Ryan Garko was traded to the Aints for Scott Barnes, no relation to Priscilla.  Not sure why the Indians traded a cheap guy with 11 homers and a .285/.362/.464 line.  Maybe the Giants offered some trinkets to the Indians.  Besides his season line, Garko has been hot recently (.429 in his last seven games with two homers).  Pac Bell/AT&T/The Fridge That Sandoval Raids is not a hitter’s haven, but Garko should hit in the heart of the order and see every day playing time.  Definitely worth pursuing in NL-Only leagues and 12 team leagues, if you’re hurting at corner. The other name worth mentioning is Andy Marte, who was called up by the Indians yesterday.  In Triple-A this year, Marte has a .329/.366/.590 line with 17 homers in just under 300 ABs.  Not too long ago, Marte was a blue chip prospect in the minors.  But Marte’s middle name may as well be Prospect-Shmespect.  As in, show it in the majors, Prospect-Shmespect.  Marte may get that chance again, but outside of very deep mixed leagues (15+ teams) and AL-Only leagues, you need to take a wait and see approach.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh Hamilton – Dropped to 7th in the order. We may need to start calling him Josh 20081stHalfilton.  Where’s Brokeback Hamilton?

Daric Barton – Headed to the DL.  I’ve already talked too much about this schmohawk.

Bronson Arroyo – The Yankees denied interest in Arroyo.  Nice neg.

Jonny Gomes – 2 HRs yesterday vs. two righties. Will be harder for Dusty to bungle The Gomes Situation™ with Dickerson on the DL.  Gomes should get the majority of starts… Oh, who am I kidding, Dusty will still find a way.

Tommy Hunter – 7 IP, 1 ER.  He could’ve pitched a shutout and I’d be saying the same thing here.  Don’t go near him.  His minor league stats are yawnstipating.  He will leave you crying in the corner of your cubicle.

Billy Butler – 5-for-5, Voice from the future, “Next year Grey will be excited about him in the preseason.”

James Shields – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  He’s gonna need a freakin’ shield if I ever run into him on the street.  Can’t start him away, can’t start him at home… How does he have a 3.87 ERA on the year?  When did he ever pitch good?  I don’t remember that.  Yesterday, I said to Rudy over IM, “Shields is getting rocked again. What else is knew (sic)?”  Rudy, “He usually waits until the 6th or 7th inning.”

Pat Burrell – HR yesterday.  Hasn’t gotten hot like I would’ve thought, but there’s still time.

Nick Swisher – 2 HRs.  He dedicated both homers to his fallen comrades (his sideburns).

Robinson Cano – I never watch the Yankees because everyone knows about them and ESPN does a fine job of covering every one of their moves/non-moves/possible moves, but I watched them yesterday (cause of freakin’ Shields).  Anyway, Cano tried to steal 2nd.  He was out by five steps.  I have a new contest for next year’s All-Star game festivities, Guys Who Look Fast But Are Remarkably Slow Race Against Guys Who Look Slow But Are Fast.  First heat, Cano vs. Pablo Sandoval.  Like you wouldn’t watch this.

Randy Wolf – 6 IP, 2 ER.  Of course he got no run support.  Unlucky like a Wolf.

Josh Beckett – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 Ks and his 12th win.  My AL Cy Young prediction doesn’t look too bad so far.  Will depend on how much imagination capturing Greinke’s still doing.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4, with two half-homers.  Has now started three days in a row.  Meanwhile, Lowell trimmed his goatee.

Everth Cabrera – HR yesterday, while Kyle Blanks stole a base.  That was nice of Homer Bailey to let Everth hit from second and give Blanks a 59 foot lead off first.

Homer Bailey – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  He’s trying to sucker you in.  Don’t fall for it.

Ryan Zimmerman – HR yesterday.  Might be finally getting hot again.  Took about 2 months.  Maybe it was my snide comparison of him to Kouzmanoff yesterday (who also homered).

