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Sounds like Ike Davis is done for the year.  He could be facing microfracture ankle surgery.  Man, will the Mets ever catch a big break?  First, Beltran had microfracture surgery on his knee, and now Davis.  What’s with the Mets and tiny surgery?  Can’t the Mets find a normal-sized doctor?  Microsurgery is the 101 class if you’re going to be a surgeon.  Macrosurgery is the 102 class.  That’s a little known fact — literally!   For fantasy purposes, just think, now you have more room on your DL.  You’re welcome.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brandon Beachy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  That’s one for the Brandon Beachy Memoirs.  Now if only he’d stop looking up his cousin’s dress.

Dan Uggla – 1-for-4 with his 10th home run.  I’ll take bets that he gets to 25 home runs, but not that he gets to .230.  Anyone want some action?  I’m not talking betting action.  Come here and sit on Uncle Grey’s lap.

Jose Bautista – Hit his 22nd home run.  See, my gentle prodding of his miserable June paid off for his owners.  Now I will return to my Bautista dormancy where I am an RA.

Jo-Jo Reyes – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  He’s such a peg boy!

Shaun Marcum – Left the game after reaggravating his hip and his owners.  He says he’ll be fine for his next start.  We’ll see.  Or not.  Your choice.

Travis Wood – Sent down to Triple-A.  All they have to do is send down Votto and Bruce and their AAA club will be the better team.

Joel Hanrahan – Got his 20th save yesterday, which is a feat because he pitches for the Pirates.  It usually takes until end of August before they have 20 saves as a team.  Hanrahanananananan’s ERA/WHIP is 1.31/0.96 and he has 30 Ks in 34 IP.   Sorry, Mr. Peralta, but you’re looking at the best reliever named Joel in the majors!

Kevin Correia – Got his 9th win of the year – making him the most successful Pirate this year outside of the Somali coast.

Neftali Feliz – 2/3 IP, 4 ER and his 4th blown save.  Now has 19 Ks to 15 walks in 28 innings.  He’s not getting replaced any time soon, but something is up with him.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see another DL stint from him this summer.

Adrian Gonzalez – Hitting .359 on the year and he went 4-for-4 against his old team.  Who’s your Padre, San Diego!?

Clayton Richard – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks in Fenway.  That’s exactly what Vegas projected for Richard.  Oh, wait, they projected 1 inning, 5 runs, 10 baserunners.

Albert Pujols – Love this ESPN title yesterday, “Pujols Feels Healthy Aside From Fracture.”  Yeah, and Willie McGee felt beautiful except for his face.

Jorge Posada – Hit his 7th home run– Psych!  I’m not talking about him because then I’ll gonna get inundated with catcher questions.  “No, thank you,” says Grey as he splashes on his Drakkar.

Freddy Garcia – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Here’s something bonkers.  On Rudy’s AL-Only team, his staff is Hellickson, Hughes, Garcia, Coke, Britton, Fister and Baker.  Has a 3.58 ERA / 1.27 WHIP.  If you drafted that staff in the beginning of the year with high hopes, I’d say you were just high.  Goes to show you, no one knows anything, William Goldman.

Torii Hunter – Double I left yesterday’s game after crashing into the wall.  He has bruised ribs.  The wall has a strained oblique.

Ryan Vogelsong – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Now has a 1.73 ERA.  Last year Colby Lewis returned from Japan with great results.  This year it’s Vogelsong.  Konichiwa, Fausto Carmona!

Ty Wigginton – On Monday morning, I said Wigginton hit a home run on Sunday and now his over/under for the week is 3.  Yesterday, he hit two home runs.  Still taking the under?

Erik Bedard – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I have no doubts of his ability if he stays healthy.  However, that ‘if’ is the size of the car that was used to take Shirley Hemphill and Fred Berry to the set.

Jonny Gomes – Hit a home run yesterday.  That’s all you need to know.  He gets about as crazy hot as Wigginton when he’s going right.  Has 9 homers now.  Might have 16 before he goes cold again.  I added him in any daily leagues where I could (can’t trust him to play every day for weekly leagues).

Chris Heisey – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 5 RBIs and 3 home runs as he became the 207th player this year to hit 3 homers in a game.  Only a slight exaggeration.  Before this game, he was one for the last week.  I really like Heisey, but in Dusty Baker’s book titled, “OBP Stands For Oh B**** Please,” his 3rd chapter is, “Why Play Three Outfielders When Five Will Do?” says all you need to know about Hesiey.  So unless Dusty goes with a short center fielder it’s hard to own Heisey outside of deep daily leagues where you can move him in and out of the lineup.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Sonavabench!

