Usually start writing these posts after the game has concluded, but for the Orioles game yesterday, I started working on the Anthony Santander lede about five hours before the game ended. The game was like: Run, run, five runs, seven runs, eleven runs, then fifteen pitcher changes. Has the game ended? I don’t know, and, at this point, it’s no longer my concern. Anthony Santander (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 32nd and 33rd homer) is my concern. He now has four homers in the last two games; six homers in four games; 33 homers in 153 games–Wait, that becomes less impressive again. Santander becomes the 2nd player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game four times in a season, joining Ken Caminiti, who did it during his MVP year. Six homers in a four-game span hasn’t been done since the hottest schmotato of all-time, Luke Scott. During Luke Scott’s run, he actually went on Fallon with a schmotato that resembled him. Crazy times. Lucky the season’s gonna end soon or Anthony Santander would pass Judge in…*does quick math*…twelve days. For 2023 fantasy, I bet Santander is still underrated even though he has a 18.6% strikeout rate (excellent for a power hitter), 14.5% HR/FB (not at all obscene), and expected stats that back up just about everything he’s doing. Is he Anthony Santander or Anonymity Santander? Damn, Guy Fawkes, don’t be so Anonymous. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Ramon Urias – 3-for-3, and his 16th homer, and on his way to a cycle when he was pulled with knee pain. If he’s healthy, you bet Urias, I’d grab him.
Adley Rutschman – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer. Bdon and I go over Adley in this week’s podcast, and marvel at him. This wasn’t sponsored by Marvel, but, like Alfred E. Neuman, we’re all ears.
Triston Casas – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Already excited about Casas in 2023, when he hits 30 HRs and .180.
Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.16. Ugh, I can’t believe Tony La Russa sent Lynn a Cameo before the game to still mess him up!
Byron Buxton – Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Saw some people talking about how amazing Buxton was this year, considering he said he hurt himself at the end of Spring Training, so he was hurt all year, and my takeaway from that is, of course, he was hurt in Spring Training! He’s always hurt!
Ryan Jeffers – Activated from the IL, after fracturing his thumb. To show Baldelli he was ready to return, Jeffers gave a Fonzie “Ayyyy.”
Bailey Ober – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.18. I wrote a Bailey Ober sleeper post last year. Didn’t work out fully because of injuries, but I’m absolutely going to like him again in 2023.
Miles Mikolas – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.30. Let’s start with what we like about Miles Mikolas: Everything. Let’s now cover what we don’t like: Nothing to not like!
Rowdy Tellez – 1-for-4 and his 34th homer. For every player, you Google their name and the first suggestion is something like, “(player’s name) Jewish?” Even if the player’s name is like Howdy O’Goysmith. Rowdy Tellez, though, is Jewish and Google doesn’t offer up the “Jewish?” What’s happening here? Tellez the deal! Give us our guys!
Carlos Carrasco – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.95. Definitely wouldn’t start him again, if the Mets do, and, if I’m the Mets, I’m seriously considering using him out of the pen in the ‘offs on the offs chance he continues to suck.
Pete Alonso – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 40th homer. Albombso!
Pablo Lopez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.90. Real story of yesterday’s Marlins game was Richard Bleier being called for three balks. Says a lot of your team when the big takeaway is balks. Any hoo! Streamonator loves Lopez’s last start of the year, and that’s the kind of start, if he makes it, it could be glorious if the Brewers are already locked into cruise-mode.
Garrett Cooper – Out for the year with a fractured pinkie finger. Cooper would hurt himself in a marshmallow factory.
Jose Altuve – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer. If Altuve was born about 100 years ago, people would be like, “Baseball is only a game for very tiny men.”
Alex Bregman – 2-for-5 and his 22nd homer. You’re damn skippy Google suggests “Jewish” for Bregman!
Jeremy Pena – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Has definitely cooled off in the 2nd half, but you got him for basically free! Stop with the complaining!
Daulton Varsho – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer. Fo sho!
Joc Pederson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer. Dude sucks at fantasy football, but he does get scorching hot.
J.D. Davis – 3-for-4 and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. Love that the Yankees announcers were talking last night about how sabermetrics have not figured out how to know when a player is hot yet. They haven’t, it’s true. I haven’t either, but I am forever searching for it. With that said, Jonathan Davis Davis seems hot hot.
