I already put my feet on your coffee table while typing up my notes on the September call-up hitters and September call-up pitchers.  Oh, and I didn’t use a coaster for my forty of Colt 45.  Natch!  Not too many surprises in the call-ups.  The peasant Royals are dragging their feet on Mike Moustakas, not calling him up.  What else is new?  Carlos Carrasco was called up and got the start.  Go Indians, it’s your birthday.  I’ll get to Carrasco later on.  I’ll fill in a Mad Libs blurb for Wilson Ramos’ call up.  I’ll even go over J.P. Arencibia in this post.  But who I’m really pumped about getting recalled?  Brandon Allen, the wholesale home run king.  His homers are innnnnnsane!  In Triple-A, he hit 25 homers and .261 with 14 steals.  If you ever saw this kid play, you’d know why I’m so excited.  If you ever saw Kid ‘n Play, you’re awesome.  Yesterday, Brandon Allen hit a grand slam.  Allen can hit 30 homers in the majors right now.  He rocks a solid OBP.  He can chuck in a few steals.  Yes, I love this guy.  In NL-Only and keeper leagues, I’d grab him right now.  In mixed leagues, if you need power, I’d grab Allen if you can bench him on occasion if he doesn’t start.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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Barry Enright – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Uncle Barry now has 8 quality starts in his last nine.  He gets the Giants next.  Yes, pick him up.

Ricky Nolasco – The Palm Beach Post, a paper that is packed full of early bird coupons for seniors, announced that Nolasco will get shut down.

Mike Stanton – 2-for-5 with his 15th homer.  I think it might’ve been his first hit since July, but don’t hold me to that.  Stanton looks very streaky in the first months of his career, so he might now go on a 10 homer in 10 game stretch.

Cameron Maybin – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer this week.  My old fave might be finally hitting his stride in the major leagues.  Stay tuned!  Or not, your choice.

Matt Lindstrom – Back from back problems (say that fast 117 times!).  He worked middle relief yesterday and Lyon’s been great in his stead so Lindstrom may not see saves immediately.  After a few appearances by Lindstrom to get back up to speed, they may share saves going forward.  “You want this save?”  “No, you take it.”  “No, you.”  “I’ll take it.”  “Who are you?”  “Wilton Lopez.”  “We don’t know you.”

Nelson Figueroa – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  He hasn’t given up more than 2 earned runs in his last four starts.  That’s nice, he’s also 36 years old.  (And he was born on Reggie Jackson’s birthday and my dog’s “I’m not just playing dead, I’m actually dead” day.)  Nelson Figueroa and Dennis Quaid should get together for The Rookie II:  The Winter Leagues.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and the delicious slam & legs.  Quietly having a decent year.  I wouldn’t mind owning him somewhere.  Hey, I got HP Envy.

Carlos Carrasco – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I’m a fan of Carrasco… If he were on a different team.  If you can start a rookie Indians pitcher in September, nice huevos but I think they might be contaminated.

Jordan Brown – 1-for-4, 1 RBI with the start as LaPorta nurses his hip.  Wubba Wubba Wubba!  It’s Downtown Jordan Brown!  I’ve seen Brown compared to Sean Casey, and that’s not for his conversation skills.  I wouldn’t look at Brown outside of very deep AL-Only leagues.

Chris Sale – Got the save yesterday.  Jenks had worked a few days in a row, so I wouldn’t read too much into this, even if it does appear to be a fire sale on White Sox relievers.  Or is it a *pinkie to mouth* hire Sale?  Then again, you never know with Ozzie.  After each game, Ozzie, Ken Williams and Sharon Osbourne sit at a panel to judge each reliever.  Sharon because she’s used to insane Ozzies.

Manny Ramirez – 1-for-3 in his White Sox debut where he batted fifth and pushed Quentin to the bench.  I think Quentin will still get his ABs.  Andruw Jones really shouldn’t.  Oh, and I’d take live Strasburg on the toilet coverage compared to what ESPN is now doing with Manny.  Guy’s pretty irrelevant at this point, do we really need non-stop Manny coverage?

J.P. Arencibia – DH’d last night (0-for-4), but I’m not confident that arrangement is going to last.  Without an everyday job, he’s not much use for you outside of AL-Only, two catcher or keeper leagues.  In related news, Buck hit a homer yesterday.

