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Heading into the stretch run you are either on the playoff bus or it turned you into roadkill three weeks ago. Somebody get a shovel, please. Imagine the playoff bus looking like the Partridge Family multi-colored ride, fantasy baseball is our family band and I’m your David Cassidy.  I think I love you and we’re about to win you your fantasy league. If you lost Carlos Gonzalez or own a hurtin’ Miggy, let your humble Guru find you some late season power. Need some steals, some saves? Let the man in the shiny turban lead you to cheap SAGNOF. Still searching for solid starting pitching? Follow your Goo as we consult the oracle known as the SON. Just don’t interrupt his “private time” with my Roomba. The playoffs are coming, bragging rights are on the line and there’s room on the bus. Just don’t sit next to Danny Bonaduce and keep your filthy paws off Susan Dey. She’s mine! It’s time to jam it or cram it.

 

Jam or Cram: L.J. Hoes, OF, Houston Astros

Availability: 94% Yahoo, 84% ESPN

Stats Last Week: 2 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB, .179 AV

The Gist: When the South Main Baptist Church in Houston heard that the Astros had traded Bud Norris for a bunch of Hoes, they immediately set upon Minute Maid Park with bibles and snakes in hand. How disappointed they must have been to discover that the Hoes in question was just a skinny outfielder hitting .283.

Key Stat: The Hoes be stealin’. He’s nabbed seven bags in 27 games.

X-File: Over the last three weeks, Hoes ranks 13th among outfielders in Fantasy points.

Jam it or Cram it: Hoes has no power, not a lot of RBI potential, but could give you a SAGNOF boost during the playoff push. Pool any waiver cash you have left and stuff it into Hoes rainbow-colored thong. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Avisail Garcia, OF, Chicago White Sox

Availability: 95% Yahoo, 97% ESPN

Stats Last Week: 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .476 AV

The Gist: Dubbed “Little Miggy” by Baseball America, Garcia has hit .360 with a couple of homers, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored since landing on Chicago’s South Side in the Jake Peavy trade. Did they dub anyone “Little Iggy” in that trade? Probably not.

Key Stat: Garcia was tearing it up at Triple-A before the trade with a .376 average, six homers, 27 RBI, 32 runs, six steals, a .419 on-base percentage and .555 slugging percentage in 47 games.

X-File: Garcia has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. His BABIP is at .377.

Jam it or Cram it: Garcia is just the kind of hot bat that will help down the stretch and keeper league owners should stash him away for 2014. Grab some Avisail and apply liberally to your irritated fantasy rosters. It’ll relieve any stat itch that’s ailing you. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros

Availability: 73% Yahoo, 55% ESPN

Stats Last Week: 4 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .273 AV

The Gist: CC has popped up in our jammer crammer a few times this season. Usually, I talk about his power potential then make an X-Files joke about the truth being out there. Today I will just ask why you don’t own a player with 27 homers and 77 RBI?

Key Stat: Oh, it’s because Carter is hitting .217.

X-File: The truth is Carter’s average will be a non-factor on your team the rest of the way.

Jam it or Cram it: If you’re hurting for power after losing Jose Bautista or Carlos Gonzalez, head down to your local waiver wire office and pick up some CC. He could go all Brandon Moss and hit 5 homers in a week. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Billy Hamilton, OF/SS, Cincinnati Reds

Availability: 87% Yahoo, 95% ESPN

Stats Last Week: B-Ham has been marinating in the minors all season.

The Gist: Prospect and SAGNOF lovers rejoice, Hamilton will be called up to the Reds on Monday. This is great news if you’re a steals seeker. Hamilton truly has off-the-charts speed with 75 stolen bases in 90 attempts. The problem is whether or not he’ll get regular playing time or will just shine Dusty’s shoes.

Key Stat: Since July, Hamilton is hitting .283 with 17 stolen bases at Triple-A Louisville.

X-File: B-Ham will probably just be a pinch running option over the next week or so.

Jam it or Cram it: Hamilton will be the latest prospect to get a call up, be among the most added, then sit on the bench. I’m having a Xander Bogaerts flashback. But B-Ham is so tempting. He’s hit .256/.308/.344 with 18 doubles, four triples, six homers, 41 RBI, 74 runs and 75 steals this season. I just can’t resist. JAM

 

Jam or Cram: Danny Duffy, SP, Kansas City Royals

Availability: 81% Yahoo, 96% ESPN

Stats Last Week: 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP

The Gist: If your fake baseball team has resorted to daily streaming, Duffy’s matchup against the Mariners on Monday is a must add. In his first 16 1/3 innings, Duffy has two wins, allowed just two runs while posting a 17/5 K/BB ratio.

Key Stat: Like strikeouts? Duffy’s K/BB in 69 innings in the minors was 87/30.

X-File: Duffy is just a year removed from Tommy John surgery.

