Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced Friday that after Thursday’s blown save, Neftali Feliz would be given a break from closer duties. Why are you like this, Craig? Do you not care about my fantasy team even a little? Feliz has blown just one save this season. Sure, he’s sporting an ugly 6.19 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP, and 4 losses but I didn’t draft him for his ratios! I drafted him for his those stinky, stinky saves. Mmmm. His eight of which currently leads my team! Regardless, Jared Hughes  (0.2 IP, SV (1)) notched the save last night for Milwaukee, but it sounds like ex-stuntman Corey Knebel will get the next chance. Corey is rocking a 1.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB rate over 18.0 innings this season and seems like the most logical choice to replace Feliz mostly because Counsell mentioned Friday he’s been “outstanding.” That’s high praise from skip, folks! Hughes, Jacob Barnes and Oliver Drake could also see chances. This is not to say Feliz is out of the ninth inning role for good, but I could definitely see Corey running away with the job if he continues to pitch like he has been. If you’re looking for saves I’d add Evil Knebel everywhere, and if you’re looking for someone to jump over 20 mack trucks in a motorcycle, you might consider Bumgarner or maybe the another stunt guy.

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

Ervin Santana – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 6th W. Smooooth Santana! Big Erv is rocking the 1.50 ERA, 0.81 WHIP with 41 strikeouts. On his days off, Santana spends his time hiding out from the regression fairies in the basement of the old Metrodome living off lutefisk, maple candy and warm Surly beer. Dontcha think know I know those Minnisooooda staples? You betcha!

Miguel Sano – 1-for-3, HR (10). Just wanted to stop for a second and take a moment to acknowledge how good he’s been. He’s slashing .305/.443/.686 to go along with 10 homers and 30 RBI, and this time last year he was hitting .230 with 3 dingers. He’s probably a big reason the Twinkies are first in the AL Central. I know crazy, right!

Josh Tomlin – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 7 K. Whoa! Nice start, bro! That’s two quality starts in a row! Oh? But they were versus the Royals and Twins. Oh. But he gets the Rays next week at home. Oh!? 6/10. Would still stream.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI. Sure, Joey Bats. But maybe they should change his nickname to, “Joey Bats But Doesn’t Really Hit Home Runs Like He Used to So Thank God He Hit One Last Night.” Too long?

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-3, run, SB (5). The B-Jays top two spots did some work last night with four hits and two steals. Ezequiel Carrera was 2-for-4 with a SB (2). I’ve given up trying to get you all to pick up Pillar. He remains available in over 40% of leagues, so perhaps if I throw in Carrera in a package deal there’ll be more interest. Zeke’s got a four game hitting streak with a homer and a steal in that span. Also, he’s named Zeke. There’s nothing cooler than that!

Joe Biagini – 5.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 3 K, 1st win. Hasn’t allowed a run in either of his starts this season! Say whaaaat!? He gets the Braves next week. Can he keep this up? I dunno!

Alex Cobb – 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, W. Don’t call him corny! Impressive start in Boston for Alex, he’s now got four straight quality starts against some pretty good teams and gets the Injians next week. Add him before I do.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI. I thought about offering a trade for him yesterday, then he hit this homer. Yeah I can still buy low, but not as low as I want. I really want to rip that guy off. Jah feel me?  What can I say ya’ll, I’m cheap?

Mike Foltynewicz – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, 4 K, W. Folty finally notches his first win. He looked pretty good against a pretty bad offense doing it, too! Are you considering starting him? Let’s talk about it over ice waters at Starbucks. Totally free!

Justin Bour – 3-for-4, HR (6). The Boring World of Justin Bour. This is the boring boring boring world of boring Justin Bouring. Zzzzzzzzz. Wait don’t fall asleep! It just started!

Derek Dietrich – 2-for-4, HR (1). Filling in for the injured Prado, Derek is leading off and has a five game hitting streak with a homer and 5 RBI in that span. If you’re as desperate for runs as I am for positive feedback, I could see adding in the short term.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4, HR (6), 3 RBI. Brian visualized if he McCould is his mind’s eye, thought about whether he McCann, and then he McDid. I taught him the whole visualization trick. I learned it from the voices in my head.

