Robinson Cano hit his third and fourth homer yesterday.  He’s now batting .395.  This will probably sound homeless-person-crazy since we’re only 12 days into the young season, but I think Cano could win the MVP and will win the batting title.  You thought Pedroia’s MVP season was nice from a fantasy standpoint?  How’s .330 and 30 homers coming from your 2nd baseman?  You like that?  What, you want it a little higher?  Okay, how’s .335?  Yeah, that feels good, doesn’t it?  I have Cano’s 2010 projections at 90/27/100/.315/5.  Hold those numbers up to the light and they sing gospel songs that will make your ears smile.  And Cano can exceed those numbers.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Gonzalez – CarGo sounds like he’ll be shipped off to the DL. I’m officially a bad person because I’d be happy to see him get DL’d since I don’t own him anywhere.  Hey, Glockenspiel, what’s that speck on the map of Grey’s soul?  It’s a tiny city-state.  What’s the city-state called, Glockenspiel?  It’s called Schadenfreude!  This will mean more time for Seth Smith.  He’ll be covered more in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  Keep refreshing.  It’ll appear.

Jorge de la Rosa – 6 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners.  Why you little Whipper Crapper!

Bud Norris – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  It’s been said Chuck Norris could win at Connect Four in 3 moves.  Well, Bud Norris can strike out 9 in 5 innings (albeit using 100 pitches and walking 3 or 4).

Mat Latos – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners.  See Jorge de la Rosa or an inch above.  Seriously, throw these three and Gio Gonzalez into a blender and you have one messy WHIP.   I like Ks, but at what price?

Astros Hitters – As a team, the Astros have 2 homers through 9 games.  Someone should take some egg whites and fold them into the Nats.  Two birds, one lemon meringue pie.  Even if Ed Wade’s toupee were pitching against the Astros, I’d start it in mixed leagues.

Carlos Zambrano – 5 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners.  Eh, Big Z’s a mediocre pitcher pitching mediocre, so not much to say, but he did make me think of something.  Member the Lil’ Penny Nike campaign?  Of course you do.  Put down your Razzhand.  Okay, so my question is why is there no Lil’ Z to go with Big Z?  We need a claymation expert, stat!  Lil’ Z can be on top of the Gatorade while Big Z’s flipping out.  “Look at you, the big bad man beating up a lemon-lime container!  Now everyone’s thirsty!  Sweet Lou’s gonna get sour!  You big dummy!” Hmm… My Lil’ Z sounds a bit like Redd Foxx, but we can work on that.

Derrek Lee – Returned and homered.  That is all.

Scott Kazmir – 4 IP, 6 ER.  I’m sure his owners are happy to have him back.

Casey McGehee – 1-for-3 with his third homer.  He’s in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, too.  Yes, I am pimping it a bit because there’s an announcement in there you’re gonna wanna read.

Mike Gonzalez – He’s now going to be out about a month.  My guess is Jim Johnson is getting saves still at the end of May.

Adam LaRoche – Sat out with a tight quad.  That’s what she said!  Hey, that made more sense this time.

Chad Qualls – Second blown save in a row.  Juan Gutierrez is the backup for you save vultures.  I already grabbed him in two leagues.

Daric Barton – 2-for-5 as he hits .343 on the year.  He has little power, but you can do worse in OBP leagues.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs with his third homer.  I own him in one league and you know what?  Loving Choo is easy cause you’re beautiful.

David Huff – 9 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  There’s some pitchers you grab, there’s other pitchers you let others grab.  Huff falls in the latter group, but could move to the former.  His 2008 K-rate and walk rate were decent in Triple-A, but he lost all those gains last year.  Worth watching to see if he can string some starts together, but I have my doubts.

Matt Harrison – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  His minor league K-rate is pretty bleh.  I wouldn’t bother outside of AL-Only leagues.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-3, hitting leadoff.  This will mean less Runs for Borbon, but as long as he’s getting on base and stealing them, I wouldn’t worry.  I think I predicted Andrus would move to the top of the order by the middle of April.  Natch!  Actually, the prediction might’ve been for Alcides, but he’s moved up for some games, as well.  Natch point!

Cameron Maybin – 3-for-4 and a homer as he hits .310 on the year with 2 steals.  Looks like Maybin may be in (stutterer!) for a breakout.

Josh Johnson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  His porn star brother, Gosh Johnson, would be proud.

Alexei Ramirez – Homered yesterday.  It is still early, and he usually doesn’t start playing until May, but I’m not sure how much I believe you’re ever going to fully enjoy owning Alexei.

Travis Snider – Hallelujah!  Snider hit a homer yesterday.  I still think he could go back to striking out every fifth AB.  The potential is there though.

Fred Lewis – The Blue Jays acquired Lewis.  If this doesn’t push them over the Yanks, Sawx and Rays, I don’t know what does.

J.A. Happ – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 BBs as sabermetricians cry onto their calculators.  Here’s a clean BABIP, wipe those tears away.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, and a steal as he batted second.  Man, that was long overdue.  I hope we’re not heading down FeLopezian territory where every time I think about dropping Desmond he does just enough to buy himself some more time.

