Closing Time: Carlos Marmol and french fries

10 Aug
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Sometimes there's a developed theme to these daily posts, and sometimes you get a color-by-number job. Get your fingerpaint ready, here we come.

• A lot of rotoheads were done with Carlos Marmol back in mid-May. Bad hamstring, bad slider, too many ugly blown saves. And with the Cubs kicking the ball around in 100 other ways, why would you want this team's closer?

Happier days have settled in for Marmol since he returned to action, and especially since he regained the ninth inning. Check what Marmol's done over his last 19 appearances: 17.2 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 12 BB, 24 K, 12 consecutive save conversions. He worked around trouble Thursday night for his latest handshake, stranding two Cincinnati runners. Electric on Waveland Avenue.

I realize you can say almost anything with stats if you pick the right endpoint, but we also have to consider Marmol was stripped of shake-off rights around the time his season flipped. These days, the catcher puts down a signal, Marmol cocks and throws. Sometimes the worst place for a pitcher to be is in his own head.

My buddy and colleague Mike Salfino has a theory about relievers being like french fries: basically you love them when they're hot, while realizing they seldom stay hot for long. Not every pitcher falls into that pithy logic, but it's on the mark nonetheless. And it's never that surprising when an out-of-nowhere story comes around to carry us, be it Fernando Rodney and Jim Johnson this year, or the last two months of Carlos Marmol. You need to be willing to ask "why not?" when others are saying "why bother?"

Perhaps this is my way of talking myself into Jim Henderson, this week's great story from Milwaukee. Maybe this is how the Marlins should be looking at Steve Cishek over Heath Bell. Maybe the Athletics will shock the world and start closing with someone not named Ryan Cook or Grant Balfour. You never know where the next great batch of fries is going to come from.

• Although the Reds stumbled at Wrigley on Thursday, Todd Frazier had a bang-up night (double, homer). He's up to 14 homers on the year, a nifty count for someone with just 271 at-bats.

I'm trying to wrap my mind around Frazier's low ownership tag (a mere 13 percent). I know he's been in a bit of a slump in the second half, Thursday to the side, but there are so many selling points here. A .266 average is not a deal breaker in the framework of today's MLB (same goes for his .323 OBP), and Frazier qualifies at three positions in the Yahoo! game (first, third, outfield). I wish I had this guy on all of my teams, Dusty whims and all. How many other batters have Sinatra music playing as they stride to the dish?

• For about six weeks, Adam Wainwright was a pitcher with a good process and bad results. Since then, he's simply back to being a great pitcher, period.

Wainwright picked up his third win in four starts Thursday, going seven strong innings (5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K) and outdueling Madison Bumgarner. Here's some video, go slay the radio star.

It's not hard to see Wainwright getting stronger (and more confident) as he gets further removed from his elbow reconstruction. He's posted a 3.10 ERA over his last 15 turns (97 whiffs, 20 walks), and his ground-ball and strikeout rates are at career highs. The 3.90 ERA at the front door might not impress you, but his peripheral numbers suggest a number almost a full run lower. While I generally want to get hitters in my keeper leagues (it's more reliable, year to year), Wainwright is an outstanding pitcher to build around — and he might not be priced like an ace in all leagues. I'm expecting a huge year from him in 2013, a Top 10 year.

We stream because it's fun, and it's occasionally lucrative. Don't be afraid to roll with no-names and low-names if the situation is right. I'm fine with Francisco Liriano (47 percent) at home against Oakland, in part because Tommy Milone hasn't been sharp lately (or handled the road very well). Kris Medlen (17 percent) is an under-owned commodity, carrying dual eligibility and looking at a cushy New York start for Saturday. Franklin Morales (13 percent) might not be in Bobby Valentine's Circle of Trust, but I'd use him in a heartbeat at Cleveland.

I'll stay away from Bronson Arroyo at Chicago (unless you need a guitar player), and I'll dodge Johan Santana right off the DL. I see the argument for Hisashi Iwakuma, but then I see Mike Trout looming in the batter's box and I walk away, briskly.

Speed Round: Logan Morrison (knee) isn't expected to return this year, which means more Justin Ruggiano for the rest of us. Come on, love the Rug Rat with me. … The Mike Fiers story has been a blast, but are we almost at the end? He's collected 135 innings thus far in 2012, and the Brewers might not ride him through the end of the year. … Mike Morse has finally booted up, with a .319 average and six homers (two Thursday) over the last month. He's knocked in 21 runs over that span. Score another hit for the Nelson Cruz All-Stars (that's late bloomers, not constantly-hurt sluggers). … The Red Sox are set to bring Scott Podsednik back, two weeks removed from his trade to Arizona. Oh, those cute Red Sox and their front office. I'm sure they have a plan, somewhere. … Manny Machado had a nifty debut, with a single and triple out of the No. 9 slot. I'd like to think Buck Showalter will quickly move Machado up in the order if the rookie keeps swinging well, but then I recall how Uncle Buck kept Matt Wieters buried most of last season. … The Wheel of Ubaldo came up aces, as Jimenez struck out 10 batters in a strong start against Boston. Does this mean he'll have a repeating delivery and strong command of his fastball next week at Anaheim? I'd never bet on him. You're on your own, gamer. … Without a lot of fanfare, Matt Moore is turning into that guy everyone thought he'd be. He's 8-3 with a 2.90 ERA over his last 13 turns, with 76 whiffs over 80.2 innings. He's still walking too many guys (35 over that span), but you can see the future No. 1 tag here. This could easily be Clayton Kershaw 2.0, and I'd never throw that sort of comparison around lightly.

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No one doubts Manny Machado is headed for greatness eventually. The Orioles young shortstop was the third overall selection in 2010's draft, and he ranked 14th and 11th on Baseball America's prospect list the last two years.

Can Machado make a significant impact right out of the box in the majors? That's where I have my doubts.

