Wada start! Wada player! Wada guy! Tsuyoshi Wada continued to pitch well last night, tossing six innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, while giving up two earned runs and striking out six. He didn’t get the win but Wada you gonna do? After dominating AAA earlier in the year (113.2 IP, 2.77 ERA, 120/28 K/BB ratio), he struggled a bit in his second big league outing versus San Diego (4.0 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K), but T-Dubs has rebounded since then, letting up just 2 ER or less in his past three starts with a 2.41 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 18/4 K/BB ratio. Maybe you’re thinking, Wada crock! But the next level stats don’t suggest any regression is coming, although it is a small sample size. His 3.60 xFIP is great, as is his .292 BABIP and 7.7% HR/FB. In addition, his excellent 21.7 K% demonstrates he can be a plenty useful starter for your fantasy leagues. He gets the Brewers next week and I’d take a flier on Tsuyoshi Wada if you are in need of a starter. He’s available in over 90% of ESPN and Yahoo! leagues. So Wada you waiting for… pick him up!
Here’s what else happened in fantasy baseball Friday night:
Stephen Strasburg – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 BB, 7 ER, 9 K. Gave up 4 home runs to Justin Upton (20), B.J. Upton (8), Freddie Freeman (16), and Tommy La Stella (1). Just when you thought the worst was behind him and he was about to start dominating, right? Wrong. It’s not just that Strassy hasn’t been ace-like, but he’s actually hurt my team more often than he’s helped, especially in head to head leagues. You count on your aces for consistency. Maybe he’s not going to throw a 1-hitter every outing (unless he’s Kershaw), but you expect your aces to, at the very, least not get rocked like this every other start. The ‘perts say Strasburg doesn’t have the fire, or the leadership to be an ace for this staff. Nothing a stint on Celebrity Apprentice couldn’t fix. I tried to trade him at the deadline for 50 cents on the dollar, but my league vetoed it because they hate me, so I guess I’m stuck with him. Do better, Stephen!
Bryce Harper – 0-for-3. He’s batting .250 but it feels like he’s hitting .180. Bryce and Strasburg should buy a cabin high in the mountains and go live there forever where they can’t bother anyone.
Ervin Santana – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 11th win. Gave up 4 ER but still got the win. Now that’s a fantasy ace. My vetoed trade, bee tee dubs, was Strasburg for Ervin Santana and Javy Baez. Big Erv can be an ace for your team but his perceived value is more like a third starter, remember that next year on draft day.
Denard Span – 3-for-4, run. The Spanimal has reached base in 34 straight games. He is also just about 100% owned and it only took two months.
Mike Leake – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K. Leake has had a nice run in his past three starts (20.2 IP, 3 ER, 20 K), but he had some help from some weak competition, facing Miami twice and Arizona. He gets the Rockies at Coors next week and I wouldn’t start him even if he was wearing a Clayton Kershaw jersey or a Felix Hernandez mask. Coincidentally, this is eerily similar to the way my girlfriend and I role play.
Nathan Eovaldi – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Son of a dropped-two-weeks-ago! After struggling mightily in his previous three starts, Nate has turned it around in his past two (15.0 IP, 1 ER, 12/3 K/BB ratio). However, like Leake he’s had the benefit of matching up with the Reds twice. Still if I’m looking for a starter I might give Eovaldi a shot next week at home for St. Louis.
Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, HR (28). I am directing a buddy cop movie starring myself and my good-natured but short-tempered hot-head partner Giancarlo Stanton, but Stanton didn’t show up at the casting call. What’s the deal, G-Carlo? Don’t you want a face-to-face so we can flesh out our characters’ past, and how their relationship grows together over an hour and 40 minutes? Come hang out with me in my basement and let me film you. It’s a great opportunity for us to practice our improv skills and my mother will make Tostino’s pizza rolls and blue kool aid. You will never leave. Err, I mean, you will never want to leave. Mwah-ha-ha! Ha ha! Ignore my evil laugh, it’s a nervous tick.
Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-3. Solarte has found the Ying to his Yangervis again in San Diego. (Spoiler: It’s the fish tacos.)
