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.  Anyway, here’s the best 2nd half fantasy baseball hitters for 2010:

Derrek Lee – Last year, he played the 2nd half like he was walking onto a yacht with an apricot scarf.  I think last year was an anomaly, which is a fancy word for saying ignore Derrek Lee’s 2nd half.  But if you’re choosing between the schmohawk behind door #3 and Lee, then I’d go with Lee just for the chance he can repeat even a tiny bit of last year, so that’s negating the negation.

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.  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.

Prince Fielder – Last year, he led the majors with 24 homers.  If anyone besides Ryan Howard can hit 20+ homers in 2 and a half months, it’s Prince.

Carlos Pena – 26 homers in 07’s 2nd half.  17 homers in the 2nd half  of 2008.  Last year, he hit 15.  This year I say he hits as many as it takes to give him 39 for the year.  Why?  Cause Pena is a 39 homer guy.  Yes, it’s that scientific.

Ryan Zimmerman – Always hits for a better average in the 2nd half, but last year he also chucked in 19 homers.  If you currently own Holliday, Zimmerman and Fielder on the same team, you’re enjoying this post so far, huh?  Go take a steam, you’re done for today.

Magglio Ordonez – Consistently hits for more power and a better average in the 2nd half.  Not someone I’d necessarily trade for, but if he was a throw-in into another trade, I wouldn’t kick him out of bed.

Nyjer Morgan – Had the third best average in last year’s 2nd half just in front of Joe Mauer and Howie Kendrick (<–bonus name!).  So far this year, Nyjer’s been a bit unlucky (though he was a bit lucky during last year’s 2nd half).  If all things were equal, I’d look like Tom Cruise, have duckets like Bill Gates and Nyjer would have a good 2nd half.

Ty Wigginton – Honestly, I think Wiggy might’ve used up all his goodwill in April and May, so I’m not saying trade for him, but he has been better in the 2nd half for the last 4 years.

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

  1. Mets fan says:

    Grey doumit or olivo rest of the way?

  2. Big Nate says:

    Follow up on my question about Granderson and Brian Wilson for Rasmus or Hunter. Does your answer change if I told you Hunter would be an 8th round keeper vs. Rasmus as an 18th round keeper next year?

  3. Frank Rizzo says:

    F…U…C…K, Utley to the DL, he’s on his way!

  4. Tom Emanski says:

    You can add A-Gon to the list too. Not Alex, but Adrian. About 90 OPS points higher in the 2nd half from 2007-2009.

  5. Ryan says:

    Which side now that Utley’s going on the DL: Utley/Big Papi or Kendrick/Morneau?

  6. Tom Emanski says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Effffff. Injuries just keep piling up for me all on one team. Cruz, Asdrubal, Hawpe, Crisp, JDLR, Street, and now Chutley.

  7. Kevin says:

    I give Hamilton for Votto. Is this a fair trade?

  8. hoju says:

    I picked up Rich Harden to enjoy my empty DL spot 100% because of his career second half splits. I feel like this won’t end well for me.

  9. herschel says:

    @Grey: sweet, my fielder/zimmerman/pena parlay hit. thanks for the encouraging words.

  10. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey: You had me just with Fielder, but Zimmerman got me all hot and bothered. For the rest of the year, would you rather have Wiggy or Tyler Colvin?

  11. Interesting to see Wiggy on the list. I think Mark Reynolds is a better 2nd half guy too.
    What do you think of this deal? I trade Reynolds for Vernon Wells. I’m trying to get Posey for Wiggy added but what about just those two?

  12. yanks4life says:

    Drop Lind for Laroche?

  13. @Grey: What about just Wells for Reynolds? Would you do that?

  14. Marlo Stanfield says:

    12 team Head2Head keeper league, have to keep 4, and can keep up to 6, with a supplemental draft to make sure every team has 6 players at the start of the regular draft. Standard scoring 5×5.

    I have been offered a deal by a team that is pretty much out of playoff contention that would really shore up my pitching staff. My Miguel Cabrera and Brett Cecil for Prince Fielder, Fransico Liriano, and either Jenks or Street.

    My current starters are:

    Haren, Lester, J. Santana, G. Floyd, Pettite, Cecil, Slowy, Wandy, and Webb with Broxton and Soriano as my closers but we have can start up to three closers. Do I risk giving up one of the most consistent 1B in baseball, for a streaky one like Fielder that probably has a higher ceiling in terms of power potential?

    If it helps here is my lineup. Starters Wieters, Cabrera, I. Stewart, Hanley, Reynolds, Smoak, J. Lopez, Lind, Quentin, Borbon, D. Young, AJax. Bench Colvin, Matsui, Tabata.

  15. William says:

    @Grey – Thoughts on Carlos Guillen as a 2B? Not sure if the well has run dry on Kelly Johnson

  16. Wilsonian says:

    Would you deal Cruz and one of these pitchers for Howard in an 8 Team H2H Keeper:

    Doc, JJ, Ubaldo, Weaver, Verlander, C.Lewis, Floyd?

