Jack McKeon’s got a word for players like Hanley Ramirez — lollygaggers.  For 5 years, Hanley’s been riding the crest of natural ability.  As I’ve said before about Hanley and Manny, insouciance doesn’t age well.  Think about the hot girl who got all the guys in high school then lost her looks ten years later.  She never had to develop a personality and, now at age thirty, she’s screwing guys in the bathroom of some bar with sawdust on the floor and hoping they’ll adopt her two kids, Bob Jr. and Bob Jr. Jr.  Hanley is a hot girl with no personality.  Notice how I said is, not was.  He’s only 27 years old, and I don’t think he’s done yet.  He’s never hit below .300, his HR/FB% is way off his career rate, he’s still stealing bases and he’s getting unlucky with balls hit into play.  I don’t think his end of the year numbers are gonna look good at all, but he could easily hit .350 the rest of the way with a 12/12 2nd half.  If you can get him for fifty cents on the Washington, I’d do it.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Jonny Gomes – Gomes is a mnemonic for Great Outfielder? Meh. Eerie Superior to other outfielders for a short period of time?  Yeah.  Okay, so not the best mnemonic.

Jason Bay – He’s been on absolute fire!  *fast, side effect for a medicine commercial voice*  I don’t trust his power, speed or average.  He’s gotten old — fast.  And, if he were anyone else but a guy that once hit 36 homers, we probably wouldn’t even pay attention.  If you have an erection longer than 24 hours after picking up Bay, see a doctor.

Garrett Jones – Robot’s not hard-wired to hit lefties so you have to bench him.  But Apollo Creed couldn’t get at lefties either, even with a snowball, and he did all right (until he was killed by Drago.)

Alex Presley – A Buy with two Pirates and one former in the first four names?  That’s the Jeopardy question to the answer, “How do you make Razzball readers yawn?”

Cameron Maybin – It’s funny, by which I mean it’s not funny at all, some players I love when they’re prospects then when they actually start playing I realize their upside is most players’ downside.  That’s so Maybin!

Desmond Jennings – According to the hash marks on the inside of my cave, Jennings will be called up within the next week or so because of his Super Two status.  Now, excuse me, while I make dinner for me and my volleyball.  (BTW, Jennings has been a Buy for like three weeks in a row.  Watch out, deaf ears, something’s falling!)

Eric Thames – Lotta borderline outfielders this week.  Or as I like to call them, bored-er line.  Wocka wocka wocka!

Mike Napoli – He’s due back on monday, so that means two things:  1) Now’s the time to grab Napoli. 2) Monday’s the time to grab his Mom.  “No, Ms. Napoli, I’m not drinking pineapple juice for any particular reason.”  Then we’d laugh and probably discuss Napoli’s playing time.

Geovany Soto – He’s hitting for the first time all year, but on a different note — is it me or is Geovany Soto wearing makeup?  Was he on the way to the theater to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Daniel Murphy – Here’s a Cust Kayin’ for you.  For the season, Murphy’s been more valuable Billy Butler (unless your league counts Moob Size).

Lonnie Chisenhall – Just went over my Chisenhall fantasy.  I wrote it while playing Angry Birds on my iPhone while riding on the back of an ostrich.

Chris Davis – Supposedly the Rangers are about to call him up again.  Aw, geez, now someone has to change Bill James’s sheets.  I’m done with Davis until he actually hits in the major leagues, but, if you’re hurting at corner infidel, go for it.  He has hit something like 30 homers in 20 games in Triple-A this year.

Yuniesky Betancourt – Has two homers and two steals in the last ten games… Eh, he’s terrible, but I just picked him up in one league and I’m trying to convince myself he’s decent.  Betancourt is decent!  Yeah, ain’t working.

Cory Luebke – May just be a hodgepadre, but it’s worth the flyer to find out.  What’s the worst that happens?  A 6 IP, 2 ER start?  Ooh, I guess you’re too good for that with your fancy jeans and Ed Hardy t-shirt.

Javy Guerra – Bastardo has three saves this year and he’s been the closer for like a minute — and that’s not an Urban Dictionary minute which is actually a long time.  So, really who’s the bastardo in this equation?  Guerra, that’s who.  Yet, he’s supposedly the closer, but if Mattingly threw Elbert in there for the next save, wouldn’t surprise me in the least.   Or is that would surprise me in the least?  Eh, I couldn’t care less.  Or is that could care less?

Antonio Bastardo – I think Charlie Manuel seriously considered Michael Stutes for the closer job, but he just had too much fun saying Antonio Bastardo’s name.  (BTW, Bastardo was the 666th word of this post.  We’re all damned!)

Vinnie Pestano – Chris Perez went to bereveament leave because his grandmother died.  We’re sorry for his loss and hope the days off give him time to mullet over what she meant to him.  Grab Pestano for some vulture saves.  Or just grab him because he’s been good.  His middle name should be Italy because he’s a VIP.


Adam Dunn – A few weeks ago I told you to sell him, as in trade.  I think that ship’s sailed about as well as the Titanic.  Depending on your leagues, it’s now time to just drop the Big Donkey Ass.

