I think I’m approximately six weeks late on this, but if you read Razzball daily (of course you do, you reader, you!) then you’ve read before some, if not all, of these predictions.  So what now? Read them again.  They won’t hurt you.  Plus now that I’ve put all of my ‘preseason’ predictions in one place, we can look back at this later in the year and laugh.  Oh, and we will laugh.  Who’s your NL MVP?  Soriano?  Oh, you do kid, Grey.  You do! Anyway, here’s my predictions for baseball’s post-season awards and whatnot:

AL Pennant Winner – Tampa Bay Rays.  I really didn’t want to pick the defending AL champions because that’s lame, and I made a resolution to be unlame this year.  Alas, I went through each AL team’s pitching staff and the Rays were the choice.

NL Pennant Winner – Los Angeles Dodgers.  Their lineup wins the division with ease then in a playoff series their pitching can beat the Cubs and Mets.

World Series Champion – Los Angeles Dodgers.  I’ve never been to a World Series game and would like to go.  Thank you!

AL ROY – Travis Snider.  I wanted to call this guy Travis Lind.  Weird!

NL ROY – Dexter Fowler.  I think he’s a top 30 player by 2011.  Wave of the future… Wave of the future…

AL Cy Young – Josh Beckett.  The Sawx will give him a chance for 20 wins and he can do the rest.

NL Cy Young – Chad Billingsley.  You didn’t think I was going to pick Joel Pineiro, did you?

NL MVP – Alfonso Soriano.  I expect a huge year from Soriano but he needs to stay healthy for 130 games.  Hey, maybe all his bad injury karma will be absorbed by Milton Bradley.  God knows Bradley could stand for some karmic retribution.

AL MVP – Miguel Cabrera. Since the BBWAA picks MVPs partially on how well a team does, this is a longshot at best, unless Cabrera becomes the Tigers number three starter.  And number four starter.  And closer.

Now put your picks in the comments and we’ll look back on this in November and mock each other.

  1. mikey boy324 says:

    grey would you drop encarnacion for ian stewart?

  2. knighttown says:

    In a somewhat related question to michael’s, would you drop Ian Stewart for Edward Encarnacion?

  3. knighttown says:

    or edwin perhaps?

  4. Hebrew Hammer says:

    AL pennant: Yankees
    NL pennant: Cardinals
    World Series: Cardinals
    NL MVP: Pujols
    NL Cy Young: Haren
    AL MVP: Cabrera
    AL Cy Young: Greinke
    NL ROY: Jordan Schafer
    AL ROY: Travis Snider

  5. Denys says:

    AL – LA Angels: The line-up looks pretty good, and the pitching will get healthy.

    NL – NY Mets: Bolstered bullpen, decent line-up… Need one more starter tho – via trade in the summer.

    ALROY – David Price: To take the league by storm in less than a month.

    NLROY – Dexter Fowler: I also like Fowler, so why the hell not!

    ALCY – Josh Beckett: Came close a couple of years ago, has the right tools and team around him to do it.

    NLCY – Josh Johnson: What?… I like the name Josh. F’ing biblical.

    ALMVP – Miggy Cabrera: he’s gonna be fantasy MVP too.

    NLMVP – Albert Pujols: looks good early.

  6. Dean says:

    Red Sox
    Red Sox

  7. Frank Rizzo says:

    pasting the question I have in prior post. need to decide in just a few minutes. leaning toward reynolds today.

    With Aramis out, I’ve got to choose between Reynolds and Davis as my 3b today. Reynolds is in the lineup today, batting 5th against righty Piniero. Not sure if Davis will be in the lineup tonight or not but Texas is facing LHP Hendrickson. Davis did hit a HR last night but followed that with 3 K’s. Will he get a “day off” today?


  8. Frank Rizzo says:

    Bueller? Bueller?

  9. Maitland says:

    Davis. I mean, they haven’t really shown to give Davis days off against lefties yet.

  10. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d go Reynolds if Davis is facing a lefty.

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Reynolds is in by default. Ran out of time. Like his chances today batting 5th.

  12. Maitland says:

    Running out of time tends to be my best way of lineup setting. I have been randomly going into yahoo today and flipping Rios and Corey Hart in my lineup. I’ll probably wind up doing this a couple more times and last one in when I run out of time is the lucky one.

  13. SP says:

    Just traded Quentin and Beltre for Chris Davis and Markakis in my 18 team R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS league. Davis also comes with 3B eligibility. Is that trade as awesome as I think it is? As long as Davis is for real, it’s gold I think.

  14. Jackie Moon says:

    AL- BlueJays
    NL- Dodgers
    WS- Bluejays
    NL MVP- ManRam
    AL MVP- Lind
    AL cy young-Halladay
    NL cy young-Billingsly
    AL ROY-Snider
    NL ROY-Fowler

  15. cubbies299 says:

    Start Hamels against the Nats tomorrow? He was hit hard last time, but it’s the nats…

  16. SP says:

    So that gives me a lineup of John Baker, Ryan Howard, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Davis, Felipe Lopez/Elvis Andrus, Sparkakis, Nelson Cruz, Dukes/Maybin/Daniel Murphy

    Best 18 team lineup ever? And it’s not even like I’m weak on pitching. I have Beckett, Haren, Josh Johnson, Jimenez, Francisco, Valverde, Wade, R. Soriano, Masterson, Madson, and T. Buchholz.

    Is there a Razzball word for prematurely ejaculating all over your team?

  17. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    AL pennant: Rays
    NL pennant: Marlins
    World Series: Rays
    NL MVP: Brian McCann
    NL Cy Young: Josh Johnson
    AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
    AL Cy Young: A.J. Burnett
    NL ROY: Dexter Fowler
    AL ROY: Matt Wieters

  18. BigFatHippo says:

    Heads up

    Chris Perez was called up by the Cardinals today, take a chance if you have room. Just don’t count on him being closer yet.

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Frank Rizzo: The one you don’t play will hit the HR. That’s a truth as old as time.

    @IowaCubs: Marlins? For realz?

