These are the leading pitchers in the major leagues for last three July’s.  Do I think every pitcher does the same thing every year?  No, I don’t.  But pitchers do tend to follow patterns.  If these players were good in July for the last three years, there’s at least a chance they will be good this year.  I emphasized last year’s July over the previous years and omitted names that I thought wouldn’t be available anywhere.  Then I wrote the names on bingo balls, threw them in a large rotating cage and had a priest pick them out.  What?  That’s how I always do it.  Anyway, here’s some top fantasy baseball pitchers for the month of July:

Carlos Zambrano – Has an ERA of 1.93 for the last three July’s.  By far his best month.  Except for maybe December when the Big Z can be seen drinking Mai Tais on the white sand beaches of Bermuda.  Keep in mind Z gets so amped up in July that he loses his shizz in August, which is his worse ERA month over the last three years.

Wandy Rodriguez – Over the last three years his July ERA is 3.14, and last year it was 0.75 (2.60 FIP).  June has also proven to be a bad month for Wandy historically.  The only issue with hopping on the Wandwagon is I think he might be hiding an injury or having a mechanics problem because these last two months have been egregious.  Like off the charts tizzerrible.

Tommy Hunter – Only has one year to go on, last year, when he threw a 1.11 ERA in July.  He’s coming off a short start when he was pulled for precautionary reasons and says he should be good to go tonight.  I don’t like non-K pitchers or Ranger pitchers, so I wouldn’t touch him outside of AL-Only leagues.

Edwin Jackson – Last year, Edwin posted a 3.16 ERA in July.  Even in 2008 when he wasn’t particularly good he posted a respectable (for that season) 3.77 ERA.  His next start vs. the Rays isn’t pretty, but then he gets the Cards, Cubs and Marlins.

Matt Garza – Had a 3.12 ERA in July of 2008 and a 3.16 FIP last year.  How’s that for cherrypicking stats?  Hey, I own him so I’m trying to stay optimistic.

Scott Baker – His ERA last July wasn’t great at 4.45, but his FIP was 3.16 and his ERA in July of 2008 was 3.46.  He’s also been benefiting from Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome.

  1. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Good afternoon Grey!

    Quick question, would you drop any of Lilly, Gio, or Nolasco for Jurrjens, Anibal Sanchez, Scherzer or Medlen in a standard 5 x 5 roto?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Could see losing Gio after his start vs. the Pirates for Scherzer if you need Ks or for Medlen.

  3. aj says:

    Im in a 13 team roto league and in first place. Is it worth the risk to start Jamie Jarcia @ TOR or Niese @ Det
    9 12 11 13 4

  4. Jesse says:

    I question the validity of using FIP for only a single month. That is a very small sample size to be relying on a sabermetric that has high short-term variance. Over the course of a season is a much more reliable way to use FIP, in my opinion.


    Josheph H. Hammel, P.H.D, M.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  5. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: My OF (start 3) consists of Cruz, Robot, Boesch, Pacman. Ive tried 2 upgrade thru trades the last few weeks but not one trade has been made in my league yet. I dont wna miss the train on Colvin, so if he gets a secure spot in Louie’s OF, will he b better than Pacman?

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @aj: No, don’t start them.

    @Jesse: I don’t think ERA’s that accurate either, so mileage may vary with this post, but I felt like it was worth noting.

    @tHe ShiT: Nah…

  7. Todd says:

    David Freese has been yawnstipating…

    Lose him for Kouz or even Aramis when he is activated from the DL?

  8. Zangief says:

    Start Haren vs the DHless Yanks tonight?

    What sort of line are we expecting? (I’m shellshocked – 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 9 BR, 4 K…)

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Todd: Kouz…

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zangief: I’d start him. Maybe 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks.

  11. William says:

    @Grey – Which one of these starters would you drop for a closer?

    Cole Hamels, Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Clay Buchholz, Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Morrow, Gavin Floyd

  12. brad says:

    Any rumblings about Brett Wallace what with the EE vacuum?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Not that I’ve heard.

  14. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: U have a favorite baseball team?

  15. Buschfan51 says:

    Should I be looking to trade Haren in preparation for his usual poor second half or is his second half reputation blown out of proportion?