Jeremy Hellickson – His K-rate is just over 6 and his xFIP is 4.38.  In other words, blech and belch.  In other other words, see if you can still get something before things get worse.  (Feel free to ignore this advice in keeper leagues.  Assuming you do follow some of my advice.)

David Wright – “He’s due back within the next week!!!  Or two.”  That’s you talking to another owner in your league.  “Honestly, I can’t believe I’m giving you my first round pick for Lind and Daniel Hudson.  Maybe I shouldn’t play this fantasy baseball thingie — do you want me to throw in Aaron Hill?”  That’s you too, then you giggle like Lisa Simpson when she’s swooning for a boy.  This sell is called salvaging a rotten season from Wright.  He’s never been one to just rebound immediately after an injury and he’s dealing with a back issue.  So is he gonna steal knowing he’s gotta slide?  Is he going to have a setback?  Re-injure himself?  I wouldn’t trade him for a hard candy out of your grammie’s pocketbook, but I’d explore options.

  1. Eddy says:

    Wow, you weren’t kidding on Davis. 19 HR in 33 games with a .504 ISO. WTF.

    And just read that Perez is due back Sunday.

    I have David Wright and ARam. ARam has filled in nicely these past two weeks. Would you continue riding ARam the rest of the season and opt to trade Wright?

  2. Nuke LaDouche says:

    Hola Grey, Which of these 2b turds do you like more for ROS? Hill or Uggla? Have a good 4th!

  3. herschel says:

    @Grey: weekly roto league, need to start two of the following:

    getz (3 @ chw, 4 vs det)
    chisenhall (3 vs nyy, 4 vs tor)
    hill (3 @ bos, 4 @ cle)
    moustakas (3 @ chw, 4 vs det)

    or could start one of the above plus one of gomes, ibanez or thames.

    thanks and happy canada day!

  4. MAC DADDY says:

    Desmond Jennings is sitting on waivers and I am salivating but….
    I am in a auction keeper with 14 teams (max 4 year contracts) and I would have to drop someone from my stockpile of young bench replacements for next year. I am already one over with Tabata on the DL.
    I have
    Travis Snider
    Ian Desmond
    Mike Trout
    Lonnie Chisenhall
    David Freese
    Snider and Trout are both possibly getting called up soon from what I have read.
    Drop one for Jennings NOW and someone else later?

  5. The Spaceman says:


    I think when you quote yourself, it adds layers to the comedic value of your writeups. Love it. As well as when you remind us how often you are correct…

    Simple question; A Miller @Hou or J MacDonald @Wsh?

    Enjoy the holiday weekend! (I will be crying about Al’s current DL stint.)

    The Spaceman

  6. MR says:

    So we should sell Jeremy Hellickson and buy Yuniesky Betancourt? Got it, thanks.

  7. Nehocstu says:

    Grey, you are the man! Followed your drafting advice and drafted your top rated players (those you didn’t get for your F&F Team!) in the rounds you advised. I tell everyone looking up at me in the rankings about your advice/writings, and they still don’t catch on!

    Some advice from the throne of King Solomon please:
    Is offering Bruce & Greinke too much for Hanley?

    Always love your sense of humor, and really appreciate that you actually answer your blog for most of the stuff here!

  8. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Whoa! Forgot to ask… Better DL stash; Phil Hughes or Tabata?

    Thanks again!

    The Spaceman

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Spaceman: Thanks! Miller…Poor Al.

    @Nehocstu: Yeah, crappy F&F team. It’s a bit much for Hanley. Thanks for the kind words!

    @The Spaceman: Tabata…But apples and oranges.

  10. xopchipili says:

    Is there a AAAA Hall of Fame? and if so, does Davis get his own wing?

  11. Martin says:

    @grey- I have tons of pitching and am looking to try and get hitters. My weakest positions are wright and daniel murphy at 3rd and J. Weeks at 2nd but I am interested in any good hitters in general. Are there any you can suggest I target? I have a lot of pitching to offer. Haren, Chacin, Cueto, Cain are all avalible to trade.Thanks

  12. Joe Mama says:

    @Grey: 10 team H2H league, my SP’s consist of CC, Gallardo, D Hudson, Zimmerman(n), Kennedy, Kuroda, Bumgarner & Leake with a revolving door at 2B with Uggla, Johnson and currently Espinosa…trade CC for Cano? Thanks and have a safe and happy 4th!

  13. debar says:

    best option:
    mauer/stubbs for soto/bruce
    mauer/stubbs for soto/cruz
    mauer for bruce & pick up napoli (or posada) off the wire
    mauer for cruz & pick up napoli (or posada) off the wire

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @xopchipili: Ha!

    @Martin: Try for a #2 MI or CI with Chacin or Cueto…

    @Joe Mama: Doesn’t seem like Espinosa that bad that you need to lose CC. Thanks, you too!

    @debar: Mauer for Bruce or Cruz, in that order.

