Don't be shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

Despite his unfortunate name, Homer Bailey pitched the first Reds’ no-hitter since 1988 last night, completely shutting down the Pirates down-and-out offense, allowing just 2 base runners on an error and a walk and striking out a career high 10 batters. If you were lucky enough to be streaming Bailey last night, pat yourself on the back. Well done, Homer Bailey probably just won your fantasy league for you. Alternately, H2H players going against those streaming him may have just lost their season on account of Homer’s gem. My condolences — so sorry for your loss. There’s always next year. Maybe you’ll draft Homer Bailey as a late round bargain in 2013, but more likely you will always have a deep hatred for him. Regardless, Bailey has been an adequate-to-decent fantasy option this year. He’s had the best season of his young career (he’s still just 26), managing 13 wins with a 3.75 ERA and 162 Ks. He lowered his ERA to under 4 for the first time in his career (4.59 career ERA). Homer’s been especially good in the stretch with a 2.52 ERA, 3 wins and 32 Ks in 6 starts in September. Pro tip!* That will help your fantasy team! When Mr. and Mrs. Bailey named Homer so many years ago they first prayed to the fantasy gods that their son would become the greatest slugger baseball had ever seen. But little Homer hit adolescence and went all Jonathan “Mox” Moxon on his father,  and was like “I don’t want — your life!” and confessed to his dad that he preferred pitching to hitting. Homer’s father shunned his son for his treachery, and Homer left town to become a star. Bailey’s dream finally came to fruition pitching the first no-hitter of his career and late last night he got a phone call from his old dad, “You done good, kid.” he said, and hung up the phone. Isn’t that special? Homer Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in 2012, after Phillip Humber, Jered Weaver, Johan Santana, Kevin Millwood and five Mariners relievers who combined for the no-no and whose names have been cut due to spacing issues, Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez. Quite a list of pitchers to belong to and looking back it’s been quite a season, I’ll be mighty sad to see it go and — aw shucks, getting all teary eyed so thinking about it let’s just get right to it, your final Friday recap of 2012!

Here’s what else happened Friday night in fantasy baseball:

A.J. Burnett – 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks. I know you hate him — but he’s been a completely different pitcher since he left New York for Pittsburgh, a top 25 pitcher even. So maybe, hate him less next year?

Chris Tillman – 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 Ks  and his 9th win. Lots of pitchers pitched well last night, but since most will not get a second start before the fantasy season ends it’s not worth mentioning it to you. So forget I said anything about Chris Tillman.

Mark Buehrle – 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks. Always has a better year than I think he will, aka he pitches over my head.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3 with his 35th HR in his first game back after missing nine games. Making up for some lost time, Giancarlo still loves his fantasy owners. He now has more home runs than he had last year in over 30 less games played. (Fantasy pro tip!* Draft Giancarlo Stanton, he will hit home runs).

Cliff Lee – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks. It took him until the end of August, but The Adverb finally came around to his old low WHIP-ing self. He should be a real bargain on draft day next year.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-3 with a run. If he’s this good in the regular season just imagine how good he’s going to be in the playoffs?! He’ll be like, Mike Trout good!

Allen Craig – 4-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs as the Cardinals smashed the Nats with 12 runs on 12 hits. The Wrench could be a huge steal in drafts next year. I get the feeling people don’t value him as much as they should. Perhaps it’s the playing time concerns, but more likely it’s the two first names.

Edwin Jackson – 1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 4 BB. Sigh. Edwin Jackson hates your fantasy team.

Lucas Duda – 2-for-3 with a 3-run HR, his 15th. The Duda-bides — every Friday! Shomer Shabbos! L’Shana tova!

Bobby Parnell – 1,0 IP, K, 6th save. Got his second save in as many days last night with a scoreless inning. In the closer post, I said Jon Rauch was most likely to get the chances — so of course the Mets go with Bobby Parnell. Ho hum. He is the better pitcher anyway. If you’re scraping for saves Parnell is likely available and could see another chance or two before the season ends.

Gavin Floyd – 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks and his 11th win. It wasn’t that pretty (he walked five in the outing) but if you need a streamer for next week he gets the Injians so I guess you could do worse.

