As I discussed recently with a good friend, I just missed my musical times growing up.  I started getting into the rock of the early 90’s.  Y’all can call it grunge, I’m cool with that.  Don’t really care what you want to label it as but I enjoyed my Alice ‘n’ Chains and Soundgarden in my Middle School years.  And just as high school began, the good music started to die.  I got stuck with the fallout of all the Mouseketeers becoming music stars and invading my audio living space.  Gone was ‘Burden In My Hand’ and in was ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’.  It was a jolt, to say the least.  I finished out my High School years going backwards musically, exploring all the bands that influenced the bands I loved growing up so I could avoid the complete and under dreck that was on the radio every day.  Of course, that does not make one immune to it.  Hell, even people who admit to hating Journey can probably sing a few bars.  When Thong Song hit my ears, I thought it was a joke.  I mean, it quotes Ricky Martin’s ‘La Vida Loca’.  Who does that if they’re trying to be taken seriously?  Sisqo I guess.  And no, Sisqo, I won’t look up how to make the weird mark above the ‘o’.  You’re just not worth it.  But more to the point, ‘If Loving Kolten Is Wong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right’ has been used so I decided to bring upon you the pain of my late teen years to make a title.  Sorry about that (ok not really), but I thought you’d like the song (ok, not really again).  Of course, I bring to you this conversation about Kolten Wong because he hit 2 homers Thursday night to go along with a steal and now has 9 HRs and 17 steals on the year over 251 AB.  Stretch that out to 500 AB and you have an 18 HR, 34 steal season at 2B.  To put that in perspective, Daniel Murphy is on pace for 13 HRs and 17 steals in 656 at bats this year and is the 7th best 2B on the year, according to Yahoo.  Like I told Nick on the podcast over the All-Star Break, I think Wong turns some teams around down the stretch run.  Given that it’s his rookie year, I’m willing to look past the up and down that his been this year with Kolten and realize his .247 average is masking something that could be great in 2015 and beyond.  That Wong, wa-Wong, Wong, Wong!  In other news for 2014 Fantasy Baseball…

Javier BaezWent 3/4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs.  Why wasn’t he the lead you ask?  To quote Albright ‘I’ve talked about him enough.  Besides, I don’t want your articles getting more hits than me and we know everyone will be searching for Javier after that monstrous game’.  At least he was honest in his vanity.  I shall now call him Dorian Grey.

Ian DesmondWent 2/5 with a HR and 3 RBIs to go with 2 runs and a walk.  He’s on pace for 25 HRs and 17 steals at short.  Why is everyone calling it a down year.  He’s only hitting .247.  Oh, that’s awesome!  Stay under .250, I want more value in 2015!

Shane GreeneSpun a beauty going 8 scoreless with 5 K for the 1-0 victory over the Tigers.  All his peripherals suggest he’s pitching up to his ability to this point…which is kinda sad because his ability is that of a 7 K/9 with a 3+ BB/9.  Fun fact, when I went to look him up I accidentally typed Shawn Greene and got confused as to why a Yankees prospect was 42 years old but then realized they typically trade for guys like Ichiro Suzuki to get younger and then it all made sense.

Chris Carter – Mr. K’arter double mint fresh with the bat, slapping 2 bombs while going 3/4 and has now been hitting .314 since the first of July with 11 HRs to go along with it.  To test the waters, I went and checked what his highest average was in any month from 2013: .258 in September.  Hrm…normally don’t bite on numbers like this but he’s 27 and many a masher before him took a long time to settle in so this could be a thing.  If it’s not clear yet, all my teams are terrible and I’m scouting for 2015 and abusing your reading time doing it.

