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Dontrelle Willis, the flat-billed pitchypus in question, was traded to the Diamondbacks for a half-used #2 pencil and a race car-shaped eraser.  When a team trades a guy and still has to pay the majority of his salary, it’s usually not a good sign.  I have maintained in the past that maybe the only thing eating at Dontrelle was the Tigers taking away the best aspect of his game –> his hitting.  It’s still not a reason to pick him up.  It’s not like the Diamondbacks stadium is a pitchers’ haven.  Let someone else take the flat-billed pitchypus under their wing and nurture it back to health.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark Teixeira – Day-to-day after he left the game with a bruised foot, which is far less tasty than a braised foot.

Javier Vazquez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Don’t look now but Vazquez has 3 solid starts in his past 4 games – helping to bring his ERA/WHIP down to 6.06/1.49.  Yeah, still looks awful but it took a while for him to stop picturing Johnny Damon at the plate with the bases loaded everytime he pitched.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer and his 8th RBI.  He’s got a bit of a ways to go before he’s not considered a size D bust.

Trevor Hoffman – 1 IP, 3 ER as he pitched in the 7th inning.  I’d like to punch him in his big fat mouth.  If you own him, bench him until he gets a save.

Corey Hart – Now has 14 homers, while Fielder hit his 8th yesterday because he couldn’t take anymore of my roundup mocking.  That’s what I think, at least.  In all seriousness, Fielder could hit 15 homers this month and it wouldn’t surprise me.  Don’t sweat the fat stuff.

Chris Coghlan – 3-for-5 and a home run.  Hitting around .340 over the last week but still hitting .237 on the year.  Has a long way to go before he’s hitting .290 and he should get there eventually, which means those in need of average can look to him.  Unless…

Mike Stanton – Hit a couple more homers yesterday.  Ross is hitting .295 with moderate power, Maybin and the aforementioned Coghlan have been better after early season slumping.  Not sure who gets the ax for Stanton, but someone must.  Even though I’m not in the union, I’m going to put on my GM hat and say Ross loses playing time.

Russell Branyan – Has three homers in his last four games.  Like an orgy-ist, Branyan hits ’em in bunches.

Cole Hamels – 2/3 IP, 3 ER.  So frustrating when a pitcher gets hit then a rain delay blocks him from fixing the damage to his ratios.  Why are they starting a game when it’s about to rain?  Is looking up not in the umpire’s rulebook?  Dallas Raines, Storm Field, or Sonny Whither-Chanceofrain would’ve never let this game start.

Kevin Gregg – Gregg must’ve left his Janet Jackson album collection yesterday because he had no control and wanted no part of the rhythm nation.  His line of 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 BB was so nasty that actually inspired Cito to insist he call him “Mr. Gaston.”  Since I owned Frasor in a few leagues, you’d think this blowup would make me giggly like an Asian girl in a Hello Kitty store.  Unfortunately, Frasor gave up one run earlier in the game and I flashed a trigger finger faster than Wild Bill Hickok.  To explain again in exclamation marks, !!!!!!!.  I’d own Frasor (though I won’t) and Downs, just in case Gregg is removed from the closer role.  Right now, I’d own them Gregg, Frasor then Downs.  In that order.  Downs is last because I don’t think they go to a lefty closer outside of some messy shituations.

Jeff Niemann – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  First, Shields then Fister now Niemann.  It’s been a good week.  Finally, some of these unreal ERAs from these schmohawks are coming down (up?) to earth.  Find your level, snitches!

John Ely – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks and now 6 straight solid starts and an ERA of 2.54 with a WHIP of 0.93.  Yes, you should own him.  No, he’s not this good.

Victor Martinez – 5-for-5 with 4 routine fly balls to left.  Or as they call them in Boston, “doubles.”

Carlos Quentin – Now has 2 homers in his last 3 games.  Hey, guess all this bastard needed was for me to give up on him.  Figures.

Gordon Beckham – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Beckham promised a Make-A-Wish kid two soft singles to center.  What a guy!

Justin Smoak – 2-for-2 with a homer.  If you own him, you were probably sonavabenched because the home run came after not starting the game.  Nothing like a guy that doesn’t hit for three weeks, then hits a home run when he wasn’t supposed to play.  *Grey bangs his head on his desk*

Scott Rolen – 2 more HRs tonight with 4 of his 13 HRs now coming against the Cards.  Rolen’s going all Cobra Kai on his former coach.  (BTW, We at Razzball are completely against this rethink of Karate Kid.  Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan?  Really?  Does anyone watch the first Karate Kid and, say, “I liked the gist of it but I think it would’ve been better if the Daniel-san character was prepubescent and African-American?”  How will you find someone so watchably menacing as Billy Zabka’s portrayal of Johnny Lawrence?  And will Mr. Miyagi’s backstory be moved from living in Okinawa to living in Hong Kong?  They already did this crap with the Can’t Buy Me Love remake and now Nick Cannon’s stooging on a talent show.  What’s next?  A Bachelor Party remake and not showing muff?)

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 8 ER, 11 baserunners, 0 Ks.  Speaking of 80’s villains, Johnny Cueto swept my legs then urinated on my head.

Joey Votto – 4-for-5, 3 Runs and his 11th homer.  Hey, someone gave him the hug he needed, nice!

Maicer Izturis – Now has back-to-back games with a homer.  I missed the homers, but I’m guessing he was hitting from the 2nd base bag.

Dan Haren – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Diamondbacks are considering trading Dan Haren.  Maybe they can throw in a closer and buy low on Teixeira.  Though in real baseball that makes no sense.

Jose Lopez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a homer.  I know he’s been terrible, but he always gets hot as the summer heats up and he’s now hitting over .400 in the last week with 2 homers.

Chone Figgins – 2-for-4 with a steal.  Yes, he’s finally hot too.

Brett Myers – A 7 inning, 10 K performance against the pesky Nats went for naught after Lindstrom blew the save but then went for aught after Capps blew the save and the game.  Myers’ 3.04 ERA looks awfully low for someone with a 1.39 WHIP but it’s still good enough to gamble on for the occasional stream in shallow leagues, start most of the time in deeper leagues, and start every time in leagues that credit points for domestic abuse.

Hunter Pence – 2-for-3 with his 9th homer.  He also has 5 steals.  It’s the Hunter pace.  Home run here, steal there.  25/12 by the end of the year.  Ho-hum, which is a command Ice Cube uses.

  1. joe from point pleasant says:


    Wondering what your gut feeling is on John Axford the rest of the way… I’m pretty sure hoffman has reached the end of the line, and i doubt he regains the closer role anytime soon if at all. It’s also safe to say that they want villanueva to remain in a setup role. Does Axford hold down the job. and if so for how long?

  2. Kent Bottenfield says:

    A) Adrian Gonzolaz and Rick Nolasco
    B) Joey Votto and Heath Bell

    A or B?

