The Braves called up Bryse Wilson, their third starter who is under 21 years old (Soroka, Allard) and 4th player (Acuña).  Mean’s while, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just collected his 3,000th minor league hit.  By the time Vlad Jr. is called up, he will be Vlad Sr.’s brother.  Didja you know in Latin America junior is a term of endearment like when you call that old lady in your family ‘aunt’ even though she’s unrelated?  That’s why so many Jr.’s get to their 2nd year of pro ball and drop the junior.  Right, Raul Mondesi Jr.?  Any hoo!  The Braves called up yet another gorgeous, young prospect.  “That’s what I love about these Braves starters, man. I keep getting older, they stay the same age.” — Matthew McConaughey seeing Bryse Wilson.  Prospector Ralph just gave you his Bryse Wilson fantasy.  He’s also in his top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  Previously, he said, “A 4th rounder in 2016, Bryse Wilson rode his plus sinking fastball to one of the bigger breakouts of 2017.  His four-seamer sits 92-95 with sink, and commands it extremely well.  His secondaries are far more raw with a power 12-6 curve, and a fringe changeup.  Speaking of Wilson, I’d like to spike Grey like a volleyball.”  Okay, not cool!  Yesterday, Wilson went 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, as the Braves bumped everyone in their rotation back a day.  The big thing that struck me about Bryse is he looks like he’s been doing it for years (which could be said of the other young Braves players).  About to call him Poyse Wilson.  Seems weird to call him up to just send him back to the minors, so gotta expect him to stay up.  In shallower redrafts, I’d view Wilson as a streamer, but I did grab him in two mixed league redrafts.  He’s obviously a decent keeper in deep leagues (10.8 K/9, 0.9 BB/9 in only 20 Triple-A innings), especially now that’s he’s up with rest of the Braves’ Poyse of Summer.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dan Winkler – 1 IP, 0 ER, recorded his 2nd save, ERA at 2.61.  A.J. Minter Amber Heard’d the bed on Saturday, and there might be a change afoot in the Braves’ bullpen.  Not to be confused with Change Afoot, who was a circus performer who walked on hot coals.  If you’re looking for saves, I would grab Winkler.

Chris Archer – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.91 with the Pirates, and left early, tweaking his leg.  I watched this game to see Bryse, while suffering through Archer.  Imagine someone did a montage of all of Fernando Rodney’s archery moves combined with a nine-minute, seven-pitch single — that’s Archer.

Starling Marte – Benched for a lack effort.  Geez, is my mom managing the Pirates now?  Yo, moms, you a momanager of the Pirates?  Are their uniform colors a problem too?  Geez, leave me alone, mother!

Brandon Nimmo – Hit the DL with a bruised index finger.  For ten days, he won’t be giving any pointers.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  This start was at home vs. the Giants, i.e., they don’t need Sandoval for a cakewalk.

Dereck Rodriguez – Will return on Friday from the DL to face the Rangers, which is a solid matchup.  Fun fact!  Dereck is how Shock G sounds out the bass groove in The Humpty Dance.

Derek Holland – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  The Stream-o-Nator liked Holland yesterday vs. the Mets, but, between being shook by Pivetta vs. the Mets, and not trusting Holland, I didn’t start him.  SON has crazy shine on Holland for his next start too.  Like the Nazis, I could kinda take or leave Holland.

Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 2 ER, allowing back-to-back homers for the first time in his career, as he returned from the DL, ERA at 2.44.  If he’s breaking hearts, I’m sure he’d prefer it be the fans’.

Alex Wood – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  The Dodgers might want to start calling this guy an opener and tag team him with Maeda.  Though, you could get in trouble opening with Wood.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .309.  Wow, Cards new manager, Shildt, is pulling all the right strings.  Wait, his string pulling is starting one of the Cards’ best hitters who he originally benched?  Oh, yeah, smart.

