I’m sure even Kevin Gregg can’t believe he held the Cubs closer job as long as he did.  After witnessing Gregg’s sixth blown save and 12th gopher ball on Monday night, Piniella went into the locker room and flipped a table, screaming at a young, non-mustachioed Willie Randolph… Oh, wait, that was The Bronx is Burning.  Piniella says Carlos Marmol will take over the closer duties.  Carlos Marmol smiles, Kevin Gregg frowns and Angel Guzman shrugs.  John Grabow may also slide into the situational save picture when the Cubs face a lefty heavy ninth.  But, for now, Sweet Lou’s giving the ball to Marmol to save games.  As of today.  We shall see.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Travis Snider – Guess JP Ricciardi can’t swing a deal for Lincecum and the frozen body of Ted Williams, so Snider was called up.  Worth a flier in mixed leagues for the potential pop he can provide.  In one league, out of boredom, I dropped Ty Wigginton for Snider.  Oh, and Snider hit a homer yesterday.

Randy Ruiz – Hit his third homer in a week.  He’s 31-years-old.  You don’t get to be 31 and still a rookie without a giant pancake of mediocrity covering you.  Might continue to hit bombs for the rest of this season.  Or maybe just for the rest of this week.  My guess is he has a hot week in him, then he drops like a ton of 31-year-old rookie bricks.

Francisco Liriano – Headed to the Disgraceful List with Can’t Throw Effectivelyitis. I think he’s fallen to the point where he might actually be a solid sleeper in 2010 drafts.  We’ll have to wait for official word from February Grey as he rarely shares his info with August Grey.

Joe Mauer – 2 HRs yesterday as he bats .383 on the year.  After the game, he cured cancer.

Delmon Young – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs, his 2nd homer in the last three games and already has more homers this month than he had the entire 1st half of the year.

Ivan Rodriguez – The Rangers acquired Pudge (<–at one point this nickname wasn’t ironic).  Now the Rangers just need to acquire Jose Canseco and a bunch of syringes.  According to the Rangers, Pudge will be a backup.  I don’t see why they’d use him in that capacity.  I think most of Teagarden and Salty’s value is hurt with the addition of Pudge, not that they really had much value anyway.

Carlos Quentin – HR yesterday.  On one hand, I kinda want him to bomb the rest of this season so he goes quietly into next year’s draft.  On the other hand, I own him in a league and would like some production.  On the third hand, I want him to have surgery on his foot so there’s no problem next year.  He’s refusing surgery as of right now.  And, yes, I have three hands.

Freddy Garcia – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Right back where he left off!

Pedro Martinez/Jamie Moyer – Combined for a one run, 4 hitter.  If only Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were around to see it.

Alex Gordon – Was optioned to Triple-A.  As frequent commenter, Mr. Baseball, pointed out, Gordon could be a nice October call up.

Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday, now has 5 homers in the last seven games.  Not sure what you’re waiting for, loyal Razzball reader.

Clint Barmes – HR yesterday.  Without looking it up, who has more homers, Barmes or Hawpe?  Obviously if I’m pointing it out, it’s Barmes.  But that’s crazy.  Though I’m not sure it’s crazy good for Barmes or crazy bad for Hawpe.  I think it’s the latter, as in what Hawpe walked under before the season.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 8 IP, 2 ER.  Now has a 3.41 ERA on the year and on his way to 180 Ks on the year.  Aren’t you glad you own him and didn’t worry about whether or not he’s a Rockies pitcher?  Or don’t you wish you owned him and stopped worrying about owning a Rockies pitcher?

Lastings Milledge – Hit his first homer of the year yesterday.   Could be the start of something…

Ross Ohlendorf – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks as he got his 11th win yesterday and has a 4.15 ERA on the year.  What the ‘dorf?!  If you own Ohlendorf, you’re teetering between brilliance and insanity like an abstract painter or an MMA fighter.

Alex Avila – Hit his third homer yesterday as he bats near .450 through 20 ABs.  Worth a flier in AL-Only leagues, but he’s seeing less time behind the plate than Nicole Richie.

Matt Wieters – Hit his fourth homer to stay in front of Alex Avila, who has 180 less at-bats than Wieters.

Rick Porcello – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks vs. the Mariners.  For a guy with a 4.5 K/9, the 8 Ks can only mean one thing.  Porcello was imagining facing Ichiro Youkilis, Russell Youkilis and Franklin Youkilis aka The Big F-You.

