The Giants brought Brandon Belt back up from the minors where he was batting .293 with 3 homers in 12 games in July.  Last time he was recalled it was the Giants doing their best fill-a-Buster and Belt was a bench bat.  The time before that he was promoted and forgot his game back in Fresno.  “A box of sparklers, a Groupon to the Macaroni Grill, Brandon Belt’s game.”  That’s someone going through a lost and found in Fresno.  So those two negatives led to two (stutterer!) positives.  Bochy started Belt at first and he homered.  I’d look at Belt in all leagues for his sweet, sweet upside, but don’t drop anyone too good or it could end up smacking you upside your head.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into today’s roundup, wanted to mention that the fantasy football leagues are signing up over at our sister site, and I’m using the word sister like in Oz.  You click that linkie-ma-who and it’ll take you there.  It’s magic!  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Jeff Keppinger – Of course, Sabean acquired Keppinger.  Rogers Hornsby was unavailable.  Keppinger is a defensive upgrade on the usual flat-footed vet Sabean brings over like Burrell, who plays the mannequin defense.  Most times the defense alignment means moving guys in and out, right and left.  The mannequin defense requires them deciding if they want to play their fielders with their gloves in the air for a fly ball or on the ground because once the ball is hit there is no time for them to move their arms.

Jose Altuve – His last name is pronounced like Idon’tknowaltuve with the “Idon’tknow” being silent.  With Blanco Polanco headed to the Giants, Altuve is the odds on favorite for the starting 2nd base job.  As the Astros’ field general Mills said, “He’s my second baseman. We didn’t bring him here to sit him.  And please don’t call me General Mills.  And no my favorite player isn’t Coco Crisp.”  Someone sounds like Cap’n Grouchy.  Altuve was tearing up High-A and Double-A this year — .389 average and a 1.017 OPS.  Not bad for a guy who is 170 pounds soaking wet while carrying Juan Pierre.  He also has speed — 19 steals in 52 games in High-A, and 5 steals in Double-A.  If you’re wondering why I’m giving you his low minors stats, it’s because Ed Wade’s Toupee is promoting very raw prospects now.  Just how raw is he, you ask like you’re in the audience at The Match Game.  He’s 21 years old and has only played 34 games at Double-A.  I’d take a flyer on him in NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues to see if he can translate his speed and power to the majors.  Best case scenario — a few homers and twelve steals.  I’d pursue aggressively in keepers.

James McDonald – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Though he was the most interesting Pirate starter coming into the season, I’ve abandoned hope for him and wouldn’t go back just because of this start.  He was solid in 2010’s 2nd half, so I would watch him.  BTW, how about those Pirates?  Can’t wait for the Indians/Pirates Fall Classic.  Just when Rupert Murdoch thought things couldn’t get worse, Fox gets that series.  You know what the weather was in London yesterday for Murdoch’s Parliamentary hearings?  Hot and sticky with 100% humility.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Now has homers in back-to-back games and mentions in back-to-back roundups.  Eff me if I have to keep spelling this guy’s name.

Derrek Lee – 1-for-4 with a home run.  Has now hit in 8 of his last 9 games with 3 homers.  He was also mentioned in last week’s post about 2nd half hitters.  Prescient isn’t just a word I can’t spell without Google!

Jim Johnson – Got the save yesterday because Gregg is serving a suspension.  If you’re thinking about going with Jim Johnson, don’t drink the Kool-Aid.

Joel Peralta – Got the save yesterday because the Rays closer worked the previous two days, for what it’s Farnsworth.

Jeremy Hellickson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, 3.17 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the year.  Actually having a really solid year, too bad when it comes to young AL East pitchers I’m like Ludacris and too scurred.

Carlos Guillen – 2-for-3 with a home run.  Honestly, I thought he was retired.  Guillen is obviously Spanish for sneaky.  He tends to hit when he’s healthy.  Though that ‘when’ is the size of your grandmother’s gams.

Yovani Gallardo – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He’s good, he’s bad, he’s good.  YoGa’s inconsistency can really stretch your patience.

Yuniesky Betancourt – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  As I said in the preseason, “He’s not a good option in mixed leagues.  His 16 homers last year was taking the ceiling off his ceiling and making a new ceiling with duct tape.  In OBP leagues, he’s even worse.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-4 with 2 steals.  That’s so Maybin!  With 5 homers and 16 steals, Maybin’s been like a poor man’s Shane Victorino.  It’s Feign Victorino.  The Padres just make me so unexcited to own one of their hitters.

Tim Stauffer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The Padres pitchers, on the other hand…  Chop me up and call me a Cobb salad!  Or some other expression of excitement that makes sense.

Alexi Ogando – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as he continues to FIP off the Fangraphs Database.

Chris Perez – Blew yesterday’s game after giving up a run in the previous one.  He’s an embarrassment to mullets everywhere (and that’s saying a hell of a lot).  He’s not going to lose the job this quickly, but Pestano is a decent handcuff since the Indians are actually in contention.  The Indians fan, who’s been comatose since April, just woke up to see his Indians in first.  Comatose Indians Fan, “Wow, Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo must be having great years!”

