When doctors said Aaron Harang is going to have a useless part of his body removed, everyone in the Reds clubhouse thought the same thing, “What is Willy Taveras doing in Harang’s body?”  If Dusty were a doctor, he would left Harang’s appendix in a few more innings.  The appendectomy will force Harang to the DL for the rest of the season.  Too bad, the Reds just traded for Rolen and things were really starting to come together.  Feel free to cut Harang.  He’s done-zo.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Dickerson – Headed to the DL with a whatever-you-don’t-care.  What you do care about, the Reds might call up Chris Heisey.  He’ll be talked about in the afternoon post where I break down the potential September call-ups.

Adam Jones – He hurt his back while swinging the bat.  He’s been terrible so far in August and now it sounds like he’ll be missing a few games at least.  Cue an awkward dancing Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny Devito and turn on the Billy Ocean…

Scott Downs – Returns from the DL on Monday.  Will he be the closer?  Here’s what Gaston said, “I’m not sure about closing. I’m not sure about that. We’ll see how it goes. If he got here tomorrow and I said we’re going to stick him in the closer’s spot right away, I’m not sure if that’s fair to him either.”  That is both wishy and washy.

Mark Reynolds – DNP with a 100-degree temperature.  Get well soon, Mini Donkey!

Carlos Gonzalez – Out for up to a week after he cut his hand while cutting a piece of steak.  Can’t they get Spilborghs to cut up his meat for him?  After Barmes’s vension accident a few years ago, maybe the Rockies should go vegetarian during the summer months.  Or only use chopsticks.  Crab rangoon is delicious!

Seth Smith – With CarGo’s inability to handle a knife, Smith might see some short term time.  He also has 2 homers in the last three games.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 Ks.  If you owned only Rockie pitchers, you’d probably be doing better than you are in your leagues.  Zoinks!

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks.  He’s actually had a full month of decent starts.  Not great, decent.  Check your modifiers, Razzball reader.

Jhonny Peralta – HR yesterday as he bats near .400 over the last week.  Let me pull out my lukewarm endorsement…. If you really need an MI, what the hey?

Matt Diaz – 4-for-4 yesterday.  It’s Dye-as.  Usually only hits lefties, currently hitting everyone.

Pedro Martinez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 Ks.  I swear, I keep thinking to myself he’s going 5 IP, 3 ER or 6 IP, 4 ER.  I’m like the quiet psychic.  This Fall on Fox, turn up the volume and watch as he solves mysteries while speaking just above a whisper… Robert Carlyle is The Quiet Psychic.

Angel Pagan – 2 HRs yesterday.  See, there is a reason he was nominated for the Henry Aaron Award!

Jayson Werth – Hit his 29th homer yesterday.  You gotta love when your third outfielder pans out.  I know the feeling, I own Raul Ibanez on a few teams. (Though he’s been cold lately.)  Third outfielders panning out make me horny!  *Awkward silence at Razzball.com*  Did Grey just say third outfielders… Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Ricky Nolasco – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners.  Here’s the deal, Nolasco.  And I’m gonna break it down to you real simple like Jeff Foxworthy.  One terrible game like the stinker vs. the Astros when you gave up 10 earned runs in just over three innings.  That’s forgivable because you came back and pitched a complete game the next game.  But when you follow that up with another stinker, you become unpredictable and harder to start.  Thanks for listening, Nolasco.  I’m glad we had this talk.

Alcides Escobar – Hit his first homer yesterday.  After he crossed home, I screamed at the TV, “I have guys to hit homers.  Steal a frickin’ base, doode!”

Adam Dunn – Hit his 33rd homer yesterday.  If he doesn’t get to 40, Stephen Hawking will press a button on his Speak & Spell and blow up the Earth.  Just so you know what we’re up against.

Drew Stubbs – He looks so lost at the plate, it’s kinda comical.  Still has speed, will have bumps.

Homer Bailey – 7 IP, 1 ER.  I’m glad he pitched a good game… Actually, I don’t care.  What am I, his hypenate nephew-slash-personal assistant?  No, I’m not.  He gets the Dodgers next.  Blech.

Scott Feldman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 11 Ks.  Easily his best start of the year.  I still can’t get fully behind starting him, but if you need to take some risk, then go for it.

Bud Norris – 1 IP, 6 ER as he roofied his owners.  When thinking about starting a rookie, see Example A:  Norris’s line.

Jake Fox – 4-for-4, HR yesterday.  Can an AL team trade for him this winter?  Please.  I’d like to own him in the fantasy, but non-Biblical way.

