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I think I made up the word excellers, but it should be a word, so add it into your Merriam-Webster, who was not a spinoff character from that Emmanuel Lewis show.  Never the hoo!  Here’s some 2nd half hitters for fantasy baseball who should be better than they were in the first half.  To come up with this list, I scoured the last three years of post-All-Star Break numbers, ran it through a supercomputer that’s bigger than your Peugeot, pasted the supercomputer-generated names to my shirt like dollar bills on a wedding dress then went to a palm reader to help me pick ten names out of the thousands.  The palm reader’s name was Erica Karabell; she said there was no relation.  Anyway, here’s the best 2nd half fantasy baseball hitters for 2011:

Derrek Lee – Last year, he played the 2nd half like he was walking onto a yacht with an apricot scarf.  In 2009, .336 with 18 homers.  Last year, .298 with 9 homers compared to a .233 average in the 1st half.  I still don’t really like Derrek Lee compared to a lot of names, but he’ll come a lot cheaper than most.

Matt Holliday – Hit 24 homers in 263 ABs in the 2007 2nd half, 16 homers in 2008 and 16 in 2009, while also having the 6th best average in the majors.  Last year, he hit .327 in the 2nd half compared to .300, though his homers went down by 4 (16 to 12).  Holliday’s on holiday in the 1st half and Holliday’s Holliday in the 2nd half.  Any questions?  Yeah, what are you talking about?  Not now, random italicized voice.

Joe Mauer – Not completely contingent on the fact that he can’t be worse.  Partly?  Sure.  But not completely.

Ryan Raburn – Mr. Al Caps, “NOOOOOOO!  PLEASE DON’T GET ME EXCITED ABOUT THIS GUY AGAIN!  I ALREADY HAVE A BAD TICKER!”  I know, friend.  “DO YOU?!”  Yes.  “OKAY.” In 2009, Raburn hit 10 homers and .310 in the 2nd half.  In 2010, he hit 13 homers and .315 compared to 2 homers and .208 in the 1st half.  If he hits well this 2nd half, at least we’ll know not to pay attention to it in March of 2012.

Raul Ibanez – Well, there’s an exciting name.  Maybe I can point out Omar Infante next.  Ibanez has already started to get hot moving into the 2nd half…Yeah, I’m still not excited.

Jay Bruce – Was better in average and homers in the 2nd half of 2010, better in average in 2009 but an injury cut it short and he was better in homers in 2008 but that could’ve been him just finding his footing.  So, in other words, he’s not definitely better in the 2nd half, but if he does it this year, he’ll have a huge year and be a 2nd round draft pick next year.

Drew Stubbs – Solid in the 2nd half of 2010.  With only last year to look at, Stubbs doesn’t have a huge sample size to go on, but that never stopped my ex-girlfriends either.

Alexei Ramirez – Was much better in 2008, not better in 2009 and slightly better in 2010, so that leads us to maybe he’ll be better in 2011.  How’s that for clearing everything up?

Billy Butler – From 2008 to 2010, he has 883 1st half ABs and 19 homers.  In 763 2nd half ABs, he has 28 homers.  So he goes from a homer every 47th at-bat to every 27th at-bat.  Or from a light-hitting middle infielder to light-hitting middle infielder with moobs.  (BTW, Was sad to see the All-Star festivities couldn’t work in a wet t-shirt contest with Billy Butler and Pablo Sandoval.  Like that wouldn’t be more entertaining than Nick Jonas playing softball.)

Mark Teixeira – What would a list of post-All-Star break hitters be without Mark Teixeira?  Nada, nada, nada damn thing…

  1. Jake says:

    And my love/hate relationship with Raburn begins again…

  2. Steve says:

    @Derek Lee: You probably think this post is about you, don’t you?

  3. I think you forgot one ‘nada’: nada nada nada, nada damn thing.

    What’s Elijah Dukes without his swing?

    Good read otherwise, Grey, love your shizz, as you would say, and I sometimes do now after reading you …

  4. Lane says:

    Are the splits on S. Drew not that dramatic?

  5. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Would you start both Gallardo and Jimenez tomorow in Coors?

  6. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: Thanks for making me feel slightly better about Stubbs. Feels like he hasn’t done anything but strike out in months. I miss the early season 30/50 pace, but I wasn’t really expecting that to hold up (half hearted lie we tell ourselves after our fantasy hopes and dreams crash, burn, and are finally rudely sharted upon after the fire is put out by the wind of 122 whiffs). Have Alexei too but I’m Ron Popeiling him anyway.

