The Sox are a bunch of homewreckers.  First they split of the LaRoche brothers then they break up the Duncan father/son combo in St. Louis.  Not good news for the softball team managed by Bob Boone with Bret and Aaron Boone on it.  Yesterday, the Red Sox acquired Adam LaRoche from the Pirates.  This hurts LaRoche’s value a bit, but he was kinda hurting his value on his own.  He’ll see time against righties, pushing Lowell to the bench in favor of Youkilis.  It’s doubtful Youuuuuuk will see a reduction in time other than the occasional day off.  This hurts Lowell’s value as well, but his old man hip was doing that already.  Since LaRoche will see time against the stronger half of the platoon and he’s a 2nd half hitter, he’s still worth owning in deep leagues, but you’ll need a backup for when he sits.  Meanwhile, the Pirates are that team in your keeper league that can barely field a team but they keep saying, “Wait til next year.”  So who plays 1st for the Pirates?  Jones?  Call up Pearce?  Sid “The Dream” Bream?  My guess is they’d stick with Garrett “I Need A Nickname” Jones and maybe call up Pearce in a month or so and give him some ABs.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Garrett Jones – 3-for-4, HR yesterday.  He’s now batting third for the Pirates and has 9 homers in about three games (and 11 RBIs).  I hate to be the buzzkill to your Jonesing, but he will cool off.  If you need a piece, no time like the present to trade him.

Ryan Doumit – 2 HRs yesterday.  Days like these make you glad you stashed him on your DL for three months.

Paul Maholm – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Only thing worse than a Pirates starter is one who throws a gem last time out then gets pounded.

Casey McGehee – HR yesterday as Felipe sat out with a sore hammy.  McGehee’s got spunk, but no playing time kinda hurts that.

Adam Jones – HR yesterday.  2nd homer since the All-Star break.  He’s not sure where he lost his stroke in June (maybe by the Doritos), but it looks like he’s found it.

Chris DuncanCards decided he didn’t look right with a ‘stache so he was traded to the Sawx for Julio Lugo.  At best, Duncan won’t be anything but a bench player.  I imagine Francona will use him to pinch hit to get the opposing teams to bring in a lefty, then he’ll pull Duncan and put in a righty hitter for the ol’ switcheroo.

Julio Lugo – Julio Lugubrious is not worth owning in any league.

Clay Buchholz – 4 IP, 3 ER.  Well, that could’ve went better.  I’d start him next time out vs. the A’s, then depending on how that goes we might need to reevaluate.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-2, 2 SBs.  Guess all his fractured finger needed was two days of rest.  I’d like to see him hit a homer before I call him “all better,” but it’s a step in the right direction.

Brad Lidge – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Kazaam!

Miguel Montero – Few hitters are hotter right now.  Yunel Escobar is another one.  Oddly, they both hit three-run homers yesterday.

Justin Upton – 0-for-3, not many colder hitters right now and I saw him limping in the game yesterday.  Gracie believed it was a tweaked back.  I’m not 100% sure, but it’s not going to help him kick this slump.

Tim Lincecum – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 Ks.  I don’t usually watch games of A) Pitchers I don’t own B) Pitchers that are not available anywhere C) There’s no C.  But I watched Lincecum pitch yesterday.  Jurrjens didn’t outpitch him (7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks) as much as the Braves outhit the Giants.  (BTW, Five days ago, Matthew Berry said re: Pablo Sandoval, “The Giants have a better team than folks think these days…” If anyone can figure out how a team with the major league worst OBP and 2nd worst OPS is better than people think, I’d love to hear it.  I’m guessing they’re worst than he realizes, but that’s me.)

Russell Branyan – Continues his march towards the most homers while going 1-for-4.

Felix Hernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks and won his 11th game.  F-Her is having one of those years where the run support is falling just right.

Mark DeRosa – Hit another homer and the Cards lost again.  Stop hitting homers!

Bobby Jenks – Ozzie said Jenks is his closer and quote, “…if people don’t want him to be my closer, don’t come to the God damn game.”  He then let Matt Thornton save the White Sox victory on Wednesday.  I think because he brought Thornton in in the 8th, Ozzie thought he technically wasn’t lying.

Bronson Arroyo – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 Ks.  Ugly end result, but he gets the Padres next time out.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 Ks.  I wouldn’t have started him at home, but guess where he pitches next?  Metco!

