Chris Davis was sent to the minors last night to make room for Josh Hamilton.  In the preseason, Bill James’s projections for Chris Davis were 107/40/118/.302/8.  I thought that was a tad optimistic.  And “tad optimistic” there is like saying, “Hey, this Ben Affleck movie might be okay.”  Those predictions and the proceeding hype sent Davis’s ADP through the roof.  To the point where I decided to punt 3rd base in all of my drafts and take Mark Reynolds.  I went over why in this preseason post.  Now I’m not saying I wasn’t at fault either.  Back in December, I said Davis was a sleeper when he was going after Zimmerman, Huff and Atkins.  When the hype picked up, I backed off.  Though I did give Davis pretty generous preseason numbers too at 75/30/95/.275/3.  But I have a fantasy baseball blog; I’m not Bill James.  I think someone should ping Bill James (the kids say ping, ask one what it means) and say, “Hey, Bill, big fan.  Lots of great stuff through the years.  Sorry to ping you this late, but a few quick rhetorical questions.  Chris Davis?  Seriously?  Did you not follow the ruler across the paper correctly on Pujols’s name?”  In the Better News Dept., David Murphy should get more time now that Davis is gone as Blalock moves to first.  Though I’m not sure how long Blalock can stay healthy playing that demanding of a position.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche! Before we get into today’s roundup, I just wanted to say we have an announcement coming later in the 2nd post of the day.  Around 11:30 AM PST.  Make sure to check back later.  Some of you might enjoy it.  While others may say, “Meh.”  Okay, now for the roundup:

Scott Hairston – Traded to the A’s.  Not sure there could be more of a lateral movement for Hairston’s value.  Unless you’re in an NL-Only league and you lose his services to the best available option off waivers.  Then again, maybe that’s lateral too. The Padres got Craig Italiano — I hear he makes a great chicken parm — and Ryan Webb, no relation to Brandon.  If you’re not following, the Padres traded away their number three hitter for the stuff you find under your couch.

Will Venable – Will see more ABs with Hairston out of town.  This could actually hurt Venable’s value.

Kyle Blanks – Rudy Gamble’s brother from the same mother could also see more time.  Be nice to see The Pillsbury Fro Boy do something other than strikeout.  As far as his fantasy value, we already filled in the *pinkie to mouth* Blanks.

Scott Downs – Should be back any day now.  As always, I’d hold Frasor for the time being until Downs has shown he’s healthy.

Chien-Ming Wang – Something’s Wang.  Hehe.  Hit the DL.  Peace out, Wang.  Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Ben Sheets – May not pitch this year.  No way!  C’mon!  Are you serious?  Crazy!

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER.  A good game and the Diamondbacks gave him runnage?  Wow.  Talk about a good day.  And I didn’t have any hodgepadres ruining my ERA yesterday.  Nice.

Joba Chamberlain – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER and 8 unearned as he tied his owners to a WHIPing Post.  “Joba Rules” this year are a bunch of walks, unreliable from start to start no matter the matchup and unfulfilled promise.  Maybe that’s why he drinks and not, “Owen, you stupid poop!”

Ricky Nolasco – 8 IP, 0 ER, 12 Ks.  When I gave you the advice in mid-May to Buy Nolasco, I sure hope some of youse listened.

Derrek Lee – Another homer yesterday.  How dare you call me Lyle Overbay? But you kinda are just a rich man’s Lyle Overbay.  I’ll call you Thurston Overbay, the Third.

Jake Fox – HR yesterday.  Will be interesting to see how Sweet Lou flips the craft services table when Aramis returns today.

Randy Johnson – Left the game with a shoulder injury.  I foresee an abbreviated spring training comeback in 2010 and then he retires.

Rich Aurilla – HR yesterday.  I really thought he was retired.  I’m not even joking.  I’m not sure which is more despicable.  That Aurilla is holding the Giants hostage by not retiring or that the Giants don’t just release him.

Miguel Olivo – Hit his 13th homer.  Matt Wieters hit a homer too.  Natch!  Or is it reverse natch since I’m the one always cracking on his output?  Hmm… I got lost in my own natchs.

Grady Sizemore – 2 homers and one steal since his return as he bats .270.  Eh.

Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 3 ER.  Has a 3.45 ERA on the year.  That seems more in line with Lee than what we saw last year.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 2 ER. Doesn’t he sound like a haute couture jeans designer?  I wouldn’t bother with Gio Gonzalez in an 18-team league that only uses Oakland A’s players.

