The Washington Nationals babied their future shortstop, Esmailyn Gonzalez, through their minors until they realized that Esmailyn shouldn’t be babied, he should be old-man’d. Kinda like the orphan in The Orphan that turned out to be a dwarf hooker. (Haven’t seen it, but the spoiler kinda makes me want to.) So the Nats sent Bowden away on his Segway and started looking at what else they had in the way of shortstops.  Hiring a 7 foot guy with tattoos to card everyone, they realized Ian Desmond should get himself a look.  And so it goes, so it goes.  Yesterday, he hit his first major league homer in his first major league game.  Desmond has a decent blend of speed and power (think The Big FraGu at shortstop).  The “at shortstop” thing is the clincher.  It’s a shallow position, you can do worse, yadda yadda yadda.  I don’t think he’s going to be all peaches and cream next year, so I wouldn’t go crazy with him in keepers (unless it’s deep and NL-Only), but he could give you a burst of hotness in these late September weeks.  He’s gotta be better than Gordon Beckham at this point, right?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike MacDougal – Couldn’t get an out and gave way to Ron Villone for the save.  It’s probably nothing, but some extremely desperate save vultures may want to swoop.  BTW, MacDougal’s legal name is Robert Meiklejohn MacDougal.  Isn’t that the name of a piece of Ikea furniture?

Brett Cecil – 6 IP, 2 ER in his final start of the year.  I’ll like him next year.  He’s capable of taking a nice step forward.  Pretty much won’t be anything but an endgame flier in most 2010 drafts.

Joe Blanton – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  Getting outpitched by Livan Hernandez in September is not the time to revert to being the mediocre pitcher I always thought you were.  June, July, even August… Not September.

Brad Lidge – File this one in the cabinet labeled, “Yeah, No Kidding.”  Two days after being told he’s the closer, Lidge was told yesterday that he won’t pitch in save opportunities anymore.

Angel Pagan – Went 3-for-4 yesterday as Beltran did not play.  *Grey shrugs*

Nate McLouth – Hit his 3rd homer in the last week.  Last time he hit one, I said this, “This is a hunch, but I think he realizes he has three weeks to make his season’s stats look somewhat palatable.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Brian McCann – 4-for-5.  Nice sign because for the last ten games he was 3-for-33.

Mike Gonzalez – Since Bobby Cox is nearly as progressive of a thinker as Archie Bunker and from the old school like Afrika Bambaataa, it took Cox about a month longer than I expected to go to the lefty, Gonzalez, for saves.  With how Soriano’s pitching, this may not be Gonzalez’s last save of the year.

Roy Oswalt – 2 IP, 6 ER.  Months ago, I talked about how I was worried for Oswalt this year.  How I’m not sure if everyone is aware that this isn’t your slightly older brother’s Oswalt.  This Oswalt has games where he gives up six earned in two innings.  Near a 4 ERA on the year seems about what we can expect from him.  A solid #3 with upside.

John Lackey – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  In his last three games, he’s thrown 26 innings (that’s a lot for 3 games) and given up only one run (that’s not a lot).

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-3 yesterday.  Scioscia’s only played Kendrick seven times since August 25th.  Giving Kendrick six days off in a row at one time.  Yet, Kendrick’s batting .500 over that time.  Scioscia is either the world’s greatest manager or the world’s stupidest.

Alex Gordon – Hit his 4th homer yesterday.  Comatose Royals fan wakes, “4 homers?  Is it still the first week of April?”

Drew Stubbs – 0-for-4, 2 Ks.  That tingling you felt in your Capezios when you grabbed Stubbs last week should be gone by now.  He’s on the suckwagon heading into K-town.

Jason Frasor – Got the save.  It must be that time of the month.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-3, 2 steals.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  The left side of the slash, which is the right side to be on.

Jose Contreras – Left the game with a quad strain.  It’s the curse of being on the cover of the AARP Magazine.