  3. pat says:

    just traded reyes for Fransico Cordero, k-rod, and Ryan Franklin… how did I do?

  4. chrisbenson says:

    grey…in a keeper league, do you still like j-up over matt holli?

    i think ive lost faith in mr. upside….please tell me your thoughts. please!

  5. d2bnz says:

    Yup ……..I too was sonavabenched , by Smoak
    This though has an upside ……..Yes?

  6. Eric says:

    Who wins this trade:

    team a gives tommy hanson and Carlos gonzalez

    team b gives Matt kemp

    Also this one:

    team c (who has kendry morales) gives Andre ethier

    team d gives Adam laroche and Ryan ludwick

  7. Tony says:

    I owned Cueto/Hamels, my opp owns Gregg…..

    what a nite….

    @poontycoon: I threw Haren tho, haha, said efff it, stuck him in there, after cueto’s debacle what could haren do to hurt me! still got sonovabenched on nolasco, my one win sits on the bench? why can’t all my pitchers just face cleveland or pittsburgh each game, or houston! make my life easy!

  8. ViagraFalls says:

    I have Johnny Damon and am thinking of dropping him for another player that is more productive right now. The guys I am looking at right now and are available are:

    Corey Hart – I know he is bound to cool down, but he is hot right now…
    Josh Willingham – Seems stable enough and is putting up productive numbers
    Curtis Granderson – Back from the DL and don’t know what to make of him…
    David Ortiz – Don’t trust him, but…
    Chase Headley – Not terribly productive

    Thanks for any and all advice

  9. William says:

    @Grey – Is Jose Lopez worth picking up for Kelly Johnson or Casey McGehee?

  10. Schlitzy says:

    Worth dropping Adam Jones for Coghlan?

  11. Bostonbeerman says:

    Can’t believe I am asking this, but is anyone running Wandy out there against the Nats?

  12. Adam says:

    I have a dilemma in my head to head league. I have Contreras who gets me saves as a “SP” (my 2 RP spots are filled), but Lidge might retake his spot. Do I drop Contreras for Stanton with hopes of him taking over an OF spot or continue with my 3 closer advantage over the other 2 closer teams???

  13. Nuke LaDouche says:

    @Bostonbeerman: I don’t really feel good about it, but I’m gonna throw him anyways. He is bound to have a good start soon and after all the bad ones I am afraid to miss a good one.

  14. Tony says:

    @ViagraFalls: wow 8 team league? No way should Granderson be available or HART as hot as he’s been….

  15. hideousmutants says:

    The value of Figgins is a mystery to me since I never considered owning him but I’m dead last in SB and Avg and down in Runs. Is Robot and a junky closer too much/too little to offer for him?

  16. tourinct says:

    Rough night. Across four leagues, 33 IP, 7.36 ERA & 2.30 WHIP. Doesn’t even include my Razzball team.

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: ha, i was about to post “told you to throw haren”! now if he just strings a few starts like that together.

  18. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Adam: unless you really need OF or power, not yet. at least wait the whole contreras/lidge thing out. lidge might get a few weeks to close, but most likely ends up hurt or losing the job again.

  19. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Grey: Putting on my GM hat for a moment, why wouldn’t the Marlins just trade Uggla for a useful piece or 2 (maybe a quality 1B and some bullpen help), move Coghlan to 2B and plug Stanton into the LF spot? Seems like that would be the best all around move for the franchise. Leo Nunez is the only person in that bullpen worth a darn.

  20. vottomatic says:

    ha……….. played smoak this week since votto was hurting………. hopefully this is a sign of smoak turning things around.

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    so after swearing off slowey, i’ve since picked him back up and trotting him out there against seattle tonight. let’s hope his string of solid starts and low whip continues.

  22. Tony says:

    @vottomatic: so you got smoaks stats but missed votto’s 4-5? haha, and whatever votto does tonight on….

    @ThePoonTycoon: ya, had another guy ask me what i wanted last night as well, so i’ve got 3 potential suitors, i think Haren might just sack up, realize he’s sucked and start doing something about it…. last night was a good start since the Dodgers have been hot, now if he could have just gotten some run support….

  23. Robert says:

    @Grey: I have been offered M. Holliday for my D. Price. I have Lince, Santana, Nolasco, J. Garcia ans De La Rosa. Holliday would replace Granderson or Markakis for me. Is this a useful trade or should I hold onto Price for a breakout season?

  24. Jeff says:

    Soto and Bartlett are not getting the job done. Which FA’s to pick up?

    C – Ruiz, Snyder, Cervelli, Paulino, Jaso, Hernandez

    SS – F. Lopez, Aybar, Aviles, Guzman

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: “now if he could have just gotten some run support….”

    let’s not get greedy now.

    in my h2h weekly lineup league i started haren and lilly, but also had ely and vazquez.

    btw, that haren/ely duel should be required viewing for anytime a fantasy owner wants to bench 1 or both SPs just cause they own both SPs.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: i’d hold onto haren and hope for 3-4 QSs, then maybe try to trade him. at that point you can probably get close to value for him, whereas now, everyone is trying to buy low, so you are losing a lot of value, when he could easily regain that value in a few weeks.

    @Jeff: what are those FAs bringing to the table that soto and bartlett aren’t? at least with soto and bartlett you are getting some upside. that crafty move to pick up mike aviles is pretty unlikely to lead to you winning your league.

  27. Jeff says:

    @ ThePoonTycoon – Bartlett looks like he is hitting the DL so I need someone to plug in there and Soto is starting to lose more playing time. I not excited about any of them or expecting a lot, but want to get some positive stats from C and SS.

  28. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jeff: ah, didn’t know bartlett was getting DL’ed.

    as for soto, i mean, snyder if you want some power, though he could be losing PT when montero is back, maybe ruiz who will replace the OBP that soto gives you with the walks?

  29. William says:

    @Grey – “…start most of the time in deeper leagues, and start every time in leagues that credit points for domestic abuse.”

    Best blurb ever…

  30. Jeff says:

    @ThePoonTycoon – I misread, 50/50 chance of hitting DL. F. Lopez has been doing well at the top of the Cards lineup and will contribute a handful of HR’s and SB’s and Guzman will at least give me Avg and Runs. Anyone from that group standout as someone worth playing if he does hit the DL?

    Catcher position sucks, I might just throw a dart and see which name it hits and pick them up.

  31. BSA says:

    Hey Everyone it has been a month since Synergy rented space from Grey and your FBB reading when I let you know about the Refresh Everything Challenge
    Well as suspected we made the top 100 which earned us an invitation to do it again. This time we start at 60 and need to get to number one by June 30.
    Can Razzball commenters come through again? Last month your push moved me (emotionally, yes, but in the standings also) 20 positions. Do you have another month of voting as you check Razzball and your rosters? The button is still in the column on the right.

