The Disgraceful List claimed two more yesterday, Josh Beckett and Grady Sizemore.  Neither is a big surprise.  Closest Grady Sizemore came to taking off this year was in his amateur Playgirl shoot.  Even when he hit a home run, the rain washed it away.  The Indians are talking about knee surgery for Grady.  Turns out Tom Sizemore isn’t the only Sizemore with a joint problem.  I’d DL Sizemore until more news surfaces, but, if recent history is any indication, new news (stutter much?) will be bad news.  As for Josh Beckett, I’m more optimistic.  He can miss a few weeks, put this back injury behind him (literally!) and return.  Will he be effective on his return?  What, I’m Nostradumbass?  I don’t know, but it’s possible he has a decent half season.  I wouldn’t trade for him, but I would pick him up off waivers and stash him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before I jump into the roundup, quick bit of business.  No one likes to have to ask for shizz, but this voting thing at the Refresh Challenge is for a good cause.  To up the stakes, we’re donating a $100 gift card to Wal-Mart.  All you have to do is vote and comment “Razzball” over at the voting site.  The comment names will be chosen at random on Monday and the winner will be announced here.  That link again is — Wow, I feel like George Clooney.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Trevor Hoffman – Probably should be headed to the Disgraceful List but in the meantime the Brewers say he won’t pitch for a few days while he works on his mechanics.  Carlos Villanueva and Todd Coffey are the pickups, in that order.  Or the reverse order if you’re dyslexic.

Ike Davis – 1-for-4.  For the foreseeable future, Manuel says Davis will be the cleanup hitter.  I like how Manual makes these announcements every few days.  First, Reyes will bat 3rd, then Chris Carter will bat cleanup, now Ike.  Waiting for the announcement where he says New Era will bat cleanup only later to realize he pulled the tag out of the hat.

Livan Hernandez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  It’s May 20th and Livan’s ERA is still 1.62.  I will now go drink cyanide.

Drew Storen – 2/3 IP and the Win.  After the game, Clippard told Storen, “You’re welcome.”

Clay Buchholz – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Said I thought Buchholz could be the Sawx’s ace this year, he’s only confirmed my thoughts.  Really2 loved Buchholz coming into this year, but didn’t end up with him on any team.  I was Buch-blocked.

David Ortiz – 1-for-4 with his 4th homer in his last 6 games as he bats .248.  Ortiz is no longer *pinkie to mouth* ice Papi.  Think this is the new Ortiz, homers and not much else.  His name garners more attention than he actually warrants.  If you own him, I’d see what he could get you on the trade market.

Joe Mauer – 1-for-4 with his 1st steal of the season.  Also, he has 2 homers on the year.  Haven’t mentioned much about this because I spend enough time telling you people my correct preseason calls, but Mauer’s power has gone sour.  Told ya!

Carlos Zambrano – 1/3 IP.  Yeah, that’s how you stretch him out.  Niiiiice.

Kaz Matsui – The Astros released him.  It’s the youth movement in Houston as they turn to Jeff Keppinger.

Carlos Lee – Hit his 3rd homer in four days.  Carlos wasn’t happy at all about me saying his days were numbered, obvious lee.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-4 with one home run while he was robbed of another home run because the ump missed the call and refused to review the replay.  Seriously, what’s the point of having replay if they’re not going to use it?  Umps are useless.  Get a real job, like writing a fantasy baseball blog.

Aroldis Chapman – Left his minor league game with a blister.  Wait until he sees how our health care compares to Cuba’s.

Milton Bradley – 2-for-4 as the Golden Glove outfielder returned to the Mariners.  In the postgame press conference, he thanked his family for their support, saying he was a humbler, changed man.  Then a reporter interrupted him and Milton Hulk-smashed the reporter’s head into a locker.

Michael Saunders – Sat out yesterday in favor of Bradley and could be in for a major reduction of time until Milton loses his shizz and karate kicks Figgy for looking at him the wrong way.  I give it a week.

Casper Wells – Who?  The guy Leyland put in the three hole.  Will someone please buy Leyland some blank lineup cards so he doesn’t have to hit Casper Wells third simply because he’s filling in for Magglio Ordonez?

Freddy Sanchez – 0-for-4.  Never been a fan Freddy Sanchez, but at MI he can provide very modest power and average.  Outside of NL-Only leagues, I’d look just about anywhere else first, but there ya go.

Ian Kennedy – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I’ve touted him enough by this point, right?  You don’t need me to go on any further, do you?

Mark Reynolds – 0-for-4 as the Diamondbacks scored 13 runs.  Ticker tease!

Wade Davis – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Was a decent start for the youngster vs. the Yanks. (Look at me, I’m an oldster, saying things like youngster.)  In 8 starts, he’s only gone longer than 6 innings once.  His WHIP isn’t pretty either, mostly because his walks are a bit out of control.  I’d let someone else deal with his potential/potential headache.

