Yesterday, the Mets debuted their 2017 1st round pick, David Peterson, and he went 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks. Here’s bit of tid on him:  Tall dude, stands about 6’6″. *standing on my chair, arm up in the air* About yay high. Fastball velocity sits *gets off chair, points at my framed picture of Angela Lansbury* low 90’s. Slider and curveball are *looks around to illustrate, points at colored-in Denny’s placement of a cowboy, realizes that won’t be enough, takes crayon and draws a cape on the cowboy* That’s a super okie. As in okie doke. C’mon, that was an easy one. So, lots of okie-doke usually equals okie-dookie, but he has solid command, so he might be a four to five real-world starter, which makes him good for Streamonator in shallower fantasy leagues. In a short season, there could be some value here. He should at least limit damage, as he did last night in Fenway. Also, Prospect Itch wrote about 500 words on David Peterson in his 2020 Mets fantasy baseball prospects writeup, and only one overt threat directed at me. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bruce Maxwell – Signed with the Mets. The team decided to sign him rather than stenciling his name on the mound.

J.D. Davis – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Jonathan Davis Davis is on the board board!

Matt Hall – 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER. I always listen to the Mets announcers, because they’re the best, but my MLB TV briefly switched to the Red Sox announcers for them to say, “Matt Hall wasn’t highly touted coming into this year, or considered a good prospect, but the Tigers’ Matt Boyd wasn’t either and he’s turned out well.” Ha! What do they have in common? Letters?

Miguel Rojas – Was among the 17 Marlins’ Covid-19 cases. If teams refuse to play the Marlins, and all forfeits have to be ruled wins, then the Marlins are about to finish this year with a 59-1 record. As many of you have heard, the Marlins won’t play until next Monday, the Phillies are off until at least Friday, and the Nats will be off all weekend, so get them out of your lineups. This must’ve been what it was like playing fantasy baseball during the Black Plague. One epidemiologist told Maryland Governor that if the Marlins try to enter the state, he should roadblock them on I-95. So, if that happens, Rob Manfred will prolly have them play on I-95, does anyone know its park factor?

John Means – Will start on Thursday. Put two average starters together and in the middle of them is Means.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he returned from the IL. Can’t believe he missed all the way to the point where the Angels only have 56 games left. Oh, wait.

Andrelton Simmons – Hit the IL with an ankle sprain. I always said Andrelton looks like an alien, which is just crazy talk, obviously…But then why is ankle sprain an anagram for “alien pranks?” Hmm? Hmm? Well?

Tim Lopes – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .462. I haven’t started adding ERA and AVG for the stat lines in the roundups, but I figured I’d do it here to show you how hot Lopes has been. He’s been platooning a bit, but if it’s with Vogelbach, who has yet to record a hit, the M’s might realize Tim isn’t a cantaloupe, but a Can-a-Lopes. So, hot schmotato, but he also went 10/26/.302 in Triple-A last year, so there might be something here, at least short-term.

Dylan Cease – 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Cease is total SHET.

Carlos Rodon – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER. What was I thinking saying the White Sox were my favorites for the World Series? There’s not gonna be a World Series; two teams are going to play MLB: The Show  remotely. Also, the White Sox pitching is awful. Their offense is legit, but even if Giolito looks better going forward, and Keuchel keeps it up, who is their third starter? Can Luis Robert pitch?

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks. Honestly, this game could’ve easily been 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, but to remain civil Civale, he looked solid, and threw 100 pitches, which is a feat this year. “Did someone say “feet?” Stop it, Tarantino! The secret to Civale’s success yesterday was throwing his weak-sauce fastball less. Not sure it would work over 162 games, but for a short season? Sure, I’m buying, but he goes to Twins next, and meh.

Adam Plutko – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks. Considering what all pitchers have been able to do this year, this may as well as have been Plutko and Civale throwing two CGs.

Daniel Johnson – 1-for-2. Not sure what Domingo Santana and Oscar Mercado did to incur the wrath of Francona — Wrafrancona? — but Daniel Johnson, noted Austin-area singer, became the go-to right fielder vs. righties, and Bradley Zimmer (hit his 1st homer in the day game) started in front of Mercado. You in the market for a better outfielder? Then go to Mercado! I guess Daniel Johnson is worth looking at in some leagues, since he has speed and power, but he’s done little of nothing so far this year (hitting .200). I did enjoy that the Indians’ day game lineup looked like a buddy comedy with M. Freeman voicing God, and D. Johnson as the Devil with a soundtrack by C. Santana.