    Thanks everyone! I have already seen Hippo and Iowa checking in. I know comments can take awhile so this month your votes alone would be phenom.

  32. Kid says:

    Considering dropping Wandy. Does Baker, Medlen, CJ Wilson, or Brett Cecil offer any value above him through the rest of the year? or do I ride the storm hoping he pulls through?

  33. yankees2010 says:

    I may need to drop one of my bottom Starters for a SS. Which one of these would you suggest:

    Cueto, Slowey, C.J. Wilson, Mad Max Scherzer, Takahashi

    After typing them I probably know the answer, but I would like to hear your advice. BTW, it is a 12 Team H2H with Holds and OPS.

    One more thing: Boesch or Rasmus?

    Thanks gents and keep up the great work!

  34. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @yankees2010: sherzer if he ends up getting sent back down especially. though wilson could be argued now that he’s had 3 bad starts in a row.


  35. Lob Ball says:

    QUENTIN – I still have him. Should I give him up when Stanton becomes available in my Yahoo roto?

  36. Howard says:

    Started Haren, Ely and Zito last night in the same league! 0 wins! There’s gotta be a Razzball term for that!

  37. mr baseball says:

    someone dropped Morales in a keeper league instead of using his 2nd DL spot and now he is all mine

    Kendry MoralesDL (LAA – 1B) Add Waivers Bridge Of Sighs
    that’s my team the Bridge of Sighs – 11th waiver spot out of 12


    hot plate hopper
    Posted by: (Bridge Of Sighs)
    Kendry MoralesDL (LAA – 1B)

    What are you using your 2nd DL spot for ? – How come you dropped Morales when you had a free DL spot

    Re: hot plate hopper
    Posted by: (hot plate hopper)

    in case someone gets hurt on short term

    Kendry Morales – thanks sucker
    Posted by: (Bridge Of Sighs)

    I had no problem finding a DL spot for him – I simply dropped Iván Rodríguez off my DL spot – not that he had a Job on my team even when he got off the DL since I picked up Ryan Doumit as a free agent and do have Miguel Montero occupying my other DL spot

    this has to be the greatest moment since the Munchkins and their descendants got the joyous news that The wicked old witch at last is dead! …

    I see you still did not need your 2nd DL spot for an injuied player as of yet – that was a great idea to keep it available just in case you do get an injury

  38. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    Has anyone seen Ethier’s at-bats? I’m wondering how he looks — with a 1/8 so far, I’m thinking I may need to bench him until he gets it going again.

  39. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    Also, for anyone who picked up Seth Smith like me, the Rockies are facing Matt Cain (RHP) so he ought to be getting the start. Unfortunately, it’s in SF and not COL, but still.

  40. TonyCino says:

    12 team 10×10 roto daily keeper league, currently in 5th place
    I have
    1B RHoward
    3B DWright
    CI JVotto
    My only closer is BWagner (MGonzalez on DL) and I’m last in saves. I’ve been shopping CLewis, ALind, CQuentin, CRasmus & PSandoval for a closer and no offers until today. Was offered MCapps for PSandoval should I?

  41. Steve-I says:

    10 team mixed league. 1 slot for every position (3 OF) and 1 Utility. I have to drop one player. Do I drop Swisher, Beltre, I. Stewart, Lind, Olivo, or Suzuki?

  42. Junker23 says:

    Dropped both Figgy and Quentin within the last week. Yeeeeehaw!

  43. William says:

    @yankees2010 – Takahashi or Slowey.

  44. keith says:


    thoughts on trade?

    give: utley, lind, soto
    rec: kinsler, choo, vmart

  45. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    I too got WHIP kicked by Cueto last night (offset somewhat by Nolasco and my closers)…how long do we trust him? If he gets blown up in his next start, is he back to waiver fodder? Brett Cecil and Javy Vazquez are out there calling my name…

  46. papasmurf says:

    Jeez, every homer Rolen hits makes me hurt. I can’t recall who I punted him for. Speaking of pain, I’ll call Carlos Pena Pain-Yaaaaa! from now on.
    Man, I can’t believe I drafted this team. Terrible job. Pitching rocks as usual, but I always pick the worst collection of hitters with bad years possible. Half of my opening day lineup is either dropped or on DL. Same crap happened last year.

  47. majortommy says:

    Grey, I am with you on the Karate Kid remake. No point to it. While they are at it they should remake Goonies but instead it could be about a gang of inner city guys in their 20’s in search of a rare stamp collection.

    Also they better not take out the donkey scene from Bachelor Party.

  48. majortommy says:

    Grey/Rudy, almost forgot why I came here today. Neil Walker, Carlos Guillen or Ian Desmond for second base?

  49. dingers says:

    drop Damon for Rolen?

  50. timSTi says:

    In my 10 team, keep 7, im needing some SB help. Guy in last place has Crawford and Gardener. Id like to snag CC but he might ask too much. Who would you go after and what’s a fair offer? My team below:

    Doumit, Pujols, Phillips, Castro, Youklis, Stewart, G.Jones, Kemp, Pence, Hart, Torres, Wigginton, Bruce, Gomes, Snider DL, Rollins DL, Cruz DL

    Nolasco, Kershaw, Sanchez, Wells, Lewis, Vazquez, Baker, DeLaRosa DL

    Dotel, Wood, Marmol, Simon DL

  51. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @timSTi: i’d see if you could bait him into castro for gardner, play up the keeper angle. you can grab someone off the wire to fill in until rollins gets back.

  52. Child Please says:

    Which side do you like better for 5×5 roto?
    Morneau, Cody Ross, Strasburg or Werth and Granderson??

  53. Child Please says:

    o, and its a non-keeper league

  54. JoeC says:

    @TonyCino: Capps for Big Panda? Um, no, no and never.

    Capps, despite his gaudy Save totals, is getting beat around like a fat pinata. This makes sense, because he totally sucks. SAGNOF, sure, but don’t trade a quality bat who has yet to get it going for a closer who could possibly lose his job in a month or so.

  55. timSTi says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I like that idea a lot. Seems the most obvious. How’d I overlook it haha. Good looks!

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @joe from point pleasant: I’d just add him and see if he continues to get saves.

    @Kent Bottenfield: A

    @pat: Fine, if you need saves.

    @chrisbenson: Yup

    @d2bnz: In what way? He’s now out of his slump? Yeah, might be. He had hit 4 homers before and still was hitting .175.

    @Eric: A and B are close, depends on needs. I’d want C.

    @ViagraFalls: Grandy

    @William: Eh

    @Schlitzy: Eh

    @Bostonbeerman: I wouldn’t start him until I saw a nice outing.

    @hideousmutants: It’s fair.

    @Adam: Don’t drop a guy who is currently getting saves.

    @tourinct: Ouch

    @ron mexico’s papi: Why didn’t they just trade Uggla in the offseason?

