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  1. Shane Bieber 2018 Outlook

    He looked really good the first two times through especially his change at Fenway. Eck in the booth pointed out his change is actually too fast for a good change but it weirdly works well for him because it ends up acting kind of like a sinker. Had the hitters totally fooled and off their feed. But the third time through the Red Sox seemed to have gotten him figured out and started to light him up with rocket shots all over the place. So I was left with mixed feelings about him. Is he going to end up as one of those growing number of young pitchers that get yanked after only two times through the line-up in the future or will he get better down the road? Jury is still out.
  2. 2018 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    He NEVER was going to re-sign there. Ever. That was always a given. Makes the Nats not moving him completely insane.
  3. Washington Nationals 2018 Outlook

    Nats start off the off season on a high note. From Rotoworld blurb: Though i must say the "source" is a bit unusual.
  4. 2018 MLB Trade Rumors and Deadline Thread

    Details: Meanwhile the Nats can't pull the trigger on their very last chance to get something ... anything ... back for a Bryce Harper who will be gone forever in a little over a month. Man the Nats waited way too long to make moves. All they got to show for it at the end is someone named Andruw Monasterio. Really good move by Theo though.
  5. Washington Nationals 2018 Outlook

    Not this year. Worst record in baseball. And Buck favors his vets too much too just like the Washington crowd. Not impressed with what he has done on the last couple of years. He hasn't kept up with the game it feels like.
  6. Washington Nationals 2018 Outlook

    Yeah like what Buck has done in Baltimore inspires such great confidence.
  7. Chris Sale 2018 Outlook

    And you can believe that real inflammation doesn't exist despite medical evidence to the contrary. Sorry but everything you are saying makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Skip a turn is fine. DL list is not. Especially since Eddie Rodriguez isn't ready to move into the rotation for another week. It's like if a person has a broken leg and is in a cast you still would believe it is a phantom injury because you have a preconceived notion in your head that it would be good for such-and-such to sit down for awhile. Doesn't work that way. Sometimes an injury is just an injury.
  8. Chris Sale 2018 Outlook

    It is not a phantom injury alas.
  9. Chris Sale 2018 Outlook

    It is NOT a phantom injury. Stop with that silly stuff. He has real pain and REAL inflammation in his left shoulder. Alex Cora even said today he may miss one start but then again he may miss two or three starts. They are taking it a day at a time. It's the same pain he had last time and it cropped up again during his off day workout like last time. It is a VERY worrisome thing. If anyone has seen Sale over the years on either Sox teams they know he is an absolute bulldog and competitor. He wants to be out there. But you don't let your ace's arm fall off then not have him around for the playoffs. Two DL stints also puts his quest for the Cy Young in danger too. Yeah, sure, go on and keep believing it is a phantom injury. Also you would wait until Eddie Rodriguez finished his rehab in the minors before putting any of your staff on the DL for a "phantom" injury. And on the other side of things. The 10 day DL has been a blessing for MLB for numerous reasons. Hamstrings first and foremost which has been a blessing to all fantasy players who don't have to sit there for 8 or 9 days before the team gets around and DL's your 3B or something.
  10. Free fantasy sports is a "gateway" for people to come to Yahoo. Suddenly charging people for what they have gotten free for years would drive 99% of them away in droves and right over to ESPN -- also totally free --- instead. Me included. And ESPN would welcome us all with open arms. Worst business plan Yahoo could possibly do. Yahoo is now part of a mega-media conglomerate that has billions and billions and billions of dollars. They don't in the least need to suddenly charge anything to improve the platform. To suddenly nickel and dime people who are used to playing for free is shooting themselves in the foot. And yes it can get better when free. It is free to attract people to Yahoo so the better the service the more that come. This mega-corp wants cyber foot traffic. Not charging some silly fee for some fantasy game. They make their money on traffic numbers to up their ad revenue which is where money is made on these sites online. They chase away the 99% who play for free they will have just flunked Business 101.
  11. 8/17 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Context. I need context here somebody. Anyone watching the Phils game? How did a big lumbering catcher like Jorge Alfaro get not just one but two stolen bases? Was there a softball pitcher on the mound? Was Grandma Moses behind the plate trying to throw him out?
  12. Disagree totally. All those moves would be totally unfair. Go join a league with deeper rosters but don't dumb down moving players around like that. Moving players to different positions after they start a game is no bueno in my book.
  13. Manny Machado 2018 Outlook

