So how was your weekend?  Mine included news that Jake Peavy could be out for as long as 12 weeks with a tear in his ankle.  Could’ve been worse, he could’ve hurt his ankle kicking me in the groin.  He was fitted for a cast the other day.  I’d like to sign his cast, “But your FIP’s a 3.00!”  Wasn’t it the flu stopping him from pitching last week?  What’s this, the influenzankle?  That’s some Nomar shizz right there.  As of right now, I’ve DL’d Peavy in all leagues where I own him, hoping for news that he’ll only be out the shortest possible time of 4 weeks or I’ll drop him if news comes out that he will miss the rest of the season.  Now begins the part of our program where I jump from matchup to matchup waiting for someone to stick.  Obviously it depends on the league, but, as of right now, I’m giving Dallas Braden a whirly-bird.  Braden gets the Dodgers and Padres this week.  If he’s good and his matchups are decent, I’ll hold him.  If not, I’ll move onto the schmohawk starter behind door number three.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Roy Halladay – His right groin is hurt.  He has two groins?!  The Blue Jays are hoping he can make his next start against the Nats.  I’m sure the Jays are not the only ones holding out hope.

Johan Santana – 3 IP, 9 ER.  Rumors are he prepped for this start with Livan Hernandez.

Mark Teixeira/Alex RodriguezYanks scored 15 runs, these two went for 1-for-8 with one run scored.  Ticker Tease!

Brad Bergesen – Complete game, 2 ER.  Here’s one those guys I wouldn’t try and force onto my team just because Peavy was hurt.  Bergesen is just as likely to give up 5 in four innings next time out.

Derek Lowe – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Didn’t I just say he was about as reliable as they get?  Lowe obviously let my praise go to his head.  This start was so egregious, I’d think about sitting him next time out.

David Ross – Hit two homers yesterday.  Is it me or does it feel like David Ross has more two homer games than one home run games?

Yunel Escobar – Was pulled from the game after he botched a rundown.  After the game, Bobby Cox said, “Grrr.”

Ty Wigginton – 2 HRs yesterday.  Deep league spoiler alert!  Wigginton gets crazy hot at least once a year.  Maybe this is the start of one of those streaks.  He isn’t guaranteed playing time, so don’t try and jam him into your lineup in 12 team leagues just yet.

J.A. Happ – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Told you to loss him after his previous start.

Rocco Baldelli/Nick Green/Josh Beckett – All homered yesterday for the Sawx.  If you picked them in some kind of depraved, baseball home run challenge trifecta, you deserve the loot.

Corey Hart – 2 HRs yesterday.  Now 6 for his last 12 with two homers and one steal.  Helped that this was a day game, but he was still wearing his sunglasses.

Casey McGehee – HR yesterday.  Now 9 for his last 16 and occasionally batting leadoff for the Brewers.  He has no speed, but some light power.  Think 10 homers.

Miguel Olivo – 4 homers in his last 6 games.  He’s a liability on average, but while he’s hot it’s worth taking a flier for some pop.

Coco Crisp – Heads to the DL.  To take his place, the Royals called up Franken Berry.

Kosuke Fukudome – After batting .277 with one homer in May, he’s batting .135 in June with no homers and no steals.  On May 1st, I said to sell him.  Now, I’m saying why are you still holding him?

Jason Hammel – He was a one week flier to fill-in for Peavy last week.  He went 11 1/3 innings with 3 ER.  He gets the Pirates at home and the A’s in Oakland next so I’m going to press my luck.  Though I’m benching him for the Pirates game to avoid the whammy, then will start him against the A’s.

Chad Billingsley – 7 IP, 2 ER and his 9th win.  Oh, and he got stronger as the season went on last year.  Zoinks!

Nelson Cruz – On June 5th, I said, “…he’s just about at .300, that’s when the patented Cruz Stall takes over and he ends up back at .265 by June 20th.”  He’s at .278 and batting .200 in June.  Cust kayin’.

Frank Francisco – To the DL.  Is it me or does it seem like Frank2 goes to the 15-day DL every 16th day?  C.J. Wilson will take over closing duties.  Or I should say he’ll continue closer duties.  Francisco is dealing with shoulder tendinitis, which is obviously not a great thing for a closer.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this is an ongoing issue for the rest of the season.  Obviously there’s safer closers out there than C.J. Wilson, but he could rack up some saves for the rest of the season.  SAGNOF!

James Shields – 6 1/3 4 ER.  Should’ve been a gimme today vs. the Nats.  Now sits at a 3.52 ERA on the year, so it’s not like he’s been terrible, but I was expecting more.

Dan Wheeler – Got the vulture Win yesterday, which is nice, but he’s not the guy the Rays are going to for saves.  At this point, I’d hold Howell for saves and no one else.  I’m currently holding Wheeler as an MR, but my leagues are hella deep.  He will be the first one to go if there’s a need to drop someone.

