Greetings, my excellent friends. I think it’s time we face the music. This year of fantasy baseball has not been an excellent adventure. Not by any means. As one wise dude once said “strange things are afoot at the Circle K”. Honestly if it’s not COVID-19, it’s a blister, paternity leave, explosive diarrhea, in-climate weather or protest that has derailed my weekly lineups. I pled with my league to switch from weekly lineups to daily for this year, but they huffed and they puffed and they blew the league up. I think I said it last week, the teams that win the championships in their respective leagues this year are not going to be the best teams, they are going to be the ones that got the luckiest when it came to navigating players not playing. I’m glad we got a season in, but this season is in danger of flunking most heinously.

What do Trevor Story, Kyle Seager, David Fletcher, Yuli Gurriel all have in common? I’m guess they probably have a handful of stuff in common, but the thing to which I am referring is the fact they have all scored double digit points every week this season.

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 Avg Total
Trevor Story 16 25 14 32 16 22 20.8 125
Kyle Seager 14 21 24 17 25 13 19 114
David Fletcher 13 21 17 15 21 11 16.3 98
Yuli Gurriel 13 12 19 24 11 11 15 90

Are you Kuhl man? Are you willing to drink the Kuhl-Aid? In four starts Chad Kuhl has averaged 5 innings pitched, just under 2.75 hits, 2 earned runs, 2.6 walks and 3.75 strikeouts. The number I am most interested there is the 5 innings pitched. Why? Because that is how many innings you need to pitch to be eligible for the win. Let’s ignore the fact that Chad pitches for the Pirates which radically decreases his chances for a win in the first place. As a general rule of thumb, if a starting pitcher isn’t averaging at least 5 IP, I steer clear of putting him in my starting lineup. There are exceptions, but if I’m eliminating the win right off the bat, I’m severely limiting my point potential. Especially in leagues that award 7 or even 10 points for a win.

Kuhl faces the Cubs and Reds this week. Not a pair of easy opponents. He started against the the Reds, in Cincinnati, on 8/14 and he ended up taking the loss, giving up 3 earned in 5 innings while striking out 6. The got a total of 8 points. This matchup is in Pittsburgh. I took the liberty of consulting with Streamonator and it says Chad should be cool enough for about 20 points. I realize that doesn’t exactly blow the barn doors of their hinges, but it might be worth considering based on your other options. I have a strong feeling I will be sneaking him into my lineups.

In each his last two starts, Kwang Hyun Kim pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, 0 earned run and struck out 3 for a combined 42 (or so) points. Twenty-five of those points came against the Reds at home. This week he gets the Reds (at hoe again) and the Cubs (in Chicago). His first start this year as a starter was against the Cubs. He went only 3.2 innings (57 pitches) which I’m guessing is because he wasn’t stretched out. I have a feeling he will be in my lineup this week too. And before you ask, I’m leaning Kim over Kuhl, even if Chad thinks that’s not cool.

Michael Pineda is set to return on Tuesday. I think that might make him a two-start pitcher. I have no idea what to expect from him, but it might be worth keeping an eye on that situation considering the Twins have been pretty ok this year.

Here are the top 30 hitters based on average points over the last two weeks. There might be a few names in this list that are available in your league. Remember, it’s the year where the best strategy just might be playing the players that are hot.

Player Week 5 Week 6 Average
Manny Machado 3B | SD 41 39 40
Kyle Tucker LF | HOU 40 33 36.5
Jose Abreu 1B | CHW 62 6 34
Trea Turner SS | WAS 36 27 31.5
Randal Grichuk RF | TOR 36 22 29
Luke Voit 1B | NYY 37 17 27
Brandon Belt 1B | SF 24 29 26.5
Tim Anderson SS | CHW 41 12 26.5
Cavan Biggio 2B | TOR 39 12 25.5
Evan Longoria 3B | SF 26 23 24.5
Andrew McCutchen LF | PHI 26 23 24.5
Brad Miller 3B | STL 31 18 24.5
Fernando Tatis SS | SD 38 11 24.5
Paul Goldschmidt 1B | STL 22 26 24
Nelson Cruz DH | MIN 34 13 23.5
Vladimir Guerrero 3B | TOR 17 29 23
Mike Trout CF | LAA 18 28 23
Eloy Jimenez LF | CHW 21 25 23
Eugenio Suarez 3B | CIN 19 26 22.5
Cody Bellinger RF | LAD 31 14 22.5
Jake Cronenworth SS | SD 33 12 22.5
Kyle Lewis RF | SEA 44 1 22.5
Wil Myers LF | SD 18 26 22
Austin Nola 1B | SEA 27 17 22
Christian Walker 1B | ARI 9 34 21.5
Hunter Dozier 3B | KC 27 16 21.5
Freddie Freeman 1B | ATL 33 10 21.5
Jesse Winker LF | CIN 10 32 21
Jonathan Schoop 2B | DET 21 21 21
Rhys Hoskins 1B | PHI 22 20 21

I leave you with this… Be excellent to each other!

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  1. JKJ

    JKJ says:

    Brad Miller lol. 2020 is on some kinda somethin’.

    Love the avatar btw…my work Google account is also an 8-bit Link. LINK BROS!!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      Nice. I’ve got the triforce tattooed on my upper arm…

  2. Joe Beísbol says:

    Looking to clear some bench log jam. People in my league are trade averse and don’t often respond right away though, so it’s not efficient to make one offer and wait to get a response. Thus, I’m hoping to make several offers at once. Any of these offers that you *wouldn’t* make?

    I give Flores, Grisham, and Voit and I get Yelich and Villar
    I give Suarez and Voit and get Bieber
    I give Voit and get Corbin
    I give Suarez and get Corbin

    12-team, 10-cat, roto redraft
    C – Smith; 1B – Abreu; 2B – Schoop; 3B – Suarez ; SS – Trea; OF – Dozier, Grisham; Winker; Util – Voit; Bench – Chapman, Flores, Ohtani, Dom Smith; DL – Albies, Judge, Moore

    SP – Clevinger, Gray, Maeda, Hendricks, Sixto
    RP – Bard, Bass, Pressley, Rogers
    DL – Verlander

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      You’re not getting Yelich or Bieber for those deals. Voit for Corbin is questionable. I’d want Corbin and don’t think you get Voit, but it depends on your scoring system. Same with Suarez.

      Basically in all of the trades you mention I’d want the “get” side, which is why you are obviously proposing them. Just saying…

      • Joe Beísbol says:

        Yeah. It’s a conundrum in my league that people assume your offer is low, no matter what, so sometimes I think I could offer Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole for Wilson Ramos and the Ramos owner would counter and demand more, either on principle or because they’d assume you knew something they didn’t. I don’t know how we came to be so mistrusting of each other, lol.

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:

          That’s just the way shit works. The minute someone makes you an offer for one of your guys he immediately becomes more valuable. It also opens your eyes. Why does someone want this guy? Am I missing something with this guy?

          That begs the question. Do you make a bullshit initial offer for someone else and then pivot to act like you’ll settle for someone else?

  3. johnnyhobbes says:

    Just want to say that I appreciate the Bill and Ted allusions!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      Thanks. Did you watch Face The Music?

  4. Oldmanoldman says:


    Need a bat to replace Kepler in my lineup for a 12 team mixed league. Format is standardish but rewards rbi and low k hitters most. Anyone you’re bullish on?

    L gurriel?
    Another baseball player?

    Thx much!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      McCutchen or Gurriel in points leagues

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