Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in Padres history Friday night, but this isn’t about him. It’s not about how he dominated the dreadful (so, so bad) Texas Rangers line up allowing just a single hit batsman to reach base in the fourth inning. Or how he he struck out 10 of these so, so bad Rangers. Moss Grove is already owned in all fantasy leagues. If he’s available well then by all means go pick him up now. This is about a player you can pick up. The Cleveland Baseball Team’s new, maybe, possibly, could be, I really don’t know but can you imagine if it was, closer Emmanuel Clase. Manny got his first save of the season Friday night pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts. That’s right. Clase Closed. It’s almost too perfect. He did it with just 14 pitches. He reached 100 mph on 11 of those pitches and topped out at 101.2 mph with his cutter. Sweet sassy molasse! Let’s give him the chop! James Karinchak was the de facto closer in many minds going into the season but he’s blown a save and he’s also anti-VAX which is not a good look right now. We just might have ourselves a bit of a committee. So let’s speculate. Considering only Nick Wittgren and Clase have gotten saves so far, and Nick Wittgren doesn’t have a 101.2 mph cutter, hmm, imma grab Clase if I’ve targeting saves, or just some stinky, smelly cheese. He’s got the stuff to run away with the ninth inning gig in C-Land and the Cleveland Baseball Team’s closer has usually paid rich fantasy dividends in the past. I wouldn’t drop your James Karinchaks for him just yet, but I’d grab him wherever I needed saves. Clase closed! Ha! I love it!

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

Corey Knebel – 1.0 IP, 3 K, SV (1). Knebel! Yes, Corey and NOT Kenley got the save opportunity yesterday. Considering the Dodgers had Thursday off, he should have been available. Was Kenley Jansen hurt? Was Dave Roberts just super steamed up about his blown save last week? Or does Dave just trust Knebel more–and was rewarded with his trust as Corey struck out the side with 10 pitches. Hmm. Methinks a closer controversy is afoot–someone fetch my monocle, it’s speculation time! You’d think Jansen would have more of a leash, as he is one of the more established closers in the league, but this is also exactly why you don’t pay for saves. And if Corey is in fact the new closer for the winningest team in baseball, you need to grab him wherever he’s available.

Juan Soto – 2-for-3. You know what I miss about non-covid life? I miss the Freestyle soda machines at the movie theater. Making my own signature suicide. Half cherry coke. Two squirts Wild Cherry Pepsi. A blast of Dr. Pibb. And the rest Baja Blast Mountain Dew, of course. Filled with more crushed ice than liquid and 4 straws, it’s the best part about movie theaters. So yeah, umm, hmm. Grey calls him “want a soda” so that’s how I got there. Soto is pretty good at hitting baseballs.

Joe Ross – 5.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Man I love me some Joe Ross Dress for Less. To shut down the Dodgers like this, albeit sans Mookie Best, you had my interest Joe, now you have my attention. Ross has had issues staying healthy but always had the stuff to be effective, he’s worth a look next week at St Louis. Yeah, I might stream that!

Walker Buehler – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 K, 1st. Okay, this guy is pretty good. You don’t need to be Ben Stein to see that.

Franmil Reyes – 3-for-4, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI. Dude is a monster! He’s gonna hit 50 dingers this year. Speaking of monsters, just finished watching Kong v. Zilla for the third time. I had to watch Godzilla: King of The Monsters first so I better understood Godzilla’s motives in this one. Anyway, I liked the part where monke rips off his head and drinks his brains. I mean, the cinematography alone. Someone call the Academy! Monke needs an Oscar!

Zach Plesac – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 6 K, 1st win, ERA at 1.38. As the old saying goes, draft Injians starters and you’re going to have a good time. Scoop up Tristan McKenzie before he’s the next big thing. Are we dealing with some sort of Falcon & Winter Soldier-esque super pitcher serum that they aren’t sharing with the rest of the league. Is it bad I kind of like new Cap? Anyway, I don’t know where Cleveland is getting these guys but they’re all good, also I liked WandaVision more.

Andrew Heaney – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1st win. I feel the same way about every Angels pitcher–I kind of like you, and you’re cool sometimes and pitch good occasionally but no thanks.

