Okay, I’m officially in love.  ‘Grey hearts Jeremy Hellickson‘ is going all over the Trapper Keeper.  I’m going to put a paper bag on my Science book and decorate it with Hellickson pictures I find off the internet.  Then if someone says something, I’m going to punch them in their big, fat mouth.  Then while in detention, I’m going to write a song for Jeremy Hellickson and I’m going to get my friends band, The Quadratics, to perform the song at the Sadie Hawkins Dance.  That’s what I’m going to do.  His line yesterday 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks in only 86 pitches.  His line last time nearly as good.  His line tomorrow?  The moon!  Though he’s not pitching tomorrow, but, if he were, he’d have the moon.  I’d grab Hellickson in all leagues.  He has a nice K-rate and solid control.  A terrific combo.  Could he go out next time and roofie you?  There’s always that chance, but his next start is the Rangers at home and they’re not exactly road scholars.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dan Johnson – 0-for-1, 4 BBs.  He has 3 hits and 11 walks since his call up last week.  He has a .176 average and a .483 OBP.  He’s the one true outcome hitter.

Andre Ethier – 4-for-4, 4 Runs, 3 RBIs, 2 Turtle doves and one first round pick that didn’t start in a 15 run onslaught only to come in and go 1-for-1 with 2 RBIs while he was on my bench.  Thanks, Matt Kemp.  I hope Jay Gibbons is screwing Rihanna.

Rafael Furcal – Headed to the DL after not playing in over a week.  Don’t these people know us fantasy managers need to DL him?  How inconsiderate.

Mike Lowell – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer since he returned and he looks like he’s 45 years old, but, hey, that’s worked for Big Papi.

Travis Snider – 2-for-5 with his 2nd homer in five games.  Also, hitting .333 over the last week.  To save you the suspense, I’m going to like Snider again next year (and Lind).  BTW, you ever just want to call them Travis Lind?  Adam Snider?  Maybe it’s me.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-5 with his major league leading 35th homer.  Was nice of Aaron Hill to give Bautista his magical 2009 bat.  Be interesting to see where it’s deeded next.  I vote for John McDonald.

Marc RzepczynskiBlue Jays announced he would be recalled to start Friday.  At least they’re giving the equipment manager time to put his last name on a jersey.

Johnny Cueto – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks as he took the Cards on in a steel cage match.  He must’ve thought he was Johnny Lawrence.

Geovany Soto – As first reported here after being read elsewhere, Soto heads to the DL with a shoulder sprain.  Cubs are playing down the seriousness of the injury, saying he should(er) be back by late-August.  And he might.  But for a guy who has had shoulder problems in the past, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear about a setback or him just not returning at full strength.

Alfredo Simon – Showalter made the long overdue announcement that Simon will share save opportunities with Mike Gonzalez.  Now we wait for the even longer overdue announcement that Gonzalez will just get all the save chances.

Felix Pie – A 3-run HR in the O’s route of the Indians.  All of a sudden Felix is making things look as easy as Pee-ay – he’s hitting near .400 in August with 2 HRs and 2 SBs.  That’s a good 2 months for Markakis.

Luke Scott – 2-for-5 with… Oh, c’mon, if I’m writing about him, you know what he did for the 4th time in the last ten games.

Matt Wieters – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Could actually see myself owning Wieters next year, assuming he doesn’t get crazy hot in the last month and a half to alert everyone he’s not complete toast.  I apologize to Wieters’ owners for wishing him ill, though I’m probably just reverse jinxing myself anyway, so actually you’re welcome.

Jason Heyward – Day-to-day with a sore knee.  His knee obviously doesn’t own him in fantasy.

Chipper Jones – Likely headed to the DL as Glass Chipper goes for an MRI on his sprained knee.  His knee probably does own him.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Nats would’ve been better with Miss Iowa pitching.

Mike Pelfrey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Outdueling Ubaldo is a nice feather in his cap, but I don’t think he’s macaroni.

David Murphy – 2-for-3 with his 3rd homer in the last 6 games as he also ordered the slam & legs.  I don’t wanna beat Secretariat, but Murphy’s hot.

Vladimir Guerrero – 0-for-5 and is the opposite of hot.

Ian Kinsler – Probably won’t return until September.  On the bright side, when you took him in the 2nd round, you could’ve took Sizemore.

Scott Baker – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  It’s bad when that’s a solid game for Baker.

Justin Morneau – Could someone check on him?  Thanks!

Jeff Kartsens – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Has pretty average stuff and a terrible K-rate.  In another life, he could’ve been a hodgepadre.

Jose Tabata – 2-for-4 with his 12th steal in his 52nd game.  He’s also hitting  near .400 in August.

Troy Glaus – 2-for-4 with his first homer in almost two months.  Nice to see him reclaim his body from Zombie Glaus.

Chris Johnson – 3-for-4 and has the best average since the All-Star break.  Cust kayin’.

Matt Lindstrom – Blew the save and has now given up 7 runs in his last three appearances.  Meanwhile back at the Razzball ranch, I’m sporting Brandon Lyon on three different teams.

Sam Demel – Recorded the save because Heilman has pitched a lot recently.  Or maybe Gibson realized Heilman’s terrible.  No, I think it’s the first reason.  I wouldn’t go out and add Demel unless I were really desperate.  Heilman’s still the closer.

