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    Every non-Thames owner so far this season....
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    you could always experiment with reading the thread
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    He got added while I was finding this gif. Play responsibly, kids.
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    Ive been a member of this forum for almost 10 years, won many leagues before... but many more because of it. For that I salute you all!!! Now I'm not sure if the political divide has split us all, if life has just become that tough, or what the efff is going on anymore... but the idiocy and immediate self validating responses have gotten out of control. The personal attacks, venom, and viratrol are ever present. (I get it, dumb questions deserve dumb answers, but it does nothing to keep the integrity of our special place to pass knowledge and observation on the up & up). That said, NO. Talion is one of the bright spots in a changing climate. HR's are running rampant, ERA's for premium talents are on the rise across the board, control pitchers are @ a premium. He is in his 1'st year w/ no restrictions and doing fine as his numbers show, tonight's start included. B-Ham will leave the yard 3 times this year and plays in a lil league field. Ish happens, and you have no business in right mind posing that question. Get real. Go troll somewhere else.
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    With all this talk of he's not a starter, he's not a closer, he's not long relief, I'm beginning to wonder if Archie Bradley is even a real guy.
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    I don't like the way he walks up to the plate. Easy drop for me.
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    He's too valuable to use in games
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    If people would stop worrying so much about the letter of the law perspective and would consider the spirit of the law perspective, perhaps this would be a cleaner thread that's more easily digested and kept up with by various posters. @Backdoor Slider may have slightly overreacted to a single question, but IMO his efforts to assist in policing the thread are much appreciated. In general, it's OK to ask if a player should be added, but it gets really old when guys get lazy, come in here, and just post "should I add this guy?" without reading the last few pages. Fun fact: clicking on the red dot/star next to a thread will take you directly to the last post you read. I suggest clicking that, catching up, then asking a question if you still feel it's appropriate or necessary. IF you've fallen too far behind due to vacation or work or life just getting too busy, have the courtesy to read the last 4-5 pages of the thread. Again - if I had my druthers, I'd rather we all adopt the spirit of the law to keep bench coach questions and things teetering on the line of bench coach in the bench coach forum. And if you think the bench coach forum is useless, then perhaps form some friendships with posters you do respect on these boards and find a way to get their opinion directly (via PM perhaps) should they be willing to give one. If they're not, respect their decision to not engage via PM and move on. In short, don't be crazy; do be respectful of one another. My 2 cents ...
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    Baseball America "updated" their list. I like to be ahead of the curve on these things and I'm sure most lists won't update until midseason. I thought I'd go ahead and throw my new list out there. Feel free to tell me where I've got it wrong or if you happen to agree. The most valuable part of this exercise is always the discussion. 1. Yoan Moncada 2. Cody Bellinger 3. Eloy Jimenez 4. Ian Happ 5. Michael Kopech 6. Brendan Rodgers 7. Ahmed Rosario 8. Victor Robles 9. Gleyber Torres 10. Rafael Devers 11. Kolby Allard 12. Franklin Barreto 13. Austin Meadows 14. Vlad Guerrero Jr 15. Alex Reyes 16. Anderson Espinoza 17. Mickey Moniak 18. Brent Honeywell 19. Lewis Brinson 20. Ronald Acuna 21. Mitch Keller 22. Clint Frazier 23. Reynaldo Lopez 24. Francis Martes 25. Walker Buehler 26. Yadier Alvarez 27. Triston McKenzie 28. Jose De Leon 29. Jason Groome 30. Kyle Lewis 31. Cal Quantrill 32. Josh Hader 33. Kyle Tucker 34. Dylan Cease 35. Nick Senzel 36. Willy Adames 37. Bradley Zimmer 38. Lucas Giolito 39. Mitchell White 40. Ozhaino Albies 41. Juan Soto 42. Tyler Mahle 43. Yohander Mendez 44. Braxton Garrett 45. A.J. Puk 46. Max Fried 47. Rhys Hoskins 48. Leody Tavaras 49. Kevin Maitan 50. Mike Soroka 51. Zack Collins 52. Dominic Smith 53. Luke Weaver 54. Ian Anderson 55. Jorge Mateo 56. Jesus Sanchez 57. Sandy Alcantara 58. Dane Dunning 59. Brandon Woodruff 60. Tyler O'Neil 61. Jorge Alfaro 62. Luis Gohara 63. Justin Dunn 64. Luis Castillo 65. Franklin Perez 66. Sean Newcomb 67. Blake Rutherford 68. Matt Manning 69. Fernando Romero 70. Corey Ray 71. Francisco Mejia 72. Patrick Weigel 73. Isan Diaz 74. Thomas Szapucki 75. James Kaprielian 76. Sean Reid-Foley 77. Jeff Hoffman 78. Carson Kelly 79. Jake Bauers 80. Tyler Beede 81. Sixto Sanchez 82. JP Crawford 83. David Paulino 84. Oscar De La Cruz 85. Jack Flaherty 86. Riley Pint 87. Christin Stewart 88. Forrest Whitley 89. Lourdes Gurriel 90. Stephen Gonsalves 91. Alex Verdugo 92. Adrian Morejon 93. Willie Calhoun 94. Alec Hansen 95. Fernando Tatis Jr. 96. Luis Urias 97. Delvin Perez 98. Bo Bichette 99. Anthony Alford 100. Erick Fedde
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    when log into your fantasy baseball team and see jose berrios' stats
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    I think the Met's pitching staff eats salted butter sticks before weight lifting in a walk in freezer without stretching every day.