  15. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Thank you for the Al sympathy, I’m not taking it well ;)

    And of course; thanks for the advice as always. Take care,

    The Spaceman

  16. Dan Z says:

    Gotta admit, it feels like since Ive held onto Wright this long (all season) and dealt with his numbers so far and prolonged absence that at this point if youve done that, you have to hold onto him. Its like being pot committed in poker, too much has been put in and the value in return wont be there to make a move with him in it as a result.

  17. Exactly says:

    grey, please fill in the blanks:

    I’d trade d. wright for the following pitchers straight up: _________, __________, _________.

    Also, if i move wright, would you be okay with wiggy or freese or anyone hot off waivers to pick up the slack?

  18. Steve says:

    Anyone starting Niese today?

  19. Exactly says:

    and that’s in a mixed league…thanks

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:

    and hellickson gets the cards,yanks,red sox and yanks again coming up

  21. HeathcliffSlocumb says:


    So I traded McCann (crazy, but I got Miguel Cabrera and King Felix back) but now I need a C.

    I have both Soto and Napoli. Who should I ditch?

  22. stynyr says:

    Bench Niese against the Yanks?

  23. Steve says:

    Good work Frasor, you dickhead.

  24. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Just turned the hot Carrasco & Wiggy into the cold Zimmerman, leaving an SP spot open. Furbush or McCarthy for a streaming two start next week? Thanks, your trade and buy/sell advice have been invaluable!

  25. royce! says:

    Bautista is ranked 81st for the last 30 days according to ESPN’s player rater.

    Since none of my teams are doing well, I’m just going to focus on that for a while.

  26. Gavin says:

    Heisey, Maybin or Jennings? Not for counting stats, but for production when they actually play, since he who will be named will just fill in for my starters when they have a day off or a tough matchup. Cheers.

  27. Hi Grey: Two-part question here.

    Somehow, I’m solidly in the top half of a 20-team roto league despite having drafted both Wright and Morneau. Since they’ve been out my most common replacements are Alex Gordon and Smoak, respectively. If I was going to try to trade Wright, and I better off shopping for a 1B and use Smoak as UTIL or a 3B and use Gordon as OF or UTIL?

    Also, is there some kind of implicit order to your buy and sell recommendations? I mean, positional needs aside, is the top guy more of a buy to you than a guy in the middle of your list? Or is it stream of consciousness recommending?

    Thanks and enjoy the long weekend.

  28. mucho macho man says:

    @Grey: Danny Espinosa or Kelly Johnson ROS?

  29. Martin says:

    @grey-would zorbist for chacin be fair?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Spaceman: No problem.

    @Dan Z: Unless you’re holding a losing hand.

    @Exactly: Hamels level guy.

    @Steve: Eh

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yup

    @HeathcliffSlocumb: Soto

    @stynyr: Yup

    @AnotherFalstaff: Furbush…No problem.

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Gavin: Jennings for bench…Maybin for right now.

    @Enrique: Use Gordon… They’re grouped by positions…There’s no way to rank them. Some guys are for steals, some for power, need to look at your team for what you need. Thanks, you too!

    @mucho macho man: Espinosa

    @Martin: Sure

  31. Eddy says:


    The trade market is thin in my league. I may decide to get a round pick for next year. What pick, in your opinion, is Wright worth?

  32. Martin says:

    @grey- or michael young for chacin. Which would be better?

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:

    frank with another bust

  34. FlyLo says:

    Grey I know you hate Napoli questions but gotta ask: Napoli or Posada? Thanks

  35. Exactly says:

    ROS: lester, weaver, greinke, cain? Thanks.

  36. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: with help from Rivera misplaying a fly ball.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @VinWins: didnt see that,i got the bad stats from frank in 1 league and a bastard-o save in another

  38. BlinkULDHC says:

    If you still own Adam Dunn at this point, don’t you hold on to him (or pick him up via FA)?

    It was just 9 months ago that he finished a 3-month span of hitting 21 HRs, and while physical skills do diminish with age, they don’t just completely vanish at 31. Clearly, the psychological switch is “off” right now — and who’s to say it can’t be turned back “on”?

    Like Grey said, Dunn is virtually un-trade-able right now, so literally the price to own Dunn is merely a roster spot. With the shortage of true HR power in today’s game, Dunn HAS to be worth that tiny price based on his potential alone. Is there really anyone else available in FA who has the legitimate potential to hit 20+ HRs the rest of the way?

    The worst thing that could happen is that you wait for Dunn to get hot and it never comes, and you play with 22 spots instead of 23; the best thing that could happen is that Dunn merely returns to playing the way he’s been playing for 7 straight seasons and hit 20 HRs in July/Aug/Sep and wins H2H leagues.

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BlinkULDHC: There might be some guys worth that roster spot for two weeks — say Gomes hits 5 homers. Then you switch to a suddenly hot Luke Scott for 4 homers and so on.

