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Last month we went over some pitchers that were getting lucky.  You remember back a month ago, right?  You were 15 pounds lighter and still had a few hairs to brush over your head.  The pitchers that I said would regress last month were Moseley, Ogando, Tomlin, Britton, Correia, Masterson, Gorzelanny, Guthrie, Wolf and Cahill.  Their combined ERA in the last month was 4.51.  I.e. Not good.  To refresh what the FIP I’m talking about.  xFIP — stands for Expected Fielding Independent Pitching.  It’s basically ERA without those pesky fielders helping or hurting you.  It’s a pure ERA.  It’s like when you go to the Supercuts and then you don’t want to shower for like 2 weeks because you’ll never get your hair styled again like Jeffrey does it.  It’s your hair right after Jeffrey styles it and before you wash it.  That’s xFIP.  Okay, so let’s take a Exhibit A pitcher, who has an ERA of 2.75, but his xFIP is a 6.75.  A -4.00 difference.  That means he’s been very lucky and there’s a good chance his ERA is going to go way up.  So here’s a list of pitchers with the biggest difference between their actual ERAs and their xFIPs for the first two months or so of the fantasy baseball season. (If your guy’s on the list, it’s not a great sign.)

Josh Beckett – 1.69.  I’d love to see Red State Jeter’s regression to his 3.75 xFIP.  Biggest reason, cause I don’t own him anywhere.  2nd biggest reason, because he’s helping other teams win.  3rd reason, the first two were already the same, don’t make me come up with a third.

Jair Jurrjens – 1.67.  Jar-Jar, any time you wanna cooperate and not be as good as you’ve been, it would be appreciated.  Meesa tanks you in advance.

Alexi Ogando – 1.58.  I’d feel differently about this post if I owned a few of these guys.  Maybe I should ignore LOB%, BABIP, K-rate and xFIP and just ride the hot hand…Then as soon as I pick them up they’ll get shelled.

Jeremy Hellickson – 1.39.  He’s kept his BABIP fairly low in the past, but it’s even below that right now.  His K-rate is also very low for him (and his ERA which makes me want to kick myself in the head).

Gio Gonzalez – 1.26.  There’s a lot of names on this list that I don’t own.  Gio’s one I have.  Sad emoticon.  Right now, I’m only starting him at home because I don’t trust him.  He seems to be losing control like Meatloaf working with Gary Busey.

Jered Weaver – 1.14.  I wouldn’t panic too much with this one.  Weaver’s not a 2.24 ERA pitcher, but he’s not his brother either.

Philip Humber – 1.04.  C’mon, a less than 5.50 K-rate?  That is the new blech.

Matt Harrison – 1.03.  Here comes the runs, and I say… I almost left Harrison off because who’s trusting him?  Maybe some people who only see the 3.31 ERA.  These are people that probably aren’t reading this site…Never the hoo!

Kyle Lohse – 1.00.  Another guy that falls into the Harrison category; you should know he’s not around a mid-2 ERA pitcher.  If you don’t, shame on you.  But you can put the blame on me…Said you can put the blame on me…

  1. John says:

    I thought FIPing was what I do to the American Apparel ads?

  2. AL KOHOLIC says:

    collmenter im sure is another one of these guys,though i am riding him for now

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @John: That’s FAPing.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, I have him in a league or two too.

  4. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I should expand on my Brett Anderson question from the last thread. My league doesn’t have a DL (hey, long time league with friends, is what it is), that’s what is prompting me to go with Uehara over Anderson. That, and Uehara never walks anyone and has a swinging strike % of 16.2, which is stupid crazy.

  5. Wilsonian says:

    Ackley or Lawrie?

    Gio, Danks, or Dempster?

  6. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and the Beachster over Gio, Danks, or Dempster (when he comes back, of course)?

  7. Wilsonian says:

    Last question of the day (for now, at least)…Cain or Pineda for the rest of the year?

