Paul Sporer Chat – August 18th, 2016

Chat will start around 12 PM central!!

11:13
Paul Sporer: We will be starting here in a second! Computer decided to hit me with an autorestart right at 11

11:19
Snowflake: Who is the most famous Jamaican? Bob Marley, Usain Bolt, or Eno Sarris?

11:19
Paul Sporer: ENO!

11:19
Adam: Hey Paul! What are your thoughts on Chad Green’s potential both for the rest of this year as well as for the future in deep keeper leagues?

11:22
Paul Sporer: Kinda reminds me of Shane Greene’s breakthrough with the Yankees back in 2014. Solid velo, good slider, keeps the ball down. I’m intrigued

11:24
Big Tall T: Can I drop Carlos Gomez in a 12-team dynasty league? I’d like your opinion so I can blame you later if need be.

11:24
Paul Sporer: LOL. Ya you can

11:25
SSS: If, in a keep-forever league, you had to cut either Wacha or Gray, which would you choose?

11:25
Paul Sporer: Gray

11:25
Choo Choo: Burgos set to take over in AZ? Barrett pitched in a non-save sit last night.

11:30
Paul Sporer: I couldn’t really find anyone else. And yes, I just looked into the AZ roster and had to vomit

11:30
Pat:

11:30
Paul Sporer: Ummmm

11:30
Jim: Where do you see Duffy ranked next year?

11:31
Paul Sporer: Top 30?

11:31
Maxamuz: Did I beat Bork?

11:31
Dave Aunepetitegraine: Chad Green has been showing a plus fastball and plus slider. Do you see him as a legit MLB starter? Is he Shane Green 2.0 or more?

11:31
Paul Sporer: HA! Samesies

11:32
Paul Sporer: BTW, Shane has only really fallen off because of injury so if Chad is Shane 2.0 MINUS the injuries, it’s Gucci

11:32
LudeBurger: Welcome to LudeBurger, home of the LudeBurger, may I take your order? Chyeaa

11:32
Dave Aunepetitegraine: Hey Paul, Gary Sanchez is murdering the ball, while playing plus defense (SSS warning I know). If the yankees move McCann this offseason, where would you rank him for Catchers?

11:32
Paul Sporer: I could actually see him being top 12 with playing time cleared

11:33
Dumpster Fiers: Taking questions early today!

11:33
Paul Sporer: Ya I moved up to Eno’s spot

11:33
Dumpster Fiers: Puig has been killing it in triple A. Reddick is hitting .170 in LA. Do we see Puig anytime soon?

11:33
Paul Sporer: We gotta, right?

11:33
John: What are your thoughts on Mike Podhorzer’s piece on dealing Duffy? If you agree, who in your opinion are some pitchers that I should target? (14 team points league)

11:37
Paul Sporer: I’m not as risk averse

11:37
Oops: Keon Broxton = 12-team mixed-league relevant next year? Ever? Worried about PT if Santana comes back and Brinson is ready. And KB’s nasty K rate.

11:38
Paul Sporer: Maaaaybe. If the PT is there, the speed will make him pretty relevant everywhere

11:38
Watty: C questions: Rest of season, Gattis or Gary Sanchez? Also, how much longer can I ride Sandy Leon?

11:38
Paul Sporer: Gary Sanchez. I really don’t know on Leon, but he’s been awesome

11:38
peteyp: piscotty or ozuna in a dynasty points league (linear weights)? do you see either (both) of them as top 20 outfielders?

11:41
Paul Sporer: I prefer Piscotty, but they’re really close

11:41
Toki: How soon till pitchers adjust to Swanson and make him look silly consistently?

11:42
Paul Sporer: Based on the way you ask it makes it sound like you think that’ll happen soon

11:42
Paul Sporer: I don’t think he’s gonna beast out, but I think he’ll be alright

11:42
Kristen: Where does Darvish-Hamels rank among MLB’s best 1-2 combos?