Alex Rios – 3-for-4 with his 25th HR. Rios is destined to be drafted too early next year. He’s batting .301 with 25 HRs and 23 SBs. Dios Mios Rios! Let someone else gamble on the chance he does it again in 2013.

Ichiro Suzuki – 2-for-5 with a SB. Ichiro is absolutely on fire right now. Who would of thought he’d be the one to carry the Yanks into the playoffs. In September, Ichiro’s  batting .378 with 9 SB, 2 HRs, 15 Rs and 10 RBIs. Oh hello there. Where’d you say you were from again? Japan? That’s in Asia, right? No sorry, I don’t think I’ll be drafting you next year, but I sure wish I owned you right now.

Rajai Davis – 4-for-4 with 0 SB. That’s right, zero! Seriously, you were on base four times! You’re killing me Rajai! Worthless.

Jean Segura – 3-for-4 with a SB. See, Jeany boy knows what I’m talkin’ about.

Wilton Lopez – 1.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER and his 9th save.Whew, that’s a little more like it. After converting 6 straight scoreless save opportunities in September I was starting to think something was wrong. If you need saves and Wilton is out there, he’s been as good as any other closer this month, and I’m finally willing to admit he’s worth picking up. In my last post of the season.

Justin Upton – 2-for-4 with the slam (16) and legs (17). J-Ups continues to perform well since the trade. My trade. I traded him away. Everywhere.  As bad as he was all season he’s had a pretty respectable September batting .294 with 5 HR and 4 SB. So yeah, I’ll probably draft him too early again next year. I’m all in on Upton!

Clayton Kershaw – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 10 Ks. Oh, I’m sorry, sore hip, are you not feeling well? Don’t worry, Hip. You rest here while I go completely dominate the Rockies without/despite you.

A.J. Griffin – 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks and his 7th win. Alfredo Jettucine Griffindor has struggled lately, but nothing like a home start at the coliseum to get you back on track and ready for the postseason (the home runs from Stephen Drew and Coco Crisp didn’t hurt either). Note to self: draft A’s pitchers next year. For reals, like, all of them.

Sanitago Casilla -  0.2 IP, 2 H and his 25th save. If this was Bruce Bochy’s way of giving Casilla a chance to get his job back, Santiago blew it. Not literally, he converted the save, his first since July 21(!), but I don’t think we’ll see Casilla get another chance to close it out this season. Maybe there is a method to Bochy’s madness!

Billy Butler – 2-for-4 with his 29th HR. Power has always been the issue with Butler and it looks like he found his power swing in 2012. He’s batting .315 on the season with 106 RBIs, and if Eric Hosmer decides to show up next season the counting stats could even see a bump. With the pool of first baseman for 2013 getting weaker and weaker, Billy B. could be worth targeting on draft day.

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-3 with a HR and 2 RBIs. I hate owning Nelly Cruz. Whenever I bench him he does his thing. SO, last night I had him benched all day but switched him into my lineup 2 minutes before first pitch. BAM! Dinger! I know, I know. I am a fantasy genius. As always, all questions asked will be answered in the comments!

Adrian Beltre - 2-for-4 with his 36th HR. Yo, Adrian, you did it! The 36 homers is his most since hitting 48 with the Dodgers in 2004. People are always wary Beltre is gonna burn them if he’s not in his contract year, and it’s time to give him the credit he deserves. Doode is an absolute beast, and he seems to be getting better with age. (Not that we’ll ever now what age that is exactly). He went to Seattle and died a little inside, but when he left he was reborn and has hit 96 HRs in 3 seasons since leaving Safeco. He’s the top third baseman on the player rater (outside of just Miggy and Edwin who are also eligible at 1B), and what impressed me the most was him coming back from injury so soon to absolutely mash. Yo Adrian, you did it. You the man again.

Mark Trumbo – 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. He’s Aliiiiiive! His first multi-hit game since August 30. Ugh, where you been all month, Trums? The Halos needed you. Mike Trout needed you.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5 with his 29th HR. It seems only fitting that I end the Friday night recaps the way they started: by fawning over Mike Trout. Oh, the hits, the homers, the steals… the memories. I was totally hooked on Mike Trout all season long. And I’m gonna miss him most of all. The Catatafish totally called that one.

Good luck to all in the finals —I hope everyone wins everything equally!  Friday night baseball returns next season, all season long!

