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Nothing would make me happier than seeing the Angels be competitive. Wasting Ohtani and Trout is not fun. No one deserves anything. No one but Ohtani and Trout. Give them a chance! Give Ohtani a chance! Let Ohtani get in a World Series, toe the rubber, not like Quentin Tarantino thinks about that phrase, and pitch a shutout while hitting a blast or two. Give us that shizz in our eyeballs! If helping that is Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez being traded to the Angels, then we welcome it with open arms, which sounds like lyrics from Calling All Angels, so it makes sense. Reynaldo Lopez and Giolito were previously traded from the Nats to the White Sox, and, appizzarently, they share a travel agent. Lopez will work the 8th, and Giolito will fix that rotation. He’s going to a relatively similar ballpark, and he allows too many homers and walks, but he should be able to maintain a 3.60-3.80 ERA and his 9.5+ K/9. It’s coming at a good time for him too, I hear. “Let’s go!” That’s Giolito throwing his wedding ring into Lake Michigan. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mets being quite active at the trade deadline as Noah Syndergaard and Amed Rosario are both on the move. Teams known for fixing pitchers taking turns passing around Thor, like he’s a Viking TV show being passed from channel to channel. “Yo, did you see the Vikings show? The one on Netflix…uh, wait, Prime…wait, was it Hulu…uh…I mean History Channel?” Then when you figure out which channel, you have to figure out which show they mean. “The one with Ragnar? Uh…wait, like, everyone one has a Ragnar.” Any hoo! This does nothing for Syndergaard, because he has so many issues, besides which team he pitches for, but he should be better in Cleveland. So, I can see an AL-Only flyer, absolutely. As for Amed Rosario, the Guardians got better by getting rid of Amed, so what does that say for his season so far? That’s not to say Gabriel Arias is great, either. Dodger Stadium is better than Progessive, so it could help a little with his power, but he’s a 7-homer hitter. Don’t think he even plays every day. Maybe most days, or the Dodgers have other moves they’re going to do. Or Dodgers were trying to bring in the gold diggers by bringing in Amed.

Zach Eflin – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.64. As frequent commenter Fred Garvin MP said, “You should start Eflin against the Orioles, Phillies, D Backs, and Jays like others have in this league. Start him against the A’s, Royals, and Marlins: No Sir. Eflin now has a 5.55 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 7 starts on that team.” In fairness, the Marlins aren’t terrible.

Jorge Lopez – Traded from the Twins to the Marlins for Dylan Floro. That’s also Ben when he does something stupid. Ya know, Floro’s for J. Lo. *dodges tomato* What?! Lopez might see some saves, but the Marlins are buyers, and will likely add another arm.

Bryan De La Cruz – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer, hitting .271. Rays’ PA announcer called him Brandon the first two at-bats, then called him Bryan before his homer. Let’s go Bryan!

Sandy Alcantara – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.46. He’s back, baby, he’s back! *sees the Rays have hit .222 in the last month, which is worse than the A’s* Well, it was a good start from Sandy, we’ll have to see if he can keep it going.

Elehuris Montero – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, as he was recalled with Bryant hitting the IL. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Montero has been great in the minors, and never plays when called up for the Rockies.

Michael Toglia – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer. That the Rockies have a bunch of power-hitting prospects that have, like, two or three homers is so damn funny.

Alex Verdugo – 0-for-4, hitting .271. Cora said of Verdugo, “They’re trying to disconnect him from the equation.” Um, E=MC Huh? Yo, is Cora hanging out at Harvard writing equations on windows? What does any of that quote mean?

Brayan Bello – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.66. Bello on a shortlist of possible 2024 sleepers, but, guys and five lady readers, I do hate starters in Fenway. It is not easy. There’s no give-me, baby! Not sure why I just screamed like Dick Vitale.

Triston Casas – 2-for-2 and his 15th homer, 3rd homer in four games. Mi Casas es mi Casas. I ain’t sharing.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer. Albies sure to draft him next year (when he’s injured on April 2nd and misses five months of the season)!

Yordan Alvarez – 1-for-2 as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s Get Him In Your Lineup Department said, “I’m wearing all pink clothes because I mixed my whites with my reds. Not because of Barbie.”

Yainer Diaz – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer. Great sign that he hoemred with Yordan returned from the IL! Less great, Diaz didn’t start.

Framber Valdez – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.29. So many of my pitching staffs are almost fifteen-thousand percent reliant on Framber. That’s not worrisome at all! Besides just not being good, I’m concerned he’s not healthy.

Marcus Semien – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer. Semien really puts himself out there. Ew.

Adolis Garcia – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer. Never happened, ignore.

Nathaniel Lowe – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .286. Have begun to think of him as Yawniel Lowe.

Lance Lynn – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 6.47. Scouts were seen at the Cubs/White Sox game, scouting Lance Lynn. They had a clipboard filled out, marking his best fastballs, offspeed and crotch grabs. In all seriousness, if the Rays trade for and fix Lynn, they deserve all the rewards that come with that.

Marcus Stroman – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.51. Shoot, Rays, trade for Lynn and Stroman, and show us what you’re capable of!

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-5 and his 15th homer. With all scouts there to see Stroman and Lynn, Cody pranced on his hind legs like Santa’s Little Helper, trying to get them to notice him.

Carlos Rodon – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 5.75. Wish it was a resounding “Hell yeah” instead of a “Yeah, I guess that’s better,” but at least it was better.