Derek Lowe – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER as he allowed the Mets to record ten hits in one inning, which was a new club record.  An offensive club record with Luis Castillo as your hitting star?  Lowe hadn’t looked that bad since Speidi’s wedding.  I know you wanna drop Lowe, but I wouldn’t.

Ricky Nolasco – 9 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks.  Good to see him bounce back after his last outing left you muttering to yourself as you ate a pint of Mint Chocolate Chip.

Julio Borbon – 3-for-4, 3 steals as the Rangers stole 6 bases vs. Mauer.  Hey, he was out curing cancer!

Pat Burrell – Returned from a stiff neck with a homer.  He still has 19 to go to save his season.  I think he pulls up ten short, so he still has… You do the math!

David Price – 5 IP, 2 ER.  Price was mentioned in the rookie pitchers who might get shutdown whatchamacallit.  Now I’m hearing murmurs that Price could go to the bullpen for the return of Sonnanstine.  Act like ya know, MC Lyte!

B.J. Upton – HR yesterday.  That’s right!  You’re not the Secretaryman, you’re not the Administrativeassistantman, you’re the Bossman!  Now take charge!

Kyle Blanks – Hit an inside-the-park-homer.  The only explanation for a 300 lbs guy getting an inside-the-park-homer is the Cubs pulled their team from the field because Padres fans were littering the field with empty bottles of White Zinfandel.

  1. Wasserman says:

    Here’s what happened. Blanks hit a ball off the wall that Fuku nearly caught. It then deflected towards RF and was chased by Fukudome all the way into RF where you can start to see Milton Bradley kinda jogging towards it. Incredible that Lou plays that guy at all.

  2. agarthered says:

    “Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday, now has 5 homers in the last seven games. Not sure what you’re waiting for, loyal Razzball reader”

    I have one move left for the whole year, my only weak spot on my whole offence is at util where i have fragu (beltran on dl)

    My pitching is solid with : Lee, Vasquez, Gallardo, Nolasco, Blanton, Joba, Bell, Howell, and CJ Wilson

    Do I use my last move? I want him bad (yeah I just said I want him.)

  3. john says:

    Does your third arm ever get in the way of your third leg?

    ^Yes, childish, but also entirely necessary.

  4. Jason says:

    “Start everyone against the Mets” – Grey, August 18

    “What the @*#$ happened to D Lowe???” – me, August 19 (three question marks for emphasis)

  5. Rob says:

    As always read your blog every morning, you have helped out my team quite a bit in 2009. Your comments are witty and on the mark. I grabbed Borbon and have enjoyed the SBs. Pleasant surprise to see I had move up two slots in SB last due to 3 SBs from Borbon and some other players stealing a base including doing a double take on the bos score and seeing Markasis.

  6. BSA says:

    Ruiz is sitting in my utility role and I have an itchy trigger finger. For the time being I’ll ride the HRs knowing the brick potential.

    Beckett was not happy pitching to Tek, who wants to be Terry Francona?

  7. anon says:

    Beej is really pissing me off. With Torri Hunter back, I finally decided that enough was enough and put Hunter in the lineup and moved Upton to the bench rather than benching someone like Ludwick or Werth who, you know, has actually produced something for my team in the past month. On DAY ONE of his benching he sonovabenches me for a donk and a 3/4 hitting night!!

    I burned the 25th overall pick on him in a league this year. I coulda had Prince!! Maybe I’m a year or two early on this true breakout year. Or maybe he’s more schmo than people think! I can’t decide!

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @anon: i traded holliday for bj in a keeper league last offseason. i’m now trying to figure out if i use bj as a lure this offseason in a 2-for-1 type trade (selling him for value well below his cieling) or if i just hope his shoulder continues to get better as more time passes since the surgery.

  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: note we only keep 5 guys too

  10. ohlendorf has good home splits

  11. mr baseball says:

    Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday, now has 5 homers in the last seven games. Not sure what you’re waiting for, loyal Razzball reader.

    been waiting for someone in any of my leagues to drop him

  12. mr baseball says:

    Delmon Young – my view on Delmon Young is that he should throw another bat at an umpire and end the misery

  13. mr baseball says:

    after last night performance Derek Lowe is going to change his name to Derek Low

  14. mr baseball says:

    If Kevin Gregg is the 8th inning pitcher then Carlos Marmol may not have any save opportunities

  15. mr baseball says:

    I don’t know which is worst the return of the return of swine flu or the return of Sonnanstine – tampa bay fans being be getting their Vaccination

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY,start buchholtz @tor. or blanton vs ari,neither or both?plus in a 7×7 where i need obp and ave with decent pop do you like cant get right bradley or garrett jones?

