Jameson Taillon threw 104 IP last year and had a 3.38 ERA with a microscopic 1.5 BB/9 and an it’ll-play 7.4 K/9 coming off his 94 MPH fastball.  I love Taillon.  I can’t wait to draft him on every 2017 fantasy baseball team.  Oh, the days will be fun when I can, said Grey sipping Cognac from a Pirate helmet snifter.  Yet, said with a megaphone, I CAN’T FIND ANYONE THAT DOESN’T THINK TYLER GLASNOW IS MUCH BETTER.  Like Taillon is a three, maybe two — it’s very hard to be a ten with a flat curve — and Glasnow is a bona fide ace.  Together they do sound like a wrestling team Rowdy Roddy Piper (RIP) tried to get over, saying they were from Scotland.  “Glasnow is close to Glasgow and Jameson Taillon doesn’t need any work to sell.  I mean, Taillon is the chain hanging the metal medallion from a kilt and Jameson’s whiskey.  Nuff said.”  That was McMahon pitching the idea to Roddy in the 80s.  On last midseason’s top 100 prospects by Prospector Ralph, Glasnow was 2nd overall.  Prospector Ralph once took an 8×10 of Andrew Benintendi into a hot tub and asked his wife to give him ten minutes.  And PR put Glasnow above Benintendi!  Prospector Ralph once wore a Red Sox eye patch for a week, walking around saying, “My name is Yoan Moncada, you killed my father, prepare to die.”  And Glasnow is above Moncada!  So, maybe ETAs played into that ranking a tad bit — by the way, Tad Bit wanted to be a porn actor, but didn’t have the stuff — but Glasnow is obviously well-loved.  Other places you look, Glasnow has similar fervor.  Or, if Peggy Lee is reading, you give me fervor.  Anyway, what can we expect from Tyler Glasnow for 2017 fantasy baseball?

Um, I don’t know.  Imagine I ended it there.  That lead up and pay off would’ve been like a Tad Bit sex scene.  “Hey, Tad, can you move your pinkie finger from the shot.  That’s not your pinkie?!  Okay, who hired this guy?”  I say I don’t know, because I see a very risky pitcher.  Okay, I don’t know for 2017.  I can see the stuff, and he does look like he can eventually be an ace.  That means nothing until he harnesses his control.  Yes, as of right now, at 23 years of age, he can walk out onto a major league mound and strikeout 9+ hitters in nine innings.  Of course, it may take him three starts to get to nine innings because his control is so wonky.  I see mentions throughout his prospect reports that he can control his pitches in the strike zone, but allow me to give you some numbers — you like numbers, don’t you?  In Single-A in 2013, he had a 4.93 BB/9.  In Rookie Ball in 2014, a 5.59 BB/9.  In 2014 and High A, 4.1 BB/9.  In 2015 and Triple-A, 4.8 BB/9.  Finally, in 2016 in Triple-A, a 5 BB/9, and a 5 BB/9 in 23 1/3 IP in the majors last year.  At some point, I don’t know, maybe I’m being silly, but I’d like to see actual control and not just talk about how he can control his pitches.  Of course, the stuff is there.  He can hit 99 MPH and strike out 9, maybe 10, guys per nine, so there’s huge upside here, and maybe his control will suddenly click and he’ll be a top 30 starter in 2017.  There’s also downside here too, and he could be unownable, roofie’ing you right out from under your left and right kidneys.  For 2017, I’ll give him the projections of 9-11/3.87/1.39/134 in 125 IP with much upside and downside from there.

  1. Count de Monetball says:
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    M.E.G!!!! I’ve missed you buddy (and fellow RB’er’s). Since I have been away awhile in a rip van winkle type stupor, I am going to post off season Ante GALIC Style (meaning lot’s of comments but no quotes, props Ante):

    A. As a die harder than Bruce Willis fan of the Cubs, I have finally woken from the longest hangover of my life (wow, i am sure you have all talked enough about it, so I will continue to celebrate in my own world). What a game/what a series! Indians played like a team destined, and came up on the wrong side by the shortest of short hairs… Congrats to Cleveland tho, if that pitching staff comes back healthy and avoid finger stinger from drones, they should be formidable next year. Cubs beat them on available talent alone, Francona and the boys had a great game plan every game and Francona out managed Maddon….

