September 1st is an exciting time for fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!).  Seasons change and it’s out with the old and in with new in baseball.  For us in the fantasy baseball trenches, September 1st means rosters expand and rookies are called up.  Unlike the September hitter call-ups I took my magical pencil to the other day, I’d use kid gloves with these pitching call-ups.  Pitchers can hurt you.  If you need to take a flier on a rookie pitcher, tread carefully, young Razzball reader.  Anyway, here’s some potential September call-ups to keep your eye on for fantasy baseball, the starters:

Jenrry Mejia – Was up in the beginning of the year as a reliever then was sent down to get stretched out.  Hey, I’m Mr. Exposition.  Not sure if the Mets will use Mejia in the majors this year as a starter, but I think they should.  Not because his stuff is dynamite (nor is it bad), but I think it’s foolhardy to use a guy as a reliever then as a starter then again as a reliever.  (BTW, foolhardy has no relation to J.J.)  If Mejia is in the rotation in September, he’ll have matchup appeal.

Aroldis Chapman – “I love Aroldis Chapman,” February Grey.  This year he’s in middle relief.  Though I’d grab him in keepers immediately.

Michael Pineda – Mentioned only to say he won’t be called up this year, but you can take a flier on him in keepers for next year.  Look at Stephen’s Pineda fantasy for a more in-depth look.

Yunesky Maya – About three weeks ago, I pushed Maya a little too early in one of my Buy columns.  Hey, better early than late as people who have unprotected sex say.  Maya’s another guy I’d definitely grab in keepers; I’d be shocked if he wasn’t in the rotation next year.  For this year, I like him, but need to see how many starts he’ll get.  Right now, he’s slated for only one start.  Yippee-kay-whatever.

Jordan Lyles – Very young, but being promoted aggressively.  In Stephen’s Scouting the Unknown about Lyles, he said, “(H)e has a ceiling of a number two starter and a baseline of a number three starter.  I’d say the Astros have a pretty good prospect on their hands.”  And that’s me quoting Stephen!  I’d grab him in all dynasty leagues and NL-Only keepers now.  I wouldn’t expect too much this year in redraft leagues.

Simon Castro – I already own him in a deep keeper.  Why, you ask yourself in your library voice so no one thinks you’re talking to yourself.  He’s the top arm in the Padres’ minor league system.  If you need more, you haven’t been following along for the last 3 years.

Zach McAllister – I imagine he’ll be called up, but I won’t be owning him anywhere this year (and probably not next year either).  Right now, he looks like a number 3 starter in his prime.  At 22, he’s not in his prime.

Carlos Torres – Already called up.  He’ll probably be a solid endgame sleeper next year in AL-Only leagues, if he grabs a rotation spot.  In AL-Only leagues and keepers, I could definitely see grabbing him this year.  He won’t be more than matchups in mixed and redraft leagues, if even that.

Zach Britton – Doubtful if he gets called up this year.  He’s number 12 on the top 50 fantasy baseball prospects so could be worth a grab in dynasty leagues.

Chris Tillman – For those keeping score at home, yes, the Orioles should have a great rotation sometime in the near future.  For right now, I wouldn’t touch Tillman outside of AL-Only or keeper leagues.

Tanner Scheppers – Besides his constant complaining about having to tediously carry around tchotkes in the hot sun, he has a great K-rate, but will just be in the bullpen.  Could be an exciting middle man this year…. Okay, middle men aren’t that exciting.  Think Feliz last year.

  1. Travis says:

    Astros may be reluctant to bring up Lyles at all this year–he’s not on the 40 man yet (which, I believe, is full), not to mention service time issues. Seems likely that he’ll start at AAA next year.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Travis: Yeah, probably will start the year in the minors. Could be a June call-up.

  3. Mike D. says:


    5×5 – Better start this week:

    – James Shields (@BAL), or
    – Gavin Floyd (@BOS)

    FWIW, Floyd actually has good career numbers vs. BOS (incl. at Fenway). Hasn’t pitched against them in 2010.

    Shields has good numbers vs. Bal lifetime – but not this year (5.71 ERA in 3 starts).

    Thanks Grey-
    Mike D.

  4. Mike D. says:


    Another one (can’t believe I’m asking this)-

    Rest of season, 5×5 – Bill Hall or Jose Lopez?


  5. Turkey Teeth says:

    I’m platooning Ian Stewart and Chris Johnson at 3rd. Ian’s hurt and Johnson’s hurting me now, especially in a league that counts strikeouts.

