Ryan Madson went to the DL with numbness in his pitching hand.  Hello, bullpen?  Is there anybody in there?  Just nod if you can hear me.  Brad Lidge is due back in a few weeks.  AHHHHH!  Now you feel a little sick.  Antonio Bastardo would be the immediate add for vulture saves.  That’ll keep you going through the show.  Come on, it’s time to go.  But that Bastardo is a lefty, so Michael Stutes could get some saves.  Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.  Michael Stutes could get some saves.  Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.  Michael Stutes– Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.  Forget it, I’d grab Bastardo if I were in desperate need for saves.  Unless you have become comfortably numb.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brett Cecil – The man who sounds like a 70’s Playboy pinup has returned from Triple-A.  During the preseason, I put Cecil in a tier of starters called, “There’s some upside here, but I wouldn’t expect anything,” and said more or less that Cecil was once considered better than Romero.  There’s signs of a terrific K-rate in the minors, the Jays have watched his innings well and he cut his walk rate last year.  Great, wonderful, fantastic!  Unfortunately, he’s still in the AL East, his K-rate last year was terrible and he was hideous in April this year.  And that’s me copying, pasting, liberally quoting and adding addendums to me!

Shin-Soo Choo – As I reported here on Monday after inferring shizz from other sites, Choo’s out until September, having surgery on his thumb.  I’d lose him in redraft leagues where you don’t have DL room.  What a waste of a draft pick.  Ah, Choo… Bless you.

Doug Davis – 4 1/3 IP, 10 ER.  The Cubs should reduce their DD.  It’s just sloppy.

Starlin Castro – 1-for-9 for the doubleheader.  For when someone does terrible on both sides of a doubleheader, it sounds like we need an alternate glossary definition for a player dropping a deuce.

Ryan Vogelsong – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He’s totally charmed right now.  He actually gets hit in this game as he should be and the Giants score the most runs they have all year. (This wasn’t fact checked, but it’s probably accurate.)

Miguel Tejada – 3-for-6 with a home run.  They must have some great B-12 in Chicago.

Cliff Lee – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  About a month ago, we almost pulled the trigger on a trade of Heath Bell and Pence for Cliff Lee.  With Pence’s injury and Bell about to be traded, could see that being one that we Mr. Bungled.

Jonathan Broxton – Will be out for at least a month and a half.  Mattingly said he’d consider it a bonus if Broxton pitched again this year.  Doesn’t a bonus come on top of something good?  Where is Strunk & White to let them know it’s not correct grammar to say something like, “My best friend is sleeping with my wife, but I’d consider it a bonus if he used a condom.”

Javy Guerra – He’s the guy to own in the Dodgers bullpen. (For that one save opportunity every month or so.)

Ted Lilly – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Last time out, I said he was unstartable, but then I saw he was facing the Twins in the Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome and I decided to give it a whirl.  Now, Lilly and I are done.  Lose my number.  Wait, he gets the Mets next time out.  Why can’t I quit you?!

Nick Swisher – 2-for-4 with his third home run in the last 5 games.  Looks like Swisher is finally playing as hot as those sideburns make him look.  Wait, what?  Umm… Awkward… Umm… Yeah, I’d grab Swisher.  In fantasy!  Um, leagues.

Eduardo Nunez – 1-for-3 with 2 steals.  That’s nice, but he’s not long for a starting job.  Pasta Diving is up and running.

Vernon Wells – 4-for-5 and his 10th home run.  Told you last week to grab him, then again on Monday.  Don’t make me keep talking about Vernon Wells.  Please.

J.J. Hardy – 1-for-4 and his 4th home run in the last 10 games while batting near .350 in the last week.  I wish I knew how to repay him other than sending him a giant cake that I’m gonna jump out of in my birthday suit.  And to think baseball players don’t like fantasy baseball nerds.  Pfft!

Zack Greinke – 2 IP, 7 ER vs. Yankees for the Bronx cheer.

Josh Johnson – Headed to see his old friend Dr. Freeze because his shoulder’s not 100%.  Hundred percent called and said it’s never heard of Josh Johnson’s shoulder.

Josh Beckett – 6 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K.  A’la Nelson Muntz, “HA HA!”

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4 with 2 home runs.  Now has three home runs in his last three games.  He won’t dazzle your retinas for long periods of time, but he does look like he’s hot.  Get on board!

Kyle Lohse – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  His K-rate is under 5… C’mon.  Seriously.  That’s ridiculous.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-3 with a home run.  Now has two homers in the last four games and a hit in each of his last five.  It ain’t Rasmus burning on the dance floor, but it’s a start.  Geiger, let’s go!

Jose Reyes – 4-for-4 and his 29th steal, hitting .349 on the year.  Haven’t talked much about Reyes this year because every time I look at him I think about how I wished I owned him on every team and it annoys me.

Jason Bay – Him and Beltran hit grand slams in consecutive innings.  Only took three years but the Mets team is really starting to come together.  Too bad they’re about to dismantle them.

