J.J. Hardy is an easy buy, which isn’t the same as an easy sell.  Hardy’s not exactly promoting a yum-yum juicy chicken burger with a side of 30 homers and 20 steals.  He’s cheap.  His expectations are low.  He’s 27-years-old and averaged 83/25/77/.280 at 24 and 25.  Last year, he didn’t tune and check out with Khalil Greene, going off to mullet all over.  Hardy started the year dealing with back issues and he never recovered.  If you invite Hardy onto your team, you don’t need to put plastic sheets on the bed and hide all the good flatware.  With O-Dog currently hurt and his grasp on the #2 spot tenuous, Hardy could be next in line for that spot.  If so, 160+ R/RBI is definitely reachable and the power is already there.  Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Ervin Santana – I was saying the other day something like you should move to the exit row.  I didn’t say exit.  I was preparing my exit.  Now when I see he’s only owned in 26% of ESPN leagues, I’m beginning to think people bailed on him too soon.  This isn’t a buy, this is a hold.  Format constraints and all that.

C.J. Wilson – Went over him this morning.  Go ahead.  Scroll down.  This’ll be here, assuming you don’t try to scroll by taking a crowbar to your computer screen.

Gio Gonzalez – This buy is solely dependent on you wanting Ks.  But, really, who doesn’t want Ks?  I could’ve put Felipe Paulino here instead.  In fact, I did last week.

Justin Masterson – My logic in the morning post didn’t seem to interest people so I’m going to break it down to you simple enough that even a dead Minnie Pearl could understand it.  Masterson will be better than Oswalt this year.

Ian Kennedy – In his first start, he had 8 strikeouts through 5 innings and only made one mistake (a 3-run homer).  I’ll take that every day of the week and twice on Muesday.

Kelly Johnson – For those out there that are like Mr. Short Term Memory — Hey, who turned on my computer?! — I present to you a not that oldie and not that goodie, “In certain circumstances, I’m excited to draft Kelly Johnson late as my middle infielder.  Last year, Bobby Cox never gave Johnson a fair shake.  He benched him against lefties, sat him when he slumped, told him he’d never be Marcus Giles… It was a trying time for a guy with a girl’s first name.  An every day job could easily translate to a 15/10 season.  Sounds yawnstipating, but at MI and where he’ll be drafted he’ll be a steal late in 2010 drafts.”  And that’s me quoting January Grey!  Do I need a dot-EDU URL to gain some trust?

Ian Desmond – Owned in 3.7% of ESPN leagues?  Seriously?  That makes me sad.

Casey McGehee – I wasn’t a big fan of his in the preseason, but he’s hitting 5th behind Fielder and Braun and he has the superfecta of eligibility.  Could be a poor man’s Uggla.

Josh Willingham – The Nats really aren’t that bad.  No, really!  Okay, their pitching staff Sansburg isn’t good, but their hitting isn’t terrible.  “Isn’t terrible” for the Nats is a compliment.  Willingham is the guy on everyone’s waivers that can get you 25-30 homers and 90-100 RBIs.  Does he bling-bling up your fantasy team?  No, he’s not flashy.  You’re looking at Blanks or Swisher, but Willingham is the other white meat.

Julio Borbon – To bust out my Jackie Chiles, the dissimilitude of Borbon’s performance to my magnanimity of drafting him has been egregious.  Need to give Borbon another week or two.  Yo quiero Julio and I’m sincero.

Matt Lindstrom – Was thinking about how Lindstrom is only owned in 61% of ESPN leagues, but then I thought about how 50% of ESPN leagues are already abandoned, so Lindstrom’s already at 111%, so, ya know, it’s all good, baby, baby.

Chris Perez – SAGNOF!

Franklin Morales – See 1/8 of an inch above.

Jeff Clement – He should get 400+ ABs if he stays healthy.  Napoli has never reached 400 ABs in any season of his career.  Cust kayin’.

Casey Kotchman – He’s hitting third vs. righties so he’s on the right side of the blahtoon.  The toon side, if you will.

Gaby Sanchez – Hitting .364 through three games.  No rush to defrost Ted Williams’s frozen head just yet, but, well, I own Sanchez.


Carlos Gomez – Spoiler alert!  If his big game came any day other than Opening Day, you wouldn’t even need this reminder that he’s terrible.  Well, here’s your one reminder.  He’s terrible.

Travis Snider – I was randy on Travis.  No more.  Later, doode.  To drop a Mama’s Family-esque line on ya, don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Rickie Weeks – I like Weeks and do think he can be very valuable if he stays healthy.  That “if” needs its own island to stretch out its legs.  If you can get anything for Rickie “To the DL for 6-8” Weeks, I’d consider it.

Vernon Wells – Sweet Sassy Molassey!  Wells is hitting everything out of the park, but I don’t think it continues.  Trade him before the clock strikes crap.

  1. timSTi says:

    @Grey: You like any of your “BUY” pitchers over Latos in a 12 team 9 MAX rosterable pitcher league?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: They’re similar potatoes.

  3. Howard says:

    Grey, re: busting out your Jackie Chiles HA!

  4. preptime says:

    In a vacuum, Borbon over Ludwick?

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Howard: Thanks!

    @preptime: Different things. For steals, Borbon.

  6. El Famous Burrito says:

    Wow! Tony Randall! I’m a big fan!

  7. Robert says:

    C. Young to miss Monday’s start because of shoulder tightness.

  8. BSA says:

    Alright so I took my own advice and grabbed Masterson. Had to move Shields for Masterson. This has me with Vazquez, Hudson, FHer, Peavy, and Wilson as SP. Now I am starting to see the difficulty in owning AL East pitchers, Vazquez’s K numbers were too tempting not to try him out.

    I also made the OF move of LaPorta for Byrd.

  9. Denys says:

    okay… now place in order, please:

    Young, Santana, Wilson, Gio, Masterson, Kennedy… or is that the order?

  10. El Famous Burrito says:


    Would you dump Scott Sizemore for JJ Hardy at this point?

  11. Wiley says:

    Been looking at Hardy for a couple of weeks in the FA pool. He preferred over Elvis Andrus or am I just sweating a poor first week for Elvis?

  12. Kris says:

    Grey, since last year I’ve accepted that your work renders every other fantasy baseball site as useless as the Mets’ 2-5th SPs. But you’ve really turned it up a few hundred degrees this year, and I’m loving every second of it. Please keep it up; your late night posts make getting up at 5:45 to go to the office much less soul crushing.

  13. Jobu's Rum says:

    Is Hater Bell ever coming back?

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @BSA: wait, did you drop shields for masterson? i mean, i’m not the biggest shields guy and haven’t owned him in 2 years, but if you dropped him for masterson you need to join my league.

  15. El Famous Burrito says:

    Maybe he meant Scot Shields?

  16. Brian says:

    Rockies lineup is posted with Olivo starting again. Ugh. I knew the Olivo HR was bad news.

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @El Famous Burrito: in that case, if anyone owns scot shields, even in a holds league, then they need to join my league too.

  18. p0rk burn says:

    Riddle me this, Grey. If Masterson is going to be better than Oswalt, in your opinion, and I need a MI for a while due to Kinsler, would it not entirely insane to trade Oswalt to the guy who snagged Ian Desmond and pick up the FA Masterson?

    I know, you will probably say you can get more than that for Oswalt. Blah blah, you are like my Mom. Except you don’t cook me dinner. The rest of the pitching staff is CC, JJ, CJ, Jered Weaver, Burnett, and Juan Sanchez. Yes, I have too many SPs. Bite me.

  19. @Grey:

    Have you gotten to see Austin Jackson play much yet? I picked him up as a flier, but hes quietly putting up solid #’s so far, wondering how he actually looks…

  20. BSA says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: No – I maybe crazy – Shields – actually am crazy but looking through the pitching staff I was OK with it –

    As a fan of the Red Sox I realize there are a number of starts coming up that I don’t want to be on the pitching side of with Shields. If he was in the AL Central or NL I would give him a higher value.

    Out of all this prediction based on stats sometimes I ride the emotion train and I am OK with that. In the RCL neither Shields or Masterson are going to make or break me.
    @El Famous Burrito: No you read it right.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Robert: Ugh

    @Denys: I’d move Gio to the end.

    @El Famous Burrito: Yup

    @Wiley: I’d want Andrus.

    @Kris: Thanks, that’s sweet of you to say.

    @Jobu’s Rum: He’s doing charity work in Haiti.

    @Brian: Yup

    @p0rk burn: You can do better and/or you can get Desmond for less.

    @Elijah: Looks okay, he’s pretty boring. Like a poor man’s Span.

  22. El Famous Burrito says:

    @Elijah: He’s black.

    Not Wesley Snipes dark, but a rather lovely shade of milk chocolate.

  23. Jos-b says:

    Hey, Reimold just go dropped in my leagues. 12 team H2H Points

    Do I pick him up and drop Fowler, Rajai Davis or Conor Jackson?

  24. @Grey:

    Okay, wasn’t much else around, so far at least hes better than the real Span, he’s on the team til someone better comes by.

  25. Freak says:

    You know what’s fun about Milton Bradley in seattle? All the mariners fans are saying the exact same thing Cubs fans were saying last year. I cannot wait until things unravel.

    They definitely deserve it. I mean, I have to watch Carlos Silva this year, and that’s at least as bad.

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @p0rk burn: you can do better than desmond

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @BSA: i mean, shields has name value and a solid track record. you couldn’t trade him for something useful and drop someone else? i mean, surely he wasn’t your most expendable piece, and if he was, what size league and what size rosters are you playing with?

  28. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks, Mom. I know I can do better than a C+ also, but does that mean I want to put forth the effort?

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @p0rk burn: why not? all it takes is sending out some emails to gauge interest and seeing what kinda feedback you get.

  30. ichirosan says:

    So… is it time to ditch Snider in my RCL for someone like Willingham?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jos-b: Drop Fowler.