Lance McCullers, Jr. – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 7 K,  3rd win. Oh boy, do I love me some Lance McCullers and his 2.98 ERA and 57/13 K/BB. BTW, when did he become a junior? Did that just happen? Congratulations! Lance, Sr. would be so proud right now.

Danny Duffy – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, BB, 6 K. His best start in weeks. This could be your last chance to sell. No, not to me! Find someone else! But if you insist…I will give you my worst catcher, and Hyun Jin Ryu. But let me know soon, cause I’m about to drop Ryu.

Dylan Bundy – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, BB, 8 K. Not bad for a women’s shoe salesman! No ma’am!

Hernan Perez – 3-for-4, HR (5). Hernan has 2 homers and is hitting .286 in the past week. He should play every day while Braun is out with sickle cell or whatever it is. 7/10 would add.

Matt Harvey – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. Sigh. I hate so much the things you choose to be.

Neil Walker – 3-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI. I knew he was a Walker, I didn’t know he could still homer! Church! Wakka wakka!

Matt Garza – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. When your ace is Matt Garza. Hey, don’t laugh! Wait, no one’s laughing, sorry just a force of habit. Garza has been actually not-so-bad-pretty-good-meh-okay-ill-pick-him-up-maaaybe. He gets the P-Dres next week in San Diego! We in the biz call that a “juicy match up.”

Andrew Cashner – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, BB, 2 K. Another quality start for Str8 Cashner, homey! He gets the Phils next week. Uhh, yes please! Wait. All the experts think the advanced stats suggest he’s pitching WAY over his head (5.15 FIP and a 16/20 K/BB rate, yikes!) and he’s about to get rizocked. Want to know what I think? I think you should ask the experts because I ain’t googling that ish.

Jesse Hahn – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 3 K. I thought Hahn died in the seventh movie. Wasn’t he killed by the dog monster and the guy from Girls? I’m so confused.

Leury Garcia – 3-for-4, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI. Leury led off Friday and responded HUGE with two jacks. He’s hitting .438 over the past week and if he continues to lead off I might start thinking about considering the possibility of mulling over the option of perhaps placing Garcia on my watch list. Maybe.

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 2 HR (4). I really just want catcher eligibility for Schwarber, so everything positive you do tends to set that back. Hmm. Actually, I really just want hits and homers from Schwarber, to be honest, you can do whatever you want.

Eddie Butler – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1st W. The Butler did it! Oh hello, a new Cubs pitcher to stream. Nice to meet you. Eddie is a former Coors prospect, which means his MLB life has been basically cursed up until this point. However, after posting a 1.17 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 5 starts at AAA, Butler should see some starts for the injured Brett Anderson. 8/10 would upside grab.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, SB (4). DP is someone who has been pretty disappointing to date but I’ve always had a soft spot for him and is someone who can contribute across all categories when he’s hot. Peralta has five hits in his past two games and is available in about 70% of leagues. I am watching him Closer than that Chainsmokers song. Yes, watching him from the backseat of my Rover. Please don’t call the police.

Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, 6th win. I didn’t draft you for mediocrity, you pleb. Do better! Oh wait, I didn’t draft you at all. :/

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-3, 2 runs, HR (7). I am never one to toot my own horn, but those who don’t will end up with a horn that goes untooted. Which is a waste of a perfectly good horn. I told you to pick up Bellinger last week. He’s got 3 homers, 9 RBI and a steal since then. Wow, what great advice I gave that one time! 9/10 would toldyouso.

Brandon Drury – 3-for-5, HR (3), 3 RBI. Jake Lamb also had 3 hits as Snakes scored 11 runs on 16 hits. When Zona is hotter than usual, but in the good way not in the why-do-people-live-here way. But seriously, why? It’s the GD desert? Don’t you guys miss trees?