    B. Grey, I noted that if the Cubs/Native Americans went 7, I would be with my dad (who is on his way out of this world :'( and could watch the game with him. Well as fate had it, we were able to watch it together (with my awesome sister). One of the best memories of my life!!!

    There is a C. @ Malicious Phenoms – Thank you for the Ernie Banks Pic you posted https://razzball.com/raimel-tapia-2017-fantasy-outlook/#comment-2622669

    D. Wouldn’t it be sweet if Glasnow could harness his control, definitely some bone poppin’ upside there… (when I wrote that comment, i was singing the opening song in Sandlot – Finger Poppin’ Time with “bone poppin’ ” instead, yeah, I’m strange….

    E. Unfortunately, Glasnow probably wont be rosterable this year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlM3CKXJs5k – In honor of your Princess Bride reference, how did I not watch that movie for the first time until about 3-years ago, must have had a Fred Savage level skepticism given the name of the movie… I don’t think I’ve drafted a rookie pitcher that delivered quality above streaming results since ***winces bigtime*** Shelby Miller’s rookie season… I think I’m going to stay away from roofie’s in the draft and focus on 2nd/3rd year pitchers with “Eugenics” like Jerome Eugene Morrow (Gattaca 1997).

    F. RB is my Happy Gilmore type happy place ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z5qpyxRR-A ) since there has been no mention of “world events” that has kept me away from CrackBook for weeks… which has been more like this ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFENSSlLAtY )

    G. I meant to ask before, but was Big Odio known as Cram in a former life

    H. Ralph Schizznit Lifshitz is the bomb.org when it comes to prospecting; was he the first one to California in 1848 beating all the other yahoo’s in their search for gold. I will now nickname Ralph “the 48’er” since he is ahead of the game. The other “prospectors” predecessor’s on this website were good, but da-yum, the 48’er is like peak Barry Bonds playing 162 games in Coor’s (pre-humidor days) Kudos for finding and recruiting the 48’er!

    I. While researching when the humidor’s were first started being used in Coor’s, I had a thought, maybe the baseballs are not juiced in the traditional sense, maybe they are stored in low humidity environments to make them harder and more elastic (in the physics sense). If MLB is doing this, they would have “plausible deniability” on the balls being manufactured different, yet increase home runs… (see Wikipedia – Coors Field/Reputation as a home run friendly park and Wikipedia – Elasticity (physics).

    Cheers (Ante Style)
    Count de Alcoholic Drinks I Imbibed During the Playoff Run (Eh, I can’t count that high)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Count de Monetball: This made my day! Now I will go back to building a black market clinic for women’s health in my basement bunker.

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        haha!

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Count de Monetball: how dare you compare me to cram. Unlike him, I know how to use fangraphs. And while were on the subject of pissing me off I crap all over your Cubs. Fucking MLB and their rain delays. Asterisk world series!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Big Odio: I knew Odio was going to lose his mind over the Cram thing.

            I had popcorn in the microwave immediately.

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            Lighten up Francis…. I thought you were still relying on the Talented Mr. Roto (aka SNAFU Larry) and hadn’t graduated to Fan Graphs yet…

            While we are celebrating a Cubs WS victory, see the following.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqHTScDBsDU

            There’s your ass-terisk homey; you know, I don’t think we’re talking about a repeat, a three-peat or even a four-peat. That’s right, we’re talking a minimum eight-peat. Go Cubs Go

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You just set yourself up for heartbreak again, now if they don’t win 8 in a row, you’re gonna be bummed

              • Count de Monetball says:
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                Heartbreak is what we Cub Fans know best

                World Series Champs*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

            • Big Odio says:
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              @Count de Monetball: your weak ass comes here for advice and you drop a snafu larry? Sheesh, you used to ask me questions for help. And it’s homie you pinche whetto. Fucking putos. It feels good that the team mlb wanted, fox wanted, e$pn wanted, and Joe Fuckstick wanted won. If you would of lost you would be crying the blues because if they stopped the game when your team had momentum. Play it out like a man. You can keep kris”boo hoo” bryant and his draft day tantrums too..on a positive note nice summer school reference.

