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Dallas Braden threw a perfect game yesterday as every single Rays hitter chickened out and didn’t step on the mound.  If you know something gets in a guy’s head, don’t you exploit that?  I say you send a pinch hitter, say, Pat Burrell out there JUST to step on the mound.  So Braden’s still not someone I’d be excited to own in mixed leagues.  His K-rate is poor, though he has, obviously, found some success with his changeup.  In his game after his perfect game, Buehrle gave up 5 earned in 6 1/3 innings.  So perfect is nice, but it means little.  If you happen to own Braden, I’d see what he could get in a trade.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Tim Stauffer – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K.  Stauffer filled in for Correia, who missed the start with a family emergency.  I’ve owned Stauffer in one NL-Only league for the last couple of weeks, hoping that he would work his way into the rotation.  This probably isn’t that opening, but at some point it’ll come for Stauffer.  Either way, he’s been great in middle relief, sporting a 0.39 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, with just over 8 Ks per 9.  Worth owning for MR ratio help.

Carlos Lee – Now has 2 homers in the last week.  He told the media, “I don’t know if I’m going to play after this contract.  I’m ready to go home.  The Astros just suck the life out of you.”  I added the last sentence, but it was implied.

Hunter Pence – 3-for-5 with a homer.  Someone had to step up because the Astros’ best hitter so far was out of the lineup.  You know, Geoff Blum.  Actually, that’s a lie.  The top three average hitters on the Astros so far are Wandy Rodriguez batting .364, Felipe Paulino batting .333 and Geoff Blum’s third at .327, but I’m not counting pitchers.  Though maybe the Astros might want to.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4 yesterday as he stole his 7th and 8th base.  Currently batting .237.  He’ll be batting .255 with 17 steals by the end of the month.  So says 1-800-My-Brain.

Bobby Jenks – Gave up 3 earned runs as he blew the save yesterday.  After the game, Ozzie said they have lots of other options.  Thornton’s the first pickup.  Sergio Santos has also been terrific, but I don’t think he gets the job.  Linebrink’s at least three chiefs (I almost spelled that chieves.  My name is Grey Albright and I’m dumb.)  down the totem.  In some leagues, I grabbed Putz.  In other leagues, I simply grabbed my putz.

Alex Rios – 4-for-4, batting .324 with 6 homers and 9 steals.  I wouldn’t sell him short, I think the 20/20 season could finally be coming.

Troy Tulowitzski – Left the game after aggravating his quad.  That’s the last time he says he likes his hamstring better.  He’s day-to-dayski.

Tyler Clippard – He has a 0.76 ERA and 6 wins.  Cust shaking my head.

Livan Hernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  His ERA jumped from 0.99 to 1.04.  See, I told you a correction was coming!

Starlin Castro – 1-for-3 yesterday.  Like 19-for-19 and 200 RBIs.  It’s Cubkakke!

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Ever since his 2nd start of the year, walks haven’t been an issue.  Little reason why you shouldn’t take a chance on Leake.  Even in 8 team leagues where you own all 8 teams under different aliases.

Cameron Maybin – Got into the game as the pinch hitter and only has 6 ABs in the last 4 games.  Here’s Maybin, here’s you punting Maybin.

Ian Kennedy – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks was outpitched by Chris Narveson, whose name sounds like it would be The Noid’s Christian name if The Noid wasn’t just a fictional advertising character.  No shame in it for Kennedy.  For what it’s Wuertz, I’d take Kennedy over Braden.  As for Narveson, Avoid The Noid.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 5 baserunners (3 BBs) and 9 Ks.  As I said last week when he shat the bed then invited you for a sleepover, Kershaw wasn’t good beginning of last year either and you still drafted him this year, so he must’ve been okay the rest of the year, right?

Matt Kemp – Now has 7 caught stealings.  Doode, loaf in center.  No loaf on the basepaths.  Loaf, no loaf.  Loaf, no loaf.  Are we clear?

Ervin Santana – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 13 baserunners, 5 Ks.  See, these are the most frustrating starters.  Throws well against the Sawx, then the M’s treat him like a gingie.

Michael Saunders – 2-for-4 with a homer yesterday.  You’ll need to platoon him because he’s sitting vs. lefties.  Or you can just ignore him altogether.

Mike Aviles – 3-for-4 and a homer as he bats .417 since his return.  Well, he’s no Yuniesky Betancourt.  Thankfully.

Brian Matusz – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER as he roofied his owners.

Brad Lidge – Got his first save of the year as everyone at Citizens Flank exhaled.

Kerry Wood – Pitched in the seventh inning yesterday as Chris Perez mullet’d down the Tigers in the 9th for his 5th save.  Wood should be closing on Tuesday.  Here’s hoping he doesn’t get injured before that.

Grady Sizemore – Hit his first homer of the year on Friday, until the weather washed it away.  Chief Wahoo sheepishly apologized, “When Sizemore homered, I got so excited I started dancing and, well, it was the rain dance.”

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    All evening I was trying to figure out what the headline to this blog would be. I knew it would involve Braden and I knew you’d suggest not owning him…I just couldn’t figure out any puns. Braden doesn’t seem to work with anything. Dallas doesn’t have much upside unless you’re making porn references – which is where I figured the headline would go. Anyway, I give you an A minus for unhitten rule.

    Anyway, I came across this and make a motion that CarGo will be now known as Little Pony.

    Imagine, Mini Mini Donkey and Little Pony hitting back to back in the lineup. Once the Rockies send Helton to the glue factory, we’ll have a literal trifecta.

  2. Terrence Mann says:

    Anyway, I wish I could make a small edit to my above response.


  3. Grimlock says:

    Ha! I dealt Rasmus and Matusz for Haren and Coughlan last week to a team in a tailspin just before the rookie throws his first roofie. Grey, do you also secretly wish for the players you deal to suck it hard through the suckpipe? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel smarter that way.

  4. Steve says:

    Re: Clippard – tell me something I don’t know. 3 wins this past week, one of 5 vultured by my H2H opponent’s MRs. Good job I cleaned up in 8 of the 12 categories.

    In a vacuum (of the 12-team 5 OF variety…), V Wells or Wiggy? Point Shares calls it in a landslide for Wells…

  5. Quintero says:

    “Cubkakke is out of the line.” Said the three female readers. / Altho it’s totally fine by me.

  6. I have 4 closers right now (Capps, Gregg, Nunez ,Dotel) and am leading in saves. I’m not doing too great in steals, who should I trade and who should I look to acquire?

    I’ve been offered Venable for Nunez and Rajai Davis for Nunez

  7. Howard says:

    Grey, I picked up Yo Lease the other day but have a chance to take a Leake. Leake has more of a track record but Yo Yo has a great K rate! Going forward?

  8. Jordan73 says:

    Is it worth noting that Austin Jackson has only struck out 5 times in his last 11 games as opposed to 32 times in his first 19? And yeah, I know his BAPIP is still a ridiculous .511, but it’s starting to seem worth picking him up in my 10×10 HtH league.

  9. Jay says:

    Who is Grey’s avatar? It looks like a young Donnie Baseball but I can’t be sure…

  10. Jay says:

    @Jordan, ridiculous BABIP notwithstanding, it’s worth picking up a player as long as he’s hot. Just don’t expect A-Jax to keep that BABIP even over .400 for the year. But he might do it for May…

  11. MeanMachine says:

    Lilly or Kennedy for the rest of the year? Thanks!

  12. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    16-team, H2H Points League, (W=10, L=-5, S=5, BS=-2, QS=1, ER=-1, K=1, BB=-0.3, HA=-0.1)

    Pick TWO for this week:

    Latos @SF
    Chacin vsWAS
    Soria vsCLE, vsCHW

  13. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Is Andrus looking like the real deal? I have him on my bench in order to start Reyes, but I’m starting to think I might be able to deal Reyes.

    If so, what type of offensive player should I be looking for in exchange for Reyes AND Butler?

    Preferably a 1B / CI.

  14. Schlitzy says:

    Gordon Beckham just dropped in my 12 team 10 keeper league. think he’s worth an add over Maybin (who is sitting on my bench)?

  15. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Quintero: Are the three female commenters still with us? It would take a tough broad to stick with this crowd…

    LOL! Chief Wahoo doing a Rain Dance did it for me today. Thank G-d, in Razzball I have found a bastion of political incorrectness. As for myself, I miss Chief Nockahoma sliding down into a vat of Shlitz beer after Hammerin’ Hank knocked one out of the park. Once, during the Great Dust Bowl, good ol’ Diz put on Indian headgear, lit a fire next to the dugout, and did an Indian rain-dance, whoopin’ and hollerin’.