  16. Ray says:

    Drop Ian Poo Stew for Larry Jones? He seems to be heating up, Kouz just picked up unfortunately

  17. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, which schmohawk to lose with Rollins coming back: Theriot, Callapso, or Neil Walker? Not desperate for steals.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Grew up a Yankee fan…

    @Buschfan51: Weird year it’s been for him though so far, because if he corrects his poor pitching from the 1st half then he should be better in the 2nd half, but he is always poor in the 2nd half.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ray: I wouldn’t pick up Chipper.

  20. Spartacus says:

    Hey Grey,

    We have a bit of a controversy going on in my uber complicated mixed keeper league.

    While it would take a year and a half to list out all of the rules, there are two owners who have made three questionable trades and I would like to get your opinion. If you feel you dont have enough info or dont want to wade into the middle of a shizzy situation, I understand.

    If anyone else has some opinions please post as well.

    One owner is in next to last and the other owner has won the league four years in a row but currently sits in fourth place. The owner who is next to last is not a newbie and seems to be more stringent in trades with other owners except this owner. And they are quite good friends outside of fantasy baseball. It has become a questionable problem. I will list the trades that have gone down and current status of the player on the fantasy teams roster. We do have minors/DL slots as well.

    Trade 1:

    Owner in 4th Place receives:
    Dustin Pedroia (Active)

    Owner in next to last receives:
    Everth Cabrera (Dropped)
    Carlos Beltran (DL Slot)

    Trade 2:

    Owner in 4th Place receives:
    Alex Rodriguez (Active)

    Owner in next to last receives:
    Adrien Gonzalez (Active)
    Christian Friedrich (Minor Slot but then dropped)

    Trade 3:

    Owner in 4th place receives:
    Adam Dunn (Active)
    Hiroki Kuroda (Active)
    Jose Valverde (Active)

    Owner in next to last receives:
    Aroldis Chapman (Minors)
    Jonny Gomes (Active)
    Jesus Montero (Minors)
    Cody Ross (Active)
    Ben Sheets (Active)
    Grady Sizemore (DL Slot)



  21. peter says:

    @Van Hammersly: I’d lose Walker. But are you playing all of these guys, daily – or are they on the bench?

  22. Clyde Prompto says:

    The Orioles traded for Jake Fox. The unathletic like a Fox jokes can live on. Would you rather take a flier on Fox or Jarrett Hoffpauir?

  23. Jesse says:

    Does Colby Lewis keep this up or do I dump his ass?

    and is Trevor Cahill’s sweet #s legit?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Spartacus: All the trades are in favor of the 4th place team for this year (though the A-Rod one is pretty fair), but you can’t fault a guy at the bottom of the league for playing for next year. It’s the breaks when it comes to keeper leagues. Around now people start thinking about the future and make lopsided trades. Happens in my keeper leagues too.

    @Clyde Prompto: Yeah, saw that. Hoffpauir…

    @Jesse: I don’t like Cahill. Lewis look like a low 4 ERA pitcher with Ks.

  25. peter says:

    @Spartacus: Without knowing all of the ins/outs of your keeper rules, the 4th place owner is getting the better end of all of those deals. But I don’t know about a solution. I’ve played in leagues where this kind of thing has been an issue. Nothing was ever vetoed, but the “4th place” team was sometimes penalized an early draft pick, depending on egregiousness.

  26. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: U gna go see the Yanks this wknd? BTW…im eating a huge $12 salad 4 lunch, mmm mmm mmm chicken caesar is really gd with a shit load of chicken.

  27. Spartacus says:

    @grey and @peter: Appreciate the feedback.

  28. Bodymore says:

    Still reeling from the loss of Kendry it seems, my lineup hasn’t seemed the same since. Dropped Smoak and he has been hitting, and Alvarez hasn’t. Do I want to reaquire Smoak for my CI? Grab Kouzmanoff to ride out his hot streak or could actually be my best option down the stretch?

  29. Grey: Are there any of these deals for Volquez you would *not* make at all? Do one or two stand out as particularly attractive? Here are the options:

    Edwin Jackson

  30. tHe ShiT says:

    @Bodymore: Get Smoak asap!

  31. So, the Tulo owner has been asking for Alcides Escobar from me…he originally drafted Alcides and then dropped him when he wasn’t hitting or running. I grabbed him to fill in for Rollins.

    So far, he’s offered me:

    Vernon Wells for Alcides

    Troy Glaus for Alcides and Adam LaRoche

    I feel like I’m being overly stingy (V Wells for Alcides is good value), but I really don’t need another OF (got Ethier, Granderson, Victorino, Stubbs, and Tabata), and I don’t see that Glaus is much if any of an upgrade over LaRoche (especially since it’s got to be even odds or better that Glaus has a broken wrist by August).