Joe Mauer – 0-for-3.  I told you to trade him on May 22nd.  Since June 1st, he has 4 homers and a .329 average.  Miguel Montero’s outhitting that.

Chris Tillman – Supposedly going to get the call next week.  Here’s Chris Tillman’s fantasy breakdown from Scouting the Unknown.  For those too lazy to click-through, his K rate alone warrants a pick up.

Brandon Inge – Has a partially torn knee cap and says it’s excruciating.  But no fear, he also said this, “”How would I come out (of the lineup with) the race this close and for the fans of Detroit and the fans of Michigan going through what they’re going through with economics?”  You fantasy owners can thank Little Timmy, who told Inge this, “Gee whiz, Mister, since Pops fell between dem gears at the fac’try, Maw and the 8 of us kids have been hopin’ the ballteam could pull one out and give us somethin’ to believe in!”

Tony Bernazard – Former White Sox middle infielder and current Mets scout challenged the entire Double-A Binghamton Mets team to a fight.  And you thought Ozzie was the only crazy 80’s White Sox MI?  The best part was when the players started snapping their fingers while Bernazard and a prospect circled one another.  When you’re a Met, you’re a Met for life…

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why all the Jar Jar hate still?

    The Jurrjenstrain rides on!

  2. mike says:

    thoughts on owning a. jones, b. roberts, and markakis in one league? i’d like to say that all astrological signs point to no (including miss cleo), but for some reason i’m feeling good about it despite the fact the orioles are headed nowhere this season.

  3. Steve says:

    Correia @ Phils. Give it the big swerve?

  4. Racehorse says:

    Fellow MI’er JJ Hardy needs to take a cue from Tony Bernazard. C’mon Hardy, get tough…

  5. Schlitzy says:

    Dump Kuroda for Latos @ WAS or Parra v.ATL?

  6. p0rk burn says:

    “Meanwhile, the Pirates are that team in your keeper league that can barely field a team but they keep saying, “Wait til next year.” ” Thats been me the last two years in one of my leagues. Thanks for rubbing it in, Grey. I don’t know what it is, but in my other leagues I’m a respectable manager. This time of year is “sell off the nonkeepers to try to upgrade a keeper,” the only time of the year my players look forward to.

    Re: Ozzie – I ran into him in baggage claim at MIA on July 12th as he traveled home for the all-star break. Only one other person recognized him and neither of us said anything; I was tempted to say I agreed with him on Mariotti. Standing next to him for 15 minutes, I can tell you that his conversations are even more colorful without a mic in front of him.

  7. black love says:

    you think 2 closers is enough? i have howell and franklin now, i also have meyers who im holding onto for some vulture saves and cause i still dont think nunez is that good.
    but im thinking about dropping meyers for some spot starting SP’s.
    what do you think?

  8. Gareth says:

    Gallardo or Hanson – who are you taking the rest of the way?

  9. Sos says:

    “I think because he brought Thornton in in the 8th, Ozzie thought he technically wasn’t lying.” Very funny.

    A possible trade partner in my league was saying he might not be interested in Ortiz now because the LaRoche trade will take away playing time. I would think he’d maybe miss a game a week at most. Any thoughts on Ortiz’s value as a result of that trade?

    @Gareth: Gallardo imo

  10. jesse says:

    Is Inge worth starting? i mean, “excruciating” pain in the knee cap? That can’t be good for batting/running/standing, all of which are part of the job description. Sifting through the FA trash heap I find the usual suspects: Pierzynski, Shoppach, Saltamachia (sic), Teagarden, All-star Molina, Snyder (DL).

    Anyone worth picking up to replace Inge?

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    Lincecum owner here, and he’s always a must start…..but…..the Braves scare me. Anytime one of my pitchers is slated to either face the Braves or the LA Angels I cringe. For some reason those are 2 teams that can crack the best pitchers. Maybe it’s a tribute to their managers and how prepared they have their hitters. Beware of the Braves/Angels.

  12. bobbo says:

    Better spot start for tomorrow: Latos @ WAS, Wells vs. CIN, Piniero @ PHI?

  13. cws05nuts says:

    @bobbo: Latos or wells.