  40. C.O.C. says:

    Alright, so I’m in a 16 team H2H weekly points league, and it’s come to be that adjusted scoring in this league has made pitching more important than in standard leagues (as evidenced by the 2nd highest scorer in the league to date drafted pitchers with his first 10 picks. He obviously caught on before everyone else.). I have Espinosa at 2B, Beltre at 3B, and Prado coming off the DL. I think I’m going to be able to swing a Prado for Phil Hughes trade. Now, normally I wouldn’t make this trade, but like I said, pitching in this league is gold. I know Grey wasn’t big on Hughes at the beginning of the season, but this may be the last chance to get him before he looks good in pinstripes and his owner decides to keep him. Plus, his recent increase in velocity has me believing all will be well in the second half. I am tied for 1st in my division with the potential trader. Is it too early to expect something positive from Hughes? All I’m seeing in my head is last years Phil Hughes with the Yankees offense behind him. BTW, pitching wins is the single most important thing in this league (stupid, I know, I’m not commisioner).

  41. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Would you start Bumgarner at DET?


  42. Eddy says:


    JJ Putz on DL.

  43. Eddy says:


    1. David Hernanez the grab, correct?

    2. Wright cannot be kept after this year. He goes back into the draft pool for 2012. You think I can still manage a 2nd-round pick off of that?

  44. aj says:

    14 team keeper league 5×5
    which side would you want?
    votto and hanley
    tex, josh Hamilton, and pence

  45. JackInTheBox says:

    I’ve got some bad matchups today but need to pitch at least two of these three guys for my H2H. I’ve got a huge ERA and WHIP lead on my opponent but need the other pitching stats. I’m thinking sit Liriano or just say screw it and pitch them all..thoughts?

    Gallardo @Min
    Liriano vs Min
    Norris vs Bos

  46. Lane says:


    Who puts up the better numbers the rest of the way, Soto or Ramos?

  47. Wilsonian says:

    So I’ve got a staff of Verlaner, Lincecum, Hamels, D. Hudson, Morrow, Shields, Beachy, Anibal.

    Any of them fair for Hanley?

  48. Lane says:

    One more for you Grey. I have one GS to stream for the weekend. L. Hernandez, McDonald or Correia?

  49. Kid n' Play says:

    Grey, Buy or Sell labels on each one of these guys:

    Logan Morrison
    Michael Morse
    Mike Moustakas
    Ricky Nolasco

  50. Skip says:

    Grey, should i keep elvis andrus or eric hosmer as a keeper?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @C.O.C.: Sure, Prado for Hughes is fine.

    @Chinaski: Yup

    @Eddy: Damn, I would go to the effin’ chiropractor and lose a closer.

    @Eddy: 1. Yes… 2. No… 5 to 6

    @aj: Hanley, it’s even.

    @JackInTheBox: Pitch them all in deeper than 12 team.

    @Lane: Soto

    @Wilsonian: Start at Morrow, Shields or Hudson…

    @Lane: Correia

    @Kid n’ Play: Depends on price… Buy, sell, sell, sell…

    @Skip: Andrus

  52. barker says:

    20 team league keeper ( keep 6 ) h2h

    i give cuddyer espinosa nishioka lohse i get aybar pedroia beachy

    my 3b cuddy freese izturis tejada
    my 2b hill espinosa izturis cuddy nish dl craig
    my SS nish izturis tejada
    my RF hart pagan cuddy dl craig

    i am currently planning to keep prince lind kemp verlander gallardo pineda

    i am giving up power for speed and average, which my team kinda needs .. i am also getting the better pitcher right?… will i be alright with freese and izturis at 3rd with craig having an outside shot at gaining eligibility there and is aybar that much of an upgrade at SS??

    basically would u rather have cuddy espinosa nish lohse or aybar beachy pedroia craig

    and looking further would you like to add pedroia to the list of keepers over lind or gallardo

  53. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you not go higher than those guys? I doubt he would take someone like them, knowing the guy I’m trying to deal with. It would probably still have to be a bigger name. If it wouldn’t be beneficial to lose one of my arms for him, then I won’t even bother.

    I did forget to mention that it’s a keeper.

  54. Higgins says:

    Arencibia, Soto or Posada?

  55. herschel says:

    @Grey: chisenhall and moose over d’arnaud (now with 3b eligibility)?

  56. Commish Cauda says:

    Trade Carlos Carrasco for Chris Carpenter in a H2H-Points Keeper League?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commish Cauda: Sure…Or you can trade Beckett for him as Berry suggests.

  58. Commish Cauda says:


    I stopped reading Berry once he sold his soul to the worldwide leader…

  59. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Should I drop Guerra to pick up David Hernandez

  60. BernieLomax says:

    Big weekend decision. 14 Team Keeper, what side you want:

    Konerko and Posey.
    McCann and Gaby Sanchez.

    First pair about $6 more.

  61. Skip says:

    Got one more…

    Which ONE, keeper league: Jair Jurrjens, Gio Gonzalez or Mat Latos

  62. Eddy says:

    Just wanted to give Razzballers a heads up that Bernadina is a beast at home (and completely not on the road). So if he was dropped after his recent scuffle, I’d pick him up. He just hit a solo shot.