    Anyhoo… Any updated thoughts on the Milwaukee closer situation? I’m hearing more and more rumblings about a closer by committee approach. Trying to package Axford, his facial hair, and Y!’s surprisingly 6th ranked SP Dan Haren off to the K-Rod owner in our league for Jered Weaver. Obviously, that ain’t happening unless Axford’s the set-in-stone closer. Has anything good ever come out of “by committee” anything in fantasy sports?

  7. ChiSox says:

    Who do I sit in a points league…thanks

    Gallardo (@ Colorado – Jimenez)
    Romero (NYY – Sabathia)
    Bumgarner (@SD – Harang)
    Cueto (STL – Westbrook)

  8. Hi Grey — Derek Lee is available in both my leagues: would you take Lee over Kotchman (in a 20-team league where I drafted Morneau) and Smoak (in a 14-teamer) as the sometimes 1B sometimes UTIL? Thanks!

  9. Also, would you start Liriano against KC?

  10. Steve says:

    @Steve: I bet you think you got that lyric right, don’t you? Don’t you? :-(

  11. jim877 says:

    My Pineda for his Stanton heads up

    12 team dynasty league, both are close to the same salary…I’m very weak at OF but Pineda is so hard to get rid of right now :(…any help or advice? thanks

  12. Howard says:

    @Grey Raburn or Cozart for my middle infidel?

  13. K76154 says:

    Derrek Lee, Matt Joyce, or Denard Span for second half?

  14. TheNewGuy says:

    Getting sick of Russell Martin as my catcher in one league, drop him for Wilson Ramos or Posada? Ramos has the most upside no?

  15. schlitzy says:

    14 team league- Presley or Swishalicious for ROS, OPS counts.

  16. pubscout says:

    grey-valverde/gardener for gio/swisher. which side do you like?

  17. Black Beard says:

    Is it possible the Yankees don’t DL A-Rod before tonight’s game?

  18. BSW says:

    Lucroy or Posada rest of the way?

  19. Johnny Drama says:

    Rank these goofballs for ROS please.

    Lomo, Tabata, Snider, Bernadina, Sizemore, Ludwick and Thames

  20. Matt Damon says:


    Supposedly, Doug Melvin said last night that K-Rod and Axford will have “less defined roles than in the past”. Can anyone say “co-closers”?


  21. Wilsonian says:

    @Matt Damon: what about us angry K-Rod owners? They said this yesterday, but there’s also the caveat that K-Rod will not close out 21 games so his option doesn’t vest.

  22. Ed Nugent says:

    What’s Mark Teixeira without that swing?

  23. Josh says:

    Is Lee better than Wigginton or Valencia?

  24. Matt Damon says:

    The popular thought was K-Rod would not continue to close after being traded to the Brewers. You should all be happy! Unless you’re a Mets fan… then I just feel bad for you.

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    non-keeper league, cut bait with rasmus for rajai davis?

  26. JP says:

    12 team mixed league head to head categories..would you drop wells or snider for a second half Lee?
    C – Soto
    1B – Berkman
    2B – Kinsler
    3B – Reynolds
    OF – Upton
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Holliday
    Util – Vernon Wells
    Bench – Snider

  27. Ed Nugent says:

    I have no room on my team to start Trumbo. Should I trade him for Eric Thames or should I shoot higher?

  28. Ed Nugent says:

    Also, Huff or Rayburn moving forward?

  29. Doc Pounder says:

    Chacin vs Greinke or Marcum vs Cook ? Thanks

  30. Benson says:

    Senor Grey,

    . Two quick questions:
    1) Madson off the DL in the next couple of days?
    2) I heard K-Rod might share the closer role. Who would you roll out for for the long week coming up: K-Rod, Gregg, Isringhausen?


  31. TualatinTwoStep says:

    Grey, I have Prado coming off the DL, and he has 2B/3B/OF eligibility in my league.

    My MI’s are HanRam/Alcides Escobar at SS and the Weeks brothers at 2B. I was thinking about dropping Escobar for Delmon Young, should I drop Jemile Weeks for him instead? Or should I stand pat. My thought was that Young has crushed Chen in the past, and I have an open outfield slot today…..

  32. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Marcum or Cueto?

  33. lopes says:

    who do i drop to pick up masterson, gee or neise?

  34. He wasn’t on this list, but I just can’t muster any mustard (or love) for S. Drew this year. His first half, especially June, was so lackluster that if he finished with a 10/10 season we’d all be excited. Ugh!

  35. Tchaikovsky08 says:

    Gut feeling: will Rizzo and/or Moustakas turn it around second half?

  36. Jason says:

    If you’re in 1st in STLs by a lot and near last in AVG…

    Howard + Gardner for A-Gonz? Fair?

