Whats happenin’ all. I’m back again after a call to the pen. I’m steppin’ in, as I hold the pen. Lets go, lets get it. Lets begin… Friday was quite the night in honor of Jackie Robinson. There was so much I could have led off with here, Mets walking off to sweep Yankees, Slam Diego unloading on the Rockies, Gyorko store restocked, my bae Zac Gallen set a record (we’ll get to that), and Franmil ate a lot of BBQ. I love baseball. Like I said, a lot of great things to talk about but a certain rookie pitcher gave me the feels tonight in all the right ways…

Sixto Sanchez, or as I will now refer to him henceforth, The Sanchize, had himself a really good night that left me all kinds of hyped. That changeup is a widowmaker (90 mph, i.e. harder than Grienke’s FB, and it follows the same path as his 100 fastball… WUT). With a final line of 7 IP, 6 hits, 0 BB!!, and 10 Ks of shutout ball he was in control of everything—except the 2 innings he left behind. Too bad it wasn’t a doubleheader complete game. 10 Ks with zero walks was so impressive to watch the bite on his pitches. The 6 hits were scattered singles that amounted to nothing. Oh and he can also do this to you…

That’s just not fair. And he can locate just about every pitch. Woo, is it getting hot in here or just me… Anywho here’s what else I saw on Friday night:

Jon Berti – 2-4, CS. Woah, he can actually get thrown out? I’m shocked.

Ryan Yarbrough – 6.2 IP, 4 hits, 5 Ks. Yarb pitched a good game too with his 89 mph fastball that sat moreso around 87. Looks like he’s getting his groove back but he got pulled because of a pulled groin. So hopefully he doesn’t miss his next start because of prolonged exposure.

Diego Castillo – 1 IP, 2 runners, K, and SV. That makes 2 saves for him now, I give you the closer heir apparent in Tampa, until it changes again.

Austin Meadows – 2-4, BB, run. I’m sure he and the rest of the lineup were thrilled to see the bullpen. It probably looked like slow motion after getting beatdown by The Sanchize for 7 innings.

Manuel Margot – 2-3, BB, SB. Besides Haggerty here’s another cheap source of steals that’s available almost everywhere. Though, guessing Cash’s preferred outfield on a given day is a fool’s errand.

Zac Gallen – 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks. He does it again, and robbed of a win again by a crappy bullpen. That makes 22 starts in a row now to begin his career allowing 3 ER or less, the most of any rookie ever in the MLB (and he hasn’t allowed more than 2 this season). That’s some amazing consistency. And now he’s just 4 away from matching DeGrom to tie the overall MLB record of 26 starts. That’s so impressive and insanely valuable. Yet wasted on the Dbacks.

Ketel Marte – 2-3, 2 runs, hitting .318 on the season. Someone needs to put the Ketel back on the stove. As I said in the Top OF post, he’s regressed vs breaking balls hitting less than .200 off them, which was his breakthrough last season and also a major source of his power. As a result, his power metrics across the board are down.

Starling Marte – 2-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs. Marte bro #2 has also been experiencing a power shortage. Sounds like they need to go back to the castle and grab the fire flower.

Christian Walker – 1-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs. What’s crazy is him, Marte Bros, and David Peralta (1-4, RBI) are all hitting .300+ in the middle of the lineup but they can’t win games. Reason: Robbie Ray is their #2 pitcher. Ouch.

Evan Longoria – 2-4, HR (4). Hitting .391 in the last 7 days. Hot Schmotato alert.

Brandon Belt – 1-3, run, BB. Ditto.

Corbin Burnes – 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 BB, 10 Ks. Against the Pirates. Yeah, they are pretty bad. He shouted “Your welcome!” to his ungrateful teammates as he departed the mound on the way to the bench. His command looked pretty good, keep an eye on him for his next start.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-4, 2 HR (5) as he bullied the Bucs on Yeli’s day off. What a Gyork! The Brewers have been pretty bad so far offensively, but this may be the series they need to find some rhythm.

Ryan Braun – 1-3, HR (2). he’s missed a lot of games on the IL (big surprise) but now that he’s healthy (maybe), he could add some depth to the lineup and help extend rallies.

