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Carlos Beltran, or as I like to call him Rickie from My So Called Life because of his resemblance, went 3-for-5 with 6 RBIs and 3 homers yesterday.  2006 called they want Beltran back.  I’d put Beltran in the same boat as Sizemore.  In fact, I did yesterday.  He’s not going to steal bases anymore.  Those days appear closer in the rearview mirror than they actually are.  Beltran hasn’t even attempted a steal this year.  Watching him play and you realize Ron Kovic could give him a run for his money.  So if someone in your league thinks, Beltran is back to the 30/20 player he once was I’d check raise to the bettor and see what they have to offer.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Masterson – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks.  A pimply teenager runs into frame and screams, “Watch out!  Justin Masterson is falling back to earth!”  Then Roland Emmerich calls cut, but it’s too late.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-3 with his 6th homer.  Justin Morneau has one home run.  I want to remake the movie Seven and cast the role of Gwyneth with Morneau.

James Shields – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  You’d think I would’ve accidentally owned him in one league, right?  I mean, I am in something like ten leagues.  After all the misery he caused me last year, you’d think my kismet, karma or some touchy-feely K word would’ve backed me into owning him.  You’d think.

Eduardo Sanchez – With La Russa out with shingles (which you don’t get from raising the roof too much), Dave Duncan named Sanchez the lead candidate for saves in St. Louis.  That’s kinda brilliant.  A Cardinals beat reporter overheard Duncan’s side of the conversation with La Russa.  “Who did you want closing games– Sorry, Tony, I’m losing service.  Stupid iPhone!  You’re gonna have to call back later.”

Ubaldo Jimenez – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  I warned you in the preseason to not expect the 1st half of 2010 again, but this is getting ridiculous.  Something’s up.  He shouldn’t be this bad.  He’s not a 6 walks in 3+ innings pitched, uh, pitcher.  He’s better than that.  If his owner is fed up with him, I could see lowballing them to see if you could get him on the super cheap.

Matt Cain – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  And he took out two hippies in center field.

Eric Hosmer – Now has back-to-back games with a home run.  Also, has twice as many homers as Morneau.  FML.  And the M there stands for Morneau’s.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-5 with his 5th homer.  And to think the Royals only signed him so they could confuse their fans into thinking the M. Cabrera in their lineup was Miguel.

Daniel Hudson – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Nothing’s changed from yesterday when I said he was a buy low.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Fangraphs Database is on a 24-hour watch to make sure it doesn’t do anything it might regret as it waits for Garcia to regress.

Matt Holliday – 2-for-4 with his 5th homer as he bats .390.  I don’t want to yell fire in the theater of Razzball with this next statement, but Holliday is usually a bit more of a 2nd half hitter.  Yummo.

Brandon League – Second blown save in a row and his ERA is up to 5.87.  Jamey Wright has been solid but has no closer experience and it doesn’t exactly put the fear of God into hitters to hear they have to face Jamey.  Jameys get a bikini wax, they don’t close games.  Next up, Dan Cortes.  Loved him as the host of MTV’s Rock N Jock, but he has six and a third career major league innings, which means, League is probably safe, but in crazy deep leagues where you’re hurting for saves grab Wright just to be sure, and bench him.

Zach Britton – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks as he dueled with the M’s Jason Vargas (9 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks).  Somewhere, Bonds is muttering to himself, “That’s what you get with no steroids.  Sure, I’m the villain.  But you need a villain.  Muahahahahahaha…”

Javier Lopez – Notched the save because Brian Wilson needed the day off.  His beard was ready to go though.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Now there’s the pitcher I signed up for back in March.    J-Z has 99 problems but a pitch ain’t one.

Ike Davis – To the DL with an ankle sprain.  He was seen walking around the clubhouse with a boot.  Supposedly, Garfield from Parking Wars put it on him.

  1. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:

    Ubaldo’s velocity is waaaaaay down. Like 3.4 MPH down. Avoid

  2. Terrence Mann says:

    I picked up 3 players this week. Hosmer, Espinosa, and Beckham. All on your recommendation. 4 HRs later and I’m not worthy. Thanx, Grey.

