News comes that Dustin Pedroia might need surgery on his knee that could sideline him for at least a month.  Knee surgery sounds like something that sidelines people for multiple months, even Sparky Anklebiters.  Though sometimes Sparky Anklebiters can get so amped with leave-it-all-on-the-fieldness that they lose sight of the big picture and rush back too soon.  You know, they try to chew through the cone around their head and don’t heal properly.  We know you’re scrappy, Dustin, stop biting on your paw!  If he rushes and comes back in July, then he could miss a few more weeks with a setback.  Basically, what I’m saying is, you want him to just get sidelined for two months and come back healthy in August.  It’s not like what he was giving you now can’t be replaced.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Anthony Rizzo – The San Diego Padres have something to be excited about.  No, Tony Gwynn didn’t announce he’s becoming a competitive eater.  No, they didn’t put a giant afro on the Western Metal Supply Co. building and rename it Kyle Blanks Auditorium.  They called up Anthony Rizzo!  Today.  Supposedly.  When I say, “Exciting,” you say, “Padres!”  Exciting… Padres!  Exciting…Padres!  Unexciting…Padres!  Fooled you.  Rizzo’s in the same ginormous boat as every other hitter that plays at Petco.  It’ll hurt his power, but he should still be able to hit some bombs.  For the rest of the year, I’ll conservatively give him 17 homers and a .250 average.  He’s capable of a bit more power and a lot less average.  But, as with most rookies, you take the flyer on upside and hope he pans out.  That’s me, Grey “Fantasy Master Lothario” Albright, telling you to go pick him up in every league.  Yeah, even that one.  And that one too.

Dustin Moseley – Left yesterday’s game with a non-throwing shoulder injury.  Remember, Padre fans — Rizzo!

Brett Lawrie – Has a fractured hand, no relation to Brad.  Now he won’t be up until around August.  I’d go ahead and drop him in redraft leagues, unless you’re not paying attention to your team but still reading this, which seems odd but I appreciate your enthusiasm.

Adam Lind – 4 home runs in 5 games.  Yeah, he can get to 35 home runs this year.  You Gotta Believe isn’t just a title of a Marky Mark album.

Danny Espinosa – A Cain pitch hit Espinosa on the hand causing visible pain. You know what’s worse than a .218 hitter?  A .218 hitter nursing a hand injury.

Matt Cain – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  As Cain did everything you could ask for, Barry Zito Foursquared from a bathtub (<–PNSFWUYWAAPPC — Potentially Not Safe For Work Unless You Work At A Porn Production Company)

Brandon Crawford – 2-for-3 with a caught stealing, which is whatever but it’s always good to see guys at least trying to give some fantasy value.  In other Brandon Crawford news, Bochy says he’ll continue to start when Sandoval returns next week.  That means Tejada has about a week to strengthen his case for the Hall of Fame.

Mike Carp – M’s manager said Carp would only see 3-4 starts per week.  To get dyslexic on you, crap.

Pedro Alvarez – Tweaked his strained right quad resulting in a setback in his rehab.  Vote for Pedro…as the lamest 3rd baseman in 2011.  Both definitions of lame work.

Paul Maholm – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Now has a 3.39 ERA on the year, a 1.18 WHIP and a terrible walk to strikeout ratio.  I actually own Maholm in one league, which is a little scary since I’m not sure Maholm would own himself in a fantasy league.

Andrew McCutchen – 3-for-5 with his 10th home run, a walk off blast, which gave Daniel McCutchen the win.  Then the Pirates played ‘We Are Family’ and everyone hugged.  Elias Sports Bureau said this was the first time a player hit a walk-off homer to give someone with the same last name the win.  Actually, they didn’t say that.  But something that was overheard recently at the Elias Sports Bureau compound, “Bill, in human resources, smells of onions for a record five straight days.”

Zach Duke – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  Good (for Duke) start.  Through 126 1st half innings in 2009, he had a 3.29 ERA, so he is capable of an extended run of decent starts.  But sometimes you take Zach Duke to the cashier and she rings you up for six innings and five earned runs.

Joba Chamberlain – To the DL with a flexor strain.  Someone went too heavy on the shake weight.  As Joba’s drug dealing mom would tell you, “Smoke the shake, don’t shake the weight.”

Alexi Ogando – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He dedicated his non-regression to all the nerds that know what FIP stands for.

Aaron Cook – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He’s back and healthy.  And that’s where the positivity ends.

Eric Young Jr. – Did not start.  I like him better than Gordon, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — Dee Gordon is starting.  You gotta go with the starter.

Bud Norris – 8 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 5 Walks, 2Ks.  Bud Norris can punch a cyclops between the eyes.

Jason Bourgeois – 2-for-5 with his 14th steal as he finally got the start.  It’s almost as if the manager forgot how good he was before his injury.  Play Bourgeois, you capitalist pig!

