The last hurrah, it’s been a long, strange trip. Insert your own cliché. The last week of fake baseball is here and if you’re still fighting for a championship, now is not the time to get cute. Because it will cost you. Play who is hot, that’s the best advice I can give, guys are getting shut down left and right. Take all your allegiances to high draft picks swallow your pride and start guys who generally wouldn’t be playing. For pitching, however, the last week is kinda sketchy, as I wouldn’t trust too many 2 start guys that are going this week, so I’ll give you the abridged version of who I would go with. It’s been a great year and I hope that I have helped or, if you’re in a league with me, hurt your chances at winning. For the last time in 2010, here are the 2 start pitchers for fantasy baseball that will be semi useful, good luck.

Dallas Braden (@Ana vs. Haren) (@Sea vs. Hernandez)
He can’t wait for the season to be over so he can go on the professional bridge tour with his grandma. He is a guy who will get more love than he is worth next year. Sneaky good ERA, not enough Ks. 1-2 on the year vs. ANA, 1-1 vs. Sea.

Carlos Carrasco (Det vs. Galarraga) (@ChW vs. Jackson)
Hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER in any start. Quickly rising up the ‘Shhh Chart’ for next year. ERA at home is halved, only 2 starts though. Great makeup of pitches and will only be 24 next year. Sounds good to me, where does that line start for next year?

Tim Stauffer (ChC vs. Zambrano) @SF vs. Cain)
Any SD pitcher looks awesome right now. They are in pennant race and all pitch to miniscule numbers. Only 3 start sample but has allowed 5 ER in 17 innings. Will steal you 5K’s a start. Game vs. SF may be a all hands on deck affair for the Fathers so keep that in mind.

Brad Bergesen (@TB vs. Davis) (Det vs. Galarraga)
I was high on him in March. Took about 6 months to figure it out. Last 5 starts 3-1 1.54 ERA, holy hell. That includes 2 starts versus the Sawx and one versus the Yanks. No K’s, will get slapped around hit-wise.

Nick Blackburn (@KC vs. O’Sullivan) (Tor vs. Rzepczynski)
Sounds like an Air force pilot or a spokesman for skin cream. Anywho, .213 BAA, 1.81 ERA since late-August. Minny is coasting into the playoffs. Side note is Morneau taking forever to come back from a concussion or what?

Alex Sanabia (@Atl vs. Minor) (Pit vs. Morton)
On here as my favorite ‘crappy pitcher good matchup’ for this week. ATL is mailing it in ala St. Louis, and well Pitt is Pitt. 2.59 ERA last 3 starts. Caveat:  2 bad defeats against ATL.

  1. Earl Battey says:

    I’m chasing wins and Ks, but we’re also bunched up in ERA and WHIP so I can’t blow those off. Would you use two-start Carrasco (DET, @CWS) or two-start maybe Volquez (HOU, MIL) over Brett Myers (@ CIN)?


  2. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Earl Battey: Im leaning toward Carrasco

  3. big o says:

    why is atlanta mailing it in ?

  4. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @big o: metaphorically speaking they havent been playing as well versus bad teams as well as good teams. They just plain look bad lately.

  5. I’m feeling Pelfrey’s two home starts against Milwaukee and D.C. this week. He’s been going pretty good lately. What say you?

  6. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Pelf is a better pitcher at home and is coming off three great starts so yea go for it.

  7. @Smokey: The die is cast. Thanks for the help this season Smokey, barring a monumental collapse, I’m well on my way to a repeat H2H championship – and $1500.

  8. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @3FingersBrown: my pleasure, ill take a check…lol

  9. Barry Heanbag says:

    I have 2 starts left before I hit my max – who do you like of these 3?

    Richard vs Cin
    Wolf @ NYM
    Blackburn @ KC


  10. Child Please says:

    12-team H2H league 6×6 (OBP, QS)
    With my last two moves of the year I am going to pick up Sanabia and Stauffer for the last week…Which two pitchers would you drop for them?

    Maholm @FLA
    Bailey MIL
    Slowey ???
    Aardsma (only pitching 4 more game vs OAK, I lead saves 5-2, I also have Bell, Lyon, Hensley, and he has Papelbitch, Valverde, and Rodney)

  11. paddytwotimes says:

    How about big Z this week?

  12. Tom says:

    Hey Grey

    I need your help big time – looks like im going to be in the final game for my h2h league – we allow 5 sp’s the other team is going to have 10 start pitchers

    i need some help on who i should start.

    Cliff Lee ••
    Pavano •
    Hamels •
    Tommy Hunter •


    adam jones or tori hunter in the dh spot?

  13. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @Tom: lee hamels carrasco pavano baker, hunter for dh
    @3FingersBrown: any free drink is a good drink.

  14. vottomatic says:

    i’m in second place in my 10 team auction keeper league by a very slim margin. however, i have alot of guys on teams that have already clinched playoff spots. that being said should i start joey votto or melvin mora this week and kinsler or aviles/espinosa and zobrist or aviles. my pitching is in for bucholz, bills, hudson, stauffer, and carassco. also i picked up daniel murphy for the final week. let me know what you think and wish me luck…… 500 hundo or bust

  15. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @vottomatic: Votto and Aviles

  16. Mike Dod says:

    I can move 1 spot in k’s and 2 in wins, so I thought about using R. Lopez and Minor this week with the 2 starts, but how many points can I lose in ERA/WHIP? I am only up .120 in ERA and .090 in WHIP.

  17. ruah says:

    Which 3B to finish it up: Betemit, Valencia or Mora.

  18. Mike Dog says:

    @ruah….I go Mora without even thinking bro

  19. Riotshield says:

    It’s finals time, 1 week 5×5 HTH for all the marbles. I have a pitching conundrum. I have:
    Anderson @ANA, @SEA
    Wainwright vs. COL
    Alex Sanabia @ATL, vs. PIT
    Anibal [email protected], vs. PIT
    Jered Weaver @TEX
    Randy Wolfe @NYM
    Trevor Cahill @SEA
    Slowey @KC, vs. TOR (?)

    F. Cordero (CIN)
    Guttierez (ARI)
    Lyon (HOU)

    I start 9 pitchers. My opponent is most likely going with 3 closers so i will coutner. Which leaves 6 of the 8 starters.

    Who do I sit? I’m leaning towards benching Cahill and Slowey. But if Slowey is getting that second start, maybe sit Sanchez instead? Or Weaver?

    Extra credit:
    1. Pick 2 bats: Kalish, Kubel, Mora.
    2. Will Denard Span be ready to go today?
    3. Pick 2 C: Torrealba, Avila, Snyder

  20. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @ruah: Mora or Valencia
    @Riotshield: Cahill and Sanchez. Mora and Kalish. Torrealba and Snyder tho there isnt much there for all three. Span is a question mark shoulder checked out fine, now it is his foot. My guess is that he gets Monday off and is in the lineup on Tuesday.

  21. Riotshield says:

    @Smokey: Thanks! Suffering analysis paralysis.

    Still agonizing over Span but what the heck, as always it will probably come down to someone I’m not paying attention to.

  22. Riotshield says:

    Bonus, looks like Randy Wolf is starting today (Monday). Makes him a potential 2-starter.

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