Greetings all, I’m stepping in for Mr. Pants today throwing on short rest. I went and got loose in the pen and now I’m ready to get poppin’. It’s been a long week so rather than beat around the bush, let’s just dive right into what I saw around the MLB on Friday night:

 

Ryan Weber – 3 inn 7 baserunners 2 ER 3 Ks. He’s bad and so is their bullpen.

Brandon Workman – 1 inn 0 ER and SV. Okay except for him, he’s the only bright spot in that radioactive wasteland.

Andrew Benintendi – 0-4 with BB, 1 run, and the golden sombrero as he continues to bat leadoff hitting .061/.279. I’ve noticed he’s walking a lot yet his contact is atrocious. His eyes are fine, but his swing is way off. I have no idea why Roenicke is keeping him at leadoff. Could be to ensure he has more ABs to help him out of his funk and/or further evidence the Sawx are mailing in this entire season. Just one big extended Spring Training.

J.D. Martinez – 0-4 with 2 Ks. Just Dong is another one struggling and has yet to hit a home run. It’s just been 2 weeks but feels like its been an eternity. With the season as short as it is, how much longer can we wait for him to stop wrecking your roster, 1 week? 2 weeks (like half the season)? Yikes, the sun is getting real low big guy.

Alex Verdugo – 2-3 with BB, 2 HRs, now hitting .294 with hits in last 3 games, from the 7-hole (could be leadoff). He’s back… and his back seems 100 now. Jose Peraza – 2-3 with BB hitting .283 from the 9-hole (could be leadoff too). Mitch Moreland 1-3 with BB and HR (4) and 3 RBIs.

Xander Bogaerts – 1-1 with 3 BBs, 1 run, SB, now hitting .333 and 9-19 in last week. Was concerned a bit early on but looks like he’s finally thawed out.

Cavan Biggio – 2-4 with BB and HR (3) as he bat leadoff ahead of Bo Bichette 1-4 and 1 RBI. That’s new, looks like it might be working with him. Vlad Guerrero Jr. – 1-2 with 2 BBs and 1 RBI. The three sons of the Three Amigos.

Antonio Senzatela – 6 inn 6 baserunners 2 ER 5 Ks, ERA at 2.65. So many of the Rockies starters are quietly having a respectable start to the season. Manfred! What have you done?!

Garrett Hampson – 1-4 with BB and 2-run HR (1) as he hit leadoff. It’s a rare gift with him getting a full game’s ABs in.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-4 with BB, 2 runs, HR (3), hitting .423. Charlie is like a kid in the candy store right now. The candyman can because he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good. sorry.

Matt Kemp – 1-4 with BB, 2 runs, hitting .286 while he drains the life from Sam Hilliard. I call Kemp the “Hilltopper” because every time he starts at DH I picture him climbing over the lifeless corpse of Hillard to claim another AB. And Owings in the starting lineup is just insulting. You’re not my guy, Buddy.

Daniel Murphy – 2-4 with HR (3), 4 RBIs, and a partridge in a pear tree. Hitting .342. Murph feels like he might be on his way to have that season we’ve all been waiting for since he signed with the Rockies (cough-Rudy-cough).

Yusei Kikuchi – 5.2 inn 7 baserunners 4 ER 3 Ks. Yusei, the price of my love is not a price you’re willing to pay (by giving me a QS back to back)

Kyle Lewis – 1-4, hitting .375. Nothing wild tonight, but like Dr. Dre he just keeps dropping hit after hit.

Kyle Seager – 2-4, 1 run, hitting .315. The elder Seager is not the meager Seager, this time he’s relevant and so far I’m loving it.

Austin Nola – 2-4, 1 run, HR (1), 3 RBIs, hitting .324. I don’t know why but I really want him to either catch a game for his brother or pimp a home run off him. Yup, either will do. This is his 3rd game in a row with 2 hits… Hot Schmotato Alert!

Mallex Smith – 2-4, RBI, SB (2), hitting .147. We have a steal ladies and gentlemen! I know we all expected him to have like 10 by now, but with a .194 OBP it makes it kinda hard. This is hits in back to back games now, say a prayer!

Humberto Mejia – 2.1 inn 4 baserunners 1 ER 6 Ks. WUT. hummana hummana humberto. Miami can’t miss right now. *frantically sends intern to find information on the rookie* LOL, they call up a low tier prospect from High-A to be an opener for a bullpen game and he throws gas. Oh 2020, you are a treat.

