Surprise, surprise, Canada’s number one export after Stubby Clapp is hurt, eh?  Erik Bedard takes his inflammed shoulder to the DL.  The Mariners say he’ll be fine to return on June 23rd.  If you were to read between the lines, here’s what you would see, “Please, someone trade us something for this pitcher that cost us Adam Jones, Sherrill and Chris Tillman.  Please!”  Man, Bill Bavasi really shit the Mariners house.  On top of the three guys mentioned, he traded away Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal, Carlos Guillen, Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton and Randy Winn.  The top player he received back was Joe Borchard, who’s currently playing for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants minor league affiliate.  Forbes Magazine rated him the worst general manager in all of baseball in 2007.  No idea why Forbes is rating GMs, but that sounds pretty right on.  I’d expect Bedard to come back about two weeks after he’s supposed to then to hiccup and end up back on the DL.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Pedro Martinez – Close to signing with either the Rays or the Cubs.  Pedro on the Rays seems most likely.  I wonder if Fred McGriff and Wade Boggs took him out for an early dinner to convince him Tampa was a great place to end a career.  He’s worth a shot in 12 team leagues and deeper to see if he can recapture some of the glory days of carrying around a midget and dissing Karim Garcia.

Scott Downs – Downs Goes… Okay, I won’t bring it out again.   Early estimates say Downs could be out for 6 weeks.  Frasor’s the guy to go with, hopefully he’s not too persnickety.

Roy Halladay – Heads to the DL with his groin injury.  He says he’ll be back in a week and a half when he’s eligible.  I actually believe him.  Weird!

Ryan Braun – Left the game with back spasms.  Sounds like his usual shizz that sidelines him for a couple of days.

J.J. Hardy – HR yesterday.  Streaky like old lady hair.  Could be hot now.  (Welcome, Googlers, of “streaky” + hot old lady)

Trevor Hoffman – First blown save yesterday and has now given up runs in two of his last three appearances.  Not saying his goose is cooked, but he is old as dirt.  That’s old dirt.  None of that fresh peat stuff.

Javier Vazquez – 8 IP, 4 ER, 7 Ks, 6 baserunners and the loss.  I know, who doesn’t like to win?  But if I could every one of my starters throw that exact line all year, I’d take it and like it.

Adam LaRoche – 2 HRs in 3 days.  May sours, June swoon.

Andrew McCutchen – Aargh, thar she goes as The Dread Pirate went deep for his first homer.

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 4 ER vs. the Pirates?  Not sure if you’re going to see the Nats this year, Liriano.  Need to make something work, no?

Jacoby Ellsbury – Hit his third homer yesterday.  Who has more homers, Ellsbury or Pedroia?  I took him in the 2nd round for his position eligibility! No need to explain, random italicized voice.

Jorge Cantu – 2 HRs since the end of April.  Tailspin is not just a great song by The Jayhawks.

Curtis Granderson – 2 HRs yesterday, now has 16 on the year with 11 steals.  You better make it happen, Grandy.  Leyland really wants to work Don Kelly in the lineup.

Jose Lopez – 5 HRs in June.  Glad I gave up on him in May. /sarcasm

David Price – 7 IP, 5 ER.  Okay, but you shouldn’t have started him anyway, but at least there were no walks.  <–Bright side

Troy Tulowitzki – Another homer.  Member when I was telling you to buy Tulo in April?  Yeah, I was about a month early, but he’s here again.  Finalwitzki.

Aubrey Huff – HR yesterday.  If his first name were Jack or Kyle, you’d be excited.  Just hard to get excited about an Aubrey, I know.

Matt Wieters – Hit his first homer.  And you only had to hold him for 65 games.

Nick Markakis – 4-for-4 with his 2nd steal of the season.  I haven’t read this anywhere, but the Orioles must’ve put the child safety locks down on his running game.

John Lannan – 8 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Not a huge endorsement, but definitely serviceable in 12 team leagues.

Mike MacDougal – Got the save yesterday.  *pulling cord to release streamers and balloons on your head*  Woo-hoo!

Jay Bruce – Obviously he must’ve saw that he was out of a lot of fantasy lineups yesterday so he homered.

Chris Young – Now he’s avoiding the DL.  With the way he’s pitched this year, not sure if that’s good or bad news.

Kevin Kouzmanoff – 3 HRs in the last 5 games.  Will anyone pitch to Adrian?  Maybe not, but you can benefit from that with Kouz.

Denard Span – Heads to the Dizzabled List.  Member about twenty years ago when there was a crazy amount of no-hitters?  Everyone was throwing one, even Bob Milacki got in on the action.  Okay, so in twenty years from now there’s going to be something weird, like all outfielders’ jetpacks are malfunctioning and I’m going to say, “This is weird like twenty years ago when everyone was dizzy.”

Mark Reynolds/Adam Dunn – Both hit their 18th homers yesterday.  Donkey see, donkey do.

Scott Richmond – 8 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks.  You can mitch and boan about missing this start, but you shouldn’t have started him in Philly anyway.

Scott Rolen – Hit his 4th homer and stole his 3rd base yesterday.  Putting him on pace for a 9/7 year.  Yunel Escobar just laughed derisively at his projections.

Jayson Werth – Hit his tenth homer on Tuesday and yesterday he hit… 11.  C’mon, that wasn’t hard.

John Danks – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks.  71 strikes out of 99 pitches.  Sweet mother of pearl, take a pitch, Cubbies.  Since the Sox are terrible against righties and the Cubs are equally belchy vs. lefties, I thought this might’ve been a stalemate, but the Cubs’ belchiness won out.

Andres Torres – Please explain to me how he’s a leadoff hitter.  He’s a .270 hitter in 1000+ minor league games.  For those not in the know, 1000 minor league games is about 10 seasons.  Tenacity is not just a city in Jersey!

  1. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Accardo has been called up,and had 30 saves 2 years ago,I grabbed him,he’s the guy they’ll try first.

  2. agarthered says:

    Do i grow some grapefruits and start Nolasco tomorrow against the bosox. He had a good outing last time out, and the bo sox have crushed Florida the last two games, maybe he can buck the trend.

  3. Moneybrawl says:

    @Grey: Would you drop Magglio for Carlos Quentin right about now? Someone told me Carlos is a real lush! I’ve been holding onto Magglio so tight for so very long and now I’m close to a mental breakdown. It’s been all take, take, take. I can’t take it anymore!

  4. Nick says:

    @Grey: Following up to on my post from yesterday regarding players on the DL or Bench. I only have 1 DL spot therefore A Ram is sitting there while Reyes, Bedard & Peavy are taking up spots on the bench. I guess since there is about 12 weeks left in the season it would be pointless to hold Peavy who will probably miss almost all of that. Unfortunately Valverde was picked up last night so my options sit at Floyd, Millwood, Richmond (seems risky with good upside based on last outing), Madson, Frasor, Rodney, Lindstrom. Not much options in the pitching department. Other choice, grab Tulo or someone on offense and maybe I can trade him if he continues this trend?

  5. Scott says:

    @Doug Ault: Cito said yesterday that Frasor would close.

  6. Scott says:

    Villanueva, Stetter, Coffey, someone else if Hoffman goes down?

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    That Wieters comment was cruel. Just cruel.