Baltimore provided the biggest fantasy splash from Wednesday, though it came around the midnight hour. Machado, just one month removed from his 20th birthday, is headed to Baltimore. You have to figure he'll play most of the time (if not daily) with the parent club; otherwise, why bring him up? Thursday night is a boffo night for Beltway Debuts: Robert Griffin III makes his first preseason start at 7 pm ET (at Buffalo), and the Orioles host the Royals a half hour later.

Machado's promotion is a two-level jump; he's spent the summer at Double-A Bowie. He was more of a Diamond Dog than Ziggy Stardust at that stop: .266/.352/.438 slash, 11 homers (and 26 doubles), 13 steals in 17 attempts. He's knocked in 59 runs and scored 60. His roto haul at this level is similar to what Starlin Castro, Mike Aviles and Ben Zobrist have done in the majors.

The learning curve is different for every prospect, obviously, and there's a wide range of outcomes for Machado as he makes his first go around the majors. Maybe he'll be one of the rare kids who hits the ground running and produces right away. That's not how I'm going to bet, but it's possible. Remember Mike Trout did next to nothing in his 2011 debut, and for all the sunshine thrown at Bryce Harper this summer, his line is a modest .251/.331/.411. Baseball is hard, especially at the major league level.

I don't need to tell you Machado is a dynasty-league gem and an AL-only pickup — you know that already. That doesn't pass as analysis. My strategy on Machado is to pick him up in a mixer if you have a spot to play with, someone you can drop with no real consequences. Willie Bloomquist? Cut city. Pedro Ciriaco? Done. But I would not drop Jose Altuve for Machado (as someone asked about on Twitter), or Omar Infante, or even Stephen Drew. This is my round-about way of saying I expect modest returns from Machado in 2012. Let's try to keep both cleats on the ground here. In a non-keeper league, today might be the best time to trade Machado.

If he proves me wrong, fine. Wouldn't be the first time. If I were doing a fresh Shuffle Up for infielders right now, I'd have Machado somewhere in the $5-7 range. Please share your prices, projections and expectations in the comments.

It was death by 1,000 cuts as the Giants pasted the Cardinals, 15-0. San Francisco rolled up 11 singles among its 15 hits, though Marco Scutaro had no trouble reaching the gaps (single, double, grand slam), en route to seven RBIs. Brandon Belt collected two hits for the third straight game, but I'm sure Bruce Bochy will bench the kid as soon as he gives us another 0-for-4.

Ryan Vogelsong enjoyed the support and rolled to an easy victory, his tenth. He's now carrying a 2.27 ERA and 1.11 WHIP on the year, laughing at the Spreadsheet Police for the second consecutive summer. Vogelsong's 2.71 ERA last year was far ahead of his FIP and xFIP (3.67 and 3.85, respectively), and this year the gap is even wider (2.27 front door, 3.68 and 4.41 on the graphs).

To be fair, Vogelsong's emergence as a fantasy stud has been enhanced significantly by AT&T Park. He has a 1.85 ERA and 1.12 WHIP at home since rejoining the league in 2011, as opposed to 3.40 and 1.29 numbers on the road. But in 2012, the ratios have improved in both locations.

I see the obvious caveats to the story: Vogelsong's HR/FB rate has been low with the Giants and his strand rate is 84.2 percent this year. His strikeout rate is ordinary, less than 7/9. That .246 BABIP isn't going to last forever. But now that we're more than a year and a half into the story, I have no problem sitting back and enjoying the ride. We'll worry about the regression talk next year; I'd be shocked if Vogelsong turned into a stiff down the stretch. The schedule is a dream over the next couple of weeks: two home starts, along with trips to San Diego and Houston. No worries, mate.

It's hard to take a 10-game relief sample as anything significant, but Heath Bell seems to have righted the ship in the second half. He's worked nine scoreless innings since the break, with eight strikeouts against just three walks. And Ozzie Guillen seems ready to give Bell another look in the ninth inning.

This seems patently unfair to Steve Cishek, who has been lights out as Miami's temporary closer, but the Marlins have to think about the future. Maybe they're looking to showcase Bell for a potential waiver deal. Maybe they're dreaming of a way to get Bell's bloated contract (three years, $27 million in all) off the books this winter. Maybe this is Ozzie just being Ozzie.

I'm not dropping Cishek anywhere I have him, that much is true. Bell will have to show me some bagels in the ninth, a bunch of them, before I buy into him to any degree.

Paul Maholm (48 percent) is my streaming pick for Friday, on a nifty run (1.72/0.93 last month) and starting at New York. He's going to love the new setup with the Braves: better defense, a bump in run support, stronger bullpen. If you're a little more on the daring side, perhaps you can go back to Homer Bailey (35 percent), who's up against the Cubs. I'll stay away from Brandon McCarthy just off the DL and at Chicago no less, and Ervin Santana is no interest to me, even against the Mariners. Scott Feldman's recent stats are pretty, but I'm not messing with Arlington in August.

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The Milwaukee baseball club is sponsored by an American brewery; you'll see the name as you walk in the park. The bullpen closers? They're all outsourced to Canada, amigos.

Ontario native John Axford became Milwaukee's surprise stopper in 2010, but he's run out of gas this year. Several options have been tried in Axford's place (and he's been given some chances to regain the job), but maybe unheralded reliever Jim Henderson, another Canadian fireballer, is ready to become the final answer.

Henderson's story is more Bull Durham than Dennis Eckersley; he's a 29-year-old journeyman with 10 years of minor-league experience. The Expos, of all teams, drafted him with a 26th-round selection in 2003; they had a keen eye on the Calgary right-hander. He's never been on anyone's hot-prospect list.

Henderson was given a chance to close for Triple-A Nashville this year, however, cashing in on a strong strikeout rate and some improved control. Henderson posted a 1.69 ERA and 15 saves with the Sounds, with 56 strikeouts (against 22 walks) over 48 innings. He's allowed just two homers. The Brewers, desperate for bullpen help, called him up for depth in late July.

