Will probably be activated for Tuesday. I hear the Padres didn’t want to pay for his Sunday meal waiver when the guys decided to go to Dick’s Last Resort in the Gaslamp. Chicken Fingers don’t come cheap. Headley should play six of seven games unless he struggles mightily, then he’ll probably play seven of seven like the Friars did with Kouzmanoff last year. Headley can hit. Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder are about the only ones that could hit forty home runs in Petco if it were their home park, so the park will be a factor in Headley’s success. Headley has a terrific eye and good power. Will he be Bruceterful? Perhaps, he’s got a much better eye than Bruce, but his ballpark is dreadful. Also, his speed is somewhere between A-Gonz and Kouz, which is to say it’s non-existent. I’d say Headley’s projections are 30/10/40/.280. Numbers that could make a difference in deep leagues. Of course, the exciting thing is the ceiling’s much higher since he’s a rookie. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jorge Campillo – Complete game loss is nothing to sneeze at. Unless you’re allergic to complete game losses, which would be an odd allergy. But I think Trace Adkins can help.

Micah Owings – I’m done done with Micah Owings. You wanna use him in the near future? You’re taking your WHIP into your own hands. For those reading in Latin America, caveat emptor.

Billy Wagner – Hey, what do you know? He can still get three guys out. Imagine how many saves Nolan Ryan would’ve had if he only had to get three guys out four days a week. Seriously, imagine it. If you can’t, I will for you. 12,000 saves for Nolan Ryan.

Paul Konerko – Might head to the DL. Maybe he’s got the same injury as Victor Martinez. The ‘ol “I’m really sucking and I gotta figure out an excuse fast” injury.

David DeJesus – 3 HRs and .345 in June. Also, turned a loss into a win.

Joe Saunders – Fifth ten game winner. Is it me or are we headed for more twenty game winners this year than in the last four years combined?

Lastings Milledge – Playings welledge recently, but stilledge got a way to go before he’s worth addings.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 33rd steal. On pace for a lot. I gotta say, one of the bigger surprises this season so far for Grey (that’s me). Maybe later in the week I’ll do my top twenty surprises. That seems like something you people would like to read.

Vernon Wells – After leaving with a sore wrist on Saturday, he was back in there to go 0-for-4. I’ll cut to the chase for you, a sore wrist for Wells is a major issue.

Jorge Posada – 8-for-22 and two home runs since returning. Eh, Doumit did that in one game. If you need a piece, trade Posada and don’t feel guilty about it. As Oskar Schindler said, I pardon you.

Jay Bruce – He just came off his worst week (5-for-30 with one RBI) and I don’t think it’s necessarily going to get better. However, he did manage to find time to air lift 18 rare mountain bongo antelope to Africa.

C.C. Sabathia – I’m sure glad he was an absolute waste of a top pick– Oh, wait. He’s fine. Yeah, dur. (BTW, I said Cliff Lee wouldn’t be at 2.50 ERA by June 15th and Eric Karabell said he’d finish the season with it. I win. Again. Eat it, Karabaloney.)

  1. BigFatHippo says:

    Top 20 surprises, I like it.

    Would think Josh Hamilton has to be at the top of the list.

  2. BigFatHippo says:


    What’s your take on Nolasco?

  3. Chet says:

    “Lastings Milledge – Playings welledge recently, but stilledge got a way to go before he’s worth addings.” = stretchedge

    12,000 wins, har!

    Bongo antelope are cool, Thank you Bruce Almighty

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Took him five previous starts to get 12 Ks. Just a matter of the Rays deciding to swing and miss a lot. Nolasco has dynmite stuff but has a lot of problems making quality starts. Would be a very high risk, some small reward type. IMO, not worth a pickup.

  5. Junker23 says:

    Cut bait on Owings basically everywhere?

    Hey, at least he can hit…

  6. BigFatHippo says:


    Yeah, didn’t think so either.

    Would have had to drop Galarraga to pick him up. Not a good call.

  7. yak says:

    Offered Hamilton for Utley… Hoping he accepts, right???

