Washington rookie outfielder Brian Goodwin played the unsung hero Friday night on a team with many heroes going 3-for-4 and mashing two home runs, including a game-tying solo shot in the seventh inning. If there’s one thing Brian Goodwin’s good for it’s winning. Obvious and bad pun is obvious and bad.  Regardless, Brian also set the stage for the…good win, with a single in the 10th that moved a runner to third and let Bryce Harper do what he does. I’m trying to tell you this doode is clutch, and if he continues to be clutch batting second between Trea Turner and Bryce Harper, he should definitely be on your radar and in Dusty Baker’s daily lineup. Can you imagine being sandwiched between Trea and Bryce? Mmm. Oh, I’m all flustered now. I need a few minutes. Goodwin is slashing .265/.326/.578 with six homers and 15 RBI in 32 games this year, and has been stuck in a platoon for the majority of the season. With Jayson Werth hobbled, Goodwin has been given more opportunity lately to shine and he’s done that with a monster month, slashing .288/.358/.678 with three doubles, six homers and 12 RBI in June. Yes, please! That .678 SLG% is especially powerful. See what I did there? Do you want a nerdy stat–how about his .313 ISO. Does that blow your mind? Because considering the sample size it probably shouldn’t, but sure is fun to look at. The risk with Goodwin is he could be a batting average killer (he hit just .208 in May), but he certainly seems to be seeing the ball well lately hitting .289 with 5 homers in the past week. Goodwin is available everywhere, is batting second in one of the best line ups in baseball, and is one of the hottest little potatoes around. If you need an outfielder with some pop and some upside Brian could be a good add and a good win for your team.

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

Luis Castillo – 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K. In his first career start the former Marlins second baseman looked a little shaky, allowing 10 base runners and two home runs over five innings, but to be fair, the Nationals are a bit of a rough first assignment. He was 4-4 with a 2.58 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 81/13 K/BB ratio before being called up, but the real draw here is that this kid throw high 90s cheeeese and with a match up with the swing-happy Brewers next week he could fair a bit better than he did Friday night. TL;DR Did you say high-risk rookie pitcher? *adds immediately*

Trea Turner – 2-for-5, run, SB (28). He’s not just an infielder. He’s Trea [expletive deleted] Turner. Everyone else is [expletive deleted] treash.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-4, RBI. He was a BUY! Dan’s be good like that! Click the link so I can make the big bucks! And by big bucks I mean, barely a liveable wage in even the thirdest of world countries.

Jose Urena – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6th win. That’s four straight quality starts for Urena and this was against the Cubs, and they hit everything! He’s got a 1.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over his past three starts and gets the Mets next week. That’s a stream worthy streamer if you are into that kind of thing.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, HR (19). More like GONE-carlo Stanton, amirite? His home runs make me smile. The good news is he has four homers in the past two weeks, the bad news is my girlfriend found the secret folder of Giancarlo Stanton photos on my computer labeled “Work Stuff.”

Ian Happ – 2-for-4. What’s the happs with Happ!? Grey told you to BUY and he’s hitting .385 with 3 homers and steal in the past week! That happens to be three good reasons why you should pick him up.

Rick Porcello – 6.1 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, BB, 8 K, 4th win. After losing four in a row this was likely Slick Rick’s best start of the season, and he looked pretty solid up until the 7th. The 1.53 WHIP still scares me, I’m sorry you drafted him so high.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-4, HR (10), 2 RBI. Naturally, the DH goes yard on David Ortiz night, as the Red Sawx retire Big Papi’s number. Watching Hanley serves as a bitter reminder to how badly I’m missing Ortiz right now. But now that the number is up, there’s officially no coming back. Speaking of which, why wasn’t Manny there last night? The two were synonymous in this lineup for 10 years, where ya at, Manny!?

Sandy Leon – 3-for-4, HR (5), 4 RBI. Lil Papi! Big hit!

Trevor Bauer – 6.2 IP, 8 hits, 4 ER, BB, 4 K. Well, we all knew it was coming. The Regression Fairies finally paid Trevor an overdue visit. The fairy told him, “Hey Listen! You can use the C arrows to change your view and Z to target!” But Bauer was playing a hacked emulation of the game and his controls were all messed up. Oh well, he gets the Rangers to bounce back.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-5, 3 runs, HR (22), 3 RBI. Still available in little less than half of leagues. Why don’t you add him? Is it because he didn’t follow you back on twitter? He’s slashing .250/.356/.582 with 22 homers and 54 RBI, including 3 bombs in the past week. Batting average scaring you? He’s hitting .306 in the past two weeks. It’s the adamantium bat isn’t it? Add him before Logan goes Berserker on you.