Adam Lind/Aaron Hill – Hit their 18th and 20th homers, respectively.  Lind bats .310 while Hill bats .299.  Still don’t see either as a sell high candidate, but that shizz is relative.  If you get the right deal, by all means.

Colby Rasmus – Hit his 10th homer as he bats .282.  Little late to the party now if you pick him up, but you could be doing a lot worst for your fourth or fifth outfielder.  I’m looking at you, Fred Lewis.

Chris Carpenter – 7 IP, 1 ER.  This is not to say Carp isn’t solid, but right now the Reds look like they’re facing the House Committee on Un-American Activities every time out.

Ross Ohlendorf – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Dorf!

Garrett Jones – Two Pirates mentioned in the same roundup.  Arghh, it’s raining doubloons!  Jones hit two homers in his last four games.  I don’t know where this schmohawk is headed, but right now he’s on one of my teams.  He may not last, but better to take the flier if you have room than to let someone else grab the hot rookie.  Remember, I gave you the same advice for The Dread Pirate about a month ago.  I’m still rocking him on one team. (He stole his 6th base yesterday as he bats .300).

Brandon Morrow – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 Ks.  Finally, six innings!  I picked him up in a 12 team league last week, but haven’t start him yet.  I’ll start him now.

Martin Prado – 4-for-4 as he starts every day.  If you owned Kelly Johnson, then I’m sure the Cox yanking was suprisingly unpleasant, but Prado can ease your pain.

Derek Lowe – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Right now, he’s alternating between decent start and terrible.  Luckily, he gets the Rockies in Colorado next time out, so that’s an easy call to sit him.  Hopefully he’s back to a reliable starter after the ASB.

Jimmy Rollins – HR yesterday and is 7 for his last 15.  If he hits .400 over the next month, you’ll be glad you remained patient.

Joe Blanton – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  He gets Pittsburgh next.  All aboard!

Nick Blackburn – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  With a name only one letter off from a porn star with chlamydia, it’s easy to stay away, right?  I look at it this way.  There’s so many pitchers each week that are potential spot starters, even in deep leagues, that I just don’t want any part of a guy that has 51 Ks in just over 116 innings.

Casey McGehee – 3-for-4 yesterday.  On Saturday, he went 4-for-5 with a homer.  Okay, this is the last I’m mentioning him.  Fo realz.

Vladimir Guerrero – Two days, two homers.  Was he prematurely shipped off to the glue factory?  I don’t think so.  I’d still be looking to sell him.  Now you might actually find someone who believes he still has some giddy-up left.  In related news, Brian Roberts still has twice as many homers as Vlad the ’97 Impala.

Howie Kendrick – Recalled and stole a base yesterday.  Here’s what I said two weeks before Kendrick was sent down to the minors, “What do the Angels do with a 2nd baseman who has 18 homers in 179 ABs in Triple-A?  Promote him and demote Howie Kendrick?  Or do the Angels promote Rodriguez, demote Kendrick, wait two weeks until Kendrick starts hitting in the Coors-like PCL and then promote Kendrick right back and demote Rodriguez again like they’ve been doing with Brandon Wood for the last three years?”  And that’s me blowing your mind!  Let me answer 15 comments right off the bat — Beckham, McGehee, Prado, Everth then Kendrick, in that order.

Andre Ethier – HR yesterday.  See, preggers Manny doesn’t even need to be in the lineup for Ethier to start hitting.  I’m half-joking.  This year Ethier’s been better in the power department than I thought he’d be, but I don’t buy that he’s suddenly going to be the .400 hitter we saw in the 2nd half last year just because Manny’s back.

Mark Reynolds – HR yesterday.  What else is new?  If any of you are fifteen-years-old, don’t vote for him for the All-Star Game.  We want him to be mad in the 2nd half.  Adrian slept with Clubber mad.  Eye of the Tiger!  Oh, and if you’re fifteen, don’t listen to your parents.  You won’t need geometry.  Though you may need to know how to say, “I don’t know how a dead prostitute got in my bed,” in Spanish.

  1. john says:

    No sé cómo una prostituta muerta se metió en mi cama…most useful thing my Dad ever taught me

  2. DrEasy says:

    Should I start Cueto in Philly? Rasmus or Luke Scott?

  3. Steve says:

    I’m thinking maybe Haren owners got their grub on, but didn’t pig out?

    Just grabbed Davis of the wire in the keeper (prior to his demotion) – waste of a mouse click?

  4. Spamcakes says:

    It’s like Christmas waiting until 11:30 today to hear the announcement!

