Last weekend I wanted to go see Action Bronson when he performed at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. I was feeling my usual cheap self, so I hit up some of the homies in the lighting game to see if anyone was working the show. Well, they weren’t, and I didn’t go. So bummed I couldn’t use the connects to get a pass into the show. That group of friends have been good guys to know, and if they are working an event they can sometimes get a few cats access. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those guys always looking for a freebie, but it’s nice to have a guy. You know that guy, the one who can score you the primo stuff, get you in contact with the right people, get your car smogged (California BS) because it’s customized like a mother f***er, or help you out of a bad spot. The last one is never advisable, because then you owe them a favor and that’s not the kinda favor you want to owe them. To go along with the theme of the title, I hope I’m your Creeper guy, your go to creeper caller. This week I’m the guy telling you to add the Guy(er) to be your guy… for the coming week. Okay, enough about guys, this is starting to get weird… let’s get to creepin’.

  • Brandon Guyer, OF (0.9%) – The right handed Guyer gets a slew of lefties this week as he faces five from Monday to Saturday. At 0% owned in the RCL’s, he is a must add for the Detroit series. The Hitter Tron agrees too as that Buick fetish hit bot gives him a $9.2 valuation for the week. To open the week Guyer gets to face the Wolf, Boyd and Lobstein…Lobstein? I would start any right handed bat against a guy named Lobstein. Those three arms have given up a combined 18 dongs in only 106.8 innings or one every 5.9 innings. Detroit has been middle of the road for right handed dongs but I’m willing to put my money on a guy that got 24 AB’s last week and delivered a respectable line of 6/1/2/0/.375. Be sure to keep up with our DFS crew for the weather on those days to increase your chances for a great day.
  • Anthony Gose, OF (8.9%) – Gose has a need, a need for speed. He’s a left handed SAGNOF wrapped in a blanket of right-handers. Starting Tuesday, he gets 6 straight right-handers and the Hitter Tron loves the Bauer, Erasmo and Anderson matchups. He loves them so much that Gose sports a sexy $12.4 valuation and why do I keep saying valuation? Stupid addiction to Shark Tank, seriously, I have a problem with power watching the tank. Some days I want to answer all my comments with Mr. Wonderful’s go to slogans, such as: you’re dead to me and stop the madness.
  • Chris Coghlan, OF (17.7%) – Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I’m toeing the line with this one. I try to stay inside of 15% but when I saw he was only 50% owned in the RCL’s I had to double check his overall ownership in ESPN… 17.7%… Stop the Madness!!! Hitter Tron slaps down a 16.5$ valuation and I’m investing in that for the series at Philly. Even though he gets three righties @St.Louis to start the week, he has gone a combined 2 for 15 against them and I have an irrational fear of the Cardinals pitchers at home. Hey dummy, it’s a small sample size and don’t say that’s what she said. Okaaaaay, good to see my mental trolly trolls are here with me today. Anythehoo, the creamy filling of CC’s week is the 4 game series at Philly. He gets the Harangatang (20 HR’s in 143.2 innings) and three rookies who have combined to give up 12 HR’s in their very short careers.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 2B (5.9%) – Stop acting like a jerk over here you f%$#@* #[email protected]%&!. Grey’s once fallen angel of love has been redeeming himself lately and nobody cares. He bats .286 against lefties and hits most his dongs against righties. His home park can’t contain his power and I like his four game series at home against Colorado. He gets two right-handers to open and two left-handers to end it. If you need some power you could do worse. Over the last week he has 2 HR’s, 4 over the last 15 days, and 6 over the last month. Adding to all that ownable wonderful he batted .314 over the past two weeks and is looking like he might finish the year on a high note. It makes me wonder… oh it makes me wonder… if Grey will start a sleeper redemption post series this off-season. You know you want too.
  • Derek Dietrich, 2B,3B,OF (6.1%) – DD was a previous creeper and even though he’s a little better on the road I still feel safe with him at home this week… from Monday thru Wednesday. He bats .286 with 9 HR’s against RHP and gets 3 from the Brew Crew including two rookies. Henny Jungmann has been un-touchable at home while on the road he has been human. With his multi-position flexibility DD can be plugged in all over and I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I talk about him in the creeper post.