              Ralph, pass the popcorn.

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: 11 is my middle name

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Big Odio: It’s one higher…

                • Stoned Vegans says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: closer to reality than most people would think

                  • MattTruss

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                    Ha! Love the new name Vegans!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Natural progression, right?

                    • MattTruss

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                      True! BTW, I’m sharing in your optimism of the post election America. Read your comments from yesterday and it’s basically what I was saying all day as well. The drama people are creating seems like a ridiculous overreaction. Comparing Trump to Hitler is just asinine. Maybe that’s naive of me since I also said “There’s no way he’ll represent the Rep. party” followed by, “There’s zero chance he’ll win” followed now by “There’s no way he can change anything too dramatically.” I also agree that I’m not 100% positive that Trump is actually a social conservative. My prediction is that Republicans will actually end up being more enraged by Trump’s lack of action than Dems will be by his actions, if that makes any sense. We’ll see, on the bright side though, Comedy Central has a 4 year gold mine!

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, totally… Samesies…. As recently as 2012, Trump was praising the Clintons… He saw an opening and drove a truck through it for his own gain. People underestimate his ability to be a showman… He’s so clueless about abortion during debates on the topic he sounded like an imbecile. My fear is that Pence, who is really socially conservative, will have mandates that Trump will just acquiesce to

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @MattTruss: If he disbands the EPA, repeals Dodd-Frank it could have significant blowback regarding consumer protection. He ran a campaign on nationalist nostalgia, and partnered himself with one of the more radical social conservatives. While the rational side of me thinks “he’s just pitching the right to get elected” The rational side of me has been so wrong, I think people need to know potential outcomes.

                    • MattTruss

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                      @Grey – That’s a legit fear

                      @ Ralph – Re: “The rational side of me has been so wrong” – I agree (about my rational side). I just hope he can’t pull that type of shizz off given the way our government is structured. I’ll admit though, my faith in my fellow man is a bit shaken.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @MattTruss: He might pull a 180, so far he’s been very gracious when discussing Obama and Clinton. Rudy G is also hedging his bets on the Lock Her up rhetoric now too. So let’s see.

                      I’m not sure if I have less faith in my fellow man, as much as the people I had no faith in actually voted this election.

                    • Stoned Vegans says:
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                      @MattTruss: Thank you, Matt. Ever tried to cure the munchies with tofu? Don’t try. BTW, the only thing I got right this year in the DFS league, was the MLB predictions thread.

              • Count de Monetball says:
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                Damn Jack, I’m disappointed with that response, you could do better than that… Yeah, you were once my homie, but now I act like I don’t know ye…

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @Count de Monetball: you’re only disappointed because you are still drunk in your own stuipidity and lack of self awareness.

                  • Count de Monetball says:
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                    Well, there is that… Damn this new Gandalf is grumpier than the old one…

                    • MattTruss

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                      Meet the new Jack. Same as the old Jack.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Count de Monetball:

      C. No problem, I thought it was classic for Mr Cub and his famous quote, “lets play two”!

      Congrats to your Cubs ,Count De World Series Champion!

    • Grey

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      @Count de Monetball: HA! Love this… A. Was long overdue, glad you got to taste the sweet nectar of glory B. That’s amazing, makes me happy thinking of it… Didn’t you think the Cubs beating Indians sounded like a remake of The Revenant?

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Ooh, awesome analogy with the whole Revenant; we were laid up in my dad’s bed watching the game like the grandparents in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right now, the whole country needs a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory giant bed

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: With all those adults in one bed you think any monkey business went on?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Grandpa Joe needs to tag in more!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Count de Monetball: D. Yeah, I think he can, question is when E. Prolly not, but you never know, look at Fulmer F. Ha G. Nah, that’s JFOH H. Yes! I. Ooh…Conspiracy! I like it!

