So now I’m an official Long Beach resident I figure I have to do two things: One, change my Logo; the second was trying to figure out where all the drama is, cause Snoop told me there was and how hard it was many moons ago.  Harder still was throwing the first pitch Padres game the other night.  Snoop’s terrible first pitch made sports news segments across our great land, one more in the long line of famous/semi-famous people throwing baseballs when they shouldn’t with the best, and still champ, Carl Lewis. Why don’t these guys and gals take a practice toss or two?  Does it seem easy?  At slow pitch softball the pitchers take practice throws; and that’s slow pitch softball!

Or, is it a greater scheme to bring these arguably famous (and Snoop is famous, but he’s certainly not relevant and hasn’t been for a while) people back into the spotlight?  Nah, I think it’s just cause baseball games need someone to throw out the first pitch, and if you can get a has-been or flavor of the moment, all the better over the state controller, or assistant district attorney, or a dying kid (actually it should only be dying kids if I ran the world).

The Cubs continue to do something akin to this with the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” a tradition I grew up listening to the slurry Harry Carey sing with great aplomb. Or great plums (in his mouth), whichever you like better.  Back in 2013 they supposedly (NOT supposebly) ended the practice of having actual famous people perform; but it looks like that’s not true as Warren G of Regulate fame (and being Snoop’s cousin) as well as two guys from Sporting Kansas City (Soccer) and Craig Sager have done it this season.  The interwebs went a bit overboard over Warren G’s “horrible” rendition, which I didn’t think was that bad.  There have definitely been worse.

The Cubs should just play the music as no one needs to “lead” the song anymore.  Almost everyone going to a Cubs game knows it and it’d be a little like karaoke with 40,000 friends.  And this has been another installment of “What’s on Phil’s mind as he looks up guys to write about for this week’s article.”  Check back next week as we tackle red versus white versus yellow onions: is there a difference?  And why do Southern Californians think they have a monopoly on bad highway traffic? (Topics subject to change)

Onto the OPS, which is what you’re really here for.  Who’s first this week?  A shortstop by the name of Jhonny.  Peralta, that is. (Like there’s anyone else with an H in the wrong spot on purpose).  He’s back, already has a home run, and if he’s out there in your league go get him.  He usually starts strong and putters toward the end, but since he’s starting his season in June he won’t start sucking until September at the earliest!  In the first half of 2013, Mr. Jhonny Peralta had an .808 OPS and eight homers, 2014 he had an .783 OPS with 14 homers, and last season a. 828 OPS and 13 homers.  He can help if you need SS or Utility help, and the Cards should find him at bats at third base, so he should add that eligibility too.  Owned in only 23% of ESPN Leagues and 38% of Yahoo, he’s a solid add especially in OPS leagues.

Another guy I’ve written about before, Leonys Martin of the Seattle Mariners, is about to come off the DL and is only owned in 23% of ESPN Leagues and 37% of Yahoo leagues.  That’s way too low, and I bet dollars to donuts (which doesn’t make any sense but is fun to say) those numbers rise by 15% minimum by next week.  Hamstrings usually lead to less running, but he was improving in power anyway; so let’s hope he focuses on that and doesn’t get caught up in getting caught stealing bases.  Before he got hurt he had .221 ISO and an .822 OPS.  His BABIP was .309, nothing crazy, and I don’t see why he can’t continue the power surge.  I’ve held him in my leagues but maybe he’s available in yours.

A blast from the past is Chris B. Young.  I was watching the other day and had to be sure it’s still the same Chris Young.  Who would’ve thought both Chris Young’s would still be in the league in 2016?  If you would’ve asked me in 2013 I would’ve taken that bet, up to $100.  He’s been en fuego with five homers in his past 16 games to go along with a 1.284 OPS in that span.  On the season his OPS is up to 1.002; how is he only 3% owned in Yahoo and ESPN?  That shizz is crazy.  I’m adding him up right now in my leagues.  He’s only 32!  Also he has 20+ homers seasons five times in his career, albeit all before 2012. Since then he’s been on both New York teams and Oakland.  Now though he’s right in line with his career K% and BB%; his .310 ISO won’t keep up sure but I don’t see why he won’t continue to hit in Boston’s stacked lineup.  Brock Holt is dealing with a concussion so left field should be his for the foreseeable future.  At the very least ride his hot streak.

If you really want to go out on a limb (and really, who would?  Not me, I’m good right here on the ground thank you very much) a guy to look at is Robbie Grossman of the Twins, formerly of the Houston Astros, formerly drafted by the Pirates, former Chicago Bears QB (who lost the super bowl when spotted a touchdown versus Peyton chokes in big games Manning; wait that’s Rex, my bad; I’m still bitter) who is hitting the cover off the ball lately.  Nothing in his past suggests he can keep this up, but four homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.100 OPS in 19 games isn’t anything to sneeze at.  Rather sneeze at the person who brings their dog into the grocery store.  Yes I saw this the other day; yes it was in an upscale supermarket, and yes my wife and I just laughed as one of the employees walked by her with the most disgusted look on his face.  Even funnier/grosser is that she lives near us within walking distance of the store.  So she easily could’ve left little Fifi at home.  Back to Robbie (just go by Robert c’mon man); he’s only owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues and 10% owned in ESPN.  He’s for those in really deep leagues and those who like to live dangerously with their teams.