 

TOP 50 HITTERS

Rank Player POS Team
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
3 Bryce Harper OF WAS
4 Paul Goldschmidt 1B AZ
5 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
6 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
7 Chris Davis 3B BAL
8 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
9 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
10 Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR
11 J.D. Martinez OF DET
12 Jose Bautista OF TOR
13 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
14 A.J. Pollock OF AZ
15 Ryan Braun OF MIL
16 Joey Votto 1B CIN
17 Jose Abreu OF CHW
18 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
19 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
20 Adam Jones OF BAL
21 Kris Bryant 3B CHC
22 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
23 David Ortiz DH BOS
24 Carlos Correa SS HOU
25 Lorenzo Cain OF KC
26 Miguel Sano 3B MIN
27 Manny Machado 3B BAL
28 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
29 Kyle Schwarber C CHC
30 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
31 Justin Upton OF SD
32 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
33 Matt Kemp OF SD
34 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
35 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
36 Buster Posey C SF
37 Mookie Betts OF BOS
38 Michael Brantley OF CLE
39 Todd Frazier 3B CIN
40 Starling Marte OF PIT
41 Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY
42 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
43 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
44 Prince Fielder 1B TEX
45 Ian Desmond SS WAS
46 Brett Gardner OF NYY
47 Eric Hosmer 1B KC
48 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
49 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
50 Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS
  • I was really hesitant in putting Zimmerman on this list. He’s been such a difficult player to own for the last few years but he is hot and I think if the Nats make a run at the Mets, he’ll be a big part of that. To be honest, I wanted to fill the last spot with the hottest bat and the Z-man is a hottay! Jackie Bradley Jr. almost made the cut and to quote Ralph, our resident Bostonholic, his real improvement has been his pull hitting…raking against lefties, better power against righties. Thanks Ralph. Always better to ask the guy that never misses a BoSox game. Ralph, are you naming the new kid Yaz? You totally should!!!
  • The Toddfather has become the Toddfail! He’s been bad (10/3/9/1/.252 over last 30 days) but can still break off a huge run at anytime. I held him up there too long as I still had faith in his skill set, now watch, he’ll prove me wrong and start kicking ass and taking names again.
  • Read a 1/2 inch above and insert the Machado Man, or as he’s been lately, the Mehado Man! Putting up a 13/3/12/2/.293 line over the last 30 days isn’t bad but also isn’t anything special. I don’t think he’s done breaking out to the next level but I also think we need to temper our expectations

 

POWER PLATOONY TUNES

This is not a ranking. I repeat THIS IS NOT A RANKING! Then what is this Jack and why are you yelling? Oops, my bad, I was holding down the volume key. The list below is a collection of some players that you can use to maximize power at-bats. Some of the players may be on your team and if they are then you need to platoon them. If you are already doing this then let me throw you high fives. The rest of the players are ones that may be available and should be heavily considered if you need to platoon some power. I’m not listing every good platoon situation, just a handful who can flex some power. If there is anyone you really like not on the list then I invite you to share in the comments. We share because we care.

Here is the breakdown. Each player is listed with their position, team and favorable arm against. The at-bats and homeruns are their totals against those arms only. The average, ISO and wOBA are listed with the favorable against listed first compared to the other. For example, Ryan Howard’s .265 batting average is against right handed arms where Mike Napoli’s .257 is against left-handers. If you aren’t familiar or very comfortable with ISO and wOBA then let me help you with those numbers. ISO is here because it tells you how often a player gets extra base hits per at bat. I like it because it not only includes everyone’s favorite stat, dongs, but also doubles and the rarely seen triple which are great for getting into scoring position and getting RBI’s….but that’s kinda redundant if you are still in it, because, you know, you’re awesome to still be in it. An ISO north of .200 is considered great. wOBA, is the best stat to gauge a hitters overall offensive value. It combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value. A good baseline of wOBA is .340 which is considered above average. Enough nerd speak, lets move on to the meat and potatoes.

