When Ian Happ (45.7% owned – increase of 25%) was called up in May of this year, we fantasy nerds were giddy with excitement. I imagine it was the same tingly sensation boys felt when they first saw a young Britney Spears on the Mickey Mouse Club. Unfortunately, Happ proceeded to bat .214 with only two home runs in his first month of major league experience. The dread was comparable to “young boy with tingly sensation” realizing that Britney was probably “studying” with fellow Mickey Mouse Club’er Justin Timberlake. In the month of June, though, Happ is batting .277. More specifically, since June 13th, he is batting .316 with five home runs. He’s had at least one hit in 12 of the past 14 games.

Happ just keeps hitting…and hitting…and hitting. Now, he’s still striking out close to 30% of the time, the swinging strike rate is around 15%, and he chases a shit load of pitches outside the zone (34%). With that said, he’s a switch-hitter, so the risk of getting platooned is minimal. In addition, Joe Maddon bats him third against righties and fifth against lefties. Granted, Maddon bats Rizzo and Contreras leadoff at times, so take that however you want to take it. He obviously has Maddon’s trust. Or at least he’s got some pictures somewhere. Regardless, the how is not important. The Cubs offense stinks right now, but it’s not going to stay that way forever. Wait. How long was it between World Series championships again? Seriously, though, the heat of summer should be good for that offense. And when it does, Happ should benefit, as long as he doesn’t end up chilling with Kyle Schwarber. TREASURE…like this:

Here are few others that caught my eye on the most added/dropped list:

Trey Mancini (69.4% owned – increase of 21.9%)

Here are Mancini’s numbers by month:

  • April – .216/.245/.549 with five home runs
  • May – .342/.398.479 with two home runs
  • June – .360.400/.685 with seven home runs

The overall .319 batting average is probably unsustainable, as it’s fueled by a .386 BABIP. He’s probably more a .270-ish hitter. With that said, he’s batting fifth in a potentially potent Orioles lineup. Camden Yards is very good for right-handed power. The most encouraging thing for Mancini’s future prospects is that he mashes righties (.348 average with 10 of his 14 homers against). TREASURE

Kyle Schwarber (51.8% owned – decrease of 21.6%)

I’m surprised Schwarber is still owned in over 50% of leagues. Yes, he has power, has a good eye, a decent swinging strike rate, yet he was still striking out 29% of the time. He still cannot hit lefites as well (.143 average with only one of his 12 home runs against). The overall wOBA was only .294. Oh, did I forget to mention that he got demoted? His defense also sucks. In this environment, I would think it’d be difficult for anyone to stash Schwarber on their roster. TRASH

Scooter Gennett (31.9% owned – increase of 18.4%)

It’s been fun riding our little Scooter this year. .307 average with 11 home runs and that memorable game with not one…not two…not three…but four home runs. Alas, it’s time to jump off the Scooter. Is it because they are dangerous vehicles that could get you decapitated? Wrong scooter. My bad. Is it the .273 ISO and .387 wOBA that our little Scooter has on the season? He’s 5′ 10″ 185 pounds. No, it’s the return of Zack Cozart, who will man the shortstop position and two-hole in the batting order. Jose Peraza will more than likely platoon with our little Scooter, which is obviously not a good thing. TRASH.

 
  1. Natty Boh says:
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    Which side do you like in Bogaerts/Dump P or Cozart/Cueto?….Thanks

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Natty Boh: Since I don’t know who Dump P is, I’ll go with the Cozart/Cueto side.

      My guess would be Dump P is Pomeranz. If that’s the case, I’d still side with the C/C side

      • Natty Boh says:
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        @Son: David Paulino…lol

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @Natty Boh: Ha! I still like the C/C side

  2. Chucky says:
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    Any hope for Dynasty stashes Polanco, Cargo and Thames? Or time to cut bail for the Reddicks and Chisenhalls of the world?

    • Son

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      @Chucky: I’m not too worried about Polanco long-term. Cargo and Thames are a different story though. I wouldn’t cut them for the Reddicks and Chisenhalls of the world. Probably have to concoct some creative trade packages that include them

  3. Mike Reno says:
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    Jordan Montgomery or Jimmy Nelson ROS?

  4. Robert says:
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    Drop Thames in a 10 team h2h league? Options include M. Adams, Broxton, Souza.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Robert: I wouldn’t

  5. Ueckerforpresident says:
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    Now if only Mancini will hit 20 starts at DH so he’ll be eligible at the position next year in my ESPN dynasty league, that’d be great! Unfortunately stalled out at 10 starts, hmmmm.

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Ueckerforpresident: Better go out and start collecting virgins to sacrifice to the baseball gods.

    • Stumanji! says:
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      @Ueckerforpresident: It’s not often guys are campaigning for starts at DH!

      • Son

        Son says:
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        @Stumanji!: What a world

  6. chris pierce says:
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    Happ or Broxton?

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @chris pierce: Very tough one for me. I think I lean Brockton due to stolen base upside.

  7. daniel jalil says:
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    Who wins this trade ..wilson Ramos and freedy Freeman …Or Chris Davis and buster Posey…What’s the better side of the deal

      • daniel jalil says:
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        @Son: what about Wilson Ramos Freddie Freeman Brian Dozier 4 Buster Posey Chris Davis Carlos Correa

        • Son

          Son says:
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          @daniel jalil: It’s a fine trade, but I do think that Freeman is the best player in the group. In addition, I don’t value the catcher position that highly.

  8. Fabsy says:
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    Arenado Darvish J.Upton or Bryant Strasburg Kemp

    12 Team 6×6 Categories non-keeper

    • Son

      Son says:
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      @Fabsy: Hmmm, tough one. I like the Arenado/Darvish/Upton side a little better

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