Oakland A’s rookie outfielder slash speed demon slash rocket arm slash hot shot Ramon Laureano hit two home runs Friday night including his first career lead off bomb to which even Ricky Henderson nodded in approval. He became the first A’s player with two multi-home run games in his first 30 games and the rook upped his slash to .309/.387/568 with five bombs, 13 RBI, and let us not forget, a perfect 4-for-4 in steals chances. Yes, hashtag SAGNOF. That’s why we’re talking about him for 2018. Ramon lead off for just the second time in his young MLB career (he doubled twice leading off Wednesday) but considering such positive results, it’s likely he’ll see a lot more time there throughout the remainder of the season. Laureano held an .895 OPS with 13 homers and 11 steals in 63 games at AAA before his call up and has done nothing but excel since he got here. Everybody loves this guy! Is it because he delivered a game winner in his MLB debut? Is it because he has the potential to be a real life 5-tool player? Or is it because he plays defense like a gold glover and has an absolute cannon of an arm that would make Tom Brady blush. Sweet sassy molassy! I’m sorry I have to watch that again. And you’re sure I don’t get fantasy points for that? If, like most people, you’ve already moved on to fantasy football and are sad about your Leveons or your McKinnons, try to remember Ramon Laureano for your 2019 sleeper radar. But if you are still with us, and you need some speed and runs and average in the stretch run, go grab yourself a bowl of Ramon while he’s hot!

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

Chris Archer – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. He lowered his ERA to 5.24 with this start. That’s pretty much sums about his career with the Pirates to date. Arrrgh!

Lewis Brinson – 3-for-4, HR (11), 3 RBI. The post-hype, post-benched, post-sent down, post-destroyed my batting average sleeper! He’s hitting .500 since his re-call up a week ago! Sure I’ll bite! Marlins Baseball: Get Hooked!

Kenta Maeda – 0.2 IP, 0 ER, K, SV (2). Got the save because Kenley Jansen’s heart is too fragile to pitch in Colorado. What if it’s a playoff game? Does this change the policy? Grey’s right, this begs the question: should this guy really be playing professional baseball? In arguably the most high-leverage, high-stress, high-anxiety, high-pressure role in all of sports? I’d hate to be the girl who has to break up with Kenley. I don’t know if his heart can handle it.

Matt Holliday – 2-for-3, HR (2). He’s hitting 11-for-27 with two dingers in his 11 games with the Rox. It’s not that I don’t like Holliday and I’m sure he’s capable of being semi-productive at least in Colorado, but Ol’ Man Ho’Day is taking Aye Bees from David Dahl and that’s where I have issues.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, HR (16), 2 RBI. It was his first homer in like a month–at least it feels like that. As an owner, I just feel like he’s suspended all the time these days.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4, RBI. OK, Cody, now that everyone’s been burned by you and Dave Roberts will hardly play you I’m ready to go all in for 2019.

Clayton Kershaw – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 2 ER, BB, 7 K, 7th win. Kersh remains one of the only starters I will blindly start at Coors regardless of the circumstances, and this is why.

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-5, HR (23). ER’s slashing .293/.330/.489 with 23 dingers, 75 RBI, and 85 runs and has a good shot to surpass his careers highs in all of the numbers I just listed. I cant tell if he’ll be overrated next year or underrated. He is still on the Twins.

Derek Holland – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. Stream-O-Nator loved this start. I don’t actually know if that’s true, but it seemed like a start only a robot could love. One of my deepest, darkest Razzball secrets (which I’m only confessing to now since no one is reading anymore), I can’t afford a SoN account. I know. If I did I’d probably own Holland, and I’d have three straight quality starts out of him.

Josh Hader – 2.0 IP, BB, 5 K, 5th win. Player’s gonna play and Hader’s gonna hade, hade, hade, hade, hade! Shake it off! Shake it off! Apparently Josh’s catcher hates this song.

Jeremy Jeffress – 1.0 IP, 2 K, SV (9). As bad as this Milwaukee’s starting pitching staff is, their bullpen is straight three times flames emoji. Although I find myself more often angry with Hader lately than happy, right now, at least, I’m happy.

Alen Hanson – 2-for-3, HR (8), SB (7). With the MMMBop & Legs! Hitting .313 in the past week with 2 homers and a steal. Those are Carlos Correa-esque numbers! Oh wait!

Ryan Braun – 1-for-1, HR (15), 3 BB. I’ve never seen a player who seems more content playing just 3 days a week but Braun is totally on board. He should play for the Dodgers.

