Steve Cishek got the save, but it wasn’t that cut and dry.  Edward Mujica came in for the ninth for the save, but promptly gave up 2 runs.  One person who was nowhere in sight was Leo Nunez and with only 17 people in attendance at Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Blockbuster/Dolphin/Sun Life/Whoever Ponies Up Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium, it’s not hard to find someone.  As of right now, I’d grab Cishek and Mujica, in that order, but yesterday I thought it was the opposite, so it could change at any moment.  Really depends on McKeon or how good his memory still is.  “Let’s warm up Looper!”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Javier Vazquez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks.  From April-June, Vazquez looked like he should’ve retired.  Or returred, if Ludacris is reading this.  Or he looked down right turrible, if Charles Barkley is reading this.  In July, he looked good.  In August, he’s been great.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer in his return to the Marlins.  He pissed off Florida management by pulling out his iPhone during the home run trot to send out some tweets.  Jack McKeon wondered why he’s fiddling with an abacus.

Wily Mo Pena – 3-for-3 with a HR, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs.  I would not want to go anywhere near Jim Bowden’s keyboard or mouse after he read that box score line.  That said, Pena isn’t assured regular playing time with Seager, Carp, and Trayvon hitting well.  More of a day-to-day matchup play.

Kyle Seager – 4-for-4 and 10 for his last 14.  That’s not a hot schmotato…. This is a hot schmotato!  For right now, Seager reminds me of Omar Infante when he’s on a hot streak.

Kevin KouzmanoffRockies called him up.  Why do the Rockies keep taking the A’s discards?  Do they think, “We had success with CarGo.  Why would Mark Ellis and Kouz be any different?”

Bobby Parnell – Got his first save of the year.  Only 299 more to go before the Mets change closers.

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  2.92 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.  He’s basically Tim Hudson on a bankrupt team, offensively and otherwise.

James Loney – 3-for-5.  He’s been hot (11 for last 17), but I can’t recommend him.  He’s just so…James Loney.  Maybe ask a different fantasy baseball ‘pert if you should pick him up.

Skip Schumaker – 4-for-4 with four singles for the Homeless Man Cycle.

Shaun Marcum – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Season ERA is 3.38.  I loved him in the preseason, and he’s actually been about as good as I thought he’d be.  Only I didn’t foresee some pitchers having ERAs in the low 2’s.  If you won’t lower the mound, raise the plate!

Alex Gordon – 1-for-2, 3 runs and a slam & legs.  Now has 17 homers and 14 steals.  Having a nice year, but anyone who owned him in previous years can tell you 17 homers and 14 steals turns to 12 homers and 7 steals very easily and you don’t want to own that.

Wandy Rodriguez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 14 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Rockies.  In related news, it doesn’t look like Wandy’s gonna be traded to the Rockies.

Brian Bogusevic – 3-for-4.  Picked up where J.D. Martinez left off, which is to say he’ll probably be hot for a few days, unless the Astros move into Coors.

Eric Young Jr. – 1-for-5 with his 4th steal in his last four games.  Okay, that’s slightly cherrypicking stats because he got three steals on Saturday, but still if you need steals it’s silly to not plug him in.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs with 5 homers in the last ten games.  Whatever Tulo had, CarGo caught it.  Remind me next August to go out and acquire all Rockie hitters.

Colby Rasmus – Will miss two to three days with his jammed wrist.  With his time off, he’s going to throw bags of flaming turds at La Russa’s Prius.

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-3 with his 4th homer, ending his 1-for-13 slump.  Maybe he slept with one of the Molina sisters as a slump buster.

Michael Cuddyer – Hit by a pitch on the wrist and was pulled from the game.  Oddly enough, his wrist felt fine but the Twins’ trainer just reflexively figured it was a concussion.

Brad Peacock – Mystery’s favorite player is due to be called up for September.  He’s 6′ 1″ but seven-two with his giant boa-rimmed top hat.  Peacock has been dominant in the minor leagues this year.  Double-A:  2.01 ERA and a 11.77 K-rate in 98 2/3 IP.  Triple-A:  8.58 K-rate, 3.56 ERA in 43 IP.  Here’s what Stephen just said during his Peacock fantasy, “With a quick, loose arm action, he throws a 92 to 94 MPH straight fastball, a plus knuckle-curve ball with sharp downward action, and an average changeup.  I often dream of pulling Grey’s fingernails out one at a time.”  Whoa, maybe I should read those closer.  Peacock probably won’t see enough starts this year to make a difference, but I’d look at him in deep NL-Only keepers.

