A decade after he left Colorado, Matt Holliday returned to the Rockies dugout on Thursday.
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As soon as longtime outfielder Matt Holliday signed a minor league deal with his former club, the Colorado Rockies, it was pretty easy to see how this was going to play out. Holliday, 38, but hardly retired, went to Triple-A Albuquerque and raked for two weeks, and then the big-league club called him up to face left-handed pitching. Honestly, none of this is the least bit surprising, and for those in the fantasy world thinking the Rockies were going to bestow regular big league at-bats to the likes of Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia, well, come on! At least David Dahl is playing a lot, for now.
Also, it’s not as if Holliday has been retired for three years. He played for the New York Yankees last season and, while the numbers do not necessarily impress, Holliday delivered a .366 on-base percentage and a .477 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching — and there sure is a lot of LHP in the NL West.
Diehard Colorado Rockies fan Collin Ingram’s ears perked up in the sixth inning of the Colorado Rockies’ 124th game of the season. Where many fans heard a harmless comment about an organist, Ingram heard a call to action.
It all started with the Rockies broadcasters complimenting Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski on Sunday.
“That reminded me how awesome having a live organist is and how bummed I am that the Rockies don’t have one,” Ingram told Yahoo Sports in an email.
Ingram decided he had to right this wrong, and the only way to do so was to go directly to the Rockies. He revived an old viral format and decided to ask the team how many retweets it would take for them to buy and organ and let him be the team’s organist in 2019.
Though the team responded with a lofty 5,280,000, Ingram decided to give it a shot. Forty-eight hours later, he had amassed over 107,000 retweets and even had the support of MLB’s main account.
The Rockies organ tweet went viral thanks to the Braves organist
How exactly does a tweet go viral? In this instance, it was Braves organist Matthew Kaminski — yes, the same person who inspired Ingram’s tweet — who first gave it attention. Kaminski, who goes by @bravesorganist on Twitter, stumbled on the tweet and sent it out to his 13.1K followers. That was enough for the campaign to get noticed by MLB’s official account. They re-tweeted Ingram’s post and then the attention really started spiking.
The Rockies organ tweet started as a joke
All of that attention came as a surprise to the 26-year-old Ingram, because his initial tweet to the Rockies was not meant to be taken seriously.
If you’re unaware, the Wendy’s kid is Carter Wilkerson, who started this trend by asking the food chain how many retweets it would take to get free chicken nuggets for a year in 2017. They told him 18 million. His plea broke a record for the most re-tweeted post on Twitter. That was enough to get Wendy’s to pay up on the bet.
Can the Rockies fan actually play the organ?
Not really. Ingram — who is a record producer in Denver — has experience playing organs, but considers himself unqualified for this task.
“I’ve played some simple organ parts on a few records I’ve produced but I’d be wildly underqualified to be a major-league organist,” he says.
Rockies organ tweet has a long way to go to reach its goal
There’s a strong chance they won’t have to buy an organ and install Ingram as their organist in 2019.
On the off chance Ingram somehow reaches his five-million-retweet goal, he says he’ll work day and night to hold the Rockies to their promise. And after he gets his day on the organ, he’ll do whatever he can to ensure the team brings on a full-time organist moving forward.
As the Wendy’s kid proved, the Rockies could pay up even if Ingram fails to reach his goal. While the team probably isn’t going to buy an organ, Ingram thinks hanging out with the team’s mascot, Dinger, would be a fitting consolation prize.
“As far as a consolation prize I would very much like to hang out with Dinger for at least half an inning and be given all available Dinger memorabilia,” he says.
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These players have a great chance to outperform their DRAFT projection.
This DRAFT projection of 10.0 fantasy points is pretty healthy, but it’s not enough for Trevor Story tonight. In my opinion, Nolan Arenado and Story should be 1a and 1b (respectively) in the hitter rankings. Both have elite splits against left-handed pitching, and playing in hitter-friendly Coors Field only enhances that. I’m boosting Story’s projection to 10.8 FP, and he should be considered as the second overall hitter behind his teammate.
