SAGNOF is gonna be something in the blink they’re going to call this MLB season. I was tempted to write up a Billy Hamilton dart throw, and, if this delay lasts until August, I may just do that. I’m not one hundred percent sure what to do with fantasy baseball strategy for a 50-game season, but that could be the fun. What do we punt? What do we focus on? Still hoping for a 70-game season, but that might be deliriously optimistic at this point. Do we throw steals and saves out the window completely and focus on homers? Okay, but someone is going to Tuffy Rhodes up in here, have a 14-homer August, and we’re gonna see something like, “Jesus Aguilar leads the majors in homers.” Steals might actually be the most predictable stat this year, which brings me to Jarrod Dyson. If a guy can steal 20 bags in 60 games, that doesn’t just go away. Whereas someone who can hit 20 homers in 60 games could get ice cold and end up with a five-homer season. Shizz is gonna be weird this year. I’ve come to peace with what will be an absurd season. We play fantasy baseball for fun and as a distraction, after all, and what’s more fun and distracting than seeing Kurt Suzuki in the hunt for a batting title or something similarly goofy? “Bring on the madness,” is what I mumble through my pandemic mask. So, what can we expect from Jarrod Dyson for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?

In only 68 1st half games last year, Jarrod Dyson hit five homers and .257 with 20 steals. Welp, I’m sold. Incredibly, he was only caught twice. Dyson gets on his gallop and *vroom, vroom* You might be thinking, “But, Grey, you’re handsome and amazingly smart, but Dyson is old as dirt.” Yeah, I hear ya. He’s 35 and will turn 36 in August (around the time the season will start with how we’re going). That’s fair, but Dyson was as fast as Bo Bichette and George Springer last year for Sprint Speed (28.4). For first five feet, he was the third fastest player in the majors, which is a bit goofy, but, for sprints up to 60 feet, he was the 2nd fastest in the majors, behind only Mondesi (Adalberto was 1st for first five feet too). Dyson then only drops to 6th fastest in the majors for 90-feet sprints, right behind Trea Turner and in front of Garrett Hampson. Dyson might be old, but he’s also extremely quick, and you know what old and fast makes me think of? Well, besides Rajai Davis, it reminds me that in a 50-game season, Dyson is going to start fast and have no time to tire. Someone bizarre is going to lead the majors in homers, RBIs, runs, batting average and every pitching category, but steals…Well, steals might be the easiest to predict. Leading the majors in steals will be Adalberto Mondesi. But Dyson might be a close second, and a great dart throw.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great dart throw!

    a. I need a BA dart throw. I drafted Madrigal for that. Kind of like who will be this year’s McNeil in 2019. Also, please do let us know who will be 2020’s version of Aquino. I’m all ears.

    b. MLB quote of the day for June 18, 1912

    ‘It would be useless for any player to attempt to explain successful batting.’

    Tristram ‘Tris’ Edgar Speaker, aka ‘The Grey Eagle’. Many accolades for one of the best hitters of all time. He was the first player to collect 50 doubles and 50 steals in a season. After leading the Red Sox to two WS victories (1912 and 1915), the Red Sox traded him to Cleveland. He earned 40000 per year with the Indians (today’s value 940000$) and was the highest-paid baseball player!!! He led Cleveland to their first WS in 1920 as player-manager. He is also credited with the invention of the platoon system. His accolades in brief.

    1. First in career doubles (792)
    2. 5th all time in hits (3514)
    3. 6th in career batting average (.345)
    4. 1st in outfield assists (449)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Wake Up says:
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      This Tristram sounds like a real Legend of the Fall!
      With that sweet sweet lefty swing, it’s a wonder that he was not Frizzeled by a brown bear…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If by brown bear you mean–actually I don’t want to know what brown bear means, unless it means brown bear

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HAHA — so good

            • Cram It says:
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              I’ve found myself, more times than I can count, when people are having a normal conversation and a bear is mentioned, I say “red bears”. Of course, I’m the only one who enjoys that.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha, love it

              • Wake Up says:
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                Hahaha
                You are

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Wait, what’s wrong with Madrigal? Luis Arraez is too

      B. Haha, hilarious they knew it was pointless to explain in 1912 and it still is

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        Thanks, man.

        a. Madrigal is great. In fact, I have already coined a name for him…Magical Madrigal! Apart from him, like he’s not a dart throw in my books. He was a legit draft pick. Someone from the dart throw group that is a BA plus. Hard to find that one, right? Arraez is boring. I was high on him, then you deflated my balloon and now I only dream of Magical Madrigal.

