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  1. Judging the hit tool. Alex Chamberlain's piece on combining the tightness of a hitters launch angle and their exit velocity. From the piece, "If J.D. Martinez isn’t the best pure hitter in baseball, then “Michael Tauchman” is. For real, Mike Tauchman always possessed an above-average hit tool, long before he ever developed power. (He used to be a speedy high-average guy!) It’s reassuring, then, to see how well he graded out here. My love for him knows no bounds." https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/lets-talk-about-launch-angle-tightness/
  2. Mileage: MadBum- 1846 IP Wheeler- 749 IP And that doesn't include post-season innings.
  3. ^^^Probably better than his old park with the short porch in right versus lefties. They blasting the AC all summer long this year.
  4. Was listening to sleeper in the bust and I'm pretty sure Jason Mason stated that their was a tweet by MLB stating that the ball would be different for the playoffs. Maybe it wasn't a MLB tweet (not sure, going off hearsay, maybe someone else quoting mlb), I'm not trying to find the podcast where it was said, but I think this is known (could be wrong though).
  5. Nah. You should really state your league type when making a blanket statement like this. In head to head, he's a first round pick. No different than Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder and Ortiz back in the day. Sb's are too unpredictable, oh and you can punt that.
  6. -Yordan's expected BABIP is .336 and HR/FB is 29.6% based on batted ball data. https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/yordan-alvarez-is-insane/ -As of today, Yordan has a 181 wRC+. That's the best hitter in baseball in the best lineup in baseball. Trout is second with a 179 wRC+.
  7. Incredibly interesting right now.
  8. Pretty simple in my opinion. Just playing splits. Away team, I believe must submit their lineup before the home team. Milone: He gets to face Choo and Mazara in the top 3, so he's an easy start. Then there is the LAA vs LAD game. Dodgers are home so LAA have to submit their lineup first. Really quite puzzling why the LAA would throw another righty when LAD are loaded with lefties, but they be dumb. Throwing a righty versus Joc, Verdugo and Turner. Teams probably should always throw a lefty opener versus LAD. Congrats, you got no advantage with that move LAA. Maybe Taylor Cole has a changeup and reverse splits, only thing I can think of.
  9. The chase for 60 hrs: 2019 Baseball's Overall Home Run Leaders: 1-Kevin Cron (33) 2-Yordan Alvarez (32) 3-Christian Yelich (31 - 55-homer pace as of 7-11) 4-Cody Bellinger (30 - 53-homer pace as of 7-11) 5-Peter Alonso (30 - 54-homer pace as of 7-11) 2019 Fangraph's MLB Hard Hit % Leaders (90 PA min): 1-Nelson Cruz (56.2%) 2-Yordan Alvarez (56.1%) 3-Joey Gallo (55.1%) 4-Matt Olson (54.4%) 5-Christian Yelich (54.4%)
  10. Out of the lineup again with a DH in play. Did he lose his job and now mans the weakside of a platoon with Naylor?
  11. Came across this: Mark: Has Anthony Kay pushed into a top 100 guy? Seems like his stuff is back and maybe better than ever. Keith Law: Stuff is back, healthy, don’t think the stuff is any better but he needed more time to recover his command and be able to hold his stuff deep into games. I’m like a broken record on this but not every guy who has TJ comes back fresh as a daffodil the moment he returns to pro ball. Some guys take way longer, some need a second surgery (Espinoza and Ragans already this year), some just never come back. Keith Law: Anyway, yeah, Kay’s pretty damn good. http://meadowparty.com/blog/2019/05/24/klawchat-5-24-19/ And this: Anthony Kay – (NYM AA) LHP ETA 2020 The Mets picked Anthony Kay with the 31st overall pick, a compensatory pick they received when Daniel Murphy signed with the Nationals, in 2016. Kay did not pitch in games after being drafted and had Tommy John surgery in the Fall of 2016, which caused him to miss the entire 2017 season. In 2018, he pitched in two levels, A and A+, with a 4.54 and 3.88 ERA respectively. Kay has been even better in AA, a pretty aggressive assignment by the Mets. In 50.2 innings, Kay has 52 strikeouts to only 17 walks. He SwStk% is back up to double digits as well. As of the post, his 1.07 ERA is second only to Zach Plesac, who I wrote about last week, and has been promoted to AAA. Kay has an average fastball and a plus changeup and curveball. I would take a flyer on Kay in most dynasty leagues. Hopefully, he can be healthier than another Mets pitcher that went to the same high school, Steven Matz. https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-stash-list-swiping-bags-and-bringing-the-heat/