Wouldn’t say this is crunch time as much as this is “Your nuts are in a cracker and the season’s closing in and squeezing tight so you better just throw any pitchers that are available because you need stats — stat!” time.  The line for last week was 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 74 Ks and 9 wins in 110 IP.  To recap, these aren’t guys I’d drop anyone worthwhile to get, these starters are meant for streaming purposes and all of their ownership in ESPN is under 50%.  These streamers are in no particular order.  Also, in the final month of the season, managers juggle their lineups more, so there’s no guarantee all of these guys are listed on the right day.  Anyway, here’s some borderline starters for this week in fantasy baseball:

Friday, September 24th

Joe Blanton – Goes against the Mets, who I’m sure would like to be spoilers though I’m not sure if they’re up to the task.  More accurately, the Mets are probably hoping they don’t have any injuries in the final week-plus that ruins their next season too.

Jhoulys Chacin – He’s only given up 4 earned runs in his last 38 IP.  Um, that’s good.  Why is he not owned?  Is it because no one can pronounce his name?  It’s Yo-lease.  Easy enough.  Now own him.

James McDonald – Has a 0.90 ERA in his last three starts and goes against the Astros.  That’s a yes and please. With a side order of crispy bacon.

Chris Young – Not without it’s caveats but, if you have caveats, brush your teeth more, Young’s in Petco.

Saturday, September 25th

Jeremy Bonderman – Starting him here has a lot to do with how much the Twins are rolling over in the last week. So far, it doesn’t look like they are.

Derek Holland – If the Rangers have clinched by this point, I’d skip this start.

Bud Norris – I’ve been recommending him in every borderline starter post and he hasn’t failed me yet with three straight wins.  He gets the Pirates here.

Travis Wood – All bets are off for this start if the Reds have clinched, which they probably will.  As Communism proved, Reds are nothing without motivation.

Sunday, September 26th

Homer Bailey – See Wood, Travis or 1/8th of an inch above.

Fausto Carmona – He hasn’t been blown up since mid-August (though that was against the Royals who he gets in this start, so tread carefully).

J.A. Happ – Gets the Pirates.  You need more?

Paul Maholm – Gets the Astros.  Can we get a 1-0 game here?  That would be pretty flippin’ suh-weet.

Clayton RichardHodgepadre in Petco and he gets a team that will probably already be in the playoffs.  That’s about as tasty as they come.

Monday, September 27th

Carlos Carrasco – Has a 2-something ERA in September and goes against a guy (Armando G.) who has an 6-something ERA in the same time frame.

Marc Rzepcynski – Goes against the Yankees so this is only a possibility if the Yanks have clinch by this point.

Tim Stauffer – In Petco and the Padres are battling for a playoff spot going against a team that packed it in four months ago.

Tuesday, September 28th

Edinson Volquez – There’s a case to be made to not start a pitcher on a team that will have probably clinched.  In fact, I’ve made that case.  But Volquez has been great, goes against the Astros and is battling to be a part of the playoff rotation.

Randy Wolf – Goes to Metco and has a 0.78 ERA in his last three starts.  Ah, ooooooh….

Wednesday, September 29th

Joe Blanton – If the Phils have clinched by this point, I’d try and look elsewhere.

Madison BumgarnerGiants should still be battling for a playoff spot, so this start vs. the Diamondbacks is fair.

Jhoulys Chacin – See recommendation above about what Jhoulys has done recently.

Ian Kennedy – This could be a tough matchup if the Giants are fighting for their playoff lives.

James McDonald – Goes against Wainwright, which isn’t terrific, but McDonald’s been solid as mentioned about 27 lines ago.

Thursday, September 30th

Jeremy Bonderman – I really dislike Bonderman so it must be the final week to recommend him twice.  Or not.  Your call!

Chris Volstad – Against the Pirates seems like an easy matchup, but Volstad’s pretty iffy, or it’s ugly iffy since he’s not always pretty.

  1. Thanks as always.

    I think I was the only one in America, besides Mark Shapiro, that thought the Indians didn’t get fleeced when they obtained Carrasco.

  2. royce! says:

    @royce!: Ghostbusters was altered to be Cubbusters. Which makes sense until the WS.

