It’s trade deadline time, a full baseball weekend, and Grey is at a crawfish festival asking ladies whether he has any chum in his moustache.  Anyway, the Indians spoiled the Yanks and Sawx plans by nabbing Ubaldo for a bunch of prospects including their top two pitching prospects (Drew Pomeranz and Alex White).  Moving to the AL Central is definitely better for Ubaldo’s stock than the AL East and you’d think moving a mile closer to sea level for home games would help in the long run.  I expect a good finish this year for him as ALers adjust to his stuff.

As for Pence, what a shocker that Philadelphia and Houston made a trade!  Ruben Amaro Jr. is like the jerk in a fantasy baseball keeper league who keeps tapping the same goober (Ed Wade) for advantageous trades.  The Phillies got Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt the past two years and the Astros have Brett Wallace, JA Happ, and (had) Michael Bourn to show for it.  Time will tell whether the prospects in this trade are worth it but the change in scenery should definitely help Pence.  He hit 5th on Sunday which should give him some solid RBI opportunities behind Utley and Howard.  Plus, he can look forward to many Pence-sylvania puns!

In other news…

Erik Bedard – The Red Sox nixed a trade with Oakland for Rich Harden because of injury concerns and then ok’d a trade to Seattle for Erik Bedard.  When pressed on why they signed off on Bedard but not Harden, Red Sox doctors pointed out that Bedard’s right arm looked a lot healthier than Harden’s.  We’re disappointed they didn’t pull off both trades.  They could put Erich Bedarden as the probable starter and then start the healthy one.  Suffice it to say, going from Seattle to Boston should only help Bedard’s Wins, hurt his ERA/WHIP, and maim non-New Englanders’ eardrums during unsuccessful home starts (You sahck cahk Bedahd!).

Michael  Bourn – Traded to Atlanta for Jordan Schafer and the Atlanta B-prospect orchestra.  This was all news to him when he woke up today in the wrong part of Atlanta, not knowing how he got there.  Luckily he outran all his attackers until he was able to surmise his past role as a SAGNOF operative.

Rafael Furcal – Traded to the Cardinals.  McCourt offered to send a $10,000 check as well if the Cards could just wire him $5,000.  No real change in value for Furcal.  He’s barely startable when healthy and barely healthy when he starts.

Dee Gordon – With Furcal traded, the Dee Gordon era has arrived in LA.  Dodger fans, SAGNOF fans, and What’s Happening fans, rejoice!

Doug Fister – The Mariners traded Fister to a team (Tigers) where he might have a chance at the occasional win.  Fister has 3 wins and 12 losses (only 2nd in the AL to Jeremy Guthrie’s 13 losses) despite a 3.33 / 1.17 ERA/WHIP.  Fister’s lack of K’s (5.5 Ks) makes him only spot start worthy in shallow mixed leagues.  I just wish Seattle would’ve added catcher Adam Moore to the deal to preserve possibly the best pitcher-catcher battery of all-time (Fister-Moore).

Chris Davis – He’ll finally get his 3rd chance to prove he’s a major league hitter after getting traded with Tommy Hunter to Baltimore for Koji Uehara.  If he’s your best option at cornerman, my condolences.   I can see Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds becoming great friends, swapping tips on how to walk back to the dugout after striking out.

Brandon Allen – Man, just when Arizona started playing him, they trade him to the A’s for Brad Ziegler.  Allen is getting sent to AAA for now but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets called up soon.

Paul Goldschmidt – With Allen out of town, the Diamondbacks plan to call him up to take over at 1B.  He’s shown great power and I’d give him a flier as a corner power option.  I predict he’ll surpass Jason Schmidt (7) and end up with the 2nd most career HRs for someone with Schmidt in their last name.

Mike Adams – Traded to the Rangers for two pitching prospects where he apologized to all owners who held onto him in mixed leagues hoping he’d inherit the Padres closer job when Heath Bell was traded.  He’s still worth owning as a middle reliever – especially as a handcuff if you own Feliz.

Ryan Ludwick – Traded to the Pirates.  His value moves from yaaawwwn to yawn.  Once Tabata comes back, this is going to mean a big drop in playing time for Garrett Jones.

Derrek Lee – Also traded to the Pirates.  He’s been hitting of late and is serviceable when on a hitting streak.   In related news, if your beer league softball team needs a 1B, Lyle Overbay is available.

Orlando Cabrera – Traded to the Giants as Sabean is looking for the right mix of Tejada’s over-the-hillness and Brandon Crawford’s weak bat.

