We’ll get to the team, as they say on the the Little Chocolatiers, shortly.  First, this was my least favorite draft I’ve done this year and maybe in the last two years.  For the first time in a while, I’m not sure if this team has what it takes to win.  So, because of that, it’ll probably end up being my best team.  As William Goldman says, nobody knows anything.  I can look at a team and tell if it should struggle or should excel.  In the end, shoulds turn to unicorns and guys like Cliff Lee win a Cy Young, though not this year.  So should this team I just drafted do well?  Forecast:  cloudy.  Could?  Sure.  All this second guessing might just come from owning Figgins for the first time in four or five years.  Anyway, here’s my 2010 fantasy baseball team:

13 teams, roto, 5×5, C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL

2010 Fantasy Baseball Team

Matt Kemp and Mark Teixiera and My Own $30+ Rule Squashed

I hardly ever break $30 in an auction. People spend like crazy in the beginning and you end up with incredible values later.  Well, there goes that.  Honestly, I think it’s because I’m in too many leagues this year, I just had to mix it up.  Usually when you spend over $30, your team ends up unbalanced.  Speaking of unbalanced…

Damn, Dawg.  This Team is Pitchy

Sometime after I drafted Shin-Soo Choo, I started to think to myself.  We’re about 100 picks in, maybe I should get a pitcher.  About 20 picks later.  I found myself thinking I really should get a pitcher.  Then I grabbed Dotel and I thought cool, but maybe I might like a starter.  About 40 picks after that I found myself battling for starters with one other team that needed pitching.  After I lost out on Bills and Hamels, I got my first starter, Jered Weaver.  I think I then vomited and grabbed Garza.  Then I sat in my own vomit and drafted Lackey.  Then I just started throwing SPs on my team in hopes if I grabbed 8 — that’s right, 8! — maybe I’d have 6 good ones.  There is a low max IP limit (1250) so I might be able to sneak by with 5 SPs and good closers.  Not that I have good closers.  Cust kayin’.

Chone Figgins and Brian McCann and a Teaspoon of WTF

Let me set the scene.  Victor Martinez just went for $17.  Brian McCann gets nominated and he’s sitting there at $13.  Clock starts ticking and I refuse to let him go for $13, so I raise it one dollar assuming someone will take him to $15.  Well, I just bought myself a $14 McCann.  This is actually one of my favorite picks of this draft.  $14 for the guy I believe can be the number one catcher.  Like I’ve always maintained.  I like McCann, just don’t like drafting a catcher in the 5th round.  Well, there are no rounds here.  Now, for the Figgy scrolls. Robinson Cano went for $24 a few picks before and, at 2nd base, I have Figgins right after him.  So when someone bid $19, I went to $20.  I thought someone would go to $21 and I’d let him go, but at $20 and at 2nd base, I gave Figgy one more chance.

I Punted MI.  Like, as in, I Didn’t Even Draft One

That’s right.  No MI.  Take that establishment!  Okay, technically, I didn’t punt it.  Sean-Rod didn’t have 2nd base eligibility when I did this draft, so rather than draft from the Valbuenas and the Izturii of the world, I grabbed two MRs at the end hoping to get vulture saves.  Worked for Morales, not so much for Guerrier.  Guerrier’s now gone for The Duke of Duchscherer.  Right now, I’m rocking Kelly Johnson at MI and this has been one of my best performing teams so far.  Go figure.

  1. Eddy says:

    For waiting such a long time for SP, i think you did really well. DLR, Garza, Slowey, Oswalt, and Lackey certainly is nothing to scoff at. Weaver as our first one perhaps merited some vomit, but not Garza. Hey, if Price can shut down the Yanks, so can Garza! Although that Peralta pick looks a little suspicious…

    @ Grey and Razzballers

    I posted this right before this new post, so just in case everyone migrates here…

    Who do you bench tonight? I’m down 2 runs, up 2 HRs, up 2 RBI, and up 4 SB.

    Adam Jones (vs. Sheets)
    Rajai Davis (vs. David Hernandez)
    Curtis Granderson (vs. Scott Kazmir)
    Carlos Quentin (vs. Dana Eveland)
    Jayson Werth (vs. Scott Olsen)
    Jay Bruce (vs. Josh Johnson)

  2. Eddy says:

    as your** first one

  3. Tom Reale says:

    So is it time to cut the chord on Guerrier and Fail-Fail with Rauch and Feliz looking good? For Pavano?

    PS Kubel has a pretty sweet Smugshot too.

  4. Nathan says:

    No seriously, someone tell me who David Huff is so I can stab myself for being exciting about the Indians 8th inning comeback because I would get a save from Chris Perez.

  5. Nathan says:

    Oh, he’s their starter. Nevermind, I’m a dumb-ass.

  6. Tom Reale says:

    @Eddy: I’d bench Davis being up 4 SBs

  7. Bill Lumbergh says:

    With CarGo headed to the DL, is it time to grab Seth Smith as a replacement?

  8. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Nathan: hahahahaha

  9. @Grey: Not too bad. I like McCann too, especially for $14. Surprised Vmart went for only $17! I don’t care for a lot of those pitchers (with the exception of Garza and JDR) but when faced with choosing between mediocre and mediocrere you’re thowing a bunch of guys out there and seeing what sticks. Not a bad strategy since you don’t spend a fortune doing it.

    Wow nice name drop on William Goldman. It really is so true – in showbiz and baseball. That’s why I love this site.

