What a distracting week. Football comes in and trumps all of the trade deadline thunder, and I’m getting sick of seeing “Mr. Mackey” give football updates. If I have to explain that joke, then it really wasn’t that funny. So back to the sport that is actually being played. Trade deadline rumors are rampant, some pieces have been moved already, with some really interesting fantasy relevant moves to come. On a side note, for my money is there a better GM in baseball than AA in Toronto, he seems to always be a couple steps ahead of other GM’s. Any the who, enjoy the last 2 days of real baseball trading, hopefully the moves will be beneficial to your teams. Nothing sucks worse than losing a top 10 closer this late in the season, but such is life. Good luck on this week’s endeavors. (Please keep in mind that pitchers and match-ups change.)


Dillon Gee vs. Fla – Hensley
Josh Collmenter @ SF – Vogelsong
Ted Lilly @ SD – Stauffer

Brett Cecil @ Tb – Davis
Jason Marquis @ Col – Jiminez

Jeff Karstens vs. SD – Harang
Jake Westbrook @ Fla – Nolasco
Jeff Niemann vs. Oak – Moscoso
Mark Buehrle @ Min – Blackburn

Paul Maholm (CHC vs. Zambrano, SD vs. Moseley) Last five starts a very acceptable 3.12 ERA, home ERA on the year 2.37. You picking up what I’m putting down? Playoff hopes start with Maholm and end with the next dude. Pretty scary proposition.

Kevin Correia (CHC vs. Wells, SD vs. Luebke) I have been riding his roads starts like a saddle, now 2 home starts. Match-up wise it looks pretty favorable, it’s getting to be make or break week for the Pirates, raise the Jolly Roger.

Bronson Arroyo (@Hou vs. Norris, @CHC vs. Wells) I was sitting next to Chris De Burgh at a bar the other day and he started singing in honor of Bronson, sentimental stuff. I’m still looking for a useful fantasy tidbit, skip and come back later. Oh I got something, he is the clubhouse leader in negative WAR. Way to go.

Javier Vazquez (NYM vs. Pelfrey, StL vs. Carpenter) Last 4 starts have been better, fantasy-wise he is the roller coaster that someone died on, but we still want to ride it because we have heard before that it was cool.

Doug Fister (Oak vs. Cahill, @Ana vs. Santana) Reading his stats is like reading an obituary. It has a funny twist at the end of it though, he has 12 losses and is top 20 for SP in WAR.

John Lannan (Atl vs. Lowe, @Col vs. Cook) Last 10, 4-2 and a 3.17 ERA. Free passes are his undoing. Home ERA is 2 runs lower than road. The “You could do worse” starter of the week.

Mike Pelfrey (Fla vs. Vazquez, Atl vs. Jurrjens) Home ERA 3.35. Career low GO/AO. Which means he is giving up a ton of HR’s. Those my friends are ungood for fantasy.

Brian Duensing ( @Ana vs. Santana, CHW vs. Danks) Anyone else think that Santana gets killed in his first start after the no-no? Guess I’m the only one. 3-1 with a 3.50 ERA since July 1st.

Kyle Kendrick (@Col vs. Cook, @SF vs. Lincecum) Somewhere Joe Blanton is sobbing, saying “that should be me.” To me any Philly starter is worth the gamble. Yeah, I went out on a limb there I know. Since June 1st no starter ERA is above 3.70.

Cory Luebke (LAD vs. Kershaw, Pit vs. Correia) He and Moseley have started feeding their teammates Tex-Mex before each of their starts. No word on who supplies the TP. In a funny side note, he is related to Dick Luebke from the 60’s. Yeah, say it twice it’s funnier the second time. Take advantage of the Hodgepodgery.

  1. Bré Jus says:

    I’m digging Maholm this season. He was supposed to be at least this good all along and I think he has the upside for a little more than what we’ve seen. I’m going with him.

  2. BadAzzMofo says:

    Who would you rather have Soto or Molina for ROY?

  3. royce! says:

    Fister’s been traded to the Tigers. Not sure what this does for his starts.

  4. Hebrew Ham says:

    Pick 2 of these 4.

    Cueto at Chi (Zambrano)

    Worley at SF (Sanchez)

    Stauffer vs LAD (Lilly)

    Lilly at SD (Stauffer)

  5. drew says:

    Rather have Javier Vasquez or Rich Harden at this point?

  6. drew says:

    @drew: or brett Cecil

  7. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:

    Which of the following should I not start next week in H2H: Chacin, Narvy or JMac? Chacin’s got 2 starts — he’s up against Hamels, but then he gets the Nats.

  8. Dominic says:

    fister is now a tiger so he is a must add right with all that run support hes gonna get right?

  9. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Smokey:10 team 8×8 h2h(QS,K’s and K/9)….Holland is available on waivers.I am thinking about dropping Harang to grab him.as lousy as he looked last night,Harang has been pretty damn consistent,and Holland has been the opposite of consistent.Their K/9 are almost the same and of course there’s the ballparks where they pitch.4/5 starts w/out giving up a run,3 CG’s etc etc….but Holland has burned me about a dozen times over the past 2 1/2 yrs or so….

    anyway,thats my thought process,so….Harang or Holland?

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Smokey:are you confident in Scherzer at this point?last few starts he has looked much better.I just traded Lind for him in a 10 team h2h keeper league.Lind was my 4th OF/backup 1B and next yr he wont be OF eligible.

    bad move?….good move?

  11. EK says:

    for today Narveson vs HOU or Nicasio @ SD?

  12. Smokey

    Smokey says:

    @BadAzzMofo: Molina, a catcher is a catcher is a catcher.

    @royce!: Loses 2 starts and gets pushed back one day.

    @Hebrew Ham: Worley Cueto

    @drew: Harden cuz of the red sox

    @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: All pretty good, McD is my choice.

    @Dominic: I would think it adds to his attractiveness.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Holland normal basis Harang for home starts.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I like it havent been a true believer in Max.

    @EK: Im starting Narvy

  13. Matt says:

    Stauffer vs LA (Lilly)

    – or-

    Zimmerman @Col (Nicasio)

    Leaning Stauffer but Zim feels like such a good play with only 4 starts left.

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