Henderson's first two weeks in the show have been a breeze: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. He closed out Tuesday's win over Cincinnati — with Axford essentially unavailable after a five-out save Monday — and he came back to shake hands Wednesday, working the ninth after Axford handled the eighth. Both men are right-handed pitchers (with similar styles), so this wasn't a matchup-driven decision. With possession being most of the law when it comes to save-chasing, we have to take Henderson seriously until he has a few messy outings.

Although Henderson's raw stuff isn't as good as Axford's, the set up is similar. We're looking at a big arm and a raw talent, someone capable of missing bats but with obvious control questions. If Henderson continues to pound the zone, I see no reason why he can't take this job and run with it. Manager Ron Roenicke would love to have an automatic option for the ninth.

To be fair to Axford, he did work a perfect inning Wednesday and he recorded Monday's hard-working save. He's not out of the mix. But with a 5.10 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and seven homers allowed, you can understand why the club is interviewing other candidates.

If you want to kick the tires on Henderson, you'll find him available in 96 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Take off, hosers.

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Some Closing Time editions have a dominant theme, and some CT versions are more about quick hitters and shorter stories. The fresh edition follows the latter theme, so get the bulletry ready and let's jump all around the league.

Here's what I'd like to know about Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers: how did he have a 4.42 ERA through 10 Triple-A starts? He's amped up his game in the majors (1.80 ERA, 1.01 WHIP), pushing up his strikeout rate and trimming his walk rate. He was especially on the mark during Tuesday's victory over Cincinnati (8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K, perfect game into the seventh), out-dueling Cy Young frontrunner Johnny Cueto. Here's some scouting video to start off your morning; add some milk and fruit as you see fit.

Some of the usual luck signs are flashing with Fiers: he's stranding runners 83.6 percent of the time and his HR/FB clip is a tiny 3.3 percent. The FIP estimation checks in at 1.80, while xFIP pushes up to 3.37 and SIERA is at 3.23. And it's not like batters never square this guy up: Fiers is allowing line drives 27.3 percent of the time, a lofty clip.

A simple regression call is never a full answer; if I had to pick an over/under ERA for Fiers from this point, I'd go with something in the mid-3s. His next turn is a dangerous one, a thin-air assignment in Colorado. Philadelphia (home) and Pittsburgh (road) follow after that. What's your call on this one, Fiers Nation? Are you selling or holding?

• Ryan Dempster's debut with the Rangers was a hot mess, but he made amends with Tuesday's win at Boston (6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K). If not for an Ian Kinsler miscue in the seventh inning, Dempster would have posted seven clean bagels. Two-thirds of his pitches were strikes, and he helped his own cause with a Carl Crawford pick-off. Nice comeback, big guy.

The assignments won't get easier, as the AL East Tour continues. Dempster is at New York next Monday (no way I use him there) and then he heads to Toronto for the weekend (let's see how healthy the Blue Jays are by that day). Minnesota and Tampa Bay close out his month, with both of those turns coming in Arlington. In most mixed leagues, I'm fine to let Dempster be someone else's problem. His skill set doesn't translate favorably to Rangers Ballpark (right-handed arm with a fly-ball bias).

Texas rookie Mike Olt had another uneventful day: 0-for-2, one walk, two strikeouts. He's yet to collect an extra base hit through four games, though he's seeing plenty of pitches (three walks, four strikeouts). Two-thirds of his plate appearances have come against left-handed pitching, and he's yet to bat higher than eighth in any game. Bottom line, he's just a part-time member of this lineup right now, and I don't see any reason he has to be owned in standard mixed leagues.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been uttering the C-word this week, and struggling reliever Santiago Casilla apparently is the man left behind. Bochy didn't drop Casilla's name when the particulars were being disclosed before Tuesday's game, and then the skipper used Sergio Romo (set-up) and Jeremy Affeldt (final four outs) to put away the Cardinals.

Affeldt didn't have to navigate the meat of the St. Louis order — he faced Jon Jay, Rafael Furcal, Matt Carpenter and Daniel Descalso — but a handshake is a handshake. He'd be my clear roto choice in this bullpen if I had pick of the litter today, no questions asked. It seems like the Giants are finally ready to wash their hands of Casilla (he's been terrible for two months), and Affeldt offers the perfect mix of effectiveness (2.56/1.14) and durability. Romo and lefty Javier Lopez also figure to see chances, here and there.

Is the pixie dust starting to wear off for Indians closer Chris Perez? He was just about untouchable over four dazzling months, but he's suffered two horrific blown saves over the last three games (1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 1 K). The horse has already left the barn on Cleveland's season, at 50-60, so there's no immediate pressing need to change the ninth-inning routine. But if and when Manny Acta wants to consider a switch, eighth-inning man Vinnie Pestano (1.29 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 57 Ks in 49 innings) would be an outstanding choice.

The Rockies scored another surprising victory at Los Angeles; where did this pitching come from? The Dodgers have just one run through the first 18 innings of the series. Josh Rutledge (four hits, three RBIs; you know all about him) and Eric Young (3-for-4, two runs) did the damage at the top of the Colorado order.

Young would be an intriguing roto commodity if we knew he'd play all the time: he has a .295/.364/.380 slash over 129 at-bats (that plays at the leadoff spot), and he's stolen 12 bases and scored 28 runs in his limited action. But you know how it goes with skipper Jim Tracy — Young is probably one collar away from returning to the bench. If Young gets a firm endorsement at any point this month, be aggressive on your waiver wire. He's currently unowned in 99 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Wei-Yin Chen (46 percent) looks like the best streaming option for the Thursday slate. He's been untouchable for a month (1.95 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) and he's at home against the Royals. Joe Saunders (14 percent) might sneak up on some people, working at lefty-favoring PNC Park. I'm not interested in Clay Buchholz at Cleveland (been burned too many times before) or Mike Leake at Chicago (three missteps in his last four turns).