Bryce HarperFun fact!  Bryce was my lead but then Kolten went double wong and he got bumped.  Here’s a synopsis of what I said but if read from a telegram.  Bryce Harper hit a hr (stop) he’s had a down year (stop) some have even called for him to get sent down to the minors (stop) but he’s young and has played hurt this year (stop) I think he’ll be a value in 2015 (stop)

Homer BaileyBailey’s year, by ERA: April 6.15, May 4.26, June 3.35, July 2.67, August 1.29.  Remember that buy call from Grey back in May?  After 7 shut out innings and 8 K on and your 5th straight mediocre start from Josh Beckett, I thought it was a good time to remind you.  I’m like an iCal over here!

Caleb JosephProvided the only offense the Orioles needed, going 1/3 with a HR and by ‘only offense needed’ I meant the actual team.  The rest of us who own Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, and Adam Jones are still waiting…and waiting…

Miguel CabreraWent 0/1 as he came in as a pinch-hitter late in the game.  Obviously, you can never tell how things will tumble out but if the Tigers extend their AL Central Division lead again, they could give Miggy plenty of rest down the stretch for a playoff run which makes so much sense it might actually happen.  That goes doubly true for your 2014 Zombino of the year, Victor Martinez.  In H2H redraft leagues, this could be a threat to keep in mind.  You have been apprised…what, Nick from Razzball Radio has his thing, I have mine.

J.A. HappThe man who gave up a HR to the backup catcher of the backup catcher of the Orioles actually had a solid night, going 8 and striking out *gasp* 12.  Now before you go all ‘J.A. stands for Jim-Dandy Arm’, realize the Orioles have the lowest team wOBA and the second highest K% in the major leagues over the last 30 days.  Don’t know what wOBA is?  Well clearly you haven’t been reading DraftKings content on here!  I’ve been streaming against the Orioles since before it was cool because of all that Daily Fantasy jive.  Now where’s my PBR?

Denard Span – 4/6…seriously, he did nothing else.  That’s kind of the life of owning him.  He’s rarely exciting but by the end of the year, he’ll have 100 runs and around 30 SB.  Then you’ll draft him next year and get bored again.  You’re probably the type that buys the same cereal over and over and complains that there’s never anything good to eat for breakfast.  You sicken me a little bit, if we’re being honest.

Carlos GonzalezFinished the night 0/3 with a walk and a K.  He’s been dinged up and off all year.  Only one of those things was to be expected.  But on the flip side, at least you didn’t draft Chris Davis.

Jenrry MejiaPitched a clean inning despite having calf problems.  Why deal with the calf when you can get the milk for free, Mejia.  What?  Never the less, in case this issue persists, Jeurys Familia is in line for the blown saves if you’re stumping for some.

Roberto HernandezWas traded to the Dodgers on Thursday.  What?  It’s not a trade?  If it works like a trade and exchanges players like a trade, it’s probably a trade people.  Why not just extend the damn trade deadline until August 31st?  What is this waivers business?  You put guys on waivers in my league, you get what else is on waivers to replace them.  Just in case, I’m gonna go pick up and waive Roberto Hernandez and see if I get 2 supplemental draft picks in 2015.  Ooph, sorry for the tangent.  Back to the real news: Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers isn’t news.  Done!

Alex Rios – Cleared waivers so that he can be given to a team in yet another trade that’s not a trade.  Can’t wait to see where he goes.  Will he hit 2 more HRs on the year or 3 for the mystery team?  The suspense!

Alex GordonHit his 10th HR on the year and is well on his way to underwhelming anyone and everyone who drafted him in the top 100.  This might get some flak but it needs to be said: boring guys who give you most of their value in the RBI/R/AVG department are guys I’m most likely to avoid on draft day because they don’t have as much control over them as they do HR/SB.  Can we just treat him like an OF4 next year please?  Then I can understand the love.

Melky CabreraLeft the game early after getting hit in the elbow by a pitch.  X-Rays were negative.  No word yet on what they did to those x-rays to put them in such a foul mood.  If Melky is out for an extended amount of time, Nolan Reimold probably gets a shot to play every day.  And by ‘every day’ I mean ‘four games until he goes on the DL after injuring himself trying to find his car keys in his pocket’.  They’d call it a strained oblique.  It’s all the rave in sports medical circles.