Josh Willingham – Two grand slams yesterday and 4 homers in the last 7 games. When they’re hot, and this even goes for Nationals players, they’re worth owning everywhere.  BTW, with 8 RBIs yesterday, guess how many RBIs Willingham has on the season?  39.  He recorded a fourth of his RBI total in one game… In almost August.  That’s incredible, and not the good kind of incredible.

Garrett Atkins – Started at first, and since Helton usually bats third, Atkins batted third.  Jim Tracy must be a disciple of Leyland.

Corey Hart – He gets sizzling.  Why do I tell you this?  Because he has two homers in the past two games.

Jeff Francoeur – 3 homers and batting .429 in the last seven games.  I fully expect him to fall on his face again, but maybe Frenchy’s not toast.

Alfonso Soriano – Grand slam yesterday.  He also gets scalding hot for extended periods of time.  Or see Hart, Corey, or two above.

Carlos Lee – And another guy who’s finally picking up the pace with 3 homers in his last 7 games.

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks.  He deserved more offense.  He also deserves the award for Even His Owners Can’t Believe He Has a 2.65 ERA.

Kendry Morales – 2 HRs yesterday.  As someone in the comments pointed out the other day, April Grey had Kendry as a sleeper, July Grey had Kendry as a Sell.  April Grey says to July Grey, “You’re a moron.”

Brian Fuentes – 4 earned and no outs recorded.  Ow…  Wait, what?  Ouch…

Gordon Beckham – Now has two homers in the past two games.  C’mon, Ozzie, move him up in the order!

Garrett Jones – When I saw he had one RBI, I thought for sure he hit a homer and Yahoo just hadn’t scored it.  Alas…

Tim Lincecum – 9 IP, 0 ER, 15 Ks.  He would’ve had 18 Ks, but Adam LaRoche was in Boston.

Adam Lind – The Jays scored 11 runs, Lind went 0-for-4 — Ticker Tease!

Nolan Reimold – 2-for-3 as he stole his sixth base yesterday.  I get it, Michael Bourn is Fred Savage and he’s Judge Reimold.

  1. and1mcgee says:

    Lincecum sucks… uhhh today is opposite day, no?

  2. reveries says:

    Vice Versa references never cease to make me happy about the world.

  3. Elbert says:

    i picked up Morales through FA in april, thinking Grey telling me that he’s sleeper and all, after 8 weeks i’ve traded Morales away, thinking he’s due for some rookie bumps, now look at Morales go!!!

    i am so kicking @ myself right now…. damn you Longoria!!!!!

  4. Steve says:

    In Correia we trust?

  5. Racehorse says:

    Really bad day at the office for Fuentes. If he does it again, I’m gonna start calling him “Daisy”.

  6. I posted a little message about zimmerman in my league yesterday, kind of a copy paste, mess some of the words around so they couldn’t google it and find razzball in my league….

    saying how bad zimmerman was, and he was kouzmanoffish… LOL and of course he hits a homer vs. my mortal fantasy enemy, he cursed me and said i jinxed him….


  7. and i love the pubilicity razzball is getting on yahoo, seen a couple references lately, but WTF, knock it off yahoo, you’re gonna get one or two tards in my league to read Behrens article and they’re gonna link to razzball, and i’m gonna get ticked when someone else starts ready my insider info!

    seriously! my leagues super competitive (somehow they dont read razzball i dont believe), ahhhh the price to be famous…. good work guys.

  8. Lines says:

    Pick 2:

    Victorino vs Haren
    McLouth vs Nolasco
    Ethier vs Wainwright


  9. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i’ve been on the kendry-train all season after drafting him as a super late round sleeper. there were a few times i was thisclose to dropping him, yet kept him because he was getting regular ABs and had both OF and 1B eligibility. patience sure has paid off.

