I hope you don’t think I’m doing a BTO theme today with that title. I’m not Homer. When it comes to Canadian rock they are not my cup of tea, I’m a Guess Who fan. You know, the band where the “B” in BTO came from. The band loved in Almost Famous by Lester Bangs (played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Seriously, Live at the Paramount is one of my favorite live albums. From Pain Train to Sour Suite, the album hits it on lots of levels for me. Speaking of sour/sweet, I made a trade for Howie Kendrick this week by giving up Jason Grilli. Sweet! Now Howie’s got uncertain knee issue… Sour! Which leads me to my creeper pick, Justin Turner, and the opportunities that Mattingly can’t ignore. His usage patterns leave me very sour while the production of these “part-time players” is sweet! He said he doesn’t want to run Turner into the ground, unlike his bullpen, which Donny feels a need to regularly run into the ground. Yimi was such a beautiful creature of K/9. So please, take his usage with a bit of caution this week as I tell you to own him and get him in your line-up. But be careful of the sour/sweet.
This week the 9% owned Justin Turner gets 6 games with three at home against the d-backs and three on the road against the friars. Opening on Monday he gets 2 against right handers and one against his lone lefty for the week Robbie Ray. I point this out because as a right handed bat, he has been awful against lefties (.120 BA against) this year and could see the bench for this one if Donny plays the splits. Regardless of this uncertainty I like how well he has played against Arizona this year as he has a hit .333 and has dongs against both right handed pitchers he faces. He has Thurday off and if you are a batty caller I suggest Logan Morrison who is 16th on the Hitter Tron for June 11th and just missed being this weeks Creeper. He gets lefty flyballer Shaun Marcum in lefty friendly Cleveland. Are we good with this? Cool, moving back to Turner, he finishes the week at San Diego who he has gone 25 for 54 against over the last three years. With all right handers on the hill he faces Ian Kennedy (7 for 14 against), James Shields (small sample size against…thats what she said) and Odrisamer Despaigne (no sample size). Interesting note on Shields, he has great numbers this year except in the dong department. His 20.3% HR/FB rate is ridiculous like a gluten free diet. Couple this with Petco being 16th in home runs this year and I likey like Mikey.
If you have been following the Frankencatcher I got another this week who should have been owned for his Colorado series last week. J.T. Realmuto (2.6% owned) goes to Toronto this week and that’s all that is needed to say. What you want more? He kills it on the road this year (.286 away vs. .169 at home). After the Toronto series he goes back home and then you’re on your own. I’m kidding, I’d take a stab at Mike Zunino to close out the week who travels to dong friendly Houston where he has hit 5 homers over his short career.
The Top 100 Hitters, Week 10
Welcome back to the top 100 hitters for now and going forward. To be clear, this is not the ranks for the week ahead. There has been some confusion about that again, and I want to clear things up. We good? Alright let’s dive in.
- We get the return of Rendon and Puig this week after spending what felt like an eternity on the DL for Rendon and not long enough for Puig. What do you mean? Maybe it’s me but it felt like he got fast tracked pretty quick after having a setback…cust kayin’
- Regardless of Grey telling you to sell Prince I’m here to hold him…if I could get my arms around him. Wait a minute, maybe I can. C’mon over here Prince *wraps arms around him* Damn, I actually got my arms around him. Wingspan! Oh yeah, and yes hold him and ride this great draft day value.
- When the weather clears up in Colorado, Arenado should give you that 2nd round value you drafted. He is killing the road so far (16/10/26/.301) and with nothing but bad weather in Colorado it’s only a matter of time before he puts the hot corner on its head.
- I’ve held out long enough on Kipnis. His line the last 30 days has been redonkey kong. Going 26/2/15/5/.374 is the start of something beautiful. Looks like he relly was hurt last year and by writing about this I just rang the alley cat’s bell.
- I love the Trumbo trade for I own A.J. Pollock in a few places and love that the Trumblock is out of the way. Tomas and Inciarte, who both have been solid so far get a boost as I ask myself every day why I never grabbed Tomas when he was dropped. For Trumbo owners, I don’t think the park hurts him but if I had a girl like this then would anything ever hurt me?
- I’ve had a real knack this year for dumping on players and then they turn it around. Not saying it will happen here but Kemp, Cano, Cargo and Ozuna are just barely holding on to top 100 status. This group of hot garbage has been more disappointing than even their potential schmohawk status in the preseason. Bums, completely worthlesss good for nothing roster fillers.
- Looking at the Player Rater Season-to-Date and some notable names so far that even surprised me a little: A.J. Pollock (9th), Stephen Vogt (13th), Mark Teixeria (17th), and Jason Kipnis (20th). Pollock surprises me the most and I own him all over. Perception is a crazy hallucinogen.
- Sauvecito Souza is back to his playa’ ways. I still love the upside and I want him on all my teams. Even the wrist issue can’t keep this kid down and I would try to own him if you can.
- Last weeks Creeper is this weeks new add to the top 100. Billy Burns is just crazy hot and how he was only 13% last week is a travesty.I see the correction has occurred and now he is 59.3%. I hung on the rim for a technical after that dunk! JB Basketball reference!
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