Ty Blach threw his first career complete game shutout Friday night surrendering seven hits and striking out four enroute to his fourth win of the year. If he were Jewish you could say yesterday was his Blach Sabbath. *crickets* It was Ty’s fifth straight quality start and his fourth straight win. He even walked three times and scored two runs to help his own cause. He’s been an excellent replacement for Madison Bumgarner so far and the best part is he’s terrified of motocross. Sure it was the Phillies last night and anyone can shut out the Phillies, but he’s gone at least seven innings in his past five starts including some tougher lineups such as the Cubs, Dodgers and Reds. Over the past two weeks, Blach has a 1.90 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 23.2 innings pitched. The strikeout numbers won’t impress but those ratios certainly put him in the streaming conversation. By the way, if you’re looking for good convo topics at your next dinner party, fantasy pitcher streaming is always a solid choice. Blach’s .250 BABIP and 4.64 xFIP could suggest some regression is coming but he’s certainly worth an add while he’s on a roll. Ty has a tough test in Milwaukee next week but he’s available in about 75% of leagues and worth a look if you’re in need of a solid streaming option before he fades to Blach.

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

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-3, run, 4 RBI. Miggy collected his 1000th career extra base hit in this one. Whata milestone! Whata day! I’m going to go celebrate. If you need me I’ll be at the pub. It’s 9 am you say? What!? Don’t judge me. Miggy has a day game and its the only time we can squeeze in brunch.

Leury Garcia – 2-for-4, 3 RBI. The Sawx lead off man hitting is slashing .291/.335/.468 with six jacks and five steals. Garcia offers a little of everything but a lot of nothing. Kind of like eating tapas. It’s going to look good and taste great, but I’m still going to have to go to Taco Bell at 1 am.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-5, HR (9), 2 RBI. Detroit scored 15 runs on 18 hits, so everybody got in on the action, but that shouldn’t overshadow how good Just Dong’s been since returning from the DL. He is definitely invited to me and Miggy’s celebratory brunch. JD-Mart is a sucker for some avocado toast and a good agave nectar mimosa.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-3, HR (4). That’s why they pay him the big bucks, folks. He’s 4-for-9 with a homer since coming off the disabled list. Pick him up if you hate yourself.

Manny Machado – 1-for-4, HR (11). Ohh, this rivalry is really heating up now. Just you wait, in three years Machado will go HAM on Porcello when he tries beam him, and it will all stem from this one home run last night.

Denard Span – 5-for-6, 3 runs, RBI. Giants had 15 hits including three from Eduardo Nunez. If you do some intense mathematical calculations, you can surmise that Denard Dawg had a third of the Giants hits! Have a day, friend! I see what you’re doing, but if you’re not going to steal bases we’re done here.

Mike Foltynewicz – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Yes, that’s what I’m talking about! More like this. This is the kind of start I hoped he was capable of when I told you to grab him last year and then stopped mentioning him because he instead chose to alternate bad starts with lousy ones. But this time, ya’ll, feels different. Why? I dunno, maybe because I used “ya’ll” and don’t ever say that. More likely, it’s that sweet Philadelphia match up at home he gets next week. 11/10 Would stream the newicz out of Folty next week.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4, HR (5). Dan’s Be cool like that! I should know! Remember when I told you to buy him last month and he proceeded to 5-for-39 over the next two weeks? Me neither!

Justin Smoak – 2-for-3, HR (13), 3 RBI. Hitting .311 with 4 homers in the past week. Not sure how this dude is still available in about 40% of leagues. I mean, if we’re talking sheer fantasy value alone? Smoak is fire.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 2 HR (5). Josh and Justin celebrated post game by getting really drunk in the woods, getting matching Canadian flag tattoos and going moose tipping.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-3, HR (18), 2 RBI. Objection sustained! Oh hey, it’s the league leader in home runs! Your Honor. As in, your honor to own Judge. Can all pitchers please approach the bench for a sidebar while Aaron knocks this baseball 450+ feet into the stands.