    And there’s no way Burnett stays healthy all year.

    I’m starting to feel like I’m going to regret dropping Fowler….

    @BigFatHippo: Hmmm. Drop Villacrapneuva for Perez? Anyone?

  20. SP says:

    AL pennant: Blue Jays over Yankees
    NL pennant: Dodgers over Cubs
    World Series: Dodgers over Blue Jays
    NL MVP: David Wright
    NL Cy Young: Josh Johnson
    AL MVP: Alex Rios
    AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
    NL ROY: Dexter Fowler
    AL ROY: Travis Snider

  21. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: AJ’s gotta have 30 good starts in him doesn’t he? That means 18 wins, right?

    The Marlins have some revenue sharing money they can nurture for a midseason trade. It wouldn’t shock me to see them trade for someone like Hawpe. There’s something very scrappy about this Marlins’ team that I like.

  22. SP says:

    Well, Burnett IS due for some luck this season after getting pretty unlucky last season. But seriously, how is anyone in the AL better than Roy Halladay? Cliff Lee didn’t deserve it last year and he sure as hell won’t win this year. It’s Doc all the way with CC a distant 2nd.

  23. BigFatHippo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I picked him up and dropped Motte. Thinks that’s the wisest move, not sure I’d drop Villacrapueva. At least he gets save chances.

  24. BigFatHippo says:

    MVP- Felipe Lopez, he’ll get 400 base hits this year.

  25. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    AL pennant: Rays
    NL pennant: Cubs
    World Series: Rays
    NL MVP: Albert Pujols
    NL Cy Young: Chad Billingsley
    NL ROY: Dexter Fowler
    AL MVP: Evan Longoria
    AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett
    AL ROY: Matt Wieters

  26. Dave says:

    Grey you silly little boy if someone new stumbled upon your fun little site they would think you waited a week to see who got off to hot starts and picked those teams, players for your post season awards. But us as your daily readers know that you would never pick the team that looks just as good as last year (rays) or a pitcher that was dominant in his first outing (Beckett), or one that looks downright filthy (billingsley), a couple of rookies that have looked great in the early going and have JOBS (Fowler and Snider) or a guy that has went crazy the first week (Cabrera). We know that you would never stoop this low…

    AL Angels
    NL Cubs
    WS Angels
    NL MVP H Ramirez
    AL MVP N Markakis
    AL Cy Young AJ Burnett
    NL Cy Young J Santana
    AL ROY M Weiters
    NL Roy J Zimmerman


  27. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Oh and Wakefield has a no-no through 6. Freaking Wakefield!!!

    of course it is just Oakland.

  28. johnson21 says:

    I am giving up james shields and getting theriot and carl crawford. I am need of stolen bases, but would have to sit chris davis or adam jones to make room for crawford since I have Bay and Rios as my OF. Pull the trigger? I have tons of SP depth, btw.

  29. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Think Felipe keeps this up? He seems to be right on top of every pitch, plus contract year, plus showing up to camp in shape for a change.

    Obviously I was joking about the MVP.

  30. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: I’d like to thank you all for not answering me earlier. Reynolds just hit a 2 run dinger. It was divine intervention I believe.

  31. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Would you drop any one of these guys for Perez?: Corpas, Villanueva, J. Sanchez?

  32. Josh says:

    AL- Twins
    NL- Mets
    World Series- Mets
    NL MVP- Ryan Howard
    NL Cy Young- Adam Wainwright
    NL ROY- Jordan Zimmermann
    NL comeback- Troy Tulowitzki
    AL MVP- Grady Sizemore
    AL Cy Young- Roy Halladay
    AL ROY- David Price
    AL Comeback- Travis Hafner

  33. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @aconstipatedmonkey: And Wake’s starting for me on my Razzball team. Godblessit!

  34. BigFatHippo says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Hehe. No, it was Piniero.

  35. Dingo says:

    @Frank Rizzo: That’s two sonavabenching HRs from Reynolds in two days. At least I sat him for Flippy the Wonder Lopez, so it hasn’t been a total loss.

  36. cubbies299 says:

    Drop Kendry Morales for Chris Duncan? He’s getting a lot of play in that outfield.

  37. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @IowaCubs: Wow, that was comment 666, no less! (and to clarify, Wakefield is on my FRL, not my RCL)

  38. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Also, would you rather own Fowler, Spilbourgs or Span as a 5th OF in h2h?

  39. BigFatHippo says:

    Albert has 12 RBI, all those with the #1 pick who passed on him say “Aye”,

  40. knighttown says:

    “Good face” has the number 2 ranking in all of TSN’s fantasy baseball rankings. I expect that no one’s dumb enough to care about this but I’m going to try and turn that into a better asset. Robbing the weak is a huge part of fantasy baseball.

    I made an offer of Good Face and Edwin Jackson for Josh Johnson that was fairly laughed at but can you throw out a half dozen names at any position that would be a great return on investment?

  41. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @BigFatHippo: I own him in the RCL. I’m not proud of this.

    SAGNOF ALERT: Houston Street was pulled in the 9th inning today after allowing a HR to Lee and two walks. What does this mean? Corpas?? Daddy like.

  42. Billy says:

    is street done?

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dave: I’m sneaky!

    @johnson21: It’s fine, but not sure why you’re trading for a guy that will force you to sit Davis or Jones. Can’t you trade Davis for something? Or Jones for Theriot if you need him? There’s got to be something else you can do.

    @BigFatHippo: I touted Felipe for like two weeks in March. Yeah, I like him a lot. He’s better than Pujols. There, I said it!

    @IowaCubs: Sanchez

  44. BigFatHippo says:

    @IowaCubs: I know, but you should be. I’m proud to own Theriot, not as proud of course but pleased nonetheless.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: Kazaam!

    @knighttown: Try someone who opened the season slumping. Chris Davis for one. Or try for a closer. Maybe Qualls after he was hit yesterday.