Jacob Nottingham – 1-3, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBIs. He really went ham on them. Whether its pirates or thieves, they’re all the same to the sheriff. “I’ll cut your heart out with spoon!” he boasted as he rounded the bases.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 11 Ks. Solid start by Mad Max. You wanna guess what his ERA is? no higher. 3.86, yep, I know. Grey warned you not to be careless with the “top” pitchers this season. Sad Sax. There’s comfort in the truth… I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm.

Juan Soto – 1-5, HR (9), 2 RBIs. Hitting .368 since joining the season late. Now that’s refreshing.

Trea Turner – 3-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, CS. Son of a #$%@&wla6lw230rhf. Rostering him has been so frustrating this year. Salt in the wound when you chose him over Tatis because you wanted the boost to steals. Not only is Tatis leading league, he’s got more steals than Treat right now. grrrrr.

Howie Kendrick – 2-4, HR (2). Hitting .353 in the last week. Now that’s back in the lineup, he’s picked up where he left off.

Alex Verdugo – 1-5, hitting .287 on the season. He’s like the only one giving 100% on the Red Sox and he’s fun to watch. Though, Mitch Moreland (1-3) has been doing a pretty good Just Dong impersonation this season.

Michael Conforto – 3-7, 2 run, hitting .330 on the season. He was in my post on players that start fast. This is now 3 years that he’s started the first month of the season with a high average etc. I think it’s his thing.

Pete Alonso – 1-7, HR (6), 3 RBIs, hitting .222. He was showing some signs before the COVID break. Hopefully this a small sign of things to come.

Dominic Smith – 3-5, HR (7), 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .333… So what are the chances that Dom finishes the season above Pete Alonso on the Player Rater? 5-1? 3-1? Yeesh. 2020 has been so fun huh? bleh.

Michael Wacha – game 1: 3 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks. The joke’s on you if you thought you could stream him against the Quad A Yankees. Wacha, wacha, wacha.

David Peterson – game 2: 4 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks as he returned from the IL. Eh, not the best showing. I don’t want to mess with him until gives a good start. Which might have to wait until next season.

Amed Rosario – pinch-hit walkoff HR (3) How magical was that? Giving Mets fans that little bit of hope just to crush it in the next series.

Luke Voit – 3-7, 2 runs. Hitting .321 on the season. And your top hitter on the Yankees this year is…

Clint Frazier – 2-5, 2B, 2 runs, HR (3), 3 RBIs, hitting .314 on the season. Well, maybe the Joker makes up for lost time. I was asked about him and Tauchman yesterday. I think of the 2, he’s the more intriguing at the moment and has gone on these crazy hot streaks before. Ride the red lightning and put on a happy face.

Danny Duffy – 5.2 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks. ERA at 4.11, hmmm. He keeps sitting just at that point that you debate whether he’s usable or not. But he’s on the Royals. Good for real baseball and the Royals might consider trading him to the White Sox, wouldn’t that be fun.

Jorge Soler – 2-4, HR (8), 2 RBIs. Soler flare! Whats funny is that he is just quietly going about his business again this year and will probably end about the same, and we’ll look back that we didn’t notice it as much, except me right now.

Whit Merrifield – 1-5, HR (6). Oh, so that’s what he does now. Hit bombs. Who’s running this simulation anyway? That makes 5. 6. 7. Grace? GRAAAAAAAAAACE!?

Eloy Jimenez – 2-4, HR (11), 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .322 on the season. E-joy!

Luis Robert – 2-4, HR (8), and Yoan Moncada (2-4, run, RBI) and Yasmani Grandal (2-5, HR(4))… who didn’t go 2-4 on the Good Sox, Friday?

Alex Colome – 1.1 IP, K, BS, W. His first blown save this season and a .79 ERA.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-5, HR(3), 2 RBIs. Cutch has caught fire recently. Schmotato alert!

Jean Segura – 1-4, HR(4), 2 RBIs. And J.T. Realmuto (1-5, 2 runs) also contributed.

Scott Kingery – pinch-hit HR(1), 3 RBIs, for the walk-off with 2 outs. And he’s done absolutely nothing the whole season so far. So of course Girardi sends him to pinch-hit and he comes through big time.

Zach Wheeler – 5.2 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, with a 2.58 ERA. He’s pitched great and been great, but was robbed of the win by the bullpen.

Austin Riley – 2-5, HR(5). He’s been very meh this season despite hopes to the contrary.