Jorge Posada – Will miss up to a month with a fractured foot.  Or as they say in England, a fractured meter.  If your DL slots are limited, I wouldn’t stress over holding onto Posada.  He’s still just a catcher.  Filling in for him…

Francisco Cervelli – Hasn’t done much except hit for average, but he’s done that well.  Now hitting .373 on the year.  Oh, and hat tip to frequent commenter, Buge Hoobs, who pointed out how much Cervelli looks like The Great Gazoo.

Will Venable – 4-for-5, 4 Runs, 1 RBI and a steal.  Huge game, but he sits against most lefties and he’s batting .248 on the year.  Best case scenario, he gets 12 homers, 25 steals and a poor average on the year.  It’s okay in NL-Only leagues, but I wouldn’t go crazy in mixed leagues.

Kerry Wood – 1/3 IP, 5 ER for an epic, glove-tossing meltdown.  Good to see Wood picked up right where he left off.  I wouldn’t drop Chris Perez just yet.  And if he’s out there on waivers, I’d grab him.

Lou Marson – Stole his 3rd base to open up the lead between him and Alcides.

Mike Aviles – 3-for-5, with a Run and RBI.  He’s been admittedly underrepresented in my roundups, but I find straight average guys yawnstipating.  Aviles is, however, batting .390.  There’s room for that on some teams.

Randy Wolf – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 15 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Now has a 5.10 ERA on the year.  Right now, I wouldn’t own Wolf with your team.

Nate McLouth – 2-for-4 with a steal.  He’s actually been hitting recently (.300 in his last 7 games), but he’s also batting 8th, which in an NL lineup is death, not depth.  Unless your league is deep, I’d just watch McLousy for now to see if he moves up the lineup.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-5 with his 2nd homer in 2 games.  It took freakin’ forever, but Maybin seems like he might stick around in the majors for a little while.  Could be a photo finish in Florida between Coghlan and Ross for Stanton’s playing time.  Better make sure you punch out those Chads.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8Ks.  Has looked good for a few starts in a row now with a 3.28 ERA on the year.  But his last six starts have been against the Giants, Mets, Padres, Astros, Nats and a very cold Cards team.  I could have an under 4 ERA against those teams.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Going to see a psychologist to deal with his inability to throw the ball back to the pitcher.  It’s the yips (which only sounds racist).  This reminds of the time I was at Benihana and the chef missed his hat with a shrimp tail three times in a row.  The Benihana’s chef’s name was Mackey Sasser.

  1. Eric says:

    “Ike Davis – 1-for-4.  For the foreseeable future, Manuel says Davis will be the cleanup hitter.  I like how Manual makes these announcements every few days.  First, Reyes will bat 3rd, then Chris Carter will bat cleanup, now Ike.  Waiting for the announcement where he says New Era will bat cleanup only later to realize he pulled the tag out of the hat.”

    LOL just amazing!

  2. joe from point pleasant says:

    Got a few questions for ya today Grey…

    -Are you starting to buy Starlin Castro now that he has found a home in the 2 hole, and is still hitting .364 after 12 games?

    -Someone just dropped FraGu and i think hes cool/pretty good. Is he worth an add in a 12 team mixed? I would be dropping either Boesch or Andruw Jones and FraGu would be serving as my OF3 behind Braun and Ellsbury (once he returns).

    -Should I also add David Ortiz? He would probably man the utility spot but I’d also have to drop one of Boesch or Jones…

    Thanks, and great article as usual!

  3. Wolf had a solid 6 inning/3 run start and was in line for the win, obviously tiring, when Macha left him in too long with predictable results. Still no point in owning him of course.

  4. Terrence Mann says:

    Grey, please rank these pitchers:

    Burress, Parra, Dickey, Wakefield.

    Thanks in advance!

  5. joe from point pleasant says:


    Now i just got offered Jay Bruce for Kevin Slowey.

    I know Bruce is your boy (im a reds fan myself) but hes sporting a .340 BABIP and still only hitting .270 so its not like hes unlucky. The power hasn’t been there this year at all, I think he had like 11 hrs at this point last year.

    Slowey *was* also your boy. I think u picked him to finish 2nd in the Cy young voting this year. However, I saw in your recent posts how you pretty much hate him now and think he is waiver worthy. It seems like he cant pitch more than 5 innings and his command isnt where it should be. He allows hits and homers at an alarming rate. The only thing saving him right now is the Twins offense that gets him wins.

    My OF consists of Braun and Ellsbury and then a revolving door of whoever is hot. My pitching is stable and I can definitely afford to lose slowey. I feel like I should do it, but for some reason I’m not sure if it is worth it with guys like FraGu, the big swish, and chris young available as FA OF.