  63. TheNewGuy says:

    Damnit! Sat Wandy at home at against the Rangers yesterday and he dealt, therefore decided to pitch Anneabelle today and now hes getting rocked. Pretty fearsome righty heavy lineup, so should it be an Arlington only sit on non-aces against them from now on?

  64. Fletch says:

    @Grey: B. Norris or Stauffer?

  65. Fletch says:

    Scherzer or Bumgarner?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Yeah, had noticed that.

    @TheNewGuy: I try to avoid the Rangers lineup. Home mostly, but sometimes on the road.

    @Fletch: Stauffer at homer, Norris… Scherzer…

  67. Lazar says:

    I don’t comment too often. I think I last commented about Duffy looking good…wtf was I on? Just commenting to say thanks for making me google Napoli’s mom! Didn’t catch that nip slip before.

  68. Dude says:

    11 team mixed dynasty league (2 at each pos, 6 OF, 2DH, 8SP, 6RP). I’ve lost Pujols and it’s basically a 3-4 team race. I have lot’s of youth to go along with my aging stars. Would you do this?

    Give: Dee Gordon, Dyan Viciedo, and Chris Carter
    Get: Lance Berkman and David Ortiz

  69. Joel says:


    in my 6×6 h2h league my SPs are Hamels Haren Marcum ubaldo Baker Carp and Niese. Homer Bailey and Lowe are on the wire. I can really use an infield bat till Prado comes off DL. I’ve been offered Helton for Carp. I tried to switch it to Niese, but no go. Is Carp for Helton a fair deal or no? I could pick up one of those on the wire as a replacement. THANKS!

  70. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Sandoval, Stanton, Pagan?

  71. Fletch says:

    Actually I’m contemplating dropping Stanton for Pagan…

  72. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    If you bring in your closer in the 8th and he blows the save, then sits for a half hour in the top of the 9th while you go up by 3, should you really let him pitch the 9th?

  73. Howard says:

    What a ‘kazaam’ for Valverde! Along with Frank Frank…make it stoppp!!!

  74. yankees2011 says:

    Hello Grey.

    Would you drop Volquez for Colon. I had to drop Bartolo to add Bastardo (I have Madson), but I may want him back. What do you think?

    Have a great fourth!

  75. yankees2011 says:

    One more thing Grey – a gripe. This never fails – I pick up David Hernandez for Holds (yes we have that stat) and now he wil probably be the Closer with Putz on the DL. I hate to sound like ingracious, but I don’t really need him for Saves. The same thing happened with Madson during the Draft. I picked him for Holds and he ends up the Closer. I know, a good problem to have. Not when you’re in a weekly league and you need a Hold to win the Stat and stay even.


  76. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Hi grey,

    Would you start Jhoulys Chacin ( yo- Lease!) tomorrow? Black n yellow

  77. Flunkie says:

    Which stream tomorrow: Narveson vs. Twins or Fister vs. Pads?

  78. Steve says:

    @Grey: Belch… McDonald or Lannan?

  79. Derrick says:

    D. Wright and Andrus too much to give up for Hanley?

  80. kevin says:

    You keep mentioning Bay as a buy with the pitch line something like “I think he sucks but what are you gonna do? Learn someone else’s name?”

  81. Eddy says:


    Whom do you prefer?

    Clayton Richard @SF (v. Lincecum)
    Charlie Furbush @LAA (v. Pineiro)

  82. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Eddy: im going with furbush

  83. Eddy says:


    That’s what I’m leaning toward. The more I check out his stats, the more I’m liking him. That, and Richard cannot seem to get it together on the road, no matter where the starts.

  84. papafrog says:

    @Grey: Good stuff, Grey. Where’s your Dillon Gee sell recommendation? 51:30 k/bb ratio in 76 innings. .217 BAA? Halladay’s BAA against is .241. Gee seems more lucky than good with these peripherals, even in Metco. Agree?

  85. Derrick says:

    What about David Wright for Krispie? Which side do you like?

  86. friar says:

    How would you rank Scherzer, Baker, Billingsley, and Carpenter for the rest of the year? Thanks!

  87. Derrick says:

    Or, sorry, Wright and Crawford for Bautista? Which side.

    I love you.

  88. Wilsonian says:

    Wow, someone just traded Dunn/League for Konerko in my 16 Team H2H league. That’s ridiculous.

  89. Sos says:

    Would you take Sandavol for Pujols? Its a keeper where Pujols couldn’t be kept and Pablo would be a 14th next year…

  90. Wilsonian says:

    Pena/Luebke for D. Lee/Cueto…which side?

  91. ltf says:

    Chacin for Pujols in a keeper league. Who wins?

  92. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: awesome trade

  93. ltf says:

    Just curious if there were any Chacin fans left. Happy 4th all.

  94. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Grey, the pirates will be calling up Brad Lincoln after game 1 of their double header today. Just a heads up.

    Yours truly,
    Your Black n Yellow insider

  95. Howard says:

    @ltf Obviously the Pujols side wins if you can afford to keep him next year.

  96. Howard says:

    Looking at Furbush’s pic on ESPN. He looks like he get’s the joke!

