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Last week’s ERA was 2.44.  That’s 22 earned runs in 81 innings.  The WHIP was 1.28.  That’s 104 baserunners.   Had 5 Wins and 58 Ks.  (That’s minus Thursday’s Westbrook start because, well, it’s Thursday.)  Not too shabby on the ERA considering the schmohawks I recommended last week.  Obviously, I’m just as unlucky with Wins with these borderline starters as I am in my real leagues.  This offseason September Grey is going to Hawaii to see if he can find the Tiki idol that is cursing his win karma and seeing if he can’t fix this problem.  To recap, these aren’t guys I’d drop anyone worthwhile to get, these starters are meant for streaming purposes and all of their ownership in ESPN is under 50%.  These streamers are in no particular order.  Also, in the final month of the season, managers juggle their lineups more, so there’s no guarantee all of these guys are listed on the right day.  Anyway, here’s some borderline starters for this week in fantasy baseball:

Friday, September 17th

Nick Blackburn – As I keep recommending him, I’m probably pushing my luck — or my Bluckburn — but he gets the A’s and has an under 2.00 ERA in his last 31+ IP.

Carlos Carrasco – Be impressive if I get out of this day without one blow up, but I continue to impress myself every day.

Wade Davis – All of these guys are risky so far, but that’s the nature of borderline starters, I suppose.  Here’s hoping when Davis goes against the Angels, Scioscia decides to bench all his best hitters.  Start Mathis at DH, get his bat in the lineup!

Ian Kennedy – If these were in any sorta order, Kennedy would be number one for this day.

Randy Wolf – Has had some success vs. the Giants (really, what pitcher hasn’t?) and coincidentally that’s who he faces on Friday.

Saturday, September 18th

Jhoulys Chacin – Didn’t look terrific in his last start vs. the Diamondbacks, but he gets Ks.  Some teams need those sorts of things.

Tommy Hunter – Facing the M’s in the aptly named stadium, Safeco.

James McDonald – A capable strikeout pitcher going against the Diamondhacks.

Kevin Slowey – I was thinking it’s kinda sad that he’s not owned in 50% of ESPN leagues, then I thought about how he’s pitched this year and that made me sadder.

Sunday, September 19th

Joe Blanton – Besides a game in Coors, where you wouldn’t have started him anyway, he hasn’t been hit in over a month.

Derek Lowe – Not a huge fan of Lowe, but goes to Metco.  That’s a decent gamble, no relation to Rudy.

Chris Narveson – Was solid in last year’s 2nd half, goes against the Aints and has been racking up Ks.

Monday, September 20th

Brian Duensing – Has been lucky and doesn’t get many Ks, but does go against the Indians in this start.

Bud Norris – Risky but the reward could be huge with Ks.

Tuesday, September 21st

Mark Buehrle – Pretty much the polar opposite of Bud Norris.  I can guess Buehrle’s line:  7 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.

Jake Westbrook – Hasn’t had one bad start since he was traded to the Cards.  Forget Annie Sullivan, Dave Duncan’s the miracle worker.

Wednesday, September 22nd

Nick Blackburn – Yes, I recommended Blackburn twice in this post.  So shoot me.

Anibal Sanchez – Has alternated good start with bad start for a while now.  This start vs. the Mets falls in the good.

83 Responses

  1. Wah says:
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    Pick 3 please:

    Davis, Blackburn, Chacin, Hunter, Narveson, Blanton, or McDonald?

  2. Earl Battey says:
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    In a roto league with a start limit (200 for the year), I’m chasing wins. I’m at 178, while the guy I’m chasing has made 173 so far. I have two of my pitchers facing each other soon (Blackburn vs. BAnderson). Should I guess on one of those guys (Anderson?) or start both in hopes that I can lock down one win in that game? I trail this guy by one win, and I think I need to overtake him to win this league. What do you think?

  3. struggler says:
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    What do you think about Porcello vs. KC and Lannan vs. Hou next week?