Sean Rodriguez – 3-for-3 with a homer and steal.  He has 9 homers, 11 steals and a .264 average in 299 ABs.  I kinda wish they went with him all year instead of Zobrist.  Would’ve been nice to see what he could’ve done.

Desmond Jennings – 0-for-3 as the Rays inserted him right into the two hole (not that two hole, silly).  Zobrist took the bench yesterday.  If you need steals in mixed leagues, you’ll want to add Jennings right now, just in case he sees more ABs than I think he will.  He will definitely see time in the final week of the season when the Rays have their playoff slot locked up.

Freddie Freeman – 0-for-3 as he got called up and the start.  I don’t think today’s start is any indication of playing time.  Grab Freeman in NL-Only and keeper leagues.  In redraft leagues, I wouldn’t bother unless Lee gets hurt.  Though, like Jennings, if the Braves wrap up a playoff spot, Freeman could see time at the end of the year.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (1 Hit), 3 Ks vs. the Mets.  Spoiler Alert!  In this afternoon’s borderline starter post, I mention how the Mets are the 2nd worst offense since the All-Star Break.  Brand new Mets, same as the old mess.

Roy Oswalt – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He only gave up one hit to go with 6 walks as he did a better impersonation of Clayton Kershaw than Clayton.

Cliff Lee – Received an injection in his back to relieve some lower back pressure.  The problem late Lee has been stiff Lee?  Supposed Lee.  He says he should make his next start.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s bumped a day or two.

Mitch Moreland – Now has two homers in two games.  Cantu will steal time from him vs. lefties and he hasn’t hit for much of anything average-wise lately, but it looks like Moreland’s hot.

Jose Reyes – I read he took BP.  Where, to see the fish they’re killing?  Oh, batting practice!  Yeah, Reyes said he might be able to play this weekend.

Tom Gorzelanny – Last week one of my borderline starters on the Pirates was injured by a comebacker.  This week the Pirates injured Gorzelanny with a comebacker.  I sure hope no one finds out I’m the puppet master behind all of this.  Hmm… Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that.  Okay, move on to the next blurb now.

Brett Anderson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Yankees.  Was kinda surprised to see Anderson not owned in 100% of ESPN leagues.  He should be.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – Hit his third homer this week.  Still having a hard time recommending him, but you can take my non-committal recommendation as a recommendation.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. Max Scherzer’s 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Why don’t any of my leagues award no decisions?  I pillaged some seriously good people in a former life for the win karma I have.

Wilson Ramos – Ivan Rodriguez strikes me as a guy who won’t want to take a seat very often for some rookie upstart.  *while chomping a cigar* Yeah, I’m Pudge, see.  And I don’t take no seat for no kid. *removing the cigar*  On a side note, my Pudge nickname wasn’t always ironic.  So in NL-Only keepers, grab Ramos if you must, but unless he’s playing every day, there’s not much here.

Nyjer Morgan – Didn’t you think Nyjer was a good guy up until about two weeks ago when he threw a baseball at a fan?  I love this heel turn.  Too bad Tito Santana had the last laugh.  I mean, Gaby Sanchez.  Hehe, you got hit by a guy with a girl’s name!

Yonder Alonso – Young man, there’s a place you can go.   I said, young man–  Wait, was I typing that?  Alonso’s another great future prospect that you can read about at my call-ups post.  This year, he has no playing time.  I’m sure December Grey will go over all of these guys for 2011.

Aroldis Chapman – 1 IP and his first win.  I imagine it’ll be easy for hitters when they are seeing him more than once in a game.  Right now, I’ll be shocked when someone gets a hit off him.  Call his fastball The Keyser Soze because he throws it and…  Poof, it’s gone.

  1. big o says:

    could really use the 10 G’s .
    can i give them your phone # ?

    thought manny slept during day games ?!

    maybin , again ?
    hope this doesn’t reach blalock-like proportions .

    you’re not going to bastardize yourself , chasing $20 , are you ?
    now , if we’re talking siddhartha , well ,
    then i say “go for it” .

  2. barker says:

    with your chances of winning in the 1st rd of the playoffs in the balance which starter do u stream on friday

    i have morrow hudson j garcia already going

    vasquez vs tor blackburn vs tex holland @ min cook @ SD

  3. Bad Bob says:

    12 team head to head dynasty league. In first and already qualified for the playoffs starting with a bye next week. My infield just collapsed Beckham and Tulo been out injured and Stewart going to the DL. Who do you recomend to pick up? Kouzmanoff, EY jr, Sean Rodriguez, Betemit? Can slide Beckham over to third when he gets back if I need to.

