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I said three days ago that Brian Wilson was probably headed for a DL stint.  And now he’s on the DL.  Confession:  I’m a time traveler!  And not for stocks or gambling Biff-style, I use my foresight for fantasy baseball.  To recap what I’ve been saying, I said three days ago that Brian Wilson– Wait, I should recap from a little further back.  Ramon Ramirez already has two saves, so that’s who I’d grab first.  Affeldt could get some saves, you just need to put up with his annoying duck.  Casilla may sneak into the picture, but I wouldn’t go deeper than one of these guys unless you’re very desperate.  Though remember closers can smell desperation and you’ll never get any saves like that.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the roundup, I just wanted to announce that this afternoon there will be announcement. So this is the announcement’s announcement.  The pre-nouncement?  If you’ve been around the last three Augusts for our announcements, then this shouldn’t come as that huge of announcement.  But act surprised anyway, would you please?  Anyway II, the roundup:

Jordan Lyles – Was sent to Triple-A.  Hope he gets one of their TourBooks.  They have so many great coupons!

Alex Rodriguez – 0-for-5 as he returned from the DL.  Bee tee dubya, he has 13 homers on the year.  Where does he get drafted next year? Fifth round?  Sixth?  Hasn’t been drafted that low since he started hanging out with his cousin.

Eduardo Nunez – 1-for-4 with a steal.  More importantly, he played even as A-Rod returned.  Though, I wouldn’t count on that continuing.  Jeter DH’d yesterday, but he won’t do that every day.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-4 with a slam & legs.  Now has 35 homers and 24 steals.  Is he in the MVP conversation at all?

Derek Holland – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER as Holland gave his owners a Dutch oven.

Tyler Flowers – 2-for-3, 3 runs, has now hit in 6 of 7 games.  In one league where we lost Eli Whiteside (yeah, it’s a deep league; no, we didn’t get extra points for owning Whiteside because he sounds like herring), I added Flowers.

Ryan Braun – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI with his 25th and 26th steal.  He has no business stealing 26 bases, yet he goes out there and does just that for your fantasy team.  How sexy is he?  I want his swimsuit calendar.

Casey McGehee – 1-for-4 with his 9th homer.  Hasn’t really gotten hot all year, and I still wouldn’t say he is now, but he is hitting near .333 over the last week.  That’s McOkayhee.

Tim Hudson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I haven’t given Hudson much fanfare this year, so here goes.  With a 3.01 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, he’s been my most reliable starter on multiple teams and wish I owned him on every team, which is saying something since his Ks are pretty yawnstipating.  Thank you, Tim, for letting me love a non-strikeout pitcher.  Though, if you could ramp up the Ks, you’d be really awesome.

Adam Lind – Out with a sore wrist.  Should be able to return on Tuesday.  Canada waits.

Luis Perez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks and 4 Ks.  Late-blooming southpaw that ran up against a good matchup yesterday vs. the A’s.  I wouldn’t look at him outside of deep AL-Only leagues.  Could get some Ks, will probably get mollywhopped.

Frank Francisco – Scratched with a sore shoulder.  Well, stop scratching it!  Francisco has actually been decent recently, but if the shoulder’s a problem, it won’t matter.  Since Rauch is off seeing a giraffe doctor, Casey Janssen or Shawn Camp would see saves.

Rafael Furcal – Tripped over a rope and sprained his thumb.  He should’ve stuck with hopscotch.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers, three this weekend.  This had to be more than just the wind blowing out at Wrigley.  I’m guessing the entire Molina family, including Alfred, was sitting behind home plate blowing.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  Um, dubya tee eff?  Last week I joked that Cleveland should raise the mound a mile above sea level, but I joke when I don’t think there’s any reason to worry.  Now, I’m kinda troubled.   Or troubaldo.  If he gets beat badly his next time out by the peasant Royals, might be time to discard.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Sat out with a back bruise after being plunked.  Eric Plunk, “Someone owes me a nickel!”