    What is your take?

  6. 3matt says:

    Just curious how you guys would rank Cueto, Leake, Kennedy and Pavano.

  7. Buge Hoobs says:

    @Grey: Aw, shucks! Now look at what you’ve done did!

    And FYI, since telling me that I’m “not going to win my league with either” of two schmohawks that I was contimplating over … I’ve jumped up from the 7-8 slot to the 4 spot! The 3 amigos sitting on top all year are starting to sweat. <–This is the closest I will ever get to using an emoticon!

  8. hideousmutants says:

    Anyone nervous about staring F-Lir tonight or is my knee-jerk fear of Yankees (his last start) and Red Sox outdated?

  9. Aaron says:

    @3matt: I like Cueto > Kennedy > Leake > Pavano

  10. Elbert says:

    Grey, it’s time that you start recognize Gorzelanny, especially after how he phoned me about why you forgot to tell everyone that he dominated Phillies lineup, among other great starts this year.

  11. p0rk burn says:

    Sticking with the Down With Slowey theme, question 36 on this year’s admission test for the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston reads thusly:

    Sort these pitchers, from level of least suck to most suck:
    Slowey, LeBlanc, Kennedy, Medlen.

    I’m thinking about ditching LeBlanc after the Mariners matchup because I don’t believe Slowey is *entirely* donezo. But I only have a fantasy baseball G.E.D. so I could be wrong.

  12. Schlitzy says:

    Should i dump McLousy for Coghlan or just stand pat?

  13. BSA says:

    Thanks Grey and company,
    Side note if you are able to recruit friends via FB or email systems than just ask them to vote and write a comment using your Refresh Login name (ie: Awesomus M sent me or Jayson sent me). For every appearance of your name with Razzball I will add an extra entry to the fishbowl for Monday’s drawing.
    Have fun with it this week.

  14. steamer says:

    I picked up Aviles in one league. You could do worse at MI. Couple trades opinions, which side would you want?

    Trade #1 – Kershaw/Weeks for Utley/Bailey.
    Trade #2 – Tulo for Barlett/J. Garcia

  15. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    A roster spot opened up, and I want to stash a bench bat. These appear to be my best options- Freese, H. Matsui, McLouth, J. Rivera, Rajai.
    I’m in 1st place with a well rounded team, so I’m not in dire need of any particular statistics. I guess I’m just looking for the player with the highest ceiling and/or potential trade value.

  16. nick m. says:

    fill-in for posada? napoli, barajas, doumit, c. ruiz?

  17. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @steamer: I’d definitely want Utley/Bailey and Tulo in those deals. If you can acquire elite talent, without having to deal any away, it’s a no brainer.
    @Schlitzy: Stand pat. Coghlan’d upside is so low (high avg and not much else) that it’s worth waiting on McLouth.
    @3matt: I agree with Aaron’s rankings.
    @joe from point pleasant: Bruce > Slowey

  18. Dingo says:

    I’m starting all three of these guys — am I a bit nuts?

    Lester vs. MIN
    Oswalt vs. COL
    E Santana @ CWS

  19. pubscout says:

    swisher/jeter or Eaybar/gardener for the rest of the season? what are the chances swisher ends up on the dl with his biceps injury?

  20. William says:

    @Grey – “but I would pick him up off waivers and stash him.”

    In what format is he going to be a waiver? 4 team leagues?

  21. William says:

    @Grey – I’m staring at Brandon Morrow and fangraphs tells me he’s been unlucky as his ERA is +3 over his FIP/xFIP which is right around 3.8

    Morrow’s K-rate has me salivating… would you recommend me dropping Kevin Slowey for Morrow, or is my FIP analysis flawed?

  22. Dan Z says:

    I hate Aramis Ramirez…..should I trade him for Elvis Andrus?

  23. FlyinHawiianPizza says:

    Do I drop Austin Jackson and his lucky 12 leaf clover for Garret Jones? Seems like Jones should have more success for the rest of the year, right?

  24. chrisbenson says:

    grey, can you rank these guys? thanks,

    gorzellany, cecil, wolf, chacin, a.sanchez

  25. paddytwotimes says:

    @ Grey

    Nice pull with this biggest debacle in voting history. I hate Bush. Not good bush but bad Bush.

  26. Howie says:

    @Grey: Lol on the Chapman health care quip.

    Speaking of the Cuban, would you attempt to maximize whatever value he has now and trade him (keeper league) or is he the real deal (a la what Strasburg still appears to be)?

  27. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Definitely starting Lester vs. MIN.

    Wondering if I should start Kershaw vs SD.

    Finding it hard to find a reason NOT to start Romero @ Seattle.

