Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 7-18-2017
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Brad Johnson
3:44
Oh, hello there. It's been a few weeks since we last convened. A lot has (not) happened.
3:45
I did learn today that I'll be missing this year's FanGraphs staff meetup, which is usually one of the highlights of the year. I'm a tad grumpy 'bout it.
3:46
Wedding with friends I rarely see is a good consolation prize. Anywho, y'all have already asked about 30 questions in the on minute this has been open
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
3:46
Welcome back Brad! In your notes today you say Pham should be owned in all leagues.  My OF consists of Harper, Nelson Cruz, Conforto and Merrifield. (Start 3 OF). I need help mostly in avg, runs and steals.  Should I drop Whit for Pham and use Conforto as my 4th OF?
Brad Johnson
3:46
I think those were somebody else's notes. I think Pham should be on the waiver wire in about 85% of 12 team, mixed formats
3:47
He is, however, the very top streamer for 5 category production.
Orville
3:47
Think Claudio holds down the closer's gig in Texas ROS?
Brad Johnson
3:47
No
yojiveself
3:47
Hey Brad, I held onto Story for too long and finally gave up on him, but now the SS wire is razor thin.  Who are my best options among: Reyes, Beckham, Arcia, Miller?  Anyone outside of the top 14 ss’s that you think could come on strong?
Brad Johnson
3:47
Arcia is mashing right now. Galvis is sneaky useful. Story is better than either.
Mike
3:47
Should I start Michael Wacha tonight?
Brad Johnson
3:48
That's a big ol' "it depends"
and what it depends upon is a long list of considerations including league depth and your statistics
3:49
He's one of the better pitchers going tonight, but he's also often a hot mess
Let's get something out of the way. There have been about 25 SP who can be classified as good or better
excluding injured guys like MadBum and Thor
3:50
So that's less than 1 merely good pitcher per MLB team and/or 2 per fantasy roster
In other words, that means you HAVE to use a whole slew of nightmares to hit innings caps. It's a great year to have either overinvested in SP or go big on high K RP and punt wins
3:51
How that relates to using Wacha tonight... well, I don't know
it's situational
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe
3:51
Sonny Gray and Yonder Alonso for Alex Bregman. Who says no (besides Alex Bregman, who thinks fans are dumb dumbs)?
Brad Johnson
3:51
For re-draft, Alonso is by far the best player in that swap
by miles and miles and miles
3:52
and he may soon be swinging in New York
George is Curious
3:52
Any of the following arms worth being owned in an 11-team AL-only league: Bridwell, Blackburn, J.C. Ramirez.
Brad Johnson
3:52
Yuck, and yea, probably all of them
3:53
11 team AL means that basically every SP should be owned. 15 AL teams times 5 rotation jobs equals 75
11 fantasy teams times 7 SP per roster equals 77
Tony
3:53
Who closes in Detroit if Justin Wilson gets dealt?
Brad Johnson
3:54
I tried to tackle that on Twitter yesterday. I think it may be Shane Greene. Or Alex Wilson. Or Bruce Rondon
Any way you slice it, you don't want a piece of the pie
seth
3:54
15 team 5x5, Alonso+Mancini+H Perez or Schebler+Betances+Duda--Schebler is keepable next year but the rest are not. which side do you take if you are in it to win it?!
Brad Johnson
3:55
I'd take Betances and Schebler. Alonso is best player in the swap by a narrow margin, but Mancini and Perez are just volume plays
Dwide Schrude
3:55
Robbie Ray and Cano for Rizzo and Paxton who wins
Brad Johnson
3:55
Riz and Pax
Porcho Villa
3:55
Why won't the Orioles reinstate Britton at closer? Think they still have health concerns? Doesn't that work against them if they are trying to pump his trade value?
Brad Johnson
3:55
They're just playing it safe. It'll happen any day now
Rob
3:55
Is rosenthall taking over the closer role or are we full blown committee for the rest of the year
Brad Johnson
3:56
The issue is that Rosenthal keeps flubbing his opportunities
and Oh hasn't actually pitched that badly
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