Josh Jung – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer. Not sure where I’m getting this vibe, but I feel like the Rangers might do something stupid and sign, like, a Wilmer Flores-type to play 3rd next year as Jung is sent back to the minors.
Eugenio Suarez – 0-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday had the most IL activations since 1973, when the entire Yankees team returned, after Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich gave them the clap.
Blake Snell – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.47. I can’t wait to see Snell in the playoffs. He’s either going to have a 7 IP, 13 Ks game or 3 IP, 6 ER. Nothing else is on the table.
Logan O’Hoppe – Angels are about to call up their top prospect, who is a catcher, and sounds like a non-alcoholic beer or a nickname for someone who commutes by plane from Boston to New York every day. You go from Logan to JFK every day? Then you’re a Logan O’Hoppe. So, he came over from the Phils, and had 26/7 in Double-A with great contact. Not faintly interested in redraft leagues, but might be a worth a stash in deep keepers.
Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.98. That’s Zack Greinke with two Ks, for fantasy and spelling.
Hunter Greene – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.66 vs. Mitch Keller – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.92. This matchup was billed as, “Streamonator liked both of these guys, so my entire H2H matchup is contingent on a Reds/Pirates matchup. I’m not playing Wii, I’m saying whee!”
Jose Siri – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer. This guy is so much better than Alexa!
Kyle Muller – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 8.03 as he was recalled. Braves, and all playoff-bound teams, are in “Let’s just have some guys throw some innings to get us to the playoffs then we’ll bring back our good pitchers” mode.
Ronald Acuna Jr. – 2-for-5 and his 14th and 15th homer. Usually I do some Tildaddy schtick, but he’s been so Bleh City. Like Party City’s weak-ass sister city, No Fun City. Take me down to the Paradise City he is not. I know he’s missed time, but 15 homers? Yo, Acuña, are you Alex Verdugo, bro?
Orlando Arcia – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!
Nick Castellanos – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. It’s worth noting Can’tstandyourass has been so bad, I didn’t even know he was on the IL, and I have him!
Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.92. I saw that Wheeler went six innings and I let out a small exhale that he must’ve been feeling healthy, then I saw it was on only 62 pitches and I cackled, farted and pointed blame at my dog.
Manuel Rodriguez – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.00, as he got his 3rd save. David Ross is still a fairly new manager, and isn’t off book yet, which is why he’s going to the Manuel.
Willson Contreras – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I saw an article about how to get rid of Fritos feet for a dog, but, say your dog doesn’t have Fritos feet, how would you go about giving it to them?”
Jose Berrios – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.37. That’s Berrios’s A game this year.
George Springer – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 24th homer, and third homer in the last two games. Springer making his owners sprung.
DJ LeMahieu – Could be activated as early as today. Aaron Boone said Tuesday that “we’re about at that point of … let’s go give this thing a go.” He sounds like Matthew Modine in Short Cuts during perhaps one of the best scenes in one of the best movies of all-time.
Jameson Taillon – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.83. Streamonator likes Taillon’s final start of the year next week, but, honestly, I don’t know how much he pitches. Maybe he goes 5-ish innings, maybe he goes 3-4, maybe zero.
Aaron Judge – 0-for-1, 2 runs and 4 walks. Keep hearing Aaron Judge is finally getting the Barry Bonds treatment. Well, that sucks for Judge. Now he’s going to retire as one of the greatest hitters ever, then everyone is going to pretend he never played baseball.
i am having second thoughts on waiving Dean Kramer and giving other managers a chance to catch me since they have available innings.
i currently have Amed Rosario, TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley. Would you waive one of these three to get Oswaldo Cabrera? Who would you waive or just hold?
Hi Grey. No buysell today?
Nah Buy/Sell done for the year…everyone is a Buy/Sell at this point, gotta off matchups and look who’s playing
finally George Springer is playing everyday and I am here for it!
2. I have three players who can play LF. I think that I need another left fielder since two of them are with Cinn (TJ Friedl and Jake Fraley). I was looking at picking up either Oswaldo Cabrera of NY, Ryan Mountcastle of Baltimore or Bryan De La Cruz of Minn. I was going to waive Dean Kremer (I do not need pitching innings). I do hate giving the other managers a chance to pick up Kremer; however, he has only start left at home against Toronto. Who would you select of Cabrera, Mountcastle, or De La Cruz?
