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Tampa is no South Beach.  His Wade-in-crime (Davis) isn’t quite as stellar.  But James Shields is looking a lot more Kingly than LeBron these days.  Facing the red-hot Red Sox (9 straight wins @ 9+ runs scored per game), Shields threw a 5-hit, 3-walk shutout.  That’s Shields’ 6th win with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and 98 Ks in 103.2 IP.  His ERA is almost half of last year’s 5.18 debacle.  Sure, he’s playing slightly above the talents he brought to Tampa (.269 BABIP, 82% strand rate) but his peripherals (K/BB) are as solid as anyone in the AL (including Verlander).  Hold him if you got ’em.  Be confident to trade for him if you don’t.  Just watch out when he starts against the Tigers – that Dirks is clutch.

Elsewhere in fantasy baseballdom….

Justin Verlander – A 12 K, 2 hit shutout with the Indians’ first hit coming with one out in the 8th inning.  Clearly, Verlander was pissed that Francisco Liriano flirted with a 2nd 2011 no-hitter the other night.  He is Verlander, there can only be one.

Aaron Hill3 for 5 with a double and his 2nd HR of the year.  Not what I was expecting when I paid $18 for him in my AL-league.  Seems like an off year for a number of HR + high-K guys (Dunn, Reynolds, Hill, Uggla).  Reminds me of the mid-1980’s when suddenly all the coked up, slap-hitting SB guys all fell to the floor – or should I say LeFlore!

Cole Hamels – Another great start (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners) but left with a sore back.  Musta picked it up from ol’ balky-back Roy Oswalt.  Next thing you know, Hamels will be riding to games in a John Deere or strapping a V8 onto Cliff Lee and painting a Confederate flag on both his sides.

Domonic Brown – Two solo HRs for Domonic that both were no-doubters.  I’m starting to give him the googly eyes I usually reserve for Mike Stanton.  Homers just seem easier to hit when you’re 6’5″.  Well, except when you’re Michael Jordan.  (last basketball reference, i promise)

Jered WeaverA 5-hit shutout just like Shields’ except it was against the Mariners vs. the Red Sox.  His other two shutouts this year were against Minnesota and Oakland.  Next time an ace throws a gem against a crappy offense, we should just write “He went to Jered’s!”.

Yovani Gallardo – Gallardo rebounded from an off start against the Mets (10 hits in 4 IP) with a 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 K performance against the Cubs.  He got the no decision as the Brewers bullpen blew the lead.  Congrats to everyone in Quality Starts leagues!

Josh Johnson – Now officially out through the All-Star break.  Even worse for the Marlins, Javier Vazquez is still healthy.

Chase Utley – 2nd HR in 3 games and 3rd straight multi-hit game.  He’s also got 3 SBs so far.  That’s how you play hurt, Heyward!

Ryan ZimmermanReturned from the DL after a 2-month break with an abdomen injury.  Now if only the Nats had 5-7 more Zimmerman(n)s, I think they could make a run at a 90 win season.  If only 1912 near-Triple Crown winner Heinie Zimmerman was 105 years younger and alive.

Pablo  Sandoval – Returned from the DL as well.  Guess it was a good day for DL’d 3Bs not named Pedro Alvarez.

Lance Berkman – Another day, another HR for Berkman.  He leads Pujols in all the Triple Crown categories.  Feel free to gloat if you have Berkman or puke if you have Pujols.

Yuniesky Maya – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  This Cuban got smoked.

Jaime GarciaA solid start (6 ER, 7 Ks, 2 ERs) but the bullpen blew the win.  The thing with Garcia is that you either catch him early for an 11-run outburst or he gets into a rhythm.

Roger Bernadina – Rick Ankiel has the health yips again (came out in 2nd inning) which can only help Bernadina’s playing time.  With 9 SBs in 122 ABs, he’s a worthwhile catch off SAGNOF Harbor.

Philip Hughes – Had a successful side session throwing in the low 90’s.  If he’s available in your league and you’ve got DL space, I’d give him a flier.  Probably not back until early July but he’s got solid starter potential if he can pitch at that speed.  He’s got Cy Young potential if they’d inject some Colon fat into this arm.

Alexi Ogando – Alexi had his owners (who started him) saying ‘Oh God no’ with 6 ER in 1 2/3 IP at Yankee Stadium.  And that’s why you bench almost every pitcher @NYY outside of H2H leagues and AL-only.

Charles Blackmon – Another SB.  He’s making Dexter’s baserunning look fouler by the minute.

Trevor Cahill – 4 ER in 4 1/3 IP isn’t pretty but here’s the ugly stat.  0 Ks and 7 BBs.  Against the Royals.  And two of those walks were to Francouer.  Ain’t that a kick in the Cahill!  Brett Anderson threw up a clunker like this and he turned out to be hurt.  Wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case here too.  Damn you Moneyball movie.  You’re a worse curse than the Madden cover.

Jon Niese – Had his 4th straight quality start albeit over a 16 game stretch for the Mets because he needs time to rest.  His ERA is 2.76 in home games and 4.22 in away games which makes sense but….his WHIP is lower on the road (1.20) than home (1.44).  That doesn’t make sense but…..I’m still going to call him an East Coast Hodgepadre.  Start him at home and favorable away games.

