Hank Blalock was called Mr. September by his manager.  I think he meant it as a compliment.  Last year, he hit eight homers in 95 ABs in September.  This year, batting .360.  In the last seven games, it’s up to .400 with 2 homers.  Luckily, he’s also playing every game, because he’s the only one hitting for the Rangers, which means he’ll continue to play.  If you’re currently rocking an underperforming corner guy try out Blalock.  Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon!  (BTW, I have a theory why Blalock hits well in September.  The Texas summer tires the Rangers hitters out.  By September, they’re done, except for Blalock because he never plays a full season.  So this theory would make even more sense if Blalock’s other good month is April.  Yup, checks out.  In the last three years, April’s his 2nd best month.  Check.  Mate.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bronson Arroyo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners.  Guitar Arroyo continues to roll in the 2nd half.  Hopefully, I don’t have to field too many questions in March from people asking if they should draft Arroyo in 2010.  You should not.  I’m all for grabbing him next July though.

Willy Taveras – 2-for-4 as he led off.  This start came at the expense of Drew Stubbs.  Oh, Dusty, you and your decisions.  I think Stubbs will continue to get the majority of the starts.

Lastings Milledge – HR yesterday.  Hitting .440 over the last week with two steals, as well.  Will he be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell?  Maybe, depends what Late Afternoon Grey puts on the menu.

Vernon Wells – HR yesterday.  Wow, so now we’ve had Rios, Hawpe, Dye and Wells homer on consecutive days.  Tomorrow, David Wright!

Vicente Padilla – 5 IP, 8 baserunners, 4 ER.  Well, he left in line for the victory.  That’s about all I can say nice about him.  He’s terrible.  And his resemblance to this guy is scary.

Rafael Furcal – HR yesterday.  He was the lead in yesterday’s roundup, so I’m going to be brief.  He’s going to end this season well (obviously) then he’s going to tear it up in the playoffs leading to him being overrated once again next year.  Thank you, Magic Eight Ball.

Matt Kemp – Hit his 26th homer yesterday to go along with his 34 steals.  A guy with 30/30/.300 ability who hasn’t even hit his prime yet?  Yeah, I think he’s going to be a top 10 ranked guy for me next year.

Ryan Braun – 0-for-5 yesterday.  Speaking of top ten, Braun’s still there, but he definitely hasn’t ended the season well.

Luke Gregerson – He got a rare 1 2/3 IP inning save yesterday.  I don’t think it means anything other than Bell’s been overworked lately.

Franklin Morales – Came into yesterday’s game in the 7th inning.  That just about does it for his value.

Troy Tulowitzki – Hit his 30th homer yesterday.  He also has 18 steals and a .290 average.  Yeah, he’s going to be above Rollins in the rankings next year.

Carlos Gonzalez – Sat out yesterday with a hamstring issue.  Guy who relies on his legs with a hamstring issue during the final ten days of the season is not someone you need to wait around for in one year leagues.  I know, it sucks.  I like him too.

Brad Penny – 8 IP, 1 ER.  Who doesn’t love NL West pitchers?  Who?  Show yourself!

Derrek Lee – Left the game in the ninth after his first attempt and steal of a base yesterday.  He didn’t come out of the game immediately, so hopefully it’s nothing major.  Or nothing, Major.  If that’s your rank.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Stole his 66th base yesterday.  Member a few years ago how excited people got about Crawford and would draft him in the 2nd round?  Well, Ellsbury is doing what Crawford used to do.  Steals don’t have a face, but if they did, I think they’d look a lot like Ellsbury.  Also, while I’m on the subject, who remembers in May of this year when Buster Olney said Crawford could steal 100?  Now, Olney’s forgotten more baseball than I’d ever know, but, seriously, when will people stop hyperbolizing what someone does through a month of baseball?  Guess it sells people on the ESPN Hindsighter.  Wow, this was a huge tangent.  Sorry.

Adam Kennedy – 3-for-5 with his 20th steal.  He’s batting .290 on the year with 11 HRs.  Member during your draft you couldn’t decide when to draft Alexei so you took him in the fifth round?  You would’ve been better off with Kennedy.  Who knew?

Eric Patterson – 6 for his last 10 with a steal and a homer.  He’s playing every day and could rack up steals quickly.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-5, and a steal.  See Eric Patterson, or 1/8 of an inch above.

David Aardsma – Returned from an injury to get a save.  What injury, you ask.  It turns out Aardsma was out for a few days with back stiffness.  In one of the more bizarre ways a player has been injured, his back stiffened while he was reading a book.  A relief pitcher hasn’t been hurt this bad from a book since Jose Mesa read Omar Vizquel’s tell-all book.

  1. TYY says:

    1) matt kemp is a beast, top 10 for sure next year, probably about #7 or #8 on my list…

    2) Tulo is a beast, rollins is old balls… out with the old in with the youth that play @ coors

    3) Time to drop cargo then? This may be a good thing grey? He’ll be hyped less now (by everyone else).

    4) Gotta love Dusty benching stubbs who’s been hitting for power and stealing bases. I throw him in on a slow thurs hoping for some lightening in a bottle, nope, dusty goes with willy “no average” taveras. Awesome, thanks dusty…. and EE goes 0-4, damn you EE!