    Please rate in approximate order: Cueto, Morrow, Gio G, Latos, Cecil, Leake, Ian Kennedy, Scherzer.

    Thanks, Grey, as always. Next time Braden goes against the Yanks, he has vowed to knock down AROD. I would like to see Alex do the Wahoo Stomp on the mound. Would be great good fun…

  16. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Grey @ Everyone

    Hunter Pence just dropped in 12 teamer 4 OF/ 2 Util do I drop any of the following:

    Fragu or Brett Gardener or go without any infield depth and drop J. Lopez. Also, I used to have a videogame featuring the Noid. Oh I miss the late 80’s to early 90’s.


  17. PhillyYorker says:

    OBP/SLG league: Byrd or Quentin? Castro or Theriot?

  18. Tony says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: id drop gardner….. law of averages has some of these guys due for a correction, i’d say pence is one, half of my teams are due for a correction…. pence could give you 15-20 sb’s and gardner isn’t much more than Sagnof…..

  19. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Tony: Thanks man. I was thinkin Gardner.

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: lose fragu. pence is coming around fine (.316 avg the last week).

  21. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: You would drop fragu over gardener?

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Schlitzy: absolutely. maybin started out walking some, but lately he hasn’t been walking, and he’s still K’ing at a high rate. now the marlins are taking some ABs away. stanton is probably gonna be a serious threat to get called up in less than a month if he keeps hitting like he’s hitting in the minors.

  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: depends on needs i guess. if you wanna keep a sagnof/R guy around, then keep gardner. if you wanna keep a 15-15 type guy (maybe 20-20??) that will give you more RBIs, go fragu. avg will probably end up close enough together to be a wash either way.

  24. Tony says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: I wouldnt. Gardner is sagnof compared to fragu who could go 20/20. Pence is a 25/15 threat, both pence and fragu are more valuable for overall production than Gardner. If you’re hurting for steals, then MAYBE you keep Gardner, but value wise I would drop him.

  25. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: @Tony:

    Thanks to both of you guys. I was thinking about dropping Gardener. I gots Joe Joe Reyes, B Phils for steals. Only weekly H 2 H so steals are not as big of a deal.

    In H 2 H I like having rounded players instead of speacilists.

  26. GopherDay says:

    Start Bills at Ari tonight?

  27. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick 2- Scherzer, Sheets, Olsen, Latos

    I’m interested in the big picture, as opposed to a short term pickup, as my team is sitting pretty in 1st place.

  28. William says:

    @Grey – My pitching staff as it stands now consists of Johan Santana, Cole Hamels, AJ Burnett, WandyWagon, Ervin Santana, Kevin Slowey, and Clay Buchholz.

    I play in a 12 team H2H Standard 5×5 Roto league.

    Should I drop WandyWagon or Ervin Santana and pick up Brett Myers, Johnny Cueto, or Scott Olsen?

  29. Eric says:

    Does anyone know if Chris Young is getting sent down to AAA today? When will they officially announce who they’re sending down to make room for Hawpe?

  30. Malacoda says:

    Hilarious post! I am surprised you are against Braden. Yes he has a low K-rate, but he has 7 walks in 6 starts, and plays in a pitchers park. Seems like one could do worse than have him as a 5th pitcher. His only bad start was at TB, which is understandable.

  31. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Ubaldo for kinsley, which side?

  32. Eric says:

    Also, Grey (and anyone), what do you think about Mitre @ DET as a spot starter in a very deep league?

  33. anon says:

    Start Billingsley today at Arizona or is that just asking for trouble?

  34. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey/anyone else with an opinion.

    This is my extra 12 Team Roto league (which I’m comfortably leading). Drafted 12th so I have the #1 waiver spot. So with the following team, would you (or anyone) suggest using the waiver to claim Raul Ibanez?

    C: Wieters
    2B: Cano
    3B: Beckham/Callaspo
    SS: Tulowitzki
    OF: N. Cruz
    OF: Werth
    OF: Quentin
    UTIL: Rajai Davis
    UTIL: Jay Bruce

    My pitching is fine. Thanks in advance! :)

  35. @anon: Look over the previous questions before asking one. Seven questions up from yours someone asked the same exact question.

  36. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Oh and 1B is Prince Fielder.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:

    come on pence,needing him,j upton and figgins to get above .250 minnimum,real soon

  38. Wilsonian says:

    Alexei Ramirez or Mike Aviles going forward? 16 Team H2H keeper.

    Thank ya, gentlemen…

  39. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Oh, and in my other in league (the 7th year of a supposedly “competitive” 12 team h2h league) I somehow managed to trade Heyward and Jenks for Justin Upton.


  40. Frank Rizzo says:

    The more I think about it the more I doubt Ozzie puts Thornton in the closers role. I’m guessing Putz. Managers like having that situational lefty to bring in. If Thornton starts closing, who would that guy be on Ozzie’s pitching staff? I’d pick up Thornton in a heartbeat if he were named the guy, I just don’t see it happening.

    Lost my h2h this weekend in a close one. Miggy’s HR on that rainout in Cleveland would have put me over in the HR category and the RBI category. Stupid ump. In Cleveland, with the Indians behind in the bottom of the 4th….pretty convenient time to stop the game. Damnit!

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: could depend on keeper structure. how long can you keep j-up? how long for heyward? j-up’s K rate is pretty alarming thus far. who does he think he is? mini donkey?

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    how much sting do i give chipper jones? i’m starting mcgehee who has been more than fine thus far, but was wondering if i’d every feel comfortable putting glass chipper in as my 3B or util guy, and right now the answer is no. drop him for a callapso type? that’s like basically martin prado jr. maybe i’ll give chipper some more bench time.

  43. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @Wilsonian: Alexei by a longshot.

  44. Wilsonian says:

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: he’s just been so god awful, I’m getting a little tired of waiting him out, but I keep hanging on to the hope that the old Alexei will return and be respectable again.

  45. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    We’re only allowed 3 keepers, and only for 1 additional year.

  46. Benfatti says:

    Thoughts on Adam Jones?

    He got moved down the lineup to 7th this past weekend. I know he was a prime “buy” candidate a few weeks ago, but as far as I can tell, he hasn’t shown any signs of breaking out of this slump. Does he still have leash on my bench, or is it time to cut him free?

  47. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: then i’d probably want the upton side. there is enough turn over of players that you don’t need to consider a guy’s full career when making a deal.

  48. CMR says:

    Mike Aviles or Starlin Castro for the rest of the year? Thanks Grey

  49. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @Wilsonian: Well, if you drafted Alexei and expected anything other than a slow start, then you didn’t do your homework.

    @Benfatti: I think your question could be better answered if you provided your options as replacements, if you were to drop Pacman.

  50. charlie batch says:

    “Stick it A-rod!!” -Braden’s grandmother after the game, as reported by the Toronto Star. Lol!!

  51. steamer says:

    I don’t know what to do about Adam Jones either, he’s killing me too. He’s not even stealing bases. Don’t even know what I could get for him at this point.

  52. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Benfatti: if you can bench him, i can’t imagine where you’d find a guy on the wire who has as much talent as him. personally i’d rather use my bench spots on high upside guys instead of low ceiling guys and meh vets. maybe he never snaps out of the funk, but is alberto callapso that important to the success of your team?

  53. Benfatti says:

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: , @ThePoonTycoon:

    Yeah, it’s true about the replacements. I’m in a holds league, and more than likely at this point I would probably just go with a MR. Hence why I didn’t list any, because of the obvious value changes.

    There are some guys, like Pence, on the waiver wire… but in my head that’s really tomato-tomahto.

  54. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Okay, I’m convinced I am better off with Justin Upton than Heyward. But the loss of Jenks has left me with just Broxton and Neftali Feliz as closers. I wonder if Koji Uehara, Evan Meek or JJ Putz will have more save opprotunities in the next month or so…

  55. G’mornin’ Grey. A catcher question: I picked up Jaso after selling high on Pudge in a 14-team league (I drafted Montero, but he’ll still be out for a while).

    Lately, Jaso hasn’t been playing as often, and not hitting as well when he does get in. I’m in a three-way horse race for first despite having Rollins and Roberts on the DL, so I think I’m in decent shape. But I’m wondering if it’s worth going with someone else while it appears Jaso is in a platoon role.

    Available options: John Buck, Cervelli, Kendall, Fox. Is it worth dropping Jaso for any of those guys? Or do I start to look around to make a trade?

  56. Jackie says:

    I’m thinking of hitting the wagon and dumping Borbon cold turkey. Thoughts? Does he turn it around? Also own Kearns and Snider, but am short in the power categories.