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    Also, a guy in my league offered Garza and Jose Lopez for my Cano. Take it?

  4. lothda says:

    Is Asrubal Cabrera for real? Is he better than Ian Desmond?

  5. Steve says:

    Apparently Lohse did a brilliant La Russa impersonation before play. Put his jersey and glasses on, the whole bit.

    Even fooled the umpires. Which does make you worry just a little about how accurately they’re seeing the strike zone

  6. Derrick says:

    Dump Liriano for Wood?

  7. barker says:

    20 team league keeper lf / cf / rf split — trade went through already just wanted grey’s approval or disproval

    i give britton pavano fuld i get corey hart and koji (have gregg)

    my rotation after trade verlander gallardo t hudson pineda lohse davis correia

    my other option was to give hill lohse britton gregg and teheran ( who i dropped anyway ) for vlad walden and infante from another owner

    i have a terrible amount of DL guys so the open spot is welcome b/c they should be back soon and i needed a RF badly

    i feel like i made out pretty decently

  8. chata says:

    nice write-up .

    masterson still appears a bit uncomfortable against the lefties .
    cain’s link was neat .
    called my buddy in florida to give him shizz ‘cuz
    his 1st baseman’s name is shelley .
    i think i’m going to have to own j-zimm next year ,
    if for no other reason than my doctor’s last name ends in ‘nn’ .

    that screaming monkey sucks .
    took me a while to find the “x” .

  9. Ray says:

    Is Ricky Romero + Homer Bailey for Ubaldo enough of a lowball? (6×6 league with QS added)

  10. matt says:

    better choice for speculating on saves:
    jamey wright or matt lindstrom (for when street inevitably gets hurt)

  11. p0rk burn says:

    @Ray: Hah yeah, probably way too low of a low ball but if they take it more power to you.

  12. matt says:

    @terrence mann
    is that a joke?

  13. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    before the weekend starts i want to request, at some point, a morneau hate post. also: you missed a third dig opportunity with the melky bit… the joke is a little tired, but it’s not dead yet. at least not to me. oh, justin, are you in there somewhere behind that vacant stare? please say yes.

  14. muchacho says:

    This Ubaldo stuff is getting ridiculous. Disgraceful List him so he can work his shiz out (and I can fill in with another pitcher, coz at the end of the day it’s all about fantasy isn’t it – why don’t big league managers realize this?)

  15. Tony says:

    @Terrence Mann: NOOOOOOO.

    @Ray: kyle mclellan for ubaldo straight up just went down in my league.

  16. I traded Morneau for Hosmer straight up when another owner snagged him on the come up. People were posting on our message board that they weren’t going to veto, but they didn’t see how I could trade a “7th round pick for a teenage wasteland” (I actually drafted Morneau in the 5th). One week in…how does that veto look now?

    Speaking of vetos:

    veto –> vetto –> votto –> hosmer

    Yeah, I know that’s hyperbole but you get the point.

  17. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 5×5 weekly roto w/ no trades …

    Sit on Sizemore or swap for Melky, willingham, moreland, scott

    or even bump Gordon to OF and take Hosmer ???

  18. yanks4life says:

    Which 3B option is the best? Betemit, Callaspo, or Aviles…

  19. Hello Grey — I already have Volquez and Liriano in a 20-team roto league … am I asking for trouble trying to buy low on Ubaldo?

    And speaking of Liriano, if he gets roughed up at Seattle next time out is he nearing the point at which he’s droppable even in deep mixed leagues? Or do you think he’s still worth benching on the chance that he turns it around. The replacement level on waivers is weak: Tyson Ross, McCarthy, et al.

  20. ken plane says:

    Torres or Brantley rest of year?

  21. Spartacus says:

    Trying to get Crawford for Holliday. A little sell high with a buy low.

  22. One more question, Grey — who is a better spot start option for Saturday between Tyson Ross (vs. White Sox) and Alex White (vs. SEA)?

