Derrek Lee went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs and two homers as he continues to get medieval on pitching, which isn’t an old crack, though it could be.  I appreciate the Pirates trying to make moves at the trading deadline, but their moves were kinda of the “We’re gonna make moves so it seems like we’re doing something, but we’re just gonna grab guys like Ludwick” variety.  No one really thinks Ludwick and Lee were the vital pieces, right?  As for the Indians, I thought they’d go the Ludwick-type trade route too, but they actually made much stronger moves.  No, this doesn’t have much to do with fantasy, but we do still actually watch baseball, right?  It’s not just a game played between the fantasy lines on your computer screen, is it?  Now to begin the slideshow — sorry, thought I was writing that crizzap for Bleacher Report.  What a POS content farm.  Seriously, if I ever see Bleacher Report hanging out with eHow one night after a few daiquiris, it could get ugly.  Wow, that was a huge aside. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Rubby de la Rosa – To the DL with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament.  Oh no, collateral damage!  Yeah, that’s not good.  Overall, it’s been a bad year to be a de la Rosa.  Wilkin, you better watch your back.  Or Dane de la Rosa.  Or Ruben de la Rosa.  Or Rafael, Carlos, Alexis, Maikel and Yunior de la Rosa, to name only the first nine I found at baseball-reference.  Quite the de la Rosa renaissance.  I’m beginning to think that scouts in Latin America are getting paid off by matriarch, Esmeralda de la Rosa.  “Have you seen my boy, Tomas de la Rosa?  No?  Okay, first you have dessert then we go see him.”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-5 with 2 homers.  A’la Cher from Clueless, “AS-drubal!”  Speaking of surnames, it’s quite a battle for the most productive Cabrera between Miggy, Asdrubal and Melky.  If you took the 5 million to 1 Vegas odds for Melky being the best Cabrera this year, you’re a lot closer than anyone could’ve thought in March.

Barry Zito – Back to the DL.  I.e., baked Zito.

Freddy Sanchez – Undergoing season-ending season to repair his labrum.  You can only lose your virginity once, Freddy.  Sorry…

Jonathan Sanchez – Filthy Sanchez is set to start on Friday vs. the Phils.  If he can work around Phil Jackson, Donahue and Spector, he should be safe to start.  I’d grab Filthy if someone dropped him while he was rehabbing for what felt like four months.  He’s always good for those delicious Ks (and tying his owners to the WHIPping post).

Matt Cain – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I liked him better when he was outperforming his FIP.  That’s what she said!  No, she probably didn’t because only three nerdheads in The Missouri Bootheel even know what FIP is and they don’t talk to girls.

Cory Luebke – 7 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks.  He should’ve chewed up the Dodgers and spit out a 7 IP, 3 ER start.  This is coming after a most unimpressive 6 IP, 4 ER.  But — and unless you’re an alien there’s also a but — his WHIP is below one still.  You have to remain patient for at least one more start.

Jesus Guzman – 6 for his last 11.  Kyle Blanks — hype!  Anthony Rizzo — hype!  Yet, Jesus is the only one doing work (though not carpentry).

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 with a single.  Now you must be happy you stashed him in June.

Trevor Cahill – 4 IP, 7 ER.  When pitchers I don’t like perform badly, it actually doesn’t make me the least bit happy.  Of course, I’m joking.  Schadenfreude!

Coco Crisp – 2-for-4 with, like, his 12th steal in the past three days.  I’m only sorta joking.  He has 6 steals in 3 days.  Now I’m being cerealious.

Shin-Soo Choo – Will take BP this week.  Where is he taking them?  To the Gulf to see what they did… Oh, batting practice!  Gotcha.

Bud Norris – Left yesterday’s start with a blister on his finger.  It’s something to watch.  Not literally, unless you’re in the same room as him.  And, even if you are, it’s impolite to stare.

Mark Melancon – 2 IP lowering his ERA to 2.98 and the win because the Astros don’t need that albatross Hunter Pence!