    Would you guys take either of those offers?

  32. Bodymore says:

    Smoak is gone…it made sense when I dropped him though. uch…. this season is lost…

  33. Mets fan says:

    Grey would you trade oswalt for garza and ortiz?

  34. Sorry, Grey, one more thing … I know you aren’t a fan of low-K pitchers, but in a 20 teamer where I’m short on innings would you stream Kyle bleepin Kendrick at home against Cleveland tomorrow? He did well against the Yankees last time out.

    Or how about Brian Bannister against the Nats? That’s a 4 p.m. start and Bannister ERA is 5 runs lower in day games this year; last year it was almost 3 runs lower in day games (unbelievable but true).

    The main thing for me is getting a win and not destroying ERA/WHIP. I’m in decent shape K-wise.

  35. peter says:

    @Bodymore: I endured 100 miserable Smoak ABs before cutting him. Now he’s respectable. And my stat sheet’s not.

  36. @Mark Geoffriau: These offers seem decent to me, but neither seems great. And it sounds like you have the other guy over a barrel.

    How deep is your league? How about shopping Alcides around to the guy who lost Hardy or who may find out tonight he’s lost Aybar? Could you take Wells and then trade him or another OF to a team that needs depth there?

    Thinking outside the box, what if you offered him Rollins for one of his real stud players who’ll make a huge difference on your season?

    If none of that works out, and if you know there’s no team with a second SS at Alcides’ level, hold out for more … he needs you more than you need him.

  37. Bodymore says:

    @Peter Yeah seems to have happened to me with everyone this year (Latos, Rios). I guess the lesson is to hold onto Alvarez and hope he turns it around…but maybe make room for Kouz in the meantime.

    The silly thing is I could have reacquired Smoak up until 15 min ago. I had the transaction open since Sunday…never pulled the trigger. I guess having a sub .200 AVG for the week dampens the motivation to make moves…

    I either need a hug or sage fantasy advice that reignites my team…

  38. peter says:

    @Enrique: Bannister is up against Strasburg tomorrow. Kendrick is a better bet for the W.

  39. John C. says:

    Grey! no idea you were a yankees fan too. Do you read RLYW by any chance?

  40. @Enrique: Yeah, I thought about the Rollins idea…haven’t pitched it to him yet. He’s got a couple guys I’d really want, like Votto. Don’t think he’ll give me Votto for him, though.

  41. peter says:

    @Bodymore: If it’s any consolation, Smoak’s just had a couple good games; that’s not “game-changer” status

  42. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Probably old news to everyone here, but Rollins is in the line-up tonight!

  43. Bodymore says:

    @Peter Yeah I’ve been telling myself he could easily go back into slump mode… hopefully Alvarez and Stanton heat up and its a non issue…

  44. Okay, so now I have to clear room for Rollins…I’d assumed I would just drop Alcides, but now that he’s hitting a little and the Tulo owner wants him, I think I better hold on to him (plus, Rollins might go back on the DL in 2 days).

    Smoak, Stubbs, Tabata, Headley, Heilman….gotta be Headley, right?

  45. Ruah says:

    Best DL’d keeper: Morales or Sizemore

  46. @Ruah: Morales, Sizemore may not be the same guy ever again.

  47. Derrick says:

    Who should I put on my DL slot between Volquez and Jurrjens? Who do you like better the rest of the way?

  48. @peter: Good point about Strasburg! I didn’t notice the opposing pitcher. Thanks.

  49. @Mark Geoffriau: You never know … if he’s used to Tulo-level production from SS he might do it. Maybe you suggest something else and mention Voto/Rollins as something you *might* consider. Who knows?

  50. @Enrique: Yeah, thinking of throwing Rollins/LaRoche for Votto out there.

  51. fyodor says:


    Which two of these guys would you want now: Kelly Johnson, Kendrick, or Carlos Guillen?


  52. Eddy says:

    What’s better in the longrun–

    Trading Lindstrom for Delmon Young


    Lindstrom for Beltran?

  53. Can’t seem to get Coco Beware out of my head today. Damn you Grey. Also struggling with Stanton or Smoak…who’s your pick in a non-Keeper to contribute more overall the rest of the way? SBs sway it Stanton’s way? Tomato-Tomato? Thanks.