Lars Nootbaar – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. He has 31 RBIs! Adolis Garcia had 30 RBIs in April! Yo, Nootbaar, get your ass back to the snack bar and get me some ribbies!

Nolan Gorman – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer. Cool, why is Jordan Walker not in the lineup? Can the Cards please trade away a future All-Star outfielder already? By the by, Gorman’s 2nd homer was a flick of the wrist that went like 420 feet.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. Au Shizz!

Zac Gallen – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.36. A good pitcher doing poorly? That’s weird! What’s the meaning of this?

Christian Walker – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer. The Shepherd said, “Flock you, ball!”

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games. He’s played 20 games this year, and is two homers behind Jose Abreu. *awkward thumbs up into mirror*

Bryan Reynolds – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, 2nd homer in four games. One good thing about Reynolds stinking since April is he suckered Bob Nutting into an 8-year deal.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, and 3rd homer in three games. Hot schmotato alert!

Johan Oviedo – 6 IP. 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.60. Streamonator is actually positive for Oviedo’s next start, and looks like a good chance to stream, and I’d guess he’s a two-start pitcher next week, though I admittedly don’t know the Pirates’ schedule.

Juan Soto – Will undergo an MRI on his finger, which has been bothering him for a while. Cool, like, ‘a while’ meaning two weeks or two years?

Seth Lugo – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 hits,, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.62. P to the erhaps, the wildest part of Lugo is he’s actually pitching better than his ERA. He’s been very solid this year.

Tony Gonsolin – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.25. Gonsolin regressing like I want for all pitchers I don’t roster. Thank you, Regression Fairies. Stack them bodies.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer. Next year, I will be drafting Merrifield so he can finally be crappy.

Yusei Kikuchi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.79. Lisa Loeb’s fantasy team, “Yusei I only hear what I want to,” is having a nice H2H week. His peripherals ‘sei he is solid, but they ‘sei that every year and he’s not.

Kyle Bradish – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.29. Was having trouble locating anything but his fastball, and he got singled to death like a stripper on CSI.

Gregory Soto – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 4.42 as he got his 2nd save. Him and Ginkel were my favorites to get saves for their teams in the preseason! Now we’re in business! *dodges tomato* Okay! Not my best calls! Not as good as fading Acuña! *tomato hits forehead squarely*

Gavin Williams – 4 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.35. Can we get an Opener in front of Gavin? Also, I go over him in the video at the top of the page.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a double slam (15, 16) and legs (13). Just struck me that Jo-Ram must be heading for a HOF career, and, maybe he gets there, but I looked at his career stats and Shruggy the Emoji.

David Fry – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .288, as he backs up Bo Naylor, and has two homers in three games. David Fry? More like Deep Fly! High five me right now! No? Okay.

Freddy Peralta – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (zero walks), 13 Ks, ERA at 4.46. FreddyKBB walking back into my life like Jessica Rabbit and I’m Bob Hoskins and if the animation is rocking don’t come knocking.

Bryce Miller – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.96. With all batshizz crazy pitching is, Miller’s been almost reliable. This start was a negative on SON, how’sever, but Streamonator loves his next start, and I don’t see why not.

Dylan Moore – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer, and three homers in four games. The M’s lineup reads, “D. Moore, Wong,” and now I’m seeing Dudley Moore in the buff and dry heaving.

Julio Rodriguez – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 17th homer, and 3rd homer in two games. Hot Rod vroom vroom.

Matt Wallner – 2-for-4 and his 3rd and 4th homer, and three homers in the past two games. Matt Wallner sounds like a foreign correspondent. “We now go to Liberia, where tensions have exploded in recent days. Matt Wallner, your report…” Any hoo! Wallner is a hot schmotato, clearly, and has huge power — 35+ homer power — if he could hit for a better average than .220, I’d be surprised. He might be the type to come up, and MLB pitchers don’t know his weaknesses, so he exploits pitchers until the word is out on him.

Joey Gallo – Left with a heat-related illness. Twins are saying he’ll be fine after administering an IV. Thank God for fours!

Edouard Julien – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer. Eddie July is breaking out, methinks, and me talks like a leprechaun.

Joe Ryan – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.06. His peripherals are up there with the most confusing. He has a 10.9 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, and 1.55 HR/9. That makes no sense. If you can control your pitches that well, you don’t leave the ball where a hitter can homer. It’s so baffling. He should be an ace, but he’s allowing more dong passes than a labradoodle in heat.

Marco Luciano – 0-for-2 as he was called up, and hit 8th. Giants setting their infield double play combo to be Marco! Thairo! Marco! Thairo! So, Lucky Luciano or lucky us that he’s being called up? Here’s what Itch said this preseason, “Marco Luciano has lost some of that new-car shine over the years as people settled into the reality that he was unlikely to steal many bases, but I think 2022 was his most encouraging season as a pro. Nothing was particularly loud (.263/.339/.459), but his plate skills looked okay (9.6% BB, 22.2% K) and he was 20 percent better than league average against older players during something of a grind-it-out season with a two-month injury slicing it down the middle. Speaking of slicing it down the middle, I would eat Grey’s liver.” What?! In the past two years, Luciano has gone from the top 50 prospects on Itch’s list to top 75 prospects this year (though, just barely after 50). Clearly, he’s a cooling a little on him. I can see why, his MiLB numbers are less than exciting (13 HRs, 6 SBs combined, striking out 29.6% of the time in Triple-A). I could see adding him, but I don’t have a ton of faith he’ll be worthwhile in mixed leagues this year.