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Adam Eaton went 2-for-6 with a run yesterday as the Diamondbacks called up their outfield prospect, and hit him leadoff.  The move is to fill in for Krispie, who’s out with a sore quad.  Krispie could return (he won’t go to the DL because with 40-man rosters, there’s no need to), but Eaton’s not coming up to play in one game a week.  The Diamondbacks are taking a look at players.  Getting them on the ol’ catwalk (hey, I can’t forget our 4 female readers).  To give you the brief summary up front about Eaton:  Imagine Pedroia in the outfield with more speed and less power.  He’s got spark plug written all over him (in invisible ink, so not to creep anyone out).  At five foot-eight soaking wet, he’s not the biggest of players.  (“Soaking wet” doesn’t add much to people’s height, but it’s also not inaccurate.  If you don’t believe me, measure yourself in and out of the shower.)  But you can’t weigh a guy’s heart on a scale.  Unless he has a baboon heart and is portrayed by Christian Slater.  In the minors this year, Eaton had 44 steals and only 11 times caught.  He also maintained a .375 average between Double and Triple-A, with a .456 OBP.  A lot of that was due to a high BABIP, but with his speed that shouldn’t be a huge concern.  Scrappy is Eaton’s middle name.  The S is silent in most shallower mixed leagues.  But where you need steals, he’s a good guy to get to know.  Plus, at his size, getting to know him won’t cost you an arm and leg.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, I just wanted to announce that this afternoon’s podcast has a special guest…One of the stars of the show, Breaking Bad.  Yeah, sook-sook, on that, so check back later.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Aaron Hill - 5-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a triple short of the cycle. He’s on pace to finish top 3 4 among all MIs on our fantasy baseball player rater.  Cano, Hanley, him and Kinsler.  One of those guys doesn’t belong.  If you guessed Hill, you’re correct.  If you said Kinsler because he’s Jewish, shame on you.  Unless you’re Jewish.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and another homer.  Solid when locked in, but you’re probably going to get a few 0-for-4′s with 3 Ks sprinkled in.  That’s the Reynolds rap.

Zach Britton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Blue Jays.  Yeah, it’s easy when you don’t have to face Mark Reynolds.  The Jays have now scored more than four runs only four times since July.  With the Red Sox lineup looking like the 1927 Padres and the Blue Jays looking like “pitch around Edwin and it’s clear sailing,” who to stream against in the AL East is getting flipped on its head.  Stream-o-Nator, “Don’t worry, Number Five is ALIVE.”

Desmond Jennings – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a slam (12) and legs (25).  Jennings and B.J. went back-to-back in the fifth inning.   (Skip to next blurb if you don’t want to see what a baseball nerd I am; actually, forget it, probably too late.)  You ever notice how box scores specify back-to-back homers?  Is there a reason?  Does this add anything to your reading of the box score?  It’s like they designed the box score with the hometown announcers and SportsCenter anchors in mind.  Those are the only people who seem to give a rat’s ass about back-to-back homers.  You know a box score addition I would like to see?  When inherited runs are scored.  I’d love to quickly be able to see if a reliever gave up two runs that was tacked onto the starter’s line.  Also, I’d love to be able to track that as a stat, right there next to their ER — the Inherited Runs Scored!  IRS, starter’s taxes paid for having a lousy bullpen.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Just eight more homers this year and we’re cool.

Alex Cobb – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Yankees.  Is it possible to like a full AL pitching staff next year for fantasy?  Depending on where they go, I might be back in on Shields, in for the first time on Hellickson and liking Cobb with his 3.50-ish xFIP.  (Price and Moore go without saying, except to say them while saying they don’t need to be said.)

Fernando Rodney – Recorded his 42nd save and lowered his ERA to 0.71.  Vegas wouldn’t have even taken the bet “Rodney’s ERA less than 0.75″ because the odds would’ve bankrupted the casino.

Jeremy Guthrie – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Won against Texas for his 6th Quality Start in his last seven.  Perhaps KC can be the halfway house for abused Rockie pitchers and the Royals can send slumping hitters *cough* Hosmer *cough* to Colorado.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4 with his 11th homer.  That’s awesome (for a light-hitting middle infielder).

Ryan Doumit – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs with a homer while playing the outfield with catcher eligibility.  Somewhere, Craig A. Wilson is smiling.