  10. Eddy says:

    Btw, I just realized Dana Eveland has to take the prize for the girliest name in baseball. Sorry Gaby and Kelly, there’s a new girl in town.
    @Tom Reale:
    For me it’s me it’s either Bruce or Davis, and I was also thinking Davis, but the fact that Bruce faces JJ makes me think twice…

  11. charlie batch says:

    “Chone Figgins and Brian McCann and a Teaspoon of WTF”, cherios exploded from my face

  12. BeanyBill says:

    Geez, where are the HRs gonna come from on this team, Grey?

  13. Tom Reale says:

    I like this team. Big fan of McCann. Like all your pitchers except Ervin but for $1, can’t go wrong.
    Was planning on cutting Guerrier too. But Gregg, Nefti, Rodney were all drafted. I picked up Duch last week. Slim pickings right now. Do you like Pavano vs KC?

  14. Tom Reale says:

    Liriano cruising over the Bad News Sawx right now.

  15. Van Hammersly says:

    Really love the draft reviews. If I had my druthers it would always be draft day.

    In a vacuum, which side do you prefer: Fielder/Holliday or Lincecum/Morneau?

  16. @Grey: 12 team keeper, 5 keeper league. Carlos Santana just got put on waivers by owner with injuryitis.

    I’ve got Fuentes and Hill DL’ed and the only guy I’d really consider cutting now are Fowler or Correia and I like both of those guys.

    I’m speed deficient but otherwise solid on offense and I have Wieters (1C) so Santana’s more a luxury. he could be a very attractive trade chip or super cheap keeper (a keeper found off the wire would cost a 25th round pick to keep) with Wieters being traded.

    Tough dilemma. It’s H2H and tied 5-5 now, everything pretty close. One of those short term vs. long term moves. I play to win every week (and there’s a best regular season record $ prize as well as champion) so I might be F’ing my self today for the future. Then again, having 2 good catchers is a nice problem to have.

  17. BTW Tyler Colvin’s hitting 5th in the Cubs lineup today. Can Z please have one clean inning.

  18. Terrence Mann says:

    If that’s your worst draft in two years, that’s pretty good. De La Rosa probably should be valued higher. The Rockies already consider him a second ace and he’s been one of the best pitchers in the league since June 09. You know it’s not hard to pick up a starter or two over the season if Santana and Oswalt continue their current trends.

    That outfield is super powerful and allows you to take Figgins at 3B. With Desmond and Johnson at MI, you pretty much stuck to your guns with that strategy.

    It does look like this team is lacking in SB, but it should certainly compete, right?

  19. NYYanks27 says:

    if you had to drop one closer which would it be…. Capps,Gregg,Madson, Franklin, Aardsma or Rauch? Thanks.

  20. Dude says:

    @Grey and Razzballers- how would you rank Ian Kennedy, Bud Norris, Brett Myers in a deep NL-only 5×5 league? thx

  21. rafi says:


    I’m in a AL-Only non-keeper league. My team’s pretty strong I think except I lack an actual closer (have Rodney, Thornton, Perry and Jensen Lewis)

    Just took a look at my waiver wire options…




    Minors/Unsigned: Drabek,Holland, Hellickson, M. Perez, Washburn
    Majors: Wuertz, Howell, Wheeler, Bard, Jepsen, Linebrink, Mickolio

    Which guys pitchers or hitters do you like best for 2010? Any you figure to be up sooner than later?

    I figure I’ll nab Wuertz or Howell cuz they won’t cost me a roster spot and not sure yet who else I’m adding….

  22. Eddy says:

    Damn, my opponent has Liriano today. I was banking on him getting rocked.

  23. Tom Emanski says:

    Man, I’m in a sell-high on Liriano mood right now? Someone convince me not to.

  24. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Well, just got my first (serious) Mastertrader offer of the year in one of my keeper leagues:

    His Robot Jones, Hideki Matsui, and K. Kawakami for my Zimmerman and Teixeira.

    His attached note? “Gives you two solid bats and adds a quality pitcher.”

  25. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Which side you like in this trade…right here: Weeks or Oswalt?

  26. Nathan says:

    Epic pitchers duel between Kyle Lohse and Bud Norris??????

  27. Tom Emanski says:

    @Tom Emanski: Wasn’t supposed to be a question.

  28. @Grey: That’s what I’m thinking. I’ve hit big drafting Longo and Wieters the past two years, but this season the competition has gotten a lot stiffer.

    Is there a word for when one of your hitters jacks one of your pitchers? McGehee just took Z deep.

    BTW: Keith Hernandez just told a great story about getting his car towed in Manhattan during a game. Nobody calls a better game than those guys.

  29. @Grey: Is this the team that belongs to the italicized voice?

  30. royce! says:

    @Nathan: I seriously considered streaming Lohse today… HOU is really, epically, terrible this year. They have a .539 team OPS. Against righties it’s .476!

  31. Cain Fan says:

    I swear Zambrano knows when I start him, those tend to be the starts he pukes all over my WHIP and ERA.

    Grey I actually like this squad, it might also be because I own a lot of your guys. I think your offense is plenty strong and balanced. I wouldnt be worried about power with Hamilton, Dunn, Teix, Kemp, McCann and even Choo in there.

    I used to play in a league w. 1250 IP and it tends to ridiculously devalue SP. You can get away w. 4 SP (800-900 IP), 3 closers (140) and 3-4 (210-300) strong middle relievers (without holds as a cat there should be plenty on waivers). We ended up shifting to 1450 IP and it has significantly changed the values of SP and RP.

  32. Nathan says:

    @royce!: Someone else mentioned streaming him in the comments in yesterday’s post and I figured “what the hell”. Working out so far. Big double play just now to erase Bourn.