  8. Dad says:

    @Grey: I’ve currently got a waiting line outside my 3 DL spots with Heyward, Napoli, Beachy, Padilla, J Santana & B Anderson (Band-Aid-erson)).

    Is Padilla officially droppable now? Stash Anderson?

    It’s a very deep 16-teamer. Any advice on DL strategy would be very helpful.

  9. EG says:

    Drop Rubby for EJax, Stauffer, Maholm, Britton or Dickey?

  10. BunchaChumps says:

    I own a number of these guys and can’t trade away any of them, probably because of articles like this. Thanks. Thanks a lot, Grey.

  11. knighttown says:

    CBills+Reynolds+Hill for Hommy?

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:

    anyone know whats going on with jansen,he was supposed to come off the dl,and either join the team or rehab?

  13. Alvin says:

    Have a chance to acquire my choice of B Wilson or L Nunez in a deal. Which should I grab? Ks are a big need and I’m slightly concerned with Wilson’s velo drop in 2011.

  14. Cain Fan says:

    @Grey: I know, that’s my point, they are ripping you off!!!

  15. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man, much appreciated.

  16. Derrick says:

    Ugh…didn’t like reading that about Gio. What do you think about me sending Wright/Gio for a Kershaw or a Weaver? Am I giving up too much?

  17. Salty Balty says:

    Does Jeffrey style merkins? Jeffrey seems like the type.

    Couldn’t help myself.

  18. Big Timer says:

    Site is great!

    Carl Crawford and Gio Gonzalez for Jose Bautista. Which side would you rather have?

  19. Salty Balty says:

    Unfortunately, my nickname isn’t “All day” because I f*** like Sting. It’s cause I never know when to drop a joke.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Timer: Thanks! Bautista, but it’s fair.

  21. Wilsonian says:

    I lied, got another question…

    Currently rockin’ Wiggy at 3rd with Wright on the DL. McGehee was just dropped. I know he’s sucked donkey balls this year, but would you take a shot on him turning things around and snag him over Wiggy? This is a 16 Team H2H Keepah.

  22. Salty Balty says:

    Last one: Are you afraid to start Gio on the road b/c you’re afraid he’s going to don the feared sweaty merkin and ruin your ratios for the week?

    I’m way too old to be so amused by this, then again, I’m way to old to be taking fantasy baseball so seriously.

    Thanks for making my day.

  23. Steve Stevenson says:

    In 14-team mixed H2H, hold Humber as SP7 (we start 4 per week) for his 2-start weeks and good matchups, or continue rotating that slot? This week Lilly v HOU is my SP4–drop Humber in favor of a 2-starter (Arrieta–@ TOR, @ PIT, Pavano–v CHW, v SD, Morton–@ HOU, v BAL, or Karstens–@ HOU, @ CLE), or stick with Lilly and hold Humber until the magic wears off?

  24. frank rizzo says:

    Gio blows. He’s teetering on disaster all the time now. His ERA is going to balloon in the future I think. He’s got a tasty next start at home against SF I believe but beyond that I need to drop a starter. If forced to drop someone, who do you drop…..Gio or Kuroda?

  25. frank rizzo says:

    Question on balancing stats in a shallow H2H. I’ve been using E Aybar at SS for his SB’s, but I don’t know if I can trust him. Meanwhile I’ve had M Joyce at Utility. JJ Hardy is on the wire and can give some power at SS but no steals. Tabata is there too and has started hitting so the SB’s have got to come.

    Which tandem would you want? JJ Hardy and Tabata or E Aybar and Joyce?

  26. Myyyyyyy Kuroda says:

    Am I CRAZY?

    I picked up Adam Dunn off the Scrap Heap-but I don’t have room to play him. 16-Team H2H (1 UTIL spot 4 total bench spots). I have Adam Lind at DH and Miggy Cabrera at 1B.

