Domingo Santana homered again last night going 1-for-3 with his fifth dinger, his third homer in six games since debuting with Milwaukee. Domingoes deep–again! In the minors, they called him Domingo the Flamingo, because he could hit homers standing on just one leg. OK, I made that up, but it sounds cool, and clearly Santana has some serious power. That much I promise you I’m not making up. In AAA this year, Sunday Santana hit 18 homers with 77 RBI, batting .333 and slugging .573. His .426 OBP was also real nice. Domingo was the major return in the Carlos Gomez trade, and who are we to doubt those delicious Houston prospects at this point. Santana has been real smooth since joining the Brewers, and those in need of some power should definitely take a look. Grey told you to BUY, and now I’m telling you. Three home runs in six days?! Get outta here! Extrapolate that! Calculating…calculating…calculating…he could hit you 20 home runs from now until the end of September. Wait. No, math. That seems high. But still, if he continues at this pace, 8-10 home runs from Santana the rest of the way is not as crazy as it sounds. Don’t get stuck standing on one leg! If you need pop, I’d take a flier on Domingo the Flamingo before he’s Domingoing, going, gone!

Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:

Matt Harvey – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, BB, 8 K. That’s what six extra days rest looks like, people! If this isn’t a case for 10-man starting pitching rotations I don’t know what is.

Blake Swihart – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (2), SB (2). I Swihart Blake. He hit an inside the park home run in the 10th inning. Not that you care because “fantasy don’t care,” but for Blake to catch the whole game, steal a base, and leg out an inside the parker is darned impressive. Darned I say! Too bad he doesn’t play enough to be worthy of this blurb.

Jackie Bradley, Jr.. – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (6), SB (2). The slam and legs! In BEANtown, they serve their slam & legs with, what else, a Dunkin Donuts Iced Regulah. Oh, hey, JBJ, you are dy-no-mite! Now I understand why they let Ellsbury walk. It only took two years of seasoning to realize. I bet Jackie Bradley, Sr. is so proud right now. In the past two weeks, Jackie Boy is hitting .405 with 12 runs, 4 HR, a SB and 16 RBI. It doesn’t get much hotter or more schmotato-y than that.

Henry Owens – 5.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, 4 BB, 6 K. Oh, Henry! I like your moves! I like your style! I don’t trust you at all though. I really don’t trust that bullpen to hold a lead either. Maybe we’ll meet next year and fall in love, like that movie where that couple meets early in life, only to fall in love years later. I think it was the Avengers. Anyway, I’ll let someone else fox with you for now.

David Ortiz – 2-for-3, HR (27). Hit his 493rd home run. Seven more and we can stop counting.

Junichi Tazawa – 0.2 IP, 1 hit, ER, 4 BB. After getting the first two outs with ease, Tazawa imploded walking four straight batters before Craig Breslow came on to relieve him and get the save. This is a closer shittuation I don’t think anyone wants any part of. I wouldn’t drop your Tazawas just yet, but if you’re scraping for saves Breslow could be an add here.  Your guess is good as mine who gets the next save chance. How excitement! Very intrigue!

Trevor Bauer – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, 3 BB, 7 K and his 10th win. Bauer owns a 4.31 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with a 152/67 K/BB rate. I feel like his stats are just bad enough where I’ll be able to own him everywhere next year, and just good enough where I will actually want to. That said, he gets the Blue Jays next week and I would avoid.

Andrew Heaney – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, BB, 3 K. Heaney got crushed last week by the Blue Jay, but, it was the Blue Jays (see above). So nice bounce back, Drew! You deserved it!

Jose Bautista – 2-for-3, HR (31). Tulowitzki and Donaldson also homered in this one because that’s what they do, and no one is safe anymore from those all-powerful Canadian Blue Birds.

Aaron Nola – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 2 BB, 6 K and his 5th win. “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say they gonna beat Aaron Nola?” Get it? Because Nola. Duude is insane, and seems to look better every start. He’s got a 1.80 ERA and 0.85 WHIP in his past three starts with 20 strikeouts. Yeah, I will probably own him everywhere next year. Grey told you to BUY, now stop being so good so I can actually draft you in a reasonable round.

Martin Prado – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (7). Prado’s got a seven game hitting streak going for him. He also has 3 homers, 9 runs, and 11 RBI in the past two weeks. He’s also available in about 70% of leagues. No, I’m still not going to pick him up. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, HR (7). Grey told you to BUY. OZUNA start hitting home runs. OZUNA waited till moment just right. OZUNA waited until your team out of contention. OZUNA troll like that.

Cole Hamels – 8.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 4 BB, 10 K and his 2nd win. Don’t you wish your team traded for him?