Chris Parmelee – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer in the last four games.  So that’s where Ruggiano’s hot streak has gone!  He gave it to his brother in cheese.  Parmelee had 17 homers in 64 games in Triple-A this year and he showed he could hit in the majors at the end of last year, too.  His problem comes against lefties.  The Twins haven’t bothered to platoon him, but you should try to in fantasy leagues if you wanna pick him up.  In related news, Joe Mauer likes to call him Chris Parm.

Brock Holt – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  Could get on base and steal a little bit (maybe 4 steals the rest of the way), but his talents are mostly limited to sounding like a superhero’s alias.

Matt Holliday – Left yesterday’s game with back stiffness.  He’s day-to-day.  That’s not much of a Holliday.

Jaime Garcia – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He looked great when he first returned from the DL, then just decent not great, then he looked terrible.  If he looks just decent not great again next time out, I’m calling his tell.

Jose Quintana – 1 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  That’s two more than his last name suggested.  Looks like the rookie surprise is toast for this year.  The only crazy thing was that he didn’t even have the worst line on his team this game (Humber went 1/3 IP, 8 ER in relief.  It feels like yesterday he was throwing a perfect game, if you’ve been in a coma for the last three and a half months.)

Justin Masterson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks @DET.  He’s unSONable.

Dan Uggla – The Braves announced that Uggla would not be a starter for the final month.  But how will Braves rallies end now?  Who will step up to get outs?  Brian McCann can only do so much!  This is obviously terrible news for Uggla owners– Wait, strike that, this is the best news Uggla owners have got all year.  You have an excuse to drop him.  You’re welcome.

Jordan Pacheco – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer.  He’s now batting near .400 in the last week with two homers.  The Rox aren’t home but Pacheco is showing three Yakuzas, flashing a sign, “Gigglepot!” (I don’t know what the Japanese Pachinko slot machines show, but three Yakuzas and calling it a ‘gigglepot’ seemed about right.)

Jay Bruce – 2-for-3 with his 31st homer and 91st RBI.  I think we can safely call off the Ryan Ludwick vs. Jay Bruce fantasy value race.  Ludwick got a flat, pit stopped and Bruce took the checkered flag.  Sorry, Ludwick, fantasy baseballers draft Bruce, not you or Cole Trickle.

Mat Latos – Solid start at home (Win, 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks) and is now 11-2 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and close to a 1 K per IP since May 1st.  Dusty is softening us up for next year when he throws Latos and Aroldis a combined 500 innings.

Kyle Kendrick – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Last time he pitched, I said I’d give him a looksie.  I’d double down on that and give him a little how’s your father?

Emilio Bonifacio – Marlins made official what we speculated on last week.  Bonifacio was shut down for the season.  Sad trombonifacio.

Norichika Aoki – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Yesterday, February Grey paid me a visit.  He wasn’t wearing a shirt and it looked like he hadn’t showered since last February.  He came to tell me he ranks Aoki just outside the top 60 outfielders and a bunch of people think he’s too low.  Then April Grey showed up and he was wearing a tostada salad shell for a hat and he said by April 15th there’s at least 20 comments asking about dropping Aoki.

Jeff Bianchi – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer in the last week.  That’s more homers than he had in 499 plate appearances in Double-A in 2011 and he only had 5 homers this year in Triple-A.  Bianchi is Italian for aberration.

Kenley Jansen – Dodgers announced that Kenley can return to the club for the September 18th series.  This is great news.  Well, not great as in he’s returning, but great as in now you know you can cut him.  What’s he gonna return for ten games?  Maybe 3 save opportunities?  Maybe he has a setback and can’t even pitch.  I’d grab League or Belisario, and move on.

Jeff Samardzija – The Cubs announced they will discuss shutting down Samardzija.  When?  They can’t figure out a good time to discuss this?  They busy plotting an “accident” for Alfonso Soriano?   They need to synchronize their iCals?

Ian Desmond -  2-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 20th homer.  At Nationals Park yesterday, it was Free Cortisone Shot Night.  There were six homers in total. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 18th (grr); Jesus Flores threw a hail mary for his 5th and Tyler Moore threw his hat in the air for his 8th.