Player Info AB’s HR AVG ISO wOBA
Ryan Howard, 1B-PHI, RHP 339 18 .265/.137 .239/.116 .350/.195
Chris Coghlan, 2B-CHC, RHP 335 15 .263/.105 .212/.206 .352/.171
Pedro Alvarez, 3B-PIT, RHP 326 19 .236/.283 .224/.189 .322/.337
David Peralta, OF-AZ, RHP 325 14 .317/.254 .234/.111 .390/.308
Mike Napoli, 1B-TEX, LHP 113 9 .257/.193 .292/.135 .388/.274
Michael Conforto, OF-NYM, RHP 84 5 .310/.333 .274/.000 .412/.350
Derick Dietrich, 2B-MIA, RHP 168 9 .280/.188 .287/.094 .394/.282
Darin Ruf, 1B-PHI, LHP 77 5 .377/.155 .247/.103 .448/.192
Ben Paulsen, 1B-COL, RHP 283 10 .284/.222 .211/.037 .354/.234
Franklin Gutierrez, OF – SEA, RHP 86 7 .349/.250 .326/.341 .446/.382
Chris Young, OF-NYY, LHP 124 7 .331/.184 .274/.165 .422/.259
Nick Castellanos, 3B-DET, LHP 100 5 .360/.221 .230/.159 .427/.283
Brandon Moss, OF-STL, RHP 274 15 .212/.252 .212/.170 .307/.326
Curtis Granderson, OF-NYM, RHP 448 22 .286/.164 .234/.086 .388/.216
Andre Ethier, OF-LAD, RHP 339 13 .302/.222 .208/.056 .384/.223
Shin-Soo Choo, OF-TEX, RHP 289 13 .277/.195 .208/.117 .372/.268
Adam LaRoche, 1B-CHW, RHP 321 12 .227/.159 .168/.034 .319/.175

 

  1. Roll of SAGNOF hear my cry says:
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    I would also give a look at Justin Bour

    likely facing righties all thru the four-game set with Milwaukee

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Roll of SAGNOF hear my cry: The pitching info is the same under Dietrich. I thought about writing about Bour but really wanted to do Gyorko, so I had to make a choice for time. Thanks for contributing

  2. Slimcompoop says:
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    Sorry…got distracted by the Top Yoga Pants Pics of 2015. Anythewhoo, excellent write-up per usual. Sunday is my favorite claim day of the week and I’ve been able to grab most of your creeper-of-the-week’s for $0 and stream them through the utility spot. Speaking of which, I’m in the 2nd week of a 1st round H2H playoff matchup. I’m already up 9-0 in the SB category and was planning on cutting bait with Ender Inciarte and picking up more of an RBI/OBP/SLG guy. Outside of Conforto and Granderson, I think everyone in your ” Platoony” list is on the waiver wire (so is Guyer). Out of the players on the list, and with more of an emphasis towards games in the beginning part of the week (Grey and I have started a prayer octagon that Stanton returns on Tuesday or Wednesday), who would be your top-five guys to target? Appreciate the time you put into your articles and thanks for the help. Off to get a bloody mary. Happy Labor Day weekend!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Slimcompoop: I like the Peralta matchup vs the Giants to open the week. He has done well vs Heston and really well vs Volgelsong and hits about 50 points higher at home.

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @J-FOH: I didn’t notice, but Peralta is gone unfortunately. Any additional adds that you like? Thanks JFOH.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Slimcompoop: Off of the list that is…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Slimcompoop: I would assume that choo is gone too?

            • Slimcompoop says:
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              @J-FOH: Yep…I haven’t been paying much attention to the bottom half of the leagues pickups. That doesn’t make you answering the question any easier. Here are the guys that are still out there that I’m considering to pick up for a HR/RBI/OBP/SLG boost (in no particular order): Guyer, Coghlan, Alvarez, Ruf, Paulsen, Gutierrez, C.Young, Castellanos, Moss and LaRoche.

              Ruf/Moss (play on words) stand out to me, but curious on your thoughts.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Slimcompoop: I like Coghlan and Alvarez

    • Zeus says:
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      @Slimcompoop: whenever it was decided that yoga pants were acceptable as outerwear it may have been the greatest day since the invention of the bikini

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Zeus: daisy dukes are up there too

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @J-FOH: Daisy Dukes…still leaves some to the imagination. Yoga pants put it all out there, for better (most often) or worse.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Slimcompoop: depends how short the dukes are

  3. Zeus says:
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    Dietrich stopped playing once teen sensation Yelich came back.

    • J-FOH

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      @Zeus: not really, actually two of those three games he sat were against lefties, which he has been sitting against even when those guys were gone. When Giancarlo returns then he will be snubbed out but even then he can also spell Prado. Either way I would be surprised if he was a non factor in the Brewers series

      • Zeus says:
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        @J-FOH: I have five points this week from that clown. He’s 3-12 for the week.

