Albert Almora, Jr. went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI Friday night and the rookie outfielder has now hit safely in his past three games and is slashing .429/.455/.619 since his call up June 7. Oh, hello there, AAJ. Have we met? This isn’t just any prospect we’re talking about here. This is a Cubs prospect. Alert the media! Oh wait, that’s us? Grey covered him a week or so ago, and I’ve been telling you to pick him up as well. Grey said, “Albert Almora also anagrams to Barrel T. Alamo, who’d be great as a San Antonian oil man villain.” Sound advice as always, boss. I will summarize in case you no read good. Almora had 3 homers and 10 steals in 55 games at AAA and he likely won’t play every day, so expectations can be tempered. I added him everywhere I needed runs and average, but I also drafted Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Upton, so I’m not so sure you should be listening to me anymore. Regardless, he’s definitely a player to keep your eye on, especially if you have a third eye, and the other two are busy trying to watch the NBA Finals and the most-hyped episode of Game of Thrones ever simultaneously. If you’re a sucker for the rookies like me, Almora has looked good so far at the plate and bats in a stacked Chicago line up and could certainly be worth an add for his upside alone.

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

David Ortiz – 1-for-4, HR (18), 2 RBI. When you lied about your age wrong and ended up saying you were way older than you are and now everyone expects you to retire but you’re still hitting dingers. Big Papi is slashing .344/.424/.723 with 18 homers and 59 RBI. Sure looks to me like its time for this geezer to hang up the cleats for good.

Franklin Gutierrez – 3-for-5, 2 HR (7), 6 RBI. The Big Fragu is hot like a nice ragu with spicy meatball-sa. Mam mia! He kills lefties, so if you need a little marinara in your life, Franklin says relax and pick him up.

John Lamb – 5.1 IP, 3 hits, ER, 4 BB, 8 K. Lamb has shown some flashes of some fantasy stardom, and has allowed just one earned run in three of his last four starts. Not baaaad! Ewe see what I did there? lol zing. Dude scares me because of his team and his bullpen and his home park and his crazy hair, but mostly because I am trippin’ hard right now and every little thing scares me. I’d give him a shot next week versus San Diego if I was feeling brave.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-5, RBI, SB (8). Dare I tell you to buy low on Carlos Gomez now? No. I wouldn’t dare.

Jeff Samardzija – 9.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 4 K, W. Shark is rocking a 3.14 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 75/20 K/BB rate, and seems to be loving SF. Must be all the sharks in the Bay. Or maybe it’s the abundance of rainbow flags. Most likely it’s just the burritos and Philz coffee. Jeff’s got an iron stomach.

Brandon Belt – 2-for-3, HR (9). Belted it!

Jon Gray – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Hmm. Everyone is so concerned about owning Jon Gray because he pitches at Coors, but I’m more concerned about the Rox scoring for him on the road. At least Gray is guaranteed run support in Colorado! Not to mention other herbal pitching aids ifyouknowwhatImean. Grey told you to BUY and I’m even more all in on Gray than Grey. Wow, many Grays, much confusion! Pick him up before he sucks again!

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-5, RBI, SB (3). Freddie is hitting .452 with 3 homers, 7 RBI and 2 SB in the past week. Freddie is every pitcher’s nightmare!

Jon Gant – 6.2 IP, 2 hits, ER, 2 BB, 5 K, W. Gant stop, won’t stop!

Mallex Smith – 0-for-4, run, SB (14). He leads off! He steals bases! He…err, has a strange first name that looks like his parents compromised on some version of Mark and Alex! He’s a BUY and he’s a SAGNOF through and through.

Yasmany Tomas – 2-for-5, 2 HR (9). The Snakes were killin’ it last night, with six home runs! Paul Goldschmidt was 3-for-5, HR (13). So I’m hoping this is more the Zona bats coming to life rather than the Phillies pitching looking like death.

Peter O’Brien – 2-for-5, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI. Pete has three hits in 20 ABs since being called up, but what hits they have been! All or nothing, that’s how O’Brien do. I don’t know if he can keep this up, but if you need some pop he’s worth a look.

Robbie Ray – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, BB, 7 K, W. Rob-Ray has now won back-to-back starts, allowing just 2 ER with a 13/2 K/BB rate in 13.2 IP. He’s got a tough assignment in Toronto next week but if he excels there I could see possibly considering maybe picking him up.

Michael Saunders – 3-for-5, 3 HR (15), 8 RBI. Saunders actually had a shot at 4 homers in this one, coming up with the bases loaded in the 8th, but he wasn’t feelin’ it. Three is plenty, you guys. He’s hitting .383 with 6 homers, 9 runs and 13 RBI in the past two weeks. If he’s available in your league, you and your league mates really need to start reading more razzball.

Jake Arrieta – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K, W. When your 1.74 ERA and 0.95 WHIP is lit. Did I mention the 101/31 K/BB ratio? I don’t own him anywhere and I’m totally fine with that. Totally fine with that. No more questions!