Scott Kazmir – Should be back soon.  If he was dropped by an impatient owner, I’d grab him just in case he gets his shizz together.

Jered Weaver – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks.  The Padres had five hits, surprisingly three by Adrian Gonzalez.  I say surprisingly because why is anyone even pitching to him?  Challenging themselves?

Juan Rivera – Coming off the heels of making Friday’s Buy/Sell, he hit 2 HRs yesterday.  I told you!  Then again, Kendry Morales hit two over the weekend and he was a sell. *sighs*

Sean Rodriguez – Kendrick got sent down and Rodriguez was recalled.  So what does Scioscia do?  He doesn’t start Rodriguez.  Brilliant!  I’d hold Rodriguez for a few more days to a week to see how or if he’s used.  Because if he’s used and starts hitting homers, you’ll want to be the one owning him.

Jose Lopez – With a 4 HR / 12 RBI June, he’s somehow on pace for 24 HR / 102 RBI, albeit with an Ugglay .247 average.

Ian Kinsler/Aaron Hill – Proof that if you’re going to take a 100 AB vacation, you’d best do it right after a hot start.  Last 102 AB for Kinsler:  .176/13/4/13/3.  Last 101 AB for Hill:  .248/6/3/11/0.

Garrett Atkins – Proof that if you’re going to take a 200 AB vacation, you’d best get used to sitting on the bench.  He hit 3 for 4 on Sunday for his ONLY start in the week.  Yikes.

Cliff Lee – A 3 H / 2 BB shutout against the Cards with a no-hitter bid broken up in the 8th inning by the youngest Flying Molina brother.  Only 4 wins this year but the biggest regression for him has been in his run support vs. his ERA (2.88 ERA).

Josh Johnson – Complete game win giving up 3 earned.  The box score doesn’t show it, but this start was a bit of a nail-biter.  More of a nail-biter than the Lakers clinching win.  Speaking of which, the Lakers didn’t even seem to care.  Pile on someone.  Dump a Gatorade jug over Phil Jackson’s yellow Malcolm X hat.  Fog up Stuart Scott’s coke bottle glasses.  Something!  What a bore.  Then again, I don’t like basketball at all.  How hard is it for any of these guys to dunk?  About the same as me throwing a piece of paper in the trash.  You know what I want to see?  A basketball league of five-seven and under guys.  Now that would be interesting.  Where’s the skill?  He made a layup… He better, he’s six-seven!  /tangent

  1. and1mcgee says:

    my Yahoo! team has both Peavy and Sizemore…. doh!

  2. john says:

    Franken Berry, Ha!…

    Alex Rivers* seems to maybe, possibly, hopefully be heating up..

    *Name changed to protect the player from the jinx-fairy

  3. jp says:

    Hi-Is this trade offer reasonable:

    my ARod and Peralta

    for his

    Fielder and Figgins?

    I really need to pick up steals, and A Rod is putting up less than A Rod
    numbers (especially in steals).

  4. ButchHuskeyLives says:

    Oh Happy days, had Cain, CBills and Josh Johnson going yesterday

  5. Bread Pudding Tilt-A-Whirl says:

    Dice-K just dropped in my league. Should I nab him off of waivers?

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Here was my weekend: Not only did I lose Peavy, but my offense — which isn’t a bunch of nancy boys, at least on paper (Wright, Miggy, Dye, Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Holliday) has one RBI in five days.

    One RBI. In five days.

    Do you know how hard that is to do? The last person to homer on my team was Bruce, on Wed., from my bench. Since then no one has homered, and only Speedy Wrightzales has knocked in a run.

    So if you have a guy who, I don’t know, knocked in 2 runs in one game, you’re doing better than my team has done for the PAST FIVE DAYS.

    re: Peavy; my staff is actually pretty solid with C-Bills, Gallardo, and Slowey. Oswalt also showed signs of life over the weekend against the DiamondHacks. I also picked up Gavin Floyd on your half-recommendation, though I may have to jettison someone to pick up Wigginton before he goes Wiggy-crazy. This dude had 112 HRs last year — in August! You can look it up!

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: p.s. 12 HRs in August, not 112. But still! 12!

    p.p.s: To put it in perspective, I went from 1st in my league in RBIs to 7th. In five days.

  8. Jareth Cutestory says:


  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    this whole frank francisco fiasco has really tied my arms in a bunch of trade negotiations, as i was shopping cano + franklin for a better bat, but not i feel like i gotta hang onto franklin til francisco comes back and performs, otherwise i’m left with rodney + save vulture types as possibly my only 2 closers.

  10. Frank Rizzo says:

    Same boat as Grey with Peavy. Same Schmohawk picked up in Braden. I think I’m sitting him against LA though.

    Speaking of impatient owners, a guy dropped Erv Santana and I picked up. He’s been awful at times but may still be cleaning the rust off. Anyone have thoughts on Erv? Was last year a total fluke? Is he back to being a start at home only guy? Will he turn it around?