11:42
Paul Sporer: It’s a really strong 1-2 punch. It’s not tops, but they’re pretty high

11:42
Throat Kilmer: What’s up squints? Wondering if I would start Musgrove against the Orioles. Their lineup scares me

11:43
Paul Sporer: It really depends on league type. I think your general inclination to be afraid of their lineup is the right way to go

11:43
yojiveself: hey paul, someone dropped J Upton. pick him up and drop duvall?

11:44
Paul Sporer: You can. Duvall has been hella chilly since June

11:44
Dave Aunepetitegraine: Aaron Judge, Delin Betances, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez for Mike Trout. Not-even-close, Start-of-something or Fair-Offer?

11:45
Paul Sporer: Start of something I’d think

11:45
Dave Aunepetitegraine: Would you rather: Be an Ace pitcher, a Shut-Down Closer or a #3 hitting slugger? Why?

11:45
Paul Sporer: Ace pitcher. I love pitching. It’d just be awesome

11:45
Bork: Hello, friend!

11:45
Paul Sporer: Hiiiii

11:45
Toki: Is it common for GMs to place their whole team on revocable waivers?

11:45
Paul Sporer: Their whole teams? I don’t think so, tbh

11:45
Ol Sea Cap’n: What’s your thoughts on Joc P? Is his new walk and obp rate for real or a temporary adjustment that will get checked? Please and thank you.

11:48
Paul Sporer: I like the lowered K rate. He’s been a straight up righty killer. I think his adjustments are real and I think he will continue to evolve

11:48
Grasmani Yandall: Thanks to you all for all the great work. You’ve got quite a few regular readers in Israel.

11:48
Paul Sporer: Sweet! You’re welcome

11:49
yonose: any thoughts on jurickson profar? he’s now had the equivalent of a full season under his belt and is still just 24. is he more like the player that we saw at the beginning of the season, or is he what he is?

11:51
Paul Sporer: I’m reluctant to eye his MLB work as a full season with half of it coming in 2013. I really think he’s still evolving, but I’m not surprised we have seen some struggles. I think he’s like a 110 wRC+ on the high end right now

11:52
Paul Sporer: He is still just 23 years old and has plenty of growth

11:52
Hannah Hochevar: Paul Sporer: changing lanes, taking names.

11:52
Paul Sporer: lol

11:52
Dave Aunepetitegraine: Remember when people were comparing the 2016 Cubs to the 1998 yankees? Lets just take a second to appreciate how good they were. The Cubs would need to go 39-4 to surpass them. The yanks were 89-29 at this point in the season. 89-29!!!

11:52
Paul Sporer: Ya, that was of course silly. But that’s just kinda what we do in sports, lol

11:53
Mark: Is there anywhere to find splits for minor leagues (e.g. is my favourite prospect incapable of hitting lefties)?

11:54
Paul Sporer: Baseball Reference. http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=profar001jur See on this page where it says Gamelogs & Splits. If you can’t find it, do Ctrl-F and type gamelog

11:54
Hannah Hochevar: Hi Paul. How you feeling about Hi Ho the Berrios these days? Better pitcher or cereal name?

11:54
Paul Sporer: Better cereal name for sure

11:54
Paul Sporer: He has looked horrible in the majors

11:56
ee cummings: I have to drop one of benitendi, lo-cain, or dahl. thoughts? (5×5, 3of+flex, 12 team league).

11:57
Paul Sporer: I was gonna say Beni, but LoCain has been ICE cold.

11:57
Steve: The entire Cubs starting pitching staff has low BABIPs and is outperforming their FIP. How much of this is just plain good luck, and what type of regression should we see next year?

11:59
Paul Sporer: There’s definitely *some* good luck any time you’re running a sub-3.00 ERA. All but Lester are allowing sub-7.0 H/9. I think you just do the normal thing of using FIP and their previous work to get an idea of where regression may go

12:00
JEFF W: How much does a teams bullpen effect the ERA of a SP? Specifically ,when a reliever comes in with runners on.

