Carlos Quentin returned to play yesterday after taking a two month sabbatical for a foot thingiemaboo-boo.  So he DH’d right? Nuh-uh.  Oh, Jim Thome? Nope, Ozzie Guillen in his infinitesimal wisdom DH’d Josh Fields in the nine hole.  It’s almost like Ozzie’s daring Quentin to stay healthy.  Why not give him a hot foot with an M-80?  So what can we expect from Quentin for the rest of the season?  Best case scenario, has him playing 5 games a week and hitting well (as he did in his rehab assignment).  Maybe 15 homers, good RBIs and a .270 average.  He’s not going to come without risk.  At any point, I’m expecting word that he’ll be out for the year.  How’s that for a ringing endorsement?  So through one game, Quentin’s 1-for-4 and healthy.  Now give us forty-five more games.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Now has an sub-2.50 ERA at home.  No one tell him his home is a hitter’s park.

Frank Francisco – Headed to the DL with pneumonia (the P’s silent).  C.J. Wilson will take over again.  Is it me or has C.J. Wilson been the closer for more of the year than Frank-Frank?  Francisco is supposed to return this Sunday as long as he battles pneumonia better than Jim Backus.  You are still larger than the cactus…

Nelson Cruz – Didn’t play Monday because of his fractured finger.  The Rangers said he’d be able to get back in the lineup.  The Rangers lied.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a more serious issue than was originally let on, at least that’s what my thought bubble says.

Jonathan Papelbon – Complained of stomach pain and was vomiting.  Perhaps he saw a video of his own dancing.  If he misses any time, Saito should get vulture saves.  I’d expect Papelbon to be back by Wednesday at the latest.

John Smoltz – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Has alternated between good start and terrible start since he was activated.  I’d see if he continues that trend and pitches well next time out while he was parked on my bench.

Jed Lowrie – 0-for-3 and batted ninth.  T-minus two days and counting until I cut him from my teams.  To paraphrase Meg Ryan talking to Goose, “Hit for me now or I will lose you forever.”

David Murphy – 2-for-4, HR yesterday.  If you have the luxury of only playing him when he plays, he can be valuable.  Shoot, at this point he’s hitting better than Josh Hamilton.

Jason Schmidt – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners.  Finally, an NL West starter I can’t get behind.  He’s been out too long and his fastball was pretty bleh.  In an NL-Only league?  Sure.  Everywhere else?  You can do better/safer/less-Schmidty.

George Sherrill – Supposed to be traded from the Orioles.  I think Jim Johnson would step in if Sherrill moves onto a better place.  Baez may also enter the picture.  Hopefully Orioles fans don’t abandon the franchise if they lose Sherrill and Oscar Salazar in the same week.

Darin Erstad – Headed to the DL.  Hopefully you got him out of your weekly lineups about six years ago.

Vladimir Guerrero – Scioscia said, “Vlad would be limited to DH duties when he returns.”  I asked, “Why wasn’t he only DH’ing to begin with?”  Scioscia said, “The same reason I don’t play Wood.”  I said, “Oh.”

Ted Lilly – 4 IP, 7 ER.  A lefty vs. the Phillies shouldn’t have looked like any major league team vs. Sidney Ponson.  Lilly’s knee must still be bothering him.  He might end up on the DL.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 11 Ks.  Good to see the Braves call him back up from the minors. (I know why he was demoted; it’s called being facetious. And this is called exposition.)

Yunel Escobar – 2-for-3, Batting .500 since the All-Star break with two homers while alternating between the fifth and six hole.

David Hernandez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners.  Don’t pick him up.  But he’s thrown three decent– Don’t pick him up.

Nick Markakis – Now has two homers in his last four games.  Sparkakis!

Felipe Lopez – 4-for-4 while leading off.  He wasn’t originally supposed to start because he couldn’t get to the game in time, so I removed him from my lineups.  Then the game was delayed and he started.  Sonavabench!

Jorge de la Rosa – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks.  Impressive home start from a pitcher I highlighted in the 2nd half pitcher post.

Kevin Millwood – 6 IP, 2 ER.  If you had the cojones to start Millwood at home vs. the Sawx, then you deserved the Win.

Tim Stauffer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks.  HodgePadre worth owning in 12 team leagues and deeper.

Nick Blackburn – 5 IP, 7 ER, As I said after his last start, which was a complete game, “There’s so many pitchers each week that are potential spot starters, even in deep leagues, that I just don’t want any part of a guy that has 51 Ks in just over 116 innings.” And that’s me quoting me!

Justin Morneau – 3-for-5, 2 HRs as the Twins and A’s combined for 8 home runs.  Did Oakland install a dehumidifier?

Jason Giambi – Hit the Disgraceful List as the A’s admitted that Giambi wasn’t the ballplayer they had the first time around.  They blamed his lack of backne.

Daric Barton – HR yesterday.  Pick him up in all AL-Only leagues and 12 team leagues and deeper if you need a corner man.  He may not do much more than he’s done so far in the major leagues (170 games – 78/13/56/.239/3), but he shouldn’t kill you on average and has decent power.  If he hits, he will probably keep the job even when Giambi returns.