Alex Gordon – 0-for-3 and didn’t do much to report, but here’s a solid rant on the Royals from frequent commenter, Terrance Mann, “Yuniesky Betancourt had a baby this weekend and missed the Seattle series.  Gregor Blanco is currently missing time because his wife is expecting any minute.  Hochevar and Gordon are both expecting.  Billy Butler…well, his wife just always looks pregnant.  All these babies make complete sense.  The Royals are all screwing their wives in October and November because they sure as hell aren’t anywhere near a baseball diamond.”

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks and has a 2.81 ERA on the year with 17 decisions.  Unfortunately, he pitches for the M’s and 9 of those decisions are losses.  He has 12 straight quality starts, dating back to June 13th, and only five wins in that time.  He only has three non-quality starts all year.  He just better not blame Figgy or he will kick his ass.

Ryan Ludwick – 2-for-3 with 2 homers.  If you need pop, I wouldn’t be afraid of the new Petco slugger.

Domonic Brown – It took 35 ABs but he got his first career HR.  J-Roll planned on hitting him in the face with a whipped cream pie but couldn’t reach.

Ross Gload – Charlie Manuel is following the Jim Leyland school of lineups and hitting the fill-in 1B in the 3-spot because that’s about where Ryan Howard hits.  Gload made Charlie Manuel look smart today with 2 HR and 4 RBI.  Asked about it after the game, Charlie Manuel said, “If you’re charged with making scrapple, you’ve got to throw your scraps in a pan with potatoes and hope for the best.”

Tim Lincecum – 4 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks with a 3.41 ERA on the year.  Maybe he’d pitch better if he’d stop worrying so much about selling Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad.

  1. Melky Discharge says:

    Who do you like better going forward, Snider or Colvin?

  2. Eddy says:

    It’s 3:23 am here in Miami and that Lincecum blurb just made me bust out laughing! Every single one of your pic reference blurbs have been priceless. Day in and day out Grey you make this site something spectacular, keep up the amazing work.

  3. ViagraFalls says:

    I managed to pick up Hellickson Monday night and benefit from his work last night, but what do you see for him as the rest of season goes? Think he can keep it up or anywhere near it, or does you gut tell you he’s going to fall back once he’s scouted heavily on the Major League level?

  4. Arrec Bardwin says:

    Brett Anderson looked pretty good last night as well. Breaking ball had really good bite. Fell victim to manager intentionally walking a guy on first base with 2 outs. Very encouraging. Time to buy in keeper leagues if the owner is frustrated? Is he a top 20 sp next year?

  5. Steve says:

    Calling all Arroyo owners – I’m sitting him, which means that the rest of you should get him in your lineups.

    Just watching Bald Jim on a reply of the Mets-Rockies game. Sometimes you wonder how anyone ever hits him.

  6. Dominic says:

    Hey since Furcal is officially on the DL I can finally replace him, any good SS you think are worthy fill ins?

  7. Josh says:

    Aw man, I was looking forward to some Kubel love.

    “68. Jason Kubel – Like Mel Gibson, you need to put aside your prejudices. These rankings are not about what people have done, it’s looking forward. Kubel’s been a 2nd half hitter the last few years and especially last year. 2010 2nd half projections: 35/12/45/.280”

    5 for 5 last night (OBP league), HR, 2 RBIs, 4 runs. 3 HRs in his last 4 games. * Hi five!*

  8. cain fan says:

    I too grabbed Hellickson and loved every minute of it. I am really hoping they keep him starting but it looks like he only has 1 start left before davis/niemann return. My bet is that he is put in the already stacked bullpen for a playoff push.

    Side note, I just acquired Felix in a trade and was excited to see how he would start last night. I check the game early on and see that he has loaded the bases on three hits so I decide to go to bed. Expecting the worst I check the boxscore this morning and see that he ends up going 8 innings and letting up 5 H, 0 R and 13 K. I am in love.

  9. Tony says:

    cueto did not pitch as bad as his line might look, i think they only scored 2 errors? but there were more, the reds threw the ball around like an efffing little league team. The right fielder tried bare handing a screaming shot down the line? misses it, the guy goes to 3rd instead of 2nd , next batter sac fly, scores instead of getting the guy over to 3rd….. it was a mess.

    I also caught the ASSDRUBAL play live (i live in ohio). A-M-A-Z-I-N-N-N-G

    Anyone else throw Pie’ in there for a spot start last night? i got lucky. lol.

  10. big o says:

    yeah , could you be a little more clear ?

  11. Howie says:

    @Grey: I need some late season saves and a fellow owner has offered either Broxton or Capps for one of the following from my staff– Cain, Lincecum, or J. Santana. Which one of my starters do you think will suck most the remainder of the season? Do you have a preference regarding either Broxton or Capps on the saves front?


  12. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey: I currently have Bautista at 3rd but really like Chris Johnson. Would dropping Span and moving Bautista to the outfield be crazy or a decent move?

  13. Rob says:

    @Grey down the stretch who do you feel will perform better Clint Barmes or Felipe Lopez.

  14. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey: Both Slowey and Shields have been dropped in my weekly H2H league. Is either worth picking up for the remainder of the season? I would have to drop someone like Gorzelanny or Bumgarner or a “closer” like Alfredo Simon (which would leave me with Valverde, Jenks and Heilman–UGH!). Would Wuertz be a better option than either Simon or Heilman at this point?

  15. cain fan says:

    @Mr2Bits: Nope not crazy. I got rid of Span as well. Lots of better OF right now on most wires, span will probably sit there for awhile anyway.