  3. Critter Nagurski says:

    hate to go off topic, but I nee advice on my last keeper (6×6 with OPS and K:BB). Colby Lewis at $1 or David Wright at $39 (inflation would bring a Hanley or Pujols well into the 50s next year)? I think a lot of top 3b will be kept: Longoria, A Rod, Zimmerman, Beltre, and probably even Reynolds and Sandoval

  4. Razztastic says:

    Kemp and Abreu’s numbers are depressingly similar. No question to ask, just an observation.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Oh, my God, the Dodgers came to Bloomington and ask Vin Scully. That’s awesome!

    @Critter Nagurski: Wright seems fine for $39.

  6. Steve says:

    @Grey: You are the King of 1-0 Losses and the Secretary of State for Low-Scoring No-Decisions.

  7. Eddy says:

    Would you go with Blanton, McDonald, or Arroyo @SD?

    Arroyo got rocked by Pads last time out and hasn’t been great in his career against them. Not to mention they’re hungry for a playoff spot. Does Petco cancel all that negative stuff out?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Blanton

  9. Back to Minors says:

    Great post, very helpful, with a decent track record last week. I’ll alos be looking for to next week’s post for the final weekend.

    Good to see Pence in the lineup today.

    Slowey…what’s the deal. I can’t find news on him about his next start. right now he’s just dead weight…suppose i should drop for someone more useful.

  10. Back to Minors says:

    unless i’m missing it, seems as though Slowey is being skipped?

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Back to Minors: Thanks! Not sure on Slowey, would make sense to skip him though to prepare for the postseason.

    @Back to Minors: See above.

    @royce!: Ha… Yeah, any song that mentions Zoilo is all right in my book. <-- That could even be lyrics in the song, for all I know.

  12. Steve says:

    Ugh, no Big Donkey or Zimm.

    The Nats?

    Don’t you mean the Nots?

  13. Steve says:

    Oh – and Roy O is 13-13. Laughable.

    All things being equal, how many games would have he won? 20?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hehe

    @Steve: 22? What about F-Her? 25? I have both of them all over… Blech.

  15. Steve says:

    @Grey: In Hernandez’s 12 losses, the Mariners have scored seven runs while Hernandez has been the pitcher of record, including no runs in his last five losses. He’s on pace to become the 12th AL pitcher since 1920 to pitch more than 200 innings and have an ERA less than 2.40 but fewer than 16 wins.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: That’s disgraceful and you just got yourself in tomorrow’s roundup. Nice research.

  17. Steve says:

    @Grey: ESPN player card (emoticon).

    Could he ask to be traded? The team is so useless that he’s actually no use to them, and the team is certainly no use to him.

  18. Casey Blake's Beard says:

    Nyjer’s coming off suspension and is on waivers. Considering EY Jr’s shins and my need for steals, dump EY for NY?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He’s so young that I don’t think they should trade him. They should get hitters though. And a starter or two. Maybe some bullpen. A manager. And lose Figgy.

  20. elvis the drunk says:

    @Steve: yeah,he looses me a half point with the lloss

  21. Steve says:

    @Grey: I will not be satisfied until Figgy is out of baseball for good.

    He will torment me, regardless of what team he is on. Perhaps I should try owning him – might equalise things.

    @elvis the drunk: Aw, that’s too bad.

  22. The Dude says:

    Streaming for the title…

    Niemann, Arroyo, Young and old McDonald all available. I added the first two to your list since I’m guessing they didn’t meet the <50% caveat…

    pick two – por favor!

  23. struggler says:

    Love the one day pick up of the guy whose name I can’t pronounce but is filling in at lead-off in the absence of Michael Bourne. This guy going to play tomorrow if Bourne comes back?

  24. The Dude says:

    @Steve: Wow – just Wow

    @Grey: Include me in the F-Her-RoyO club only add in a dash of Greinke, a sprinkle of Hamels and a good helping of Weaver. Know what that tastes like?

    1st in WHIP/ERA/Ks (By a lot) – Last in Wins (by a lot)

    Give me middle-of-the-road wins and I win that league with ease. Now it’s a nail-biter…

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You’re gonna have wait 7-10 years. He seems like to play into 40s, partially for spite.

