Yesterday, Chris Davis hit his 51st home run, breaking the Orioles’ home run record of 50 set by Brady Anderson.  In a ceremony following the game, Chris Davis sheared Brady Anderson’s sideburns, donating them to a teenager who wants to appear closer in age to his fake ID.  Teenager Billy Lutkin said, “I already look like I’m at least 22, these will make me look like I’m like 30!  I’m gettin’ drunk!”  Davis’s season line is 100/51/132/.293/3, and rightfully sits near the top of our Player Rater.  Old news, but I’m thinking about new news (almost stutterer!) and what can he do for 2014 fantasy baseball?  In the 2nd half, he hit .255 with 13 homers as his BABIP and HR/FB% came soaring back to his career norms and rather than otherworldly as in the first half.  He has a near 30% K-rate and doesn’t look anything close to the guy he was in the first half.  Next year, he should still get 35 homers, but will probably hit closer to .265 and with those numbers his counting stats will come back to earth like Andrelton after holiday.  Let’s just say someone will be drafting him before me next year.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Harvey – Will attempt to rehab rather than immediately opt for Tommy John surgery.  You knew this was coming.  I mean, was there any doubt that the Mets would take the worst course of action?  This is the team that is allowing David Wright to return for some meaningless games once he’s ready.  This is the team that brought in their fences when their immediate future is obviously contingent on pitching.  This is the team that made Dwight Gooden the local chapter president of D.A.R.E.

Marco Scutaro – Could be done for the year with tendon damage.  That is just offal!

Yusmeiro Petit – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K in Metco.  He looked like hot garbage and was very lucky to get the win.  I don’t know who he gets next, but I wouldn’t go near him again.

Angel Pagan – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting near .350 in the last week.  The problem is the Giants are not playing him every day, so I wouldn’t rush out to grab him unless I could platoon him.

Edwin Encarnacion – As announced here first after inferring shizz from other sources, Edwin is done for the year, headed for wrist surgery.  His recovery time will be about three months, unless the Comatose Blue Jays Fan goes to see him in the hospital and begs him to come back for the playoffs.  “But Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio are just hitting their stride!  Aren’t they?”

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4 and his 6th home run.  The King of SAGNOF, founder of the house of SAGNOF and the first King in the North, keeps going beyond the wall.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-4 and his 21st home run.  He’s now hit three home runs in the three games since he’s returned.  Looks like Rasmus has some hot schmotatoness in him.  I’d grab him to see if he can continue it.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks. “Back-to-back Cy Youngs, baby!  Right?  Possible?  Is it between him and Sabathia?”  — Comatose Blue Jays Fan.

Dayan Viciedo – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs.  I told you to grab him yesterday.  Today, I say you should’ve paid attention yesterday.

Brian Dozier – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th steal.  He’s setting himself up to outsmart some drafters next year who think they’re smarter than the average bear.  Too Smart For Their Own Good Drafter, “You go ahead and take your upside flyers at MI, I’ll take Dozier and be more than happy with his 20-homer power and 15-steal speed.”  Right.

Jose Quintana – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Twins.  I’m sure there’s at least one pitcher I wouldn’t start against the Twins while Mauer is sidelined, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head.

Chase Utley – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Look at Utes putting himself back on the map for 2014.  Maybe he’s trying to get asked to play the part of Richie Rich in the off-Broad Street adaptation.  (See resemblance to Macaulay Culkin when Utley slicks back hair.)

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting near .400 in the last week, and there’s no reason why the Phils shouldn’t keep playing him, so if you need runs and average, go to it.

Jimmy Rollins – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  FWIWerth, and it should be Werth something since you’re reading this, I grabbed Rollins again for the Phils series vs. the Marlins because they’re trotting out a group of peg boys.

Roy Halladay – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  He had three walks to two strikeouts, which is code for something is seriously wrong with him or he’s trying to be the opposite of The Adverb.  An adjective?  That’s what Yahoo Answers seems to think.  BTW, am I the only one that gets a laugh from Yahoo Answers?  There will be a question like, “How do fish reproduce?”  Then someone will come along and write a long answer about how fish light candles and put on light jazz.  I want enough time to write answers on Yahoo.

Jason Castro – Shut down for the season due to a cyst in his knee.  He shouldn’t need surgery, so he hopes to be ready for next year — un-a-cysted.

