I’m filling in for the Big Magoo today, as he has gone off to Philly to get a sandwich. Yeah, I thought it was weird too, but the guy sends me pics of his lunch. [Jay’s Note: That’s the only reason I’d go to Philly…] Back in July, he covered for me and as my dad says: there is no such thing as a free lunch. Which is weird, because he frequently buys me lunch. Enough about lunch, it’s making me hungry and I just ate…

Here are a some significant adds and drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Corey Seager (+29.5%) – What is there to say about Seager that hasn’t already been written. The kid was the top ranked prospect in all of baseball and a fantasy tease because the Dodgers fought all rational thought and held him back to trade for this D-bag. He was Mike’s 6th ranked prospect coming into the season and was #3 back on July 15th. This year he cut his K-rate across both levels of the minors (12.8% in AA and 14.0% in AAA) after posting consistent 20 plus rates over the past couple of seasons. Like the title suggests, we have to decide quickly if we want Seager as he has a Mattingly on his back. A Mattingly is a tough habit to kick when everyday you show up for work you and end up with this look on your face. Frequent old school commenter Carnac nailed Donny Baseball in one of his classic comedic takes. Speaking of Donnie Baseball, has that term become a reverse nickname? Like a fat guy named slim or a bald guy named curly. Seager opened his career by posting two multi-hit games with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs. His reward for that was a seat on the bench for the .176 hitting over the last month Justin Turner who went a smooth 0 for 5 that day. I like Seager, I own him in a daily league, but I wouldn’t own him in a weekly league. If you got him you better be prepared to have a bench backup for when he sits. He gets my love, but owning him is like dating a girl that has an overbearing father who will crush your plans at anytime just to mess with your head…or at least that’s how I saw it. But don’t worry, those girls were lots of fun because they did things to get back at their dad’s or in this case, their donnie’s…TREASURE

Eduardo Escobar (25.8%) – There’s guys that are a lot more exciting in the big picture, but Eduardo is hitting so he’s a lot more attractive in the short-term, and in all redraft leagues, short-term is all you should be worried about. This is me quoting Grey this past Friday, as I couldn’t of said it better myself. Going back to August 18th and ending on September 3rd, he failed to cross home plate only once. That’s 17 runs in 14 games or 1.2 per game for you nerds. Over that span he’s had 4HR’s 9 RBI’s, and saw his batting average go from .246 to .265. In his minor league career he hit 10 HR’s once in a season but that was across two of three lower levels (R, A+, AA) and I’m not sold that his man muscles finally showed up late to the party. Or this could be the rare case where he is a Benjamin Button’s Latin 40 and really lied about his age to make himself appear older. Where are those Ancient Aliens guys when I need an assist here? On the flip side, he’s increased his dongs as a pro every year and posted a .282 ISO (10 2B, 4 HR) in August. But one another flipside (Jeebus, how many sides are there?) his FB% was his second lowest on the season and had an unrepeatable 19% HR/FB rate. EdBar is what he is, a hot schmotato that is turning into schmotato jam and should be used until he starts slumping. When and if that will occur is a fools errand to predict. You can do one of two things and you either hold him too long or play proactive and grab a hotter schmotato. I’m thinking the latter is the best move. TRASH-ish.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (45) sports a unique hair cut as he prepares to pitch in the first inning of the Seattle Mariners vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

Derek Holland (+24.2) – What is there not to like with the return of “Hey Check Out My Hair” Holland? Looks like that could of been a dumb and dumber move (that’s Holland and Justin Grimm) if he was getting shelled lately, but he hasn’t. I grabbed him off the waiver wire for $5 back on August 20th in the Razznasty and have been enjoying my well spent money. I didn’t start him versus Toronto, but got to reap the rewards of his last two starts and after looking at his schedule I see some K-upside on the horizon. He’s @SEA, vs. HOU, vs. SEA, @HOU, and vs. LAA if the rotation stays on track to close out the year. To preface, at this point of the season a few runs isn’t going to do much to your ERA so the key here is K’s, BB’s and hopefully some wins. For you H2H guys I don’t want to hear it, you bring this madness on to yourself. Against lefties this season, the Astros post the 5th worst K rate at 22.6% and the Mariners are right behind them with 22.2%. Over the last month against all pitchers the Astros and Mariners are 3rd and 4th respectively in K-Rate. The Astros have shown a good eye as a team against lefties by having the 3rd best walk rate while the M’s have posted one of the worst at 6.2%.  Holland has always been one of those guys that could be relevant, in 2013 he put up solid numbers and was looking like a good upside option going forward but got derailed by injury the last two years. The Hitter-Tron likes his next start and gave him a $15.2 evaluation and I agree. The Tron is a little worried about the Houston game on the 15th computing a $4.6 value. I think he is still a must start with lower expectations. For the rest of the season our player page has him as a $8.9 player with a 3/1 K/BB ratio. If anything, look at the guy, he’s all business all the time. I’m not from New York but if my context is correct it’s worth taking the Holland tunnel from New Jersey to New York…cause you know, going the other way is not. TREASURE.