Matt Holliday – 4-for-5, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs with his grand slam just clearing the outfield fence.  Now has 3 homers since the break.  Maybe he realized he needs to play well to be a trade target and get the eff out of Oaktown.  He should get to 20+ homers and a .300 average.  So when you’re going into the break with 8 homers (or Wright +3), there is some room for improvement.

Jonathan Sanchez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 Ks.  Johnny Vander Meer’s family can now stop following around the Giants.

  1. Went to bed early and woke up to Matt Holliday’s double-serving of donk. Thank Bejebus he wasn’t on my bench.

    Gallardo/Garrett Jones for Josh Hamilton?

  2. Rob says:

    thoughts on starting Scherzer in Colorado tonight

  3. DrEasy says:

    I only use Jed Lowrie vs LHP for now. I wouldn’t dump him yet.

  4. DrEasy says:

    Should I start Braden at home against Minny? I’m thinking no for some reason.

    Should I start Lannan against the Mets? I’m thinking yes.

  5. Pops says:

    Just dealt Mark DeRosa for Rich Harden. Do I dare to start him tonight against the smoking hot Phillies in CBP? I am criminally insane for even asking that question?

  6. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @DrEasy: Yes for Lannan. If you can’t start a pitcher against the Mets, he doesn’t deserve to be on your roster. They are fielding a triple A team + Wright. They bat Murphy third. ‘Nough said.

    Grey – did the same thing with Felopian Pez. Sonofabench on two squads.

    Great reference to Johnny Van De Meer, amongst others. Do the Van De Meer’s celebrate after a no/no gives up a hit in the followup game in the same manner as the ’72 Dolphins?

    Question – who do you like better – Stauffer or Latos?

  7. Would you cut Stephen Drew, Corey Hart or Jose Lopez to get Quentin off the DL? Lopez is my only backup to Howard at first base, am deep in OF, but like Hart. Have Hanley but with nagging injuries there, might need a better backup to him than Gordon Beckham.

  8. john says:

    Is Dan Meyer now solely the setup man or will he get some legitimate save opportunities other than the occasional chance when Nunez is tired?

  9. Travis says:

    Can you rank the following SP’s:

    Kazmir, Piniero, Gaudin, Parra


  10. Travis says:

    Ahh, and throw in Sanchez and Jorge de la Rosa!

  11. MJB says:

    More value this year and as a keeper in 5×5: Pence or Ervin Santana?

  12. mc serch says:

    Nice 3rd Bass ref! ahhh…”The Cactus” …. one of my all-time favorite hip-hop songs….built on a Ray Manzarek (Doors) loop, Gilligan’s Island references and a verbal pimp-slap of MC Hammer’s momma. Life sure is funny though….all those clever misogynistic jams from back in the day aren’t quite the same now that I have a daughter.
    Oh yeah, quick baseball question: Has J. Sanchez turned a corner? I mean, are quality starts with tons of K’s what we can expect from him now? Or is it more likely that, as in the not too distant past, he will crap all over your WHIP as soon as you pick him up?

  13. Floyd was cutting is close last night. 3 solo jacks and 2 more long bombs caught with fielders’ backs on the wall. I don’t think I’ve ever seen 5 solo shots given up by one pitcher but Floyd came within 4 feet of doing it last night.

  14. zk says:

    : gonna be the guy who points out that he said, pre-season, “where Matt Holliday plays his home games won’t matter.” All the weeks of misery no longer matter.

  15. David Souter says:

    Lindstrom or MacDougal? I don’t need either one for at least two or three weeks, but after that I’ll be saves-desperate.

  16. ScoutAbout says:

    Should I drop Floyd to bring Quentin off the DL or sit pat for now and see how Quentin does? Not sure where I would start Quentin right now. My OFs are Kemp, Ellsbury and Alexei, with Rios on the bench most nights right now. Votto is in my Util slot and I don’t want to move Alexei to SS or 2B because I have Utley and Howard. Don’t want to move Votto to 1B because I have Howard there. Sandolval and Longoria are minding C and 3B. Don’t want to drop one of my 3 closers (Qualls, Franklin, Downs). Other SPs are Lackey, Josh Johnson, Wandy, Wainwright, Weaver, Nolasco & Hanson.

    Would like to bring CQ off the DL but just not sure the best way to do that right now. 12 team H2H, would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

  17. AJ says:

    Love what you do here, but Escobar is hitting fifth, not sixth, for the Braves.

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ScoutAbout: you say you have utley and howard at 2nd and ss?

  19. zk says:

    @ScoutAbout: If I’ve learned anything from living in Chicago for 30 years, it’s that you don’t trust Carlos Quentin until he’s given you three good weeks.

  20. ScoutAbout says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @AL KOHOLIC: Sorry, my bad. Howard at 1B, Utley at 2B, Rollins at SS. I know its a lot of Phillies but I drafted Howard and Utley and got Rollins real cheap when he was a buy low (Jar Jar Jurrjens). But, God, I definitely have to take my lumps when all the Phillies aren’t hitting simultaneously.
    @zk: Yeah, good point. I could just stay pat for a bit and see how he holds up.

  21. fruit says:

    Utley for Lincecum?