  33. Nathan says:

    @Nathan: Now if only the Cards could score a few runs, I might even get a W out of it. <3 Kyle Lohse (???).

  34. Utley’s on fire.

  35. Dread Pirate Roberts says:

    In a 12 team H2H league public league, and someone dropped Ted Lilly. I already have my DL used with Lee, so is it worth dropping Sheets for him? Also could consider Correia and Kuroda for drop.

  36. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    So glad Cuddy Bear decided to go on a HR tear the week I’m going against him H2H… dickhead.

    @Bring Back Pluto: I have a guy in my main league that refuses to stop sending offers for Pujols no matter what my response is (no response, pleasant decline, counter-offer, rude comment, vulgarities, stat breakdown). The latest was Pujols/Brian Wilson/Nunez for Bay/Lackey/Russell Martin.

  37. Nathan says:

    Kyle Lohse for Cy Young!!!!!!!!!!!!111one

  38. sean says:

    @sean: out not it

  39. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    @Grey: Which do you like better: the aforementioned Weeks for Oswalt swap or Granderson/Weeks for Ethier/Baker?

  40. @Grey: Yeah Grace is great too. Of course Skully but he’s the voice of God so that’s cheating.

    @Elijah: Ha. Reminded me of a game at Shea in ’07. Rollins jacked Heilman as usual and a barbarian in an Utley jersey got up and started giving us the biz. A car was burning in the parking lot beyond the right field wall, so I stood up and drunkenly bellowed, “Hey Utley, your car’s on fire.”

  41. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Alright fellas, I need some trade advice. Recently swapped Phillips & AJ Burnett for Verlander + picked Weeks up off waivers. Now I’ve received an offer of Weeks & Hamels for Utley. With the addition of Verlander I can probably afford to lose Hamels. Remaining SPs would be: Verlander, Nolasco, Wandy, Sanchez, Hughes, Kennedy, Gio, & Ervin. This is a dynasty H2H CBS points league. Love me some Chase! Thanks for the help all!

  42. Cain Fan says:

    What is wrong w. Aramis? He has 14 Ks already in 9 games and hes never had over 100 in a season, somethings not right.

  43. @Dread Pirate: I’d drop Sheets. I hear good things about Lilly’s health. If that’s true, he’s solid.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cain Fan: He’s feeling the effects of being a schmohawk.

  45. Nathan says:

    Tomorrow’s Cy Young candidate: Tom Gorzellany.

    Not sure I if I have the stomach to do this two days in a row.

  46. and1mcgee says:

    i was offered:

    Braun/J Upside



    I’m thinking about trying to send Quentin instead of Cruz.

    any thoughts, people who should be working???? lol thanks

  47. sean says:

    @Grey: Ha! Or because he’s the classic definition of a Latin 32.

  48. sean says:

    @Bill Lumbergh: I’m gonna need you to go ahead and make that trade for UTLEY.

  49. Dread Pirate Roberts says:

    @Grey: Yes, as a matter of fact I can. He’s still on waivers, and comes off right after Correia’s next start. I think I’ll see how Sheets does tonight. If he throws another stinker, he gone (if waiver claim goes well).

  50. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Bud Norris – 9 Ks and 1 ER in 5 innings today vs. STL. Anyone else impressed?

  51. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @sean: Trade is made. Chase will be a great addition to my Pujols, Braun, Miggy & Wright lineup core!!!

  52. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. I pulled the trigger! Love the site.

  53. Matt says:

    I’m reading CarGo to DL. Ugh.

    Montero, Zimmerman, Sizemore and CarGo. I’m killing in my hamstring-only league right now.

  54. Can someone please tell me why Desmond bunted Morgan over in the 3rd inning of a 0-1 game against Happ??? Yeah lets play for one run with our best hitters up, against a team that scores 8 a game.

    Morgan scored to tie the game but they have Scott Olson pitching. What he’s going to lock it down the rest of the way now? Makes no sense to me.

  55. Matt says:

    @3fingersbrown: I can explain. It’s the nationals.

  56. Professor Chaos says:

    @Grey: I probably know what you’re going to say here, but Masterson or Pavano for the year?

  57. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Bud Norris – 9 Ks and 1 ER in 5 innings today vs. STL. Anyone else impressed?

  58. Cain Fan says:

    @Bill Lumbergh: I think its time for you to find a new league, unless its a cash league, if thats the case can I invest in your team.

  59. rafi says:

    thanks for the reply, 1 more por favor..

    would you trade billy butler for chris davis and a crap al closer like gregg or perez? i’m guessing you would cuz i think you value davis and butler just about the same.

  60. charlie batch says:

    never a wrong time for cherios!

  61. tHe ShiT says:

    Who is the best SP to have: Kennedy, Masterson, Duch, Jaime Garcia, or Gio?

  62. tHe ShiT says:

    @ grey:
    Thought on Lirianos day and season goin forward? And the SP question above plz…

  63. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Cain Fan: Fortunately, it is a $$$ league. I’ll be having an IPO shortly after the All-Star Break!! I’ll post a link to the prospectus a few weeks before. :-)

  64. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    If a tree falls on Matt Lindstrom, but the Astros are never in a save situation, does it really make a difference?

    Seriously, I’m thinking Strasburg or Chapman will give me about the same production from Lindstrom’s roster spot over the next month and 1/2 with much better upside.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @rafi: Nope

    @charlie batch: True

    @tHe ShiT: Duchscherer, Masterson… I’ve liked Liriano since January, nothing’s changed.

