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  1. August Closer Thread 2018

    Agree. Likeky both have to occur for a change in guard this year...
  2. August Closer Thread 2018

    It's possible that this is just an unusual year for him with blowups only in games that are not save opportunities. Doesn't mean he's actually a better pitcher in save opportunity situations as a rule. Given that logic the Astros should have only used him in save situations only. It tells you something that they didn't. The fact is he has blown plenty of saves (14) over the previous 3 years. And he has been pulled from the closers role at least 3 different times for not being able to shut the door previously. That's what I look at... If you owned him you certainly understand how unreliable he has been...
  3. August Closer Thread 2018

    I don't buy that personally and think it's mainly coincidental because he has blown plenty of saves in pretty spectacular fashion during his time with the Astros. I've owned him pretty much every year he's been in the majors and can say he"s never been a sure thing - how many closers are? However, between last year's playoff meltdown and this years antics I just don't see him as being simply a different pitcher (saves vs non-saves).
  4. Isiah Kiner-Falefa 2018 Outlook

    I think you'll see him keep doing basically what he's been doing. Prior to this minor slump he was on a nice streak to get his average near .280. Hasn't had a ton of regular at bats so not surprising he slumped a bit as well. I am thinking he finishes around .270 at at the end of the year but if he plays a bit more maybe a tad higher...
  5. Taylor Ward 2018 Outlook

    Nice start to your MLB career kid...
  6. August Closer Thread 2018

    Quite aware of that. However, the comments are still under one site and just looks silly if nothing else. Perhaps they should identify who is saying what to avoid in the future. Not the first time...
  7. August Closer Thread 2018

    he says with conviction...
  8. Taylor Ward - C/3b Anaheim

    Even if he doesn't work out in the majors this was a super solid lead. So thanks...
  9. Taylor Ward 2018 Outlook

    This is true and given this year's tremendous jump in stats (homers and steals especially) you would have to be satisfied with double digits (prorated over full season) at the majors. If he can do that, hit .260 and keeps taking some walks I would be satisfied (except I always want more). I think the upside could be Cervello (this year's version) but playing everyday...
  10. August Closer Thread 2018

    Gotta love rotoworld and their timely advice. Kinda funny as this is their "recommendations" from yesterday and today. Poor schmucks who have to rely on their information. Seth Lugo on Sunday: Seth Lugo scattered a pair of hits and fired a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the year in the Mets' win over the Marlins on Sunday. Lugo was called upon to preserve a one-run lead in the ninth inning after Robert Gsellman fired a scoreless eighth. He immediately gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto, but got the ensuing batter, Rafael Ortega, to ground into a double-play. Miguel Rojas delivered a two-out base knock, but Lugo induced a game-ending worm-burner off the bat of Starlin Castro to slam the door. He needed just 17 pitches to close this one out. The 28-year-old is the heavy favorite to close for the Mets down the home stretch with Anthony Swarzak on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He's 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 78/26 K/BB ratio in 81 1/3 innings. Aug 12 Gsellman on Monday: Robert Gsellman - R - Mets Robert Gsellman pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Yankees. Gsellman couldn't go more that two straight appearances without allowing a run in the latter part of June and the entire month of July, but he's on a nice run of late, through 6 2/3 scoreless innings in six appearances this month. Anthony Swarzak could reenter the mix for saves soon, but Gsellman is the clear favorite for now.
  11. Taylor Ward 2018 Outlook

    the numbers (power/steals/patience) would be interesting if he had only 3b eligibility. He wouldn't be a must add then but he'd be on my watch list. However, since he has catcher eligibility he could be something incredibly value for this year. There is no guarantee with rookies (Kyle Tucker) but if he stuck and gave you 60% of what he did in the minors then you probably still have something pretty good...
  12. August Closer Thread 2018

    It's still not an official stat so not sure how MLB actually looks at a hold. I've seen guys get both a hold and win as well...
  13. Should I trade for Altuve? WHIR

    For a four keeper only league I would trade any combination he wanted for Altuve. He could have three or four players if he wanted them. Would simply ask him to choose from your list...
  14. Trade Freeman for Verlander?

    With only 3 keepers I would usually say you don't have to win the trade so long as you improve your squad. However, if all you have is Profar to fall back on as your 1b option then you can't trade Freeman. You have enough significant hitting talent to trade someone else for a sp...
  15. Juan Soto 2018 Outlook

    The only thing I am worried about with Soto is just how high his auction price is going to sky rocket at this pace?!?! [Removed Cool Story]