Josh Harrison – 3-for-3, run. Extended his hitting streak to 12 games. The good news: He now has 15 runs, 5 HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB in the past two weeks and is hitting near .400. This might be the LSD talking but Harrison is a beast! Large ears, beady eyes, giant wet nose, body covered in fur…wait, how did the dog get in here!? I told you never to bother me during my special “meditation” time. The bad news: Harrison left the game after colliding with Jedd Gyorko at second base. I guess it looked a lot worse than it was, he’s day to day, but it does give you another reason to hate Jedd Gyorko. Either way, I have a feeling Josh is going to be a name on a lot of winning fantasy teams this season.
Gregory Polanco – 3-for-4, run, RBI, SB (10). Can you believe Grey has never heard of this guy!? He’s like a top prospect and the ESPN coverage has been difficult to avoid! Crazy!
Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-4, HR (8). Instead of drafting a catcher next year I’m just going to drink a lot of beer and bash my head against the wall a dozen times.
Bartolo Colon – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 6 K. Colon has been a tough one to pig lately. I’m sorry did I write pig, because I meant to write peg. The pig grabbed his 200th career win last night. *Slow clap* He celebrated with 200 of the finest enchiritos from Taco Bell. Colon gets the Nationals next week and Stream-O-Nator kind of likes it so I might take a chance if Mr. 200’s out there.
Anibal Sanchez – 4.2 IP, 10 hits, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Left the game with a pectoral strain. If he’s healthy, I’m sober and at this point I think a trip to the DL is more than likely.
Adam Jones – 2-for-3, HR (22). Adaaaayum! Jonesy was the other cop in my buddy cop movie production, but I had to take his place when it was clear after the first few takes that he and Stanton had zero chemistry. Fair enough, it’s hard to match that spark me and Giancarlo share. He’s now been recast as the tough, but fair police chief with a heart of gold. Besides, me and Adam had a few creative differences i.e. he didn’t want to live in my basement. Why not!? All the pizza rolls you can eat!
Manny Machado – 2-for-4, HR (12). Oh yeeeeeah! Need a little excitement!? He is A-Rod, basically. A-Rod when he was awesome. Like, before you hated A-Rod. You are going to want to draft him next year. Remember that.
J.J. Hardy – 2-for-3, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI. J.J. is batting .385 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and slugging .731 since you dropped him last week. He’s got just six homers on the year, but perhaps the powers starting to resurface and its time to pick him up again. After waiting this long to get it going maybe we should call him J.J. Tardy. LOL! I will see myself out.
Chris Davis – 1-for-5, 2 runs, HR (20). For all the complaining his owners do I was shocked to see that Chris the Dish (nobody calls him that!) still has 20 jacks, including three in the past week! There are quite a few worse first round selections you could have made so try to be happy you got stuck with Crush.
Justin Masterson – 2.0 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 3 BB. O’s put on a home run show last night, with six total home runs. If the Cardinals can’t fix what’s wrong with Masty, then something is seriously wrong with Masty.
Billy Butler – 2-for-3, HR (7), 3 RBI. Billy’s got a five game hitting streak and is one of the hottest potatoes in the fry-a-lator. In the past two weeks, he got 8 runs, 4 HR, 11 RBI and is batting .400 with a .756 SLG%. Cowabunga! He can also eat more pizza in one sitting than all four ninja turtles combined. If he’s still hanging out on your wire, now’s as good a time as any to scoop him up, if you can lift that much weight.
Jose Altuve – 0-for-3, left in 6th inning with neck discomfort. Altooove! Promise you won’t abandon me in my time of need! I can’t lose another friend right now, err, I mean another fantasy player.
Chris Carter – 1-for-4, HR (25). He called this homer his monster of the week.
Adam Rosales – 2-for-4, run. He’s got six hits, 2 HR and 4 RBI in the past three games. Despite the fact that he only plays versus lefties, and you’ve never heard of him before now, he’s a player to keep an eye on in the next week or so.
J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (8). Mama mia! J.P. is one of the spiciest meatballs-a around! Grey told you to BUY and he’s managed 6 R, 4 HR, 17 RBI and most amazingly a .300 average over the past two weeks. If you need a catcher I’d grab Arencibia, even if you don’t need a catcher, doode is a hot little potato dumpling right now.