    @Robert: I’d want Holliday, but doesn’t sound like you need him.

    @Jeff: Lopez, and hold Soto.

    @William: Hehe

    @Kid: Go with Cecil. Wouldn’t start him vs. the Yankees.

    @BSA: When I first saw you, you were around 120, not sure how we only moved you 20 places.

    @yankees2010: Takahashi and Rasmus. No problem.

    @Lob Ball: Eh, there’s go to be someone else.

    @Howard: Hmm… Maybe there should be. The Shat Trick?

    @mr baseball: That’s hilarious.

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’d start Ethier. I own Smith in an NL-Only league. Eh, he’s been okay.

    @TonyCino: No, too much.

    @Steve-I: Olivo

    @keith: It’s fair, I’d take Utley, but depends on league depth.

    @Mark Geoffriau: Gotta see at leats one more start. Cards were suddenly hitting well, so there’s that.

    @papasmurf: Pain-yaaa – ha!

    @majortommy: Hmm… That could be interesting if the Goonies was remade as a documentary.

    @majortommy: Desmond

    @dingers: Sure

    @Child Please: Werth side.

  57. TonyCino says:

    @JoeC: Thanks for the clarity, I appreciate the advice.

  58. majortommy says:

    @Grey: And that is why I come here, I was referring to the Goonies insight more so than the Desmond nod.

  59. Grey, Rudy, Razzballers — A couple of questions:

    The easy question: In a 6×5 20-teamer non-keeper I’ve been offered McCann straight up for Napoli. In early May I would have jumped at this but with McCann’s health problems and hitting slump, and Napoli’s hot play and likely guaranteed at-bats, my instinct is to stay put. What do you guys think?

    The more complicated question: In the same very deep league, I’ll soon have an extra SS (a very thin position in this league) with Rollins coming off the DL, and so I can shop around either Aviles (who probably has more value) or M Izturis. My idea is to find a team weak at SS or 2B and pair one of those dudes with an OF, SP, or RP for an upgrade at that position. My OF is Rasmus, Carlos Lee, Quentin, Gardner, Corey Patterson, my SPs are Hamels, Latos, Bondo, Jared Weaver, Ely, Beckett (DL), and the RPs are Fuentes, Gregg, Ohman.

    Please: I’d appreciate any suggestions on (1) where I need help the most, and (2) which 2-for-1 pairing would work best and what level player I can shoot for. I know there are a lot of info there, but I’m not sure where to focus my efforts. Many thanks.

  60. majortommy says:

    Also Yahoo says that Axford is the closer, any truth to this? What are your thoughts? Also I think they should make the facts of life into a movie with Jessica Simpson as Natalie.

  61. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey/Rudy, great roundup today. Would you use a high waiver priority on Peavy in a 12-team RCL? I have paid no attention to him all year to even guess whether his 6-ish ERA is even remotely flukey. If I grabbed him, I don’t think I’d start him until I saw a decent start. Would probably drop Seth Smith to get him, so no big loss.

  62. @Steve-I: I’d go with Olivo (he’s bound to start losing playing time) or Swisher (he’ll never keep his average above .300). But couldn’t you make a trade to free up a roster spot? All of those guys seem like they should have some trade value, even in a ten-team league.

  63. Lob Ball says:

    Earlier I asked whether I should drop Quentin when Stanton arrives. You said there must be someone else. Here’s what I got:
    Pujols,Aviles, J Lopez, Alexei, Stewart, and Morneau as starting infielders.
    LF Bay
    CF R. Davis (my only real steals guy)
    RF Heyward
    OF Holliday
    OF Granderson
    UTIL Glaus
    UTIL Hamilton
    BN Tejada (my only MI sub)
    BN Gomes
    BN Quentin

    Keep what I have and leave Stanton alone?

  64. Back to Minors says:

    @Lob Ball: lose Tejada

  65. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Enrique: i’d try to pair aviles with an OF for an OF upgrade. probably aim to move c lee since he probably carries more weight than quentin right now. maybe you could get something like hamilton in return? hard to say without the full picture, but just a thought. i don’t think you’ll be able to make that deal for a high end OF that’s producing, you are gonna have to target an underachiever thus far or a guy, like hamilton, who brings baggage with him, or maybe a guy like pence, who is somewhat boring, but at least doing his thing.

    if a guy really needed Rs/SBs maybe you could deal him gardner instead.

  66. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Lob Ball: yeah, drop tejada. you can find his stats on the WW if you need them. at least with quentin he’s young enough that a bounceback is always a possibility. tejada is what he is, and in a craptastic lineup.

  67. vottomatic says:

    @ keith: yeah i did but, it wasn’t looking good votto and there was talk of dl time…….. oh well, better luck next week.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Enrique: I’d want McCann. 2nd question: what Poon said makes sense.

    @majortommy: Be fun to see who they cast as Cousin Jeri. He’s getting saves right now, so you own him.

    @Van Hammersly: If you don’t start, I guess.

    @Lob Ball: Tejada

  69. Jordan73 says:

    In an 8 team 10×10 H2H and Strasburg is available. While I’m disappointed in a few of my starters (Hamels, Nolasco, Hanson, and Baker), none are drop-worthy. Is Stras worth dropping my backup 2B (Aviles), leaving me with only Pedroia?

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jordan73: yes. aviles has 5 RBIs in over 100 ABs. you can find that later off the we in an 8 team league if you need it.

  71. keith says:

    Regarding that trade (utley,lind, soto for kinsler vmart and choo)

    i’m last in steals but 2nd (12 team 6×6) in OPS (and hr and rbi) so i think thats why im leaning towards making it. kinsler and choo should out steal utley and lind by what? 30 or so going forwarD?

  72. majortommy says:

    I just read her IBMD, she was on one of your favorite shows Deadwood.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @keith: Probably closer to 20.

    @majortommy: Wow, didn’t even realize that was her on Deadwood. Ha!

  74. Howie says:

    So has Haren finally righted the ship or was that simply an aberration and his return to Scrubville is imminent?

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Howie: don’t see why you would assume he’s gonna go back to being unlucky. luck was largely why he was sucking, and you can’t really predict luck, except that in baseball over 162 games luck tends to even out, so things like a HR rate 6% higher that his previous career high and a .350 BABIP are bound to fall when K rates, BB rates, and LD/GB/FB rates are all in line with his career norms (or even better than career norms).

  76. happygostabby says:

    I’m in a 14 team mixed non-keeper

    C Geovany Soto
    C Ramon Hernandez
    1B Miguel Cabrera
    2B Kelly Johnson
    3B Pablo Sandoval
    SS Jose Reyes
    CI Troy Glaus
    MI Carlos Guillen
    RF Josh Hamilton
    CF Colby Rasmus
    LF Magglio Ordonez
    OF Corey Hart
    OF Seth Smith
    UTIL Carlos Quentin
    BN Chase Headley
    BN Gordon Beckham
    BN Neil Walker

    Alcides Escobar is on the wire and I’m short on SB. Trying to decide who to cut to make it happen. I’m leaning toward Headley, but Walker is another guy who could just as easily go. Looking for outside opinions.

