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April 16, 2014

Deep Impact

Week Two

by Ben Carsley

Injuries suck, and baseball has been an especially cruel mistress this season, depriving us of many of the game’s most exciting pitchers and some dynamic hitters, too. There’s been some bad news for just about every deep league owner this season —trust me, I own Mat Latos in two of them—but out of these injuries come opportunities for savvy owners to make some important waiver-wire pickups and trades.

Plus, as much as Jon Stewart feeds off of Fox News, this column needs injuries to remain fresh and topical, so I shall stop biting the hand that feeds.

Unless Taijuan Walker’s injury is serious. In that case, next week’s column might just be a collection of crying GIFs.

Roenis Elias, SP, Mariners
Thanks to injuries to Taijuan Walker, Hisashi Iwakuma, and James Paxton, Elias finds himself with some job security in the back of the Mariners rotation. He’s performed pretty well to this point, posting a 2.16 ERA and grabbing a one in three starts. He’s not striking anyone out, but his walk rate is a respectable, if not good 9.5% percent, and he’s inducing ground balls at a good clip. Is the sub-2.50 ERA sustainable? No. But there’s enough to work with here to consider using Elias in certain scenarios moving forward.

At the bottom of this column every week, I include a random player namedrop based on two criteria: I aim for an aesthetically pleasing name, or a name I’m pretty sure 90 percent of fantasy owners will have forgotten. Odds are, Elias will check off both of these boxes if I’m still writing in two seasons. But for now, there’s enough here to stream him at home against poor offenses, and, really, that’s what deep leagues are all about.

Craig Gentry, OF, Athletics
Gentry missed all of spring training and the start of the season due to back problems after being acquired in the Michael Choice trade this offseason, but he was activated from the DL on Saturday and will now function as the Athletics’ fourth outfielder. A plus-plus runner with decent contact skills and no power, Gentry’s defensive ability, prowess on the basepaths and lack of a dramatic platoon split mean he should see more playing time than a standard “backup” player.

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I think Bocachica (aka Girly Mouth) had a solid couple of years in Japan.

Apr 16, 2014 08:20 AM
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Better question, Jack Bauer or Trevor Bauer?

Apr 16, 2014 09:14 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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Jack seasons 1-4, Trevor seasons 5-now.

Apr 16, 2014 09:28 AM

Anyone feeling conflicted about Trevor Bauer just needs to listen to his rapping and remove all doubt as to whether you desire to be associated with that man. Both his flow and career are reminiscent of a constipated shit.

Apr 16, 2014 09:27 AM
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Any quick suggestions for NL only leagues?

Apr 16, 2014 10:52 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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Gah, didn't even mean to make this all AL this week. I'll do my best to spread the love around next time.

For an NL streamer, how about Alfredo Simon against the Cubs on Friday.

Apr 16, 2014 10:55 AM
Ben Hemmens

And Zack Walter did indeed homer tonight--very prescient.

Apr 16, 2014 18:24 PM
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The name Bauer is making owners hesitant. It's the same reason Goldy had to put up a MVP season before the fantasy world made him a top 5 mixed league pick or $30+ auction buy.
Goldy was drafted and scouts knew the raw and makeup were plus, but the long swing would not hold up at the ML Lvl. Well, in AA/AAA before his callup in '12, there were reports he had shortened that swing to make more ct which for some prospects, stands between a ranking of 150-200 and 20-50. See: Lewis Brinson
Bauer is no different. Scouts said his mechanics and stubbornness would not play at the highest Lvl as well as his complete dominance his entire life would play against him in the MLs when he has to adjust. It took 2yrs, but Bauer's mechanics are completely different and I'm not acting like a wanna-be Thorburn. The mechanics have obnoxiously advanced. He still has a top 5 CB in the game with 3 other abv avg pitches while the FB is back to the mid-99s w/repeateable mechanics (per all reports).
Bauer is a buy now in every format. His arm is special and his pitchability has never been in question. Add in the Tribes rotation question marks, it's only a matter of time before he's a strikeout per nine mid-to-low 3s fantasy asset.

Apr 17, 2014 00:15 AM
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