Mark Melancon – .2 IP, L. He’s the one that gave up the Kingery bomb after coming in for a non-save situation. No crowd cheering, and no save, is not a closer’s natural habitat.

John Means – 4 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks. He might be a possible streamer down the stretch as he gets stretched out more. ha.

Hanser Alberto – 4-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Hitting .331 on season. yep.

Renato Nunez – 1-3, BB, HR(7). He cooled off a little bit like Anthony Santander (0-5), but looks to be coming out of it and likely the better bet to finish higher in the end.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 Ks. He’s something to watch. You want to see what an actual pitcher looks like. It’s him. Aside from the first 3 starts when he was in extended Spring Training trying to get his footing, he’s been really good and even in Buffalo. Probably one of only like 5 guys I’d trust right now to pitch there.

Randal Grichuk – 2-5, HR(9), 2 RBIs, Vlad Gurrero Jr (2-4, HR(5)) and Teoscar Hernandez (1-3, HR(12)) all went yard in this one. Grichuk with another Friday walk-off. I shall now dub these the Bleu Bash Bros.

Andrew Heaney – 7.2 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1o Ks. Ohhhhhh hiiiii, look who decided to show up. Hey bro, coulda used your help before we got buried in the division. I’m not bitter, I swear.

Ty Buttrey – 1.1 IP, 1 ER, SV. You don’t have to be an A$$. He gave up that 1 run just to spite me.

Mike Trout – 2-3, BB, HR(11). Where have I heard this name before…

Shohei Ohtani – 1-3, BB, run, SB. They have been practicing with him in the field some and Maddon said he looks like a Gazelle of something. 1-way Shohei in the future? Maybe. I don’t think they are quite ready to give up on the unicorn dream just yet.

Kyle Lewis – 1-4, the hits just keep coming.

Sam Haggerty – 1-4, RBI. Woah no SB? What a bum! For realz though, if you need steals go grab him.

Zach Davies – 5.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 BB, 6 Ks. He can’t be stopped. So smooth and that changeup is the real deal. He’s throwing it a good amount more (don’t have numbers on hand) and has dialed back the 4-seamer in favor of his cutter. And he’s a lot higher in the pitcher rankings than you think he is. Plus, he pitches on a good team that is winning.

Manny Machado – 3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Now hitting .308 on the season. Is there anyone else on the planet hotter than him right now? I think not. I clambered on behalf of him most of the offseason, and it’s coming true. As they win, so goes him… Ugh, I’m getting tired. Can I just say that every Padre had a good night? Yep, I think I will (except Grisham, sad face). And shockingly, they scored 10 runs without a single HR. Like I said, shocking.

Kyle Freeland – 4.1 IP ,11 hits, 4 ER, 2 Ks. Phewwww! I benched or dropped him for this start. He had been dodging runs like nobody’s business, and I had tempted fate (aka Coors Field) long enough.

Raimel Tapia – 2-5, 3B. Hey, he did play after all and continues to hit.

Matt Kemp – 1-4, HR(3). I’m speechless, he and Sam Hilliard (0-3) were in the lineup at the same time. Now if only Sam would get slammin’.

Triston McKenzie – 4 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks. Not nearly as efficient or unhittable as his first start, but still showed some pretty good stuff and the magical “pitch-ability”. I still like him going forward assuming he stays up while Plesac goes on another adventure with Bill and Ted while broadcasting it via TikTok.

Francisco Lindor – 2-4, 3 runs, SB. Something else shocking. Lindor finally stole his first base of the season. Its not like thats why we drafted him right? No! Put the gun down.

Carlos Santana – 2-3, HR(4) 4 runs, 2 RBIs. He’s been missing some power this year. Too much of that black magic woman.

Franmil Reyes – 3-4, HR(7), 3 runs, 5 RBIs, hitting .307 on the season. It took him forever to get going but now its finally paying off. Just like getting the right sear on a vending machine steak. Segue high five!

Brad Miller – 2-3, hitting .340. He’s been a nice AVG boost lately as well.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 BB, 6 Ks. Okay, so nobody saw that one coming against the Dodgers. What’s going on in that new park of theirs?