  10. Sos says:

    Rank in order for the rest of the year: Beckett, Wainwright, Lester, F-Her. Would you trade Pablo for any of those guys?

  11. cnote says:

    Here are my spot starting options.
    -Jason Hammel in Metco
    -Penny at home vs. OAK
    -Parra at home vs. WAS
    -Kawakami on the road vs. FLA

    I think I’m going with Hammel, Penny, and Parra (in that order), but any thoughts would be much appreciated.

  12. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    @Sos: Beckett, F-her, Lester, Wainwright.

    I would deal Pablo for any of them. Only possible exception is Wainwright. Think i’de still pull the trigger on that tho

  13. ABell says:

    Kendry, reimold or hart?
    Also getting bills for cain straight up is a long term win but how should bills do this second half?

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ABell: kendry,and i like bills also

  15. Frank Rizzo says:

    I picked Juan Rivera (hammy) back up last night since he was able to play again, and play well with a HR. But I’m wondering if Corey Hart would be the better move. Who’s the better choice?

  16. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Sos: if you have another capable C fill-in, i’d trade pablo for all those guys.

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:

    anyone know whats going on with stauffer

  18. Sos says:

    Thx for all the input!

  19. JPH says:

    To pick up Jorge de la Rosa I have to drop either Cueto or Liriano?Any suggestions?

    At this point I want to drop both and pick up not only de la Rosa but grab Duchscherer and save him until ready…

  20. Mr Baseball says:


  21. Mr Baseball says:

    Josh Hamilton – Dropped to 7th in the order – Torre would have him 7th in the order from the beggining of the season

  22. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    I hate Yahoo. Why I can’t I see yesterday’s stats?

  23. DrEasy says:

    @cnote: I like Kawakami better than Parra there.

    @mgeoffriau: No kidding! I want to see my Willingham and Lincecum lines in all their glory!

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mgeoffriau: yeah mine also,,yahoo sucks,,go to thier rumors still showing pedro from a week ago

  25. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @DrEasy: And I want to see a league-mates line from yesterday so I can goad him about accepting my trade before he loses any more ground by playing Clint Barmes and Howie Kendrick at 2B and MI….

  26. PhillyYorker says:

    @mgeoffriau: I was just coming to ask if anyone was having the same problem. I have Willingham so I want to so those grannies posted.

    Never thought I would be contemplating benching Josh Hamilton for Lind, Fukudome or Willingham, but I am finding it increasingly hard to stick him in the lineup. He’s in today due to Fukudome’s numbers v. Oswalt but I’m not sure about tomorrow. It looked like he was gonna turn it around once he reverted to the toe-tap, but alas, ’twas not to be. Also, will have to seriously consider keeping Werth over Josh for next year if Josh doesn’t show signs that he might turn it around.

    BTW, my trade of Cano/Grandy/Gallardo for Utley that was made a month ago is looking better and better short and long term. Utley has more RBI’s and HR than those two combined since the trade and only 9 less runs than the two of them. Add that to the fact I picked up Nolasco the day I made the trade and I call that a win!

  27. lifeontheside says:

    Choo or Morales for the rest of the year?

  28. Mr Baseball says:

    Casey McGehee or Julio Lugo – they don’t play the same position but I can move players around

    20 team league

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @lifeontheside: morales. dude’s gotten better every month. i’m hoping for a monster august/sept.

  30. DrEasy says:

    @Mr Baseball: I’d go with the hot hand who is going to get the most playing time: Lugo.

  31. Mr Baseball says:

    This Wednesday Pitching Match Up

    KC: Z. Greinke (10-6, 2.04)
    BAL: C. Tillman (0-0, 0.00)

  32. Scott says:

    Rest of the season: Branyan, Hart, or Juan Rivera?

  33. GTS says:

    which 2 to start this week: Rivera, Hart, Bourn, and Robot Jones? I’m leaning toward Hart/Robot.

  34. Elbert says:

    which 1 out of 4 should i dump, for rest of season?

