One of the things I enjoy about NL and AL-only leagues is that they often provide a comfortable home for fantasy baseball’s otherwise undesirables. I’m amazed at how many players there are that I’ve just flat out never heard that get promoted each year, no matter how well I think I know every MLB team’s roster and depth chart, and no matter how much time I put into trying to improve my knowledge of the minor leagues. Most of the players that get called up and have been completely under the radar do exactly what we’d expect them to – perhaps make a little splash as they dive into their first cup of coffee, but then quickly fade into oblivion. A few defy the odds and become mixed-league relevant. And some do what we deep leaguers need them to do – play just well enough that they are worth rostering. Much like actual baseball teams, it doesn’t seem like many deep league fantasy champions get through their 162-game seasons without a few spells of random help from players who seem to have appeared from completely out of the blue.

It’s still May, but we are already seeing many players who may ultimately fit this description come October. There are always a handful of guys that are somehow able to outperform their stats/projections/abilities, and I always think of 2016 Junior Guerra as the poster boy for this phenomenon. When writing about him last year, the more research I did, the more I realized that he didn’t have a single peripheral in his past stats to suggest he could do exactly what he did: have a prolonged run of success at the major league level. Yet somehow watching him pitch, there was an intangible (Grit? Moxie?) that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but made me want to own him. Back to the present:  in the last couple of weeks, I feel like every time I turn around there’s a newbie that’s being thrown into a major league starting rotation. This week, I’ll be highlighting a few of these pitchers amongst the other players that might be available on the scrap heap that is your single league waiver wire…

Ben Lively. He hasn’t been called up to replace Zach Eflin in the Phillies rotation yet, but it sounds like most of the Philadelphia sports community thinks he should be, so I’m intrigued. (Tuesday note: now Velasquez is hurt, so how is this guy not up by the weekend?). I’m a sucker for a pitcher who doesn’t walk guys, and Lively is one of those fellows. Is he a hot prospect with amazing, top-of-the-rotation stuff? Nope! But he’s walked seven batters in 56 innings in AAA this year, after a 2016 season where his WHIP was 0.94 over 170 innings (53 of those in AA; 117 in AAA). He has a decent curveball and slider, and a changeup that he rarely uses because he doesn’t usually need it. Evidently his AAA manager has already pointed out that he’ll need that changeup in the show, especially against lefties… I’m looking forward to seeing how this situation is going to play out, so I’ve stashed Lively in a couple NL-onlys.

Asher Wojciechowski. He did nothing to impress in 2015 when he made five appearances (three starts) for the Astros (7.27 ERA, 1.86 WHIP… though the Ks were already in evidence, as he had 16 in 16 innings). He’s been dominant for the Reds in 2017, however, as he made five starts in AAA with a 1.40 ERA and a 10.17 K/9, followed by allowing just one run in four innings once he was promoted to Cincinnati. His spot start Tuesday may be just a one-off, but I’m going to watch a bit and report back. (Cut to four hours later). Here’s my intel: he’s got a solid-but-obvious nickname (Wojo), throws lots of strikes, and looks completely poised on the mound. (Cut to one inning later). Hmm, he just gave up three of the most no-doubt jacks I’ve seen this year. Or ever.  In the same inning. Yet I’m still kind of loving that he didn’t walk anyone in 4 innings. Let’s just say he’s going to need to make some adjustments.

J.T. Riddle. Moving from young, untested pitchers to young, untested hitters, the Marlins seem to have an unlimited supply of infielders that, fantasy-wise, would matter in only the deepest of leagues. Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechevarria have each missed significant time due to injury, opening the door for additional uninspiring names like Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas. Now that Rojas is also down, enter 25-year old J.T. Riddle. Riddle’s minor league numbers are so boring that there aren’t even any stats worth mentioning, but that didn’t stop me from picking him up in my deepest NL-only league. The never-ending search for deep-league ABs is real! He’s started 9 games in a row now as I write this, and has 3 homers and 13 RBI in 66 at bats, and there are even rumblings that he could stick at short after Hechevarria returns, pushing Adeiny into a utility role.