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wah: Looking at slightly different things, but Blanton, Chacin, Blackburn…

    @Earl Battey: Start both.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @struggler: Porcello over Lannan, neither are great.

  6. Hi Grey — What do you make of the Phillies’ closer situation? Someone in my 20-team roto league dropped Lidge after last night’s performance. Contraras is on waivers. Is either worth grabbing?

    Or am I better off with a MR who seems to be getting vulture wins, like Brian Sanches or Santiago Casilla?

    I’m third of 20 but in danger of losing contact with the first two. I lead in Ks by a large margin so that’s not a factor, and am in about equal need of wins and saves, but innings wise I think I need to go with a reliever.

  7. Hank Hammerin says:
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    Would you pickup Masterson for Saturday vs. KC or Bonderman on Sunday vs. White Sox?

    Thanks Grey!

  8. Eric C. says:
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    Strictly speaking for tomorrow, do you prefer Blackburn over Carrasco and Wade Davis?

  9. Earl Battey says:
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    Also, is it worth the trouble for me to hit the add button to replace Huff with Morrison? It’s a H2H league, and depending on the week, I have had issues with avg and HRs. Do you have a guess as to who would be the better bet over the next 2 weeks?

  10. mookiewilson says:
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    Do you like Wood @ Houston on Sunday?

  11. Wilsonian says:
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    Here’s my lineup:

    Montero, Fielder, Utley, Longo, Bonifacio, Holiday, Cargo, Victorino, Bourn, Bruce, BN-Wright, BN-Kemp

    Lincecum, Verlander, Kershaw, Hamels, Lilly, worthless JJ, Capps, Soria, Feliz, Lyon, Takahashi (all the closers start in one way or the other)

    I want to snag Kennedy for tomorrow’s start, who do I drop?

    Also, any other drops for the following: Rodney, Hensley, Koji, Chacin, Duensing, Guthrie, Cueto, Porcello, Betemit, Pacman, Chone, Stanton, Ibanez, Thome, EYJ, Hart, Infante?

    I need to play the hot hand to get to the money round. Thanks as always man.

    ***Side note, don’t you think that bald goofy bastard from a couple season’s ago was just as bad as Ilan or Kevin? That guy didn’t win shizz until the final show, he pretty much flew under the radar all season and I thought he was crap.***

  12. zk says:
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    Matt Cain continues to defy logic. Isn’t it time we accept him as an elite SP?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @mookiewilson: He’s okay. I’m worried he’s going to get hit bad one of these days.

    @Wilsonian: Who, Hosea? I don’t even consider him a winner. Stefan won that year, in my mind. Fabio’s restaurant was terrible, fwiw. Is this a keeper? Drop JJ. Drop Lilly, if a keeper. Lots of hitters there, no idea if this is a keeper.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zk: Yup

  15. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Nyjer suspensions total 8 games, starting tomorrow

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: ah yeah, couldn’t remember his name. No, he wasn’t a winner at all. He sucked and I’m still pretty pissed…I’d like to see how terrible his restaurant is doing, if he even has one. Sorry, ’tis a keeper (although most likely not keeping JJ), keep 5, no benefit of keeping a late rounder or anything, they just count as your first 5 picks and the draft technically starts at round 6.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Lose Bourn for Ibanez if you don’t need steals.

    @VinWins: Thanks for the heads up!

  18. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks sir, up about 4 steals right now, might have to look into Ibanyo. Still thinking hang onto JJ even though I won’t be keeping him, or just toss Lilly out the door for Kennedy?

  19. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Bah. My H2H opponent grabbed Raburn off waivers (Since I dropped I’d have had to wait for him to clear waivers before I picked him up again, so not much I could do about that).

    As I mentioned in the previous post, I have Betemit in the Util slot. You like any of the below better?

