Andre Ethier had a June line of 9/3/12/.195… In 2008. June gloom? Perhaps. In 2009, he had a May as atrocious. So he can come out of this funk. In the last three years, Ethier has hit 30 points better in the 2nd half. Then again, could it be the pinkie that’s giving Ethier issues? Sure, but how long can a flippin’ pinkie hold him back? Take it easy on the shadow puppets and give your pinkie a rest, doode. Besides, this isn’t the first time Andre Ethier’s had to battle his pinkie demons. So he should get better? Yup. Like a dwarf standing in line, I smell a but. Yeah, random italicized voice, there’s a but. But he gives you no steals and his power is limited. His HRs per AB for the last three years is almost identical from the 1st half to the 2nd half. Around one homer every 25 ABs, so you’re looking at 40/12/50/.300/2 in the 2nd half. It’s nice, but Brennan Boesch just did that in the 1st half. Oh, and maybe the pinkie is bothering him. Ethier’s name value is a lot more valuable than his stats. This does not mean sell Ethier for an unopened Blossom: Season 2 DVD, but I’d entertain offers if there’s people in your league that think Ethier’s due for a huge bounce back. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Clint Barmes – Has some power and very light speed. Will usually hurt you on average, but is currently hitting near-.400 in the last week. And just think if you own DeWitt and Barmes, you can dedicate your fantasy season to John Ritter.

Felipe Lopez – When you drafted Utley in the 1st round, you never thought you’d be thinking about swimming up the Fe-Lopezian in July, huh?

Mike Aviles – We’ll call this the “I Just Lost Pedroia, Utley and Tulo” Buy/Sell edition. Between Barmes, Felipe and Aviles (or Barfmes), you have a terrible average-okay power guy, a light on everything guy and an empty average guy, respectively. Just think, if you play your Barfmes exactly right, you can get everything Pedroia, Utley and Tulo were giving you. But probably not.

Matt LaPorta – Just went over him. Scroll down or click. The choice is yours, Black Sheep.

Chris Johnson – Before altering all of your Big Johnson t-shirts, I’d note that he has a terrible walk to strikeout rate. For right now, he’s more of an NL-Only add.

Dexter Fowler – This season Dexter is going to kill it! I’m hoping if I keep saying that it will come true while also reminding me to rent the first season of that serial killer show.

Roger Bernadina – Doesn’t he sound like a real estate agent whose picture would be on a bus bench? I’m Roger Bernadina and I can be a cheap source of a 10/20 season. Now who wants to be a homeowner?

Wilson Betemit – For how long can the Royals bench their hottest hitter? Not rhetorical. Before you answer, consider that they played Alex Gordon when he wasn’t hitting and now refuse to promote him when he is hitting. Also consider they never promoted Kila Ka’aihue when he was hitting or gave him a fair shake when they did promote him.

Milton Bradley – What are you worried about? Him throwing off your fantasy chemistry? Sure, in person Milton Bradley is unsafe for Ages 2+, but you’re not going to dinner with him. Go ahead and add this Golden Glove outfielder for power and some light speed.

Alfredo Simon – Mike Gonzalez should be owned, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be the closer as soon as he walks off the big ol’ jet airliner. A) Gonzalez has a habit of losing closing gigs. B) He’s a lefty. C) He needs to get some innings under his belt in the majors before closing. D) There’s no D. E) Why would there be an E if there was no D?

Kris Medlen – In the May 7th Buy/Sell, I told you to get Medlen. He’s now at 11% owned in ESPN. Don’t everyone jump on the bandwagon at once.

Tom Gorzelanny – 65 Ks in 63 IP. I shouldn’t have to say more. Though by me saying I shouldn’t have to say more is technically me saying more. And me saying I shouldn’t have to say more is technically me saying more is me saying even more. And me saying– Well, you get the picture.


Paul Konerko – He’s now 34-years-old and has 20 homers while batting .295. Hasn’t hit over 31 homers or as high as .295 since 2006. I’m not saying to sell him for fifty cents on the dollar but for 2010 you’ve already got three-quarters of Konerko’s production. It’s time to cash in.

Ian Kennedy – You guys had a nice run. Member that time you and him and… Yeah, good times! The Diamondbacks are starting to skip him and he’s not a good enough bet going forward for you to be patient. I’m looking elsewhere.

Pablo Sandoval – Aw… But he’s so cute! He’s fat and a panda and you just can’t hate on that. In the preseason, I warned people that Sandoval is not a power hitter no matter his size. He’s similar to Billy Butler in that respect. (BTW, for All-Star Weekend, Billy Butler and Pablo Sandoval in a wet t-shirt contest. Who’s with me?! No one? Oh, well.) Sandoval can hit for more average than your average panda, but I wouldn’t be surprised to only see 15 homers from him this year. Otherwise known as what Rolen had through June 21st. Sandoval will still have some value this year, but he’s a prime example of someone who has more name value than actual value.