Freddie FreemanScratched with a mild oblique strain.  I didn’t realize that oblique strains make one itchy.

Adam LaRocheOut for the season with a torn labrum.  He tried to play through it until a clubhouse attendant pointed out that the labrum is in the shoulder.  You mean all those weeks of icing my LaNutsack after games was for nothing!


  1. Slappy says:

    Nicasio pitched well, what do you see for him the rest of the season?

  2. Long Bawls says:

    Wouldja drop Brown (sounds like a bad euphemism) for Napoli?

    T-shirt guaranteed to inspire disgust among both fanballers and civilians: “I’m brown for Napoli!”

  3. bubba says:

    Would you trade Cahill and Mike Morse for Shields? 10 team mix leage.

  4. d2bnz says:

    After making a trade I have a bench spot open and am giving serious thought to stashing Brandon Allen ….then I read an article about , Paul Goldschmidt.
    Which of them is worthy of the stash in your opinion Rudy …..thanx

  5. Ernie says:

    Hi amigos, Matt Latos @ COL… start or bench?

  6. Rudy, Grey, Grey’s ‘stache, fellow commentators — Carrasco’s on waivers in my 20-team roto league. Would he be an upgrade from any of my current starters? Right now, I’ve got: Scherzer, Chacin, Nicasio, Liriano (plus Beachy on the DL).

  7. @Ernie: I don’t see why you’d sit him unless you were way over in innings or you are in a super shallow league. He pitched well @COL last time, and it’s been nearly a month since he’s failed to log a QS.

  8. Steve says:

    Hey Rudy – only had to see the title to know that you were subbing in for Grey ;-)

    Do you have much faith left in Hill (see what I did there?) Specifically, would you retain him ahead of Espinosa in a 12-team H2H lineup that was already a bit weak on AVE?

    Also, would really like to know how much stock you put in the ‘Updated’ and ‘Rest of Season’ projecions at Fangraphs.


  9. debar says:

    so my crawford/marmol/scherzer/jay-z for kershaw/stubbs/kennedy/storen trade just got vetoed. they’re just haters right?

  10. It'llonlyhurtforasecond says:

    but, Grey, Jordan was 6’6″

  11. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:can you rank these three guys going forward?


  12. Hardcore Midget says:

    Need a 2b. Which one of these guys do I grab-

    Casilla, Darwin Barney, Ty Wigginton, Omar Infante, or Daniel Murphy?

  13. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    “oh God no” indeed,but do you have to keep rubbing it in?….not cool.

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @debar: shouldnt be vetoed

  15. jerseymike says:

    Keeper league trade. I have Chacin, Starlin, and Heyward, and that’s what its gonna take to buy low on Hanley. Sure doesnt seem like im buying low. Make the deal?

  16. Vince says:

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    Would you rather have Dom Brown or Desmond Jennings as your reserve OF (we have 3 starting OF + 1 Util) ?

  17. Wilsonian says:

    Did a deal losing Wright in my 16 team h2h keeper, but now my OF is Quentin, Hamilton, Heyward, McCutchen, Tabata, Damon. Also I’ve now got Turner at 3rd. Stewart and Lawrie are available. Do you drop Damon for one of those guys for a 3rd base stash? I can only play a max of 5 outfielders with UTIL spots. Thanks Rudy!

  18. Steve says:


    I was just offered Longoria for Stephen Drew (he lost Jeter) & Brett Gardner. It’s a no-brainer to pull the trigger on that, right?

  19. Howard says:

    @Rudy Need production from my EYJ occupied MILF position: Kennedy, Lowrie, Scutaro, Johnson, Crawford?

  20. OakTree says:

    Have Kemp, Granderson, and Stanton and solid HR lead. Offered Stanton for King Felix. Felix for Kemp was countered. Is Felix+Cain for Kemp+Kuroda about even?

  21. Lehigh98 says:

    Oof, starting to wonder about taking Chacin over Shields per Grey’s message board advice on Monday. Went with it because I was afraid he was reverting back to last year but he had a great outing last night. Hope Chacin is the real deal.

  22. frank rizzo says:

    Alright Rudy. I know Grey’s opinion on these guys, but I’d like your’s. Who do you like better right now at SS…..E Aybar, Desmond, or maybe Dee Gordon?

  23. Ernie says:

    @Enrique: definitely yes… next two starts are at home against the Pirates (26th in runs scored) and on the road against the Giants (29th in runs scored). I will go with him with confidence in 12 team league. thanks for mine

  24. SpecialFNK says:

    15 team, 5×5, roto. need help at 2B.
    currently have Maicer Izturis and Ty Wigginton.
    any of these guys on waivers better?
    Scott Sizmore, Jemile Weeks, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, or pick up Dustin Ackley and wait for him to get 2B eligibility?

  25. Giant JJ says:

    Should I pick up Karstens? 20 teams

  26. Charles says:

    No mention of Nicasio? Is he just a spot starter for favorable matchups (i.e. the Padres)?

  27. How many more starts do you think Minor gets before being sent down? Is tomorrow it? Or will he get one more after that?

  28. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    lirian-uh-oh or gio-o-o-o for the rest of the season? like ’em both, don’t trust either; i got gio and the frankie is on waivers… want to try and trade gio, but i dont think i can make it work before frankie is gone. and as the great fantasy guru sayeth: one must always drop before one picketh up.

