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  1. I am quite optimistic on Conley myself, especially as it's a holds league and can see him very useful in both roles (saves/holds). I feel some caution because he had four real nasty blow ups (3.1 innings, 18 runs!!!) that stung the hell out of everyone who owned him last year. But outside of that he was really good though. Of course one can't just take those games away and say voila but epic blowouts like that don't happen to many relievers at that rate. Seems like a s--- storm just fell on him but overall was still good. I recall he was a sub 2.00 era, sub 1.00 whip his first 25 innings or so before having these awful outings. And even after those disastrous outings he was relied upon in late inning situation and closed out a few so the team obviously believes in him. While his overall ERA wasn't great at just over 4.00 (not bad given those blowouts), his whip and k/bb ratios were very solid still. He'll have off games but even if half as bad as those four outings his overall numbers could be very good. Curious if anyone disagrees???
  2. When I say gearing up for playoffs I mean that they brought him up with the purpose of seeing what they had with him. I agree they didn't do that though mainly because someone decided he wasn't ready. My main point is he's still a kid and can't be written off just because of last year nor the fact he wasn't given an opportunity this spring either. Nothing has changed in terms of who he is but the fantasy world has jumped off at the moment. As such I think he could be a sleeper prospect pick....
  3. Well the embarrassment of riches is really only from a fantasy perspective. I doubt guys like McMahon or Dahl get much fantasy love if not for the cushy job at coors...
  4. Ya I think a good point is a lot of fantasy managers and "experts" are down on him. As mentioned above he would be a top 5 bat coming up if not for the cup of coffee last year. Not much has changed...
  5. I agree that he wasn't given much of a chance to shake off those rookie jitters. Then again they were gearing up for the playoffs so I can't necessarily disagree with the call either at the time. However, I have to think the Astros must still believe in a guy who went 20-20 in only 100 minor league games for them last year. I am guessing they probably do and he'll get a fair shake this year...
  6. Seems the shine is really off this guy because of that poor major league audition last year. Had he never been called up at all he would be considered a top 5 impact rookie (after Vlad, Eloy, Robles, Senzel) in many write ups. So either the scouting was way off on this guy to begin with or too many have very little patience and a short memory. Myself? I have no clue...
  7. are you down on Lowe or just thinking Alonso is that much better now?
  8. You mean rotoworld forums I assume? Huge difference...
  9. Yes that's true for a lot more teams now and I think it makes a lot of sense to do so. However, you have to be looking at each situation individually and in this particular case it wasn't a great thing to see Rondon in there in a non-save situation. I don't think you would have seen that happen if Osuna was not there either. Ask yourself what would have happened if Rondon gave up a run or two to make it a save situation in the 9th? You think Osuna wasn't going to come out then??? I am not writing Rondon completely off as I think he could see other save opportunities. Especially if Osuna somehow gets shaky all of a sudden (not likely) but I would bet the house that Osuna is going to get the SVO today should it present itself.
  10. I think a closer with an era well north of 4.00 and a whip of 1.35 isn't doing his job in the least. I'll just say it was pretty terrible to own him on my team last year - as it has been since he's been in Washington. He's been very good outside of that though and the reason why I am holding him today...
  11. His last 8 innings (4.50 ERA, 2.00 Whip) were not good either so not sure where you are drawing your information from. Only 5 K's as well so it's safe to say he wasn't getting much better. In baseball it's always "what have you done for me lately?" and his "lately" has been going on long enough. And don't forget he was terrible last year as well...
  12. He has been awful but then again not a lot of good options in the pen anywhere. I wonder if there is something that has been bothering him that has caused him to be so poor in Washington? He started on fire this year but has been unable to do much since the move to the NL. I am hoping against hope that this dl stint will help him out. Not thinking it's very likely though...
  13. if closers who are secure in a spot (9th inning) they are not generally being used previous to that inning. Anything is possible but given the last 3 days ( 2 blown saves and 8th inning work yesterday) I would be very surprised if Osuna didn't get the save opportunity today should one present itself. Perhaps Rondon gets it still but you "lmao'ing" it as a possibility is pretty off the mark...
  14. It's very reasonable to think that Osuna might get the next save opportunity. When your guy comes into the 8th in a non-save situation, after blowing two previous opportunities and you have your future closer (with 100 + saves at 23 years old) ready to go, you'd have to be pretty unaware to think otherwise. And I own Rondon...
  15. Yes, if Hader is a one inning guy now (don't know that for sure yet) then he can pitch multiple days and likely will be used as a lights out closer. He may run with it for the rest of the year. Right now I think Knebel is going to be used only in a "can't hurt the team" role for awhile and will have to work his way back into meaningful innings. That may no longer be closer by that time. Crunch time now so you gotta go with the guys who are doing the job...