Went over this a little this morning with my general September call-ups for fantasy baseball (clickbait!) writings/stylings/gibberish.  I’m not enthused by the guys headed to the majors this September.  Look at what happened this year with Yoan Moncada.  He had to be held down an extra month due to a September call-up.  Of course, if, say, Harrison Bader walks on water straight down Broad Street, grabs a Philly cheesesteak, burps in Rhysus’ face, hits a 885-mile turn to the Gateway Arch and wrecks havoc in St. Louis, then by all means I’m grabbing him.  With that said (finally!), Tyler Glasnow should be up any day now.  In Triple-A, he’s been pitching strictly from the stretch, and it’s made all the difference in his mechanics.  He’s compiled a 13.5 K/9 (!), 2.21 xFIP and he throws 95 MPH.  131 Ks to only 31 walks in 87 1/3 IP!  Sign me up pronto, Tonto.  Of course, in mixed leagues, I’m still viewing him mostly as a matchups guy for the final month, but I’d stash everywhere for (Glas)now.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Welington Castillo – Boeuf’s been crazy hot, and should be owned in more places.  Business Idea Alert!  A restaurant that specializes in offal, organ meat and whatnot.  Call the place, Happy Entrails To You.  Then all the commercials are parodies of music videos with the Armenian restaurant owner singing.  Here he is doing Nirvana, “Here we are now, entrails and such!”  Think this idea has legs?  Nope, but it’s got guts!

Francisco Mejia – Went over Mejia this morning in a blurb that was one part Shakespeare and two parts other old dude who people respect.  If you click on Mejia’s name, you’ll be magically transported to all of his previous mentions.  Abracadabra!

Greg Bird – Like Magic Johnson, I feel wronged by Bird.  I loved in him in the preseason, and he pulled a Kotchman for five months.  I guess I’d own him now, but you have to platoon him.  (By the way, Pulling a Kotchman is, like, our 3rd oldest glossary term, and, unless Kotchman does something horrific in real life, I’m going to keep using it, even as people come to the site who were born after Kotchman played.  Some day in the distant future, I want Kotchman’s entire claim to fame to be he had mono for 18 months.)

Matt Olson –  Good for power, and giving Clark Kent scoops!

Howie Kendrick – Howie like me now!  The ripper will not allow!  *record scratch*  REMIX!  Pink cookies in a plastic bag getting crushed by Kolten Wong!

Kolten Wong – My need for MI sleepers is such a blind spot all I can think about is Wong for 2018.  That’s not what she said ever!

Wilmer Difo – Just think, you can grab Olson and Wilmer Difo and tell people you’re putting together a DC Comics/Marvel crossover with Clark Kent’s buddy and the Green Goblin in a road movie to lose Olson’s virginity called, The Last American Goblin.

Ian Happ – It’s a bit of a PITA to have to platoon Happ in and out of the lineup, but if your power numbers have falafallen, grab him.

Willie Calhoun – Our prospect and main podcast co-host, Halp, loves Willie Calhoun.  With good reason, he’s hit 29 homers this year in Triple-A, with power to all fields.  My main problem with Calhoun, and why I didn’t put him in the lede this week over Glasnow, do the Rangers bench Choo outright?  I mean, I’d like to see it, but will they?  Seems unlikely.

Luis Valbuena – The problem with Valbuena.  Dot dot dot.  Everything.  Though, he is hot.

Franklin Barreto – I got no love for Barreto.  Whether played by Robert Blake or not.  He looks like the makings of another A’s Mehburger.  In a September call-up, maybe he gets hot and steals a few bases and homers a couple of times.  I’m mostly looking at him in AL-Only leagues.

Jorge Polanco – I gave you my Jorge Polanco fantasy last week.  It was written all over your face!

