I will be away this weekend camping, searching for Bigfoot, and drinking lots of Southern Comfort (hopefully I won't run into Sasquatch when I'm hammered, but I can't tell you that if I snap any pictures they won't be a bit blurry). Before I head out I wanted to, of course, leave some parting thoughts for you all to ponder. Here goes.
I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE AUGUST 23-25. IF YOU ORDER THE FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT GUIDE DURING THESE THREE DAYS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IT UNTIL PM AUG. 25th OR AM AUG 26th.
How obnoxious am I? I'm going to quote myself. Here are a few of the tweets I posted Friday morning while I was packing my gear (and SoCo. I feel like I've already mentioned that).
A.J. Griffin leads baseball w/ 30 HRs allowed. Still, his 1.16 WHIP is better than Miller, Greinke, Hamels, Parker, Latos
Billy Butler (.383) has a better OBP than Beltre, Donaldson, Pedroia, Kipnis, EE, Ellsbury, Bautista, Fielder, Seager
Domonic Brown has 27 homers, one more than Cargo, three more than Bruce and Upton, five more than Tulo and double Heyward
If you added a full run to his ERA Clayton Kershaw would still have better ERA than: MadBum, Greinke, Latos, Miller, Strasburg.
AROUND THE HORN
Matt Cain took a shot off his arm last night and as a result there's a very good chance he will miss his next start, even though x-rays revealed that there was nothing wrong with his pitching wing. Whew. He continues to allow the big fly, five in his last four starts, but in seven outings since the All-Star Game he's got a 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP an a 3.70 K/BB ratio. He's pitching like the Cain everyone remembers. Now we'll just have to hope the Giants will let him keep pitching and that he won't be put on the DL just to play it safe.
Jeff Locke is a disaster right now. His K-rate is way up in the second half, he has 33 strikeouts in 34.2 innings, but that's the only thing going right for him. Over his last seven starts the numbers are putrid: one win, 5.71 ERA, 2.05 WHIP, .329 BAA, 6.49 BB/9. He should be planted firmly on your bench in all mixed leagues, and you might even consider outright dumping him if there are viable options on waivers.
The Cardinals are calling up Carlos Martinez to make the start Monday. He's being called up to take over for Jake Westbrook who is hitting the DL with a lower back strain. Over his last 26 innings Westbrook has walked 16 batters and is sporting a 9.69 ERA. Yeah, he's stunk (and for all of you out there that argued with me over my advice to sell him two months ago... well, he's got a 7-8 record, 4.49 ERA and 1.55 WHIP right now). Martinez is an elite talent. If you're into streaming he's worth an add, and it's quite possible that even when healthy that Westbrook will be left in the bullpen so that Martinez can continue to start. Martinez is a nice target for addition in mixed leagues.
Buster Posey has been great this season batting .302 with 14 homers, 63 RBIs, 47 runs scored an a .849 OPS. Unfortunately he's slumped with his teammates in the second half as he's hit like he was the reincarnated Kirt Manwaring batting 225 with one homer an a .580 OPS over his last 30 games.
The Rays signed Delmon Young earlier in the week, and Friday they added David DeJesus in a minor deal with the Nationals. Seems like they are intent on adding a veteran presence off the bench for the playoff push.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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