Matt Garza – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks with his 2nd no decision in a row because of his bullpen.  Maybe next time when the bullpen wants to watch So You Think You Can Dance?, Garza won’t turn the station.

Sean Marshall – 2 IP, 3 ER.  Carlos Marmol, “See, it’s not so easy!”

Brett Cecil – 7 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks vs. the Mariners.  Like the 70’s pinup that Brett Cecil sounds like he’s named after, he both blew and sucked yesterday.  Without looking it up, I think five runs is the most the M’s scored this year.  That gets me Gordon Ramsay mad.  This start was one pathetic scallop!

Michael Pineda – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Since the All-Star selection and game, he’s given up 12 earned in 11 1/3 innings.  It’s the Curse of Atlee Hammaker.

Dexter Fowler – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a steal.  Was oh for his last nine prior to that, so I’m not sure it’s the start of something, but it’s worth monitoring.

Dan Uggla – 2-for-4 with 2 homers.  Good to see his bats finally arrived after his offseason trade.

Brandon Beachy – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  It’s of little consolation, but you really shouldn’t have started him in Coors anyway.

Ike Davis – He said he might be done for 2011.  The Mets said he’s due back two months ago.

Jason Isringhausen – Looks like I was right about the Mets trying to raise Izzy’s trade value by making him the closer for now, after I was wrong about saying Parnell should be the closer.  I’d hold Parnell for at least the next week to see how things unfold.  Or in the Mets case, just fold.

Brandon Allen – In his two starts since he’s been called up, he’s hit two homers.  He’s also been benched 4 times.  Maybe if he fist pumps around first after every homer, Gibson will play him every day.

Aaron Heilman – The Diamondbacks released Heilman after he put up Byung-Hyun Kim in the World Series-like ERA of 6.88.  Guess they signed one too many Putzes this offseason.

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    If it’s not an inside joke, check out my call of today’s headline at the end of yesterday’s Grey post. I was half right.

    I think there are a lot of self-proclaimed baseball purists that are haunted by Gibson’s MVP season and find it nearly impossible to criticize him, UNLESS BRANDON ALLEN IS ON YOUR TEAM AND GOES YARD EVERY TIME HE PLAYS!

  2. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    any ideas on who (or what tiers) to try to target for zimmermann? i am getting nervous as his innings limit comes to a close, and i am pretty sure some people in my league might not be aware of it. would chris perez be a decent take for him at this point? i really have no idea

    thanks! <3

  3. Nothing excites me less than Jeff Keppinger, but as a Giants’ fan, I am glad to have at least one hitter (singles or not) who can hit over .300 other than the Panda. Leggo Chris Brown!

  4. Champion1337 says:

    Trade question. I currently have Crawford, LoMo, Stanton, Rajai, Heyward, Delmon for three outfield spots. My pitching is currently Liriano, Cain, Pavano, McCarthy, McDonald, Willis, Cecil, Baker(DL), Oswalt(DL) for 5 SP spots. It is a 16 team, 25 man roster, head to head league. After Anderson went down for season I am feeling a little light in pitching. So I am toying trading Crawford for help. Currently I have an offer based around Crawford and McDonald for Hughes, Morrow, and Bumgarner. So I just wanted a second opinion if I am selling to low on Crawford based on his season or should I try for a bigger pitcher or should I just go pitch and ditch the rest of the way. Thanks.

  5. Brandon says:

    Should I drop Justin Smoak for Brandon Belt?

  6. Hammaker? That’s SERIOUSLY old school. But the Match Game? Gracious, that’s prehistoric. All props to you, Grey.

    Belt or Butler ROS?

  7. TheNewGuy says:

    Pick up Izzy for Marshall or Parnell?

    Thanks for recommending me dropping Salcedo for Altuve on my farm btw, didn’t expect his call-up to the bigs to be the next day! Looks like I got him just in time!

  8. Hank Man says:

    Hi everyone,

    Someone dropped Farnsworth in my league. I looked for information on him but couldn’t find anything special. Is he still the Rays’ closer? I’m going to put a waiver in for him if he is. My closers are currently Soria, League and Melancon. Good idea? Thank you very much.

  9. Belt for Freese a decent option? Or considering their respective team’s offenses, why bother?
    & crazy Match Game reference Grey. Always thought that Gene Rayburn wrote the book on how to booze it up prior to the show/during commercial breaks and grope all of the panelists and contestants. Taught Richard Dawson everything he took over to The Feud. Brett Somers, Vicki Lawrence, Charles Nelson Reilly, Nipsey Russell, Rip Taylor (I think); what a collection of freaks. No wonder many of us are a little unstable now.

  10. Gern says:

    Please for the rest of the season:
    Bonifacio, Daniel Murphy, Freese

  11. Plasmaj says:

    how can you not love altuve, a man that makes pedroia look like a giant

  12. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Hank Man: yeah he is still the closer,sat out yesterday due to working 3 days in a row

  13. theguarantee says:

    His Heyward/Liriano for my Krispie/Harden?