  14. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    So what is it called when you leave Manny in your lineup because you don’t see the roster update in time, and then are rewarded with a pinch-hit grand slam?

    Thank you, Nolan Reimold…because you were scratched yesterday, I left Manny in there, and never took him out.

  15. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Gareth: gallardo and it’s not really even a question imo.

    gallardo may be going through some walk issues, but hanson has an adjustment period coming up. very few if any pitchers avoid the adjustment period. plus hanson isn’t exactly sporting the best K rate and BB rate in the world right now.

  16. Vince says:

    In a 12 team non keeper league would you rather pick up Buchholz or Tillman?

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Vince: i’d go tillman simply because i bet he sticks whereas buchholz has a ton of competition.

  18. john says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Being a Braves fan, that warms my heart to hear you say that.

  19. mc serch says:

    The Inge/Lil’ Timmy bit is hilarious! LMAO for like 5 mins. It now ranks alongside the “Rasmus opening” happening as my fave Razzball moment. At some point there will have to be a Razzball retrospective. I picture a bawdy, boozy affair with tuxedo shirts opened a few buttons and bowties swinging to the side. Something like the Dean Martin Celeb roasts. Grey clearly gets to be Burt Reynolds, Al Koholic is Dino (obv!), Rudy is Howard Cosell, Paulie Allnuts is Frank, Mr. Baseball is Don Rickles, the Baron is Rich Little, Steve is Billy Crystal, Pork Bun is Dom Deloise, BSA is Milton Berle and I’ll be either Bob Hope or Sammy Davis (depending on my mood). Maybe we invite Erin Andrews to be our Angie Dickinson?
    ***sorry if I left anyone out

  20. DrEasy says:

    Grey, can you please rank the following rookie schmohawks (non-keeper):

    Latos, Rzep, Tillman, Cecil

  21. Prince says:

    Yeah, Little Timmy … read it several times to fully appreciate the humor. Nice.

    Wondering about Stephen Drew. Why is everyone so in love with this guy? Doesn’t seem to me he deserves it. Granted, I didn’t play FBB last year, so wasn’t around to see the “good” Drew, but is it that likely he’ll return to that level of play? The reason for my ramblings is I’m still debating the Drew pickup / J.Lopez drop.

    I’ll probably still be debating it until someone else picks him up and then I’ll be relieved I don’t have to think about it anymore.

  22. GTS says:

    What kind of SP could I possibly get for G. Jones?

  23. Griff says:

    Loney or Huff at CI?

    I’ve been playing Loney, but I feel like Huff is better than the .254 he’s hitting right now.

  24. Charlie says:

    Am I the only one who sees LaRoche’s value going up a bit here? If it is in fact a pretty strict left/right platoon then 2ndHalfAdam should be able to rake, his splits have always been pretty drastic in that direction. Not to mention going from the 5 spot in the Pirates lineup to the 7 spot in the Sox lineup should be a boost to his counting stats. If you have an extra bench player to sub in when the Sox are facing Lefties then he could be a pretty valuable player at the corner. Not to mention it’s only a matter of time before Lowell is back on the DL.

  25. Frank Rizzo says:

    @mc serch: Hey…….I want in……..can I be Red Buttons? Everybody know when Red hits the podium, hilarity ensues.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GTS: depends on the other party. probably a low end guy, like a #5/spot starter type. maybe try to get someone like de la rosa?

  27. Andy says:

    @Grey: Loved the comment on Barry.

    I got a doosy for ya’: I was offered Nolasco, Bedard, and Granderson for Haren. Sounds good to me. The guys I would most likely drop: Gaudin and Gordan Beckham or Scott Hairston.

    Do I make this trade?

  28. royce! says:

    Re: Arroyo- he was cruising until the 6th when he gave up a two walks and a single, loading the bases, and then got pulled for Masset, who gave up Manny’s pinch-hit grand slam. So… could have turned out a little better.

  29. mc serch says:

    @Frank Rizzo: You got it…we are now looking for a George Burns, a Phyllis Diller, a Nipsy Russell and a Joey Bishop to complete the show.

  30. Rnunnerley says:

    Piniero and Hart for McClouth and Wolf , what side do you like?
    Also, is Piniero for McClouth highway robbery for the Piniero owner?

  31. GTS says:

    J. Upton ($11) for Sparkakis ($19) fair?

  32. GTS says:

    @Andy: No brainer!

