As I was sipping from my high-priced stemware that also happens to feature Star Wars characters, I got to thinking about how lucky I was to grab Eric Hosmer in one league.  I patted myself on the back and took a dive onto my water bed.  As the posturepedic waves crashed over me, I slept.  A few hours later, I woke in a panic.  Water was dripping from my forehead.  Was there a leak in my bed?  No.  I was sweating, worried I fell for the hype machine like when I bought 10 Gregg Jefferies rookie cards for the incredibly low price of $9.  (On a baseball card side note, I was one of those schmohawks thinking baseball cards are only going to appreciate in value.  They are going to be so rare!  Ooh, a Mark McGwire 1987 card!  Better hold on to that one!  Wally Joyner has some pop!  Stock up!  Randy Velarde is the next Bucky Dent!  Put that one in a sleeve!  Now you can buy 200 cards for a nickel.  Alas…)  Is Hosmer going to be great with a side order of splendiferous?  Probably, friend, assuming splendiferous is a word.  But he’s a rookie.  A 2007 Ryan Braun rookie season is crazy rare.  Most rookie seasons are pretty just a’ight.  Some solid streaks, some funky streaks where it looks like they’re playing in a burlap sack.  In ESPN, Hosmer went from 1% to over 90% owned in a week.  Since 40% of ESPN leagues are filled with abandoned owners, that tells me 130% of fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term) are excited about Hosmer.  That’s your chance to sell high, you savvy fantasy owner you.  Obviously, in keepers, you hold tight.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Justin Turner – I’d have no interest in him if he didn’t have 2nd base eligibility.  How’s that for a hard sell?  Or is it a hard Buy?  Or maybe it’s a soft Buy…

Elliot Johnson – He sounds like a Vice President candidate from the early 1900s.  Elliot Johnson is a firm believer in woman suffrage.   Hopefully Nucky backs him.  It feels like the middle of the Rays infield is a black hole for upside.  Hey, is that Reid Brignac floating past the Russian space station?  Way to reach your potential!  Johnson has decent speed (~25 speed potential over a full season) and some light power.

Jason Bartlett – Speaking of black holes, it’s the Padres offense!  “I’ve been hitting the ball well for the last ten days.”  That’s a Bartlett quotation.

Carlos Pena – He’s over the ESPN ownership threshold that I usually look for (50% owned), but, even in ESPN leagues where the majority of the leagues are one owner with ten aliases, Pena should be owned more than he is.

Eric Hinske – This is the type of player I don’t like telling people to pickup outside of deep NL-Only leagues because at any moment he’ll either go back to the bench or start sucking from the suckhole.

Brandon Belt – He should be back any day (week?) now.  As we saw on his first trip through the majors, there’s no guarantee on how he’ll perform, but he should be better than he was.

Scott Rolen – You know what Scott Rolen is?  Gritty!  He’s cut from a different cloth than today’s players.  And he seems like a total douche.  While he’s healthy, I’d grab him.  He’s usually good for a short term add.

Rafael Furcal – He should be back within a week, so that puts his next DL-stint ETA at around three weeks from now.  Any the hoo!  You should own him while he’s playing (assuming you don’t have one of around 20 middle infielders that are better and/or less injury-prone).

Laynce Nix – He’s hitting around .400 over the least week.  Him and his brother, Jayson, tend to get hot for about one week a year.  Usually they’re pretty layme.  “I’m gonna make you eat that mustache of yours!” That’s their drunk, unemployed brother, Jaymes, prank calling me.

Corey Patterson – Started with Justin Turner Overdrive and now we’re talking about Corey “I could easily go 0-for-35 at any moment” Patterson.  This Buy post is a barn burner like the posse searching for John Wilkes Booth.

Roger Bernadina – I feel like I’ve heard his name somewhere before… Let me check my Memento-style tattoos:  1. Talk about Bernadina.  2. On Razzball.  3. There’s no 3.

Eric Thames – Don’t you wanna call him Ericus Thames?  Hey, maybe it’s just me!  He put up some pretty spectacular numbers in the PCL, but, as we all know, hitting in the PCL is like hitting on the moon with an aluminum bat.  Thames still has pop… Jose Bautista, “Call me Dad.”  Um, okay, Bautista.  If I were in an AL-Only league, I’d grab Thames for a little HBI (Hot Bat Injection), but he’ll probably strike out a ton and I’d hold for now in mixed leagues.

Domonic Brown – He’s going to get called up within the next two weeks.  Or my name is not Grey “I’ll Admit To Seeing Brian Setzer In Concert…Once!” Albright.

Matt Guerrier/Kenley Jansen – See this morning’s post, it can be found in less than one mouse click.  Good luck!

Fernando Salas – Looks to be locked in as Cards closer, which, obviously, means he could get replaced by Sunday.

Wilton Lopez – Melancon is good to poop on, I wouldn’t even waste my waste on Lyon and Lopez is buried in the bullpen of a team that doesn’t win.  It’s not great, but that’s why they call it SAGNOF.

Jamey Wright – SAGNOF!

Jake Arrieta – People are starting to catch on at ESPN that Arrieta should be owned, so be careful because that means he’s due for an explosion like you after a meal at El Torito.


Josh Johnson – No, don’t trade him for an autographed picture of Phyllis Diller.  But, yeah, I don’t like his injury history and he just had a forearm issue.  Everyone is saying he’s fine, and I believe them.  That still doesn’t mean another injury isn’t right around the corner.