    I offered trades of Dunn/Cahill for Hanson and Dunn/Cahill for Verlander. I have Josh Johnson on the DL and would need a spot to get him in the lineup. Also have Jered Weaver/E. Bedard/C. Hamels.

    What you you all think?

  27. Donnie Baseball says:

    F#^k FIP, I’ll take Jurrjens low 4 FIP every year before Nolasco’s low 3 FIP anyday.

    Why do I buy into him every year?

  28. MB's Bold Prediction says:

    Is this how you’d rank the following pitchers?:

    Ted Lilly, Anibal Sanchez, Erik Bedard, Alexi Ogando and Collmenter.

    Who disappoints the most in the second half (Collmenter likely excluded)?

  29. Up in this Mug says:


    Any folks on the other end of the spectrum that I can target as buy-low candidates?

  30. xopchipili says:

    What are the chances Ogando’s regression happens tonight @NYY? The guy’s a time bomb and I generally bench my SPs against the Yanks and Sox, but he’s been so good that I feel like I have to play him…

  31. Dad says:

    @Grey: Thank you for the quick reply Grey. I just dropped Padilla. I’m going to activate Heyward since he could/should/might be back in a few days. I put Napoli on the DL and I like Beachy’s chances of coming back strong so he’s keeping his spot. Since there’s no point in burning an empty DL spot, would you keep Santana or Anderson on there?

  32. Boomer19 says:

    Hosmer or Smoak for rest of the year? Close?

  33. Cole says:

    I thought Wolf might make the list again this month. Do you calculate the xFIPs yourself or is there a source for this info?

  34. Wilsonian says:

    JJ over Aaron Hill?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: Anderson

    @Boomer19: Hosmer…Close

    @Cole: I calculate the differences myself. Wolf almost was on the list.

    @Wilsonian: JJ

  36. joe from point pleasant says:


    Carrasco is lookin dominant lately. Watched the entire Yankee game last night and he pretty much made them look silly. Pittsburgh is next on tap, followed by @SF and @ARZ…

    The next couple weeks could very well be a continuation to his dominant run.

    Buy or sell Carrasco getting 2-3 wins in these next few starts and lowering his era to the mid 3’s.

    If he can do that, I think I may be able to flip Carrasco, a free agent addition, for a real nice SP through trade… at least thats my plan.

  37. Dad says:

    @ Anyone? @Grey: : I lost Napoli in 16-teamer and my options for a FA catcher are hilariously bad (Thole, Towles, Treanor, Whiteside, Cervelli etc.)

    Should i A) pick up a live body and hope for a few counting stats while Napoli is out B) rock an empty C slot and wait for Napoli C) pick up Jesus M and hope he gets some playing time in the next 2 weeks or D) trade a Helton or Smoak for a decent catcher (like Miguel Montero)??

  38. EK says:

    Lester, Kershaw or push?

  39. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Would you drop Trumbo for V.Wells? I mean i just refuse to believe that a career .277 hitter drops to .192 in just one season.


  40. have an offer on the table sending away stephen drew(also have alexei ramirez):

    getting either: brandon league or roy oswalt

    which one of the above do you choose? would you rather get rid of alexei ramirez or drew?

  41. Charlie Says says:

    Sounds like Ackley might get the call either Friday or Tuesday.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @joe from point pleasant: Those are solid matchups. I’d take a chance on him for those starts.

    @Dad: Helton for Montero sounds fine if Helton is a bench bat, but I’d probably just go with a live body for a few weeks.

    @EK: Push…Kershaw

    @Chinaski: Nope

    @kR Express: Oswalt…I’d get rid of Alexei…

  43. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    You’ve got me worried about Gio all of a sudden, might be in for a disaster pretty soon. Random trade question for you:
    With Zimmerman coming back today, Mark Reynolds has now become expendable at 3B. Also, I have Phillips at 2B with Zobrist on the roster as well. Just picked up Adam Dunn off the wire.
    Looking to trade for a starter or two…
    Which of Zimmerman/Reynolds would you trade and what ilk of guy might I expect?
    Same question with Phillips/Zobrist?
    10 team H2H 5×5 with OBP instead of average, fwiw.