  54. Eric says:

    Does anyone know where it’s possible to look up pitch counts for pitchers? Maybe some box score formats show that information?

    I was thinking it could be helpful to stream a No. 2 RP if we knew the the closer was likely to sit because that scoreless 9th that looked so clean in the box score actually took him 40 pitches.

  55. sean says:

    @brad: Can’t be good that he got passed over when his position opened up.

  56. and1mcgee says:

    who should I target in a trade? Hart or Werth? who will be better for the rest of the year? thanks!!!

  57. Eddy says:

    I know that there’s a site that states that, but I can’t remember it. I’ll get back to you on that. But to tide you over in the meantime, I know when you click the score next your player’s name (from the day before) in Yahoo, it’ll open up an article giving a recap of the game, then on the top left there’s a small link that says boxscore. Click that and in the bottom you’ll see pitchcounts from all pitchers.

  58. T-BZA says:

    Yahoo box scores give you this data within the “Pitches-strikes” section at the bottom of the box score.


    Pitches-strikes – U Jimenez 111-63; M Corpas 9-6; F Liriano 97-58; A Burnett 18-14; R Mahay 10-8.

    Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for…

  59. T-BZA says:

    @Eddy: got it

  60. Just wanted to put a name back on everyone’s radar…Jordan Zimmerman is throwing 20-30 pitches at a time in rehab sessions and is touching 94 on the gun. He’s expected to be back in the majors in August. If you’ve got an open DL spot, grab him next time you make an add/drop.

  61. Bring Back Pluto says:

    @and1mcgee: While you wait for Grey, let me throw in my 2 Pence: Werth, FWIW

  62. sean says:

    @Eric: I know someone maintains a website that tracks daily bullpen usage. I think I saw it referenced on the THT twitter feed.

  63. and1mcgee says:

    @Bring Back Pluto: lol! I wanna say Hart…. but can he really keep this up?

  64. Eric says:

    @T-BZA: That’s exactly what I needed. I knew I’d seen it somewhere but for some reason I thought it’d be on a line with R, ER, BB, etc. Many thanks.

  65. Kazmere says:

    RoS: Bruce or Boesch?

    Tigers’ remaining schedule looks grrrrrrreat! Lots of KC, BAL, NYM, SEA, CLE….

  66. Bring Back Pluto says:

    @Kazmere: heh. Now if they could just play those teams in CIN city.

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Nice, better than a donkeycorn, I suppose. I don’t have Yankee tickets, no.

    @Spartacus: No problem.

    @Bodymore: Kouz…

    @Enrique: I wouldn’t do any of them.

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’d take either deal. Glaus one first.

    @Mets fan: If you needed a UTIL power bat.

    @Enrique: I wouldn’t touch either.

    @John C.: Not really a Yankee fan anymore as much as a baseball fan. I don’t read that, not even sure what it is, to be honest.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Headley…

    @Ruah: Kendry…

    @Derrick: Jurrjens…

    @fyodor: Anyone but Guillen.

    @Eddy: Neither? Beltran…

    @zombie: Coco beware! Stanton…

    @and1mcgee: Werth…

    @Mark Geoffriau: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Kazmere: Bruce…

  68. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: owned him(zimmerman) last year before his injury and just added him this morning

  69. and1mcgee says:

    Scherzer or Marcum for rest of year?

  70. Tom Emanski says:

    Freddy Sanchez or Carlos Guillen for the 2nd half? Close call but I’m looking for the sure bet.

  71. Thanks for the response to my previous question (on an older post). So if I go w/ Stubbs for Posey then I am left w/ Alvarez at 3B and no backup which was Posey. Then I have these OF/U’s, Cruz, Bay, Wells, Rios, Pence, Hawpe, Stubbs. I guess I’ll be rotating depending on matchups. Any advice?

  72. Fantasyace says:

    sandoval and zobrist for rollins and phillips

    which side wins? i am getting the rollins side

  73. Tom Emanski says:

    @Tom Emanski: Just realized how depressing that question was. Ugh.

  74. and1mcgee says:

    Grey or Strasburg? rest of year

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: Sanchez…

    @Frank Kim: Not sure how Posey for Stubbs changes Alvarez at 3rd, which may be an issue. Also, you have way too many OFs, which wasn’t clearin your last post. Trade Pence and Wells for Zimmerman or something along those lines.

    @Fantasyace: Rollins side.