  17. mr baseball says:

    I think most of Teagarden and Salty’s value is hurt with the addition of Pudge – What value ? this is the three stooges of catchers

    Oooh I can’t see I can’t see. Salty Howard: WHAT’S THE MATTER?
    Ivan Fine: I’ve got my eyes closed.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    what were the odds at the start of the season that the top 2 slugging % leaders in the AL on august 19 would be joe mauer and kendry morales?

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: ha,could be a rich man betting on that

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:

    speaking of kendry, what’s the view on him going into next season? top 30 hitter? a fluke?

    i think he’s legit (consistent improvement all season, many years as a stud for the cuban team).

    would you keep him over josh hamilton?

    another guy i’ve been perplexed over is nelson cruz. where does he fall? shit, where does josh hamilton fall?

    i’m just hoping i don’t guess wrong.

    i get to keep 5 (no auction value increase or contracts or rounds are relevant), and these are the players i’ll be choosing from:

    bj upton
    b roberts

    braun and teixeira are givens.

  21. Jake says:

    Delmon could be finally getting it. This could happen you know, and no one knows when it will start clicking for a top prospect. He is only 24 years old I believe. I don’t want to turn my back on the consensus #1/#1 pick for one reason (see Hamilton).

  22. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Drop Soto for Snider? Got V-Mart and Montero at C, and Ethier, Man-Ram, Soriano, and Quentin at OF/UTIL.

  23. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    AndOhByTheWay…..what happened to C-Bills strikeouts yesterday?

  24. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Post #21 was supposed to have “Sportscenter voice” tags around it for the “AndOhByTheWay”….I swear the internet deleted my joke.

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mgeoffriau: yes,id rather have an extra o.f. bat than a 3rd catcher

  26. Beau says:


    Id keep Braun, Tex, and then Rollins, Cruz, Roberts, Upton, Morales, Hamilton in that order. I could see making arguments for any sort of combination though, not a bad problem to have.

  27. stumanji says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Also, I would think Rollins is a definite keeper as well, too. Even with his regression, SS is so thin.

  28. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ScoutAbout: things that long to watch should be funnier,maybe im in need of weed for this one?

  29. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @mr baseball: By the time they drop him, you won’t want him.
    @mr baseball: Derek’s performance had me feeling a wee bit better about the Mets signing Ollie instead of Lowe. Not much, but a wee bit.
    @AL KOHOLIC: Sorry about Gregg. You have bad Car-Ma in the Latin 9, apparently.
    @ThePoonTycoon: kicking myself in the arse for cutting Kendry much earlier in the season. But who woulda known?
    @ThePoonTycoon: That’s almost too tough to call. But I would go Tex, Braun, Rollins, Roberts, then roll the dice. But I wouldn’t pick up Hamilton. Had an ETOH relapse last winter. If the crack comes next – wants you hit crack, you don’t come back.
    Grey – Only Ted’s frozen head is available, not his body. And please, please don’t get me going with Lastings again…he’s like the hot chick that continually teased all of us nerds in HS, but always went with the jock de jour. I had hope until the last day of senior year…

    Great column, fo sure. One question: is Kawakami a good streamer tomorrow against Luis Castillo and the new version of Mets Murderer’s Row?

  30. timSTi says:

    Which 1 gets the boot: McCutchen or Carlos Gonzalez in my 10 teamer? I can’t stand getting sonovabenched. My biggest need is AVG with only a 5. SB’s I have an 8 but there are quite a few teams close to me and I’m not far from 1st and 2nd. Also whoever I keep is getting dropped once Nelly Cruz returns.

  31. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: eh,just trying to snag a few cheap saves for a outfielder(ross)thst was in with fragu,jones and byrd for a couple of spots,in the half way league i traded wright for berkman the day before he got drilled

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Beau: @stumanji: yeah rollins has moved pretty close to sure keeper with his 2nd half. hell, he’s on pace for possibly his 2nd best all around season, and he’s having to drag up the numbers from the 1st half.

