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Ted Williams hit a HR in his last AB.  John Elway won his 2nd straight Super Bowl in his last start.  Chipper Jones eschewed a standing ovation in favor of a reclining operation.  Sometimes you don’t appreciate greatness until it hits the DL.  In between all the injuries, Chipper Jones has had one of the top 5 careers for a 3rd basemen in WAR (behind only Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Boggs and Brett).  Fairly well, Glass Chipper, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars while trying not to pull any ligaments.  Omar Infante should now play every day for the rest of the year even after Prado returns.  He’s a solid average contributor and… Well… Uh…  Yeah, average.  That’s it.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Freddie Freeman – Frank Wren says the injury to Chipper doesn’t change Freeman’s timetable.  Glaus’ inability to hit anything other than weak grounders to the shortstop could change that timetable though.  Right now, I don’t think we see Freeman until September.  Stay tuned!  Or not.  Your choice.

Jonathan Papelbon – 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  I’m already dreading the ongoing storyline of 2011 that will lead to questions like this, “Grey, when will Bard take over the closer job?  When will Papelbon get traded?  How do you get your mustache so full?”

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  I’m still waiting for Chacin from last week?! He didn’t get called up like he was supposed to so there was no reason to mention him in the Buy/Sell, random italicized voice.  You’re lucky I’m forgiving.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2-for-4.  Salty’s bachia.  He’ll be backing up V-Mart primarily, but in two catcher or AL-Only leagues I’d try some Salty.  Just make sure no one seasons the plate right before you.

Bobby Jenks – Left the game with a bad back.  Weird, cause he looks like he’s in such good shape.  I think Rubenesque is the term.  Putz and Thornton are the pickups, in that order.  Though it could easily go the other way.

Matt Cain – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I know it’s of little consolation but he was unlucky in the first inning to give up 2 of those runs.  Then again, he’s been lucky for two years straight so I guess it’s only fair.

Pat Burrell – 2 HRs, 5 RBIs.  You know this’ll only encourage Brian Sabean to sign more over the hill players.  He must be stewing about missing out on Jim Edmonds.

Pablo Sandoval – 2-for-4 with a homer.  The Panda’s hitting almost .400 in the last week on something other than a scale.

Casey McGehee – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 18th homer.  This is what Rudy said to me on IM yesterday, “I wish we got McGehee on more teams.  You and your freakin’ Headley.”  Only he didn’t use the word freakin’.

Stephen Drew – Hit his 2nd homer in as many games.  This guy’s about two years overdue for a hot streak.  Could surprise with a big final month and a half.  Though, technically, it wouldn’t be that surprising since I’m pointing it out.  Neverthehoo!

Shane Victorino – Activated from the DL and that makes the 2010 Domonic obsolete.  In keepers, hold tight.  In redraft leagues, you gotta let Brown go.

Carlos Ruiz – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs.  He’s been hitting the ball well in the last ten days.  I gotta fess up, I haven’t mentioned Ruiz because I know the mention of any hot hitting catcher leads to a cacophony of “Should I drop Napoli for ______?”

Ryan Howard – Says he should be able to return at or around August 17th.  Hopefully everyone’s got their infieluenza shot.

Jonathan Broxton – Gave up three earned runs and recorded no outs.  This is the kind of outing that loses closers their job.  I seriously doubt if he gets the next save chance.  I’m not sure if he’ll be officially replaced or if he’s just given a rest from closing.  I think it’ll be the latter, but you never know.  I’d grab Octavio Dotel everywhere, in the non-perverse way.

Jeanmar Gomez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Jeanmar, may I ask if you’re Flemish?  Why do you ask? Because saying your name makes me hock up phlegm.

Michael Brantley – 4-for-5 with a steal and 9-for-24 with a homer since his recall.  Could be a cheap source of steals.  SAGNOF!

