On September 7th, Kyle Farnsworth entered a 4-3 game like he had so many times before. No one knows how many times because no one’s bothered to look, or at least no one I’ve come across. This September game was played during the day in Tampa with the temperature listed as: Indoors. When the mercury first hit Indoors, many of the fans knew this day was going to be different than all but four previous Rays games. Farnsworth blew the save. Then on September 10th, with the temperature once again “Indoors” — eerie! — Farnsworth once again blew a save, but instead of blaming his stuff, he blamed his elbow. It was a little tender like a battered piece of the unidentifiable parts of the chicken. With Farnsworth out nursing his elbow, Peralta should see the majority of the saves, but it could be a committee. I imagine Farnsworth is gonna be out a week maybe two, but I’d wait for official word before dropping him. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Matt Moore – Rays are promoting their top pitching prospect. In real baseball news, this is exciting. In Double and Triple-A this year, he had a 1.92 ERA and 210 Ks in 155 innings. That’s prettay, prettay good. I’d like to see what kind of gas this guy is cooking with. Eminem at a BBQ: “Yo, Em, these burgers taste funny.” Eminem, “I guess that’s why they call it propane.” In fantasy, Moore’s kinda whatever in redraft leagues. He’ll get maybe one start, and the rest will be a relief role. In keeper leagues, he should owned already and if he’s not, no time like the present.
James Shields – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks as Shhhields quiets the Sawx.
B.J. Upton – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs, 3 runs and his 20th homer. That’s right! You’re not the Secretaryman, you’re not the Administrativeassistantman, you’re the Bossman! Now take charge!
Doug Fister – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks. Brilliant once again. On a side note, with all the mentions of Fister recently our web traffic looking for anything but fantasy baseball has tripled. Come looking for one thing, leave realizing you need to refine your search query.
Chase Utley – He passed a concussion test. I wonder if he just kept choosing C. The Phils will probably leave Utley on the sidelines for a while longer, unless the Mets and Braves win 17 of their next 5 games.
Stephen Strasburg – 3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks. He threw 56 pitches on Tuesday, but the Nats stretched him out yesterday with 57 pitches. The Nats also said they won’t put Strasburg on a strict pitch count. If I may read between the lines, that actually says, “Please buy tickets for the games Strasburg starts even if he may average only four innings.”
Ian Desmond – 3-for-5 with his 8th homer. This after a 1-for-11 stretch, which sounds like me at YogaWorks. I nailed the Downward Facing Dog and pulled up short on all other poses.
Tim Hudson – 6 IP, 6 ER. All the good you did all year, Hudson, and this? On the last day of my H2H playoffs? I didn’t order a bitter pill to swallow. Why would you serve that up? BTW, it’s perfectly fitting that we lost a tiebreaker in our H2H playoffs this week because our opponent beat us 5-4 during the regular season. To that I say, “Plouffe.”
Chipper Jones – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last week as he hits .348 over that span. As long as the Braves continue to roll Glass Chipper out there in a giant bubble so he doesn’t get hurt, he has some value.
Jake Peavy – Shutdown for the season. Backdate that to 2009.
Adam Jones – Sat out Saturday and Sunday with a sore ankle. In the past month, he has 2 homers and 1 steal. I’m guessing you can find something better on waivers.
Johan Santana – Mets announced that Johan wouldn’t rejoin the team this year (after saying he would return then saying he wouldn’t then saying he would then saying he wouldn’t then saying he would). Thanks for the re-re-reconfirmation!
Bobby Parnell – On Friday, Terry Collins said Parnell might not be the closer. Then on Saturday he said he was the closer. The Mets say no while nodding their heads yes.
C.J. Wilson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks. Nolan Ryan said Wilson’s start made him almost as happy as noogying Robin Ventura.
Adrian Beltre – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs, 2 runs and 2 homers yesterday, 3-for-5 and a homer on Saturday and now has a 16 game hitting streak. If you add all that up it spells, well, nothing because numbers don’t add up to words.
Troy Tulowitzki – Missed Sunday’s game and will sit out on Tuesday with a sore hipowitzki.
Drew Pomeranz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks. Solid start from the top prospect. To start him here, you had to be crazy like the first wrestler who thought it was a good idea to cut his own forehead with a razor, but still.
Edinson Volquez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks. That was 4 walks vs. 3 Ks. Good to see Edinson doesn’t let coaching or minor league stints get in the way of him staying true to himself.
Lonnie Chisenhall – 2-for-5 yesterday and has 3 homers in the last five games. In other words, Lonnie done gone going going gonnie. Of course he was on my bench in a weekly league. Don’t cry for me, Razzball reader. Your tears will just make me feel worse.
Kevin Youkilis – Will play through a hernia. That’s number 137th on a list of things I’d like to play through. Right after a storm of frogs like in Magnolia and right before a large man standing just outside the batter’s box throwing a bucket of amniotic fluid on me.
Alex Rodriguez – Will sit out for 3-4 days since his thumb is too close to discomfort starring Jm J. Bullock.
Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks. Y to the Izz-O, V to the izz-A. Fo’ sheezy my neezy bout time you looked like a number one arm so freezy.
Erick Aybar – 4-for-5 with a steal. Now hitting near .350 in the month of September, but only one steal (which came yesterday). It’s a’ight.
Mike Stanton – Was pulled from Friday’s game because he couldn’t run at full speed. Jack McKeon said, after putting in his teeth, that Stanton could return on Monday.
Javier Vazquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. He was the only featured name in my borderline starters post for Sunday. So far that post has been a bit hit or miss with a lot more hits than I would like. Teach me to put any faith in John Lannan.
Anibal Sanchez – On Saturday, he threw his 2nd one-hitter of the season. All 129 fans in attendance at the next Marlins game will receive opposite gender names with a notary on hand to make it official.