 

 

 

 
  1. Scott says:
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    Hey JFOH, would you start Guyer over Werth today? Werth is facing Harvey.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: start Werth

  2. Scott says:
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    Who is this Adam Duvall fellow?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: 27 year old power hitter the Giants shipped to Cincy in Byrd deal. He’s worth watching. If you want more I’d hit up mike in his latest post to see if he has anything on the guy

  3. Carnac says:
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    If Mattingly starts Seager today he’ll be on a 2 games out of 3 path. Which could only mean he can’t take any more of our sick burns. I will monitor this situation.

    Jack: remember when Grey was talking about how he tried “likes” on comments a while back? Yeah, hope there’s space in that rubber room of yours because I don’t remember that happening. (And must be crazy. Like you.)

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: the rubber room got update to nerf, much more cozy for my crazy.

      Being our resident Mattingly whisperer. what are the odds the kid goes two straight games on bench? Three straight? Why isn’t Vegas in on this?

      • Carnac says:
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        Might depend on matchups. Rollins is a little beat up right now, but I could see a relatively intelligent manager starting Rollins over Seager against LHP. (Rollins is over .300 vLHP this year.) Then again, Turner is Mendoza’ing lefties, so maybe there’s a way.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: turner could shave his beard and throw all that off

    • Carnac says:
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      Update: Seager is in tonight’s lineup, batting 6th. Which makes 4 of 5 games started.

      WE DID IT EVERYONE! DON’T EVER LET ANYONE TELL YOU YOUR INTERNET COMMENTS DON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Carnac: would it be topical to say we suffer from

        FANTASY BASEBALLER PROBLEMS

  4. Ppr says:
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    I have Baez @ 2nd , Eduardo Escobar rotating with him. Have boagerts at ss and Seager on bench. Drop Seager I need to add another pitcher?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Ppr: Id drop Baez or Escobar, depending what you need going forward and what kind of league is this

  5. Who would you rather have Lindor or Seager at SS
    or molina or Castillio at catcher

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dnut Eastwood: tough call but I gotta go Lindor based on how many more AB’s he should have. Castillo

  6. Nation says:
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    ANy thoughts on O’Brien in AZ ROS? Looking to play OF, but has C eligibility so could be pretty valuable

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nation: cold be a nice upside play, good power in last two levels of the minors. I’d also ask Mike tomorrow

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Nation: but only in a deep league, unless they put him at catcher, he wont play every day

  7. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Hey JFOH, what happened to the RCL update? I’m not crazy right, Tuesday is supposed to be the day?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans: you are crazy but you’re right its not there. I got the data late Monday and had a miscommunication with Jay. It will be out later

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @J-FOH: Sweet, thanks JFOH. I had to think long and hard about whether I was losing it there, haha.

        • J-FOH says:
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          If you are here all the time then you have most likely lost it….a little bit

  8. John coakley says:
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    There are oddball stats and there is common sense. Just keeping us updated on the Ozuna for Khris advice. Khris had 7 games this week, Ozuna 6. Your focus was on road vs home stats. Hmmm, that may have been too narrow a focus. This week’s scorecard so far:

    Khris: 4-13, 2 HRs, 4 Runs, 4 RBI.

    Ozuna: 2-11, nothing else. Nada, zilch, null set. Maybe he will break out over the weekend.
    (I now understand why Grey likes Khris so much)

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