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After 85 years, Yankee Stadium closed its doors last night. Some of the landmark feats that occurred there include, Dale Berra once did a line of coke in the very place where his Dad said something bordering on stupid, but was misconstrued as brilliant, Bernie Williams once tossed a guitar pick to Jeter who used it to de-semenate Jessica Alba and Babe Ruth once told Lou Gehrig, “You should’ve just got herpes like me.” But alas Yankee Stadium’s bidding us adieu. Here’s hoping all of the graffiti artists, trench-coated scalpers, pickpockets and general nogoodniks find their way across the street to the new park. Maybe they can drive a stolen car over there. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joey Devine – Devine was called on to pickup his first save in yesterday’s game. So Ziegler was overworked, right? Wrong. Ziegler was brought into the eighth inning, yet there was no discernible reason why he worked the eighth and was not saved (punny!) for the ninth. The only reason that seems plausible is the A’s want Devine to be their closer in 2009, with Ziegler taking the 7th or 8th innings, and sometimes both. Both pitcher profile better for these roles and Devine has done all he needs to do to prove himself this year. His ERA and WHIP are almost as fly as my mustache.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER and 12 Ks. Later this week, he might get nothing but a tuneup for the playoffs.

Hank Blalock – HR yesterday. Mentioned to pickup Blalock on Friday. Somehow he made it through the whole weekend without injuring himself so he’s still an add.

Chone Figgins – Back in the starting lineup finally after being sidelined with SSE — Scrawny Sore Elbow. The Angels will probably continue to rest him here and there this week, so he’s no guarantee to play in every game.

Garrett Atkins – HR yesterday for his 20th. Supposed to hit 20 home runs by the All-Star break. Did he get old at the age of 28 or something?

Paul Konerko – HR yesterday. 9 home runs since August 1st, which isn’t exactly a new record or anything, but he’s been usable, especially with the injuries he’s battled.

Scott Lewis – 5 IP, 3 ER. Recorded the win, but barely got out of this one alive as he walked or allowed a base hit to just about everyone he saw.

Diasuke Matsuzaka – 7 IP, 0 ER. Supposed to start on Friday, but you should be prepared for him to throw a short game as he prepares for the playoffs.

David Ortiz – 4th home run in the last 6 games. Pure speculation on my part, but it seems like he got a cortisone shot in his wrist and now it’s paying dividends as the Sawx head to the playoffs. Just as the people on Yawkey would want it. (Again, I’m not a doctor and I don’t even know if you can get a cortisone shot in your wrist. This is all Cust kayin’.)

Roy Oswalt – Only throw 79 pitches so he can throw 80 more in three days if the Astros are still in the Wildcard race, then will start again next Monday if there’s reason to make up the game with the Cubs.

Adam LaRoche – Sore hamstring took him out of the game. He day-to-day, which is slightly less painful than listening to Soul 2 Soul.

Pablo Sandoval – Missed the last two games because of a strained quad. During a press conference, Sandoval’s strained quad said, “Have you seen the size of the guy I’m helping carry around? Next question!” Apparently strained relations, as well.

  1. Steve says:
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    Thus answereth my Sandoval question from the previous post. Feel less wracked with guilt about dropping him now.

    I am filling a hole with Blalock tomorrow, but he could be usable all week, no?

    Are you still bullish on Tea-hen? I saw a spotted Tea-hen in the kiwi house at the zoo today, BTW…

  2. Frank Rizzo says:
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    Would anyone else have the nuts to start Niese against the Cubs today? I’m just wondering if it’s a good spot start to roll the dice on since maybe the Cubs are mentally pulling back on the throttle while the Mets are in a fight for their lives. Good start/Bad start?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Blalock could have a great final week, yup.

    I am still bullish on Teahen, but the rest of the sentence is Kiwi talk and I’m lost.

    @Frank Rizzo: I think it’s partially crazy. The Mets needed to win last year and they weren’t able to do it either. Niese is a risky spot start at best.