 

  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
    (link)

    Good stuff, as always. I appreciate your 2 posts every week. And you were right, Rauch did get the first chance, but was replaced by Parnell in the 9th as he was on his way to blowing Dickey’s 20th win.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @VinWins, Thsnks, couldn’t ask for a better editor

  2. Dan says:
    (link)

    Hey I’ve been reading the site since I started fantasy sports last baseball season and love what you all do. You guys have lead me to a few victories already, but was looking for some advice on a keeper question. I can keep 3 guys in the round I drafted them in, 15th round for waiver pickups. Here are my dilemmas.

    Strasburg 6th (no brainer here I feel like)

    Felix (3rd)
    Hamilton (4th)
    Medlen, Sale, Harper (15th)

    Thoughts?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Dan, Wow, very nice choices. I’d probably go Sale, Harper and Strasburg, but taking Medlen in the 15th is very tempting. You have to think you’ll get a good chance to redraft those other guys.

  3. Mr. Rickey says:
    (link)

    Would you start Zimmerman tonight against the Cards. He’s been great but the Cards have hit him hard. I’m holding onto 1st place and can’t afford a disaster.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Mr. Rickey, Depends on how firm your hold onto first is, if you can win without Zimmerman there’s no need, but Zimmerman is practically a stud and the Cards offense just is not very good. I’d be starting him.

  4. Wake Up says:
    (link)

    Post-Post-Post-Post-Post-No-No-Hype-Hitter…

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Wake Up, this guy knows what I’m talking about

  5. TheNewGuy says:
    (link)

    Need particularly steals. Ellsbury (yes he has been dropped) or Jennings (in another one of his funks)?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @TheNewGuy, Those are certainly two of the highest profile basestealers in the game, but I’m not sure they’re your best options. Is Rajai Davis, Everth Cabrera, Jean Segura or Cameron Maybin could be just as good bets for SBs.

      Out of Desmond and Jacoby I’d go with the guy who’s not nursing an injury, Jennings.

      • TheNewGuy says:
        (link)

        @Blairtch, Highest profile basestealers? Jennings has 29 steals…sorry but I just think he is massively overrated, that .248 AVG does not cut it for a speed guy. Not having a go at you just annoyed with myself for believing the hype and drafting him this year.

        Thanks for the advice though, ll stick with Jennings for now.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
          (link)

          @TheNewGuy, What I meant is Ellsbury and Jennings are big names, but not necessarily the most ideal candidates for steals on the wire. I too drafted Jennings everywhere and he has been a massive let down. But I do like his chances of stealing a bag over Ellsbury, even though he gets Chris Sale today…

          If there are better SAGNOF options on waivers I’d go with them, but between Ellsbury and Jennings, for speed I’d want Jennings.

        • ETMcgee says:
          (link)

          @TheNewGuy, i have also thought jennings was overrated coming into this year, and i usually love to draft rookies too early. That’s is why i have stayed away from him and haven’t had to deal with his sucktitude. However, i would certainly be willing to take a chance drafting him in a more reasonable round in the future. Remember, he is a young top prospect with about 1/3 of a season’s worth of mlb experience coming into this year. in ~190 games already has 23 home runs and 49 steals. not having longoria in the lineup will obviously hurt his production as well.

  6. Adam says:
    (link)

    Draft Stanton, but expect him to miss 1 months of games? What’s the over under on games played for next year? He really screwed me in the semis of my head to head league. I can keep him as a 3rd rounder if I feel like it.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Adam, You’re right he hurts your in H2H a lot more, but with all the injuries he’s battled this season it’s pretty impressive to me that he managed 36 HRs. This was a guy who’s knee issues were so bad to start the year they thought he’d be taking every other day off, but he fought through it.

      I think he might be like a Josh Hamilton, ie the injury risk is worth the award. There are few power hitters better, and the best seems yet to come with Giancarlo (can you say 50 home runs?) Third round seems right around where he’d be drafted, so its not a value pick or anything but I’d definitely want him if it was my team.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Adam, If I had to give a number, I’d put his over/under at 140 games

    • ETMcgee says:
      (link)

      @Adam, roto is better anyway. But seriously, i’d bet stanton (during a hot streak) propelled a number of weekly victories for his owners.