Chipper Jones – Glass Chipper puts his pants on like everyone else.  One leg at a time.  Only he pulls a hamstring when he does it.  I’d drop him in most mixed leagues.

Justin Morneau – Hit his 2nd home run yesterday.  As Arnold used to say about his lover, “I love four baggers.”  We all do, Arnie.  But Morneau still doesn’t look right.  He’s too skinny.  Is he prepping a model chic look for Milan?  He looks malnourished like you should be sending a dollar a month to Minnesota to get him clean water and a bowl of rice.  I don’t know if his concussion led him to a diet of raw foods and Master Cleanses but something is up.  That’s between me, you and the guy behind you who’s photocopying his hand while he reads over your shoulder.  So you parlay this  “Morneau is back after his home run!” chatter and see if you can pawn him off for anything to another owner.  Now is your time to sell– nay, it’s your duty to act.  Go forth, young, socially awkward man and prosper!

  1. mets fan says:

    Grey Belt or Jose Lopez for my ci spot 12 team h2h?

  2. CL says:

    How do we feel about starting Latos at home tonight vs. Bedard’s Mariners?

  3. BKK says:

    Would anyone deal Ethier straight up for Granderson?

  4. BKK says:

    Would anyone deal Ethier straight up for Granderson?

    @Grey: Rumours have it that your name, is in fact, not Grey Albright?!

  5. Wilsonian says:

    I don’t think I’m your cousin, unless you have family in backwoods southern Illinois that I didn’t know of. If you are, tell my Pops thanks for the beers.

    Figured I’d re-ask this…Pineda for BJ Upton, fair or no fair? I have Pineda now.

  6. Jason says:

    Please rank the following replacements for David Wright: Turner, Rolen, and Jose Lopez

  7. BKK says:

    Oops, sorry for the double post, not sure how that happened?

  8. @Grey:
    I still have a sealed box of 89 Upper Deck. I also treated baseball card collecting in the late 80s/early 90s as a real way to make money. Before the botton fell out of the industry (mass production—thanks Donruss) I actually had a blast trading and selling cards.
    BTW–do you want to by a 100 lot of Bob Hamelin, Pat Listach or Jerome Walton rookie cards. LMAO!!

  9. TravestyJones says:

    Flip Alex Gordon for Soria?


    2 questions:

    1 : who do you like more for the rest of the year in a 12 tm al only keeper: Danny Duffy or Derek Holland (nice outing last night, but mad inconsistent)

    2 : If you were to trade one you like the least (out of holland or duffy), what would you be asking for in return. (I’m trying to get an OF). Is the JD Drew area probably the best I’d be able to get (#3/4 OF)?

  11. TravestyJones says:

    I still have thousands of baseball cards from childhood. And all the little tally sheets with their card number, worth (in like 1992) etc. I loved Cecil Fielder, and have pages and pages of Cecil cards… I think I started a binder for only Cecil cards. I should get those out again in memory of my youth.

  12. GMen says:

    LMAO. Gregg f’ing Jefferies. Guy killed my piggy bank. I totally remember being 12 years old, buying 10 of his cards and going all on Chappelle Show on it. I’m rich biatch!

  13. ujoh says:

    Repeated from the last thread with some added names….

    Espinosa (current starter)

    Pick one. Please and thanks!

  14. EK says:

    Drop Walden for Venters?
    Even if Venters doesn’t close it looks like he’ll end up with more value. 12 team H2H and I already have Nunez and Madson closing.

  15. EK says:

    Please rank these OF going fwd:
    Delmon Young

  16. ujoh says:



    Who’s the worst of this group? Thanks!

  17. GMen says:

    @ujoh: K-Jo

  18. @RazzNation:
    Favorite baseball card collecting memory?
    Mine was when my buddy chipped his tooth on the powdery gum stick from an ancient pack of Topps. Followed closely by pulling a Ryne Sandberg (rookie) card out of my first pack of baseball cards, and drawing over his face because I hated the Cubs.

  19. meetthemuts says:

    Ike or Alex Gordon?

  20. Matt says:

    @Grey, FWIW Turner will soon have 3B eligibility, when he’s 2B/3B/MI/CI eligible he should have value in some mixed leagues

  21. Buckets says:

    Brown’s up.

  22. GMen says:

    @ujoh: Lewis

  23. EJ says:

    Which side is better in a trade: Butler/C. Patterson or Freeman/J. Upton?

  24. Adam says:

    Maybe it’s not that 40% of the ESPN leagues are dead, but 40% of the managers are dead. It only takes 1 guy out of the 10 or 12 to pick a guy up.

  25. Wilsonian says:

    Dom Brown just got the call…shocking!

  26. CL says:

    word on the street: Dom Brown has been recalled to the Fightin’ Phils.

  27. Danny Tanner says:

    Which side do you like better?

    Votto and Aramis Ramirez


    Holliday and Ryan Zimmerman

  28. might be able to trade Danny Duffy and Felix Pie for Elliot Johnson and a scrub pitcher throw in… take that deal?

  29. MI Suck says:

    MI is KILLING ME. I have Jed Lowrie 2B and Ian Desmond SS. Only options on the wire are:

    Arron Hill 2B
    Furcal SS
    Yunel Escobar SS
    Uribe 2B, SS
    Espinosa 2B
    Theroit 2B,SS
    Iztuis 2B,SS

    Should I stick with what I have or drop for one of the above mentioned?

  30. papasmurf says:

    Who has better upside, Hosmer or Belt?

    I haven’t seen Belt play, but Hosmer looks very impressive. Hard to believe he’s 21. He hits to all fields and he can sure turn on an inside fastball.

