Big Game James went into Milwaukee and clinched at least a 16 win season for the Padres. Clutch!

This was a flashback Shields start – 7 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 0 HR. I thought the NL would extend his fantasy acehood a little longer – like it did for Jon Lester and his fried chicken and beer buddy, John Lackey – but Shields’ BB and HR rates spiked insanely last year.

The HR rate (a near league-leading 1.47 HR/9 IP) was due to regress a bit (now around 1 HR/9 IP) but his BB rate is still 3.6/9 which relegates him to streaming in shallow leagues and an Ian Kennedy-like SP4/SP5 in 15-team leagues. If he could regain his control, he has a shot at a 3rd act as a KaBoB.

So Grey handed me the roundup keys on a short slate Thursday. I’m so excited. I’m so scared. I’m so tired (I’m shocked Grey hasn’t moved to Hawaii yet so he doesn’t have to write at night). I asked him to return the favor and give me a title and all he came up with was, “Brooke Shields Is Handsome” and “The Shields Start Was RiChiklis”. Oy.

David Price – Did he finally realize it’s not the playoffs? 6.7 IP, 7 baserunners, 1 ER, 12 Ks against the reeling (but still dangerous vs LHP) Astros. Crazy that this guy is 5-1 with a 6.00 ERA but a 2.52 FIP. Maybe Bill James convinced the Red Sox hitters to score more runs for him during his ‘unlucky’ ER streak.

Derek Norris – Left the game after being hit in the left hand by a Jimmy Nelson pitch. If it had been Chuck Norris being hit on by Charles Nelson Reilly, things would’ve ended much differently. I owned him for 2 days…back to the catcher stream! Let’s try some Kevin Plawecki in Coors.

Ryan Zimmerman – Let me get my exasporator to talk about ol’ Zimmy. He’s at 15/3/19 with a .239/.302/.385 yet he’s still owned in 74% of RCL leagues (including my team) Zimmerman only goes one of three ways – hot (see .311 with 11 HRs in only 156 2nd half PA in 2016), cold, or injured. I can’t imagine a better lineup spot than between Harper and Murphy (hence tweet sarcasm) but maybe swapping him and Murphy will get him hot. The only player who may be more streaky is Justin Upton. Ryan Zimmerman is the white Justin Upton. He’s like Justin Midton. If he doesn’t turn it around in the next week or two, I’d be surprised if that ownership rate doesn’t plummet.

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-4 with a 3-run HR. #3 on the year. Still 2 HR behind Yasmany Tomas. Winner has to change the last letter of his first name. Almost as riveting as the time that 47 active NBA players competed for top Antoine/Antawn/Auntjuan/Ann2wan honors.

Ian Kennedy – The Streamonator likes him some Ian Kennedy but passed on a road start in Yankee Stadium where softball rules don’t apply (ground rule double or out if you hit it over OF fence). Unsurprisingly he gave up 3 HRs (and 7 ER) including a charity HR for Chase Headley and a Russian-aided home run by Castro. Ian….Hurlin’, Bay of Pigs Invasion…IFK (Ian Fuckin’ Kennedy) blown away…what else do I have to do to get that awful song out of my head….

Gary Sanchez – The Yanks finally called up their shiny catcher prospect but no idea how much he’ll play. Maybe they can teach him to play 1B when Teixeira is hurt. He can’t be any worse than Dustin Ackley who emulated Frank Thomas in Michael Pineda’s start by putting the big hurt on him in the 1st inning (whiffed on a ground ball that was charitably called a single, missed a scoop). AL-only play for now but could be stream-worthy if he gets some play vs LHP.

Clayton Kershaw – A 13 K, 3 hit, 1 BB shutout of the Mets @ Chavez Raven Simone for the gentile Sandy Koufax. But 0-for-3 at the plate. Gotta work on that Clayton. Can’t expect the Dodger offense to explode for 5 runs every start.