  29. papasmurf says:

    I think Hill is gonna be a non-roster minor league spring training invite within 3 years. Even the two homers he hit this year were barely over the fence. His approach is a disaster. I saw somewhere that he has two hits to RF this year. 2009 was a big miraculous fluke.

    Low OBP guys with a pull heavy approach need to be avoided now that the juice is supposedly out of baseball.

  30. frank rizzo says:

    @Enrique: Beachy is supposed to get a minor league start tomorrow, and is supposed to have another start in the minors as well before coming back up. He’s not supposed to come back until the last week in June. I’m guessing Minor gets a couple more starts.

  31. Tony says:

    @Razzers/Rudy/Grey: in my conservative “i dont wanna be the guy to get dicked over in a trade league” i woke up to TWO offers, by two sheisters of course, but one looks decent, the other, ehhhh….. Help me out with your yes, no’s, and thoughts…. It’s a 12 team H2H league, 10×10, there’s a 32 inning MINIMUM on pitching, no max.

    Trade #1: I give Lester/Hanson for Ryan Braun.
    (the one im thinking about actually)

    Trade #2 I give Cargo/Wright/Hanson for Choo/Sandoval/Kershaw. (obviously not that appealing other than dealing a hurt wright who is “maybe” coming back, but cargo/hanson alone SHOULD almost be enough to reel in that cluster of eff)

    Side notes: I’ve struggled in offense ALL year, hence why I’m considering the Braun deal. And obviosuly I own Wright who may come back plus Heyward another DL’d guy. In a week if my pitchers blow up it doesnt matter how good Lester and Hanson are I end up streaming and you’re almost screwed if you’re streaming. Guys get their 32 in, have low ratios,etc and bench. My staff would be Ogando, Edwin Jackson, Voltron, Beachy, Arrieta, Stauffer and then closing Kimbrel, Hanarahhan and Fuentes. If I deal Lester/Hanson it would be to the guy in 10th place so I wouldn’t be giving them to anyone to mow down the league and I’d be basically STREAMING from here on out, to be noted I rest in 11th place after a 5 year run where I’ve never finished out of the top 2 in the regular season!!!!

  32. timSTi says:

    @Rudy or Grey or Whoever: I lead my 10tm 5×5 roto by 15 points. I’m top 3 or better in all cats but steals.

    Trade Quentin for Gardener?

    My OF is: Kemp, JUpton, Pence, Quentin, Sizemore, Ludwick, and/or Morse.

    We start 5 OF & 2 UT

    We keep 7 and neither Quentin or Gardener would make the cut.

  33. @Long Bawls: I’d rather have Domonic than Napoli if you’re talking about a UTIL slot.

    @bubba: I’d def trade Cahill and Morse for James Shields.

    @d2bnz: Goldschmidt over Allen.

    @Ernie: Bench Latos @COL.

    @Enrique: I like Carrasco but I don’t think he’s an upgrade over your current SPs.

    @Steve: Yeah, Grey is a one sport kind of guy (unless you count Real World/Road Rules competitions). I think Hill and Espinosa are both AVG drains. I like both to hit at 20 HR pace for rest of year. As for the FanGraphs Updated/Rest of Year, I like them in theory but find I just look at past years’ stats and YTD stats.

    @debar: seems fair enough. hate vetoes.

    @It’llonlyhurtforasecond: It’s Rudy and…yeah, I know Jordan is 6’6″. Close enough for the joke :)

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Brown, Rizzo, Jennings (when Jennings starts, I’ll believe it)

    @Hardcore Midget: Matters what your team needs. Casilla is hitting well now but is really just a SAGNOF play. Wiggy for power. Murphy for overall value.

    @Vince: Dom Brown.

    @Wilsonian: I’d stash Lawrie.

    @Howard: You’re not going to get much production out of that group. Unless you’re talking about Kelly Johnson.

    @Howard: Minor.

    @frank rizzo: Aybar, Desmond, Gordon. I don’t trust the last two on AVG.

    @SpecialFNK: I’d try out Nishioka over Izturis and stash Ackley if you can.

    @Giant JJ: He’s pitching well. I don’t trust him but I’d start him if he has a good matchup.

    @Charles: Missed Nicasio – it was running late. He’s a matchup starter for now but is definitely showing promise.

    @Enrique: Not sure w/ Minor. i always assume he’s getting sent down after each start.

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: I liked Gio way better than Francisco about a month or two ago. Now, it’s almost even as Gio has had some messy starts. I still trust Gio more than Liriano but one more bad start from Gio and good start from Liriano and I’m willing to re-rank.

  34. OakTree says:

    @I’veBeenUpForThreeStraightDays … A lot of gurus hate Liriano right now. BABIP is .228 and xFIP is 4.41, and after his dominate starts of late, both stats scream SELL. Gio is at .287 and 3.92, which are middling and safe. The reason you keep Liriano is because you always keep upside.

    Also, Liriano’s bad start can be dismissed as flukey, since he pitched during snow and during hail earlier in the year, and his record was not bad if you ignore his performance when the temperature was below 50F, conditions Liriano never saw before Target Field, and is unlikely to see until late September. Grey is the only fantasy commenter to pick on the “Liriano hates the cold” theory, and I love him for it. Bottom line, keep Liriano. The stats conceal his greatness.