Kyle Wright – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER. I own Wright and watched this start, so please pray for me while I remove this visitor’s pass at this sanitarium. He looked so good for the 1st two innings! Actually…YES ACTUALLY! He didn’t even look bad to start the 3rd, but like a stripper’s thong, he got singled hard with some terrible luck. I only own him in an NL-Only, and wouldn’t look at him in mixed leagues yet.

Oliver Drake – 1 IP, 0 ER and another save. Nick Anderson has disappeared, and is an air ball of a draft pick. It must be the magic.

Curt Casali – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. Psycho killer! Curt Casali! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away!

Nick Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and 1st homer. During the shutdown, The Greek God of Hard Contact was seen delivering dolmas and kebabs for his family’s diner. He reported it was very hard to social distance because he enjoys hard contact so much, especially with his lips to his mom’s mustache.

Aristides Aquino – 0-for-3, 1 run. Yo, GGOATOAT you need to kick your hitting in the shins. We don’t have time for a slump.

Javier Baez – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. He seems like a player who really feeds off the fans, so pump up the fake noise until the cardboard cutouts are shaking!

Kyle Crick – Hit the IL with a right shoulder strain. That was a good use of 1st week FAAB money. I should’ve listened to that little Burdi chirping in my ear. Nick Burdi is the clearcut closer here, and I could’ve had him for less money than I spent on that giant dope Crick!

Adam Frazier – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Adam Frazier, or as Rudy calls him, Babe Ruth, hit leadoff. No longer a fit for the three-hole, I guess. Wait until they realize he’s not a fit for leadoff either.

Josh Lindblom – 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER and left the start with back cramps. Saw he went into the 4th, and, until I saw a beat reporter say Lindblom’s back would be fine, I just assumed he was like every other starter.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. Is it me or is one homer and one steal not enough? I want everyone I drafted in the top 50 to hit multiple homers, steal bags and have four hits every day, or I’m really not having a good time. You only have 55 more games!

Brett Anderson – Will return on Friday from the IL. Get him in your lineup before B.A. Brokeass breaks again.

Fernando Rodney – Signed with the Astros. Fernando Rodney cocked back and shot an imaginary arrow, but before it was out of his reach, he grabbed on and rode it all the way to the Astros. “Thank you for flying the Imaginary Skies,” said Fernando Rodney to an imaginary flight attendant.

Yordan Alvarez – Close to taking batting practice. Practice makes perfuct–damn!

Carlos Correa – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Later in the game, we had our first social distanced benches clearing brawl. Usually baseball brawls have the feel of middle school when one kid is yelling, “Hold me back,” and the other is screaming, “No, hold me back,” and they’re both about forty feet from each other. Last night’s brawl was that with masks. It looked like there was heated words at a nursing school.

Alex Wood – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. Wood said, “I can’t get it up,” then qualified his remarks with, “My arm.” Clayton Kershaw could return on Friday and take Wood’s spot. I guess a knock on Wood works out here.

Miles Mikolas – Hit the IL with the same forearm injury he had back in March, and is headed for surgery. Not sure why the Cards didn’t just send him for surgery back in March, or something. “Or something” indicates I am not an actual doctor. Some have speculated that Daniel Ponce De Leon would take over. Well, at least he has his youth.

Carlos Martinez – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER vs. the Twins. Sometimes you sneak one through, sometimes the opposing team spots that you’re Vincent Adultman in a trench coat not fooling anyone. I still like C-Mart, but I think being more stringent about avoiding the Twins might be prudent.

Tyler O’Neill – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. In a 60-game season, I’d like to see teams play their lineups more like DFS. If O’Neill is hitting bombers, stop being sympathetic to old-ass vets like Carpenter, Molina and Fowler, and move O’Neill up.

Tommy Edman – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. I might have too many teams, but I still don’t have any idea who I own. I see Edman homer and I’m like, “Yay…Wait, do I have him?”

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Also, in this game, Jorge Polanco (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) hit his 1st homer. Twins are the lineup. Every day another guy steps up. Nelson Cruz is off reading the AARP Magazine with his cover story, and Polanco steps up.

