You’ll have to excuse me; I’m a bit hoarse after a weekend in Vegas, so don’t ask me to yell.  All caps are just too much right now.  I’m not sure where I lost my voice.  May have been during our spirited game of Pai Gow Poker.  What was I doing playing $15 hands of a game where I literally just turned my cards over so the dealer could tell me how to play them?  It’s the free drinks, ya’ll!  About eighty dollars worth a free drinks to be exact.  Oh, and Ubaldo was pitching a no-hitter and Pai Gow Poker had the best seats in the house.  I think even the three 70-year-old Asian ladies at the table with us were into it by the ninth.  Hair’s to you, Ubaldo!  Either way, I’m spent so I’ll have to keep my enthusiasm on simmer for now about Ike Davis.  Let’s start this mofo with what Stephen said in the Mets’ Minor League Review, “After hitting zero home runs in 215 at-bats in 2008, doubters began questioning his “raw power,” but failed to consider an oblique injury.  Splitting time between High-A and Double-A, Davis flat-out raked.  Not necessarily the most polished hitter, he still has some work to do with his swing and strikeout rate, but he should continue to hit for power as he keeps a decent rate of balls in the air (42.8 FB%).”  And that’s me quoting Stephen!  In nine games in Triple-A Buffalo, Davis has two homers as he hits a robust .357.  Not to be confused with the girls in Vegas, who are mo’bust.  The Mets are calling up Davis in the next week.  Do I take a flier on him in 12 team or deeper mixed leagues?  Certainly.  Do I expect the 2nd coming of Hayzeus Cristo?  Nope.  But if he hits in first few games, his value will go sky high and you’ll be able to trade him for more than he’s worth.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Mike Jacobs – Designated for assignment.  That assignment is to “stop sucking.”

Derek Jeter – Will return on Tuesday after missing yesterday’s game with a head cold.  Good to see he’s quickly on the mend because a head cold sidelined Greinke for a year.

Aaron Rowand – On the DL with three fractures in his cheekbones that he sustained from a Padilla fastball.  In related news, Charlie Haeger’s fastball plunked a mosquito.  The mosquito’s day-to-day.

Eugenio Velez – Guess who now has a new every day job?  Conan O’Brien? Um, yeah, but also Velez.  He’s terrible at everything, except speed.  Oh, what glorious burners he has.  So, as always, SAGNOF.

Barry Zito – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks and was Alexander Hamilton to Clayton Kershaw’s Aaron Burr (7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks).  I’d avoid tough matchups with Zito, but he was ownable last year in most mixed leagues and now through three starts his ERA is below 2.

Franklin Morales – 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Now has back-to-back blown saves.  Rafael Betancourt, cuddle boy extraordinaire, would be next in line, but I don’t think we’ve reached that point yet.  If Morales blows his next one, then commence vulturing.

Jair Jurrjens – 8 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Jar-Jar was hit hard hard by the Padres in his last start, then held an actual major league offense in check.  Next time, he gets the Mets.  Uh-oh.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks.  Now has an ERA of 2.12 on the year.  Amongst other reasons, his move to the AL scared me off of him this year.  But so far– Wait, he’s faced the Royals twice and the M’s at Safeco.  Very sneaky, Scherzer.

Wade LeBlanc – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks.  But if a monkey were playing third, that would’ve been hilarious!

Everth Cabrera – 2-for-4 with his third steal as he continues to bat leadoff.  Potatoes to chips, his OBP, which is currently at .280, should shoot up at least 40 points.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-4 and his fourth homer yesterday.  Reynolds is hitting .182 on the year and hasn’t attempted a steal.  It’s not cherrypicking negativity for Mini Donkey.  It’s a goad.  Donkeys, mini or otherwise, need goading.

Juan Gutierrez – Sure has been one sweet pickup for me since Thursday.  2 appearances, 1 IP and 5 ER.  Maybe tomorrow he can defecate on my Reggie Jackson rookie card.

Ian Kennedy – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Padres in Petco.  A’la Guy Fieri, “Was a meatball of an appearance.  And meatballs are good!”

Ty Wigginton – Has 4 homers in the last week.  Might hit 4 more this week, then not hit another one for a month.  Grab while hot, friend.

Marlon Byrd – 3-for-5 yesterday and will now hit leadoff vs. lefties with Theriot dropping to the eight hole, also known as the don’t steal so the pitcher can bunt you over hole.

Lance Berkman – He’s ready to return for Tuesday’s game.  Him and Carlos Lee should be able to fix the Astros’ offense, assuming you’re playing in a 2006 throwback league.  I have my doubts that Berkman will be the old Berkman.  Actually, let me rephrase that because he will indeed be the old Berkman.  He just won’t be the Berkman that we used to see.

Aaron Hill – Should be ready to go by Friday.  I’ll be impressed if he returns and stays healthy the rest of the year.  Member how excited you were in March to own him?  How ya feeling now?

Alberto Callaspo – 3-for-5, 6 RBIs with 2 homers yesterday.  He’s a .300 hitter with little to no speed and very minimal power.  I will call you, Polancallaspo.

Scott Podsednik – 3-for-5 with his 7th steal.  If you were an alien and this were your first day on Earth and you saw Podsednik’s stats so far this season and his wife, you’d probably think he was the best player in the major leagues.

Luke Hochevar – 6 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He got lucky last time, too.  The time before, I said, “He looked sharp last night and I’m ready to leap if he pitches this well again.”  These starts since then have made it real hard to buy into him totally, but I’d rather own him at this point than not.

Carl Pavano – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  I talked him up last week.  Finally putting years of dreckitude behind me.  So I picked him up and he got shelled.  Did he do this to spite me?  Probably.  But guess what?  It was a weekly league, so I didn’t have him in my active lineup yet.  In your face, Pavano!

Jason Marquis – Didn’t record an out as he gave up 7 runs.  Now that’s Razztastic!

Mark Teixeira – HR yesterday as his average buoys around .115.  Someone turn this guy’s calender to June.

Jay Bruce – 2 solo homers yesterday.  After the game, he cured death, then reversed the cure because of all the people who doubted him the first two weeks.

Matt Garza – 8 IP, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks has a 0.75 ERA on the year.  Have I mentioned that I traded Rafael Soriano to get Garza in one league?

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Stop the press!  Who’s that?  Ricky Romero!

Ervin Santana – 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  As the Black Eyed Peas would say, “Mazel tov.”

Rich Harden – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 BBs.  Weird how his stuff has gone from filthy to sloppy.

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Grey, don’t get sucked into the Hochevar hype. You saw his WHIP today. How can you say that’s ownable?

    Also, how many more HRs before you buy into HGH Wells?

    Also, what are your thoughts on Reyes? He’s looked utterly horrible. Is overcoming mysterious thyroid issues similar to Tommy John surgery, or what?

  2. Tom Reale says:

    I picked up Pavano and didn’t start him either. It was in a H2H and come Sunday, I didn’t need him. Good Riddance!

  3. Gareth says:

    @Terrence Mann: Stick with Reyes – what other option do you really have? He hasn’t played for 11 months, so hopefully he’ll come round soon.

    Received an intriguing trade proposal today – my Garza and Ubaldo for his Greinke and Wandwagon. I am inclined to stand pat. Am I doing the right thing?

  4. penpen says:

    @Gareth: I’d stand pat too. It’s a weird trade, kind of a wash, and kind of depressing, trading two hot players with untapped upside for two cold players who probably had career years last year.
    @Terrence Mann: @Gareth: As a fellow Reyes owner, this reassured me: Reyes is hitting 30% LD’s but only has a .200 babip; sounds pretty unlucky, no? I even saw him get robbed with my own eyes on a line-shot comebacker by a Cards pitcher last night.

  5. Steve says:

    Glad y’all got some entertainment from Pavano’s latest start. Me? Not so much.
    Just goes to show, everything that happens in fantasy baseball makes someone happy.
    Welcome back, Grey. Poorer in pocket, weaker in body but enriched in spirit?

  6. Matt B says:

    Need starting help for a 12 team weekly 5×5 (OBP instead of avg) h2h

    Bench 2:
    Pacman Jones [email protected],[email protected] [no production]
    Robot Jones 3vsMIL,[email protected] [no production; faces 2 LHP]
    Jose Guillen [email protected],3vsMIN
    Krispie Young 3vsSTL,3vsPHI

    Also, for the same league drop Adam LaRoche for a flier on Davis? A lot of Mets fans in this league…

  7. Matt B says:

    Matt B: sorry not OBP, regular AVG 5×5 h2h.

  8. Schlitzy says:

    Grey, wondering if you saw any Cueto the other night while playing Pai Gow? I am still holding. I know if i dump him he’s guaranteed to K 10 in his next outing.

  9. john says:

    So what’s everyone feeling with Cueto? Time to bail?

  10. john says:

    @Schlitzy: Ha! What are the odds..

  11. Spamcakes says:

    Welcome back Grey and congrats to Rudy! So which one of you lost a tooth and which one had “one of those pictures” taken with Jangito the Wonder Donkey?

  12. Gareth says:

    @john: I ditched him for C.J. Wilson in one league and Masterson in another last week.

  13. john says:

    @Gareth: Yea, I was thinking about ditching him for Masterson. I’m still getting over my draft haze and just now seeing the reality of my team instead of the possibilities.

  14. Tony says:

    @Terrence Mann: yep i think reyes is in “extended spring training” right now.

    Last week was a rough one for this guy. Wright, reyes and bay on one team? do i need to say more? how about morales, dotel, and heath bell to ruin my week pitching on sunday because i left them in? Thank god H2H there’s always next week. Ugliness, pure ugliness!

  15. Gareth says:

    @john: That’s a tough one isn’t it? You don’t want to give up on upside guys too early. I’m way more comfortable with jettinsoning (that a word?) upside SPs than hitters, just cos there’s generally more replacements around.

  16. Gareth says:

    @Tony: As a Mets fan who drafted Reyes and Beltran and overpaid for Wright in a trade last year, I vowed to steer clear this year. Watching them is heartbreaking enough without having them ruin your fantasy teams too.

  17. Howard says:

    Welcome back Grey! How long do I hold on to Blanks and Davis? or as I like to call them Blanks and Blanker!

  18. Hardcore Midget says:

    Time to cut bait on Gavin Floyd for a schmohawk like Pelfrey or Colby Lewis. I know it’s just one bad start, but jeebus was it a bad one….

  19. john says:

    @Gareth: Yea, its miserable. And it happens every single year, but oh well, championships don’t win themselves.

  20. EmporersMonkey says:

    How far away is Planet Suck and when is Hunter Pence going back to his homeworld?

  21. Matt B says:

    Odd man out in 5×5: Z Greinke @TOR, B Anderson vsCLE, K Slowey vsCLE, @KC, R Wells @NYM, @MIL, R Oswalt vsPIT

  22. Jeff says:

    Which 2 sit in 5×5 league; Cruz, V. Wells, BJ Upton, Hamilton, Span, Vlad, Heyward?

