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  1. I have Jack in a dynasty league, and he has been disappointing. Still optimistic about his long term future though, and I believe the upside is there. All of that aside, I mainly just posted to comment on Fuzzy_Slippers use of the word "vituperation" in his edit of jmcampbee11's one post. Well done, sir.
  2. Last nights game was a nice flashback to his glory days in Oakland. Sonny's stuff looked great, and perhaps even more importantly, his confidence seems to be back. And in many cases (especially with pitching) that can be the most important thing.
  3. He has. The dude has talent and potential, but he is the next Troy Tulowitzki in the making.
  4. I'll second this. The strike zone lacked a good bit of consistency. I can think of two at bats specifically that should have resulted in an early punch out, but instead resulted in an extra three or four pitches each because of an early missed call. Especially the Wainwright at bat. Overall Archer seemed impressive and a bit more composed. I think a "bounce back" season is in the cards. (And by that I mean 2016 numbers, which I'd take)
  5. Does Rich even have Pitcher eligibility anymore? Feel like by now he can only be drafted for your DL slot.
  6. I just came here because I didn't want to be sad and frustrated alone as he sits with that ugly "Not Active" next to his name on my Dynasty/Keeper League roster.
  7. There is still a lot that needs to shake out from free agency first before I back you on that. Especially with Mike Moustakas still on the market. If the Phils end up not getting Harper I think it's possible they throw some money his way. But, if it comes down to Franco being the 3B you may be on to something there in a potential platoon situation sort of way.
  8. I watched the entire game. I don't think Shamet amounts to much. Washington looked awful, and he benefitted from JJ being out and Simmons finding him for some wide open shots. I'd chalk this up to a fluke more than a breakout. Nice bench player in reality for the Sixers though.
  9. I opted to pick him up when his previous owner dropped him. I had an available IR spot. The way I look at it is like this: He's a couple of months away at best, I had an open IR spot, and should I suffer an injury in the late stretch of the season he could be a poor mans potential double double at worst as a replacement. If he has a setback, or I need the IR spot for a higher priority player, then I will move on from Dwight as well.
  10. I think this just gets TJ McConnell back into the lineup a bit more regularly. I would argue TJ should have been playing more before this development anyway.
  11. Kawhi looked great last night. Especially with it being his first real game back in quite some time. The biggest thing that stood out to me was when he took/tried to draw contact around the rim going in for a layup etc. Typically, he has made those shots and gotten an "And 1", but last night it just wasn't happening. That'll come back in time though I'm sure once he logs a few more games. Otherwise, Leonard looks extremely promising.
  12. In this offense, provided he remains healthy, he is going to equate to a poor mans Ben Simmons. An excellent volume play. There... I said it.
  13. He is expected to be the DH today. But based on yesterdays actions and the comments from the manager prior, it already seems reminiscent of the last injury debacle. Extremely unfortunate for those in a championship battle depending on him. Hopefully he plays it out.
  14. Very true. Now I'm not suggesting what they are doing is right, but a lot of his actions suggest there may be more truth to their claims than not. But of course we certainly don't know everything going on with his body and shouldn't pretend to. All of that aside, I'm of the belief that he doesn't truly "love" baseball. The only time I can actually remember seeing joy regularly on his face was during the home run derby years ago. Since then, and before, it strikes me as more of a paycheck than anything else. Cespedes is someone I routinely ignore in drafts and fantasy as a whole.
  15. I did. And it was extremely frustrating. He had an inning (either the third or the fourth) where he was stuck on two outs for what seemed like forever. Three different times, what should have been routine plays blew up in their face. Two botched exchanges at 2B, and then a dropped throw at 1B. Lucchesi obviously wasn't at his best either, but his defense really did him no favors (with the exception of a nice diving catch in the 1st inning). I'm a big fan of him, but it is beginning to finally reach a point for me where he simply doesn't go deep enough into games (which prevents other counting stats from being generated) to justify his roster spot on a fantasy team despite his potential.
  16. Or, even more likely, complain about it anymore
  17. Yeah, we spoke too soon on that one. As you said, he goes through the early innings no problem, and also maintains his cool when things aren't going well. I like his composure, motion, and his stuff. I feel it's more so that he doesn't have the stamina due to being pulled so early and at the first sign of trouble than it is him being a Hellickson type who gets figured out after two turns through the lineup. Lucchesi constantly being handled with kid gloves is really going to impact him negatively long-term both mentally and physically if this management keeps up.
  18. Could it be? A quality start? #FreeJoey
  19. You can already feel the buzz and newly acquired demographic of the fanbase being sucked out of Angel Stadium.
  20. I didn't state or imply that these games were of much importance. My commentary was directed towards my dislike for empty coach speak, and how I am leaning towards the severity of the situation being improperly conveyed and misunderstood by management from the get-go. I appreciate the lesson on the lack of importance of regular season games and who the Red Sox share a division with though.
  21. Non-Fantasy Thoughts: As a fan of baseball, this has got to be one of the most disappointing things to take place in quite some time. Postseason performance jokes aside, he was consistently one of the best watches in baseball. Back injuries are no joke, and they can zap the talent and ability out of even the most gifted athletes. Fantasy Thoughts: I don't own any shares, and I almost certainly won't ever now. There is a huge difference between having a back issue and having chronic back issues. At this point, I think it is safe to say he has the latter. He simply can't be thought of as a top 5 SP as he was for so many years anymore. You could even argue he doesn't belong in the top 10, and most definitely not in dynasty/keeper leagues.
  22. This. I absolutely can't stand that coach-speak line. If that were actually the case, I feel like it would be plausible if he missed a couple of games as a precautionary measure. At this point, I'm more inclined to believe they underestimated the extent of his injury and finally realized how clueless they looked after a handful of days of doubling down on their "maybe tomorrow" line.
  23. Regardless of the degree of the lat injury, they are going to handle this guy with kid gloves. It's a shame, because the stuff is there, but not everyone is permitted the chance to put it all together.
  24. This is going to come off as dumb and perhaps overly simplistic, but here it goes anyway. My thought it that is just has to do with his delivery somehow. When I watch other pitchers throw 94, 95, it seems like a (and I hate to use this word) "typical" 94/95MPH pitch. But with Hader, it's almost as if the ball warps to the hitter at lightspeed.
  25. As a Lucchesi owner, I'm more than OK with this. It buys him time to rest, reset, and potentially nets him a longer duration on the team contributing stats deeper into the fantasy season.