Justin Masterson – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  His sister, Mary Stuart, must have pumped him up for this start.  Obviously she was more of a help for him than for her boyfriend last year on the Dodgers, Eric Stults.

Cord Phelps – 0-for-4, was called up by the Indians and started at 2nd base.  Cord has solid plate discipline and a lot of can’t-put-your-finger-on-it-ness.  Pretty average power and speed.  Outside of AL-Only leagues, you’re grasping at straws right now if you go for a roll in the hay with him.

Ben Revere – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th steal.  But it came at the expense of my Masterson.  Damn you, Ben Revere.  Why can’t you just be happy being a character in a Ben Affleck Masshole thriller?  You had to go and sully Masterson’s line.  Get it, Sully!  Revere’s looking like a decent deep league addition.  Shoot, he’s looking better than Span at this point, though that’s a bit of a ‘no compliment’ compliment.  He’s a player that I could see Gardy giving everyday playing time to even when Kubel and Thome return.

Justin Morneau – 1-for-4 to raise his average to .230.  Nice showing!  Everyone knows that all Canadians are robots.  Can’t Gardy reboot Morneau?  Or can they upgrade to the Vottomatic?

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5.  He’s hitting .295 on the year with 5 homers and 8 steals, i.e., he’s on pace for a Victorino type year — 100/10/60/.280/25.  Frankly, he should be getting more press from me.  He’s having a real solid fantasy 5th outfielder year.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-3 with the slam & legs.  “Now, wait one second, Mini Donkeys don’t eat slam and legses,” said a’la Jimmy Stewart.  Not sure why, but his voice is stuck in my head.  Mr. Potter!  Reynolds does seem like he’s finally found his power stroke.  If anyone remembers his 2009, he can get blazing hot for extended periods of time.  Do keep in mind he only has 4 multiple hit games since April 13th, so his average may peak at .230.

Zach Britton – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Start anyone vs. the A’s.  You have my permission.

Reid Brignac – Finally, he hit his first home run of the year.  Geez, what a bust.  Billy Butler, “Please, that’s no bust.”

Jemile Weeks – 2-for-3 with 2 runs.  He was bumped down the order, but he is starting every day.  I’m farting in your general direction, Eric Young Jr.

Randy Wolf – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He’s actually been solid or terrible in every start.  5 IP, 4 ER start here; 7 IP, 1 ER start there.  If you’ve been able to stomach that, his overall numbers don’t look hideous.

Craig Kimbrel – 1 IP, 2 ER.  Speaking of waffling between great and awful… Pick a side, Joe Lieberman!

Prince Fielder – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and has now homered 6 times in June… Mmm…Did someone say waffling?

Jason Heyward – Glass Chipper told Heyward he needs to play hurt.  That wasn’t very Chipper of him to say.  He should change his name to Tough Love Jones.  Chipper added, “I was healthy for 11 days between 2000-2010 and that includes the offseason.  In fact, I just tweaked my oblique telling you Heyward should play hurt and I didn’t stop talking, did I?”

  1. Random Collmenter says:

    First! Cust Kayin’.

  2. ltf says:

    Nice work Grey. [email protected] Glass Chipper there at the end.

    Vinnie Pestano needs to start getting some love as the best bullpen arm in a very good Cleveland Indians bullpen. Just some love for the name alone sounding like a mobster. I could see Chris Perez getting hacked and Pestano closing by year’s end.

  3. ltf says:

    whacked*not hacked, gah.

  4. Howard says:

    @Grey When Sparky hits the DL who do you like to replace him: Lowrie, Casilla, MetMurphy, Weeks, Raburn?

  5. jmonte says:

    Oh how the fantasy gods love to piss on my head and tell me its a golden shower from the heavens

    Post-draft I thought my infield was stacked with Fielder/Hanley/Uggla/Alvarez


    Grey: 12 Tm 5×5 Roto (Non-keeper)
    Is it time to cut my losses and dump Ugglay? And would anyone really take him???? (He did go 1-5 which raised his avg. up to a turdy .170)

  6. jmonte says:

    Ran and grabbed Rizzo a few weeks back everywhere I could so thanks in advance for the heads up and heres hoping he puts up some numbers!

    As always thanks for a great read.

  7. Scalez says:

    Ben Revere hit it like this, he hit it like that, he could hit it with a wiffleball bat soooooooooo…

  8. Buge Hoobs says:


    RE:Rizzo ~ In my 10 team where today I have Hosmer at 1B, Youk at 3B (Longoria on BN), C Pena as my IF, and Berkman as my U … do I really have room for another 1B?? Coghlan and Ianetta (don’t trust Soto yet) on BN. Who to drop for Rizzo?