  4. Aconstipatedmonkey says:
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    fucking beane and green…………..I traded Nathan for Markakis during the season banking on Devine becoming the closer eventually. Boy did that fail.

  5. Though it is sad that they are closing a ballpark with so much history, at the same time, I’m glad those hated Yankees will not make the playoffs!

  6. Well, it was bittersweet. At least the old place went out with a win. Still sad, though. When Mile High Stadium closed, I cried. We got a lovely new stadium shaped just like a giant diaphragm named for a company that no longer exists. It sucks.

  7. Crafty35a says:
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    I should have gone with my guy feeling that Harang would be trouble today. What’s worse is that my opponent has Nolasco.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cchiovitti: “…giant diaphragm named for a company that no longer exists.”That sounds sexy.

    @Crafty35a: When I have a guy feeling, it’s usually gas, which Harang has caused lots of this year.

  9. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Nah – not Kiwi talk. It was in fact that most universal of languages – a very lame joke.

  10. cubbies299 says:
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    Hey. finals are tied 6-6, and I’m tied 2-2 in sbs but losing 7-6 in wins, 4-2 in L’s, .7 in ERA and like .1 in whip. I have a solid rotation of guys coming up, but I could spot-start to try and take wins, since losing ERA is all but assured. I already picked up Taveras to make a run at steals. Should I pick up Milledge and plug him in for his speed or take Bush for the spot start tomorrow?

  11. cubbies299 says:
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    Also, is Garza droppable with the news that he’s being skipped in the rotation?

  12. cubbies299 says:
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    @Crafty: Same situation… Luckilly we get the vulture win. Even though he’s sucked, even he deserves a rogue win every so often. Let the race to 6 wins begin!

  13. Colonel Klink says:
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    Scherzer @ Wainwright in a couple days I have both. Whadda I do???

  14. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Colonel Klink: I think in any leagues that are 10 teams or deeper, you have to start them both.

  15. Jamaal says:
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    I got absolutely f***ed by not starting Lackey last week. That extra start is exactly what my team needed to advance. Oh well… there’s always next year. And football. And basketball.

  16. cruisinkc says:
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    Lohse a decent spot start against ARI tomorrow?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @cruisinkc: Yes, he’s a decent spot start. He’ll give you a the chance for a win with a 6 IP and three earned runs.

  18. cruisinkc says:
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    @Grey: Awesome. Sweet. Thanks!

  19. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Sad to say, I’m bored by baseball right now.

    My team has been slumping for a month but my lead remains, coasting to the finish. The only question that comes to mind?????????

    How do you like your Pina Coladas?

    On the rocks, shaken not stirred, out of a can or with a little umbrella?

    Perhaps you prefer something stronger. Here’s a thought, toast the Hippo’s wire to wire win with shots of Liquid Cocaine. That would make me very happy. And a drunken hippo is a happy hippo……………….

  20. Steve says:
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    Can anyone explain why the hucking fell the Mets had Ayala in there?

    @Grey: re: Blalock – like butter, you’re on a roll.

  21. Grey

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    @BigFatHippo: Liquid Cocaine? Is that in honor of Dale Berra?

    @Steve: Ayala was in there to probably get work.

    Yeah, Blalock’s been real nice addition.

  22. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Dumped Car-Go to fill a slot today, so need another CF. The three best performers in the last week or so look to be Nyer Morgan, Dukes or DeJesus.

    I’m way ahead in Runs, RBI and HRs and behind by 3 in SB, so thinking of taking Morgan for a spin.

    Or I could move Al-Ram to CF and pick up Velez. Thoughts?

  23. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: And Keith Hernandez. I toast him every time I see him in a Seinfeld rerun. That wasn’t George’s spit by the way, that was mine.

  24. wassup says:
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    add bartlett and drop sandoval? your thoughts?

  25. wassup says:
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    nevermind hes owned

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I like the idea of moving Al-Ram to CF and grabbing Velez.

    @BigFatHippo: Or the entire 86 Mets team.

    @wassup: You should look to move on Sandoval though.

  27. wassup says:
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    add votto and drop sandoval?

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