  7. Jeff says:
    (link)

    Hello!
    Need to stream one pitcher for tomorrow… need innings and K’s (with preferable low ERA),
    I have the following options:
    1) Josh Collmenter (ChC)
    2) Erasmo Ramírez (@Oak)
    3) Nathan Eovaldi (Phi)
    4) Zach McAllister (KC)
    5) Jordan Lyles (@Mil)
    6) Luke Hochevar (@Cle)
    7) José Quintana (TB)
    8) Joe Saunders (BOS)

    thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Jeff, I think your best bet for Ks is probably Ramirez vs. the A’s who lead all teams in strikeouts. But the Saunders and Collmenter starts aren’t bad either and the Stream-O-Nator really likes Nate Eovaldi.

  8. papasmurf says:
    (link)

    Rauch did get the first crack at closer, he just blew it. 3 straight outings with homers allowed. Parnell’s rightfully getting the chance now.

    There might be something wrong with Romo. There’s no other reason for him to not pitch last night.

  9. Hondo says:
    (link)

    Thoughts on Greinke@ TEX Sunday with what appears will be a ~12 MPH wind out to right?

    I guess if you’re striking everyone out it doesn’t matter.

    It’s those follow up relievers after he fries his arm for the day that worry me.

    Also Lynn vs WAS if WAS doesn’t clinch today and is at full strength? If they clinch it’ll be a AAA team but if not they’re looking scary.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Hondo, Not thrilled about the Greinke start but at this point you might have to start him so I can’t blame you. I still like Lance Lynn a lot vs. the Nats and so does the SoN.

  10. Plasmaj says:
    (link)

    I had Bailey, Tillman, Lee …. and E Jackson. Motherf***er

  11. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Trusting Eovaldi today vs the Phils in a 16 teamer?

    H2H finals so every decision counts.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @Swfcdan, Yeah, I think you have to. SoN likes the start too

  12. matt scanlon says:
    (link)

    Got a keeper question for ya. I’m in a points league that allows 5 keepers per team without the loss of picks. Teams can keep a 6th at the loss of their 1st and 3rd picks. As a rule at least 1 pitcher and 1 bat must kept. I have Harper, Heyward, and Castro locked in for the next decade or so. I have to choose from Cain, Wainwright, Dickey, Howard, and Utley for the other 2 or 3 spots. My 1st round pick is going to be 11th or 12th overall so I’m leaning towards keeping 6. What would you do?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @matt scanlon, I’d keep cain and wainwright. Dickey too if you’re set on keeping the sixth

    • tim evans says:
      (link)

      @matt scanlon, hello matt. I would keep dickey and wainwright. And not give up my 1st and 3rd. You could get cain or a shields back if you keep only five

  13. tim evans says:
    (link)

    Who would you guys keep in 5 keeper league? I have kemp, hamilton, mauer, and strasburgh locked in. My choices for my fifth keeper are. Pedro Alvarez nelson cruz big tex or shields? Would love some advice.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @tim evans, Do they count as your top 5 picks? In that case I’m not sure I’d keep any of them, rather take my chances redrafting.

      • tim evans says:
        (link)

        @Blairtch, no i have to keep one of them.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
          (link)

          @tim evans, i’d prob keep teixera over cruiz but its close

  14. nightpandas says:
    (link)

    1 move left…15 team league

    Leading by 3.5 pts.

    Only offensive cat I can move up or down is HR, who is my best bet for the next three days:

    Start two of three: Rizzo/Pujols/AJax
    Start one of two: Aoki/Bruce

    Pitching: I can move up in IP, W, K, K/9
    I can move down in L, WHIP
    Take a shot on Erasmo tomorrow @OAK or Wood on Wednesday vs Hou?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:
      (link)

      @nightpandas, For home runs your best bets are Rizzo, Pujols and Bruce.

      And I’d prob go with erasmo over wood.

      • nightpandas says:
        (link)

        @Blairtch, couple other options as Erasmo pitched today, oops.

        Cobb vs BAL
        Masterson vs CWS

        Also would you start Buckholz@NYY tomorrow?

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:
          (link)

          @nightpandas, I like the buchholz start over the other two, but if you don’t have to start him I might hold off (at this point you probably have to start him?)

          not crazy about cobb at baltimore but i’d go with him over masterson

Comments are closed.