  14. Will says:

    which 5 should I keep for next year? or, should I try to improve my keeper options before the trade deadline without hurting my team this year?

    Current team
    Wieters, Fielder, Cano, Reyes, Zimmerman, CarGo, Bruce, Stubbs, Crawford, Morse, Lind, Snider, Bonifacio, Rasmus

    Weaver, Gallardo, Marcum, Hudson, Morrow, Hanrahan, Storen, Nunez, Nathan, and Venters

    1 other thing to consider… I can only keep Zimm and Fielder for 1 more year, CarGo, Cano, and Reyes for 2 more years. everyone else I could keep for 3 years. I’m currently trying to trade Zimmerman for Wright, Youk, or Longoria.

  15. in_ertiatic says:

    General Mills/Cap’n Grouchy and the mannequin defense made me LMFAO. Cecil “both blew and sucked” got me too.

    Grey, I come here for the lulz and you never disappoint.

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ATTN,anyone interested in the razzball football leagues Doc has them up and running,go to the top of this page and click on football,

  17. Johnny Briggs says:

    Are you mixing up Jim Johnson with Jim Jones with that kool-aid joke? It was almost hilarious.

  18. Ryan says:

    Chase Utley and Elvis Andrus


    Robinson Cano and Jason Werth

    16 team dynasty league

  19. Tommy the D says:

    Walden or Chris Perez

  20. Gary.Cohen.1986 says:

    Awesome blog, highlight of my morning.

    Also interested in belt vs butler and hosmer ros… I like butler for the avg boost but belts minor league numbers seem off the charts.

  21. Howard says:

    @Grey Bernadina or Carrera? Domonic has been pretty yawnstipating!

  22. Lance Berkman says:

    Grey, are you F**kin kidding me. I’m almost at 30 homers in July. Did you really write about the sh*tty Dexter fowler and not my mammoth 438 foot shot at metco? Well whatever, I don’t care what you think. I’m awesome. I bit homeruns. I haven’t cooled off. I haven’t gotten hurt. IM AWESOME, no matter how much you root against it. Do you think you’ll get a mention on my site where I critique bloggers? Yeah that’s right, that would be a NO…since you weren’t a preseason darling of mine I won’t recongize future success!!

  23. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Alexei Ramirez or Eric Aybar?

  24. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    So dude with the last name Below is pitching today for the Tigers. If he sucks/does well, you could detail a crappy or awesome start, list Below, and in the description say “As above, so Below”.

    Bumgarner’s FIP and xFIP are both better than Weaver’s; their K and BB rates are very similar. Really, BABIP and strand rate are the two things separating Bum and Weaver.

    I don’t want to go overboard, but… dude is 21.

  25. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Bumgarner and CC Sabathia match up very closely as well, in the K/BB/FIP/xFIP cats.

  26. trick dad says:

    Cano for lincecum and espinosa, who wins?

  27. longbeachyo says:

    Hey Greigh!!!! I just traded for Dunn… =O I know, I know… but in case he keeps blucking (blow/suck), who should pick up as a safety net? Pena, Belt, D. Lee, B. Allen or I was offered this trade… lincecum and panda for kemp???? WDYT??


  28. longbeachyo says:

    P.S. That was sent from my droid while sitting in my la-z-boy in my house.

  29. Alex says:

    You’re right…I shouldn’t have started Beachy in Coors. My finger was shaking as I added him to the lineup. But here’s my problem. Do I start Mr. Hommy Tanson there? The wounds are still fresh.

  30. Anyone got any word on Rasmus? worth Holding onto? This Phillie Michael Martinez kid is looking appealing at this point…hell anything looks more appealing at this point…

  31. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Alex: For what it’s worth, I started Hanson this week but did not start Tim Hudson. There are a few articles around that suggest that pitchers who throw two-seamers or sinkers are hampered by Coors; that Coors has a greater impact on fastball movement than breaking pitch movement.

  32. Up in this Mug says:

    Grey, Joyce for Liriano in a standard H2H?

  33. Up in this Mug says:

    sorry, that question was vague. Which side wins in a Joyce for Liriano trade?

  34. EDD says:

    wait, the Indians are in first place, thankfully i kept choo this year!

  35. slam says:

    Would you rather have Collmenter or Dempster?

    Would you take either of those guys for J. Zimm or Hellickson for the rest of the season?

  36. Wilsonian says:

    A few questions for ya today:

    1) Anibal, Beachy, Bum – can you rank em in a Ks/9 league and would you deal either of the first two for Bum?

    2) Marcum/Heyward for Beltre – which side in a keeper when I have Freese at 3rd right now and I’m in 3rd in a 16 Team league?

    3) Marcum/Andrus for Beltre – same sitch, have Hardy that can play SS for the year – which side?

    4) Marcum/Freese for Gordon – which side?

    Thanks man, much appreciated as usual.

  37. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Belt or Daniel Murphy?

  38. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Belt or Adam Dunn?

  39. frank-n-beans says:

    I added choo hoping he can be useful towards end of august into september. What r ur thoughts on choo and also is rasmus worth holding onto for ros?