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    So, this is kind of the straw that breaks the camel's back. And I don't mean that in a selfish fantasy baseball sense. I mean it more as in after all of these injuries, this is the one that finally made me realize that these guys are people too. After each guy goes down, I get mad and complain about how unlucky I am. Then this, and I realize how stupid that is. These are humans, not just little chess pieces that we obsess over and hate when they suck or get injured. When a guy breaks his hand or foot, or has an arm injury, or whatever...these guys have to deal with these injuries. Sure they are making lots of money, but what does that mean? This is a brutal health concern for Taillon, and I am really pulling for him. I hope he's an f'n stud when he comes back. Not because of fantasy, but for the same reason everybody cheers for Rizzo...he's been through hell and back and is dealing with it better than most (and probably any of us) would.
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    His second opinion was just him searching on WebMD.
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    He's really struggling. Only 3 home runs in the last 9 games and has only reached base in all but 2 of this games this season.
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    This team is a disgrace. An absolute f***** disgrace. They just let their Ferrari out of the garage with the check engine light flashing and now the tranny just dropped. They don't deserve nice things.
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    LET THE CLOSERS HIT THE FLOOR LET THE CLOSERS HIT THE FLOOR LET THE CLOSERS HIT THE UUUAAHAHGHGHHGHHHHHHHH
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    I remember someone in the Greg Bird thread saying that dropping Bird for Zimmerman was going to be a mistake...
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    i haven't really thought about JC ramirez in years. i still call him juan carlos ramirez threw a pretty nice game vs the A's tonight - 7 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 7 Ks he was opposed by jesse hahn, who was one of my spring training follows and was even better tonight, and i found that more interesting at first. i was about to just scroll past JCR's outing as one of those random things that happens on a given baseball night but i paused to search him up a bit, just because my leagues are deep enough that any performance like this by a free agent, you have to at least give it a couple pings of the old sonar array so i search him and first thing that pops up is this article from tonight's LA times http://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/la-sp-angels-report-20170425-story.html bullet point summary of article: * only starting pitcher in MLB who throws harder is thor * has always been a FB-slider guy but added a curve over the winter * adding the curve has also made his slider better (movement change confirmed by brooks data) * has good command of breaking stuff (both, apparently) switch over to his fangraphs * by fangraphs the "only thor throws harder" thing is a rank LIE. severino also throws 1/10 of a mph faster * JCR is third, though, sandwiched between severino and cole * EDIT: oh they must have been using the pitchfx numbers. by those it's true * his swstr% is up substantially this year in the early going * in his career he's run a flat 9% swstr - this year, before tonight, it was at 12% * unlike his player page the leaderboard seems to have tonight's data already since it says he has 3 starts, and his swstr in those starts is 15% * this seems to support the reports of an improvement in his breaking stuff * K% also up over 20% this year after always hovering in the mid-teens before. walk rate is neither awesome nor abysmal (7.6%) * and all these comparisons to his old self are at the same time as he's switching from relief to mostly starting, which is supposed to make you worse so this could easily wind up being another charlie morton dog and pony show where the whole somehow winds up being less than the sum of the parts but, he did just throw that game. and he does throw 97 and have a new pitch this year so, do whatever you feel with that information i play in leagues where we own almost everybody, so i picked him up. i'll worry about whether it pans out or not later
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    Why is it disrespectful? Nobody's ever allowed to talk about Fernandez again? I get it's still a touchy subject, but saying Berrios reminds people of him is in no way disrespectful. It's sad and it sucks that it happened and he didn't deserve to die by any means, but just because an athlete dies shouldn'tn't automatically elevate them to Saint status where nobody will ever utter their name again. Anyways, on Berrios - I'm going to look to buy in leagues I don't own him hoping his owner is thinking he's selling high. Stuff looks downright nasty.
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    I can't believe people don't enjoy this. This thread alone is worth dealing with the closer carousel. It's like an AA meeting that gathers at a bar except there's no possibility of death or pain to family members or strangers.
