First the Brewers fire their manager in September, then they pitch CC on three days rest for about a month after letting him throw 150 pitches per start for two months and now they rush back their prized pitcher, Yovani Gallardo. The Brewers are officially trying to choke worse than the Mets, while the Mets are showing they weren’t one-flop wonders last year. Too bad the Astros and the Diamondbacks just flat out sucked for three months or they’d be battling for the Wild Card. Gallardo will probably only get to the fourth or fifth inning so he might not have much value. Then again, the Brewers may let him throw 100+ pitches until he turns the ball over to Sabathia for the final three innings. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark DeRosa – HR yesterday and then a leg injury forced him out of the game. Ah, the agony and the ecstasy… What? I was being poetic.

Hank Blalock – HR yesterday for the 4th game in a row. I told you to pick up Blalock two days before he hit his first. But whatever, you like to be difficult. It’s your thing.

Michael Young – 4-for-4, I think he still has, like, a fractured finger or something. If not scoring the winning run would help the Rangers go into extra innings and allow Young a chance for 200 hits, he would not score that run.

Carlos Zambrano – Since his no-hitter, he’s been a crap satay.

Willy Taveras – Done for the season with a stress fracture. Back date this to August. Dude stole 68 bases this year and collected only 64 runs. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in a long time, maybe even forever, that someone stole as many as 68 bases and failed to score that many runs. Okay, maybe they didn’t say that. But here are some things heard around Elias Sports Bureau’s office in the last week, “Gloria, Roy’s secretary, said ‘It’s Jayson Stark calling’ thirty-eight times this week for a new office record,” “Roy said ‘Tell Stark I’m in a meeting’ a record thirty-eight times this week,” and “For a record ten times in one day, Mike coughed “loser” when asked if he was going to William’s birthday party.”

David DeJesus – Left yesterday’s game with a high hip flexor something or other. May not play again this year. Buh-but the Royals are fighting for 4th place!

Edinson Volquez – Likely done for the year. Finally drafting Cueto and Harang before Volquez looks like a smart move.

Andy Pettitte – Done for the year. Aceves will start on Saturday. I like that start, friend.

Ryan Franklin – Got another save. Looks like he’s the Cards closer for the final weekend. Do take note, save vultures.

Manny Delcarmen – There’s more vulture saves where that came from, carcass breath. The Sawx rested Papelbon and gave the save to Manny of Carmen.

Cameron Maybin – 3-for-3 with a steal before leaving the game with a stiff hip. Two stiff hips and he wouldn’t be able to walk out of the bar. Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Eubanks.

Rafael Furcal – Was activated from the DL, and got into the game as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. I wouldn’t expect too much from him these final few days; Torre says he’ll play “here and there. And I love cannolis.”

Adam Wainwright – In his last start of the year, gave up two earned in six innings. Decent return from injury in the 2nd half. That real upside of his struggles this year will be the fresh arm he’ll have next year. He’ll be on 75% of my teams next year, fo sho.

Mark Reynolds – His 199th K last night to tie the major league record. Earlier in the year, Rudy and I had a friendly wager going for who would strikeout the most, Cust or Reynolds. Unless Cust Ks eight more times than Reynolds this weekend, I should have it locked up. In other words, this bet is still very much undecided.

Max Scherzer – 5 IP, 2 ER. Last start of the year and he’s had prettier ones. I will write a lot more about Jobacum this offseason.

Todd Jones – He’s thrown his last 76 MPH fastball as he announced his retirement in his The Sporting News column. Other topics he covered in his column, “Real Men Rely on Finesse,” “Pussies Throw Fast,” and “Where have you gone, Fu Manchu mustache?” Pour some prune juice out for Jones.

  1. cubbies299 says:

    would you rather have Clay Buchholz on your minior league roster or Rich Hill? Basically I’m asking if we’ll ever see Rich Hill’s knee-buckler at full-strength again.

  2. Shogun says:

    The Twins game was awesome last night. I was so close to the Twins’ bullpen that I could smell Boof Bonser’s farts.

    One thing I noticed was that Delmon Young is really hitting the ball hard. He’s on fire, and he isn’t hitting wimpy singles up the middle like he was earlier in the season. He hit the ball very hard each time last night. His only out came on a narrowly missed home run. If anyone’s looking for a hot bat (!), Delmon might be available and valuable over the weekend.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: Right now, I’d prefer to have Hill.

    @Shogun: That’s awesome! Yeah, Young’s a good call. I noticed that he’s hitting everything hard lately. He’ll definitely be on a few sleeper lists this winter.

  4. Dale Sveum says:

    Hey, don’t be hatin’ on the Brewers. When Jeff Suppan and Eric Gagne are your biggest contracts, you have to take extraordinary measures to get things done. I only wish we could start Sabathia every game.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dale Sveum: I’ve long said the Brewers are one of my favorite teams to watch, but their moves recently read of desperation. Hopefully they can make the playoffs and get this monkey off their back.

    EDIT: Typo, boyz!

  6. BSA says:

    Who wishes they had Ramon Santiago playing today? 2 for 2 against Kazmir, two solo shots that is! Oh yeah, and I drop Zobrist and he hits a dinger. Annoying.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Salary drive!

  8. BSA says:

    Don’t you just love the last week or so here?! Check out the line on the Detroit/Tampa game. Who are these guys?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: What, you’re not familiar with Raburn and Hessman? They were a great comedy team of the ’30s.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    DING-DING-DING — BREAKING NEWS — Reynolds just got his 200th strikeout.

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    As I mentioned before, I’m in the fight of my life in the championship. Our pitching stats are extremely close. I’m up 1 win on him at the moment. I’m leading by a fuzz in ERA and he’s ahead a little in the WHIP department. He leads me with 1 less walk and we’re tied in K’s. He’s still going to be throwing Lee, Dice-K, Beckett, and Nolasco at me. Plus, he’s got Gavin Floyd going tonight…risky. And he just picked up Scott Lewis….really risky.

    We’re also deadlocked at 3 Saves apiece, he with Rivera and I with Papelbon. I was Delcarmenized last night.

    Brett Myers totally screwed me last night…..again. 2 starts in a row now. I’ve dropped him for the best possible start. Sonanstine against Detroit on Friday. I figured Detroit has little heart right now and they’re playing a whole lot of minor leaguers. The Rays need to win.

    I still have CC, Shields, Hamels, and Scott Baker throwing for me this week. Should I pull the trigger on Sonanstine?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Yes, start Sonnanstine.

    Also, Shields is not going to give much on Sunday, if anything, Hamels won’t start if the Phillies have the division and CC won’t start if the Brewers have won it or are eliminated.

  13. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Thanks.

    So you’re saying I could get totally screwed here. Good to know.

    Just noticed Wandy is out there too. I’m pretty sure I have to pick him up, going against Atlanta on Sunday.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, Wandy’s a pickup. And yes you could get screwed.

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    Having a 2 week championship at the very end of the season is about the stupidest thing I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve complained to the commish. This is ridiculous. We’ve been adding and dropping like fiends through these 2 weeks to make ends meet.

    Any chance Boston rests any starters so he could be dealing with the same thing as me?

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, it is a bit ridiculous.

    Boston will surely rest their guys as well.

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