Yovani Gallardo (IP count, young arm), Ross Ohlendorf (ditto) & Michael Young (hamstring) are the latest players being ‘shut down’ as teams outside the pennant race start playing for 2010.  Don’t they realize that every player is part of at least thousands of fantasy baseball pennant races?  For the 99% of you in non-keeper leagues, dump these guys for someone who might actually compile some stats this next 10 days or so.  Some other (hopefully slightly less obvious) observations…

Kevin Correia – While most Dodger, Giant, and (surprisingly) Rockie starters lived up to the fantasy SP adage of “When they’ve drafted the best, go NL West”, San Diego pitchers have been big disappointments this year.  Peavy, Cristal (Chris-Tall) Young, Chad Gaudin, etc.  The one pitcher who lived up to the adage has been SF discard Kevin Correja who threw 7 shutout innings yesterday and has a respectable 4.08 ERA, 11 Wins, and 130+ K’s for the year.  Imagine how much better his stats would be if he got to face the Padres!

Milton Bradley – The Cubs suspended him – officially ending a season that never started.  This is just a clear case where a player is misunderstood by an organization.  In this case, the Cubs’ misunderstood Bradley to be a reliable source of production.  Another opening in the Cubs OF should insure that Jake Fox gets a 2nd start this week.

John Maine – Maine solidified his position as only the 2nd most disappointing pitcher in 2009 for the Mets (consider yourself first, Oliver Perez) with a Win after throwing 5 shutout innings.  If you’re desperate for a SP in NL-only or H2H, he’s worth starting the rest of the way since he’s trying to prove himself for 2010.

Placido Polanco – Went 6-for-9 over the weekend with 3 Runs and 3 RBIs.  He should also be good for one HR or SB in the next 10 games.  Yawn.

Brad Penny – Got lit by the Dodgers on Saturday to the tune of 7 ERs in less than 3 IP.  Bitter Sawx fans rejoice!

Willy Aybar – Best bet right now for cheap power at 2B for the rest of the way as he fills in for Carlos Pena in TB.  HRAGNOF!

Prince FielderHit his 40th HR yesterday and broke the cherished Brewer single-season RBI record with his 129th (take that, Cecil Cooper…hmm, wonder if there’s some Oedipal thing there about beating a Cecil for the record?).  With an average near .300, he’s officially leapt over T. Boone Pickens’ best bud Ryan Howard as the first portly 1B off the board in 2010.  He’ll warrant MVP consideration if Albert Pujols has sex with every voter’s daughter.

  1. Lines says:

    Dear Everyone,

    Half a game. He went ahead by half a game in the final week of the season, so he got the 1st round bye. We played in the semis, and when we tied, he won by default. What kind of bullshit way is that to end a season? Huh? I’ll tell you. It’s my way! And I always get my way.

    Fuck you very much, Aramis Ramirez. And you too, Lou Piniella, for sitting The Riot last night.

    Thanks Razzballers of the World, for making my 1st fantasy season a more fun(ny) one.

    At least now I get to spend more time watching real baseball.


  2. Lines says:

    PS – Seriously, Aramis Ramirez, you suck. I hope you trip over a rake, and it hits you in the face like in one of those old cartoons, and then there are like 9 other rakes strewn about the grass, and you get caught in an endless loop of being hit in the face with rakes while cheerful ragtime music plays and children laugh and eat sugary cereal.

  3. BSA says:

    Thank you for the ride Kendry Morales I think I am going to ride WAybar out the rest of the way.

    The WAybar – just one more reason your competition will look at your team at the top and say, “Huh, How did he do it?”

    The WAyber – the Reggie Bar for Tampa Bay!

  4. BSA says:

    @Grey: Look at you still on East Coast time.
    As long as I just turned Kendry into Willy I went back to the well and I turned Andrus into Furcal.

    Roto definitely still makes me scratch my head at times – A solid week here between 78 and 79 points and staying within 5 points of the lead of the RCL.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Whaddup, East Coast! 5 points is still striking distance.

  6. Mr. Rickey says:

    Thinking of sitting Sparkakis and Victorino and starting Stubbs and LaPorta this week – desperate times and all. Crazy or crazy like a fox?

  7. BSA says:

    @Grey: New England, Tri-State, Mid Atlantic, or Southern Coast?

    Yeah I know, Hippo was right though about how a swing of a half point late in the season can be exciting or make you say Damn!

  8. BSA says:

    @Mr. Rickey: Markakis is sitting on my bench and I am considering dropping him –
    I know I know blasphemy!

  9. thwap says:

    ! <3 Prince Fielder!

    Huge numbers and lest anyone forget he had a really slow start to the season.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr. Rickey: I’d go with Stubbs and Victorino.

