Mazzone

          • krazyivan says:
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            Charlie Leibrandt was like the 5th Beatle Pete Best. They lost 2 WS with him in the rotation and changed drummers by bringing Greg Maddux in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yes! Such a stacked rotation for like 10 years!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!

        Thanks, man! Yeah what a rotation!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They made Steve Avery great!

  3. Just wondering, If there is no baseball this season will player get a season of credit of service time?

    • William Hung says:
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      I think so – at least I remember Mookie Betts is still set to become a FA even if the season isn’t played.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I don’t think so

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  4. Dave D says:
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    All I have to say today is F’ “Snow Flake Blake” Snell. What an incredible douchebag. He doesn’t deserve the privilege of being a professional athlete. May he be forevermore heckled by fans everywhere. Any ideas on heckle material?

    • Cram It says:
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      Last time I checked, this was ‘Murica, and we are free to make our own choices. Not fall in line with what The Man tells us to do.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        exactly but and he has some points but if the players were smart they would let the agents or speak publicly on this or the union rep the way he is saying things is helping the owners cause……….

        negotiate behind closed doors in this situation

        • Cram It says:
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          Oh absolutely, that’s a common issue across all sports. Guys going to the media instead of bringing it to the table. It’s never a good look. I mean, you have a union!

        • baby seal says:
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          Yes, completely dumb to speak out. Don’t have any issues w/ what he said, though.

          There aren’t a lot of people who can pitch at a Cy Young level, and people will pay a lot to watch that. He’ll get his…

      • Dave D says:
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        Huh? More gibberish from Cram.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Snell is definitely tone deaf……….plus he sucks at math.

      “i’m risking m life bro..”

      “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? ”

      “I should not be getting half of what I’m getting paid because the season’s cut in half, on top of a 33% cut of the half that’s already there — so I’m really getting, like, 25% — on top of that, it’s getting taxed. So imagine how much I’m actually making to play, you know what I’m saying?”

      if he wants to sit out that is what freedom is all about but he isnt doing himself any favors.

      • Cram It says:
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        But I agree his reasoning doesn’t add up. If you’re that concerned about it, sit out regardless of pay.

        • baby seal says:
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          I’m sure he’s said this to himself at least once or twice before, “What could ever go wrong streaming on Twitch while playing MLB The Show?”

    • Matty says:
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      Agree that the optics are pretty lousy on his sound bite.
      That being said, I can imagine I’d be salty if I were one of the players given my understanding of the salary side of the return to play negotiations. As I read it the owners had initially negotiated for pro-rated salaries for a shortened season, once it became apparent that the season will be played to empty stadiums they became “generous” and wanted to do a revenue split instead to save themselves money.

      • Matty says:
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        Wow, sorry to pile on. In the time it took me to wax poetic Cram and Lenny said it better than I could.

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          thanks …..i agree but the situation changed so there are two sides to it but these guys need to STFU for their own good

          you have people being put in jail for cutting hair, cops beating people on the street in nyc for just walking too close to each other and others storming state capitals because they are going broke not being allowed to work

          sorry but these guys are pissing me off with their stupidity

          • Wake Up says:
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            What happened was Snell crying about surfing again?

            • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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              you have to listen to it bro ,,,,…like you know bro we are risking our live bro……i gotta get mine bro…

              • William Hung says:
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                wish he mixed in some “bruhs” and “brahs” in there

            • Dave D says:
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              You would make a great prisoner.

          • baby seal says:
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            You can find stupidity every day in the news — pandemic or not. The NYPD officer had a history of bad behavior and was clearly a racist, among many other personal issues.

            The stupidity isn’t going to stop just because a pandemic is going on. It just might look a little different than we’re used to…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who are we on the side of, the owners? Millionaires fighting billionaires, I’ll let them figure it out

      • Matty says:
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        I do feel for the hundredaire minor leaguers though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, same, about only ones with my sympathy

          • baby seal says:
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            Yes, this! Also the staff, people who work at the park, parking attendants, etc.

