Called upon in the ninth inning to protect a one run lead Aroldis Chapman blew his third save of the season Friday night surrendering two hits and two walks and allowing two earned runs. After giving up an infield single to Mookie Betts to start the inning, Didi Gregorious mishandled a Dustin Pedroia single that could have been a double play ball to put two men on and the Yankees unraveled from there. The blown save was not entirely Chapman’s fault here as the Yankees defense botched two straight double play balls, and then a double steal really flustered Chapman leading him to walk the next two batters including the game winning run. The loss highlights a Yankee bullpen that has been god awful lately with set up man Dellin Betances rocking an 8.68 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over the past month and Chapman sporting a 8.10 ERA in July with a .412 BAA. Talk about a bullpen in La La Land! Speaking of Award snubs and perfect segues, the fans have spoken, the emails have continued rolling in (seriously guys, get a life!) and the suspicious packages have arrived on my doorstep. Back by popular demand I return to bring you the fourth annual 2017 mid-season fantasy all-star awards. *And the crowd goes wild!* I don’t want to pile on Chapman here with a Razzie award but he did walk in the winning run so I’m going to give an award to Andrew Benintendi for easiest game winning RBI ever. To be honest, I just really wanted to give Beni Baseball an award.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:
Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, run, SB (16). Mookie is batting .274/.351/.489 with 16 homers, 53 RBI, 16 steals, and 62 runs scored. Mmm. Loyal readers (hi mom!) may remember Mookie won the the award last year for Player I’m Most Likely to Get an Apartment with and become Best Friends Forever. This year I’m giving Mookie ALL THE AWARDS! Mostly because of this, but also because of this and this. Maybe now he’ll finally agree to move in with me.
Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4, HR (14), 2 RBI. HanRam is hitting .372 with three homers and six RBI this month. Grey told you to BUY! Something about old people and second halves and hot weather, etc., etc. Regardless, I agree! Hanley is due for some serious statz. His postgame interview consisted only of the word(s), “Lesgosox.” Which tells me he actually cares for the first time in a while! When HanRam tries, he hits! Whata concept! Keep it up!
Gary Sanchez – 2-for-4, HR (14). So the first post-All Star game recap falls on my shoulders. Whoa. That’s a whole lot of pressure, you guys. Everyone is all hyped up over the exciting All Star “weekend” festivities. Aaron Judge hitting homers into space like its no big whoop. I can’t compete with that. Also, the break kind of null and voids all those wonderful streaks I love telling you about. Before the break, Player A was hot fire, so, dot dot dot, maybe he still is? See how much harder this is? Anyway, I think I told you Sanchez is a good catcher if you like home runs, but that was seven days ago–who can remember!
Aaron Judge – 0-for-3. I bring back my annual mid-season fantasy all-star awards every year, partly because it makes writing this post a whole lot easier, but mostly because I just want to snub Aaron Judge. Lulz! It’s my awards and I say you get NOTHING! #overrated #bittermuch I wish I owned him so bad.
R.A. Dickey – 6.0 IP, 8 hits, ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Hey, I wrote about Dickey last week. There was many a phallic pun involved. He’s still a hot little potato with a 1.09 ERA over his last five starts, although his start next week against the Cubs might make Dickey go limp.
Freddie Freeman – 2-for-4, HR (17), 2 RBI. Freeman’s hitting .300 with 3 homers and 10 RBI since coming off the DL. Let’s give Freeman the “Didn’t Miss a Beat Award” for a player who was out almost two months but still manages to have better season stats than 90% of the players on my fantasy team.
Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5, HR (21). Slashing .314/.427/.584 with 74 runs, 21 HR, 68 RBI, and 13 SB. Au shizz! Pauly G. is a Jersey sure thing. Not only did Goldy homer, but he actually managed to catch the ball before it landed. He kindly gave it to a cute little girl in the stands who is now cursed because she will love him forever, but can never have him. For Pauly will never and could never love a human being as much as he loves hitting dingers.
Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, 2 HR (18), 4 RBI. The the go-ahead homer ties his career high in jacks, which he attained his rookie season! When you don’t live up to the hype you created, but then you do! I could give Puig the award for “Player You Love to Hate to Own,” but if you hate him so much trade him to me. I will give you my worst catcher. OK fine. My best catcher.
