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The Flying Molina Brother, who likes his seconds, is dealing with a sore quad (only one, not four – weird!).  So the Giants called up Buster Posey yesterday.  Well, ain’t that a kick in the shin pads?  He wasn’t supposed to get the call and I don’t think he sees much time this year to make a difference in one year leagues.  It’s keepers where you wanna grab him immediately.  Sabean’s already said Fat Molina is on his way out of The Bay after this season.  Buster Posey should get every opportunity to win the job in spring training of 2010.  I wouldn’t expect anything, but he’s capable of 14 homers and a .300 average if he gets the job from jump street.  In the non-perverse way, I’ll touch on him many more times during the offseason.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Wade Davis – Being called up to start Sunday vs. the Yanks. Davis is a decent flier for AL-Only leagues and deep mixed ones.  I wouldn’t expect more than a 4.50 ERA and 7 K/9 the rest of the way, and vs. the Yanks isn’t a great one to begin with.  Literally.  He was broken down in detail here. –> Wade Davis Fantasy <– There

Jake Peavy – Chances of him pitching this year have gone from slim to anorexic.

Michael Young – Out at least two weeks.  I’d drop him in leagues where space is limited and you can’t fit any more overhead, useless baggage.

Joe Nathan – 2/3 IP, 4 ER as Kevin Gregg chloroformed Nathan pre-game and did the ol’ switcheroo.

Brian Duensing – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 Ks.  Scroll down to yesterday’s roundup and read what I wrote about Manship.  Same applies.  Go ahead, scroll.  Just moving your eyes down isn’t going to work.  You need to scroll.  Oh, forget it.

Gordon Beckham – HR yesterday.  Now has back-to-back games with homers.  Also, he hasn’t recorded more than two hits in a game in two weeks.  Adam Dunn throws him his jersey, “I like your style, kid.”

Drew Stubbs – HR yesterday.  This is actually kinda comical.  Not a funny comical, but more like “This is worse than watching Eyes Wide Shut on basic cable” painfully comical.  I grabbed Stubbs in leagues where I don’t need power but need steals.  He’s hit three homers in the last four games.  It’s like ten thousand spoons and all you need is a knife.

Carlos Marmol – No Cuddle Boy here as he continues to convert the saves he’s getting.

Adam Jones – Close the curtains on the hot box, Jones looks like he’s done for the season.  Grab Felix Pie! (<–last reminder until tomorrow)

Kevin Correia – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  In Petco vs. the Nats B lineup.  What does a Nats B lineup consist of, you ask.  Ryan Zimmerman defected in his pants and Riggleman hung it up as his lineup card.  Pete Orr hit 5th (.245 in Triple-A) and Justin Maxwell (.242 in Triple-A), Willie Harris (.222 in majors) and Jorge Padilla (Latin 30) in the outfield.   Razztastic!

Jim Johnson – Zero innings, 5 ER.  Kazaam!

Nolan Reimold – 5 for his last 7 with a homer yesterday.  I’m watching to see if he gets hot, so you don’t have to.  You’re welcome.

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 2 ER in just 80 pitches.  Tigers are watching his innings and he can/should be shutdown any day now.

Mariano Rivera – Day-to-day with a strained groin.  That was my story from ages 13-19.

Josh Hamilton – Has dealt with back pain before and yesterday he had a relapse.  What, bad choice of words?  He says he’ll return on Friday.

Brad Penny – 8 IP, 0 ER.  After the game, he was seen talking to Cliff Lee.  They high-fived, saying, “NL!”

Josh Beckett – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 Ks.  Actually, not a terrible start.  Sure, you expect more from Beckett, but I’d take 9 Ks in 6 innings every day of the week and twice of Muesday.

Carl Crawford – HR yesterday.  Hitting .311, 13 homers and 55 steals.  Great, terrific, wonderful!  I’ll go into it more in the offseason, but I think he’s going to be overvalued in 2010.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 2 ER.  Oh, and he’s a Cy Young contender.  Zoinks!

Franklin Morales/Huston Street/Rafael Betancourt – Morales notched the save for the Rockies.  Was just a case of Street being used too much…. For the last five months.  Huston Street has bicep(s) tendinitis.  UPDATE:  Rockies are saying Morales will be the closer.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks vs. the Angels.  F-Her strong, but not in the Big A.

Scott Kazmir – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks.  If you can’t get traded to the NL, the AL West isn’t a terrible consolation.

Garrett Jones – Another homer yesterday for Robot Jones.  Compliments of frequent commenter, Mgeoffriau, “In honor of Isaac Asimov, Will Smith, and Tom Brady’s ex, I present the 3 Laws of Robot Jones:

(1) Robot Jones must always hit home runs.
(2) Robot Jones must always steal more bases than expected.
(3) Robot Jones must always talk in a creepifying, flat tone that reminds everyone that you can’t trust a robot.

  1. timSTi says:
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    Great write up as always. Adam Dunn to Gordon Beckham reference had me LoL.

    I picked up Smoltz after his first impressive start in the NL. Start him today vs Mil? I’ve got no other pitchers going tody and I’m trying hard to gain in W and K’s (only 20 back from the next place).