Jared Walsh – 2-for-3, HR (3). Slashing .375/.464/.833. Jared is still available in about a quarter of fantasy leagues but will be owned everywhere by the end of the weekend. All he does is hit. He’s gaining eligibility by the day. And I don’t know what more you want. Do you want him to shine your shoes? Because he will shine your shoes!

Shohei Ohtani – 2-for-5, HR (3), 4 RBI. 3-run double and a homer and just missed a grand salami in the second, slashing .300/.344/.700. Say it with me, Jerry! SHO-HEI! OH-TANIIII. Oh HEY! You can really mash, can’t you? Why even try to pitch? Cause you can? It only tarnishes how good are though, right? You think Mike Trout can’t pitch good? You think Mookie Betts can’t pitch good? Of course they can! He’s f’n Mookie Betts–he’s good at everything. You got to pick a lane though. Grey told you to SELL and I imagine you could probably get some real pretty things for Shoheitime, so explore offers.

Johnny Cueto – 8.2 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 7 K. Johnny BB Goode. I was ready to write an entire lede about Cueto then I thought–wait, no one is going to pick this guy up no matter what I tell them. Fair! He retired the first 13 batters he faced and didn’t give up a hit until the 5th inning. His 2.51 ERA, 0.98 WHIP are certainly real purdy, and if he can come out his match up next week with the Reds unscathed I might consider the prospect of maybe thinking about mulling over the possibility of contemplating whether or not I should review the option of potentially picking him up. I don’t know for sure though!

Jake McGee – 0.1 IP, K, SV (1). Mmm. Least stressful save ever. Gg ez.

DJ LeMahieu – 2-for-4, HR (1). Anyone else close their eyes when they type DJs last name and pray you spelled it right?

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-4, HR (1). How is a player who is batting third for the Yankees available in so many leagues? Oh right, he’s not a very good fantasy player. OK. Still though?

Rich Hill – 6.0 IP, 4 hit, 4 ER, 7 K, 1st win. Speaking of not very good fantasy players.

Corey Kluber – 2.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER. 3 K. It’s funny (incoming not very funny thing), Boston media was praising the Kluber signing last week simply because he’s not Garrett Richards. While I wouldn’t wish Richards on even Yankee fans, Kluber still gots more to prove.

Willy Adames – 2-for-4, HR (1). The Rays scored 10 runs on 13 hits. I love you Willy but please get hurt so we can speed up Wander’s big league arrival. You don’t even have to get hurt! You can like, I don’t know, hold out for more money or something? And then refuse to play until you get paid or traded. It’s win-win!

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 4-for-5, HR (3), 2 RBI. Alt-165! ÑÑÑ! You have doñe it agaiñ, my frieñd! Remember wheñ he started the seasoñ ice cold? Me ñeither. Tildaddy hit a 450-footer in this one that he admired all the way over the feñce. Proud dad.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, HR (2). See above. Acuña, Ronald. Forgiveness is important, and two of Freddie’s three hits in 2021 have been jacks. Fred is the picture of consistency I have in the my locker. Ol’ reliable. Now please never go 0-for-12 again.

Charlie Morton – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 7 K, 1st. Mmhmm. Not sure why Chuck’s not on more of my fantasy teams. He’s exactly the kind of player I’d want as my Ace. Now that he’s escaped the Rays six inning restriction, he’s got a chance to show us what he’s really got. I wanna see some CGs! And SOs! A NH would be nice! PG even!

Joe Musgrove – 9.0 IP, no hitter, 10 K, 2nd win. I called this back in 2016. And if you’ve been holding for 5 years–you’re welcome. Also, the Rangers really stink. He gets the Bucs next week and they’re even worse. Do I smell a perfect game brewing for Moss Grove?

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, run, RBI batting .346. Myers and Hosmer will have better seasons than Machado and Tatis. Mahk my wahds! Machado washed. Too 0ld. Tatis washed. Too young. Too hurt. Both overpaid.

Sean Manaea – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 4 K. Mananea was lights out when he returned from TJ surgery in 2019. In 2020, I avoided him but maybe now’s the time to buy back in at two times the price?

Lance McCullers, Jr. – 5.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Lance has apparently introduced a new “super secret,” unhittable pitch which he attributes his early season success to. Hmm. Looks like a slider to me?