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks in Metco.  After the game, Gio said he’d love to pitch for the Mets one day or against them every day.

Jake Peavy – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  But at least he wasn’t injured.  Baby steps, Bob, baby steps.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Don’t need to see the Zapruder film of all of Kennedy starts to know that he’s not a 2.90 ERA pitcher.  He shouldn’t completely collapse, but c’mon.

Ted Lilly – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  One of the more disappointing guys we own.  In Dodgers Stadium, this guy should have a 3.20-ish ERA.  Then he gets 8 Ks and only walks one yesterday, which isn’t bad…Ugh, he’s pretty unstartable right now.  Lilly, you’ve gilded me for the last time!

Matt Kemp – 3-for-3 and he’s already at 20/20.  Now I see what Rihanna saw in him.  He’s damn sexy!

Jonathan Broxton – Mattingly said Broxton will be the loser when he returns.  Oops, Freudian slip!  Mattingly must be looking through the rear view mirror to see the Broxton of the 1st half of 2010.  I guess it’s true — objects in the rear view mirror are better Closers than they appear.

  1. mic says:

    Dude i swear you steal my jokes… I always talk about how ugly Willie McGee is and how sexy Kurt Reuter is…

  2. chunk says:

    short term flyer, bay or gomes?

  3. chunk says:

    For the rest of the year, rubby or ejax?

  4. ThePoonTycoon says:

    ugh, at this point, i fully expect the mets to come out and announce david wright is paralyzed

  5. Ryan says:

    Dynasty Deal

    OF Chris Young ARI – $3.25/2
    2B/3B Gordon Beckham CHW – $1/4
    OF Delino DeShields Jr. HOU – $0.5/5
    SP Jameson Taillon PIT – $1/5
    2011 1st Round Rookie Pick (Select from the amateur draft)


    Francisco Liriano – $1/1
    2B – Chase Utley – $6/3

    Thoughts on this trade (Amount/Years)

  6. Salty Balty says:

    Just got offered Justin Upton for Chacin and R. Zimmerman with one year left in a keeper league after this year. Sounds lopsided, but I’m thinking about it. Zimmerman looks like he could be the Billy Butler of the hot corner . . . with health concerns. Thoughts?

  7. RichC says:

    Good Morning Grey, Can’t believe I am going to ask this question.

    As a Phillies fan, I understand how hollow stats can be, specifically Abreu’s stats. He was dropped in our league yesterday, and I am thinking of picking him and dropping UPS Brown. It’s a 6×6 league with OPS. Soooooo, Brown should hold an edge in HR’s, and maybe R’s and Rbi’s, but he will definitely not hold and edge in SB’s ( just lack of opportunities not playing against lefties) Avg and OBP.

    Would you drop Brown for ROS and pickup Abreu in a 6×6 w/OBP?

  8. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Please rank these bats for the ROS: Torii, C. Pena, Gardner, V. Wells, Huff, Pagan, Bay.

  9. patsox834 says:

    Haha, loved the What About Bob reference.

  10. HldOnMgnolia says:

    Hosmer, Moustakas, Rios or Swisher as a UTL bat going forward?

  11. Eric H. says:

    @Grey: Trade Beltre to get Longoria? Or is that just apples for apples?

  12. Benson says:

    Need to pick up a starter to replace Wood (whom I probably stuck with too long anyway). Any opinion from this group?: Jason Vargas, Nick Blackburn, Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova, Carlos Carrasco or Jonathan Niese?


  13. Wilsonian says:

    Attempting to roll the J.Weeks joint at 2nd and use Kendrick or Tabata to upgrade my pitching staff. Is Kendrick for Humber a fair deal? Or would T. Hudson be a better option?

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    being a st. louis resident and card fan,yeah,that poor willie mcgee was a goofy dude

  15. Ed Nugent says:

    Hi, I’m Bob. Would you knock me out, please? Just hit me in the face.

  16. Ed Nugent says:

    EY Jr or Aaron Hill?

  17. Will says:

    I abandoned advice from Razzball nation when choosing my keepers this past year. someone recommended that I keep J. Upton instead of Zimmerman, however someone also recommended I keep Choo over Zimmerman. So I guess I ended up in the middle. Anyway, looking ahead I get to keep 5 players. Should I stick with 5 of the guys I already have or try to upgrade through trades over the next month or so?

