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Yesterday, Ozzie Guillen said, “Bobby’s not my closer right now, he’s not, I’m very happy with Chris Sale.  I’m not saying (Jenks has) lost his job, I have to wait to see to put him in the game to see how he’s doing… It might take a little while, maybe one day, two days, three days… a week.  Unless I find out Chris Sale is Asian, then I’m gonna make him work for it.”  The last line was inferred.  Sale’s been lights out since his call up — 0.57 ERA in 15 2/3 IP with 21 Ks.  The manager says he’s the closer, so I’m gonna say Sale’s the closer.  It’s obviously not as easy as that when Ozzie’s involved.  The wind could change directions, Ozzie’s weather vane that’s labeled with Putz, Jenks, Thornton and Sale could spin and someone else could be the closer by tomorrow.  As of right now, I’d grab Sale.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jimmy Rollins – Sounds like he’s done for the regular season, or at least until very close to the end of the year.  Rollins said, “Studies show, even if it’s a mild hamstring, even though the doctors like to say 7-to-10 days, it’s usually three weeks.”  Studies, yeah.  Studies of Jimmy Rollins.

Cole Hamels – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 13 Ks.  Hamels probably hasn’t gotten the recognition this year because of the low win total, but he has 201 Ks in 194 2/3 IP, 1.16 WHIP and a 3.01 ERA.  That’s nothing to sneeze at unless you’re allergic to number one fantasy starters.

Albert Pujols – Apparently, there’s no DL in September but there is day-to-day after a cortisone shot to the elbow.  He’ll probably be back today as his elbow told reporters, “Imma let Albert finish.”

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 5 ER, 13 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He probably could’ve picked a better time to use my H2H team for toilet paper.

Hideki Matsui – 2-for-4 as he continues his hot hitting.  At any moment, the Sciosciapath in the Angels dugout could bench a hot hitter, but I’d give Matsui a chance if you need some pop.

Mark Teixeira – Has been playing on a broken pinky toe since the end of August.  Guess that explains why he had his stats kick me in the nads.

Mariano Rivera – How does he have a 1.33 ERA and only 30 saves?  Seriously, dubya tee eff.

Josh Hamilton – Ain’t much of a limb at this point, but Hamilton’s owners will be lucky to see him play another 5 games this season.  And, even in those games, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get pulled early.  Rangers have no reason to push him and won’t.

Shelley Duncan – Smashed two homers and 24 forearms.

Michael Brantley – 2-for-4 and has now hit in every game this month and only took four oh-fers in August.  Cust kayin’.

Daniel Hudson – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  If you haven’t heard, the Diamondbacks might move the fences or build a humidor in the offseason.  So let me guess, Hudson’s gonna be on all of my teams next year?  Don’t mind if I do!

Brian Matusz – Says he won’t miss his next start.  Sure, why would the O’s rest one of their prized prospects with a sore tricep on his pitching arm?  They’re going after a 100 losses.

Nick Markakis – Nick Bupkis hit his 10th homer yesterday.  10 homers, Markakis?  Really?  You suckakis.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks and is now shutdown for the year.  Too bad, so sad.

Travis Snider – Him and his .289 OBP hit lead off yesterday.  In related news, check Cito Gaston for a pulse.

Scott Podsednik – Out for the year with plantar fasciitis, which only sounds like something Mr. Peanut would get.

Clayton Kershaw – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks and the win with the Dodgers mustering only one hit and no RBIs.  Did the McCourt judge freeze all their assets, including the Dodger bats?

Matt Garza – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  One day, I’m going to run into Garza.  This season will be in the books.  This start will long be a memory.  And I’m going to punch Garza in the mouth.

Gio Gonzalez – 2 IP, 7 ER.  It sure rides like a Gio.

Mike Aviles – Now has back-to-back games with a homer and is hitting over .350 in the last week.  Has good position eligibility for those hurting at MI.

Wilson Betemit – 3-for-5 with his 11th homer in 227 ABs while batting .313.  Not a flashy name, but is currently hitting near .350 in the last week.  Sing it, Vedder, “Can’t find a Betemit…”

Chone Figgins – 4-for-4 with his 39th steal.  I have one thing to say about this stunod.  Even if he gets his average up to .270 on the year with 40+ steals, the first five months are not excused.