12:00
Paul Sporer: That varies, right? Because it depends how often the SP leaves with base runners on and burdens the RP to get outs without him scoring. I don’t know where to find an inherited runners scored chart, though

12:01
Big Joe Montferrant: Hey Paul, your last name sounds like a Pokemon.. What are your early thoughts on the “Baby Bombers”?

12:04
Paul Sporer: LOL, it does? I wish my name was Paul Charizard (that’s about 64% of my Pokemon knowledge right there). Judge & Austin? That debut was something else!

12:04
Hannah Hochevar: Hi Paul. I love the pods. Wondering, when you rank for next year if you could occasionally translate snake positions into rough dollar amounts. I know it’s trickier speculation, but it would be bananas useful. Thanks!

12:04
Paul Sporer: I can bring it up to Eno & Co.

12:05
Steve: The Pirates are in the thick of the wild card race, and are starting John Jaso and his .706 OPS at 1B while Josh Bell is stuck in AAA. I just don’t get it.

12:12
Paul Sporer: Sorry had to take Charlotte, wasn’t just contemplating Josh Bell v. John Jaso lol

12:14
Paul Sporer: I agree that Bell should at least be up, if not starting daily

12:14
Big Joe Montferrant: Why is Larry Walker not a HOFer?

12:18
Paul Sporer: He was straight fire.

12:18
Paul Sporer: I’m not sure he has an ironclad case, but there’s definitely a case

12:18
Benji: Where does Polanco rank among OF in 2017?

12:19
Paul Sporer: Top 30 for sure, perhaps in the low-20s if you’re really vibing him

12:19
Young Jeezy: What do I do with Gerrit Cole? 12 team H2H re-draft points league. Taillon, Jansen, & Britton are on the waiver wire (closers aren’t valued very high in our league). At this point, is Cole worth rostering?

12:23
Paul Sporer: I have a hard time cutting him in 12-team, but it’s 3 outings of 5 IP or fewer in August. I’m torn. If you have enough SPs elsewhere, take one of those elite closers

12:23
Homer: Can you envision Mets trying to move grandy this offseason? (1yr/15mil left) would they have to eat any money to trade him or could they trade him and his remaining money owed for a low level flyer?

12:24
Paul Sporer: Hmm, that’s interesting. I think on a one-year situation, they could do it w/out sending cash, but I’m not sure they will

12:24
Fire Kevin Cash: How much does a pitcher’s own defensive ability matter?

12:25
Paul Sporer: It certainly matters. I don’t think it’s worth a game-changing amt of ERA or WHIP, but it definitely helps, especially if you’re a groundball guy who will get plenty of dribblers that are playable by the SP

12:25
Guest: Hey you’re not Eno

12:25
CamdenWarehouse: You are most definitely not Eno

12:25
Paul Sporer: Accurate

12:25
Maxamuz: Cool Ranch or Nacho Doritos?

12:25
Paul Sporer: Nacho usually for me

12:26
Luap Rerops: Thornburg and Ottavino – can they be legit closers in 2017 or do you believe that they are pretenders ?

12:26
Paul Sporer: I think Ottavino will be, but I’m not sure Thorn will even open w/the gig (Corey Knebel could take it)

12:26
Toki:

12:26
Norton: Hello ball

12:26
The other Kyle: Thoughts on Dahl in ’17 and beyond? Is .280-20-80-20 too optimistic for next year?

12:27
Paul Sporer: No that’s not TOO optimistic, espec w/Coors. I’m pretty excited about Dahl for a full season

12:27
JD15: Traded Fowler and Zobrist for Ortiz in a redraft league to give myself a streaming roster spot (or for Kershaw to return). How did I do?

12:28
Paul Sporer: I’m fine with it. As long as you don’t deal this Fowler: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fowlebo01.shtml

12:28
Moltar: I have Bregman on my bench in my 12tm, h2h points keep-6 mixed. Swanson is out on the wire. I should hang on to Bregman, right? Wouldn’t really be able to keep both (and I also own Lindor at a great price)

12:28
Paul Sporer: Bregman >> Swanson

12:28
Diadem: Does Reynaldo Lopez make WAS rotation next year?