  22. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ScoutAbout: nice team,i agree with zk to stay put ,if you trade one then CQgoes down again ,that`ll hurt

  23. Jif & the Choosy Mothers says:

    Anyone have any good word on how Elijah Dukes is doing in AAA? Thanks.

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    i just got encarnacion on the cheap to fill in at 3B after trading aroid. let’s hope this hot start off the DL is a sign of a monster 2nd half of a player coming into his own.

  25. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    *Back-handed compliment alert*

    Grey told me yesterday to start Smoltz over De La Rosa this week in my H2H-5X5 league.

    First bad advice he’s given me all season. It’s July 21st…not bad.

  26. GTS says:

    Tell me if I’m crazy but I’m starting these guys today since I desperately need some starts against my opponent:

    Gaudin vs FLA
    Blanton vs CHC
    Lannon vs NYM

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GTS: gaudin should rack up some Ks for you if nothing else. and you never know with the mets AAA lineup.

  28. GTS says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: What did you get for aroid?

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GTS: teixeira in a 5 man keeper league. so i got roughly the same production (especially if aroid isn’t running) and 5 or so years younger.

    i then got edwin encarnacion for garrett jones from a guy who is loaded at 3B. not sure that i’ll ride edwin the rest of the season, but he’s hot now and can at least give me a reasonable fill in for a few weeks while i try to work out something else before the trading deadline.

  30. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @GTS: fwiw, a few weeks ago before aroid went on his surge i was shopping him and the best i was getting was stuff like markakis/huff and lind/random schmohawk and stuff like that. the markakis/huff guy added holliday to the deal last minute, but if i traded aroid away i wanted at least a semi-stud back and markakis and holliday have both been yawnstipating and wouldn’t even be drastic improvments over my current OF (bj upton, braun, hamilton, cruz, and morales with OF eligibility too), so there just wasn’t much of a step up, not enough to justify the trade.

  31. Neil says:

    Smoltz looks like he caught what Nolasco caught in early 2009:

    7.71 K/9, 1.40 BB/9 (for a sparkling 5.50 K/BB)
    But a .373 BABIP and a very low strand rate (60%)

    His FIP is 3.55, meaning his current 6.31 ERA is about 2.5 runs higher than it should be.

    Smoltz was cruising last night…I think he gave up 1 ER through 4 and then 2 ER through 5. He was one strike away from a quality start in the 6th, but then he gave up a couple of shots (for a total of 3 HR in the inning).

    I have faith in him…he’s throwing strikes and getting Ks.

  32. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Neil: i haven’t delved into the numbers too much yet, but as a smoltz owner, i’m pretty happy with what you’ve posted.

  33. Jackie says:

    Please rank in order for the 2nd half:

    Johnny Peralta, O Cabrera, Adam Kennedy

    I need a MI

  34. GTS says:

    @Jackie: I would ride O-Cab or Kennedy while they are hot.

  35. Mr. Rickey says:

    Is my Bartlett + Harang for his Hanley Ramirez unreasonable (he is in dire need of pitching)

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’d take Hamilton there.

    @Rob: Wouldn’t start him.

    @DrEasy: I’m benching Braden. I wouldn’t own Lannan, but if I did, I’d start him there.

    @Pops: If you have Harden, I’d start him.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks! Stauffer

    @Maitland: Is Beckham an option to drop?

    @john: If you’re asking if it’s safe to drop him, depends who you’re dropping him for. I dropped him for Baez (Johnson was taken).

    @Travis: Piniero, Kazmir, dlR, Gaudin, Sanchez, Parra…

    @MJB: Pence

    @Jason Collette: Yeah, good point.

    @David Souter: MacDougal.

    @AJ: I miscounted last night, but he had been batting sixth in prior games after the ASB. My bad though. Thanks for the heads up!

    @fruit: Depends what you need. I’d take Utley by a hair.

    @Jif & the Choosy Mothers: He’s hitting well in the minors.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): This is a weekly league, right? This could correct itself by Sunday.

    @Neil: Thanks for doing that research!

    @Jackie: O-Cab, Kennedy…

  37. Martin says:

    @grey- blackburn or de la rosa?

  38. AP says:

    Swarzak-attack VS Oak is the best option for a spot start in a 20 team deep league today, right? Not a terrible play?

    (Rich Hill, Ponson, Bruce Chen=other options)

  39. Scott says:

    McLouth or Nolasco?

  40. Scott says:

    @Mr. Rickey: Yes, but doesn’t hurt to offer.

  41. Hardcore Midget says:

    Lots of rumors about maybe Sherrill or Qualls being moved.

    Would you drop Weurtz for Johnson or Rauch? And who do you like better for possibly scoring saves going forward?

  42. GTS says:

    @Martin: Grey doesn’t like Blackburn so def dlR.

  43. Neil says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Fangraphs did an article on Smoltz, but it was only after three starts. The gist was that his pitches weren’t breaking and biting as much as they did in years past. I thought it was a bit unfair to analyze his “stuff” that soon after injury. But even if his “stuff” isn’t as good as it was in years past (which isn’t a stretch based on his age), if he is posting K/9 rates above 7 and demonstrating A+ control, there’s no reason he can’t be a solid play going forward.

  44. agarthered says:

    @Grey So not starting Braden? What about Blanton vs the Cubs?