Jason Kubel – Yesterday, he hit his 6th homer since the All-Star break.  Member when I ranked him crazy high in my 2nd half rankings?  I don’t want to say I told ya so, but isn’t the essence of the ‘I told ya so’ said by saying ‘I don’t want to say I told ya so.’

Kevin Slowey – Will start on Sunday vs. the A’s.  I’m not sure if that’s the good news or the bad news.

Ryan Ludwick – It’s actually pretty interesting how hitters get hot, I talk about them for about a week then they go cold and there’s a new batch.  Maybe it’s only interesting to me.  If you’ve been following since Monday, you already know what Ludwick did yesterday.  *SPOILER ALERT* It’s the same thing he’s done three times this week.

Jon Garland – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I know the first rule of Razzball is you do not talk about Razzball, but if you were ever to explain a hodgepadre to someone.  Here’s an easy way.  Garland’s Away ERA is 4.52.  In Petco, 2.69.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4, 2 steals.  Everyone else is catching charges so Reyes decided to start stealing.

Johan Santana – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Clearly he’s as good at picking apart a lineup as he is at getting picked out of a lineup.

Hisabobby Takafelicianell – The Mets bullpen is in tatters… Shattered.  Key syllable is shat.  Will the closer be Brother Rob or Disco Bobby Parnell?  Feliciano just cut his hair and is no longer interesting.  Hisanori is a fun name to say, but does Manuel go there?  Don’t know.  Do the Mets even get a save?  Hard to say.  I grabbed Hisanori and Parnell, then I dropped Parnell and grabbed Feliciano.  Then I dropped Feliciano, took a steam, had dinner and benched Hisanori.  Now, I’m exhausted.

Francisco Rodriguez – To the restricted list and could be out for a few days or longer.  Mets fans are just upset he isn’t married to Omar Minaya’s daughter.

  1. fitz says:

    Here’s hoping Matt Kemp can get a hot streak going – please!

  2. Steve says:

    Yeah, I spit in Jeanmar’s presence too.

  3. Child Please says:

    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) keeper league
    How do you rank these 3 players for the rest of the season, Barmes, Desmond, and Hardy?

  4. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick one…Adam Jones or Kubel?

  5. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @Child Please: Hardy’s wrist is acting up again, Barmes isn’t providing enough power or speed to offset his terrible avg, so it’s gotta be Desmond.

  6. Black Beard says:

    Grey, is Grandy a drop at this point if you can identify a player that could you help during playoff time? Say a pitcher? Say D. Hudson (has RP and SP)?

    I know I poo pooed Hudson and his peripherals yesterday but…life is complicated. Feel me?

  7. Terrence Mann says:

    Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin are getting hard to ignore. How many solid outings do these guys have to put up before they’re ownable?

  8. ThePoonTycoon says:

    someone dropped ricky romero in one of my leagues.

    i know jaime garcia has been hit or miss and droppable for awhile, but he’s still kicking around my team just because nothing intriguing was out there.

    no brainer to drop garcia for romero right?

  9. dave says:


    Or anyone,

    I play in a 8 team AL only Roto 5×5… and have very solid pitching.
    If I were to try shopping David Price / Chris Perez… do any names come to you who could help in RBI and HR down the stretch??

  10. John says:

    “I’d grab Octavio Dotel everywhere, in the non-perverse way.”
    I just started cracking up when i read this. Nicely done Johan’s Lawyers approve.

  11. dave says:

    Ron – I’d take Kubel… Power as of late. Adam Jones has hurt me too many times.

  12. Wilsonian says:

    I need a short term replacement for Mr. Meanor himself, K-Rod, who is the better pickup:

    Wuertz, Hanrahan, Lyon, Kuo?

  13. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Grey and the rest of you Razzers. Would you rather roll with Stephen Drew or Starlin Castro from here on out. I’m not looking for help in a specific category, just overall goodness. Also, how DO you get your moustache so full? I can go 3 weeks without shaving and the most I can hope for is to look like Peja Stojakavic. When he was in 4th grade.