Kole Calhoun – 2 for 3 with a run and 3 RBIs. Hitting .290 for the season but only 2 HRs. You know the rules. You can stop hitting HRs if you commit to stealing bases. But you gotta bring one or the other and you’re not very fast you lump of Kole so start donging.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 9 K in a win @ARI. Evidently, Arizona is a lot more tolerable when you’re visiting than when you call it a home (*cough* Greinke *cough*).

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4 in the Boston onslaught with his 29th RBI. How does he have 29 RBIs with 6 HRs and hitting at the bottom of the Sawx lineup? He’s second on the team to David Ortiz who has 30 RBIs. Crazy. I don’t like 8th/9th place hitters who aren’t super-SAGNOF but I’ll make an exception for you Jackie B.

Junior Guerra – The Streamonator somehow ranks his home start today (5/13) as the 2nd best start of the day next to Chris Sale. A few of you have asked me if it’s real. I’m telling you….I don’t know. He’s a rookie and his minor league stats are kind of a mess as he’s started and relieved. If Milwaukee was a pitchers’ park, MAYBE I’d give it a try. But it ain’t so i ain’t.

Ryan Buchter – Fernando Rodney was unavailable after pitching both ends of a doubleheader so the Padres turned over the keys to Ryan Buchter. He’s been really good so far with 23 Ks in 16.2 IP and a 0.54 ERA. That said, he’s walking 1 every 2 innings and he’s bounced around AAA for the past couple years. I still have Brandon Maurer as the ‘cuff but he might be worth a stash in at least NL leagues for now.

Albert Pujols – 2-for-4 with a HR (#7) against his ex-team. Prince Albert’s average is “up” to .194. Prince Fielder is also having a dumpy season. It just has not been a good 2016 for Princes.

Santiago Casilla – He was pulled for LOOGY Javier Lopez after loading the bases with 2 outs in a 1-run game. This on the heals of blowing a 1-run lead two days ago by coughing up a gopher ball to Michael Saunders. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There’s no fire yet. But where there’s innuendo, there’s smoke. So stop, drop, and stash Hunter Strickland.

Trevor Rosenthal – Came into a game needing to get one out to close out the game. What’d he do? Walk, walk, walk. Kevin Siegrist had to put out the fire. After the game, the team drank some Budweiser and played “Show Me State”. Based on listening in for 10 minutes, you’d swear their 2nd baseman was the most popular guy in the clubhouse.

David Peralta – He’s still out day-to-day with his bad wrist but an MRI said the injury was not too serious. The MRI then talked shit about Jacoby Ellsbury. How many times can I scan one body?

Adam Wainwright – Got the ‘win’ by stranding almost 50% of the 12 baserunners he let on in 5 IP (11 hits, 1 BB, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 Ks). Most pitchers would’ve suffered a loss but he had the right representation talk to the Cardinals offense.

 
  1. ThE sHiT says:
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    Give Segura/Shark for Darvish in a 12 team h2h 6×6 league where the extra cat for pitching is Losses?

    Im thinking take Darvish and rotate hot the 2B on the wire, Scooter is available right now

    • Relsh says:
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      @ThE sHiT: The drop off from a top 3 SS/2B to the worst is way to severe IMO. Unless you’re banking on Segura having a way worse 2nd half I don’t think it’s worth it for a pitcher coming off such a serious injury.

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @ThE sHiT: relsh is right – unless you can get a better 2b/MI – like at least a Schoop, the I would hold Segura

    • @ThE sHiT: I wouldn’t trade Shark for Darvish right now. Seems crazy I know but Darvish still has some risk involved in that first month or two while he’s getting back into form. I’ve been big on Shark since preseason and nothing so far this year has altered that POV.

  2. Quimmy says:
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    Good morning Razznation.

    Deep 15 team league with obp, slg , k/9 and inn as extra cats.

    Please rank the following whole what everything bagel sanwich combinations:

    Sausage egg and cheese, PB and J, Turkey Muenster and Mayo, Extra Scallion Cream Cheese, American Cheese and Butter, Tuna Salad and Pickles

    Any help on this would be appreciated, like I said, this js a very deep ans competitive league. THANKS!