    1) Reimold
    2) J. Gomes
    3) H. Matsui
    4) S. Pearce

  35. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    **16-team, H2H-POINTS keeper league**

    I can trade Gordon Beckham and a package of players/prospects for either Miguel Cabrera or Ian Kinsler. (Cabrera and Kinsler are NOT keeper eligible)

    The difference in my starting line-up is below. Which set of players would you want to take to battle the rest of the way:

    (1) 2B – Kinsler
    CI/MI – Encarnacion

    (2) 2B – Prado
    CI/MI – Cabrera

    Remember, it’s a points league, (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., SB=3, CS=-1, K=-1, RBI=1, BB=1, R=1).

    Also, on the season, Kinsler is actually in the Top 5 in this format. Cabrera is Top 30.


  36. Mr Baseball says:

    the 2007 season Lugo is the Lugo I am interested in

  37. Grey

    Grey says:

    @reveries: Me too!

    @Steve: Not in away games.

    @Racehorse: Hehe

    @Tony Y: Thanks!

    @Lines: Ethier, Victorino

    @cnote: That order is fine, maybe Kawakami above Parra, but I’d only start Hammel unless you really need starts.

    @Frank Rizzo: Hart’s better.

    @Mr Baseball: Ha!

    @AL KOHOLIC: He lost Saturday after a rain delay.

    @Scott: Hart

    @GTS: Rivera, Hart, if you don’t need speed with Bourn. But isn’t it a little late to be starting guys for the week?

    @Elbert: Dump Matsui

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I’d take Miggy.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Heat 1: Cano vs. Sandoval

    Heat 2: Hardy vs. Fielder

    Fielder’s got some wheels, you best believe! (Meanwhile, I would nominate Hardy for the slowest fast-looking guy of them all)

  39. Curly Day says:

    Love the All-Star game idea – that would be hilarious to watch. Max (Jobacomb?) or Edwin Jacko the rest of the year?

  40. brad says:

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I also play in a deep h2h points league, Kinsler is surprisingly money, I’d take him over Miggy. Although I would be a bit concerned about him sitting games and/or getting hurt. Although he has looked healthy this year.

  41. Thoughts on andrew bailey and garrett jones for gordon beckham? currently starting everth cabrera (surprisingly nice week but sucked for an entire month before that)….also have lidge and franklin


  42. rough…kaz matsui or e.cabrera for MI?

  43. lifeontheside says:

    Are D Lee, BJ Upton & Fuentes too much, or not enough, to pay for Justin Morneau?

  44. BSA says:

    ***For those of you watching the DiceK and Buchholz balancing act.***
    Just listened to an interview with the Red Sox pitching coach and he stated that he “hoped DiceK would be back in September” which means that Clay would hold that position through the call up and that Bowden, or even Tazawa, would move up on the list if/when a DL run occurs for Beckett, Lester, Smoltz, or Penny.

    Also re:Lowell LaRoche – a very clear platoon situation, LaRoche tonight and then Lowell for the next two games Wednesday and Thursday.

    Just info to use

  45. BSA says:

    When it comes to the MI revolving door, Howie Kendrick has been giving some nice balanced production in the last couple of weeks.

  46. jamiesonmj says:

    Beckham going nuts for a while

    Today, Dempster vs Oswalt. Who to start, or both?

  47. Piper says:

    Heat 3: Miller Park Racing Sausages vs. Zambrano, Bartolo Colon, Todd Coffey

    Need HR/SB, 5×5 mixed league, loaded OF/Util.
    Manny, Braun, Grandy, Ellsbury, Bourn, Votto.

    Pick 3 OF and 1 Util that will get me the optimal HR/SB from here on out. I’m about 15 out of 1st in HR, and 25 out of 1st in SB.

  48. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: thanks,was busy this weekend,theres not a note next to his name or nothing,just the 1 inning 3 hits 2 runs,

  49. BSA says:

    define “awhile” – he has been solid nuts – deluxe blend – after he got over his first couple of weeks.