    @The Dude: Arroyo, McDonald…

    @struggler: Doubt he plays if Bourn returns.

    @The Dude: Yup, same here. Have Weaver and Hamels on teams too. It’s killing me.

    @struggler: It’s so painful to read about how good he’s been compared to his wins.

  26. Steve says:

    @Grey: He’s going to play until people can pronounce his christian name properly.

  27. big o says:

    grey / all razzballers :

    pick tonight’s winner ==> c.c. or price ?


    got your tv back , yet ?
    should be a good game .
    somebody’s gonna choke , tonight .
    doesn’t matter (to me) who .

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Going with Price, because I’m pot committed. TV is back, thanks.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I mean, TV’s back in time for Nats vs. Astros!

  30. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hope you tipped the guy extra.

  31. big o says:


    games like this one could make me a nats fan .
    kids in the infield !!

  32. Steve says:

    Hmm. Storen comes in for the 8th…

    Espinosa or Infante?

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Yeah, good defense. Yawn.

    @Steve: Espinosa

  34. big o says:

    wow … did you see storen’s glove ?
    they have outside finger covers now .

    just last night (forget which game) , announcer related
    some pitching coach’s concern that his guy was tipping his pitches
    with that outside finger .

  35. big o says:


    yawn ?
    are you losing your love of real baseball ?

  36. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks. When is EYJ supposed to be back. He’s an empty spot but there are no enticing SAGNOF options to replace him.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Nah, I was just being facetious. Would’ve enjoyed the game more if Wilson Ramos deep fly hit off the wall.

    @Steve: I think tomorrow, hopefully by Saturday.

    EDIT: Word.

  38. Steve says:


    SAGNOFs dropping like flies. Brantley has a tight hammy, Crowe to get the start and apparently will do so ongoing if problem persists.

  39. Steve says:

    The not-so-good Car-Go is out too.


  40. big o says:


    maybe you or one of your more educated readers can help me
    with a “lost” answer ? ===> facetiously and only one other word
    in the english language have all the vowels in sequential order (aeiouy) .

    all i can remember is that the 2nd word starts with the letter “b” .

    thanking someone (hopefully) , in advance .

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Grrr, indeed.

    @big o: HAREIOUSLY?

  42. royce! says:

    @big o: abstemiously

    adventitiously and sacrilegiously have this property but also have repeated vowels.

  43. Steve says:

    @royce!: I’ll drink to that!

    Is ‘y’ considered a vowel?

  44. big o says:

    google says you’re right !

    “ask a word” suggests there are a few others .
    news to me .
    wish i could remember that “b” word .

    well done , btw .

  45. big o says:


    yay … royce !!
    that’s the word .

    see what happens when your memory gets old !?

  46. Steve says:

    @Grey: You like Dyson for some SAGNOF?

  47. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: No problem.

    @royce!: Nice link.

    @Steve: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: If he plays, yeah.

  49. big o says:

    @big o:
    and now that you’ve looked up the definition , you understand why
    you lost that word .
    abstemiously is definitely not in your vocabulary .

  50. royce! says:

    @big o: You should just be proud to have ever known it. I didn’t know until minutes ago, and will likely forget it by the end of this post…what were we talking about again?

  51. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks. We have them down here too (emoticon)

    Combination of new wireless modem not working and domestic matters meant that I couldn’t get to the wire in time to get The Bum. Thus, what is unfolding at Wrigley is not a surprise to me.

  52. big o says:

    not to get off topic (ha) , but ,
    zobrist , baldelli , aybar , shoppach ?
    this is the best the rays have ??
    think i’ll go back to the royals/indians game .

    oh crap .
    not thames .

  53. royce! says:

    The forums are probably a better venue for this post, but I don’t want to have to wade through all the football stuff.

    Anyhow, all the recent griping about wins has got me thinking– is there any reason for MLB to retain wins as a pitcher’s stat? That is, does W-L record convey any useful information about a pitcher? I can’t come up with anything, and given how much emphasis it receives, I think it would be better off to ignore it completely.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Damn, Thames.

    @royce!: I can’t imagine MLB every doing away with Wins. As OBP made it’s way into the mainstream, QSs may, but Wins will always be there.

