And another one! After hitting two home runs on Thursday, Joc Pederson homered in his second straight game Friday night going 1-for-4, with his seventh bomb. That’s six homers in the past week while hitting .450 with nine runs, and driving in eight. Whoa, get off my Joc! Seriously, he’s mine! But he could be yours too, he was a BUY and Grey just gave you his Joc Pederson fantasy. To be fair, my Pederson fantasy involves a lot more heavy breathing, Mookie Betts and scented oils. I usually don’t like to cover a player who was just, just featured in another post, but the amount of times you see a player featured in posts in a single week directly reflects the urgency in which you need to pick him him. Joc is available in over three quarters of fantasy leagues (that’s more than half, folks!) right now and could be a 30+ home run hitter. That’s 20 home runs for your fantasy team from now until you ultimately win your league in September. Joc has historically been a good power source but typically streaky and a huge drain on batting average (career .227 hitter). Not the case this year as he’s slashing .272/.345/.523. According to Grey, “Some of my hotter buys…while wearing a thong… Joc is pretty sexy…” And that’s me completely misquoting portions of Grey out of context! You get the idea! Joc is hitting all the home runs. This is Rock’n Joc baseball at it’s finest! Somebody call Dan Cortese!

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-2, HR (12), 2 SB (4). Bellinger rings up another ding dong! He’s now homered a four straight games!  And two steals!? Wow, you really know how to woo a guy, don’t you, Cody. I’m in a very vulnerable state right now with Mookie injured. Feeling very clingy, ready to latch on to my next obsession. Oh shoot, I missed my buy low opportunity here now that the Dodgers are hitting all the baseballs again, huh? Can you believe they were talking about sending this guy down just last week?

Max Muncy – 2-for-4, HR (10), 2 RBI. First you get the Muncy. Then you get the power. Then you get the woman. Muncy’s hitting .400 with 5 runs, 3 home runs, 6 RBI and a steal in the past week. But you heard me correctly internet friends, a real life human female could be yours, but you have to pick up Muncy first! Show me the Muncy! And even if you don’t get the girl, he could help your fantasy team which is almost as good, right? He was a BUY! Shut up and take my, Muncy!

Yasmani Grandal – -2-or-4, 2 HR (11). What is it about the NL West in the summer?

Walker Buehler – 5.1 IP, 2 hits, ER, 4 K, 5th win. Left this start with rib soreness but got the win anyway. Strasburg and David Price take note, you can leave the start when your team is up five and you’ve pitched well into the fifth. If you leave before that because you’re mad you gave up 4 runs in the first and suddenly decide that you think you’re injured, then you’re not doing anyone any favors, especially not your fans, assuming you have any left.

Mike Montgomery – 6.0 IP, 7 hits, ER, BB, K, 2nd win. In all three of his sport starts this year he’s given up one run or fewer. The ratios look good and he’s on the right team for wins, but the Ks are making me sleepy. If you’re thinking of picking him up I might wait until after his visit to Milwaukee next week. That’ll be the true test for Monty.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, run. He’s hitting .364 in the past week, just thought you should know that. 2012 called and they want their buy recommendation back.

Jacob deGrom – 8.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. It was the Yankees too, who are good at hitting baseballs. Gave up a 2-run homer to Brett Gardner but that’s about it. Jake’s 1.57 ERA and 1.01 WHIP are ratios as fffff. Also, the 106/23 K/BB makes me *swoon* Can you imagine? ME? Obsessing over a player?

Masahiro Tanaka – 5.0 IP, 1 hit, ER, BB, 8 K. Left the start with hamstring stiffness, but if you ask me he was just trying to beat the crowds to the subway.

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-4, HR (8). Finding Nimmo in the sea of Mets trash took some time (he doesn’t even have enough ABs to qualify for most leader boards), but he’s also cooled off considerably hitting just .105 in the past week. I mean, what do you expect, Mets gonna Met.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, HR (15). Only 45 more to go! What? He’s a Yankee now, my bar has been raised.

Aaron Judge – 0-for-2, run. Jammed his thumb sliding but ultimately stayed in the game. I am required to tell you things like, “X Player cut his pinky and stayed in the game so basically nothing blah blah,” just in case said pinky comes back to completely sap his power and ruin his season.