Speed Round: Chris Johnson does not have a power-hitter's profile (.433 slugging percentage over 312 pro games), so his mad run with Arizona (10-for-29, five homers) makes little sense. Obviously you'll roll with it while it lasts, but keep him on a short leash. … I'm surprised Steve Cishek is still unowned in 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. His elite ERA (1.74) and strikeout rate (one per inning) will help anyone, and his 1.22 WHIP is fine as well. He's converted six straight save chances since the middle of July, and he hasn't allowed a run since late June. How much evidence do you need to see? This is legit. … Greg Holland had an easy handshake against the White Sox, getting three fly outs (one to the track) in a 5-2 victory. So long as he keeps throwing strikes, he should be fine. … With John Axford needing a day off (he recorded five outs on Monday), the Brewers led Calgary native Jim Henderson close out the Fiers win. Henderson was originally property of the Expos, drafted in 2003. He's been effective in his first taste of MLB life, working six sharp innings (6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K). If The Axman loses his way again, perhaps Henderson will get the call before Francisco Rodriguez or Kameron Loe. Clip and save, eh? … Brandon Belt had two singles, two steals and a run scored at St. Louis, which will probably earn him the bench in the World of Bochy. The Giants reportedly are kicking the tires on Lyle Overbay, recently designated for assignment by Arizona. … Although the Red Sox haven't made a commitment to Franklin Morales yet, he's been "penciled in" as Saturday's starter at Cleveland. Morales has a 3.06 ERA in six starts this year, with 11 walks against 35 strikeouts over 32.1 innings. What's the hold up, Bobby V? You're not exactly coaching the 1971 Orioles; you could use some help in the rotation.

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We're going to play it straight with today's Yu Darvish lead. No puns, no buzz, no outlandish statements. Right now, he's just another name pitcher struggling to put things together, and the fantasy community is struggling to figure it out as well.

The Red Sox were the latest team to knock Darvish around, collecting 11 hits and six runs against him over 6.2 innings Monday at Fenway. Darvish walked four, struck out nine. He's had four crooked-number starts in his last five appearances, pushing his ERA up to 4.57 and his WHIP up to 1.46.

Some misconceptions have crept into the Darvish discussion of late, things we need to clear up as we go under the hood. Let's get our facts straight on a few things:

-- The home ballpark isn't causing Darvish's poor year. His ratios are 4.55 and 1.32 at home, 4.59 and 1.59 on the road. The strikeout rate is almost the same in both locations. He's allowed more homers at home, he's walked a lot more men on the road. Mash it all together and it's basically a wash. It's not Arlington's fault.

-- Darvish's struggles aren't a recent thing. After a surprising 2.18 ERA (despite a 1.42 WHIP) in April, here's what we've seen in every month since: 4.50/1.50, 4.15/1.24, 5.74/1.43, 10.03/2.12 (that's over just two turns). Sure, he's collapsed since the break, but none of these ratios are acceptable.

-- Bad luck isn't driving the story. Okay, to be fair, the ERA estimators all spit out better numbers than the current 4.57 ERA he's carrying around. Darvish currently has a 3.80 estimate from FIP, a 3.90 xFIP, a 3.90 SIERA and a 4.45 tERA. None of those resting points would make him a mixed-league star, even with all of his strikeouts, but better is better.

Let's look at some of the luck stats individually. Darvish has a .312 BABIP, 21 points above the AL average. That's unfortunate, but it doesn't make him the black cat of the decade. His strand rate (70 percent) is an eyelash under the league mark of 72.6 percent. His HR/FB clip (10.4 percent) is 1.1 percent under the mean. None of these meters are significantly out of whack, and the last number is actually a shade lucky.

The most puzzling part of Darvish's disappointing year has been his bloated walk rate; his control was impeccable during his five Japanese seasons. While his K/9 has actually gone up in America (from 9.5 to 10.3), the free-passes have spiked to a level no one expected (1.9 to 4.97). Here's where we have plenty of theories and no obvious answers. Is Darvish not getting consistent calls on borderline pitches? Is he giving MLB hitters too much credit? Are batters doing a better job of solving Darvish after they see him a few times? The O-swing percentage against Darvish (hacks out of the strike zone) is right around the league average, a notable disappointment when you consider how much his pitches move.

The schedule isn't letting up for Darvish - his next three turns are versus Detroit, at Toronto and against Baltimore. At least he draws Rick Porcello in the Tigers turn, not Justin Verlander. For all of Darvish's ups and downs, he's managed to pull 11 wins out of his 21 starts. He's enjoyed 5.24 runs per start, the 11th-best support in the majors. And he's snagged wins on three occasions where he didn't complete the sixth inning.

You're on your own with Darvish for the rest of the year. He's not on any of my teams and I doubt that changes down the stretch. If you need the strikeout upside, at least he provides that. The supporting cast is strong around him, not that it solves everything (looking at you, Roy Oswalt; worried for you, Ryan Dempster).

But let's not forget the righty is still two weeks from his 26th birthday. He's going to make adjustments and should get appreciably better someday, even if it's not in 2012. Keep in mind he's still getting used to the five-man rotation in America; he worked every sixth day in Japan. You might get a nice value on Darvish next spring, when you no longer have to pay a buzz upgrade. Discuss your expectations, today and tomorrow, in the comments.

If you want a location-driven roto pitcher for your roster, look at Erik Bedard in Pittsburgh. He posted nothing but bagels against the Diamondbacks on Monday, pushing his home ratios down nicely (2.38 ERA, 1.06 WHIP). He's allowed just one homer at mistake-hiding PNC Park. The numbers get ugly when Bedard works out of a suitcase: he's a 6.75 ERA and 1.76 WHIP man for road starts, where he's served up 10 homers over 54.2 innings.

The Pirates just kicked off a lengthy homestand, so Bedard is trustable for the next couple of weeks. He'll draw the Padres (yes, please) on Saturday, and the Dodgers visit PNC Park after that. The erratic lefty is ready for pickup in 73 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Every club in the majors is going to give us some mixed-league players to consider, even the dreadful teams. That's why we discussed Houston's Brett Wallace last week, and that's why we'll talk about Justin Maxwell now. The Astros are letting the 28-year-old outfielder settle into a regular job, and he's posted some respectable numbers (12 homers over 190 at-bats, 32 runs, 19 walks, .511 slugging).

