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Jonny Gomes was acquired by the Washington Nationals.  This is exciting for Gomes’s family and any National fans who like to make signs for the games but can’t write the letter H.  Gomes will platoon with Nix and, if anything, his value is hurt a bit by the home venue change.  The real story is the call up of Reds prospect, Yonder Alonso.  In 353 ABs in Triple-A this year, Alonso had 12 homers and 6 steals with a .297 average.  I took all the prospect reports on Alonso and put through my supercomputer and out came, “Should develop into a 20+ homer hitter with a great eye.  Reds TV can save time by eliminating instant replay because he runs like he’s in slow mo.”  His starting time may be iffy in Cincy, platooning in left field.  Did this stop me from grabbing him?  Well, to use one of the worst songs of all time, I’d rather hurt you with honesty than mislead you with a lie so I’ll just come out and tell you I grabbed Alonso in every league where I could.  My leagues are deep though, so in most mixed leagues you can wait to see his playing time.  In keepers and NL-Only leagues, you proceed without caution.  Or no caveat emptor, for our friends in Latin America.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Bautista – Left yesterday’s game after getting beaned in the melon.   He left on his own power and is being called day-to-day with no signs of a concussion.  Maybe the hit on the head will have him return as Jason Bourne.  That would be cool.  Then he bring down Aaron Hill for trying to kill my fantasy teams.

Aaron Hill – 2-for-4 with his 5th homer.  Aw, speaking of the devil, and I don’t mean devil in the idiomatic sense.  Sophisticated ignorance, write my curses in cursive.  How on earth (assuming Canada is on earth) does he only have 5 homers?  He had three months last year where he hit 5 or more homers.  Maybe his bats ain’t accustomed to going through customs.

Adam Lind – 1-for-4 with his 19th homer.  In June, he had back-to-back homer games then went four games without a homer then he hit a homer.  This month he had back-to-back homer games then went four games and guess what?  He hit a homer.  Damn, how does Jayson Stark make that trivial shizz interesting?  Oh, wait, he doesn’t.

Brandon Morrow – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  So inconsistent proves that Morrow isn’t guaranteed for anyone.

Yunesky Maya – Gave up 7 runs in his last Triple-A start.  The Nats wish it was May 5th when he rafted over from Cuba so they could’ve sinka de Maya.

Matt Holliday – Out with food poisoning.  Rasmus sprinkled some expired Colby cheese on his lunch.

David Freese – 2-for-3 with his 5th homer.  And no injury!

Zach Britton – With a 5.40 ERA in Double-A, he’ll get the call in a doubleheader vs. the Yanks.  I’m sure Zach is thrilled.  Come on up to face the Yankees!  I’m expecting a Not-So-Great Britton.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and 2 homers to bring his season total to 16.  Potatoes to chips, I never thought I’d be so happy to own Hardy.  For those new to the site, the potatoes to chips phrase’s sole purpose is to befuddle you into thinking it means something.  Don’t be fooled!  But feel free to use it in everyday conversation.  Potatoes to chips, I already brought in the mail.  Potatoes to chips, I have to stay late at work so start dinner without me.  Potatoes to chips, I have herpes.  It works for every occasion!

Derrek Lee – 4-for-5, 5 RBIs with his 11th home run.  When we’re in July and he gets more than 12% of his RBIs in one game, it’s not a season to remember.  But — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — he’s been a 2nd half hitter in recent memory.

Vance Worley – 9 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  About two weeks ago when I told you to pick up Worley, someone commented that he (Worley, not the commenter) was due for a regression.  He has a 2.02 ERA — of course he’s going to regress!  Still, while he’s pitching like Sandy Koufax meets Don Drysdale — Dandy Koufdale, pick him up.

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks for his 14th win.  Through 161 innings(!), his ERA is now at 1.79 (!!) with a 0.95 WHIP (!!!).  He makes me want to grow a mullet and be ugly.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The bad news is he’s limping to the “You’re finished” line.  Good news is he’s lowering his draft position for next year.

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-4 as Emily Boneface’s hitting streak has reached 24 games.  Pretty remarkable from a guy who I’m not even sure has ever hit in 24 games total throughout a season.