Ryan Lavarnway – 2-for-4.  Playing DH (do you play it?) which has me concerned.  If he only DHs then only pinch hits when Papi returns, will Lavarnway lose his catcher eligibility going into next year?  Probably moot since the Sawx will most likely let him start 2012 in the minors.  Cust pondering.

Craig Kimbrel – Recorded his 39th save.  Has 101 Ks, 1.72 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.  Member how Tony Gwynn used to watch hours of pitcher videos while eating donuts?  I think Kimbrel watched hours of a young Mariano.

James Shields – 7 1/3 IP, 7 ER vs. the Mariners.  Huh?  I feel like the box score had a typo.

Brandon Belt – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Great, wonderful, gronderful!  But he hasn’t been playing every day so you might need to platoon him in and out of your fantasy lineup for right now.

Casper Wells – 2-for-4 with his 10th homer.  As all of Casper’s fans boo.  BTW, on Saturday I went to this karaoke place and this one guy was awful so I stood near the stage and started booing him.  Loudly.  He got rattled and started messing up the words (worse), so I booed louder.  I got a kick out of it, but apparently he didn’t.  He threw down the mic, shouted “Oh, that’s it!” and charged after me.  Luckily (for me and my mustache), three bouncers got to him before he got to me.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Before this game, I told someone in our fantasy baseball forums that I wouldn’t start Pineda again until he pitched well.  Well (stutterer!), this was a decent start.

Nick Blackburn – Left the game with a forearm strain.  Maybe it was straining to be a fivearm.

Ben Revere – 1-for-4 with his 2nd game in a row with a steal.  SAGNOF!

James McDonald – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  McDonald was then replaced by Grilli.  I prefer the McGriddli.

Garrett Jones – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a home run as he continues to stay hot with his 2nd homer in the last five games.

Joel Hanrahan – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Hanrahanananan is obviously strugglinginginging right now, but his season ERA is still at 1.76 so, ya know, don’t be ungrateful.

Carlos Quentin – Might end up on the DL with a sprained AC joint.  That sucks, humidity this time of the year is killer.

Peter Bourjos – 3-for-5 with his third homer of the weekend.  I’m telling you right now, there’s gonna be a sleeper post about him sometime in January and I’m gonna go cacacuckoo for him again next year.

Danny Espinosa – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Corspinosa is alive!  He tends to be streaky so if he’s out there, I’d give him another chance if you’re hurting with your middle infidel.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-5 as he also homered yesterday.  It must’ve been Zombie Day in Nationals Park.

Seth Smith – 1-for-2 with a slam & legs.  If someone asked me what’s the bare minimum you should get from your fifth outfielder in a 12 team mixed league, I’d say look at The Lisper’s Nightmare’s stats.

Ivan Nova – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Honestly, I don’t trust him.  This start was vs. the Twins who have Plouffe, the guy who sounds like the noise a turd makes when it hits the toilet water, hitting second.  If you’re chasing wins, I could see going with Nova, but chasing wins is a losing proposition. (<–Turn of a phrase point!)

Roy Halladay – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Was lifted after a rain delay then Schwimer took over.  All I can say is thank God he’s no longer making movies.

Jimmy Rollins – Left the game with a groin injury.  Wouldn’t surprise me to see this be a DL stint since the Phils will just want everyone healthy for the playoffs.  As Jimmy gets older, maybe he should ease back a little to Strollins.

Ryan Madson – 2/3 IP, 6 ER on Friday.  Madson, the Phils already have one Bastardo in the bullpen.  Please.  Wasn’t used in a save situation on Sunday, which was then blown by Bastardo and followed by Lidge losing the game.  I think Madson will be fine, was just a big giant blip.

Matt Wieters – 6 for his last 12 and his 12th homer yesterday.  Pretty whatever season from him so far, but if he were to hit five homers in the last month plus, his season would still look a’ight with definite promise for next year.  He really needs a big last month though.  Either way, I’m still gonna go all in with him next year again, assuming he’s drafted late, which he should be at this rate.

Delmon Young – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer on the Tigers.  On the Twins, Delmon was happy, but on the Tigers Delmon’s all about business.

Bobby Parnell – Mets said Izzy will see some saves still, but then Izzy went out on Sunday and gave up one run and on Saturday he gave up 4 runs.  They say the 301st save is always the toughest.

