Winking is the oddest of human expressions. Physically, it looks like a fusion of pain and happiness. You’re smiling, yet utterly frustrated because you can’t complete the process of connecting one eye to the mouth on the same side, which is what the purpose of a wink feels like. I know there are examples of winks where a person just closes one eye without the movement of the mouth, but that’s just a one-eyed blink. Cognitively, winks are intentional. One cannot be tricked or scared into winking. It is not a biological response mechanism. They have a purpose, yet are difficult to deduce because of the ambiguity. You know what’s not vague? Jesse Winker (34.1% owned – increase of 17.5%) is good at baseball. 13.8% strikeout rate and 15.1% walk rate! .294/.404/.429 slash with 7 home runs. Hard hit rate of 45.1% and 5.7% swinging strike rate! Now, the power isn’t spectacular (.135 ISO) and he does struggle a bit against LHP (.218 average), but he’s still only 24 years old, so the power may keep developing. What gives me the most optimism, though, is that he is not completely inept against lefties. The strikeout rate is higher than against righties, but it’s still only 18.8%, but the walk rate is a robust 17.4%, 3% higher than against righties. The approach seems solid and the BABIP is only .250 against lefties. It’s only a matter of time. TREASURE

Jake Bauers (23.6% owned – increase of 11.2%) gets me so pumped up that I want to drive around Los Angeles to look for CTU headquarters. Since getting called up on June 7th, Bauers has a .252/.368/.496 slash with 5 home runs and 2 stolen bases. The strikeout rate is 21.3%, while the walk rate is 14.8%. With a 9.6% swinging strike rate, those are nice numbers for a power hitter. And he’s only 22 years old! The ballpark he plays half his games at sucks for power and he is not as good against lefties. But….while the power is lower, the batting average is .250 against both-handed pitching. You’re probably not playing him at 1B, but he’s CI viable and does have OF eligibility. In addition, he’s been entrenched as the number three hitter in the lineup. TREASURE

Sergio Romo (39.3% owned – increase of 9.5%) has been good in whatever role he’s been asked to fill, as he’s started 5 games and accumulated 11 saves. There’s a good chance Romo does get traded, though, as he’s on a one-year deal and the Rays aren’t going anywhere. If that happens, he’s going to be no more than a specialist against righties: 30% strikeout rate and 3.52 xFIP. Against lefties? 16.4% strikeout rate and 5.02 xFIP. TRASH

A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is the word. Greg Bird (33.1% owned – increase of 9.5%) has hit 2 doubles, 3 home runs, and driven in 13 since the start of the month. A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is the word. I used to be a Bird guy. Actually, I’m a Lakers fan, so I always hated Bird, but had much respect for him. As for Greg, I gave him a chance until he broke my hopes and dreams by succumbing to injury last season. So, as you can see, I’m in no way biased or anything. Bird has power (.243 ISO), plays half his games in Yankees Stadium, and walks 11% of the time. You’d think I’d be all over Bird. I hope PETA doesn’t miscontrue that last sentence. Anyways, outside of any negative bias toward Birds, Greg has a 28% strikeout rate and is awful against left-handed pitching: 30% strikeout rate and .138 average. TRASH

   
  1. Cram It says:
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    Love Winker. He’s been sneaky good in points league. Averaging .95 points/AB which is much more productive than OF’s more highly owned than him, such as Inciarte, Pham, Marte, Odubel…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Cram It: Good stuff Cram! Makes sense that he’d be really good in points leagues. What do you think of his power going forward?

  2. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Give me a treasure from the C-spot, please.

    2-C 14-team 5×5 OBP roto so it’s thin….
    I have Gattis and Hedges but I’m wondering if Hedges isn’t on his way out with the arrival of Mejia.

    Available on the FA list: Flowers, JR Murphy, Maldonado, Castillo (suspended), Maile, Narvaez, Vogt (DL), Wieters, Joseph, Knapp, Wilson, Wolters, Swihart, Avila, Garver, Plawecki, etc…

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Kruk_Ain’t_An_Athlete: Not sure I can, but from the G-spot?

      I’m probably going with Maldonado.