    I’m assuming deal Cruz before Kemp?

  17. @Grey: Thanks. I just might do it but I’m trying to get more. Would you do Hammel for Wiggy, I get Wiggy?

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’m getting Reynolds and giving up Vernon Wells.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: I’d prefer Johnson.

    @Wilsonian: Floyd or Lewis and Cruz for Howard, sure.

  19. Christopher says:

    I think this ordering is right, however…rest of the year performance:

    Granderson, LaRoche, Ludwick?

    I could see swapping Grandy and LaRoche.

  20. Kevin says:

    What about Crawford / Ad. LaRoche for Adam Jones / Hamilton? I just picked Adam Jones off of waivers.

  21. Marlo Stanfield says:

    I would be getting Fielder, Liriano, and Jenks or Street, for Miguel Cabrera and Cecil

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Christopher: Looks fine the way you have it.

    @Kevin: I’d take Hamilton’s side.

    @Marlo Stanfield: I answered on the last post. It’s okay for you. Not exactly a slam dunk. I’d take Street.

  23. Ryan says:

    Morrow has sucked on the road but still start him vs the Indians tonight in CLE, right?

  24. LordMetz says:

    I just traded away Hamilton for Adrian Gonzalez… Thoughts?

  25. Capt. John says:

    Ortiz or Pena rest of year in H2H.


  26. Christopher says:

    @LordMetz: For me, I like the stability of AGon v. the cross-your-fingers/hold-your-breath/wait-for-the-shoe-to-drop feeling of owning Hamilton.

  27. Dracula says:

    LaPorta or Snider in a keeper league?

  28. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:

    Oh, Grey, this puts me in this pickle: I’ve been playing D Lee all season with Ad LaRoche on my bench. NL only. We make lineup moves on Tuesdays. So, starting next Tuesday (July 6), who should be my 1B for the rest of the season?

  29. cruisinkc says:

    Quite the busy day on the trade front…

    The owner seemingly upgraded his trade to:
    I get: Zobrist and Posada

    I give: Strasburg

    I currently have Paulino at catcher and have just been going with the hot bat this season at that position. Is this enough of an upgrade to do the trade?

  30. @Grey: Offered Panda for Weaver. If it’s accepted, I’d probably grab Inge (or maybe Empty Freddy and slide Wiggy Jr. over to 3B) off of waivers. I figure I can take the AVG hit, as I recently added DeJesus and Jete’s average should climb to .300 or so by years end. Santana too has been a huge upgrade over the false idol, Weiters.

    Even if Panda hits, it seems like it’ll be hallow in that lousy lineup.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, that’s fine. I have Inge in one league, he’s been passable.

  32. Grey! As a 2 and a half year Razzball enthusiast and defending fantasy baseball champ, I can’t thank you enough and I owe you several cases of girly drinks.

    I need help. With Cruz finally getting off the DL I have now been smacked with Utley and VMart to the DL in the past 24 hours. I have addressed VMart with a Suziki and a Posey.

    Of all the bottom feeders out there, I am confused and scared!?!?

    Who do you snag?

    Ian Stewart, Gordon Beckham, Clint Barmes, Aviles, SeanRod, Jose Lopez, Carlos Guillen, or Ian Desmond

    I feel like I already know the answer here but I want to be sure.

    Also, I value all your commenters comments so comment commenters!

    Thanks Grey!

  33. William says:

    @Grey – Gordon Beckham – Thoughts?

  34. sean says:

    I don’t know about the ready of you, but I’m ready to open a nice, hot can of PABST this summer.

  35. tourinct says:

    Crapolanco to the DL! Looking at Beckham, Hudson, Callaspo, Wiggy and Guillen on waiver wire. Any preference?

  36. @Grey: btw Crapolanco just got put on the DL along with Utley. Weaver’s owner has him. “So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice,” as Carl Spackler said.

  37. cruisinkc says:

    @Grey: I countered by having Kershaw and Zobrist in the deal for just Strasburg.

  38. mr baseball says:

    @33 zutroy Says:
    June 29th, 2010 at 7:50 am
    @mr baseball: Nice…got the moody blues one, but what was the first one?


  39. Eddy says:

    Better from here on out:

    Greinke, Peavy, Arroyo

    And your is your choice better than the next guy by a long shot?

  40. keith says:

    Super happy right now that 3 of my first 4 picks were Utley, Tulo, Lind. Beckett was the first pitcher I took, too. What a fun game!!

  41. Wilsonian says:

    What’s your take on Kemp or Cruz for A-Gonz or Prince in an 8 Team H2H Keeper? Which combo would you prefer?

  42. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Rank these guys for a Utility spot from here on out:

    LaRoche, G.Sanchez, Ross, or Snider?

    Also rank these SAGNOF in a 10 team 7 keeper 5×5 roto:

    Venable, Torres, Patterson, Borbon, Tabata

  43. Mets fan says:

    Grey with utley on the dl who’s the better option barmes or Sean rodriguez?

