With Dustin May injured and Julio Urias hitting the Ineffective List — Urias should be healthy when he stops giving up four homers per game — the Dodgers needed another arm besides Gavin Stone. I opened with that because when I saw the Dodgers were calling up Bobby Miller they be Gavin me a heart attack that they weren’t calling up Stone. I need Stone. Yes, this is about me. Stone has been confirmed for Monday, but Miller’s up for Tuesday. Here’s what Itch’s said, “Where I prefer Gavin Stone, most who care enough to rank ‘em seem to prefer Miller, a 6’5” 220 lb prototype power pitcher. While the 6’1” 175 lb Stone doesn’t win any off-the-bus intimidation contests, he repeats his delivery with ease, which is necessary to maintaining plus command. Miller has mostly looked like a reliever to the eye test, but he looks different now than he did on draft night. He bounced back and forth a bit between relieving and starting at Louisville and retained remnants of a max-effort, off-balance delivery throughout much of his minor league career. It’s pretty smooth and steady now, so I can’t really quibble with anyone who’d prefer the fastball-slider dynamite Miller brings to the mound, and I’d like to stick a piece of dynamite up Grey’s butt.” What on earth? As Itch says, Stone and Miller is likely a toss-up, but this isn’t like mortar and pestle, and why not both? Choose one and go with him. Will Bobby Miller be better than Bryce or Mason Miller? He could. Oh, and so many West Coast Millers. Angels and San Diego, you’re on the clock. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Clayton Kershaw – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.98. Not gonna say what his ERA has been since I told you to sell him. That would just be rude (and I’m too lazy to do the math).
Paul DeJong – 2-for-3, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, 3rd homer this week. Colonel Mustard at the newsstand with a newspaper that reads, “Player of the Week!”
Alek Manoah – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.15. Manoah was removed when Jays’ manager, John Schneider, went to the mound mistakenly for the 2nd time in the inning. Jays driving a clown car? Yeah, absolutely, they’re a goofship. But *lowers head* I must admit I was glad Manoah was removed before he could give up more runs.
Kevin Gausman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.14, as he threw 115 pitches. Clearly, after the snafu on Saturday, John Schneider was afraid to go to the mound at all on Sunday.
Matt Chapman – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 1st homer since I said to sell him three weeks ago, and he’s hitting .180 in that time. Sorry, don’t get chapped, man.
Grayson Rodriguez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.21. Could Grayson be better? Guys and five girl readers, he’s one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Of course, he can be better.
Dean Kremer – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.61. Wouldn’t have been a bad waiver l’chaim last week for the two-start week, but Streamonator doesn’t like his next, and he’s the type of Schmoriole you can move right off.
Eloy Jimenez – Ahead of schedule from his recovery. That could move his next injury date up two weeks.
Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.62. His peripherals look solid, and he looks like he’s fixed whatever that was last year.
Mike Clevinger – Hit the IL with wrist inflammation. I’m getting wrist inflammation from making the “this guy’s a jerk off” motion.
Clint Frazier – 1-for-3, 1 run as he was recalled by the White Sox. I hope that recalling was fondly! There’s so much to recall here. Member when he briefly changed his name to Jackson Frazier but it turned out that was a joke that went too far? Kinda like his career.
Luis Robert – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer. Even more remarkable about his first quarter of the season, he’s basically the only hitter in their lineup. Okay, Burger, sure, but *tilts head like a Golden Doodle* cmon.
Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.28. Only 12 more weeks of this and we so back!
Michael Massey – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Three homers and hitting near-.285 in the month of May. It’s not everything, but, in deeper leagues, it’s been something. Massey: He’s something!
Jared Shuster – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.49. Only blemish was the 2nd inning, 9th homer by Jarred Kelenic. Whatever Taj and Shuster are doing to be better in the majors than they were in the minors, teach that shizz to the Dodgers’ rookie pitchers. By the by, rather than make another blurb, you can lose Nick Anderson; Raisel looks like he’s righted the ship.
Jose Caballero – 1-for-1 and a slam (1) and triple legs (4, 5, 6). Call him Dildo Caballero, because he’s replaced Wong. I saw this game, and my first reaction was, “Damn it, I just entered all my FAAB bids!” *lowers head and goes back to adding Caballero in waiver claims* So, he looks like a big-time speed guy with zero pop, aside from yesterday, and incredibly good contact for, like, 77-foot dribblers. He’s for 15 team mixed and deeper.
Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.58, and now four straight Quality Starts. Streamonator hates his next though, and I don’t disagree.
Christopher Morel – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .370. That’s, what, eight homers in 11 games. Ha! Morel = 1998 Sosa and McGwire, combined. Someone asked the other day about selling him, and it depends what you can get, but, as I say in the video at the top of the page, I’m buying. He’s a speed/power guy. Will his average fall? Yes, of course, but everyone knows that. No one actually thinks someone with a 38% strikeout rate is a .370 hitter. He can still be a 25/25 guy with a .230 average.
