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Was having a chat in the comments the other day with Razzball writer, Coolwhip, and I said to him something like, “Wonder if starters who throw weak-sauce fastballs are going to be better this year because there will be less effort, and leff esort (sic) this year is better because no pitchers can throw hard with no real ramp up to the season.” Leff esort is such a great concept. It’s like saying ‘less effort’ without opening your mouth, so it is being said with less effort — hence, leff esort. Leff esort is such an easy way to live, yet alone pitch. Could all those jacked 99 MPH fastballs be just too much this year and leff esort is the way to go? I don’t know. But it does seem like guys sneaking by on 91 MPH or slower fastballs are having a much better time so far. Aaron Civale couldn’t get arrested with his 91 MPH fastball (if there was a law against 92+ MPH fastballs), yet here he is. Giddy up, Ryan Yarbrough (88 MPH), you slow dog! Sure, you’ll do, Jon Lester (89). Hey, look at Ross Stripling (91), and you too, Matt Shoemaker (91). Merrill Kelly had moments of 92+ MPH fastballs in his first game, but he is more about his cutter (90 MPH), curve and change. Last September, Kelly also dominated, and I’m adding him everywhere. Maybe we’re all just trying too hard and we need leff esort. Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Danny Jansen – Was thinking about how Danny Jansen doesn’t fit in with the Jays because he doesn’t have a father who played in the MLB, but I dug into Jansen’s personal history (by reading his 50-word bio on Wikipedia) and Adam Jones used to live with him while growing up, and Jones grew up with Tony Gwynn as his coach, which basically means Tony Gwynn Jr. Jr. is Danny Jansen. *push-pinning red string on cork board* It’s all connected.

Daulton Varsho – Just gave you my Daulton Varsho fantasy. It was written while riding a mop around my living room.

Mitch Moreland – Fun fact! When Queen Isabella told Magellan to go claim another continent, Magellan said, “*itch, more land?”

Colin Moran – Because I love you as much as someone can love someone who has never met someone and has no intention of meeting someone can love someone, I dug in on Moran’s early season “breakout.” I left the quotes around the word “breakout,” because I didn’t see anything amazing. His Launch Angle is its usual flat self and it just appears like he’s seeing the ball well, which is good, but not sure that’s long-term.

Shed Long Jr. – This is funny in a not funny way. I saw Shed Long towards the top of ESPN’s Player Rater. Our Player Rater is better, and I usually don’t bother looking at ESPN, but I happen to be there and saw Shed doing well. Then I looked at his stats, and they so overrate steals on their Rater it’s not even funny in a funny way. When this was written (a game has happened since then), Long was 6th on ESPN’s Player Rater, and 18th here, for 2nd basemen. Steals are one category; chillax, ESPN. Though, Shed has been running, if you need that.

Nico Hoerner – Great that he’s been the Cubs’ 2nd baseman. He’s an average-first hitter. Like a poor man’s David Fletcher. Call him David Fletch2Fletchlives.

Nick Madrigal – He’s coming up, right? …Right? Wait…*finger to ear bud*…the White Sox are asking me to ask, can Madrigal pitch? *finger to ear* Can he commissioner the entire league? Wow, Madrigal’s being asked to do a lot! So, Madrigal was called up. Finally. Here’s my Nick Madrigal sleeper from the shutdown. It was written while gassing up my Harley for a long ride.

Rio Ruiz – Doesn’t Rio Ruiz sound like a noir that John Huston wanted to direct? Hmm, maybe it’s my MFA talking. Any hoo! Ruiz is cheap power. “Now where’s that treasure, you scoundrel!” That’s Orson Welles auditioning drunk for Huston.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – JBJ started this season almost as hot as when he began his career with three walks in one game. Wow! Still amazing.

Teoscar Hernandez – If you need me to tell you why I like Teoscar, you’ve disappeared for the last two months. I should give you the Cersei shame walk.

