WooWeeWooWaa.mp3. HolyCow.wav. Sound of eyes popping from Sylvester the Cat. Kyle Bradish did what? Kyle Bradish did:  8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 10 Ks vs. the Astros. I’m sorry, but I’m gonna sue somebody for making my heart pitter-patter too fast. Who do I contact for that? Oh, no, I’m…*puts handkerchief to forehead, faints into a beanbag that’s wearing Giancarlo jersey and pasted-on magazine face of his* Oh my goodness, I’m talking like a Southern belle. So, Streamonator‘s got steam rising from its robot ears that was so gorgeous. Looking at Kyle Bradish big picture, long-term, for 2023 fantasy baseball, and, well, he’s got four pitches — 95 MPH fastball, 87 MPH slider, 83 MPH curve, and 90 MPH change. His command is kinda atrocious, though better in his 100+ IP in the majors than it was in the low minors. Maybe he’s figured out something here as he turns 25. Not going to write him off completely, because Camden is now one of the best pitchers’ parks, and his stuff was solid in search of command. If the command’s there, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s a name we go back to next year. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.82. Feel like he’s going to retire and we’re going to find out he’s had a robotic arm this whole time.

Kolten Wong – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 13th, 14th and 15th homer. Some days there’s nothing worthy of a lede. Yesterday there were two huge things worthy. That insane Bradish start, and Wong. Three Wong Night giving Joy to the World, or Bradish being uneffinbelievable. Three Wong Night with three huge hits, and that’s more than Three Dog Night. Sorry Wong, you dong’d gong’d bested by Bradish.

Brandon Woodruff – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.18. Member the game Password? Contestant, “Wong, Wong, Wong, Woodruff…” Charles Nelson Reilly, “Peckerwood…? Sandpaper…? Sandpecker…?”

Kyle Farmer – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer. I swear to you for each home run, I triple-check to make sure a guy hasn’t been hot in the past few days. No schmotatoes will ever get by me! My guaranteed claim to you. Yet, Farmer’s been pretty meh recently.

Hunter Greene – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.91. Want a guy who could give you a Bradish start? Look no further! Though, he could also give you a Berrios start.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs as he announced he’s retiring at the end of the year. Impressive, getting the Vogt out just before the midterms.

Julio Rodriguez – Left yesterday’s game with lower back tightness. Honestly, if he had lower back looseness, I’d be worried. Get him back out there — literally! I don’t want bad, evill thoughts to creep into my head, but I sure hope Jul-Rod can play ‘above the rim,’ as they say in fantasy basketball and Tupac movies, and doesn’t get befell by injury after freakin’ injury like Tatis and Acuña. If this year is any indication though, well, um, yeah, I don’t want to even think it. Someone pinch me to distract me. Metaphorically! Stop pinching me!

George Kirby – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.30. Just trying to make it easier to draft him next year, right? Dot dot dot. Right? *wipes away tears* You’re trying to help us, right?!

Jarred Kelenic – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. “Gloria, get out the Star Mitzvah decorations!” “What do you mean you sold them on eBay?! Why would you do that?!” That’s my uncle and aunt arguing while I’m on the phone after they call me. You have family like this or is it just me? They call me while they’re both on the call, and then they talk to each other. Any hoo! Kelenic drives me almost as crazy as my aunt and uncle calling me, but I will be monocle’ing him.

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-for-5, 2 runs and 14th homer. He homered the other day, but both are in Coors, so not sure I can say hot schmotato. Not that I have any beef with Carl’s Jr. Jr. Hashtag nailed it! High five me! No? Okay.

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.90. Rudy and I were talking about this yesterday, how it feels like there’s more ratio-heavy starters this year than strikeout-heavy ones. It might be anecdotal, but it does feel like you could find a Martin Perez, Mikolas, Sandy, Tyler Anderson, well, you get the pitcher — misspelling on porpoise! If you go down the top ERA guys, you see it littered with under-9 K/9 guys. Not sure if it’s more than other years, but feels like it.