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AP: Not terrible, though I wouldn’t start him anywhere outside of a 20 team league.

    @Scott: McLouth, but depends on needs.

    @Hardcore Midget: Rauch might have a clearer path, but I think Sherrill might get moved first. So Johnson, Baez, Rauch, in that order. I’d drop Wuertz one.

    @agarthered: I’d start Blanton.

  46. G says:

    Would you bench any of these today?
    Cook vs Ari
    Volstad @SD
    [email protected] Col
    Im only really worried about Scherzer because of the way the Rockies offense is clicking and its at Col. your thoughts?

  47. billy says:

    should i look at Dealing Qualls?

    Qualls for Juan Rivera

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @G: I’d bench Scherzer and Cook, unless you’re real low on innings then just Scherzer.

  49. Robert says:

    Posednik over Rasmus? Just need a util. guy for avg. and runs.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Robert: I’d look to deal him but Rivera’s kinda eh.

  51. Tom says:

    I need an outfield bat. I’m way ahead in innings pitched, so I could probably give up a Starter for a bat, and try to get a middle reliever with a high K rate in the trade (not much on waiver wire)

    I have Beckett, Nolasco, Shields, Liriano, Wainwright, and Cueto, with Frank-Frank/CJ WIlson and JP Howell (just got him) as my closers. Obviously, my pitching is fine as it is. BUT, I want to know which pitchers are expendable, and how I might get a bat and maybe a nice middle reliever (Thornton/Troncoso/the non-injured Belisario type).

    do I move one of those starters, and if so, which one? (Cueto gets me nothing right now)

    For example, would Wainwright for J-Uptin/Weurtz be a horrible idea?

  52. airlifting says:

    five players for three spots:

    burrell & pena vs. clayton richard (apparently pena is sitting out? not like they’ve made a point to sit him vs. lefties in the past)

    mccutchen vs. looper

    j. upton vs. cook (1/12 against him all time)

    ludwick vs. wandwagon

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: Wainwright trade wouldn’t be bad there, but I’d see what I can get for Liriano or Shields, in that order.

    @airlifting: Start Burrell, Dread Pirate and Ludwick.

  54. Robert says:

    Still no takers for Wright. Wright for Oswalt&Granderson too much? Wright for Oswalt&Burrell too little? Or give up trying to deal with a league full of non-traders who see no value in Wright?

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Robert: I’d take Oswalt/Grandy…. You might not be able to get rid of Wright in a trade.

  56. and1mcgee says:

    i give burnett/sherrill and get kershaw/fuentes…

    good trade for me? i’m scurred Sherrill might get traded and Burnett is scurry, too. But is Kershaw enough to make this trade work in my favor?

  57. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey: Grey – In a league which counts holds: I give up Rasmus, and pick up the Dread Pirate and Guerrier. Sound OK?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: I’d take that trade, but Kershaw seems a bit light for what you can get.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Sounds good.

  59. and1mcgee says:

    @ Grey: what should my son do when school starts? homeboy wants to trade a Capri-Sun (Berry) and a Rice Krispie Treat for a Squeeze-it and a snack pack (tapioca)… does he take it? we don’t buy him Squeeze-its, so i think this is a good trade for him…

  60. Dingo says:

    @G: Call me crazy, but I’m starting Scherzer today. Aside from one error-filled start against LAAnaheim, he’s had five straight quality starts, with 32 Ks against 9 walks in those games. Then again, in his last start at Colorado, he gave up 5 runs (3 earned), so what do I know?

  61. G says:

    Would you give up Jurrjens/Cook, Jurrjens/Maholm, Jurrjens, Volstad, Jurrjens/Pineiro to get Oswalt? What is the order that I should give up one of these pairs to get the most value. Are all these fair?

  62. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: First off, you need to stock him up with a better trade commodity than a Krispie Treat. No upside there. I’d give him a Lunchable. He should be able to break that up into different components and milk its value, so to speak.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: That sounds like a Capricorn talking.

    @G: I’d give up any of those parts for Oswalt. Volstad, Jurrjens, Jurrjens/Maholm, Jurrjens/Cook, Jurrjens/Pineiro, in that order.

  64. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: nice. I forgot about the lunchable. It’s like the Filet Minion of school lunches… and costs right about the same, too

  65. jbatkins says:

    Hey Grey, I need a little help with starters for next week. Which two?

    Aaron Cook @NYM, @CIN (he is a lot better on the road than at home)
    Mike Pelfrey vs. COL, vs. ARI
    Paul Maholm @SF , vs. WAS
    Kevin Correia @CIN, vs. MIL
    Carl Pavano @ANA, vs. DET

    I am leaning towards Cook & Correia, but Maholm’s got a pretty favorable schedule. Your thoughts? Thanks.

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: Just lots of trade value in the Lunchable. Can really mix and match to other schoolkids’ needs.

    @jbatkins: Cook, Correia

  67. and1mcgee says:

    @jbatkins: i’d say Maholm, then Cook

  68. mc serch says:

    @Grey: Please see comment #12 for your props and a Dirty Sanchez question.