Delino DeShields – 2-for-4, RBI. He doesn’t really steal enough for my liking to be a legit SAGNOF without a cause. Instead he’s just a decent fantasy player who leads off for a decent fantasy offense. When I’m fantasizing it’s important to me that things are good but not great, or I’d never believe my own fantasy–because life is only pain, you guys. Gots to maintain that illusion.

Daniel Nava – 3-for-4, run. Hey, I remember you. If anyone can make a star out of this guy it’s the Rays.

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, SB (22). I think I think you’re better than you actually are. You don’t even play every day! You’re like McCutchen-Lite with more speed, who can’t hit lefties. Why the love? It’s because you’re a pirate isn’t it? I must have a thing for bad boys.

Jung Ho Kang – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. Seriously, this guy is going to be impossible to rank next year, but I think I want to own him everywhere. Kang is batting .368 with 2 homers and 5 RBI in the past week. Meanwhile, Kodos is quietly plotting the destruction of planet Earth and the enslavement of the human race.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (3), SB (5). With the slam and legs! I know, I’m as surprised as you! In Denver, they serve their slam & legs with a nice long bong rip, some flaming hot cheetos, a Big Gulp of mountain dew code red, a sleeve of Oreos, 6 fun-size snickers bars, BBQ flavored sunflower seeds, a 7-11 cheesy dog, a bag of sour patch kids and a large stuffed crust meat-lovers pizza.

Didi Gregorius – 4-for-5, HR (7), 6 RBI. The Yanks scored 15 runs on 16 hits. The Notorious D.I.D.I. hit a 3-run homer in the first inning and set the tone for the day, commenting on his performance post game “It was all a dream!” He then proceeded to throw his hands in the air, like he’s a true player. And if you don’t know, now you know.

Masahiro Tanaka – 7.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, BB, 7 K. I have to admit, drafting Tanaka was not even close to the disaster I thought it would be. If you took that risk–good on you!

Taylor Jungmann – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K and his 8th win. After getting roughed up by the Nats last week, Tay Tay was all like, “Shake it off! Shake it off!” Oh ohhh oh! If the 8.76 K/9 isn’t enough reason for you to grab Jungmann, how about his 2.48 ERA? He should probably be owned in most leagues at this point, but if he’s not, now’s your chance.

Brett Lawrie – 1-for-4, 2-run HR (14). Lawrie’s now homered in back-to-back games, part of a seven game hitting streak. He’s about the only thing the A’s have going for them right now, so I’d add him before he gets injured again.

Rasiel Iglesias – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Where did you come from? I used to listen to you beatbox. Did I mention I like your strikeouts? They are lovely.

Kevin Jepsen – 1.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, BB, 2 K, SV (9). Another conditional BUY. Glen Perkins pitched a clean 7th inning with 2 strikeouts. Uh-oh! Who gets the next save!? I don’t know! I don’t know, man! I better hold them both! Or should I drop them both!? Ahhh! What to do? Panic!

Clayton Kershaw – 8.0 IP, 3 hits, BB, ER, 14 K, 11th win. He is good at throwing baseballs.

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. I am convinced that Piscotty would be a marginal to below average player at best on any other team. But he’s not on any other team. He’s on the Cardinals. And he’s awesome. And you should definitely own him if you don’t already. Grey has been telling you to BUY and he’s got 10 runs, 4 home runs, a steal, 12 RBI and hitting .314 in the past two weeks. Yeah, I would own the shizz out of that.

Marlon Byrd – 1-for-5, Grand Slam HR (22). All he does is hit grand slams! His eighth of the season! I had over eight grand slams this season, but they were all at Denny’s and I hated myself immediately after wach one.

Kelby Tomlinson – 2-for-3, RBI. Whoaza, is Kelby a hot little potato or what? He’s batting .438 in the past week with a .550 OBP. He’s also added a homer and 6 RBI in that stretch. If you need average and runs, you could pick up Kelby. I won’t tell nobody.

Taijuan Walker – 6.1 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, BB, 6 K and his 10th win. Left the start early with a hip flexor cramp, but it seems it was only a precautionary measure. Wheeew! I have a feeling TaiWa is going to be too rich for my blood at the draft next year, so I will have to enjoy owning him as much as I can this year. “Weeee! Woo-hoo! Cha-cha!” <—That’s me enjoying Tai Walker ownership. Admittedly, it’s hard to put into words.

Tom Wilhelmsen – 1.0 IP, SV (5). Hey look, it’s a closer! And he’s got three saves in the past week! And Grey told you to BUY. And he’s unowned in about 80% of ESPN leagues! And…and…I think maybe I should pick him up before you do!