Ryan Zimmerman – After sitting out the last couple, he snuck into the game for a pinch hit homer.  Yeah, you got sonavabenched.  It’s all right, so did I with…

Francisco Liriano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Sonavabench!  But he was going against the Red Sox!  He gave up 5 BBs to the White Sox in his last start.  It was the right call to bench him for the Red Sox.  Why do you hate me fantasy baseball gods?  Is it because I don’t capitalize gods?  Was it my crack about Jim Abbot two months ago?  I apologize to you and commenter, IowaCubs.  Please, embrace me again!  The rain makes me shiver.  Don’t let me shiver.  Okay, thanks for letting me vent.  Liriano goes against the Indians next time out.  Yes, please.  Though, he could go against the 1927 Yankees featuring a 2001 time traveling Barry Bonds and I’d start Liriano.  I’ve learned my lesson!

Jacoby Ellsbury – Can’t breath without sharp pain in his side.  Obviously, not a good thing.  He may end up *pinkie to mouth* D’Ellsburied.

Edwin Encarnacion – Will be out a few days with a sore arm.  If only he were a bigger star, so I could’ve used the title, “Clipped Edwing.”

Jose Guillen – Revealed yesterday that he almost died in 2009.  The Royals had the day  off and Guillen’s not hitting homers, so he reveals this?  Sounds like someone might be getting addicted to the press coverage.  This is how Heidi Montag started.  Before you know it, Butler won’t be the only one with a size C rack.

  1. PWNightmare says:


  2. malacoda says:

    J.A. Crapp. I know he was lucky last season, but I own him on a team anyway. I am seriously considering dropping him for the 6bb/0k performance. I don’t know if I can own a player like that. That’s like getting more fouls than points in basketball.

  3. Funktastic says:

    @Grey: What’s your take on Chris Young (ARI)? Should I drop Bruce for him if he’s available?

  4. DrEasy says:

    Thanks for making me google Heidi Montag!

  5. PWNightmare says:

    @DrEasy: Say that to someone who has just woken up from a coma that they’ve been in since 1986 and they would think you’re some kind of pervert.

  6. DrEasy says:

    @malacoda: More like Happ-Go-Lucky, amiright?

  7. agarthered says:

    My outfield right now consists of Ellsbury and CarGo both of whom might be going to the DL, I then have Rasmus (Big Slump, better turn it around), and Carlos Lee (ugh), thank the lord I picked up Chris Young, and still have Werth.

    What does everyone think?

    Everth Cabrera or Furcal?

    Rasmus or J.Guillen or Maybin.

    I need HR’s.

    lemme know.

  8. Steve says:

    The FeLopezian tube perhaps?

    Think everyone goes down there sooner or later…

  9. knighttown says:

    Kevin Slowey just got dropped in my 10-teamer. I assume I want him over Ervin, DelaRosa, Cueto or my 4th closer, Lindstrom. Or maybe Fowler or Ortiz (bench)

    Do I want him and who do I drop?

  10. Eric says:

    Arghhh! I missed getting Ianetta on waivers to a guy who had a waiver priority only one higher than me in a 20-team roto league. Still starting Napoli … I still need a C for the many days Napoli doesn’t play. Here’s what’s left on the very thin wire: Kendall, Mathis, Navarro, Ramon Hernandez, and both Tigers’ catchers. Which of these guys are better than just leaving Napoli in there and using that roster spot for a good middle reliever or fifth OF? Thanks.

  11. Russell says:


    I’m in an auction keeper league with college friends. Draft budget’s $200. Every team has approx. 8 keepers, 4 come off the books every year, and every team names 4 new ones (keepers are staggered, 4 2-year and 4 3-year). In season we’re allowed to trade cap money for the following season–you can go as high as $225 or low as $175 (the keeper contracts count against the cap). A common move for a team that’s trying to win one year is to trade away cap money, cheap keepers with high potential but not currently performing, and taking on bad keeper contracts. The team that one last year did as such, and this year, besides pujols, who he already traded away for $20 and Strasburg (as a keeper) he had all shitty keepers at the draft, with little money and few spots to fill. Lastly, in this league we penalize the bottom spots to create disincentives for them giving up mid-season. Last place has to buy food and beer for the weekend the following draft.

    The league does not have a minimum innings pitched rule (although no one’s ever abused it, so it’s never been an issue). Said manager who won last year and traded pujols decided he was going to employ the following strategy to stay out of the basement: he used a relief pitcher in the opening week. the pitcher threw a single 1-2-3 inning, and the manager has made it clear he’s not going to use any more pitchers in the season now that he has max points in ERA/WHIP.

    what do you think of employing such a strategy in a rotissierre leauge? devilishly crafty? completely unsportsmanlike? or worse? Please go into detail about your thoughts of such a move.

    And any other board readers too…

  12. MarkM says:

    @Russell: Who cares, let him. If he’s totally punting this entire year, then good for the rest of you right? You can’t win a league without the rest of the stats, after all.

    I say let him play for next year, because there’s no guarantee he wins then either.

  13. dingers says:

    extra, extra, read all about it…
    Announcement in todays Buy and Sell

    hmmm… anything to do with you handing your Razzball card to the adult film star a couple weeks ago Grey?

