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Gerald Laird? Yeah, he’s serviceable. Jarrod Saltimbocca? He was enticing enough to get from the Braves and he’s wonderful with broccoli rabe. Taylor Teagarden? Grand slam yesterday. For his sixth HR in 12 games. Before you rush out to pickup Teagarden, see 1/18 of a centimeter after this period. Max Ramirez, the future at catcher for the Rangers, was called up on Monday night. This gives the Rangers three promising catchers, a fourth usable catcher and no pitchers. Let’s see, the last three World Champions have had Varitek, Pierzynski and one of The Flying Molina Bros. Usable pieces, for sure, but not exactly the cogs that made the offense work. Earth to the Rangers, wtf? Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ted Lilly – 7 IP, 1 hit allowed, 9 Ks. The Astros might officially be in a bit of a slump. No worries, Astros fans. Major League Baseball decided the Astros last homestand of the season will take place in Minute Maid Park, but can only be attended by fans showing up at the park in a Cubs jersey.

Ned Yost – Not really fantasy news other than to say the Brewers players have been simultaneously sucking and blowing for about two weeks now. Oh, and check out the poll on the right.

Matt Antonelli – First major league home run. Nick Tortelli still has zero.

Derrek Lee – First home run since August 22nd and the 2nd home run since July 27th. Now if he hits twenty more this week, all will be forgiven.

Brad Hennessey – 8 IP, 3 ER. A Diamondbacks team that is averaging about two runs a game for the last week made Hennessey look like cognac, but he’s really Mad Dog 20/20.

Chad Qualls – Got the save. If there was any doubt, he’s officially the Diamondbacks closer. Recognize!

Dontrelle Willis – 5 walks tell the story. The story is, “Don’t Pick Up Dontrelle.”

Juan Pierre – HR yesterday. Looks Rudy Gamble underestimated Juan Pierre.

Brandon McCarthy – Just when it seemed like he was starting to put something together, he hurt his finger. Probably be done for the season.

John Maine – Hoping to return to the Mets in the final week as their closer. Closing sounds like just the medicine a pitcher with an ailing shoulder needs.

Adrian Gonzalez – Another HR, for 4 in 5 games. Officially hot. Now if I only would’ve known to bench him for two months in the middle of the summer…

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 0 ER and 3 hits. This is exactly the kind of end of the season matchup you should be looking for. Team fighting for playoffs vs. Team deciding between Ohlendorf and Oh-who-gives-a-dorf.

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  1. and1mcgee says:
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    first! jk that is sooooooooooo dum dum. i HAD to pick up Teagarden to slow him down, i.e. when you pick up a player, it induces a slump, DUH!

    prediction: Dontrelle tries to pull an Ankiel within the next 1-2 years…

  2. SoS says:
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    Is Fausto Carmona worth the headache anymore this season, regardless of matchup? I would imagine this question is answerable regardless of my stat needs since he hasn’t been real good at anything since his return and we know he doesn’t strike anyone out.

  3. congrats juan pierre on doubling my pre-season estimate for you of 0.5 HRs!

  4. knighttown says:
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    Cleaning up my 7 closer rotation (trying to keep my opponents from getting any saves). Are the following closers still closing? Ryan, Francisco, Ayala, Rodney, Putz, Qualls. I have Saito sitting on the DL but he seems to be an 8th inning guy.

  5. knighttown says:
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    Start BJ Upton or Adsrubal tonight?

  6. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    @rudygamble: But now they can’t give you shit for starting him, Rudy!

  7. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    Who to start?… a recently hot Derrek Lee vs. CC at Utility or Pat Burrell against rookie pitcher Parr. It’s h2h and I’m basically tied with the guy I’m up against.

    Also, is it safe to start Morrow against KC today?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @and1mcgee: re: Dontrelle to Ankiel — I like that idea. Batting in front of Pujols next year, Ankiel, Dontrelle and Rich Hill. And Pujols will still get to 100 RBIs.

    @SoS: I wasn’t a fan in the beginning of the year, then briefly liked him right before he was due to come back because his value was so low, now he’s worth nothing again.

    @rudygamble: In so many less at-bats! He could’ve hit 2 this year if Torre would’ve played him.

    @knighttown: They’re all closing with various degrees of success, yup.

    Start Asdrubal until Upton returns.

    @IowaCubs: I’d go with Burrell and I’d start Morrow if your pitching categories can handle it.

  9. cubbies299 says:
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    Looking at the spot starts for tomorrow. I’m looking at Francis, Wellemeyer (who for some unknown reason I don’t trust), and Sanchez (against K-rizona)… thoughts? Also, thanks for the advice on Kuroda, he and Aceves helped cushion Kazmir’s implosion. Is he injured btw? He was giving out freebases like it was studio 54.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cubbies299: Francis, Sanchez, Wellemeyer, though I’m not really crazy about any of them and I wouldn’t touch Sanchez or Wellemeyer unless under dire circumstances. Francis should be safe.

    re: Kuroda — Awesome!

    re: Kazmir — Injury’s always a possibility with Kazmir, but there’s no word of that. I don’t think he’s going to give much value the rest of the way. The Rays are more or less in the playoffs and will begin to pull back on the starters, saving them for the playoffs.

