The Dahly Lima’s here…A New Hope
Hey kids ! John Russell (The Dahly Lima) here and for the last year I’ve had my feet up in the owners box watching everyone else dish out great content here at FWFB. Sure the hot dogs with Mike and Justin were great, and chugging beers with Matt and Ben never gets old, but (in the Rock’s voice) FINALLLLLLYY I’ve decided to add my own content.
We’re all here because we are fantasy baseball nerds, it’s just who we are, however I really only play in the head to head format, in fact it’s all I’ve participated in for 18 years. FWFB is great because they have content for both formats (Roto & H2H), but The Lima felt it needed more content geared to the H2H folks. We aren’t the wimpy little brother to rotisserie, The Lima says it’s time to have the light shined on us. You like rivalries? You like trash talk? Do you like single handedly ruining someone else’s playoff hopes? Because that is exactly what H2H offers the fantasy baseball player.
You may not agree with it, or even really like it, but when it comes to H2H I don’t know many players out there who can beat The Lima. Hopefully the ball players I discuss are familiar to you, but if not the point of this message is to help others become aware of the gems that are out there in plain sight. The Lima is here to provide wisdom in the Head To Head department and help you finish in the top part of your respective leagues.
To begin our journey I want to take us to a relief pitcher, yes a relief pitcher. Too many times in H2H it’s a RP that can make or break your playoff run. This relief pitcher is currently sitting in an ADP of #196, now that’s in both NFBC and Fantrax while Real Time Fantasy Sports has his ADP at an outstanding #204 (They are the big boys in fantasy baseball rankings). This pitcher was traded mid-season and we saw his stats take a nice incline, and The Dahly Lima wants this guy on his roster for how cheap he is going. At 196 we’re talking maybe the 20th to 25th ranked best relief pitcher in the game, that to me is tragically low for how high I believe this pitcher will keep progressing this year. [Glass breaks, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Music hits] ☠That reliever is Blake Treinen (BT) of the Oakland Athletics ☠
First if you aren’t familiar Blake had a horrible 1st half, I mean look at these crappy numbers.
1st half (WASH) 12% K Rate , 52% 1st Pitch Strike , 6.11 ERA , 37.2 INNG
This was a RP that was dropped in almost every single league across the board H2H as well as Roto. But the talent was there in fact he was a high prospect in the A’s system. Then they delt him to WASH two years after drafting him. In short they traded Treinen and AJ Cole to the Nats for….Drumroll…….Jon Jaso….Gross trade, but the cannon of an arm was always there, it was the controle that plagued BT.
Now take a look at how he transformed in the 2nd half of the season.
2nd half (OAK) ⇡15% K Rate , ⇡66% 1st Pitch Strike , ⇣2.01 ERA , 38 INNG
Once Blake returned to the original team that drafted him back in 2011 things started to click and his command started to rise. We saw an increase in his K rate, swinging k %, and first pitch strikes; accompany that with a lower ERA and we may just have a real bargain on our hands here kids. Treinen’s four seam, sinker, and slider all average over 93 MPH and pitching coach Scott Emerson realized this and immediately started to have Blake throw his slider as his first pitch. The one stat I love seeing a positive change in is oOPS (Opponent On-base Plus Slugging) in the first half opponents had an OPS of .857. When he started throwing that slider as his first pitch we saw his oOPS regress down to .617, talk about HUUGEEE (Tiny hands president voice). If he can hold opponents to .617 OPS and possibly even lower he becomes a serious BUY NOW canidate.
Experts have compared his sinker to Carlos Martinez’s and his slider to Luis Serivino’s, thats some real heat right there. My mouth is watering seeing BT ranked as the pre season #24 RP in the game, I believe he could be a top 10 RP easily, So instead of waiting around till round 17-16 to see what scraps are left of the elite closers out there, reach a few rounds early and lockdown this closer, it could be the difference come weeks 20-23 when your battling it out in a 6-6 tie trying to make it just one round further.
Next look for us to profile a scrappy middle infielder who is getting lost in all the hype from his own team.