Taylor RogersSergio Romo got the clean save yesterday and you should pick him up immediately. I searched for news on Taylor Rogers, and it ranged from “Where is Taylor Rogers?” to “Has anyone seen Taylor Rogers?” to “Is Taylor Swift’s Rogers Centre concert cancelled?” But I don’t think the last one is related. Players just randomly not being at a game is on par with 2020, though.

Drew Pomeranz – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Kirby Yates was…on a Zoom call? See what I said for Rogers, but change Taylor Swift concert to Sally Yates book reading.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. FTJ! Fun the Jewels fast! Look all these save masters posing on your FAAB dollars!

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Just to make sure you never forget how ridiculous 2020 is, Wil Myers is gonna win the NL MVP, isn’t he?

Tommy Pham – Left the game after taking a pitch to his beanbag of love. Gotta be careful of the Phamily jewels.

Sam Hilliard – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Quick, Bud Black, bench him!

Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. He was nearly the best Streamonator start yesterday, which was still awful — like negative $2. People have been asking me about why so many terrible starts on SON. Well, there have been a lot of terrible starts, so there’s that. But it’s also because innings are currently tamped down for all starters, because no one is going deep. A 5 IP, 3 ER start, just isn’t that good, and that’s what Gibson was projected for. He had 5 IP, 3 ER, but the three runs were unearned. Get it together, SON! You don’t see errors in your future goggles?

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. The Rangers have played four games, and Gallo is leading the team with a .214 average. “At least they played four games.” That’s a Marlins’ representative.

Merrill Kelly – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks. This was the first impressive start I’ve seen from a guy who I wasn’t interested in during the preseason that has changed my mind. He had bumped his velocity at the tail of end of last year to 93 MPH, and it produced a 2.18 ERA and .202 OBA in 33 IP. That was there again in his 1st start. If he maintains those gains, he could be a short-season ace. Get him in all leagues.

Juan Soto – Received six negative tests followed by six positive tests. Sounds like they’re doing a lot of testing. No one said the tests had to be accurate. They did say his final two tests were both negative so Sexy Dr. Pepper will be rejoining us soon.

Austin Voth – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks. There were so many pitchers to watch last night — Wright, Peterson, Mahle — that I just didn’t see Voth, but I don’t think this start moved him up to shallower league radars, unless someone saw him and wants to convince me otherwise.

Sean Doolittle – 2/3 IP, 0 ER as he pitched in the 7th. Seeing Doolittle appear on a lot of fantasy teams, and not sure if the Nats ever announced it officially, but Daniel Hudson seems to be the closer, and Doolittle’s velocity has been down. He might need to see a doctor and not just for his talking hamster.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. They should do a Toronto Blue Jays’ promotion in Buffalo. Change their name to the Blue Cheese, have a mascot celery race and have everyone’s hands painted orange like they just ate wings. Also, I love Lou-Gu. Every Lou this year is good!

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks. Solid start, but I’d rely on the Streamonator for Roark in fantasy. For Roark in Fantasy Island, I’d rely on Tattoo.

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. I own Schoop in my RCL league, but that team isn’t doing well, and I have been soclose (italics, no space) to dropping him for the last three days. Let’s go! (My guys desperately need a pep talk.)

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. Exactly what you drafted him for.

Matt Harvey – Signed a deal with the Royals. Harvey said, “Happy to help the ball club any way I can, and I’d like to sleep with Hunter Dozier’s wife.”

 
  1. Michael DePinto says:
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    Would you stream Cueto against San Diego tonight?

    Also, who do you prefer out of Teoscar or Canha?

    Thank you very much!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Ima streamin Johnny tonight..

      Teoscar

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Pass on Cueto for me. Teoscar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m streaming Cueto, so help me

      Teoscar

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Excellent report, man!!

    a. Seriously, love me Edman too. But I knew sadly I didn’t have him on either RCL and he is a guy I wanted but didn’t get leaving me feeling very sad.

    b. Sorry, man. Had to drop CJ Cron (even though AGAIN he’s facing a LHP tonight in Duffy) to pick up Burdi. Drake is also on the roster in that other league.

    So here’s the pitching on that other team – just as I scripted it way back in March 2020.