J.P. Crawford – Phils are talking about promoting J.P. some time early next week.  *looks at his minor league numbers*  Well, at least he’ll get some playing time, so if you have a league with ABs as a category.  I’m more annoyed Galvis will be benched a bit now, but that’s a personal problem and you shouldn’t concern yourself.  Wait, you are concerned?  That’s so sweet!  Come here and sit on my lap.  Metaphorically!  Get off my lap, weirdo!

Harrison Bader – His minor league numbers are actually interesting (unlike Barreto, Crawford, and their ilk).  In Triple-A, Bader has 20 HRs, 15 SBs and a .283 average.  Unfortch, I’m not sure I see how he gets everyday playing time.

Kevin Kiermaier – Now this guy has playing time up the wazoo!  By the way, if you ever say ‘up the wazoo’ in real life, someone should stick their foot up your wazoo.  Kiermaier is a decent contributor for five categories, with no standout cats.  Also, don’t abbreviate categories with cats in real life either.

Scott Schebler – Bit surprised to see him owned in so few leagues, but he did struggle with a shoulder injury for around six weeks (and still is going to get to 30 homers; yup, no juiced baseballs here!).

Shin-Soo Choo – Hey, it’s Willie Calhoun’s prospblock!  Hey, Willie Calhoun’s prospblock, say hello to your mother for me.

Jack Flaherty – As I said this morning, “Flaherty is must SCTV!  But he’s kinda more to do with matchups.”  And that’s me quoting me!  With that said, his matchups are tasty for at least his first two starts.

Luke Weaver – Love what Weaver’s done recently, but it’s that time of the year, and, well, it’s about matchups.  But no fear, Guinevere!  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next two starts.

Blake Treinen – For some reason, the A’s keep bringing Treinen into the 8th inning for 4-plus out saves, which makes me think they’re trying to catch Michael Lewis’ eye for a book about new ways to use a bullpen or they want Treinen to get hit hard.  Hoping it’s the former, but think it might be the latter.

Blake Parker – If you sent your mom to your fantasy draft, and your mom really liked the name Blake, you’d have more closers now than if you drafted Aroldis and Melancon.

Jake McGee – I drink a Boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dessert.  Somebody ordered pancakes, I just picked up C. Rupp.  Sorry, was just celebrating Yeezy’s 12-year-anniversary on Late Registration.  Twelve years ago, I didn’t know where I was headed.  Now, I’m begging people to signup for our fantasy football tools.  Ah, life choices!  Plus, segue!  Oh, and McGee is the Rox closer, until further notice.

Shane Greene – Getting the feeling that Greene is going to get relegated to setup duty next year by some terrible offseason acquisition, then that offseason acquisition will be as ineffective as everyone predicted and Greene will be the closer again next year by July.  Hey, my Magic Eight Ball is vaguely exact!

SELL

Rougned Odor – Headed for a 32 HR, 15 SB season, which is exactly what we expected from him.  That it’s coming with a .210 average is unacceptable.  I want to get Odor drunk, then when he passes out, put a Bautista jersey on him, so, when he wakes up, he punches himself in the face.  I hate Odor so much, I feel like a perfume tester that was wrongly terminated and now is in a five-year lawsuit trying to get compensation.  If I thought Odor eaters would eat Odor, I’d put salt and pepper on Odor’s head and let those eaters go to town.  Such a huge disappointment I might never want anything to do with him again (who am I kidding?  Of course, I’m going to draft him again).  I’m glad I have parenthetical blindness, because if that parenthetical says what I think it does, I will throw my computer out the window.

 
  1. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  2. RicoSuave says:
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    16 team H2H weekly points league… redraft

    Zunino, Boeuf Castillo or James McCann for the playoffs?

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: How about Odor, Albies or Villar for my 2B spot?

        Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar

          • RicoSuave says:
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            @Grey: Thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  3. Daze says:
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    Calhoun or Clint Frazier.
    12 team keeper league.
    Can keep for 3 years.
    Also
    Wong or Villar
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier…. Villar

  4. My Seven Rizzos says:
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    2 catcher 12 team points keeper… Drop Gattis for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  5. Bolivian Zebras says:
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    beef or avila for playoffs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beef

      • Bolivian Zebras says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey enjoy the weeks end

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  6. Bostero111 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Hope all is well.