Lance Berkman – Returned after a few days off to hit a 3-run HR on Sunday.  That’s 28 HRs in 308 ABs.  See Colby, that’s what happens when you listen to the Cardinals coaches.  Although, it should be said, that McGwire’s success with Berkman is largely because Lance pictures a Big Mac in place of McGwire’s face when getting batting tips.  If only the Astros had hired Mayor McCheese as batting coach…

Justin VerlanderTook a no-hitter into the 8th inning for the 3rd time this year, outdueling AL Cy Young front-runner Jered Weaver in a 3-2 win.  He’s now 15-5 with a 2.24 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 178 Ks in 181 IP.  Almost every award prediction I made this preseason looks awful except Verlander for Cy Young.  If only I drafted him on one of our teams.

Jered WeaverLost the duel against Verlander to ‘fall’ to 14-5 with a 1.88 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.  Worse yet, he got ejected for throwing one high and tight on pitch after Carlos Guillen took a few minutes to admire his HR.  While I can see why Weaver was mad, he needs to realize that might’ve been one of the only notable accomplishments for Guillen in like 4 years.  Let the man have his moment.

Domonic BrownSent down to AAA as the Phillies decided John Mayberry at least lets them put out an MVP outfield (Mayberry, Victorino, Pence).

Joe Saunders – Oh the joys of pitching in the NL West.  He’s followed up a complete game victory @SD with a 7.2 IP, 2 ER win against LA.  He’s got another start coming up against the Dodgers which makes him a pretty solid streaming candidate.

Jeremy HellicksonThe H-E-double hockey st-ickson is bringing the Devil back into the Rays.  He got his 10th win of the year albeit against the Mariners and with only 2 Ks in 7 IP.  At 10-7, Hellickson and Pineda are battling for top non-Roofie this year.

Brett Wallace / Chris JohnsonThe ineffective corners of Houston were sent down to AAA.  This will finally give some playing time to top prospects…..oops, those are their top prospects.  That’s the bad karma you get when you play in the park formerly known as Enron Field.  Unlike Ed Wade, at least the Enron executives got to feel like the ‘Smartest Men in the Room’ for a little while.

Jason Bourgeois – Slam and legs with an extra side of legs for the upper class Astro.  With Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence gone, Bourgeois should get plenty of time to hit at the top of the lineup and steal bases.  Given the current state of the Astros lineup (Bourgeois hit 3rd on Sunday!), he better steal during his first 3 ABs because there may not be a 4th AB.

Emilio Bonifacio – His hitting streak was snapped at 26 games but he did hit a HR on Sunday.  Mr. Dimaggio, you dodged a bullet.  Mr. Bonds, hope you’re ready for some Boneface.

Johnny CuetoThrew a 3-hit shutout against the new look Giants offense.  Why can’t Volquez take a sip of whatever Cueto is drinking (1.72 ERA / 0.98 WHIP)?

Coco Crisp3 SBs to tie his career high from last year at 32 SBs.  No wonder why Ice-T loves him so much.

Juan Nicasio – 7 IP, 1 ER and 10 Ks at San Diego – his first good road start this whole year.  I’d say he’s a great bet for K’s but he has only K’d more than 6 in one other start…[email protected] against the Padres (9 Ks).  The R0ckies should rest him for a few weeks and then start him every game in their next series with San Diego.  Also, not for nothing, if his parents had gringo’d his name to John, he could have had the best 80’s keyboardist name of all time (Johnny Casio).

Roger Bernadina – In the midst of an 0-for-17 slump (or 8-for-50 if you want to go back further), the Nats sent him down to AAA.  For the love of SAGNOF, WTF?!  Ankiel owners should benefit the most from this although, if anyone owns Ankiel in a shallow mixed league, they probably checked out 3 months ago.  On Sunday, the Nats decided to start Brian Bixler in CF.  This is the Brian Bixler whose awful bat (.177/.237/.227 in 203 ABs) wasn’t good enough for Pittsburgh’s SS position (when they sucked).  This was the equivalent of Bixler taking a bat and hitting Bernadina in the balls – assuming Bixler would actually make contact.

Brandon McCarthy – Two straight wins for McCarthy after dispatching the Twins yesterday with a 9 K effort.  He’s doing his part to rid the McCarthy name of its embarrassing affiliation with Communist witch-hunts, vaccination witch-hunts, and falling for redheads from the wrong side of the tracks.  If you leave Brandon, don’t leave now!

Dustin Moseley – The NL Doug Fister (3-10 despite a 3.30 ERA) went on the 15 day DL with a bad shoulder on his non-pitching arm.  That’s weak.  Jim Abbott pitched just fine with a bad arm on his non-pitching shoulder.

  1. Gumby says:

    Not to be nitpicky, but Goldy was crushing the AA Southern league. Much more impressive than the PCL as stated above.

