The worst thing about this time of year are the day-to-day dudes. Drop em or not? You're stuck with an all-star but he's no-where near his normal self. If it's not a keeper, think about dropping the guy even if he's been useful to you all year.
You might be in the postseason, working hard to win your playoff matchup. You have Ryan Howard, but his toe has been hurting forever. He hopes he can play Thursday and so do his owners. It's too early to drop him. Or you've been dealing with Nelson Cruz all year. The Rangers outfielder might not actually return to the outfield until Friday. That's a little more DHing but at least he's still around. Matt Holliday might be done for the year, but we don't know for sure yet. He's out at least the rest of this series, and Allen Craig will continue to rake in his stead. Kevin Youkilis is the worst. His manager doesn't know when he'll be back from his hip and hernia issues, and it really depends on the standings. If you need every last stat, you can drop Youk.
* You might have thought Chad Billingsley was droppable but after his okay work against the Pirates -- one run on six baserunners and five strikeouts in five innings -- and the Padres next on the schedule, he's not. Don't drop him yet. Matt Harrison isn't as good as he's been all year, but he held the Mariners scoreless with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He gets them again, so pick him up early. Brett Myers has been great recently, and he held the Cubs to one earned in seven plus on Sunday. He gets the Rockies at home next week, which is okay. Ryan Dempster has been so volatile this year. He gave up three runs in seven innings to the Astros and gets the Cards next week. That's a deep-league matchup. Brandon Morrow has been iffy, yes. He held the Yankees scoreless in eight innings (with eight strikeouts), but he's still iffy. Ted Lilly only gave up one run against the Pirates in seven innings, and the best news is that he gets the Padres next.
When it comes to iffy pickups, there's always been Guillermo Moscoso. He actually struck out eight Tigers and gave up only one run in six innings Sunday. He is still an iffy pickup for the Angles next week. Joe Saunders has always been an iffy pickup, but he gave up one unearned and was an out way from a complete game. It always helps to pitch in San Diego. Aaron Harang is a risk, too, but he held the D-Backs to two runs in six innings, with three strikeouts. He has the Dodgers at home next week and agrees about the whole San Diego thing. Bruce Chen gave up four runs to the White Sox in 5 1/3 innings. He's been okay, but he faces the White Sox again next week, so he's not a great spot start for that. Chien-Ming Wang defines iffy. He held the Marlins to three runs in fewer than seven innings, and even struck out a season-high five. That's the most he's gotten all year and reason enough to avoid. R.A. Dickey seems like a risky pick. He just allowed one run to the Braves in 7 2/3 innings, and he's been good for a while. Even against the Phillies he might be an interesting start. Henderson Alvarez has great control and gets ground balls, but he gave up five runs in six innings when he went up against the Bombers. Take him for his next start against the Angels if you have the stomach for it.
* Gotta get into the doctor's office for a second. Mark Reynolds missed Sunday after Ervin Santana hit him in the helmet Saturday. It might only be precautionary, but he's droppable if it starts to drag out. Justin Morneau is done for the season with his concussion issues. Those were so bad that he's not even a great sleeper next year. Chone Figgins is also done for the rest of the season, in case you were wondering. Clay Buchholz is going to throw a simulated game or two this week. That's interesting. Erik Bedard will actually be back Tuesday from his lat problem. That quick. Yunel Escobar has had worse swelling, not better. He might be done for the year! Adam Jones has a sprain in his thumb. He expects to play through it, but he still could get shut down at any time.
* Jerry Sands had four hits (one a home run), but he's still striking out and is a deep leaguer at best. Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run, but the strikeouts are still a problem. Shelley Duncan had two hits (one a home run) and has been hot this September. Maybe if you need someone hot, pick him up, but it seems a stretch in mixed leagues. Matt Joyce had three hits and don't forget he's a valuable bench piece because he's good against righties. Adam Lind finally had a nice day. He hit two solo home runs and is a valuable power pickup in most leagues if he was dropped. Brett Pill tripled twice Saturday, but there's Aubrey Huff and Brandon Belt trying to steal his playing time away, too. Erick Aybar collected four hits and a walk in five plate appearances. Two of them were home runs! He's had a decent year.
* Brian Wilson reminds us that the end of the bullpen is still relevant at the end of the season. He's a closer again on Tuesday. Joel Peralta is filling in for the injured Kyle Farnsworth as he tends to his tender elbow. He got his fifth save Snday. Manny Acosta might be the new closer in New York. They aren't getting a ton of opportunities, but he's the guy after getting four outs and replacing Bobby Parnell in the game. Frank Francisco saved his 16th and is the closer in Toronto. Now they're talking about Jason Motte as the closer again next year, too. Just an FYI. Huston Street blew a save… in the eighth inning. Rafael Betancourt is the closer there for the rest of the year and you can drop Mr. Street. Alexi Ogando is a reliever now.
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National League Quick Hits: Tommy Hanson threw a good bullpen and could make it back to the bigs in the regular season … Jason Heyward has started in 11 of the last 12 so he's a play in most leagues right now … If Roy Oswalt is a free agent, pick him up, as he held the Cardinals scoreless and has the Nationals next … Brandon Beachy gave up four runs in fewer than five innings against the Mets but is still a great start against the Nationals next week … Supposedly the Cubs will continue to play Carlos Pena until he hits his 30th home run … Dillon Gee gave up four runs in fewer than five innings and is not a start in Philadelphia next week … Tim Stauffer (shoulder) will miss his next start … Drew Pomeranz gave up two runs but struck out five in 5 2/3 innings and gets the Astros in Houston next, which is okay … Brad Lincoln gave up six runs in less than two innings and isn't a play against the Reds next time out … Esmil Rogers gave up nine runs while getting 11 outs against the Giants, so he's not a start next time out … Henry Sosa held the Cubs to two runs in six, but he gets the Rockies next and is a bad idea.
American League Quick Hits: Mike Moustakas had three hits (one a home run) and has put together a good enough September that he'll be interesting in all leagues next year … Jeff Niemann only gave up two runs in five innings to the Red Sox so he might actually be a play against the Blue Jays next week … Francisco Liriano came back and tossed two scoreless innings in relief on Saturday; He might start again, but only maybe … Gio Gonzalez held the Tigers to one run in seven innings; Even if he only struck out four he's a good spot start against the Angels next week … Zach Britton held the Angels to one run in seven innings and gets the Tigers next, so you could pick him up … Freddy Garcia gave up three runs in fewer than five innings but he's on thin ice in most leagues … Carlos Guillen strained his right calf, no way … Francisco Liriano might be activated Tuesday, and he might even start again … Carl Pavano gave up only one earned in 6 1/3 innings and it was against the Indians, who he gets next time too … Chris Carter is back with the Athletics but will he get any time?