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Replacing Phil Coke in the Tigers rotation is Charlie Furbush.  It’s about time that Leyland gave Furbush a mustache ride.  Furbush also sounds like a character description for someone in a Woodstock documentary.  Or a character name in a 70’s porn flick made by Leyland called, “The Marlboro Mandingo.”  That was co-starring Virginia Slim.  Furbush looked great in the minors, posting a solid K-rate while keeping his walks in line.  He is not a 2-something ERA pitcher as he’s shown so far this year.  He’s leaving 93% of men on base, that won’t continue.  He can give you around a 7 K-rate with a 3.75 to 4.00 ERA.  I’d grab Furbush in H2H mixed leagues for matchups and in AL-Only leagues.  In roto mixed leagues, you can grab him in certain circumstances, but caveat emptor for our Latin readers.  (BTW, To all the Googlers who searched for Furbush and weren’t looking for a fantasy baseball site — howdy!)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cole Hamels – Hit on his hand by a comebacker, but x-rays came back negative.  Speaking of negatives that are positive, yesterday frequent commenter DHill Dragons pointed out the Phillies starting staff in June had a 1.96 ERA.  A Philly quartet hasn’t been this hot since Boys II Men.

Mark Ellis – The Rockies acquired him.  You know what the Rockies really needed?  Another utility infieder.  Can’t they save Melvin Mora from retirement while they’re at it?  Ellis is 34 and 4 years removed from a solid season.  I wouldn’t grab him in anything but NL-Only leagues, and there oekávání, which is me putting expectations in Czech.

Jemile Weeks – 2-for-5, hitting .309 with 6 steals in 21 games since his call-up.  With Ellis taking his extraordinarily ordinary talents to Colorado, Weeks is the everyday 2nd baseman for the A’s, and has been leading off.  At this point, he’s worth a flyer in all mixed leagues if you’re struggling with your middle infidel.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Matthew Berry wrote a post yesterday about how he’d trade Lester for Beachy.  “I go big or I go home!”  That’s Berry.  I like Beachy.  March Grey told you to draft Beachy on all your teams, but, uh, has Berry been institutionalized?  His posts are too long for a 100 monkeys with a 100 typewriters to put them together, aren’t they?  “Mordecai the Monkey, type more fantasy baseball and less Shakespearean sonnets!  I’ve got deadlines!”  That’s Berry again.

Kevin Youkilis – X-rays came back negative on his ankle, even though he seems more like a cankle person.  For now he’s day-to-day.  Or Day II Day, if you’re into R&B.

Neil Walker – Sat out with back soreness.  Hurdle said, “I’m trying to be proactive with it.”  Does he have acne too?

Carlos Lee – 1-for-2 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  If someone grew bored of him in your league, I’d take a chance that he’s heating up.  If someone didn’t grow bored of him, I worry about the competitiveness of your league.

Carlos Zambrano – Left in the 2nd inning with back soreness.  Damnbacko!

CC Sabathia – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 13 Ks.  That tied his career high in Ks, getting the one man who can get on a seesaw with him, Prince Fielder, three times.

Chris Volstad – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners.  Two weeks ago, I pointed out he should be much better.  Since then, 20 2/3 IP and 3 earned runs, lowering his overall ERA by more than one full run.

Andy Dirks – 2-for-3 with his 6th homer in 34 games and stole his 3rd bag for the always coveted slam & legs.  I should’ve mentioned him yesterday when he hit a home run in his 2nd straight game, but everyone homered on Wednesday for the Tigers.  Now Dirks has three straight games with dongs (great, now more disappointed Googlers).  I don’t trust Leyland to sit Mags for Dirks indefinitely, so playing time appears to be an issue.

Brian Matusz – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER and optioned to the minors.  Or maybe that’s the minorsz.

Jason Kubel – Had a setback during his rehab.  Just think of this as a wake-up call that if you’re waiting for Kubel, you have bigger fish to fry.

Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-5 with his 10th home run and his 8th in June.  For s’s and g’s, let’s look at what I said on May 30th, “(Aramis) tends to get scolding hot for extended stretches, so if someone dropped him in your league, I’d grab him.”  Prescient isn’t just a word you can’t pronounce!

Geovany Soto – Hit his 8th home run yesterday.  Will be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  I wrote it while jumping Double Dutch.