  44. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:

    Oh, Grey, you silly goose, with one eye in the mirror as you watch yourself gavotte. It’s weekly lineup changes. Unless you can tell me “Play D Lee 7/6-19, play Ad LaRoche 7/20-26, Lee 7/27-8/2, back to LaRoche 8/3-16, etc.,” I want to know which 2nd-half monster you’d play the rest of the way. Who is it?

  45. cruisinkc says:

    @Grey: He didn’t take it, he doesn’t see that as even a close trade in value. Guess I’ll be hanging onto Strasburg for now hoping he strings along a few more solid starts before teams adjust to him.

  46. rafi says:


    For al-only please rate the following crappy sp’s – keeping in mind injury risk, demotion risk, nl-trade risk:

    wade davis, kevin millwood, ben sheets, joe saunders

    Thanks in advance.

  47. Smiley says:

    regular 5×5, I’m trying to trade for Tex. He’s giving Tex and Johan and I’m giving up Butler, Verlander, and Capps. I’m okay giving up saves, but I feel like I’m getting a bit worked by this and want a better SP in return. He really only has Pettitte (terrible xFIP), De la Rosa, and Johan to choose from. Should I take DlR instead of Johan and try to upgrade somewhere else?

  48. Hi guys,
    Could really use your advice?

    On the table I have two real offers.

    1. I get Reynolds for Vernon Wells.

    2. I get Reynolds, Wigginton and Jaso for Vernon Wells, Jason Hammel, Buster Posey.

    Normally I would prefer trade #1 but because of the Utley injury I suddenly need a 2B which Wigginton provides.

    I could wait until Monday when I can maybe pick up someone like Sanchez and not trade Hammel and Posey.

    Also if I trade Hammel I have the option of keeping him for tonight’s start against SD.

    Your help would be most appreciated,

  49. alex says:

    what do you think of Jose Lopez for the rest of the year could he still finish with close to 20 hr’s and a .270 avg?

  50. To follow up, if you recommend trade #2, would you recommend I keep Hammel for tonight’s start or get Wigginton into my lineup tonight?


  51. Bodymore says:

    My team has sunk to 9/12, so I need to fix things (mostly luck, but I’ll do what I can) to stay competitive for the rest of the season. I don’t think the playoffs are out of reach yet, especially considering that Quentin is back, and Zimmerman will heat back up. Hopefully Granderson and Bay can build on some recent success. Anyway, my glaring hole is at CI, and MI. I got stuck with Sean Rod who is still fighting for playing time, and my Kendry replacement is a mix of Kouzmanoff and Pedro Alvarez. I cut Smoak too soon, so am afraid to give up on Alvarez.

    I do seem to have a surplus of SP (Greinke, Haren, Bucholz, J. Garcia, CJ Wilson, Morrow, J. Sanchez, Chacin, Bumgarner, Volquez, De La Rosa).

    Should I target another CI? Who would you use as bait and what tier player would you target?

  52. Bodymore says:

    I should add that it is a QS/OPS H2H league.

  53. Frank Rizzo says:

    Awesome. Now they’re talking about surgery on Utley’s hand. Sure am glad I traded for him. Would have been better sticking with Prado. I feel lucky that I was able to pluck Howie Kendrick from the wire just minutes ago. Howie Kendrick….yahoo.

  54. dsimon says:

    Two Parter:

    1. Could you rank these blah replacements for David Freese (DL): Casey Blake, Kevin Frandsen, Daric Barton

    2. I’ve got David Freese in my 1B/3B slot. My DL slot is full (Pedroia) and I have no offensive bench to speak of. Should I drop Freese for a replacement above, or drop a pitcher?

    My staff is Wainwright, Hamels, Ely, Oswalt, Cueto, Medlen, E Santana, Fister, Bedard.

  55. Kazmere says:

    Pagan back in action tonight.
    BJ sitting against Red Sox.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Smiley: I’d take the Tex and Johan side. If you can get a better SP, go for it. dlR’s not better.

    @Frank Kim: Take trade #2, start Hammel tonight.

    @alex: Probably fall a little short of that.

    @Bodymore: Trade any of these guys Greinke, Haren, Bucholz, J. Garcia for Zimmerman. In reverse order of SPs.

    @Frank Rizzo: Really? Hadn’t heard that, yikes.

    @dsimon: Blake, Barton… No idea the size of your league to know whether to drop Freese.

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

  58. KarlJ. says:

    Ugh, need a replacement for 2b as I lost both Pedroia and my backup ( Polanco)
    Replacement options are Prado, Wiggy or Figgins. Prado owner always asks for a lot back in trades. Got offered Wiggy for Zito and could probably swing a similar deal for Figgins. Should I jump one of those? And if so, which one ( Wiggington or Figgins)?

  59. @Grey: Thanks! I’ll start Hammel tonight.