  2. BSA says:
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    @timSTi: As a ticked off Red Sox fan I hope for a major explosion from Smoltzy followed by a burned Penny on his next time out. Puke all over the Sox and then go shine in Little League will ya?!

  3. knighttown says:
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    I’m worried about a Mariano shutdown until the playoffs. Who gets the nod if he’s not in the 9th?

  4. David says:
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    @Grey: Is it OK to drop Raul Ibanez for the playoff run? He’s been God-awful for the past month.

  5. Tom says:
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    So I just opened up Yahoo and it gives you the headline “Glaus likely bit player with Cardinals.” I thought “holy crap! he’s a biter? Who’d he bite? Pujols?”

    I was very disappointed after clicking on the link. Bummer. It makes me miss Darryl Strawberry and Vince Coleman. What, these modern baseball players can’t do anything shadier than steroids? Milton Bradley really let me down this year, and he wasn’t on any of my fantasy teams. I don’t want “Roberto Alomar might have given out AIDS like it’s candy” shady, but it would be nice to see Milton start scaling the ivy and running after a bleacher bum or two.

  6. Beau says:
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    I know it doesnt matter that they are facing each other but, I’ve got Price and Buchholz tonight, would you start both, neither?

  7. Dad says:
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    @VanHammersly: Thanks. @Grey @All: Do you think Morales is the add or Betancourt?

  8. TJ says:
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    Drop JDLR for Brad Penny?

  9. zombie says:
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    Fortunately, JIMMIE J’s was the kindest kind of Kazaam with 0.0 innings pitched. But he’s been alternately bad lately. With his recent ineptitude, Qualls done for, and Street threatening the same, traveling down the replacement Brain Freeze road seems inevitable! Which of Guitierrez (Ari), F-Moral (Col;…your “F-Her strong, not in the A” was laugh out loud stuff and succinct as to how he viotated that once pure Angelic squad last evening.), or MacDougal (Gnats) might you consider rostering for our playoff run?
    & please, another playoff run replacement recommendation for fellow Oriole ADAM JONES…normal cast of characters (with who they play NEXT week) include Diaz (@Hou, @Stl), Stubbs (@Col, @ChC), Guillen (@KC, Tor), Burrell (@NYY, @Bos), LaPorta (Tex, KC), or maybe some Pie (@Bos, @NYY, w/2 off days!)???
    Lots of late season injuries this year to contend with. Missing the days when the players grew bigger and stronger as the season wore on!

  10. mr baseball says:
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    who will be my 3b due in my dynasty league next year – Casey McGehee or Adrián Béltre – the loser must leave my fantasy team

  11. mr baseball says:
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    Rick Porcello – I shut him down a long time ago

  12. mr baseball says:
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    Adam Jones – not really sure prospect wise where he will go from him -status quo or progress to the next fantasy level

  13. Tony says:
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    @mr baseball: he’s an interesting cat for next year… i’d say he’s 20/20 for sure…. possibly better, staying healthy is key….

    man guys are dropping like flys, this seems to happen every fricking year right before playoffs…. I need wright back FULL TIME in the next 10 days! already lost JOHAN….ugh

    at least i dont own hammy, grady, m. young, a. jones, etc etc etc etc….

  14. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:
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    Is it sad that I emailed a link to this page to my parents as evidence of my success in life?

  15. lifeontheside says:
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    Great post as always, Grey.

    Should I drop Edwin Jackson and/or James Shields for the playoffs?

    Available pitchers are Correia, Hudson, Yusmerio Petit, Duensing, Manship, Wade Davis.

  16. timSTi says:
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    @BSA: I’m in the same boat, unfortunately I need to try my damnest to catch 1st place and W’s & K’s will put me there. I was really hopeful for Smoltz to pull something out of his ass this year for the Sox but no such luck. And now Penny?! WTF..

    Is this the makings of “The Curse of the Past Their Prime pitchers?”

  17. mr baseball says:
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    Brad Penny Arcade ? – I seen way too much of him in recent years – soon or later he is going to be lit up for 7 runs – I will take the sooner and there goes your era and whip for the week and at this point in the season I feel he is to risky

  18. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Start Smoltz 11 teamer? Very over innings and desp for wins.

  19. BSA says:
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    @Grey: @mgeoffriau:
    Thanks! Thanks a lot I just sprayed coffee all over my screen and keyboard.

    On another note now that I cleaned up, pretty well I might add,
    ****watch for Martinez to catch Buchholz tonight***
    Lowell will probably DH with Ortiz sitting against the lefty.

    Well, I think I may go ride Buckner tonight – A Sox fan has to stop cringing at the name sometime.

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    I’m currently sporting rodney, capps, frasor, jj as my closers. I hate 3 of them. You guess which 3! In a 3 moves a week league with 2 moves left, would you punt any of capps, frasor, or jj for betancourt or even wheeler who relieved howell last night or just hold tight? Thinkin ditch jj for cuddle boy extroidinaire betancourt? Or ditch jj and frasor for betancourt and wheeler? Stupid closers

  21. Stephen says:
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    That Felix comment made the readers in the library I am at shot a dirty eye my way. Hilarious.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sos: Wheeler didn’t relief Howell as much as Howell blew save. I’d drop JJ for Betancourt.

