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Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect Manny Machado showed us exactly why he’s their top prospect last night, putting on an impressive display of power in just his second major league game with two home runs and four RBIs. OMGDROPEVERYTHINGANDGOPICKHIMUP!!! Well, not exactly. All the ‘perts say that Machado isn’t MLB-ready, as evidenced by his .266/.350/.431 line in the minors this year. But Machado is projected to be a stud as soon as next year, so… why not this year? He’s already the youngest player ever to have a multi-homer game. In addition, he’s got 2 hits in each of his first two games starting at third base and if he keeps it up he should be batting in the heart of that Baltimore line up in no time. I mean, really, who else do they have? With the Orioles in a battle for a wild card spot (I know, it still sounds weird), Machado could find himself in the race for October and maybe, just maybe, he’s one of the guys that’s going to help get them there. Manny has all the tools (10 HRs, 14 SBs in AA) to be bona fide fantasy stud and with shortstop and (soon) third base eligibility he could be mighty valuable.  I’m not saying he’ll hit 2 HRs every night out, but… wow, wouldn’t that be awesome? And you don’t want to be the guy who waited too long to snatch him up and missed out on the only free agent SS/3B who hits 2 bombs every night! If you can make room on your roster I’d stash Manny Machado everywhere I could for now, just to see what he does next.

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

Clay Buchholz — 9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 Ks. His second complete game of the year and hasn’t given up more than 2 ER in a start since July 14. All Day Clay has quietly become the Red Sox best pitcher since the All Star break. That’s probably more telling of how bad Lester and Beckett have been than how good Buchholz has been.

Will Middlebrooks — Left the game in the 9th inning after being HBP on the wrist. Early reports say the wrist is broken and he could miss the entire rest of the season. I’d expect Danny Valencia (Ugh) and Nick Punto (double-UGH!) to see time at 3rd if Middlebrooks is out indefinitely. The Red Sox could certainly use a little Youkilis right about now.

Ryan Ludwick — 2-for-5 with a 2-run HR and 4 runs scored. Ludwick lud-whacked his 20th home run, well Lud-dee-da.

Justin Germano — 5.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 K. Make no mistake, this was no fault of the Stream-o-Nator. There were a number of factors acting against “the Germ” today including some crazy wind (I guess that’s why they call it the “Windy” City! LOL! Amirite?) and three errors by the Cubbies. I like Justin a lot next week versus Houston, but I like the majority of major league pitchers against Houston.

Starlin Castro — 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and his 19th SB. Oh my Starlin, oh my Starlin, oh my Staaaarlin stole a base! He’s my shortstop, I’m so happy, when Starlin Castro, steals a baaaase!

Aroldis Chapman — 1.1 IP, 3 Ks and his 26th save. How far do you think he can throw a shot put?

Dustin Pedroia — 2-for-3 with a RBI and a SB. Now has a 6-game hitting streak and three straight multi-hit games. Elves always perform better the closer it gets to Christmas. It would surprise no one if Dustin turns into a fantasy monster for the last few weeks of the season.

Paul Maholm — Complete game shut out, 3 Hs, 5 Ks and his 10th win. Somebody likes their new teeeeeam….

Jason Heyward — 1-for-4 with a 2-run HR, his 19th. Call me crazy but something tells me Jay-Hey is gonna be a top 20 player next year. Okay, don’t call me crazy, it hurts my feelings.

Justin Ruggiano — 1-for-4 with his 10th HR. Has now homered in back to back games and has a nice little five game hitting streak. Honestly, 10 HR, 10 SB and a .350 AVG in just 160 ABs? Ruggiano should be owned everywhere right now.

Anthony Gose – 1-for-4 with 2 SB – SAGNOF!

Travis Snider — 2-for-5 with a 3-run HR, his first as a member of the Pirates. Starling Marte (2-for-5, SB, how awesome has this guy been?) and Snider did all they could for James McDonald (4.1 IP, 7 ER) but they were no match for Padres “star” third baseman Chase Headley‘s 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. Big ouch for McDonald owners, not sure I’d trust James until I see a good start out of him.