            There’s a lot more at stake to baseball coming back than just the $50mm players and the $3B owners…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed…Hopefully they can figure it out, I don’t pretend to have the answers

              • baby seal says:
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                There are no answers to be had… negotiations have barely started. Has the MLBPA even sent a counter yet? Have they gotten in the same room (or Zoom call) yet? Has not even been a week.

                See what I said below about everyone jumping the gun. Problem is that everyone has a lot of free time and no shortage of STRONG opinions they HAVE to get out there.

                I still think a deal gets worked out and I’m not sure the math has changed much in the last few days. Both sides are posturing. The owners obviously doing it much better than the players. Still pro player here.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m 100% with you

      • Dave D says:
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        Nah, I’m not on the owners side. I’m for doing your job and making reasonable sacrifices. I think he has the right to do whatever he wants. But a man his age who is a professional athlete has zero risk. Its absurd. Two generations ago men his age were landing in Normandy and coming back in caskets. Asking him to fulfill his role as an athlete-entertainer is too much apparently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s fair…I just have no sympathy for either side and want them to figure it out

          • baby seal says:
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            It’s the first round of the negotiation, yet of course, everyone in the media and general public predictably overreacts. The owners asked for the moon and they know it. Have the media by the balls and are leveraging that very well. The players said their offer was a non-starter. Agreed. One of their biggest issues is that they are completely unorganized.

            One thing we do know is that Tony Clark is a TERRIBLE leader. MLBPA should’ve fired his ass a long time ago. I’m pro player.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, and there’s no real news so everyone is talking about one stupid thing with Blake Snell, like he speaks for anyone except, and maybe not even, himself

              • baby seal says:
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                Haha, right. Probably smoked a joint a few hours before he turned the game on. I highly doubt he realized what the HELL he was doing when he told his Twitch stream his honest opinion about the matter. Then it went viral.

                It’s all very stupid. Hopefully this is a WAKE UP call for the MLBPA to tell its members to STFU.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, seriously…I bet he didn’t even know it was being recorded

        • Cram It says:
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          LOL. F’n Normandy again.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ted Williams would’ve flown a mission to shoot down the coronavirus

            • krazyivan says:
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              How do we know that some people are not affected at all when they are infected by COVID 19. At Johns Hopkins there are doing studies that patients who have recovered from the virus infection may have lung damage. If, and I’m going to let Scientist figure this out, but if that is the case, should an athlete who can make millions of dollars a year on his physical abilities be forced to expose himself to potentially long term physical damage? Are we to treat COVID 19 to getting a pulled hamstring, concussion or blown out elbow? Just another occupational hazard of baseball players.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I don’t know, and, what really might be the problem, no one knows — can see lots of players sitting out — why risk it? Not saying I don’t want them to play, but unknowns here might stop some guys — take Miguel Cabrera — he’s worth what? $200 million? Why is he playing?

              • Dave D says:
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                You’re right. He surely can avoid getting COVID if he stays indoors the next 18 months right? That is the solution then?

                • krazyivan says:
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                  Go back to normal when there is a tamiflu type medicine that lessens symptoms to everyone WHEN they get infected. Get used to the idea that you will get and rely on scientist to produce a antiviral that’s we can take as soon as we get it.

                  • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                    That is what they said about SARS and burned itself out before they could come up with vaccine.

                  • Dave D says:
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                    Yeah it’s called chloroquine, which is great with zinc if no heart condition. The problem is its not profitable for pharmaceutical companies and Trump mentioned it so it must be rejected.

