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Jhoulys Chacin was walking more yesterday than my grandfather on a treadmill behind a hot number (his words).  Yo-leash’s line 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (6 walks), 7 Ks.  Am I worried that Chacin isn’t going to have a sub-3 ERA all year?  Yeah, of course, I’m worried.  What, am I delusional?  Am I wearing wearing a pirate costume and dictating my blog posts to homeless people behind a Consumer Value Store?  No, of course, I’m not.  I’m behind a Walgreens.  I do not wish to talk about Chacin’s eventual regression.  Yes, I am not using contractions to show how serious I am.  I own Yo-leash all over the place and…Ugh.  We might be at his peak value.  This is sorta like when I told you to sell Matt Joyce a week before he started washing his hands in the urinal and peeing in the sink.  I don’t think Chacin will completely collapse but he’s more of a 3.50-3.75 ERA pitcher.  Trust me, I wish he were going to be this good all year too.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Seth Smith – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs as The Lisper’s Nightmare hit his 7th and 8th home runs.  He’s fine for a fifth outfielder in a deep league, but, man, owning him is the fantasy baseball equivalent to watching paint dry.  Rub Wiggy’s head and get crazy hot for a week once in a while, would ya?

Madison Bumgarner – 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  Eight scored so fast on this Bum even Ron Jeremy was amazed.

Eli Whiteside – 2-for-3 with his 2nd home run.  In honor of the homer, Katz’s Deli is giving thirty cents off every stuffed derma purchase.

Alexi Casilla – 2-for-5 with his 2nd home run in as many games after hitting one home run in his previous 400+ at-bats.  Give Jose Bautista back his bat!

Chad Billingsley – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Part of me thinks he pitched well so you put him back in your lineup for his next start only to have him crush your hopes again.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Member after his last start I said run out and buy him?  Can you still?  Rhetorical!

Jonathan Lucroy – 3-for-4 after hitting a home run on Monday.  Ebb and flow of the season and it looks like he might be flowing again.

Wily Mo Pena – 1-for-4 with a home run.  Short term power add.  Or in leagues that count Pedro Serrano lookalikes.

Krispie Young – Hit his 15th home run yesterday.  Haven’t talked much about Krispie this year, but he’s having another solid year.  15 homers, 8 steals and, even more encouraging, his average is up to .253.  You’d take that from Krispie and like it.

Mike Moustakas – 0-for-4, average down to .219.  Hosmer went 0-for-4, average down to .276.  They’re rookies, ya’ll.  Sometimes you get lightning, sometimes you get cloudy with a chance of crapballs.

Paul Konerko – 2-for-3 with his fifth homer in five games to bring his season total up to 21.  He blew my expectations for him out of the water about a month ago and now he’s riding a magical dolphin around in the sky and beating up those expectations with its fin.

Carlos Pena – Now has homers in back-to-back games.  Will homer at least three more times in the next week.  You can put it on the boooooooard–Sorry, wrong side of Chicago.

Brett Wallace – 0 for his last 16, hasn’t hit over .300 in two months.  Maybe the Astros can trade him back to the Jays…Or A’s…Or Cards.

Michael Young – 3-for-5 with his 4th home run.  Hey, maybe his power might come around, but I think he’s still gonna top out around 12 homers and his name carries more value.

Brandon League – Gave up a few unearned runs and then was hit by a comebacker and limped out of the game.  David Pauley, which sounds like a made up name, was then called on to close it out.  He didn’t do so well, but he has recently been solid.  Oh, who am I kidding?  This is a mess if League’s not closing games.  You can grab Pauley or Jamey Wright or Jamey Pauley, but only in the deepest of leagues where you really need saves.

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks.  I think he’s been in Smokey’s weekend 2 start pitcher post like 8 weeks in a row.

Roger Bernadina – 1-for-3 as he got to Fister in the two hole.

Brian Roberts – Won’t be back until after the All-Star Game.  Can backdate that news to 2008.

Cory Luebke – Will join the Padres rotation.  Luebke has a 9+ K-rate in middle relief, but I imagine that’ll come down to around a 7+ in the rotation.  Still totally usable if nowhere else except in Petco.  Wonder Twin powers in the form of…a Hodgepadre!

David Ortiz – 0-for-5 with a steal.  How’d he get a 89 foot lead off of first?

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-5 with his 9th home run.  Not sure if he gave the signal, but he’s unleashing hell, Maximus.

Javier Vazquez – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 hits, 4 Ks.  No earned runs, but he’s still fooling no one.  I mean, he’s doing that age-old trick where you pull your thumb apart and five-year-olds are rolling their eyes at him.

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks and pulled after 76 pitches as the Sciosciapath decided to start managing his NL-style-baseball-that-is-usually-kept-at-bay-in-the-AL.  Can imagine what a nightmare he’d be if he managed in the NL.  He’d double switch every inning and run out of pitchers by the 7th.  “NL’s where it’s at, hooooo-mees!”  That’s Scioscia talking through his auto-tune app.

James McDonald – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, now has an ERA of 4.86 and a WHIP of 1.62.  I’ve seen peg boys put together better stretches.

Mike Minor – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  After the game, Minor’s bags were sent to the, um, minors.

Jonny Venters – Pitched a random insignficant inning yesterday.  Not for nothing, which is my mom’s favorite expression, the Braves are ruining Venters’s arm.  Every time Venters enters a game, Scott Proctor shudders.

Jason Bay – 3-for-3 with a home run and he just missed a 2nd one.  I don’t think he’s suddenly rediscovered 2009, but he looked locked in yesterday.  Worth a quick flyer to see if he can stay hot for a week or so.

Dillon Gee – 4 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners (6 walks), 1 K.  Prior to this start, Gee looked like he was composed almost entirely of phat, but yesterday Gee looked like butter without the ‘er.’  Here’s a proper visual aid.  The preceding sentence was for our one reader in India.  Hey, Bhishma!

