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  1. Flaherty vs the Brewers makes for a nightmare. Even last year, he gave up something like 19 runs in 25 innings against Milwaukee. They're the worst possible opponent for him. And there's this today. https://twitter.com/jgroc/status/1309612699182084099
  2. Pedro Martinez raises some concerns about Mize's mechanics, and his potential to stay healthy throwing like this.
  3. I usually wouldn't think twice about an 11 game sample. But the issue last month, which was almost alarmingly vague, coupled with his prior elbow history, does make it fair to wonder. Even if only a little at this point.
  4. I'm growing a bit concerned about Huira. He's been really bad early on. How bad? At 55.0 percent he has the second lowest contact rate in all of baseball. At 22 percent he has the second highest swinging strike rate in all of baseball. I'm starting to wonder how healthy he is. Remember, he had some vaguely described "arm fatigue" last month. On it's own it may not seem like much. But his early woes and history makes you wonder. More: https://www.mlb.com/news/keston-hiura-scratched-with-arm-fatigue And more, from 2017: https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/mlb/brewers/2017/06/22/keston-hiura-brewers-get-good-news/418471001/ What I've seen early this season makes me wonder if it's flaring up again.
  5. I hoped Familia may be given a shot to close for the Mets but his usage tonight, in the 5th and 6th, kinda dampens that parade....
  6. Interesting read. https://www.nj.com/yankees/2020/07/yankees-jordan-montgomery-may-be-something-special-everything-is-different.html
  7. Should the universal DH materialize, it could change the fantasy value of certain players. Kevin Cron, last year's minor league home run champ, could have an easier path to more consistent AB in Arizona under a universal DH system. https://www.milb.com/news/toolshed-kevin-cron-could-be-powerful-diamondbacks-dh-313435334 Eric Cross of FanTrax opines that Cron has .260/35 upside. What do people here think of him should a season be played?
  8. Bauer's 2018 seemed mostly legit at the time. It seemed like a former high draft pick coming into his own and becoming an ace. If you look at his walk rate, it seemed like he was harnessing his stuff and 2018 is the year he put it all together: BB/9: 2015: 4.04 2016: 3.32 2017: 3.06 2018: 2.93 It was back up to 3.60 going into today's outing. Along with lowering his walk rate, he was also increasing his K/9 rate: 2016: 7.96/9 2017: 10.00/9 2018: 11.34/9 Between lowering his walks and raising his strikeouts, it really did seem like he was coming into his own. Bauer had a 2.21 ERA last year to go along with a 2.44 FIP/3.14 XFIP. I wasn't expecting another 2.21 (that's tough for any starter to do in back to back years) but I thought an ERA in the high 2s/low 3s was perfectly reasonable. Sometimes when a guy breaks out, it's easy to be skeptical and dismiss it as a fluke. That didn't seem the case with Bauer after last year. His first month of 2019 was like a continuation of 2018. You wonder if Bauer has been 100 percent this year. Consider this from late June: Maybe an offseason of rest will cure whatever ails him. I honestly have no idea what to expect in 2020.
  9. I agree, especially being 2nd to last.
  10. I'm not crazy about Medina but Muller's a good prospect. It would help to know how high the draft selection is. With the season Odorizzi has had, I'd see if I could replace Medina with someone a little better. I'd also echo that if you can win this season, then hang onto Odorizzi.
  11. I was offered JD Martinez for Bobby Bradley and Reds prospect Nick Lodolo in my 12 team dynasty league. This is the dilemna: If I was contending for the playoffs this year, I'd have already taken it. But the playoffs definitely aren't in the cards for me this year. While Martinez is having a solid year, his 882 OPS would be his worst mark since 2015. And he turns 32 in a month. One fantasy site paints a more optimistic picture: "His on-paper stats have not been quite as impressive as years prior, but the underlying metrics are still every bit as impressive. His K-rate has dropped from 22.5 to 19.0 %, his launch angle is up, and his average exit velocity is the second-highest in his career." Still, does it make sense for a non-contending team to trade two prospects for a slugger who might be getting to the backside of his prime? Flipping Martinez might be tough unless a contender suffers a major injury and gets desperate. Aging hitters are tough to move in my league, even ones with Martinez' track record. The market just isn't very big. I can probably stomach losing Bradley. I have Jose Abreu at 1B in the short-term and, hopefully, Andrew Vaughn in the long-term. Lodolo is the sticking point. He was the 7th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and profiles as a mid-rotation arm in the majors. Those kind of prospects are pretty valuable in my league. Nothing is chased like pitching in this league - young pitching especially. Of course, it's possible Lodolo doesn't pan out. 480 prospects are owned in this league to provide some context. My league uses LF-CF-RF eligiblity instead of OF slots. Martinez will be LF and RF eligible in 2020. I have Soto in LF, so I don't need him there. In RF, my current options are Domingo Santana, Mitch Haniger and Gregory Polanco. Santana's practically matched Martinez points wise but there's so much swing and miss in his game that his profile is kind of volatile. Before his unfortunate injury, Haniger showed good power but his BA and K rate were disappointing. Polanco's lingering shoulder concerns cloud his long-term outlook. It's possible my league adds a second utility slot in 2020, which might mean the trade makes more sense, but that's not a given to happen. Can I make the playoffs next year? I wouldn't call it impossible. My current roster is better than it was two months ago but it'd still require my team to make another jump and have some prospects (McKay, Adell, Mize, May, etc) make meaningful contributions a year from now.
  12. Quote of the day: “Jeez, he’s one of those young kids that I’ve seen in the league that they’re making busts of for the Hall of Fame,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Hiura knocked two more doubles in the Brewers’ 5-4 win over the Braves on Wednesday at Miller Park. “My God, that kid can really hit.”