  31. Mr. Neutron says:

    RIP former Tigers C prospect Randy Poffo.

  32. John Drunks says:

    billingsley + desmond too much for Alexie ramirez? Need BA and MI help.

  33. A Guy says:

    Would you trade Morneau and Hosmer for Moreland and Daniel Hudson/James Shields?

  34. William says:

    @Grey – Smoak v. Carlos Pena; Michael Bourn v. Rajai Davis

  35. EK says:

    Innings limit for Britton?

  36. Ralph says:


    I currently have JJ Hardy but can drop him for Ryan Ludwick, Justin Turner or Matt Laporta. Who do you like? Thanks.

  37. Exactly says:

    hey smokes: who do you like best?

    arencibia, yadier, suzuki, iannetta, lucroy, ramon hernandez?


  38. the grate one says:

    Mr. Smokey,
    thanks for filling in…ok to lose kuo or padilla for lawrie? if so, which?

  39. JohnnyFive says:

    Would you drop Aviles for either O. Cabrera, Y. Escobar or J. Bartlett?

  40. EK says:

    Shields & Domonic Brown
    DLR & Pence

  41. Mets Magic says:

    Would you trade DLR and Peavy for Billingsley and Dempster

  42. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Rios, Brown or Torres?

  43. John Drunks says:


    thanks. my SP are Hamels, Marcum, Nolasco, Liriano, Dempster, Bills, T Hudson (just acquired yesterday). I have 4 closers – Wilson, Kimbrel, Gregg, Putz – to catch up in saves and hold steady in K’s if I only have 6 SP for a while.

    is Bills for Ramirez straight up better?

  44. Long Bawls says:

    Zimm+Tabata for Rasmus+Masterson?

  45. Too Live Crudite says:

    Smokey, another (slightly redundant) MI question, but please indulge me.

    roto, no special needs, pick one for the week:

    Desmond: [email protected] MIL, 3 v SD
    Lowrie: [email protected] CLE, 4 @ DET
    Hill: 3 @ NYY, 3 v CWS
    KJohnson: [email protected] COL, 3 @ HOU

    Also, cut one for the rest of the season. Thanks!

  46. trick dad says:

    how would you rank these SP’s rest of season? thanks!


  47. JP says:

    Grey, please tell me Ryan Howard will turn it around. I bought all the Ryan Howard love you were selling and now he’s killing me.

    Great content by the way, love the site.

  48. xopchipili says:

    what to do with Aaron Hill? Still has yet to hit a homer, and he’s hardly run since coming back from the injury. He’s showed some doubles power lately, looks like he might be trending the slightest bit in the right direction. Am I selling low on him if I move him now, or is this what he’s going to be? If he gets hot would you try to sell high then?

  49. EG says:

    Smokey – I offer Rasmus, ask for Gallardo and LoMo… Fair?

  50. Exactly says:

    smokey, which side do you prefer:

    A. wright and j. upton and pineiro

    B. halladay and rolen

  51. Danny Tanner says:

    Randy Poffo was the Macho Man.. Lanny was his brother (also a wrestler.. “The Genius”

    Before wrestling, Randy was a minor league baseball player.

  52. HldOnMgnolia says:

    God, I love this site.

  53. chata says:

    hafner to the DL

  54. herschel says:

    @smokey, @ grey: 5 x 5 standard roto weekly league, next week only, who would you start?

    bernadina (3 @ mil, 3 vs sd)
    melky (3 @ bal, 3 @ tex)
    fowler (4 vs ari, 3 vs stl)
    ludwick (3 vs stl, 3 @ was)
    maybin (3 vs stl, 3 @ was)
    byrd (3 vs nym, 3 vs pit)


  55. Exactly says:

    so my wright/j up/pineiro deal for halladay/rolen got rejected, would you still do that with travis wood instead of pineiro?

  56. WDE05 says:

    What do you guys think about dumping Delmon Young for Dominc Brown?

  57. Mike says:

    @Anyone! – Is Belt going to play OF at all, or is he strictly a 1B??

  58. Ralph says:


    i think you missed my question. thanks.


    I currently have JJ Hardy but can drop him for Ryan Ludwick, Justin Turner or Matt Laporta. Who do you like? Thanks.

  59. yankees2011 says:

    Grey and Smokie,
    Two questions for you:

    1. Replace S. Drew with Bartlett (or at least bench Drew for now)?

    2. Pick up Duffy (we are in a 12 Team H2H Keeper League that max’s out FA at a 12th round pick)?

    Thanks guys.

  60. would it be crazy to start Omar Infante over Elvis Andrus today? I’m mainly hoping for a steal from one of them and normally that would mean always starting Elvis but he’s going against Halladay and I’m worried he’s not going to get on base. Infante gets a much easier task in Sonnanstine and he has gotten a few steals here and there. I also have Aybar on the bench as well. Thoughts?

  61. @Grey:

    Ericus Thames? Dr. Ronald Chevalier would have something to say about that. Try Ericonious. More magical.

  62. GMen says:

    Alvarez is out of the lineup. What a douchetard.

  63. Flunkie says:

    I can’t believe I’m asking this.. but:

    My Braun, Hosmer, and Feliz for their Teixiera/Kinsler/Beltran/Beachy

    Dynasty league.

  64. Josh says:


    In my 12 team league, Dom. Brown is available. I’ve been holding onto Belt though awaiting his call-up. Should I grab brown and drop Belt? Or do you think Belt will be better once he’s up?