  46. Griff says:

    AL: yankees
    NL: dodgers
    WS: yankees (and I’m a hater, but this is the first time in a while they’ve had a solid rotation)
    NL MVP: Manny
    AL MVP: Miggy (wins 2 of three legs of the triple crown)
    AL Cy Young: Halladay
    NL Cy Young: Santana (Citi looked like a Venus fly ball trap on Sunday night)
    AL ROY: Price
    NL ROY: McCutchen

  47. Steve says:

    @Grey: That Lyon guy just keeps hanging around.

    Time to drop him for Perez?

  48. JR says:

    AL Cy Young = Greinke

  49. Billy says:

    @Steve: I would drop Lyon for Perez

  50. johnson21 says:

    Grey, No takers for Davis and need him for his power. I think I can shop Adam jones around after trading for Crawford. Do you see more value in Crawford or jones?

  51. Eric says:

    Here’s a list of starting pitchers. I have some of them on my team. Others are in the free agent pool. Anyone want to rank them?

    Kenshin Kawakami, Koji Uehara, Kyle Davies, Kevin Slowey, Hiroki Kuroda, Jeremy Guthrie, Gil Meche, Wandy Rodriguez, Max Scherzer, Chris R. Young, Manny Parra, and Clayton Kershaw.

  52. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Have I missed something about Perez?

  53. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Also, would you trade Fielder for Atkins/Qualls. I own Prince, am I giving up too much?

  54. BigFatHippo says:

    Never mind that first Q, I was thinking Rafael, duh!

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: Slowey, Young, Scherzer, Kershaw, Wandy, Parra, Kawakami…I only go to 7.

    @BigFatHippo: I don’t think so. Why? Lyon? He’s pile of garbage. Brandon, not Steve.

  56. Eric says:


    I wouldn’t trade Fielder for Qualls and Atkins. I think you’re giving up too much.

  57. BigFatHippo says:

    @Eric: Just trying to cut down on Ks, but yeah, you’re right.

    @Grey: “Brandon, not Steve.”


  58. Dock Ellis says:

    What’s with all the love for Fowler = ROY? Will he even play every day?

  59. BigFatHippo says:

    I heart U Ryan Ludwick!

    Too creepy? I don’t care!

  60. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Spot start Eric Stultz tomorrow vs. SF? Man, I loved him in Pulp Fiction but can he pitch?

  61. BigFatHippo says:

    Also, drop J Zimm for him?

  62. p0rk burn says:

    I seem to have a spare slot thanks to Nady. You should be Swisher, jerk. Who gets to be the lucky new member of Harvey Birdman, Esq.? Fowler, Price, Hanson, Anibel are all on teams. Who is under the radar I should be looking for.

  63. Doug Ault says:

    I’ve just completed my Fowler harvest.I scooped him for 4 of my 5 teams,I did have to sacrifice Morales in one of my pickups, but hey! I was caught up in Fowlermania.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Ha! Nice. Don’t drop Zimmermann yet.

    @p0rk burn: Hmm… Give me a few names that are possibilities.

    @Doug Ault: Don’t sleep on him! (He look boney.)

  65. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Drop Hanson for him?

  66. BigFatHippo says:

    K, thanks!

    Drop Hanson to pick up Nyjer off waivers? Sorry to be a pain in the ass but I’m surfing my annual second week power move.

  67. cubbies299 says:

    Hey Grey,

    Drop Morales for Duncan?

    Also, should I drop a waiver on Wang or is he dead man walking?

  68. Dave says:

    Are we picking up Masterson? Dump a Brett Anderson? I know Bucholtz pulled his ahmmy so he wont be up… you are a sneaky little blogger!

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Nyjer is not the makings of a power move. I’d still hold.

    @Doug Ault: I named Fowler my ROY pick, so I obviously like him. Better than Maybin. But Maybin is more assured of playing time. If the Rox could lose some dead weight, then Fowler’s money.

  70. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: I moved this to the forums under Waiver Wire. Consider it the afterparty in the hotel lobby.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: Grab Duncan, if you want, but he’s going to be sitting here and there.

    I’d grab some Wang.

    @Dave: Grab Masterson. I don’t like Anderson.

  72. cubbies299 says:

    @Grey: Kendry Morales, btw. Not Franklin. Who do you think has more potential as a 1B? Duncan or kendry

  73. BigFatHippo says:

    Heads up

    Perez pitched a scoreless 7th with a walk and 2 K’s. Just posting it because Yahoo seems to be frozen on the Cards/Snakes game (still says bottom of 6 when it’s the middle of 8th, I hate when they do that).

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: got me some perez,hope it works

  75. BigFatHippo says:

    1 2 3 eighth, nice audition!

  76. Falcon says:

    When is it okay to start worrying about Braun?

  77. p0rk burn says:

    @Falcon: Mid-May.

  78. Doug Ault says:

    @Falcon: I got spooked by Braun before opening day.I flipped him for F Lopez and Fielder, so far the only one with a pulse is Lopez.Grey thinks Braun will come around.

  79. p0rk burn says:

    @Falcon: @Doug Ault: Braun can easily still finish with 30 bombs, 100 RBIs, 10+ steals, and bat .280 or .285. If you don’t want that out of a pick cut him. Your best value is going to come from holding onto him and waiting for the turn around instead of trading him for pennies on the dollar. Don’t buy high and sell low. Thats not zagging when they zig, thats being rash.

  80. Doc says:

    Wheeler or Corpas? I only have one spot, but both are available.

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: With the same number of ABs, I want Duncan, but he has less of a chance for ABs, so it’s pretty much a push. If you can play Duncan only when he’s playing, then go for it.

    @Doc: Wheeler

  82. G says:

    Im in a 12 team league with 276 total rostered players and should I drop Milledge. The possible guys that I can drop for him are Luke Scott, polanco, mike cameron, fowler, jack cust, marlon byrd ,travis snider, bartlett, dukes, adam laroche, frenchie, daniel murphy and for pitchers zach duke, guthrie, edwin jackson, pelfrey, parra, aaron cook, snell. I need to narrow this down to like 2 or 3 who do you think is the best acquisiton or should I hold on to Milledge all together? Im not really lacking majorly in any of the 10 categories I just need a batter that puts solid #’s across the board or pitcher that doesnt hurt my era and whip and gets wins
    thanks in advance

  83. p0rk burn says:

    @G: Snider

  84. BigFatHippo says:

    @p0rk burn: I’ve been trying to come up with an offer for Braun but can’t seem to pull the trigger. Every time I shake the Majic 8 Ball it comes up….”Don’t trade Cruz and Ludwick for Braun, what’re you, nuts?”

