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- TK from LA TK from LA Aug 27, 2016 12:45 PM Flag
The power/speed number is an analytical tool - one of many. Use the data? Sure. Treat the data as dispositive? No. For example, Upton, Myers, Desmond and Nunez do NOT have more value than Arenado. They just don't. The key flaw in the metric is that it gives equal value to a HR and a SB, when in truth the HR has vastly more value. A HR gives positive production in the HR category ... as well as R, RBI, BA, OBP and slugging. A SB gives value in ... stolen bases and perhaps OBP and BA. That's it. Why was Marte projected to be a top 35 player this season and yet ranks 68 on the Yahoo rankings despite his .304 BA and 43 SB's? Because his HR production has tanked. HR's rule the roost ... and any team which finishes a season with just 200 HR's will rank last in the category, unless you are in a 24-team league or single-league format.
- Reply to Dick Strong Jun 10, 2016 1:43 PMTK from LA TK from LA Aug 19, 2016 10:32 AM Flag
You own your boy-toy, Michael "Oh, struck out again" Taylor and his 7 HR, 14 RBI's and .222 batting average. I don't own Stanton (unfortunately), but if I did, I would have his 52 R's, 25 HR's, 70 RBI's. I think those numbers are just a tad better than the human windmill, Michael Taylor, has produced - ever.
- Reply to Dick Strong Jun 10, 2016 1:43 PMTK from LA TK from LA Aug 17, 2016 10:57 AM Flag
His season ended due to injury. But it bears noting that in the 48 games after you compared Stanton to Mendoza, he posted 30 R, 13 HR, 41 RBI, .299/.361/.582, for an OPS of .943. Great call on comparing him to Mendoza, genius.
Rockies called up David Dahl, a talented OF'er who combines power, speed, and batting average, and who will be playing in Coors and probably batting ahead of Nolen Arrenado. Dahl will play DH against Baltimore, but is going to stay when the Rockies deal one of the starting OF'ers (either Blackmon or CarGo), so if he is available in your league, pick him up.
- Reply to ec2tc3 Jul 11, 2016 8:01 PMTK from LA TK from LA Jul 19, 2016 1:07 PM Flag
Yes, yes, yes. You note that you will have very good players on your bench if you make the deal. Okay, so add Springer to your line-up, then deal another starter and have Villar take over that spot. You will be dealing a top-flight hitter and can get a very good arm in return. Package a solid bat and Bauer for a top-tier SP'er. That way, you wind up with an elite arm, and Springer, and Villar.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jul 11, 2016 7:15 PM Flag
Among the players you list, Gomez, Lester are definitely not keepers. Also, with just 7 keepers, protect HITTING above all else. You will find much better SP'ers on the FA wire in late April and early May than you will find hitting, until the top rookies are brought up in mid-June. (Examples in 2016 - Aaron Sanchez, Pomerantz, Rich Hill, Michael Fulmer, Junior Guerra, etc. You can darn near build a pitching staff with top-producing free agents.)
You might be able to convince me that protecting Carrasco makes sense. That leaves six other spots - Bryant, Encarnacion, Marte, Harper are a given. That means you can and should protect Conforto and Moncada both. Problem solved.
P.S. You don't have any other hitters now on your team that are top-75 players?
If your league has Josh Bell available, add him and store him on the bench for a couple of weeks. Watched his 3 plate appearances this weekend, and was very impressed. First at-bat in the bigs, smokes an Arrietta slider into right-center for a single. Second big-league at-bat, got a fastball a tick above the belt and crushed a 445' HR out of PNC park. Third plate appearance, worked an 0-2 count into a 9-pitch walk.
The kid has excellent strike recognition, a low K rate in the minors and very good power that is now on display. He is also a switch-hitter who has pounded both left and right-handed pitching this season in the minors. Kid is going to be a force ... if he is available, you better pick him up while you have the chance, since in about 2 weeks, he is the Pirates starting 1st baseman and a guy who is going to give better production than any other FA out there.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jul 6, 2016 5:46 PM Flag
Worried about Cutch. Waaaaay too many K's and lazy fly balls to CF. That said, Seager is too valuable to deal in a dynasty league. He is just 22 years old and on pace for 100 R, 30 HR, 85 RBI, .300 BA. When he is 25 years old, he is very likely to produce massive counting stats - as in, game-changing numbers from the SS position. Swanson is a pretty good player, but will never hit 35 HR's or drive in a 100 runs.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jul 6, 2016 5:32 PM Flag
"I would take Jeremy Hazelbaker over Mike Stanton and be fairly confident that I have the better fantasy baseball player."
"Worst fantasy baseball advice, ever, in history, for $500, Alex."
- TK from LA TK from LA Jul 6, 2016 5:18 PM Flag
Pirates are going to bounce Glasnow around a bit before putting him in the starting rotation for keeps. Taillon will come off the DL later this month and return to the rotation, and Cole is about 10 days away from returning as well. When both are back, I unfortunately believe that the Pirates will stick with the horrendous Jonathan Niese in their rotation, over Glasnow and Kuhl and Brault and about 10 other guys who are better than the God-awful Jonathan Niese.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 23, 2016 6:03 PM Flag
Player A: 23 R, 6 HR, 12 RBI's, 10 SB's, .236/.271/.393
Player B: 25 R, 13 HR, 32 RBI's, 0 SB's, .211/.311/.437
Which player has more fantasy value?
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 23, 2016 5:58 PM Flag
"Marisnick is better than Springer."
Let's see ...
Player A 13 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI's, 3 SB, .180 BA
Player B 49 R, 15 HR, 41 RBI's, 6 SB, .260 BA
Guess which is which. You were saying?
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 22, 2016 2:33 PM Flag
"Rosario has 4 HR and 5 SB while batting .339 in 29 games in AAA Rochester this season." You must be kicking #$%$ in International League fantasy.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 21, 2016 8:26 PM Flag
So you are saying it's a legitimate prediction based on what a player might have posted in the majors if he had been good enough to stay in the majors?
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 21, 2016 6:53 PM Flag
Oh, and great prediction on the Taylor/Rosario front ... combined 40 HR and 45 SB?? Uhhh, how about 9 HR's and 13 SB's combined thus far, where Rosario is now in the minors. Great call.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 21, 2016 6:51 PM Flag
Nope, earlier this year - you proclaimed the value of Jake Marisnick as compared to George Springer. April 6, 2016, you wrote, "Marisnick is superior to Springer." The internet is a wonderful thing.
- TK from LA TK from LA Jun 21, 2016 12:47 PM Flag
You predicted great things for Socrates Brito in your prediction thread. Oops. Hemlocked. You also touted Jake Marisnick over George Springer in a different thread. Oops again.
I think you would have greater success in your predictions if you separated hitters from pitchers, and with that limitation, simply put names in one hat, descriptive terms in a second ("will have more SB's," "will log a better WHIP," etc.), and have a monkey pull name one, pull the descriptive terms, and then pull a second name: "Jake Marisnick ... will have a higher BA than ... Mike Trout."
First, what the hell 10-team, squid league are you in? Anyway, if Taillon is available, pick him up. Cole left the Pirates' game with an injury so Taillon will be back very soon.
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