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  After the game, he removed his face to reveal Dustin Pedroia.

David Murphy – 3-for-5 with his 10th homer.  He also has 12 steals and is batting .288.  He’s like a destitute man’s CarGo.  That’s actually a compliment.

Chris Johnson – He took a steam for about two weeks after being hot for over a month.  Now, he’s hitting again.  Has 3 homers in the last 8 days and is batting *holds hand over mouth while speaking* …Okay, so he’s not hitting for a great average, but he’s hitting homers.

Bud Norris – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  It’ll be between Daniel Hudson and Norris as to who will be my fifth starter on every team next year like Jonathan Sanchez was this year.

Brandon Lyon – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save.  This is coming a day after Lindstrom got a save and two games after Lyon gave up two runs.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 with his 21st homer.  C’mon, Braun, save face and at least hit more homers than McGehee this year.

R.A. Dickey – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He’s only at 50% owned.  He’s at a 2.80 ERA on the year.  I know, I had hesitation about picking up a knuckleballer too, but you’re a little slow on the uptake at this point, no?  Give him a shot already.  As someone once said, “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph.”

Carlos Beltran – Hit his 4th homer yesterday to go along with his 3 steals (not in yesterday’s game, though that wouldn’t be a record).  He’s also hitting .236.  Aren’t you glad you drafted him?  He’s really paying off your patience.  Oh, who am I kidding, anyone who drafted Beltran isn’t reading this.  They’ve moved onto fantasy football.

Francisco Rodriguez – Charged with criminal contempt in addition to the assault charges.  New charges stem from 56 text messages K-Rod sent his girlfriend.  I skimmed through the texts and here’s a few of the better ones.  First text, “If I text you, will you press charges?”  Second text, “You get my first text?”  17th text, “Can you believe Omar Minaya traded away Heath Bell and signed me?  Even I find that funny.”  23rd text, “I love pistachios.  That is all.”  31st text, “I forget, did you sign me up for unlimited texting?”  45th text, “Where do you buy a meat dress?  A fashion designer or a butcher?”

  1. Chris J says:

    Hamels was crap early in the season, and was close to being waiver wire fodder. Of course he shows his true ability in the second half and gets his keeper status confirmed.

  2. big o says:

    hamilton is the theme running through each of my teams .

    knowing that i’m going to finish 2nd , by just t-h-i-s much ,
    is kind a bum trip ,
    but , you know , it’s been a hell of a ride .

    i’ve tried various substitutes , the current , of which , is jose tabata .

    when i catch up to tabata , i’m going to go all lloyd bentsen :
    ” i know josh hamilton , and you , tabata , are NO josh hamilton ” .

    life kinda sucks , as i prepare to wait
    until next year .

  3. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    “She dries her eyes and drinks her pee….. can’t find a Betemit!!!”

    Didn’t think anyone other than me and my buddies would have made that joke…. but in an odd way, you are my friend Grey, so this doesn’t surprise me. Great stuff as always!

  4. joe from point pleasant says:

    First round of the playoffs for me, and i have gavin floyd set to start tomorrow. he has been knocked around by minnesota pretty badly this year and im considering benching him. what do you think?

    also, i am going to need to use some spot starters this week. could you please pick the 3 best:

    Moseley @ BAL(Guthrie)
    McDonald home v AZ(Enright)
    Enright @ PIT(McDonald)
    Hochevar home v CLE(Tomlin)
    Mejia home v PIT(Maholm)
    Stauffer @ StL(Westbrook)

    Thanks so much!!

  5. Steve says:

    In Ye Olde Keeper, I’m 11 IP over pace, with Bills and Cain (against each other) available to me tomorrow. One or t’other? Both? Neither?

  6. Kyuss says:

    Someone needs to tell my pitchers I’m in the finals this week. In the last 2 days I started Wainwright, Gio, Garza, Hammel…and Matusz.
    James McDonald and Daniel Hudson – only 2 guys that didn’t dissapoint.

    I am sooo trading Matt Garza next year!

  7. I drafted Beltran and I’m still reading this!

    Then again, I don’t play fantasy football.