Matt Shoemaker – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, BB, 7 K, 2nd W. How he’s unowned in half of ESPN leagues is baffling to me. I am baffled, you guys! What? Do you want him to make your shoes? Because he will make your shoes!

Mike Trout – 1-for-5, HR (2). I had a dream, we were sipping whiskey neat, we were winning fan-ta-sy, placing high enoooooough! I know I haven’t had a lot of time for my husband Trout, what with all the Benintendis and Mookies and Xanders going around. Forget that guy, Michael! It ain’t me! I will walk you through the dark side of the morning! Will you rock me when the sun won’t let me sleep? Grateful for you, bum-dum, whiskey neat, bow-bwuh, fan-ta-sy, bow-bwa, I’m sooo grateful! 10/10 would still bang.

Johnny Cueto – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Ohh, it aaaaaain’t meeee! Whiskey neat, bow-bwa, fan-ta-sy! Dum-bum. Sry! I just really like that Selena song, you guys. Cueto has been as solid as they come for SF this year. And best of all, dude is terrified of motorcycles!

Scott Schebler – 3-for-7, SB (3). Grey told you to BUY. After a huge week of buys in in the recap last week. Schebler is the only one this week. He’s the one, yeah! He’s the only one! Hey, more pop music! I am hip with the popular music of todays. It’s all computers now! This one has Justin Bieber and the most phoned in Lil Wayne verse ever. Check it out! You’re going to hate it!

Denard Span – 3-for-7, HR (2), 2 RBI. The Spaniard has now homered in both his games played since his return. Span could be a sneaky add if he’s leading off for the Giants. Especially if he continues to hit home runs every day.

Buster Posey – 2-for-7, HR (6). When you’re waiting 17 innings on your only good offensive player to score and he does, and it’s lit. We call that a Buster tie buster.

 

 

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. Another Dan says:
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    Great stuff Dan Pants.

    Who would you drop between A.J. Griffin and Senzatela? Both guys are pitching well and winning, but I need to make room for Hernan Perez. I can’t decide. Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Another Dan: Might hold both for their starts tomorrow but ultimately I’d lose Senzatela.

  2. PaxBuxBrox says:
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    JDMart is back and now I have a glut of OFs: Bryce, CarGonzalez, JDMart, Broxton, Mazara, Schebler. Would like to trade for a shortstop (Story ugh) but may not be able to. Otherwise will dump one. Which?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @PaxBuxBrox: Dump Schebler if you must

  3. Chucky says:
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    Why you looking to dump Ryu? He’s got 2 starts next week @ SF and v Miami. Gotta be worth a look see , no? Let’s not get all twisted with his Coors outing. Besides he took one for the team in that one too.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chucky: Coors outing off the DL mind you! I just picked a random borderline streamer and went with it. Ryu is solid. Would still trade him and my catcher for Duffy though.

  4. Luke says:
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    Is Jose Peraza a solid buy low candidate?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Luke: Unless you need the speed, probably not a player I’d be looking to buy right now.

  5. Stumanji! says:
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    Any word on a red hot Lewis Brinson call up? I grabbed him in my 10 tm keeper when Braun went on the shelf but i kinda need the roster spot if he’s not gonna make the show soon.

    Where’s Ralph?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Stumanji!: Brewers outfield seems set for now even without Braun so wouldn’t expect Brinson until after super 2. Hmm. I’d ask ralph!

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Stumanji!: I would not expect the Crew to call him up until they are comfortable it is past the Super 2 date, which is probably almost another month. For one thing, It is not clear who he would have unseat in the lineup – everyone in their outfield is young and prospecty, needs playing time, and is more or less playing fine.

  6. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan. Lorenzo Cain or McCutchen?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: McCutchen

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        McCutchen or Polanco?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @ctrengove: Polanco

  7. Sportive Tricks says:
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    What’s up, Dan!?!?!

    Always appreciate reading your thoughts while I’m taking my Saturday morning poo!

    Tell me more about what you think is happening with Evel Knebel? (It should be Evel, not Evil, if we’re referring to the late daredevil, btw). I feel like there are a lot of question marks around his new gig as the closer, mostly because of his control problems in the past, but if he keeps pitching like he has this season, the job will be his for good.