  57. Jackie says:

    Conor Jackson. Is the breakout coming or do we have a non-power hitting and slow outfielder that hits .280? Over / under on 15 homers?


  58. Howard says:

    Good morning all, looking for RBI’s, pick 3 to start this week:
    Hawpe(Hopefully he returns today), Francoeur, Gaby Sanchez, Robot Jones, Austin Kearns

  59. GopherDay says:

    My main rival in one of my leagues just pulled off a blockbuster with another team…

    Just as a preface, this dude has a HUGE man-crush on Lincey…He was agonizing when another manager took him one spot before his pick.

    But back to the trade:

    He gave:
    King Felix

    Get got:
    Shin-Soo Choo

    I have the right to mock him, right?

  60. dingers says:

    @ all
    i give Miggy and get king felix and Panda… thoughts?thanx guys!

  61. Tony says:

    @dingers: hate to deal miggy but its pretty solid value…. after the felix explosion tho it doesn’t look as good.

    @GopherDay: I’d much rather have the Fielder side. Especially once JROLL comes back….

  62. GopherDay says:

    @Tony: Yeah, thats the side he gave…He had a GREAT team last year, and is in 2nd to last, so I think he is kind of depsperate to kick start his team. I am laughing at him though, my team is in first!

    @All: If I have Tex to slide in at first, would you trade Miggy for Braun?

  63. Fletch says:

    @ Grey – Roll with Verlander home against the Yankees or Lester on the road at Detroit?

  64. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GopherDay: absolutely. braun is really stepping up the BB::K ratios this year. will give you essentially the same power and avg numbers with 20 or so SBs.

  65. Jarrad says:

    @charlie batch: I hear that’s what she told her husband to do when he ran across her mound the first time…

  66. GopherDay says:

    Morneau or Youk…position elig aside…????

  67. Mr. Rickey says:

    NL only – if you have to pick two of these . . . .

    Pearce, Hinske, Bryan Peterson, Bowker, Blum, Janish or Diaz

  68. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: AL Only, 5×5 – PICK TWO, please:

    -Matusz vs. CLE
    -Masterson @ BAL
    -Baker @ NYY
    -Liriano @NYY

    I’m prob. leaning the first two, as the Jankees lineup is scarzy good!

  69. Kwaz says:

    Grey, would you rather have Aramis or Chase Headley for the rest of the year?

  70. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Is this a fair trade, assuming to no needs, Price for PacMan?

  71. @Frank Rizzo: Agreed. Ozzie likes to be able to use his best reliever in the highest leverage situations (rightly so) and that’s Thornton. I think Putz is more likely to close.

  72. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @tHe ShiT: hells no. price carries way more weight than pacman. if you are trying to trade price, aim a lot higher. if you are trying to dump pacman accept before the other owner realizes his stupidity.

  73. Scrotum says:

    Starlin Castro over Eric Young Jr.? I love Eric’s speed but will he get playing time?

  74. Rico says:

    Which SP to start this week?
    Ervin Oak 4.1 xFIP
    Latos @SF 3.8 xFIP
    Kennedy @Atl 4.1xFIP

    Please rank. I have Ervin as the guy. My thoughts are that Ervin has now gone twice with NYY and therefore I consider his early season results the most legit of the group. He’s notoriously better at home, and Oak even with a DH is still a pretty bad offense.

  75. @GopherDay: I never really understand turning over so much of your roster a month into the season. It makes me wonder what people are thinking when they draft and if all they pick names out of a hat like Billy Martin. Kids these days. No faith in their convictions. As if April were the whole year.

    For what it’s worth I like the Lincecum side of that trade.

    Now excuse me while I try to go lowball someone for Felix.

  76. Mike D says:


    Aroldis or Holland for the rest of this year?

  77. quimmy says:

    Not does it matter, but Olivo or Buck this week?

  78. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Rico: i am debating between kennedy and ervin in a league too. i am leaning kennedy. atl offense is bad. heyward appears to be the only threat. seems every other game they are getting shutout or only scoring 1-2 runs. ervin has actually been better on the road than at home this year.

    alternatively, should i give more consideration to sitting slowey (v. chw) and starting both ervin and kennedy?

  79. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    I also grabbed my Putz.

    If only there was a major-leaguer named Pantz, so I could drop him and grab my Putz. (Trow would also work here. Oh George W. S. Trow, where are you when I need you?)

    Hey, remember a few days back when I was all like, “Don’t bench your starters because you’ll miss that golden gem that convinces you to unbench him”?

    Guess who benched Kershaw yesterday?

    Also: Have you seen a golden gem? It’s bee-yoo-tiful. (Head explodes.)

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Dotel has settled down with three nice clean saves in a row. Meeks will inherit the earth, but not until August. Simon will be the closer in Baltimore until he becomes the un-closer. Also, it’s Baltimore, so it’s not like they’re under some huge pressure to win.

    I’d bet on Putz (hey, I already did) only because Ozzie strikes me as the kind of manager who values “experience” and devalues “lefty closer.” However, he also strikes me as the kind of manager who publicly calls out his closer to shame him, with no real intention of replacing him anytime soon. See also the wisdom of @Frank Rizzo.

    @Bring Back Pluto: I am currently trying to acquire Andrus. Speed, avg, lead-off spot in booming order? Yes, please.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: I am currently trying to acquire J-Ups. I like him better than anyone non-Pujols going forward. You did not give up too much. You gave up too little. You should feel ashamed. P.S. Nothing like acquiring a closer only to wake up and find he’s lost the closing job. It’s like saying, “Sure, I’ll do the trade but only if you throw in nothing.”

    @Jackie: This question has been appearing here since 2005. Why does anyone like this guy? How deep a league do you have to be in for him to be an enticing 1B option? Please explain. Not hating, just befuddled.

    @mremis: Unless you’re in a 20-team league, those are lowball offers.

    Pair one closer with a lesser player and get a position upgrade that brings steals: i.e. Dotel plus Victorino for Werth, etc.

    P.S. Grady Sizemore’s home-run was washed away by my tears at having drafted Grady Sizemore.

  80. floridamach1 says:

    @Grey, @anyone: Is Wandy worth the number 2 waiver claim in my league?

  81. Ciao Grey: Are you still mostly unconcerned about Beckett? If I trade away Wigginton and Chaucin for Beckett in a 20-team league is it worth it?

  82. Frank Rizzo says:

    @dingers: I wouldn’t trade Miggy….not for Panda/Felix. Miggy’s too good. He’s hitting about .500 or better with runners in scoring position. I wouldn’t trade Miggy unless I was wrecked by injuries or someone was offering Pujols in a deal. He’s that good.

  83. p0rk burn says:

    I need a decent SP and a 3rd baseman (Chipper isn’t doing it for me), he is willing to deal Jaime Garcia and Aramis. I’m stocked at 1st and CI (Votto, Prince, McGehee) – so do I deal D.Lee with Desmond to get Garcia and ARam? Seems like a fair enough trade for me, take it if i can get it?

  84. p0rk burn says:

    What about D.Lee and Chipper for J Garcia and ARam?

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @Grimlock: Yes, of course.

    @Steve: Wells

    @Quintero: Hehe

    @mremis: Davis is okay, Venable obviously doesn’t get you many steals.

    @Howard: Leake

    @MeanMachine: Kennedy

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Latos, Soria…

    @Bring Back Pluto: A-Gon? Votto?

    @Schlitzy: Sure

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha… Kennedy, Cecil, Latos (at home), Cueto, Morrow, Gio G….

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Ha… Lopez if he’s on your bench. Gardner if he’s not.

    @PhillyYorker: Quentin… Castro…

    @GopherDay: Bills

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Olsen, Latos

    @William: Eh

    @Eric: Might be E. Young.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: Depends on needs.

    @Eric: Eh

    @anon: Start

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Sure

    @Wilsonian: Alexei

    @Howie Met Your Mother: That’s good for you.

    @Frank Rizzo: Hope you’re right.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Give him bench if it’s between him and Prado.

    @Benfatti: I’m giving him a few more weeks.

    @charlie batch: Ha!

    @CMR: Castro

    @Enrique: Good morning… Tomato-tomahtos. Can try Fox if you like…

    @Jackie: Depends who you’re dropping him for.

    @Jackie: Under

    @Howard: Frenchy, Robot, Hawpe…

    @GopherDay: Fielder side is better.

    @dingers: Good for F-Her/Panda.

    @Fletch: Why or? Throw both.

    @GopherDay: Morneau

    @Mr. Rickey: Pearce, Diaz…

    @Mike D.: First two is fine.