  16. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: U like dlR over Anderson. Hellboy has been gr8 in his 2 starts, but its just gna end up as a tease cuz we both know hell b stuck in the pen within 2 wks. Really sucks 4 us fantasy guys that he doesnt hv a secure spot. He could easily b a difference maker on fantasy rosters 4 the stretch run…

  17. Mr2Bits says:

    @cain fan:

    Thats what I’m thinking as well. I can’t afford to have his 2 for 25 crap on my squad going down the stretch.

  18. cain fan says:

    @ScoutAbout: I read somewhere that Shields has been mad unlucky and do for a upgrade in stats. I would gamble on him.

  19. Howard says:

    Morning Grey, who’s the best option to replace Derek Lee: Sanchez, Davis, Morrison, Sweeney, Kila ? Thanks!

  20. Andy says:

    Too bad I took Sizemore, then Kinsler with the 20th and 21st pick!

  21. bobbo says:

    I vote that Grey doesn’t answer tHe sHiT until he stops acting like a 8 year old girl addicted to her bedazzled Sidekick. Learn to spell. Reading that post was akin to stabbing my eyes with icepicks.

  22. Howard says:

    Just one more thing before I go back to my Hellickson scrapbook, should I start:
    St. Loo vs Arroyo
    Cubs vs Zito
    Cubs vs Cain
    Am leading in all h2h pitching cats thanks to Lester and Haren but my opponent is throwing Wainer and Weaver at me today and CC tommorow.

  23. Chili Davis Con Carne says:

    Maybe a portmaneau of Travadam Linder? Kinda sounds like a Bond Villian.
    So, my closers officially blow: Capps, Jenks, and Lindstrom.
    Wuertz, Mike G, Simon and Heilman are on the wire….
    Any of those guys worth picking up for Lindstrom vs just ‘punting ‘saves on a week to week basis (H2H points)?
    I’d probably pick up another SP instead and dominate in W’s and K’s.

  24. sean says:

    Sean is day-to-day (hangover) and will probably miss today’s start at work.

  25. Wilsonian says:

    Coupla questions for ya today:

    A. 16 Team H2H Keeper: I’m in 2nd place and looking to secure my first round bye in our tournament. Just picked up Snider for Colvin because that dood wasn’t doing shizz to justify a spot in my roster. Also, I have a random conglomeration of closers and need to know if Mike G. should be added. My roster: Ruiz, Dunn, KelJo, Wright, Alexei, Hamilton, Hunter, Lind, Snider, Brown, Torres, Beckham, Santana – DL, Lester, Cain, Haren, Bills, Latos, Ervin, Capps, Axford, Storen, Hanrahananananan. I was looking at Storen, Hanrahan or Beckham (who only sees a spot start at UTIL every now and then). Who do I drop to get a Mike G. joint?

    B. 8 Team H2H Keeper: I’m in 1st here (many thanks, by the way) and looking to complete my roster for the stretch run so I can finally win this shizz. Just picked up JP for Suzuki, per your suggestion, but now I’m wondering if Wieters would be the way to go. Who’s gonna have the best month and a half to end the season? Also, Hell-Boy…I would love to sneak in a front of the line quality starter for the stretch run, but is he going to have more than one or two more starts? Do they really stick him in the ‘pen when Wadey comes back? I’ve got someone to drop for him if you think it would be worth my while.

    Thanks again, and as always, great shit today…just about lost the coffee and almost destroyed my laptop.

  26. NoEmoJoe says:

    Emotionally distraught I dont own Hellickson in any leagues.

    Who do you replace Chipper with out of the following:

    Lowell, Hairston Jr., Infante, Blake, Encarnacion, Jose Lopez, or just throw the DL’d Youkilis at 3B and hope he makes everyone around him better?

  27. sean says:

    @NoEmoJoe: Depends on your needs. Infante is empty average with position eligibility. Lowell could give you one great month. I’d probably go with Lowell out of that bunch. He could hit 6-8 HRs this month.

  28. NoEmoJoe says:

    @sean: thanks, and agreed

  29. TJ says:

    Better end of the rotation SP- Jaime Garcia or Jhoulys Chacin?

  30. mr baseball says:

    Vote 4 Pedro Alvarez – speech


    I don’t have much to say.

    But I think it would be good to have
    some holy santos brought to the high school…

    to guard the hallway
    and to bring us good luck.

    El Santo Niño de Atocha is a good one.
    My Aunt Concha has seen him.


    – we have a great F.F.A. schedule lined up…
    – [Door Opens]

    and I’d like to see
    more of that.

    If you vote for me,
    all of your wildest fantasy baseball dreams will come true.

    Thank you.

    [Scattered Applause]

  31. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Is Victorino a “must pick up”?

  32. Fletch says:

    Verlander/J. Upton for Halladay/Carlos Lee?

  33. Gibby says:


    A few things:

    1. Trying to decide on my final three keepers out of this group; Tabata, Pedro Alvarez, Rasmus, Bruce, Fowler. What says you?

    2. Weiters or Arencibia for next season (I have to keep one). I still believe in Weiters as a star, but I know very little.

