Four months ago, a torn tendon behind his right knee shut Jose Reyes down for the entire season.  That’s the good news.  In an attempt to return to a team that has been out of the playoff picture since July, Reyes tore his hamstring this week as he ran the bases.  His season is finally, completely, officially over.  Sure, it wouldn’t been nice to see him steal 65 bases and for the Mets to win 25 and a half games in the last three days of the season, but maybe trying to get him back for the last weekend of the season wasn’t the best idea.  Now his 2010 is going to be of the “Is he finally healthy?” variety rather than the “He’s finally healthy” variety.  Obviously more will be known as we get closer to next season.  I’m sure February Grey is preparing his status report as we speak.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ricky Nolasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 16 Ks.  Probably should’ve been the lead today, but I felt like ranting on the Mets.  You’ll forgive me.  Take out your Benihana Buddhas and pray that next March your leaguemates look at Nolasco’s 5.06 ERA and pass on him.   Then flip a shrimp tail into your hat.

Brendan Donnelly – Got the save by picking off a runner.  Leo Nunez probably would’ve been fine if it wasn’t for some porous defense behind him.

Javier Vazquez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 Ks.  Extremely hard to argue with the season Vazquez had.  I mean, you can argue with it, but you’d be screaming at a bunch of stats on a piece of paper and that’s just silly.

Charlie Morton – 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks.  A four run lead is obviously more comfortable than an 11-1 lead that John Russell yanked Zach Duke from the other day.  When you figure it out, let me know because I’m baffled.

Ryan Doumit – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs and a HR yesterday in the nightcap.  His nightcap had stripes and a little fuzzy ball on the end of it.

Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners.  Ricciardi can now trade Halladay for the Taj Mahal.

Bronson Arroyo – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.   On July 28th, he had a 5.17 ERA.  He now has a 3.84.  August and September, he had a combined 2.00 ERA.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-4 with a steal yesterday.  He has 8 homers and 10 steals in 38 games.  Charades time!  I’m making a tree shape… Has fronds… Palm! Right!  Sideshow Bob! No, wait a second.  I’m making a diving motion near the palm tree… We’re in a desert…  Mirage! Yes!  That’s Drew Stubbs.  Stubbs is the Mirage casino where Siegfried and Roy used to perform? No.  Forget it.

Justin Masterson – 9 IP, 1 ER, 12 Ks.  Wow, were there any poor pitching performances yesterday?  (This is what you get when teams don’t play their first-stringers.  This is also why H2H is kinda lacking.)

Carl Pavano – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Ah, yes.  There’s a poor performance.  Mussina always said Pavano’s got no heart.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-3 as he hit his 31st homer yesterday.  He has an outside chance at .300.  Incredible.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5 with a homer.  He has 270 at-bats, 13 homers and 16 steals.  In 300 at-bats, Beltran has 10 homers and 11 steals.

Hiroki Kuroda – Scratched from Saturday’s start.  Kershaw will fill in for him.  Should be the Rockies B lineup, may not be a bad start to gamble on.

Corey Hart – Probably done for the year with two fractured fingers.  No word if he hurt himself by bumping into something while wearing his stupid sunglasses at night.

Casey McGehee – 2-for-5, HR yesterday.  He has 16 homers in 345 at-bats.  He’ll have 2nd base eligibility next year.  Cust kayin’.

B.J. Upton – Two steals yesterday.  No one’s going to argue that the .238 average is a travesty, but he has 10 homers and 41 steals in only 140 games.  I’m buying for next year.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 0 ER.  C’mon, you’re digging the HodgePadres just a bit, right?

Brad Penny – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  When I say NL, you say West.  NL… West… NL… West…  You got it.

Brandon Morrow – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit.  Ah, well, here’s to him being a sleeper again next year I guess.

Adam Moore – Hit his first homer of his career.  He’s considered by many as the Mariners catcher of the future.  So that means he’ll diddle himself in the minors for three years, get called up, be given no real opportunity then get sent away in a deal with the Pirates for some futility infielder.

Jamie Moyer – Out for the season/playoffs with torn muscles in his groin and abdomen.  I told you to let the kids move the sofa!

Joba Chamberlain – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  Talk about someone who fantasy owners will have no idea what to do with next year.

J.R. Towles – 2 HRs yesterday.  About 18 months too late for most.