  69. PJTres says:

    grey…in a keeper league situation…how far off do you think dexter fowler will be from bjupton long term? they both are capable of being .270 hitters with a ton of speed…

    we know upton has a ton of power POTENTIAL too…BUT, we havent see that consistently from bj…and how about fowler? do you think he has a 15 HR 45 SB stat line in his future?

  70. BabyBeluga says:

    How would you rank these guys at MI going forward:
    Beckham, Peralta, Prado

    Throw in Jake Fox, Seth Smith
    -and should I drop two of the five for Baez and Rauch?

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mc serch: Ah, my bad, missed it. BTW, never heard of Erin Andrews video before yesterday when you alerted me to it. Nice reporting by the NY Post! I’d grab Sanchez as his walks are down recently, but I wouldn’t drop anyone too valuable for him. In other words, I don’t fully trust him, but grab the guy while he’s hot.

    @PJTres: I think they’re much closer of next year than people might think, but I don’t think Fowler will come anywhere near the same price tag. I’ll probably own Fowler on every team next year.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BabyBeluga: Beckham, Peralta… I’d drop Prado and Smith for Baez and Rauch.

  73. PJTres says:

    @grey: Thanks! Would you then trade bjupton for Morneau or Arod if you could? ANd then pickup fowler cheap?

  74. PJTres says:

    The guy who really covets bjupton has arod and morneau…thats why i ask.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PJTres: Sure, I’d do that.

  76. jp says:

    What sort of CI return could I reasonably expect for Tommy Hanson? Trotting Adam Laroche out every night is painful (even though I know he is the quintessential second half hitter).

  77. SamYo says:

    Ryan Howard for Crawford straight up ? I need steals, I got YOUK at 1st base and Lowell at 3rd. Is it too much ?

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jp: I’d try for Zimmerman.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SamYo: That’s fair.

  80. Adam says:

    V-Mart’s slump is killing my average. Pick up Yadier Molina short-term or do you think Vic will bust out soon? Also, drop Asdrubal Cabrera for Skip Schumaker? Average and steals are my main concern, although Nyjer’s streak lately has made steals a less pressing need…

  81. Adam says:

    @Adam: Miguel Montero is also available if you think he would be a better option, but I’d hate to carry two catchers for any amount of time

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Asdrubal is on your bench? Then drop him for Schumaker if you’re going to play him. I wouldn’t carry two catchers. V-Mart will be fine.

  83. SamYo says:

    Grey, I need your expertise with this one,
    Its my other Yahoo 12 team roto league,currently in 3rd place, I have
    C – Mauer
    1B – Howard
    2B – Uggla
    3B – Figgins (traded Pablo and Lowe for him)
    SS – Alexei (someone dropped him earlier this season)
    OF – J. Upton, Ethier (traded Huff for him), Inge
    Util – Lee (got him on waivers)
    Bench – Abreu

    SP – Price, Jobacum, Nolasco, Harang, Gallardo
    RP – Nathan, Downs, Gregg, Howell, Nunez
    DL – Volquez

    I’m really looking to improve my pitching, i’m low on innings, who should i target ? Thanks.

  84. and1mcgee says:

    should i dangle Gallardo or Burnett? which has more value from here on out (i.e. who I should be hanging onto)

  85. Adam says:

    @Grey: I have Asdrubal, Barmes and Orlando Cabrera/Schomawk MI of the Week in a three-man rotation between SS and MI, generally only playing Barmes at home whenever possible

  86. Mike says:

    Do I start Teahen, Bourn, Blalock, or Edwin Encarnacion tonight?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SamYo: I’d look to trade Ethier for someone in the Wainwright tier.

    @and1mcgee: They’re a coin flip. Gallardo’s innings are going up and his walks. Burnett’s an injury risk.

    @Adam: Sounds like you don’t need Asdrubal.

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: How many bench hitters do you have? Teahen’s unnecessary to hold onto depending on your league. Start Bourn for steals, Encarnacion for power.

  89. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @SamYo: you should move mauer or inge. if inge isn’t slotted at C his value plummets. mauer probably has the best value. you could either shoot for a very good SP (if you are comfortable with abreu in your starting lineup) or a bigger bat at a deeper position. i’d also see no problem tossing in one of your closers (even nathan!) to make a move for a blockbuster deal.

  90. SamYo says:

    @Grey: @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks, the problem is, in my league, nobody wants to trade or the managers arent active which sucks. Mauer & Ethier for Beckett ?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SamYo: Mauer should get Beckett on his own. If you need throw in someone, make it Nunez or Howell.

  92. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: Do you have any thoughts on what’s happened in the situation with two picks you really touted at the beginning of the season in Victorino and Ellsbury. Charlie Manuel and Terry Francona have moved them quite regularly to the bottom of the order but lately have moved back up due the the poor performances of JRoll and JD Drew.

    Do you see them staying put or is it very likely that they’ll move back down. I’m asking because I’m considering moving one of them and would like to know if the move down would significantly lower their value. Thanks!

  93. brad says:

    Would youse rather have Sandoval or El Caballo in a keeper league?

  94. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rick Dempsey: Victorino only has 38 ABs below the 2 hole all year. Ellsbury has 54 ABs in the 7 hole where he’s stolen 10 bags, which is a much higher percentage of Steals/AB than anywhere else he’s batted. Ellsbury has a lot more steals than Victorino so he gets the edge slightly since that’s really why you wanna own one of these two.