Logan Morrison – 1-for-4 with his 16th homer.  Morrison didn’t break on through like I thought he would so far this year.  His walk rate has plummeted pretty dramatically, which makes me think he might be pressing because of some bad luck with balls hit into play.  Or as Shakira might say, BABIPs don’t lie.

Josh Johnson – However, ball clubs do lie.  It’s now being reported that Johnson won’t pitch again in 2011.  I have a secret for you, he won’t pitch all of 2012 either.  Let’s call it an educated guess.

Brian McCann – The mysterious oblique injury laid dormant for a few weeks, letting hamstring pulls and concussions take center stage, but now it’s back.  McCann might be McCan’t for a few weeks as he was placed on the 15-day DL.

CC Sabathia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners and he struck out 14 of 25 Mariners he faced.  In an effort to stop the losing streak, Eric Wedge shaved off his mustache.  That’s all you had going for you, man.  Everyone knows the entire cliche is “Don’t shoot the messenger and don’t ever shave your mustache.”  Through the years the “don’t ever shave your mustache” part was dropped because it’s IMPLIED!

David Ortiz – 4-for-5, 5 RBIs and Dustin Pedroia also went 4-for-5.  With the Yankees vs. the Mariners blowout and the Sawx playing the peasant Royals, Selig’s league parity is working almost as well as his toupee.

Billy Butler – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer this week.  One for each of his luscious moobs.  Along with Derrek Lee, he was also in the 2nd half hitters to watch post.

Neftali Feliz – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Guess he’s using reverse psychology to convince the Rangers they don’t need Heath Bell.

Adam Dunn – 1-for-4 with a homer.  I didn’t see it so I’m gonna assume the box score had a typo.  Carry on.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and 6 unearned runs.  I nearly had a heart attack from this ticker shock.

Joey Votto – 2-for-4 and his first homer in what feels like a year but is really only since July 8th.  Someone asked in our forums why no power for Votto and I’m really not sure.  His line drive percentage is way up and his homer per fly ball is down, so maybe he’s just making too good of contact, if such a thing exists.  It’s not like his other numbers are poor.  I think it’s the kind of thing that will correct itself.

John Axford – Tied Doug Jones’ Brewers record for consecutive saves (25).  Doug Jones still owns the record for mistaking the kielbasa mascot from the 7th inning stretch race for an actual sausage and biting its ankle.  A record seven times!

Tim Byrdak – Got the save yesterday because Parnell and Izzy were used the last two days.  Oh, and July 27th is the winning entry for “Pick the date Tim Byrdak makes it into a roundup.”

Tim Lincecum – Was scratched with a bad case of the flu.  Brian Wilson rubbed VapoRub on Lincecum’s hairless chest and said, “I’m a certified ninja and home nurse.  He’ll be feeling better quicker than a penguin screws a duck.  Giants do it with science.  Now watch me eat a lemon and a lime and piss Sprite!”

  1. More says:

    It’s to the point where I just get angry when Votto hits a home run now (so not often). It’s like a reminder of what could have been. I don’t care if he is ranked decent on the player rater, I want some f’ing home runs.



  2. The Sequential Hermaphrodite says:

    Billy Butler or Mark Trumbo? Sorry for all the Billy Butler related questions this year. I’m never drafting him again.

  3. knighttown says:

    A lot of decent looking home starts this week. Assuming Hamels vs. SF and Kennedy in PetCo are safe, any of these starts scare you?

    -Greinke vs. Cubs
    -Latos vs. Arizona
    -C-Bills vs. Arizona
    -Danks vs. Det
    -Beachy vs. Florida

  4. SpecialFNK says:

    who should I pick up to replace Brian McCann? right after McCann got hurt I picked up David Ross, expecting McCann to only miss a few games.
    other options- Miguel Olivo, Yorvit Torrealba, Carlos Ruiz, Ramon Hernandez, Kurt Suzuki, Michael McKenry, JP Arencibia, Wilson Ramos, Ryan Doumit (once he returns).

  5. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    potatoes to chips,I wanna punch David Price in his stupid face….whats his problem?

    Right now Felix,Price and Ubaldo are killing me in multiple categories week after week.Meanwhile,Lube-Key and the Vanimal are my best pitchers right now.

    oh well,at least Felix gets to pitch @ yankee stadium and my opponent this wk has Weaver,Jar-Jar,Hamels and Kershaw.