    Drop Johnson for Peralta, Betemit, or neither?

  6. Wah says:

    Hey Grey.. you accidentally skipped me in the earlier thread I think…

    So do I lose Morrow now or run him out there Friday against the Yanks and then drop him? If it were almost anyone but the Yanks, I’d be inclined to hold him. Thoughts?

  7. Howard says:

    @Grey I picked up Tillman and Sale the other day in a deep keeper. Do you think Castro would be a better prospect than either of those two? Trying to set my playoff roster at the same time as keeping an eye on next year.

  8. airlifting says:

    you realize carlos torres is 28 years old, right? i wouldn’t keep him in a AAA-only league.

  9. Casey Blake's Beard says:

    Hi Grey,

    H2H, 6×6 with QS and OBP. Weekly lineups so none of these changes take place for a week, which means I need a guy who’s gonna stay hot.

    Gonna drop Morrow. Also could drop Jon Jay, Beckham, Pacman, Pedro Alvarez, Burrell, Reyes.

    On the wire: Asdrubal, D Murphy, Berdadina, Denorfia, Pie, Thames, Kosuke, Fowler, LoMo, Thome, Freddy Sanchez, Gregor Blanco, M Morse, Rhymes, Venable.

    Thanks in advance!

  10. Long Bong Hitters says:

    @Turkey Teeth – 3 days ago I dropped Chris Johnson for Johny Perhalta

    @Wah – I am in the same boat as you with Morrow. just this morning I picked up Minor to fill in for Morrow, (I dropped David Murphy because Nelson Cruz is back today, plus Minor pitches tomorrow and Sunday potentially) but I am keeping Morrow for his start against the Yankees. He just pitched against them last week or so and gave up 2 runs in 6 innings with 12 K’s in a no decision. I’ll take those numbers!

  11. #1 seed into a 10 Team H2H league with early playoffs Grey. Thank you kindly. This squad is approaching the season move limit, but not too fond of carrying an extra bat in the post season. Would you consider dropping any of Rolen, Aramis, Hart, Grandy in order to grab a surprisingly available Duensing for tomorrow and possibly retain for the stretch run? Thanks again.

  12. yankees2010 says:

    Well our H2H playoffs started this week and due to my first place finish I am sitting with my feet up with a first round bye, due in no small part to you and your advice during the season. Mucho thanks.

    Ok, now down to biz – I have Teixera and I guess I need to plan for the worst. Who would you recommend from the following:

    Laroche, G. Jones, Helton, Morrison, Branyan or Lowell.

    I am thinking Laroche, but I wanted to ask. My apologies for the volume of names. Thanks again Grey.

  13. Steve Stevenson says:

    Roberts, Raburn or Desmond at 2B? Limited moves, so looking for consistency/safety in addition to productivity.

  14. BJ says:

    Which guys from the article would you first grab in a keeper league?

  15. Steve says:

    @yankees2010: @Grey: He’s in the lineup today, apparently.

    But he was yesterday too, as was still scratched…

  16. barker says:

    20 team roto league currently in 3rd place

    traded yunel escobar for d hudson and jorge dlr

  17. Doog says:


    Dynasty points league heading for the playoffs. I’ve lost Morneau, Youk, and Pedroia to injury. Owner in my league will give me Konerko and “something else” for Brandon Belt and Matusz. I’m tempted to aim for Kendrick (who would replace J.J. Hardy at MI) or Werth (who would replace Rasmus); which should I aim for, and if I can’t get either is it worth settling for a P.O.S. in addition to Konerko for Belt and Matusz?


  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BJ: Has to be a pitcher? Has to be in this article? Chapman…

    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up!

    @barker: Cool

    @Doog: Kendrick… Make the trade if it’ll help you win.

  19. herschel says:

    any news on tulo for tonight?

  20. Doog says:

    Thanks, Grey. You da man.

  21. @Grey: Jo mang. Start Cahill tonight against the Jankees?

    Last week of the regular season in my 6×6 keeper, clinched a playoff birth and 5 games out of first.

    Drop Johnson for Freddy Sanchez or Peralta? I’ve been scorned by Peralta before…

  22. @Grey: add Daric Barton and Logan Morrison to that list. OBP.

  23. Steve says:

    @Grey: Rasmus in the lineup too.

    @3FingersBrown: I’m the same. 5.5 out of first, but only two games out of second (top two get a bye in the first round).

    Top two teams playing one another, and I’m playing the guy in last who has abandoned his team and lost 10-1 last week.

