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When Max Scherzer was first called up, he was dubbed Jobacum by Razzballers because of his uncanny resemblance to Joba Chamberlain and Tim Lincecum or maybe it was because the name Jobacum made me giggle. Either way, in Jobacum’s cup of coffee earlier this year, he impressed. If Petit should falter, Jobacum will slide right into his rotation spot. This isn’t a foregone conclusion. Petit has looked good and it’s not necessarily a hirame. Petit was a highly ranked prospect while in the Mets farm system. Some of the shine has come off of Petit, but he’s still only 23. Jobacum may simply return as the long reliever he left as. Don’t let that influence your decision on whether to keep Scherzer for 2009. Or Petit for that matter. If you think Webb and Haren seem impressive right now, wait until Jobacum and Petit are in the ’09 rotation. Anyway, here’s some more fantasy baseball keepers for 2009:

Jose Arredondo – I don’t usually recommend keeping closers and this name is a bit out off left field — literally! (Because their bullpen is in left– Oh, forget it.) But K-Rod is putting together the ultimate cash-in season. He won’t be returning to close for the Angels. They might turn to Shields, but I think Arredondo’s the kind of youngster Scioscia will look to, barring any fatal meltdown in the playoffs. (No, that wasn’t an allusion to Donnie Moore. That’s just wrong.) In AL-Only leagues, you might get yourself a top closer for a couple of bucks.

Chris Dickerson – The fact the Reds brought him up already tells me they are committed to giving him a go of it. (Do you wanna have a go at it? He said, do you wanna have a go at it!? Sorry, but that’s just about my favorite scene from any movie and I’d be impressed if you recognize it. Random!)

Mat Gamel – Ryan Braun, The Hebrew Hammer, hits for average, power and butchered plays at 3rd base. Well, Gamel can slug with the best of them and plays 3rd like Jenny McCarthy in a celebrity softball game. Not to mention, his name is almost Gimel, which is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The similarities are endless!

Brandon Wood – Conversely, I started with Jobacum and ended with Wood.

51 Responses

  1. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Wiggington has 2 HR’s on the day so far. An owner dropped him recently but I just picked him up and am enjoying the ride. I dropped Nelson Cruz to get Wiggy but I’m obviously not too broken up about it at the moment. Now, if only Pence would get some of that magic from his teammate he wouldn’t be such a drag on my roster right now.

  2. royce! says:
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    Also re: Wiggington- was dropped in my league yesterday. Right now I have a waiver pending for Zambrano, who, with one week long and one two week long period left in my season, I may or may not use. Should I switch my waiver claim to Wiggington, who I would start over David Wright for the week starting 9/8, since Wright only plays 5 games and Wiggington has all home games (where he’s a monster)? I’m leaning towards no, since Zambrano could be very valuable, and 5 games starting Wright could be worth much more than whatever Wiggington could produce in 7, but just want to make sure I’m not mistaken.

  3. royce! says:
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    @royce!: The more I think about this, the more I think that switching my waiver claim from Zambrano to Wiggington would be highly ill-advised. I wish to withdraw my previous comment, but since its out there anyway, I’ll answer the question on all of your minds: yes, I am a damned fool.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I’d go with your first inclination. Go for Big Z.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Nothing wrong with a second opinion.

  6. SoS says:
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    Lame spot start question. Minor vs. KC or Campillo @ Was. I need a win, and decent ratio’s. Yes, I know they’re both lame.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SoS: No question too small! Campillo, and yes they are both crap.

  8. SoS says:
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    Campillo has just been such garbage lately and Minor did go seven scoreless in KC last week, so I was actually leaning towards Minor. I might just lean towards addition by subtraction, aka not starting anyone and hoping for the best later on in the week.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SoS: If not starting either of those two schmohawks is an option, I’d take that option.

  10. BSA says:
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    Don’t know if I missed this here today but just reported on WEEI-Boston-

    ***Beckett scratched from Friday start and headed to see Dr. Andrews.***

  11. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Thanks for the heads up. Seemed like this news was due for a few weeks now.

  12. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey: Nice Python reference,now if only Dickerson can go all Spanish Inquisition on NL pitching

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: I know what you’re thinking of and that’s a helluva movie. Alas, not the movie I was thinking of. C’mon, let’s play Google Scavenger Hunt. First person to figure it out wins the respect and admiration of me.

  14. BSA says:
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    yeah the GM report is that this is a preventative visit because tingling is gone but elbow still does not feel 100%.

  15. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Well, I tried to google it with quote marks and this post is the only hit, so if this is all a ruse to increase your traffic, it’s working!

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: That’s great stuff.

    @BSA: Preventative’s usually short for “we’re kinda screwed.”

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: I did the quote from memory so it might be “want to” instead of “wanna.” Or some slight variation of that. It’s not an easy one, gentlemen. It is a great movie though. Not one often quoted on a baseball site. Or any site for that matter.

    EDIT: Capitalization, boyz!

  18. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Everybody knows it’s “Office Space” Grey.

    When they were beating up the copy machine.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Another great movie, but not the one I was thinking of.

  20. Doug Ault says:
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    @Grey:Was it overheard as Torre spanked Kershaw after he dropped 5 to the Nats in the 1st inning?

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Give us a hint, I got no clue.

    BTW, the great Streaming Sucky Pitchers in the RCL seems to be working. It started with De LaRosa, then Harrison, now Lannan’s winning.

    Could it be my first trifecta? Doubt it, but shoulda started this a month ago.

    Throwing Travis Miner at KC tomorrow, jump on board.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Doug Ault: You’re inverting your spankings. Kershaw was spanked by the Nats, Kent was spanked by Bowa and Torre was spanked by Steinbrenner, still.