Matt Holliday – 2-for-3 with a homer.  I’ve been so busy underreporting Lance Berkman and Justin Verlander that I think I actually have underreported Matt Holliday.  He hit his 15th homer yesterday to go along with his zero steals.  Who are you, Andre Ethier?  That’s a whole lot of name value right now and not so much fantasy.

Jhoulys Chacin – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Sonavabench!  Sure, can’t throw a good start for weeks then you get murderer’s row plus Pence and hold them to one run.  Of course you do.

Clay Buchholz – Shut it down, ‘holz.  He’s about to.  Sounds like Buchhurtz is done for the year.

Jason Kipnis – 3-for-5 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  You, “Grey, Schumaker or Kipnis?” What I read, “Hmm… Should you pick up the old guy who’s hitting or the young guy with all the upside that’s hitting?”  I tell you Kipnis.  You, “Thanks!” What I read, “Nice ‘stache.”

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4 with a homer.  Duda’s done doodie since I put him in Friday’s Buy, but this could be the start of something.

Omar Infante – 3-for-5, Bonifacio must’ve passed the conch shell to his teammate because Infante has now hit in nine of ten games and is hitting near .375 in that span.

Mike Stanton – 2-for-5 with the grand slam off Izzy.  Anyone who hasn’t seen Stanton hit a ball, they should watch it some time.  He looks like the superhero, Blok.

Javier Vazquez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I’m pretty sure Vazquez and Liriano are conspiring against me like they’re Sean Penn in The Game.

Josh Johnson – Will resume throwing on Tuesday because he was shutdown last week and that’s what pitchers who like getting repeatedly hurt do.  They throw after they’re shutdown.  This should end well.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs. Hit a broken bat homer yesterday, which would be impressive for most, but his bat is an extra 18 letters long.

  1. baiden says:

    Is bonafacio droppable now that his streak is over, or do you think I can get something for him? Also, over-under for hrs bautista will get from now on? I’d say 13

  2. Bobby Grich's Stache says:

    what are your thoughts on Alonso at this point, Is Krusty going to waste his bat on the bench?

  3. Steve says:

    Ah, H2H.

    Do you go Hensley @ NYM or Villanueva @ TB on Wednesday?

    Neither is the correct answer of course, but i kinda need one. Morton is another possibility. 12 teams…

  4. debar says:

    jhoulys actually went 7 1/3 and was in line for the win before the rocks pen blew their second straight game. my team really couldve used those wins. thanks assholes.

  5. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:what do you think about Price ROS,in general?I know you werent high on him entering the season,but he actually finished pretty strong last season.

    Also,do you trust Oswalt for ROS?(10 team 8×8 h2h).

  6. Critter Nagurski says:

    Just wanted to say that I finally finished your (e)book and it was fantastic – thanks so much.

  7. shibboleth says:

    Howdy. Dan Hudson… are the wheels falling off? I’m inclined to bench him to be safe

  8. shibboleth says:

    Ah, also… would you start Hughes @ CWS? Thanks!

  9. Bernie Brewer says:

    In need of bench fodder…drop Dunn for Goldschmidt or hold onto the big donkey?

  10. Howard says:

    @Grey I was looking for your egregious trade rant from a while back. Dude is trading Carl Crawford for Colby Rasmus!

  11. Johnny Drama says:

    Yo grey nice stache!

    Snider, Duda, Thames. Need to drop 1.

  12. mhfella says:

    @Bernie Brewer: Did you see Dunn’s swings last night? Beyond ugly. He’s 3 for 77 against lefties (.039 BA). But hey, Uggla came back….

  13. meh says:

    I totally saw Bleacher Report making out with your girlfriend at the bar. You’re not going to let him get away with that, are you?

    (I support your hate of BR)

  14. dingbat says:

    I was waiting for that Holliday/Ethier comparison. What a disappointment that guy has been! Shoulda drafted Kemp with that pick.

  15. theguarantee says:

    Dee Gordon or Alcides Escobar?