            • Ted! Best hitter of all time IMO. Totally ahead of his time, he brought a different perspective to hitting. Emphasizing mechanics and the mental side, he made it his life’s work. I use many of his philosophies teaching young hitters on their approach to hitting to this day.
              Have an idea, anticipate, get a good pitch to hit. Money

              • Clearly the most ahead of his time and able to express his thoughts so clearly. You want to know where the Launch Angle revolution started — check out The Science of Hitting

                • Wake Up! Yes sir. greatest book on hitting ever.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Imagine Ted Williams’s face when he heard charley lau say people who swing down on the ball

                • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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                  swing analysis of babe ruth ty cobb hornsby and some modern guys a lot of commonality of swings.

                  https://youtu.be/GZC-rEEWATU

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Nice!

                  • Sweet Lenny! Lots of similarities with today’s hitters – really love this clip thanks pal

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                The great ones make it look easy — thinking of Gwynn right now

                • TG!!! Can still see that beautiful, effortless swing. A truly outstanding human being. RIP

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yup!

          • Dave D says:
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            Mommy’s apron is beckoning, Crammy

          • Snacks Zillion says:
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            Screw you Cram, think about it for one minute you entitled millennial spoiled brat. Those men at Normandy died so you had the right to not speak German right now. Its a free choice man. Show some respect-I have one leg asshole. One leg so you can express your vitriol.

            • Thank you for your service Snacks.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Snacks! Hope you’re well

                • Snacks Zillion says:
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                  Thanks guys and I apologize for my language. Razzball is by far the best fantasy baseball site on the web and politics/personal political agenda have no place in baseball. Baseball is a get-away from all of that BS, on Both sides.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No worries, man, be well

              • Snacks Zillion says:
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                Thank you Smitty, I would again do it again if I could. Teaching Afghan kids how to pitch with mortar fire in the background is an interesting dynamic.

                • krazyivan says:
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                  Gotta have good hands to play infield in Afghan! -best wishes to you and thanks for calling on yourself to protect so many.

            • 183414 says:
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              God Bless You, Snacks !!! You’re owed a great debt by our country. Unfortunately it’s only from the patriotic Americans.

              • Snacks Zilion says:
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                Thank you gentleman. Was my honor. If I was able, would go back in a heartbeat. God Bless

              • Snacks Zillion says:
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                Thank you, was proud to do it.

  5. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    If the DH is in the NL I’m thinking Jay Bruce’s value goes way up. He is perfect for a short season and he will get a lot more at bats

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Yep. Bruce can still blast em.

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        i was stashing dylan carlson would you dump him for bruce?

        • Wake Up says:
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          No

        • JKJ

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          That’s a little tough for me. Is this a redraft? Can’t help but think Carlson eventually gets a steady role this season but Bruce will be more valuable early on. If this is a points league I’d go Bruce.

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            no redraft the original……i hope none of my leagues do a redraft just roll with what you have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t touch Bruce, and I’m from Jersey

      • Criminal that this was overlooked…

  6. Ferris says:
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    Is Blake Snell a buy now?

    • William Hung says:
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      The unknown is how many other players share Snell’s mindset and are considering sitting out the season. He definitely said stuff, albeit not in the best way, what other players are thinking

      • 183414 says:
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        Then can sit and hopefully not get paid !!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buy for what?

      • Ferris says:
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        A top 10 RP?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why?

          • baby seal says:
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            lol that was strange…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are we all dumping our Snell memorabilia now?

  7. Ferris says:
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    H2h categories

    Verdugo for Judge?

    I could use power but Judge’s status is scary.

    • I would keep Judge. There’s a world of difference if both are healthy whereas you won’t find as big a difference between Verdugo and whoever you grab as a FA.

      • 183414 says:
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        Wouldn’t be so sure, buddy. Dude is a pure hitter. And Judge will always be injury prone. As will Stanton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

    • baby seal says:
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      Verdugo is pretty scary too!

  8. JKJ

    JKJ says:
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    Riley fa shoooooo. You all will be reading about him when my DH Impact on the NL East teams hits the press. Dude has a boomstick in his hands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, JKJ, didn’t mean to steal your thunder…Need to get Donkey to release the JKJ’s kraken

      • JKJ

        JKJ says:
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        No, good sir, I didn’t mean to imply you were! Just wanted to reiterate Riley’s prowess to strengthen your argument. If we overlap on guys that just points to their value in my eyes.