  37. Ceasar says:

    Rumors that Nunez is on the block. Who takes over closing for the Fish? Mujica, Dunn, Cishek, Badenhop, Bueller, Bueller…?

  38. airweino says:

    Hey – love the website! Who do you like more in the 2nd half…

    Cuddyer or Peralta?

    Crisp or Rajai Davis?

  39. theguarantee says:

    Speculating that Nunez gets dealt, is Dunn the one to hold?

  40. airweino says:

    One more…standad 5×5 12 team mixed keeper league…

    I have Heath Bell and a 21 save lead (80-59). Could use some offense…is Bell for Pence a wise idea or should I look for something more?

  41. weas says:

    Start Garza tonight vs Fla? I can’t eat another 7 ER in a short H2H week.

  42. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Bumgarner @ SD or Marcum @ Col?

  43. AdamH says:

    Better matchup this week: Moseley v SF or Kennedy v LAD?

  44. Paddyman says:

    Anyone out there know how trading draft picks works in Yahoo? If I trade away my 2nd and 4th round picks for his 13th and 15th, that means I have no picks in 2 and 4 but 2 in both rounds 13 and 15 right?

    I got offered jeter and Kemp for hanley with the above trade of picks. I’m very tempted. What do you all think?

  45. Paddyman says:

    Also grey would you drop melancon for isringhausen as parnell has been snapped up? Do we know who the mets closer is definitively?

  46. airweino says:

    addendum to last question…could use catching help too so would Bell for McCann be a fair place to start an offer?

  47. Mike says:

    So given what we know as of right now about the mets and brewers closer situations, in a league with no bench spots would you hold on to K-rod or parnell for right now?

  48. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    @Paddyman – you’re right, but that doesn’t seem like a wonderful trade for you.

  49. Steve Stevenson says:

    Hosmer for Hardy fair in H2H redraft? Hosmer’s usually on my bench due to a glut of CI, while Hardy would probably start at MI over the likes of Desmond and R. Roberts.

  50. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey, @razzball nation: I’m in third place in one of my 10 team mixed 5×5 roto money leagues and need power and Ks. I’m thinking of offering Reyes, B. Phillips, and M. Adams for Cabrera and Ubaldo. I’ve been in talks with this owner and think he might bite on this deal. For him, Reyes would upgrade Aybar at SS, Phillips would upgrade Barney at MI, and Adams would give him saves in case Bell is traded (he also has Bell). I could slide Peralta to SS, Wiggy to MI (have Utley at 2B) and obviously get the power from Cabrera and Ks from Ubaldo.

    Thoughts on this deal? I could possibly sub Utley in for Phillips, but I think Phillips has a little more perceived value.

  51. Steve Stevenson says:

    Tommy John for Brett Anderson.

  52. herschel says:

    The Athletics have announced that Brett Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery.
    Awful news. Anderson has been sidelined since early June with what was termed as elbow soreness. He was even given a platelet rich plasma injection in an effort to avoid surgery, but clearly he hasn’t progressed as hoped. The talented young left-hander is officially droppable in standard mixed leagues. We won’t see him again until late-2012 or perhaps 2013.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jake: Ha!

    @Steve: Ha!

    @Jeremy: Thanks!

    @Lane: I just went over him two days ago.

    @The Sequential Hermaphrodite: In most leagues.

    @Marty Funkhouser: Axford would need to really screw up to lose more than 75% of the saves.

    @ChiSox: Gallardo

    @Enrique: Over both.

    @Enrique: If I owned him.

    @Steve: Ha!

    @jim877: Sounds good.

    @Howard: Cozart for now.

    @K76154: Joyce

    @TheNewGuy: Posada

    @schlitzy: Swisher

    @pubscout: Gio

    @Black Beard: Yes

    @BSW: Lucroy

    @Johnny Drama: Lomo, Bernadina, Sizemore…

    @Matt Damon: Bleh

    @Ed Nugent: Ha

    @Josh: Hold for now.

    @ThePoonTycoon: If you need steals.

    @JP: Hold for now.

    @Ed Nugent: Higher

    @Ed Nugent: Raburn

    @Doc Pounder: I don’t know what you’re asking.

    @Benson: Yes…Gregg

    @TualatinTwoStep: Escobar

    @Fletch: Marcum

    @lopes: Gee

    @ChrisV82: Ha

    @Tchaikovsky08: Moose

    @Jason: Sounds fair

    @Ceasar: Dunn

    @airweino: Sounds good.

    @theguarantee: Yes

    @weas: Yup

    @Fletch: Bum

    @AdamH: Kennedy

    @Paddyman: I’d take Kemp.

    @Paddyman: Nope

    @airweino: Yes

    @Mike: K-Rod

    @Steve Stevenson: Yes

    @Big Magoo: Sounds good for you.

