No need to worry, that sonic boom you heard earlier in the week was just my reacting to reading Clayton Kershaw and likely Huston Street are shut down for 2010. At least I got one of the two anticipated starts from Dave Bush this week, and a decent one at that. I know, I know, if I managed my team better and they performed better the first 25 weeks, I would not be in a position to bitch about the madness that is Week 26.
That said, there is a chance there is a Week 27 as a couple of National League races are still undecided. Those in daily leagues or leagues adding a FAAB period may want to load up on unrostered Padres, Giants and Braves. And those that have players on those teams on reserve in leagues allowing rosters to be adjusted an extra time may want to take heed as well.
If the season is extended an extra game, the likely starting pitchers would be as follows: Derek Lowe for Atlanta, Tim Lincecum for San Francisco and Chris Young for San Diego. While activating relievers from all three teams is a smart play, the Padre bullpen is especially attractive as Young cannot be counted on for anything more than 5 or 6 innings. That puts Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson in play as well as Kevin Correia, Ernesto Frieri, Edward Mujica, Adam Russell, Joe Thatcher and Ryan Webb. Any one of them can vulture a fortunate win.
On the hitting ledger, again it is obvious to activate all Padres, Giants and Braves if you need that extra counting stat. Here are some obscure players that may still be available that could help out in a pinch, as in pinch-run or pinch-hit to consider. Luis Durango could steal a base for San Diego. Freddie Freeman can pinch hit for Atlanta and don’t forget about Brooks Conrad and Omar Infante who will fill in for Martin Prado. Mike Fontenot is giving Freddie Sanchez a chance to heal and may pick up some extra at bats. Travis Ishikawa may be called upon to pinch hit.
Good luck to everyone and here’s hoping everyone scheduled to play for you actually plays!!