  9. Chachi says:

    Grey, Should I stick with N.Faliz/Andrew Bailey, when someone just dropped Kimbrel, Putz and F. Rodriguez?

    Also, I have Chone Figgins on my team, I was thinking of replacing him w/ Craig Allen, J. Peralta, Ryan Roberts, A. Collapso or even Ty Wigginton, who are all FA’s… I am in a 12 team H2H League… Who’s the best option? Thanks!

  10. clueless says:

    Hey Grey,

    AL Ten Team Only

    Longoria, Drabek, David Murphy for Price, Smoak, Casper Wells

    I own Longoria but I need some pitching help in a bad way. And I have Moustakas on my reserve.

    Am I not getting enough in return?



  11. Dumb Butt says:

    Is there a relationship between Sparky Anklebiter and Sparkakis?

  12. SpecialFNK says:

    what is the value for Jason Heyward for the rest of the season? would he have similar value to say Ichiro? or should one wait and expect Heyward to produce the way he was last season? I don’t really need the HR(although it would be nice) but I could use help in SB. or if I do shop around a hurt Heyward should I be going after someone other than Ichiro?

  13. Zach says:

    Who would you rather have the rest of the way: Kelly Johnson or Alexi Ogando?

  14. schlitzy says:

    Grey, thanks for the advice yesterday. I was able to trade Joyce to get Dan Hudson in a league where I lost Anderson. many thanks.

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:

    going forward, helton or morneau? i think i’m giving up on morneau and i could use some avg…

  16. EnglishMetsFan says:

    A thousand thank-you’s.

    I laughed (Butler quote, Ehliars Sports Bureau, Chipper) I cried (my useless 2 league Sparky going down)….I checked my waiver wire and unbelievably, Kelly Johnson was available. JOY!

    Picked up Bougie in Yahoo as he only has ONE MORE START/(2 more appearances) to gain 2B eligibility.

    Now THAT’s Fantasy Gold, Jerry….GOLD

  17. frank rizzo says:

    Bourgeous was dropped recently b/c he wasn’t starting, but now it looks like he will be. I need a pure speed guy and only have roster room for 1……I need to choose between putting in a waiver for Bourgeous or just sticking with Tabata. Bourgeous or Tabata for strictly SB’s?

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thats not good for pedroia or his owners(oh i traded him for kimbrel early this year since i had kinsler)

  19. Cheers to all those who are hoping that Russel Martin hit’s the DL and they bring up Jesus (No one messes with the Jesus) Montero!

    That’s right i said cheers, wait… you guys aren’t still up drinking… shit, i got a problem…


  20. paddyman says:

    How about quentin? 17 dingers now.

    But how much playing time will bourgeois see? Is he gonna get a regular spot?

  21. Lil' Saucy says:

    Hi Grey,

    Asdrubal and Sizemore for Ryan Zimmerman which side??


  22. Bigwormsherm says:

    Rios for Uggla

    Is anyone a winner there?

  23. Mike says:


    Trade Haren and Farnsworth for McCutchen? Thanks!

  24. NYStankees says:

    @Grey: I’ve been a happy Melancon owner and just read Brad Mills’ idiotic decision about Lyon. If/When Lyon underperforms, do you think Melancon can regain the job?

  25. TheBlackWatermelon says:

    Hey God!!

    Big numbers last night from my boys Ogando and Norris!!!

    Was wondering if you’d start…..

    CC vs Red Sox (Lester)
    Jurrjens @ Marlins (Volstad)

  26. theguarantee says:

    Lillibridge, C Nelson or J Weeks at 2B while I wait for EY Jr. to hopefully win a full-time role?

  27. Cole says:

    Wolf has been very good at home. Just watch check the weather in Milwaukee, when the roof is open the ball starts jumping out of there. Too bad the pen cost him the win.
    Wolf: Ugh, I just got Greinke’d!
    Greinke: What?
    Wolf: Nothing.

  28. Bernie Brewer says:

    @Grey – Traded away my 2B and went all-in on Lawrie…ouch! Onto plan B. Is Anibal Sanchez too much to give up to acquire Zobrist or N. Walker for 2B? Which one? Should I aim higher up the 2B food chain? Thanks!

  29. Critter Nagurski says:

    Grey you better be glad people have been telling us our whole lives not to shoot the messenger. Whyyyyyy are all of my players getting hurt? I’m trying to get paid here!

  30. Up in this Mug says:

    Drop Torres for Bourgeois?