  14. GopherDay says:

    Considering I own Zimm in my leagues with really shallow benches, I just kept him slotted into 3B because I didn’t have the roster space to replace him. I was not Sonovabenched!!!

  15. Jif & The Choosy Mothers says:

    Grey: Can we be friends? Sorry, not my idea but Facebook keeps insisting.

  16. Ben says:

    Drop Latos for Juan Gut or too soon?
    Good sign for Zimm, any ideas when he will be starting again?

  17. BeanyBill says:

    @Russell: I agree with Mark. He’s punting… for 2nd-to-last. It won’t hurt anyone but the worst team, and they should be ashamed of losing to a team with 2 total team Ks for the year, anyways.

    Ultimately, he’s not breaking a rule. If the rest of the owners disagree with his strategy, I would move to implement a minimum innings rule for next year. But you can’t change rules midseason, and you shouldn’t sweat things you can’t change. I certainly wouldn’t let it stew to the point that I’m angry with him – that’s what’s happening in my league right now, and it’s the most childish bit of BS I’ve ever seen, where friends of 20 years are sending nasty league-wide emails to each-other.

    Let him punt for 2nd-to-last, he’ll be out of the running this year, he’ll lose Pujols after this year (or at the latest, next, if I understand your keeper rules), and he’ll have few worthwhile keepers to begin next year.

    Just make sure you’re not the guy stuck bringing the beer and food next year!

  18. Connect 4? says:

    How about Pick 4 OF Starters for tonight…

    Kemp (obviously)
    Bruce (vs lefty)
    Milton ‘this time is different’ Bradley
    Alexi ‘Blame Canada’ Rios
    Heidi Guillen

  19. Spike says:

    Order of value in a 12-team keeper H2H with daily lineup changes?
    Colby Rasmus
    Nolan Reimold
    Delmon Young
    Cameron Maybin

  20. mc serch says:

    Phenomenal rundown today…..lotsa “Ha’s,” a number of “Ha!’s,” and a few genuine LOL’s… I immediately thought Redd Foxx when i read “big dummy” and then there was the ref in the next line…amazing! I agreee about Cano, I targeted him in every mock I did and got him almost every time in the 4th round…he was my guy! then Kinsler fell to me at the end of the 2nd round and now, well, here we are…plummeting down the standings with both Kinsler and Rollins on the DL. EffinMuthaEffingEff!

  21. sean says:

    @Russell: It’s a shiesty move, but it’s not against the rules. Your girlfriend would like to know why you’re still friends with someone who would employ a dirty strategy against his “friends.”

  22. BKK says:

    I was watching the Jays game last night and Buck Martinez says “I was watching Snider in BP and saw something different so I asked him about it” Snider said he was trying to sit back on the ball more and not rush his swing, or sometimg to that effect.
    The comment was then made in the broadcast booth that he would have to sit back as Freddy Garcia delivers slow, slower and slowest. It was a couple pitches later that he went yard…

    Three hours later, I am lying in bed and remembered seeing Snider being dropped a few days ago. So, I get up, check, sure enough, there he is, so I dropped Swisher who was warming the bench anyway. I figure if he has sorted something out he has way more upside than Swish.

    Feel free to discuss among yourselves.

  23. Commish Cauda says:


  24. Tony says:

    @BKK: maybe swish will pick up swisher since you snagged up my snider drop BKK! i hope he just does what he was doing and not what he did last night…. i dropped him in both our league and my RCL. 1 HR is not convincing me I did the wrong thing yet, now if he hits one a night for a week here… then i’ll feel bad, good luck with him.

  25. William says:

    Ian Desmond needs to play at a ROY level.

  26. sean says:

    @BKK: Doesn’t really make sense to me. I mean, I get the whole upside argument, but his upside is what? 30HR with a low BA? Swisher’s baseline is closer to Snider’s upside. Swisher will also have higher R/RBI totals because of the lineup differences.

  27. William says:

    @Grey: Doesn’t look like the fantasy community is following your patience rule with Alfonso Soriano. His ownership % is dropping faster than a Thai Hooker

  28. jj says:

    Now I want to hear the Jim Abbot joke?

  29. Tony says:

    @sean: @BKK: i’m picking up swisher now just to stir the pot!

  30. Beau says:

    F-squared was dropped in my 10 team 5×5 league, I’d like to grab him but my only offensive bench right now is j-roll and kinsler and my only pitchers id think about dropping for him are bedard, lidge…and thats about it. I could drop pierre or furcal and live with an empty roster spot until rollins/kinsler comes back…any thoughts?

  31. Suck My Wieters says:


    In fairness to Big Z or lil Z, whatever you wanna call him, the wind was blowing 18 MPH out. No pitcher would of been successful in a tiny park with the wind blowing that hard out. Mulligan?