    Are you pregnant?
    Will you announce that Reynolds is now officially in the Donkey-corn HOF?
    Or is it that mustache ride is now in the Razzball lexicon?

    “Mustasche ride: When people try to suck ass before they ask a question
    i.e. This is the greatest web site ever. BTW should I start Reynolds over Huff”

  5. joe says:

    Wow, this writing is awful. The author here is nowhere even close to being the third-rate Bill Simmons he is trying to emulate. Please choose another hobby.

  6. Pops says:

    Grey is going to announce that Matthew Berry is actually his biological father.

  7. steamer says:

    Had Carp, Haren & Bills going yesterday in H2H trailing in ERA, WHIP & Ws. Everything was looking fantastic until Broxton took a crap on my ERA & cost Bills a W. Plus, my opponet has Joba who gives up 8 runs, but of course only 3 are earned. What a great Sunday.

  8. MJB says:

    Who to bench in a weekly 5×5 (Only have room for 3 of the 4): A-Rod, Berkman, Votto, Reynolds?

  9. Frank Rizzo says:

    What kind of numbers should we expect from Morrow when he’s up to starter speed? He’s still a free agent in my 10 team.

    Who’s starting Romero this afternoon in Yankee Stadium? I’m undecided.

  10. ScoutAbout says:

    Just wanted to point out that Kung Fu Pablo stole another base Saturday. For anyone keeping track (okay, probably just me) on the year that’s 3 for Fat Pablo and 3 for Ryan “the Balbonis” Howard. If you’d given me that over/under line for the season I’d have taken the under.

    Lowe was dropped to waivers in my league. I’d have to drop Floyd, Hanson or Nolasco. Stand pat or grab him for one of the 3?

  11. Matt B says:

    Do you think the Braves will try to save Hanson’s arm in September if they’re out of the playoff race? He still is just a rookie. Should I try to sell him now while he’s hot?

  12. Crafty35a says:

    How much value does Tommy Hanson have right now? I need hitting, and am thinking of offering Youk/Adam Jones/Hanson for Wright/Lind. Too much? I’m thinking that both Youk and Jones are likely to drop off a bit from here on out.

  13. Scott says:

    I don’t start Buerhle (vs CLE, at MIN) or Aaron “terrible on the road” Harang (at PHI, at NYM) over Cole “decent at home” Hamels (vs CIN, vs PIT), right? Someone talk me off the ledge. I was yelling through my screen last week at Hamels for tying me to the WHIPping post.

  14. Tom says:

    Hey Grey, will the steals come for Colby, or is he just not running? LaRussa might be telling him to just sit there til Pujols knocks a homer. No need to get out. He’ll hit the ball.

    Some people love this Holliday or that Halliday, but they’re overrated. I’m beginning to get the Crasmus Spirit. Merry Crasmus, everybody.

  15. In truth, Bill James doesn’t actually currently have a hand in the “Bill James projections” that are released, unless something’s changed in the last couple of years. One has to remember that he’s frequently used simply as a brand name. STATS was notorious for that, slapping “Bill James presents” on books that James had nothing to do with, such as the minor league handbook, other than cashing a check.

    The “Bill James projection” was incredibly high for Davis and while other projections have missed high so far, the James one was quite an outlier, with the CHONE and ZiPS projections for Davis 143 and 134 points of OPS lower, respectively.

  16. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Pops: Excerpts from The Smoking Gun, discovered on the 18 1/2 minutes of missing audio from Tricky Dick’s tape, is finally brought to light…

    Berry: “Didn’t Rudy ever tell you what happened to your father?”
    Grey: “He told me that he was a 3rd baseman for the Winston-Salem Warthogs of the Carolina League
    Berry – “Grey, I am your father.”
    Grey: No. No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!
    Berry: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
    Grey: [anguished] No! No!
    Berry: “Grey you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join ESPN, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the world of fantasy baseball.”
    Grey: “I’ll never join you!”…

  17. Billy says:

    Which two would you start in weekly league: Danks, Washburn or Correia?

    Danks one starts vs Liriano
    Corrieia two starts vs Zito and Davis
    Washburn two start vs Bergesen and Millwood

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @MJB: probably berkman

    @Scott: pit and cincy are nice matchups, i’d stick with hamels

    @Billy: why does the opposing pitcher matter?

  19. The Giant Brain says:

    out of nolasco, wandy rodriguez, and john danks, which two would you start this week?