    Am currently coasting toward 4th place finish, as our league commish rides Miggy/CarGo/Bautista/Halladay to a runaway win. 4th means you get your money back, no harm, no foul, which given my team this year seems just about right.

  8. Wah says:

    For whatever reason, this is our last week of playoffs. I’m in the championship match (H2H League).. I’ve dominated all year, but trailing 5-7 as of this morning. I had a great draft, no major injuries, and have stuck with my team most of the year… I hate to mess with things now, but feel I need to make a move or 2.

    I only get 5 moves a week. I’m thinking of dropping Carlos Lee for Logan Morrison. Seems like a no-brainer, but would like some reassurance.

    I’m also eagerly awaiting Grey’s picks for streaming pitchers!

  9. mc serch says:

    Excellent use of the term “stunod” … you were on your game with this post. How many more days do i give it before dropping Rollins? I mean even if he comes back hes not gonna be running. After I drop his ass, do i move Bonifacio to SS and pick up Gordon, Betemit or Inge? Or do I just pick up Aviles, Desmond or Hardy? I’m two points out of first with room to make up ground in RBIs, steals and runs.

  10. Hey Grey — you have a problem with dropping Rollins if I’m in a tight pennant chase (leading by 2 points but several categories are very close)? It’s a keeper league, but there’s no way I (or anyone else) would be keeping Rollins for next year at his current value.

    The only downside I could see is if Rollins returns sooner than expected and somehow rakes for the last couple of weeks…and what are the odds of that? 1000-1? 10,000-1? Higher?

  11. papasmurf says:

    Hamels turned it around after I traded him. At least I got Latos (and Stanton) in return.

  12. vinko says:

    @big o: Seems to me that you’re still hanging tough in our yahoo league, no?

  13. mapwheel says:

    Ah, the ol’ cortizone shot. The only steroid that is legal in the MLB (seriously, look it up!)

    Re: Chone Figgins. I think you gotta cut the guy a little slack. How many other MI’s are gonna end the season with 40 plus steals? Probably none. The only guy that will come close is Hanley, and then it’s a big drop off after that. Yea, he has no power and he plays on a crappy team, and he probably yells at his mom when she gets annoying, but it’s not like he’s Everth or Alcides. He did what he was supposed to do for the most part, and I’ll probably target him again next year for cheap, consistent steals (also because I’m in an OBP league). And also because I like to call him CH-own Figgins.

  14. Dingo says:

    The players may be phoning it in, but Grey certainly is not. Nick Bupkis and Can’t find a Betemit made me snort my coffee.

  15. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:

    Yes, ol’ Grey is the Rockies of fantasy bloggers — pretty gosh-darn good most of the season, but turning it on like a mofo in mid-September. F-Rod comment has to be in the running for best of the year.

  16. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I hear you on that. I thought I was going to coast to my fourth 2nd-place finish in a row (the guy in 1st — the guy who ALWAYS gets 1st — is riding Cargo, Votto, Hanley, and 2nd-half Pujols, who he got for 1st-half Ubaldo & Wainwright), but now I’m in a dogfight with the guy who used to be in 3rd place. That’s the only thing keeping me from ditching this sorry team and moving on to football.

    My problem this year was that I didn’t have any sleeper picks or waiver pickups who I could fall in love with. Last year it was Reynolds and Zobrist. The year before that it was Cliff Lee and a trade for Chad Billingsley. This year it’s Vlad and Oswalt? Meh.

  17. timsti says:

    Anyone starting Richard @ Colorado?

    12 tm H2H playoffs. Im leading all pitching cats after some solid outings by Hamels, Lester, and Narveson.

  18. MVP night says:

    Sup Grey, would you start Mike Minor vs Nats tonight?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Ha!

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Thanks!

    @joe from point pleasant: Bench Floyd. Moseley, McDonald, Hochevar… Though Floyd’s better than these three, so if you’re streaming them, may as well start Floyd.

    @Steve: Both

    @Kyuss: Yup

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha, I actually remembered you drafted Beltran because of your comment on the ‘Beltran’s coming back, get rid of him’ post.

    @Wah: Go for Logan.

    @mc serch: Thanks! I’d just go with Desmond.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Higher, lose him.