    @Kwaz: Headley

    @Scrotum: Yup

    @3FingersBrown: Hope so.

    @Rico: I’d go with Latos, would start all three though.

    @Mike D: Chapman

    @quimmy: Olivo

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Pantz – Ha!

    @floridamach1: Sure

    @Enrique: I’d take Beckett

    @p0rk burn: Both are fair. I’d deal Desmond.

  86. Slam says:

    Lot of Starlin Castro questions. I have Ian Desmond and I’m not sure I want to drop him for Castro. I have asdrubal and beckham as my other two starters (2b, ss, MI). Should I roll the dice on Castro or is Desmond the better bet?

  87. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Slam: desmond, who by the way, is starting to creep the avg up and getting more regular PT.

  88. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    I can’t tell you how nice it is to have someone like you echo everything I thought going into the trade. Upton was struggling and he was hurting for saves, so I was praying Heyward and Jenks would be enough for him to bite. Thank god he did. My friend from the league literally texted me 30 seconds ago “Why on earth would he make that trade?”.

    The second Suzuki comes off the DL, I’m dropping Napoli for Putz. I’m convinced he is the pick and not Thornton (who is already owned). I just hope Suzuki comes off the DL on Wednesday and that it isn’t too late for JJ by then…

  89. Curly Day says:

    I have Garcia. Grey, you tell me to pick up Olsen and Leake. In this 10 team league everyone is available on waivers. Who do I want of the three?

  90. AdamH says:

    What do you expect Austin Jackson’s final line to look like?

  91. Howard says:

    @grey If I were to have to replace Tulo for any length of time I’ve got the choice of Castro or A Ramirez on the waiver wire?

  92. William says:

    @Grey – I’m just frustrated at my pitching staff right now. Please offer me some encouragement or some optimism towards my pitching staff.

    Johan Santana, Ervin Santana, Cole Hamels, WandyWagon, Kevin Slowey, Clay Buchholz, and AJ Burnett did me no favors this past week.

    Do you think this is a staff that can win in H2H? If I wanted to open up one rotation spot for a streamer, who would you drop?

  93. Slam says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Desmond has been all the more appealing after hitting those two homers last week. Thanks for the advice. I just saw this post on fan graphs about Castro that mentioned that he’s one of eight players in the last thirty years to start SS in the mlb at age 20. The other guys: Wally Backman, Roberto Alomar, Wil Cordero, Luis Castillo, Jose Reyes, Jose Lopez and Elvis Andrus. The fact that Castro will be starting regularly coupled with all the hype has just been making me wonder.

  94. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Curly Day: garcia until he proves otherwise. you aren’t gonna get much tougher in the NL than philly @ philly and garcia handled that pretty well.

  95. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: What’s the take on Medlen v. E.Santana? I really liked my Prado for Santana move yesterday (luckily didn’t have Santana in), until Santana shizzed the bed against the M’s, sans hitting coach. I’m looking at other options, as he’s confusing the hell out of me, and I’m not sure who I can trust him against. Would anyone drop him for Medlen, Garland, Bard, Latos?

  96. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: no no no no

  97. steamer says:

    would you deal Ad. Jones or Quentin for Berkman?

  98. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    I’m not sure why, but I have a hyper-tolerance to Latos.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curly Day: Garcia

    @AdamH: 100/5/60/.285/25

    @Howard: Alexei

    @William: I wouldn’t drop any of them yet, but I also have no idea who’s available in your league.

  100. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’m going to take that as a “no”? Ha. TPT, thanks for the advice, yet again.

  101. Kazmere says:

    Drop Mike Gonz-to-see-Dr. Andrews for Putz?

  102. dingers says:

    @Grey: @Frank Rizzo: @Tony:
    thanks for the responses to Miggy for King Felix and Panda. I am really torn on this one…my other corner is Youk and my pitchers are …Lester,Beckett,Nolasco,Bills,Penny..
    right now im last in ERA and Whip mostly due to beckett.

  103. Howard says:

    Would you guys drop Francisco for Putz?

  104. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @dingers: you aren’t the only one taking your lumps with beckett. i have pretty much decided that against the yanks and rays he sits, and against anyone else i’ll start him. i have investigated the idea of trading him, but not getting anything useful.

  105. dingers says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: i’m pretty sure Beckett needs to sweat profusely in hot weather to find his missing pitches. lol..yeah trading him now gets minimum value back.

  106. FetaBallz says:

    @Grey: Wade Davis or Ian Kennedy? Or drop Ted Lilly to pick up Kennedy? Kennedy walks less and has a better K-rate and pitches in the NL (than Davis)… what say ye?

  107. Dingo says:

    Any thoughts on Harang? He’s pitched three straight quality starts, with a 21/2 K/BB ratio and one HR allowed over the past 18 2/3rds innings. Is he worth dropping Ervin or Cecil for?

  108. NukeLaDouche says:

    Need space for Hawpe coming back, drop Dayman or Headly. Leaning towards dropping the master of karate.

  109. B.J. says:

    I was offered his Grady Sizemore for my Phil Hughes. Take it or pass?

    My OF are Hamilton, Braun, CarGo and Votto is my UTIL
    my other SP are Greinke, Santana, Liriano, Oswalt, Billingsley, Slowey and J. Sanchez.

    10 team yahoo h2h

  110. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Looking for a MR to help with ratios (last in both). We don’t count holds. Drop Aviles for Contreras, Stauffer, or Takahashi? I’d snag Clippard but the MR needs to be SP qualified.

    Currest SS is Castro with Rollins on the DL.

  111. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    I really can’t figure out why anyone would drop Headley for Hawpe. I’m all in on Headley.

  112. @B.J.:

    Grady Sizemore’s playing so bad I dropped him for Adam LaRoche last nigiht without a second thought. You wonder how he got to this point but his career has been on a downward turn for years. So basically, I’m saying its not worth it because there is zero evidence that there will be any sort of resurgence this year, all the numbers indicate that, right now, he really is a .225 hitter with no power.

  113. William says:

    @Grey – Gavin Floyd was just dropped in my league

    Top pitchers available as of today

    Scott Olsen, Brett Myers, Jon Niese, Scott Kazmir, Dice-K, Jorge DLR, Edwin Jackson, Brandon Webb, Carlos Zambrano, Tim Stauffer, Jason Vargas, Jon Cueto

  114. xlunited says:

    I have just been offered Aramis Ramirez and Huston Street for Headley. Definitely considering this, was wondering your thoughts on this.

  115. drew says:

    damon, byrd, swisher, or quentin?

  116. herschel says:

    @Grey: 12 team, 5 x 5 roto, weekly changes. who would you start at util?

    dexter fowler
    travis snider
    carlos pena


  117. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: i’m trying to figure out a way to get contreras on my team over takahashi and stauffer. probably would rank stauffer 2nd, and takahashi 3rd.

    this league has a short bench, so right now trying to get some separation between guys so i can drop the one(s) who aren’t gonna perform.

  118. Tony says:

    @Elijah: @B.J.: wow 5 weeks in Grady’s career is done?

    Not so fast my friend.

    I think dropping Grady’s potential for Adam Laroche is insane. But good luck with that. If it pans out in the end I doubt its ANY of an upgrade and not worth the risk of Grady turning it around. If you’re that disgusted with him i’d bench him all season before i dropped him.

    Phil Hughes for Grady is interesting. I’d probbaly still want Grady.

  119. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @herschel: pena > snider > fowler unless you really really wanted some SBs

  120. Bodymore says:

    I want to pick up Myers for the 2 starts but need to decide who to drop.
    I’m also debating dropping a second for Latos.

    Joba (not sure if Rivera is 100%?)
    Frank Franc (seemed to be ready to take job back but movement has been in the opposite direction since)
    Rajai Davis (getting tired of .186/.480 over the last month
    Kearns or Rowand (trying to Ride out their hot streaks)

  121. herschel says:


    its not the sbs i want as much as the avg. pena is obviously the best player, but hes 5 for his last 46, and has been killing my team avg.

  122. @Tony:

    Who said hes’s done? But in a 10 player HtH league, I need guys that are producing now. And I picked Grady off of waivers so had no emotional investment. The bottom line to me is, beyond the “Once Upon A Time” thing, give me one shred of evidence that there is gonna be a turnaround. He’s not getting unlucky, hes not hurt, he just sucks right now, and ithere is no sign that its a fluke.

  123. Nathan says:

    Moral dilema for all you Razzhands to ponder. There’s a guy in my league who is total ADD with his team. He’s already up to 41 transactions on the season. Every single day he has at least one add/drop, usually two or three.

