After blowing his fifth save Thursday night, giving up three walks and two runs in the ninth, John Axford has now blown four save chances in his past five appearances. Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss said Friday that John Axford would be removed from the closer role. But from the looks of the quote, it sounds like Axford could potentially gain the job back, especially if the replacement candidates don’t prove to be worthy. Rafael Betancourt, Tommy Kahnle and Justin Miller are the three possibly unworthy candidates, and names you should consider adding if you are searching for saves. Rafael Betancourt would seem like the obvious choice if not for his 4.88 ERA. He does have that much sought after closer-experience, though. Kahnle, on the other hand, is rocking a much nicer 2.96 ERA, and a 1.80 ERA for the month of July and seems like a more suitable candidate. Justin Miller has the best numbers of the bunch (0.90 ERA, 0.60 WHIP in just 10 IP), but also holds the least experience. The situation will certainly be worth monitoring over the next few days, but one thing is for sure, you probably won’t really be happy owning any one of these guys. However, if you need saves I’d add Betancourt, Kahle and Miller in that order until we see how this shakes out.

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

Dominic Brown –  2-for-5, HR (2), SB (3). Homering on back-to-back nights! Just like the good ol’ days. It was the first time he’d homered in back-to-back games since his insane June 2013. He also stole a base cuz he’s baller like that. I would love more than anything to recommend you grab Brown. I mean, what have you got to lose? He’s available everywhere and maybe he’ll hit another 11 homers in two weeks. Maybe he won’t. Where’s Tehol when you need 500 words on Dom Brown?

Mike Napoli – 1-for-2, 2-run HR (13). Mama mia! This is what its like back in old Napoli. Mike is batting .317 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in the past two weeks. He’s also available in over 80% of leagues. If you need power, grab him while he’s hot. Because he’s going to get cold again soon.

Brock Holt – 2-for-5, run. Speaking of hot potatoes, no one gets quite as hot as the Brocket, when the Brocket gets hot. He’s struggled for a while, but he’s leading off in place of Mookie Betts and has hit safely in his past three games. Pick him up if he’s out there.

A.J. Pierzynski – 3-for-4. Everybody needs some catcher sometimes. Sometimes that catcher has to be A.J. Pierzynski. I know, I don’t like it either. But he’s batting .417 in the past week with a 7-game hitting streak. I won’t tell nobody if you have to pick him up.

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-5, run, RBI. Remember when he went ice cold for like a week and you dropped him? That was dumb. That’s me talking to myself. He’s hitting .300 with 4 runs and 2 SB in the past week. You should probably pick that up if he’s on your waivers.

Jung Ho Kang – 3-for-4, 2 runs, RBI. Grey told you to BUY again and he continues to hit again. Why don’t you listen!? We are only trying to help you. Honest!

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, HR (18). Marlon keeps a go-bag on him at all times just in case he gets traded, or is called into Quantico to consult with the BAU on a serial murder.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-5, run, 4 RBI and the GW single. Josh and Tulo celebrated post game by getting really drunk in the woods and getting matching Canadian flag tattoos.

Johnny Cueto – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Welcome to the American League, Johnny. Meet the Blue Jays. Next week you get the Tigers. You poor bastard.

Taijuan Walker – 9.0 IP, 1 hits, ER, 11 K and his 8th win. Yes, and yes, me and Tai are best friends again. No, and no I wouldn’t start him in Colorado next week.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-5, HR (27), 2 RBI. Batter up! Errrtime! Nelly is batting .344 with 6 homers and 10 RBI in the past two weeks. Imagine if you sold this guy low before the All-Star break, how terrible do you feel right now? Am I making it worse?

Elvis Andrus – 2-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI. I am not certain and I definitely don’t have the time to check, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve mentioned him all year.  He’s batting .333 with a HR, SB, 6 runs and 5 RBI in the past week. Good on you, Elvis!

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (8). I hate that I recommended you buy him then he comes out and says I’m not getting better and I never will be. Whoa. Way to make me look bad, Adrian! Next time keep it to yourself.

Manny Machado – 2-for-3, 2-run HR (22). Why don’t I own you anywhere? Seriously what drugs was I on? Am I still on them? I am? Chill.

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 3-run HR (17). Adaaaaaayum! Jonesy has now homered in back-to-back games. To celebrate post game I took Adam out for crab cakes we saw Straight Outta Compton at the movies. We had differing opinions on the movie, but we could both agreed that is was a definitely film with a plot, climax and ending and several characters who were fleshed out over the 2 hour run time.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (28). ALL HE DOES IS HIT HOME RUNS!