    @papasmurf: Yeah, not bad.

    @mapwheel: You’re on your own with him.

    @Dingo: Thanks!

    @Chuckles Tiddlesworth: Thanks!

    @timsti: Nope

    @MVP night: Sure

  20. Wilsonian says:

    It’s time to play another game of Start or Sit:

    OF: Victorino @Fish v. (Slammin’) Jorge Sosa
    UTIL: Bourn v.Brew Crew and Bush
    UTIL: Bruce v.D-Backs and Saunders
    BN: Wright v.Buccos and Maholm
    BN: Kemp @doesn’t friggin’ matter, he ain’t playing in an 8 Team league at this point

    I’m currently up 2 homers, 5 ribbies and 3 steals. My opponent’s lineup is as such:

    Olivo, Konerko, Zobrist, Michael Young, Hanley, Rios, Ethier, Crawford, Butler, Cuddyer

    Leave my lineup as is? Really the only option is Wright over either Bourn or Bruce, but dude can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag right now, so I’m not really sure I wanna play Wright at all.

  21. TJ says:

    I cut bait on Mark Reynolds finally. Welcome to the club Emilio. Now win me my H2H playoffs.

  22. TJ says:

    Oh, and my question.
    Way too early to be thinking of this, but I need to pick 2 of these as keepers for 2011. League counts OPS.

    Gordon Beckham
    Delmon Young
    Cameron Maybin
    John Danks
    Jaime Garcia
    Jholys Chacin

    Anyone have any opinions? My other keepers for 2011 are Hanley, Votto and CarGo.

  23. Long Bong Hitters says:

    @TJ, I’d go with Garcia and Chacin

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Leave it as is.

    @TJ: Ha

    @TJ: Young, Garcia…

  25. TJ says:

    @Grey: Thanks. No love for Beckham? I know he had a pretty crappy year, but the 2b eligibility and the solid second half (.314/.377/.508/.885 OPS since 7/1) make me think he could be worth keeping.

  26. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Thanks dood…makes me feel good to have my reasoning justified.

  27. Greg Gallagher says:


    That text message riff…….still laughing……

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TJ: With 6 homers and 0 steals in the 2nd half? He’s making Infante look great.

    @Wilsonian: No problem.

    @Greg Gallagher: Thanks!

  29. Lane says:

    Westbrook or Stauffer tomorrow?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lane: Westbrook

  31. bill says:

    Which 2 starts from Westbrook/SD, Wolf/@SF, Burnett/@BAL, Beckett/TOR? 6×6 with QS

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bill: Westbrook, Burnett…

  33. DrEasy says:

    Same dilemma as yesterday, this time with the big Z: I am ahead of pace in IP, I am sporting a nice 3.37 ERA and a clean 1.21 WHIP that place me (barely) at 3rd overall in ERA and 2nd in WHIP. Do I bother starting Z today, or do I simply play favorable match-ups with my big guns (Adverb, Kershaw) from now on? The danger is that I’m losing ground in Wins.

    I’m thinking of starting Z only if Pujols sits. Thoughts?

  34. Ari says:

    I’m in a keeper league and can keep 4 guys:
    I’m for sure keeping – Felix Hernendaz, Lincicum, Texiera
    Who should be the 4th – Uggla or Youkilis?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ari: Uggla

  36. Steve says:

    How the effing eff is Bush doing this?
    Last thing I need.

  37. Elijah says:

    Had both Hamels and Hudson going last nite, was berrrry good to me. Tulo carrying me thru the playoffs it looks good for the finals right now. Another pitcher who’s been real good under the radar lately is the Wandster who I plucked off the scrapheap after dropping him early in the season. Who needs Josh Johnson?!

  38. Wah says:

    Looking ahead to this weekend… looking to pick up a couple pitchers. Which 4 matchups do you like the best (can you rank top 4 please?)

    Thursday – Westbrook vs Padres
    Friday – Wade Davis vs. Angels
    Friday – Niese vs. Braves
    Friday – Carrasco @ Royals
    Friday- Blackburn vs. A’s
    Saturday – Chacin @ Dodgers
    Saturday – Enright @ Pirates
    Sunday – D. Lowe @ Mets

  39. Elijah says:

    Wow another HR for Tulo…seems like he can still hit 30 the way hes going right now. My plan to target 2nd half hitters seems to be paying off.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You thought he’d be good?