Dylan Covey – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, BB, 7 K, 2nd win. D-Co is now sporting a 2.22 ERA through five starts, and he struck out 7+ in three of those starts. It’s worth noting he quieted a “powerful” Boston lineup who was without Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, but still he went step-for-step with Chris Sale which can’t be easy. I could see streaming him versus Cleveland next week.

Chris Sale – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 10 K. After a pair of rough outings by Sale-standards, Chris rebounds with this gem. It’s amazing to me that a pitcher with a 2.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 120 Ks on the team with the highest scoring offense in the majors has 4 losses, but he does. He may never shake that White Sox stank.

Marco Gonzales – 7.1 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 K, 7th win. Wowow, the fourth straight win for MarGo–it’s good to be a Mariner? The ratios are solid, the 62/17 K/BB is bleh, and the .267 batting average against is cause for concern. In other words, playing with fire here, but I’d continue to play with fire because Marco is crushn, and fire is fun and it’s almost the 4th anyway.

C.J. Cron – 1-for-3, HR (14). Cron Air!

Trevor Bauer – 8.0 IP, 7 hits, ER, BB, 12 K, 5th win. Grey told me to draft him. March Me was like, wait what–the unstable guy with the drones and the rap songs? Yeah, that guy has a 2.62 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 109 punch outs. If Bauer could talk less and K more he’s a top 5-7 starter.

Michael Fulmer – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, 7 K. Managed to keep pace with Bauer Outage, but he’s never written 9-11 conspiracy theories on the mound, so why are you wasting my time.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, run, SB (3). Leo’s hitting .320 in the past week with 2 homers and a steal. I wish he would steal more considering that lead off spot, but now that Miggy’s back the runs should be there at least.

J.A. Happ – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Don’t call him J-A! Then why even write it like that J? You are just kind of asking for it no?

Ryan Tepera – 1.1 IP, 1 hit, SV (3). BUY and save. He’s the BJays closer and he’s a perfect 3-for-3 in save chances. You know how Canadians value their save percentage. Cause hockey right? Speaking of, I’ve been a Knights fan since their very first Stanley Cup final (one of the diehards!) and its defeats like that that make us all stronger as a team. We’ll be back. Las Vegas is ice hockey.

Stephen Strasburg – 2.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 2 K. Likely headed to the DL with a bruised ego.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-5, HR (6). He’s hitting .333 with 3 homers and 8 RBI in the past week. Cutch! Strange, it’s almost like the Giants offense woke up along with their number 3 hitter. Andrew’s slashing .257/.351/.434 with six homers, which is about what you’d expect, so we can’t completely blame him for SF’s woes, but we can try! Let’s git him!

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-5, run, RBI. Hitting .360 with 2 homers in the past week. He was a BUY and Desiigner told you to pick him up like a year ago. At least I think that’s what he was doing, he just kept saying “Panda.”

Gorkys Hernandez – 2-for-4, HR (7). Gorkys is one of those players you don’t want to own but you really should. Is it because he’s 30 years old? You know who else is 30 years old? JD MartinEZ–and he seems pretty on the ball. Gork-Her is slashing a purdy .289/.329/.472 with 7 dingers and 3 ess bees. The counting stats are atrocious but he is on the Giants, folks. Besides, I am feeling an SF win streak coming.

Juan Soto – 1-for-4, HR (3). Can I be honest, tbh, imho (did I use those acronyms correctly) I completely struck out on the Juan Soto (I prefer Cherry Coke!) sweepstakes and now I hope he’s sent down when Adam Eaton returns despite his gorgeous .339/.431/.571 slash and three bombs. Why am I so bitter? Is it because the Knights lost? Did I bet on the wrong Golden team?

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-4, run, RBI, SB (2). I’m telling ya’ll SF ’bout to make a run!

Kyle Barraclough – 1.0 IP, K. Another save BUY. I wrote Barraclough here to remind you that he’s an actual major league closer, Ricky Vaughn style, and you should own him if you’re into that.

Brian Anderson – 3-for-5. Look at that rook go! This was Jeter’s plan all along, wasn’t it? Trade everyone and sit back and let Brian Anderson do Brian Anderson. All he does is hit baseballs! Literally. He is a base hit machine and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games batting .500 in the past week. If you hate the “gambling” and risk-taking aspect of fantasy baseball and just want a player that won’t hurt you, Anderson might be the one special you’ve been waiting for.

