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.”

Freddy Garcia – Pitching Monday and likely will pitch the White Sox into the playoffs for the 2nd time in his career.  Unfortunately, he’s not on the White Sox this year.

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.

  1. BSA says:

    Wells – and that is why I will probably have him on my team next year. Vernon, I wish I could quit you.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Hehe

    I can’t believe P0rk lost in the final day. Wow, major blunderage.

  3. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: Aww man. I’m not the one that was standing at the plate with the bat on my shoulder. If I was the type to make excuses I’d say moving the last two days was somehow responsible. Instead I’ll just shift the blame to my no-good, shifty-eyed, deadbeat players.

  4. Lolhamburger says:

    A quick note of congratulations to all of the teams that won this year. And a note of thanks, first to our hosts here, Grey and Rudy. Thanks for the constant stream of excellent content and the dedication to this site. Also, a note of thanks to the other commenters here. I appreciate all of the insightful and entertaining remarks posted here. The contributions in the comments add no small part to what makes Razzball great. Enjoy the games in October!

  5. BSA says:

    Can’t wait to see what happens in Chicago tomorrow. Hopefully they don’t pull a Pork by racing to the altar only to forget their lines.
    Hmmm, Pull a pork….

    Oh well, my paper is done, razzing is done, and I am off for the night.

    Oh yeah, I got to see some of the Milwaukee game at a friend’s house (Met fan) Damn, is Fielder really that fat? I think he beats Sabathia in the race for the widest waist.

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @p0rk burn: Good point. You went out blazin’.

    @Lolhamburger: Thanks for that and for your H2H thread in the forums. I’m sure many people got something out of it.

    @BSA: Mmm… Pulled pork.

    The best moment from the Brewers game was at the end when they surrounded CC on the mound and they looked like Lilliputians. CC is a big man.

  7. cubbies299 says:

    Thanks for the great playoff advice, Grey. I did end up winning, though it was a squeeker. I cracked open my high life (champaign of beer) after Nady walked with a runner on third and no out (if he had batted the guy in or hit a double the entire game, I would have lost), then watched in horror as Damon pinch hit later (also on his team) and the game went into extras (all of this while being pitched to by the Red Sox high A Vero Beach affiliates if it wasn’t already scary enough). Probably couldn’t have gotten through it without you. Wish I had found the site sooner in the year. It’s been fun, now I’ll spend the rest of the year talking keepers and using my winnings to fund my terrible fantasy football skills.
    @[email protected]: check out the photo of the brewer’s clinching (the one at the home screen that you can scroll to different stories on). I literally cannot tell CC and Fielder apart. All I can say is it looks like a really sick version of “which of these ones is not like the other.”

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I think the Porkies won after all. As of this morning, they have a tenuous half point lead. There’s one bacon-eating mofo who’s glad the extra game won’t count in Yahoo!.

    Thanks to my canny pick-ups of Mark Buehrlehue and Joe Saunders (starring this winter in the hit comedy “Soft Tosser and Softer Tosserer,”) the Baron’s RCL minions charged into… 5th! Boo-ya! Or, more appropriately, Boo-bleh.

    In other news, in my real league, my team, needing a strong offensive showing to finish 4th, went 2 for 27. Season in a nutshell, kids, season in a nutshell.

    Yet, thanks to my canny pick-up of Wandy Rodriguez, I managed to finish 4th anyway, and in the money (barely). Boo-bleh.

    I’m not even a Mets fan, but — yikes. Oh, Mets.

    I’ve only played fantasy for the last four years but this was definitely the weirdest season yet. Between Ludwick, Cliff Lee and Delgado’s resurgence, there were a lot of head-scratchers out there for the stat-nerds among us. Carlos Quentin is one thing, but Lee? No one saw that coming. NO ONE.

    NO. ONE.

    Meanwhile, Frenchy absolutely imploded, BJ Upton forgot how to hit home runs, Zimmerman’s brightish star began to dim, Smoltz’s eternal arm finally cacked. In a related story, all of these schmoes gravitated to me team like lint to a polyester suit.

    But I don’t blame them. No sir.

    In the high style of Michael Caine, I blame it on Rios.

  9. SaltyBiscuits says:

    The Beltran/Wainwright at-bat was in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, not last year. I was at that game. I wanted to die.

    I was also at last year’s second to last game (where John Maine had 14 K’s) and then the Mets went on to blow it to the Marlins a day later (Tommy Glavine and his infamous disappointing first inning). I wanted to die.