  28. G-RAM says:

    I give Billingsley and Soriano and get Justin Upton, then immediately pick up Kennedy. What do you guys think?

  29. Wilsonian says:

    @G-RAM: I like it. But that’s just me…and obviously you can see that Grey is a big fan of Kennedy. J-Up is coming around and Soriano can’t get any better than he is now, and being the pessimistic Cub fan that I am, he’ll most certainly slow his roll soon.

  30. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Need 1 player to fill in last roster spot. Please help me choose:

    Luke Scott, Fukudome, Hart, or Gomes.

  31. Nunez for Scott Baker

    I’m leading saves by alot and have gregg, dotel, capps

    I really don’t know how to value closers because alot of people in my league wont pay for saves and i’ve been getting alot of shitty offers

  32. Donnie Baseball says:

    @Terrence Mann:
    Wow I’m in a 20 teamer and I wouldn’t go near those pitchers.
    Except for Wakefield.

    How many team league are you in?

  33. papasmurf says:

    I am hopping back on the V train (at least while he’s not striking out every other time)! I think he can do better than 25 steals. He’s doing a lot of running even though he hasn’t gotten on base much at all. My team needs steals. Oh yeah, smurfs sway with the wind.

    Of course, my backup’s Mclousy so my choices are limited. Hitting 8th, he’s not gonna run often. His upside was only about 20 even while leading off anyway.

  34. Benfatti says:

    Who would some targets be if you were going to shop David Price around? I’m looking for either another pitcher or a 2B with some pop. 10 team roto league.

  35. Curly Day says:

    Drop Garcia for Kennedy? Or Drop Slowey for Kennedy?

  36. Kazmere says:

    @Dingo: Oswalt has owned COL in the past. 7-1, <2 ERA.

  37. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Dingo: Lester and Oswalt are no brainers. You start your stud pitchers without doubt. Whatever the feelings are on Oswalt in the past, he’s been stellar so far this year. You have to start him.

    Erv is a big gamble on your part though. I’d be nervous as hell to start Erv in the cell. Looked up the batter vs pitcher stats for Santana against the current White Sox….not good. They have a cumulative BA of .320 against him.

  38. Manbearpigs says:

    I was offered Adam Lind for Colby Lewis and Miguel Tejada, I think my pitching can absorb the loss and I could use an OF, I would pick up Yunel Escobar to replace Tejada.

    MY SP: Price, Hughes, Peavy, Billingsley, Ervin santana, Buchholz, JO sanchez, Brett Anderson (DL), sheets

    My OF: Heyward, Hamilton, Cruz, Austin Jackson, Brennan Boesch

  39. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Livan Hernandez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks. It’s May 20th and Livan’s ERA is still 1.62. I will now go drink cyanide.

    Hey Grey I was going to join People’s Temple cult. Jim Jones and drink the Kool-Aid

  40. Mr. Rickey says:

    Deep NL keeper league – guy offered me Hoffman/Pudge for Drew Storen and Uribe with a note that he was willing to make the deal because he is over the salary cap due to another trade. I countered with Storen/Uribe for Wilson/Utley with a note that this deal would really help out his cap issues. His response rejecting my offer seemed a little sarcastic – was I out of line?

  41. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Curly Day: I’d shed Slowey for Kennedy. In fact I dropped Slowey a week ago. Is there a more hittable pitcher so far this year?

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: uh yeah i’d do that. if the offer is on the table accept now before the other owner realizes he’s a fool.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: i am finding it hard to see why you wouldn’t start kershaw v. sd quite honestly

  44. Frank Rizzo says:

    I streamed Kennedy but now wish I’d kept him. In a h2h league I grabbed Kennedy for last night’s start and swapped him out for Olsen before he even pitched last night because I’m in a fight for my life this week against the league leader. I think part of it is definitely that he was facing SF….but his control has been fantastic. I may live to regret dropping him.

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Benfatti: aim high for a 2B, like anyone not named utley. as for a SP, i wouldn’t sell price for a more proven SP off to a kinda bad start. price has the talent/pedigree to be the best or at least one of the best SPs in baseball, he may be reaching that potential. no reason to sell high just to sell high. i think it’s completely feasible he finishes the year as a top 20 SP, so if you aren’t getting value back for him sit tight.

  46. mr baseball says:

    Posada out 3-4 weeks with broken foot -now what I am saying here is – On draft day Posada went late into the draft and each owner of him were celebrating for a draft day steal – now the rest of us owners are celebrating that we did not draft him – man he is breaking down

    Posada found out he had a broken foot when his father called him to tell him – (has to do with the commercial for the DirecTV MLB Extra Innings package. commercial – if you did see the commercial then you would not understand)

  47. Johnnie LeMaster says:

    Am I crazy for considering getting Olivo for Wieters (non-keeper league)? Talk me down, please!

