Since being acquired from the Twins, Lance Lynn (43.9% owned – increase of 27.1%) has pitched 11.2 stellar innings for the Yankees: 7 hits allowed, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 14 strikeouts. He’s the toast of the town! So much so that the Ls have been replaced by Ws. Are people forgetting that he has a 4.58 ERA and 1.54 WHIP on the season? Let’s break it break it down. The two games pitched in pinstripes were against the White Sox and Orioles. Two teams that are both top 10 in striking out against RHP. His next scheduled start is against the Rangers, a team that is 4th in striking out against RHP. I get the euphoria and understand why people are in a tizzy to acquire him. Lynn is a really good pitcher against righties: 10.39 K/9, 4.18 BB/9, 27.2% K%, 0.76 HR/9, and 3.72 xFIP. Against lefties? 6.70 K/9, 6.28 BB/9, 15.2% K%, and 5.16 xFIP. The Orioles threw out a lineup with 2 lefties: Peterson batting 2nd and Davis batting 5th. Yeah. The White Sox have 4 lefties in the lineup, but two of them have strikeout rates in the 35% range. Now, the Rangers have Gallo, who strikes out 33% of the time against righites, but the rest of the left-handed batters have strikeout rates under 25%. In addition, the Rangers have the 6th-best walk rate against RHP. Lynn has a 6.28 walk rate against lefties. The White Sox and Orioles? 6.9% and 7.3%, good for 27th and 25th respectively. There’s win equity for Lynn pitching for the Yankees now, but he’s definitely not a must-start pitcher by any means. It’s within the range of outcomes that he dominates the Rangers in his next start, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets lit up. TRASH

Mallex Smith (33.8% owned – increase of 17.1%) has 23 stolen bases in 362 plate appearances. Trea Turner leads the league with 31 in 505 plate appearances. SAGNOF bitches!!! There’s a lot to like about Smith. 8.8% walk rate with a 19.1% strikeout rate. He utilizes the entire field, as he goes oppo 32% of the time. The batting average is .300. Now, the blemishes. The batting average is fueled by a .378 BABIP. While he’s a speedster and has a 47.1% ground ball rate, that’s still an elevated number. A drop down to the .330 range would bring his average down to the .260s. The plate discipline numbers are okay, not great. 12.5% swinging strike rate, 30.8% chase rate, and 74.8% overall contact rate. With that said, an interesting development over the past couple of games is that he’s been in the leadoff position with Kiermaier moving down to the 6th position. If he remains atop the batting order, that puts him in the best position to accumulate those fantasy goodies. TREASURE

Paul DeJong (46.8% owned – decrease of 7.3%) broke his hand back in May and subsequently missed the next 45 games. Since his return on July 6th, DeJong has a .221/.284/.346 slash with 2 home runs. The plate discipline and batted ball numbers all look fine. It’s the power that’s lacking, which is not surprising. I lean on the side of fading players that are returning from injury, especially one that saps power. With that said, I’d keep an eye on DeJong and would look to scoop up at the first sign of a heater. He has the potential to club 7 home runs in a month. TRASHY TREASURE

   
  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *puts down grocery bags, stands on chair and claps* Great title!

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Grey: Ha! Thanks Grey! You’re my #1 fan. Granted, you’re my only fan but semantics shemantics.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Shemantics is an out dated word, c’mon man!

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Grey: My bad! Is the updated version personmatics?

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Son: Ooops. Persontics?

            • LenFuego says:
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              @Son: Personpersonpersonalspasms?

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Son: I’m #2 fan, I suppose. This series definitely needs to be back next year.

        Jeff McNeil, trash or treasure? Better ROS than Lowrie 5 category?

        • Son

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          @Terrence Mann: Ha! Thanks #2. Series will be back if compensated for…..1 billion dollars

          As for McNeil, there’s a lot to like about him. Really good contact and plate discipline numbers, bats high in the order, and utilizes the whole field. While he’s 26 years old, this is his first taste of the big leagues. Also, he doesn’t have many plate appearances against LHP.

          I’d still rather have Lowrie, as there will be an adjustment period for McNeil and he plays for the Mets, a team that still puts Jose Reyes into the lineup and sat Michael Conforto because they thought he couldn’t hit lefties.

  2. Miggy says:
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    Hey ? guys thanks for the great work here

    My Travis Shaw for their Mike folty ? Any concerns with s innings cap ?
    Thanks !!

    • Son

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      @Miggy: Thanks Miggy!

      Trades always tough to talk about without context. With that said, in a vacuum, sure. I’m not worried about Folty being shut down. Braves are in the thick of it and he pitched 150 innings last season. 170-180 should be a viable outcome for this season.

      • Miggy says:
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        @Son: Thanks Boss! Love all of your teams content here!

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