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    More speculation will come -- just a matter of time, even if the landscape appears relatively stable at present. Here's a few situations I think bear watching / merit some discussion: Arizona -- I just posted that Rodney's got leash and the team very likely prefers he locks things down in the 9th. If he converts his next one without issue, the leash grows longer. He's certainly gone through stretches like this before and managed to survive. We've exhausted the debate between DLR and Bradley, but *traditional* next-in-line usage (IMO), points to DLR as the clearly established 8th inning guy. Bradley would be more exciting, but does he want to do it and does the team want him to close? I personally still think he should be stretched out while they're starting dudes like Godley. Detroit -- K-Rod is relying on smoke and mirrors and ye olde moxie. The stuff is clearly diminished, but yet he's got a 10+ K/9 which would be his highest K-rate in the majors since 2010 with the Mets. The culprit here is a .375 BABIP and 2.53 HR/9. For his career, K-Rod's posted a 0.86 HR/9 rate. He's also walking fewer guys than last year (2.53 BB/9 vs. 3.24 last year). And his soft contact % is the highest of his career at a whopping 31.4%, though that's obviously over a very small sample. Still, given his history, given their alternatives, and given the general question of what to do with K-Rod if he's not the closer, I think he's got a bit of leash. Dare I say he's a solid buy low? Milwaukee -- I own Feliz in a few leagues and I'm mildly nervous. I say mildly because he was signed to close, he's got the closer's contract, and Milwaukee has proven over the last two years that they'll flip a closer at the deadline (K-Rod 2 years ago; Jeffress last year). Teams have this seemingly irrational belief that allowing a guy to close increases his value on the trade market, so given that I expect Feliz to have quite a bit of leash, especially since he's 7/8 in save opportunities. Barnes and Knebel keep flipping roles in the 7th and 8th, and honestly I have no idea who would close if Feliz went down or was demoted. My gut says Knebel, but hopefully we have a clearer answer before Feliz's demise (or potential trade). Washington -- with Glover on the DL, this situation hit the backburner for a bit, but Glover's set to return on Thursday (I believe). Before he went on the DL, he picked up a couple saves in a row. Since then, Kelley has pitched twice and given up bombs in both appearances. HRs have long been Kelley's bugaboo, and the perception that his right arm is held together by bubble gum and balsa wood. Baker's going to treat him with kid gloves even if Kelley is the preferred option in the 9th, which I'm not 100% sure we know for certain right now. Both guys should be owned. Pittsburgh -- Tony Watson was a popular spec to lose his job early on, but he's survived April, and he's pitching for a team that's shown tremendous loyalty to their 9th inning stopper the past few years, even through a few periods of turmoil. Hudson, the presumed next-in-line entering the season, has frankly sucked. Watson's 0.96 ERA doesn't match his 1.50 WHIP or his 5/5 K/BB in 9 IP, but he's 7/7 in saves in April. I think there's a good bit of leash here, and if he did go down, we might see Rivero get a shot in the role. Los Angeles Angels -- Norris is the guy for the foreseeable future, at least until Bedrosian returns. Does Scioscia go back to Bedrosian? I'm not so sure ... remember earlier this year when Scioscia said he wanted to use Bedrosian like Andrew Miller? I don't recall the exact quote, but that was the gist -- he likes Bedrosian as his fireman. Now he's got a crotchety old veteran holding down the 9th, and can deploy Bedrosian whenever trouble arises. As crazy as it may sound, that might be the most plausible outcome here. Philadelphia -- I *think* Neris still has the job, but I wouldn't cut Benoit if I owned him anywhere. McCrackin needs to show some patience with whomever he chooses, or else both guys are going to be looking over their shoulders instead of just getting outs. Neris certainly has the stuff to pull this off, and I think he'll probably settle into the role and be a pretty good option here. Again, could be a buying opportunity. Even if Benoit gets the gig for a bit, I think Neris eventually takes the role for good at some point before the second half of the season. San Diego -- Maurer has pitched pretty well and likely has earned some leash. Meanwhile Capps is trying to find his command in AAA. I think the Padres would be best served leaving Capps in AAA until he rattles off a bunch of clean appearances, but there's a time limit to his DL rehab assignment (they should still use the whole thing). I'm not sure if Capps still has options, but you'd obviously rather see him locked in than wild in the bigs. I don't think Maurer is going to be immediately threatened by Capps, but I do think that a healthy and locked in Capps is one of the best relievers in baseball, and Andy Green agrees. Does that ultimately land him in the 9th? At some point, I think it will, but it may be after the trade deadline when San Diego likely shops Maurer. St. Louis -- Oh hasn't exactly been lights out thus far, but for all the heartburn he's converted 6/7 save opportunities (officially). Rosenthal is clearly next-in-line and picks up save chances when Oh isn't available. I don't think we're necessarily very close to a changing of the guard, but at least we know who's up next, unlike in Arizona where we're all just guessing. Rosenthal, for his part, has pitched fairly well, though he'll never be a command artist. I worry the lack of command will eventually catch up to him, but with relievers and small sample sizes, you just throw them in the lineup and hope. At least he's supplying ample Ks to your lineup.