Collin McHughStruck out 8 over 7 while giving up 1 ER and walking none.  Due to injuries and a lack of wins, pretty sure no one is gonna believe in Collin next year but the xFIP is on point with his ERA and his K/9 is better than Max Scherzer’s this year.  All that said, you’ll probably go and draft guys like Jered Weaver over him next year.  But that’s none of my business.

Vinnie Pestano – My cousin Vinnie goes to the Angels in exchange for a signed silicone Pam Anderson boob and a book on how to alienate yourself from a young power-hitting catcher, signed by Mike Scioscia.  I only mention all this to 1) talk about silicone and 2) the Angels bullpen got sexy in a hurry after struggling earlier this year.  Officially a bit of a daunting team past the 4 and 2/3rds C.J. Wilson goes.

Wily PeraltaWent 6.2 IP, struck out 9 and gave up 1 ER en route to his major league-leading 14th win.  To put the ‘wins are stupid’ argument into perspective, there are at least 40 starting pitchers with better ERAs than Peralta on the year, his K/9 of just over 6.5 doesn’t even register in the top 50 and you’ll still draft him over Collin McHugh next year.

Ryan HowardOne for four with a GS.  Remember when I said ‘Chris Carter might be a late bloomer’?  Ryan Howard’s breakout year came in 2006.  Granted his was 58 HRs followed by three consecutive 40+ HR seasons.  I could see Carter mirroring Howard’s 2011 line when he hit 33 and batting .253, though.  Just not the 116 RBIs.  That would require the Astros to be good offensively in 2015.  And if you really wanted me to talk more about Ryan here, all you had is dead as he is dead.  Marry another.

Edinson VolquezESPN player rater tells me he was second best player yesterday so I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mention him: 7 innings, 7 K, 0 ER, 1 hit and 3 walks.  There, he’s been mentioned.  Moving on…

Dustin AckleyAfter a 2/4, 4 RBI night with a HR, I think it’s safe to say my Dustin Ackley Sleeper post deserves a mention here.  And by ‘sleeper’ I mean ‘I’m sleep doe’ cuz man, even with the average over .350 since July 1st, he’s still not in the top 20 for 2Bs.  But what a nice ride it’s been for those who’ve streamed him.

Robinson CanoHE HIT A HR!  Congrats, you got your 1 HR per month early, Cano owners.  Talk to you again in September!

Endy Chavez – Basically the Mariners offense last night as Kyle Seager hit one as well.  If you were a Mariner and you didn’t hit a HR last night, you’re just gonna have to wait for the next solar eclipse during a leap year.  Them’s the rules.

Giancarlo StantonHit his 27th HR on the year and is on pace for his 3rd 30+ HR season of his career.  He’s only 24.  What have YOU been doing for us, Bryce?  Clearly you need a stint in the minors!

Jon LesterTossed a complete game shutout against the Twinkies along with 8 Ks.  The move to the O.Co looks to be doing wonders.  BTW, am I the only one that looks at ‘O.Co’ and sees a weird ‘shock face’ emoji with a lazy eye?  No, just me?  Carrying on…

Stephen VogtWent 1/3 with a 2 run HR.  He’s dramatically cooled off of late, entering the game on an 0/23 slump.  But if it’s between Stephen or d’Arnaud having a better rest of the season, you can hand me my Chad now.  I vote for Vogt.

Cole HamelsReportedly grabbed off waivers by the Cubs.  You know what a young, up and coming club needs to do?  Take on a huge salary for a 30 year old pitcher and exchange away all the young talent they’ve accumulated to do it.  That was your ‘see if you can spot the sarcasm’ blurb of the day.

Masahiro TanakaContinued his rehab attempt to avoid TJS by playing long toss in the outfield from distances of 60 and 90 feet.  Trevor Bauer scoffed.  I’m still not believing the whole ‘let’s rehab our way out of Tommy John Surgery’ story but if someone in your league is, now would be a good time to try.

