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Verse One: Ice McLouth

Crazy motherf**ker named Nate McLouth…
From a gang called Piratez With Attitudes…
Sandoval hit blooper, cuz he was sawed off…
With an eye injury, Nate got hauled off…
Just when he started 100 Miles and Runnin’…
To steal 40 bases by Thursday, he was gunnin’…
Agent said, “Ya know, it looks better if you get to 20/20? Anyway, how’s the kids?”
“I don’t have any–”
“All right, now do the bidz.”
Depends on the newz out of Pittsburgh…
But the newz now all about Roethlisberg…er, Pirates who?
I’d be ready to cut lose McLouths…
Especially in H2H playoffs.
There’s just no time to be waiting around, son…
Look at Dukes, Werth, Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Dickerson.
All right, now you make the call…
Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we get into today’s roundup, just wanted to announce our Fantasy Football Forums. We won’t be covering fantasy football on the blog, but if anyone wants to discuss football, there’s a spot you can do it. Anyway:

Billy Wagner – Had a setback and now he seems done for the season. I would drop him if you need the room. Ayala hasn’t done much wrong to lose the job, besides being Ayala. But if Ayala can continue to be Ayala, then there’s no reason why Ayala can’t continue to get the saves — Ayala-style!

Chris Young – Took a perfect game into the 8th inning. It’s not surprising. I mean, I guess it is somewhat because he wasn’t in Petco. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him down the stretch. He’s way below most pitchers innings count for this time of the season.

Cliff Lee – Comatose Indians Fan just bought four tickets for right behind home for the first round of the playoffs. “Craigslist, Where No One Gets Ripped Off.”

Andrew McCutchen – Could see time if McLouth is out for a while. According to Elias Sports Bureau, this would be the first time in the history of baseball where one Mick would replace another Mick and neither player’s first name is Seamus.

David Purcey – 8 IP, 7 Ks, 0 ER and ruined what should have been a win for Garza. Purcey’s been wildly uneven, but there is a slight pattern of an every other start where he’s been usable, so make like Chicago and “Look Away” in his next start, then show Purcey’s he’s a “Hard Habit to Break” in the start after that.

Matt Garza – See a third of a centimeter above.

Brandon McCarthy – 5.1 IP, 6 ER, I warned all of youse to avoid him.

David Ortiz – Hit his 18th HR yesterday and first homer in 71 at-bats. Not bad for a guy that claims to be a Latin 32.

Adam Wainwright – After I picked him for September Cy Young (an award they are absolutely considering), 8 IP, 1 ER.

Chris Perez – Good to see him get another save because after his last two blown saves, I was starting the worry. Scotch + LaRussa = You Never Know.

Francisco Rodriguez – Recorded 55th save yesterday. I placed him 6th on the list of major league closers for September because I think he gets the 58th save and then the Angels let Arrendondo get a few as they rest K-Rod for the playoffs. Also, that makes Arrendondo more attractive for those chasing saves.

Kerry Wood – Back-to-back poor outings, there’s reason to be concerned. Cust kayin’.

Paul Konerko – 3 HRs in last three games. Has batted over .320 since the All-Star break and over .420 in the last seven games.

Taylor Teagarden – 2 home runs in the last three starts. For those in 2 catcher leagues, you might do well with an herbal Teagarden infusion. The issue is his starts are a bit scatter shot, so you have to watch to see when he’s playing and then put him in your lineup.

Jamie Moyer – 7 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER. He’s one of those players that I can’t recommend ever. Caveat emptor, for those in Latin America and all pharmacists.

Wandy Rodriguez – Left after one inning after re-aggravating his oblique. Vague, for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time we see Wandy is in April of ’09.

Jeff Clement – I don’t think this affects that many of you, but he’s done for the year. He might be in the Mariners plans for ’09 or knowing the Mariners they might look to acquire someone like Pudge.

Ty Wigginton – Here’s one that affects just about everyone who has read Razzball in the last month. He has a groin strain, which is not quite Jockular Sphincteritis, but hurts just the same. Will sideline him for 7-10 days. Comes at a tough time for Wigginton and his owners.

Jose Lopez/Ryan Feierabend – Yesterday, 2 HRs and 7 IP, 2 ER, respectively. Sorry to make this like ESPN where every team’s news somehow relates to the Yankees, but… Well, that’s that. When the shizz is on the line and you’re losing games to the Mariners like they’re a powerhouse, you need to do like Angela Bassett in her courageous performance of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and find your strength from deep within and get away from Ike. Or something.

