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

Mike Moustakas left yesterday’s game with a groin injury that could end his season, which would also end his sophomore slump (the “o” is silent in sophomore, like when you make love to your woman — oofa!)  The 2nd season like the 2nd Greek letter is beta.  Beta is also a testing phase when the most kinks are found.  So, naturally, we should expect guys in beta to perform for stretches and then find they have serious compatibility issues with major league pitching, right?   Well, there’s no scientific evidence to support this.  Sure, Austin Jackson and Jason Heyward’s 2011 seasons were miserable and this year we got the same from Hosmer and Moustakas, but Gaby Sanchez was fine for two years, then hit a what?  Junior year slump?  John Axford also had a solid sophomore year and hit the junior year slump, if there is any such thing, and all that progress Boesch made his sophomore year disappeared this year, too.  Craig Kimbrel and Giancarlo knew of no sophomore slumps, but the latter is draped every night in the Shroud of Turin, so there’s that.  Freddie Freeman and Mark Trumbo built on their rookie years.  Maybe pitchers take the sophomore slump better, unless they were just pitched in too many innings — hello, Michael Pineda and Brandon Beachy.  Or maybe pitchers are just as susceptible.  What does all this mean?  It means there’s a whole lot more confirmation bias than actual sophomore slumps, i.e., if you want to see a sophomore slump in some instances and not in others, then you can.  So if there’s no sophomore slump, why am I worried about drafting Mike Trout in the first five picks next year and expecting Mike Moustakas and Hosmer to bounce back in their junior years?  Damn you, illogic and ill reasoning.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Luke Hochevar - 4 2/3 IP, 9 ER.  He ends the season with a 5.73 ERA.  For fantasy, Luke should be banned in the USA.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and 16th homer as the Indians massacred the Royals.  Retribution 500 years in the making.   Now let the Indians put a casino on Grady Sizemore’s gravesite.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a steal.   Has 15 homers and 21 steals with a .283 average.  Shin-Soo is one of those 5-category performers that just doesn’t have huge upside in any category.  Martin Prado also comes to mind.  David Murphy could be added to that list.  They’re like getting five deuces when you’re playing with ten wild cards.  It’s a decent hand, but it’s probably gonna get beat.

Jim Johnson – Recorded his 50th save to go with 41 Ks.  At least Fernando Rodney’s soul will have some company in eternal damnation.

Nate McLouth – 2-for-4 with a slam (7) and legs (11).  Sloth, “McLouth!  McLouth!  McLouth!  Baby McLouth!”

Chris Davis – 2-for-3 with his 5th homer in the last 4 games.  Now has 31 homers and a .272 average and a K-rate just off 30%.  Also with around a 30% K-rate?  Dunn, Stubbs, Pedro Alvarez, Carlos Pena and Mini Donkey.  In other words, Davis has the best average out of all of those guys by nearly 30 points.  In other other words, Davis is a butterfly sneezing in Indonesia away from hitting .220.

Jason Giambi – Done for the season with a hernia.  Backdate this to 2008.

Mike Adams – Dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome.  Isn’t a thoracic something cockroaches have?  Well, if North Korea ever nukes us, I’m drafting Mike Adams!

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, will finish the year 17-6/3.05/1.12/216 in 215 1/3 IP and one lesson taught to Bryce Harper.  Hamels had the third least amount of contact made of any qualified starter in the major leagues when a batter swung a bat.  Seven percent less contact was made against Hamels than the average pitcher.  He had the best swinging strike percentage.  That means no other starter had batters miss as many pitches.  All you really need in life is stuff and Hamels has it.

Phil Hughes – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  As Andy Pettitte and Eric Chavez and Ichiro and A-Rod and Ibanez and Russell Martin and Jeter show, Hughes needs another fifteen years of seasoning.

Brett Lawrie – Speaking of seasoning, Lawrie went 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 11th homer.  Here’s to him being one of my 2013 Junior Year All-Stars.  In your junior year, you get your license, your first real girlfriend and first debilitating case of the pimples while figuring out major league pitching.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-3 with his 3rd homer in the last two games.  When he turns 35, he’s going to get himself a huge payday from the Yankees.