    Which 2 start in 5×5 league; Gio Gonzalez – 2 home starts; vs. NYY, vs CLE, Kazmir – 2 home starts; vs DET, vs NYY, Pavano – 1 start; Road @ KC, I. Kennedy – 1 home start; vs PHI

  23. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Fresh off a Vegas weekend and you’re tossing around “Ed” references? C’mon, fess up… what narco-hallucinogen pairing conjured up recollections of that nugget of cinematic gold?

  24. Jarrad says:

    Gotta pick a 6th starter for this week. Who would you go w/ out of the following?

    Harden vs DET
    Floyd vs SEA
    E. Santana vs NYY

    I’m leaning Harden, but I might still be a lil’ lopsided from this past weekend’s festivities… ;P

  25. Ben says:

    Is Gutierrez out of the closer running now? It is like the collective psychology of baseball is broken, save a few fellows, and the cursed 9th inning suddenly is traumatic for all but the strongest. WTF?

    But anyway, drop him for Brett “If I did this to my girlfriend Imagine what I’ll do to you” Myers 2 starts? My other closers are Aardsma and Gregg

  26. uncdrew says:

    Seems like Juan Guitierrez got a chance to be closer and decided he liked 8th inning set up work more. Felipe Lopez of the Red Birds looked better on the mound than Juan this weekend.

    I guess it’s time to remove Juan from the “Next Closer Carousel” and put Betancourt on it.

  27. Beau says:

    Need some trade advice…was offered his bruce for my capps. Im first in the leagues in saves and can afford to lose capps, but ive got a packed OF with quentin, ellsbury, holliday and fragu/robot/rasmus rotating around my bench and beltran on the dl. I am near the top in hr/rbi and he is at the bottom of saves. I think im getting the better value in the trade but strategically i feel like it helps his team more than mine, am i overthinking this? Thoughts?

  28. dingers says:

    last spot on the squad goes to…
    Alfonso Soriano. Jose Guillen. or Krispie Young???
    thanks all
    welcome back Grey!

  29. PepeSilvia says:

    @Hardcore Midget: check Floyd’s home/road splits from last year and you’ve got your answer.

  30. Remember Phil Nevin says:

    @PepeSilvia: great name, get your mail yet?

    Grey with a Matt LeBlanc reference. Someone call Matty and tell him he’s mildly relevant again

  31. byrone says:

    grey, tell us a story about jaime garcia? i dumped cueto for him yesterday.

  32. Art Vandelay says:

    Too soon to give up on Fowler? Drop him for Gardner or is that just Tomato Tomahto?

  33. sean says:

    Just a reminder to all setting lineups that today is PATRIOTS DAY (sit down, Tom Brady). The BOS/TB game will start at 11:00 a.m. and may lock you out from setting lineups or at least moving the players on those teams around.

  34. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:

    @ Beau: Yes, you’re overthinking it. Always take the better player, then sort it out on your roster later. If nothing else it leaves you in that much stronger of a position to make subsequent trades. Plus, if Storen keeps it up at AA Capps’ll be 8th inning fodder for a contender by July…

  35. PepeSilvia says:

    @Remember Phil Nevin: nope. I really need to go see Carol in HR about this problem with the mailroom.

    better waiver wire grab: Velez or Brett Gardner?

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i need to start 2 of the following OFs in a weekly league: pence, blanks, rasmus, bruce.

    leaning bruce (could he be starting a hot streak??) and pence (crossing my fingers berkman returning to the lineup helps him out).

  37. Remember Phil Nevin says:

    @PepeSilvia: but there IS NO Carol in HR!

    not that you were asking me, but I’d say this: check out the surrounding players plus the fact gardy’s been good already this year.

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jeff: hamilton and span.

  39. The Dangerous Summer says:

    @Grey: E. Santana or Duchy?

  40. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Beau: take bruce. capps won’t be the closer all year…storen will get at least half the season to show off his stuff, plus the nats aren’t gonna win 90+ games anyway and give capps boat loads of opportunities. bruce has the talent to have a j-up type season (remember j-up started awful in 2009 and almost got sent down).

  41. GopherDay says:

    Morneau and Reyes or Prince and Rollins??

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @The Dangerous Summer: i’m an ervin believer and have been refusing to dump him, and while i am ecstatic about his start over the weekend, i would hold off on starting him versus the yankees. there will be plenty of sea and oak games to rack up starts from ervin later.

  43. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GopherDay: prince/rollins. rollins will be back (not like reyes is a beacon of health) and prince will get going and isn’t a health risk like morneau.

  44. Beau says:

    @GopherDay: Unless its a move for SBs id much rather have prince and rollins.

  45. nick m. says:

    randy wells or masterson as a 2-start pitcher this week and beyond?

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:

    just a heads up for those of you ready to dump cueto (and i know the feeling cause i have him on a team too), he’s talented, and can K guys, and last april ubaldo had a 7.00+ era, and i dumped him, then watched him rack up a 3.00 era for our league champ the rest of the season. not saying you hold him in all cases, but i wouldn’t dump him for someone like colby lewis just yet either.

  47. Beau says:

    Drop rasmus or crash for podsednik in keeper league, last place in saves.

  48. DavidSouter says:

    Hold on to Lastings Milledge or Chase Headley?

  49. William says:

    @ThePoonTycoon – I picked up Ubaldo last year in mid-May because from what I recall, was a huge difference in ERA and FIP. He in this site’s and Fangraph’s list to buy low on and so I did.

    Johnny Cueto doesn’t boast the high 90’s fastball that Ubaldo has and he also isn’t showing his ability to strike players out like he did when he first came up.

    I’m very much a nervous Cueto owner right now.

  50. Frank Rizzo says:

    10 team league and Bruce has been dropped. Should I grab him dropping Willingham in the process?

  51. anon says:

    Weekly league, should I start Cueto home -vs- SD, or Correia @ CIN?

  52. sean says:

    @Art Vandelay: Tomato-tomahto. Gardner is running and Fowler isn’t though. Gardner faces three lefties this week (normally sits against LHP). Fowler has been platooning with Seth Smith (and primarily hitting at the top of the order against LHP).

    If you are desperate for steals, Gardner is probably the choice. He is often pinch running even when he isn’t starting. A line of 1R, 1SB 0AB can definitely help.

  53. sean says:

    @William: Low 90s, bad control, and a HR-friendly park are all bad, bad news for Cueto.

  54. Commish Cauda says:

    ***16-team, H2H-5X5 League***

    Pick TWO to start this week:

    Correia @CIN (Cueto)
    Hochevar vsMIN (Pavano)
    Gio Gonzalez vsNYY (Vazquez) and vsCLE (Masterson)
    Leake vsLA (Padilla)


  55. sean says:

    @Matt B: You may want to consider losing Guillen this week for Davis and then if Davis hits when he’s called up, you can ride that for a few weeks until LaRoche’s warmer months come around and flip Davis to a Met fanboy for a decent piece.

  56. Kazmere says:

    Cameron Maybin batting leadoff. Short-lived until Coghlin gets his act together, or poor man’s dread pirate?

  57. aj says:

    A player who emerged this weekend: Justin Maxwell. Is he worth following (stashing) in NL only? Big, toolsy OF. I looked at his minor league numbers and they could go either way. Decent walk rate, good ISO, but BAD strikeout rat. Big frame. But best of all, is only competition for Nats RF job are the Willies: Harris and Tavares.

  58. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kazmere: as someone who took a couple of fliers on maybin, i’ve been following him closely, and since his awful opening day, he’s been consistently getting on base. he could be on the verge of a breakout after several years of teasing.

  59. Tony says:

    Ellsbury or Cain/Fragu side?

    i posted this late last night, didn’t get much of a response, its already been accepted in my league, i’m getting one side, who wins? Or is it just FAIR.

  60. Ian says:

    I’m starting to think the Jeff Clement experiment has to end. Would you drop him for a hot Pudge (gross sounding), or a boring Chris Snyder/Carlos Ruiz/Barajas/AJ type of dood?

  61. Ian says:

    Another boring guy-Jeff Mathis is out there

  62. Jarrad says:

    @Tony: I think the Cain/FraGu side wins out, especially if Gutierrez continues to play he has since the end of last season…

  63. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: as i am actively a ellsbury hater, i think it’s pretty fair, with potential to very much favor the cain/fragu side

    @Ian: as a napoli owner who got thwarted on the waiver wire trying to drop napoli twice this past week, he’s finally getting some starts, as mathis has cooled off and should continue to slide towards his ~.200 career avg.

  64. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Start or sit Brad Penny this week?

  65. Tony says:

    @Jarrad: @ThePoonTycoon: cool i’m getting Ells, i need the SB’s, i like cain, like fragu, but cain was one of the luckier pitchers last year, grey kept calling for a regression, i dont, maybe i’m pulling the plug early, and i’m not the hugest fan of ellsbury, but love the steals, avg and runs…. and i need all the help i can get. I have a 1 in rbis and a 1 in HR’s, and i own prince fielder, lol. Awesome. Thank god its a long season.

  66. William says:

    @Everyone – Time to jump on Ervin Santana?

  67. Mr. Rickey says:

    Deep NL only league – I need to replace Rowand – need a Schmohawk for my injured Schmohawk. Waiver wire is thin – here are the best choices:

    Andres Torres
    Justin Maxwell
    John Baker

    Who is the best of this sorry group?

  68. William says:

    @Mr.Rickey – go to sleep and whoever you dream of flying through your bedroom window, you pick him up!

  69. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Tony: yeah, i have prince and adgonz on the same team, and i am sitting in last place by a long shot. i also own lester in that league, so to say i’m off to a bad start is an understatement. this is a new league and i only know 1 other player, so i keep getting crap deals offered to me hoping i’m in panic mode, but i wanna see where i’m at once prince/adgonz start hitting bombs and lester’s pitching normalizes.

  70. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Grey

    Did not pitcure you as a Madonna fan. Wait, does that fact that I know the song make me a fan? Or a fancy boy?

    I gotta pack it in. Good shizz as usual. A Jaime Garcia note would be nice.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Wells is the same as Guillen. Buy him if he’s out there, sell him if you own him. I’ve been meaning to talk about Reyes. Will do tonight.

    @Tom Reale: Ha!

    @Steve: Yup, thanks!

    @Matt B: Pacman, Guillen and grab Davis.

    @Schlitzy: Sorry, all I saw was his line which was frustrating. I’m not dropping him though. I’ve seen him pitch before and I like my chances he can be better.

    @Spamcakes: Ha!

    @Howard: That’s hilarious. Those guys depend on league size and team need.

    @Hardcore Midget: I agree with below commenter.

    @EmporersMonkey: Ha!

    @Matt B: Anderson

    @Jeff: Heyward, Span… Gio, Pavano…Not the prettiest of choices though.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Hehe

    @Jarrad: Floyd

    @Ben: Grab Myers.

    @Beau: I’d take Bruce.

    @dingers: Guillen

    @Remember Phil Nevin: Ha!

    @byrone: Looks solid so far.

    @Art Vandelay: I’d prefer Gardner.

