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Last night, one of the most talented young arms in baseball followed up a career high in strikeouts with yet another career high in strikeouts. Jose Fernandez cooled off the Cleveland Indians with 8 shutout innings and 14 Ks. The Tribe entered Crayola Canyon on an 8-game winning streak, but left the game wondering if they should have even bothered to pack their bats for the trip. J-Fer, as the kids call him, has most likely been one of your league’s best waiver pickups since his surprise call-up and is currently sporting a two-fitty ERA and a WHIP around 1.00. Oh, and then there are the strikeouts. 27 Ks over his last 16 innings and now 138 on the year is pretty impressive considering the kid couldn’t even have a drink in the Clevelander until this past Wednesday. Like most rookie pitchers, the dreaded innings cap is looming (word on the street is 170), but for now let’s enjoy the ride and appreciate nights like these when we get to see a future ace show his best stuff. Here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jake Marisnick – 3-for-5, double, run, RBI, and his first steal. Lost in some of the Yelich call-up hype was the fact that Marisnick is a nice toolsy young outfielder. I’d keep an eye on him as he had a really rough start but is heating up over the last week and could be a nice source of power and speed down the stretch.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 11 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Marlins. In Ohio, we know there are actually two Ubaldos. The one that has decent control, pitches well, and helps those in need. Then there’s the one that screws with your team’s ERA and WHIP and nudges the elderly into traffic. Guess which one this was.

Matt Carpenter – 0-for-6 with 3 Ks in a 13-3 win for the Cards. If you are visiting this site for the first time, two things. One, I apologize that you get me for your first post. Two, this is what is known around here as a Ticker Tease.

Allen Craig – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, and his 11th homer. Craig is an RBI machine and now has 84 on the year. Not to be confused with a WTF machine, which is what the opposing pitcher Bronson Arroyo was last night.

Joey Votto – 2-for-2, HR, 3 RBIs, and 2 walks. On a night when the Reds couldn’t do anything offensively, Votto did his Votto thing. Fun fact: Votto is Sicilian for “OBP beast”.

Chris Davis – 1-for-4 with his (80th?) homer and third in his last four games. Davis seems to hit his homers in bunches. This would be one of those bunches. Where you at, post-Derby naysayers?!

Nate McLouth – 2-for-5, 2 runs and a grand slam. Yeah that’s great and all, but where’s the steal yo?!

Brian Roberts – Placed on paternity leave. One of my favorite Bob Uecker lines is about the MLB paternity leave: “Player X was placed on paternity leave…and he wasn’t even showing!”

Michael Morse – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 12th homer. Morse came back from the DL with a bang, and despite the missed time could still eclipse 20 homers by the end of the year. That’s Morse code for “this guy has legit power.”

Logan Forsythe – 1-for-3 with his 4th homer. Grey asked you to BUY yesterday. I hope you obliged the mustachioed one.

Cody Ross – 4-for-5 with a slam & legs, 2 doubles, and 3 RBIs. Prior to the game, Ross told Boston media that he felt “lied to” by the organization regarding not wanting to sign him. Suggestion: DBacks should hire somebody to lie to Ross before every game.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5 with his 25th homer. Au Shizz!

Stephen Drew – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs, and his 8th homer. Drew went toe to toe with Ross on “who can show up your old team” night at Fenway.

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, double, run, RBI. He hit leadoff  again and now has 3 homers and 8 RBIs while hitting .321 over the past week. Like Cher, I wish I could turn back time to BUY Heyward when Grey first mentioned him.

B.J. Upton – 1-for-5 with 3 Ks in what looked to be his final rehab game before being activated today. It looks like we’ll have two more months of getting in trouble at work for our “why BJ sucks” Google results. He could pull it together and help your team with some power and speed over the last two months, or he could continue to tank. I would expect the latter and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, given that I traded for him back in April.

Delmon Young – 3-for-4 with a double and his 8th homer. Nothing to see here folks.

David Wright – 2-for-5 with his 16th homer. Wright left this game with a hamstring injury that looked more than minor. This is terrible timing considering a lot of fantasy trade deadlines are occurring and big pieces like Wright get moved all the time. Honestly, between Stanton, Hanley, and now Wright, I’m over hamstrings.

Billy Butler – Did not start due to neck stiffness. I didn’t realize neck stiffness was one of the symptoms of Blimpotence.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 20th homer. Owning an oft-injured guy like Tulowitzki is similar to being the parent of a teenager that comes home way after curfew. Whether he goes 5-for-5 or 0-for-5, you just end up saying “Thank God you’re okay. We were so worried about you.”

Junior Lake – 4 for 5, batting .323 with 4 homers since his callup. He’s got above average speed, some pop, and Grey asked you to BUY yesterday. What more do you need?

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, and the win. Is it just me, or would it be nice if this guy could get a little deeper into games? I feel like every time I watch him pitch he’s at 60 pitches by the end of the third inning. Still, the strikeouts are there and he walked zero in this last start, which is a good sign.

Hector Santiago – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks. Come for the stream, stay for the strikeouts.