Jeff Locke – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Padres.  If knowledge is the key, then show Locke the door.

Jedd Gyorko – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Yup, he’ll have a sleeper post for next year (assuming he’s not overdrafted).

Clayton Kershaw – Start pushed from Wednesday to Saturday to give him rest for the playoffs.  The Dodgers are not concerned about your H2H playoffs, unfortunately.

Matt Kemp – 4-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  So his hitting muscle is still working.  The Dodgers did jump out to an early lead when Kemp was routhenasia’d, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sit multiple times in the next week-plus.

Patrick Corbin – 2 IP, 6 ER.  Regression Fairies, you are cruel, unforgiving bastards.

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Grey, you are awesome.  You too, Sonny Gray.  That works better spoken.  Sonny gets the Twins next.  Yes, please and thank you.

Yordano Ventura – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Filthy.  Dirty, filthy, nasty stuff.  Now I see why Prospect Scott wrote a Yordano Ventura fantasy.  Ventura was regularly hitting 99 MPH and looked easily capable of overpowering any hitter he wanted.  Control looked sloppy at times.  I’d say it was due to nerves, but even in the minors he’d lose the strike zone from time to time.  Will definitely be someone to put on your short list, which is the only time short is a positive adjective.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4 and his 32nd steal.  He’s got “Don’t even bother throwing it to 2nd base” speed.  Love to see him race Billy Hamilton.  Pre-All-Star Game festivities idea!  At home plate, Dyson and Hamilton have to down ten Red Bulls and then run around the bases.  Winner gets a full-time starting job.

Joe Kelly – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 0 Ks in Coors, dropping his ERA to 2.74.  I wonder if he used eBay when he sold his soul.

Matt Holliday – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Must’ve been nice for him to be back in Coors where he’s a 40/20 guy not a 20/40 guy.  Those are Homers/Doubles.

Jon Jay – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 8th steal.  Has three steals in the last ten games, and a ton of counting stats (as every Cardinal hitter gets).  He’s no Matt Adams (2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI), but that’s because I’m not reminded of him every time I see this.

Wilin Rosario – Left yesterday’s game with a flare up of his calf injury.  Moo.  I mean, boo.

Jeremy Hellickson – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, raising his ERA to 5.23.  Might think about changing his nickname to Whatthehellboy.

Alexi Ogando – 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Good thing the Rangers traded for Garza!  Ogando gets the Royals next, which is an okay stream; I wouldn’t expect him to go longer than six innings.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th home run.  Wow.  It’s rare when a player sneaks through the cracks and I can’t guess within two homers how many they have, but I would’ve guessed Kinsler had around 18 homers, especially since he’s been relatively healthy all year.  His fly ball rate fell way off this year and his line drives went up.  Not a terrible thing, but I’m sure his owners would take a .250-hitting Kinsler with 25 homers over this current one.

Leonys Martin – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 8th homer.  That’s with his 32 steals.  8 homers and 32 steals?  Ah, Miss Moneypenny, I’ve got him right in my sights for all my teams next year.

Mike Leake – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Due to the 6-man rotation, the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t have his next start yet, but it should come against the Mets, which you don’t need SON to tell you is solid.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 30th homer.  That’s for youse, as in Bruuuuce!

Zack Cozart – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs.  Back-to-back two hit games and it looks like he’s swinging a hot bat all over again (until he’s not which will be in about 3 days.)

Todd Frazier – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  I’d chalk this up to going against the Astros pitching, but today he gets them again, so there’s that.

Stephen Strasburg – Should return on Thursday, which is tomorrow.  Thanks, iCal!  Not “Thanks, Cali” dyslexic readers.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Braves.   Next, he gets the Marlins, which is a no-brainer.  Which, Part II:  Any Which Way But Loose; means Haren will manage to get hit hard by South Florida’s fishiest.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Roark keeps making fantasy dreams come true without the assistance of a midget.  Always felt Herve was underappreciated, but maybe he wasn’t as necessary.  Roark gets the Cardinals next, which isn’t a start I’d risk him at.

Denard Span – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 17th and 18th steal in the doubleheader, extending his hitting streak to 28 games.  Halfway to Joe DiMaggio, which is a quarter of the way to Marilyn Monroe at all times.  Joe D. was a stalker, y’all!

