Ahh..the refreshing feelings of a vacation high-a-tus really slows down the passion for fantasy baseball. Not helping it at all is the beginning of footieball, which turns the baseball week from 7 days to 6 now with all of our attention to fantasy football. A shout out to the fellas as Razzball Football who straight up kill it from week to week, and if you aren’t reading it daily then you suck and I hope you get stalked ritualistically by carnies. So back to the grind of the final few weeks here and the state of the bullpens are pretty stagnant. The only situation that I see taking a chunk of fantasy value is the situation in Pittsburgh (which is a great situation for actual baseball cause it’s great to see the ‘burgh with playoff intentions). Jason Grilli returned from the DL and has jumped into a set-up role for now and Melancon is proving to be a Cy Young type reliever this year. He won’t win but his numbers are stupid great. Like a really dumb Tony the Tiger great, so insert that image in your head, and play over and over again. Addicting isn’t it. I can see Grilli getting a chance this upcoming week to garner some save chances, mostly in an alternating role so if you cuffed yourself right then pay attention to the day before and insert into roster accordingly. Stick around for some goodies, and maybe a chance for some punch and pie.
Sean Doolittle – This guy always seems to be lying in the weeds and then jumps out at you you like he wants to perform a magic trick. I really like this cat, he throws hard, has closer stuff and the closer in front of him is a free agent. So multi-year leagues, that was your cue to pay attention. Has 5 holds over the last 14 days and the A’s are cruising lately.
Luke Hochevar – Member this whip-tard, yeah, seems like I wrote about him every other week in the 2-start thread. Well, he has found his role, now the better question is will he remain a reliever or be given the keys to jump back into the rotation next year. I am going to go out on a limb and say that he becomes a starter, and for all you RP/SP hoarders that is a great thing. Has 3 holds in the last 10 as compared to only 6 all year so that news is encouraging. With an ERA below 2 on the year and a career ERA of over 5 as a starter, maybe something clicked. Who knows, but numbers help with his sexiness for now.
Tim Stauffer – Similar to the guy right above, Stauffer has found some type of home in the bullpen, could be a dollhouse, could be a doghouse, who knows. Maybe he had one of those origami paper games that determined where he lived, the ones that you wrote words on each panel. NE-ways, Stauffer has a 18k/9 rate over the last 14 games as he tries show the Friars that he may want back in on the whole starting thing, 2 holds during that same time make him an interesting guy come next year. Stay tuned.