Matt Olson – 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI. Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie also homered. Matt broke the tie in the 8th inning with his 3-run jack. I owned Olson all over last year and he took his time getting going. Was kind of hoping he’d do the same in 2021 so I have time to trade for him. Just suck a little bit longer, Matt, we will be together again…soon.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4. Carlos is one of those players I instantly regretted picking on draft day. One week later he’s hitting .321 with 2 homers and I’m all like, “I called it! This is Correa’s year! I knew it all along! I never doubted him!”

Tyler Mahle – 4.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. He induced 17 (! ! !) swings and misses in this one. I know what you’re thinking. 17. The seventeenth letter of the alphabet is Q!  Where was Tyler on January 8th? Is he an Oath Keeper? What are your next orders Tyler, tell us? Also, maybe if you pitched to contact a little more you wouldn’t have to leave in the 4th inning. But you do you, Q.

Tejay Antone – 2.0 IP, 1 hits, 3 K. Not a great sign that Tejay hasn’t cracked the rotation even with Sonny Gray sideined but the cream will rise to the crop. Keep doing stuff like this Antone and you’ll get your shot soon enough.

Jesse Winker – 3-for-3, run, RBI. Left the game with an injury. Uh-oh. Keep one eye on the prize!

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-5, HR (2). Oh boy is this line up pathetic on paper. They make the Rangers look like the White Sox. When your biggest name is Carson Kelly, you’ve got some star power problems. Call up them rooks!

Tyler Naquin – 1-for-3, HR (5), SB (1). He was a BUY and Tyler Run Creator is hotter than a Lil Nas X song drop. That “Montero” video would make Satan blush. So sexxy. What? It’s not gay–it’s woke. Dude could easily hang with Cardi B in a twerk off and rocks a pair of thigh high boots with the best of them.  I’m just trying to figure out why the hottest hitter in baseball was pinch hit for the 10th. At some point you don’t need to play the matchups when a guy is hitting everything to the moon.

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. molina bros bbq says:
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    Ugh, sorry for the catcher question.

    Am I crazy if I drop Danny Jansen for Wilson Ramos or Yadier Molina in a dynasty?

    I liked Jansen coming into the year for his potential stable Avg/Obp and the fact that he is in a good lineup. Plus he is just 25 so that carries some dynasty appeal. But Kirk is going to play some and Jansen looks rough at the plate.

    Both Yadier and Ramos are hitting and are just sitting out there.

    Yes, no, maybe?

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      depends on the penalties for add/drops in your dynasty format but i tend to use the hot bats in the catcher slots in my dynasty leagues and use the other positions to draft for the future

      i’d go with yady!

      • Molina says:
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        No penalties its daily waivers and then free for all until games start.

        Yady it is.

        14 team league too. Thanks have a great weekend.

  2. VinWins

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    It was a perfect fantasy game for Musgrove, since HBPs don’t count for WHIP!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      Oh wow, Vin! So glad to see you’re still lurking the razzball pages! A living RB legend. First ballot RB HOF inductee. Thanks for reading!

      • VinWins

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        Thanks, man. Good stuff. Yeah, I made it back!

  3. mweltzer says:
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    I have multiple Roto teams. Standard scoring 10 Teams.

    Trying to figure out if any of these guys are wothy of a drop for Clase? (This is more than 1 team)

    Diekman, Valdez, Reyes, Barnes, Bard, Rodriguez, Neris, Merryweather, Hand

    • Dan Pants

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      I like him over diekman and reyes

      • mweltzer says:
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        What about Corey Knebel? Thanks Pants.

        • Dan Pants

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          i like knebel over both of them too

      • jwp15102 says:
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        Would you cut Emilo Pagan for Clase? Both have great stuff. 5×5 10 teamer.

        • Dan Pants

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          Sure

  4. Anodyne says:
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    Thanks for the great writeup! Which starting pitcher would you rather have, Matthew Boyd or Sixto Sanchez?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      Definitely sixto long term, but who knows when he’ll be back.

      • Anodyne says:
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        Stream-o-Nator has him starting tomorrow against the Mets. Wishful thinking?

        • Dan Pants

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          Yeah, he’s hurt right now

  5. Anodyne says:
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    Stream-o-Nator has him starting tomorrow against the Mets. Wishful thinking?

    • Anodyne says:
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      Sorry, see reply above.

  6. pizza5788 says:
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    Would you start Pineda today?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      If I own pineda I’m def starting him today versus seattle

  7. Richard Scott Olcott says:
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    What do you think of Wideners 2nd start?
    And what the way forward for pitchers facing the Reds this year?

