No Doubt

Player Team Opp1 Opp2
Max Scherzer WSH @MIA @DET
Gerrit Cole HOU PIT SEA

Gerrit Cole’s season has been a bit of a roller coaster, but the numbers have come around as the pro-gression (positive regression) has kicked in after a tough May. Despite the bad surface numbers in May, he had a 41.2% K rate, only a 2.6% BB rate, and the .362 BABIP screamed buy low.

Cole has bounced back in June despite the underlying numbers being worse than May, but has helped your fantasy team to the tune of a 2.16 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in his 4 starts. Cole is a bona fide ace and there is no reason to sit him down this week.

Max Scherzer looked like somebody broke his nose or something before his last start and still managed 7 innings with no earned runs and 10 strikeouts. While you may be terrified of at Miami and at Detroit, I think you should maybe…probably….definitely start him.

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On this week’s Sausage Fest, B_Don and Donkey Teeth discuss the call up of top pitching prospect Zac Gallen off the top. DT then profiles another young Marlins arm in Elieser Hernandez, which leads to a bit of disagreement between the hosts regarding Elieser’s current fantasy value and future outlook.

B_Don later delves in on his profile of Astros starter Framber Valdez. The fellas are mostly in agreement on Framber’s upside, as well as, some risks involved with owing the lefty. The Ditka Crew stuffs the sausage to the brim down to the last minute with a flurry of rapid fire pick up options. Touch and squeeze the sausage today!
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B_Don and Donkey Teeth are joined once again by the Fantasy Master Lothario on this week’s special guest edition of the Ditka, Sausage, and Fantasy Sports Podcast about Baseball. As a warm up, Grey ejaculates stories of his many, many, MANY visits to the sperm repository. Once the guys finally pry Albright’s mind away from P*rnHub, they get to discussing their level of belief in some of this year’s mid-season breakout players.

As late June approaches, find out to what degree you should trust hot hitting Eduardo Escobar, Josh Bell, Rafael Devers, Edwin Encarnacion, and Hunter Pence. The Ditka Dudes featuring Albright also chat about a couple of the hottest arms in the game: post hype breakout, Lucas Giolito, and surprise ace, Jake Odorizzi. Grab a cup, some lotion, and your favorite nudie magazine; we’re heading straight to the bank!
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No Doubt

Team Player Opponent 1 Opponent 2
BOS Chris Sale TEX @BAL
LAD Hyun-Jin Ryu @LAA CHC
TB Charlie Morton OAK LAA
NYY James Paxton NYM @CWS

If you ask Trevor Bauer, it’s no coincidence that Charlie Morton took a big jump forward upon arriving in Houston in 2017. Then again, maybe Trevor Bauer should ask for a trade to the Astros to get himself right, but I digress.

Charlie Morton is throwing his curve more than ever before (36%) and it’s yielding phenomenal results. On the surface, he has career best ERA, WHIP, and K rate (30.4%). The curve is getting a 20% whiff rate (best of his career), 55.74% GB rate, .110 batting average against, and a .153 slugging against. Keep throwing those Uncle Charlies up there, Charlie.

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The Donk and Don are back talking sausage and baseball again this week. Off the top they discuss the fresh signing of Craig Kimbrel with the Chubbies along with B_Don’s recent trade of Kimbrel for Noah Syndergaard in the RCL Perts League. How much risk is there with Kimbrel after missing the first 10 weeks of the season? The guys also discuss whether there’s reason for concern with Chris Paddack and Trevor Bauer moving forward.

In the profiles segment, DT breaks down rookie unknown Zach Plesac while B_Don takes a close look at Nicky Pee-pants Pivetta. There’s a lot to like about both of these youngsters, but one of them provides a decidedly higher floor; find out which!
The show is rounded out with some rapid fire pick ups for 10-12 team leagues as well as deeper formats, including Jay Bruce, Garrett Cooper, Ramon Laureano, Bryan Reynolds, Alex Reyes, Scott Kingery, Luis Urias, Jon Duplantier, Trevor Richards, Willy Adames and many more. This June sausage is extra plump, put some in your mouth and ears now!
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Polish, Italian, Kielbasa, Chorizo: there’s a vast array of exquisite sausages to be discussed on the world’s foremost fantasy sausage podcast. Instead, B_Don and Donkey chat about baseball on this week’s show. DT shares one of his better terrible ideas for speeding up pace of play before the guys grind in on two rookie pitcher profiles.

The impressive, and always entertaining, Griffin Canning along with the rather disappointing Corbin Martin, headline this week’s show. Is Canning for real? Is it worth buying low on Martin? Did Grey feed Donkey Teeth today? Tune in and find out the answers to all these pressing questions as well as some hot names who might be worth picking up in your league. And don’t forget to try the cocktail weenies.
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Masahiro Tanaka’s first 11 starts have been about as good as you could’ve hoped when you drafted him around the 30th-40th SP off the board. It felt like he was being ignored in some leagues and came at quite the value. He’s a no doubt starter this week with the way he’s been performing, but it may be a good opportunity to sell high on the veteran pitcher.

Most of the numbers are in line with his career (GB rate, LD rate, K rate, BB rate, 1st strike rate). However, there are a few indicators that he’s been a little lucky and his stuff may not be quite what it has been in previous seasons, specifically his moneymaker, the splitter.

His swinging strike rate is down to 11.1% from 14.1% in 2017 and 15.1% in 2016. His 77% contact rate is the 2nd worst of his career along with career worsts in hard hit rate, launch angle, and average exit velocity allowed. 80.6% left on base rate isn’t completely unsustainable, but it would be the highest of his career.

It’s my belief, and the numbers back me up, that the splitter is not the pitch we’ve seen in previous seasons (below), which is leading to less swing and miss, and harder contact. The vertical movement on the pitch is the worst we’ve ever seen from Tanaka. His swinging strike and K rates are down, and of his 3 primary pitches (FB, Slider, Splitter), the splitter is the only one that has a worse whiff rate at 11.69 down from 22.99 the previous season and easily the worst of his career. The batting average against the split finger is .333 this season compared to .220 and .191 in the previous 2 seasons. Similarly, the slugging percentage is up to .560 this season vs .344 in 2017.

I don’t believe that Tanaka is just going to fall apart and if you need a steady arm to balance your roster, I think he’s fine, but with his current numbers I believe you may be able to sell him high compared to what he provides the rest of the season.

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This week on the one and only Fantasy Sausage Pod about Baseball, Donkey Teeth travels to Nashville and catches a Triple-A game while B_Don takes in a Twins/Mariners showdown in the Emerald City. The guys discuss some of the stand outs from both of these games: Donkey Teeth shares some thoughts on Genesis Cabrera, Adolis Garcia, Hunter Cole, Eli White, and Lane Thomas while B_Don regales the audience with tales of Byron Buxton’s moonshot grand slam and the grand slam breakfast Miguel Sano ate in at Denny’s.

The Sausage Lover’s also tease next week’s featured profiles of exciting rookie pitchers, Griffin Canning and Corbin Martin. The show is rounded out as usual with some pick up recommendations as B_Don and Donkey share their thoughts on Brendan Rodgers, Cavan Biggio, Kevin Cron, Josh Naylor, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, plus the state of the Rangers, Rockies and Braves bullpens. Grab a wiener and tune in!

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