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I usually like to wait a couple of months into the season to look at some of the catchers that couldn’t throw out your grandma even if she loses the tennis balls off her walker.  (What is the deal with those tennis balls?  I feel like that’s the kinda nonsense thing that would have a Facebook Fan Page.  Everyone who likes tennis balls on walkers!  Yay!  BTW, what did people do before Facebook?  Oh, yeah, Myspace.  BTW II, The Return of BTW, is there anything sadder than getting an email from Friendster.  Hey, come check out the new Friendster!  Sure, as soon as I get on the internet with this dial-up modem.)  Or some of the catchers that are quite agile — hey, it’s Italian!  I wait a few months because new catchers come into the league and I like to see a decent sample size — that’s what she said!  Anyway, here’s some of the best and worst catchers for fantasy baseball:

The Bad

Jonathan Lucroy – Has only thrown out 6 baserunners out of 33.  And he doesn’t even get to try and throw out Prince Fielder.  “Pretend 2nd base is a vegan muffin…Now run!”

John Jaso – 7 caught out of 35.  And John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt doesn’t have to try and throw out Upton.

Rod Barajas – He’s pretty tizzerrible, but Dioner, his backup, is less so.  And less Jaso, for that matter.

A.J. Pierzynski – The most runners have tried to go on A.J. outside of McCann.  From my two years in Kenya, I can tell you runners are total gossipers and they probably talk about how you can run on A.J.

Josh Thole – This post is an asset for short schedule days when you pick up a guy for one day to try and score a steal.  Thole, like Barajas, makes that hard because his backup is good at throwing out runners.

Jason Varitek/Jarrod Saltymochachino – The above comment for Thole doesn’t hold weight with this dynamic duo.  You, eating the Cheetos and scratching your underarm?  You could steal on these two.

Eli Whiteside – Eli doesn’t like to catch people stealing.  He likes to guilt them into not doing it.

The Good

Lou Marson – 13 caught, 14 allowed.  While Carlos Santana isn’t smooth at throwing out runners, you do not run on Lou Marson.  His last name anagrams to No Arms, but that shizz is a misnomer.

Ivan Rodriguez – 9 caught, 10 allowed.  Hey, maybe Boras can get him another $5 million now.

Wilson Ramos – Though Boras will have to try with another team, because Ramos is just as nasty — 12 caught, only 16 allowed.

Matt Wieters – 18-for-46.  Too bad that’s never his batting line over a week.

  1. Zeke says:
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    @Grey-

    I punted catcher this season and have been letting Arencibia ride. Is it time to give up on him now, or should I hold him hoping he gets hot again? Are the likes of Ruiz, Lucroy, Pierzynski or Buck (all available) any better over the long term? I think I might throw up now.

  2. I am confused by your color choices. Red = bad, but here red = good. Am I supposed to sell Barajas? I need to call my therapist.

  3. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: I just dropped Lilly and picked up Scott Baker. The league counts QS and K/BB. Did I screw up?

  4. Beau says:
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    Grey — I think you are reading the stats wrong, for example I think Ramos has caught 12 runners and given up 16 SBs….still great at 43% caught.

  5. EG says:
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    Drew/Bedard or Hardy/Scherzer?

    Thanks…

  6. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Zeke: Hold

    @ChrisV82: Green means go, but it says a negative. Messing with your right and left brain.

    @SwaggerJackers: Nope

    @Beau: Oops! Thanks for the heads up!

    @EG: Scherzer

  7. Joel says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve been offered Choo and Zobrist for Josh Hamilton and Carp in my 6×6 h2h league. Carp is like my 8th starter. I’m for some reason very reluctant. Would you do it?

  8. joe says:
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    I have wieters…. posada is on wire. Should I use him instead? Napoli was dropped too. Should I use him when instead of either of those two when he is healthy?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Joel: Nope

    @joe: Napoli when healthy. I’d stay with Wieters for now.

  10. L-Boogie says:
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    Can someone (I’m looking at you Mr. Albright) tell me what in the hell is wrong with Evan Longoria? Besides one game a few days ago he’s been pretty craptastic.

    Thanks dude.

  11. Donnie Baseball says:
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    Hey Grey, what area of outfielders would you rank Jennings in when he comes up?