  14. Wilsonian says:

    @fitz: can we do some kind of rain dance or something? I ain’t too proud for something like that!

  15. cain fan says:

    The fantasy stat that didn’t count.

    Last night Torres of the Giants had a walkoff hit, the caveat was it was a groundrule double. However since it won the game he was only credited with a single and 1 RBI (instead of 2, the bases were loaded). I don’t understand why the MLB doesnt credit the double (when its a ground rule double) and 2 RBIs. When someone hits a walkoff HR they get full credit and not just a single.

    I don’t own Torres so it doesn’t affect me but to those Torres owners who need RBIs, be pissed at the MLB.

  16. bsa says:

    nastiest job to have last night?
    Broxton and Pap’s Mamma having to clean up the mess after they BOTH shit the bed with multiple runs.

    somethings up with Broxton, he has had several of those games in the past few weeks. Love seeing, 0.0 IP and INF WHIP & ERA. UGH.

  17. Johnny Drama says:

    10 team espn standard h2h

    Rank these 3: beckham, alvarez, gordan

  18. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: throw Putz and Thornton into that mix, as well.

  19. EMC Squared says:

    Holy crap, I thought for a second that Hisabobby Takafelicianell was an actual player called up recently.

    Grey: What type of trade value does Tyler Flowers have in keeper leagues right now?

  20. Todderick J. says:

    Dammit Grey, you salty’ied too soon, moron!

  21. cain fan says:

    Looks like Jose Guillen is about to get traded to the Giants. Not sure if this makes him ownable but it sure helps other Giants value.

  22. MVP night says:

    Lowrie or Asdrubal Cabrera?

  23. mc serch says:

    “I know the first rule of Razzball is you do not talk about Razzball” …. Ha! Truer words have never been written. I’m riding Kubel right now based on your recomm., thanks. Also, after Youk went down I picked up Headley, who’s been craptastic….dropped Headley for P. Alvarez yesterday, he’s been hot and is about to start a long homestand. Check out the dude’s home/road splits. I’m voting for Pedro!

  24. Jah says:

    Grey, How would you rank LaPorta, Alex Gordon and Travis Snider the rest of the way?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @fitz: That would be nice.

    @Steve: Ha

    @Child Please: Desmond, Hardy…

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Kubel

    @Black Beard: I feel ya. I’d go with Hudson.

    @Terrence Mann: Tomlin’s potentially ownable. Jeanmar is not.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Romero’s been better?

    @dave: Longoria, A-Rod… I mean, you know the top homer hitters of the AL.

    @John: Thanks!

    @Wilsonian: Wuertz

    @Clyde Prompto: Ha! Castro…

    @cain fan: I noticed that too. Thought it was weird they didn’t give him a double and two RBIs.

    @bsa: Yeah, INF is never good.

    @Johnny Drama: Gordon, Alvarez…

    @EMC Squared: Not having a good season, but I guess it depends on your particulars.

    @Todderick J.: Ha

    @cain fan: Doesn’t really help Guillen.

    @MVP night: Asdrubal

    @mc serch: Yeah, Pedro’s been solid.

    @Jah: Snider, Gordon…

  26. Wilsonian says:

    What do you guys think about a deal of Lewis/Pence for Lincecum and either Quentin or Victorino or Lilly? I was working on sending Wright for Lincecum, but he said he had no room for Wright. This is in an 8 Team H2H League where I was going to drop Pence for Quentin, Victorino (once he cleared waivers), or Utley when he comes off my DL.