    • Jordan73 says:
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      @Quimmy: Are you kidding with this? It’s obviously sausage, egg and cheese. Granted, PB&J and Tuna Salad are looking good this season, but they’re still not on the same level as SEC. American cheese and butter has a spotty minor league career, regression’s going to hit hard there and soon – look to trade while you can still get some value. The other two are decent streaming options, but not reliable enough to depend on every day. Good luck RoS!

      • Quimmy says:
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        @Jordan73: thats what I was thinking too. SEC it is!

    • Dingbat says:
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      @Quimmy: I don’t understand the question. All I see is one amazing sandwich.

      • quimmy says:
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        @Dingbat: Ha!

    • @Quimmy: Sausage on a bagel is sacrilegious. I’m a toasted w/ butter guy. Don’t distract me from my bagel. (Though there’s like only one place in all of Austin that makes a ‘better than Einstein’s’ quality bagel)

      • quimmy says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: I hear ya. I just moved from Brooklyn to NJ so the quality of bagel has degraded to a point where the highlight of the bagel is what you put in it.

        • knucks says:
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          @quimmy: I know its Jersey… but try moving to the west coast and let us know how you feel about bagels. I was just in UT for a minute and (though its not my proudest moment) tried to grab a bacon egg and chee BAGEL at micky D’s one morning. She laughed at me… “Sir we don’t do that here”. I wanted to treat the box like the guy in Dude wheres my car… and then and then and then and thennnnn. Don’t do that here?!? I get it, but this isn’t some five star drive thru, wtf!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @quimmy: Such lies! Brooklyn bagels aren’t even on Northern NJ’s level. You NYers are silly.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey, Einstein!…bagels are terrible

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Taylor ham?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pork roll, playa

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: There has been more pork roll talk this year than usual, no? Thank you Michael A. Taylor!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @knucks: It’s the most sensual of the breakfast meats. The pastrami of the AM.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ooh, I like that for the marketing materials

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t get enough pork roll talk

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: No longer a sleeper. Unrivaled MVP for convo of the day thus far.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s the new bacon

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Jersey Bacon…. greasy, spotted, and better under cooked

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And cut like a Mayan sun

                    • knucks says:
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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Should I drop female arm pit hair and scoop up Taylor Ham? It sounds like pork roll can really get it going this year.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yes pork rolls Hard contact% is off the charts. Watch out for the 60% indigestion rate though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I still have pork roll from the late 90s in my colon

        • I love taylor ham/pork roll BUT i put this one to the test b/c the one good bagel place in Austin (Wholy Bagel) is also the only place in town with Pork Roll. And the verdict is….go pork roll on a hard roll with cheese. but keep it off a good bagel. if it’s a medicore bagel, then sure.

    • knucks says:
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      @Quimmy: Bacon egg and cheese is my go to. This has some sleeper potential as one of the best convos of the day btw.

    • davidcee says:
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      Please rank for save speculation: Buchter, Oh, Osich, Gearin. Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Buch, Osich

  3. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice Ruddy!

  4. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Ruddy in da house!

    1) Currently have Berrios and Roark at the back end of my rotation. Hold both/either or drop for: Moore (just dropped), Pineda, Corbin, Severino, Wood, Rubby

    2) OBP league…currently have Mazara as my only bench bat, any of these other guys an obvious upgrade (limited season moves): Zobrist, Carter, Castellani, Vmart, Myers, Odubel, Rasmus, Dickerson, Park, Krush*

    * 10 team Yahoo format with no MI/CI, 3 OF, 1 UTL for those curious why all of these guys are available…. believe me, I know

    3) Trade Aaron Sanchez for Boxberger?

    Thanks Ruddy

  5. Ross Watson says:
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    Give Rosenthal a break. He needed to get two outs, not one. Jeez

    • VinWins

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      @Ross Watson: Yeah, Razzball just does not respect the Cardinals.

  6. Hack-E says:
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    I miss Grey!

    • don’t worry – he’ll be answering comments in a bit.