Derek Dietrich – 1-4, HR(2). This could be a Schmotato alert. When he hits a HR, they usually come in bunches.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2-4, 1 run, SB. That’s 6 steals for him. Oh 2020 you rascal.

Dustin May – 6 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks. Move over Carrot Top, Sixto is my new boo. He actually gets Ks with his whiffle ball gas.

Corey Seager – 2-3, BB, 1 run, 1 RBI. Hitting .312 on the season. It’s real, and it’s fantastic.

Tyler Mahle – 6.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 Ks as replaced Miley. Hello there. That is impressive. Not sure who he might face next, but its certainly worth a look. Raisel Iglesias also got a clean 2 out SV.

Jesse Winker – 2-4, HR(9) 2 runs. continued his assault on pitching with his buddy Eugenio Suarez (2-3, HR(7), 3 RBIs), who has finally decided to join us this season. And Freddy Galvis (2-4, HR) came to play too, now at 2B with Garcia called up.

Kyle Hendricks – 6 IP, 10 hits, 5 ER, 6 Ks. Was absolutely shelled… and castles made of sand crumble into the sea.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-4, HR(6) HR to the Rizzo! (did I do that right?)

Kyle Schwarber – 2-4, HR(7), and Joe Buck rejoiced along with Jason Heyward (HR) and Willson Contreras (HR)

And that’s the way it was.

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  1. Whatever says:
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    12 teamer standard. Guy in my league is trying to move Yelich. Thoughts on Yelich for ROS? Any hope for a rebound or stay away?

    • Coolwhip

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      Yes, he’s already started to over the past week or 2.

  2. Daniel says:
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    Being offered Anthony Santander for Jake Cronenworth; 6×6 OPS, 12 team ESPN roto. I think this obviously a good trade: I have T Story, Abreu, Marte and Fletcher, so I do not really need Cronenworth at any position per se. No keepers this year.

    Am I missing something?

    • Coolwhip

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      Santander has gone cold recently, so not sure if he can keep pace. He’s been playing above his head a bit.

      • Daniel says:
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        Thanks

  3. Nightpandas says:
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    Nice work cool guy,

    Seems like a waist for me to keep sticking Mondesi into my lineup. Who would you bench him for? B Crawford, Luis Garcia, Delong, Dublin or ride it out…I do have only 12 moves left for the season

    Also considering flipping Soto for Tatis…it’s a 15 team keep 11..currently in 4th with a solid shot

    • Nightpandas says:
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      Should be Dubon not Dublin

    • Whatever says:
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      Mondesi is killing me this year. I picked up Haggerty and am benching Mondesi. Ugh. Good luck.

    • Coolwhip

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      If you have a need for speed, I could see flipping Soto for Tatis. As Watever commented, you could also grab Haggerty if he is out there for steals. With only 12 moves left I’m not sure I’d use them on those other guys right now.

  4. Savoy Special says:
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    10 team H2H redraft league. 6×6: Runs, Hits, HR, RBI, SB, OBP and Ks, Wins, ERA, WHIP, Saves, Holds

    1) tomorrow’s our trade deadline and I’m being offered Sixto Sanchez for James Karinchak. Based on my roster construction, which side?
    2) the manager I’m speaking with also has Matt Chapman, JT Realmuto, Liam Hendricks, Kyle Tucker, Brandon Kintzler who I could use more than Sixto and he’s interested in Merrifield, Teoscar, Karinchak, Swanson, Lewis. Any of these players 1:1 or 2:1 or 2:2 make sense to you to move?
    3) my team is currently 4-0 and 45-2-1 per the categories so not sure I want to mess with what’s working so far. I firmly believe that roster construction, high performance floors mixed with dart throw high upside players/combing the wire win championships. So not sure I need Sixto more than I want him. Trying to be objective and non-emotional with a decision, but my gosh, Sixto is so nasty.

    C: Joey Bart
    1B: Dominic Smith
    2B: Whitt Merrifield
    3B: Miguel Sano
    SS: Fernando Tatis Jr
    IF: Adalberto Mondesi
    IF: Jon Berti
    OF: Juan Soto
    OF: Kyle Lewis
    OF: Franmil Reyes
    OF: Teoscar Hernandez
    OF: Kole Calhoun
    UTL: Dansby Swanson
    UTL: Robbie Grossman
    Bench: Justin Turner
    IL: Nick Senzel

    SP: Shane Bieber, Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray, Zac Gallen, Zack Wheeler, Pablo Lopez, Kevin Gausman

    RP: Saves – Trevor Rosenthal, Richard Rodriguez, Gregory Soto

    RP: Holds – Sergio Romo, Tyler Duffey, James Karinchak, Blake Taylor, Jose Cisnero

    Thanks!!!

