Yesterday, Victor Robles was called up by the Nats. He’s number two in Prospector Ralph’s top 100 prospects, and everyone loves him, even Brad Garrett! Robles will likely be the first guy I go over this offseason when I go over some high-profile rookies for 2018. He is real, and he’s beautiful. So, here’s the text question I posed to Prospector Ralph yesterday, “Who gets more at-bats from now until the end of the season for the Nationals, Alejandro De Aza or Robles?” At that point, Ralph stopped talking to me, but it’s even worse. Prior to my text, I saw “…” showing that he was typing, then that disappeared and nothing. Just silence. Eventually, I got a text back that Robles could play half the time. I don’t know. My guess is Nats are promoting him as a sort of butt pat that he did well this year. Maybe he replaces Werth, Kendrick or Taylor here and there and plays a few times a week. Werth’s shoulder has been barking and he’s woof, in general. I didn’t care about picking up Robles in a 12-team mixed league, but grabbed him in a 15-teamer to drop Francisco Mejia, who was last week’s “YOU GOTTA GRAB HIM!” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.48. Fun fact! George Hamilton used to call his toaster a “bread tanner.” As for Roark, meh, don’t love him.
Aaron Nola – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.71. Ugh, he looked so bad recently…Sonavabench! Well, I guess it wasn’t that great of a start, but those Ks would’ve been nice. Now, you know we’re going to start him for his next start, which is seemingly a good start that the Stream-o-Nator likes, and he’s going to get bombed. You know that’s gonna happen, right?
Jorge Alfaro – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. Phils really need to remove some prospblocks from their lineup. If I were them, I’d be like, “Goodbye, Rupp…. Later, Galvis…. Hey, Tommy Joseph, don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.” Galvis is the most puzzling one, because I can’t imagine they’re purposely giving him 162 games played this year to help with his arbitration for another team. Does that make sense to anyone? Though, this is also a team that said they can’t bench Tommy Joseph because he leads the club in homers with 21. I’d guess the Phils’ manager gets his stats still from USA Today.
Jameson Taillon – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.78. Crazy Idea Alert! He can’t pitch since the removal of a testicle because he’s off balance. So he should put a walnut in his jock strap to balance himself.
Jon Lester – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.35. A 4.35 ERA this year could garner some Cy Young votes.
Ian Happ – 3-for-5, 2 runs. Random Prediction Alert! Maddon will play Happ every game in the postseason like he suddenly came up with this brilliant idea and everyone will praise him. What will be forgotten is how long he platooned him this regular season when Happ should’ve just played!
Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 1 run and a double, which should’ve been a home run. But as all good things must end for the Mets — wait, is Mets short for ‘must end? — Asdrubal is headed for an MRI.
Brandon Nimmo – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer, hitting .283. You in March, “I like how Miggy’s schedule looks in September for H2H, so I’m drafting him in the 1st round.” You now, “Nimmo is the best hitter on my team.” Nothing necessarily makes Nimmo a great player, but that doesn’t matter this time of year. In April, Thames hit 11 HRs. For H2H, that doesn’t matter anymore. Nimmo matters.
Matt Harvey – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 5.82. He still looks like The Dark Knight, only directed by Joel Schumacher and starring George Clooney.
Jeurys Familia – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.17. Just want to put it out there that I have no idea what the Mets are doing with Familia. Is this some sort of weird rehab assignment? No idea, and my guess is the Mets don’t know either.
Tyler Mahle – 4 IP, 3 ER, and lates. Yeah, next matchup doesn’t get easier, and you can lose him. Buh-bye.
Marcus Stroman – Will return from an elbow contusion to start today. Here’s hoping he’s up to the task! Get it?! Because he’s short! Oh, forget it.
Dan Straily – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.95. There’s only about twenty pitchers I’m holding right now if they don’t have a favorable next start. With that said (not a U-turn, but this time I’m running the stop sign), Straily’s next start isn’t great.
Brad Ziegler – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, and the blown save, ERA at 5.04. Oh, boy, someone’s limping to the finish line. I don’t think clubs replace closers this late in the year unless they have no plans on the guy who is currently the closer being the closer next year and the guy they are planning on promoting is on the club, i.e., I could see grabbing Barraclough (that’s fun to spell).