    Great stuff as usual. My favorite site to come to when I’m taking a dump.

  12. Brew Crew says:
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    Need some start/sit advice for tommorrow

    1) Volquez @ BAL
    2) Morrow @ STL
    3) Hold on Lilly or is he droppable??

  13. Brew Crew says:
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    12 Team ROTO (W, ERA, WHIP, K)

  14. stumanji says:
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    @Donnie Baseball: That’s the highest of compliments in my book.

    @Grey: Desmond Jennings just got dropped and I want to grab and stash him. Who should I dump among Dempster, Lilly, or D. Lowe?

  15. coco krispie says:
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    E. Aybar or Bartlett the rest of the way for MI?

    Iannetta or Soto the rest of the way?

  16. Eddy says:
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    Wow.

    Jim Riggleman resigned, apparently upset that his option had not been picked up. I’m not even a Nationals fan and I’m stunned.

  17. Probable Party Starter says:
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    Vargas or Volstad for Sat night? Vargas also gets SD @ SEA in his next and I’m in a limited transaction league (unless either one screws me then I’m Steinbrenner).

  18. MrHappyTime says:
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    Who ya like better for tomm, Carrasco @ SF, or Lowe @ SD?? Thanks

  19. Wilsonian says:
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    @Eddy: I’m like you, I’m pretty stunned. He had them playing really solid baseball. I’m almost a little upset.

  20. Sweet D says:
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    Seriously…what’s the deal wit JJ Hardy? He’s making an awfully good case for himself. Just got offered JJ and Feliz for Ortiz, tempting bc I drafted furcal, ortiz isn’t this good, and Feliz should be better than he is (maybe not?) …Fair or am I starry-eyed?

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Sweet D: i dont like it,yeah it could work out but im worried about feliz and even if paooi regresses his rbi and hr are hard to replace

  22. royce! says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was wondering if you had any thoughts on two prospects that got called up today: Carter and Presley. Either worth owning in a 14 teamer? 12 teamer?

    Regarding my earlier post about “bitch” referring to men, I found a 2005 article from the NY Times discussing how it was occurring on television, citing Oz and The OC. I think referring to a reputable newspaper might be better than trying to rap before the court. Such as this Sage Francis song:

    God’s not a woman,
    He’s a big white guy in the sky,
    And the deserts are reflections of his eyes,
    He doesn’t cry for us,
    But when he does,
    It’s cause he’s drunk,
    (Say What?),
    God’s not a woman,
    He’s a big white guy in the sky,
    And the deserts are reflections of his eyes,
    He doesn’t cry for us,
    But when he does,
    It’s cause he’s drunk,
    And he’s always fucked up,
    Bottoms up,

    God’s not a woman,
    He’s a bitch.

    Not sure about the justices’ religions, but I doubt that would go over well.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Sweet D: Starry-eyed.

    @royce!: Ha! Nice… I’ll go over those prospects in tomorrow’s roundup.

  24. theguarantee says:
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    On cue, Jemile Weeks steals two more bags today off Thole. Starting to look like Weeks has some pretty nice SB upside, here’s to hoping that Mark Ellis doesn’t cost him too much PT.

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @theguarantee: yeah really,im riding him in 2 leagues and lovin it

  26. royce! says:
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    @Steve: “Good morning and May it Please the Court. In the immortal words of Lil’ Wayne…” Gonna be the best oral argument ever.

  27. Wilsonian says:
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    @theguarantee: @AL KOHOLIC: I’m really hoping he doesn’t lose any PT either. I’m trying to trade Kendrick to ride the Weeks train, but that might be ill-advised if Ellis is going to bogart his time.

    @Grey: in a pack of Bubblicious, who do you like: McGehee or Freese for the remainder of the season?

  28. theguarantee says:
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    @Wilsonian – 0-6 with 3 K’s last night and then watching his awful whiff on a Capuano changeup to lead the game off had me looking through the 2B players page on my league. Also interesting to note that his second steal came after an 8th inning leadoff walk despite the A’s facing a 4-0 deficit. That’s the kind of dumb basepath wrecklessness that will earn the adoration of fantasy owners such as ourselves, but might not have the same affect on the manager/front office.
    I’m very concerned that the Weeks train is going to end up being the express and not the local, but either way I’m riding it until I’m forced off.