  6. MrHappyTime says:

    Should I not be completely terrified to start Scott Baker today against the Rangers today? Because I am!!

  7. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    btw….today’s roundup was a damn classic IMO.I actually went back and re-read the entire thing.It took the edge off how superpissed I am about 1/2 of my teams.

  8. MrHappyTime says:


    Sorry, I mean would you start him Thurs. Also, do you like the Santana @ CLE matchup today?

  9. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey and everyone else:does anyone have the balls to start Felix today @ Yankees?I know that common sense and a 17 game losing streak says no way.However….

    two starts @ the House next to….

    Felix is 2-0/0.00 ERA/0.71 WHIP/22 K-6 BB/.107 BAA

  10. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    @Oilcan – I wasn’t going to but with those numbers….geez. He’s just been so medicore these last couple starts….my pitching staff has really taken a beating lately and driven me out of contention, can’t afford another 5 innings with 7 ER.

  11. Bernie Brewer says:

    Just traded for McCann, now I lost him to the DL…great! 2 questions about what to do now: 1. Do I drop Snider, Pierre, A. Dunn, or Parnell to pick up a new C? 2. Do I grab Ramos, Arencibia, or J. Montero and hope he gets called up/traded soon?


  12. golfnut says:

    Hey Grey,

    Worley or Luebke?

  13. SwaggerJackers says:

    LOL about the Weaver blurb.

  14. Graveyard Duck says:

    @The Sequential Hermaphrodite: I’m with ya (wo?)man. I’ve inexplicably had Butler for two years in a row, and the only real benefit has been reading Grey’s constant references to his moobs. But he beats Trumbo in everything but homers …

  15. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Heisey is probably worth a flier, definitely for all home games. Probably won’t hit much higher than .250 (unless he cuts his K rate down to close to what it was in the minors), but dude hits flyballs, and pretty much anything in the air off a RH bat in Cincy finds seats.

  16. eb says:

    I was laughing throughout this entire post but the Lincecum blurb made me choke on my chai latte*. Absolutely hilarious.

    (*1 out of 3 lady fantasy baseballers drinks chai latte)

  17. Derrick says:

    Start these guys today?

    Norris @StL.
    Danks – Det.

  18. Salty Balty says:

    Cain @ Phi, Scherzer @ CHW, and Luebke v. Arz. Would you bench any of these guys today? I think I’m going to run them all out there. Thanks.

  19. Steve Jeltz says:

    @ Grey,
    I was offered the following trade in a 12 team keeper league. We keep 6.

    I get: Greinke, Beckett and Crawford
    I give: Price & Cargo

    I just can’t bring myself to move Cargo so I countered with:

    Price & Bruce for Greinke, Beckett and Beltran.

    Which deal do you like more? Or are they both bad moves?

  20. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Steve Jeltz: Food for thought:

    I’d trade CarGo. Unless you sit him on the road, he’s relatively useless half the year. He has a career road wRC+ of 88 (this year it’s 78); league average is 100. Juan Pierre is an 89 wRC+ player. You want your first round pick performing at Juan Pierre levels for half the year? I don’t either.

    Price is also in a six man rotation for the next few weeks, so his value will be lower than expected for the time being.

    Crawford is hitting .292 since May started. Arbitrary start points and all, but his walk rate is back at career levels this month as well.

  21. Steve Jeltz says:

    @ feeding the Abcess,
    Thanks for the insight. I just see Cargo at 25 and wonder if he gets better over the next 3 years of his prime.

    What are your thoughts on Bruce? Other than June he hasn’t hit.

    Thanks again,
    Steve Jeltz

  22. stynyr says:

    Hey Grey,

    What do you make of Wainwright going forward? Considering dropping Broxton for him and just holding him for next year. What do you think?

  23. ABell says:

    which side do you like?
    kemp, lind, ubaldo
    or lincecum, texiera, and lawrie

  24. Oz.J. says:


    Just been offered Braun & Anibal Sanchez for my Alex Gordon & Gio.

    My SP isn’t great (still would have Hommy, Shields, Mad Max, Morrow & Niemann plus Sanchez) but no need to over think this one is there?

  25. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Steve Jeltz: The trades also kind of hinge on where you are for the season. Long story short, if you are in contention, I’d do the deal. If you’re building for next year, hold. I like the first deal better than the Bruce deal, even with his extreme up and down performance.

