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Brian Duensing continued his hellish streak with an 8 inning 1 ER, 7 K game.  While he was able to strikeout 7 of the peasant Royals, his K rate has been around 5 per 9 inning for the past three years in the minors and majors.  You know how many great pitchers get by with that type of K-rate?  None.  Though sometimes a pitcher can sell their soul for a year (see Scott Feldman 2009).  Doesn’t mean you can’t throw some caution to the wind.  When I was going over the borderline starter post that is coming later today, I noticed Duensing still isn’t owned anywhere.  He has a 2.02 ERA in 107 2/3 IP.  Seriously, you can look it up if you want… Though that might hurt the trust we’ve built over the summer.  We used to be so carefree, me and you.  Frolicking through dandelions, playing catch with that raccoon carcass.  What about those times we had? Duensing gets the White Sox and the Indians in his next two starts.  I would grab him but, and unless you’re an alien there’s always a but, he’s been lucky and he Ks no one, so know the risk.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Phil Hughes – Will have his next start skipped as the Yankees try to figure out the best way to limit Hughes’ innings while ensuring he gets no sorta rhythm going.  In redraft leagues, you’re looking at three more starts from a guy who has been getting bombed recently.  There’s gotta be better arms out there.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Speaking of better arms out there, I’d go with Nova ova Hughes.

Jimmy Rollins – Left the game when he suffered a bout of Middle Infieluenza.  I’d say Rollins has really gone downhill fast, but to me going downhill fast kinda infers you’re picking up speed.  Rollins is going uphill slow, and it ain’t pretty.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-5 with another steal.  How about you give me your password and I’ll pick him up for your team?

Troy Tulowitzki – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  Tulo legit 2 quit.

Aaron Cook – Done for the season with a broken fibula.  No lie.

Cory Luebke – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  In the grand scheme of things, Luebke looks like a fifth fantasy starter.  In the last few weeks of the season, he looks like LeBlanc when pitching at home, which is an around-3 ERA, decent K starter.  A hodgepadre.

Mike Napoli – Hit his 23rd homer then was pulled from the game for making Scioscia look bad for not playing him every game.

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Now has a 1.91 ERA on the Diamondbacks.  Yes, you should’ve picked him up a month ago.  No, I’m not sure what you’re doing.

Marco Scutaro – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and 2 homers, which he hit with a partially torn rotator cuff.  Impressive since I wouldn’t leave my house with a partially torn Z. Cavaricci pants cuff.

Matt Garza – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Him and his stupid smugshot!  Don’t fart in my face and say it’s cologne!

Russell Branyan – Hit his 4th homer in the last week.  In September, he has 4 homers and 8 hits.  In August, he had 7 homers, 17 hits and 12 RBIs.  He’s a One True Outcome player, so I wouldn’t expect much more than homers, but he is providing those.

Coco Crisp – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and the slam & legs, which always goes well with cereal.

Jaime Garcia – 4 IP, 7 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The time to have a start like this was the week prior to the H2H playoffs, you stunod!

Brett Myers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His ERA this year is… Wait for it… Here it comes… As soon as I put away my laundry… Okay, where were we?  Oh, yeah, Myers’ ERA… Okay, let me just check on my turkey casserole then I’ll tell you.  Mmm… Looks good.  All right, ready?  His ERA is freakin’ 2.91!

Matt Wieters – Hit his 11th homer yesterday and is batting .438 over the last week.  Since people in fantasy are so fickle, Wieters should be undervalued next year because of his sub-par 2010, which means I might just own him.

Koji Uehara – 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Was only his first blown save so I think he’ll remain the closer, then again I didn’t think he should be the closer to begin with, so take what I know, wrap it in a Moo Shu Pancake and you’ll be confused again in an hour.

Josh Johnson – Had an MRI to see what’s his major malfunction.  They found right shoulder inflammation.  His next start was already scratched and now it’s sounding like they might shut him down for the year.  Moving from Johnson to Dickey…

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K and his tenth win.  He was in last week’s borderline starters post and will be in next week’s too because people refuse to add him.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  In 188 IP, he has 188 Ks, a 1.16 WHIP, 3.06 ERA and only 10 wins, or one more win than Tyler Clippard.  Yeah, screw you, God of Wins and the horse of Quality Starts you rode in on.

Josh Fields – 4 for his last 8 as he hit third yesterday.  I like him, but right now it looks like he’s 0nly starting vs. lefties.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-3 with his 1st major league homer.  Don’t think he has enough value in redraft leagues outside of a deep, two catcher league, but, if you can stash him in a dynasty league for a buck for next year, I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees more time than Pudge next year.  It’s at least worth the flier to see how playing time shakes out next March.

