It seems like nothing can go wrong for the Blue Jays right now. They’ve won six in a row and eight of their last ten games, and last night rookie Marcus Stroman grabbed his third win in just his second MLB start, pitching six innings, allowing just one run while giving up seven hits, walking two, and striking out seven. Let the Stromania begin! After defeating the Royals last week, Stroman has now given up just two runs in 12 innings, with a 13/2 K/BB ratio. One of Razzball’s top-20 prospects going into 2014, we’ve been mentioning him for a while now. Stroman’s got a mid-nineties fastball, and a filthy slider and cutter in his repertoire. He may have what it takes to hang with the big dogs, and with the way the Jays have been playing he might become a part of something big. (Bring the American League championship back to where it belongs! Canada.) Marcus excelled in the minors this year (35.2 IP, 3.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11.36 K/9) before being called up in early May to serve as bullpen help, where he struggled a bit. However, now that he’s likely to see a considerable look in the rotation all those Ks and Ws and possibly other letters (WHIP? ERA?) could be yours.  He was a BUY this week although he will undoubtedly experience some ups and downs in the perilous AL East, but Marcus has a nice start versus the Twins next week and I’d try to add him in most standard leagues for some serious strikeout upside. And that’s coming from a bonafide Stromaniac.

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

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-4, 11th HR. When I say everything is going right for the B-Jays right now, I mean it. Brett Lawrie has a seven game hitting streak with 3 homers and 8 RBI in that span. Everything’s falling into place for the Blue Birds, and Brett’s new sleeve tattoo will commemorate the whole thing.

Jason Hammel – 7.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 8 K. Marlins slugger/heartthrob Giancarlo Stanton was 0-for-6 with 4 Ks. Yeesh. How good has Jason Hammel been? He’s rocking a 2.53 ERA and 0.88 WHIP with a 8.04 K/9. Amazingly, he is still not 100% owned in ESPN leagues. I assume those league’s he’s unowned in are AL-Only. This means the Cubs have two starting pitchers with sub-2.6 ERAs but remain in last place. Javier Baez can’t get here soon enough.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-6, HR (12), 4 RBI. Hector Rondon blew the save (1.0 IP, 3 ER), but Anthony was able to save this one with the game winning home run in the 13th inning. A to the Rizzo is slugging 1.000 over the past week with four home runs, and he’s currently the only player in the Cubs line up who’s still on speaking terms with Jeff Samardzija.

Nathan Eovaldi – 7.2 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Captain EO’s second straight start where he’s gone 7+ innings, and his fourth quality start in a row. Nate the Great is somehow still unowned in about 35% of ESPN leagues, but outside of a rough start in SF in mid-May he’s been stellar. The dude throws 100, what are you waiting for!

Rubby De La Rosa – 5.2 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. What’s the rub on Rubby? After dominating Tampa Bay last week (7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 8 K), De La Rosa took on a tough Tigers offense last night which offered him and fantasy baseballers a bit of a reality check. Still, he’s striking batters out and there is some upside here, but Rubby’s problem is he lacks a really effective third pitch. Grey told you to BUY if you hate yourself and are desperate for strikeouts. I’d avoid his start next week vs. Baltimore, but I’ll be watching him closely. And that’s not just because I’m treasurer of his fan cub.

Drew Smyly – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 4 K and his third win. Just when I think I’m done with him…Can the Emoticon make the leap to baby tiger Emoji? Find out next week as he takes on the White Sox, and I’d probably pick him up if he’s out there.

Kyle Lohse – 5.0 IP, 9 hits, 8 ER, 1 K. Ouch. With seven wins on the year, Kyle was due for a visit from the Regression Fairies but he’s been hiding out from them in the old Milwaukee cheese cellar living off warm Pabst and blocks of cheddar. It smells pretty rank in there, Kyle.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-5, HR (7). I feel like I haven’t mentioned Cutch yet this year, but seven homer is pretty, pretttaay, prettttaaaaay good, Larry! The P-Rats scored 15 runs on 16 hits but I still can’t figure out how. Russell Martin had 3 hits and 4 RBI as Kyle Lohse owners probably fell asleep in their bath tubs last night with a bottle of whiskey, sobbing, drowning their sorrows and possibly themselves. #theregoesmyratios