Alex Rios – 2-for-3, RBI, and his 23rd steal. He now has as many steals as he did all of last season. The home run total might have come down, but with speed at a premium it’s hard to complain about his production.

Jurickson Profar – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, and his 4th homer. Ron Washington stated that he plans to keep Profar as an infielder even if Cruz is suspended. I have stopped trying to figure out this Profar situation with the Rangers, but it will be interesting to see what happens come Monday when the suspensions are handed out. If Profar somehow ends up with an everyday job, no matter what position, I feel like he can make an impact for fantasy teams down the stretch. On the flip side, if he continues to play all over the place and not on an everyday basis, he’s no different than the normal waiver fodder to me in mixed leagues.

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, a triple, and his 11th homer. Brandon’s belts were nice, but they probably weren’t enough to get him out of a platoon with Brett Pill, which is tough to swallow. (See what I did there?)

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, ER, 10 baserunners, 11 Ks, and the win vs. the Rays on the road. He’s been consistently great all year and now has nearly as many strikeouts as innings pitched to go along with his tidy WHIP.

Jarred Cosart – 7 IP, ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. Cosart has now allowed 1 ER or less in each of his starts. The biggest dis on him I could find was his control, and he only walked one in this appearance. He’s already on my radar (and on some of my teams) and he’s got the stuff to be a serviceable starter the rest of the way.

Melky Cabrera – To the DL with a bad meniscus and he could be out for more than the minimum. Fun fact: I threw the meniscus for my high school track and field team. I was a stud. Since the Melkman can’t deliver, it’ll be Rajai Davis time in left field. If you follow my steals column you know I love to start guys against the Angels, who are terrible at controlling the running game. Grey also told you to BUY Rajai, and the Halos allowed another three steals last night. SAGNOF!

Chris Nelson – 3-for-4, double, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. Nelson will get the playing time at third base now that Callaspo is gone. In 111 games with Colorado last year, Nelson hit .301 with 9 homers. He’s worth a look if you need to replace your hot corner. I’m looking at you, David Wright.

Ernesto Frieri – IP, 0 ER, 1 baserunner, 3 Ks, and his 26th save. After what can only be described as a terrible week, Frieri got back on the horse in a big way. This is exactly the kind of outing the Angels and his owners needed to step back from that ledge, my friends.

CC Sabathia – 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 14 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Padres at PetCo. You know what’s great about PetCo? It’s so pitching friendly. Just down right neighborly I tell ya!

Alex Rodriguez- 1-for-2 with a homer in his rehab start for Double-A Trenton. This whole thing would be more interesting if A-Rod did his press conferences in that centaur getup, and then one of his lawyers argued that he couldn’t be banned for life because he is actually an immortal mythical creature.

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  1. Bryan says:
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    Would you drop mclouth or Leonys for lake? Who do you prefer between Nate and leonys?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bryan: I like Martin best of the three and would hold McLouth. Thanks, Bryan!

  2. The Strolg says:
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    Life Of A Former Lifelong Cubs Fan:

    Cubs losing 6-2 bottom of the 9th, Marmol on the mound for LA with his usual can of gasoline at the ready, nobody out and Julio Borbon gets thrown out trying to steal 3rd on a ball in the dirt…Priceless!

  3. Cliffhanger says:
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    Sit two:
    Peavy, Kennedy, CJ Wilson, Lynn, Haren.
    Need Wins!
    Thanks in advance

  4. Annyong says:
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    Top 4 from this group?

    Kendrick
    Delgado
    Porcello
    Estrada
    Buehrle
    Cosart

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Annyong: Estrada, Buehrle, Porcello, Cosart…expect an eventual cap on Cosart’s innings, though

  5. JFK says:
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    Offering Pence (13th round keeper) + Wheeler (21st round keeper) + 7th round pick for Stanton (N/A) + Fister (10th round keeper) + 9th round pick to the last place guy who’s doing a firesale for next season.
    Unlikely that Fister would be kept by either team, so this is really a question about how high you’d expect Wheeler to get drafted next season (and, consequently, what his anticipated/perceived value should be).

    Is this enough, and if not, how much more would I have to give in draft pick value?
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @JFK: Looks fair to me…I don’t expect Wheeler to go crazy high next year and you’re helping your team compete now.

      • JFK says:
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        @Mike:

        Sweet, thx!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @JFK: anytime! You’re getting the best player in the deal with Stanton.

  6. Crumpy says:
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    Scouring the waiver wire for a replacement once Cruz gets put in the full Nelson. Does any one of these dudes stand out to you ROS: Yelich, L Cain, Venable, Saunders, Cody Ross?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Crumpy: I like Yelich the most of that bunch.

  7. Tip says:
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    As the resident steals expert, why has McLouth stopped running? Without them he is a marginal contributer.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Tip: Don’t know, to be honest. It could just be that he was a little over his head given that he hadn’t stolen more than 20 since 2008, and it’s just the natural regression to the normal pace. He’ll still steal over 30 bags, but the pace over the next two months could be painfully slow, like 3 or 4 a month slow. He’s got 165 SBO (stolen base opportunities) which is a lot at this point in the season and the Orioles seem to want to run, but expecting another 8 steal month from him like his April is probably wishful thinking.