  27. NoEmoJoe says:

    Pick 4 to start tonight:

    Quentin vs Bonderman
    Hart @ COL (De La Rose)
    Ibanez @ NYM (Dickey)
    Stanton @ CIN (Volquez)
    Beltran vs Hamels
    Heyward vs Kuroda

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Grey: last 28 days:

    romero (5 starts, 36.7 IP) 3-1, 24 Ks, 9 BBs, 2.96 era, 1.09 whip
    garcia (5 starts, 26.7 IP) 2-1, 19 Ks, 11 BBs, 4.725 era, 1.54 whip

    pretty sure typing that out convinced myself

  29. 6th Place says:

    I have the following guys are available on the wire:

    Pedro Alvarez
    Adam Lind
    Aaron Hill

    Should I drop any of the following guys for them:

    Carlos Lee
    Adam LaRoche
    Furcal (he is currently on the DL. I have Reyes at SS)

    I would be using the pickup at the utility spot. Thanks.

  30. ruah says:

    Murphy or Pat the Bat?

  31. Phillip says:

    Salty or Doumit – which gets more PT and which produces better (please be the same answer!)

  32. Wilsonian says:

    @6th Place: I would drop Grandy or Carlosly for Kubel.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Looks like a no brainer for Lincecum and any of those guys. I’d take them Victorino, Lilly and Quentin, in that order.

    @NoEmoJoe: Hart, Quentin, Stanton and Ibanez…

    @ThePoonTycoon: Fair enough.

    @6th Place: Grandy and Lee for Kubel and Lind.

    @ruah: Murphy

    @Phillip: Salty

  34. CoreyII says:

    Grey – if Chipper is indeed done, he did hurt himself / end his career on a fantastic defensive play. You gotta at least give him that!

  35. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: awesome, thanks man. I thought it was a no-brainer, too. Just not sure who else to take in the deal. I couldn’t believe it when he countered my Wright for Lincecum with that…

  36. Howard says:

    Hi Grey, I know it’s a no-brainer but do I start Beckett in Arlington tonight? Seem to own him everywhere!

  37. knighttown says:

    Did Carlos Marmol retire?

  38. Phillip says:

    Snider or Span (6X6 with OPS too)

  39. Jamaican Me Happy says:

    Hey Everyone,

    Braun for Longoria – which side do you guys want for the rest of the year?

  40. ruah says:

    Sorry, I meant to add Soriano to that list. Soriano, Murphy or Burrell(though I guess he’s eliminated from the earlier post.)

  41. Tony says:

    @Grey: is storen the closer then in WAS? its hard telling since he keeps coming in when they’re down…

  42. AnotherFalstaff says:

    Knighttown – Wondering the same thing about Marmol. I own him and he’s been great but will he help me in the playoffs considering that the Cubs have mailed it in?

  43. peter says:

    @knighttown: ouch, yeah – nearly 3 weeks since his last SV.

  44. john wehner says:

    thoughts on a keeper dynasty deal

    I get- Aaron Hill and Martin Perez

    I give up- Oswalt

    My 2B for next year is Wigginton and Carlos Guillen

    while my SP is solid with the likes of Haren, Nolasco, Weaver, Marcum, Colby Lewis and Sanchez

  45. Wilsonian says:

    Would you rank Lilly ahead of either Scherzer or Floyd for the rest of the year?

  46. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-5X5 League

    We start two Catchers. I’ve been streaming my 2nd spot with the hottest flavor of the week since I lost Russell Martin. I’m currently sporting Ramon Castro, but he’s run his course.

    Is Salty, Jeff Mathis or the recently hot Teagarden a better option moving forward?

  47. AnotherFalstaff says:

    Grey – Nice Firesign Theatre Hock Phlegmish reference. Drop Marmol for Putz? Thanks!

  48. Commish Cauda says:

    Which bat for the rest of the year?

    Travis Snyder, David Murphy or Michael Brantley

  49. Eddy says:

    I usually alternate between Choo and Torres to play in my last Util. spot. I’d like to go after Mariano in hopes of making the playoffs with 4 closers. Is Torres for him a fair trade? Or would you rather tade Choo? It seems to me Torres is always the one doing something, but Choo has sneakily been on a pretty good streak.

  50. big o says:


    might i suggest a standard answer to a question that keeps popping up on this site ?