    @PepeSilvia: Gardner

    @ThePoonTycoon: Pence, Bruce…

    @The Dangerous Summer: Ervin

    @nick m.: Masterson, but I’d take either.

    @Beau: Saves? Rasmus

    @DavidSouter: Headley

    @Frank Rizzo: Yup

    @anon: Cueto

    @Commish Cauda: Gio, Hochevar, not the greatest though as I’m sure you’re aware.

    @Kazmere: Short-lived probably, less speed.

    @aj: Grab him.

    @Tony: Ellsbury wins.

    @Ian: Snyder

    @Mojo the Helper Monkey: Start

    @William: Yup

    @Mr. Rickey: Maxwell

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Thanks!

  72. GopherDay says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: @Beau: Thanks, just canceled the offer though because I got another trade…

    Is this @Grey approved??

    I get: Tex, Mini-mini Donkey, and Jair Jurjjens…I give Morneau, Mariano, Price.

    I figure Price to Jurjjens is a wash, while I upgrade 1B and MI. (I have six closers, so losing Mariano is nothing)

  73. Frank Rizzo says:

    With a small bench in a 10 team league and Lilly coming back soon, who’s the guy to drop between Lilly, Slowey, and De La Rosa? The rest of my SP’s are CC, Kershaw, Nolasco, Garza, and Oswalt.

  74. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: In a keeper, league where they would cost the same amount to keep, would you drop Bucholze for Ervin? Or would you drop Smoak? (Same price)

  75. timSTi says:

    @Everyone: This trade has just been accepted in my 10 team 7 keeper roto league.

    Team A gets:

    Team B gets:

    I’m not concerned with collusion, just making sure everyone agrees with me that Team B is a moron for only getting 2 prospects and a closer on a shitty team in return for the best pitcher in the game??

  76. Doot Doot says:

    Would you drop E.Encarnacion for Teahen? just for the bench..

  77. Frank Rizzo says:

    @timSTi: Looks like Heyward lust to me. Bard could be Boston’s closer next year.

  78. Beau says:

    @timSTi: Agreed Id want lince side but not totally ridiculous.

  79. @Grey:

    Ehhh if Eugenio Velez has great burners, why is his career steal % under 70. In my book, if you can’t steal at least 70% I dont think you should be stealing.

  80. GopherDay says:

    @timSTi: Just looks like someone got caught up in Heyward love. Keeper leagues are kind of funny though because they guy who traded away Lincy might have thought his arm would implode.

  81. timSTi says:

    @GopherDay: @Frank Rizzo: @Beau: Yeah I agree on the Heyward lust. Him Strasburg and Chapman were all drafted way too early in this league as well. I guess I’m just mad for not offering up the Lincecum owner something and getting my hands on him.

  82. timSTi says:

    @Grey: What’s the latest on Kerry Wood’s situation when he returns? Will he be immediately taking over closer duties? I’m sure Perez not looking to sharp helps that possibility. I had him as a DL stash and now my DL is filled and I have Rollins taking up a bench spot.

  83. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: i’d look into trading one of you SPs for a hitter. if you have to drop a SP, i think it’d have to be dlr, but i’d hate to drop him without seeing lilly throw in the bigs first. i’d probably leave lilly on the DL until your league forces him back to being on the active roster.

  84. Brian says:

    Trade: Power speed is pretty equal would you trade adam Jones for Jay bruce?

  85. @Grey: Welcome back. Hope those lizard men who hang out at Circus Circus didn’t get you. Pretty deranged weekend of baseball.

    Stop hating on my Aaron. Hill be just fine (see that alliteration).

    With Hill and Fuentes coming back, I’ve got some tough choices. Fowler and Desmond are the only two expendable position players (Wiggy Jr. is fire). All of my starters (aside from Zam-suck-o and Floyd) are doing well and I’ve got Gregg, Rausch and Madson holding down the pen.

    With a few days until my guys get back, I’m trying to make a 2 for 1 trade to get something back as opposed to just dropping guys who could potentially be useful. If you had to drop any of those guys, I’d imagine you’d drop Desmond and Fowler, no? I may dump a closer (maybe get a future draft pick out of him) since 4 of those clowns will not help my ratios.

  86. Stephen says:

    @Elijah: He has a major league career steal rate of 73.2 percent. Juan Pierre has a major league career rate of 74.8 percent. Cust Kayin’.

  87. preptime says:

    @3FingersBrown: Despite the misuse of the word “alliteration”, I agree with you on Aaron Hill. He said he could have played through the injury immediately, but instead they decided to back-date the DL stint just as a precaution. He should be good to go for this season as long as people didn’t buy him expecting last year’s stats.

  88. BSA says:

    Re: Ike Davis.
    I was considering him but looking at my team and what I could read about him my two options to drop for him were the other Davis or Blanks. I didn’t think we would bring much more to the table. Thanks KC for letting me watch him from afar.

    Those who listened to the game last night – anyone hear them trying to explain Frenchy’s 2010 success?

  89. Frank Rizzo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I’d love to trade a pitcher for a hitter Poon, but it’s so early in the season that nobody is even listening yet. And in a 10 teamer with a shallow bench, there’s some decent SP’s on the wire.

  90. BSA says:

    Grey – Welcome back!
    It must have been your buy/sell post on Friday as my team saw your confidence and performed from the far reaches of the baseball world.

  91. Eric says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Those are very strong pitchers, even for a 10 team league. The 3 weakest to me are Slowey, Oswalt, and De La Rosa. Try to trade a pitcher, even if it’s not the best deal. Getting someone for one of those pitchers is better than just cutting them.

  92. Kazmere says:

    Guy in my 12 team roto league is moaning about Lester. Might even drop him but I’m 9th in waiver priority. I want to offer him a trade asap assuming the Razzhands&Grey think Lester is healthy, just working through mechanics right now.

    Who should I offer up, and in what order? Markakis, Quentin, Oswalt? Oswalt + closer?

  93. BSA says:

    @Kazmere: I would offer Oswalt first. He is fine and I wish I had him.

  94. Bob says:

    Welcome back, Grey. You seem only a little worse for wear.

    Speaking of Heyward, on Saturday, in a standard 12 team mixed league, I traded my Heyward for his Ricky Nolasco. Previously, I had traded my K Rod and Stephen Strasburg for his Josh Johnson. A pitching staff for a couple of kids and SAGNOF is the way I’m looking at it. Did I get it right?

    Meantime, in another league, I picked up Nate McLouth, who’s really sucking. Am I better off keeping him, or moving on to someone like Cameron Maybin or Josh Hamilton?

  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Oswalt, Oswalt closer, Quentin… IN that order.

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Thanks! And nice trade. What do you mean moving on? Is Hamilton and Maybin on waivers?

  97. TheEvilEmpire says:

    I’m jumping ship on the Clemexperiment.

    Who to pickup off waivers until my Montero comes back from service?


  98. @preptime: You caught me. It’s early. I’m not sure what sort of literary device I’m smoking. I understand the Hill hate, as I’m sure a lot of people were expecting a repeat of ’09. I kept him for a 21st round pick, so I’ll be happy if he doesn’t plain suck.

  99. Matt B says:

    In a Weekly 5×5 h2h with 4SP/2RP my opponent will have 5 starts, I’m set for 6 with the above (Rauch/Nunez as closers).
    Bench Nunez for a “RP” start from either: Colby Lewis @BOS&vsDET or Phil Hughes @OAK? Or trust 6 from Danks, Slowey, Felix, Kershaw hold up against 5 from Hanson, Nolasco, CC, and Romero?

  100. Stephen says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: Even though you’re in my league, I would go with Iannetta.

  101. Bob says:

    @Grey: My bad. The coffee hasn’t kicked up. I meant that a Josh (Willingham) and Cameron Maybin are on the waiver wire, and since McClouth is my first off the bench OF, would I be better off getting rid of McClouth and picking up someone hotter off the waiver wire, or hanging in there with Nate a little longer?

  102. preptime says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: I picked up Pudge Rodriguez over all of those guys. I am not sure if I endorse that completely though.

  103. timSTi says:

    @Grey: 10 tm Roto 7 Keepers. One guy is hurting for power and I’m looking to get BBershaw off him. I lead HR’s R’s & RBI’s so I could spare a bat. Whats a fair offer for him?

    Snyder, Pujols, Phillips, Furcal, Youkilis, Stewart, G.Jones, Kemp, Bruce, Cruz, Quentin, Pence, Hart, Podsednik, Rollins (IR), Montero (IR)

    Nolasco, Baker, Vazquez, Cueto, E.Santana, DLR, Sanchez, CJ Wilson, Marmol, Morales, Dotel, Rodney.

    Is Quentin and/or Santana too much? He drafted Kershaw in the 9th round, same as I drafted Quentin.

  104. Commish Cauda says:

    the schmohawk arm parade continues…this time, 16-team, H2H-POINTS

    I know they’re less than desirable…,but it’s what I have. Please pick TWO for this week…thanks

    Rowland-Smith @CHW (Floyd)
    Latos vsSF (Sanchez)
    Bush @PIT (Morton) and vsCHC (Zambrano)
    Hammel @WAS (Lannan)

  105. GopherDay says:

    Is Ikey Davis available in any of y’all’s Yahoo leagues?

  106. Sal says:

    @Grey: pick one for H2H points for my last slot:

    Dotel, Penny, Masterson (crossing streams as I am starting slowey), Gio Gonz.

    Would you then sub one of the remaining in for Nolasco?
    What are your thoughts on crossing streams?

  107. TheEvilEmpire says:

    @Stephen: You sure about that? GWJ league?

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: do you see carlos santana getting called up soon with the dismal catchers the tribe have swinging the bat?and what do you think of gordon here on in.Hope yall had fun came home with money left and nothing is itching to bad

  109. GTS says:

    Which one would you bench this week? Span, Werth, Krispie, or Bruce?

  110. papasmurf says:

    I picked up Callaspo yesterday hehe! Nice debut, but I’ll be punting him in a few days. Wheel of fortune at 2b, C, and CF. What a team I have. And SS and RF have been bad too. My team OBP is .285 through 2 weeks. As Borat might say, niiiiiceeee.

  111. Denys says:

    Ervin Santana for Jay Bruce? (I get Bruce).

  112. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Denys: could work but i want bruce all day

  113. Tony says:

    @Denys: how values change

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: Snyder at least has every day ABs, but they’re tomato-tomahto really.

    @Matt B: I’d go with two closers if you’re already an extra start above your opponent.

    @Stephen: Ha!

    @Bob: Hold for a little.

    @timSTi: Just Quentin is fine. See if that gets it done.

    @Commish Cauda: Latos and Hammel

    @GopherDay: Not yet.

    @Sal: Penny if you don’t need the saves of Dotel… I don’t mind crossing streams. Why are you benching Nolasco?

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha! Thanks! Be shocked if Santana came up before June. Gordon – eh.

    @GTS: How are you guys still doing weekly adjustments? Games already started. Anyway, bench Span.

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @Denys: I’d want Bruce.