Jordy Mercer – 2-for-5, 2 runs, HR (3), 3 RBI. Grey told you to BUY him, which further proves my theory that Grey may be a voodoo king. It’s Papa Legba! I saw Grey talking to a shady looking man in a top hat with a cane and skull mask in St. Louis Cemetery last weekend. Although at the time I was fulfilling my Dennis Hopper a la “Easy Rider” fantasy and a lot of LSD was involved, so most of what I saw that weekend is in question. It’s like you can’t even do psychedelic drugs in a graveyard these days without bumping into your boss. Sheesh. What were you doing in New Orleans anyway, Grey? Beignets? Yum!

Khris Davis – 1-for-2, 2 RBI, SB. And guess what, kids! He can steal, too! Khrazy!

Erik Bedard – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. And the D-Rays manage to end their 10 game losing streak. Those Mariners really are hopeless against lefties. I’m almost tempted to stream Joe Saunders against them next week. In fact, I just might!

Cole Hamels – 7.2 IP, 5 hits, 2 BB, 0 ER, 7 K. Probably Cole’s best start of the season, and he’s slowly but surely lowered his ERA to 3.49. I know the Reds are really bad right now, but this was Hamels sixth straight 7+ inning start and he’s got a 45/14 K/BB ratio in that stretch. He gets the Padres next week, so yay!

Johnny Cueto – 5.0 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 5 K. OK, so he’s not Clayton Kershaw. Johnny still be good. See what I did there? The Phillies scored 7 runs off 11 hits with Domonic Brown going 1-for-4 with 3 RBI, but you probably dropped him already.

Derek Norris – 2-for-4, HR (6). If I owned both Oakland catchers, John Jaso and Norris, in my two-catcher leagues I would…well, it probably wouldn’t make that much of a difference. But it’d be cool!

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, HR (4). Machado Man! Oh yeah! Manny found out Jennifer Lawrence loves Slim Jims and he’s been in ongoing discussions ever since to head up their new marketing campaign–which is basically their old marketing campaign, just with Randy Savage’s “Machos” changed to “Machados.” Oh yeah!

Chris Davis – 2-for-5, HR (9). Chris the Dish is batting just over .200 with 3 homers in the past two weeks, slugging just .426. Khris the Dish is batting over .400, slugging over .850 with 5 homers over the past two weeks. Who would you rather own? Is Khris the real Dish? I am so conflicted.

Sean Doolittle – 1.0 IP, 3 K, 8th SV. In addition to talking to animals, Doolittle can also pitch a perfect ninth inning and strike out the side. Hey Sean, go tell that monkey you pitched a “Kimbrel!”

Chase Whitley – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 K and his first win. Probably his best start of the year, and the first start he’s lasted over five innings. Not sure if it was just the Royals being terrible though. His start next week is in Seattle and I might give him a look if I needed a streamer, certainly worth an add in AL-Only leagues.

Yu Darvish – 7.0 IP, 9 hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K and his sixth win. Y Yu mad? Yu got the win so just chill. They can’t all be one-hitters. His opponent, Trevor Bauer (6.1 IP, 5 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) pitched pretty well as well. After a four run second inning, Trevor settled in nicely and didn’t allow a hit for the rest of his outing. Bauer’s got a 35/11 K/BB ratio is still under 20% owned. He’s not Darvish but he gets the lowly Royals next week and he’s a lot cheaper.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 1-for-3, 3-run HR (4) Lonnie’s batting .326 with two homers and 15 RBI in the past two weeks. Chisenhall arrived in my lineup the day Nolan Arenado hit the DL, and the dude has been a blessing. I don’t even miss Nolan anymore, just ignore that memorial I set up for him in my bedroom.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-3, HR (2), 2 RBI. Rougned is batting .359 with a .381 OBP in the past two weeks. Nothing outstanding but he certianly doesn’t stink like his name suggests. He’s been every bit the funny-named infielder we all hoped Jurickson Profar would be.