    @and1mcgee: Grey…

  76. royce! says:

    @brad: @sean: I think that the Jays are turning him into a 1B because his 3B fielding was poor. I don’t think he’s started one game at 3B this year. So unless Overbay or whomever is playing 1B can move to 3B, I don’t think he’ll be up soon.

  77. royce! says:

    Should I drop Adam LaRoche or Robot for Berkman? Berkman’s been slightly unlucky this year, but overall has blown.

  78. I actually tried to trade for Zimmerman, offering Posey, Alvarez and Dempster. But the idea of Pence and Wells for Zimmerman is a good one, though I’m a Blue Jays fan. :-)
    Hopefully Alvarez will be decent. I’ll give him a few weeks and if not I’m hoping Nick Johnson will still be available on waivers. Otherwise back to Daric Barton. :-(
    Really appreciate your quick responses.

  79. Steve says:

    @Grey: Bit of a carryover from the previous post. I grabbed Parra in my H2H league for his start tomorrow.

    Is he starting to get his shizz together?

    And did I see that you’d sit Latos today?

  80. Art Vandelay says:

    What do you think about Price for B. Phillips in a non-keeper league? Not enough for Price? I’m still trying to move some pitching and think Price is a prime candidate for a drop off…

    How about Morneau/Weeks/Nunez for C. Pena/Utley?

  81. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Kim: No problem.

    @Steve: I’d sit Latos vs. the Rays, though he could be fine and could start him in a H2H league. Parra won’t ever be safe, but I did grab him in an NL-Only league.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Art Vandelay: I’d take Phillips for Price. I’d take Utley’s side.

  83. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: LOL!!

  84. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah – I have Latos in my H2H league, and my opponent has Linecum, Hanson and Kershaw going today so I may as well give it a shot.

  85. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Hey Grey, just wanted to thank u again 4 all the advice and the great content. Even when I don’t have a question to ask, this makes 4 a great read. I’ve browsed over quite a few fbb sites and Razzball by far is the best. Hope Razzball is as good for fantasy football and basketball also…

  86. and1mcgee says:

    I give Volquez, Scherzer, Heilman, Posey and get Hudson, Feliz, Hart. Do I win?

    I am opening a spot for Cruz, coming off the DL. I’d drop Posey otherwise. Soto > Posey, right?

  87. GopherDay says:

    Grey, would you drop Cueto for Morrow?

  88. SamYo says:

    Gotta start Ubaldo vs. Sawx @ Col right ?

  89. GopherDay says:

    @and1mcgee: I think if you need the extra slot, and you would be dropping Posey anyways, I’d take the deal.

  90. GopherDay says:

    @SamYo: Since when can you ever not start the Bald man?

  91. SamYo says:

    @GopherDay: I’m just really worried about him regressing. Plus, the Sox had been on a roll lately.
    Also, for the rest of the way for steals, who would you prefer: Rajai or Bourn ?

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: berkman for lopez?pretty even isnt it

  93. and1mcgee says:

    Krispie, Hart, or Boesch?

  94. Turd Ferguson says:

    Please rank back-end SPs for rest of season: Cecil, Slowey, Leake, Hammel

  95. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: would the order be Hart, Krispie, Boesch?

  96. tHe ShiT says:

    @and1mcgee: I would go Krispie, Hart, Boesch

  97. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: sorry, Grey, I posted it twice. to clarify, Krispie, Hart, Boesch?

  98. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: so, it’d be I give Volquez, Scherzer, Heilman, Posey and get Hudson, Feliz, Krispie

  99. tHe ShiT says:

    Is my league the only one that gives out halfway prizes? Or does anybody else play in leagues like that?

  100. Dr. Orlando Schadenfreude says:

    Braun and Jose Reyes for Han-Ram, J-upside, Bay in a non-keeper points league. Who wins?

  101. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I know why you’re asking that…

  102. Nuke LaDouche says:

    @Grey: I should be sitting Niese at Detroit Rock City right Oh Greyt One?

  103. tHe ShiT says:

    Not sure if it was mentioned here already, but Beltran will begin a rehab assignment on thursday. So, barring any setbacks, he should be back after the ASB.

  104. tHe ShiT says:

    @tHe ShiT: I know the after ASB sounds vague but it looks like late July is the best case scenario.

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: he he

  106. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: Werth, Krispie, Hart? (that order)?