  11. I want to drop Mike Gonzalez outright… he has no value splitting closing duty with Soriano.

    Before I do, any chance Bobby Cox reverts back to a one-closer system? Do any of you have any way to know that?

  12. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Can anyone beat missing (simultaneously) Jose Reyes, Carlos Quentin, Manny Ramirez, and Jake Peavy? I’ve been just the tiniest bit unlucky this year. I’ve also been saddled with Soto and Atkins….it’s been grand.

  13. bobbo says:

    @mgeoffriau: A guy in my league had Reyes, Sizemore, Quentin, and Harden on the DL. Harden and Peavy just pulled the flippity flop on him. Needless to say, he’s in 8th.

  14. Scott says:

    Which 3 do you start this week in a 5×5 NL only league (don’t need the starts, just looking for the best ERA and WHIP)?

    De La Rosa vs TB and vs PIT
    Doug Davis at KC and at SEA
    Wandy at TEX and at MIN
    Zimmermann vs TOR
    Bastardo vs BAL
    Nieve vs TB


  15. bobbo says:

    @jp: I guess that trade works for you if you can fill in the empty spots. Question is, can he afford to give up a 1B without getting one back? If not, it probably gets shot down. However, going into the season you couldn’t have realistically expected to get ARod numbers with his injury. Everyone and their mother knew he wasn’t going to run this season.

  16. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @bobbo: Yuck….I’m at least bouncing around between 4th and 8th. 8 points separate 3rd and 8th place in my league right now…the 2 top teams and the bottom third have broken off in the pack in opposite directions.

  17. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    Cody Ross is hot. Nelson Cruz is not. Do I roll the dice and start Ross over Cruz this week in my deep H2H-Points league?

  18. Teef says:

    This was my friday evening:

    Came home from work doing pretty well in my matchup. Came home and played some pick up Bball. Sat down to check my team and saw:

    First I saw the Blue Jays/Atlanta scores atop the website. Both were low scoring which made me happy cuz I had Halladay and Hanson in the game.

    I navigate to my team to see:
    – Halladay left the game after 3 innings with a pulled groin.
    -Tommy hanson made it 5.2 innings but allowed 10 hits and 5 walks (we have Quality Starts as a stat)
    -Erik Bedard got scratched from his next start with shoulder imflamation.
    -Jake Peavy hits the DL with possibility of being out for the next 12 weeks

    So tht brings my DL to include Hamilton/Quentin/Peavy with hopes that Halladay and Bedard don’t follow suit

  19. Mr. Rickey says:

    Which one of these would you sit this week – 10 team Roto (W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP):

    Harang, Wandy, Scherzer, Beckett, E-Jax and Carpenter

    I hate to sit a two-starter, but I’m a little nervous about Wandy @ Texas

  20. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Keep in mind that Baltimore plays 6 games at NL parks in the next week and a half, so he will probably not play in most of those. Might have to wait until after interleague is over to grab him.

  21. nick m. says:

    i’m growing weary of waiting on j.bruce and his flirtations with mendoza line while sitting on my bench with most of his homers. someone dropped corey hart, should i switch these two?

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mr. Rickey: wandy imo

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): i wouldn’t. cruz has been the better overall player. and ross could easily have a cold week and cruz could have another hot one. when that’s the case, i stick with the better overall player. if ross outperforms him, so be it, but i’m not gonna try to get too cute with my lineups, because it bites you in the ass more often than not.

  23. Scott says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: On that note, week off for Luke Scott? The O’s are facing 3 righties then 3 lefties.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @nick m.: i wouldn’t waive bruce. you don’t have anyone else you can drop?

  25. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: my team batting ave. plummited 12 points in the rcl league of course dragging my rbi and runs down with it,went from 2nd to 6th in a week then lost peavy and bedard questionable

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    in a 12 team mixed h2h league, but cumulative batting avg is like .255, over 12 points lower than the next lowest. i just can’t stomach trading away guys who should be batting at least about 50 points higher (aroid, rollins, upton) for average.

  27. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: Better #2 closer in AL Only league this week – Howell (@COL, @NYM) or Soria (ARI, STL)?

    And we still gotta start J. Shields vs. Johan at Metco, right?

  28. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    I have Votto, Quentin, Hamilton, Ramirez on DL (just dropped Peavy) and still in 2nd out of 25 teams. Cust Kayin’.

  29. Corey says:

    Fuku-me. I have fukudome right now and have to try to move him fast. Dang. WHat should I explore, being, what level player should i try to get?

  30. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @Corey: I think it’s probably too late to get anything of value for him other than similar bench fodder.

  31. Kris says:

    Need your help here guys,
    A kid in my league has peavy and halladay and wants 2 starters from me. He knows I need HRs (I’m 1 in HRs and 3 in RBIs) and has proposed Howard/Kuroda for CC/J Johnson. I don’t particularly like that…what do you guys think about that trade, and how do you think i should counter?