  1. Terrence Mann says:

    Mission accomplished. Every British guy that googles giant bum Ron Jeremy or anything similar this morning will inevitably wonder how in the world they ended up at a baseball site.

  2. Bré Jus says:

    That one person (in India) would be me. It’s 1:45 in the afternoon here, we’re two weeks into Monsoon season, and Chennai recently won the IPL. Name not Bhishma, however, it’s Bruuuuuuuuuce.

  3. milksteak says:

    Hey Grey which side would you take Ubaldo and Morse for Roy Halliday?

  4. 616Gambit says:

    I own Billingsley in a daily and he has become a strictly spot start pitcher. At home without Cabrera in the lineup? Yes please. His next start? We’ll see.

  5. Derrick says:

    Logan Morrison and Gio for Krispie. Who wins?

  6. Gumby says:

    “Got to Fister in the two hole”

    Wow! Lmao!

  7. Steve says:

    @Bré Jus and Grey: Grey – if you can tell me what the IPL is without looking it up, I’ll fly you to Auckland and buy you a daiquiri in person.

  8. Bré Jus says:

    @Steve Indian Premier League. I can even tell you that Pune launched a new team this year, and where I was (Gurgaon) when they held their auction.

    I’m in Mumbai right now. It wasn’t a joke. I’m American, I work here, and mercifully fantasy baseball knows no borders because razzball and my league help to keep me from getting homesick.

  9. bigboneded says:

    An Eli Downside sighting? Really? Mentioning a Giants hitter? How about Aubrey Huff instead…2-for-2, with and 16 for his last 42, or .381 but with none power.

    The Giants offense is to scoring runs as Houston is to allowing them.

  10. Steve says:

    @Bré Jus: I know what it is ;-) I’m from New Zealand and there are a few NZers that play in it.

    Grey gets a (virtual) hearty pat on the back if he knows what sport we’re talking about…

  11. IndyDad says:

    I get the negativity towards Javier Vazquez, but shouldn’t he be owned in my 20-team mixed (daily h2h 6×6 with 2 SP, 3 RP, 3 P, plus 10 B/P BN spots)? I can drop Duffy, Cook, Frieri? to pick him off waivers – do I do it?

  12. timSTi says:

    In a 10 team 1500 IP max where I’m 150 over the pace, start either:

    Gio Gonzalez @ NYM

    Colby Lewis vs HOU


  13. Ernie says:

    Hi Grey. What do you think of starting Lilly vs Det and Beachy vs Tor today?

  14. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:10 team h2h 8×8,for the rest of this season,Pena or Dunn?

  15. Dmonkey25 says:

    Catcher help: Replace John Buck w Lucroy, Ianetta, Yadier, Pierzynski, or Posada?

  16. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    also,same league(keeper),Im dominating all offensive categories,and could use a SP,so….give up Morse for Beachy?

    how about Bossman for Beachy?

  17. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Thoughts on JJ Hardy? I own both him and Alexei and was wondering how close in value you see them being for the rest of the season. If Hardy’s resurgence is for real, I’d like to move Alexei for some pitching.

  18. Eddie says:

    Ken Harrelson is the worst play by play announcer in Major League Baseball. And you can put that on the board.

  19. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Which 2 out of these 3 … A. Bailey, Madson, Axford?

  20. Josh says:

    It must be time to drop Aaron Hill right? I own one of your favorites in Cuddyer, so if I move him to 2B then throw Pena in the OF until Jennings starts playing I’d be better off right?

  21. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey,one more question….same league,give up Morse and Soria for Greinke?

  22. Wilsonian says:

    @Eddie: the fact that anyone thinks he’s worth a shit makes me question their intelligence. I’m pretty sure if I ever saw his stupid mug on the streets I’d kick the ever loving shit out of him and be a hero to many.

    @Grey: need to get Beachy off the DL, but I’m waiting until after this start. What do you think of dealing Gio/Morse for any of these guys:

    J-Up, B-Up, Stubbs, or Krispie?

  23. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    @Eddie: @Eddie: absolutely….he would be much better suited to work the pro wrestling circuit circa 1986,or to stand on the boardwalk down the Jersey shore hollering at people to “step right up” and throw darts at balloons,or buy a t-shirt that says something funny about the jersey shore.

    I really hate that dude.

  24. frank rizzo says:

    I watched almost every pitch of last night’s Dodger/Tiger game. C-Bills was lucky as hell. Detroit’s lineup was without Miggy and Peralta so that didn’t hurt Chaddy’s cause. He was over 100 pitches with 0 outs in the 5th inning and loaded the bases. He came out with 1 out and MacDougal somehow got a PH Miggy to ground into a DP. Meanwhile Scherzer was horribly unlucky until his 3-0 count HR he gave up to that worthless doosh Ethier. I could have hit a HR on that grooved pitch.

    In watching last night I thought I saw the same pitcher on both teams. C-Bills and Scherz are very similar. Can be dominant, can be very hittable, can give up a ton of BB’s, but almost always waste pitches and get into pitch count trouble by the 5th. Annoying.

  25. Lob Ball says:

    I’m another frustrated Aaron Hill owner. Should I drop him for this Jemile Weeks guy?

  26. Wilsonian says:

    I can only pitch 4 today, which ones:

    Marcum v. TB
    Gio @ NYM
    Kennedy @ KC
    Lewis v. HOU
    Lilly v. DET
    Cueto v. NYY

  27. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Chacin or D. Hudson for ROS?

  28. Tony says:

    @MattW: im gonna give him a start to settle back in.

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Bré Jus: ah yeah,thats great that fantasy baseball has helped you during your travels,ive been laid up for 3 months and its saved me from going nuttier

  30. mets fan says:

    Grey Lyles looked impressive yesterday is he worth a pick up in a 12 team h2h league?