  23. schlitzy says:

    Garfield from parking wars is the fucking man!

  24. theevilempire says:

    Need to shakeup my pitching, Grey. Please help!

    Have that is droppable: Masterson, Baker, McDonald, Liriano

    Available: Carmona, Peavy, Zambrano, Bailey, Hammel, Contreras, Arrieta

    No requirements. At this point, just looking to dump crap and pickup anyone who will give me more points than the crap.

  25. Waldo says:

    Morning gents — Someone in my 12-team H2H just offered me Neil Walker for Brandon Beachy. I currently have Espinosa at 2B and my other SPs are Haren, Billingsley, Shields, Chacin, and Dempster. Would you take that trade? Thanks for any input.

  26. Johnny Drama says:

    Hey guys,

    Please Rank (or is this right)

    D. Hudson

  27. Tony says:

    @Spartacus: ughh why? you don’t want a .330 avg 25 HRs and 15-20+ sb’s from holliday? you’d rather have a slumping I hope he bounces back crawford who will hit for less power but more steals and is only a career .300 hitter? I dont get it. You can sell high on Holliday but you better rake, crawford is not raking, i’d want crawford plus an SP or a closer or Something!

  28. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : You are actually the reason why I own Shields in both my leagues. You said he was in for a huge bounce back year etc. Not sure how you convinced me but didn’t convince yourself. Either way, I’m reaping the rewards now. When big game James takes the mound, I get that same feeling I do with Halladay where going 9 seems like it’s expected.

  29. xopchipili says:

    You know, my SPs are all throwing well, yet my ERA has been badly B.League-red.

  30. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    Can you put these guys in order for a Utility spot? 12 team 5×5 league… Melky Cabrera, Matt Joyce, Carlos Pena, Matt LaPorta

  31. BKK says:

    @Tony: And I was only too happy to hit accept when he offered that to me. I was hardly playing Kyle. So I can bench him for a while I’d need be.
    I think every manager in the league has tried to make a play for Votto. Umm. I drafted him 1st rd, why would I trade him for Grandersom and Cordero.
    I see you are having a nice week…NOT.

  32. xopchipili says:

    Someone in one of my leagues just traded Hanley straight up for Scherzer. Now, I only believe it using vetos if I suspect collusion, but I’m well within my rights to shank him, no?

  33. BKK says:

    @BKK: And by “bench him”, I was referring to Ubaldo.

  34. xopchipili says:

    from 1-10, what are the chances I end up screaming SONUVABENCH at my computer tonight if i sit Lohse at Cinci?

  35. BBC says:

    Picked up Iannetta off waivers. Is it worth keeping Soto on my bench with my DL spot already full?

  36. Steve Stevenson says:

    I have the same question as matt re: save speculation (jamey wright or matt lindstrom), but also with mike dunn, uehara and guerrier in the mix. Does wright automatically go to the top of the list if i own league? Could also just pick up Santa K and not worry so much about saves.

  37. Lob Ball says:

    Who’s the best CF for BA, Runs, and steals?

    A. Jackson
    Carlos Gomez


  38. Wilsonian says:

    @xopchipili: public shamings are definitely ok, but you can’t veto that, unless Scherzer’s right arm fell off last night and I didn’t know about it.

  39. Kevin K says:

    I drafted Morneau and Berkman late as insurance policy. I actually believe Berkman will end with strong numbers by the end of the year. It seems crazy to ask, but would you consider dropping Morneau for Hosmer in a keeper league? I haven’t really had Morneau in my lineup much at all, and his trade value isn’t there.

  40. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Kevin K: 10 teams or less id say yes,either way in a keeper league id grab hosmer,i fear for a great guy and player in morneau,

  41. Calogero says:

    @Ray: You seem to be assuming that Ubaldo will recover and have more value than Romero and Bailey. He might not.