Francisco Cervelli – 1-4, 3-run HR with hits in back to back games. He could be heating up, because, Marlins.

Michael Wacha – 5 inn 8 baserunners 4 ER 9 Ks. You get Ks, but also get shelled. Nice punchline, Wacha wacha wacha.

Pete Alonso – 2-4 and hits in his last 3 games. Yessss! Get hot you fridged cold-ice bear!

Dominic Smith – 1-4 with HR (2), J.D. Davis 1-4, RBI hitting .295, Michael Conforto 1-4 hitting .308 to start the season. That whole Cespedes fiasco is the most Mets thing the Mets have done since the last one.

Zack Greinke – 6 inn 6 baserunners 5 Ks, ERA at 3.00. That pretty much summarizes Greinke.

Kyle Tucker – 1-4 with RBI, hitting .217 as he hit leadoff. So glad to see The Toothpick finally decide to start playing him. I feel like this is a setup before the fall.

Chris Bassitt – 7 inn 6 baserunners 1 ER 3 Ks, ERA at 1.08. Bassitt is absolutely pitching filth right now with command. Oakland is on a roll right now, winning the last 7 games including this one with another walk-off and Bassitt has been a huge part of it. And now looks like we’ve had the bullpen settle into form: Diekman, Soria, Hendriks as the 7, 8, 9.

Robbie Grossman – 1-3 with 2 runs, HR (1). If he continues to see time in the field he could a nice source of that sweet sweet SAGNOF. Not so gross after all.

Matthew Boyd – 4.2 inn 11 baserunners 7 ER 5 Ks. I don’t understand why people keep going to this well. Boyd’s arm can’t cash the check that’s been marked “void.” And devoid of any command that commands any respect I have on hand.

Joe Jimenez – 1 inn 3 ER 2 Ks, BS. Aye Carumba!

Niko Goodrum – 2-6(2Bs) with BB, 5 RBIs. If you had the Tigers-Pirates game as the highest-scoring game of the week on your bets, you probably float because you are a witch. Just as we all drew it up. Nico feasted on on the Bucs along with C.J. Cron 2-4, 2 runs, HR(3), 2 RBIs (shockingly the only Tiger HR) and Jeimer Candelario 3-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and Victor Reyes 2-5, 4 runs, 1 RBI, BB.

Chad Kuhl – 4 inn 1 hit 1 ER 7 Ks, ERA at 2.00. He kept a kuhl head before giving way to chaos. The Tigers couldn’t wait to pounce on the bullpen.

Josh Bell – 2-5 with zeros. Colin Moran 0-6, 2 Ks. Ticker tease!

Bryan Reynolds – 3-5, 3 runs. BryRey has been so cold, maybe this is the wakeup he needed. Others who went off: Philip Evans 3-5, 3 runs, HR(1), 4 RBIs and Adam Frazier 2-6, 2 runs, HR(2), 2 RBIs and Erik Gonzalez 4-5, 1 run, HR(1), 6 RBIs.

Masahiro Tanaka – 5 inn 1 hit 5 Ks.

Blake Snell – 3 inn 2 BB 5 Ks. You’d think he would be stretched out to 5-6 innings by now, no?

Tommy Milone – 6 inn 3 hits 3 Ks. ERA at 3.21. How’s that for surprises? You know the regression fairies are coming hard for him.

Renato Nunez – 2-4, BB, 2 runs, 3-run HR(5). That’s right 5 HRs, a sneaky late-round Corner Infielder pick for power is coming through. And literally every other Baltimore starter had a field day (or batter’s day?).

Julio Urias – 4 inn 5 baserunners 1 ER 2 Ks (78 pitches). If he can’t get a bit more efficient with his pitches it’s going to hard to get much value from him this season. The same applies to Snell above. If your starters aren’t going 5-6 innings by now you are probably losing the wins and Ks categories and have inflated ratios.

Corey Seager – 0-1, left the game in 3rd inning with lower back discomfort. You get the feeling he’s aging fast? Didn’t realize it was Bob Seger playing in his place. I guess he shouldn’t have been running against the wind.

Mookie Betts – 2-4, HR(3) and Max Muncy 1-4, HR(4) powered up tonight after a somewhat lackluster week, good to see Mookie’s wrist not slowing him down. I don’t think he could afford it to give out on him.

Will Smith – 2-4, 2 run-HR(2), Gettin jiggy wit it.