Dee Gordon – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI, SB (36). I’m still waiting for that average to drop out. I don’t mind waiting, take as long as you need.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB. For me, stolen bases usually signify that some effort is involved. If HanRam is trying he could be worth buying. He is due for a hot stretch.

Eddie Butler – 5.1 IP, 10 hits, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. The Butler did it! Or I guess he didn’t do it in this case. I even sat Hyun Jin Ryu (6.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, 7 K, 7th win) in this one, so there’s no way I was starting Butler. I have an irrational fear of Coors Field. Grey told you to BUY for some possible rookie upside, but failed to mention two of my favorite white Eddies, Vedder and Izzard. Butler’s start next week versus Atlanta is still in Coors but definitely more agreeable. I’d watch closely but avoid.

Matt Cain – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 1 BB, 2 ER, 3 K. His only blip in his return from the DL was a 2-run HR to Daniel Murphy. Even though he always seems to be coming off the DL, Cain could be another decent trade candidate for your fantasy team, buy low while you Cain!

Sergio Romo – 1.0 IP, 19th SV. If you told me in the preseason that Romo would be one of the most clutch performers in the league I would have told you the Cowboys suck.

Julio Teheran – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 7 K, and his sixth win and fourth in a row. Teheran it up!

Brandon McCarthy – 6.1 IP, 9 hits, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K and his eighth loss. His 5.13 ERA and 1.34 WHIP might scare off some, but not I. For I, am a total whore for the Ks and Big Mac’s 72/14 K/BB ratio makes me smile. He’s prone to some blow ups and has little to no run support in Arizona but he gets the Astros next week and is much better than his ratios might have you believe.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-2, HR (2). His second homer in as many games. I seem to remember him going all bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S!) when he was called up last year too, and he ended up cooling off quickly. Still, if history repeats itself, he just may catch fire over the next two weeks before ultimately regressing to his mediocre self.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-4, HR (6). A ten game hitting streak, three homers and batting over .300 the past two weeks. There was a time that I loved Heyward like a brother. More accurately, I loved him like a Giancarlo Stanton or a Mike Trout, which is saying a lot. Whatever he did to lose my affection is in the past. Jay Hey’s got as much upside as anyone in this league, and he could be worth buying if you can find an owner who doesn’t realize how good he’s been lately.

Tommy La Stella – 2-for-4. Like La STELLA, I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers, or free agent pick ups, for fantasy help. Grey told you to BUY him if you need a boost in batting average and not much else!

Tanner Roark – 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 11 K. Roark. Roaaark. Rooooooaark! Ohhhh! He’s got the eye of the tiger…! If you asked Katy Perry, she’d tell you this was Tanner’s third straight game pitching 7+ innings or more, and he hasn’t given up more than 3 ER in a start since May 3rd. He’s not going to strikeout 11 again any time soon, but he’s worth a look next week in San Francisco. Thanks for the tip, Katy, you sure know a lot about Tanner Roark!

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3, 2-run HR (9). Left the game after taking a ground ball off the thumb. Which is a bummer because he needed it to hitchhike home. Luckily, Kevin Fransden who will likely see at bats if Rendon is expected to miss any time, gave him a ride home, but that has less to do with him being a nice teammate, and more to do with the fact that he drives a taxi part time on the weekends.

Danny Santana – 1-for-5, 2-run HR. As long as he’s leading off for the Twins he’s worth a look if you need a middle infielder. He won’t fill the stat sheet, but he’s managed 3 SBs in his past seven games and his multiple position eligibility makes him a decent add.

Phil Hughes – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 5 ER, 7 K. Well, we knew he was due for some regression, but he still managed to offer some value with the seven strikeouts. Hughes has walked just eight batters all season versus striking out 63. Yes, please and thank you! He will get the fearsome Blue Jays next week in Toronto but Phil should still be owned in all leagues at this point.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4, HR (4), 3 RBI. Razzball’s favorite dinosaur, the Buysellatops, really likes Calhoun rest of season. And although I’m still not 100% sure I’m using it right, I have to agree with the thunder lizard. Kole received some massive hype early in the season before hitting the DL and is now just 10% owned in ESPN leagues. He’s hitting .292 in the past week with a home run and if he stays leading off the Angels line up he boasts a nice power-speed combo that could really help your fantasy team, especially batting in front of Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Pick him up!