Luis Cruz – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 6th homer.  I’ve been rocking him at my SS spot for a while.  That’s shortstop spot.  I’m not in some weird Nazi league.

Carlos Beltran – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and two homers.  Last year, Lance Berkman went all Great Zombino on the Cards, this year Carlos Beltran.  If I were Vernon Wells, I’d take a $20 million dollar pay cut and go to St. Louis.

Pete Kozma – 3-for-3, 1 run and 3 RBIs.  He has 11 RBIs in the last week and is batting over .400.  He’s hot and this may be your last chance to own Kozma.  I mean ever for his career, because he’s not this good, but grab him now.

David Price - 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks to secure his 20th win.  Now let the Tampa Bay-area Jews haggle over Price and whether their Star of David will win the Cy Young.  Please don’t tell them he’s not Jewish, they’re still reeling from Zobrist, who they thought was mishpocheh.

B.J. Upton – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and 2 homers, his 27th and 28th.  Uh-oh, I just had a flash forward of what Fox is going to do during the playoffs.  When they do their pre-game opening, they’re gonna have the Black Eyed Peas singing “My Humps” only they’re going to be singing about pitchers taking the hump.  Only we can stop my flash forward from coming true.  Please, we have to stop this!

Huston Street – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Has now given up runs in every appearance since he’s returned.  Member last week when I said I was going to drop him because I don’t need the saves?  Yeah, I’m a flippin’ idiot and forgot to drop him.  Consarnit!

Everth Cabrera – 0-for-2, 2 runs with 4 steals.  Four steals with no hits is the most beautiful line.  It shows me that a guy is still trying to give fantasy value even when everything else fails.  An 0-for-2 with 4 steals is a line for all those SAGNOF’ers that never had a chance.  That 0-for-2 with 4 steals is pouring out a little of its St. Ides for Eric Young Jr.

Logan Forsythe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Grandal and Headley also went deep, but they were facing some peg boy.

Tim Lincecum – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks and three homers surrendered in Petco.  From the files of Not True, But It Seems Like It:  The last pitcher to give up three homers in Petco was Jamie Moyer in 1987.

Kris Medlen – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks to move his record to 10-1 and move me two and half inches northwest.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-3 and 7 for his last 13.  Pastronicky ran off with Carmella, which means Andrelton will be the Braves starting shortstop for 2013.  Will I be interested in him next year?  Two words for you:  Zack Cozart.  Not as in Zack Cozart bombed so Simmons will too, but as in I liked Zack Cozart and will like Simmons.  I like flyers at middle infield.  It’s MI prerogative.

Torii Hunter – 4-for-5, 1 run and 2 RBIs in the 1st half of the doubleheader, then 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI in the nightcap.  The Angels threw a Hail Mary in the playoff race, but ended up with a split like a female model would be on top of a car in an 80′s video about an angel.

Mike Trout – 2-for-7, 2 runs and a slam (30) and legs (48) in the 1st half of the doubleheader.  A mash-up to Angels in the Outfield and Snakes on a Plane is in the works called, Trout on the Plane.  Only instead of trying to get the snakes off the plane, Samuel L. Jackson will be trying get him on his fantasy team.  “Get this monkey-fighting Mike Trout on my monkey-fighting fantasy team!”

Ervin Santana – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER vs. the Rangers.  This game reminded me of the classic 9-8 Red Sox vs. Yankees matchups. Now if only Jered Weaver would wrestle Jackie Moore to the ground and question who is David Murphy?

Adrian Beltre – Left the 2nd game of the doubleheader with a shoulder strain.  His owners might want to form a prayer square for his speedy recovery.

Mike Napoli – Didn’t start the first game, but went 3-for-3, 6 RBIs and two homers in the 2nd game.  He’s got his eye on winning the catcher spot on the Italian national team, hoping to beat out Snooki.