Carlos Beltran – Can he run? Can he hit major league pitching again? Can he stop looking so much like Rickie from My So Called Life, it’s really distracting. Lots of questions attached to Beltran. You know what else is attached to him? Is he wearing Michael Jackson’s jacket? No, random italicized voice. That picture is really distracting. I know. Hype and name value is attached to Beltran. If you think you’re getting a guy who is going to give you a prime career year packed into three months, you’re dreaming. I wouldn’t trade Beltran for a six pack of skunked beer, but I’d listen to offers.

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:

    trying barmes out for a bit,hope he continues the hot streak,as for konerko,i hope your wrong but wont bet against it

  2. Fletch says:

    @Grey – Hunter, Maggs or Huff the rest of the year?

  3. Nice, love the Black Sheep

    Definitely feeling this buy/sell 110%… Been trying to sell Panda, but no dice so far.

    What do you guys think of Panda for Oswalt or Bills straight up? Standard 5×5 + OBP and QS. Panda will get his knocks but I’m with Grey on his power upside. All I need from him is AVG and RBI though, so while I need pitching, I’m not going to sell too low.

  4. Howie says:

    NOTE: copied from the previous post as its timing coincided with this new post going live…

    @Grey: Trade advice, please!

    Prado, Hanson, CarGo, for Utley, Strasburg, Werth

    Traditional 4×4 (No R’s or K’s) keeper league. Hanson could be retained for one more year and Strasburg for two. Prado and CarGo would probably also be retained for two years as their auction prices were relatively low…Werth and Utley would be the remainder-of-this-year only (and we know how much Utley will be contributing during that time).

    To me it feels like is it whether getting Strasburg for two more years is worth getting Hanson for one more (assuming he pitches better next year) and having rights to get CarGo and Prado for two more years on the cheap.


  5. Jeff says:

    In a bubble what do you think of Gomes for Santana?

  6. Jeff says:

    Johan Santana for clarification.

  7. xopchipili says:

    Hrm. Just sold Barmes yesterday. Felt like I was selling high. Guess we’ll find out!

  8. cashmoney says:

    I was offered my Gardner and span for Dunn and Gregg. Good deal?

  9. @Jeff: I’d take Santana in a heartbeat. In my league my offer of Swisher or Posey (keeper league – dude’s near the bottom) + Jaime for Santana and it was denied.

    I believe Santana will get stronger as the season progresses. He’s working through some bad habits that he developed while pitching with with the bone chips in his elbow last year – namely tipping his change up – and his velocity has increased in recent starts.

    Yeah I’m a Mets fan, but I tend to be a pessimist when it comes to my team and stay away from Mets. He’s one that I’m buying.

  10. Mets fan says:

    Grey Kennedy or gorzelany the rest ofthe way?

  11. Grey — This is a repost from the other line. I got some good feedback from Fletch, but would like to get your take, and anyone else’s.

    The post:

    Everyone — I’m really in a bind at 3B with Freese out. It’s a 20-team roto league and I’m trying to make a trade for someone so I don’t have to rely only on Jose Lopez, but until then the waiver pickings are *very* thin. To wit: The No. 9 waiver priority was not enough to land me new Houston 3B Chris Johnson!

    Here are the best choices for a medium-term pickup: Wilson Betimet, Josh Bell, Willy Aybar, Geoff Blum, and Brandon Wood. I know I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel but that’s who’s available.

    I hope I’ll only need this replacement for a few days (until I can broker a trade) or, at worst until the middle of the month (until Freese comes back). Hopefully, it’ll be someone who plays most days.

    Any suggestions or insights? Grey? Anyone?

  12. El Famous Burrito says:


    Ike Davis vs. Sandoval in 12-team dynasty league?

  13. @Enrique: Hmmm. Just spied Betimet in the buy column. Is that my answer? Is he better than the other choices?

  14. Lines says:

    Kennedy for Medlen? Or let Bedard take Kennedy’s spot? I currently have E-Beezy sharin’ a laugh with Scrappy Doo on my my DL.

  15. El Famous Burrito says:


    Addendum: Ike Davis vs. Panda in a 12-team points dynasty.

  16. @Enrique: I’d go with Betimet while he’s hot. The rookie, Bell is the X-factor… maybe he has mutant powers to hit baseballs.

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Lines: bedard if he can stay healthy

  18. danimal35 says:

    of course Cecil pitches like this against the Yanks….Sonofadrop!!!!

  19. Red Panda says:

    On the fence here in keeper league:

    A: Gets Nelson Cruz ($1) and Michael Young ($16)
    B: Gets Braun ($32) and Youkilis ($22)

    Those prices reflect what a team could keep them for next year.

  20. El Famous Burrito says:

    @danimal35: I feel your pain, bub.

    Do we have a term for a pitcher that pitches great against the good teams and poorly against the lesser teams?

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Red Panda: i always play to win this year at about any cost,b wins easily if your in the thick of things,if not its hard to pass on cruz for $1

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @El Famous Burrito: ha,i dont think we do,but we need one,ive already set 3 pithers this year against the yanks and sox that have put up like 27 innings 4 runs and a 1 whip

  23. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    Closer Alert!