Felix Pena – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, 6 K, 2nd win. His third straight quality start and he’s lowered his ERA considerably over that stretch. He’s taken on some decent lineups over the past month and come out relatively unscathed, I can see streaming him versus Texas next week.

Ty Buttrey – 1.0 IP, K, SV (1). Blake Parker hadn’t pitched since Monday so perhaps Mike Scioscia just wanted to see Buttrey in a high leverage situation. Or maybe Buttrey is the new closer? I need to know ASAP as possible but only Mike knows right now. Somebody ask him so I can set my weekly fantasy already!

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-4, HR (10), 3 RBI. Has now homered in three straight games!  I might even, but I don’t know it’s been so long, well, OK!–are you ready? Say it with me, Jerry…Sho-hei. Oh-tani. SHO-HEI! OH-TANI! JERRY! Louder! Doesn’t it make you feel good to say it, Jerry!? I’m your mother h*cker! SHOOOOO-HEEEIII OHHHH-TAAANIIII! So he’ll probably have elbow surgery in the offseason, but don’t worry he’ll be able to DH all 2019. He can’t pitch because he had surgery but he can hit. Oh okay. This just proves to me I know nothing about how elbow surgery works.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-2, HR (16). If I tell you to pick him up, he’ll probably just hurt his knee again so I am going to respectfully advise you not to pick him up this year.

Aaron Nola – 7.0 IP, 3 hits, 3 ER, BB, 8 K, 16th win. He’s now third in the NL in ERA, and if you want to be considered in the Cy Young conversation with deGrom you probably need like half the wins you have now.

Steven Matz – 5.0 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Matz has dominated in his past three starts with a 1.89 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 26/4 K/BB in 19 IP. My issue with Matz, besides that he can’t stay healthy, is he doesn’t pitch deep enough into games. That doesn’t seem to be the case lately and he’s got a real sweet match up vs Miami next week. Would add in every league I wanted to win.

Tommy Hunter – 1.0 IP, SV (4). The last three save chances have been his, but that’s not saying much in this bullpen. He’s probably the favorite for saves in Philly.

Blake Snell – 5.1 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 9 K, 18th win. His sixth win in a row and 18th of the season. In the AL East, on a team where you’re the only starter basically. Do you think that’s more pressure or less? Anyway, where’s my underrated post? #allstarsnub!

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-2, Grand Slam HR (5). Kevin Kiermaier, Tommy Pham and Nicholas Ciuffo also homered as the Rays blasted the Orioles for 14 runs. The last time I wrote about Ji-Man he was hitting another grand slam. He’s hitting .350 with two homers in the past week but he doesn’t start against lefties. Knowing this information, I think you are ready to make an educated decision about whether or not you should pick him up.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 2 HR (20). OZUNA hit baseballs again! OZUNA hit two deep one day! OZUNA did this Wednesday too! Why OZUNA can’t do this all year?

Austin Gomber – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. I have been a little less impressed with Goober than some, but the stats don’t lie! He’s got a 2.93 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 51/27 K/BB. He’s also has four quality starts in his past five and a 2.70 ERA since August. The K/BB is a little too bleh for me to go gaga, he’s NEVER LOST A GAME and gets the Pirates next week. Grab him if you hate losing!

Jordan Hicks – 1.1 IP 2 hits, 2 ER, 2 K, 3rd loss. Sigh. Back to Bud Norris it is then!

Jeimer Candelario – 3-for-5, HR (18), 2 RBI. I can’t wait to see this guy get over drafted next year based on the 20 homers he’s going to hit.

David Price – 6.1 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. DP was dealing most of this one, at one point retiring 13 Astros in a row, but the bullpen let him down big time. When all your team does is win, but you still can’t get the win.

Gerrit Cole – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Cole leads the AL with 251 strikeouts! Pirates you so stupid! Gerrit’s team mate Justin Verlander is second with 248 and I could see some interesting club house comp happening here. Let’s see them battle it out for Kate Upton’s heart! Can I play too?

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-4, HR (20). AWESOME-X is one of the most clutch hitters in baseball, but you should see this guy in Fortnite! Nobody can floss like X! #1victoryroyale

Carlos Carrasco – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 14 K. Excellent bounce back after a less-than-excellent start last week. Carrasco is a fantasy monster when he’s on, the problem is he’s only on like every three out of four starts.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, HR (12), SB (14). I’m only mentioning him not because of the walk-off home run but because of the slam & legs, which will no doubt be covered in gravy and syrup. If Vlady Jr. were here thought, you wouldn’t have needed a walk off because the game would have been won by then.

Rowdy Tellez – 2-for-5. He hit six straight doubles to begin his career to break a record or something! He then struck out the next three at bats. Just thought you should know that!

