Cuban sensation Rusney Castillo did his part to ensure he’ll be over valued in fantasy leagues next year going 2-for-3 with a home run and a stolen base last night versus the Yankees. He’s now 4-for-7 with two homers, four RBI and a steal starting in center field in the past two games. I guess it’s pretty clear from his bat that’s where he’s most comfortable. With New England, the new home for Cuban All-Stars and Big Papis, sure to be buzzing all offseason over these final games, the hype should build enough that Rusney Castillo is the next Manny Ramirez by draft day. At the very least he’ll be the next Jackie Bradley, Jr. Still, desperate times, call for desperate fantasy measures and Castillo could be a hot schmotato with a whole lot more to prove in these final two games than most players. We know he can steal. We’re seeing him hit. Two homers in two days, people! It’s mathematical! You’re trying to win a championship, right? Well, this Rusney trombone could be the reach around your fantasy team needs for the final push. Did I just type those words that way? Doesn’t matter it’s my last day of the season, is anyone still reading this? If you are, it’s about time you picked up Rusney Castillo and let him help you bring home a trophy.
Here’s what else I saw Friday night in fantasy baseball:
Ender Inciarte – 4-for-6, run RBI, including the game-tying double in the eighth inning. This is Ender’s Game and we’re all just alien Buggers living in this crazy war-torn universe, preparing for the next Invasion against the Fleet. Enciarte must be a “Third.” But don’t take my word for it, Grey told you to BUY him and Ender’s batting over .450 in the past week with three steals. He’s just about the hottest little potato at command school, grab him if you’ve still got a war to win.
Didi Gregorius – 3-for-5, run, 2 RBI. Hard to recommend Didi, even for two games, but he does have a seven game hitting streak so he might be an option if you need a middle infielder.
Derek Jeter – Did Not Play. I hope he never plays again.
Bryce Brentz – 1-for-3, RBI. I RE2PECT Jeter as much as anyone but if I have to hear any more about how much of a class act this guy is I am going to throw up until I die. Brentz has a four game hitting streak and keeps hitting the baseballs (7-for-18 in six games). He has little chance of making the Boston outfield next season, but if you need that kind of thing right now, take a look.
Danny Santana – 3-for-6, 2 runs. I mean, seriously, why can’t people just chill on the Jeter talk, already? He will be missed. We get it.
Brian Dozier – 3-for-5, 3 runs, HR (22), 3 RBI. All day long I hear, “Derek Jeter this and, Derek Jeter that…”, Oh. I see what I’ve been doing here. That thing where I’m part of the problem. I’m going to talk about Brian Dozier now. Somebody needs to, 20 homers, 20 steals, 100+ runs and a batting average that doesn’t kill me (that much). That’s a fantasy stud, ya’ll! Almost makes me forget drafting Jedd Gyorko.
Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4, 2-run HR (20). I told you to BUY Oswaldo last week and he’s gone 4-for-26 since then, so thankfully he hit a homer last night because now its less awkward when I have to see you at work today.
Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI. And the inner-team batting average competition between Miggy and J.D. Martinez is going to go down to the wire. Spoilers: It was never a competition. Miggy is better. He’s batting .396 in September with 8 homers and 18 RBI. He’s now homered in back to back games. Yeah, he’s so Fancy like that. M-I-G-G-Y. I put his name in bold.
Doug Fister – 9.0 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 9 K and his sixteenth win and second career shut out. The only offense he needed was a first inning bomb by Anthony Rendon (21). Doug ends his year with a 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. The Nats are set up to become the NL’s winningest team clenching home field advantage through the World Series. We all knew the Nats would be good, but I think we expected Bryce and Strasburg to carry them there, not Doug Fister and Anthony Rendon. Whatever works!
Adeiny Hechavarria – 4-for-5, run, 2 RBI. After getting shut down in the first half of the doubleheader, the Fishies bats came alive in the second game collecting 22 hits and scoring 14 runs, including three hit games from Justin Bour, Jacob Realmuto and Garrett Jones. Donovan Solano was 5-for-10 in the set. In my best Lindbergh/Office Space voice, “Yeah, um, yeah, hmm, I can’t really recommend picking up any one of these players, so I’m just going to walk backwards slowly until you look away. That’d be great.”
Corey Kluber – 8.0 IP, 5 hits, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K and his 18th win. Klubering time! That’s 39 strikeouts in three games and 56 Ks in September alone! That some kind of record or something? He finishes the season with a 2.44 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and a league leading 269 strikeouts. 2014 Sleepers picks aside, Klubes is a top five pitcher. Who saw that coming? If I ever had the nerve to vote for anything (I don’t vote because voting is how the government finds you), Corey Kluber is my AL Cy Young winner hands down.