  97. Howard says:

    Coke and Furbush, sounds like life in the 80’s!

  98. a1rfann1ng says:

    should i just cut mauer in a 12 team mixed and just play lucroy the rest of the way

  99. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, I wish I woulda known he was dealing Konerko for a struggling first baseman and a decent closer. I woulda jumped on that.

  100. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: yeah,i own konerko in 2 leagues and been offering simply fred for him all year in the other

  101. Steve says:

    I cannot stand this. I am using Zimm and Nix today and they BOTH just left the bases full. Arrrrrggghhh!!!

  102. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: @AL KOHOLIC: that’s what I thought. I’m actually pissed that I didn’t get in on some of that action. I’m rocking Gaby and D. Lee at 1st right now and would love to get someone like that who produces.

  103. WDE05 says:

    Of course Colon is dominating the Mets coming off the DL and I’ve got him on my bench. Planned on playing him today, but I forgot to drop someone to clear roster space to bring him off the DL.

  104. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Reyes leaves with hamstring tightness: Mets SS Jose Reyes left Saturday’s game against the Yankees in the third inning with hamstring tightness, according to MLB.com. Reyes felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the first inning and the Mets opted to remove him for precautionary reasons two innings later. Reyes stayed in the game for the second inning, before being replaced at short by Ruben Tejada in the top of the third.
    (Updated 07/02/2011)
    Injury Report
    Hamstring – Questionable for July 3 vs. N.Y. Yankees

  105. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @WDE05: me also

  106. Steve says:

    Shall I pick upo Robot for the doubleheader day? Nah, I’ll go with Nix instead

    And that’s just what I’m getting.


  107. bogbert says:

    Colon, Morrow, or Carrasco? Trying to take a really poor WHIP into consideration.

  108. WDE05 says:


    Yep, I really needed those 6 Ks from Colon. I’m winning my H2H 9-4 right now, but my opponent has 5 starters left and I only have two. I lead by 12 right now on Ks so I’m trying to decide if I should risk my lead in ERA and WHIP to hold on in Ks. I lead 1.73 to 2.26 on ERA and .85 to .95 on WHIP. My 2 pitchers left are Tim Hudson and Beachy so I know I can expect 6+ ks from the latter, but you can’t really expect a lot from Huddy.

  109. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Famous quote from my BBF Max Scherzer, “You just got SCHERZERED!!!”

  110. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    BBF? Best bud forever? ok!

  111. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Alcides or Scutaro as Reyes insurance? Thanks!

  112. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Masterson or Scherzer? Posada or Martin?

  113. Fletch says:

    I am so close to dumping Scherzer for Bumgarner or Masterson. Seems overrated to me with that 4.4 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with a few lucky wins tossed in. What do you think?

  114. WDE05 says:

    Nice call on HanRam Grey….just hit a granny in the top of the 1st @texas.

    Pretty crazy because I was watching the braves game and ross and hanley both came up to bat with the bases juiced at the same time. Both hit granny’s about 2 minutes apart.

  115. WDE05 says:


    I’m not expert, but Bumgarner seems like an obvious pickup over Scherzer even before he imploded today. Outside of Bum’s terrible outing last week, he’s been absolutely lights out for the last 2 months.

  116. herschel says:

    any chance scherzer gets rained out???

  117. friar says:

    Should I drop one of Rios, Heyward, or Morrison for Swisher? How’s about for Pagan?

  118. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey would you think of taking ellis over hill,or hope for hill to have a better 2nd half

  119. Wilsonian says:

    Does anyone like Valencia over Freese? He’s on pace for about 18 hrs and 80 rbi.

  120. WDE05 says:

    Hanley with another dinger….

  121. xopchipili says:

    I’m not the only one who had Scherzer, Kershaw, Holland and Capps all pitching tonight right? Can we schedule a group therapy appointment?

    Is there a glossary term for when your entire staff commits seppuku on the same night?

  122. K76154 says:

    I can’t bear with Scherzer anymore. His FIP and xFIP also isn’t very outstanding. Should I drop him for Jon Niese?

  123. Fletch says:

    I just dropped Scherzer for Bumgarner.

  124. chata says:

    check this ….
    my opening day roster in a 12 team/9 keeper league :
    (inherited this team that last year scored 20 points (!)
    1. (12) David Wright 3B
    2. (13) Dan Uggla 2B
    3. (36) Stephen Drew SS
    4. (37) Max Scherzer SP
    5. (60) Geovany Soto C
    6. (61) Derrek Lee 1B
    7. (84) Jorge De La Rosa SP
    8. (85) Ian Stewart 3B
    9. (108) Jair Jurrjens SP
    10. (109) Jay Bruce OF
    11. (132) Freddie Freeman 1B
    12. (133) Stephen Strasburg SP
    13. (156) Mike Trout OF
    14. (157) Huston Street RP
    15. (180) Jeremy Hellickson SP,RP
    16. (181) Joel Hanrahan RP
    17. (204) Jhoulys Chacin SP,RP
    18. (205) Rajai Davis OF
    19. (228) Coco Crisp OF
    20. (229) Manny Ramírez OF
    21. (252) Brian Fuentes RP
    22. (253) Matt Lindstrom RP
    23. (276) Brad Penny SP
    24. (277) Erik Bedard SP
    25. (300) J.J. Hardy SS

    had 1st pick in the snake draft this year and took bruce in round 10 .
    currently am in 10th place with 50.5 points (yea…improvement) .

    here’s what pleases me :
    trades :
    may 13th …. scherzer / chacin / lohse for KEMP / wade davis / guthrie
    may 26th …. jair and hanrahan for HEYWARD
    tonight (pending) …. hafner / hellickson / humber (alas) for
    guerra / david hernandez / VOTTO

    do i give a shizz that i might end up with 30-40 points this year ?