Fausto Carmona – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks.  As I was skimming the boxscores to do this roundup, I saw F. Carmona and I was like, “You got that right ESPN!”

  1. Bob says:

    @Grey: I had the one bad pitching performance tonight. It was Smoltz. What was I thinking? Bang.

  2. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Stubbs had 3 HRs in 107 games in the International League this year (AAA). 7 in 131 minor league games in 2008. How does one account for the 8 in 38 after callup? Is that a tough league for homers? I see that 7 of the 8 are at home in Cinci’s bandbox. Count on him to clout them out in Cinci in 2010?

  3. Eric says:

    Grey– Do you think any of the Angles scratched starters (Kazmir, Weaver, Lackey) do anything meaningful here on out or am I better off dropping them and picking up sport starters? Do you see one more likely to pitch than the others? Won’t they get rusty if they sit too long? Maybe their Game 3 starter gets a start? I was a little under the IP count going into this week but way under now with these three starts scratched. Thanks.

  4. Eric says:

    Also, with the rotations getting juggled as they are, are there any additions to the borderline starter list for the final days?

  5. Big Mike says:

    @Grey: “Kuroda scratched” … done for 2009 as a H2H starter? Rea; omkiru or just feigned due to suckiness last time out?

  6. Big Mike says:

    @Grey: “Rea; omkiru”? Can’t keep my fingers on the right keys … “real injury” or just feigned due to suckiness last time out for Kuroda?

  7. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: so stubbs looks to be a total anomoly or a beneficiary of cincys stadium….

  8. Antrim Warriors says:

    I had another bad performance… Garland!

  9. knighttown says:

    I’ve had a lot of issues picking borderline starters. Garland last night, Kuroda a few nights ago…1 point ahead with a few days left…gotta hold on.

  10. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Tim Hudon over Feldman for this Sunday, someone just dropped him?

  11. knighttown says:

    Sorry about the long post but, well, most people have quit by now anyway so hopefully this can get some TLC. I’m up 92.5 to 91.5 in an 11 team, 10 category league. I won’t post my whole standings but I’ll mention categories with PIJ’s (points in jeopardy!).

    Runs- 8 ahead/19 behind
    HR- 7 ahead
    RBI’s- 10 ahead
    SB- 4 ahead
    Avg- tied at .277 with 1 team, 2 at .276. Can’t reach anyone above.
    Wins- tied at 91 (with leader)…no one else close
    Saves- locked in
    K’s- down 20/way ahead
    ERA- locked in
    WHIP- 1.28…1.27 ahead/1.29 and 1.30 behind

    My team:
    1b/3b/CI- teix, prince, Chipper
    MI/SS/2B- Uribe, Castillo, Furcal (ALexei on bench)
    OF- Braun, J-Up, Car-Go, Stubbs, Crawford (Bruce on bench)

    SP for next week:
    Correia @ SF (Zito)
    Sanchez @ SD (Mulvey)
    Cueto @ Pit (Hart)

    Scherzer ?, Vazquez ? Kuroda ?

    RP: Sporting Mariano and Rodney but could drop them for vulture wins. Using Weurtz and Neftali for ratios.

    WHIP, wins and BA are going to be the keys. Any advice on how to get a point or two would be appreciated.

  12. papasmurf says:

    Those are the Mess! Shittiest run baseball team this side of Pittsburgh. Vazquez rocks. My most valuable pitcher with Peavy and Hamels disappointing.

    Do you see Mcgehee as a top 150 player next year? .290 25 HR from a middle IF or am I dreaming? His minor leagues were mighty mediocre.

  13. Joel says:

    My team floundered down the stretch and I just dropped from 1st to 3rd in my league after Smoltz’ awful performance and Vazquez’ merely OK one.

    Also, my offense has been shit. I want to write strongly worded letters to all of the clowns on my team and let them know how disappointed I am in them.

  14. papasmurf says:

    Now that the Rox are in, I assume De La Rosa’s start is going to be a short tune up on Saturday?

  15. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: That’s what it looks like to me. Kinda’ like Bruce who is slugging .582 at home, .377 on the road. Just looking for confirmation from Grey, that it is likely even that Stubbs will slug at home. Given those weak minor league numbers it is hard for me to see that happening.

  16. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: Not a total anomaly. The steals transfer.