  66. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Grey and fellow Razzers,

    Can you make wild and hopefully rambling speculations about Neftali Feliz this year and beyond? I got him in a couple of keeper leagues (only one with settings that will lead to my likely keeping him), but I confess to not expecting him to end up as closer. In fact, I think I’m disappointed he’s not in AAA somewhere becoming a starter… So, what’s his future?

  67. Pelfrey’s looked good since he’s acquired his little splitty. 4/0 K/BB so far today. Could be rosterable…

    One guy desperate for pitching’s picked him yesterday in my 12 team h2h. He’s available in my 15 team roto.

    It’d be extra sweet to get him and see him pitch well, since I have tix to a few games coming up. Nice to be excited about something other than the opposing players on my teams in my next visit to Bailout Field.

    Fowler made 2 hard outs btw

  68. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Grey: I really like your 8 dollars or less pitchers. Bank on Hamilton in a lot of leagues huh?

    Good Laroche just got dropped in 12 H 2 H

    Drop whom: Rasmus or Gregg
    Remaining OF: Ethier, Lind, FraGu, Cargo (possible DL stint)
    Remaining Closers: Dotel, Aards, B wilson and Jose Val.

    Even if I do not get the waiver spot for Laroche is Rasmus looking as bad as his stats indicate?

  69. Lava says:

    De la Rosa not helping any of us today. For me, he’s just another cemetery employee lending a hand at digging out the grave that the first month of baseball is preparing for my teams.

  70. Eddy says:

    Man, talk about choosing the perfect streamers. My opponent has Liriano, Happ, and Pelfrey so far. Thats 15 IP of 0 ER, 12 Ks, and 1.00 WHIP. Suffice to say I lost ERA and WHIP this week unless Lester, Hamels, Ervin, and Kershaw decide to throw no hitters on Sunday

  71. CoreyII says:

    K Slowey or J Borbon – who would you want in that trade? i’m sadly light on both speed and pitching

  72. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Eddy: That is a tough draw. Most other weeks you should be just fine with those troops!

  73. Cain Fan says:

    Aramis is doing his best Steve Balboni impersonation this season. Feast or famine.

  74. mauledbypandas says:

    @3fingersbrown: That Dodgers day game in like 2 weeks is looking really nice. Let’s hope they get a few wins before then eh?

  75. Tom Reale says:

    Aramis with a SCHMOMER!

  76. @Matt: Mind boggling. Why bat him second if you’re going to have him bunt.

  77. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: Call me crazy (go ahead, I dare you) but I see the potential for another Papelbon sitch with Feliz. You heard it here first!

  78. @mauledbypandas: Hell yeah. I’m going to the Atlanta game the Saturday before. Psyched to see Heyward and sing “Laaaar-ry.”If I’m not working I may hit that afternoon game against LA.

  79. Tom Reale says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: For this year I see Nefti keeping the closers job and running with it. It is too late to try and stretch him out for the rotation, so he’ll have to stay in the pen. However, I’m a Frank owner and I haven’t dropped him yet. As for next year, that’s anyone’s guess. See Joba and Hughes.

  80. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Grey:

    Thanks. Your response works on two levels Grey. I would hold pat or I would hold, pat. If you did that on purpose you are a genious

  81. Tom Reale says:

    Schmomer = something a schmohawk hits between strikeouts and pop-ups just to entice and convince you that they are not schmohawks. “Hey you guys catch Aramis’ schmomer today?”

  82. Hey did J-Will just steal two or was that a stattracker error?

    @Grey: I forgot I had Sean Marshall on my squad to be Kuo v.’10. Kicked him to the curb and placed a claim on Santana. Probably won’t get him anyway since I’m 11th.

    The dead roster spot might hurt me for a month but I’m thinking I can package him if I need help down the stretch.

    Having two slugging catchers can be huge when the week is close – weekend day after night game. Maybe get an extra day or two a week out of the C slot. I had a Wieters, Panda, A-Ram 3B/C platoon going at the end of last year and I dominated.

    Of course it’s less of an advantage when you have two straight C’s.

  83. Tom Emanski says:

    I am considering calling Alcides Escobar “Alcide Ecoar” from now on. STEAL SOME BASES DUDE!

  84. brad says:

    I know there’s a joke about Corey Hart losing a ball in the sun despite his sunglasses, I just can’t quite. . . .

  85. Steve says:

    When all is said and done, there is still really only one real Donkey.

  86. @Steve: Word to OBP. Donkey flashed the D earlier too. Exciting stuff.

    Wow pinch 2-run HR for Zimmerman. C’mon Phils, I need a Madson save…

    Pelf and Los Mets es lo mejor today! Pelf looks for real. I’mma ditch Myers for him in my 15 team. Guys a douche anyway. I don’t need any clubhouse cancers on my squad.

  87. Steve says:

    Hands up if you just got sonavabenched by Zimmerman in your H2H league.

  88. Dumbmutt says:

    PH HR whore Zimmerman! Dirty whore I bet Beckham goes 0-4 now

  89. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Thoughts on Pelfrey? I heard some preseason noise from ANALysts saying he was gna turn the corner this yr with his new pitch…

    Side note: Zimmerman gave us owners a little hope that he’s gna b ok

  90. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Napoli starting tonight.

    In other news, Nick Johnson is out of the lineup. It sure will be nice to see Granderson get some ABs at the top of the Yankees lineup, right? Right?

    No. They’re batting him eighth.

  91. I had second thoughts about Myers after talking to him in the clubhouse. I ditched Down-syndrome for him Pelf. Worth a flyer in 15 team.