  115. Jerry says:

    Just got offered Felix and Doumit for Howard in a 6×6 h2h league with TB and QS. I already own Hamels, Nolasco, Bills and J.Sanchez. With TB I feel like power has way more value, should I sit tight or pull the trigger?

    C: AJ
    1b: MCab
    2b: I. Stewart
    ss: Andrus
    3b: ZImm
    OF: Granderson
    OF: Lind
    OF: Rios
    Util: Howard

    SPs: Hamels, Billingsley, Nolasco, Sanchez ,Cueto, Harden, Masterson
    RPs: Bell, Valverde, Aardsma, Dotel, Feliz

  116. Tony says:

    @Jerry: your staff is fine, i would NOT do that…. its basically felix for howard?

  117. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Denys: he will be steaky,but i bet on over 30 hr,s

  118. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: You are a trooper for learning a new game in Vegas. I think the musical phrase to a pit boss’s ears are, “So, how does this game work?” I went to a bachelor party in Vegas a few years back and one of the guys was brave enough to ask the dealer to explain craps.

    What I learned: It is impossible to explain craps.

    Speaking of craps — Is Borbon droppable in 12-team mixed if he’s not leading off? Is it worth dropping him for Maybin? Maybe?

  119. GTS says:

    @Grey: It’s a daily lineup league.

  120. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: bruce or pence straight up,any league?

  121. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: ” I think the musical phrase to a pit boss’s ears are, “So, how does this game work?””


    I’m writing like I’m the one back from a bachelor weekend in Vegas.

  122. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Ah, my bad.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Borbon has 40 steal speed and Maybin has 20, so I’m hesitant for right now. I’ve been playing craps for ten years and I’m not even sure about some bets.

  123. Doot Doot says:

    good idea Grey. I don’t really need a SP at the moment with Lincecum/C.Lee/Hanson/Romero/C.Wilson/Penny/Porcello/Matsuzaka(DL), lol. But could use a RP for sure. Only have Dotel and Soria as sure bets for saves, with J.Johnson.

    Which of these RP do you like?
    Badenhop, Mujica, Villanueva, Jensen Lewis, Affeldt, Rafael Betancourt

  124. William says:

    @Grey: Drop Johnny Cueto for Ervin Santana today, or wait till AFTER he pitches against the Yankees?

    I play in a 12 team standard roto 5×5 H2H league.

  125. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: grabbed betancourt already,,so really,hows the head feel(the 1 with the stash)

  126. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I dealt Rauch for Krispie, so now have 6 guys for 4 spots: Grady, Dunn, Lind, Krispie, Bruce, Borbon.

    Borbon is semi-permanently shelved (get it? Shelved? Like at a bar?) Can I bench Dunn too? I played him yesterday and got sonavabenched by Bruce’s double-donks. (I am a glutton for that particular punishment, apparently.) I want to set/forget, but so far Lind is the only one who’s proved he deserves everyday playing time.

    I’m going Sizemore, Lind, Bruce, Krispie. ?

  127. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    I’m pretty sure it only makes sense to use my #1 waiver priority on Ike Davis (Yahoo League) for my CI spot in a 16 team 8×8 H2H league right? I would be dropping Troy Glaus.

  128. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: id have kept rauch
    @Cheese: i thought glaus was good for 260-30-100 and im afraid he wont hit 250-20-80

  129. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @and1mcgee: ha,i was up $100 in 30 minutes,then my brother counted my winnings and i lost every bet till i was down 40,there is a truth to a jinkx

  130. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Thoughts on a trade:

    My Nolasco, JJ Hardy, Reimold for his Jeter, Carl Crawford.

  131. Corey II says:

    which side would people prefer – Adam Dunn and CBYoung, or Carlos Pena, Chase Headley, and Fernando Rodney.

  132. and1mcgee says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins I’d deal Dunn or Grady. Whomever you can get more than their value for. I think you need just one extra guy. 2 is too much. I am in the same predicament. You have one xtra guy in case of injury, and for off days for other OFs, then if someone else gets injured, use waivers for the flavor of the week.

    I’d say move one of them for a SP or RP, whichever you need.

  133. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: needs?but i like carl side more

  134. sean says:

    @Grey: Ah, a fellow craps-playing degenerate. At its most basic level, it’s a pretty easy game to understand and calculate bets. Some of the carnival bets are a little difficult to grasp, but they are sucker bets anyway.

    I’ve found the evil person in me enjoys winning on the don’ts more than the partier in me enjoys winning on the pass line. It’s such a kick in the nuts for the guy who just lost all his chips to see them being paid out to me instead of going to the dealer.

  135. Tony says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: ya the cc/jeter side is much better, depends can you take the loss of an sp?

    @Corey II: dunn side

  136. Beau says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: Id second AL, nice upgrades at 2 spots if you need them and can stomach losing ricky (just dont lose my number).

  137. and1mcgee says:

    @TheEvilEmpire change your name to WalMart? jk

    agree with AL KOHOLIC: jeter/carl is better, but based on needs.

  138. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    1. Drop AJ Pierzynski for Pudge or Ianetta?
    1a. Keep AJ, drop Blanks or Latos for Pudge or Ianetta.
    2. Punt catcher, wait for either Santana or AJ to heat up?

    Welcome back Grey! :)

  139. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: You can wait one start.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Pretty terrible.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: If Bourbon’s shelved, then let me age. See what I did there? As soon as you bench someone, they’re gonna hit. You know that.

    @Cheese: Dropping Glaus is a bit scray in that deep of a league, but it could pay off.

    @AL KOHOLIC: I hit 3 points on my roll and one was a hard eight which I was playing. Rudy and I did well in craps. About the only game I won at this weekend.

    @Corey II: Pena side, but they’re pretty fair.

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Corey II: its even unless krispie goes 280-30-20 steals and rodney is done at 8 saves,but if krispie goes krispie of the past and rodney gets 25-30 saves??,roll the dice big guy

  141. and1mcgee says:

    college Statistics professor went on and on about how craps has the best odds of any game on the floor… besides finding cash on the ground… or blowing a guy in the alley for $20, etc. etc. I could go on…

  142. Tony says:

    @Grey: ya like i benched bruce yesterday (couldnt win HR’s with his anyways) and of course tho, like clockword, bruce hits….


  143. and1mcgee says:

    @Corey II: the rodney side.

  144. ThePoonTycoon says:

    thank god bj upton is showing up this season

  145. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: yes but its noon here,and i have a nice cigar in hand and mouth,and another woodford sliding down the pipes,life is good,it wood be great if i could get my team E.R.A AND AVE up to respectibility

  146. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: If played right, maybe, but I always thought BJ was the best game. That’s blackjack.

    @Tony: Ha

  147. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: frikkin i just move from one lucky team to the next, the guy i play today, names his team DA RAYS, he owns half of them, including UPTON and LONGO who now have a combined 5 rbis

    this might not be my year! and its ONLY week 3 ha!

  148. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: all i can recall is the low inside ball that B.J. crushes,doesnt even look like he swings hard,yet a monster to dead center,he,s got the ability to go for 30 dingers

  149. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: it’s not. BJ will take your money. Are there any statistics teachers in the Razzball house???

  150. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey thanks for saying how Lackey will suck this yr. Case and point: today.

  151. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I was thinking the same thing, especially after Morales and Marmol both blew saves yesterday. However, I already have a ten saves lead and I figure Krispie is a high-risk, high-reward proposition.

    April is all about accumulating talent. And being in 11th place, apparently.

  152. Tony says:

    @Tony: oh wait he also has zobrist, he now has all 6 rbi’s from the rays game today… wonderful

  153. Tony says:

    and he’s throwing Niemann….. red sox? hellooooooooo, how about you do something!

  154. dave says:

    If you’re hurting at pitching, would you drop Leake, Ian Kennedy, or Cueto to pick up Clayton Richard?

  155. Beau says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: if played exactly by the book the casino only holds a 51% to 49% advatnage in blackjack…thats if you play it by the books

  156. Tony says:

    should brignac be owned? moreso than nick johnson? i really wanna drop Nick Johnson, someone tell me to…. or should i hang on to the fat F….ck?

  157. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @dave: i don’t know that richard is giving you anything those guys aren’t/won’t. i mean, i guess he could outperform any of those guys this year, but he hasn’t done anything to make me think he will.

  158. GTS says:

    Start Matusz @ BOS this week? Also, am I right for benching Harden vs DET until he stops being sloppy?

  159. @Grey: Need to pull of a 2 for 1, in order to get some value and not just end up dumping guys. Plus I see Brett “White Lightning” Gardner and Aki on the wire and I need a little speed.

    I offered a guy Desmond and Fuentes for FraGu. Haven’t heard back. I know he’s a cop, so he could just be on duty. Or he could think I’m a fool and just wants to leave me hanging. Should I shoot back with McGehee & Fuentes? I got pop and he has Rodney and Guzman to give you a little context.

    Another idea:
    I give McGehee + Madson for CarGo? That guy has lousy MI’s and Lidge. Will I get laughed out of Dodge? I figure I can part with McGehee. His dad’s on waivers if I need pop.

  160. Kid n' Play says:

    Grey, just dropped Crapoli and now I don’t have a catcher. Who should I grab? Pierzynski, Baker, Pudge, Mathis, Olivo… I don’t want any but I have to do something.

  161. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: For the moment, I’m sitting Sizemore against tough lefties, or really any lefties. He’s never been that great against them (.238 AVG), and this year he’s started off horribly (.056).

  162. grandysdandy says:

    grey…is garza this years greinke? or will be ultimately be in the 3.00-4.00 era range?

  163. Mike D says:

    @Grey: McLouth or Willingham for the rest of the season?

  164. Dingo says:

    A guy in my league just dropped Krispie and Cueto to pick up Maybin and Jaime Garcia. If I only have one free roster spot, which one of the two dropped dudes should I target?

  165. and1mcgee says:

    @Dingo Krispie!! and it’s not even close

  166. Adam says:

    Just got offered his Holliday and Weaver for my Nelly Cruz and Raffy Soriano…

    I’m not exactly weak at SP with Hamels, Bills, Nolasco, Slowey, Dempster and Sanchez, but I have more than enough saves, so Raffy can go…

    He also has dlR, Verlander and Felix, think I should sub one of them in for Weaver and add a bit more in to get it done, or is it fine with Dream Weaver?

  167. Dad says:

    @Grey: Which side? Lind & Brian Wilson vs. Texeira.

    16-team, 8×6 league with TB & OBP. I’ve currently got Konerko and N Johnson at 1B.

    Did the stache get a tan in Vegas?

  168. Adam says:

    @Adam: Forgot to mention, league counts hitter K’s and OPS instead of AVG, if that changes anything

  169. Tony says:

    @Adam: take that…. i think the guy has forgotten for every week Nelson cruz hits 5 HR’s he slumps for a month.

  170. and1mcgee says:

    @Adam: I would take that OF upgrade if you need SP help. This is swapping a SP for a RP and upgrading OF. Holliday is more consistent and hits for higher average… but I think Cruz will hit a few more dingers and steal a few more bases…. and slump more.

