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Fantasy Baseball: Monday’s DFS advice

The Astros recalled Gattis from Double-A Corpus Christi, where he spent a week getting some reps behind the plate. Now that he is up, Gattis will serve as the backup to starting catcher Jason Castro, so it’s just a matter of time before he gains catcher eligibility. With the Astros also optioning Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno, room has been cleared for him to serve as the team’s primary designated hitter when he’s not catching.

Gattis started the regular season a week late due to recovery from sports hernia surgery, and he produced precious little before his brief demotion. Striking out more and hitting with little power, Gattis has mustered just a .203 batting average with one home run in 70 plate appearances. We could give Gattis a pass for a slow start, given that he had offseason surgery, but it’s worth noting that he didn’t hit with the same home run clout last season that he did in his two seasons with the Braves. As the table below shows, Gattis was lifting flies for shorter distances, pulling them with less frequency and lacing fewer hard-hit balls.

Everything that led to the controversial Rangers-Blue Jays brawl

Sunday afternoon in Arlington, things finally boiled over between the Rangers andBlue Jays. The two sides were involved in a pair of benches clearing brawls, the first of which involved actual punches being thrown.

These two teams, as I’m sure you remember, met in the ALDS last year and it was a very bitter series. Benches cleared and a war of words continued through the offseason. Here are the details of Sunday’s brawl and everything that led up to it.

1. The bat flip heard ’round the world

Game 5 of the ALDS last year was totally epic. Especially the seventh inning, which was highlighted by Jose Bautista’s monster three-run home run and legendary bat flip. Here’s the highlight, which I’m sure you’ve seen many times before:

Benches cleared twice that inning, remember. Once immediately after Bautista’s home run because Sam Dyson thought Edwin Encarnacion was showing him up when he was really trying to get the crowd to calm down, then later after the inning ended and Dyson said something to Troy Tulowitzki.

Several Rangers players said after the game they did not appreciate Bautista’s bat flip. They were hardly the only ones who felt that way, but, since they were on the field for that homer, it hits a little closer to home for them.

2. Blue Jays vs. Rangers, round 1

The Blue Jays and Rangers met for the first time this season earlier this month. It was a four-game series at Rogers Centre in Toronto, and that series was played without incident. No intentional plunkings, no bases clearing incidences, nothing like that. The Blue Jays won three of four games. The retaliation waited until the two teams played in Texas.

3. Gibbons gets ejected to kick off Round 2

Round 2 was played this weekend in Texas. The two teams split the first two games Friday and Saturday, so Sunday was the rubber game.

Johnny Cueto, Changeup (HP view) pic.twitter.com/m2czgmtM2U
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 27, 2016

And the people of baseball gasp as one. We know how well Cueto hides the ball and throws off the hitter’s timing with his boogie-music delivery, but then you get that filth. It looks just like the fastball out of the hand — coming at you in the same “tunnel” — but then it dives just before it reaches the plate. Filth. Filth, I say. Also note that that’s a somewhat unconventional righty-on-righty changeup (something Cueto isn’t averse to using). That’s one of two changeups on which Rosales whiffed in this particular game.

The larger point is that when you’re asked whether you could hit a Johnny Cueto changeup — and it’s a matter of time until you’re asked this very question in a public forum — you should be honest with yourself and others say, “LOL, no.”

Secretary of Navy: Patriots could lose player to active duty for a ‘year or so’

“Right now, we do have a process. And it hasn’t got up to me yet to do it. But there are a lot of paths to both play and to serve,” Mabus said, later adding, “I’m confident that we can work something out for Keenan to do both — to serve his country and to play professional football.”

But, as the case with Cardona indicates, the Ravens could lose Reynolds at some point, assuming he even makes the team in the first place.

I tried really hard to justify taking Zobrist and Segura is having a ridiculous season with his change of scenery, but Murphy has continued his relentless approach from his historic postseason. He’s hitting .405 with 13 doubles, two triples and five homers. Only Zobrist has more RBI and runs here than Murphy’s 22 each, but that difference is mostly a product of teammates’ production.

Shortstop options: Asdrubal Cabrera, Zack Cozart, Brandon Crawford, Jordy Mercer, Addison Russell, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Aledmys Diaz (write-in)

And here’s our biggest conundrum. Take note of what I said above about it being too early to go only on this season and how we need to kind of predict the next six weeks in addition to judging the past six weeks. Who is the “establishment” candidate, though? Crawford? Or are we ready to move onto Seager or Russell? There’s no good answer there. What we do know is that Story easily has the best power here and best, forgive me, story of the season so far. Diaz has the best offensive slash line and it’s not close, but am I really going to throw away my vote on a write-in? No, no I’m not.

So, yeah, I’m saying we’ll get to see what Kessler can do in 2016, which on its face sounds shocking given how far most believe he is from being an NFL quarterback. And if he is thrust into the fire with this cast around him, you have to wonder if he’s worse off for it down the line.

My crystal ball says: He will be starting at least four games. Gulp.

Brock Osweiler
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. The Texans play a pretty big-boy schedule this year — tends to happen the year after you win the division — and expectations are high.

This can’t be a situation like a year ago with the coach having the quickest QB hook in the history of the NFL. This is Brock’s team. He’s the guy (even if the head coach sounded ambivalent at best about that prospect in the intro press conference and never even met the kid before the owner had stuffed $40 million into the QB’s pocket).

The 2016 NFL Draft featured multiple trades among the first 10 picks. The top two picks both got dealt away. The No. 8 pick was traded twice. The final trade in the top 10 saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move down out of the No. 9 spot. They sent No. 9 to the Chicago Bears in exchange for No. 11 and No. 106.

Why were they so willing to move down two spots? According to Bucs GM Jason Licht, he had a pretty good feeling that neither the Bears nor the Giants (picking at No. 10) would take their target, former University of Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Not only that, but he felt picking up an extra selection would help make another, later move.

It’s their world. We’re just livin’ in it.

But, alas, the calendar is changing and grown men are congregating back to practice facilities and football fields around the country. It won’t be too long before this quarterback class of 2016 — veterans and rookies alike — have to actually show what they can do. And that, my friends, is where things can and will likely get dicey.

What we don’t really know about of these dudes is if they can perform as legitimate starters. Even in the case of many of these guys on their second contracts, we really don’t know if they can command a team and be true leaders and make plays on a big stage and lift others around them.

We still have more questions than answers and for all of the money that has been spent on them — all the draft picks surrendered to acquire them, all of the hours of evaluation, scrutiny and background work done — the greater reality is that these passers are largely unknown commodities. Or, in the case of some, they just are exactly what everyone thinks they are, and what they have been. But desperation can make you see things in them that have never been there. (Yeah, Eagles and Bradford, I’m talking to you).