  17. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Reyes terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad season has totally robbed me of my main whining complaint/excuse: That my first-round choice of David Wright killed me this year*. ‘Cause the guy in my league who’s in 1st place picked Reyes in the first round. And Reyes is the only first-round bust bigger than Wright.**

    *Though, seriously, it did. Because if I hadn’t got Wright (or any 3B in the first round) my plan was to wait and pick up some schmo named Mark Reynolds that some website recommended. THANKS A LOT RAZZBALL.

    **Receiving some 3rd place votes: Carlos Beltran. Oh, Mets! Also: Josh Hamilton.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Sorry to hear that.

    @Simply Fred: The homers are a mirage.

    @Eric: A lot of matchups are solid in these final days with teams sitting their hitters. I’d lose the Angels starters.

    @Big Mike: I don’t know if it’s real or fake, but he’s scratched from Saturday and supposed to start in the NLDS.

    @knighttown: Doesn’t sound like me to suggest Garland.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I wouldn’t start either. But I’d go with Hudson first.

    @knighttown: Not sure what those three pitchers with question marks means. Vazquez and Kuroda are done for the year. Those other starters are good starts for this weekend.

    @Rudy Gamble: Hehe

    @papasmurf: I think you’re dreaming.

    @Joel: Sorry to hear that.

    @papasmurf: Probably

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, Soriano got off easy because of those jokers.

  19. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: The Baron is back! Great to see you are alive and, well, alive. Have missed your musings and knowledgable counsel!

  20. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Thanks for re-spelling M-I-R-A-G-E. I an not as quick as to pick up all the nuances of your wit (even when you paste it on the billboard)!

  21. knighttown says:

    No you didn’t suggest Garland Grey. That was all me. I just don’t seem to be picking the right guys.

    OK, so drop Vazquez and Kuroda. Is Scherzer supposed to play again?

  22. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: Bruce has a pedigree to be an above average player. I dont know if he’ll get the average up or not but he shoulda hit 30+ homers easy this year. Stubbs from the minor league numbers posted defly doesn’t posess the power he’s shown. Steals sure, power NO.

  23. My POV on guys like Stubbs and McGahee. If a guy hasn’t shown power in the minor leagues, don’t count on anything more than 10-15 HRs. Think Orlando Hudson power is the upside with Polanco as the downside. For whatever reason, certain non-power hitters get on HR streaks that, in small samples, can be misleading. Examples include that crazy 1st half of the year by Brian Roberts a number of years back, Melky Cabrera (goes on one HR streak a year), Junior Spivey, Alex Cintron, Aaron Rowand, etc.

    This is especially true if the player is at a non-power position (2B/SS/CF).

    Expect the reverse for 1B/3B/OFs who suddenly flash some speed. See Jason Bay, D-Lee, etc. Unless a player has stolen at least 20+ SBs for 2 years in a row (minor leagues included), assume that player can go done to 5 the next year. If I had to guess for next year, I’d say it’s more likely Reynolds steals less than 10 than 20+.

    That said, any player who has shown at least some power/speed (10+ of each) can be strong value towards the end of drafts – see Orlando Hudson. Got great value in an NL-draft this year by taking a $3 flier on McCutchen (didn’t fare so well with Maybin though).

    Just my 2 cents…

  24. Bob says:

    I’ve got one start left in a main money league. I can go for it today with Tommy Hanson and Scott Baker, or hold back Baker and use Hamels on Saturday with some other spot starters I will pick up. I’m within one win of the second and third place guy, while maintaining a slight lead over them in the league. So, it really boils down to Hamels v. Baker. Would REALLY appreciate some help.

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Baker’s the one from those two, not sure of spot starters you could pick up though.

  26. Bob says:

    They’re all going to be sub your list of spot starter guys, so it sounds like I’m better off just going for it today with Baker and Hanson.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Not sure I understand what you mean. They’re all going to sub my list?

  28. Bob says:

    I was making a poor attempt at a joke with respect to your weekly list of spot starters.

    I was attempting to say that those who would likely be available for a spot start in this league would probably be worse than the guys on your list.

    It’s difficult to know right how who will be pitching the same day as Hamels because I don’t know whether he will actually pitch on Saturday, or who else who will be pitching who will be available on my waiver wire. Sorry for being stupid in the morning before the coffee has kicked.

    I’m feeling that happy about ending my accumulation of pitching stats today by going with Baker today. That why I’m expressing anxiety.