  31. Hey, my one requirement daily is to make sure I read Razzball in the morning, after that the rest of the day will take care of itself…Anyway, I don’t post too often, but need some help-

    Was offered Hanley Ramirez and Nelson Cruz for Ryan Braun. I’m in 3rd place in the league. One guys is way ahead and 2-6 are really close right now. I’m thinking in order to catch the guy in first I’ll need to take some risks and this might be a good one. I’d probably drop Lawrie or Maybin to make room. At first I thought I’d accept but now I’m not sure…Thoughts?

  32. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Tony: me to

  33. MattW says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Grey:

    What are your thoughts on Heyward RoS?

    Beckett and Victorino


    Heyward and Morrow

  34. MrHappyTime says:

    Rasmus or Charlie Blackmon? Are you buying the Charlie Blackmon hype? Or is it only temporary success?

  35. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, I don’t think I’ve seen you write anything about now being a nice time to buy low on HanRam. I’ve got a guy who I believe wants to trade him to me straight up for Lester in a 12-team dynasty league. I have Andrus, and the rest of my staff is pretty good with Halladay/Kennedy/Chacin/Liriano/Norris. Am I crazy to second-guess the trade?

  36. DHill Dragons says:

    Any Cardinals fans care to comment on your impressions of Chris Carpenter this season? He’ll be available on waivers later tonight and I was thinking about adding him. He seems to still be throwing hard, not walking many, and looks healthy. Has he just been a victim of some bad luck (and some bad starts here and there) and a very high BABIP against thus far?

    Grey, do you think Carpenter is still a top 40 pitcher?

  37. OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey and the rest y’alls…How do you guys rate a solid closer (Rivera, Walden, Madson) for SP trade value. How high a tier of starter should you hope to land at this point in the season for a closer? Twelve team mixed roto.

  38. Eddy says:

    Grey, which team has your favorite broadcaster(s)?

    Least favorite?

  39. MattW says:


    Beckett and S. Drew or Han Ram? Which Side?

  40. ChiSox says:

    Romero or Pineda in a points/keeper league, each player can be kept two more years.

  41. TommyR says:

    Balfour, with a walk (as expected), saves the game for Outman. You would think there would be a bunch of blown saves.

  42. Ed Nugent says:

    Drop Hill or Trumbo for Loney? Whichever player I take will be riding the pine but I could use a boost in average.

  43. shibboleth says:

    As a newcomer to Hawkisms (thank you, MLB Network), I have been struggling to figure out what was being said there. Thanks, Grey!

  44. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Konerko, 2007-2009 average season:

    .259, 27 HR, 80 RBI, 420 games, 1533 AB

    81 HR and 240 RBI in three years. He might match those totals last year and this. Second straight season of career high ISO (last season, .272, this season, .279). BABIP is almost exactly the same (.326 vs .325).

    Was Paul Konerko replaced by a robot?

  45. Long Bawls says:

    Sort of a good problem to have: I feel like Kemp’s coming back to earth a little, and has usually been a moderately better first-half hitter. But even so, there are very few players who he’d be worth giving up for. Hold or trade?

  46. T.K. says:

    The Ortiz steal was a thing of beauty.

  47. Joel says:


    through 2 seperate deals, I can trade Rollins and Madson for Streudel Cabrera and papelbon in my 6×6 h2h league. should I do it?

  48. Wilsonian says:

    @Long Bawls: you better get a helluva haul for Kemp. There are maybe 2 guys I’d deal him for – those being Votto and Braun. And even then I’d be a little skeptical. Kemp is just too damn good. He gives you average, power, speed, etc. He’s the epitomy of a 5-tool player. There aren’t many of those around. You’d probably have to pry him from my cold dead hands.

  49. Benny says:

    Who ya want – Alex Gordon or Mike Morse in a dynasty league?

  50. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    Pick 3 SP’s:

    Peavy vs CHI (Doug Davis)
    Marcum vs TB (Price)
    Gio @ NYM (Dickey)
    Beachy vs TOR (Reyes)

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @Bré Jus: Hey, Bruce.

    @milksteak: Halladay

    @Derrick: Krispie

    @Gumby: Hehe

    @Steve: India Pale Lale?

    @Steve: Cricket?

    @IndyDad: Cook for him.

    @timSTi: Sit both.

    @Ernie: Sit Lilly.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Pena

    @Dmonkey25: What Ron said.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: What Ron said.


    @Eddie: Yup

    @Fletch: Bailey, Madson

    @Josh: Sure

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Sure

    @Wilsonian: Upton, Stubbs, Krispie…

    @frank rizzo: Gotcha

    @Lob Ball: Eh

    @Wilsonian: Not Cueto and Lilly.

    @Fletch: Hudson

    @mets fan: Sure

    @BleacherGM: Thanks for the kind words! Sounds like a risk that could work, go for it.

    @MattW: Victorino side.

    @The Talented Mr. Deez Nuts: McDonald

    @MrHappyTime: Rasmus

    @Van Hammersly: I’d take Hanley

    @DHill Dragons: No

    @OaktownSteve: Depends how badly the other team needs a closer. We just traded Marmol for Lincecum.

    @Eddy: Diamondbacks and Mets are favorite. Marlins are good too. There’s about 15 teams with terrible broadcasters. Yanks are surprisingly bad. Think with their money they’d have Costas doing play by play.

    @MattW: Hanley

    @ChiSox: Romero

    @TommyR: Hehe

    @Ed Nugent: Eh

    @shibboleth: No problem.

    @Feeding the Abscess: Ha!

    @Long Bawls: Didn’t he steal two bases yesterday?

    @Joel: Sure

    @Benny: Gordon if he can play at 3rd.

    @DiscoD: Sit Beachy.

  52. John says:

    How can you like the marlins announcers? There some of the worst homers ive ever listened to and constantly complain about the umps screwing them. Mets definitely are good always love listening to keith and his crazy stories.

    Do White sox fans(exist?) have to mute the games and read the play by play instead? YEEEEES

  53. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. I had Cueto and Lilly benched, too.

