Two of the most added players in ESPN leagues over the past week were Dodgers….or how us Angelenos like to call them, Los Doyers. Enrique Hernandez saw a 50.3% increase in ownership from 16.1%, while Joc Pederson saw a 44.3% increase in ownership from 33%. Joc is owned in 77.3% of leagues, while Kike is at 66.4%? Maybe I’m not so cuckoo after all.

Let’s begin with Kike. He’s the starting second baseman for the Doyers. He’s played in all but one game and has already clubbed three home runs. He’s walking 14.3% while only striking out 10.7% of the time. He’s always possessed good plate discipline, so that walk number shouldn’t surprise. The strikeout rate? Yeah, he’s a career 20% guy, so don’t expect that ratio to continue. Anyways, I could babble about numbers but the sample size is so low right now that it wouldn’t be too productive. The main takeaway for Kike is that he’s now playing full time. He’s batting leadoff against lefties and fifth against righties. Throughout his career, Kike has been a lefty masher, posting a .501 SLG in 681 plate appearances. In addition, he has 2B, OF, SS eligibility. Don the hat, step into the stirrups, and let’s ride this bull. Yee haw!

Pederson has also clubbed three home runs on the season. Like Kike, he’s walked more than he’s struck out so far this season (17.4% vs 8.7%). His career walk rate is 13.1%, while the career strikeout rate is 24.7%. But the sample sizes are small (that’s what she said). Yes, I just binged the Office. Anyways, Joc bats leadoff against right-handed pitching. That’s nice, but he gets platooned against lefties, and that’s probably not going to change. His career batting avg (.181) and slugging (.316) are terrible and, with the Dodgers having Chris Taylor as his platoon mate, that situation will likely remain that way. But he’s on the strong side of the platoon, Son? Yes, I know, but here’s the thing. Within the NL West, there are 10 starters that are left-handed. That’s half of the starting pitchers in the division that the Dodgers have to go against. Not one. Not two. Not three. But 10! I was watching BBC Earth: The Hunt last night and there was a section on Polar Bears. One in five hunts are successful. And that’s when the conditions are pristine, as in water is frozen and there are limited breathing holes for the seals. During the summer, though, when the ice has melted and there are plenty of avenues of escape for the seals, one in 20 hunts are prosperous. I can’t believe how perfectly that analogy worked for this Bull or Bear piece. The Universe is indeed awesome sometimes.

 

  1. Tom says:
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    In a keep forever league…… would you deal Nola for Pete Alonso and Quintana

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I love Alonso, but I’d want more for Nola

  2. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Hey SON,
    14-team OBP 5×5 roto

    My MI is Brian Dozier. My SS is Adames. My MI is Eduardo Escobar. I have Zobrist on the bench. Should I move some people around if Josh Harrison and his 2 SBs today are available?

    ‘preciate it.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hey Kruk hater!!!!

      I’d be good with swapping Harrison for Zobrist.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Kruk isn’t an athlete and still love Kruk, not mutually exclusive

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I saw Kruk eat 10 Phillies (the sandwich) in 30 minutes. That’s an athlete in my book!

          Seriously, though, you are correct Grey. Not mutually exclusive.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Thank you, Son… You can continue with Razzball for another week

            • Son

              Son says:
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              Thanks boss man!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

        • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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          TRUTH, GREY!

          I love the Krukster.

          From his book of the same title, “There’s a story, a funny story, about me sitting in a restaurant. I’m eating this big meal and maybe having a couple of beers and smoking a cigarette. A woman comes by the table. She recognizes me and she’s shocked because it seems like I should be in training or something. She’s getting all over me, saying that a professional athlete should take better care of himself. I lean back and I say to her, ‘I ain’t an athlete, lady. I’m a baseball player.'”

          Not a Kruk hater, Son!

          Thanks!

          • Son

            Son says:
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            Ha! That’s awesome.

            A thousand apologies. Meant no disrespect.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s awesome, Kruk!

            • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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              Also, it’s a 2-catcher OBP league (UGH!) so I bid Catchers up as little as possible unless the guy was named Posey.

              I ended up with Brian McCann and Christian Vazquez. Not impressed so far with either…

              Any names on here float your boat to necessitate a drop of either?

              Alex Avila, the law firm of John Ryan Murphy, Jeff Mathis, Jesus Sucre, Mitch Garver, Blake Swihart, Tony Wolters, Nick Hundley, and Kurt Suzuki.

              Other old favorites like Russell Martin, Matt Wieters, Tyler Flowers, James McCann, Manny Pina, and Stephen Vogt are also available.

              • Son

                Son says:
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                Avila for me over Vazquez

                • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                  Thanks, Son.

                  Is Max Fried the real deal??

                  • Son

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                    Anytime Kruk.

                    I think Fried is the real deal. As with most young pitchers, the control is an issue, but he can miss bats and at some point he will figure out the control thing. Maybe yesterday was the start

  3. Chucky says:
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    With the 10 LHP who reside in the NL W, those of which the Dodgers have to face, am I in need of a Muncy replacement at 3B ? Currently have Kang, who unless he mashes will probably lose his job to Hayes at some point and Escobar, who is rapidly moving to the front of the line in guys just begging to get dropped. Worthwhile replacing EE with Yandy, or ride out EE’s relatively long leash vise vie his new three year deal?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m a Yandy guy

      • Chucky says:
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        Yandy foe EE? Yandy for Kang? I’m beginning to think ST is just that. Kang not showing me too much. Then again, neither is EE. Yeah, I’m in a world of spit.

        • Son

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          I hope my Korean brethren don’t disown me, but I like Yandy and EE out of the three

  4. Lion-o says:
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    My Tanaka for Ryan McMahon. Forever keeper league.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      Hoooooooooo!

      Yes, I’d move Tanaka for McMahon

  5. Stantonovation says:
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    Which side

    Rizzo for benintendi and urias

    Standard categories + obp and xbx

    Have goldschmidt

    • Son

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      I’m good with Benintendi and Urias for Rizzo.

  6. Crazy J says:
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    I think Joc is looking pretty good at the plate this year, but you may have a good point with plate appearances. I hate having to deal with Dodgers on my roster, and this season I have more than my fair share. Having an affinity for them as a Dodger fan doesn’t help either.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      I’m a Dodgers fan as well, so I’m with you. I have plenty of shares myself. As for Joc, he has looked good, but he’s a platoon bat

  7. Loro says:
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    Dozier or Kike in a deep 14 team leage MI/CI 6×6 with SLG and OBP as categories

    • Son

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      Kike

  8. Harley Earl says:
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    I’m in a deep league with 30-man rosters where Joc is definitely worth a spot.

    Last year, in that same platoon, he got 395 at-bats and hit 25 bombs. I’m good with that.

    • Son

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      For sure. He definitely has value, especially in deep leagues. I think the euphoria and expectations were getting out of control, though

      • Harley Earl says:
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        It was definitely a euphoric first weekend!!!

        • Son

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          Absolutely. It’s good to have baseball back again

  9. Thundershoe says:
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    Yo Son, Hope your weekend’s off to a great start.

    What are your thoughts on trading My Treinen and Glasnow for Robles and Votto? I’m underwhelmed but not totally down on it. If you recall, I’m trying to find a way to get Robles.

    • Son

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      Sup Thundershoe.

      Yeah, I’m not down with that for you

      • Thundershoe says:
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        Thanks, Son – What if it’s Pete Alonso instead of Votto?

        • Son

          Son says:
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          I like it

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