    A week or two ago, he offers his Josh Johnson to my fiancee for her David Price. The offer sat there for two days before she accepted it. After it was accepted, he posted a note to the message board telling everyone to veto it, because he meant to offer her Ian Kennedy for Price, not JJ. The league obliged, and while my fiancee was annoyed, it wasn’t a HUGE deal.

    Now, this same guy randomly drops Cliff Lee yesterday. My finacee has the #1 waiver priority. And desperately needs pitching. Sweet! She puts her claim in. Now today he posts a message to the league board that says “Can no one be a jerk and pick up Cliff Lee? I meant to drop Mitch Talbot.”

    My fiancee is torn now, because she’s one of those really nice people who can’t bear the thought of being a jerk to anyone.

  124. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @herschel: yeah, he does that. i’ve been starting snider some in leagues where i had guys under achieving right now, and he’s been pretty damn hot the last week or 2. he’s got the pedigree, just has to put it together, so maybe it’s his time. i’d start him over fowler for now if you wanna bench pena until he heats back up.

  125. Tony says:

    @Elijah: if he’s on waivers, was on waivers, or people are considering dropping him for adam laroche, THEN you’re saying he’s done for the year….. otherwise you HOLD.

    @Nathan: tell that dude to learn from his mistakes, tough ta ta’s….. one bonehead move you already let him get away with, two bonehead moves you make him pay more attention….. thats why there’s like 14 steps to dropping a guy, to safeguard you dont make an “accidental drop”.

  126. Cincinnasty says:

    What pitcher should I target in a trade for Morneau. A guy in my league has F-Her, Josh Johnson, the Adverb on the trading block for a big bat.

    My team is hitting on all cylinders right now but I could use a replacement for Wandy. Do we think the wheels are falling off the wandwagon or do I just plug in Olsen and hold for a bit.

  127. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    If this is just a league of random Yahoo users, your wife shouldn’t think twice about making that claim.

    If this is a group of friends and family, your wife shouldn’t think twice about making that claim.

  128. @Tony:

    Why? And consider I would be getting minimal value from his steals in that league format. If you are telling me you are convinced Hes gonna hit 20-25 HRS and bat ..280 with an .800+ OPS then I might have come out even on the exchange because thatx about what Im gonna get from LaRoche. Grady would have to hit 30 HRS the rest of the way for this to me a mistake. you REALLY think I should go for the 2 birds in the bush when I have to win now?

  129. sean says:

    Weekly league, 10-Team 5×5, Second Place (66 pts)

    I’m light on AVG and R. Solid in power and speed.

    Pence, Bruce, and Gardner for three spots.

    Pence: @STL (Penny, Lohse, Carp) @ SFG (Wellemeyer, Lince, Zito)
    Bruce: @ PIT (Ohlendorf, Morton, Duke) STL (Garcia, Wainy, Penny)
    Gardner: @DET (Willis, Porcello, Bondo, Verlander) MIN (Liriano, Baker, Blackburn)

    Who starts and who sits?

  130. Rabbit says:

    Hey Grey,
    This is not about fantasy or nothin’, but are you and Madeleine Albright related? You have similar mustaches.

    (I apologize if you actually ARE related to Madeleibe Albright, in which case I just insulted your mom/grandmom/great aunt/whatever, and so soon after Mother’s Day.)

  131. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Nathan: wait, your fiancee plays fantasy baseball?!?!?!

  132. Tony says:

    @Elijah: tex is going to hit 35 more HR’s, so why could grady hit 25? he wont bat .280 on the year, but maybe .260, its not going to be as bad as its been, and if he gets his average up to .260 on the year that means he’s gonna hit at a higher clip from here on out. I just think you’re getting rid of him a little premature. I’m a tribe fan, not exactly a grady fantasy fan tho, hopefully it works out for you.

  133. @Tony:

    And if I go around kissing Toads, one might turn into a princess. Again, give me some actual Evidence to think its gonna happen beyond the fact that its possible. His numbers all say that his prodcution is exactly what it should be with his current level of ability, regardless of his ability level at other points of of time.

  134. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Elijah: Does your league not count SBs at all?

    Otherwise I can’t see how this makes any sense.

  135. Wilsonian says:

    @Nathan: I agree with everyone above. If you dropped him, tough shizz. That’s the ole “fool me once…” saying. And then I’d beat your league mates for vetoing that trade. It’s not like that was THAT one-sided. The only time a trade should be vetoed is if it was Scott Schoenweis for JJ, not Price for JJ. That was a legitimate offer, he just had a BS change of heart after probably a solid start by JJ.

  136. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: in all fairness, grady hasn’t been fantasy relevant since 2008. i wouldn’t waive him for laroche just yet, but i’d be awfully frustrated if i did own him. and i think 25 HRs is pretty optimistic. tex has done this whole start slow explode thing for almost a decade now. sizemore hasn’t proven to be worthwhile since his injury issues.

  137. B.J. says:


    I like to think that my SP is deep enough to take on Sizemore and potentially pull off another trade. if it doesn’t pan out so be it.

  138. @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    It does. I have enough speed at the moment. But it also has total bases and .OPS. I have 4 OF slots to fill. I don’t believe in carrying more than 1 bench hitter. My OF eligiable guys on the staff include: Matt Holliday, Nelson Cruz, Adam Dunn, Denard Span, Krispie Young, and Chase Headley. No one can provide me with one tangible reason to think Grady Siizemore will outproduce LaRoche the rest of the way if steals aren’t a need area, beyond the fact that he was really great a few years ago. We’re not talking about Tex. Tex is gonna go to the HOF. Tex does what he does and has never dissapointed. Grady’s a scuffling guy whos collecting dust on my bench because hes not even worth playing when its a short scheduled day right now. Goodbye!

  139. sean says:

    @Nathan: If it’s a friendly league, is there really a reason to put the screws to this guy? In a competitive league, I’d tell him to pound sand. It’s not worth ruining a friendship over though…

  140. Tony says:

    @Elijah: @ThePoonTycoon: cant write off a guy who hasnt been totally healthy in a year or so after 5 weeks.

    In 6 years Grady has averaged a .364 OBP right now he’s at .277, he has a .479 career SLG% right now he’s at .306, he has a career .842 OPS right now he’s at .583.

    This is not one year sample size, its over SIX YEARS. Your arguement of “His numbers all say that his prodcution is exactly what it should be with his current level of ability, regardless of his ability level at other points of of time.” MAKES ZERO SENSE. Seriously read that back to yourself now insert anyone elses name in there that is slumping…..?

  141. herschel says:


    i could also take 5 games worth of cargo (col), but im not totally confidant he will be back by wednesday. leaning towards snider right now….

  142. Tony says:

    @Elijah: yet you believe in Krispie? HA!

  143. sean says:

    @Elijah: I wouldn’t drop Sizemore, but it’s your team and you seem to have an awfully strong opinion about him. If it’s going to make your blood boil to see him put up another 0-fer, you might as well save yourself the trouble and DEAL HIM. Someone in your league has to believe in his upside. Maybe you can get another scuffling player that you like better (Pence? Beckham? Carlos Lee?)

  144. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Elijah: Given you have a rule about only one bench hitter, etc. I guess you can rationalize dropping Sizemore.

    Sizemore hit 33 HRs two (2) seasons ago. Last year, he hit 18, in a year when he subsequently had to miss a month in order to have elbow and abdominal surgery. This year, he is 27 years old. There is a reason he was drafted, on average, in the second/third round, while LaRoche went undrafted in many 12-team leagues.

    The other problem with dropping stars when they are scuffling is that someone else picks him up and reaps the rewards. Which is to say, you are giving away valuable assets to your opponents in exchange for nothing.

    However, you know your team, your league, and the general needs and competitiveness levels of both.

  145. Nathan says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I KNOW!! Pretty sweet, actually. She’s my first round keeper.

  146. steamer says:

    Can’t wait for the torture of sitting through Bills start tonight. I hate these tough Monday decisions in H2H. But it’s ok, I have Upton & Krispie, so I’ve hedged myself…which means I can expect a line of 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks & two 0-5s with 2 Ks.

  147. William says:

    @Grey – An amendment to my earlier post.

    I forgot to mention Max Scherzer is a waiver as well.

  148. Bring Back Pluto says:

    In a Utility role, Aramis or Krispie the rest of the way?

  149. @Tony:

    Why do you keep going back to the “You can’t write him off” arguement. I’m not writing him off and already said Im not. I’m saying, for the rest of the year, I can’t see any indication that he’s gonna do anything for me that the guys I already have can’t. Shoot, I might be dropping LaRoche too as soon as Cruz comes back, I just need a productive bat for this weeks matchup. Anyone who wants to make a wager that Grady Sizemore is gonna have better #’s at the end of the year than LaRoche in 4 out of 6 of the folllowing: AVG, .OPS, Total Bases, HR, RBI, and Runs, just say the word, loser buys Grey a Daquiri at the end of the season. So far everyone keeps telling me what they think Grady will do but no reason for me to change my mind about what his numbers project he will do.

