After yesterday's comments, I don't think Heath Bell and Ozzie Guillen will be getting together for Thanksgiving dinner in South Florida if either of them still work there by then.
The Nationals hammered Milwaukee's Marco Estrada to drop our streaming starter record to 102-60 for the season. Today's pick is Edinson Volquez (9.4 percent owned) against the Dodgers at PETCO, while Wednesday's selection is fellow Padre Clayton Richard (10.3 percent owned) versus those same Dodgers in that same big ballpark. Volquez's home/road splits were listed here yesterday; Richard has a 2.75 ERA at home, and a 4.64 mark elsewhere.
On to the news:
- Nationals manager Davey Johnson said last week that Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen are co-closers, but the Washington Post reports that Johnson's "preference now is go to Storen in the ninth, given how well he has thrown the ball recently." Johnson's quotes seemed to straddle the fence - "The guy that goes out there is the closer that day" - but with Clippard struggling since the All-Star break, Storen's ascension to the busier half of this platoon makes sense. How much stock should you put in a possible closer with nine days left in the season? Maybe not a lot, but with Storen available in slightly more than half of FOXSports.com leagues, he's worth a look.
- Can you hit a home run with blurry vision? Probably not, so assume that Josh Hamilton's problems are gone thanks to a decrease in his caffeine intake. I may or may not have hinted in Monday's entry that it would be OK to cut Hamilton due to uncertainty about his condition. If you did that, look on the bright side: With a five-game lead, Hamilton could be in for some rest after the Rangers clinch the AL West. On his days off, he can drink all the Mountain Dew he wants.
- Shut down Roy Halladay because of shoulder issues? Bah! Halladay is expected to start on Thursday or Friday.
- Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez had an MRI on his left hamstring that showed inflammation behind his knee. He's probably done for 2012.
- Chris Carpenter, who had a decent 2012 debut against the Cubs last week, is listed as the Cardinals' probable Wednesday starter versus the Astros. If he makes one more start after that, it'll be against the Reds, who would be better than the Cubs and Astros even if they rest six or seven regulars.
- Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez (ankle) and SP Fernando Abad (oblique) might be done for the season.
- Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) probably isn't going to come back before the end of the season, in case you've been waiting.
- In other Cards' news, 3B David Freese is day-to-day with a minor ankle sprain.
- The White Sox might start Hector Santiago on Wednesday in order to give Jake Peavy an extra day of rest. With a one-game divisional lead, and eight days to go in the season. Interesting.
- Will A's OF Coco Crisp get over his endless case of pinkeye and return to the lineup this week? I have no idea, and neither do the A's. As a Crisp owner in an AL-only league, pinkeye is the bane of my existence. My league's rules prevent me from waiving Crisp, but that doesn't mean you need to wait this out any longer.
- The Yankees still seem to have Thursday penciled in as Mark Teixeira's return date.
- In Frank Francisco (elbow tendinitis) doesn't return this season, the save candidates for the Mets appear to be Big Jon Rauch and rookie Jeurys Familia. You should lean toward Rauch, and not be surprised if Familia gets a chance or two.
- Twins OF Josh Willingham is day-to-day with a strained shoulder. He'll have an MRI today.
- Next year, when you're thinking about picking a closer in the seventh or eighth round of your mixed-league draft, remember that Baltimore's Jim Johnson was basically an afterthought this season. Johnson got his 48th save last night. Don't draft closers early!
- Here's an item on how the Reds are juggling their rotation to prepare for the postseason.
- The D-backs are expected to shut down rookie southpaw Tyler Skaggs for the season. Josh Collmenter will take Skaggs' rotation slot tonight.
- Reminder: There won't be any more Tuesday chats this year, but you can always reach me on Facebook or Twitter if you have questions.
See you back here tomorrow morning.