Matt Kemp – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games. His nickname should be Ma-Ke, because that looks like what a baby says when it does doody in its shorts. Maybe Ma-Ke needs to make more, because doode got fat.
Yolmer Sanchez – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer. On our last 7-day Player Rater, Sanchez is around that of a top 50 hitter. Sounds schmotatoey to me.
Jose Abreu – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer. You know after you spin a fidget spinner real hard and it spins on its own for a while? I’m just f**kin’ around, I don’t know anything about fidget spinners. When I was a kid, we spun records, snitches! I was just gonna say Abreu feels like he coasts, almost floats, to a 30 HR, 100 RBI, .300 season.
Corey Kluber – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.56. I don’t think it’s coincidental that two of the leagues where I’m in first, I own Kluber. He went into hashtag beastmode in May and is making Kershaw be like, “Damn, I wish I threw that well.” Kluber’s…*points up* and everyone else is *points down*. Kapeesh?
Jose Ramirez – Out a few days with a sore wrist. Someone doesn’t care about your H2H playoffs. Erik Gonzalez started in his place and homered twice. Jose Ramirez owners are: *Stan Gable licks tin* Hey, that’s my Pi!
Francisco Lindor – 3-for-6, 3 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .270. He doesn’t steal that many bases. His OBP is only .331. So, I don’t know, maybe hit him third instead of leadoff. Just thinking out loud.
Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.94 vs. Clayton Richard – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.78. This game was in Petco, where you don’t have to be a horse or Verizon to roam free.
Wil Myers – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer, hitting .241. Wow, I thought this guy retired. Well, he plays for the Padres, same diff.
Nolan Arenado – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 31st homer. Check this out, I’ve made a Leaning Tower of Pisa out of Styrofoam peanuts and it’s being held together by nothing but gravity–NOOOOOO!!!! Toreando!!!
Carlos Gonzalez – 3-for-5, 2 runs and a home run. Guess how many homers CarGo has. Oh, forget it, you’ll never guess. He has nine! Wow, the painting of himself in his attic must’ve gotten old.
Jon Gray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.07. I feel more comfortable with just about every starter at home. Well, every starter but Gray. Who me? Yes, you! Couldn’t be? Then who?
Clayton Kershaw – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.15. Hard to say a guy with a 2.15 ERA is losing a step, but he sure doesn’t look 100%. Or a red underlined hundred, if you’re millennial.
Kevin Gausman – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.99. Every day I get more and more impressed by the Orioles’ pitching. I wonder if they could coax Doyle Alexander out of retirement to throw some innings for them, can’t be much worse.
Aaron Judge – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 39th homer, and two more strikeouts to push season total to 184. Should easily get in the top ten all-time for strikeouts in a season. Might take some serious hacking to get top five. For what it’s Werth, a few of the player years in the top ten were very usable, 260-ish average years. However, Judge would easily have the best average of any of them if he maintains around .275.
Chase Headley – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in three days. He’s not in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s Chase Headley, but he could be heating up.
Todd Frazier – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer, hitting .210. Next year, Frazier’s undrafted in shallower mixed leagues, right? I mean, if you were to tell me back in March, Meryl Streep started playing a role called, “Todd Frazier,” I’d say it’s still not believable this is Todd Frazier.
Starlin Castro – 1-for-5 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in three games. I would like to point out all of these Yankees homers were off Orioles pitching. A pitching staff that one highly astute person pointed out would be bolstered by signing a 67-year-old Doyle Alexander.
Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 0 Ks, ERA at 5.19. He’s pitched better recently, but zero Ks gets The Gas Face like P.W. Botha.
Kelvin Herrera – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, and his 4th blown save, ERA at 4.24. The Royals haven’t outright said Herrera is the dog food that you accidentally eat and think it’s pâté, but he is dog food that you accidentally eat, right? Does anyone own Herrera and not have a perma-wince? A forearm strain is not good for pitchers, and Kelvin is suffering from one. Unfortch, his handcuff is suffering from being Brandon Maurer.