Tom MiloneNats announced Milone would also be called up when rosters expand.  He’s actually put together a better season than Peacock, but his upside is lower because he’s a soft-tossing lefty that uses deception where Peacock uses good ol’ fashioned speed.  Leave it to Peacock to show off.

Heath BellGiants claimed the Padres closer on waivers and they now have until Friday to work out a deal. I don’t think it happens unless Wilson is totally FUB(e)AR’D.  If it does happen, I’d grab Gregerson or Qualls, in that order.

Joey Votto – 5-for-7 with 2 homers in the doubleheader.  Member when you were mad at Votto midseason because of his lack of power?  Member I said it was a long season?  This blurb was sponsored by Members Only.

Scott Sizemore – 4-for-4, 1 RBI.  Nice game but he’s been painfully yawnstipating for an extended stretch.  4 RBIs in his last ten games with no homers or steals.  That’s the new blech.

Coco Crisp – 4-for-4, 5 RBIs and two homers.  One homer was against Sabathia.  Odd since CC Sabathia usually devours left-handed hitters and anything that sounds like Coco Crisp.

Nick Swisher – 2-for-3 with his third homer in two games.  He’s not quite as sexy without the sideburns, but if you’re power deprived he’s worth a look.

Daniel Hudson – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Was one out from the shutout and then gave up back-to-back HRs to Nix and Gomes.  Kind of like how Kate Hudson performed so well in Almost Famous and then made back-to-back bombs.  Fortunately for Daniel, he had Putz to back him up.  Unfortunately for Kate, she had the putz from the Black Crowes and Alex Rodriguez.

Carlos Santana – Won’t miss time but left early yesterday after taking a couple of foul balls off his mask, inspiring him to write a song, Oye Como Vas Deferens.

Shin-Soo Choo – Was scratched with a sore trunk.  Trunk?  Maybe that’s why Matt LaPorta mistook him for his Kia.

Ezequiel Carrera – 1-for-4 with a steal.  Has now started five games in a row with 3 steals.  Oh, and Ezequiel Carrera sounds like a Porsche carriage built for the Amish.  Up to 4 horsepower!

  1. xoxoVotto says:

    I’d just like to point out that since my whiny all caps rant about how Votto had less HRs than Espinosa back when Votto had 13 HRs through 101 games, he now has 11 HRs in his last 27 games. Proof that Votto was motivated by my rant, reads razzball, and that Grey is a veritable internet celebrity. Or that he’s just really good at baseball and started hitting home runs because he’s Joey Votto. One of the two for sure.

  2. aj says:

    Cishek or Morneau(bench)?

  3. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey/Rudy:10 team 8×8 UTL spot….could you rank these guys for me?(TB’s,OBP and XBH’s are all categories….I dont really NEED SB’s)

    Carp,Beltran,Hunter,Chipper and Borjous.


  4. I like Bruschi's says:

    You like Cecil as a spot start against the Royals? He’s been pretty good lately, and they are lefty-heavy.

  5. LT says:

    Who do you like for the rest of the year H2H – Logan Morrison, Blanks, or Morneau

  6. SwaggerJackers says:

    Love the weird quote in the Peacock blurb. Funny stuff.

  7. prince of dahkness says:

    Please rank at Util for H2H points league: Krispie, Carp, Tabata, Morrison


  8. ChiliDavisConCarne says:

    Drop Gio for EdJax?
    I’m thinking I wouldn’t want to start Gio @BOS tomorrow, or next week @CLE, given his recent struggles. I’m fighting for a playoff spot in H2H this week, 1st playoff week is next week.

  9. James says:

    Liriano is free agent in my league and I need innings. Would you pick him up for his game against Baltimore today?

  10. junker23 says:

    What should I do with Andrus? I kinda want to drop him for Eric Young.

  11. Lob Ball says:

    Who is the better stream tomorrow night?

    Collmenter vs SD
    Wolf vs CHC


  12. Scott says:

    Hanley or Kipnis, rest of the season?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @xoxoVotto: All is probably true.

    @aj: Depends on needs… Cishek…

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Beltran, Carp, Hunter…

    @I like Bruschi’s: Sure

    @LT: Morrison

    @SwaggerJackers: Thanks!

    @prince of dahkness: Morrison, Tabata…

    @ChiliDavisConCarne: Go for it.

    @James: Nope

    @junker23: Go for it.

    @Lob Ball: Collmenter

    @Scott: Hanley

  14. That last line about Ezequiel Carrerra is still making me laugh. Your one clever S.O.B.

  15. papasmurf says:

    If only lawrie could be 2b-eligible next year. You’d be looking at a righthanded chase utley type.

    At 3b his relative value is not nearly as great… sadly.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DonCoburleone: Thanks; Rudy and I tag-teamed that line.