Wily Mo Pena – 1-for-1 with a pinch hit home run.  All Wily Mo does is hit homers!  No, really, that’s all he does.

J.J. Putz – Gave up a run on Monday and two runs on Tuesday to blow the save.  His ERA is up to 3.12 after starting the month at 1.57.  Putz’s blown (hehe) four games this month.  I’d grab David Hernandez where you’re desperate for saves.

Chase D’Arnaud – 0-for-4 with a steal.  He’s now started three games in a row at 3rd base for the Pirates. In the minors, he stole 33 of 40 last year and 17 of 20 this year.  He can’t do much but steal, but maybe he’ll try and prove his worth and, ya know, steal.  In deeper leagues, I could see taking the SAGNOF flyer.

Kevin Correia – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks and his 10th win.  Of course he has ten wins.  Why wouldn’t he?!  It’s Kevin Correia on the Pittsburgh Pirates!  I hate wins.

Alex Presley – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his first home run.  Will see significant time with Tabata to the DL for at least three weeks.  Yes, you should pick up Presley.  Now if only Fleer still did those novelty cards like Black & Blue with Bud Black and Vida Blue, so we could have an Elvis (Andrus) & (Alex) Presley card.  Or Fister-Moore.

Johnny Damon – Went 4-for-6 on Sunday and 2-for-4 with a home run yesterday.  Hard for me to give you much enthusiasm for him, so let’s just say he’s seeing the ball well and move on.

Tommy Hanson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He wasn’t quite vintage Hommy, but it’s good to have him back.  (Even though I don’t own him…Why again didn’t I draft him?  Dah!)

Ichiro Suzuki – Hit his first home run of the year as he bats almost fifty points below his career average.  Wow, he got old fast.  He might be 52 years old.  See, I have this theory that all Asians look young up until 51 years old, then when they turn 52, they look ancient.  It’s the Law of Pat Morita.  Morita was young looking on Happy Days and under the age of 52.  Then Morita turned 52 years old, was in The Karate Kid and looked ancient.

Gio Gonzalez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 3 Walks, 9 Ks.  The Gio Grande is obviously no place for Marlins.

Rich Harden – Will be activated on Friday (and DL’d on Saturday).  I wouldn’t bother with him.  He hasn’t pitched more than 4 2/3 IP in any game so far in his rehab, which is hilarious to me.  “Just keep him healthy long enough for me to trade him.”  That’s Brad Pitt playing the part of Billy Beane.  Making room for Harden, Graham Godfrey is moving to the bullpen to the dismay of all the pitchers out there who can’t stand his loud, piercing voice and his penchant for roasting other pitchers.  “People think Brian Fuentes is a bad guy because he bad-mouthed Bob Geren.  They are incorrect.  He’s a bad man because he KILLED A MEXICAN IN A COLORADO SLAUGHTERHOUSE.  WITH HIS OWN HANDS.  HE DIDN’T EVEN USE THE MEAT GRINDER.  YOU EXPECT THAT FROM A KRAUT LIKE MICHAEL WUERTZ.  BUT IT WAS FUENTES.  AGAINST ONE OF HIS OWN PEOPLE!”  That’s Graham Godfrey.

  1. Racehorse says:


    Mucho appreciate the Floyd reference. Working 3rd shift allows me to check out Razzball as soon as you drop your blog post, and always while listening to the strains of the entire Wish You Were Here CD (on repeat, by the way).

    Deep-dynasty-mixer… best long term prognosis,
    Alex Presley or Danny Duffy?


  2. Forget the 20/20 potential, that song was the best part of owning Rasmus last season in my opinion. Oh those smooth homeruns.

  3. Al Swedgin says:

    Grey, assuming the only pitcher the Padres trade is Bell: what percentage do you give Mike Adams to be the new Pads closer?

  4. Chubby says:

    who do you like for better for the rest of the season,
    Ruben Tejada or Jeff Keppinger?

    Razzball > razzed balls !

  5. SpecialFNK says:

    I figured it would be better to start Greinke in New York than Floyd in Colorado. oops.

    for someone looking for steals, Chris Getz is likely available. 2 last night, 4 in the last 7 days, 6 in the last 14 days.

    Jason Bourgeois said he is pretty. or actually he said he is “pretty concerned” about his quad injury. could head back to the DL.

    the Red Sox said yesterday that today would be the day Adrian Gonzalez plays the OF in order to get David Ortiz into the lineup. hope this works for them. if the Sox are going to do this I would prefer they do it for 5 starts so he can get OF eligibility.

    Texas could send Alexi Ogando to the minors, although it would only be to rest and not to start. give him a vacation.

    @Grey who is a better 1B. Freddie Freeman, Derrek Lee, Mitch Moreland, Luke Scott, Brett Wallace, Anthony Rizzo ??