    ” I eat at the Y ” .

  51. Long Bong Hitters says:

    Grey, couple quick questions.

    Here are my outfiielders on my roster. Would you drop any of them (and who) for Jason Kubel?

    Nelson Cruz
    Carlos Quentin
    Andres Torres
    Jose Tabata

    I’m thinking Granderson, but what if Kevin Long’s work on Grandy’s swing pays off the rest of the year… Then I was thinking Tabata, but he gets so many hits – but that’s about it. Plus I already go some speed in the OF. As an FYI, but infield is Napoli, Miguel Cabrera, Mark Texiera, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, and Chris Johnson. (2 utility spots, 1 always for Tex)

    And for pitchers, I’m thinking its time to drop Javy Vazquez. I can pick up Brandon Morrow. Do you pull that trigger?

  52. Long Bong Hitters says:

    my bad for the typos…

  53. peter says:

    @cain fan: @Grey: No, doesn’t help Guillen. But it does help Sabean get over not landing Edmonds.

  54. Howard says:

    @peter Thanks for sharing, that’s hilarious. Wally Moon’s unibrow!

  55. peter says:

    @peter: @Grey: Poor Lenn Sakata… he never could catch a break. And I forgot that Sammy Sosa used to be in Color Me Badd. Or that Wally Moon is probably Baby Gerald’s father.

  56. Howard says:

    @Grey Need for speed with loss of Morgan. I’ve offered a couple of trades:
    Posey for Gardner
    Posey and Stanton for Ellsbury
    Do you think they’re reasonable?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @peter: re: Sosa — Ha!

    @Howard: I’d take Gardner.

  58. burton says:

    Ludwick or Murphy?

  59. peter says:

    @Howard: If it’s a keeper league, I don’t think I’d do either of those. Is there anything available for free on the wire? Coco Crisp? Brantley?

  60. JF says:

    Keeper league where you get to keep 7, 2 must be round 10 or later, and FA agents count as 25th rounder. You’ll notice no 1st or 2nd rounders here, since those cannot be kept. Which 2 would you recommend out of “Potentials” below to round out my 7..unless you think one in Potential group is better than one of my Definites that is:

    Definites as of now:
    Kershaw (5th)
    Hamilton (9th)
    Hughes (17th)
    Rasmus (18th)
    Hellickson (25th)

    Greinke (3rd)
    McCutchen (4th)
    B. Anderson (10th)
    M. Montero (12th)
    A. Gordon (25th)
    D. Brown (25th)
    D. Hudson (25th)

  61. Howie says:

    @Grey: In the “who will suck more the rest of the year department”, 4×4 style (no Ks), does your opinion change relative to J. Santana topping Cain after watching last night’s action?

  62. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: U throwin dlR at home vs MIL 2day? Sucks that he is goin against my Gallardo. But Gallardo is a must start, right?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @burton: Murphy, for right now.

    @JF: Brown and Anderson…

    @Howie: Why are you asking me who will suck more? Is this for Fantasy Razzball? I’d want Johan.

    @tHe sHiT: I wouldn’t throw dlR vs. the Brewers in Coors. Not worth the headache. You have to start Gallardo every time out.

  64. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: I figured u wld say that. Just wanted ur blessing.

  65. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    I’ve got Josh Johnson going tonight against Volquez who I also have but haven’t been starting. Should I start Volquez as well just in case or leave him on the bench?

    Innings limit league

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe sHiT: You’re blessed, my son.

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: Bench Volquez.

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  67. Howie says:

    @Grey: I ask as a couple of days ago I queried you relative to whom you would trade for a saves guy (I need saves). You liked Broxton more than Capps (the two relievers I am considering) and then suggested I trade J. Santana (vs. Cain or Lincecum) for him. I guess I should also ask if Broxton is still on track for more saves than Capps the remainder of the year– after last night’s (on-going) difficulties.

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