Greetings, weekend warriors. Your resident creeper, J-FOH, is unavailable this week due to either a mani/pedi or macaroni, I’m not quite sure. Bad phone connection. But whether he’s tending to some fugly nails or an empty stomach, fear not. I’m here to fill the void, minus a hundred hyperlinks or so. So let’s get to it. First up is Preston Tucker, one of the hottest schmotatoes in the land. Over the past week, he’s produced a .381/.409/1.048 triple slash with 4 homers, 8 runs, and 6 RBI. That’s a 1.048 slugging percentage, not OPS. Pretty Bryce Harper-esque. At home, where he’ll be playing six games this upcoming week, he’s managed a .291/.351/.523 line, and he’s crushed right-handed pitching to the tune of .296/.359/.585. The four righties that he’ll be facing – Garrett Richards, Jered Weaver, Rubby de la Rosa, and Jeremy Hellickson – aren’t exactly a fearsome group to contend with. As of right now, Tucker is owned in 11.2% of ESPN leagues. Like Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element, he won’t outshine the studs, but he should be a valuable role player.

Here are a few other bonus creepers for the week of 7/27 – 8/2:

Jonathan Schoop (14.8% owned) – This 23-year-old middle infielder for the Baltimore Orioles has been tearing the cover off of the ball at home this season (1.265 OPS), where his team plays seven games this week. Why isn’t he universally owned? Well, it might have something to do with the ridiculously small sample size (26 PA) that I was using above, but this kid does have some serious pop (23 homers in 164 career MLB games).

Chris Coghlan (5.9% owned) – While J-FOH is doubling down on the finger and toe nail polish, I’m doubling down on his creeper recommendation from last week. Coghlan has smacked 2 homers and stolen 2 bases with a .368 batting average since Monday, and the week’s not even over yet. Great call there, J-FOH! This week, Coghlan gets to feast on the underwhelming Colorado Rockies staff during a three game homestand before traveling to Milwaukee and facing four straight right-handed starters in the friendly confines of Miller Park.

Aaron Hicks (5.4% owned) – The switch-hitting Hicks is a sneaky, under-the-radar power/speed threat (2 homers and 2 steals in July) who excels at home (.855 OPS) and against left-handed pitching (.847 OPS). The Twins play six games at home this week, three of which are against left-handed starting pitchers. The only Mariners pitcher that they’re scheduled to miss during a four game series next weekend is Felix Hernandez. Timing is everything.

• Frankencatcher – If streaming catchers is your thing, J.T. Realmuto (8.2% owned) has been on fire in the 2nd half (.348/.375/.609) and is one of the few catchers in MLB who will contribute the occasional steal as well (4 SBs this season). Chris Iannetta (2.0% owned) has gone deep twice in the past week and plays each of his upcoming six games on the road (.734 OPS). Robinson Chirinos (2.1% owned) and the Rangers enjoy a 7 game homestand this week, where he has enjoyed some success this season (.260/.333/.438).

 

 

 
  1. J-FOH says:
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    Dude I’m going mantiquing. As a man cave owner you should know what that is. I did the mani/pedi when I went on my man-date with Grey the other day.

    • Big Magoo

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      @J-FOH: Unless that’s your way of calling me antiquated, I don’t know what that means. Gotta look your best for the man date though.

  2. Rick Dempsey says:
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    I’ve been offered Liriano for Dee Gordon, what say you?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Rick Dempsey: At this point in the season, strengthening weaknesses is more important than “winning” a deal in a vacuum, but I’d hold Gordon there. Liriano has thrown 120.2 innings this year, and hasn’t topped 162.1 (in MLB) since 2010.

      • Rick Dempsey says:
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        @Big Magoo: they now offered DeGrom.

        • Big Magoo

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          @Rick Dempsey: If you need pitching more than speed, I’d take deGrom. He’s a bonafide ace.

      • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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        @Big Magoo: whenever this argument is used it leads me to think that liriano simply hasn’t maybe since 2010 gotten to july 28th having finished 120.66 innings, and this doesn’t mean he’s AS likely to miss time this year he did in 2011-2014. Or as least both our points are equally valid. As a timeline nears it’s end it’s harder to make inferences like both you and me are doing, that’s really my point. This is unless of course, maybe liriano is KNOWN for breaking down somewhere in the 120-160 innings part of the season’s he does get hurt particularly, or maybe he gets hurt more often later in year than earlier (but i don’t think this is true)

        • Big Magoo

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          @Flowers misses his old glasses… he’s ok tho: I’m not saying that I know exactly why Liriano hasn’t logged more innings per season (outside of injury), but we’re talking about a soon-to-be 32 year old pitcher who’s been a pro since 2005 and has never thrown 200 innings in a single season. There’s enough of a track record to suggest that it’s unlikely that he reaches that threshold at this point of his career.

