Ryan Madson finally took over for Brad Lidge.  This was only about three months in the making and after six separate endorsements by Manuel saying Lidge is their closer.  Ah fanabla, what a headache.  Ever since Brett Myers returned from his MMA training, fantasy baseballers (that’s you!) seem ready to put Myers in the closer role.  That would be too easy, right?  Right.  No, Madson’s the first guy to grab and maybe Myers sees time here and there.  I’d grab both of them, unless you have a bleeding ulcer, then I’d stay away.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Feldman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks and leads the AL with 16 wins.  Shoot me now.  Seriously.  Shoot me and Randy Wolf while you’re at it.

Marlon Byrd – 9 for his last 14 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs.  He was having problems with kidney stones prior to this outburst, by I guess that problem passed.  (Pun point for Grey.)  Oh, and he’s single-handedly winning H2H leagues.

Francisco Liriano – Activated from the Disgraceful List and sent to the bullpen.  He still has no value.

Jake Peavy – Supposedly, he should be ready to go against the Mariners next week.  Was this whole elbow thing a ploy to face an NL-type offense?  BTW, the White Sox pulled the plug on this season already, why are they trying to get Peavy back in there?

John Maine – Will return for this Sunday’s game vs. the Phils.  He’ll be limited to around 70 pitches which will, uh, limit his value.

Ian Kinsler/Chris Davis/Nelson Cruz –  Because we all love a nice bit of schadenfreude, I present to you, frequent commenter, Zombie, “For those who revel in others’ misfortune, I present a Trifecta Ticker Tease as the Rangers wallop the Tribe today 10-0.  Those of us who own Kinsler, Davis, AND Cruz have returned from lunch, eagerly check the boxscore and see a combined 2 for 14,  0 RBI, 0 HR, 0 SB, and one goddamn Run…. The lone run only seems to punctuate the dearth of any additional production!  And for all you Esteban German owners out there, you deserve his 5 for 5 day, you bastards.”

Felipe Lopez – HR yesterday.  Now on pace for 10 homers and 7 steals.  Somewhere, Crapolanco smiles.

Bobby Scales – Ran head first into a wall, went down for a minute or two, then played a few more innings before being lifted for Sam Fuld.  Fuld, indeed.

Huston Street – Unable to return until early next week, according to Rockies pitching coach, Bob Apodaca.  I love that name.

Justin Maxwell – 3-for-5, 1 steal.  Could have some cheap speed for deep leagues, but he misses being a legitimate major leaguer by that much.

Carl Pavano – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER.  Now has 4 starts in a row where he’s been completely digestible.  He gets the Indians next.

Rafael Soriano – 1/3 IP, 2 ER as he blew the save.  Member when his ERA was around 1.50, like, a month and a half ago?  Yeah, me too.  Now it’s near 3.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  And it rolls on.

Carlos Delgado/Jose Reyes – Both said they want to return in the last two weeks of the season.  The Mets will just need to win 25 of their remaining 12 games to clinch a playoff berth.

Randy Wolf – Had his start scratched with a tweaked elbow.  Sounds like an excuse to rest him as they head towards the playoffs.  Kuroda will take his start.

James Loney – HR yesterday.  Now has two in three games, while batting near .400 for the last week.

Scott Podsednik – 4-for-7 with a steal.  He’s been a top 30 outfielder this year and the most valuable White Sox hitter this year.  Cust kayin’.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-5 with a steal.  Now has 11 homers and 12 steals in 211 at-bats.  Prepare for an offseason barrage of fantasy baseball ‘perts telling you you have to own him next year and causing his value to skyrocket.

Jose Lopez – 3-for-4, HR yesterday.  Now has 3 homers in 5 games while batting near .500.

Krispie Young – Hit another homer yesterday.  Now has five in 4 games.  I’m sure we’ll see him again in Friday’s Buy/Sell.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks with his 18th win.  He wins the Cy Young, right?  Not rhetorical.  Seriously, he does, right?

Matt Holliday – Left the game with a bruised knee.  He said he should be good by the Cards next game as long as he never has to play in Oakland again.

Albert Pujols – 2 HRs yesterday.  After the 2nd homer, Pujols’s BFF Lugo jumped around like Pujols called the shot beforehand in the dugout.  So this got me thinking, and maybe I’m just devious, but if you were a random baseball player in the playoffs, let’s say Casey Blake, wouldn’t you have your teammate pretend you called a homer?  Beforehand, Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson make a deal.  If Blake hits a homer, Hudson will jump around in the dugout screaming, “He called it!”  Like Fox Sports wouldn’t run with this story and suddenly Casey Blake would be the star of the World Series, get endorsements — Hi, I’m Casey Blake, this is a Sprint phone and I called it. — and he would get a huge contract.  Casey Blake would be synonymous with clutch.  Oh my God, I’m Scott Boras.

  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    That’s why you sport the ‘stache. You’ve been hiding your true identity.