  60. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Saw this at Rotoworld:
    “Chase Utley (thumb) is scheduled to see a hand specialist in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

    The words “Utley” and “surgery” scare the heck out of Phillies fans and fantasy owners alike, however it is possible that the specialist will determine that the injury to his right thumb will require surgery. His status is in a state of limbo at the moment.”

  61. Adam says:

    Willingham or RoboJones? Any chance Robo sneaks his way up into consideration for a keeper spot (6 players kept in top 6 rounds)

  62. LMack says:

    Can Sabathia be counted on to have better peripherals and W’s while posting less K’s compared to Jered Weaver from this point forward?

  63. Bodymore says:

    @Grey: Already have Zimmerman at 3B, Morneau at 1B. Need to fill the CI spot Kendry occupied. Who are other alternatives to target with the same priority of SP? Many thanks, I know that was a long post.

  64. DrEasy says:

    Wow, it’s been tough picking the right guy in the first round of the draft so far: look at Utley, ARod, Teixeira, Fielder, etc.

  65. dsimon says:

    @Grey: It is a commenter league…

  66. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: so I’m basically understanding this as you would want Kemp and Fielder, therefore I should try to deal Cruz for Fielder? Sounds like a plan. I also just took your advice and dropped DLR to put Utley on the DL and snagged Weeks. As of right now, this is not a downgrade. Ha! Side question: do you think Cahill will keep up the good work for the rest of the season? How do you rank these three: Cahill, Lewis, Floyd?

    Oh, and many thanks for your hard work on this site. It’s my Bible…and even though I haven’t magically become un-unemployed, I thought it was high time I sent you a Daiquiri and quit completely abusing this site.

  67. Matt says:

    @Grey: In a 6×6 12 team H2H (WHIP, OBPA), how would you rank the following going forward

    E. Jackson

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Yikes

    @Adam: Jones… No on keepers.

    @LMack: Wins are a crapshoot.

    @Bodymore: Try for corners around that area. Votto, Dunn, etc.

    @DrEasy: Somehow I avoided them all except Tex.

    @dsimon: Drop Freese.

    @Wilsonian: Lewis, Floyd… Thanks!

    @Matt: Oswalt, Bills…

    EDIT: Word

  69. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: No problemo, it’s the least I could do! Where would you put DLR and Volquez into that list of Cahill, Floyd, Lewis?

  70. Turd Ferguson says:

    Anyone rolling with Leake tonight (5×5 Roto) against the newly-depleted Phils and Joe Blanton? I don’t really trust Leake, but Joe Blanton and the bottom of that PHI order are tempting me like a stripper with a southern accent.

  71. bodymore says:

    Grey: Thanks. Would you rather grab a guy like that at a higher cost (Greinke/Haren) , or say, get Glaus for J. Garcia?

  72. cruisinkc says:

    Just thought I’d keep my question binge going. So I am wondering if you think Johan Santana’s current crappiness will continue and if I should think of selling him. I thought about doing a deal getting Howie Kendrick for Santana straight up but I feel like I would be selling too low on Santana? Thoughts?

  73. Eddy says:

    Posey @ John Ely?


    Wieters @ Dallas Braden?

  74. Eddy says:

    You’d definitely be selling low on Santana. If you want to get rid of him, ask for a position player of Kendrick’s status and get a hot SP such as Morrow.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Floyd, Lewis, Volquez, dlR…Changes if they return healthy.

    @Turd Ferguson: Ha! I wouldn’t trust him, but it could work out fine. Definitely better without Utley.

    @bodymore: I’d prefer to get a guy that would do the job (Votto) vs. a guy who could be useless in a few weeks.

    @cruisinkc: What Eddy said.

    @Eddy: Wieters

  76. Eddy says:

    @Turd Ferguson:
    Well if you look at Leake’s success, the first thing you notice is that all the 1 ER and 0 ER starts were against bad teams such as OAK, PIT, WAS, and the Mets when they were struggling. Any other team even remotely good he goes to about 3 ER. That being said, a lineup without Polanco and Utley is worth a shot, but could STILL be dangerous considering J-Roll, Howard, and Werth remain. Very similiar to the Mets lineup. Great leadoff hitter, great 3-hole hitter, and another power guy (though Werth exceeds Bay by a longshot). I’m tempted to say Victorino is a threat, but he’s hitting under .250 on the season (though he’s modestly hitting .300 recently).

    All in all, if you can handle a bad start, it’s worth a shot.

  77. cruisinkc says:

    @Eddy: @Grey: Thanks guys!

  78. Kazmere says:

    @Eddy: @Grey: Braden scratched from tonight’s game– sore elbow. Mazzaro is starting.

  79. Steve says:

    @Grey: I hereby declare all the guys on the list to be useless.

  80. Eddy says:

    Thanks for the heads up! Unfortunately Wieters isn’t starting

  81. Eric says:

    hai grey,

    So for the 2nd half, what types of players would you compare Adam Laroche to?

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: No problem.