12:28
Paul Sporer: I could see him being dealt in the offseason tbh

12:29
Gest: At equal cost, who would you rather keep for 2017, M. Fulmer or Darvish?

12:29
Paul Sporer: Darvish

12:33
Kenta Maeda: Do you expect me to fade somewhat down the stretch because of the longer MLB season and pitching every 5th day instead of once per week? What do you expect from me RoS?

12:34
Paul Sporer: I think they’ve tried to combat that by keeping him as essentially a 6-inning pitcher all season

12:35
Toki: Wow, 3 hours of questions to build up before the chat. You got your work cutout for you Paul. Good Luck sir 🙂

12:35
Paul Sporer: No it was a typo on my part. I usually start at 2, but I got moved up in Eno’s absence

12:35
Erik: Should the MLB give tighter definitions of the MVP and CY Young awards to better guide voting, or is the perennial debate about what they mean actually good for the game?

12:35
Paul Sporer: I don’t think there’s any issue with the debates.

12:35
DC: So is Brian McCann droppable now that hes not the primary NYY catcher? I have Mike Zunino rostered, OBP league.

12:36
Paul Sporer: I know McCann hasn’t been a stud, but given how lame C has been, is he not tradeable?

12:36
Mike: Would you drop Justin Upton for Rajai Davis in a 10-team H2H league with standard categories? Don’t specifically NEED speed or power, just looking for the “best” player value-wise.

12:36
Paul Sporer: Ya, I think I would

12:36
Seanto: What’s going on with Profar? Dude has struggled recently.

12:36
Paul Sporer: Still pretty green, we shouldn’t be too surprised

12:36
Reggie: What’s so good about Colome?

12:41
Paul Sporer: Big heat, nasty slider

12:42
Alex: Can you explain Jose Quintana’s bad luck on wins? He is pretty consistently good, yet every year he ends up around 9 wins. It seems like after every start the Rotowire blurb includes the phrase “tough luck loss”. Is this just an extended run of bad luck or is he doing something specific?

12:42
Paul Sporer: I don’t think it’s really any specific. He’s on a bad team so it can happen, even as consistent as it’s been for him

12:42
Frank: What’s the “stupid” reason that you and Kastava call homers “bomes”?

12:44
Paul Sporer: We did these sports trivia contests in college (and dominated, mind you). One of the girls who ran it was cool and we thought she was cute, but we learned she had a boyfriend. His last name was Bohm.

12:46
Gerrit Cole: What is my problem against the Reds? They’re not a good team, but it seems like every time I pitch vs them I get BOMBED. Career ERA vs CIN is 5.44 with a 1.53 WHIP.

12:46
Paul Sporer: Sometimes we see these quirks with a pitcher against a division foe. it’s kinda nuts how bad he is v. Cincy

12:46
I am the walrus: Soler’s recent surge gives him average OF stats with upside. With Schwaber and Baez returning next year and 3/5 of Cubs starters out of contract after 2017. Do you think he’s traded for minor league pitching depth? Do you think he could bring back a top 50-75 prospect with who projects to be a good #3 or shoot higher?

12:47
Paul Sporer: Maybe, but it’s OK to have depth. Injuries do happen. Heyward hasn’t been special. Fowler is done with his deal. I just don’t know that they have to hurry to trade Soler

12:47
Jerry: Hi Paul

12:47
Paul Sporer: Hello Jerry

12:47
JalapEno: i guess i should ask, would Contreras be worth a keep over Story, Pollock, or Syndegaard

12:47
Paul Sporer: Ehhh, I’d have a hard time doing that

12:51
Sean: AZ team leader in home runs? Yasmany Tomas. 7 more than Goldy now.

12:52
Paul Sporer: I know!! Tomas – whipping boy of Eno and myself making us look terrible

12:52
Matt: Paul, you should get a computer that doesn’t hit you. You’re better than that. You deserve more.