  33. Frank Rizzo says:

    Want to carry 1 of the 3 OF’s listed for a backup on my roster. Which will be the best for the rest?….

    Hunter Pence
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Travis Snider

  34. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: It seems years ago when I traded Cano and Papelbon for Beltran. I think he lasted about a week when he went on the DL. To make it worse, I am playing the guy who traded me “Tran again this week. He asks me how I am liking that trade for Beltran. Obnoxious son of a gun. And now Wright joins his buddy on the DL. Delgado would have made a Yahoo trio, but I cut him about two weeks ago. And that reminds me of back in April that I trade Brian Roberts for Brandon Webb. He never threw a pitch for me. Que Sera, Sera.

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: damn bad luck there paulie,i drafted and dropped morales,traded albert(no protction) and tejhada for howard(expected more plus .275)and frikin furcal,not to mention drafting peavy bedard hamells and b.j,i could handle bedard but peavy and hamell killed me and that trade alone has cost me about 6 points,i only did it for steals and albert has more than furcal,plus tejhada hitting great,ah the trials and tribulations of fantasy baseball

  36. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: whats your thoughts on post number 16?

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wasserman: Yeah, I saw it.

    @agarthered: I wouldn’t use that last move.

    @john: Ha!

    @Jason: Yeah, and I’d start Lowe again against the Mets tomorrow. Was just a very unlucky game. Balls were finding holes that usually wouldn’t.

    @Rob: Cool, glad it’s helped.

    @BSA: Is that something new? Not wanting to pitch to Tek?

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @matthole: Yes, he does.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’d start Blanton> I’d punt Bradley at this point. You gave him a ecent enough chance.

    @Jake: Hamilton this year or Hamilton last year? No, I get waht you’re saying and that’s why we’re all still watching Young.

    @mgeoffriau: Lose Soto. Yeah, not sure where the Ks were yesterday.

    @ScoutAbout: Hehe… But I don’t believe that was real.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I’d start him vs. the Mets.

    @timSTi: Lose CarGo.

    @Frank Rizzo: Pence

  38. Nathan says:

    Buried in all of this Gonzalez and Marmol/Gregg talk is the fact that Joe Mauer now has 25 home runs on the season. This, after Grey told the world that Mauer was *maybe* going to hit 20. And something about Eskimos. Now it looks like he might get to 30.

    Do you think that Gonzalez will be better than Huff the rest of the year?

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thanxs boss,trying to give it one last shot before admitting defeat

  40. jamiesonmj says:

    carlos gonzalez vs Balester (@Was), Quentin vs Greinke (@CWS) or Beckham vs Greinke (@CWS)?

  41. Ceasar says:

    Buchholz at Blue Jays worth a start in a 14-team roto?


  42. Eric says:

    Hi Grey … a couple of questions. What do you make a Jared Weaver? He he finished for the year? He strikes out 11 in back-to-back games but is clearly not the same pitcher he was earlier in the year. Would you start him tonight at Cleveland? They roughed him up last time at home.

    Also, I need a backup SS in a very deep one-year roto league, deep enough that all of the regular suspects are taken. Any of these guys worth a roster spot: Brendan Ryan, Nix, Lugo, Pennington? I had Pennington until a few days ago but dropped him for Marmol, which I think’ll work out. But now with Gordon demoted I have a new roster spot and I think I’d do well with a backup at SS.


  43. Jim says:

    “Car-Ma Finally Catches Up to Gregg” <– you typed that up in May and have been sitting on it ever since. Admit it!

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nathan: Yes, better than Huff.

    @jamiesonmj: CarGo

    @Ceasar: Sure, but it’s risky.

    @Eric: I’d start hm vs. the Indians. I’d grab Pennington.

    @Jim: Actually, I think I typed it up last year. A variation is in the glossary.

  45. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Pretty much the same as Grey. I own Blanton in three leagues, and think that he is possibly the most under-the-radar pitcher in fantasy this year. He has been excellent the last three months, so I would start him. Buchholz away at Toronto – too risky. The Cubs are P,Od’ at themselves for spending all that cash on Bradley, and you should free of him as well. Garrett Jones is supposed to have stopped hitting homers for awhile, but he is still producing, although not as much as initially. I was able to seel him high in a 7 player deal an hour before the trading deadline.