    @Kazmere: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Steve: Working that power of the jinx, huh? A Razznoob would read your comment and would declare you crazy.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric: Butler…

  84. bodymore says:

    @Grey: I agree, problem is that it is a keeper league and people love their dependable CIs, having a hard time convincing anyone they should even discuss trading someone I want. Don’t think Greinke or Haren will get a Longoria, Dunn, Votto, Fielder type. Gotta keep trying and be creative though…

  85. Jason says:

    Grey, how do you feel about Panda? I’ve got a keeper league trade on hold that has Panda/Tom Hunter going for Willingham/Anderson (who I love dearly), and I have Bautista and Figgins as people who can play 3B.

    PS: How the hell do you join the damn forums, I can’t figure out that answer question. . .qq.

  86. Cal cheats says:

    Would you drop Butler for Smoak?

  87. bodymore says:

    @Jason: You take Internet 101 for noobz, offered by AOL, but first you need one of those free 100 hours of internet promos.

    One might skip this step and simply use the ‘Register’ button, however.

  88. Jason says:

    Except I am doing the whole register thing, but it keeps asking for an answer to that question, and nothing I put in has worked!

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bodymore: What about LaRoche?

    @Jason: That trade’s fair. I’d prefer Sandoval. He’s a 20 homer, .300 hitter. He’s Billy Butler-y.

    re: forum question — You’re not a Russian spammer, are you? Q: “Razzball is dedicated to fantasy…” A: baseball.

  90. bodymore says:

    @Grey: My thoughts exactly… I started at CJ Wilson…probably need to step up to Buchholz, but think Haren would be overpaying. Thoughts?

  91. GrandSlamSingle says:

    Super, now I need to replace Utley. Third time this season I’ve lost a player on a Monday in a weekly lineup, H2H league.

    After searching through the dross of the 2B FA pool, I’m tempted to grab Carlos Guillen, but are any of these jokers a better bet: Eckstein, Johnson, Schumaker, or McGehee?

  92. Jason says:

    Mucho gracias Grey.

  93. danimal35 says:

    Ibanez @ Leake
    Stanton vs. Takahashi
    Stewart @ LeBlanc
    Smoak @ Pineiro
    Grandy vs. Cliff Lee

    Pick 3 to start tonight please

  94. Martin says:

    @grey- c grand or sandoval if as I mentioned before, I am starting Chipper at 3rd?

  95. Bring Back Pluto says:


    What’s Duke Ellington without that swing?

    love the site so much.

  96. Joe B says:

    Grey… so your buying B Boesch, huh? I just dropped the scrub formerly known as Adam Lind… my replacement options are:

    B Boesch
    D Span
    C Quentin
    Pacman Jones
    Robot Jones

  97. ThE sHiT says:

    Funny how 3 of Joe B’s choices make up my OF along with Nelson Cruz. (Boesch, Robot, Pacman)

  98. Donnie Baseball says:

    Volquez at 3 perfect innings with 5 K’s right now.

    Is it me or are guys coming back even better and faster than ever with Tommy John surgery?

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThE sHiT: Ha, yeah. Joe B’s league seems a bit shallow.

    @Donnie Baseball: Seems like it has been faster recently. Guys have always been coming back better from TJ.

  100. Steve says:

    Arrrghghhh! Could have sworn I moved Swish off the bench…

  101. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Yeah prolly an 8 or 10 teamer. I saw u rank Volquez ahead of dlR earlier. Should I get Volquez instead of dlR? Ive heard more gd things about Volquez lately. But im thinking maybe thats hes more well known than dlR. I still agree that dlR’s injury is less serious so maybe less of a risk… thx. By the way, I wish all my slumping players like Zimm, Zorilla n Prince could play a few games in Puerto Rico 2 get their confidence up.

  102. ThE sHiT says:

    @ThE sHiT: *thats becuz

  103. akk says:

    price+napoli for lincecum ? which side do you favor? 16 deep roto

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Was a surprise to get anything from him today, I should’ve known he was on your bench.

    @ThE sHiT: dlR and Volquez are a tossup. Whichever comes back first, I like more. dlR seems like he will return sooner. Yeah, Rico’s nice for hitters. They should put a team there. Like every guy on my teams.

  105. Grey

    Grey says:

    @akk: Lincecum…

  106. herschel says:

    kemp out of the lineup again today. awesome.

  107. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Alrite sounds gd. Ill keep my eye on the both. I have a feeling both will return strong with Volquez doing better. But, as always with projections, we shall c…

  108. Damn. Had to run out before I knew Pagan would be starting, so I sat him for Tabata Bread. One game back and the avenging Angel sonavabenches me! Ah well, at least he’s still heavenly.

  109. Steve says:

    May have been the last twitch of a dying man of course, but signs of life from Lind.

    I’ve been cursing him for weeks – finally it’s worked.

  110. Kazmere says:

    Doc for Grandy/Fuentes… Fair or feces?