12:52
Paul Sporer: 😐

12:52
Beef Eater: H2H and making the playoffs. Which starting 3some would you rather have for the playoffs? Bautista, Schoop, Bregman or Kemp, Kinsler, Carpenter? Thanks as always

12:52
Paul Sporer: #2

12:53
Rasta: Hey Paul — how much do you believe in “blocking” your competition in a H2H. I’m carrying 2 catchers in a 1 C league but don’t want to drop Wilson Ramos or Gary Sanchez. I’m afraid a competitor with trash at C will get a nice boost going into the playoffs. Hold them both or drop for an additional pitcher streaming spot?

12:53
Paul Sporer: As long as you can afford the spot, I’m OK with it. But the second I need something, I gotta cut a C

12:53
Francisco : Have you gotten a chance to watch TJ Rivera yet–thoughts?

12:53
Paul Sporer: I haven’t, no

12:53
Toasty: who is you

12:53
Paul Sporer: I’m Paul

12:54
JD15: Are there any ways to set up a way to trade post trade deadline in fantasy baseball (like in MLB)?

12:54
Paul Sporer: Just change the deadline on your league site?

12:54
davey: Hi Paul, thanks for chatting. What do you think of Smyly going forward?

12:54
Paul Sporer: You’re welcome. I still think he’s really good when healthy, but a constant health risk — similar to a shit-ton of pitchers, actually

12:54
Ave: Dynasty OBP and SLG league. Would you Trade Wil Myers for Puig and Francisco Mejia?

12:55
Paul Sporer: That’s not a bad trade if you’re eyeing the future

12:55
Gary: I know his projections suck, but Sandy Leon has been off the chain and is hitting the crap out of everything. Talk to me Sporer.

12:58
Paul Sporer: Obviously riding sky high with BABIP and HR/FB, but looks like there might be something there even after regression

12:59
Bill: Keep forever points league. Better long term OF: Mazara or Bennintendi?

12:59
Paul Sporer: I prefer Maz, but I’m not sure there’s a ton of split between them

12:59
JackieT : Do you like Moore for a QSs league? He’s got NYM and SD on the docket …

1:00
Paul Sporer: The way he’s been walking guys puts him at risk for a 5 IP start every time out right now, but I like that 2-step week

1:00
Clarence event: Stras or Degrom?

1:00
Paul Sporer: lolz at your name

1:00
Paul Sporer: deGrom

1:00
Elwrah: Gary Sanchez worth an add in 10-team?

1:01
Paul Sporer: 1 C only? I’m fine riding the hot hand

1:01
I was in the pool!: Do you think people are sleeping on Tulo a bit? He’s looked more like his old self since his return from his injury in mid-June: 307/358/557 with 13hr. I flipped Mazara for him a few weeks ago in a Dynasty where I’m competing for the title and needed SS help. Been pretty happy with the return so far. Am I a bozo for believing in Tulo ROS?

1:01
Paul Sporer: lolz at “bozo”

1:03
Paul Sporer: you’re not a bozo at all. I actually was kinda noticing Tulo’s surge bc someone suggested his player card in MLB The Show should be upgraded and I only view things through the prism of that video game…… kidding, but not really. Even if you include May where he wasn’t great, he’s at 285/335/519 with 17 bohms (43 full season pace)

1:04
Paul Sporer: I’ve always been a sucker for Tulo and I actually expected him to have a nice full season with Toronto. Thankfully, no one wanted him in mid-May when I thought about dealing him

1:04
JackieT : Need to pick two, roto league and I need R, HR, RBI and AVG: Travis, Baez, Brad Miller, Bregman.

1:06
Paul Sporer: Travis, Miller – have a hard time going with Baez when you need counting cats

1:06
Sulzer: Span or Moss ROS in a points lg? Thanks!

1:06
Paul Sporer: Moss

1:06
Rags: Deep OBP roto league. Pham or Parra ROS? Or are they close enough that I should trade whichever one gets me a better return?