Mike Yastrzemski – Just like the Pirates are terrible, and Moran is rosterable. The Giants’ lineup is the opposite of good, but, like Rob Thomas beautifully sang, Yastrzemski can get us back 2 good.

Trent Grisham – Looking at Grisham in my lineups like a redheaded Cougar looks at Grisham on her beach blanket after applying five layers of sunscreen. I’m wistful!

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo – Was a bit surprised in the preseason when everyone was like, “Let’s go-go, Shogo, go-go! I’m so excited that I’m repeating ‘go!'” But meanwhile being like, “That’s a Tsutsu-no-go from me, dawg.” Tsutsugo could absolutely be as valuable if not more so as Shogo, just in totally different ways, adding more HR/RBIs vs. average/runs.

Wil Myers – “…and the NL MVP is Wil Myers. Wow, what a bounce back for Myers this year with his 12 homers in 60 games. What a huge year.”

Tyler O’Neill – Move him up in the order! And that’s an…uh…order.

Zach Plesac – First, we need to address the elephant in the room. Pablo Sandoval, what are you doing here? Also, can we talk about how Plesac’s parents named him so it sounds like someone is pleading with him. Hopefully, we’re only saying ‘Zach, please, Zach, pitch every day, we need you.’

Chris Bassitt – This is a Streamonator call. Like the call it makes to mask manufacturers to ask if they can make him one that reads, “I’m single.”

Kyle Gibson – This is also a Streamonator call. “Just something in cursive with hearts, so other robots can see it, and know I’m single and ready to mingle.”

Anthony Bass – Bullpens…

Daniel Hudson – Are…

Nick Burdi – An…

James Karinchak – Utter…

Jonathan Hernandez – Total…

Trevor Gott – Mess…

Seth Lugo – Seri…

Oliver Drake – …ously. Not sure what to tell you. Bullpens are usually a mess in the beginning of the year, then they stabilize and those early closers getting jobs stick in the role, but this year? Well, if I told you 2020 wasn’t like any other year and you didn’t believe me, I’d ask what caused your 5-month coma or how drunk you were? I’m recommending Drake, and I don’t even know if he’s the Rays’ closer. 2020: The Year of the Whee!

SELL

Xander Bogaerts

“My dead aunt’s will states clearly if we field the worst team that anyone has ever seen, we will inherit good draft picks.”
“Drafts picks from an amateur season that didn’t happen?”
“Um…”
That’s a scene of the Brewster’s Millions/Major League mash-up called The Red Sox 2020 Season. I’m kicking myself for not thinking about the Red Sox being awful when it pertained to drafting Bogaerts. He’s taking days off left and right, and, if the entire team stinks, he doesn’t care, for good reason. I’m also thinking Just Dong Martinez might be in for a long short year. Not saying to trade away Bogaerts (or J.D.) for off-brand hand sanitizer that smells like lavender-scented Popov vodka, but I would go to the fantasy baseball trade analyzer and explore options.

 
  1. William Hung says:
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    First?

    • William Hung says:
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      As a follow up to Lugo – speculation is that Familia will get a look at SV chances because they want to keep Lugo in his fireman role and Betances velocity is down

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hmm…could be honestly not sure

        • William Hung says:
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          We got Adalberto to wake up a little bit – now lets play a game – what comes first – Both Suarez and Bellinger hit their first homer or MLB season gets shut down?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha, we got a steal at least from Cody

            • William Hung says:
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              Gotta get Suarez going – i’ve seen almost all his ABs this week – his batting eye is too good. He’s gotten screwed on a few balls outside the strikezone called strike 3 – happened again today. He’s gonna have to start fouling those off if the umps are gonna have a big strike zone

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, hopefully a matter of time, which none of us have

  2. Zeus says:
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    Grey my man.

    You starting Turnbull tonight home vs CIN

    and

    Merrill K home vs LAD on Sunday?

    Not an either or

      • Zeus says:
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        What about Kelly vs the Dodgers on Sunday? That offense scares the shit out of me.

        One of the problems of a staff that includes Clevenger, Gray, Plesac, Hill is that I am terrified of a blow up now.