    @Elijah: Not you, sir.

    @Wah: Westbrook, Davis, Chacin, Lowe…

    @Elijah: Nice!

  41. Wah says:

    Thanks Grey.. I’m guessing you like those 4 over Cecil @ Red Sox?

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wah: Yup

  43. Steve says:

    @Grey: Au contraire, Herr Blackadder. Check the timestamp.

    My opponent threw him today and he had a no-hitter going through four, so I reversed his ass.

    The Jinx is back, baby!

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha! Gotcha… Didn’t realize that. Nice…

  45. Steve says:

    @Grey: Got Minor on my team. Is he a guy I can afford to lose now?

  46. Steve says:

    @Steve: Oh – and Morrison v Halladay or Ethier v Cain. Gotta be Ethier right? He’s 19-38 against him.

  47. Steve says:

    @Grey: Didn’t work completely, as it turns out – he’s gonna get a win out of Axford.

    Just want to be clear on my Bills/Cain question. I’ve used 11 more innings than I should have at this point – still throw ’em both?

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: The reverse-reverse jinx, ouch. I’d start them both.

  49. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks.

    I actually own Axford in the keeper where I have Bills and Cain, so I’m trying to stay serene about that one.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Are you going to win the keeper?

  51. Steve says:

    @Grey: Dunno. It’s as tight as a fish’s ***hole (and that’s watertight).

    Before start of play today it was:

    Me 107
    The Duke 105
    Al K 105

    The next closest is 24 points back, so I’m in the money one way or another.

    What’s really worrying me, though, is that I’m on vacay (in-country) for the last week of the season…

  52. brad says:

    Goddammit Jim Tracy. You and I both know De La Rosa’s no good after 100 pitches. Why would you do this to me?

  53. Elijah says:


    2 HR day for Tulo…thats 11 HR in 2 weeks. Wonderful timing too.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: D’oh

    @brad: Ha

    @Elijah: Pretty incredible month, for sure.

  55. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’ll have my BlackBerry and maybe a laptop with me, so all is not lost.

    Can you honestly see me saying “Well, that week doesn’t suit to take our main family holiday this year because… “

  56. Steve says:

    They’re walking Car-Go to pitch to Tulo?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, that’s when the divorce papers get filed and you’re moving in with me while the Odd Couple music plays.

  58. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ah, what a great theme.

    Are you Felix or Oscar?

  59. DonCoburleone says:

    H2H Playoffs this week and Hamilton is killing me!!! Can’t the Rangers at least DL him? What the F are they waiting for?????????????????????????????????????? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Oscar

    @DonCoburleone: They’re not going to DL him with only a few weeks left.

  61. Steve says:

    @Steve: That’s OK. I’m not a neat freak, but I’ll cook every night.

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Where are you and family going?

  63. Steve says:

    @Grey: Some relations of mine have a 8000-acre sheep farm in a place called Wanaka, which is towards the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. We’re staying with them for a few days and then having a few days in Queenstown, which is kind of like a ski resort town.

    They’re both in NZ’s main alpine region, great secenry, fresh air etc.

    Google ’em and you’ll see what I mean. We had been thinking about going to Fiji but this option is a little more – ahem – cost-effective, if not quite as warm.

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You Kiwis and your sheep. Nice, enjoy yourself. Always wanted to go to Fiji, but I bet it’s even more expensive from the States than from NZ.

  65. DonCoburleone says:

    This Hamilton situation is exactly why I hate H2H leagues (but none of my buddies will play Roto style, so I’m stuck pulling my hair out every September cuz the whole season comes down to 1 week)…

  66. DonCoburleone says:

    Oh and Grey, “Closing Sale” = The easiest title for one of your articles ever??

  67. second says:

    I’ve got Peralta at 3B now, but Bonifacio and Betemit are FA. Should I make a move?

    Also, I don’t really need saves (it’s H2H and I have Soriano, Perez, Storen, Axford, Hensley), but should I drop one of them and pick up Sale? I figure it’s not worth dropping a bench player because then at least 1 closer would have to sit every day.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DonCoburleone: Yup on both accounts. Very frustrating with Hamilton.