Francisco Liriano – 5.2 IP, 6 hits, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. This is a such a classic Liriano pitching line. Is he streamer status again? Not really based on his ownership numbers but yes? Regardless, I would stream him next week versus SF, but I wouldn’t feel great about it.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4, HR (13). Four homers in the past week! Face punch!

Masahiro Tanaka – 8.0 IP, 7 hits, ER, 5 K, W. Probably the best game Tanaka’s pitched also season. Also. probably the worst team he’s faced, but he gets to face them again next week so huzzah!

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-5, run. Lloyd Christmas would say he has a rapist’s whit! I’m telling you Whit is leading off with a six game hitting streak, and is hitting .344 with 2 homers and 8 runs in the past week. Grey told you to BUY, don’t be dumb or dumber, pick him up!

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, HR (5). If I don’t say anything, maybe it will keep happening?

Yordano Ventura – 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 5 K, W. Yordy has been three times flame emoji since his little temper tantrum slash brawl in Baltimore, giving up just one earned run in his past two starts, going 13.1 IP, with a 14/1 K/BB rate. Here’s hoping the suspension won’t screw all this up!

Matt Shoemaker – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 7 K. Matt has a 1.88 ERA and a 55/2 K/BB in his past six starts! How he is not owned in more leagues is beyond me. I don’t know what more you want him to do, people! Do you want him to make your shoes, because he will make your shoes!

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, HR (16). Does anyone else want to pronounce his name Kish Davish? Just me? I don’t know that “H” is really messing with my head. The “HR”s though, I love.

Zach Davies – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, BB, 6 K. Zach has been on fire over the past month, collecting four wins and holding a 2.08 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over 39.0 IP. He’s also got a 36/7 K/BB which is preeettttttaaaay good. He gets the Nationals next Friday and if I was desperate I might go with Zach. For the record, I am quite desperate.

Julio Urias – 5.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, BB, 8 K. Outside the one start at Wrigley, I think Urias has been pretty OK. He definitely has that stinky stinky cheese we all love to see from our rookie pitchers. Unfortunately his days in the majors are likely numbered for now, but I’d go with him next Wednesday versus the Nats because I love me some strikeouts and Julio seems to do that very well.

Justin Turner – 3-for-5, 2 HR (8), 3 RBI. He’s hitting .306 with 5 homers, 7 runs and 11 RBI in the past two weeks. I guess this is what Justin Turner Overdrive looks like! Hopefully we ain’t seen nothing yet!

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4, HR (12), 3 RBI. Murph is batting .361 and his 1.010 OPS is second only to David Ortiz in the league. Sigh. I give up. I don’t even. I can’t even.

Michael Martinez – 2-for-3, run. Hard to say if Mi-Mart can find the playing time to make him worthy of a look but he is 5-for-6 with a homer and 2 RBI in his past two games which is not nothing. In fact, it’s something!

Tim Anderson – 1-for-5, SB (1). Pretty sure Grey told you to BUY for some of that sweet, sweet SAGNOF. YES, in fact, he was the lede in this weeks BUY/SELL! See, I can still memory good! Well, he’s leading off and stealing bases and you should probably grab him before I do.

Trevor Bauer – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 9 K. Yung Trev is rocking a sweet 1.59 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 22/5 K/BB in the past two weeks! Did you know I can’t seem to quit Trevor Bauer? Did you know he also raps. Does that make you like him more or less? Not so sure? Fair. Maybe you should listen and judge for yourself. He rhymes,  “From gutter to grail, we rise up to win it/Wahoos on first with his eyes on the pennant.” Dope. He’s now pitched five straight quality starts and gets the Rays and Braves next, and if he continues to throw as much hot fire as he spits he’s worth an add in all leagues, from gutter to grail.

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 
  1. mrbaseball says:
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    Peter O’Brien – all 3 of his homeruns cae off left handed pitchers

  2. mrbaseball says:
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    came

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @mrbaseball: Start that man against lefties!

  3. Adam says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Lester, Carrasco, Cueto, Salazar
    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Adam: I like Lester, Cueto, Salazar, Carrasco

  4. Jon says:
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    Papelbon Duval and Dozier for kipnis and Roberto Osuna

  5. Robert says:
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    Dan the Man: Archie Bradley or Aaron Nola ROS?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Nola

      • Robert says:
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        @Dan Pants: thanks

  6. DonnieB says:
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    Was offered deGrom,Liriano, and Jason Castro for my Wainwright,Gio,and Willson Contreras in a keeper league. DeGrom can not be kept. The rest can be kept. I already have Beef Wellington and Hundley at catcher so would probably drop Castro. Is deGrom enough of an upgrade to make a deal?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @DonnieB: I’d hold with what you have.

  7. Dan says:
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    Would you go with Merrifield, Panik or Pearce in a 10 team weekly points league next week?

    Also, do you think Odubel and Franco are guys you have to hold onto in a 12 team H2H league?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Dan: Whit Merrifield! I’d hold Franco, you can probably lose Odubel if there are better options available.