  35. @Tony: Lester + Hanson for Braun is a steep price. I don’t like either deal.

    @timSTi: Quentin greater than Gardener. Aim for Bourn.

  36. Tony says:

    @Rudy Gamble: I know the offense just has been injured and putrid all year and even with Lester and Hanson I’m in 11th place? If I could get a closer tossed in or possibly a Kuroda then?

  37. Wilsonian says:

    @Rudy Gamble: so you would drop Damon for Lawrie?

    Also, who do you like more for the rest of the year – Gio, Bills, Dempster, Beachy? And then Pineda or Kennedy?

    Thanks Rudy!

  38. lou rodney says:

    Better DL stashee – Belt, Broxton or Hughes?



  39. @Tony: A Kuroda back would definitely help. It wouldn’t be a trade I’d make normally but if you’re pitching is much stronger than offense, it is defendable.

    @Wilsonian: If you have no room/need for Damon, sure. Damon has very low upside this year. Lawrie could be a difference-maker at an IF position. I like them Bills, Dempster, Gio, Beachy. Pineda over Kennedy through August 15th, Kennedy after that (Pineda might get shut down…if not, will tire out).

    @lou rodney: I guess Broxton.

  40. DHill Dragons says:

    Starlin Castro vs. Narveson or Alexei Ramirez vs. Pavano. Who’s the better play at Shortstop today?

  41. lou rodney says:

    oh, and might as well add Bartolo to that list.



  42. Jay says:

    Thoughts on starting Billingsley vs the Reds? He’s gotten roughed up his last 3 starts (2 by COL, 1 by CIN) and his last start was the worst of the 3 (facing COL for the 2nd time in 3 starts, as he will be facing CIN).

  43. Exactly says:

    Sup Rudy, there’s a guy in my league (12-team H2H points) who’s trying to get Votto off me…my offense is my strength, my pitching is so-so, but I’m currently sitting in second in record, first in points..his offer is my Votto/Marcum for his Halladay/Kennedy…the rest of my SPs are:

    Oswalt, Gio, D. Hudson, Niese, Holland, Narveson, Carrasco, and if I give up votto, I’ll still have these options at 1B: Morse, Pena, Lind, and I have Holliday coming off DL this week, so I was going to need to make room in my lineup anyway (probably move Pena or Tabata to my bench). Personally, I’d rather move Gio or Oswalt than Marcum…his other SPs are Weaver, Gallardo, Kershaw, Dempster, Bedard,

    A. Would you do a trade like this in theory?
    B. Would you counter with Gio or Oswalt?
    C. Just hold.

    Long question, but thanks.

  44. DiscoD says:

    I need to make room for Zimmerman. Who should i drop? Turner, Ibanez, Pagan, Aybar?

  45. Wilsonian says:

    @Rudy Gamble: yeah, with my new outfield of Quentin, Hamilton, Heyward (if he’s healthy), McCutchen, Tabata – Damon has become somewhat expendable. We only have 3 OF spots with 2 UTIL spots, so Damon is most likely the odd man out. I would hang onto Hill instead of Damon, simply to have another position of eligibility. I also have Kendrick at 2nd with OF eligibilty, so I could move some around a bit.

    Does your opinion on those starters change at all if it’s a Ks/9 league? That being said, would you drop Gio for Bills and would you deal Pineda for Kennedy?

  46. Ceasar says:

    Give Kimbrel for J. Zimm?

  47. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    @Rudy Gamble: i agree… last few gio starts i’ve seen have been messy: lots of baseruners, more inconsistency in bbs and ks; decreasing inning average… Liriano is largely the opposite. The rub is that i have a real solid SP lineup and would ultimately like to shop a top pitcher plus an OF or something for a solid offensive producer… so, in any event, i won’t be starting either dude every week (h2h, roster set weekly) because even after getting rid of one SP ill have 4 others who i could start every week without question. hmmm. suppose ill wait on it a and see what unfolds… oh, and thanks for the tip.

  48. Nonstoptalk says:


    What are your thoughts on Hanley Ramirez? Will he turn it around? I have an odd feeling he’s seriously hurt. Was offered my V-Mart for their Hanley. In years past it would be a no brainer but right now I’m flinching. Help….

  49. Wilsonian says:

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: I hear ya on the Gio stuff. Dude has scared me lately and I’ve been actively trying to deal him. Bad part is I had some pretty decent offers for him early in the season, but hung on to him thinking he was going to be some super stud. Now I can’t give the dude away.

  50. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Ceasar: In a heartbeat.

  51. Dominic says:

    who would you rather have Melky or Domonic

  52. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey/Ruby/Whoever’s boss today

    If you’d be so kind; Salty or AJ? Trumbo or Smoak? Is Andrew Miller worth the stash in an 18-team Roto?

    Thanks for you good sir(s) Take care,

    The Spaceman

  53. pipa says:

    Would you drop Nicasio for Leake?

    And would you pick up Hill for Schafer??

    Also, I offered Gordon for Liriano, you think that’s good or should I throw in another player?

  54. Will says:

    2 trade ideas which 2 sides do you like?