Vince Velasquez – 3.2 IP, 9 hits, 10 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. I mean, if you’ve ever owned Vinny Velasquez before…Lol, yeaaaah. He’ll do that. Those Ks tho.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4, 2 HR (8), 5 RBI. Brewers scored 12 runs on 13 hits lead by Braun’s two dingers. The Brew Crew now sit comfortably in first place. Did you know Milwaukee is Algonquin for “the Good Land”? Must be something in the water.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-5, HR (8). Braun and his .236 AVG is aiight but Christian is the real hero this year. With a .303/.373/.488 slash, 8 homers and 7 steals he’s firmly placed himself in the 5-Toolers Club and is a big part of why Milwaukee’s in first. I think one of the most interesting things about Milwaukee is that it’s the only American city to elect three Socialist mayors. Party on, Brewers!

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI. Tuve’s hitting  .466 with 13 runs, 3 homers, 11 RBI and 5 steals in the past two weeks. I would own that!

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4, 2 runs, HR (8). Back-2-back homer games, seven game hitting streak, three bombs in the past week–this is your chance to sell. I love me some Bregman, but I bet you could get a heck of a return for him right now and I just think his ceiling is  lower than some others out there ie Christian Yelich.

Shin Soo Choo – 2-for-3, 2 runs, HR (11). Hitting .348 with 2 homers in the past week. Choo on that! If you pick him up I promise I won’t tell anyone.

Justin Verlander – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 8th win. It’s not enough that he’s engaged to Maxim Magazine’s Hottest Woman of 2018 Kate Upton (I obviously had to google that to confirm that the information was accurate, and after hours of reviewing the data I can confirm), JV also leads all pitchers with a 1.45 ERA. Very nice, but I’d prefer Kate Upton.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 HR (10), 3 RBI. Hitting .500 with 3 dingers in the past week. An air conditioner has been installed in your buy low window and there is basically no chance of opening it now.

David Peralta – 3-for-5, HR (11). The Snakes finally woke up sssssssssssssssssss, DP has four homers in the past seven days hitting .280. Looks like he’s been sub-planted as lead off man by Jon Jay, but could help with the RBI total.

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, HR (12), 2 RBI. See what I mean! I feel like when the weather heats up the NL West becomes a whole different animal.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 HR (8), 4 RBI. JoMart is hitting .556 with 3 homers and 8 RBI in the past week. After a tepid May, the JoMart superstar is having a fire sale with four straight multi-hit games and 3 bombs in that stretch.

Scott Schebler – 4-for-6, run. The Reds had 14 hits in this one including two hit games from Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker, but this blurb is about Schebler. After hitting .230 with 30 homers last year, he’s slashing .291/.359/.485 with just eight homers in 2018. The batting average is nice but where’s that Swing-And-Miss Schebler I know and love?

Rasiel Iglesias – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, K, 1st L. After Bud Norris blew his save chance spectacularly (1.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, 2 K, W), Rasiel came in to close it out and promptly followed suit giving Norris the nice vulture win. This wins for all the Bud Lite Orange drinkers. I only like beer with artificial orange flavoring for now on. BLO or GTFO.

Frankie Montas – 7.2 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, BB, 5 K, 3rd win. *wakes up in Oakland, grabs the the newspaper, skips past 15 pages of Warriors highlights* “Just tell me about the A’s!” Frankie was a SoN BUY and this is now the second straight week that Frankie has narrowly escaped my lede and an obvious Frankie Goes to Hollywood pun somewhere in your headline. Montas got his third win last night and is rocking a real nice 1.25 ERA through three starts. He’s given up just 3 runs in 21.2 IP with a 14/3 K/BB. Two of the three starts have come against Kansas City and the other against a struggling D-Backs team so we take these starts with a grain of salt–ahh yess is so saaalty. Frankie Says Relax, he gets the Astros at home next week and he’s going to prove to you he’s worth picking up. I’ll be watching that start closer than a Kid Cudi/Kanye West album live stream. Just keep refreshing your browser, I think I heard a  Ye “HUH” or a beat that time!