    The good news is that the runaway team in first (he’s got Pujols, Torii “Like This Will Last” Hunter, Miguel “See Torii Hunter” Tejada, and Nelson “Bet You Wish You’d Drafted Me Instead Of Jay Bruce” Cruz) lost Scott Downs, and he didn’t even know that until he asked me why I’d picked up Frasor and BJ Ryan.

    The bad news is he just picked up Hardy off waivers, so please God please don’t let Hardy go on one of his patented .420-14-30 month-long stretches. I can’t take it.

    I will say this: I have had good luck in the past, and bad luck, and tried to resign myself to the fact that you can make all the right moves, or most, and still crap out. Such is the game.

    But there is something cruel about watching dudes ride Miguel Tejada and Torii Hunter to glory whilst I hope Joey Votto can get over the jitters and return to his regular schedule of hitting home runs every other at-bat.

    @Scott: Really? Quote your source, man! I hope this is true as an a) Frasor owner, b) Jays fan, c) lover of humanity.

    BJ certainly didn’t help his cause yesterday with his hit-walk-walk base-loading appearance late in a 7-1 win.

  8. JRT says:

    Aren’t the Nats and Pirates NOT that bad of offenses? I think PIT is like 4th in th NL in OPS. I ask because I am well under my start limit and will be spot starting as often as possible. I obviously target pitchers vs. SD and SEA, but who else? Thanks.

  9. Scott says:

    @JRT: PIT 9th in runs and OPS, WAS 8th in runs, 6th in OPS. Bottom 8 in Runs: CHW, ATL, KC, HOU, SF, CHC, SD, SEA. Bottom 8 in OPS: CHW, CHC, ALT, CIN, SEA, SF, SD, OAK.

  10. JRT says:

    Scott – thanks, guess I could have just looked it up myself, but felt a little lazy this early.

  11. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: the key in those sitautions is to stay patient. in my 5 man, 12 team h2h keeper league i am somehow 2nd in my division and 2nd overall, despite erratic (at best) contribution from my 5 keepers (aroid, rollins, bj upton, hamilton, and braun). only braun has performed near his normal standards. i’ve also been lucky as my breakdown indicates my record should be around the middle of the pack instead of 2nd, but instead of panicking, i’m confident eventually my studs will at least produce at 80% of their normal levels. it wouldn’t be the first time i’ve made a huge push in the 2nd half due to being patient with slow first half performances. just don’t be the guy that trade away rollins just in time to watch him put up an mvp caliber 2nd half.

  12. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Pedro’s luck started slipping soon after he parted ways with the midget.

    Dizzabled List – ha! Perhaps those afflicted borrowed some of Manny’s pregnancy potion, and they have come down with a case of Freudian female hysteria. (I hope the 3 gals who read the blog skip this, or I may be lampooned!)

    I’m feeling ornery, and going to copy and paste your Weiter comments to owners in my other leagues who were panting for months for the O’s to bring him up. I wish that I could give you credit, but that would let out the hint that Razzball exists, which I have vowed not to do to a fellow Razzballer in my league, at least until the last day of the season. Please don’t sue me for plagiarism.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Hardy was dropped in our league just before his mini-streak. Thought i had a good chance to pick him up with #4 waivers, but unfortunately, my fellow RCL managers was awake. And yes, fantasy baseball is a tough grind. In one league I hit a dubious tri-fecta, losing Bedard and Halladay in one league. After patting my back for trading Danks for the Choo Choo train two days before. Suddenly, one day I had 7 active starters, and the next day, four remaining.

    @agarthered: That’s about as risky as it gets, although I will start him in a 14 team H2H league, as Wandy and a few others have already damaged my ERA beyond repair.

    Grey – one question – Wang pitched a mediocre game against a crappy team. Will this be enough to save his hide for one more start? I have Phil Hughes waiting in the wings…

    Thanks for another outstanding job. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to figure out your multitude of references today.

  13. ron mexico's papi says:

    Don’t look now, but Krispie walked THREE TIMES yesterday. THREE! That’s almost as many times as he has walked in his entire career.

    Is now the time to pick Krispie up? Looks like he may be starting to heat up a bit (translation, he will hit .250 from here on out rather than .150).

  14. GlennGullivers's Travels says:

    There’s a good reason Aubrey Huff’s first name isn’t Jack. Think about it.

  15. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: If you are in a very deep league, then sure, though I can’t think of another player where the disparity between What We Believe He Can Do and What He Actually Does is greater… Krispy had one good half-season two years ago, but there’s been absolutely nothing encouraging since. Except those three walks, I guess.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Just when I’d been crowing about my good luck, injury-wise, this year, Votto goes all dizzy and then Peavy breaks his ankle-tendon. It’s not injuries I hate, so much as the stupid stupidness of fate. ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MIGUEL TEJADA. I suck, remember? DO NOT REWARD PEOPLE WHO DRAFT ME.

    Also on my shizz-list today: Alexei, Bruce and everyone else who thinks 1 for 5 with a solo donk is a great day at the office. I am starting to loathe the solo-donk.

  16. DT says:

    In a H2H league, with Nolasco buried on my bench, would you advise trading Nolasco for Peavy? Seems like a greater than 50% chance to me that Peavy doesn’t play again this year. I am totally lost on this one.

  17. DT says:

    In a H2H league, with Nolasco buried on my bench, would you advise trading Nolasco for Peavy? Seems like a greater than 50% chance to me that Peavy doesn’t play again this year. I am totally lost on this one.
    I apologize if I am a schmowhawk who posted this multiple times due to computer illiteracy.

  18. Thunder Dan says:

    Rainy Day Music for…the…win. Great Jayhawks reference.

  19. john says:

    If you had to choose would you start Nolasco @Bos or Ubaldo @home today?

    (I know, its like choosing if you want to die by electrocution or drowning, but I have a 4 point lead in ERA and am tied in Losses, so I can afford one horrible start)

  20. knighttown says:

    **No useful info alert, just selfish feeding at the teet of Razzballers**

    I apologize up front for this detailed post but since my league does not exist in a vacuum, you fellers need the info. I’ve been looking at the stats for my 11-team, 10 category draft both for the season and the 15 day trend to see if I’m heading in the right direction. It’s looking like a 2 horse race as HE’s at 87.5 and I’m at 83. No one else is over 70. My 7, 15, and 30 day trends are at 90 so things are looking right, but he’s cruising along at 75-85.

    My pitching:
    SP- Beckett, Vazquez, Oswalt, Weaver, Liriano, Hanson, Jackson, Scherzer
    RP- Qualls, Rodney, Frasor

    Wins-11 season, 11 trend
    K’s- 11 season, 11 trend
    ERA- 10 season (3.34), 7 trend (2.8…some low ERAs this month)
    WHIP- 8 season (1.28), 8 trend (1.18…some low WHIPs this month)
    S- 6.5 season, 2.5 trend

    I feel I’m close to clinching a 10 or 11 in wins and K’s. Saves, I’m gonna do what I do and vulture my way to middle ground. ERA but mostly WHIP is the key. There are 6 people between 1.28 and 1.29. GOAL-REDUCE WHIP TO 1.25.

    OF- Upton, Upton, Braun, Bruce, Choo, Reimold (Bn)
    MI- Alexei, Drew, Furcal, Sean Rod (Bn).
    CI- Fielder, Teixera, Pujols
    U- Chipper
    C- Weiters

    HR- 11 season, 11 trend and running away
    RBI- 10 season, 11 trend and TOP 2 running away
    Runs- 10 season, 11 trend and TOP 2 running away
    SB- 6 season, 8 trend (BJ Upton)
    BA- 2 season (.265), 10 trend (.291)

    I could sell power for Avg./Speed.
    GOAL- increasing AVg. to .278 moves me from 2nd last to Top5. Trend is good, do I wait.