Kyle Seager – 3-for-4, HR (19). He’s got two homers in the past week. Maybe he’s heating up just in time for me to make a run at 7th place.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-4. Jackson has a 7 game hitting streak with 5 multi-hit games in that span. If you need batting average or a sparkly toilet bowl, grab some A-Jax.

Franklin Gutierrez – 3-for-3, HR (10). Oh, hello. So many Mariners. What is happening? FraGu has now homered in three straight games, and he’s batting .529 in the past week with 9 RBI. Who are you and what have you done with the Franklin Gutierrez we all know and completely forgot about. He’s batting .377 in August with 7 homers and 20 RBI. He’s also slugging an insane .849. *Pro Tip* That will help your fantasy team! Franklin, my dear, I don’t give a damn if he’s burned me in the past (so many times). And I don’t care that he doesn’t play everyday, or that he really believes Donald Trump is a “straight shooter” who “tells it like it is.” All I care about is stats and the Big FraGu is worth an add right now.

Thanks for reading! Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below. Join us next Saturday for another Friday recap as fantasy baseball continues next week, all week long!

 

 
  1. Luke says:
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    So a bit of background. I am in first in an ultra competitive keeper league where the winner walks home with 3K+.
    I am in need to average and steals. Do you have any catchers or Infielders you would recommend k pick up? I currently have Carlos Santana at C and Wong/sano/Frazier at infield.

    So I need catchers and infielders owned in less than 50% of leagues who can get my avg and/or steals. Advice?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dan Pants

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      @Luke: Really depends who is available. I’d stick with Santana if you can play him at catcher, and I’d hold Sano too. Wong I might drop for a hot bat like Lawrie, Kang, Prado, Flores, or even Tomlinson.

    • Raindoggg says:
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      @Luke: That’s tough…..I’m not sure I believe but if you believe Chisenall can stay hot he’s on fire contributing a little everywhere…12 hits in his last 9 games….couple steals over the last month…..speed is tougher…..assuming Desheilds isn’t available….or odubel….

  2. Tom says:
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    Need a W with a decent ERA in H2H match. For tomorrow pick one where I only care about these 2 things (not K’s or Whip):

    Robby Ray vOAK(Chavez)
    McCullers @MIN(Santana)
    Quitana vSEA(Montgomery)
    Holland vBAL(Gonzalez)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Tom: McCullers.

  3. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    I’d go with McCullers.

    • Raindoggg says:
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      @Dan Pants: @Luke: I’m not the expert but I like Quintana…..opponents are virtually the same talent wise right now….I would say Santana is better than Montgomery right now and while the Astros are better than the White Sox the Astros aren’t the same team on the road as they are at home….better ball park for McCullers though…..

      • Dan Pants

        Dan Pants says:
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        @Raindoggg: Yeah, Quintana is a fine choice and probably the better pitcher, but I like the Astros chance at the win more.

  4. Sam says:
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    Drop Avisail Garcia or Stephen Piscotty for Domingo? (I’m leaning to dropping Avi)

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Sam: Hold for now.

  5. joe says:
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    Need R (35 behind 1st, 9 pts) HR (28 behind 1st, 7 pts) thinking about grabbing santana in a 12 team roto where I am currently in 2nd.

    who to drop?
    Canha, Piscotty, K Davis, Castellanos, Buxton, Alvarez

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @joe: 28 home runs is a lot to catch up. I’d hold with what you got.

  6. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Dan! Aoki, Harrison, or Reddick ros? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Jerry: Aoki

  7. Brian Blacklow says:
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    Do you believe in either AJ Ramos or Jason Hammel for 2016? In an NL Only keeper league I was just offered Jason Hammel ($6) and AJ Ramos ($5) for Gerrit Cole ($24). Thoughts?

    -Brian

      • Brian Blacklow says:
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        Thanks — one more question. I’ve had Jose Fernandez the whole year. He’s only a nine dollar keeper so he has huge value. I was offered either Noah Syndergaard ($6), Carlos Martinez ($6) and Aaron Nola ($5) for him . 30th is the trade deadline. Thoughts?

        Also, would you rather have Schwarber as a five dollar keeper than any of the pitchers? He said he would do that as well.

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Brian Blacklow: I’d still want JoFer.

  8. Joey says:
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    Carassco and GIles for Harvey and Melancon

    No brainer for Harvey right?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Joey: Yep, go with Harvey for sure.

      • Joey says:
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        @Dan Pants: Any risk they plan on limiting his innings?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Joey: Yes, in fact, they already have. But Carrasco is currently on the DL and has a decent amount of risk surrounding him as well.

  9. Johnny says:
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    Looking ahead to my H2H playoffs- 9/14-9/27. Trying to decide between McCullers or Matz for that time period. McCullers could be skipped since he’s getting up in innings but Matz will be put into a 6 man rotation. Who do you like?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Johnny: McCullers

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