  48. Wilsonian says:

    @Johnnie LeMaster: not crazy, per se…but I would tend to wait out Wieters. He can get better, Olivo won’t.

  49. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Johnnie LeMaster: olivo is like 33 years old and career .230 hitter or something along those lines. sure he has a little pop, so he could get your 20 HRs with 400+ ABs, but not much else. and remember he’s already hit close to half the number of HRs he’ll hit this year.

  50. mr baseball says:

    @Johnnie LeMaster: – Its only a catcher – most of us have catchers that suck – join the club – this move does not help your team out

  51. Johnnie LeMaster says:

    @Donnie Baseball: @Wilsonian: @ThePoonTycoon:

    Done. Consider me talked down. Thanks.
    It’s just that I had a bad dream that Wieters’ final line was .265 with 11 HRs and 57 RBI, and he was riding a white unicorn and mocking me, and I woke up in a cold sweat.

  52. mr baseball says:

    Ask not what your free agent pick ups can do for you – ask what you can do for your team – pick up Kennedy

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Johnnie LeMaster: olivo is gonna give you a line around .245-20-60 with full-time ABs. that’s who he is, who he has been his whole career, and all he ever will be. at least wieters is CAPABLE of giving you much better, even if he ends up with roughly the same numbers or even slightly worse.

  54. mr baseball says:

    David Ortiz – at least he is starting to produce – that more that alot of other players are doing –

  55. Johnnie LeMaster says:

    @mr baseball: Can’t wait for Kennedy to face Starlin Castro. Or Kendry Morales during interleague play: Cuban Missile Crisis!

  56. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @mr baseball: ugh, and i am facing him in a h2h matchup this week, and he’s killing me right now

  57. Johnnie LeMaster says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: True, true. No more Wild Turkey before breakfast for me.

  58. Tony says:

    @mr baseball: man and just a week ago or so i was thinking “wow this posada/cervelli combo is going to give me a SICK catcher line by years end.”

    In a Daily H2H league i was rotating them when they were playing on and off. TWO HEADED BEAST. We have a deep bench and that was really working, now i’ll have to see what i can do or if cervelli can keep it up with an everyday job…. i think napoli might even be availble…. TO THE WAIVER WIRE!

  59. Wilsonian says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I’m in basically the same boat. I have Lester going tonight, no doubt on that one. But I have E.Santana too…and I’m in a constant struggle to decide whether I want to start him tonight. I’m leaning towards benching him, and accepting the sonovabench rather than the sonovastart. 16 Team H2H, up a little in ERA, WHIP, Ks/9 against the 2nd place team (I’m currently 4th) and don’t want the Erv-meister to destroy my numbers. Miller Lite, good call?

  60. steamer says:

    Tough decisions today: Liriano, Erv today? I’m pretty comfortably in lead in ERA in WHIP in my H2H league.

  61. mr baseball says:

    Tony – cervelli is dumb luck

  62. Bodymore says:

    Drop Posada for Cervelli, Jaso, Napoli or Olivo? OPS

  63. Suck My Wieters says:

    @G-RAM: Do it, then pray it doesnt get vetoed.

  64. and1mcgee says:

    @steamer: i’d start both.

  65. mr baseball says:

    all the new york papers are making a big deal about the yankees losing Nick Johnson like its the hindenburg disaster – they have it all wrong here – Nick Johnson is the hindenburg disaster

  66. and1mcgee says:

    @Bodymore: Olivo

  67. and1mcgee says:

    @G-RAM: I don’t think that would get vetoed at all. Good trade for you.

  68. Eddy says:

    It’s a good day when these posts make you bust out laughing. That Bradley one was priceless!

    Grey, in any teams where you own Adam Jones and/or Quentin, what have you done with them? Traded them? Benched them? Do you see a turnaround coming soon?

  69. and1mcgee says:

    @Frank Rizzo: kennedy and olsen…. i don’t think there’s much difference there, so don’t worry.

  70. mr baseball says:

    How about a Mr Baseball Flashback – there are much better flashbacks but I happen to run into this one and every body could use a Flashback –

    you should ran a Flashback corner grey – since I know you have lots of time on your hands

    # 7 mrbaseball Says:
    January 12th, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    I know that Grey likes wierd stuff like this – kind of like the time the Mets were staying at a Hotel haunted by furry convention

    Several Knicks players claimed they had trouble sleeping at their hotel in Oklahoma City because the Skirvin Hilton is “haunted.”

    The Skirvin Hotel was built in1910 by an oilman who wanted to have the best hotel in the southwest. The hotel was grand and became a popular speakeasy during prohibition. Founder W.B. Skirvin reportedly had an affair with a hotel maid. The maid became pregnant and was locked in a top floor room in order to avoid a scandal. She had the baby but was still contained in the room. She finally took hold of the infant and threw herself and child out the window.