  42. Calogero says:

    @Kevin K: If Hosmer is still available in your keeper league, it’s either AL-only, 4 teams, or none of the owners are paying attention

  43. Calogero says:

    @Calogero: Should have said NL-only

  44. frank rizzo says:

    Probably a lot of Hosmer questions being asked today. And I’m another. We have short benches in our league and most of the bench spots go toward pitcher streaming. So I have one Utility spot and Morneau is in it. A guy dropped Hosmer to pick up a pitcher. Do I really go after Hosmer and drop Morneau? Is Hosmer going to do his Hebrew Hammer rookie year impersonation?

  45. pubscout says:

    Grey my man: Volquez and Jimenez is killin’ me. My pitching is butt. Need to make a move. In an ideal world, what should Ethier or Werth net me in a 1:1 SP trade? Is a Sheilds a fit, or is that crazy? Also, is CLee droppable for EJax? I have Hosmer and Trumbo. Thanks as always…

  46. pubscout says:

    haha. that was Lee, Carlos. Sorry.

  47. CT Old School says:

    Dan Cortes also had a quality cameo on Seinfeld.

  48. papasmurf says:

    Hosmer ho-s-mers! Hosmer ho-s-mers! Two back to back hos are always better than one! LOL…

    I am so glad I happened to be reading roto news when the news of his call up first appeared. I probably beat someone to the punch by mere minutes.

    League was a ticking time bomb. Mediocre K rate with history of trouble getting lefties out. I am glad I traded him away. The one good call I made this year.

  49. birdis78 says:

    Count me in on the Hosmer-a-rama!!! Saw a question about dropping Morneau for Hosmer in a keeper league… how about in a 1 year H2H league? (I’m considering it.)

  50. LeeIsh says:

    J Upton/A Gordon/Cahill or Verlander/Nolasco/Rasmus?

  51. Chinaski says:

    hey grey,

    moreland or trumbo


  52. Tony says:

    @BKK: ha i’d take a chance on Ubaldo regrouping and roll the dice as well…. I’ll scrounge up some pts, i always do…. its just not went my way this year, AT ALL, IN ANY WAY!!!

  53. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, who would you pick up for a spot start today: Brandon McCarthy at home vs CWS; Humber @ OAK; or punt?

  54. Eddy says:

    Which three packages are better in return for Berkman and Heyward in a 16-team H2H OPS+AVG?



    Smoak/Werth…..Gaby Sanchez/Drew Stubbs…..Holliday…..Nelson Cruz/Ike Davis…..Alex Gordon/Bruce…..J.Bautista??

  55. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Van Hammersly: i like humber there

  56. MattW says:

    @Carns: Come back one month in, and then three months in…that’s the real test…got to keep a long perspective on performance

    With regards to Morneau, he had two doubles against detroit on Wed., which is a promising sign as its the only XBHs he’s had since his one home run…its an absolute low right now, his value can only go up

  57. frank rizzo says:

    @MattW: To be fair, one of Morneau’s doubles the other day against Detroit was a bloop single that the OF tried to dive for but had no business doing it because he never had a chance. The ball got by him after his ill advised dive. It should have just been a weak little single but in the books it’s an extra base hit.

  58. MattW says:

    @frank rizzo: Ha, didn’t see that one live….thanks for sh***ing on my silver lining

  59. Dave says:

    Second utility spot, looking for steals
    Bernadina or Brantley?

  60. Mhfella says:

    Good Morning! fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Okay, I’m about to do the old move Bautista from OF to 3B, trade 3B Beltre and get a great OF move. Beltre’s my top rbi guy right now. Would you trade Beltre for Stubbs? Standard 5 x 5 roto. Thank you!

  61. Salty Balty says:

    Is Adam LaRoche worth picking up in a 12 team league with deep benches? He just got cut. Right now I have a platoon of C. Pena and A. Scott at 1B. While not great, it’s working out better than I thought it would. LaRoche would just be a backup, with hopes that he might go on his usual second half tear. With a torn shoulder muscle and steadily declining numbers, I’m not sure its worth the move (moves are capped in my league).