    Also who is the better pitcher the rest of the way and beyond between James Shields and Matusz? Shields has been frustrating as hell the last couple of seasons and matusz seems to have figured it out but still worried about an innings cap to end the season. Thanks

  4. microwave donut says:

    If Alonso is in the Reds plans for 2011, will he or Votto play LF?

    I’d think they’d make Alonso move, son he play there?

  5. microwave donut says:


  6. microwave donut says:

    and yeah, Hunter Pence has been sneaky good. Age 27 season!

  7. Bum Juice says:

    .300 / 84 / 19 / 80 / 14

    .288 / 83 / 21 / 75 / 17

    One of those is Ryan Braun.

    The other is Hunter Pence.

    They were only drafted 8 rounds apart!

  8. HotCorner says:

    @Grey…Any word on suspensions from last night’s brew ha-ha? I have Gaby and was just curious what you think he’ll get for that clothesline that he put on Nyjer Morgan.

  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bum Juice: ha, i posted the braun/pence numbers a few weeks ago. i have both in one league. stoked about pence’s season, bummed about braun’s season.

  10. Frank Rizzo says:

    Nyjer Morgan got lit up by Gaby. As I watched the highlight 5 million times yesterday, I couldn’t help but think Kyle Farnsworth should consider teaching a class to pitchers on what to do in these situations. Volstad dropped his glove and waited for a guy who was a foot shorter than him to throw the first punch. Kyle would have surely met Nyjer halfway and either form tackled him back to the plate or picked him up and powerbombed him Waterboy style. Nyjer probably would have died.

    Watching most MLB pitchers try to throw a punch is pretty funny.

  11. TonyD says:

    @ Grey

    When should Uggla get his next start??

  12. TonyD says:

    @ Grey

    When is Uggla likely to return back into the lineup?

  13. slam says:


    Enright, Zimmerman, or Matusz as his replacement?

  14. sean says:

    @Grey: no mention of the Marlins’ brawl? I guess no more business about Gaby being a chick name.

    re: Mets: sad to see David Wright in his prime stuck with such a sad, pathetic lineup:

    Luis Castillo
    Josh Thole
    Chris Carter
    Ike Davis
    Lucas Duda
    Ruben Tejada

    Other than Wright there isn’t a SINGLE every day major leaguer in the lineup, forget an actual all-star or threat.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: re: phone number – No thanks. re: Maybin – He’s on his way!

    @barker: None are good… Cook.

    @Bad Bob: Young if you need steals…. Kouz for power. Matusz…

    @microwave donut: They’re hoping he can play there by next year.

    @Bum Juice: Yup

    @HotCorner: There won’t be word the day it happens.

    @Frank Rizzo: Powerbomb – ha!

    @TonyD: He said he could’ve pinch hit yesterday. So he’ll be back soon…

    @slam: Zimmermann…

    @sean: I mentioned Nyjer and Gaby.

  16. Dad says:

    @Grey: I have the same Nolasco problem as slam (and many others). Would you take any of the following before Zimmermann (non-keeper)?: Chacin, Minor, Blackburn

    Also, my 16-team H2H non-keeper has a rule that was announced casually in the League Notes as a PS on May 1 that “there are no add/drops in the playoffs unless a player goes on the DL and you can only replace them with a player of the same position” (i didn’t notice until the commish made a proper post last week right before the playoffs). He claims it makes the league “more competitive.” I argued that 1) you can’t set rules after the draft and 2) it takes much of the strategy out of the game. I think it was intended to not let people stream pitchers, but even streaming can backfire. Now i couple be stuck with Niese or Lyon or have to wait out Beckham and Soto as they nurse injuries while not on the DL. Is this a common rule? Total BS?

  17. Dad says:

    @Grey: @Dad: Last sentence doesn’t even resemble english, but i think you get the idea.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: Zimmermann… Ruleis kinda stupid, but that’s neither here nor there. As you said, you can’t implement rules after the season starts unless every owner is agreement. Obviously not the case here since you didn’t even know about it.

  19. Jeff says:

    What can we expect about of these guys the rest of the year?






    I’m trying in a keeper league and am looking to trade a cheap Nolasco for an expensive bat (I have loads of pitching and could use a little hitting depth).