Adam Dunn – 3-for-5, 2-run HR (10), 3 RBI. The home run was the 450th of his career. Even more amazing, the Big Donkey had 3 hits! Well done you big ox. Dunn crushes baseballs like the Mountain crushes skulls (spoilers!). Adam is a Mountain in his own way, I guess. As is his custom, after the game Dunn went out to celebrate number 450 post game at In & Out Burger by ordering the first ever 20 by 20 (Donkey likes his burger animal style, naturally).

George Springer – 1-for-4, HR (11). It’s going yard. I’m yelling Springeeeeer! You better move, you better dance. He might strike out, you won’t remembeeeer! It’s those home runs, you won’t forget! Woooah! [Cue Pitbull and Keisha].

Dallas Keuchel – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K and his seventh win. That’s Dallas’ sixth straight quality start, and it lowered his ERA to 2.50 to go along with a 1.03 WHIP and 70/17 K/BB ratio in 82.2 IP. Keuchel’s hotter than San Antonio’s AT&T Arena during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. If its too hot for the Heat you know he’s probably pretty hot. The ‘Stros have themselves a legitimate ace. Meanwhile, Chad Qualls  grabbed his fourth save (7) in the past seven days, and Springer and Jon Singleton are looking like young homer-hitting fantasy freaks. Scorecard sales at Minute Maid Park have gone up 400% over the past month! The Houston Astros have a baseball team again, ya’ll!

Questions? Problems? Complaints? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long! 

 

 

 

 
  1. vinodole says:
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    Hey not Grey! :-P

    Two Q’s:

    1) Kendrys or Dickerson ROS?
    2) Mercer or Owings ROS? (Or Drew?)
    3) Hutchinson, Stroman, or Heaney ROS?
    4) Hutchinson, Stroman, or Heaney keeper league?

    I had two Q’s and then thought of two more!!

    Muchos Thank Yous

    • Dan Pants

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      @vinodole: ROS I’ll take Kendrys but it’s Dickerson for now. Same goes for Owings, I like him ROS but Mercer is the better play at the moment. I like Heaney the best this year, but I’d want Stroman in keepers.

  2. Papajeansegura says:
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    Phil Hughes, Lackey, Heaney, or Vogelsong ROS? Could you rank them?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Papajeansegura: Lackey, Hughes, Heaney, Vogelsong

      • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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        @Dan Pants: I cringe when I see Lackey and Hughes lead any column.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Yep, I hate myself for ranking Lackey first in anything, but the guy has been good.

  3. Matt says:
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    Think I mighta asked this question already but is Josh Tomlin for real? Do you think he maintains respectable ratios in the Indians rotation the rest of the season?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Matt: His BABIP is pretty low and his FIP is pretty high, so these numbers suggest he’s been pretty lucky so far. Still he’s been great so far and the 30/5 K/B rate is a nice surprise. I’d ride him while he’s hot but definitely expect some regression.

      • Matt says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks Dan, I’d assume the same with SP/RP eligible De Grom of the Mets right? Talk about minor leaguers coming out of nowhere.

        • Dan Pants

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          @Matt: Yes. deGrom’s BABIP is even lower, so definitely been a bit lucky. He’s also on the Mets, so he won’t have the win potential Tomlin does. I’d be worried about starting him vs. Milwaukee.

          • Matt says:
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            @Dan Pants: exactly. I was looking for a SP/RP thatd be valuable for the rest of the season, I play in a 15 team league that can only make 2 waiver pickups a month, so I need to use them wisely!! I need some saves but I don’t really trust Belasario even though he’s my only closer option on the wire

  4. Joesh says:
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    Stroman or Skaggs ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joesh: I’ll take a chance on Stroman.