  33. Fresh says:

    @ Little Timmy LMAO

  34. mc serch says:

    @GTS: I read somewhere that J Up. is banged up…if you are getting him may want to look into that

  35. GTS says:

    @mc serch: Grey said it and I would be giving him up.

  36. Noodles says:

    Start Piniero @ Phi? Liriano @ LAA?

  37. mc serch says:

    @GTS: I like Markakis for you there, no question.

  38. Elbert says:

    @Andy: this trade is too good to be true, press “approve” before it’s too late.

  39. Probable Party Starter says:

    I see that ESPN Insider has a comment on Parker (I refuse to pay for their shite). Would you go after Parker or Tillman going forward?

  40. G says:

    Would you pick up Tillman and either drop Maholm, Volstad or Cook?

  41. G says:

    Someone just offered me Oswalt and Liriano but I give up Jurrjens and Hamels..take it?

  42. MikeE says:

    I’ve got Beltran and Hunter filling up my DL spots right now, and Jordan Zimmermann headed to the DL. I’m at or near the top in all my hitting categories, but my pitching has been mediocre. No bench in our league. Do I drop Beltran and start Pineiro, who I’ve picked up as a FA, instead of Zimm? Do I start injured Hunter or Beltran, pick up a 0 in their spot and drop Podsednik or Cuddyer in order to make room for Zimmerman on the DL and Pineiro to start? Or should I just hold tight as it looks like Zimm may only miss one start?

  43. Corey says:

    When should we expect Huff’s huge second half to start?

    What should we expect of Baker? Is he not the sub 4 ERA pitcher he was last year?

  44. BigFan says:

    @Andy: I’m no Grey, but I’d make that trade. Haren is notoriously BAD in the second half and the D-Backs aren’t doing much. Their ‘clean-up hitter’ SS Drew is now leading off. That says a lot. Grandy has power and speed. Not the best average, but you can’t have everything.

  45. BigFan says:

    @Griff: Hard to say. Dodgers offense is crazy right now and Loney will reap the benefits. Not much power though. Huff has great 2nd half #s. If you grab Huff, I’d stash him until you start seeing signs of life, which you probably will soon because Markakis is heating up.

  46. Alpine says:

    My team’s going nowhere in 09 in a keeper league…should I deal Chipper to a contender for Peavy? Salaries are a wash.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Anonymous: Sorry, wasn’t hate, was just pointing facts…

    @mike: I wouldn’t worry about it.

    @Steve: I’m sitting him.

    @Schlitzy: I wouldn’t.

    @Racehorse: Ha!

    @p0rk burn: re: Guillen — Not surprising.

    @black love: Lose Meyer for spot starters.

    @Gareth: Gallardo

    @Sos: Ortiz might get a day or two more off, but he’s not going to get benched for LaRoche.

    @jesse: I’m holding tight on Inge to see what he can do in pain.

    @bobbo: None of the above? Wells?

    @mgeoffriau: Nice

    @Vince: Tillman

    @mc serch: Hehe

    @DrEasy: Tillman, Latos, Rzep, Cecil…

    @Prince: Drew’s hit better than Lopez in July. He has more upside. At MI or UT, it’s worth taking gambles on upside.

    @GTS: Not much, maybe a 4th to 5th starter.

    @Griff: Huff

    @Charlie: I tend to agree with you. Problem is most don’t have room to platoon a corner man.

    @Andy: I’d want the Nolasco side.

    @royce!: Yeah, I know, didn’t feel like going into it.

    @Rnunnerley: I’d want McClouth. Bit of robbery, yeah.

    @Fresh: Hehe

    @Noodles: Liriano, but it’s obviously risky.

    @Probable Party Starter: Tillman

    @G: Drop Maholm.

    @G: I’d want Jurrjens side.

    @MikeE: I’d lose Zimmermann.

    @Corey: Hopefully soon on Huff, Baker’s a great pitcher, but he’s dealing with injuries.

  48. Dingo says:

    @G: I’m not crazy about that trade for you, but it really could go either way. Based on performance so far, Oswalt > Hamels and Jurrjens > Liriano. But looking at their peripheral stats, it’s likely that those comparisons could flip.