  44. even though I have Upton and Young, trying to do better allocation?

    RE: getting rid of drew or alexei

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: I don’t know what you need. Can try for a 2nd tier starter with Reynolds, say, Chacin. Or a lower end #1 SP with Phillips. Say Greinke.

    @kR Express: No idea what you mean.

  46. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks Grey. I think I’m done asking questions now.

  47. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: I’m a lawyer, so apparently I lie.

    2 final questions:

    1) Would you take Dempster or Danks or Bills over Gio for the time being until the Beachster comes off the DL?

    2) Would you take Carrasco over Leake in a 16 Team H2H?

  48. longbeachyo says:

    Hey grey, how bout doing a post for pitchers that should be doing better?? (+ difference) Kind of like a buy now list of pitchers.

  49. @grey, thoughts on this trade? i give ethier+vmart, i get cliff lee. i currently have vmart at CI (mccann at catcher) with rizzo at 1B, moustakas at 3B, morneau on bench, ike davis and wright on the DL so dont really need vmart at CI. OUTF is werth, ethier, pence, stanton with alex gordon at util. also have desmond jennings, ackley, and montero awaiting callup. SP is fairly weak (price, gallardo, liriano, j zimmerman, morrow, cahill, garza, johan on DL) 12 team auction keeper league, none of ethier, vmart, lee are viable keepers at the $. thanks

  50. STRAWberry says:


    Worries about Josh Johnson? He is coming off the DL w shoulder issues. Hug of death, next to kiss of death of elbow issues.

  51. Grey, would you drop Gio for Volquez? Obviously Edinson is the better talent, but would you drop GG outright? I don’t think I want to dick around with trying to trade him when Volquez is on waivers.

  52. you answered my question about getting rid of drew for oswalt

    Since I already have J Upton and C Young, would you still advise dealing Drew over Alexei Ramirez for Oswalt?

  53. yankees2011 says:

    Hello again Grey. I need Catcher help. I have been riding Lucroy (not physically) for a while and he sucketh the big one. Would you replace with any of these:

    Pierzynski, Iannetta, Salty, Hernandez, Buck, Suzuki, Torrealba…

    Ugh! I can’t stand typing that crap anymore. I’m leaning towards A.J., but I wanted to check in. I am kicking myself for losing J.P. Arencibia early on (yes I’m an impatient douche!).

    Thanks much Grey and keep up the great work.

  54. Grey — Is it worth holding onto EY Jr. in a 20-team league? He doesn’t seem to be getting many at-bats. Any chance that changes any time soon? I know how blazing his speed is, and if there was reason to hope he’d play more I’d gladly hold onto him. But I’ve got a thin bench and would like to grab Nishioka or Ian Stewart for INF depth, which is the role Young is meant to be playing.

  55. matt says:

    domonic brown even worth owning now in 12 team mixed knowing hes probably gonna lose time vs lefties?

  56. Steve Stevenson says:

    You like Ryan Roberts for the rest of the year? In a limited moves league (15 left for the year), I’m contemplating picking him up as my bench bat, since I like multi-position eligibility in this format. Have had Hill on the bench since Utley came back, but team is doing fine, so haven’t made moves. Worth one of my precious 15 moves to pick up Roberts, or just keep on until I really need to use them?

  57. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    @Wilsonian: where do you practice?

  58. Joel says:

    Grey, just got a huge offer in my 12 team 6×6 h2h league.

    I would give Prince Fielder and Ervin Santana, and get Ryan Howard, Victorino and Trevor Cahill. I don’t really want to give up Fielder, but I sense they’re about to start pitching around him regularly with no cover for him in Mcgahee (intentional walk yesterday). What do u think? I’m slightly leaning twds it. THANKS!!

