Chris Davis was sent down as a tear rolls down Bill James’ cheek.  Coming up to take his place, Justin Smoak.  Back in June, Stephen took out his incisors, chewed up and spit out some Justin Smoak fantasy value.  For those too lazy to go back and read that post, it says, “(Smoak) has a great swing because his hands move together with his body producing a short, solid swing with few holes (his plate coverage is great). His hips and hands rotate simultaneously which is where all that power comes from.”  His hands move together with his body while his hips and hands rotate simultaneously?  Okay, so Smoak’s a salsa dancer.  Sexy!  Last year, Justin Smoak was promoted through the minors with relative speed.  Stopping off at Rookie Ball for a minute (not an Urban Dictionary minute, which is actually a long time), checked in at Double-A for 183 at-bats and a .328/.449/.481 line then took a prolonged dump in Triple-A.  The numbers there aren’t important; he was dealing with an oblique issue.  It was a quick trip through the minors and Smoak might need some more Old Bay.  We (you and I — hey!) could still expect a big impact.  Think Chris Davis’s rookie year.  Say 65/22/75/.265.  So that’s 5 months of solid production.  That’s Rookie of the Year numbers.  Yes, please!  Fin.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we jump into the roundup, there’s announcement.  Our fantasy baseball forums got a Bruce Jenner-like face lift.  Thanks to Friend Of Razzball, Bob, for the work he did.  Big ups!  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Prince Fielder – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs as he finally hit his 1st HR.  Nothing heals a sore hand like some Pirates pitching.  Now only one homer behind Eugenio Velez!

Ryan Braun – 3 for 4, 3 Runs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 SB in a 20-0 laugher.  If Randy Wolf got this type of support last year, he would’ve had 25 wins.  Manny Parra would’ve had 7.

Octavio Dotel – 1 IP, 6 baserunners, 2 ER.  Kazaam!  There were two errors in the inning.  The first error was bringing in Dotel.

J.A. Happ – Placed on the DL with soreness in his forearm.  Guess J.A. stands for Jimmy Arm.

Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He’s been terrible for the past three Aprils.  Maybe when he was a kid he lost his kitten in April and it’s some repressed shizz.  I don’t know.  But practice patience, doc.

Jake Peavy – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 14 baserunners.  I hate to bring out the I told you so’s.  But I told you so.

Jason Bartlett – 0-for-4 as the Rays scored ten runs.  Ticker tease!

Daisuke Matsuzaka – Dice-K will return to the rotation and knock out Tim Wakefield.  Don’t worry SAGNOF lovers, at least V-Mart is still behind the plate.

Clay Buchholz – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  He has 16 2/3 IP and 18 Ks overall.  He’s rocking a 2.70 ERA.  Sure, his WHIP’s a little ugly, but why have I been getting comments asking if people should drop him?  I don’t get this.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Has four broken ribs.  If he put some of that Salt Lick spice rub on them and threw them in the smoker… Oh, those ribs.  Yeah, this is pretty bad news.  He might be out for a few weeks now.  I wouldn’t try and buy low.

C.J. Wilson – 6 2/3 IP, 6 baserunners, 0 ER, 2 Ks, now has a 1.37 ERA on the year.  Member all those days when he was blowing saves in Texas?  Yeah, they should’ve been bringing him in the 1st.

Darren Oliver – 1 2/3 IP as he recorded the save.  The Rangers have no idea what to do with their bullpen.  When Wilson moved into the rotation, a setup man void was created.  Now when their closer stunk up the joint, spraying his scent all over the field, they had a “Lucy, I’m home” uh-oh moment.  They turned to their uber-nasty, Neftali Feliz (nasty as in good, not nasty as in bad).  The problem there:  Feliz can’t pitch too many innings in a row.  Which brings us back to Cousin Oliver.  I’d own Feliz and hold Frank-Frank.  I’m not jumping in bed with a third Ranger closer.

Ike Davis – 3-for-4, 2 Runs.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  No, he won’t. Don’t start with that, random italicized voice.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Johnny Vander Meer’s family can stop following him around now.

Miguel Olivo – 2-for-3 and his third homer.  Iannetta was overheard on the phone receiving words of encouragement from Napoli.

Willie Harris – Hit third in the order.  When pundits say “America has lost faith in Washington,” this is why.

Derek Lowe – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Said this in the preseason, still saying it.  Wouldn’t own Lowe anywhere.

Carlos Guillen – Left the game with a hamstring injury.  He’s headed to the DL.  Too bad, so sad.

Manny Ramirez – Left the game after reaggravating his calf strain.  His “doctor” gave him some “fertility” medicine, but Selig and his “rules.”  Now Manny has an aggravated calf strain and impotency.

Chris Perez – Managed a scoreless inning!  Hurray.  It was 8-1.  Ho-hum.  Unless your league credits KKB SV (King Kong Bundy Saves).

Rajai Davis – With his 8th SB and 13th Run against the Yanks, owners hoping for 2-stat production have to be giddy for the love of Rajai.  With his low AVG (.220), OBP (< .300), and 1 HR, anyone hoping for more will be as sorely disappointed as anyone who watched Ray Jay’s famous video.

Ray Liotta – Hosting a 5-part series on MLB Network.  Each episode starts with him saying:  As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a narrator.

  1. TastelessGarbage says:

    Drop Cueto for W. Davis?

  2. Stephen says:

    I was going to add some more scouting information on Smoak for the Rangers Minor League Review for next Wednesday. Guess that’s what I get for working ahead. Either way, Smoak has a lot to live up to. I really hope he can produce like Braun, or I am going to start questioning Baseball America’s optimism.

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    Zambrano just got dropped in my league. Should I drop Buchholz for him? The other waiver options are Marquis, Zach Duke, Harang and Oil Can Boyd.

  4. Bichette Happens says:

    Drop Alcides Escobar for Alex Gonzalez?

  5. Kazmere says:

    New Razzball glossary suggestion: “Sharting Pitcher.” A starting pitcher who gives you a satisfying number of Ks (ah, the heat…), but at the same time craps all over your ERA and/or WHIP. Example: Haren’s win this week. 6IP, 8K, 10.50 ERA.