Ryan Dempster – 7 IP, 4 baserunners, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  Right side of the brain, Dempster beat the NL-best Dodgers yesterday.  Left side of the brain, Dempster lost to the Padres last time out.  So his next start vs. the Mets is a good thing or a bad thing?  Damn conflicting sides of the brain!

John Smoltz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners and 9 Ks vs. Padres.  If only the Red Sox played in Petco…  Smoltz gets the Nats next time out.  I’d roll the dice for another start, then reevaluate.

Jack Cust – 2 HRs yesterday.  Cust is hitting near .500 in the last week with three homers.  Few hitters get as streaky as Cust (though A-Rod comes close right after he gets out of the salon and has his frosted tips done).

  1. Mike says:

    Drop Blalock for Chris Davis?

  2. SpecialFNK says:

    i do own a Rockies pitcher, and he killed me Friday night. De La Rosa against SF, i was thinking this is going to be a big night for DLR, BAM! 6 IP 6 ER.

  3. Eric C. says:

    Drop Scherzer (who’s been kinda terrible this month) for Smoltz?

  4. Bill B says:

    Adam Dunn – Hit his 33rd homer yesterday. If he doesn’t get to 40, Stephen Hawking will press a button on his Speak & Spell and blow up the Earth. Just so you know what we’re up against—wiping the coffee off my computer monitor.Effing great stuff Grey

  5. Hardcore Midget says:

    Chris ‘Crash’ Davis is getting called back up, and will be starting at 1b for Texas.

    Drop Garret Jones for him in a H2H keeper league? They’re both bench spots, with my starting lineup pretty well set.

  6. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    “… and things were really starting to come together” .
    hehe .

  7. madballs says:


    Smoltz @ home against WAS


    Nolasco @ home against SD

    (as my head spins)

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i need hr`s in my leagues and i think he can hit .250 here on out so im adding davis everywhere i can,

  9. Charlie says:

    Drop Polanco for Luis Castillo or Ellis?

  10. inertiatic says:

    Droppin Car-Go or hold em for the week?

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: i would over jones. davis gives you upside.

  12. stumanji says:

    Who do you prefer for a Util spot: Rajai or Borbon?

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:

    rajai plays more,but borbon can steal more bases in his playing time

  14. stumanji says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: But take away his 3- and 4-steal games, Borbon only has 1 steal in 11 games. Rajai provides a steal every 2 or 3 starts.

  15. Critter Nagurski says:

    I don’t know why people are being so timid when it comes to Smoltz. His peripherals in Boston looked good, but he came from there with something like a .390 BABIP, a LOB% in the 50s, and a HR/FB rate at about 14 or 15. even his fip is inflated

    Now he gets to face worse hitters. 8.4 K/9 and 1.8 bb/9. Those numbers are elite. Can you think of pitchers besides greinke and vazquez that have such a high k rate with such a low walk rate?


  16. mr baseball says:

    The Rangers will recall Chris Davis if you need strke outs

  17. mr baseball says:

    Drew Stubbs – He looks so lost at the plate, it’s kinda comical. Still has speed, will have bumps. – He strike out way too much in the minor leagues – something I am sure he will improve on in the major leagues

    speed bumps

  18. mr baseball says:

    Jayson Werth is one of my bright side draft picks this year –

  19. Hardcore Midget says:

    Anyone gambling tonight with Zito @ Colorado? Guy has been awesome lately, but I’m not sure if I can deal with an implosion on the first day of my H2H week…

  20. Phenom Price’s (damn him) tentative remaining schedule (if they don’t shut’em down early) is: BOS, @ NYY, @ BOS, TOR, @TEX. BAL…Keeper or Non-Keeper, it seems to be due time to set him free, no? If obviously apparent, do you like DLR (this week home vs. LAD), or Arroyo (this week MIL then LAD) for Price’s roster spot? Or might Smoltz be a better option going forward than all three? Thanks for the guidance & for helping with the Monday morning blues.

  21. mr baseball says:

    CARE FOR A HAMBURGER – Carlos Gonzalez

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:

    howard heating up on cue,another 3 run bomb in the 1st today,thats 7 in last 11 games,

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: He fisted it out in Metco. Very impressive.

  24. marmol worth using a high waiver priority on?…this late in the season the chance to get a closer…I think I just answered my own ?

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: i need howard to keep it up,im still not out of the A Latin 9 race,but it is time to get going,paulie`s sitting nice 2 points out of 1st

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Somebody’s getting real hot.

  27. DrEasy says:

    Was that really a reference to When the Going Gets Tough? Wow, major 80’s flashback dude!

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Hehe


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