    @Freak: That’s what I’ve been saying.

    @p0rk burn: The way you’re going, buster, you’re not going to have any dessert.

    @ichirosan: I would.

  32. BSA says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: RCL – Originals
    There are no fast ones to be pulled.
    ESantana was just dropped for Randy Wells.

  33. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ichirosan: depends on where you are at with your roster. if you are starting snider, or need a productive bat in his roster spot asap, then sure. but if he’s a flier and buried on your bench and unlikely to get any PT unless he goes off, then you might as well keep him for more than 3 games and see what happens.

  34. WorldBFree says:

    I always loved Mama’s Family…LOL

  35. JohnButte says:

    Grey, in my 10 team h2h league, someone just dropped Choo. Should I drop the narddog, or Chris Davis? Would be in a Utility spot.

    Also, should I dump Soto for Doumit?

    Basically, is it too early to give up on Davis and Soto?

  36. Just got offered Slowey for Octavio Dotel. Rest of my pitching staff looks like this:

    SP: Nolasco, Hamels, Kershaw, Baker, Price, Hughes, Colby Lewis
    RP: Marmol, Soriano, Dotel, Nunez, Morales

    It’d leave me with 4 closers, with Morales the shakiest of the bunch (assuming Street ever returns).


  37. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @BSA: perhaps, but i see mastersons 2010 ceiling (being reasonable and not expecting him to be the 2nd coming or anything) as somewhere around james shields’ 2010 floor. say ~4.00 era, 13 Ws, 1.30 WHIP, 200 IP, 165Ks. boring when it comes from shields whose done it for several years now, but exciting when it comes from your waiver pick up. either way, you waived the guy with the better track record playing for the better team for a guy you hope puts up the same or similar numbers pitching for one of the worst MLB teams.

    also, if this is RCL originals, how is shields your most expendable player? were you not just taking shots in the dark on fliers at the end of the draft that you could have waived instead?

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: accept accept accept

  39. Erock says:

    Hey guys,

    Is Adrian Gonzalez/Scott Baker for F-Her fair? In less-than-stellar shape pitching-wise, could slide Kendry Morales in at 1B. Thanks for any input.

  40. Dingo says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: I’d lean toward taking that deal, though relying on Nunez & Morales for half of your saves doesn’t sound like an attractive prospect. How easy is it to pick up free agent closer candidates in your league?

  41. Wiley says:

    Thoughts on dropping Aroldis Chapman for any of the mentioned pitchers? He looked good in spring, but I got burned holding onto David Price last year and don’t want to repeat.

  42. Adam says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: A few days ago Grey came close to calling Slowey his AL Cy Young, do you want that or a SAGNOF champion?

  43. Quintero says:

    I’m holding Snider tight! It’s a dynasty league so kinda have to. At least, he has a better pillow than Suppan’s. Actually, I don’t know.

  44. timSTi says:

    @Grey: With Fowler platooning, is Podsednik a decent replacement? I had Fowler in a Util spot for his speed only. My team has more than enough power to handle the loss there with Pods.

  45. @ThePoonTycoon: @Dingo: @Adam: League is fairly tough on closers, most of the backups to the shaky closers are already taken. Best bet on the wire right now would be Scott Downs, for example. But I think you guys are right, Slowey’s more valuable, and I don’t need to wins the saves category, just stay competitive.

  46. Brian says:

    @Erock: Too much. Gonzalez for Hernandez might be too much, you definitely shouldn’t have to give up another player too.

  47. Adam says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: My league is the same way, but there’s such a big closer turnover that you’ve gotta maximize value, especially with an aging closer with health and walk issues…I think 3 solid closers and a couple of months of Morales will be just fine, and that’s without considering the possibility of any other waiver wire closers falling into your lap

  48. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mark Geoffriau: i mean, dotel isn’t going to do your ratios any favors, the pirates aren’t exactly gonna win 95 games, so his opportunities are gonna be limited. so you are trading ~25-30 saves with a solid K rate and below avg era/whip for a potential stud SP.

  49. Tom Emanski says:

    I wish I played in shallow leagues where Grey’s advice actually applied. Here I am excited to pick up the likes of Tyler Colvin in my leagues.

  50. BSA says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I just went through my pitching staff as I am putting in a waiver on Shields (well I would be) based on who I have, last years numbers, and the basic ESPN projections I would not move anyone (meaning drop anyone). I also only have one bench player on offense. I have a $12 salad and a donkeycorn with two donkeycorns waiting in the wings.

    We’ll see – I obviously will now watch Shields – next start is against the Yankees.

  51. As usual you speak the truth Ruth. Although I’m a little more excited about Austin Jackson. Another solid day for the kid today. With the brontosaurs roaming the Tiger outfield, he’s not going anywhere.

    I love Willingham. Seeing his name on my roster makes me feel like my team has some kind of blueblood, skull n’ bones pedigree. Now I just need J.P. Howell…

    I have Desmond as my MI, but I want a little insurance so I’m going to grab Hardy or McGehee this week. I’m thinking McGehee, since he’s 3B/2B eligible.

  52. Adam says:

    Who would you target if you were thinking about doing the unthinkable and selling high on Mini-Mini-Donk? I already have Cano at 2B, Ian is currently holding down my CI spot…

  53. @Adam: @ThePoonTycoon: Accepted the trade. If Colby Lewis is shaky tonight, I’ll drop him and pick up Ziegler or Downs (or whoever might be next in line in TX). Thanks for the advice — Slowey’s a favorite of mine, and I’m always worried about overvaluing my personal favorites.

  54. Erock says:

    @Brian: Thought so. Thanks.

  55. Jo says:

    what side of the fence are you on here: Gallardo/Lilly or Beckett/Lackey?

  56. Rabbit says:

    Two quick questions: I’ve got Wade Davis on my roster (in a keeper league)–do I drop him for the available CJ Wilson? Second, is it time to cut all ties with Cory Hart? I’m in a fairly deep 12-team roto league (14 active hitters, and 5 reserves per team), and the most exciting hitters on the waiver wire are of the Milton Bradley/Luke Scott/David DeJesus/Mike Cameron/Delmon Young variety. Bleh. I’ve got Reimold on my bench with Austin Jackson starting as my 5th OF this week.

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jo: gotta say beckett/lackey until you see lilly get back into action

  58. Smell The Glove says:

    What do you think of Delmon Young? His 2nd half last season seemed like he might break out this year but his platoon with Thome gives me a case of the Blechs while owning him. He’s never had a splits problem so why does he need to sit against certain pitchers?

  59. JohnButte says:

    Thanks Grey. Waiver claim in to drop span and put in Choo.

  60. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    Anyone seen the lineup yet for Atl? Chipper-less and McCann-less. Over/under on Filthy Sanchez Ks: 7.5

  61. Jo says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: that’s what i’m thinking. both gallardo and lilly are iffy due to injury concerns whereas only lackey is iffy on the other side

  62. Howard says:

    @JohnButte How can someone dump Choo? Someone in my league dumped Kinsler. I think it gives an unfair advantage to the team at the next waiver position. IDIOTS!!! My mother told me not to play with strangers!

  63. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jo: i am not nearly as worried about gallardo as some are. i think he’ll be fine, and i think he’ll build on his first full season last year and be stronger in the 2nd half this year. he’s never had arm issues, his lost 2008 season was a freak knee injury. that said, we don’t know if lilly will be himself when he comes back. shoulder surgery isn’t something a pitcher comes back form easily. i’ve got lilly stashed on my DL in a league, but i’m not start him till i’ve seen him throw a few games.

  64. Howard says:

    Can Blanks do it tonight against Jorge and his nasty stuff? I’m on the fence, I own both of em!

  65. Real Tom says:

    Surprised to not see Freese on the buy list. Well, not that surprised. Well, not surprised at all. But when I sold Snyder, I bought some Freese, and I felt good about it.

  66. Adam says:

    Give Fowler and Hughes for Borbon? Or will Fowler outgrow this platoon situation and provide similar stats?

  67. Howard says:

    Am excited about Liriano going tonight. Can’t wait to see if the pre-season was for real.

  68. Adam says:

    @Adam: Would replace Hughes with Young/Masterson/Kennedy/Mr. B of the week if this trade works out

  69. Jobu's Rum says:

    Morrow and Bergesen getting shelled. Ugly early. Thinking I’ll sned Morrow packing and hire Kennedy.

  70. GTS says:

    Brian Roberts out with strained abdominal muscle.

  71. GTS says:

    I like KJ’s 15/10 with close to .280 average (hoping) vs. Theriot and his < 5 HR and 20 steals.

    Great stuff as always Grey!

  72. Smell The Glove says:

    @GTS: Well, that didn’t take long. Right up there with the shock I have towards Chipper taking a could days off.

  73. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: Grey – What if you add Wade Davis to Denys’ pitcher list:
    Young, Santana, Wilson, Masterson, Kennedy, Gio, & then Davis?

  74. Back to Minors says:

    whoa!!…watch out for Young…tightness in his shoulder….next start pushed back.

  75. papasmurf says:

    Oh how I hate Mr. Softy. Only I can manage to draft a guy last year supposedly entering his prime after back2back strong seasons only to have him lay an egg, and then to miss out on picking him this year by a few spots and have him have a big comeback year.

    He already has as many dingers as my whole team combined.

  76. The Dude says:

    Two Questions:

    1. I’m currently suffering the effects of Alexei’s “cold” start. Hardy is an intriguing FA, go for it?

    2. Dump Cueto for any of your guys? Young, C.J., Kennedy, Gio GoGo and Latos all available.

  77. Nathan says:

    Just traded Dexter Fowler and Valverde for the Dread Pirate. “Only” have 4 other closers now, and an outfield of Werth, Dunn (OBP league!), Quentin, McCutchen, R. Davis. Very excited about this.