  6. Bré Jus says:

    Just dropped Choo & picked up Jason Bay who was floating around the waiver wire like a cluster of algae.

    Do you think he can produce like he used to or is that about done?

  7. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    so I drafted Carlos Pena and Swisher late in a couple of leagues this yr,expecting some nice late round value,and of course dropped them in May as they sucked horribly.And now,I have picked them both up again,so….fair warning to anyone who is enjoying the resurgence:now that I own them again,expect them both to revert back to their April ways.

  8. Trick dad says:

    Better sunday spot start? Thanks!

    Freddy [email protected]
    Porcello vs SF

  9. Rico says:

    Guerra or Bastardo? Bastard’s xFIP is 3.4 and Guerra’s is 4.4, my concern is that Guerra sucks. My other concern is that Bastardo won’t have the job in 2 weeks due to Lidge/Madson/Stutes.

  10. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:rest of this yr,who do y’want(10 team h2h)?….Sandoval or Gordon?

  11. OakTree says:

    Elvis (Andrus Alex) Presley died on the Price (P)Fister.

  12. The Cow says:

    If a player “takes a deuce” on both sides of a doubleheader, how ’bout calling it a “double deuce”, a la Roadhouse (or just call it a “Roadhouse”)?

  13. joe says:

    I lost pujols. Adam Dunn was just dropped. Should I claim him and pray he remembers how to hit in the 2nd half?… could bench him until he hits?

  14. uncdrew says:

    Ichiro gives us the salami and eggs antipasto and you dis him. :(

  15. MrHappyTime says:

    Are you feeling confident in Morrow @ home against the Pirates?

  16. coco krispie says:

    drop broxton and morneau in a 12 team redraft league? will they be worth it the last month and a half of the season? I also have tabata and craig on the DL.

    also was offered Haren for my Greinke the other day and I turned it down. who is the better bet going forward? Haren has been kind of blah recently but greinke keeps mocking his insane peripherals with high ERA.

  17. BigSeph says:

    re: bad doubleheader

    Just say the guy gave birth to two 5-pound brown baby boys.

  18. tom says:

    In the RCL, Alex Presley or Ben Revere?

  19. Mike says:

    What, no Jay Bruce mention? I thought it was standard per home run.

  20. Lob Ball says:


    I need a 5th OF for ROTO. I’m pretty well situated for R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG, & OPS so I’m looking for someone across all categories. Here is who’s available:

    Dom Brown

  21. NoEmoJoe says:

    who would you drop for V Wells?

    D Brown, Floyd, Guerra, Bastardo, Nobody

  22. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, when Napoli is re-activated (in a week or so), do you like him or Arrencibia more? Either way, it’s Ron Popeil.

  23. Jeff says:

    Thinking of going a vulturing and picking up either Stutes or Hernandez. Who is the better speculative add.

    It’s a 16 team league where you start 4 OF, but we only have 4 bench spots and no DL. If I add one, I would have to drop one of these guys, Kubel, Willingham, or Naverson. Would you make the speculative add, and if so, who would you drop? (or do I add both guys and drop 2 of my bench guys?)

  24. OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey: what we learned in Oakland once more: all starters are startable against the A’s and all A’s starters are startable. It’s like a hybrid of a junior high math syllogism and a tongue twister…and it includes -gism.

    For an alternate take on the Swisher joke, I suggest you Google “nick swisher girlfriend.”

    Pre-season I axed you how long the pole would need to be with which you would touch JJ Hardy. Without being specific, it was a long pole. Baseball season is long and funny.

    Best hybrid baseball card: former Brave Jung Bong and Twin Brandon Puffer. Carries the added bonus that Puffer is currently in the wrong kind of pen, as in state.

  25. Wilsonian says:

    Bourgeois placed on the 15-day DL.

    So I’m currently getting beat this week by the last place team 8-2. I’m tied for first and I’d like to keep it that way so my guys need to turn it around this week. It’s my 8-Team league, so there are tons of hot schmotatoes out there for the pickins’. I snagged Pena for yesterday’s double dip, while he did give me a HR, he also gave me a 1-6. I’ve also got Andrus not really playing. Would you drop Pena for Hardy so I could actually get some ABs out of my SS slot, or just hang on to Pena?

    Also, do you think Uggla gets to 25-30 homeruns? He’s out there on waivers and I feel like he could possibly provide more than the rest of the FAs out there.

    For your viewing pleasure, here is my lineup:

    Santana, Fielder, Espinosa, Longo, Andrus, Kemp, CarGo, Lind, Krispie, Bourn, Heyward – BN, Pena – BN.

  26. bcooper says:

    @grey- rank the following: presley, maybin, markakis. thanks

  27. bcooper says:

    oh and im in a 12 team h2h 5×5 league

  28. Wilsonian says:

    @OaktownSteve: Swisher is married to Joanna Garcia. He wears his wedding ring on a necklace during games.

  29. BJo says:


    Anyways, would you deal Beachy for Carlos Pena right now in a 10 team points league?