Colorado checks in with the highest run-scoring projection of the night, which is pretty typical when they are playing at home. It’s curious to see Ian Desmond with such a low projection on DRAFT, especially while lining up against a mediocre left-handed pitcher. Desmond has been swinging a confident bat lately as well, collecting four hits, two runs, seven RBI, and a stolen base over his last two starts. I believe that momentum will carry into tonight’s well-aligned draw, and Desmond should have a projection closer to 10.4 FP – putting him firmly in the top five among infielders.
Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone says he’s confident that Stanton will start tonight while battling through a minor hamstring ailment. This is his first trip to Miami since being traded, so there’s some extra motivation for him to suit up and perform well. The matchup isn’t bad against Miami RHP Pablo Lopez, and Stanton deserves to be ranked among the top outfielders on this slate. DRAFT seems to think that he’ll miss tonight’s game, giving him a conservative 0.4 projection. I’m bumping that up to 10.4 FP, which settles among the best outfield options of the night.
Villanueva should get the start tonight as San Diego will face LHP Tyler Anderson in Coors Field. Sure, Villanueva has been out of the lineup over the most recent few games, but he started and batted fifth in the Padres’ last matchup with a left-handed pitcher. I’m expecting a similar order tonight, which DRAFT has Villanueva projected to ride the pine yet again. This makes the San Diego slugger an underrated source of upside in deeper leagues, and I’m projecting him at 9.6 FP for perspective.
Gausman is buried among the pitcher rankings on DRAFT, but he’s actually serviceable if you need a late-round filler in deeper leagues. I would only look towards him as a desperate option in drafts of eight or more people, but he definitely deserves to have a stronger projection than this 7.9 FP assignment by DRAFT. Gausman has benefitted from moving to the National League, which could continue in the pitcher-friendly environment of Pittsburgh.
These players may not live up to their DRAFT projection.
I don’t mind Rhys Hoskins, but he probably doesn’t deserve to be ranked as the top outfielder on DRAFT. Sure, he has solid career numbers against Tanner Roark, but the Washington pitcher has looked pretty good in recent starts. No matter how you slice it, I’d rather take outfielders like Stanton, Betts, Pollock, Blackmon, Yelich, Harper, and Benintendi ahead of Hoskins.
Javier Baez – IF – Chicago Cubs (DRAFT Projection: 10.8)
Baez is curiously tied for second among infielders with a 10.8 FP projection tonight. The matchup isn’t bad against Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann, but it doesn’t necessarily push Baez to the forefront of fantasy options either. I believe there are better infield picks to consider ahead of Baez, while Story, K.Davis, Martinez, Lindor, J.Ramirez, LeMahieu, and Desmond represent some of them.
All of those infielders mentioned in Javier Baez’s write-up should supersede Jesus Aguilar as well. The Milwaukee slugger closely follows the same rationale of Baez, where there’s some upside, but not enough to warrant a top five ranking in this matchup. I would readjust Aguilar’s projection somewhere closer to 9.4 FP when looking things over.
Pitcher rankings. These rankings haven’t really moved too much compared to the DRAFT pre-draft settings. Kevin Gausman, mentioned earlier, is the biggest mover – but there really isn’t many drastic readjustments aside from that. Blake Snell and Patrick Corbin are the high-upside top tier selections. After that, the second tier contains many similar options to sift through.
Davis allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to record his 33rd save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Braves.
That’s a new career high in saves for the 32-year-old, who picked up 32 last season with the Cubs. Davis’ numbers otherwise are worse than his usual form, a byproduct of calling Coors Field home, but he’s still been a reliable fantasy closer this season, even if he doesn’t make a positive impact in ERA like he used to.
For the longtime face of this franchise, it was difficult to digest the team’s decision to have him pitch in relief and he said it took him a couple of days to come to terms with it. Conversations with family and friends and encouragement from his wife Sandra, who he has been with since he was 14, helped.