    My staff: CC, C-Bill$, J Johnson, Shields, R Wells, C Young, S Baker, Ubaldo.

    His staff: Verlander, Hamels, E-Jax, Kuroda, Joba, Smoltz, (Peavy, Halladay).

  32. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @Kris: For two stud arms, you should be able to get more out of him than Kuroda. I’d say at least E-Jax, but even he might not be enough.

  33. Falcon says:

    Is Howell a front runner for saves in TB at this point, or am I still in vulture mode?

    Also, I dont think you can call someone impatient for dropping Kazmir. That guy is terrible: 9 starts – 4-4, 7.69 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 35K/29BB. I cant believe he got 4 wins so far, he would lose to the Sounds!

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Falcon: looks like howell probably is unless lefties are coming up then choate has been getting the save

  35. Kris says:

    @ Commish: Thanks for the input- what if i offer shields/cc for howard/ejax

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Ha!

    @jp: The trade’s worth offering, but it’s probably not getting accepted.

    @Paulie Allnuts: “As the 12-Steppers state, half measures avail you nothing.” and UnSociable. — Ha! I’d give Contreras a grab, but I wouldn’t start him until after the Cubs game.

    @ButchHuskeyLives: Nice!

    @Bread Pudding Tilt-A-Whirl: Sure, unless it’s a 8 team league.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wow, that’s pretty incredibly hard to do. There’s law of averages to protect you from things like that.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Think you need to hold off on trading away saves for now.

    @Frank Rizzo: I don’t think last year was a fluke, but a pitcher dealing with arm troubles isn’t a great guy to have. I would hold him though for signs of life.

    @SaltyBiscuits: League would have to be pretty shallow for me to drop Gonzalez (think 8 team). Saves are saves.

    @Scott: De La Rosa, Davis and Wandy.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I wouldn’t start Ross over him.

    @Teef: Ouch

    @Mr. Rickey: Yeah, Wandy’s matchups aren’t great.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Hopefully those guys come around.

    @Mike D.: Soria, start Shields.

    @Simply Fred: Nice!

    @Corey: You’re not going to get much, maybe a junky closer.

    @Kris: Tell him you’ll trade CC for Howard, there’s no point in trading starters on top of that.

    @Falcon: True, good point on Kaz. Howell is the front runner.

  37. martin says:

    @grey- braden or haap

  38. cubbies299 says:

    Who should I drop for Angel Guzman? Motte or Franklin?

  39. cubbies299 says:

    Sorry, rather Motte or Chris Perez

  40. Suck My Wieters says:


    Is it time to start buying Jeremy Hermida? Hes on quite a streak right now.

  41. Chase says:

    Great post.

    I was hoping you would touch on Matt Cain’s CG 9K/0BB game.

    Got any insight?


  42. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I was wondering what happened to you. Several days ago, you were making your run at AJP, and this morning I looked, and you are one place below me! And that’s including having my ERA smacked around the other day by Tony Bastard.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: And I thought that I was having bad luck in one of my leagues! Maybe Rudy could figure out the statistical odds of that occuring – 6 above avg to superior players, playing something like 30 game total, getting 1 RBI between them. I think that it must be equivelant to rolling snake eyes about 6 times in a row.

    @Grey: Thanks again.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @martin: Braden

    @cubbies299: Motte

    @Suck My Wieters: Sure, but I wouldn’t drop anyone too worthwhile for him.

    @Chase: Thanks! The zero walks is encouraging, but it was the A’s and he’s coming off a 5 walk game vs. the Diamondbacks so he’s not exactly out of the woods yet.

  44. Greg says:

    Pick up Nolasco and dump Pavano or wait?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: I’d wait for now.

  46. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Adam Jones didn’t play yesterday because of a bruised shin.

    With all that’s happened this year, can we now expect him to be out 4 to 6 weeks with dizzy, flu like symptoms?

  47. Corey says:

    Update: Bryce Harper to skip last two years of high school to go to community college to gear up for 2010 draft. Is this legal? lol

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: His shin has a social anxiety disorder. It feels suffocated by socks.

    @Corey: It’s legal in Alabama.

  49. supermets says:

    Would you make this trade?

    I get: Longoria, Branyan
    I give: Halladay, Carpenter

    What if I also got Joba, and I also gave Bourn?

  50. Suck My Wieters says:


    This trade was just proposed to me….

    My Adam Jones and Derek Lowe


    His Matt Holliday, Mike Lowell and Chris Young

    Whos side would you take in this?

    Its a keeper league with added 2B 3B BB OBP

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @supermets: Can your pitching take that big of a hit? Joba would offset Carp, more or less but it’s a big hit losing Halladay. Can you lose Bourn? Hard to say without seeing your team, but I don’t think I’d do it.