Stephen Gonsalves – 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER, as he was called up.  He was also on Prospector Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects.  Prospector Ralph said just the other day, “After digging around a little, there’s some stuff to be concerned with. First, swinging strikes, over the 23 starts he’s made on the season, less than half have seen him tally double digit swinging strike totals. The next issue is the amount of strikes he’s getting looking. That’s telling of two things, one good, the other bad. He’s either completely fooling people with his changeup or curveball, unlikely, but possible, both flash plus. Or, the more likely scenario, he much like Jalen Beeks before him, is a benefactor of the slightly more generous black of a minor league strike zone. There’s still a lot to like with Gonsalves, he has two above average secondaries in his curveball and changeup, as well as a lower velocity fastball with reportedly good spin.  If only we could spin Grey’s head off his body.”  Hey!  For what it’s Werth, I watched Gonsalves and Bryse and came away a lot more impressed with Bryse.  Plus, good team in NL East vs. bleh team in the AL.

Jake Cave – 1-for-3,3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Well, he has more power than Joe Mauer.  Though, that’s underselling Joe Mauer’s charisma.  More women in the Minnesota area wear sweaters with Mauer’s face knitted on their bosoms, and that’s what’s important — Mauer sweater puppies.  As for Cave, he does appear to be a hot schmotato.

Max Kepler – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Twins bats are hot or White Sox pitching is terrible?  Let’s see today, when the immoveable force meets the Kopechable object.

Matt Davidson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.   April Grey, “Do I go Davidson or Christian Villanueva?  Davidson or Villanueva?!  Villanueva or Davidson?!  Thank God I’m not prone to male pattern baldness, because this question is going to expand my forehead!”  August Grey, “Maybe I’ll grab Jake Cave.”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.08.  He hasn’t been good in his career, but Giolito’s now strung together two Quality Starts!  OH MY GOD!!!

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-3 and his 28th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Glad to see him get going again after a slow start to the 2nd half.  Eugenio, you have to shade in that gorgeous 1st half picture you were drawing.  Good shade, not bad shade.

Phillip Ervin – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, which have come in only 45 games.  That sounded better in my head before I wrote it.  Scott Schebler is rumored to return at some point this week too, and stop pulling a Kotchman.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  I prolly put this together subconsciously, but I just realized something.  The Brewers traded for Moistasskiss and Schoop, so they could bench Shaw, and Shaw is having a better season than both of them.  *insert blinking white guy meme*

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  I wonder if Fiers is related to my rap alter ego, B-Fire.  You can see today’s video for his latest verses.  As for Fiers, I stopped trying to fight climate change, and have embraced Fiers everywhere.  No idea what the Stream-o-Nator says about him, not even sure of his next start, but I’m all in.  Don’t be the one guy who loses his league just because he thought it was cute he could name his team, We Didn’t Start The Fiers.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4 and his 37th homer.  You know what pisses me off?  Don’t guess!  I’m going to tell you!  The people who chat in the draft room in March shizz like, “Great value on so-and-so.”  You said great value on Kris Bryant!  You had no idea in March who was going to be great value!  So just stop!  Am I guilty of this?  Prolly, yeah, so I can’t get mad?  You telling me I can’t get mad pisses me off too!  I need a goddamn spiritualist!

Ramon Laureano – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer.  The lucky fan who caught his 1st career home run ball was kind enough to return it to Laureano, and then Laureano autographed it and threw the ball 18 miles to the fan’s home.  What a guy.  Laureano had 14 HRs, 11 SBs and a .297 average in Triple-A this year in only 64 games.  He was a guy who had real shine on him at one point, and is still young enough (24), but he could hit .175 if he keeps striking out at a 38% rate.

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  I feel like I’ve been cyclops’ing Marwin to get hot all year.  Maybe now’s the time.  I don’t know.  I’m still mad about the guy telling me in March it was great value to get Kris Bryant!

Robinson Cano – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Cano is back!  Dot dot dot.  To a guy who could hit 5 homers the rest of the way and be out-fantasy valued by Jonathan Villar.

Edwin Encarnacion – Expects to return this week.  If you’re reading this next week, I hope this makes no sense and he’s already back.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games, third homer in five games and fourth homer in the last eight games, and replaced midway through the game by Brandon Guyer, who is more man than Ray Guy.  Not sure why Melky was replaced, guessing for defense.  If so, then Melky’s one of the hottest schmotatoes in the land.

Greg Allen – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  He’s supposed to be for SAGNOF — GregNOF? — with a full season of at-bats, Allen could steal 35-40 bags.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .302.  This was only the 15th time in the Indians’ history all three starting outfielders homered.  No Indians outfield will ever be as famous as the 1998 group of Chief David Justice, Kenny “Three-Sack-jawea” Lofton and Geronimo Berroa.