Jordan Lyles – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks and he pitchslapped Mike Fiers.  After the Astros pitcher homered, the front office crossed DH off their 75-item “Moving to AL” to-do list.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3 with his 22nd homer.  When this season is finally over, he plans on celebrating with a Slushy Magic fruit punch and a Drake & Josh marathon.

Ross Detwiler – 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks and ticker shock as he gave up 4 more unearned runs.  Don’t worry, Nats fans, in the playoffs Strasburg plans on cheering extra loud.

Michael Morse - Hit a grand slam on Saturday without a bat.  What you’re not seeing in that video is before the homer, he held up two fingers for how many words it was, pulled his ear for “Sounds like” and then acted out “canned spam.”

  1. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    First!

    Grey, what do you think about Travis Wood’s start on Wednesday? I’ve been pouring over SON and I don’t see a lot of great streaming options the next 3 days. I have 1 move remaining so I need to make it count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @letsgobravos, I think the start is solid…

  2. papasmurf says:
    (link)

    That Cabrera 4 steal game destroyed me. My team went from being up 13.5 pts entering last Wed to down 1.5 today. The 2nd place team got huge clutch performances while my pitching was bad (Sale and Holland being main culprits).

    He got great pitching performances plus some key breaks. Got a win and 2 saves from the opposing closer blowing saves. ERA, WHIP, and SV were close categories and he was able to gain all the pts he could.

    That 4 steal game was a killer, gained him 2.5 pts just like that, without even a hit!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @papasmurf, Someone said yesterday it was the first four steal-no hit game in like 15 years years. Wait, you lost 15 points in a roto league in the final week?

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah, that was me. Came up on my twitter feed from hardball talk. Pretty crazy stat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Ah… Yeah, that is crazy…

  3. MattTruss223 says:
    (link)

    Forgot to mention too, with Medlen. He’s now all alone in the record book with 23 straight starts that his team has won. Passed Whitey Ford and Carl Hubbel who had 22 straight. Yea…impressive.

    I’m in a keeper league where the only stipulation is the player can’t be on Yahoo!’s Can’t Cut list. I really hope Medlen doesn’t end up on it. As a 17th rounder, that’d be pretty amazing. Where does he get drafted next year ya think? Mmmmmm…..Medlen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @MattTruss223, Wow, hadn’t heard that… Pretty impressive, sure need a lot of luck for that though too… Can’t imagine any way he’s on the Can’t Cut list… Probably drafted around 100 overall…

  4. Delawhere? says:
    (link)

    I’d like to announce for the first time publicly my undying man-love for Mike Napoli. His performance in the second game of the doubleheader helped me erase a 20 point defecit to win my league. Regardless of what common sense says, he will be on every FBB team i draft for the next 5 years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Delawhere?, Nice!

  5. Dale Gribble says:
    (link)

    Hey Grey – I’m three days away from winning my league for the second time in three years. Coincidentally, I started reading Razzball religiously approximately three years ago. Your royalty check is in the mail! Big thanks and big ups!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Dale Gribble, Ha, nice!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
        (link)

        Oh, and congrats!

  6. Jon says:
    (link)

    Can you rank these pitchers for 2013?

    Lester, Anibal, Minor, Anderson

    Assuming Medlen has a rotation spot, where does he fit?

    • Jon says:
      (link)

      Actually can you add in Scherzer, too? Thanks, man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Jon, Scherzer, Lester, Medlen, Minor

  7. Bombo Rivera says:
    (link)

    A surprising amount of pitching points can be gained (or lost) in my roto league. I’m tied with the leader in saves. I’m in a virtual tie in ERA and WHIP. I’m leading in wins and Ks, but one team behind me has more innings left to go. I only have 6 IP before I hit the limit.

    We need to lock our lineups today, and they’ll stay that way for the rest of the year.

    I have 6 closers. I can throw Dickey @MIA and Miguel Gonzalez @TB on Tuesday. That would surely put me over the limit, so any saves I got on Wednesday wouldn’t count.