Derek Holland – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Blue Kays.  If you know your matchups, you’ll know what hand Holland throws with.  Hint:  The Kays are hitting .218 vs. lefties this year.

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5 with the slam & legs.  He has 8 homers and 11 steals on the year.  Somewhere, Crapolanco says, “Hey, that’s my season!”  I’ll like Kinsler next year when he’s drafted in the 6th round or so.

Justin Morneau – Could be out until the very end of the month with his concussion.  Incredible.  How do people miss so much time with a concussion?  Don’t they have smelling salts in Minnesota?  Did something go terribly wrong when they were cloning his mini me?  You know, on The Island of Dr. Morneau.

Hanley Ramirez – Didn’t start yesterday due to back soreness.  I wouldn’t say Hanley’s the ideal guy to demonstrate work ethic but so many players get lazy in September.  Was talking with Rudy about how we need a glossary term for all of these players who are fine all year then give you nothing in September.  I present to you… Septumblers.

Logan Morrison – 1-for-3 with 2 walks.  His OBP is up to .431.  And he played yesterday with a black eye.  Too bad he doesn’t play for the Red Sox because Logan was a black eye for that city.

  1. big o says:
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    the ted williams tunnel has made life easier ,
    but , you’re correct ,
    there’s not much nice about logan .

    hughes picked up a 6-inning win vs the royals ,
    and , struck out NO one .
    give me duensing , a capella .

  2. Steve says:
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    Well, as someone who has had rotator cuff trouble (not a tear) most of the year, what Scutaro is doing is pretty incredible. Damaging your rotator cuff can make it painful to put a shirt on, let alone hit major league pitching into the stands.

    Speaking of painful, Bills’ ‘start’ yesterday (another failed force play!) has left me 8 IP ahead of pace in the ol’ keeper, with Lilly @ Houston and Cain @ Petco going today. Both are pretty tasty starts so should I start ‘em both?

  3. Tony says:
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    jimmy rollins- never drafting him again

    phil hughes- it was a nice first half, see yaaaa

    ian kinlser in the 6th? thats wishful thinking grey, haha, im betting he’s still gone by the 4th in everyones draft next year….

    Feb Grey will have to reason with Sept Grey when Feb comes around.

  4. KCC26 says:
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    ugh i wish duensing wasn’t owned anywhere. I wore last night’s start on the chin in my semifinal matchup.

  5. majortommy says:
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    Looks like your boy Angelo is going to pull a Septumbler move on Top Chef next week!

    What about people that suck all year and then turn it on for the last month of the season, such as Nolasco, Bruce, Aramis Ramirez etc. etc.? Causing you to draft them higher than you normally would have the following year. My head keeps saying Septrumbler, but my heart says that name sucks.

  6. majortommy says:
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    yes/no

    Friday
    Lanan vs Was
    De La Rosa vs Ari

    Saturday
    Anibal @ Was

  7. sal says:
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    @GREY: who do you like for the light schedule starts? I picked up Inge and EY Jr. I have room for one more…

  8. sal says:
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    some left for today are orlando cab, will rhymes, seth smith if he’s playing, assortment of SF outfielders…

  9. @majortommy: Angelo looked like such a prick in the beginning but it’s just a front for an emotional mess. I’m sure his non-mail order Russian bride will love seeing that.

    I hear you on guys who are great to close the year only to get you to draft them higher the next year. For a while, experts were all over guys who broke out in the 2nd half. I still remember drafting Aaron Rowand after his great 2nd half and he went back to his blah self the next year.

    Will brainstorm with Grey on a glossary term…

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    wow,had to work last night,so i catch up on your post to see steve had a rough night,he still has me by 3 points in the money league though,damn foreigners

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    but atleast he speaks english

  12. majortommy says:
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    @Rudy Gamble: The guy is a wreck, you see him crying after elimination? It seems the finals were custom created for his style.

  13. Wilsonian says:
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    Gio, Lilly or Big Z down the stretch?

  14. stynyr says:
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    Slowey or Zimmermann for the stretch and playoff run?

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    Also, need to figure out what to do with my SS position. I was just playing the hot hand, but recently I’ve been getting no action out of that spot. Who do you like more for right now and the next 3.5 weeks:

    Desmond, Castro, Infante, Peralta, Scutaro, Gonzalez?

  16. Wilsonian says:
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    @Wilsonian: oh, and I don’t need anything in particular. Just solid overall production out of an SS.

  17. Diamondoug says:
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    How about a term ” Septaculars ” for the young studs in September like Logan Morrison !!!!

    just the opposite of Septumblers

  18. Godzilla says:
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    Would you start Hammel vs Cin today in a 12-team 6×6 (OBP, QS) league?

  19. ProBeez4 says:
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    Harold Reynolds was using “Tu-lo-git-2-quit” last night on the MLB Network.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Yeah, and it only took about 15 years for them that Big Dig.