Jon Gray – 2.0 IP, 9 hits, 8 ER, 3 BB, K. Fifty Shades of Rekt.
Jacob deGrom – 8.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 11 K, 10th win. The win was deGrom’s sixth straight with 1.53 ERA in that stretch. If the pitching can get healthy, you can see the team in Queens could be one to watch in the second half. And if you can’t see that–“What are you blind? I’m driving here!” That’s my impression of a New Yorker from Queens. Pretty good, right?
Michael Conforto – 2-for-4, HR (15), 4 RBI. The hipster’s favorite player, Michael Conforto, gets the award for Coolest Award You Didn’t Know You Needed. And now that he has it, he doesn’t even want it, because he’s way too cool for silly awards like this.
T.J. Rivera – 2-for-5, HR (5), 3 RBI. Mets scored 14 runs on 19 hits including 4 hits from Yoenis Cespedes but it’s T.J. who has really turned it on as of late. He’s hitting .407 with 3 homers in July. According to rotoworld, Rivera “demands to be taken seriously,” unfortunately when anyone demands to be taken seriously, I have trouble taking them seriously.
Gio Gonzalez – 8.1 IP, 4 hits 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 8th win. Gio is rocking a 2.66 ERA (third in NL), 1.19 WHIP and 116/51 K/BB ratio. I don’t think anyone expected GG to pitch this well, I’d give him an award but I think the Nats have enough already.
Matt Grace – 0.1 IP, SV (1). This award goes to the entire Nationals bullpen for being the biggest mess in all of baseball and that includes the team that plays in Queens. You know its bad when you won’t touch a reliever on a team with the third most wins in the league. I might recommended picking up someone, but more likely Washington makes a trade for closer in the next week or so, so stay tuned!
Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 HR (22), 3 RBI. Oh, hey B-Ryce and your .327/.434/.608 slash. What’s better than one Bryce Bomb? That’s right, two Bryce Bombs! I enjoyed Joe Buck interviewing you while you were patroling the outfield. It was really, uhh–weird? Harper deserves the award for Best Flow in baseball, but I’m going to give it to Andrew Benintendi instead. Oh hey, that’s two for Benintendi! Isn’t he great, you guys? Whata stud. This kid’s gonna be a star! Ha-cha-cha!
Jose Bautista – 1-for-3, 2 runs, HR (15), 2 RBI. Sure, we can blame all the B-Jays troubles and basically all the troubles of Canada on Jose Bautista. He is an easy target. But it’s really Josh Donaldson who needs to step up in order to bring this great nation back to the glory it once had. The Blue Jays win the award for Team You Never Expected to Be So Bad But Are Actually Worse. And it it takes more than one player to win an award like this. Good job, everyone! #teamwork
Josh Bell – 2-for-3, HR (17), 4 RBI. Hit a walk off home run off Seung-Hwan Oh, his first walk off home run in, well, in ever. I’m going to give Bell an award too, for carrying this pathetic Pirates offense on his back in the first half. He carried them to one of the worst records in all of baseball, but still carried.
Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, run, SB (12). Pham Jam thank you ma’am was one of the hottest hitters in the league before the all star break. Will that streak carry over? I don’t know!
James Paxton – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 9 K, 8th win. After returning from the DL, Paxton struggled mighitly despite starting the season strong. Well, with his fourth straight quality start and third win in a row last night it looks like Pax might be back to early season form. It certainly helps he’s faced the A’s, Angels, Phillies and White Sox, but let James have his moment.
Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, HR (18), 3 RBI. What are you doing, Cano, this ain’t even the All Star Game! I am referring of course to Cano playing hero in the 2007 All Star Game and returning 10 years later to do it again. Unfortunately, anyone watching All Star games then is certainly not watching them anymore. #makeBaseballFunAgain
Alex Claudio – 1.0 IP, K, SV (2). When the Texas bullpen is finally lit and you wonder if you can even do this anymore. Matt Bush, who got the hold in this one with a clean inning, is most likely to get the next save chance, with Claudio being more of a match ups guy, but I can’t even with this bullpen anymore so your guess is as good as mine. Ehh, on second thought, my guess is probably better.
Ryan Braun – 1-for-4, GS HR (11). Just continue to doubt him. It only makes him stronger. That and PEDs for elevated testosterone.