    That and “Ask me again later” but it always says that.

  85. Steve says:

    @Grey: @BigFatHippo: Ha! That would have been so much funnier without the qualifier.

    Funnily enough, a couple of years back there was a high-flying property developer with the same surname as me and Brandon (but no relation to either of us) who fell in with a bad crowd and got involved in drugs etc and was eventually arrested and incarcerated.

    Made for some great headlines with Lyon in them. My fave? “Lyon living like a pig, says hotelier”.

    BTW, I can’t get Perez. The guy who picked him up when I dropped him the first time still has him.

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: looks like your catching on to this 7×7 keeper pretty fast

  87. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Beginners luck.

    And a bit of research ;-)

  88. p0rk burn says:

    @BigFatHippo: Cruz’s potential plus Ludwick’s stats, even when tamped from last year, is a bit too much to give up for Braun. Either one packaged with a lesser closer or a solid MR (Marmol-esque, Marmolian?) seems more reasonable.

  89. deepee says:

    Anybody know when J.Zimmermann is expected to start? God knows the Nats could use some pitching.

  90. madx34 says:

    i am a confused baseball fan this year. i am a lifelong red sox fan with a yankee partial ticket plan for the past 5 years only because i LOVE baseball—-see, it is already confusing!! I find myself really not liking the Yankees but I also do not like the Red Sox. What is so special about either of these teams?? I think the Yankees are VERY old and a huge liability on D. The Sawx have the new face of the franchise—My Little Pony and Youk. Other than that its Beckett and an overrated pitching staff and over-exuberent fans jacking up expectation…..just like in the Bronx!
    I need a new team for 09 and its the Rays—-youth and passion and love of the game will overcome evil megasquads built on taxpayer dough and overpriced tickets. I ordered a cowbell on E-Bay and I am working on the mullet.

    AL Tampa
    NL Dodgers
    WS Tampa
    NL MVP Pujols
    AL MVP Cabrera
    NL CY Billingsley
    AL CY Shields
    NL ROY Kawakami
    AL ROY Snider

  91. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @deepee: i here ya brother,i been wanting his ks

  92. vinko says:

    Villanueva or Perez? I currently have Villa…

  93. BigFatHippo says:

    @p0rk burn: He doesn’t need a closer, I do. Trying to get Braun/Capps and thought about offering Cruz/Lud/Wheeler.

    Alas, I shook the Majic 8 Ball and it said, “Ask again later”. Go figure!

  94. Doug Ault says:

    @p0rk burn :@BigFatHippo: Do you think I did well scooping Prince and Lopez for Braun?………….be gentle ;-)

  95. p0rk burn says:

    @madx34: Right idea, wrong Florida team. Its the Marlins this year. We are even winning over the Cubs fans, just ask IowaCubs. If you want youth and passion you need the fish. The taxpayers won’t be footing bills around here for another couple of years – but man is that new stadium going to be sweet. Too bad about the Orange Bowl though.

  96. madx34 says:

    damn grey…i read the theme of the assignment, thought about it long and hard, wrote out my homework, and never once looked at your picks. I SWEAR I wasn’t looking over your shoulder!

  97. p0rk burn says:

    @Doug Ault: If you needed the help at Felipe’s position (not Jose, right?) I don’t see that trade as being particularly bad for you. Fielder is the pure power hitter so you gave up the 10+ steals Braun can get you for a slightly lower average and probably higher RBI and HR totals. As long as you replaced a schmoe with Lopez I wouldn’t lose sleep over it.

  98. p0rk burn says:

    @vinko: I think this was answered earlier (I’m parroting the answer, not rapping your knuckles for not reading) and the advice was Nueva while he’s closing.

  99. BigFatHippo says:

    @Doug Ault: If you needed a 1B and middle infidel you did good, as long as you still have a strong outfield. If so, that’s a great move, cheers!

  100. Martin says:

    hey so I have 4 UTIL players that I platoon. JD drew, Murphy, Choo, and Gordon. And i was thinking about dropping one for a pitcher like sonnaste, zimmerman, ricky romero, or porcello. Should I do this

  101. BigFatHippo says:

    @p0rk burn: Asked Grey’s Team Name Generator about the trade. Sigh……..

    Turns out I’m Ludwickian WallBangers! I’m standing pat!

  102. deepee says:

    So I currently have Street & Villanueva and I’m thinking of dropping 1 or both for the following:

    Soriano, Aardsma, Franklin, Nunez, Corpas, & Casilla

    I’m leaning towards dumping them both for Soriano & Franklin. Thoughts?

  103. madx34 says:

    @ porkbun

    HanRam for MVP??
    loving the josh johnson as well.
    I think good face is more 2 Face and crashes hard—just a hunch.
    The fish are due though. World Series …tear it apart…world series….tear it apart….tear it apart again….world series?

    something about 14K in a football stadium makes me go GGGRRRRRRRR. I have seen bigger gates in Pawtucket MANY times

  104. p0rk burn says:

    @BigFatHippo: That sounds like a Baroque porn.

  105. Doug Ault says:

    @p0rk burn :@BigFatHippo: I was very thin up the middle and stacked in the outfield.I figured Prince might hit for more power than Braun on a good day, and Filepe(less the promised steals as of yet) has been as I had hoped.I can’t give Holiday away…….now he’s a guy I have real concerns

  106. BigFatHippo says:

    @Martin: Platooning 4? That’ll put you in the Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Lose Murphy for Zimm, Murph looks like an idiot in LF, surely he can’t hold that everyday job for long.

  107. p0rk burn says:

    @deepee: Keep them until they stop getting saves.