    • 183414 says:
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      yeah, that .178 avg. in the 2nd half with 4 h.r.s, coupled with piss poor contact sends goosebumps up my spine. He’s a fly ball hitter , so he’ll hit his share of bombs, but w/ no speed, I’ll let him beat me. His contact rate won’t exceed 65%, if that.

  9. Last One Out of Liberty City says:
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    Hi. I’m in a 12 player keeper league and need help deciding who to keep. Would you make any swaps?

    1) realmuto
    2) Jose Abreu
    3) LaMahieu
    4) Rendon
    5) Bregman
    6) soto
    7) JD Martinez
    8) Bogaerts
    9) Flaherty
    10) Nola
    11) wander Franco
    12) berrios

    Others available to keep include Sale, Bauer, Yates, F. Reyes, Mercado

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hard for me to throw back any of your guys, tbh…I guess, Franmil or LeMahieu is only real possibility

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      I’m scared to click on the links you post after the necrofeliac homosexual seals…….LOL

      Keep your kids away from that baby seal guy

      • Wake Up says:
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        I was scared too that’s why I felt it so important to share …especially the grown woman being so happy about it

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          that thread was comedy gold though too bad Baby Seal missed that day

          • baby seal says:
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            You guys are very strange…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pay to see Ruth, the goat, scrap with a sea otter — ah, to open the economy again in Amsterdam

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        may as well throw Fatty Arbuckle into that mix a

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, Fatty Arbuckle never recovered when Coca-Cola moved to plastic bottles

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Back when men were men and sheep (and or goats) where scared.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  10. LOLmets says:
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    Avg age of death due to cv in America is 82.

    Avg life expectancy in America is 78.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those last four years were the whipped topping and cherry!

      • LOLmets says:
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        Nice interpretation

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  11. Jr says:
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    If MLB adopts universal DH, is Aquino another one who sees a huge bump in value? He could get regular ABs with that change too. I have him and Riley on my dynasty team, so kind of hoping it happens…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Aquino’s gonna be beautiful in universal DH, if Senzel or Winker get hurt, per usual

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        I’m still on the side of it really depends on how the teams manage the extra roster spots. I could see NL teams adding 1 bat and 4 pitchers. I think it’s more the guys who were already on roster splitting up those extra ABs where we should look to find the value.

        I’m still not sold Aquino is on MLB roster event with 30 guys on it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, maybe on Aquino — they still have Winker/Senzel/VanMeter/Ervin — but if they want to win immediately and Aquino has a good Spring Training 2.0, who knows

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Worth a gamble at least

            • The Great Knoche says:
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              Oh yeah, for sure.

              Guys, I am targeting more than Aquino though….

              Happ
              Souza
              Carlson
              Pollock
              Dominic Smith
              Smoak

              And not targeting these more, but here’s some intriguing ones

              Cespedes
              Gyorko

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You had me up until Yoenis and Gyorko

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  Haha JKJ just mentioned YC in article. And no one can quit Gyorko. Except the Padres.

                  See who the highest paid MLB player is this year?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Prince Fielder? Yeah, I saw — ha

                    I don’t think the Mets are anything at DH aside from JD, which is great, and maybe YC gets 100 ABs — nothing from Dominic

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *nothing significant at least

                    • The Great Knoche says:
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                      Dominic had 11Hrs last year in 200PA. I think him and Pete both get their share of time at 1B while other DHs.

                      JD had 22 in 453, I think they’re a perfect platoon at DH with JD getting some extra ABs around diamond.

                      Yeah Prince!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Can’t get into Smith, feels like a guy who gets juggled so much he loses all value outside of a waiver wire stream

  12. krazyivan says:
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    Riley isn’t a dart throw, he’s a I want to have a shelter in place lawn dart party waiting to happen. I have him in 2 of my RCL’s.