  8. Squints Palledorous says:
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    Dan, long post incoming. 10 team 6×6 Roto league OPS + QS. I’m in first by a long shot. Leading every offensive category except steals which I have 7 points in. I’m worried about not having enough HR/RBI guys to maintain. I’m way out in front with K’s and have 5-7 points in other pitching cats. Owner who wants to trade me is requiring Marte for any trade. Here’s my roster.

    C: Martin 1B: Belt 2B: Schoop 3B: Valencia SS: Bogaerts 1B/3B: Hosmer 2B/SS: CSeager OFX5, Betts Polanco Marte Ozuna Duvall UTILx2, Cruz Piscotty Bench: Anderson

    SPx4: Jo-Fer, Thor, Archer, Fulmer. RPX2: Harris, Robertson Px2: Ziegler Dyson Bench: Roark, Maeda, Duffy, Gray

    Here’s the offer:
    Machado, Salazar, Harper, Colome(want him for his SP eligibility to have 5 closers, Estevez on wire)
    For
    Marte, Jo-Fer, Piscotty, Belt, Fulmer, Ziegler

    Thoughts? Can I handle losing Martes steals and Jo-Fers K’s?

    Thanks Dan

    • Dan Pants

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      @Squints Palledorous: Definitely upgrades your offense, although not sure you need too. Thinkyou can spare the steals with Anderson on your bench and the Ks getting Salazar in return. I like it!

      • Squints Palledorous says:
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        @Dan Pants:

        Thanks, yeah I’m not sure about it either, I guess I just like to trade for the action. The other owner is near the bottom and has to trade some stars for depth. Thanks for the input!

  9. Jon says:
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    Papelbon Duval and Dozier for kipnis and Roberto Osuna

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Jon: Duvall/Dozier side

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jon: Yeah think I’d want Dozier/Duvall

  10. Jon says:
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    Drop desclafani for merrifield ?

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Jon: Sure

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jon: Go for it

  11. Cousin Vinny says:
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    Archer/Matz/Desmond too much for Bryant?

    Thanks

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Cousin Vinny: I’d take Bryant

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Cousin Vinny: If you can spare the pitching I like it!

  12. Bobo says:
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    Taillon at Cubs, Mike Leake v. Rangers, Taijuan Walker at Red Sox. Do I start all, none, some?

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Bobo: Follow your heart, and by your heart I mean the big hunk of metal called Stream-o-nater. That said, they all look bad at first glance

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Bobo: I am starting all, but might bench Walker in this case.

  13. Los locos says:
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    Nice read! Drop heyward for Saunders?

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Los locos: I’d want Saunders atm

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Los locos: Good question! I probably wouldn’t drop Heyward, but I wouldn’t blame you if you did to grab Saunders.

  14. Jolly Rancher says:
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    Hey DP:
    Good recap! Your thoughts on picking up Bauer ROS and dropping wither McCullers or Gausman? In a 10 team H2H weekly points league. Thanks!

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Jolly Rancher: Lose GasMan, McCullers will turn it around.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jolly Rancher: Might hold Gausman for his start Monday, depending on how he performs I’d grab Bauer.

  15. Bobby says:
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    Melvin Upton for Holliday?

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      @Bobby: I’d want Holliday

  16. DP who would you prefer in a streamer Koeler toilets. or T Anderson facing off I Miami tomorrow

  17. Mista Bombastic says:
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    Is Heyward droppable? It’s been painful owning him.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mista Bombastic: Depends what you are dropping him for, but I would just bench for now if you can.

  18. joe says:
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    prado or turner? need a hot bat to bring up the avg that stanton and frazier have been destroying. does it not matter? also need runs

    Prado is hitting .480/.519/.680 with one home run and three RBI over the last seven days, and owns a 1.064 OPS over the last 14 days.

    Turner is hitting .346/.379/.654 with two home runs and four RBI over the last seven days. and as you put He’s hitting .306 with 5 homers, 7 runs and 11 RBI in the past two weeks

    • Dan Pants

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      @joe: Turner

  19. Knucks says:
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    Will smith or Siegrest the better Saves stash atm?

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Knucks: Ugh… Don’t like either. I’d go for Diaz on the Mariners or try to get an emerging guy ala Kintzler or Petit

    • Dan Pants

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      @Knucks: Siegrest

  20. Nitro says:
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    10 team head to head, can you please rank ROS?

    S Pearce, D Espinoza, B Moss

    Thanks!!

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Nitro: Pearce, Moss, Espinosa

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Nitro: Moss, Pearce, Espinosa

  21. Kenny says:
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    Frazier for Desmond? Good or no? Thanks!

    • Mr. Snrub says:
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      @Kenny: I’d want Frazieer

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Kenny: It’s fair, I like Frazier side

  22. Jon says:
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    DUval for Carlos rodon

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jon: Sounds good

  23. David says:
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    Valencia/Myers or Rosenthal/Puig in a keeper league

    Merrifield/Myers or Rosenthal/Puig in a keeper league.

    Thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @David: Merrifield Myers

  24. Robert says:
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    Frazier or Lamb in a 10 team h2h league? Frazier is killing me in avg.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Robert: Frazier

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