  55. Elijah says:


    My opponent started Dempster today…bust out the T-bird its pahtee time!!!

  56. peter says:

    3 Ladies and Gentlemen, my h2h championship rotation so far this week:


    I had the #2 ERA and WHIP, most wins, in the league going into the playoffs. To paraphrase Dane Cook, “there’s only one September!”

  57. big o says:


    you can afford ripple !

  58. royce! says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I don’t think they will either. But can you think of any information Wins conveys regarding a pitcher’s ability? I think that people tend to view it as a single number that expresses IP and ERA and/or WHIP, but it obviously is very bad at that.

    I used to view it as I viewed RBI- it’s overemphasized, but it does convey some information that other stats may not capture. But now I think that it conveys nothing about the pitcher at all, so it’s worthless at best, and probably misleading (a fact that will be confirmed if CC wins the CY over, say, Felix).

  59. royce! says:

    @peter: Man, my condolences. Weeks like yours have me thinking that I’ll drop out of my h2h league next year.

  60. Elijah says:


    0% chance Wins are ever done away with, agreed. The main problem is it *used* to be a viable, if still erratic, statistic when starters usually pitched the whole game. In the modern environ, it’s both erratic and fatuous.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Ha!

    @peter: Man, that hurts. Wait, I’m gonna look again. Oh, yeah. Ouch.

    @royce!: I agree. It’s not only worthless, it’s misleading. It just means your offense hit.

    @Elijah: That’s a fair point.

    EDIT: Letter.

  62. Elijah says:


    Like I said, it did convey something when pitchers threw the whole game. Now its gotten to the point where some pitchers prefer to leave after 6, its less tiring and they really cant/dont want to deal with late inning pressure. Tangentially…I don’t think it is any coincidence Texas is winning the West after Nolan came in and did some brain salad surgery on the pitching staff and how that organization intends to handle pitching moving forward.

  63. Elijah says:

    @big o:

    Technically Im drinking a bottle of pretty decent Zinfandel but yeah!

  64. Steve says:

    I’m-Waiting-For-Steve-To-Pick-Me-Up-So-I-Can-Start-Sucking-Again Sanchez is on fire in Wrigley.

  65. peter says:

    @royce!: On the one hand, it’s kind of liberating; I don’t need to overthink whether or not to start a guy. On the other hand, it’s even more frustrating than normal because of the move limit in this particular league. This fact alone means I’m probably handing in my resignation at the end of the year.

    It looks like the Giants are giving Bumgarner his annual run support in one, lump payment.

  66. peter says:

    Like attorneys general, I think I’m going to start referring to RBIs as RsBI.

  67. Steve says:

    @Grey: I should just be happy for BJ’s steals and shut up, right?

  68. Elijah says:


    Whaaa? You mean Bumgarder?

  69. Steve says:

    @Elijah: Freddy. He’s 3-3 at a time when I need AVE bad but I can’t bring myself to pick him up as I know he will stop hitting as soon as I do.

    See comment #60 for my views on the Bumgarner situation.

  70. Steve says:

    @Steve: Can’t stand it anymore. I had to pick him up.

  71. Wilsonian says:

    I’ve got Chris Johnson for the time being, do you think I would be wise to pick up Ibanez, Pacman, Hart, Tabata, Alvarez, Guillen, or Krispie for a utility spot? And would you play any of them over Kemp for the weekend?

  72. Wilsonian says:

    And seriously, why does Yahoo decide to stop updating the H2H matchups on the league homepage during the playoff finals and force me to use Stat Tracker? Don’t they know that shit doesn’t work real well on a phone and makes it pretty hard for me to get my score update, OCD style.

  73. royce! says:

    @Elijah: A good point. Before the modern reliance on RP, win totals did a better job of reflecting a pitcher’s abilities. Of course they continued to be distorted by the variable of how the SP’s offense did. So there was distortion, just not as much.

  74. Steve says:

    Wow – right now the Yankees do not look like a team that’s going to last long in the playoffs.

  75. ThE sHiT says:

    @Steve: Vazquez is out of control. I wish Shoppach woulda rushed the mound. Vasquez got really close to his head.

  76. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you pick any of those guys up for Johnson?

  77. Steve says:

    Run Will, run!