  62. Salty Balty says:

    I meant a platoon of C. Pena and Luke Scott

  63. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    My Britton trade for Jimenez was voted down last week, thank god.

  64. Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi says:

    Eddie take Bautista

  65. Eng says:

    Start Demp vs. SF today?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Travis: But they are saying it’s mechanical and not physical.

    @Terrence Mann: Nice…No, don’t take that trade.

    @lothda: He’s slightly better.

    @Steve: Ha

    @Derrick: Not quite yet. Though, to be honest, you probably should.

    @barker: Sounds good.

    @Ray: Sounds fair, actually more than I was thinking. Just Bailey?

    @matt: Lindstrom

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: I felt like the joke was a little tired. And so must you be. Get some sleep, man!

    @muchacho: Ha

    @Carns: Ha!

    @Buge Hoobs: Not exactly sure what you’re asking.

    @yanks4life: Aviles

    @Enrique: Just about that time. You don’t need Ubaldo with that core of crap.

    @ken plane: Torres

    @Spartacus: Eh

    @Enrique: Ross at home, White otherwise.

    @schlitzy: I know, right?

    @theevilempire: Arrieta over Masterson.

    @Waldo: Sure

    @Johnny Drama: Looks close…I’d switch Ogando and Peavy.

    @Mr2Bits: Sweet…Not that I didn’t convince myself, I just didn’t get him.

    @xopchipili: Ha

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: Joyce, Pena, Melky…

    @xopchipili: Shank away.

    @xopchipili: Sit him.

    @BBC: Drop him.

    @Steve Stevenson: Lindstrom, Uehara…

    @Lob Ball: Borbon

    @Kevin K: Agree with AL.

    @frank rizzo: See Kevin’s question and AL’s answer.

    @pubscout: Yes, on Lee. Ethier started so hot, ask for F-Her and work down.

    @CT Old School: True

    @papasmurf: Nice

    @birdis78: What AL Said above.

    @LeeIsh: Verlander

    @Chinaski: Moreland

    @Van Hammersly: Punt

    @Eddy: @Eddy: Holliday…It’s only fair though.

    @Dave: Bernadina

    @Mhfella: Yup

    @Salty Balty: I’d hold for now.

    @Mike of Swartz Creek, Mi: Ha

    @Eng: Yup

  67. @Mhfella:
    I’m a huge Stubbs guy (think 30/35). If you have Bautista at 3rd, I’d do that trade.

  68. Grey:
    Hosomer looks real good. I understand it’s early, but this kid looks capable of hitting 16-18 and knocking in 70 going forward—what are your quick thoughts?

  69. frog says:

    that’s Robo Cain, yo!

  70. Mr. Rickey says:

    I’ve held out as long as I can this season – who would you say are the top few middle relievers to own?

    “Mr. B” Rickey

  71. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Some decent pitchers lurking on my waiver wire…

    Colby Lewis
    Fracisco Liriano
    Brian Matusz

    Worth dropping Dempster, Baker, Stauffer, or Zimmermann for any of these guys?

  72. Eric C. says:

    Hosmer or Smoaks the rest of the way? Hosmer’s lineup is a lot better than Smoak’s…

  73. GTS says:

    Jennings hit another HR yesterday. Do you think he’ll be up sooner rather than later? I don’t see how he’s being blocked by a bunch of stud OF in TB.

  74. Mike says:


    I can’t believe it has come to this, but Morneau, Trumbo, or Belt when he is called up ROS? Thanks!

  75. Wilsonian says:

    Damn, I have the dreaded Hamels/Beachy Civil War tonight…would anyone sit either, or just roll them both? And by “either” I mean the only one I would even consider benching is Beachy, but am leaning towards starting them both.

  76. mets fan says:

    Grey over under Moustakas call up?

  77. Commish Cauda says:

    Gun to your head…Ubaldo or Latos to buy low?

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: i m starting them both

  79. aj says:

    who do you drop to pick up lily?
    Joe Nathan, Mark Melancon, Brandon Lyon, Roger Bernadina, Raul Ibanez

  80. Rob says:

    Just got offered Garza for my Beltran. Good deal?