Jefry Marte – 3-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI. I don’t know who you are, but if you’re not Miguel Cabrera I don’t care and I’m not interested.

Will Venable – 3-for-6, run, RBI, SB (8). He’s batting .360 with two stolen bases in the past week. If I’m not mistaken, that sounds like some sweet SAGNOF.

Jedd Gyorko – 3-for-4, 3 RBI. You are really testing the limits of my resistance to you and your excellent name. Not gonna do it, Jedd. Sorry, not this time.

Carlos Rodon – 3.0 IP, 8 hits, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. And drrrrropppppped.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, run, SB (9). I’ve been drafting Adam and picking him up for almost two years now and I don’t think he’s ever been as valuable as has been in the past two weeks. It’s all happening. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

Jose Abreu – 1-for-2, 2-run HR (18). Just hit 22 more and you can still come to my niece’s quinceanera.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3, HR (19). “H-R to the Rizzo!” And that’s me quoting Grey!

Dan Haren – Traded to Cubs. So much for getting traded back to Southern California. Don’t worry, Dan. Chicago is like the LA of the Midwest.

Shane Peterson – 2-for-3. With Carlos Gomez shipped away, it’s good fantasy practice to watch that Brewers outfield closely. Peterson could see a lot more at bats over the next few weeks, let’s see if he can take advantage, or fail miserably.

Wellington Castillo – 3-for-5, GW HR (11) in the 10th inning. He’s now homered four times in his past three games! That’s like 1.33333333 times a game!

Preston Tucker – 2-for-4. Hey! You promised me last week you were going to pick him up! What gives?! Well, he’s still hitting baseballs, so now’s your last chance to BUY.

Michael Wacha – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, BB, 7 K and his 12th win. I am still waiting for those regression fairies to visit Wacha, but the jokes on them. Michael has state-of-the-art fairy repellent developed by the same scientists who designed the Arch.

Danny Salazar – 8.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 0 ER, BB, 4 K and his 9th win. That’s how you pitch a baseball game, K-Zar! If you could just do that every time out, preferably with a few more Ks, that’d be great. Thanks!

Kendall Graveman – 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He has been down right awful, but he is a young A’s pitcher, and I know better than to ever doubt them. I will be watching him closer than I watch True Detective. That is, with a pen and paper taking notes because I have no idea what’s going on.

Mike Trout – 3-for-4, HR (32), 3 RBI. Michael has hit a home run every Friday since we got married in Dallas a month ago. You are welcome.

Mark Teixeira – 3-for-6, 2 HR (28), 6 RBI including a grand slam in the second inning. The Yankees scored 12 runs on 18 hits, and the ol’ olds got it done again. Alex Rodriguez was 2-for-2 with 4 runs, 3 BB and an RBI. Combined they have 75 years, 52 home runs, 101 RBI, 40 oz. of used Bengay and over 170 nap time hours.

 

 

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. Mike says:
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    Trying to move Schwarber in a keeper league where he’s eligible for next year in the 15th

    Which would you rather have. Schwarber/Mchugh for Chris Davis/Jason Hammel
    or Schwarber straight for Kris Bryant (he can’t be kept next year)

    Or hold?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Mike: If you think Bryant can help you win this year I might do that, otherwise I’d go with Davis and Hammel.

  2. Christopher says:
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    I need an OF. Pick up Granderson, Tucker, Byrd? Also need a 2B, add Forsythe or Holt?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Christopher: Tucker and Holt

  3. Slimbo says:
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    What kind of return could I get for Bautista in a keeper?

    Need a pitcher…is cueto to much to ask for?

    A guy wants him and has a few players I’m interested in

    Gallo, cueto, wood, pence, Wong

    See anything you like for Bautista?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Slimbo: Cueot for Bautista seems fair. If you spin it right you might even be able to get him to throw in another player like Gallo or Wood.

  4. Steve says:
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    More upside down the stretch, Dom Brown or Guerrero (who will have a couple weeks of the hot corner to himself)?

    Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Steve: For now I’d have to go with Guerrero

  5. Vogt or Die says:
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    Schoop odor or Lindor?

  6. Wolfie says:
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    Just like the Dodgers, I’m getting rid of Bolsinger…who on the wire should get his spot for the foreseeable future?