    I loved his control today. Totally different demeanor on the mound so far from what we saw last year. Much less palm licking despite pitching in Denver interestingly enough. Had 4 seam, sinker, slider and split/change thingee working today.

    Sorry I know you asked Grey, but it’s nice to have something to be excited about in Queens.

    I’d take a wait and see approach in 12 team

  92. Tom Reale says:

    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: I don’t expect him to bat 2nd against a lefty (even if it is Kazmir)

  93. Mike says:

    Worth it to stream Gorzellany against Houston tomorrow?

  94. Tom Reale says:

    What is the word for the elation you feel when you realize that your H2H opponent benched a SP who threw a gem (Liriano)???

    the anti-sonavabench

  95. Steve says:

    Is anyone else having problems getting email notifications of comments that are made on posts you’re subscribed to?

  96. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    @Tom Reale: Good point, didn’t take that into account.

  97. Tom Emanski says:

    Hopefully no one benched Zimmerman today. I never pay attention to those x and ^ beside names in Yahoo leagues.

  98. Tom Emanski says:

    Top of the order coming up for Capps. Don’t eff this up.

  99. Tom Emanski says:

    @Elijah: *Sigh*

  100. Steve says:

    @Tom Emanski: I did. He didn’t start, though.

  101. Here comes Utley, I know I’d be confident owning Capps right now.

  102. C’mon Phils! I need me a Madson vulture win! It’s a sick sick game that we play.

  103. What the hell was Utley looking at?

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I wasn’t sonavabenched by Zimmerman only because there was short schedule today. Or shezwool, as you might say. Liriano did get me.

    @tHe ShiT: At this point, nothing to see outside of matchups.

    @Mike: Sure

    @Tom Reale: Hmm… Good question.

    @Steve: Hmm… not sure, maybe someone else could answer?

  105. @Elijah: Seriously. Then Howard swings at bad first pitch. It’s up to the Wrestler known as The Edge.

  106. Tony says:

    This day sucks! DLR 5BB and 5 runs…. frikkin i own Wright, Bay and Reyes and they go 3-10 with ONLY 1 RBI off my guy? WTF, In my RCL happ has walked 6? yet NO EARNED RUNS??? and they’re losing 7-5? Capps is trying to piss away the lead for both my teams, only bright spot…. I picked up marlon byrd in my RCL and he goes 2-4 with a donger, wow…. PAAAAAAA-THETIC!

  107. royce! says:

    @Steve: Never tried it. Someone reply to this post and I’ll be able to tell you.

  108. royce! says:

    @Tony: And here I’m thinking you’re gonna rub everyone’s face in the fact that, once again, Happ has gotten extremely lucky! Sorry to hear about your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

  109. @Tony: Hey you got the save. I had Z, Marshall and Madson today. Bye bye ERA & WHIP this week. My team’s a combined 5-21 today with only Pujols, Desmond and McGehee doing anything. Still winning 7-4 but he’s got Hudson, Kuroda and Hughes going tonight.

  110. Steve says:

    @Grey: Shezwool?

    I’d picked up Kouz earlier in the week when Zimm went down, so subbed him in just before game time. Oh well.

    And my opponent has Utley and Choo (and Prado) so it’s not like it would have made a donk of difference.

  111. royce! says:

    @3fingersbrown: Yeah, I got nothing. Thanks for trying.

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Isn’t that how your people pronounce schedule?

  113. Tony says:

    @royce!: haha…. happ is the man?

  114. Tony says:

    @Grey: pence and a brain feeze (capps) enough for CC? even close? lol

  115. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: In a H2H dynasty league would you trade Grienke for Reyes straight up?

  116. GopherDay says:

    @Tony: If you’re the Pence owner! ha!

  117. DrEasy says:

    Why oh why did I draft ARod ahead of Utley? Once again, Grey was right.

  118. Steve says:

    @Grey: I just said it to myself and it comes out more like shed-jill, but run together, not as two distinct syllables.

  119. BKK says:

    @Tony: I feel sorry for you. And for Sparrow for leaving Liriano on the bench!! Mucho Gracias!

  120. Tony says:

    @BKK: haha sparrow couldnt pitch him and i knew it, not vs BOS who would! i text him “did you have liriano in” LOL!!!

  121. Hughes, cmon man, I really need ya in RCL.

  122. Tony says:

    @DrEasy: yep what 10 days in now? Utley is defly going to have a better year than AROD since he’s hot in the first week and a half…..

  123. BKK says:

    @Tony: I hope you are not planning to send that offer to me cause I’ll save you the trouble and reject it now!

  124. Tony says:

    @Elijah: i am with ya on hughes! hahaha i’ve got him going in H2H…. and DLR just sucked.

  125. Tony says:

    @BKK: HAHHAHA…. whats funny is i own pence and capps in my RCL and our league… so NO its not going to you. Thanks for the decline in advance tho! lol

  126. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    Not getting any notifications either.

  127. @Tony:

    I felt he was highway robbery where I got him, especially considering RCL is something of an expert’s league (Anyone with two ears to hear is an expert if they follow Grey routinely)

  128. Huuuuoooooooouuuughs goes the crowd.

  129. Tony says:

    @Elijah: ya i snagged him up super late, i dont remember if he had the starting spot yet or not when we drafted… COME ON HUGHES… all i know is even if a yankee gives up 4-5 runs they’ve STILL got a good shot at winning with that offense, always makes ya feel a little better inside…

  130. @Tony:

    Yep. I took both Hughes and Burnett on that thinking, tho the K’s were also enticing.