  1. I am excited at the idea of Andrew McCutchen getting some playing time…I remember earlier on this season when the Pirates had a completely blocked outfield. He is a top speedy prospect who should immediately deliver for the Pirates.

    Gotta love Ayala too…picked him up in one of my leagues after he got two saves and I’m making up some major ground in the standings! Nice posting as always.

  2. Nick says:

    Hey dropping Wiggington, but who to pickup? It needs to be a 2B since that is where I have Wiggington playing…options include:

    Konerko, A. Ramirez, K Johnson, Escobar, Iwamura, F. Lopez, J. Uribe, A Casilla, Dewitt, L Rodriguez, Inglett…..

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Forrest: Well, we’ll see about McCutchen. It’s a possibility. Nothing’s set in stone. Hopefully, he gets the call.

    @Nick: I’d grab Konerko for tomorrow and then go day by day by matchups.

  4. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Hey Grey,

    Any suggestions on which one-starter to pick for this week?

    Sheets @ PHI
    Hamels vs PHI
    Billingsley @ COL
    J. Johnson vs WAS
    Webb vs CIN

    Guess ranking them would be most helpful.


  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: I’d go Hamels.

    EDIT: I see now you wanted them ranked –Hamels, Sheets, Webb, Billingsley then Johnson. I will also say I like all the matchups.

  6. Nick says:

    @Grey: narrowed my 2B down…hot hitting K. Johnson or Dewitt who is playing @ SD & @ COL ?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: Johnson

  8. Shogun says:

    Damn. I just lost 2/3 of my outfield (Quentin & McLouth) in the last week! The Yahoo! Exploding Yellow Envelope doesn’t give any details on McLouth’s injury – how long are people saying he’ll be out for? Dickerson, Choo, Werth, and Konerko are available. Do I need to drop McLouth for one of them?

  9. knighttown says:


    Since when does Konerko have 2B eligibility? If this is true, then I need the number for the owner of The Sporting News, cause my league is a 1 start eiligible rule and I’ve had Konerko parked on the bench vs. Butler all month!

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: He’s day-to-day. If you can bench him and fill him in for the time being, it would be optimal. I’d grab Konerko for power or Dickerson for a mix of power and speed.

    @knighttown: Ha, I didn’t even notice that.

  11. Shogun says:

    @Grey: Thanks. I’ve got four OFs rostered and was platooning Ethier/Ludwick/McLouth based on matchups, so I’ll just bench McLouth and start Ethier & Ludwick full-time until Nate returns. Problem solved.

  12. Shogun says:

    Scherzer looked very good yesterday at LA until he ran out of steam in the 6th. Scully seemed not to have heard of/seen him before, and he repeated – seemingly thousands of times – “Max Scherzer…boy, he sure is something…”. I don’t think ol’ Vin new what he was getting when Scherzer took that spot-start.

    Anyway, has anyone heard whether he’ll get another start in five days, or is he relegated to spot-starter status? I’d grab him if he’s going to take Johnson’s turn again.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: Wow, totally overlooked mentioning him in my roundup. My bad. If Johnson’s healthy for his next start, Scherzer’s not going to start again, barring someone else getting hurt. He did look impressive, totally baffling everyone, even Scully.

  14. Shogun says:

    @Grey: Yeah, it was really fun to watch him strike out the side in the fourth and fifth. He looked un-hittable in a way that even the most dominant pitchers rarely look. I’ll consider reaching for him in drafts next year a little higher than he’s projected, like I did with Lincecum this year. I think Scherzer’s got the goods.

    On young pitchers, in the fantasy roundtable on “Who will be the best pitchers in 2010?” (or whatever the proper title was), I didn’t see a single analyst mention Gallardo. Before his injury, he was just behind Lincecum in terms of stuff and composure. I still think he will be an ace, and he’s another calculated gamble I’ll reach for a bit in next year’s draft. At this point, I’d definitely draft him above Kershaw, even coming off of the knee injury.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: Yeah, Gallardo’s a possibility. He’ll be a hot sleeper this winter (kinda like a bear — oofa!), but remember he won’t be able to pitch that many innings because of how few he threw this year (and last year).

  16. Shogun says:

    @Grey: Good point on Gallardo. I’m also intrigued by Clay Buchholz, but I won’t reach for him in any draft. I wonder if he’ll turn it around. I like speculating on young flamethrowers even more than I do closers, btw. It’s fun to watch legit aces develop.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: As I talked about in a keeper post a few weeks ago, I do think Scherzer is going to be a good one.