  81. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’ve got them both in right now. Probably wouldn’t have the guts to bench Beachy.

  82. Wilsonian says:

    So I dealt Hanley/Wood for Starlin/Doc in our RCL (a deal I probably wouldn’t do in a keeper). Someone responds by saying “so much for this being a serious league.” What’s wrong with that deal and how does it purport to be not serious?

  83. @Wilsonian:
    I’m starting both on my two h2h teams. Go for it bro!! Beachy is hot now.

  84. Bob says:

    More on Garza…was just offered his Garza for my McGehee. I have Beltre at 3B already so it makes sense to move one of them…I do this deal, right?

  85. @Rob:
    I’d want Garza.

  86. @Bob:
    Garza has a huge upside. I’d take him all day long bro.

  87. @aj:
    I’d drop any of those guys for Lily.

  88. wire says:

    Pena or Vlad?

  89. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and my team is DEAD LAST in ERA and WHIP.

  90. @Razzers:
    People were asking about Peavy yesterday. Just found this on KFFL:
    “Peavy was told by doctors that he’s unlikely to be 100 percent for 12 to 18 months after last July’s surgery. Peavy admitted he’s about 80 percent of what he was with the San Diego Padres.

    Read more:

    Take it as you will.

  91. GTS says:

    I’m starting Beachy, MadBum, and Ogando tonight in 10 team H2H. I can easily bench any of these guys since I’m ahead in all pitching stats but wins. Advice?

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: im up a bit on innings and ask grey if i should start him,he said he would

  93. Buge Hoobs says:


    I guess your post on Sizemore rattled me in trying to figure out where he stands comparitively. I want to grab Hosmer, but don’t know who to drop for him: McGehee, Lowrie, Sizemore, Uggla, Dunn

    10 team 5×5 weekly , 4 of the 5 will start

  94. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Hey, I’m a little confused about starter today. last night steve asked if you had a ‘warm feeling’ about a list of SP. You responded:

    “McCarthy at home, Gorz…” I took that to mean start those two.

    In #53 Van Ham asks about McCarthy at home and you respond, “punt”.

    Maybe it has something to do with which format each is in..?

    Bottom line, is McCarthy a good start at home today vs. CHA (Humber)? And, run with Gorzelanny?

  95. trick dad says:

    a hill or espinosa?

  96. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: that castro and halladay for a terribly struggling hanley and wood,thats a fair trade,id take either of them,my ss situation sucks in all 3 leagues,actually even though not playing everyday,Aviles is putting up decent numbers,then i have izturis batting 3rd now,and then theres uribe

  97. tsm says:

    Grey et al.: I need to reluctantly unload a bat for saves, and have been offered Soria for Granderson. Soria’s looking better lately, Grandy’s gotta regress … take it, right?

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dr. Stats: Sounds about right.

    @Mr. Rickey: Al Albur…etc., Robertson…

    @Joe B: I’d lose Baker for Lewis.

    @BookieBob: Ha!

    @Eric C.: Smoak

    @GTS: June 1st

    @Mike: Morneau

    @Wilsonian: Start both.

    @mets fan: June 1st

    @Commish Cauda: Ubaldo

    @aj: Ibanez

    @Rob: Sounds good.

    @Wilsonian: Deal sounds fine.

    @Bob: I’d take Garza.

    @wire: Pena

    @Dr. Stats: Thanks for the heads up!

    @GTS: Bench Ogando.

    @Buge Hoobs: Lowrie

    @simply fred: I’d start them both in certain situations, but if someone’s offering me the option to punt, I’m taking it. I’d prefer to not start either.

    @trick dad: Espinosa

  99. GTS says:

    @Grey: YTMND. Thoughts on starting Wood @ STL in 10-team?

