Last night must’ve been the night to party while being coupled up in Hollywood. Meek, Nicki, Kylie and Tyga were photo’d pulling up to 1Oak in West Hollywood last night. Both ladies seem to be rocking new wigs. Which couple look more banging? Hit the flip to see more photos.
It’s a common error many fantasy baseball team owners make this time of year: They bet big on a September rookie call-up and hope that special kid will start raking enough to push their team to the top of the league standings by the end of the season. Well, it usually doesn’t happen that way, even with the best young players we’ve seen in the last decade. The good rookies generally get called up in June these days and have been playing well all season. The ones that come up when Major League rosters expand in September aren’t going to have the same impact.
Take Mike Trout and Buster Posey, for example: Trout hit .220 overall in 40 games in 2011, while Posey hit a mere .118 in his September 2009 cameo. Both would go on to win Rookie of the Year in the following seasons, but neither made an impact when they first were called up. Trout was called up a bit earlier than September and still hit just .182 in the final month of the season. While both are now at the top of most draft lists, they weren’t worth a roster spot during their exposure to MLB pitchers.
If eventual MVPs like Trout and Posey couldn’t cut it in September as rookies, you’re basically wishing on a star for rookies to help your fantasy team in the final month. Don’t fall for the hype surrounding the “big-name” call-ups this final month of the season. You will be sorry; instead, stick with stable veterans you know will perform. It’s better to have an average veteran in your lineup instead of a rookie hitting .118 or .182 for a month. Even a veteran hitting .250 is going to help you more than the normal rookie will as you try to make it to the top of your league standings.
Players to Get Into Your Lineup Now
1. Tom Wilhelmsen, RP, Seattle Mariners: He saved 53 games for the Mariners in 2012-13 before falling out of favor in the Seattle bullpen hierarchy. But Wilhelmsen seems to have gotten back to form as he has recorded multiple saves this week. If you’re needing a few extra saves now—and who doesn’t need those?—he could be your answer.
2. Chris Coghlan, UTL, Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have gotten a lot of usage this year from Coghlan, who is eligible at multiple positions in most leagues. His 15 home runs and 11 stolen bases look good in the second-base slot, for example. The .248 average isn’t super, but as noted above, Coghlan is a safer bet than some rookie call-up who will struggle to hit .200 in September.
3. Mark Canha, UTL, Oakland Athletics: For some reason, the A’s sat him for a long time behind the worthless Ike Davis, but now Canha is getting everyday play for last-place Oakland. He’s hitting .325 in August and shows no signs of slowing down. Canha also is fighting for a 2016 roster spot, so his motivation is high—even if his team is well out of the playoff chase.
4. Kris Medlen, SP, Kansas City Royals: He went 26-13 in 2012 and 2013 for the Atlanta Braves before needing a second Tommy John surgery. Medlen has now made eight appearances for the Royals, including one start. Kansas City will treat him gently, but he will get key innings in September as the Royals push for the top seed in the American League playoffs. Medlen has electric stuff when he’s healthy.
Players to Sit/Drop This Week
1. Jon Gray, SP, Colorado Rockies: So, he’s not a September call-up, but for a team way out of the playoff race, Gray is basically the equivalent. He has a lot of talent, but he’s not ready for the majors yet—and he pitches in Colorado for half his starts. Gray has a 5.94 ERA through his first four MLB starts, and while he may end up being Rookie of the Year in 2016, he’s not that pitcher yet.
2. Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs: He certainly wasn’t the Cuban superstar some people hoped he would be, and now Soler’s season is over with an oblique injury. In a combined 432 at-bats in 2014 and 2015, he’s hit just .271 with 12 HRs and 62 RBI. He is not the equivalent of his Southside counterpart José Abreu; we’re not even sure if he’s the equivalent of Coghlan now.
3. Chris Heston, SP, San Francisco Giants: He was sent down to the minors last week, and even if the Giants bring Heston back for September, he’s only thrown over 151 innings in a professional season just once in his career. Since he’s not Madison Bumgarner—who pitched way past his career high in innings last year by a mile and somehow got better and better with each additional inning—you can’t count on Heston for much in September this year.
4. CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees: Hopefully he’s not on your roster anyway, but if Sabathia is, it’s long past time to cut bait. The last two seasons, he’s posted a 7-13 record and a 5.27 ERA over 184 1/3 innings. Sabathia went on the disabled list again this week with a knee problem, and until he loses a lot of weight, he’s not even worth taking a chance on again in fantasy baseball.
Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf, hockey and fantasy sports for CBS, AXS and Examiner. He also is an Ironman triathlete and certified triathlon coach.
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You probably know the basics of how to use a tape measure, but it has a few built-in “features” you may not realize. Case in point: that little slot on the hook can be used to keep the tape measure in place with a nail, or even draw a perfect circle.
The cold war between music streaming services heated up Friday night as a surprise collaboration between Drake and Lil Wayne – two rappers scooped up during the artist exclusive arms race – caused friction between Tidal and Apple Music. The situation occurred at Lil Wayne’s Lil Weezyana Festival in New Orleans, where Drake stopped by to deliver a brief three-song cameo. One problem: Jay Z’s Tidal, which named Lil Wayne as a co-owner in July, was live-streaming the festival, creating a conflict of interest since Drake is Apple Music’s marquee signee.
As a result of Drake’s appearance, the Tidal live-stream had to briefly pause while the Toronto rapper was onstage. “Apple is interfering with artistry and will not allow this artist to stream. Sorry for Big Brother’s inconvenience,” the Tidal Twitter notified listeners as Drake took the stage. “We’ll be back after the performance.” Drake performed “HYFR” with Wayne, his remix of Fetty Wap’s “My Way” and “Back to Back” during his unannounced Lil Weezyana appearance.
According to the New York Post, as soon as it was confirmed that Drake would stop by the New Orleans festival, which reportedly donated some proceeds to New Orleans-area afterschool programs, Apple Music threatened Tidal with a $20 million lawsuit if Drake showed up on the live-stream. “Legal letters have been sent to Tidal warning that Drake cannot appear on the Tidal stream of the festival, either solo or part of a group, and if the warning was ignored, the liabilities could be up to $20 million,” an unnamed source told the newspaper.
Representatives from Tidal and Apple Music did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.
After months of sparring with his longtime label Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne aligned with Tidal to release his Free Weezy Album on July 4th. The LP’s arrival prompted Cash Money to file a $50 million lawsuit against Jay Z’s high-quality streaming service, claiming they still had exclusive rights to Wayne’s output. Cash Money added that Lil Wayne’s Tidal partnership was “a desperate and illegal attempt to save their struggling streaming service.”
Drake, meanwhile, signed an exclusive deal with Apple Music reportedly with $19 million. As part of the agreement, Drake hosts his own Beats 1 radio show as well as provides the service unique content, like the “Energy” music video. Drake was also on hand to speak about the new music service when Apple announced their new streaming endeavor in early June.
Stereo Vinyls continues its PARISEOULONDONYC series with London, shooting its Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook in the landmarks of St. Paul Cathedral and the Barbican. Inspirations for this season was the city’s iconic Victorian Cross, White Ensign and its public transportation system, whose architecture is stylistically interpreted in the garments as graphic prints and a gritty color palette. This season is also the brand’s debut of a mac coat, fishtail coat, down parka, army pants and knitwear.
Styled with the Korean label’s signature MA-1 bombers and crewneck sweatshirts, the overall London collection exudes a rebellious vibe embraced by the city’s youth. Keep your eyes peeled for the collection’s release here, and if you missed it, see Stereo Vinyls’ Paris collection with Ian Connor here.
Chief Keef is gearing up for a brand new mixtape release entitled ‘Almighty DP 2‘, which is slated to release to the public on September 11th. Today we are treated to the first official known leak to the forthcoming project. Sosa and frequent collaborator DP Beats return with a new trap hit entitled ‘TD‘. Check it below and make sure to stay in check to The Source for Sosa’s new offering coming September 11th (supposedly).
While he didn’t provide an official timetable for Branch’s return, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley did not sound optimistic about the short-term prognosis:
It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Branch, who missed seven games last season with a groin injury. He’s shown flashes of promise in three seasons, recording a career-high six sacks in 2013, but staying on the field is becoming a problem.
The Jaguars were already starting the season short-handed on the defensive line after 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler tore his ACL during his first minicamp session in May.
Jacksonville is still building around its young core, but with two key defenders out for at least some of the regular season, more pressure will be put on the offense and second-year quarterback Blake Bortles’ development.