  8. wakeNbake says:

    @yak: he wont.

    Got offered Rollins for Tejada and Billingsley…..good move?

  9. Steve says:

    Still on the 2B hunt. How about the aforementioned George and Bruce + K Johnson for Uggla & Lyon?

  10. wakeNbake says:

    @Steve: u should give alexi casilla a shot if hes available

  11. Frank Rizzo says:

    My trade for CC comes at the best possible time…..because I get to drop Owings in the process.

    I’m not ready to roster Campillo yet but he’s definitely a watch list guy as is Parra, who I’m picking up for Wednesday against Toronto at home.

  12. Zebo says:

    @everyone: I am spot starting Andrew Miller today and Kenny Rogers tomorrow, any thoughts on my decision?

  13. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Zebo: You’re obviously a gambler but both seem like logical spot starts.

    You’d think Miller should be pretty good against Seattle since he’s been pitching decently against good offensive teams lately.

    Kenny Rogers is an emotion guy and the feeling in Detroit is pretty strong right now and SF isn’t exactly the top offense in the NL but he is going h2h with Jonathan Sanchez who’s been very good lately….especially at home.

    My opinion: Miller, yes. Rogers, no.

  14. Adam says:

    Hey, does anyone think that Chase Headley can spell Kevin Kouzmanoff enough times at 3B to become eligible at 3B for next season?

    It’s a Yahoo! league so he only needs 5 starts. Headley may be keeper material for me if he can be a 3B/OF.

  15. Zebo says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I know, I don’t like Rogers personally, but there aren’t that many good matchups for tomorrow, and I need to catch up on wins and lower my ratios, because of the failings of Verlander, Harang and Owings.

  16. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Zebo: Don’t know if it makes you feel any better but Rotoworld supports you decision…

    Tuesday, 6/17 – Kenny Rogers @ SF – Rogers has been on a hot streak of late, allowing just three runs in his last 29 innings. While that’s unlikely to continue for the rest of the season, Kenny has three things going for him in this start: it’s in San Francisco, he’ll be facing pitchers, and he’ll be facing the Giants.

  17. RT says:

    Kinda of a random question, but has anyone compared Bruce/Braun over their first 76AB? Small sample size, but damn, their stats are almost identical. Given the WHIFF Rate, could that be that similar?

  18. mike says:

    pretty big trade I need some help with this one.

    Offer 1– I recieve Rollins and Torii Hunter for Billingsley, Tejada and Rios

    Offer 2– I receive Rollins for Hamels and Tejada

    Keep in mind I also have Ryan Howard which makes Rollins even more enticing.

  19. Frank Rizzo says:

    @mike: It depends on the rest of your roster. Without knowing your roster both of these deals look bad for you to me. In both deals you are giving up major names/talent just for Rollins. Why do you want Rollins so bad over Tejada for starters?

  20. @Adam: Headley will definitely get 5 starts at 3B.

    @mike: I like offer 1 a bit more. You upgrade on two positions (I find Hunter to be more consistent than Rios) and Billingsley is a fair price for the upgrade. Offer 2 has an upgrade but Hamels is a steep price for it…

    href=”#comment-6678″>Zebo: Interleague is a good time to spot start. Agree with Frank Rizzo that Rogers is a gamble…if Scott Olsen is available, I’d take him instead….

  21. mike says:

    My team
    1B-Howard SP1-Hamels
    2B-Kinsler SP2-Wainwright
    3B-Aramis SP3-Billinglsey
    SS-Tejada SP4-Jered Weaver
    OF1-Crawford SP5-Oswalt
    OF2-Markakis SP6-McGowan
    OF3-Rios SP7-Chris(leaky Brain) Young
    UTIL1-Berkman SP8-Parra
    UTIL2-Alexi Casilla or Double E (platoon)

    Im looking to do offer 1 more because I love Hamels and really dont wanna move him.
    Tejada has been good for me but Rios is pissin me off and im hurting a little in HR lately, I figure Hunter is a more steady source of HR over Rios.