Pablo Sandoval – He needed thirteen innings but Kung Fu Panda got a slam & legs.  Guess it was more like a sous-vide slam & legs.

Lance Berkman – With his 19th and 20th home runs yesterday.  Fine, I pulled the plug on him a little too early with my sell at the beginning of May.  He did hit .262 in May and .210 in June, but the power doesn’t seem like it’s drying up.  Though I still wouldn’t go out and trade for him.

Jon Jay – 3-for-5 and a homer.  Has now hit in 6 of the last seven games with 2 homers.  It’s something.  Or it’something, if you’re in a rush.

Brett Cecil – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Man, that is a spot-on impersonation of Brett Cecil from April.  What a gooftard!

Jeff Kartsens – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He reminds me of a National League version of Jason Vargas.  It’s neither a compliment or an insult.

Justin Morneau – Underwent neck surgery and will be out until the end of August.  I will Morneau-more for this schmohawk.

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Used to be when he was healthy he’d at least pitch well.  He’s at a 4.47 ERA and you’re holding onto him for his name value.  What, him being on your team is gonna get you a reservation at The French Laundry?  Look elsewhere.

Gordon Beckham – 3-for-3 with his 7th home run.  He hit .354 last July and had a much better 2nd half of the season.  Okay, anyone could’ve had a better 2nd half than his 1st half, but still…

Adam Dunn – Ozzie batted him 3rd yesterday.  That’s like the Melrose Place All-Stars hitting Marcia Cross, sans wig, third.  BTW, Rudy and I had a fifteen minute conversation on IM yesterday about a Melrose Place All-Star lineup (25 episode minimum).  Bisset’s leading off — you always want her to get on base.  Courtney Thorne-Smith is hitting 2nd.  Solid, reliable and can get the runner over.  Locklear’s third, ’nuff said.  Alyssa Milano’s hitting cleanup — always gets you to third, sometimes home.  Brooke Langton is fifth as an unsung hero that could fall into a slump very easily.  Daphne Zuniga’s sixth because she had some better years elsewhere (Spaceballs).  Jamie Luner hitting seventh and catching…um…moving on.  In the eight hole, Kristin Davis — annoying, pesky hitter.  Finally, Kelly Rutherford can turn over the lineup.  Laura Leighton did not make the lineup because she’s freakin’ crazy and ruined all team chemistry and keyed my car.

  1. Steve Jobs says:

    Why does Razzball hate the iPad?

    This site makes Safari crash harder than Ryan Dunn.

  2. The Den says:

    Best 2b rest of the year: Raburn, Beckham, Turner?

  3. Howard says:

    Charlie Furbush and Andy Dirks meet up with Brett Cecil and her buddy Dee Gordon in a 70’s porn flick ‘Home Run Improvement’ also starring Jim Leyland as the chain smoking neighbour. You can’t make this stuff up!
    Who’s next Joe Boever? Oh no, already been! Thanks for the great post Grey!

  4. Arrec Bardwin says:

    RE: Closers

    Why isn’t Feliz back to being at least a donkeycorn? 12/2 K/BB last 10 appearances

  5. Bré Jus says:

    This might be the second crappy year that I draft Gordon Beckham, drop him, and pick him back up. smh

    Thank you for the surreal Melrose Place elaboration.

  6. STRAWberry says:

    @ Grey: “caveat emptor for all our Latin readers”…I did not realize you were so popular in South America

  7. Child Please says:

    16-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) non-keeper league

    How would you rank McDonald, Duffy, Furbush?

  8. RonWashington'sStache says:

    I was just offered his Dunn in exchange for my JJ Hardy. I already have Alexei to play SS, so I can definitely afford to deal away JJ. Thoughts?

  9. Buge Hoobs says:

    10 team 5×5

    MI slot: Desmond, Murphy or Theriot?

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:10 team 8×8 h2h keeper,would you give up Rollins and Valverde for Wandy?I have Elvis at SS.Im not desperate for SP,but my lineup is strong and I think one more SP could put me over the top.what do y’think?

    also,replace Rollins w/ Morse….would you do that deal?

  11. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Buge Hoobs: Desmond
    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I like Wandy, but I think you could get a better deal if you’re giving up both Rollins and Valverde.

  12. Joe B says:

    Start Bud Norris vs the Sawx today in roto? Also… G Beckham or A Hill as a “wait to see if he heats up” 2B?