There's a significant platoon split that mucks up the story somewhat: Maxwell is a .294/.402/.574 slasher against lefties, but just a .230/.282/.475 bat against the righties. Obviously we live in a right-handed world. But Houston seems committed to playing him most of the time anyway, and he's not a bad category juice play (note two steals in the last three games, and a 15-for-19 rate for his brief career) if you're in a deeper pool. Maxwell's Silver Hammer is an unowned commodity in 98 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

The Rockies enjoyed a rare night of strong pitching, parlaying that into a 2-0 win at Chavez Ravine. Meanwhile, Jim Tracy earned our wrath by sitting Josh Rutledge, Wilin Rosario and Tyler Colvin (okay, it was against a lefty starter, Chris Capuano). Colvin should be in line for regular at-bats now that Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton are hurt (Helton's out for the year), but I'm not making any hard assumptions where Tracy is involved. Here's hoping the team cleans house, top to bottom at the end of the year.

Speed Round: Bruce Bochy is prepared to go full-committee with his bullpen, which is good news for lefty Jeremy Affeldt and bad news for struggling righty Santiago Casilla. Right-handed Sergio Romo should also see some chances here and there. … Mike Moustakas was given the night off Monday, partly due to his sore knee and partly due to the presence of Chicago lefty Chris Sale. … Andrew Bailey (thumb) is amping up his rehab, set to pitch back-to-back games later this week at Triple-A Pawtucket. He might be with the Red Sox next week. … Brett Jackson's second MLB game wasn't much fun: four strikeouts. He had 158 whiffs at Triple-A Iowa, the biggest fly in the ointment. … Ben Sheets went the pitch-to-contact route at Philly: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K. With a K/BB ratio over three, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt going forward, and certainly at New York this weekend. … After a brief lull on the bases, Mike Trout got back to work: three swipes at Oakland. … Joey Votto (knee) is running at close to full speed, which means he's probably close to a rehab assignment. … As feared, Matt Garza (elbow) is out indefinitely. Given where the Cubs season is headed, I'm not confident he pitches again in 2012. … John Axford retired five of six Cincinnati batters en route to the rarest of all things: an undramatic save. Busy Clippers, you win again.

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It's been 30 years since the Cardinals took down the Brewers in the 1982 World Series; those same teams are on the docket Sunday night. I was pulling for Harvey's Wallbangers back in the day, mostly because of my love for Paul Molitor and American League baseball. Molitor hit .355 in the series, though he didn't have any extra-base hits. You broke my heart, Joaquin Andujar.

Tonight we can watch the end of the ballgame together, discuss real baseball and fake béisbol, meander through music, movies, pop culture. I can't guarantee you anything from this chat will catapult you to fantasy greatness, but you might make a new friend or two. There are worse ways to pass the time (not that I can think of any right now).

You've got about two hours to clear the deck, then the party is on. Let's have a catch. The chat applet awaits you after the jump.

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I know what you're thinking, gamer. Was Andy Behrens shut down early? Is he already at his word count for the 2012 MLB season? As it turns out, Behrens just needs to skip a start. He's expected to get some Ryan Zimmerman cortisone over the next day or so, and no visit with Jimmy Andrews will be required. Doc Behrens will be back in the rotation shortly.

Let's get you set up with the double-dips for Week 18.

National League

Hero Sandwich
Johnny Cueto — at MIL, at CHC
Matt Cain — at STL, vs. COL
Yovani Gallardo — vs. CIN, at HOU

Normally I wouldn't put Gallardo anywhere near these other two guys, but that "at Houston" turn shines like a neon light.

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Wade Miley — at PIT, vs. WAS
Chris Capuano — vs. COL, at MIA
Ben Sheets — at PHI, at NYM
Jonathon Niese — vs. MIA, vs. ATL
Lance Lynn — vs. SF, at PHI
Erik Bedard — vs. ARI, vs. SD
Edwin Jackson — at HOU, at ARI

It's been a funky year for Niese in the monthly splits. His 1.89 ERA in June belied a 1.20 WHIP, but last month he had a 4.63 ERA despite a 1.00 WHIP, 22 strikeouts and just three walks. He's ranked aggressively this week because that Miami offense is simply dreadful. Also, they say any pitcher with a new nose tends to turn things on about two-thirds of the way into their first season.

Shark Sandwich
Vance Worley — vs. ATL, vs. STL
Ross Detwiler — at HOU, at ARI
*Matt Garza — at SD, vs. CIN
Bronson Arroyo — at MIL, at CHC
Travis Wood — at SD, vs. CIN
Jeff Karstens — vs. ARI, vs. SD
Patrick Corbin — at PIT, vs. WAS

Until I actually see Garza on a mound, I'm refusing to make any hard assumptions. Derek Smalls is nodding in agreement. Karstens has an interesting case; his BB/K ratio is around 3/1 everywhere, but he's got messy ratios in seven road turns, as opposed to three superb starts at home. Maybe PNC Park turns him into a sleeper this week.

Knuckle Sandwich
Jake Westbrook — vs. SF, at PHI
Wade LeBlanc — at NYM, vs. LAD
Jordan Lyles — vs. WAS, vs. MIL
Eric Stults — vs. CHC, at PIT
Dallas Keuchel — vs. WAS, vs. MIL
Barry Zito — at STL, vs. COL
Drew Pomeranz — at LAD, at SF

I've fallen into a couple of Zito starts on the telly lately, and it blows me away that he gets anyone out. The Cardinals have the deepest lineup in the NL, so this figures to get ugly. Pomeranz rarely goes deep in any game and his mates don't hit on the road at all, so those two tasty ballparks still don't push him into relevance.