  40. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey, @everyone: In a two-catcher league where I’m starting Martin and Lucroy and there’s nothing on the wire, would you deal either B. Phillips or Stubbs for C. Santana? I could use Peralta in place of Phillips at MI and Bernadina, R. Davis, or work the wire to fill my 5th OF spot. I’m first in steals and need power. Martin and Lucroy are killing me.


  41. E. Thames or Bernidina for the better OF pickup/backup OF in case Presley loses time?

  42. Mr. Neutron says:

    @Lance Berkman:


    Grey had you at #128 in his preseason rankings. This was well above every service’s ADP. Consequently, many readers who used Grey’s rankings got you at a mid- to late-round slot, with corresponding high value.

    Given this, not sure why you keep ragging on Grey as one of your stronger preseason supporters.

    Sorry to feed the troll Grey, but this endless rant is getting silly in context.

  43. @Big Magoo: Would Offer Stubbs and make it go with any of the 3 options you mentioned…

  44. John Drunks says:

    Stuaffer or Marcum ROS?

    super tough choice I’m having here cause one of them about to be shipped…

  45. Wilsonian says:

    @Big Magoo: who’s your 2nd baseman now? I’d probably deal Phillips for him in that scenario.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Hehe

    @Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate: Sure

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Ha

    @Champion1337: Terrible trade.

    @Brandon: Yes

    @The Miracles: Thanks! Butler…

    @TheNewGuy: Cool… Marshall…

    @Hank Man: He is.

    @zombie: CNR and Nipsey took the cake. I’d hold.

    @Gern: Bonifacio, Freese…

    @Plasmaj: Ha…Yeah.

    @theguarantee: Sounds solid.

    @Will: You named the five to keep.

    @in_ertiatic: Thanks!

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yup

    @Ryan: Cano

    @Tommy the D: Perez

    @Gary.Cohen.1986: Thanks! I’d hold Butler for now. It was one game from Belt.

    @Howard: Bernadina

    @RonWashington’sStache: Ramirez

    @Feeding the Abscess: Yup

    @trick dad: Lincecum

    @longbeachyo: Pena…Lincecum, it’s fair.

    @longbeachyo: Ha

    @Alex: Yes

    @Up in this Mug: Joyce

    @EDD: Ha

    @slam: Dempster… For Zimm…

    @Wilsonian: Beachy, Bum… Marcum, Beltre, Marcum…

    @Schmohawks Bob: Belt

    @Schmohawks Bob: Belt

  47. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man, I really appreciate it.

    Would you swap Anibal for Bum straight up at this point?

  48. The Mariners once got 13 runs on 15 hits off of the Tigers on April 19th, which is amazing. You’d think they couldn’t get 15 hits during batting practice, let alone a real major league game. Maybe the Tigers got an early start on 4/20, and Phil Coke was pitching, so maybe he lived up to his namesake. “Phil, it’s weed, man. Weed.”

  49. Schmohawks Bob says:

    How about Dunn v. Daniel Murphy?

  50. John Drunks says:

    hey grey, think u missed this while repsonding to all the other questions…

    Stuaffer or Marcum ROS?

    super tough choice I’m having here cause one of them about to be shipped

    thanks man!

  51. Amart says:

    @ Grey

    12 team roto. I’m +30 IP and just had good starts from both Ubaldo and Gallardo. Really trying to work my ERA and WHIP down.

    Start Cueto @ Pit?
    Nolasco @ SD?

    I know your feelings about Nolasco, but he’s strung together a few good one’s and I thought he might be a good spot start against the Padres.

    Thanks as always!

  52. Will says:

    which 2?

    Maybin, Bonifacio, Rasmus, or Hosmer

  53. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Wilsonian: I actually have Phillips at 2B and Utley at MI, but I would move Utley to second and use Peralta at MI.

  54. mets fan says:

    Grey freese or belt for util?

  55. Tom the Niner says:

    What side do you like (non-keeper) league. Wright/Pineda for Youkilis/Romero

  56. chata says:

    @Mr. Neutron:

    would much rather hear from Lance than from some guy listing his
    roster for the umpteenth time (rather than just post it once in a forum ,
    and let it go at that) .

    i find Lance’s occasional posts amusing and informative and not the
    least bit tiring and insipid .

    to each his own .

  57. @chata: agreed. More players should post here…I am just excited Big Puma has the time.

  58. Wilsonian says:

    @chata: I don’t mind either one. And I agree with Shea that it’s pretty nice of the Puma to show up and make his presence known.

    I used to be in the forums, then I lost my password and whatnot and I can’t log back on.

  59. SDPete says:

    I’m about to start Ogando for the first time in over a month, so I recommend to everyone else you sit him. My ability to cause FIP regression is legendary.

  60. Sos says:

    In a keeper league would you trade a unkeepable pence for 17th round next year ubaldo?

  61. Eng says:

    Dempster vs Philie today. To start or not to start, that is the question…I’m torn like Natalie Imbruglia so please help me decide.