Franchy Cordero. It seems he’ll be getting the majority of spare at bats for the Padres while Manny Margot’s on the DL, which of course I read about just after one of my NL-only lineups locked for the week with Matt Szczur in it (did I mention the search for deep-league at bats is real?)  Cordero got two hits in his first game on Sunday, and I grabbed him in one league, because who knows (plus, who can resist a guy named Franchy?). He’s 22 years old, 6’3”, and has already shown a nice speed/power combo in the minors (he was hitting .289 with 7 homers and 8 steals in 42 AAA games).

Orlando Calixte. Who?? This is exactly what I’m talking about; just when I think I have some idea of what the San Francisco Giants lineup options are, I find that someone named Orlando Calixte, who seems to qualify only at shortstop in my fantasy league, is not only playing left field, but leading off for the Giants on Tuesday. Let’s see, a super utility type who had a hitless, 2-game call-up with the Royals a couple years ago (getting sleepy and losing interest)… wait, what?! Has eight home runs and eleven stolen bases in 41 games for AAA Sacramento this year??! Dudes and 5 dudettes, that would be like 30/40 over a full major league season… color me intrigued!

Eric Skoglund. Skoglund is a 23-year old who has already made a tiny ripple in deep fantasy leagues: his CBS ownership went from 0% to 2% when it was announced he’d start for Kansas City against Detroit Tuesday. His fastball tops out in the low 90’s, his curve is decent, and it sounds like his changeup is nothing to write home about. He projects as a #5 starter with perhaps a ceiling of a #4, but in the deepest of leagues, sometimes a borderline #4 starter is just what the doctor ordered. We may need to come up with a term to replace “upside” in deep leagues, because guys like Skoglund don’t necessarily have any by our usual definition of the word. What he does have is a lack of any significant injury history (he dealt with an oblique issue at one point but has never had a single thing wrong with his arm), a completely uncomplicated delivery, and a penchant for keeping the ball in the strike zone. He also could join the cast of Silicon Valley tomorrow and would probably come in fifth in a “guess which one of these guys is actually professional athlete” poll. (Post-game update: I didn’t get to watch as much of Skoglund’s start as I’d hoped, but damned if he didn’t pitch 6.1 scoreless, 1BB/5 K, beating Verlander 1-0. Moxie!!)

Christian Bergman. The 2017 Mariners starting rotation alone has already felt like an injury-plagued revolving door of random youngsters getting a Hunger Games-like chance to fight to their death against major league baseball teams. I was going to write about Bergman (who’s 29, so not really a youngster at all in baseball-ese) last week after his brilliant start against Oakland (2 hits, no runs, 2 BBs/9 Ks). Then I got terrified after he faced a good team, and imploded for 14 hits and 10 runs against the Nationals. And then something reallly weird happened; he was great again against the Red Sox, shutting them out on four hits and 2 walks (only 2 Ks this time though) over seven innings. I’m not even going to try to guess what he’ll do Friday against the Rays; I’ll only remind you that he’s getting starts in a major league rotation, in case that’s the kind of thing you’re into.

Sam Gaviglio. Another contestant in the Mariners’ “Who the Hell is Starting for Us Today? game”. I had trouble finding much info. on Gaviglio, which should probably be a sign that my hopes for him should remain tempered. For the record, he’s 27, and his minor league career numbers (he was drafted by the Cardinals in 2011) look like this: 4.01 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 501 Ks/164 BBs in 624 innings. Ew. So far in 18 major league innings this year, he has 8 Ks and 5 BBs, which you may agree is not very good. During that same 18-inning span, however, he also holds a 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and notched a 5-inning win in Coors. This probably means that he’s been really, really lucky with the ERA and WHIP… but it might also mean… Moxie??

Guillermo Heredia. While Mitch Haniger reminds us that oblique issues can take freaking forever to heal, the Mariners – and some of us deep fantasy leaguers — are getting plenty of exercise throwing outfielders at the proverbial wall to see what sticks in an attempt to replace him. We’ve already seen the rise — and perhaps fall — of Ben Gamel (over the last two weeks, Gamel has just three runs scored, one solitary RBI, and thirteen Ks in 39 at bats). Now it’s Heredia’s turn: he recently started six games in a row, and is hitting .350 over the last week to bring his season average to .287. The bad news: he’s not really good at either power or speed. The better news? He’s a .300 hitter over his 343 minor league career at bats. As long as he’s in a major league lineup semi-regularly, he has a chance to pick up a counting stat or two for you in the deepest AL-only leagues.