  65. Clueless says:

    Hey Guys,

    Is Howie Kendrick for real? I have a chance to get Pedroia in my keeper league where he would cost me $16 next year.

    The guy wants CC who will cost $30 and Howie Kendrick who would cost $6.

    Howie has been kicking Pedroia’s tail in productivity but if Howie is a mirage than it might be a good time to sell.

  66. Big Nate says:

    Pick two:



  67. dingbat says:

    Which side:

    Hosmer & Markakis


    Shin-Soo Choo

  68. Steve Urkel says:


    I got Smokey’s opinion earlier.. looking for another as I have a few people giving me different advice. You are the tie breaker…

    Which side?

    Votto and Aramis Ramirez
    Holliday and Ryan Zimmerman

  69. Frank

    LEGAME58 says:

    Deep 16-team mixed Dynasty league..
    Was just offered:
    Justin Turner
    Greg Dobbs
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka
    Gordon Beckham

    I’m not feeling the offer as I think Beckham will be able to turn things around once he remembers to have patience at the plate eventually.. so I’m not in a hurry to deal him. But do any of the others offer more upside than Beckham can provide in years to come to make it worthwhile?
    Take the trade? Counter? or be patient with Beckham?

  70. Brew Crew says:

    1) Start Lilly @ CWS tonight??
    2) Drop Melancon for Lopez or hold?

  71. Clueless says:

    Thanks, Grey.

  72. Stan Steamer says:

    Chacin & Scherzer for Price?
    I’ve been running without a catcher and am looking for a nice 2-1

  73. Carl Spackler says:

    Smoak or Hosmer? 5×5 H2H

  74. Carl Spackler says:

    Sorry one more Tabata or Dom Brown?

  75. Because I’m a man of poor constitution and need constant affirmation, I throw this to the Razzball masses — In a 12-team, highly competitive Roto league, I just completed the following trade:

    I GAVE:

    I GOT:

    This was instead of shopping around a Berkman/Liriano combo for a Josh Johnson/Morneau type deal for an ace and struggling bat (since my offense can wait it out). I needed another closer to compete in saves.

    Which Makes My Current Staff:
    De La Rosa
    C. Perez

    So what do we think? Did I win that trade? Or should I go buy me a case of Tums right now and say adios to my WHIP?

  76. Salty Balty says:

    In reference to your question this morning, interlock is that thing they put on your car when you get a DUI that you have to blow in to be able to start your car. Basically you have to pass a breathalyzer before you can start your car.

  77. Lines says:

    Danks just hit the waiver wire in my 12-team H2H league. In a vacuum, he’s worth grabbing, but I’m not sure I’d give up any of my starters (Lester, Kershaw, Filthy, Morrow, J-Z, Beachy) for him… except Anibal Sanchez, who I’m not at all sold on. So it’s between Anibal, Alex Gordon and Bleh-tran. Who would you lose? I’m thinking Gordon, since I’mma have to lose his not-really-all-that-good ass sooner or later.

  78. MelkyDischarge says:

    While we are admitting to concerts we are ashamed of attending: I once took a girl to see Richard Marx in hopes that would get her in the mood…apparently I was C-B’ed by the opening act: Wilson-Phillips!

  79. herschel says:

    @Grey: been negotiating this trade all week and think i finally have the other owner to agree. 5 x 5 roto, my youk/napoli/peavy/madbum for cruz/mccann/cain. giving up too much?

    thanks as always.

  80. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    anyone see what happened to BJ upton?….why is he out of the game?

  81. milksteak says:

    @grey or smokey,
    Should I drop Gordon for Brown in a 10 team mix?

  82. knighttown says:

    Looking at my squad and I’m in second in a 12 team 5×5 league. 11’s in all hitting categories except BA which I don’t chase. Fine in wins, saves and K’s but am around 4 in ERA and WHIP which is keeping me out of the top spot. I could gut my hitting for an ace but I kind of feel some bad closers and some poor managing (sat Chacin and DLR vs. Philly this week) is hurting.

    So the question is, does this staff need a serious upgrade in a 12 teamer?

    Hamels, DLR, Chacin, Greinke, Bills, Kennedy, Latos, Beachy (DL) with Melancon, Perez and Madson at RP.

    Grey, Smokey or anyone who wants to chime in. Also, is playing a MR. B. like this Dunn chap or Venters a decent option?

  83. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    I guess Im obligated to make a joke about him being a pain in my ass.

    anyway,just curious,does anyone have any confidence that Ubaldo will be anything close to what he was the first 1/2 of last season?….the fact is,he has been average at best the rest of his time in the majors.I own him in a 10 team 8×8 h2h keeper.I love the K’s,but the rest….

  84. Wilsonian says:

    Heyward out tonight. I’m starting to worry about his shoulder a bit.

  85. if there are any barney owners out there who are glum about his recent slide, i’m watching the sox/cubs game and 2 of his 3 outs tonight have been absolute shots down to third that youkilis made plays on, a hard grounder and a low line drive. both were actually better contact than the double, which was an opposite field dunker that hit just inside the RF line and bounced into the stands. so he’s actually hitting lester and looks pretty good, even though his line tonight isn’t breathtaking.

  86. wire says:

    Am I giving up too much or should i do this? I am giving up Lo-Mo, Tabata, Farnsworth, and A.Hill for M.Holliday and Garland. I would have Kemp, Upton, Holliday, and Torres as my OF… And I would pick up Espionza or continue to play Roberts at 2B

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Stan Steamer: I’d want Chacin

    @Carl: Smoak… Tabata….