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Padres GM: Rizzo not a platoon player: The San Diego Tribune reports that Padres general manager Jed Hoyer expects prospect Anthony Rizzo to get regular playing time. The Padres announced on Wednesday that they would recall Rizzo Thursday and immediately insert him into the lineup. “He’s not going to play every single day, but we’re not bringing him up to be a platoon player,” said Hoyer. He added that he is cautious about putting too much pressure on him. “This is a 21-year-old kid,” Hoyer said. “He played about three-quarters of the year last year at Double-A. We wanted him to get some seasoning. This is, frankly, an earlier schedule than we had imagined. We felt this was a guy who would push us to be a September call-up. He really forced us and pushed the clock.”

  32. Eddy says:

    Grey, in a 12-team keeper league, should Lawrie be dropped?

  33. OaktownSteve says:

    @NY Stankees: Give Lyon three appearances and he’ll be done. At my house we have three bins, one for recycling, one for compost and one for Brandon Lyonseses.

    @Mike: Did you do any analysis on that trade? Like you’d go up x amount in hr, sb etc. and down in Ks, saves etc. relative to where you are in the overall landscape? What are you options for replacements for the empty spot. In a vaccuum you probably make that trade every time.

  34. Eddy says:

    Also, Raburn or Bourgeois for my 2B spot? Ian Desmond, CarGo and Ellsbury are my SB. Every one else is a fat cow. This is in my 12-team H2H OBP league.

  35. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    Please rank:

    Borgeois, Torres, Dee Gordon, Pagan

  36. Rob says:

    Another Bourgeois question. Bourgeois for Coco. Or Bourgeois dropping Anderson a couple days early. Am a little afraid he might not last till it is official.

  37. MeanMachine says:

    Just got offered Hellickson for Dempster who just sonovabenched me at Cin yesterday. It is a H2H so my only concearn would be a innings cap with Helli. Would u do this trade or is Dempster the better bet?

  38. Will says:

    We get to keep 5 players in my league, but only for 3 years. My current SS is Reyes, but I think Tulo is a better keeper option. So I am considering trading Fielder for Tulo. I would move Lind or Morse over to 1B and then I would keep Tulo next year. Any thoughts???

  39. chata says:

    @ Grey :

    a) you roster maholm and disregard humber …. not sure i understand .

    b) re: joba …. “smoke the shake ….”
    yeah , rich people never resort to drawer scrapings .

    d) you must have a loaded OF if you see brantley as a 5th .

    e) in a re-draft league , who do you DL and who do you cut … lawrie/pedroia ?

    f) thanks

  40. ltf says:

    @grey , anyone else: Just finished finals, so I joined a deep dynasty fantasy league, multiple seasons, MLB contracts, 25 man roster, 30 minor leaguers. Who would you look to deal and hold on the Colorado Rockies?

  41. SpecialFNK says:

    you can forget my earlier question about similar value between Heyward and Ichiro. needing help in SV and SB I just traded Hellickson, Hosmer, Crow, Bard for Ichiro and Mariano Rivera. I could afford to lose Hellickson, still have Kershaw, Hamels, Haren, Billingsley, Kuroda, and Wandy Rodriguez. to go along with my current closers of Bell and Axford, plus Javy Guerra.

    I get the SB and SV I’m looking for, and free up TWO roster spots.

    I currently have 10 points in HR as well as 11 points in both R/RBI in a 12 team deep league, but think I could still use some more power.
    C- McCann, 1B- Teixeira, 2B- Beckham, 3B- Prado, SS- Andrus, CI- Ad Gonzalez, MI- Gordon, OF- Jackson, OF- Span, OF- Morse, OF- Nix, OF- Huff, BN- Bourgeois, EYoung, Craig. DL- Heyward, DL- Freese.
    I’m also thinking about picking up Ryan Ludwick, who has good road splits away from PETCO and hope the Padres trade him.

  42. Mike says:

    @Oaktown Steve,

    Giving up Haren for McCutchen would leave me with Weaver, Marcum, Scherzer, Kennedy, Hellickson, and Lilly. I could pick up Dempster, Volquez, or Baker to take Haren’s spot. Farnsworth is basically a throw in as I have enough closers without him.

  43. BSW says:

    Who wins-F-Her/Rizzo for Ryan Howard?

  44. Danny Tanner says:

    Which side do you like?

    Stanton/Ryan Zimmerman



    Just looking for confirmation on the side I’m leaning.

  45. chunk says:

    Uggla for Morneau, who wins, if anyone?

  46. MeanMachine says:

    F*&%&* Pedroria! Crappy way to start the day!! Need a replacement, who do you like better: Carroll, Murphy, Raburn, Kennedy? Thanks!

  47. Jeff says:

    16 team 5 x 5 roto league. We can keep up to 3 players at the round they were drafted (then each year after you subtract 3 rounds).

    Currently in 5th place and need some more power.

    Was offered Kemp (4th round) and Werth (3rd round) or Kemp and Kinsler (2nd round) for McCutchen (15th round keeper) and Polanco.