    If no one bites on those deals, drop Gio to put Beachy back in the lineup? (I’m waiting until after today’s start before putting Beachy in anyway)

  54. Eddy says:


    Nah, Marlins announcers are good. They got life in them. But I can tell you don’t really watch them because they only really complain about once a week, on a bad home-plate umpire. And when the Hutton’s button’s are pushed, watch out!

    And I like the sheer craziness of Hawk Harrelson. The things he says makes me wonder if that’s how Charlie Manuel would call games. In an overall without a shirt. Best home run call, imo.

    Speaking of old men saying crazy things, I know you can appreciate this.

  55. Pooch says:


    Start Beachy today in a Standard 5×5 roto league?

    I’m about 11 games over 200 season limit pace, and I just picked up beachy off waivers. Blue Kays have been looking miserable at the plate in Atlanta and definitely living up to their name.


  56. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: The Diamondbacks have the best announcers by far. I’m a Cubs fan, so I love listening to Grace, not to mention that he’s pretty damn good. Also, it’s good late night TV for me.

  57. OaktownSteve says:

    Radio broadcasters. Best are Castiglione, the Royals Denny Matthews, I like the A’s guy Ken Korach (great radio voice) but that’s homer preference, still love Vinny the Ancient.

    Worst is Mike Shannon of the Cardinals. Such a ridiculous homer which plays well in StL I’m sure. Mike Krukow of the Gnats…drives me up the wall (does mostly tv), Indians and Twins are pretty bad too.

    I’m surprisingly tolerant of Sterling and Suzyn. Kind of works in a weird way.

    Always fun hearing Enberg do the Madres tv.

  58. Eddy says:

    I seriously think Bobby Valentine needs to stop broadcasting. Even though it’s only once a week, it’s one time too many. Dude is horrible.

  59. mauledbypandas says:

    @Grey: I noticed the Marlins broadcasters aren’t bad, but I can’t stomach Mark Grace from Arizona. St. Louis has some awful broadcasters. Nobody compares to Vin though

  60. Jhoulys Chacin says:


    I know you love me but im going to explode my next couple starts and have my era rise to over 3.40. Trade me now. Fair warning. BTW, thanks for that nice set of beer coasters you gave me at my house-warming party.

  61. mauledbypandas says:

    I really like the Rangers radio guy, Nadell (sp?)

    Spot on about the Yankees though, if I actually turn on that freaking YES I want to shoot myself. I have to watch with the sound off. @OaktownSteve: I hear you about the Nats dude. I had to switch to the other broadcasters the other day.

  62. Doc Pounder says:

    India Pale Lale. He he. I’ll drink to that !!

  63. Eddy says:


    Mark Grace’s broadcasting sounds like they got a WWE athlete and stuck him in there. I don’t know, that’s how I see him.

    A couple of days ago I asked about your opinion on FanGraph’s ROS line on Morse.

    “I traded away Morse, but I was curious if the FanGraph line of 9 HR/29 RBI/26 R with a .284/.338/.490 was what you expect him to get for ROS. Pessimistic, optimistic?”

  64. Wilsonian says:

    @mauledbypandas: I like the Marlins, too, but I really like Grace. I’m in Southern Illinois and am forced to hear the STL broadcasters constantly. The ones on TV and radio are both complete garbage. They are homers to a “T” and consistently speak pretty poorly of the competition, which I know you have to do to an extent, but they talk about the Cardinals like they walk on water and the other team’s players molest children and kick puppies.

  65. ok hotshot…..pop quiz!

    trade chacin for morrow?

    or do you trade someone like kuroda, oswalt, scherzer, liriano instead?

  66. Tony B. says:

    Do you get rid of any of these guys for Hardy?

    Eric Hosmer (Can’t be kept) been plugging him in UTL because I have Howard and Smoak as my 1B’s.

    Domonic Brown (RD 21 can be kept next 3 years) But has been batting near bottom of the order, not much going on lately with him.

    I have Andrus at SS but Hardy would be a nice back-up and I’d probably throw him at UTL until he cools off hitting-wise.

  67. What’s with all the hatin on Mark Grace?

  68. Amart says:

    You starting gio @NYM today Grey?

  69. OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey: I know. Everybody haytes hyr. She doesn’t bug me. Neither does Sterling. They’re like some innocuous old couple talking baseball over an earlybird prime rib.

  70. Fcat says:

    Grey, awesome site btw, just found it and working wonders for my team!

    Please rank MI for ROS:
    Nishioka, Dee Gordon, Jemile Weeks

  71. John says:

    @Eddy I dont get to listen to them on a day to day basis seeing as i live in South Jersey, So i may be a little biased being a phillie fan. But the few times ive listened to them they always have seemed whiny to me.

  72. you did not catch my Speed reference? Okay hotshot….pop quiz….anywho

    you would not trade any of these players for Morrow?

    trade chacin for morrow?

    or do you trade someone like kuroda, oswalt, scherzer, liriano instead


  73. Tom Emanski says:

    Bahahaha, Grey, I’m Indian so that Gee line was for me.

  74. Deeeeeez Nuts says:


    Please pick two for UTIL ROS:

    Hoz, D Young, Rios, Swish, Panda


  75. OaktownSteve says:

    @other Rasmus owners: patience wearing thin? I’m tempted to move the guy.

  76. stumanji says:

    Would you start Beachy vs TOR or Marcum vs TB today? QS league and I’m concerned that neither will go 6 IP coming off of injury.

  77. Doc Pounder says:

    Trying to pair Oswalt and Joyce or Chacin (your words not mine) and Joyce. Think Heyward is a good target? Too much to give up?

  78. John Drunks says:

    thinking about longoria + beachy for Price, Hardy and Beltran (or heyward). need whip / ss help…

    what do you think?

    who do you like more RoS beltran or JHey?

  79. Josh says:

    Which side: Youk + Arroyo for Kinsler + Yolease!

    Jhoulys is a sell, and with Kinsler I feel like its just a matter of time till I lose him to an injury.