    I was at Saturday’s game, where Johan pitched a fucking gem and K’d 9 in a CG SHO. Then we lost yesterday. I want to die.

    I am going to end it all.

  10. Crafty35a says:

    I had a comfortable lead in average going into yesterday. Of course, my team went 2 for 29 to lose the category, dropping me into a 5-5 tie overall. And Yahoo’s first tie-breaker is ERA, which I lost.

    2 for 29. That’s going to hurt for a while.

  11. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Crafty35a: Sounds like you and I have similar teams. Rios, Upton, Hardy, Longoria, Morneau: 0-for-14.

    Thank goodness for Brett Gardner, who got both my hits yesterday.

  12. p0rk burn says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wow. I clicked the page just to confirm my miserable collapse at the hands of the 3/497 batting yesterday and the ERA tiebreaker to see yet again Y? can’t make real-time stats that are accurate. It did the same thing the night before, if you look at the screen cap it shows me at 139 when I started yesterday morning with 140. If this lawyer thing doesn’t work out maybe I’ll get Y? to hire me to sit at home with a calculator and a notebook, I at least will get the numbers right.

    A sigh of relief and a bitter taste in my mouth. This year pulling a p0rk means snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and turning it back into a win.

    Once again thanks to everybody that played, it was a fun year playing with a group of people that actually cared.

  13. p0rk burn says:

    RCL season recap posted.

  14. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @p0rk burn: The same thing happened to me in my other league, though with much less at stake: CrapTracker showed me tied for 4th, but this morning I’m up by a half-point. Which is good news b/c it means I don’t have to split my miserable 4th place winnings with anyone, just my miserable self.

  15. Jeff says:

    As far as CC and his “rented mule” status… after two seasons of being beaten like one, how much longer can he keep up that kind of pace?

    Coming into this year, many expected that his IP totals from last year would catch up. So much for that idea (an abysmal April aside)! When does CC’s arm explode????

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: You’re welcome and stick around for keeper talk, hot stove talk and preparing for 09. Bee-tee-dubs, that picture is awesome.

    @BSA: This could be a huge blow to their playoff chances.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Nice rant as usual. Blame it on Rios could have its own section of the site.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Ah, yes. Total brain fart on the Beltran one, of course that’s in the playoffs. Our bad. Also, it seems pretty obvious that you should be going to the last game, not the 2nd to last game.

    @Crafty35a: Ouch. Sorry man.

    @p0rk burn: Congrats! Wow, that’s insane. Too bad we don’t have webcams to see KarlJ aka Job Squad’s reaction.

    @Jeff: In the playoffs?

  17. Jeff says:

    In the playoffs? Word. Look what he did last year with the Tribe. What’s English for “nada”?

    I’m predicting right now that CC pulls a Bartolo Colon in ’09 or ’10 – i.e. his elbow ends up looking like the unidentifiable contents of an Olive Garden never-ending pasta bowl and he’s hardly heard from again.

    By 2012, we’ll all be asking “Whatever happened to Carsten Charles?”

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jeff: From now on, when someone emails me, I’m going to Carsten Charles everyone in my address book.

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Make sure to Big Carsten Charles me.

    For what it’s worth, I think Lincecum takes the Cy Young. Despite his 22 wins and good numbers, there’s a prevailing sense that Webb was somehow disappointing down the stretch. And Lincy’s 18 wins for SF seem plenty impressive — like winning 21 games for anyone else. Plus, he just looks more dominating. The only strike against him is if people figure he’s got two or three of these in his future, and Webb’s been really good for a few seasons straight.

    Strike one up for the post-roids era: HRs were down, ERAs were down, SBs were up. It’s like go-go 80s baseball all over again, and I couldn’t be happier. Bring back Vincent Van Go!

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: re: Cy — I don’t think the voters are forward enough thinkers to give it to Lincecum over Webb.

    re: go-go 80s — Omar Moreno just sighed as he ran his fingers on his gold spoon.

    EDIT: Typo, boyz.

  21. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Well, you’re probably right — and I guess that means there’s NO way they’ll be forward-thinking enough to give it to Halladay over Lee, as God intended. Then you’ll tell me you’re going to break into my house, eat my dog, and burn down my Christmas tree.

    Who are your picks for MVP? Real toss-up this year, I say. (Rocks back and forth on rocker; chomps down on corncob pipe; squints into middle-distance, sniffing for oncoming storm).

  22. Frank Rizzo says:

    Pulled out my Yahoo league championship on stellar pitching performances from Baker, Magic Wandy, and CC. I heart CC…..he got me a complete game as well.