    @madx34: I hope they get another series soon, I missed the last one by a few years. Miami fans in general are the ultimate bandwagoners, the minute any team heats up everybody is a fan. Until then, fuhgeddaboutit. It has its upside when the teams are down though, $6 tickets and the ability to sneak down to 5 rows from first base? Doesn’t get better than that. Good luck getting those seats at the Pawtucket game for that price.

  108. madx34 says:


    I got u beat…but only one night
    my bud runs the local espn radio sation and its his staton’s night at mccoy..
    luxury box on the field 2 boxes down from pawtucket dugout and all u can drink!! ( and a burger and dog or 2) The cost?? just tip the waitress

  109. madx34 says:

    @ pork bun

    other than that…thats why all these red sox yahoos who want to pay $100 for $45 face and sit behind a pole at Fenway cuz that dump is “special”….have a good time. Bring another C-Note for beer cuz JD Drew for 15 mil a yr needs to come from somewhere

  110. BigFatHippo says:

    Grey, tell Turnip you need a “Back to the top” button down here.

    250 comments gets harder to scroll back to the top if you’ve made several in a row. Back button just takes you back to the original position.

    Just a thought, you’re getting so popular the inbox keeps getting overloaded, I predict you get offered Berry’s job in a year. Not that you would do that, you’re not a sellout are you?

  111. bubba chuck says:

    Who should I fill my Nady hole with: Fowler, Scutaro, or Orlando Hudson?

  112. Archie says:

    AL: Yankees
    NL: Dodgers
    WS: Yankees
    NL Cy: Billingsley
    AL Cy: Burnett
    NL MVP: Wright
    AL MVP: Cabrera
    NL ROY: Maybin
    AL ROY: Snider

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @deepee: I think he starts the 19th or thereabouts.

    @madx34: Ha! Nice comment.

    @vinko: I’d hold for now.

    @deepee: Hold Street for now. Flip Villanueva for Franklin if you want.

    @BigFatHippo: I’d sellout in a second. Not sure what to do about the back to the top issue. It’s noted, and I’ll discuss it. I’ve thought about going to threaded comments, but I’m not sure yet.

    @Martin: Drop Murphy for Zimmermann.

    @bubba chuck: Fowler

  114. Martin says:

    Al Pennant- Yanks
    NL Pennant- Dodgers
    Champs- Yanks
    AL ROY- David Price
    NL ROY- Dont know yet (I wanna go Matt Gamel)
    AL MVP- Miggy over Size and Longoria
    NL MVP- Han Ram over Utley and Wright
    NL Cy- Chad Billingsly over Santana
    AL Cy- Halladay over Beckett and Grienke

  115. Steve says:

    Is that TWICE Maybin has struck out with the sacks full today?

  116. Endless Summer says:

    I get: Pujols & David Price

    I give: Lincecum & Webb


  117. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Nellie San just blew the roof off of my lineup!

    10, 3, 13 .519, .622 with a SB and only one K. Take that Steve!

  118. Endless Summer says:

    AL Pennant- Red Sox
    NL Pennant- Cubs
    Champs- Cubs(!)
    AL ROY- David Price
    NL ROY- Tommy Hanson
    AL MVP- Longoria
    NL MVP- David Wright
    NL Cy- Johan Santana
    AL Cy- Josh Beckett(I want to say Shields but Beckett has seniority)

  119. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: I hate this stupid game.

    Al K and me tied at the top. Can just about see you in the rear-view mirror.

  120. Endless Summer says:

    Too bad the Cubs didn’t get Abreu on the cheap like the Angels did. He would look great in that lineup.

  121. Endless Summer says:

    No takers on my trade at #121?

  122. madx34 says:

    to all you Yankee backers….please explain to me why???

    how??? i am sorry but i see this lineup that you are riding to ring 29

    C– Posada …old and coming off injury
    1B –Texeira…first time exposure to media frenzy..talented yet traded numerous times in young career
    2B Cano ….still waiting
    SS Jeter…old and perhaps the most media driven over rated player of his time
    3B nothing needs to be said
    OF Matsui—old…oft injured
    OF Damon— old…pussy arm—perfect for the vast OF??
    OF Nady— out for the year?
    OF Gardner—finally…YOUTH!! oh wait he bats .218
    Swisher— Really??
    CC—-great post season record and threw about a 1000 pitches too many last yr… at least he won’t break down as he is in tip top shape

    AJ– bastion of health

    Chow Mein— looks GREAT so far…coming off injury..its ok it was just his leg—pitchers don’t need them

    Pettitte—was old 4 years ago

    Joba—better served in ‘pen (or right before last call?)

    the last real #42….OLD and coming off hip surgery (happens when u are old)

    Girardi—–yet to be confused with Billy Martin

    Sorry……I just can not see the Yankees having post season success. Tell me what I am missing.

  123. sean says:

    AL Pennant: Yankees
    NL Pennant: Dodgers
    World Series: Yankees
    AL MVP: Mark Teixeira
    NL MVP: Ryan Braun
    AL ROY: David Price
    NL ROY: Colby Rasmus
    AL CY: Josh Beckett
    NL CY: Jake Peavy

  124. BSA says:

    @madx34: Blaspheme – Sawx fan with Yankee tickets. I think my credit card would melt. I go to the CT Defenders for cheap baseball within a 10 minute drive. Love when Portland Sea dogs come to town to watch Tazawa pitching and Lars tee off before I can only afford to watch them from the comfort of my own home with cheap beer, no obstructed view, and Jerry Remy’s commentary.

  125. Endless Summer says:

    @madx34: That rotation has a high enough K rate to forgive an awful defense. If…IF(!) the Yankees stay healthy they’ve bought a lot of time for their young arms(and the talented younger arms in A ball) enough time to help this year, next year, and on. That’s huge because nobody is talking about Phil Hughes, and he is getting a chance just to work on his pitching in the minors. Two home runs is all that keeps Derek Jeter from having no extra base hits so far this season. That’s the elephant in the room that the Yankees won’t face and everyone knows will be a problem. Looks like this year is when it becomes too obvious to finally overlook.

