Brewers manager Craig Counsell announced Friday that after Thursday’s blown save, Neftali Feliz would be given a break from closer duties. Why are you like this, Craig? Do you not care about my fantasy team even a little? Feliz has blown just one save this season. Sure, he’s sporting an ugly 6.19 ERA, and 1.31 WHIP, and 4 losses but I didn’t draft him for his ratios! I drafted him for his those stinky, stinky saves. Mmmm. His eight of which currently leads my team! Regardless, Jared Hughes (0.2 IP, SV (1)) notched the save last night for Milwaukee, but it sounds like ex-stuntman Corey Knebel will get the next chance. Corey is rocking a 1.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB rate over 18.0 innings this season and seems like the most logical choice to replace Feliz mostly because Counsell mentioned Friday he’s been “outstanding.” That’s high praise from skip, folks! Hughes, Jacob Barnes and Oliver Drake could also see chances. This is not to say Feliz is out of the ninth inning role for good, but I could definitely see Corey running away with the job if he continues to pitch like he has been. If you’re looking for saves I’d add Evil Knebel everywhere, and if you’re looking for someone to jump over 20 mack trucks in a motorcycle, you might consider Bumgarner or maybe the another stunt guy.
Here’s what else I saw in fantasy baseball Friday night:
Ervin Santana – 7.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 6th W. Smooooth Santana! Big Erv is rocking the 1.50 ERA, 0.81 WHIP with 41 strikeouts. On his days off, Santana spends his time hiding out from the regression fairies in the basement of the old Metrodome living off lutefisk, maple candy and warm Surly beer. Dontcha think know I know those Minnisooooda staples? You betcha!
Miguel Sano – 1-for-3, HR (10). Just wanted to stop for a second and take a moment to acknowledge how good he’s been. He’s slashing .305/.443/.686 to go along with 10 homers and 30 RBI, and this time last year he was hitting .230 with 3 dingers. He’s probably a big reason the Twinkies are first in the AL Central. I know crazy, right!
Josh Tomlin – 8.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, BB, 7 K. Whoa! Nice start, bro! That’s two quality starts in a row! Oh? But they were versus the Royals and Twins. Oh. But he gets the Rays next week at home. Oh!? 6/10. Would still stream.
Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI. Sure, Joey Bats. But maybe they should change his nickname to, “Joey Bats But Doesn’t Really Hit Home Runs Like He Used to So Thank God He Hit One Last Night.” Too long?
Kevin Pillar – 2-for-3, run, SB (5). The B-Jays top two spots did some work last night with four hits and two steals. Ezequiel Carrera was 2-for-4 with a SB (2). I’ve given up trying to get you all to pick up Pillar. He remains available in over 40% of leagues, so perhaps if I throw in Carrera in a package deal there’ll be more interest. Zeke’s got a four game hitting streak with a homer and a steal in that span. Also, he’s named Zeke. There’s nothing cooler than that!
Alex Cobb – 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, W. Don’t call him corny! Impressive start in Boston for Alex, he’s now got four straight quality starts against some pretty good teams and gets the Injians next week. Add him before I do.
Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI. I thought about offering a trade for him yesterday, then he hit this homer. Yeah I can still buy low, but not as low as I want. I really want to rip that guy off. Jah feel me? What can I say ya’ll, I’m cheap?
Mike Foltynewicz – 6.0 IP, 6 hits, ER, 4 K, W. Folty finally notches his first win. He looked pretty good against a pretty bad offense doing it, too! Are you considering starting him? Let’s talk about it over ice waters at Starbucks. Totally free!
Derek Dietrich – 2-for-4, HR (1). Filling in for the injured Prado, Derek is leading off and has a five game hitting streak with a homer and 5 RBI in that span. If you’re as desperate for runs as I am for positive feedback, I could see adding in the short term.
Brian McCann – 2-for-4, HR (6), 3 RBI. Brian visualized if he McCould is his mind’s eye, thought about whether he McCann, and then he McDid. I taught him the whole visualization trick. I learned it from the voices in my head.
Lance McCullers, Jr. – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 ER, 7 K, 3rd win. Oh boy, do I love me some Lance McCullers and his 2.98 ERA and 57/13 K/BB. BTW, when did he become a junior? Did that just happen? Congratulations! Lance, Sr. would be so proud right now.
Danny Duffy – 7.0 IP, 8 hits, 2 ER, BB, 6 K. His best start in weeks. This could be your last chance to sell. No, not to me! Find someone else! But if you insist…I will give you my worst catcher, and Hyun Jin Ryu. But let me know soon, cause I’m about to drop Ryu.
Dylan Bundy – 6.0 IP, 4 hits, 2 ER, BB, 8 K. Not bad for a women’s shoe salesman! No ma’am!
Hernan Perez – 3-for-4, HR (5). Hernan has 2 homers and is hitting .286 in the past week. He should play every day while Braun is out with sickle cell or whatever it is. 7/10 would add.