    @Grouch: Sounds fine.

    @Salty: Ah, that’s right. Brain fart.

    @Lines: Gordon.

    @Melky: Nice!

    @Herschel: Looks solid.

    @milksteak: Sure

    @knighttown: Looks solid enough. Sure, Venters…

    @Oilcan: He’s not that 1st half pitcher.

    @wire: Go for it…

  88. Wilsonian says:

    LoMo or Pena, ROS? It’s an OPS league, too.

  89. ruah says:

    Bartlett or Macier at SS?

  90. Wilsonian says:

    Guh, friggin Ozzie…following, so Santos blows the save (his first earned run of the season), and then Ozzie sends him out there in the 10th to promptly give up 3 more runs in a third of an inning. Why the hell would you send him out in the 10th at all?!?

  91. the grate one says:

    can you rank these guys going forward (saves/holds/useful ratios)


    masset, kuo, raf. soriano, howell, padilla


  92. pjtres says:

    grey, what do u think of niese? still sneaky good option going forward or?

  93. strugz says:

    I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this? I’m in a ESPN H2H league with a Max IP limit set. If I’m an inning under on innings pitched on a Sunday but still have starts/saves to go for that day any idea if my stats from those innings will count on that day? The same idea as maxing out your innings on the last day of a roto season.

    Thanks in advance.

  94. votto-voom says:


    Would you take Turner or Johnson over Juan Uribe in a 4×4?

    Who’s the worst 2 of Wood, Correia, Lilly, Danks, and Colon (strikeouts don’t count)?

    Wilton Lopez or Guerrier (after Matt blew his chance tonight) or cut E Sanchez and get them both?

    I love it when I tell someone “There’s only one site that I even consider listening to their advice” on the same day Hinske and Rolen hit their buy list. Although those 2 do go with my theory that old guys hanging on are the only one’s willing to risk blatant steroid use because they are out of the leafue without them. (Konerko, Berkman, Soriano, Vlad just to name enough to make you wonder).


  95. Lopes says:

    Hudson, Romero,Santana or matusz for the last rotation spot, and who to drop?

  96. votto-voom says:

    Where’s the edit button?? Lost my shot at Wood. Who’s the worst 1 of Correia, Lilly, Danks and Colon?

  97. Steve says:

    I’d just like to thank Howie Kendrick, not just for his production thus far, but for his slight injury which forced me (reluctantly at the time) to put Espinosa into my RCL lineup…

  98. Flunkie says:

    Just dropped Melancon for Moustakas, just to make sure I have him. Will be dropping David Murphy (worthless stand-in, he failed to take advantage of Hamilton being out) for Brandon Belt in about a week, if I can wait that long. Gotta squeeze one more homer and a steal out of him before I dump him.

    I can’t believe all these impatient owners on my dynasty league. Loving it.

  99. chata says:

    so ,
    bert blyleven is speaking on behalf of the hall of fame , now ??

    i give up .

  100. Steve says:

    Having survived the Rapture (not to mention a 6yo birthday party), I feel I should let you know that an exploding post-it note just told me that Morneau has had a couple of cortisone shots in his neck/shoulder this year, the last one about 10 days ago.

    Hopefully this will help him sort his shizz out…

  101. chata says:

    check this :

    in my h2h league , i have 7 starters going on saturday .

    none of them face each other !

    my only other starter , humber , threw on friday .

  102. ruah says:

    Patterson or Bernadina?

  103. Derrick says:

    I have Phillips and Pedroia. Would you send Phillips or Pedroia for Choo? Or should I just hold?

  104. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Werth and Zobrist for Cano?

    I have Cruz coming back from the DL and need to slot him somewhere in my line up. Or should I just hold tight and drop either Fowler or Bernadina? (16 team league H2H 8×8 BB,SLG,H)

  105. chata says:

    the blue jays are batting raja davis in the 6th slot , today .
    prior to this , he was batting 8th .


  106. Wilsonian says:

    Gosh Johnson’s brother to the DL.

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:

    morrow is the 1 getting on my nerves a bit along with greinke but ill give greinke a few more starts before i worry that he needs to be in a lower tier

  108. knighttown says:

    Looking to add a Mr. B. for WHIP/ERA. I have 3 RP’s so can’t have one with only RP eligibility…need RP/SP so they can sit in my starting pitcher slot.

    Anyone have any names. I see guys like Crow from KC or Leubke from SD. Or just forget it and pick up Bartolo Colon.

  109. Eddy says:

    As a result of JJ to the DL, Jay Buentes is getting the call from AAA.

    He could provide some sneaky production if he can control his walks like he was doing in the minors so far.

  110. Dat Dude says:

    anyone have any info on Ezequiel Carrera? seems like he has some speed any may start with Sizemore down for a while? take him over Dirks, Casper Wells, or Lillibridge? 12 tm al only

  111. Nick says:

    @Grey: Will need to change my roster around to get Sandoval back in 2 weeks so I need to figure out where to make a move…roster looks like this

    3B-A Ramirez
    OF-Holliday, Bruce, Stanton
    UT-Rios & Soriano

    SP-Hanson, Scherzer, Anderson, Gio G., Ogando, DeLaRosa, Wandy.
    RP-Feliz, Street, Nunez, Farnsworth, Storen

    If I needed to get Sandy back today who would you drop? Waivers has Zimmerman (who I think i can wait to grab) as well as Turner (who I’d like to sub for Zobrist but don’t think I have anyone to drop.