  6. Steve says:

    @Stephen: I’m no baseball technician, which I guess is why I’m asking the question. Are you saying his swing is similar to Utley’s? To my inexpert eyes he hits a home run about as efficiently as it possible to do so.

  7. Steve says:

    @Steve: … as it IS possible to do so.

  8. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    I love you Grey! Won the Smoak off in my leagues…….

  9. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Who you all like better Ricky Romero or Jaime Garica?

  10. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Pujols, Alexei Ramirez, and Carlos Marmol


    Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Lee, and Wade Davis

    H2H 10 team, 5×5 league with OPS and L as the extra categories, who wins

  11. Real Tom says:

    Yesterday, I asked about Aroldis and Smoak. I read a Rob Neyer article about Smoak coming within 2 weeks and got anxious. Then I picked up Aroldis because I saw Leake give up 5 runs.

    Glad I work at 5:00am. And glad I read Razzball at work… because Leake is still there, and Smoak is getting in. Yea, that was clever. But seriously, thanks Grey. I need RBI’s and Smoak could really help.

  12. Sos says:

    Because of our keeper league rules, I started this year with with three unrazzly sp’s: Scherzer, Vazquez, and Peavy. Plan to role with Scherzer, already pawned off Vazquez and now that leaves Peavy who I’m sort of freaked out about. Peavy/Grandy or Peavy/Grady for Lincecum too much?

  13. smoak OR Ike Davis? if both are available……???

  14. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @slinky: IMO Smoak and it’s note even close, though I’d hold Ike if I could.

  15. Ben says:

    This is a good morning. I own Wilson v. Buchholz, wasn’t happy bout the 3 spot but it gave me a win out of it, and the important thing was 10k:1bb. Looking like a pretty sexy draft pick now…

    Rajai Davis was a terrible pick however, and I sorely need to replace him. Shame Ike or Smoak dont play OF, and I don’t have the depth to free up a 1b/CI spot. I might need to make a move to replace Davis, the wire is barren. In retrospect, should have dropped Rajai for Willingham, not Rios.

    OF always seems like such a deep position, but I can’t find a single guy on the wire with upside. I guess that happens when you have 4OF and util.

  16. Jake in Columbus says:

    It’s a little early in the AM for so much man-love. The song “Who Do You Love” mentions an ice wagon. Maybe it should be the Smoak wagon instead. Probably a little early for a Smoak wagon though too.

  17. Tony says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: the stephen write up describes smoak as maybe “texiera like”. That sounds good to me.

  18. Howard says:

    Dear Dr. Grey,
    For the last two weeks now I’ve been suffering from Floyditis. It’s caused some serious swelling in my ERA and WHIP. Do you think it would improve if I played him at home against the Mariners? Thanks, *cough* *wheez*

  19. Howard says:

    @Kazmere Sounds like my problem with Floyd. 14K ERA 9.00 WHIP 2.23. Sharting pitcher, I like that!

  20. Martin says:

    Maybin or Smoak?

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    picked smoak up in our money/keeper league 2 days ago after someone grabbed him in the rcl league,now should we be grabbing carlos santana?

  22. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Tony: Everyone should pick up Smoak. If he gets off to a hot start, his trade value will be pretty high, plus he could be the real deal and give you sweet production.

  23. Tony says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: haha yep, i check razzball at like 5am when i get up each day for a quick read to see if there’s anyone i need to snag fast…. rostered SMOAK an hour or so ago.

  24. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Looking to pick up Smoak and perhaps Velez off waivers.

    Problem is, I can’t decide which schmohawks to drop. Or are these all just droppelgangers? I would try to package 2 or more of these guys to other owners but every owner has insisted on rejecting all trade offers due to season being so early.

    Andruw Jones
    Kyle Blanks
    Ian Desmond
    Corey Hart

  25. Howard says:

    @grey I’m in a two-catcher league. My catchers are V-mart and Napoli (good thing they don’t count SB’s) with Montero on the DL. I was thinking of picking up Santana and punting the second catcher position (Napoli) till he gets to the show. Thoughts?

  26. Ben says:

    SP: Greinke, Haren, Buchholz, CJ Wilson, Slowey, J. Garcia, Billingsley, Masterson

    Who would you offer for Bruce? I need an OFer to replace Raj “2cat” Dav QS/OPS league

  27. Beau says:

    Just won waiver claim for ike davis, losing crash davis. With this news should i try and grab smoak and lose ike or would it be better to drop beltran or robot jones? Its a 3 of/2 util keeper.

  28. steamer says:

    oh man, I have Chris Davis & woke up find someone in my league had grabbed Smoak already. Figures. At least I can cut Davis finally.

  29. Howard says:

    Quentin for Ellsbury? Can’t help it, I like ribs!

  30. dingus says:

    i was offered greinke/helton for my youk/swisher.
    the other guy starts helton over asdrubal, so i was thinking of trying to make it greinke/asdrubal for youk/swisher.
    does that seem like a good return for me? i need youk’s average, but i don’t think i want to pass on greinke.

  31. Howard says:


  32. Schlitzy says:

    Is there a glossary term for when you get beat to the wire for a top prospect by the guy who always beats you to that guy. Don’t my leaguemates have jobs….or sleep?

  33. Aaron says:

    Up in Smoak yet no reference to Up in Smoke (or did I miss it)?

  34. Tony says:

    @Schlitzy: haha at least the player is available. Grey recommends guys and i’m like “oh he might be available”. NOPE goneeeeee….. My Yahoo and RCL guys are as quick as anyone, mosta the time…

  35. Beau says:

    Please advise guys, i dont want to lose out.

    Just won waiver claim for ike davis, losing crash davis. With this news should i try and grab smoak and lose ike or would it be better to drop beltran or robot jones? Its a 3 of/2 util keeper.

  36. Tony says:

    @Beau: i dont know about dropping either, any crappy pitchers you’re rostering or other options?