  131. BeanyBill says:

    Hey Grey – as bad as Verlander’s been, you would still trade Nolasco and McLouth to get him, right?

  132. BeanyBill says:

    @Elijah: Suck-up.

  133. Tom Reale says:


  134. Lava says:

    Votto seems to like stealing this year. I’m giddy to have him in the league I care about, and increasingly depressed that I took Morneau over him in another league.

  135. royce! says:

    Bud Norris, Jaime Garcia, or Homer Bailey in a deep 14 team h2h that counts K/BB?

  136. Tom Reale says:

    @Tony: I got Hughes going right now too…only one bad pitch so far. He looks sharp.

  137. @Lava:

    Funny you say that, I took Votto over Morneau in one league, and vice versa in another…I had no problems with either pick, I think Morneau will have more RBI if less SB’s, but they are both solid 1b picks.

  138. Tom Reale says:


  139. sean says:

    @royce!: I’ve been a big fan of Garcia so far. He plays on the superior team. He’s a ground ball pitcher who has the stuff to strike hitters out. Sounds like a winning combination for me.

  140. sean says:

    @Tom Reale: He and Snider hit HRs at almost the identical time. God bless the HDMix

  141. Lava says:

    @Elijah: Yeah, I agree. That’s why I took him over Votto in the one league.

    It was more just being really excited of the possibility that Votto could steal 15+, because he certainly has the green light thus far in the season. If we had known about that value pre-season, neither of us may have opted for Morneau instead.

  142. I’m battling myself. I have half the Yankees lineup in one team or another and Kaz on the mound. In my pretend world, he’s pitching in a Mets uniform.

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Ugh…. I’m not sure. I’m so bad with this computer shizz. Maybe I can ask someone to look at it.

    @BeanyBill: Eh

    @royce!: Garcia

    @Steve: Ha!

    @Tony: Hehe

    @DrEasy: Eh, it’s still early. Don’t sweat it. But I did tell you so! Emoticon.

  144. @Lava:

    I had Votto last year, I always figured he had 10 SB in him and maybe more. He’s a gutsy player who fights hard, odd considering his depression issues off the field but maybe baseball is his escape. I was talkin about this last year, but Steals are a less a factor of speed than they are of will and technique. All speed does is increase the success rate, nothing more.

  145. Tom Reale says:

    @sean: watching the Yanks…saw Snider online…haha….
    @3fingersbrown: you guys got Zambrano for him, no?

  146. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Steve: Kick ass… glad I didn’t spend any time looking for a Zimm fill-in. Figured he’d be back in a couple days, not worth the effort or the drop… or am I just a fantasy genius? I’ll never tell…

  147. @Tom Reale: Yeah. I relive July 30 2004 every time I see him pitch. I almost broke my hand on my dashboard when I heard that on the radio. Worst trade in my lifetime as a Mets fan. I was too young to remember when they moved Seaver.

  148. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Does Yahoo! still have their “O-Rank”? I do all my leagues in ESPN now, but I remember sorting by O-Rank and then looking at the real rank (“Rank”?) next to the top 50 or so players… looking for a large gap between the two numbers. I’d use that as a starting point for trade ideas… maybe find an impatient owner who was looking to bail. Can’t find a way to do that at ESPN.

    Might be a good idea for an article, Grey. Top Trade-For Low Candidates… just a list of guys who are surely owned but are underperforming and might be traded for at a bargain.

  149. BeanyBill says:

    Would you give up Filthy Sanchez for Javier Vazquez at this point?

  150. Tom Emanski says:

    Grey, you will pay dearly for your lack of faith in the “Great Big Giant Pasty White Hope”

  151. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Did anyone see that slide by A-Rod? How does Scioscia stay in the dugout after a play like that?

  152. @Awesomus Maximus: You can definitely use those ratings to get over on less statistically minded owners. A lot of owners are lazy and/or can’t be bothered to really look into a guys numbers, and simply look at a Yahoo rank. I play on Yahoo and pay no attention to those ranks outside of using them to run game on a rube.

  153. @Yo Soy No Bueno: Yeah that was a joke. Aybar should have thrown it right into A-Rod’s grill.

  154. Matsui’s foot got in. Should be a tie game now.

  155. Tony says:

    alex gonzalez and marlon byrd my two waiver wire snags last night are 5/7 with 2 runs, a HR and 5 RBI’s, the REST of my RCL team….3/16 with 1 run and 2 RBI’s?

  156. royce! says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: You can do something similar on ESPN through the RESEARCH tab. Can sort by PR7, PR15, PR30, and 2010. Not sure what PR means, though. Probably something really, really cool and technical.

  157. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @3fingersbrown: Yeah, that’s the only “feature” I miss from Yahoo! It’s a nice, quick way to see which “top players” are underperforming.

  158. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @royce!: player ranking?

  159. Principal Blackman says:

    Who would you want between Halladay and Zimmerman?

    Right now I have Longoria and Zimmerman at 3rd and IF. Stewart’s at 2nd, but I also have Kelly Johnson as my backup IF.

    My Starters are currently Johnson, Nolasco, Price, Wade Davis, Latos, Buchholz and Erivn.

    This is a 6×6 H2H and the extra stats are total bases for hitters and total outs for pitchers. I also have Morneau, Tulo, & the Miguel Olivo (formerly Montero) rounding out my infield. and I have Granderson, Bruce, Quentin, Fra-Gu and Blanks in the outfield, so I feel like I should be able to withstand the loss of Zimmerman.

    Please advise.

  160. Steve says:

    @royce!: PR is the ‘Player Rating’ over the last X days.