        I am straight up Gollum about my WHIP, My Precious

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, it’s not ideal but I’m starting everywhere

  3. Bton says:
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    Teoscar or Franmil Reyes?

  4. kelly leak says:
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    Best MI option ROS for std 5×5?
    Peraza
    Long
    JP Crawford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…close…prolly Crawford

      • kelly leak says:
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        Thanks again.
        Thanks also for the recommendation on Teoscar. You the man.

  5. Btdrnks says:
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    Would you drop musgrove for Kelly?

      • hondo says:
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        Howwzat? Trade robot and ROS projections have Musgrove way higher.Waaay.

        If Leff Esort was a player his walk up song would be by a Def Leppard cover band.

  6. wwekoda2020 says:
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    For a h2h league
    Fiers vs SEA
    Or
    Lyles VS SF

  7. Lipson says:
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    I have Villar in Dickerson, do I hold hoping they come back Monday or just move on at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to move on

    • Lipson says:
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      Oh boy, terrible typo….

      I have Villar and Dickerson, do I hold hoping they come back Monday or just move on at this point?

  8. DonnieB says:
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    I have Jansen at $2 and Grandal at $3. Worth considering Varsho? I can’t keep Grandal. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now

  9. rhodyballer says:
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    My apologies in advance, but, 2020….

    Varsho or McCann?

    And please rank top 4:

    Hudson
    Karinchak
    Bass
    Burdi
    Davis
    Holland
    Drake
    Rosenthal
    Jeffress
    Gott

    Finally, for UTIL spot – Solak, O’Neill, Fletcher, Schoop, Tucker, Braun, Mercado, Lux, Newman, Hicks, Nimmo, Nunez, Santander, Aquino

    Sorry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Varsho — Hudson, Karinchak, Davis, Bass — Braun but not playing so Schoop

  10. 3mango says:
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    merrill kelly-kimaka is the THING to say….

  11. Matt Lehman says:
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    How do you rank: Weaver, Kelly, James, Burnes ?

    Hold Romo for saves or try Betances or Familia? None of the closers listed in the buy are availble

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly, Burnes — Try Familia

  12. Stat Man says:
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    Plesac was awesome in his first start against a tough lineup. But his velo and high fly ball rate concerns me. I don’t worry about his peripherals, because they weren’t bad in the minors and pitchers learn to adapt to the majors – and no one is better at that than the Indians and Astros. I would want to see another start or two out of him before trusting his ratios though in a short year where an ugly start or two is magnified.

  13. Don't Be a Hader says:
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    Nice semi-buy on Shed Long…
    what are your thoughts on Tim (no relation to Davey) Lopes? Or JP Crawford?

  14. Let's Play Two says:
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    Please advise what order you would take these hitters ROS. No particular position need. 5-category standard rot redraft league.

    Teoscar
    Vlad
    Ohtani
    Swanson

  15. Green monstah says:
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    Howdy Grey! Hope all is well; H2h pts weekly lock league. Looking to make some adds for week week & beyond.

    Here are some bats & pitchers I have my eye on

    Bats: Kyle Lewis , Colin Moran, Jackie Bradley jr, Teoscar Hernandez, Nick Hoerner (ss/2b), Mitch Moreland, Jacoby Jones & JP Crawford

    Pitchers im eyeing :
    Matt Boyd, Nate Pearson, matz, Jordan Montgomery, Adam Wainwright, Brady singer, and lastly Tyler Chatwood (I can put him at RP as he is SP/ RP eligible)

    My drop candidates for bats:
    Jonathan villar, Khris Davis, yandy Diaz, Travis Shaw, Jon berti, Chris Taylor , Freddy galvis , carter kieboom,

    Drop candidates for pitchers:
    Folty

    Thanks man & have a terrific weekend like the great artist R Kelly would say “it’s the freakin weekend im gonna have me some fun!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…Lewis, Teoscar, JBJ lode Davis, Shaw and Taylor

      Pearson over Folty