Not sure if I’ve ever liked Marcus Stroman before for fantasy baseball. As a human, he seems like a good dude. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with him because we’re both 28 years old, five-foot seven-inch men and we could make fun of Jose Altuve’s shortness for hours. “Hahahahaha, he’s only five feet and six inches? That is hilarious! Yo, Altuve, wait here while we go on the Mad Hatter Tea Cups ride without you!” Then Stroman would howl, “Yo, Altuve, want help getting cereal down from the top shelf?” Then I would high-five the crap out of Stroman, barely out of reach of Altuve’s high-five. Oh, milord, Stroman and I would have so many good times! Unfortch, his lack of strikeouts has always made me nonplussed (informal North American definition) and I’ve either actively ignored him or disliked him for fantasy. Well, those days are over for us two seriously-close-to-average-height millennial men. (By the way, I’m not 28 years old or five-foot-seven, so stop believing everything you read here or on Facebook!) Last year Marcus Stroman went 10-13/3.22/1.31/159 in 184 1/3 IP. What’s that, a 7.8 K/9? Oh, man, that is seriously bleh, did I get caught up in how much we had in common and forget how much we had that separated us? Hmm, I hope not. So, what can we expect from Marcus Stroman for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Let’s get something straight, as boomers say, Marcus Stroman has career ratios of 3.76 ERA, 3.64 FIP, 1.29 WHIP in 849 1/3 IP, with all but 59 2/3 IP coming in the AL East. Stroman reminds me of Johnny Cueto, without the kicks to Jason LaRue’s head. Never flashy, but Stroman was doing work for a while without a ton of fanfare. Last year, he had the 29th best FIP. Honestly, that wouldn’t have floated my arms even with water wings if it didn’t come with the uptick in Ks once he went to the Mets. Yes, his ERA from the Jays to the Mets actually went up (3.22 to 3.77), but ERA is stupid. His Ks skyrocketed, which would make Altuve tilt his head more than Stroman or I. Going to the NL used to be a good thing, because they faced pitchers instead of DHs, but that seemed to evaporate at some point in the last year. How’sever, Stroman’s K/9 went from 7.0 to 8.8 from the 1st half to the 2nd half and had a 3.28 ERA with a miserable BABIP (.332). Of course, he’s prone to some BABIP bad luck and iffy defense because he has a top five ground ball rate in the majors. His Ks only on the Mets were 9, recording 60 Ks in 59 2/3 IP. If Stroman holds these improvements to his K rates, and he’s gonna go from a ‘just okay’ fantasy number four to a number two, bordering on an ace. Dare I call him, Black Greinke. Think about it (not too hard, otherwise you will hurt your brain), a guy that always has a solid ERA and decent WHIP in almost 850 IP now is getting Ks? *insert GIF of Jack Nicholson smiling like a Cheshire Cat* I’m going to project him for a 8.5, but as stated, that could be low. By the way, not calling out anyone else’s projections but when I see Stroman’s projections with a 7.77 K/9 after he had a 7.76 K/9 last year, I’m like, “You’re just copying and pasting from last year, right? I mean, c’mon, be honest with me,” and no one replies because I’m talking to an inanimate object. For 2020, I’ll give Marcus Stroman projections of 13-10/3.47/1.27/172 in 182 IP with a chance for more.

 
  1. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Grey Happy New Year, the following question should’ve went on yesterdays post but who would you rather:

    Max Fried or Dinelson Lamet

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lamet for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy new year! Agree with Donks

  2. Golf Knife says:
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    At pick 53, should I go Bryant, Ohtani, Stanton, or Eloy? 5×5 Roto. Which two are the closest? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want Stanton but Stanton, Eloy and Bryant are all close for me in that order.

      • Golf Knife says:
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        Eugenio or Bryant? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm close too, Eugenio tho I think… still finalizing rankings

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Agree with Grey

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Donks!

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              Bonjour

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Bonsoir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy new year! Agree with Donks prolly lean Eloy tho

      • Golf Knife says:
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        Eugenio or Bryant? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Close, Eugenio

  3. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Would you trade a $13 J. Abreu for a $2 Stroman. Both have 2 years eligible left
    Thanks.
    Have a great New Years celebration on the west coast and see you as January Grey.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Abreu.

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy New Year! Agree with DT

  4. MattH says:
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    I like your first 3 pitcher sleepers. Will be interesting to see how beloved they are in RCL drafts compared to ADP.

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to January Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy New Year!

  5. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Love your shizz Grey! (wut?)

    Have a great new year you Pork-Rolled Benny/Shoobie!!!

    (just looked up some Jersey slang)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Squat! Happy new year! It’s Taylor Ham tho!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Its sooooo Taylor Ham!!

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    So it is with a heavy heart we say so long to December Grey and 2019, but wait, wait, I am so happy for January Grey and that much closer to C’s and P’s reporting!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to me fellow Jersey dude!!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      what no reply to my heart felt new years wish’s?!

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Grey’s busy eating foie gras and crepes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am in Paris right now, and on my phone, so I missed it by accident

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, man! Didn’t see it for some reason… All the best, MP! Happy New Year!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        No worries at all, I was just messin.

        Enjoy your stay in Paris! Be Safe!

        Talk to you next year!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  7. M says:
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    Off topic, but what do you think about Avisail Garcia being a sneaky-solid player with the Brewers? Only played in 125 games, but went .280/20/10, has 90th percentile speed, playing home games at Miller Park

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I think he’ll put up similar numbers, maybe a little more power.