  150. Mitch says:

    Hey Grey, I’m cutting Romero after his back-to-back disappointing outings against two poor teams.

    A lot of options in only 8-team H2H. Pick up one of the following: Peavy, Kuroda, Pelfrey, Niemann, Slowey, Millwood, Correia, Hudson, Livan or C.J. Wilson?

  151. @Tony:

    Krispie is the same exact player as Sizemore talent wise and hes not struggling. hes a top 50 player. If he was, and he probably will at some poiint, his ass is gone too for the next special of the day. The final X factor for me in the decision is Im not too concerned if Im wrong, I got way more OF than I know what to do with as it is, and if Krispie tanks and LaRoache tanks, and Cruz’s leg falls off;. I have the fullest confidence I can goto Grey and ask me to pull a Donkeycorn outtta his hat and he’s ask he’ll ask me what color.

  152. genghis chone says:


    Isn’t it kind of beside the point who will end up with better numbers at the end of the year? You should base your LaRoche vs. Sizemore decision on who will put up the best numbers over the rest of the year. Also, as Tony pointed out, the indication that he will do better than LaRoche over the rest of the year would be his career numbers. Why pay so much more attention to his first five weeks than you do to the first six years of his career?

  153. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Mitch: gotta roll with c.j now or peavy

  154. Mitch says:

    thanks for your help bud

    And is anybody else bailing on Lind? I want to cut him so bad, especially since OF is such a deep position, but don’t want to look like a fool if he returns to 2009 form. Fluke year? What’s the deal on this guy? Two for his last 31 at-bats.

  155. Matt B says:

    Which 2 to bench for this week in h2h:
    Jose Guillen 3vsCLE, 3vsCHW
    Heyward [email protected], 3vsARZ
    Pacman 3vsSEA, 3vsCLEA
    Krispie 3vsLA, [email protected]
    JD Drew 3vsTOR, [email protected]

    Also, is starting Scott Olsen too risky with 2 road starts? I don’t have a sexy 1-start to play over him (Slowey, Harden, Wells, Cecil) and with my lower quality I’m banking on 6 starts vs. 4 for my opponent, instead of 5.

  156. DrEasy says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Drop your Pence and grab your Putz.

    As for Kershaw, fortunately I learned from past mistakes (benched Nolasco against Philly a few weeks ago), so I knew better this time. Condolences!

    I’m also enjoying some schadenfreude at the expense of the guy in my league who dropped Braden just a few days ago, as well as the guy who claimed him from waivers, but too late for him to make it to the roster yesterday. Ha-ha!

  157. timSTi says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah I want to do it, but I know another owner is anxiously waiting me to drop Aviles. I tried to trade with him but he’s being stubborn. I shouldn’t really think twice about holding Aviles right? Castro at SS for now with Rollins on the DL. It’s a keeper league so Castro >> Aviles and my need for Contreras >> Aviles. I’m doing it.

  158. genghis chone says:

    What do you guys think of Sizemore/Beckham for Quentin/Chipper Jones? Terrible? Looking at Sizemore’s almost universally wretched stats and Quentin and Jones’s unlucky BABIP’s, I can almost talk myself into proposing it. It’s a points league where I lose points for strikeouts and gain them for walks, btw.

  159. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Nathan: i hope that line is in your wedding vows

    @Mitch: a slump is a slump is a slump. he started off well the first few weeks. he’ll come around and have 10 game stretches where he bats .400 with 6 bombs and 15 RBIs. all in all, he’ll end up probably in the .280-290 range with 30+ bombs and 100+ RBIs. i guess he might not, but really, who on the wire has so much potential and is actually performing that it’s worth dropping him for? you are either taking on a low ceiling guy (like troy glaus or something??) or a banking on an unproven and underperforming guy’s potential (like blanks??).

  160. DrEasy says:

    Drop Chris Perez for Putz?

  161. @genghis chone:

    You are right, that’s what I intended to mean: Rest of the Year #’s. And of course I am paying attention to the last few years. And the history of the two players is such that, if steals are not considered important, they are tomato/tamato. Alll else being equal, why not play the hot hand?

  162. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Which trade should I be more proud of/sorry for: getting Mark Reynolds for Lackey and Derrick Lee (before the season started) or getting Justin Upton for Heyward and Jenks (today)?

  163. BKK says:

    @Nathan: There is a guy like that in my office league. He just can’t help himself, so far (this year) he has dropped Pena, Ibanez, Roberts and now Rollins. I don’t have enough ROOM on my roster for all these guys. If it was a mistake, PAY ATTENTION. Like Tony says, there are warnings that show up on the screen “ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS!” Last year he dropped Papelbon and was upset when I picked him up. Some how he still thinks it was wrong and all the guys in the office had a great time making sport of his incomprehensible argument. I think I would respond on the message board that the league was gracious to him once but no more.

  164. keith says:

    @all I need steals and saves, thinking of making this trade:

    give: utley, tulo, swisher, beltran, job
    rec: hanley, kinsler, figgins, mariano


  165. papasmurf says:

    Pence finally drove a couple of balls. I dunno why he keeps hitting groundballs like the infield grass owes him money.

    Almost all the hitters who were supposed to be starters are hitting under .250. Sickening.

  166. Nathan says:

    @BKK: Yeah, I don’t get it. I always check and double check when I’m about to drop someone. This guy isn’t even this ADD in real life, just on Yahoo apparently

    @ThePoonTycoon: We’re both geeky board-gamer types and both super competitive. So she got really into fantasy baseball even though she doesn’t even follow the sport that much. Last year she made a list of the best and worst offenses in the league so she could figure out how to stream pitchers. It’s very cute.

  167. Nathan says:

    @keith: I like it, though it’s a little unweidly. But you swap the two studs, and then get Figgins and Rivera for Swisher, Beltran and Joba, which is a steal.

  168. @Grey: AJax and Beckham for Reynolds. No AVG, OBP instead.

    Think that’s an offensively lowball offer for Reynolds?

  169. kwak says:

    So… I’ve got Fister and Bobby Jenks on my staff, thinkin I want to drop one or the other to add Scott Olsen for his two starts this week. For closers, I’ve got Lindstrom, Simon, Joba, Jenks and Kerry Wood.

    It’s H2H so I don’t really care about saves. Is Fister really that much of a fluke? Or should I just cut the big fatty now and never look back (I’m a Sox fan and I’m sick of that lazy fatty killin us).

  170. ZK says:

    Grey (and anyone else)

    12-team NL-only 4×4. I’m winning all of the offensive categories and saves and am in last in ERA/WHIP and W. (My ratios were destroyed by Nick Massett, Octavio Dotel and Jason Hammel…yes, I was forced into the 1% ownership of Hammel.)

    Do I take Roy Oswalt for Marlon Byrd straight up? Byrd is keepable next year at about $14, Oswalt would cost $22.

  171. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    G. Floyd and Slowey, are you guys hanging in there or cuttin’ and runnin’?

  172. William says:

    I’m holding with Slowey.

  173. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: to even suggest slowey is in the same company as floyd is pretty insulting to slowey. HIS ERA IS UNDER 4.00 AND HE HAS 4 WINS. sure the whip hasn’t been pretty, but give it time. what were you expecting? lincecum-like numbers? i know grey hyped him all offseason, but seriously guys, but i think some of you took that as an indication that he was about to be the 2010 grienke or something. i drafted him on all 3 teams. i included him in a deal in one league, but the other 2 happily own him. i took him expecting no more than a SP3, and probably a solid SP4 with some upside. if at the end of the year he has a 3.90 era, 15 Ws, and 160 Ks, i’ll be pretty stoked, and that isn’t too far off what he’s currently on pace for. his whip should go down, as his BBs are a bit on the high side for him, though they are more than manageable compared to some other guys out there.

    makes me wish i didn’t own him so people could drop him and i scoop him for free.

  174. @Mojo the Helper Monkey: Got ’em both in a fairly deep 12 team mixed and I’m counting on improvement from both.

    Floyd’s peripherals aren’t bad. He’s actually got a 4.17 FIP. His BABIP against is .371 and his LOB% is 57.7%, so he’s been ridiculously unlucky so far. His HR is actually down from last year and while his walks are up a bit, he’s still got a 2/1 K/BB rate.