Chris SaleRed Sox said Sale won’t return when first eligible.  Adding, “We don’t care about your H2H playoffs.”

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  Hey, his xFIP in yesterday’s game was 4.23, and is 3.82 on the year.  Lowercase yay!  *raspberries lips*  That makes me feel great!

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, and three homers in two days.  It’s as painful to me to say Morales is a hot schmotato as it is to see a dad with an apron that reads, “Developing the apps,” but here we are.

Renato Nunez – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .246.  He used to be the “next power-hitting A’s 3rd baseman,” but when he refused to change his name to Rematto, he had to go.  He did hit 32 homers one year in Triple-A, but he might hit .220.

Mark Trumbo – Hit the DL with knee inflammation.  In related news, a Colorado baker refused to make a cake for Trumbo’s knee.

 
  1. Dr Easy says:
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    You know things are dire when I have to choose between Cave or Palka, but: Cave or Palka?

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Dr Easy: man i wish i didn’t drop palka a while back in AL only with total bases. still have freakin’ mancini though, that’s awesome. cave has been surprisingly good.

  2. Scott says:
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    Well I lost nimmo to the dl. Too bad it took him about 2 months to find his stroke again after getting hit on the finger the last time. This is a reserve OF. Should I add melky cabrera, kepler, jbj, or gurriel who is supposed to come off the dl this weekend (2b,ss,of). He was raking before he got hurt. Obp league. Thanks

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, you’re on fire!

    a. True story #1. Being in Central Europe has its advantages, to wit. Just before I went to bed, like around 23h00 (17h00 EST), I noticed Cron was out of the lineup. So, I moved Olson from the UT to the CI, swapping with Cron. And then I swapped out Cron from the UT to add…..Cano!!! You know the rest.

    b. True story #2. Being in Central Europe has its advantages, to wit. Just as I wake up (around 06h00 (24h00 EST)), I see Jansen has been re-instated off the DL. At the same time I notice that Trumbomb has gone to the DL. Then I see Jansen warming up in the bullpen for a potential vulture win which I could use. But I’m too late to add him because dur, the game started like 17 hours ago. I make the swap of Trumbomb to the IR for Jansen to the bench and then Jansen to the active roster only to see him give up 2 bombs, but then retire the side. And then Norris came along and got the save, striking out the side! So not bad overall, right? Houdini? Pfffff!

    c. Signed up Laureano and Allen. Who knows how they’ll do tonight? Anyone?

    d. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 21

    Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Ante Galic: And I thought good breeding would be, like, how Vlad Jr. was produced! Or Joe Mauer if any female Minnesotans are reading.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! A. Nice B. Whew C. Well? D. Awesome — you saved all the best quotes for the final six weeks, didn’t you?

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. I did not save the best for last!! In fact, I stumbled on this nice site that has ’em all lined up. So I just pick up the next one that I haven’t used previously. I do love this one, but his best are of this type so yeah I guess you’re right as usual. Damn, you just Tom Sawyer’ed the answer out of me!

        b. Btw, just dropped Laureano (I love him so much) for Pillar. Maybe he can continue his run of just above meh!

        c. Keeping Allen for a while to see what he can do, but he’s only a bench bat so I’ll drop him for streamers. I like the fact that he is on the good side of the platoon with Rajai until Leonys comes back (if at all).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Booya! B. I hope so, I have Pillar too C. SAGNOF!

  4. VinWins

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    Touki (June 20, 1996) snuck in there in the first line; also should be 21, not 20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Damn, I blame that on who I got the info from, will fix after done with comments

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @VinWins: @Grey:

        Touki just turned 22 in June, according to Fantrax.

        • VinWins

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          @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah, I figured that from his birthday which I listed.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @VinWins: Who cares? Touki is young!

  5. Nitro says:
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    HTH POINTS LEAGUE:

    Sano or J Turner ROS?