  49. Mr Baseball says:

    16 Vince Says:

    In a 12 team non keeper league would you rather pick up Buchholz or Tea for the Tillman?

    they both pitch in the american league east – hey man thats a good question though – lets ask Miss Cleo

  50. Prince says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the explanation, I appreciate it.

  51. Mr Baseball says:

    problem with yahoo – Tillman who has not pitched a major league game was avalible to pick up at the start of the fantasy season as a free agent and Latos who has not pitched a major league game had to be picked up on waivers – what is up with this – this happens all the time

  52. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @mc serch: Ha! I will have to practice my crooning. I’ll notify AL KOHOLIC that he will have to bone up on “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes, while imbibing top shelf spirts, all the time having two hot babes clinging to his woosy swaying. I believe that we have two Razzball gals (Ashley and Scout About), one of who can play Angie. It’s hard for me to picture Rudy as Howard Cosell, though…

    @Andy: Press the accept button in a nanosecond before your trading partner changes his mind.

    @mgeoffriau: Like a good little Razzballer, I read the tale of Homer Bailey’s fastball impacting Manny’s hand (likely his only fastball that wasn’t blasted by the Dodgers), saw the X next to his name in Yahoo, and made a substitution. Then I died a slow death when I observed that he pinch hit a grand salami, on what i believe was Manny Bobble-Head Day. As Manny stated: “It was crazy”. I can’t figure out if he is an idiot savant or just an idiot.

    @Charlie: Andy’s value couldn’t do anything but go up on my teams; he has been riding the bench for months, as I patiently await that 2nd half burst of glory.

    Grey – Ya gotta go easy on us Mets fans, as we see the franchise implode before our eyes. Factoid ( from one of the Mets announcers) – Puhols has more dingers then the entire Mets squad. Sounds like the Collossus of Clout in 1920

    Thanks for the laughter and valuable fant-info.

  53. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Noodles: If you need K’s, Liriano. If you need ERA and WHIP, Pineiro.

  54. Mr Baseball says:

    I never seen so many good young stars come up in one season – pitching and hitting – many didn’t work out as of yet but they will be back and there is plenty still to come

  55. Mr Baseball says:

    Tillman – I get the picture that grey is a fan of Tea for Tilman – do you like any pitchers that will be coming up later in the year better than Tillman – maybe a september call up – enquiring minds want to know

  56. Mr Baseball says:

    when giving out you list of pitchers yet to come – lets use the The Cone of Silence so no one else can hear

  57. Mr Baseball says:

    when giving out you list of pitchers yet to come – lets use the The Cone of Silence so no one else can hear

  58. GTS says:

    I decided to bench Scott Baker today against the Angels. It is just too risky of a start and I don’t fully trust SB yet.

  59. Mr Baseball says:

    Tillman, Latos – looks like they will pitch about 4 or 5 innings for the rest of the year – this might hurt QS – Wins and even K’s but there is so much medioker out there I see everyone Gettin’ Jiggy wit It

  60. Elbert says:

    @Mr Baseball: i just poked an ear hole out of your Cone of Silence!!!

  61. @Mr Baseball: Yahoo! chooses a certain player pool — not sure the exact size, but I think it’s about 350 (?) — at the beginning of the season, including some top prospects they expect to come into the league. Anyone not in that pool gets added as the season goes along, if they get called up, and thus go on waivers.

    In short: It’s pretty random. Though I got to grab ‘n’ stash Hanson early this year, so I won’t complain too loudly.

  62. Chase says:

    “Hit another homer and the Cards lost again. ” ha love it. stros are on a roll

  63. BigFan says:

    Fair trade? D. Lee for Figgy?

  64. Mr Baseball says:

    Tillman must start against the red soxs when the time comes – they always have so much trouble with pitchers that they have never faced before

  65. Mr Baseball says:

    63 Baron Von Vulturewins Says: – I thought they had to get into a Major League Game to be added to this list – thanks for information

  66. Elbert says:

    @Mr Baseball: ditto w/ new pitcher facing Yankees 4 1st time.

  67. Robert says:

    Grey- I am in 9th and trying to claw my way to 6th for a playoff spot. Beltran is on my DL and probably not back until mid Aug., maybe. Would I be better off trying to trade him to one of the top teams who can wait for him to help their team in Sept.?

  68. GTS says:

    What do you think about spot starting Stauffer @WAS or Moehler vs NYM?