    Her ghost remains and was named Effie by former employees. Guests reported trouble sleeping due to the sounds of a child crying. Male guests report being propositioned by a female voice when alone in their rooms. Others even have seen the figure of a naked woman with them while taking showers. A man has even reported a sexual assault by an invisible entity.

    Noises and moving objects are often reported. The hotel closed in 1988 but has recently been restored and is now open as the Hilton Skirvin.

  71. mr baseball says:


  72. William says:

    @mrbaseball – the Knicks had trouble sleeping cause they had to think about getting dominated by the Thunder, not because there was a ghost.

  73. alf says:

    Put these in order of best start tonight:

    Santana, Vargas, Feldman, bonderman?

    or are none worth taking a chance?

  74. mr baseball says:

    Jayson Werth is not in Thursday’s starting lineup against the Cubs

  75. Wilsonian says:

    Anyone else notice that Yahoo’s player rankings are all sorts of jacked up, or is that just me?

  76. Wilsonian says:

    @mr baseball: that’s good news for the Cubs…

  77. William says:

    @Wilsonian – yeah, player rankings are messed up.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: Thanks!

    @joe from point pleasant: Castro’s been great, but I think his name value is above his actual value unless he starts stealing like crazy. I’d grab FraGu and Ortiz.

    @Terrence Mann: Are you serious?

    @joe from point pleasant: I’d want Bruce. I’d love to love Slowey but he doesn’t look right. It’s with regret I say that too.

    @3matt: Cueto, Kennedy, Leake…

    @Buge Hoobs: Hehe… Gazoo was a good one.

    @hideousmutants: I’m sitting him, probably to my detriment.

    @Elbert: He was terrible for so long, he needs to show me a lot more.

    @p0rk burn: Kennedy, Slowey, LeBlanc…

    @Schlitzy: I’d want Coghlan.

    @BSA: No problem.

    @steamer: Tulo and Utley’s sides.

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Freese, but I’d just go with hot hands, which none of those really are.

    @nick m.: Napoli

    @Dingo: Nope

    @pubscout: I’d want Gardner… Swisher could, but I think he’s due back very soon.

    @William: Got a few comments yesterday that he was waiver’d, just going by what I hear/read.

    @William: I’d want Morrow.

    @Dan Z: I’d want Andrus.

    @FlyinHawiianPizza: I’d want Jones.

    @chrisbenson: Cecil, Gorz…

    @Howie: Thanks! Depends what you’re getting, but I’d look to move him.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Gomes

    @mremis: I’d take Baker.

    @papasmurf: Ha

    @Benfatti: Phillips…

    @Curly Day: Slowey

    @Manbearpigs: I’d take Lind.

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @Mr. Rickey: Yeah, a bit. Whatever, screw him.

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @Johnnie LeMaster: Agree with Mr. Baseball. Doesn’t really change things, it’s a catcher.

    @steamer: I’d start both in H2H.

    @Bodymore: Napoli

    @Eddy: Bench ’em.

    @alf: The order you have, I’d start the first two in the right circumstances.

  79. GTS says:

    Drop Matusz for Ian Kennedy?

  80. keith says:


    Smoak, Maybin, Coghlan, Beckham or Scott?

  81. Fletch says:

    @Grey – Which 2 do you like the rest of the year @ SS out of Aviles, Tejada, Escobar or Castro?

  82. keith says:

    or Snider, I guess.

    I have Snider and Smoak. I’m pretty sure I could drop Snider while he’s on the dl (need room for Beckett) and pick up two players.

  83. Quimmy says:

    Offered the following:

    I send: rollins and rasmus
    I receive: drew, berkman and oswalt or billingsly


  84. Tony says:

    @mr baseball: i love dumb luck, once it runs out i’ll find some more….

  85. William says:

    @Grey – I finally dropped Kevin Slowey… for Brandon Morrow who will probably rape my ERA and WHIP while racking up Ks… I just see his numbers and flashback to Ubaldo Jiminez circa 2009.

    Can you console me at this time? The mancrush of Kevin Slowey is over. I can’t believe I gave up David Aardsma for him.

  86. genghis chone says:

    Rank the following guys, please:
    Wandy, Slowey, Ely, Cecil, Gorzelanny, Morrow

  87. Danks Nugs says:

    @mr baseball: I love the Yankees, but choosing to let Matsui & his balky knees go for Johnson & his balky, well, balky WHOLE BODY was stupid…and I’m talking Kevin Brown stupid!

  88. Danks Nugs says:

    @Quimmy: No.