  2. Ernie says:

    Is there any chance for good Luebke’s outing vs LAD? His last start was not good…

  3. killajohn says:

    To concur with Gumby, Goldschmidt was raking in the notoriously pitcher-friendly southern league. To get a sense of how good he was there, you need to look at his numbers vs the other hitting leaders in that league. No one even came close to his overall production.

  4. Frank Rizzo says:

    Ha. Carlos Guillen was picking up teammate Magglio who apparently needs help in on field squabbles like Richie Cunningham needed the Fonz to save geek ass so many times. And in other news, we found out Jered Weaver is a lot more like Jeff than we originally thought. Whiny little bitch.

  5. Benny says:

    Rudy – are you worried about Hellicksons low K rate, very low BABIP, and xFIP for the rest of the year and into next year? Those #s aren’t all that encouraging but Im wondering if you saw something to make you feel like his Ks will rise and thus keep his ERA under 3.50-ish.

  6. Mr. Rickey says:

    Time to give up on Hanley this season? What type of starting pitcher could I trade him for at this point ?

  7. earl weaver says:

    Can I trust Chacin (v. PHI) or Carpenter (@MIL) today?

  8. @Gumby: Damnit, Gumby. Good point!

    @killajohn: Killa point, killajohn.

    @Ernie: Luebke seems solid. LAD is a solid matchup. If you have the innings, i’d start him.

    @Frank Rizzo: That was Jeff Weaveresque behavior from Jered. As long as he doesn’t pitch like him, I’m fine.

    @Benny: I think Hellickson’s K-rate will increase over time. He knows what he’s doing on the mound. He seems like the type who might outperform his xFIP. He might due for a little regression but less worried than, say, a Joe Saunders-type.

    @Mr. Rickey: Hanley hit .296 with 5 HRs and 5 SBs in July. I wouldn’t trade him unless you get a great offer. I’d want one of the following SPs for him: Verlander, Weaver, Halladay, Lee, Sabathia.

    @earl weaver: I wouldn’t start Chacin @COL vs. Phillies. I’d start Carpenter @MIL unless you’re pacing above your league’s IP limit.

  9. Busta says:

    2 pitcher questions for weekly lineup (W is 10pts, L -5, normal otherwise). Which one:

    Gallardo @ Hou or
    Cueto @ ChC

    Best 2 out of 3 RP (7pts save, 1pt k,ip, -1pt ER, no loss for BS):

    Bailey 6 games (@Sea,@TB)
    Perez 7 games ([email protected],@Tex)
    Marmol 7 games ([email protected], Cin)

  10. Scott says:

    14 team dynasty league…was offered the following prospects for Brandon Phillips: Singleton, Martin Perez, Nick Franklin. Will I regret turning down that offer?

  11. EK says:

    Pick one for today?

    Arroyo @ HOU
    Vasquez @ NYM

  12. @Busta: You have to go Gallardo @ HOU with their lineup. I’d start Cueto too if I could. The reliever decision is tougher. I’d go Bailey and Marmol as Perez seems shaky.

  13. @Scott: I don’t think so. For a 14-team league, those are B-level prospects. You should get at least one guy who’ll definitely be starting on a 14-team team in 2 years. Can’t say that about any of those guys.

    @EK: Arroyo has been awful but you have to start @HOU.

  14. YourMomsBoyfriend says:


    thank you for telling him that. Isn’t that something a guy like this should know?

  15. papasmurf says:

    Grey, would you trade BJ Upton for Greinke in a keeper league that counts OBP also? It seems like the 10 or so extra homers isn’t worth the hits taken at AVG and OBP when I can go with a SAGNOF guy.

    Plus, Upton’s RBI/R aren’t that good anyhow.
    At least Jennings has LF eligibility now and I catch a break. Rejoice!

  16. Dick Smothers says:

    Beachy @WAS or Gio @SEA this week?

  17. Eng says:

    Bedard or Niese ROS?

  18. Scott says:

    Thanks. What’s your take on this offer in the same 14-team dynasty league with standard scoring?

    I give: Matt Joyce, 3rd Rounder Mid-Season Draft
    I get: Mike Minor, 1st Rounder Mid-Season Draft

    (We have two drafts midseason and offseason, the midseason draft comes right after the MLB Amateur Draft and basically is the best players in that or prospects that haven’t been picked up before, this 1st round pick would likely be 10th or so overall, this year guys who went around that spot are George Springer, CJ Cron, Paul Goldschmidt, and Taylor Guerrerri)

  19. ichirosan says:

    Mike Schmidt called and said “Hi”

  20. Van Hammersly says:

    Hey Rudy:
    Would you rather have Bedard or Chacin for the rest of the year? This is a 12-team RCL, so I was surprised to see Chacin available as a free agent.

  21. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-5X5 League

    I see from above that you don’t like Chacin vs PHI today…but what about him for the two-start week? I can only start two of the three below. Is he worth the risk compared to the others?