        b. Yeah, on Speaker. I didn’t mention the allegations of him being in the klan. I only read about it at the very end of his wikipedia page. Him, Cobb and there’s a list. But yeah, otherwise a great all around player – offense and defense. He played just behind 2B and would catch liners and quickly run to 2B to record the unassisted double play. It’s crazy, right? He owns that category unassisted double plays by OF hands down [“I began to study the batter during a game; when he started his swing, I knew if he would hit to my left or right and I was on my way.”]. The career MLB record for most unassisted double plays by an outfielder….is 6! Speaker!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Arreaz is boring, but batting average is boring — get dem homers and steals!

          B. That is bizarre, he’d plan to catch the ball and run it in to 2nd base? What an odd thing to worry about

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            More on bizarre, did you see this on Sano?

            ‘El Nuevo Diario reported that Odalis Ramos, a lawyer, has accused Sano and three of his friends of kidnapping, beating and threatening to hang his client, Raudy Omar Sanchez de la Cruz, during an incident last month in San Pedro de Macoris, the hometown of the 27-year-old Sano.’

            Excerpted from today’s AP report on the same.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I saw it…Eek, Sano is such a mess, hopefully it’s not as bad as it seems

  2. Wake Up says:
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    Isn’t like K’s the like literally like most like easiest like cat to like literally predict like ever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, completely, no argument here

      • Wake Up says:
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        K

  3. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    i thought Dyson was the guy who made expensive vacuum cleaners………………seriously never even heard of him lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Side gig, he does make vacuums

    • Bterry says:
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      You are correct. Dyson is the best at sucking

    • goodfold2 says:
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      if you’ve “never heard of dyson” you must play in like 8 team leagues only or some such. maybe shallow 12’ers but still odd you’ve never heard of the dude that led off for at least ARI for a while.

  4. Cram It says:
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    So you got your sprint speed, your first-five-feet speed, 60-foot sprint speed, and 90-foot sprint speed. Do I have that right?…I was about to crack a joke that you were making this up. It involved a rabbi, a box of crayons, and Costanza’s boss, Mr. Kruger. But I looked it up, and dang. When are they going to measure a batter’s blink ratio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Canseco’s blink rate was off the charts, and overall twichy-ness so I don’t that makes one bad

  5. The Great Knoche says:
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    Guy I was grabbing where it makes sense from a speed stand point is Tim Locastro. 17 for 17 on SB last year. Should be 4th OF for AZ and with universal DH, just like Dyson when he is not in lineup, any close game where someone gets on he won’t have been burned as a PH and will just come in to run.

    • Dave D says:
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      I agree on Locastro, TGK, got him on a couple DCs. Seems like a decent under the radar sleeper if we actually get this illustrious 60ish game season they’re currently teasing us with.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is fast, but I can’t see Locastro getting real PT

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tho, with NL DH and if one injury happens, who knows

        • Dave D says:
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          I would not draft him in a normal league but maybe a FA grab if he gets PT.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I could see it…He is so fast

    • Bterry says:
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      I 100% agree. Even more so with universal dh and expanded rosters. He will pinch run every game.

      Sidenote: billh hamilton should be in this same boat. If the rosters are expanded there will be a lot of late in pinch running/defensive replacements.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, agreed on Hamilton

    • goodfold2 says:
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      he’s like a 30 team option unless playing time suddenly opens up. or in DFS for steals (or really any deep league where you’d input for one day out of like 8 that he’ll start if we’re judging from the past or depth charts even now)

  6. yort says:
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    In an AL only league.

    Any AL versions besides Mondesi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For speed? Sure…Mallex, Buxton, Anderson, Andrus, Whit

  7. clayton bain says:
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    Pitching – how are leagues gonna do innings limits? I don’t think many pitchers are going to go deep into games, so the innings limit may be hard to reach. I plan on throwing as many arms out there as I can to make sure I get to the limit and maximize the counting stats.

    • Grey

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      If I were a commissioner, I’d throw innings limits out the window — no point this year — I’d have a minimum per week in H2H tho, and prolly roto, so no one throws one reliever for 1 perfect inning and tries to game system

  8. Cram It says:
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    Speaking of sprint speeds, one of my quarantine goals was to time my 40-yard dash, out of curiosity. I had envisioned a sub-5 time.