  59. matt says:

    will brandon lyon ever get the closers role back, and if he does is he worth owning knowing hes gonna have a terrible ERA and WHIP and probably blow a bunch of saves

  60. Steve says:

    Ah, the regeneration of hope that comes with injured guys coming back off the DL. Zimm today, Heyward maybe tomorrow.

    You can jettison those fill-ins that have taken up valuable roster space, who you’ve been tolerating, without ever really believing in. Your roster is neat and tidy again, that great team you drafted ready to show you what they can do.

    It’s almost like Opening Day all over again.

    Until the first 0-4 and then it’s back to reality, oh there goes gravity…

  61. xopchipili says:

    @Steve: I’m making room for Zimmy by throwing Justin Morneau’s carcass overboard. If he goes 0-4, well, I haven’t really lost anything ;)

  62. Wilsonian says:

    @ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight: I’m a Public Defender in a small town (about 20,000 people) in southern Illinois. I have a lot of down time waiting on clients that never show or waiting for return calls from the State so I spend it with my drug of choice, fantasy baseball.

  63. STRAWberry says:

    @Joel: If your only worry is pitching around him, he is still getting on base (assuming that is the 6th cat) and has great value either way. No need to dump him for this reason.

    I think you would win that trade getting Howard & Victorino, unless your 6th cat is ham sandwiches consumed. Prince finds tasty animals too cute to eat.

  64. Steve says:

    @xopchipili: Hah! I actually have Morneau too on the team I have Zimm. A similar move is not too far away.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joel: I’d take it.

    @matt: In some leagues he’s worth owning.

    @Steve: Ha… Very true…

  66. Benny says:

    Who do you like more for next year – Morse or Gordon?

  67. Up in this Mug says:

    @Grey: No Fancy write ups here, but I did the calculations on the other end of the spectrum (buy low candidates?):

    Name FIP Diff
    Javier Vazquez 2.26
    Ryan Dempster 2.17
    Chris Volstad 1.96
    Fausto Carmona 1.81
    Travis Wood 1.14
    Matt Garza 1.08
    Bronson Arroyo 1.06
    Chris Carpenter 1.05
    Chris Narveson 0.98
    Ricky Nolasco 0.97
    Brian Duensing 0.94

  68. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:start Ogando tonight at NYY?

  69. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    8×8 h2h league

  70. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: The biggest issue when answering questions is how many teams. 8 teams is a lot different than 15 teams.

  71. jovani says:

    @grey, thoughts on this trade? i give ethier+vmart, i get cliff lee. i currently have vmart at CI (mccann at catcher) with rizzo at 1B, moustakas at 3B, morneau on bench, ike davis and wright on the DL so dont really need vmart at CI. OUTF is werth, ethier, pence, stanton with alex gordon at util. also have desmond jennings, ackley, and montero awaiting callup. SP is fairly weak (price, gallardo, liriano, j zimmerman, morrow, cahill, garza, johan on DL) 12 team auction keeper league, none of ethier, vmart, lee are viable keepers at the dollar amounts. thanks

  72. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    yeah sorry,forgot about that….its a 10 team league.oh well,its 7:05,no turning back gonna roll the dice,hopefully I get a QS,some K’s,decent k/9….thats the thing about this league,so many ways to win categories,I dont usually sit any SP’s,but the yanks are the only team that has got to Ogando so far this season.thnks anyway.

  73. dingbat says:

    I need help in HRs and SBs. Is it worth trading LoMo and Tabata for B.J. Upton if I don’t currently have room on my roster for both outfielders?

  74. Steve says:

    You stink Zimmerman!

  75. Steve says:

    Typical! Bench Hardy so I can play Hanley before a trade goes through. Marlins are in delay and Hardy is raking.

  76. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    I heard Ankiel was out of the game because “he felt something.” I think it’s a major breakthrough for him!

  77. Steve says:

    Get back on the DL Zimmerman, you bum!