  37. Beau says:

    @Tony: My only other options would be podsednik, maybe webb, or maybe hughes or morales. Its only 10 team league…Of course ive got theriot and alcides but its a mi/ci league so i have to hold them…

    I guess the decision comes down to smoak vs. ike if you think i have to hold beltran (and robot).

  38. William says:

    @Grey – Prediction on Cueto’s start against the Pads?

  39. @William:

    Scattered strikeouts and a high chance of pain.

  40. joey joe joe jr shabadoo says:

    has the 2010 chris b. young experiment ended, with the results being: “not suitable for consumption in 12 team head to head leagues?”

    while i have your attention, my mets fan friend is telling me now that pelfry has added a splitter, he is a good c.m. wang but with more strike-outs and that i should “get on that.” is owning him worthwhile, if only just to shut up my friend?

  41. Tony says:

    @Beau: IDK in a 10 teamer i dont know if you can…. theriot could be dropped but then that screws you position wise. Smoak is a better choice than IKE i’d say, at least i had to choose between the two and went SMOAK early today.

  42. Tom Reale says:

    Wondering if you can expound on the differences between Rajai and Borbon (and his 4 runs, 4 steals, .146 BA, .163 OBP)?

  43. Jake in Columbus says:

    Specific question at the bottom, but seeking general opinions and/or advice from experts and average joes alike.Yahoo!, 12-team, mixed, 5×5, weekly roster changes, with a slightly different roster setup.Here’s the team:C Mike Napoli (C)1B Miguel Cabrera (1B)2B Ian Stewart (2B/3B)3B Kevin Youkilis (3B/1B)SS Alexei Ramirez (SS)LF Carlos Quentin (LF/RF)CF Curtis Granderson (CF)RF Matt Kemp (CF/RF)Util Gordon Beckham (2B/3B)BN Alcides Escobar (SS)SP Johan Santana (SP)SP Cole Hamels (SP)SP Chad Billingsley (SP)SP Matt Garza (SP)RP Octavio Dotel (RP)RP Chris Perez (RP)RP Kevin Gregg (RP)P Roy Oswalt (SP)P Kevin Slowey (SP)BN Max Scherzer (SP)BN Colby Lewis (SP/RP)BN Matt Lindstrom (RP)BN Michael Gonzalez (RP/DL)DL Kerry Wood (RP/DL)DL Brandon Webb (SP/DL)Punted catcher during draft to stash DLs and just grabbed Napoli.Working on swapping closer for starter or as part of 2 for 1 position upgrade.Here’s the specific question.Make sense to drop anyone here for Smoak?Pretty set on power and a little light on speed, especially compared to a few teams in the league.Have been using free agent SAGNOF guys (mostly Gardner) at Util for weekly matchups.Not sure he’d do much more for me than many other FA power since this league doesn’t trade much.Thank you

  44. Beau says:

    @Tony: Damnit in all my hesitation i lost out on smoak, guess i got smoak screened! Oh well, i guess ike is an OK consolation.

  45. Chris says:


    Blanks or Smoak?

  46. @Martin: That is a good question. I have Maybin in my utility slot and considered Smoak. Grey’s projections have Maybin winning that battle. Maybin’s average, steals, and runs are projected higher, but Smoak will get you a few more HR and RBI. Someone just dropped Nyjer Morgan in my league, Grey, would you take him over both Maybin and Smoak.

  47. JoeC says:

    Patience! Anybody considering dropping Rajai or Borbon is c-raaazy, unless you’re in a real shallow league. You drafted these guys for steals, right? They’re getting steals, right? You’ll be a sad clown if you wake up in September and they both have 50 SBs… for some other team.

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:

    my main league doesn’t have minor league spots but has a pretty deep bench. when rollins went on the DL i had a bench spot to fill, didn’t have any immediate needs and there wasn’t anyone on the wire that caught my eye so i rostered smoak. didn’t expect i’d get to actually see him in action before rollins returns to the lineup.

  49. Dropped Stubbs for Smoak. Kind of hurts, as Stubbs would have been a very cheap keeper and Smoak (as a FA add) would cost me a lot to keep, but Stubbs just looks like pitchers have figured him out (for now).

  50. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Drop Helton for Smoak (to back-up Mark Reynolds)?

  51. DavidSouter says:

    Should I be keeping Nate McLouth, Chase Headley and Adam Laroche over Smoak?

  52. @Howie Met Your Mother: @Tony: Easiest drop in the world. Helton’s ceiling at this point is realistically .310, 14 HR’s, and what, 85-90 RBI? Take Smoak.

    @DavidSouter: Your Honor, I’d keep Headley and LaRoche, but drop McLouth for Smoak.

  53. Lest ye think that it couldn’t get any worse for Washington, note that Cristian Guzman has already batted third this season, and could do so again. Willy Harris is Joe Mauer next to Cristian Guzman. Guzman is also now taking at bats from Ian Desmond AND Josh Willingham. This will either end in violence, or in me buying a Guzman 15 shirsey. Ugly ugly ugly either way.

  54. Hardcore Midget says:

    Hmm, who to drop for Smoak? Kyle Blanks, Jaime Garcia, or Justin Masterson?

  55. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: @Tony:

    Something…something…Smoak monster. Adios Helton, it was terrible while it lasted.

  56. magicterp says:

    I’ve got an unattractive dried-up scab on my knee named Jeff Clement. Not really sure it’s going to heal by natural causes any more. NL-only – time to pick that sorry-a$$ scab off my knee for Olivo?

  57. @Hardcore Midget: I’d hold Blanks. Pretty even between Garcia and Masterson, probably better ratios from Garcia and more K’s from Masterson.

  58. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Even in a keeper league?
    Blanks playing half his games at Petco, and Smoak playing half his games in Arlington make it a tougher choice…

    And Blanks is my backup backup OF- already rocking an OF of Kemp, Abreu, Bruce, Fragu and Carlos Lee.

  59. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @magicterp: I would.