  80. L-Boogie says:

    I don’t really have any questions so I’ll just pick 2 players who aren’t on my team and ask which one you like better for ROS.

    Choo or Bruce? 5×5

  81. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Grey, @anyone: Long-time reader, first-time poster. I’m currently in first in one of my pay leagues and got offered Bautista for Verlander. Also have King Felix, Grienke, Chacin, Gio, Beachy, Norris, and Lilly. This team is slightly more pitching-heavy, but doesn’t have any glaring holes. Should I jump on it or try to deal Chacin/Gio/Norris for a lesser bat?

    Great job as always Grey.

  82. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Big Magoo: Who is your current 3B?

  83. Doc Pounder says:

    @Big Magoo: Hurry and do it NOW !!!

  84. Pierre says:

    Bumgarner: Drop him like he’s (not) hot?

    I’ve got a surplus of arms and got Norris coming through for Hill. Here’s the rest of my staff:

    Felix, Latos, T. Hudson, D. Hudson, Gio, Jaime, Beachy (DL)

  85. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    @Feeding the Abscess: Panda’s my 3B and I’ve got Moustakas at CI, with Dunn rotting away on the bench. Thoughts?

  86. For those of us unable to deal him when told to, Joyce is sitting again this afternnon. Against a righty. Not a good sign, and about as bad a buzzkill as Mr. Furley barging in on some wholesome apartment hyjinx. Tried to deal’em Grey; honest. What tier closer might he be worth now?

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @zombie: Ha! Could try for Axford, maybe Kimbrel if someone’s scared with Venters, might have to go for League…

  88. zzzzzz says:

    Correia’s home/road splits are ridiculous.

  89. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    @Big Magoo: Do it and try to upgrade by trading Chacin/Panda for a stud pitcher.

  90. Johnny Five says:

    Travis Wood optioned to AAA. Sad day.

  91. nick m. says:

    10-team H2H (categories) – Trade Hosmer, Panda, and Bruce for Holliday and Pujols? Too much, too little? I have Youk at 3B and can sub in other players at my Util position until (if) Pujols were to come back…

  92. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:

    Just accepted it. I was a little hesitant cause I’ve been a Bautista doubter, but the last year+ has finally made me a believer (I think). I’ve been trying to deal Chacin for the past two weeks cause I fear a correction coming, but no takers yet.

    Thanks all!

  93. Terrence Mann says:

    Give up Dunn, Street, and Ianetta for VMart, Gaby, and Melancon? I need to catch up in runs and rbi.

  94. DHill Dragons says:

    JJ Hardy is en fuego!!! Do those J’s stand for Jalapeno’s?

  95. Buge Hoobs says:

    12 team 8×8 (+H, TB OBP) h2h

    Hill or Espinosa?

  96. Commish Cauda says:

    Deep H2H-Points league. Who would you rather have as a bench bat moving forward…Cory Luebke or Danny Duffy?

  97. Commish Cauda says:

    @Commish Cauda:

    I meant, bench ARM moving forward…

  98. Commish Cauda says:

    H2H-Points League

    Ramos or Soto moving forward?

  99. Pooch says:

    Made an unofficial trade offer of Chacin+Rasmus or Morrison for Greinke.

    my pitching staff is kershaw, d hudson, kennedy, chacin, J Sanchez, Beachy.

    Am i giving up too much, just enough, or not enough?

  100. Denys says:

    Adam Dunn for Jose Tabata? Have been struggling at 1B with first Morneau, now Trumbo… though I’m not sure Dunn fixes things. Can Dunn turn things around? He’s not exactly a 2nd Half hitter either…

  101. airweino says:

    1. Better speculative prospect keeper for this year and beyond?

    Yonder Alonso or Dayan Viciedo

    2. Better pitcher the remainder of the year?

    Jason Vargas or Nick Blackburn

  102. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey:Thanks. I accepted it. Needed help with avg, too.

  103. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Commish Cauda: Soto

    @Pooch: Unofficial because you didn’t run it by me first? Emoticon. I like it for the Greinke side.

    @Denys: Dunn

    @airweino: Viciedo… Vargas

  104. Commish Cauda says:

    Need steals in a 12-team H2H-Auction League (all free agents $10 in 2012)

    Blackmon, Bourgeois or Bernadina?

  105. I stopped watching Twins games after Morneau raped my brain…can someone tell me is Tsuyoshi Nishioka worth running with or better to go with some Sizemore in Oakland?

    I basically need everything except a third testicle at this point

  106. Brew Crew says:

    Start Lilly vs. DET??


  107. Pooch says:

    Unofficial because it was sent as first offer by text, not actually sent on the league page.

    Also, what consistent commenter here makes trades without your opinion? You’re a proven fantasy expert. That would be wasting a valuable resource!

  108. Tony says:

    wow So beachy is looking HEALTHY, 8 K’s thru 4 innings….. wishing i woulda started him now! hindsite is 20/20.

  109. Eddy says:


    Ha! Before clicking that link I knew exactly what it was going to be.

    That is the most explosive I’ve ever heard them, to be honest. And for good reason. I believe the video details that it was the bottom of the 9th in a tie game (versus the Phillies, nonetheless!). Davidson didn’t even look at the ball, so, yes, the ump did screw the Marlins. But ANY home broadcasting team would fume over that in that situation.

    All I know is that their reaction was a lot less heated than mine when I was watching that game.

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Pooch: You make me blush.

    @Tony: Jays have really looked terrible vs. the Braves.

  111. Wilsonian says:

    @Tony: not only did I not start Beachy (in a Ks/9 league), I also left Uggla on the bench…

  112. airweino says:

    12 team 5×5 mixed keeper trade:

    Goldschmidt for Jemile Weeks

    Which side is better?

  113. Brew Crew says:

    12 Team ROTO (W, K, ERA, WHIP)

    1) Start Lilly??
    2) Is kuo worth an add (Im 2nd in saves but way behind first) Any chance kuo grabs closer role??