Francisco  Liriano – 5.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3rd win. This is a such a classic Liriano pitching line. Lol. So typical. Is he streamer status again? Everyone is streamer status when you’re desperate, my-over-the-internet friends. What’s that? You want to be more than just over-the-internet friends? Send me your twitch stream. Speaking of streams, I would stream Liriano next week in Oakland!

Jason Vargas – 9.0 IP, 7 hits, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, 7th win. I’m not sure what impresses me more, what Vargas has done so far this season, or that he owns seven of the Royals 23 wins. I hate to get all mathematical on you but that’s 30% of the Royals wins! One-third of them belong to Jason Vargas! That’s how you carry a team of jokers.

Gerrit Cole – 5.0 IP, 8 hits, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W. He’s given up 16 runs in his past three starts including surrendering 8 home runs. Yeeeesh. Well, at least you didn’t draft him as your ace or anything, right? Oh umm. Well, the Mets and Braves have impressive offenses, right? I’m not helping. At least he got the win! When you give up 7 runs but get the win. #goalsaf

Matt Harvey – 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. Sigh. I can’t even deal with you right now.

Elias Diaz – 2-for-5, HR, 6 RBI. What a day for the backup catcher! Unfortunately, considering Elias’ family owns a very popular Sports Bureau, I’m not sure we can trust any statistics we see on the guy.

Josh Harrison – 3-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. 2014 called–they want their Josh Harrison back. Call them back, Pittsburgh! You need this.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-5, HR (14). Slashing .305/.401/.629 with 14 home runs and a real pretty 1.030 OPS. Conforto, the hipster’s favorite player, is one of the trendiest team shirts in the Williamsburg right now, and I told you to pick him up last year, before he was good. Before he was cool.* Sips kombucha, adjust horn rimmed glasses, strokes beard, calibrates carriage on antique typewriter* And there’s nothing cooler than that.

Lucas Duda – 2-for-3, 1 HR (10), 3 RBI. BUYDuda bides! Shomer shabbos! That’s how you use the force, Luke. Long time readers and recent stalkers of mine are aware Duda likes to homer on Fridays. Seriously, if I had an intern I would make him google how many Friday night home runs hit by this Duda. But I don’t have an intern, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it.

Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, BB, 14 K.  2000 strikeouts! He’s the third fastest fastest pitcher to reach this milestone behind two other pitchers I won’t name because today is about Clayton.

Jimmy Nelson – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 11 K. Jimmy has been especially awesome over his last two starts, with 21 strikeouts and no walks over 15 innings. He’s available in about 75% of leagues and gets San Francisco next week. 12/10 would add immediately. Add before I do.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, HR (12), SB (2). Bellinger hit the game winning ding dong in the 12th inning. He’s got just 10 hits in the past two weeks, but five of those hits were home runs so I will try not to complain too much.

Kevin Kiermaier – 3-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. Grey told you to BUY and he’s hitting .345 with 6 runs, 3 HR and 4 RBI in the past week! If you thought to yourself, “Self, Keirmaier is playing clearer, and more in control of his destiny as if he is being operated by a higher level thetan.” You’d be right. Extra auditing seshs for me and Kevin down at the Church of Scientology. What if I told you, you too could play like Kevin simply by harnessing the natural M.E.S.T. around you? I have some literature I think you should read.

Taylor Motter – 1-for-3, Grand Slam HR (6). Welcome back, Motter! There’s that power we remember from earlier in the season. Jean Segura left this one with an injury and Motter should replace him indefinitely. If Motter could strike out less and homer more, he’d be worth a look. That’s just my humble opinion though.

Danny Valencia – 3-for-3, 3 runs, HR (5), 5 RBI. Valencia was one of my sleeper picks. And by that I mean boring picks that would put me to sleep.

Allen Cordoba – 3-for-4, SB (1). Hey, more sleeper picks! This one is leading off for the ‘Dres, is hitting .370 over the past two weeks and stole a base last night! How exciting! Zzzzzzzzzzzz. No really, I mean that! It’s just the ambien I swear! It helps me deal with my life. By sleeping through it.

