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Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians

Shane Bieber (P) CLE - Jul. 16

Bieber (shoulder) has done work with heavy balls but has yet to resume normal throwing, Justice delos Santos of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Bieber has been on the injured list since mid-June with a right shoulder strain. It sounds like he could resume playing catch with a baseball in the near future, but until then, it will be hard to outline a concrete return timeline. Bieber seems unlikely to be activated until the final few days of July at the earliest.

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Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves

Ian Anderson (P) ATL - Jul. 16

Anderson (shoulder) will be shut down from throwing for 7-10 days, Mark Bowman of reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: The right-hander isn't dealing with any structural damage in his shoulder, but he'll still be shut down at least a week to allow inflammation to subside. Anderson will require some time to build up his arm after the brief shutdown, so he likely won't be back until August. Touki Toussaint is slated to receive a look in the starting rotation during Anderson's absence.

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Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs

Jake Arrieta (P) CHI-N - Jul. 16

Arrieta (hamstring) won't return from the 10-day injured list when he's first eligible Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Arrieta has been dealing with right hamstring tightness since July 7, and manager David Ross said Friday that the right-hander has been working on some things in the bullpen during his absence.

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Bad luck, of course, to brag about your home league. But Doubt Wars, where your fate is set when you submit your roster, is different.

Not only that, Vandelay Industries has an insurmountable lead. Barring injury.

Doubt Wars NL League 1 Standings as of 07/16/21
1. Vandelay Industries93.0
2. Tanks83.0
3. Strike Back81.5
4. Death by Politics69.0
5. Aventura Nuggets64.0
6. Pavano's Dogs63.0
7. Rickshaws63.0
8. Thurmanators62.0
9. Roll 261.5
10. Lynch Mob56.5
11. 3repeaters42.0
12. BoogAlou41.5


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The break did wonders for my Doubt Wars team.


Tanks ab r h bi | bb so avg obp
Jesus Aguilar Mia 1B 6 1 3 4 | 0 1 .273 .335
Kevin Newman Pit SS 4 0 1 0 | 0 1 .211 .252
Trea Turner Was SS 2 1 1 0 | 1 0 .319 .368
J.D. Davis NYM OF 1 0 0 0 | 0 1 .381 .469
Juan Soto Was OF 5 2 4 4 | 0 0 .292 .412
Tommy Pham SD OF 6 5 4 2 | 1 0 .263 .374
Dominic Smith NYM 1B 4 0 0 0 | 0 2 .248 .317
Tyler O'Neill StL OF 5 0 2 0 | 0 2 .278 .335
Donovan Solano SF 2B 4 1 2 0 | 0 0 .267 .320
Garrett Cooper Mia 1B 5 1 1 0 | 1 2 .289 .388
Jake Cronenworth SD SS 5 1 4 4 | 0 0 .284 .356
Josh Rojas Ari OF 4 0 2 1 | 0 1 .259 .339
Totals 51 12 24 15 | 3 10 .471
DID NOT PLAY: CKelly, AKnizner
RBI: JAguilar 4(66), JSoto 4(46), TPham 2(32), JCronenworth 4(38),
JRojas 1(27)
2B: TPham 1(13), JCronenworth 1(21), JRojas 2(20)
3B: JCronenworth 1(4)
HR: JAguilar 1(16), JSoto 2(13), TPham 1(10), JCronenworth 1(13)
GIDP: JSoto 1(14), DomSmith 1(9), GCooper 1(6)
SB: TPham 1(13)
ERRORS: KNewman 1(1)
HBP: JAguilar 1, GCooper 1

PITCHING ip h r er bb ibb so bf era whip
Kyle Hendricks W(12-4) 6.0 6 1 1 3 0 4 25 1.50 1.50
Julio Urias W(12-3) 5.7 7 4 4 1 0 3 27 6.32 1.40
Totals 11.7 13 5 5 4 0 7 52 3.85 1.45
DID NOT PLAY: ZDavies, DWilliams, JMcGee, JCurtiss, LSims,
HNeris, VGonzalez

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Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees

Three whiffs last night against the Red Sox and the one time he made contact he grounded into a double play. Bronx Bombers totaled three hits.

“We’ve got to mount a little more on offense to give ourselves a chance,” said Aaron Boone.

“Paper is paper and the game is the game, so anything’s possible once it’s 7:05 and the game starts. We could get a couple of bounces our way. We could get a couple of bounces that don’t go our way. Whether you have super-talented players or not, at some point you’re going to have to persevere through what the game has thrown at you," said Gerrit Cole.

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Francisco Lindor New York Mets

“My level of concern is obviously high, just from not knowing,” Rojas said. “Let’s wait and find out more about it [on Saturday].”

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Joely Rodriguez Texas Rangers

Call this one the Monkey's Vulture Closer Watch.

Texas Rangers — The Rangers are hopelessly adrift, and Ian Kennedy has a reasonable salary and an expiring contract. There aren’t a lot of teams that would slot Kennedy into the ninth, but he could be an attractive middle-innings option virtually anywhere. We think Joely Rodriguez would have a good shot at closing if Kennedy is traded. BUY+: Joely Rodriguez; SELL+: Ian Kennedy.

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Lou Trivino Oakland Athletics

And another (Barnes, Pressly threads).