    I could opt instead for Homer Bailey @STL, Travis Wood vs HOU and Gallardo vs SD. The risk there is that I might not get those starts if my relievers throw 6 IP on Monday and Tuesday combined.

    I need every available point if I’m going to win this thing. Which way would you play this?

    • Bombo Rivera says:
      (link)

      @Bombo Rivera, Homer, Wood and Yoga go on the last day of the year, by the way.

      Oh, and thanks for all the advice this year!

      • Bombo Rivera says:
        (link)

        @Bombo Rivera, Argh. SON likes Dickey the most (106) and Gonzalez the least (92). Wood, Bailey and Gallardo are all around 100.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Bombo Rivera, I’d go with Bailey, Wood and Gallardo… No problem…

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
    (link)

    Need a power bat (HR, R and TB) for the last few games: Napoli or Moss?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Steve Stevenson, Napoli

  9. Todd25 says:
    (link)

    in the home stretch for the digital trophy and free drinks for a month…
    who you startin’?
    streamers today…
    Parker v TEX
    Cobb v BAL
    Maholm @ PIT
    Arroyo @ STL
    streamers tmw…
    Peavy @ CLE
    M.Gonzo @ TB
    Iwakuma v LAA

    thanks, as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Todd25, Maholm, Cobb… Peavy…

  10. kwadjo says:
    (link)

    My team has 2 Cabrera’s on it. Who would have thought that Everth (not Miggy) is the one that might win the league for me? 4 SB’s = 3 points and a jump from 3rd to 1st!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @kwadjo, Nice!

  11. Herschel says:
    (link)

    @Grey: weekly roto league, need to start three of the following. Which three do you like?

    Carpenter vs cin
    Correia vs atl
    Dempster @ oak
    Marcum vs sd
    Tillman @ tb
    T Wood vs hou

    Thanks as always.

    • Herschel says:
      (link)

      @Grey: PS Era and k’s are the only categories that matter for the above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Herschel, Wood, Correia, Carp

  12. Niceguybilly says:
    (link)

    What up Grey?
    A buddy of mine recommended your site three years ago and since then I’ve won 3 out of 5 pools I’ve been in! Coincidence?
    I’m about to win my keeper league and I need to make my decision soon on who to keep as I have some other owners asking me about my extra players.
    Who would you keep and who would you trade to get the most value? I’ve * the players I’m thinking of, some of them cause of position scarcity.

    Yadier Molina*
    Paul Goldschmidt*
    Aaron Hill
    Evereth Cabrera
    Jimmy Rollins
    Ian Desmond*
    Adrian Beltre*
    Chase Headley (I don’t know if I trust him but maybe someone else will)
    Matt Kemp*
    Allen Craig*
    Nelson Cruz
    Kris Medlen*
    Adam Wainwright*
    Roy Halladay
    Doug Fister
    Aroldis Chapman*

    I figure I can package up Rollins Cruz Hill Headley and Halladay for a stud and some draft picks but I wanted your thoughts.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      @Niceguybilly, Nice! Congrats! I don’t know how many people you keep… I’d trust the guys you’ve starred, and Headley… But if you can get a decent piece for him, I’d go for it… Those five you plan on trading should get you something worthwhile…

  13. Mzyptlk says:
    (link)

    I have Garcia, Cobb and CJ wilson starting tonight. ERA/whip is close and pivotal to final outcome. Start all three?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’d start all three…

  14. papasmurf says:
    (link)

    @Grey, Yep. My team lost 3 pts since last WED and the 2nd place team gained 12. Basically he got amazing pitching to drastically lower his ERA and WHIP, which gained him many pts. And he jumped 3 teams in SBs. And he got some lucky/key breaks in Ws and SVs for more pts. It’s a remarkable comeback. Not truly a collapse for my team, but it’s just a heartbreaker. It’s losses like this that make you think about the lineup decision mistakes that could have made the difference.