    Some people I think are scared off by the idea that he’s another Hunter Renfroe type. No way-his batting profile is sneaky good and he has always combined a healthy iso with a strong babip. The swing and miss will always be there but he is too good a hitter in an amazing lineup and his price was so nice.
    It’s not a perfect comp but I can see him as a Matt Chapman like hitter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      True, true… I think Riley could be a top 50 fantasy hitter with everyday at-bats…He might have the most upside in the Braves’ lineup, which isn’t a bad lineup — (Acuna doesn’t have upside, he’s already a 40/40 guy)

    • 183414 says:
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      Chapman will be a perennial all star. Huge bat and great 3d baseman. Riley not in the same paragraph, let alone sentence. Just my opinion.

    • 183414 says:
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      Renfroe comp would be great, if Riley can play every day, and have the arm Renfroe does.

  13. Mark says:
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    I like the Riley post. Riley is a prototypical modern player. Plenty of k’s, lots of homers. I am a bit biased because he is my keeper. I had tons of flameouts in my farm system, from Soler(Yes I know last year happened, but 2 years too late), Renfroe, and a bunch of other hacks.

    I believe his k’s will shrink to 25-27% this year. He seemed to improve his eye and profile at least at spring training. Could be an illusion, but he WILL improve. He sounds very bright an knowledgeable so when I hear him talk about hitting, there is a good mind there. He is open to changing his stance and profile.

    I am desperate for one of my prospects to be good and not flame out, and like what I heard this spring. It seems no one is doubting Riley can do it, but can he, is the question!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed all around — hopefully he will!

  14. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Now we’re talking! Austin Riley’s the man.

    Although I think he’ll be one of the top players this year, I’m hoping you put together a Miguel Andujar dart throw.

    Thanks for this ‘right’ up on Riley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course, Smitty! Hope you’re well!

  15. Ryan says:
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    In my 14 team h2h dynasty league someone in my league has expressed interest in patino and patrick corbin. He is also looking to deal luis castillo. Is the following trade a good deal for me or am I giving too much?

    I trade murphy downs corbin for jon gray luis castillo

    c sean murphy

    1b max muncy

    2b ozzie albies

    3b rafael devers

    ss bo bichette

    lf juan soto

    cf ronald acuna

    rf austin meadows

    util yuli gurriel

    bn cj cron

    bn luke voit

    bn omar narvaez

    na andrew vaughn

    na robert puason

    na luis matos

    na jeter downs

    na julio rodriguez

    na erick pena

    sp brandon woodruff

    sp julio urias

    sp max scherzer

    rp scott oberg

    rp ryan pressly

    rp brandon kintzler

    p patrick corbin

    p alex wood

    bn kevin gausman

    bn carlos rodon

    bn deivi garcia

    bn sixto sanchez

    bn edward cabrera

    bn nathan eovaldi

    bn matt shoemaker

    na luis patino

    • Grey

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      Nah, hold

    • baby seal says:
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      JW, why are you always looking to trade pieces of your team away, or just floating the offers you get by Grey? That would make sense. Just think your team is solid and these offers are always low-balling you.

  16. You knew it was just a matter of time before Riles would add another stick to the dart board. I know he has good potential, but what worries me (even with DH) is how today’s managers feel the need to over-manage. Hopefully the dreaded Righty/Lefty matchups don’t spoil everyday AB’s – let the kid play!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, that is a concern, agreed

      • krazyivan says:
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        Yander Alonso signed a AAA contract for the Braves. Cue LL Cool J “momma said knock you out” music.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Hilarious

  17. Coolwhip

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    Well hello there. Riley is working towards the Razzball cycle. now if the MLB would just reach an agreement… *thinking emoji*

    • Grey

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      Riley can’t complete the cycle bc I didn’t write an article about him in December…Jon Berti might be able to pull it off tho!