    All I remember from the draft is Grey’s “voice” in my head saying “if there are 3 closers left in the last three rounds, I’m taking all of them”.

  78. Tommy says:

    Nice list, but Chris Young is having shoulder pain and has been shut down for at least one start, with more possible.

    If you’re looking at a pick up, know what you are getting yourself into. Off season shoulder surgery and residual pain after his first start of <90 pitches is not a good sign for a full season of health.

  79. Welp, boring or not, if A-Jackson can keep getting me runs and steals he’s more than welcome.

  80. Lava says:

    I just dropped Snider in one of my leagues for Masterson. He has been a guy that hits for low average and strikes out a lot in the past, and he’s continuing the trend into this season. It’s one thing to judge players on the first few days of the season, but it’s another to judge them on continuing bad trends.

    I am keeping him (for now) on the bench in my deeper 18 league team, though.

  81. @The Dude:

    If you were worried about the cold start, why draft Alexei. that’s what he do.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wiley: Lose him.

    @Quintero: Ha

    @timSTi: Go for it.

    @3fingersbrown: Ha!

    @Adam: Depends what you need.

    @Rabbit: Hold and hold.

    @Smell The Glove: I like him but you mention the issue. Needs every day time.

    @aconstipatedmonkey: Taking the over. Deity of choice, please let it be the over.

    @Howard: 3 Ks and a homer maybe.

    @Jobu’s Rum: Yup

    @GTS: Thanks for the heads up!

    @Smell The Glove: Yup

    @Bill Lumbergh: Right in front of Gio.

    @Back to Minors: Yeah, ugh.

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @The Dude: Sure and no.

    @Nathan: Nice!

  83. Grey

    Grey says:

    ***FYI, I updated the post. If Young has shoulder pain already, it’s not someone to buy. Carry on.

  84. Tommy says:

    Yeah I just dumped Young for Matusz, who was inexplicably dumped in my main money league. Two starts next week and huge upside…how fast can one click “submit”?

  85. peter says:

    Chipper, Glaus, Gaby Sanchez? For everyday CI.

    Latos, Sheets, Buchholz, Kennedy? For the last 2 rotation spots.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @peter: Gaby… Kennedy and Latos…

  87. Lava says:


    Oh! By the by, I ended up dumping Bard for Wilson yesterday as per your and Rollie’s advice. I have somewhat of a fetish for solid relievers, which is probably unhealthy in a non-holds league.

    So thanks to you and Rollie! Hopefully it works out and Paps doesn’t break down.

  88. Adam says:

    Pick up Placido? Robert’s back is all wonky again after a slide into second today. Would love to hold onto Alcides, but..well I don’t need JJ and Alcides, do I now?

  89. @Grey:

    Couldn’t he have had shoulder pain before blanking the Dbacks? Heh.

  90. Steve says:

    Curse you Alex Gonzalez! It’s a Razzball league – I didn’t draft this kind of production.

  91. Eddy says:

    Ian Kennedy or Masterson?

  92. matthole says:

    some solid 2-start matchups for next week:

    Johnny Cueto: @FLA (Nolasco), @PIT (Duke)
    Ian Kennedy: @LAD (Kershaw), @SD (Young)
    Barry Zito: PIT (Ohlendorf), @LAD (Kershaw)

  93. Eddy says:

    That Cueto matchup looks good.

    Don’t know about Kennedy against the Dodgers…

  94. @Eddy:

    When in doubt, I always want the NL West guy over an AL SP.

  95. @Eddy:

    Then again, if Kershaw is gonna walk 6 guys again (Groan), and Young’s shoulder is barking, that could be 2 wins!

  96. BSA says:

    What is up with weather in SanFran and Tampa? Beuhler??

  97. @BSA:

    Weather in San Fran looks gorgeous on TV?

  98. Sanchez starts the season with a BB, color me shocked.

  99. matthole says:

    @Eddy: pitcher friendly park

  100. Eddy says:

    Yea I was leaning Kennedy. But man, how I HATE having two SP in the same game (I own Kershaw too).

  101. Kazmere says:

    10 team roto, traditional stats. Taking your Masterson>Oswalt tip and running with it. I have Os–and Masterson is on the wire. Thinking of offering a trade of Os + donkeycorn for a OF. Then grabbing Masterson. What level OF do you think I could get from someone desperate for SP?

    Or should I not risk letting Masterson sit out there too long and just dump Morales and pick him up now? I’m a closer hoarder.

  102. Eddy says:

    And cmon Filthy Sanchez, I can all ready see you choosing which whip with which to whip me with on the tying post!

    Trying saying “which whip with which to whip”” 5 times fast

  103. @Eddy:

    Same here (Kershaw and Kennedy), but you can’t use that as a deal breaker, I wouldn’t at least.

  104. @Eddy:

    Theres a K for us.

  105. Hmm speaking of having the same pitchers, I got Sanchez on my HtH team and Hudson on my RCL team.

  106. Steve says:

    Off topic but if there’s a sports event that looks better in HD than The Masters, I’d like to see it.

  107. @Steve:

    It looks like one of those Japanese Gardens, gorgeous.

  108. herschel says:

    @Grey: assuming I want to drop one of the napanetta tandem (napoli/ianetta), do you recommend hanging on to one over the other? could also drop someone like fowler, but cant justify carrying 3 catchers, ever if two of them barely = 1.

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kazmere: Try for Pence.

    @Steve: Can’t watch golf, seems stupid.

  110. Grey

    Grey says:

    Filthy Sanchez!

  111. Eddy says:


    Man, I have a feeling that with Kershaw and Sanchez, a lot of their starts I’m gonna turn blue from how much Im gonna be holding my breath!

  112. BSA says:

    @Grey: @Elijah: Sorry, multitasking getting dinner together and keeping up with basball. Confused PP for PPD! Ugh – hate when that happens.

  113. The Chris Young “Buy” mysterious deletion conspiracy. Dude, you are on it. However, I was this close to picking him up 2 hours ago…

    Chris Young will miss his scheduled start Monday with right shoulder tightness.

    After his strong outing Tuesday, we suggested owners enjoy it while it lasted. But who knew that this was coming already? The Padres will move Kevin Correia up in the rotation to face the Braves on Monday. With an off day Tuesday, a fifth starter won’t be needed again until April 18. If Young isn’t ready then, either Tim Stauffer or Sean Gallagher will get the call.

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubspunk: Yeah, his news broke right after I posted the Buy/Sell. Sorry for any confusion. I’d add in an update into the post but this is Razzball not the New York Times.

  115. Steve says:

    @Grey: Bah! Apropos of nothing at all, Smoltz is a fantastic golfer.

  116. @Grey:

    Razzball > NY Times

  117. matthole says:

    @Grey: if theriots still cold after the weekend do you consider him a SS thats too valuable to dump for the current hot hitting SS like a renteria, ocab, etc …cut, bench, start? thx

  118. Eddy says:


  119. 4 K’s ching ching ching. I got Sanchez on every single non RCL team (Big surprise someone took him early there)

  120. I get the feeling the Rockies will have some trouble vs LHP.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You know what’s more boring than watching golf, playing it.

    @Elijah: Probably for fantasy baseball.

    @matthole: I could see cutting him but not for any SS you mention.

    @Eddy: Heyward’s looked lost for 3 days.

  122. Lava says:

    DLR kicking a bit of ass right now. 5 K’s and 1 BB through 3.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Yeah, him and Sanchez… It’s a good day so far.

  124. Lava says:

    @Grey: Wish I would have had Sanchez, but he surprised by how early he went in one league, and since I screwed up on Broxton in the auction league, I couldn’t afford him when he went for $7.

  125. Go Hudson go.

  126. Eddy says:

    I feel sorry for the managers who traded away their Albert Pujols for Heyward after opening day.

  127. jsp2014 says:

    Are you punting Maybin alongside Snider? Just like last year, I figured between the 2 of ’em I’d get someone serviceable.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Hehe

    @jsp2014: I’m not punting Maybin yet.

  129. Eddy says:

    Did the Braves broadcasters just compare Filthy Sanchez to OLIVER PEREZ?


  130. @Eddy:

    Lol. I was glad they bunted so he wouldnt walk the bases loaded.

  131. matthole says:

    @Grey: do you list your “Buys” in preferential order? santana>wilson>gio>masterson>kennedy, etc

  132. GopherDay says:

    Grey, would you take an Oswalt for Fowler trade? My team is really light on steals and Masterton is on waivers.

  133. Ian says:

    Mini-mini donkey with a couple RBIs! Thought the Padres would have walked him there with 1st base open. I guess they had their lefty/lefty matchup that they wanted.

  134. GTS says:

    MMD finally gets a single!

  135. Eddy says:

    Sanchez really needs to throw a strike to begin every AB, and not his usual 1-0. They’re already loosening someone up for crying out loud!

  136. @Eddy:

    My WHIP is sagging lower by the moment.

  137. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: I think you can do better.

    @GTS: Toying with them now.

  138. Eddy says:

    I’m at 1.68 for the week. You?

  139. BSA says:

    Lets go Hudson – fast 3rd with the bottom 3rd.

  140. papasmurf says:

    Holycrap Roberts goes down too. I was concerned about Roberts and Chipper coming in. Knew both would miss potentially significant amounts of time, but it didn’t take long to be realized… I just hope Roberts gets DL’ed quick so at least I am not wasting two roster spots. Gotta give Roberts points for guts though. Certainly wasn’t afraid to try stealing, iffy back and all.

    My attempt to 3 peat is off to a bad start. The team is hitting barely .200 with a .270 OBP so far. Going with Getz and Rolen now. Yikes.