    Thanks again for everything this year.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: No worries, we’ll be here all winter.

  24. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I think you’re right about Pedroia. People like the scrappy.

    Of course, the usual method is: Look at team with best record. Choose player with best stats. This year, no one jumps out on the Rays or Angels. I bet K-Rod gets a bunch of (ill-advised) votes by numbnut sportswriters who wake up from a nap, see “Saves Record,” tick the box next to K-Rod and go back to sleep.

    My fearless prediction, in order:


    I don’t think Hammy gets near it, since he faded like a pair of Levis in the second half. (AS I PREDICTED. Not that this was genius prognostication or anything, but he still went first round mid-season in the RCL — a steep price for, what, 28 RBIs? SHOULD HAVE SOLD HIGH, SNITCHES.)

    In the NL, there seems to be a lot of Poo-Hole love. But that’s boring and his team was lame. I have to think in any other year, a Cub gets it, but again, who? I bet Manny gets some votes, Utley gets some votes, maybe a few outliers for CC My Playmate.

    But I think Pujols beats out Howard in a squeaker.

    If the Mets hadn’t tanked yet again, it would have been Wright, which would have been right.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Speaking of numbnuts, Quentin wins it if he doesn’t break his hand while blaming his equipment.

  26. Steve says:

    Just wanted to echo what everyone else has said previously. Thanks to Grey and Rudy not just for the great advice – always offered with intelligence and humour – but for creating an environment that encourages a bunch of interesting people to talk about interesting things.

    I remember when I first found this site (after really only visiting the usual big sites), with some trepidation I posted some comment about the team I had just drafted. The response? “C’mon post your team – let’s see it” or somesuch and then a thoughtful post about the strengths and weaknesses of my team.

    This was a world I never knew existed (@Grey: no jokes about New Zealand, thanks), and ever since it has pretty much become my default homepage. I’m already looking forward to next year and of course to checking in regularly during the offseason.

    By the way, I finished third in my H2H league and given the number of winners here, feel a bit like the only Razzballer who didn’t get a bike for Christmas, but I am happy to provide a long list of excuses to anyone that wants to see them.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Aw, you guys are making me blush. I’ve actually been pretty impressed a New Zealander is able to follow along with my writing when I drop in so many pop culture references (and so few sexy sheep pictures).

  28. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh some of those references go right over my head ;-), but I do get most of ’em. The US has always held a bit of a fascination for me.

    I guess one of the great things (perhaps the greatest thing) about the internet is the exposure it affords you to cultures/environments/whatever you want to call them that are different to your own.

    That and free porn.

  29. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Steve: In all my Pedroia-related blathering, I forgot to second- and third- this motion.

    This is hands-down the most interesting, most entertaining, and funniest baseball site, period. All that, plus genuine insights. And new words! (PABST lives.) And the commenting community is consistently excellent.

    The only thing keeping me from the big Yearbook-style congrats is that (I hope) things well be running all winter, so this isn’t the end.*

    *In fact, it isn’t even kind of the end, since they can’t seem to get that damn Chicago game played. If I was in a league where I was a) tied for first and b) this game counted, I’d be leaving fragrant ropes in my drawers right now.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You’re welcome.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, there will be content all winter. We’re not going anywhere.

    re: fragrant ropes — Wow, that’s a new one for me. Nice, I think.

  31. Steve says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: “This is hands-down the most interesting, most entertaining, and funniest baseball site, period.”

    You can pretty much take the word ‘baseball’ out of that sentence if you ask me.

    OK, that’s enough. Grey will be getting the swelled head.

    @Grey: Just posted a ludicrously long-winded postmortem of my team in the forum. Check it out at your leisure and comments, as always, much appreciated.

  32. vinko says:

    @Grey: Wanted to say thanks, for all of the humor and insight. Really made my first season a memorable one. Got to admit, didn’t win, but had a helluva time! Kudos to you and all your posse…

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Looking now.

    @vinko: Sorry you didn’t win, but thanks for coming by and there will be posts all winter for those that can’t get enough of baseball.

  34. Freak says:

    “I have to think in any other year, a Cub gets it, but again, who?”

    Even though Grey hates him, it would be Soto.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Freak: Soto’s not winning the MVP. And I don’t hate him. I just think there’s better things to spend your early round draft picks on than a catcher.

  36. Freak says:

    Not saying that he would win it, but if it’s going to the best guy on the best team, he’s the leading candidate.