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Not even sure if you can jog life into him.

    @Kazmere: I’d want Halladay.

  112. Steve says:

    @Grey: You’re kidding me.

  113. Kazmere says:

    @Kazmere: Yeah, me too. His owner is last in saves. I also have Marmol, along with League and MikeG. Is Marmol/Grandy too much to offer?
    or maybe Grandy+Lilly or Oswalt if he’d rather have an SP?

    My other OFs are JUp, Bruce, Pierre.

    Maybe my first question should be, what do you expect from Doc here on out? I could use ratio help big time.

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: First name Nick, last name Swisher.

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Doc’s a Cy Young guy every year. That’s what you get. I’d offer Fuentes first, then try Marmol.

  116. Steve says:

    @Grey: The worst part of this is the guy who’s in the CI spot where Swish would be.

    That guy? Pedro Alvarez. Hasn’t done a thing.

  117. mr baseball says:

    Grey should I take this trade Haren and Kershaw for Miggy and Headley :)

  118. JackInTheBox says:

    Is Nolasco a buy candidate? And how does Rasmus for Nolasco sound?

  119. Child Please says:

    10-team 5×5 roto, non-keeper

    I am 1st in HR, RBI, SB, 5th in Runs, and 4th in Avg…who would you rather have Pagan or Nyjer Morgan??

  120. Tony says:

    i hate life

    i bench cueto and nolasco last night only throwing haren, awesome
    now tonight…

    i pitch hughes and leake, i knew leake was maybe gonna be ugly, but hughes vs. SEA? gimme a break, and i’m playing the luckiest team in the league, and they just keep getting luckier, i pitch my guys last night its over….


  121. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: So you have a good Grey-vibe about Nolasco in the 2nd half? And I think I need another reliable pitcher since I traded away Ubaldo (Lester, Garza, Filthy, E. Santana, Medlen, Cueto, and Kennedy is my remaining staff with some rotating stream pitchers).

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Child Please: Pagan

    @Tony: Ouch

    @JackInTheBox: Depends what else you can get, don’t have a great vibe on Nolasco, but he’s capable of putting together a big 2nd half, sure.

  123. JackInTheBox says:

    @Tony: I feel your pain..I benched Cueto last night too. I picked up Myers and Morrow to pitch today thinking Myers has been fairly solid and Morrow is facing CLE…so much for my ERA/WHIP this week.

  124. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I just got offered Haren straight up for my Beltre…what do you think? I would rather part with Glaus than Beltre so maybe I will counter with that. Also, do you see Haren being dealt over the next month?

  125. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: ha,i just called that votto 3 run shot,been busy,seen on the computer we were down 3 with 2 on ,2 out and votto up,turned it on real quick and told janell votto was gonna tie it up(she loves votto),and bang

  126. Mr2Bits says:

    Glad to see Lidge is back to his old ways and fucking up my ERA. Maybe Manual will hold him from pitching another week so he gives up 5ER/1IP next week. He’s managing his team as well as Maddon right now….fucking morons

  127. El Hombre finally putting on the laser show!

  128. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: I’m not even sure I can get him..Being in first place has its downside, as I’ve been straight turned down on every trade I’ve offered. They’re not even being kind enough to counter when I know their team needs help.

  129. Steve says:

    Sheesh. Have Pujols in the RCL, so that’s nice, but up against him in H2H this week. Not so nice.

  130. mr baseball says:

    Joseph Daniel Votto someone has to sign him to a ML contract

  131. mr baseball says:

    I have direct tv


    Its the best all night long they go from game to game – you miss nothing

  132. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: im loving him right now,got him in 2 of 3 leagues(some butt has him in the 3rd one)hehe

  133. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Not doing him much good ;-)

    We have a race at the top of the standings…

  134. Wilsonian says:

    What do ya think of Cruz/Verlander for Fielder/Holliday? It’s the ole 8 Team H2H Keeper again…

  135. Tony says:

    why is kemp not starting again? this is starting to pi$$ me off!

  136. Carns says:

    Just traded Ervin, Cahill, and Gallaraga for King Felix….chump dump!!!

  137. thepizzaman says:

    @Tony: My hatred for him grows daily. Why did I let yahoo convince me to draft him at 5?!

  138. Hans says:

    Tony #156 I am right there with you…3 games now…..3 games really torre…I mean this guy won a silver slugger last year…This has to be personal…I think this is bigger then just sticking with the “hot” lineup…I mean I know the guy has been batting .182 in june and everything, but come on this is supposed to be an elite talent….Grey second time today talk me off the ledge please….wtf

  139. paulzone says:

    which one for a few weeks:

    stewart, kendrick, wiggy

    we count err and gidp and wiggy has a lot of both…just sayin…

  140. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @Grey: Grazie!

    So glad I benched Kemp this week.