    Thanks guys I appreciate the advice

  22. Freak says:

    Just pulled a David Murphy for Rich Harden trade.


  23. mike says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I figure Tejada and Rollins can both crack 30 HR while Rollins is a big boost in SB.

  24. Frank Rizzo says:

    @mike: Good grief dude. Your team is stacked top to bottom. You must be in 1st place. You didn’t give your pitching staff but I agree with Rudy….trade #1 could help you with an upgrade at SS and a slight upgrade at OF. Depending on your rotation, Billingsley might be expendable but I wouldn’t give away an ace like Hamels unless there were top 10 guys being mentioned.

    You’re right about Rollins in the SB department and probably R’s as well. I believe Tejada will outdo Rollins in the RBI category for obvious reasons but with your lineup, RBI’s shouldn’t be a major problem. Then again, with Kinsler, Crawford, and Rios I doubt you’re hurting too much in the SB department.

  25. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Freak: I love the trade but I go nuts for pitching maybe more than some others.

    You got a stud SP for a guy you picked up off waivers. Harden’s obviously an injury risk but so far so good and he’s been lights out on every outing. Murphy is very hot at the moment but I doubt you were completely dependant on him in your OF. Good trade.

  26. mike says:

    @Frank Rizzo: believe it or not Im in 3rd, which is why I am angry and looking to make a move. Just looking at my team I thought Id be a lock for first. My pitching is listed right next to my hitters.

  27. Frank Rizzo says:

    @mike: Sorry, I totally missed that. I think I was just so amazed at your offense that I didn’t even realize that pitchers were listed next to them.

    You may be talking to the wrong guy (since I love pitching) but I don’t think I would make the move if it included giving up Billingsley. Your offense is absolutely stellar while you’ve got questions in your pitching….Wainwright, Oswalt, Weaver, Young, Parra. Billingsley isn’t fantastic but you can’t argue with the K’s. Averaging over a K per inning is pretty decent in my book.

    I’d hold if I were you unless you could make a trade without losing on your pitching staff. It’s hard for me to believe you’ll stay in 3rd place with that offensive fire power.

  28. Zebo says:

    @Rudy & @Frank Rizzo: Ok, i am starting to get a little scared by Kenny Rogers, but a dude just picked up Scott Olsen for his spot start, now I am thinking about Manny Parra against Toronto, or I can go Livan Hernandez against Washington. Which one do you all like better?

  29. mike says:

    @Frank Rizzo: thanks for the advice dude, Ive got some thinking to do…..and lay off the fava beans! haha.. the jerky boys are great. At least thats where im thinking you got the Frank Rizzo reference from.

  30. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Zebo: I picked up Parra myself for a spot start Tuesday. Look at what he’s done in his 2 past starts at home against Houston and Arizona and consider he’s pitching against Toronto’s meager offense. You’re always taking a chance that it could blow up but the numbers show it’s a great matchup to me. I’d stay far away from Livan personally.

    @mike: Rizzo does come from the jerky boys, nits. Classic stuff.

  31. JR says:

    @Zebo. Parra no doubt.

  32. mike says:

    ****Wang out six weeks and possibly for season****

    Fuckin great! Perfect example of y pitchers shouldnt be hitting and running bases! stupid ass NL bullshit!

  33. scott says:

    Dude says he is looking to trade excess starting pitching and needs OF, C, SS among other things. I offer Uncle Miltie and Jorge for Lackey….he’s still got Marcum, Kazmir, F. Hernandez and Saunders. Sounds fair, right?

  34. Dim says:

    Just need some affirmation- drop Hermida for Pence, yeah?

    Also, got 3 1B options (Berkman, AGonz & CJack), no dependable 3B- offer Berk for ARod?

  35. scott says:

    @ Dim — I would grab Pence for Hermida and if you can turn Berkman into A-Rod you are exec of the year! I think Berkman’s done most of his damage…his value can’t get any higher, A-Rod hasn’t even started yet.