  2. Steve says:

    Hopefully the book’s spine came out of it better than Aardsma’s did.

    OK – that was lame. Patterson or Andrus?

  3. Andy says:

    Haha. Any rip on ESPN’s crappy writers is a good post in my book.

  4. Tony says:

    @Andy: true i read ESPN and then do the opposite. I listen to their arguments sometimes or “debates” and wonder “WHY AM I NOT GETTING PAID TO WRITE/TALK FOR THEM”.

  5. stumanji says:

    Member during your draft you couldn’t decide when to draft Alexei so you took him in the fifth round?


  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TYY: Yup, yup, and ha! I’d lose CarGo if there’s better options.

    @Steve: That wasn’t lame. Patterson

    @Andy: Hehe

    @stumanji: You weren’t the only one, trust me.

  7. big o says:

    at the risk of being labeled a snob , am finding espn to have dummied down so much that it’s become painful to watch .
    sports for dummies …. still relevant , if you want to know how your opponents will be ranking/drafting next year .
    “hindsighter” … well worth the travel .

  8. Razzin says:

    Tight race for saves and hoping for a couple more before the fat lady sings. These guys each had a save this week. Master Grey, who do you think might get a couple more without completely killing my peripherals?

    Michael Wuertz
    Randy Choate
    Brad Ziegler
    Luke Gregerson
    Matt Lindstrom
    Mark Lowe

  9. big o says:

    am wondering if braun’s miserable last 2 months is ‘cuz i traded for him .
    abreu also slumping .

    patterson is very quick …. would consider pinch-running him for rajai , if i was the manager .
    (i could do that job , i swear !!)

  10. big o says:

    there’s a guy by the name of alicea , who’s the 1st base coach for the sawx .
    he’s not giving ellsbury instruction ,
    but , he’s a “hind”-sighter , of sorts .

  11. Razzin says:

    Thornton over Madson for saves? Can only keep 1.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Razzin: Choate

    @big o:I like the idea of pinch running Patterson for Rajai. You can manage my team anytime.

    @Razzin: I’d go with Madson.

  13. Stephen says:

    @Grey: Speaking of steal, as I felt like you mentioned these every other guy, Rajai Davis has 40 steals for the A’s while hitting .317 in 350AB. I’d take him over Ellsbury because I don’t want to waste a high pick on steals and runs.

  14. Matt K says:

    Alexei screwed more than one person. Trading for Tejada was my best early move of the year. If Alexei finishes strong I won’t harbor bitter resentment.

    Ted Lilly is a pussy btw. Pitching next Wednesday which means I can’t drop him till then. UGH!!

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Stephen: Yeah, definitely Davis much later, but he comes with more risk obviously.

  16. Tony says:

    @Matt K: i dealt fernando rodney for alexie right after his horrid april, he’s batted .280 since april….

    @Grey: @Stephen: Raja doesnt exactly have a “redsox type” line up to knock him in…. and ellsbury has done it a couple years now, raja? not the biggest sample size….

  17. big o says:

    so , i’m watching a re-play of the cuba/usa game (in italy) ,
    and the announcers are working on a variation of your latin21 theory …. “well , they say he’s only 23 , but you can’t tell for sure , because the cubans are so secretive … fearing defection of their players”

    well , at least the cuban uniforms have the players’ names on the back …. something the team usa uniforms lack .
    cust kayin’ .

    also , am rooting for this ike davis kid , who’s playing right-field for team usa …. not only ‘cuz he rapped a 1st inning double off the center-field wall , but , ‘cuz the only mlb guy i can remember with that name was ike delock .

  18. This title reminds me of your 1994 faxed newsletter that read:

    If You Want To Pick a Lock, Grab The Jimmy Key

  19. big o says:

    @Rudy Gamble:
    that’s hindsight !

  20. Tony says:

    @Stephen: WHERE do you think RAJA goes next year in a 12 teamer?

  21. big o says:

    if nolasco doesn’t dominate against the mets @ home tonight , or , at the very least , have a quality start , my h2h play-off chances will be seriously jeopardized .
    am i better off re-inserting hoffman and sitting nolasco ??

    thanking you , in advance .

  22. Quintero says:

    @Grey: You guys play fantasy basketball?

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I can’t imagine a scenario where I’d bench Nolasco vs. the Mets.

    @Quintero: I don’t, sorry.

  24. Lava says:

    So with Beltran doing nothing and Carlos Gonzalez diminished for the rest of the season, I need an emergency hot outfielder for next week. I have my choice of them, it looks like. I’m fine for steals and need HR, AVG, and RBI for the final week.

    Do I want to go for a LaPorta or Snider over Stubbs, Brantley, or Patterson? I need somewhat of a sure thing for any category, as that outfield spot (coupled with pitching) could mean 1st or 2nd place for me.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Snider over Patterson.

  26. Lava says:

    Cool, thanks for the continued help!

    I know it’s all prognostication, but it turns out Blalock isn’t available in my league. Is it worth it sticking with Pennington or Beckham at 3B, or is Chipper Jones/Beltre a better option for the final week?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: I’d go with Beckham.


  28. Grimlock says:

    Rudy, I think the title is actually a Tribe Called Quest reference.

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