    I was hoping for average and RBIs. I am getting steals and HRs as well now.

  50. jamiesonmj says:

    A while is as long as hes been nuts, Sir Dictionary.

  51. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BSA: yeah,thanks for that update on the boston situation

  52. Ham says:

    Anyone else feel like the week before MLB trade deadline feels like you’re being held hostage? I feel like if I leave the confines of internet access for more then 10 minutes, I am going to miss out on 3 new closers.

    Or maybe it’s time for Ham to take a fantasy baseball sabbatical…

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @lifeontheside: too much. dlee is having a revival and bj upton could easily be a top 5 guys in fantasy the rest of the way (bat around .300, 10 HRs, 20 steals, boat load of runs, 35 RBIs). plus fuentes has been a good closer all year. i just don’t see where morneau makes up the ground over dlee that you’d lose by giving up fuentes and upton.

  54. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Ham: yeah i’ve been hanging onto brandon wood and i want to drop him, but i wanna see how the trading deadline plays out first. if he ends up somewhere where he’ll get 5+ starts per week, i’ll give him a few weeks to see if he can do anything with regular ABs/job security.

  55. black love says:

    who do you like better for 2nd base?
    kendrick, izturis, counsell, or coghlan

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ham: Tell me about it, I was holding Luke Gregerson in one league.

    @black love: Kendrick

  57. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:

    AJ Mass gives me heartburn. One thing about him though, he’s onto something – his chat transcripts are the only I’m sure to check out … for comic value though, not for actual good information.

    Ray (VA)

    AJ Mass
    Uggla, DeJesus, Polanco

  58. Ham says:

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: haha me and my buddy talk about how horriwful he is all the time. you are 100% right, i go out of my way to read his chats for comedic value

  59. jerkstore says:

    I’m looking to move David Wright for a top tier pitcher. Looking at teams who need a 3B, I’m thinking of offering Wright for Beckett or Wright for Sabathia. Who do you like the rest of the way, Beckett or Sabathia? Am I being optimistic thinking that I could get either of those guys for Wright?

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jerkstore: I’d go for either, I’d prefer Beckett.

  61. brad says:

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: maybe he meant a 3 for 1? uggla polanca and dejesus for bills?

    i can’t believe he gets paid for this.

  62. Vulture says:

    20+ saves between me and victory. I have 3 great closers now that are holding steady. Would adding a 4th (Fuentes, Soria?) this late in the season give me enough to win that cat? Go for it?

  63. Vulture says:

    “adding” = trading. Or should I hold tight and pick up Rauch or…?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vulture: I have no idea how close you are to winning the category or who you’re trading to get this closer.

  65. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:

    @Ham: I suppose we should be careful or some of his tripe might somehow seep into our heads as actual solid advice.

    Seriously though, my guess is those guys all have a certain role to play. Mass is the borderline-hothead-goofy-advice guy. There are maybe two guys over there who are pretty decent, I’ll admit (Berry and Mass aren’t two of them), but I get a lot more good information, and entertainment, from Razzball and it’s become my must-read since I discovered it late last season.

  66. Prince says:

    @Grey: Pretty sure what you’re going to say, but Hart or Robot Jones for OF?

    Also, Stewart or Cantu for 3B? (10-team)

  67. Vulture says:

    About 20 saves away from first place. Would trade one of my SPs since I’m way ahead in all other pitching cats.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Prince: Hart, Cantu

    @Vulture: Ah… Sorry, missed when you said 20+. Anyway, 20+ is a lot of ground to make up. You’d probably need to trade for two closers, I’d probably just take 2nd on saves and try to bolster other areas.

  69. Adam says:

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: As a Bills owner, even if I got offered all three of those in a package, somebody would get punched in the balls

  70. Drew says:

    Hairston or McCutchen over the remainder of the season?

