Sal Frelick (1-for-3, 1 run) was promoted by the Brewers, and hit cleanup because you can’t stop the fun. The fun will overtake you, trample you, stampede you into oblivion if you try to stop the fun. The fun will stand on your head as you scream for your life if you try to stop it. Wow, fun doesn’t sound so fun. Yikes, glad I don’t have fun. I’m serious business and this callup is the same. I gave you a Sal Frelick fantasy just a few weeks ago where I told you to stash him, now I’m saying grab him. He was just in Itch’s top 25 fantasy baseball prospects. Itch said previously, “(Frelick is a) hit machine. Walked (8.8%) more than he struck out (7.4%) in 46 games at Triple-A, slashing .365/.435/.508 with four home runs and nine stolen bases. I have no idea why he didn’t get called up last year, and I’d like to call up a hit man to take out you-know-who.” C’mon man! Frelick is a grab in every league. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75 vs. Bryce Elder – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.30. This matchup was the two Spidermen pointing at each other, except one Spiderman has a few grey hairs.
A.J. Puk – 1 IP, 0 ER, as he worked the 8th on Saturday, after Skip Schumaker said he was the closer, then Tanner Scott entered in the 9th (1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.87), immediately lost them the game, so that’s what you get for lying. On Sunday, Puk (2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.45) kept it less confusing and just blew the save.
Jesus Luzardo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 3.22. Jesus got me in Bethlehem, PA going myrrh!
Brenton Doyle – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer. Should just be happy Bud Black actually plays Doyle and not greedy, but it still takes some Bud idiocy to hit him 9th every game.
Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer since the break. Grichuk tends to schmotato, but if the Rockies were smart, he’d be traded for anything, which means Grichuk will get a 8-year deal.
Brady Singer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.55. Weird that a guy with a triple nickel ERA could go into Yankee Stadium and be a Streamonator call, but that’s where the Yanks are right now.
Michael Massey – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, 3rd homer in three games. Hot schmotato alert!
Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer. “You can’t just put a luggage tag on his toe and leave him on the tarmac–Whoa! Hold on! Rizzo’s alive!”
Gleyber Torres – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, 3rd homer this week, but he left the game early with a hip issue. Not cool.
Taj Bradley – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.30. Taj will be an ace some day, maybe next year. He is so not there right now. Don’t care what the peripherals say on him.
Yandy Diaz – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .317. This year I’ve learned to appreciate the song Yandy by Barry Manilowlaunchangle.
Gunnar Henderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Glad to see him hitting leadoff and playing, but I can’t look at the O’s without silently screaming for them to trade Mountcastle, so I can get my 1st baseman back. Can’t even argue with their use of Ryan O’Hearn (2-for-4, 8th homer).
Nathan Eovaldi – Will have his start skipped, due to his fastball being down two miles per hour. With the Rangers cruising out to the real playoffs and not worried about your H2H playoffs, I’d shut Eovaldi down for a month.
Corey Seager – Hit the IL with a sprained right thumb. His baseball game is going to suffer, but not as bad as his Fonzie impersonation.
Dane Dunning – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.18. He’s Dane, and I’m a dumb mark for starting him.
Bobby Miller – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.28. Wish I would’ve bottled that feeling I had when I got Gavin Stone for a $1 at the end of drafts, and laughed at the person taking Bobby Miller, the far inferior starter in everyone’s eyes at the time. So, then whenever I was feeling confident, I could spray on myself some of that ‘Just a giant smug idiot’ cologne I bottled.
Max Muncy – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer, 2nd homer in as many games and 3rd homer in the last four games. Glad to see Muncy back to making dong-babies on the field.
Emmet Sheehan – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 6.75. Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Ratios.
Luis Rengifo – 2-for-4 and his 8th and 9th homer, and homers from both sides of the plate in back-to-back innings, and three homers in four games, as he hit leadoff. The whole leadoff thing is legit funny for a guy like Rengifo in a “Phil Nevin is very dumb” type way, but Luis does appear hot.
Bryan Reynolds – 2-for-5 and his 10th homer. ‘Member in April when Reynolds was headed for his best season ever? Wha’ happened?
Mitch Keller – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.01. ‘Member in April, May, and June when Keller was headed for his best season ever? Wha’ happened?
