@DSveum asks: Hey Paul, big fan. Name a pitcher who could be valuable for the rest of the season who wasn’t drafted in many leagues.
Excellent question. Matt Garza is fresh off the DL and is a top 40 pitcher when he is healthy. He could gain even more value if (when) he is traded to a contender. Believe it or not, for his career Matt Garza has NEVER had an ERA above 3.95 in a full season. He’ll keep his ratios in check and can still strike out 8 batters per 9. Not to mention he’s pitching for a contract this year, Garza looks like a sneaky pickup. Also, keep an eye on Michael Pineda. If his velocity is back and he laid off the Cheetos during his rehab, he could be useful in the second half.
@KateUpton asks: “Paul, you aren’t returning any of my calls! I’ve been begging you for months, please go out with me.”
I’ll let you know Kate. Please stop calling.
@Adityasharkbyte asks: Who’s the better player, Harper, Trout or Machado?
This is a tricky one. There is only one real way to truly find out who is the best baseball player. DEATH MATCH! Now remember, when looking into a debate about superiority, it always comes down to physical strength regardless of the debate. If you put these three guys in a cage Vegas will eat this up for sure. As for the match, I believe Trout and Harper know they are much better than Machado and would therefore gang up and easily eliminate Machado. That just leaves Trout and Harper. Now Trout is a little bigger in terms of size and weight, but if any player in the major leagues would step up to the plate with blood on their face instead of eye black, it’s Bryce Harper. He just looks like he watched a lot of wrestling on TV when he was kid. That’s why I’m confidently taking Bryce Harper in the death match. He’s a little crazy. Now in terms of fantasy, I’m willing to bet Trout will always be the better fantasy player due to the speed-power combo. Also, people please stop lying to yourselves, Harper doesn’t have 50-homer power, he’ll top out at 40.
@BlakeGriffin asks: What’s the deal with Victor Martinez? Also, Kate and I are worried about you man, return our calls!
He just doesn’t have 20 homer power anymore. His BABIP is low, which suggests some correction to his batting average. When it rises, the runs and RBI will increase as well thanks to the lineup around him, but don’t expect anything over 15 homers. He’s still a top 10 catcher, but more like number 8 or 9 than 3 or 4.
@PresObama asks: Paul, I feel your phone is broken. You have been appointed the Secretary of Fantasy Sports and I just cannot seem to get a hold of you. Please return my calls. Also, is Kevin Gausman worth owning this season?
Yeah I think he is. I don’t like him as much as I liked Tony Cingrani when he got the call, but I think Gausman has a chance to earn a rotation spot for the rest of the season. He’ll miss some bats and probably provide a sub-4.00 ERA, but I wouldn’t go crazy. If your waivers format uses Free Agent Dollars I wouldn’t spend more than 10% of your budget on him. There are just too many decent pitchers out there. Deep leagues, you have my permission to go crazy.
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