  29. Eddy says:
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    Wright has been cleared to resume baseball activities.

    Those words were so great to read.

  30. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Wilsonian: ellis has had 4 or 5 years to due something with the only good year being 4 or 5 years ago,weeks will play unless he flops

  31. theguarantee says:
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    ^Teams do stupid things an awful lot. Nonetheless, looks like Weeks should keep getting pt. Ellis could slide around the infield a bit for sure.

  32. Fletch says:
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    @Grey: Please rank for ROS … BUMgarner, Gee, Karstens, Stauffer & Lilly.

  33. herschel says:
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    @Grey: which two of the following do you like next week for K’s only?

    rubby dlr @ min
    leake @ tb
    lyles vs tex
    paulino @ sd
    volstad @ oak
    zito @ chc

    thanks.

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    grey are you starting
    morrow@st louis
    abaldo@yanks or
    haren @dodgers ? im plus 13 on innings,i like morrow the best,thanks as always

  35. Steve says:
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    Come on Roy. Get your effing shizz together.

  36. Steve says:
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    @Steve: You too, Hudson. Jesus.

  37. Steve says:
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    Mothereffer.

  38. Wilsonian says:
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    Joey Bats going back to 3rd. This doesn’t bode well for Lawrie this season.

    Who’s going to the OF to take his spot? Isn’t Snider hurt?

  39. Steve says:
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    That day of fantasy baseball went south pretty quickly.

  40. VinWins

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    Looks like Oswalt is done. Seemed to be struggling on every pitch.

  41. VinWins

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    Yep. Cliff Lee pinch hitting for Oswalt.

  42. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    dear Roy Oswalt,thanks for trashing my ERA.Now get on your stupid tractor and head back to Mississippi.

  43. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: thames?

  44. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:
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    Oswalt , time for the disgraceful list…my ERA is so high…feliz, bumgarner, Oswalt!!!

  45. Steve says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: Don’t follow…

  46. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Interesting note in the Cards’ game – St Louis has already used 16 different middle infield combinations.

  47. Wheelhouse says:
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    Tough to value Albert. Thoughts on trading Beltre for a partial Pujols?

  48. peter says:
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    @Steve: @Steve: @Steve: Sorry, I should have warned all commenters that I was starting Oswalt tonight so that he could have been benched by everyone.

    Oswalt has been the perfect compliment to my other aces this season (Gallardo… Liriano).

  49. VinWins

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    @Steve: I believe Al was asking if you ever rowed on the Thames. Or he might have meant to suggest to Wilsonian that Thames could take over in the Jays’ outfield.

  50. peter says:
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    @Tggq21: What, no Scherzer?

    @VinWins: You are the VinScully of St. Louis. Thank you.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @Steve: meant for wilsonian,,outfielder for the jays

  52. peter says:
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    @VinWins: I’ve punted on the Thames. Both in England and fantasy.

  53. AdamH says:
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    Would you ever trade Pujols in a keeper league? Even if the possibility of getting Bruce or CarGo and Verlander were out there?

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    @AL KOHOLIC: ah yeah, I forgot about him. Kinda sucks if this hinders Lawrie’s intro to the Bigs.

  55. Steve says:
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    Oswalt left with back tightness, apparently.

  56. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @peter: Ha!

  57. herschel says:
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    @Wilsonian: lawrie apparently cant grip a bat. i think that will be a bigger hindrance.

  58. royce! says:
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    @Wilsonian: @herschel: I just read that Lawrie isn’t expected back until at least August, so, yeah, Thames’ contribution to his delay is minimal.