  77. Tom Emanski says:

    The new Karate Kid is an utter disgrace

  78. BSA says:

    @Grey: 20 was the move within the 24 hour period after the posting. Instant impact instant results – how awesome was that Razzball made a 20% difference in the standings. I do realize and appreciate the month of support. Overall we moved from 229-62 in the month of May from FBing, Razzball, newsletter, and handing out vote cards in my community and now have another month to push from 60-1. The goal is to work faster and smarter – hence clicking on “profile” under your login name and simply clicking “vote now” on your previous projects if people are voting for more than Synergy.

  79. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Grey, do you agree with Rudy that we can safely cut Soto for Barajas at thi point?

  80. Todd says:

    hey grey,

    start dice-bb tonight vs. oakland? if the pattern of good start bad start continues tonight should be a good start against a terrible lineup

    also, thornton, axford, or jenks the rest of the way?

  81. rvde says:

    @grey: Trade away Strasburg for Youkilis? Can’t decide If I want to ride that Strasburg wave or win my league this year.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @happygostabby: I’d lose Walker for Alcides.

    @Tom Emanski: Yup

    @BSA: Ah

    @Bring Back Pluto: They’re catchers, Pluto. Not going to make a difference. I’d say Soto’s best is yet to come and Barajas is behind him.

  83. Todd says:

    sorry one more,

    Desmond or Jose lopez?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Todd: I wouldn’t start Dice anywhere. Jenks…

    @rvde: I’d take Youk.

  85. BSA says:

    @Grey: Just listened to an interview with Jerry Remy and he doesn’t even know what to expect from one start to the next. A total wildcard!

  86. Sweep the leg! Great stuff Grey.

    On the bright side, Hamels should be good to go 12 next start.

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: A wildcard is what the Sox will be lucky to get.

    @3FingersBrown: Thanks!

  88. Tom Emanski says:

    Just traded Garcia for Roberts to replace Beckham. Now I just have to pray that nothing goes wrong until he returns. Grey, good trade?

  89. XnadyMen says:

    Who would you ride as a UTL fill in for the rest of the season, Carlos Guillen or Chase Headley?

  90. BSA says:

    @Grey: Enough!

  91. Matt K says:

    What the Hell do I do with Lackey Grey?

  92. royce! says:

    @BSA: I’ve been voting but not commenting… does commenting increase your chances of winning or benefit you in some way?

  93. and1mcgee says:

    “Beckham promised a Make-A-Wish kid two soft singles to center.”


  94. GTS says:

    Better util: Rolen or Bautista?

  95. tourinct says:

    With Holland going on the DL, who do you like out of Cecil, A. Sanchez, Cahill or Bonderman?

  96. ARRGHH….just noticed Victorino isn’t the starting lineup 2 minutes after my roster locked.

  97. William says:

    @Grey – Rickie Weeks or Kelly Johnson?

  98. Steve L says:

    What a #$%^&*+ day, I had the Trifecta+++ yesterday. Started Hamels, Cueto, Nolasco and Gregg!!! All they did was leave me with a 11.30 ERA crapcake to start off my week. Nice.

    On a different note…..I agree with you Grey, get rid of the Karate Kid wanna be. You can’t remake perfection. Although you may want to check out a band called “No More Kings” that wrote a song called “Sweep the Leg”. Hilarious in parts! Here’s the link:

  99. Tom Emanski says:

    @Grey: Crap, no Greypproval. No Grey-Ahead. What if I told you it’s an 18 teamer and there were precisely zero other 2B options to pick up or trade for. And I think Garcia is headed for a big correction.

  100. GTS says:

    Bench Cecil vs NYY (Burnett) this week? Bench Romero vs NYY (Pettitte) this week also?

    I’m benching Latos @ PHI (Halladay) – no brainer.

  101. john butte says:

    Grey, should I drop Uggla for Aaron Hill? Somebody just cut him loose in my ten team league. Or I could drop a surplus starter, I currently have 8, worst of which are Cueto and Baker. There is no cap on innings or starts in this league. Also, would there be any benefit to cutting loose Toriiiiii Hunter and picking up Corey Hart?

  102. ETMcgee says:

    Remaking the Karate Kid is just wrong. how can you recapture the magic of sanctioned teenage bare knuckle, full contact fighting in the valley?

    Might as well remake Predator and cast a skinny nerd to play Arnold’s role…Still waiting for Carl Weathers to become governor to round out the trifecta…

  103. Lob Ball says:

    Whose advantage in this trade?:

    A) gets Morneau and Bay


    B) gets Reyes and Rolen

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: Johnson

    @Steve L: Gave the video about a minute, had enough.

    @Tom Emanski: Makes it a bit better, still would’ve held out for a healthy player.

    @GTS: I wouldn’t start them.

    @john butte: I wouldn’t cut either.

    @ETMcgee: Ha!

    @Lob Ball: Morneau’s side.

  105. Howard says:

    @Grey Shat trick! Ha! I remember Cordero when he first came up with the Expos. What an odd looking bird!

  106. Terrence Mann says:


    How do you calculate the league index rating for the razzball standings?

  107. ThePoonTycoon says:

    about 3 or 4 weeks ago i picked up glaus to fill out my roster in all 3 of my leagues due to injuries putting guys on the DL. might be the 2nd best decision i made in fantasy baseball after drafting ubaldo ahead of guys like hanson and johan and peavy while 3/4 of my league called me an idiot.

  108. Eddy says:

    So Werth is hitting leadoff? I was so shocked I didn’t even know how to react haha. What do you think?

  109. cashmoney says:

    Trade grandy for kershaw?

    I have grandy at utility and could replace him with Ian Stewart

  110. fyodor says:

    Grey, which of three to drop:
    Kelly Johnson, Ian Stewart, Jose Lopez?

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: I think Victorino should be playing. What’s he a catcher now and needs days off? So confused.

    @cashmoney: If you need pitching, sure.

  112. William says:

    @Grey – Start Jason Bay v. Pads or Adrian Beltre v. A’s?

  113. tHe ShiT says:

    2 all: You are all welcome 4 Harens good game yesterday. While at the ballgame last night, I screamed 2 him that he had 2 months worth of a turd stain on his pants, he turned 2 look, said ” OH SHIT!” and proceeded to mow down the Dodgers. I sense a turnaround 4rm him… I also patted Ely on the back and told him to keep up the good work : )
    Great walk off hr by Kemp also…

  114. Slam says:

    Hey, strong roundup today, I think I may like the drunken round ups even more though. Just saying. Anyway, Smoak and Masterson are both unowned in my H2H 12 team mixed league. I like them both a lot, smoak in large part due to the fact that my league counts slugging as a category. I have delmon young and c-los quentin, one in OF the other at Util, and was wondering if Smoak was worth adding to replace one of them.