  171. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: Not a teacher, but I did read Bringing Down the House. Not the script to the Steve Martin/Latifah joint. I agree with Beau. It’s about 50/49 on BJ from what I’ve heard.

    @Tony: Hold

    @GTS: Eh on Matusz, depends on team and league. I wouldn’t bench Harden, but I also wouldn’t own him, so there’s that.

    @3FingersBrown: CarGo will probably get laughed at, but you can try. I’d take FraGu there.

    @Kid n’ Play: Olivo

    @grandysdandy: I hope so.

    @Mike D: McLouth can give you 18/18; Willingham 27 homers and good Runs and RBIs. Depends what you need.

    @Adam: Take it.

    @Dad: Stache is a bit burned. Tex side.

  172. El Burrito says:

    @Adam Definitely take that trade.

    Do you guys think that Victor Martinez is getting old or is this just a standard slump… I might be offering a pick in next year’s draft in exchange for V-Mart and I’m wondering how high a pick he deserves.

  173. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: LOL @ “Not the script to the Steve Martin/Latifah joint”

  174. BSA says:

    Did someone tell every F’in Red Sock to be the suckiest bunch of sucks they could be. Pitching! – HA – Defense – 2 errors today – HA Bats – as Joe Castiglione would say, “Swing and a popup.”

  175. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: for 2 deck BJ, I think the house advantage is 48 or 49% yes… but who has the patience to play by the book? WHERE IS THIS BOOK!?! jk

  176. Eddy says:

    Jesus this post is exploding.

    And just read an amusing note- it seems that if Pelfrey hadn’t lobbied Manuel to let him pitch, Francoeur would have been the next Mets pitcher

  177. and1mcgee says:

    @Eddy: Jesus… ‘Flores’ ? :]

  178. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Be ironic if Frenchy threw nothing but strikes.

  179. BSA says:

    @Grey: I just keep telling myself they CAN’T suck this bad!? I hate using the word suck but there is no other word.

    Playing too flat.

    Too many leaders on the bench and not involved?

  180. Adam says:

    @Grey: Thanks, pulled the trigger…also, last night, got Carp/Ohman for RoboJones and Fatt Capps, others weighed in and liked it but your approval to me is like cocaine to Ron Washington, you likey?

    Also, regarding your Byrd/Theriot note in the post, does it really matter where Theriot hits against LHP? I’d imagine a majority of steals come against RHP anyway, but I might just be overthinking it. For the record, as a Cubs fan, I’m not expecting this move to last long, as Theriot has hit lefties pretty well in his career

  181. Kazmere says:

    @Grey: Offered Oswalt for Lester but he wants only Aardsma. I have Bell, Rodney, FF, and Gonzalez on DL. 12 tm roto. Is this highway robbery? Am I missing something??

  182. BSA says:

    Off topic – friends in Redondo Beach and Palm Springs for honeymoon- where would you send them?

  183. Stephen says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: You’re in RCL 8 too right?

  184. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: I’d want Lester.

    @Adam: You did fine. Could hurt his value a bit.

    @BSA: Not to Palm Springs or Redondo Beach.

  185. charlie batch says:

    has your opinion on josh hamilton changed any?

  186. Adam says:

    @Grey: Just curious, have you ever mentioned who your favorite MLB team is? I’ve been reading for two years now and nothing is coming to mind, but attention to detail has never been my strong point

  187. Tony says:

    so the rays are rolling, but how about lackey, HA! BAMMM! five fingers to the face….

  188. Tom Reale says:

    Crapps is slightly better than B.J. (But this is coming from a guy who reached on Dirty Sanchez).

  189. and1mcgee says:

    @Tom Reale: what are you talking about? i’m not following…

  190. BSA says:

    @Grey: Too late, I’ll tell them to get out. :)

  191. Benfatti says:

    I’ve often read that Craps, playing the pass line with double odds, and nothing else, is the best odds. It’s like 50.4 – 49.6% or something like that. If you go “book to book”, it does have better odds than blackjack.

  192. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Grew up a Yankee fan, but I’d prefer my fantasy guys do well than the Yanks. Also, don’t talk about them much because most of their players are no-brainers. Not much to say.

    @Benfatti: You could be right. You could lose money at craps very fast though at a bad table.

  193. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey: I like Ike! Thanks for giving us Mets fans hope. The question is: Is Ike a fit replacement for Lastings Milledge in our mythic pantheon of eternal hope?

    “Ike Davis tried to call his shot like Babe Ruth, but he realized the human eye can’t see as far as he was going to hit the ball.”

    BTW, Lasting’s (#85 on Pirates) role model is Chad Ochocinco, which seems fitting.

    Two questions: on the topic of BJ’s – BJ Upton for Cano – who gets the better of that deal

    Alexei Ramirez or EverCab?


  194. and1mcgee says:

    @BSA: Palm Springs is excellent if you have a lot of $$ or if you love to golf. There is no where to go, like beach or mtns., so there are a lot of amenities. It’s a golfer’s paradise. Also, a ton of great food. It’s like a rich retirement town… a ton of Jags and Bentleys and Maseratis… it’s somewhere to retire, not honeymoon. it’s also a good guys’ trip for golfing.

  195. Tom Reale says:

    @and1mcgee: Just an Odds/Baseball/Copro Joke.

  196. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey so… I have watched a change of dealers and then the new dealer wipes everybody out… how does this happen!!? does the dealer start cheating? i don’t get it. How do the odds change when there is a new dealer? I’ve heard time and time again, when they change the dealer, get up and move on. why??? i had one clean myself and the rest of the table out after we were ALL up by more than double and left just puzzled….

  197. Benfatti says:

    @Grey: Oh, it’s the worst. You can win AND lose so fast.

    A lot of times I like to play the don’t pass… and get the icy stares from the people as I win and they lose.

  198. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: I’d want Cano, but it’s fair. I’d take EverCab.

    @and1mcgee: Palm Springs felt like I died and went to heaven. Not meant the usual way that phrase is used, but because there were so many old people.

    @Tom Reale: Odds indeed. I keed.

  199. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: Sounds like superstition.

    @Benfatti: Guy next to me was playing Don’t Pass when I was hitting points. Naturally, I high-fived him after every good roll. Just to piss him off.

  200. and1mcgee says:

    @and1mcgee: i forgot to mention… it’s blackjack…

  201. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Eddy: Frenchy has led the ML in outfield assists since coming to the Bigs. I would take him over John Maine in a heartbeat

  202. Terrence Mann says:


    Yankees fan? I guess I figured Angels. That would explain not talking about it. I used to hate the Yankees. Got tired of them buying championships. I was happy when Boston finally got their World Series. THEN, I saw in full effect how obnoxious Boston fans are when they win. Good Lord.

    Now, I view the whole series as voting for president. No matter who wins, we all lose.

  203. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: I’m telling you, Grey, new dealer wiped us out. Like Mesopotamia or something…. were they wiped out?? eh.. i digress…

  204. Nathan says:

    @Terrence Mann: It’s not like fans of any other team are any better after a championship. Winning goes to one’s head no matter whom you root for.

  205. Terrence Mann says:


    It’s all luck. There is a lot of superstition to it. I was a casino dealer for a couple years when I was 21-23. You have to realize that most pit bosses are degenerate gamblers, too. They have their own superstitions. Sometimes, they’ll throw a new dealer on the table because they “think” it will kill the table, too.

  206. Mic says:

    hey fellas… what websites do you guys go to for stats such as bapip, and also to help decide if you should start a SP against a certain team…

  207. Benfatti says:

    @Grey: That is good stuff. I had a guy hit about 8 points on me once at a casino here in Michigan. You just have to laugh and have fun with it… I bought him a drink.

  208. and1mcgee says:

    @Terrence Mann: maybe it’s because after you win, you start to gain confidence and increase your bets… then you lose more… maybe that’s why our table got wiped out… like Europe during the Black Plague… ok now i know THAT one is accurate!

  209. and1mcgee says:

    @Benfatti: … and are you guys together to this day?? does this story have a happy ending??? :]

  210. pjtres says:

    grey, whats going on w/ carlos lee?
    you think its berkman being out?

    i think i messed up by trading arod/choo/garza for holliday/j-up…what do you think, do you think i got hosed?

  211. Benfatti says:

    @and1mcgee: haha you know, we had a nice chat, but it never really led anywhere… I had to move on to other prospects. lol

  212. Beau says:

    @Mic: fangraphs or hardball times are my faves. Baseball reference is good too.

  213. nick m. says:

    Better DL stash – Webb or Bedard? Or should I drop Kerry Wood and hold both (I have Franklin, Cordero, Capps, Dotel)?

  214. Grey

    Grey says:

    @pjtres: Hard to completely evaluate the trade until later in the year. Right now, it’s not looking great, but it could change. Hope Lee can get to 25 homers, but right now he looks like Ortiz’s doppelganger.

  215. @Mic: What Beau said.

    @and1mcgee: sometimes a change of dealer and cards is all it takes. Ever see “The Cooler?” watch out for William H. Macy… I’m a craps guy when I want to gamble. Otherwise I stick to hold’em. I stay away from black jack at all costs, unless there’s a dollar table and I want to get blotto.

  216. @Grey:

    No, I really havent seen that much of Velez as hes never been able to stick in the lineup. I can see the interest in him if he’s gonna be hitting leadoff for awhile for sure. I’ve got Sizemore now, but I’m wondering why to drop him after such a small sample size.

  217. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Velez doesn’t have much going for him, but he’s blazing fast. Around an 8 on the Bill James Speed score, that’s Crawford fast.

  218. and1mcgee says:

    @Tony: LOL!

  219. and1mcgee says:

    @pjtres: I think you lost that trade by a landslide.

  220. @Grey:

    Yep, yep. I think I’m gonna give Sizemore a bit longer. Why the early bailout on him last week btw? Yeah hes not stealing or hitting HR’s but hes got a secure job and playing better than some of the bigger names on that team.

  221. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: where can I go to find out speed scores? I wanna find out who’s the fastest Flying Molina Bro…

  222. penpen says:

    Romero and Robot for Dunn; fail? win?

  223. Oh and, I imagine people have mentioned this, but I didn’t see it, so I’ll dare to be repetitive and note that word is Ellsbury may goto the DL if he doest get better ASAP.

  224. pjtres says:

    @and1mcgee: its in a keeper league, but still…
    just goes to show you, dont trade before the season starts! let it play out a little.
    i asked about that trade on this site pre-season, and every commentor said they would take the holliday/upton side. lol

  225. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: Oh well that’s how it goes with new material. I just hope it goes over better at my Gamblers Anonymous/Sex Addict meeting tonight. I don’t want to end up sparring with Meatloaf and his Buge Hoobs…again!

  226. Tony says:

    @pjtres: ya we’re two weeks in, hindsite from 2 weeks in is not 20/20…. garza is whats throwing it off, and choo’s been smoking hot, law of averages will come into play.