    Also, what do you think about Berrios? I think the kid’s a stud who got an extended case of the yips in the majors last year. Grey is passing on him so far, but I thought he was worth stashing (but not stating against CLE).

    Time to wipe!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Sportive Tricks: Evel* sorry! I see Feliz as getting the job back, but I 100% believe that Knebel does have a shot to steal it right now if he does what he’s doing. I like Berrios more than Grey, but he has been nothing but awful in the bigs and i’d proceed with caution.

  8. theone189 says:
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    “Feliz has blown just one save this season. Sure, he’s sporting an ugly 6.19 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP, and 4 losses but I didn’t draft him for his ratios! I drafted him for his those stinky, stinky saves. ”

    What kind of format do you play in? I can’t see this kind of mentality helping you win in any kind of format unless all of your starters consist of Aces and number 2s. Neftali and his saves has been the equivalent of Danny Espinosa. Saves at the cost of him making dent on your era/whip regularly? Oh and lets not forget he’s not even contributing any significant K/9 rates either. Maybe combining him with an “ace” closer? and even then i think he jacks up all of your other avg stats.

    • Sportive Tricks says:
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      @theone189:

      Hey. Easy there, bro.

      I think Dan’s just trying to produce some amusing content on a Saturday morning.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @theone189: Are you unfamiliar with our SAGNOF concept?

      • Theone says:
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        @Dan Pants: @Dan Pants:

        9k/9, 2bb/9, whip in the 1.1s, playing on team that will get him wins = stud. His control has been a bit off /unlucky which have hurt his HR/FB & LOB rates but once those stabalized, that streak is going to be lovely. @Dan Pants:

        Im glad i haven’t! That will lose you weeks in H2H league by either slaughtering you in negatives in points league or killing your ERA/whip in category leagues. In Roto, it would completely kill the necessary rates needed to compete in the top four standings. At that point, you are better off just punting the SV category and picking up a RP that will provide elite ERA, WHIP, K rates . Guess the math work wasnt properly done when creating this “SAGNOF concept”.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Theone: Are you mad at me? imma just tryna have a good time.

  9. Alex says:
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    Is Maeda a streamer in a 10 team ROS? Would you drop him for Moore’s start today?

    • theone189 says:
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      @Alex: i wouldnt do it unless its a must situation and you can for sure pick Maeda back up. That dude is a stud! Moore is so unpredictable start to start its not worth it

    • Sportive Tricks says:
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      @Alex:

      Streaming Matt Moore is just gross.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Stud might be a bit of a stretch but I probably wouldnt drop maeda right now.

      • Alex says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks, I’ll keep him.

      • Theone says:
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        @Dan Pants: @Dan Pants:

        9k/9, 2bb/9, whip in the 1.1s, playing on team that will get him wins = stud. His control has been a bit off /unlucky which have hurt his HR/FB & LOB rates but once those stabalized, that streak is going to be lovely.

  10. theone189 says:
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    folks, check out Sano’s K-rate, contact rate, and his mlb leading high Babip. If you don’t sell high after, I pity the fool.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @theone189: Sabremetrics are for nerds! Go twins!

      • Theone says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        I am a nerd lol. Identifying over performing stock, selling at top value , .and keeping the gains is the name of the game. Sell high to buy low. Sabermetrics makes this cake.

        With a laughable 58% contact rate and a bloated .423 BABIP I can promise Sano will be battling to hit .245 – .255 . His slump is going to be ugly, real ugly

        • Dan Pants

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          @Theone: Fair. But let’s enjoy while it lasts! Minnesota needs this.

  11. Robert says:
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    Duffy and Chapman for Rizzo sound good?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Robert: I’d want Rizzo

    • Theone says:
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      @Robert:

      If you’re deep in starting pitching and comfortable in closers and need hitting trade. What sense would it make to trade for Rizzo if youre deep in hitting but have a shallow pitching and a lousy closer? Deep teams win chips, 1 player looks nice on paper

  12. Jerry says:
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    Dan, does Gausman or Morton have the better long term, seasonal value? Thanks again!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: I’d want Gausman

  13. Los locos says:
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    Drop Jon gray for Ian happ?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Los locos: If you have the room? Wouldnt Gray be on your DL?