    I don’t know how you can bet against Tampa’s pitching staff. They had 4 starters make 30+ starts last year, and Kazmir made 27. That is beyond a wealth of pitching when you factor in David Price.

    I just think the Red Sox will beat the Rays in a playoff series, but picked them more so the Cubs can beat the Red Sox for the World Series.

  126. yoshinorimike says:

    did kinsler just hit for the cycle?

  127. Colin says:

    Someone please tell me a why I know a slider out of the zone is coming on a 1-2 count and Matt Kemp doesn’t. God Dammit.

  128. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Lowe shit the bed for me in the rcl or I’d be closing in there.

  129. Peter G says:

    @Endless Summer:
    i like the deal, if only because you are getting the best hitter in the game for two pitchers who maybe underperform this year due to health concerns. of course, the deal also depends on the depth of your pitching staff, but if you have the pitchers then good deal. if not and webb and lincecum have the years like they are capabable, it may be tough to make up the pitching stats.
    anyone have any thought of dropping jose lopez for aaron hill? or should i sit tight, got kendrick currently filling 2nd.

  130. Endless Summer says:

    @yoshinorimike: He did. Does he get an asterisk since it was against Mark Hendrickson? Kidding.

  131. BSA says:

    @madx34: Whoa man, this ain’t Yankee country and it deifinitely ain’t the place for obnoxo Sawx talk. Save that for the Whiner line, and I’m a Sawx fan.

    Its all about fun and good fantasy talk.

    @Endless Summer: Now mind you I suck but I like the trade for you. Lincee lanky build is showing distress, Webb, well you know, Pujols is Da’ Man and Price’s stuff is nasty, too nasty to stay in the minors, bear minimum he will zip through each team once until they get a book on him, and even then – he is still nasty.

  132. Endless Summer says:

    @Peter G: That is exactly what I am thinking, and I have Shields, Beckett, Vazquez, Gallardo, Davies, Hanson, and Scherzer to keep my pitching going. Thanks for the reply!

  133. yoshinorimike says:

    @Endless Summer: so then two man tandem cycle, Kinsler and Hendrickson~

  134. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Yeah – I had Lowe going in my H2H league. percy was crap too. At least my opponent has had Floyd and Dice-K this week.

    This is probably my worst day of the season so far. Maybe Weaver and Cain can cheer me up.

  135. Endless Summer says:

    @Peter G: I dislike Lopez, and Aaron Hill can be streaky but looks like he’s recovered from getting a concussion from a collision with…David Eckstein?

    @BSA: Thanks BSA. I want Big Bad ‘Berto in the worst way, and I am more than happy to move on from Webb(Razzball I should have listened!)

  136. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Iannetta was just dropped, as a catcher whose better him or Sandoval?

  137. Endless Summer says:

    @yoshinorimike: I am a Mariners fan but live in LA so I’ve seen a lot of Hendrickson and he is horrible. Nice call on the two tandem cycle, lol.

  138. BSA says:

    @Endless Summer:
    As a New Englander I would like to see Dodgers/Sawx or Cubbies/Sawx.

    Then again I think I broke a typing finger watching the Rays/Sawx series with Razzball and lost twenty pounds (I’m skinny already)

    In the RCL I have nothing to crow about but I am happy with today as I played Anderson, Lowell, and Drew – the only thing I missed there was Anderson getting the win and as a Boston fan I’ll take it.

  139. Endless Summer says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Sandoval has the position eligibility but an incredibly poor walk rate(5 BB in 182 PA, 2.7%) so be careful he can go into huge slumps. I like Ianetta to break out this year.

  140. Peter G says:

    @Endless Summer: i hate lopez too and i remember last year that hill was a sleeper and his numbers from two years ago were pretty good and comparable to lopez’s last year anyway. im going to offer around lopez, no takers, dropping him for hill. thanks for the advice

  141. BigFatHippo says:

    @Endless Summer: Good deal for you. Albert=MVP, HOF, best hitter of his generation, maybe any, possible triple crown.

  142. madx34 says:

    @BSA….I live in Remy’s hometown—the guy is a TOOL on many fronts.
    I had a Saturday pkg and could leave at 830 and be in the Bronx at 1115 for a 1PM game but the brokers stole all the tickets for profitable purposes so my Saturday pkg is now Monday thru Thursday—like that is going to happen!! I originally bought them for Yanks/Sox matchups and the love of the game—half way up the upper deck behind home plate for $14 a seat 5 yrs ago grew to $18 then $28 last year…still a great deal. Now I am just beyond 3B for $20 a seat but I have to do this thing called work Monday thru Friday so the tickets are meaningless to me. I will see Lars in Pawtucket which is fine but the Fenway thing isn’t attractive either. The place is a glorified dump, tickets are double face value if you get a decent deal and “The Nation” is out of control. I do not see the Sawx having that different of a situation then the Yankees talent wise. They are as hyped as Jeter by their following. Sorry if I piss off Yankee and Red Sox fans but I am a realist and that is the way I see it. Where are the Red Sox’ strengths? Youk and Pedroia? Beckett? All three are very good but I can argue question marks on all three.

  143. BigFatHippo says:

    @BSA: Good dog, sit!

    @Steve: Bad dog, stay!

  144. Endless Summer says:

    @BSA: Would New England or New York riot more over Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez in Dodger Blue at the World Series? You’re right, that needs to happen!

    Getting Penny on an incentive deal might pay off HUGE for the Red Sox. I liken it to the Titans getting a similarly sluggish Albert Haynesworth motivated for his best year and only being so happy to send him on his way to Danny Snyder to overpay him.

  145. BSA says:

    I just don’t see Cain making you happy as O-Dog just sacrificed only to find himself on first with Furcal on second and Manny coming up.