    Do you think I got enough value out of him at pick #156 in the 16th round?

  37. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: You guys were talking earlier about Lincecum for Cy Young.

    Has to be Webb, he was MVP of his team and was in the race most of the year. Besides, young guys have to pay their dues first don’t you think?

    Look how many times Pujols was passed over before he won MVP and should have won again when they gave it to Howard.

    As for the AL, Lee deserves it. He had only one start that was not a quality start didn’t he? Amazing year.

  38. knighttown says:

    Final results are a dominating win for moi (90.5 points/110 max). Lots of lessons learned I’ll carry forward to next year:
    -SAGNOF, the saves variety. If you are willing to work harder than everyone else you can turn Jeremy Accardo>Dan Wheeler>some guy from Atlanta after Smoltz got hurt>Joel Hanrahan > that Seattle guy that became a starter>Fernando Rodney>Wheeler again>Ayala>Frankie Chair Thrower and finally a few saves from Chad Qualls. I will NEVER draft a closer again and see if I can grab a middle ranking somehow.
    -don’t quit on the last day. I sent a note of congrats to the runner-up for his 1/2 point come-from-behind finish (over third) thinking it was over. Today I looked and the third place guy has cut every single player on his team and replaced them with Mike Hessman, Dusty Ryan, Mike McDougall and the like from todays game. Might just work too!
    -dominate a category or two. I’ll tell you, I dominated HR and K’s without a sweat and it really helped me trade or pick up free agents knowing since July that those leads were safe. For instance, when you take away K’s Volquez and Johnny Sanchez become average at best and I “overpaid” for good position players like Volquez and Ellsbury for Howard. I focussed on WHIP down the stretch and moved from 8th to 2nd in a month thanks to Oswalt, Peavy and a shitload of good relievers and spot starts.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Freak: Yeah, that’s solid value.

    @BigFatHippo: I agree. Webb’s going to win it and Lee, incredibly, will win it, as well. Webb and Lincecum will be close but the stodgy baseball press won’t give it to Lincecum.

    BTW, Alexei Ramirez looks amazing.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: Yes, on SAGNOF. Now you’re talking.

    I mentioned above that people should grab everyone from today’s game. And I mentioned people should grab Twins as well because they will have to play the White Sox tomorrow.

    HRs and Ks are top categories to focus on because HRs feed Runs and RBIs, while Ks feed all pitching categories except Saves.

  41. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Wow, grand salami.

    Wish I had him so I could keep him next year. The hell of this is, could be another game tomorrow. When will it ever end???????????????

    It’s like Groundhog Day, I keep waking up and the White Sox are playing.

  42. BigFatHippo says:

    Anybody besides me enjoy the guilty pleasure of The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Two and a Half Men?

    Just wondering.

  43. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Two And A Half Men has a special charm all its own.

    Charlie Sheen has probably done a better job of playing the hand that was dealt him than just about anyone else in hollywood.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Don’t watch sitcoms. I do love me some Survivor though. This season’s cast looks especially promising. Then again, I’ve said that about every season since the first.

  45. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Agreed, it’s the best sitcom since Seinfeld. I’d love to have been dealt the hand Charlie was.

    @Grey: Reality shows? Come on man, life is reality.

    I face reality every day, she has 3 teeth in her head and demands a discount on her 14.99 flat repair.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I got a flat fixed the other day and it cost me $20. I’ll have to go to The Bootheel next time I need a patch done.

  47. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Surprised it didn’t cost 50 in the land of 5 dollar coffee.

    Don’t come to the bootheel next time, you’ll never make it on a temp spare.

    re; Survivor-

    The only one I watched a little of was on the island of Palau. One of my friends whole family lives there, his Mother’s a Princess of some kind. Danny lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Go figure.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I was surprised it didn’t cost more, as well. I was actually just glad it was fixable because it was sorta on the side.

    He lives in Palau? That’s very cool. Have you ever been?

  49. SoS says:

    First off, I won my league. Yeah, I only play one. Thanks Grey and the rest of you that may have posted something helpful. Like an 8th grade girl checking myspace, i read this site relig all year and it payed off. Second, the league was H2H and the 4th place guy is barkin that Wandy Rod had 2 runs changed to ER and that lost it for him, which would appear to be true. Anybody know anything about that? It appears that this is the case as he was up 5-4 when I went to bed and I woke up and he lost 5-4.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SoS: That’s awesome you won. Congrats! As for Wandy, huh? Wandy won a 3-1 game yesterday. Where’s the 2 runs coming from?

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