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: nice,grey could get even with you by giving bad advice,,grey this was a great post to wake up to,jaba can throw a good game at boston then stink at seattle, walks a game?9 hits in 3 innings,maybe the yanks just need a new pitching coach,,COACH GREY

  21. Pops says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: The conspiracy has been solved. Brilliant work.

    President Obama to appoint Grey to a position in his cabinet? Secretary of Fantasy Baseball Affairs, perhaps?

  22. Mr. Rickey says:

    Start Denard Span or Vernon Wells in OF this week?

    Also, which one sits this week: Harang, Scherzer, Oswalt, Wandy, E-Jax or Carp

  23. Mr Baseball says:

    Chris Davis gets the lead role in Oklahoma

    OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,
    And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rainQ
    OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my honey lamb and I, Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin’ lazy circles in the sky.

    Act I
    In Oklahoma territory in 2009, cowboy Chris Davis looks forward to the beautiful day ahead as he wanders when he will return to the major leagues

  24. vinko says:

    Going forward, who do you like more Homer Bailey or Blanton? Nice post as always!

  25. black love says:

    garret jones worth a flier over marlon byrd?

  26. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    *16-team, mixed, H2H-POINTS League*

    Need some starting line-up help…Please PICK TWO:

    Branyan: 3XvsBAL, 4XvsTEX
    Adam LaRoche: [email protected], [email protected]
    Edwin Encarnacion: [email protected], [email protected]
    Cody Ross: [email protected], [email protected]
    Gordon Beckham: 3XvsCLE, [email protected]

    I had been rolling with Branyan and streaming Ross and LaRoche. But Branyan has slowed down a bit and Beckham has been hot.


  27. royce! says:

    I once got lost in Natchez, Mississippi. Asked directions at the gas station and headed back to Baton Rogue. True, and boring, story.

  28. Anthony G says:

    Vlad the 97 Impala. haha. brilliant. Sad to see Chris Davis go. I hope Jake Fox can continue to get at bats so I can still have a 3rd baseman.

  29. ABell says:

    Where do Ian stewart, barmes, and Jose lopez fall in that MI spectrum up there?

  30. Scott says:

    Drop Branyan for MeGehee?

  31. Teef says:

    Just looking at my current lineup after many trades in what I’m calling my year of the buy-low:

    R. Martin(draft)
    Miggy Cabrera(draft)
    Alexi Ramirez (draft)
    Alex Rodriguez (draft)
    Jimmy Rollins (trade)
    Josh Hamilton (trade)
    BJ Upton (trade)
    Carlos Quentin (trade)
    Lance Berkman (Trade)

    Bench Victorino (trade)

    It’s funny; if you would have told me I had that lineup before my draft I would’ve bet my first born that I’d never lose an offensive category all year.

  32. Pops says:

    @Teef: Do we see Carlos Quentin this week in Chi – Town?

  33. Teef says:

    @Pops – I don’t think so. I know he played 5 innings yesterday and went 2-2 with a BB but I checked the schedule and they play @Minnesota later this week. I doubt they bring him back on the turf. They seem to be taking him slow so I’d think he’ll work on his timing in the minors, take the ASB to rest some more and come back after the ASB. Again tho, just spec. on my part

  34. Curly Day says:

    For the rest of the way, Edwin Jackson or Cueto?

  35. zorob says:

    would you do this trade in a 10 team h2h league?
    berkman for c. jones? i already have votto for the 1b slot.

  36. Teef says:

    @zorob – I think you can get more for Berkman. Look at his numbers over the last 30 days – It’s inline with his career numbers and his 2-3 round draft position. Use that to squeeze more value.

  37. Falcon says:

    I am looking at Jordan Zimm and Dallas Braden to replace the Unit.

    The offenses behind these young arms could use some gummy berry juice, but my league doesnt count L’s, so I am thinkin’ this is an ERA vs K’s decision.

    I would go for Braden hand down, but Jordan Zimmerman did some fascinating things to the AL East last month.


  38. zorob says:

    @Teef: yeah, i agree. the guy on the other end of the trade doesn’t, though.

  39. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Pops: @AL KOHOLIC: The saga continues, as more is revealed…

    Karabell: I thought I was your pal, Matt, and I was stepped over. I should have the title of Talented Mr. Roto!

    Berry: That’s the way ESPN wanted it.

    Karabell: It ain’t the way I wanted it! It’s me who has twice been honored as fantasy sports writer of the year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association! I’m smart! Not like Grey says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect! Every time I write a new piece, I said a Hail Mary, peeked at Razzball, and every time I said a Hail Mary I came up with a story. Why can’t I go to a caribbean island with a hot babe? Why don’t couples ask me to perform their wedding vows? Why don’t I get to throw out the first ball in a ML game?

