Roto Riteup: July 14, 2013

Today is the last day of the first “half” of the baseball season. Who has been your team’s MVP? Biggest mistake? In hindsight trading away Everth Cabrera after 17 games is saddening. Click to enlarge the appropriately named picture.

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On today’s agenda:
1. Jonathan Lucroy‘s big year
2. Ben Revere‘s injury
3. Eric Young ‘s hot hitting
4. A no-hitter for Tim Lincecum

Jonathan Lucroy‘s big year
Yesterday Jonathan Lucroy blasted his 13th home run of the year and his fifth in seven games. With over two months of the season remaining, he has already set a single season high in home runs. Lucroy is also less than 10 RBIs away from a personal and is a mere 32 total bases from a single season best there as well. To say that he has been a pleasant surprise in 5×5 leagues would be an understatement. Despite his strong value in standard leagues, he does take a slight hit in leagues that use on-base percentage, as his current .319 mark drags his value down.

After hitting 12 home runs in 468 plate appearances in 2011 then matching that homer count in just 346 PA’s last year, Lucroy’s power is a on a three year uptick. He has a chance at a 20 home run, 80 RBI season. That type of production from the 152nd average pick (login or sign up to view, it is free) is what helps win leagues. Hats off to those of you who picked up Lucroy on the cheap.

Ben Revere‘s injury
Not only did the Philadelphia Phillies lose the first game of their double header against the Chicago White Sox, the Phillies also lost lead off hitter and center fielder Ben Revere. In the final plate appearances of the game Revere fouled off a pitch into his foot before grounding into a double play. Revere can be seem limping after running out the grounder. Post-game X-rays showed a break, however the full extent of the injury as well as how long he’ll be out is yet to be known, though some believe it will be around a month. Revere will see a specialist at some point tomorrow and will be placed on the disabled list then as well.

Revere was in the midst of a solid fantasy season, as he was hitting over .300 and has stolen 22 bases — although he has been caught eight times. He had the potential to reach the 40 steal plateau for the second straight year until this injury. Some standard 12-team mixed leagues may consider dropping him, however it would be best to hang on to him if one’s league allows enough DL or bench spots.

Eric Young‘s hot hitting
Since being traded to the New York Mets, Eric Young has made himself quite comfortable at the top of the lineup. Even prior to yesterday’s 2-for-5 performance that came along with his eighth steal in a Mets uniform, Young was hitting .296/.369/.398 with the his new club. Don’t expect much from Young in the power department, but his batting average should be decent and his OBP is boosted by his solid walk rate. For anyone looking for a Revere replacement, Young will do just fine. They are both leadoff hitters, outfielders, base stealers, and guys who might combine to hit two home runs rest-of-season. Young is currently available in over 90% of Yahoo! leagues, 80% of ESPN leagues, and 70% of CBS formats.

A no-hitter for Tim Lincecum
The bid for a perfect game may have been lost after a first inning walk, but Big Time Timmy Jim went on to record his first major league no-hitter last night against the San Diego Padres. He struck out 13 along the way and scattered four walks. Other than the no-hitter itself, the most impressive feat to the present author is that Lincecum managed 29 whiffs and threw 148 pitches. At least he has the All-Star break to rest. His season has certainly been interesting — his 3.26 xFIP is one full run better than his 4.26 ERA — and he has just eight quality starts in 19 games started. He may never revert to his 2008-11 dominance again, however Lincecum is still a very talented pitcher.




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  1. Urban Shocker says:

    Domonic Brown for a $1 in my keeper isn’t so bad!

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    • David Wiers says:

      Very nice! Did you get him when he went on that bonkers home run tear, or did you grab him even earlier?

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      • Urban Shocker says:

        Haha, some of the writers don’t respond to these.
        But I drafted him. Viva Post Hype Sleepers!

        worst…I lost patience with Teheran and dropped him right when he turned it around. Obviously another owner picked him up…

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  2. Fedee_ says:

    K’d in Taijuan?

    Nice one.