  5. Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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    Nice write up Dan. I have Zobrist as back up for 2b he is also pos. eligible for ss-of Lawrie is 2b-3b I have Cano at 2b Segura and Reyes taking up the ss-2b/ss positions I have Longoria and Bogaerts ss/3b for 3b I got Arenado on dl now saying all that the question is Lawrie or Zobrist in your opinion

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Thanks Toe Nee! Sounds like you could benefit from trading one of your many infielders, but of the two (Lawrie and BenZo) I’d stick with Zobrist.

      • Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks its a shallow 8 teamer large rosters money league, dime to join so trades are tough to make .its also a 9×9 stat h2h each cat and very competitive. Ive been reading razzball now for about a month and im hooked tough to talk to people in the real world about fantasy lmao

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Good thing about fantasy baseballers is they’re always willing to talk about their teams. Ask your league mates about their teams as a courtesy, and if you can suffer through it long enough they will be obligated to listen to you talk about your team as well and act like they care! It’s a give and take!

  6. henncoop says:
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    Should I consider dropping Myers who has a power zapping wrist injury & will be out 6-8 weeks in order to pick up Gyorko who I finally dumped but is now on the DL? Currently have Schoop @ 2B. Hoping some time off could be the “cure” for Gyorko’s sucking & he might find his way with a fresh start …I guess the same might be said for Myers but it is a long recovery & a wrist injury. Do I need to take off the rose colered glasses & face the harsh reality that neither is likely to do much this year …Myers or Gyorko? or lose them both?

    • Dan Pants

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      @henncoop: If you have the room on your DL I’d stash Myers of the two. Gyorko may be back soon and doesn’t have the wrist injury Myers has, but with plantar fasciitis it’s hard to say when Gyorko will be back. Sorry to say it probably won’t be a very happy ending for either in 2014, but I’ll take Myers upside of the two. I wouldn’t blame you for losing both.

  7. Gavin says:
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    H2h5x5

    Springer for Rizzo or
    Sale and soria for Chris Davis

    I’d be getting the 1b and need some serious power.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Gavin: If you need power I’d definitely try to keep Springer around. I think Sale and Soria seems like a lot to pay for Davis but if you need the power he’s worth it.

  8. happyharry says:
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    Pomeranz or Stroman ?….12 team,H2H,6X6

    Thanks,

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @happyharry: I’d stick with Pomeranz for now, but Stroman has the better match up next week.

  9. RicoSuave says:
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    Great Job Dan Pants,
    Thanks for the updates!
    Would you start Carpenter with 5 games next week or Beckham with 7 games… 14-team H2H points league…
    Thanks again

    • Dan Pants

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      @RicoSuave: Thanks Rico! Wow, tough call. I actually think I might go with Beckham. The Cards have a tough week, and Carp will face some tough pitchers including lefty Bedard on Wednesday, then Strasburg, Zimmermann and Fister over the weekend.

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Dan Pants: you’re right, it’s a tough one! It seems that Beckham has better match ups next week… I recently acquired Carpenter on a trade (since I lost Gyorko) I gave up Hutchison and Porcello for Carpenter… do you think it was a fair one? ( I had to drop one of them anyway because Gio is coming back next week)
        Thanks again and keep up the good work man!

        • Dan Pants

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          @RicoSuave: Yes. I’m not a huge Carpenter guy, but he was definitely worth Hutch and Porcello. Good trade for you.

  10. Jack says:
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    In my H2H OBP league the owner of Cargo and Harper offered me EITHER of them for EITHER Bruce or R. Zimmerman. I have a DL spot open and good fill ins for either. What should I do if anything?

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      @Jack: Bruce always scares me in H2H leagues because he goes cold for weeks on end. He is a better roto player than week to week. I would probably trade him for CarGo.

      • Jack says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! The Mercer update alone would have been justification for reading your column — and then the rest — just great. Razball loses nothing over the weekend.

        • Jack says:
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          @Jack: Forgot a z. Guess I was sleeping.

          • Dan Pants

            Dan Pants says:
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            @Jack: Wow Jack, thanks! That’s high praise, Nic Cage! Much appreciated!