    1) Morse or Lind for Pence (this would be for a UTIL spot)
    2) Zimmerman and Gallardo for Wright and Tulo (I would have Moustakas playing 3B until Wright returned and my other SP’s are Hudson, Weaver, Marcum, and Scherzer. I would pick up another SP later in the year. We have a starts limit in this league)

  55. slam says:

    Moustakas or Reynolds in a keeper league that counts slugging and bb’s….also mous is on waivers and i would need to place a bid to try to lock him up- what is he worth in general?

  56. Reubs says:

    In a trade with many moving pieces (NL only), I’m being offered Morse at $8 or Beachy at $7. Which would you guys take? Thanks!

  57. slam says:

    Felix and Longoria for Kemp and Hamels?

  58. tom says:

    @Rudy Gamble: which side would you want, a-rod and michael bourn OR matt holliday and alex gordon?

  59. Adam says:

    ROS: Posada or Lucroy?

  60. ltf says:

    Epic rundown Rudy.

    I love Verlander and the Tigers. Most exciting pitcher in baseball to watch.

    Are you a believer in Utley? I just don’t see how he consistently will play games crowding the plate and his injury history as he is getting older.

  61. Sach says:

    I’m being offered Heyward and Arroyo for Nolasco and S. Santos, sounds like a no brainer but I’ve got Dom Brown and Quentin occupying my OF specific RF/Util spots. I proposed Santos and Smoak for Greinke but didn’t happen. He needs saves, I need SP. Any thoughts? Thx.

  62. Myyyyyyyyyy Kuroda says:

    Is Dustin Ackley better than any of these Hacks in a keeper league. D. Barney/Jed Lowrie. I have 4 guys on the DL with only 2 spots. Barney will prob be the 5th. Will Ackley get the call soon enough to make it worth the drop? 14-Team H2H with deep benches.


  63. Myyyyyyyyyy Kuroda says:

    Who should I offer up to trade in a 16-team H2H with short benches. Kelly Johnson or Brandon Phillips? Looking to get a Pitcher. Is Bud Norris for KJ not enough?

  64. Boomer19 says:

    Who would you rather have for the rest of the season? Stauffer or Vogelsong?

  65. ltf says:

    Andrew Miller is in Boston. 22 K/1 BB in his last three AAA starts, which is huge for him. He had contractual demands to be sent up, but Daisuke’s injury could end up being the best thing to happen to their rotation.

  66. Rob says:

    Start Latos today at Coors?

  67. manfromearth says:

    I just dropped Brett Anderson for Phil Hughes. I should feel good about this….right?
    My commenters league pitching staff:
    Cain/Daniel Hudson/Collmenter/Kennedy/Nolasco/Jurrjens/Dickey (streamer)/Hughes
    I’m in 1st place overall with 7, 9.5, 10, 11, and 7 points in the pitching catagories (K, W, Sv, Era, Whip). Also, there are 8 of the other 11 teams in the league that have used more GS’s than I have.

  68. bogbert says:

    My pitching is a mess, esp. WHIP and K. Would you mind picking 3 of these 6 — Jurrjens, Gio, Bills, Morrow, Liriano, Dempster. I don’t really trust any of them. Thanks.

  69. Vince says:

    Which injured player would you stash on your DL spot (12 team, H2h league) : Hughes, J. Santana or Morneau?

  70. ltf says:

    @Vince: Hughes, Santana punt this season considering how his rehab is going.

  71. Vince says:

    Thanks !

  72. herschel says:

    @Grey: not sure if you went over this last night, but what was with Kimbrel in the game last night down a run? Didnt seem like he needed the work. Has Venters officially taken over as closer?

  73. @papasmurf: Interesting take on Hill. No argument here.

    @Exactly: I like getting Halladay and Kennedy in the trade but Marcum > Kennedy and Votto > Halladay. Unless you’re giving up a worse SP than Kennedy, I don’t see how this trade helps.

    @Wilsonian: I’d prefer Bills to Gio. Wouldn’t trade Pineda for Kennedy at this moment – he’s been too good. At ASB, I’d make the trade.

    @Nonstoptalk: I’d take Hanley for V-Mart. V-Mart isn’t the pillar of health. Might as well gamble that Hanley will come back strong.

    @tom: A-Rod and Bourn. I don’t trust Gordon.

    @ltf: Thanks. 2Bs do not age gracefully. I think Utley might have one more 130+ game, top-tier season left in him (picture Alomar in his last year in Cleveland)

  74. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Rubby De La Rosa or Nicasio? ROS

  75. Sweet D says:

    Kimbrel loads bases and strikes out Thole below his ankles in non-save situation while venters doesn’t even enter the pen…time to move kimbrel at $0.50 on the dollar? Also, received Boesch for Soria trade…fair offer? Would kimbrel for boesch be a better counter-offer?

  76. Wilsonian says:

    @Rudy Gamble: thanks Rudy! Do you like Bills over Beachy, too? Grey seems to like the Beached whale more than Bills.

  77. royce! says:

    Just learned that as a kid Bautista was known as “‘El Raton’ – the rat, his friends called him, because he was skinny and had big ears.” I will call him this until he stops mocking me for not drafting him or picking him off the wire last year.

  78. cashmoney says:

    in need of steals and saves, looking to move Kinsler since I can move Kendrick to second base

    which deal do you like better

    Kinsler for Soria and Rajai Davis or Kinsler for Kimbrel and Choo

    or should I hold for something better?