    3. I’m really hoping that Wain-O puts one right between the shoulder blades of Phillips back this morning.

    4. Finally, Aaron Hill screwed me as a 2B on the offensive side of the diamond for 3 months this year as I waited and waited and waited…..well you get the idea. Then, he screws me on Sunday when my guy Morrow (who I own everywhere) was about to throw a no-no with 2 outs in the ninth. I have started the “Aaron-Hill-should-never-be-drafted-on-a-fantasy-roster-again-because-he-blows-chunks” Fan Club. I’m just looking for a website domain to hold my loathing for him. Can I interest you in a FREE membership? (you have celebrity status which means a free membership, keychain, and one instructional class on how to throw a pie in someone’s face without tearing a ligament)

  34. I love Hellickson too.

    Would you start Thome today against Danks or Kila against Weaver? Normally I’d say Thome but Danks is a lefty and Thome is 1/6. Of course Weaver is pretty good too. Right now leaning towards Kila but Thome has been hot.

  35. tHe sHiT says:

    @bobbo: I vote that you mind your own business and not worry about my spelling. I bet you were the hall monitor in grade school. Anyway, i use shorthand 4 my posts when im trying to get them done quickly. Regardless, no one ever said the posts had to be grammatically correct. Just because Grey does it, doesn’t mean i have 2. As long as a normal person is able to understand the post, it should be fine. Im out…

  36. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Mike Minor or Jordan Zimermann for the Fantasy Playoff stretch?

  37. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: How would you rank Hellickson, Daniel Hudson, and Minor?

  38. charlie batch says:

    if you have Jenks, Aardsma, and Marmol, with Clippard for vulture saves, would you drop Clippard for Hellickson? My other potential dropees are adam lind, garza, oswalt, jon sanchez, and billingsley.

  39. CoreyII says:

    Demel, Lyon, or Hensley for saves speculation? I’ve got room for 1

  40. Slam says:

    I dropped Bruce for Stanton and have him and colvin in my OF and Util spots respectively. Snider still isn’t owned and I share your enamoration with him, I just don’t know if I should drop colvin or Stanton, my team could use speed but I also need power especially with soto gone. Would you drop either colvin or Stanton for snider is really all I’m asking.

  41. d-rot says:

    With Soto out, the only options are Yorvit and Carlos Ruiz.
    Am I better off just picking up Jesus Montero and hoping for a September call-up? It’s a keeper and if he starts with the Yanks next year, it would be a steal…
    Any chance Montero comes up in September?
    Does he make the Yanks starting lineup next year?

  42. @tHe sHiT: Have to agree with bobbo here. I’m not looking for MLA format, but spelling, punctuation, and capitalization go a long way toward readability (at least, for anyone not born after 1990).

  43. Phillip says:

    Down goes Soto. Two catcher league and I have Bengie Molina and Doumit (to replace Soto). Should I stick with Doumit, pick up Ruiz or try and trade one of my 4.5 closers (Gonzalez gets the upgrade to half!) for Suzuki.

  44. Slam says:

    Just saw panda was dropped in my other 12 team mixed h2h league. Should I grab him? I’d drop Derek lee.

  45. Mr2Bits says:


    I’d drop Lee but only grab Panda if you have points for a wet t-shirt contest. Fatass has done nothing all year and not worth the 13th round pick I blew on him

  46. Euroalien says:

    Seems like this is a no brainer, but in my 5 x 5 Keeper (Max 8 keepers), would you give up/trade David Price for Delmon Young? I’m pretty much out of the running for a top four spot this year, so thinking ahead……. I really like Price, which is why I’m asking the question…… Thanks!

  47. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Melky Discharge: Snider

    @Eddy: Thanks!

    @ViagraFalls: He’s not going to have many more starts. Maybe 3 or 4.

    @Arrec Bardwin: Don’t think there’s ever been anything wrong with Anderson but his health.

    @Steve: Yeah, stuff is very nasty.

    @Dominic: No idea who’s available.

    @Josh: You got it going for him.

    @cain fan: Yeah, F-Her very good.

    @Tony: Nice…

    @Howie: Johan… Broxton…

    @Mr2Bits: It’s fine if you don’t need steals.

    @Rob: Lopez

    @ScoutAbout: I wouldn’t grab either starter. Wuertz over Simon.

    @tHe sHiT: Anderson over dlR, but dlR’s not bad.

    @Howard: Sanchez

    @Andy: Ouch.

    @Howard: I’d start Cain.

    @Chili Davis Con Carne: Nice on the villain. I wouldn’t drop any of those closers for the other guys.

    @sean: Ha!

    @Wilsonian: Beckham…Hellickson’s not going to be around long…I’d go with Wieters…No problem.

    @NoEmoJoe: Agree with sean.

    @TJ: Garcia

    @mr baseball: Hehe

    @Deeeeeez Nuts: Yup

    @Fletch: Upton side.

    @Gibby: Alvarez, Rasmus, Bruce… Wieters… One hit doesn’t really make a difference, but I’d gladly accept my freebies.

    @Frank Kim: Makes sense to go with Kila.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Zimmermann

    @Terrence Mann: Hellickson, Minor…But they’re all matchups and liable to get skipped.

    @charlie batch: Yup

    @CoreyII: Lyon

    @Slam: Stanton

    @d-rot: Ruiz

    @Terrence Mann: Wow, he does look exactly like him. Even the way he wiped his brow. I can’t say he throws like him off of thirty seconds of highlights though.

    @Phillip: Pick up Ruiz.

    @Slam: Sure

    @Euroalien: I don’t think Price is bad or a slam dunk for Young. It’s fair.