  3. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Thanks for the great Sunday read! This might not be a creeper question but…..

    Is there any value to Finnegan if he’s traded to the Reds and slides into their starting rotation?
    Chavez is my 5th SP, looking for some insurance

    • Big Magoo

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      @LittleJoeyCora: No problem. Thanks for stopping by.

      Finnegan could definitely have some value as a starter. He has swing and miss stuff. He has a lower floor than someone like Chavez though. He’s had control issues at each stop this season. Great American Ballpark is a huge downgrade from Kaufmann Stadium for a pitcher too. Could be a decent matchup play.

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        @Big Magoo: Okay gotcha. Thanks for the help!

  4. Sammy says:
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    Grichuk or tucker ROS?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Sammy: Slight edge to Tucker. Grichuk left today’s game early with a groin issue.

  5. nick the dick says:
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    Just to make sure, JFoh gets no credit for any of these creepers, right? The lazy beard can suck a worm.

    • Big Magoo

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      @nick the dick: Hey, some guys like their nails to look nice. To each his own. And yeah, these are my picks. If one of these players goes 1 for 20 this week, I’m the guy to yell at.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Big Magoo: I would of dug deeper

        • Big Magoo

          Big Magoo says:
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          @J-FOH: Don’t ruin the nails!

  6. Bammers says:
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    I got another trade question for you if you dont mind. This is in a 30 team deep h2h dynasty contract points league. I am going for the win now and in the next couple of years since my minors system is awful. The main thing I need is SP, but I got the chance to get Kimbrel, so I may change that (its a points league). I got offered
    His Kimbrel/Tom Koehler (#75 SP in our league)/Martin Prado
    for
    my Castellanos/Anthony Gose/Buck Farmer/2nd and 5th round picks.

    Prado would replace Castellanos in the starting lineup for me and Gose is my util/bench player.

    He wants Prado included to dump his salary. I am enough under the cap that I can take it on. Noone else in the deal has a contract that is a dealbreaker.

    Is this giving up too much to get Kimbrel and a middling SP? I got another offer out there for my Jose Iglesias/Castellanos for Liriano. Should I be targeting a good SP like that instead?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Bammers: That’s definitely a loaded question, haha.

      The first deal sounds ok if you’re able to take on the salaries involved and you think it would give you a better chance to win this season. I like Koehler more than most people, and don’t think that anyone you’d be giving up will hurt you too badly down the road. Might want to negotiate the pick compensation a bit though. Either drop a round or two on one of your picks or have him throw in a mid-late rounder. You could say that it’s compensation for taking on Prado’s salary.

      The second deal might be better if you think that Liriano will keep up his current pace, especially if his salary is reasonable. You wouldn’t be giving up any draft picks or Gose, who I like moving forward.

      Sorry, but I can’t really say definitively which deal, if any, would be better for your team without knowing more about roster and salary info. Just wanted to write down a few thoughts that might hopefully be helpful in your decision-making process. I have a post coming out later today where you can feel free to ask any follow-up questions, or just spitball.

      • Wipo says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. I can afford all the contracts in both deals, so that shouldn’t be a problem. I also got the offer of Iglesias/Gose/ziomek (my best SP prospect) for liriano. If this were you, if contracts aren’t a problem, do you take the first deal or Liriano?

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          @Wipo: I probably wouldn’t do the Iglesias/Gose/Ziomek deal. You’d really be going all-in then, and I’d want someone more reliable than Liriano in order to do that. By the way, is the Liriano owner a Tigers fan, or is it just a coincidence that the players that he wants are all in that organization?

          For the first deal, it depends on what caliber of player you’d be giving up with that 2nd rounder. That’s kind of the sticking point for me. That and Gose.

          • Bammers says:
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            @Big Magoo:

            Lol, we all started with current rosters, and I have the Tigers. That’s why they are all from that roster. It’s a 30 team league and my team is pretty good, so I am not sure how good the 2nd rounder will be. If I can get him to move that to a 3rd, would that make a difference?

            • Big Magoo

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              @Bammers: Well that makes sense! If you think that it’ll only be an 8-10 pick difference between your 2nd and 3rd rounders, that won’t really move the needle. If it’s a 15+ pick difference, then you might want to try it. Could ask him to throw in a 7th or 8th rounder on his side instead if he doesn’t go for it. If you think that the Kimbrel deal could put you over the top this year, pull the trigger.

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