  52. supermets says:

    @Grey: I have Billingsley, Gallardo, Vazquez, Nolasco and an otherwise great pitching staff. Steal are also not an issue because I have BJ Upton, Rios, and a couple more. I could really use the power of Longo and Branyan.

    What if Joba and Bourn were out of the trade?

  53. Andy says:

    @Grey: Regarding your comment on selling high on Haren, I think I’m about to try and pull the trigger.

    I have Verlander (who I picked up after his horrible April), Price, Joba, Burnett, and Smoltz in waiting.

    I’m looking at trying to get a 1B, I have Butler filling in for Votto, or my MI slot – I’ve been using Peralta and KJ; both of whom have been very disappointing.

    Should I go for someone like Ryan Howard? Maybe even Hanram with how well Haren has been pitching or do you think those types of players are out of reach? I could also try and get someone like Markakis or Holliday?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @supermets: Okay, I’d do the above trade and would add Joba and Bourn in if it’ll make the trade go through.

    @Andy: I’d take Howard or Hanley for Haren, but not the other two. Also, Votto should be back any day now. I know, he was due back three weeks ago, but still.

  55. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: Grey, can you explain your through process on this?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Suck My Wieters: Adam Jones 25/25 potential, prime of his career, getting better. Derek Lowe, few starters that are more reliable from season to season. Matt Holliday — solid, top outfielder. 25/15, better average than Jones. Mike Lowell, old man winter and Chris Young, the pitcher — looks like a matchups guy at best. If you meant, Krispie then it’s slightly better but he goes through funks where you’ll wish he was not on your team.

  57. albertalbert says:

    Grey – who do you like:

    lincecum and kemp

    i’ve got no great backup at 2nd, but i could use a good SP. (i have utley now)

  58. Sucklingduck says:

    My league doesn’t value pitching at all. I tried to trade Cain several times and they were all instantly rejected. Am I aiming too high for someone like Soriano or Ellsbury or even Pence? He’s 9-1 and struckout 9 in a complete game yesterday. What else does he have to do? All the while the D-bags in my league keep starting the Joe Blantons and JA Happ’s of the world.

    My pitching is stacked: Haren, C-bills, Shields, Lackey, Cain, Ubaldo, Meche. Keep holding out for better deals or just bite the bullet and trade a starter away? I need hitting really badly………I’m starting Rasmus and Coghlan in my OF. But Shields for Aubrey Huff seems like a punt to me.

  59. Sucklingduck says:

    Oh, this deal just went through in my league:

    Pablo Sandoval, Casey Blake, Tulowitski, Carlos Lee, McCutchen, Kawakami, Chris Young (P)


    john Baker, Ian stewart, JJ Hardy, Johnny Damon, Nolan Reimold, Rolen, Kuroda

    Is this as one sided as it appears to me? Carlos lee is far and away the best player in the deal and Sandoval and tulo are both upgrades for owner #1. All the other owners can say is “time will tell” “wait and see” but I think someone just got jacked.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @albertalbert: Lincecum/Kemp

    @Sucklingduck: You’re not aiming too high. Shields for Huff isn’t that bad. But I’d just trust in the rest of your staff and trade Haren for a big piece. And by big I mean a top 2 rounder. Howard, Berkman, Lee, Utley, etc.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sucklingduck: That’s a terrible deal for the team getting Baker.

  62. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: Grey, I’m not questioning you so dont take it that way. I am just wondering how you were going about judging this trade. My first though when looking at the trade was no thank you. Then ideas started popping into my head, with Jones being an unproven player and lately I have seen a drop off in production. I will reject the trade, thank you!

  63. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Any thoughts on Hardy turning it around? I’m shopping for a fill-in SS while I wait on Reyes to return…Burriss just isn’t cutting it. Hardy’s BABIP is pretty low, any hopes that he’s just been unlucky? Also looking at Theriot or possibly Callaspo (very cheap).

  64. Andy says:

    @Grey: So someone offering me Markakis/Stephen Drew for Haren/Kelly Johnson is a no-go then, huh?

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Suck My Wieters: No problem.

    @mgeoffriau: I think Hardy can be fine at some point for an extended time. I’d go for him, depending on what you’re giving to get him.

  66. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Quentin and Soto for Holliday and Hardy? I can’t tell if that’s fair or insulting.

  67. @Grey: Trying to follow your advice, and after the 2nd Half Dragon’s owner in my league would not endorse a swap for him, I am looking for a reason to drop Adrian Beltre out of my UTIL and cash in my chips happily after a most productive visit to the Coors Casino. Do any of the normal list of castoffs: Hermida, Ross, Barmes, Burrell, J. Rivera, Taveras, Kouz & Soto (been dropped in a 1 catcher league 3 times & tempts me whenever he’s there to carry him & UTIL V-Mart) interest you more than the oh so frustrating to own Beltre? Or please suggest any likely available good match up guys that may be worth a flier…Thanks again (Franken Berry refernce is too damn much; laughin’ in my bowl — cereal that is)!
    & are you Cust Kayin’ that Nellie Cruz is a pre-stall sell high candidate if you could possibly deal’em for a 2nd-Top Tier closer? Who’d be a good, maybe slightly better than fair target

  68. G says:

    Anybody know anything about Kevin McGehee? Is he a legit short term fill in because he is batting almost .500 in the last 2 weeks

  69. Adam says:

    Shmohawk Peavy Replacement A, Brian Tallet, gets shelled for me…stick with him for his next start at Washington or cut bait? Blanton, Hochevar, Bergesen and Niemann look like the best of the bad, or possibly a Mr. B type.