  29. Bob says:

    My last sentence should read “I’m NOT feeling that happy.”

    It’s a good thing I’m not operating mechanical devices right now. Between you and me (and your millions of readers), I’m on a work deadline right now and a bit distracted.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: No problem, and I gotcha. I’d go Baker then, cause with the Phils clinching Hamels is liable to go five innings and get pulled.

  31. Bob says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Normally I wouldn’t be making such a big deal about one start, but my whole league may be coming down to it. I’m also at risk at ERA and WHIP in this league. It’s REALLY close.

  32. Razzin says:

    Master Grey. Sorry for the repeat of someone else’s question from earlier in the week. What’s the drill with hitting your max IP? On the last day that you REACH your max IP– that’s the day you want to plug in as many SP as possible for those extra stats because anything over on that day gets counted? I’m -5 IP today. Just want to double check the strategy. Thanks.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Razzin: Yup, anything over on that final day gets counted. For example, I was under my 1400 IP limit by 5 innings at 1395. So I threw eight guys and ended up around 1435. They all counted.

    EDIT: Word.

  34. Vince says:

    I have to thank you Grey for telling me to pick up Richard and Penny! They, along with Nolasco, helped me improve my bad ERA and WHIP in my H2H Final. It also helped that my opponent started Lilly, Tejeda, Smoltz and Garland lol

    So now I’m also leading ERA and WHIP in my matchup by a very thin margin. Should I stick to my plan of securing my Wins and Ks (because he still has at least 5 starts this week and could spot start other SPs)? I’m starting Lester for sure tonight, but would you start Cook and Parra (they’re playing each other @ Col this afternoon). I’m leading 8 to 2 as I’m also leading Runs by 7, HR by 7, RBI by 17, SB by 6, Wins by 3 and Ks by 14…

    So, since I should win 4 offensive cats and that ERA and WHIP are really close and he still has at least 5 starters this week, would you just start Cook and Parra to try to secure 2 other cats in Wins and Ks?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vince: I wouldn’t mess with Parra and Cook. There’s got to be better starts for you to go after tomorrow or over the weekend.

  36. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: @Rudy Gamble: Yo’ guys. Grey pretty much spelled it out in the post, mirage.

    Rudy, thirst for your input. Keep it [email protected]big o: Are you calling Grey a woman? (Troubles saved by a woman.)

  37. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: I know Bruce has the pedigree. I feel a little burned that I succumbed to the hype at start of this season. If all a person needs is the isolated HRs, OK. Just not enough for me. He is hitting 6 in the lineup. With his poor average, low walks, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where he sticks. His RBI total was low last year (in relation to Reynold’s 08). It won’t be high in that slot. I just think he will continue to be over-priced. Maybe he lives up to rep, but don’t think his risk comes as a bargain.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: Scherzer’s actually done for the year.

  39. Vince says:

    @Grey: I have Ubaldo, Maine, McCutchen and McCarthy tomorrow… Hamels and Ervin on Saturday… I’m planning on picking up Wade Davis for Sunday… But the rest is crap, and I’m afraid that Ubaldo (if Colorado clinches their playoff spot today), Hamels and/or Ervin might be skipped…

  40. CocoPoolies says:

    I’m about to get involved in a fantasy baseball playoff league. Any general (or specific) advice?

  41. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    absolutely not .

    but if grey can’t pull your ass from the fire , by making every move for you guys going down the stretch , AND , if you happen to fail to clinch your championship by a stat or two ,
    well , it’s only a game , and there’s always next year .

    i’m as appreciative of grey’s time/commitment/advice & concern as , perhaps , anyone on this site . who knows ?

    more and more , lately , i’ve come to see his role as being part funeral director …. “so sorry for your loss ” …. and that must suck … for him .
    but ultimately , we must take responsibility for our own decisions , and not blame the guy who’s trying to help .
    (just my opinion … from my current mind-set).

    mostly , i just like the song .
    when my season ends ,
    i’ll still have my woman .
    others , perhaps , will go on to football .
    peace .

  42. big o says:

    stubbs stolen base came when the reds were leading by 6 runs .
    that’s dusty .

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vince: Those sound better than Parra and Cook.

    @CocoPoolies: It’s all luck when you’re dealing with a short series. I.e. David Eckstein won a World Series MVP.