    @Steve: Gotta start them both.

    @Tony: Ha! Yeah, you might be right. Depends who flatulent Kinsler’s September is.

    @KCC26: Ouch

    @majortommy: What Rudy said, will need to think about it. re: Angelo – Was it me or did the judges all say incredible things then flip the script at Judges’ Table? “I wish to bathe in your soup and use your shrimp tails as a loofa.” “On second thought, it wasn’t a soup but a sauce.” Oh, and he cried! Ha!

    re: SPs — No, yes, yes…

    @sal: Seth Smith

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha

    @Wilsonian: Lilly

    @stynyr: Zimmermann

    @Wilsonian: Infante

    @Diamondoug: Nice, not bad at all. I’ll run it by Rudy.

    @Godzilla: Yes

    @ProBeez4: I feel dirty.

  21. papasmurf says:
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    Any Angel fans out there have heard Scioscia comment on Napoli? I am curious what Scioscia has said about the guy, at least publicly. I am sure reporters have asked him about Nap sitting more than Sitting Bull.

  22. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    Grey – Not getting much help out of Kemp and JUp in my H2H points league playoffs. GSanchez, Bernadina, Stanton or Morrison better OF/U plays? Thanks, it’s been a great season so far.

  23. struggler says:
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    Jenks has a fore-arm strain. Drop Nunez for Thornton, Sale or Putz? I’m currently sporting Hensley, Lidge, Hannyranhans.

  24. royce! says:
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    @Grey:Re: Top Chef- seems to me that the judges’ perception of who cooked the best food is only one factor in who will continue to compete. Kelly didn’t create enough drama for the show to keep her on. The most dramatic thing I saw her do last night was talk about how she was cooking outside of her comfort zone. So when the judges eat the food they say one thing (“I want to bathe in it”) but at the judges table they say another (“I might wash my hands in it”).

    I’m not complaining, though. I’m sure all of the cooks, at least in the top 4, make amazing food. But I don’t watch cooking shows, so why would I care?

  25. Mr2Bits says:
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    Grey : Lose Omar Infante for Eric Young Jr?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @papasmurf: I found this at the OC Register:

    http://angels.ocregister.com/2010/08/10/the-race-to-see-who-hates-scioscia-more/62867/

    @AnotherFalstaff: Can lose Upton for Sanchez if it’s dire, as in you’re in the playoffs right now.

    @struggler: Thornton

    @royce!: I think Top Chef is the one show where they either don’t keep people around for drama or make a conscious effort to knock people off early because it makes it seem like they judge from meal to meal. For instance, most reality shows would’ve keep on Kenny and Tiffany because they were good characters.

    @Mr2Bits: If you need steals…

  27. Wiley says:
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    Would you lose Mark Reynolds for Delmon Young? or will the mini-donkey be stubborn and keep playing through his injury.

  28. ASAOK says:
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    Who do you think is the best spot start for Saturday…Kendrick @ NYM, Carrasco v. Min, Guthrie @ Det or Volquez v. Pit (If he does get the start)

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wiley: Delmon’s not really doing anything.

    @ASAOK: Volquez… If he doesn’t start, Kendrick.

  30. Mzyptlk says:
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    Grey, who would you keep at this time…Bruce or Delmon? Thanks.

  31. royce! says:
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    @Grey: yeah, good point on those characters. It does seem that the judges have more say than with other shows like Project Runway, where you can basically handicap a person in the first couple of episodes based on how crazy or annoying they are.

    By the way, the headline “duensing with the devil” is awesome- totally captures a FBB manager’s relation to him.

  32. emceeperiod says:
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    You thinking of making a “Probable Septumblers” list so we know who to avoid the next two weeks? Or have you done that and I missed it?

  33. emceeperiod says:
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    …or is it just something we’ll find out…

  34. dingo says:
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    hey maya or lannan. thanks

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mzyptlk: Bruce

    @royce!: I was going Duensing Machine and Rudy pulled it back to a lukewarm title, so that’s his. re: Project Runway – They messed up that show pretty bad when it went to Lifetime. An hour and half is just too long for the same info we used to get in an hour. And, yes, the judges seem influenced by the producers.

    @emceeperiod: That list would change every day depending on bumps and bruises, so you’re just gonna have to follow along.

    @dingo: Maya

  36. Mzyptlk says:
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    Grey—Thanks for your advice this season, glad I found you. I’m in first place in all 4 of my leagues and your column has been invaluable in that regard, entertaining too. Now, who would you prefer tomorrow DLR or Big Z? thanks man.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mzyptlk: No problem… dlR

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS******

  39. papasmurf says:
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    @Grey: Hey! Nice shoutout to Razzball!

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