There was one fateful night in mid-September that changed everything for me and Mike Fiers.  He beaned mi novio in the cantaloupe.  Giancarlo went down and Fiers stopped mattering to me.  I couldn’t even look at him.  I opened his ESPN player page and drew a black eye on his picture and blacked out a tooth, but that didn’t assuage me and now I Sharpie’d up my computer screen, making my porn-surfing that much more complicated.  So, that fateful night, I went out to a hospital near me, hoping to take my mind off what transpired.  In time of distress, I always find it’s best to be there for those less fortunate than me.  In the ICU, I found an elderly man, who was on life support, with his family surrounding him.  I pretended to be a nurse and asked the family to wait in the hallway.  I put a Brewers hat on the elderly man and laid a Fiers jersey over his body.  I proceeded to tell him how much I hated what he did to Giancarlo and I would never forgive him.  With that, he opened his eyes and said, “Where’s my family?” Then he flatlined.  In some weird way, this helped me put my hatred of Fiers behind me.  This elderly man allowed me to move on.  He sacrificed himself so I could look at Fiers with fresh eyes and consider him for a sleeper post.  What a mensch!  So, what can we expect of Mike Fiers for 2015 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

His 71 2/3 IP on the Brewers produced a 9.5 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 2.13 ERA. That alone should have you shifting yourself right or left.  One game, where he had 14 Ks in six innings, did come against the K-razy Cubs, but even without that his K-rate was more than respectable (8.4).  There’s two reasons why he won’t be immediately pegged by everyone as a sleeper, or at least shouldn’t be.  Reasons that you should be aware of.  Reasons–  Okay, I’ll just tell you.  He’s going to be 30 years old in 2015, and only has 223 2/3 IP under his belt.  Also, he throws barely 90 MPH.  Barely 90 MPH doesn’t scream a 9+ K/9.  In fact, it screams more 7+ K/9 as he was closer to in 2013 (6 K/9), but that was an injury-plagued season, and in those 223 2/3 IP career innings, he has a 9.2 K/9.  He gets by with pinpoint control and deception.  You sneaky bastage!  Deception I think is really the key.  He hides the ball well and his release point for all pitches is almost identical.  That means a hitter doesn’t know if a curve or a fastball or a change is coming.  Oh, and his curve is more than 17 miles per hour slower with devastating movement.  I want to say Fiers is like a knuckleball pitcher.  A pleasant enough fastball and a nasty, much slower pitch.  The only difference, Fiers can control it every time out, he’s not prone to which way the grass falls when you toss it into the wind.  Why is he so old without much of a track record?  Well, he lost 2013 to injuries and the Brewers dragged their feet promoting him for way too long.  They’ve just been too enthralled with aging SPs.  They’re likely to waste Jimmy Nelson’s year in 2015 and he’s 25.  Speaking of Nelson, he could be in the running for the 5th starter job, so Fiers needs to be at his best in April, but, if the Brewers pass over an about-to-be-30-year-old who could be their best starter, I’ll be shocked.  So shocked I’m going to stick my finger into an electric outlet to prove a point.  Now there’s smoke coming from my hair, I hope the Brewers are happy.  For 2015, I’ll give Fiers the projections of 12-8/3.35/1.15/189.  Yes, that’s a strong number two for fantasy and I’m drafting him everywhere.

 
  1. Five-On-One says:
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    Hello January Gray. Please help brighten what has otherwise been a long, cold off-season.

  2. Nick says:
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    “That alone should have you shifting yourself right or left.” You’re the best!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Thanks!

  3. Shaggy says:
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    I’m with ya so far on Gyorko and Fiers…this makes me happy. I think. ;)

    Now let’s see what you have to say about Avisail…

  4. Tigres says:
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    Welcome back January Gray! What are chances that February Gray endorses going with Carrasco as a #1 fantasy starter?

    • SwaggerJackers says:
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      @Tigres: How deep of a league are you talking?

  5. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    God bless January Gray! One thing: you mean “fateful” not “faithful”. Just saying.

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Rufus T. Firefly: And you mean Grey, not Gray. We all make mistakes.

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @MattTruss223: BAM!!!

        • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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          Wasn’t trying to be a dick. Just helping out an excellent writer. I love Grey as much as I love Gray….

  6. nick the dick says:
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    You are a more forgiving man than I, G.