  78. Eddie says:

    @Grey: Who do you like RoS: Jose Reyes, or Hanley Ramirez?

  79. bubba says:

    Would you trade Pence and Cahill for Braun in a 10 team roto. I’m trying to get rid of some pitching and consolidate my team. Would you do it if it was McCutchen instead of Braun. Thanks.

  80. Steve says:

    @Grey: Youk and Joyce not much better.

    Joyce not so choice.

  81. EK says:

    Pls rank for tomorrow:

    Narveson @ CHC
    Morton @ HOU
    Outman vs KC


  82. royce! says:

    More like Ogandon’t! Am I right or am I right?

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bubba: I’d take Braun for either, Pence first.

    @Steve: Nope

    @EK: Morton, Narveson…

    @royce!: Ha…Yup

  84. Steve says:

    @royce!: Nocando!

  85. Wilsonian says:

    Was just offered a Netflix (can’t use Blockbuster since they really aren’t worth shit anymore) on my 16 Team H2H Keeper:

    His McCutchen, Bedard (said I could have another starter – he also has Lilly) for my Wright. I have Wiggy at 3rd right now and could probably stash Lawrie, Stewart or Freese. I gotta do this, right? Which SP do you take?

  86. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I sure am glad I started Ogando tonight…..

  87. Exactly says:

    Like the post about wright/gio for kershaw earlier…I went and offered it too, but assuming it gets rejected, I also have Holliday coming back and need to make room in my OF, CI, DH…who would you look to move first: morse or pena?

    So either morse/pena and gio for kershaw. Thanks.

  88. @Grey: Don’t think you’re going to get away with calling this Ogando start his regression… no one in their right mind would have started him tonight (sorry Oilcan).

    Votto for A-Rod (regular 5 cats plus OPS & K)

    Also, our (much) earlier discussion led me to some funny lists of “sexy” RW chicks. I realize it’s a matter of taste, but this ranking of the “25 Hottest RW Girls” is almost as odd as some of the creatures that appear on it:

  89. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: he said he would throw in Turner, too. Do I take him or stash Lawrie, Stewart, or Freese?

  90. EK says:

    Happ or Morton tomorrow?

  91. Steve says:

    @Grey: Much difference between Torres and Denorfia?

  92. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Luke Scott 2 bunt singles tonight as the Jays give him the left side.

  93. Steve says:

    @Grey: He’s still breathing, though.

  94. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: who do you drop to complete the deal: Leake or EJax?

  95. tom says:

    @Grey: 10 team 5×5 H2H…a-rod or holliday rest of season?

  96. Eddy says:

    Verlander in full-on mid-season form:

    9 IP, 2 H, 12 Ks, W.


    And Hamels has set down 13 in a row.

    CLE becoming the pushovers we’d stream against last season?

  97. andrew miller with 10K, 1 walk in 5.1 IP tonight in AAA, now reports he’s getting called up by the sox to face the padres next week to head off his june 15 opt-out clause. just added him in a deep mixed league.

  98. Jake in Columbus says:

    Nice of Yahoo to list Jeter as DL but leave Zimmerman on it. :/

  99. @Grey: Oh yes… you will have to peruse.

    I’ve been rocking The Misplaced “H” at 3B for a while now and felt like I needed an upgrade… now I see there are actually worse options at the hot corner in a 12-Teamer. When did the 3B party get moved over to the kiddie pool?

    Thanks for the Ruggiano reco… love immediate dividends. I suppose we can squash the Ogando thing now. Let’s hug it out.

  100. Steve says:

    Jeez. I’m trying to stay relievers-only in my H2H league so benched Gallardo. Could have really done with this start.

    Especially with what Kimbrel is up to…

  101. WDE05 says:

    Kimbrell being used in the 8th inning tonight trailing 4-3…and he walked two guys and then hit a guy to load the bases with 2 out. Fucking great.