  44. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: It was a joke. I clicked on your link. The song said he was saved by a woman. We all know Grey is our saviour. Hence, we must have been saved by a woman, Grey.

    We all share your thoughts regarding the man. Breathe in, breathe out, take a little of what you share with us–light-hearted mirth.

  45. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: Bruce fell to me in my 12 team H2H league in the 10th round, i didn’t really want to take him but absolutely couldn’t pass him up there considering i saw him getting taken in the 7th and 8th round of redrafts….

    If he can get the average around .275 or so he could be pretty valuable. I saw him in triple A and he was batting .350 I can’t really believe he’s a .220 hitter?

  46. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: The other day you posted: “BTW, I have a theory why Blalock hits well in September. The Texas summer tires the Rangers hitters out. By September, they’re done….” Thought I’d check it out. For 07/08/09 SLG:


    MLB: .414/.426
    TEX: .447/.412

    While MLB slugging goes up post ASB by 12 pts, for Texas it drops -5.
    A “theory” to pay attention to.

  47. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: Tony, thank you. The personal having seen him brings more to the table than just the surface stats. I will move him from my ignore list, to watch list. Thanks for sticking with me on this.

  48. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Simply Fred: Aw, thanks.

    I have been shielding my eyes from fantasy baseball as my team swirls the drain. A recent check-up on my draft class revealed that EVERY SINGLE PICK was a bust, with one exception: Prince Fielder, 2nd round, who I of course traded for Miggy Cabrera back in May, having not realized the Tigers offense was no longer playing in 2006.

    If Brandon Philips (3rd round) hits 100 RBIs, I’ll consider him a wash.

    Everyone else: Wright, Peavy, Alexei Ramirez, C-Bills, Bruce, Dye, Gallardo, Capps, Votto, Wells, Wieters, Frank-Frank, Slowey — THANKS FOR NOTHING.

  49. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: haha i dont know if thats sarcasm or you’re serious Fred? I think bruce shouldn’t be just totally ignored, now would i take him before the 9th round in 2010? Probably not… Its just crazy he’s hitting for such a low average when he was doing better in the minors. I know guys struggle, but he’s just been impatient. I’ve went to a few reds games as well (i live in ohio, tribe fan, bro lives in cincy) he swings at everything, watched them on tv alot too, he’s young… hopefully he matures soon/quickly.

  50. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wallowing is a start. At least you are communicating. We are going to nurse you back to health over the winter. It was a tough year for a lot of “experts.” We love you and truly value your input. You are The Baron!

  51. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: NOT sarcasm. I have been the odd one out here. Grey is high on him. The world is high on him. Again, I was feeling the pain of having rostered him this year, then the loss. Not ready to climb on the bandwagon yet, but am at least considering. You may get a big THANK YOU next year!

  52. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: You know I’m a numbers guy. So, I will dig into his minor league stats for bolstering.

  53. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: @Simply Fred: EDIT: typo the post-ASB slg for Texas was .442, not .412 (reflecting the -5).

  54. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: gotya! I like him just not mid round pick like him…. I really think he’s a 9-10th rounder… could he all of a sudden bat .300 and hit 35 HRs next year? SURE, anyone could, is it likely from what we’ve seen? NO.

    He would hurt if you took him in H2H like me. In roto at least you could have used him, then plugged in someone else, then plugged him back in recently if you DL’d him or snatched him back up…

    personally i’d much rather take carlos gonzalez, mccutchen, fowler, or robot jones next year around the 9-12th rounds than BRUCE…. as i mentioned yesterday i think!!!

  55. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: We will all be fighting for that group. All targets for me, except fowler. Without the power and that crowded outfield, ….

  56. Tony says:

    @Simply Fred: ya i wouldnt pay as much for fowler either, but cargo and robot could be excellent late round “adam jones/justin upton” type numbers…. SPEED/POWER combos…..

    check bruces minor league #’s

    2006 he batted .291 thru 444 ab’s

    2007 he batted from .305 to .333 at multiple levels

    2008 he was batting .364 thru almost 200 abs

    in 1359 minor league AB’s he hit .308 (and his first year in 2005 was rough) at the triple A level he’s hit .332 over 389 ab’s….

    to me looking at his minor league avg, power and speed stats HE COULD hit .300 30HR’s and steal about 10 bags, unless the speed has left him, last year he only stole 4 bags? and this year 3? His AB’s are only 70 apart from 2008 and 2009 so its not like he’s played thatttttt much less.