    @brad: Sandoval

  95. mc serch says:

    @Grey: I caught the vid at Totally NSFW…nothing big but her body is as smoking as you would imagine (good taste prevents me from commenting on her totally amazing bikini wax….ooops, sorry). Baseball-wise, I recently picked up de la Rosa and Mr. Anderson as my high WHIP, high K guys who seem to have turned it around. Would you drop one of them for the Dirty Sanchez?

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mc serch: I wouldn’t drop one for Sanchez.

  97. SamYo says:

    One more question Grey, I feel so stupid asking this but how do I join razzball fantasy leagues ? (for next year?)

  98. and1mcgee says:

    so should I go for Lincecum/M. Rivera for Gallardo/Burnett/Sherrill or Sabathia/Aardsma for the same? or something else

  99. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SamYo: Football leagues are signing up now. Next year’s baseball will sign up in late Feb/early-March.

  100. and1mcgee says:

    where do I go to sign up for a Razzball football league? i was lookin around the Razzball football site for it…

  101. and1mcgee says:

    RE:so should I go for Lincecum/M. Rivera for Gallardo/Burnett/Sherrill or Sabathia/Aardsma for the same? or something else

    I’m trying to get a bomb SP and get rid of Sherrill at the same time…

  102. Adam says:

    @and1mcgee: Definitely Lincecum/Mo

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: It’s the 2nd post on the site and in the left sidebar.

    I’d take Lincecum for the Sherrill side.

  104. and1mcgee says:

    @Grey: it’s not too much? its just about right?

  105. Holliday or Markakis?

    Just curious.

  106. and1mcgee says:

    thanks Adam

  107. Corey says:

    Porcello and Zimmerman were both dropped in my 13 Team League. Should they be picked up over any of the guys i currently have?

    Stauffer (just added him over Jonathan Sanchez)

  108. and1mcgee says:

    @Corey: wow i’ve never seen anyone with so many SPs

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: It’s about right. Maybe Cueto instead of Gallardo? Hard to know without knowing your staff.

    @bpasinko: Markakis

    @Corey: I’d hold tight. And agree with and1mcgee, that’s a lot of starters.

  110. Corey says:

    Another question, out of those starters, which one would be fair to trade for Garret jones?

  111. Corey says:

    Ha. I forgot to mention I also had Brett Anderson. The roster size is pretty big in this league, so I tried to make sure I had plenty quality pitchers.

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Corey: Cook, Gaudin, Anderson, Stauffer or Danks, in that order for Jones.

  113. and1mcgee says:

    @GreyL sorry about that. my other options are Romero, Hanson, Nolasco. Gallardo, Oswalt, and Burnett round out my staff and I want to consolidate, so Lincecum would do that. Sherrill for Rivera is the compensating upgrade for losing 2 SP’s… he’s a Yankee fan, so we’ll see…. his other closer is Papelbon

  114. Corey says:

    Thanks Grey!

  115. BSA says:

    **********News from Sawx Camp************

    Wakefield to the DL with what you ask – lower back strain.

    Buchholz gets the call.

    If anyone is still holding DiceK they are looking at over a month before a return, he is still not engaged in baseball activities.

  116. BSA says:

    Follow up – Buch will pitch tomorrow in Texas against Padilla.

    Welcome back to the bigs and your homestate Clay.

  117. Steve says:

    @Grey: Get the vibe you’re sitting Cook today? Numbers show that he’s better away than at home and his record v the D-Backs is a bit spotty.

    Anything else in your thinking?

  118. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Steve: I’m sitting him.

    EDIT: Word.

  119. Steve says:

    @mc serch: I concur ;-)

  120. I thought Snorioles fans gave up about 5 years back?

  121. Doc says:

    @BSA: Hopin Bucky can do something. I need him in my deep league.

  122. BigFan says:

    Theriot, S. Drew, or Furcal for the rest of the season?

  123. Probable Party Starter says:

    Seen Erin Andrews up close in person a couple times (when Bonds was chasing Aaron). Very cute. Great cutter.

  124. Dingo says:

    @BSA: Dang it – you scooped me by … uh … a half-hour.

  125. Mike says:

    Zobrist+Cruz for Longoria in a 10 team keeper league. Which side wins?

  126. Steve says:

    I know it’s theoretical at best, but if Sherrill get’s traded, is it likely he ends up as a set-up man?

  127. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I would assume so.

  128. BigFan says:

    Trade Lincecum and get Ibanez + Sandoval(3B)?

  129. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFan: I’d want a bit more for Lincecum, but it’s fair.

  130. BigFan says:

    Lincecum trade– Weak at 3B and need HR. Also need another closer. Who would you aim for?

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFan: A-Rod and a mid-level closer? Miggy and a bottom tier closer?

  132. Dan says:


    What say you on Volquez? Think he’s useful enough to be worth a bench spot? I’m ready to let go, but just wanted to hear your thoughts.

  133. Dan says:

    (In a 12 team league btw)

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dan: I’d hold him in a bench spot for another week or two or until there’s any setbacks.

  135. Martin says:

    @grey- will you start clay buckholtz (srry about the misspelling) tommorow vs. TEX

  136. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Is Ian Kinsler for Zack Greinke a fair trade???