  20. joecoz says:

    I might be able to get Jose Reyes off waivers tomorrow for my H2H playoffs(I’m sitting at 2nd position). You like him or Scutaro for the next 2-3 weeks? Thanks!

  21. kwak says:

    Lookin to stream Sunday, which do you like better?

    Gallaraga @ KC


    Masterson @ Seattle

    Is switching out Pennington for Jhonny a better use of one of my two last moves?

  22. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Writeups seem to be getting better and better! Maybe you’re the Teixiera of fantasy baseball bloggers…Quick closer question for you:
    Need a guy to sew up saves in a H2H category league, so who of these choices do you think will have the most saves for the rest of this week?
    Takahashi, Rodney, Gutierrez, Hoffman, Broxton

  23. Black Beard says:

    H2H, 6×5 (OPS), ten team. I’m about to enter the playoffs and rosters freeze so I’d be rolling with what I have Monday the rest of the way.

    Currently holding Raburn and KJ w/ the following on the wire:

    EYJ, Neil Walker, F. Sanchez, Desmond, Betancourt, Peralta.


  24. Brad Havens says:

    In an H2H league with the standard categories, my relievers are Papelbon, Soria and Axford. I have room to add a pitcher if I drop CJohnson or Huff. I could go for Uehara, Lyon, Rodney or Takahashi.

    The other playoff qualifiers have:
    Nunez, Soriano, Lidge
    Wilson, Franklin, Meek
    Bell, Cordero

    Obviously, they’ve focused more on starting pitching.

    Rather than adding a potential brain-freeze closer, should I consider Chapman for the strikeouts and vulture wins he could provide?

    Should I drop Axford as well for one of the closers on the wire? He hasn’t been bed, but he doesn’t get any chances. . .


  25. royale wit cheese says:

    I’m dropping Nolasco (and Morrow after Friday). That leaves my SP with:


    Matusz, Enright, Blanton, Narveson, Blackburn are availiable.

    Would you drop Rayburn/Berkman/Pagan for any of those SP.

  26. Steve Stevenson says:

    Holds league, drop either Gregerson or Adams of the struggling Padres for Chapman, or hold tight?

  27. Brad Havens says:

    Edit: “he hasn’t been bed”?

    No, he hasn’t been bed. He hasn’t been bad either.

  28. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Morning dude! Allen or EY2 for overall production? Thx and have a great day sir.

  29. Black Beard says:

    also…per KJ:

    Gibson said he’s “pretty beat up” and offered to give him time off…KJ said no.


    and Raburn:

    Bothered by a sore rotator cuff; felt in his swing last night.


  30. amscalone says:

    drop floyd and/or e santana for: kuroda, matusz, guthrie or bergesen?

  31. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Plz include Raburn in tje comparison with EY2 and Allen please. Im looking for overall production.

  32. papafrog says:

    @Grey: Grey, I haven’t seen any love for Danny Espinosa, at least I don’t think I have, hehe. How do you rate him the rest of this season with Yunel (blah)Escobar? In need of a little pop and maybe some speed, yes, I’m greedy! Ha! Thanks in advance!

  33. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Trumbo 34th donk yesterday. Do the halos EVER bring him up? This week?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jeff: I’d trade him for any of those guys except Markakis and Grandy.

    @joecoz: Would prefer Reyes.

    @kwak: Masterson… No on Jhonny.
    @Seequinn: Ha!
    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Rodney
    @Black Beard: If you don’t need steals it looks fine.

    @Brad Havens: Rodney over Axford.

    @royale wit cheese: Berkman for Barry.

    @Steve Stevenson: Gregerson for Chapman.
    @tHe sHiT: Morning! They give you totally different things. Young…
    @Black Beard: Thanks for the heads up!
    @amscalone: Ervin for

    @papafrog: Interesting name if he gets PT. Like him in keepers and NL-Only leagues.

  35. royce! says:

    @Seequinn: That clip makes me even more certain that the Marlins should bear the brunt of the punishment. Their broadcasters are delusional:
    “and the rest of the Washington Nationals can thank Nyjer Morgan for what just happened, he’s their teammate.”
    “This guy has some serious problems. If major league baseball doesn’t do something about Nyjer Morgan, then they’re coming up short.”
    “I have to see it but you could see this coming.”
    “The Marlins hit Morgan in a professional manner, the didn’t throw at his head,”
    “and then what did he do?”
    “He stole second and he stole third in an 11-run game,”
    “which, generally you wouldn’t see done.”