    “MLB source: #Marlins — 4.66 ERA, 12 blown saves and 111 BB in 222.1 IP by bullpen — have inquired about #Pirates closer Octavio Dotel.”

    Dotel for FLA pen relief; would place Meek in line for PIT closer.

    Nothing of substance–yet.

  24. aj says:

    would you bench gardner until he starts hitting again?

  25. royce! says:

    The loss of Pedrioa and MMD’s sorrows have wreaked havoc on my h2h team. I grabbed Asdrubal with the hope that he’ll return soon (dropping Slowey, who promptly pitched a gem). Now I’m wondering– should I drop either Asdrubal, Mike Gonzalez, Kouzmanoff or Hammel for Felipe Lopez or Chris Johnson?

    I have 3 other closers (Broxton, Rauch and Capps) and its a 14 team league so there are few teams with more than 2.

    My SP are Lilly, Nolasco, Liriano, Colby Lewis, Kennedy, Hammel, Arroyo and Beckett (DL).

  26. @simply fred: Arrgh, I hope not. I don’t need any competition for Nunez, and I still don’t know if Meek or Hanrahan is really next in line.

  27. Lines says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Of course he can’t stay healthy. But 5-10 starts from Bedard is usually worth it.

  28. Panda for Bills
    Panda for Oswalt

    What say you’s? QS + OBP along with standard 5×5

    @royce!: I’d drop Gonzalez for FeLo.

    I’m thin at MI too and have Lopez now. Stl has to break out and he’ll be scoring runs when they do. He had a nice 2nd half last year too.

  29. Pagan back in the lineup. Probably hitting leadoff with Reyes doubtful. Go go Angel!

    Start Posey vs. Chacin tonight or DeJesus vs. lefty Saunders? OfJesus is 4-15 lifetime vs. Joe… or Fowler vs. Mighty Tim?

    SB, HR, RBI are close – I’m thinking Posey after last night… I’m up big in AVG/OBP/R

  30. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Yeah, and it’s still the PITs.

  31. Donnie Baseball says:

    I know were not supposed to think about him, but rumor is that Blalock is going to the Angels.

    I refuse to give up on him.

  32. DSimms says:

    anybody’s thoughts on trading a a 2 person combo of grandy – bj upton – krispie for holliday? What would be fair? what would you rather have?

  33. mr baseball says:

    @GREY -Chris Johnson – Before altering all of your Big Johnson t-shirts, I’d note that he has a terrible walk to strikeout rate. For right now, he’s more of an NL-Only add.

    This is a no brainer and only time you will be able to pick up the leading rusher in the NFL as a free agent this year

  34. Wow how did Dempster end up with the QS after leaving that mess in Chicago?

  35. GTS says:

    Would you rather start Blanton @ PIT (Karstens) or LeBlanc vs HOU (Myers)?

  36. Homer at the Bat says:

    Would you make either of these deals in a H2H points league (strikeouts are penalized)?

    Bartlett for Big Papi?

    Bartlett for DeJesus?

    No real roster needs, I’m comfortably in 1st place – trying to improve roster for playoff time. Currently have Kinsler/Zobrist/Scutaro manning the 3 MI slots. Papi/The Jesus would get slotted into one of 2 Util spots – current rotation there is Huff, Tabata, Fowler, Conor Jackson, Bartlett, Luke Scott (DL)

  37. Homer at the Bat says:

    @mr baseball: Yeah, but how long will he hold out?

  38. mookiewilson says:

    Drop Aardsma for Niese on need? League counts losses and AA is costing me. Not a lot on waivers for SP or RP.

  39. Long Bawls says:

    @all: Over/under on Marcum’s return date? I’m uncertain whether I should give it in terms of a month or a year. My roster’s kinda covered in Marcum stains right now, and I’m wondering whether I should just wash my hands of him. Thanks!

  40. Homer at the Bat says:

    @mookiewilson: Can you trade Aardvarksma for some other piece, or two-for-one to open up the roster spot? There’s almost always someone dumb enough to trade for mediocre saves.

  41. @Homer at the Bat: Papi, but I’d take either over Bart-man

    @GTS: LeBlanc @ home

    @mookiewilson: If you can spare saves and need SP, sure. I wouldn’t move him until he’s out of a job unless I had 3 other closers.

    @Long Bawls: He’s expected to be back after the break.

  42. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:

    Would you hold onto Ian Kennedy in a keeper league where what you draft him at (since he was an FA he’s the last round for me) would be where you’d draft him next year?

  43. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Donnie Baseball: Blalock: 1 HR in 56 AB, against right-handers, his strength. I release you.

  44. mookiewilson says:

    @Homer at the Bat: @3FingersBrown: Been trying to trade him since picking up Axford about a month ago. No takers. Wondering if others are trusting Niese though.

  45. royce! says:

    @Oregon Nut Cups: I would.

    @GTS: LeBlanc. 2.48 ERA at Petco.