  32. jerkstore says:

    I have three “upside” shortstops – ian desmond, everth cabrera and alcides escobar. I know that they each do different things, but I’m having trouble deciding how I rank them and who I should drop in the event that I want to pick up the latest schmohawk off the waiver wire. Any thoughts would be appreciated. (Can’t wait for the big news in this afternoon’s buy/sell)

  33. tony b. says:

    I’m a believer in the hot tub time machine that is Rafael Furcal. .285 104 Runs 65 RBI 9 HR 35 SB coming right up, *if healthy, *if* key word, but I can feel it… down in my plums…

    Started both De La Rosa & Latos yesterday, when I saw their lines it was the same feeling of when you were a kid running around outside on the pavement, trip and skin the hell outta your knee(s). Nevertheless, Latos is now off my squad as I was somehow able to claim Marcum off waivers after I dropped him 3 days ago for the “other ricky” romero.

    Dropped Kyle Blanks for Willingham and feel pretty good about it actually. Might use Willy & Bruce as my 3rd OF’er platoon machine, I assume it will be serviceable as soon as Bruce gets rolling…

    I’m getting tons of interest in the Dread Pirate but I have no interest in dealing him unless the bounty is plentiful (this is a keeper league).

    Dan Haren applied some Neosporin to help alleviate some of the DLR + Latos pain.

    Kuroda has impressed me thus far with his strikeouts and his ability to keep runs from crossing the plate – abberations?? or should I look into him as a 5th or 6th SP for my team, love the WHIP possibilities.

    For those of you who remember me from last season, I worked in some capacity for a MLB team and shared some clubhouse stories I personally witnessed in my time as an employee in the minor leagues…

    here’s another little story that actually happened last evening…

    I’m currently graduate assisting a small NAIA school in Ohio and the team we played last evening had a very interesting assistant coach. Interesting because the man was Len Barker (yes, the Len Barker who threw a perfect game for the Indians in 1981. The other interesting tidbit was that he was ejected from game 1 of our scheduled doubleheader for arguing with the homeplate umpire. The homeplate umpire was trying to speed the game along and was barking at the opposing team’s pitcher to speed up his pre-inning warmup routine to which Barker replied from the bench, “give me a fucking break, are you kidding me blue? get a real job you bum.” He was ran in about 5 seconds. No idea if the homeplate umpire knew who he had ejected or if he did and was just stroking his ego but needless to say Barker’s perfect game bid ended in the bottom of the 3rd last night…

  34. Critter Nagurski says:

    Yeah, as I recall you bet your two hole Andrus would move to the top of the order

  35. Future Man says:


    Who do you prefer at second base in a points league, Ian Stewart or Chone?

  36. Tony says:

    @tony b.: that awesome about Len Barker ha! what school in Ohio? and who is barker coaching for?

  37. I’m feeling pretty good about keeping Robbie Cano as a 7th round pick. I sure wish I could wipe that smug grin off his face, though.

    Alberto Callaspo just got dropped in my league — worth dropping Erick Aybar (previously picked up) to fill the Jimmy Rollins-shaped hole in my roster?

    That leads me to another question — actually, it’s an idea I’d like to share. An idea I came up with while writing the previous question. It’s an idea for pastry (doughnuts, probably, but I don’t want to lock my self into one pastry this early) with cut-outs in the shapes of major leaguers. And if you think about it, the smallest MLB players will actually leave more pastry (since their cutout will be proportionally smaller), so you might have an inordinate amount of demand for the Billy Wagner’s Bagel or the David Eckstein’s Eclair. But nobody would want C. C. Sabathia’s Sweet Roll, because of the C.C.-shaped (and sized) hole in the middle. It’s something to think about.

  38. grandysdandy says:

    would you trade utley in a keeper if you got back cano/something?

    if yes, what would the something have to be to make it even (just an idea of what caliber position or pitching player to ask)..

  39. Cain Fan says:

    From what I have heard it sounds like Ellsbury has a broken rib. I would think that would mean 4-6 weeks of healing are in his future.

  40. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Obvious question: Start CJ Wilson against the Yanks in NYC?


    Obvious gloat: Oh, I started Liriano against the Sox yesterday. And it was beautiful.

    Less-obvious question: Rauch/Bruce/Slowey for Krispie/Beckham. Who wins?

    @tony b.: “If healthy” is the most seductive phrase in fantasy baseball. If healthy, Scott Rolen hits .320, Troy Glaus hits 35 HRs, Josh Hamilton drives in 130, Chipper wins a batting title, Furcal steals 35 bases and Scott Kazmir Ks 200. Sadly, my guess is none of those people do any of those things. But someone should compile an entire team of if-healthy all-stars.

    @Russell: I am way too hungover to follow this post. However, any league where a guy who a) has publicly given up on the season can b) trade Pujols to another team for c) cap money seems like a machine designed specifically to destroy friendships.

    Also, is there no IP minimum? That would fix this problem right quick.

  41. Jarrad says:

    Dropping Desmond?! You fickle, fickle man… :P

  42. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Where’s the love for Mike Pelfrey building on his impressive first start with a dominating win over the Rockies!? I honestly think he could end up as the Mets best pitcher this season.

  43. nmdunkel says:

    D’Ellsburied is just priceless, Grey.

  44. tony b. says:

    @Tony: Malone University and Barker helps assist Notre Dame College out of Cleveland (he still lives in the Cleveland area so it’s probably pretty convenient for him)

    @Baron: So true, but I believe Furcal could reach that amount this year, he’s off and running early.

