Yesterday, Carlos Zambrano was scheduled for an MRI but failed to show. Possible reasons why: A) He showed up five minutes late and his appointment was given away to Steve Bartman. B) The doctor looked like Michael Barrett. Z was escorted out. C) He decided to check out The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 instead. Z’s priorities are out of order. If you’re in your H2H playoffs , you need to cut bait and see who else is out there. In some leagues, I’m looking at Randy Wolf (I know, you just threw up a little in your mouth), but his confidence should be sky high after his complete game and he faces the Pirates next. Some other names I like that I’ve seen on various waiver wires include Slowey, Garza, Kuroda, Blackburn, anyone facing the Mariners, Nats or Padres. (BTW, if you’re in H2H playoffs, I think you’ll be able to appreciate one man’s H2H playoff breakdown.) Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jim Johnson – About to have an MRI because his shoulder hurts? No, because Trembley’s an awful manager. Jamie Walker, Fernando Cabrera, Dennis Sarfate and as a dark horse candidate, Radhames Liz. And before the NAACP contacts me, I wasn’t being punny when I wrote dark horse.

Scott McClain – Hit his first HR of his career after 29 HRs in Triple-A. Some day Woody Harrelson will gain 120 lbs. and play him in the movie adaption of his life.

Pablo Sandoval – 2nd HR of the year. Benicio Del Toro will borrow the fat suit Adrian Grenier used in Medellin to play Sandoval.

Dave Bush – 5 IP, 6 ER. You saw Bush just sitting there and you couldn’t keep your hands off. Now you feel used and it burns when you pee. Serves you right.

Lance Cormier/Dennis Sarfate – Outdueled Dice-K but still lost. This is the number one reason why people don’t bet on baseball and why most of the time you’re better off to just go with your top guys. Baseball’s an unpredictable game day-to-day but fairly predictable over 162 games. And I officially sound like some crappy baseball announcer — see Don Sutton.

Dustin Nippert – 7 IP, 0 ER and only seven hits with no walks. Holy heffin’– Oh, it was the Mariners.

Jorge Campillo – 5 IP, 7 Ks. I kinda felt a decent start was coming because the Marlins do enjoy swinging and missing.

Joe Nelson – Got the save yesterday. Guess he’s the number two man behind the recently overworked Matt Lindstrom.

Dustin Pedroia – 17th HR yesterday. David Ortiz, 17 HRs.

Mark Reynolds – 4 Ks as he heads towards 200 Ks. You haven’t heard much about me fingercuffing Reynolds because I dropped him about two months ago in my Razzball league. I just couldn’t stand all of the home runs he was giving me. I still have him in a NL-Only league. In other news, yawn.

Yunel Escobar – Has a sore shoulder, supposedly he’s battled this all year. Yeah, and my excuse is I have a monkey writing these posts.

Troy Percival – Kazaam! More importantly, I wouldn’t pop your Wheelers just yet.

Alex Rodriguez – Hit a meaningless HR yesterday. Wait, Joe Maddon’s throwing his challenge flag! Cut to 2 minutes, 15 seconds later. Yes, it is a meaningless home run!

Dallas McPherson – After hitting 42 home runs in Triple-A, he made his first start yesterday. He walked twice and K’d. McPherson grew up masturbating to Adam Dunn. That’s sincerely a compliment.

Rich Harden – Arm discomfort. He reports it’s “nothing serious.” Yeah, and taco diarrhea doesn’t burn.

Wade LeBlanc – Top Padres pitching prospect made his major league debut and pitched like a Nats prospect, 4 IP, 5 ER. LeBlanc has a HR problem and there’s no way he’ll ever shake the Joey typecasting.

Blake DeWitt – HR yesterday. He’s been starting at 2nd base. If he can get that eligibility, his value goes from one dollar to one Euro.

Chris Dickerson – HR yesterday. Could he get to 10/10 in a month and a half? I wanna have shirts made up that say, “I (heart) Dick…” and on the back, “…erson.” What?

  1. Shogun says:

    Chris Perez took a Kazaam! last night too. He’s still locked-in at closer, right?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: Yeah, he did too. He’s locked in for now. Percival is too, but there’s a chance he’s still injured or going to reinjure himself.

  3. Shogun says:

    @Grey: Thanks. I’m not usually this closer-obsessed, but this season I ended up not drafting any and have had to dredge for saves. I’m thinking about bucking convention next year and reaching for a closer, maybe K-Rod (if he sticks with the Angels), just to see if I can make it work. I don’t doubt that this isn’t an optimal strategy, but I like a challenge.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: Actually what you’re doing now is more strategic. The moment you reach for K-Rod is the moment he gets injured and replaced. Rudy reaches for closers; I never do. And my teams are fine on closers. Though you do have to be near a computer to snag the latest closer.

  5. Shogun says:

    @Grey: I’m working on a dissertation, so I’m always on the computer and usually can pick-up players as soon as anything breaks. It’s fun keeping tabs on teams’ ninths and making speculative pickups. I can see how working on Wall Street could be addictive…

  6. royce! says:

    I’m intrigued by the prospect of picking up Wolf for next week. He’s 2 starting at home and his dominance at home has somehow transferred since moving from Petco: 3 starts, 2 wins, 18 IP, 1.50 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP (v. NYM, SFO, and STL). Weird. Not that he’ll necessarily continue this, but one would look pretty damn brilliant if they picked him up and he did.

  7. knighttown says:

    If anyone has the roster spot on a slow day like today you may want to try the Billy Butler, double header pickup and drop. Most of my guys have a travel day but KC is playing two in Oakland and Billy is .383/3HR/9RBI/8Runs in 2 weeks so shouldn’t hurt me too bad.

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shogun: Challenging, fun and very frustrating. It’s one of my favorite parts of fantasy baseball. I love to scoop people’s closers.

    @royce!: Also, he’s facing the Pirates who struggle against lefties.

    @knighttown: Yup, I picked him up and Cust and Teahan. This late in the game there’s little reason to hold onto some marginal starters and middle men.

  9. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Just be sure you’re not wearing a jacket while wearing that shirt ;-)

  10. BigFatHippo says:

    Wow, you can tell it’s football season. 9 comments? I’ve made that many on Ty Wigginton alone.

    Everybody must be in last place and gave up Grey, you’ll be happy to know my lead is now 14.

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