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    Things Lovullo has said / done in the past few days about Bradley: - he's not going to close - if they do make a switch at closer they'll have to talk to Bradley about it - Bradley isn't going back to the rotation right now to fill in Miller's spot - We still view Bradley as a SP - Used Bradley on Sat. for 1 inning (8th) annd Sun. for 1 inning (9th tie game) So he's a RP but they see him as a SP but not the kind of SP that pitches in the rotation now that there's an open spot and Rodney is still the closer and Bradley will not be the closer but if he is going to be we'll talk to him and in the mean time we'll use him like a closer, but don't call him the closer or a starter or anything in between!!!
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    So we "Baseballed" today... 23 runs scored for the Nats. New York Mets starting pitching drama D-Backs and Rockies are 0-0 in extra innings Bryan Mitchell a pitcher played 1B Anthony Rendon hits 3 HR and drives in 10 RBI K-Rod actually pitched 1 full inning without giving up a run. oh and we still have a classic game tonight under the lights Cubs/ Red Sox. --I love you Baseball
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    I don't know man... people loved them some Bruce Rondon I've been here long enough to remember these hype trains Neil Ramirez Alexi Ogando Matt Thornton Tim Collins Ryan Cook Kevin Quackenbush Yimi Garcia the other Francisco Rodriguez Kevin Whelan Mark Montgomery Jenry Mejia Stephen Pryor Rex Brothers Ryan Cook Al Albuquerque Javy Guerra Daniel Bard Ambroix Burgos Sergio Santos Evan Meek and who could forget Manny Corpas and Juan Carlos Oviedo the Bruce Rondon hype train was bigger or as big as any of those guys except maybe Quackenbush, Brothers, and Bard..
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    Since we always have issues with this, I thought I'd start off the thread with the save rule: 10.20 Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: (1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and (2) He is not the winning pitcher; and (3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions: (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces); or (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game.
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    Since it's getting *closer* to call up time I thought it might be a good idea for a general "call up watch thread" to give owners in deep/keeper/dynasty leagues a leg up to grab guys asap. This would be place to note "XYZ" player got pulled from the line up" or a top SP prospect is lined up with the stuggling 5th starter, or a local beat writer has an inside scoop, stuff like that. Just an idea.
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    Threw one pitch tonight. Should be available again sometime next week.
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    Searched high and low... nothing on Bedrosian. I did find out he likes 5 Guys hamburgers though.
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    daydreaming of a Liriano '06 type season....
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    After this year... *Raise your hand if you want to join a league without a saves category*
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    I'll list a few: 10.3% SwStr% Added a 3rd pitch Changed pitch utilization (slider up, FB down) Great home ballpark and little internal competition for spot. 3.67 xFIP
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    i don't mean to be, like, harsh, but dropping bush is straight up crazy imo. he's the unquestioned closer, has ace reliever stuff and has been pitching lights out when he does pitch. the team he's on is slumping right now, but dropping him to me isn't much different from dropping, like, aroldis just because the yankees went on a losing streak and didn't get a save for a couple weeks. would you do that? i wouldn't
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    You can really tell who knows how to read saber and who doesn't on these boards. I just can't believe anyone who actually knows how to look at the stats would be questioning if the breakout is real or not. Everyone knows he's not gonna hit 50 HRs this season but he'll return top 40 value at least. And he was on base last night 2 of 5 times and you have people posting "the struggle continues" and "pitchers have figured him out"...yeah they figured him out so much they allowed him to reach base twice last night. Anyone here who was expecting 3-4 HRs a week mind as well just start planning for their fantasy football draft because this games not for you. Sorry that sounds super smug but it's reality.
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    Rotoworld Advice: "He still doesn't figure to have the ERA and WHIP to be a real asset in mixed leagues..." These guys are idiots.
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    Scoop up Eric Thames from the wire too if you can.
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    rodney is the closer...
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    Uh, yeah, make that claim. Just hearing about a league where someone drops a mid-tier closer makes me feel like a street beggar looking through the window of a yacht club while wealthy men are lighting cigars with $100 bills.
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    Fransisco Rodriguez F******** R******** Fernando Rodney We've been duped!
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    Only seven pitches for two punch outs and a full inning? since baseball already took the first step and allows people to just gesture for intentional walks, they might as well allow managers gesture through a assumed Devenski strikeout. "Robert Perez up? Eh, just come back to the dugout, it's over: speed this game along"