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- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Sep 16, 2016 3:01 PM Flag
removing baez, judge, upton, peralta, conforto, mesoraco, colabelow, D. Santana, Oliviera, Aoki, Parra, E. Rod, Wheeler and Miller is easy. Last one to remove...Daniel Norris. Keep the rest and G/L
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Sep 16, 2016 2:46 PM Flag
Still striking out a lot, but in the short term sure ride him while he's hot. Kiermeier has also been hot, I just picked up Drury...in the longer term though I have my doubts about buxton ever becoming a top 100 player.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Sep 16, 2016 2:41 PM Flag
hahaha. I also did not think Segura would keep it up all year. Difference is I can admit I'm wrong. #$%$ just continues to be delusional fantasies that he is always right and just likes to troll people. he's best ignored.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 19, 2016 7:09 PM Flag
Looks good. Once Pollack comes off DL and it's playoff time don't be afraid to drop big papi. He just hasn't been hitting a lot lately, and if he's got a week where he's on the road it's been less than ideal all year. Warren you can drop for salazar off DL, I think you gotta search for a HLD guy better than will smith, especially with Rondon going on DL. So drop warren/smith and look for who's hot in the pen and/or who's got some home dates. g/l
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 17, 2016 4:02 PM Flag
Bauer is who he is. Without lowering that walk rate, he's never going to break out into a low 3's ERA guy and on top of that his K rate has dropped below 8. I'd roll with Bundy. If for some reason Bundy gets a lot of starts @TOR or @NYY, if it's a one year league you can always drop him and try to stream someone else at this point in the season
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 17, 2016 3:59 PM Flag
Grandal seems to be hitting, and he's got experience. But man, can't help but be impressed by Sanchez. Just not sure if he keeps it up or pulls a conforto.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 17, 2016 3:57 PM Flag
It's not just Miller, it's the whole league. HR per game is up to 1.16, which is only eclipsed by the 1.17 figure in 2000. However, Runs per game still at 4.47, which is up from 4.07 a few years ago (which was in and of itself a 25yr low) but still nowhere near the 5+ regularly put up during the steroid era. Batting average is still .255 and nowhere near the .270 during steroid era. The Rays have hit 79HRs in about 2000 ABs at home this year, vs. 81 in over 2600ABs last year and 51 in 2014 in 2600ABs. Steroids is one explanation but I've thought about it and given the testing going on I think it can be traced back to two factors:
1. Going 'Toronto'. A few years ago Toronto began recommending that batters get 'aggressive' and if they see a pitch they think they can drive, swing. This was a fundamental change in philosophy from the 94-2008 period of 'lets wait out the SP and work the game, get the the 'weak' part of the bullpen and wear a team down philosophy'. The reasoning is obvious - teams now have better bullpens overall than 15 years ago, even middle relievers can throw gas. Tampa starting taking this philosphy in 2015, you can read about it in several places. Most of the league now seems to be changing over to this philosophy.
2. Cyclicality. 2009-2012 saw an influx of young pitchers (kershaw, price, etc) concurrently with some sustained success from 'older' guys like Wainwright and a generally weak influx of position talent. The last few years that has reversed with many more of the 'impact' guys being position players and a general lack of top tier pitching talent. You have also seen an increase in TJ surgery and other injuries for pitchers, further diluting the pitching side particularly SP.
That's my two cents...
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 16, 2016 8:04 PM Flag
Size of league? assuming 12 teams, non keeper. Unless you desperately need a 1b then I wouldn't. If you do desperately need a 1b I suppose I could see it. Thor has only produced a 4ERA the last 10 of so starts and he has bone chips. But maybe you can do better?
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 16, 2016 8:00 PM Flag
I'd lean towards springer. Lower K% means higher BA and better chance for steals. However, Story leads the league in Fly Ball distance, so the power is real. His splits are atrocious home/road, but I could see .250 with 35HR out of him. So could go either way.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 16, 2016 7:52 PM Flag
Weaver has the better pedigree, but its kind of hard to argue with what green has done in AA and AAA the last two years, and his fastball is 94+ and high 12% swinging strike %. I think he'll give up his fair share of homers, but if he limits BBs then I'll go green here based on more W's and K's than weaver
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 5, 2016 7:18 PM Flag
Pineda is the obvious one, and I'd consider Zimmerman. Assume this is a one year league. Nola you may be able to drop soon too, I don't think he's coming back.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Aug 5, 2016 7:13 PM Flag
nonsense, pure nonsense. who knows what Kershaw will be when he gets back? back injuries for a pitcher are never good. I wouldv'e tried to get more for him, but hey, that is why trades are made.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Jul 27, 2016 8:20 PM Flag
Runs per game two years ago was 4.1, quite a low. Last year 4.2. This year it was 4.5 or 4.6 when I checked a month ago, which would be on par with 07-09 period. 1999-2002 saw some Runs per game over 5 and 5.1, so we still have a ways to go for that.
- Slappytheclown Slappytheclown Jul 26, 2016 1:50 PM Flag
I'm not sure Dahl will be up for long. He's worth a flier I guess, but realize he's up to DH for interleague and unless the Rockies trade and OF they may limit his service time and send him back down until Sept 1st.
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