Huston Street — 1.0 IP and his 21st save. Suffered a left calf injury on the final play of the game. Unfortunately, word on the Streets is not good. Likely head to the DL, Dale Thayer or Luke Gregerson will likely replace him closing game for San Diego, so add if you need saves.

Desmond Jennings — 3-for-4 with 3 runs and an RBI. Now there’s the Desmond Jennings I drafted way too early! He performed so well at the end of 2011, perhaps he’s just been waiting for August? Better August than never.

Matt Joyce — 2-for-4 with his 13th HR and 4 RBIs as the Rays scored 12 runs. Maybe the Rays just missed Evan Longoria, they are 3-0 since his return to the line up.

Brandon McCarthy — 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks. A tough assignment in his return from a long DL stint, but Brandon pitched admirably. Grey told you to BUY him, if he’s still a free agent in your league I’d grab him everywhere. He gets KC next week.

A.J. Pierzynski — 1-for-3 with his 22nd HR. With the success of Chooch, Molina and a host of other free agent catchers, I’m definitely not overpaying for a catcher again in my drafts next year.

Mark Rogers — 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks. Rogers has pitched well in his first three starts and amassed 20 strikeouts in just 17.2 IP. (Mmmmm.) I’d stay away from his start next week in Colorado, but I’ve got my eye on you Rogers.

John Axford — .1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER and another blown save. Francisco Rodriguez was just as bad setting him up surrendering a home run to Carlos Corporan. Manager Ron Roenicke announced post game that Jim Henderson will handle the closing duties from here on out. Fantasy owners would have made the change weeks ago. Henderson is an immediate add in all formats as he should see the majority of Milwaukee’s save chances going forward.

Roy Halladay — 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 8 Ks. Yeah, I think it’s safe to say he’s back to form.

Carlos Beltran — 2-for-4 with his 28th HR. Probably 15 home runs more than even he expected to hit.

Prince Fielder — 1-for-4 with a 3-run HR. Batting .484 in August with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs. Bow to the prince. I said bow!

Josh Hamilton — 1-for-3 with his 31st HR. Now has an 8-game hitting streak and has homered in back to back games. Remember earlier this year when you had to mention Hamilton every night, because like Trout he just kept filling up the stat sheet? How the mighty have fallen, but he shall rise again (like the Dark Knight!).

Stephen Strasburg — 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks and his 13th win. The Straborg was a machine last night giving up only one hit as he edges closer to that imaginary/rumored/ever-changing innings limit. That’s 26.2 innings or approximately 4 starts if you believe what they’re saying — just in time to miss your head-to-head playoffs. D’oh!

Jayson Werth — 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs. If he’s still sitting on waivers in your league, he could be Werth the pick up.

Kendrys Morales — 2-for-4 now batting .355 in August. Grey told you to BUY him. Need a power hitter who hits 5th in possibly the best line up in baseball? Why not Zoidberg — err, I mean Morales!

Mike Trout — 1-for-3 with his 21st HR and 5 RBIs. As always, I save the best for last. And Mike Trout is the best. I’m not ashamed to say I love him more than I could ever love a human baby.

Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap, as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

  1. iaoto says:

    How would you rank Morales, Jon Jay and Ruggiano?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @iaoto, Depends on need. Ruggiano is the most well rounded but I’d grab Morales for power and Jay for speed/avg. But if you need them ranked I’d probably go: Ruggiano, Morales, Jay.

      • iaoto says:

        @Blairtch, Thanks. And you’re right I should clarify a bit more. I’m looking to fill a need in Runs, and any 1Bs/Avg would be frosting.

        • Dan Pants

          Blairtch says:

          @iaoto, I think Jay is your best bet if you need runs

  2. Deadwoods says:

    I’m fourth in a 10-team head-to-head. I’ll make it into the playoffs but I’ll likely get crushed because of weak pitching. Would it be suicidal to offer Reyes for Zimmerman, even though SS is thin and I’d have to ride the WW for SS from here on in. I’m taking into consideration that Fiers has an innings limit and Marcum’s production upon his return is unknown. My players are below. Thanks

    Salvador Perez
    Billy Butler
    Brandon Phillips
    Chris Johnson
    Manny Machado
    Ryan Braun
    Adam Jones
    Mike Trout
    Ian Kinsler
    Anthony Rizzo
    Jose Reyes
    Nelson Cruz

    Marcum (DL)

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Deadwoods, Your pitching actually seems pretty strong to me, but if you think you need another ace it looks like you could spare Reyes.