    I’m gonna bow out at this point, and let Grey give you a better answer

  26. mrobs says:

    hey quick question to everyone including grey;

    in a vaccuum Marcum and Werth for my Justin Upton?

  27. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Oz.J.: Accept that trade right now, before he reconsiders.

  28. stumanji says:

    Losing McCann hurts. He’s been on fire. Best replacement? Soto, Ruiz, Salty, Russell Martin, Olivo, SaveYourRosterSpotAllOfTheseGuysSuck. Lose Delmon (bench OF), Presley (bench OF), or Lilly (6th SP)?

    Also, where are you getting this idea that Johnson will miss all of 2012? That really scares me. I was planning on him being one of my 6 keepers, but could possibly trade him for Hommy Tanson this year if you have some inside info.


  29. boomer19 says:

    Looking at next year in one of my pools. Thinking about trading A-gon for a top ss. What order do you like Tulo, Han-ram and Reyes and is it worth trading for one if I already have Votto? Thanks.

  30. Wilsonian says:

    @Oz.J.: I agree with Abscess. Click “accept” ASAP!

  31. Wilsonian says:

    @mrobs: NOOOO! Keep J-Up. He’s the hottest bat in the league. Werth is worthless and Marcum is solid, but not up to Upton’s level.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @More: Ha

    @The Sequential Hermaphrodite: Bulter

    @knighttown: I’d start them.

    @SpecialFNK: Arencibia

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Ha

    @MrHappyTime: You should be.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Thanks!

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I’m starting Felix there.

    @Bernie Brewer: Pierre or Dunn depending on your needs, Arencibia…

    @golfnut: Luebke

    @SwaggerJackers: Hehe

    @eb: Ha

    @Derrick: Sure

    @Salty Balty: Start them.

    @Steve Jeltz: 2nd deal is fine.

    @stynyr: Can lose Broxton for him.

    @ABell: Kemp, depends on needs.

    @Oz.J.: I’d take Braun.

    @mrobs: Upton

    @stumanji: Presley for Soto

    @boomer19: Tulo, Reyes…Sure

  33. Eng says:

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: I would start Felix at the Yankees if I owned him. He’s a stud like Halladay, Verlander, Kershaw etc. Start them everywhere and more often than not they’ll out up great numbers no matter the opposition.

  34. Eng says:

    Who would you roster pre-deadline as goes closer hedges: Lindstrom, Gregerson, Mcgee, Thornton. I have space for two.

  35. Oz.J. says:

    Thanks guys, that was my initial thought too – just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

  36. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you deal Kelly Jo and Jennings for Uggla? I can’t keep Jennings (doesn’t fit into my 5 keepers).

  37. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Wilsonian: You can’t do better than Uggla for those two?

  38. Wilsonian says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: not sure, just throwing ideas out there. I talked to the guy with Kinsler yesterday and he said I had nothing he wanted. So I didn’t even try.

    Would you do it for Kinsler, Weeks, Phillips, Utley? I could try for those guys, too.

  39. Mark says:

    Alonso or Kyle Blanks RoS? It seems Blanks has a clearer path to playing every day with the likelihood Ludwick is traded and Jesus Guzman turns back into a pumpkin, they have similar power ceilings considering talent level and park factors (Blanks obviously has more raw power but has to deal with Petco and Alonso gets Great American), and Alonso has more upside in the other categories but less job security and a lower spot in the lineup when he plays. I love his skillset, the plate discipline should translate nicely, but he’s not really an asset in 12-teamers unless he’s starting at least 5 games a week.

  40. chata says:


    thanks for the jim morrison reference .

  41. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: and the guy with Weeks HATES trading. He turns down everything within 20 minutes of it being offered with no verbal response.

  42. Mark Travis

    Mark says:

    Hey Grey, would you do Quentin for Rasmus and Ogando in a 10-team, H-2-H, keeper? I would be getting Rasmus/Ogando.

  43. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Edwin Jackson to St. Louis, Rasmus to Toronto. EJax worth a spec pick up for sure; STL isn’t any worse than the Sox on D, and that park is way better for him.

  44. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I say spec pick up as he’s owned in 66% of leagues in CBS at the moment.