  7. The JoGarza says:
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    Good to see you around here, Rudy!

    Quick question about strategy and holding on to what *should* be a valuable player.

    16 team dynasty, save+ holds.

    I have Mychal Givens, who can be absolutely filthy and I think in 2-3 years will be a closer. Right now though he’s struggled of late and doesn’t even get holds. Got to think about the now and cut him, right?

    • Yes. I wouldn’t have a long leash on Holds guys unless they have an amazing track record (like Giles).

  8. Scooter G says:
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    Hey Rudy

    Which two hitters and one pitcher would be the best adds in 10 team h2h with OBP?

    JB Jr, T Turner, C Santana, ozuna, park,
    A Sanchez, porcello, I Kennedy, happ, glasnow, taillon

    Thanks!

    • WhiteRabbit says:
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      @Scooter G: jbjr, santana/ozuna and probably happ/porcello

  9. Ian says:
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    In a weekly start limits league, do you like Jon Gray (away from Coors) over Corbin? I have a better chance of winning Ks than I do winning ERA/WHIP.

    • Ian says:
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      @Ian: ooops, this game IS in Coors.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ian: DO NOT throw Gray in Coors, he is strictly a road SP only.

  10. Fever Dog says:
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    Hey Everyone,

    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-castillo
    1b-rizzo
    2b-walker
    3b-arenado
    ss-correa
    of-marte, polanco, upton
    util-belt, hosmer

    Would you rather have any of these 2Bs instead of Neil Walker?

    Brandon Phillips
    Brett Lawrie
    Logan Forsythe
    Brock Holt
    Joe Panik
    Chase Utley
    Aaron Hill
    Martin Prado
    Jonathan Schoop

    • knucks says:
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      @Fever Dog: Forsythe if/when healthy at 2B for me

    • None of those guys are surefire upgrades. Unless you have a cap on # of moves, I’d stream based on next week matchups.

  11. Fever Dog says:
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    That third outfielder is Justin Upton by the by.

  12. Mickey Maloney says:
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    Did Grey give you the keys to the Buy/Sell car too?

    • nope. i just get to write the buy/sell titles.

      • Mickey Maloney says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: Oh man, a Title Clash of the Titans! Razzball: Civil War.

  13. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Rudy-

    Really liked you delving into Guerra. These recaps are the first way to start the day, but I think occasionally delving into something a little bit weird and prospective (say the Strailly start on 5/14 which is off the charts!) can be helpful.

    So I guess I’m also saying thanks for stream-o-nator and hittertron at the same time haha.

    • no prob. there is usually so much player news that it’s hard to cram them into the updates. SON is really liking Straily to curtail his BB rate (which is his biggest negative). I had bids on Straily for this 2 start week but didn’t get any.

  14. Pager24 says:
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    Rudy,

    Do you like Strickland over Dyson as a save stash?

    Thanks!

    • I like them about the same. Both have great stuff and back up mid-tier closers. Maybe Strickland a tad more b/c he pitches in a great park and in NL.

      • Shill Team 6 says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: A lot of sites are putting the lefty Osich as next in line. Is that crazy? Or is he legit?

        • there’s a chance…i always bet on RHP.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job Rudy

  16. Mrs. Kimmel says:
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    Strickland is the stash? Some places have osich.

    • knucks says:
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      @Mrs. Kimmel: I saw the Osich thing a few places as well, but never agreed. If I grab Strick and I’m wrong, so be it.

  17. Will says:
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    are you starting McCullers today against the Sox?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Will: Danger Will Robinson!

      No. Not in his first start and not with Boston scoring double digit runs the past 4 days (unless you think they’ll cool off suddenly). Not me. Good luck if you do — fortune favors the brave…sometimes…

      • Will says:
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        @JakeTPE: Thanks, that was my gut feeling on the situation. What about Finnegan or Severino?

  18. E says:
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    In a vacuum, which side you like: Arrieta and Justin Upton or Mike Trout?

    • knucks says:
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      @E: Trout

  19. knucks says:
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    Along with what others have said and will say, you da man. Thanks Rudy.