American League

Ice Cream
Jered Weaver — at OAK, vs. SEA
C.J. Wilson — at OAK, vs. SEA
Justin Verlander — vs. NYY, at TEX

Verlander gets two tricky assignments, but obviously you're dialing him up anywhere in weekly formats. Weaver and Wilson get a nice reprieve after last week's trip to pitcher hell (Weaver, to his credit, posted a sharp line anyway).

Frozen Yogurt
James Shields — vs. TOR, at MIN
Jarrod Parker — vs. LAA, at CHW

Parker's Circle of Trust privileges could be revoked if he continues to struggle.

Bananas Foster
Phil Hughes — at DET, at TOR
Yu Darvish — at BOS, vs. DET
Jon Lester — vs. TEX, at CLE

Three big names, a bunch of tricky assignments. I'm glad I don't own any of these pitchers. You're on your own.

Hasty Pudding
Zach McAllister — vs. MIN, vs. BOS
Scott Diamond — at CLE, vs. TB
Jason Vargas — at BAL, at LAA
Ivan Nova — at DET, at TOR

While Vargas isn't going to the worst hitting parks this week, we can't ignore his road ratios (4.67 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). He's still managed to win eight of his 13 suitcase starts, but I'm not chasing that fluke. I probably trust Nova more than most in a general sense, but that nine-run turn against Baltimore left a mark and he's staring at two terrible matchups here.

Mud Pie
Zach Britton — vs. SEA, vs. KC
Chris Tillman — vs. SEA, vs. KC
Aaron Cook — vs. TEX, at CLE
Bruce Chen — at CHW, at BAL
J.A. Happ — at TB, vs. NYY
Luis Mendoza — at CHW, at BAL
Corey Kluber — vs. MIN, vs. BOS
Rick Porcello — vs. NYY, at TEX

Carlos Villanueva has been pushed back a day in the Toronto rotation (thanks to Rolling Meadows, IL for the tippage), which means we see a double-dose of Happ this week. Have fun with that, Rays and Yanks. The Porcello start in Texas has big-number potential as well.

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For the most part, Daniel Straily's debut was a successful one in Oakland. He worked six crisp innings against the Blue Jays on Friday (5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K), showed a good mix of pitches. Like a lot of the current Athletics starters, he's doubtful to ever be a front-line pitcher, but he might be good enough to settle in as a No. 3 someday, perhaps a low No. 2. There's impressive depth in this organization.

Alas, Straily's debut had two missing elements to it that left roto players wanting. For one thing, he didn't get the win: Ryan Cook made a three-run mess in the ninth. And most Yahoo! players couldn't access Straily in their game, since he wasn't added to the player pool yet.

I know a lot of gamers are frustrated by that fact of life, and I've read your comments on the matter. Try to be respectful on this matter, amigos; you don't want to shoot the messenger, for one thing, and I'm always going to relay reasonable ideas and suggestions to the powers that be. I want to help whenever I can.

I hope most of you can see the perfect-storm elements to the Straily case. He had a mediocre season at Class-A last year and wasn't on anyone's radar entering 2012. Go back and look at whatever prospect list or guru you prefer: Baseball America had him buried in their ranks. Baseball Prospectus didn't put him in their annual. Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein, Rob Steingall, none of these guys were discussing or promoting Straily last winter.

Heck, even Peter Brand missed on Straily. The A's selected the Oregon-bred righty in the 24th round back in 2009.

It's not practical for the Yahoo! game to have every minor-league player in the database to open the season. Consider for a second just how overwhelming the minor-leagues are; it's a gigantic landscape. And for the game to be fair to everyone in-season, we really don't want to have out-of-nowhere additions to the player pool; no one should be able to add a new commodity simply because they were the first gamer online to notice the random, unspecific insertion to the player pool.

Everyone at Yahoo! constantly wants to improve, all of us. Writers, editors, designers, customer care, we can always get better. I'm not going to engage any further debate in this issue - I don't see what the point of it is, since I'm not a game designer and nothing's going to change in 2012 - but if you have a good idea, I'll try to make sure it's advanced to the next level.

That's all I can do.

(Okay, I can do one other thing, here's your preview to the Straily Shuffle-Up price: something in the $6-8 range. You love him in the big ballpark and obviously he's been money in the minors this year, but we have to worry about a potential innings shutdown, not to mention those big name pitchers that are on the mend in Oakland. Full starting pitchers will be out at some point this weekend, be on the lookout for that. And yes, I trust Straily for next week's home start against the Angels.)

Ah, those stupid thumb injuries. The Injury Gods took a shot at Emilio Bonifacio on Friday, giving him a jammed thumb that will keep him out for 2-3 weeks. Given that Bonifacio's game is all about speed, not power, perhaps this injury won't impact him as much as it might a slugging type. But with the Marlins 10,000 leagues from playoff contention, we can't be sure the team will opt for a quick return. As always, I suggest you take a realistic, if not slightly pessimistic, view of this injured player.

In the meantime, let's keep streaming against these fish whenever we can. It already was the worst offense in the majors with Bonifacio. Some of that will be lessened if and when Giancarlo Stanton returns, but we all know a train wreck when we see one. Jon Niese is the only Stream Police starter I see up against Miami over the next week (though a few universal arms come into play), but there will be others.

Jacoby Ellsbury is another rabbit we're worrying about, through his issues are far less severe than Bonifacio's. Ellsbury has a sore leg and won't go Saturday. The Boston center fielder been an ordinary player in the second half (.280-11-1-3-3, over 20 games), again underscoring the idea that you shouldn't expect immediate miracles when name players return from long-term injuries. Heck, I know I priced him too highly in the last outfield Shuffle Up, too.

Are we sure this isn't all just Bobby Valentine's fault? Okay, let's move on.

I'm not going to give you a long Tyler Colvin piece for a while — that tale has been told — but I will let you know that Colvin might have a full-time gig of his own fairly soon. Michael Cuddyer is dealing with an oblique injury, and it's possible he might need a DL stint.