    @Long Bawls: From what I’ve heard, unless the MRI comes back positive (negative?), he’ll only miss one start, and be back after the break.

  46. tourinct says:

    Traded KFP for Liriano a couple weeks ago. Need a replacement for Marcum… Wandy, Gorzelanny, Bumgarner, Chacin (Col), Wolf, or just pick up some set up guy for hopefully a couple of weeks.

  47. Long Bawls says:

    @3FingersBrown and @royce! Yeah, I saw that too, but SM’s kinda shown himself to have achey-breaky everything. In his 6 seasons (if we include the one he missed completely) he’s maxed out at 159 IP (heh-heh: I P); even Carp’s averaged way more innings per season over his career. I know, I know, apples to fishballs. Anyway, thanks, and I hope he’s okayish.

  48. Joe says:

    Considering I need steals and Ks in my roto league, I am about to trade Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz for Carl Crawford and Clayton Kershaw. Fair trade? How worried are you about the combined injury concerns of Hamilton and Cruz for the rest of the season?

  49. tourinct says:

    @Enrique: Hearing stuff that the Phillies have interest in Lopez.

  50. royce! says:

    @Joe: I think that’s fair, based on needs, etc. Because you own both Hamilton and Cruz, I think you probably have a good idea of their combined injury concerns. If you really need SB and Ks, let them go get injured for some other team.

    Also, check Gorzelanny if you need Ks. Dude’s K/9 and K/BB are very close to Kershaw’s, and I assume you could grab him for either cheap or free.

  51. Cal cheats says:

    One of the unlucky Pedroia owners here. I can choose between Aviles, Aaron Hill, Barmes, Jose Lopez, Felipe Lopez, Hudson and C. Guillen. I don’t really need anything specific offensively…I’m pretty solid across the board. Who do I go with?


  52. Kazmere says:

    Miggy scratched with sore back.
    Braden scratched with sore elbow.

  53. GopherDay says:

    Grey, what are your thoughts on Lind? Do you think he’d be a good buy low in a dynasty league? Or should I just try to avoid him?

  54. Martin says:

    @grey- would you trade my david price and ian stweart in return for justin verlander? I would end up starting a scrub like sean rod or felipe lopez at 2nd though… What do u think?

  55. Long Bawls says:

    @Kazmere: Do you think Braden scratched Miggy’s back too vigorously?

  56. Fletch says:

    Hunter, Maggs or Huff the rest of the year?

  57. mr baseball says:


    1. Ryan Dempster – 1,878
    2. Roy Halladay – 1,877
    3. Dan Haren – 1,873
    4. Yovani Gallardo – 1,869
    5. Jered Weaver – 1,868
    6. Felix Hernandez – 1,866
    7. Kevin Millwood – 1,841
    8. Aaron Harang – 1,797
    9. Chris Carpenter – 1,789
    10. Randy Wolf – 1,784
    11. Zack Greinke – 1,770

  58. Campbell says:

    Is Danks a buy or sell rest of the year? 16 Dynasty league, rest of my rotation is crap, but I’m rebuilding

  59. @Long Bawls: I hear you. I’d see what he does when he gets back. I have him in 15 team and there really aren’t many good options around for me.

    @mookiewilson: DA might be traded soon, so the decision could be made or you.

    Starting Fowler over Posey and DeJesus. Tim’s 2nd worst at holding runners. The Giants as a team have allowed a ton of SB and as Grey said last night, I think Posey will be tested this weekend…

  60. mr baseball says:

    B. Cecil gives up 6 walks against the yankees and he gets to walk away

  61. barker says:

    thinking of offering this in a 20 team league

    i get kinsler and carlos pena i give huff kelly johnson shields

  62. Donnie Baseball says:

    @simply fred:

    That was in very sporadic ABs, if he plays everyday he’d be fine.

  63. KCC26 says:

    drop jd drew for laporta?

  64. KCC26 says:

    in a league that uses OPS…

  65. barker says:

    sorry for double post but i offered keljo and shields for kinsler

    i think its an improvement

    rotation price lester kershaw buchholz arroyo chacin shields dl volquez harden

    2b options kelly (girls name ewww) and felipe love the position elig when will he hit like last yr

  66. alex says:

    would you trade Adam Jones for Greinke?

    my remaining OF’ers are CarGo, Brett Gardner Garrett Jones, Jose Guillen Adam Lind and Tyler Colvin

    Current SP’s are Lincecum,Gallardo,Price, Medlan, Chacin and Bumgarner

    20 team league


  67. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @alex: yes ,now

  68. chisox says:

    points league non-keeper, I give Prince Fielder and Cano, I get Braun and Votto? Even trade?

  69. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @chisox: yes its fair

  70. Fletch says:

    Medlen going toe to toe against Josh Johnson

  71. mr baseball says:

    Frank Herrmann Monster


  72. Fowler having a nice night… look at Bernadina with the RBI PH against Frankie. Met killer…

  73. Long Bong Hitters says:

    Who you like better for rest of season?