    1. Stated goal 1. is to improve WHIP to 1.25. Planning on trading a SP perhaps and spot starting because +100IP. Please rank my SP’s on WHIP only going forward.

    2. Goal 2 is to increase BA to .278:
    a) Stand pat and hope .291 trend continues
    b) Target cheap batting average for Jay Bruce…who?
    c) Picked up Furcal off waivers. For you west coasters, is he a guy you’d expect to return to +.300 avg. If I don’t need power, should he play over Sean Rod.

    3. Targets for my needs
    WHIP- Are there any secret Mr. B’s with SP eligibility I could drop/trade Liriano for to improve my WHIP. I can’t give up the saves so he needs to be a SP/RP guy.
    Brian Roberts. Which of my SP’s would he be worth and what are your expectations for the year?
    Matt Kemp. My main concerns is whether he’ll hit .320 or .280 but the steals will stay. Is Prince too much to offer? Would any of my SP’s + Bruce be enough?
    Carl Crawford. Same thing as above. His numbers seem perfect for my team…heavy steals and great average…no HRs. Would Prince be too much again? Bruce + SP?

    Thanks…and I’ll donate now!

  21. Frank Rizzo says:

    I have picked up and dropped backup 2b’s so many times this season already. I’ve picked up Ian Stewart about 3 times and wanted to stick with him but now he gives away a start to Atkins again. And I’m not sure why since he hits lefties well and Price was the pitcher yesterday. Anyway, I’m considering dropping Stewart’s inconsistent starts for Jose Lopez and calling it good for now.

    Is that the consensus here? Lopez is a better choice at 2b than Stewart?

  22. rich says:

    Poll Question: The rest of the way? Scherzer or Price?

    Leaaning towards Scherzer b/c of the division (Zona plays division vs SF and SD, while TB gets NYY, Bost, Tor).


  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @john: ubaldo. easy.

  24. Critter Nagurski says:

    Bruce has 15 of his 16 homers off of righties. his babip is .206 and he has a .252 ISO. he’s swinging at less pitches out of the zone and so has a higher contact rate.

    if anyone had him on their bench yesterday, i pity that fool. cust kayin..

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: you know lopez’s ceiling (.270-20-80). stewart’s (perceived) floor is about that, plus eligibility flexibility. i’d stick with stewart. the rockies have just gotta play atkins enough that someone trades for him.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Critter Nagurski: yeah i think bruce should see his avg rise dramatically with a little luck. though it’d be nice if he stays unlucky and then i can draft him on a discount next year.

  27. Teef says:

    I feel like someone is playing a joke on me – My DL now includes:
    Roy Halladay
    Jake Peavy
    Erik Bedard
    Josh Hamilton
    Carlos Quentin

    I’m down to only 3 starting pitchers, one of those being Hanson. Do I cut him in order to get a free roster spot to rotate spot starters?

  28. Bitter sweet Jayhawk reference for Cantu owners Grey! If Jorge could be dealt for a 2nd tier closer or damaged goods like Quentin, would Teahen, Kouz, Crede or maybe Rolen do @ 1B/3B? OR will the Tailspin cease and we get the expected 25+HR, .285+avg.? Thanks!

  29. Mr. Rickey says:

    Cust or Burrell the rest of the season – BA not a consideration (R, HR, RBI, OBP, S)?

    Also, are any of these an upgrade over Baker at C:

    Pierzynski, Suzuki, Snyder, Barajas, Olivo

    I know I should leave it alone but it’s driving me crazy

  30. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I’d do that — get Lopez.

    @rich: Your reasoning is sound, though you can flip a coin btw those two. When in doubt, go with the NL (West) pitcher.

    @ThePoonTycoon: re: Lopez ceiling — he’s only 25; I’d say his ceiling is a bit higher, given what he did last year. Stewart might be lucky to hit over .250 this year, so you’re looking at mini-Uggla.

    @Teef: I hear you — though, to be fair, both Bedard and Hamilton (and arguably Peavy) were known injury risks. Halladay’s been fragile too, in the past, though this injury doesn’t look serious. Q’s injury just flat out sucks.

  31. john says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I dunno, his Day/Night splits are horrendous and he’s nearly an ERA point better away than at home

    Meanwhile, Nolasco seems to have possibly found his form

    (^this is me playing Devil’s advocate)

  32. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Drop Downs for MacDougal?

  33. Scott says:

    @john: That’s just this year. For his career, UJ has a 3.60 ERA at home, 4.47 on the road, 3.86 during the day, 4.10 at night.

  34. Dingo says:

    “Donkey see, donkey do” — ha!

    In typical Javy fashion, he pitched a gem except for the “one bad inning” when he got pitchslapped in the 5th. Somehow, though, when it’s Micah Owings doing the pitchslapping, the sting doesn’t linger as long.

  35. @Critter Nagurski: he was 8 for his last 57…. i dont care what his bababias[jdf lkj %%%%% alhdasjsd was…..

    he was getting one hit every 7.125 at bats!

    so once every two games he gets you ONE hit….? not worth starting him for that SOLO homer….

  36. and yes i benched bruce yesterday, oh well….


    WTF- why not just let him play the rest of the season in the minors!? Seriously….. what a joke, i wanna know what the real deal is, not he’s dizzy, not he’s stressed, alll lies and cover up…. did the dudes dad or best friend die? Does his mom have cancer…. because dizzy/stress related doesnt cut it with this guy!

    JUNE 30TH!!! Pffffffffffffffffff

  38. Critter Nagurski says:

    @Tony Y: Did you see the game on tuesday? An amazing catch saved a double or triple. That has been happening to him a lot recently. He’s hitting the ball hard, but if you don’t want to understand how baseball works that’s fine, wait until he is 20 for his last 40 and then start playing him. if you don’t have confidence in your players and you play in a deep league you’re just going to be chasing good performance and, uh… losing

  39. big o says:

    3 weeks ago , i made my bone-head play of the year .
    dropped hart , and kept quentin .
    quentin’s not coming back .
    and hart is , well , hot .

  40. Josh says:

    @john: definitely Ubaldo. I’m (tentatively) starting him in a 12 team league today, but leaving Nolasco on the bench in my 16 teamer.

  41. airlifting says:

    neither of these are appealing, really, but start garza @col and hanson @cin tonight?

  42. Dingo says:

    @Tony Y: I think what Mr. Critter was trying to say is that Bruce has been suffering from an unusual amount of bad luck, so it’s worth starting him on the assumption that his luck is bound to come around sooner or later. But yeah — I’ve been saying that for the past 45 days or so, and his luck is taking its sweet time in coming around. At least yesterday he was at home vs. a right-hander, which has been his best split over the past year.

  43. Scott says:

    Bruce is on pace for 40/83/88/7. In what round did you draft him? What were you expecting? I don’t really want answers to these questions. So if his average climbs to 240, but he only hits the 30 homers you projected, is that really better than 215/40? No.

  44. @Critter Nagurski: sitting in first in my deep 12 team league, thanks tho…

    I understand how it works, i understand how he’s unlucky, i also understand he was 8-57 and that he was facing JAVIER VAZQUEZ a notorious strike out pitcher…. and JAY is a 2 K’s to 1 BB guy right now…..