    Damon
    EYJ
    Kalish
    Aviles
    Nady

    Or I could just wait for Infante or Morrison to clear waivers (dropped them too) and grab one of them again…

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Betemit over them, unless you need steals then Young.

  21. Wilsonian says:
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    @big o: ha…that show is ridiculous. I’m most likely keeping Lincecum and/or Kershaw before JJ…their vaginas seem to be a little less sore. The main reason I haven’t dropped him is because he’s still valuable trade bait in the offseason. Plus, my pops has #1 waiver priority and he already said he’s snagging JJ if I drop him.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Ha, nice video.

  23. Steve says:
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    How wet is it in Cleveland?

  24. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Not that wet, apparently.

  25. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: For Sunday, Blanton over Narveson?

  26. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    one of those pots had left-over kona coffee ,
    but try not to think of that .
    especially when you’re getting lei-ed .

    questions for september grey ==> a) will that kiwi be getting your posts
    before me , since you’ll be on his side of the international date-line ?
    b) which way do these internet transmissions flow , left to right or vicey
    versary ?
    c)

  27. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    there are still parts of lake erie that you can walk across

  28. big o says:
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    @big o:

    i wonder what happens when you google “love canal” .

  29. Steve says:
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    @big o: I get to read the morning posts (like the daily round-ups) while I’m getting the dinner ready (i.e. I get the Wednesday round-up at approx 7.15-7.20pm on the Wednesday here), but Grey’s afternoon posts (like this one) drop while I am snoring my head off.
    @big o: Ha!

  30. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Murphy over EY2 for better overall production?

  31. Steve says:
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    C’mon Erv-San. Don’t do this to me.

  32. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: @ThE sHiT: Check that, Murphy over LoMo, Raburn or EY2? Looking for overall production. I have no chance at winning steals this week. Thanks!

  33. Steve says:
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    @Steve: I guess run support is out of the question.

  34. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Domo arigato!

  35. anon says:
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    Uh oh… I’m gambling and winning with a Carmona spot-start right now, I’m hoping that donk by he of the gigantic porn collection isn’t the start of a full-blown implosion..

  36. anon says:
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    jeebus…

  37. anon says:
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    ok… I’ll take it!!! But I really coulda used that win there I’m against the ropes in H2H playoffs!!

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: So wet that they changed the name to Clevesea. What, no good?

    @big o: Ha!

    @ThE sHiT: Murphy and Raburn…

    @anon: Ha!

  39. Steve says:
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    @Grey: The sheep joke yesterday was better.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Geez, you’re tough.

  41. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Fair, though. I sensed you weren’t entirely convinced about it yourself.

    Matsui or Betemit?

  42. gza says:
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    Hey Grey, tied 5-5 in h2h playoffs at the moment. I’m down 1 HR, so out of the following players, I’m looking for the most power potential lineup for the rest of the week.

    Pence, Ethier, Rios, Matsui, Ibanez, Stanton

    I need to pick 4 from the 6. Thanks

  43. Steve says:
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    OK Angels – one more!

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Matsui

    @gza: Pence, Ethier, Rios, Ibanez…

  45. paulzone says:
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    Do you faith in any of these guys for the last two weeks:

    nady, kalish, gibbons, hardy, dan johnson

    over

    laroche, theriot, uribe, berkman, thames, gardner, mclouth

    i need hr, rbi, avg most of all. dammit, in fact i have been in first since may and just lost the lead tonight…i was up about 20 pts at the break too!!

  46. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @paulzone: Kalish over Thames, Nady over LaRoche…

  47. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Veras is the 8th inning guy in Florida, right?

    How many more guys does Rasmus want to strand? Maybe Albert is reflecting light off a mirror into his eyes from the dugout.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Ha… Him or Nunez.

  49. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nunez is owned and Veras has 3 Holds in the last week, so I went with him.

  50. Elijah says:
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    Alexei carrying me on the short schedule day…keep it up guys.