Lastly, just for fun, who wouldn’t want to see Noah Syndergaard hit more?  He’s got a 1.071 OPS in the last month fellas!  It’s long past the point that we need to get both pitching and hitting stats for a pitcher.  I mean, could you imagine playing fantasy in 1918 when Babe Ruth led the league with a .966 OPS and 11 (count ‘em, 11!) homers to go with a 2.22 ERA, 13 wins and 1.04 WHIP?  And then in 1919 with a 1.114 OPS, 29 homers and 113 RBIs to go with a 2.97 ERA and nine wins?  You’d be pissed to miss out on either of those stats.  (The previous paragraph has been brought to you by our good friend sarcasm.  Say hello to our OPS friends sarcasm; on a side note would it be funny or lame or redundant if a ventriloquist had a puppet named sarcasm?  Or would it be real meta?  I’m asking you, I’m truly not sure).  In any case, have a good weekend Razzballers and Razzballettes!

    • Phil B.

      Phil B. says:
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      Back at ya! I came imagine a better place to live, for me anyway

      • Phil B.

        Phil B. says:
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        @Phil B.: can’t, stupid autocorrect

  1. chris says:
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    Hey Phil
    I’ve been offered a trade:
    I give: Dyson and Wright
    I receive: Cozart and Vmart

    This is my team:
    C-Hundley
    1st-Abreu
    2-walker
    ss-Andrus
    3rd Carpenter
    CI-Encarn
    DH-Lind-Duda-Valbuena-Deshields-Pence-Norris
    OF-Polanco-Joc-Conforto-Kemp Saunders-Pence
    Sp-Carrasco-Matz-Liriano-Rodon-Wright-Ray-Mengdhen-Corbin-eickhoff-Gio-Alex Reyes
    RP-Krod-Dyson-Street
    I’m stubborn I still like my team even though I’m in 8th place in a 14 team league. I don’t like the idea of only having 2 closers because of injuries or lost jobs. Does Wright keep this up? I could counter? I have been lacking big time in steals maybe I should ask for some steals?

    Let me know,
    Thanks

    • Phil B.

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      @chris: I like your team too, and I havte that feeling of looking at a good team and not doing better in the standings, which is happening to me across a few leagues this season. Anyway, I don’t like that trade for your team. I agree with going with 3 closers at minimum at this point in the season, especially in a 14 teamer. You could listen to Grey and try to move Abreu (which I agree with) and slot Edwin(or Lind) in at 1st. Andrus I wouldn’t try to replace cause he brings some steals. Also, I’d say if you can sell Wright right now based on his hotness I would. If he really wants a closer, then include one but be hesitant. So go get some steals with Wright at minimum. Let me know how it goes.

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        I rejected his offer. Do you like something like this:
        Wright and Abreu
        for
        Ellsbury and Nunez?

        I gain some nice steals but is wright a critical piece of my staff?
        I also would have 3 SS’s. Crawford Andrus and Nunez.

        Do you like this better:
        Ellsbury and Vamrt for Abreu and Wirhgt?
        Agin nog so sure I’m not better off staying put. Deshields coming back anytime so If so that would help with stls big timen?>

        • Phil B.

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          @chris: Sorry for my delay; did you make a move? Anyway, hopefully you did cause Abreu is hitting although I really like Nunez, and I think you could trade him straight up for Wright and that might get accepted. I’d avoid trading for VMart and his injury issues aren’t going to end soon. You could hold and be fine, but Wright for Nunez is the move I’d try to make.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Long Beach…my second home..or former second home. What side/part you at?

    I like the idea of wheeling out the sick kids to throw out the pitch…what about flipping it and having the first hit where the kids come out and get a hit to start the game. Feels more fulfilling.

    • @J-FOH: If I ran the world there would be only dying kids…is not a great platform…

      • Phil B.

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        @Wake Up: phrasing, definitely. But now that I think of it I think I heard a presidential candidate say something like that…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: sounds like an elderly mans platform….who loves his lawn

        • Phil B.

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          @J-FOH: he can only water his lawn once a week in socal during the drought, so he really doesn’t like those sick kids dying on his lawn

    • Phil B.

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      @J-FOH: Anything for the kids. Especially sick ones.
      I’m near Naples island, which is certainly nice – I was not sure where to live when I got here and I think I made a good choice, I also looked downtown but found a good deal on rent, and by good deal I mean shocking for a midwesterner.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Phil B.:Naples is nice. Have a few clients over there. I like this Thai place not to far from there call star of siam. It’s over by Broadway and cherry. Pch and the 710 was my side of town but I’ve drank and ate all over that city.

        • Phil B.

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          @J-FOH: Nice! We dig thai food, thanks for the place

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Phil B.: always start with a cup of the chicken soup

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Weekly H2H 10×10 OPS league, you prefer Baez (more power/OPS and multi-eligible, but not as consistent ABs) or Ketel Marte (more solidified role, speed, not as sexy)?

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    dumb people didn’t realize that once holt/swihart went out he’s an every day OF, this even includes some people that would’ve streamed him against lefties (it has to with those ownership numbers, but i’ll just assume that indicates most people play in either non-competitive leagues or shallow ones) in the past for DFS ect. i’m assuming simply nearly everyone doesn’t believe his numbers, like grossman’s lately.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: i’ve heard (nor read) anybody ever use that “supposebly” but i believe it, i wonder if it’s a stupid person regional type thing.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: and that’s funny as hell, before i even read the grossman paragraph i used him as example of another guy hitting crazy good who’s unowned.

        • Phil B.

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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Yeah, I usually keep a roster spot open for the hot hitter; and drop them that fast. Can work against me too, like with Whit and I dropped him too early, but so it goes. Young and Grossman are both hitting and helping anyway right now, and that’s what matters.

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