    Looks like Manny is missing east coast bloodsport baseball and is already tired of west coast laidback ball. Because why else ruin your leverage in negotiations? Oh yeah, ballplayers aren't all too smart. Yeah in the off season the Yankees need Patrick Corbin first and foremost with maybe Harper second so Manny isn't really a priority at this point for them given the luxury tax stuff and Andujar being a decent option for them long term without breaking the bank. But there is another east coast team with TONS of money burning a hole in their pocket that wants him real bad. So the Phillies have to be encouraged by hearing this stuff.
  14. 8/16 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Sad the only Met batter I have is Nimmo and he is the one that gets hit of course. And of course my deGrom never gets games like this to pitch in. Fantasy baseball is a cruel game, hah.
  15. 8/16 - GAME DAY THREAD

    So the Mets decided to blow the rest of their allotted runs for the season on this one game? And is Ranger Suarez going back to curl up and hide in AAA right after this game?
  16. J.D. Martinez 2018 Outlook

    What team will throw the bank at JD? Please not the Giants? We want a fantasy friendly hitter's park for our lad, JD!
  17. Tyler White 2018 Outlook

    Actually it is a good indication that something has changed as in his swing or whatever. Prospects are growing and learning and changing and not set in stone from year to year so going back even one year with a prospect doesn't tell you all that much. And you don't wait forever to pick up someone like him. You grab and hold. If he collapses you drop him. If he hits you have the next big thing. Fantasy baseball really REALLY isn't rocket science. There are just some owners that want to believe it is. (Not saying you at all, that was a "some in general" comment).
  18. 8/15 - GAME DAY THREAD

    That's always been Archer's m.o. Get to two strikes and then either walking someone or giving up a hit. I shall miss watching those outings in the future now that he is over in the NL Central. Man TB got a king's ransom back when they finally ditched him.
  19. 8/14 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Who would have guessed the Sox/Phils game would be decided by Brock Holt of all people with a 430 foot pinch hit home run.
  20. Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Outlook

    Neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees are going to stand pat if some of their big names leave. They will just either re-sign them or re-load with someone else big. Neither of those teams are going away because they have the dep pockets. That is why TB needs new ownership in a city/region that can give them better financial support. TB has a winning record because the O's are more than 40 games behind for one thing. It is hard to play in the AL East and not have a winning record when you add in all the games you play against the O's in that division. And again TB will never have a strong fan base in Florida. Florida, like Texas, is a football state first last and foremost. They are playing in a division where baseball is a hardcore blood sport for the other four teams in general and for NY and Boston fans in particular. It isn't going to work for the Rays ever in the St Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater area. And they also won't have the big fan base because of spring training where the old home teams come down every spring and re-bond with their fans and descendants. Someone cited the Bucs and Lightning. Neither has a version of spring training going on in their own turf. Baseball is a completely different animal. Rooting loyalty is still passed down as a generation thing, like family heirlooms.
  21. Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Outlook

    Maybe in some division but not the AL East where they are usually known in years when they have really good line-ups to be elevated up to being called those "those pesky Rays" as opposed to being ignored. And they have got to get out of the Trop to be able to play well at this point too. That atmosphere of playing on such a hard artificial surface cluttered with confusing and ugly catwalks above in front of a couple of thousand people at most sucks the energy out of a team. Worst home venue in baseball. Especially when they play the Yankees or Red Sox and the attendance blooms big time and 9/10 of the fans are NOT rooting for the Rays. But if they have moved to Montreal by 2020 they would at least have that problem solved. But yeah they got a great haul from the Pirates who lost that trade big time. Now they need a worthy ownership and playing venue to go with their stash of good players like what Montreal has built up and has waiting. St Petersburg/Tampa is never going to support a major league team. I lived there for years back in the day. The majority of people in coastal regions of Florida have roots in the northeast and midwest and thus rooting interests in the old home town teams that get passed on down the generations. Same problem Miami faces.
  22. Wil Myers 2018 Outlook

    Four more starts at 3B and he will carry 3B into 2019 on Yahoo, sweet. I still could use him filling in for Hosmer at 1B three more time to qualify there too. And in CF/RF/LF leagues he has enough starts for RF/LF on Yahoo for both. Loving this.
  23. Leonys Martin 2018 Outlook

    The Rotoworld blurb. Best wishes to him.
  24. Tyler White 2018 Outlook

    The way Yuli Gurriel's hitting has crashed and burned of late, I could see White taking over 1B for most of the starts even after Altuve returns and Yuli is done filling in at 2B.
  25. 8/11 - GAME DAY THREAD

    Actually the Sox game is in Baltimore.