  16. Eddy says:

    That Kipnis blurb was hilarious.

    And thanks for the Sanchez blurb! Made the pick up in a couple of leagues.

    Wondering if have these guys ranked in the correct order for RoS:

    Niese, Scherzer, Holland, Floyd, Dempster and Colon.

    Two of these are on my team, and four are in the pool.

  17. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Grey, would you start Marcum against STL tonight? Nice Stache’! Black n’ Yellow!

  18. The talented Mr. Dope man says:


    2 questions:

    1: what are your thoughts on Clay Hensley for the rest of the year? Is he a viable pickup to replace Rubby DLR in a 12 tm NL only?

    2: Have you lost all trust that Parnell is going to be the closer? Or is this Izzy thing still a front? Who would you rather have the rest of the year Parnell or Guerra? For next year as well?

    Thanks man. Diaquari’s on me.

  19. MackeySasser says:

    Keeper league, I give Wright for Heyward and Zimmerman.

    Which side has better 2012?

  20. EK says:

    Pls rank for this week:

    Narverson @ HOU
    Lilly @ SD
    Leake @ CHC
    McCarthy @ TB


  21. Hi Grey — I picked up Reddick and Travis Snyder when they were hot. Now that they’ve cooled, who is the most droppable of the pair? I assume it’s Reddick, but maybe both are.

    Would you rather have M Izturis than either one of these guys? I could use an extra warm body in the infield and he seems to have recovered from his recent slump.

    This is in a 20-team redraft roto league.


  22. Eng says:

    Haha on the Bleacher Report comment. Spot on. I was sonovabenched by Salty last night as I got in too late from work to set my lineup and he was benched as I just traded away Mauer. Damn real life getting in the way of fantasy when I need bombs!

  23. Eng says:

    Ugh, I made a strong offer for Uggla ten days ago but it was rejected. Not as angering as the Salty. Why oh why when i treat you with such respect do you spite me fantasy baseball? Am I TOO respectful?

  24. Chazz says:

    I need HR and RBI more than anything else. I have Alvarez starting right now, hoping for an explosion — which will probably happen as soon as I bench him. I have Ackley on my bench tho… Do I give him the start this week and cross my fingers that Pedro doesn’t pull a Napoli on me?

  25. zeke says:


    Would you take the Filthy Sanchez over Edwin Jackson? Thanks!

  26. Lob Ball says:

    Kipnis or Cairo as back-up 2B?

  27. Salty Balty says:

    Right before the trade deadline in a keeper league with one year remaining, I traded Cano and Gallardo for Jose Bautista. Cano will cost a 2nd rounder next year, Baustista a 21st (kept from 2009). My league counts OBP and SLG as well as AVG. I’m a bit nervous given Bautista’s current HR drought, but couldn’t resist the idea of having a 1.000 OPS at third next year. Do you like the deal?

    I’ve always been skeptical of Jose, but the more I researched, the more convinced I became that he was for real. I don’t think that he’ll continue on his monster pace or that he is a .330 hitter, but I hope he will still be a top 20 player for the next 1 1/3 seasons.

  28. Racehorse says:


    16 team mixed dynasty league.

    Please rank the following OFs…

    Mike Carp, J.D. Martinez, Colin Cowgill, *Alex Presley-DL, *Charles Blackmon-DL.

    *my DL stashes

    Thank you Sir!

  29. Howard says:

    @Grey Sorry, a while back there was a rant that you could copy/paste in your league message board and fill in the blanks as an alternative to voting against a trade. I’m not sure if it was you who wrote it, it may have been someone else who posts on here. Thanks!

  30. Long Bawls says:

    Is there any way I shouldn’t be gleeful about getting Ryan Howard and Chris Perez for Emilio Bonifacio and Andrew Bailey in what had been, until that moment, a competitive league?

  31. Howard says:

    @Grey Thanks! Can’t wait to drop that bomb!