  46. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: BTW, I know that you are dissapointed in Howard, but this is the time of year he gets red hot. But you shouldn’t have traded Phat Albert. you would be right up their with Jairangulus and ASHA’MAN if you hadn’t. Peavy was just bad luck, Bedard was risky, and I don’t know what has got into Hamels. Hopefully he will get it together for the stretch run.

  47. As for Quentin, I got this off mayoclinic.com

    Surgery. Only a small percentage of people need surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone. It’s generally an option only when the pain is severe and all else fails. Side effects include a weakening of the arch in your foot.

    Another medical source states:

    Surgery carries the risk of nerve injury, infection, rupture of the plantar fascia, and failure of the pain to improve.

    He may well be right about avoiding surgery, Grey.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: I love mayo! Yeah, it’s risky either way. Hopefully he’s making the right move and it doesn’t flair again in May 2010.

  49. Chase says:

    Ricky Nolasco – 9 IP, 2 ER, 10 Ks. Good to see him bounce back after his last outing left you muttering to yourself as you ate a pint of Mint Chocolate Chip.

    This was really impressive because it was against the astros again. Me likey Ricky.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Ha!

    @Chase: I know that’s hard for you to say being an Astros fan and all.

  51. Frank Rizzo says:

    Speaking of the Huff, would a switch to Adam LaRoche or Casey Blake be better?

  52. anon says:


    I figure he is still so young, plus he had the shoulder problem so I doubt we’ve seen the best of him. Still, though, we may have to lower expectations for him if he doesn’t show us something. I personally don’t know enough about baseball to try and predict his future worth but I’m a lot cooler on his future now than I was preseason.

  53. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey…….sorry to bother you but one last option. Billy Butler over LaRoche?

  54. Frogurt says:

    Starting Jurrjens against Mets?

  55. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @anon: let’s hope. my expectations are currently at jimmy rollins-type numbers with more BBs, but sadly the same frustrating (at times) streakiness, which is interesting for a guy that will take a BB like BJ. but i guess he still Ks a lot.

  56. @Frogurt:

    “Start Everyone against the Mets” — Grey

  57. @Grey:

    Uh, should I drop Quentin or Span for CarGo for the duration of his hot streak?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: I’d drop Span for him.

  59. mr baseball says:

    there is a run on John Smoltz

  60. mr baseball says:

    the only way I would pick up Smoltz if he was pitching against Freddy Garcia – nothing like a 5th starter that will go 5 innings and can’t locate his pitches

  61. mr baseball says:

    Nats offer $1 tickets to see the next big thiing get introduced – Strasburg – these tickets will be used to help pay for the 16 million dollar contract

  62. Euroalien says:

    I need saves, especially now that Gregg has imploded. Would you trade Marquis for Valverde? Is he worth more………? My other starters are Santana, Beckett, Anderson & Jackson – with Cueto and D. Price on my bench. If I let Marquis go I’d probably try and pick up some Schmohawk pitcher to fill in…….. as I don’t trust Price or Cueto enough. What do you guys think?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Euroalien: I’d trade Marquis for Valverde.

  64. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Quentin with a dinger, someone slap me for being tempted to keep him for next year….

  65. jamiesonmj says:

    @Grey: Thanks! I was leaning towards cargo. I also think Im going to start Beckham in my SS hole over Alexei for the year, would you agree?

  66. jamiesonmj says:

    @mgeoffriau: pending your other potentials, I wouldnt slap you

  67. Mike says:

    Dilemma: The Tigers are facing Ian Snell tonight, so I plugged in Guillen and Ordonez at my 3B and UTIL spots. Is it worth it to sit either one of them to start Blalock against Scott Baker?

  68. Jo says:

    trade away martin, johan, and hanson for Haren and doumit? I’m already in the playoffs and i’m getting ready to make a championship run…

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: I’d sit Blalock.

    @Jo: I’d want the Johan side.

  70. Lava says:

    Beckham with another bomb. Where does he go next year without (most likely) SS eligibility? He’s much more attractive to me as a SS than as a 3B…

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Probably around pick 100. In the neighborhood Zimmerman went this year.

  72. Lava says:

    Sounds like a good sleeper if he puts up numbers similar to those of Zimmerman this year.