  11. royce! says:
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    If Harang pitches well on Wednesday and I need IPs, etc., would you trust him for 2 starts next week v. FLA and @ STL? Other options (Wellemeyer, J. Sanchez, etc.) are not looking very pretty.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, I would.

  13. SoS says:
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    It makes no sense in my mind, but would I be better served to bench aram against c.c. and stick overbay in at first and miggy moved to third, or play miggy at first and aram at third and leave overbay’s yawnstipating arse on the bench.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @SoS: Overbay’s been hot, but all you’re going to get from him is 2-for-4 with one run scored. If you need that, then do the switch. I wouldn’t though.

  15. p0rk burn says:
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    RCL update posted.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @p0rk burn: Cool, going to check now.

  17. royce! says:
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    Marcum just left the game in the top of the 3rd. Looked like he was pointing to his finger when Gaston came out to check on him (and after he walked a batter, gave up a double to Brian Roberts, and walked Markakis).

  18. Grey

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    @royce!: Yeah, just saw that. I’d prepare to be without him for the rest of the season.

  19. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Devine is so fine, don’t think he’s given up a run since I added him.

    Do you think he’s worth a keeper slot next year? Even if they don’t make him the closer yet he gives you great innings and vulture wins. He’d cost $5.

  20. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: He’s great and I think he will be next year, but unless they make him a closer before you have to sign off on your keepers, I wouldn’t keep him.

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Good point, if they don’t name him closer I bet I can draft him for a dollar. The RCL has turned me into somewhat of a Mr. B.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: There’s lots of value in MRs.

  23. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Funny, I never believed that till coming here but I do now.

    My pitching staff next year is already decided. I’m keeping Webb, Halladay, Billingsley, Hamels and Shields. I know we’ve gone over this but I just like seeing it on paper (so to speak).

    If Devine can be had for 5 or less I’m gonna draft him but may need one more starter. Any under the radar guys that may be had on the cheap off the top of your head?

  24. BigFatHippo says:
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    OhOh, Liriano

    2.2 innings, 8 runs, 4 earned. WTF?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Slowey, Anibal, Parra, Cueto, I’ll have more in the offseason.

    re: Liriano — Ouch.

  26. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Dropped him to pick up Harang in the hope that Harang looks good tomorrow. I think I’m going to have to stack my Ps w/ 2 starters next week to make up for the 1 2/3 starts I’m losing due to Marcum.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: That’s a solid move.

  28. drizzle21 says:
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    Matt Cain has been pretty bad his last few starts. Is he worth the risk against the Diamondbacks tonight?

    It’s the finals and my opponent’s staff includes Johan, CC, and Big Z, so it’s gonna be rough. I’m already starting Beckett tonight and had Lilly last night. The tie-breaker in our finals is ERA, and he and I have split both past match ups 5-5, so completing that trifecta wouldn’t surprise me.

    Basically, does Cain give me solid innings with a chance to win?

  29. Shogun says:
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    @drizzle21: I don’t like the Cain’s matchup against Haren, or the fact that Cain’s been atrocious his last few starts. He’s in the top ten on the sabermetricians’ “pitcher abuse index,” which basically means that Bochy has let him pitch until his arm got gangrene. I suspect he’s tired, or injured, and I wouldn’t start him the rest of the year unless you’re completely desperate.

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I was thinkin Slowey but any of those guys may be kept unless their owners are idiots, they’ll all be 5 dollars.

  31. drizzle21 says:
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    Thanks.

    I almost feel like I have to do something high risk, high reward to have a chance to pull out more than 1 pitching category.

    On a totally unrelated note, do you think Adam Lind has cooled off enough to replace him with Nelson Cruz? Other OFs are Markakis, Braun, and Rios, so they’re all staying put unless big slumps hit.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @drizzle21: I agree with Shogun. I’ve talked on this site before about not starting Cain again. He’s trouble waiting to happen.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, they’ll probably keep them. That makes sense.

    @drizzle21: Yes, go for Cruz.

  34. Crafty says:
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    Which one would you start tomorrow?
    Harang v. STL
    Francis v. SD (love the matchup, hate Coors)
    Wakefield @ TB (great career numbers vs. TB)
    Sanchez @ Ari

    Currently leaning towards Wakefield.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Crafty: I usually don’t spot start Wakefield because of the unpredictability of the knuckleball, but I’d go for Wakefield too. He dominates them.

  36. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Crafty: @Grey: Good advice Grey, doubt the young hitters in TB saw too many knuckleballers in the minors.
    Unless Charlie Hough’s still pitching somewhere.

    Listen to this guy Crafty, he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  37. Steve says:
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    Lewis in for another inning in a tied game – sheesh.

    Is he approaching a career milestone in wins or something?

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