  45. BKK says:

    @Tony: Knock yourself out. He’s all yours. As you have posted many times. It’s two weeks into the season, Snider was drafted several rounds ahead of Swisher in most drafts, not enough baseball has been played for me to change that assessment.

    @sean: Its not like either guy is going to make or break my season. Swisher hits like 0.236 maybe 25 hrs. with what 70 runs and RBI’s. That is Swisher’s ceiling, not his floor, IMO. Snider maybe does that, maybe he doesn’t. He sits on my bench until someone else looks more interesting or he actually has figured something out. There is not really much risk here as I see it.

  46. Tony says:

    @tony b.: haha nice man…. I’m pretty sure one of our seniors where I coach came and visited/talked with you guys. I coach JV and I know he’s been checking out some different smaller schools.

  47. Tony says:

    @BKK: true. i liked the potential preseason, but a 1-whatever start was too much for me. Our league needs guys who hit for average, the carlos pena’s of the world dont fly with me…. not when we count individual hits, etc…..

  48. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @tony b.: Beware the Exploding Post-It Note of Doom.*

    *Yahoo! joke.

  49. Mr. Rickey says:

    Please rank these re potential for saves this season:


  50. wily mo says:

    has there been some announcement that andrus is taking over leadoff for the rangers going forward? borbon wasn’t even in this game at all, i just figured that was the reason.

  51. @Grey: Totally Fred Sanford. I’m comin’ Lizbeth! Funny what you said about Desmond. He looked so bad in one at bat, that I was thinking of dropping him there. Then he really impressed in his final two PAs to say, “keep me, Felipe will always be there…” I really want him to do well so we can call him Baby-Jete.

    I’m feeling like you can throw Z into that blender of high K pitchers. Still feel he has something left in him but I’m going to need Bret Saberhagen to mitigate the WHIP bloat.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Palmlicker’s got the split. He’s had command of his slider too so far. Hard to get too excited about what he did yesterday since no CarGo, Helton or Hawpe in the lineup, but if has this kind of command, I can see him being better than ’08. He’s a groundball machine with a teeny tiny HR%. A lot to like there. Picked him up in my 15 team after yesterday.

    @Tony B: Great story.

  52. Ben says:

    @ SaltyBiscuits

    Pelfrey is looking like a great add right now…thinking of dropping Latos for him

  53. sean says:

    @BKK: How can Swisher’s ceiling be lower than what he actually did last year? 84/29/82/.250. He’s not old. He won’t be losing ABs. He’s pretty much a lock for 80/25/80 with a crappy BA. Sounds like a dream season for Snider right about now…

  54. toastman says:

    @ SaltyBiscuits

    Pelfrey could be for real… i think i may pink slip erv santana 2day

  55. wily mo says:

    @agarthered: i think maybin is likely the more valuable overall player this year, but if HR are really what you need, i’d probably go with guillen. this is just a hot streak, obviously, but he does have well-established 20+ HR ability.

    not sure about dropping rasmus for either guy though, if that’s what you’re contemplating. rasmus was doing okay for a minute there! he’s in kind of a similar place to maybin, actually. i’d try and wait for one of your DL-bound guys to go official and open up a slot, if you can. if your DL’s not already full.

    furcal v. everth – furcal’s clearly a better overall producer but also a lot more likely to go pop and vanish from your team one morning, either via whole-hog DL or (much more annoying) getting some minor injury that he can play through but which kills his production. if that risk seems manageable and you want more than steals out of the slot i’d go with him.

  56. royce! says:

    @Russell: I have to agree with mark and beanybill… he’s not breaking the rules and its not going to guarantee that he’ll win the season. If it bothers others enough, put in an IP min next year. But to say that what he’s doing is dirty or somehow dishonest is wrong. Would you say the same thing about a team that punts a position? Same thing, on a different scale.

  57. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Ben: Please first understand I am a wildly over-optimistic Mets fan. With that said, I have watched Pelfrey very closely over the past few years and he looks to have turned a corner. He added a split finger this offseason which he is commanding down in the zone and getting swings and misses. His fastball is tailing nicely and he has done a better job controlling the inside of the plate. His sinker is still heavy and he is racking up groundballs.

    He has shown flashes before – and I really think he is about to take it to another level. His biggest enemy has been his own goofyness and he seems to have a lot more confidence this year.

    So yeah, I like Pelfrey a lot more than most, but I think people will start coming around and I would definitely look to add him.

  58. wily mo says:

    speaking of everth, is there anything weirder than him sitting on 1 run and 7 RBI right now? i know chris young is hitting .350, this still seems weirder.

  59. William says:

    @Grey: My 2 “fliers” at the SP position this year are Clay Buchholz and Johnny Cueto.

    You think Cueto will be above waiver wire fodder this season, or should I just turn his roster spot into a streamer position?

    I play in a standard 5×5 ROTO 12 team league. There’s always streamers available.

  60. Mikey boy324 says:

    Grey maybin or hart?

  61. keith says:

    colby lewis or duchscherer?

  62. majortommy says:

    Grey, why are you pretending like Chris Young(hitter) is not tearing the ball up this year? I look to you for guidance, sell high? Real deal?