  36. SaltyBiscuits says:

    I have the best girlfriend, and she loves baseball. Just the other day she was giving me a B.J. Upton, when she begged for A-Rod. Needless to say, it wasn’t long before I left my Nick Markakis all over her Brandon Backe. But that wasn’t even enough, she wanted more! So I J.D. Drew my Shaun Marcum all over her Chase Headley. Then she got Derek Lowe and spread her Brian McCann. I was just about Adam Dunn, when she suddenly hopped off my Kerry Wood. I told her to grab my Randy Johnson and when she said Hideo Nomo, I kicked her out on the Huston Street.

    Wow, I need to actually do work when I am at work.

    Sorry in advance for that.

  37. scott says:

    Apparently that trade offer was not perceived as fair….rejected w/o a counter. Oh well, I’ll just continue to enjoy Uncle Miltie’s ridiculous numbers and hope Jorge heats up and stays healthy (I just dropped Navarro — couldn’t carry two catchers anymore).

  38. Freak says:

    @mike: Maybe if he wasn’t a pussy he could figure out how to run the bases.

    Let me put it this way…if you’re a baseball player and you can’t run the bases, you shouldn’t be allowed to play baseball anymore.

    If anything is “bullshit” it is the DH. Such a terrible, awful, silly rule.

  39. Frank Rizzo says:

    @SaltyBiscuits:……and like the Yankees you’re left with an unhappy Chien-Ming Wang.

  40. wakeNbake says:

    @Freak: ZERO!….pitchers pitch!! hitters hit!! Every time a pitcher comes up to the plate it takes away from the game. Too many easy outs. The DH saves players career’s….so what exactly are you talking about?

  41. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @ FrankRizzo

    Hahahaha, perfect.

    Good thing my Rich Harden isn’t Aaron Small. She also loves when I pound her Bartolo Colon.

    This is getting out of hand.

  42. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @ wakeNbake

    The only real baseball played in the MLB is in the National League. Nine guys to a side. Pitchers are supposed to hit. That is how the game was played initially, and should be how it is played today.

    Designated Hitters suck.

  43. wakeNbake says:

    I turn into a Brandon Lyon whenever my girl lets me stick my Kelly Johnson in her Albert Pujols. She knows I be doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it Vernon Wells under the Ben Sheets. But if she doesnt use a Justin Duchscherer I wont touch her stank ass.

  44. wakeNbake says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: I totally disagree, think about it this way. Why should pitchers be forced to hit? Are hitters forced to pitch? NO! Why the double standard? Chien-Ming Wang made it to the majors because he throws a 94 MPP sinker not because he can hit a baseball.

  45. wakeNbake says:

    DH’s do not suck. Ill tell you what sucks…. watching a pitcher trying to hit a curveball. Thats what I call brutal.

  46. Zebo says:

    @Frank Rizzo & @JR: Parra is going against McGowan, who has actually looked better than Parra in the last few games. I don’t know. Anyway, why does Toronto have so many good pitchers, it’s as if you drafted only Toronto pitchers, you would probably league leaders in pitching.

  47. @Zebo: i’ve got parra as a starter on two teams. he’s been solid of late. i’d trust him against Toronto before Kenny Rogers….

  48. cruisinkc says:

    Should I do this trade?
    I get: Lackey
    I give: Doumit and Bruce

    I have Soto already so I don’t have much use for Doumit. I’m in a keeper league and I like Bruce’s power potential. I’m currently lacking in wins and quality starts and have King Felix, Javier Vazquez, Chad Billingsley, and John Maine for pitching. Any thoughts about what I should do?

  49. wakeNbake says:

    @cruisinkc: yeh id do that move, especially if you have Soto anyway. Do it dude.

  50. Zebo says:

    @everyone: at this point, is it better to go with spot starters or Liriano? I am curious because one guy in my league just picked up Liriano. So he went the Liriano strategy, I went the spot starter strategy.

  51. wakeNbake says:

    To me Liriano is more risky however he could pay big deividends, way more than spot starters. Sry I guess im giving you the answer you dont wanna hear. Liriano- higher risk/higher reward VS. spot starters- lower risk/lower reward.