  79. Jim says:

    keeper league, i need to maintain saves — and I own Broxton:

    I get: Guerra, Johan
    I give: Salas

    Is it worth downgrading from the borderline donkeycorn in Salas to the barely brain freeze leader (Guerra) to get Johan as a 14th round keeper? I figure Guerra at worst bridges me to Broxton… but he hasn’t had an oppty in 3 weeks and just because Mattingly said he was closing doesn’t inspire the same confidence that LaRussa saying it about Salas.


  80. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    I was offered Cano and Cliff Lee for Halladay and Uggla.

    Take the Cano/Lee side, right?

  81. C.O.C. says:

    @ltf Yeah, commenter wily mo was the first one that I saw on this whole Miller thing about a week ago. I sat first row at Comerica a few years back when he pitched a gem against the Red Sox. Guy has a serious arm (95-97 mph) and will be pitching behind a serious lineup. If he really has fixed his control issues, he could be a HUGE pick-up in fantasy and for the Sox.

  82. C.O.C. says:

    @Grey I saw Rudy’s comment on him, but just wanted to know what you think about Nicasio?

  83. Brew Crew says:

    Start Bills vs. CIN??

  84. Danny Tanner says:

    12 team h2h. W,L,Sv, k, era, whip

    Who do you like the rest of the way? Cliff Lee or F-Her?

  85. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Hughes or Beachy for rest of season?

  86. B.J. says:


    10 Team Yahoo H2H with daily rosters

    I give up Jay Bruce and either Ian Kennedy or Daniel Hudson for either Kershaw or Weaver. With free roster spot I grab LoMo. Should I do it?

  87. Wilsonian says:

    Which side do you like:

    Tulo/Ellsbury/Scherzer/MadBum OR Elvis/CarGo/Gio/Pineda?

  88. Wilsonian says:

    Right now I’m rocking Salty in my C slot with Nap on the DL. I could lose Salty, put Napoli back in the C slot and pick up Hughes and DL him. Or I could just drop EJax and pick up Hughes. Do you do either?

    16 Team H2H Keeper

  89. timSTi says:

    @Grey: you agree with rudy in that i shouldn’t trade quentin for gardner? my power cats are stacked.. bottom of the pack in speed

  90. Trevor says:

    I’ve got Josh Johnson in a keeper league and his contract is up at the end of the season. We now have the option of carrying an 11th keeper as franchise players and seeing as we have 4 year contracts and this is the 5th year of the league players like Pujols were just redrafted to new contracts. Ive got a nice core of players from this years haul but I’m not sure whether to make Josh Johnson my franchise player. I figure with the new 4 year contracts handed out to most players and with alot of flexibility on keepers I should just go with Johnson because its still only a 4 year contracts for him. What do you think I should do? Any major concerns for long-term injury?

  91. Scalez says:

    Fair trade? H2H Holds league:

    I give CJ Wilson, Scott Downs
    I get Venters

    Gives me the ATL handcuff, gives him the potential LAA handcuff with Walden, and gives him a 4SP to replace Jurrjens before the regression train explodes or EJax.

  92. Eddy says:

    Saw this comment in a post about the Dodgers having 16 days to meet their next payroll. I thought it was brilliant:



  93. Eddy says:

    I don’t own Gardner anywhere, but those that do will be ticked off at this news:

    Swisher hitting leadoff today.

    What the heck is Girardi doing?

  94. herschel says:

    @Grey: do you like jansen as potential sagnof? think he will close for the dodgers, assuming they ever get any save opps?

  95. Johnny Five says:

    Next to last in saves with Paps, Walden and Rauch/Francisco types. Most I could lose is one point there. Middle of the road offense wise and have a lot to potentially gain there. Thoughts on just punting saves and going after a trade like Paps for Adam Lind?

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:

    billingsly getting bitch slapped again,can i say that?

  97. Eddy says:

    Albert Pujols is starting his 5th game at 3B today.

    If I’m not mistaken, he will now gain 3B eligibility in Yahoo leagues.

    Wish I owned him.

  98. matt says:

    will javy guerra ever get another save opportunity or should i drop him in my 12 teamer desperate for saves?

  99. chata says:

    just can’t take it any longer !

    SHUT THE HELL UP , VIN SCULLY …. you babbling fool .

    you should have quit years ago , when people thought you
    were still relevant .

  100. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Eddy: I believe it is just his 4th start and 5th appearance. I don’t own him on any Yahoo team either, though.

  101. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: justifying my drop of him last week. He’s worthless.

  102. bogbert says:

    Is Bedard a good start tonight at LAA? Thanks

  103. Fletch says:

    @Grey: A. Miller or Hughes?

  104. manfromearth says:

    Is it “do not panic” time for owners of Chad Billingsley, or perhaps, “start against weak teams at home” time? Or, as some on this thread have mentioned, “drop him like a hot potato(e)” time?

  105. Rudy or Grey — I picked up John Jay when he was hot but he’s hitting .200 over the last couple of weeks and Holliday’s coming back this week, and so playing time could be scarce. Would you drop Jay for a hot bat like Ruggiano? Or maybe a could-be call-up like Ian Stewart? Or is Jay worth holding onto?

    Whatever the choice, it’d be for bench depth in a 20-team roto league.