1:06
Paul Sporer: I’d still lean Parra

1:06
davey: Do you like Ramos to return to closer role in Miami? Or is it Rodney from here on out?

1:06
Paul Sporer: I think he gets it back

1:06
Paul Sporer Fan: 12-team keep-8 ofleague. Can you see yourself keeping Bully Hamilton

1:07
Paul Sporer: Ehhhhh, that’s tough. But if you have the right make up of the other 7 to accommodate his AVG or OBP, then I can understand it

1:07
TP for my Jung Ho: What’s the Dansby guy’s last name again? Swimmy… Swammy… Slappy… Swan…Swanson… Sampsonite!

1:07
Paul Sporer: LOL

1:07
Biggest Paul Sporer Fan: 12-team, keep 8 forever league. Can keeping Billy Hamilton be justified?

1:07
Paul Sporer: The Paul Sporer fan didn’t know how to spell Billy. My biggest fan does, though!

1:07
Seabass: SCHOOL’S OUT. SUMMER VACATION!

1:07
Paul Sporer: Wait, isn’t school about to start for most of y’all?

1:08
Hank: Mookie Betts may go 30HR/100RBI/20SB/110Runs. I mean, I thought he’d be good, but I didn’t think he’d be THIS. Is he a sure fire top 5 pick next season?

1:09
Paul Sporer: Yes he is. I really believed in Betts, I’m loving this

1:09
Paul Sporer: I also really believed in Harvey, so there’s that

1:09
Paul Sporer: Just for those of you worried I’m feelin myself too much for liking someone we all knew was a beast

1:09
Lockup Lochte: If you voted for the AL Cy, who would be your top-5?

1:13
Paul Sporer: Kluber, Sanchez, Duffy, Fulmer, and JV are my candidates. Not entirely sure on order rn

1:13
Obligatory swanson ?: Spent virtually all remaining FAAB this year. Swanson is a must keep next year as a final rounder, right?

1:13
Paul Sporer: Ya, I’d think so… though I know nothing about your lg setup

1:13
Brandon: Need to drop one of these outfielders: Dahl, Benintendi, Saunders, Moss, Kepler, Naquin

1:18
Paul Sporer: Saunder is ICE cold. But I think I’d still cut Naquin in this case

1:19
Seabass: I traded Swanson, Berrios, and Andrus for Waino and Teheran. I lost right?

1:19
Paul Sporer: How so?

1:19
Paul Sporer: I don’t know the league specifics at all, but I don’t think you necessarily lost

1:19
PAT OUTTA HELLLL: Do you like Meatloaf? I love him. I also love Joey Musgrove. Does he continue to be successful RoS, and where do you rank him in 2017?

1:19
Paul Sporer: I prefer the food to the musician. Love Musgrove. No idea where I’d rank him for ’17 rn, though, sorry

1:20
Randy Savage: Saul Pporer doesn’t work

1:20
Paul Sporer: Thankfully

1:20
Paul Sporer: Bc spoonerisms are tired af

1:20
Andrew: Rendon or Piscotty in a keep forever league?

1:20
Paul Sporer: Pisc for me, but those are two of my faves

1:20
kevinthecomic: Re: being afraid to start Musgrove vs. Orioles: Musgrove put up a QS vs. Blue Jays last week!

1:21
Paul Sporer: Doesn’t mean he will just handle every good team now.

1:21
Randy Savage: If you had to write under a pseudonym, what would it be?

1:21
Paul Sporer: The Ultimate Warrior

1:21
Donny B.: Should I be sitting Cueto if Bochy can’t trust his bullpen, and leaves him in until he is clearly done ?

1:22
Paul Sporer: I know their pen is sketchy af, but I’m not sitting Cueto

1:23
Randy Savage: Keep 6, 12 team OBP: Bregman worth a keeper spot?

1:23
Paul Sporer: Probably not

1:23
Dougie: more value ROS in 12 team H2H redraft, Bregman or Kepler?