Jose Berrios – 2 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.27. He hasn’t singlehandedly ruined a league for me where I have Judge and Jo-Ram. I’ve singlehandedly ruined a league of mine with Judge and Jo-Ram by starting Berrios all year.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer. Kinda hope he hits 15 homers in the final two weeks, so people who abandoned us for fantasy football return next year and draft Whit again thinking he had a solid year.

Jonathan Aranda – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting leadoff, but hasn’t done much in the most recent past few games. Unless you count everything Arozarena does too, because their names are easily confused if you look real fast.

Ranger Suarez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.38. Not saying this happens, but if his ERA stays around 3.20 to 3.40 for the rest of the year that’s a win, right? I mean, it wasn’t always pretty, but we’re not hating that, are we? Do I get my “I gave you a Ranger Suarez sleeper” flowers or nah?

Christian Walker – 1-for-4 and his 36th homer, hitting .238. Next year people are going to draft him like they drafted Joey Votto this year saying, “You go ahead and draft your 1st baseman early, I can just take Christian Walker at 140th overall.”

Zac Gallen – 8 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.46. It feels like everyone made up their mind in July to give Alcantara the Cy Young, but should they have kept some space in their brain for Zac Gallen? Up next on Discovery+.

Gavin Sheets – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, hitting .244. People wonder why the White Sox did so poorly this year. Was it La Russa? Well, yeah, of course. But what about their best surprises on the year being Johnny Cueto (6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.15) and Gavin Sheets? Oh, and Luis Robert was day-to-day for three months straight.

Shane Bieber – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.81. This is kinda inside baseball (as that term means when not applying to baseball, but this does apply to baseball), but I wouldn’t be surprised if Steamer projects Bieber for a 4+ ERA next year. It won’t like his peripherals is my guess.

Hayden Wesneski – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.45 vs. Mitch Keller – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.99. Would I start these guys next time out? Sure. Would I trust these guys? Ha, absolutely not.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer. Okay, but what did Judge do?! I care more about a Judge than Rain Man!

Reese McGuire – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. With all the enthusiasm for Judge, it must’ve been weird for Reese to get one off with so many people around.

Triston Casas – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. He won’t be appearing in this afternoon’s Buy, but this weekend, his bat in The Casas That Ruth Built, well, let me just say, I think his homer went about 330 feet.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .237. Juson Rick Farpro has been the Padres’ leadoff guy all year. That’s if you thought they were serious about winning it all this year.

Joe Musgrove – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.12. This isn’t really his fault, but he has 10 wins, and his career high in one year is 11, which he did twice. Forget 300, we’re never gonna see a 200-win pitcher again.

Manny Machado – 1-for-2 and a slam (30) and legs (8), hitting .296. Wonder if he’s ever ordered a green tea and been like, “Give me a Matchado!” I have deep thoughts.

Brendan Donovan – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer. You just can’t stop the Cards’ offense. No quit there. Like a locomotive that is solar powered on a cloudy day. Any hoo! This was Donovan’s first grand slam, so noisemaker for that, but he hasn’t done much else recently (though, no Cards had been).

Lars Nootbaar – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 13th homer. That home run in San Diego was caught by someone eating granola and they had a decision to make:  Keep Nootbaar’s ball or their granola bowl. If they kept both, there was a chance, they’d celebrate the bowl and eat the ball. Thankfully, they threw the bowl onto the field and ate the ball.

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Ugly-ish Quality Start with those walks, but better UQS than UGH!

Josh Winder – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.20. Yeah, he’s whatevs, but he did remind me of the Twins, and how they develop decent pitchers and hitters who are always just a tad worse than Cleveland’s and why they’re always behind them.

Edward Olivares – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer. He hit that one off the Winder, rather into. Off of, get it? I don’t know, guys and five girl readers, use your imagination! So, Olivares, without the cloak and dagger of Dayton Moore hanging over him, might be worth a late-season grabberooski. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, though, because that shizz is already tucked in real pretty.