Logan Gilbert – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.88. LoGi sounds like computer hardware from the 80s and is malfunctioning like it.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer. Cake Batter backed that thang up!
Logan Webb – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.48. Webb phlegm.
Spencer Torkelson – 2-for-3 and his 15th homer. Trying to get excited about anything the Tigers are doing and Tigers’ news could be delivered with three blue-ies and Margot Robbie and I’m still yawnstipated.
Alex Faedo – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.80. What I don’t get is how terrible pitchers have terrible ERAs when all terrible pitchers pitch well and good pitchers pitch terribly. That’s the real riddle.
Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 5 ER, 4 homers allowed, ERA at 4.20. Appropriate, because he is getting smoked.
Carlos Carrasco – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.45. Jesse Orosco threw his glove in the air and, as it circled in the air like the bone in 2001, it morphed into a monkey’s paw and the Mets have been cursed ever since.
Tanner Bibee – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.04. Because I get more questions about these guys than anyone else, outside of Fraley/Raley, the ranking is still Bibee, Allen, then Gavin.
Andres Gimenez – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his 2nd homer this week. His nickname is something I said in grade school. “You got an A in lunch?” “And-Gim.”
David Fry – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .303, as the Guardians continue to get help from “Who?” Should’ve renamed that team the Cleveland Owls. David Fry is a platoon outfielder who (!!!) hit two homers and .289 in 25 games at Triple-A, as a 27-year-old.
Bryson Stott – 0-for-1, 1 run, 4 BBs and three steals (17, 18, 19), hitting .304. There’s something so awesome about an oh-for-1 with multiple steals.
getting 4 SBs from lane thomas and 3 steals from bryson stott on the same fantasy team pic.twitter.com/dAsGaDZdJH
— Razzball (@Razzball) July 23, 2023
Jordan Montgomery – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.37. Every day there’s someone who sticks a banana in my tailpipe.
Elly De La Cruz – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer. Seen as a bit of a come-down from Elly De La Crush in the 2nd half, but it’s just a normal adjustment. You can’t keep E! down for long.
Nick Senzel – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. He has three homers in July; those are his only hits in July.
Brandon Pfaadt – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 8.81, as he was recalled. No walks is a solid sign, but he also allowed three homers. But, Part II: But’s Back, he was in Cincy, so homers are to be expected. Was pretty encouraging, tee bee aitch. Streamonator hates his next one, but if he pitches well again, he’ll be gone everywhere, so now’s the time to grab him.
Corbin Carroll – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, 2nd homer in two games, 3rd homer in 4 games. Seems like I was worried for nothing on Corbin’s shoulder, which, honestly, is my favorite L I’ve ever taken. I didn’t want to be right; I want him to be great and healthy. (Though, if being honest, still a little nervous he misses on a slider in the dirt and re-injures himself.)
Luis Medina – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (3 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 5.50. Now has three solid starts of his last four. Here I thought Luis Medina just sounded like a Dominican rapper. Looking at his perfs, and woof his command is ugly. That’s gonna be no from me dawg.
Cristian Javier – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners — SIX WALKS, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.32. Oh my God, he’s so cooked! Will someone please help him! His mechanics are clearly broke! He threw six walks against the A’s! The A’s have a .301 OBP as a team and are hitting .221! Please, someone tell Dusty Baker, the manager with the most disgust for pitchers, Javier needs help.
Yainer Diaz – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer. That’s in 58 games, or roughly a 30-homer pace.
Lucas Giolito – 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.79. Go over Giolito in the video at the top of the page.
Eloy Jimenez – 2-for-5 and his 13th homer. His home run trot was clocked as 14.3 seconds, as he took the bullpen cart around the bases.
Oscar Colas – 3-for-5, 1 run, and his 3rd steal. Grifol, the White Sox manager, said, and this is a real quote, “(Colas) plays the game at a 10 volume; we need to play him at an 8.” They want less intensity; I can’t even. Some fake quotes that could be real: “We had Colas run out a few grounders to 2nd base. Sometimes he was at 10 and sometimes at 7, but I’m confident we can get him to 8.” Or, “The White Sox sat Oscar Colas down and showed him highlights of Josh Donaldson turning an easy double into a single, as they were looking for that kind of ‘lack of intensity.'”