I’m sure even Kevin Gregg can’t believe he held the Cubs closer job as long as he did. After witnessing Gregg’s sixth blown save and 12th gopher ball on Monday night, Piniella went into the locker room and flipped a table, screaming at a young, non-mustachioed Willie Randolph… Oh, wait, that was The Bronx is Burning. Piniella says Carlos Marmol will take over the closer duties. Carlos Marmol smiles, Kevin Gregg frowns and Angel Guzman shrugs. John Grabow may also slide into the situational save picture when the Cubs face a lefty heavy ninth. But, for now, Sweet Lou’s giving the ball to Marmol to save games. As of today. We shall see. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Travis Snider – Guess JP Ricciardi can’t swing a deal for Lincecum and the frozen body of Ted Williams, so Snider was called up. Worth a flier in mixed leagues for the potential pop he can provide. In one league, out of boredom, I dropped Ty Wigginton for Snider. Oh, and Snider hit a homer yesterday.
Randy Ruiz – Hit his third homer in a week. He’s 31-years-old. You don’t get to be 31 and still a rookie without a giant pancake of mediocrity covering you. Might continue to hit bombs for the rest of this season. Or maybe just for the rest of this week. My guess is he has a hot week in him, then he drops like a ton of 31-year-old rookie bricks.
Francisco Liriano – Headed to the Disgraceful List with Can’t Throw Effectivelyitis. I think he’s fallen to the point where he might actually be a solid sleeper in 2010 drafts. We’ll have to wait for official word from February Grey as he rarely shares his info with August Grey.
Joe Mauer – 2 HRs yesterday as he bats .383 on the year. After the game, he cured cancer.
Delmon Young – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs, his 2nd homer in the last three games and already has more homers this month than he had the entire 1st half of the year.
Ivan Rodriguez – The Rangers acquired Pudge (<–at one point this nickname wasn’t ironic). Now the Rangers just need to acquire Jose Canseco and a bunch of syringes. According to the Rangers, Pudge will be a backup. I don’t see why they’d use him in that capacity. I think most of Teagarden and Salty’s value is hurt with the addition of Pudge, not that they really had much value anyway.
Carlos Quentin – HR yesterday. On one hand, I kinda want him to bomb the rest of this season so he goes quietly into next year’s draft. On the other hand, I own him in a league and would like some production. On the third hand, I want him to have surgery on his foot so there’s no problem next year. He’s refusing surgery as of right now. And, yes, I have three hands.
Freddy Garcia – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER. Right back where he left off!
Alex Gordon – Was optioned to Triple-A. As frequent commenter, Mr. Baseball, pointed out, Gordon could be a nice October call up.
Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday, now has 5 homers in the last seven games. Not sure what you’re waiting for, loyal Razzball reader.
Clint Barmes – HR yesterday. Without looking it up, who has more homers, Barmes or Hawpe? Obviously if I’m pointing it out, it’s Barmes. But that’s crazy. Though I’m not sure it’s crazy good for Barmes or crazy bad for Hawpe. I think it’s the latter, as in what Hawpe walked under before the season.
Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 2 ER. Now has a 3.41 ERA on the year and on his way to 180 Ks on the year. Aren’t you glad you own him and didn’t worry about whether or not he’s a Rockies pitcher? Or don’t you wish you owned him and stopped worrying about owning a Rockies pitcher?
Lastings Milledge – Hit his first homer of the year yesterday. Could be the start of something…
Ross Ohlendorf – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks as he got his 11th win yesterday and has a 4.15 ERA on the year. What the ‘dorf?! If you own Ohlendorf, you’re teetering between brilliance and insanity like an abstract painter or an MMA fighter.
Alex Avila – Hit his third homer yesterday as he bats near .450 through 20 ABs. Worth a flier in AL-Only leagues, but he’s seeing less time behind the plate than Nicole Richie.
Rick Porcello – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks vs. the Mariners. For a guy with a 4.5 K/9, the 8 Ks can only mean one thing. Porcello was imagining facing Ichiro Youkilis, Russell Youkilis and Franklin Youkilis aka The Big F-You.
Derek Lowe – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER as he allowed the Mets to record ten hits in one inning, which was a new club record. An offensive club record with Luis Castillo as your hitting star? Lowe hadn’t looked that bad since Speidi’s wedding. I know you wanna drop Lowe, but I wouldn’t.
Ricky Nolasco – 9 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks. Good to see him bounce back after his last outing left you muttering to yourself as you ate a pint of Mint Chocolate Chip.
Pat Burrell – Returned from a stiff neck with a homer. He still has 19 to go to save his season. I think he pulls up ten short, so he still has… You do the math!
David Price – 5 IP, 2 ER. Price was mentioned in the rookie pitchers who might get shutdown whatchamacallit. Now I’m hearing murmurs that Price could go to the bullpen for the return of Sonnanstine. Act like ya know, MC Lyte!
B.J. Upton – HR yesterday. That’s right! You’re not the Secretaryman, you’re not the Administrativeassistantman, you’re the Bossman! Now take charge!
Kyle Blanks – Hit an inside-the-park-homer. The only explanation for a 300 lbs guy getting an inside-the-park-homer is the Cubs pulled their team from the field because Padres fans were littering the field with empty bottles of White Zinfandel.