  48. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: Like most peeps, my pops introduced me to baseball. The Dodgers were his team and Hershiser was his favorite pitcher. Obviously, watching Bullington last night mesmerized me. He doesn’t have the control Hershiser had but the velocity and movement is there. One positive I saw re: control was Rivera’s last at bat. Bullington threw a couple breaking pitches way out of the zone and got down 3-0. He worked the count back to 3-2 and ended up retiring Rivera.

    The only other video of Bullington I could find was the AAA All-Star game in 2007 and back then he wasn’t even throwing a slider.

    I think we can agree on one thing. Hershiser IS the ultimate Russian nesting doll!

  49. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. One last question…Victorino was just dropped, would you make a waiver claim on him and drop either Pence or LaRoche?

  50. Martin says:

    @grey- should i drop scott baker to pick up tabata or fowler if i need steals?

  51. Hans says:

    Joe Mauer #4 player in fantasy over the last month…hitting .435!!! Buy low or is there still no possible scenario you could trade for him?

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha… You are totally under the control of Bullington right now. It’s like he was John Cusack and you’re Malkovich and he’s taken over your body.

    @Wilsonian: Pence

    @Martin: Tabata

    @Hans: Are you asking because you think he’s a .435 hitter the rest of the way? I wouldn’t trade for him.

  53. Slam says:

    @Mr2Bits: Hahaha

  54. Mr2Bits says:


    Well I picked up Pierre for steal as it seems Gardner and Span both have the yipps. I also have C. Young who is swiping bags like hes in NYC

  55. Jury says:

    Two new terms for games last night: “reach awin” and “blue bullpened.” As in “Padilla’s 5 inn, 4 run start really hurt, but at least I got a reach awin;” and “Everything was going great, Jurrjens pitched 7 plus inn, only let up a run and left with the lead, but I got blue bullpened.”

  56. Martin says:

    @grey- I actually decided to look at some of Scott baker’s sabermetric stats on fangraphs and they seem to point out that Baker should get better this year. His K/9 is up, his B/9 is down. His BABIP is .331 and his LOB percentage is 70.2, which is much lower then his previous years. His FIP is 3.9. Not bad

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr2Bits: Hehe

    @Terrence Mann: Really crazy how similar he looks to him.

    @Martin: Yeah, he should be better. Should’s the key word.

    @Jury: They’re both just okay, not crazy about either.

  58. Stephen says:

    Gotta love the Yoplait ads. Also, I’ve had a man crush on Hellickson for nearly two and a half years. It’s been quite unhealthy at times. For a long time Freud was helping figure things out. Psychoanalytical therapy takes about two years – right in time for Hellickson to truly matter.

  59. Nagurski says:

    road scholars! holy shit, is that new!!?


  60. Wilsonian says:

    I lied…one more question (for now): Would you start Kemp (@Oswalt) or Wright (v.Francis) over LaRoche (@Bush) tonight? I’ve got both Kemp and Wright benched currently in favor of Pence and LaRoche who are producing more than 0-fers with a bunch of Ks.

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: I’d start Kemp over Pence.

  62. papasmurf says:

    Napoli should be traded. But then Scioscia will probably steal and kill the new team’s owner’s dog and frame Napoli for it so he doesn’t get to play for his new team either.

    That’ll teach him a lesson. How dare he hit homeruns. What a jerk.

  63. alvaro says:

    I get Votto and Carpenter for Strasburg Lincecum and Kemp?

    do it right?

  64. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: say I was too late to make that change. Would you start Kemp, Wright or LaRoche for one UTIL spot? I just don’t trust Kemp and Wright right now.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @alvaro: If it’s a non-keeper and you need a 1st baseman.

    @Wilsonian: I’d start them all, but go with your gut on LaRoche.

  66. alvaro says:

    thanks grey, it is non keeper

    at the end the trade was lincy/stras for Votto

    its the trade deadline and I need a lot of offense to try and contend

  67. brad says:

    colvin, snider or wallace for UTIL?

  68. Wilsonian says:

    In a Dyson, which side would you prefer for the rest of 2010 only:

    A. Wright/Lewis for Bautista/Lincecum


    B. Wright/Scherzer for Bautista/Lincecum

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Snider

    @Wilsonian: Wright and Scherzer or Wright and Lewis, in that order.

  70. fitz says:

    Wandy has been money lately.

    Lind, Rasmus, or Adam Jones?

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @fitz: Yup…. Lind… Unless you need some light steals, then Rasmus.

  72. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: cool, thanks. Possible trade offer on the table and I wasn’t sure it was worth it. Scherzer and Lewis have been better than Lincecum lately, but that damn name value was getting to me.

  73. Steve says:

    Start Bills and Roy when I’m 6 IP over? Bunch is pretty tightly packed in ERA and WHIP, and those two make me a bit nervous for some reason.

    Though not starting them would cause me to fall behind in the stupid Games Started category…

  74. fyodor says:

    Hi Grey.

    I need to pick two from among Quentin, Carlos Lee, David Murphy, Lind, Snider, Tabata. Goal is OPS help short-term.

    Thanks for your help.

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: No problem.

    @Steve: I’m sitting them. Though can’t do much worse than Brandon Lyon. Incredible MR luck this year.

    @fyodor: Quentin, Snider…

  76. Tom Emanski says:

    On my 2 teams this year, I have lost Utley, Asdrubal, Soto, C. Santana, Howard, N. Cruz, B. Roberts, Street, dlRosa to major/season-ending injuries. Plus I dropped Beckham and Quentin right before they finally kicked off. Can anyone beat this?