David OrtizDidn’t play on Thursday because of a ‘wet playing surface’.  As a grown man, you know the wetter the surface, the better the play, Papi.  I’m of course talking about slip and slides.

 
  1. Zar says:
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    Thanks Grey for reminding me how drafting CarGo was a mistake, but at least I didn’t grab Chris Davis…I feel much better now! At least Stanton 3rd round made up for it!

    Great write up. Would you grab Chase Anderson to start tomorrow? I’d be dropping Stroman for him most likely. Or do I hold Stroman.

    Thanks!

    • Troy: The Collector

      troy says:
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      @Zar: it wasn’t grey…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @troy: Grey was lower on Cargo 1 than most places.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @goodfold2: Another “skip the reading straight to the comments”. He was in such a hurry to be ” first”. This guy didn’t even look at the picture.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold Stroman

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Zar: I’m not dropping Stroman for Anderson in most leagues.

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team roto with holds/net saves/k to BB as extra cats.. i used to have too many closers (since i’m in 2nd in net saves with 96, up 11 on 3rd, down 1 on first), now after dropping melancon and nathan i’m down to papelbon/perkins/britton (in SP slot)/casilla. also in other RP slots have morris/clippard/a.miller. tied for 7th in holds (down 19 off of first) with 41. somebody just dropped walden (probably since ATL has been horrible for a while now). drop perkins or papelbon for any of walden/cotts/joba/fien? perkins has been putting quite a few guys on base lately (so has fien) so i’m thinking he would be drop here. my thinking is walden is fine and ATL won’t be this bad forever.

    • Mike

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      I’d hold Perkins and Pap

  3. jo jo!!! says:
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    lynn and heyward for kazmir and arrieta? can kazmir keep this up, or do i see regression fairies aorund his head?

    • jo jo!!! says:
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      @jo jo!!!: i’d be receiving kazmir, btw

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure if you need the pitching

  4. costaricanchata says:
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    interesting stuff .
    you ought to do one of those e-books :
    “who is sky ?”

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  5. The Theory says:
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    Normally I’d be looking at Alex Gordon in my OF thinking, “I need moar production!”, but then I was the genius who also drafted Choo and Rios and Harper, so suffice to say my whole outfield is a debacle.

    Wait, I got two home runs yesterday!? Never mind! Championship 2014 here I come!

    • Mike

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      haha

    • james says:
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      @The Theory:

      I do not get the Gordon hate. He is doing pretty much exactly what we expected him to do. He is 30, so a slight regression was actually expected by most people.

      Career .269 hitter, topped at at 17sb (3 years ago), hit 20 Hr twice in his career. and hope for 90 runs and 80 rbi. Right now, .273, 7sb, and 10hr. Factoring in that he would not likely put up career numbers, those are all in line- he is a .270/15hr/10sb player. the runs and rbi are on a 82/74 pace, so really not all that disappointing (3rd highest total for each in his career).

      this is the same trap many fell into valuing Markakis . Markakis is the same profile, had a higher peak point, and ironically the same age.

  6. costaricanchata says:
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    a) wonder if miggy gave a thought to what happened
    to goldschmidt , as he approached the plate for his pinch-hit appearance .
    my guess is that some of his fantasy owners were a bit concerned .
    b) honey-nut cheerios , yo .
    c)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looking forward to all of next year’s “Miggy regression” hoopla

      • james says:
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        @Mike:

        you mean that this year was not his big regression year.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          he’s 31 and I’d put my money on him playing hurt this year

  7. Kyle "I am not Kyle Kendrick" Hendricks says:
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    Not one kind word for Hendricks after throwing an 8 inning gem in Coors? Haven’t seen many pitchers cruise through a start at Coors like that this year. It was impressive.