    • Dan Pants

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      Not bad esp against that hot reds line up! But he doesn’t have the stuff I’m looking for fantasy-wise personally. Just a streamer for me. Also, there’s very few team’s I would bench starters against, maybe the dodgers, and I guess it depends on the pitcher.

  8. BAC says:
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    11 team 5×5 saves and holds. Need to free a roster spot.

    Drop Framber or Gonsolin?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      Drop framber

  9. Chet says:
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    Thanks for the write-up, Dan Pants!

    Do any of the following streamers (for tomorrow) jump out at you as good-to-go? Looking for 2 or 3. Thanks!

    Pivetta @ BAL
    Tevor Williams @ PIT
    Shoemaker vs SEA
    Ponce De Leon vs MIL
    Morejon @ TEX
    Disciafani vs COL
    Smyly vs PHI

    • Dan Pants

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      Shoemaker yes. Dare I say Pivetta too? Smyly looked great last week but not sure I trust him yet.

      • Chet says:
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        Thanks, Dan! Much appreciated!

      • Chet says:
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        How about Logan Allen vs DET tomorrow? Are you feelin’ that start?

        • Dan Pants

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          He’s fine. I like more Ks from my streamers but could be alright if you’re looking for ratios. Prefer shoemaker or pivetta.

  10. Dan-o says:
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    Top waiver pick this week, have my choice of Naquin, Baddoo, Mullins, Clase or Merryweather. Need help in OF and RP, who do you go with?

    • Dan Pants

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      Merryweather

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Dan pants! Season back in full. Swing now!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      Thanks for reading!

  12. Dr Sauce says:
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    In a keep forever league would you trade Tatis for Bichette and Robert?

    Some factors to consider;
    1. My team is competitive so definitely going for the win this year.
    2. My team is relatively deep so I can probably afford to IL Tatis (even if it ends up being the rest of the year). Still have Acuna, Betts, Bellinger, K. Marte, K. Hayes, Matt Olson etc.
    3. Traded for Cronenworth to fill in for Tatis at SS. As you can tell, my team is some kind of banged up right now but don’t want to over react and sell a generational talent like Tatis.

    Thanks for your input … much appreciated!

    • Dan Pants

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      So you get bichette and robert for tatis? ya i’d do it

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        Thanks Dan Pants!!

        Hypothetically, do you make this deal if all players are healthy? Say you were offered Bichette and Robert for Tatis at the beginning of the season (before Tatis injury).

        • Dan Pants

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          I would be more hesitant I guess if Tatis wasn’t hurt. But he is, and this guy is giving me an excellent dynasty league replacement AND luis robert.

          • Dr Sauce says:
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            I hear you on this … honestly I know the trade is in my best interest of my team. However, having a difficult time pulling the trigger and moving Tatis. I was in on him early (late draft pick before he was on the MLB roster) and he’s just so darn fun to have watch and have on your team. I keep asking the question, almost hoping someone will say don’t make the trade. Everyone I have asked has agreed with your assessment. Thanks for your time and perspective, much appreciated!

            • Dan Pants

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              If you like FTJ keep him! Always more fun to root for players we like. I think you can win with or w/o him–you have Mookie!

  13. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey nice piece. Love the stuff on Clase.

    Just want to say while everyone was thinking Karinchak, I was thinking Clase. I drafted him in two of the three leagues I play and got sniped for him in the other. In my dynasty league, I grabbed him in our prospects/supplemental round with the last pick because I knew everyone had forgotten about him. I hadn’t forgotten though. I know this, I did not read one word about Clase all off-season, but I bet I read 10,000 words on how great James Karinchak was. People seemed to forget Cleveland traded for Clase with the intention of making him closer. And he would have been their closer already had he not gotten caught for PEDs.

    I took Clase because Cleveland never committed to making Karinchak the closer, not last year and certainly not publicly going into this season. Karinchak also has a tendency to miss the strike zone almost as much as he misses bats. He’s too wild and walks too many to hold down the 9th. Clase just comes right at you and says try and hit me, I dare you. It wasn’t that hard to see this coming at all. But you had to know the history of both players and the organiztion. Last night was a little redemption for me as it justified everything I’ve thought for the past two years.