    @papasmurf: Hopefully he just doesn’t become next year’s 2010 Pedro Alvarez.

  17. Doc Pounder says:

    Need to drop 2 of these for next week. Please rate for ROS.
    Krispie, Markakis, LoMo, Blanks, Maybin, Carp.

  18. michael bourne says:

    Ellsbury had a slam and legs. Including defense and all around awesomeness he is mvp.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doc Pounder: Drop Krispie, Blanks…

    @michael bourne: Yeah, having a hell of a season.

  20. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Could you rank these guys for ROS:
    Ubaldo, Gio, Stauffer, Javy Vazquez

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Sequential Hermaphrodite: Stauffer, Ubaldo, Vazquez…Depends on matchups though.

  22. LT says:

    Tabata or LoMO the rest of the way in H2H

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @LT: Different things… Morrison…

  24. LT says:

    I hear ya – I drafted LoMo and used him up until the demotion – I was thinking about replacing Blanks with LoMo but I have Morneau in my UTIL spot – I’m hoping he will start hitting – is Tabata an upgrade over Morneau


  25. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Colvin with hit #23.

    YES! HE! CAN!

  26. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: Thanks for talking me out of starting Phil Hughes today. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

    Question for you and/or Rudy (if Rudy’s into that kind of thing): You think Starlin Castro will be a 15-20 HR guy? I love watching the kid hit and am already considering going all in on him everywhere next year. The recent surge of stolen bases (5 in 6 and 1/3 games) doesn’t hurt, either.

  27. Howard says:

    @Grey Who’d of thought I’d be loading my lineup with Mariners! Would you take Seager over Mcgehee?

  28. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Moreland or Carp for the ROS?

    Can you also rank these SPs for me for the ROS: Fister, McCarthy, Nova, Lewis?

    J. Weeks or Espinosa?

  29. chata says:

    if that’s an old mad magazine word , i think it’s spelled with 2 c’s (blecch) .
    maybe not .

    got pizzed at stubbs and dropped him for tabata in my h2h .
    plus , stubbs is facing philly next week .
    wishing i had dropped him a month ago .

    dumb ?
    sometimes , when angry , i don’t make good decisions .

  30. LAzyboy says:

    Hey Grey,
    Drop Chris Young (the hitter) for someone totally different, like Kyle Seager or ride Young to the bitter end?

  31. chata says:

    seems as if my h2h future is dependent upon bruce chen
    channeling the ghost of cy young , from here on out .
    how sad is that ?
    at least he gets to face the chisox a couple more times .

    betcha i’ve had a half dozen weeks where my razzball team has
    out-hit my h2h-er .

    it’s like driving home broke from the craps table and wondering
    if things might have been different had i done the complete opposite .

  32. Steve says:

    Total bullpen meltdown going on in NY right now.

  33. SpecialFNK says:

    yahoo, 5×5, roto, 15 team.

    better SS until Reyes returns, likely Monday.

    Justin Sellers, Rubin Tejada, Alex Gonzalez, Brendan Ryan, Trevor Plouffe, Clint Barmes, Erick Aybar(not available for pick up until tomorrow)

  34. BucLover says:

    Note to self: Do not pitch Daniel Hudson against the hapless A’s.

  35. Sir says:

    I’m in a 5×5 keeper league (keep 5), OBP instead of BA.

    I’m fighting for the championship this year and could use a 3B, but I wonder if this would be giving up too much in the long run:

    I give up Ryan Howard.

    I get David Wright + a round 8 pick next year.

    Thanks for the help!

  36. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:do you think Matt Moore will be starting in 2012?….TB seems to promote pitchers much quicker than position players,ie Jennings.

  37. aj says:

    14 team 5×5 roto league. I get three keepers. who do you keep?
    tex, longoria, weaver, hamilton, pense

  38. GTG says:

    Grey — Now that Posada has 2B eligibility in my league, should I trade Pedroia for him?

  39. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    31 runs, and Crisp and Teixeira go hitless, with a combined 1 run and no RBI. Would ticker tease even apply? This is more of a FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU situation. emoticon

  40. loudawg says:

    Pena is in on waivers, is it worth it to drop morrison or pagan for him?

  41. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Mix of shock and tease… ticker seize?

  42. Steve says:

    Thome has accepted a deal to the Indians.

    In other more important news, I just bought an Apple TV.

  43. ruah says:

    McGehee comes off waivers tomorrow. Dump Prado for him at 3B?

  44. Wilsonian says:

    Mayberry over Carp and/or Carlosly? Does he get enough ABs the ROS?

  45. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 8×8
    SS: Andrus, Andino, Betancourt, Scutaro, Renteria, or Pennington?

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