  137. s221506 says:

    drop Smoltz for Bucholtz?

  138. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I wouldn’t, but it could easily work out for you.

    @Joe B: Sure

    @s221506: I would.

  139. ScoutAbout says:

    Drop Floyd for Buchholz?

  140. Adam says:

    Grey, what class of starters would you put Clay in? Any comparables? Maybe I’m just undervaluing him, but I wasn’t all that excited about his call-up

  141. timSTi says:

    @Grey: All this Buchholz talk has me intrigued. Would you rather him over Wolf, Pineiro, or Scherzer? 10 teamer. 3 keepers.

  142. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Alrighty then. I get excited at potential way too easily haha.

  143. agarthered says:

    The Big Fragu just hit the wall hard, had to be helped off the field.

  144. timSTi says:

    @agarthered: Ruh Roh…

  145. agarthered says:

    @ Grey ugh indeed.

    I’ve lost Bruce, Beltran, the Big Unit and probably fragu now all in the past 3 weeks. Worst!

  146. john says:

    Is dropping Meyer for Buchholtz worth it (cause I won’t start him tomorrow and he might only get 2 starts)?…I’m leaning toward no, just in case Nunez blows up at some point..

  147. steamer says:

    Hey Grey, thanks for helping me to 1st place (so far) in my H2H league.

    I feel I’ve currently got too many SP with Haren, Bills, Carp, Cueto, Bedard, Floyd, Zimm, Kaz.

    My only bench bat is Blalock. I wouldn’t mind another OF for depth. Would you drop any of those SP for Fowler, Rasmus, or Reimold? Or should I stand pat? There’s very little trade action in my league – I’ve tried.

  148. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: I’d grab Buchholz there.

    @steamer: I’d hold tight.

  149. timSTi says:

    Anyone have updates on FraGu??

  150. agarthered says:

    Been watching seattle game on mlb tv, they haven’t heard anything yet.

  151. timSTi says:

    @agarthered: Thanks man. I’m hoping its nothing serious. I have him on 2 of my teams! Did you watch it live?

  152. Seller says:

    What HR bat would you expect to get for Verlander? Or bat + a closer?

  153. Mr Baseball says:

    # 15 Mr Baseball Says:
    July 21st, 2009 at 6:42 pm
    I want to trade José Reyes for Justin Morneau in a keeper league

    jose Reyers is like owning Josh Hamilton – nice upside but I need a players that I can depend on every game – I think Morneau numbers speak for themself – let the other team worry about Reyers – the league thinks I am trading away the best player that ever played the game grey they are all upset – the two teams making this trade are both about 20 games below 500 so who are we hurting – what is your view here!

  154. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Seller: I’d want Holliday, A-Gonz or Markakis-type bat.

  155. Grey

    Grey says:

    @agarthered: They’re saying FraGu’s day-to-day.

  156. Steve says:

    @Grey: Good call on sitting Cook and Scherzer. Might cost me a win (which I do need) but there’s potential for ERA and WHIP to get really ugly there.

  157. RIP Harry says:

    Hey Grey, need your input again: I know you said Fielder for Kinsler is fair but now he says he needs a 2b before he makes the deal. Would you give up Fielder/Stewart for Kinsler/Choo in a keeper?

  158. nick m. says:

    i just picked up ervin santana for his 2-start week in the hope that he could possibly turn it around. with the buchholz news, do i drop santana for him? drop macdougal (i am trying to vulture saves)?

  159. RIP Harry says:

    Edit: He also would do Carlos Lee + Kinsler, but I think I’d take Choo because I’m top in HR and RBI but need to make up some ground in SB

  160. john says:

    Mini-Donkey just got a sweet little opposite field double and then promptly got picked off by Aaron Flippin Cook..damn you Cook, you burned me again!

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, I don’t say this much, but I don’t worry much about my pitchers pitching well on the bench. I’d prefer that then they get rocked and then I can’t start them next time out either.

    @RIP Harry: Sure

    @nick m.: I’d drop Ervin for Buchholz.

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Yeah, saw it.

  163. @RIP Harry: I’m no Grey but if you would do Fielder for Kinsler, I’d think you’d also do the new deal. I like Choo as a keeper, moreso than Stewart, he’s a 2020 and good in BA, Runs, RBI

  164. GTS says:

    Fowler is available and I need steals – drop G. Jones?

  165. RIP Harry says:

    Thanks Grey
    @bpasinko: Well I got MCab and Fielder so I figured I’d be better off moving one instead of having no flexibility next year with my 1 Util spot. You’re right Choo is beast, I just really like Stewarts upside, especially with 2B eligibility. Guess I wont be needing that though. Thanks for the input.

  166. Adam says:

    According to ESPN’s Player News, Andrew Bailey got an injection in his left knee and may not be available tonight, a night after Wuertz closed out the Twins. Worth keeping an eye on…

  167. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Sure

    @Adam: Thanks for the heads up!

  168. Ham says:

    Acquiring Jenks via trade 2 days ago has been an ejoyable experience…

  169. PJTres says:

    grey…would you trade quentin/chipper for lester/jimjohnson?

    my lineup is vmart/miggy/utley/longo/theriot/bay/upton/ethier and then util is one of fowler/thome/prado/kendry

    i think i need some SP help…and i have injury concern (obviously) with chipper and quentin…would you do it?