Sam Gaviglio – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.41. Gaviglio is pitching for KC? Wasn’t he on Seattle earlier this year? Eh, he’s just Gaviglio. Life goes on without him.
Lindor – 8 SB and .361 OBP in 2nd half. #funwithsplits
Does Buehler stay up (in any capacity, SP or RP) next year? Can call him up in my NL-only keeper where I’m pushing for 1st, but if I do I can’t send him back down and would have to drop and lose him forever if he ends up back in the minors next yr.
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I have pretty awful SP but am looking at a spot in our upcoming 12 team H2H 5×5 league playoffs… Below is current SPs, as well as a list of available 2-start SPs for the following week–which of mine would you replace with FA pitchers listed? Thanks.
Current team: Kyle Gibson, Patrick Corbin, Gausman, Luis Castillo (who needs to be replaced anyway), Snell, Hamels, Chacin, Colon, Ziegler (not SP but considering losing after last night)
Available: Reynaldo Lopez, ERod, Brandon Woodruff, Ryu, Dillon Peters, Marco Estrada
I’d look at matchups — Castillo with maybe Ryu
Lose one: Judge, Trumbo, Benintendi, LoMo
What’s up G,
Great shizz as always. IVe officialy been bounced from contention and am now looking toward next year. Who would you keep? We keep 7. It’s h2h ops and qs are extra cats. Here are potential keepers.
Thanks in advance!
Thanks! That sucks about being bounced….
Wild card…Prolly Verlander, maybe Happ, Conforto or Berrios
@Grey: yeah it happens, held onto some guys to long. Figured if I won an extra cat 5 weeks I would have been in. I appreciate your help.
In a keeper would it be better to keep berrios or verlander.
Verlander has been doing it for years but berrios has so much upside.
Alfaro sucks they shouldn’t bench anyone to play the noob
Why do you hate Alfaro?
Do all these commenters who have abandoned baseball for fantasy football know that there is still time for them to renounce their wicked ways and save their mortal souls?
I don’t think they do…See you in hell!
H2H playoffs: that time of year when you drop Devers because he’s cold/not playing every day to pick up Jose Reyes and hope no one remembers he’s Jose Reyes until next matchup.
In all seriousness though, he’s schmotatoing like crazy and Mets seem fine to let him run whenever he wants.
Yeah, may as well try it
Wait, Straily in PHI isn’t a great start? I think he’s on the margins but if not against PHI, it seems there’s only a handful of teams you’re using him against.
It’s away I believe, not great
@Grey: 3-year splits, Straily home: 3.54 ERA, road: 5.28 ERA. Whoa, maybe I’m not putting enough weight on home/road for these fringy guys. Although, one start in PHI, 5 shutout innings, lol sample size.
Yeah, I don’t know, doesn’t seem worth it
@KB: Fly ball pitcher in a park that lends itself to homeruns. Not ideal.
i need a hot hitter for this weekend to try and save my playoffs:
Grey, you the man…need K’s and W’s…
ERA and WHIP non factors
Only 1 move left this week…
Who you got this weekend?
Edwin Jackson vs PHI
AJ Cole vs PHI
Homer Bailey vs Mets
Adam Conley vs ATL
Parker Bridwell vs Sea
Andrew Heaney vs Sea
Where the F is Glasnow? haha I have him stashed in my minors spot.
Are these all home?
Jackson – home
Cole – home
Bailey – road
Conley – road
Bridwell – road
Heaney – road
he eas grabbed at 1:22pm est…lol whos next
thanks…thats exactly where I was at… Now I have no one to blame my season on except… AJ COLE!!! lol funny how it works that way
Hopefully Cole is even better than Edwin
Oh WTF…Now I see Strasburg listed as a possible starter for Sunday in a few places
Playoffs for me start Monday… weekly lineups.
Drop Braun for someone like…
Jose Martinez, Cron, Pujols, Choo?
RYU starting Darvish vs. Col today?
At home? Yup
Someone needs to remind Buxton of what time of year it is. He is totally playing like April-May Buxton this week.