  18. Nick says:

    @knighttown: Konerko is not 2B eligible…sorry

  19. Jeff says:

    I’m way below innings count in my league. I’m in a fight for my life in the Wins categories. 5 teams seperated by 4 wins. I only have 3 SP’s. Webb, R. Johnson, O. Perez. So basically I need to stream SP’s the rest of the year. Anyone to pick up for tomorrow? Zito, Litsch, Volstad, Bannister, or Olendorf are avail in my league. I have a feeling I’ll be asking this everyday from here on out.

  20. BSA says:

    I picked up McCarthy for his two starts this week. Other two start options are: Baek, Eveland, Gio, Sowers, and Campillo. What direction would you go with the McCarthy spot?

  21. BSA says:

    Brain cramp – McCarthy was moved last night off my team (not a two start pitcher) for Werth. Atkins and McLouth are on the bench for the week. My starting lineup is: Bills, Liriano, Miner, Myers, Petit, Sanchez, and Fuentes closing. My pitching bench has Broxton, Wainwright, Shields.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jeff: I’d go Litsch.

    @BSA: First, these guys are all awful options. I’d prefer Zito. If you know that, I’d go Baek, Campillo, Eveland, ugh…

  23. cruisinkc says:

    I need to get Beckett out of my DL spot. Which player should I drop.. Kouzmanoff, Mike Cameron, Josh Johnson, or Justin Verlander?

  24. BSA says:

    Yeah, after I acknowledged the brain cramp I realized I am going to stand pat with my pitching lineup. I have 8 starts with a closer (Fuentes) to his 9 starts with one closer.

  25. BSA says:

    I reread Petit’s info on CBS and am wondering if he is looking that bad for the coming matchups? Then again do I also move Sanchez due to his volatility since returning? I could move those four risky starts out and replace them with either Shields and Wainwright or Shields/Wainwright and Broxton giving me 6 starts to the other guys 8 and we would both be rolling 2 closers, I have Fuentes andBroxton while he has Torres and Lyons.

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: You’re trying to decide between Petit/Sanchez and Shields/Wainwright? Shields/Wainwright.

  27. royce! says:

    I’ve got Shoppach and V-Mart. For the two week period starting the 15th, whom should I start? Or should I get crazy and go with Pablo Sandoval? All have 13 games…

  28. and1mcgee says:

    nothing on Nelson Cruz? i am adding him for his matchup vs. a LHP on Wednesday, peeps.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: I’d go V-Mart.

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Shogun: Gallardo is very special, and his injury this year was non-pitching-related.

    Then again, I reached for him this year, and look how that turned out.

  31. Shogun says:

    @BVV: Yeah, I think Gallardo is very underrated. He was dominant this year before he got hurt. I’ll reach for him again next year, ahead of Buchholz, Price, Kershaw, and Garza.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: I’d agree with him going in front of all of those names except Garza.

  33. Shogun says:

    @Grey: You might be right. Garza is probably a safer bet, but his inconsistency is a problem that I don’t see going away next year. I think if Gallardo is healthy (big caveat emptor) he’ll be more consistent and rack up more strikeouts than Garza. But as you said, the innings thing might hold Gallardo back. It’s a tough call.

    Is there going to be a Razzball league again next year? I’d love to join.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: I would think there would be more than one league next year. We’re also going to… Well, I can’t say yet, but yeah.

  35. BSA says:

    Hey Grey, I know that isn’t a major decision based on quality. It was more of a question of whether I should go with Petit and Sanchez’s two starts over Wainwright and Shield’s one starts.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: I’d go with Wainwright/Shields’s one starts.

  37. Shogun says:

    @Grey: Cool. I’ll be waiting for you to pull back the curtain on that big announcement.

  38. knighttown says:


    I wasn’t being picky…I thought maybe I missed something, ala BJ Upton, because I could use some way to find Konerko some playing time.

    Grey et al., like the poster above who is in a massive duel for wins, it appears my entire league is going to come down to WHIP. I’m 1.5 points ahead overall and 1.29 to 1.30 (2nd place guy) for WHIP but I’m counting a whopping 5 spots better because of people in that 1.29-1.3 range.

    Basically, if I can get my 1.29 down to 1.28 and solidify the 10 points a #2 in WHIP would get me I could probably win.