  125. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    I simply cant take Scherzer and his lousy attitude any longer. Would you drop this idiot for Hughes? I have improved my pitching staff step by step by making a couple of good trades and FA aquisitions. I dont want to ruin it but Scherzer is not giving me any reason to keep him in there.


  126. chata says:

    all-star voting …. don’tcha just love having your voice heard ?

    one young lady (a d-backs fan) cast over 200 k votes .
    the d-backs rewarded her by letting her throw out the 1st pitch .

  127. Steve Stevenson says:

    Bumgarner, Buchholz, Morrow or Hughes ROS? My ratios are solid (WHIP moreso than ERA), so looking more for W and K/9. Thanks.

  128. anon says:

    What’s up with Scherzer? I’m in an 11-team roto (yes 11). Droppable? I could add Fister or claim Liriano off waivers who was just dropped.

  129. Howard says:

    @Grey I’m lookin at the ww in a effort to dump Scherzer and it’s pretty slim pickins’ (yeeeaaaaah!). I really think Scherzer’s problem is between the ears and maybe a little trip to the minors would set him straight again. Getting back to the waiver: Collmenter, Karstens, Worley, Tomlin, W Davis, Arroyo…or hold?

  130. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:

    Grey, who to start today? Need RBIs and AVG.. Soto vs. CHW (I forget who’s pitching or Arencibia vs. Cliff Lee?

  131. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Hope the weekend is treating you kindly! So I’ve just dealt Luebeke and received Bernadina. Good move; Yes or no? Also, Rzepcynski or Resop? Enjoy your holiday Monday Grey, and let me know if you want to cry about Mad Max together. Cool? ;)

    The Spaceman

  132. Howard says:

    @Grey Would you deal Yo-lease for Gio? I read some of your previous posts and the words ‘control issues’ and ‘ulcer medication’ stood out. Still, his WHIP ain’t bad 1.24 and the Ks are tantalizing!

  133. a1rfann1ng says:

    does mike cameron getting cut make josh reddick mixed league worthy? what do you see going forward on him?

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @a1rfann1ng: He’s a 15/5 type, but he’s on fire right now, grab him.

  135. Amart says:

    @ Grey

    Anything different from the normal “always start Gio at home” today v. Ari?

  136. Amart says:

    @ Grey

    Nice call w/ Luebke by the way… He helped balanced out Scherzer making a complete mess of my ERA

  137. Wilsonian says:

    What do you think of this deal, fair or not?

    Konerko/Stanton/Morrow for McCutchen/Quentin/Cueto?

    It is a keeper league where we keep 5. Thanks man, enjoy the 4th!

  138. Giggles McGehee says:

    10 Team 5×5. I’m trailing games started badly. My wins and k’s are low but I don’t want to bork my era/whip to catch up. Picked up Garza and Stauffer recently. Is that enough in your opinion, or should I try to trade for a Hamels-type?
    Kershaw, Zimmerman, Beachy, Gio G., Garza, Stauffer.

  139. Al Swedgin says:

    Hi Grey: my weekly shallow league dilemma. I have lots of good starters with 2 starts, and a lot of dicey matchups.

    Would you bench any of the following guys for Bud Norris @ PIT ?

    Hudson: @ MIL, @ STL
    Greinke: v CIN
    Price: @ MIN, @ NYY
    Shields: @ MIN @ NYY
    Colby Lewis: v BAL v OAK
    Hanson: v COL @ PHI


  140. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Britton hit a home run and the Oriole dugout gave him the “silent treatment.”

  141. WDE05 says:

    Who do you guys like better today…Moreland v Fla (Vaszquez) or Hosmer @ Col (Hammel)?

    Didn’t see the PPD on the yankees v mets until after the start time so I’m already stuck with an empty spot in my roster. I’m in a tight match on runs and RBIs so I really need this final spot to deliver something.

  142. WDE05 says:


    …I guess the yanks mets are playing afterall. Yahoo had it listed as a PPD a few minutes ago instead of a delay.

  143. WDE05 says:

    Cliffly just gave up 3 homers in one inning…huge because it gives me the W in homers allowed for the week.

  144. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    It’s not June anymore, Cliff.

  145. Howard says:

    @Grey 10 team h2h w/OBP, Who would you rather have at 3B: Cheese, Moose or Freese?