Wilmer Flores – 2-4, HR. And that’s about it for the Giants offense. Oh and Chadwick Tromp 2-4 with a couple hits. They were the best hits, never been greater hits than those. There have been some pretty good hits, but those were clearly the best.

Zach Davies – 5.2 inn 3 hits 6 Ks. ERA at 2.87. Let’s talk about Davies. He has been pitching masterfully and is protected by a solid defense and pitches in a home park that is neutral at worst because it’s never above 80 in downtown San Diego. You could do a lot worse than for your 5th or 6th SP.

Kirby Yates – 1 inn 0 ER 1 K, SV. Phew, a clean save to make us feel safe.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-4, HR(5) producing like a first-round pick indeed. FTJ!

Griffin Canning – 3.2 inn 3 hits 1 ER 6 BBs 4 Ks (86 pitches). He did not have his stuff Friday night in much the same way that Chatwood did not have it on Thursday. However, Canning was missing out of the zone and walked a lot of batters, yet somehow avoided damage. Whereas, Chatty was hanging a lot of breakers and missing toward the middle which he got torched for.

Mike Trout – 2-5, 2-run HR(5) and narrowly missed a 2nd, hitting .317. Remember when people were fading him hard when they thought he was going to take a long time off (still could I guess), those were fun times. If you are one of the lucky ones that got trout at a discount this season, congratulations! You might be primed already to win the championship.

David Fletcher – 1-4, BB, 1 run. He just keeps getting on base… in front of Trout. Yep.

Jordan Lyles – 5.1 inn 8 baserunners 3 ER 5 Ks, and Rafael Montero 1 inn 0 ER, SV. Oh boy, another mouth to feed.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2-4, SB. This catcher/inf now has 4 steals. Someone is efforting hard out here. Its going to be funny with the league leaders in steals are Robert and a catcher. hilarious! *bangs head on table*

Trevor Bauer – 6 inn, 3 hits, 1 BB, 1 ER, 12 Ks. ERA is at 0.93. In case you were wondering, yes. Bauer should have been the first pitcher you drafted. Not everyone else above him dumping on your ratios. The Tinkerer has made some adjustments, and he will the focus of my next deep dive.

Nick Castellanos – 2-5, 2 runs, HR(7), 3 RBIs. Greek God of Hard Contact is really playing for that opt-out clause.

Matt Davidson – 2-5, 1 run, HR(1), 3 RBIs. Good to see him back at it. He had a 26 HR season back in 2017, so there’s that.

Christian Yelich – 1-4, 2-run HR(3), and 2nd in 2 days. I think we have a pulse over here nurse!

Dylan Cease – 5 inn, 2 hits, 5 BBs, 4 Ks. Still pitching like Ricky Vauhn, but nice to see good starts back to back. Maybe progress?

Luis Robert – 1-3, 1 run, BB. Hitting .327/.393/.491 like a boss. Is he good? I remember we were wondering if the swing and miss would be a big deal this first season. 30% K-rate is certainly high and a high BABIP is cushioning his average. But that being normalized to his profile would still put him in the .270+ range. That’s still great.

Aaron Civale – 7 inn, 5 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks. I was joking with Grey that we all should have just drafted the CLE starting rotation and we’d all be coasting the pitchers’ stats. It’s not wrong.

 
  1. Blue says:
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    Quick question: keep Frankie Montas and drop Odorizzi or keep Odorizzi and drop Montas?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      do you have to drop one? those are both high on my list. If you have to drop 1, Odorizzi I guess.

      • Blue says:
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        Yeah, drop one.

        Thanks!

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Nice job, Mr. ‘whip!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      thanks G

  3. crimedog says:
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    Nice job indeed Mr. Wahhip.

    Would you own Scrubb over either N Anderson or R wick?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      maybe over Anderson, if starving for saves. But Anderson is the better arm

  4. krazyivan says:
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    Great job,

    I followed with each inning of Kikuchi’s outing.
    Like: Aggressiveness; command
    Dislike: Approach. Everything is down in the zone: Fastballs/Cutters all below the belt-It really feels like Ray Searage is calling this game on a Zoom call.

    I feel like they are too worried about the 36 HRs last season. I would have traded two solo bombs for the 8-9 K’s that they could have gotten by challenging up in the zone. By the third time through the lineup the Rockies eliminated 2/3 of the zone.

    • Coolwhip

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      Thanks, I didn’t catch the game while he was on the mound, was he hitting corners or did stuff drift in?