  2. Tony says:

    thank god i have a bye this week, my team is colder than ice…

  3. knighttown says:

    What the heck did Rodney do? I had 2 wins, 9IP and an ERA of 2 when I went to bed. He pitched 0.7 innings and now my ERA went up to almost 5? What, was the pressbox in KC over the outfield wall so that everytime he threw a ball up there it counted as a home run?

  4. nick m. says:

    who do you like for some saves over the weekend – madson, morales, or macdougal? i think i can only squeeze one in. thanks!

  5. JD

    Jeff S says:

    Grey, if you had Lidge would you drop him straight up for Madson at this point? I have Carlos Marmol and Jose Valverde as my other closers, I want to do it, and usually have no problems letting go of a name, but for some reason with this situation I just can’t decide which way to go.

  6. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    Genius. Pure genius. I like the way you think (re: Casey Blake).

  7. Nathan says:

    “Mets only have to win 25 of their next 12 games…” Awesome. Poor Mets fans.

    Would you drop Howell to pick up Madson?

  8. Charlie says:

    I’m all full of closers – Frasor, Nunez, Marmol, and K-Rod. Who do I drop to add Madson? I’m guessing the answer is Frasor just because of opportunities.

  9. Furtah says:

    Why do all these teams make up BS excuses for their pitchers missing starts. Why don’t they just say “he’s not starting today because we want to keep him healthy for the postseason (or limit his innings, etc.)” Seriously, I don’t get it. This isn’t football, you can’t fool your opponents like Eric Mangini is doing to the Vikes (sacarsim)…

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  10. Podsednik has been the Sox best hitter? Grey, are you drunk?

    I mean, unless your counting SBs, but there’s no way he’s had near the value of (ugh, I know) Pierzynski, or even Thome, Konerko, and maybe Beckham and Dye (if you sat him the second half lol).

  11. Matt Sorrento says:

    Unrelated to today’s roundup, but I really need to vent to someone.

    I am in a football league and a baseball league with the same people and the same commish for both. We drafted our football teams a few weeks ago. Now, we had/have weird scoring rules for the football league (points per reception, IDP, and points for return yards gained by individual players). I tried to draft my team based on the custom scoring (last year, this strategy and Leon Washington won me the league).

    Two days ago, the commish decided to change the scoring rules for the football league. He changed the return points from 1 point for every ten yards to 1 point for every 25 yards. Naturally, this really fuxxors my strategy for the league.

    I posted this on the league message board:
    “Don’t change rules after the draft unless you want to re-do the draft.”

    That’s it. I got no reply from the commish and last night decided to not participate from the football league. I dropped a few of my players and benched my lineup.

    So, imagine my surprise when I get home from work today to find that all my players are added back to my roster, my lineup has been unbenched, and I am locked out of (this is the fucking kicker) not just my football team but my fucking baseball team as well. My baseball team where the playoffs just started and I had gotten my team to second place in the regular season.

    He posted this on the baseball message board: “Hey if you want to act like a little kid then i guess you can be treated like one… I guess if you want to add/drop a player you’ll have to ask me and I will do it for you”

    I’m locked out of my team completely, locked out of the league message board, and locked out of being able to email anyone through the league site.

    What the fuck. I can’t believe this shit. Please tell me that this guy is fucking crazy and I wasn’t out of line for being pissed about the rule changes post draft.

  12. Mr. Rickey says:

    Drop Gutierrez for Madson?

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah the texas trio cornholed me also,but seth smith and cargo have been picking me up,hell i even got a sb from carl crawford yesterday.

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Matt Sorrento: sounds like your commish is about 15 years old,he`ll run others off acting like that,my keeper league in baseball and football we have a sneaky commish,i traded him forte for his number 1 pick this year,then come draft time he drafted and said he forgot,i quickly called him on it and resolved the issue,he will try to pull shit over on us but if we post him calling him on it he usually does the right thing,maybe call the commish and voice your concern about the difference in drafting for 2 different scoring systems,all those changes should be put to a vote,or get out now and find better leagues,personally i wish we had john wayne rules,where you could legally smack the shit out of little twerps like him but my probation officer doesnt recomend that

  15. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    am having trouble with my computer right now ,
    but as soon as i get it fixed , i’m sending you a video of myself jumping up and down .
    my wife called it …. she said you were scott boras !!

    please disregard the 2nd half of the video , where she’s jumping up and down screaming .
    i had it “Oh my scott boras , I’m God” .

    (she’s the smart one) .

  16. stumanji says:

    @knighttown: How do you pitch 0.7 innings?

    @Matt Sorrento: That’s garbage. Similar sitch in my baseball league before the season started. We had very low min. innings so I drafted a bunch of $12 Salads to dominate Saves and peripheral numbers. Commish then quadrupled the min. inning requirement. We eventually compromised. The actual number of innings isn’t what really bothered me, though. It was the fact that I drafted with the league settings in mind. When they were changed, that threw my strategy out the window.

  17. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Matt Sorrento: No, you’re right. Scoring or rule changes after the draft are a big no-no. The only circumstance I would consider it valid would be if the proposed change were put to vote and the entire league unanimously accepted the change.

    By the way, can you get a signed ball from Paul for me?