Adam LaRoche - 4-for-4 with two solo homers.  He’s at 25 homers and 85 RBIs this year and now qualifies as the boringest 1B to ever have five seasons of 25 HRs/80+ RBIs.  Mazel LaTov!  You might’ve seen this Arby’s commercial, it’s about how they’re introducing a turkey sandwich.  That it’s the best thing since their roast beef sandwiches.  If Arby’s roast beef sandwiches are Adam LaRoche, their turkey sandwiches are Andy LaRoche.

Luke Gregerson – Got the save yesterday in the 11th inning.  If there’s ever a sign a guy is the closer, it’s when the manager holds him until there’s a lead in extras.  Oh, and Street’s about a week or two away.  Should be great for the Padres playoff run!

Brandon Moss – 1-for-4 with his 16th homer.  The A’s have 10 more homers from ex-Sox OFs (Reddick, Moss) than the whole Red Sox OF this year.  Without those two A’s, it makes it tougher for the locals to pronounce Boston.

Cody Ross – 1-for-4 and hit his 20th homer.  Kathie Lee and Frank Ross must be so proud.

Ryan Vogelsong – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Bochy used eleven pitchers in 11 innings yesterday.  He’s like the anti-Dusty.  By the 18th inning, the bat boy would’ve been pitching.  As for Vogelsong, I told you to drop him last week.

Franklin Gutierrez – Hit a home run then left the game with a tight groin.  Someone got a little too excited during his home run trot.

53 Responses

  1. Terrence Mann says:
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    You need to have a canned answer for everyone that asks you in April if they should drop (insert Aoki, etc. here).

    I suggest, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

    Also, props to Rudy for insisting on adding Iwakuma late in the f&f league.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Terrence Mann, True, most of the time, but wouldn’t it be more fun to ridicule them individually as a commentor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, With people’s short attention span, they won’t remember where that clown question came from… When I was a kid, we had The Simpsons, now it’s Family Guy, blah!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, are you saying you don’t like Family Guy or that nobody cares where things come from?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, I’m saying people’s attention span were short when we were kids, now they’re even shorter…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, what was that?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly!

  2. Abdoozy says:
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    Need a pitcher today. Richard @ LAD or Gonzalez @ Tor? SON doesn’t like either option much but Richard has been great on the road lately, Gonzalez is putting up QS like wallpaper on fresh drywall, plus, Blow Jays.

    Other options: Millwood v Bos, Correia v Hou. Don’t like those options much but SoN rates them higher than the first two… What u think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abdoozy, Gonzalez…

  3. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Even though my season has been over since May 1st, I come back for things like this, “Don’t worry, Number Five is ALIVE.” , and this, If Arby’s roast beef sandwiches are Adam LaRoche, their turkey sandwiches are Andy LaRoche, and of course this, Kathie Lee and Frank Ross must be so proud.

    Thank You Grey for making me nostalgic, hungry, and feeling a little old and weird for knowing…no, remembering…no, knowing and remembering the name of Kathy Lee’s son.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Thanks for the kind words… No problem on Number Five, Rudy put in the Kathy Lee blurb…

  4. Deadwoods says:
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    1. Over the past 14 days Reynolds vs Butler, who is on my team:

    Reynolds: 10R, 5HR, 11 RBI, 0SB
    Butler: 7R, 0HR, 7 RBI, 0SB

    Over a 30 day period, Reynolds also comes out on top, slightly. I know Reynolds is streaky, and Butler has better numbers over the entire season, but am I better to play the hot hand at this point and pick up Reynolds?

    2. If I had to keep an eye on two pitchers, one of whom to replace Harvey, would it be Britton, Estrada, Vargas, Griffin, Milone or Wei Yin Chen?

    Thanks

    • Carnac says:
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      @Deadwoods, Yeah, I’d start Reynolds over Butler right now. But I wouldn’t drop Butler for Reynolds.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Deadwoods, Did you know that Matt Harvey and Jimmy Stewart’s imaginary rabbit, Harvey, are the same height? Thanks, wikipedia.

      I don’t think there is a straight-up replacement on that list. Maybe AJ Griffin? Or Vargas at home.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, 1. What was said above. 2. They’re streamers.

  5. MattTruss223 says:
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    Has there been any word on if the A’s will call Straily back up to the rotation?

    I’ve been holding him for my H2H playoffs which is a K heavy league, but thinking he’s droppable if I need a stream start this week. I can’t find any word on him. Thanks!

    • Carnac says:
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      @MattTruss223, I think he’s droppable. If they haven’t called him up by now, he’s not going to see anything more than the bullpen or a 1-2 starts IF he ever comes back.