    My current potential keepers…
    Fielder, Cano, Reyes, Zimmerman, CarGo, Bruce, Crawford. I also have Morse, Lind, and Stubbs, but not sure any of them should be kept over the others.

    Here are some options that I know I could possibly get through trades…
    J. Upton, McCutchen, Bautista, Cruz, and very small chance, Kemp

    Any recommendations for the 5 I should go after and who I should look to trade for?

    I know this is real early for keeper ideas, but I want to make sure I am planning ahead for the best 5 options and Razzball Nation has proven to have some great recommendations.

  18. William says:

    @Grey and @Everyone – What is the deal with Colby Lewis? He’s really hot, he’s really cold… never in the middle… I have no idea whether to pick him up or not…

  19. joe from point pleasant says:


    Could you rank these remaining available spot starters for me 1 through 3?

    -Coke v AZ(Duke) (zach duke is awful and this could be a win)
    -Westbrook v TOR (Morrow) (blue kays look horrendous in interleague)
    -Luebke v ATL (Hudson) (pitch count? threw 50 last time out)

  20. JTin says:

    I sonavabenched Cueto too, figuring the Yankees in Great American was a bad combo.

    Johnny has been fantastic since coming off the DL. 8 of 9 QS, 5 Wins, 1.63/0.97 ERA/WHIP

    I won’t be benching him again. Is this a “hold on and enjoy the ride” situation, or should I be shopping him? His value pitching for my team right now is likely higher than we would demand in a trade.

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Ed Nugent: hill since EY isnt playing

  22. The Vaporizers says:

    lmao at the Pujols/McGee comment

    And who do you like better for the next several days – Jonny Gomes or Willy Mo Pena?

  23. slam says:

    Dusty Baker’s book titled, “OBP Stands For Oh B**** Please,”!!! Hahahaha


  24. joe from point pleasant says:

    12 Team *H2H POINTS* (5 player keeper) League

    I already asked Grey about my squad and he made some good suggestions. Since then, I made a saavy trade to get Stanton, and tweaked my staff a bit. I was wondering what your thoughts were on my team, and what suggestions you had for me to improve it.

    Since it is a points league, remember that I don’t need specific categories just overall goodness. Also, our league has a 15 start max per week for pitchers, which is why every team carries at least 9-10 SP so they can hit the max and maximize points.


    SP- Felix, Greinke, Oswalt, Scherzer, Cahill, Bedard, Stauffer, Carrasco, Narveson, Niemann

    CL – Im good on closers so I wont even mention them

    Thanks in advance Rudy!

  25. donkey meat tastes like ass says:

    @Grey or Rudy:

    Smoak vs Hosmer the rest of the way?

  26. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey,Ive been having trouble landing a legitimate no.1 or 2 SP,so in the meantime,for a lesser move,what do you think of Danks?I can get him very cheaply.three nice starts in a row,but two were against M’s and A’s.

    10 team h2h

  27. Grey and Rudy — Who do you like more for a hot-hand kind of pickup between Gomes and Xavier Paul?

    Before reading this post, I grabbed Paul as a 5th OF thinking I’d start him against RHP and then he’d be getting more ABs with Jones moving to 1B. But now I’m thinking I should switch him out for Gomes, who’s available in my 20-teamer.

    When you own Gomes do you only start him vs. LHP? Or everyone?

  28. @joe from point pleasant: The team looks pretty solid. Moose and Hosmer are wildcards but are top prospects who should receive ample playing time. The pitching looks deep and solid. I’d just keep tabs on free agency/waivers for hot bats.

  29. @Ed Nugent: EY2 has started exactly one game since June 5.

  30. The Dude says:

    Nelson Cruz
    Jose Tabata
    Tim Hudson


    Brett Gardner
    Jered Weaver

  31. Bryan says:

    Everyone keeps talking about Neftali and his K:BB ratio. He struggled in his first appearances off of the DL, but in June he has 9.1 IP with a 10:1 K:BB – that seems pretty solid to me. Last night was just a bad night. The only other runs he has given up in July were in mop up duty at Yankee Stadium.

  32. *Rash*ball says:

    Beltre, Krispie and Smoak


    Greinke, Choo, Moose

  33. bcooper says:

    grey -12 team h2h auction keeper league. my uggla and jordan zimmerman for CC Sabathia. jordan zimmerman is a potential keeper at $10, uggla and CC too expensive to keep.

    i would then have to start alcides escobar at MI. thx

  34. Dave says:

    Sell or hold onto Vogelsong in an NL only league? If sell, what type of return is fair?