  62. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Any thoughts on the potential deal in post #40? I know you like Phillips and Stubbs more than Santana, but any thoughts in terms of league context?

  63. Eddy says:


    I’m curious:

    When’s the last time you finished last in a league?

  64. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sos: Sure

    @Eng: Start

    @Big Magoo: I like them much more.

    @Shea Sera Sera: Bernadina

    @Eddy: Never finished last outside of a keeper where I had to trade all pieces for future years.

  65. Eddy says:


    Very nice!

  66. Pierre says:

    Drop Abreu/Bernadina for Schierholtz?

  67. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Would you start Salty or R. Hernandez over either Martin or Lucroy? Thanks for the response.

  68. Luke T says:

    Hello Grey
    In your opinion who will be better from here on out at ss, ramierez, or hardy. Obp and strkieouts count. Thanks!

  69. Steve Stevenson says:

    Wandy or Norris?

  70. Eddy says:

    It’s getting harder and harder to avoid keeping Ellsbury in the 6th next year…

  71. Nick says:

    @Grey: Got Worley for his start today vs. the Cubs but I’m thinking of turning around after that game and dropping him for Masterson? Good idea? my pitching staff is as follows:

    G Gonzalez
    Storen, Feliz, Street, Nunez, Farnsworth.

    Another option is to dump a reliever since I’m in first with saves…what you think which reliever to drop for masterson or just dump worley after this start? Im -60IP in this league so looking to make up some ground in K’s and Wins

    on the offensive front i have another question…Zimmermann is available but my offense is pretty stacked so I dont think there is room for him unless again I unload a closer…

    of-holliday, bruce, stanton
    util-morse & sandoval
    bn-c hart

    what you think? again sitting up top in 1st with my only area lacking in SB’s but I kind of surrendered that category at this point. (I have 42, leader has 118, ground could be made up)…

  72. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Eddy: Ellsbury will probably be a late second or early third rounder in redrafts at this point. Keeping him in the sixth is good value.

  73. BookieBob says:


    Come back to the forums! Here’s how:

    Go to:

    Click the black Login tab at the top of the page.

    Under the Username and Password boxes is “I forgot my password”. Click that, enter your Username and email addy, and you’ll get your information.

    If no workee, let me know.

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Eddy: keep him and move on

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Pierre: Eh

    @Big Magoo: Salty over Martin

    @Luke T: Alexi

    @Steve Stevenson: Wandy

    @Eddy: Yup

    @Nick: Go with Masterson over Worley… I don’t know if your offense is stacked if I don’t know the number of teams in your league.

  76. Dr. Zach says:

    Trying to make some room for Belt but need to drop two to make it happen- candidates are Werth Rasmus Lawrie Trumbo Venters Adams Colon – keeper league.

    Are there two there to dump?

  77. Eddy says:

    @Big Magoo:

    That’s what I’m thinking. I was originally dead-set on keeping Lind in the 11th, but his recent July woes have soured that idea a bit.

  78. airweino says:

    12 team mixed keeper league…looking to move Rizzo for OF help…my current OF is Braun, McCutchen, Rasmus, Morrison, Thames…which of these should I target, if any?

    Bernadina, Maybin, Davis, Byrd, Jackson, Moreland

  79. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Grey, 5×5 , H2H,

    How bout them buccos? Our Black n yellow chants are really being put to use. Any the hoo, I’ve been noticing you have been hating on marcum and cueto for some time now and I currently own both of them. Would it be smart to trade both of them for an elite pitcher like sabathia or Verlander?

    Much love & black n yellow

  80. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    Dropping Moobs and his WTFs for Belt seems acceptable, agreed?

  81. Wilsonian says:

    @BookieBob: thanks for the head’s up. I just tried that, and it said I couldn’t find my information, so I don’t know what’s up. If you or Grey can help me out, I want to sign back up so I can get on again. Thanks!

  82. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Also, drop Joyce for belt for spot starts in the utility spot?

  83. pjtres says:

    grey, in an unlimited H2H keeper league, how would you rank these guys going forward (for the next 3-4 years)

    bautista, longo, asdrubal, votto, miggy cab, kemp, justin upton

    i have to trade one for pick(s) before the start of next season b/c we only keep 6

    help! thanks. was thinking votto or asdrubal (even tho a 20/20 SS is NICE)…

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tggq21: I’d take CC or Verlander. Black n yellow!

    @MattTruss223: Eh, I wouldn’t in most leagues.

    @Tggq21: Nope

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @pjtres: Trade Asdrubal…

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: I don’t see you being a member previously. Can’t you just join?

  87. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: I swear when I sent a daiquiri at some point I was given the info to sign up and I did. I coulda been drunk and have completely dreamt that, too. I tried to sign back up and I don’t know the answer to the question. You’re too sly with your shizz…haha.

  88. FilthyRich says:

    5×5 mixed 10-team Roto league. Keep Dunn and hope he gets going or pickup Derrek Lee? Or how about Thames or Belt instead of Lee?