  63. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @keith: colby proly k,s more but duch seems safer for era and whip

  64. Eddy says:


    Big Sloppy is getting sued by Jay-Z $5 mil for using the club name “Forty-Forty” in Santo Domingo!

  65. keith says:

    yeah. hm. i also have verlander, nolasco, burnett and peavy (buerhle and sheets too). so I think the Ks will be there w/ out lewis. so i guess could use whip stabilizer to counteract burnett :o

  66. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Grey @Everyone:

    Been taking this poll everywhere. Which do you think is more overrated Chris Davis OR Top Gun. I would like to hear everyones thoughts.

  67. @Salty Biscuits: Pelf’s body language says volumes. He looked lost out there last year. This season he’s poised and confident. That shrink he’s got is earning his money! Pitching his way out of trouble a few times last week really impressed me. Not walking anyone yesterday impressed me more. Yeah I’m excited, but I’d be the first to call him out for sucking. Need to get excited about something in Flushing.

  68. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: As long as you accept it for the cheese that it is, “Top Gun” is a fun “good ’cause it’s bad” movie. Nowhere near “Roadhouse” (the reigning champion in that category) or even “Point Break”, but probably on par with the likes of “Young Guns”.

  69. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @@Awesomus Maximus: Road house is one of the GREATEST movies of all time. I mean the bad guys have a monster truck!

  70. majortommy says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: At least top gun contained real talent ie Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tim Robbins.

  71. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: BTW, I would also like to hear everyone’s thoughts. Matt Parkman had that power on Heroes, if I remember correctly, and I would have ranked it in my top 3 powers to have (behind being indestructible and the ability to manipulate time/space).

  72. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: True story… when the news broke about Patrick Swayze having cancer, my wife and I sent him a “Get Well Soon” card. Inside we wrote, “It’s time to not be nice. Teach that cancer a lesson.” Patrick may have lost that fight, but I know Dalton would have won it!

    Don’t get me started on Roadhouse… I could go on for days discussing its magnificent awfulness.

  73. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @majortommy: Someone had this to say when I asked it…thought it was great:

    “At least Tom Cruise has hit some ding dongs recently.”

    And it does have a great sound track

    @majortommy: Well played

  74. AL KOHOLIC says:

    who is top gun

  75. Tony says:

    @sean: can i ask are you the comment on fantasy baseball geeks site? about the “ignore what this dude is selling”. if so HA!

  76. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Please tell me that is a joke

  77. fredaycouples says:

    Ervin Santana
    Homer Bailey

    Who do I drop to pick up Juan Gutierrez (Mike Gonzalez is on my DL but he blows)

  78. majortommy says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: How could i forget the biggest star of that film, the sound track!
    “watching in slow motion as you turn to say, takes my breath away!”
    That one still gets the girls in the mood. Or in Cruise’s case…….

  79. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: i know the movie!but i thought he was referring to a player as top gun

  80. wily mo says:

    @fredaycouples: i’ve dropped all three of those guys from various teams in the last few days, but i think i’d lose bailey first. then latos.

    ervin… i want to love you. why do you make it so hard

  81. mrbaseball says:

    Joaquín Árias or Ian Kinsler — just a joke here

  82. Dingo says:

    Masterson or Colby Lewis in a league that counts QS and K/BB?


  83. Dingo says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Yes, but did you know that Bryan Adams refused to allow his song, “Only the Strong Survive,” to be included on the soundtrack because he felt the film glorified war?

    I just learned that at trivia night yesterday.

  84. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @majortommy: Not to be a ventriloquist, but Grey’s been pretty vocal on Krispie. All signs point to a breakout — age, pedigree, small sample size performance (last month of ’09/spring training/last week).

    That said, it’s Krispie. He’s not hitting .300. He’s not hitting .280. Best case scenario is probably Mini-Donkey in the OF with more steals: .265/80/35/100/20

    I wouldn’t sell high on him at all.

  85. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Dingo: That is a good piece of trivia. One of the few good things to come out of Canada is Brian Adams..

    @majortommy: Come on Tom Cruise is straight……HA I cannot even pretend to be serious about that.

  86. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    What think ye of this offer?

    Krispie Young/Gordon Beckham for Carlos Marmol/Francisco Liriano?

  87. majortommy says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I feel like a corky, my Razzball membership should be revoked.
    Krispie Young=Chris Young
    It all makes sense now!

  88. Freak says:

    I’ve refreshed 68 times. Nothing’s happening.

    Am I doing it wrong?

  89. Adam K says:

    I feel like some kinda of razzbot, I’ve been hitting refresh for 8 hours and no updates. It’s been afternoon in Barcelona for 6 hours!

    In other news. J Sanchez and F Liriano on my bench this week. Argh.

  90. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @majortommy: Not at all, Corky! I was actually going to suggest doing a back search on “Krispie.”

    If it makes you feel better, I totally got lost at one point cuz I couldn’t figure out that “E-Lo” was Evan Longoria.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Last variation on this, I promise. This trade started as Rauch for Krispie. Now it’s morphed into more. Should I just go back and offer my Rauch for his Krispie? Or do I include Liriano for his Beckham? I have MMD at 2B and Beltre at 3B.

  91. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Freak: Have you tried Right Guard?