Derek Norris – 3-for-3, HR (9), 2 RBI. Rays scored 15 runs on 11 hits including this gem from Norris who was promptly cut from the roster post game to make room for Wilson Ramos. See kids, that’s what you getting for trying hard. Buncha tryhards.

Ubaldo Jiminez – 2.1 IP, 7 hits, 9 ER, 4 BB, K. He’s got a 7.26 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. Lol. Oh, oh, Orioles. How is this guy still in the major leagues?

Trey Mancini -2-for-4, 2 RBI. Hey! I told you to pick him up last week and he’s hitting .407 since. That was good advice from me that one time!

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-5, HR (6). OK, okay. I don’t like him, you don’t like him. Overall, he is just a crummy human being. But they don’t give fantasy points for niceities. BP is hitting .308 with 3 homers in the past week. That can help your fantasy team!

Mike Foltynewicz – 5.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 5th win. I told you to grab Folty last week for his start this week and this week I’m urging you to buy again twofold. If we throw out an ugly start in Washington, Mike has been superb in June. He gets a cushy start in San Diego next week and you–you already picked him up didn’t you. Okay, I’ll stop.

Khris Davis – 2-for-3, HR (19), SB (3), 2 RBI. Kish Davish hits homers for breakfish! It’s all part of a well balanced slam & legs.

Jameson Taillon – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Take that, cancer! You crusty old, sorry-faced joker!

Adam Wainwright – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Hey, Adam. Are you ownable yet or nah? Still probably nah, huh?

Jose Martinez – 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI. J-Mart has four homers in the past 10 games hitting .303 in that stretch. Paul DeJong also homered. Basically the Cardinals oufielders are hitting everything right now.

Jake Junis – 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Whenever I say his name I think of the Jonas Brothers, then I bing Jake Jonas and it says, “Did you mean, Joe?” And then I think, “Oh.” and I decide against picking up the Royals rookie.

JA Happ – 6.2 IP, 4 hits, ER, 5 K. He’s got 0.90 WHIP, 14/0 K/BB in past two starts. Just pick up all the Happs this week. It’s easier that way.

Felix Hernandez – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, 3rd W. He’s back! And looking more mediocre than ever! Rotoworld advised F-Her is a streamer going forward, but at 80%+ owned, I think most would have a hard time with that. He’s just so popular! Unless of course you play in expert leagues, in which case, you really shouldn’t be reading my blog for advice. Which is the best advice I can give!

Ben Gamel – 2-for-5, HR (4). BUY before he’s all gone! This guy is hitting everything! .444 AVG with 2 homers, 2 steals and 17 runs in the past two weeks! Someone’s putting in extra auditing sessions! It’s strange how the Mariner’s got healthy again all at once. Are they going to start winning now? I feel like they are. My Quantum E-Meter is off the charts!

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4, HR (10), 3 RBI. Another Mariner! Another BUY! Six homers in the past two weeks. Yeah, that’s probably better than whatever is your catcher. Waiit–I didn’t ask who!

Alex Wood – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 8-0. Oh hello, 1.86 ERA. Are you an Ace yet?

Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-5, 2 runs, HR (9), 3 RBI. His name is Yoenisssss! Batting over .400 in the past week! It’s a Cespedes for the rest of us! It’s a celebration! Gather around the Pole and let Yoenis demonstrate his great feats of strength! Mets scored 11 runs on 20 hits. Yes, you read that correctly. The New York Mets had 20 hits and Michael Conforto was only responsible for three of them. It’s a Festivus miracle!

Lucas Duda – 3-for-5, HR (13). Duda bides–every Friday! Shomer Shabbos! L’Shana tova!

Yu Darvish – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 10 K. Move over Colin McGregor and Floyd Mayweather because the real match up everyone wanted to see is Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanka  (8.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K), and honestly, it did not disappoint. If I owned these two I probably wouldn’t be so sad all the time. Well, a little xanax will put out that fire. Ahh, now excuse me while I spend the next three hours sighing calmly.

Brett Gardner – 2-for-4, HR (14), SB (10). Ronald Torreyes hit a walk-off single in the 10th but Gardner was the real hero last night. Y Yu Mad? Oh, because of Brett Gardner. Yeah, I can see that.

Matt Bush – 1.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 K. Has now blown back to back save opportunities. Keone Kela and Jose LeClerc are your speculative adds here, in that order. But Bush might not be done destroying your teams ratios just yet.