    @second: Bonifacio for speed, Betemit for power. Don’t drop a closer for a closer.

  69. @Grey: Waino hurt me bad last night. Up 6-4 in my semi-final matchup but pitching is close. Now Jaime’s been shut down… which might save my season.

    In my h2h league, rosters are only open for one day during the playoff week – Sunday. That is unless a player can be confirmed to be lost for the remainder of the season.With Swish, Albert, Gardner all DTD, I’m missing out on some offensive production. I’m winning by a slim margin in SB, AVG, OBP but trailing in R, HR, RBI Who do you like? I’m particularly interested in getting a Thursday bat with the short slate for the day…

    Neil Walker, Juan Uribe, Span (all play tomorrow)

    C.Johnson, Morrison, Barton (off)

  70. Steve says:

    @Grey: They give you food and warmth. What’s not to love?

  71. Steve says:

    @Grey: That’s what she said.

    Sensitivity to sheep jokes is a national characteristic. (emoticon)

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Really? Oh, my bad. Or should I say my bahhhhhhhd. Sorry.

  73. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ha!

    Admit it. Ever since I found Razzball, you’ve been biding your time to do that one.

  74. Steve says:

    Goddamn Figgins is driving me crazy.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Just came to me. I hate Figgy.

  76. Steve says:

    It would be nice if Buchholz could get some run support, but looking at that Sox lineup, I’m not sure where it’s going to come from.

  77. Steve says:

    @Steve: See what I did there?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Nicely done.

  79. Steve says:

    C’mon DBacks – get after Bailey. How many chances do you want?

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha… You crack me up. Get em, Steve!

  81. Steve says:

    @Grey: On a roll.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You’re money.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hey, could you wish Bills some good luck or maybe that’s bad luck, not sure how it works.

  84. Steve says:

    @Grey: I own both pitchers in that game (not even mentioning their names), so like Sgt Schulz, I’m saying nnnnnuuuuuuttthhhhhhing.

    BTW, Ryan Franklin heading home to deal with personal shizz. “I think Kyle’s got the best shot at it,” La Russa said.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Mum’s the word then. Thanks for the heads up on Franklin!

  86. Steve says:

    Ouch. Sonavabenched by Grandy on a couple of teams.

  87. Steve says:

    @Steve: But not by Reyes! Love that guy.

  88. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Grey, where do you expect Kelly Johnson to go in drafts next year? I have him cheap in a keeper league…He’s been sucky, then good, then not so sucky, then sucky, then good, then not so sucky, then sucky, etc. Right now he’s not so sucky.

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Who pushed Reyes down your throat? That sounds wrong.

    @GopherDay: Ha! He’ll probably go around the 10th round.

  90. GopherDay says:

    So Mauer, because he couldn’t live up to his power potential the old fashioned way, decided to start chugging along to get his HR total up.

  91. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Also, Jay Bruce or Stanton the rest of the way?

  92. Steve says:

    @Grey: Well, I have him on 3 of 4 teams, so clearly I was seduced by the siren’s song.

  93. Steve says:

    Woo-hoo! A Hold from Chapman.

    Now, if the Reds would be so kind as to score 3 runs and negate the save opportunity…

    Sorry, Cordero owners…

  94. Steve says:

    @Steve: I’d also like to point out that I dropped Raburn yesterday…

  95. struggler says:

    Any reason Ozzie is using his “closer” in the 6th?

  96. Eddie says:

    It’s week 1 of the fantasy H2H playoffs. I finished the regular season third out of sixteen teams. Over the last two days, my hitters have combined to go 10 for 53, with no homers and only a single xBH. My opponent is starting David ****ing Murphy. No question here, I’m just looking for comfort.

  97. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ouch

    @struggler: Cause Ozzie’s crazy.

    @Eddie: Yeah, that sucks. It’s H2H for ya.

  98. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah – that one really stings now.

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I benched Colvin for the first time in a month. You can guess what he did.

  100. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ouch back at ya.

    WTF is Lidge doing? Doesn’t he know he can’t actually create his own Save opportunity?