  114. brad says:

    Beachy fans 11 through 5. wow, too bad he’s probably hit his pitch count ceiling already.

  115. STRAWberry says:

    @Wilsonian: I feel your pain.

    Also, to yourself and Eddie, yes, Hawk is terrible. I always imagine a 1960’s sheriff in Georgia calling the game. He also seems to speak with undeserved self-righteousness. Stone probably has more baseball knowledge in his little finger the Hawk has in his brain.

  116. John says:

    @Eddy haha i see conflicting interest.. are you a marlins fan/didn’t know they’re were any? and yeah its understandable that he got heated i know i was personally jumping for joy on the flip side. I guess im unfortunately used to wheeler and mccarthy who never criticize an ump no matter how bad a call is so im not used to passion lol.

  117. brad says:

    ok maybe now he’s hit his pitch count. please? fredi? i’d like him to make starts in august too.

  118. SwaggerJackers says:

    @brad: Beachy is looking awesome! 11K through 6. 1.50 ERA 1.00 WHIP

  119. Wilsonian says:

    @STRAWberry: haha, thanks – it’s good to have a support group here.

    You hit the nail on the head with the “undeserved self-righteousness” line. That’s exactly how he speaks, and it’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. I’m also not a huge fan of how he begs for a homerun with the “stretch” line. Man I get pissed just talking about him on here. I also agree 100% about Stone. I was really hoping that the Cubs would get him back. It’s kind of a travesty, since he’s such a joy to listen to, that he has to be paired up with such a fool.

  120. @Grey: who wins:

    #1 – A Ramirez and J. Mcdonald


    #2 – Bud Norris and Brad Hawpe

    team getting bud norris is in dire need for pitching and is dominating all hitting categories.

    Pretty even isn’t it?

  121. Wilsonian says:

    @Epic Punk: it’s essentially Norris for ARam. Those other guys shouldn’t even be owned.

  122. John says:

    Anyone watching the MIL game know why Marcum came out after 3 innings? Planned rest or another injury setback?

  123. John says:

    According to Roto..
    Shaun Marcum left Wednesday’s start after three innings after apparently aggravating his strained hip.

    My team cant stay healthy this year, its maddening. The only thing that’s been getting me through it is the fact that i dont own Morneau or Dunn anywhere.

  124. @Wilsonian: In a deep 12 tm NL only dynasty keeper league those guys are definitely owned. any one who get AB’s is basically owned.

  125. Wilsonian says:

    @John: according to Rotoinfo, it looks like he re-aggravated his injury.

  126. Frank says:

    Thank you Venters for not f***ing up.

  127. herschel says:

    are kimbrel and venters the only two guys in the braves bullpen? can we start a razzball pool on whos arm falls off first and when??

  128. Dave says:

    Duensing @ SF tomorrow?

  129. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey,

    Homer Bailey or Luebke going forward? I would say Bailey because i am not sure if the Padres are gonna keep Luebke in their rotation once Harangutan comes off DL. What do you think?


  130. Kelley says:


    In keeping with your Chacin post above, would you trade him for Rasmus and Jonathan Sanchez? Keeper league, but i’m throwing Markakis and Rajai Davis out there on a daily basis, and sitting on Domonic Brown for off days.

  131. sarge says:

    In a non keeper would you trade away Chacin in return for Garza if you could?

    Also I am a Pujols owner, do I hold on to him or trade him for another top 1st bagger? Iif anyone would even take him…


  132. papafrog says:

    @Grey: Good stuff as usual Grey. I’m already starting to feel an irrational man crush on Cory Luebke. What kind of reasonable numbers would you expect from him assuming he sticks in the rotation? Also, any change on your Moustakas projections since he was first called up a few weeks ago? I see he’s being dropped like crazy in Yahoo! leagues. Thanks in advance!

  133. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    who wins this trade? 12team 5×5 h2h (mixed)

    price/daniel hudson/pence for bruce/nolasco

    price could be switched with greinke (who to value higher?)

  134. AL KOHOLIC says:

    News/Analysis Headlines Preseason Outlook
    Davis facing season-ending surgery? : The New York Post reports on Wednesday that Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a follow-up exam on Ike Davis’ sore left ankle did not show much progress. He also said the first baseman shouldn’t be expected back anytime soon and will be examined again after three weeks. He could also be facing surgery, and if that happens, he’ll be done for the year.
    (Updated 06/22/2011)

  135. sean says:

    Is Lilly straight unownable?

  136. herschel says:

    @Grey and other razzballers: who is farnsworth’s handcuff? he has now given up runs in 4 of his last 5 appearances. chance he might be coming back down to earth a bit?

  137. anarchy burger says:

    @sarge: good question sarge- i was thinking of offering chacin for garza and moreland. i just lost pujols and would be playing freese instead. what do you guys think???

  138. Donnie Baseball says:

    Beahy for Walden?

  139. Josh says:

    About the Kinsler/Jhoulys for Youk/Arroyo, you made it sound like Arroyo will be not a ton worse than Jhoulys from here on out. And Kinsler isn’t hitting for any power, my team already is dominant in runs and steals. I’ll probably wind up playing Cuddyer or Wigginton at second, but I feel like Kinslers value over an average 2B isn’t nearly as high as his name seems this year.

  140. Jake in Columbus says:

    Dudes, is giving Jeter and Lilly for Hanley too lopsided in my favor, their respective performances yesterday and today notwithstanding? Trade partner needed pitching and I can afford to gamble.

  141. Josh says:

    Also can anyone rank these 3 pitchers: Masterson, Carrasco, Arroyo.

  142. rafi says:

    in al-only i have an abundance of MIs (ackley, weeks, casilla, sean rodriguez).. thinking about swapping s-rod for joe nathan. it’s a risk cuz nathan may not be healthy / closing but then again it’s just s-rod.

    what say you, grey?