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      Also,

      4) would you drop Justin Turner for Renato Nunez (3B/1B), Christian Walker, or Alec Bohm?
      5) would you drop Joey Bart for Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jorge Alfaro?

      Thanks!

      • Coolwhip

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        4) yes grab Nunez
        5) meh all kinda the same unless you need Falefa for steals.

    • Coolwhip

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      1) I don’t know if you need to make that move you seem pretty set at SP. Do you find yourself losing certain stats?
      2) You might trade for a closer, that seems to be your weakest category
      3)Yeah i think you only need maybe a closer, i’d say offer for Hendricks or no deal. Let him meet your demands especially because you don’t need to make a move, you got the leverage.

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        1) yea I think I need to just be objective here and pass on Sixto. My pitching is possibly tops in the league and I’m 45-2-1 so can’t really say I’m losing any categories as I’ve gone for balance/upside but my biggest issue is in the next bullet point
        2) yea agreed. I could use a real closer. I also have Yates and Pomeranz on my IL as well so that kind of screwed me
        3) agreed on trying to pouch Hendricks. Hendricks and Kintzler are his only closers so I have a feeling this a no-go but will try anyway.
        4) I owned Nunez and dropped him once he cooled off. But he looks like a value play from here on out while Turner isn’t showing much power/only okay counting stats. Just expected more from Turner hitting on the Dodgers but maybe he’s getting older now
        5) no real need for speed since I have some speed throughout the lineup led by Mondesi who has sucked in everything else and Berti who I have always loved since Grey brought him up in his posts a couple years ago. I love picking up guys who produce who no one else believes in.

        A lot of this is due to Razzball. Thanks as always Razzball!!

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great stuff, whip! It became HR to the Izzo last year tho after much discussion, maybe if he hit more HRs we’d know

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      [insert Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man pic]

      I couldn’t tell if I was reading Grey or Coolwhip here! Nice work!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Thanks! Late night stream of consciousness works pretty good!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Thanks! Yeah I figured that might be it, that would minor the lyrics better.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        mirror it too

  6. Sean says:
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    Need to pick one of these to sit:

    JRam @StL (Flaherty)
    Soler @CWS (Cease)
    Rendon vSEA (Sheffield)
    Lewis @LAA (Bundy)

    Bonus: Would you stream Sheffield @LAA, SON doesnt like, but he’s been good recently.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      sit jRam i think

      Ehhh, he has, but I don’t trust him with a Trout lurking in the water.

  7. scoboticus says:
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    So that was a sonuvabench with Minor. TBH, the only reason I still have him because I’m out of moves for the season.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Ouch, thats a bummer.

  8. Phantatic says:
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    Great stuff.

    You have any thoughts on Votto or Wong ROS in redraft 13 team OBP league? Both have been miserable and benched lately. Berti over Wong at this point? Belt over Votto?

    • Coolwhip

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      Thanks. Yes I’d grab Berti… yeah i’d give Belt a run while he’s hot.

  9. scoboticus says:
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    Rizzo trying to make up for his dismal season in one game. HR to the izzo! HR to the izzo!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      haha

  10. Lion O says:
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    30 man roster, keep 21 forever.

    Drop Kieboom for Jose Garcia ?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      hmmm. I’d probably hold. as of now Kieboom is more highly regarded prospect. You should pose this question to Itch or Hobbs

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great post. I need to drop one for Sixto in a shallow league
    Corbin
    Ian Anderson
    Valdez

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      hmmm, Corbin who? Burnes or Patrick?
      if Patrick then drop Ian. if Corbin, drop corbin.

      • Al KOHOLIC says:
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        Patrick. Thanks

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great post. I need to drop one for Sixto in a shallow league
    Corbin
    Ian Anderson
    Valdez

  13. JKJ

    JKJ says:
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    Dig this report. Expect some Sixto love tomorrow when my waiver targets drop! He was utterly insane.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      thanks! for sure.

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