Hey Grey, would you say Tommy Pham or Ian Happ ROS, thanks
Gotta say Pham, but Happ if you can platoon
@Grey: Yeah, I can. Could also drop Buxton for Pham as he seems to be sliding but after seeing what he was up to last week hard to let go…but it IS the playoffs
I’d hold Buxton
@Grey: word thanks
Pick 4 to start today
Rosario @ KC
Bader vs PIT
Gomez vs NYY
Olson vs HOU
Jose Martinez vs PIT
Duda @ BOS
Bader, Olson, Martinez, Duda
Looking ahead to 2018, who has the biggest upside? Jorge Polanco, Yasmani Tomas, or Deshields?
Is it safe to start Urena @ATL (Folty) today?
I also would love to know if I should bench Archer at Fenway. ERA and BB are critical for me right now and I’m worried about that forearm tightness that “appears to be nothing”. What say you?
@Marcus Lansdell: I wouldn’t touch Archer there
In 10 team h2h redraft with obp drop Thames for Jose Martinez, Nimmo, j polanco, Olsen, or cronn?
Also which of these dl players would you drop Harper, Sano, Paxson? Playoffs start Monday and only last 2 weeks. I was leaning Harper because it sounds like he won’t be back in time…
@Wacha Wacha: I’ve been eyeing Jose Martinez’s .362 AVG .422 OBP 1.112 OPS last 30 (5 HR 1 SB) too! Plus he gets 3 Reds next week (and 3 lesser cubbies . . . montgomery, hendricks, quintana).
@Wacha Wacha: Martinez — Harper
Making a late push for RBI and SLG. Very shallow league, so I can choose from Olson, Reddick, Calhoun, Schebler. Who is my guy?
@Strike 3: Reddick
Please rank ROS: Albies, Olson, J. Martinez, Robles
Follow up, would you rather keep Albies or Segura as your SS next season? (I miss Dbacks Segura in these playoffs)
@Steve: forgot Nimmo for rankings
@Steve: J. Martinez, Olson, Nimmo — Segura
@Steve: I don’t think Albies will be SS eligible next year. He’s been playing 2B exclusively this year.
14-Team H2H League;
Bench any of these starters today? Only interested in Wins, ERA, & WHIP
Tanaka @ TEX (8.:15 EST, Perez)
Pomeranz vs TB (Archer)
Moore @ CWS (Giolito)
@Buxton Turner Overdrive: On a side note, looks like Kershaw chokes in the fantasy playoffs too!
@Buxton Turner Overdrive: Hilarious!
@Buxton Turner Overdrive: I’d bench Moore
Are you starting Clevinger vs. BAL or Jimmy Nelson @ Cubs or sit both? Pretty good lead in ERA and WHIP could use Ks and Ws. Hitting cats could go either way this week.
@Papa Jean Segura: I’d start Clevinger
Grey I’ve been super busy at work so I haven’t been able to pay as close attention to comments as I normally do, (my guess is you have answered this already) but where are you looking at Luis Castillo for next season? I’m in a keeper where we hold onto 10 guys. Is he someone easily picked up outside of the first 10 rounds of a 12 teamer or would you hold onto him? Planning on using two keepers for Sale and Severino already.
speaking of Kluber, how sad are you knowing you won’t own him next year?
@SAll Goooood, Man: There’s always hope for stealing him away from the guy who drafts him when he puts up a 4.00 era in April like usual!
@SAll Goooood, Man: What Duda said!
Best spot starter for tonight: Urena @ ATL, Giolito home v. SF, Clevinger home v. BAL?
@Art Vandelay: I’d lean Giolito.
Are you an importer or exporter?
@FrankGrimes: We’re moving into latex sales.
@Art Vandelay: I’m trying Giolito
Ugh, Mahle/Tailon/Ziegler killed my teams otherwise decent performance last night in a h2h points league.
Needing wins and not getting blown up, do you trust Leake at home vs LAA tonight (Nolasco) or Seth Lugo home vs. CIN (Garrett) tonight?
Drop Kiermeier or Kendrys Morales for Nimmo ROS (Hell, over the weekend)?