  8. You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Looks like a good week to roster Rajai with Melky going down again. What do you say?

    Thanks!

  9. Alex says:
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    14 team keeper league, keep 12, the trade is Yu n Span n B Miller for Choo n Arenado n Archer….. Which side?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Alex: @Alex: I like the Choo side.

  10. Adam says:
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    Romo or Benoit ROS?
    Need saves
    Thx

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Adam: I’d lean Benoit

  11. Jason says:
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    Looks like Wright is headed to the DL. I have Sandoval to plug in right now. I could probably trade Granderson (my #6 OF) for Headly or just add Moustakas off waivers for insurance. What’s the move? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jason: I’d roll the dice with Moose Tacos before trading away a piece.

  12. AB says:
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    Who do you like tomorrow? Hernandez vs SF or Hughes @ SD
    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @AB: SON says Hughes (gets the nod for Ks) and I know better than to argue with robots

      • AB says:
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        @Mike: I know the whole you only think they’re your friend and they kill you in the end, but it’s only a slight edge and I could really use a win. Still go Hughes?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @AB: yea, it’s really close, but I still lean Hughes

          • AB says:
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            @Mike: Thanks Schmitty

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              @AB: no problem…I hope you get the W man.

  13. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on Bruce Chen from KS, has been looking solid, is he legit for ROS or just a streamer based on match ups?

  14. AJ says:
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    Thoughts on Bruce Chen from KS, has been looking solid, is he legit for ROS or just a streamer based on match ups?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @AJ: I like his home ballpark, but still think he is a streamer type.

  15. The Red Cyclones says:
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    I own Miggy in two leagues and I’m worried he’s going to be sent to the DL. Would it be inappropriate to try and trade him in the league where I have E5 for a good 1B package?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @The Red Cyclones: I’m not sure I totally understand what you mean by inappropriate. Offering a player in trade that is banged up, well, it’s up to both owners involved to do their due diligence. As far as would I trade Miggy, that would be a no in my opinion he is somebody I would want for the stretch run.

      • The Red Cyclones says:
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        @Mike: This is my second year of fantasy bb and I’m not certain what moves basically make you trade cancer for next season. Thanks for the advice, I’ll just hold Miggy and hope he isn’t out come fantasy playoff time. You guys are helping to keep me in the top 3 in two of my three leagues this year!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @The Red Cyclones: ha gotcha. No problem man. Glad your teams are doing well!

  16. Jason says:
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    What do you think of Ogando ROS? Iv’e been starting him at RP but Greg Holland just became available. Really want to pull the trigger but if he can pitch the way he did to start the year down the stretch he would be very valuable

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jason: I like Ogando, and I have always been a big fan of slotting decent starters with RP elig. in my relief slots. That said, if you need saves or are competing in saves, it would be wise to grab Holland. If Holland doesn’t help your team gain points in the standings, then Ogando is a guy that could be nice down the stretch. So it really depends on if your team needs saves to gain the most points.

      Simple answer…In a vacuum, I like Holland better.

      • Jason says:
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        @Mike: It’s a points league. Holland is 7th overall in points for RP eligible players in my League.
        Another question along the same lines….Thornburg gets 2 starts next week. If he does well do you think he could stick around? I feel like the Brewers have nothing to lose and might want to get an extended look as they start thinking about next year.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Jason: yeah, I’d go Holland. Hard to sya what the Brewers will do, but they have Estrada coming back soon as well. With guys like that I might give them a look for the two starts if I have a definite drop for them, and then just monitor it to see how it plays out.

  17. Matt P says:
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    In a QS league, is Wood worth holding onto or is the regression we were all expecting finally here? I’m thinking of dropping him for Cosart…

    Ian Kennedy rosterable in a 12 team mixed league now that he’s pitching at Petco?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Matt P: I like Cosart better than Wood, just be mindful of a possible innings cap.

      I owned Kennedy before the trade, and was very happy to see him go to PetCo. I think he’s def. worth a look. All his problems won’t magically go away, but the strikeouts are there and the park will help his ratios a bit.

  18. Bob says:
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    giving up goldy for jfer in dynasty league to much?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bob: Yeah, I think it is. Goldy is a Top 25 player at worst and given the volatility of pitchers I’d much rather have Goldy.

  19. baseballss says:
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    ian desmond or brad miller ROS?

  20. JJ says:
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    Who would you drop to activate Granderson?

    JJ HARDY
    A.CABRERA
    C.CRISP

    I have H.Ramirez starting at SS so position is not an issue

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @JJ: A-Cab

  21. Marqo says:
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    It is J-Fear! J-FEAR!!!

  22. Larry says:
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    Buxton and A Jax okay for Cutch if going for it this year?

  23. CelticPride says:
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    H2H league counting OPS. Butler or Smoak ROS?

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