    I have Medlen, Cueto, wade Davis, and Bonderman (for the week). Bonderman seems like the obvious drop after his match ups this week. But out of curiosity do you like Masterson more than any of the other three?

    Thanks man

  115. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Slam: Thanks… Lose Young for Smoak. Nope…

  116. dingers says:

    @Grey: great roundup as usual grey! Rolen over Glaus? and you like Wells to improve as the year goes on?

  117. fyodor says:


  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dingers: Thanks! Rolena nd Glaus are tomato-tomahto. Randy Wells should get better.

    @fyodor: No problem.

  119. dingers says:

    @Grey: thx, sorry i did mean Randy not Vernon …. Glaus has the dual corner eligibility over Rolen, i’m a sucka for multiple positioners ha

  120. BSA says:

    @royce!: Nope commenting doesn’t play into the count. Votes pile up like beans and hopefully we tip into the lead. Thanks for your continued support.

  121. The Cow says:

    Is Ely a sell-high candidate right now (when he blows up, lead won’t protect the fallout) or will his adjustment be much gentler? I am pondering trading Ely and Granderson to get Price. Thanks for all your thoughts and opinions.

  122. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: 16 Team H2H Keeper. I have a strong SP rotation, would like to move someone for a bat, which I desperately need. However, I have a grand total of ZERO closers (unless the mustached Axford counts). Here is my staff:

    Carpenter, Haren, JJohnson, Lester, Latos, Ely, ESantana, Anibal, CLewis, Clippard, Axford.

    Just got offered Leo Nunez and Rauch for Carp. The same guy has Mariano, Bell and Feliz, too.

    Given that I really need a bat, would you accept such an offer, or counter for one of those other closers? Or say “funk dat” altogether (I’m sure you wouldn’t say “funk dat” presently, but let’s pretend it’s 1993 for a little while)?

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Cow: I’d take Grandy. Ely will not be this good as mentioned in the roundup.

    @Wilsonian: Ha… I wouldn’t trade one of my top SPs for a closer or two. I’d trade someone like Ely for someone like Dotel.

  124. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Which of these OFs should I target in a trade: Heyward, CarGo, Holliday, Ludwick? And which of Liriano, Bills, Jaime Garcia would be a good offer in exchange for that OF? Thx

  125. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Holliday, CarGo, Hewyward, or Ludwick, in that order, for Garcia, Bills or Liriano, in that order.

  126. bodymore says:

    Kelly Johnson hasn’t done much in a while and Furcal is getting rested regularly…considering the need for MI depth and there isn’t much on the wire. The only option really is Brignac who seems to be getting regular ABs now and producing. Is he worth a pickup? I’d have to drop Ohman, Adam Jones, or Rajai Davis…, so am I worrying too much about MI?

  127. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bodymore: Johnson’s hitting .333 over the last week with a 4-for-4 game.

  128. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Am I giving up 2 much in Liriano 4 Holliday? My leaguemates really overvalue their players, fyi.

  129. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Also, the dude has Nolasco. Should I try to buy low on Nolasco by throwing in another pitcher?

  130. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Not sure what you’re giving up to buy low on Nolasco. But I do like Ricky. Liriano for Holliday is fine.

  131. bodymore says:

    @Grey good point, I guess I am more worried about Furcal having to be rested a lot and losing ABs in a h2h matchup.

  132. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: I like Tricky Ricky also. I would try to give him maybe Brett Anderson, Jaime Garcia or Bills 4 Nolasco. What say you?

    Do u think Nolasco turns it around like last year?

  133. bodymore says:

    @Grey also forgot to mention I had Miguel Tejada who is hitting a measely .216/.502 over the last month.

  134. DrEasy says:

    Some interesting developments at the Braves vs Phillies game.

    – Chipper was injured (ok that one’s not really interesting or surprising anymore).
    – Contreras took the loss, pitching in the 8th inning. I would have said that he needed the work since the Phillies haven’t needed a closer in a while, but he pitched in a non-save situation yesterday also. Lidge the closer again in Philly?

  135. chrisbenson says:

    is there a large diff between votto, j. and holliday, m.?

  136. Kazmere says:

    Posada or Napoli for the rest of season?
    What kind of OF would you target in a Posada trade to a desperate-for-catcher owner? There are many in my league….

  137. Steamer says:

    Is there something wrong with Utley’s hip? Listening to ESPN & they are suggesting somethings wrong.

  138. bodymore says:

    Gregg getting some time off…Frasor the backup?

  139. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: 16 Team H2H Keeper. Again. For the 9 billionth time. So I posted a league-wide message showing how incredibly badass my pitching staff is, and saying how I want/NEED a bat. I’ve recently turned down the Carp for Rauch/Nunez offer. And got another offer from someone else, which is:

    Cain/Capps/Wright for Johnson/Carp/Cantu

    Here’s my current roster:

    Soto, Dunn, KJohnson, Cantu, Alexei, Hamilton, Hunter, Lind, Boesch, Smoak, Rob Thomas, Snider – DL

    Carpenter, Haren, JJohnson, Lester, Latos, Ely, ESantana, Anibal, CLewis, Clippard, Axford

    Given that I really need a bat, would you accept such an offer, or counter with a lesser pitcher than one of Johnson or Carp? I’m not too fond of dealing both of those guys. They’ve been carrying my roster lately. But it looks like Wright has turned the corner and Cain is still a friggin’ stud (if he could only get some run support). What say you, sir?

  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Don’t trade a starter for a starter.

    @DrEasy: Lidge is due to take over the reins again, yeah.

    @chrisbenson: In what way? Votto has more power, Holliday should have a better average.

    @Kazmere: Posada for a struggling OF — say Quentin, or a #3-4 outfielder like Krispie.

    @Steamer: Don’t think so.

  141. barker says:

    question for grey and everybody
    i give F-her and furcal

    i get reyes and damon

    12 team league with ci and mi have aybar in the mi slot and my of is braun ethier kubel quentin abreu

    other pitchers on my team include johan wain marcum kershaw latos garcia pelfrey

    would rather give aybar possible matches for aybar on his team include
    gomes pacman jenks? carlos lee J guillen qualls?

    i offered reyes straight up for f her and he coutered with this trade

    my question is should i counter or run with his offer or try to give up aybar in another offer

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: Trade’s good for you, but I’d prefer to trade Aybar. Those other OFs/RPs are fine, depends what you need/have.

  143. penpen says:

    better from here on out: Edwin or Cueto?

  144. Grey

    Grey says:

    @penpen: Could go either way depending on matchups, I’d own Cueto.

