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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 813 – Pitcher Fallout for Universal DH

05/26/20

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS

  • 2020 Season Outlook

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Texas Red Bulls: A Return to Prominence

If you follow me on Twitter, you’re aware of why last week’s article reviewing 2027 and updating on 2028 never got posted. Let’s take a quick look back at the ’27 season before diving deep into ’28.

2027 REVIEW

After an ugly 74-88 in 2026, we were demoted from Iron back to Stone and we took advantage of moving down a level with a robust 96-66 record. Unfortunately, it was only good for a 2nd place finish behind a 102-60 ballclub. In fact, the 96 wins would’ve only won one of the six divisions and not only did it fall a game short of the wildcard in my conference, but it would’ve been three games shy in the other conference, too!

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 812 –ADP Fallers

05/19/20

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  • 2020 Season Outlook

ADP FALLERS

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Reviewing My OOTP Perfect Team Set

If you’ve been reading my Texas Red Bulls OOTP series, then you’re familiar with the Perfect Team mode. Every Thursday they release new content cards available in their packs and this week they let me curate the set! Kris Jardine is the content manager for Perfect Team so I sent him an insanely extensive list of players I’d be interested in and he pared it down to these 12.

Here are the 12 players and some insight into why I chose them:

Jose Ramirez 2016 – His breakout has been really fun to follow, and this season was the taste of it with a .312/.363/.462 line, 11 HR, 22 SB, and infield/outfield eligibility having played 3B and LF. This generated a really solid silver card that will be popular in tournaments and be a staple for teams in Rookie and Stone leagues. Strong contact, gap power, and ability to avoid strikeouts should play very well.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 811 – A 1999 ReDraft

05/14/20

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TOPICS

  • No WBC in 2021
  • 1999 Re-Draft

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – May 13th, 2020

Transcript is available, thanks for coming out!!

1:50

Paul Sporer: Hello everyone Welcome to my weekly chat!

1:50

Paul Sporer: Sorry for the delayed start, was a little busy and had to push back a bit

1:51

Rubber Shoes: If there is an 80 game season, how do you think league’s should handle positional eligibility for 2021?

1:51

Paul Sporer: I think it makes sense to halve it

1:51

Chris: Are you in on Boyd, Tanaka or gallen this year?

1:51

Paul Sporer: All 3 to a degree. Really like Boyd and Gallen, don’t mind Tanaka at his price

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 810 – A New Proposal and ADP Risers

05/12/20

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NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS

  • Latest Season Proposal
  • 5-Round Amateur Draft

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Texas Red Bulls: Sinking Like a Stone

In the hours after the last update, the team started to turn things around. There was a 10-2 run over a 12-game stretch, but the surge was short lived. We finished 74-88, 5th in the division and actually got demoted back to Stone Level. We had a positive run differential in that update when we were 43-53, but it evaporated as we scored 749 and allowed 780.

2026 REVIEW

The offense wasn’t too bad with the bulk of the lineup toting a wRC+ north of 100, with Joe Sewell (126) leading the club in a part-time role (352 PA). Three of the four players who logged at least 600 PA were above average: Jackie Jensen (110 in 622 PA), Jerry Mumphrey (106 in 616) and Ray Durham (109 in 611). Derrek Lee just missed with a 93 wRC+, but he led the team with 686 PA.

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Texas Red Bulls: An Overdue Update

I knew I was a little behind on giving a Red Bulls update, but I didn’t realize the last one was April 17th! My sincere apologies for that. Anyway, let’s just get right into it, there’s a lot to cover.

2023-2024

In the last update, it was mid-August and we were 65-54, just 4.5 games back of the division leader and holding the second wildcard. We went 13-30 and from that point on in a total meltdown to finish 78-84!!! It was rough. This was the first year moving from Rookie to Stone level so it’s a tougher pool, but that’s still so brutal to have that kind of finish.

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Paul Sporer Weekly Baseball Chat – May 6th, 2020

Transcript is available below!

1:04

Paul Sporer: Good afternoon, everyone! It’s time to chat!!!

1:06

Joe: What current big leaguer would be best suited to playing in Korea?

1:08

Paul Sporer: Korea is a bit more power-focused than Japan while both leagues strike out a TON less than MLB, so probably the power/contact studs would go there and just OWN the league: Bellinger, Bregman, Rendon, and Arenado — they leap to mind as they all had insane pop and solid K rates last year

1:08

Nick: Are any websites running fantasy KBO?  Are you playing?

1:08

Paul Sporer: I’m not sure if any are running season long leagues, I played some DraftKings though

1:09

Paul Sporer: Most of y’all probably already know, but if you’re going to follow the KBO, Dan Kurtz’s site & twitter are a must: https://mykbostats.com/ | https://twitter.com/MyKBO

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