    • Shill Team 6 says:
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      @Nitro: Turner

  6. Tinman95 says:
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    LeClerc or Minter going forward

    • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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      @Tinman95: da clerc boss da clerc. minter some back issue and might lose job if/when the viz is back. leclerc has no competition

  7. Blaster says:
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    Steckenrider or Winkler?

  8. phennore says:
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    16-team 5×5 league. Currently in first place but my starting pitching staff is imploding. My current roster is : Sale (DL), Musgrove, Wood, Heaney, Pivetta, Glasnow. It’s a deep league so the waiver wire is thin. Would drop any current guys for:
    Boyd, Holland, Bryse Wilson, Buchholz, Brett Anderson? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: Pivetta and Heaney for streamers, Holland and Bryse for now (if Bryse is getting another start and it’s a good matchup)

  9. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey, SON changed his mind overnight and I’m needing guidance as I walk through the valley of H2H playoff jockeying.

    4 starters in the docket today, start/sit the following:

    1. Gausmann @ PIT (SON is meh)
    2. Brett Anderson home vs. TEX (Son is meh)
    3. Junior Guerra home vs. CIN (SON likes)
    4. Ryu (SON loves, but Cards bats are HOT)

    Should I blindly follow the robot or do you see something SON doesnt? Need W’s more than anything else. Thanks in advance!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: fwiw the Pirates haven’t scored more than 4 runs since August 10th

      • Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Slappy Jack: True…but knowing my luck that means they’re “due” to explode at home today. In any event, I’m not yet desperate to throw SPs haphazzardly….but I lost Bauer, and drafting Archer, McCullers didnt pan out (did trade both in this league for Hoskins/Mikolas…so theres that).

  10. Eric says:
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    Solid Digital Underground reference. That is all.. thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: No problem

  11. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    AL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals. have this:
    C ward (3B)
    1B yonder is closer to my heart
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS correa
    3B mostsuckass
    MI lowrie (2B/3B)
    CI austin (good night this guy’s hot, added very recently, very under the radar trade here, for me anyway)
    OF (4) grichuk, brantley, allen, villar (2B)
    util (1) nunez (2B/SS/3B/OF)
    BN mancini (1B/OF)
    DL devers
    are we yet getting to thinking fletcher (2B/3B/SS, batting in very good part of order now) is an add over nunez? nunez doing his getting occasionally benched for brock freakin holt yet again. he’s got 5 net steals on the year, here’s some other gross stuff about his season (and i drafted nunez in a LOT of leagues being pretty sure pedroia wasn’t ever coming back (right about that one), and he’d get steals while having a billion positions (half right) with playing time on a great team (3/4 or so right)

    OBP: .282 (season stats here), ugly as shit
    OPS: .651 really ugly, IF he was a SAGNOF this would maybe be tolerable, but he was a LOT better at this in past years.
    RBI + runs per at bat: .207, i get it that this stat is lineup spot driven but good night this is the worst one of all these stats, this stat would be bad for a MIA or SD hitter.
    BABIP vs AVG: says he should be hitting .275 vs .257 (so unlucky)

    fletcher meanwhile, started off hitting for ok average and nothing else from a crappy part of the lineup. lately it’s been better both in the counting stats and lineup slot, and in general. last 30 days:
    OBP: .330
    OPS: .707
    RBI + runs per at bat: .264 (this’ll get worse when trout is back of course, maybe)
    BABIP vs AVG: .259 vs .270 (so luckier)

    IF nunez got steals still this would probably be easy, but playing time losses (also if he’s losing time now what happens both with kinsler in tow and if devers comes back) + lack of steals and the above….

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: to be fair nunez last 30 days does have 3 net steals and .716 OPS, .277 RBI+ runs per at bat. but he’s starting to play just over half the time (exactly half the last 6 games)

  12. Wilson says:
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    Blackmon or Springer for ROS?

      • Wilson says:
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        Worthy to trade @Grey:
        If it’s not for ROS, it’s for one more year keeper, who is better?
        Blackmon or Springer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Flip a coin, prolly go Springer

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey:
            Thanks for advise. Because Springer is younger?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes

  13. BronxBomber1014 says:
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    Bryse Wilson or Toussaint for the rest of the way.

    thank you!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Assuming Bryse is in rotation

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @BronxBomber1014: @Grey:

        Fantrax has Touki coming up to pitch Thursday or Friday against the fish again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds tasty

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            Everybody’s invited to Touki’s Marlin BBQ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like pork butts and I cannot fry