      • krazyivan says:
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        He was hitting corners-really spot on. He got beat by a double that hit the line and a ground ball up the middle when the SS for didn’t shift (the 2nd basemen had-very odd looking).

        It was just painful to see nearly every pitch low in the strike zone. My concern is that starters have to throw pitches and change eye level, or, have a tremendous change-up/off speed. Kikuchi is doing non of that-just pounding the lower part of the zone with fastballs.

        • Coolwhip

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          yeah variance with eye level is a big advantage to just throw away. They are doing him a disservice.

  5. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Coolwhip!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      thanks!

  6. Harley Earl says:
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    Kind of an unfair jab at Julio Urias there.

    He pitched 5 innings in his first game and 6 innings in his next. He had some control issues and only got through four innings but he wasn’t entirely ineffective like you make it sound. The Dodgers could have let him go another inning maybe two as he’d only thrown 78 pitches. But they already had the game well in hand and there was no point in burning his arm up when you’ve got postseason plans.

    The Dodgers are always cautious with young arms. Julio is still only a bit over a year removed from major shoulder capsulate surgery that is career ending for about 60 percent of pitchers. He also was a bullpen arm last year so he figures to pitch 5-6 innings tops on most nights this season.

    To suggest he’s not worth owning or a roster spot because he’s mildly ineffective one night despite allowing just one run is asinine.

    • Coolwhip

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      Fair points. It’s more of a continued point from the Snell blurb thinking of the bigger narative.

      I’m not saying he’s useless that would be silly, with any young pitcher or one rebounding from injury, in a 2 month season you are more vulnerable to falling behind in Wins and (to a degree) Ks due to decreased opportunity, that’s just math. As you pointed out 1) he’s young, 2) he’s a Dodger who use kid gloves with such, 3) and he’s still rebounding from a shoulder injury, i.e. more reason for them to be cautious with him. From a fantasy perspective, just saying people should be aware of that and manage accordingly.

      If your team is bottom half in wins (and maybe Ks), and 3-4 of your pitchers are being treated with kid gloves, you probably need to reconsider roster construction. Thats my main point. I never said anything about dropping him or attacking his character, haha.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        well yr quote was this:
        “If your starters aren’t going 5-6 innings by now you are probably losing the wins and Ks categories and have inflated ratios.”

        true the wins and K’s would be lower with max 5-6 inning guys (esp if it’s lower than 5), but that says nothing about their ratios at all. if you on the side meant that guys that also get yanked before later innings BECAUSE their ratios are shit and/or just they are shit, that’s certainly true, but you weren’t saying that about snell nor urias so it seems an odd inclusion in that sentence of yours when mentioning those 2. that or you are mixing up true points that aren’t related and only 1 of which applies to urias or snell.

    • As a Urias owner I would like to see more IP and meaningful stats, but definitely keeping the young lefty in there. Do understand Whip’s point of view because when a SP is being limited it’s always wise to keep your head on a swivel. Thanks for playing hurt C-dub.

  7. fausto

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    How much longer are you holding on to Mercado in a 16teamer if you kept him for $4? Not completely killing me bc hes a bench bat right now but hes currently clogging my streaming spot.

    • Coolwhip

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      hmmm, if he’s a bench bat and your team is not struggling, I might hold him a little bit longer, maybe another week. But he’s certainly in the doghouse right now constantly in bottom 3rd of lineup. It likely depends on who’s available on the market.

    • fausto

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      Hes sitting today for D. DESHIZZ and the Indians have like 14 meh OF’ers.

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        haha yuck.

      • fausto

        fausto says:
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        Thanks theres nada on the wire (Edwin Rios, Jose Iglesias, bleh) I’m going to hold him for prob 2 more weeks. i really only need the SB from him anything else is a bonus, could grab Grossman for SB, (we play with DEEP rosters and I doubt grossman gets picked up in the next 2 weeks) I’m in 2nd place by 1 point and my rotation is solid Corbin,Maeda,Gallen, Odorizzi,Yarborough, Pablopez, Chirinos so streaming isn’t a necessity at the moment, but really trying to squeeze a spot for T.Mahle.

        • Coolwhip

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          so yeah, i wouldn’t rush then

  8. zombie says:
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    Fine work indeed, CWhip! Likely lots of not so impatient drops on the horizon this week. W. Calhoun was one in my 12 team league. Thoughts on dropping Senzel or K. Tucker for him? I’ll also have H. Dozier off of the IL shortly.. Think that he’s worth dropping any of those 3 to get him activated? Thanks. Really appreciate your weekly input. Seems like some of our rosters are eerily similar.