    Homer Bailey: @HOU (Wandy)
    Ivan Nova: @CHW (Humber)
    Chacin: vsPHI (Hamels) & @WAS (Livan)



  22. @papasmurf: I’d prefer Greinke over Upton in a keeper league.

    @Dick Smothers: I’d take Gio. He’s had a few seemingly average starts (4.50 ERA in July) but his peripherals are still great (9.6 K/9, 2.14 BB/9).

    @Eng: Niese is safer. Bedard has higher upside. I’d risk it with Bedard.

    @Scott: I’d consider this a sell-high opportunity on Matt Joyce.

    @ichirosan: And a good day to you, Mr. Schmidt.

    @Van Hammersly: I’m concerned that Chacin is running out of steam. I’d lean towards Bedard for the upside – but I’d bench him vs. NYY.

  23. fyodor says:


    At this point, who would you choose from among Ervin Santana, Niemann, Norris, Buehrle, McDonald, Vogelsong? Looking for ERA and Wins.


  24. Long Bawls says:

    Just got offered Lance Berkman and Mark Ellis for my Dustin Ackley and Emilio B in our 6×6 14 team roto. Am I foolish to hesitate about taking this? My 2B has been sort of a black hole (and EB’s a fill-in for A-Roid) and my OF is stacked (McCutchen, Holliday, Werth, Kemp); I’m tops or near-tops in all offensive categories except OPS. I feel like Puma is clearly the best player in this deal, but still…

  25. Beau says:

    Drop Adams for Rauch? Dom Brown for Bourgeouis?

  26. Ceasar says:

    Thinking about making a run at Felix in a 14-team roto. Current owner is way ahead of pace in IP (season max of 1,350) and needs saves.

    Pence and Kimbrel enough? Too much?

  27. Long Bawls says:

    @Beau: Depending on your needs; if it’s strict saves, Rauch a better bet. For ratios, Adams. And yeah, I’d take JB over DB.

  28. @fyodor: I’d go with Ervin but none of this crew are great bets for shallow league success.

    @Long Bawls: I’d make that deal.

    @Beau: Yes on Dom Brown for Bourgeous. Yes on Rauch over Adams assuming you need Saves.

    @Ceasar: That’s a healthy offer for F-Her. I’d dangle Pence and see if you could give up someone lesser than Kimbrel.

  29. Herb Urban says:

    Long suffering Mariner fans have been clamering for some comic relief from our insufferable offense. Thank you Jack Zed. A Moore-Furbush battery will fill that hole nicely.

  30. Wilsonian says:

    @Rudy: just wondering if you could give me your rankings on these SPs for the ROS. We count W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ks/9.

    Ervin, Ogando, Luebke, Latos, Floyd, Danks, Bedard, Niese

  31. Howard says:

    @Rudy Would you take a chance with Hamels @ Coors tonight? Am on a tight innings budget too. Alternative: Maholm vs ChC.

  32. nsomniak says:


    I can only go with 3, which pitcher do I bench?

    Wandy vs. CIN
    B. Morrow @ BAL
    J. McDonald vs. CHC
    Gio @ SEA

  33. C.O.C. says:

    In a weekly league….should I put Oswalt in with no guarantee that he will start before or on Sunday (not to mention the fact it’s his first start off the dl) or roll with Colon @CHW?

  34. Beau says:

    I need saves and am on pace to be well over innings limits…trade Chacin for izzy and guerra in 12 team keeper league?

  35. Lance Berkman says:

    Of course the day someone mentions my heroics…it’s Rudy and not grey. Grey would’ve left my little 3-run homer out of this daily update.

  36. Long Bawls says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Thanks, Rudy! Much appreciated. I was just offered Ryan Howard and Chris Perez for Bonifacio and Bailey. Does that strike you as a better deal than Ackley and Bonifacio for Berkman (+Ellis, who I’d drop)? I kind of can’t believe I’m getting offers like this.

  37. Long Bawls says:

    @Rudy Gamble: P.s. sorry for the Penthouse-forum-style “I can’t believe I’m getting offers like this.” I know we’re all trying to keep it classy, but stuff like this never happens to waiver-wire feeders like me.

  38. Calogero says:

    Keeper league, 6×6 H2H with OPS… I’m in contention and don’t need Rasmus to start. I currently have only Bonifacio SS-eligible and a need for another closer. Which offer looks best for Rasmus?:

    1. Big Papi and Leo Nunez (or Farnsworth)
    2. Alexei and Nathan (or League)
    3. Yunel and Guerra (or possibly Bedard)

  39. Long Bawls says:

    @Calogero: Wowza. Those all seem pretty good for you. I’d rank them the same order you have them.