34 Responses

  1. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:
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    For what it’s Wuertz, Tiny’s K/9 is slightly better than Stauffer’s.

    Benching Gaby for Goldschmidt, despite the horrific K rate. Four lefties in one week is pretty tantalizing. That, and Gaby’s in complete freefall. Good idea?

    Also, please tell me I won’t be the only weekly leaguer hoping that Norris does well enough in his start at SF to cover the potential poopstorm at COL.

  2. chata says:
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    nice write .

    lots of good stuff here ….
    a) portraying your precognition as a gift , without revealing that your random italicized voice’s true name is sybil , (or is that bridie murphy ?) .
    b) the duck
    c)
    d) friends …. really ?

    but , letting us see your karaoke side ? … that story is priceless , and
    marks you as a true renaissance man …. (not the devito type , either) .

    am reminded of another deep thinker .
    so-krates ?
    nope …. but give yourself one point (<= non-pun type) for the
    thematic guess .
    hoss !

    lots and lots of baseball news and opinion .
    still wish you'd consider doing a blog-talk show with live call-ins .
    it doesn't have to all be about baseball , you know .
    (you could do a great groucho) .

    cust ponderosa-in' how many (more) could truly appreciate your wit .

  3. SpecialFNK says:
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    yahoo, roto, 15 team, 5×5, keeper league where we keep 4.
    I’m 7.5 points behind, but in 4th place.

    CA- Santana, 1B- Gonzalez, 2B- Ackley, 3B- Lawrie, SS- Barney, OF- Bruce, OF- Cruz, OF- Stubbs, UT- AdJones. DL- Reyes
    SP- Felix, SP- Greinke, RP- Valverde, RP- Santos, P- Gregg, P- Betancourt, P- Masterson. BN- THudson, Santana, Beachy, Pineda, Leubke.

    I have 13 points in SV with 89 saves. top 2 have 100/102. below me have 87/83/81.
    is it worth hanging on to Kevin Gregg? he only has 17 saves on the season, and Baltimore really isn’t that good. he hasn’t have a SV since July29.
    I’m hoping for a late run on ERA/WHIP help(3.68/1.25), and Gregg hurts me there.
    I don’t need a specific position or pitching since I’m +20 in IP.
    I could use some offensive help, I could still gain at least 2 points in each of R/HR/RBI/SB.
    these are just some names of players on waivers..
    CWells, Willingham, Blanks, Goldschmidt, Abreu, Revere, Gwynn, EYoung, Venable, Vlad, Espinosa.
    it could be nice to have a roster spot to use on players for short days to get all the offensive stats I can get.

    drop Gregg?

  4. Grey — With Hanson coming back (some sites show him back in the rotation 8/28 @NYM) what happens to Minor? I picked him up for tomorrow’s start and would like to keep Minor for the start against the Mets but it’s starting to look like he’ll lose the spot in the rotation.

    Also, speaking of the Mets, I assume you’d rather have Parnell than Izzy for the rest of the season, correct?

    (Both questions related to a 20-team one-year roto league)

  5. Lob Ball says:
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    I’m looking for some POP (RBI & OPS) but not POOP (at least a .250 BA for the rest of the year). These are the candidates:

    McGehee
    Trumbo
    C. Wells
    Blanks
    JD Martinez
    B Allen
    S Smith

    Thanks Grey

  6. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:12 team 5×5….Lilly,Moscoso or Cecil?

    also,10 team 6×6….Minor,Moscoso,Dickey or Nova?

  7. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Grey:yesterday I asked you who you would drop in a 10 team 8×8 keeper league(K’s and K/9) between Ubaldo,Norris and D. Hudson and you said if you HAD TO drop one it would probably be Norris.

    If I told you Im almost certain of my 2012 keepers and none of them would be keepers anyway,and it was ONLY based on the rest of 2011,would you still drop Norris?

    (I dont WANT to drop any of them really,but I may have to replace Rollins and I just dont see any other options on this team).