  102. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I hope Venters isn’t the closer. I picked him up specifically because he’s unreal and he throws a ton of innings.

  103. Exactly says:

    which side, 12 team H2H points league:

    votto or konerko/kershaw?

  104. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Also, a gripe:

    Kelly Johnson seriously hits LHP better than RHP, and yet he sits against lefties for days off. You’d think that somebody in the Diamondbacks organization would look at his stats and think for a second.

  105. Exactly says:

    also, which side:

    kemp or votto/cahill

  106. Eddie says:

    Gallardo with a 10 K outing.

  107. Howard says:

    @Grey Should I cut bait with EYJ in favour of Adam Kennedy?

  108. Howard says:

    @WDE05 Sounds like a brain freeze! Make it stop!!!

  109. longbeachyo says:

    Grey, care to restate your opinion on dominic brown?

  110. Bobo Brazil says:

    Which side?



    Cano/Cliff Lee

  111. royce! says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: I had the same gripe when he was playing in ATL and they kept sitting him against lefties. It’s just his cross to bear, I suppose.

  112. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    1. Should I own Tim Stauffer or Scott Baker for the rest of the year?

    2. I need to make room for Zimmerman. Who should i drop? Turner, Ibanez, Pagan, Aybar?

  113. timSTi says:

    @Grey: I lead my 10tm 5×5 roto by 15 points. I’m top 3 or better in all cats but steals.

    Trade Quentin for Gardener?

    My OF is: Kemp, JUpton, Pence, Quentin, Sizemore, Ludwick, and/or Morse.

    We start 5 OF & 2 UT

    We keep 7 and neither Quentin or Gardener would make the cut.

  114. STRAWberry says:

    @STRAWberry: A little sloppy though

  115. xopchipili says:

    @Grey: Trusted my gut and benched Ogando. Feelin damn good right now, though I really hope this isn’t the end of the ride for him

  116. @Eddie: aaand the pen blows his 3-run lead.

    @wily mo: (re andrew miller) now some other reports that no decision made until meeting tomorrow (about promoting him). still added him. i love it when i get massively preoccupied with random specific players. it’s fun. except when they let me down. jed.

  117. bogbert says:

    My pitching is a mess. Which 3 of these 5 — Jurrjens, Gio, Bills, Morrow, Liriano. I don’t really trust any of them, though at least Jar-Jar has been good so far.

  118. Exactly says:

    @strawberry: for which comment, 121 or 123 or both?

  119. Wilsonian says:

    Made the deal, so now this is my OF in a 16 Team H2H keeper:

    Quentin, Hamilton, Heyward, McCutchen, Tabata, Damon. I can only play 5 at the most. I’ve now got Turner at 3rd. Would you drop Damon for Stewart or Lawrie for some 3rd base insurance?

  120. A Guy says:


    Liriano and Logan Morrison for Ogondo and Cahill. Who wins?

  121. Eddie says:

    @wily mo: I’m a Cubs fan so this suits me just fine, so long as they win the ballgame.

  122. Eddie says:

    @Eddie: AAAAANNNNDDD winner!

  123. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddie: Castro with the walk-off. Good to see others on here have been suffering with me. Life as a Cubs fan is a tough one…

  124. Eddie says:

    @Wilsonian: This is the worst Cubs team since the 2006 Chicago Hindenburgs.

  125. STRAWberry says:

    @Exactly: 121 was sloppy

  126. STRAWberry says:

    @Exactly: Little drunk here, 131, my comment was sloppy in format. Answers were my thoughts, as we are all here to help each other out.

    A little clearer now? Cool

  127. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddie: it’s turrible. Big Z wasn’t wrong when he said this was a AAA team. In fact, he might have been complimenting the team with that comment.

  128. STRAWberry says:

    @Exactly: I didn’t see your 121 comment, I like the Kershaw / Konerko side since it is H2H. Votto / Cahill over Kemp on 121, either roto or H2H.