    Its simple GOOD SP vs. Horribly slumping Hitter math.

    Whats bad is I had been playing BRUCE through probably 90% of that 8-57 slump and the game i bench him he goes yard….. typical this season for me with him!

    @Scott: you dont want answers but i’ll give them to ya…. 10th round, i couldnt pass at that point in a 12 teamer… i expect 35 homers, and i’d like to see a little higher average, the dude was hitting .350 in the minors lastyear before being called up, i mean yeah he’s gonna drop off from that some, but .210? blehhh….

    but 40 homers sounds nice hahaha….

  45. Its just too bad a guy that could hit 40 homers will only have 80 rbi’s, right now he has 16 homers and 33 rbis? solo shots and doesn’t hit with RISP….

  46. votto for JOHAN?

    especially with all this “i’m coming back, no i’m dizzy, i’m coming back, no i’m stressed” BS!?

  47. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Scott: I would be very happy if Bruce gets to 40 HRs, and I have him, and I BELIEVE!

    But there are currently 16 players with 16 HRs (like Bruce) or more, and they ain’t all getting to 40 HR. (Two did it last year.) In fact, I’d be surprised if more than three people hit over 40 this year. Let’s see… Pujols… maybe Teix… maybe Prince Fielder… probably Howard… beyond that, no guarantees.

    All of which is to say I still would rather have drafted Cruz than Bruce. Anyway you project him, he’s been disappointing this year. He’s also weirdly untradeable, both to get him or get rid of him. He’s got too much power to be a buy-low, but his crappy avg. means he doesn’t fetch much back.

  48. Scott says:

    @Tony Y: Exactly, 10th round. Me too. Sure it would have been nice to take Greinke there, but I’m glad I got him instead of Gordon, Ervin, or Kazmir

  49. Critter Nagurski says:

    @Tony Y: He has an 11:7 BB:K ratio through June.

  50. john says:

    @Scott: yea, i was too lazy to make one extra click to see last year’s stats

    @Josh: i’ll prolly end up starting UJ if I decide to start either of them

  51. @Critter Nagurski: LOL so he’s walking 2 x’s as much now and his batting average drops 42 points? I’ll take the Bruce that was K’ing more and actually getting hits than the one putting the ball in play….

    whatever he’s doing, its not working…. besides hitting solo shots, he’s mastered that…

  52. Corey says:

    Bruce is actually a guy I’m trying to target in my deep dynasty league.

  53. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Sounds like you’re primed for a good run at first. I wish I was in your position, as the guy in first place in my league has a lineup consisting of Sandoval, Teixeira, Utley, Lowell, Jeter, Justin Upton, Carlos Lee, Kemp, Rios, and Adam Jones (with Helton & the Dread Pirate on his bench), and a pitching staff including Wainwright, Gallardo, Carpenter, JJ, Cueto, Wandy, Oswalt, and Broxton. Can you tell me which of those 20 players are likely to perform significantly worse for the rest of the year? Even if half of them regress seriously, there are still plenty of studs there.

    Meanwhile, I might go on a hot streak when/if I finally get Reyes, Doumit, and Votto back from the DL, but I doubt it’ll be enough to close the 13-point gap between us.

  54. Falcon says:

    I gotta say, I am pretty stoked about Hart heating up. Wanting more.

    Of course I also benched Hardy for yesterdays… slump-buster? thus far he has been a draft buster.

  55. steamer says:

    Ibanez to the DL!

  56. Corey says:

    @Steamer: A joke right? Wait, no I checked, strained left groin. Grey, go ahead with the jokes.

  57. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Dingo: I hope so. I can say that, of the top five teams — I am a distant fifth right now — I am the only team w/out a single offensive player who’s obviously overperforming. Wright’s avg will come down, to be sure, but hopefully he’ll start hitting some HRs to compensate. Otherwise, I feel that Miggy C, Alexei, Bruce, Holliday and Wieters all should have better days ahead… I hope. (Especially if Holliday gets traded. Please, Lord. Please please please.)

    Though the guy in first also has Manny coming back in two weeks. So, yeah. That’s not encouraging.

    I will say — if you are currently in first with a lot of points — say, 100 or so in a 12-team 5×5 — TAKE A HARD LOOK AT YOUR TEAM. If you are riding guys like Tejada and Torii, start shopping them now. Don’t stand pat. Don’t be the guy from last year who stood astride the world cackling at the All-Star Break because he had Josh Hamilton.

    I have learned from bitter, bitter experience that if you can show me a team with a bunch of guys who overperform before the break, I’ll show you a team that underperforms after the break. Remember, it’s a long season.


    @steamer: This helps, though. Maybe the PED-accusations made him dizzy.

  58. Scott says:

    @Dingo: Well, Broxton’s ERA may double, but he will still be dominant and that’s not what you’re looking for. Carpenter won’t finish with and ERA under 2 and WHIP under 1 and may get hurt again. Adam Jones avg by month: .359, .333, .216. I don’t like Sandoval to hit 20, but .300 is definitely realistic, but he is your catcher so who cares. I don’t know if you have a significant regress guy of your everyday hitters. Nice team!

  59. Robert says:

    Am I making a big mistake holding on to Liriano? I let Baker go a few weeks ago and now he has turned thing around.

  60. Atomic says:

    @knighttown: Nice summary! For SP/RP pickup, I have Masterson, whose WHIP is 1.15 for the last month. I don’t know if I would drop Liriano for him though. Maybe Sean-Rod would be the I guy I would drop instead. Masterson has 13 IP over that month, so isn’t going to have a BIG impact, just lessen the blow of bad games a bit.
    @john: I have both Ubaldo and Nolasco too, and plan to bench them both tonight. Very risky.

  61. knighttown says:

    Can anyone tell me what the story is with Furcal as I honestly haven’t followed him? He hit .357 last year and at around .240 this year. I’ve grabbed him off waivers for my MI spot in a blah-toon with Sean Rodriguez. Is it injury? Confidence? Or was last year a mirage?

  62. cubbies299 says:

    Endorsed Tulowitzki my ass. I’m pretty sure you did all but call Tulowitzki “Atkins at SS” in a recent column. That’s okay since he deserved it. Everyone was saying he was dunzo, and I was the only one trapped behind enemy lines that still believed, getting bombarded by rounds of “I’ll give ya minor league rights to Kei Igawa for him” and “I’m only talking to you because of his upside” missiles. I fought through this all again, and I return, bruised and battle-tested, with my 20/10 shortstop in my clutches. Well, actually I had Zobrist, so it didn’t hurt that much… How is it possible to be labeled a 1-year wonder when you’ve played 1.5 good years and 3/4 of a really shitty one?

  63. Corey says:

    Before you see my roster, know this is only my second season and I’m in a league with experienced guys.My roster isn’t that bad, but I’m in the situation of underperformance and suck-ti-tude.
    C: Jason Varitek
    1B: RYan Garko
    2B: Dan Uggla
    SS: Jhonny Peralta
    3B: Chipper Jones
    OF: Corey Hart, ALex Rios, Aaron Rowand, Kosuke Fukudome, Juan Pierre, Nolan Riemold

    SP: Carl Pavano, Joel Piniero, JOnathan Sanchez, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Brett Anderson, Vin Mazzaro, Livan Hernandez,Josh Outman
    RP: Clay Condrey, Jason Frasor, Leo Nunez, Ramon Troncoso

    Injured: Jake PEavy, Tim Hudson, Ryan Doumit

    I have some holes, and we keep nine next year, my keepers of date are Doumit, Slowey, PEavy, Rios, Uggla, Chipper,Hart, Slowey, Baker.