    Wes Helms chimes in with the same delusional notion that if you are hit by a pitch, and the plunking is justified, you are not allowed to steal a base afterwards:

    “It gets under everybody’s skin, and especially it gets under my skin because there is one way to play this game, and you’ve got to play with the integrity of the game,” Marlins third baseman Wes Helms said. “I cannot stand when a guy shows somebody up, or shows the integrity of the game up to the fans, or whatever. There is no place in baseball for that. In my opinion, you’re going to get what’s coming to you if you do that.

    “Tonight, I think, was the time to show him we weren’t going to put up with him, especially after last night. But also, [he was] trying to take the bases when they were down 10 runs. I can’t really say anything good about a guy who doesn’t play the game right or play for the integrity of the game.”

    [Another article quotes Helms as saying “We had to show we weren’t going to put up with how he was treating us.”]

    Apparently the integrity of the game demands that Nyjer Morgan sit down on first base and wait for the inning to conclude because he needs a timeout.

    The broadcasters and Helms aren’t even content to say that if you’ve been hit by a pitch and your team is down 10 runs, you can’t steal bases without destroying the integrity of the game. Their claim is that the HBP doesn’t matter– if your team is down by 10 runs, you don’t steal bases.

    And having watched video of the collision with Hayes, I have to say that it’s totally bunk for the Marlins to say that Morgan was out of line because Morgan could have slid and been safe. It was a hard play at the plate, and it happens all of the time. Second guessing whether Morgan would have been safe had he slid is BS. If Hayes hadn’t been hurt, the Marlins would have celebrated Hayes’ hard style playing. Plus, I don’t think Morgan necessarily could have eluded a tag- the ball was in Hayes’ glove and Hayes was moving to place a tag when Morgan collided with him.

    Anyhow, I think it’s a sham to say that Morgan has issues that MLB needs to deal with and ignore the fact that throwing at him a second time reveals some pretty serious problems with the Marlins. Morgan rushed Volstad for throwing at him twice. Volstad’s justification for the second HBP, as expressed by the broadcasters and Helms, was that Morgan disrespected the integrity of the game. Such justifications are a complete crock of shizz.


  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @simply fred: Who knows? Shouldn’t been called two months ago.

  37. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @royce!: What exacerbates Morgan’s “problems” is the throw into the stands this week.

  38. royce! says:

    @simply fred: Yes, his previous antics do exacerbate his problems with MLB generally. But I don’t think that his having lost his temper against a Phan can be used by a different team to justify throwing at him twice. And based on the quotes I’ve been reading, the relevant Marlins parties haven’t used it as a justification. They instead have claimed that he deserved to be hit again for stealing bases after getting intentionally hit earlier. The implication is that Morgan should have submitted to his punishment with a smile and a “thank you sir may I have another?”

    The idea that his losing his temper against a Phan could justify FLA plunking him relates to a comment I made yesterday, that this is similar to the Oresteia. There, a cycle of violence came to a conclusion with the creation of a greater power, the criminal justice system, and more specifically, the jury of one’s peers. So here, MLB can order a suspension for Morgan throwing at a fan if he was deliberately trying to hit the fan with the ball, and that should be the end of it.

    At least one fan at the Phillies game claimed that Morgan didn’t mean to hit anyone, though: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2010/08/phillies_fan_defends_nyjer_mor.html

  39. amscalone says:

    @grey: ervin for who?

  40. big o says:

    am i the only one here that actually likes blanton’s start
    @ coors , tonight , vs chacin ?

  41. big o says:

    perspective :
    kerry wood told yankee interviewers that he’d rather have
    8 tommy john surgeries
    than one shoulder surgery .

  42. big o says:

    meanwhile :
    mlbtv said that the nats announced
    that strasburg will not pitch until 2012 .

    extra cautious ?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    ********There’s a new post.*********

  44. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    “Oh, and I’d take live Strasburg on the toilet coverage compared to what ESPN is now doing with Manny. Guy’s pretty irrelevant at this point, do we really need non-stop Manny coverage?”

    For anybody who has the MLB or NFL Networks, why would you ever watch ESPN? I hardly ever look at ESPN any more (SNF aside) and my life is much improved.

  45. Joey says:

    Besides Allen (cause I know you love him and everyone in my league will be bidding on him), who’s another good grab in an NL only keeper league:
    Daniel Espinosa, Cory Luebke, Mat Gamel, John Duda
    someone I’m forgetting?


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