  60. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: depends on if you need the SP depth. i probably wouldn’t drop those guys unless i was really really deep SP wise. i mean blanks could still easily have 30 bombs in him too. i immediately started investigating 2-for-1 trades in a league where i have smoak as a minor leaguer. i don’t have anyone i wanna straight up drop. trying to package cargo + hot starting SP for a more reliable OF (cargo’s complete lack of BBs worry me he’ll be prone to prolonged slumps this year).

  61. fallex says:

    …also was HS teammate of a certain stud catcher in Baltimore. That’s right, Smoak n Wieters!

  62. nick m. says:

    better potential 2-start pitcher next week – Latos or Wade Davis?

  63. TheEvilEmpire says:

    3 PP’s today:

    Lester vs. Baltimore – I think this is a must start against a weak offense.
    Nolasco @ Colorado – I know he’s one of my studs but we’re talking Coors. Anyone have any thoughts on whether or not to start?
    Correia @ Cincy – Been liking what KC has been dishing.

  64. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Hardcore Midget: i don’t worry about blanks playing in petco, dude hits the ball far, he’s not a david wright type who hits HRs 5 feet over the fence and thus a move to metco kills his power, he’s a adam dunn type and hits the ball 450 feet.

  65. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Robot Jones or Rasmus? I am thinking Rasmus

  66. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Sure, everyone’s all “Justin Smoak” this and “Justin Smoak” that, but no love for Jay Bruce, our Smoak of yesteryear? Donked again last night, making me feel not so bad about my waiver grab… which puts me in 12th position… which means Smoak can’t homer for 3 days if I’m to have any chance at him.

    Unlike Jason “Wonder Boy” Heyward, donking in his first AB and crushing our chances to be together forever.

    @Hardcore Midget: When I left you, I was but a learner. Now I drop the Masterson.

    @Stephen: Whoa whoa whoa. So you’re saying he could have a Braun-like impact as a rookie? Braun-like and Chris Davis-rookie-year are two very different projections.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Tough call. Romero is more talented. Garcia’s in a much better position. Given the choice, I’d take Garcia, thanks to NL position and Duncan’s Patented Olde-Tyme Magic.

    @Elijah: Nice!

  67. ThePoonTycoon says:

    oh yeah, for any rasmus owners out there, the cards are scheduled to face all righties next week. so if you are in a weekly lineup league, get rasmus active if you have room.

  68. Tony says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Bruuuuuuuuuce, i’ll give him a toot….

    @TheEvilEmpire: i’m debating on NOLASCO today too, at coors? yeeesh…. i’m in a tight H2H battle in the pitching cats. I have my innings in, i’m tied in HR’s, but a good outting could lower my ERA and WHIP plus maybeee get me a QS? and solidify wins for me for the week…. its a tough call, at least i have til 9pm EST. Thoughts anyone?

  69. Forum’s look so fresh and so clean! Very nice!

    Wow a guy grabbed Ike Davis for $22 in my 15 team auction. I bid $7. Same craddle-robber got Smoak, Alvarez, Posey, Escobar and four other rooks that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

    I think I’m going to call “To Catch A Predator,” on this creep.

  70. @Tony: I’m sitting Nolasco today. High “Sonovabench” factor, but I’d rather miss 1 good start than blow up my ratios with a Coors Field murdering.

  71. Dynasty27 says:

    Would your drop Cj Wilson for Smoak?

  72. Atomic says:

    @Jake in Columbus: You probably don’t need both Alexei and Alcides on your roster at the same time, so I would drop one of them for Smoak.

  73. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Nice haul for me today in my 12 team h2h; added Suzuki and Smoak (dumped Pierzynski and Helton) and now I’m even contemlating stashing Carlos Santana…

  74. Eddie says:

    Congratulations again, Rudy. I’ve got a tactical question for you gentlemen – 16 team H2H keeper league. Our scoring skews heavily towards strikeout pitching. My rotation has Halladay, Gallardo, J. Vazquez, Cueto, Gorzellany, Jon Niese, and I just dropped Felipe Paulino for Brett Cecil. I’ve got Dice-BB coming off the DL soon. I’m considering dropping Cueto as he’s pitching the worst of everyone on my squad. Do I actually do this? I’m sitting on several top prospects waiting for the June call ups, so I don’t have much roster flexibility.

  75. @Dynasty27:

    Maybe its just because I have Wilson, but Id find a bat to drop. If you dont have any bats to drop you probably don’t need another one.

  76. mrbaseball says:

    # 264 3FingersBrown Says:
    April 22nd, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    @mrbaseball: Just caught that. You know Wakefield is so old, Balboni might have actually stolen a base off of him.

    What you don’t know is that Balboni only had 1 career steal and it was in 1985 – not sure who he stole it against – he only attempted 3 steals in his career – so he was 1 for 3

  77. Mr. Rickey says:

    Looking for saves – who are the best three going forward:

    Motte, Sergio Romo, Saito, Howry, Badenhop, Marshall, Hanrahan, Coffey or Burnett

  78. mrbaseball says:

    Chris Perez – Managed a scoreless inning! Hurray. It was 8-1.
    hey that is a step in the right direction Grey – lets see what he can do when the score is 5 – 1

  79. @Eddie:

    I think you need a refund on Javi V. Beyond that, I would have zero expectations of Dice-BB right now. So maybe keep him at least until he pitches one more time…if he cant do it vs SD then its probably time to cut ties. In a 16 team league tho I think you gotta be careful unless plan B is clearly gonna improve the team. (Dice-BB aint)

  80. Sal says:

    @All/Grey: Thoughts on Carlos Silva’s upcoming week/future – besides being the smoke monster, of course?

  81. @mrbaseball: Ha! I bet it was against Charlie Hough – or on the back end of a double steal.

  82. Eddie says:

    @Sal – I hope he gets torched so the Cubs end this foolish “Zambrano to the bullpen” insanity. This isn’t a fantasy thing either. I’m a bitter, jaded Cubs fan.