Matt Harvey – 5.0 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 K. Sigh. I hate so much the things you choose to be.
Neil Walker – 3-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI. I knew he was a Walker, I didn’t know he could still homer! Church! Wakka wakka!
Matt Garza – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. When your ace is Matt Garza. Hey, don’t laugh! Wait, no one’s laughing, sorry just a force of habit. Garza has been actually not-so-bad-pretty-good-meh-okay-ill-pick-him-up-maaaybe. He gets the P-Dres next week in San Diego! We in the biz call that a “juicy match up.”
Andrew Cashner – 6.0 IP, 5 hits, ER, BB, 2 K. Another quality start for Str8 Cashner, homey! He gets the Phils next week. Uhh, yes please! Wait. All the experts think the advanced stats suggest he’s pitching WAY over his head (5.15 FIP and a 16/20 K/BB rate, yikes!) and he’s about to get rizocked. Want to know what I think? I think you should ask the experts because I ain’t googling that ish.
Jesse Hahn – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, ER, 3 BB, 3 K. I thought Hahn died in the seventh movie. Wasn’t he killed by the dog monster and the guy from Girls? I’m so confused.
Leury Garcia – 3-for-4, 2 HR (4), 3 RBI. Leury led off Friday and responded HUGE with two jacks. He’s hitting .438 over the past week and if he continues to lead off I might start thinking about considering the possibility of mulling over the option of perhaps placing Garcia on my watch list. Maybe.
Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 2 HR (4). I really just want catcher eligibility for Schwarber, so everything positive you do tends to set that back. Hmm. Actually, I really just want hits and homers from Schwarber, to be honest, you can do whatever you want.
Eddie Butler – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1st W. The Butler did it! Oh hello, a new Cubs pitcher to stream. Nice to meet you. Eddie is a former Coors prospect, which means his MLB life has been basically cursed up until this point. However, after posting a 1.17 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 5 starts at AAA, Butler should see some starts for the injured Brett Anderson. 8/10 would upside grab.
David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs, RBI, SB (4). DP is someone who has been pretty disappointing to date but I’ve always had a soft spot for him and is someone who can contribute across all categories when he’s hot. Peralta has five hits in his past two games and is available in about 70% of leagues. I am watching him Closer than that Chainsmokers song. Yes, watching him from the backseat of my Rover. Please don’t call the police.
Clayton Kershaw – 7.0 IP, 7 hits, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, 6th win. I didn’t draft you for mediocrity, you pleb. Do better! Oh wait, I didn’t draft you at all. :/
Cody Bellinger – 1-for-3, 2 runs, HR (7). I am never one to toot my own horn, but those who don’t will end up with a horn that goes untooted. Which is a waste of a perfectly good horn. I told you to pick up Bellinger last week. He’s got 3 homers, 9 RBI and a steal since then. Wow, what great advice I gave that one time! 9/10 would toldyouso.
Brandon Drury – 3-for-5, HR (3), 3 RBI. Jake Lamb also had 3 hits as Snakes scored 11 runs on 16 hits. When Zona is hotter than usual, but in the good way not in the why-do-people-live-here way. But seriously, why? It’s the GD desert? Don’t you guys miss trees?
Matt Shoemaker – 6.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, BB, 7 K, 2nd W. How he’s unowned in half of ESPN leagues is baffling to me. I am baffled, you guys! What? Do you want him to make your shoes? Because he will make your shoes!
Mike Trout – 1-for-5, HR (2). I had a dream, we were sipping whiskey neat, we were winning fan-ta-sy, placing high enoooooough! I know I haven’t had a lot of time for my husband Trout, what with all the Benintendis and Mookies and Xanders going around. Forget that guy, Michael! It ain’t me! I will walk you through the dark side of the morning! Will you rock me when the sun won’t let me sleep? Grateful for you, bum-dum, whiskey neat, bow-bwuh, fan-ta-sy, bow-bwa, I’m sooo grateful! 10/10 would still bang.
Johnny Cueto – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Ohh, it aaaaaain’t meeee! Whiskey neat, bow-bwa, fan-ta-sy! Dum-bum. Sry! I just really like that Selena song, you guys. Cueto has been as solid as they come for SF this year. And best of all, dude is terrified of motorcycles!
Scott Schebler – 3-for-7, SB (3). Grey told you to BUY. After a huge week of buys in in the recap last week. Schebler is the only one this week. He’s the one, yeah! He’s the only one! Hey, more pop music! I am hip with the popular music of todays. It’s all computers now! This one has Justin Bieber and the most phoned in Lil Wayne verse ever. Check it out! You’re going to hate it!
Denard Span – 3-for-7, HR (2), 2 RBI. The Spaniard has now homered in both his games played since his return. Span could be a sneaky add if he’s leading off for the Giants. Especially if he continues to hit home runs every day.
Buster Posey – 2-for-7, HR (6). When you’re waiting 17 innings on your only good offensive player to score and he does, and it’s lit. We call that a Buster tie buster.
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