    Jeff Locke
    Roenis Elias
    Kendall graveman

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Wolfie: Not crazy about any of them. Locke for now I guess

  7. osnam says:
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    I’m looking to pick up Osuna. Do I drop Latos or Corbin. Or do I drop Parra or Grichuk. Thanks.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @osnam: Drop Grichuk

  8. Dusty Baker says:
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    In 5×5 NL only – roto – 10 Teamer – redraft – no Bench- unlimited DL ———- who like better ROS ————— W Flores or Jace Peterson? ——————-and What is your Take on B Moss , is he better ros than say, Alonso ? ———————I have a very good staff, and am thinking of selling on Harvey – could use a nice Bat —–is Rizzo or the rights to Cespedes a good return ? ———————————- I just picked up Dom Brown last week, for some reason, since Ryno stepped down the phillies have stepped up their game, not sure if its because of the competition as of late, but they are scoring some runs, and have won like 12 of their last 14 games. I thinl Brown is worth a flier, and may turn out to be a gem for row ———— good read, thanks for your input- DB

    • Dusty Baker says:
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      @Dusty Baker: ——ahhh correction – Philly has won 11 of their last 13 ————– not too shabby for the worst team in MLB. :)

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Dusty Baker: Brown is certainly worth a flier, it can’t hurt right? Rizzo sounds like a nice return for Harvey, Cespedes seems more likely though. I’d take Flores over Peterson, and Moss over Alonso.

  9. hondo says:
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    I had to google BAU.How are you so up to speed on that?I’m a little scared.

    Anyway. Would they be able to find me if I over reacted to the Cano-Travis 2B-MI trauma and just put out contracts(I couldn’t just say hits in a baseball forum, c’mon) on all the MLB 2B guys? I’ve only got $117,so if I have to deal with any callups from the minors,I’ll have to deal with that myself.You in?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @hondo: Criminal minds on netflix. I am way ahead of you man, I’ve had the rights to the Pedroia “contract” for weeks now.

  10. handy afterall says:
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    Howdy. Panic setting in here. 17-team roto redraft, I’ve been in first since May 5th (thanks to the fine folks at razzball). In the last couple days, I’ve lost Devon Travis, Justin Turner, Pinetar, and Dickerson to injury, and Soria to role change. This league allows only 15 total add/drops per season, and I’ve got but 1 lowly move left. The waiver cupboard has been picked pretty bare, so replacing those guys is impossible…but I’ve gotta do something.
    League offensive categories are the standard ones, plus Hits, Walks, OBP and SLG.
    My waiver options are:
    A. Russell
    A. Hicks
    Ozuna
    Cron
    J. Lamb
    A. Guerrero
    Piscotty
    Coco Crisp
    Chase Utley
    Desmond Jennings
    Corey Seagar

    Any advice on which of those to prioritize would be appreciated. I’m in the top 2-3 in all offensive categories, and need to stay there. Last move, so I’ve gotta value reliability over schmotato status
    Thanks again!

    • Dan Pants

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      @handy afterall: Tough call! I like Guerrero for the time being, but ROS I think you’re safest bet is Russell, He may not be as good as some of the other options but I think the playing time is safe.

      • handy afterall says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks, Mr Pants. I had actually dropped Russell to activate Dickerson, but I’ll be happy to have another young Cub (redundant!) on my team. On a related note, do you think schwarber’s playing time is safe, even after montero comes back? Montero seems like he’s feeling the pressure, wanting to get back as soon as possible.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @handy afterall: Unless you have an empty spot in your starting lineup, I’d hold the move for now and see where you are in a couple weeks–I’ve played in a 20 moves/yr league for years and you’ve gotta hold those moves as long as possible. If you do have a hole in your lineup, I agree with Dan (position-dependent, obviously).

      • handy afterall says:
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        @Steve Stevenson: thanks for the advice, Mr Stevenson. I’ve actually got 3 open roster spots, at the moment, so I’m really feeling the pressure to use that last move. I’ve been petitioning to go from 15 moves to 20 moves (or for the league to include NA slots for prospect speculation) the last two season, but no one’s having it. I much prefer having a restricted number of moves, rather than something like 50, but 15 is just too limiting
        Good luck in your league(s), man!

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @handy afterall: I think Montero is the guy when he returns.

  11. Chicken Dinner says:
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    With Cespedes going the the Mets and Turner pimp slapped would you want Guerrero or Conforto?
    They both look to have flip flopped as far as PT goes.

  12. Abdoozy says:
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    Two questions for you Mr. Pants..

    12 team H2H redraft league (well, we have 2 keeper slots but I already have Trout and Harper). I’m offering VMart and Alcides for Goldy. I can move Bogaerts to SS and use the open UTIL slot for streaming, question is, will the commish think this is fair, considering I got both VM and Esco off the wire?

    Also, who the hell is this Shaw dude on the Sawks and should I just chalk today’s output up to Rays “pitching”?