  20. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 6×6 OBP / QS no Hrs. Sub total bases and walks

    We start a minimum of 8 games and I’m trying to get rid of a bat, but it’s so hard to make trades in a 10 team league where only 4 teams make trades. I’m in 9th 11.5 games out of playoffs

    C McCann
    1b Goldy
    2b Gennett
    3b Frazier
    SS Villar
    MI Kang
    CI Votto
    OF Martinez
    OF Heyward
    OF Kemp
    Util Marte
    BN Pujols, Franco

    My marte/smyly for Kershaw
    My marte/nicasio for kluber/odorizzi
    Goldy/smyly for miggy/kluber

    • No way you’re getting Kershaw unless a top 10 bat is included (I love Marte but he’s in the 11-20 bucket). The bottom two trades seem fair.

  21. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Rudy! start who today? Thanks!!

    – Jung Ho Kang at Cubs (Hammel)
    – Story vs Mets (Harvey)
    – Yelich at Was (Gonzalez)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: I’d start all 3

  22. Wacha wacha says:
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    Good morning Rudy

    Can you rank the top 3 mi options from this list for an obp format Ros?

    Story, segura, C seager, villar, Drury, I Desmond, suarez

  23. knucks says:
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    If anyone finds anything or heard any comments from that jagbag Counsell regarding Villar batting 9th, please share.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: This is pretty funny and I feel the need to share… Twitter searched “Villar Counsell” a minute ago to try to get to the bottom of this. Only twit since 03MAY occurred 21 hrs ago…

        @Sky_Razzball: Villar getting the Billy Hamilton treatment is criminal. Counsell needs his lineup setting license revoked

        I lurve you guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, agree with Sky

  24. Bye Felica says:
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    Rudy’s turn for catcher questions! HAHAHA

    • knucks says:
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      @Bye Felica: Rudyyyy can’t fail

  25. Will says:
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    Thoughts on Severino and Finnegan today and ROS?

    • Both are eh starts today. I see them closer to equal than Streamonator (who likes Severino better). I think both are marginal mixed league starts rest of season. Severino has higher upside w/ slightly lower floor.

  26. Eric says:
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    Hello,

    Are you starting Liriano vs the Cubs at Wrigley today?

    Thanks!

  27. Bye Felica says:
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    JBJ should be hitting 2nd or at least 6th or 7th. How is he still hitting in the 9 hole when he’s mashing everything in sight? #Blasphemy

    • knucks says:
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      @Bye Felica: Hurdle would bat him 10th

    • Betts/Bogaerts are a solid #1/#3. Bradley’s LH bat would lay nicely at #2. But I can see him at #6/#7 with Shaw. I’d focus more on getting him RBI opps than setting up the top of the order.

  28. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 H2H with L as the extra cat, which SP do I drop to activate McCullers: Rodon or Berrios?

  29. Lucc says:
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    Uh oh, weekly leagues owners who already started Guerra because they’re desperate and believe in the stream-o-nator, would very much like it to be correct….

    • I’m not hating on Guerra. Weekly leagues are a different beast anyway as they typically have more GS. My comment was for daily leagues.

  30. ryanoger says:
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    Thanks for the write up Rudy!

  31. JimmyJackJames says:
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    I’ve been offered Prince/Waino for Papi in my 15 team Roto keeper- is it crazy that my first thought is to say no?

    • run away from that offer.

  32. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    That was a fun read, Rudy!

    My league counts Quality Starts instead of Wins. After last night Velasquez has two straight starts giving up 4 runs with 5 Ks a piece. How do you see the rest of his season going for QS and Ks? A major talent but, in a 10-team roto league, should he be rostered ROS when guys like Shields, Roark, Odorizzi, Rodon are on the wire?

    Thanks!

    • thx. i think Velasquez’s upside makes him worth holding onto. Odorizzi is the only guy on that list that I think may be a notch better.

  33. Jim says:
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    Starlin Castro dropped in one league.
    Drop Ketel Marte for him or hold?
    Thx

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jim: drop Ketel, add Castro