En Votto Veritas

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  1. Sell high here. Giants brass shelled out a freakish ton of money for Melancon to close out games and he's back. When I look the situation over as a lifelong Giants fan I see only two questions: - Can Melancon regain his form of the past few years? - Will Strickland blow up? If one happens, it's likely Melancon regains the closer role. If both do, it's almost certain. Sell high.
  2. I agree and am starting him (also half the league is not playing so it's an easy call). My concern is PT during the ROS. This guy hit pretty well in his time starting everyday and now it looks like he'll take a back seat to Miggy at 1B, VMart at DH, and McCann at C. Any Tigers fans have insight here? Is he straight drop material now?
  3. If you're concerned about players getting leg injuries from sprinting to first base, your blood pressure must be through the roof every play. I mean, they're athletes... they sprint... a lot... because it's a sport of running and catching. Maybe try watching golf? Nimmo actually plays the game with intensity. It's nice to see and I hope it catches on more.
  4. You could trade Altuve, but now he's clearly commanding a top 10 talent in return. It's possible that in the middle of his "slump" you might have poached him for a bit less but I think that window has clearly closed.
  5. Think bigger. Votto knows you want the home run and he could have hit it. But that would be boring. Votto sees your life and believes in you; why take the easy way out? A couple singles against a shift is clever and broke the other team's morale. A homer would be juvenile. Like the tides, the sun rising in the morning, the rotation of this rock through space and time, Votto is on pace for a classy 100-30-100-.300-.400 season. Does it matter how he gets there? I think Votto would say: enjoy the ride.
  6. Lugo is getting a spot start tomorrow against the Braves. Adjust your rosters accordingly (I dropped him for Hicks).
  7. Lol Nimmo hit by pitch. Steals second. Steals third. Scores on base hit. This train has left the station friends.
  8. Point noted. For me the argument against someone like Gorkys is opportunity cost. Unless I have a spot on my roster specifically dedicated to flinging everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, rostering Gorkys means I am not rostering someone else, someone who may be better through the rest of the season. I'm thinking someone like Alonso here.
  9. He needs to study under Votto and learn to drive himself in when no one else will. Lead off with double: bat again and walk: bat again and double = success.
  10. "Starting CF" in quote marks I think. We have Blanco and Jackson vying for starts as well and Mac is in for his bat which leaves Gorkys the odd man out. All said he's got a hot hand right now and Boche will ride it, but I don't think his playing time is so engraved in stone. I think Blanco/Jackson get spot starts and eat into it as we go, then Pence comes back. All said, no one should be starting Gorkys in a fantasy league. I mean jeez, is Jon Jay available? He's 1000% times more valuable than Hernandez and all he does is hit singles...
  11. Gorkys has always been a fourth outfielder. He has tools and can't ever seem to put it together for longer than a short hot streak or two. I'd add only in the deepest of leagues where guys like Heredia and Almora Jr are already gone. Oh, I forgot to mention that he will be receiving less playing time starting now. Williamson is back and Pence returns soon.
  12. Our boy gets name recognition in this Pitcherlist roundup: http://www.pitcherlist.com/batters-box-and-nimmo-was-his-name-o/
  13. I looked at this guy a week or so ago for that very reason. I don't know what to say really, numbers in the minors are very meh (though he was a starter the whole time): 3.77 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9. The K and BB numbers look in line with what he's done as a reliever this season so he's been keeping his hits down. He's a converted starter in his first MLB season and he's missing bats and posting good ratios despite walking 6 in 20 IP. Could be a miracle year if he gets the closer job, could implode massively. Wait and see I think.
  14. Also, just for context, not everyone plays in a standard 5X5 league or even an OBP league. My league is 16 teams and counts a lot of stats so Nimmo is much more valuable than he may seem on the surface. For comparison, Nimmo has had just about half the at bats as another OF of mine, Benintendi. If we double Nimmo's stats he beats or ties Benintendi in R, 1B, 3B, HR, BB, and of course AVG and OBP. He nearly matches him in SB. This is obviously a terrible measure of value and I'm not saying he will be Benintendi this year or next, but his production is certainly there. We just may not see it on the surface at the moment. Also also, 4/4 last night with a walk, a triple, two doubles, and a single. Dude almost hit for the cycle so add or forever hold your peace.