    @Steve Stevenson: @herschel: Oh well

  54. chata says:


    are you buying into the rumor that ubaldo is going to be a yankee ?

  55. jack says:

    thinking about running my new acquisition the big donkey out this weekend instead of R Howard. RH will be up at Citi Field where he never fares well … Donkey will be facing 3 righties up in Detroit. One is Verlander but he has homered off him and feasts on Scherzer (the third is Penny). Am I crazy to gamble on a donkey re-birth to open the second half?

  56. peter says:

    @chata: FWIW, I don’t think the Yankees have the prospects to nab Ubaldo.

  57. Nonstoptalk says:

    I know your not high on David Wright for the rest of the year. Im not that high on him either but I was offered Wright for Crawford or Uggla. Is it worth taking a chance on Wright if I have Moustakas at 3B? Crawford and Uggla haven’t exactly been fantasy studs themselves.

  58. peter says:

    Hi Grey, I rarely ask for advice… but now I’m like Princess Leia’s hologram broadcasting from R2, “You’re my only hope…”

    James Shields has burned me so much in the past, so I hate that I’m even considering this deal: I give Lind, get Shields.

    12 team mixed h2h, I’m in 1st by a wide margin – thanks to my hitting, no thanks to my pitching (Gallardo, Liriano, Oswalt… than goodness for Masterson* and Pineda). But it’s a wide enough margin that I’m not at all desperate to make a deal.

    *Is it just me or whenever I see his name I get all Nathan Detroit, “Sky Masterson’s in town!”

  59. schlitzy says:

    ******Just saw Brandon Allen got the call over Goldschmidt

  60. royce! says:

    Reports are brandon Allen is getting promoted. Drop Chisenhall for him for an IF spot?

  61. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I just offered and had accepted AlexieRam and Ogando for HanRam.Are the Rangers going to limit Ogando’s innings the 2nd half having only pitched 41 last year? good trade?

  62. farcus says:

    long h2h points week, would you start Beachy, who has one start @COL or Aroldis Chapman (Cin has 10 games)? holds worth 4 pts, wins worth 10


  63. farcus says:

    also start cargo or brandon allen this week?

  64. airweino says:

    Thanks for the responses, but you missed this one…

    Who do you like more in the 2nd half between…

    Cuddyer or Peralta?

    Crisp or Rajai Davis?

  65. Lopes says:

    Schierholtz or Joyce?

  66. Brad Fullmer's Quads says:

    came up with a name for Sandoval that I haven’t seen elsewhere: Pablob

  67. Exactly says:

    Grey, trying to move lind, which trade would you prefer:

    A. lind for lilly/valencia?
    B. lind/marcum for kershaw?
    C. lind for norris?
    D. lind for kennedy?
    E. None of the above.

    Thanks, as always.

  68. herschel says:

    Anyone see The Franchise on showtime? Thoughts?

  69. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the earlier response. One last question: Allen (now that he got the call) or Moreland?

  70. Simon says:

    Grey, After discovering this site I would submit to you marrying my sister for endless fantasy advice for life. Let’s be best friends and party together every day. What do you think of this trade?

    Trading: Michael Pineda & Justin Smoak

    To get: Derrek Lee & C.J. Wilson

  71. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I do too, I hope it doesn’t get veto’d

  72. herschel says:

    @Grey: if leo nunez gets traded, who do you like for sagnof in fla? dunn? mujica? cishek?? field??

  73. LL Randell says:

    Arencibia or Posada the rest of the way?

  74. Steve Stevenson says:

    In my weekly H2H lineup, I only have room for one of the starters in Saturday’s Greinke @ Chacin matchup. Leaning Chacin, but could go either way. W, L and QS count. Who do you start?

  75. strugz says:

    You still own trout anywhere? I’m thinking of ditching for B. Allen. What says you?

  76. Rob says:

    Question: Allen is listed in Yahoo as OF. I presume he will be playing 1B for the snakes and will gain eligibility for him there once the prerequisite time is up. As a Dunn owner this is kind of important to me because I have been struggling finding adequate replacement while he sits on my bench (can’t get myself to drop yet).

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @strugz: Allen if you need power.

    @Rob: Will play 1B.

  78. Wilsonian says:

    Who wins these deals for this year and beyond:

    1) Heyward/Andrus/Shields for Jacoby/Tulo/Scherzer

    2) CarGo/Andrus/Shields for Jacoby/Tulo/Scherzer

  79. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: so let me get this straight…you’d take the Tulo deals there in either situation?