  141. The Dude says:

    @Elijah: I know, I know – it’s terrible – my draft plan was foiled by other foolish owners, one drafted both Rollins and Elvis (Elvis has been on the bench all season), another drafted Asdrubal and EverCab (again EverCab hasn’t sniffed the starting lineup). In need of speed at the SS spot I grabbed Alexei late, which seemed like the best course of action at the time…

    I should really start sending trade offers to these jokers, but they’re both stubborn with their foolishness and I don’t have much hope of buying cheap.

  142. Tony says:

    somebody probably already said this but “HEY TRAVIS SNIDER GOT A HIT!”

  143. GTS says:

    DLR’s nasty! 95 mph heat alternating with an 86 mph change.

  144. Grey

    Grey says:

    @papasmurf: Yikes indeed. Chipper’s unfortunately the type to not get DL’d, just sits out.

  145. Eddy says:

    Ha! I think I should rename my team The Whipper Crappers!

    Don’t forget to throw Kershaw in there too.

  146. Eddy says:

    Well, I’m off to see the Marlins home opener. Here’s to MMD and Filthy Sanchez doing amazing for the remainders of their games!

  147. GopherDay says:

    @Grey:Same League…It counts Ks against hitters, so it will hurt MMD’s value. But would you take McCann for MMD and Oswalt? (The guy’s got Mauer also) McCann would replace Napoli and his non-existant at bats.

    MMD is my CI right now, and I would replace him with Nick Swisher…That would allow me to pick up Masterton, and dump Napoli for another pitcher or a HLDS guy.

  148. @Eddy:

    On that team…1.78. At least its HtH.

  149. @papasmurf:

    I was so worried about Roberts I took Pedroia, and he gets on my nerves.

  150. BSA says:

    Is Razzball on twitter? Because somehow Snider must have been reading the word on him out of Razzball nation. 2/3 with a RBI

  151. Robert says:

    @Grey: I was offered C. Pena for my J. Santana. I am going to counter offer and ask for Fielder. I have Lince, Nolasco, De La Rosa, Price. Already have Tex at 1st, so Fielder would take a Util spot. Is it worth giving up Santana for Fielder?

  152. The Dude says:

    @BSA: and he’s standing on third waiting for the continued implosion of Mike Gonzalez…

  153. Kazmere says:

    Gonzalez–another blown save. THANKS GREY! I benched him with your advice.

  154. Sanchez line looks just like Kershaws! Hurrah.

  155. mauledbypandas says:

    damn, i thought MMD had another HR there for a second, just got caught in the wind a little bit.

  156. BSA says:

    WOW – Was that a fast dump on the mound – cruisin’ right into a brick wall.

  157. NoonTime says:

    I’ve been Dirty Gonzalez’d! In a points league where blown saves hurt… In the lineup for the 1st blown save…. on the bench for the converted save… back in the lineup for today’s DG! Enjoy the bus ride to the waiver wire.

  158. Mojo the Helper Monkey says:

    Wow. Hudson 36 pitchers through 4. Only 1k though. What’s the opposite of a Whipper Crapper?

  159. Euroalien says:

    12 team, 5 x 5 Roto – Playing 4 Utils and 3 OFs – I have a couple of questions……

    Do I bench Snider for Desmond as a Util…… and give him another week to break out of his funk or drop Snider now and pick up one of the following: Willingham, Kotchman, Gaby Sanchez or Kelly Johnson while they are still available? (Other OFs Bay, Granderson, Damon, Fowler and Hamilton) – If so, which one…….?

    What do I do with Napoli……..? Molina, Ianetta or Baker are probably the best options.

    Thoughts? Thanks

  160. @Grey:

    On the bright side, Hudson is doing a fine job cleaning up the mess Franklin and Frasor left me on Opening day.

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    ***I’d pick up Jim Johnson if you have room.

  162. brad says:

    Sanchez with the early hook. . . too many hits. Gonzalez takes another dump. Gregg pitching the 9th for Toronto.

  163. @Grey:

    Is there any word on when Ethier’s expected back?

  164. Nick0rz says:

    Sniderman does what he can to make a believer out of you.

  165. @brad:

    Id think Gregg is in there mainly because Frasor threw the last 2 games.

  166. Tom Emanski says:

    Grey, you’re going to pay for giving up on Sniderman

  167. BSA says:

    Hudson look as good in person as he does on Fantasycast?

  168. JoeC says:

    Grey: “Ian Desmond – Owned in 3.7% of ESPN leagues? Seriously? That makes me sad.”

    Does that mean 3.7% of ESPN leagues are Razzball leagues?

  169. Steve says:

    @Grey: Screw you, BSA!

  170. kwak says:

    Austin Jackson over Michael Brantley?

    Seem similar but Jackson is at least leading off.

  171. @Grey:

    Wait now Jim Johnson? Im on it…Who to drop… Pineiro or CJ Wilson?

  172. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JoeC: Ha, could be.

  173. @BSA:

    Hudson making it look really easy.

  174. @Grey:

    Great, I needed a 4th closer for RCL, I’m Johnny on the Spot.

  175. BSA says:

    @Elijah: @Steve: Different comments but single reply applies – “Like Butta'”, “Water off a duck’s back”, take your pick.

  176. BSA says:

    @Steve: You want him?

  177. Steve says:

    @BSA: Must have been a matter of seconds. Hesitated between dropping Zeigler or Barton…

  178. kwak says:

    But I have Brantley now, backup OF. Wondering if I should drop him for Jackson or not. Or is it really splitting hairs?

  179. @BSA:

    I like how Hudson has no fear throwing it right down the middle when hes got 3 balls…he looks like a guy who’s gonna sport a nice WHIP.

  180. BSA says:

    @Steve: Been there…..Felt that pain.

  181. Steve says:

    @BSA: Well, the list of guys I’d give up is a fairly short one…

  182. 18 up, 18 down for Hudson.

  183. BSA says:

    @Elijah: Now for a DP……
    Happened before I clicked submit.

    Well I’ve enjoyed the afternoon, gotta go!
    Steve good luck scoopin’

  184. pjtres says:

    grey, richard was dumped in my league…should i dump colby lewis or sherrill for him? or just hang tight


  185. Steve says:

    @BSA: You need to be very careful about how you use that acronym.

  186. Kazmere says:

    10 team roto, SV, ERA, WHIP. I’ve got
    and Dirty Gonzalez

    Too hasty to drop Gonz for Masterson?

  187. kwak says:

    So sayeth Grey, so it is done.

    I’m thinkin of sitting Latos tomorrow, at COL is a tough first start. I’m not sure if I’m thinkin crazy because of my newfound JdlR broner.

    In H2H, just took over ERA and WHIP thanks to senor rosa, I’ve got k’s locked up, pitching Bailey tonight and Colby Lewis tomorrow, way behind in W’s but ERA and WHIP are very much in the air.


  188. Steve says:

    C’mon Hudson – don’t fail us now…

  189. Mikey boy324 says:

    Grey Napoli just got dropped in one of my leagues I have Suzuki as my starter should I drop him for Napoli?

  190. GTS says:

    MMD hit a HR… too bad it landed on first base.

  191. Euroalien says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey! Would you drop Napoli for Molina now……….? The other option I have is to drop Thornton to get Molina. Hate to carry two C’s but don’t want to miss out on a change in the Napoli situation…….. What do you think ?

  192. Steve says:

    @Grey: No – just begging pathetically/whining like a baby.

  193. SamYo says:

    Bench Granderson against Prince ? He sucks against LHP but hes been hitting so far.

  194. Steve says:

    @Grey: Giants don’t look the same now they’re not sporting a Merkin.

  195. @Steve:

    Bloop single, solid double, 2 ground outs for those two runs, no big deal only the double was well hit.

  196. @Grey:

    Thanks for that heads up on J Johnson btw.

  197. Kazmere says:

    @Grey: Thx for
    talking me off the Dirty Ledge, Grey. I just sent you a couple of daquiris via Paypal. Happy weekend!!

  198. sean says:

    Overall, I think you have to be pleased with Sanchez’s 6K:2BB. It’s a good sign for things to come.

  199. Tony says:

    @Grey: i ended up pitching DLR (awesome) and benching DIRTY SANCHEZ….. oh yaaaaa (big koolaid guy).

    my week is almost set, 4 more innings from Closers OR Haren tomm….

    Its all about the STRATEGERY!

  200. brad says:

    Braves announcer just now, “Jerry Rice, as a football player was. . . solid.”

    Whoa whoa whoa, let’s not get hyperbolic.

  201. Tony says:

    ahhh and snider ended up getting 2 hits HAHAHHA…. i’m betting there’s ALOT of people who are po’d now who just dropped him!

  202. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I am. Some bleeders found their way through. Wasn’t terrible.

    @Tony: Nice!

    @brad: Ha!

  203. @brad:

    Starting to be glad I’m getting the SF feed.

  204. Hitman says:

    Nappy not in the lineup again… gotta love it.

  205. GopherDay says:

    My team’s pitching stat line this week. H2H… 5 wins 5 saves 61 Ks 1.93 ERA 1.23 Whip

    I’ve started Lincecum, Hamels, Greinke, DLR, Ubaldo. Needless to say I’m winning!

  206. Frackin Wagner.

  207. BSA says:

    back just in time for Wagner’s gaff. I cannot buy a win this week.
    FHer, Wilson, or Peavy – c’mon!?

  208. BSA says:

    Steve does that make Wagner the Wanker?

  209. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Never thought I’d get a Jackie Chiles shoutout in a fantasy baseball article. BTW, did you have Suzie call Dr. Bison and set up an appointment for Chipper Jones?

    Still (very) early, but Price is looking good against the Yanks so far. Glad I decided to roll with him.

  210. peter says:

    @BSA: @Elijah: I own Wagner is a couple of leagues. But the worst part about watching him blow the save is having to listen to the Giants announcers (Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow) even longer.

  211. @peter:

    Well I desperately needed that W, I’ve gpt 1 on the week, miserable.

  212. @peter:

    And Id change the channel but might have to see Golf coverage.