  11. Mcgaffer says:
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    Trade question, keeper league

    My 12th rnd lawrie/segura

    For his

    12th Teheran

    Lawrie is on my bench

    I’d have to roll with bogaerts as my starting ss the rest of the way……

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mcgaffer: Unless you need the pitcher I’d rather have two 12th rd bats than one 12th rd pitcher (but I do like Teheran a lot).

      • Mcgaffer says:
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        I feel like I need an arm, what do u think, we start 5 sp’s

        Felix
        Iwakuma
        Cain
        Lackey
        Estrada
        Loshe
        Kuroda

        Think I need one?

        • Dan Pants

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          @Mcgaffer: Eh, not really, but if you have the players to replace segura/lawrie I guess adding Teheran couldn’t hurt.

  12. jedi brainstain says:
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    Pants Man!!!

    contemplating replacing Yelich with either Span or K. Calhoun… Help me through this madness

    • Dan Pants

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      @jedi brainstain: Jedi! Thanks for reading. I’d go with Kole Calhoun, he’s got the most upside, but Span is currently hitting and is probably the safest bet.

  13. Henry says:
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    Drop cingrani for heaney? 12 team nonkeeper

    • Dan Pants

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      @Henry: I’d probably stick with Cingrani, at least until Heaney officially gets the call, but if Tony pitches poorly vs LA on Tuesday I wouldn’t be afraid to lose him.

  14. Harris says:
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    Is it finally time to drop Matt Kemp? I’m in a 10 team h2h league. No DL. Ozuna, Markakis,Gardner,Pagan all available among others.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Harris: Those are some nice free agents for sure, but I think you have to hold Kemp a little longer. If this weekend’s Coors series doesn’t wake him up, and he continues to be benched after Crawford returns then it might be time to lose him, and at least on of those players will probably still be available. Here’s hoping Kemp gets trading, a change of scenery might help.

  15. justin says:
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    Stroman or Mchugh?

    • Dan Pants

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      @justin: McHugh’s got a couple of cushy starts coming up @ Minnesota and vs. TB so I’d go with him for now.

  16. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Bench 1

    (10) Choo @Home facing Tomlin
    (15) Springer @MIN facing Gibson
    (23) Rios @Home facing Tomlin
    (57) Rizzo @Home facing Wolf (Lefty)

    2. Bench 1 2B for tomorrow –

    (55) Phillips @Home facing Buchanan
    (59) Dozier @Home facing McHugh

    3. Bench 1 for tomorrow –

    (5) Moss @BAL facing Jimenez
    (10) Springer @MIN facing Deduno
    (14) Choo @Home facing Masterson
    (30) Rios @Home facing Masterson
    (32) Rizzo @Home facing H. Alverez

    • Dan Pants

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      @SMLV1: 1. I’d bench Rios or Rizzo. Rizzo is probably the guy to sit vs the lefty, but I’d probably sit Rios cause homers. 2. I’d bench Phillips. 3. I’d probably bench Rios again. Rios is probably the safer play but Rizzo is more likely to go deep, so I’d go with him unless you don’t need the power.

  17. SportiveTricks says:
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    Hey Dan,

    Thanks, as always, for your weekend notes.

    I am going a little bit nutz between whether I should roster Wheeler, Pomeranz, or Stroman. I’d put them in that order over the long term, but Pom is simply the balls every time he goes out this year, and Stroman has the sexiest upside and I’ve already let go of both Kluber and Keuchel this year who have now been on other squads for months. Like I said, it’s making me cray-cray. Got any thoughts on this one?

    Also, can we talk more about Jason Hammel? Every time I start him I think it’s the start where he is going to come back to his career averages. But the dood keep slinging! He’s only had one start this year in which he allowed more than three earned runs, and he hasn’t given up a single HR since friggin April. Isn’t he a bit advanced in his career for things to just come together like this? Is he on the HGH?

    Thanks again, man! I do appreciate your notes!!!