  92. Beau says:

    @wily mo: Thats what she said???

  93. Lava says:

    I’m sure you’ve answered this in the past few days, but all things equal, would you prefer Masterson, Colby Lewis, or CJ Lewis?

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I’m starting him, but only because I don’t have room for the aforementioned guys, and am trying to be patient with the players I drafted. I feel left out from a lot of the adds and drops, so I’m looking for any reason to cut him ;)

  94. Eric Davis says:

    My Rauch / JJ Hardy for his Pedroia?

  95. Eric Davis says:

    Forgot to mention I already have Bell/Marmol/Madson at RP and IStew/Reyes at MI…figure Pedroia would fit in the 2B/3B slot better than Hardy.

  96. Professor Chaos says:

    Was just offered Jay Bruce for Hunter Pence. Tomato, To-mah-to? That Houston offense looks like a big pile of shizz

  97. @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    I wouldnt make any assumptions on what Krispie can or can not do this year, they really redid his swing over the offseason. Now I could see him hit well for April then nosedive again but I dont think hes bound to any upper BA limit like .265 either. Id just hold him until theres a good reason not to.

  98. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Professor Chaos: I absolutely hate Pence. Which doesn’t mean he can’t be useful. But I’d make that trade, just to avoid waking up to this every other day:

    Pence 1/3 1 0 0 0

    Instead you can wake up to this:

    Bruce 1/5 1 1 1 0

    on your bench.

  99. pjtres says:

    grey, would you trade carlos lee for krispie straight up?

  100. Tony says:

    @Professor Chaos: idk man, i’m thinking i’d stick with pence, i have both in a league…. pence is just frustrating you NOW, but he’s a semi-streaky cat, he’s good for 25/10 and a .290 average for sure and this year SHOULD see an uptick. He’s done that a few years running now. BRUCE? I know the upside is there, but until he REALLY does it, there’s nothing saying THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR. I’d take Pence’s track record.

  101. Fuzzy Dunlop says:

    is it okay to drop mclouth yet? 12-team mixed with 5 OF. i’d drop him to add venable and then probably rotate that slot when venable cools.

  102. As far as the diamondbacks go, their offense in general (especially if Kelly can stay healthy) looks real strong…I see them having more runs and RBI’s than expected…but at the same time I think they are gonna run less due to that, I would expect SB’s down across the board on J-Up, Krispie, Drew, and Reynolds. As for the pitching, its horrible. I can see Qualls losing him job kinda for example but at the same time, whos the setup man…there just isnt much to move around, they all suck.

  103. Professor Chaos says:

    @Fuzzy Dunlop: Love that name. Herc and Carver are the best.

  104. Tony says:

    @pjtres: man you guys are really getting hard off Krispie hitting .351 over the first 9 games…. I understand the potential and its great seeing a hot start, but i wouldn’t deal carlos lee.


  105. CoreyII says:

    Chase Headley or Krispie Young? Who would people rather keep around after a their starts?

  106. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Tony: You have come full circle. You convinced me that this was “the year” for Bruce to break out–in a big way. Am poised to give you credit. :-)

  107. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Fuzzy Dunlop: im liking venable to not coll,average might be 250-260 but 20-20 is really possible with maybe more power

  108. Tony says:

    @simply fred: I still think it is the year. But the question is pence or bruce? well I think Pence is a SAFER bet…. Bruce will have more power, but is he “new bruce” or “2009 Bruce”. HAHA… and maybe my plan was to trick you into drafting certain player fred? j/k

  109. Dingo says:

    @tony b.: I was tempted enough by Furcal’s “if healthy” promise to pick him up as Jose Reyes insurance. But then I cashed in on his allure by swapping him for Wandy Rodriguez.

    Sorry for the gloating — the trade was just accepted this morning, and I’m still excited!

  110. Professor Chaos says:

    @Tony: I’m a sucker for upside. I thought this was the year for both of them actually. Now, not so sure about either.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Haha seriously. I’m leaning Bruce right now and appreciate the insight.

  111. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like Rauch for Krispie, but I’m not as sold on Liriano for Beckham. Beckham’s probably the safer bet, but if you’re reasonably satisfied with your Beltre/MMD pairing, then I think it’s wiser to hold on to Liriano’s ace potential.

  112. sean says:

    @Tony: Yeah. It’s on my monitor list. I like it because the guys stand behind their opinions, but those opinions do not often reflect upon knowledge, experience, or good common sense.

  113. Tony says:

    @Professor Chaos: Ya its still early (i feel like i’ve typed that 100 times lately). Everyone wants to see their upside picks get hot early, but that would make fantasy baseball too easy wouldn’t it?

  114. Tony says:

    @sean: haha very true, i posted a few times on their to their “drafts”. I like some factual basis with opinions, sometimes they just dont give it.

  115. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    Somebody check for Grey’s pulse.

  116. majortommy says:

    @simply fred: maybe the Seymour Butts girl called him for Sushi

  117. Tony says:

    i’m starting to feel like i shouldnt have made an offer for Borbon. The owner might have just dropped him if I didnt make it known i wanted him.


  118. Fjord says:

    Grey would you give up CC Sabathia and Granderson for Verlander and Grady Sizemore (OPS and K/BB cats)? What do you think Granderson’s ceiling is for this year?