  107. Steve says:

    Attention all DeJesus owners – I dropped him last night in order to grab League, so he’s in for a big night.

  108. Giggles McGehee says:

    D. Wright, Cueto, S. Baker or M. Young, S. Marmol, Ethier?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Thanks for the heads up, but shouldn’t you tell us before they start playing?

    @Giggles McGehee: Young side, but it’s fair and not a trade I would make if I owned Wright.

  110. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah, sorry. That would be the fair thing to do.

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: It’s okay, Steve.

  112. Steve says:

    @Grey: Can we add Verlander to that list of busts we were talking about the other day?

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I think hitters are hitting something like .180 off him after the 1st inning, so I wouldn’t say he’s a bust.

  114. Steve says:

    @Grey: OK Statguy, I’ll retract.

  115. Seequinn says:

    @Grey: When you throw the ellipses after your advice, is that a way of saying “this is what I’d do, but shit, that’s too f-ing close to have a strong opinion one way or the other”? I’ve noticed you do it for some responses and not for others.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: What, you don’t have BAA after the 2nd inning as a category?

    @Seequinn: It means nothing.

  117. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you start Ervin vs Dodgers tonight?

  118. Steve says:

    @Grey: It’s a pity he packs half a start’s worth of pitches into the first couple of innings.

  119. Flyin says:

    Got 2 Utl spots, which 2 of these 3 would you recommend starting. Swisher, Granderson, CarGo

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: In some leagues, depends on the situation.

    @Steve: Yeah, and nothing good is gonna come of the rain delay.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Flyin: Grandy and CarGo…

  122. Howard says:

    @Grey 12 Team H2H ERA/WHIP/K9. Am leading in ERA and WHIP but not in K9. Then again it’s only Tuesday. My opponents line is from Capps save last night. Then again, sometimes I like to bludgeon my opponents with shock and awe! Got Lester and Niese going tonight too!

  123. royce! says:

    I remember seeing a Q asking about Eric Young’s recovery- just found this:

    Eric Young Jr. (broken leg) began playing catch, riding a stationary bike and hitting off a tee a little over a week ago.
    Young fractured his right tibia in May and plans to take baby steps in his recovery in order to avoid further injury. “It feels good,” he said in mid-June. “But I have to wait to the break heals or I could risk being out for the season.” The utilityman was hitting .250 in 32 at-bats for the Rox. Jun. 22 – 11:15 am et

    So it looks like he may be returning later rather than sooner.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: I’d start him in a H2H league.

    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up!

  125. Flyin says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Although whichever one I bench is sure to go off, just seems to be what happens.

  126. Howard says:

    @royce Have had him stashed on my DL. It’s a keeper so maybe next year!

  127. Howard says:

    Thanks Grey! I have BBershaw going too so I hope it’s 1-0!

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Flyin: You should trade one.

    @Howard: No problem.

  129. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ugh. Just realised that the two runners aboard are his.

    Maybe it will be a rainout…

  130. Martin says:

    @grey- Bartlett just got dropped in my 12 team mixed league. Should i waiver on him if I am starting peralta?

  131. chrisbenson says:

    grey…in a keeper would you trade kemp for holliday plus something (like kershaw?)

    thats prob what id try for first…would you do that? if the other guy doesnt take that would you do kemp for holli and baker (or equiv?)

    thanks…i just look at it and there isnt TOO much difference in hollidays stats and kemps, right? or am i missing the big deal w/ kemp.

  132. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chrisbenson: Kemp’s better than Holliday. I’d do Kemp for Holliday and Kershaw, wouldn’t do it for a lesser pitcher like Baker.

  133. thepizzaman says:

    Please please please rain in Chicago. Hanson looks like complete shit

  134. MeanMachine says:

    Matusz for now or Bedard for later? My judgement may be clouded since im a Ms fan and Matusz already burned me this year. Bedard looks like he is 2 rehab starts away from returning.

  135. Mr2Bits says:

    guess Lidge is getting passed up for the save tonight? Prob hurt again

  136. Steve says:

    @Grey: Well, that turned out as bad as it possibly could have.

  137. royce! says:

    As of today, notable NL vote leaders for the ASG-

    At C- Yadier Molina
    At 3B- Crapolanco
    And 2nd to Braun at OF- Heyward (he of the .205 June AVG (with a .306 June BABIP))

    There are no AL vote leaders that are anywhere near as asinine. Ichiro is leading the OF votes, but I’m cool with that.