  89. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: now we,re dreaming about razzball,make a great T-SHIRT,if any of these guys would buy one

  90. Mark says:

    Just dealt Jordan Zimmermann for Travis Snider. Huge overpay or sneaky good deal? I’d been trying to move Zimm for a few weeks but pretty much everyone in the league was well aware of the fact that Zimm probably has about a month of starts left before he’s shut down and I wanted an OF with some upside.

  91. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: “Finish the sentence: is dedicated to fantasy…”

  92. OPI says:

    Drop Tabata for Presley or Delmon Young? Also, drop Marshall for Lindstrom? Thanks as always!

  93. stumanji says:

    Brandon Phillips for Mini Donkey. Which side? OPS, keeper league.

  94. Ralph says:



  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @OPI: Young…Hold…

  96. Eng says:

    Dumpstered again. F it

  97. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: I’m a moron…but got it now. Thanks doode.

  98. stumanji says:

    @Grey: Basically, a guy wants a MI. I offered Ryan Roberts for Reynolds, he countered for Phillips but methinks that’s a bit much so he offered to throw in a SP. He has CC, Liriano, Karstens, Collmenter, Tomlin, Baker, Cahill. Don’t really love any of them (except CC, obv.)

    Do you like Phillips for Reynolds and a SP listed above, or still no?

  99. Ralph says:


    I wouldn’t. Though if I really had to, I’d take Cahill or Baker.

  100. AL KOHOLIC says:

    with frank coming and going, K-ROD doing whatever in mil. and Adams assured of nothing,i trade k-rod and adams for santos, in the ECFBL

  101. Justin says:

    worth trading away Morrow/Kennedy/Minor for Jerad Weaver?

    16 team h2h, keep 16. Division leader with good chance of the playoffs and good chance of competing for the title. I have a strong sp staff anchored by Lester/Hanson and would like to add another top flight SP. Other pitchers on my team include Cahill, D. hudson, Romero, Harang, Baker, Stauffer.

    Is this one worth it?

  102. stynyr says:


    Who would you drop out of Niese, Collmenter, Luebke or Stauffer?


  103. Tom says:

    RE: James McDonald…he has been lights out for a while now.

    In the past month his line is:

    24.3 innings pitched
    4 starts 3 QS
    23 K’s
    1.849 ERA
    1.2740 WHiP

    That is pretty amazing for a 4th or 5th starter in most leagues. :)

  104. Starting Haren tonight vs. TEX should not be this tough of a decision. There should be a pop-up window when you send a trade offer for Haren near mid-season that reads, “WARNING: May cause itchiness, sweating, paranoia, night terrors and agita. If these symptoms persist for two months… well, that’s what you get when you trade for Haren, dumbass.”

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: yeah the other guy has nothing to loose so he took the risk,but trying to hold my lead i went with the sure thing

  106. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Does anyone else look at the Giants’ everyday lineup and think, “How the hell is this team 16 games over .500?” I know the NL west is weak, but jeez…

  107. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey; @Anyone: I posted a team question in the forums, so if anyone wants to take a look and see what they think, let me know.

  108. Wilsonian says:

    @Big Magoo: absolutely.

  109. So is it safe too assume that Koji is never going to get saves in Bal-town even if Gregg is traded?

    The sad part is that even without saves or wins he is STILL my highest rated reliever…THANK YOU MARMOL!!!!

  110. SwaggerJackers says:

    Baker, Collmenter or Worley in a league with QS and K/BB instead of W?

    Presley or Revere in a league with OBP?

  111. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey: Yeah, their pitching is definitely nasty. But you need to be able to score some runs. Without Posey and the ridiculous hot streak from Ross, they wouldn’t have made it past the Phillies last year. I see a slightly better version of the Mariners when I look at them this year.

  112. The Sequential Hermaphodite says:

    Would you trade A-Gon for M-Cab?

  113. Mr. Neutron says:


    Point well taken.

    Unrelated note: Hellboy pushed back to Monday for next start. As a result, his next four starts project as @Oak, @Sea, Oak, KC.

  114. Pooch says:

    Don’t know if you covered this yet, but who is the save vulture for the cubs? Is it still marshall or did yesterdays performance change that to wood or someone else?

  115. Eddy says:

    Joe Capozzi, beat writer for the Marlins, writes that Mujica would close in Nuñez absence. McKeon believes Cishek has the stuff to close, but it won’t happen this year. In addition, that he likes Dunn but believes he needs to develop his breaking ball a bit more. 

  116. @Grey: This I know, but I hate the agita and second guessing that comes with this “ace”.

    Interested in your opinion, if you feel like it. I am currently +32 in Games Started, so I would love to consolidate my SP before the trading deadline (does me no good to have great pitchers that I can’t start). The Halladay owner (who is at -16) is interested, but wants “two 15-20 game winner types” in return. Out of my staff (Ubaldo, Greinke, Haren, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Vogelsong and Luebke) I plan on sending three offers for Doc and letting him take his pick:


    Keep in mind, this league has standard cats plus K/9 and QS. Too much? Too little? See a different offer in there?