  83. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Guess Manny is hanging around with Volk. Maybe they should hook up with Antonio Cromartie, who is the fertility expert, having 9 children with 8 women living in five states,

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Someone actually dropped Bruce Almighty? Wish that would happen in my league.

    @joey joe joe jr shabadoo: Yeah, Pelf has a splitter, which used to be called a forkball, for those as old as me. Initially used by Elroy Face, I believe, who was the original Sagnof; with an 18-1 record and 20 saves. Pelf is smokin’ – he leads the Mets in wins, and before yesterday, in saves.

    Who wins in this trade: Uggla + Bay + Casey Blake for Cruz +McGahee?

    Thanks, Grey, as always.

  84. Dad says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: I’d drop Gory Fart. I just dropped him in a 16-teamer and it felt great.

  85. mrbaseball says:

    John wilks booth grandchild will be on hand tommorrow

    to watch Brad Lincoln pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates tommorrow

  86. @Paulie Allnuts: Nice shout to Elroy Face. My pops used to tell me about him when I would marvel at Mike Scott’s splitter. In Scott’s case however, I think it was more like a spitter.

    I think Pelf’s shrink got through to him big time. He just looks so much more confident this year.

  87. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    Any new news about Elijah Dukes? Thanks.

  88. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Baron, thanks for the advice.

    I actually dropped Latos to pick up Smoak.
    I have a pretty deep pitching staff as it is- Danks, Josh Johnson, Garza, Jered Weaver, Wade Davis, Wolf, Masterson and Garcia.
    Plus, I have Cliff Lee coming back next week. Masterson might get the cut when I need a roster spot. But I like Masterson a lot for his K and ground ball potential.

    Smoak would be a 5 year keeper for me in my league, so I liked him more than Latos. My league always seems to have decent spot starters available on the FA wire too.

  89. Nathan says:

    I don’t get all the Rajai Davis hate. Last year he hit .300 in 360 AB. He can steal 50+ bases. He’s Jacoby Ellsbury in the 15th round. What’s not to like about what he brings as the last player on your starting roster?

  90. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TastelessGarbage: I’d wait for tonight’s decision. Cueto looks bad vs. the Padres, then I’m losing him.

    @Stephen: Cool

    @Kazmere: Hmm… It’s okay.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @Bichette Happens: Apples and oranges. If you don’t need speed, sure. I’d prefer Alcides.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Garcia

    @Spaceman.Spiff: Hanley

    @Real Tom: Cool

    @Sos: Either is not too much, but you don’t need Lincecum. Go after an easier to get starter.

    @slinky: What Keith said.

    @Jake in Columbus: Hehe

    @Howard: Think so.

    @Martin: Maybin

    @AL KOHOLIC: Not yet

    @TheEvilEmpire: I’d lose Venable and Desmond.

    @Howard: I wouldn’t.

    @Ben: Bills

    @Beau: Smoak over Davis.

    @Howard: Ha… I wouldn’t.

    @dingus: Try for Asdrubal, but either are good for you.

    @Schlitzy: Ha… NO, there should be though.

    @Aaron: You keep on knocking but you can’t come in.

    @Elijah: Ha

    @joey joe joe jr shabadoo: Hold Krispie. Get Pelfrey.

    @Tom Reale: Same diff. Borbon probably could hit a few more homers.

    @Chris: Smoak

    @Exile in Dixie: Ha

    @Hardcore Midget: Blanks

    @magicterp: Sure

    @fallex: Ha

    @nick m.: Depends on matchups

    @TheEvilEmpire: Start the first two.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Rasmus

    @3FingersBrown: Ha

    @Dynasty27: Nope

    @Eddie: Wait until today’s game.

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha… Cruz

    @mrbaseball: Ha

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: Haven’t heard any. You?

  91. @mrbaseball: Thanks for the tip. Lincoln’s an interesting looking kid and not in the Tom Gorzellany way. Wish I had a spot for him right now. Man I hope Lidge comes back soon, I hate holding 4 nominally useful closers.

  92. William says:

    @Grey – If Cueto looks bad… what are some SP targets you are looking at as replacements?

  93. Kazmere says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: I’m starting Nolasco @ Coors. Small sample size at Coors but…. 2-0, 14IP, 12K, 1.93ERA.

  94. Cain Fan says:

    I love how yahoo suggests I play Rasmus vs. Lincecum. It says that he has performed well against pitchers like him. I would love to know what pitchers are similar to Lincecum? Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Heysus Christo?? What a joke!

  95. GTS says:

    Which side: Phillips/Romero or Rollins?

  96. Tony says:

    just got a text “damn you!!! i’ve be waiting for smoak and of course the one night i go out and dont wake up early he gets called up, BASTARD!”

    haha….. and (jokingly) “trade you pujols for him”


  97. pwire says:

    My current 3B in a 14 team league is C.Blake. (I drafted Davis-that worked out well).

    I have been offered M.Young for B.Anderson of Oakland. Should I do the trade? I’m not a big fan of Young, and like the upside of Anderson, but cannot decide on the deal.

    Thanks for the assistance.

  98. Jeff says:

    Drop Chris Davis for Uribe, collapso, or rolen?

  99. Tony says:

    @Jeff: i think a healthy rolen isn’t too shabby…..

  100. William says:

    @Grey – Have you seen any ABs by Quentin? Is he looking as bad as Bay up there or is he just getting unlucky?

  101. nick m. says:

    @Grey: It looks like Latos will face off against Josh Johnson on Monday @ Florida and then face the Brewers @ Petco over the weekend. And Davis will face off against Sheets @ home on Tuesday and vs. K.C. @ home over the weekend. Sounds like Davis might be the better bet of the two?

  102. Beau says:

    In a standard 10 team 1 catcher keeper league where both players are going to sit on the bench for awhile who would you rather have ike davis or carlos santana? Ive got ike and carlos is available…

  103. Tony says:

    I dont know why i stray from this site. I like to be well versed and read from multiple sites, but wow. I just read a site claim “kemp is a consensus #1 for 2011 for now, tex has started slow keep him in roto formats but he may have sunk you/put you in a hole in H2H formats, and Lester is a notorious slow starter, he’ll come around”

    OKKKKK? I love Kemp but after 3 weeks he’s a consensus #1 pick for 2011? Lets slow our roll. Lester is a slow starter but no mention of TEX being a slow starter? Put in a hole in H2H formats? Where are those won again? Someone remind me, oh i remember….. DURING THE PLAYOFFS.

