There are two weird trends going on this year. The amount of 1-0 games and the desperate creepiness of Carl “Purple Pie Man” Pavano’s mustache. Both completely weird me out in different ways. Fantasy wise 1-0 games suck, unless you are like me and like to dry hump starting pitching. The Pavano situation is awful. He reminds me of a guy with an endless supply of candy, that drives to the game in a van with an airbrushed wolf howling at the moon under the tinted windows. Just plain creepy. We are oozing to the playoffs with about 4 weeks to go. Now is a better time than never to make every attempt to go 7-3 rather than 5-5. So buck up and start streaming like you own it. Worse case scenario you get “smushed.” Have a look-see at the least likely owned 2 start options for this week of fantasy baseball.

Daniel Hudson (Cin vs. Arroyo) (Col vs. Francis)
His picture may be going in my locker soon. Shows great stuff, I just hope he doesn’t do too well, I don’t want to overpay next year. ERA in the mid 3’s, 6K’s/start. Run to pick him up… Stop, tie your shoe first.

Brad Bergesen (Sea vs. Fister) (Tex vs. Lee)
Huh, a complete game. What the Buck? It actually was a nice game pitched for all 55 people in attendance. Don’t get too excited, he is now done getting complete games for the decade.

Mike Minor (Was vs. Olsen) (ChC vs. Wells)
Future number 3 in the ATL. Decent four pitches, changeup is a plus pitch, seems to short arm it a little. BAA comparable to Jeremy Sowers.  Yeah, I just cancelled my subscription.

Kevin Correia (@ ChC vs. Gorzellany) (@Mil vs. Narveson)
You’re going to say, “Smokey, two road starts for a Padre?” My rebuttal is, they have to show some moxy. They are in a playoff hunt. Check the numbers, he isn’t that great at home either.

Chris Volstad (@Pit vs. McDonald) (Hou vs. Rodriguez)
Is only as good as the Marlins offense. He is 6-8, maybe he rides the pine for the Heat and gets a ring. Half of his wins against the Nats. Which isn’t really helpful info for this week. Previous bad outing vs. the Pie Rats.

Dallas Braden (Tor vs. Morrow) (TB vs. Garza)
2 complete games in last 3. ERA half run better at the home. Morrow may have shot his load, expect a disaster.

Kevin Millwood (Sea vs. French) (Tex vs. Hunter)
Yeah, he is really bad, but Baltimore is hot. Still, far from a safe bet in either game.

Jon Niese (@ Hou vs. Happ) (@Pit vs McDonald)
Fry Pan is pitching well just no run support/bullpen. The Mess are atrocious. He is going to be a good buy low guy with an innings warning next year.

Bronson Arroyo (@ Ari vs. Hudson) (Col vs. Francis)
Still under a 4 ERA for the year with 12 sneaky wins for the contending club. Still hate the pitching motion, looks like a ballerina wearing stirrups.

  1. Black Beard says:

    Going forward, please rank: Wandy, D. Hudson, Hellickson, Max S., and Kuroda.

  2. YourMom'sBoyfriend says:

    going forward:

    Aaron Hill or Ian Desmond?

  3. big o says:

    francis is out .

  4. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Black Beard: im assuming just this year: Wandy, Hellickson,Hudson Kuroda Max.
    @YourMom’sBoyfriend: Hill
    @big o: Yup Chacin is in. I write this on Friday.

  5. cruisinkc says:

    Thoughts on Ian Kinsler for next year? I’m in a limited keeper league (we keep 5 each year and then just lose the first 5 rounds of our draft) and am wondering if it would be worth trading for him if I’m looking to sure up my 5th keeper. I have a hole at 2b and if he were to bounce back next year with great numbers I would think it’d be worth the risk right?

  6. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @cruisinkc: Im in the same scenario as you tho i have Ian already and keep five. It all depends on who you would bump from your keepers. When healthy he is top 4 2b, when healthy is the key.

  7. Earl Battey says:

    I’m not sure what to do with Utley’s rumored return. I picked up Beckham to replace Utley, and he’s been one of my best players lately. I have Sexy Alexei and J-Roll at SS and MI. J-Roll has been underwhelming at best, but speed is probably my biggest need. Should I wait a week on Utley or sit one of my other MIs? Thanks.