  52. wakeNbake says:

    Dont forget that pre-surgery Liriano was pitching better than Johan Santana at one point when they were on the same team. If hes even 90% back hes still real good.

  53. Zebo says:

    well i asked because I thought for a moment about playing nasty fantasy ball. i.e. picking up Liriano and dropping him right after, hence always putting him on waivers instead of free agent pool, wash, rinse, repeat. Make someone expend their waiver claim (which I assume they would be more hesitant to do). But I decided not to, since most people in my league are my friends.

  54. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @ WakeNBake

    Why should pitchers hit? Because that is baseball. That is how major league baseball was played since its inception in 1871. The DH was manufactured in 1973. The DH was instituted to artificially enhance offense in baseball. It changed the way the game had been played for over a century.

    It has nothing to do with a double standard. In the sport of baseball, each team’s lineup has 9 players, and all 9 of those players are supposed to both field and hit.

    American League baseball is not real.

  55. Steve says:

    Guys – sorry to interrupt, but what do you think about Bruce + Renteria for Tejada?

  56. mike says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: Just beacause thats how it was started doesnt mean its the right way and should never be changed.

    The origianl United States Constitution allowed people to own slaves, does that mean its right beacsue thats how it was 100’s of years ago, NO!
    Baseball should change with the times, Just like football where Offense and Defense are done by seperate players. Its a specialty to either hit or pitch. Just because you are great at one doesnt mean you can do the other. So to me American league baseball is modern better baseball, National league baseball is old and out dated. Catch up with the times already.

  57. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @ mike


    So pitchers hitting = slavery? Amazing analogy.

    Baseball should change with the times? What the hell does that mean? “The times” weren’t the reason the DH was created. It was the greedy owners who wanted more Home Runs and as a result, greater attendance. National League baseball has more managerial strategy involved because it requires better management of your bench players.

    So because Football has different Offensive and Defensive players that means Baseball should too? What about Basketball? They play both. Maybe we should put hoops in the outfield? Baseball players play the field (pitcher is just another position, albeit unique) and hit. That is what baseball players do. That is what you did in little league.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I want Tejada.

  59. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks, Grey. Will offer it up and see what happens.

  60. mike says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: basketball players have no choice, what are they gonna do substitute every player after every basket? Theres a big difference between little leage and professional baseball. In little league you play both because you are learning the game. I assume every MLB player has full knowledge of how to play already. They are professional pitchers, P-I-T-C-H-E-R-S what does that have to do with hitting? Im glad you liked the analogy.

  61. mike says:

    @mike: i dont agree with you at all but I like your name, Salty Biscuits. Reminds me of my favorite Jam Band the Disco Biscuits, who are crazy to see live…have alot of fun at those shows, too much fun prolly.

  62. mike says:

    @Grey: hey grey, i proposed this question to Rudy before and Id like your take on it….thanks

    Offer 1– I recieve Rollins and Torii Hunter for Billingsley, Tejada and Rios

    Offer 3- I receive Rollins for Tejada and Billingsley

    Keep in mind I also have Ryan Howard which makes Rollins even more enticing.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mike: I’d also say offer one is more attractive.

  64. JR says:

    @WakeNBake, Salty Biscuits.

    As Kyle Loshe said, the American League is “Arena Baseball.”

  65. wakeNbake says:

    @JR: kyle lohse sucks and doesnt deserve an opinion

  66. BigFatHippo says:


    Getting brutal in here.

    Gotta side with Salty on this. Ask any pitcher, they love to help themselves, moving runners over, hit and run with the infield in, etc. Batting eighth? Eh, not so much.

    The AL instituted the DH because “chicks dig the long ball” since dinosaurs and Jamie Moyer ruled the earth.

  67. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey, Rudy

    Think Batista will get many save opportunities or the dreaded CBC?

    He’s done it before right? Fingers crossed in the RCL.