Now you never know what Jim Tracy might do, so Colvin comes with no guarantees. But if the team plays him and leaves him alone, this could be a $15-17 bat the rest of the way. Lots of strikeouts, sure, but the pop is legit and the average shouldn't hurt you. Dare to dream.

This isn't really a big roto note, but I'd like to thank the Orioles for bringing Lew Ford and Nate McLouth to the majors over the last week. Where was this service when I was a kid? Bombo Rivera could have played forever.

I'm off to Comerica Park for the Tigers and Indians. That guy in the upper deck with the Michigan cap who looks like me … is probably me. Good luck with your stat-grabbing Saturday night.

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As the calendar shifted to August, we had a terrific horserace shaping up for the Best Fantasy Catcher title. Yadier Molina, Carlos Ruiz, Buster Posey and Joe Mauer are all hitting .315 or better, three of them are showing power, all of them have good run-production stats (relative to position), and some of these guys even steal an occasional bag. They're all in the Top 85 in the Yahoo! game.

Sadly, it's shifted into a a three-man race to the finish line. In a roto year riddled with injuries, you can now add Chooch Ruiz to the list. Bad news on the doorstep.

The Phillies announced early Saturday that Ruiz is down for 4-6 weeks. He's dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot, a nasty injury for anyone but especially a catcher. The Phils won't provide much to the roto pool by way of replacement; Brian Schneider and Eric Kratz are the leftover backstops.

With Ruiz off the board, it's time for an emergency Mini-Shuffle. Let's rank all the mixed-viable catchers here; let's help you figure out your next backstop move. .

Here's a quick refresher on the rules. We're ranking 5x5, rotisserie style, rest of 2012 only. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. If you're on the DL or in the minors, you're not eligible for this list. Don't obsess over the prices in a vacuum - focus on how the players relate to one another. Commodities at the same price are considered even.

I'll add comments shortly, and reserve the right to tweak this list as the day goes along. And later this weekend, we'll shuffle the men on the mound.

$20 Buster Posey
$20 Yadier Molina
$18 Carlos Santana
$18 Joe Mauer
$17 Miguel Montero

Buster Posey is such a dynamite hitter, you wonder if the Giants will eventually decide it's worth taking him out from behind the plate, full-time. Obviously you lose the positional advantage Posey brings as a backstop, but you'd hate to see him physically beaten down by the demands of the position. … Here's another reason why I love Yadier Molina: he suffered a jammed thumb this week and was questionable to plau Friday, but he winds up starting and stealing two bases. Many baseball observers (Keith Hernandez, for one) have noted that just about anyone could steal 15 bases a year if they really wanted to. Molina is proof of that. … Okay, I did a lot of smack talking about Carlos Santana's extended slump. He's woken up nicely, going ballistic over the last month. Welcome back. Is it a matter of finally getting healthy? A confidence boost? Sometimes we never know the whys and why nots. Does anyone really know for sure what torpedoed Adam Dunn last year?

$16 Mike Napoli
$16 Brian McCann
$16 Jesus Montero
$16 A.J. Pierzynski
$15 Ryan Doumit
$14 Matt Wieters
$14 Salvador Perez
$13 Wilin Rosario
$12 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
$12 Jonathan Lucroy

It's far too early to say Jesus Montero can't handle the mental demands of the DH position, but we have to note that he's slashing .306/.344/.472 when behind the plate, compared to .222/.270/.333 as a hit-only player. And like most seattle players, he's a completely different guy on the road (.603 OPS at Safeco, .784 elsewhere). His K/BB ratio shifted into a good place during his .300 July, an encourage sign. He was getting himself out for most of June. … It's been a weird, if productive, year for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Lefties own him, for one thing, and while he's batting just .217 on the road, he does have 10 homers there. And now he has to deal with the presence of Ryan Lavarnway. It might be a good time to cash out on Salty while the market is still there.

$11 Alex Avila
$9 A.J. Ellis
$8 John Jaso
$7 Michael McKenry
$6 Geovany Soto
$5 Derek Norris
$4 Russell Martin
$3 Kurt Suzuki

I hope you caught A.J. Ellis trending on Twitter Friday night, sparked by Vin Scully and Nancy Sinatra. I don't know who the No. 2 baseball announcer of all time is, but Scully is the unquestioned No. 1. … You have to wonder how much the 2008-2009 workload took out of Kurt Suzuki's offensive game. I still think he's a good addition for the Nationals, but I miss the stud we saw a few years ago. Maybe the A's ran him into the ground.

$2 Ramon Hernandez
$2 Chris Iannetta
$1 Ryan Hanigan
$1 Jeff Mathis
$1 Hector Sanchez
$1 Devin Mesoraco
$1 Bobby Wilson
$1 Ryan Lavarnway
$0 Rod Barajas
$0 John Buck
$0 Josh Thole
$0 Jose Lobaton
$0 Carlos Corporan
$0 Eric Kratz
$0 John Baker

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One of the tricky elements to writing this column is the understanding that it goes out to a wide audience of roto players, people competing in many different formats. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to fantasy advice. A deep sleeper might not hold any value in a shallow mixer, and the hot property in a smaller league was likely drafted or picked up weeks ago (if not months ago) in the penetrating formats.

I try to vary the ownership levels on the players promoted, and hope that readers will understand how variable the landscape is. But there's no one right way to do it.

With that theme in mind, I was surprised when I glanced at Josh Rutledge's file and saw an ownership level of just 29 percent. He's been profiled by my colleagues and I on several occasions, and you'll find him regularly promoted and celebrated in the comment threads. If you're a long-standing member of the Rutledge Youth, feel free to skip to the next item; this lead is going to be a review for you. You've already done your job. We're trying to reach the undecideds in the crowd, the other 71 percent of the gamers.