  80. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Allen on his way to majors: The Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks 1B/OF prospect Brandon Allen has been told that he is being recalled from Triple-A Reno. He has hit .306 with 18 home runs this season in the minors. Allen has been playing a majority of his games at first base in the minors. Juan Miranda and Xavier Nady have been splitting time at first base for the Diamondbacks.
    (Updated 07/14/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 7/14/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    Allen has shown a terrific eye at the plate, as his .427 on-base percentage indicates. He offers a possibility for solid slugging percentage and OPS as well in the long term. He is likely up to get playing time and is worth scooping up immediately in NL-only play and taking a speculative flier on in deeper mixed leagues given his long-term projections as a top prospect in the Arizona system.

  81. Luke T says:

    In a bubble for the second half – ibanez, valencia, or r. roberts?
    Thank you.

  82. The Vaporizers says:

    Brandon Allen or Mark Trumbo for ROS?

  83. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @The Vaporizers: trumbo over the unproven rookie

  84. Matt says:

    I am discussing a trade with a person who needs SBs and pitching while I need HRs. Right now, it looks like this:

    I send Andrus + one of (Kershaw, Sabathia, Hamels, CJ Wilson, Beachy, Vogelsong or Ubaldo)

    I get Tulowitzki

    Which starting pitcher do you think makes for the fairest trade (with of course a slight or not so slight edge to me?) Thanks!

  85. joe says:

    What are your thoughts on eduardo nunez? Is he the exclusive 3bagger taking a-rod’s spot for a month? How does he compare to other 3rd basemen? Worth a look?


  86. Let’s play Pick 3! One CI, one OF, and one UTIL for the second half from…

    Lonnie Chisenhall
    Josh Reddick
    Eric Hosmer
    Ryan Raburn
    Raul Ibanez

    12-Team Mixed, Roto, 5 regular cats plus OPS & K, if that matters

    Also, did you watch Rivals last night or are you saving it for the weekend?

  87. Thoughts on a trade I just offered up. Redraft 6×6 leauge OPS and CG’s extra stats, I am in 10th and hurting for Offense.

    Offered Stubbs, Wiggington (throw in CI) and Pineada for Prince Fielder. Worth it? Offering too much, too little? I know the M’s said Pineada isn’t shutting down, but I am not so sure they will stick to that plan…

  88. Black Beard says:

    Need a fill-in for A-Rod in a six cat. that counts OPS:

    Bonifacio, Headley, Valencia, or Moustakas?

  89. Dad says:

    @Grey: Would you drop Smoak for Brandon Allen?

  90. joe says:

    Right now im using cozart at SS. Eduardo Nunez is available on the wire. Is nunez a better option at SS than cozart?

  91. Wilsonian says:

    Keeper league, along the lines of my trade question above:

    Was now offered Tulo/Scherzer for Heyward/Krispie/Beachy

    I could then pick up any one of the following:

    Pena, Markakis, Frenchy, Freeman, Trumbo, Kelly Jo, Snider

    Without Heyward and Krispie, my OF is this: Kemp, Lind, CarGo, Bourn and we play 3 with 2 UTIL spots.

  92. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: scratch that, can’t pick up Pena.

    But what do you think about that deal?

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,presley,allen or d brown

  94. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’d probably feel slightly better about myself if I got some of the hipper references you throw out there, but if I have to be 70s MOR guy, it’s a cross I’m prepared to bear.

  95. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: or this deal:

    Tulo/F-Her for CarGo/Krispie/Shields

    Anyone else can chime in if need be.

  96. Donnie Baseball says:

    Fielder and Zambrano or M. Holliday and Garza?


  97. Donnie Baseball says:

    @Wilsonian: I don’t think you can pass up getting Tulo and Felix. But how many keepers and who’s at SS for you now? Then pick up Markakis or Snider.

  98. Wilsonian says:

    @Donnie Baseball: yeah, that’s the tough part. We have 5 keepers and Andrus is at short for me now. These would be my potential keepers: Fielder, Tulo, Longo, Kemp, and one of either Heyward, Verlander, Lincecum, Hamels or F-Her.

  99. Graveyard Duck says:

    Grey, how high are you on Eric Thames? Am I crazy for wanting to drop Colby Rasmus for him?

  100. @Grey: Keep Freese over D. Lee, right?
    & D. Hudson dropped in a small 10 Team H2H. I know you don’t dig on hoarding (see any of those crazyass shows?!) a Waiver Priority, but is he worth using up a #1 spot if I’d have to drop any of Bedard, Hughes or J. Sanchez? If so, which would you recommend releasing? Thanks for the help!

  101. Wilsonian says:

    Ok, now he’s offered me this:

    Tulo/Pena/F-Her for CarGo/Heyward/Shields

    Take it like a man? I mean…er….