  227. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    12 Team H2H, large bench:

    Latos, Carmona, Jim Johnson, Bucholtz, Frank Francisco (also have Nefali). Who is the first one out? (I bet Grey’s answer will be Carmona).

  228. pjtres says:

    @ tony: true… but i think i wont make anymore trades post-draft/pre-season anymore. lol

  229. Nathan says:

    @Terrence Mann: Eh, I don’t buy it. I don’t deny that Boston fans from this decade are collectively obnoxious. But I don’t think it has anything to do with Boston, itself. If the Phillies, Eagles, and 76’ers won 6 championships combined in 10 years, you’d see, hear and read the exact same stuff about their fans. Winning breeds obnoxiousness.

  230. and1mcgee says:

    @pjtres: you win if A-Rod’s not in there. But he’s a 3B and that’s a shallow position.

  231. What do you think… 5×5 Roto…5 OF’s

    Holliday (me) for Ludwick and Ubaldo (them)

  232. Lava says:

    Are you at all worried about Sizemore? I’ve never owned him before this year thanks to your bounce back chant. Is he a slow starter? I’m thinking about trades I could do needing power, and Sizemore for Cruz would be one I’m kicking around.

  233. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: Jose Molina wins: 3.5 over both Yadier (1.7), and Bengie (1.5). surprised that Yadier is only 0.2 higher than his brother? or that Jose is a blazin’ 3.5?

  234. Tom Reale says:

    I don’t think “The Wack Puma Sneaker” is going to save the ‘stros either. But he should provide some extra pop to pull Pence’s progress positively, pertinent? (I typed that only using 3 fingers Mr. Brown)

  235. Nathan says:

    @Tom Reale: I give you an 8 out of 10. You lose points for your questionable use of the word “pertinent”.

  236. Adam says:

    stream any of the following tomorrow?

    Volstad @HOU
    Myers vs FLA
    Bush @PIT
    Eveland vs KC

    Don’t need any of these, just get bored easily…

  237. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: Mays is a 6.5… Velez is 8.5 on speed, wow. it’s a wonder why he didn’t run more last yr. Mays Hayes, however, is a 16.4 wow! lol

  238. cruisinkc says:

    Would you drop Phil Hughes and pick up Ike Davis in a non-keeper league? My current SP staff is Nolasco, Hamels, Billingsley, Kershaw, and De La Rosa. I don’t have a need at 1B or corner position but could stick him in a UTL spot if he hits.

  239. Tom Reale says:

    @Nathan: Thanks. Pertinent…Will Berkman’s return be relevant to Pence’s production?

  240. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Rasmus for Hamilton? Hamilton a good buy low, or stay away?

  241. Lava says:

    I hope Hamilton’s a good buy low, but this could be Rasmus’ breakout year, so I’d be hesitant to sell on him.

  242. mrbaseball says:

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has confirmed that first base prospect Ike Davis will be in the Mets’ starting lineup on Monday night.

  243. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Beau: I believe lowest house odds are craps, double bet behind the line against come out roll. Less than 2%.

  244. mrbaseball says:

    Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh – Joel Allen Sherman of the New York Post has confirmed that first base prospect Ike Davis will be in the Mets’ starting lineup on Monday night. deluxe edition post

  245. Doog says:

    I put this in the last mega-thread, but Grey, you looked prescient in your last post about Charlie Haeger: “Some days Haeger will throw 12 Ks, other days he’ll give up 7 runs in two innings.” It actually took him three innings to give up 7 runs…

  246. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @cruisinkc: i don’t like leaving my staff with only 5 SPs, but that said, i’m not big on hughes, so i could go either way.

  247. MattW says:

    I’m considering giving:

    Billingsley or Price

    And getting:


    Thoughts? I think I can find decent schmohawks on the wire, and I need more power

  248. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @and1mcgee: Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling, John Scarne.

  249. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    The trade offer I sent last night (my Phillips/Nolasco for his J-Up/Garza) was accepted. Why is it that whenever a trade offer I’ve sent gets accepted, I immediately feel like I’ve made a terrible mistake? I mean, if he sent that offer, I would have gladly accepted… but because I sent it and he accepted, I feel like he’s getting one over on me. It’s sick… it’s a sickness… I’m sick… am I the only one?

  250. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Take a toke and relax, that’s a nice trade for you.

  251. mrbaseball says:

    the Redsoxs would have been better off starting a postion player over Lackey today

  252. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Adam: I streamed Gorz… and Pavano vs KC. Uh, not so good. They may think they can hit now. Cust Kayin’.

  253. cashmoney says:


    who would you take, all 3 on waivers

    Asdrubal Cabrera, EverCab or Theriot?

  254. Tom Reale says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: We don’t play this game because we’re not sick, sick human beings…

  255. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Ha! Yeah, I should have specified, I only feel that way right after I find out it was accepted. I spend about five minutes looking over the players thinking, “What is he seeing that I’m missing?” But then I snap back to reality. Just wondering if anyone else plays that same, paranoid game.

  256. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @ Grey

    Please rank Garcia’s potential (STL) on a tier of Nick Cage films:

    (Great) KickAss/Raising Az, (Good) The Rock/Snake Eyes, (Ok) 8mm/Face Off, (Bad) Bangkock Dangerous.


  257. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: That’s a great trade for you. Nolasco probably outperforms Garza, but maybe not! And J-UP is the best player in that deal, by a good margin.


    In fact, the trades I’m worried about are the ones that work out best, while the ones I think are steals always blow up in my face.

  258. William says:

    ike ikE iKE IKE! IKE! IKE!

    The Ike Davis Hype Train is rolling full steam ahead!!!!!! LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  259. Ben says:

    Billingsley for Bruce or too much?

  260. More Hawpes Please says:

    clay bucholz is sitting on the waiver wire in my 12 team mixed head to head league, i would consider dropping g.floyd, c.qualls or b.matusz for him….bad idea?

  261. Nathan says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: That is a great trade for you, and you are most certainly not the only one who feels that way.

  262. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: You didn’t ask me, but I love the idea of using the CCS (Cage Career Scale) to rank a player!

    *****Leaving Las Vegas/Adaptation
    ****Matchstick Men/Bringing Out The Dead
    Jaime Garcia
    ***Honeymoon in Vegas/Lord of War
    **Gone in 60 Seconds/National Treasure: Book of Secrets
    *Captain Corelli’s Mandolin/Next

  263. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i had nolasco and garza grouped pretty close together heading into my drafts, giving a slight edge to nolasco because of the AL east. however, garza appears to be well on his way to taking a major step forward after a solid breakthrough season last year.

    btw, how genius does the delmon young for matt garza trade look for the rays? and imagine the twins staff if you had garza in there with baker/slowey/and a possibly bouncing back liriano?

  264. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: @Nathan: Thanks for the support… regarding the trade as well as the paranoia.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Yeah, being a video game ‘pert and overall gaming nerd, it bugged the hell out of me… but I didn’t want to nitpick over a post headline.

  265. Nathan says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Every time Matchstick Men comes on TV I’m always astounded by how solid it is. Sneaky good movie.

  266. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Hope this did not double post.

    But how could we not have a scale based on the most prolific actor of our generation? I would argue one of THE BEST, up there with Pacino, of all time.

    Interesting that you like Adaptation. I would put it lower tier with Wickerman/Wind Talkers

  267. mrbaseball says:

    Ike Davis Hype Train – if anyone needs to pick him to be your 1B dude your team has big problems

  268. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    Did double post. Yikes

  269. mrbaseball says:

    PaddyTwoTimes Says:
    April 19th, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Did double post. Yikes

    thats why you are Paddy TWO times

  270. PaddyTwoTimes says:


    Ha. Agreed. Just like my name sake from Goodfellas. Gotta get the papers, the papers.

  271. GTS says:

    Jose Reyes a legit buy-low candidate? I need help at SS.

  272. dingers says:

    missed getting Guillen for Alfonso on waivers…keep Fonz or give Krispie a shot…. ?
    regardless of what Alfonso does, can you believe the Cubs owe 4 more years of 18.5 mil to him?

  273. Grey

    Grey says:

    @thefaketom: I’d take Holliday.

    @Lava: Sizemore for Cruz would be fair depending on need, but I’m not worried yet.

    @and1mcgee: Think that’s the small sample size talking, for lack of a better word.

    @Adam: I’d stream them all in certain circumstances.

    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @cruisinkc: Nope

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’d want Hamilton.

    @cashmoney: Asdrubal

    @PaddyTwoTimes: The Rock

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha! My bad.

    @Ben: It’s okay, probably can go a bit lower.

    @More Hawpes Please: Lose Floyd.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Yeah, I like it too. But I agree with your levels more.

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @GTS: Sure

    @dingers: Hold tight.

  274. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: I find that a lot of people underrate Adaptation. I’m a fan of good writing, and for my money, Charlie Kaufman is second to none… and Adaptation is his pièce de résistance. How can you not love a script that earns an Oscar nomination for a fictional character (Donald Kaufman)?

  275. Howard says:

    I’m loaded with starting pitching and am concerned about batting average and power going forward. Would you guys trade Reyes and Verlander in return for Morneau, Manny, and Alcides Escobar?

  276. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: You’re a video game pert?

    If so, what have you heard, if anything, about 3 Dot Hero and what is the deal with the new splinter cell.

    I know folks, not baseball related, but how often you get to talk to a vid pert?

  277. Mike D says:

    @Grey: Which side do you prefer (in a vacuum) for a deep league:

    Josh Johnson, Yunel Escobar, Jorge Cantu


    Verlander, Jose Reyes

  278. brad says:

    @mrbaseball: Or you’re in a 20 team league and running Nick Johnson right now.

  279. and1mcgee says:

    @Mike D: Josh Johnson side

  280. Dynasty27 says:

    I currently have Span, Soriano, and Headley sitting on my bench. What kind of SP should I be looking back for in return for one of them or if I add in a closer also?

  281. Adam says:

    Borbon just fell on the rocks that are waivers…12 team league with only 3 OF…I currently have FraGu as my only backup OF, worth dropping Ian Kennedy or FraGu for Julio?

  282. Eddy says:

    3 Dot Hero hasn’t gotten many reviews, but of the ones it has the big guys (Game Informer, IGN, and GamePro) have given it 85,85, and 90- respectively.

    I played the Splinter Cell demo and wasn’t impressed. i spoke to my friend, however, and he said the demo level was trash, and that the full game was a 100x better. It’s gotten really favorable reviews, and they say it’s gotten the franchise back on track, but it’s not the best one.

  283. William says:

    @MrBaseball – don’t mistake my hype train for a fantasy pick up.

    I’m just a disgruntled Mets fan looking for any glimmer of hope.

    In this case – the hope is named Ike “Playing because the Mets are the only MLB team to somehow screw up in finding a decent 1B hitter” Davis

  284. PaddyTwoTimes says:


    Thanks for the info Eddy. I am pretty pumped about 3Dot hero

  285. @William:

    Well, I think I said this already but, yeah, when your 1b options are guys like Tatis, you really got nothing to lose playing the rook.