  32. yankees2011 says:

    Hellp Grey,
    I could use some help in Saves and all of this talk about D. Hudson regressing has me worried. How would this deal sound:

    I give D. Hudson and say B.J Upton (he could use a Starter) and I get Axford or Storen and Ethier or Castro. Am I asking for too much?

    Thanks Grey.

  33. yankees2011 says:

    Meant to say “Hello Grey”, but “Hellp Grey” is also appropriate.


  34. bogbert says:

    Hey Grey, which SP would you say is the most droppable of the following:

    Morrow, Garza, Romero, Stauffer, Jurrjens, and Beachy?


  35. stumanji says:

    Rajai Davis or Bourgaeious ROS? Need SB without killing my OPS. Drop Rajai or does he have trade value in a 12 team roto?

  36. Eddy says:

    Grey, whom do you prefer from these two groups?

    D.Willis @HOU (only three Astros have seen him and have one hit)
    Furbush v. OAK (any current Oakland player who has faced him is 0 for 1)


    Holland v. CLE (seen him once, mostly 1 for 4s)
    Porcello @KC (Butler and Melky have hit him but no one past them)
    Nicasio v. WSH (at home where he’s great and never faced WSH)
    Moscoso @TB (Same as Holland. Mostly 1 for 3s)

  37. Wilsonian says:

    Which side:

    Quentin/D.Hudson or Pence/Romero?

  38. Wilsonian says:

    Also, are we done with Espinosa? I’ve currently benched him and have Sean-Rod playing 2nd. Should I drop Espinosa for J. Weeks? Also have Lawrie on my bench waiting patiently for a call…

  39. Wilsonian says:

    Would you deal Hamels for Uggla? Or is that WAY too much to give up for Uggs? Currently playing Cuddyer at 2nd…

  40. B.o.B. says:

    Recently dropped Espinosa for Kendrick, who’s fared well for me but now Ackley is starting to really tear it up. Do you like Kendrick or Ackley rest of the way? Also, with a Lawrie sighting on the horizon, do you like him more than both Kendrick and Ackley?

  41. Trying for some late season magic with some youngin’s…Goldschmidt or Carp the better option here on out?

    If it is Goldie, is it worth using my Mickey Rourke waiver to pick her …err…him up?

  42. the grate one says:

    grey, in my 12 team KEEPER league, i have a chance to send joey bats to a power hungry owner for azzdribble. wise move considering the SS position and their relative ages?

  43. Bazzrall says:

    cliff lee & hosmer 4 fielder
    james shields & hosmer 4 fielder

    keeper league. which do u take?

  44. DHill Dragons says:

    Sitting tonight:

    Bourgeois (Hou)
    Bruce (Cin)
    Thames (Tor)
    Scutaro (Bos)
    Murphy (NYM)
    Morgan (Mil)
    Salty (Bos)

    Just a few guys that stuck out to me as I looked through the posted lineups a few minutes ago. By the way is Nyjer Morgan on drugs? Did anyone else see his post game interview last night? It was uncomfortable to watch.

  45. Carlos Z has slurpees says:

    Heh, headline is ridiculous. Good work, Grey.

    Stanton GS last night was crazy, it was like it happened in slow motion. Was a nice night in Metco for an extra inning though.

  46. Steve Stevenson says:

    Pick 2 ROS: Holland, Nicasio, Porcello, Cecil, Vazquez.

  47. Nick says:


    Sean Rodriguez or Yunel Escobarrrrr (rolling tongue) ROS?

  48. KCC26 says:

    who do you hate least out of this group ROS?

    ryan roberts, derrek lee, ludwick, seth smith, snider

  49. royce! says:

    Hey Grey,

    What’s your take on Lowe? I know he’s been terrible, but his xFIP is 3.59, which is the same or close to the same as some great pitchers (Weaver, Romero, Zimmermann, Marcum, Santana, Cain, Beckett, Gio, yadda, yadda). Should I grab him in a 14-team h2h for his projected two starts next week (@FLA and CHC)? I was thinking his ERA could be inflated because of ATL having a crappy defense, but all their other starters have ERAs more in line with their FIP/xFIPs.