    I was feeling pretty good last week because the 2nd place team had so many hoops to jump through to catch me, but lo’ and behold, his team did it.

    Sale and Holland’s outings set me back too far in ERA to do much now. (Kicking myself for starting Holland vs. LAA) My team’s already peaked in everything and is unlikely to gain any more pts and can still lose a few. Meanwhile, he’s used up his innings, but is still more likely to gain more pts than lose them based on how WHIP and ERA are lined up. So it’s over… barring a huge miracle in the last 3 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Damn, that totally blows… Hopefully you get that miracle…

  15. TheNewGuy says:
    (link)

    Just to continue the theme of dishing out thanks for the year, im currently on course to win both my money leagues. Timely pickups of Machado, Rasmus, Medlen and even Nate the great have been priceless, along with sound trade advice have been invaluable.

    Roto leagues sown up weeks ago and its cigars time. H2H league currently up 5-4 in the final and just need to win steals to finish it so im looking pretty good also.

    If I win both expect a few diaquiris coming your way kind sir as thanks for all the help this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      No problem, glad you’re winning the leagues… Here’s to some steals!

  16. herschel says:
    (link)

    @Grey: weekly roto, rizzo (3 vs hou) or votto (3 @ stl)? thinking votto may take a game off before the playoffs so go with riz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Rizzo

  17. yankeebot says:
    (link)

    I’m winning two out of three leagues this year with much thanks to Razzball. But now my hands are shaking, haven’t slept in days, sweating profusely, my eyes won’t focus and past experience tells me it’s going to get worse. Much worse. The hallucinations have yet to begin. Damn you FBB withdrawal! At lease let me get through the post season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ha… Nice on the victories… Take some methadone!

  18. Carnac says:
    (link)

    ***Flashback to last March***

    A: 1 by Moob, 2 by Adrian.

    Q: Through September, which hitter’s stats will be:
    1) .298/18 HR/107 RBI/75 R/2 SB
    2) .312/29 HR/107 RBI/71 R/2 SB

    Oops! Sorry, Carnac had them backwards. May the winds of the Sahara blow a desert scorpion up my turban…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Wow, crazy comparison… Moobs!

      • Carnac says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah, crazy frustrating. (Not the least of which because, as all the girls at the cougar bar will tell you, “I was able to ignore that weird guy’s cape and turban, but the incessant talk about how his friend’s Butler wasn’t a 30 HR hitter was confusing and a turnoff. I’ll just go home to 50 Shades of Grey.”)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          50 Shades of Grey is kinky stuff, but nothing compared to Billy Butler and his four baggers…

          • Carnac says:
            (link)

            @Grey, Before the season, I would’ve considered both fiction. But if they’re both fantasy, I can put my cape behind that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              His head is heavy that has to wear the turban…

  19. herschel says:
    (link)

    @Grey: as a follow up to the question above, if you had to bench of the following (may start an additional closer), which one do you sit (need k’s and era)?

    correia vs atl
    carp vs cin
    wood vs hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Carp

  20. Lines says:
    (link)

    Can’t quite make up my mind about starting Jarrod Parker tonight. I know it’s a huge risk against Texas, but he pitched well against them last time out (in Texas, no less).

    I’m ahead in ERA and WHIP, but not by much. I’m chasing in IP and Ks, and I’m one QS up on my opponent.

    My remaining starts this week: Maholm @PIT, Lester @NYY, Carp vs CIN, Morrow vs MIN, Kershaw vs SF

    His remaining starts this week: Buchholz @NYY, Garcia vs CIN, Haren @SEA, Hanson @PIT, Wainwright vs CIN

    I’m leaning towards sitting him, and trying to hold ratios. But I’m tormented by the memory of Brandon Morrow’s start against the Yankees last week, all 8 brilliant innings of which were spent on my bench.

    What do?

    PS, Sorry this is so long. I owe you a daquiri.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Your starts are better than your opponent without risking Parker… I’d sit him….