    My 2nd baseman is Theriot (but I also have Raburn on the bench)

    We start 4 OF – McCutchen, Ichiro, J. Upton, Willingham

    My 3B is Youkilis so no worries about losing Polanco. He was splitting time at Utility for me with Smoak.

    Do I accept either trade, if so which?

  48. Mike says:


    I’m stuck with both Uggla and Morneau. Can’t trade them, can’t drop them. Painful….

  49. If I am looking for MI help…Lillibridge or J.Weeks?

  50. Long Bawls says:

    Wouldja drop Juan Pierre, Raburn, or (because I am annoyed at him at this point, an dthis of him as over-the-) Hill for Rizzo?

  51. Earl Battey says:

    Hey Grey,

    I could use some pitching help. Would you trade a $2 Quentin in a keeper league ($5 for 1 year, $9 for 2, $13 for 3 to keep him) for an expensive and therefore unkeepable #1 pitcher?

    I know Quentin has had injury issues, but it’s hard to find OFs with 17 HRs.

  52. Exactly says:

    Going to drop lawrie, who do you like to take his place on my bench: jemile weeks, dan murphy, moustakas, casilla, wiggy, b. crawford?

    Also, please rank wood, narveso, leake, niese, carrasco.

  53. Doc Pounder says:

    Hill or Izturis as backup plan for Sparky?

  54. Any idea when Moustakas is getting called up? He is still sitting on my wire and I got a bunch of witty team names to use….

    I am kinda itching to grab him, but can’t really hold him for a month…

  55. Eddy says:

    Bob Geren kicked to the curb.

    Bob Melvin named interim manager.

  56. Lopes says:

    My choo for his morneau? Flop for flop?

  57. Grey, I know you’ve advocated selling Justin Morneau, but should anyone be willing to attempt a buy low on him? Is he gonna show anything this year?

  58. Tom Emanski says:

    Everything I do in fantasy has turn to shit this year. Heyward over Bautista, drafting EY Jr. then picking him back up only for him to pinch hit, dropping Brantley for Sands, drafting Brett Anderson and George of the Rose, drafting Jennings and still owning him, drafting Frank Frank. What the hell.

  59. Derrick says:

    This is my pick of guys to replace Perdroia at 2B. Who do you think I should grab out of Hill, Espinosa, J. Turner, Theriot, D. Murphy, Wiggington or Raburn.


  60. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    I want to make room for Rizzo but in order to do this i have to drop one of these guys: Morrison, Boesch, Espinosa. Well i thought about Ike Davis aswell but i like this kid, i think i will keep him stashed on a DL spot. What do you think?


  61. bubba says:

    Should I start Bumgardner vs the Reds in a 10 team roto with a starts limit. I’m slightly ahead of pace.

  62. mets fan says:

    grey weeks or rayburn for mi?

  63. Rabbit says:

    What do you guys think of Oswalt at this point? His low-K rate since returning concerns me. I am doing very well in my batting cats in my 5-cat roto league but need help in ERA and Whip, and Oswalt’s owner offered me Oswalt and Morneau (yeech) for my Berkman and Dempster. I was thinking about countering with a straight-up Berkman for Oswalt. Thoughts on his offer or my proposed counter? (Yes, it feels like I’m playing with house money with Berkman these days, but it’s not like the guy has never hit before.)

  64. NF says:


    One of your advertisers is trying to put crap on my computer.

    I’ve gotten threat directions when viewing razzball from two different locations over the last two days. Next time it happens, I’ll try to record the threat name (if that helps), but is this a problem you’ve heard of previously?

  65. C.O.C. says:

    @grey…I already know your not a fan of either of these guys, but its a DEEP 16 team league and I just want confirmation I did the right thing: I traded Burnett/Dillon Gee and got Ervin Santana. Good move?

  66. C.O.C. says:

    @NF Just got hit by the same thing…..

  67. Ryan says:

    Thoughts on Hosmer vs. Rizzo for the rest of the year? Best bet over the rest of the year?

  68. chunk says:

    Chris Johnson seems to be getting things going…. worth adding him to fill in for slumping Mcgehee?

    Also, I see how you feel about j. weeks, but in case my claim gets denied, lillibridge, scutaro, Chris Nelson, or Lowrie for MI spot?

  69. Danny Tanner says:

    How about this deals…

    J. Upton/R. Zimmerman



  70. chunk says:

    Ranking those four would be great….

  71. bobbo says:

    Which side do you like: Sabathia/Norris or Hanson/Gallardo.

    It’s a keeper league where I’d be able to keep either Sabathia or Hanson and potentially Gallardo if I choose that side (depending on how he performs for rest of year… doubt Norris would be good enough).