    Berry: You can have all the percs when I quit this gig, and move to Israel. My goal is to be a retired fantasy sportswriter on a pension, and I wished to live there as a Jew in the twilight of my life. Until that time, Karabell, you’re nothing to me now. You’re not a co-worker, you’re not a friend. I don’t want to know you or what you do. I don’t want to see you at the office, I don’t want you at fantasy conventions. When you visit the guys at ESPN, I want to know a day in advance, so I won’t be there. You understand?…

  40. Teef says:

    @zorob – Then don’t make the trade – Either rework it or shop him somewhere else. Don’t take the losing side of the trade cuz he’s being stubborn

  41. Dingo says:

    Drop the Big Unit for Joe Blanton? Or mayhap for Kevin Correia?

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Ha!

    @DrEasy: I’d not starting Cueto. Scott.

    @Steve: re: Davis — Probably, unless it’s an AL-Only keeper, which yours isn’t.

    @Spamcakes: Reynolds over Huff. You shall see…

    @Pops: Berry’s my brother… *smack* No, he’s my son… *smack* My brother… *smack* My son…

    @MJB: You should be trading someone.

    @Frank Rizzo: I wouldn’t start Romero there. Morrow could put together a terrific month or two after the ASB. Worth grabbing now that he’s closer to “up to speed.”

    @ScoutAbout: re: over/under — Ha! re: Lowe — I’d hold tight.

    @Matt B: I’d try to sell Hanson now.

    @Crafty35a: You’re offering a bit too much.

    @Tom: Ha! I think he might steal 5-7 bases this year. He has the speed, but the word is that he can’t read pitchers yet.

    @Dan Szymborski: If he’s not reading a book with his name on it, then I’m still blaming him, right?

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha!

    @Billy: Danks and Correia.

    @The Giant Brain: All three? I’d start Wandy.

    @Pops: Ha!

    @Mr. Rickey: Sit Span and Harang.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @vinko: Blanton

    @black love: Nope

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: What I enjoyed the most there is when I clicked the link, it loaded realllllly slow like it was an old-time computer. Not sure if intentionally though.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Branyan and Beckham

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Anthony G: Thanks!

    @ABell: They’re all in front.

    @Scott: I wouldn’t.

    @Curly Day: Cueto

    @Falcon: I’d take Zimmermann.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha!

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: I’d go with Blanton.

  44. Xar says:

    Couple o’ quick lineup questions for a h2h roto league:
    Aramis, Zobrist, Krispie, or the Dread Pirate in my 2 U slots? Normally Aramis and Zobrist would be no brainers for me, but Aramis is untested in a while and Zobrist hit a bit of a cold spell at Texas.

    Which is the odd man out? Bedard (@Bal, @Tex), Scherzer (@SD), Zimmerman (@Col, @ Hou), or Lackey (@Tex, @NYY)? Bedard is coming off the DL, but has great matchups, Zimm is still young, and Lackey has not faired well versus Tex and NYY recently. My other starters (Dempster, Johnson, Millwood, and Gaudin) are giving me seven other starts, so I’m mostly concerned about not completely destroying my ERA/WHIP (though it would be nice to win Ws for once).

  45. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Falcon: jordan zimmermann. dude’s filthy and his era is falling. i would wager he and braden end up with similar eras which means zimmermann drops from here on out while braden rises.

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Xar: i’d go zobrist and the dread pirate…though i haven’t followed aramis’ rehab. negative on krispie.

    i’d go scherzer for sure. the other is more of a personal preference and how much you trust bedard fresh off the DL.

  47. Stephen says:

    @anyone who cares:

    Hopefully with the trade of Scott Hariston, this will give Kyle Blanks a starting gig. However, other than back to back days on June 27 and 28, he hasn’t had a hit. For the season he has 12 k’s in 33 AB, and only 3 BB. Maybe regular playing time will improve his hitting a wee bit more. However, hold your expectations in check. Or just read the article and see much the same advice.

  48. andruwjonesmom says:

    why no love for andruw jones in Texas? david murphy is a 4th outfielder and jones has shown some life when given time this season. with davis down why not play blalock at 1st and DH jones? with any regular time, he should have decent upside. already has 10hrs/30rbis in just 150 abs. and most of those are very sporadic as he has mostly only platooned against lefties.

    seriously, texas wants to roll with david murphy over a guy who 3 years ago was one of the most feared hitters in MLB? he is still only 32.