  286. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Nope

    @Mike D: Verlander side

    @Dynasty27: How about Slowey…

    @Adam: I’d lose FraGu, but he could have more value than Borbon, but Borbon is a better flier.

    EDIT: Word.

  287. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @brad: That shit is hilarious.

    How dare they make a mockery of Nick Cage’s career. Wickerman did suck though.

  288. Steve says:

    Fowler, Reyes and Pods not playing today/tonight (depending on your time zone).
    Pods is tending to a family emergency apparently. Perhaps his wife needed an urgent rub-down.

  289. William says:

    @Steve: Who wouldn’t run back home to rub down Pod’s wife?

  290. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hehe… The roundup tomorrow will have a good one for Pods, courtesy of Rudy Gamble.

  291. Sal says:

    I didnt read all 307 comments to see if it was reported but thank for Felix Pie for potentially being out up to three months.

    Heel up Achilles!!!!!!!!!

  292. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Would you rather have Borbon or Damon as your backup OF in a 6×5+ops?

  293. Steve says:

    @Grey: Jump back on board Reimold where it’s practical to do so?

  294. Sal says:

    Baltimore LF Felix Pie could miss up to three months with an injury to his latissimus dorsi muscle, reports on Monday after Pie took an MRI.

  295. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Sure

    @Sal: Thanks for the update!

  296. Dingo says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Yes, definitely. I like to call it Buyer’s Remorse, but I think it’s something much more personal and troubling.

  297. GTS says:

    Theriot dropped from 1st to 8th. Somebody dropped Desmond today – is he a better choice?

  298. Adam says:

    @GTS: That move might only be against LHP, but probably depends on needs…Theriot for speed/avg, Desmond for power/speed combo

  299. brad says:

    the cano owner in my league is going after my gallardo. is my weeks+gallardo for his cano too optimistic?

  300. BKK says:

    Looking to get a catcher since Montero went down. I can’t really afford to keep a catcher in my DL spot. Was thinking of trading Hudson for Soto. Fair, too much, too little?

  301. gregory says:

    12 team mix keeper league, first year, keep players for 3 yrs. i need avg and have plenty of power. pena and stewart for teixeira? got philips and wright at 2b and 3b so stewart is wasting on my bench and will probably cool off. gracias.

  302. brad says:

    @gregory: do it if the other guy will take it. it feels sort of like my proposal above, using a couple of guys with moderate value to get a first or second round type usually doesn’t work.

  303. brad says:

    @BKK: who’s in FA pool? is hudson your worst player?

  304. @Awesomus Maximus: I concur on Adaptation. I worked on his latest blockbuster, “Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Should be about on par with his remake of “Wicker Man.” Yeah that good.

  305. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @3FingersBrown: Please tell me he has a mustache though.

  306. GTS says:

    For my 2B/SS/MI slots I have Phillips, Kinsler, Ian Stewart, Kelly Johnson, and Theriot. I have Phillips at 2B, Theriot at SS, and Ian Stewart at MI. When Kinsler comes back I move Stewart to CI and Headley to OF or UTIL (which I don’t want to do) or I can trade Phillips for Reyes maybe and drop Theriot and then I will have Kinsler at 2B, Reyes at SS, and Stewart at MI. Either way I have some good players on my bench and a crappy SS so any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  307. @PaddyTwoTimes: ‘fraid not. With H/MU done, he looked like Jack Sparrow. Hey I forgot my all time favorite Nick Cage flick: “Wild At Heart!” I’m hoping Garcia’s “hotter than Georgia asphalt.”

  308. Eddy says:

    Nolan Reimold or Corey Hart?

  309. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Not that kind of video game ‘pert… I’m a strategy guide author (if you’ve ever purchased a BradyGames video strategy guide on Xbox Live, you’ve probably heard my voice =). That said, I keep up with gaming, but I don’t have any “insider info” if that’s what you’re after.

    3D Dot Game Heroes looks like an extremely cool merging of modern with classic, both in terms of gameplay and visual style. If I used my PS3 for anything other than Blu-Ray movies, I’d probably throw it in and give it a whirl.

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Splinter Cell games, as they bore me with their “snail’s pace” gameplay, so the overhaul Conviction offers intrigues me. But I’m also not a fan of online multiplayer gaming (I prefer to multiplay against people I’m in the same room as), so the lack of depth in the single player experience will most likely keep me away until it’s in the bargain bin.

  310. Sham-Wow! says:

    Napoli just got dropped, worth a pick up? Its a 14 team league and I have barajas now…

  311. @Awesomus Maximus. That’s pretty cool. I suppose I own some of your work. I used to do QA for Acclaim. Worked on NBA Jam. “Boomshakalaka!”

  312. paulzone says:

    Welcome to the SS carousel. Who do you want on your team with the usual 5×5 cats and obp, err, gidp. I just don’t want to get killed in avg/obp…

    JJ Hardy (current)
    Alexei Ramírez
    Rafael Furcal
    Stephen Drew
    Ryan Theriot
    Miguel Tejada
    Alex Gonzalez
    Juan Uribe
    Erick Aybar
    Orlando Cabrera
    Jhonny Peralta
    Maicer Izturis
    Cristian Guzmán
    Everth Cabrera
    Alcides Escobar

  313. BKK says:

    @brad: 10 team H2H league

    Starters are Beckett, Hamels, Garza, Kershaw, Billingsley and Hudson

    FA’s available Matusz, Masterson, E Santana, Scherzer, Buchholz

    Hudson is not my worst player probably my worst pitcher and the guy that has Soto also has McCann and he needs pitching. Is uppose I could offer up a better pitcher and try to get McCann.

  314. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Agree with Adam.

    @brad: Eh… I’d want Cano.

    @BKK: Too much really. Soto compared to a waiver wire catcher isn’t that great.

    @gregory: I’d take Tex.

    @Steve: Maddon was too street.

    @Eddy: Reimold

    @Sham-Wow!: Eh, you don’t want to carry two.

    @paulzone: Furcal

  315. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah. That said, though, there’s nothing street about the Elmer Fudd hat.

  316. @paulzone: what’s your team like? What do you need?

  317. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @brad: That is awesome… I just laughed for 15 minutes straight.

    @3FingersBrown: I’m in the midst of a “watch 200 movies in 2010” challenge (that’s one movie every 1.825 days for the entire year) and every once in a while I need to throw in some crap to remind me what makes a good movie, good (just watched Catwoman recently for this exact purpose). Thanks for the heads up on Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

  318. paulzone says:



    7/10 for runs, 5/10 sbs, 3/10 gidp, 2/10 avg, 5/10 obp, 10/10 hrs, 8/10 errors, 8/10 rbis. looks like i need a SS with avg/obp with some speed for sbs and no gidp. a leadoff type that will score some runs. Furcal fits the bill as Grey suggested above. Those goose eggs in hr/rbi ruins a nice line, but I guess i missed out on hanley!

  319. @Paulzone: With all do respect, Furcal’s injury history scares me. I’d take Aybar.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I think you’ll have to wait until Xmas for Sorcerer. It was just finished. It’s going to be a gigantic $250 mil turd. Kids movie really, so I’m not it’s audience.

  320. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @3FingersBrown: Aww… man! I just finished up “Hard Candy”, “Nosferatu” and “Kingdom of Heaven: Director’s Cut”… and I’ve got Kurosawa’s “Ran” in the hopper. I’m gonna’ be in need of a steaming pile very soon. Don’t make me have to watch “Crossroads” (Britney Spears, not Ralph Macchio… though I’m not sure it really matters).

  321. @Awesomus Maximus: Need a stinker? You can’t get stinkier than Cage’s Wicker Man. It’s on par with the remake of Island of Doctor Moreau as far as great movie catastrophes.

  322. Hugo says:

    I give Johan/Nelson Cruz get Verlander/J Upside Keeper?
    Gotta take?

  323. Martin says:

    @grey- what do you think of reid brignac. He’s playing well but the PT isnt fully there yet.

  324. Eddy says:

    Wright has played like trash the last 3-4 games. He’s killing me.

  325. chilidavis says:

    drop Quentin for Dunn?

  326. madx34 says:

    12 team league with $10 transacton fees and one DL spot allowed, I DL’ed Montero and picked up Martin in his place. I also have Rollins, so I dropped Montero, DL’ed Rollins and picked up NAS (next available schmuck) Erick A E I O U Bar. Rollins is due back in a week or 4 so no big deal. My question is once rollins is back….would you aggressively seek Montero over Martin for another $10 or are their “just a catcher stats” close enough to just ride Martin. My offense is balanced so 8 bombs here versus 10 steals there couple runs over couple rbi’s won’t really matter too much i suppose

  327. GopherDay says:

    @madx34: $10 in real life??

  328. madx34 says:

    @gopherday….yes what do you play for? i am in 3 leagues like that. one is $300 to enter and the other 2 are $150. Transactions are done on Mondays only.

  329. @madx34:

    Martin’s historically very good in the 1st half. I was in the same boat as you with Montero and also replaced him with Martin. My plan is to hold Martin til June and then see about maybe looking at one of the young Stud C like Santana, or pick back up Montero to replace Martin before Torre overworks him.

  330. Basically, you don’t really want Martin after the ASB.

  331. @Elijah: Not the bees!

    @madx34: I had to drop Miggy too when I had a rash of injuries. Unfortunately he was picked up almost immediately. Now I’m just waiting for Santana’s call up to save face. Bad knees are bad for catchers. I’d hold Martin. We don’t know what we’ll get out of Montero going forward this year. I can be he’ll get a lot of rest either way.

  332. madx34 says:

    so options are to rebuy montero a week or two early or keep an eye on santana who might be weiterish circa 2009. i think i will go with investing in a rebuilt and fresher montero—make sense? perhaps crapoli will morph back to napoli by then

  333. BKK says:

    @Grey: Of those 6 pitchers in post #336, who would you offer then for McCann.

  334. @madx34:

    Montero is a good bet if his knee is fine. Torn Meniscus really isnt anything that should linger, and the Dbacks lineup looks poised to score a lot of runs.

  335. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hugo: Yeah, gotta.

    @Martin: Outside of AL-Only he needs full PT.

    @Eddy: Yeah, try owning Jason Bay.

    @chilidavis: Nope

    @madx34: Go back to Montero, assuming he’s there.

    @BKK: Probably have to give at least Bills, maybe Garza. I wouldn’t bother.

  336. @Grey:

    Bay’s doing better than Markakis. He’s killing me. He’s so bad I haven’t even wanted to mention it.

  337. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Just traded for Markakis in one league. I was saving talking about it until there was something to say with Markakis.

  338. SAGNOF alert. Conor Jackson was DLed today. Gerardo Parra is in line for more playing time.

  339. CoJack to 15 day DL with a hammy strain. Parra will replace him and LaRoche is back at 1b.

  340. @Grey:

    I’m being paitent with him but I’d love to even 1 HR. That whole team is in the doldrums. 3 fingers typing faster than me with 5 btw.