  77. Steve says:

    @Grey: Yeah, that one must have stung.

    No consolation, but not all Lyons are so vindictive.

  78. royce! says:

    @Steve: You’re in a league with an IP limit and a GS category? I might be over thinking it, but that seems totally unmanageable. Or, you made a joke that flew right over my head.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: I just picked up Brandon Lyon yesterday.

    @Steve: I understand. My wounds are still very fresh right now.

  80. Steve says:

    @royce!: Yeah. It’s an auction keeper (Al K and Hippo are in it too). It’s only my second year in the league, so I should probably be a little more restrained in my dislike of it ;-)

    I think they introduced it to stop guys going all-relievers and dominating ERA and WHIP.

  81. Steve says:

    @Grey: As a mark of respect, I will accept the Wagner vulture win with no comment or facial expression.

  82. GopherDay says:

    Giving myself props for not having a back-up catcher. Pinch hit Grand Slam by McCann! My condolences for your loss when your stats were attacked by that Lyon.

  83. royce! says:

    @Steve: Huh, I never realized that using all RP could really work. I suppose that the benefits are both that one can keep a good ERA and WHIP (while presumably losing K and W) and that one could focus on drafting batters. But I’ve never been in a league in which someone tried to go all RP.

    So is it 6×6, then, so that if you went all RP you could only get ERA, WHIP and saves?

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, I got that too. Really doesn’t feel any better.

    @GopherDay: Thank you for your sympathy.

  85. HoleyPujols.. says:

    @ Grey: Need some power, what are your thoughts on Snider vs. Gordon?

  86. brad says:

    just noticed murphy’s available, murphy over snider?

  87. Steve says:

    @royce!: 7×7 – we have hitters’ Ks and OBP as well.

    You’re essentially right in what you say. Though Grey’s experience today (sorry Grey) is an example of where it can come unstuck. If you’re relievers-only, an outing like that can take a lot longer to recover from.

  88. brad says:

    @Grey: obrigado

  89. Steve says:

    Is there anything more pointless than imploring the Royals to score a run?

    Come on, Gordon. Show us what you’re made of!

  90. fitz says:

    @Tom Emanski: One team with Utley, Kinsler, Morneau, Soto, Rollins, Street, Anderson and Tulowitzki.

    Worst part is I traded for a few of those guys when others were injured and then they would get hurt too. My team would be pretty good if they were all playing. :D

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @brad: Churrascaria….

    @Steve: Why did Brad Mills tell Lyon to intentionally walk so many guys?

  92. Steve says:

    @Grey: Let’s me say I haven’t done a lot of managing in the Majors, but if you don’t think your pitcher can get Hinske or Melky out, you maybe shouldn’t leave him out there.

  93. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Then to let some other schmohawk give up a grand slam? Lyon was instructed to give up intentional walks then Fulchino gives up the grand slam. It could be the most maddening way to get 5 earned runs from a pitcher.

  94. Wilsonian says:

    Matthew Kemp not starting yet again…

    Gotta love keepers that don’t even get started by their real managers…

  95. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hinske kills right-handed pitching, so you can see the thinking there, but did he not realise that it would mean pitching to a guy who’s seeing the ball like a watermelon right now?

  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Who even hired Brad Mills? Why is he a major league manager? Who is Jeff Fulchino? Let Lyon get himself out of the trouble you put him in.

  97. Yankees2010 says:

    I’m looking for a replacement for Furcal. The candidates are: Theriot, Hardy, Hairston Jr., Keppinger, Aybar…

    You get the picture, a whole lot of nothin’ but I need one.

    Why did I stupidly drop Rasmus while I have Damon sucking on my bench?

    Thanks much Grey.

  98. @Grey:

    Good thing I didnt pick up Lyon heh.

  99. @Steve:

    In our HtH you *must* start 4 pitchers a week or you just automatically lose that cat. Works fine, its also 7×7 but with Total Bases and OPS/Losses and Batting avg against added, no IP limit.

  100. ViagraFalls says:

    I’ve tired of trying to keep the faith for Grandy, hoping that he will go insane with production. But, since that is not likely to happen beyond a few game bender, which of these guys would you pick up for production? Obviously runs, HR’s and RBI’s are king, but I could use the steal just as much right now, too.

    Rasmus, Pence, Bourn, Ludwick, Loney, LaRoche

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Yeah… Brad Mills!?! (Though you wouldn’t have him active today anyway. Unless it was ESPN, I guess.)

    @ViagraFalls: LaRoche

  102. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    Mauer/Dunn or M.Reynolds/Kemp/Napoli?

  103. Steve says:

    @Elijah: The league with the GS stat is roto, but that doens’t make it any less ridiculous.

  104. emceeperiod says:

    Yeah, UGH (RE: Kemp). My only other bench OF is Domonic Brown, whom I was unable to start in time (Yahoo! FB blocked at work, can do it from my phone if I find out on a break). What this means, is that like yesterday, Brown is guaranteed to go yard in this game. Count on it. Oh, and I got Billingsley going today, so, double count on it.

  105. Steve says:

    @Grey: Fulchino has a career ERA (before today) of 4.97. He’s a bum. But at 6-5 and 290, I’m not saying that to his face.

    In related news, I hate Scott Olsen.