  49. jk says:

    ive got weaver and millwood facing each other tonight, do i start both?

  50. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Baron, just wanted to make sure you saw this since you got final call. Thanks for being there for us through thick and thinnnnn! (The Lords of Razzball in Forums.)

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: im playing aramis,but holding huff for aramis rest days or another injury,plus huff is heating up for his 2nd half smash like last year

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Xar: I’d go Aramis/Zobrist. There’s a lot of bad matchups there. I’d sit Lackey.

    @andruwjonesmom: Your son appreciates your support. He’s hit the ball well when he’s played, but the Rangers don’t seem interested in playing him every day.

    @jk: Think you have to start both.

  53. jk says:

    @Grey: thanks, thats what I was afraid of :p

  54. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on Reimold, Rasmus, Fox, oh my?

    @Simply Fred: I, uh, thanks! Wait — what? See what? I am old and confused. Perhaps you missed my clue earlier (i.e. Atari 130XE) that I am 78 years old.

  55. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: That’s what I thought you’d say about starting Romero against the Yankees today.

    I’m feeling crazy though, I think I’m giving him a go.

    I’m starting him because I’m benching Braden in Boston tomorrow.

    Grey, do you think Morrow is a better choice on the pitching staff over Braden or Romero? Morrow has the pedigree over Braden for sure. But Braden and Romero just keep performing when we expect the bottom to fall out. I sat Braden against Detroit expecting the bottom to fall out, but it didn’t.

  56. Mike says:

    Do I give Hamels the go tonight?

  57. Mike says:

    And someone just dropped Vernon Wells…do I drop Burrell, Luke Scott, or Atkins for him?

  58. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Simply Fred: Wait — I got it!

    I was always more of a “Hobbit” fan myself, though that’s splitting (foot) hairs, I guess. I’d like to be Thorin Oakenshield…. RIP.

  59. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Buy low on Chris Davis… what’s a reasonable piece to offer for him? Slowey? Gavin Floyd? Reimold? Punt?

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Fox, Rasmus, Reimold, though normally I wouldn’t rank them like that, but I did since your outfield is shallow in your league.

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d own Morrow over Braden.

    @Mike: re: Hamels — Yup. Lose Atkins for him.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Guess Reimold or Floyd is fair, but you have room to bench him since he won’t be DL’d?

  61. Stephen says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: For this year? A waiver pickup. For a keeper…. something smaller than those players.

  62. Stephen says:

    @Stephen: Meant to say something similar to those players*

  63. Corey says:

    I’m still trying to decide if the ball the Texas Ball-girl snagged would have been a hit or not?

  64. BSA says:

    @Frank Rizzo: So I have been throwing Romero out there and winning the gambles.

    Today I am breaking from my “throw ’em if you got ’em” philosophy based on the numbers – not the whole Yankee stadium issue. though it is dry and windy today in the northeast.

    Yankees hit lefties better.
    Romero’s numbers are worse on the road, during the day, on grass.

    Those are four stats working against him playing today.

    Let me know if you throw caution to the wind. Hopefully I am not screaming “sonuvabench” later this afternoon.
    @Grey: You would still start Millwood. All I am reading about him I feel as though I am playing “Don’t Break The Ice” when I throw him out there.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: I won’t trust him all year, but you have to start him at this point.

  66. sean says:

    @joe: Berry, I know that’s you!

  67. steamer says:

    Is Figgins for Cueto fair?

  68. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    H2H-5X5 League

    Trade Soriano & Tulo FOR Rollins and Justin Upton?

  69. Frank Rizzo says:

    @BSA: @Grey: Damnit you guys. You’re killing my sense of adventure. I know he’s got strikes against him, although he actually does have a lower ERA in day games.

    The wildcard is they’ve never seen him before.

  70. airlifting says:

    four starters tomorrow, will gladly start all of them but probably shouldn’t; gallardo v. StL, vazquez @ChC, j. zimmermann @Col, baker v. NYY. baker’s the only one benched right now, but lord knows i’m not getting a win from javy’s start. dude posted a 1.98 era last month in 36 innings and got 1 win.

  71. BSA says:

    @Grey: OK so images of the board game “Don’t Break The Ice” in the backseat of the Caddy Convertible as Thelma and Louise drive off the cliff just flashed before my eyes.

    Ugh, here we go – Sit Romero and throw Millwood – I’ll be giddy tomorrow or pissing and moaning that the pitching headway I’ve been making just went up in flames.

  72. BSA says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I agree – now where would those numbers be?

    I have tried to tell people here when it comes to the Red Sox.