  100. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, it was kind of a toss up to me. In a redraft league, I thought it was fair. In a keeper, I’d probably hang on to Hanley to see if he turns it around. Like I said, I’m also DEAD LAST in team ERA and WHIP, so I need help in pitching, and Doc is just the guy to do that. It kinda pissed me off when someone responded in a league-wide email “So much for this being a serious league.” I thought that was completely unnecessary. Nothing about that deal even purports me giving up. My offense is pretty solid (minus the fact that Pedro sucks ass – have Aviles covering for him right now). Thanks for the response.

  101. Buge Hoobs says:

    Missed Hosmer by 5 minutes! So now, would you drop Lowrie for one of these: Melky, Willingham, Moreland, Scott (10 team 5X5) ?

  102. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Thanks, understand. I’m ahead on starts; will pull ’em.

  103. Jay says:

    Hope this hasn’t been addressed yet… Given Peavy’s shaky health do you like him or Masterson ROS? How many teams can stack lefty heavy lineups like TB did? Like Kuroda over both?

  104. ujoh says:

    Is there a name for the Lirianos of the world? The unstartable, untradable, undroppable, wastes of bench space?? I recommend STD. The acronym works (start, trade, drop) and he’s just someone you can’t get rid of even though you don’t want him.

  105. tsm says:

    @Grey: Would you just not trade Granderson for any closer? I don’t like it, but I’m in 3rd and there’s a big opportunity to gain points by not punting saves. Thanks.

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: in our keeper league,it gets tricky because a guy in a position to win will trade young unproven studs to a cellar dwelling team for high dallor keepers,but it can backfire,a guy last year trade for kinsler and morneau only to see them both get hurt

  107. ProBeez4 says:

    Pick 1 for the rest of the season – points league:

    Lance Berkman vs. Carlos Quentin.

    I am tempted to move Berkman, because Quentin’s output seems more sustainable, but I am worried about Quentin’s injury history.

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ujoh: i just dumped latos in a 8 team keeper auction league,if i want to win this year,i cannot waste any more time on him,i dont see him,ubaldo,jackson or liriano being a help to my team in the near future,im in it to win it,im so tired of randy saying that on AMERICAN IDOL, VOTE FOR HALEY

  109. ujoh says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Sometimes you just have to get rid of that herpes infested girlfriend even though she was once the best lay of your life.

  110. EK says:

    Would anyone bench Haren @ TEX tomorrow and start Narveson v PIT instead?? I see Haren as an overall must-start but @ TEX scares me.

  111. the grate one says:

    grey, can you rank these 2b options going forward?

    kelly jo, lawrie, izturis, a. hill, barney, sizemore, callaspo,


  112. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ujoh: i concur

  113. OaktownSteve says:

    @ujoh: and then in a couple of months you see that herpes infested girlfriend and she’s all squared away, in the best shape of her life and getting out of her new boyfriend’s Jag

  114. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,i have both frank and rauch,was feeling the need to add thompson(LAA),but rauch would be my drop,better to sit tight id guess,whats your thoughts

  115. Rollie Lingers says:

    Wieters/Verlander or Posey/Hosmer? (points league)


    Colby Lewis or Bud Norris?


  116. ujoh says:

    @OaktownSteve: I hate that guy. He’s the guy who thinks he’s so damned smart because he KNEW she’d be cured of her STD one day, and that’s why he traded you 3 fat chicks for her. And you had to take it, cause sometimes it’s fun to plow through fat chicks in search for one that might lose a little weight.

  117. birdis78 says:

    Would you trade away Grady Sizemore for Garza in a 10 team H2H?

    I own J.Upton, Lind, Rasmus, Rios, and Grady with 3 outfield slots… so I can definitely afford to lose an OF bat. Just want to get as much value as I can in return for Grady.


  118. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @OaktownSteve: there never the same after the 1st love moment,im just saying especially in competitive leagues,your not going to win rostering 2 or 3 of those guys,your screwed though because if you drop them someone will grab them,but while wood,peavy,bedard,bailey and duffy soon,still possibly available nows the time to grab one of them and cut losses

  119. The Burghler says:

    Reynolds or Alvarez for the rest of this season?