  78. Steve says:

    And just like that, Prince gets back in the good books. Pity about the 20 guys he’s stranded in the last three days.

  79. ThE sHiT says:

    @Steve: I need his power. GO PRINCE!

  80. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: much obliged. Oh, and Prince did that just because I picked up Dan Johnson and threatened to start him this weekend.

  81. Elijah says:


    If Lopez sucks, feel free to blame me. I won’t give a shit either way.

  82. Steve says:

    @Steve: But don’t caught! Dickhead.

  83. Steve says:

    Kennedy gone already…

  84. Steve says:

    Brantley OUT
    Gomez OUT
    Rajai OUT

    Where’s a guy supposed to get some SAGNOF around here?

  85. Steve says:

    @Grey: Crowe?

  86. Steve says:

    @Steve: Hard to know when these guys are going to be back. Gomez played the field and got a couple of at-bats but of course I’ve dropped him now.

  87. Steve says:

    @Grey: Might grab a spot starter in the keeper. Need ERA and WHIP. Who ya got?

    Blanton v Mets
    Yo-Lease v DBacks
    MacDonald v Astros

  88. elvis the drunk says:

    @Steve: damn i needed kennedy to get me a win ,what happened to him

  89. Steve says:

    @elvis the drunk: Dunno.

    I’m gonna be really annoyed if the keeper is decided by Games Started.

  90. Steve says:

    @Steve: Duh. Chacin gets the Giants and Big-Time Timmy-Jim.

  91. elvis the drunk says:

    @Steve: yeah me to,games started im a 3,10 in all other pitching cats and cant win

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Blanton

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThE sHiT: Thanks for the heads up!

  94. Wesley W says:

    So is there no love for Daniel Hudson at home against the Dodgers on Saturday?
    Either it’s so automatic that he was left off, or such a stupid spot start that, again, he was left off. Or maybe he was just left off…

  95. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Need a replacement for Zimmerman. Who to pick up? Valencia, Andino, Alvarez, Reynolds, Inge, and Wigginton are available. I would be dropping Guillen or Raburn for him. Thanks!

  96. ThE sHiT says:

    @ThE sHiT: BTW, the guy I drop is a bench player who I rotate based on matchups.

  97. Steve says:

    @Grey: Nervous about the Yo-Lease start? The Giants can’t hit him, but his home ERA is nothing flash.

  98. ThE sHiT says:

    @Steve: My h2h opponent is streaming him tomorrow. I’m hoping for him to get shelled ala Dempster. But, with my luck, he’ll go 7IP, 0ER, 2BB, 9K.

  99. barker says:

    so i need a replacement for ryan zimmerman for the next few days or rest of season in a 20 team league (playing for gold)

    options are andino bal herrera col baker chc encarnacion tor iwamura oak blum hou roberts ari davis tex marte cle counsell mil valbuena cle
    can probably pick up 2 would be dropping snider or kalish

    cant believe these guys arent owned?? huh — kill me now i got hanley also — replaced by omar “the ageless” vizquel
    felipe lopez really screwed me this yr and late in the yr

    thank god for kelly johnson is all i have to say my back up 2nd baseman to start the yr

  100. Steve says:

    Love you long-time Car-Go.

  101. Wilsonian says:

    Wow…all I gotta say is thank you Drew and CarGo for single handedly carrying my offense tonight. I had one HR and 7 ribbies on the week. These guys have me 2 HRs and 8 ribbies alone tonight.

    Oh, and many thanks to you, Grey, for telling me to snag Drew last night.

  102. big o says:


    are you watching the rockies’ game ?
    did you hear the blindfold comment that the announcer made ?

  103. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks! Have Morrison in my LF slot in H2H while Braun is out. Gomes better?

  104. Steve says:

    BTW – sorry for the rush of questions – Razz time will be a bit limited over the next 10 days, so getting ’em in while I can (emoticon)

    Your forebearance is appreciated.

  105. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Thanks, made the move. Hope Zimm comes back ASAP.

  106. Elijah says:

    Even merely the IDEA I might pick up J Guiterrez was enough to send him into a fatal spiral!

  107. Elijah says:

    @elvis the drunk:

    Kennedy out with “Unknown Injury”. I suspect hes done for the season.

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