    ANy advice?

  64. cubbies299 says:

    @Critter Nagurski: Or you risk not adjusting your lineup enough and playing Jay Bruce’s .200 avg and Krispy’s .180 into your roto lineup and putting your avg. in a hole so deep the sun don’t shine. You definitely have to play the matchups a little bit. Bruce is not good enough yet that he deserves to be instaplayed. I never play him against lefties and I’ve been happy with the results.

  65. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: As they say in New Jersey: “House.”

  66. Neil says:

    @john: I don’t like to start ANYONE in Boston, let alone Nolasco who is still alowing a very high number of hits

  67. Neil says:

    @rich: Scherz. I also like the division and fact that it takes around 30 – 50 starts for a pitcher to really develop. Scherz has more experience at this point. Which is why I’m reluctant to use Hanson and Zimmermann, even though they are both 9 K/9 guys.

  68. Scott says:

    @Corey: You need more superstars. You barely have any 3rd round talent, much less 1st or 2nd. I don’t think your roster will compete this year, so I have 3 ideas:

    Target injured stars (risky because of the potential for more injuries down the road) on the rosters of owners who need breathing bodies.

    Trade multiple players for a 1st rounder.

    Draft young players with high upside (maybe even a round or two earlier than they should go in the hopes that they develop into superstars within a year or two.

    Building a team in a keeper league with the first 75 or 100 players gone before you even get to choose your players takes a couple years, so you have to draft youth.

  69. Neil says:

    I like how Mark Reynolds is now being compared to Adam Dunn and not Chris Davis. Moving on up! Longoria…you’re next!

  70. Elbert says:

    Ibanez on DL, what a waste for monster start…

  71. bobbo says:

    Freakin Ibanez… there goes my hot start. Rollins better pick up the freakin’ slack!

  72. Dingo says:

    @Scott: I wish that were my team! But unfortunately, that’s the roster of the guy currently sitting in first place, with a 13-point spread between me (in 2nd place) and him. The crazy part is that he drafted nearly all of those players. I’ve never before seen somebody draft with so few busts or disappointments.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Sounds like you and I are pulling for some of the same regression, at least with Holliday and Bruce. Unfortunately for me, I do have Mark Reynolds and Ben Zobrist overperforming all over my infield.

  73. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Neil: Maybe Longoria should be compared to Reynolds. Reynolds stands on top of the 3b standings in Yahoo and he’s the #10 overall player in Yahoo right now.

    Let’s play “Guess Grey’s next headline”…..what will it be tomorrow? I’m thinking the Yankees get shut out this afternoon by Craig Stammen and the headline is “Stammen is a Pistol”. (If you don’t get it, see 7th grade Science Class).

  74. albertalbert says:

    ethical fantasy question for all:

    i have a trade pending that involves getting halladay. i am the commish.

    1) is halladay’s status serious enough to require me to take action (ie, should i be worried?)

    2) if so, is it OK if I veto the trade with my commish powers?

  75. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Sounds like you are struggling with an existentialist dilemna. If Bruce hid a grand slam, and no one was there to observe it, did it ever really take place? Einstein stated that God does not play dice, but why did my fantasy team, averaging close to .300 for the year, suddenly decide seemingly as a cohesive unit to hit .120 for two weeks? Sounds like Jungian synchronicity to me, which is one of the reason’s I find fantasy sports so fascinating. How does momentum develop with a number of disparate parts? Sometimes the fantasy gods appear to actively intervene in a fashion akin to Jehovah, and at other times like an impartial Deist God. And at still other times, paying homage to Jobu seems to work. Sabermetrics may work over an extended course of time, but inbetween are the numerous tidbits of the miraculous and inscrutable.

    That’s enough of that. What I really want to know – has Ho Che Var possibly arrived? He arrived hyperbolically on the scene, was picked in all leagues at an amazing clip,got Pwonson’d several timea. Now he has quietly pitched several nice games, and is owned 1% at Yahoo at last glance. Picked him up in my 14 team league and will give him a flyer…

  76. Elbert says:

    @Corey: i will concur w/ Scott’s assessment on your keeper’s league team; you don’t have much talent above 3rd round-value (just wondering who you picked for 1st-3rd round in 1st league year).

    1 additional point would be to start stock-piling some immediate late-season call-up, as those could be your future building block.

    my immediate recommendation on who to drop for your immediate talent stashing:
    1) DROP consideration list: RYan Garko, Kosuke Fukudome, JOnathan Sanchez, Livan Hernandez, Clay Condrey, Ramon Troncoso.

    2) Guys to stash for future: Justin Smoak (I LOVE this guy!), Matt Wieter (might be too late if you haven’t pick him up), Chris Tillman, Wade Davis, David Price (also might be too late), Alcides Escobar, etc..

  77. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Beltran, Hamels Baily for Reyes, Berkman, Wandy?

    Who you like in a vacuum?

  78. Elbert says:

    @albertalbert: Doc is ready to go soon, shouldn’t panic for trading him.

    on additional note, NEVER abuse commish power to veto or approve any trades, unless under consensus circumstances.

  79. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @albertalbert: Typically, once a trade has been agreed upon by two parties, it is in the hopper. But as the Commish, and involved in the trade, you are certainly not a disinterested party. You can present your case, and reset to allow veto by vote. When I am Commish, I allways take this option from the start; it protects me from charges of unfairness and collusion. If I think that a trade is unfair, I make a statement of my thoughts, and then put it up to a vote. Actually, it shouldn’t be a big deal, though, as Halladay will likely be back in action in a short period of time.

  80. Elbert says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Reyes + Berkman + Wandy sounds like a steal for me; the trade itself is criminal, at least to me.

  81. daniel p says:

    i’m moments away from my first midseason draft and i’m excited! the world has never seemed so alive with possibility!

  82. Elbert says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Reyes + Berkman + Wandy would be especially criminal in keepers league, but if you’re in 1 year league and is looking for immediate help, then perhaps Beltran side would be better for you NOW, short-term only.

  83. @Paulie Allnuts: I’m rolling with Hochevar this evening as well. He’s looked rock solid in his past two starts. At the bare minimum, I’ll be here, so you’ll have someone to sympathize with here when the play backfires.

  84. Critter Nagurski says:

    @cubbies299: I didn’t say that – the first thing I mentioned was his L/R split. Also he was at home. You can’t sit Bruce vs. a righty at home and convince me that you have a good plan.

  85. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    I know the trade sounds crazy on paper, but I have 4 players on the DL and I think Reyes is either done for the year or has little to no value when he comes back. I wound up putting a smohawk in for Wandy though. Def not a keeper league…. Final trade is

    Peavy (in my opinion he is dropable) Reyes, Slowey, Berkman for Baily Beltran, Hamels, J. Johnson,

  86. Corey says:

    @ Elbert, this is a dynasty league with MILB players kept also, so the guys mentioned would be on other teams. I have Maybin, Latos, Raynor, and Chacin as my top prospects, with fliers on other players.