  30. @ Grey,

    Sell high on Aramis Ramirez? Or do you think he’s out of his slump and will perform at a decent level the rest of the year?

  31. OaktownSteve says:

    @wilsonian: nick swisher girlfriend is more efficient than nick swisher joanna garcia wedding ring game day necklace…googlewise.

  32. Ed Nugent says:

    Can Alex Presley be a good source of SBs?

  33. OaktownSteve says:

    @Dope man: Ramirez is going to rake for the rest of the year. If anything, buy high. He’s a second half player in a second half park in a contract year with some ground to make up.

  34. SpecialFNK says:

    @Grey tell me how I did here.
    15 team keeper league where we keep 4.
    C- Santana. 1B- Gonzalez. 2B- Ackley. 3B- Longoria. SS- Reyes. OF- Cruz. OF- Ad Jonez. OF- Bernadina. UT- Freese. BN- Hosmer DL- Span. SP- Hernandez. SP- Greinke. RP- Valverde. RP- Gregg. P- Santos. P- Pineda. P- Liriano. BN- Beachy, Masterson, Floyd, Luebke

    I need more help in SB.
    made a trade. I get- Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs. I give- Evan Longoria and Eric Hosmer.
    good? I can use Freese at 3B and I wasn’t really using Hosmer much anyway.

  35. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Dope man: aramis is a 2nd half hitter

  36. Wilsonian says:

    @OaktownSteve: very true, I was just pointing that out. I googled Nick Swisher girlfriend and two broads showed up, one was Joanna, didn’t know who the other one was, but it did have a link to “nick swisher girlfriend arrested” which I probably shoulda checked out, too.

  37. EK says:

    Liriano vs MIL or E. Santana vs LAD

  38. OaktownSteve says:

    @Wilsonian: so Swish has a hot wife and a hot, incarcerated GF? That is so rad. Definitely makes me question my decision to sell software for a living instead of playing for the Yankees.

  39. Pums says:

    Considering two trades offered to me in my 14 team H2H league 5×5 +OPS:

    1) I give Verlander and Heyward. I get Cargo and Anibal Sanchez.

    2) I give Verlander and Heyward. I get Bautista and Sanchez.

    I have Alex Gordon at 3rd. Lind, Bernadina, and Heyward in OF. David Wright on the DL.

    I feel like Cargo is hitting his stride, average getting better as BABIP rises. I’m afraid Bautista’s BA is coming down and ZIPS has him at roughly .280 avg or so from here on out.

    One more note: I haven’t really been competing in steals. Wright was getting some before the DL, Bernadina was helping lately, as well as Espinosa. Hard to tell if Cargo’s steals are going to help me compete in that category.

    Which trade should I accept?


  40. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:

    Hey, anyone seen Rajai Davis or Aaron Hill swing a bat lately? Either one remotely worth a flier on in a 16 team league going forward, or do they look like lost causes?

  41. Wilsonian says:

    @OaktownSteve: if you ever saw David Wells’ wife, it would also make you question not being a fat, drunk left-handed starting pitcher for any team. She definitely married for love…Ha!

  42. Chris says:

    In a vacuum – M Young or E Andrus?

  43. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Pums: number one,can you afford to loose verlander? if so bautista is the grab there

  44. NoEmoJoe says:

    which SP would you trade to acquire Mark Reynolds?

    Floyd, Niese, Bedard, Beachy, Stauffer

  45. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    @Chris – I tend to be age-biased and would say Elvis in a vacuum.

    Really depends on need though Avg vs. SBs

  46. slam says:

    Is Tabata droppable in a 10 team mixed league at this point? It IS a keeper

  47. abe says:

    I can only keep 3 keepers in my league (we have OPS and K/BB)… wondering which 3 I should keep. We get to keep keepers for 3 years, 10% markup on their price each year, $260 budget. I have Hamels for $16, Kimbrel for $6, Stanton for $20, Adam Lind for $7, Domonic Brown for $1

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Racehorse: No problem… Duffy

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Ha!

    @Al Swedgin: 100%

    @Chubby: Blech…Keppinger

    @Bré Jus: https://razzball.com/?s=jason+bay

    @SpecialFNK: Moreland

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Hehe

    @Trick dad: Garcia

    @Rico: Guerra

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Sandoval

    @OakTree: Ha!

    @The Cow: Ha!

    @Cole: Ha

    @joe: Sure

    @MrHappyTime: Sure

    @coco krispie: Lose them

    @BigSeph: Ha

    @tom: Presley

    @Lob Ball: Brown

    @NoEmoJoe: Floyd

    @Van Hammersly: Napoli

    @Jeff: Stutes…Kubel

    @OaktownSteve: Ha, nice

    @Wilsonian: Sure

    @bcooper: Presley, Markakis

    @BJo: Sure

    @Dope man: No

    @Ed Nugent: https://razzball.com/?s=presley

    @SpecialFNK: Sounds fine

    @EK: Liriano

    @Pums: 2…I wouldn’t do either.