  146. madx34 says:

    @ BSA
    no “Whiner” line here, Grey asked for predictions in what i perceived as a non-fantasy post….i just see a lot of Yankees world series predictions and i want to know why? Similarly…why will the Red Sox win the WS? I just think both are HUGELY overated. I love Tampa’s youth and exuberance. I see Florida making a huge step forward at the expense of the Mets and Phils. Its what makes baseball GREAT—-opinions and expressions of those opinions about the sport!!

  147. Steve says:

    @BSA: Made me happy when Manny flew out. Cain has thrown 48 pitches already though with 4 hits and 3 walks…

  148. madx34 says:

    @ Endless Summer

    Imagine a Boston/ Cubs Series….The media world would cream!!
    I just can’t see it.

  149. Dingo says:

    I’ve got a complicated trade question that I’ve been planning on asking in the forums, but I’m still waiting for my account to be activated. Should I not be waiting?

  150. Luke says:

    WTF Jarrod Washburn

  151. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Dingo: you can ask here for now

  152. Endless Summer says:

    @Peter G: As a Mariner fan, I want to love Jose Lopez. I really do. He is a poor defender at 2B, and I just mentioned Brad Penny in another post, but Lopez looks a lot like Penny: a player in poor physical and mental shape to ever put one great season together. His second half last year was really good, and I was expecting him to improve on it this year. You know the Mariners have sucked when you are emotionally attached to how well Jose Lopez does.

  153. Rorrimimage says:

    AL: White Sox
    NL: Dodgers
    WS: Dodgers
    AL ROY: Matt Wieters
    NL ROY: Colby Rasmus
    AL MVP: Carlos Quentin
    NL MVP: Manny Ramirez
    AL CY: Felix Hernandez
    NL CY: Chad Billingsley

  154. BSA says:

    @madx34: Too much rant to read.
    Like I said – I like to watch from home. Moe money in my pocket and no DUI.

    Heck living in Weston you should be able to afford those high priced dogs and beer in crappy seats without ranting.

    “Nuff sed
    @Endless Summer: The drama would be great.

  155. Dingo says:

    @Steve: I too have Lowe, Cain, and Weaver pitching today. Looks like all of them are having a hard time finding the strike zone. They just might end up with a collective ERA below 4.00, but that WHIP is definitely staying above 2.00.

  156. Endless Summer says:

    @madx34: I tried to give reasons against the Rays, but Longoria looks set, Upton makes that offense really take off, and it’s insane to bet against their pitching. Cubs/Red Sox would be more nuts, true. It really is too bad the Cubs couldn’t get Abreu instead of nutcase Milton Bradley to keep RHP honest against their lineup.

    @Dingo: What I’m Keith Hernandez said(Hey Keith!), just ask here.

  157. BSA says:

    Alright I gotta go – Internet is blinking on and off and I can’t reply as fast as I want to tonight.

    madx34 – I agree with some of your points.

    Hippo and Steve – see you in the RCL – hopefully I’m done being the bug on the windshield.

    Rorrimimage – AL – CWS Now that is going out on a limb.

    Eh we’ll see!

  158. Endless Summer says:

    @Rorrimimage: I haven’t seen a lot of Weiters for AL ROY on here. He’ll definitely have a great shot at it. I definitely think he is the rookie most likely to have his name butchered by New Yorkers. “Screw you Weetahs!”

  159. Cap'n C says:

    Got offered Burnett and Morales for Big Papi and Mike Cameron (who I recently picked off the waiver wire). Keeper league, 12 teams @ 33 per team (10 keepers). Current pitching: Kazmir/Josh Johnson/Gallardo/Jimenez/Myers/Penny, with Wandy and Masterson on the bench and Carpenter now on the DL. In the OF, I have Ordonez/Dye/Ethier/Jackson/Choo in the OF, with Drew, Cameron, DeJesus, and Andruw Jones (don’t laugh) on bench. Yes, I wish I played Drew and Cameron this week.

    If I did the deal, I’d have to start either Drew, DeJesus, or Orlando Cabrera at Util. I’d also think about moving a SP or two in an effort to get a stud hitter.

    Should I do the deal?

  160. Steve says:

    @BSA: Careful you don’t hit me coming the other way.

  161. Cap'n C says:

    by the way, my league is h2h/points

  162. madx34 says:

    @BSA Remy isnt from Weston…..thats where he TOOL’ed up to

    @Endless Summer….for $5 million why not Abreu?? That one didn’t make sense for a lot of teams—especially the Cubbies

  163. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: Try and sign up again in the forums… We’ve had some problems last night, now it should be straight. Please comment on a post if you still can’t log in. And make sure after signing up, you activate the account from your email.

  164. Dingo says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: All right, here goes:

    A guy in my league is desparate for Saves, and he’s put all of his OFs on the trading block: Hamilton, Bay, Granderson, Victorino, Dunn, Krispie, and Ibanez. I’m not exactly lousy with closers, but I’ve got Mo Rivera, Fuentes, and Hoffman (DL), with Soriano and Franklin hanging around just for fun. For OFs, I’ve got Holliday, Vlad, Bruce, and Ethier. Do you see any possible trade combinations for us? Mostly I’d like to find a way to give OF + RP to get Hamilton, but I’m not sure what it would take.

    Other relevant info: 11-team roto league, 7 x 7 with R, HR, RBI, AVG, SB, H, and OPS as offensive stats. Here’s my full roster:

    C: Doumit
    1B: Fielder
    2B: Weeks
    SS: Reyes
    3B: Reynolds
    OF: Holliday
    OF: Vlad
    OF: Bruce
    Util: Ethier
    Util: Votto
    BN: Flippy Lopez
    BN: Salty
    BN: Yunel Escobar

    SP: Halladay
    SP: Vazquez
    SP: Joba
    SP: Cain
    RP: Rivera
    RP: Fuentes
    P: Franklin
    P: Soriano
    BN: Lowe
    BN: Weaver
    BN: Kawakami
    BN: Parra
    DL: Hoffman


  165. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cap’n C: I’m not a huge fan of Burnett, but I’m even less a fan of Ortiz. That’s a good deal for you, I’d do it.

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: If you can flip Rivera and Ethier for Hamilton, I’d like that for you. Or Fuentes and Ethier for Bay.