Rutledge is using a "see the ball, hit the ball" approach since joining the Rockies three weeks back, and it's working for the rookie shortstop. He's off to a terrific .375 start with four homers and three steals over 18 starts, and he's gone deep in each of the last four games. Jim Tracy was reluctant to use Rutledge near the top of the lineup initially, but Rutledge now owns the No. 2 slot in the order with the departure of Marco Scutaro (and the Alabama product is 10-for-23 since that switch was made). There's nothing lacking in the splits, either: everything looks good against righties and lefties, home and away.

All that sunshine up front, you can't help but wonder how the league is going to adjust to Rutledge in the coming weeks. He's only walked twice since joining Colorado, and his plate-discipline numbers were shaky at Double-A (3.7 percent walk rate, 18.2 percent strikeout rate). He's offering at pitches outside the strike zone 38.4 percent of the time, well over the league average of 30.4 percent. Why throw this guy a strike if he'll hack away at a ball? And everyone knows a .379 BABIP isn't likely to hang around.

Those caveats established, we can't ignore all the positive elements to the story. Despite his free-swinging ways, Rutledge was plenty productive at Double-A (.306, 13 homers, 14 steals), and the thin-air backdrop of Coors Field is a wonderful thing. And while you never want to make absolute assumptions on anything related to the Colorado lineup (queue up the Tracy Rant), Rutledge should have a full-time gig to himself for the rest of the year; if and when Troy Tulowitzki returns to the lineup, Rutledge can shift over to second base (where he's played 22 minor-league games this year). Dual-position eligibility would be much appreciated, as second base has been a fantasy mess in 2012.

Kick the tires on Rutledge this weekend, see what you make of him at Coors Field. The Rockies won't be as much fun next week, visiting Los Angeles and San Francisco for three games apiece, but there's another full homestead waiting for us in the middle of August. Widely-owned commodities I would immediately drop for Rutledge, all else equal, include J.J. Hardy (68 percent), Mike Aviles (67 percent, not healthy), Dustin Ackley (44 percent, confidence shot right now) and Jemile Weeks (32 percent). Go run your own internal roster audit before it's too late.

If you started Jered Weaver earlier this week and got away with it, consider yourself fortunate. The grand ballpark in Arlington showed its teeth during the Anaheim-Texas series, taking down several name pitchers in its destructive wake. The Rangers scored a 15-9 win (and a series split) on Thursday, and for the week the teams combined for 76 runs. That's obscene.

I've seen some industry pundits still fairly optimistic on Ryan Dempster in Texas, but I'm not buying it. We're talking about a 35-year-old righty who's making his first extended trip to the AL (in an Offensive Disneyland), and he's trying to do it in the midst of a career-low ground-ball rate. While everyone loves taking cuts in Arlington, it's a park that favors lefties most of all — more bad news for the right-handed Dempster. Crooked numbers at home are on the way. (This is a quick recap of all the Dempster angles we discussed back on Tuesday; click back for the extended play, if you so desire.)

Dempster and C.J. Wilson both allowed eight runs in Thursday's batting practice, and Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Garrett Richards were kicked around earlier in the week. Joe Nathan allowed three homers in the series and Ernesto Frieri gave up two. Hide the ERAs and WHIPs as you walk through the turnstile, amigos.

Wilson at least gets a reprieve from the schedule next week, working in Oakland. It's safe to activate him again. I can't recommend the Dempster turn at Fenway Park.

At first glance, Mike Minor couldn't have asked for a better setup. He was working at home against the Marlins, the worst-scoring team in the majors. The Braves rolled up six quick runs over the first two innings. Another easy victory for the Stream Police; smiles everyone, smiles.

Alas, there's no retractable roof over Atlanta's ballpark. The rains came in the fourth inning and caused a lengthy delay; the Braves did the prudent thing and removed Minor when the game resumed. His line doesn't jump off the page (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K), but bagels are bagels. Trust the process, keep making good decisions, amigos.

If you want to gang up on the Marlins again, give Jon Niese a look when he opposes them Tuesday. Minor also works that day; he's up against an unthreatening Philadelphia offense, but he also has to deal with Cole Hamels on the other side. (Hey, Ross Detwiler beat Hamels on Thursday. He's not infallible.)

Normally they don't throw you a parade for a quality start against Minnesota. The midwestern men of Gardenhire are 14th in the majors in scoring, an ordinary club. But the Jon Lester apologists are singing the lefty's praises this morning, noting his solid line in a losing effort (8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K). It's obviously a major step forward from the horror show Lester showed us in the previous four turns (12.27 ERA, 12 walks, 7 HR, .377 BAA). And to be fair to the Twins, they do step up in class against southpaws (they're eighth in OPS versus left-handed pitching).

The schedule isn't easy for Lester going forward: he sticks in Fenway for the Rangers, then ships to Cleveland and New York after that. I'm glad he's not on any of my mixed-league rosters, and I'd be looking to sell his Thursday outing if I did own him. What's on your clipboard?

Speed Round: Josh Beckett (back) probably won't start this weekend. If you have a tee time with Beckett, that's probably still a go. … Giancarlo Stanton (knee) has picked up a rehab assignment and he went 2-for-5 with a homer Thursday. Hey cool, he can hit Class-A pitching. … Back spasms are holding Justin Ruggiano out of the lineup, and he's no sure thing to play this weekend. … The Royals are planning on using Jeff Francoeur this weekend after letting him rest for a few days, essentially to clear his head. If Jarrod Dyson pushes back to the bench to make room for Frenchy, it's a shame; Dyson's on an 8-for-14 binge over his last four starts, with four runs and three steals. … Yadier Molina has a sprained thumb and didn't play in the finale of the Colorado series. If this is a significant injury, I'm going to run into freeway traffic. Lance Berkman is also nicked up — he limped off the field late in Thursday's game — which might eventually serve to protect Allen Craig's playing time. … Dan Haren (back) was scratched from his Arlington turn this week, a happy accident. He's been pronounced fit enough to go Sunday at Chicago — obviously not an easy assignment, but a net gain in the end. … The Rays, lacking in iambic pentameter, have recalled Will Rhymes. Those guys think of everything.

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