  18. Matt Sorrento says:

    @mgeoffriau: Unfortunately, Paul Sorrento is no relation, even if it would be nice to have a late blooming first baseman in the family.

    But, yeah, I’m thinking that if rule changes needed to happen they should have been voted on beforehand, or at the very least made well in advance of the actual draft
    [email protected]AL KOHOLIC: I’m definitely not playing in either league next year. I would much rather be in a Razzball commenter league (just missed out this year). It just is the suck that I can’t finish out my baseball season without having to deal with/appease this asshat.
    @stumanji: Thanks for your comment. I try to always draft to the settings. It makes a lot more sense that way even if most of my leaguemates just don’t comprehend it.

  19. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    on 8-01-09 , because i was lacking in HR’s and RBI (and was +42 in SB’s) ,
    i traded crawford , morgan and jose lopez
    for tulo and braun .

    this was prompted by an excellent article of yours , suggesting to over-pay for what you need .
    i felt particularly pleased that my targeted trading partner , while benefiting greatly from this surge in SB’s , would be taking category points away from my nearest competitors .

    here’s the rub :
    tulo vs jose lopez , i can handle .
    lopez was stinking it up , and i really didn’t expect too much from tulo .
    however , since 8-1 , braun has been a big piece of shizz .

    i want you to take him to task , please .

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: We’ll have words. For sure.

  21. Nathan says:

    @stumanji: “How do you pitch 0.7 innings?”

    0.7 is about equal to 2/3 (“two thirds”). Being a scientist, the convention in baseball statkeeping of writing “two thirds of an inning” as “0.2 IP” has always driven me crazy, since 0.2 is actually 2/10. Especially because it screws up ERA calculations unless you make a mental note that 0.2 = 0.67. Just goes completely against common sense.

    Though typing “0.7 IP” as knighttown did isn’t really better, because it confuses everyone else who is already used to the weird-ass convention.

    I usually just type out “two thirds” to be safe.

  22. BSA says:

    What’s the deal with Hamilton? Cortizone shots in the back aren’t good. I wonder if he and Wakefield are at the same doctor one getting the epidural and the other getting Cortisone, or is it the other way around??

    I’m actually thinking of dropping him and getting some other flash in the pan or soem WHIP and ERA guys. At least he was getting on base and running before this latest.

  23. stumanji says:

    @Nathan: It was a bit tongue-in-cheek since, like you said, baseball scoring uses 0.1 and 0.2 for 1/3 and 2/3 of an inning. If you were going to use the actual decimal, rather than 0.7, I’d go with 0.67 or 0.6666666666666666 (infinity sign)

  24. stumanji says:

    Sorry to F up the frame. Sometimes you gotta make a point, though. I’m a man of principle.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: I would consider my options at this point, no reason to wait around.

    @stumanji: No problem, I edited it so it didn’t mess up the frame. Hope you don’t mind.

  26. Dad says:

    @Grey: I held Madson for months only to finally drop him 2 weeks ago for McGehee. Sonovaswitch!

    Would you start Rowland-Smith @ LAA if you’re in the search of a QS?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: Sonovaswitch — Ha! I’d start him there, but it’s risky.

  28. GTS says:

    Lose Zito for Morrow?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Eh, he’s not coming up for another week at least.

  30. GTS says:

    Thanks – add Ryan Madson and drop Jim Johnson or wait?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Pretty much a coin flip. If you’re feeling lucky, sure. Could backfire though.

  32. Eric says:

    Grey … I’ve got an unusual problem. I’m in a league where I’m first overall and a distant second in both saves and holds. Fair enough. But recently all my hold producers are turning into closers — usually I’d be thrilled, but while it’s unlikely I catch the leader in saves (I’m down by 40) I am now falling back to the pack in holds, with two teams now within striking distance. The only guy I have giving me holds now is Neftali, while my closers are Madson, Gutierrez, Jim Johnson, Marmol, Soria, and Bailey. If the trade deadline hadn’t passed, I could make a trade to a team weak in saves but now? Who do I drop to pick up a middle reliever or two? Even if I don’t drop one of these guys and I drop an SP or a hitter I don’t have enough RP slots to play them all every day.

  33. Tony says:

    @big o:

    I traded Braun for ZOBRIST & KAZ right after KAZ had like his second solid start, before he was dealt? Thats worked out great for me… moved up from 8th and 9th all year to 5th and 6th back and forth…. now if i just wouldn’t have dealt Nolasco for Lindstrom the day before he got hurt and aramis, beltran, Quentin, etc didn’t suck all year i’d be money….

    @BSA: I hope hammy falls on a needle full of heroin. I play his owner next week. Say it with me, RELAPSE…. but just for a week, i wouldn’t wish that on anyone… lol

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: That is an odd dilemma. I’d lose Madson and Johnson for holds.

  35. T-BZA says:

    Why does C.Granderson suck?

    No need to answer that, but would you think about slapping the SAGNOF R.Davis in to replace C-Grand in a do-or-die playoff situation?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:


  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @T-BZA: I would absolutely grab Davis.


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