    Actually once Hendricks got past a bad 1st inning in his major league debut vs the Reds he’s been on a great roll (.9 whip/1.35 era over his last 33 innings). But, that Cub infield defense is a bit scary for a guy who gives up a lot ground balls. So kind of a sleeper alert!/buyer beware! message here.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He thought you were Kyle Kendrick

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    wow, i really hope yr not right about carter actually ‘figuring it out”, i dropped him about 1 day into his over month long streak due to not knowing that week just before all star break was 10 days. we have pretty high innings minimum in that 20 teamer, and didn’t think due to beckett getting DL’ed that i’d make innings (which i easily did with extra 3 days that week). carter was the one dropped. had i kept him even 1 or 2 more days i’d still have him over vargas/juan f as 1B. previously i was rocking pearce/carter in this dynasty league.

    • Mike

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      he’s en fuego

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    you explained nicely possibly just why hutchison had such a great SON rating a few days back even though he was at home and that BAL start was i believe only his 2nd good home start all year.

    • Mike

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      agreed

  10. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    The Cubs do need pitching if they’re going to contend any time soon, though. If they trade a prospect or two for Hamels and sign Scherzer or Lester in the offseason (or even both, their payroll for next year is going to be low), and if even 1 of their prospects makes waves next year, they could easily contend for a playoff spot. If both Bryant and Baez hit better than league average, and if they get starters like that to pair with Arrieta, you can see why they’d go for Hamels now.

    • Mike

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      agreed….seems like Cubs might go after somebody. I figured on offseason tho

    • james says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop:
      it all comes down to when Amaro will be told to shut up and just get what he can. The cubs may be offering enough that ownership is telling Amaro to just pull the trigger.

      Casual fans seem to be totallly unaware that trading is of contracts not players. Hamels is a great player with a pretty good contract. He is not going to land 3 top 25 prospects (like aramo thinks). If a team wants an ace, Lester and Sherzer are FA this offseason, and will sign for similar money (20-25m per), and return similar value.

      I could see the cubs offering redundant playres like Vogelbaugh (the player i see as the centerpeice of a trade, not a throw in like many others seem to think), and maybe a very good young raw international guy like Eloy (who is so far from the bigs he likely does not represent much value over what he signed for- a little under 3m)

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY!
    There are 293 ways to make change of a dollar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sub fact: money can be exchanged for good and services

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Mike: interesting..ha ha

  12. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Nothing like waking up to a double dong from wong to save my night.

    • Mike

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      he’s the best

  13. bossmanjunior says:
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    Start which 3:

    Beltran v Bauer
    Marte v Kennedy 1-3 HR K
    Werth @ Santana 3-13 HR 6K
    Segura v Hernandez 2-7 K
    Baez v Archer

    • Mike

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      Beltran, Baez, Werth

  14. papasmurf says:
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    Poor McWho. he will never win another game this year. I’ve been screwed so many times in fantasy baseball but that HOU game pissed me off like never before. In a tight 3 way race for the title and need wins in the worst way possible…

    4 run lead with 6 outs to go. What a bad pitch on 3-2 on Howard. Low and in suicide fastball with no movement. Catcher was setting up outside.

    Doesn’t help that CHC scored extra runs and took away an also critical save from Rondon. And offense hitting below .200 for AUG.

    Must sniff smurf shrooms now! LOL

    • Mike

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      bummer

  15. Chris says:
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    Hello Sky,

    All other playoff teams are loading up on pitching, should I drop Austin Jackson or Beltran to add Collin Mchugh (who I recently had to drop for a trade to go through) or add Hellickson?

    Or should I continue with Beltran and Jackson alterning as OF/BN, and carry one bench.
    If I do this, should I still add Mchugh/Hellickson and drop Burnett/CJ Wilson?
    H2H, Mix, 12 teams.

