Patiently awaiting the Triston McKenzie / MacKenzie Gore matchup to watch it on my couch with my cardboard cutout of Mackenzie Phillips while Mack the Knife plays, wearing my Mack truck overalls. How was I built? Like a Mack Truck, baby — chugga-chugga-choo-choo. On the reals, it took me forty-five minutes to write the previous sentences because some people’s names have a capped K; some don’t; some have Mac; some have Mc, and this is worse than Zach/Zack/Zak/Zac. Stop the train and let me off. I need a mnemonic, Johnny! One of the more disappointing elements of 2020 — like, roughly, the 12,576th most disappointing thing — was that MacKenzie Gore didn’t get a call-up. He’s ready, Dads, let’s go! Not to mention, I think the Padres could’ve used him. Weird move to go get Mike Clevinger, when they likely would’ve been better with Gore. That’s a big market move done by a small market team — a small market team that’s worth like $1.8 billion, but anyway.

Before we get into 2021, I like to quickly take a scoopity-poop around Razzball to see what’s been said about MacKenzie Gore previously, Prospect Hobbs wrote about 1,200 words in his MacKenzie Gore fantasy, so I’d go check that out (seriously, you should read it if you’re interested in Gore’s entire backstory, I’m not going to repeat it here), but here’s the gist, “The curveball sits 76-79 MPH, which creates a maximum velocity band of 21 MPH for Gore at present. The slider sits in the mid-80s, usually 83-86 MPH and features late break. Both will be formidable weapons at the Major League level. There’s a lot to love here. It’s possible the Padres will want to see some improvement from Gore in controlling the running game before giving him the call, as that’s one glaring hole in his game as it stands today. Regardless, Gore is a generational pitching prospect, and as long as he can avoid career-altering arm injury, he appears to have the ceiling of a future fantasy No. 1 starter and Grey is a #2.” Hey, cmon! So, what can we expect from MacKenzie Gore for 2021 fantasy baseball?

Honestly, MacKenzie Gore > Sixto Sanchez, if both are up. That’s saying something. In fact, MacKenzie Gore greater than most fantasy number twos if he’s in the majors. That “if” is gonna be the pickle in this Vlasic battle of “Is he breaking camp with the team or no?” Everything, and I am not overstating facts here, is beautiful about MacKenzie Gore’s pitching if he’s up. I’m no prospect hound. I rely on Hobbs or Itch, so I don’t know if Gore’s the 1st pitcher to have four pitches rating out as 60-grade, but Gore’s got it. Here’s a taste (coming at cha!):

Forget Sixto and the rest of that nonsense, Gore could be better than Paddack in 2021. I haven’t been pumped for a debut as I am for MacKenzie Gore in some time. If all goes as planned, he’s a number one fantasy ace as soon as 2022. Dudes and five non-dudes, am I overstating? I’m not. In his top 50 prospects for 2021 fantasy baseball, Prospect Itch put Gore comfortably above Casey Mize, and we (Itch included) know that Mize will start the year with the Tigers, and no one knows with Gore. That top 50 is for 2021, and Gore is that high with no surefire ETA. We’re talking about a guy who could have a 11.5 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and 2-something ERA in his rookie year. Give me that biscuit, I am hungry! Am I stalling because the most important aspect here is when will MacKenzie Gore be called up and I have no idea? Yes. That’s exactly what’s happening. He is still only 21 years old and could be the pitching equivalent to Fernando Tatis Jr. Fun the Jewels meets Mack The Knifezie can I get an amen? For 2021, I’m going to conservatively say he’ll be up in June, and give MacKenzie Gore projections of 7-1/3.05/1.08/104 in 82 IP, and, I repeat, I am being very conservative. I love him.

 
  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Gore won’t have to worry about the running game, just keep guys of the bases. Problem solved.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like how you’re thinking

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I have this feeling, Dodgers will lose in seven. Only other time I had this feeling was in 2004, when Yankees had 3 zip lead and lost in 7.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be, Dodgers do look like far superior team, but that doesn’t mean anything

  3. Gator says:
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    Surprised to read an article on Gore this morning. Thought we’d see an update on the Arozarena post. With 2 outs in the 9th one of the best closers in baseball pitches around a rookie with less than 100 major league ABs coming into the playoffs to put the tying run into scoring position. He had him 1-2 and wouldn’t throw a strike again. This kid controls the ABs in the most pressure packed moments. They’re treating him like he’s Trout. Not sure your projections will age well on this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What would you update the projections to?