  1. Eric says:

    Grey — I think you made a mistake about McCann hitting a dinger. Still, a nice game for him.

    Question: in a deep mixed league I need SS help. I’ve been riding the hot hand at SS for a while (using Uribe recently, though I get the idea he’s already starting to slow). E. Cabrera, Desmond, Brendan Ryan, and Pennington are all on waivers. I need BA help, though a little help with power and speed would be nice. Among the slip pickings on waivers, who do you like for the rest of the season?

  2. Steve says:

    I’m not too proud – pick one from:

    Manship v As
    Moyer v Mets
    Lohse v Braves
    Huff v Royals

    You know which league this is…

  3. Steve says:

    Oh – and gotta sit Shields in roto?

  4. knighttown says:

    Solid pitching last night. Oswalt gave me a 27 ERA and MacDougall somehow raised it with his “infinity” ERA.

  5. BSA says:

    I am thinking of taking Young Jr. for a ride and dropping Ryan Roberts.

  6. Antrim Warriors says:

    So from here on out, break out the percentage of who gets the Phils saves between Madson and Myers.

  7. nmdunkel says:

    David Wright to Drew Stubbs: “Anymore room on that wagon? Hear I could really strut my stuff down in K-town…”

  8. Tom says:

    Ian Desmond sounds like the name of a James Bond villain. I already don’t like him. He sounds dangerous.

  9. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Kendrick finally started hitting righties in August. Izturis icy recently. You may find Scoscia ain’t the stupidest and recognizes the turnaround and see more of Mandel (that would be Howie).

  10. mr baseball says:

    for better or worst he his mine in deep 20 man keeper league

    The waiver request you made in DYNASTY LEAGUE YEAR #1 has been processed.

    Player Dropped: Cecil, Brett
    Player Added : Bumgarner, Madison

    Ian Desmond is he someone to look for in the future for this keeper league

  11. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Would you drop Stephen Drew for Desmond in a 16 team keeper league where we get to keep 14 players?

  12. Eric says:

    Just noticed the Pink Floyd reference in the title … and is there a nod to Kurt Vonnegut in the intro (So it goes)?

  13. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Someday, we’re going to have to come up with a Razzball All House of Commons team.

    Here’s my team…

    C – Kelly Shoppach
    1B – Tyus Wigginton
    2B – Edwin Maysonet
    SS – Ian Desmond
    3B – Ian Stewart
    OF – Michael Cuddyer
    OF – Denard Span
    OF – Christopher Coghlan
    SP – Mitchell Boggs
    SP – Justin Louis Chamberlain
    RP – Jonathan Papelbon

  14. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    Yep, enjoyed the Vonnegut reference for sure. Great, great book – “Slaughterhouse-Five”.

  15. papasmurf says:

    Desmond for Uribe?

    (Feel a little dirty to admit I have uribe on my team… but I drafted Hardy… an even more shameful admission)

  16. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Beckham’s a bloody backbench Tory.

  17. Razzin says:

    De la Rosa safe today vs. Padres?

  18. big o says:

    can someone , please , tell me the traditional tie-break category for yahoo h2h play-offs ?
    thank you .

  19. Lines says:

    Is it time to chuck Rafael Soriano? Or does he still have more value (in H2H) than the cavalcade of schmohawks that’s left on the wire? Leo Nunez, Franklin Morales, the corpse of JP Howell (who I dropped a week ago)… We’re in the 1st round of the playoffs, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be going on to next week, but Soriano is a little scary. Not “a herd of flying scorpions” scary, but definitely “priest in a clown suit, driving an ice cream truck past a playground” scary.

    I like Daniel Bard and B-Wags a lot, and I get to watch them pitch, but they’re not in line for saves. I’m down to 3 closers as it is. Thoughts?

    Hey! Someone just dropped Brad Lidge! I could totally… oh. Oh, I see. Nevermind.