Brandon Maurer – 1.0 IP, BB, K, SV (9). He’s the Padres closer and he’s available in about 75% of leagues. Grey told you to BUY! I won’t directly tell you to pick him up but I will plant a series of clues that leads you to his eventual acquisition. It’s more fun that way!

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-6, HR (10), 2 RBI. Everyone knows Murphy’s Law is contact first and power will follow. But not everyone knows that Cole’s Law is thinly sliced cabbage with mayo. Zing! I will see myself out.

Brian Goodwin – 4-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI. The Nats exploded with 13 runs on 20 hits, with 5 homers and every starter collecting an RBI. Who needs Bryce Harper when you’ve got Brian Goodwin!? (I need you, Bryce. I need you very, very much.)

Eric Young, Jr. – 2-for-4, run. Another BUY. Click the link so I can get paid mere pennies for what is actually hours of work!

Joe Mauer – 4-for-5, HR (4), 3 RBI. Vintage Mauer! I think if people say your performance was vintage, that just means your old.

Max Kepler – 2-for-5, HR (6), 2 RBI. My name is Max. My world is blood and fire. For the glory of Valhalla! I have a movie recommendation: Turbo Kid. It’s like Mad Max only with BMX bikes, awful special effects, and violence so subtle it would make Eli Roth blush. There’s also cool 80s synth music and an adorable sex robot. Check it out! You’re going to hate it.

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-3, HR (1). Yo Adrian! I went almost two months without a Rocky reference. Can I exhale now? Can I still buy you low or nah?

George Springer – 2-for-5, HR (14), 3 RBI. It’s going down. I’m yelling Springeeeeeeeeer! You’re welcome for reminding you of that Pitbull/Keisha collab and hopefully its now stuck in your brain. George is hitting .460 with 5 homers and 10 RBI in the past week! Springer has Sprunger!

Dallas Keuchel – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. 9-0. Keuchel is rocking a 1.67 ERA with a 69/18 K/BB. Mmmm. And that…is Dallas. I guess it’s about time I stop butchering the pronunciation of your name on purpose.  That’s how you know you’ve made it. #respek

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, HR (13), 3 RBI.  Slashing .307/.431/.574 with 47 runs, 13 jacks, 43 RBI, and 12 steals. Mmhmm. Grey takes the weekends off to focus on his Giancarlo fan-fiction, but he said it was absolutely crucial for me to pass along this important message (he wrote it while braiding Rudy’s afro into cornrows): “Au shizz!” And that’s me quoting Grey!

Justin Bour – 2-for-4, HR (16), 2 RBI.  I’m sorry I ever said you were a Bour! Justin tied Scott Schebler for the NL homer lead with 16 last night. And if Scott Schebler and Justin Bour are the two of the players you bet would be leading the league in home runs on June 2nd, you are a lying liar face who lies.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, 3 runs, HR (15). When you write several hundred pages of ideas for possible chapters and scenes for Grey’s Giancarlo fan fiction but he rejects them all telling you they’re “too erotic” and asking “where’s the romance?” and you’re feeling bad about yourself but then you see Stanton hit a dinger and all is right with the world again.

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. Fogimon says:
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    Someone in my league just dropped Addison Russell. I have been playing ping pong at short with Brad Miller and Jose Reyes. Pretty disgusting.
    So what is wrong with Russell? Will he regain his preseason mojo?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Fogimon: yes, i’d add russell

  2. fieldvision says:
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    Would you keep H. Perez or drop him and pick up Leury Gercia ?
    Question 2: Pick up one for the year…E. Skoglund, Mike Foltynewicz ,Jimmy Nelson ?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @fieldvision: Perez and Nelson

  3. dizzystpizzy says:
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    thanks for the writeup dan! wondering what you think happens to gallo now that beltre is back. he sat last night, you think he gets 2-3 “days off” a week moving forward?