Thanks so much!!!
1. Yes 2. Cabrera
next season we keep 10 players (H2H 12 teamer) i know its super early but what 10 you keeping here –
Hi Grey, are you starting or benching Musgrove at home vs the Dodgers tonight? Feels kind of risky to start, especially with pitching categories close, though I hate to bench good pitchers. Thanks!
Kremer at Boston. As an Israeli, how do I not stream him. What do you think?!?!?
Hahaha, I wouldn’t
Is there a league deep enough to get you to stream D Lynch @ Tigers today?
I need to give a big shout out to Carrasco who I added in advance of his start vs MIA yesterday. What could go wrong? Right?
He had a 3.79 era and 1.3 whip on the season coming into yesterday, had a good 2nd half and has been better at home.
His #’s while on my team: 54.1 ip, 5.47 era, 1.53 whip. Amazing. That means I probably missed every good start he had this year.
I now remember why I cut him.
Haha, brutal…5.47 ERA in 54 IP ain’t easy to pull off for a guy with a sub-4 ERA
Streamanator loved that start. I try not to stream in a 10-team league, but needed innings. Every time I do, it hurts more than it helps.
I hear ya, I didn’t trust Carrasco at all
I didn’t either but miami stats since Aug 1:
Last in runs (39 less than anybody else)
Yeah, but they have been better recently
Yeah, so have I when I don’t stream.
The Robot convinced me it was the smart thing to do :(
People don’t stream in 10 team leagues? Maybe I’m doing this wrong. Definitely not a winning night for logic… streaming Carrasco and benching Snell.
Yeah, just some bad luck there
People do stream. I generally don’t in a roto format b/c it rarely works for me. This case was unique since I lost 2 pitchers over the last week. I am very analytical and put thought into this one. It checked the final box and was streamanator approved so I did.
The impressive starts have dwindled lately. Alcantara landed at #56 with his 8 innings vs Washington on Saturday, and last night Bailey Ober was good for 37th on the Best 100 Start list, knocking out Javier’s September 14th effort @ Detroit.
Wow, I didn’t think Ober’s was that good
Good in all 4 categories. Only 3 baserunners over 7 and a third, 10 Ks, 0 runs, and the Win.
Which of course, you had in the blurb. Sounds pretty good to me.
Not bad at all..just kinda surprised it’s *that* good
I finished 20-4 regular season best record in the league. Unfortunately, my team had worst week of season last week. I lost first week of playoffs. It’s truly alot of work maintaining a team day in and out. So it’s a bummer going out first week.
Anyways, thankyou for your daily articles and answers to my questions throughout the season.
Damn, sorry to hear it! No problem
Start Gallen @HOU (JV)?
Appreciate all you do for us each and every year.
Many thanks in advance as always.
Yeah, I’d start him — No problem
I checked on Arcia after reading your blurb and the robot has him at 1-5 in the last 30 days. I think with the Luis Garcia page being wrong the first 4 months or so, the robot has a real thing for any “arcia” matters. Who hurt him?
Garcia’s wrong bs there’s 17 other Luis Garcias
How do we go about teams who locked up their playoffs spot / seeding already? Is Triston McKenzie going to go his usual pitches today? Urias? Or are we getting a 60-70 pitch game and low shot at the W?
I’d guess 70 pitches-ish sounds about right
Is tomorrow’s Quantrill vs.TB start early enough before the end of the year that we don’t need to worry about Cleveland limiting his pitches since they already have everything wrapped up?
I’d guess he’s limited
Best option for a QS then even with that in mind
Quantrill vs TB
Jon Gray @SEA (was on a pitch count last time out, got up to 87 though, may be full-go this time)
Worth giving Cueto a shot tonight @ Twins ?
Acuna is so confusing this year – but at least his downside = Starling Marte 15/30 season.
Would you still keep him for $38 in a 12 team ($260) league? Alt keeper would be $25 Devers $8 Wright $16 Eloy $14 Framber.
I feel like Acuna still wins out there . . . as comparison, Starling Marte went for $36 at auction this year, so Acuna’s still gotta be a $50+ player at auction I’d think. Do you agree?