  72. Taftball says:

    Grey, and all other helpful opinions,

    16-team H2H keeper league, I was offered Cliff Lee and Ryan Zimmerman for Tim Lincecum, Alex Gordon, and Eric Aybar. Right now I have

    1B Hosmer
    3B Longoria
    CI A. Gordon/Rizzo

    2B Turner
    SS D. Gordon
    MI Eric Young

    U Guerrero

    I also have Moustakas on my roster. My thoughts on the trade are being in a 16-team league with 25-man rosters, getting Z-Pack will give me another trading chip at the deadline, and I feel Lincecum and Lee are somewhat a coinflip. Am I over-valuing Zimmerman and the depth it gives me at Corner Infield positions, or should I pull the trigger?

  73. Jim says:

    Offered Reynolds and Salas for Ichiro and Lucroy — the BA will be hurt for sure, but have Napoli to replace Lucroy and I’m starting to wonder if Ichiro is fading… I can use the closer for sure. Thoughts?

  74. C.O.C. says:

    @Grey: Everywhere I’ve looked (,, etc..) they are reporting Lawrie to be out only 2 to 3 weeks….in which case it would definitely making him worth holding on to….Where are you hearing about an August return?

  75. 4 by 4 scoring no runs or whip

    Was offered Hanley and Annibal for Reyes and Greinke

    I have plenty of steals but need some HRs + RBI’s

    Is this too much for Hanley?

  76. chunk says:

    Thanks grey, surprised you went with the ‘bridge, but that’s who I was leaning towards too.

    You starting Niese @ MIL tonight? 16 teamer. I’m leaning no, little terrified of the MIL bats right now.

  77. wakeupgomer says:

    Grey, did yahoo just lift your thread title for their fantasy baseball page?

  78. C.O.C. says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Bummer. Back to fantasy free agency for him….thanks buddy….

  79. Howard says:

    I wish ESPN would DL Sparky so that one person with all the aliases can replace him!

  80. Wake Up says:

    Yahoo def. bit your line.

  81. Danny Tanner says:


    Actually, I’d be giving up Zimmerman and Upton and getting halliday and holliday. IM thin at pitching.

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:

    anyone got inside info on where rizzo will be batting?

  83. Flunkie says:

    Why does Delmon Young suck so bad this year?

  84. Exactly says:

    which side: pena/oswalt or greinke?

  85. AL KOHOLIC says:

    alright 3 pain pills and off to the doctor,hope he clears me to get in our pool,getting out will be the hard part but its frikin 100 degrees here,well not on my couch but you know

  86. Danny Tanner says:

    I’d definitely prefer the first one… but wanted a contingency in case that falls through… but wanted to make sure I wasn’t giving up too much in J.Upton

  87. Al Swedgin says:

    Grey, do you see Kinsler (if healthy) improving from here on out? Or do his number look like about what we can expect?

  88. was talking up andrew miller in comments the other day. he had another walkless start last night in AAA – 7 IP, 5H, only 3Ks, but no walks is the key for him. 2 walks in 20 innings last 3 starts, zero in last 2. changed his warmup routine right before this started, red sox letting him go back to his old delivery, might be coming together. advisory. do with it what you will.

  89. Bob says:

    @Grey: Melky or Hart?

  90. Exactly says:

    grey, which side in a H2H: My tabata for his bumgarner?

    Other OFs are Kemp, Holliday, J-Up, Lind, Morse

    Other SPs are Oswalt, Marcum, Gio, D. Hud, Holland, Wood, Niese

  91. Exactly says:

    grey, does tabata get it done, or is that not enough bumgarner? would you offer morse instead since he’s been hotter?

  92. Exactly says:

    @Grey: cool, thanks.

  93. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    So, I’ve got Pena right now in 12 team 5×5, had Rizzo in my ML spot. No bench. Do I drop Pena? I’m trying to trade him right now…

  94. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Drop Morneau for Rizzo?

  95. Pooch says:


    Just lost Anderson from my rotation. E. Jackson has been sitting on the waiver wire. I picked him up for the start vs. Oakland, but is he ownable in a 10 team mixed league?

    Other guys on the wire are Vogelsong, Harang, Volquez, Wood, Wolf and Gee. Any of these guys more ownable?


  96. Lines says:

    Got offered Hosmer for Morneau in my 12-team keeper. That’s a big, fat yes at this point, right?

  97. matt says:

    time to sell quentin knowing hes gonna get hurt eventually

  98. matt says:

    forgot the question mark at the end of my other post.

  99. Steve says:

    Come on Romero, you dickhead. It’s the R-O-Y-A-L-S.

  100. Higgins says:

    Drop Scherzer for Daniel Hudson?

  101. Doog says:

    Grey, if you had your choice in a dynasty league, would you take Kershaw or Strasburg?

  102. Eddy says:

    Pujols starting at 3B. I believe that leaves him only 2 starts away from gaining 3B-eligibility in Yahoo.