  13. Mr. Rickey says:

    For the rest of the season:

    Soto or Wieters ?

    Jemile or Espinosa?

  14. Lance Berkman says:

    Oh grey…still can’t get on board, huh? Thanks for the back-handed compliment. Yes, my batting average for June leaves a little to be desired, but I did HIT 9 HOMERUNS! That’s even more than I hit in my fantastic April. For a guy who loves power and pays little attention to average, you’re sure being very mean to me (and I sm hitting not like I’m Danny Espinosa or anything). I think if Tony starting playing me at SS to give all my owners that wonderful eligibility, you’d still continue to bash me and leave me out of most updates…April 19, “sure berkmans older but he’s not crazy old. Will he miss some time? Probably but is he fully capable given his track record of a .290-30-90 lime in 450 at-bats? Absolutely!” and that’s me quoting me.

    Also, I was offered Pedro alvarez for me in my own league. Should I take it? HAHAHAHA

    I still love you grey…just be wrong gracefully

  15. coco krispie says:

    which two would you rather have in 20 team 5×5 league rest of year?

    rizzo, craig, or delmon

  16. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Joe B: I’d go with Hill. He has more power than Beckham and also seems to be stealing more bases this year.
    @Mr. Rickey: Wieters and Espinosa

  17. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    To be fair, Cecil was hurt by shoddy defense. Ever since the Jays were exposed to the Cardinal flu in St. Louis, they’ve been playing ‘D’ like NL Central co-leader.

  18. Wilsonian says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: I might disagree on Wieters. Depending on your league, I’d take a chance on Soto. What has Wieters really offered us this season? Not much. Sure his average is better than Soto, JP, Napoli, Santana, etc. But I’d rather play the guys who provide me something other than an empty 6-22 week.

  19. elwood blues says:

    NL 4×4 League.. where I am in contention.

    Drop Andres (i’m in a 1-21 slump) Torres
    for Presley.

    Is it looking like Presley will stick after Tabata comes back?

  20. HldOnMgnolia says:

    Drop Peavy for Hughes?

  21. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: I usually dont bother talking about catchers cause’,y’know,they’re catchers.But since everyone seems interested today,what do you expect from Napoli when he comes back,the early season Napoli w/ terrible BA and a bunch of XBH’s and RBI OR….more recent Napoli w/ the REALLY terrible BA and not much of the good stuff?

    In other words,I own Soto who starts consistently.I dont mind Napoli’s lack of playing time when he’s providing said good stuff,but if he’s gonna suck AND sit 1/3 of the time….

  22. KeeblerMN says:

    A leaguemate of mine said Carlos Pena hit 9 dongs in June. I said that sounds like the title of a porn “9 dongs in June”

  23. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Thoughts on starting MadBum @ DET today? Much better numbers away from AT&T Park for this year and for his career, but it’s a tough matchup, obviously…

  24. KarlJ. says:

    Loved the Melrose Place reference but how can the crazy red head Sydney not crack the lineup?

  25. Graveyard Duck says:

    Grey, no love for Laura Leighton?! Please cancel my subscription, I demand a full refund.

  26. @KarlJ.: @Graveyard Duck: I had Sydney/Laura Leighton in the lineup instead of Kristen Davis but Grey was all “but she was so good in Sex in the City!”. you wouldn’t believe how many SITC jokes he writes that I have to veto.

  27. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Wilsonian: It’s pretty much a wash. I guess I’m going with the youth/upside
    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I’d rather own Soto, especially in H2H leagues.

    Hey guys, any thoughts on my trading away of JJ Hardy to acquire Dunn? Too many people with questions, and not enough willing to answer others’ questions.

  28. Wilsonian says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: who do you have at 1st base now? I don’t like Dunn and have no faith in him turning it around. If you do, then Hardy for Dunn is fair.

  29. Gavin says:

    McGehee or Moustakas? I’m guessing McGehee but man he’s killing me and he may be proving that he’s just that useful.

  30. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Wilsonian: I have Lind at 1B (and Pujols on the DL). Aside from this year, Dunn has been a beast. I’m definitely rolling the dice, but there’s a reason he was ranked so high coming into the season.

  31. Back To Minors says:

    So…does Haren have a 2nd half slide in his future this season? anybody?