  7. Principal Blackman says:
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    Johnny Dangerously!!!! HA!

  8. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:
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    Yo Nick, wanted to let you know, I went back and gave Rugged Man another listen the other day, I may have been a little hasty to dismiss. Definition of a Rap Flow is easily one of the best songs I’ve heard in awhile. I’ve been bumping that album pretty regularly the last few weeks. The Dangerous Three is another favorite, good shit man, my apologies for dismissing it so quickly before. I can admit when I’m wrong, haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223: That album is one of the best I heard last year… It’s great from beginning to end…

    • nick the dick says:
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      @MattTruss223: Nice good to hear! There was alot of Rugged talk going on for a hot minute so I dont neccessarily remember your opinion one way or the other, but once you hear that album you can’t really find much negative to say about it. I don’t easily endorse a guy that hard, he has all the talent in the world, just not a whole lot to show for it. I’m waitin for a new joint!

  9. Carnac says:
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    The Brewers aren’t enthralled by aging SPs… they’re enthralled by the delicious apps at Jeff Suppan’s Soup’s On Sports Grill!

    • Carnac says:
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      “My name is Dave Bush, I’ll be your server. Todd Coffey will be along very shortly with your waters- LOOK OUT HERE HE COMES”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: Ha! I’d give Coffey a big tip, he’s such a hustler…

  10. ElBoss says:
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    Razzball, Razzball, Razzball!! Grey, when we gonna get some eargasms around here!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are those good?

  11. Colonel Angus says:
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    Dilemma. I’m in a 12 team keeper league where each team keeps 12 players and 5 minor leaguers. Here’s who I’m debating:

    Albert Pujols
    Kolten Wong
    Josh Donaldson
    Pablo Sandoval
    Yoenis Cespedes
    Matt Kemp
    Mark Trumbo
    Kennys Vargas
    Jose Fernandez
    Max Scherzer
    Matt Cain
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Alex Wood
    Anibal Sanchez
    Aroldis Chapman
    Kenley Jansen
    Zach Britton

    Who ya keepin’?

    • Colonel Angus says:
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      @Colonel Angus: BTW, my minor leaguers are Dalton Pompey, Steven Souza, Daniel Norris, Blake Swihart and Raimel Tapia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Cain, Anibal, Fernandez, Britton, Trumbo…

      • Colonel Angus says:
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        @Grey: Why not Fernandez? He’ll be healthy again don’t you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, he won’t be healthy this year…

  12. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    And I said…”Oh Lord Jesus, Its a Fier!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  13. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Ill probably check back when we get closer to draft day, but out of these guys, who would you keep? 12 Team, 10 Cat, $250 budget, 24 roster spots… Lots of options, but lots of question marks.

    Keep 5 Players at these prices:

    Goldy – $29
    Rusney – $1
    Harper – $12
    Fiers – $1
    G. Polanco – $1
    Melky – $1
    S.Gray – $4
    S Marte – $6
    G Cole – $4
    C Carter – $1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Rusney, Harper, Marte, Cole

      • Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Wow, throwing Polanco back? Interesting. I cannot wait to see your rankings.

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @Grey: Whats your stat line for Cole? I know hes young, but im letting frustration get the best of me with this guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My rankings and projections will be coming later this month

  14. J-FOH says:
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    I really thought this was going down a “I want to put him in a sleeper hold route”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he’s a sleeper, you’re mad at him, you like classic wrestling…the sleeper hold….Adrian Adonis….Giancarlo is an adonis.

        • Grey

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          Ah… Yes! He’s in the Cobra Clutch right now…

  15. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Poll time!

    Stroman vs Carrasco

    More Poll time!

    The above poll is fair vs the above poll is not fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carrasco

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Ummmm…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What?

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            You have to complete both polls in order for your answer to be valid.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh! It was fair… Why not?

              • Sky

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                You don’t think they’re gonna be about 80-100 spots different in the draft? To me, if you’re not willing to draft Stroman in the 7th or 8th, you can’t compare the two. I’m having a twitter beef with a ‘well known baseball writer’. Everyone is voting Stroman and I said ‘duh, because he’s cheaper; not a fair comp’. The poll was ‘who would you rather draft’ just to be fair. I think that type of language will swing it to the cheaper guy every time when upside is involved. Maybe it’s just me.