  6. later tater says:
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    hello grey and rudy

    breaking bad podcast? yeah, razzball bitches!!!!

    looking at streamers for later in the week
    value potential for w over all else

    detwiler at home v miami , niese at home v braves, cashner at petco v dbacks, estrada away v miami, aj griffin away at seattle

    son scores from 106 (cashner) to 117 (niese)

    thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @later tater, Not sure what you’re asking…

  7. Wake Up says:
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    Hosmer to Coors is a great idea…but Guthrie was at home not @Tex…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, I’ll fix… Rudy’s bad…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, So said, Clair to Cliff…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wait, am I Clair?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, IRS pitcher tax…well played!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  8. Zach Britton – he has grown on my – I am at the moment thinking of hanging on to him in a 10 player keeper league – This move might show weakness on my team – thats because there is some – but I will be watching him in his final few starts

    • @Mr Baseball,

      Miguel Ángel Cuellar Santana
      David Arthur “Dave” McNally
      James Alvin “Jim” Palmer
      Patrick Edward Dobson, Jr
      Zach Britton

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Mr Baseball, Some pretty solid company there for Mr. Britton.

  9. zach says:
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    I like reading these roundups but sometimes I get annoyed when there’s no mention of the west coast games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zach, Yeah, luckily there was mention today.

  10. bobbo says:
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    Currently trending a bit above my max innings in a roto league but have Matt Moore vs NYY and Dempster @ KC today. Do I sit Moore in this less than ideal matchup even though he’s been lights out post AllStar? I’m assuming Dempster needs to be in there against KC.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bobbo, Sure, sit him…

  11. Carnac says:
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    Votto’s at first. Frazier’s at third.

    Third base, tomorrow? Dusty Baker, “I Don’t Know!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, HA!

  12. kaiser soze says:
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    My Greyce,

    Ludwick or Frazier for rest of the week?

    I bench either when Votto starts, but need the one to be starting when Votto sits.

    Thanks brochacho.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kaiser soze, Frazier

  13. Carnac says:
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    I wonder if Villanueva would have come out of last night’s start smelling better if not for a broken dome, rain, delays, a pitchers mound that’s not designed to get wet, the Rogers Centre not having a cleat scrapper on hand for pitchers to clean their spikes, the FIRE ALARM going off, etc.

    Not to make excuses, but to make excuses… he looked really, really good through 4 innings. Then…

    Also, Aaron Loup balked in one of CV’s runs. (<– not in the box score!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac, See, that’s what I’m talking about?!

  14. Mike says:
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    help with pitching in playoffs!

    gio,medlen,and rodney so far,,, was thinking kendrick and cobb since there two starters… not sure… heres my others for 4th through 6th… which would you play…

    mccarthy two starts,then one starters…hanson,niese,vargas[against tex],milone,chen, aj burnett,josh becket

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy, Burnett… I don’t know anyone’s matchups…

  15. Matt2 says:
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    Reynolds is like 1 for 12 lifetime against Morrow, but he’s hot right now. Should I play him tonight and bet against the odds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d play him…

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*****

  17. Prezii says:
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    Greyski! Football is here man.. but we still got two weeks to ride our imaginary horses together on a farm of asian women picking oranges out of a 4 foot imaginary trees wearing nothing but sandles and underwear made of cotton candy…

    yes! Wait, i was suppose to ask a question here… Fuck it! Gangman style!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For football, I’m doing the Galloping Ghost, Red Grangnam style!

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS.*****

  19. Arbitrator says:
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    What box scores are you looking at? mine include inherited runners scored but don’t have back to back homers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Better yet, what box scores are you looking at? Take followups to the newest post…

  20. DP says:
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    Chances phelps has a quality start at Tampa tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slim to anorexic…Take followups to the newest post…

  21. JTR says:
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    Starting Dempster tonight @KC?

  22. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: Out of these 6 which 3 would u pick for outfielder and 1 for util + +1 for bench.. Adam Jones David Murphy Allen Craig Garret Jones Alfonso Soriano Beltran ? I was thinking Adam Jones, Allen Craig, Garret Jones – Soriano Util and keep Beltran on the bench ? Seems like beltran is always nursing an injury but if hes fine he definitaley slides into my outfield. Thoughts ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adam Jones, Craig, Murphy, Garrett… Take followups to the newest post…

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