  45. Wilsonian says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Rasmus part of the deal is not done yet. Currently EJax is going to Toronto and not STL. I believe there will be over $1 mil exchanging hands if Rasmus and EJax are swapped, so the league has to approve it first.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eng: Thornton, Gregerson….

    @Wilsonian: Sure

    @Mark: Blanks until we see playing time for Alonso.

    @chata: No problem.

    @Mark: Nope

  47. farcus says:

    alonso over belt or allen?

  48. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you trade Pujols & a pitcher for Votto and Reyes? Pujols is my main asset and I feel I need more balance on my team like average and steals.

  49. Dick Smothers says:

    Trying to dump Reyes before the deadline but I’m concerned about a hit to the SB cat. Can I rely on Crawford, Braun, and Des Jennings to carry the load in H2H, 12 teams?

  50. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you try for Kinsler, Phillips, or Utley before Uggla?

  51. Howard says:

    @Wilsonian That would be a nice OF in Toronto with Bautista, Snider, Rasmus, Thames, Rajai. I hope it doesn’t mean that Joey Bats is out for any length of time.

  52. Brew Crew says:

    Was offered Longo for Cruz (I have Panda @ 3B)??
    Would Ellsbury for Cruz be more beneficial?? (12 Team A ROTO…Leading all Offensive categories except AVG, bump in steals would help)


  53. The talented Mr. Dope man says:

    White sox just traded EJAX and Mark Teahan for Jason Frasor and Zach stewart.

    As a white sox fan, that makes me sick. Especially considering the Sox could’ve given EJAX to STL for Rasmus. Make’s absolutely no sense.

    The last 3 trades that kenny Williams has made has been straight HORRIBLE. (and that doesn’t include the signing of Rios).

    ?1. Trading away Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard for the shit that is Jake Peavy.

    2. Daniel Hudson and Brandon Allen for Edwin Jackson (not as bad, but Hudson is WAY better then EJAX, and Allen has stud capability).

    3. Mark Teahan (who they signed to a 3yr 12 million contract [which was ridiculous in itself] and Edwin Jackson (who could’ve got us a potential 5 tool OF [Rasmus]) for Jason Frasor (who can’t even close a game over Frank Francisco or Jon Rauch, and Zach Stewart (who is projected for a #4 starter at best).

    Add to this that the white sox are benching Rios for Alejandro DeAza, who was just called up.

    Throw up the White Flag White Sox.

  54. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    I say it is a crime that we were robbed of the opportunity to hear Hawk Harrelson have a stroke on air in last night’s Pirates/Braves game. C’mon. You guys know it would have happened had the Pale Hose had that call go against them.

  55. t-rex says:

    @Howard: Bautista has been playing 3B for Jays. Still a nice OF though.

  56. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:10 team 8×8 h2h keeper,would you give up Lind for Gio?Or do you think I can get a better SP for him?

    I need the SP and I have Fielder/Morse at 1B,and Braun/Crawford/Bossman/Morse/Gordon for OF.

  57. nsomniak says:

    Grey –

    P. Fielder for J. Weaver. Fair deal? (I have Weaver)

    My pitching is pretty awesome, so I can afford the deal but pitching categories right now are really tight and I’m trying to make up some ground in some of those cats (i.e. era, k’s, etc.), and I’m pretty sure I can get there with my loaded staff…not sure if I let go Weave.
    12-team AL/NL league. I have Beachy, Lester, Beckett, Weaver, Wandy, Greinke.
    My first baseman is Eric Hosmer and my offense is pretty stinky. (I also have Lind but I have him slotted at OF).
    Should I make the trade?

  58. drew says:

    drop travis snider for colby rasmus?

  59. SwaggerJackers says:

    So who loses playing time in the OF for the Blue Jays with Rasmus in town? I own Davis and Snider….

  60. Terrence Mann says:

    The “Fire in the Outfield” girl is already working on her new track called “The Rze 4 Shze”

  61. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Magic Santana at it again today!

  62. The talented Mr. Dope man says:

    @Grey: It was nothing but a salary dump, supposedly the owner told the GM that he “could not add salary” via trade, however did not order him to dump salary. So I’m seeing this as the first part of a trade that brings someone big back to Chicago (they got rid of $10 mill).