  106. Regarding that previous question, in addition to Ruggiano and Stewart, Peguero is also available.

  107. knighttown says:

    For those of you with a hunch that Bills has had some tough matchups lately, his last four starts are:

    vs. Col
    @ Cin
    @ Col
    vs. Cin

    That shits not supposed to happen in the NL West. Where’s @SD?

    This guy is a buy (really) low for me.

    Strength of matchups is actually extremely relevant to me. I’d love to see a post on pitchers whose numbers are crap in part because of tough matchups.

  108. Brew Crew says:

    Walker @ HOU (Happ) or Espinosa (McClellan) for MI tonight??

  109. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    From a Yahoo story on Bautista:

    A little more than 50 games into the season, Bautista returned to the dugout after an out and punched a trash can. Bautista figured it was made of cheap plastic, like in most minor league dugouts. The metal receptacle didn’t give. Bautista cracked a bone in his hand and missed the rest of the season.

    “I learned something,” he says. “Not to punch anything if I don’t know what it’s made of.”

  110. Steve says:

    Heyward is back, baby. Fantasy salvation is at hand!

    Well not really, but it’s nice to have a top guy you drafted back in your lineup.

  111. Tom Emanski says:

    Who should I drop from Maicer, Blake, Sizemore, Blackmon, or Revere to make way for J-Hey.

  112. Whiskey Diet says:

    Is Colby Lewis a better option than Narveson, Carrasco or Lyles in a 14 Team, H2H?

  113. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Gotta drop one in an 8×8 league (H, SLG, BB) for Heyward’s return

    Bernadina, Coghlan, D Jennings


  114. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: yeah steve just dropped him in our league,i dont blame you,i dropped latos after his 2nd start and dont regret it

  115. herschel says:

    @Grey: a. miller or buerhle? thanks.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Neither, don’t trade 4 players.

    @Wilsonian: Can drop Jackson.

    @timSTi: I agree.

    @Trevor: Major concerns for Johnson with injuries? He’s injured every year.

    @Scalez: Eh

    @Eddy: Ha!

    @herschel: He could.

    @Johnny Five: I’d take Lind.

    @Eddy: Crazy

    @matt: He could.

    @bogbert: Sure

    @Fletch: Miller

    @manfromearth: I’d let him sit on bench.

    @Enrique: Ruggiano

    @VinWins: Ha!

    @Steve: True

    @Tom Emanski: Blake

    @Whiskey Diet: Over Narveson…

    @Cheese: Coghlan

    @herschel: MIller

  117. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:would you start Zambrano against Brewers tonight?

    10 team h2h 8×8

    also,I know Lind isnt as good as he looks right now,but do you expect him to at least end up around his 09′ numbers?In other words,sell high?

  118. mc serch says:

    @C.O.C.: I was thinking about Wily Mo’s comment from last week too…he was on this….I’m gonna pick up Miller and see what happens….since its the Pods, theres big upside and not much downside….I think I read somewhere he might get Pirates second time out.

  119. Steve says:

    Jesus. Give it a rest, Morse.

  120. paulzone says:

    purple dinosaurs are supposed to get hurt. better wire pickup:

    hill or nokia (supposed to be activated any day now…)

  121. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: I’m taking your advice, but I’m just curious as to why not trade 4 players? Thanks man. As always, keep up the good work.

  122. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: Jesus, keep it up Morse. Emoticon.

    Disclaimer: I’ve got him on two of three teams and I’m a Cubs fan…

  123. Wilsonian says:

    Do you like Bucchy over Gio for the rest of the year?

  124. paulzone says:

    — — .-. … . -,– .- .-. -..!!!

  125. Rob says:

    Olivo or Iannetta?

  126. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: makes sense, that’s what I was thinking. I didn’t really want to do it. I made an offer of Kelly Jo/Pineda for Scherzer (which is too much, but Kelly was the odd man out with Heyward coming back) and he countered with a ridiculous offer of:

    His – Tulo/Ellsbury/Scherzer/MadBum for
    My – Andrus/Kemp/Verlander/Pineda

    I countered with what I asked you about, but have since cancelled.

  127. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I don’t care who he’s playing, be it the Reds, the Rox, or the A’s. If you give up 25+ hits in two straight outings, you’re useless to me. I don’t regret dropping him. I picked up Beachy, put him on the DL and snagged Venters. I’d take that combo over Bills any day of the week.

  128. Steve says:

    Come on Blue Jays – let’s have some run support here.

    Not you, Bautista.

  129. The Burghler says:

    12 team 7×7 with ops/ks

    I was offered Mauer for Colby Lewis. I currently have JP at catcher. Do you think Mauer is going to do anything or should I stick with JP?

    I have Halladay, Weaver, DHud, Pineda, Maholm, Correia and Beachy/Peavy on the dl

  130. Wheelhouse says:

    Thoughts on dealing M. Young or H. Kendrick for M. Bourn? Not sure if Young will ever regain power or if Kendrick will get back into early season form.

  131. Brew Crew says:

    Is Morrow worth holding ROS in 12 Team ROTO (W, ERA, K’s, WHIP)

  132. Eddy says:


    An owner has offered me Votto for Miguel Cabrera.

    I’m contemplating it because Votto can be kept in the first round next year, but Miggy has to be released back into the draft.