  143. yankees2011 says:

    How goes it Grey. Well, I thought I made the prudent move this week and benched Bigglesworth against the Tiggers and started Mad Max. What an absolute disaster! What the hell is up with Max? This guy is killing me. Vent over.

    Started Beachy today against Tor – 11ks. I saw you suggested sitting him. I probably shouldn’t have started him, but will take it and run.

    Thanks much Grey for the excellent work!

  144. stynyr says:

    Drop Wieters for Olivo?

  145. yankees2011 says:

    It sounds like the Reds are ready to bring back Homer Bailey. I have Moose-cockis taking up space on my bench. Should I drop the Moose to add Bailey? I have a number of SPs, but many of them are Bailey (meh) types.

    Thanks much Grey.

  146. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey and/or anyone else:10 team h2h keeper,I have Rollins and Elvis at SS already,but Hardy is just sittin’ there.I got Elvis off waivers anyway,so….drop him and grab Hardy?

  147. Wilsonian says:

    Just dealt away Hosmer and Lilly for Gaby Snatches. I don’t know how much I like the deal, but I needed some production out of 1B. I’ve got a good enough squad to win it, but Hosmer was just in too deep of a valley to do anything right now.

    Who’s the pickup:

    EJax, Hughes, Fister?

    Damn, those are bad options.

  148. westly says:

    Hey Grey need your advice, in my 16 team h2h cats 5×5 with holds instead of whip. I have
    C wieters, lucroy, Mesoraco
    1st- POS Morneau, Gordan, Moreland
    2nd, Ryan Roberts, Beckham, Brian Robers, Jemile Weeks
    SS – Andrus and Y. Escobar
    3rd – Reynolds, ryan Roberts
    OF – McCutchen, Hamilton, Heyward, Gordan, Moreland, Desmond Jennings

    P-Kershaw, Garza, Hell Boy, Lohse, B.Anderson, Wainright, Duffy, Lyles
    RP Farnsworth, Marmol, The Beard, Venters

    I’ve really struggled in batting and just got a huge offer of Kemp, Kendrick, and brett lawrie for Beckham, Heyward, Jennings, Mesoraco. I’m 4 games back in 2nd place and with the injuries to my staff and that POS i’m kinda treadin water, would you do this move? Or is heyward/jennings to tantalizing in a dynasty? but it seems kemp would help me now. Also got offered ian kennedy for jennings, and i need staff help although i do well with who i have. What would you do? btw thanks for all your time truely my favorite site by far!

  149. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    watching the Tigers/Dodgers right now and cant decide what pisses me off more,watching Valverde-who I own on multiple teams-or listening to the nonsensical stylings of Vin Scully.

  150. BobbyI says:


    Better pitcher from here on out….Cahill vs. T Hudson?

  151. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: I’m actually thinking of picking up Lawrie to stash him, ride the J. Weeks train, and see if Kendrick can acquire me a better pitcher than those options. What kind of pitcher could/should Kendrick garner?

  152. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: with kuo supposedly closing and broxton coming back to close soon,this leaves jansen droppable right?

  153. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would you put Volquez in that group?

  154. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: So Romero, Kuroda, Norris, Morrow, that kind of guy?

    Thanks man.

  155. barker says:

    20 team 6 keeper league i’m in second

    i give rizzo and salas i get oswalt

    my 1b are fielder and lind
    SP verlander gallardo lohse t hudson luebke pineda
    RP koji gregg thornton santos devine salas DL broxton

    well i’m probably keeping fielder lind kemp pineda gallardo verlander
    i have broxton coming back ( not holding my breath ) and the handcuffs to both my other closers

    i think i should do it — talk me out of it grey

  156. STRAWberry says:

    Grey and friends,

    Choose a side for the rest of the season

    Morse & Haren


    Gosh Johnson & Sanchez

  157. STRAWberry says:

    Anibal Sanchez that is.

    Thanks all.

  158. STRAWberry says:

    Anibal Sanchez that is.

    Thanks all.

  159. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. One more for the road:

    I sent the Kendrick offer for Romero or Kuroda, Norris or Morrow was turned down. If neither one of those others go through, what do you think of this scenario:

    My OF, UTIL, Bench looks like this:

    OF – Quentin
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – Heyward
    UTIL – McCutchen
    UTIL – Hardy
    BN – Tabata
    BN – J. Weeks or Kendrick

    Who would you offer for D. Hudson or Anibal in a fair deal? And which Sp would you prefer?

  160. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and it’s a 16 Team H2H Keeper (we keep 5) so McCutchen and Heyward are not getting dealt for either of those two pitchers, and Hamilton probably wouldn’t either.

  161. Steve says:

    Wow on Cueto. Couldn’t really start him, but glad he’s going well.

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Hudson…Anyone but the two you mention and Hamilton.

    @Steve: Yeah, real sharp.

  163. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: so Quentin or Tabata (although I don’t think he wants Tabata) for Hudson?

  164. JD Hassett

    John says:

    Would you trade Chacin for Josh Johnson in a 4×4 league? (no whip)

  165. AL KOHOLIC says:

    wow,just watched the tornado hit churchill downs,we are about 5 miles away,didnt see the hit but seen the tornado,it didnt do real major damage but it hit a few barns and the jockeys chappel,we are safe and in the basemant,hoping no one got hurt including any of the many horses housed at churchill

  166. Jake in Columbus says:

    Lilly and Jeter for HanRam unfair enough to cancel an accepted trade? If so, how high up this list plus Jeter might be more fair: Danks, Beachy, Zimmermann, Pineda, D Hudson, Gallardo, JJ, Haren, Weaver? It should benefit my team but I’m the commish, so can and should cancel it if it’s really that wrong.

  167. I appreciate the shout out, but I don’t even own Hardy… all you did was hurt my feelings.

    Just curious, have you ever won a roto league whilst carrying a 1 in a category? As of last night (thanks in large part to Gee and Bumgarner) I have a 1 in WHIP (not to mention a 2 in ERA), yet I’m in a tie for 1st. Just doesn’t feel right.

