In this corner — BJ Upton.  In that corner — expectations.  Should be TKO with BJ clobbering expectations.  Not sure what happened on the way to September, but he hasn’t been right all season.  Maybe he’s hiding an injury.  But that was last season’s excuse.  This season he was supposed to make good on his cortisone-induced playoffs show that had every classy waitress in Tampa standing at attention from their chest.  Well, didn’t happen.  I still think there’s time and I’m excited about him next year (again!).  But until then, he’s now dealing with an ankle sprain.  I’m sure he comes back.  But at what?  87.7 percent?  You need 100% from this schmohawk.  Oh, and at 100%, he’s given you 2 homers and 8 steals with a near-.220 average since July 1st.  If there’s better options, I’d consider looking elsewhere.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Franklin Morales – Huston Street made it to September without an injury.  Mazel tov, my friends in Brooklyn.  It was a deed no one thought Street capable of in March.  Now he’s suffering from an arm issue.  Rafael Betancourt’s the righty, Franklin Morales is the lefty.  When in doubt, I go with the righty.  But the Rockies obviously got word that Betancourt is a Cuddle Boy, so they’re calling Morales the closer.

Jarrod Washburn – You guys had a good run.  Okay, it wasn’t that good.  But it’s over now.  He’s sucking on the suckhole and the Tigers are skipping him in the rotation.

Carlos Torres – 7IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks. He has a decent amount of Ks in the minors.  I’m not saying to grab him everywhere, but in some deeper leagues, I could see it where you need Ks because batters won’t be familiar with him.  He also walks a ton of guys, so be very careful.  He’s capable of a Spud from Trainspotting type defecation.

Michael Brantley – First steal (and caught stealing).  Nice to see him running.  He should continue to do so.  If not, we have people we can talk to to get him running again.  *wink wink* *nudge nudge* *hand under armpit making farting noises*

Fausto Carmona – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners as he tied his owners to the WHIPping post.

John Smoltz – 6 IP, 4 ER.  Six innings and four earned is the line you get when you take a pitcher who shouldn’t go more than five innings more than five innings.  Or maybe he decided to tip his pitches again.  In fairness, Lugo bobbled a ball that should have been a double play then the wheels came off.

Jorge Posada – 4-for-5 and his 20th homer yesterday, while batting .288 on the season.  The Jetstream may be doing wonders, but he’s going into territory where he may be overrated next season.

Alfredo Aceves – Middle man who won his 10th game of the season yesterday.  Randy Wolf has 29 starts, 110 extra innings and 9 Wins.  Cust kayin’.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-3 yesterday as he started, while Hermida deals with a strained intercostal (isn’t that a highway in Florida?).  Maybin should see time this weekend.

Marc Rzepczynski – Shutdown for the season.  And just when I figured out how to spell his last name.

Pedro Martinez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks.  Okay, never saw this game coming, but still a very solid effort sans dwarf.

Casey McGehee – Now has three homers in the last four games.  He’ll be discussed in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  You lucky you!

Jon Garland – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks vs. his old team, the Diamondbacks.  So this is what other pitchers were talking about!

Orlando Hudson – Losing time to Ronnie Belliard.  Ouch.

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-4 with 3 Ks.  He now has 11 Ks in the last five games.  Obviously, I have much love for Reynolds this year, but this is the kind of stretch I worry about happening that would give me pause next year when people are going to be drafting him in the top 50 players overall.  When he was priced at an average draft pick of 175, it was much more reasonable.  Though I hope he turns it around and finishes this season strong so no one’s scared away for next year.  Muahahahahaha…

Hanley Ramirez – Missed another game because of his strained hamstring.  Then Uggla called him a faker.

Carlos Beltran – Hopes to return next week.  Wait until he sees what the Mets have done with the team!

Angel Pagan – 3-for-4 yesterday, hitting near .400 over the last week with one homer and one steal.  Maybe Pagan made a deal with the devil. (Pun point for Grey.)

Clint Barmes – Hit his 22nd homer.  Bar-MESS has 5 hits in his last ten games and two homers.  18 hits in August and he had 7 homers.  He’s a Jesse Barfield-Marcus Thames hybrid, the Barmes.

  1. BSA says:

    Smoltz + Lugo combine to show the Cards why they were released.

    THIS is heaven says the Red Sox fan from CT.

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i wont be drafting b.j at all anywhere next year,but i have to believe he rebounds decently,a 380 obp the past 2 years,from 97 walks last year to 50 this year,he will still be getting drafted way to high for me but i do see a productive year from him,270-20-35+steals would be about where i put him

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Schadenfreude!

    @AL KOHOLIC: He will probably get drafted too high on name alone, but he does have that potential.

  4. Leonard Smalls says:

    16-team mixed. I can keep BJ for $16 next year. Or I can cut him now and it will cost me $6 out of next year’s auction budget. In my points system, he’s currently around the 50th best CF. (We start LF, RF, CF.) I’m thinking he’s about to find the little pink slip in his locker. Et tu?

