Too bad the Red Sox won the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader with the Yankees, because I was really looking forward to some Boston-based hysteria this morning. This nice stuff about Jacoby Ellsbury's MVP candidacy isn't really doing anything for me.
This weekend, we got another strong outing from R.A. Dickey, a similar effort from Jerome Williams, and a so-so finale from Josh Luebke. The 2-1 weekend leaves the "smart plays" record at 106-64; today's picks are here.
On to the news:
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- Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton left Sunday's game shortly after getting hit in the head by a Tim Lincecum pitch. Upton appears to be fine, and will have a follow-up neurological test today. He's day-to-day, and I wonder if the D-backs will sit him tonight even if everything is OK. Daily leaguers should confirm Arizona's lineup before starting Upton tonight.
- Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez might be limited to pinch-hitting duties this week due to a strained right quad. He won't play tonight, anyway.
- See you next season, Grady Sizemore.
- Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) probably won't play again this season, so stop waiting for him.
- Clay Buchholz might pitch a relief inning for the Red Sox on Wednesday. Then again, he might not. Thanks to Buchholz and his bad back for trashing so many fantasy seasons. Yes, I'm bitter.
- Angels 1B Mark Trumbo is playing with a nagging ankle injury. If the Angels get eliminated from the AL wildcard race - which could happen as soon as tonight - Trumbo might get shut down. Let's revisit this one tomorrow.
- A's OF David DeJesus won't play tonight due to a bruised right hip, while it sounds like teammate Cliff Pennington might not play this week due to an oblique injury.
- Remember: If you have starting pitchers who started on Saturday or Sunday AND aren't possibilities to pitch in a one-game playoff this week, feel free to waive them in redraft leagues. Felix Hernandez, for example, is done for 2011. Tim Lincecum, too.
- The Nationals will have Stephen Strasburg on an innings limit next season. If the Nats could announce the number of innings before I compile my initial 2012 rankings next month, I'd really appreciate it.
- Blue Jays SS Yunel Escobar (elbow) is done for the season, while teammate Jose Bautista might miss tonight's game due to a bruised left leg.
- C.J. Wilson is scheduled to start tonight for the Rangers, but he'll be limited to about 45 pitches. Unless you're looking for a little ERA/WHIP help, this start won't do much for you.
- Tim Stauffer won't pitch again for the Padres this season. Stauffer slumped late in the season, but could be a nice under-the-radar option in 2012.
- "Ryan Howard's feet only hurt when he runs," according to Philly.com. Unless Howard hurts things worse - or unless the Braves' wildcard chances get decided before the final game - odds are that Howard will play in Atlanta this week.
- Phil Hughes has been moved to the Yankee bullpen. I have a hunch that he won't be among my top 30 starters again next season. %$#@!
- Bobby Parnell might be back in the Mets' closer mix because he learned a knuckle-curve from Jason Isringhausen? Good grief.
- This story says that Mets outfielders Angel Pagan and Lucas Duda might be done for the season. Jason Bay's sinus infection might finish him off as well. If you show up at CitiField with a baseball glove by 4 p.m., there's a decent chance that you'll play right field and bat sixth for the Mets tonight.
- Royals outfielders Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur probably won't play this week, and there's a chance that Melky Cabrera could sit out the series as well. If you need AL-only speed, grab Lorenzo Cain or Jarrod Dyson, who will get at bats in place of the aforementioned players.
- If Chris Iannetta plays again for the Rockies this season, it'll be at first base.
- If the Braves clinch the NL wildcard berth before Wednesday, then Tommy Hanson might start their season finale. Hanson hasn't pitched in a major league game since August 6, so it's hard to count on him. But, if you're desperate ...
performances over the last 10
See you back here tomorrow morning with a doubleheader of football and baseball posts.