    Bruce mainly strikes out too much and doesn’t walk enough, hence he needs to be more patient.

    2008 110 K’s in 413 ABs only 33BB

    2009 73 K’s 331 ab’s 35BB

  57. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    my bad .
    i probably shouldn’t post until the sun goes down ,
    but this site is usually the 1st one i visit each day .
    it’s also the last one i check , at night .

    i apologize .
    not for what i said ,
    but for how i took , what you said .
    i should have known better .

  58. Dingo says:

    Today’s Cardinals/Reds game is hilarious!

    Once I got over the ticker shock disappointment of Holliday having very little to do with the Cardinals’ 12 runs scored (whoops! now it’s 13), I noticed that Carpenter pitchslapped Wells with his first ever HR, a grand slam to boot. Then he hit a double off of Micah Owings, who had doubled off of him two innings earlier!

    I love that the best hitter of the game is giving his fantasy stats to absolutely nobody.

  59. Dingo says:

    @Big Mike: For a second there, I thought that “Omkiru” was some obscure Japanese illness.

  60. Steve says:

    What does a guy have to do to get an RBI around here?

    Haven’t had one since Tuesday.

  61. big o says:

    need a glossary term for “beyond” sonavabench .

    on tuesday i dropped niemann for morrow , in my espn league , where only 3 wins separate me (3rd place in category) from the two guys tied for 1st place .

    so , i add him to my roster ,
    put him in my line-up , and (apparently)
    forgot to hit the submit button .

    sgt schultz’ “i am dummkopf”
    may be appropriate , but doesn’t seem strong enough ,
    considering :
    a) how easily morrow went through the A ‘s line-up ,
    b) my “beloved A’s” post to steve yesterday , where i bragged about the move , and ,

  62. big o says:

    haren – lincecum
    looks like they’re both trying .
    who will flinch ?

  63. big o says:

    sawx are having “fan appreciation” day , where they’re giving away some pretty nice prizes every inning …. like you and 10 of your friends get to take batting practice before the game … in the visiting team’s batting cage (ha) and another where someone will get to visit both the radio and nesn telecast booths during the game , etc

    all this because the sawx are fielding a triple A team , now that they’ve clinched the wild-card spot , and ,
    paying ticket-holders are pissed off .
    example … the other night , the big poopi was the only regular in the starting line-up .

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: Pitchslapped! Nice!

    @Steve: Too bad you didn’t have Carp.

    @big o: Yeah, Dumbkopf.

  65. Mark says:

    Yikes. Head to head fantasy baseball took a beating yesterday. What is conventional wisdom this time of year anyway?

  66. big o says:

    ha !
    wendlestat runs both stottlemeyer and a.j. hinch
    about the same pitch that haren had a gripe about .

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mark: Play the hot guys abandon superstars who aren’t producing.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Lincecum’s mane is outta control.

  69. big o says:

    speaking of mange :
    assuming he might be clean , manny being clowny .
    will/can he still hit ?

    hope early-december grey logs in on this one .
    february grey , i fear , may be too over-worked , and ,
    i certainly don’t want the holidays’ good tidings to interfere .

    should be a great off-season ….. for razzballers .

  70. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Other than his 2nd half last year, Manny hasn’t hit in two years. He seems like a 25 homer threat with a good average. Magglio O. is a decent comparison.

  71. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: No apologies necessary! You were just defending The Man. Don’t change ANYTHING about you. I show up searching for your daily humor!

  72. big o says:

    just saw an add on
    tuesday night 8pm (edt)
    costas is doing “incident at candlestick”
    you won’t want to miss this one .

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Grey: Obviously you mean Maggs previous to this season.

  74. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    if it’s humor that you’re looking for ,
    you may want to miss the costas’ show .

  75. Iceman says:

    Can I drop Vazquez and Nolasco now?