  3. Chucky says:
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    My biggest beef with Winker is that Riggleman used Winky as the designated double switch guy. Now with Schebler out, hopefully that changes, not to mention a new and improved slot in the order. I’m cautiously optimistic on this kid, so much that, he’s on my radar as a possible keeper.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Chucky: Good point. There’s risk for sure

  4. Simsbad says:
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    Bird will be successful in the second half if he does these three things:

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Simsbad: Ha! Good one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greg Bird has great potential, my column:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          NOOOOOOOO!!! Now it’s stuck in my head!!! That’s worst than a rick roll

          • Son

            Son says:
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            @Grey: Ha! I need to go to the Dark Web, meet up with my Russian and Chinese homies, and pay them to hack into your phone and change your ringtone, alarm, and any and all notifications to it.

  5. Mike says:
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    I’d trade Springer and Paxton and get Manny in return. You think that’s fair?

    • Son

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      @Mike: Depends on team/league context, but in a vacuum, probably too much.

  6. Scott says:
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    Do you like bauers more than hosmer ros? 6×6 obp with total bases. He needs 1 more start in OF to qualify in yahoo. Hosmer has a track record bit has been garbage and is ground ball machine (worse grounder rate of his career). Thanks

  7. Zach says:
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    WHo do you like better looking towards the second half season in an 8 man H2H category leagu Kris Bryant or Alex Bregman

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Zach: Bregman

  8. Don'tBeAHader says:
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    Winker over W. Calhoun? Dex Fowler?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Don’tBeAHader: Yes, but I’d keep a close eye on Willie

  9. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Son, I’ve been cyclopsing Bauers for a while, and your analysis only magnifies my desire to find a way to get him on my team!

    Alrighty, I’m back again with some trade possibilities updates. I think the McCullers/Carrasco/Martinez/Snell ships have sailed – just not getting any of their owners to respond, let alone bite on trade ideas. However, I’ve been working with another manager to get a deal done, and here’s where it stands so far.

    As a reminder, I’m in a 12-tm H2H points league, and my roster is: Posey, C. Santana, Merrifield, Bregman, Arenado, Trout, Cain, Haniger, Cruz, Aguilar, Tucker; Morton, Quintana, Clevinger, Stripling, Bieber, Gibson, J. Gray, Eflin (DL), Ryu (DL), J. Hicks, Treinen, Rondon, Oh.

    Here’s the trade offer:
    MY Stripling, Aguilar, Haniger, and Bieber for
    HIS Kimbrel, S. Marte, and LeMahieu

    Overall, I think there’s potential for some kind of deal to get done. Here are some questions I’d love your thoughts on:

    A. As it stands, how do you like the deal?

    B. I’m thinking I might counter by asking for M. Gonzales instead of LeMahieu. Do you like M. Gonzales? His periphs are nice and he looks like he’ll have an relatively easy schedule in the second half, but he might hit any innings limit.

    D. I don’t like the idea of giving up Stripling nor receiving LeMahieu (just hit the DL with oblique strain). Stripling has been damn good, and the main concern would be an innings limit/wall. If I proposed to swap out Stripling, who would you go with first out of Quintana, Eflin, or Gibson?

    E. Where would rank D-Rod and T. Cahill in the top 100 starters ROS? I’ve been cyclopsing them closely and trying to find a way to get one or both on my team.

    Thanks for reading my essays, Son. Hope the rest of your Sunday goes great!

    • Son

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      @The Shoe: A) I like the trade for you.

      B) I’d take the deal as is

      What happened to C?

      D) Refer to B :) I do like Stripling, though, so if you can replace with any of the others, I’d be good with that

      E) I like Cahill better

      Good luck to you Shoe! Anytime my man

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Son: There is no C! Thanks so much for the input, Son. Alright, I’ll try to make some counter offers swapping out Stripling and see if he bites. As for LeMahieu, you’re not put off by his injury? Or are you thinking that there’s so much value with Kimbrel and S. Marte, that I should just take the deal and not fuss over LeMahieu, i.e. just DL him or even drop him if needed?

        • Son

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          @The Shoe: What you said

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Son: Finally got a deal done. Here it is:

            MY Quintana, Bieber, Haniger, Posey, Aguilar for
            HIS Kimbrel, S. Marte, M. Gonzales, and LeMahieu

            Whatchya think? Managed to avoid giving Stripling. I added in Posey after seeing he had Sanchez go down again.

            • Son

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              @The Shoe: I like it

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