Ben Revere. Writing about one of the worst hitters in major league baseball getting more playing time because the man many call the best player in major league baseball got hurt is just depressing, and I don’t even own Trout anywhere. Revere’s 2016 in Washington was just disastrous and embarrassing, as he hit .217 over the course of 103 games. In his heyday, though, I actually always thought he was a little underrated, getting pegged as a one-category guy when he actually had a few seasons where he’d help you in three, piling up the runs and contributing a plus batting average in addition to the steals. I mean, we’re talking about a guy who from 2013-2015 hit .305, .306, and .306. He had 49 stolen bases in 2014, and scored 84 runs in 2015. That was all just a couple few years ago and he still is only 29 this year; can he really suck this badly now? Well, quite possibly yes. It seems like this should be his last chance to prove he belongs in a major league starting lineup, though, so maybe he’ll do something crazy like steal just enough bases to make a difference to a team in an ultra-deep AL-only league.

Whit Merrifield. At a whopping (compared to the others on this list) 10% owned in CBS leagues, Merrifield probably isn’t– and shouldn’t be — available in the deepest AL-onlys. And he’s quietly making a case to be on more fantasy rosters. On Monday, Merrifield missed a cycle by a mere single while extending his hitting streak to 14 games. He’s now batting .289 with 6 home runs and 5 steals, and all that in a season which began with Raul Mondesi as the Royals starting second baseman. To paraphrase Tuesday Grey, Merrifield is not good. Actually that was a direct quote from Tuesday Grey, but he also pointed out (here comes the paraphrasing) that Merrifield looks pretty okay at hitting compared to the rest of the Royals. That may not be saying much, but sadly, Merrifield also looks pretty spectacular compared to most of the hitters on one of my more lackluster AL-only teams (now that’s me paraphrasing myself — and don’t let anyone tell you that there’s anything wrong with paraphrasing yourself when you’re home alone thinking about fantasy baseball on a Tuesday afternoon!) His good-looking numbers may be fueled by boring things like a super-inflated BABIP, but why not enjoy riding the wave now and worry about a potential wipeout later?

 

 
  1. Jack says:
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    I need some trade advice. This is the offer made to me. Oh, and its a keeper league with 5 keepers next year. Right now my keepers would be Goldy, Kershaw, Harper, Correa and Cespedes.

    He sends gives me:

    Owings, Dickerson and Strasburg and a 7th round pick.

    I would be giving up:

    Correa and T. Walker and a 10th round pick (I already have two 10ths)

    My current outfielders are Harper, Bellinger, Cespedes and Adam Jones.

    My current SPs are Kershaw, Tanaka, Ray, Nova, Walker, Maeda and Gray on the DL.

    • Laura Holt

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      @Jack: My first reaction is that you’re not getting enough for Correa; Strasburg would have to perform at the level he has been and stay healthy all year (and next year for that matter) to make that a fair deal IMO, which seems like a dicey proposition. I assume you are mostly looking for a SP upgrade and some speed? What’s your waiver wire situation? Depending on how deep your league is and what’s out there, can you dump Maeda (at least) and stream SPs and/or find some steals on the wire? If nothing else, I’d try to work a deal that doesn’t involve letting one of your 5 keepers go.

      • Jack says:
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        @Laura Holt: Thank you so much. Yeah, I pretty much have no steals. Goldy is all the speed I have. This is a 10 team league, but big rosters. There are no SPs on the wire that aren’t hurt. Charlie Morton and Liriano are the two best available.

        • Laura Holt

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          @Jack:Hopefully Gray will give you a boost when he comes back.. I assume you’re in good shape w/power… can you maybe move a mid-level power hitter for a similar-value speed guy? Leagues where pretty much everyone useful is owned are tricky… depending on how the standings fall, stolen bases (and saves for that matter) can be either the most valuable commodity, or completely worthless, to owners.

  2. coacher says:
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    An owner lost Freeman and needs a 1B.

    I have Votto, Bellinger, Smoak and HanRam. I don’t want to give up Bellinger since it’s a keeper lg and he is only $2 compared to $33 for Votto, $10 Smoak and $17 HanRam. Freeman is $30.

    His last offer I declined was Freddie Freeman and Matt Harvey for Jeff
    Samardzija and Cody Bellinger.