    Why was he even in there?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha! Going for the Kazaam…

  102. @Grey: With Cahill getting smacked around, I’ve lost my lead in ERA/WHIP and I’m tied for W/QS… I’m thinking of going with an extra pitcher to win the countings stats (I’m up K’s) instead of a bat, since it sounds like I’ll get back both Swish and Gardner for the Baltimore series on Friday.

    Take Pelfrey home against Pitt tomorrow instead of Walker? I’m thinking Pelf could turn in a quality start and Mets should win at home against the Bucs.

  103. Eddie says:

    With my season on life support, who do you like better as a keeper for next season: Daniel Hudson, or Jordan Zimmermann? Hudson has been TEH BALLZ, but Zim has the better pedigree, and his control should be better 6 more months removed from Tommy John surgery.

  104. Steve says:

    @Grey: He’s been sneaky good (emoticon).

  105. DrEasy says:

    Z sonavabench!

  106. Steve says:

    WTF is the Minnesota infield doing?

  107. Steve says:

    @Steve: OK. As you were.

  108. aj says:

    Who do drop for sale? Im chasing saves. I have Hamilton and Gardner on by bench because of injury. I’d probably keep Hamilton next year so i dont want to waive him.
    Drew Storen, Brandon Lyon, Joel Hanrahan, Jorge De La Rosa, Juan Gutierrez, Brett Anderson,

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, real sneaky.

    @DrEasy: Damn…

    @aj: Drop Anderson if you need saves and are fine with SPs, but Sale entered the game in the 6th tonight. It isn’t as clear cut as Ozzie made it seem yesterday.

    EDIT: Word

  110. Steve says:

    C’mon A’s – double steal!

  111. Steve says:

    @Steve: Or not.

    @Grey: Starting Bills and Cain today in the keeper will put me further over the IP limit. Have Lilly and Erv-San at my disposal tomorrow. What do you think? Lilly’s been meh lately and Erv-San’s record against the Tribe is awful.

    Come to think of it, should I start Erv in my H2H semi? To save you running all over the Razzball campus, I’m down 6-4 in wins, down 60-52 in Ks and have nice leads in ERA and WHIP (my opponent has no starters going tomorrow).

  112. Ruah says:

    With Swisher getting the needle and apparently ready to go this weekend, is he a better play than Luke Scott down the stretch. Swish was dropped and comes off WW tonight.

  113. Ruah says:

    And from above, you like Betemit over Peralta at 3B?

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’d start them both. They’re good matchups.

    @Ruah: Nope

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ruah: Yup

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ruah: Sorry, that’s confusing. No on Swisher, yes on Betemit.

  117. Ruah says:

    Got it :)

  118. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks – I’ll start Erv in H2H too. Think my ratios lead is solid enough to cope with it.

    And great call on Romo for Holds yesterday.

    BTW – I cussed out Ethier about an hour ago in the match-up smack talk box…

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Can’t believe Bills can’t get a win.

  120. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah – there’s been no joy in Winville for him.

    At least his loss didn’t count against you, though…

  121. ASAOK says:

    Need to drop a closer for some streamers on the weekend. Would you drop takahashi or papelbon?

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: It’s really bad, but then I was looking at Colby Lewis who is on a good team and he’s under .500, so there’s that.

    @ASAOK: Takahashi

  123. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hunter has stolen everyone else’s run support on that team.

  124. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: Given Hughes’ declining performance, I’m thinking that I’ll be keeping the likes of Hudson & Chacin rather than Phil in my 12 team H2H keeper league. Am I crazy to do so?

  125. emceeperiod says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH! GreY! Tulo is killing me this week. Thinking about streaming Volquez tomorrow against the D’Backs…I’m up in WHIP but down in ERA. You think he’ll ruin my WHIP? Does this line sound right?:

    6 IP, 6K, 3BB, 9H?

    You think he’ll do better or worse or is this about right?

    My only other options are Westbrook or nobody. Looking for low WHIP, high K’s, and a W. Don’t care about ERA.


  126. emceeperiod says:

    (obviously that is a high WHIP I projected, hoping you’ll say it will be lower. It’s not a must that I stream, but…sort of enticing against the D’Backs.)

  127. emceeperiod says:

    I like the way you think. Done. Appreciate the advice.

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