Drew Waters – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer. Waters off Winder? What is this the parasailing national championships that Mississippi pretended to build a stadium for so they could give the money to Brett Favre?

Jonathan Heasley – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.87. Fun fact! When someone asks me why I listen to R&B, I say, “It heals me,” and in my head I always hear Heasley. Streamonator hates his next start, but it’s vs. Tigers and I could see it if you’re more Henley than Heasley and you’re Desperado.

Mike Soroka – Headed to the IL with elbow soreness. Soroka’s greatest attribute this year was helping a freestylist by bridging a bar with Almond Roca.

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frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Nice!

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
10 days ago

Down first week of playoffs. Olson and Trout have – 4 and 0 points so far. H2h league

Should I bench Olson? I have Tellez to fill in if he plays. Few instances I benched Olson this season he hit a homer on the bench. I have Kirk to place in utility spot if Tellez fills in for Olson.

Thankyou.

ashtray
ashtray
10 days ago

In a 14 team H2H with pitcher cats: QS, K/9, ERA, and WHIP

Would you start these:

9/23 Singer v SEA
9/23 Garrett v WAS
9/24 Kershaw v STL
9/24 Ryan v LAA
9/25 TylerAnderson v STL
9/25 Morton @ PHI

I only need to fill about 12 more innings to reach the weekly minimum so I don’t need to take too many risks.

Last edited 10 days ago by ashtray
mattdips
mattdips
10 days ago

Hey Grey-
5×5 h2h championship matchup pretty close in R, HR, RBI, SB, W, SV, K, ERA/WHIP all up for grabs. Opponent just snagged Cobb with their last move, which gives us 6 starts apiece through Sunday. I have one move left.

Best streamer options for the weekend available look like Garrett v WAS (tonight), Davis Martin v DET (Saturday), Sampson @PIT (Sunday), Suarez v MIN (Sunday), Civale @ TEX (Sunday).

It’s not a given that I’ll need the streamer yet. I’ve got Cole and Nola tonight, Burnes and Gilbert tomorrow, and E Cabrera and Lodolo Sunday. He’s got Degrom and Scherzer against OAK this weekend, though.

My gut is telling me to hold the move until Sunday and try to grab one of those streamers if I need them. Otherwise, fill in for other categories in the weekend (SVs or batter scratches/SB). Agree? Which Sunday streamer do you like best if that’s the move?
Thanks!

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

I am sure he isn’t

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Oh I didn’t write that, I certainly research my questions better than that haha I was just answering for him

mattdips
mattdips
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Lol sorry about that. Thanks that helps a lot!

Jeffe
Jeffe
10 days ago

Great stuff. Weekend OF help, Ward @Min, Haniger @KC or Renfroe @Cin? Would you stream Cobb @ Ari and/or Quantrill @Tex? Is Quintana a start @LAD tonight? Thanks again!!!

Last edited 10 days ago by Jeffe
Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thanks. Would you start Quintana tonight?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Jeffe
10 days ago

Grimey is hot with the streams.
I would pick up Garrett and not start Quintana.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

that Wesneski call yesterday was almost ruined when they put him out there for the 7th haha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
10 days ago

Watched ep1 of your fav show over coffee this morning looks possibly like a good season this year.

Last edited 10 days ago by frankgrimes
frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Already a winner pick lol hell I will chose that Ryan guy over The salesman

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

you know my probs with the show… I’m not going to complain this year hahaha

are you going to watch that Dahmer Netflix piece?

Ralphy
Ralphy
10 days ago

Grey this is a huge decision for me. H2H playoffs and I knew I couldn’t compete in SP so I’ve only gone RPs to go for saves and ratios. Unfortunately he caught me in WHIP yesterday. I’m at 1.5 and he’s at .99. ERA though I’m at 1.5 and he’s 2.5. Here’s where the decision comes in. Do I roll the dice and start Nola today (who the Robot loves) or do I stick to closers only this week?