    Appreciate the kind words on Clase! If last night is any indication of what he is, then he’s an elite closer with stuff that will make Josh Hader look like a hasbeen! He’s a monster!

    Oh, one more thing, there’s no way in hell I’m selling Ohtani. I got him (hitter only) with my very last pick in my draft, round 30, pick #358. Anything he does is gravy and getting production like I’ve gotten so far from the 30th round is far more valuable than almost anything I could get in return for him.

    This is Ohtani’s year. You better hold on to him or you’ll be sorry.

    • Dan Pants

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      If you can get top 10 value for ohtani though?

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Nobody I know is going to offer me a top 10 player for Ohtani.

        You’re talking Trout, Acuna, Betts, Soto, Bieber, Tatis, Turner, Yellich , Cole or DeGrom. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade him for Cole or Yellich. The others, of course.

        But that’s not happening in this lifetime. Not in the leagues I play in. I don’t play with idiot fanboys. I play with seasoned players in well-established leagues of 10 years to and more. These guys are competitive and they read/study just as hard as me.

        • Dan Pants

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          Just saying his value has never been higher, why not see what you can get?

          • Harley Earl says:
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            I know my league mates too well.

            They’ll offer something like Marcus Semien, Mitch Haniger or Justin Turner. I’m better off riding it out with Ohtani than accepting a lowball deal.

  14. Thundershoe says:
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    Thanks for the great write-up, Pants!

    I was fortunate to snag Clase before yesterday’s save – glad to have avoided a potential bidding war.

    Who do you like among the following in a points league for the mid-to-long-term? Trying to find someone whose Ks won’t sap their value and can produce steady results.

    Eaton, Arraez, Naquin, Hampson

    • Dan Pants

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      I’d go with eaton

  15. Dr Sauce says:
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    Closer question … roster crunch … we start 4 RP’s. Have Ryan Pressley so he’s a for sure keep. Need to drop one of the following;
    -Alex Reyes (can he hold off Hicks??)
    -Cesar Valdez (Can he keep it up??)
    -Emmanuel Clase (new closer in Cleveland??)
    -Lou Trivino (new preferred choice in Oakland??)
    -Greg Holland (still the closer, but stuff and results not so great)

    Leaning Holland but interested in your take.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

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      Trivino or Holland

  16. BB says:
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    Regarding Karinchak being “anti-VAX which is not a good look right now” – that isn’t his actual Twitter account (he doesn’t appear to have one), which the latest tweet makes clear: “This guy thinks this is the official James Karinchak account and that I was seriously tweeting a vaccine swastika.”

    • Dan Pants

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      I just saw the headline, thank you for educating me!

  17. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Please rate these closers (1 or 2 will be cut when DL guys get activated). Alex Reyes; Richard Rodriguez; Jake Diekman.

    • Dan Pants

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      Rodriguez, Reyes, Diekman

  18. LeMaster of my Domain says:
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    ALWAYS look forward to the Dan Pants commentary….silly ask but respect your input more than most: I know ALL about D Duffy: past, present, and predicted. After his oening spin, is he REALLY a two-start MUST NOT next week?? At home both games (fwiw) and yes against Ryu the second tilt, but he kinda looked maybe ok good, no? BTW, love the Cueto blurb.

    • Dan Pants

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      LAA match up scares me a bit but I like the TOR one. If I owned duffy in deeper league I would start him in both, but I’m probably not streaming him on monday.

  19. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Knebal or Clase?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      Clase for now

  20. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Dan Pants.

    16 team H2H weekly points…

    Saves 5pts. , Holds 2 pts. IP 3
    Pts., Wins 5 pts.

    Knebel is on the wire, should I add him for Gallegos or Diekman?

    What do you think?

    • Dan Pants

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      Sure! Diekman maybe

  21. mcstarrs says:
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    Do we like Kendall Graveman at all? Montero has been struggling out of the gate.

    • Dan Pants

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      Montero looked OK today!

  22. Saint says:
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    Great stuff Pants!

    Please rank the following : Amir, Bass, Kennedy, Clase, Garcia, Diekman.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback

    • Dan Pants

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      amir, kennedy, clase, diekman, garcia, bass

  23. Hammer says:
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    Hey great write up, thinking of dropping Romano for clase in a holds/saves league. Right move?

    • Dan Pants

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      I like both! hold

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