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  3. Zach says:

    Ugh, Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. Not sure how anyone uses it.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Long term keeper league that has been going on since high school. We’re all too lazy/busy to port over to somewhere else.

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    • Ender says:

      if yahoo is so bad could you please recommend an alternative?
      I like yahoo because I’ve grown accustomed to their clean simple website and whatnot. I always found espn for F nfl ugly with undesirable/weird technical quirks.

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      • Dancing Homer says:

        I’m curious about this as well. Played one season on ESPN a couple years back, hated the interface and just the experience as a whole. Yahoo is more intuitive for me. Never played on CBS or any other site.

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  4. binqasim says:

    grilli for jason castro and brett lawrie in standard head-to-head 10 mixed league?

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  5. mikeincmn says:

    I have been pretty happy with what Lance Lynn has given me this year, but after a bad start against the Cubs last night and overall being pretty average over the last month I have been carefully shopping him in my 12 team mixed league. I was offered Gerrit Cole and Brandon Beachy for Lynn. Should I jump at this offer or wait for hopefully a better one to come along? I’m nervous Lynn is headed for another second half collapse, but Cole may have an innings cap as well as the Pirates potentially falling back to the pack. Beachy is obviously the wild card, but for every TJ guy that comes back there is the Edinson Volquez. Thoughts?

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    • David Wiers says:

      I know Beachy has had his setbacks, but he seems to be healthy now. Cole is guaranteed a rotation spot as long as Locke is out…which is probably only until just after the ASB.

      Neither Cole nor Beachy is cemented into either rotation, so I’d stick with Lynn for now. I don’t adore Lynn, but he has a rotation spot locked up.

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  6. centerfield ballhawk says:

    Traded Beachy and Cuddyer for Zack Greinke in a ten team keeper league. Planning to move Kendrys Morales into a more permanent utility role. Thought it was the best time to move Beachy, for some of the same reasons that you outlined above. Thoughts on the move?

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    • David Wiers says:

      Cuddyer is a nice piece, but yeah, great trade.

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    • Adam says:

      Greinke is slammed so much that he’s actually an underrated fantasy asset now, in my opinion. His last few turns have been excellent. And lets not ignore the totals he ended up with last year. Depending on whether Cuddyer was expendable on your roster, I’d say this is a pretty nice trade.

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  7. eric.garcia says:

    My worst mistake: trading Chris Davis and Nolan Arenado for Ryan Zimmerman on May 1. The idea was to fill the third base hole that, at the time, was Pedro Alvarez. If I wasn’t still in first place despite that and a couple of other bonehead mistakes (Everth Cabrera for Wade Miley when I could have traded Jose Altuve, essentially a more expensive Cabrera, for a better piece), I might need a support group for terrible fantasy owners.

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  8. Ben says:

    Drafting Matt Kemp when McCutchen and Cargo were still on the board is going to haunt me for sure.

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  9. James N. says:

    Best moves:

    Adding Josh Donaldson in late April and dropping Mike Moustakas.
    Drafting Cuddyer at #203 and Fowler at #158.
    Picking up closers from the waiver wire and currently third in saves.

    Worst moves:
    Drafting Starlin Castro at #38 and holding onto him until last week.
    Drafting R.A. Dickey at #63.

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    • David Wiers says:

      Donaldson has had a monster season thus far. Great move there.

      Oof. Dickey and Castro. No one could have really predicted them to both fall of cliffs. I think Castro will bounce back, but I do worry about Dickey.

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  10. dirck says:

    After watching Lincecum suck all year,I benched him this week even though he had two starts . Of course he threw a no-hitter .

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    • David Wiers says:

      I’m waiting for me to bench Masterson and then for him to pitch a perfect game. If he ever does pitch a perfecto, I can basically guarantee that he’ll be on bench for it.

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  11. dirck says:

    On the plus side,picking up Corbin ,Ervin Santana ,Leonys Martin,and Chris Johnson as free agents has worked out nicely .

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  12. BenFranklin17 says:

    16 team keeper league*

    Best Moves:
    Jean Segura in the 18th rd
    Patrick Corbin in the 21st rd

    Trading away Justin Verlander for Justin Upton, and trading away B.J Upton for Chris Sale just before the season started.