    I’m trying to get him to take Smoak. What should I ask for Smoak?

    • Laura Holt

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      @coacher: What do you need? If it’s a starter, I might offer Smoak (or Hanley) straight up for a pitcher you like that’s a tier or two above Harvey and see what happens.

  3. J-FOH says:
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    Glad to see you finally got to my test post later than sooner but you got to it. I have zero to throw in this week. I’ve been caught in the Riddle too and kinda wish he would just stick and toss Hechawhateverhisnameis over to Japan or the KBO. Anyways great work as always. Hope we can get you on the baseball show soon or maybe even the podcast. If Grey doesnt want to share his I have some pull with Ralph and Halp and I think I can talk to them about making your deep league talents fit in their format. Maybe some deep league under the radar quad A players on the horizon?

    • Laura Holt

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      @J-FOH: Oh, I’m getting on that podcast sooner or later! The public has a right to hear my life-changing stories, like the one about the time Grey and I got into a tense, minutes-long NL-only auction battle over Aramis Ramirez circa 2011. Wait, does Ralph have a podcast AND the youtube show?? You kids and your technology!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Laura Holt: kids? I’m 41 almost 42. Seriously? Ralph does the prospect podcast with Halp. It comes out every Saturday….Snafu on you. Truth time. Has anyone ever taken a swing at grey in one of your in person drafts? My instincts say yes but after looking at him it just feels wrong

        • Laura Holt

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          @J-FOH: I was thinking you meant Ralph had some other fantrax podcast separate from razzball. And I know you aren’t a kid; I watched Ralph’s show, after all ; ) As for my in-person drafts with Grey, what happens in those, stays in those. I mean, until I do the podcast, of course.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Laura Holt: this week or the one with me smoking and drinking?

            I have been out in public with grey, I’m always on my toes ready for someone to sucker punch him

            • Laura Holt

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              @J-FOH: Haven’t watched this week’s yet, so I guess I have something to look forward to. And since you mentioned it, still reeling a little bit from the smoking.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Laura Holt: I’m the fantasy don draper

                • Laura Holt

                  Laura Holt says:
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                  @J-FOH: Cool, as long as you chose someone with high moral standard to emulate

  4. Woody says:
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    Also looking for trade advice. I need OF and SP, and Trout is dead so I need some OF help. This is a keeper league, where we can keep 10. Roto 7X7.

    I would get Porcello and Cruz
    I would give Miggy Cabrera and Robertson

    I have Hosmer and Bour, so I can cover 1B, and an excess of RP.

    What do you think?

    • Laura Holt

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      @Woody: I like the MIggy/Cruz part to give you an OF stud to replace Trout since you have the 1B depth, but man I don’t like Porcello. It’s one thing for him not to be pitching at his Cy Young level, which I hardly expected him to repeat, but he’s just been flat out awful… and yet his ERA is still lower right now (4.21) than it was over a full season in 2015 (4.92), so I don’t know that there’s any reason to expect a correction of some kind. Robertson should be a pretty valuable trade chip for someone who needs saves since he has about as much job security as a closer can (whether or not he gets traded before the deadline)… any other SPs you could ask for, maybe that don’t have the name value but are likely to outpitch the likes of Porcello ROS?

  5. Shark says:
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    Mike Podhorzer just wrote about Merrifield for Fangraphs today. Whit has made strides (pun intended) since last year -if Cesar Hernandez had Whit’s baserunning skillz Cesar might actually steal 30 like he claims he wants to; plus Podhorzer mentions a “tell” that I don’t see pointed out that often -the BABIP goes down, but the BA stays the same, or in Whit’s case is actually up. That’s quantifiable improvement in my book, not just abstract ones like SwStr%, contact % etc. The brilliant WS winning manager Ned Yost is of course batting Alcides “I had a decent career but it’s over now” Escobar leadoff, ’cause of the veteran grit, guile, and leadership…

    • Laura Holt

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      @Shark: Interesting, I will go read that article! I really believe that there is something to being a “student of the game,” for lack of a better term, that can significantly elevate one player over another guy with the same basic skill set, that just can’t be quantified by any metric. It’s one of the reasons I bought heavily into Daniel Murphy last year, and thought that he wouldn’t regress in the way many were expecting him to this year. I’d also be fascinated to know just how many players are paying more attention to analytics (besides the analytics experts that some teams are employing now, some players have to be reading those fangraphs & similar articles about themselves and their teammates/opponents, right?)