  213. GTS says:

    Soto on the bench 2 days in a row? Sopali?

  214. herschel says:

    who is wagners handcuff?

  215. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @herschel: Saito, I would think.

  216. Tony says:

    dammit wagner!

  217. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @GTS: the anouncers were just talking about the cubs winning percentage with hill catching being so much better than soto

  218. AL KOHOLIC says:

    BRUCE ALERT,he got robbed by lee on a hard hit ball,we need him to get rolling

  219. Giants and Rockies and Dbacks all playing good ball. My gut is telling me LA is a middle of the pack team this year, not enough pitching.

  220. James says:

    David Price seems to be cruising over the Yanks. I should’ve started him over Dirty Sanchez. UGH.

  221. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @James: 3 innings of no-hit, 4 Ks… so far, so good.

  222. @Awesomus Maximus:

    Whoever was afraid to draft Price because of the AL East already having 2nd thoughts.

  223. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Huh… why is Price being charged with 2 ER when A-Rod scored on a throwing error (smooth move, Navarro)?

  224. Tony says:

    @James: @Elijah: give price another inning or two before you deem him “gold for 2010″…..

    i’m loving Ryan Howards start so far…. 7/16 for a slow starter, AWESOME

  225. BSA says:

    @Tony: My offense looks phenom today as well – 0 for 10. Geez!

  226. Tony says:

    @Grey: HAPP with 3 runs of support so far LOL, go HAPP! now just dont give 7 back….

  227. Tony says:


  228. Tony says:

    @Tony: infield hit LOL, eff

  229. James says:

    @Tony: Seriously… Ryan Howard is KILLING IT!

  230. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Tony: I agree, but Price is looking very good. He’s consistently driving his fastball in on the hands of righties… plenty of broken bats.

  231. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Vasquez, on the other hand, looks the same as the last time I saw him in a Yankees’ uniform. :-\

  232. Adam says:

    Anybody else think Napoli could have injury issues? He couldn’t have lost the job during ST, he was crushing it and I read an article about his improving D…

    I’m not sure if it would be good news or bad news, but it’d be nice to have some explanation

  233. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Adam: I’ve stopped looking for an explanation… went with Clement in one league, traded for McCann in the other where I had Napoli. Headache over.

  234. Bob says:

    @Adam: I’m a lifelong passionate Angels fan (and non-Napoli owner). I think the answer is very simple — Scioscia values defense at catcher, and he thinks there’s a big difference between Mathis and Napoli there. So, he’s willing to take the offensive suckitude of Mathis. If Napoli is going to hit his 20 HR’s, he’s going to have to do it with his 400ish or fewer AB’s.

  235. paulzone says:

    masterson, wilson, penny, oswalt

    categories: w, l, s, hld, k, gidp, era, whip

    please rank in order of preference…i own oswalt, the rest are on the waiver wire…would you dump oswalt for any of them?

  236. Adam says:

    @Bob: Any reason to hope for extra ABs out of the DH slot? Matsui had a solid season last year but he’s far from a stud there, and I heard they’re carrying 3 Cs so it seems reasonable

  237. Adam says:

    Correia, Marcum, Masterson, Kennedy and R. Romero all on waivers in a 12 teamer….should I dump Masset, Fowler, Saito or Bard in a holds league for any?

    Also, just saw the great FraGu was dropped, I could lose Fowler for him…

  238. Adam says:

    @Adam: SP is currently Nolasco, Verlander, Lester, Slowey, Dempster and Hughes

  239. Steve says:

    @BSA: As I own him on a team, that pretty much qualifies him, yes.

  240. BKK says:

    Mike Gonzalez made it easy for me to drop him in my 10 team league- where there are three or four other closers on the wire- so I could free up Reyes from the DL.

    @Tony: You putting in a bid for Jim Johnson since I cut him lose last night for Swisher? I was right in fortelling his demise but couldn’t wait another day. Doh!

  241. Calogero says:

    With what Homer Bailey showed today, should I return him without a receipt and see if I can get an exchange for the Brad Penny or Colby Lewis I’ve had on layaway?

  242. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Calogero: and bud norris

  243. Dont mock…the Rodrigo.

  244. BeanyBill says:

    Are we still cutting Travis Snider loose after he had himself a bit of a game today?

  245. Grey

    Grey says:

    @paulzone: Nope

    @Adam: I’d lose Masset for Kennedy.

    @Calogero: I’d give him another start.

    @BeanyBill: Depends if you need power and your other options. Batting eighth or ninth and striking out for days at a time isn’t great. Think he might be a year away from real production.

  246. Calogero says:

    @BeanyBill: Against a lefty starter AND closer, which had been his bugaboo.

  247. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Not sure I follow. You wrote, “Masterson will be better than Oswalt this year.”

    But when paulzone asked, “Would you dump Oswalt for [Masterson]” you answered, “Nope”. Are you saying “Nope” to the “dump” part (meaning try to trade him instead of dumping)? Just looking for clarification, since I own Oswalt in one league.

  248. Geeez. My HtH team is a troupe of berserk monsters.

  249. Calogero says:

    @Grey: Bailey kills me because I think he’s got a pretty good D behind him and he just Kershaws around the strike zone all day. If my add/drop privileges hadn’t been suspended because I haven’t paid the fee yet, I’d have sent Homer on his own kind of Odyssey

  250. BeanyBill says:

    Why does James Loney hate me and refuse to let me get a goddamn save this week?

  251. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Still wondering why Price is charged with 3 earned runs when A-Rod scored on a throwing error (Navarro launched the ball into an empty left field). Anyone see something I’m missing?

  252. Martin says:

    Why are the cubs benching soto?

  253. Steve says:

    Kotchman! He loves being a Buy!
    Elsewhere, thoughts on Francoeur? Just grabbed him for a Util spot.

  254. BKK says:

    @Martin: So, Koyie can go 0-3 and really put pressure on him to get hitting.

  255. BKK says:

    @Steve: I have the same question.

  256. Calogero says:

    @Martin: Because catching is hard and catchers generally sit once every 5 or 6 games. Joe Mauer sat out today too, so don’t get too worked up.

  257. Mini Donkeys are stubborn.

  258. Wham Dinger Chirs Young.

  259. Eddy says:

    Just came back from the Marlins game where Renyel pinto came in a took a shit all over us. I still don’t know why we own him. It’s the first times I heard Marlins fans boo one of our players….and this was BEFORE he came out to pitch!

    In other news, Cameron Maybin has Miley Cyrus as his song when he comes up to bat. If that’s not enough to drop him for those still holding on, idk what is.

    I’m .40 ahead in ERA, should I start Kenshin Kawakami tomorrow?

  260. GopherDay says:

    @Elijah: I’m feeling pretty good about my dynasty league trade: Rauch for Young and the guys first round 2010 College draft.

  261. GopherDay says:

    @Eddy: Oh gosh!!! Miley Cyrus??? maybin is a disgrace to the Male gender!!! Get that man some Jonas Bros!!! Wait……That will only make it worse!

  262. poop says:

    Grey, who’s more valuable in a 14 team H2H keeper league? (OPS is a cat, btw)

    FraGu or Maybin?

  263. Eddy says:

    Might as well throw in some High School Music in there

  264. Dumbmutt says:

    Real men listen to Justin Bieber. How awesome would it be hear One Less Lonely Girl blasting throughout the stadium as you come up to bat?

  265. GopherDay says:

    @Eddy: And Justin Bieber….I saw this fanpage on facebook. They are hilarious! “People should stop making fun of Justin Bieber. It really hurts her feelings” or “That girl has a really pretty voice….oh wait, thats Justin Bieber” The same could be said of Billy Butler and his moobs!

  266. GopherDay says:

    @GopherDay: Wow!! Look at her rack!!!…Oh wait, thats just Billy Butler!!

  267. Eddy says:

    I’m a fan of the “stop making fun of her” page! Ha! And you should definitely start the Butler one, I’ll be the first to join.

  268. GopherDay says:

    @Eddy: Hahahahaha!!!! That would be hilarious! I don’t think some of my friends would appreciate the humor in that group like y’all would.

  269. Dumbmutt says:

    Should I feel dirty since I googled Billy Butler looking for man boobs?

  270. Eddy says:

    So Jay bruce has a .067 average for me with not one bit of contribution in any category (which includes walks)

    He can enjoy the weekend on the bench. Rajai Davis is gonna take his spot.

  271. GopherDay says:

    And you know what is really scary? If you google “Billy Butler Moobs” Razzball is the first link. Oh dear!

  272. pjtres says:

    hey grey…seeing as how colby lewis had a decent start (albeit against the mariners), i guess i shouldnt dump him for c. richard…

    so i know i asked before, but didnt know if anything had changed after all their starts…
    would you drop pierre/sherrill/reimold/lewis for richard?


  273. GopherDay says:

    Any good pictures for the profile picture??

  274. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    In other news, Blanks (my Reimold replacement) is now 0 for 10 (0/0/0/0, 6Ks, 0BBs) since his opening day dinger, while Reimold has gone 1 for 10 (1/1/2/0, 2Ks, 2BBs) in the last three days. Time to switch back?

    I understand that Reimold isn’t setting the baseball world ablaze, but I feel like he’s on the upswing and could be moving into (if he’s not already in) a full-time role, whether in the field, at DH or splitting time between… and his upside is far better than Blanks’.

  275. Who should I expect to give up for Slowey?
    J. Santana
    C. Hamels
    J Del La Rosa
    E Santana
    S Baker

    and where was the 2010 Tier, only saw the 2009 tier?

    You da man!

  276. Terrence Mann says:


    Grey, why no love for Masset? He gave up the grand slam the other day, but his numbers from last season are the type that you generally love. 1.026 WHIP, 2.37 ERA, 70 Ks in 76 innings. Those K numbers are Marmolesque. I realize he’s not gonna take the closer job from Cordero but as far as MRs go, he’s about as solid as it gets, right?