      • krazyivan says:
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        How many authors have to hook into a guy for the cycle?

        • Grey

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          Haha, I think right?

  18. Chin Music and Astros says:
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    I have Ketel at 2B who is also OF eligible, Baez and J-Ram in UTIL slots. Muncy who can play 1B/2B/3B, Abreu and Lourds 2B/OF on bench.

    I like the multi-position eligibility of players, especially if there could be playing time issues in a condensed and shortened season to give them off days, injury, etc…and 2B seems to be a weak position this year.

    I think Lourdes is going to have a great year, but I’m looking at Correa in the FA market. Would you swap them? Standard roto redraft league.

    • Grey

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      I’d take Correa

      • Chin Music and Astros says:
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        Correa or Sano? Saw he’s sitting there too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sano

  19. Harley Earl says:
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    This is awesome! Two pieces on my boy Austin Riley in the same day. One from Grey and another from JKJ! I couldn’t be happier.

    I can only hope the optimism that both of you share for Mr. Riley plays its way out on the field this year. He would be a huge addition to my lineup if he starts swinging it more consistently.

    Good work!

    • Grey

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      Haha, yeah, unplanned too! (Like anything here is planned)

  20. 183414 says:
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    Snell joins my list of S’s who I didn’t draft on any of my 15 draft teams.
    Sale
    Severino
    Syndergaard
    Snell.
    Only Scherzer is left. Did draft Strasburg on 2 teams.

    If Riley is a huge addition to your team, you may be in trouble.

    • Grey

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      Damn, bagging on Riley like that

      • 183414 says:
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        I drafted him on my 1 and only Draft Champions @290 b/c of your recommendation.
        He’s not in a conversation with Chapman, and I see Renfroe as his upside. But Renfroe is a plus fielder, as I’ve watched him up close the last 3 years. I know Riley can’t play 3d so well, and haven’t seen him in the o.f. D.H. is his best shot, and he’ll play every day if he he hits like he did in his 1st month and 1/2 last year. Will never hit for avg.
        Anything is possible Grey. Just another dart. Think i like Teoscar and Santander as better darts. Grisham. I’d put Riley with Domingo.

        • Grey

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          That’s fair points, they’re just super late flyers…I think Riley has some nice upside tho if he connects more

    • baby seal says:
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      Haha, couldn’t agree more…

      Loved the Starlin and Santander calls — just can’t get behind drafting Riley. Playing time isn’t there, has a big skills gap to be an every day MLB player, plenty of other power guys going late who have done it before.

      The hype would be nowhere near the same if he went on that same streak a month after being called up. Timing is everything, as they say…

      • Grey

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        If he went on that streak the month after his call up, there would be more heat on him bc then he would’ve already corrected his shizz

        • krazyivan says:
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          The dude just turned 23. At every level he has come back the next year and raked.

          The Braves had a really good team last year. They lost 3-2 in a best of 5 only to see a pesky division rival go onto win the WS. I’m sure in there offseason plans to get over the hump that getting Camargo, Duvall, Culberson and Inciarte more run was at the forefront. This Riley guy had his shot.

          • Grey

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            Camargo, Duvall, etc don’t get them over the hump tho…

            • Harley Earl says:
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              Wow, Riley had his shot? So he gets 75 games and no chance to make adjustments a year later?

              Good thing the Yankees didn’t take that approach with Aaron Judge. smh.

              • Grey

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                I don’t think Riley has had his shot

                • baby seal says:
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                  Yeah, I don’t think so either. Should’ve been clearer above — I’m not TOTALLY out on the guy. Just not drafting him.

                  I’ll keep an eye on em if he’s on the wire.

                  • Grey

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                    Fair enough

                • Harley Earl says:
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                  Not you Grey!

                  Krazyivan said Riley has had his shot. And I vehemently disagree!