  117. yankees2011 says:

    Hey Grey,
    I have been hanging onto Tabata (DL) and D. Jennings for a while now. Actually, all season in Tabata’s case. Jose is taking up my second DL spot, so no harm, no foul. Jennings, on the other hand, has been taking up space. Do I move him or maybe even Travis Snider (my Util.) for say Belt, Allen, or Bernadina (he is on Waivers until tomorrow).

    Also, drop Lucroy for Salty?

    Thanks much Grey.

  118. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Duffy’s Irish Pub in Washington, D.C. is matching beer prices to Jayson Werth’s average. 3 hits today raises the price to $2.18.

  119. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Pujols, Theriot, Molina not in starting lineup tonight.

  120. herschel says:

    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers have acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals in exchange for two prospects.
    Morosi says the Royals will get a left-handed pitcher and a catcher from Detroit, though he doesn’t have the specific names yet. Betemit has posted a .281/.341/.409 batting line with three homers this year for the Royals and put up an .889 OPS for them last year. He’ll presumably take over as the everyday third baseman for Brandon Inge, who has a woeful .177/.242/.242 batting line this season.

  121. Eddy says:


    Standard roto league:

    Aaron Hill or Beckham?

  122. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Betemit or Belt?

  123. Steve says:

    A big shout-out to Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: They sure are purdy.

  125. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: @Grey: you guys can go to hell. I’m up against both of them and I had Lincecum.

    Ok, so that was a little harsh, so how about they go to hell, and not you guys?

  126. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: i had cueto and lincecum going

  127. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: As long as they can pitch every fifth day, I don’t care where they’re hanging out.

  128. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Steve: haha. What’s worse is that this league counts losses, Ks, and Ks/9 so I’m now getting shat upon in each category. Oh, and I’m in 1st, this guy is in 2nd, and only 1 game back of me.

  129. Viagra Falls says:

    @Grey: Start Tim Hudson tonight or bench him?

  130. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: @AL KOHOLIC: It’s Losses that need to be sent to purgatory. Stupid stat.

  131. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and I was an idiot and pitched Beachy yesterday.

  132. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Bumgarner may have been moved to third in FIP after Kershaw’s start. Will be interesting to see how close the numbers are after they’re computed tonight.

  133. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: yeah, I’m actually going to motion the league to see if they will agree to nix that stat for something else next year. Altough I’m not sure what we should put in its place. We already count W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ks/9. Any suggestions?

  134. chata says:


    just curious .
    when you count three women readers among us , does that
    include andre either’s mom ?
    also , if she’s left us , never to return , is it ‘cuz you dated her ??

    you know the old saying about a big dog and his own backyard .

  135. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: Just the 5 standard categories work for me.

  136. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Also of note, Masterson threw 103 fastballs in 104 pitches last night. That is amazing.

  137. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: yeah,cueto grabbed me a win,but those loses like lince got today kill you in a loss league

  138. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Viagra Falls: For what it’s worth, I benched him. There are a few articles that suggest the sinkers and two-seam fastballs are hampered most by the Coors air, rather than the commonly held belief that breaking pitches are harmed.

  139. SwaggerJackers says:

    Trot Nixon or Belt?

  140. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Wow, totally spamming the comments, but Garza was moved up to Sunday, he gets the Stros.

    I’m in a weekly league. I benched him because he was against Philly in Wrigley. Son.of.a.bench.ed.

  141. Eddy says:

    @Feeding the Abscess:

    Wow, that is a ridiculous statistic. And cheers to Garza owners, I definitely need that.



  142. @Grey: Yeah… I ended up sending these options for Doc:


    The only reason I included Scherzer in the options is because the other guy specified Wins, and the dude does have 10 of them. I figure I’ve got some options with Vogelsong to boost a deal.

    I also have Josh Johnson in my DL slot… but am I the only one freaking out a little because there hasn’t been any news in almost three weeks?

  143. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    How the hell does Nolasco shut down the Phillies and get pounded by the Dodgers and Padres.

  144. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    For fun:

    If you guys have the roster space for a platoon, play Venable on the road. His road splits are about 30% better than Carlos Gonzalez. Serious business.

  145. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Also for everyone’s enjoyment:

    I benched Garza for Nolasco this week. God Bless America

  146. Joel says:


    in my 6×6 h2h league< i can prob trade berkman and jeff neimann for beltran and shields. should i do it?

  147. Terrence Mann says:

    Good job, Nolasco! 24.5 k/9 today!

  148. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    For more fantasy relevant stats, Venable has compiled the following in 519 career road AB (I added today’s totals):

    .274, 19 HR, 85 R, 73 RBI, 30 SB

    Shane Victorino what?

  149. @Grey: If they’re Gosh-worthy starts, I’ll be fine with that.

  150. Though, I suppose when you’re judging Gosh-worthiness, it’s more about the finish than the start.

  151. Wilsonian says:

    Thankfully, the fantasy gods have smiled upon me. After my bitchfest about my opponent having Kershaw and Cueto today and me having Lincecum, the gods struck down with great vengeance against my opponent and forced his hand into playing Nolasco against the hard hitting Friars! Thank you for that 60.25 ERA!