Jam it or Cram it: Duffy is worth a stream for those fighting for wins and K’s. His WHIP won’t help you much and SON is lukewarm on him for Monday, but I need strikeouts. SON get off my X-Box! JAM

 

Jam it or Cram it: LaTroy Hawkins, RP, New York Mets

Availability: 75% Yahoo, 48% ESPN

Stats Last Week: 1 Save, 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 2 K, 19.24 ERA, 2.14 WHIP

The Gist: More SAGNOF love is possible from the 67-year-old Hawkins. With Mets closer Bobby Parnell likely toast for the year, Hawkins will get his chances and could vulture a few saves for you.

Key Stat: Hawkins owns a 3.53 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 44/10 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings with six saves this year.

X-File: While Hawkins is 5 of 6 in save chances, the Mets may elect to try some young blood in the closers role.

Jam it or Cram it: Hawkins is available to the truly desperate SAGNOF’ers, but his finest attribute is his willingness to use his nether regions for a 60 win team. CRAM

That, my friends, is an athletic supporter.

While you’re getting your rosters set for the playoff push, set your sights also on the fine folks over at DraftKings. Next weeks Razzball/DraftKings contest will be the last one of the year. Get in on the action. 50 spots, $10-per entry, six tasty payouts with first place pulling in a cool $300.

Thanks for riding the Razzball bus. The Goo is available for all your jammer crammer questions. Follow The Guru on Twitter @TheGuruGS  for the daily jam or cram, fantasy roster 411’s and other gooey shenanigans

 

From Around The Web

  1. You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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    oh guru,

    is the future so bright for mini miggy that i might grab him instead of will venable?

    ta

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I’d stick with Will, but I do like the Mini Miggy.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    As a Jim Johnson owner, is it now safe to drop Tommy Hunter? Looking to grab Garcia as bench bat.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Looks like JJ is safe for now. If you need the bat grab Garcia.

  3. Momuirnin says:
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    I always preferred the Brady Bunch. You have to admit “Sunshine Day” rocks! But back to baseball fantasies…do you think Hamilton is worth a roster spot, Goo?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Those “singing” Brady’s had nothing on the Partridges!

      If you have room and need steals, Hamilton is worth a gamble.

  4. Momuirnin says:
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    No, I need you to help me through fantasy football. I will admit neither band is currently on my iPod but I always had a thing for Peter Brady. Remember how cute he was when his voice changed??

    • Tommy Butler says:
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      @Momuirnin: if you need help with fantasy football you better stop thinking about peter Brady and start thinking about Tom Brady.

  5. Tommy Butler says:
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    Will xander bogaerts have much fantasy value by the end of the regular season? I have him in both of my fantasy baseball leagues and only really need him in one. I currently only own him because he is a member of the sox. Lay your wisdom apon me, oh guru!

    • The Guru

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      Hey Tommy, getting regular playing time seems to be Xander’s problem. He’s getting just 2 or 3 starts a week and may not help you much going down the stretch.

  6. showryuken says:
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    Hi,

    From a pure value standpoint, who do you take next year Albert Pujols or Kenley Jansen?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Pujols. He’ll be healthy and hitting.

  7. "Topes says:
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    Would you drop Corbin (after his last 2 starts) in a super shallow 8 team league H2H, moving into the playoffs, to pick up either:

    Nolasco
    Chacin
    Estrada
    Garza
    Samardzja

    or Hold Corbin.

    Thanks!

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Think I’m leaning Graza here.

  8. The Thumb says:
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    Well it’s pretty fair to say that Haren’s start against the Mets and Wood’s start against the Marlins today have killed my title hopes. Go figure.

    • Nepalese boxscorer #2 says:
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      @The Thumb: Yeah, the same happened to me. That horrific outing from Wood today, right after I got good old fashioned Cleveland Streamers from Marco Estrada and Doug Fister earlier in the week.

      In addition to Duffy, you might consider Salazar’s next start against the Mets if he’s available. I’m also have my eye on any A’s pitching at home vs Houston this week–Gray, Griffin, Straily. And Haren’s next start is vs MIA….then again so was Wood’s today…

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Nepalese boxscorer #2: I only have about 100 innings left so I’m just going to milk all I can out of Greinke Latos and Liriano.

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      The fantasy god’s frowned upon us today.

  9. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Alex Wood and Benoit hath betrayed me!!!

    The wheels are falling off my fantasy baseball train. I’m trying to get 2nd place but my team has decided to self destruct.

    And I missed out on Duffy on the wire. Hitter tron told me to pick up Chris Carter to start last week, instead I went with Plouffe goes the Dynamite….

    Talk me off the ledge Guru…

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Don’t jump yet, Sir Bacon. You’re still in it.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @The Guru: Well I just picked up Carter. Might be a week too late, hopefully not!

        Thanks for talking me down. That was close!

        Speaking of Roomba, have you seen this video yet?

