What is up good people! I’m stepping in for the esteemed Daniel Anthony Pants, who is off at the “Resize your Levis” event in northern Saskatchewan. I don’t know if that’s a weight loss clinic or adult briss event or…I mean, DAP, you do you! But of course, Señior DAP takes the day off when there’s a FIFTEEN game slate. What is this, America’s birthday or something? Hah! Got you. Articles of Confederation ain’t the “‘Mericuh” that I got tattooed across my lower back when I was 18. If John Hancock was only around to sign that! ENYWHEY. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, hopefully, you’re meditating on the love for your fellow human. And if you’re shooting off fireworks, for the love of DAP do it away from the city and nowhere near a dry prairie, please. Let’s move on to the one thing that binds us all across geographies and political divides: imaginary baseball team management!

Here’s what I saw on the June 2 slate in MLB:

Shohei OhtaniI mean, why are people even pitching to him anymore? Is it in his contract that he’ll become Barry Bonds? I’m not suggesting Ohtani does a lot of FroYo for protein, but I’ve seen his biceps, and they’re bigger than my bank account (that’s not saying much). Sho Time slammed 2 homers (3 RBI, eeek) and stole a base. You know what that means: SLAM AND LEGS. Imagine Ohtani if Trout is in the lineup. Whew, gimme a moment, I’m about to get heart palpitations.

Thairo EstradaHang on folx, I need to look this guy up. Quad-A player in the Giants organization who came in to play 2B last night and went 3-5 with a SLAMMY. Can you believe that Estrada ended the night with more RBIs than Ohtani? Angels need some help. I just hope that they don’t follow the model of The Help. That might get them in trouble.

https://twitter.com/BarnHasSpoken/status/1411191343720828928?s=20

Cesar HernandezWhile we’re talking middle infielders, think about the stick master extraordinaire, Cesar Hernandez. Usually he’s an on base machine but this year he’s got a .222 batting average and .302 OBP. Everybody’s crying, right? Not quite! Hernandez has 13 dongs on the year (maybe he should see somebody about that). He’ll surpass his career-high homerun mark (15) sometime in the next two weeks at this rate, and everybody who drafted him super-late in drafts will look forward to the moment when his BABIP gravitates back toward .300. THIS IS SPARTA! Oh yeah, Cesar went to Rome with a homer and a double last night. But back to the discussion of Zack Snyder movies!

LaMonte WadeNo, as a Twins fan I’m not bitter about him hitting a dong in a Giants uniform last night. Wade spent nearly 6 years in the Twins system, and the Twins traded him in the 2021 off-season to the Giants for reliever Shaun Anderson. Anderson has a 9 ERA right now. Wade? He’s just batting leadoff with a .529 SLG, .373 wOBA, and 140 wRC+. What’s all that nonsense mean? He’s ding-a-lang-a-donging. Sure glad the Twins have bullpen depth! If Wade is available in your league, go grab him.

Alec MillsDoes Grey have a term for “Are we doing this again [insert grumpy face]”? There are high schoolers reading this article who can throw faster than Mills. Yet, Mills is that soft contact master who went fastball-to-barrel with the hot-hitting Reds and struck out 9 batters while walking only 1 and allowing 2 runs. Am I living in the upside down? The Cubs are rolling with Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills and bucking the trend of flamethrowers. Hey, if it works, it works. I wouldn’t rush to get Mills in any league, but he’s one of those ideal contrarian DFS pitchers because he’s so volatile.

Jackie Bradley Jr.: Slam and legs! Before anybody runs out to get JBJ, know that he’s got a 30%+ K rate and a .173 batting average to go with his .255 OBP. How are the Brewers a 50 win team with this offense?

Willy AdamesAh, here’s why the Brewers are slinging the beers: the reinvention of the Willy. I think that phrase probably gets this article sent to your spam filter. Adames racked up another homer on 3 total hits, bringing his post-trade Brewers tenure to nearly a .300 batting average and .540 SLG. He’s got 8 dongs in 39 games, which for you math majors is called “value.”