    Earlier in the year (before his injury) I would have gone with Hairston, but since returning he’s been hitting more like his crappy pre-2009 self. And McCutchen has been looking pretty solid.

    I don’t need any stat drastically more than another; and I’d say they’ve been pretty even in production per game so far in my league. Basically, who has the better shot at maintaining their season line?


  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Drew: McCutchen

  72. Hardcore Midget says:

    Looking for some opinions on what people see in store for Jorge de la Rosa in the second half.

    My SP is hurting, and he’s available.
    His last few starts have looked great, but I still have a sour taste in my mouth from when I owned him in May and he rewarded me with two straight starts of 7 ER.

    Is he worth picking up? Playing matchups maybe?

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hardcore Midget: I’ve written about him a lot lately, I own him in a 12 team league.

  74. Hardcore Midget says:

    @Grey: Ya, I went through the archives and saw a few of the more recent posts.

    Alright, I’m gambling on him. But if he ruins my already superb pitching staff (which includes abortions like Liriano and Meche), than I fully blame you.

    And I’ll demand a refund on your free fantasy advice!

  75. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Need to catch up on some innings now that I’ve lost Slowey for the rest of the year (and I refuse to start Liriano). You like any of these guys starting tomorrow for some low ERA/WHIP: Latos @ CIN, Tillman v. KC, Ranyd Wells v. HOU, or Penny v. OAK?

  76. GTS says:

    Grey – just curious because I might join more than one league next year – how do you manage to participate in multiple leagues? Any tips/tricks/advice to give?

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hardcore Midget: Ha, okay. Just watch out for him at home.

    @bobbo: Wells

    @GTS: It’s much easier if you have all your leagues at the same interface (Yahoo, CBS or ESPN), though I don’t follow that one.

  78. Prince says:

    @Grey: Thanks for the last answer. Re: Bedard, do you see him coming back and contributing in a meaningful way? I’ve got Haren, Lester, Nolasco, Kershaw, Wandy, Lackey, and Jurrjens, in addition to Bedard, so obviously too many SPs. VERY unlikely in my league that anyone would trade for Bedard (or for anyone else for that matter), so I’m wondering if I should just cut him loose. Maybe get a bench hitter or a good MR.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Prince: If you don’t have DL room, cut him.

  80. GTS says:

    Pick up and start Harang against SD this week?

  81. Prince says:

    Yeah, Berkman’s there. Muchas gracias, como siempre.

  82. Grimlock says:

    Re: fantasy analysts on other sites, ESPN has one really good guy: Christopher Harris. I can also read Karabell and Roberts, but Harris is the best of the bunch.

    Yahoo has the great Andy Behrens and the very good Pianowski, but the rest of their writers are trash, and CBS is an embarrassment. Scott White I used to shoot spitballs at in 5th grade. What a pud.

  83. Dingo says:

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: I was disappointed by his latest effort — not as much blatant stupidity as he usually has. This bit was good, though:

    Matt (TX)

    Stephen Drew or Barlett the rest of the way?
    AJ Mass
    (11:48 AM)

    I like Drew a lot to close the gap between the two, but I don’t think he catches him overall. But since Bartlett has such a huge head-start, I’ll go Drew rest of the way.

    “close the gap”? “catches him overall”? “head-start”? What does that have to do with the question? The guy asked about performance for the rest of the season!

  84. Slappy McSlap says:

    @Grey What are your thoughts on Hamilton, Beltran and Peavy providing anything worthwhile down the stretch in a H2H league… better to drop em like they’re hot or hold and see if they can recover for a sept push? thanks.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Slappy McSlap: I’d hold Hamilton and Beltran. And hold Peavy on the DL if I had the spot, if not lose him.

  86. BSA says:

    Check the Red Sox lineup – my report from earlier was wrong – Lowell in tonight ESPN is predicting Ortiz odd man out Wed and Thurs.

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