  8. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    After gleefully owning Shields on 3/4 teams for most of the year, I finally dropped him off of the last 2 teams where I owned him yesterday. The Rays schedule the rest of the way is beyond brutal and Shields currently lines up against:

    @Tor
    @Tex
    Tex
    Bos
    @Bos
    @NYY
    NYY

    I don’t think I’d start him for any of those starts except MAYBE @Tor if my innings total was low. It was a good run, Mr. Shields, but a correction is coming.

  9. chata says:
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    @RandomItalicizedVoice:

    morrow’s starts for the last month of the season is similar .
    hate to be starting anyone against boston or new york , when
    so much is at stake for those two teams .

  10. busta says:
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    Last week of regular season and trying to hang on in points race:

    Which UT:
    Lind (6 games may be back Tuesday) or Tabata (8 games)
    Leaning Tabata

    Which 1 SP:
    Karstens (2 starts but Mil-Grienke/@StL-Carpenter)
    Gallardo (1 start @ChC)

    Which 2 RP:
    Marmol (7 games; 4vMil,3@StL)
    Bailey (6 games; 3@NYY,3@Bos)
    Perez (7 games; 4vSea,3v.KC)
    Leaning towards Marmol/Perez

  11. MattTruss223 says:
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    @RIV – Wow, that’s brutal, I’m dropping Morrow after tomorrow cuz I though his starts ROS were bad:

    vs. TB
    @ NYY
    vs. BOS
    @BOS
    vs. LAA
    @ TB

    Shield’s are way worse though.

  12. C.O.C. says:
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    In a weekly league, would Minor’s recent success and 2 starts this week warrant me starting him over a good but recently inconsistent D. Hudson? Other options instead of D-Hud are Colon or Hughes…..important factor: I’m chasing wins……

  13. Ian says:
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    “I just wanted to announce that this afternoon there will be announcement”

    You’re adding a Fantasy Golf section to the web site?!?! YESSSSSSSS!

  14. Random Collmenter says:
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    Went down to Petco from LA with a few buddies to see Fish v. Friars on Saturday, but mainly to see Stanton take BP. He did not disappoint. He was fucking incredible. He one OUT OF THE STADIUM (I squealed like a schoolgirl). I highly recommend it if Stanton comes within 1000 miles of your hometown.

    Plus he was still dealing with his toe injury. What a beautiful man.

    Oh yeah, and the Padres scored 14 runs, but who cares?

  15. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    @MattTruss223 – yeah I have Morrow on a few teams as well. I still like those 2 TB and the 1 LAA start for him…so I won’t be dropping him. I’ll just sit him for the 2 BOS and the NYY start.

  16. rvde says:
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    As I fight for the regular season crown in my 14-team H2H league, stick with Chacin’s FIPpin’ regression or go with the random schmohawk playing the Padres/Mariners?

  17. Chris says:
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    Better bet this week for SVs and no kazaams:

    Madson or Nathan?

  18. @RandomItalicizedVoice: I’d start most decent pitchers against Texas on the road. Their team OPS is around .140 lower on the road than at home. Toronto’s also been struggling of late, and Shields’ career ERA at Yankee stadium isn’t bad.

    I have Shields in a 20-team league and I think I’d start him for most of those games ‘cept probably the road games against TEX and BOS.

  19. KayCee says:
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    Glass Jacoby…

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Feeding the Abscess: Goldschmidt is fine there… I’d sit Norris in Coors.

    @chata: Thanks for the kind words!

    @SpecialFNK: Yeah, lose Gregg.

    @Enrique: Parnell over Izzy…Minor might go to long man.

    @Lob Ball: Trumbo

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Lilly, Minor…

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Sure, Norris.

    @RandomItalicizedVoice: I hear ya.

    @busta: Tabata…Gallardo…Marmol, Perez…

    @C.O.C.: Go with Minor.

    @Ian: Ha

    @Random Collmenter: Nice!

    @rvde: Padres/Mariner matchup potentially.

    @Chris: Nathan

  21. BookieBob says:
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    Schwimmer? Meh – but I do recommend a movie he directed, Trust.