1:23
Paul Sporer: I really like Kep. They’re close.

1:23
Paul Sporer: And no, Eno is not holding me at gunpoint to say positive Kepler things

1:23
Pomeranz: Alex reyes worth $7 next year?

1:24
Paul Sporer: Probably not. League specifics SUPER important, though

1:24
Jeah!: Paul how many bathrooms have you broken into be honest

1:24
Paul Sporer: I know very little of this story with the swimmers and shit

1:24
Paul Sporer: but 0 bathrooms broken into

1:24
Steed Throbnozzle: Tyler Austin or Rickie Weeks

1:26
Paul Sporer: OMFG SANDY LEON

1:26
Paul Sporer: Tyler Austin, btw

1:26
I am the walrus: Fowler opt’s out next yr. Baez deserves AB’s but Schwarber takes maybe 75% of LF AB’s, meaning less OF time for Bryant and Zobrist and less AB’s in IF for Baez. So what’s the best options here? Making Baez the CF and wasting his IF glove work? Or flipping Baez for a CF (I can’t image who) or flipping him for minor league pitching while his value is high? Or keeping him as super sub and giving him maybe 375 Ab’s and harming is trade value?

1:26
Paul Sporer: I have no idea, tbh. The Cubs have so much flexibility. Their offseason really depends on their October

1:31
Randy Savage: Is Charlotte your first dachshund, and how long did it take you to realize they are the best dogs?

1:32
Paul Sporer: Yes she is. Beagles and daschunds tied for me. Love em

1:32
Ben: Cheslor Cuthbert has been (surprisingly?) pretty decent for the Royals. What do they do with him & Moustakas next year?

1:35
Paul Sporer: Former top 100 prospect. Really making the most of his opportunity. Wonder if they’d try him at 2B?

1:35
Brian: Who do you like more in a 6×6 keeper league? J Upton, W Ramos or B Hamilton? Would love to hear the thinking also – Upton been down but comeback time? Seems meh. Ramos up and coming and Hamilton could be a steal if he gets on base at this pace…

1:37
Paul Sporer: The extra category probably doesn’t help Hamilton, huh? But his SB capability is massive

1:38
Paul Sporer: J Up is ice cold again and while I do think he’ll be solid (.780-.810 OPS) next year, I think it’s down to Ramos/BHam

1:38
Blue Morpho: Is Machado going to from 20 to zero steals this year? I drafted him ahead of Arenado based on steals and it’s 2-0 Nolan right now.

1:39
Paul Sporer: I certainly expected more than 0, but didn’t see 20 again. SBs are so sketchy, but especially when they spike outta nowhere like that

1:39
The Yankee ginger: your thoughts on Frazier? Yanks have a pretty good core 4 going if he is an above average outfielder (Sanchez,judge,bird, Frazier)

1:39
Paul Sporer: Don’t call them Core Four

1:40
Paul Sporer: Frazier should be a power beast with them, but I think his AVG will be pretty weak

1:40
Guest: Steve is forgetting about Freese

1:40
Paul Sporer: Oh ya Freese doing pretty well in PIT this year

1:40
Snowflake: If I keep Story and Dahl next year, should I be sure to draft Arenado, Blackmon and Cargo too?

1:40
Paul Sporer: Cargo could be dealt in the offseason, but I have no problem stacking Rockies

1:40
John Stamos: I don’t think you’re ready for this Dansby because this Swanson’s too Dansbylicious for ya Paul

1:40
Paul Sporer: I hate you

1:40
Travis: How good is Freeman? Is the power surge real?

1:41
Paul Sporer: He’s always been a great player. I trust Freddie Freeman quite a bit

1:41
Timmy’s Hips: I’ve held J-Up all season and he just keeps breaking my heart. Time to cut bait? Brandon Moss, Forsythe, Devon Travis, Aaron Judge, Bregman all available.