  145. Front Butt says:

    which players would you own in a 13 team 5×5
    I have: e. jackson, Javier Vazquez ,Johnny Cueto
    On WW: Harden, Wandy Rodriguez

  146. Front Butt says:

    Thanks for everyting. I had a follow up question would you pick up ibanez and drop e. jackson, Javier Vazquez ,Johnny Cueto

  147. mr baseball says:

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  148. ViagraFalls says:

    Who should I start today in my utility spot?
    Damon vs. Cleveland – Carmona
    Freese vs. Cincinnati – Sam LeCure
    Byrd @ Pittsburgh – Zach Duke
    Pena @ Toronto – Shaun Marcum

    Pena has been benched a lot of the time during his slump so I don’t have much trust in him. Byrd has leveled off a bit. Freese hits for percentage usually and goes hot and cold, and Damon (who I am going to drop) hasn’t been stellar lately. So, who should take the slot today…team needs some support. Thanks for any advice.

  149. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Ive never heard of that rule, “don’t trade a starter 4 a starter”. Can you give me ur logic/reasoning behind that notion? Thx Grey…

  150. Steve says:

    Wow – thanks to Ethier and KJ, my H2H team has a no-hitter going.

  151. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Ok, I figured that but I thought it was deeper than that, thx 4 the clarification.

  152. Steve says:

    @Steve: And remember to subscribe to the post!

  153. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Bills 4 Bay ok? Would I b getting the better side if I got Bay?

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: I traded away Bay in one league about a month ago and haven’t regretted it. Do you just have too many SPs? What happened with the trade for Holliday?

  155. john says:

    @Grey: You haven’t regretted it **yet**. (Hoping against hope he finds some power)

  156. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Lol, I have 6 SPs and an empty OF spot with Cruz going down. There is a 28 min. inn. per week, h2h league, and I’m confident I only need 5 SPs on my staff 2 go along with my 2 closers. The Holliday offer is still on the table, don’t think the other dude has seen it yet. I’m just trying to find OFs 2 target on teams with a weak pitching staff… My pitchers are Gallardo, Garza, Liriano, Bills, Brett Anderson, Jaime Garcia. 16 team h2h

  157. Steve says:

    @john: Yeah, I wouldn’t mind if Grey started regretting it too.

  158. ViagraFalls says:

    Thx, Grey. I have another question…Since I am looking to drop Damon for more production and am looking at Grandy, is dropping Byrd for Corey Hart or Josh Willingham a wise idea? Both are available.

    I have Freese and am inclined to keep him for his BA, potential and possible trade bait later on. Thanks again, Grey.

  159. john says:

    @Steve: Please Grey, start regretting it soon…I refuse to sell low on him so if I have to hold onto him to the end of the season and he only hits 10 HRs, then so be it.

  160. Steve says:

    @john: And there ya go. OK, it was just a single, but it was to DEEP left.

  161. john says:

    @Steve: Well that’s something. At least he has been somewhat productive and not a complete bust. The 30 dingers we were expecting would have been nice though.

  162. Steve says:

    Ethier and KJ now both 0-5? Awesome.

  163. Steve says:

    @Steve: Actually, I meant KJ is 0-6.


  164. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Me senses some hostility today. Whassamatta, did Prince squat on your fantasy teams?

    Which Lopez…………….


    Note to Hippo, the question could have been condensed to “F-Lo, H-Lo, G-Lo or J-Lo?”

  165. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Verlander for Ely and Latos

  166. @Tom Emanski: You made that deal for Roberts? Noooooooo… I’d rather have Brignac off of waivers and not give up a decent arm in Garcia.

  167. bodymore says:

    Any word on whats wrong w/ vlad? He left batting practice early apparently…I really couldn’t take losing him on top of Morales…

  168. Steve says:

    @Steve: Thank f*** that DBacks-Dodgers game is over.

  169. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Well, I do have him in another league, so I have regretted owning him too.

    @tHe ShiT: So we’re waiting on the Holliday trade then right?

    @ViagraFalls: Lose them for Grandy and Hart.

    @Steve: Yeah, I had KJ, Kemp and McCann. Great start for the day.

    @BigFatHippo: Ha! J-Lo.

    @Cheese: I’d take Verlander.

    @bodymore: Haven’t heard anything yet.

  170. john says:

    @Grey: Oh, I see what you did there…haha

  171. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: As in Jose over Felipe?

  172. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Yup I’ll let u know what he says. Cross your fingers with me cuz I need an OF bad!

  173. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Thanks, already did it. It was kinda obvious when I thought about it.

    That would be H-Lo in that scenario however, just for clarification. OK, J-Lo could play up the middle in my scenario any day……..Doh!

  174. BigFatHippo says:


    Junior calls it quits immediately, he needs a nap!

    Anyone still playing FB in the 90’s? Might wanna look elsewhere…………..

  175. mr baseball says:

    Ken Griffey Jr. Retires from Baseball

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bodymore: Vlad was hit in the eye during batting practice, going to the hospital for tests.

  177. Steve says:

    That’s the second time Griffey has retired this season.

  178. Galarraga perfect through 7 against Cleveland…

  179. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Ha!

  180. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Well played.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, Rudy and I were just on IM talking about this. He has him in his fantasy Razzball league. Hehe…

  181. Buddo Chezuski says:

    Grey, what are your thoughts on Carlos Lee at this point? Thought he might be turning it around a couple weeks back when he popped a few HRs. How long can you ride out his .200 Avg and sub .600 OPS ?

  182. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    No way 3 perfect games in the same year… Let’s see if it happens!

  183. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Hahahaha wow… did the ump really just blow that? Even IF he was safe, you gotta give it to Armando…

  184. Steve says:

    @Cheese: Fair to say that the replay was not the umpire’s friend there.

  185. penpen says:

    @Cheese: WOW, plus replay showed ump was actually wrong.

  186. William says:

    @Everyone – How famous did Jim Joyce just get? I can imagine the fans in Detroit cursing his name for a while…

  187. Eddy says:

    Wow, that’s the most ridiculous thing ever. Jim Joyce is gonna go home and cry. At least Joe West got the monkey off his back after all the scrutiny he’s been under. But still, that is very sad. There should be 3 perfect games right now.

  188. BigFatHippo says:

    What? No shit………….guess Don Denkinger can rest well tonight!

  189. Shockingly bad call! Hope Joyce got out of Dodge quick fast.

    @Cheese: That’s what I’m thinking. If I’m the ump, I want to err on the side of the guy throwing the perfecto, not against him.

    Is it just me or has this has been a very weird season so far?

  190. Steve says:

    David Eckstein is so unbelievably annoying.

    If he ever has a chance to ruin a save for me, he takes it.

  191. Buge Hoobs says:


    I guess it’s my turn for the Bartlett replacement question.