Adrian HouserLet’s keep it with the Brewers theme. Who woulda thought that the Pirates would have failed so bad when they met the Brewers? Not me! Adrian Houser went 6.2 IP, giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 5K. Houser is a wonderful best ball pitcher and DFS pitcher and a nightmare (no not the demonic horse) for standard fantasy teams. He had a 1 month stretch where he pitched 20 IP with a 1.71 ERA. Then he went for a 7.30 ERA period. But the positive thing is that he tends to go in trends (3.60 ERA to start the year before blowing up in May), and we might be seeing him in an ace trend right now. Speculative add him in deeper leagues, and don’t be afraid to deploy him in DFS in July.

Jake FraleySlam and a side of double legs! 7 HR, 7 SB, and a 20+% walk rate on the year. I mean, we’re still in small sample size territory, but those are Mike Trout-style numbers. I doubt Fraley can continue his torrid pace, but you upside hunters out there should grab him before his value becomes Trout-ian. What’s the worst that can happen? Oh, hi Kyle Lewis, I didn’t see you there… ENYWHEY. If somebody told you in April that the Mariners would have on of the top 10 best records in the league come the All-Star break…that would have been me, because I stacked the Mariners in so many leagues. Too bad it was Taylor Trammel and Kyle Seager though…

Alek Manoah7IP, 10K, 1 BB, Win. Don’t you wish you could have 2 of him? After struggling out of the gate, Manoah’s been good over his last two starts, and maybe those Blue Jays pitching coaches that saved Robbie Ray are helping Manoah adjust to the bigs. Hang on, are these the same coaches that manage the Jays’ bullpen? Hmmm… Manoah’s worth a speculative add in any leagues where he’s available, but when rookie pitchers are concerned, always remember the good words of our generation’s greatest philosophers, Public Enemy: Don’t believe the hype. Rookies are really volatile, and if you’re running in standard fantasy formats, you’re more likely to get Adrian Houser-style performance than this stat line (points up 100 words ago).

Lance LynnI mean, how boring can an ace get? Even his signature move, the crotch grab, is pretty meh. 6IP, 5BB, 9K, 1ER…against Detroit. Blerg. But let’s be fair, I’d get nervous if I was facing tigers. I’ve seen what happened in Tiger King. Maybe that’s why he protects his package every time he gets a K: he’s just thankful he’s not working in a private zoo cuddling tigers.

Eduardo Rodriguez6IP, 1 hit, 0ER, 6K, 2BB. Regression hits pretty fast when it comes, and ERod was one of the poster boys for improvement. Here’s his past 18 IP: 2.50 ERA, 10.50 K/9, 1.50 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9. People are still “off” him because of his 5.40 ERA, but all the true skill stats are showing that we’ll see more lines like yesterday (<–also the name of my favorite Velvet Underground fan club). If you’re looking for pitching help, ERod could be a nice target to finish out the year. The Red Sox have a great offense and bullpen, and ERod looks as good as anybody to finish out the year strong. He might have an IP cap though, because he missed 2020.

That’s all for today, friends! What did you see and hear and touch and feel yesterday? Maybe don’t tell me about all your senses. Have a happy holiday weekend for those of you in the Western hemisphere, and for our European friends, enjoy July!

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martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Blair,

Thanks to you and Grey! Because of both of your advice, my pitchers got 58 points (Ray, Hendricks, Flexan, and Sandoval). All of whom I got off waivers.

I also have picked up Velasquez who I fortunately benched today or I would have lost 9 points. I am thinking of waiving him and getting Patrick Corbin or Domingo Germain off waivers. Patrick C is easier to pick up. In order to get Domingo, I have to complete against other managers. I could also just pass on these two and keep Velasquez.

Thoughts?

Thanks again to you and Grey!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  everywhereblair
11 months ago

Hi Blair,

Thanks for this insight!

I like the idea of keeping Vince Velasquez, Do you think that I should pick up Corbin (I keep hoping for pickups like Ray and Hendricks). Below is my team. After seeing this team, which one player would you cut to get Corbin? Also who would you also cut since I have Buxton and will have to cut one player when he is activated?

c. JT Realmuto
1. Jose Abreau
2. Wilmer Flores
3. J Turner
ss. Trevor Story
LF Andrew McCutchen
CF. Dylan Carson
RF. Manuel Margot
Ut. Kris Bryant
Bench: Brenden Rodgers
Raimel Tapia
Yoan Moncada
Gio Urshela
Justin Upton (IL)
Byron Buxton (IL)

Available Pitchers:
Brad Boxberger
Jack Flaherty (IL)
Adbert Alzolay
Adrian Houser
Vince Velazques

Other pitchers: Darvish, Woodruff, Hendricks, Sandoval, Flexan, and Ray

I really appreciate all your help and insight!