Scott Schebler – 1-for-4, Grand Slam HR (15). When I see Schebler continues to lead off, and Manager Jim Riggleman continues to have his stupidity rewarded in dumb ways like this, I want to stick needles under my finger nails a la Sharp Objects, but I guess I’ll just drink this water bottle filled with vodka instead.

Phillip Ervin – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 HR (6), 4 RBI. Doesn’t hit home runs really, but he hit two yesterday! Hmm, maybe he should lead off?

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 2 runs, HR (21). He was a BUY and he homered. You go pick him up now and hopefully he’ll hit more. That’s how this works!

Masahiro Tanaka – 8.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 10 K, 11th win. Seattle’s line up sure can look pathetic at times, but to be fair Tanaka was lights out in this one. He needed just 102 pitches to get through eight and walked none in the game. He’s getting hot at just the right time, not just for the Yankees but for fantasy owners. Carry me Tanakaaaa I forgot to draft an ace!

James Paxton  – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 4 ER, BB, 8 K. Let’s look at the positives for James this season. He’s only been on the DL like, five times, and he’s even pitching in September. All good takeaways.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-3, HR (15), 2 RBI. His first home run as a Yankee and just his second hit with the new club. Are we sure it was the Yankees that wanted to trade for Cutch and not the Mets? I feel like someone should double check.

Luke Voit – 2-for-4, run. ENTER THE VOIT! It’s like Twin Peaks Black Lodge only weirder. Like the new Kanye/Lil Pump video with the Roblox suits. Hitting .318 with 3 homers in the past week–he was a BUY and yeah, it’s kind of like that.

Patrick Corbin – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, BB, 9 K, 11th win. Aww yasqueen! This is something I’m told the kids are saying, am I OK saying this? It doesn’t feel OK–but what do I know? Anyway, Patrick went all yasqueen on the Braves with this gem and has a 2.32 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 40/5 K/BB over the past month. Mmmm. Dusted! He may have had his peaks and valleys this season, but he’s peaking at the right time. Keep it up, my queen!

Kevin Gausman – 4.2 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. I mean…it was bound to happen eventually. I’m just sorry it happened now.

Joey Gallo – 3-for-4, HR (35), 3 RBI. His career high is 41. He’s been in a bit of a slump lately, although I don’t know how you can call a player hitting .208 in September slumping, but he’s only homered four times in the past month, which seems slumpy for Gallo.

Johan Camargo – 3-for-5, 2 runs, HR (17), 2 RBI. Hit second and responded with a homer, his second in as many days! I’m so glad the Braves wasted weeks on Jose Bautista only to keep at bats from Johan. He’s done nothing but hit this year!

Ronald Acuna, Jr.  – 2-for-5, run, SB (12). He hits for power. He hits for contact. He steals bases. *swoons* Is there anything you can’t do, stud? Get a hold of yourself, man. You love Mookie. You. Love. Mookie. But next year….

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-3, HR (33), 3 BB. Remember when you wanted to drop him after he bat .144 in May and now he’s on pace to surpass his career high in homers (36)? No? That’s because the people who asked if they should drop him have been out of contention since July and stopped reading this in June. Oh well. Till we meet again in April!

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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    Great stuff!

    Catcher question for ya… Should I drop Zunino for the playoffs next week for Yan Gomes, Tucker Barnhart or Kurt Suzuki? Or should I hold Zunino and hope he pulls himself out of this massive hole and goes on a homer binge?

    Also, would you dare start Wade Miley at Wrigley on Monday?

    Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Luke: Barnhart or Gomes. Miley’s been hot! If I needed the W I’d start him, risky though!

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Love me some hot Pants writeups in September. Nice job my good man!

    Look out Rickey, Ramon is the bomb and legs!

  3. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Down to the final two games in round two of the head-to-head playoffs in my twelve-teamer. I’m neck and neck with my opponent in wins, QS, and WHIP. I’ve got a healthy lead in Ks, but trail him slightly in ERA. Lots of toss ups in the batting categories as well.

    I’m at 13/14 starts, but I can stack several guys today to push it to a max of 16/14. I’ve got Flaherty starting at Detroit, which is a no-brainer, but Buehler in Coors is far from ideal. Would you take the chance? I could also pick up either Edwin Jackson or Wei-Yin Chen to stream—though, there’s a chance Chen’s game gets rained out. What would you do?

    I’ve only got one pick up left. My opponent has two, so theoretically he could stack a ton of starts on me tomorrow if it comes to that. He’s got Buchholz tonight, Fulmer and Trevor Williams tomorrow (though the rain could bump the Pirates starter to tomorrow and push Williams to Monday).