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chase: Hehe

    @BigFan: It’s fair.

    @Robert: Depends on what you can get.

    @GTS: Stauffer’s fine in 12 team or deeper leagues.

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i wish the haren owner in my main league was as gung ho about selling him as some of yall are. haren for granderson? i like grandy and all, but i think i’d rather see if haren’s 2nd half is worthwhile instead of selling him off for anything less than a top 10 OF. even if haren “only” gets you 7 Ws with a 3.30 era and 1.15 whip in the 2nd half, that’s pretty damn good.

  71. Robert says:

    Thanks. I’ll see what happens with Beltran.

  72. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Robert: i wouldn’t expect much given that a return is not guaranteed. i would maybe try to package him with another player in a 2-for-1.

  73. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Who do you want in a 10team H2H for the remainder of the year (non-keeper): Weiters, Iannetta, Montero

  74. BigFan says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Diggin on Grandy for the SBs and power. Check out Haren’s 2nd half history: 4.07ERA, 1.32WHIP. I’d pass on that and let his current owner take those #s. That deal w/ Nolasco– He’s a carbon copy of last season.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: If those guys are all on waivers, why does it need to be from now until the end of the season? I’d take Montero for now, but when Snyder returns he may lose playing time.

  76. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Drop Buchholz for Brett Anderson or hold until we see what Anderson does tomorrow? No keeper consideration, just a thin staff (hey-o!) and can use extra innings, K’s, W’s, ERA (wait), WHIP (NO!), L’s (STOP), and any other capital letters I can get.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mgeoffriau: Hey-o — ha! I’d hold tight.

  78. Tom says:

    Howard/Holliday for Bay/Shields/Cueto/ Garret Jones?

  79. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @BigFan: sorry i didn’t see the full trade, just all the granderson talk.

    that’s a solid deal for haren.

    but my point is that a lot of people seem to be fretting over what they’ll get in return for haren and trying to sell him for whatever they can. before he was a “bad” 2nd half pitcher, he had 3 years of “good” 2nd half pitching. plus he gets the giants and pads on a regular basis. i wouldn’t trade him for anything less than you should expect for a top 3-5 SP. if someone ain’t paying then ride him out, if he throws a couple of good outings against the offensive juggernauts like SF and SD someone will pony up if they want him.

  80. Adam says:

    @Tom: I’d take the Howard side, you get the best player in the deal plus there’s still plenty of room for improvement from Holliday

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tom: i’d want a bigger stud in return for howard’s tendency to produce monster 2nd halves. bay has been struggling and even when he comes around is not gonna give you the numbers he gave you in april/may. shields is solid, if consistently unspectacular. cueto seems to have hit a wall. jones isn’t gonna keep this up.

    i’d target higher quality over quantity of players unless you are in dire need of SPs.

  82. Lava says:

    Drop Suzuki for Montero and ride his hot streak?

  83. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: plus it isn’t unreasonable for bay and holliday to largely be a wash statistically int he 2nd half.

  84. AL KOHOLIC says:

    persistent and patient,paullie all nuts,,leaps to 1st place,throw me a line don here

  85. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lava: what has suzuki done to warrant loyalty in him?

  86. Nick says:

    @Grey: Would you drop Slowey for Bourn? I have alot of pitchers but in the outfield I do have BJ, Ibanez, Pence with Hunter on the DL. While I don’t technically need another OF, my SB’s have been down with Reyes DL’d, Hunter DL’d, & Upton/Pence/Alexei not running much…

  87. Tom says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’m the one giving up Bay. I’m just wondering if it will get accepted if I offer.

  88. Lava says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Good point. He’s hitting for decent average, and is somewhat consistent for a forget-about catcher. I just made a trade to help my average, though, so I don’t want to take a step back.

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: Sure, go for it.

  90. Adam says:

    What kind of pitcher do you think Carlos Quentin could bring back?

  91. mc serch says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: I wasn’t sure where to go with Rudy actually, but I sense he has a dryer wit than Grey and a seeming encyclopedic knowledge of stats…hence Cosell. I loved Cosell growing up…one of my fave Odd Couple eps was when Oscar had a guest appearance on MNF and Cosell called Felix an “inane drone.” Classic. I’m pretty sure that after the wheels fall off my fantasy team and I take that Vanilla Sky dive out my office window, half of the images which will flash through my mind will be from the Odd Couple.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: F-Her? Wainwright? Hamels?