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Ralphy
10 days ago

I could also start Heaney today against the Cardinals. If I could be assured he would only throw 3 or 4 innings, I would.

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Ok. I’m terrified.

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

You were right on Stripling. I’m nervous because I can’t let ERA go up so they would both need to be below a 1.5 ERA today.

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

But I also have a 1.5 WHIP that they could lower. Just need ERA not to climb much.

Bterry
Bterry
10 days ago

Melendez, grissom, roansy, mccarthy. All 20th rd keepers for next year. Please pick 3.

Bterry
Bterry
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Had a feeling you were going to say that. Its a 15 team league. Are the other 3 worth keeping?

Bterry
Bterry
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Keeping acuna in 1st. And pena in 21st. The only other maybe I have is Francisco Alvarez in the 27th rd. Keepers increase by two rds value in draft each year.

Yaz Mantle
Yaz Mantle
10 days ago

in a very tight semifinal:
a) drop Acuna of he doesn’t play today figuring he may not play the entire weekend? b) start Jomo vs. dodgers tomw? c) can pitch Josiah gray (SON 9.8) vs. Miami today (I need K’s and a w). d) pitch Davis Martin (SON 18) over Reid Detmers SON 10) tomw? thx!!

Yaz Mantle
Yaz Mantle
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

not instead of Jomo. ok to pitch Josiah today? afraid to blow my era and whip sky high. his ratios don’t worry you? SON likes him.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
10 days ago

I’ve got Dansby on 3 teams, and it sucks when a guy has a career year then fades, but we have a healthy sample size to show that what he was doing earlier this year is probably his ceiling for outcomes. He’s going to give you 40 or so sb+hr and be around 190 r+rbi while slightly helping avg. All for a guy that went after pick 100 in all the RCL’s I’m in.

hondo
hondo
10 days ago

Bryce Harper the #1 robot rated batter next week? I’d like to take the under for 100K please.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
10 days ago

Could use a MI. Please rank ROS: Gunnar, Nick Gordon, Kemp, Muncy, Rodolfo, Oswaldo.

Saint
Saint
10 days ago

H2H 6×6 QS Finals

With 7 of my starters going this weekend, (Cease, Framber, Morton, T. Anderson, Cobb, Detmers, Civale prolly bench), Lauer off the IL today @CIN is a bench correct?

I still have 2 moves to his 1 left to grab streamers tomorrow or Sunday as well.

Thank you

Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
10 days ago

Have we seen a bigger drop off from Swanson and Devers? I mean they have both single handily got me to first pre ADB, and over past month dropped me out of first.

It’s roto, so I have a tough time benching them with such limited options. Are they seriously droppable over the final week + ?

B the Esq.
B the Esq.
Reply to  Jimmie Johnson
10 days ago

Im strongly considering dropping Swanson for the final week in a 5×5 roto. But then again, I am still thinking about dropping Sexy Dr. Pepper too, so probably won’t actually happen on my team…

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Jimmie Johnson
10 days ago

MATT OLSON

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

The Devers drop seemed to occur the day after the trade deadline when the Sox were sellers. It’s almost like he stopped caring. It sucks.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
10 days ago

Morning & Happy National Checkers day!

This makes sense, because my brain can’t handle a “Chess Day” today…

Anyway, I’m in a dogfight for the championship that ends on Sunday.

Down in W’s, ERA, WHIP, & QS (tied). I have (4) “adds” left for the week & already have the prayer circle formed for Acuna & JRod.

Streaming options include the following:

Today:
Mike Minor (CIN) v. MIL – SON sorta likes this one
Cody Morris (CLE) @ TEX – same as above

Tomorrow:
Davis Martin (CWS) v. DET – SON Loves this matchup
Reid Detmers (LAA) @ MIN

Sunday:
Luis Ortiz (PIT) v. CHC – SON likes this one
Aaron Ashby (MIL) @ CIN – not great
Aaron Civale – see above

Which of the above streamers would you trust most (top 4)?

thanks as always!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thank you kindly!