  5. Fresh says:

    Drop Marte for McGehee?

  6. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Kershaw against SD, Arroyo @ ATL, and Cliff Lee @ Hou…..start all 3?

  7. peter says:

    While we can’t expect Pedro to replicate last night’s performance, his next two scheduled starts are against the Nats and the Mets. Kust Cayin…

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @peter: Yeah, those aren’t bad at all.

  9. mr baseball says:

    Cameron rip van winkle Maybin – Its nice to see my sleeper pick on draft day get two hits yesterday – he makes me proud

  10. mr baseball says:

    Casey McGehee – I saw him on America got talent show

  11. Bill says:

    Notice that McGehee waited until David Wright came off the DL and he (McGehee) was safely back on the fantasy bench to start hitting all those home runs.

  12. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Am trying to line up a fantasy bargain for 3B next year. Am a little confounded by Jake Fox and Casey McGehee. Each bats right-handed, but each has a higher slugging percentage against righty-pitchers. ??? Fox seems to have a little better upside? Playing time an issue. Will Cubbies find a spot on the field for Fox? Brewers seem to be clearing the way for McGehee as everyday 3B. Your thoughts?

  13. Tom_Emanski says:

    When is Tommy Hanson getting shut down already?

    – Bitter 2nd place team manager/former 1st place team manager

  14. BSA says:

    Schadenfreude! – Hope it doesn’t karmically bite me in das Hinterteil.

    I need to keep rising in the RCL like the Jeffersons.

  15. Love the Mark Reynolds and Carlos Beltran comments.

  16. Matt K says:

    @Grey Actually, Pagans don’t believe in Satan. They’re Polytheistic.

  17. bwass says:

    Grey, I am a White Sox fan that’s been following the minors and Carlos Torres has always been near the top of ERA, usually trailing only Buccholz. He’s 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA. 128 IP 96H 56 BB 130 K. He’s 26 so little old for a prospect but probably means he’s ready.

  18. Martin says:

    grey what do u think of Kevin Correia for the rest of the year. You told me to start him on WED (which was a great call, props to you) and I noticed his schedule is rediculously easy the rest of the year. He gets the likes of Ari twice away and home, SF away, and Pit away. Do I hold on to him. Also is bronson arroyo worth a spot on my team in a 12 team competitive league?

  19. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I’m tempted to start Zito against the Crew, but something tells me not to.I also have both Lowe and Arroyo,I was leaning towards starting Lowe and sitting Arroyo

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Simply Fred: McGehee should have playing time, Fox may not. Fox has much more upside.

    @Tom_Emanski: He should be shutdown any day now.

    @BSA: Nice!

    @Matt K: Sorry, was going on knowledge as learned from Dragnet the movie with Dan Aykroyd.

    @bwass: Yeah, I think he can have a decent three weeks for this year. The walks seem to be an issue. I was looking at 2008 for Triple-A numbers. Thanks for pointing that out.

    @mattmaison: Thanks!

    @Martin: I’d hold Correia and grab Arroyo.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: I’d start them all. But Arroyo is the most risky and I can see sitting him.

  22. BSA says:

    @Grey: Yeah that took a little searching! :)

    Strategy question:
    As I am over by roughly 20 starts is it better to start moving out starters and replacing with RP that lead in K, WHIP, and ERA?
    For example: I have 7 starters (Zito, Arroyo, and DLR were my streamers who stayed)
    I don’t feel as though I can wait much longer and WHIP can’t keep getting wacked by Beckett and Halladay.

  23. Jeff says:

    Matt Diaz or Chris Coghlan for the rest of the year? What kind of numbers can we expect in the last month from each?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Sure, I could see losing a Arroyo and putting a RP.

    @Jeff: I’d trust Coghlan to stay productive, so go with him.

  25. airlifting says:

    i’d just like to express my deepest gratitude to one kris medlen. let me count the ways of how much he means to me…

    -first, you get called up before a much more deserving tommy hanson. “hanson’s the guy.” they said….so then of course the 5’6” midge gets called up because he’s got a flukey -0.69 era or whatever the hell it was.

    -second, you give up a bases loaded double to john baker, allowing all three runners to score. none of these runners belonged to you. this not only ruined javy vazquez’s otherwise okay pitching line…you blew the win.

    -and finally, last evening, you allowed the marlins to once again treat you like a punching bag, opening the gates for a 6 run inning, and once again blowing the win for none other than tommy hanson.

    kris medlen i hate you.

  26. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just know that BSA has a pretty tough team ahead of him if he wants to move up another spot ;-)
    What are your thoughts on Young the Younger? Not playing much and not doing much when he does play. Still need steals tho.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @airlifting: Ha!

    @Steve: Eh


  28. Chris says:

    Where did you find that Mark Rep is shut down? I can’t seem to find it anywhere….

    very deep standard h2h playoffs today, can play 4:

    Felix Pie
    Carlos Lee
    Marlon Byrd
    Drew Stubbs


  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: Google “Rzepczynski shutdown,” first result.

    I’d sit Byrd.

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