  146. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Juan Rivera Designated For Assignment. Yravis Snider called up.

  147. Derrick says:

    Thoughts on Drew Stubbs? I just got offered Stubbs for Pedroia (because he knows I have Espinosa).

    I shouldn’t do this, should I? Or would you rather have Stubbs at the Util. over Pedroia?

  148. Wilsonian says:

    Travis Snider or Eric Thames as a better deep league pickup?

  149. Steve says:

    Holy effing shit. Getting drilled in H2H this week by a guy who’s OF consists of Rios, Damon and Markakis.

  150. Joel says:

    Grey: off waivers tomorrow morning, i need a bat: Nyjer Morgan, Travis Snyder or mark Ellis? Does Ellis simply need to be owned right now with his hot streak?

  151. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Should I drop Pujols to grab Ellis?….I mean,he’s so hot right now.

    no,Im not serious….anyway,just wanted to mention how stupid the W’s category is.I started Price,Felix,Ubaldo,Pineda,D. Hudson,,Norris,Beachy and Wolf this wk,and I have exactly one W….from Luebke.

  152. Joel says:

    actually, top bat off waivers: Chisenhall, ellis, travis snyder or Nyjer Morgan? who should I grab tomorrow am?

  153. herschel says:

    @Grey: who to start next week in a weekly roto league (need to make up most ground in whip/era)?

    scherzer @ kc
    beachy @ phi
    kuroda vs nym
    luebke @ sf
    zito vs sd

  154. Terrence Mann says:

    Cargo hit the wall hard. Carted off. Looked like his wrist.

  155. Wilsonian says:

    @Terrence Mann: you’ve gotta be kidding me…

  156. Exactly says:

    Grey, which side:

    Morse, Aybar, Madson or Greinke, Beckham

  157. Flunkie says:

    Ellis or Casilla?

  158. Steve says:

    That’s the idea Gibson. Just leave Kennedy out there to get slaughtered.

  159. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’ve stuck with Iannetta in the ol’ H2H, since I drafted him.

    I know he went 3-3 yesterday, but is it time to trade him in for a Lucroy?

  160. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Capps failed to get the save again today. I think it is time for Nathan.

  161. Terrence Mann says:

    @Wilsonian: Went in for x-rays. No word yet. Hopefully, prognosis negative.

  162. Wilsonian says:

    @Terrence Mann: yeah, just saw that. Man, he was playing really well. I hate to lose that bat out of my lineup. Hopefully it’s just a sprain and he’ll only miss a few games.

  163. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: according to Rotoinfo, it’s a contusion and he’s listed as day-to-day. But then again, aren’t we all…

  164. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: do you think Luebke keeps it up and keeps a spot in the rotation? I’m looking at him in a shallow 8 team h2h league with Ks/9.

  165. GTG says:

    AL only 4×4… who has the better prayer to get some saves while not hurting the ratios — oliver or devine?

  166. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Yeah, for a little while at least.

    @GTG: Blech… Oliver…

  167. Joel says:


    I’m stunned you’d pick up Snider over Chisenhall. How come?

  168. Steve says:

    How does Stanton get caught stealing second. It’s only one stride for him, surely?

    And why did LoMo get taken out of the game? Hurt, or just overcome with the shock of a double?

  169. roto, 12-team, regular 5 cats plus OPS & K

    Who’s the least sickening option at 3B… Daniel Murphy, Justin Smoak, or Aaron Miles?

  170. Terrence Mann says:

    @Wilsonian: Just a contusion.

  171. Wilsonian says:

    @Terrence Mann: yeah, hopefully it doesn’t keep him out for long. Dude had really heated up.

  172. Terrence Mann says:

    Bochy has huevos bigger than his abnormal head to put Vogelsong on the All-Star team.

  173. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joel: Snider hit 14 homers in the 2nd half of the year last year, Chisenhall’s been up for less than a week.

    @Steve: Ha..Not sure with Morrison.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Murphy… CT!

    @Terrence Mann: Yeah, pretty obnoxious.

  174. ruah says:

    Better SB/AVG combo: Revere, Gwynn, D Gordon, D’Arnaud

  175. ruah says:

    Oh, add Maybin to the list above

  176. WDE05 says:


    Hey Grey…no problem missing my question earlier. Went with Hosmer and he had a monster day…4/6 w/ a homer and 4 RBIs.

    Unfortunately, I still lost on RBIs by 1. Still won 9-5 and snapped my 3 week losing streak.

  177. @Grey: Hurricane CT is definitely in the forecast, just not sure it’s gonna’ be a Cat 5. He appears more… sane, like he’s had some therapy in the off-season. Hopefully it’s not something a quart of liquor can’t fix.

  178. @Grey: Oh, and my bad… I forgot to mention that Chisenhall is another 3B option for me right now. That’s who I’m tempted to go with, but my lineup is already sporting Hosmer, LoMo, Moustakas, and Jennings… perhaps a bit heavy on the creme de la upside.

  179. Mike says:

    Which side would you want in a trade? Brian McCann or Drew Stubbs/Stephen Drew?

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