  103. Exactly says:

    which side: pena/oswalt or dunn/kuroda?

  104. FuzzyD says:

    Think Minor will come up just for a spot start? Would Weeks be a better long term pickup for Sands? Thanks!

  105. Al Swedgin says:

    Hi Grey,

    Auction keeper league (5*5) and I’m in the hunt.

    My prospect roster’d Desmond Jennings for his V-Mart?

    V-Mart would be a one-year rental, and he would replace either my Kurt Suzuki or Iannetta.

    If it matters, we start about 40 OFs total in this league.

    Worth it?

  106. Eddy says:

    Pedroia owners can breathe a sigh of relief.

    “A thorough examination of Dustin Pedroia’s right knee Thursday revealed only a bruised knee cap.
    Pedroia will avoid surgery and could return to the Red Sox starting lineup as early as Friday night. It’s a great bit of news for the Boston faithful and fantasy owners alike, though the All-Star second baseman is still sporting a lackluster .247/.361/.338 batting line through 59 games this season.”

  107. Steve says:

    Sorry Soria owners – I need a meltdown here.

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: yeah, it’s time to move on.

    @Eddy: Thanks for the heads up!

  109. lost says:

    Would you drop boesch, bj upton, or werth to pick up rizzo? I have votto at first right now this is my bench.

  110. Steve says:

    Geren fired by the A’s. Bob Melvin taking over.

  111. Steve says:

    Moustakas called up. Aviles sent down.

  112. zzzzzz says:

    Barney or Theriot?

  113. Maxpower says:

    Grey who do you like better, Morrow or Wandy? Thanks

  114. nyydj2 says:

    Yesterdat the little Keebler Elfin dunkin munch was whining that his legs hurt and he could not hit, when in reality they are just too damn short. Seems like he needs a fresh sprinlke of Lucky Charms for the second half so he can start biting ankles again.

  115. Chris says:

    Drop Desmond Jennings for Moustakas now that he’s been called up? Keeper League.

  116. AL KOHOLIC says:

    mouse juice on the way,yippie kie ayeee

  117. nyydj2 says:

    89 steamy degrees here in central NY today and I thought I should get the AC cranked up for the season, then my phone rang and this new company, Dunn & Uggla called me and offered totally free AC with the purchase of any jackass roster decision……

  118. nyydj2 says:

    AAh, cooling off already. Reminds me of those giant windmill thingamabobs outside of Cooperstown here in the countryside, cheap power and exhilarating breezes. Swing Adam, swing.

    On a colder note: to my absolute favorite and most respected Mr. Albright:

    you blessed a trade last month that is giving me the agita and I need the pastor to keep me on the pasth here. Gave a Dl’d Lind and Pineda(H2H and presumed no=go in Sept.) for Uggla and Garza. Lind has more homers in a week than Uggla has been on base in a month, Pineda has continued dominance and Garza still has not started for me yet. Is there hope for this trade to at least break even?

  119. nyydj2 says:

    Delays. Looking at the radar, this line of T-storms should be out of Philly and the House My Taxes Built in the next half hour or so, moving fast.

  120. Whiskey Diet says:


    Anyone catch Nyjer Morgan’s post-game interview??

    Greenies anyone?

  121. Steve says:

    Starting Holland @ MIN. His ERA is stellar away from home and, hey, it’s the Twins.

    What could possibly go wrong?

  122. bobbo says:

    Moustakas over Carp in a keeper, right?

  123. nyydj2 says:

    Grey, please don’t embarrass me, there is no need for apology, not what I was looking for. I like to manage my own teams and not ask 6o questions on whether I should trade Sasquatch for Yeti. But since discovering your sight back in March I have probably asked you a half dozen or so strategy questions and you have been right on the money in all of them, so I still feel this one will work as well in the long run. Your selfless dedication and daily insights and strategy have been invaluable to me and I’m sure, all of us, so keep on keeping on!

  124. Steve says:

    Chipper showing Heyward what’s possible when you play hurt by being caught stealing.

  125. Steve says:

    Aw Collmenter. You had a right to expect some run support.

  126. xopchipili says:

    with Moose up now, is there any remaining value in Betemit? With Aviles going down does that mean he’ll still be getting playing time?

  127. Steve says:

    Jon Jay gets a hit! I’m afraid, in my H2H matchup this week, that counts as news.

  128. Steve says:

    I think Gallardo has forgotten who’s he’s pitching to as well. That lineup is awful.

  129. nyydj2 says:

    Would have broke Dunn’s balls two months ago if I knew it would work this fast.

  130. Eddy says:

    Never felt so good to get sonavabenched by Dunn.

  131. Wilsonian says:

    Ok, so I’m going out on a limb here, but I gotta ask.

