I have returned from my much needed and financially reasonable vacation. I went to San Diego for five days and four nights with the family, and enjoyed almost every damn second of it. I learned one thing while I was away, and that’s the closer I got to Mexico, the browner I got. Seriously, I need to go by Juan Lleno de Odio until I kick this tan. I’m going to cut to the chase today, as I have lots to go over and little time for small talk… unless you want to chat it up in the comments about whatever is on your mind, I don’t mind that. Oh wait, before I move on to the good stuff, I would like to self-celebrate today. Today is my 100th post for Razzball baseball. As some of you may know, I started on the football side when Sky took a chance on me. After I went to Oregon and passed the Sky test/initiation, Grey hit me up and invited me to come over to the baseball side. Then came my first Razzball baseball post and the rest is history. Thanks you two for allowing me to be a part of this.
This week, the 5.2% owned Scooter Gennett gets my creeper blessing. Speaking of creeper blessings, can we get a round of applause for the Big Magoo? Outstanding work my mild mannered amigo. I really appreciate the pinch hit, and from what I read, you can do creeper coverage any time you want.
As we all know, or at least should know, Scooter struggles against left handed pitching. He is a career .120 hitter against southpaws… YIKES! In my mind I thought he was around .200. Oh well, he stinks. This week, he gets six right-handers and only one lefty, all in the cozy confines of hitter friendly Miller Park. That alone does not make him my creeper. What does is what I read about him this past Friday, which puts him over the top. He is getting a look at lead-off for the Brew Crew and that makes my run producing chops salivate. Hitting atop any order in baseball is a good thing, and with Ryan Braun, Adam Lind and Khris Davis all batting behind, you can never be a bad thing. Yeah, I know, it’s not greatest thing either… but it’s not bad. His most notable lopsided historical match-ups are Friday against Lance Lynn. That’s a must play. Oh wait, before I move on, I have to place my obligatory hyper linked scooter gif for Jay. Damn, I want that dog.
If you are playing Frankencatcher, then you must get 5.3% owned Mike Zunino in your lineup for the first three games this week. He gets the Coors correction where everyone is Bichetter. Following that series, you can go ahead and dump him and move on to Wellington Castillo. Who, by the way, really should be owned more than the dinky 3.5% he sits at now. Since his first game with the D-Backs on June 5th he’s put up a 20/9/21/0/.293 line. That’s friggin’ ridiculous people. Go out and own him already.
THE TOP 100 HITTERS, Week 18
- Now that we are past the non-waiver trade deadline the rest of the year comes into better focus. The last thing we have left to deal with are the players that will be out on waivers and if they get picked up. This can change a lot of rest of the season numbers if certain players end up going to a platoony tunes situation. I had been holding out on Gerrardo Parra as I wasn’t sure how long his streak would go for and where he would end up. I had separate chats with Grey and Magoo on this subject and I have come to the conclusion that there is a good chance he sits at least once a week when the O’s are all back and healthy. Baltimore has been playing platoon ball all year and I don’t think that changes. He has hit lefties well this year, usually he doesn’t, and is worth riding while he’s hot. In his first game with the O’s he batted 2nd right behind Machado and ahead of Jones. That’s really nice.
- I can’t ignore Cargo anymore, as I was waiting to see if he was going to get moved. Losing Coors as his home park would of been a major hit to his value. Now wait a minute, what if he gets put out on waivers, gets claimed, and he loses his proprietary advantage? Ah good point Mr. Wonderful. Hey! What is Shark Tank doing in my post? Sorry, power watching has infected my brain. I have an idea about Colorado and their thinking. Are they holding on to Cargo because they’re worried CoDick has caught a case of the Tulo’s and want CarGo around for 2016? With two more controllable years and a ton of money left on the deal I think he stays with the Rockies at least another year.
- I was hoping the Duda haters would of showed up last week, but they let me down. Over the last 7 games he has hit 8 homeruns. How you like dem big apple dongs?
- Stupid Miguel Montero and his thumb is healing faster than we thought. They say Schwarber will stay up, but where does he play? This sh*tuation could end up being Maddoning. He’s played outfield three times so we might see some shuffling with Coghlan and maybe they find a way to get Soler some rest. Speaking of Soler, he hasn’t come around like many of us thought, so for now I’m going to be doing myself and the Big Magoo a favor and dropping him out of the top 100. Sorry for getting sidetracked with Soler. Getting back to Kyle, I’m being a little conservative with him until we know how this is going to go. I heart you Kyle!…wait! what?