                  (sorry for the double post)

              • baby seal says:
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                Kraz’s post reads like sarcasm to me, FWIW…

  21. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 keeper league (extra categories are TB, OPS, Holds and Losses). Looking to pick up Austin Riley, would you drop one of my two holds guys (Tyler Duffey, Kevin Grinkel) or Aaron Civale?

    • Grey

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      Yeah, Duffey

      • Smell The Glove says:
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        Would you pick up Ryan Braun instead of Riley?

        • Grey

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          Yeah

  22. Smell The Glove says:
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    Sorry, meant Ginkel

  23. 183414 says:
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    meh

  24. FrankGrimes says:
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    Freakn’ Tony haha
    Thought Nat should get more votes.
    She was only person to go after him…

    • Grey

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      Can’t vote for someone who was voted out…I was all Team Tony in 2nd half of the season

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I ended up wanting Ben to win but what a dope!

        • Grey

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          Yeah, he was my original person but he started doing nothing then what a complete dope

  25. Ese1288 says:
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    Grey,
    Keeper league deal, trade Abreu 4 Castellanos?
    12 team H2H

    • Grey

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      Nah

  26. Wuhanian Clusterfotch says:
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    Grey
    Hate to change the subject. How often do you update the projections on your top 500.
    Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

    • Grey

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      Updated all the time

  27. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    16 team h2h keep 4 yearly at previous season’s end of season ADP price. added cats hits, OBP over AVG, steals %, total bases, OPS, holds, net saves + holds, K%, starter wins over wins, inherited runners stranded, QS, total bases allowed (35-72 min-max innings per week). also we have one total prospect we can own and stash per year (if they go over the at bats/innings have to take them out of that). clearly here i’m far better at hitting then pitching so will likely stash a SP prospect (some of them left)
    C: vaz
    1B: bellinger (K)
    2B: antana (1B/all OF)
    SS: correa
    3B: jd davis (LF)
    MI: wong (2B)
    CI: murphy (1B/2B)
    LF: soto (K)
    CF: happ (2B/LF)
    RF: yelich (K)
    OF: ozuna (LF)
    util (2) otani (both for price of one, K), hilliard (CF/RF)
    BN camargo SS/3B/LF
    SP (want 8, with probably one of them being streamer): otani, woodruff, carrasco, yarbrough, wood, matz
    RP (5, max 6): iglesias, doolittle, d.castillo

    earlier we went over this and was advised profar (2B/SS) for 2nd and last BN spot (still have room for 8 SP/6 RP and 2 BN bats due to otani/hilliard and maybe happ having off days often enough). got camargo for SS/3B backup spots. i found out that while no matter if you put in espn or yahoo the starting roster slots you input to war room don’t move (they do move for 12-16 teamers of course) the target totals, BUT if you input espn it has a higher number (169 steals vs 143 from espn to yahoo) since espn’s defaults assume 5 OF and 1 CI/MI slot each. here i’m far closer to espn than yahoo defaults (4 OF and 1 CI/MI and 2 utils). so i’m pretty steals weak here (which is obv the best thing to be weak in with these scoring categories of course) at only projected 103. obv i’m quite good at all other hitting cats with that lineup in a 16 teamer. and i think hilliard should be projected at more than 6 steals if the season was 162 games. but due to the low steals here should i go one of these with last hitting guy? all the yucko SB guys have CF left mostly and are not wanted by most owners:
    kiermaier
    b.hamilton (supposedly starting against righties at SF now)
    dyson
    inciarte
    franchy
    some others with more iffy playing time too (fraley

    but then still these other non OF guys (i’m more concerned with steals and OF since hilliard/happ are 2/3 of my possible playing time issue guys along with ohtani):
    dubon
    profar (less steals than anybody else here)
    d.gordon (probable bench player in real life)

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      infinite DL spots here, so it doesn’t matter if kiermaier/carrasco or others are hurt in the sense of having to drop anybody that might get hurt. we cannot go into FA and hoard up injured guys though.