Dustin Fowler 2-for-4, HR (4). Hitting .333 with a home run and a steal in the past week. Well, cock-a-doodle-do to you, Fowler!

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 HR (17). Kish Davish! KHRIS. THE. DISH! NOBODY CALLS HIM THAT! I don’t care! THE POWER OF KHRIS COMPELS ME!

Blake Parker – 1.0 IP, K, SV (6). Three saves in the past week! Of all the borderline own-worthy closers in today’s post Parker is arguably the most borderline ownable. If that’s not a ringing endorsement for Blake I guess you can try your luck with Miami’s closer? Welp.

Lance Lynn – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 BB, 7 K. Oh, so that’s why they gave him all that money in the offseason. After an awful start to the season, Lynn now has four straight quality starts and gets the Tigers next week. I might possibly consider the prospect of maybe thinking about mulling over the possibility of contemplating whether or not I should review the option of potentially streaming him. I don’t know for sure though.

Justin Upton – 1-for-3, HR (15). Hitting .476 with four homers in the past week! Sweet sassy molassy! Shohei who? Justin losing his mind Upton here! More savage than a Pusha diss! Hotter than Drake’s baby momma! JUpside bout to make even Mike Trout jealous!

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI. He was a BUY! He’s got five homers in the past 10 days, he’s also kind of a racist, but they don’t give fantasy points for tolerance! Unless you’re in my Wholesome Fantasy Friends League, but everyone wins that anyway.

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 
  1. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Mr Pants-
    Always enjoy your stuff. What is your take on Profar when Andrus returns? Can’t see them benching Odor and his $13M a year for the next five year salary although Profar is the better option. Does he find any playing time in Texas or has he finally become tradeable again? The Rangers need pitching prospects.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: I think kiner-falefa will prob lose the most playing time with andrus return, so you probably don’t have to worry just yet. I’d be more worried about his playing time if he is in fact traded

  2. Baseballz says:
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    Why is Joc with his 7hr a 30hr hitter when Schebler has 8 and actually hit 30 last year? Who would you rather have ros?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Baseballz: Can’t they both be 30 hr hitters? I’d take Joc right now he’s on fire

  3. Aardvark says:
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    Matt carpenter is available. Should I drop pivetta for him?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Aardvark: I’d hold

  4. Aardvark says:
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    Also would you trade joc and Rodon for Hoskins?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Aardvark: In redraft leagues yes

  5. JC says:
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    Thanks, Dan
    Would you drop Strickland or Kela for a Barraclough?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JC: Hold

  6. Ckmookie says:
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    Do I flip Bregman for deGrom? My SS would then become Escobar MIN???

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Ckmookie: If you need the ace I like it

  7. JC says:
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    Drop Lamb for Schebler? Position doesn’t matter

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JC: I’d want Lamb

  8. JY says:
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    Gross trade but it’s a 20 team dynasty…would you trade Profar for ASSdrubal? Not appealing but gotta think Profar loses time but Ass is looking more like his normal self every day

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @JY: I think I’d rather have profar

  9. Mdw says:
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    What side do you like in a Gallo/Wacha for Kris Bryant/Junis swap?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Mdw: bryant side

  10. J-Man says:
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    Just got offered Betts and Didi for Springer and Bregman. The trade analyzer says it’s a no brainer. Should I be worried Didi, or is he going to get it going again?

    • Dan Pants

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      @J-Man: I would be more worried about mookie because he hasn’t played in 10 days, didi had a .143 BABIP in may so he should def get better. I might still hold on the trade until betts is 100%

  11. nick says:
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    How long do you hold on to Nimmo after playing so well and then stinking for a week, since he doesn’t have a track record?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @nick: I’d give him at least another week of stinking!

  12. Primetime says:
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    Drop school for zobrist or kinsler?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Primetime: Hold schoop

  13. Keeper league with emphasis on 2019….Eloy or Soto?

    Thanks Pants

  14. fredtbn1gs says:
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    In a league where you can keep 3 for up to 3 years, how lopsided is this trade?

    (League is 12 team yahoo roto, 6×6 with OPS, SV+H, and QS)
    Team 1 is in 3rd and trying to move up; Team 2 is out of the race.