    Thanks for pushing Lee- I moved to the top of the RCL Original Recipe after dropping Smoak for him.

  50. DHill Dragons says:

    I’m trying to find a way to get Ackley into my lineup (I also have Utley),
    as he’s been tearing up the joint.

    Is it silly to consider benching Longoria tonight (vs. Romero),
    so I can slide Youk to 3rd, start Derrek Lee at 1st (also hot), and
    put Ackley in at utility (vs. Harden)?

    Long story short, who sits between Ackley, Lee, Longoria?

  51. royce! says:

    Great news for all of you in Fantasy Razzball leagues- Jo Jo Reyes is now an Oriole! Now he’s pitching for a team that scores about 20% less often!

  52. jason says:

    Making a trade that involves keepers.

    Who would you rather have for the next few years?


  53. Todd says:


    Ianetta or Saltalamacchia rest of season?


  54. Steve says:

    OK – I’ve taken what I hope will be the crucial step in getting Espinosa to hit again.

    I’ve benched him.

  55. yankees2011 says:

    Hello again Grey.

    Thanks for the advice concerning Hudson and Storen. I will make that offer.

    I assume you like Scherzer over D. Hudson. I got an offer from the same Owner – Storen and Castro for my Scherzer. I do need a SS (lost Drew) and could use another Closer. What do you think?

    Thanks much yet again.

  56. Wilsonian says:

    Heyward out of the lineup for George Costanza, or something like that…

  57. Johnson says:

    Grey, I have Haren, Lee, and Hamels, but I need to trade one for a big bat. Which two would you keep / which one would you trade? Thanks.

  58. Terrence Mann says:

    Kuroda vs. the Friars. Good Lord. The smart money says neither team will score a run until Wednesday morning.

  59. Carl says:

    I have nothing at 2b, but have a deep OF. Is it too much to give up bruce/marcum for Cano in a 12tm h2h redraft league? Thanks as always

  60. Big Nate says:

    Just 37 more Colvin homeruns and Matt Berry will own that ass…

  61. Steve says:

    Izzy in a tizzy – what has got in to him?

  62. Steve says:

    Stupid effing Tigers bullpen. I needed that win.

  63. chata says:

    did you just see that play in the A’s game ?
    ichiro grounds to ss for 1st out .
    then brendan ryan gets an infield single …(to deep short).
    with no one covering 2nd base , ryan takes off and slides into the bag ,
    pops up and runs to 3rd base , because no one was covering there , either !!

    infield triple ??

  64. chata says:

    see what happens when hanley doesn’t “dog” it ?

  65. Terrence Mann says:

    Last nite, Street screwed me out of the Chacin win. Tonight, Marcum was gonna get my first win of the year when my starter gave up more than about 1.63 runs. FU Saito!

    Yes. Scroll up about a quarter inch. This isn’t a Steve comment.

  66. Steve says:

    Mini Donkey!

  67. Black Beard says:

    Drop Pena for Goldschmidt?

  68. Johnny Five says:

    Chance Ruffin is the PTBNL in the Fister trade making the following sentence being possible: Casper, Fister Wells and stopping Ruffin the Furbush.

  69. Wilsonian says:

    Even in Ron Washington’s coked up stupor he’s gotta finalize realize that that (stutterer) Mike Napoli character can hit the baseball…

  70. Black Beard says:

    ROS: Kipnis or Lawrie?

  71. Terrence Mann says:

    My Trapper Keeper is still covered with Mike Stanton’s pretty name, but the folder inside decorated with Ackley is moving to the front almost every day.

  72. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Ervin with more Magic tonight. His quest for three consecutive no-hitters was ended, but two outta three ain’t bad!

  73. Terrence Mann says:

    I have a bad feeling 1 run won’t be enough to get Kuroda the win. I’m watching the mlb gamecast and some of Guerra’s pitches barely fit on my screen.

  74. ruah says:

    Casper Wells. Worthy of a 5th OF/Utility spot with his new found PT?

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