Tyler Austin – Chris Carter former home run king and X-Files guru was sent down, womp womp, giving a chance for youngster Austin to show me what he’s got.  He was slashing .300/.366/.560 in AAA, and was in the midst of a mini-tear with 3 homers in the past four games. Oh lez break it derrrn! He should see plenty of time at first for now if he hits and the way the Yankees prospects have overshined this season, he’s worth a shot. Seriously, I just want a little piece of this Baby Bombers action this year. I like home runs. This could be my chance. He could be the next Greg Bird!

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. eric says:
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    C Zunino
    1B Bellinger
    2B Happ
    SS Seager
    3B Lamb
    OF Cespedes
    OF Judge
    OF Cain
    U Boar
    U Morrison
    B Smoak
    B Conforto
    B Taylor

    Trade proposed: I get D Murphy for Smoak and Conforto.
    Would consider because I am weak at 2B and have surplus of 1B

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @eric: I’d want Murphy

      • eric says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Pants speaks and the trade drops. Now I have Murphy at 2B. Thanks!!

        Now .. would you drop Happ and/or Taylor for FAs; Puig, Peralta, Souza, Mancini, Hicks.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @eric: I’d hold

  2. omar says:
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    Barreto or Tyler Austin ROS? Either of these guys over Gallo? AL Only Standard Roto- redraft.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @omar: Gallo

  3. bill amodeo says:
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    Hey dan

    Gamel or Piscotty ROS? think Gamel is for real?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @bill amodeo: Ride Gamel while he’s hot!

  4. Alex says:
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    In a 10 team holds league. Drop Bush for Neshek? Or a set up man like Rogers, J Barnes, Shaw?

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Neris is available too, but he scares me.

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Alex: I’d stick with Bush until we know what Texas is going to do

  5. mikestatic says:
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    Good stuff!
    Would you consider dropping A Diaz for Barreto now that he is being called up? Would be more of wait and see on the bench as I have russell and Ian happ. 12 team weekly standard 5×5 w/ MI and CI spots keep 6 forever. Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @mikestatic: Hold for now

  6. Primetime says:
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    Would you do Salazar for Nola in 10 team keeper league?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Primetime: Sure

  7. eric says:
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    Pants, I accepted the trade you suggested, getting Murphy for Smoak and Conforto. Lineup now:

    C Zunino
    1B Bellinger
    2B Murphy
    SS Seager
    3B Lamb
    OF Cespedes
    OF Judge
    OF Cain
    U Cespedes
    U Morrison
    B Bour
    B Taylor

    Drop any of above for FAs: Peralta, Puig, Hicks, Souza, Simmons, Mancini? Thanks

    • eric says:
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      @eric:

      Sorry: U Happ not Cespedes who is already listed as OF

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @eric: I like it!

        • eric says:
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          @Dan Pants:

          Any thoughts about dropping players for FAs listed?

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @eric: I like what you got! Bour for Mancini possibly

  8. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good write up for the win Mr Pants! see what I did there?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: My original headline had the word win in it 6 times and I had to edit myself. :/

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Hey, I have a work stuff folder too!

    • eric says:
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      @Grey:

      Know this is a day of rest but any comment on dropping players for FAs – see above. (Already accepted trade advised by Smarty Pants.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Grey: I think this speaks to our incredible work ethic!

  10. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    10tm 5×5,. I’m in first in saves(up 6 on 2nd place, up 15 on 3rd place) but 7th in wins, my era and whip are 2nd and 3rd. My hitting categories are solid as well, only lacking in wins. With that being said my rp’s are osuna, kintzler, Reed, Iglesias and Britton on DL. Would you trade Desmond/osuna for strasburg? My of’s are J.D, a. Jones, desmond, Gardner, Mancini, with Braun on the DL. Another trade that’s on the table is Osuna for pineda straight up? Which trade would you feel comfortable with? Great write up and thanks in advance.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Chisoxx_22: I like the osuna trade, you can spare the saves and dont have to give up a bat. Also strasburg always scares me

  11. BSA70 says:
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    Finally ripped off the band-aid on cgonzalez and dropped him.
    Didn’t expect past Gonzalez but something better than this. Now bum shoulder.
    Picked up Marte for long term and Goodwin with thoughts on Long term or lightening in a bottle. Batting 2nd on that roster is to tempting to leave on the waiver wire in a keeper league.

    • Dan Pants

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      @BSA70: Most likely a hot streak but worth a speculative add in that line up if you have the room

  12. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey pants,

    Got one move left in my 15 teamer…preparing for 2018…drop Anderson for Barreto? We keep 11 otherwise I would hold off and grab a Honeywell Mckenzie someone like that later on…ss is a weak link

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nightpandas: I’d wait and see what we get from barreto before using your last move.