  277. Terrence Mann says:


    That is friggin hilarious.

  278. GopherDay says:

    @Terrence Mann: I thought the same thing…imploded on Opening day on me. Dropped, may pick up later though…

  279. Eddy says:

    Damn you Rajai Davis you sonavabench.

  280. Terrence Mann says:


    I assume Grey’s reasoning is a combo of not having a shot at the closer job, pitching in a hitters park, facing Braun/Fielder and Pujols/Holliday (plus Wrigley) a lot. Beyond that, I don’t see why Grey no likey. Rudy likes him.

  281. GopherDay says:

    @Terrence Mann: I mean, he’s a MR with good peripherals. He is what he is. I mean, no one would pick up Rauch because he had ‘no chance’ of getting the closer gig. Closers are a strange beast indeed.

  282. Terrence Mann says:


    Prolly should point out that I’m in a holds league. I have a couple solid closers (Cordero, Marmol) but some guys in the league stocked up and have four or five. To counter that, I picked up Masset, Bard, Coffey, and Rodriguez (deep league). Holds are worth the same as saves, right? They all have solid peripherals.

  283. preptime says:

    Soriano or Rasmus?

  284. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @preptime: I’m enjoying owning Rasmus… especially considering the bats around him.

  285. BKK says:

    @Terrence Mann: I assume Joba, Guerrier and Thornton are gone.

    How about Hawkins, he is looking pretty solid.

    I am looking to unload one of those top three (as a deal sweetener and pick up Massett myself. So him giving up a GS day one is my favour right now the way I look at it.

  286. preptime says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: The same cannot be said about Soriano, thanks for the input.

  287. GopherDay says:

    @Terrence Mann: I’m in a holds league as well. I missed the draft, so it was auto-picked for me and I got one closer: Fuentes….Blech! But I picked up Perez and Morales, so now I have three closers. But since I missed the draft, all the great MRs were taken (Bard, Thorton, Guerrier, etc.) So I am just picking MRs that give me good periphials but might get a closing gig…Mike Adams. Closers have a lot more trade value than MRs!

  288. Terrence Mann says:


    All gone. Joba fan but he scared me with his crap spring (I know, I know). Not as big a fan of Hawkins. Last year looks like an abberation. He’s a donkeyholder, IMO. Still solid…but I imagine Joba and Thornton will have the trade value.

  289. Terrence Mann says:


    Agreed on the trade value…but don’t know if it should be that way. It’s pretty hard to be real strong in both holds and saves. How can you carry enough pitchers to do that? I like my current set up. I didn’t overspend on closers but can keep other guys honest. Everybody spent on closers, so I go the other way and fill my roster with MRs. League is H2H, which kinda takes some of the strategy out of it. Roto is much more interesting with both categories.

  290. Tom Reale says:

    Sansburg…nice!…Pence way to check in tonight buddy…Run for the Roses looked real solid…I can’t even stomach rostering Vernon long enough to try an trade him!

  291. GopherDay says:

    @Terrence Mann: Well my league is a ROTO league, so it is difficult. I’m finding it really hard because we don’t have a deep bench. (Five players) So I have enough space for 3 closers and 1 holds guy right now.

    But I just pulled off a trade for McCann (its listed above) which will leave me with two open slots, so I’ll pick up Masterton and then a Holds guy.

    I haven’t really read much about it, but the strategy of punting saves in a holds league seems pretty interesting. I’m wondering if I could trade my closers for offense help and then just fill my RP slots with MR and try to win holds. Is 12 points of holds better than fighting for points in both…I don’t know.

  292. Terrence Mann says:


    The other thing to consider is that holds aren’t as easy to count on. Boston has Bard and Okajima, for example. Depending on R/L matchups late in the game, they go to whoever makes sense.

    I have no clue what a good strategy for roto holds and saves is. Get the best value and work the wire is the best I can come up with, especially with shallow rosters. It would almost be tempting to stream holds guys but other teams would snatch up anyone that got hot. Gotta really stretch your roster thin in your type of league, which makes it more interesting.

  293. ThePoonTycoon says:

    it took me until today to get a hit from pence. when can i expect 1 from teixeira?

  294. BKK says:

    @GopherDay: I’d try to grab guys who might take over the incumbent closer. Hawkins could get the job as Hoffman is 147 years old. Johnson will likely take the role from Mike Gonzalez, Maybe Ziegler (although Bailey is looking fine).If Saito is available, he is another good candidate. Billy was shaky today.

  295. BKK says:

    @Terrence Mann: I was just going to point that out. I owned him for a while last year. He was solid.

  296. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG, OPS League

    Who should I have for my SS slot, JJ Hardy, Miguel Tejada, or Ian Desmond?

  297. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    Also, Renteria and O-Cab are out there? Who do I pick-up?

  298. anoraxx says:

    Hardy over Andrus?

  299. DJSatane says:

    Why do you only use espn ownership % numbers? It seems yahoo ownership % are way more spot on, you should check it out.

  300. Tony says:

    HAPP WITH THE WIN GREY! HAHA 5 K’s 2 BB’s not a good whip tho 1.60. But i will take it, you have to admit with that offense he’s gonna get some wins, whether his pitching is stellar or not…

  301. BeanyBill says:

    You guys would give up McLouth for Pence, right?

  302. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @anoraxx: For a quick fix, maybe, but I’m holding onto Andrus where I drafted him for the long term.

  303. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Tony: Heheh… I was waiting for this post.

  304. paulzone says:

    Please rank these pitchers (5×5)

    duch, latos, masterson, gio, penny, paulino, pineiro, cueto, hughes, kennedy, wilson, marcum, c.young

    sorry for the long list but i know lots are struggling with these decisions right now…

  305. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Spaceman.Spiff: Hardy

    @anoraxx: Andrus, but they do do different things.

    @DJSatane: I don’t. I only happened to mention those.

    @Tony: Hehe

    @BeanyBill: Yup

    @paulzone: Cueto, Hughes, Kennedy, Masterson, Latos, Penny… After the first two they become toss ups on matchups.

  306. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: I was about to ask about who you liked more between Masterton and Latos. but I see you answered that question already. You da man!!

  307. paulzone says:

    @Grey: hardy over alexie ramirez?

    thanks for the sp rankings…does hudson trump any of those dudes? i’m very tempted with wilson as i had dempster circa 2008. i’ll hang out for a bit tho.

    if gaudin stays in the pen, he may be a sneaky SP holds guy…i have medlen now for that role right now…jury’s out.

  308. anoraxx says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    Well, I drafted Andrus as well but I can see Hardy giving you the best long term value. I didn´t believe in him but he is hitting in the good position unlike Andrus and I can see him continue hitting the way he started.

  309. Dumbmutt says:

    Not sure who to drop for Masterson. Wade Davis or Gio?

  310. BKK says:

    I need to set my lineups before noon today cause I won’t be around. I wonder what you guys think is the better play today.

    Hawpe vs Latos in COL


    Swisher vs Wade Davis in TB

  311. Grey

    Grey says:

    @paulzone: Sure and Hudson trumps all but Cueto and Hughes, but he could trump them pretty easily.

    @Dumbmutt: Neither, Masterson’s not going to be good for Wins or Losses and Gio could beat him in Ks.

    @BKK: Hawpe

  312. GopherDay says:

    @Dumbmutt: no ERA or whip??? What the heck? That devalue’s pitchers!

  313. anoraxx says:

    Grey, do you start Latos in Coors?

  314. Grey

    Grey says:

    @anoraxx: I’m not in roto leagues.

  315. Dumbmutt says:

    Thanks Grey good I asked. I think the GIDP sorta made me look at Masterson.

    @GopherDay: 20 team ROTO it’s really an accumulation of stats. Last 2 teams get cut not sure how often though. Those teams players get added to the wire. Sounded fun.

    (GP) (R) (H) (HR) (RBI) (SB) (BB) (TB)

    (IP) (W) (L) (SV) (K) (GIDP) (HLD) (TB)

  316. Dumbmutt says:

    Here is the Commish on NO ERA WHIP AVG

    “When teams are struggling to stay out of last to avoid the chopping block, those three standard measures of fantasy baseball are too hard to move because they are statistical averages. By only having accumulative stats, teams can work their lineups to just pack on pure stats to get standings points to stay out of last place. one just can’t move averages in such a short period of time to make any type of difference.”

  317. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: I’m slightly intrigued by Krispie Young’s hot start. The team w/ him has too many OFs and not enough closers.

    Worth offering Frasor or Rauch for him? Or Dotel?

  318. Chicago Mike says:

    I got offered Jay Bruce for Chris Perez. I have 6…count em 6 closers and one bench hitter here is my staff:

    SP Hamels SP Jimenez RP F-Rod RP Valverde P Ryan Franklin P Matt Lindstrom P Chris Perez BN Nolasco BN Gavin Floyd BN Slowey BN Dirty Sanchez BN Cueto BN Morales

  319. BSA says:

    Word from Boston is that Tek is catching today and with Victor’s #s against Greinke he will probably bat DH – slim possibility of VMart giong to first. Papi may get a day off to “cool down” after his ejection last night.

  320. Carl Spackler says:

    Grey, Do I drop any of my guys for Gio, Masterson or Hocheaver? Not sure if any of those guys help me.

    Here are my SP Verlander, Lester, Hammels, Oswalt, Cueto, Slowey, C Young, Dirty Sanchez, and Buchholz.

  321. BSA says:

    For those of you tracking DiceK he is pitching the day game in Pawtucket.

    Last night was tough on the team as my bats (should be pretty good for average) can’t seem to touch the ball, AS A WHOLE TEAM. The downside of this game of averages – come on upside.

