Week 12 Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Buy-low hitters, waiver pickups, SP streamers, closer news, moreSporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)
Why is there a Braves-era Martin Prado wall decal in the Leeds DAZN office? Is a "ruptured testicle" as bad as it sounds -- or worse? Should Trevor Richards change his name to Trevor Dixx (but definitely not Trevor Dixxx)? The 11th episode of the Hot Corner Podcast (available on YouTube, SoundCloud and iTunes) tackles all these hot-button fantasy baseball issues while also managing to squeeze in advice on waiver wire pickups, buy-low trade targets, SP streamers, closers, and more.
We open the show by discussing potential waiver pickups, including Zach Plesac, Jimmy Nelson, Kyle Seager and a trio of young Astros, before moving to low-BABIP hitters, such as Jay Bruce, Jose Ramirez, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Bregman, who are due to improve. From there we go Weekend Streamin' with eight recommendations, including Pablo Lopez, Framber Valdez, and Martin Perez, before finishing up with a look at the closer landscape.
Along the way, we also discuss keeping tabs on your fantasy baseball team while traveling abroad, being on tilt because of James Paxton, porn star MLB names like Aaron Bummer, defining what it means for a player to "run a little", whether Rougned Odor is a "knockoff" Javier Baez, if Jose Ramirez is just bad this year, Ted DiBiase quotes, trades involving injured players, drones being the downfall of mankind, mispronouncing Jon Duplantier's name, whether Tax Day or Patriot's Day is a better reference point, and much more.
Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Hot Corner Ep. 11
Timestamps and quotes
SEGMENT 1: HOT WIRE (4:02)
Zach Plesac, SP, Indians: "I think overall he's gonna be more good than bad, but he strikes me as one of those guys who, when he's bad, he's gonna be really bad because he doesn't have that putaway stuff."
Nick Pivetta, SP, Phillies: "Since returning [from the minors]: 20 innings, four runs, 21 Ks."
Trevor Richards, SP, Marlins: "I like him...I'd like him more if he changed his name to Trevor Dixx."
Jimmy Nelson, SP, Brewers: " was a long time ago. You and I were a lot better in 2017 than we are now."
Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners (with bonus Miguel Sano and Yandy Diaz talk): "He's classic boring-but-good."
Kevin Cron, 1B, Diamondbacks: "You see the monster power numbers in the minors and you kinda get excited, but then you go, 'Oh, he's 26; he should be killing Triple-A pitching.'"
Elias Diaz, C, Pirates: "There's people with a crappier catcher out there who should at least consider him."
Derek Fisher/Myles Straw/Yordan Alvarez, OFs, Astros: "Myles Straw definitely sounds like a character in some sort of high school sports movie." "Yeah, Myles Straw is a backup quarterback, right? ... He saves the day, in the semifinals but not the championship, and then -- " "Do you start him in the finals?" "That's the big question."
SEGMENT 2: STAT CORNER (27:26)
Low Hitter BABIPs: "I think [Eddie Rosario] is a guy people look at as, 'Oh, I should sell high' ... but it could, not necessarily get better in terms of overall production, but the average could definitely get better."
SEGMENT 3: WEEKEND STREAMIN' (39:06)
Trevor Richards, Marlins vs. Pirates: "The Pirates are pretty average. This is just, 'hey, Richards is pitching well.' It's not a terrible start, it's in a good park, I'm going with him."
Pablo Lopez, Marlins vs. Pirates: "A staple of Weekend Streamin' -- our worst pick of the season when he got absolutely blown up by the Mets."
Jimmy Nelson, Brewers @ Giants: "They gave him extra time since his last start." ... "Why? He only pitched three innings because he sucked so bad. He should get less time."
Jeff Samardzija, Giants vs. Brewers: "Yelich and Moustakas are going into the Bay." ... "I'll give you Moustakas....maybe Yelich hits a double down the line."
Framber Valdez, Astros vs. Blue Jays: "I'll be honest -- I didn't know he threw seven innings in his last start."
Chase Anderson, Brewers @ Giants: "We've all had Chase Anderson at one point in our lives."
Martin Perez, Twins vs. Royals: "You have the Royals here 28th [in wRC+] against lefties. Do you think that's because lefties hold their basestealers on more so they can't do Royals things?"
Jon Duplantier, Diamondbacks @ Nationals: "I like him as a dude." "I'm sure he'll appreciate that."
SEGMENT 4: CLOSER CORNER (51:03)
Cubs: "Craig Kimbrel's the kind of guy ... who won't be eased back in."
Orioles: "Let's get into the crapbag teams..."
Royals: "They have eight total [saves]!"
Red Sox: "Do you own any of [the guys in the Red Sox bullpen]? Do you own three of them?"
Twins: "I think they're going to trade for a guy, but I don't think they're going to make one guy the overall closer."
Mariners: "They're a bad team, they're a committee, and their pitchers aren't good." "That's kind of a trifecta."