    Matt LaPorta or Ike Davis


    Kevin Kouzmanoff or Casey McGehee?

  74. Sos says:

    I’ve stood by silent while others have complained about/dropped/cussed at Soto and his stupid coach for not starting him but it’s gotten to the point where I may have had enough. In a 12 team H2H 5×5, drop Soto for any of Olivo, Buck, Barajas, usual suspects?

  75. Long Bong Hitters says:

    up above is in a non keeper

  76. Fletch says:

    Who do you guys like out of Huff, Maggs and Hunter for the rest of the season?

  77. Eddy says:

    Gotta go with Olivo there. He has outproduced Soto everywhere. I actually just did the same move (dropped Soto for Olivo) in one of my leagues.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: I’d take Oswalt.

    @Howie: I’d take the Utley side.

    @Jeff: Johan

    @cashmoney: I’d take Gardner if you need steals, it’s fair.

    @Enrique: Try Betemit.

    @El Famous Burrito: Panda

    @Lines: Medlen

    @Red Panda: B

    @simply fred: Wow

    @aj: Not if you need steals.

    @royce!: Lose Kouz for Felipe.

    @Oregon Nut Cups: Sure

    @Cal cheats: Lopez

    @DSimms: I wouldn’t do that trade.

    @tourinct: Wandy

    @GopherDay: Depends what you’re giving for him.

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Martin: Eh

    @Long Bawls: Ha!

    @Fletch: Hunter

    @Campbell: I wouldn’t buy him. Let’s of other guys I’d go for first.

    @barker: Looks good for you.

    @KCC26: Sure

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @3FingersBrown: Nice!

    @Long Bong Hitters: LaPorta… McGehee

    @Sos: Olivo

  79. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Would you trade Haren and Maggs for Holliday and Pavano?

  80. @Grey: I’ll try Panda for Oswalt straight up. Maybe he’ll bite. Better do it now before he gets traded to a contender.

    Fowler’s fire! That’s what I drafted him for way back in March…Poor man’s Denard Span. Dropped Bernadina and played Fowler over DeJesus tonight. Even the avenging Angel chipped in with a SB.

    Jaime doin’ work for his believers. Kid’s been really good at home.
    Crazy line out of Moyer, Medlen, Garcia tonight: 19 1/3 IP, 2ER, 20K, 3 QS

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Fletch: Yup

    @3FingersBrown: Fowler’s so fire, and I benched him vs. Lincecum in a couple of leagues. Sonavabench! Yeah, surprising good start for Garcia. I benched him too but I felt I had to after his last start.

  82. @Grey: Had to start Garcia and go for the counting numbers. After he had Kuroda blow up, I’m well ahead in ratios too – for a change.

    Only reason I played Fowler was because I got 2 SB on a Jete/Swish double steal this afternoon, that put me one off a tie. Looked up Tim and noticed how often he’s (and the rest of the Giants pitchers) been stolen on – and thought about Posey. Also Tim’s not great at Coors. Sat DeJesus and Posey for Dex and Angel – who came up big with the SB to give me the tie.

    Facing Zito tomorrow. Fowler’s always been better against lefties and that Zito junk will be easy to run on.

  83. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Latos = 8 Inn/4 hits/0 runs/0 walks/7 k’s

  84. pjtres says:

    grey…are kemp and krispie in a keeper league going to be even? once upon a time, krispie was going to be a 30/30 guy…and this year, his numbers are superior to kemps…

    what say ye???

    also, its jered weaver for realsies???

  85. royce! says:

    Just noticed…


    For old times’ sake.

  86. aj says:

    which one sits short term?
    Curtis Granderson, Josh Hamilton, Corey Hart, Mike Stanton, Dexter Fowler, Brett Gardner, Milton Bradley, Matt LaPorta

  87. Just when I thought Fuentes was going to take us on a journey to donkeycorn land…

  88. Carlos Z has slurpees says:

    bad lieutenant: la porta call-up

    murder most fowler

    man…baker is the sonavabench of the night, esp. in K/BB leagues (8/0)

  89. Lines says:

    Krispie… holy crap. Sonovabench, man. Sonovabench.

  90. Steve says:

    @Grey: Another sad Soto owner here. Drop him for Barajas, Iannetta or Paulino?

    It’s my H2H league that counts OBP, but there’s no OBP with a DNP…

  91. Joe Corallo says:

    Ryan Braun for Josh Hamilton (non keeper): who wins?

  92. Terry Felton says:

    Hey there,

    Weekly lineup question:

    I need to play 2 out of these 4 guys: Papi, Span, Gardner, Abreu

    5×5, I have the potential to pick up points in all 5 hitting categories.

  93. Steve says:

    @Grey: Bah. Outmanouvered a little by my H2H opponent. Means I need to grab some crappy starters for Sunday. All that was left was Blackburn v Rays, Mazzaro @ Tribe, Lerew @ Angels, Stammen v Mets and Karstens v Phils.

    I know the correct answer is none of the above, but I went for Mazzaro and Stammen. Right choices?