  40. MackeySasser says:


    More upsize for 2012 – J.Zimm or B.Norris?

  41. Long Bawls says:

    @Grey: Hey, Grey! I’ve just been offered:

    Puma+Ellis (I’m assuming Ellis is to line puma’s cage) for Bonifacio and Ackley


    Howard and Chris Perez for Bonifacio and A Bailey

    They both strike me as very good for me, but would you take the latter? I almost certainly will, but like all the lonely (It’s by choice! Just like deciding to keep the ear hairs!) men here, seek validation.

  42. Long Bawls says:

    @MackeySasser: Hee hee: upsize. Norris already looks pretty bloaty in his team photo. All snark (sorry) aside, I’d go Zimm. DC will be a better (still not a good) team, and JZ has better control. That said, JZ is probably more brittle and will be in another innings-leap year (he’s not doing so well in this year’s tail end). I like Zimm better, but the thing that would make it perfect would be if you were a silent partner in James Andres’ practice.

  43. Eng says:

    Thanks, Rudy. Do you prefer the foul Aaron Hill or the foul Furcal at MI ros?

  44. Mike says:

    Drop Zimmermann for Chacin? Zimm only has 4 more starts this season…

  45. CoJason says:

    Will Longoria pick it up or is this just a down year for him? I’m considering moving Pujols to 3B and playing someone like Cuddyer, Hosmer, or Morse at 1B (all of whom are outscoring Longoria in my league). Thoughts? Thanks.

  46. Dr. Zach says:

    Grabbed Bourgeois off the wire right from underneath the proletariat’s nose. Now- do I start him in a six gamer (CIN MIL) or do I go with WerthLess who visits Coors for 4 after three vs ATL at home?

    Points league where steals (5) are rewarded, while Ks (-1) are penalized.

  47. nsomniak says:

    @ Grey

    I can only go with 3, which pitcher do I bench?

    Wandy vs. CIN
    B. Morrow @ BAL
    J. McDonald vs. CHC
    Gio @ SEA

  48. @Herb Urban: If you’re going to breakup Fister-Moore…I suppose Moore-Furbush is a fair replacement.

    @Wilsonian: I like Danks the most out of this group. Sorry – don’t have time to rank all 8. Maybe Grey can do it.

    @Howard: I’d go Hamels @ COL.

    @nsomniak: Wandy vs. CIN.

    @MackeySasser: J. Zimm.

    @Eng: Ugh. I’ve had Hill all season on an AL-team. He’s a better shot for power but I’d take Furcal for anything else.

    @Mike: I’d get those 4 starts – they’ll be someone else to pick up in a month.

    @CoJason: I’d stick with Longoria over those options – I can only assume Tony Parker’s options were better when he made his call.

  49. hans says:

    Phillies have a VIP outfiled victorino, ibanez and pence….mqyberry will see some starts against lefties

  50. TheNewGuy says:

    Hear Goldschmidt’s being called up. Getting tired of Torii Hunter, gamble and drop him for Goldy for my Util? I need power and ribbies.

  51. pubscout says:

    Derrrrek Lee or Hosmer this week?

  52. Wilsonian says:

    @Rudy Gamble: hey man, don’t worry about it. I appreciate the advice.

    @Grey: just wondering if you could give me your rankings on these SPs for the ROS. We count W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ks/9.

    Ervin, Ogando, Luebke, Latos, Floyd, Danks, Bedard, Niese

    I currently have Ervin. I like Danks a lot, but he’s got the Yanks next.

  53. L-Boogie says:

    I have no idea who to start this week. Two start pitchers, 1 start pitchers with crappy opponents, or best pitcher vs tough opponent. Need 3 of the following:

    Kuroda @SD
    Harden @ Seattle
    Ubaldo @ Tex
    Norris vs Cincy and Brewers
    Danks vs Yanks and @ Minn

    Which 3 should I start?

    Thanks, whichever dude answers.

  54. Brew Crew says:

    Cruz or Lind…Who do you like better for ROS in non-keeper?? (12 Team ROTO)


  55. Chris says:

    Weekly 5×5

    Beachy @ WAS
    Bailey @ HOU

  56. DHill Dragons says:

    Bourgeois or Eric Thames as a bench sub?

  57. DHill Dragons says:

    Also, how do you see Jordan Schafer affecting Bourgeois’s playing time the rest of this season?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: Beachy

    @DHill Dragons: Bourgeois for steals… He’s not going to affect him if Bourgeois is hitting.

  59. jack says:

    would appreciate your advice on who I should start this week:

    Wandy at home vs CIN
    Ubaldo at TEX
    Billz at AZ
    Bedard (likely vs NYY)
    Marcum at home vs STL
    or play it safe, preserve my ratios and play a 5th closer this week instead


  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jack: How many are you choosing from this? Just one?