    @BSA: Tri-State

  11. Jackie says:

    Aybar or Peralta at MI? Peralta has been sucking of late. Does Street take the closer role again this week?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jackie: Street should return, but it’s not 100% until he actually comes into a game. Aybar…

  13. GTS says:

    What do you think about Cahill’s start tomorrow against TEX?

  14. Royo says:

    So it looks like I’m going to win my 20 team mixed money league that I’ve been in for years and never won. Before people stop checking the comments, I would like to say thanks to the Razzball crew and all the commenters. I’m a frequent reader and rare commenter. Don’t forget to donate, all you leeches! Which is different than lychees (not as tasty.)

  15. Mr. Rickey says:

    @Grey: Who do you like better this week: Carlos Gonzalez, Laporta, Krispie or Ryan Raburn?

  16. Vic Vinegar says:

    weekly h2h playoff time!
    middle infielder needed…WAybar, Kaz Matsui, Belliard?

    or WAybar over Beltre for the week @ 3B? i don’t like that TB only plays 5 games this week.

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Royo: congrats Royo

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vic Vinegar: Matsui for speed, Belliard for power.

  19. Matt B says:

    Which 2 start RP/SP to use:

    R Wells @MIL, @SF
    R Rowland-Smith @TB, @TOR

  20. Tony says:

    @Grey: correjia isn’t shut down is he? i might actually need him since our innings bumps from 32 to 50 in the finals!

    looking forward to that sp’s post… i’m gonna need some SOLID spot starts in my deep league…

  21. Tony says:

    NVM, i see corriea has a game next Friday already scheduled vs. ARI, that should be a decent start for him…

    i’m also thinking of picking on the nationals and snagging up:

    Kuroda vs. WAS on tues

    padilla vs. WAS on thurs

    ????? I hate spot starting but if i need 50 innings i’m gonna need to throw someone besides my regulars of Beckett, shields, wainy, jurjjens, etc….

    or maybe i wont?

  22. BSA says:

    LI or Manhattan for work?
    Check out my friends restaurant out in Brooklyn if you can hop on a train.
    GA runs kalio restaurant – pretty nice village spot.

  23. Tony says:

    shields is gonna get TEX @ texas and then the Yankees at home next week…. not good. Especially considering he’s been anything but money this year….

  24. DrEasy says:

    Fielder, Jeter, Cano… The team I drafted last year and which stunk the joint would have done really well this year.

  25. Tony says:

    @DrEasy: yep gotta love a guy you take early one year does nothing that year then the next year he goes late and sacks up….

    i took cano inthe 14th round of my 12 teamer, he was getting no respect, but that late i had to snag him.


  26. airlifting says:

    lead my main roto league 131 to 125.5 to 123 and the field. with 114 IP remaining…i will need someone to throw those innings. my staff has depleted to j vazquez, t hanson, pineiro, danks, and morrow. i have a fear that a lot of these dudes are gonna get shut down (hanson, pineiro til playoffs, and danks if they’re “out of it”). i picked up daniel hudson just in case i decide to start him. obviously with nearly 1300ip under my teams proverbial “belt,” rate stats aren’t changing much unless something drastic happens.

    as a sox fan, i want to start hudson because i think the twins are truly a bad team save joe mauer and to a lesser degree span & cuddyer, but as a fantasy owner that doesn’t want to lose, i know better than to stream rookies. i’ve already been hochevar’d once…then again, hudson could be (the good, hopefully) wade davis. fml.

  27. stumanji says:

    So I just made the finals of my “money” H2H league…and just found out that I’m the ONLY ONE THAT PAID!!! The bum commish didn’t enforce the dues and now I doubt anybody pays after they’ve already lost.


  28. Tony says:

    @stumanji: buddies or random league? i’d let that commish know he needs to do his job. That sucks man. I’d stay away from paying for leagues where you dont really know any of the people.

  29. Nick0rz says:

    Just want to say thanks Grey and the rest of the Razzball community. I’m in the finals of 3 of my leagues, and crusing to a 1st place finish in my non playoffs format league. Couldn’t of done it without your advice and your daily posts made my mornings alot brighter.

    Thanks a bunch!

  30. stumanji says:

    @Tony: Buddies from college, but we live all over the country so that requires sending checks around.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Matt B: Which two? That is two. I’d start Rowland-Smith out of those two.

    @Tony: Those aren’t bad starts. The post of spot starters is coming.

    @BSA: LI and Manhattan.

    @airlifting: There will be a spot starter post coming in the next hour.

    @stumanji: That sucks.

    @Nick0rz: Awesome, glad to help.