  32. frank rizzo says:

    Is starting Bud Norris at home against Boston a mistake?

  33. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you start Niese at Metco against the Yankees?

  34. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    I know I have been going back and forth between the two . And trust me, it’s annoying on my part as well. But.. Grey would u drop Arencibia for Soto going forward H2H 5×5?

  35. weas says:

    @frank rizzo No way I’m trotting out Bud against the Sawx

  36. Back To Minors says:

    @frank rizzo:
    Bud vs a badly slumping Sox offense without their normal lineup and DH (and Youk is out). Start him.

  37. Kevin says:

    Who do you think has the better 2nd half, Morse or Quentin?

  38. Wilsonian says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: who do you have at SS? Was it Alexei? I would possibly just stick with what you have, but that’s me, and I don’t trust Dunn to turn it around.

  39. Eddy says:


    Know that if you trade for Dunn, you’re going to be benching him almost every day. If you have no need for that roster spot, then sure, you can kick the tires and hopes he turns it around.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve Jobs: When I use the iPad, I stop the site from loading fully before it crashes. I am aware of it though and have been trying to figure out a fix.

    @The Den: Beckham

    @Howard: Ha!

    @Arrec Bardwin: He is.

    @Bré Jus: Ha

    @STRAWberry: Oh yes.

    @Child Please: Duffy, Fur…

    @RonWashington’sStache: Eh

    @Buge Hoobs: Desmond

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Agree with Stache.

    @Joe B: Eh…Beckham….

    @Mr. Rickey: Soto…Espinosa

    @Lance Berkman: It helps your value that Pujols got hurt. He wasn’t lasting the season in the outfield.

    @coco krispie: Rizzo

    @VinWins: Gotcha

    @elwood blues: I know Torres is slumping, but eh.

    @HldOnMgnolia: Sure

    @KeeblerMN: Ha

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Go for it

    @Graveyard Duck: @KarlJ.: What Rudy said… I added her though at the end.

    @Gavin: Moustakas

    @Back To Minors: Leaning no…

    @frank rizzo: Yes

    @Howard: Not in most leagues.

    @Tggq21: Nope

    @Kevin: Quentin

  41. I’m surprised how much you dislike Peavy considering your love of Ks. Peavy has 36 Ks over 44 IP this season. It’s not stellar but it’s not, say, Volstad or Fister (both fine, mind you).

  42. Pums says:

    Which C would you want for the rest of the year?


  43. Jake says:

    Just been offered Stanton and Gregg for Beachy, Kimbrel and Jennings. I could use another power bat, but it seems I’m giving up alot of pitching. Do I take it or counter? My staff is Gio, Yovanni, Bills, Marcum, Carrasco, Stauffer. And I have Marmol, Venters, Bard, Stutes and Madson for RP. Thanks!

  44. Kevin says:

    Thanks! One more quick question, which closer would you rather have for the rest of the season: Soria, Bell or Feliz

  45. MackeySasser says:

    Keeper league, Konerko or G. Sanchez?

    You see Konerko doing this kind of damage again next year, 300/30/100?

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ChrisV82: He’s pitched 44 bleh innings, if he were anyone else we wouldn’t be talking about him.

    @Pums: Napoli

    @Jake: Try and switch out Beachy with Carrasco, if not I could see taking it.

    @Kevin: Soria

    @MackeySasser: Konerko…Not .300…

  47. Grey

    Grey says:


  48. Grey– have you been watching my favorite tease, Chris Davis tear up AAA lately? In 135 abs, he’s batting .363, 19 HR, 53 RBI.

    Few questions:

    1) do you think any truth to rumor he gets called up this weekend for regular playing time or just to provide another bench bat vs. Righties in 2nd half?

    2) David Murphy and Endy Chavez aren’t the answer and have done little to nothing at all in 200 + abs, so curious to hear if you think Davis slides in LF, and they push Hamilton to natural position of CF?

    3) provided rumors are true and he does get the call, what #s do you project for him in 2nd half if he gets 250 abs?


  49. DHill Dragons says:

    @Back To Minors: How do you know Youk won’t be playing tonight? My sources say he’s going to try and play.