    I have to go to bed and stop posting before Grey puts me on the Disgraceful List.

  129. Eddie says:

    @Wilsonian: Yeah I stand with Zambrano too. Management is off their rocker if they think this team is anything other than a 90+ loss outfit. Nor are the injuries an excuse. Other teams suffer injuries and then have effective baseball players in AA and AAA to come up and fill in. The Cubs have Casey Coleman, James Russell and the dynamic duo of Koyie Hill and Wellington Castillo.

  130. Tom Thumb says:

    @Grey @anyone:

    Thoughts on Moreland/Gordon/Heyward for Kershaw/Ike.?

  131. STRAWberry says:

    @Eddie: Looks like there are 3 Cubs fans following this blog.

    I’ve stopped going to any games, losing isn’t fun, although the drunk chicks in the bars after the games definitely help.

    Maybe we can convince Grey & Rudy to come in for a weekend series to see what real baseball is about?

  132. Steve says:

    Jesus – how many runners has Bourjos stranded?

  133. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddie: I agree with you Hendry is awful. How he can think that he’s even come close to building a winning team is beyond me. And the fact that he essentially kicked Sandberg out of the organization is ridiculous. Oh well, there’s always next year, and the year after that, and…

  134. Steve says:

    Surely you’re not going to tell me that Kershaw-Cueto owners are going to come out of this without a win?

  135. Steve says:

    Run, Krispie, run!

  136. Nate says:

    What should I do at SS? I’ve had Nishioka on the DL for a while, but I picked up Yunel Escobar after he got back from his injury because Jamie Carroll was my fill-in and he’s a total schmohawk. Escobar’s having a really great season for a SS…should I just shop Nishioka around and drop him if nobody bites?

  137. Whiskey Diet says:

    You can look at Pence’s statline and know with confidence whether or not the Astros won or got smashed.

  138. pipa says:

    saw u said to try and get liriano before he goes nuts….i offered gordon for him and the dudes thinking about it…been on the table since yesterday…i have reynolds too…what do u think of the offer?

    also hill was dropped in my league, should i make a move on him and drop schafer?

    would you drop nicasio for leake?

  139. Dim says:

    Joyce or Choo?

  140. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Who are a few O’ers to target for Uggla?
    I’ve got to improve on Sizemore, my two utility spots are taken, and Kinsler is at 2nd, so he’s benchbound

  141. Flunkie says:

    I have such a man crush for both Hosmer and Moustakas. I own both on every team I manage. :D

  142. Flunkie says:

    Start Wood @LAD and Hellickson at home vs. BOS?

  143. B-rude says:

    Start Bills vs. Cin tomorrow? Bills splits show that he’s much better during the day but has also been kinda awful lately…

  144. Whiskey Diet says:

    @Flunkie: Hoz and Moose are our Adrian Gonzalez / Kevin Youkilis here in Kansas City.

  145. Grey,

    Help me Obewon, you’re my only hope…
    Losing sleep over this trade proposal…
    SP Cahill and SP JarJar for SP Price and 3B Wright.
    I kinda wanna dump Wright, since I have Sandoval and Ryan Roberts. Is Wright coming back? I lost out on George of the Rose (J. De la Rosa) and B. Anderson. Should I make this deal?

    P.S. John Rich got in Meatloaf’s head; should’ve listened to ‘Lil John when dealling with Busey. Sorry to intermingle Star Wars and The Apprentice.

  146. Whiskey Diet says:

    @Paddy Ballgame: Signs point to JarJar regressing soon and his ratios are boring. Price is playing on a better team. Unless you think D. Wright has no value (which he may not) I’d hold there.

  147. Nick says:

    @Grey: Should I start Scherzer tomorrow afternoon? He left 5 ER against Cleveland last game..Yikes! I have Gio at home vs. KC and Vogelsong in Arizona so I’m tempted to bench Max

  148. Nick says:

    OR start him cause he is at home and has been good at home?

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