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        OPS rater has dyson as the highest steals guy, but not far behind (and better overall than dyson) in steals is kiermaier. rater doesn’t buy b.hamilton is actually starting at all with 123 at bats (plus it has him worse overall than dyson).

    • Grey

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      Hmm…I’d prolly go Dyson or Kiermaier, that order… I think Dyson is better bet for PT than Steamer thinks

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        yeah unless they call up what’s his face (i knew this far more in january due to deep dynasty drafts back then, but PIT has to be cheap on service time stuff), oliva that’s it. i’m about to go either whitley (likely best SP prospect that might play this year not owned) or SP 7 (tons of late round types that i go elsewhere still around: pab lop, cueto, gausman, gibson etc, can get another of them in draft later and likely another after draft when whitley or patino or manning is stashed). i have just tons of those SP in other leagues, sometimes 3/4 of them in deep spots.

  28. Harley Earl says:
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    Not you Grey!

    Krazyivan said Riley has had his shot. And I vehemently disagree!

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      what like he won’t play at all this year, that’s b.s. but that ozuna signing isn’t helping, even with the DH in NL, markakis currently listed as BN guy, so he’ll be getting DH at bats too. riley isn’t a good defender so camargo gonna often play 3B. hechavarria (one of the worst hitters in entire league but good D) will be playing some 3B against lefties too when camargo is off. swanson won’t come out much either to move camargo to that spot too often (which could get riley some more 3B starts, but even last year they tried pretty hard to not have riley playing 3B, not even sure if he actually started even 5 games at 3B last year (yahoo only gives him CI/LF)

      – i still like riley in dynasties, but having done and still doing numerous slow drafts riley’s cost is higher than what he’ll likely be worth this year (these are deep leagues, in 12’ers he’s fine as a BN guy if few BN guys where you can just easily useful starting hitters in FA).

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        just as easily find useful bats in FA i mean, so he’s likely worth his draft price in 12’ers (average ADP across all the sites FP uses for this 301.8). i’d not suggest him though for 16-20’ers if you need at bats with that spot you are drafting. just some examples i’ve seen him go in the 13th round of a 16’er (that’s crazy), and a 21st twice (that’s fine) and a 21st of a 20 teamer (even better).

        • Harley Earl says:
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          I really don’t get where you get off saying Riley is not a good fielder. It’s just not true. He may not be Nolan Arrenado or Brooks Robinson at 3B, but he can play the position and play it more than adequately well.

          In 2018, Riley had 269 total chances fielding and committed 10 errors for a .963 fielding percentage. That’s not bad for any third baseman. In 2019, playing 1B, 3B and LF (which he had never played before), Riley committed five errors in 145 chances for a .966 fielding percentage — all at the MLB level — with one error playing 1B, none at 3B and four in LF where, again, he had never played before.

          By comparison, Josh Donaldson had a .969 fielding percentage at 3B last year for Atlanta. Donaldson has a career .958 fielding percentage at 3B.

          For some reason, you don’t even acknowledge Donaldson got all of Riley’s at-bats last year and is now gone, opening the door for the Riley-Cammargo competition this season. Donaldson was a one year signing that blocked Riley, but his bat still pushed him into the lineup and a spot in LF.

          You seem to think Ozuna or Markakis will get his at-bats now despite they play in the OF and Riley is a natural third baseman. The Braves know they cannot depend on Hechavarria or Cammargo long term either. You make a lot of laughable arguments here.

          The Braves didn’t let Donaldson walk to Minnesota without a plan for this season. Their intention all along has been to allow Riley to win the 3B job this spring. Their GM Anthopoulos said just after spring training was shut down that Riley was going to make the team and play 3B.

          Stick to your guns, that’s fine. I disagree.

          I think Riley gets a shot to play a lot this season and contribute significantly, especially with an expanded playoff format. We all know the Braves are going to be a playoff team. Riley will get extended looks to sink or swim. I think he’ll do just fine. He’s worth a roster spot in my book.

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