  94. Steve says:

    @Steve: Oh – I’m up 5-3 in Wins, solid leads in ERA and WHIP and iffy in Ks – I’m up by 10 but he has Stras, Liriano and Norris going tomorrow and all I have is Erv-San.

  95. Sos says:

    Going forward, Kennedy or Masterson?

  96. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Howard: AZ has most Ks in MLB, by 100 K margin. Why would you not start Kershaw?

    (TB fourth most Ks.)

  97. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    What kind of talent can I acquire with a package of Rasmus and K Johnson? Or Bruce and K Johnson? I’m looking for an upgrade in my OF, so what is a realistic player I should be looking to acquire for one of those 2 deals?

  98. vinko says:

    In a vacuum, pick two brain freezes going forward – Street, Axford, or Gregg?

  99. big o says:

    you must have a strong team ,
    if you’re looking for an up-grade over bruce .

  100. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @big o: Haha not as you would think. I’m just looking to improve my OF, and some of my other OF (Lind, Quentin, Boesch) I don’t think will get as high of a return as Bruce or Rasmus.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Yup, I’m starting him today.

    @Fletch: Nice

    @pjtres: They’re not even. Weaver looks for real, yeah.

    @royce!: Ha… Yeah, he’s taken the Garrett Atkins fall.

    @aj: Stanton

    @3FingersBrown: Yup

    @Carlos Z has slurpees: Yeah, ugh.

    @Lines: Ouch

    @Steve: None of them.

    @Joe Corallo: Braun

    @Carlos Z has slurpees: Ha!

    @Terry Felton: You need steals? Or power? Gardner and Span for speed. Abreu and Ortiz for power.

    @Steve: Yeah, those sound the best, relatively.

    @Howard: Kershaw

    @Sos: Kennedy

    @Cheese: A top OF… J-Upton maybe.

    @vinko: Street and Gregg

  102. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @Grey: If you were drafting now, who would you draft first: Rasmus or Bruce?

  103. Martin says:

    @grey- who do u like more between price or verlander… and between weeks and stewart?

  104. NukeLaDouche says:

    Sit Romero vs. the Yankees today right?

  105. Martin says:

    Also grey, you said that ian kennedy is a sell but how much can i get for him? Should i try and trade kennedy and posey for like montero?

  106. royce! says:

    My 2B and 3B situation is desperate… Right now, I have Felipe Lopez and Ian Stewart, and Asdrubal benched until he returns. Someone just dropped Orlando Hudson. Should I drop any of these dudes for him?

  107. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: In a dynasty league, where I’m out of the running, would you deal Pods to get Lind?

  108. Euroalien says:

    Is it time to think about dropping Kennedy and/or Slowey for the likes of Dickey, Pineiro, Masterson or Gorzelany? My remaining SP’s are Santana, Cueto, Price, Dirty Sanchez, with Beckett and Olsen on the DL. If it makes a difference, I do need K’s desperately…

  109. mr baseball says:

    Top 6th 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

    Toronto 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0

    NY Yankees 0 0 11 0 0 11 8 0

    yahoo has the yanks up 11 – 1

  110. royce! says:

    @mr baseball: Yeah, and according to the yahoo box score, NYY scored all those runs without any batter getting an RBI. And TOR has no errors! Must be an interesting game.

  111. Howard says:

    @SimplyFred They seem to have woken up under Gibby.

  112. royce! says:

    @GopherDay: Cool, I’m sure that’s accurate.

  113. GopherDay says:

    @royce!: Yeah, its updated. Looks like the people that run stattracker called in sick.

  114. danimal35 says:

    Get back on the Wand-wagon, Slowey, Correia or none of the above?

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Verlander, Weeks.

    @NukeLaDouche: Sorry, I would’ve said sit him.

    @Martin: Sure, try for Montero. Sell for Kennedy is more of a drop, or get whatever you can.

    @royce!: Eh

    @GopherDay: Sure

    @Euroalien: I’d grab Gorzelanny.

    @Carl Spackler: Guess it would be Marshall. Maybe Cashner, though that’s more doubtful.

    @danimal35: Sure, Wandy or Carreia (at home).

  116. Carl Spackler says:

    Man, I just still find that hard to believe that they would trade Marmol in the division……..anyway, rank these the rest of the way Wandy, Buehrle, Tom Groz, Ian Kennedy. Thanks

  117. NukeLaDouche says:

    No sweat grey. I did sit him. Glad I did too. Now if Kershaw K’s all the D-backs he should my pitching for the day will look better than jessica alba in nothing but a red, white, and blue baseball cap. Or at least better than Panda in nothing but one of them. Ha, you just imagined naked Patriotic Panda!…I’ve been drinking.

  118. Bodymore says:

    Thoughts on Blanton tomorrow vs Pittsburgh ? I am losing era and whip but winning k’s with a shot at wins and qs . Thx

  119. Bodymore says:

    Given the same scenario should I roll the die and start morrow vs nyy?