    @BigFatHippo: During the scene, there’s full frontal nudity for about 2 minutes. It is not a porn.

    You’re bound to get burned. But depends how much you got to lose.

  23. dan says:
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    @Grey:

    Who is the best choice for more saves while keeping era and whip down Wheeler, Jensen Lewis, or Brad Ziegler?

  24. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Time to dump Kershaw?

    He had a nice run but this is two blow-ups in a row, and if you can’t trust him against the Nats, he doesn’t seem like a play-the-matchups guy.

    On the other hand, the next month promises many nice match-ups against SD and SF.

    On the third hand, the Dodgers must be thinking about limiting his innings.

    On the fourth hand…

    You don’t want to know what’s on the fourth hand.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @dan: Ziegler

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I would get rid of Kershaw. — I’m surprised you don’t know the movie.

  26. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: The line sounds like something from Robert Carlyle in Trainspotting. The clue sounds like Boogie Nights or, maybe, Short Cuts.

    I have no clue either and am officially stumped.*

    *drunk

  27. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    Guess I could look it up on Mr. Skin but that would take a couple hours and then I’d have to smoke a cig and go to bed and dream of Phoebe Cates, happens every time.

    Re: RCL

    I’ll get burned but yet I’ve been burned all season. Nothing to lose………….

  28. Doug Ault says:
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    I thought I could steal a nice start out of Kershaw,it backfired bigtime

  29. BigFatHippo says:
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    Damm, Baron

    You’re smarter than the average Vulture.

    Never saw the movie Grey, worth a look? And what’s it about?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Not sure if you’re into Robert Altman movies, but it’s one of his and that line is from a scene where Julianne Moore is describing to her husband anonymous sex with a stranger. It’s a great, completely unexplainable movie. Just don’t watch with Dash. Or do. You make the call!

  31. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey:

    I’ll check it out, Altman’s a classic.

    And no, Dash won’t be watching. Made the mistake of letting him stay up to watch “In Bruges” when I rented it. Thought he’d fall asleep, now he wants a gun.

  32. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, definitely worth watching. Great movie. Based on the short stories of Raymond Carver, which are excellent.

    Two words: Natural. Redhead.

    @Grey: That was a bit of a shot in the dark, but it is a very memorable scene. Favorite scene, though? Ever?

    I figured you more for a “Go home and get your shinebox”, or maybe “I definitely picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue”* kind of guy. Or maybe even a “Wierzbowski! Wierzbowski” fan, as far as great scenes go.

    You’ve shown me a new unexpected side of you. Much as Julianne Moore did in that movie.

    *Kershaw’s start tonight against the Nats: Definitely the wrong time to stop sniffing glue.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: “now he wants a gun.” — ha! How was In Bruges? I meant to see it.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Well, I have an MFA, so there’s that, ya know?

  34. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: Two donks for Elijah Dukes tonight. Does this mean I have to pick him up? Nelson Cruz and Lind are my two platooning 3rd OFs right now. Is Dukes a better bet than either of those two?

    I thought In Bruges was pretty good. A little derivative, but the guy who wrote it, Martin McDonagh, writes great dialogue.

  35. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    My 2nd favorite two words.
    Right behind: Biscuits. Gravy.

    @Grey:

    To put it in Razzball terms,

    Pulp Fiction, True Romance, The Usual Suspects, In Bruges, The Departed, American History X, punt.

  36. Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Excellent list. Though I’d say you’ve got True Romance way too high. Better than Usual Suspects? You drafting Haren before Webb next year too?

  37. Steve says:
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    Drugstore Cowboy, anyone?

    You gotta pay your debt to the hat.

  38. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha. Don’t have to, Webb’s a keeper. As is Hamels, Shields and Billingsley. All for 52 bucks. My staff is set for next year, drafting nothing but bats.

    The dialogue in True Romance tops The Usual Supects, thats why I love it.

  39. BigFatHippo says:
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    Phillies bullpen is unusually suspect.

    Fuckity, fuck, fuck and warmed over fuck.

    Hamels doesn’t deserve that fuckin.

  40. knighttown says:
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    Snatch

    //end thread

    \\opens new thread

    In the magical closers game, Ayala and Wheeler are still sitting there and I carry Putz, Ryan, Rodney and chair thrower. Any changes needed?

    For starters, Kuroda, Petit, Harang and Slowey are all there. Drop any of Lilly, Volquez, Parra or Meche? Wins>WHIP>ERA>>>>>K’s.

  41. Steve says:
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    Pat Burrell is draining my will to live.

    He is 0/18 when in my lineup this week.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: You had me up until American History X.

    I stepped away from the TV/computer for an hour and I lost that Hamels win? Ugh.

    @knighttown: Do you have room for more closers? If so, grab them. If you have to drop one of those closers to grab them, then let them be.

    So Ks are the least of your concern? Then drop Meche for Slowey. Drop Parra for Petit.

    @Steve: Maybe he doesn’t like kiwis?

  43. Steve says:
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    @Grey: What could he possibly find offensive about a small, brown flightless bird/furry fruit?

    But seriously, do I keep running him out there?

    Lewis/Ethier/Kubel/Francisco/Anderson/Guillen/Wiggy are all LF-eligible and available….

  44. Shogun says:
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    @Grey: Props on the Altman ref. That’s awesome.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Are you dropping Burrell? Or benching him? I’d go Ethier’s been solid for over a month now, I’d go with him.

    @Shogun: Thanks!

  46. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Just benching. Hopefully he can get hot again.

    As soon as I bench him, probably.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Unfortunately, you’re probably right.

    ****TAKE FOLLOWUPS TO THE NEWEST POST.

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