    I’ve got Kelly Jo, Zorilla, and Uggla. I’m really growing pretty tired of Uggly and I don’t have much faith in him.

    Do I drop him for Moose Tacos?

  132. nyydj2 says:

    Does it seem a bit abnormal that a good one third of MLB offenses this year are barely AAA worthy? Padres, Mariner, Angels, Giants, Twins, Astros, Braves, Cubs, A’s, Mets, Giants, probably missing a few. Great to have good pitchers in weak divisions with these teams but even the good ones rarely get the questionably valued W that we all must still seek. Freakin Weaver has averaged less than 2.5 earned runs allowed per start since May 2 and has one W to show for it. People with influence in the fantasy industry need to start making a much broader push for the QS to replace W’s as the standard.

  133. John says:

    Rizzo or Moose who has better stats at the end of this year?

  134. chata says:

    like sands in an hour-glass , his time has run out .

  135. KarlJ. says:

    Who do you prefer out of the 3 as my 3b replacement?
    A Ram

  136. nyydj2 says:

    Game still delayed in The House That My Taxes Built as the grounds crew towel dry the $2000 seats that even millionaires won’t sit in.

  137. aj says:

    I need steals. 5×5 roto 14 teams. Would you trade alex gordon for coco crisp?

  138. herschel says:

    venters in to close in atl….is this just because kimbrel threw too much last night?

  139. nyydj2 says:

    Okay, time for some new strategy here, gotta think outside the box….if I queue up Dark Side of the Moon to the first pitch of the Royals game tomorrow, maybe the Wizard of Hosmer will serve me up a slam and legs. Worth a try?

  140. Steve says:

    Hernandez closing it out for Arizona. According to Twitterville, Gibson had been expecting Putz to be available.

  141. AL KOHOLIC says:

    hernandez in for arizona save,putz had only pitched 1 day in a row??

  142. Steve says:

    C’mon Josh. Let’s have a big fly for Derek.

  143. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Think Kemp could go 40/40 this year?

  144. Steve says:

    Come on Rangers – one more!

  145. Black Beard says:

    Wait on Soto in a ten team league or look elsewhere?

  146. Steve says:

    Fuck you Napoli.

  147. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,whats your take on heyward,worth trading for or does he scare you

  148. Terrence Mann says:

    I was gonna make a million dollars by starting my own website, but someone already has it and is selling carbon monoxide detectors. Story of my life.

  149. chata says:

    crawford has just now raised his batting average to .250
    for the 1st time this season

  150. Steve says:

    All – do you think it is possible that Kershaw finds pitching so easy sometimes that he just switches off?

    Get it together you clown!

  151. Sos says:

    Yesterday I asked if I could drop McGehee for a host of different 3b schmohawks. You said hold tight. Today, Jhonny P was dropped in my league. Is this finally a switch I can make or still hold tight with Mcgehee?

  152. chata says:

    cueto’s stuff seems to be working .
    (please don’t make me regret saying that .)

  153. Steve says:

    Come on Dodgers. Double play.

  154. Flunkie says:

    The Riot with a homer.

  155. Eddie says:

    GEO! Finally!!!

  156. Eddie says:

    And Colvin makes it back 2 back jacks!

  157. Steve says:

    I don’t believe it. Fuck the Dodgers. Fuck them.

    First Hudson and now Kershaw.

    Apologies for the intemperate language.


  158. RichC says:

    Looks like fan interference on the 2nd jack.
    Won’t matter much since Phillies are at their offensive limit
    of 3 runs, with only Herndon left in the bullpen for extras.

  159. Eddie says:

    And like clockwork….

  160. AL KOHOLIC says:

    rizzo with a deep triple,theres 1 that should have been

  161. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Cain or Greinke and would you deal Cruz for either one straight up?

  162. chata says:

    you guys have about 15 minutes left to go to
    and see the neat tribute to les paul .

    if you hit that rectangular button , you can record and
    play back your own composition …. or , so says my buddy ….
    (i couldn’t figure out how to get it to play back)

  163. Steve says:

    Come on Cueto – not you too.

  164. AL KOHOLIC says:

    can marmol blow it?

  165. AL KOHOLIC says:

    pitching around rizzo tonight,wont be long,he will be in the meat of the order

  166. Nick says:

    @Grey: Im sick of watching Rios do nothing on my bench. Would you drop him for Damon (just dropped) or have Rizzo with huge upside on my bench?

  167. Sammy Sousa says:

    Also is Espinosa coming to end of his steak and no longer ownable in a 12 team league? I can move Zobrist back to 2B and dump Espinosa instead of Rios for Rizzo or Damon. or make the double switch!!!

  168. Flunkie says:

    Espinosa would’ve had another bomb tonight if it wasn’t for Will Venable robbing him.

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