#75 Robbie Grossman (L) – Hou – OF – @NYY (McCarthy-R) – 1:05 PM – 1% owned
The answer is… it doesn’t matter. You’re adding him to your fantasy lineup, not wining and dining the poor fella. As far as I’m concerned, the grosser the better. I’d add two of him if I could on Thursday, when he squares off against Brandon McCarthy in Yankee Stahdium. Lefties hit cheapos there all the time, and as a lefty, Grossman is a decent bet to do just that. Overall, he has been pretty abysmal this year, but in the past week he’s been hot fire flames with a .308 average, one homer and five RBI. For what it’s Wuertz (what ever happened to that guy?), Hitter-Tron thinks there’s a 1-in-11 chance Grossman goes yard. Good luck finding another player available in 99 percent of RCL’s with those odds, Tom Dwan.
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#99 Jose Ramirez (S) – Cle – 2B/SS – @Min (Hughes-R) – 1:10 PM – 2% owned
Ramirez ain’t been all that in 100 PAs for the Indians this year, but what he has been is someone who can swipe bags. Last year at Double-A he stole 38 of ’em, and this year he had 20 in Triple-A before getting the call. It’s embarrassing, but you see I really need to add some steals to my season-to-date stats… so wahlah, I present Jose Ramirezzzhh (sigh). I’m trying here people, gimme just one more second. It should be noted that Jose, he of the 10 some-odd homers in his four year minor league career, hit his first major league career home run off Brandon McCarthy two Sundays ago. At Yankee Stadium. And this ball traveled no more than 320 feet. For relevance re-read above.
#113 Zach Walters (S) – Cle – 3B – @Min (Hughes-R) – 1:10 PM – 1% owned
First off, no, I did not pick Walters just because he’s also on the Indians, allowing me to copy/paste most of the above formatting. Second off, let me give you an analogy. Ramirez :: steals as Walters :: home runs. Didn’t think you’d see that formatting again, did ya? Sorry if I conjured up bad third grade memories of Suzie calling you a weirdo after you ate a glue stick. Maybe that was kindergarten. Any-the-hoo! Walters gets big knocks like a door, with 17 in 67 Triple-A games and another five in 67 major league PAs. Yeah, he’s struck out in a Custian 37 percent of his appearances at the plate, but there’s plenty of reward here if he makes contact. Big If.
#146 Cliff Pennington (R) – Ari – 2B/SS – @Was (Gonzalez-L) – 4:05 PM – 2% owned
The Pennyman’s been turning back the dial like its… umm… I guess 2010? A .250 average, 6 homers and 29 steals from a MI, I’ll take it! Anyways, Cliff’s got eight hits in the past week, one being a home run. Don’t expect more of that, but as Grey will tell you, Gio’s been reach base-able this year, and that’s all you gotta do to please me.
#137 Jake Goebbert (L) – SDP– 1B/OF– @LAD (Greinke-R) – 10:10 PM – 0% owned
This is probably the first and last time you’ll ever consider adding Goebbert, so why not? Let’s see. He’s got a triple in his last two games so he could get another one of those. (Also bet on the Superbowl starting with a safety whilst you’re at it.) He was recently in the A’s organization so Billy Beane saw something in him at least once. He’s also got a pretty flexible name like “he really Gloebberted that one” so I think you can have some fun with him. It doesn’t matter to me, man.