    If they have not seen a pitcher before they usually can’t touch him until the third time through – at which point a bullpen can come in.

    If the new pitcher is a lefty they never catch up to him.

    Any Yankee fans want to chime in on this?

  73. BSA says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Damon and Matsui are sitting today – does it make a difference?

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: Ha!

    @steamer: It’s fair.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): It’s fair. I’d take the Rollins side.

    @airlifting: I’d sit Zimmermann.

    @BSA: Hate to say it, but relying on those two all season and you’re going to lose your ERA ground at some point anyway.

  75. Frank Rizzo says:

    @BSA: Don’t understand why Hinske’s in there. He’s historically awful against lefties.

    They’ll probably brutalize him but I feel like taking a few lumps today. (Hopefully a few means 4 or 5 and not 8 or 9)

  76. BSA says:

    @Grey: No not relying – just trying to ride it while it is good before I get burned.

    Its been this middle relief shuffle that has been killing me lately.

  77. Robert says:

    What type of OF would be a fair return for Rios and Hanson?

  78. MJB says:

    @Grey: I’m having a hard time getting any value at all in trades for any of them. Its a 12 team keeper. Would you move Votto for Lind?

  79. BSA says:

    @Frank Rizzo:
    I just double checked my roster and even with the numbers I was throwing Romero so I guess for today I go with my gut.

    Bring out the Pepto!!!!!!!!!!

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Robert: Berkman? Hamilton? Lee?

    @MJB: I’d want more.

  81. Lines says:


    Help me decide what I’m offering for Carl Crawford. And yeah, it’s a lot to lose for AVG and SB, but I need to lose a pitcher to make way for Bedard anyhow. And at least this way, the guys I trade will be stuck at the bottom of the standings, and will not be a threat (when the imaginary playoffs start). And unless Philly phans tell me different, I’m leaning Hamels. That innings jump scares me, and Baker has a track record of kicking ass down the stretch, though his K totals are less impressive.


  82. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:


    Who to start this week?

    Price vsTOR (Halladay)
    Bedard vsBAL (Guthrie); vsTEX (Padilla)

    Price has been ugly but the Rays play better at home. Bedard is coming off the DL against two good hitting teams…never a good combination

  83. sean says:

    West @ SF a favorable matchup? I would think any lefty against that lineup is a favorable matchup…

  84. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Beckham can actually be scooped off the waiver wire in one of my leagues,should I drop Barmes for him? I already have Prado and McGehee.

  85. BSA says:

    Romero balks and Girardi gets ejected?

    What happened?

  86. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Yes,but they all have multiple position eligability,is Beckham a better play than Barmes?

  87. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Hehe…..just swapped Carlos Zambrano and Dan Meyer for Clayton Kershaw in my keeper league.

  88. BSA says:

    @BSA: where are those rolaids? a wild pitch, balk, walk, single, fly out, hbp, ugh…

    Someone got the jitters about the vaunted Yankee lineup?

  89. Corey says:

    J-Zimm @ Colorado? A yes or no?

  90. brad says:

    Start Bedard (BAL, TEX) over Hampton (PIT, WAS)?

    Bedard is obviously the better pitcher, but as Cauda pointed out, could have problems this week.

    Hampton sort of sucks but so do the Pirates and the Nats.

  91. Doug Ault says:

    @BSA: Why did I sign up for this ride?

    I started Romero!

  92. brad says:

    Nevermind, didn’t realize a game had started. I’m locked in with Bedard, probably a less regretable decision.

  93. BSA says:

    @Doug Ault: Weeeeeeeeeeee! this is fun. HA

    Now give me that bottle of Rolaids!

    What a fun first inning!

  94. Keith says:

    Would you trade Rollins and Smoak for Bartlett and Gregg?

    I’m 3rd in our keeper league but 8th (of 12) in saves. So saves is where I can gain enough points to jump ahead. I figured Bartlett should be kept after this year and Smaok won’t be.

  95. Doug Ault says:

    @BSA: Maybe he can settle in after escaping unscathed in the 1st,he’s just an excitable boy

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: Nah, Barmes is fine.

    @mgeoffriau: Nice!

    @Corey: No

    @Keith: I’d want Rollins there. Get a better closer with him if that’s what you need.

  97. SRM says:

    @Grey: Who wins Rollins/Aramis vs. A Soriano/M Young?

  98. peter says:

    In a deep 14 team, is it worth hanging to Chris Davis or Milledge? Only room for one NA-hole. Mercifully.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SRM: Tough call, and very close. But I’d take the Rollins side.