  102. zzzzzz says:

    Drop Ax-man for Salas?

  103. Donnie Baseball says:

    Please rank: D. Hudson, Garza, Latos, Wandy.

  104. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: then let me ask you this: if this would be my team afterwards, would you do it?

    C – Napoli
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Lind
    OF – Krispie
    UTIL – Pena
    UTIL – Bourn
    BN – Andrus

    SP – Verlander
    SP – F-Her
    SP – Lincecum
    RP – K-Rod
    RP – Santos
    P – Walden
    P – D. Hernandez
    P – Hamels
    BN – Anibal
    BN – Morrow
    BN – D.Hudson
    BN – Beachy

    Or he would offer Scherzer/Tulo/Pena for Heyward/Krispie/Shields.

    Which deal would you do? The one to get F-Her, but lose CarGo OR the one to get Scherzer and keep CarGo, but lose Krispie?

  105. tom says:

    grey, a couple of start/sit questions for my RCL team tonite…

    bartolo @ TOR? anibal @ ChC?

  106. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: I take that back, the second offer would be Scherzer/Tulo for Heyward/Krispie/Shields.

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Lawrie back in game action: Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced that prospect Brett Lawrie will play for Class A Dunedin starting on Thursday and stay through the weekend. He will then be re-evaluated. Lawrie hasn’t played since fracturing his right hand with Triple-A Las Vegas on May 31.
    (Updated 07/14/2011)
    Injury Report
    No information available at this time (Updated 7/14/11).
    Fantasy Analysis
    This is a surprising announcement seeing how Lawrie wasn’t expected to return to game action until August. Well, if he has a good weekend with Dunedin, then you have to wonder how far off his promotion to the majors will be. Fantasy owners need to keep tabs on Lawrie’s progress. He could be an impact rookie in the fin

  108. Steve says:

    @Grey: Heh, probably more Middle of the Road than Monsters of Rock (emoticon).

    Quite a bit of Carly Simon, James Taylor, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac etc in my house growing up.

  109. dan rydell says:

    grey and razzballers,

    drop desmond jennings for brandon allen? or is jenning worth the 2-3 week injury wait because of his upside? allen likely won’t start for me unless he starts crushing

  110. Chris says:


    Better H2H play for the short week at OF?

    Swisher (4 @ TOR) or Wigginton (4 vs MIL)

  111. Will says:

    heyward and adam dunn or grady sizemore and morse

    which side? I rarely play sizemore and Morse fills either my OF or UTIL spot. So I would insert Heyward in my lineup everyday and watch and see if dunn can turn it around.

  112. Will says:

    what order would you rank for ROS

    Daniel Hudson, Morrow, or Scherzer?

  113. Will says:

    @grey, I put morse in the trade, but I meant to say Hosmer. I have 3 1B, with a 1B and 2 UTIL spots. So I would need to trade either Hosmer or Lind to open a spot instead of Morse

  114. Jake says:

    Anyone worried about playing Ortiz this week? He’s 99% going to appeal, right?

    Wouldn’t really care in roto, but in H2H pts it can make all the difference this week.

  115. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey encarnacion or chisenhall

  116. John says:

    Should i accept a trade for B.J. Upton and 10 roster moves for my Hunter Pence. My league is a 12 team h2h format and has a max of 55 roster moves. I have about 20 moves left.

    My roster
    Mike Napoli
    Prince Fielder
    Danny Espinosa
    Mark Reynolds
    Elvis Andrus
    (Tex – SS)
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Hunter Pence
    Alex Gordon
    Carlos Pena
    Justin Upton
    David Wright

  117. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @John: your taking an ave hit and some rbi,s and ganing steals,if you can afford that than yes

  118. chata says:

    a-rod to DL … on yahoo

  119. Eng says:

    Howdie, Grey. Do you prefer Aaron Hill or Raburn? I own both but may try and trade one (if I can get anything that is). Ta mucho

  120. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: ok, so if I do that, I have to pick up a utility bat…who’s the pickup:

    Kelly Jo, Delmon, Markakis, Snider, Walker, Castro, Frenchy, Trumbo, Freeman, Rajai?

  121. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    grey:start Ubaldo tonight at home vs Brewers?….I know Ubaldo has been a lot better recently,but most of his worst starts have been at Coors,and the Brewers Lineup in that park scares me.

  122. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the input, as always.

    Which side would you take in a Wright+Haren+Axford for A-Rod+Weaver or King Felix trade?

    I threw that out there and got some positive feedback. Only thing that worries me about it is A-Rod not making it back by playoff time. I’ve got Aramis at 3rd right now though, so Wright is more or less expendable to me.