    Think I probably just jinxed myself…

  24. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: I bet Grey says Morrison.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Think he’s out one more day.

    @Doog: No problem.

    @3FingersBrown: I wouldn’t start him there. I’d go with Peralta right now, but might be singing a different tune come next week. How’s the smoking cessation going?

  26. @Steve: Morrison has upside, that’s where I’m leaning. If his power pops off in the final month, he could be a difference maker. Peralta’s so Jeckyl n’ Hyde.

    Who do you think Steve?

  27. Chomp Samba says:

    I’ve been wanting to ask this for quite a while. When you use the phrase, “And that’s me quoting me!” or “And that’s me quoting [someone else]” (as in this piece), how would you like the reader to hear it in their mind?

    At first, I read it with an internal Regis Philbin voice – with a strong emphasis on each “me”, sometimes even lunging my hands forward on each one. “And that’s ME quoting ME!”

    Then I started reading it like the voiceover guy from the Sleepy’s mattress commercials, saying the second “me” they way the guy says “freeeeee.”

    Very briefly, I sung it like Michael Stipe in “Losing My Religion.” “That’s me quoting me… that’s me in a tight spot, Looper, Lidge, or Lyon.”

    I tried it all sorts of ways: Ricky Henderson (in the 3rd person), in a British accent, in a Malcolm Gladwell audio-book style. None of these seem to work, FYI.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chomp Samba: I read all of my posts in a robot voice.

  29. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: I’d go Morrison. Peralta could go cold at any time, whereas Morrison seems to be in a nice on-base groove.

    Not sure you can rely on any power, but it’s probably worth the pick-up to find out.

  30. @Steve: I’m playing the last place ghost team too. I can still win the best regular season record pot.

    @Grey: Yeah, I don’t need to start Cahill. I have 11 starts to ghost team’s 6.

    Thanks for asking. I was doing well with the smoking until the last week. Had some nerve wracking jobs (built the set for the new Onion show) and interviews and was the best mayne (like Eli Porter) for my buddy’s wedding this weekend. All the partying set me back. Now that it’s all over, I’m back on the wagon.

    I’m sure you mentioned it, but you like Expendables? I got a real kick (or knife to the throat) out of that.

  31. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: What are you doing 2nite? I have 4 tix to the Dodger game and i cant go. Theyre good seats in the loge section. I obviously wont gv em 2 u at face value kind sir. Halladay vs Kuroda. Interested?

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Expendables looks like a good guilty pleasure movie, but haven’t seen it. I saw Scott Pilgrim, liked it less than I thought I would only because it was hyped by friends as being the greatest movie ever.

    @tHe sHiT: Thanks for asking! Very cool of you. But I can’t go tonight.

  33. Seequinn says:

    @Grey: With A-Rod out, but now at Yankee Stadium, what percentage of your mustache would you bet on a quality start from Trevor Cahill tonight?

  34. tHe sHiT says:

    If Grey doesnt want the Dodger tix, anyone in LA interested? Shoot me an email: [email protected]. Game starts at 710 PST. Sorry 4 using this board to advertise, but i hate good tix going to waste.

  35. barker says:

    12 team 2 C league

    raburn freddy sanchez peralta EY2 for my MI replacement for jose reyes
    dropping Carlos ruiz hanranahahan or damon for any of these

    have napoli and doumit in the 2 C positions and i kinda like having ruiz b/c the other C have multi position eligibility


  36. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: No problem. I thought it was the least i can do since i havent been able to contribute to the razzball fund. You are the main reason why i got the tix in the first place, they were the midseason 2nd place prize in my 16tm h2h league. Well if u know anyone that might b interested, gv em my email n ill gladly hook them up. Like i said, dont wna c the tix go to waste, n dont feel like driving 7 mins 2 scalp em at the stadium either lol

  37. @Grey: Would you make that Morrison for Johnson swap if you only had 8 moves left?

    I’m a 1 1/2 out of 2nd and a first round playoff-bye. I should wipe out the ghost team regardless of who’s playing CI.

  38. Steve says:

    Soto having an MRI on his knee.


  39. barker says:

    and for my comment up above u wrote cool ??? does that mean good or bad on my trade of yunel for hudson and dlr dropping Vasquez in the trade also
    its a 20 team roto with no innings limit
    could use some points in the pitching cats and i lost both vasquez and volquez to the bullpen

    My SPs are wainwright santana cecil homer chacin volquez niese DL chris young and webb
    my SS and 2nd situation is now fe lopez and raburn DL furcal hopin he comes back soon

    sorry for the double post on the same subject that u already responded to just didnt have time for the background info earlier and wanted to see if it gets grey’s stamp of approval

  40. Steve says:

    @Grey: The silver lining is that someone just dropped Montero – this is in my H2H league.