    For the past month I’ve been playing Peavy and Oswalt and sitting all my other starters (Parra, Lilly, Volquez) unless there is a really good matchup. I’ve been doing this to pare down my IP overage (now +18) but the side benefit is that my WHIP has been 1.13 for the past 30 days. I’m starting 3 RP’s (of my 5) every night based on matchups.

    1. Keep on keepin on.
    2. Keep on with the SP’s but sit Rodney, BJ Ryan or Ayala (bad pitchers on good teams) for Putz and Frankie-chair-thrower (good pitchers on bad teams)
    3. Do something with kick-ass middle relievers. I’m not sure what tho, which is why I’m asking the question. There is also 6 of us between 77 and 81 wins so…

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: I’d say option number 2, but I have no idea what your save situation is like. So, what’s it like? Are saves irrelevant at this point? You can’t gain, but can lose points? You can gain and lose?

  40. Steve says:

    Is this the start of Howard’s ‘march’ to a .250 AVE? Good timing if it is :-)

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, he only needs to go 75-for-75 over his next 20 games.

  42. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hehe.

    Well, he’s 2-2 today so he’s well on the way!

  43. Steve says:

    Is it just me, or has Markakis been a bit disappointing in the second half? Strikes out with the bases full today. Then next guy up hits a grand slam.


  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, very disappointing season. 4 HRs and 1 steal in the 2nd half. He just never turned it on. He’s only 24 and he’s still hitting for average, so I’ll probably get excited about him again this winter (or summer for you).

    EDIT: Missing an E, cuz.

  45. Steve says:

    @Grey: My bench is pretty clogged, as you know. Is he almost droppable?

    Hawpe is my starting RF and I have Ethier who is also RF eligible. I’m really only keeping him to stop someone else getting hold of him and to fill in on short-schedule days.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I wouldn’t drop him, on the chance he could get hot and be very valuable for one week.

  47. knighttown says:


    Saves are still quasi-important with a possible 2/11 point swing up and a zero point swing down. And my 30 day trend is 21 to 13/8 over the guys I’m trailing so I could/should make up the 2/4 save gap.

    Another good benching of Volquez tonight. I mean 10 K’s in 5 IP is great but K’s are sewn up and I can’t afford his WHIP/ERA anchor.

    He could be a drop if I went to the “many good MR” strategy of WHIP dropping but someone could improve their team with him in an 11 team league, methinks.

    Again, the WHIP battle is staggering:
    1.26, 1.28, 1.29 (me), 1.29, 1.30, 1.30, 1.30, 1.30 (2nd place by 1.5 points guy who had the guts to start Lester tonight).

  48. p0rk burn says:

    Good to see McLouth walked it off or rubbed some dirt in it, whatever you do for a an eye injury. I’d say he rubbed dirt in it but I can’t talk too much trash, he has the only hit for my team so far tonight. Gotta love the 1/15 start to my playoffs. Looks like I’m going to have to make this happen with my rotation.

  49. wassup says:

    Whats the update on Melvin Mora. WHen is his approximate return. I dont feel like waiting for him should I just drop him right now and get Votto who hit another home run tonight? Good move to drop mora or will he be valuable later on?

  50. Steve says:

    @Grey: Your boy Brandon Wood is flashing a bit of power today. I was tossing up beween him and EE to fill a spot today.

    Of course I went for EE.

  51. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: I didn’t catch anyone giving you props for the flow. I’m not going to be surprised when it turns out you are a washed up MC from the late 80s early 90s making his scratch writing new lines.

    Just remember where you heard it first.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Brandon Wood’s going to be a good one.

    @p0rk burn: I got mad skillz.

  53. Steve says:

    Looks like Lincecum might get his CG today – whaddyareckon?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: What’s he up to, 140 pitches?

  55. Steve says:

    @Grey: About 100, I think. Has just walked Augie O in the 8th.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wow, is Ethier the only one with a hit tonight for the Dodgers?

  57. bartolo colon says:

    grey h2h playoffs started this week and gio gonzalez just blew up my pitchings lines. i’ve got a 30 era in a deep league my ratios suck. i was looking at probables and found only padilla returning from injury. do you think hes worth it vs the mariners or will he only be detrimental. im looking to pickup a win and some k’s. i know hell improve my era, but more earned runs wont help. luckily mclouth is playing but the quentin injury killed me too… what do you think?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bartolo colon: Without knowing what other pitchers you’re relying on, if you’re desperate, give him a ride. I wouldn’t want my season riding on Padilla though.


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