    • Coolwhip

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      I’d drop Senzel for Calhoun. Umm not sure now with Dozier, I’d cross that bridge later and see what happens between now and then.

      Thanks my dude.

  9. bbmedic3195 says:
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    When do I cut bait with Oscar Mercado in a deep 14 teamer?

    • bbmedic3195 says:
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      Nevermind saw the above comment and your reply.

  10. bbmedic3195 says:
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    More importantly I thought I made a solid trade shipping Senzel off for Luke Weaver after I was bit by the injury bug early on in the season. What is the deal with Weave and I feel like I have to sit him next start in Colorado. I was expecting to see an injury after he was lifted early. How long do I wait on him?

    • Coolwhip

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      I haven’t looked into him yet, but he’s definitely not having a good time right now. I would not be starting him in Coors, thats a death wish haha.

  11. Jaco says:
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    Thanks for the hard work today cool whip!!

    Loved your Chatwood write-up so this is pretty convenient you wrote today haha.

    Last night dropped Kikuchi out of my streamer spot for Merrill Kelly, and found out this AM the Chatwood owner dropped him. Also noticed Bassitts gem against Houston.

    So question is—which guy do you like for the last spot in my rotation? Kelly, Chatwood or Bassitt?

    Normally it’s a stream spot but I feel like one of these guys should just be flat out owned. I have sucked ass at streaming this year so far if I would’ve just run with my normal guys I would probably be a point lower on era and a better whip hahaha.

    My staff: Castillo, Giolito, Paddack, Lamet, Houser, Gallen, Kelly (as of now)

    League is a 12 team 5×5 roto

    Thanks and have a great Saturday!!!!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      All three are still unowned in my 12-team 5×5 and I’m targeting them in the order of Bassitt, Chatwood, and Kelly.

    • Coolwhip

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      Agreeing with Slim. I believe Kelly’s start comes up first so you could potentially use both. But Bassitt has been superb, and i’m cautious for Chatwood’s next start to see if his stuff is back.

      • Jacompoop says:
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        Yep I got Paddack and Kelly goin at it today, hopefully I can pull away with a win…at least 7 points in every category except wins and average where I have 2 and 3 points respectively hahaha what is year. I’ll go after Bassitt in the coming days.
        Thanks to you both! Great username slim

  12. Slimcompoop says:
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    Nice work Coolwhip!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      thanks!

  13. KCC26 says:
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    Closer question (yuck!): would you roster Rosenthal over Bass or Montero? Thanks!!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      haha i would not

  14. Lil Petey says:
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    Would you be able to compare Nate Pearson vs Spencer Howard with respect to which one gets the nod in a 10-team head to head redraft? Does either stand out as being more desirable now to roster in this short season?

    Good stuff today, thanks.

    • Coolwhip

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      Howard has a bit more polish in command and maybe secondary stuff, where as Pearson has the sexy velocity but in his first couple starts Pearson looks like he’s got a better feel for the secondary stuff now. Pearson is the sexy choice and the higher prospect but Howard is pretty good too.

  15. hot corner says:
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    Watched all of Benintendi’s at bats last night. He is a complete mess and looks totally lost. He needs to go to their alternate site to build some confidence.

    • Coolwhip

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      Agreed he’s a mess

  16. Chris says:
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    Another Joey Gallo Bomb tonight! Im the guy who posted about him on grey’s article the other week. And you replied with your brilliant article on him from 2019.

    anyways… any chance Brendan Rodgers sees ABs this year if McMahon keeps struggling?

    • Coolwhip

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      thanks man! I don’t see him getting meaningful time unless someone gets hurt. Buddy is always not wanting to play young guys and there are 3 “older” young guys in from of him. Plus i’ve been seeing way too much of Owings in the starting lineups.

  17. JC says:
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    Would you trade Lester and Brantley for Lucas Gio and Bux?

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yes absolutely would

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Yes! Yes you did. Yeah he’s been a real treat, wish I had him on every roster.

      Doing pretty good man, I had to burn the wick on both ends this last week plus the kids weren’t sleeping well. So was exhausted AF. Had just finished my big dive into Chatwood and then he dumps on me hahaha, and then turnaround Friday night and write this, phewwwww.

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