    In other news, I had Beckett last night and Haren tonight against Lee and the Phils. Eep.

  73. mr baseball says:

    Indians recalled outfielder Matt LaPorta from Triple-A Columbus.

  74. Nick0rz says:

    Should I bench Latos against the Cubs today?

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: with the indians,how do you say it?sucking,you think laporta gets regular ab`s to tune up for next year

  76. Razzin says:

    Give Aramis for B.Roberts? I have Zimm at 3rd and could use some more MI power.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Razzin: Roberts has no power.

  78. AL KOHOLIC says:

    non keeper league,im not officially out of it,sheffield,garrett jones ,snider ,cargonz and laporta,byrd,rank the top 3 or 4 to help me catch [email protected]Grey:

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thanks ,typing lefthanded with my grandson sleeping on me,sorry for typo`s

  80. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: teaching him the lost art of john wayne flicks,watched rio grande,then we`ll watch boston at toronto tonight

  81. big o says:

    with all of these day-to-day decisions that you keep making for some of these guys , which statement is most true ?? :
    a) feel like you’re playing against yourself , or ,
    b) feel like you’re playing with yourself .

    and ,
    remember when you told me to dump that nympho that i was dating ??
    turns out , she was 1/3 of identical triplets !!!
    now , i will never know .
    thanks a freaking lot .

  82. big o says:

    @big o:
    hey nitwit …. that comment was supposed to be directed @ Grey .

    but , come to think of it , it’ll be interesting to read AL ‘s thoughts .

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Is there a C? I told you to dump a nympho? Never.

  84. big o says:

    hehe .
    forgot about C .

    if there’s one thing you’ve NEVER waivered on …. there is no C .

  85. big o says:

    mlb-tv guys are calling haren/lee THE pitching match-up of the night .
    idk . it’s pretty muggy here on the east coast … balls could fly .

    buchholz / halladay has potential for a nice start .
    still , you know me …. gotta tune in to harden / latos .

    what are you watching tonight ??

  86. Carl Spackler says:

    Grey, Kung Fu Panda or Michael Young who would you want from here on out?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Mostly Lee/Haren and praying for no runs; NL-Only implications. Probably a bit of Gallardo. And I wanna see Drew Stubbs.

  88. royce! says:

    @big o: Humidity should reduce the distance of hits, which is great for me, as a Haren owner. (An estimate- a ball hit 400 ft at 100% relative humidity will be hit 438 ft at 0% relative humidity and 419 ft at 50% relative humidity.) But then again, with some of the bombs the Phillies hit, much of this won’t matter…

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: That’s interesting, where’s those numbers from?

    @big o: Home plate ump is squeezing pitchers.

  90. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @big o: sorry big o got busy,never dump a nympho,just dont marry her

  91. big o says:

    pretty confidently whiffed howard .

    druggie hit one out vs halladay .

    wow .
    you know about humidity ?
    tell me more .
    i like figures .

    as festus hagin would have said … “the onlyest thing i know , mathew , is that it plumb tuckers me out .” ….
    so , i’d expect a few “less than best pitches” ….
    the same can be said about swinging the bat and running the bases , i suppose .

    back to you .
    squeezing ya in the 1st inning ??
    paranoid much ??

  92. mr baseball says:

    Drew Stubbs has arrived

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mr baseball: Yup, and I wish he were in Yahoo’s system.

  94. mr baseball says:

    after 2 innings of play Mr Baseball has projected . Jurrjens the wiining pitcher for tonights contest vs the Mets

  95. SamYo says:

    Bobby Parnell and rookie pitchers. *sigh

  96. mr baseball says:

    I will be waiting in anticipation for the drew stubbs report

  97. SamYo says:

    @mr baseball: Drew Stubbs ? Speed ? Power ?

  98. mr baseball says:

    111 SamYo

    The sun don’t shineThe moon don’t move the tides,to wash me cleanSun don’t shineThe moon don’t move the tides,to wash me cleanWhy so unforgiving and why so coldBeen a long time crossing Bridge of Sighs

  99. mr baseball says:

    if you had to choose between Julio Borbón and Drew Stubbs – I take it that Drew Stubbs is a better prospect

  100. big o says:

    haren/lee game announcers on mlb pkg (computer) said balls were “flying” during batting practice .
    now they tell ya .

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Wouldn’t have mattered, you have to start those two.