    Also, they’re saying that the trade from Toronto to STL is going to involve Corey Patterson, EJAX and a prospect. Toronto will receive Rasmus, and White Sox will receive Trevor Miller (RP).

  63. The talented Mr. Dope man says:

    Also, looks like Beltran is going to the Giants. Big add for them.

  64. TheNewGuy says:

    @The talented Mr. Dope man: Dang, looks like even a step down then.

    Anyone see Chase Utley’s inside the parker last night? Since his knee op he looks even faster than before, im with Grey they must’ve swapped his arm for his leg. That home plate dive was awesome!

  65. Bernie Brewer says:

    Does this mean Snider sits in TOR, in favor of Rasmus?

  66. TheNewGuy says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Yep. And he’s on for an unperfect perfect game! No hits or walks (or HBPs), but a unearned run scored!

  67. The talented Mr. Dope man says:

    @Grey: do you post on the football side of Razz as well?

  68. Donny Kerabatsos' Ghost says:

    Dotel to St. Louis as part of Rasmus trade. Will he start closing or do the saves still belong to Salas?

  69. herschel says:

    @Grey: david ross or salty as a mccann replacement in a roto league?

  70. The Cow says:

    Looking to shore up my rotation for the playoffs. With J. Zimmermann going Ironman participant and crapping himself as he approaches the finish line, do I ditch him and pick up Collmenter? 16-team H2H and I have Verlander, Kershaw, Beachy, Niese, and Morrow. Thanks for your help!

  71. herschel says:

    @Grey: how do you see the tor OF playing out with the addition of rasmus? do thames and/or snider see regular (weekly league worthy) abs?

  72. Terrence Mann says:

    @The talented Mr. Dope man: Grey doesn’t do ff. I tried to get him a team last year and he wouldn’t budge. I have a better shot of railing Catherine Zeta Jones than Grey does of playing ff this year.

  73. SwaggerJackers says:

    @The talented Mr. Dope man: No, he likes baseball but not football. There is a different crew on the football side.

  74. longbeachyo says:

    Hey grey, please help!
    which one of these guys would have the fullest mustache if they decided to grow it out… Dunn, Pena, or D. Lee???

  75. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Santana is throwing 96 from the stretch. Do a dance, Ervin!

  76. Lubey! says:

    Ello Grey. So now that jon jay is playing everyday Im thinking about adding him. Between Jay, Pagan, and Jolly Roger Bernadina pick 2. Thanks man!!

  77. TheNewGuy says:

    Yep, Big Erv 3 outs away from a no-no!

  78. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:


    Drop Nolasco or Luebke for Edwin Jackson?

  79. TheNewGuy says:

    Wooooo he did it! No -hitter!

  80. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    With Rasmus gone, have to figure The Federalist now moves into an everyday role, right? Certainly hope so, as that would make me look like a genius for grabbing him just last night.

  81. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:


    He’s got Minnesota and Seattle next week. He might get MLB’s first run of three consecutive no-hit games.

  82. Sos says:

    Dude in my keeper league is offering me his votto(3rd rd nex year) and his 15th for my pujols(unkeepable) and my 7th rd pick. Worth considering?

  83. larry says:

    Would you drop Heyward for either Reddick or Jennings in a 10 team roto?thx

  84. t-rex says:

    IMO Toronto’s OF will be Snider (LF), Rasmus/Davis (CF platoon), Thames (RF). Davis and Patterson were in a platoon most of the season with neither of them actually taking over. On the days Rasmus starts, Davis will be used for his speed off the bench in late innings.

  85. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:


    In a vacuum, rank for ROS: Snider, Jay, R. Davis, Wiggy, Alonzo. Also, is Mesoraco worth a stash in a non-keeper, two-catcher league? Thanks, as always.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Magoo: re: Mesoraco — If the league’s crazy deep.

  87. nsomniak says:

    hey Grey, i think you may have missed my question! =)
    thanks in advance!

  88. Wilsonian says:

    What are your thoughts on De Aza? He went yard today in place of Rios (I think he hit a homerun last year sometime…).

  89. Wilsonian says:

    According to Rotoinfo, Cain is starting tonight, Lincecum tomorrow.

  90. chata says:

    what an interesting no-hitter …. wish i had seen it .
    ervin must have displayed some measure of composure in only
    walking one batter .
    the 5 errors and one run are just icing on the cake .