  35. Commish Cauda says:

    FYI…Chris Carter (OAK) called up

  36. crane game dispair says:


    Olivo, Lucroy, or Soto for the rest of the season?

    I’m leaning Soto, he’s been so damn good 2 of the past 3 years, and he’s starting to get healthy again. What do you think?

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i just grabbed hellickson off of waivers,i had the number 3 claim,am i missing something,why would he be dropped

  38. Kyuss says:

    Grey or Rudy, which side do you take in a 16 team h2h (dynasty) league?
    Gio Gonzalez/Brennan Boesch or Greinke?

  39. Jeff says:

    If Feliz is hurt and goes on the DL, who is the speculative add for saves in Texas?

  40. EG says:

    Lose Rasmus for any of the following? Trumbo, Seth Smith, Delmon Young, Torii Hunter, Hafner, Wigginton…. Thanks.

  41. Effenhooer says:

    Cueto or Beachy from here on out?


  42. airweino says:

    Hafner going to stay healthy and keep hitting?

  43. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey/Rudy: Stauffer or Beachy?

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @airweino: i doubt it,i think id ride his hot streak

  45. Matt says:

    Should I drop Billingsley for Carrasco or Stauffer, or do you think he can rebound his value?

  46. airweino says:

    @ Matt: didn’t Bills have a terrible June last year too?

  47. Polanco has completely sucked lately. Should I flat out drop him for someone like Ty Wigginton? I’m a Phillies fan too, so I probably held on too long…

  48. Paddyman says:

    Hey Grey. Whats do you make of this deal?
    My Hanley, Pence and hanson for his Kemp, Braun and Beachy?

    Is this even?

  49. Lisa says:

    I have no good catcher (Ramon Hernandez). I’ve been offered Avila, Zobrist, and Hafner for Ortiz and Utley. Also, Olivo is available. What’s your recommendation?

  50. EG says:

    Which of the following closers should I target if I were trading Brandon Phillips: Street, Hanrahan, Madson, Wilson?

  51. Timequake says:

    Would you drop any of Lilly, Garza, or Buchholz for Beachy?

  52. JackInTheBox says:

    I can’t decide who to stream tomorrow..
    Nolasco vs Sea
    Ruby of the Rose vs LAA
    Edinson @Bal

    Anyone care to choose for me?

  53. Dirty Jersey says:

    Thanks Capt. Buzzkill

    I have Chacin and Ian Kennedy on my staff in my most competitive league… I feel like I am dating the hot chick that is cheating on me…. showing off and blindly ignoring the truth….. your posts @ Chacin and today @ Kennedy sadden me

  54. A2K says:

    Does Kemp make you feel like a man? Does he make you feel like you’re the only Grey in the world? Like you’re the only one he’ll ever love?
    Oh, and who is a good player to pickup (had to make the post fantasy relevant)?

  55. royce! says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: His last start started off really crappy- 1 IP, 3 BB, 2 ER, including a HR to Yuny Betancourt to lead off the 2d. So maybe his owner just dropped him before he could right the ship, which he did later in the game.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mic: He is sexy.

    @chunk: Gomes

    @chunk: Rubby

    @ThePoonTycoon: Ha!

    @Ryan: Liriano side.

    @Salty Balty: Eh

    @RichC: Abreu

    @RonWashington’sStache: Pena, Gardner

    @patsox834: Thanks!

    @HldOnMgnolia: Rios

    @Eric H.: Hold

    @Benson: Niese

    @Wilsonian: Hudson

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha!

    @Ed Nugent: Ha

    @Ed Nugent: Hill

    @William: Yesterday was an easy matchup.

    @joe from point pleasant: Luebke

    @The Vaporizers: Pena for a few days.

    @slam: Hehe

    @JTin: Shop

    @donkey meat tastes like ass: Hosmer

    @Oilcan Giuseppe:Go for it.

    @Enrique: Gomes… Vs. lefties. Vs. whoever he faces.

    @The Dude: Cruz…It’s fair.

    @*Rash*ball: Greinke

    @bcooper: Eh

    @Dave: Depends what you can get.

    @Commish Cauda: Thanks for the heads up!