Trevor Bauer – 3.1 IP, 6 hits, 4 BB, 5 ER, 3 K. Danny Salazar has one rough start after three promising, though underwhelming, outings and the Injians send him down. Meanwhile, Bauer hasn’t pitched well in three weeks but Cleveland is just content on letting him continue to destroy my ratios. What am I missing?
Carlos Beltran – 2-for-5, grand slammy, HR (14), 5 RBI. Beltran has been on fire lately, batting close to .400 with 4 HR and 14 RBI over the past two weeks. He’s firing on all cylinders lately, he’s even been dominating Derek Jeter and Ichiro in the club house shuffle board tournament.
Brian McCann – Left the game with a mild concussion and scheduled to see a neurologist today. Now is not the time to be holding on to a catcher, if Brian is forced to see any time on the DL, don’t be afraid to drop him like an anvil onto a concussed head.
Carlos Santana – 3-for-5, 3 RBI. It almost makes you forget he was batting under .200 on July 1. Not I! I will never forget, Carlos.
Chase Anderson – 6.0 IP, 5 base runners, ER 6 K and his 7th win. With Goldy likely done for the year, it’s arguable that Chase has been one of the only bright spots in a season the D-Backs will likely want to forget. Yesterday’s start was Anderson’s fifth quality start in a row and he’s allowed just 6 ER in 31.0 IP in that stretch, with a 28/9 K/BB ratio. He’s still available in about 90% of leagues and he’s worth a stream next weak in Miami.
David Peralta – 2-for-3, 2 runs, RBI, stole home (4). DP’s is batting .333 with a HR, SB and 5 RBI over the past week. He’s got five multi-hit performances in his past 10 games and he’s worth a look in NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues.
Hisashi Iwakuma – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 3 K. Iwakuma’s only blip was a HR to Dayan Viciedo (16). Hisashi Grey’s dashi is pitching just well enough to be awesome, and just underwhelming enough to fly under the radar so I’ll be able to draft him everywhere next year. Keep it up, you da Iwakuman!
Kennys Vargas – 2-for-4. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and these are desperate times. I like to think I’m getting two Kennys for the price of one. Well, the two Kennys have collected a hit in every game since their call up but one and could flash some big power. If you need a first baseman, Kennys are two-for-one on the wire.
Allen Webster – 6.2 IP, 6 base runners, 2 ER, 3 K and his 2nd win. Webster’s defined this start as a big yawn with a side of meh, and a little “Oh, really?” The oh really comes from defeating a solid Angels offense, and he really flashes that fastball velocity last night. He’s worth a look in AL-Only as he gets the LAstros next week, but otherwise I’d avoid for now.
Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-3, 1 run, HR (16), 2 RBI. Apparently, small children are good for page views so due to popular demand and desire for clicks let’s let the Apparently Kid handle this blurb. “Well, my grampa says apparently, the .265 average and 16 home runs are less than impressive, but his 76 RBI are apparently good for top 10 in the league. Well I’m a kid, I don’t watch the news but a .265 AVG, A-Gone? This could scare some owners have to death! Apparently, you were never really a huge power guy, but it wasn’t too long ago my grampa says you were considered one of baseball’s best hitters and a .300+ average was a lock. Apparently, you’ve never ever been on live television before and the move from San Diego to Boston to Los Angeles really messed with your head. Apparently.”
Hanley Ramirez – Left the game with tightness in his side. Ruh roh. When he tried to move around with the injury was the first time I think he’s tried at anything all season.
Roberto Hernandez – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 5 K. A great debut for Roberto with his new team. The lights and glitz of Hollywood can really inspire a guy. Can someone tell Giancarlo and Adam Jones that? Because I need to see some acting but all I’m see is people talking at me. I need you to emote. Where’s the pain in your voice? I want to see hearts on sleeves, people! Obvs not you Giancarlo, because 40% of your scenes you have your shirt off, and you’re police uniform is naturally sleeveless. Show off the cannons, amiright?! Umm, where was I,…Hernandez! The move to LA does a lot to help R-Her’s fantasy value, and he will take the place in the the rotation of the injured Josh Beckett. Hernandez should get the Braves next week and he could be worth a look if you need a starter. OK, so maybe the R-Her nickname is not quite as playful as F-Her. This is getting unintentionally dark. I love you, four girl readers! Do not be afraid, I respect women. Call me! For our first date, we can talk about our fantasy teams all night until the sun comes up. #romance
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