    Thanks

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: My OF are: Stanton, Holliday, Austin Jackson, Beltran (we only play 3).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you could probably lose AJax in that outfield if you want to carry another arm

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Chris: McHugh (McWho?) is underappreciated due to his lousy club and dreadful bullpen. On a real MLB team he would have about 8 wins now. Same story as Shark. (I happen to have both Shark and McWho in what has been a bullshit year for wins… but I digress)

      So it all depends on what you need. I personally would choose McWho over Hellickson in a heartbeat due to superior Ks and likely superior ratios. Rays don’t figure to give Hellickson much runs either, but that TB pen is 800 times better than HOU’s. So Hellickson a slight nod for Ws and McHugh for other stats.

  16. KK says:
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    Wong or Gyorko

    • KK says:
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      @KK: or Ackley, OPS

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wong

    • Aero says:
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      @KK: I just made the switch. It is looking like Wong brings about the same power possibilities as Gyorko, but with some decent speed as well.

  17. No Soup for Yu says:
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    Hi Sky
    Who do you like better ROS in h2hh categories obp league Pujols or T Frazier?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Frazier

  18. Count de monetball says:
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    Sky!!! I thought of your Ron Burgundy clip you posted when prospect Scott Evans was comparing Javier Baez To Miguel Cabrera months ago as Javier was blasting hr’s yesterday! Btw I’m I Wong or is 2nd base deep this year?

    • Mike

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      haha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Count de monetball: Count! The only position I was extremely worried about coming into the year was 1B and that has proven to ring a bit true. I do agree 2B was deep this year, relative to the last few years.

  19. your mom says:
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    In a 20 team league, who is the better keeper? Altuve or j. Up? Would you give up j. Up and p. Hughes for altuve and samardzija? Thanks

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @your mom: Id rather have J.Up

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      I would

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Altuve

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @your mom: yea i take that back..samardzija pushes the deal over the top…somehow i missed that

      • your mom says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: yea thanks guys! if it were odorizzi instead of hughes? my keepers would be tulo, upton (altuve), moss (?), brantley, cueto (?), lester (?), street (?), rosenthal (?)..
        is there anyone from my team you would keep instead of the ones listed above?
        zunino, alcantara, jerko,kennys vargas
        venable, freese, butler, davidson, soler
        porcello, odorizzi, matt moore, heaney, syndergaard
        THANKS a lot razzball nation

        • your mom says:
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          @your mom: oh add castellanos to that group. also, this is a 20 team h2h keep 8 and we could keep them forever.

          • Sky

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            @your mom: would prefer to keep Odorizzi if I could but I don’t stay married to my pitching, even in keepers; I’d still take the Shark side. Not really hip on keeper closers but I guess in a 20 team it makes a little sense.

  20. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Trading Jer Weaver for Frazier. Good deal?
    I had Zimmerman at 3B (dead) and have Rutledge (stinks) as a replacement.
    Weekly h2h, can only start 5 SPs where I have: Yordano, Richards, Stroman, Wheeler, deGrom, Bauer, McHugh

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: thats a great deal..DO IT

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      No brainer. Hit the button before the other guy sobers up

    • Adam Jonesin says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: I offered it. I thought it was good for me, then I started questioning myself because he accepted within 30 seconds!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: frazier has been crap for the last 5 weeks but weaver sucks so its definitely worth it

  21. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    with Neil walker hurting again, him or wong rest of the way in h2h ops league?

    • Mike

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      Walker when he’s healthy, but if you don’t want to mess with his DTD stuff go with Wong

  22. tank1 says:
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    In a keeper league, is Hamilton/McGee too much to offer for Goldschmidt? Both Hamilton (23rd) and Goldschmidt (18th) are great values next year. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nope, I’d grab Goldy

  23. Paul says:
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    Here’s hoping no one else notices mchugh! Hahn or mchugh ros?

    • Mike

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      Hahn…on an innings limit though I think

  24. Charlie says:
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    Already own Arismendy and Neil Walker at 2nd. Do you think I should drop Walker for Wong? 6×5 league including obp. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      prefer Walker in a vacuum but Wong is healthy and playing

      • Charlie says:
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        @Mike:

        You think I should make the switch?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure. Walker had back issues last year too. If you’re in contention you need healthy players getting at bats.