    Don’t know what it means or how to use it, just what it stands for ;-)

    That said, if it’s anything to do with the way ESPN rates players, I’m not sure it’s of much value…

  161. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    I’m sad that Kinsler looks like he is going to be out for a while but Prado is making me forget about him right now.

  162. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @royce!: PR stands for “Player Rating” which is the same as Yahoo! “Rank”… PR7 means “Player Rating over past 7 days”, PR15 over past 15 days, etc.

    What I’m talking about is being able to look at ESPN’s 2010 Projected Rankings (which is the equivalent of the Yahoo! “O-Rank” and can be found by clicking the “Players” tab, then the “Projections” link, and then the “View Sortable Projections” link) but have it show the PR7, PR15, PR30 and 2010.

    I can look at those things in two different places, and then cross reference the info, but it’s work. It’s easy to do at Yahoo!

  163. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: I’m sure you accidentally missed this: @GopherDay comment. No worries!

  164. slinky says:

    Bay/Soria for Greink & Borboner?

    Who do you want?

  165. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @royce!: Actually, you lead me in the right direction. If you go to the “Players” main tab and then click the “Research” sub-tab… then sort by ADP (and set the filter to at least 3 Games Played to remove guys who don’t have an ADP) it’s more or less the same as what I’d look at on Yahoo! Thanks for the help.

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @slinky: It’s fair, I’d take Greinke’s side.

  167. Rick Dempsey says:

    Hey Grey,

    Is there some stat that demonstrates a pitchers proclivity to pitch himself out of holes? Thnx.

  168. mrbaseball says:

    Hey Grey – Do You Smell What the Rock is Cooking?

    do you know the secret formula when the Rock starts Chris Iannetta or Miguel Olivo – ha I owned them both now in one league

  169. royce! says:

    @Rick Dempsey: Shouldn’t LOB% cover that? As far as I understand it, the league average hovers around 70%, but I don’t think you can tell if a pitcher is getting lucky or is just purely bad ass until you have a handful of years to analyze.

  170. Tom Reale says:

    @3fingersbrown: Yeah what was the deal with Kazmir? Some sort of clubhouse cancer or something, right? Godzirra was safe you’re right. Nice throw by Grandy too. Where’s that Damon chicken arm?

  171. Tom Reale says:


  172. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rick Dempsey: It’s a little known stat called, Shovels. I keed. Yeah, not sure. Not even sure if I completely understand your question. You mean, clutch pitching? Google that “clutch pitching,” you might find something.

    @mrbaseball: I think it’s what’s the Cook rocking.

  173. Tom Reale says:

    Bass for Brunch.
    Guinness for dinner.
    What’s today, May?
    Life is good.

  174. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: Yeah I just saw that “Clutch” stat. Thnx.

  175. royce! says:

    How many years in a row will Harang fool me into owning him? I think the over/under is 5. I’ve never been so happy to see Micah Owings in my life!

  176. @royce!: Yessir. Best ways to see if pitchers are getting lucky is to check BABIP and FIP. Ultimately I think BB/K and HR% are probably the most important peripherals to consider, especially with a small sample size.

  177. Ah well. I deserved what I got starting Kaz tonight… At least I have Cano on that same team.

  178. Ari says:

    I have Lincecum and somebody offered me Johan Santana and Hunter Pence. My gut says that’s a terrible idea but I decided to take a look at his roster to see if he had anything worth getting and he’s got Pujols. Would Lincecum + others for Pujols + others be worth it?
    How about:
    Lincecum, JA Happ, Mark Reynolds
    Pujols, Shaun Marcum, Max Scherzer

  179. William says:

    @Grey: Mike Gonzalez is out at least 3 weeks. Will you hug me?

  180. danimal35 says:

    Glaus or Nick Johnson? wash?

  181. mrbaseball says:

    D. Uggla is hitting over 300 after the first week – that has to a record

    I love D. Lucy hit a homerun tonight – this has been a Desilu Production

  182. mrbaseball says:

    William Says:
    Mike Gonzalez is out at least 3 weeks. Will you hug me?

    three more week before his next blown save

  183. royce! says:

    @William: Seeing as how I need a hug for the same reason, sure.

  184. mrbaseball says:

    @mrbaseball: I think it’s what’s the Cook rocking.

    I just hope the Colorado Rockies won’t be using a third catcher

  185. Josh Johnson reminding me why I drafted him.

  186. slinky says:

    drop eveland for jim johnson?

  187. mrbaseball says:

    I see the yankees batted Curtis Granderson in the 8th spot tonight

    If I was the yankee manager I would have batted M. Teixeira in the 8th spot instead

  188. slinky says:

    @mrbaseball: hahah tex is doing his normal early season thing…. NOTHING.

  189. royce! says:

    @slinky: If your league counts saves, yes.

  190. slinky says:

    @royce!: RCL….. and play mags vs. King tomm or will corey hart go vs. LHP from WAS? Corey is a career .291 hitter vs. lefties… is that why he sat vs. Z today?

  191. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: Josh Johnson making me thrilled to have just traded Rasmus/Nunez to get him.

  192. mrbaseball says:

    Scott Kazmir pitched better on the DL

  193. mrbaseball says:

    slinky Says:
    @mrbaseball: hahah tex is doing his normal early season thing…. NOTHING.
    Thats why I did not draft him – It just bums me out when my number 1 pick does not hit for the first 4 to 6 weeks of the season while the teams that I am playing are giving be a beat down

  194. @Mrbaseball: I wonder if they ever consider turning Kazmir into a reliever. I think he’d be a dynomite closer.