  120. ThePoonTycoon says:

    zobrist + cruz for holliday

    which side

  121. Terrence Mann says:


    I think now’s the time to grab Hoffman if he’s on waivers in your league. Macha has already said it won’t be long until Hoffman gets another shot. Plus, he’s been pitching much better. As soon as he gets that next save, it will be too late.

  122. aj says:

    Alcides Escobar, Felipe Lopez, or Pennington

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Carl Spackler: Wandy, Gorzelanny… Yeah, I’d like to hear the Marmol trade mentioned anywhere else though.

    @NukeLaDouche: Ha

    @Bodymore: TBoth if you can. Blanton first.

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d take Cruz side. It’s close though.

    @Terrence Mann: Eh, I’ve actually been holding Hoffman in a few leagues these whole time. Hope he gets back the role soon.

    @aj: That order.

  124. Euroalien says:

    Thanks Grey – Would you drop Slowey or Kennedy to get Gorzelany? You’re not sold on Dickey then…………

  125. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Euroalien: Dickey’s high risk, high reward as with any knuckleballer. Drop Kennedy for Gorzelanny.

  126. danimal35 says:

    Sorry again Ubaldo owners but I tried to warn you…

  127. Euroalien says:

    Thanks Grey!!

  128. Joe B says:

    Need a MI for my H2H league… options are:

    F Lopez
    C Barmes
    Y Escobar
    J Lopez
    O Cabrera
    R Theriot
    J Peralta

  129. Bodymore says:

    Yikes, who do I drop for blanton? Was going to lose Pedro Alvarez but he just went deep. Drop rajai? Chacin? Bumgarner? It is a keeper league but only keep 5

  130. @Joe B: I’ve got FeLo now and I’m wondering if I should grab Barmes. I suppose the difference is R/SB vs. HR/RBI huh?

    If Yuny were availabe in my league, I might take a shot with his higher upside.

  131. Steve says:

    All you Pedro Alvarez owners out there – you’re welcome.

    I dropped him yesterday for Dexter Fowler in the RCL. And of course he sonavabenched me in a keeper where I have him.

    Good times.

  132. GopherDay says:

    @Steve: Thank you!!! I was thinking about dropping a pitcher to pick up someone to play instead of Alvarez (I’ve got him as a last round keeper. No way I’m dropping him!!!). I decided not to, and BAM!!! Lets hope he follows up on this!!

  133. Steve says:

    CJ Wilson or Gorz?

  134. big o says:


    ok boys ,
    time to weigh in .
    billingsley or haren , tomorrow ?
    seriously lost , here .
    am considering sitting them both ,
    just to avoid making a wrong decision .
    my gut tells me that i want to believe that it will be a low-scoring day-game .

    county fair time again , eh ?
    i forget .
    is it the gypsy woman , with the crystal ball ,
    or , the beaded lady
    from whom you seek inspiration ??

  135. big o says:


  136. big o says:

    speaking of wrestling moves ….
    did you guys see chippers’
    ass-flop slide into home ?

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Nice, will read tomorrow.

    @Joe B: Jose Lopez

    @Bodymore: Rajai, if you don’t need steals. Otherwise, Chacin…

    @Steve: Wilson

    @big o: The world’s largest horse in the world’s smallest barn. I’d start them both.

  138. big o says:

    hate to clean that stall .

    thanks .

  139. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hmmm. Actually went the other way before asking (emoticon). Guess we’ll see…
    Drop Kennedy in a keeper? If so, go with Floyd or Chacin?

  140. Robert says:

    @Grey-If Ubaldo’s next start is decent, is it time to sell high?

  141. Kevin says:

    Garrett Jones or Dexter Fowler in Week 14?

  142. Doot Doot says:

    hart/dotel for Andrew McCutchen seem fair?

  143. bravo says:

    would you start these two:

    lilly vs CIN
    haren vs LAD


  144. Martin says:

    @grey- I havnt been able to sell mike stanton because of his poor numbers, so would u drop him for laporta?

  145. cashmoney says:


    start weeks, bruce or fowler at my last utility spot…no particular need

  146. Eddy says:

    Happy 4th Grey!

    I want some advice on a problem. I just read that Choo’s injury could sideline him until September. I have a realistic shot at making the playoffs in my 12 team H2H. Is he worth holding on to? I dropped mike g to make a DL spot but I’m not sure it I should do the opposite now

  147. xopchipili says:

    Rank these 1Bs for the rest of the year: Glaus, Berkman, LaPorta, Huff, Ike Davis, Sanchez

  148. bodymore says:

    @Grey: Thx, ending up dropping Rajai for Blanton and its paid off so far. Pedro just went deep off him, but I’ll take HRs in back to back games. Speaking of a rookie taking flight, look at Sean Rod, tearing it up this week with power, speed, and average.

  149. The whole error interpretation is so out of whack. How was that sun-scorched, dropped pop fly, off the glove of Wise scored as an inside-the-park HR for Gardner. Absolutely ridiculous. Gave my opponent for ties in jacks.