Dalton Pompey – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI. What a name! Forget baseball, friend. With a name like that you should be in action movies. Or at very least on Monday Night Raw.
Drew Hutchison – 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 11th win. Grey told you to BUY him for yesterday and maybe you listened and he got you the win. Now drop him and pick up… hmm, Masahiro Tanaka? Not available? How about Rafael Montero or Kyle Lobstein? Go with him instead. How about Bartolo Colon on Sunday? I’m liking the Mets this weekend, people! Nicholas Tropeano could be another option if your real desperates. And if you win your fantasy league because of me then, “hey, no problem, buddy! Happy to help!”
Marcus Stroman – 4.0 IP, 1 hit, 0 ER, 4 K and the save. Didn’t I drop you like four days ago?
Chris Tillman – 6.0 IP, 11 hits, 4 ER, 5 K. Yup. So I guess this will be the O’s Game 1 starter, right? Well, that doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence, but I guess I have to root for some team. Beltway Series, here we come! Make it happen, MLB!
Ryan Rua – 1-for-4, RBI. Grey told you to BUY him and he’s got a hit in all but two of his last 10 games, with two homers and and seven RBI in that stretch. Don’t Rua the day you didn’t pick him up. Now is the time to own Rangers, you guys, we won’t tell anybody!
Leonys Martin – 1-for-4, RBI, SB (31). I think we are going to want to draft him next year.
Jed Lowrie – 2-for-4, run, RBI. I need a middle infielder and unlike Gordon Ramsay, I will compromise. Lowrie’s five for his last twelve so grab this schmotato while the A’s are clawing onto that final wild card spot.
Josh Reddick – 2-for-4, HR (12), 3 RBI. Reddickulous! I’ve been waiting all season for you to start doing this. Josh is 7-for-17 in his past four games. Better September 27 than never I guess!
Scott Kazmir – 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 1 ER, 5 K and his 15th win. It’s been an up and down season for Kazmir, but ultimately a 3.55 ERA, 164 Ks and 15 wins is likely much more up than you were expecting with this pick, so quit complaining, you downer!
Javier Baez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB (5) Sha-wing! Nope. Don’t care about the .170 AVG. I’m not liiiiiistening! La-la-la-la-la…He will be mine. Oh yes.
Jean Segura – 3-for-4, HR (5), SB (19). Late season slam & legs! Hey, this slam & legs is ice cold! Pretty sure this was probably Segura’s best game of the season. It’s a good thing I drafted him in the third round. If you’ll excuse me I’m going to go stick my head in an oven.
Mike Trout – 1-for-4, HR (36). Oh, Michael. Your Troutness and his .290 AVG, 36 HR, 115 runs and 111 RBI, I’m going to miss you most of all this off season. I’ve been working on my Megan Trainor remix, All About That Trout: “cause every inch of you is perfect from your home runs to your steals.” No matter what happens, you’ll always be my MVP.
Brandon Belt – 2-for-3, run. Another fantasy season gone in flash, another year for Brandon Belt lost. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of time in the off season to get excited about Belt again. I’ll for sure have time this off season to catch up on all that summer TV I missed. Rectify was cool, but in the slow, boring kind of way. I’m loving Masters of Sex, but I guess Lizzie Kaplan’s bewbz will do that to a guy. You’re the Worst has been my favorite show of the summer, I’d recommend it. How about The Leftovers? The Knick? Luther? Sleepy Hollow? Any of these worth my time? I’m taking suggestions, I’ve got nothing to do for six months.
Justin Morneau – 2-for-3, 2-run HR (17). His .319 average holds a narrow lead for the NL batting title. He’ll probably be good for 20 homers next year. That’s a “Coors 20,” meaning he’s a 10-12 homer hitter on any other team.
Dee Gordon – Gordon is the number one second baseman in fantasy and could finish the year batting over .290. Which is crazy when you consider we were worried in April if this guy could consistently hit above .220. I guess he can!
Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-4, SB (28). Cue the streamers! Pop them bottles! Get William and Kate on the phone! Call Lorde! Cause baby they’ll rule, they’ll rule, they’ll rule. Let them win my fantasy…league. The Royals have clenched a playoff berth for the first time since they won it all in 1985! Wow, it’s starting to get real emotional all of a sudden. Is it dusty in here? It’s a good thing my mother saved my old George Brett infant-sized onesie. I remember it like it was 29 years ago…Time to celebrate, Royals! Champangee? Be all like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom, blood stains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room. You don’t care. You’re wearing World Series rings in your dreams. Take back the Crown, KC!
Questions? Problems? Complaints to management? Advice, small gifts or large bribes? Please leave it in the comments below, or you can get at me on twitter @dandemanco. It’s been an honor and a privilege recapping the Friday night action for you all year long. Good luck this weekend! I hope all your teams win equally.