  41. barker says:

    thanks grey u da man

    OF in that 12 team league is ethier braun abreu [email protected] util damon @ bench [email protected] huff @CI

    if that changes anything but probably doesnt change a damn thing

  42. Steve says:

    Sorry to be the bearer of more bad news, but Uggla out too. Has strained his groin (haven’t we all) and is day-to-day.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: That works too.

    @barker: Doesn’t change anything.

    @Steve: That one hurts one of my teams. Damn.

  44. Steve says:


  45. @Grey: Yeah that’s what I’m thinking. If Thome’s back’s alright, I can play him instead of Johnson.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Damn, he got crazy hot.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, worth not burning a move on an easy matchup.

  47. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: You get a chance to watch the Lost Epilogue yet? Don’t worry, I’m not posting any spoilers.

  48. Steve says:

    Not even Manny makes Mark Kotsay go stand in the corner.

  49. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:

    @ Grey: Hey, any chance you can do a roundup of waiver wire-type players that have historically gotten hot in Sept? That would be a clutch post for us h2h folk. Thank you as always, sir!

  50. peter says:

    MMD aka Ian Stew-beef headed to the DL, tonight. Great. I’d almost prefer they just bench him for several days. On the DL, I’ll feel like I HAVE to find a replacement. And 3B is some nasty shizz. And not the good shizz, either.

  51. peter says:

    @peter: also, not the good kind of nasty.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Yeah, made me no longer regret the 80 hours of TV that the finale made me regret. Instead, made me regret the 180 hours and 5 extra minutes.

    @Steve: Jamie took care of that situation.

    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: Maybe, no promises.

    @peter: Thanks for the heads up!

  53. Steve says:

    Keen Wolf!

    A steal for the Wolfman.

  54. Seequinn says:

    @Grey: Glad I sided with 70% of your ‘stache.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wow… Really?

    @Seequinn: It’s the smart part of the stache.

  56. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yup. Crazy stuff on the basepaths in Cincy. Braun just stole second – and then got picked off second.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wish I could’ve saw the Wolf steal, must’ve been some weird circumstances. Like a ball in the dirt or something.

  58. Seequinn says:

    @Grey: It’s like Milton Berle; it uses just enough to win.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Seequinn: Berle only needed 10%.

  60. Seequinn says:

    @Grey: Mike Napoli’s mom said the same thing! Hey now!

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Seequinn: Hello, may I offer you a nip? Wait, what?

  62. Steve says:

    I think Tex’s thumb might be OK.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: That’s a big thumbs up. Oofa!

  64. Steve says:

    @Grey: Almost went there, but then remembered I’m just a straightman.

  65. ViagraFalls says:

    Which pitcher would you start in the Rockies/Giants battle tonight if you own both SP’s: Sanchez or dlR?

  66. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Imma go to the Dodger game after all, ditching football practice. Look 4 me on tv!

  67. Steve says:

    @Grey: Soto’s MRI came back negative. Which is positive.

  68. mr baseball says:

    Aroldis Chapman – he should help my middle relief pitching – you said it best Grey

  69. big o says:

    et al.

    just picked up thames 5 minutes ago .
    why do i always have to be the one ?


    sleep well , gentlemen .

  70. Steve says:

    @Grey: @big o: I’m proud to say that, for the first time in my fantasy baseball career, I actually got in at the start of a Thames hot streak, and not at the end.

  71. Steve says:

    C’mon Pujols, it’s Happ.


  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: @big o: He’s still doing work today. Might have another 2 games left in him.

  73. Chris says:


    H2H battle for #1 playoff seed, would you sit any of these guys tomorrow:

    MadBum v Col, Duensing v Det, Romero v TB, Niemann v Tor

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: All except Duensing.

  75. barker says:

    stewart to dl who to spot start 12 team H2h

    niese @ atl bumgarner vs col mazzaro @nyy NO zimmermann @fla

    matusz vs bos galaragga @ min masterson vs cws

  76. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Seriously. When the “LOST” title screen came in, I was expecting a little more… but then credits rolled. I just looked at my wife and asked, “What was the point of that?” Then I remembered… DVD sales.

    Fool me once… shame on you. Fool me twice… shame on me. Fool me for 5 seasons and then again, months after I’m done with you… Lindleof and Cuse, I will find you, wade through your piles of cash and tuck the heads of the ponies my viewership bought your daughters into their big girl beds.