  123. Eng says:

    Hmmm, just looked at the stats and historically Dunn hits far less well post all-star. I want(ed) to trade for him and the potential 20 bombs but, not even counting this season, history shows this to be unlikely. Darn it, would you still offer for him?

  124. Eng says:

    I was offered his Dunn for my Panda but I’m pretty sure I’m sticking with Sandoval

  125. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: 10 team h2h 8×8 league

  126. jessegeeeee says:

    Grey, would you accept a trade for Kelly Johnson and Erik Bedard for Martin Prado?

    Just lost Brett Anderson for the year and i’m stretched thin with my staff.

  127. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: Could I ask why you’d take Wright+Haren+Axford over A-Rod+Felix/Weaver?

    I know it’s not because you believe in second half Haren being a better option than second half Felix/Weaver, so it must be A-Rod, Wright, or Axford. I’ve been fine without Wright and I have an extra closer to give. Even if I didn’t have a healthy A-Rod until September, the end of the season seems to be when he’s been at his best. Do you just believe he won’t be healthy/worth much the rest of the year because of the surgery?

    H2H 5×5

  128. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man, I think I’ll take your advice. You don’t think I should do the CarGo/Heyward/Shields for Tulo/F-Her/Pena deal and stick with the Heyward/Krispie/Shields for Tulo/Scherzer and pick up Kelly Jo deal?

  129. AL KOHOLIC says:

    thank you grey for your witt and wisdom

  130. John says:

    Thanks for your advice.

  131. chata says:


    thanks for the update .

  132. chata says:

    2nd inning and every single blue jay has score …. 9-0

  133. aj says:

    14 team 5×5, 3 keepers per team, Which side would you want?
    Josh Hamilton, Morse, Yunel



  134. AL KOHOLIC says:

    $1 says colon hits the D.L soon

  135. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @aj: josh

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jessegeeeee: Sure

    @Marty Funkhouser: Essentially it’s Wright for A-Rod, Wright’s due back in a week or two, A-Rod’s having knee surgery. You want to trade Wright that low, go for it.

    @Wilsonian: CarGo/Heyward/Shields for Tulo/F-Her/Pena — Better deal.

    @AL KOHOLIC: No problem.

    @John: No problem.

    @aj: Hanley, but it’s fair.

  137. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Could you please rank Eric Thames, Alex Presley, and Mike Trout ROS?

  138. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Bautista turned ankle sliding into 3rd.

  139. Donnie Baseball says:

    Grey, no Tulo for big 2nd halves. Didn’t look at any stats, but seems like he always has a huge 2nd half.

    Also missed this article when it came out. Makes you wonder how these guys get their jobs. Just like Bowden, always wondered how S. Phillips got his job. The comments section is the best. And you have to give him credit for reading the comments and responding to them.

  140. C.O.C. says:

    @Grey: Ha. Earlier you told me not to start Colon, Hughes, or Miller over the other choices I gave you. After, I noticed Colon actually gets a third start in my leagues extended scoring period and started him over Luebke (your choice). Colon proceeds to drop a bomb on my score. You think the ship has sailed on Colon being a reliable fantasy option or am I dreaming wishing he could pitch as good as he was he did in the first half? He bailed me out bigtime from losing Oswalt….

  141. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Grey: Didn’t look too bad. He left the game. Reported to be a sprain, which could mean a day or a few weeks.

  142. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thank man. Just to clarify, it’s a 5 player keeper so if I dealt CarGo my keepers would then be Fielder, Tulo, Longoria, Kemp and then one of Verlander, Lincecum, F-Her. But if I didn’t deal CarGo, he would be my 5th keeper.

    Still do the F-Her deal?

  143. Marty Funkhouser says:

    @Grey: Thanks for your patience. I figured that was your thinking behind it, but I wanted to know for sure. Have a tendency to talk myself into something and not want to back down from it. Unloading what’s been a horrendous second round pick in Wright for cabbage is one of those “somethings”. You’re like a one man fantasy baseball suicide hotline. Keep fighting the good fight, sir.

  144. herschel says:

    Jose Bautista has been diagnosed with a “twisted” right ankle and is considered day-to-day.
    Bautista suffered the injury while running the bases Thursday, tweaking his ankle at first base and then hurting it even more on a slide into third. He’s being called “day-to-day” but could miss multiple games. John McDonald filled in on Thursday night.

  145. Eddie says:

    First half Gallardo is apparently second half Gallardo.

  146. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Mini Donkey slumping… Ks are racking up. Hopefully he hits one out to get him back on track.

  147. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Drop Liriano for Adams/speculative saves?

  148. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man, once again, for the advice.

    Can you rank these few OF bats, and would you still take Kelly Jo over them?