@Marty Jannetty Was Set Up: Lugo — Morales
well dropped nimmo for juke perineum crawford. now a glut of better options abound. NL only with net steals over steals, total bases and OBP over AVG, which of bader/ervin? guessing it’s bader here but playing time might not be great when pham plays every day again.
@Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: 2. different league where i dropped franco for juke perineum but with only 8 moves left on year total (and i’m 2nd place with playoffs starting next week). also have gohara who might have to be replaced with a move (unless duffy or faria come back, in which case i save a move). OPS, slugging, total bases, hits added, OBP over AVG.
3B jose ram
OF (3) stanton/morales/gardner
util (1) margot
options: piscotty/nimmo/a-jax/ervin (if brantley ever comes back this dream might die, but no real updates on that, almost to the werth-level of no real updates). in this league nimmo could be gone either in a few hours or maybe tomorrow if he runs good again today.
@Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: 2. Nimmo
@Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: Haha — Bader
Pick 2 starts out of these 3:
SON prefers to sit Anderson, but I’m not sure of archer
@Smegma: First two are terrible… I’d start Anderson and pray
@Smegma: And Montero obvi
Also FYI Salazar to bullpen
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Makes sense
Great writeup! For QS H2H, would you be dropping Nola (v mia) or Cullers @LAA for woodruff’s 2 starts (v. Pit and @ MIA)?
In all seriousness I wonder if @mia games get postponed given the hurricane…
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: fwiw – Cullers hasn’t gone 6+ since June 8 and then 5/28 before that. That includes the DL but also a good 10 starts.
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Thanks! @MIA will likely move, no? Cullers
@Grey: For sure – though I know Astros had a couple of scheduled PPD games do to availability (or something like that).
Yeah, that’s true, maybe they do…Honestly, not sure
Yo Walker Buehler last night was looking DOPE AF…
Was throwing consistent cheese 98-100 (2nd pitch was 100 mph) and struck out Blackmon on a breaking ball beaut.
Definitely someone to keep an eye on next year. He really looks like Tim Lincecum
@muskysmell: AF, indeed…. So nasty
@muskysmell: I added him for the playoffs in a Sv+Hold league. Maybe I will have to think about holding him for next year…
You abbreviated! Ugh…
To Grey and everyone who won their league because of him:
THEES SON OF A BEETCH, ALL NIGHT HE CHECK, CHECK, CHECK
HE TRAPPED ME!
Well, you feeling satisfied now, Teddy?
‘Cause I can go on busting you up all night.
HE BEAT ME STRAIGHT UP.
PAY THAT MON HIS MONEY
What a write-up!! Meraviglioso!
a. LOL on practically everything, literally every blurb had something to laugh at! I liked the Kelvim Herrera blurb a lot. It reminded of the smell of dog food in your local grocery store. I pass by almost vomit then go buy my red kidney beans in a can which is in the next aisle over. And I says to myself…good thing these beans are so close to the dog food. (Sarcasm).
b. There was good news and bad news on CK’s start last night. Good news, my opponent in H2H started him. Bad news, I started him in that RCL where I drafted him in the first round (#12). There’s always next year, Charlie Brown.
c. John Rambo Quote of the day for September 8-10
[Rambo saves the day and operates the heavy machine gun, killing many of the Burmese soldiers by himself. The others join in. En-Joo dies in the battle. Lewis is heavily wounded.]
School Boy: ‘The Karen rebels.’
[Karen rebels arrive to kill the rest of the Burmese soldiers.]
Sarah Miller: ‘Michael? Michael? Michael? Michael? Michael! Michael! Michael!’
Michael Burnett: ‘lt´s okay. lt´s okay. -Go help them, okay?
Sarah Miller: ‘-Okay.’
[Rambo waves goodbye to Sarah and Michael and walks off.]
[Cue the queue of credits as Rambo finally comes full circle (stateside) to his father’s horse farm in Bowie, AZ.]
It’s been a slice, hope y’all enjoyed it!
Will be back on Monday with the best of all four movies to close out the season.
@Ante Galic: A. Haha, thanks! B. Awesome….doh! C. Amazing! Best of!