    Good Job on here Grey, never do I read info on here that I’m just like WHAT THE EFFFFFIN EFFFFFF!


  104. MattW says:

    @Grey: Just to clear up Smoak’s impact, could you compare him to a guy that’s been playing all season?

    Also, would you drop any of these guys for Smoak?

    Robot, Rios, Span


  105. Mike D. says:

    @Grey… I’ve ranked some plausible Crash Davis replacement options for AL Only owners (that one could acquire via a modest trade).

    Can you please offer your personal ranking of these four for 5×5 roto?

    1 Alex Gordon
    2 Miggy Tejeda
    3 Nick Johnson
    4 Casey Kotchman

    Thank you Grey.

  106. David_C says:

    I’ll eat my iguana if Smoak hits 22 HR’s this season
    15 HR’s tops for Smoak this season

  107. Effenhooer says:

    Please rate:
    Davis, Ike
    Jones, Adam

    I’m inclined to rank Rasmus lower than most due to his problems vs. Lefties. And I know, it’s WAY too early to consider dropping Adam Jones… consider his addition to this list a form of spite. (Hit the effen ball Adam!)

    Thanks dudes.

  108. TheEvilEmpire says:

    What’s the word on Byrd? Career year at age 32 or will he drop off significantly? .285/20/90 with 10 swipes feasible?

  109. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: Having benched Nolasco against Phils in PA, to unsatisfying results, I’ve made him a must-start pitcher.

    Coors ain’t nearly the bandbox it once was. Humidor etc.

    @Jif & The Choosy Mothers: You must be in the deepest league ever.

    @Paulie Allnuts: People are impatient in my league and not impressed with potential. Sometimes this is good, like when Bruce falls in my lap. Sometimes it’s bad, like when you try to trade anyone who’s not Roy Halladay or Lance Berkman.

    @Kazmere: What he said.

  110. Todd says:

    If i need to sure up strikeouts in a H2H, is it worth it to start floyd tonight and just punt era/whip (even though we are close in those stats)?

  111. Smoak already paying divdends, allowed me to move spare Jason Kubel for Jason Bartlett to fill my slacking MI slot.

  112. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: 16 team H2H with Ks/9 and OPS (5 keepers with no draft round implications). I’m in desperate need for a bat being that my highest production thus far has been Cantu, Prado and Headley. Rather deep in the rotation. Would anyone offer Lester, Carp, Haren, Josh Johnson for Holliday? Decent/fair trade on both ends? Much obliged, gentlemen (and 3 ladies)…

  113. Commish Cauda says:

    @Wilsonian: I’d rather give up Lester or Carp first, but if I needed a bat and I had that pitching depth, I’d let Holliday’s owner choose whichever arm he wanted.

  114. crews says:

    @Todd: For my tastes, Floyd is a guy to sit if you can afford to. He’s starting to look like a guy who starts out REALLY slowly (9.00 ERA in three starts this year); I had him last year and lost patience with him because he was killing me early in the year (H2H points league). He was great from early June on.
    Short form: He may kill your ERA/WHIP AND not get the K’s. I’d go with another option if you have one.

  115. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team keeper league with only two minors spots currently occupied by Chris Carter and Logan Morrison. With Chris Davis demoted, I now have to make a decision. Who goes?

  116. Commish Cauda says:

    @pwire: depends on your pitching depth, but I don’t think I’d give up Anderson for Young

  117. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, Pelf looks different. Maybe the shrink can do something with Olllie :)

    Face was the first relief pitcher (didn’t call them closers in those days) who had 20 saves in back-to-back seasons, although saves were not a counted stat way back then. Scott was unhittable in the ’86 season, especially in the playoffs. Prolly was a spitter.

    BTW, love your handle. Mordecai “3-fingers Brown mangled his hand in a corn shredder when he was nine. Then he had a bad fall, breaking three of his fingers. That proved to be serendipitous, as the mangled hand produced a wondrous curve.

    @TonyHa! So you are telling me not to drop Tex in our league?

  118. Wilsonian says:

    @Commish Cauda: He just came back with “Holliday is one of my favorite players” (he’s an STL guy), so no dice on that. His counter: Aramis, Joe Guillen, Lindstrom for Cantu and Lester. I’m thinking that’s a pathetic counter at best (I may say that I’m a Cantu fan), and I should probably come back with a Derek Lowe for Cano counter. But all yokes aside, I’m thinking the negotiations are now dead…

  119. Tony says:

    @Elijah: ha lets not get crazy here, he hasn’t even batted in the bigs in 2010 yet….

    i’m pushing my sales pitch tho on a guy. Please hit like a beast for about 7 days smoak… a nice debut today would be lovely.

  120. Tony says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: dont drop him i’ll trade you gio gonzalez for him?

  121. @Tony:

    Oh he’s on the bench for now, but maybe not soon enough. In any case, Kubel was already kinda a 6th wheel in the OF, and I needed speed at MI. Smoak may smoke his way into the lineup soon tho! There’s really no better hitter’s park than Texas and this guys already 23 and Kinsler maybe coming back soon helps the lineup. As a switch hitter he’s gonna get his at bats.

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: No idea who’s available in your league.

    @Cain Fan: Ha

    @GTS: Phillips

    @pwire: Eh

    @Jeff: Rolen

    @William: He’s been unlucky.

    @nick m.: Davis

    @Beau: Ike

    @Tony: Thanks!

    @MattW: I wouldn’t drop any of them. Casey Blake with some upside.

    @Mike D.: Switch Kotchman with Tejada.