Oakland A’s — Another team tied closely to Craig Kimbrel has been Oakland, which sits in the second wild card slot and a few games behind Houston in the divisional race. Even a lesser acquisition like Richard Rodriguez could bump Lou Trivino out of the ninth, which is not an indictment of his thus-far solid performance. SELL+: Lou Trivino.

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Ryan Pressly Houston Astros

Another fine landing point, as far as I'm concerned, for Kimbrell.

AL West
Houston Astros — The conventional wisdom has long been that Houston will add bullpen depth behind the reliable Ryan Pressly before the deadline, taking another team’s closer (Kendall Graveman? Raisel Iglesias?) to bolster their own eighth-inning options. But as the end of July draws nearer, an even splashier option has gained traction — Craig Kimbrel. It seems almost certain that the Astros will make a move, but only Kimbrel would be likely to displace Pressly. SELL: Ryan Pressly.

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Alex Colome Minnesota Twins

If you want to buy, you will find a surprised seller who has him on reserve.

Minnesota Twins — The Twins have been one of the biggest disappointments of the season and are likely to be sellers at the deadline.  The Twins are currently using a committee of Taylor Rogers and Hansel Robles to close out games, but both are candidates to be traded before the deadline.  If both do move, Alex Colome, whom the Twins signed in the offseason to close, could find his way back to the job even though he hasn’t pitched well enough to deserve it.  We will put a slight buy on Colome, and a slight sell on Rogers and Robles, since it’s unlikely they’ll see save chances if traded to contenders.  BUY: Alex Colome; SELL: Taylor Rogers, Hansel Robles.

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Jordan Romano Toronto Blue Jays

Maybe the Jays get Kimbrel (Matt Barnes thread)?

That would be nice, not that I'll get him.

Toronto Blue Jays — The Jays have been buyers so far, adding bullpen arms like Adam Cimber and Trevor Richards, but how they finish July will determine whether they make a bigger splash with an established closer. If they go that route, then Jordan Romano’s value would drop. We’ll put a light sell on Romano. SELL: Jordan Romano.

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Matt Barnes Boston Red Sox

I was quite happy with Barnes' contract extension until I read this from the Monkey.

Boston Red Sox — The first-place Red Sox boast a reliable one-two punch at the back end of their bullpen in closer Matt Barnes and setup man Adam Ottavino. In fact, Boston just signed Barnes to a two-year contract extension. Although this would ordinarily augur Barnes’s job security, there’s been some speculation that the pay raise could ease tensions in the event that Boston brings back old friend Craig Kimbrel. SELL: Matt Barnes.

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Paul Fry Baltimore Orioles

He'll be an even smaller fry after the game of musical chairs, says the Monkey.

AL East
Baltimore Orioles — Baltimore will once again be selling at the trade deadline and the list of candidates to be dealt includes Paul Fry, who has struggled lately as the Orioles’ closer. If Fry does get traded, he certainly won’t be closing for his new team. That would pave the way for Cole Sulser and Tanner Scott to complete for any remaining save chances, unless one of them also gets traded. BUY: Cole Sulser; SELL: Paul Fry.

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Noe Ramirez Los Angeles Angels

The Monkey advising to buy/sell as MLB teams decide to go for it or not.

Arizona Diamondbacks – The league’s worst team is 40 games under .500 at the All-Star break, so save chances are few and far between. Joakim Soria, 37, is a free agent after the season and is not part of the team’s long-term plans, so look for him to be moved. If Soria is dealt, there is no obvious healthy option to claim the role, so it’s really hard to mark anyone as a “buy.” In dynasty leagues, J.B. Bukauskas could be the long-term answer, but he has an ERA above 9.00, so we wouldn’t recommend buying him for this season. Maybe Noe Ramirez wanders into this role by default.

SELL+: Joakim Soria, BUY: Noe Ramirez

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Richard Rodriguez Pittsburgh Pirates

The rating (.76) -- a weighted ratio that counts walks, hits and homers but ignores strikeouts -- suggests that his ERA at the break (2.29) is actually a little unlucky. 

An argument can be made, of course, that his BABIP is lucky.

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David Bednar Pittsburgh Pirates

Continuing with the Monkey's buy/sell picks post All-Star...

Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates, perpetually in year 2 of a 5 year rebuild, will be sellers at the deadline again. Their most valuable asset is Richard Rodriguez, who has been a solid closer all year for the Pirates. He has a couple years of arbitration left, but that shouldn’t deter the Pirates form moving him, as they aren’t likely to be contenders in 2022 either. Rodriguez isn’t likely to be a closer on any of the contenders, so his value will take a hit depending on his landing spot. If Rodriguez goes, David Bedner is the first choice to get save chances. Bedner has been a steady hand in the set up role since taking over for Kyle Crick, and makes for a good speculative add.

BUY+: David Bedner; SELL: Richard Rodriguez.

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Anthony Bender Miami Marlins

Joker picks Bender (in the Chafin thread) and I agree with his reasoning. I now lean to Bender.

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Andrew Chafin Chicago Cubs

The Monkey gives Bender a +Buy, but I think I'd go with Kimbrel on grounds that he's almost a sure bet to be traded.

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I think Rogers wins in a pitching duel, but if you need a *bold* bet to earn a larger gain the saves category, Bender is the only one of the trio that might runaway from the group.

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