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  1. July Closer Thread 2018

    Givens has been bad (4.28 ERA, 1.39 WHIP), but Brach has actually been even worse (4.46 ERA, 1.73 WHIP). For what it's worth, Givens, not Brach, has been pitching the 8th inning and setting up Britton this past week. Do you really think the Orioles are going to think "We traded Britton. This means we can't afford to trade Brach or else we might only win 53 games instead of 52 games."?
  2. July Closer Thread 2018

    Here's how I would rank the top deadline stashes 1. Yates (I know Hand isn't a lock to be traded, but Yates would become in my opinion a top 10 closer if Hand is dealt and is by far the best pitcher of anyone on the list. I'm assuming it's very unlikely Treinen gets traded and Trivino won't get a chance to close.) 2. Jimenez 3. Hildenberger 4. Hughes (Only reason he's below Jimenez and Hildenberger is I think the odds of Greene and Rodney getting traded are higher than Iglesias given the years Iglesias has left on his contract) 5. Alvarado (Haven't heard a lot of talk about Romo getting traded, but it would make sense for the Rays and with Roe being out 6 weeks, I assume Alvarado would get the job but of course everyone said Alvarado would get the job when Colome got traded as well) 6. Gsellman (Familia will be a free agent so I think he will be traded and the Mets really lack options in the bullpen, so Gsellman will likely get the first chance to close. That said, looking at Gsellman's career numbers, he might not be able to keep the closer's role and even if he does, he'll likely hurt your team in ERA and WHIP) 7. Givens (Like Britton, Brach is a free agent so I think he also gets traded and Givens gets a chance to close. Like Gsellman, Givens would likely hurt your team in ERA and WHIP) 8. Nate Jones/Jace Fry (I think Soria will likely get traded, but it seems like a toss-up who would get the closer's role between Jones and Fry assuming Jones is back from the DL by the end of the month) Thoughts? Anyone I'm missing? Any disagreements?
  3. Kenta Maeda 2018 Outlook

    Great 1/3 of an inning win! I'm just hoping that Maeda doesn't end up being the odd man out in the 2nd half and being sent to the bullpen like last year. I would think that Maeda has pitched well enough recently for that not to happen, but the Dodgers are really stacked with starters. I hope Maeda's "experience" working out of the bullpen doesn't work against him.
  4. July Closer Thread 2018

    Once Hunter Strickland returns, will Will Smith keep the closer's role? Smith has been really good, but he's had hardly any opportunities to prove himself due to the Giants' pathetic offense.
  5. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    Well, none of the Dodgers starters deserve to be demoted honesty. Some of the Dodgers starters are very injury prone, but when healthy, all 7 of their starters would start for 90% of the teams in baseball. Wood hasn't been bad this year, but he has been clearly their 2nd worst pitcher behind Hill. Like I said a week ago (when everyone called me crazy), I think Hill is probably the odd man out and will get sent to the bullpen, but Wood would be the next most likely to be sent to the bullpen in my opinion.
  6. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    It's certainly not good in real life baseball either. The MLB average ERA this year is well below 4.50
  7. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP (which Wood had tonight) is definitely poor
  8. Junior Guerra 2018 Outlook

    Prior to last night, Guerra had been pretty good fantasy-wise this year. However, let's face it: it's been a total luck show for him in the first half: 3.23 ERA when his xFIP is 4.32 and his FIP is 3.96. I do not think Guerra's second half will be worth owning.
  9. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    Maybe Wood's poor outing tonight opens the door for Hill a little bit, although Hill's 7 IP 4 ER outing vs the Padres was probably more disappointing than Wood's 6 IP 3 ER outing tonight vs the Angels, given the difference in opponents.
  10. Jake Arrieta 2018 Outlook

    7 IP, 0 ER, and a win is obviously a nice start but only 3 Ks in 7 IP against a weak offense is concerning. Arrieta just doesn't seem to have the ability to miss any bats anymore, other than against the Pirates (his only two games with more than 7 Ks were against the Pirates game, and he only has one other game with more than 5 all year). Against better offenses, it's going to be tough for him to maintain a good ERA with such a pitiful K rate. If he starts one of the Phillies first three games out of the break against the Padres, he'll be worth using. After that, the schedule gets much tougher again.
  11. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    Going to be pretty difficult to repeat last year's post All-Star break performance if he's stuck in the bullpen.
  12. Rich Hill 2018 Outlook

    He's only thrown 54 IP the entire season. Did he really need rest?
  13. Madison Bumgarner 2018 Outlook

    Bullpen bailed MadBum out big time today, considering he left the bases loaded with no one out and only up 1 run and none of those runners came around to score. It was lucky, but I'll take it.
  14. Madison Bumgarner 2018 Outlook

    Huh? He actually did get the win his last start despite a 6.75 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP.
  15. Madison Bumgarner 2018 Outlook

    Need a big outing tonight from MadBum following two straight duds.