    Slowey’s actually outperformed his 4.69 FIP. He worries me a little more than Floyd. His walks are up dramatically from last year and he’s giving up more HRs too. He’s just about maintained his K rate, which is reassuring though. Coming back from that nasty wrist surgery must have had an effect on the guy. Hopefully his wrist is alright and will get stronger as the season goes on, improving his command – his biggest asset.

    Yes I’m hanging in there. They may ride the pine against tough opponents until they improve though.

  175. Scott says:

    Pick 1 to start this week:

    Morrow @BOS, vs TEX
    Cecil vs TEX
    Olsen @NYM, @COL
    Hamels @MIL
    Wandy @STL


  176. NukeLaDouche says:

    What do you guys think about Lind for Greinke. Its sort of hard to get excited about trading for a pitcher that never gets wins even with a good ERA and WHIP. I completely trust that Lind will finish the year with good numbers but I need help with pitching more.

  177. @NukeLaDouche: Greinke won 16 last year and is pitching just as well. Of course KC’s lineup is awful but they’re scoring more runs than 4 other teams in the AL, he has to get some wins this year.

  178. genghis chone says:

    Lind for Greinke would not be accepted, I don’t think. You can certainly try though.

  179. NukeLaDouche says:

    I get Greinke in the deal. The guy offering him has Lincecum and Johnson as well. He tried some sort of pitching domination strategy and has no hitters at all. He tried to get Tex from me and I said no. Figured I might come back with the lowball offer of Lind. I think he’ll take it.

  180. Red Panda says:

    Order of preference through the rest of the year? – Cantu, Smoak, Chipper, Freese

  181. Dingo says:

    @ZK: I’m not familiar with keeper or NL-only formats (hey, you did ask for advice from “anyone else”), but I’d definitely take Oswalt over Byrd. Byrd’s skillset is generally more replaceable than Oswalt’s.

  182. This morning to keep my sanity @ the end of my H2H week, I’ve convinced myself that Tex’s last of three HRs on Saturday was taken away because it was hit off of a position player; and subsequently that Grady’s weathervoided HR counted. I am now hoping that tomorrow, Swisher may hit one for Alexei, or Beckham, or any of the other anemic, homer challenged, valueless schmohawks that occupy my goddamn roster.

  183. Kazmere says:

    What level OF would you pair Hamels with to get Greinke?

  184. Kazmere says:

    @Kazmere: Have Bruce, Markakis, Quentin.

  185. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I was expecting more Tom Seaver/Bob Gibson type numbers. Do you think he’ll turn it around and win the Cy Young?

  186. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, who do you like more until J-Roll returns: Escobar or Aviles?

  187. boblobaw says:

    can you rank these SP?

    buerhle, volstad, garland, richard?


  188. boblobaw says:

    oh, and jason vargas.

  189. keith says:


    do you make this trade:


    pujols/j. lopez

  190. Harry Plopper says:


    And @ anyone

    Is Dice K worth starting tomorrow? I”ve been holding unto him cuz i feel hes still kinda going through spring training but i didn’t see his last two starts. Right now im starting Wade LeBlanc but not Dice K. That feels silly.

    I received a Dice K for Randy Wolf trade but i think im going to turn it dowmn

  191. Donnie Baseball says:

    Any idea what the rockies are doing with Hawpe back up?

    I know they put CarGo on the bereavment til Wednesday. But then what?

    EY Jr. goes down? Tulo to the DL?

  192. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Nope

    @FetaBallz: Kennedy

    @NukeLaDouche: Damon

    @B.J.: I’d take Grady.

    @timSTi: Stauffer

    @xlunited: I’d take it if you need saves.

    @drew: Quentin

    @herschel: Pena

    @Bodymore: Francisco

    @Cincinnasty: F-Her

    @sean: If it’s three spots, what’s the problem?

    @Rabbit: Yeah, it’s Grammy to me.

    @William: I didn’t know what you were looking for in the earlier post.

    @Bring Back Pluto: Krispie

    @Mitch: Peavy

    @Matt B: Heyward and Jones

    @DrEasy: Sure

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Both look fine.

    @papasmurf: Yup

    @3FingersBrown: A little.

    @kwak: Cut Jenks if you don’t need saves.

    @ZK: I’d want Oswalt. Neither are keepers.

    @Scott: Hamels

    @Red Panda: Smoak, Cantu…

    @Kazmere: Low end, they’re too much.

    @Matt B: Answered above.

    @Van Hammersly: Escobar…

    @boblobaw: Richard, Buerhle…

    @keith: Eh

    @Harry Plopper: Nope

    @Donnie Baseball: Young might go down.

  193. NukeLaDouche says:

    Would you drop theriot instead of damon?

  194. Mitch says:

    Would Panda + Gallardo/Johnson/Kershaw get me Greinke in a trade? Or is that too much of a lateral move considering Greinke doesn’t get many wins?

  195. boblobaw says:

    one more for you.

    can you rank the following guys in a keeper league?

    wright, tulo, fielder, teix, kemp?


  196. mrbaseball says:

    does anyone know who the White Sox new closerwill be ?

  197. Martin says:

    @grey- would youkilis for lester be fair?

  198. Martin says:

    @grey- do you also like f-her or verlander above lester?

  199. @Grey: Alcides just got dropped. I need speed, so drop Brignac for Escobar? I’m pretty good for pop.

    I find it bizarre that Al’s got one SB so far. Do you see Alcides’ SB numbers picking up? I haven’t seen him play much, so I have little to go by as to what his problem is. His BB/K ratio isn’t bad and he’s got an unlucky BABIP for his speed, so I imagine some improvement.

  200. mrbaseball says:

    white sox’s just named closer – Keith Foulke

  201. mrbaseball says:

    Brandon Morrow strikes out the side in the first but is losing 2 – 0

  202. Tony says:

    @Martin: i think both are above lester bc they DONT pitch in the AL east. And early season is over for J-Verl.

  203. Tony says:

    @mrbaseball: what? is Keith Foulke even on their roster? still pitching? alive?

  204. royce! says:

    I have Andrus but don’t need him (Hanley’s my SS, no MI slot). Should I try offer him for Cliff Lee to the dude who is starting Aybar with an unnecessary consonant?

  205. Tony says:

    @royce!: haha Andrus for Cliff Lee? really? u can offer then you’ll get laughed at for a 2ND time, once by me… you might need to up that a little bit…

  206. royce! says:

    @Tony: Dang, if that’s the response then I’d better make the offer!

    Seriously, though, I think that it’s a fair trade… Andrus is hitting well and stealing a lot of bases, and he’s a huge upgrade over Aybar. Lee is playing well but the M’s are averaging just over 3 runs a game, which means that on average, they need a quality start from their SP and no runs (or at least not many) given up by their bullpen to win a game. Therefore, Lee is less likely than, say, any pitcher for a team with a decent offense, to record a win.

    Sorry, I’m just rehearsing for what I’m probably going to have to write to Lee’s owner…

  207. sal says:

    ****dont know if it has already been posted but..****

    Jair Jurrjens felt a “pop” in his left hamstring while running on Monday.
    It’s in the lower part of the muscle than the previous injury, but that doesn’t make it any less alarming. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI when the team returns home.

  208. Tony says:

    @royce!: is it H2H or roto? roto its a MAYBE but still probably not happening, H2H no way i’d do that….

    but hey it NEVER hurts to try

  209. royce! says:

    @Tony: Yeah, it’s h2h….I think he’s gonna be reluctant to part with any decent pitcher considering he owns and started Morrow. Maybe I’ll throw in Cecil or a closer if his response is anything like yours.

  210. Tony says:


    so i’ve got multiple side bets with this one guy in my money league, he wants to bet me that RYAN HOWARD WILL NOT HIT 40HRS, 40 is a tie, he hits 39 or fewer he wins, 41 or more I WIN?

    I mean am i sniffing glue? LOCK THIS BET UP? lol its only $20 but that might be the easiest $20 ever? I just put in the rule he goes on the DL AT ALL the deal is VOID? haha….. wow i feel like i should bet my house? of course then my house is gone and howard hits like a girl all year….

  211. Tony says:

    @Tony: IF I BET MY HOUSE….. go ryan howard, SUBWAY, EAT FRESH!

  212. GopherDay says:

    @Tony: Its a fair bet…Advantage to you on the DL rule. I say take the bet and will Howard to hit the homers!

    Anyone know who Col sent down to AAA with the return of Hawpe? EY2?

  213. Steve says:

    I don’t want to think how many guys Lind has left on base during this slump as it will make me cry.

  214. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @GopherDay: I know they were trying to get CarGo on the bereavement list so they wouldn’t have to send anyone down yet but I don’t know if they were successful.