    • Dan Pants

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      @SportiveTricks: Thanks for the feedback! Wheeler looks like he’s finally putting it on together and like you said Pomeranz has been pitching like a boss. Stroman may have the highest ceiling but pitching in the AL East he will be prone to some blow ups for sure. I’d stick with Wheeler and Pom for now until Stroman shows us he’s a must own. Hammel has been unreal, can’t believe he’s not 100% owned yet. Most of the advanced stats suggest he’s pitching over his head: .234 BABIP, 6% HR/FB, 2.88 FIP, and that sweet 23.3 K%. That’s a lot of geeky stats but the 3.44 xFIP suggests its not a complete fluke. The only explanation: It must be the HGH!

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Hey Dan, thanks for your thoughts.

        And, yike! Now I feel like I have to include Gausman in this FA SP situation I am struggling with. He’s dealin’ against the friggin’ A’s tonight.

        Cray-cray!

  18. Toe Nee Arm Ass says:
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    What’s your opinion on Hellickson due back in maybe 2 weeks worth anything, or too much of a gamble so a wait and see

    • Dan Pants

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      @Toe Nee Arm Ass: Tough division, struggling offense, coming off elbow surgery. He was terrible in 2013 and doesn’t have a lot of K-upside. I’d stay away until he gives us a reason to add him.

  19. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Do we still believe in Segura? I know he has been batting lead off, and while it seemed to work for a bit, he has gone back into a black hole of death again. We are going on almost a year now of rather poor production. Looking back at post as break until now he has 16 walks in 441 at bats. His walk rate 2 years ago was 7.8%, and it is now a paltry 3.3%. The guy just swings at everything, and it’s hard to see him being very productive while that continues. He was never overly patient..but this is ridiculous. The more aggressive approach is not helping him. Speed is his major asset and getting on base less obviously hurts that…also, he would obviously score more runs by getting on base in front of guys like braun/ramirez/lucroy. I know walks aren’t everything, but with his skill set getting on base more is key for him imo. It’s just really hard to be optimistic at this point, especially considering his move back to the top of the part of the order has resulted in no change in approach whatsoever.

    • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Oops, left Gomez out for some reason…getting on base more in front of that guy might help too.

    • Dan Pants

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      @JoeMorgan’sMustache: You’re right, I might have jumped the gun on the optimism after Segura stringed together a couple multiple hit games at the top of the line up two weeks ago. He certainly isn’t the monster he was in the first half of 2013, and its looking less and less likely that that player will ever resurface and that power he showed is clearly non existent. He hasn’t been awful but with the depth at SS this year he’s been a huge disappointment. Perhaps he’s more of an Everth Cabrera-type than a Jose Reyes. I burned a third round pick on him so I’m holding out hope things will get better, but you’re right, not a lot of reason for hope.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Dan Pants: I feel your pain…I still believed as well, and assumed a healthy Braun may have been part of the reason he struggled last year. But, it looks like we were both fooled! I drafted him in 3 leagues…one I moved him in preseason…was my Bautista/Segura for his Trout/Rollins…just couldn’t pass on Trout there. Another I recently moved him for Kluber…just couldn’t take it anymore, especially with .OPS as a cat in there. I snagged Alcides in there a few weeks ago and figured they are pretty much about the same at this point. Still stuck with him in my 12 team roto, and there are no good options to replace him with…so I do hope he gets better, but as we both said…hard to be optimistic. I think your Everth comp is pretty accurate. Thanks for the quick response!

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          @JoeMorgan’sMustache: oops…unhealthy Braun last year…I figured a healthy Braun would help him get back on track this year. My expectations was a similar line to what he did last year, just with more steady production…you win some you lose some!

          • Dan Pants

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            @JoeMorgan’sMustache: Yes. And with some of the middle infielders that have come out of the woodwork this year, Segura looks less and less like a smart pick. D’oh. Like you said you grabbed Alcides no problem, and how much better than him has Segura really been?

  20. arevus says:
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    Obp league which side. Beltre puig or miggy and cruz

    • Dan Pants

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      @arevus: Now that is a blockbuster trade! Puig’s OBP is ridiculous but I have to go with the Miggy side here.

  21. Project Merkin says:
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    Love me some Saturday write ups! Start doing them on Sunday DP!