  150. bodymore says:

    @2fingers: Sorry to hear about the accident. what happened to the third?

    I’m flippin angry bout that inside the parker too, needed them stats from Morrow…now Blanton is giving up his lead and QS. Still going to win this week but was hoping to eek out some more pitching points.

  151. bodymore says:

    and there goes Blanton’s QS and win too…

  152. Terry Felton says:

    Happy 4th, Grey.

    Ian Stewart has been killing me in my fairly shallow keeper league. I could free up a roster spot by dropping a DLed guy. Is it worth dropping Volquez, Brett Anderson or Stewart himself for Pennington or SRod, or is it not worth the trouble?


  153. @bodymore: doh! Lost my third in a typo accident…

    That Gardner HR was BS. Should have been a no-brainer E8. I can’t stand when balls misplayed due to sun are given hits. Isn’t it the responsibility of the OF to make that play?

    Fowler has to chill with the XBH. Doesn’t he know I need steals!

  154. Bodymore says:

    Is fowler going to get full pt? Might grab him for depth and drop blanton. Hmm, or Hoffman perhaps

  155. Bodymore says:

    @3fingers: maybe its like the act of God insurance clause

  156. Steve says:

    Well, if you stuck by Dotel when he was crap earlier this year, you’ve been royally rewarded this week. 5 Saves, 5 Ks, 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP.

    As many Saves as my opponent, on his own.

  157. bodymore says:

    Grabbed Gorzelanny, cant believe he was still available in my league.

  158. herschel says:

    @Grey: which 2 start pitcher for next week?

    Bedard (vs kc, vs sea)
    Bumgarner (@mil, @was)
    Wandwagon (vs pit, vs stl)

    Much appreciated and happy 4th to razzballers everywhere.

  159. Doug Ault says:

    A few days ago I traded The Ethier Bunny and Liriano for Kinsler and Swisher……’s a 10 team league, but I still wake up screaming

  160. GopherDay says:

    @Steve: Well, I have Dotel in one league where I stuck it out, and I am enjoying the rewards. In a different league, I traded him right before he blew up in everyone’s faces, and I looked like a genious!!! The deal was still good for me, I got Krispie in return before he started producing.

  161. Steve says:

    @Grey: How about dropping Kennedy for Baker?

  162. royce! says:

    In a 14 team h2h counting 5×5 plus OBP and XBH for hitters, K/BB and Holds for pitchers, would you deal Carlos Quentin for Kuroda? For Dempster?

    I would be left with Gardner, Bruce, Markakis, Abreu and Stanton for 4 OF spots.

  163. Chris says:


    Grey, do you sit any of these 1-start pitchers for Bedard (KC, NYY) or Gorzo (@ARI, @LA):

    Greinke (@Sea), Kershaw (CHC), Price (BOS)

    Also, I need to pick a 2B for the week out of MMD (3 STL, 3 SD), Hill (3 MIN, 3 BOS), and Johnson (3 CHC, 4 FLA)

  164. Black Beard says:

    Wow, Choo’s injury is a really crushing blow. Sucks. Who do I pick up to spell him until (if?) he returns:

    FraGu, Pods, Crisp, Pierre, Seth Smith?

  165. Steve says:

    What to do? What to do?

    Up 6-5 in my H2H match-up. Ahead in AVE .285-.279 and behind in Runs by 2. I have CQ to go, my opponent is done, hitting-wise.

    If CQ goes 0-4 (let’s face it, not out of the question) I reckon I’ll drop back into a tie in AVE and 5-5 overall.

    Plus, my opponent has Putz and if he gets a Hold I’d lose 6-5 overall.

    So, at the risk of CQ going 0-fer, do I start him, hoping for a couple of runs (and to hopefully nullify a possible Putz Hold)?

    I can’t believe I just said Putz Hold.

  166. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    I’d just like to give a shout out to post-May Nolasco for salvaging my week with his 11 Ks, got me into a tie for a week I should definitely have lost. Now back to my burgers and brats. Go America!!!!

  167. Steve says:

    @Steve: What the hell – I’m starting him.

  168. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ah yes – congratulations on your national day. Glad I started him in the end – CQ 2-4 with 2 Runs and Putz got a hold (boom-tish!).

    Good guys won 6-5.

  169. big o says:


    josh hamilton is the type of ballplayer to make me forget
    all about hank blalock .

    in other news ,
    i’ve had to , finally , cut ties with jeremy guthrie .
    the east is just too damn tough .
    but , boy-oh-boy , if he could just get traded to the nl central ,
    then , i’m back on board .

  170. paulzone says:

    we have a very limited bench. volquez is taking up my dl spot right now. sucks, but should i just drop utley?

    early september return so only 3-4 weeks of stats.

  171. Martin says:

    @grey- laporta or fowler?

  172. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Going forward, would you rather have Cueto or Morrow? Does that change in a long term keeper?

  173. Martin says:

    @grey- also apparently brett anderson could be back the week after the all star break. would you drop ian kennedy for him?

  174. big o says:

    what are your expectations of volquez ?

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