  8. Coolwhip

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    Happy New Year!

    So the Stroman switch with rise in ERA was interesting to me too. I did a little digging, I expected to see that the Mets defense was significantly worse than the Jays as an easy way to explain Stroman’s ERA jump since he induces a lot of groundballs… and… there wasn’t. LOL. The Jays ended up being almost as bad as the Mets (already knew mets were pretty low). So in all the typical defense ratios they were pretty close. On thing i did find is that Toronto was in the top 5 of MLB for LOB, and LOB for RISP. Whereas Mets were closer to the middle.

    This could easily be just a fun fact inflated by “luck” and maybe in a small degree explain part of the rise in his ERA. Or, could just be all on him beating luck early and regressing to mean later… cough, cough… so carry on. :)

    Meanwhile, still waiting for that big Angels pitching acquisition… no? nothing? well…. okay. Boyd for Marsh is the recent rumormill, though Kluber was likely more worth the dice roll at that cost… smh. If Kluber bounces back this year this Coolwhip will turn into Sour Cream. There’s still $20ish million in payroll left to be used just sitting around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy New Year!

      No, no, stay with interesting as in good, not interesting as interesting… Never liked Stroman before, but he feels like a sneaky, Matt Cain when he was good-type, or Cueto…

      Meh, Angels are now hoping for health from their SPs

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        haha, yeah i probably overuse the word interesting for *interesting* which is something odd without clear explanation…

        Kinda like how Epstein didn’t kill himself. :-P

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Interesting how Epsetin didn’t kill himself… See?!

    • Dave D says:
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      Correction, Mr. Sour Cream, that would be $20 million in payroll to be MISUSED. Afterall, we’re talking Moreno/Eppler here. Boyd would not be a great pickup. He’s erratic. We need an upgrade over Sandoval. Not Boyd. Blah.

      • Coolwhip

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        LOL… Yes misused is correct. and yes Boyd is awful besides Ks. def does not represent a significant improvement over Sandoval. Ugh… i really want to see Mike Trout in a 7 game series… sadly Moreno/Eppler do not.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Heaney!

  9. Smitty says:
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    Nice wakeup call on Stroman. Laid off him in recent years as an after-thought but think you’re onto something. Looking at MY rankings I definitely have Stro too low. Looking forward to your 2020 rankings, and a chance for more.
    Thanks Grey, stay safe. Happy New Year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy New Year!

  10. Hernan says:
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    Happy New Year!!!! To All Razzball Family!!!, Including Donkey Teeth!!!, Time to Unwrap the Best Gift in Fantasy …, January Grey!!!!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Happy New Year Hernan!

      Here’s to 2020: the year Hernan wins his first fantasy league!

      • Hernan says:
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        Yeah!!!, 2020 Hernan will Pop That Championship Cherry!!!!!!, with advice from “La Piquina”!!!!, Burro going down!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Get him, Hernan!

        • Dave D says:
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          Sadly, it won’t be in our NFBC DC. I plan to take control there and take Hernan and Grey’s money again. I don’t think Josh Fuentes and Dylan Cease will be leading anybody to the promised land.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            My money will be mine or Hernan’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man! Happy News Year to you too!

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    What was his walk rate tho with the Mets? He had a 1.48 whip. Sure the babip should come down a little but hard to bank on that, it not like it was insanely high.

    If he’s good tho the Mets will be in business.

    What’s his adp and when do you think you will draft him?

    • Grey

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      I think he’s going real late, like after 200 overall

      • LOLmets says:
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        Whattttt. Can’t be right. Stroman is going outside the top 200??

  12. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Happy New Year to you and yours. I have one final pick for my minor league draft. I want to grab a catcher. I have a few choices and not sure who to take with the pick. These are my choices:

    Josh Breaux/NYY
    Anthony Siegler/NYY
    Logan Driscoll/SD
    Gabriel Moreno/TOR
    Ivan Herrera/STL

    Who should I take?

    • Scott Kimmel says:
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      Also Luis Campusano/SD

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Then Campusano, yeah, him

        • Scott Kimmel says:
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          have u heard good things about him?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy New Year, Scott! Between Herrera and Moreno, prolly lean Herrera

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        well I took Campusano

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  13. TC says:
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    Need 2 last spots in forever keeper.

    E. Escobar round 8
    Muncy round 10
    Benintendi round 11
    Conforto round 14
    M. Gore round 15
    Castellanos round 22

    Have a balanced roster, so it’s just best player value moving forward.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Conforto, Benintendi

      • TC says:
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        Thank you, and Happy New Year! Looking forward to the rankings.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happy new year!

  14. DonnieB says:
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    Happy Hogmanay GREY and all!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy new year!

  15. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Anyone know why my baseball razzball page comes up about an inch and a half wide only in the middle of the screen on my laptop making it to small to read. The football page is fine

    • Al KOHOLIC says:
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      It was doing this before I just had a new hard drive installed and still is doing it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…Not sure, AL, could you explain more what the problem looks like?

      • Al KOHOLIC says:
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        I just posted it on Facebook to see if anyone can help but your page shows up in the middle of the screen about an inch and a half wide rather than full screen..It will still let me go to individual post just that they are to small to read. Might be something I’ve done but not sure

      • Al KOHOLIC says:
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        I just posted it on Facebook to see if anyone can help but your page shows up in the middle of the screen about an inch and a half wide rather than full screen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never heard that one before, can you take a screenshot?

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