Pretty much everything I told you in the beginning of the year about trusting your big guns and not trusting the wayward sons goes out the window in September. If you’re battling for pitching points, you need to take some chances I wouldn’t necessarily take in April, or really even August. Suddenly, Brian Duensing gets his own post and Freddy Garcia doesn’t look like Freddy Garcia, but looks like a guy who’s facing the Mariners. It’s fantasy baseball in September and the rules were made to be broken, ya’ll. So I’ve assembled two or three starters from Tuesday, the new Humpday, until this Sunday that you could take a chance on depending on how bad your pitching shituation is. I’m not completely proud of all of these guys, but their mommas are (even Momma Padilla). Anyway, here’s some borderline starters for fantasy baseball late season:
Tuesday, September 15th
Freddy Garcia – Garcia is the new blech in most cases, but he’s had four straight decent enough starts and I’d throw him vs. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Justin Morneau has a stress fracture in his lower back. Joe Mauer missed a month of the season with back pains. I understand the Twins are a small market team with fiduciary concerns, but it might be a good investment to provide firmer mattresses for the team. Punto can continue to sleep on the couch, if you like. Morneau will be out for the season. In non-keepers, you can drop him. Cuddyer will start at 1st; he hit a homer yesterday. Since Morneau was hitting .201 Post-All-Star Break, this isn’t the worst news for you. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Brian Fuentes - If he were on the Phillies, he’d be hailed as having one of the greatest seasons a closer has ever had. But when you’re the closer for The Town that Bobby Grich Built, you need to save at least 60 games with a 2 ERA. 41 saves and a 4 ERA just ain’t going to cut it. Scioscia’s a tinkerer — Howie Kendrick’s hot… Okay, we’re going to start Maicer Izturis! Please, blog, may I have some more?
Homestretch time in the Razzball Commenter and Fantasy Razzball Leagues. Here is the latest…
In the Razzball Commenter League, Mowses (Home Plate Security) and Mil Mascaras (Tequila Two Step) are separated by a mere .46 points at the top. This looks like a two person race at this point as 3rd place PWNightmare is 9 points behind but crazier things have happened (see Lou Pinella benching Jake Fox to f*** my NL-only team). Please, blog, may I have some more?
Brian Duensing went seven innings with no earned runs, 11 baserunners and 6 Ks. I almost started him, but he was going vs. the A’s and they’ve hurt me so many times this year. I think I owned the losing pitcher for every one of their wins. The rest of the way, Duensing gets the Tigers twice and the Royals once. Not terrible starts. The Tigers hitting isn’t as good as their record and the Royals, well, ya know. Duensing probably won’t provide you with a ton of Ks, but he has solid control and a last name that sounds like an Indonesian prison. (BTW, his last name may only sound like that because of my new favorite TV show, Locked Up Abroad. Next time I go abroad, I’m not even going to mule in any exotic fruit. BTW II, instead of mule, shouldn’t they call these smugglers jackasses? I apologize to any of our drug dealing readers. You know who you are.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
B.J. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yes, the title does sound like a Chinese R & B song. Krispie Young (For new readers, Krispie Young is the phonetic pronunciation of Chris B. Young to help avoid confusion with Cristal Young.) has been hot as cauliflower after a good broiling. 5 homers in 4 games this week; the post-All-Star Break last year saw him go 9/9 with a respectable (for him) .278. In 2007, he hit 19 homers and stole 18 bases in the 2nd half (ah, those were the days for Krispie). It’s critical to have the hot hands on your team this time of the year, especially in H2H leagues. I’d absolutely lose a cold player to take a chance on Young. Really, what do you have to lose, besides your league. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Psyche! Before we get to the Buy/Sell, just wanted to remind people that Fantasy Football has a fire going. So, if you like, take your marshmallows over there. Please, blog, may I have some more?
The Washington Nationals babied their future shortstop, Esmailyn Gonzalez, through their minors until they realized that Esmailyn shouldn’t be babied, he should be old-man’d. Kinda like the orphan in The Orphan that turned out to be a dwarf hooker. (Haven’t seen it, but the spoiler kinda makes me want to.) So the Nats sent Bowden away on his Segway and started looking at what else they had in the way of shortstops. Hiring a 7 foot guy with tattoos to card everyone, they realized Ian Desmond should get himself a look. And so it goes, so it goes. Yesterday, he hit his first major league homer in his first major league game. Desmond has a decent blend of speed and power (think The Big FraGu at shortstop). The “at shortstop” thing is the clincher. It’s a shallow position, you can do worse, yadda yadda yadda. I don’t think he’s going to be all peaches and cream next year, so I wouldn’t go crazy with him in keepers (unless it’s deep and NL-Only), but he could give you a burst of hotness in these late September weeks. He’s gotta be better than Gordon Beckham at this point, right? Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Mike MacDougal – Couldn’t get an out and gave way to Ron Villone for the save. It’s probably nothing, but some extremely desperate save vultures may want to swoop. BTW, MacDougal’s legal name is Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal. Isn’t that the name of a piece of Ikea furniture? Please, blog, may I have some more?
Pablo Sandoval swings at everything. Every. Thing. 25% is around the average that a player will swing outside of the zone. Pablo’s around 43%. The amount he swings at inside the strike zone is around 82%, league average is just off 45%. Thankfully, he makes contact with over 75% of pitches outside the strike zone vs. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ryan Madson finally took over for Brad Lidge. This was only about three months in the making and after six separate endorsements by Manuel saying Lidge is their closer. Ah fanabla, what a headache. Ever since Brett Myers returned from his MMA training, fantasy baseballers (that’s you!) seem ready to put Myers in the closer role. That would be too easy, right? Right. No, Madson’s the first guy to grab and maybe Myers sees time here and there. I’d grab both of them, unless you have a bleeding ulcer, then I’d stay away. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Scott Feldman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks and leads the AL with 16 wins. Shoot me now. Seriously. Shoot me and Randy Wolf while you’re at it. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It has been quite a week in baseball. All this Jeter coverage is getting old, especially when that is all EPSN talks about, which coincidentally means all media outlets will too. While somehow this passed me by – Madison Bumgarner debuted in the majors last night throwing 5 1/3 innings of 2 run ball while having a 4:1 K/BB ratio (all in 76 pitches) against the offensively challenged Padres. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Tim Lincecum missed yesterday’s start vs. the Padres (there goes that 14 K start) and gave way to the Giants big-time rookie pitching prospect, Madison Bumgarner. Lincecum should be back by this weekend. A detailed Madison Bumgarner outlook can be found where it says, “Madison Bumgarner outlook.” (Yeah, still haven’t figured out how to naturally link to something. I feel like Buzz Bissinger. Bleh! What are these things you call links? Bleh! Please, blog, may I have some more?