    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: Davis if you need steals.

    @Chris: Andrus

    @NoEmoJoe: Floyd

    @slam: Yes

    @abe: Why are you deciding this now?

  49. Long Bawls says:

    So I started Ted L and benched Cueto because I figured the correction had to start some time. Turns out that yellow stuff on the lily isn’t gold, and it seems like Jonathan Franzen has lost John Cue’s number. Aaah!

  50. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey would you trade cargo for albert and beachy

  51. Sugar Tits says:

    I’m still having trouble processing that Colby Rasmus tribute video… such cheese!

    In light of Vernon Wells’ recent performance and The Cheese’s lackluster season so far I need to ask: Rasmus or Wells rest of the way? 10 team H2H 5×5

    Thanks for the post as always

  52. mjd says:

    Castro saw his doppelgagger in game 2 of the doubleheader.

  53. Bré Jus says:

    @grey thanks, missed him on that Buy & Sell

  54. busta says:

    Drop Moustakas for Freese?

    I have 2 DL spots…which 1 to drop: B.Anderson,Alvarez,Tabata
    I think I’ll drop one of these to pickup Bernadina

  55. ltf says:

    Love the Pat Morita reference Grey. So an Ichiro-styled Karate Kid movie cannot be far off? It can be a spinoff from Moneyball.

    One of Billy Beane’s(Brad Pitt) lead scouts, Cobra Kai trained John Kreese(Martin Kove), mock young slugger Carlos Gonzalez(Wilmer Valderrama) that he is not “moneyball” enough to make it in the majors. Ichiro plays himself in the starring role as sensei to a young Carlos Gonzalez, leading him to a fantastic 2010 season.

    CarGo: Mr. Ichiro, you taught me so much about hitting.
    Ichiro: Hai. CarGo-san, you learn get hit. Get strikeout. Get Stolen Base.

    SUMMER 2012

  56. bogbert says:

    I’m having buyer’s remorse. Small sample size, I know, but since I picked up Bernadina for Rasmus he’s gone 1 for 15, while Rasmus has improved.

    Starting from scratch, which of the two? I need HR more than I do SB.

  57. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: was that a “sure” to dropping Pena for Hardy, or a “sure” to Uggla getting to 25-30 HRs, or both?

    Thanks man.

  58. ltf says:


    my comments aren’t showing up.

  59. ltf says:

    that one showed up, damn it.

  60. ltf says:

    I think Kuroda gets traded at the deadline, and Nathan Eovaldi gets a shot at the rotation. How much would you be buying in on Eovaldi?

  61. NoEmoJoe says:

    would you trade Stauffer for Reynolds?

  62. Howie says:

    @Grey: Morse or Wigginton the rest of the way in a 4×4 Roto? Thoughts?


  63. Boomer19 says:

    A bunch of us fantasy baseballers were tilting a few after the game debating who the best shortstop in the game is. How would you rank Tulo, Hanley, Asdrubal, Reyes for ROS and beyond?

  64. Giacomo says:

    Which side in an OBP league

    Daniel Hudson
    Matt Latos
    Johnny Damon

    Mike Stanton
    Ervin Santana

  65. Joel says:

    Injury bug up the wazoo… I have Cuddyer and Wigginton with their 1b/2b/3b/of eligibility in Yahoo covering my 2B/3b positions. I need an outfielder.

    Should I pick up recently waived (and slumping) Matt Joyce and have him cover? Or should I pick up Chris Getz and move Cuddyer/Wiggy to the OF? Other options include Brantley, Nix, Morrison, Bernadina..

    Not inspiring, in other words.

  66. Jeff says:

    There is an ad for HIV medicine on this page. What the H?!?

  67. herschel says:

    @Grey: is kuroda or norris too much to give up for kelly johnson? and if not, is kelly johnson much of an improvement over hill?


  68. stumanji says:

    Best pickup for overall production (I need steals but can’t sacrifice too much pop since I’m fighting for points atop the OPS category): Getz, J. Weeks, Schafer, Casilla, Bay, Maybin, Presley…

  69. bogbert says:

    Thanks for the previous reply, Grey. One more pregunta. Who would you consider more droppable, Vogelsong or Latos. I know Vogel was a sell, but also know you don’t like Latos. Which do you like least?

  70. bobbo says:

    10-Team Keeper league (keep 5) with OBP and offensive K’s (negative) as categories. Which side?

    CarGo + Stanton vs. Braun + Krispie

    (other keepers are Hanley, Wright, and either Heyward/Posey/Weeks)

    I’m out of the running this year so mainly building for the future, so keep that in mind.

  71. joe says:

    Grey, I see that you favor Napoli in most decisions on here despite his lack of playing time. Do you see him getting more playing time? What is his situation in the lineup when he gets back?