    So… are NL fans less informed than AL fans? Or is it a product of the top players in the AL being on big market teams? I’m not sure. But there is a lot wrong with the NL voting, and I really wish that MLB would get rid of the whole home team advantage to the winning league thing.

  138. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    Hey Grey, could you suggest not a couple starting pitchers YOU would trade for Mike Leake, but ones someone who just quickly glances at the season stats might consider trading in a 1 for 1. Someone like Slowey? Too much? Anyone else?

  139. thepizzaman says:

    Hanson just gave up a 3 run bomb to Carlos Quentin, who is on my bench. 9 er now. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

  140. Howard says:

    My new mantra…I will not bench Quentin…sonavabench!

  141. Mr2Bits says:


    Comes in to mop up the mess…good save

  142. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like Bautista is back…and on my bench tongiht

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @MeanMachine: Bedard…

    @Steve: No it couldn’t have.

    @royce!: Agreed, another stupid Selig move.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Your question’s confusing, but are you asking for pitchers you’d trade Leake for? A #4 SP. Slowey’s in that group. Maybe a pitcher who just got rocked, like Verlander or Hanson, though it’s doubtful.

  144. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Yeah, sorry it’s confusing…I HAVE Leake and I want to get rid of him before the eventual complete emplosion + innings limit.

  145. Howie Met Your Mother says:


  146. Ryan says:

    I <3 Hamilton

  147. mr baseball says:

    The Tigers should have keep Justin Verlander in the game down 10-0 – I think he might have had a chance for the win here

  148. Steve says:

    @Grey: Actually it could.

    Oswalt could lose the lead. My RCL pitching nightmare continues.

    I have 36 wins. D’ya hear? 36.

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mr baseball: Ha

    @Steve: I have Greinke and Lincecum in a league and am in last in Wins, so there.

  150. aj says:

    Thanks for the help earlier today. You nailed it as usual. Who do you like Alcides Escobar or Cliff Pennington?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @aj: Alcides…

  152. @Grey: My Posey/Rausch for Haren deal still hasn’t garnered a response. I know my enemy. With every Yankee run, he gets closer to hitting “accept.”

    Pagan worship in full effect in Flushing! The man can play plain and simple. Hopefully he’ll keep raking and force the Mets to bench Frenchy when Beltran gets back. He’s probably the Mets best all-around player at the moment, how can they not play him? If any team can find a way to mess this up it’s the Mets…

  153. mr baseball says:

    I had Verlander and Hanson as my two starters in one league today

  154. Tom Emanski says:

    Time for Tampa to bring up Hellickson

  155. Steve says:

    Belisle in for the Save?

  156. nick m. says:

    boesch, quentin, lind, or delmon young for the rest of the year?

  157. chrisbenson says:

    felipe lopez going to go on one of his patented hot streaks?

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Street’s back but they didn’t want to use him today.

    @nick m.: Young…

    @chrisbenson: I can’t tell if that’s sarcastic. What hot streak?

  159. chrisbenson says:

    i dont know quite how i meant it. hah!

    he seems to go pretty good during the second halves…just wondering if hes a decent play the rest of the way. i was reading an article on espn about how the cards have a favorable schedule (relative to the other teams in their division) the rest of the way, and was just wondering if hes a decent add

  160. xopchipili says:

    @Grey: think Corpas is officially a drop?

  161. MeanMachine says:

    Pickings are slim in my 16 team league. Can you rate these wounded arms? B Anderson, De La Rosa, Bedard, Happ, Volquez? thanks!

  162. Big Nate says:

    Time to drop Corpas. Medlen, Zambrano, Kazmir, Tommy Hunter, Slowey or Leake from today forward?

  163. Big Nate says:

    I guess you could add Hellickson and Edwin Jackson to the above list as well….

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chrisbenson: Ha! Depends who he’s replacing. He’s a 12/12 guy.

    @xopchipili: I’d give him another game or two. But you can bench him if you’re worried about an explosion.

    @MeanMachine: Doesn’t seem that slim, to be honest. Anderson…

    @Big Nate: See above.

  165. Eddy says:

    Amidst all the mourning over sonavabenches and horrid performances, I feel the urge to boast about my best day of the season so far in my 12 team H2H:

    13 runs, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, 8 BB, .457 AVG

    18.2 IP, 1 W, 1 SV, 16 Ks, 1.93 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 2 QS

    And Kershaw isn’t even done pitching.