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PJTres: I think you can do better.

  171. Corey says:

    @Ham: After reading some of the “Odd Man Out” by Matt McCarthy, it makes me want to beware of Bobby Jenks

  172. Nick0rz says:

    Markakis + Haren for Sabathia + Ichiro.

    Which side wins?

  173. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick0rz: Sabathia side if you need steals/average.

  174. Nick0rz says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. Im 2nd last in average, but doing quite well in power, hopefully it works out for me…

  175. timSTi says:

    Hasn’t been mentioned yet. Manny was taken out after being hit on the hand by an inside pitch. Hopefully its nothing serious!

  176. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Beckham & Drew are both FA’s. I have Hill as my MI. I fear that this slump he’s in is going to continue through the second half. Should I try to move him now and replace with one of those two, or hold on to him and hope he pushes through? 10 team, 3 keeper. Drew seems to be heating up. I have Alexei at SS right now but he’s gotta be above Drew or Beckham right?

  177. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Thanks for the heads up about Manny. I’d try to trade Hill if he can get you something and grab Drew.

  178. timSTi says:

    @Grey: My team looks like this:

    Johan, Cbills, Gollardo, Burnett, Jimenez, Scherzer, Wolf, Pineiro, Volquez DL for SPs. Soria & Bell for RPs. We have 4 sps & 2 rps with a beefy 5 person bench.

    Pablo, Pujols, Cano, Alexei, Chone, Helton, Hill, Kemp, Werth, FraGu, Cruz, Quentin, with G.Jones as my Util.

    Any direction I should look for when shopping around Hill??

    **An update on manny, sent to hospital for precautionary x-rays on left hand.

  179. Mr Baseball says:

    timSTi Says:
    Hasn’t been mentioned yet. Manny was taken out after being hit on the hand by an inside pitch. Hopefully its nothing serious!

    Juan Pierre was the pitcher that hit him

  180. timSTi says:

    @Mr Baseball: Haha. Pierre got a pretty good ovation when he came into the game.

  181. Mr Baseball says:

    heavy weight pitching battle – E Santana tko win over S. Ponson

  182. Mr Baseball says:

    O. Perez is sad -so sad, so sad
    Its a sad, sad situation – 6 walks while his teacher R. Hill had only 4 walks

  183. Mr Baseball says:

    R. Sadowski – note sad is in his name – R SADowski

  184. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: A mid-level outfielder and a mid-level closer?

    @Mr Baseball: Ha! Those were three funny ones. Nice.

  185. Mr Baseball says:

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Homer Bailey Circus

    Not the greatest show on earth – the only thing hit harder was the planet Jupitor

    Astronomers say Jupiter has apparently been struck by an object, possibly a comet.

  186. Steve says:

    @Grey: What’s your take on Gaudin after today? Worth keeping him around?

  187. Martin says:

    @grey- buckholtz or jacobum?

  188. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: He gets the Nats next. Hold tight for one more, then we’ll reevaluate.

    @Martin: Scherzer.

  189. Gareth says:

    Well, I’ve finally done it. C.J. Wilson has given me the pretext to dump Kerry Wood from my last remaining team. Thank goodness. Now I have no need ever to check Cleveland box scores for the rest of the season.

    Good riddance and thanks for nothing.

  190. Mr Baseball says:

    J. Niemann – I pick him up in my Bums League and promoted him to my real leagues – all I can say he been looking good –

    Bums League are for pitchers like S. Ponson

  191. Steve says:

    @Grey: True ‘dat. Nothing lilke the Nats to play a dude back into form.

    And now for the really big question of the day – has the time come to dump Olivo for Montero?

  192. timSTi says:

    @Grey: how bout aaron hill for wandy? is that giving up too much knowing i can replace hill with Drew?

  193. Steve says:

    Why did the Wolfman even start the 8th?

  194. timSTi says:

    @Steve: I was wondering the same. Solid start for him though. If only he could pump out 2 more k’s each start he’d have such better fantasy value!

  195. Steve says:

    @timSTi: Votto! You’ve gotta love those homers that are worthless to everyone but fantasy managers.

  196. Tom says:

    Is Shields too much to give up for Quentin?

    Cueto and Stewart for Quentin?

    Stewart and Shields for Soriano?

  197. Tom says:

    Also, which side would you want with Bay/Shields and Longoria/Lind

  198. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Go with Montero.

    @timSTi: That’s fair.

    @Tom: Shields is not too much to give up. I’d try to give up Cueto or get Soriano. I’d want to be on the Longoria side.

  199. RIP Harry says:

    Garrett Jones is getting ridiculous with these solo HRs. 9hr 11rbi in 64 abs

  200. Jay says:

    I feel I’m in need of an ace pitcher. My offense includes Mauer, Helton, Cantu, Hanley, aaron hill, mccutchen, bartlett, garret jones, matt holliday, hawpe, aramis

    My pitchers are Oswalt, Shields, E. Jackson, Zambrano, Romero, Lackey

    Any second half gem pitchers to go for?

  201. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jay: Holliday for Johan?

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