    Also pitchers free include Vogelsong, Bedard, D Hudson & Peavy. Anyone worth dropping on my team to get?

    Thanks Grey!

  112. Black Beard says:

    Tabata or Alex Rios going forward?

  113. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Alvarez headed to disabled list? : Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez missed another game on Saturday with his quadriceps soreness and is now likely destined for the disabled list. The Pirates called up infielder Pedro Ciriaco but have yet to make another roster move. That move could be sending Alvarez to the shelf.
    (Updated 05/21/2011)

  114. Wilsonian says:

    Turner (when he gets 3rd base eligibility), Chris Johnson, or Danny Valencia?

  115. chata says:

    bautista is a sure-fire 1st rounder , next year .

  116. Steve Stevenson says:

    So Frank-Frank took an ugly loss last night. Not sure if he was unavailable for today’s early game (probably so), but Rauch came in for the save opp and gave up a run before getting the hook for Dotel, who got the save. How many guns would have to be held to your head for you to pick up Dotel? Where does he rank among the current crop of bottom-of-the-barrel SAGNOF speculative picks, like Wright, Oliver, etc?

  117. friar says:

    I need a second catcher in a roto league for next week (and potentially beyond, but I’m happy to play the ww each week if needed). Of the options available, who is the least repulsive?

    Yadier (@SD, @COL)
    Olivo (@MIN, vsNYY)
    Buck (@SF, @LAD)
    Ruiz (vsCIN, @NYM)
    Lucroy (vsWAS, vsSF)
    Arencibia (@NYY, vsCHW)


  118. Steve says:

    Kemp pitch-hit for. What’s up with that?

  119. busta says:

    Need 3b replacement for hopefully short term…figgins, rolen, callaspo, or encarnacion?

  120. Donnie Baseball says:

    I can get Hardy and A. Laroche for Hafner and A. Escobar.

    what do you think? I was going to cut Escobar soon anyway. But what’s the deal with LaRoche’s shoulder?

  121. Johnny Drama says:

    12 team

    A. Justin Upton, Shields, Harananhan


    B. Longoria

    Which Side?

  122. Steve says:

    Effing Josh Tomlin. It’s about time his regression started.

  123. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    Reimold with a homer in his first game back in the majors. What are your thoughts on him? I’m desperate for an outfielder.

  124. AL KOHOLIC says:

    after me dogging hanley earlier,he gets his 4th

  125. bogbert says:

    Morrow’s giving me a whole lot of nothing except K’s. I need K’s, but also ERA and WHIP.

    Hold, stream starters, use a MR with good ratios, or go with one of these waiver guys?

    Morton, Lewis, Narveson, Lowe, Mad-Bum, Colon, Baker, Liriano

  126. WDE05 says:

    Grey & Co…

    Who would you start tonight? Moreland (Lee) or Dominic Brown (Lewis)?

    I’m leaning towards Moreland since Lee has been shaky of late, but Brown is batting 2nd and I have a sneaking suspicion he could make a big splash in his 1st game of the year.

  127. Trevor

    tggq21 says:


    Should we starting Marcum at Coors?

  128. schlitzy says:

    i just landed hommy tanson for hanrahahahan from a save hungry league mate. gotta love that some people pay for saves.

  129. royce! says:

    I was just thinking about trying to acquire Stubbs and decided to look at his HR profile on hittracker- it’s crazy: Stubbs has 6 “Just Enoughs,” out of 7 HR. Leads the NL in JEs. So people might want to temper their expectations regarding his power. Last year around this time, I think that McGehee was leading the NL in JEs, and this year 3 of his 4 HR were JEs. Cust kayin.

  130. schlitzy says:

    bernadina or coco?

  131. C.O.C. says:

    My once strong OF is scuffling, so I’m starting Ludwick in place of Coghlan, and this is a 16 team H2H PTS league, so Espinosa is a top ten fantasy 2B in my league, and I picked him up. I plan to start him at 2B and move Prado to OF to replace one of my struggling guys there. Sound stradegy? And who do I sit….Alex Gordon or Cameron Maybin?

  132. 3FingersBrown says:

    @Grey @All: at this point do we rank Bernadina over Bourjos? I’ve got Rogearvin “The Shark” (according to Baseball Referance) in 14 team and I’m itching to grab him in big money h2h. OF currently is Bourjos, Gardy, Rasmus, Joyce with Span the 5th/platoon guy. OBP counts and the shark’s got good eyes!

    @sclitzy: gotta be bernadina

  133. Rollie Lingers says:


    would you trade Liriano or Latos for Ian Kennedy? What about Liriano/Latos for Kennedy/JJ?

    I want to get rid of Liriano and Latos like I wish I had listened to you when you said to not draft Latos.


  134. Donnie Baseball says:

    Why oh why would Grey leave us here to fend for ourselves, while he hob nobs it with the stars of LA.

  135. 3FingersBrown says:

    So before we were separated by our respective brahs I found myself belching the following line out at a young Yankee fan who was decided he was going to start shit with me (a fan of the Metropolitans) at tonights game in the Bronx.

    “Relax son, I was across the street getting an autograph from Greg Nettles while you were still swimming in your daddy’s balls. Sit the fuck down and enjoy the game.”

    While the stadium feels much like Dick Cheney’s idea of a Roman arena, built in Las Vegas, I give props to the draconian security for throwing the douchebag out. It didn’t even come to punches thrown. Boy times have changed…

  136. 3FingersBrown says:

    Oh and Bobby Abreau with the slam and double legs (so far) just for Grey. Bustin’ balls.