    • Dan Pants

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      @dizzystpizzy: Gallo moves to the outfield where he should get plenty of ABs. Wouldnt worry

  4. Rocky Mountain High says:
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    Would you trade cruz for hamilton straight up. Rcl format and have 5’s in runs and steals but tens in evey other category. Roster is
    C Lucroy
    1b cabrera
    2b travis
    3b arenado
    Ss story
    2b/ss beckham
    1b/3b duda
    OF blackmon, bryant, cruz, conforto, broxton
    Bench marte, carpenter
    Dl turner
    Thanks as always for my Saturday cup of coffee

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Rocky Mountain High: Your team is stacked but cruz for hamilton seems a bit much. Maybe you can get hamilton+ a player

  5. Summer Bryz says:
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    Hey bud.

    I was offered Eduardo Nunez and Lester for my Carlos Santana and Odor in a OBP /QS roto league. I need some steals and runs and currently lead by 50 in RBIs. My squad is

    C- Perez, 1B- Zim, Santana, Bellinger 2B- Odor, Forsythe, Whit, Villar SS- Correa 3B- Rendon OF- Altherr, Spring, JMart, JBJ, Piscotty, Trout, melky :(.
    SP: Degrom, Archer, McCullers, Wood, Sev

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Summer Bryz: I’m not sure either of the players you acquire would really help you in the categories you are struggling with. I’d probably hold

      • Summer Bryz says:
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        @Dan Pants: Well Nunez will help me with steals, and I feel like getting Lester at that price is worth it. Odor is killing me.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Summer Bryz: I am still reluctant to sell Odor but I can’t blame you for doing so. Go for it.

          • Adam Magerman says:
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            @Dan Pants: it’s a bit easier in an OBP league where he barely breaks .300 in a good year.

  6. Jim says:
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    Thanks , Dan!
    Would you drop Tommy Joseph for JBJ? Is it close?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jim: I’d take bradley

  7. dfrench23 says:
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    My OFs are Bellinger (can’t move him to 1B/CI /U since I have Votto Arenado, Bregman, and Smoak) along with Buxton, Choo, Heyward, and Renfroe.

    I can pick up Eric Young Jr,, Robbie Grossman or Michael Taylor, Mancini, Valencia, E.Rosario, S.Smith, Amarista among others…. one guy can go to bench and start 5 OFs.

    What would you do?

    • Dan Pants

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      @dfrench23: Depends on need, I’d prob go young here

      • dfrench23 says:
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        @Dan Pants: That’s what I was thinking….just picked him up and started him over Renfroe. Thanks!

  8. dubjay says:
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    who do you like most for next week?
    M.Folty vs PHI vs NYM
    C.Anderson vs SF @ARI
    J.Garcia vs PHI vs NYM
    I would be dropping B.Anderson to pick one up

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @dubjay: Foltynewicz

      • dubjay says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        Sorry that was brandon mccarthy i would be dropping. would you still do it?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @dubjay: Sure

  9. Alex says:
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    Hey Dan, are you high on Lamet? Would you go with him or Happ for next week and beyond?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Lamet

  10. Tank1 says:
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    Deal Odor for D. Murphy? OPS counts as 6th category and Odor (along with Villar) is killing me. Could also expand to be Odor/Villar for Murphy/Beltre. Only catch is that this is a keeper league and both Odor and Villar are great values. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Tank1: Yes. I’d want Murphy

  11. Whatever says:
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    Hey Dan,

    In a 10 team keeper leage with OBP and W-L+QS. I traded Judge, Cesar H, Nola for Dozier, K Seager and Alex Wood. I can keep all three next year and since I traded Donaldson for Sale two days earlier, I wanted to shore up my 3B and get more pop at 2B. Currently I am in second place right behind the first place team who has a lot of phantom pts in pitching. My pitching is Sale, Carrasco, Strasburg, Lynn, Alex Wood, Pomeranz, E-Rod with Kimbrel, Jansen, Wilson and Koda as my closers and Devenski as a middle. I feel i can now make up a lot of pts in pitching as I am under innings. Trying to not feel like I got taken but I cant expect Judge to be this hot the rest of the year and I have a great shot to win this year.