  215. @Grey: Who would you rather have (OBP and AVG count) Alcides or Schierholtz? Position irrelevant, either would play UTL.

  216. Martin says:

    derrick holland getting the call up

  217. AB says:

    Who wins this trade

    Ben Zobrist
    Michael Cuddyer
    Ricky Romero
    Kendry Morales
    Jose Lopez
    Mike Aviles

  218. mrbaseball says:

    Zack Greinke
    Tommy Hanson
    Ubaldo Jiménez
    Chris Carpenter
    Justin Verlander
    Colby Lewis
    Wade Davis
    Wandy Rodríguez
    Jorge De La Rosa
    Erik Bedard
    Martín Pérez
    Aroldis Chapman

    this is a 12 team dynasty keeper league – these are my starters

    offered in trade Ike Davis for Aroldis Chapman

  219. J.D. Drew out with Vertigo. This made my night…

    From Rotoworld:
    “Just when you think Drew can’t injure something he’s never injured before, he comes down with a case of vertigo. Fitting when you think about it, however, since his list of ailments oftentimes reads like something straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.”

  220. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    Billingsley + Diamondbacks = lots of k’s hopefully

  221. Steve says:

    @TheBravesWearPrado: I’m just grateful for a clean first inning. Baby steps…

    A good day to be wearing Prado!

  222. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @Steve: He made some progress last start. He just always ends up with one really bad inning.

    I wish I was still a Prado owner. He was my injury fill in for Kinsler. He made for a great team name.

  223. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    Home run Krispie. Just when I was starting to talk myself back into Bills.

  224. Harry Plopper says:

    @Grey: Thanks, Dice K will be riding wood. Pun Intended (Im a Yankee Fan)

  225. mikey boy324 says:

    grey would you drop edwin jackson for medlen in a 12 team h2h league?

  226. GopherDay says:

    @TheBravesWearPrado: Yeah, I was hoping for like a walk and a SB from Krispie because I’ve got both Bills and Krispie…but from the box score, it looks like Bills is doing well.

    Anyone watching the game…does Bills look strong tonight?

  227. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Steve: Five more LOB for Lind tonight, by my count, while going 0-for-5. Blech…

  228. AB says:

    I own Lind in a 20 team league and he has been very frustrating.

    Do you guys think he can turn it around and have a year like 09′? his K rate is way up……

  229. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @GopherDay: I’m not watching either but the box score makes it look like he’s been pitching well. Arizona has kind of a boom or bust offense so I’m not sure how to judge him from this start anyway.

  230. BKK says:

    @GopherDay: @TheBravesWearPrado: Yeah, he looks good. Scully says so too. Just K’d his 7th, nice breaking ball, then got J Up to pop out to Center on 2 pitches.

  231. GopherDay says:

    @BKK: @TheBravesWearPrado: Yeah, Ari strikes out like crazy, so his high Ks aren’t surprising, but a good start is good!

  232. BKK says:

    @TheBravesWearPrado: @GopherDay: Can’t get past the 6th inning again!! Hopefully bullpen can do the impossible and actually leave the runners on-base, ya, ya, I know a lot for the bull pen to do for you. Crazy talk. Krispie coming up with runners on 2nd and 3rd.

  233. Tom says:

    Hey Grey

    Just watched Napoli hit a 2 run homer off of Garza – thanks for your suggestion to start him this week.

  234. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @BKK: Yeah his walks are frustrating and upping his pitch count. My league uses QS so I don’t get one but I’ll take this start from him. Good k’s, good era, and the whip wasn’t too bad. He’s been making progress.

  235. BKK says:

    Beckett/Ibanez for Morneau – pick a side

  236. BKK says:

    @TheBravesWearPrado: I’ll take it as well. Although I have Garza as well and that is not going as well tonight. I have this pairing on two teams. Funny how, you, I, we,?, seem to draft the same guys on multiple teams.

  237. Steve says:

    As a suffering Ibanez owner, I can tell Jim Tracy that there was no need to intentionally walk him there…

  238. BKK says:

    @Steve: LOL. He actually hit .383 in the last week. Now I am trying to unload he and Beckett to the Sox lover in one league.

  239. BKK says:

    @BKK: Sorry that was .348 Steve.

  240. Steve says:

    This is funny – the top-scoring team in my Razzball league today?

    One of the dummy teams. You know, the one with all the good players.

  241. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha! Yeah, didn’t help me to have Cedeno and Prado today.

  242. Rick Dempsey says:

    Alert: The whole Tampa Bay Rays team is cold….sit all of them!

  243. Steve says:

    @Grey: Pineiro killed me today.

    I actually got a trade offer the other day. Had no idea how to evaluate it.

    Maybe Rudy needs to get working on the Reverse Point Shares.

  244. I drink your milkshake. says:

    @3FingersBrown: Nah, I was just messing around.

  245. penpen says:

    Obviously you bring Garza out for the 8th inning when the Rays are down 0-4 and he’s already thrown 101 pitches.

  246. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He did last year, but since there was a hot tub on the line, he refrained.

    @penpen: Yeah, seriously.

  247. Steve says:

    @penpen: @Grey: Now they bench him.

    Now watch the Rays rally in the 9th for the win.

  248. BKK says:

    I hate Corpas and would be closers that look real good until I put them in my lineup and they give me an ERAser (when a cuddle boy/closer erases your starters good ERA day) and a WHIPper Crapper.

  249. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’m blaming you if Fuentes loses this game.

  250. dj says:

    I somehow managed an offense that looks like this in a 12×12 h2h obp league

    soto/miggy/ian stewart/reyes/longoria/werth/markakis/braun/rasmus and ludwick on my bench.

    the problem (can you guess?), my pitching is in shambles. my #1 is lester and cueto is probably next best. also own buccholz, edwin jackson, jurrjens, chacin and braden (probably going to drop for latos) with bedard dl’ed.

    would you guys ride the offense or get rid of an upper-tier position player for a dominant pitcher? i can’t bring myself to unload miggy or longoria and markakis hasnt done anything to warrant any value. i’ve been offering ludwick for guys like beckett or hamels, but no takers.

  251. penpen says:

    Pull something special out of that hat ‘Zo

  252. @BKK:

    I just dropped him to bring a guy of DL, nice timing!

  253. @Grey:

    Here comes the 3 run shot!

  254. penpen says:


  255. @Grey:

    I was a couple bases off, I’ll take it tho!

  256. BKK says:

    Doh! Prophet Steve Lyons

  257. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Why do you jinx me?

    @dj: Try and make a smaller deal. Like Ludwick for Hudson or Penny. Lose Jurrjens before Braden. If you can’t DL him.

  258. BKK says:

    @Elijah: I dropped him in my H2H league and pondering dropping him in the RCL for Clippard. Just figuring though that Clippard ends up giving me a RP version of a Roofie. Would you go Bard or Clippard. I like Bard just not the AL east.

  259. Steve says:

    @Grey: I own Garza in one league. Believe me, I’m not happy about it either.

    @BKK: Take off the ‘s’ and you got me. That’s right, it’s me, Teve!

  260. @BKK:

    I picked up Clippard myself on one team just for the K’s. He’s on pace to have like 140K’s outta the bullpen, that’s sick.

  261. Steve says:

    @Grey: I see your Fuentes and raise you a Corpas.

  262. BKK says:

    @Steve: oops, sorry. Those that are really frustrated are Pineiro owners (not me – >Garza owner).
    @Grey: Maybe you get a W from Fuentes.

  263. @BKK:

    The Piniero owners deserved what they got, heh.

  264. BKK says:

    @Elijah: HA! You talked me into it, I am dropping Corpas for Clippard, I am 1st in SV’s and near last in WHIP.

  265. NukeLaDouche says:

    Anybody starting Randy Wells against the Marlins tomorrow?

  266. Tom Emanski says:

    Should I drop Alcides for Starlin’?

  267. BKK says:

    @Tom Emanski: that seems to be the consensus the last couple days.

  268. Tom Emanski says:

    @BKK: It’s just hard to give up on Alcides. I’m worried that they’ll move him up in the order right after I drop him and/or Castro sucks and will be sent down. He’s only 19 after all.

  269. @Tom Emanski:

    I finally did last week for Ian Desmond. If Al isn’t stealing, he’s worthless. I don’t know that Castro is a better choice tho.

  270. SAGNOF: With Brad Lidge feeling some stiffness in his pitching elbow, Contreras was saved over to pitch the ninth against the Rockies on Monday night, the Phillies’ official site reports.

    I’m grabbing him…who knows, he could end up their closer for awhile.

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