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @emceeperiod: Yup

    @Steve: Don’t worry, Bills and Oswalt are about to throw a double shutout.

  107. Steve says:

    @Grey: With the winning run scored on an error. Starting Roy in the RCL, sitting them both in the keeper.

  108. Steve says:

    Olsen is USELESS.

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: They’re going to find a way to both get the win.

  110. fitz says:

    @emceeperiod: You can sign up for ESPN Alerts that will you text you about a teams lineup changes. It’s free. Bad thing is you get texts about players on that team that you don’t care about.

  111. Max says:

    Aaron Hill, Zobrist or Kelly Johnson for the rest of the season???

  112. Wow, I’m actually excited to watch a Yanks game. This is a good matchup.

  113. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Max: Hill for power, Zobrist for steals, Johnson for a little of everything.

    @Elijah: I’m watching the Phillies and depressing myself further, maybe I’ll watch the Yankees game.

  114. @Steve:

    Quality starts is reasonable, Games started is just facile.

  115. @Grey:

    With all the injuries its more like watching the Pillies.

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Lee’s K/BB is insane.

  117. Steve says:

    Thanks to Olsen, Kendrick, Garza and Hoffman, my ratios are in the crapper in my H2H league, so the stream is on. Please pick one for Friday:

    Guthrie @ Tampa
    Moseley @ KC
    Rzepczynski @ Angels
    The Dorf @ Astros
    Diamond @ Cards

  118. Steve says:

    @Elijah: Yes, yes it is.

  119. @Grey:

    I don’t get to see him much, its great to see a craftsman sawing wood like he can.

  120. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Blech city… Moseley.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Weird career he’s had. Wasn’t that long ago he was destined to get demoted to the minors.

  122. @Grey:

    Well no doubt, still, lefties often struggle for 3-4 years before they put it together, but since he came in older he was 29 before it happened to him.

  123. Steve says:

    @Grey: I never said there was much to choose from (emoticon).

    Re: Lee – Not long after I found the Razz back in ’08 (the year I was going relievers-only in my H2H league), I needed a starter to try and fix my ratios in a bad week. Grey picked Lee from the list I offered.

    He duly threw a complete game shutout. I thought, well, that was nice (not to mention that this Grey fella might be OK) but he didn’t fit my strategy and I dropped him.

    His winning the Cy Young was merely the biggest of the birds he flipped me that season.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elijah: Is there documented evidence of lefties struggle? Not that I haven’t heard it before, but has it ever been proven?

    @Steve: Don’t you love how you remember things like that?

  125. Steve says:

    @Grey: In these surroundings, yes.

    Don’t talk about it much elsewhere…

  126. emceeperiod says:

    @Fitz Thanks for the tip

    @Grey: The good news is Kemp went on a nice little tear after the last time Torre benched him, didn’t he?

  127. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I’d hope not. Hey, there, mail carrier, did I ever tell you about the time I dropped Cliff Lee? They back up slowly away from you.

  128. Steve says:

    @Grey: The family don’t give too much of a s*** either.

  129. @Grey:

    Nooo..but I’d say that its rare you see a righty struggle for 3-4 years then just ‘click’, but young lefties seeminglt tend to display control issues and then ‘figure it out’ at some later point. Perhaps its more a factor of lefties getting extra Lee-way to work threw the issue whereas a righty would have been given up on by that point, but it seems to happen more with lefties.

  130. Steve says:


  131. Wilsonian says:

    Got a guy asking about Wright. These are the guys on his roster that I think are worthwhile in one way or another: Posey, Dunn, J-Up, Beltre, A-Gon, Ubaldo, T. Hudson, Johan. What would a good offer be out of those guys for Wright? This is in an 8 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5) and I have Longoria at 3rd, as well, so Wright is expendable to try to win now.

  132. Juan says:

    please rank these pitchers for rest of 2010 season:

    Beckett, Hellickson, Jaime Garcia, Zito, Bumgarner, Enright

  133. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: How dare they not care.

    @Elijah: Yeah, seems to, was just wondering if you read any data reinforcing it.

    @Wilsonian: What do you need? I think you should be able to get any of those guys for Wright.

  134. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Juan: Garcia, Beckett, Bumgarner, Hellickson…

  135. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Here’s my roster: Wieters, Fielder, Weeks, Longo, Castro, CarGo, Holliday, Krispie, Kemp, Pence, Wright, LaRoche, Utley-DL, JJ, Floyd, Kershaw, Verlander, Scherzer, Hamels, Lewis, K-Rod, Soria, Feliz, Capps.

    I would say I need AVG., HRs, RBIs, Ws, Ks, WHIP the most. He’s also asked about Kemp as well. I’m trying to win now, and as you can see, I have many keeper quality guys.

  136. Steve says:

    @Grey: To be fair, the kids are a little young to appreciate the importance of what I’m trying to do here.

  137. big o says:

    ibanez is on his typical 2nd half buzz , but ,
    laroche may be doing him one better .

    love it when a plan comes together (post banecek) .

  138. Steve says:

    Was that back-to-back-to-back-to-back?

  139. @Grey:

    Not really sure you could produce any meaningful #’s, there would be too many subjective factors.

  140. @Steve:

    Dual Donkey Donks!