    What a great, great day.

  166. DrEasy says:

    @Eddy: Did you just jinx Kershaw?

  167. Eddy says:

    I think I just did my friend, I think I just did.

  168. Steve says:

    @Grey: One of us jinxed League…

  169. @Grey: Seriously. We Mets fans need to be proactive and go to the games with pretty women in angel outfits to support the Mets MVP.

    On a side note – with the team doing well, watch them trade Mejia after stretching him out to start. It’ll be Scott Kazmir all over again, but worse since Meija’s got 4 pitches and isn’t made of glass.

    @chrisbenson: FeLo was a nice boost in the second half for me last season after rostering the dreadful Jhonny Peralta (or however he misspells his name). Lopez scored a lot of runs and surprisingly drove in his fair share. Surprisingly though, he did not steal a base. I have the Death (to my ratios) Cab sitting on the DL and need speed, so I’m considering dumping FeLo, if I can’t make a trade a free up a roster space.

  170. Steve says:

    @Steve: Which duly turned into a reverse-jinx!

  171. Kazmere says:

    Evening, Grey.

    1. League or Putz the best bet for future saves? both FAs.

    2. Grandy over Bruce? I have both, but their stats are very similar, other than the occasional extra SB from Grandy. Who has the better line of stats come September?


  172. Eddy says:

    Wondering if anyone else did this or if I’m the only random–

    Does anyone else have superstitions in what roster spots they play their players? For example, I have Werth, Holliday and Choo in that order of my OF slots (from top to bottom) and I refuse to move them out of that order to prevent any “bad mojo”. Same with SP, I can only have them pitch out of the top 3 SP slots.

    So does anybody do this or did I just profess that I have taboos for fantasy baseball?

  173. Martin says:

    @grey- would you drop beckett in a 12 team mixed league if i have tulo and DLR on the DL? I would pick up clayton richard with the extra roster spot. I’m just concerned because beckett doesnt have a time table and he just got a new contract.

  174. @Eddy: I don’t do that, but I do tend to change my teams name when I’m doing badly.

    Wow, I learn something every day. Silly me, I didn’t realize that the LaRoche brothers were the sons of former Yanks pitcher Dave LaRoche – he of the infamous LaLob. Man I haven’t seen an eephis pitch in years!

    Hope I’m not imposing, but I wanted to share something that I thought was really cool. A filmmaker buddy of mine in my keeper league has just put out this great short documentary, called “The Bowler.” If you’re a degenerate gambler like me, you’ll love it. Even if you’re not, you’ll probably still love it. It’s about a bowling hustler in Staten Island, named Rocky. This needs to be a feature starring Steve Buscemi, even though he looks like John Turturro.

    I wouldn’t share this if I didn’t think it kicked ass. Check it out, it’s 15 minutes long.

  175. DrEasy says:

    @Eddy: I do have that same superstition with the SPs…

  176. Steve says:

    Decent effort from Erv-San to hang in after a crappy start.

    Though I did wait until after the game finished to post this comment…

  177. royce! says:

    Hey Grey just wanted to extend “props” for your prediction on Haren’s line…you were off by 2 K (to my benefit, as a new Haren owner), but closer than I thought, especially after the first inning.

  178. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Yeah, I saw that. I’m a wizard!

  179. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah, was thinking of your Fuentes as well as my Erv-San (emoticon)

  180. @Steve: That there is big a superstition for me. I don’t talk my pitcher until his day is done. That and I try to sit in the same position if a guy is doing well – I guess I got that from Mex after the story of the Game 6 comeback in ’86 from “The Bad Guys Won.”

    Speaking of ’86. I got a chance to see Wally at work over the weekend managing the Cyclones. Unfortunately he wasn’t given a reason to flip out. Maybe next time.

  181. that’s “talk about my pitcher”

    @Grey: Cool man. Enjoy. It’s some seriously funny stuff.

    @Steve: Fuentes lives to close another day!

  182. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: I wish I had your patience. As anyone reading this blog wil testify, I’m an incessant whiner.

    Re: Fuentes – keeps Grey off my conscience for another day too.

    @Grey: Sit or start Bonderman tomorrow? It’s H2H.

  183. @Steve: Well judging from a couple of guys that I cut in one league (Montero, Scherzer) I wish I had a little more patience.

  184. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: In Metco? Yeah, go for it.

  185. I am the Liquor says:

    WTF Nolasco

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