  32. Royo says:

    @BSA: Where is your friend’s restaurant in Brooklyn? I live there in Boerum Hill.

  33. BSA says:

    @Grey: Yeah I figured with your work that was the target.
    Good luck with the trip and like I said look up Kalio Restaurant. Right off the train and nice place.

    I went to Hofstra with a number of guys who went into TV.

  34. DrEasy says:

    I agree with Nickorz, thanks Grey for the great advice all season long! The only place where your recommendations didn’t help was in the Razzball Midseason Commenters League, obviously. (grrr! they got a quick trigger!)

  35. BSA says:

    254 Court St – G.A. (short for George Anthony) runs it with his sister managing the front of the house.

  36. Royo says:

    @BSA: That’s two blocks from my house. Freaky. I’ll swing by some time.

  37. struggler says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to throw this out there but I have some strugglin’ stars rostered. Dare I drop Markakis and/or Hawpe for Gerut, Velez, Prado or Kendrick???

  38. BSA says:

    Toward the end of the year I was working with two tabs one with Razzball and one with the RCL.
    Post a question, wait for a response, and hurry back to the team.
    Sometimes I even just threw a name out there and watched how fast some would pick ’em up.

    Steve got the best advantage on the early pickups based on what he read in the round-up. Damn Kiwi :)

  39. Royo says:

    @BSA: Actually, 254 is a coffee shop, i think…Tea Lounge?

  40. BSA says:

    @Royo: At least go have a cocktail – he loved Tequila in college and now I think he buys the best stuff for his customers.
    It was the only time I could say Tequila was good, well maybe decent.
    Let me know.

  41. struggler says:

    What’s weird that that is two blocks from my house. I’m on Pacific and Hoyt. I love me some good Tequila.

  42. BSA says:

    @BSA: Then again I can’t find it on Zagat so….

  43. BSA says:

    @struggler: @Royo:
    Now you should be feeling like the twilight zone as across the miles that the interent and fantasy baseball reaches you guys live within a four block radius of each other.

    If they go to Kalio, or the coffee shop, should I switch my screen name to Kevin Bacon.

  44. Will BJ Upton be in the top 50 next year? Someone dropped him in my keeper league and I am thinking I should pick him up, not to actually have him, but to trade him for a better keeper or draft pick. While i should easily win the league, I guess my only hesitation is making it close, if possible. Already have Morneau, Hamilton, and Victorino on my roster that I need to hold onto but are not playing and not on the DL.

  45. struggler says:

    @Royo – You wouldn’t happen to be a hot blonde with a desire to win fantasy baseball championships?

  46. Royo says:

    @struggler: Smith and Warren. Crazy.

  47. Royo says:

    @struggler: Ha! No, but my wife is half Columbian, half Japanese, and pronouces Pujols with a J. Hot girls don’t have to like baseball to marry you!

  48. struggler says:

    @Grey – New idea for a site…Fantasy Baseball Matchmaking!

  49. Euroalien says:

    I have Morales as a closer right now……. should I dump him for someone like Jepsen for the last two weeks? I need a few saves to move up in the standings…… (I’m just two behind the guy above me) My other two closers are Bailey and Cordero. I could use the help in ERA and WHIP so I’m leaning towards swapping Morales for Jepsen. Just not sure which one would give me the “most” help over the last couple of weeks.

  50. Royo says:

    @Curly Day: Seems unlikely that Upton will be in the top 50 next year. Ask yourself if he can outperform Victorino next year. For me, in a 5×5, he is around the 50th ranked hitter (not player.)

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Euroalien: I would hold Morales. But it’s a bit of a coin flip.

    @Curly Day: I would grab Upton.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Cool, no problem.

    @struggler: You can lose Markakis for Gerut, but he doesn’t play every day.

    @BSA: Hehe, maybe next time. I’m not going to have a chance this trip.

    @struggler: Ha!

  53. BSA says:

    @Grey: Over under on steals in Kansas City tonight.

    Why can’t they just let Wake pitch one more time in Boston, get him a win and say thanks for the memories?

    OK, RCL hat on now, Woohoo I have Bloomquist and Wake is pitching.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: 3


  55. mc serch says:

    @struggler: what’s really weird is I’m in DUMBO and I’m in your hood all the time…love Frankies, love the movie theater and love Layla Jones with my daughter….my regular run route takes me down Court St right past GA like 3-4 times a week, looks cool but haven’t been….will check it out
    @Grey: BTW Grey, I pretty much wrapped up my 12-teamer at the end of August, so I haven’t been checking the site as much as before…about 20 points ahead now…thanks for dropping the knowledge and for being so entertaining….you will be in daquiris soon my friend!

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