    Since the worst teams draft first next year, I think I may draft at the tail-end of the first round. I also say that in the humblest way.

    I don’t think I can secure Pujols, Miggy, Tex or Howard next year in that round.

    It’s a 12-team H2H OBP league.

  133. Steve says:

    Yeah, walking A-Gonz to pitch to Youk is only going to work for so long.

  134. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: i agree ,go morse

  135. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Look out behind you.

  136. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Looks like a 2009 year for Lind… i aint complain’n… Cust Kayin’

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tggq21: Lind-a-want-stats!

  138. Steve says:

    @Grey: @tggq21: Fonda Lind-stats!

  139. potus says:

    A little prospecting:

    Is Travis Snider going to have any value this year for anyone other than Toronto’s AAA affiliate? If so when does he get the call?

    Is the amphibious bovine(you guys can use that) worth a pick up?

    What about Kipnis?

    Finally I think Jansen gets, takes and runs with the job once Mattingly’s wife realizes goatee’s aren’t so bad. Don and his strong armed women! Instead of allowing his wife to emasculate him he has to play musical chairs with the bullpen almost forcing losses down his players throats. He needs to find a good, stable woman. I think Whitesnake had one doing splits on a green jaguar back in the day.


  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Adam’s apple of my eye…

    @potus: Yeah, Mattingly could use a Tawny right now. Snider could have value in leagues, long season, I imagine we see him again at some point. No idea when, maybe in August.

  141. royce! says:

    @Steve: Look out behind YOU!

    Not as menacing when you just pulled in front of me…

  142. Steve says:

    @royce!: Eh – when everyone’s else’s pitchers go over the next two days, I’ll give all those points back.

    All mine seem to go in the space of two days.

  143. Steve says:

    Ugh – Nunez you shithead.

  144. Howard says:

    @Grey Pray tell good sir, is Ackley’s time nigh?

  145. Wheelhouse says:

    beltre and wandy too much for mccutchen? would still have m young at 3B.

  146. Steve says:

    You can’t beat that Krispie coating.

  147. barker says:

    lucroy or yadier

    8 team nl-only short benches

  148. herschel says:

    off topic, congrats bruins…

  149. Fletch says:

    @grey: Beachy, Volquez or Danks for ROS?

  150. Wilsonian says:

    I love when Yahoo tells me that Bourn isn’t playing, so I bench him, and he was actually in the lineup and goes 3/4 with 1 RBI and 2 SBs. Thanks Yahoo!!

  151. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I got offered McCann for my Cruz…

  152. royce! says:

    @Steve: You gained 7 points today, including advances in all offensive categories except runs (where you already are in the lead). I’m not sure how I can make that up with starting pitching.



  153. royce! says:

    @Steve: JK! Stay plucky!

  154. royce! says:

    @Steve: plucker

  155. Steve says:

    @royce!: Ha! If you look closer, you’ll see I’m only just ahead of the next guy in several categories. 5 of those points could be gone by lunchtime tomorrow.

  156. EK says:

    Pls rank:
    McDonald @ HOU
    Minor vs NYM
    F. Garcia @ CHC
    Karstens @ CLE
    Rubby @ HOU?

  157. herschel says:

    @Grey: beat up on some canadians…

  158. Steve says:

    @royce!: And it’s extremely tight as far as AVE goes. You’re .002 ahead of me – I’m a 4, you’re a 9…

  159. Blackmon, Desmond Jennings, Ruggiano, Daniel Murphy

    One for UTIL, one for bench bat

  160. royce! says:

    @Steve: So you’re saying tomorrow could be my day!

    Wait, actually, you’re saying you could gain 5 points any day now.

    At least it’s all in good fun. No one is taking this seriously, right?

  161. Steve says:

    @royce!: Shit no.

  162. @Awesomus Maximus: Check that… Blackmon, Desmond Jennings, Ruggiano, Daniel Murphy, Smoak and Hosmer

    1 CI, 1 UTIL, 1 Bench bat… (regular 5 cats plus OPS & K if you care)

  163. ruah says:

    Better speed guy, Schafer or Blackmon. All things considered, who to go with?

  164. Steve says:

    @royce!: Of course, Axford could undo a shitload of good work right here…

  165. Martin says:

    @grey- what do you think of jayson werth? Would you trade Chacin for him?

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I don’t like him.

  167. Martin says:

    @grey-thanks. One last question. What side would you prefer? Weeks, Rasmus, and Greinke or Haren and Chacin? Thanks.

  168. Martin says:

    @grey- sorry I messed up. Weeks, Rasmus, and Greinke or Haren, Chacin, and Pence? Thanks.

  169. @Grey: RE: Bernadina/Bourn and Yahoo! showing them as not starting, ESPN has been doing something equally odd… showing Ubaldo as having zeroes across the board (IP, K, ER, BB, etc.) for games when he’s starting. You have to wait until the next day to see how his stats actually affect your team. Last time out was the penultimate Ticker Shock, as I went to bed thinking he gave up 7 ER (didn’t want to look at the actual game stats) and woke up to find he was actually only 2 outs shy of a QS.

  170. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Should I drop Morneau for Blackmon? Blackmon’s going to be the every day LF for the Rocks, I can slot Gaby in at CI and play Blackmon at U. Seriously can’t do any worse in the power department than Morneau, right?

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