  141. mr baseball says:

    Rickey Henderson thinks Rajai Davis can steal 75-80 bases …

    Rajai Davis snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 hitless streak with a fourth-inning single against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Now that Coco Crisp is back from the disabled list and Conor Jackson is the everyday left fielder, Davis is essentially a fourth outfielder. He was only in the lineup on Tuesday because Ryan Sweeney was dealing with knee soreness.

    thats nice to know that Rajai Davis is the fourth outfielder – should someone break the news to Rickey

  142. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Ok, I’ve looked at my league again and I might be able to get one of these guys. Who would you try for:

    Floyd, Nolasco, Lilly, or Shields?

  143. Sean says:

    Grey I want to pick up Gavin Floyd because he’s been fire as of late… 1 yr. league..Who to drop Buster Posey or Mike Stanton ?

  144. mr baseball says:

    Andy Oliver Hardy – after tommorrow start I hope I wont be writing this

    “That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into”

  145. Sean says:

    or drop Wandy Rodriguez because he just sucks… for Floyd?

  146. @mr baseball: He could steal that many… if he walked like Rickey.

    Damon goes 0 for two weeks for me. Sonavabenches me Sunday and breaks out tonight… now that I’ve dropped him for Tabata.

    By the way, Carlos Santana is very very good.

  147. Spamcakes says:


  148. paulzone says:

    dang…which pitcher would you drop:

    arroyo, scherzer, santana, oswalt…i also could drop volquez and put utley in our one dl spot, then make a pick up…

    so who is least valuable?

    arroyo, scherzer or volquez?

  149. mr baseball says:

    Types of Leaks

    1. Interior Leaks
    2. Water Leaks into Non-ventilated Areas Adjacent to Windows
    3. Water Intrusion
    4. Water through Foundation Wall
    5. memory leaks
    6. Mike Leake

  150. paulzone says:

    @paulzone: oops i forgot vazquez…so the least valuable out of:

    arroyo, scherzer, vazquez, volquez

  151. Sean says:

    So who to drop?… M Stanton, Posey, or Wandy Rod

  152. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the help Grey.

  153. mr baseball says:

    Edinson Volquez two runs over six innings in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

    Volquez allowed three hits — including a home run to Desmond Jennings — while striking out seven and walking two.

  154. Sean says:

    Grey you are by far one of the funniest/most helpful dudes alive.. Thank you!

  155. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I just traded C. Lewis and Glaus for Haren and Panda…good move? I figure it’s a safe trade that can’t bite me too bad. My team will look like this after this trade:

    c = McCann
    1b = Votto, Panda
    2b = Phillips
    3b = Beltre, Panda
    SS = Furcal, Tulo
    OF = J. Upton, Crawford, Vlad, Maggs
    SP = Lester, Felix, Verlander, Gallardo, Haren, Latos, DLR, Medlen
    RP = Valverde, Feliz

  156. mr baseball says:

    Aroldis Chapman’s progress as a reliever

    Chapman has allowed one run over three innings in two relief appearances with Triple-A Louisville, striking out five and walking one.

  157. Steve says:

    @Grey: Start Garza against the Sawx? Seems like they’re hitting again and the Rays ain’t…

  158. mr baseball says:

    @ Sean Says:
    June 29th, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Grey you are by far one of the funniest/most helpful dudes alive.. Thank you!

    Grey is headlining at NYC’s World Famous Comic Strip Live!

    The opeoning act is Doc from Razzball Fantasy Football

  159. mr baseball says:

    Grey closes his act at the Comic Strip with the best Matthew Berry Joke

  160. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    12 team Roto: I picked up Pena for UTIL per your pre-hot streak recommendation and only 4 HR separate 6 pts (my current place) from 10 pts in my league but I’m tied for last with a .267 AVG with a similar logjam above me. Would you drop Pena for LaRoche under these circumstances? (If it matters I also have Longoria and Crawford)

  161. Martin says:

    @grey- would u start clayton richard agaisnt the rockies tom at Petco in a 12 team mixed league?

  162. Steve says:

    @Martin: If you can’t start him there, you can’t start him anywhere.

    It’s up to you, New York…

  163. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Garcia, Livan, Lilly, or Garland? Not after a specific category, just whoever will be best overall. Thanks Grey.

  164. mr baseball says:

    John Axford improves to 8-for-8 in save opps

  165. @Grey: You’d kill out back behind the ‘pen at Metco, where all us fantasy nerds hang out.

    @Nuke LaDouche: I’d go Lilly, Jaime, Garland, Livan I’m a big Lilly fan xFIP be damned.

    Yanks biggest mistake of the oughts was trading him for Bad Weaver… and then signing Kei Igawa instead a few years later… Just finished Torre’s ‘Yankee Years.’ Good book.

    Speaking of Yanks: Swish is the Rodney Dangerfield of my league. I can’t give the guy away and yet he still keeps hitting.

  166. Steve says:

    A day late after my attempted reverse-jinx, Barmes, but I’ll take it.

  167. pjtres says:

    grey, 3 questions (this is becoming a nightly thing!)