Craig Kimbrel – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and his 4th blown save.  Really nothing, but with the Braves locked into the playoffs, they could give him some rest next week and let David Carpenter or Jordan Walden close.  Wait, I’m saying Fredi Gonzalez is going to give a pitcher rest?  Yeah, that’s just stoopid.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-8, 2 RBIs and a home run in the first game of the doubleheader.  A catcher, outfielder, ski instructor and recluse, Gattis still dines on pizza box cheese that he finds in dumpsters, only now they’re from reputable pizza chains.

Elliott Johnson – 3-for-6, 2 runs with two steals in the doubleheader (started only one game over Uggla).  Johnson now has five steals in the last nine games.  There’s a new SAGNOF’er in town and he was named after that little kid in E.T.

Marco Estrada – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  As with every pitcher besides of a handful of the top ones, it only matters where they go next and Estrada gets the Braves, which is a tough call.   Their offense is solid, but they’re in coast mode for the playoffs.  I could see streaming him there, but only if you can handle the risk.

Carlos Gomez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  He has 6 homers and a .261 average in the 2nd half (still 15 steals) in the 2nd half.  So the regression that I was sweating in the 1st half did come, just not as dramatically as I thought it would.  And that’s how you squeeze ‘around being right’ into a square hole.

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 4th homer in the last week.  The power will completely disappear, but I’d give him a whirl if I were struggling or just lost Castro.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I look forward to the looting in Detroit when they win the World Series.  News anchor, “Due to the massive, five hours of looting last night, it is estimated that there is over thirty-seven dollars worth of damage to the city.”  Man on the street, “Someone threw my trash can through a window, now where am I supposed to sleep tonight?”

 
  1. Paul says:
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    So I’ve enjoyed having Brad Miller on my roster… Until he went and got hurt. I’m in the playoffs and need a SS stat! Using OBP in my league. Is Dozier a good replacement for this week or is there someone better to grab?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: What Carnac said

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  2. hondo says:
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    That Detroit thing cracked me up.

    On a harsher note than Trashcan Man’s ordeal(my life for you,whichever schmotatoe shows up next)umm,OK never mind the obscure Stephen King thing,I lost my cable at ~2:30 EDT,good thing I wasn’t really trying to add any of the suckage streamers for tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @hondo: Ha, thanks!

    • Gregorius Chant says:
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      @hondo: Totally got “The Stand” reference right away, LOVE IT!

  3. Giant Gigantes says:
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    So looking at Sunday nights game(STL/MIL), ESPN shows Peralta but Yahoo says Peralta goes Saturday. Estrada’s latest blurb on Yahoo says he takes the mound Sunday. Do we know who pitches for sure? The last game of the championship for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Giant Gigantes: I goofed above, he does get the Cardinals, which isn’t great…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Grey: Not so fast, Grey, I see he gets the Braves next on ESPN… Hmm, not sure now…

        • Giant Gigantes says:
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          @Grey: yeah it’d be nice if Estrada goes Sunday so I can start/sit him if needed especially now that Peralta got picked up

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I hear ya

  4. gareth says:
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    So streamers i grabbed for 2 starts in my cbs 10 team roto next week have a few warts.

    I added:

    Chris archer (bal, @ tor)
    Wade miley (@ sd, was)
    Danny salazar (cws, @ min)
    Marco estrada (@ atl, @ nym)

    Any of these guys I should reconsider?

    Wins and whip are the categories I’m looking at improving.

    • Carnac says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, worts all around. I’d consider Salazar and Miley. Of course, Salazar may only pitch 3 innings. FWIW, Estrada has pitched much better on the road, but playing for wins is always a crapshoot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Estrada and Archer

  5. gareth says:
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    Also would you add leonys martin, who has 7 games in Arlington v’s the astros (4) and angels(3)?

    I would be dropping an ice cold kyle seager and playing him over either swisher, lawrie, choo or adams.

  6. gareth says:
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    Gio Gonzalez goes to st louis for his final start. Should I bench him?

    • Carnac says:
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      @gareth: Fun Fact: StL is hitting .235/.297/.370 vs LHP this year. Though I probably wouldn’t start him unless I needed Ks/Wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: I’d start him

  7. Bar-Nuh-Kul says:
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    SON seems to like Morton vs SD (12.2) but not Thornburg (5.5) vs the Cubs. Do you agree?

  8. inertiatic says:
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    Am I crazy enough to start Iwakuma @ DET? Wait, don’t answer that… Are you starting Iwakuma @ DET?