  119. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Tony: Borbon, career year. Run that value up! :-)

  120. tony b. says:

    @Dingo: nice lift right there

  121. pjtres says:

    @tony: re: Carlos Lee…i remember people saying the same thing about David Ortiz last year. lol

    i just dont want to get to may and have Lee be virtually untradable unless its for david dejesus. lol

  122. Tom Reale says:

    Dear Hunter Pensive Owner,

    Relax. He is not going to bat .121 for the year. El Caballo is on the wrong side of 30 and declining, however he will not bat .086 this year. Anyone remember Lance Berkman? He’s been out of the lineup “all season.” He will be back, and it sounds like it will be soon. Wandy got knocked around by Pujols, word is he’s gonna be good. Wandy’s gonna be fine, as long as his shoulder isn’t really injured, and it better not be injured, cuz I took him as my #3 this year even though I never really trusted him…but I digress. I’m not sure if both Astros fans are Razzers, but even they know that the Stros are bad, but not this bad.

    Matthew Clemens
    Cherry Hill, NJ

    PS You woulda puked too if you had been at that game and watched Stammen vs Kendrick!

  123. majortommy says:

    @Tom Reale: Mr Matthew, is it true that Cherry Hill has a White Castle? Is that what was in your stomach when you evacuated on an off duty Police officer(talk about dumb luck, and I do mean dumb!)

  124. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY,i know most top prospects wont be up till june,but do you see the indians bringing santana up real soon

  125. Eddy says:

    Ha! I read that, that was hilarious

  126. William says:

    I hope the Indians bring up Santana, I have Soto right now.

  127. majortommy says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: hahahaha I have him sitting in my catcher slot with a big red NA next to his name in my H2H league.

  128. Eddy says:


    This is Santana’s line as of right now:

    31 PA: .423 AVG, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

    He’s scorching right now, and I think May isn’t out of the question because Redmond and Marson are not a threat. They’re just pulling off a Strasburg for now to save some money in the future.

  129. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Tom Reale: “PS You woulda puked too if you had been at that game and watched Stammen vs Kendrick!”

    classic Grey! Could you go ahead and answer the posts please?!

  130. majortommy says:

    @Eddy: OYE COMO VA!!! Look at that line!

  131. Jo says:

    Who do I drop for Ted Lilly?

    Cueto, Rauch, CJ Wilson, or Kevin Slowey

  132. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah the money thing is a pain in the azz

  133. majortommy says:

    @Jo: Lilly still has at least a week before he returns.

  134. Eddy says:

    I think the girl from Seymour Butts really did get ahold of Grey…

  135. Deanjello says:

    What do you think of this trade?

    I get: Tex, Ibanez
    Give up: D Lee, Butler, Carlos Gonzo, Hamels

    I countered with D Lee, Gonzalez, Hamels for just Tex

  136. Principal Blackman says:

    Drop Latos, E Santanta, or Wade Davis for Juan Gutierrez?

  137. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Eddy: the mustache will never be the same

  138. Jo says:

    @majortommy: yeah, but he’s an allstar pitcher that’s available. If I wait too long he’ll be picked up.

    @simply fred: who would you drop for Lilly… Rauch, CJ Wilson, Slowey, or Cueto? Or would you drop one for him?

  139. Ben says:

    Heh, Gosh Johnson.

  140. Carlos Silva just struck out the side. As if you needed any further confirmation that you want your starters facing Houston.

  141. Deanjello says:

    @Tony: Even the counter offer?

  142. Tony says:

    HOU gets their first hit today and who is it….. PAULINO the PITCHER!

  143. mrbaseball says:

    Charlie Haeger vs Tim his next start but this has not stop anyone from picking him up and here is the tale why fantasy baseball players have picked up Charlie Haeger

    Fantasy Players were visited by 3 spirts last night who told him to pick Up Charlie Haeger

    Eddie Cicotte – The Ghost of Knuckleball Past

    Hoyt Wilhelm -The Ghost of Knuckleball Present

    Phil Niekro – The Ghost of Knuckleball Future

    and they convinced the fantasy player to pick him up in only one night

    Fantasy player Says – What day is this young lad – its Charlie Haeger next start day – Oh Joy I did not sleep through it – young lad here is a ten spot could you get me a five dollar foot long and some alka seltzer

  144. Tom Reale says:

    @Eddy: Re: Santana…like you said they are pulling a Strasburg. So Santana won’t be up before June no matter how well he hits cuz of $. Check: Wieters, Longoria…etc…

    There is a new post. Grey is in Vegas.

  145. mrbaseball says:

    Ryan Zimmerman will miss another start Friday with his hamstring injury. bad news for me – I drafted him on every fantasy team

  146. mrbaseball says:

    Tom Reale Says:
    There is a new post. Grey is in Vegas.

    Grey Just won 156 posts

  147. Tom Reale says:

    @mrbaseball: oh…well…I took the under on obscure “A Xmas Carol” references to knuckleballers…booyah!

  148. BSA says:

    Here’s an odd one in the ChiSox game –
    What is with two bunts in two innings by Cleveland?

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