    Who do you like best for ROS:
    Beckett
    Hammel
    Wheeler

    • Dan Pants

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      @Project Merkin: Thanks PM! I’d love to do them on Sunday’s but I usually work my “real” job that day. Super lame I know! I actually like Wheeler best ROS, but all three of these guys are must owns right now.

  22. dan says:
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    would you drop archer for stroman in a keeper?

    also, woul you rather have ozuna or polanco in a keeper

    • Dan Pants

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      @dan: I’d probably hold onto Archer for his start tomorrow, but yeah I think I’d make that switch.

    • Dan Pants

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      @dan: I’d rather have Polanco in keepers and its not that close.

  23. Big Mike says:
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    On my Razzball-riffic team, I have too many outfielders – counting stats include AVG, OBP and SLG separately. My starters are (as of now) LF: Holliday, CF: Ozuna, RF: Bautista, OF: Werth (RF only), UTIL: Willingham (LF only).

    So I have Eaton, Arcia, and Dickerson currently riding the pines. Think I need to change anything?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Big Mike: You might want to lose (or trade) an OFer or your always going to hate yourself for starting the wrong ones. Maybe bench Holliday until he finds his power again, Dickerson can start in Colorado but you might want to start someone else when he’s on the road. Overall, I think you are generally starting the right guys, but you might have one too many.

  24. Los locos says:
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    Stroman or gausman keeper?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Los locos: I’d go with Stroman.

  25. Joel says:
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    Brother, I am gifted in the fielding dept. but feel I am wasting a slot by benching/hitter-troning. I don’t like doing that. It’s a daily points league (4 player keeper). My leaguemates are lame and don’t want to trade. What do you recommend I do—drop a fielder or stand pat?

    Here’s my dilemma:

    Trout
    Cutch
    Ad Jones
    Springer
    Heyward
    Bruce

    I’m thinking that Jones may be enticing to someone but am not confident in an accept a trade. 1 for 1 in a points league—Who/what sort of do you think Jones is worth SP wise?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

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      @Joel: Jones has been hot lately and based on what he did last year should be able to land you a top 5 SP, I would not take much less. Kershaw, Darvish, Strasburg, Tanaka, Wainwright. If they don’t want to do it, you are better off with Jones, he is a stud.

  26. Party Boy John says:
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    better ros lind or arcia?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Party Boy John: Good question. I like Lind but I’d go with Arcia here, assuming he can stay healthy.

  27. Duke says:
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    Yo DP,

    I’m carrying two bench hitters right now in a 10-team h2h, so it’s down to dropping or trading Yelich, Taveras, or Polanco for more pitching. I can also keep any of the three in the 20th rd for the next three years, I’m leaning Yelich but Taveras hasn’t really done anything just yet…

    • Dan Pants

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      @Duke: Yeah, you need to be patient with Taveras. You don’t want to be the guy who dropped George Springer right before he hit 10 homers in 3 weeks. I’d lose or trade Yelich if you can. But Taveras or Polanco will definitely land you a lot more in a trade.

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        @Dan Pants: i remember the exact day i could hear those nooses being tied and thrown over the ceiling beams from teams who cut springer. i don’t now remember what day it was date-wise, but i remember saying it.

  28. Los locos says:
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    Dan the man, whoa!!! In the voice of rick flair.

    I have heyward
    Cabrera
    Rios
    Pence
    Brantley
    Arcia

    All my outfielders any guy you would suggest moving to acquire a 1b ? Like moss or Davis?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Los locos: Wonder boy! They’ve all been great and I can see that continuing. You would probably have to move Rios or Heyward to land a Davis or Moss type. I don’t know what the rest of your team looks like so I can’t tell you if you need a guy like that, but I like all your OFers and wouldn’t consider any “sell-high” players.

  29. happyharry says:
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    would you trade Blackmon and Porcello for His Archer? 12 team,H2H,6×6 3 yr. keeper…I can keep Archer fro $1, Porcello for $2. Blackmon not a keeper.

    • Dan Pants

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      @happyharry: I’d hold with Blackmon and Porcello.

  30. Party Boy John says:
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    rank morneau lind arcia please?

  31. Gene Parmesan says:
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    Great article today DP. Good stuff.