  152. matthew brady says:

    casey mcgehee is on the waiver wire in a 12 team mixed. you see him having a big second half?

  153. Steve says:

    @Wilsonian: My opponent has Nolasco too (though his hitting is killing me). Everything that happens in fantasy baseball makes somebody happy.

  154. Eddy says:

    You know it’s a 13-0 game in a Marlins booth when Tommy starts translating squirrel in spanish.

    Rich turns to him and asks, “Who are, Vin Scully?”

    Then after like 30 seconds of laughter they start mimicking Scully.

    I think I like these broadcasts more.

  155. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: That’s awesome. I like Hutton. He’s good.

  156. The Burghler says:

    12 team head to head 7×7 with ops/ks

    Travis Snider or Alex Gordon?

  157. Eddy says:


    I’m glad broadcasters can’t be traded away. Loria would have sent them packing for some pointless middle relief already.

    Quick question: D.Lee or T.Snider in an OBP, 12-team league?

  158. debar says:

    prince/hanley/j-up or adrian/asdrubal/mccutchen

  159. Scott says:

    Out of nowhere a 2 piece and a biscuit from EE tonight.

  160. royce! says:

    Owning Snider is making this fbb season much more palatable. He’s like the bacon in my fbb sandwich. The rest of my team are BLTeases.

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @debar: Hanley side, trade seems totally unnecessary.

    @Scott: Is that cockney for a homer and a double?

    @royce!: Ha!

  162. Wilsonian says:

    I have Tulo at SS. Would you deal Andrus/Anibal for Scherzer and pick up Snider?

  163. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    I’m up 18 in saves so I offered Gio, Prince and C Perez for Miggy and Lester – do you think I’m offering too much?


  164. Buge Hoobs says:

    Marcum / Berkman or Teixeira?

  165. Wilsonian says:

    Lind/Krispie or Konerko/Quentin?

  166. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: Quentin would be my 3rd OF swapping with Bourn (others are Kemp and J.Up). Konerko would swap in one of the 2 UTIL slots with Pena and Andrus.

  167. Steve says:

    Izzy sure knows how to maximise his value. A clean save at the first time of asking, then 2 scoreless today, including striking out Pujols, Holliday and Berkman in a row.

  168. Steve says:

    @Steve: And a win. Yusss!

  169. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Izzy or Nathan?

    If H. Bell gets traded, do you like M. Adams over Izzy & Nathan?

  170. Wilsonian says:

    ***S. Drew just jacked up his ankle sliding into home and can’t put any weight on it. I’m assuming he’s coming out of the game.

  171. Steve says:

    Drew dislocated his ankle apparently. Twitter is telling me that it’s pretty horrible viewing.

  172. Steve says:

    Ugh. Just seen a photo. Not great.

  173. Wilsonian says:

    @Steve: yeah, kinda sick. Just saw the replay. Damn that’s gross.

    And then CarGo Lite possibly fractured his collar bone. That’s some shizz luck over there in ‘Zona.

  174. royce! says:

    Who do you like most to replace Drew in a league counting 5×5 + OBP and XBH:

    Cozart, Casilla, Escobar, Nishioka, Keppinger, D’arnuad.

  175. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. So you think it’s an “accept.” It weakens my OF a little (less movable parts) but if Konerko is for real, my power department gets a boost.

    This would be the bottom of my lineup after the deal:

    OF – Kemp
    OF – J.Up
    OF – Quentin
    UTIL – Konerko
    UTIL – Pena
    BN – Andrus
    BN – Bourn

    Obviously could swap some in and out at UTIL.

  176. royce! says:

    oh and also Furcal

  177. barker says:

    20 team league

    at SS who do you like nishioka or bartlett

    at C buck or lucroy

    both SS on waivers – the C are already rostered just didnt have the heart to drop one earlier but it is looking like its that time

    my only SS is izturis — just missed cozart when he came up

  178. chata says:

    i’ll catch up to the comments later , but mlbtv showing cueto’s
    delivery mimicking el tiante …… nice . very nice .

    sorry , if this has been mentioned .

  179. Steve says:

    @chata: He even managed to strike some guys out, which was kind of him.

  180. royce! says:

    Hey Grey- who do you like better for saves: Mujica or Parnell?

  181. herschel says:

    @Grey: cody ransom getting called up to replace drew. Worth a shot in mixed leagues?

  182. chata says:

    @ Grey :

    today’s posts testify to the strength of this site .
    your “reporters” are the best on the web .

    of course , your contribution is none too shabby .

    thank you … all .

  183. chata says:

    have you been watching the rangers game ?
    trout just dazzled elvis with his speed .

  184. chata says:

    somebody’s got to show ryan roberts how to be a 2 strike hitter .
    helping saito out prolly just lost the game for the d-backs .

  185. EG says:

    Fed up with Frank^2…. Any chance he gets back the closer role?

  186. Sam says:

    You guys think Leo Nunez gets traded before the deadline? I need saves, but I don’t want to acquire a guy that’s gonna be a setup man within 2 weeks.

  187. Terrence Mann says:

    @Eddy: lmao

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