    Thanks. You da man!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Abdoozy: It seems like you’d need to offer more for Goldy but if he accepts then sure it’s fair! Just one game for Shaw, let’s see him keep this up, but with panda in the doghouse, Shaw could certainly see more starts if he hits well and Sandoval contineus to struggle.

  13. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Great stuff on this fine Saturday. Thanks Dan!
    I’m trying to solidify my bullpen for the ROS…(15 team 5×5 roto, Currently 1st in saves, 20 more saves than 2nd place)

    Just lost Soria and traded away Ramos, but grabbed Alex Wilson, Vizcaino, Betancourt, Kahnle and Mujica. Now my “closers” are: K-Rod, Vizcainno, Mujica and Wilson, with possible saves coming from Betancourt and Kahnl. (seems a little shaky for ROS, even though I have a 20 save pad)

    Was thinking about offering my Mujica for Bruce Rendon. That way I SHOULD have the 2 odds on favorites to run with the tigers closer job.

    Is that a good idea, you think? Or should I aim to get more from Mujica?

    • Dan Pants

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      @LittleJoeyCora: I think you have a nice enough cushion where you can hold with what you have right now. You seem to be pretty good on the wire so you’ll have plenty of opportunity for more SAGNOF.

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah, maybe I’m going a little crazy with the saves… Thanks for the help!

  14. Jaymz says:
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    Nice post Dan Pants.

    I need W’s as that stat is close between everyone in my roto league (10-team mixed). I have Nola (vs ATL), JRoss (@ NYM) and Lynn (vs COL) today. Which of those have the highest chance for a W do you think? My dilemma is I’m already over my IP projected limit, so I’d rather not start unless chances are good.

    Thanks man!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jaymz: Sorry I got this late. I would have said go with Lynn, so better I didn’t see it in time.

      • Jaymz says:
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        No worries man.

        The obvious choice was Lynn and I benched Nola and Ross. Whatever.

        I can’t believe Ross is still around 20% owned. I must be missing something.

  15. Green monstah says:
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    Hey there Mister Dan!

    In a h2h points / weekly lock league which bar would you look to add for next week’s matchup & possibly beyond.

    Adam eaton, melky Cabrera, Preston Tucker, Jung ho kang, alexei Ramirez, Gerardo Parra, Jayson werth or stash Corey Seager?

    My starting bats;

    C: Vogt

    1b: encarncion

    2b: howie Kendrick

    3b: Todd Frazier

    SS: Carlos correa

    IF: Kris Bryant

    OF: Bryce Harper

    OF; puig

    OF: joc pederson

    OF: Jay Bruce

    DH: Hanley Ramirez

    Utility: Carlos Santana

    Next week consider benching joc pederson for one of the above listed OF?

  16. Josh O'Neil says:
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    Linder or sang in a redraft league?

  17. iifish says:
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    Realmuto or Swihart ROS, and next year (25 & under roster league)?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @iifish: I like Realmuto this year, but Swihart next year. You should probably go with Realmuto, he playing time is more consistent

  18. Luvdarooks says:
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    Bench pederson in favor of DBrown this coming week? Both face two lefties

    Can’t believe I’m even asking that? !

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Luvdarooks: Sounds crazy but yeah I might do that. Brown is hot

  19. Alex says:
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    Trying to fill my last utility spot…How would you rank these for the rest of the year?

    Panik, Hicks, R. Castillo, Franco, Inciarte.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Alex: Franco, Castillo, Inciarte, Hicks, Panik

  20. Luvdarooks says:
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    Big FAAB question. NL 5×5
    I’m in first but tight in AVE HR RBI Runs
    In that order
    2 teams r ahead of me in Faab with 100 93 I have 89 left to bid.
    Next behind me is 77

    The big 3 r
    Cecpedes – moss – Reyes
    ONE Problem is I have MCUTCHN POLANCO GRICHUK SOLER PEDERSON AS oF so one has to be benched (after September. – see below)

    Since there is a salary cap until sept 1, I probably can’t use the pickup till then. ( no prob) I’m up by 15 pts

    I just have to keep all these AWAY FROM the contending teams and I figure add at least one.
    Reyes does not appeal because of his lack of power but my team can bench uribe for him. He is a better fit but I’m thinking go for the OF
    SO…..
    How much should I bid and for whom?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Luvdarooks: I’d bid big on both Reyes and Cespedes, if only to keep one or both from your competition. If you do end up Cespedes I’d be benching Grichuk, who may very well see less abs with Moss there anyway.

  21. Maximumxpower says:
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    Grichuk, Tucker, or Werth ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Maximumxpower: I”ll take Tucker

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