    1. is clint barmes worth the add? he hit a jack in petco tonight…

    2. can you rank these guys going forward?
    hammel, leblanc, arroyo, kennedy, blanton, bumgarner. penny

    3. is hoff going to get the closer role back? axford gets another tonight..

  168. JackInTheBox says:

    Hey Grey, I hate to pester you with another one…but what about Oswalt? Is he asking too much for Rasmus?

  169. @Grey: Choose 2 in 6×6 (obp) rest of year: Tabata, EverCab, S-Rod

    Have a waiver claim dropping ECab for S-Rod, but I’m on the fence since I have 6 OF as it is and no IF depth.

    Looking at ECab’s ’09 and minor league walk rate, his current numbers should normalize (GB% too) and he should get on base at a decent clip. I would take what he did last year in a heartbeat but hitting 8th won’t help his SB’s

    Tabata walks too and ultimately I don’t think he’ll hurt your ratios, which is all you can ask from a SAGNOF OF.

    S-Rod’s toolsy but is such a K machine. I’ve been keeping an eye on him for a few years and I always thought he’d be a stud. Most upside but can find himself back on the bench in a minute if his bat dies, no?

  170. Ryan says:

    H2H Non-Keeper

    Kemp/Street (Team already has Marmol,Wilson,Wagner,Soria)




  171. @Grey: Add Roger Bernadina to that list. I think he’s entered the 12 team conversation. I have him in 15 team (OBP) and he’s been going giving me SAGNOF love since I picked him up a few weeks ago, a little pop too.

  172. Steve says:

    Pat the Bat flashing some late-night wood.

  173. Bernadina over the last month: 26/79 7R/3HR/11RBI/4SB/.329/.404
    1-4 tonight with a run and a SB

  174. @Steve: Got Bat in that 15 team. He’s also becoming 12 team relevant.

    That whole Giant team is a case study in hollow AVG… Would love to see a comeback. My opponent had Ely.

  175. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: So did I!

    And Hammel. A good day’s pitching in the ol’ H2H. Up 3-0 in Wins which is just as well, as I’ll be sitting Garza tomorrow.

  176. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: @3FingersBrown: @ Anybody with a take: Is Pujols 4 JJ fair? The needs of each team are obvious. 16tm h2h

  177. @Steve: Nice. Had Hammel, Waino and Piniero with Fuentes for the save with a perfect, 2K inning… 3W’s, 3 QS Tied in W’s and down 1 QS against a nasty pitching staff.

    I need Hamels to remember he’s good and Slowey to get his act together.

  178. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: Re: Hammels, me and you both.

  179. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Is JJ enough 4 Pujols or not even close?

  180. @Grey: I do! I have Stockholm syndrome because he kills the Mets.

    Gotta go with 1 OF and 1 IF. The IF is my only middle infielder since I traded Hill. Figure S-Rod and Roge Dobalina. I guess Tabata and Roge are toss up. I like both. Very similar players.

    @ThE sHiT: I probably wouldn’t trade Hombre for a pitcher straight up, just due to how volatile pitchers are – injury wise too. I own Pujols in a keeper though, so that’s always on my mind.

    It’s fair, I suppose, and it’s all about need but I’d prefer Doc or Tim. The Fish D can be scary bad and they’re such a mediocre team.

  181. Sitting Slowey tomorrow against Le Tigre? Seems like a no-brainer, no?

  182. ThE sHiT says:

    @3FingersBrown:Thx 4 ur input. That trade was proposed in my league and im 1 of 3 guys who votes on the trades. I feel bad, but im inclined to veto cuz the guy giving up JJ also has Doc so i feel he should b givin him up instead. So far my league message boards r not liking the trade…

  183. @ThE sHiT: I don’t believe in vetoing trades unless it’s an obvious case of collusion. If people want to make bad trades, that’s their prerogative.

  184. barker says:

    to grey and anyone else

    20 team h to h trade 5 of 2 util CI MI

    i give adrian gonzalez i get pierre lincecum

    current OF holliday pence francouer hawpe matsui burrell
    current 1b a gon berkman ike davis dl n johnson teahen
    current SP lee peavy verlander livan cecil chacin DL volquez webb

    would drop feliciano or heilman to make it happen

    he offered it to me he has no one else beside lincecum and nelson cruz on his roster that i want but i do kinda need stls

    is there any other combo that i could use i would like to do a 2 for 3 deal
    can i afford to give up agon??

  185. akk says:

    tabata or morgan the rest of season?? thank you

  186. Jackie says:

    I’m in a keeper league, but I am starting to think that I cannot afford to carry Stanton all year. I want to go for it, not play for next year. Think I am crazy in trading him (likely not get much in return) or should I hold on to the next Miggy Cabrera?

  187. Wiley says:

    At second base would you rather have Kelly Johnson or Howie Kendrick filling in for Pedroia? I’ve had Kelly for awhile, but that early season stretch is starting to become a distant memory. 6×6 H2H league, counts batter Ks and OBP.

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