    (My lawyer advised me to point out that I don’t even know if either of them have daughters or ponies… but I do know they have piles of cash)

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: Niese

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha! Yeah, I wouldn’t have minded a lot of endings, but an ending that negates things that came before is disrespectful to the audience.

  78. Never Gronk the Donk.

  79. More practically…Looks like Cruz is back, should I drop Denard Dawg or Flippy L. Utility to re-roster him?

  80. Steve says:

    @Grey: MMD cooling his hooves on the DL has opened up a roster spot in the ol’ keeper. I don’t really need start anyone tomorrow (I’m OK in IP), but do any of the below appeal?

    EJax @ CLE
    Kennedy v SD
    Duensing v Det
    Annibal v Nats
    Niese @ Braves
    J-Zimm @ Fla

  81. Bobo Brazil says:

    Ian Stewart is on the DL.. No room for him, so I need to pick up someone:

    Betemit, Neal Walker, Peralta, Polanco, Alex Gordon, Kouz, Casey Black, Mike Lowell, Tejada, Inge, DeWitt, Hall, Callaspo?

  82. Black Beard says:

    Scully is obviously not a big believer in curses.

  83. Black Beard says:

    @Grey: My boy Kuroda has a little something something going. Vin keeps giving the heads up…3 times an inning.

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Black Beard: Aren’t you jinxing it by talking about Scully jinxing it?

  85. Steve says:

    @Black Beard: @Grey: How appropriate that he should get a hit himself.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Black Beard: Ha, I see what you mean. He just talked about it for 5 minutes straight.

  87. Steve says:

    Wouldn’t mind if the Angels turned a triple play here…

  88. Donald Trump says:

    Raburn or Kinsler, rest of season, who would you choose?

  89. freak says:

    hokey karaoke with the no hit bid.

  90. freak says:

    i know it’s been said, but i just wanted to use my awesome nickname.

  91. freak says:

    “A high throw and you can understand why.” Yeah, Theriot is an awful fielder and has the arm of a 5 year old.

  92. Donald Trump says:

    Maybe we should watch the rest of the game first…

  93. big o says:

    scully’s gonna time-stamp this one for kuroda .

  94. Black Beard says:

    kayser souze the button

  95. big o says:


  96. freak says:

    no karaoke tonight after all.

  97. Steve says:

    Eeee-awww! Eeeee-awww!

  98. Black Beard says:

    @Grey: Yes, but Vin did it first.

  99. big o says:

    was really wondering if scully was going to do it in japanese .
    that would have been a trip .

  100. Steve says:

    Yu Goh Kuo.

  101. tHe sHiT says:

    2 many long counts 4 Kuroda. Hope the pen keeps the Phils in check. I just knew Victorino would be the one 2 break up the no-no…

  102. Kazmere says:

    Justin Upton left Monday’s game with an apparent injury to his right shoulder after striking out in the seventh inning.

  103. Black Beard says:

    @tHe sHiT: Notorious Hawaiian.

  104. Steve says:

    C’mon Angels. Tack on a few for The Erv.

  105. Tom Emanski says:

    OMG I finally guessed right on a Sanchez start!

  106. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Yup still here

  107. tHe sHiT says:

    @Kazmere: His shoulder must have gotten tired K’ing 2 much…

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Tom Emanski: Ha, yeah me too.

    @tHe sHiT: Paint Razzball onto your chest and run onto the field.

  109. tall chicks says:

    Just curious…do you ever post anything on razzball’s football site? Follow-up, are you fantasy football savvy too?

  110. Steve says:

    @Elijah: The braying has been heard from coast-to-coast tonight.

  111. freak says:

    grey doesn’t know what a football is.

  112. @Steve:

    My ears are still ringing.

  113. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Lol next time. The Philly fans were talkin lots of smack, but a 1-hitter sure quieted them down!

  114. big o says:

    wtf was that , giants ??

  115. Son of Sancho’s great outing making 1st place look like mine for the grabby handling. Too bad we got playoffs still.

  116. Steve says:

    Grey must be off screaming into a pillow.

  117. tall chicks says:

    Or beating his girlfriend. Understandable either way.

  118. fitz says:

    Raise your hand if you’re shocked Kemp followed up a 3 hit game with an 0-4

    Guy cannot get on a hot streak!

  119. fitz says:

    Drop Jeter in a H2H? I have Infante and Jeter is batting .160 in his last 15 games.

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