        Which of the creepers would you put in this week for points. I’m 30 behind right now and need something better than Dietrich and a replacement for Paulsen

        • J-FOH

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          @Zeus: with lefties on the slate he wasnt a good play, what position is he playing on your roster? what are your greatest needs? Same goes for Paulsen, who I still think splits time with Morneau if Weiss isnt acting like a fool…wait scratch that, Weiss is always a fool. Never know what will go down, hopefully they put Paulsen in the OF seeing that he has made 16 appearances already this year

          • Zeus says:
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            @J-FOH: @J-FOH: Theyre both in my Util slots so anything goes.

            • J-FOH

              J-FOH says:
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              @Zeus: Guyer for the Detroit series and Coghlan for the Philly series

              • Zeus says:
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                @J-FOH: Danke kind sir

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Zeus: Nichts zu danken

  4. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jack Full! Fiers or Corbin ros?

    • J-FOH

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      @Jerry: Fiers but its really close

  5. GianIneedyou says:
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    Drop Khris Davis for anyone on your power list?

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @GianIneedyou: Im really high on Peralta and Conforto

      • GianIneedyou says:
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        @J-FOH: I think ill keep davis until conforto is done with the washington series. khris davis faces 2 lefties in miami

      • Zeus says:
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        @J-FOH: I’m really high off of my friends pot he brought to the party

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Zeus: nice! Sunday munchday. See, everyone has a guy

  6. Miked says:
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    Drop Cesar Hernandez for gose?

    • J-FOH

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      @Miked: that’s a tough call. Cesar was down and is now starting to heat up and should have more at bats per week than Gose. I would hold with Hernandez

  7. J-FOH says:
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    Guyer for the Detroit series and Coghlan for the Philly series

  8. Clint says:
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    So, following that Zimmerman love mantra, which 2 would you want in a h2h points keeper league ROS then: Zimmerman, Carpenter, and/or Kendrys?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Clint: Zimmerman for upside, Morales is close but his main sources of stats will be batting average and RBI’s. Zimm could help in 4 cats

  9. Baseball Furies says:
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    Thanks for the great info all season!

    Redraft league, playoffs on the horizon…

    Do I drop Trumbo, Ozuna, or Yelich for Carlos Gomez, or hold?

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Naming the new baby Nolan actually. After Reimold naturally!

    I did suggest Wade, the first name of my favorite all-time Red Sox player. I’m weird when it comes to favorite Boaton athletes.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: *Boston lol….hey it’s LD weekend…ya know?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: If you name him Wade, he’ll be a drunk. Make the middle name Yaz!

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Mo Nomar Valentin Lifshitz

  11. McNulty says:
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    Odor (7) or Holt (6 games) this week?

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      @McNulty: can i get a third option….It’s not pretty right now between the two….Id go Odor

  12. John says:
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    Great creeper list. I start playoffs tomorrow and i must admit, your comments on Guyer and Coglan are giving me pause. I was set to swing with Khris and Herrera but they could be expendable for a few days of matchup heaven. Would you drop them for Guyer and Coglan?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @John: davis for coghlan, davis sucks on the road

      • John says:
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        @J-FOH:

        Great. Let me double down then on this….Yankees play 7 home games this week, 3 v Balt and 4 v Tor. The only tough match up I see is Price. I already have the slumping Gardner and ARod, do I go all in with Didi and drop Herrera or keep Herrera (3 v Atl, 4 v Cubs) and add DiDi for Davis instead of Coglan? Or?

        • John says:
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          @John:

          Was suppose to say or Ozuna, Prado?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @John: still Coghlan, Ozuna

            • John coakley says:
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              @J-FOH:

              Thanks for the idea and your patience…glad Herrera stays in versus Atlanta. Their pitching is suspect in this matchup I think. Hard to believe I am looking for Phillies to stream!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @John coakley: they’ve been middle of the road offensively since the break, no prob, this is what I do

                • John coakley says:
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                  @J-FOH:

                  Well, I have only myself to blame. I stared at those Miami left handed pitchers and thought, ” why would I drop Khris now?” Answer: because I am an idiot and susceptible to “the cool move”. first time I have ever dropped a guy for a creeper….playoffs are always a fun time to experiment. $&@%#¥£!!!!!!!