  87. Should I trade Gerardo Parra and Clint Barmes for JJ Hardy?

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:

    what does everyone see from this pint forward on edwin jackson? his last couple of starts have edged back towards mediocrity, and his AO/GO and BAAIP scare me. a lot.

    i’ve been offered his b roberts/porcello/rasmus for my cano/edwin. i see cano and roberts as being of similar value (i have plenty of power, he has plenty of steals, so we could both benefit). is porcello/rasmus ample return on edwin? i think rasmus is headed for a huge 2nd half. porcello is good, but i don’t think he reaches near his potential for another year or 2, and i think he’ll have a couple starts skipped in august in order to limit his innings and save him for sept/oct. just wanting to get a little 3rd party point of view. thanks.

  89. Corey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: what kind of league is this?

  90. Elbert says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: based on your team needs, if that J. Johnson is indeed Josh Johnson, I would think you’re getting good value in return.

  91. ThePoonTycoon says:

    12 team h2h, 5 man keeper league. just straight up keep your 5 guys and draft from there. so unlikely i’d keep any of the players involved, but if rasmus had a huge 2nd half he could be tempting, or at least a nice pawn for offseason trading.

  92. Corey says:

    Roberts is the best player in the deal. do it!

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bpasinko: I’d take Hardy there.

  94. AL KOHOLIC says:

    hansons over under=4,ill take the under(runs)i need the under

  95. Elbert says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: if i were you, i will like Porcello/Rasmus return for E-jax, but make sure you keep it with flexible intent.

    with Tigers babying Porcello’s workload this year, it would be safe to know you have enough pitching to withhold Porcello’s inevitable controlled restriction, especially in late summer, should you decide to keep Porcello; if you choose to trade off Porcello, make sure you trade for top 20 arm, it’s complete reachable scenario.

    i had both Porcello/E-jax on my 16-team mixed H2H team, and i’ve dangled Porcello/Morales off to other team for Wainwright/Crede (i picked up & stashed Alex Gordon in 3B, so no biggie on Crede), so yeah, i like Porcello, and Porcello presents either really good keeper value or really good trade value right now, use it wisely.

  96. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    One day of glory! This week’s pickup of Aardsma rather than Bell (the other guy has Bell) worked out last night. Put me in first for the first time this season. Loss of Bedard as positioning for saves marginalizes the joy.

  97. Elbert says:

    @Corey: you should try making trades before too late, 2010 speaking…

  98. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Final Trade: 1 year league

    Peavy, Lackey, Reyes, Slowey, Berkman for Beltran, J. Johnson, Hamels, Baily and Delcarmen

    What you think? There is a veto movement already agaisnt me, I am getting the Beltran side. Vetoable ?

  99. Jesse says:

    Not to be a whiner because the DL is like that one belligerently drunk uncle at everyone’s family reunion, but allow me to break down the pitchers I so expertly selected in my draft this season:

    R4: Peavy
    R5: King Felix
    R6: Dice-K
    R8: Kazmir
    R11: Bedard

    Granted rolling the Daisuke that high was a huge mistake and I regretted it shortly thereafter (I was sick with WBC-Performance fever). But REALLY, FANTASY GOD, REALLY? All those puppies I kicked really mattered to you that much?

    Sheesh. Also I drafted Soriano in the 2nd, and yet I am in first. Thank God for Torii Hunter and Frank Francisco. Oh wait.

  100. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Just testing skills here:

    Peavy a bust.
    Comes down to Reyes vs. Baily&Delcarmen? (depends what you need?)

  101. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Just testing skills here:

    Peavy a bust.
    Comes down to Reyes vs. Baily&Delcarmen? (depends what you need?)

    reply to: my bad

  102. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: One more time.
    Beltran exceeds Berkman.

  103. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Simply Fred: Part of it is because I picked up Lackey a few days ago off waivers

  104. Corey says:

    @Elbert: Huh?

  105. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I am not a source for reliable feedback. I live the interplay here. Just thought I would put my feet in the water and see how it plays with the advice of you better experts.

  106. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Simply Fred: no worries, I was just adding some relevant info. I’m no expert either and I don’t think anyone should be shy about giving advice here, there is a very friendly forum…

  107. Elbert says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: this trade would be veto-ed within 2 hours frame in 2 of my most active league.

    but yeah, you’re basically trading away your 1st/2nd/3rd round+Johnson+Slowey for 2nd/3rd round + Johnson + 2 quality RP.

  108. Elbert says:

    @Corey: if you’re in very active league, then most likely they won’t trade much w/ you (unless the trade proposal is too good to pass), but it would be better for you to start trading for 2010 season, rather than try to win it in 2009; your current roster is missing values from impact players, and your list of kept prospects are still a bit far from contributing in MLB level (besides Maybin); i would definitely start looking at stashing other good available prospects.

  109. Corey says:

    @Elbert: How would I go about doing this without losing the keepers I already have. I can’t figure that part of this out. I’ve thought about it before, but I think it is still early.

  110. Suck My Wieters says:


    Zimmerman and Howard or Bay and Vmart?

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jesse: Some tough breaks there, but Kazmir and Bedard have been injury risks. And Dice-K had red flags, so you had prior warning on some of that.

  112. Nick says:

    @Grey: I have Franklin and Jenks while Hoffman is benched. I don’t really think I need a closer and a starter would be beneficial based on weekly matchups, right?

  113. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: If i tweak the package, what do you think?

    Zimmerman, Soriano, Edwin Jackson for Bay and Vmart

  114. Elbert says:

    @Corey: that’s a good question! perhaps now is good time for us (the eager posse) to actually look over your league, for better pictures of course.

    your keepers are fine (Doumit, Slowey, PEavy, Rios, Uggla, Chipper,Hart, Slowey, Baker.), but will it be possible to try trading a few (chipper/Peavy/Rios/Uggla/Hart) for other keepers with clear upsides(Longoria/ Fowler/ Kinsler/ AlexeiRam/ Bruce/ Upton/ Beckett/ Gallardo/ Porcello/ Smoak, etc…)?

    just some examples here, as Grey/Gamble probably can help much more in regards to identifying high-ceiling talents beyond 2009.

  115. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: Is that trade still fair in your eyes?

  116. cruisinkc says:

    In a keeper league…
    I get: Nate McLouth/Alex Rios
    Give: BJ Upton

    Should I do it?

  117. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Think you’re getting the under.

  118. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: not many k`s,and a few walks but the era and a W will work just fine if he holds up

  119. Dingo says:

    @Elbert: I’m not sure I see why Porcello would be so valuable going forward. He looks like the kind of pitcher who’s better in real life than in fantasy. Good control, great groundball rate, and no strikeouts to speak of — sounds like his upside would be Chien-Ming Wang’s 2006 & 2007. Good for wins, ERA, and probably WHIP, but lousy on Ks. That certainly has value, but more like atop-40 arm than a top-20 arm.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: How did he look? I wasn’t able to watch the game.

  121. Suck My Wieters says:

    Cubs are the worst team in baseball and theyre my favorite team.

  122. Steve says:

    Need an Ibanez fill-in in my 12-team H2H where we count OBP as well as AVE. Guy needs to be LF-eligible. Best available:


    Morgan is there too but I’m in first without worrying to much about steals so far this year.

    Gotta be Kubel, right?

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, go Kubel.

  124. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thanks.

    And I hope all the fans in the bleachers in Philly are wearing hard hats today. They could get hurt…

  125. Mike D. says:


    Time to drop Green for Lowrie in AL Only?