  51. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    10-Team, H2H, 5×5, first round of the playoffs ending on Sunday, only one move left for this matchup. I’ve got Saves, ERA and WHIP locked up, he’s got AVG locked up and a good lead in Ks and Runs, everything else is extremely close.

    My Remaining SPs:
    Price vs.LAA
    Hudson @Pit
    Narveson @SF
    Pettitte @Bal (if I decide to activate him)

    His Remaining SPs:
    Beckett vs.Tor
    Marcum @Bos
    [streamer] (he’s got one move left, as well, and I assume he’ll stream an SP)

    The Tabata train seems to be out of steam, and with names like Betemit, Adam Jones, Aviles and Kalish in the pool, I’m considering burning that last move on a bat, but I can’t pull the trigger. I feel like I might need to grab an SP out of the stream for Sunday. Thoughts?

  52. Elijah says:
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    Hey and Filthys run was unearned too, lovely.

  53. Wilsonian says:
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    Can you rank these closers for the weekend: Rodney, Hensley, Koji? Thank ya kindly.

  54. tHe sHiT says:
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    @Grey: I think I confused u with my ? Murphy is on the wire. Should i drop any of LoMo, EY2 or Raburn 2 pick him up?

  55. tall chicks says:
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    I have 2 starts left for the rest of the year and have narrowed my options down to these 4:

    1. Cliff Lee @ Sea
    2. Cliff Lee @ Oak
    3. Buchholz vs Bal
    4. Myers @Pit

    Which 2 would you choose, Grey?

  56. Steve says:
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    Lilly you jerk.

  57. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Make it stop.

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    @Steve: I’m right there with ya, Steve…Ted is dead to me…hopefully Kennedy can clean up his shizz for me tomorrow.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Damn, documented evidence.

  60. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ah well. Doesn’t actually look as though it’s going to prove too costly in terms of points gained/lost.

    In fact I gained a couple in the Games Started category (emoticon).

  61. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And of course I’m happy for your Sanchez…

  62. tall chicks says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. How do you go about handling your starting pitchers once you’re games started limit is reached? Do you drop them and add relievers to help in Ks, ratios, and potential Ws and saves the rest of the way? Or do you hold them on the roster so your leaguemates can’t improve by getting my stud SPs off the waiver? My SPs are Lee, Buchholz, Felix, Carp, and Myers….and considering Lee is the only one I’m going to use the rest of the season, does it make sense to ditch the others? I’d appreciate the wisdom!

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks dood…I’m thinking about running 6 closers out there this weekend to make sure I lock that up to get to the finals and thinking about adding one of them. Definitely didn’t like Rodney’s matchup @ TB.

  64. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh – and now I’m WAY over the limit, but I have Ubaldo @ LA and Roy v Wash available tomorrow.

    Gotta start them, right?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Aw, thanks. Long time comign that run support.

    @tall chicks: Hold them so no one else can get them.

    @Wilsonian: Yup

    @Steve: Gotta start them.

  66. big o says:
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    i think that if the twinkies win it all this year ,
    that delmon young should receive serious consideration for mvp .

    although i did not draft him (for the 1st time in 4 years …. same with rios) ,
    i’m duly impressed with what young has accomplished this year :
    already 100 rbi ,
    and have you noticed the improvement in his K numbers ?

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Don’t agree about his numbers or MVP consideration, but he’s been valuable for a last round pick in fantasy.

  68. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    yeah , guess .
    he doesn’t fit the carlos lee / aramis ramirez 30-100-100 mold .

  69. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    for the next 3 days … gomes or g. jones ?

    thanks .

  70. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: If I just need overall production, sans speed: go with LoMo over EY2?

  71. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey. I have noticed Murphy hasn’t been platooning, so gotta ride out his hot streak.

  72. DrEasy says:
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    Can’t believe I dumped Filthy Sanchez a month ago.

  73. big o says:
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    @ThE sHiT:

    he’ll have a tough time keeping that hot streak going in seattle .

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