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Bullpen Report: July 22, 2018

The Athletics and Mets made their deal for Jeurys Familia official on Saturday, sending the former Mets closer to the Athletics for a pair of minor leaguers. Gregory Jewett covered Familia’s results recently, and what his role should be moving forward in yesterday’s report, but he should slot right behind Blake Treinen in the back-end of the Athletics bullpen. I’ve updated the sheet to reflect this, as well as slot Robert Gsellman in as the Mets closer.

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NFBC FAAB Breakdown & Week 17 Estimates

Finally. I have combed through all the NFBC Main Event FAAB bids, linked them to past CBS ownership rates, and I’m able to provide some interesting facts on the FAAB bidding process. Besides the overall FAAB breakdown, I have this week’s estimated FAAB bids.

I’d like to again thank NFBC’s Greg Ambrosius for providing the information on some missing weeks. There is no way this project could have moved forward without his help.

1. Overall Spending Rate

With the complete dataset, the ideal versus actual spending rates can be calculated.

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Bullpen Report: July 21, 2018

As daunting as chasing saves can be, adding in the pending trade deadline to trade rumors makes it difficult to publish an early report. But here we are. News of a hugwatch broke out on Twitter suggesting Jeurys Familia could be on the move. He did not enter an obvious save opportunity against the Yankees on the road leaving Robert Gsellman in for the two inning save. While news broke on which teams would not be adding Familia, it appears the focus centers on Oakland trying to obtain his services to add to their already stocked bullpen. If the A’s do not wish to overpay in a scarce starting pitcher market, why not try to shorten games with a deep bullpen? Familia’s yet to allow a run in seven scoreless outings in July yielding one hit in them. He’s also been scoreless in 10 of his last 11 appearances. It needs to be pointed out Familia should setup if he joins the A’s due to his inability to get left-handed hitters out this year (.288 batting average against).

However, since there’s no official word as of this writing, the charts will not be updated until teams announce a deal. As for the Mets, it appears Robert Gsellman could transition to the closer role with Anthony Swarzak struggling and Seth Lugo needed for multiple inning outings. Gsellman did give up two unearned runs against the Yankees on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts during his two inning save. It’s his fifth save this year but Gsellman will need to rebound in the second half in order to appeal to fantasy owners. He’s coughed up 13 earned runs over his last 12 games (14.1 innings) resulting in a 8.18 ERA. Perhaps the break will help him bounce back, but it could be a bumpy ride if he does ascend to the ninth inning. Read the rest of this entry »

Roto Riteup: July 21, 2018

Remember kids, eat your Wheaties…..

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 577 – 2H Breakouts, Rebounds, and Bold Predictions!


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Actionable Adjustments Inspired by First-Half Busts

Yesterday, I examined hitters who owners missed on preseason and what could be done to prevent such mistakes in the future. Today, the underachievers go under the microscope. In my previous article, I used Paul Sporer’s “All First Half” articles for reference. With no underachieving articles out yet, I will look for players with differences in ADP and current rank using our auction calculator.

Extended Injury Stays

Daniel Murphy

I lamented last offseason about missing out on J.D. Martinez’s great 2017 season. I didn’t want to miss out again and was willing to take a chance on Daniel Murphy’s discount.

When I created his projection, I account for six weeks off but it was on the short side. Additionally, once he returned, he wasn’t productive for a few weeks but has a .859 OPS in July.

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – July 20th, 2018

Check out the transcript below!


Paul Sporer: Good afternoon, everyone!! Let’s talk some baseball!


Kerry: Continue to hold Jose Martinez in 10-team in hopes for a trade to AL?


Paul Sporer: If you can afford to use the bench spot


Nels: Nimmo still a 10-team hold?


Paul Sporer: Ya unless you really like a waiver pickup


CT: Hey Paul, thanks as always. Willie ball is finally upon us! Is he worth an add in 12tm mixed? I would have to (sadly) drop his teammate The Dentist finally

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Bullpen Report: July 20, 2018

The long-anticipated trade of Brad Hand finally went down on Thursday. The Padres dealt him and Adam Cimber to the Indians for Francisco Mejia, effectively remaking both teams’ bullpens.

The Indians find themselves in a similar spot to where they were two years ago, when they acquired Andrew Miller at the trade deadline. With Hand, they now have an elite lefty reliever who has performed better than Cody Allen, who has been the incumbent closer in both situations. Terry Francona is expected to stick with Allen as his primary closer, just as he did upon the team’s acquisition of Miller.
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The Daily Grind: A Return From Breaks

Today’s Streaming Wars (i.e. traditional waiver wire picks for Saturday, July 21) features a two or three must-own right-handed pitchers, a couple more arms, and all kinds of bats.


  1. TDG Invitational
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. The Burns

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San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects Updated

The Giants minor league system entered the year as one of the weakest due to the absence of impact talent and an overall lack of depth. And things have only gotten worse with quite a few disappointing performances. The one real bright spot was acquiring a strong talent in the draft with the club’s first round selection.

Click here for the pre-season Top 10

1. Joey Bart | C | SS —> Bart has transitioned OK to pro ball. After spending a little time in rookie ball, he moved up to the more age-appropriate short-season Northwest League where six of his 11 hits have gone for over the fence for a home run. On the down side, his BB-K or 2-17 in pro ball leaves something to be desired. He’ll need to tighten up his approach as he moves up the organizational ladder.

2. Heliot Ramos | OF | A —> Ramos had an outstanding debut as a 17 year old in 2017 but he’s struggled in low-A ball due to an inconsistent approach at the plate. Even his bat speed has looked slower at times. The good news is that he’s still just 18 so he has lots of time to develop further. He was a hot commodity as a trade target in the off-season but the Giants considered him all but untouchable.

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