    And of course I kept Cueto on the bench tonight…

  168. herschel says:

    @Grey: knowing that he is only about one hot streak away from being right on pace with what you predicted his year end numbers would be for the season combined with the the multitude of other first round injuries/busts, do i have any right to be disappointed in votto’s production to date?

  169. knighttown says:

    Phillips/A. Kennedy for Hill/Reynolds. Which side?

  170. paulzone says:

    do you like beachy over any of these dudes:

    ogando, dempster, peavy, liriano, (rest of staff is cc, hamels, oswalt)

    it would have be to swap with one of the above…

  171. DHill Dragons says:

    Just a fabulous 7 innings out of Cueto who only gave up 2 hits to the Yankees on a night where it seemed like a jet stream was carrying balls out of the park. Almost makes up for the squat that Bumgarner did on my stats last night. Cueto’s ERA now stands at 1.63!

  172. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Wow, be safe… Out of curiosity, did you send the missus out to see if it had blown over? Oh, AL.

    @Jake in Columbus: It’s not that wrong… Hudson, Pineda would be better.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I don’t think I have, but maybe. It’s tough to do, that’s for sure. Lots of pressure on other categories.

    @herschel: Nope

  173. paulzone says:

    @Grey: i am surprised by your choice…i was thinking you’d pick ogando or dempster…why peavy? figuring he gets injured by the end of the game?

  174. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: sent her upstairs,she came back with a picture of margaritas and some popcorn,oh and my pain pills,serriously,but on a good note,the steeplels wernt hit at churchill and no injuries to horses or humans

  175. Grey

    Grey says:

    @John: Nope

    @paulzone: Yup…Dempster would be my 2nd choice.

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Ha! That’s awesome. The part of about the margs, obviously.

  177. @Grey: No joke… I’ve been carrying 12’s and 11’s in all (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS) except one batting category (K) all season in order to stay near the top. Can’t expect that to last all season.

  178. paulzone says:

    @Grey: i figured as much so I pulled a fast one and skipped ahead to tomorrow on Yahoo and put Peavy back in the DL slot, then added Beachy.

  179. paulzone says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I have a 1 in errors but it is an 8 x 8 league so maybe i still have a chance for first!

  180. Jake in Columbus says:

    @Grey: Would move into the Pineda range for the gamble. Only one person has complained, but doing my due diligence in case torches and pitchforks make an appearance. Thanks for the input.

  181. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: sure enough I offered Tabata for Hudson and he countered with Quentin for Hudson.

    This would be my team if I accepted:

    C – Olivo
    1B – Gaby
    2B – J. Weeks/Kendrick
    3B – McGehee
    SS – Andrus
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Heyward
    UTIL – Tabata
    UTIL – Hardy
    BN – J. Weeks/Kendrick
    BN – Lawrie
    DL – Napoli

    SP – Lester
    SP – Marcum
    SP – Kennedy
    RP – Kimbrel
    RP – Hanrahan
    P – Walden
    P – Gio
    BN – Lewis
    BN – Cueto
    BN – D.Hudson

    Solid enough move to deal Quentin for Hudson, or am I losing too much power from my lineup?

  182. AL KOHOLIC says:

    best trade ive made all year was getting asdrubal,howard and abreau for stanton ,dunn and belt made may 27th,abreau is really been a nice addition

  183. Derrick says:

    Is Cueto really this good? He made the Yankees look like a minor league team tonight.

    Very impressive. He looks like a #1 to me.

  184. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Derrick: He’s not a number one.

  185. Dingo says:

    Between an injury to my poo-holes and my Bumgarner getting whacked, I’m having a hard time sitting down these days.

  186. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: if I orally said I’d do it, what’s the proper etiquette to turn down the Quentin for Hudson deal? Or do I HAVE to accept now?

  187. Black Beard says:

    Rest of the way: Choo or Morse?

  188. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: Ha!

    @Wilsonian: Tell him you’re getting cold feet and you wanna think about for a few days.

    @Black Beard: Morse

  189. Black Beard says:

    @Grey: Morse for Greinke?

  190. Walter says:

    Logan Morrison or Mitch Moreland or should I just flip a coin?

  191. herschel says:

    @Black Beard: @Grey: aka project “vague out”

  192. herschel says:

    @herschel: oops, meant for Wilsonian….

  193. Eddy says:

    So there were several sparkling pitching lines from several managers in my 12-team H2H league, but I think the winner goes to one guy who accumulated this line.

    6 W/ 31 Ks/ 2.18 ERA/ 1.12 WHIP

    Beachy, Tomlin, I.Kennedy, Peavy, Freddy Garcia and Alberquerque gave him that. Jeebus.

  194. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Sorry to update this before you had a chance to comment…two offers currently being discussed…both for Greinke.

    Morse for…


    Choo and T. Hudson for…

    ten team, 6×5 (+OPS)
    current pitching staff consists of Sabathia, Carp, Norris, T. Hudson, Romero, Liriano, Felix, Volquez.

    OF: Gardner, Morse, Kemp, Hamilton, Heyward, Tabata, Choo.

    Which deal would you prefer to make (if either)? Thanks Grey.

  195. Eddy says:

    @Black Beard:

    I’d do the Morse one ASAP. I actually pulled off that same exact trade about three days ago. Do it now because Morse is slowly wearing down and Greinke is about to go on a nasty streak.

  196. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Chacin and Phillips for Cano and C. Santana?

  197. Steve says:

    Kinda yesterday’s news but Kemp has a 20/20 season and it’s not even the end of June.

    Wish I had him on more teams.

  198. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey stick with rizzo or mousakas or pick up delmon young

  199. B-rude says:

    Who’s a better closer option between Valverde and Axford?

  200. 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

  201. Derrick says:

    My Ian Kennedy for his Krispie?

    Fair trade? Which side?

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