  322. Tom says:

    Hey Grey i need some suggestions

    What is your feeling about mike napoli – doesnt seem like hes going to get allot ab’s

    I was thinking about trading mike gonzalez whos prob going to lose his role as a closer for rod barajas who seems like he will be getting at least a good 5 days a week


  323. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: Eh, not crazy about the trade.

  324. metsfan says:

    Giving up on Napoli, should I pick up Clement, Barajas, or Iannetta?

  325. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: So in a dynasty league, you would approve for a Rauch trade for CBY?

  326. BSA says:

    @Grey: Does catcher talk top your list of “ugh – not again”? As someone trying to employ the “catchers are like scabs” I have taken notice of a lot of catching questions.

  327. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @anoraxx: What it comes down to for me is, I drafted Andrus over Hardy. Five games worth of stats isn’t enough for me to flip-flop on that decision.

    Sounds like you’re sold on Hardy and you’re looking for someone to agree with you… I ain’t that guy. In fact, I just picked up a dropped Andrus in one of my leagues. He’s at a “buy low” point, IMO (which would also make him a “don’t sell”). Hardy is at a “sell high”, which is exactly what I’m trying to do in the one league where I own him.

    Also, like Grey wrote, they do different things. Andrus won’t hit for power, Hardy won’t deliver speed. If your squad has one of those specific needs, easy choice. If you’re just looking for a vacuum pick, well, you have my (and Grey’s) opinion. And if you’re actually truly torn between the two, own them both.

  328. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Tom: I wouldn’t put Gonzalez in the “probably going to lose the closer role” category. Not because he’s doing well, but because he doesn’t have a Thornton/Saito/Downs type guy behind him. I might go with a “possibly could lose the closer role if he keeps this up”… but either way, I wouldn’t trade him for Barajas. Gonzalez’ stock isn’t going to get much lower… Barajas’ stock is sure to plummet.

  329. BKK says:

    @metsfan: Given those options, I’d hold at this point. LAA is going to have to inject some offense into that line-up. I am betting he starts today. Clement is intriquing but I wouldn’t drop Napoli for him yet. If you want to grab him for insurance that is something to consider until the Napoli thing sorts itself out.

    @Awesomus Maximus: I agree with you too. I own Andrus and I am not about to give up on a 10th round pick for a guy who went undrafted. But maybe Hardy is this years Aaron hill.

  330. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    FYI, Jorge Posada will not play on Saturday against the Rays, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

  331. Bob says:

    @GopherDay: Take Billy Butler’s man boobs and Lincecum’s face and hair, and you have one, really ugly chick.

  332. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BKK: For sure… Hardy could be something special this year, I’m just not sold yet. That being said, I’m not dropping him in the one league where I picked him up to fill in for Reyes. Speaking of which…

    Would like to get Reyes into today’s lineup and I don’t want to drop Hardy. Who’s the easier drop, Madson or Morales?

  333. Eddy says:

    I need a spot start pitcher for tomorrow. I’m skipping over Braden and Snell because the Angels and the Rangers aren’t exactly Seattle and Oakland.

    With that said, my best choices are:

    Charlie Haeger vs. Florida
    Tom Gorzelanny vs. Cincinnati
    Joe Saunders vs. Oakland
    Jake Westbrook vs Detroit
    Zach Duke vs Arizona

    Where do you go?

  334. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    ETA on Carlos Santana? Buster Posey?

  335. Bob says:

    @Adam: Sorry it took me so long to get back. Yes, Scioscia has announced that Napoli will get some AB’s at DH, now that Vlad is gone and Matsui is going to play OF some. Bottom line, if you can stand not seeing Napoli in your line-up quite often, I still believe that 20 HR’s is a good possibility. I’d bet the over. It’s just frustrating as a fantasy player to watch a guy with so much offensive firepower spend so much time on the bench.

  336. GopherDay says:

    Grey, would you suggest a Hunter Pence buy low?

  337. BKK says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Your only choices? I would like to say neither, but if you are sold on doing that, I would say Madson as Lidge is now re-habbing in the minors and should be back 3rd week of April. I would try and unload him in a 2 for 1 deal and upgrade somewhere freeing up a roster spot that way.

  338. sean says:

    The way the Sox are handling Papi reminds me of when the government tried to keep it on the DL that FDR was in a wheelchair. Everyone can see the guy crumbling, but they’re going to give him a day off to “cool down” as opposed to protecting him from embarrassing himself against Greinke.

  339. sean says:

    Rasmus has 7BB:3K. Very encouraging that he’s going to take a step forward.

  340. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Wow, you like Russian Roulette?

  341. Suck My Wieters says:


    What side do you like in a head to head league:

    Micheal Young


    Aramis Ramirez
    Josh Johnson

  342. Terrence Mann says:

    Dunno if it’s been posted here but Reyes back in the lineup today.

  343. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Except you have 5 chambers full and one empty.

  344. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BKK: These are the options of who to drop:

    James Shields
    Jered Weaver
    Scott Baker
    Kevin Slowey
    Max Scherzer
    Mat Latos
    Franklin Morales
    Ryan Madson
    Matt Lindstrom
    Carlos Marmol
    Jon Rauch
    Matt Capps

    I suppose Latos could go, but I’d be losing his start for today (maybe not a bad thing, considering he’s on tap at Coors).

  345. BKK says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I wait to see how he pitches tonight maybe, but I think I would drop Latos if it were me. He is going to be limited in innings and there are usually, Masterson’s, willson’s, kennedy’s, Gio’s etc, etc, etc to pick up when and if you have need.

    And or when the time is right and guys are craving for saves upgrade your starting staff with using ABtC and your sorry @$$ bunch of closers.

    My thoughts FWIW.

  346. Suck My Wieters says:

    @BKK: Was hoping for that answer!

  347. nick m. says:

    chris b. young or pierre as your last OF/Util spot? it is head to head and pierre is my main source of speed (although reyes coming back should help that).

  348. Suck My Wieters says:

    @nick m.: Chris B!

  349. GopherDay says:

    @Suck My Wieters: Johnson > Shields and Aramis > Young and Hawpe is easily replaced.

  350. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BKK: Waiting to see how he pitches tonight wasn’t an option. I needed to drop someone before the start of the first game (1:05) to get Reyes in my lineup for today. I ended up dropping Madson, though I do appreciate your input.

    I’ve got Hardy, Reyes and Hanley in that league, as well as McCann and Wieters. I currently have close to a dozen trade offers out to move the SS and/or C surplus (all of which have me getting fewer players than I’m giving). If any of those pan out, or if Latos busts tonight, I’ll try to grab Madson again. If I lose him, no biggie… Lidge is coming back pretty soon anyway.

  351. Eddy says:

    Tell me about it. But having a 4.74 ERA (and still winning there) and a 1.70 WHIP can make you do crazy things. On top of that I’m up by 7 Ks and he has Zambrano and Gallardo today, and Burnett and Oswalt tomorrow. AND I’m only up 5-4.

    So I’m just trying to throw as many pitchers as I can. I have Kawakami today, and Buchholz tomorrow, as well as one of the guys I mentioned.

    So that’s my 3 sub pitchers against his 4 pitchers over the course of today and tomorrow that I have to defend my Ks.

    That’s my unfortunate situation right now

  352. JoeC says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Because the runner on base (A-Rod) was an “earned” runner, meaning that he got on base because of the pitcher’s action (a hit, a base on balls or a hit by pitch). If the runner had got on base through an error, then the run would have been unearned.

  353. herschel says:


    5 x 5, 12 team, weekly changes. who to start as 5th starter next week?

    s. baker vs kc
    j. sanchez vs pitt
    g. gonzalez @ sea

    weird that i like gonzalez?

  354. Lava says:

    Who has the best chance of starting tonight, Reimold or Sean-Rod? I could pop Snider into my UTIL slot and be safe, but Snider’s a bum.

  355. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @JoeC: Yeah, he was an “earned” runner, but he advanced a base due to an error. I found this:

    “A run is counted as unearned when a batter or runner advances one or more bases on an error or passed ball and scores on a play that would otherwise not have provided the opportunity to score.”

    Take away the throwing error and A-Rod is at third. Cano grounds out, Posada pops out, inning is over… A-Rod was never “provided the opportunity to score” without the error. I’m not saying you’re wrong, it just seems that A-Rod’s run falls within the above rule for being unearned.

  356. yankees2010 says:

    Hey Grey, I have Escobar as my SS, but Desmond, E. Cab and Scutaro are still available. Any reason I should switch to one of these gents?

  357. royce! says:

    @yankees2010: I’m clearly not Grey, but I would think that if you need speed, stay put, if you need AVG/HR/RBI, grab Desmond.

  358. Just a thought: Ian Desmond can hit but his glove is scary bad. He’s like Hector Comacho with the hands of stone. I hope it doesn’t take away his playing time.

  359. royce! says:

    @3fingersbrown: I don’t think Desmond’s much worse than Guzman, though, if at all worse, and Desmond’s more likely to get better than Guzman is. I’m pretty sure that Guzman’s been sub-par for years. So if they did use Desmond’s defense to justify benching him, they would be making a mistake.

  360. Joe says:

    Jay Bruce is killing me! Worth dropping for the resurgent Magglio?

  361. Jesse says:

    I could use another MI, while Roberts looks likely out. Who’s the best of this group for a guy in slight need of BA, Steals, and Runs? Brendan Ryan, Pennington, Iwamura, Ellis, or Getz?

  362. sean says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Correct. The official scorer must determine whether the runner would have scored before the third out if not for the error.

  363. royce! says:

    @Joe: I’d hold tight with Bruce. He keeps lining out, which says to me that he’s getting unlucky. His BABIP is .083, with a LD% over 25. Ordonez, on the other hand, has a BABIP over .500. That’s not likely to continue.

  364. royce! says:

    @Joe: Unless you happen to be in my RCL, in which case I’d say you should probably drop him.