  89. Real Tom says:

    Grey, I want to put a package together for a first rounder. Rudy said last year that a good way to rip someone off is to give a fancy TWO-for-ONE. Last year I did it, but I was a moron because my two pieces turned out to be fantastic. I sent Reynolds and Felix for Miguel Cabrera, thinking that Reynolds would eventually fold in average. Not worth it at all.

    Would Headley, R. Soriano and Cain be too much for a Longoria/Miggy/Tex type player? Headley seems to be regressing, and I thought he would have a little more power.

  90. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Start or Sit?

    Ervin Santana vs the Chicago White Sox
    Brian Matusz vs the Texas Rangers


  91. Tony says:

    @Danks Nugs: ya nick johnson and javier vazquez? WOW, who you already gave javier a chance before and he failed miserably….

    might as well have sat tight and went with guys in triple A.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: I’d want Kennedy.

    @keith: In that order, long term… Scott for short term.

    @Fletch: Aviles and Castro.

    @Quimmy: Not good for you.

    @William: It’s all right, he was just saves. Better to let go, now you can jump from hot hand to hot hand.

    @genghis chone: Wandy, Ely…

    @Real Tom: Would not be too much. That was the Baron who wrote that last year.

    @Harry Plopper: I’d start Ervin.

  93. Wilsonian says:

    Grey, would you bench E.Santana today when you’re up 0.56 in ERA, tied in WHIP, up 1.03 in Ks/9, up 3 wins and tied in losses? 16 Team H2H. I’m in 4th, playing the guy in 2nd. Much obliged…

  94. Tony says:

    @Real Tom: too much HA! i wouldn’t give you ANY of those first rounders for those 3 guys….

    a 3 for one means i’m giving up my 1st overall pick and dropping two other guys….. probably not very helpful to the owner losing his best player.

  95. Real Tom says:

    Grey, thanks, I couldn’t remember. I knew it wasn’t you.

  96. Sos says:

    Start KJ or brotha Desmond tonight?

  97. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Sitting Matusz eh? The rangers lineup is potent. I hate sitting my prospects. Ive been starting Stephen Strasburg all year because im on often enough to rotate in everyone whos pitching.

    Starting ervin makes sense the white sox line up is weak sauce.

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Harry Plopper: People’s lineups are different, in a vacuum, I’m sitting him vs. the Rangers.

  99. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Im also starting Kershaw Vs SD and Hanson Vs Cin. I just dont want Matusz to hurt my 3.23 era. (roto)

  100. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Oh and the ervin start is in different less important leagues. Thanks for the advice.

  101. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks, like I said earlier, I have Lester going and I’d rather have a sonovabench moment than a sonovastart one.

  102. Big League Chew says:

    Wood’s ERA for yesterday was 135.00, but hey at least his K/9 was 27.00 so it wasn’t that bad right? Haha. So that begs the question if Wood actually pitching a complete game and struck out 27 hitters would it still be worth it if he gave up 135 runs? Hehe :D

  103. NukeLaDouche says:

    Are we starting Shields in NY tonight? Whatta ya say gang?! All right lets go get em! (But are you guys?)

  104. Sucklingduck says:

    i need an outfielder and looking to pick up maybin. Which of these pitchers should i drop? Bucholz, Ervin Santana, Ely, Correia. Probably Correia right?

  105. Grey — A guy who turned me down with this deal before just came back to me with the same offer now that Beckett’s DL-bound:

    I send Chaucin and Wigginton and he gives me Beckett.

    I don’t have the DL space, but if the DL stint clears his head and his back gets better it would easily be worth it, no? Or does the DL move something that should give me pause?

  106. Danks Nugs says:

    @Tony: And I was even willing to overlook Javy’s poor performance in Game 7 in hopes that he would be the All-Star that pitched in the first half of ’04.

    I’m okay w/ that deal, though, cuz Gardner is pretty much Melky w/o the walk-offs…

  107. Sid Bream says:

    this site is the best thing out there. great work again Grey

  108. EffenHooer says:

    Is there a Razzball term for when you drop a player for a free agent, only to have that same dropped player hit a home run for your team on the same day? Kind of like a Sonofabench, but he’s not necessarily on your bench. It’s as though the player knows you dropped him and wants to make you feel like an idiot before he quietly disappears from your roster. If there isn’t a term, how about a “parting dis”? I know that name sucks, so if you have a better one, I’m all ears.

    (BTW, if you’re wondering why I’d drop a guy on my active roster, it’s because it’s in is a shallow 10-team, mixed league)

  109. (_)_)\\\\\\\\D says:

    @Grey (any anyone else who likes to rank players…
    I have the following crappy crew of closers in a 10×10, 10team H2H league: Capps/Rauch/Corpas/Frank Francisco/Heilman. Villanueva is on the wire. How would you rank the latter 3 (plus Villanueva) value rest of season and would you swap one for Villanueva. Thanks

  110. buschfan says:

    Is this about what I can expect from B. Phillips for the rest of the year? So far he has been a big disappointment. Should I be looking elsewhere or stick with him?