  61. jack says:

    hey grey, big fan … i’m in a 12 team roto league that we started 25 plus years ago when we were freshman in HS, and I’m holding on to first and have to give you a big serving of credit. think i need just one unless you think any of these are better than: Hamels, E Santana, Hanson, and Stauffer (home vs Ted Lilly). Thx!

  62. KayCee says:

    14 team 6×6 (standard plus OBP & Apps). Need a SS. Need steals.

    Who would you take: Bartlett, Bloomquist, A. Escobar, D. Gordon.

    What if I told you I had Gordon & Casilla and I could add Bourgeois instead?

    Bourgeois over those SS?

  63. Dr. Zach says:

    Hey Grey!

    Bourgeois or Werth this week- werth has one more game and does make a pilgrimage to Coors but his Ks hurt me (-1) while Bourgeois’ steals net me 5 a pop in our points based format

  64. Bom says:

    Hi Grey,

    I was just offered Neil Walker for my Jair Jurrjens.
    Would you do this? Points ESPN league.

    I need some help at the 2b position. I have Ryan Roberts there right now even though he did well this week I’m scared it won’t last.

    Pitching I have: Verlander, Kershew, GIO, Jurjens, Beachy, Tim Stauffer, Duensing, Lannan, Derek Holland,, Jeff Niemann. 12 start max. If I did the trade I would probably pick up Tommy Hunter and drop dee gordon and slide ryan roberts to the 2b/ss position.

  65. pipa says:

    Is Daniel Hudson wearing down or what??

  66. pipa says:

    Is Daniel Hudson wearing down or what??

  67. farcus says:

    Pujols over Tex ROS? Trying to put together a deal for Tulo, have both and am wondering if I might as well include Pujols to try to get it done.

  68. KayCee says:

    Thanks Grey but that’s not an option. If I land Bourgeois it is in a trade. Same applies to Bartlett or Bloomquist.

    I lost my $1 Casilla and added a $5 Gordon off of waivers just before he got the call. I would prefer landing Bourgeois in a deal, but am running a risk at SS then with only Gordon right now and then the option of Casilla when he returns.

    I think Bloomquist makes the most sense with SS/OF elig, but am trying to get a handle on whether I should take the gamble that Bourgeois runs much wilder than the rest of those names… and I can chance rolling with Gordon & Casilla. I am just out of 1st trying to make a run.

  69. Wake Up says:

    I clicked on the Verlander blurb and look what I found…

    # 32 Wake Up Says:
    March 31st, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    AL Pennant:Yankees(Not as easy a pick as usual. ARod, Jeter, Burnett bounce-back years. Teix starts hitting on opening day. They will add a SP.)
    NL Pennant:Dodgers(Kemp bounces back. Helluva rotation. Broxton closes all year and Bills puts together a nice season. Donnie Baseball pops his cherry! Grey you were a year early.)
    WS Champs:Yankeess
    AL ROY:Walden(As we all know Rodney is dreadful. Walden takes over at closer and runs with it. ala Feliz.)
    NL ROY:Espinosa(17HR, 20SB. I’m all in.)
    AL CY:CC(20 wins, AL Pennant, K/9 improves)
    NL CY:Kershaw(I stayed away last year because I thought it was a year too early and was waiting for this year. It’s this year!)
    AL MVP:Miggy(Less IBB, more scotch. Teix is in the running but gets edged out.)
    NL MVP:Bruan(Brew Crew win the division. Lose to the Dodgers after Miggy convinces Braun to celebrate their MVP’s by taking a bat-dodging drive through the desert and ends up at Circus Circus swigging single-malts with the lizard people.

    I love my NL pennant prediction…

  70. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: on that note re: Hudson – do you like Danks, Ervin, Morrow, Anibal, Beachy, or all of the above, over him for the ROS?

  71. Ralph says:


    I really need to get Russell Martin off my team (even though I bleed pinstripes). Which of the following free agent cathers would you pick up?

    A) Miguel Olivo
    B) Ramon Hernandez
    C) Kurt Suzuki
    D) Chris Iannetta
    E) AJ Pierzynski
    F) Yorvit Torrealba
    G) Josh Thole
    H) Wilson Ramos
    I) any other catcher you may think is on my waiver wire

  72. Dorbson says:

    Hey Grey,

    Were you really at some Crawfish Festival or did you just take this opportunity to avoid having to comment on yet another amazing performance by Justin Verlander? I’ve noticed over the course of this season that you refuse to mention Verlander in any of your blogs. For a guy who now has 15 wins you’ve only mentioned his name 2 times this year (once on opening day and again after the no-no). Why no love for Verlander Grey?

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @KayCee: Gordon works for now.