      • Lines says:
        (link)

        @Grey, thanks. Smart money would probably bench Lester in the Bronx too, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yup… Unless the Yanks bench all their starters prepping for the playoffs, but that doesn’t seem likely at this point…

          • Lines says:
            (link)

            @Grey, yeah, I know. It was rhetorical, really. Just putting the ‘fan’ in fantasy and hoping for signs of life from the Sawx.

  21. Adam says:
    (link)

    14 team weekly league….really need a W (and decent ratios) badly.

    Who would be your pick of this group?

    Jarrod Parker vs TEX (10/1)
    AJ Griffin vs TEX (10/3…possibly resting starters?)
    Travis Wood vs HOU
    Jeremy Guthrie vs DET

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Wood, Griffin, Parker…

  22. Steve says:
    (link)

    Olney saying that Ellsbury and Pedroia are not playing tonight. Makes me extra glad I found CC on the wire in the RCL :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      You got Sabathia off the wire? Nice…

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah. I guess guys are shedding once they hit the 180 starts limit.

        Probably not going to make much difference, just trying to keep royce! and Bob honest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yeah, that’s true… I picked up Kershaw off waivers, but he’s a bit more iffy… I also just picked him up to block someone else, can’t actually start him myself…

          • Steve says:
            (link)

            @Grey, It’s CC today, no one tomorrow and then burst through the limit on Wednesday like Thelma and Louise going over that cliff.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
              (link)

              I missed out on bursting through because I thought the ESPN count was updated as games were playing but it updates the next day… I accidentally hit 180 yesterday… Doesn’t really matter for where my team is though… Will win Wins, Saves… Ks may be a dogfight now with Rudy… Loaded up on MRs for the next 3 days…

              • royce! says:
                (link)

                @Grey, I didn’t miss out, but wish I had. Lost 5 points in ERA and WHIP in one day because I loaded up on streamers…not even bad ones: Sale, Pettitte, Straily, Nolasco and Doubront. I also loaded up on MRs, in the hope that they could repair some of the damage.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
                  (link)

                  Yeah, those aren’t bad streamers… Damn…

                  • royce! says:
                    (link)

                    @Grey, Should be fine in the long run- I’m not getting anywhere near 120 points and as Steve so elegantly stated, I am “home and hosed,” but I expected a lot better from Sale.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
                      (link)

                      Yeah, a perfect score is pretty crazy… I can’t believe Funston’s not going to meet the IP requirement and cost Rudy a possible title…

                    • royce! says:
                      (link)

                      @Grey, It’s totally bullshit that someone would join an expert league and not compete the whole way. Though I still think that anyone who abandons a team, expert or not, is a loser, regardless if they win some other league.

                      Though I still don’t get this IP requirement…how is it going to cost Rudy a possible title?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
                      (link)

                      Same thing that’s helping you in your league… Funston’s not making 1000 IP and he’s above Mastersball, so when he loses all pitching points, Mastersball gets points but Rudy doesn’t cause he’s above him in pitching…

                    • royce! says:
                      (link)

                      @Grey, Ah, I get it now. It’s a travesty! (in the Experts League…in mine it’s justice).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
                      (link)

                      Ha… Yeah, I think it’s pretty bad form to not even make the IP minimum, especially for ‘perts…

  23. slew says:
    (link)

    Do you like Correia v Atl or Capuano v SF tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Correia…

  24. Anthony says:
    (link)

    @Grey: How is Beltran Still ranked #39 on the player rater? ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      30+ homers and good stats in the other four categories…

  25. Hondo says:
    (link)

    Looking for a Tuesday streamer and was just getting ready to flip a coin between M.Gonzalez @ Tampa who is starting Shields(who never misses a chance to eff me,whether he’s on my team or not) and Iwakuma vs LAA when I saw Nova had been replaced by David Phelps tomorrow vs Boston.
    I know what SON says about the first 2,but Phelps is kind of a wild card.

    Right now I’m deadlocked at 10-10 with a slight lead in ERA,which is the tiebreaker.Walks hurt due to K/BB cat.Up 1 in wins,L’s count ,down a little in WHIP with CC,Marcum and Garcia going tonight.