                  • J-FOH

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                    @John coakley: the numbers suggested one thing and as soon as I saw that homer I went f**K! Its part of the risk in this, it’s not a total science, sometimes luck goes both ways. Hopefully the rest of the week provides you with some numbers with your choice. It’s only Monday.

                    • John coakley says:
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                      @J-FOH:

                      No doubt, and no blame for sure! Just funny timing. Went against Sale so the gods somewhat gave a gift back.

                    • J-FOH

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                      @J-FOH: that’s what we do here, revel and commiserate in fantasy

  13. Jon says:
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    16 team h2h dynasty…
    Do I go with jepsen or axford this week since Perkins looks like a no go?
    Also, Valencia or josh Harrison at 3b?
    and I need to cut one of these players I’m not starting this week.

    Thank you

    • J-FOH

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      @Jon: ax and valenica

  14. Gabe says:
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    Eaton, K. Davis, Conforto or Werth ROS?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Gabe: depends on needs, what stats do you need most

      • Gabe says:
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        @J-FOH: None really. League favors power a bit with total bases. My team is built around power so picking up any additional stats runs, sb is nice but so is stacking power. Pence injury is causing me to rely on these gentleman just in time for playoffs.

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          @Gabe: Davis is a no go this week. If you can handle not having conforto vs lefties then i would go with him

  15. Double D says:
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    @J-FOH I know I’v been m.i.a for a while & I hear I have been missed… When can we expect to see you in the IE for a couple of beers?!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Double D: when the G confirms he’s buying every round. Appearance fees have gone up!

      • The G says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Ha. I’ll buy the first round and we can go from there. We cant let the lady buy a round J…unless ur Jack Full of Shit…lol.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @The G: I working on razzball wages. I have to be cheap. For every two rounds you buy I’ll get one…..and the correct way to address cheap me is jack full of frugalness

          • The G says:
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            @J-FOH:
            Jack Full of Hand-Me-A-Beer it is…lol. I’ll probably know the bartender whatever spot we go to so the two-for-one drinks might be on ur tab…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @The G: that’s what I’m talking about.

  16. Double D says:
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    I’m just looking forward to proving I’m a lady!! Let me know when & where! :)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Double D: that makes sense. No one looks forward to meeting a B level razzball writer

      • Double D says:
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        @J-FOH: I very much look forward to meeting you & being able to have a few drinks with you & The G. I also look forward to seeing the look on your face when you see that I really am a lady. No bullshit! :)

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Double D: with a name like Double D you have a lot to live up to. Grey will be stoked if we can confirm a fifth girl reader

          • Double D says:
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            @J-FOH: I think you both will be pleasantly satisfied…

            • J-FOH

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              @Double D: I like the confidence

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Jack Full! David Peralta or Byrd ros? Thanks!

    • J-FOH

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      @Jerry: Perlata

  18. Alex says:
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    Since we’re down to the playoffs, would you take Gose over Burns? I need some SBs this week, and Burns hasn’t been running (unless he’s been getting called out).

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @Alex: gose

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: hahaha, he needs to show some props! My post came out before his

      • Carnac says:
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        I know! When I saw that tweet I was like, could be innocent, but hmmmmmmmm….

        • J-FOH

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          @Carnac: Razzball is like ABBA, there are a lot more closeted fans than people admit….huh?

          Oh and I quote you in my Trash Treasure post today….I talk about Seager

  19. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    i thought ISO was just slugging minus batting average (i could be wrong), but that doesn’t really tell XBH to at bat, but XBH to non-XBH (single). Slugging is probably better used for this, at least in the instances of certain batters that go well out of their way to hit too many singles, or too many non-singles. Lead off guys probably try to hit too many singles, not necessarily due to not having power of course (although most probably don’t). Then there are donkey types that do the exact opposite and generally i’d bet they have great ISO’s due to never trying to hit singles, thus their AVG are terrible, making their ISO great looking, since it’s only a measure of slugging to AVG. ISO would be useful if what we are talking about is a good hitter in general (like goldy/harper), or really any line drive hitter. So from above Laroche’s ISO is just bad, since if he was hitting well his ISO should be pretty large, being that his AVG is so awful, the gap between slugging and AVG for him should be bigger.

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