    @Wilsonian: Not right now.

    @Ralph: Olivo

    @Dorbson: I ranked him 6th overall for all SPs in my midseason rankings so I wouldn’t say I dislike him.

  74. KayCee says:

    So, go big or go home grab Bourgeois and chance it on Gordon and Casilla?

    Hmm? Thanks as always, Grey.

  75. GTG says:

    Vlad vs. FraGu for the rest of the year in 4×4 AL-only league. I think my team will finish in 1st in SBs in either case, so SBs aren’t a deciding factor. Avg/HR/RBI are all very close.

  76. KCC26 says:

    Now that the deadline has passed, which current non-closers stand the best chance of seeing save opportunities before season’s end?

  77. Jason says:


    Adam Jones vs. Pence from here on out keeping in mind I need HR and RBI to take it down.

  78. Jon Bones Jones says:

    Pitch Hamles @ Col?

  79. TravestyJones says:

    Lohse or Harang for my 6th pitcher?

  80. Jon Bones Jones says:

    Sorry another question, Collmenter or Norris ROS?

  81. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:when Oswalt comes off the DL,Im gonna have to drop a SP.I dont have a great feeling about Oswalt,but for now its gotta be either Cecil or Lube Key.which would you drop?

  82. Eddy says:

    Wanted to get some Razzball feedback for a decision I’m mulling over as commish of a league.

    I enabled the Yahoo option that locks teams once they do not make the playoffs. This is something I did last year and we’re all OK with it because it leaves the FA pool for those that need to compete. It is a keeper league, and I unlock non-playoff teams if they tell me they want to pick someone up for next year.

    Now, for my question.

    Should I alter the waivers so that the playoffs teams are arranged 1-6, in order of what they were before the playoffs started?

    Ex: the top six teams have the waiver order of 2,4,5,8,9 and 12. Should I make them 1-6 in that same order?

    Is that fair? Remember that the bottom half of the league will be locked regardless.

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: 1-6 sounds fine, but what happens if someone in 12th place who’s out of it wants to get someone off waivers? Do they have no place in the waiver order either?

  84. Eddy says:


    That’d be the only thing. I can understand if maybe they’d want a September prospect called up.

    Hmm. I’ll have to bring it up with the league. I just worry that a playoff manager whispers something into another manager’s ear and makes him use his waiver on a possible streaming pitcher/hot bat that clearly isn’t a keeper.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: People are okay with you locking their teams? Seems pretty unfair in a keeper.

  86. Steve says:

    @Grey: It’s a brand new week (in H2H at least), which means a fresh start for Espinosa.

    Are you with me?

  87. Van Hagaar says:

    Grey, in a H2H pts league, who is the best for a utility slot? Matsui, Bourgeois, D.Lee, Vlad, or Hosmer?

  88. Eddy says:


    This late in the season everyone has their keepers set. They’ll make an add or two simply to have options, but everyone pretty much knows who they’re keeping.

  89. Steve says:

    @Grey: He lined out his first AB so he must have hit it well, right?


    Disclosure: I picked up Scutaro in one league to cover for him (emoticon)

  90. Eddy says:

    OK, so one would think that with Pence and Bourn gone, there’s no way Bourgeois sits anymore.


    Brian Bogusevic, he of the .194 AVG, is starting in the OF along with Lee and J.D Martinez.

    What the hell, man?

  91. steve b says:

    Rudy you can Fister Moore but I’m gonna Fister Furbush

  92. Benny says:

    Would you trade Lester for Crawford in a keeper league? I know I probably shouldn’t be worried about Crawford, but he’s still playing way under where he should be. I had this proposed to me today and I don’t know if I should let go of Lester…

  93. Steve says:

    @Benny: He heard you talking about him.

  94. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Benny: If you don’t need Lester this year, it’s fair.

  95. EG says:

    Bourgeois or Maybin? Thanks.

  96. sal says:

    @Grey: keeping, shoemaker or Beckham as weeks replacement?

  97. barker says:

    nl only roto

    i give hanley i get zimmerman and desmond

    my 3b are alvarez and ryan roberts rolen on waivers

    20 team h2h 6 keepers in 1st place

    would it be wise to stash stephen drew for next year my current SS are izturis and aviles (blech) and SS is so weak every decent SS will be kept

    should he be kept over any of these guys
    kemp fielder lind verlander pineda gallardo

    gallardo maybe??

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @EG: Maybin

    @sal: Beckham

    @barker: Trade’s fair. Drew would not be kept there.

  99. Steve says:

    @Grey: Sigh. Looks like the same old shizz.

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Just picking his spots.