    RP
    Nick Anderson
    Anthony Bass
    Nick Burdi
    Oliver Drake
    Greg Holland
    Brandon Kintzler (just checking on what’s up but he looks like he’s the first to go. What are people doing for MIA players? Just straight dumping ’em all? Let me know.)
    Brandon Workman (his parents were inspired by the character named ‘Brandon’ in that Beverly Hills 90210 show)

    SP
    Heaney (starting him tonight at home versus SEA (Justin Dunn)
    SGray (NOT starting him tonight at home versus CHC (Kyle Hendricks, fresh off his CG and he’s going to tank and I’m going to miss Sonny’s great start).
    GRichards
    Ryu (he’s almost unrosterable with the move to Buffalo for home games, will probably drop him when Odorizzi comes off the IL. I’ll see.)

    IL – Odorizzi, Chapman

    c. MLB quote of the day for July 29, 2020.

    ‘I concentrate more when I see men on base.’

    Juan Alberto Gonzalez Vazquez. Two-time MVP (1996 and 1998), Gonzalez was one of the most feared sluggers of the 90s and early 00s. He is most noted for his time in TEX though did have a very good year with CLE in 2001 when he finished 5th in the voting for the MVP.

    His 162-game average….

    686 PA, 629 AB, 102 R, 186 H, 37 2B, 2 3B, 42 HR, 135 RBI, 44 BB, 122 K, .295/.343/.561 slash line, 132 OPS, 353 TB.

    His season in 1993 was to die for.

    .310/.368/.632 slash, 46 HRs, 118 RBIs, 105 R, 169 OPS+. He did that in 140 games. One of the best in the ‘roids era, and you gotta love his mustache and the jerry curls!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      Well, you sure have made me nostalgic for that early-mid 90’s era, back when heavy juicing was merely an open secret and Juan- Gon and Albert Belle reigned supreme no matter how nasty the pitchers grew their mullets. Before Sosa,McGuire and Bonds flew too close to the sun and everything melted. .

      • galica says:
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        Manley!

        Thanks for the love man. Always love Reading your posts and baseball insights. Take care.

        Cheers,
        Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yeah, I love him too, I think

      B. I’d lose Miami players in RCL — 15-17 of them are going to be out a while — think you gotta start Gray every time out

      C. Wow, this was a change of pace from early 1900s quotes

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Wanted to lively it up a bit. Actually moving from Google search of ‘top 10 Career MLB WHIP’ to ‘top 10 career MLB SLG’. I might go back to WHIP we’ll see.

        b. Dropped Kintzler to pick up Merrill Kelly. Got him in both leagues. I am REALLY intrigued when you are just normal intrigued about a player. What about Villar?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Ha, nice!

          B. Villar is actually one I’d bench for now until we hear more

  3. Dr Easy says:
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    So I drafted Pearson and I’m excited about watching his first start tomorrow, but should I bench him for his first game just to see how it goes and avoid getting roofie’d, or go YOLO in the COVID era?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d start him

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

      • Dave D says:
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        Talent is there but Im real curious about how many pitches they let him throw given his injury history and that 28 pitch limit he had every other start last year. We’ll see.,.

  4. Tbone says:
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    Soler for Hoskins

    Who you got for a dynasty?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Soler

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Not sure why I thought Rays would stick with Nick! At least he’s good for SV+HLD leagues.

    1. In saves only (no holds) league, I’ve found myself with hand, Anderson, Hudson, Britton, and Lugo. Drake and Burdi are also on the wire. When I need to clear roster space, is Nick Anderson sadly the first drop from this group?

    2. Fletcher or Berti as a bench utl option? Could use average…

    3. Riley or O’Neill?

    Thanks!

    • NUX says:
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      1. Grab Burdi, if only for the Burdi in the Hand jokes. Drop Lugo. If Burdi/Drake still on the wire, then Lugo (or another option) should be there later if you need it.

      2. Fletch for me, all he does is Hit and NOT strikeout. Finally getting that leadoff role to himself and also Berti isn’t even playing again until maybe Monday. And he might be one of the Merlins that test positive, we just don’t know.

      3. O’Neil right now

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Nux

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. krazyivan says:
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    When the O’s host the Marlins there will be huge park factor to consider. The Fort McHenry tunnel is 1.5 miles to dead center and 33 feet below sea level.

    Grey, how do you get the radio broadcasts of Mets games on MLBtv? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you!