  3. Rags says:

    In first in an NL-only roto keeper league by 14 points, most of that in hitting. Would you trade Altuve (who can’t be kept with the Astros moving) to the team in fifth for Taillon and a pick?

    We could conceivably drop 5 total points in SB, R, and OBP and still be well in first.

    Our replacement for Altuve would be Denorfia, Reed Johnson, Dobbs, or Valbuena type player.

    Would you rather have Rubby de la Rosa at 6 for next year or Taillon who is free to keep until he’s called up but 10 once he’s up.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Rags, I’d stick with Altuve and and win the whole thing. The keepers you’d get in return don’t seem substantial enough to risk it.

  4. RGP says:

    i thought it was monday when i saw your post. i figured my starting pitching staff must have really roofied me.

    thanks for the weekend post!

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @RGP, thanks for reading!

  5. Sean says:

    I own Rogers in two deep formats but have to point out this start was against the Astros, who are terrible against anyone who isn’t a Milwaukee reliever.

    Ruggiano can’t keep a BABIP over .400 forever, right? That’s Austin Jackson’s job :)

  6. Kid A says:

    Quick Q:

    Couple of points up on the competition. Looking to pump up my avg./speed while maintaining as much pop as possible.

    Rizzo, Marte or Jay ROS?


    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Kid A, Rizzo should be owned,, but won’t offer much in the way of speed. Marte could be a good power/speed combo, and I’d want Jay for avg/speed.

  7. Real McCoy says:

    I need to drop 1 of these players

    C. Johnson, Craig, Revere, or B Phillips

    Current League Standings (10-team)
    6th: Runs
    1st: HR
    1st: RBI
    9th: SB
    5th: AVG

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Real McCoy, If you think you can make up ground in SB I’d drop Johnson, if not I’d drop Revere.

  8. smegma says:

    Is Straily worth a ww claim or just hope he clears waivers? He was dropped yesterday and clears tomorrow morning.

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @smegma, Sure. I especially like his start in KC.

  9. Ari says:

    12 team keeper league.
    Was offered Mike Fiers and a 1st round pick for Roy Halladay and a 22nd round pick.
    Should I consider this trade or is it as crazy as I first thought it was?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @Ari, I’d want Halladay.

  10. All Braun No Brains says:

    I wasn’t really concered about saves and I made a trade sending cishek away and then huston street got hurt I could use another closer, but this is a heavy saves league and everyone is mainly snatched up. Any chance Casilla gets back to the closer role?

    • Dan Pants

      Blairtch says:

      @All Braun No Brains, Yeah, I’m not convinced Casilla’s fully lost the job yet either. If Jim Henderson is still available, he could be a good source of saves.

      • All Braun No Brains says:

        @Blairtch, he is not like i said i wasn’t chasing i was set but now i’m back in that chasing mode a little late casilla might be the best saves prospect unless you know of someone totally under the radar.

  11. Anthony says:

    [email protected] In a fantasy h2h 12 man pts league. Score is 230-228 my lead coming into today. I have sheets pitching tonight for sunday night baseball @ NYM, lance lynn @ Phi and gallardo @ Hou. My opponent only has cueto pitching. Do u think this should be enough or take my chances with another pitcher like Corbin vs the nats ?

    • Dan Pants

      blairtch says:

      @Anthony, Sorry I missed this question Anthony. I hope everything turned out alright, I might grab Corbin anyway he gets Houston this week.

  12. Tim says:

    Please pick 2 to stream on Monday..


    • Dan Pants

      blairtch says:

      @Tim, All great options. I’d probably go with Samardzia and Minor. Really like Fiers but he is in Coors.

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