    I could go another route and use the roster spot for an OF (Krispie or Milton Bradley available), as I’m a bit nervous about Reimold being benched in some interleague games this week.

  70. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    @zombie: Depending on the depth of the league, I would think Nelson Cruz is worth more then a Brian Fuentes type closer.

    In 10 teamers, i’de much rather have Nellie

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Andy: I’d take Markakis/Drew there.

    @mgeoffriau: I’d want the Holliday side.

    @zombie: Cruz will be coming around again soon, was just pointing out how he stalls for a few weeks at a time. I like Cruz still. I’d take Barmes for his home games this week then switch it up again when he gets boring.

    @G: It’s Casey McGehee and he’s mentioned above. He’ll come down to earth shortly.

    @Adam: Grab Krispie for this week.

  72. Greg says:

    I need a MI to plug-in while I bench Hardy until he stops sucking. Choices: Polanco, Guzman, Andrus, McGehee…

  73. G says:

    Can you rank Luke Scott, Cody Ross, Cust for the rest of the season. (going to be my 5th outfielder) They are all basically similar but who do you like for value for the rest of the season.

  74. Grey

    Grey says:

    @G: Scott, Cust and Ross, but you don’t need them for the rest of the season. Just plug-in a guy while he’s hot.

  75. steamer says:

    Someone in my league just dropped B. Webb. Is he worth stashing on my bench & using a high WW priority on & dropping someone like Howell, or Dice-K? No DL spot free.

  76. Adam says:

    @Grey: Just noticed Thome was also dropped while I was in Omaha for the weekend, is he worth an add if I already use Konerko in my Util?

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Adam: he will hit more hr`s,but ave. 250 and will miss time with injuries

  78. DrEasy says:

    Grey, could you please rank the following IF Schmohawks please?

    Sean Rod, Bloomquist, Coghlan, Beckham, McGehee, Erick Aybar (that’s the bad Aybar), Nomar, Alex Gonzalez (slowly heating up in Cincinnati)


  79. albertalbert says:


  80. albertalbert says:


    i’d give up


    halladay/carlos pena

  81. Mr. Rickey says:

    Over the weekend, a local sports talk guy in Cincinnati made a crack about Votto needing the 28 day DL rather than the 15 day DL. Could be total bs or not – didn’t hear if anyone called him on it or if he had a source. As a Reds fan, I hope it’s just talk radio bs.

  82. Adam says:

    Stick with JHJr at MI or pick up Callaspo, SeanRod, Guzman, Fontenot, Neifi Perez, Rey Ordonez, Jose Macias, or Shawon Dunston?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @steamer: I’d drop someone for Webb. Those two aren’t great choices, but I’d lose Dice-K if I had to.

    @Adam: I’d just hold Konerko.

    @DrEasy: Sean Rod, Coghlan, Bloomquist, Beckham, McGehee…

    @albertalbert: I’d prefer the Halladay/Pena one, but it depends on what you need, it’s fair though.

    @Mr. Rickey: Hmm… Hadn’t heard that one. Guess it could be.

    @Adam: Nice choices. I’d grab Callaspo for average/Runs and Sean-Rod for upside.

  84. I think Peavy’s ankle is dizzy with the flu.

  85. “Scott Kazmir – Should be back soon. If he was dropped by an impatient owner, I’d grab him just in case he gets his shizz together.”

    Hah you said drop the guy, now Im an impaitent owner?!

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Don’t remember the circumstances, but I’m sure there was a reason for it.

  87. bobbo says:

    Who provides more value in a 1year league from here on out: Rasmus or Burrell?

  88. Prince says:

    @Grey: Still love the right groin / left groin bit. Someone wants Berkman and Haren for AGonz and Harden. As much as I desperately need R and RBI, I wonder if AGonz is enough of up an upgrade over Berkman to justify the pitcher switch. Would appreciate your thoughts…

  89. @Grey:

    The reason was HE SUCKED! hahaha Seriously tho, I’d have kept him if there weren’t Dizzy and Footsie on my DL already.

  90. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Burrell for power. Rasmus for light power and speed. I’d prefer Rasmus at this point.

    @Prince: I wouldn’t do that trade.

  91. Scott S. says:

    Did you see the Yunel play?? That guy is a moron. He was about a foot away from tagging Roberts out, then he randomly decided to throw home even though he was about 5 seconds too late.