    In light of the above how would you rank the 3?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Miguel, Phelps, Iwakuma…

  26. Steve says:
    (link)

    You know how it will end, but you have to start Napoli over Sal Perez, don’t you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, you do…

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Ha. Look at Sal single in his first at-bat.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Damn…

  27. Steve says:
    (link)

    If CC can’t mow down this Red Sox lineup, we might as well all fold up our tents and go home.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Only thing I could see is the Yankees jumping out to an early huge lead and CC going for the free room at the W and giving up some runs and exiting after 5 so he’s ready for the first game of the playoffs…

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Steve Magic, in other words.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Ha, yup….

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, I’ll take 5 innings of that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          That wouldn’t be so bad…

  28. Steve says:
    (link)

    I wonder if Aceves does this deliberately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      What’s that? Pitches lousy when he’s not the closer? Probably… What a fiasco of a Buchholz start that was… Yikes…

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah. To piss off Bobby V.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Bobby V’s going to be on the unemployment line as of Thursday…

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Wow…glad I dumped Buchholz after his last start. Wasn’t a tough call obviously though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Yeah, that would’ve been ugly…

  29. Steve says:
    (link)

    There are more hits against CC, than have been totaled by my hitters so far today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ha… Damn… Sal…

  30. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    Damnit braves…you can’t let Marte beat you. Fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      They’re set for the playoffs, no?

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah, pretty much. they would need to sweep the Pirates and the Phils will need to sweep the Nats for the braves to force a 1 game playoff for the division.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Eh, they’re fine then…

  31. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    This Locke guy for the pirates has pitched like trash. 5 walks and took 35 pitches to get through the 3rd inning, yet hes survived into the 6th with only 1 run allowed. I need a W here so this skinny fuckers luck needs to run out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Wish the same could be said of Kluber…

  32. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    Looks like Beltre won’t even miss a game with this “strained” shoulder. Thats’s a relief.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      The prayer square worked!

  33. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    EverCab with another steal and he’s 0-1 on the night. Dude is lightening on the base paths.

  34. herschel says:
    (link)

    JohnCarlo = JC Superstar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Hehe… I love him…

  35. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    Giancarlo! Dude may still hit 40 bombs despite doing nothing in April and then missing tons of time.

    Grey, what do you think his upside next year if he’s healthy for a full season? 55-60? Pretty crazy at his age. Care to put a number on his career high for a season? Think he has a shot to hit 70? That would be pretty staggering in the post juice age. (not that there aren’t still plenty of guys on stuff, but apparently not as much as they were)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I think he can hit 60+ homers, 70 would take a ton of luck and ABs… In a healthy year, he seems like a lock for 50 homers…

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Yeah, also have to take into account he’s playing in FishCo. If he hits 55 next year as a 23 year old though, I it seems like he would still have significant upside. I’d love to see what he could do in a full season playing in Cincy’s band box.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          He looks locked for 50 homers at 23… So imagine a healthy 27 year old year… I just shivered…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Oh my God, I want that right now…

  36. Steve says:
    (link)

    I’ll be pretty pissed off if the Rays screw this up.

  37. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    Rickie Weeks with a 2 run bomb! Nets me 2 runs because Aoki was on 1st. Huge. Weeks has had a horrific season, but he’s made a helluva FA pickup over the last month.