1:41
Paul Sporer: Ya I’m totally fine moving on with ANY of those guys. Pick your fave

1:41
Paul Sporer: I’d lean Moss or Travis

1:41
Guest: If Cutch goes on a tear Im favoring the Bucs over Cards for the WC. Thoughts?

1:41
Paul Sporer: It’s one game, I don’t think it’s outlandish. I think Cole needs to get going more than Cutch, tbh

1:41
Other Matt: Is a Didi and Profar debate as far fetched as it once seemed?

1:41
Paul Sporer: Not at all

1:42
Snowflake: How dirty is Sanchez?

1:42
Paul Sporer: Ha!

1:42
Snowflake: Sandy Ravage is a pretty sweet spoonerism thou

1:42
Paul Sporer: LOLz

1:42
Luap Rerops: Project Joc’s 2017 numbers – thanks

1:42
Paul Sporer: Not really what I do, tbh

1:42
Paul Sporer: .250-30-10?

1:43
Moltar: Better keeper for next season, minimum-priced Fulmer or market-rate Lester?

1:43
Paul Sporer: I’d go for Fulmer.

1:44
Steveo: Gotta drip an OFer with Yoenis coming back: Werth, Dahl, Kepler, or Lo Cain?

1:44
Paul Sporer: Cain

1:44
Anthony: why doesn’t EE get the recognition he deserves? He’s just been mashing. Is it the Canadian content/lack of media coverage in the US?

1:44
Paul Sporer: Not sure, tbh. He’s an utter monster

1:44
Paul Sporer: OK, y’all, I gotta get rollin

1:44
JalapEno: on the podcast a few weeks ago you mentioned a player’s OPS+ being dragged down by his park . does OPS+ not consider park fators, or is there something else behjind that?

1:44
Paul Sporer: Did I?

1:45
Paul Sporer: Or did I mention an wRC+ being inflated by park (specifically SF) so you gotta be careful when looking at it

1:45
fresh basil: Watson hasn’t looked so hot in 9th (haven’t been big on thought for awhile as a PGH fan). Think they look elsewhere for a righty whether in system out of it for next year?

1:46
Paul Sporer: I never really saw him as long term anyway. Maybe Feliz re-emerges as a closer

1:46
Trihorn: Why are the Royals playing Orlando in CF and Cain in RF all of a sudden?

1:47
Paul Sporer: They love Orlando?

1:47
Shawn Spenstarr: Re: AL CY Young. Paul, since the AL Pitching class is pretty sparse this season, any chance Zach Britton garners top-5 votes? Dude’s been MONAY!

1:47
Paul Sporer: That’s the thing, if there weren’t so many viable SPs, I’d say yes

1:47
Paul Sporer: but just too many SPs I think deserve it more

1:47
fresh basil: The preview of a challenge in the dugout has to be eliminated next year right?

1:47
Paul Sporer: I sure hope so

1:47
Da Bum: Does Bregman take over SS next year since he’s considered a bit better defender?

1:47
Paul Sporer: No

1:47
Da Bum: In terms of Cubs pitchers outperforming their FIPS, it’s because they have the best defense behind them. Makes up for a lot.

1:47
Paul Sporer: Well ya, of course

1:48
paxman: Is Matt Moore worth snagging in 10 team 5×5 leagues?

1:48
Paul Sporer: Spot starter type

1:48
Rick Roll: why don’t more people hit 400? It seems like it would earn them more money

1:48
Paul Sporer: Good point!

1:50
Barry: So is Shoemaker no longer a good source for K’s? Or has it just been a low stretch?

1:50
Paul Sporer: Just a lull, IMO

1:50
Paul Sporer: Swinging strike rate still there

1:51
senpaisanto:

1:51
Paul Sporer: Oooook that’s going to officially end it!

1:51
Matt: Had a beagle. Loved the damn thing. But, boy was he annoying as hell.

1:51
Paul Sporer: Curtis never really howled, I got lucky af

1:51
Bork: Way to mess up my schedule, Paul.

1:51
Paul Sporer: You’re welcome

1:51
Paul Sporer: OK bye for reallllll

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