                • Grey

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                  I see what you mean… It didn’t read like that to me… who’s better value? Stroman if their ADPs stand up, sure…

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Yeah, I am sure variance will occur but I’m peeking at various rankings we’ve been provided with and I have a hard time believing they go anywhere near each other. To me ‘Carrasco vs Arrieta’ would’ve made more sense. Similar draft situations coming, most likely, and similar ‘out of nowhere’ huge numbers in 2014. But either way, thanks for playing!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, those two make more sense to me… Meantime, both were completely available last year… Just wait for their 2015 counterparts…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh I’m already scouting as the Deep League Thoughts guy around here.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: what a maroooon

  16. Wake Up says:
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    Let us not forget gentlebabies…in 1989, it was foretold by the great Dr. Emmett Brown, that in 2015 the Cubs shall win the World Series…sweep actually, I believe, is what was prophesied…that’s right, five straight…a clean sweep…over Miami no less…(there was not even a baseball team in Miami at the time), and now the Cubbies just added Chris Denorfia…which even though it sounds like a lady name, isn’t…it is actually Italian for Irish fly…which of course is the absolute best way to catch a marlin…doo doo, doo doo, doo doo…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prophets, that Gale and Zemeckis…

    • gareth says:
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      @Wake Up: Its a shame they predicted 2 NL teams to make the World Series.

      I’m still waiting for the flying cars. And Hoverboards!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If Selig was around a few more years, we might’ve saw two NL teams make the World Series.

        • gareth says:
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          @Grey: alas, it’s not toupee……..

  17. Dave says:
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    Who do I trade for a closer? Rajai or Rios? 5×5 dynasty

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

  18. Joe says:
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    Good luck drafting him… You couldn’t get Michael Fiers if your were F*cking Michael Fiers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  19. Alan says:
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    You trust nathan at all to trade burnett for him in dynasty if i need saves from a third closer?

    • Ralph says:
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      @Alan: i would try to go get a lights out MR who might end up getting saves. Nathan is done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Ralph

  20. Dave says:
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    Would you have the balls to trade Beltre for Carlos Santana and Kenley Jansen in dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  21. goodfold2 says:
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    30 team dynasty where matching bids on werth/e.santana has left me fairly cash poor with 10.384 million out of 100 left for 11 players including my 2nd starting CI/ 1 starting util hitter/at least 4 RP/3-4 bench hitters and 1 more SP. Part of reason i’m cash poor is i gave extensions to players such as
    a-jax 6.4 million per year till end of 2016
    segura (same)
    quintana/liriano/melancon/sale. if i could get shoop (i’ll just say it like english makes it look, let the mouthwash family take him in if that’s how he wants to sound it) and something else, both to save money (shoop is .4 mil per till end of 2017) and for CI/MI dual spots, how much would that something else have to be (a medium type prospect or even less).
    exisiting hitters are
    C – D’Arnaud
    CI – Beltre
    CI –
    MI – Segura
    MI – Alcides
    OF – A-Jax
    OF – Werth
    OF – Leonys
    Util
    some of my prospects could come up saving me money, till then clearly i don’t need steals much. (kubitza/rosario/drury/salcedo/morris/altherr)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you could get Schoop and something else for what?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: having to give up A-jax.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Schoop

  22. Corey says:
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    Happy new year, Grey. 10 team keep 5 H2H auction league. A team with an excess of young, cheap sluggers covets my Jon Lester ($12). Assuming I had the choice, would you trade Lester for Springer ($15) or Soler ($1). Springer’s HRs/SBs made me not even consider Soler at first, but an extra $14 to spend in the draft ain’t nothin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy New Year! Soler

      • Corey says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, man. Now that the Boston lineup has taken shape and we see Betts is likely to lead off and Castillo will hit 7th, how the h-e-double-hockey-stick do you pick between the two on draft day? Your November Castillo post was written when we didn’t know if he’d be stuck in a platoon and before Alex Cora’s love-fest with him in winter ball.

        Betts will rack up Runs and SBs atop that lineup to go along with a solid average and a bit of bonus pop (12ish HRs?). But Castillo could hit for the same average with more SBs, more HRs – but fewer Runs overall and who-knows RBIs. Plus, the developing American-Cuban relations could affect him emotionally. Does he have a journal to sort out these feelings? Who knows!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Betts does not have a starting job

  23. J-FOH says:
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    worst cooks returns tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, man, that’s my favorite! Thanks for the heads up!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: always looking out. Yeah my daughter calls it worst cookers. I hope we got some crazies again this season *crosses fingers*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I was just watching repeats from last season… It’s so good! I am concerned that they brought in Tyler Florence who is a douche…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: such a douche. who did he replace?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He replaced Flay

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: what?!?!?! aint gonna have another Carla situation again!. In the words of my favorite kiwi FFS!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Hope not!

  24. Dave says:
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    Trade Tillman for this guy in dynasty?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, Tillman’s younger with more upside… Hold off…

  25. J-FOH says:
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    you start watching it yet?

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