    In a 12 team H2h keeper league with OBP, I’m thinking of dropping Odor and Semien.

    My waiver wire has the following:

    Villar
    Baez
    Scooter
    Happ
    Kiermaier

    I’m leaning towards picking up Baez and Scooter. Let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar and Scooter

      • Bostero111 says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man! Have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  7. NO PEPPER says:
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    Willie Calhoun’s Twitter account said he will not be called up.
    @11williecalhoun
    I

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Boo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not you, the Rangers

      • NO PEPPER says:
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        @Grey:
        I almost cried.
        Where do you see him going next year?
        Would you stash him no matter what in a 8 player keeper dynasty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When he’s called up in June?

          • NO PEPPER says:
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            @Grey:
            Hoping for spring.
            We will see.
            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure where he plays, even in spring… Is Choo out this winter?

              • NO PEPPER says:
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                @Grey:
                I think Choo stays,
                Maybe they move Gallo.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ya think? That would surprise me

                  • NO PEPPER says:
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                    @Grey:
                    With Beltre’s age and now he’s hurt.
                    Your probably right.
                    hmmm.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

  8. Count de Monetball says:
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    Thanks for jinxing Odor into a hot streak. Since I’m out of it anyway, I’m rolling with him ROY!!!! Man I have wanted to drop that sucka for months… Oh well, at least he will be cheaper next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope I jinxed him into a hot streak! It’s the least I can do for my own teams!

  9. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Is this the part where Odor now hits .300 ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes! Hopefully… Fingers crossed

  10. trogdor says:
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    Grey, thank you for finally pooping on that little douchebag Odor!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, long overdue

  11. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Been using Jose Ramirez in my 2B slot, Didi at SS and rotating Pham, Rosario, Inciarte and Bell in 3 OF slots and Utility. Have Kendrick, Wong and Semien on my bench. Looking to either grab a closer/holds guy (Greene, McGee, Devinski) or swap someone out for Happ, Margot, Brox or Hanley. What’s your suggestion for my best course of action going forward for the playoffs?

    Also, drop Avila for Zunino, McCann, Meijia or Ramos?

    Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Semien, Wong for Greene and Devenski

      Avila for Mejia if you wanna try it…

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. J-Hova says:
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    Thanks Grey, i too dropped Odor after having him for the past 3 years. That avg is a killer but i still feel like his HR’s and steals have really helped my team. Just too close in avg to too many league mates to hold right now. I’ll give Glasgow a shot though his start vs the Reds in April doomed my whip and ERA for a week…
    Thanks again, BUY SELL and your morning right up’s have me holding on to first place in my main league right now.

    It’s been a week but have you checked out the Grieves. Really good. I never really listened to him but am loving the album.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shoot, no, haven’t listened yet… Thanks for the reminder!

  13. Bobby says:
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    Starting Brock Stewart @ Padres
    Gibson vs royals
    Cotton @seattle
    Leake vs Oakland
    Woodruff vs Washington
    Talion vs reds

    Need a couple starters for the rest of the week top 3 on this list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leake, Brock, Taillon

  14. mikestatic says:
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    Hey Gray, Do I even consider dropping Salvy for Beef wellington? I am lock for the #1 seed in the playoffs in 2 weeks, and can wait on salvy but dont want to miss out. Salvy hasnt done anything since the return from the DL which tells me he could be hurt still. Thanks! 12 team H2H standard 5×5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try Beef

  15. Wacha Wacha says:
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    Mcculers, Duffy, or Glasgow Ros in 10 team h2h? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

  16. dtbran says:
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    MA Taylor or Odor Grey, I know, ugh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  17. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Happy Friday to ya Mr. Grey! Zunino for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Mejia

  18. Schoolboy P says:
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    Flaherty or Richards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try Flaherty

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Beltre out for season – deshizz tome?