    I turned out a best time of 4.7. Pretty stoked about that, for a 40-year old fresh off the couch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t even know if that is good…It *sounds* good — what’s elite?

    • Bterry says:
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      4.7 is elite.
      Thats what I ran as a college outfielder.
      Professional nfl receivers are between 4.2 and 4.6.
      If you ran a true 4.7 in the 40 yrd at 40 years old fresh off the couch you were probably faster than Usain Bolt in your 20’s.
      What was your 40 time 20 years ago? Sub 4.0?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yo, Cram has 80-grade speed!

        • Bamabterry says:
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          Ya never know. Some undercover athletes out there. I wonder what a 4.7 would translate to in speed. I bet it would be like a 55 or something.

      • Cram It says:
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        4.7 isn’t elite. That’s like your average tight end speed. Tom Brady’s best was a 5.17. So my speed is a half second slower than a speedster WR and a half second faster than one of the slowest 40 times in football. I find it incredibly interesting that the difference between the fastest guy in the NFL and the slowest is about 1 second. ONE. SECOND.

        I was fast af in my 20’s. And by ‘off the couch’, I just meant no prepping for sprinting, minimal stretching. I’ve maintained an active/sporty lifestyle.

        • Grey

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          There’s no way the fastest WR and Tom Brady are only a second difference…If Tom Brady’s running, anyone’s catching him — I believe you’re 4.7 bc I don’t know you and you might be fast, it’s not wild to believe that…The Brady thing is wild to believe bc I’ve seen him run

          • Cram It says:
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            I know, it’s crazy. Tom Brady was my impetus for this. I’m like, that motherf’er is slow. I better have a better 40-time than him at 20 years old, even if I’m 40.

            The whole 40 yard dash time isn’t an exact science anyway. Maybe it is these days…with lasers. But that stuff has always been hand timed, as was mine. So who’s to say what someone’s TRUE time is.

            • Wake Up says:
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              I believe it.
              I chugged a sub and 5 40’s last night before my brief nap and I’m already hungry!

              • Cram It says:
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                I need to drink with you. I keep trying to have a 40 night with my friends for nostalgia and they just scoff at me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True Time sounds like a Amazon prime sci-fi show, so I’m in — Brady is slower now, right? No way he’s still that fast

              • Cram It says:
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                Oh he’s slow as sh*t now.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, okay, that’s what I figured

        • Bamabterry says:
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          I dont find it ironic. They are all fast and athletes. An avg nfl te is faster than 99.9999% of people. That doesnt signify slow. The avg te in the nfl would blow the doors off anyone I know.

          • Cram It says:
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            I wouldn’t say they’re all fast. Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning…not fast. You can be strong and athletic without being fast runner.

            • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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              exactly, p.manning and brady for sure were NEVER, in the NFL anyway, fast. baseball obv has even more of these super slow guys who could likely be outrun by athletic 10 year olds. i’d easily believe cram (or me, many many others) could outrun 20 year old p.manning/brady.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Watch Pujols round the bases on a homer — woof!

                • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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                  yeah i guarantee you i could outrun current pujols when i was 10. for reference i am a skinny, not super short but short (5-8) who played fairly high level competitive basketball from ages 12-14 and competitive basketball from ages 7-14 or so. was never good at baseball almost entirely since i didn’t wear glasses and needed them whole life but did try to play from ages 5-7 (did finally wear them from 15 or so till now), hated soccer, am too small for full contact sports like football/hockey (plus my ankles swell up like crazy bastards with skates on of any kind, esp ice). was ok at volleyball as kid and am still pretty good at ping pong. i’d guess if i went at it full since young age i would at best be a good tennis athlete if talking upside.

                  – was probably never as fast as cram is/was, but was a pretty good distance runner (pre-high school probably no worse than top 5 in my grade), even though on sprints i was a lot worse than top 5. i’m much quicker than fast. i was hard to catch in tag as young kid but couldn’t ever catch the very fastest kids either.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t spoil Cram’s day!

        • Bterry says:
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          Hahaha. Sorry Cram!!!! I’m slow as christmas so I have no room to judge. Id take you as my cf all day. I’m not saying you didn’t run a 4.7 (the article title is misleading) I couldnt break 6 im sure. I’d fall flat on my face if I even tried to run a 40 again the way my body reacts at 36. Mind thinks it can and the feet say no sir.