  76. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: Wow, thanks for providing the minor league numbers. I think anyone would project a better MLB avg than he has achieved. Although, I don’t know what a standard index is to be applied to minor league averages projecting to the majors. Regardless, I see the signs. For Sept:
    .353 AVG/.755 SLG/.463 OBP. Definitely pointing to good stuff next year.
    Still can’t concede the steals. For his MLB career he has 7 SB (345AB) and 9 CS. There were only THREE players in 2008 who had 7 SB and a matching (or almost) number of CS:
    F. Lopez, 2B, 8/8, followed by 6/6 for 2009
    M. Tejada, SS, 7/7, followed by 5/2 for 2009
    Your ONE OF is Pence: 11/10 followed by 14/11 for 2009. The next OF with as many CS as SB was Reed Johnson 5/6 followed up with 2/1.
    Bruce has been caught steeling his last 3 this year. His last successful attemp May 13.
    So, I have come around to: is Sept enough for me to believe that Bruce may hit close to .300, get more walks, move up in the lineup, and drive in some runs with those HRs? And, would that be worthy given negligible SBs? Maybe. If he gets that average up, then he probably jumps ahead of someone like Coghlan who will hit give you average and obp, but not the HRs and likewise doesn’t produce SBs.
    This is a lot of thinking outloud. Do you put him about the same spot?

  77. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: Am on MLB watching for the promo but haven’t seen it yet.

  78. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Will the Rockies catch the Dodgers? Headsup this weekend….

  79. Martin says:

    With extra emphesis on K’s and W’s and L’s, how would u rank these pitchers.

    Ramos vs. SF
    Le Blanc Vs. SF
    Bailey vs. Pit
    Blackburn vs. KC
    Davis vs. NYY
    Hudson vs. Was


    also I have a feeling the Rockies will win the division

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Bailey, LeBlanc, Davis, Hudson…

  81. Martin says:

    Im pitching jeff sarmazilla today vs. PIT! What has fantasy baseball come to

  82. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Shout out to Grey: late August he was prompting you to pick up Gutierrez with the thought that he might get close to Broxton in number of saves. Since August 31:
    Broxton 8 Saves, 0 Wins
    Gutierrez 7 Saves, 1 Win

  83. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Is Gutierrez the D-backs closer next year?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Hehe… It’s that time of year.

    @Simply Fred: Might be. I doubt it though.

  85. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Tony: OK. Cincy gets Stl and Cubs home to start the year. Bruce slugging combined .737 in last 6 vs Stl and last 6 vs Cubs. Plus, Cincy has 46 home, 34 away thru June. Should give Bruce plenty of opportunity. (Stats are great. You can make them do almost anything.)

  86. TheGreatVeto says:

    @Grey: Linceum’s mane is awesome! He looks like someone Ellen DeGeneres would be dating. Which makes batters look even more foolish when he sends ’em back to the dugout

  87. The Real Quiz says:

    Question for Grey or anyone out there:

    In an ESPN H2H league, can I put in a RP (or a RP eligible pitcher) that starts and pitches however many innings (i.e. Buckner for the D-Backs tomorrow) and have it go against my allotment of 19 games started? Will ESPN recognize that this RP is actually not pitching in relief but is starting?

    And is the rule of thumb regarding the validity of all games pitched on the day you max out your pitching true for all types (H2H vs. Roto) and brands (Yahoo, ESPN, etc.) of leagues?

    Danke Schoen.

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Real Quiz: It will count as a start, even if it says RP. Yeah, that’s how it goes with games started on your last day. For instance, in ESPN I had 180 max and I was at 179. I started 9 guys and maxed out at 187.

  89. Steve says:

    @Grey: He had nearly as many RBIs today as my entire team has had for the last three days.



  90. Frogurt says:

    Rolling with my last starts of the season. Trying to stay maintain Wins totals and protect my ERA/WHIP. Any you’d avoid of the following?

    Correia v. SF
    Hamels v. FLA <is he even going since they clinched?
    Danks v. DET
    Duensing v. KC
    Bailey v. PIT

  91. big o says:

    the die is cast .
    9 starters tomorrow :
    gio gon , lowe , & , snell @ home
    and ,
    peavy , mccarthy , mccutchen , & , purcey @ away
    and ,
    both ends of wainwright / looper .

    only Wins count .
    how many do i get ?

  92. cake_eater says:

    Might as well get all my questions in before the season ends. I will seek your advice once more on whether the following waiver starters are worth the pickup or if I’m just crazy.

    Jackson vs Chi
    Zito vs SD
    Snell vs Tex
    Rowland-Smith vs Tex
    Mujica vs SF
    Duke or Cueto on Sat
    Duensing vs KC

  93. struggler says:

    Looking to lower my ERA (4.25) and WHIP (1.31). Start or Sit E-Jax?

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