    @peter: Davis

  100. Billy says:

    Do you still feel the same way about Jobacum Grey that you did when he came up last year? I just got offered Markakis and Jobacum for Ellsbury and Kazmir. I have the latter. Do you value Jobacum over Kazmir (it’s a 6 man keeper league).

  101. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Grey: Which starting pitcher would you rather have the rest of the way…Liriano or Morrow?

  102. BSA says:

    @Grey: Does it seem RRomero is pitching to more contact today?

  103. Doug Ault says:

    Swisher can fly!

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Billy: They’re a toss up. That trade’s about needs. You need steals? Then keep what you have. In a keeper, I’d prefer the Markakis side. Higher ceiling and you can get steals elsewhere.

    @ron mexico’s papi: Close, but I’d take Morrow. Maybe I’m just being positive because I just traded Scherzer for Bourne and picked up Morrow figuring he can do the same as Scherzer.

  105. SRM says:

    Between trades/performance could I upgrade with any RP’s from FA/waivers?

    On my team: Hawkins, Zumaya, Wilson, Madson, Meyer

    FA/Waiver: Pena, Corpas, J Johnson, Baez, Chavez

    Thanks for the feedback. Looking forward to the afternoon post.

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: All about your current POV.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SRM: I’d hold tight for now.

  108. BSA says:

    @Doug Ault: Feelin’ better now.
    Second time through the lineup’s 1,2, and 3 hitters. Swisher has his number. I won’t be happy if he tries to make it through the lineup a third time.

    Then again a four run lead could be helping the butterflies.

  109. BSA says:

    @Grey: Yeah, the other side is that they are just missing.

  110. Ashley says:

    I can’t help but notice that you’ve been hating on Blackburn pretty much every week, even though he’s been solid all year. He averages almost 7 innings a start, has a 2.94 ERA and a WHIP under 1.30. He doesn’t get a lot of K’s, but that’s one category.

    I feel like you’re waiting for him to have a start where he goes 5 innings and gives up 6 runs just so you can say “Look, I’ve been warning you guys for weeks about this guy.”

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ashley: Agreed, but not getting Ks/pitching to contact leads to trouble. Maybe he avoids it all year. If you remember Carmona was good in 2007 by doing that. Hasn’t worked since though.

  112. Doug Ault says:

    @BSA: I don’t know how Romero does it, but he does it.I only started him cuz I felt the Jays were due for some luck………………………..HINSKE!!!!!!!!

  113. Frank Rizzo says:

    Oh………… that’s why Hinske’s in the lineup. Here comes the pain Romero owners.

    Too many pitches getting him into too much trouble. He’s gotten lucky so far. Hope the luck lasts another inning and 2/3’s.

  114. BSA says:

    @Doug Ault: Hinske is Frank’s fault for questioning.
    I give him one more inning. Here comes the top for a third time through.
    He better stop pitching Jeeter outside as that is where he likes to lunge for them.

  115. Frank Rizzo says:

    Teixeira = choke

  116. BSA says:

    I give Romero three more batters in the sixth.

  117. Freak says:

    In my Yahoo NL Only league I’m still able to play Scott Hairston.

    I guess I’m excited.

    I probably should be really excited, next best OF on waivers per yahoo rankings is edgar gonzalez.

  118. Anon says:

    So what’s the deal with Chris Davis? Is he just going down for a couple of weeks to get his act together so that he can return to the bigs and kill it like Nolasco? Or is he dunzo for this year? I’ve been hanging on to him for a few weeks just waiting for him to get hot, but I could drop him for LaTroy Hawkins, an OF like Cust or Roward, or a Hodgepadre. He is currently my only offensive bench player so it’s not killing me to have him on the team if people think he has a chance of getting back up and playing well this year.

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Freak: Edgar Gonzalez? You mean
    Tommie Aaron.

    @Anon: I’d hold him for a few. Until you need room or until he sucks in the minors. There’s a chance he could come right back. Right now, I’d say there’s a better chance he stays there until September.


  120. @Dan Szymborski: Thanks for the heads-up. Just one more reason to ignore the Bill James projections. Much prefer the CHONE, ZIPS, or Marcel (especially if you adjust it for playing time…)

  121. Joel says:

    @joe: Wondered what happened to you after Big Pun died. Glad to see you’re back on your feet.

    FWIW, Grey is much funnier than ESPN-era Bill Simmons.

  122. Critter Nagurski says:

    I need you more than ever… Hammel or Moehler to stream tomorrow? (yeah, times is tough)

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