  15. 2 for 3 with a solo dong today, again the Mets only run. If I wasn't the conductor of the Joey-Votto-can-do-no-wrong train I'd be driving this Nimmo bus... all aboard!
  16. I'd rank our SP qualified RPs: B Norris (STL) is a closer and shouldn't really be available in any league. So: Tier 1 B Peacock (HOU) A Garrett (CIN) W Smith (SF) S Lugo (NYM) Tier 2 J Hicks (STL) (can he get walks under control to jump to tier 1?) R Gsellman (NYM) (lets a lot of guys on base) B Farmer (DET) (sick stuff but blows up regularly) M Magill (MIN) (who? can he continue?) C McHugh (HOU) (will he play enough?) Tier 3 C Bergman (SEA) S Wright (BOS) B Keller (KC) M Andriese (TB) (technically a starter but only goes 3 or so IP last I checked)
  17. Well I don't know how to embed tweets I guess but further down that twitter thread: " Remember when everyone was screaming for more playing time for Brandon Nimmo, and bristling at the phrase, "things will work themselves out"? Well, things have worked themselves out. The Mets' current fourth and fifth outfielders are Phillip Evans and Wilmer Flores. " And... Nimmo is leading off tonight.
  18. I know, but it wasn't as clean as it seems. I hope the formatting comes out ok but here's his month by month for 2017. We can see that outside of July and September he was mediocre at best and outright horrible at worst. I can't be gambling on which months those will be this year. Someone should though. Pitching Monthly G GS W L SV BS HLD CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP BAA April 2 2 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 8.0 7 3 3 2 5 7 3.38 1.50 .259 May 3 3 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 14.0 12 7 7 1 9 14 4.50 1.50 .250 June 5 5 2 2 0 0 - 0 0 25.0 21 15 14 3 14 29 5.04 1.40 .223 July 5 5 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 31.0 19 5 5 2 5 40 1.45 0.77 .171 August 5 5 1 2 0 0 - 1 0 28.2 26 15 15 7 8 36 4.71 1.19 .239 September 5 5 3 2 0 0 - 0 0 29.0 14 6 6 3 8 40 1.86 0.76 .141
  19. Lol Nimmo pinch-hit homers for his only at bat... and the Mets only run of the game... in the ninth inning. Free Nimmo!
  20. I had to drop him in a 16 team league due to multiple injuries to other players. I looked over his splits from last year and he basically had two amazing months. The rest were crap. So rather than hold him for most of a year waiting for those two months, which may not come in succession (at least they didn't last season), I figured I'd let someone else burn that roster spot.
  21. Does anyone have any behind-the-scene numbers on this guy? A quick glance tells me that the power doesn't seem sustainable and I don't think the average is either. This said, I'd like to know more.
  22. I never denied that Giles had issues. But I'm not playing fantasy baseball for what happened, I'm playing for what will happen. And right now he's in the closer role, has converted successfully throughout the season, and is pitching like a boss. You're saying he could implode. He could. I'm saying that all signs point to him continuing to pitch very well and I'm rostering him confidently. If you're not confident that's fine, but speculating about his mental state is rather fruitless isn't it?
  23. Very true and especially if you're in a 5X5. In bigger leagues with more cats he's surprisingly valuable if your league counts 1Bs, 3Bs, BBs, OBP. I'm in a league that counts all these and just lost Cespedes and Marte to injuries. But yeah, in 5X5 he's pretty mundane.
  24. Cespedes is on the 10-day DL with a right hip flexor strain. He was playing through the injury and the DL is retroactive to 5/14. Mets recalled Phillip Evans from AAA and he is starting in LF and batting fifth. Nimmo not in starting lineup.
  25. Indeed and it was last year. This year he is pitching lights out (except for one game). We can speculate all we want about his mental condition but it's just that: speculation. The facts of the matter are that Giles is pitching like a beast and there's no reason to think he won't continue. FYI in 5 years he averages the following line: 2.52 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 12.1 K/9, 2.9 BB/9