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:

    AJ Mass chat gem of the day:

    Adam (Portland)

    follow up on (silly) Longoria question: How do you see his season playing out? Top 3 at his position?

    AJ Mass (11:52 AM)

    Top 3? Tough. Top 5, sure. I still like Reynolds, and Wright (even in that dreadful lineup) and Chone and Mike Young.

    Ken (Connecticut)

    Figgins and Young over A-Rod?

    AJ Mass (11:55 AM)

    Not big on A-Rod, the average is hurting and Chone’s SBs make a huge difference in terms of value.

    i understand you may be worried a bit about arod’s health (i traded him away in a keeper league for teixeira the other day) but seriously aj, i think it’s time to stop trying so hard to be the “different” opinion amongst the espn fantasy “experts”. sometimes it’s ok to hold chalk.

    he also rated bourne ahead of bj upton from this point foward apparently.

  94. RIP Harry says:

    Ibanez for Holliday/Qualls

  95. @ThePoonTycoon: That’s wicked retahded.

    1: Hey, want to trade me Mike Young for Longoria?

    2: Nope.

    This play has been brought to you by the Things That Would Never Happen Players.

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i would love to play in a league with aj mass.

    “hey aj, arod for michael young?”

    “can i click accept fast enough before you change your mind?”

  97. Adam says:

    @Grey: Mini-Donk, CQ and Pence for Teixeira and Nathan? I have a glut of OF

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: If you throw out Young’s April, he’s on pace for 20/6/20/.310/3 for Aug. and Sept combined. Who is this AJ Mass? I feel like it’s a made up name that stands for random fantasy ESPN reader. “I get all my info from ESPN.” “You’re such an AJ Mass.”

    @Adam: Not crazy about it.

  99. Scott says:

    Damn Zimmermann, I almost had a deal worked out that included him and I would get back Nolasco.

  100. mc serch says:

    @Grey: How bout a baseball question? Me and another guy are going back and forth between first and second in 12-teamer. Can’t shake him. Got 10-12 points in all cats except SB, Saves and WHIP. Can gain points quickly in SB’s and Saves (SAGNOF!). With this in mind, I offered Gallardo, A-Ram and MacDougal for Figgins and Aardsma. I also offered Cueto and Joba for Bourn. If I get Bourn I can trade Shane-O for another closer. Thoughts?

  101. mc serch says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: A-Rod’s bad enough, but how does Miggy not get into the conversation? Now that is REALLY freakin’ wicked retahded!

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @RIP Harry: It’s fair if you need saves.

    @mc serch: I like those trades for you.


  103. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    If I’ve got too many MI (B Roberts, Cano, Asdrubel, Furcal, and Reyes on the DL), and could use a pitcher, who should I try to move, and what level pitcher should I target?

    Another owner with a bad MI situation has been shopping Carpenter….would Roberts for Carpenter be a good offer?

  104. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Grey: never knew who he was til this year. i just read some of the espn fantasy chats when i’m bored at work and he usually does a couple per week. anytime someone tells him he’s an idiot for thinking something, i.e. michael young being a better fantasy option than longoria and aroid, he says something like “just cause i’m not like every other expert i’m an idiot? people can have a difference of opinions”.

    he makes your boy karabell look like a genius.

  105. Billy says:

    who is Pitts closer if capps is traded?

  106. Jay says:

    Would you trade aramis and zambrano for johan? My offense is already loaded.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Billy: Grabow

    @Jay: Sure


  108. Dingo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Oh man, I just wasted the past half-hour reading through the idiocy of his latest chat. My favorite part (besides the part about A-Rod’s average “hurting”) was when he said that Garrett Jones’ streak hasn’t been that valuable. And I quote:

    “With that many HRs, he should be getting far more run production, and instead he’s got the lowest percentage of RP of any player with 5 or more HRs, relatively speaking.”

    Don’t you get it, Garrett? Hitting solo home runs is really no better than not hitting home runs at all.

  109. herschel says:

    @grey – still looking to add sp/rp help. 5 x 5 standard roto. my kinsler, andrew bailey and kerry wood for felix hernandez, mariano and elvis andrus. thoughts?

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Not crazy about it.


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