  68. wakeNbake says:

    @Freak: damn didnt realize i got you guys so upset, chill out

  69. NYYankeeBrollickness says:

    @mike: @wakeNbake: Definetely agree with you guys. Id rather watch an AL game. I understand that baseball was originally in the NL format but I like the AL game. Smoother and easier to watch. Did any of you see Bartolo Colon bat today…..thats reason number 1-100 why pitchers shouldnt bat…lol

  70. BigFatHippo says:

    Asked on the forum but never got an opinion.

    Iannetta or Flores?

  71. NYYankeeBrollickness says:

    @BigFatHippo: iannetta if he gets the full time job, definetely.

  72. BigFatHippo says:

    @NYY whatever

    Hamels, Wainwright and Owings would disagree but a Colon with a bat in his hands? I can only think of 1 place he should stick that.

    If Iannetta isn’t full time, isn’t Flores more valuable? I’ve been struggling at the position all year.

  73. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: I wonder if you change your opinion after watching Bartolo Colon flail at Cole Hamels change-ups tonight, like he was some dude who won an at-bat through a radio contest.

    Not that I mind: I own Hamels.

    However they did it in oldy times, watching pitchers hit sucks. Also sucking: Interleague play.

  74. NYYankeeBrollickness says:

    @BigFatHippo: not necesarrily, depends what you need. If you need HR Napoli is good to have and he shares time but I waived bye-bye to him long ago. Take a look at Olivo if hes available if not id take a shot on iannetta hes really crackin the ball lately.

  75. wakeNbake says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: thank you, i needed some support I was gettin thrashed in here

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I could’ve sworn I answered this. I’d go with Flores for now.

  77. wakeNbake says:

    @Freak: i fully understood what u meant, i didnt need the definition.

    Colon needed a chin strap , every time he swung his helmet went farther than the ball

  78. BigFatHippo says:

    Already have Iannetta, just trying to get better long term.

    Been playing Yadi because I’m 9 out of 10 possible roto pts in Ks, now he’s hurt.

    Napoli, Olivo NA in my league as everyone carrying 2 Cs trying to keep them away from me.

    Thanks for input from a new voice.

  79. BigFatHippo says:


    Flores get more PT I take it?

    Done, I’m gonna drop Yadi and keep Iannetta too.

    thanks, close call between the 3 in our setup

  80. BigFatHippo says:


    BTW, that was Iannetta vs. Olivo you answered.

    I been flip floppin on Catchers like McCain at a lunch buffet.

  81. Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @BigFatHippo: Flip floppin on catchers like McCain at a lunch buffet?

    I have no idea what that means, but I like it.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Ah, I knew I answered something similar. I was flip-floppin on Olivo and Flores like McCain at a lunch buffett.

  83. BigFatHippo says:


    Let’s just say…….

    McCain- “Hmmm, do I go conservative with the cornfed beef or something exotic, like fillet o’ Baby Seal? WWTLD*”

    * What would the liberals do?

  84. wakeNbake says:

    What do you think of Jesse Litsch?….just got dropped in my league

  85. RT says:

    Holy Marcus Thames. 7HR in 9 Games. Wow. And he is also 1B,LF eligible.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @wakeNbake: Eh, I wouldn’t bother, unless it’s a very deep league.

    @RT: Streaky hitter. Add him and see if he can continue it. He does have 30 HR power.

  87. RT says:


    Added him 6 games ago :)

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @RT: That’s what I’m talking about. Why didn’t you tell me?

  89. RT says:

    Ha. Was sharing info. here as I saw his two bombs tonight. I am almost in disbelief the last few days – knowing how streaky he is…. uh…. sorry.

  90. Zebo says:

    @Grey: I cannot believe how Dolsi and Rodney just buzzkilled a very great and encouraging start by Verlander. I now officially hate all middle relievers, those two schmohawks and blaine boyer just did it for me

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: Yes, but at least Verlander was encouraging.

  92. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: I spit up my coffee at the Bruce comment. 100% slapstick. I had the boys in the office rollin’!

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