  59. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Lawrie taking long to heal: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday that prospect Brett Lawrie, who is on the DL in the minors for a fractured left hand, has been slow to heal and doesn’t project Lawrie to get back into game action until August. Lawrie was batting .354 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 52 games at Triple-A Las Vegas before hurting his hand in late May.
    (Updated 06/23/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 6/23/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Lawrie was on the verge of being called up at the time of his injury. The Blue Jays and Fantasy owners were hoping it was a short-term delay, but it looks as though we might not see Lawrie in the majors until very late in the season. He is probably going to need to get his timing back in the minors before Toronto recalls him. It’s still worth stashing Lawrie in deeper seasonal Fantasy formats, but this is obviously discouraging news.
    (U

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: @Everyone: I dealt Kendrick for Kuroda earlier today, and I’m currently playing J. Weeks at 2nd. I’m looking to try to deal for either Espinosa, Kelly Jo, or Uggla for some help there. Can you give me an idea of what would be a fair offer for one of them out of this roster:

    Olivo, Gaby, J. Weeks, McGehee, Andrus, Hamilton, McCutchen, Tabata, Quentin, Heyward, Hardy, Napoli – DL; Lester, Marcum, Kennedy, Gio, Kuroda, Lewis, Cueto, Kimbrel, Hanrahan, Walden

    We count: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG., OBPS, W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    I’d take any advice from the commenters, as well.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Gio for Johnson… Hardy for Johnson… Walden for Johnson… In that order.

  62. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Thanks. Some decent pitching (not you Oswalt!) and a bit of a power surge.

    Just to kill the buzz for a moment, if you look at the waiver wire in ESPN (in our RCL at least), and sort on hits for the last 7, 15 AND 30 days, what is the name that is at the top for all three periods?

    Jeff Keppinger.

    WTF is going on with the world?

  63. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks! I’ll give it a shot. One guy has Johnson and Espinosa in a 16 Team H2H league, so I figured I’d see if he would spread the wealth.

  64. Brew Crew says:
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    Looking to stream a Pitcher (12Team ROTO)
    (Need W’s & K’s w/ little risk of implosion in ERA or WHIP)

    E-Jax vs WAS or Worley vs OAK??

    Or avoid both?? Thanks Grey…

  65. Steve says:
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    Not many things sweeter than the short-schedule-day-fill-in HR.

    Especially in a blowout.

    Carlos Ruiz – come on down!

  66. theguarantee says:
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    16 team league, standard plus K/BB, a little behind in innings and throwing Shields, Volqkuez and Haren tomorrow. Go ahead and throw Rubby against Haren for shits and giggles?

  67. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: just a quick question, why would you offer Gio up for Kelly Jo first?

  68. Steve says:
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    @Grey: He hasn’t won in like six months, but Lowe’s gotta be worth a shot at Petco, right?

  69. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: ok, so he countered me with his Espinosa/Venters for my Tabata/Hanrahan.

    This would be my team: Olivo, Gaby, Espinosa, J. Weeks, McGehee, Andrus, Hamilton, McCutchen, Quentin, Heyward, Hardy, Napoli – DL; Lester, Marcum, Kennedy, Gio, Kuroda, Lewis, Cueto, Kimbrel, Walden, Venters

    Again, we count: H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG., OBPS, W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, Ks/9

    Fair deal? Good deal for me?

  70. Black Beard says:
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    Got a a DL spot burning a hole in my pocket. In a vacuum who would you stash (only concerned with this year): B. Anderson, Furcal, Alvarez, or Broxton?

    Also, rest of the way, Tabata or D. Jennings?

  71. Black Beard says:
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    @royce!: “In modern (1990s, originally black English) slang, its use with reference to a man is sexually contemptuous, from the “woman” insult.” http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=bitch

    I’d also grab a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary and see what’s listed in there. Good luck.

  72. Wheelhouse says:
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    Which side do you guys like for rest of the year? Konerko/D.Hudson or Pujols/Felix?

  73. Nick says:
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    @Grey: Hey Grey, I currently have 5 closers (Storen, Feliz, Street, Farnsworth, Francisco) and am in first with saves. I have 78, behind me 75 then it drops to 43 saves. So I’m thinking of dropping the worst of them and maybe trying out A Casilla for a plug at 2B instead of Zobrist some days…RIos is available but I’m kinda stacked at OF/Util. Pitchers available include Tim Hudson, Bedard & Wandy…Only droppable starter is Gee but my team name is “I’m a Gee”, haha

  74. ruah says:
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    Need a CI for now as a fill-in for the Pujols absence. Have been streaming but would like a short term option for a little while.

    Giambi(for the AL parks), Loney, D Kelly, Rolen, Huff, Scott, Trumbo, D Lee…

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