    • letsgobravos says:
      (link)

      @letsgobravos, Check that, Aoki had just stolen 2nd. Even better!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
        (link)

        Gotta love those steals that don’t mean anything, just go on the fantasy line…

        • letsgobravos says:
          (link)

          @Grey, haha, yeah. I’ve got 3 steals today. Takes the sting off a little on the 4 I missed yesterday from EverCab. 6-2 lead now in the cat so hopefully its locked up. Feeling very good about Runs (+10), HRs(+7), RBIs (+14) and I’ve got blown saves locked since I sat all of my closers. 10-1 lead overall, but I’m still going to be a nervous wreck until this shit wraps up on wednesday.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
            (link)

            Yeah, never feel good about it until it’s all said and done…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Very nice…

  38. Steve says:
    (link)

    Holy Hector Santiago. That’s quite an outing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, watched it… Really needed Kluber to get the win… Looks like Rudy and I aren’t going to pull out the victory…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Napoli didn’t disappoint that badly…

      • Steve says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Nope. Home runs and walks are always welcome in this league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          That’s what I’m talking about…

  39. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    EverCab with a hit! 5 steals since he last had one…haha. Steal #6 in the last 2 days on the way…

    • letsgobravos says:
      (link)

      @letsgobravos, …and he stole 2nd before I could even finish typing. Dude is a freaking base stealing machine!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Damn, wish I owned him in some leagues…

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, What are your thoughts on EverCab for next year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Great speed, struggles to get on base… 40+ steals, .250-ish average… Not too shabby from an MI…

  40. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    gnats clinched the east. If the braves can get by the cards in the WC game, should be a cool interdivisional series in the NLDS.

    • letsgobravos says:
      (link)

      @letsgobravos, check that, intra-divisional*

    • letsgobravos says:
      (link)

      @letsgobravos, Pretty funny that Bryce Harper isn’t old enough to drink so the gnats made sure he had some cokes to spray on the guys in the locker room. I hope they made sure none of the evil champagne went into his mouth.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
        (link)

        Plus his religion says he can’t drink anyway…

        • letsgobravos says:
          (link)

          @Grey, Oh, that’s right. I always forget he’s a mormon. I doubt they would approve of him being in a room full of people spraying champagne either. How did he manage to get out of his mormon mission?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
            (link)

            That’s a clown celebration…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’m the most excited for the playoffs as I’ve been in a while…

  41. royce! says:
    (link)

    Dayenu!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      HAHAHA

  42. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    Boom. There goes my opponents W he desperately needed from the Harangatan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Nice!

  43. 240p says:
    (link)

    Marco Estrada or Lance Lynn as a better keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Lynn

  44. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    A’s to the playoffs. Somewhere Billy Beane is hitting the weights in their shitty clubhouse with a smile on his face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Ha…That’s hilarious…

  45. letsgobravos says:
    (link)

    This is where I stand with 2 days left. Lead 10-2 overall…

    Runs: 42-32, HRs: 16-9, RBIs: 43-29, SB: 7-2, BA: .270-.264, OPS: .829-.767

    Ws: 8-7 SVs: 3-5 (sitting my closers) Ks: 90-71, ERA: 2.83-2.04, WHIP: 1.03-1.12, BSV: 0-1.

    BSVs is a lock since I’m sitting my closers and I feel pretty safe on runs, HRs, RBIs and SBs so thats 5 cats. He wons the tie breaker so that means of the rest, I need to win 2.

    I have 3 starters left (gio peavy and zito) and 1 move left to pick up Wood for wednesday. (should I go ahead and do that now?) My opponent has 6 starters left (Hanson, Carp, Norris, Weaver, Gallardo, Buehrle)

    So I feel like with 4 starts to his 6, my lead on Ks should be safe. (even though Gio probably won’t pitch a full start)

    Any thoughts on what I can do to increase my odds? I know I’m in pretty good shape, but I want to make absolutely sure I’m doing everything to give myself the best chance to finish this thing off. The other manager has been terribly lazy (left CarGo in his starting lineup until yesterday, picked up Richard today as a streamer and then dropped him for Harang an hour later wasting his 5th of 6 moves for the week) so it would really suck to blow this lead and lose to him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      I’d go ahead and pick up Wood, but I may not start him depending on where you’re sitting going into Wednesday… And, yeah, you look to be in good shape…

      • letsgobravos says:
        (link)

        @Grey, Thanks man.

        This has turned out to be a strange week. My pitching was way better than my offense. Not complaining, but I can’t remember the last time I was sweeping the offensive cats.

Comments are closed.