  72. reyes will finish the year on the mets and be resigned to a very fair deal at seasons end.

    book it.

    (beltran on the other hand…)

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Stanton

    @joe: He hits homers when he plays.

  74. Stormin' Norman says:

    Presley or the Shark (Bernadina)?

    Don’t know if you’re still answering questions here, but looks like it!

  75. Stormin' Norman says:

    Hell, Presley, Brantley, Bernadina, pick two. They’re all similar guys at this point.

  76. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Really high on Stanton huh? I was enamored by him coming into the season but in reality his low OBP and high K’s are seriously hurting in my league.

  77. Stormin' Norman says:

    Thanks Grey!

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: Are you describing Stanton or Krispie?

  79. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Touche… but shockingly Stanton has 13 more K’s in 60 less AB’s than Krispie.

  80. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bobbo: C’mon, these guys aren’t close. Krispie is 27 with a career .317 OBP, Stanton is 22…

  81. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Bedard lands on 15-day disabled list: Mariners starter Erik Bedard was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, retroactive to Tuesday with a sprained knee. Bedard went seven innings on Monday against Atlanta, but there had been no report of a knee injury. The team recalled C Jose Yepez to take his place on the roster and did not announce any plans to replace Bedard in the rotation.
    (Updated 06/29/2011)
    Injury Report
    Knee – 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-July
    (Updated – 6/29/11)
    Fantasy Analysis
    The Mariners were the last team in baseball not to have anybody miss a start. That streak will end with an injury that seems to have come out of nowhere. The severity of the injury has not yet been disclosed, but it is safe to say that Bedard will not be back until after the All-Star break and that is in a best-case scenario. The Mariners do have a capable starter in the bullpen in David Pauley, who could be asked to fill in as a short-term replacement. Luke French would be the more likely option at Triple-A Tacoma, as he is on the 40-man roster. John Lannan and Jason Marquis of the Nationals have been two of the most-added starters off the waiver wire in Fantasy and could also serve as short-term stopgap measures for Fantasy owners. Freddy Garcia could be an option in AL-only play.

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: i know your really surprised

  83. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Thank god someone is talking me off the ledge. Hanley, Posey, Wright, Heyward, etc… my team is just so disappointing this year. I had high hopes. Guess I’ll just hope Stanton slows down the K’s (and Wright too for that matter)

  84. anon says:

    Is Ted Lilly droppable or do we have to remain patient?

  85. RichC says:

    Good Afternoon Grey, I need help with the Bermuda Triangle on my team, aka 3B.

    Started with Wright. When Wright went to the DL, I picked up Headley. I dropped Headley hoping for some rookie-nookie with Moustakis. Now Headley is heating up and Freese is available.

    6×6 w/OBP – Rank them please: Freese, Headley, Moustakis (the way I see them).

    Thank you

  86. Howard says:

    @Grey In a non-keeper would you drop Rizzo for Presley? Rizzo’s done zippo so far! Should I be more patient? You know how it is with rookies!

  87. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @anon: 12 team or less yes,spot start at best till he shows otherwise

  88. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Howard: i did

  89. RichC says:

    Just re-read the pre-season rankings for 3B, and may have answered my own question. Looks like you didn’t see much difference between the the 3 of them (Headley, Moustakis, and Freese). Although, you mentioned that Petco is a minus for Headley, and Freese if healthy may put up some surprising numbers.

    I keep getting the feeling this 3B choice may be my end of year 3B choice since I don’t feel great about Wright for the ROS.

  90. Vince says:

    Grey, would you give Lind + Romero to get Kemp?

    My lineup (12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper):
    C: Soto
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Kinsler
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Lind
    Util: Carlos Pena
    Bench: Rasmus

    SP: Verlander, F-Her, Romero, Scherzer, Liriano, Latos, Billingsley, Beachy, Norris
    DL: Hughes

  91. Vince says:

    @Grey: Alright, thanks!

  92. manfromearth says:

    Grey: I’m a bit nervous about Alexi Casilla. His performance has been tapering off over the last month or so and after repositioning my multi-position players, I’ve found he’s expendable. Which couple of players would you chose for my Commenters League team (I could use a guy with speed, but I’m really pretty even in all batting catagories, so well-rounded might be the ticket): Casilla, Chris Getz, Garrett Jones, Chris Heisey, Jonny Gomes, Betancourt, or Cameron Maybin.

  93. manfromearth says:

    As they say down here in the South, I’d jump on that Kemp trade like a chicken on a June bug.

  94. Grey you like the idea of Furcal coming back or should I stick with the shatty MI of NIshioka? Rolling the dice with Chisenhall already at CI.

  95. Exactly says:

    which side, cueto for freese/madson?

  96. @Exactly: I think Cueto has it all together this year, I would go with that side.

  97. Exactly says:

    also, ROS: Niese or E-Jax? Thanks, Grey.

  98. Black Beard says:

    Please choose a side: Morse and B. Norris or N. Cruz?