  126. Tom says:

    I just glanced at the Blue Jays box score. Quick note to self: If I ever have athletic children, and my name is League, I will never name my kid B League. I just hope he didn’t have a sister named A League.

  127. penpen says:

    The Tor bullpen is blowing my mind right now.

    Frasor brought in for a one batter Hold (which he blows) and then Ryan brought in for the save after the pinch hitter for Frasor hits a solo shot (Frasor was leading off the next inning, and you can’t believe Cito was gonna let him hit after the Downs-bacle).

    PS Ryan walks the lead off batter so far.

  128. penpen says:

    @penpen: Gasp! Accardo!

    This is beginning to feel like a mini soap opera unfolding solely in my brain.

  129. Doug Ault says:

    @Scott: Accardo has come in for the save ;-)

  130. Tom says:

    Geez. Do we pick up accardo or what?

  131. Doug Ault says:

    excuse me while I gloat

  132. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: Treat it like the Rays bullpen, choose one and hope for the best. I have Ryan and Frasor on teams, where I don’t I’d pickup Accardo.

  133. Corey says:

    I’m sure picking up Accardo.

  134. Nick0rz says:

    I don’t think Accardo’s the closer. I think Cito was bringing in the best pitcher in a close situation, and he screwed it up.

    I have a feeling that Frasor, Accardo, and maybe Carlson will be sharing most of the save opps.

    Cito has a mancrush on Carlson, Frasor is the best pitcher except he sucks on anything less than two days rest, and Accardo has the most experience.

    This could become worse than the Nationals bullpen, because the Jays actually get saves opps.

  135. Steve says:

    Any chance the Yanks and Nats get under way? I need Joba’s start.

  136. penpen says:

    @Grey: @Doug Ault: @Tom: Seriously, in my mind I had the image of a WWF multi-wrestler Royal Rumble, with Accardo running down the gangway out of nowhere, after a year of oblivion to break up a fight between Frasor, Ryan, etc. and pin everyone…

    *Sigh* At least I got the garbage win with Frasor.

  137. @Grey: potential deal offer of me sending ellsbury, garza,r.franklin for han-ram….too much? he also has scherzer and papi…worth a shot? or do ou think hanram is nicked up or grab hanram if possible….(currently starting callapso and have solid OF (C.Lee, ells, werth, mclouth, rasmus) and SP (Haren, shields, cueto, harang, garza, wainwright)


  138. Suck My Wieters says:


    Howard,chipper,pence for Vmart, Bay, Maggs….

    Who are you taking?

  139. Billy says:

    Frasor can’t handle the pressure and Ryan can’t hit the strike zone….

  140. Doug Ault says:

    @penpen: I call one move a year,this was my moment in the sun,checkoy the first comment on this thread

  141. martin says:

    aaron hill 0-6 in a 9-8 win. Ticker Tease

  142. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Recap of Jays game, from Rotoworld:

    Seeing that the Phillies’ power left-handed bats would come up in the ninth, Jays manager Cito Gaston opted to go to Jason Frasor in a 7-6 game with two outs and the tying run on in the eighth. Frasor went on to allow a game-tying single before getting out of the inning. He was then lifted for a pinch-hitter, who promptly homered to give the Jays the lead back. Gaston next went to B.J. Ryan, who walked Chase Utley and struck out Ryan Howard. Accardo took over then. He was helped by a diving catch from Vernon Wells for the second out of the inning, and after a single, he got John Mayberry Jr. to pop out to end it.

    What does this mean? I’m guessing Cito hoped Frasor would close out the 8th and preserve the lead, then Ryan would pitch the 9th? But if Ryan’s the closer, why lift him after he Ks Howard?


  143. Ham says:

    @Steve: On NY radio they keep saying since Nats and Yanks dont have the same off day for the rest of the year or something, that they really need to get the game in. It has been pouring in the area all day non stop, but they still are hoping to play.

  144. penpen says:

    @Doug Ault: I have to admit you nailed it… but maybe partially accidentally.

    Do you think Accardo even gets in there if Ryan doesn’t walk the leadoff man? Or if Frasor doesn’t bat first in the top of the ninth? Hard to say of course…

  145. Dingo says:

    Ben Zobrist: 0 hits in his last 8 at bats.

    Stick a fork in him, ladies and gentlemen. He is clearly done.

  146. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @penpen: Ah yes, Watson — the missing information.

    I forgot Frasor was batting in the 9th. Otherwise I’m guessing Cito leaves him in for the save (if there is a save to be gotten).

    Just dumped BJ for Accardo in any case. No way I’m carrying THREE Jay relievers…

  147. Steve says:

    @Ham: Yeah the weather screwed with the first round of the US Open so it can’t be great there.

    It’s beautifully fine and 44 in Auckland if y’all are wondering.

  148. Doug Ault says:

    @penpen: I\m not going to push my luck, but I think Cito likes Frasor in the setup role with Downes out,and BJ continues to give no valid reason to be anything more than pitching mop up.Cito is big or respecting vets though, but I don’t think he intended BJ to pitch the whole 9th anyway. Accardo makes sense,why bring up a guy who got 30 saves 2 years ago if you’re not gonna give him a shot again

  149. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: By how much? I have Berkman as a backup.

  150. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Suck My Wieters: Why do you want to get rid of Howard so badly? Can’t you play Berkman in your outfield?

  151. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: Berkman is only 1B eligible in yahoo leagues.

    Its not that I want to get rid of him, its more of I might have to trade berkman to keep my team going. Ive been on a skid lately.

    C. Martin
    1B. Howard
    2B. Roberts
    SS. Yunel
    util. Berkman

    Do you feel I should still do this trade?

  152. Suck My Wieters says:

    I mean howard, not berkman.

  153. Ken Plane says:

    Would you give me an idea on a tier of OF to ask for in a trade for Jurrjens.

  154. Ernie Imbroglio says:

    Well, on the bright side, picking up Accardo did give this save-starved owner a perfectly knee-jerk reason to dump Dice-K. Which certainly means Accardo won’t see the ninth again this season.

  155. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I’m dead last in sb’s in one of my leagues,but have power to spare.I’ve been thinking of offering Ibenez and Peavy for Crawford, wise move?

  156. Ernie Imbroglio says:

    @Dingo: Zo with a two-run single. Apparently he’s not too fond of sarcasm, either.

  157. Adam says:

    Accardo or MacDougal? Or do they both suck enough that I should add help elsewhere?

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: MacDougal

  159. Ham says:

    Dear Don Wakamatsu,

    Thank you for pitching to Adrian Gonzalez with 2 outs and no one on in the 9th. That Heath Bell win feels great.


  160. Adam says:

    Trying to sell high on Reynolds and snag Ian Kinsler…rather have Beltre, Sandoval or Huff as a replacement at 1B?

  161. Adam says:

    @Adam: *replacement at 3B

  162. Suck My Wieters says:

    @Grey: Offered, lets see if he takes!

  163. joel says:

    speaking of set + forget

    set my roster for a two week vacation during which span, prince fielder, mark reynolds, nelson cruz, and recent acquisition gil meche went on an absolute tear, putting me in 1st.

    wish i hadn’t traded cliff lee for (effectively) carlos quentin.

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @joel: Sounds like you need to vacay more often.

  165. Adam says:

    Which side, AGonz/Reynolds or Wright/Rollins?