    Need the K’s and for my ratio’s not to be pooped on.

  9. bossmanjunior says:
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    Which 2 hitters do you like best for the next few days? Steals would be nice but I will take best overall value as all offensive categories are close.

    Hosmer vTEX (Perez, Garza, Ogando)
    Swisher vHOU (Keuchel, Olberholtzer, Clemens, Bedard)
    Span vMIA (Alvarez, Turner, Koehler, TBA)
    Yelich @WAS (Strasburg, Gio, Zimmerman, Haren)
    Adams @COL (Oswalt) @MIL (Hellwig, Gallardo, Peralta)
    Bonefacio vTEX (Perez, Garza, Ogando)

    Right now Im leaning Swisher and Span. Swisher gets 4 games, 3 against below average lefties and Swisher has been hitting lefties much better this season. Span also gets a 4 game set and has been extremely hot lately, especially with stolen bases. Hopefully with a playoff push, he’ll remain aggressive. Facing the Marlins pitching staff without Fernandez is obviously a plus. My third favorite is probably Adams.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      4th pitcher Span faces versus MIA will likely be Flynn.

  10. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    Ugh I’m getting Bruced and Utleyed in my H2H playoffs. At least my opponent got Corbined.
    Him 18/3/23/2/.417 – 2/2/22/3.04/1.39
    Me 13/1/8/2/.375 – 1/1/30/2.77/1.27
    I’ve gotta bench 1of these today but Who? I’m pretty sure I’ve already given up on RBI.
    Au Schizz vsFife
    Boni vsSalazar
    Longo vsHolland
    Reyes vsHughes
    Dread Pirate vsRoss
    Pence @Harang
    Swisher @Chen
    Villar vsReynolds
    Adams @Chatwood
    Raburn @Chen

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I survived a Pencing last week just barely. My regards.

      • Slim

        Buddah Lovaz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’ve streamed well so far and I’m gonna have to continue that to win. Porcello. Haren. Next up is Cole tomorrow. Hopefully I can stream Porcello and Haren again sat/sun. Not much for Friday. SON likes Baker vsAtl. Erlin vsLaD. Both feel risky. Anyone at Volquez or below that you think might surprise and steal me a win?

        • Grey

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          Anyone at Volquez and below? Who’s there?

          • Slim

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            @Grey: Sorry. Do you see what time I wrote that in Eastern time zone? Should have typed it 4 minutes earlier, it would have made much more sense.

            I meant on the Stream-O-Nater. Date of 9/20. Organized by $. Is there anyone from Volquez or lower on that date that you think might be stream worthy? It was a bunch of guys to list with opponents.

            OK I proof read this one and I think it makes sense now.

  11. Bombo Rivera says:
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    “I’m sure there’s at least one pitcher I wouldn’t start against the Twins while Mauer is sidelined, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head.”

    I can think of some: Scott Diamond, Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Liam Hendricks, Pedro Hernandez. . .

    It’s not a great time to be a Twins’ fan.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Bombo Rivera:

      I literally found one I wouldn’t start against them…John Danks. Available to stream in my league and I took a pass.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I could kinda see a Danks stream, I’m not currently streaming him though, so it technically qualifies…

  12. Cooper Clux Clan says:
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    Morning Grey : Looks like its time to cut bait with Gardner. Who would you grab in an OBP league? He was really my sagnof horse but the occasional power burst was nice as well.

    Rajai Davis
    Leonys Martín
    Bonifacio

    Gracias

  13. AP says:
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    Grey- I picked up Gyorko at your behest a while back, and he’s been nothing short of amazing since I did. When I saw “Gyorko- 3 run HR” on the crawl at the bottom of the TV screen, my first thought was, “Grey is going to be all over this guy next year.” Fast Forward to today, and here’s you saying you will be all over this guy next year. Here’s to me being in 1st place in my roto, and a fantastic job prognosticating by you this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Nice…Thanks!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: pretty sure grey was the reason any of us drafted this guy at all. Line drive dude with power at 2b, although those of us in yahoo had to wait about a month for the 2b eligibility. His yahoo ADP was i think in the late 300’s, i got him much earlier (still late) just in case somebody else knew something. Turned out i fucked up early on though when i dumped kelly johnson to keep gyorko.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: I wasn’t complaining about the Gyorko buy idea, i liked it. I just should have made room for johnson, or had some faith in his first hot streak.