          • Cram It says:
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            Ha. All good! I wasn’t trying to say I was just some dude who delusionally thought he was fast with no point of reference and made a go at it out of nowhere.

            I still play baseball, in a 30 and over league. And I steal 2nd and 3rd base almost every time I get on first with no one in front of me. haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              About to draft Cram in a Razzball commenter fantasy baseball league

              • Cram It says:
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                I’ll be your Tim Locastro.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Perfect, how’s your bunting?

                  • Cram It says:
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                    I’m probably better at it than most major leaguers. But that’s not saying much.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Trust your fielding more than, say, Jose Osuna

            • Bamabterry says:
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              Adult league baseball is awesome. My legs have me at 3b these days tho. And lots of long singles…

              • Cram It says:
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                That’s awesome you’re still playing too. So much fun.

                My shot shoulder has me in CF. I can’t make the throw across the diamond. My cutoff man gets at least a one hopper.

      • Cram It says:
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        I found this part interesting. ” But if you think you can run a sub 5.0 forty, here’s a relatively easy test, can you dunk a basketball at a height of 6 feet or under? (Note, this doesn’t mean, “touch the rim,” it means dunk. If you can’t dunk, the odds of you running a sub 5.0 forty are pretty much zero. It requires the same kind of fast-twitch muscles.) ”

        I could dunk a basketball in high school…I was 5’9″ then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, you were athletic – I could touch the bottom of the net if I jumped off a chair

          • Cram It says:
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            Haha. My “ups” were always something that impressed people. *shrug*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If I were near you right now, I’d look at your calves

            • William Hung says:
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              Congrats on that 40 speed – maybe we can get a Disney feel good movie out of it????

              • Cram It says:
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                It could be called “40 for 40”.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA

                  • Cram It says:
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                    The treatment is in the mail!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Excitement!

    • Red says:
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      Liar, such BS, complete lie.

      • Red1 says:
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        Meant for “Cram” bolt, lol.

      • Cram It says:
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        You got me! I’m just making up a story out of thin air, about how I ran the 40 yard dash (4 times) to see what time I would get, then lied about my best time, so I could sound cool in a fantasy baseball site comments section, before people I’ve never met. The jig is up!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Red says:
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          Probably the most honest thing you have said in years. So insecure. 4.7, seriously. It’s sad how a “grown man” has to Lie. LMFAO

          • Shannon says:
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            Yes, a 4.7 40 yard dash at 40 years old “0ff the couch” is a utopic male fantasy. In other words, Bullcrap!?

  9. Troy says:
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    Seems to me SANGOF may be replaced with WANGOF for this short season. Were staring down a short spring training where pitchers won’t be stretched out so many will not make the minimum innings need. Further in such a short season with more meaning in each game, some teams my look to treat games more like the playoffs. We will probably see more Openers and quick hooks for match ups. Not all teams will take this approach, but it will be very difficult to tell which teams will and with what pitchers. In the end Wins which is always difficult to predict could be even more difficult this year. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that a middle reliever could end up leading the league in wins.

    On the other side of things the short season will not provide a long enough time for many of the weaker arms starting the season off as closers to implode. Even if we do get an implosion or two early on, it will probably be a committee driven by match ups. Usually someone ends up taking the job, but it takes weeks for that to get sorted out. We dont have weeks this year. I suspect this means that their is more value in the established closers than in a normal season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, completely…Pitchers are going to piggyback all the time…Starters will throw 3-4 IP… Also true, weak arms won’t have a chance to break down…It’ll be committees everywhere

      • Troy says:
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        Would be intesting to rank the best middlemen to draft.

  10. Agree on Dyson, one of those guys that just needs some love. Most likely leading off for the Pirates, pretty sure he’ll swipe a bunch of bags. Good call Grey, BTW think Tony Clark said something about 60 games not being enough. Players still hoping for at least 75-80, me too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m with you, I’d like to see 80 — I think 65-70 is realistic tho

  11. Around The Horn says:
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    Muncy and Lourdes in a 65 game season – much of a statistical difference in counting stats? Reason I ask is I might move Muncy for another need and I can get Lourdes in the FA market.

    Simulator on Baseball Reference likes Lourdes and Muncy. But, it’s a simulator.

    • Grey

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      Not a huge difference, no…

  12. BBHHI says:
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    Grey,

    Can you provide a AL-Only Darkhorse SB dart throw? THANKS!

    • Vidal Brujan, if the Rays give him an opportunity

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