The Mets are like the seasons. When summer turns into late September, you can count on there being a fall. The “heroes” change every year. Last September, Reyes disappointed. The year before, Beltran took a Wainwright curve ball that had more of the plate than the pitchfork that Prince Fielder uses for dinner. This year, Reyes and Beltran finish strong, but the bullpen is “led” by Luis Ayala. Lucky for the Mets, they really don’t have enough prospects for Minaya to pull off a vaginal punch of a trade like Grady Sizemore/Cliff Lee/Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon. Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
CC Sabathia – Winner of the ‘rented mule’ award for the 2nd straight year. Pitching on 3 days rest for the 3rd start in a row, he went 120+ pitches on Sunday to pitch the Brewers to the playoffs. Hopefully this rented mule doesn’t get beaten in the playoffs like last year.
Any Hitters or Pitchers on the Tigers, White Sox and Twins – Yahoo doesn’t count tomorrow’s games. This is a travesty in roto. Tomorrow’s games are part of the season. If the White Sox win, the one day playoff on Tuesday between the Twins and White Sox are also a part of the season. This is just lazy on Yahoo’s part. Everyone is aware that ESPN is completely free, right? As for tomorrow, pickup anyone that could help you. If you’re unable to be caught in ERA and WHIP, grab middle relievers for the chance for a vulture win. If you’re fine in average, grab any hitter that could possibly contribute.
Ryan Ludwick – Finishes the year with .299/37/112. Just as we predicted…for, um, Manny Ramirez. Remember those hitting stats next time someone says “Hitters are much more predictable than pitchers.”
Josh Outman – Loses for the A’s ending up 1-2 in a yawnstipating 4 start audition for the A’s this September. His last name is fitting just not in the way he’d like. He’s not “The Outman,” he’s just likely gonna be told “Out, man!” when he competes for the A’s rotation next spring.
Randy Johnson – After a year or two of impotence, the Big Unit is back in thrust mode. A complete game win against the Rockies gives him a winning record for the year (11-10) and an impressive # of starts (30), IP (184) and K/BB (173/45). With 295 career wins, he’ll likely be returning for another season. Jamie Moyer will be doing the same as he’s only 54 wins away from 300… *rechecks player profile* Oh, wait, is that 54 years old?
Mike Mussina – Finally got to 20 wins, but he was unable to finish the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. Luckily, Rivera was there to finish up the puzzle.
NL Cy Young – Webb has the 22 wins, Lincecum has the 265Ks, Santana has the best ERA and WHIP. Our pre-season picks of Peavy and Hamels aren’t looking so good… (But don’t forget Grey told you to pickup Nady on the 4th day of the season. Nady!)
Vernon Wells – 2 HRs. Doesn’t his name sound like a city in upstate New York? *old-timey voice* When I was a kid in Vernon Wells, New York, we didn’t have fantasy baseball. We had baseball. And we had fantasy. If you combined fantasy and baseball, you were gay.