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nsomniak: Looks good for you.

    @Wilsonian: He primarily a speed guy.

    @Wilsonian: Cool

    @chata: I saw the last two innings. Look unhittable. Oh, wait, he was. Whatever happened to Big O?

  92. agarthered says:

    I have Ryan Roberts right now, seems he only plays 4 max games a week, would you drop for ackley?

  93. chata says:


    big o is spending the summer in a state-run school , after confronting
    someone for continually capitalizing the letters in his name .

    it’s a lot safer now , for all concerned .
    i shudder to think of his reaction when he finds out that i swapped
    out edwin for arroyo in his h2h team ‘cuz edwin was scheduled to meet
    up with the sawx this weekend .

    his 1st question has got to be “why are you moving guys during
    trade week if you have no inside information ?” .

  94. Mark says:

    Now that Beltran’s been dealt, how does Lucas Duda stack up with the other 1B/OF deeper league guys like Belt, Allen, Blanks, Alonso, etc? Minor league numbers show power promise and has been hitting for a good average lately, should play virtually every day with no Beltran.

  95. Wilsonian says:

    Do you drop Beachy, Morrow and/or Anibal for Danks or Ervin after their monster performances today?

    Also, for the ROS can you rank: Kendrick, Kelly Jo, Ackley?

  96. herschel says:

    @Grey: bernadina, snider or thames in roto (need runs).


  97. Brew Crew says:

    How does Heisey factor in to CINCY’s plans in OF?? Add over Alonso?? (12 Team ROTO) If so, whose the drop, Moose, Belt, or Espinosa??

  98. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like Guillen traded for Santos in his fantasy league. He has Sale come in and get the first two outs just in case the save is blown and then has Santos get the last out. Surprised he didn’t let Sale get two strikes on the last batter before bringing in Santos

  99. stynyr says:

    Is Edwin Jackson worth picking up now that he’s in the NL?

    Also, I didn’t realize I couldn’t drop a DL guy and pick up a DL guy in his place. Who do I drop and hopefully pick back up (if he makes it through waivers) to grab Wainwright?

    Collmenter, Luebke, Niese, Stauffer.


  100. Urban Achievers says:

    +1 for the Matt Holliday blurb

  101. slam says:

    Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee?

  102. Steve says:

    Another great round-up. I get a hardy every time JJ hits a home run.

  103. Flunkie says:

    Going back and forth with a dude in my keeper; who wins this?

    Prince Fielder for Cliff Lee and Delmon Young

  104. Wilsonian says:

    @Flunkie: Prince.

  105. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you drop Kelly Jo for Kendrick then?

    Thanks for the help.

  106. herschel says:

    @Grey: i was just goin alphabetical, but thanks….

  107. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: the rest of my lineup is: Napoli, Fielder, Johnson, Longo, Tulo, Kemp, Upton, Quentin, Konerko, Andrus, Bourn, Jennings. So do you think I need to swap Johnson for Kendrick?

  108. Brew Crew says:

    (12 Team ROTO) Who should I start tonight as my 5th outfielder?? Jennings @ OAK (Cahill) or Crispie @ SD (Luebke)???

  109. chata says:

    if they’re giving jose reyes a base hit on that ,
    i’m already screwed with starting arroyo .

  110. chata says:


    and now he gets charged with giving up 2 earned runs .
    just chalk it up to further proof of the lessening of societal standards .

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @chata: yeah the rulings on hits vs errors is rediculous,this isnt t-ball

  112. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Marlon Byrd has 15 RBI in 246 AB. Dude has hit in the top half of the lineup all year. How does that even happen?

  113. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    And he’s hitting .313! Even Dunn has 38 RBI in 299 AB, and dude’s hitting .161 lol

  114. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I watched the replay of Santana’s first inning and what they scored as an “Error.” Hall of Famers wouldn’t have made that play, let alone Erick Aybar. And they scored it an error.

  115. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: i didnt see any imparticular but overall they are usually pretty generous

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: re: Byrd — Before he got bopped in the head, I talked about that. It is pretty incredible.

  117. AL KOHOLIC says:

    reds announcers say beltran is at the airport now,traded to san fran

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, sounds like he’s definitely gonna be a Giant.