Josiah Gray – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (6 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 2.65. Regression Fairies are going to put on their short-shorts and pay Josiah a visit.
Jeimer Candelario -4-for-5, 1 run, and two homers in the last four games. Hot schmotato alert!
Hunter Harvey – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.00, and his 2nd save, as Kyle Finnegan worked 6th and 7th (1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.00). Gnats seem to be doing the exact opposite of every team before them. Going to the younger, better reliever rather than the older, more experienced one.
Brandon Pfaadt – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 7.65. On one hand, it was yet another bleh start from Pfaadt. On the other hand, it was better than Gallen looked on Friday. On a third hand that is actually Hamburger Helper, what difference does how Gallen pitches make for Pfaadt’s owners?
Corbin Carroll – 1-for-2, 3 runs and a slam (7) and double legs (12, 13). Too early to be thinking about 2024, but Corbin’s going before or after JulRod? Yeah, I think so too.
Willy Adames – 1-for-5 and his 8th homer. He’s on pace for 32 homers and somehow feels underwhelming.
Rowdy Tellez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer. Fun fact! After anyone says his full name, he responds, “What do you want to hear?”
William Contreras – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .252. Currently in third place for the Contrerases, but within striking distance of Roansy.
Corey Seager – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. You know the Rangers’ hitting is great when I see their scores vs. the Rockies and, at first, I thought they were in Coors.
Josh Jung – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .259. Nice to see him come out of his little May funk, right? Wrong! He’s got three homers in May and is hitting .250. Stop trying to drop Jung. He’s on pace for 35 homers. You’re embarrassing yourself.
Braxton Garrett – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.60. Drives me a little crazy when people are like, “Well, if you remove this one start from this guy’s line, his stats look much better,” because you can’t just remove stats from a line, unless it was a clear benching (in Coors, for unstints). *quietly* With that said, if you remove one start from Braxton’s line when he gave up 11 ER, his statline does look much better.
Jorge Soler – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer. Reminds me a bit of Jung in that, why are you still asking to pick him up? Will Soler be at 35 homers on the year and still on your waivers?
Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.01. Oh, you counted out Scherzer? 12 years straight of pitching didn’t dissuade you, huh?
Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.60. Oh, you counted out Verlander? 17 years straight of pitching didn’t dissuade you, huh?
Starling Marte – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (12). I’d say he was overdue to deliver something, but Marte’s been so bad that letter in Saving Private Ryan had an easier time delivering.
Jose Ramirez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer in the day game, and 1-for-4 and his 6th homer in the night cap. Get your fingers in! We’re closing the Buy Low window!
Jared Walsh – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the IL. He’s been battling insomnia. Ya see, he said, “I won’t sleep until I’m good for fantasy again.” He slept last in 2021.
Alex Kirilloff – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, as he hits third. I’d take away something from Kirilloff batting third, if Gallo wasn’t batting leadoff.
Edouard Julien – 1-for-3 as he was recalled with Jorge Polanco hitting the IL. Here’s what I said previously, “Julien had a .440 OBP in the minors the last two years, and went 19/20 in 121 games. Here’s Itch on him, “He’s listed at 6’2” 195 lbs but never looked that big to me, not that it matters. Julien makes the most of every pitch, riding that third rail between passive and selective. I just dinged Emmanuel Rodriguez, another Twins’ prospect, for the same, but Julien walks about ten percent less often than Rodriguez (19.3 percent in 113 games). Strikes out less, too. He lacks the eye-catching upside to pass the top two on this list. Julien is much more likely to help in the near term after posting a 144 wRC+ in a full Double-A season, but I’m a bit skeptical about the bat speed on Julien. I’d like to take a bat to Grey’s noggin.” All right, not cool! I could see grabbing Julien; he feels more like a 15-team mixed league and deeper guy.” And that’s me quoting me! Keep in mind it looks like he might be platooning.
Harrison Bader – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer. Harrison Scored in Indiana Jones and the Two Films After the Last Crusade Which Was Supposed To Be the Last Indiana Jones Film.
Gleyber Torres – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer. Way to pleyber!
Luis Severino – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I’m fine with a cubicle next to Patrick, as long as he stops stapling so loudly.”
Clay Holmes – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.26. Put oregano, cumin, chili powder, garlic and onion powder together and you’ve got yourself some nice taco seasoning, but then try to take out just the garlic powder. That’s Holmes. He’s been fine, but now it feels like it’s a committee and it’s hard to get out of a committee when it’s working.
Aaron Hicks – Designated for assignment. “Fine! We’ll start our own team!” That’s Hicks holding Hosmer’s hand, Thelma & Louise style, while their careers go off a cliff.