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Now, if President Elect ‘The Donald’ decides to export any illegal Irish back to Ireland we should deport anyone with an Americany sounding name..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: All names are American, says my Ford F-150 bumper sticker

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Yasiel Puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would’ve also accepted racist Puig!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: or Daniel Murphy

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Isn’t he just homophobic?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: I was trying to cover the gambit of bigots and such. Truthfully I couldn’t figure out anything puny with a players name and Islamophobia.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Allahcarlo Stanton

  3. Scott says:
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    Jake Arrieta would rather export celebrities!

  4. Whit says:
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    Grey if Otani gets posted, any idea if there will be a way to benefit from his bat and pitching? How high would he be ranked if he could count towards 8 or 9 categories?

    • Grey

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      @Whit: Crazy, right? Tanaka plus 20 homers… Fantasy doesn’t count pitchers for hitters and vice versa

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Whit: The talk was teams might sign him as a closer/outfielder. I don’t think the bat is strong to stop teams from pushing him to start. That said he’ll still hit in the NL, and an AL team could DH him in starts.

      The closer/outfielder thing has been discussed though.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: *strong enough

    • Stoned Vegans says:
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      @Whit: If he was able to benefit from all those categories, he’d be the New Otani.

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!!!

    a. Mega props to my man Count de Monet Ball and his twin-brother Count de Manet Ball!!! Your blogs, questions and insight (and of course beautifully cropped photo) are what make me coming back to razzball among others!

    b. Glasnow, will love him! I think the upside will be really worth it. Taillon too!

    c. Prepping for the Ambassadors’ meeting.

    d. On ‘The Donald’s’ victory, well….Kudos to his campaign manager who let others think about the ‘Battleground states’ and focused on literally everything else – from Idaho to Louisiana! The most damning blow must be the loss in Arkansas!!! Bill’s home state!!! Also, kudos to Paul Ryan who told people to vote for their constituents on not necessarily for the Donald. Overall, it was Hillary’s defeat.

    e. SNAFU happening as we speak, gtg!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Thanks, Ante! You’re a good egg too B. Agreed, I like him, hopefully this year C. Nice D. Agreed, Hillary inspired no one and nothing…Even now it’s ‘against Trump excitement.’ No one is protesting for her E. Good luck!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. More SNAFU. Can’t even explain it, it’s painful.

        b. There was the minor protest in CA and OR, but the liberal mainstream media didn’t cover it! We’re in trouble, man!

        c. I hope The Donald won’t interfere with fantasy baseball. Can see no reason why he would, but if he does there will be a protest!

        d. Was watching CNN with an eight-member panel – four on one side, four on the other – with the host/moderator around 7 hours to the closing of election day. Some key faux pas made.

        1. The Latino vote will decide who will win this election (she was confident it would be Hillary). Another fun fact, she pronounced every single word in the proper vernacular like a true American would EXCEPT for the word Latino!!! How (Doug) Strange, right?

        2. There was an African-American Trump supporter on the panel. Everyone laughed at him (including the impartial moderator) when he said that Trump would most certainly win. The other African-American on the panel almost called him an Uncle Tom, almost.

        3. They had an American East-Indian guy on the panel. He had like a 1% stake of the total conversation held.

        4. No one believed Trump would win except the 2 die-hard panel members and they were stifled with giddy laughter.

        e. Great, now I have to suffer another indignity in Chad. ‘See, Monsieur Ante! We told you that NOBODY would vote for a woman!’ I just have to grin and bear it (just like that Baseball America cover with Hendu and McGwire) and say ‘yes, yes. you were right!’

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. Ouch B. It was covered here, they shut down a major freeway.. it’s all fun and games until you cause traffic D. Haha, yeah, actually saw the same panel… tell them people did vote for Hillary, more actually than Trump but due to an arcane rule Trump is prez

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    All this Bucco love is making me Raise It!