    It reminded me of Ken Griffey Jr on Nintendo 64. Anytime the computer had you in a rundown between 1st and 2nd, you could just send the runner home from 3rd base and the computer would immediately throw home even if he was about to tag you out.

    Honestly, no one on the Braves likes Yunel. He has a cocky attitude and it obviously rubs a lot of the players the wrong way. Not to mention he flips his bat everytime he grounds out to SS and he has frosted tips. Not cool.

  92. bobbo says:

    @Prince: I wouldn’t do it. In my opinion I think Berkman will pick it up and AGonz will slow down a tick over the remainder of the season (of other teams will just start walking him more: 19 BB in his 55 June PA).

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Scott S.: Barbaro looked like he was at fault too, but agreed frosted tips are not cool.

  94. albertalbert says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey – I went ahead with giving up Capps/Wright for Roy H/Pena. It hurt though. I also took a pass on Utley/Capps for Lincecum/Kemp to make that first trade happen.

    Also was offered Lincecum for Cruz. Sounds great at first since I picked up Cruz for so cheap, but Cruz has numbers that are insane. He’s one of the most valuable players all year this year, while Linc simply isn’t. Do you think anything will change going forward?

  95. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Thanks! Choose one for MI duty: Barmes, Stewart, Freddy Sanchez.

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @albertalbert: I’d take Lincecum over Cruz in a vacuum.

    @bobbo: Stewart for power, Sanchez for average/Runs/RBIs, Barmes for light power and speed. I’d take Stewart though if I had to choose.

  97. Prince says:

    @Grey: @bobbo: Thanks guy, much appreciated.

  98. Jesse says:

    Being the fantasy genius that I am, I used 3 of my first 8 picks to draft Peavy, Dice-Shit and Kazmir. Up till now I was able to scour the wire and scrap my way into 1st. But Peavy going down hurts. bad. like Papi’s eyes.

  99. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    I need a little line-up help for this week. H2H-Points League. Pick TWO:

    Adam LaRoche: vsCLE, vs KC
    Branyan: vsSD, @LA
    Cody Ross: BAL, @TB

  100. Mr. Rickey says:

    Alexi Ramirez or Bartlett this week?

  101. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    More line-up help. H2H-Points league. Pick the TWO that will hurt me the least:

    Bedard: vs ARI*
    Halladay: @WAS*
    Huff: vsMIL
    Hochevar: vsARI
    Wang: vs WAS

    *injured and may not even play, but the other options are sad

  102. Jesse says:


    In a semi-panic, I am trying to deal Torii Hunter/Hunter Pence for Slowey and Wright. Is this an overreaction? Is Torii’s toriid season gonna last?

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jesse: That’s a fair trade, but you’re giving away a lot. Can you afford it? Does your pitching really need Slowey? Is your 3rd baseman that bad? Are there no options on the waiver wire?

  104. Jesse says:

    @Grey: No, I have Reynolds at 3rd (I nominate myself for draft-pick of the decade), but I could always slide Wright into a util spot. What I’m really wondering is if the season started today, who between Wright and Torii would have the best #s. Logic suggests Wright, but Torii’s been slugging like he needs an exorcism. TORN

  105. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jesse: Doesn’t sound like you need Wright, but Wright’s above Torii if the season started tomorrow, but Pence is above Slowey. Less torn?

  106. Jesse says:

    And no, my league has had the same managers for 10 years and the best available SP on the wire is Sean West and Antonio Bastardo. belch

  107. Jesse says:

    Its proposed, the dude’s been thinking about it for 4 days (he’s a banking executive). let the chips fall where they may

  108. Steve says:

    @Grey: If only the tear in Jake’s ankle was as easy to wipe away as the tear in Steve’s eye.

    I do miss our Mr B chats, so – do you know much about/have you seen much of Tronsoco? He doesn’t seem to be much of big K merchant and the WHIP looks a little high, but he sure is gettng the job done.

    Or is he perhaps more valuable in real baseball than the baseball that matters most to me?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I feel your pain, Steve. I’d give Tronsoco a go.

  110. Mr Baseball says:

    This is the best baseball sight – Hey grey is there any football message board that you hang out in – or are you planning to do a football sight ?

  111. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Any news on Sizemore today?

    Has my outfield been seriously DeGrady’d? Please say neigh, Grey………

  112. BigFatHippo says:

    @Doc: I only need him to DH and play the violin, not throw the ball.

    Please tell me he can put off surgery till the offseason Doc. Then after the surgery, will he ever be able to play the violin?

    And now for something completely different…………….

    Last time I achieved inflammation of a joint, I ate a whole bag of Funyuns, a tub of sour cream and 17 Ho-Ho’s to set a hall olympics record at the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston. The record stood for 10 years until Grey came along and shattered it. Can’t remember his foods of choice, but am sure they were interesting.