  111. Selig's BastRoid Baby says:

    If you had to drop one: Justin Smoak or Julio Borbon?

    Would you drop Slowey for Baker?

    Is Vazquez worth a flier start against the Mets tomorrow night?

  112. @Grey: Grey: The Wiggy/Chaucin for Beckett deal is in a competitive 20-team non-keeper roto league with 25 roster positions per team, so I doubt he’s going to drop Beckett.

    In the last week or so managers have used waiver claims to grab Vargas, Sipp, Gavin Floyd, and Kazmir, and aspire-to-be schmohawks like Fowler, Jason Kendall, and Jake Fox start for teams in the top half of the standings. Jim Edmonds and Asdrubal are stashed away on rosters. It’s tough.

    In a league like that, is it worth trading Chaucin and Wiggy for Beckett?

    I guess the central question is whether you think a reasonable facsimile of the Old Beckett emerges from the DL stint or if the control issues and his sore back are likely to plague him all season.

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sid Bream: Thanks, man!

    @EffenHooer: Ha! No there wasn’t a term for it, but that’s not bad. Let me run it by Rudy when he’s back. Remind me next week if I forget. Merci!

    @(_)_)\\\\D: I’d lose Frank for Villanueva if you’re desperate for saves.

    @buschfan: Gotta let your guys play.

    @Selig’s BastRoid Baby: Borbon, Baker hasn’t been much better, I’d start Vazquez there.

    @Enrique: Ah… Then I’d take Beckett there.

  114. tHe ShiT says:

    @BSA: Do we only get one vote per day for your cause?

  115. Eric says:

    Do you think it’s worth rolling the dice on Bondo @Oakland? How about Takahashi tomorrow against the Yanks?

  116. NukeLaDouche says:

    Hanson is mmmBoping my ratios!

  117. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Grey, I asked you a question a couple of days ago in the forums about Votto (+Nolasco) for Teix in a *complicated* salary/keeper league.

    You said you’d want Votto, and as the Votto owner, I’ve duly been wavering on pulling the trigger (I think this offer is basically standing).

    My question is this: I know Teix’s lineup is an RBI guarantee, but how real is Votto? Is he shaping up to be a top 5 1B for 2011/2012? Or is he just running real well?

    I know your time and space is limited in these responses, but I guess I’m just wondering about your thoughts on JV. Are these numbers for real, or should he come down a peg?

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: I wouldn’t on either. I’d do Takahashi first though.

    @cws05nuts: Nice!

    @NukeLaDouche: Hehe

    @Bring Back Pluto: I liked Votto so much this preseason. Easy to find my thoughts on him. Nothing’s changed. I think he’s for real, yes.


  119. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    I’ve got a hunch that Nolasco will get blown up tomorrow. So I am grabbing my cojones and benching him against the White Sawx. As my attorney, would you start Hammel @ KC or just not have a fill-in?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: I wouldn’t start Hammel.


  121. Terrence Mann says:

    Yeah, this time I’m serious! I made a mistake, though. Replace Burres with Billy Buckner.

    Let me rephrase. Who do you see getting the most starts in the next month out of those guys? ;)

  122. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: Votto just hit a grand salami if you are not a believer

  123. royce! says:

    @Eric: I just perused another fantasy site’s “Daily Notes For Friday’s Games,” and would recommend people not taking the horrible advice therein, at least in regards to Takahashi. The author notes, ” I’m definitely taking a chance with the ranking of Hisanori Takahashi, but the New York Yankees are hitting 27 points worse against left-handed starters.” Yeah, 27 points worse, down to an .886 OPS v. lefties, the best in the majors. Why on earth would you start a player who’s making his first start in the majors against the team that is hitting the highest OPS against players of his handedness?

    All of that said, I bet Takahashi will mow down the Yanks now. The universe does me like that.

    Oh, another thing the author notes: “John Lackey owns a 1.42 lifetime ERA against the Philadelphia Phillies.” It would have been helpful to add that this is from one start IN 2003. The Phillies have changed a bit since then.

  124. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: My F-Her deal has changed… Now looking at:

    Giving up: F-Her, Jose Guillen, Papi, Slowey

    Getting back: Cecil, Cano, Vlad, J. Vazquez

    Am I giving up too much? I’m a Sox fan and love Papi, I didn’t drop him when times were tough (emoticon).

    Mike D.

  125. Eric says:

    @royce!: I just saw the same thing … I know the asinine E*PN notes. What a joke. Reminds me of stock analysts who can make just about anything seem like a buy or a sell depending on what stats they cherry pick.

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