    Weekly, 5×5, no trades, 10 man league

    My bench: Damon, Stanton and Roberts, so I think I’m leaning toward dropping a P.
    Which leaves me: Contreras, Wandy, Slowey, and Itchy Buchh

    I want to say drop Contreras, but Rudy mentioned he’ll likely get a few more saves, which of course makes me start to overthink things, so now my brain is mush.

    Standings wise, I’m 6’s across the hitting categories (tops in SBs). I’m within reach of stealing a few points from Rs, otherwise I think that I just want to maintain.

    Available SS I’m considering: Guz, Aviles, Castro, Tejada, or anyone really. (I know you like FLopez, but the hand injury worries me)

    Who to drop / pick up if he does go DL?

  192. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hehe

    @3FingersBrown: Very bizarre. Rmeind me of that year about fifteen years ago when there were like 10 no-hitters.

    @Buge Hoobs: Grab Aviles, lose Contreras.

  193. @Grey: Wow you just took me back. I remember that year because it had Ryan’s last no-hitter… Had to look it up, it was 91! Wow I feel old.

    How about ’90, when Dave Stewart and Fernando pitched no-no’s on the same day!

    Nothing beats being a Met fan and watching Doc and Coney do it in pinstripes

  194. FWIW, Gregg couldn’t do worse tonight. I guess his job’s safe for now.

  195. @Grey: Which two upcoming starts would you take? I need W, QS, K:

    Blackburn vs. Oak
    J.D. Martin @ Hou
    Harang @ D.C.
    Piniero vs. Sea
    Myers vs. Cubs
    Cahill vs. Minn
    Paulino vs. Cubs

  196. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: BTW, those are for QSs and Wins. For Ks, Myers and Paulino…

  197. Lines says:

    Drop Posey now that Posada’s back? I don’t have a lot of flexibility… Pretty much my only droptions are Rajai Davis and Contreras (who’s fixing to get a lot less valuable going forward).


  198. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lines: Shame to be dropping Posey or Posada. Can’t you trade either of them?

  199. Lines says:

    @Grey – I agree, but probably not. No one in my league really trades. It’s pretty frustrating, but most of the other owners are married to their players – polygamy laws be damned. I’ll heed your advice and try to move one of the two… though now that I think about it, Yahoo might not let me make any roster moves once Posada is un-DL’ed tomorrow.

    If I had to drop one, it’s gotta be Posey, right? Worse line-up, less pop, etc.? I just don’t trust Jorge completely after the injury. He hasn’t been hurt this bad since he took that bullet at Gettysburg.

    Thanks, dude.

  200. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lines: Ha! Yeah, lose Posey then. Posada will be DH’ing so he should be healthy.

  201. BSA says:

    Well talk about dumb luck – picked up Axford on a whim last week and he has dropped two saves in my lap. HeeeeHeeee! I know it is annoying but I usually get scooped by Steve so I needed to gloat.

  202. BSA says:

    Add to that Hippo dropping Papi a week before he heated up in my util spot.
    I know I know enjoy it while it last as the FBB gods will dump on my house of cards.

  203. DrEasy says:

    I have Montero on my DL slot, and I’m wondering which one of him or Posada I should trade once he’s activated. And what kind of MI can I get in return for either of them? I’m looking preferably for a SS (not happy with Starlin’ Darlin’).

  204. DrEasy says:

    @BSA: Been loving my Papi pick-up as well! Same with Glaus. But with those two going, today I put Adrian Gonzalez on my bench for the first time, and BAM! SONAVABENCH!

    Now I don’t mind the occasional sonavabench, but it’s particularly annoying when it happens the only time you put the guy there.

  205. Joe B says:

    Better SP going forward S Baker or R Dempster???

  206. Lines says:

    @Grey – How much value do you reckon Contreras has going forward? I really don’t need another MR, even though my H2H league counts holds. Can I count on Lidge to suck and give up the closer role again? I’m tempted to follow him around with an Albert Pujols standee or something, but that seems like a lot of work. Your thoughts?

  207. @Grey: El Presidente’s perfecto! Man I wish I had some cold Presidentes…

    With 6 upcoming starts to his 3, I should be able to take K’s by sheer volume. I’ve got Piniero now. Cahill at home sounds good but that 5.03 FIP is creeping me out. Hope he has another good game in him before the hits start falling in.

  208. @Grey:

    What’cha think about Nyjer Morgan going forward? Seems the two spot would be an improvement if nothing else and he feels like he’s gonna go back to being a .280ish hitter ROS? I picked him up in one league last week and just curious to hear your op.

  209. Hitman says:

    Only one DL slot… drop Grady or Kendry?

  210. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Nice!

    @DrEasy: Try and trade Montero or Posada, whichever gets you more, but in that order. Maybe someone selling low on Bartlett, though I’m not crazy about him really.

    @Joe B: Baker

    @Lines: I think Lidge is going to be the closer as of this weekend at the latest, but if your league counts Holds, it’s worth holding onto Contreras.

    @3FingersBrown: Yeah, Cahill’s not a long term option.

    @Elijah: I think he can be great for steals and Runs. Good pickup.

    @Hitman: Drop Kendry.

  211. @Grey: Took Cahill and grabbed a side of Alfredo DL who just got dropped, since I had the spot free.

    Of that motley crew, which do you like best long term? I’m thinking Harang. Reds D is pretty good and he’s been better of late. Would be nice if Houston unloaded and sent Myers somewhere he could win… then again he’s a douchebag, so never mind.

  212. dj says:

    wandy dropped in a 12 team mixed.

    would any of you rather have wandy than any of the following?

    ely, clayton richard, villanueva, conteras, alfredo simon

  213. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Harang has best chance for the season.

    @dj: Wandy over Villanueva.

  214. @Grey:

    Yeah mainly got him for the steals, but also thinking the Nats are pretty strong offensively 3-5. Felt worth a waiver claim. That team’s kinda odd, but the RCL draft everyone had your board–I ended up with an excess of avg/runs type contrubuters in the outfield and was short on speed and power. I just went with what value was around, and it was guys like Span. Glad I listened to you preseason and didn’t try and trade for either, hit on the Austin Jackson flyer and kept my eye on the waiver wire. Still need more home runs and RBI’s but a .286 average and stronger than expeced starting pitching have kept the team in 1st place.

  215. dj says:

    am i wasting time DLing alfredo simon? i have no one else who would qualify but bedard or jurrjens are available…

  216. @dj: I’d take a shot on either of those two guys unless you’re desperate for saves.

  217. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Yeah, and if you get a huge lead in steals, someone might trade for him.

    @dj: I’d grab Jurrjens, unless you need saves, as 3Fingers said.

  218. Steve says:

    @Stephen: His baseball background is nowhere near as interesting as his personal background ;-)

    Tabata, that is – not Funston.

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