Bigger potential 2011 collapse: The European Union, or the Boston Red Sox? Discuss.
On to the news, which is full of "Player X has been shut down for the season" notes:
- As expected, the Giants have shut down closer Brian Wilson now that they're out of playoff contention; Santiago Casilla got last night's save. 1B Aubrey Huff and OF Cody Ross aren't expected to play this week, either.
- Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal probably won't play tonight or tomorrow due to a hamstring injury.
- Angels 1B Mark Trumbo is done for the season due to a stress fracture in his foot.
- After getting beaned on Sunday, OF Justin Upton was held out last night by the Diamondbacks as a precaution. Upton was in the team's original lineup last night, and he's fine, so figure that he'll play tonight.
- With the Braves fighting for the NL wildcard, 3B Chipper Jones will keep playing despite a sore knee.
- Will Cubs 3B Aramis Ramirez return to the lineup tonight? Uh, maybe.
- We've noted this before, but look for Reds' flamethrower Aroldis Chapman to be a starter in 2012.
- Royals OF Melky Cabrera, who passed the 200-hit plateau last night, is done playing for the season.
- Mets OF Jason Bay sat out again last night with a sinus infection. It's hard to predict when or if Bay will be back, and you should keep him on the fantasy bench until you know he's in the lineup.
- The A's are hoping to get SS Cliff Pennington (oblique) and OF David DeJesus (hip) back in their lineup tonight, but make sure to confirm their inclusion before starting them. Since the A's play a West Coast game, you might need to bench both players to be safe. Yes, I know that 90 percent of you are saying, "Who the %$#@! would start those guys?", but there are deep leagues out there.
- Zack Greinke might get some work - but not a full start - for the Brewers on Wednesday.
- “I work in this job for money. I don’t work for nothing. Money. That’s it. The ring? [Bleep] the ring. I don’t even wear my [bleeping] rings. I don’t.’’ Enjoy Miami, Ozzie Guillen. The Chicago media will surely miss you.
- As of noon ET on Tuesday, five teams have "TBD" listed as their starter for Wednesday: Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Brewers and A's. The Yankees have said they'll go with a bullpen day, also known as "laying down so the Red Sox get eliminated." OK, that's a joke, but don't expect starters on any of those teams to pitch five innings and get a win. It might happen, but don't count on it.
- The potential Thursday one-game playoffs are Red Sox-Rays and Braves-Cardinals. We'll get into specifics about those games tomorrow - if it's still applicable to the National League game, anyway.
I'll be back here Wednesday morning with the final baseball blog entry of the season.