  13. No Name says:
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    Ten category hitting league, 12 team H2H, I have too many platoon guys so have kept productive Bats like Melky, Owings and Marwin. Would you drop any for Holliday?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @No Name: I would lose marwin for hot bat

  14. dubjay says:
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    Hey Dan,
    Is it a no brainer to drop T.Frazier for Conforto in a keeper league? I could also grab Morrison instead but keep hearing about Confortos upside.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @dubjay: I think owning Conforto is a no-brainer, but dropping frazier requires some brain. I’d find another way to add Conforto

      • Dubjay says:
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        @Dan Pants:
        The only other drops I have would be Pujols or L.Cain.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Dubjay: Hold for now

          • dubjay says:
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            @Dan Pants:
            Really? I’m surprised that you’d hold a .200 hitter for a young OF with big upside. Frazier has always been a better first half hitter too so the future is somewhat bleak in his case

        • Stumanji! says:
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          @Dubjay: I’d lose pujols for conforto in a keeper ASAP.

          • Dan Pants

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            @dubjay: @Stumanji!: Without knowing the exact keeper rules I know conforto has been battling an injury and frazier has been heating up, also any league where conforto is still available probably has a stacked waiver wire so hard to gauge the value here exactly

            • Dubjay says:
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              @Dan Pants:
              Conforto was just dropped. He clears waivers tomorrow. I could also drop one of glover/Albers to pick him up

  15. King Bob says:
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    Drop Hangier or Conforto or Owings for Mancini?
    Drop Nelson for Tailon ?
    Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

    • King Bob says:
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      @King Bob: or pick up Foly?

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @King Bob: Grab taillon

  16. John says:
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    Hi,

    Trying to trade for Samardzija and Altuve. Is Darvish, Rendon and Benintendi too much? It’s H2H redraft. Other option is I switch Rendon or Benintendi out with Odor.

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

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      @John: Offer odor first then counter with Rendon.

  17. Jim says:
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    Hi Dan
    I’m afraid to start Estrada today. If I don’t pitch him vs KC why do I have him??
    Should I drop him for Jordan Montgomery or should I pitch him today?
    Thx for another great write-up!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jim: I would avoid estrada, but having said that he will prob rek today. Not worth the risk

  18. John says:
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    Thanks. Guy also has Wil Myers and a slight mancrush on Altuve so I don’t know how good my chances are. Is Wil Myers and Samardzija good value for Darvish? If the Altuve route fails.

    Thanks again.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @John: I always prefer the hitters, but smarter to hold on to altuve in this case i guess

  19. Robert says:
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    10 team h2h league : keep holding Odor or drop for Schoop?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Hold for now

  20. Scott says:
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    Three favorite propsects for a dynasty league from the list below?

    Jack Flaherty
    Sixto Sanchez
    Jesus Sanchez
    Austin Beck
    Kyle Wright
    Adam Haseley
    Colton Welker
    Ryan Mountcastle

    • Dan Pants

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      @Scott: I like welker and mountcastle. Ask ralph this q tomorrow

  21. Im so new to this Baseball thing, lol. ALways been a football guy (39) but played my first year of Fantasy bball last year and because Im competitive, it has now consumed my life, almost. So many scenarios within every game. Im sitting third in my current10 team Roto league, (still learning the lingo), and no one wants Judge in a trade. So as your podcasts have stated, I dont think people know the value he has yet. I shot for a starting ace and went one for one and also threw a small sink at it and got turned down everytime. Even went a small sink on two “B” pitchers and got shut out. Oh well they dont want’em so f**k’em, he hit another one out today lol. Anyways, keep it up guys. Love the podcasts, currently streaming them on my “player fm” app.

    Goldschmidt
    Dozier
    K Seager
    Machado
    Gregorious
    J Turner
    Judge
    K Davis
    McCutchen
    Happ
    Peralta
    A Garcia

    Bench:
    Desmond
    C Gonzales
    Marte

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: I’ll take judge off your hands! Try trading davis or mccutchen instead

      • Ill let you know how it goes, thanks!

  22. luvdarooks says:
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    I have an ACTIVE empty space to fill at P and need K’s & wins much more than era or whip

    who would be best RestOfYear? 5×5
    dont need WHIP or ERA ( just steady with no blow ups) but K’s matter and so do wins.

    in what order top 4 at least please

    McCarthy ( unlikely to get) 1 in 6 chance
    Chatwood
    Pavetta (phi)
    Godley
    Luis Castillo
    Clevenger
    Cahill(DL) for now but i might wait for him

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @luvdarooks: mccarthy, godley, castilo, clavenger, chatwood

  23. Alex says:
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    Zunino or Tom Murphy? Thanks for your work, Pants.

  24. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi, would you prefer Pham or Pederson? Thanks

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