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/trust_2010/
    “Annie (Liana Liberato) is 14 years old and growing up in a suburb of Chicago. Annie’s parents, Will (Clive Owen) and Lynn (Catherine Keener), are loving, but they’ve been busy with her older brother, Peter (Spencer Curnutt), who is heading off to college, so she spends a lot of time on-line chatting with a boy she met on the Internet, Charlie.”

    It’s uncomfortable, but parents need to see the message it contains.

  22. ltf says:
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    I like Jimmy Paredes as a SB option. Any other players who might be called up that are SB options? Cole Gillespie? …meh

  23. peter says:
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    Gearing up for h2h playoffs (ugh). It’s a keeper league w/ a screwy $ valuation system… (2011 auction price + 2012 Rotowire $ value)/2=how much it costs to keep.

    I trade away Pineda ($1 in 2011) and Hanrahan ($2 in 2011) for Kuroda and Mo Rivera (neither of whom I’d keep).

    I love Kuroda’s schedule for the rest of the year (SD a bunch, SF, Pit, Arizona). But Pineda is making me think twice after his ok start. My other pitchers include Oswalt, Gallardo, Masterson, Chacin, Luebke, Vazquez.

    Thoughts?

  24. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    @Enrique The only thing about that home Texas start for Shields is that it will be the 2nd of consecutive starts against TEX for Shields. And the fact that he has 3 straight sets of back-to-back matchups against 3 of the toughest offenses in MLB…it looks to be quite painful. Obviously in a 20-teamer you have to roll with him…hopefully that’s not a H2H league.

  25. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. top 3 in terms of wins (i know, dumb category)?

    d. hudson @ was
    scherzer @ tb
    duensing vs bal, vs det
    cecil vs kc
    norris @ col, @ sf
    luebke @ ari

    gracias.

  26. ChiSox says:
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    Points league, which two do I Start?

    Bumgarner (Houston- Henry Sosa)
    Haren (@Texas – Holland)
    Beachy (@CHC – Garza)
    Hudson (@Was – L. Hernandez)
    Hellickson (Det – Fister)

  27. Tony says:
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    Grey, as usual, you are dead on about Nova. I cut ties with him when he went down to the minors. A little clairvoyance on my part. Cust Sayin! Once again, you have helped me money in my big league! Thanks! Any thoughts on Henderson Alvarez?

  28. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: With Morneau DTD yet again, would you roll with Jed Lowrie as your corner infielder for the week?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BookieBob: I’ll have to check it out.

    @ltf: Paredes is good for SAGNOF….

    @peter: Hold

    @herschel: Hudson, Cecil, Scherzer…

    @ChiSox: Bum, Hudson…

    @Tony: Thanks! Don’t like Henderson Alvarez at all. Rotten K-rate, not much there in way of matchups.

    @SwaggerJackers: I wouldn’t.

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  30. busta says:
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    last question…I promise (for this week)!

    Which SS:

    Nobody F’s with the Jesus Guzman (5 games)
    Betancourt (7 games)
    A. Escobar (6 games)
    Andino (8 games)

  31. Honky says:
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    Hoping to hear about your thoughts about Alex White. The guy looks to have the peripherals to be a pretty solid pickup for the fantasy playoffs. I hope Coors Field doesn’t have the Daryl Kyle effect (God rest his soul) on him.

  32. jack says:
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    Dude, if I had followed your pitching advice last week I’d still be in first place! Gambled on Ubaldo and Ervin, and sat Stauff and Wandy. ouch! do you like Stauff this week up at SF? I’m worried by his velo drop and gopherballitis … the Petco forcefield knocked down 3 likely HRs last week. And he is facing Lincecum, so I am thinking of starting Billz at home vs Col instead. Billz seems to be getting it together. so Billz or Stauff?

  33. Grey

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    @busta: Betancourt…

    @Honky: Outside of NL-Only leagues, I wouldn’t go near a Rox rookie. His start at Houston isn’t a bad matchup though.

    @jack: Stauffer.

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  34. PhilsFan says:
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    Liked the comments on Belt. Who do you like better in a 12 team NL only leage for ROS, Belt or Polanco?

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