  102. mr baseball says:

    one thing I don’t need in my keeper league is SPEED

  103. big o says:

    well , at least you have about 50 commenters here , rooting for a mini-donk-dong .
    that should help your haren side .

    you don’t have lee , as well , do you ?

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Both, different leagues. A 2-0 game would be great.

  105. mr baseball says:

    Scouting the Unknown is falling behind here – where is his information on Drew Stubbs

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mr baseball: It’ll be in tomorrow’s roundup.

  107. SamYo says:

    Contreras or Pedro or neither ?

  108. mr baseball says:

    I know that – this gave you something to do

  109. mr baseball says:

    I am waiting for THESE

    Buster Posey
    Jason Heyward
    Justin Smoak
    Pedro Alvarez

  110. Dingo says:

    Anybody know why Votto was taken out of the Reds’ lineup?

  111. Prince says:

    @Grey: Sorry, you have have answered this. CarGo or Snider? Thanks

  112. Prince says:

    I meant, “You MAY have answered this … “

  113. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Dingo: they havent said yet,he didnt even bat,morneau was dizzy last night,that shit might be making a [email protected]Prince: i think he is going with cargo

  114. Steve says:

    What’s it called when you have multiple guys (across different teams admittedly) come up empty with the bases loaded?

    Apart from lame, obviously.

  115. mr baseball says:

    Dingo Says:

    Votto contract states that he be placed back on the DL after so many innings played

  116. mr baseball says:

    for all your John Smoltz fans

    John Smoltz will likely start on Sunday against the Dodgers,

  117. mr baseball says:

    Honus Wagner grandson Billy Wagner looks like he is ready to return – as a New York Mets the most you can hope for is Holds BUT just maybe he will get traded – I hid him away in a deep keeper league

  118. Dingo says:

    @mr baseball: Stupid mandatory-DL contracts. I blame the players’ union.

  119. Steve says:

    You know it’s near the end of the season when you’re sweating on the Rockies bullpen to preserve a Marquis win…

  120. mr baseball says:

    I sent out Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to spy on Billy Wagner how he been doing in the minor leagues this year –

    7 inning pitched – gave up no runs and stuck out 10

  121. TYY says:

    so what is up with Votto? i read as many posts as i could, didn’t see anything, yahoo says got taken out in the bottom half of the 1st?


  122. mr baseball says:

    1B Joey Votto leaves game with blurry vision

  123. @Grey:

    Dizzy, Blurry, maybe its just all that pregame Tequila?

  124. BSA says:

    @Grey: Der! Sorry, the earlier comment re: not happy pitching to Tek – meant to say Martinez.

    Either way they are chalking the hiccup to it being a last minute change and it upset the apple cart in Beckett’s world.

    Whatever – interesting night for me watching baseball as I had and threw both Buch and Halladay.

    I haven’t scrolled throught the day’s comments but what is your take on Smoltz?

    Watching him in Boston and thinking about the possibility of going back to the national league as either a starter or reliever I think has some fantasy possibilities.

  125. BSA says:

    The reality of Smoltz is I will hold him on the bench until he settles into the puke he was in Boston or a glimmer of what he thinks he still can do.

  126. big o says:

    what’s to sweat ??
    huston street is the best closer in baseball .
    un-lax .

  127. Robert says:

    @Grey:Do you figure Mr. 2nd Half LaRoche stays hot? If Votto is out for awhile I could use a hot bat. Already picked up CarGo, thank you very much! I have 4 moves left with a week and a half to go. It is a long shot, but I could make the playoffs.

  128. Frogurt says:

    New to FB here. Grey, your advice is top notch and kept this rook in the race! At this late point in the season when your sluggers (A-Rod, ManRam, etc) are barely giving you any production other than an occasional RBI and you’re seeing your HR #s plummet, do you ever sit em for a spell for a hot bat like CarGo or some of the other Buys on your blog? Shallow 10-team mixed where almost every hot bat you mention— from CarGo to Coughlan to Rajai– is available.

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Smoltz will be covered in tomorrow’s roundup.

    @Robert: I’d go with LaRoche.

    @Frogurt: I’d bench your sluggers against tough matchups (Manny vs. Wainwright today, for instance) and play hot bats. Not usual advice for earlier in the season, but at this point you need production.

  130. DrEasy says:

    Chipper Jones – Ticker Tease!