  167. Zebo says:

    @Grey: drop Fontenot for Aaron Hill?

  168. Zebo says:

    @Grey: sorry, Snider, Dickerson or Burrell?

  169. Cap'n C says:

    Better FA pickup now that Carpenter’s on the DL:

    Dallas Braden
    Brian Bruney
    Doug Davis
    Fred Lewis
    Juan Rivera
    Jeff Niemann

    Don’t really need anything specific… none of these guys would start in my lineup right now. Thinking value for down the road.

  170. Steve says:

    What the heffin’ hey is Weaver doing?

    Or not doing?


  171. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Who wins?

    Holliday/Werth or Markakis/N. Cruz?

  172. Steve says:

    Sucking real bad in R and SB. Kick Kubel to the Kurb and take (blech) Endy Chavez for a spin?

  173. yoshinorimike says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: It’s gotta be Markakis-Cruz; I think both of those players are preferrable over their counterparts in the deal right now.

  174. yoshinorimike says:

    wow monster day for my team today thanks to Hill, Cruz and Kinsler

    14 4 17 2 .447 (!)

    and as a Dodgers fan I’m happy to see a vague consensus starting to shape around them as the team to beat this year (especially coming out of the uber-weak West)

  175. Tom says:

    Lowell’s doing well, but should I be concerned about health yet?
    Should I wait a while and trade high, since I have Mark Reynolds and A-Ram?

  176. SP says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Definitely Markakis/Cruz, despite my bias because I have them. Hey, that makes us Markakis/Cruz buddies! HIGH FIVE!

  177. SP says:

    @Zebo: Keep Aaron Hill. He’s a lock for the 2 spot in a lineup that’s actually hitting this year. You can expect 65ish extra base hits from him with lots of runs, good average and some steals.

  178. Zebo says:

    @SP: so drop Fontenot then?

  179. Zebo says:

    @SP: too late, while i was pondering whether to drop Fontenot, Hill was snatched up.

  180. Zebo says:

    @Grey: what about keeping Snider to see if he is good for a while, and drop Edwin Jackson for Burrell?

  181. Steve says:

    @Grey: Morgan’s an alternative, although he hasn’t cleared waivers yet.

    And while we’re all about using your waiver priority (I have the No.1) around here, I’m not sure he’s the best use of it this early in the season.

    What I really need (among a lot of other things!) is for Maybin to get his shizz together.

  182. Griff says:

    What do you guys think of these 2B options:

    Jose Lopez, Kelly Johnson, Felipe Lopez

    I have Rollins, BJ UPton, and Rios, so speed isn’t a pressing concern.

  183. SP says:

    @Griff: I like Felipe Lopez from that group. He’s pretty much set as their lead off guy so lots of runs. I heard somewhere that the D-Backs are gonna steal more this year so he’ll get plenty of SBs too.

    Plus, Jose Lopez and Kelly Johnson are just boring. Unless the former is called J-Lo and the latter is a female porn star, they are just yawnstipating.

  184. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    AL – Rays
    NL – NY Mets
    WS – Mets

    NL MVP – Puhols
    AL MVP – Miggy Cabrera
    AL ROY – Wieters
    NL ROY – Hanson

    AL CY – Beckett
    NL CY – Santana.

  185. john says:

    Safe to start Maine tomorrow against SD in the new ballpark, right?

    I have all the pitching categories in hand in my H2H this week, so i’m starting to micromanage…

  186. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: Sure, go ahead.

    @Steve: I’d like that too.

    @john: Start him.

  187. john says:

    @Grey: cool, thanks grey

  188. johnson21 says:

    Grey, Thanks for all your help at this hour. Drop Milledge for Masterson? In a 3OF league, I have Rios, A jones, and Bay. Werth is on my bench.
    Also, drop Chris Perez for Aaron Hill? I have Bonifacio, but Hill might be a good spec add.

  189. john says:

    @johnson21: I’d drop Milledge, especially since you’re OF is good to begin with..as for Hill, i think that depends on if you’re in need of saves or not cuz Perez has a chance of being the closer if he does well in these first few appearances

  190. johnson21 says:


    Thanks brotha. I am thinking of adding Hill and dropping Milledge. I will see how Perez does cuz I am in dire need of saves. Its hard to drop Milledge cuz he was my 11th round draft pick!

  191. Grey

    Grey says:

    @johnson21: Yeah, cut Milledge. I just wrote a post saying that. Grab Masterson. Don’t drop Perez. He was just called up.

  192. johnson21 says:

    @Grey: Thanks man! Much love.

  193. Zebo says:

    @Grey: drop Edwin Jackson for Perez?

  194. arussell1983 says:

    here was the post on my blog from Sat April 4th….

    AL West Division Winner: Texas Rangers
    AL Central Division Winner: Kansas City Royals
    AL East Division Winner: New York Yankees
    AL Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

    AL MVP: Mark Teixeira
    AL CY Young: Josh Beckett
    AL Rookie of the Year: Travis Snider
    AL Bust of the Year: Alexei Ramirez
    AL Surprise MVP Candidate: Jose Lopez

    NL West Division Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers
    NL Central Division Winner: Chicago Cubs
    NL East Division Winner: New York Mets
    NL Wild Card: Florida Marlins

    NL MVP: Hanley Ramirez
    NL CY Young: Tim Lincecum
    NL Rookie of the Year: Cameron Maybin
    NL Bust of the Year: Fransisco Rodriguez
    NL Surprise MVP Candidate: Joey Votto

    World Series:
    New York Yankees over Los Angeles Dodgers
    World Series MVP: Alex Rodriguez

  195. Doug Ault says:

    Jully 27-30, the Dodgers are in St. Lou.

    What are the odds Ausmus sits behind the plate for a Rasmus ab

  196. johnson says:

    gotta put it on record…
    al- twins
    nl- dodgers
    ws- dodgers
    al rook- price
    nl rook- hanson
    al mvp- longoria
    nl mvp- wright
    al cy- liriano
    nl cy- johan

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