  99. Exactly says:

    @Shea Sera Sera: Thanks. I’ll see if I can pull it off now.

  100. JackInTheBox says:

    Who to stream?

    Cecil vs Pit
    Volstad @ Oak
    Pelfrey @ Det

    Volstad @ Oak, right?

  101. WDE05 says:

    Hey Grey, can I write a column for the site where I let everyone know when I drop players? I think it would be pretty valuable as everyone should immediately pick up guys when I give up on them. I dumped Swisher just over a month ago. Since then, he’s only hit 7 homers with 22 RBIs with an average/OBP of .322/.441.

  102. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I’ve been having fun watching Felix be mediocre this season. It’s not like I used a third round pick on him or anything.

  103. jamesmetsfan says:

    Hey Grey,

    Rest of season, which pair is going to be better stat stuffers?
    Hamilton/Peralta or Hanley/S.Smith


  104. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Just going off of observation, but when he starts getting hit he pitches to contact instead of trying to strike guys out. I know he pitches in Safeco, and he has a fairly good defense behind him, but c’mon…

  105. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    And they throw him out for the 8th? Are they trying to quash “Felix to NYY” rumors by blowing his arm out? He’s down 5-1 and had already thrown 108 pitches. So far: 19 more pitches, basehit and a walk.

    Wow. I think I’m overtaking Steve as the Razzball comment complainer.

  106. abNormal says:

    Glad I finally gave up on Hill and threw Ackley out there today for the Slam and Legs — got Morneau’d earlier in the season, still trying to recover, who has the more productive second half — Freeman or Smoak??

  107. Steve says:

    Well, well, well. Look who’s back.

    Yhency Brazobán into the game for the Diamondbacks…

  108. Brew Crew says:

    1) Walker @ TOR or Utley vs BOS (12 Team ROTO)
    2) Which side…Utley/Smoak or Cliff Lee


  109. Tony says:

    i read thru many of the 100+ comments, is anyone tossing BURNETT tonight vs. MIL? I know the yanks are blasting off, but burnett somehow seems to give up 4 per night or so…. MIL’s no slouch if the pitcher is throwing beach balls.

  110. Ed Nugent says:

    @Grey: Regarding Alex Presley and my question earlier, I don’t know much about him and you didn’t mention in this blurb whether or not Presley steals (you linked this roundup as your answer).

    Would you trade Teix for Votto striaght up? I’m in a keeper league and could use the bump in average. How close do you think their HR production will be from here on out?

    Thanks as always

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brew Crew: Utley… Lee

    @Tony: I wouldn’t own him.

    @Ed Nugent: Scroll down on the link I gave you. I’d want Tex.

  112. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    watching MLB Tonight….anyone else get the feeling that Bowa wants to punch Eric Byrnes in his stupid face?I know I do…..want to punch Byrnes that is.

  113. Tony says:

    @Ed Nugent: if you’re getting votto and its a keeper i’d take VOTTO. I know grey said teix, but teix? keeper? im taking votto…. sometimes you gotta go against the mustache man, it feels dirty, but no one’s 100% right!

    @Grey: haha good answer, but i dealt away ALL my pitching, lester, hanson, and ogando a week ago for BRAUN (caps bc he’s awesome), Kuroda and Leo NUnnnnnez! Since then Ogando’s shit the bed, Lesters been eh, and hanson just came back last night and gave up 3? or 4? So ya…. burnett being a yank, in a h2h league, i had to keep him rostered…. i’ll sit him for tonight but grey if he throws one of his gems i’m peeing in your daquiri! GO BRAUN!

  114. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:h2h 8×8 league,UTL spot tonight,start Pena vs SF/Lincecum OR Lind vs Pit/Maholm?

  115. EG says:

    Giving Phillips for Starlin seem fair? Could use his AVG and (sorta) speed… Got Espinosa to fill in for Phillips.

  116. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Just as an oddity, how strange is it to lead your league in K, by a significant margin, yet dwell in last in WHIP/ERA? 10 mixed league.

  117. Fletch says:

    “If he were to pat you on the back you would list it on your resume.”

  118. black love says:

    Hanson for Pence?
    which side is better?

  119. Steve says:

    Jesus. Anyone else up against Kinsler this week?

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I have my hands filled with Reyes and the suddenly speed demon, Frenchy.

  121. Steve says:

    @Grey: I suppose my opponent feels the same way about Kemp, but sheesh.

    Ugh on Reyes and Frenchy (who he also has, but has benched him).

  122. Steve says:

    Just been looking at who to grab for the short-schedule day tomorrow. “Wow, all those Met are hitting well.”

    And then I remembered who they’re facing tomorrow…

  123. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: I’m up against him and the suddenly scortching hot Aramis.

    I was offered Bourn, D.Hudson, and Trumbo for McCutchen in a keeper. I gotta turn this down, right?

  124. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: I’d have thought so. Bit of a chump dump going on there, higher quality than some, but a chump dump nonetheless.