    Snider, Markakis, Delmon

  149. royce! says:

    I’m at Petco, wondering how a team with Nate Shierholtz hitting cleanup could be in 1st. One of the many mysteries of the world, really.

  150. will says:

    @Grey: which 2 do you like best for ROS – hosmer, lind, or morse?

  151. Steve says:

    So did I see that right? The Brewers let Gallardo bat and then pulled him?

    If you’re a manager, you have to go your own way, I suppose.

  152. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: many thanks.

    Do my eyes deceive me, or did Napoli really get a steal?

  153. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wanted to embarrass him further, I suppose.

    @Wilsonian: He’s a man of many talents.

  154. Brian says:

    Would you drop Ian Desmond for Cozart at this point?

  155. pipa says:

    Grey, I need your input. Do you think I need more/better SP.

    1. Verlander
    2. D. Hudson
    3. Chacin
    4. Zimmerman
    5. Beachy
    6. Karstens
    7. Luebke
    8. Leake
    9. Beavan

    In 5th right now, 14 team league. 9×9..W, L, K, CG, ERA, WHIP, SV, HLD, QS…25 man roster. Only have 3 RP. Hernandez, Coleman, and Perkins.

    My Roster looks like this.

    C. Ramos
    1B. Votto
    2B. Kinsler
    3B. Reynolds
    SS. Reyes ( Cozart at the moment)
    OF. Kemp
    OF. Stanton
    OF. Gordon
    UT. Frenchy
    UT. G. Sanchez
    B. Trumbo
    B. Ackley
    B. Hosmer

    H, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, R, SB, AVG, OBP

  156. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Watching Marmol blow Garza’s win was fun.


  157. Eddie says:

    I hate the Cubs and I hate myself for loving the Cubs.

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brian: No

    @pipa: Surprised you’re in 5th. Team looks pretty solid. Don’t think your staff needs major help. Punting saves isn’t a great way to go. Is this a keeper? Why do you have so many rookies? Maybe trade one of your bench rookies for a #3. Like Kuroda or Garza.

    @Feeding the Abscess: That was brutal.

  159. royce! says:


    Not sure how well that will work. I think the people around me are confused that adrian Gonzalez hasnt batted yet.

    Seriously, I’m like 14 rows directly behind home, but surrounded by Giants fans. At least it brings up the attendance…

  160. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Yeah, diehards, just for the wrong team. Sounds like Petco.

    @Awesomus Maximus: The only thing missing from this season: More CT. Wasn’t sure why they talked feverishly about sending in Evan but then when Kenny and Wes were gonna be in no one talked about sending them in to face CT and Adam. Kenny or Wes could handle Adam with one hand then they have three hands for CT.

  161. Steve says:

    Be nice if LoMo could join in the fun in Chicago.

  162. MJD22 says:

    @Grey: If Wandy is traded to a contender, how will his value compare to Gallardo’s for the rest of the season?

  163. pipa says:

    Not a keeper, just like the rooks…..yea, I’ve been trying to move Hosmer and Karstens but our league is tight with their SP. Thanks for feedback.

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wow, Marmol really lit up a bomb.

    @MJD22: I don’t know where he’s getting traded.

  165. Hans says:

    @Grey Crapoli with a combo meal!!!!!!.
    Random commenter tomorow: Should I pick up Crapoli……yes, yes you should……

  166. Steve says:

    Yikes Holland – don’t collapse in a heap now.

  167. Fletch says:

    @Grey: who wins… Beltre/Stauffer for V-Mart/Cueto or does Panda instead of Beltre make a difference?

  168. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: he’s also dining on a nice slam n legs tonight…

  169. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hans: Ha!

    @Fletch: V-Mart side if you put in Pablo. Beltre side otherwise.

    @Wilsonian: Yum

  170. @Grey: Yeah, like I wrote a while back, CT just doesn’t seem as unstable as usual… very disappointing so far. You noticed, I’m sure, that Wes was the one pushing for CT/Adam in the challenge until it was his ass on the line… Powder-lookin’ douchetard.

  171. WDE05 says:

    Hey grey…what do you think about Joe Saunders? I think Colon has finally run out of gas (fortunately I left him on my bench today) so I’m looking for a replacement. 40% of the d-backs remaining games are against LAD and SD and from glancing over their schedule, it appears his next 6 starts will be against LAD, brewers, SD, SF, Houston, NYM. Also, 7 out of the backs final 9 series will be against SD, SF and LAD. He’s not going to help much on Ks, but one would think he would put up a solid #s otherwise against some of the weakest offenses. Thoughts?

  172. Steve says:

    Why has Nate Schierholtz stopped hitting?

    Because I picked him up of course.

  173. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: read my thoughts

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