  101. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddy: this is just my two cents, but I don’t like locking the teams at all in a keeper. Basically you’re stopping anyone who doesn’t make the playoffs from making their team better for next year. What if someone really had a need at a position and just the right guy gets called up that could really help them out? Or what if someone else dropped just the right guy that would really fit their need?

    I think locking the teams is penalizing those teams that don’t make the playoffs and helps (albeit just a little) perpetuate them remaining a non-playoff team.

  102. potus says:

    Rank for 2012:

    Gio, Chacin & Latos


  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @potus: Latos, Gio…All close.

  104. surfer says:

    Paul Goldschmidt played in the Southern League. It is considered a pitchers league and is in no way close to the Pacific Coast Launch.

  105. Eddy says:


    Yeah, I see what you mean. We keep five, though, so if anything there’s always a need to narrow and not expand (drop/trade and not add).

    And again, I don’t tell them, “Hey, you’re done adding or dropping for the season”. If someone wants to pick someone up, I gladly open up there roster and let them make the changes. Doesn’t happen as often as you’d think. Last season I was only asked about 4-5 times to unlock a team to add a player (which in the end none were kept).

    And if you want to get into the nuances of the ordeal, our playoffs start on Sept. 5th. That leaves four days before teams are locked to take advantage of MLB teams opening their rosters.

  106. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddy: I must have missed the part about unlocking if someone wants to pick someone up. I’m still not a huge fan. I’m in two keeper leagues that keep 5 and pretty much no one but those in the playoffs pick anyone up for it to be a problem.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @surfer: I changed it for Rudy. Thanks!

  108. Dingo says:

    Derrek Lee or LoMo rest of the season?

  109. will says:

    Pence and Helton or Bonifacio and Lind?

    Am I stupid for even questioning this? I currently have lind and bonifacio

  110. Steve says:

    @Grey: More likely he’s waiting for me to bench him.

  111. Steve says:

    Izzy, Nunez, Perez – make it stop!

  112. Steve says:

    @Steve: Throw Kennedy in there too. Jesus!

  113. Steve says:

    @Steve: And Kershaw. You’re in PETCO, fool!

  114. Metsnextyear says:

    Looking to grab one of the following players to help me the remainder of this year (NL Only) who should I go after? Jesus Guzman or Collin Cowgill or Yonder Alonso. Thanks in advance

  115. Eddy says:


    Will there be a blurb on Filthy Sanchez tomorrow morning? He’s sitting in the pool in several leagues and I’m wondering what he has to offer.

  116. Eddy says:


    And I thought only 3-K innings from Kershaw could make me blush like I just did.

  117. barker says:

    so would u pull the trigger on that hanley for zimm and ian desmond trade

    i see its fair just want to know if you’d keep hanley there — cause thats the way im leaning

  118. Steve says:

    Here’s what *just one game* can do to you when you have too many teams:

    Mujica gets a Hold. Yay!

    Nunez gives up a 2-run HR. Booo!

    To Lucas Duda. Yay!

    Izzy gives up a grand slam. Booo!

    To Mike Stanton. Yay!

    Nunez gets a win. Yay!

  119. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: I change my mind, go with Lee.

  120. Steve says:

    You’d have to think that Melancon’s ability to go two innings will make him useful to a playoff team in the not-too-distant future.

  121. Terrence Mann says:

    I was so proud of myself for starting Chacin. FU Street!

  122. Terrence Mann says:

    It will go largely unnoticed but a nice little piece of managing by Mattingly. With Luebke struggling, Kershaw fouls the first bunt attempt. (I think this is the key point in the inning. Mattingly knows Luebke isn’t used to getting shelled and his last concern is the runner.) So, Mattingly sends Carroll. Steals second. Next batter, Dee Gordon. Sends Carroll again! Of course, Gordon struck out. But Donnie Baseball put sorry ass Jamey Carroll in a spot to score when everything was working against him. Just an observation. I could be wrong.

  123. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    The Drubal took a couple weeks off to laugh at your HR projection for him, but now he’s back on pace to quadruple it.

  124. rascal says:

    Cahill is falling apart. Should I drop him for Nicasio, Norris, McCarthy, Saunders, or Malholm?

    12 team, h2h, yahoo scoring.

  125. Terrence Mann says:

    @rascal: Norris, IMO. Cincy crushes a lot of good pitchers. He should be owned.

  126. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: One might say he’s threatening to… QuaDrubal his HR projections!

  127. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: Heh. I’ll only put this up now when the diehards and New Zealanders are up. One of the very few times my pops ever told me I made a bad decision was the day I traded my mint Mattingly rookie for the whole unopened 97 Donruss set.

  128. Terrence Mann says:

    87. I could blame the phone but that was most definitely me.

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Well played…

    @Terrence Mann: Funny thing is it doesn’t matter either way. They’re all priceless, but not in the good way.

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