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  1. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    This dude's role is defined: He's the designated pinch hitter and will on most nights get one plate appearance. How those plate appearances go will have no impact on his role. If he fails, doing so won't help him work his way back into the lineup. If he succeeds, as he did last night with a go-ahead 2-RBI single in the 9th, Schildt will feel even more compelled to use him as a bat off the bench. Face it - if you haven't already - it's over for this guy for this year. It was fun owning him in spurts, but mostly it was a headache. He'll be one of the best DH's in baseball in 2019.
  2. Carlos Correa 2018 Outlook

    Next year, when you're drafting this young, 24-year-old, remember to account for the 50+ games you'll be without him due to injury.
  3. Josh Hader 2018 Outlook

    Or is it delusional to think the Brewers would abandon their best weapon as they fight to make their first playoff appearance in 7 seasons?
  4. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    Agreed. It seems, though, that the Cardinals also will be sellers at the deadline, so it may take a rare deadline deal between two non-contenders for Jose to have value for the remainder of 2018. More likely is an off-season trade and a return to fantasy relevance in 2019.
  5. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    Sadly, none of the A.L. division or wild card contenders have a need at DH. JD Martinez, Stanton, E5, Gattis, Nelson Cruz, Khris Davis. It will take a deal with a non-contender to get Jose full time AB's again. But non-contenders are typically sellers, not buyers, at the deadline.
  6. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    Barring a trade to an AL team, this guy is virtually valueless.
  7. Kyle Tucker 2018 Outlook

    Also depends on who you're dropping him for. If you're dropping Tucker because you need more offense from your outfield and, in his stead, you're picking up Corey Dickerson, et al? I would say no, you should hang onto Tucker. The kid has the upside to deliver top-100 overall value the rest of the season. 10 dingers and 10 bags with a .280 AVG and .850 OPS is a reasonable expectation over the last 65 games, in my opinion. Will he achieve those numbers? He'll need to get it going soon to even have a chance at getting the playing time needed to reach those numbers. But at least the upside exists in a guy like Tucker being a difference maker, which can't be said for guys like Dickerson, Piscotty, etc.
  8. Luke Weaver 2018 Outlook

    If you can't trust him in a start against the White Sox, you probably shouldn't even bother owning him.
  9. Jurickson Profar 2018 Outlook

    Profar is in the lineup tonight, batting sixth playing FIRST BASE. Can't wait until he gets Catcher eligibility!
  10. Nick Solak, 2B-OF, Tampa

    This kid needs his own thread. Considered a gamer with a high floor and a 55 hit tool. He's tearing it it up pretty good at Double-A Montgomery, among the league leaders in all major scoring categories. Thru 70 games and 300 at-bats he leads the league in both RBI (52) and Runs (58), is tied for 5th in both HR (12) and SB (17), tied for 2nd in BB (46) and is slashing .290/400/460. In 1,000 career MiLB at-bats he has an AVG of .300 and an OBP of .395. He's gained more versatility this season in playing LF and CF for the Biscuits. Have to think his play this season has him moving up the prospect lists.
  11. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    He very literally might be among the worst defenders in baseball history. Still think he forces his way back into the near-everyday lineup.
  12. Matt Adams 2018 Outlook

    Am I wrong or is Matt Adams on the right side of the platoon even after Zimmermann comes off the DL? Adams mashes righties and Zimmermann mashes lefties. Is it wrong to speculate Adams getting the majority of starts, assuming he crushes right-handed pitching the way he has the last two seasons?
  13. Paul Goldschmidt 2018 Outlook

    I happily have owned Goldy in a keeper league for 5 years and appreciate all the magic he's delivered with his bat. That said, all those scoffing at owners selling low are either uninformed or fooling themselves. Let's deal with facts. Here's a fact: Since September 1, 2017 (including the playoffs) Goldy has gone 47-for-247. I did the math for you. That's a .190 batting average over a 68-game stretch. Darn near a half-season of baseball. I'm not going to figure out his OPS during that stretch, but I can assure you it's hovering barely above .600. Here's another fact: 8 stolen bases in his last 143 games. No reason to think that's a fluke. And then there's the humidor effect, leaving Chase Field as one of the premier pitching parks in baseball in 2018. And then, as others have noted, there's the elbow issue that came to light last September. There's plenty of reason to believe Goldy will bounce back and resume being a top-10 first baseman. But with the 68-game slump, decline in SB production and the humidor effect, I think betting against even top-25 overall production is very reasonable. I cut bait, btw. Aaron Nola straight up. No regrets!
  14. Miguel Cabrera 2018 Outlook

    Ha! You wish you were in as good shape as Miggy, The "fat" references to Miggy are weak. He's never been fat. He's a beast with a bad back. Some people just have bad backs.
  15. Fernando Tatis, Jr.- 3B/SS San Diego

    Another two taters tonight for Tatis. He's up to 8 HR now and the overall numbers are beginning to improve.