  341. Davis looking good, 2 singles and an RBI so far. Other out was a 380 ft flyball to right center. As Cohen said, his swing looks similar to Olerud. Good plate coverage. Manual says he’s here to play every day.

    To bad he’s not even in the Yahoo system. I’d grab him in my 15 team league. When do they roll over? 2am?

  342. Hugo says:

    Wait it’s Lester/ J-up for Johan/Cruz. Lost my constant…..

    Still have to?

  343. Grey

    Grey says:

    @3FingersBrown: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Elijah: I hear ya.

    @3FingersBrown: He’ll go into waivers anyway.

    @Hugo: The other trade was in the sideways world? I’d want Upton’s side.

  344. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: I’d say they’ve been equally horrible… but at least Markakis hasn’t had any games at Coors where he didn’t hit a home run. That and expectations for Bay are a little higher, so I’d give the edge to Bay in the “suck” column. Oh yeah, and Bay plays half his games at Metco, so I’m expecting the suck to continue.

    (full disclosure: I’m a Markakis owner and repeated Bay trade offer decliner, so I’m totally grasping for any justification straws I can reach)

  345. Hugo says:

    @Grey: Dude, even I can’t tell what’s going on anymore

  346. mrbaseball says:

    Ike&Tina Davis- looks like Ike knows a little about hitting as he gave the baseball a beating tonight

  347. @Awesomus Maximus:

    Bays got 8 RBI and a SB, at least hes doing SOMETHING. Im being paitent as I said but if I had to pick one guy who’s underperforming the most its him for me.

  348. Mini Donkey getting hot this week. Another 2 key RBI’s.

  349. Schlitzy says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Bay hit a hard double off the wall- perhaps he is coming out of it.

  350. @Awesomus Maximus:

    I dunno, I avoided all Mets in the draft this year, Bay wasn’t even on my board really.

  351. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: Where do you see 8 RBI? I count 2. Bay has 2 more Runs (8-6) and 1 SB, but Markakis has a much higher BA (all prior to today’s games)… so I call it even.

  352. madx34 says:


    nor mine but i did get sucked into the jose reyes has value around pick 40 pick 50 pick 55 twice and missed him once. Can’t believe how that guy fell in drafts

  353. mrbaseball says:

    hey grey what do you make of Brandon Morrow 8 K game tonight

  354. @Awesomus Maximus:

    Sorry I musta misread Runs for RBI. They are both being sucky, its pretty even.

  355. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mrbaseball: Was just making of it in the roundup for ‘morrow. His next start doesn’t look good, but he’s worth grabbing in your 20 team league.

  356. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: Likewise. I ended up with one Met in 9 leagues. I got Wright in my main league… not because I wanted him, but because I assumed that the die hard Mets fan in our league (who had already nominated and paid $6 for John Maine, not kidding) would bid higher than my $24 on Wright… mais non. I suppose I can stomach Wright for that price.

  357. Flippy Lopez stole 2nd just to mock me. Bastid.

  358. @Awesomus Maximus:

    I think Wrights gonna be worth that np, he seems intent on having a good season and hes super-talented.

  359. @Grey: Oh yeah. I was so drunk on Methusiasm I forgot. What would you bid on him? I’ve got $97 FAAB. $6-7?

    @Elijah: I hear you. I’ve only just got Pelf in my 15 teamer. As a Mets fan, I know better.

  360. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: See what I’m sayin’? Of course, Bay looked pretty decent today, so if Markakis 0fers again, the suck scales will tip in his favor.

    @madx34: Oh yeah, totally forgot that I ended up with Reyes in one league. Same thing, put in a ridiculous $11 bid and no one pushed it up. Totally worth the risk at that price.

  361. Carl Spackler says:

    Grey, Borbon or Maybin the rest of the way?

  362. mrbaseball says:

    mr grey I owned him and dropped him for Mike Pelfrey this week after his last performance – hey I still can pick him up again at the moment but Mike Pelfrey has not looked that bad – so twist my yahoo mouse

  363. mrbaseball says:

    hey grey if I owned morrow today he would have not lasted 3 innings

  364. Speaking of which, is Pelfrey a viable streamer tomorrow at Metco?

  365. mrbaseball says:

    my pitching in 20 team dynasty league

    Ubaldo Jiménez
    Jonathan Sánchez
    Wandy Rodríguez
    Chad Billingsley
    James Shields
    Clay Buchholz
    Mike Pelfrey
    Madison Bumgarner

    David Aardsma
    Heath Bell

  366. mrbaseball says:

    my hitters in 20 team dynasty league

    1B Joey Votto
    2B Casey McGehee
    3B Adrián Béltre
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    Catcher on DL

    OF Matt Kemp
    OF Chase Headley
    OF José Guillén – picked up when catcher went on DL
    ultilty Carlos Quentin

    bench – Shane Victorino
    bench – Ian Desmond
    bench – Cameron Maybin
    DL – Jarrod Saltalamacchia

  367. mrbaseball says:

    so grey do you have much hate for Mike Pelfrey – I am just looking for a 500 pitcher that won’t give up 7 runs a game for me here and there

  368. mrbaseball says:

    all and all – my dynasty team went 18-5-5 in the first 2 weeks

  369. @Grey: Ike Davis.

    By the way, Jonathan Niese looked good tonight. 1 BB was intentional and he didn’t give up a lot of hard contact. Cutter looked good. Wouldn’t go near him yet but keep an eye on him.

  370. madx34 says:

    @ mr baseball: i would go to bat with that team in my 16 teamer and be very happy

  371. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    So I decided to take a flier on Ike in a league where I still had Gio sitting around from a spot start (no way I’m starting him against the Yanks). If he hits well whilst riding the pine, I think I will forego the classic “Sonavabench!” and instead call it an “Ike-arumba!”

  372. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Grey & Fellow Razzballers-
    Need some roster advice for my 12 team H2H dynasty league. Each team starts 2 catchers. Current catchers are Ianetta and Snyder (w/Montero in my DL slot). Should I consider dropping one for a waiver claim on Doumit?


  373. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Bill Lumbergh: Meh… I think Iannetta will be serviceable until Montero returns. Just curious… someone dropped Doumit in a 2 catcher league? For who?

  374. BKK says:

    @Bill Lumbergh: I would prefer Doumit over Iannetta, I guess the question is should you use your waiver claim on a catcher?

  375. MattW says:

    Looking to add a SP, the following are on waivers, who should I take:


  376. Eddy says:

    Bay was my #1 drafted OF in the RCL. Sometimes I close my eyes and pretend Cantu and Bay switch stats so I can justify that pick.

    If it weren’t for Nelson Cruz, idk what I’d do with my OF

  377. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mrbaseball: Yeah, Pelfrey’s fine for now on your team.

    @3FingersBrown: $6 seems fine in a mixed league. More for NL-Only. Also, you can click the arrow next to the timestamp to get the @ so it’s clearer for me what you’re responding to.

    @Awesomus Maximus: That’s hilarious!

    @Bill Lumbergh: Doumit over Snyder and Iannetta. Lose Snyder in a dynasty.

    @MattW: Duchscherer

    @Eddy: Yeah, very frustrating so far.

  378. Eddy says:

    Is Carlos Santana worth rostering in a league where you own Wieters? Soto?

  379. mrbaseball says:

    mr baseball flash back

    # 524 mrbaseball Says:
    April 18th, 2010 at 10:04 am
    mrbaseball hot stream for monday – look at this match up

    Doug Fister vs Brad Bergesen and then you can roll the dice when he gets his 2nd start later in the week against Danks

  380. @Grey: Thanks. Will do. You guys watching MLB Channel? Plesac took extra crazy pills tonight. See what’s going on in Seattle? It’s early but Kust Cayin’

  381. @3FingersBrown:

    I think the Orioles are just miserable right now is all. They could lose 100 games.

  382. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: You gotta’ have SOMETHING working to take a no-hitter into the 7th. Not saying dem O’s don’t suck, cust kayin’.

  383. This makes no sense at all but….Rodrigo Lopez has Pujols #.

  384. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Hey… my boy Markakis comes through! Thanks for not going 0fer, and double-thanks for letting me go to bed knowing I won’t miss out on a no-hitter.

  385. DrEasy says:

    The Doug Fister is filthy again tonight.

  386. @Elijah: O’s are all types of awful atm but 10 innings of straight no hit ball is still pretty impressive. I wrote something about him the other day. If I didn’t have Myers with good matchups, I’d have taken him. Groundball pitcher with good D behind him. Someone grabbed him this morning in my 15 team.

    @Elijah: Pujols looked really bad in that K. Weird how some match ups go.

  387. mrbaseball says:

    # 406 Eddy Says:

    Is Carlos Santana worth rostering in a league where you own Wieters? Soto?

    I would just be happy with Wieters as my catcher – but thats me

  388. royce! says:

    Fister or Morrow?

  389. Eddy says:

    Yea, as am I. I’m glad I got him in my money league and am glad he’s not hitting below 5th unlike Soto. But I think a part of me is buying into the Santana hype, but more for trading purposes if anything.

  390. @Grey:

    My boy Pineiro comes thru again. Heh.

  391. @3FingersBrown:

    Pujols is 0 for 8 lifetime vs Lopez, makes no sense but I’ll take it.

  392. Eddy says:

    I want to get a middle-of-the-pack type guy for my staff and am aiming for Scott Baker. Is Ervin Santana and Clay Buchholz equal? Too much, too little?

  393. @Eddy:

    Go for the gusto, go Pineiro.

  394. Damn you Bell.

  395. Eddy says:

    I must admit I’m not sure what you’re trying to say lmao

  396. Eddy says:

    Ok wait I got it. Well thing is the Baker owner has NO closers. I have 4 and Johnson is in FA pool. I can REALLY milk that.

  397. Im just enjoying my Pineiro stream, dont mind me.

  398. Eddy says:

    All right I offered Buchholz, Lindstrom, and Mike Gonzalez. I know it’s pretty lowball, but I wanna buy as low as I possibly can.

  399. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Fister

    @Eddy: I’m not sure how much a closer means to a guy who doesn’t even pick up one off waivers. Not sure I follow your question either. So you have Ervin and Buchholz and want to trade them both for Baker or one and which one? If the latter, Buchholz for Baker. Both? Seems like a lot.

  400. Eddy says:

    Sorry for the lack of clarity. But The owner I’m trading with has no closers. Only Jim Johnson is on the waivers but they don’t know that. I offered him Lindstrom, Mike Gonzalez, and Buchholz for Baker. Planning on picking up Johnson if he accepts

  401. @Eddy:

    I think you need some tougher leagues. Using Grey vs average Joes is almost cheating!

  402. Eddy says:

    I can’t help it!

  403. Steve says:

    Stupid Pineiro has tidied up all the terrible work done by Bannister in my Razzball league.

  404. Adam says:

    FraGu left the game in the 7th with tightness in his groin…

  405. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I got Willie Harris’d.

    @Adam: Thanks for the heads up!

  406. Jesse says:

    Who in the blue hell traded you Garza for Soriano? You must have very pretty eyes.

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