  8. YourMom'sBoyfriend says:


    take it for what it’s worth, but I’ve heard that Howard is much closer to returning that Utley; but do what you gotta do.

  9. Bill Lumbergh says:

    What are your thoughts on Chacin this week? Thanks!

  10. Earl Battey says:


    Utley tripled in his first rehab game yesterday, and hopes to return on Tues. Obviously, that might not happen, but that’s the rumor.

  11. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Earl Battey: id sit him
    @Bill Lumbergh:gets 2 away starts, nice low level play. Pitched well last start in AAA.

  12. SpiralArchitect says:

    Better 2 start RP this week in a points league:

    Jhoulys Chacin
    Tom Gorzelanny

    I want to sit K-Rod. My fear is he finds out and comes to Chicago to kick my ass.

  13. Earl Battey says:

    Better bet: Floyd @ Min, Morrow @ Oak or Dickey @ Hou?

  14. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @SpiralArchitect: Chacin, Gorz is actually a little tick better on the road and he has 2 home starts.

  15. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Earl Battey: Floyd. I couldn’t live with myself if i had a choice of Floyd or Dickey and chose the latter.

  16. Earl Battey says:

    The only reason why I asked is that Floyd has struggled with the Twins a little this year. I could go for none of the above and play Street, but he has been pretty shaky as well.

  17. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Earl Battey: one good start and one bad vs Minny this year he has pitched awesome as of late, minus that one start against Minny.

  18. fitz says:

    Smokey, would you drop Vlad for DLee?

    My OF is already stacked with Kemp, Braun, Cruz, Hamilton.

    Vlad has been pretty bad and been getting benched a lot lately to keep him healthy for the playoffs.

  19. elwood blues says:

    Smokey.. for 2011.. who would you rather have in an NL 4X4

    Leake or Richard.. Leake has been piling on the innings this year.

  20. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @fitz: Vlad runs like he just fell down some stairs Lee always explodes for as month at the end of the season, p-lus he is a impending FA
    @elwood blues: Richard, Leake has looked sloppy the last couple starts

  21. fitz says:

    Thanks very much

  22. fitz says:

    Smokey, would you drop Shields for Anibal Sanchez or CJ Wilson? Wilson is dealing vs the Sox today.

  23. @Smokey: My opponent’s got 12 starts to my 10 next week – including two from Lee and Price. My two starter is Jaime, who for all we know, could get pushed back next Sunday for extra rest. Standard 5 + QS

    Would you pick up Daniel Hudson over Hammel, Westbrook or Garcia? I’m thinking Hudson > Hammel, he’s been pretty ordinary lately.

  24. cruisinkc says:

    Yeah for keeper options I have:

    4 for sure:
    Tex, Braun, Wright, Holliday

    For the last spot:
    Kelly Johnson, Ben Zobrist, Nick Markakis, Shane Victorino, Torii Hunter, Matt Garza, Clay Buchholz, Phil Hughes, and Johan Santana

    The guy i’m trying to trade with is interested in just a straight up swap of Johan for Ian Kinsler.

  25. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @cruisinkc: out of the options listed its a toss up between Johan or Buchholz, i might want to keep a pitcher since you have 4 1-2nd round bats. I would stick with Johan.

  26. cruisinkc says:

    @Smokey: Thanks! I appreciate the help.

  27. Jenkies says:

    In a head to head league with Lineups set tonight. Any advice on starting Howard?

  28. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Jenkies: Depends on who ur other option is but everything i have read is that he is coming back Tuesday. He may need a game to rehab, tough to call right now i would wait till the last possible second. As they are on the ESPN game so im sure they will talk about it.

  29. Mr2Bits says:

    Smokey : Would you lose Padilla for Minor, E. Jackson or gulp Guthrie?

  30. GTG says:

    Grey, need your help — AL only 4×4 league with 11 teams. I’m in 1st place but need a some HR + RBI down the stretch after losing Youk + Pena in my corner spots. It’s not pretty, but my waiver options at 3B are Lowell, Marte, Casilla and J.Wilson…

  31. @grey Thoughts on Minor as a keeper for next year?

  32. JoeC says:

    “looks like a ballerina wearing stirrups”

    That, sir, was funny as all hell.

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