Orlando Arcia – 1-for-4, HR (9), 3 RBI. Arcia is hitting .316 with 3 homers in July. Sounds like a nice pick up! Not many things hotter than Orlando in July
Addison Russell – 2-for-4, HR (8). Addy hit the go-ahead home run in the 9th inning. But wait, there’s more. Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras also homered. Aaannd I guess the Cubs are good again. That Quintana trade must have really done the trick!
Mark Trumbo – 2-for-3, 3 runs, HR (15), 3 RBI. His fourth homer this month! Trumbo had 22 homers at this time last year. Let’s give him the Sad Trombone award for being on a team whose pitching staff holds a 5.12 ERA. LOL! Dylan Bundy leads the Orioles with a 4.33 ERA. Sad team is sad.
Jose Berrios – 1.2 IP, 4 hits, 7 runs, 2 ER, 3 BB, K. I’m going to choose to believe this was some tough luck for Berrios and not a rookie pitcher’s innings starting to finally catch up with him.
Charlie Morton – 5.0 IP, 3 hits, 4 ER, 5 BB, 10 K, 7th win. Oh, hello there waiver wire fodder. Here’s a pitcher who’s under 50% owned but won’t be by this time next week. Morton has two things going for him, he strikes out all the batters and he pitches for the Astros. Yes, you should probably add him. Yes, right now! Why not, this game’s not going to end for another 2 hours, right?
Brian Dozier – 2-for-5, HR (14), 4 RBI. Last week a commenter asked me if he should dump Dozier who’s been struggling, to which I replied, “Hold.” Wowow! That was pretty good advice from me that one time!
Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, HR (17), 2 RBI. Marwin gets the award for least exciting player to own on the Astros that is still a must-own player i.e. he’s still batting over .300 with 17 dingers. The biggest surprise in the Astros’ unreal o-fence, this award sounds like a knock but in truth is one of the most prestigious awards I can give. Which, to be honest, is not very prestigious at all as these are fake awards and mean little to nothing at all. However, Marwin is slashing .314/.395/.590 with 17 jacks and 55 RBI! You earned every bit of that meaningless fake award, bro!
Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, 2 RBI. This dude gets the award for Luckiest Outfielder in the league. Sure, he’s slashing .316/.366/.515 with 55 runs, 9 homers, 7 steals, and 43 RBI, which is very nice indeed, but what C-Level’s daughter is he dating to get to bat third in this stacked lineup. Josh has the privilege of batting in front of Carlos Correa, and behind Jose Altuve and George Springer. That will do wonders for your stats and your career.
Carlos Carrasco – 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. The five earned make me groan but the 10 strikeouts make me swoon. This start fantasy-wise 3/10. Would still bang.
Sonny Gray – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, 5th win. Gray was supposedly rumored to be traded before this game but when that fell through he went out and pitched one of his best starts of the season. Way to up that value, Sonny! A’s baseball: We might be good next year?
Ricky Nolasco – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Five, Five, Zero, Zero, Eight, One. If you guessed, “what is, the number of earned runs allowed in each of Nolasco’s past six starts” you’d be right. And you’d also be right to avoid a starting pitcher this inconsistent, especially against Boston next week.
Jacob Faria – 6.2 IP, 5 hits, ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The Rays rookie pitcher we all need, but not necessarily the one we deserve. All’s Faria in love and beisbol. Faria now has seven straight quality starts to begin his career and remains undefeated. If he’s somehow still available in your league, now’s your last chance to add before he’s the next big thing is St. P!
Albert Pujols – 1-for-4, HR (14). It’s another old slugger who likes warm weather we told you to BUY. I know old timers have troubles with the internet but if you click the link you can read all about it. Just like a newspaper!
Mike Trout 1-for-5, SB (11). Michael! You’re back! Of course Trout gets the award for Player I Missed the Most and Am So Glad is Finally Back So I Can Be Complete Again. It was a closer race than I thought this year, but it was always going to be Trout.
Buster Posey – 2-for-4, HR (11), 2 RBI. I’m sorry your team is so awful, Buster. Do you want an award? Go ahead, pick any award you want (except Best Picture, that goes to Moonlight). They are completely meaningless anyway. Just a lazy writing device. Congratulations, you did it! And to all the runner ups: it’s an honor to just be nominated, you losers! Play harder, and better luck next year!
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