  166. Steve says:

    Maybe I don’t need Joba’s start after all…

  167. DrEasy says:

    Guys, guys, you are overreacting to the Accardo save!!! I simply think Cito botched the double-switch. He thought of it at the last minute, and Barajas just wasn’t ready to come in. With the double-switch, he would have given Frasor the opportunity for a 4-out save. Frasor’s still the main guy in my opinion.

  168. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: A-Gonz, real close though, really about needs.

    @DrEasy: I agree with you.

  169. john says:

    starting Ubaldo + streaming Blackburn = 2 wins, 9 k’s, 1.15 ERA, 1.02 Whip

    ..thanks Josh, Scott, Poon for convincing me to start him

  170. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Pick a 15 day replacement for Ibanez…………

    Mayberry, Thames, David Murphy?

  171. john says:

    @Grey: in that case, can I borrow $100?..I swear I’ll pay you back…

  172. Steve says:

    Is Joba pitching with a watermelon or just placing the ball on a tee or something?

    Or have the Nats all taken some of Papi’s eyedrops?

  173. JR says:

    Jason Frasor ou J.P Howell?

    Razzball est formidable! Merci beaucoup!

  174. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Thanks, already went there. Just wanted to run it by you, greyt guru.

    I refuse to whine, but my offensive MVP (so far) and pitching MVP (forever) both hit the DL this week……………whimper, sob, blubber…….etc., but no whining, no whining, not gonna do it, nope. Sigh.

  175. Greg says:

    @BigFatHippo: Let me guess… Ibanez and Halladay?

  176. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: No whining here either (not out loud anyway), but across my three teams I have Votto, Peavy, A-Ram, Ibanez, Volquez and Downs on the DL.

    And I’ve only just got Iannetta back.

  177. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: You got it! Ask Uncle Hippo.

    @Steve: Watermelon

    @JR: Frasor y Howell, pero es uno theno Howell.

  178. BigFatHippo says:

    @Greg: Yup, and in another league I own Reyes, Grady and Webb. Snakebit, I tell ya…………..

  179. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Sigh, lets all get together and watch a nice tearjerker like The Notebook. Whatta ya say?

    On a better note, 2 more days and Hippos are leaving the Bootheel for greener pastures. Always thought I’d leave this place like Nick Cage left Las Vegas………….

  180. big o says:

    @matthole: @Grey:
    i’m having trouble with this deal .
    since hanley is essentially putting up jeter #’s , why not target jeter , instead , and save one of the pieces (like franklin) ??

  181. john says:

    @BigFatHippo: aka dying from alcoholism while gettin some from a prostitute?

  182. BigFatHippo says:

    @john: You’re a very astute man, but it was 2 strippers from my roommate, call it my going away present, sweet.

  183. john says:

    @BigFatHippo: aw, possibly the sweetest thing i have ever heard

  184. BigFatHippo says:

    @john: Hehe, but you’re not getting 100 bucks from me. Ask Cousin Steve, he’s loaded.

  185. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: @john: No good asking me. I’ve spent all my money on hookers, whiskey and gambling.

    Still, it’s better than wasting it.

  186. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Cause Hanley’s better than Jeter.

  187. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Wow, you can get all that for $12.50 in Zealand? I’ll see you in 3 weeks………….

  188. big o says:

    so , you’re expecting hanley to step it up soon and re-gain 1st round value ?
    is there any way you’d consider doing a mid-season SS report ?
    call me ===> befuddled .
    i was happy with theriot , for awhile .
    but the guzmans and the felipes just seem to be putting up empty stats .
    burriss is down .
    andrus ?
    and i sure as hell don’t want to touch jimmy rollins .
    except for the idiots who keep voting for him as their all star SS , the guy’s headed for a 12th round pick , and fantasy obscurity .

  189. john says:

    @Grey: Papa Grey, Uncle Hippo and Uncle Steve won’t gimme that 100 bucks, now that Cherry’s pimp is gonna come beat the crap out of me!

  190. agarthered says:

    @grey I benched Nolasco :( wish i would have had the grapefruits now. I should have been more worried about joba against the nationals. It seems like every game he fills up the bases just due to walks.

  191. john says:

    @agarthered: I think everyone benched him…it was too risky

  192. agarthered says:

    @john check out the second comment on the wall. I posted that i was thinking about doing it. I had a feeling, he’d do well today. I seriously think he’s turned the corner.

  193. john says:

    @agarthered: Yea, I know..i was debating it today too but I wouldn’t have liked myself very much if I started him and he took a poop out there…I can live with a good performance on the bench cuz I have the lead in all the pitching categories this week

  194. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: I think Hanley will be fine.

    @agarthered: You had to bench him. They’ll be plenty more starts to send him out there if he’s good.

  195. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Would you do Juan Pierre/Kazmir for Franklin?

    Would leave me with 2 closers in a 12 team, K-Rod and Wood.

  196. big o says:

    they’re playing in the pouring game , for chrissakes .
    if there was ever a time that nolasco could hold his own against an offense like the sawx , it would be under just such circumstances .
    he’ll probably get the shortened-win .

    in good weather , caveat emptor on nolasco .
    definately a match-up pitcher from here on out .

  197. timSTi says:

    @Grey: I’m making that other Midseason Razzball league right now. We have 6 of 12 teams currently. You said 9 pitchers, how were they broken up. 6 SP’s 3 RP’s? Also 1 C 1 1B 1 2B 1 3B 1 SS 1 Util & then the 5 OFs? What about Bench & DL? I want to make the leagues the same. Thanks bud!

    **Anyone else that wants to get in on a Midseason Razzball Commenter League email me trobe781 at Looking to draft Sunday night at 8pm EST.

  198. Robert says:

    For a utility spot, who should be better down the stretch: N. Johnson or Reimold?

  199. AL KOHOLIC says:

    webb will miss next throwing session,espn noted

  200. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Robert: reimold,more upside and power

  201. Greg says:

    Time to pick up Krispie my friends…

  202. big o says:

    and even when they don’t suck , it still doesn’t atone
    for when they did .

    “It is defeat that turns bone to flint
    and gristle to muscle
    and makes men invincible .”
    henry ward beecher

  203. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Robert: reimold has 14 walks in 99 ab`s .370 obp also,i see good things from him

  204. Greg says:

    @Greg: That would be Chris B. Young.

  205. Robert says:

    Thanks. My 2nd year and I am in last.

  206. Steve says:

    Why the effin’ eff do you bring a closer with a sore arm into a 12-2 game?

    Effin effwit.

  207. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Keep RCL trade talk out of the blog in future please ;-)

  208. Steve says:

    I’m watching you, Corey Wade.

    And I don’t think I’m the only one…

  209. Steve says:

    @Steve: I think I’m going to cry.

  210. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: trade him stevo,

  211. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: The Wolfman?

  212. Corey says:

    Is there any way I can get value for Juan Pierre? Any chance he gets traded to someobody where he would play? Atlanta sounds good. Bobby Cox, please say you are reading this(if you can read)

  213. AL KOHOLIC says:

    espn notes that huff had 7 hits in the N.Y series a potential trade desination,oh id be loving that in both leagues

  214. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Corey: i hear you,im hoping the same thing

  215. NickG says:

    Both Meche and Nolasco are available in my league. Is it worth it to continue waiting for Liriano to breakout?

  216. Grey

    Grey says:

    @NickG: Go for Meche.

  217. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Done and done thanks. 5 teams registered. Any way you could help me promote the league to help it get full by Sunday nights draft?

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