  113. Doc says:

    @Mr Baseball: some football coming soon to a Razztastic site near you!

  114. Doc says:

    I went to bench Pavano and was too late. Brauned.

  115. Doc says:

    Rays call up Winston Abreu. Had 10 saves in AAA, a 1.41 ERA, a 0.750 WHIP and a great K/BB rate.

  116. martin says:

    @grey- oswalt or lowe?

  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Grady’s on his way back supposedly.

    @Doc: Thanks for the heads up on Abreu, but I don’t think he leapfrogs the other guys.

    @martin: Coin flip. I’d take Lowe.

  118. BigFatHippo says:

    @Doc: He’s a Latin 32, can we really trust him?

  119. Tbatter says:

    Nary a message on Matt Cain? How convenient Grey. FAIL

  120. BigFatHippo says:

    @Doc: You are truly a wise man.

    The anterior cruciate ligament police are out to get us, they’re in league with Dr. Freeze…………

  121. Doc says:

    @Tbatter: Cain had an outstanding game vs. Oakland. Agreed. “FAIL” is so, like, OMG, last week!

  122. knighttown says:

    I’m at +135 for IP so i can afford to be selective in starts. However, saying that, I don’t mind running over and dumping SP for bats late in the season. On Wednesday I’ve got 4 SP’s going:

    Liriano vs. Pit
    jackson @ St.L
    Scherzer @KC
    Vazquez @ Cin

    One of those nights that my better pitchers have the tougher matchups. Who sits?

  123. Doc says:

    So my 99 Saturn has 217,000 miles on it and someone rear-ended me the other day which caused the bumper to sag a little. My car is so old and worthless that putting the bumper back and slapping a little paint on there caused them to total the car! It’s kind of like a blister on Jamie Moyer’s pinkie.

    Oh, and those freestyling Subway commercials have got to go.

  124. knighttown says:

    Christ Tbatter. I don’t recall grey telling you to dump Cain for Chet Lemon. He said that if you can “sell-high” on a guy that is looking like Lincecum squared than go ahead and do that. I just put him in with Ibanez to score Pujols. Listen to the man or don’t but you can’t throw every quality start by a sell back in his face. This site wouldn’t be very valuable if he was telling us to sell Wang and Lohse right now would it?

    And seriously, Bea Arthur could limit the A’s to 1 run.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:

    @knighttown: I’d sit Liriano and start the rest.

  126. Jacob says:

    I had Chad Billsley, Jered W. and Josh Johnson ( can i suggest Jo Jo as a nickname, by the way) pitch for me yesterday. Needless to say, it was a good day.

  127. martin says:

    @grey- hey last question, can u rank tulo, tejada, hardy, drew in order. I’m trying to trade away haap and pierre ( as u can tell from my previous posts) and want to know who to try first.

  128. Jacob says:

    actually Jo Joson might be better. to close to the other Jo Jo.

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jacob: Very nice on the day, not sure about the nickname. Kinda like the porno name, Gosh Johnson.

    @martin: Drew, Tulo, Tejada, Hardy

  130. Jacob says:

    Jo Jo isn’t great, but something has to be done about a guy who has such similar sounding names.

    @Doc: I hate those subway commercials. What was wrong with Jerry or whatever his name was and his huge pants!

  131. Jacob says:

    Grey, should i drop/sell orlando hudson for Lopez who’s an FA right now?

  132. Tbatter says:

    I’m just giving Grey a little ribbing…He can pat himself on the back with “I told you so’s” about this and that player. Then when he rails on Cain for over two weeks and he pitches gems since then doesn’t even man up in the article. It’s all good. How’s Mauer doing this year?

  133. Greg says:

    Hardy 0 for his last 30 now and he looks really bad. He’s swinging at garbage right now…

  134. Greg says:

    It’s time to bring up A. Escobar and bench Hardy.

  135. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jacob: I’d prefer to have Lopez, but I wouldn’t drop Hudson.

    @Tbatter: Mauer’s the king of my domain.

    @Greg: I had Alcides for a week in one league waiting for him. Not sure what the Brewers are doing.

  136. AL KOHOLIC says:

    took a gamble on a gamel tonught,unexpected sb,thank you

  137. Doc says:

    Who do you drop faster, Pavano or Happ?

  138. Dexter says:

    I need power and sbs. Do you think a trade of my Youkilis and Cain is okay for his Braun and Reynolds? I also have Josh Johnson, Verlander, Ubaldo, Oswalt, Lackey, Nolasco, Webb. I could also throw in McCutchen or Morgan.

  139. Dexter says:

    also, is papelbon/rios fair for miggy cabrera?

  140. Greg says:

    Time to pick up Rivera and ride the hot streak?

  141. Doc says:

    @Dexter: Looks good for you.

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dexter: I’d want Braun there. Rios/Papel for Miggy is fair.

    @Greg: Pickup Rivera.

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