      You can adjust the audio on an iPad, top right, click screen icon, change audio

  7. NUX says:
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    Razzslam question for DT if he’s around.

    I grabbed Burdi last night in FAAB and it looks like he can slot right into my lineup for this Week 2 period. That correct?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Correct

      • NUX says:
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        Thx man!

  8. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank the following crappy closers:

    Melanin, Davis, Drake, Hudson, Kintzler, Watson,

    • NUX says:
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      Hudson, Melancon, Wade Davis…. Drake….. Kintzler

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Davis, Melancon, Drake, Hudson for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Drake, Hudson,

  9. Five-on-One says:
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    One more question, this time crappy outfielders. Please rank

    Benintendi, Mercado, Riley.

    I may need to drop one for a crappy closer.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Benny, Austin, Oscar

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  10. Olesky says:
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    Regarding T Rgoers, it sounded like Romeo was already warmed up sitting on a 4 run lead in the 8th. But still a little worrisome…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good to hear, but how has Rogers not pitched once all season?

      • Olesky says:
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        Hence the worrisome part!

  11. Philsfan76 says:
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    Burdi or Romo

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Burdi

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Burdi

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Burdi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  12. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    A. Would you drop D May, Maeda or Ryu for Merrill Kelly or hold
    B. Also losing patience with Danny Santana. Would you drop him for Wil Myers or hold

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      A. hold
      B. Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Hmm…Prolly hold but I want to drop May if he’s not going 5-6 IP

      B. Agree with MP

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Thanks guys

  13. LastPlace says:
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    Where is Brenden McKay, and do you see him making a meaningful contribution anytime soon?
    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I expect we see him within the next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No on meaningful

  14. My fantasy team got up 8 times will the base loaded last night. Got 1 rbi a sac. Fly. Yikes. But I did save 15% on my Gieco insurance!!!

  15. Uncle says:
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    Think I need saves more than a Cease, should I get Romo, Drake, Burdi, or Pomeranz for good ratio+occasional save? I also have N. Anderson so mad about this Drake thing.

    • Uncle says:
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      Gott is also on the wire to add to the list

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with Burdi

  16. DangerPowers says:
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    I’ve got a trade proposal in a 25 man keeper league. 14 team Roto league

    Send DeGrom + Gleyber Torres
    Receive Lux + Flaherty

    Would you take it?

    Current roster:
    Trea Turner
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Jacob deGrom
    Gleyber Torres
    Charlie Morton
    Tommy Pham
    Oscar Mercado
    Yuli Gurriel
    DJ LeMahieu
    Dinelson Lamet
    Michael Brantley
    Jake Odorizzi
    Brad Hand
    Willie Calhoun
    Jesus Luzardo
    Hector Neris
    Jose Leclerc
    Delin Betances
    Justin Turner
    Matt Barnes
    Francisco Mejia
    Pablo Lopez
    Nick Solak
    Kwang-Hyun Kim
    Dylan Carlson
    Daniel Murphy
    Trent Grisham
    Travis d’Arnaud
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Andrew Knizner
    Clint Frazier
    Nick Lodolo

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      IMO

      Your two players are better. Do not see where you get better.

  17. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Must be nice having players that can … play. My Stanton, Judge, Harper outfield remembers the sweet sweet days of (checks calendar) last week.

    Is this the space where I get to whine about having no idea how to react to anything this season? Normally, the smart fantasy baseball players don’t overreact to week 1, but this year week 1 is almost 10% of the season. Ugh. Here’s to chasing the dragon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I hear ya…I’m just trying to field a team in some leagues

    • Brian Snyder says:
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      Yeah, it sucks. In a normal season, the games would be made up. But maybe not this year. At least the Marlins don’t have too many fantasy-relevant players (in shallow leagues) outside of Realmuto.

      • Brian Snyder says:
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        Brain cramp – of course they moved Realmuto to Phillies last year.

  18. Jon says:
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    Which side in a dynasty league?

    Trea Turner ($15+5) + Meadows ($4+3)
    OR
    Betts ($25+5) + Jose Ramirez ($15+5)

    I’m the Betts owner, a couple of reasons I’m considering this: cost savings, I have the highest payroll in the league and going from $50 in 2021 to $27 would be big. The other is positionally, I’m overloaded at 3B but could use MI help so Turner would be a big get there. Meadows’ health is obviously a big question mark for me.

    I proposed this trade with Stanton instead of Betts (same price) and this is his counter. Thoughts?