    What would you do with the season on the line?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Shopgurrrl: Unfortunately, sounds like you might need at least another start and Buehler sounds like your best option even at Coors

      • Shopgurrrl says:
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        @Dan Pants: Would you also pick up Jackson or Chen?

        • Dan Pants

          Dan Pants says:
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          @Shopgurrrl: Sure, stack starts today or you may regret you didn’t

          • Shopgurrrl says:
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            @Dan Pants:
            Ugh, yeah. I’d probably prefer Jackson, only because the weather is supposed to be trash in Pittsburgh.

  4. Chill says:
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    What combo of Bryant, Escobar, McNeil (3B), Simmons, Muncy would you start at SS and 3B in a weekly lock semi final? KB rocking a 30%+ K rate w no power (even when looking at his rehab) and that shoulder leaves me skeptical.

    Seems wrong but I’m leaning McNeil/Simmons even w/Jay Bruce’s corpse stealing ABs in NY. Hitting K’s are a category. Help

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chill: id go bryant/simmons i think

  5. LG Baseball says:
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    Dan Pants in the house – nicely done!

    Is Ohtani a good stream as a batter for the all important semi-finals next week? The Angels play 7 games but not sure if he plays in all of them but he is on fire. He would potentially play over Conforto, Hoskins, Voit or Mallex.

    Thanks Pants

    LG

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @LG Baseball: yes shohei over conforto

  6. Chazzball says:
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    Here’s a crazy decision. Donaldson coming off the DL puts me over my leagues salary cap. Who do you drop: Donaldson or Correa? I have depth at both positions in a 15 team league.

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Chazzball: ehh i’d have to drop donaldson

  7. uncle ernie says:
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    Great stuff as usual! Looking for wins. That’s it! With Wood,Mikolas,Ray and Gomber on the waiver wire I can only pick up one and need to keep for ROS. After looking at upcoming schedule Mikolas and Gomber look to have the easiest schedule. I leaning Mikolas. Your thoughts please and thanks

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @uncle ernie: Mikolas is safest bet, but ray has the most upside? I’d go mikolas

  8. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Would you start Barria Monday vs. Texas?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Papa Jean Segura: Sure, streamonator loves his next start

  9. Richie Suess says:
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    do you feel stronger about Laureano than Mallex Smith next week?
    points league, weekly lock, head to head. 2nd round of playoffs.

    grazie!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Richie Suess: go with mallex

  10. Jordan says:
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    Daniel Norris learned a new slider this year, and is throwing it 35% of the time, and is getting swings and misses at a career high rate. His siera is also 3.58. Are you maybe thinking of buying here?

    • Dan Pants

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      @Jordan: he looks better but still not good enough for me to consider outside deep Al only leagues

  11. Seth Swirsky says:
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    1. drop correa for mondesi?
    2. is heaney pitching tomw or monday?

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Seth Swirsky: 1. hold 2. sunday

  12. Harley Earl says:
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    Just curious, what kind of ceiling would you put on Laureano today? And where would you say his floor currently sits? Dude looks for real to me, but the sample size is so small I’m not sure I’ve completely bought in yet. Anybody currently playing that you say he compares well with for the future? I’d love to hear a name or two. Thanks!

    • Dan Pants

      Dan Pants says:
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      @Harley Earl: gardner, marte, ender?

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Dan Pants: Yeah, I think that’s a very realistic ceiling for a guy like Ramon. Good names to see and think about. I like him a lot, hope he’s for real as I have him on my dynasty team. Really hope he could be another Starling Marte!!! That’s some serious power/speed in my book. Man, hope he isn’t just a flash in the pan or I’ve gotten all excited for nothing!!!

        Thanks for the insight!

  13. Alex says:
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    I’m still reading! Catching up on my Razzball reads is a highlight of my day!!!

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: my league scores outfield assists so Lauraeno’s cannon of an arm shoots him up our rankings considerably. I’m hoping to pick him back up for the playoffs once I get some more information on pitcher shutdowns and navigate the last of my dl stints. I’ve been scouring the internet everynight for the tiniest clues so if any of y’alls staff could give us a writeup on some innings limits that would be awesome.

      • Dan Pants

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        @Alex: I could see burhler, flaherty, wheeler, rodon, maybe marco gonzales

        • Alex says:
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          @Dan Pants: thanks Dan, last question I promise. Drop two pitchers Heaney, Tyler Anderson, plutko, giolito

  14. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Mazara or White? White has slowed down; and yet he remains a great counting stat asset.

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