      • Los locos says:
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        @Dan Pants: I would move piscotty to DL

        • Dan Pants

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          @Los locos: I don’t see a lot of PT for happy even with cubs injuries

  14. Bosox says:
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    Start berrios against Cleveland today?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Bosox: Very risky, I’d prob wait and see on berrios.

      • Bosox says:
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        @Dan Pants: yeah I’m up by 30 right now so I’ll play it safe. Thanks man

  15. Howie says:
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    So when Gonzalez returns, which two of the three- including Bellinger and Pederson- will be the starters?
    On a related note, do you think Bellinger or Pederson will have better stats (NL 4×4 league) the remainder of the season? Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Howie: I think Roberts will have to find a way to get them all in their lineups. We’re already seeing Bellinger play against, and he was successful last night. Should be interesting to see what happens!

  16. MarvPesos

    John says:
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    Dan,
    Guy in my league really wants to improve his pitching and I’m obviously trying to get the most for my buck, comments on the following:

    MY: K.Seager, Bregman, Margot & Madbum for
    HIS: Lindor, Cespedes & Stroman

    I assume he won’t take that and I’d have to offer more, do you think it’s more even if I swap Margot for I Nova?

    Thanks bud, having a hard time trying to put something together (I tend to overvalue my guys)
    J

    • Fungazi says:
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      @John: I don’t think he’s going to view getting an injured ace as improving his pitching much

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @John: Fungazi might be right here. He’s downgrading Stroman for Nova temporarily and who knows what he’ll get for Bumgarner this year. If you want this trade to happen, I wouldnt include Stroman.

    • MarvPesos

      John says:
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      @John: sorry, I should have mentioned this is a keeper league and the team is already pretty much rebuilding

  17. Scott says:
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    Drop Hahn or Snell if you had to choose one?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: Drop hahn

  18. Scott says:
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    Drop Puig, Mazara, Harrison or Avisail if you had to pick one?

    5×5 obp league

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Scott: Drop Garcia

  19. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:
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    Dear Mr. Pants, this ranks up there with my favourite Razz titles of all time. Yrs, VictoriaB.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @VictoriaB: Thanks! It’s not too rhyme-y? I was proud of it.

  20. chris pierce says:
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    Happ looked better in one game that Heyward looked in the 2 seasons with the Cubs. He continues to hit like he did today, he will stay up for a while and someone else will lose playing time.

    • Dan Pants

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      @chris pierce: I’d own Happ before Heyward!

  21. Reverend on the Radio says:
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    Currently, I have S. Kelley on the DL. Therefore, yahoo won’t allow me to make another move until I move him to the bench and drop another guy.

    10 team 10 player dynasty

    Gausman is available and sitting on the wire. I need wins and ks to win the week.

    Who are my drops ? I would have to drop two. Thanks

    C posey
    1b votto
    2b odor
    3b rendon
    Ss boegarts
    Of Desmond, comforto. Altherr
    Util encarcion, jd Martinez
    Bench – broxton, Caesar, Franco, schoop, peraza
    Dl Braun, haniger
    Sp sale, Carlos Martinez, Estrada, Pineda, Lynn
    Rp bush, devenski, Giles, Wilson, beach, Norris, neris, Kelley
    Dl rich hill

  22. Robert says:
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    Drop C. Santana for Alonso? Do you believe that Alonso’s new swing is legit?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: I believe Alonso is legit, but I wouldn’t drop Santana for him

  23. Adam says:
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    Travis Shaw or Aaron Altherr ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Adam: Travis shaw

  24. Robert says:
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    I so want to drop Franco for: Drury or Escobar. Franco can’t seem to get it going and both options are contributing in several stats. Is Franco still a hold?

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