  137. C.O.C. says:

    Grey is in L.A.? So am I.

  138. WDE05 says:

    Damnit…Kelly Johnson hits a grannie while sitting on my bench. With a 1 RBI lead, those 4 would have been helpful to say the least.

  139. ruah says:

    Anyone really…

    Been offered a trade in a 12 team keeper:

    I send Longoria and Hinske(picked him up for the weekend IL series)

    I get Bruce, L Morrison and Moreland.

    I have Aram for 3B and my OF is a bit bleh.

    I know it’s Longoria, but Im thinking of doing this. Make the move?

  140. ruah says:

    I guess you guys are right. I missed the draft in this one and my team autodrafted and it’s floundering as expected. Longoria was one of the few bright spots selected which made his DL stint sting more and as I said, I have no OF really. Just looking for a spark but I guess holding him for next year as a keeper would be best.

  141. pat says:

    thinking of trading beltran and gallardo for ryan zimmerman. good move while he’s hurt?

  142. pat says:

    also, could i get halladay or lincecum for prince fielder? i’m stacked at first

  143. Earl Battey says:

    Hey Grey,

    I need to start two of these guys:

    Romero (@NYY, CWS): scary matchups, but he’s been good lately
    Garza (PIT): scratched from his start today, so it’s not a sure thing he’ll even make that start
    Bailey (@ PHI)
    Ubaldo (STL): curious to see how he does tonight

    I might be begging for a WHIPping, but I’m leaning towards Romero for one spot. If Ubaldo looks OK today, I think he gets the second spot. If he gets shelled, I guess I’ll go with Bailey.

  144. Flunkie says:

    Rank RoS on these guys:

    Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner, David Murphy, Laynce Nix, Eric Hinske

  145. Flunkie says:

    Add Trevor Plouffe to that, too.

  146. knighttown says:

    Start Colon vs. The ’27 Blue Kays? Start Hamels at home vs. Cinci?

  147. Grey

    Grey says:

    @busta: Rolen

    @Donnie: Sounds fair… His shoulder a concern though.

    @Johnny: It’s even, depends what you need. I’d take Longoria.

    @Braveswear: I like him and would grab him.

    @Bogbert: Bum

    @Nick: Tomato-tomahto.

    @Scott: Scherzer

    @BigFatHippo: He is.

    @schlitzy: That’s insane. Bernadina

    @3fingers: I really like Bourjos’s speed, but I’d prefer Bernandina.

    @Rollie: I’d take Kennedy and JJ.

    @Pat: it’s fair.

    @Earl: Garza and Romero.

    @Flunkie: Turner

    @knighttown: Nope and yeah.

  148. paulzone says:

    Alex Gordon hasn’t had an rbi in at least 10 games and his avg continues to drop. Hold or swap him for one these available LFs:

    Seth Smith, Brantley, Ludwick, Nix, Tabata, Lee, Patterson, Ross, Ugh!

    We score the usual 5 cats plus obp, gidp, errors.


  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @paulzone: Smith for now.

    @Wilsonian: Congrats!

  150. Wilsonian says:

    Should I be seriously worried about Uggla, Heyward, and Dunn? They don’t look like they’re showing any signs of life right now.

  151. Derrick says:

    Crawford for Bautista? Who wins?

  152. royce! says:

    I apparently am blessed with the world’s most boring ability to see into the future: I dreamt last night that the Tigers called up Furbush. Seriously. How freaking boring is it that when I dream of fur/bush it’s about fantasy baseball?

    Turns out they’re just using him in relief anyway.

  153. Derrick says:

    Jason Kubel and Brett Anderson for Krispie Young. Who wins?

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: I’m holding for all of them.

    @Derrick: depends on needs… Bautista…

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Derrick: Depends on needs. Krispie…

  155. Flunkie says:

    @Wilsonian Congrats! Your freedom is officially over :p

  156. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Makes sense.

  157. Steve Stevenson says:

    Best bet for OF pop and OBP going forward: Swisher, Huff, Ludwick or Willingham?

    Also, are Aviles’ salad days behind him, or does he still have value as a versatile bench bat?

  158. Too Live Crudite says:

    Grey, can you please pick one of these SPs to sit this week? (Shallow league, thanks for indulging)

    D. Hudson @ HOU
    T. Hanson v CIN
    Z. Greinke v WAS
    J. Shields v CLE

  159. aj says:

    I need to drop a pitcher. Who goes?

    Joe Nathan, Edwin Jackson, Mark Melancon, Matt Guerrier, Chris Narveson, Ted Lilly

  160. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Houston – Toronto had a 10-pitch 4th inning. Took Drabek 6 pitches; then Wandy did it in 4 pitches.

  161. C.O.C. says:

    Sit Gordon or Maybin for next week?

  162. WDE05 says:

    What do you guys think about Jose Tabata? Starting to show signs of life after a dismal month.

  163. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Start Liriano at AZ today? Thanks Grey. And congrats Wilsonian! I’m getting married in a little under a month and I would be pretty proud of myself to get some Razzball in on the big day!

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Forget Aviles… Swisher….

    @Too Live Crudite: Greinke… Tough call though.

    @aj: Nathan

    @VinWins: That’s crazy.

    @C.O.C: Gordon

    @WDE05: I like him… Been liking him.

    @Nuke La Douche: I would.

  165. Wilsonian says:

    Who do you like more for this season: Pence or Heyward? Does your opinion change if it’s a keeper league?

  166. WDE05 says:

    Asdrubal Cabrera’s line today…

    5/5 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 runs, sb.