    Team 1 gets:
    -Posey (could be kept 2 more years)
    -E Escobar (could be kept 2 more years)
    -Springer (cannot be kept)
    -Belt (could be kept 2 more years)
    -Greinke (could be kept 2 more years)
    -Round 24 and Round 25 picks next year

    Team 2 gets:
    -Pham (could be kept 2 years)
    -Kershaw (could be kept 1 year)
    -Round 12 and round 18 picks next year

    • Dan Pants

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      @fredtbn1gs: Team two is gaining a good keeper, I wouldnt say the trade is lopsided at all. If you keep 3 that mean roughly top 36 are kept, and only kershaw and springer really qualify

      • fredtbn1gs says:
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        @Dan Pants: Agree on top 36, though it doesn’t end up quite that even since you can only keep a player for 3 years, so 1/3 to 1/2 of the top 36 are up for draft again each year.

        • Dan Pants

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          @fredtbn1gs: Team two gets to keep kershaw and some early picks, team 1 gets springer and some pieces to win now I guess is how I see it

  15. Ben says:
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    Mr Dan Pants! Thanks for the run down. Love the site! I’m doing some recon on some of the available free agents in my league’s pool and wondering your thoughts…

    1. Can you rank the top few out of this group ROS?

    Marco Gonzales, Reynaldo Lopez, Descalfini, Odorizzi, Wheeler, Sabathia, Matz, Trevor WIlliams, Lucchesi, Lynn

    2. Rank priority of stashing players on following list.

    Senzel, Adames, Kopech, Calhoun

    • Dan Pants

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      @Ben: Gonzalez and Lopez, stash calhoun senzel

      • Ben says:
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        @Dan Pants: Thanks! Strange Calhoun hasn’t shown much power in AAA this year. I wonder if he’s as disinterested in being held down as the Rangers appear to be at the idea of bringing him up!

        • Dan Pants

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          @Ben: sounds like adames call up any day now

  16. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Pants I’m in a 15 team keep 11 and looking to next year. Got offered a 1st round pick and Dustin Fowler for Andrus and a 4th

    Already planning on keeping Torres and LeMahieu so don’t really need Andrus. Am I getting enough ?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Nightpandas: A first round pick in a 15 team keep 11 leagues is like a what top 150 player? Gotta think andrus is at least top 100, or is that not how your keeper rules work?

  17. coacher says:
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    ROS questions:
    MI- Russell/Difo/H.Perez/Gyorko/Spangenberg?
    2 OF spots: Joc P, Jay Bruce, Rajai Davis, Greg Allen, Descalso, Pence, Chisenhall, Dietrich

  18. Dan Pants

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    @coacher: i’ll take russell joc and bruce

  19. phil says:
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    If I could only pick up one….Montas or Covey or Buchholtz ?

    • Dan Pants

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      @phil: might go buchholz he’s got a two start week with good matchups

      • phil says:
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        But looking at the full year would it still be Buchholz?

        • Dan Pants

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          @phil: hard to say if any of the three will be worth owning for the whole year. I like what buchholz is doing right now though!

  20. phil says:
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    If I had to drop one Giles, Brach, Soria, Tepera? I was thinking Giles because he looks like he is losing his job.

    • Dan Pants

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      @phil: yeah but if giles does stay the closer he is extremely valuable. brach blew a chance yesterday and britton is creeping and tepera has the least impressive stuff. i’d prob lose brach because the orioles are bad

  21. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    1. Who should I roster off DL (Soroka or Rodon) — would cut Flaherty.
    2. Any news about Cubs Morrow? bypassed Fri/Sat in Save opportunity (Strop & Cishek).

  22. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Pivetta or Wood for September H2H playoffs? (Yes, that is a long time down the road but that is why you are getting paid so much!)

  23. Mike says:
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    Already picked up Héctor Rondón this week. Do you think I’d be better off ROS with Kyle Barraclough or possibly Seranthony Domínguez? I’m worried there won’t be many save opportunities in Miami this year.

    I already have Brad Hand, Felipe Vázquez, & Josh Hader (for Ks, not a Holds league). Ideally would like to roster 3 closers + Hader. So, of the 5 closers mentioned, will you rank them ROS for me please and thank you?

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