  141. Steve says:

    Aaaarrgghhh! Why didn’t I check my keeper team? I could have seen that Grandy was sitting and subbed Stanton in for him…

  142. tall chicks says:

    Drop Lindstrom for Hellickson? (other closers: Perez, Storen, Heilman / 10-team H2H)

  143. paulzone says:

    castro or theriot, hairston or bartlett, einhorn or finkle…

    Which one would you add to replace furcal?

  144. Steve says:

    Storen? WTF?

  145. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Ubaldo and Hudson? This way you can get some wins and WHIP (in theory). Honestly, your team’s so stacked, doesn’t really make a ton of sense to trade Wright.

    @Steve: Of course.

    @big o: Yup

    @Elijah: That’s probably true.

    @tall chicks: In a keeper or if you don’t need saves.

    @paulzone: Theriot

  146. paulzone says:

    @Wilsonian: how did you manage to get 5 first rounders on one team? Just curious…

  147. Steve says:

    @Steve: As you were.

  148. paulzone says:

    what’s up with Denorfia? He’s been pretty solid (ranked #38 in Yahoo) but still only 3% owned…

  149. paulzone says:

    over the last month…that is…

  150. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: do you think RA Dickey is serviceable in a 10 team league?

  151. Grey

    Grey says:

    @paulzone: He’s been hitting well. Think he was in a Buy/Sell two weeks ago.

    @Rick Dempsey: I don’t trust knuckleballers, but he’s been fine and ownable.

  152. tall chicks says:

    @paulzone: It’s an 8-team league for one. Also, making well-timed trades can make that happen. In a 10-team league I have Braun, Kemp, Cabrera, Holliday, and Wright…with Braun, Holliday, and Wright all acquired via trades. Also got Lester and Verlander through trades…some owners just get impatient when their top picks are in slumps and they’re willing to unload them.

  153. Wilsonian says:

    @paulzone: it’s an 8 Team league, so a lot of teams look like mine. The bad part is, I dealt Doc and Bald Jim already this year, but they netted me a decent haul. Plus it’s a keeper, so I’ve had some of these guys for a couple years.

    @Grey: not sure he’d give me both of those guys for Wright. I’d do it if he would. I’m not totally sold on dealing him, so I’d like to be the winner of the deal. I was debating on Dunn/Bald Jim for Wright/Kemp, but I don’t think he’d do it. And I’m not sure I’m cool with Dunn/Hudson.

  154. tall chicks says:

    @tall chicks: ^ In response to your question for Wilsonian.

  155. GopherDay says:

    Grey, who would you prefer out of the following for next year: Posey, Wieters, or Santana?

  156. Johnny Drama says:

    Which Side

    Side A) Napoli, J Upton, Beltre

    Side B) Mauer and Lester

  157. Steve says:

    A Ryan Braun sighting! Appeared as a pinch-hitter in the 8th…

  158. dj says:

    posey just hit waivers in a 12 team mixed h2h.

    with soto hitting the dl, i’m currently rocking yadier molina at C. drop molina for posey?

  159. Steve says:

    Who told James McDonald he could start being useful?

    My opponent has him and it’s vexing me.

  160. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dj: Yup

    @Steve: I told him. What?

  161. Steve says:

    vexing – present participle of vex (Verb)
    1. Make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, esp. with trivial matters.
    2. Cause distress to: “thou shalt not vex a stranger”.

    And now he’s done…

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, you did him in. Oh yeah…

  163. Steve says:

    @Grey: Did you have him going?

  164. @Grey:

    Adverb up over 15:1 K/BB now (!!!!!!!)

  165. tall chicks says:

    Thinking of dropping Span (UTIL spot) for: Tabata, Denorfia, Crisp, Alvarez, or Rajai. All things being equal, would you drop Span for any one of these guys? If so, please rank if ya don’t mind.

  166. ViagraFalls says:

    K-Rod arrested after allegedly assaulting his father in law after the loss tonight…The hits, no pun intended, just keep coming for the Mets.

  167. tall chicks says:

    @ViagraFalls: That pun was very intended. Ouch, though, for the Mets. No pun intended!

  168. ViagraFalls says:

    @tall chicks: No, I seriously did not mean the pun. I just was typing the post so quickly as the breaking news came on across SportsCenter. That was just how it came out. Albeit, poorly. Assault like that is not something I would ever try and be sarcastic about.

  169. Steve says:

    @Grey: That’s a relief.

    I did kinda jinx him there. Couldn’t have you being screwed by two different Lyons both on the same day.

  170. ViagraFalls says:

    @Grey: They said he did it at the ball park, too. His father-in-law has some nasty bruises. Wow.

  171. Big Nate says:

    So who is K-Rod’s handcuff?

    Ha ha ha – I’m here all night…

  172. albertalbert says:

    Grey – who do you think gets more saves the rest of the year – Heath B or Papz? Thanks,

  173. Steve says:

    @Big Nate: It’s a talented pitcher who can get a punchout without even taking the mound.

  174. gza says:

    Hey Grey, any of the following worth dropping for Hellickson in a non keeper, 12 team?


  175. royce! says:

    Just returned from Petco. Was amazed that the attendance was over 28K to see the Padres play the Pirates. Highlight of the game was Adrian beating the shift with a bunt to third. I’ve always wondered why batters don’t do that against the shift. Maybe players against whom defenses employ the shift tend to be power hitters who are rarely asked to bunt, and are therefore no good at bunting? Anyhow, there was something comedic about it, and it made me feel warm inside.

    The warm feeling might have been the bourbon mixed with a burrito and beer, though.

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