    Dude is on a roll.

  167. WDE05 says:

    I need to start giving you guys advance notice of when I’m going to dump a player. Dumped Buchholz a couple of weeks ago and now he looks like he’ll win the Cy Young. I dumped Delmon Young a couple of days ago and now he’s is 7 for his last 17 and had his first homer of the season today.

  168. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Bumgarner or Bedard?

  169. Ceasar says:

    14-team keeper league:

    Bruce for Mariano and Stubbs

    Hamilton for Mariano and Stubbs

  170. Steve says:

    Heyward heading to the DL by the sound of it.

    Why the f*** this couldn’t have happened a week ago – or even two weeks ago – is beyond me, and I’m not even a doctor.

  171. Joel says:

    Grey: 1) would you cut andres torres to pick up delmon young?
    2) for an infield bat off waivers: Justin Turner or Trumbo?


  172. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Please rank Narveson, Bumgarner and Bedard going forward…

  173. WDE05 says:

    A guy just dropped Hosmer for Jamey Carroll in my league (I know wtf?)

    I already have Moreland, Butler, and Ike Davis with 1b eligibility. Does it make sense to try and add Hosmer? Seems like he would have a lot of trade value if he continues to stay hot, but then again there’s only been 1 trade in our league thus far so thats probably a moot point.

  174. nyydj2 says:

    @ Wilsonian: CONGRATULATIONS !!!

  175. nyydj2 says:

    @Wilsonian: R.I.P.

  176. Donnie Baseball says:

    which bum do I keep A Escobar or J. Herrera?

  177. Donnie Baseball says:

    also holding onto Luebke and Baker hoping for promotion to rotation, but Duffy and Furbush are available.

    What 2 have the most upside of the 4?

  178. nyydj2 says:

    Good Evening Grey,
    Asked this a few posts ago but you were traveling and my long winded post got mixed up in your answer I think.

    Rotoinfo and others are hinting toward Mauer soon joining in on a 9 and under T-Ball game so I think he’s getting closer to returning. Another team in my league has him on the block and they need OF and SP.

    Want to offer my 5th Of in LoMo and a Sp for him. These are my Sp from top to bottom. Want to start low but get his interest. At which of my Sp would you say it’s not worth it?


  179. Brew Crew says:

    Looking to deal one MI (Lowrie, Walker, Rollins, Utley, Beckham) for an OF or 3B (Need Power/Steals)…
    Any thoughts on which to deal or who to target??

  180. the grate one says:

    grey 3 questions;

    1. minor is getting hudson’s start this week…and apparently a start on may 31st as well…worth the add???

    2. can you rank these bums going forward for holds/saves/ratios?
    thorton/raf sori/guerrier/boggs/padilla

    3. whats up w/ kuo? do you see him coming back, and if so like the kuo of old?


  181. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Rasmus drew 5 walks today from 5 different pitchers.

  182. elwood blues says:

    NL Only 4×4 .. with byrd out.. does Campana have more value.. grab him over Gibbons, W.Harris??

  183. schlitzy says:

    andres torres just dropped- keep bernadina or pick up torres?

  184. Steve says:

    It’s official. Heyward placed on the DL. Wish Yahoo would do the same.

  185. schlitzy says:

    i’m all about set it and forget it, so much so that i just noticed napoli is riding the interstate. give him the boot in a 14 teamer for lucroy?

  186. herschel says:

    @Grey: 5 x 5 weekly roto league, which two (in order) do you like in the short term for a util play? bernadina, miranda, ludwick, trumbo and sands?


  187. Rollie Lingers says:


    next week would u start scherzer v. boston, colby lewis v. kc, or liriano v. angels? thanks!

  188. royce! says:

    Nice for Utley that he’s finally getting his stint off the DL.

  189. Steve says:

    Come on Youk – give me something.

  190. Eddy says:

    I WAS going to ask about the thoughts of holding onto Porcello, but then I decided to use this post as a PSA instead:

    If I did my math right, he faces BOS and TEX in his next two starts.

  191. Brian says:

    Volquez is killing me, is it too early to drop him in a 20 team league?

  192. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Drop Dunn for Bumgarner or Wood…I can also dump him for Hosmer or Pena…in other words I’m done with Dunn!

  193. Black Beard says:

    Please rank going forward: Bedard, E-Jax, Norris, and Colon.

  194. Eddy says:

    Can’t believe what Volquez said after giving up 6 ER in 2.2 today:

    “I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs,” Volquez said. “The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen in five games? (Actually 12). It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.”

    You’re kidding me, right?

    I just dropped him for Collmenter in a 16-team league and that officially rids me of him in every league.

  195. Doog says:

    In a dynasty points league, how much do I have to give up with Bautista for Pujols?

  196. busta says:

    Please choose 2 out of 3 of the following SP’s next week

    De La Rosa: ARI, STL
    Cueto: @PHI,@ATL
    Hellickson: @DET,CLE

  197. Fletch says:

    @Grey: I noticed Cruz is sitting on waivers…is he worth dumping Dunn for?

  198. Fletch says:

    Alex Gordon is on waivers too…I think I would prefer Cruz though.

  199. Ethan Stein says:

    Daniel Hudson is on waivers? Do I want him to drop Edwin Jackson or Travis Wood or Francisco Liriano?

  200. chata says:

    arroyo proving why he’d never be one one of my teams

  201. McBainus says:

    @Grey: What up with the shoutout in MMQB today!! Nice!! That’ll definitely bring some extra traffic.

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