And had no idea you were also a checkers champ! Very nice!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Ahhh shoot… didn’t realize someone already has Morris. Who’d be your replacement for him on that list?

Thanks again

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Ha, yeah, your tone corresponds to my level of confidence too.

Thanks again!

Gary C
10 days ago

ESPN Points, please rank these weekly streamers:

Giolito vs Det
Ed Cabrera vs Wash
Roansy C. vs Cin
Sampson @Pitt

Thanks!

King Charles III
King Charles III
10 days ago

In a league with the last week and a half as one scoring period. What 3 pitchers would you NOT start?
Snell. LAD CHW
Singer. @DET @CLE
E Cabrera @MIL
Giolito. @MN MN
H Greene. @CHC
Strider. Not sure yet
Heaney. COL
Luzardo. @NYM ATL
Also, would you go Jung,Voit or Torkelson? All have 10 games.
Thanks

King Charles III
King Charles III
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

You would not start them? Or you would?

How about Jung,Tork or Voit? Thanks.

bob
bob
10 days ago

Thoughts on Sale as a keeper? Looked good after TJ, injuries since has been flukish… so he should be a top 20 going in to next year? Where would you rank him?

bob
bob
Reply to  bob
10 days ago

Top 20 SP that is… I’m thinking he’s 2023 Verlander.

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
10 days ago

Only the Rockies call up a prospect like Tovar and bench him for the first game

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

I think he didn’t get to the stadium in time. Otherwise he would’ve started.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

yeah, wait till like he starts like 2/6th of the next 6 and you’ll be exactly right (which is entirely possible, but they are starting toglia a lot, montero more than just lefty side guy too lately)

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Oddball Herrera
10 days ago

the first game is usually the only one you can’t blame the manager, like mentioned often the player either doesn’t get there at all or late.

CTFDU
CTFDU
10 days ago

Hi Grey, so Matt Olson is done? Last 14 days have been really horrible. Drop?

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
10 days ago

Grey!!

Awesome!!

a. Started Wesneski, Heasely ’cause duh, desperate times call for desperate measures!

b. Crazy on Berrios. Could be pitch calling or his ability to deliver. Going back to his previous start in Toronto he was up and down with the 4-seam FB velocity (as low as 91 and as high as 95.3). Also anyone who has half a brain can see that he throws first pitch fast ball early then middle innings (like 2nd time through the order to confuse them) he throws offspeed stuff first pitch. I saw how pissed Stowers was that he didn’t hit any of the 2 fastballs he got for a hit. Stowers was Berrios’ lone K over the first 5IP. Also, he had many O’s batters with 2 strikes but was unable to put them away, mostly missing with offspeed stuff. Sorry man.

c. Have a nice weekend.

d. George Carlin quote of the day for September 23, 2022

‘You might have noticed that I never complain about politicians. I leave that to others. And there’s no shortage of volunteers; everyone complains about politicians. Everyone says they suck. But where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky; they don’t pass through a membrane from a separate reality. They come from American homes, American families, American schools, American churches, and American businesses. And they’re elected by American voters. This is what our system produces, folks. This is the best we can do. Let’s face it, we have very little to work with. Garbage in, garbage out.’

From Napalm and Silly Putty (2001)

Cheers,
Ante

ashtray
ashtray
10 days ago

Every random slap hitter was out there jacking dongs last night and my beast lineup just puts up oh-fers. Who to start today… Alvarez, Trout, Schwarber, Hoskins, Devers… nah let’s roll with Wong and co.

VinWins
VinWins
10 days ago

Bradish takes the #4 slot on the 100 Best Start list, knocking out Nestor Cortes.

The bullpen cost Zac Gallen the win and a top 20 spot on the list.