    @Effenhooer: These players don’t all do the same thing. Like rating apples vs. oranges. Jones, Rasmus, Maybin, McLouth, Smoak, Davis, Willingham, Fowler….

    @TheEvilEmpire: Feasible.

    @Todd: Start him.

    @Elijah: Nice

    @Commish Cauda: Morrison

  123. jesse says:

    So, in a 12-tm league with CI and 2 UT, Smoak’s a must-pick-up?

  124. Dynasty27 says:

    Jamie Garcia,Justin Masterson, or CJ Wilson?

  125. Eddie says:

    @Commish Cauda – I’d say goodbye to Crush. He’s not getting another shot with Texas, and he just hasn’t shown anything this season or last.

  126. jesse says:

    @Dynasty27: All I know is, two of those three sound like the names of smokin hot chicks.

  127. Commish Cauda says:

    Instead of dropping Morrison, what do you think of this trade:

    Torii Hunter & Morrison (or Chris Carter)
    Brett Gardner & Justin Smoak

  128. Mark says:

    I always get pissed when I see people in 10-12 team leagues wondering if they should drop Buccholtz for lets say an AJ Burnett or drop Vazquez for Pelfry or another pitcher. Those aren’t real fantasy leagues. Get a 20 team mixed which are way better and decisions matter.

    If you can drop a 30 homerun hitter for another 30 home run hitter, LEAGUE FAILS.

    So Grey, would you drop Buccholtz for Pelfry?

  129. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @jesse: Who would you be dropping?

  130. meech says:

    Need a 5th OF in NL Only 4×4 12-team lead, so slim pickings.. is Maxwell worth a pickup with Harris still playing so much?
    I’d have to keep Maxwell active all year since he was a callup and we have no reserves.

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jesse: Depends who’s being dropped, but probably.

    @Dynasty27: Garcia, Wilson…

    @Commish Cauda: I’d take the Hunter side, unless you need speed.

    @Mark: Ha

    @meech: Active, but on a bench? Or active in the lineup? If former, grab him. If latter, eh.

  132. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Considering targeting Quentin in a keeper league. Thinking of offering either Maybin or Rasmus (rest of OF is Braun, Hamilton, & CarGo)? Or am I better off staying put with my youngsters? Thanks!

  133. Julio Franco says:

    Polanco cain for lester theriot?

    Who wins?

  134. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Re: E. Dukes. Yeah, I’m in a very deep league – 20-team, deep rosters. Been clinging to E. Dukes with my last slot. Really, I don’t know why.

    Grey: Haven’t heard a word about him, nope.

  135. Sal says:

    @Grey: thoughts on trying to trade wainwright for Lester or Verlander? Only thinking this bc I feel my staff is a bit risky… Or is that basically a lateral move?

    I have: Wain, JJohnson, Nolasco, Wandy, slowey, Cueto, Masterson, Penny, Buchholz, Duch and Gio..


  136. steamer says:

    Anyone starting Erv tonight?

  137. Commish Cauda says:

    @Eddie: I don’t know about that. A Vlad injury could bring him right back up

  138. Commish Cauda says:

    @Sal: Lester and Verlander are in the AL and are MORE risky than Wainrigh, IMO. If you want to reduce your risk, move one of the FLA arms. But to be honest, I don’t think you need to do anything.

  139. Tony says:

    @Sal: why? makes absolutely no sense? sell your “buy high” guy for a “buy low” guy? Straight up!?

    stick with what you have….

  140. Herb Urban says:

    I’m stuck with Peavy in one of my keeper leagues. Would dealing him away for Roy Oswalt be a bad idea? Peavy seems like he is destined for another trip to the DL and his drop in velocity is very troubling. Would I be better off keeping him benched and hoping for the best?

  141. Dingo says:

    @Commish Cauda: I think you should stick with Toni Morrison. She’s really one of the best authors of the 20th century.

    Wait, what was the question?

  142. Nathan says:

    What do you think of

    Ubaldo/Dunn/Rajai for Braun/Liriano

    H2H 5×5 (-AVG +OBP)

  143. Beau says:

    @Grey: Can you elaborate, I just dropped ike for carlos. I guess i was trigger happy after missing smoak this morning.

  144. William says:

    @Grey – Not really sure who to target as a SP replacement if Cueto stinks it up. I was wondering who in general would be your top 5 SPs who are available in your 12 team league.

  145. dingers says:

    Grey, how will batting 3rd impact Reyes’ projected numeros?

  146. Justinian IV says:

    Would offering Kershaw for Ian Stewart be too much? I need a 3B in my 12 team 5×5 (I currently start Beltre’s corpse), and my other pitchers are CC, JJohnson, Nolasco, Price, and Brian Anderson.

  147. Nathan says:

    @dingers: More RBIs, fewer steals probably. Maybe just more RBIs. Hopefully he just continues to hit no matter where in the lineup he is.

    What I’m wondering is if David Wright gets bumped down to 5th in the order? Or does he get moved up to 2nd?

  148. Tom Emanski says:

    What the eff? Ryan Raburn still can’t get an every day job even with Guillen out?

  149. GhostfacePrzybilla says:

    which side do we like?
    billingsley and javy vazquez FOR gallardo and ibanez

  150. meech says:

    yeah.. in the lineup.. thus, my own hesitation

  151. Kazmere says:

    10 team 5×5 roto. Peavy droppable? No one wants him, he’s stinking up my ERA/WHIP. Worth holding onto and benching or should I drop him for any of he following?


    Current staff is Lester, Nolasco, Hamels, Oswalt, Slowey.

  152. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Which side?

    Verlander/Broxton v. Wainwright/Capps

  153. dingers says:

    i guess the lineup is still up in the air considering Ike may move up too…i don’t think he would move bay to 2nd but anything is possible..Reyes doesn’t sound happy about hitting 3rd

  154. KarlJ. says:

    Would you drop Asdrubel for Furcal or Beltre for Headley?

  155. Kazmere says:

    Add Jaime Garcia to that list of FAs!

  156. @Justinian IV:

    I’d see if he would take Price and move on from there.