  120. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @The Burghler: i think id rather hope alvarez comes around

  121. chata says:


    hell , i’d make that move in a keeper league .

    quit being so sensitive .

  122. Urban Achievers says:

    Beltran is a perfectly good fantasy OF even without steals, and his lack of them should come as no surprise. I don’t see why this is a reason to shop him

  123. royce! says:

    Is anyone in the Chicago area? I’m wondering whether the weather will cause today’s game to be postponed. Supposed to be stormy, but the wind is traveling the right way for pitchers.

  124. royce! says:

    @Urban Achievers: I think the idea is that we may be able to expect him to hit 25-30 HR, but he won’t be netting you 20-25 steals as he has in the past, so he’s less valuable than he has been in the past, but you might be able to find someone who doesn’t realize that.

  125. Tony B. says:

    Start Cum Dempster and Ashley Madison Bumgarner against each other today? Vegas set the over/under runs scored at 7. I tend to agree with them. Maybe a 4-2 type ballgame that is if the weather cooperates?

  126. Whiskey Diet says:

    Which pairing of SS/2B do you like…

    SS – Alcides, Barney, Hardy

    2B – Callaspo, Raburn, Wiggington when he gets back

    Thanks Grey

  127. EK says:

    pick one if it sadly came down to this:

    T. Ross v CWS
    Vogelsong @ CHC

  128. Mark says:

    Was offered Ogando for Asdrubal. Leaning against, worried about Ogando’s eventual innings jump, and its a deepish league and not a fan of most of the MI Schmohawk’s on the wire, plus I like having Asdrubal as Jose Reyes insurance as well. Thinking of countering with Asdrubal and Liriano for Dan Hudson and J.J. Hardy. Would you do either of those deals?

  129. Wilsonian says:

    @chata: ha, not sensitive, just annoyed with people. I deal with stupid annoying whiners all day at work, I don’t want to have to hear it from people in my fantasy league everytime a trade goes through.

  130. dingbat says:

    Which catcher is worth grabbing as a Soto replacement:

    Y Molina
    K Suzuki
    C Ruiz
    R Doumit


  131. trick dad says:

    which OF would be fair for me to trade away for starlin castro (keeper league)?
    mccutchen, choo, bruce, adam jones

  132. Mike says:


    Juan Pierre or Rajai Davis ROS?? Thanks!

  133. !!! says:

    Who to drop once I activate Delmon Young?

    C: Iannetta
    1b: Votto
    2b: Pedroia
    SS: Reyes
    3b: Wright
    OF: Krispie Young
    OF: Pence
    OF: Ellsbury
    U: Smoak
    U: Zobrist
    BN: Rios, Tabata, Abreu

    7 Offense Categories: 5 + OBP & Ks.

    My hunch is Tabata, but I recall a thread where it was said that Tabata’s ceiling was Crawford, and I’m not sure I want to put him on the waiver wire. Is it him or Abreu?

  134. Charlie Says says:

    @Steve Stevenson: @Steve Stevenson: League should have a pretty decent leash. Should it come to that, I could see a committee approach with Wright getting most opportunities, followed by Pauley and Laffey in that order.

  135. chata says:


    well , it’s sounds like you might have gotten a better return for hanley from the whiner .
    but , that opportunity has passed .
    just remember to ask HIM to take this a bit more seriously , when you pass him in the standings .

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @!!!: I’d drop Young.

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  137. Wilsonian says:

    @chata: ha, I hope I pass him. He’s in 3rd and I’m in 9th, and where I was really lacking was pitching. To get the best guy in the game seemed like a no-brainer for me.

  138. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: i was thinking drop young to,his rehab stint=220 ave no homers,and that twin lineup isnt producing any runs at all,if not for kubel

  139. trick dad says:

    uggla and starlin castro for jeter and cano…who wins?

  140. Eng says:

    My Dempster for his Alvarez? Dump has 9ks but looks shaky as all hell. Can I get more? Should I hold? (lost Zimm and Sandoval to DL)

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