    I was randomly watching the third season of 30 Rock last night (haven’t seen 1 or 2). Within the first 3 episodes there was a misogynist political joke, a racists run the government joke, and an actors only tell you how to vote joke. Seemed like a brand new episode, freaked me out.

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Scott: No shit, kind of depressing. And rather scary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Jolly Roger, I presume… Ha, I was enjoying 30 Rock when binging last XMas at my mom’s but never went back to it after

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: I’ve probably seen 10 or so episodes from my girl watching it but have no idea which seasons they were from. I like it too, just never sat down and watched them.

        My girl makes fun of me and my Razzball fantasy baseball friends, but she wanted me to ask if you or anyone has ever listened to the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast.

        • Grey

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          Nah, is it good? I’ve really started getting into podcasts, but all drama ones… Started listening to Generation Why

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Yeah I’ve listened to 2 podcast episodes ever and they involved Jose Canseco and B-Real. I don’t have a long commute so I never know where to listen to a podcast, ha.

            I’ve never heard her laugh so hard before so it must be good. It’s this British guy whose father wrote a terribly cheesy romantic/sexual novel. They just read it and laugh I think.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Your Red Sox conversion therapy will be completed Saturday following the release of the Red Sox edition of the Razzball podcast.

            From that point forward you will crave “large regula coffees from Dunkins”, and “totally love Mark Wahlberg movies”.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I must admit, I saw a Dunkin Donuts in downtown LA and I got a little excited for a Coolatta

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Seriously! Before you know it you’ll be saying things like “Wahlberg was awesome in the Lovely Bones.” and asking Cougs if she “can run to the packie for a 30 rack of Bud heavies?”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re going to New Hampshire on Sunday to get beer

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Hahaha liquors stores are open on Sunday’s now. #progress

                    You go to NH now to buy cheaper cartons of cigarettes. “I save a wicked ton of dollas kid”

                    • Grey

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                      Oh wow, shows you how long since I’ve been in Mass

  7. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Does Dickey in Atlanta have any value outside a depth guy in deeper (16+ team) quality start leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer, that’s about it

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: So he’s Tinder Dickey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t swipe right or left on Dickey

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: You’d just stare and compare?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hopefully the Atlanta Journal Constitution doesn’t go with the headline, “Sizing up Dickey”

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: “Braves insert Dickey into A-Town rotation”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “Jane Fonda Says, ‘Not First Dickey I’ve Seen In Atlanta.'”

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: Pre-order the new book “Cox to Dickey: The History of the Atlanta Braves”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HA! Nice…. “Cox to Dickey, Bream Get on Top!”

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: when he pitches will they be doing the Tomacock Chop?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hahaha

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Big Odio: ZING!!!

  8. Matt says:
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    Speaking of Taillon, would you deal him for Aledmys Diaz in dynasty rebuild?
    Thanks

    • Grey

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      I’d take Diaz, but it’s pretty fair

  9. Alan says:
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    Would you deal Bryant for Correa in dynasty? To be fair, I have no SS for next season and loaded at 3B

    Have a good night

    • Grey

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      I’d prefer Bryant, I’d trade a different 3B for a lesser SS

  10. CMUTimmah says:
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    The interesting thing to think about here with Glasnow is: Does he have 9+ K/9 upside BECAUSE he doesn’t throw strikes, or in spite of the fact that he doesn’t throw strikes.

    For instance, many of the great strikeout pitchers with high walks end up sacrificing WHIP and ERA when they cut down the walks. Others have stuff good enough to play over the dish.

    Glasnow looks like a guy that can live over the plate based on pitch movement, speed, and (being the big guy he is) pitching angle. But I agree with the comments above, I’m not taking a risk on him this year. I wonder if he even starts the season in the rotation. Taillon is a pitcher at this point, Glasnow is a thrower. In a keeper league, I’m all over him, but in a keeper league where you keep few minor leaguers, I’m probably looking more towards higher upside hitters rather than banking on Glasnow becoming a pitcher…

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