    @crane game dispair: Soto

    @AL KOHOLIC: No idea

    @Kyuss: Greinke

    @Jeff: Oliver

    @EG: Wiggy

    @Effenhooer: Cueto

    @airweino: No

    @tHe sHiT: Beachy


    @Craigo Z: Yup

    @Paddyman: Nope

    @Lisa: I’d take Ortiz.

    @EG: None

    @Timequake: Lilly

    @JackInTheBox: Nolasco

    @Dirty Jersey: Sorry…

    @A2K: Hehe

  57. CL says:

    grey: I just picked up Nathan for laughs… Contreras to the DL, and I also have Capps. We count holds & saves. What do you have to say about Nathan moving forward? he is supposed to be activated tomorrow.

  58. Chris says:


    I was the one that dropped Hellickson that allowed you to pick him up.

    The reasons? He hasn’t struck out more than 6 in any of his last 10 starts, he’s struck out 4 or less in 8 of his last 10 starts, and I haven’t started him in either of his last 2 turns (vs BOS, @ MIL) and wouldn’t have been starting him for his next 2 (vs STL, vs CIN). And his xFIP to this point is 4.50.

    I really liked the guy, but he’s just not pitching anywhere near what his ERA/WHIP indicates. Who knows, maybe he’ll start pitching better as the season goes on, but right now he’s reminding of a lot of Pavano/Lohse types. Not a good comparison pitching in the AL East.

  59. potus says:

    Bench 2:

    Chris Carter, Pierre, Revere, McGehee

  60. bcooper says:

    grey- what about uggla and peavy for bj upton. alcides goes to MI. bj potential keeper at $21

  61. fyodor says:

    Grey, hey.

    Which two would you keep among Chacin, Zimmermann, Garza, Beachy?

    Thanks for your help.

  62. CL says:

    fyodor: I’m keeping beachy. he’s boss.

  63. JackInTheBox says:

    @Grey: Yea, I guess he’s probably the best choice…Hopefully he doesn’t decide to take a poop on my team again..

  64. Chris says:


    Nolasco vs SEA. Nolasco has been getting bombed, but SEA is just terrible and they’ll be without their DH (not that it matters much, since they use Cust/Peguero? lol). I’m expecting him to go about ~7 IP, 1 ER, 5 BR, 9 K. And then he’ll promptly get shelled in his next start, barring equally crappy opposition like the Astros or A’s.

  65. Brandon says:

    ROS: Rolen, Moustakis, Loney, or Rizzo?

  66. JackInTheBox says:

    @Chris: Lol, yea one can only hope..I just wish he’d go back to pitching like he was before he raised his era from 3.04 to 4.48 in less than a month

  67. Grey

    Grey says:

    @CL: Waste of a roster spot right now.

    @potus: Last two. Unless you need steals.

    @bcooper: Sounds fair.

    @fyodor: Chacin, Zimmermann

    @Brandon: Moose

  68. wallin says:

    Looking at a trade in my dynasty league and was wondering who has the bigger upside Porcello (who I know you hate) or Danny Duffy?

  69. royce! says:

    Grey and anyone else, especially you cinefiles:

    I have a really weird oral argument tomorrow in the court of appeals. One of the main issues is whether people can refer to a man as a “bitch.” I’m sure everyone here knows that this is common parlance, especially those who own Hanley or Choo or Dunn this year.

    So I’m looking for examples of men being called “bitch” in the movies. I figured there’s something in the Wire, though I don’t have the time to review the series.

    So can anyone think of a television or movie in which a man is called a bitch?

    Please help, bitches!

  70. royce! says:

    @royce!: Or does anyone know of a way that I can search a bunch of scripts at once?

  71. Derrick says:

    My Ian Kennedy for his Krispie?

    Fair trade? Which side?

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @wallin: Duffy

    @royce!: Can you use music? Lots of examples there, obviously in rap. Can try Drew’s script or rama, not sure if you can search it. Good luck.

    @Derrick: Krispie…It’s fair.

  73. peter says:

    We enjoyed the Neil Simon reference. So don’t be disappointed in us, thinking we missed it.

  74. Public Enemy #1 says:

    @Grey What can we expect of Chris Carter? Some power, low batting avg at best?

  75. Wilsonian says:

    Do you still like a deal of Morse/Gio for Krispie or Stubbs if I need to clear space to activate Beachy? Don’t know if either will go through, but I have them both offered right now.

  76. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Chris: yeah i did see the k,s are low,plus he could be getting tired,ill stream him here soon to see how he is doing

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