    Worst Moves:
    Josh Hamilton #20 overall

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  13. Cybo says:

    12 team 6×6 (ops, qs) 7 keepers

    My MVP and best draft pick, Chris Davis drafted 16th rd
    My worst pick, Adam Eaton drafted 12th rd
    My bust, Josh Willingham was one of 7 keepers
    My best add, Yasiel Puig (who else?)
    My worst drop, Pedro Alverez in late May (was hitting like .100 with almost no power)

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  14. FearNLoathing says:

    Worst Move: Other than taking Kemp 5th overall (in two leagues), I drafted Jeter.

    Best Recovery: Picking up Everth Cabrera and Jean Segura when Jeter wasn’t ready to start the season and having both go off.

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  15. STEALTH says:

    Well, in my hometown 10-teamer, I traded Dickey for Bruce and Everth preseason, I picked up Dom Brown just as he started his hot streak, I picked up Puig when I heard he had started at CF in the minors, I drafted Iwakuma late and picked up Buccholz, and traded Harper away right after the wall crash (before the DL stint) for Goldschmidt.

    But that’s the good… I also drafted Stanton at the end of round 1 instead of Kershaw, took Ike Davis when I was considering Chris Davis, traded Hanley for Granderson right before they both came back (and then Grandy got injured again), and didn’t pick up Segura despite being tempted multiple times. Where did Segura land? On the team that drafted Chris Davis. Yeah, that guy’s got a 15 game lead in 1st place…

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  16. Eddie says:

    Worst mistake: I traded Jason Kipnis or Edwin Jackson in April.

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  17. colbyamoss says:

    Worst: Picking up Segura, Shelby Miller, Iwakuma on the waiver wire and dropping them throughout the course of the season

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  18. Ender says:

    My worst mistake was my draft: taking Fielder instead of cargo. shoulda waited on 1B and grabbed Chris Davis. I also drafted Heyward and Ike Davis. Yikes! Still in 2nd place in a competitive league…

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  19. atoms says:

    Best moves (3rd place, 12-team 5×5):
    Drafting Everth Cabrera in the 17th round
    Drafting Domonic Brown in the 20th round
    Picking up Corbin off the wire in April
    Trading Nori Aoki for Addison Reed in April

    Worst moves:
    Getting impatient and dropping Julio Teheran in Mid-April right before he figured it out.
    Drafting RA Dickey in the 6th round
    Drafting Brett Lawrie in the 7th round
    Dropping Gerardo Parra at the beginning of May when it looked like Adam Eaton was coming back and he could lose his job.

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  20. Brian says:

    I dropped Starling Marte early in the season. Best of all? The guy who picked him up tried to trade him back to me.

    But I targeted Cuddyer, Choo, A.J. Burnett, and Anibal Sanchez in my draft, all of whom have done very well for me. I lucked into Chris Davis.

    I whiffed on Morrow and Rutledge and drafted Hanley way too high.

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  21. swanized says:

    my good moves:
    Grabbing Grilli off the waivers
    trading Mat latos for yu darvish
    Giving Brian McCann for Matt Kemp in a keeper
    Getting uehara for nothing
    Getting Corey Kluber for nothing
    drafting Crisp

    bad ones
    Giving hunter pence for Brett Lawrie (though it,s a keeper so it might work out)
    drafting Dickey
    drafting matt Cain
    drafting Cueto

    and obviously: forgetting about draft day and getting a shitty auto-drafted team

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  22. danwatson19 says:

    Best moves:

    -Drafting Hanley 124th, holding on to him.
    -Trading a hot Aramnis Ramirez in May for a struggling David Price
    -Picked up Donaldson as a FA

    Worst:

    -I have faith in my first four round picks Fielder/Stanton/Harper/Heyward, but they certainly haven’t worked out as I’d hoped so far
    -Not listening to this site and flipping Shelby Miller while he was the #1 rated pitcher

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  23. Juan Pierre says:

    Traded Valverde for BJ Upton….

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