      • Gator says:
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        I think the power is legit and playing time won’t be an issue. I’d say 30/90/90. Haven’t seen much desire to steal yet so the speed may not get beyond you SB number. Just think your power numbers are a bit too conservative.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You might be right, but a normal season is long and if he slumps at all, Cash will start platooning him like he does with everyone…See Lowe going from insane August, to platooning some in September… I’m actually most worried about Randy’s seemingly inability to steal bases…None of this is to say I don’t still love him

          • Gator says:
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            There was opportunity and need last night for a SB and he never budged. Maybe he can’t read the pitcher’s moves yet? Thanks for your insight tho. Great site! Good laughs.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he looks fast, but his reads are terrible…He would’ve been out by 20 feet if Smith caught the ball the night before, and the night before that he was caught on a steal pretty easily…No problem!

  4. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    In an NL only keeper, do you think I overpaid to trade Gore, Paddack and Lux for Acuna, Varsho, and Ronny Mauricio?

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      Not that I’m defensive about this trade, but I made it before the season and Acuna helped me win the title this year, while my trading partner who won it last year finished 3rd.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You still want Acuna, you’re good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, gotta pay to get Acuna

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        Sorry to bore you with more details about this team, but at the trade deadline, I got the same guy to trade me Yelich and Trevor Rosenthal for Nico Hoerner, Pache, Edman, Workman , and Mauricio. Yelich is $36 and everyone else is $1 to $4 but I think Yelich will rebound next year and I think he’s worth it. Under the rules of this league, you get to maintain a five man minor league roster, so I keep using Itch and Ralph’s rankings to replenish that every year, so thanks for providing them a forum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like that trade too…

  5. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Did Margot go on his own? Can’t believe Cash would have sent him. Kershaw handled it like the pro he is, by not balking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kershaw’s throw was impressive considering how crazy it must’ve seemed to have a guy trying to steal home…I have to think Cash gave him the light

      • Schmohawks Bob says:
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        Are you rooting for the Dodgers or are you agnostic?

        I’m from LA but I live in San Francisco. I’ve never been a Dodgers fan, I stupidly root for the Angels, but when I read that Hunter Pence bought everybody a round of drinks so they could celebrate the Dodgers game 4 defeat it made me defensive and now I am all in on the Dodgers beating Tampa Bay. I’ve lived here for decades and still can’t understand what makes them so bitter. A Dodgers win on top of the Lakers will make their head explode.

        I think it was nice to see Kershaw step up yesterday and exorcise some of his post season demons.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agnostic, but I kinda want the Rays to win…Selfishly, I hate the Dodgers winning and I’m in LA and there’s no parade due to pandemic — but my luck is the Dodgers will finally win while I live here and I can’t go to a game or a parade

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            Plus you have to think about poor J-FOHs feelings.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              JFOH seems to be a Mets fan during the season, then becomes a Dodgers fan in the postseason

  6. The Great Knoche says:
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    Padres are in their win now window. Fowler isn’t getting any younger. Biggest concern is likely lack of innings this year, which means managed work load next year.

    Rotation likely:
    Paddack
    Clevinger
    Lamet
    Davies

    Who’s 5th? Lucchesi, Weathers? Morejon? If they want to compete with Dodgers over 162 games they need best they can put out there as soon as possible. Even if he is limited to 85 pitches.

    Plus lets be honest, Clevinger and Lamet are both on my “They won’t make it through spring training” radar

    I think they do what they did with Paddack and he’s up from the start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger’s not getting thru spring training, agreed there…Lamet, I think is fine…Paddack looked terrible this past year…Lots of question marks, Gore’s got room, and he’s ready

  7. Smitty says:
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    Bingo! Love the big lefthander! Don’t disagree Pads shoulda brought him up, he just might’ve been a difference maker.
    BTW, what’s Paddock’s problem? Drop in velo? Command? Injury? Big arm when right – good stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think league adjusted to Paddack and he didn’t adjust back… He was getting absolutely killed on his fastball, so his setup pitch was out and then that hurts his change too…

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! Would you swap a $19 Snell for a $4 Randy A?

    Also, forgot if I mentioned, but thanks to you guys I took home a crown in my big league + 2nd place finish in my other keeper. Thanks again as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! I’d go Snell

  9. JayJ says:
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    mackenzie gore or luis robert dynasty? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robert

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Would you try and buy low on Paddack? What do you think his valu is worth now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m worried about him for 2021

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        What is your main concern with him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Paddack? I mentioned in a comment to Smitty in this comment section

  11. Jose A. Hernandez says:
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    Would you trade Paddack for a couple of low draft picks? I need them to protect all my prospects (LHP Gore, RHP Howard, RHP Patino, LHP B. Marquez, C Bart, Alvarez, 2B N. Gonzalez, 3B Gorman, SS Luciano and OF K. Robinson). My keeper rotation at present is Buehler, Castillo. Woodruff, Urias and G. Marquez. I plan to use Howard when Marquez starts at home, and eventually Gore will come up.
    what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, that’s selling low

  12. kevin says:
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    What kind of offers would you do if you’re looking to trade Arozarena? Contract league and I already have Happ, Soto, Tucker, and Ozuna.

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