    Re Tex: Hey better he slump in April than August or September right? At least he’s walking. It’s only a matter of time before he and A-Rod go nuts.

    Nice night for Maybin. Wish I had him on all my teams.

  195. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Sell high on Hughes?

  196. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    16-team H2H-POINTS League

    Need a catcher (was running with Napoli and now Olivo).

    Need starting pitching, (after Lincecum & Nolasco, I start Latos, Hammel & Rowland-Smith).

    Beckham is now eligible to replace Cano at 2B. Tried to get Haren straight-up for Cano, but it was a no-go.

    What do you think of these other options?

    Cano FOR McCann & Zito
    Cano FOR Slowey & Borbon


  197. I am the Liquor says:

    Greinke/Rios or JUpton/J Sanchez?

  198. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: @Everbody………..

    Who would you own right now? Guerrier or Jim Johnson?

  199. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @BigFatHippo: Jim Johnson

  200. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @I am the Liquor:


  201. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BigFatHippo: Johnson.

  202. paulzone says:

    clement or soto?

  203. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BigFatHippo: Especially considering:

    “Michael Gonzalez is expected to be on the shelf for at least three more weeks with a strained shoulder, according to Dan Connolly’s (Baltimore Sun) twitter page.”

  204. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @paulzone: Soto

  205. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: I hope that’s not an RCL question…

  206. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Hey all
    Would u do choo/nunez for Grandy in an obp league?

  207. Eddy says:

    Man, what a down day for my money league. 5/23, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 SB.

    Opponent? 14/31 6 runs, 3 HR, 10 RBI .452

    My 8-3 lead is now a 4-7 deficit.

    Not to mention he threw Pelfrey, Liriano, and Happ out there.


  208. @Eddy:

    Maybes hes actually pretty good.

  209. Schlitzy says:

    McLouth just hit the waiver wire in my 14 team league. I can drop a middle reliever, but should i use my #1 waiver priority?

  210. paulzone says:

    what do you think about contreras out of the philly pen for SP holds? Narveson?

  211. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Schlitzy: who is he replacing in ur lineup?

  212. Tom Reale says:

    Great day for Robinson Cano (named after Jackie Robinson) on Jackie’s Day!

    @Yo Soy No Bueno: Sell higher at the break.

  213. Eddy says:

    I refuse to believe that. He walked what, 6 today? How do you walk six in Citizens and get away with it?

  214. @Eddy:

    I dunno, I had him last year and he just kept on going every start, its uncanny.

  215. @Tom Reale: Robbie is freakin’ mashing. Straight lasers all over the place. I don’t understand why he’s projected to drive in so few runs. Do they not take into account that he’s hitting 5th!? He should crack 100 RBI easy.

    For godsake why is Wieters hitting behind Tejada again? To get Miggy going? May as well put the names in a hat and pick a lineup Trembley. Idiot.

  216. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: i think it was an RCL Q

  217. Kris Benson starting for Az Sat nite, oh joy.

  218. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: (Shakes head sadly).

  219. Schlitzy says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: probably adam laroche or rajai davis. its a holds league so i have juan gutierrez i can drop.

  220. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Thanks very much! I am amazed you don’t miss so many with so many comments!! Keep up the good ‘Stach…er…I mean work! (‘Stach is nice too though)

  221. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    def dont drop rajai, I’d drop Laroche. As for using the waiver depends on the league and how impatient people are….

  222. Tom Reale says:

    @3fingersbrown: Absolutely. Wait until Tex and Arod start getting on base.

  223. Professor Chaos says:

    Lind for Lester, which side ya got?

  224. Hugo says:

    Human Fund

  225. Wow Heilman blew Haren’s lead. Go figure.

  226. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: The beer just gave me an idea for the anti-sonavabench but I will need some stache-aid. How about something like whatamensch or sonavamensch? “The dude sat JJ and Liriano against me tonight…he must be a sonavamensch!”

  227. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: it felt like more of an ibeer…

  228. Flyin says:

    Which one do you guys believe is the better stream for tomorrow: Milwood, Braden, Gozelanny, or Bonderman. And what about if Leake was also in that (Hes avalable in one league but not another.) Thanks

  229. @Tom Reale: My opponent was a real mensch tonight not throwing Hughes out there. Luckily I’m still tied in W’s.

    @Grey: If I’m fucking my step-sister with Hamels on my squad. I’m running a train on my step-mom this weekend with all three STL pitchers going against The Mets.

    So twisted. I can still feel Terry Pendleton tear my heart out.

  230. danimal35 says:

    Jose Reyes/B. Wagner for Tulo?

  231. Brian says:

    @Flyin: I would not touch Leake. We’re talking a non-elite draft pick in his second professional start. The Pirates don’t have a great lineup but it’s way better than whatever the Pac-10 was sending out against him this time last year.

    Of the others I’d take Gorzelanny against the Astros but really it would be better to go with none of the above.

  232. Adam says:

    @Flyin: Is Gorz starting for sure tomorrow? I’ve seen Silva listed some places, including Cubs.com

  233. Flyin says:

    @Brian: Thanks for the input. Ya I dont like Leake, just figured Pittsburgh Ks alot so maybe.

    @Adam: Hmm now that you say that just checked the chicago tribune and espn both say Silva. Guess I was mistaken

  234. penpen says:

    Tulo and Baker for Tex?

  235. Funktastic says:

    @Grey: Thanks for all the advice. I like Jay Bruce… kind of. Got him in ’08 when he came up. Should I be picking up Chris Young (Ari) and dropping Bruce at this point?

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