  6. Duke of Prunes says:
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    Would you trade Darvish for AJ Pollock? I am in a 5×5 Roto league and have great pitching but am in really need stolen bases, runs and batting average.

    • Laura Holt

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      @Duke of Prunes: I think it’s a fair trade if both are healthy but it’s a little nerve-wracking to think about letting Darvish go for a guy who’s on the DL. If you can spare the pitching and those are the categories you need help in, sounds like it makes sense for you to pull the trigger, but is there any way you can hold the Pollock owner off just long enough to make sure Pollock doesn’t have any setbacks (sounds like he’s still about 2 weeks away??) It seems unlikely the other owner could find a better SP than Darvish for that deal in the meantime… but all that being said, you know your league and if you think this is your one chance to get Pollock, I don’t think it’s a crazy move.

  7. nick the smooth dick says:
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    I’m just stopping by to say hello but still hoping for a Laura-patented in depth response :-D…but I’ll settle for a winky face

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      @nick the smooth dick: Hmm, even if you don’t have a fantasy question/comment, you must have something baseball-related that’d be fun to discuss, no? Your take on Strickland v. Harper? Whether or not you’d wear the recently-unveiled Toledo Mud Hens Harry Potter jersey? Heck, I don’t even know who your preferred real-life MLB team is. (Winky face!)

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Laura Holt: Yes, that was an in depth winky face!! Ah what the hell, let’s do it…I think every mlb player fights like a wuss and they don’t want to really throw a decent punch, I’ve never seen a Harry Potter movie but I’d wear just about anything if it’s clean, and I’m a rabid Northeastern Yankee fan…Baseball? How bout a deep league FMK? Jake Marisnick, Colby Rasmus and Tommy Pham, who ya effing, marrying and killing?…and in the spirit of the FMK a’la Ralph’s show, know that I will be making my inevitable appearance as a guest too sooner or later, not due to any fantasy writing prowess but just mine and Ralph’s intense friendship, my role as the Razz30 Crab Army General and my overall awesomeness (and i’m prettier than JFOH) so keep checking the show Tuesdays and you get on there too and ramble dammit, ramble!! Until then, keep laying these Humpday jewels on us dear..

        • Laura Holt

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          @nick the smooth dick: Nice, deep league FMK is fun! I’m gonna have to go with F Marisncik, marry Pham, kill Rasmus. And I’m thinking by the end of the season I might even understand exactly what the Crab Army is.

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Laura Holt: Chad Pinder on a mission to make me regret keeping Lind in a 16 team competitive squad dynasty. Man, he seemed so blah…Spot on FMK I woulda picked the same, although I’m the Mel Gibson of What Women Want (minus the aggressive, racist and sexist voicemails)…The Crab Army is a fairly simple formula of Razzball induced 30 team dynasty + Me + Ralph + JFOH + many respectable others + relentless attacks on any naysayers that stand in our way + offsite daily bonding = the best league any man has ever known. As much feared and hated as respected. And thus concludes my titular for tat ramble.

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Laura Holt: Oh, and those Mud Hens jerseys are super hot, Harry Potter or not. Black is so my color.

  8. your mom says:
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    Hi. 20 team h2h keeper league(keep 8)

    Would you trade jose ramirez for lemahieu and matz?

    Thanks

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      @your mom: I guess I don’t hate that deal in a league that deep if you really, really need a starter — obviously you have to temper your expectations with Matz, but he’s evidently looked great in his rehab starts and of course you can’t just go pick up a solid SP off the wire in a 20-team league. I do have to say that I am a Ramirez fan, though, and the more nerdy articles I read about him (Eno Sarris wrote about him earlier this month on fangraphs, for one), the more I like him, and I sure wouldn’t mind having him in a keeper league. Meanwhile, I like LeMahieu just fine, but I’m not convinced his numbers are going to look particularly impressive by the end of the year. BTW, I do think the Colorado value bump for hitters is real, but I just read something yesterday that surprised me a little — the Rockies are 3rd to last in the majors in stolen base attempts this season. If that trend continues, and I don’t know why it wouldn’t, I think it needs to be taken into consideration while evaluating Rockies batters (June 1st and Blackmon leads the team with 4 SBs? Not really what folks were looking for when they drafted him in the 2nd round in a shallow mixed league!)