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIblMtZ0EYk

        Someone gets a little too excited for shark week…but that cat is pretty bad ass

        • The Guru

          The Guru says:
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          Carter could win you the week! Or you might end up on the ledge again.

          Cat in a shark suit? Ducks? Roombas? Hammerhead dogs? America is a wonderful country.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @The Guru: I know! That video made my day today…until Alex Wood and Benoit shat all over my team.

            Guru, when are you gonna be on a podcast again? Did they give up on you after some of your no-shows? Nick doesn’t put up with sh!t does he?

            • The Guru

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              Hey, I missed one show early in the season due to a mix up. Not sure why there’s no love for the Goo…or Tehol…or Smokey…or Terse. The Razzball podcast is one of the good ones,though and Nicks a cool guy, good at what he does.

              • Shake N Bacon says:
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                @The Guru: Ha, I was just messing with ya. It’s too bad the podcast couldn’t be an hour long. They could fit more of you guys in. Obviously you guys are doing all of this for free, so it’s understandable why you’re limited. The podcast is definitely the highlight of my day when I get to listen to it.

                • The Guru

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                  I’m a fan as well and it’s fun to leave my Gooey stain here in the Razzball world. Ha!

                  Are you a fantasy footballer as well? Sky does some really good work there and we’ll be doing a jam or cram for FF once the season kicks off.

                  • Shake N Bacon says:
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                    @The Guru: Yes sir, I enjoy myself some fantasy football for sure. I’m in an RCL league with frequent commenter Prezi actually.

                    I’m looking forward to the J or C for football.

                    For a preview, are you jamming or cramming Jonathan Franklin this year? I drafted him near the end of one of my drafts and it is sounding like he isn’t impressing so far. I don’t really have anyone to pick up, so I’m going to hold for now. He’s probably the first to go though once this years Kevin Ogletree appears :)

                    • The Guru

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                      I’m cramming Franklin for now. A guy I’m looking at is Knile Davis in KC. He’s Charles’ backup and could get quite a few touches in Reid’s offense.

                  • Shake N Bacon says:
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                    @The Guru: Hmm, that’s a good call. especially because I have Charles. Hot damn, I’m gonna make my first move. Good call Guru. Gracias!

                    JAM

                    • The Guru

                      The Guru says:
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                      While I’m not a big believer in handcuffing in FF, this one seems to make sense and is getting no play.

  10. Desperate for pitching says:
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    Would you drop Dempster for Duffy ROS in 14 team mixed league 5×5 roto? In a tuesday to tuesday league, would you start either this week ahead of lincecum, Vargas, colon, porcello or redmond? In second place, killing it on hitting but suffering on pitching …

    • The Guru

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      I’d drop him for Duffy. Dempster is bullpen bound me thinks. Probably not a popular choice, but I’m rolling Timmy out there this week.

  11. Duel Time says:
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    Do you think we will see George Spinger in the final 4 weeks?

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      I think the Astros will call him up and there’s SAGNOF to be had.

  12. Chris says:
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    Which two of this group should I use as my final starters this week: Archer @ Angels; Latos vs. StL.; J. Parker vs. Texas or J. Niese @ Cle. Thanks.

    • The Guru

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      Give me Latos and Archer this week. I think they are the best bet for meaningful stats.

  13. FilthyRich says:
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    Need HRs, Runs and RBI. WHich would you start this week: Khris Davis, Schierholtz or Avisail

    • The Guru

      The Guru says:
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      Give me Avisail. Thank me later. Or kick me in the…

  14. Desperate for pitching says:
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    Looks like wacha getting the start tues for St. Louis. How would you rank him vs Duffy?

    • The Guru

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      I’m taking Duffy, he may not grab a “w”, but I expect a quality stat filled line.

  15. Abdoozy says:
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    Why I like this game…
    As of this morning I was down 9-3 in my $$$ H2H playoff battle and all but dead. I needed a miracle: something like three QS and 24 Ks from four streamers plus Greinke, and from my hitters merely a .444 average, a 1.500 OPS, and at least one bonehead move on the part of my hubris-infused opponent.
    I got all the above, including him leaving Shields on the bench today.
    Still, it came down to the 9th inning of the last game. Zimmerman only hitting fifth in the inning.. If he gets a single, I take the lead in avg by .002, and win 6-5-1, provided it’s his last AB. If he even gets up.
    He gets an infield single. Scores the winning run. Mets go down meekly.
    I am now the chairman of the Central Oregon Coast chapter of the Ryan Zimmerman Fan club.
    And very happy the Mets have a crap closer.

    • The Guru

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      Congrats, Abdoozy. The fantasy god’s smiled on you today. Tomorrow they rip your heart out and eat it in front of you. Ha! But that’s part of the fun.

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @The Guru: thanks man, owe a good portion of it to you. The checks in the mail.

        Oh and I won avg by .0002, not .oo2. Even better.

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