  23. Tony says:
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    @Grey: u think betancourt will get saves over morales? I wouldn’t even bother picking up betancourt, he’s not good as a closer, the tribe tried it, maybe a new setting would help, but i doubt it…

    Howell was ticked about blowing that save, I believe the four letter word that came out of his mouth when he saw Maddon coming outta the dugout began with an “F” and ended with an “UCK”!

    He just blew it tho.

  24. Grey

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    @Tony: Betancourt being the righty, should see more chances, but if/when he fails then Morales might see the majority.

  25. New glossary term proposal:

    Storked! When one of your starting players takes a couple of days off because their wife is having a baby. (See: Derrek Lee — today)

    Derrek Lee just storked me.

  26. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    did you sit one of your “a” ‘s in the zimmerman comment to emphasize riggleman’s managerial plan last night ,

    or should i worry bout some sort of contgious disese infecting my computer ?

  27. peter says:
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    Betancourt over Gutierrez? I don’t think so, or at least a push, but Gutierrez the only one I could conceivably drop right now for Betancourt. I’m not ready to ditch Shields. I’m staying and finishing my cup of coffee, Walter.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Sorry, not sure what you mean.

  29. ETMcgee says:
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    Annyong,
    It’s unfortunate that so few people will get the AD reference in your title, but so glorious for those of us that believe it was the best written sitcom ever.
    Regarding my drafting of Liriano on 2 teams, i think Gob said it best: “I’ve made a huge mistake…”

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @peter: Ha! Yeah, I’d hold tight.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ETMcgee: Agreed on AD. And agreed no one gets the reference.

  32. Beer Bum says:
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    Ya know, I can’t even look at his name now without thinking “Parrot Bones”…

  33. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    can pee-dro hang with tiny tim , long enough to get the win ?
    5 innings and no-decision ain’t gonna help me much .

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: I doubt it. Not a great matchup at all.

  35. papasmurf says:
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    I’ll take credit for Reimold’s streak, thank you. =) Went 0 for 11 in my lineup, so I sat him vs. Burnett and CC. And of course, my magic never fails. Be warned everyone, I will start Reimold tomorrow, so you might wanna sit him.

  36. Bob says:
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    Eff brad penny.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *****Rockies are saying it’s Morales to close. Not Betancourt.******

  38. nick m. says:
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    MacDougal or Morales?

  39. Adam says:
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    Drop Frasor, Downs or Betancourt for Morales? The Jays have been struggling so it really hasn’t been clear how their pen is situated, if it is at all

  40. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Adam: I’d lose Betancourt for Morales.

  41. Royo says:
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    Beckett’s HR/FB and HR/9 are way up from his Fenway norms. His periphs haven’t been bad. I’m covering my eyes and starting him down the stretch.

  42. anon says:
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    Is Rios droppable at this point? I have Wright coming off the DL. I could alternatively drop one of Lindstrom, Morrow, BJ Upton, or Jim Johnson. Thanks!

  43. big o says:
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    street saying he’ll be out 4 days to a week … tops .

  44. Tony says:
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    @Royo: he can do whatever he wants in about his next 3 starts, after that he better figure out, i’ve got a bye week but after that its on, i can’t have one of my aces crapping on my in H2H….

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @anon: Lose Rios.

    @big o: Hopefully. You love Street.

  46. Jeff says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto keeper league. I can only afford to keep 2 of the following 3; Morneau $35, Miggy $40, Crawford $42. Also was offered Kendry($8) for Crawrford. Do I go for it then keep Miggy, Morneau, and Kendry?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Jeff: Eh, those are a lot of 1st basemen. Is that going to occupy your UTIL spot?

    *******TAKE FOLLOWUPS TO THE NEWEST POST********

  48. DrEasy says:
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    Morales has SP eligibility (at least on Yahoo), which makes him even a tastier add.

  49. zombie says:
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    @Grey: To love Street is to own Street (this season). Showing patience with his recovery into our playoffs next week will be difficult. But maybe we’ll know something more definitive by this weekend. Summarizing your tentative brain freeze closer ranking would you say Street (with a next week return), then MacDougal, Moralez, Betancourt, Jimmie J.? & drop JJ despite his “closer” status for any ranked above him? Thanks again.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @zombie: I’d drop JJ for Morales. I wouldn’t place Street in front of those other guys with arm soreness.

    *******TAKE FOLLOWUPS TO THE NEWEST POST********

  51. Jareth Cutestory says:
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    Brown points, that’s what I am talking about. Anybody seen a loose seal?

  52. dg says:
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    love the buster/AD reference. that alone will keep me coming back to RB for fantasy advice (not like I was going to leave anyway though).

    Since we’re on the topic, I always laugh when I see the SF mascot “Lou Seal,” as i think of Liza Minelli and Buster’s “mother, I’m going to WAR” line.

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