  119. AL KOHOLIC says:

    billy butler getting hot,hey ill take it

  120. WDE05 says:

    Butler with another dinger!!! Did they move the MLB start playing in softball stadiums this week? (Fenway, so yes)

  121. herschel says:

    Rickie Weeks left Wednesday’s game in the second inning with a left ankle injury.
    Weeks landed awkwardly on the first-base bag after beating out an infield single and had to be helped off the field. Replays showed that he badly turned the ankle and he was unable to put any weight on the foot while being escorted to the dugout.

  122. Eddy says:


    Picked up Bernadina five weeks ago in my 12-team, OBP H2H league and he’s been in my lineup everyday since. He served me well, but has the time come to move on?

  123. C.O.C. says:

    @anyone: Not much fantasy relevance here, but curious….So I was watching Santana’s no-hitter today, and seeing the box score with a run against him (due to error) made me wonder. If he wouldn’t have walked a batter and still allowed no hits, would it still have been a perfect game? And if so what about if someone pitched a perfect game but lost 1-0 due to errors? Still classified as a “perfect” game?

  124. Eddy says:


    For a game to be considered “perfect”, not a single batter can reach base. That includes errors, HBP and walks.

    So even if he struck someone out and they reached base because it got past the catcher (the pitcher didn’t have a hand in the events that led to the batter reaching base), that would still lose the perfect game for him.

  125. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    I just dropped Soto for J.P. Arencibia. Good or Schmo? thanks toots

  126. Terrence Mann says:

    Good news for Phillies fans. Blanton not expected back this year.

  127. Fletch says:

    Oswalt, Kuroda or Beachy?

  128. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Youkilis played Francona the cassette hit “Centerfield” by John Fogerty before todays game and Francona started him. During the game, Youkilis was put back onto the bench where he belongs… Poor fella

  129. Steve says:

    Orioles got Rick Ro’d.

  130. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tggq21: Black n yellow!

    @Steve: Wow, you had that one in your back pocket for a while and were holding out on us.

  131. Wilsonian says:

    Cuddyer with a dinger tonight, too. Make a claim on him dropping Kelly Jo?

  132. chata says:


    the bottom half of the cardinals line-up looks pretty weak without rasmus .
    can’t believe they’re going to roll with schumacher .
    there’s got to be more in the works .

  133. L-Boogie says:

    Quentin or Swisher ROS?

    Thanks dude.

  134. Steve says:

    James Shields is a fuckwit. Anything Greinke, Kuroda and Kennedy achieve today has pretty much been rendered completely useless.

  135. chata says:


    he got torched .

    lots of folks discount the A’s offense , but post asb they rank among the best in mlb .

  136. Steve says:

    And Kennedy can’t even get the bloody pitcher out. This is ruining my holiday!

  137. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man.

    One more for the evening (well, technically two):

    Luebke, Anibal, Beachy – pick 2?

    Melancon, Guerra, or random closer-ish guy from the Mets?

  138. chata says:


    usually when your belt gets sent down , you might expect a good time .
    or so , i think i remember .

  139. chata says:


    gtfooh .

    just now the mlb tv promo pushing the up-coming pirates/philly game
    referred to the dred pirate .

    i thought that a localized nickname .
    i seem to remember your interview with the pirate blogger , where he
    expressed surprise at hearing that name (last year ?) .

    i DO know that down in pittsburgh they refer to him as ‘cutch’ .

  140. L-Boogie says:

    One more.

    Marcum or Danks ROS?

    Thanks dude.

  141. Terrence Mann says:

    I called the Shields correction here this week. Didn’t expect it to be against Oaktown, though. Beckett is next.

  142. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    It’s alright, Steve. You could have gone 3-36 with no HR, R, or RBI, 1 SB and a no-hitter on your bench.

    My season has now become a spoiler for everyone else in my league. I’m just going to pick up anyone hot to c-block

  143. strike thrower says:

    Hey Grey, in a 12 team H2H would you own my Niese or free agent E-Jax?

    And, with Jeter at SS, do I lose Alexei for a different Util player like Snider, Dom Brown, Ackley, Hideki?

    Thanks dude, appreciate the help through the dog days

  144. chata says:


    fielder better start picking it up , or people are going to start
    talking about that a.s. home run jinx .

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