I don’t want his down side! But I agree, could be worse, I guess
Think you still have to keep him
thanks – yea next year esp with how much he’s been running feels like the year he could try and get that 40/40 he just barely missed in 2019 or whenever it was
He could go 40/40, or 15/15…at this point, anything’s on the table with him
Elias Sports Bureau said that Richard Bleier is the only player since 1900 to balk three times in the same at-bat. Also, Bleier had zero career balks before this game. Crazy stuff! Do you think Bleier was waiting for the first base umpire in the parking lot after the game?
Haha, I watched the replay, and I can’t figure out what he did…He seemed to come to stop
What are your thoughts on Hayden Wesneski, tonight and next year? Could their be a sleeper post? You and Itch are the gold standard and have made my season a success! Thank you!
Who’s he going against tonight? Next year, he’s kinda meh, and I don’t see a sleeper post in his future
Going against Philly…in Wrigley
Meh, don’t love it
I suggest you dig into him a little. He has 5 pitches, with one being a terrific slider.
I definitely will in the offseason
Grey and ALl, i lost in the semi-finals thanks for the advice this season!
Don’t understand why they took wheeler out last night he was pitching effortlessly ….magic # is 8 why would you take him out?
Who would pitch to Judge…i would not want to be the pitcher who gives up 61. Just do not hear many people talking about judge. There does not seem to be the excitement over Judges run …wondering if it is fans still skeptical due the riod scandals or the fact that pitching seems to be weaker these days
Can’tstandyourass has looked lost at the plate all season sometimes a change of scenary makes things worse….on the other hand he may be due to get hot in time for the playoffs.
Damn! That sucks…Not sure on Wheeler, I guess to keep him fresh for postseason — I’d groove one to Judge then tackle him as he rounded 1st
Castellanos has been atrocious all year, not enough was said about it
it is what it is i lost by one point……
LOL that would be must see TV….may as well bite his ear off after you knock him down.
” I’d groove one to Judge then tackle him as he rounded 1st”
Haha, do you think there is a pitcher big enough to take on Judge?
I thought Berrios would’ve had nothing left to lose
Where’s Phil Hughes when you need him?
Santander or Teoscar Hernandez next year?
Damn, that’s tough, I think Santander
Man. It’s 10:13 eastern time and we only have 2 (now 3?) comments. Everyone must have been eliminated from their fantasy leagues. I’m playing for 3rd. Thank you again Gray for the great reads, insights, and recommendations all season. You and the team at Razzball HQ do a great job.
Ha, of course! Thank you!
I notice it every year around this time. I still come back for more regardless of where I am in the standings…Grey has that effect on me, much like Stanton had on Grey (but Grey doesn’t choke and get IL’d).
Dang… the Judge/Bonds mic drop at the end is incredible. Grey, I’ve truly enjoyed reading your daily notes over the years. Keeping a daily grind like you do is nearly impossible to pull off. I am entertained on the reg though. You are a sensational writer. In my best Tupac voice “You are appreci-A-ted.”
Brandon from Pittsburgh
Hahaha, thanks! Appreciate that
a. Your reports are getting better (if that’s fathomable) as we gear up to this fever pitch of the end of the season!!!
b. Some trends
1 WhiteSux, they stopped playing when they fell out which sux for fantasy.
2 Mess collapsing but they might have just enough juice to hold off the Braves but I doubt it. Braves are too good.
3 Quintana pitches for the Cards? When did that happen? He looks better in a Cards’ uniform.
4 Stupid schedule maker closing up the Pirates’ schedule with a home and home series versus the Cards – 3 in STL then 3 in PIT!! Hope the Cards don’t get bored.
5 Santander gonna get to 40 HR.
c. George Carlin quote of the day for September 28, 2022
‘During bombing raids in Iraq, the media liked to say that Saddam Hussein used people as human shields. That’s not accurate. Although it’s true they were used as shields, the fact is they were humans already. So if these humans were used as shields, they were human shields. They weren’t being used as human shields. Got that?’
From When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
A. Ha, thanks!
B. 3. What?! He’s been there since deadline, he’s been great 5. I hope so! C. Damn
a. Damn! Guess I wasn’t paying attention to him. The “I hate Pirates stealing” idiom got to my conscious brain.
b. I know, the quote literally blew my mind. Damn you, Wolf Blitzer!!
A. Ha B. Right!