      • your mom says:
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        @Laura Holt: my pitching staff is a joke. I traded stras for marte before the start of the year. Gah! My SPs are j.montgomery, ryu, lamet, m. Perez, and lackey. Yuck. My notable hitters are jo ram, han ram, villar, k. Bryant, springer, polanco, marte, zimmer. Rps are chapman, colome, wilson.

        Does this extra info change anything?

        Thanks

        • Laura Holt

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          @your mom: Yep, seeing that roster I’d be more inclined to make the deal and take a chance on Matz — I’m afraid I’d definitely define that as really, really needing a starter! (Plus it looks like you actually have enough hitting to spare, especially if Marte can produce once he’s back).

  9. Micah Vansciver says:
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    Would you trade Lindor for Scherzer?

    • Laura Holt

      Laura Holt says:
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      @Micah Vansciver: It would be hard for me to trade Lindor for anyone, but depending on needs, it’s not unfair.

  10. Sam says:
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    Very conflicted here. Have a pitching heavy squad, even moreso now that Kluber is coming back, and I was just offered Kemp for Severino. I love Sevy’s talent and performance this year, and think he could be the better ROS player, but Kemp’s current offensive pace would go a long way towards improving my team – I just don’t know how much longer it’ll last.

    Any kind of sage wisdom would help lol. Thanks!

    • Laura Holt

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      @Sam: Yeah, that’s a tough one to pull the trigger on, but I don’t think it’s crazy at all if you can spare the pitching and need the offense. I feel like part of the problem with Kemp is that he’s just incredibly boring to own, which really doesn’t make sense because how can a guy who has a past with Rihanna AND a picture of his grandparents tattooed over his nipple possibly be boring? I think he tends to be underrated and planned to target him heavily this season, but didn’t draft him in a single league (which I now regret) because every time I had the opportunity to it just seemed like there was someone more interesting sitting there. He is probably due for a some average regression, plus I do think losing Freeman will ultimately hurt the stats of everyone else in that (already weak) lineup over the next couple of months. But if Kemp can just manage to stay healthy (another big if, of course) he will produce… I mean, he even had 100 RBIs in that nightmare 2015 season in San Diego.

  11. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Which turd sandwich to pick today…..Alex Meyer (w/o Trout) vs Minnesota

    Or rollin’ the dice on Jeff Locke at home against Arizona (and Greinke)?

    I guess neither is a choice. Points league with the possibility of getting negative points.

    • Laura Holt

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      @El Famous Burrito: Wow, that is a true deep-league dilemma — I feel like I could lose my license for recommending either of those guys. (Of course one of them will probably go out and pitch 7 shutout innings). I guess gun to my head I’d take Locke, only because since he hasn’t pitched all year, maybe the D-Backs will forget how bad he is and/or be distracted by the Marlins’ center field sculpture, and he can sneak through the rotation a couple of times. Though Meyer should at least get you some Ks. Actually, I guess I’d flip a coin and then probably be so terrified by the coin’s decision that I’d go with neither.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Laura Holt:

        Yeah, I think I’ll just pick up Chad Pinder for a short schedule day.

        For the record, I would have picked Locke, simply because he has no track record this year.

        Thanks!

        • Laura Holt

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          @El Famous Burrito: Ha, exactly what I was thinking… there’s like a Pavlovian response to seeing that 0.00 ERA that fills one with unrealistic hope!

          • El Famous Burrito says:
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            @Laura Holt: Welp, looks like -2 points for Pinder on the day.

            Which means that Locke will throw 8 innings of shutout ball.

            • Laura Holt

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              @El Famous Burrito: Ugh, forgot Kluber was starting today — hopefully you were up against Yonder & Davis! And I’m sure Locke is on a pitch count, so it’ll probably be more like 6 2/3 scoreless ;)

              • El Famous Burrito says:
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                @Laura Holt: 5 .2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K.

                That sonuvabitch

                • Laura Holt

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                  @El Famous Burrito: Good lord… at least he’s not getting the W! The briliant thing is that we both saw it coming a mile away — fantasy baseball, she is a cruel, cruel mistress indeed.

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