    What do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Whatever: If you have the power to replace what judge is doing. You certainly have the pitching staff to win it all

      • Whatever says:
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        @Dan Pants: Here is the rest of my team:

        C Posey
        1B T Shaw
        2B Dozier
        3B K Seager
        SS Andrus
        MI Bogaerts
        CI Smoak
        OF: Harper, Fowler, Calhoun, Kiermaier, Benintendi
        UT and Bench: Forsythe, Aledmys D, H Perez
        DL: Pollock and Freeman

  12. Ted says:
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    Trade my McCullers for his villar in a 12 team league? Need speed and MI help and have best pitching in the league. Still too lopsided given the circumstances?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ted: wouldnt trade for villar right now. You can do better

  13. Scott says:
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    Pick 2 starters Trevor Bauer, Jimmy Nelson, JC Ramirez, Erasmo Ramirez, Dimelson Lamet,

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: Bauer and Nelson

  14. TacktheKack says:
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    EE & K Seager for Miggy…which side or about fair?

    8 Cateorgory weekly head to head (OBP, R, RBI, XBH, HR, TB, Steals & K)

  15. eric says:
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    ROS: Trea Turner for Smoak and Schebler. Overall value Yahoo 5×5.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @eric: I’d want Turner but that’s a lot of power

  16. eric says:
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    Thx.

    Lineup:

    C Castillo
    1B Bour
    2B Travis
    SS Seager
    O Judge
    O Thames
    O Bellinger
    U Schebler
    U Smoak
    B Conforto
    B Hicks
    DL Freeman

    • Dan Pants

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      @eric: Nice! Looks like you read razzball

  17. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thanks DP, another great write-up!

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I met a guy last night that told me his name was Jean, and I was like, “Jeans? Do you know Dan Pants?” But he didn’t…

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      I have a cousin named Levi!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, I should’ve found out more info on Jean. If for no other reason so you guys could talk and stuff

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Grey: He sure sounds great!

  19. eric says:
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    With the team above if I trade Smoak and Schebler for T Turner, am I going to be left holding my pants.?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @eric: Depends if you have the power to spare, trea should be nice source of steals, runs, average, but if you need power and rbis I’d stil with smoak and schebler

  20. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Avila or Contreras? Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: Avila

  21. Dan says:
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    I’m in need of an offensive boost. Would you drop Keon Broxton or Trevor Rosenthal (I’m an Oh owner, I like insurance) to grab Aaron Hicks?

    Thanks!

    • Dan says:
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      Or should I try trading Maeda for Khris Davis?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Dan: Hold with Broxton

  22. Metlgod says:
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    Good stuff Dan
    Hey which would you prefer rest of season Smoak or L. Morrison? Just a bench bat, thank you sir!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Metlgod: Smoak

  23. BayOfPuigs says:
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    Iwas just sent a trade proposal out of no where. My McCullers and Alonso for his Miggy, Benintiendi, and Bumgarner? Would you take it? Im not sure how long Bum’s recovery will take but I have the pitching depth to sustain

    • Dan Pants

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      @BayOfPuigs: Sounds good to me!

  24. Luke says:
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    Could use some extra power and have Jay Bruce for Kenta Maeda on the table. Obviously Kenta is struggling mightily, but damn, owning Jay Bruce requires a ton of patience. What would you advise?

    Much appreciated.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Luke: Bruce has been actually a lot easier to own this year than in the past but if there are better power options available I wouldnt hesitate losing him. I’d give maeda a couple more starts as well

  25. Scrapski says:
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    Yonder or smoak?
    Thanks Pants

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scrapski: smoak

  26. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    What the hell does “beam” mean?

    I kid, I kid. Great article as always.

    But it’s “bean” in all seriousness….

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