          • Charlie says:
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            @Mike:

            Ok. I’m in 1st but only by a game. Me and the second place team keep flipping between first and second every week. Seriously, every week we flip back and forth. My team is extremely streaky which worries me for the playoffs.

  25. Frank White says:
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    Sup Sky… Who do you like better for Monday, Peacock vs Correia(MIN) at HOU or Niese vs Buchanan(PHI) at PHI?? They both are well like on the SON, Peacock is one step higher but Niese has better numbers besides the $ part

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Niese

      • Frank White says:
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        Thnx Mike!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Frank White: Id say niese too but be careful…watching his last start, something doesnt seem right with him. Velocity was down and pitches were flat.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: I’d try to avoid if I could. Phillies aren’t a great hitting team but oddly have a fairly high wOBA against lefties this year. It is the best of the two starts, though.

  26. FilthyRich says:
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    points league – Wong or Dozier for ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dozier, but it’s a coin flip at this point

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @FilthyRich: dozier easy…In the last 10 weeks wong has only had 3 weeks where hes went over 10 points…hes a better roto player.

  27. Steeve says:
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    Jorge Soler, call up this year? Compare him with other cubans players, is it the same categorie like Puig, Abreu, Cespedes?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe Sept. but more likely next spring I think

      Some folks down on him for makeup and health issues , but when he’s on the field he mashes.

      I personally love Soler

  28. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 5.

    I’m out of this season, looking at 2015+.

    is this something that would help me more 2015+
    give- Nelson Cruz. (34 years old)
    get- Dee Gordon. (26 years old)

    right now I think my 5 keepers would be..
    Madison Bumgarner, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, Corey Dickerson.

    if I traded Cruz for Gordon my 5 keepers could be..
    Madison Bumgarner, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Dee Gordon, Corey Dickerson.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good. I’d take Dee there

    • kim says:
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      @SpecialFNK: why the heck would you keep Davis?!?!

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @kim: its a 16 team league and maybe this is just a down year for davis and he returns to form next year

      • SpecialFNK says:
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        @kim:
        he has had a disastrous season, but coming into this season there was debate whether he was the 3rd overall pick. he is only 28 years old and even if he can’t get back to 2013 I think he should still be able to be similar to what he was in 2012.

  29. Charlie says:
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    Have Frazier, Morneau, Duda and Napoli as my first basemen. Do you think I should drop Duda for Carter? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure

      • Charlie says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks!! Made the switch.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Charlie: Never drop a DUDA..especially when its hot

      • Charlie says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        He’s cooled off a bit. If you think Duda is hot then what do you think Carter is? He’s killing it!! And he’s been doing it for a bit longer too. His 7/14/30 day spread is very impressive. Bests Duda in every category.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Charlie: I agree you should take carter but Morneau would be the guy id lose

          • Charlie says:
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            @JeF With 1 F:

            Gotcha. My thinking was Morneau offers a high avg, obp whereas both Duda/Carter offer lower avg, high hr numbers. So I can plug and play either type of bat depending on what my need is.

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Charlie: duda always has a high OBP home or road…Morneau isnt the same player on the road

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: I take that back his #s arent that far off home and away but id still prefer Duda..his OBP and Power are legit

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            all these hot corner infielders and so little roster space

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: Duda is 7/17 over last 30 and carter is 7/20 over last 30…not a big difference

            • Charlie says:
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              @JeF With 1 F:

              Yeah, not much diff at all. I guess I guess what sold me is Carter’s been doing it with a higher avg/obp throughout. But both are close in value.

  30. Spencer says:
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    I want to roster 2 of these SP for my 10 team H2H with IP,ERA,K/9,WHIP,QS. Which 2 do you see as the best options:

    McHugh
    Ventura
    Liriano
    McCarthy
    Wheeler

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ventura and Wheeler