Martin

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Another disgrunted Alvarado owner.
– Seward has been good (and Seatle isn’t bad) — any chance he’ll replace Graveman?
– But Soria is a closer; so who’s the better option – Soria or Seward?

JB
JB
1 year ago

Thoughts on Gavin Smith…. looking for pick ups in a dynasty lg

JB
JB
Reply to  everywhereblair
1 year ago

AuTo correct got me….. G Sheets. My bad

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Hay EWB, ERod over Tarik?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Akshually, how about erod over any of tarik, d cease, a wood, or gonsolin? Gonsolin seems he will.be more needed now with baueroutage being a deviant with emotional problems….

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  everywhereblair
1 year ago

Yes it does help! Thank you. Have a good 4th

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

How down are you on Conforto at this point? I had a choice between him and Castellanos at 48 overall in our draft, and, well, you can tell from my question what rueful choice I made.

Is Conforto even top 75 overall anymore? This is a 12-team, H2H, OPS keeper league where each team can keep up to four players, for context.

Thanks and nice writeup!

Dude
Dude
1 year ago

Current needs are all offensive categories: R, HR, RBI, and OBP. SB’s…..I am hanging around 3rd. OBP I am not too worried about. I pretty much have to punt that category. Keeper league for last 10+ years if that impacts decision. Keep 13. Start 4-OF and IF slot plus 2- UTL in addition to positions.

C- Zunino
1B- Alonzo/Olson
2nd- LeMahieu/Biggio
SS- Story/Cronesworth
3rd- Devers
OF- Meadows, Arozarena, Haniger, Kepler, Laureano, Myers, Jesus, Duran
IL- Hoerner

Pitchers: Scherzer, Woodruff, Gausman, Burnes, Urias, Ryu, Luis Garcia, and stashing Gonsolin(is he the drop?)
IL-Ynoa

RP(SVHLD): T Rogers, DickRod, Barlow, Karinchak, Trivino, Hader, and Hand

My pitching is keeping me in 3rd overall.

I also have Gavin Sheets who is looking pretty nice so far. I have Nico Hoerner coming off of IL tomorrow. Do I drop Sheets to hold Hoerner? Then Bobby Bradley was just dropped and will be available on waivers Monday. Would I then drop either to snag Bradley? These are really my only drop options, I believe. I have Jesus and stashing Duran. I can’t imagine dropping either for any of the 3 above.
Kinda using Sheets spot to roll with the hot hand trying to light a spark. Offense seems to be coming from unlikely sources this year.

Advice please.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  everywhereblair
1 year ago

Thank you!

stevie
stevie
1 year ago

Hey Blair, so after picking up alvarado and seeing what he’s made of, I don’t want him anywhere near my roster! Here’s a list of “closers” I could see as a replacement, I appreciate your thoughts.
Looking for saves obviously, but also good era and whip.
Chad Green, Greg Holland, Joakim Soria, Brad Brach, Jace Fry, Jake Diekman, Hector Neris, other sleepers from you, or none of the above- stick with Alvarado.
Thanks and enjoy your holiday weekend!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
1 year ago

Hi Blair,

Thanks for your frankness and information.

I was leaning to starting Adbert Alzolay at Cincinnati despite his minus dollar value. Thoughts?

I live in AZ and therefore have stayed away from getting any Diamondbacks. Is it worth getting Merrill Kelly or am I just chasing points? He is 83 on your pitcher list. I have been bold per your input and picked up Vince Velasquez.

Thanks again!!!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  everywhereblair
1 year ago

Thanks Blair!

Have a great 4th!

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
1 year ago

Hey EWB

Got a util question

15 team keep 11…obp and slg and batter ks on top of the counting stats

Been rotating Adolis and Swanson in my utility spot…they haven’t been great lately

Only 12 moves left for the year though..about a 15 pt lead over 2nd

WW includes Kepler Didi AHays BBradley Pollock Solak

Swap any of these guys in or hold?

Grey
Admin
1 year ago

Thanks for filling in, EWB! Appreciate it! And the crotch grab is a boring move? I guess when compared to the crotch chop, but I don’t know man…

Grey
Admin
Reply to  everywhereblair
1 year ago

Haha