  157. Lava says:

    Would you pitch Ervin tonight against the Yankees? I lean towards no, but he had a damn good start last time out, and the Yankees didn’t do much against A’s pitchers these last few days.

  158. charlie batch says:

    will fister whip me @CWS tmrw?

  159. Tom Emanski says:

    Grey, are you starting all of Nolasco, Garza, and Garcia today?

  160. Sal says:

    I agree with all coments.. I agree it is a lateral move I just don’t like the fact that my top two pitchers carry some risk, but don’t they all?

    its so cold in the D

  161. El Famous Burrito says:


    What is your opinion of Jose Lopez for fantasy value in a standard points league?

    Someone really wants Kung Fu Panda from me and Lopez always comes up in his offers. I’m not dumb enough to trade him straight-up, so my question is:

    What are Jose Lopez’s strength’s and weaknesses? Or is he totally overrated based on last year?

    Thanks in advance, your site is the best tool since the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine!

  162. dingers says:

    @Grey: thanx fer pointing me to that lineup position article… great stuff Rudy .!

  163. William says:

    @Grey – Some SPs on my watch list and are available –

    Rich Harden, Tim Hudson, Brett Myers, Joel Piniero, Dice-K, Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, and CJ Wilson

    Scott Kazmir is available too, but I’m off his wagon.

  164. Ozzie says:

    Which side: 12 team Keeper league. 6 SP

    Uggla / Braden or Josh Johnson

    Uggla / Braden has Beckham on bench.
    SP: Johan, Nolasco, Yovani, Baker, Hanson, Sheets, Neimann, Braden, Garcia

    Josh Johnson has Kelly Johnson at 2b.
    Haren, Verlander, Romero, Pettitte, Garza, Billinglsey, Johnson, Wilson

  165. William says:

    @Grey – No love for Dice-K, eh? For some reason I think the second he steps on the mound for the Red Sox, all those BBs are going to come roaring back.

  166. penpen says:

    Smoak Monster tells 1B Candidate Davis to get Lost

    sorry got a little obsessed with writing a Lost-themed alternate title for this post

  167. sean says:

    @Tony: Agreed. I survey the various sites (THT, FP911, Savants, Geeks, Authority, ‘Graphs, Junkie) and I still do most of my shopping here. In addition to the great information, the comedy and the accessibility are key. Grey and Rudy could easily be charging for this service

  168. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ozzie: Super confused what either trade is.

    @William: I’ve never liked Dice-K.

    @penpen: That’s some kinds of awesome.


  169. Wah says:

    I’m a little on the fence with Johan Santana… he’s pitched great his last couple starts and I was thinking of trying to unload him now before he regresses or breaks down.

    I’m in a 12-team keeper league, H2H. This is my first year in the league.. I inherited a dead-beat’s team. This year we kept 12, next year that is being cut to 6. Here is my team:

    C – Mike Napoli
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez
    2B – Dustin Pedroia
    SS – Jason Bartlett
    3B – Kevin Youkillis
    OF – Adam Lind
    OF – Jayson Werth
    OF – Chase Headley
    UT – Ian Stewart
    UT – Alex Rios
    BN – Justin Smoak
    BN – Jason Kubel
    BN – Alcides Escobar
    BN – Geovany Soto
    BN – Johnny Damon
    DL – Carlos Beltran

    SP – Johan Santana
    SP – Adam Wainwright
    SP – Mat Latos
    SP – Kevin Slowey
    SP – James Shields
    RP – Mariano Rivera
    RP – Jonathan Broxton
    RP – Heath Bell
    DL – Chris Young

    Scoring is as follows: Runs, RBI, Homeruns, SB, Average, Wins, Saves, K’s, ERA, WHIP

    I grabbed Napoli when Mathis hit the DL and was hoping to flip him or Soto for something better. So far.. no dice. I’ve been trying to get Bruce and Rasmus, but the guy that owns both is standing pat.

    Should I try to package Johan Santana with someone to get Jon Lester and Brett Anderson?

    What if I try to package Johan for Votto and then try to package Wainwright for Lester and Anderson?

    Obtaining Votto would really put me heavy at 1B though with Adrian Gonzalez, Smoak, and Youk all eligible.

  170. Ozzie says:

    Uggla and Braden for Josh Johnson.

    Sorry i forgot the f in for

  171. penpen says:

    @sean: donate to Grey’s daiquri fund! best $$$ you’ll spend all day

  172. TheEvilEmpire says:

    @William: Off his wagon and out of his caboose. Gotcha. ;)

  173. sean says:

    @Grey: Standard league, who starts and who sits? I have three spots (2OF and U) for these five players: Headley(@Cin/Cueto), Damon (TEX/Feldman), Borbon (@DET/Scherzer), G. Sizemore (@OAK/Duchscherer), and Vlad(@DET/Scherzer)

    I’m thinking my best lineup is:
    C: Soto, Olivo
    1B/3B/CI: Miggy, Youk, Pena
    2B/SS/MI: MMD, Ass-Dribble, Kelly
    OF: Kemp, Werth, Sizemore, Span, Headley
    U: Vlad
    BN: Damon, Borbon

  174. sean says:

    @penpen: Thanks, bro. Already have on multiple occassions

  175. TheEvilEmpire says:

    There’s something about the spelling of Smoak that bothers me. Much like the surnames of Randy Choate and Dick Groat.

  176. jumphook14 says:

    Good stuff, Grey!

  177. I'm Keith hernandez says:

    Thanks grey! Just got Adam jones for krispie who I picked up on waivers and was on my bench. Trying so hard to get Lester but sadly that owner seems to know better.

  178. Curse of the Goat says:

    @ Grey: What are your thoughts about keeping Davis in a keeper league? What is his long-term value in the league(Roto league where OBP is one of the categories)? Would you drop him for someone like Will Venable?

  179. Curse of the Goat says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the input. Since it’s a 14-team keeper league, I decided to take a flier on Pedro Alvarez. Does he remind you of anyone on a major league roster that could give me an idea of what to expect when he’s called up?

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