  125. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Short schedule days don’t matter in my H2H league. On a related note, don’t ever do weekly H2H, takes all the fun out of H2H.

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, turn it down.

  126. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah, not a fan of weekly. Would enjoy Fantasy Razzball more if it was daily.

    F*** me – now my opponent has had Miggy go deep twice on the same day as well.

  127. Steve says:

    @Steve: While I’m at .198 with two runs and a stolen base on the day.

    Think the dark side of Espinosa and Krispie might be coming round again…

  128. Joel says:


    In my 6×6 h2h league, I’ve been offered Starlin castro and Aramis ramirez for JJ hardy and Youk. For some reason I’m thinking about it. What say you?

  129. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: dude, you’re playing the same guy I am…he’s got Miggy and Kinsler. Luckily he’s only up 2 homeruns even with those two guys today.

    @Grey: yeah, that’s kind of what I thought. It looks fair on the surface, but makes no sense for me. Plus unless McCutchen’s leg falls off in the off season, he’s a guaranteed keeper for me.

  130. potus says:

    @ Ballers:

    I’ve never played in an ESPN league. Limit 180 starts. Some guys in my league have like 120 already. I have 85. Am I missing a strategy or are these guys like 17 yr old virgins on prom night?

    They obviously have me in the K and W departments but with my high K RPs, per start, I am crushing them. Do I just wait 6 weeks and reel them in? What happens to all their SP after the 180 limit GS is breached? Gonzo?

    To make it easy:

    Do starts > 180 NOT count?

    Thanks in advance!


  131. nick m. says:

    With the slide Ogando is on, would you drop him for Phil Hughes in hopes of a bounce-back when he is activated?

  132. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    screw you Russell Martin….he had gone more than a month w/out a single XBH,so yesterday I drop him and of course tonight he hits a 3R HR….yeah,I know,I know,Ron Popeil.

  133. Steve says:

    Anyone watching the Yankees? Do you think we see Robertson in the 8th?

  134. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Bastardo(aka plan D) gets the save…..So is Vance Worley to be taken seriously?

  135. herschel says:

    @Grey: thoughts on kubel coming off the dl? think he puts up decent numbers in the second half or standard hot schmohawk?

  136. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @potus: No stats from starts after 180 will count, except on the day you reach the limit.

  137. Nick says:

    @Grey: Do i start Verlander tomorrow against my RED HOT METS!?

  138. stynyr says:

    Hey Grey,

    I’m getting shot down on trades. Give Rollins and get David Price?

  139. AL KOHOLIC says:

    there ya go steve,i take a frikin loss(they count)from zimms 8 inn 0 earned runs

  140. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Murray Chass would say he deserved to lose ;-)

  141. Tony says:

    im not saying burnetts outtng was a “GEM” but pee in your daiquiri GREY!!! i coulda nailed down the week in h2h tonight with that performance… but i benched…. dammit!

  142. Tony says:

    @Tony: dont sweat it we’re still cool…. nite

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @stynyr: Sure…But no one’s going for that.

    @Tony: Ha…Sorry… I just said I wouldn’t own him.

  144. potus says:

    @ VinWins:

    Thanks man. These guys are just waiting to feel the pain!

  145. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: so would roob

  146. ruah says:

    How much more rope for McGehee? Only options are Glass Chipper, Rolen, D Murphy…

  147. Exactly says:

    Niese or Narveson?

  148. Hennessey says:

    Would you rather own Peavy or Carrasco (7×7 with QS and Losses)? Thanks!

  149. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    kershaw for hamilton + scherzer… who wins. i think hamilton side…

  150. Wilsonian says:

    @Nick: you start him against the ’27 Yankees right now.

  151. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    @Grey: i need $1,000,000… does that change anything?! hahahahaha. oh, wait; i might be confusing needs with wants… you know strunk & white, would they approve?

  152. ruah says:

    Just a follow up from above, you’d dump McGehee for Murphy then?

    Also, same sort of question regarding Rios, hold out or use his spot on someone riding a hot streak? I think Ive held these 2 long enough with little to show, cannot believe this team is in 4th.

  153. Steve says:

    @Grey: Sorry man – I know you’ve just sprinted all the way across the Razzball campus from the Forums, but would you mind popping back to take a look at a question?

    I’ve called a rickshaw to come and pick you up.

  154. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: ill check with steve and hippo to see if theyll allow roob on here,

  155. Alex says:

    Hey Grey,

    Would you deal Hanson + Holliday for Greinke + Carlos Gonzalez if you could use the SB help?

  156. herschel says:

    @Grey: drop hill for murphy?

  157. Terrence Mann says:

    Missed out on razzball this year but here’s a free tip. Pick up Luke French. I guarantee Rudy’s already got his ass at the top of the queue.

  158. ivebeenupforthreedaysstraight says:

    @Grey: thank yahweh for the the grammaticians…

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