  20. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    RE: Lackey: He and Peavy the only two SP to notch quality starts in at least 2/3 of their starts from 06 through 08. Lackey worthy of watch list for 2010. His recent three against Oakland, KC, Seattle. Would feel more comfortable seeing him mow down more formidable opposition.

  21. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: Although, in the AL West maybe that’s not an issue.

  22. Tony says:

    @big o: BIG O for my yahoo league i believe its ERA, if that is tied it goes to BATTING AVG, if thats tied it goes on down the line til there’s something obviously you’re not tied in….

    So if you’re gonna be stronger in something and it comes to a tie you better hope its your pitching….

    IF your league is the same as mine.

  23. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    Deep 20-team mixed H2H keeper league. I have a lot of OF depth already. Would you drop Jordan Schafer or Ryan Spilborghs for Desmond?

  24. big o says:

    isn’t morales the hot hand , right now ?
    imo , the potential for svo’s is there .
    when street returns , he won’t be trotted out there everyday .

  25. Grey, would’ve also accepted “Lucy in the Sky with Desmonds,” which seems kind of appropriate this week.

  26. and1mcgee says:

    lol @ the Lackey clarification……… i was sooo confused cuz um… it made me lqtm (laugh quietly to myself)

  27. big o says:

    kudos to you for your weekly buy/sells , and especially for your “what i saw yesterday” articles .
    during h2h play-off time , weather is an important element , especially in daily leagues .
    knowing that alex gordon might be a viable option , cuz a-rod has a 95 % chance of getting rained out tomorrow (hypothetical example) ,
    is crucial information at this time of year .

    other sites will tell me what happened last week .
    but i’m putting my trust in the guy who watches baseball everyday ,
    and reports on it in a timely manner .

    again ,
    many thx .
    (hehe) ^^

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Ha! No problem, O.

  29. Maximus says:

    @Grey: Do you sit any of these starters? Pettitte vs Bal, Floyd vs LAA, Jurrjens vs Stl.

  30. Lines says:

    Went with Morales (at least for the series against Los Padres). Thanks, gentlemen!

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Maximus: I’d sit Floyd.

  32. Eric says:

    Grey, a couple of weekend lineup questions.

    After his first two games, are you any more optimistic about Tim Hudson? More to the point, would you start him @ St. Louis? Lohse as the opposing pitcher doesn’t scare me, but Pujols et al do.

    And Kazmir against the White Sox? He seems to be pitching well, but his career record against them stinks.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: I’d start both. But neither are safe so it depends on your situation. Hudson faced two weak offensive teams and Kazmir hasn’t been good vs. the Sox (this year).

  34. Corey II says:

    Sitting in a bye right now, and have some questions for next week.
    1) I have some guys sitting on Monday – looking to pick up an OF for a 1 day start – best FA’s seem to be Hawpe (vs Lincecum on Mon), Ludwick (vs Nolasco), Burrell (vs Hernandez), Krispie (vs Correia), or Brantley (vs Pavano). You see any 1 of them who you really like?
    2) Is Morrow supposed to stay in the Seattle rotation – is he worth owning for his possible start next week vs the White Sox?


  35. Maximus says:

    Grey, the Mini Donkey lost 12lbs due to the flu. This is scary considering it’s playoff time in H2H leagues. I think this is officially panic time especially considering he is my only 3B. I need the Mini Donkey to come back into his Donkey form!

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey II: Brantley for speed, Krispie for power. Morrow should stay in the rotation unless he gets injured tonight. Always a possibility.

    @Maximus: He was donkeyilicous for five months of the season. Unfortunately, sometimes players get cold at the wrong time for H2H leagues.

  37. Tony says:

    @Corey II: how are hawpe and ludwick available in your league? 10 teams?

  38. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: I think I smell a special guest column from Gordon Brown ghostwritten by Victoria Beckham.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: Yes, I agree. Also, Clayton Richard needs a spot.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:


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