  50. Wilsonian says:

    Which C for the rest of the year:

    Soto, Napoli, Santana? I like them all in one way or another, and Santana is good for my OBPS league, but my Cub Fandom won’t let me look too much into Soto, however, he’s looked like he hasn’t been too stoned lately.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @El Burro: 1. He’ll be called up. 2. 10 homers and a lousy average.

    @Wilsonian: Santana

  52. Wilsonian says:

    Tossing Annabelle out there @Tex v. Ogando?

  53. AL KOHOLIC says:

    Sipp should be used as the closer over the weekend while Chris Perez (personal) is away from the team, the
    Spin: Perez was placed on the bereavement list Friday and will be away from the team for the next few days. If the Indians have any save chances while Perez is away, Sipp should be the guy to get the opportunity.

  54. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i would think pastano also

  55. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: hmmm, that’s what I initially thought, but I’ve only got Beachy left this weekend.

    Right now I’m up 1 win, 1 loss, 26 Ks, 0.50 in ERA, 0.02 in WHIP, and up 2.5 in Ks/9.

    He’s still got Harden, Ogando, MadBum, Gee, T.Hudson, Scherzer, (maybe Colon), and finally, the Adverb.

  56. Hi Grey —

    Do you think Tsuyoshi Nishioka may heat up and become an asset in a deep mixed roto league? And is Jason Bourgeois worth hanging onto during his DL stint?

    My team in this league is mid-pack in SBs, but I could make up 5 or 6 places with a strong surge.

    I have both Nishioka and Bourgeois on the roster at the moment and don’t have anyone I’m eager to pick up but would like to know who you see as most expendable if I needed to drop one.

  57. Deeeeez Nuts says:

    Start Masterson today? (also have Arroyo going)


  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m still saying Pestano.

    @Wilsonian: You can’t win with him throwing all those extra guys even if you throw Anibal.

    @Enrique: Forget Bourgeois.

    @Deeeeez Nuts: I’m sitting him.

  59. Santos says:

    Keeper League (forever) – Cargo for Halladay straight up.

    Who would you rather have if all things were equal (not hurting for either pitching or hitting)

  60. Doc Pounder says:

    Harden. Putting him on DL. Can’t hurt right?

  61. Nick says:

    Start Liriano at home against the Brew Crew? He sucked against them last time out.

  62. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    That was nice. Halladay brought out the lineup card and the Toronto crowd gave him a big ovation.

  63. Dmonkey25 says:

    Holland, Pavano, Fister, Livan, or Andrew Miller for a spot start tmrw looking for Ks and a win…. thanks

  64. airweino says:

    12 team mixed keeper league. In 1st but playing with only 1 catcher. Could deal prospect Sands for Geo Soto…have Barajas coming off DL soon too…

    Make the deal for Soto or keep Sands?

  65. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Yunel leaves game after HBP (hand).

  66. AL KOHOLIC says:

    y escobar hit by pitch and left the game

  67. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: yeah, that was my question…do I bench them both to try to preserve my ratios that I can win?

  68. ltf says:

    anyone have some sleeper CI guys for a 30 team league? I am looking at Matt Downs level of crap…I mean player.

    What kind of value is Pujols at right now in a keeper league? I’m trying to trade for him even if his personal horror show continues with kiddie porn/steroids/favre texting/cubs free agent signing in the future

  69. ltf says:

    @Doc Pounder: You’re taunting the fantasy baseball gods by using the words Harden and can’t hurt in the same message my friend.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ltf: I don’t know who’s available in your league… Downs isn’t a bad flyer in a deep league. Don’t think Pujols has lost much value in a keeper unless the team with him needs something right now.


  71. ltf says:

    wow that was one of the best #1 reply posts I have read in a while.

  72. Dude says:

    11 team dynasty league (2 @ each position, 6 OF, 2DH). I am dealing with the loss of Pujols, Crawford, and others…but still lead the league and have plenty of youth to trade. Would you do this?
    Chris Carter, Dee Gordon, Dayan Viciedo for Berkman and Big Papi?

  73. Dude says:

    FYI, I also have Rizzo, Alonso, Kipnis, Chisenhall, Gamel, Carlos Martinez

  74. 626 Jack says:

    Soo let me get this right, Coke is out and Bush is in….sounds like a bizzaro seventies world. crank up the seals and crofts

  75. friar says:

    Rank for the rest of the year: Scherzer, Baker, Billingsley, and Carpenter. Thanks.

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