  365. sean says:

    Marmol strikes out the side in the ninth on 13 pitches. NASTY.

  366. charlie batch says:

    which would you drop as a UTIL player: Evercab, Fowler, Laporta

  367. charlie batch says:

    @charlie batch: Also, would you rather own Ryan Franklin or Mike Gonzalez at this point?

  368. anoraxx says:

    Any info on why Zimmerman left the game?

  369. metsfan says:

    @anoraxx: Hamstring, says announcers. No idea how bad.

  370. ScoutAbout says:

    Any thoughts on my 5th SP for next week? Options are:

    D. Price @ BAL
    J. Sanchez vs. PIT @home
    Gio Gonzalez @ SEA

    Right now I’m leaning Price, but I could definitely be persuaded otherwise.

  371. royce! says:

    @charlie batch: I’d drop Everth- if you are looking for SB and R, seems more likely Fowler will get em for you. Might want to see if you can swap Everth for some other piece from someone in your league that’s rocking something similar to my SS 2B/SS combo of Theriot and Furcal.

    And I’d rather own Franklin at this point.

  372. sean says:

    @charlie batch: Totally depends on what your MI and OF situations are like… Although they are relatively interchangeable players listed, your needs could be greater at one spot compared to the other.

  373. royce! says:

    @ScoutAbout: I concur… those other starts look like attractive streams, but if you have Price BAL is going to be one of his less threatening opponents, being in the AL East and all.

  374. charlie batch says:

    They all rotate in my UTIL position and I want to pick up ian kennedy, so I want to drop one for them: I guess I could use more power on this team, and youre saying Fowler’s the better of him and evercab?

  375. sean says:

    @charlie batch: No, no. Who are your 2B/SS/MI and your OF. If I know that, I can let you know what I think your best lineup is…

  376. Juice says:

    @anoraxx: Tightness in his hamstring. Apparently it was just precautionary and not serious.

  377. BSA says:

    Holy crap – 8/40 last night and 0/14 so far today.
    When will my players get on base….?

  378. charlie batch says:

    @sean: 2b: jose lopez, ss: hanley, of: BJ, Lind, Hamilton, UTIL(any 2): Rios, evercab, laporta, austin jackson, Fowler, Kelly johnson

  379. GopherDay says:

    @metsfan: Crap!!!

  380. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @ScoutAbout: Having watched Price deal against the Yankees, I would take him in a heartbeat. He was sharp until the 8th and if he was pulled at ~100 pitches (as I think most pitchers should be in their first start of the year), his outing would have looked even better on paper.

  381. That’s Roberto Duran by the way, not Comacho – kids don’t use drugs

  382. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BKK: Well, Reyes went 1 for 4 (0/0/0/0), so hindsight tells me that I didn’t actually NEED to get him in my lineup today. However, I got a save from Marmol, Rauch and Capps each, so that should assuage any grief over letting Madson go. =)

  383. john says:

    Rasmus goes deep again. I sure am glad I dropped Corey Hart to get him in my lineup at the beginning of this week.

  384. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @john: I dropped Fowler for Rasmus the morning of opening day. I love those gut decisions that make you feel like a genius. :P

  385. royce! says:

    @charlie batch: I still say Everth. The only thing that makes me hesitate is that you could use him when FLA isn’t playing but the Padres are, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that Fowler is not on the Padres and not hitting late in the order.

  386. john says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Nice. In this case, my gut was Grey, haha, but yes I love those decisions.

  387. sean says:

    @charlie batch: jose lopez, ss: hanley, of: BJ, Lind, Hamilton, UTIL(any 2): Rios, evercab, laporta, austin jackson, Fowler, Kelly johnson

    I’d lose Austin Jackson. Other than Rios, all those guys are expendable though. I think Everth gives you something (SBs) that are lacking a bit in this lineup though with 2/3 OF who aren’t going to give you any speed.

  388. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Frank2 working on another blown save.

  389. BSA says:

    Francisco is going to blow it AGAIN!

  390. BSA says:

    and FHer is taken off the hook.

  391. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Whoomp there it is… gotta’ hope for the ol’ “blown save FTW!” now. X-P

  392. sean says:

    It’s probably close to official time to pick up Feliz (if you haven’t already).

  393. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @sean: Yeah, I was just thinking, “How much longer until Feliz gets a shot?”

  394. BeanyBill says:

    I’ve got Kelly Johnson or SeanRod at MI for next week (only 2 bench/DL spots). What would you say to dropping SeanRod for Kevin Correia (hodgepadre w/ 2 Petco starts next week) to start in place of Filthy Sanchez???

  395. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Napoli out of the lineup again. Damn son, damn.

  396. Brian says:

    Pirates have moved Lastings Milledge to third in the lineup, which they’ll try for at least a while. He also has two steals already. Might be good for your UTIL spot.

  397. Tom Emanski says:

    Damn it Frank2!! He’s going to lose his job and my saves category will be blown to bits. I have only him and Aardsma in my 18 team league. I knew he’d be trouble and I still took him.

  398. @Awesomus Maximus:

    Is Feliz really the next option? If I were managing Id be leery of having a wild rookie as my closer.

  399. About time for another Grey’s closer report. Things change fast this time of year.

  400. Tom Emanski says:

    Grey, I offered Reynolds, Asdrubal, and Hughes for Youk and Reyes in a OBP and NetSB league but it got rejected. Should I offer a slightly better pitcher (Liriano) and get it done?

  401. BabyBeluga says:

    How would you rank these guys for this year?
    J.Bruce, Coghlan, Rasmus, Krispie, Reimold, C.Hart…currently have the first three and would like to drop Coghlan to take a chance with the Snap, Crackle and Pop of Krispie… hold steady or make the move? (this league is fairly shallow – A.Soriano just dropped, C.Hart sitting there).

  402. BeanyBill says:

    @I Am The Liquor: I certainly wouldn’t. Are you absolutely strapped for saves?

  403. BeanyBill says:

    @BabyBeluga: Rasmus isn’t in the same class as those other ones, and Bruce barely is. Hart’s not even in the conversation… I would drop Coghlan for Soriano, if you can’t have him, I would stick with Coghlan, although Reimold and Krispie are close behind.

  404. herschel says:

    zimmerman to miss a couple of games according to cbs:

    Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman left Saturday’s game against the Mets late with a tight left hamstring and was replaced by Willie Harris at third. Zimmerman, who went 0 for 3 in the game, is expected to miss a couple games due to the injury, reports MLB.com.

    Zimmerman started the season with four hits in his first 12 at-bats with two RBI and three doubles but has gone 0 for 7 in his last two games and is now going to miss a few in all likelihood. Check his status on Sunday and if it is still prognosticated that he’ll miss time into Week 2 (April 12-18) it will probably be the best decision to keep him inactive for the scoring period in weekly formats. He is normally a must-start Fantasy option at third base.

  405. I Am The Liquor says:

    @BeanyBill: Thanks for the input, I was thinking any of those guys could make me regret that move. Not dying for saves have Rivera, Dotel, Morales, and Feliz (might start getting saves soon), 12 team league.

  406. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Dying to know what you did or are going to do. If I had to …hmmm, pull the trigger, I’d probably go Gorzelanny or Duke. Haeger is a knuckleballer, Westbrook is not good right now, Saunders is garbage.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Alls well that ends well, or not so well or whatever… Reyes is back and playing.

  407. @BKK:

    Eddy just likes making lots of moves, heh.

  408. Would be nice if ONE of my freaking pitchers could make it past the 5th inning for once.

  409. charlie batch says:

    evaluate this trade please: berkman/rios/andrus vs hamilton/hardy

  410. BSA says:

    Grienke gives up back to back to the Red Sox bench.

  411. BSA says:

    @Grey: I get a chuckle when I read your “lightening round responses” after either being away or the first response of the new day.

    I am also amazed at how within the past two years the number of people who load up the comments at the start of the day (pre-12 EST). There are A LOT more readers and commenters who chime in before you are up and going. Good to see!

  412. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Yup… Yup… Nope… Yup. Emoticon.

  413. BSA says:

    @Grey: Word!

  414. Montero came up limping after running to first, looked like he pulled a quad to me.

  415. metsfan says:

    Napoli’s not starting again. Clement, Iannetta, or Barajas? Who should I drop Napoli for?

  416. Bleh, I see another Gaby Sanchez post in my future.

  417. SamYo says:

    Ianetta homerun ! About time.

  418. BSA says:

    @metsfan: spin the spinner – pick him up and leave him alone. Crazy but it works out.
    Two things Grey told me, if catcher is going to break you-you’re in trouble, and catchers are like scabs – just leave ’em alone.
    I sat on Iannetta through thick and thin last year.

    Side note: Grienke had a tough night. Couple of plunks and doinks. Quite a few fly balls.

  419. @Grey: Is there as Razzball term for when you have a pitcher that you picked up facing the guy you let him go for?

    I have Hammel going against Latos tonight. Does that mean I’m Latos intolerant? That might be a good one to describe a young stud on an innings limit.

  420. sean says:

    @Elijah: report is a knee injury of unknown severity

  421. Bob says:

    Gaby Sanchez or Travis Snider?

  422. GopherDay says:

    Pittsburgh is eating Haren for breakfast!!

  423. Bob says:

    @Grey: Revised question: I’ve got a problem at CI. I’m dealing with Nick Johnson, David Ortiz, and Chipper. Should I waive one of them to pick up Gaby Sanchez. If not, should I waive Snider, which would then leave me with no OF on my bench. Thanks.

  424. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Anyone else watching Sheets second start? His motion in his first game seemed mad hesitant. I’d categorize the way he’s throwing now as borderline violent. Good thing? Bad thing? A thing?

  425. Tony says:

    @GopherDay: YA effing awesome. I was going to bench him if My opp who was throwing Eveland was having a good night, i got caught up, didn’t get haren benched, and boom, the PIRATES? are tearing him up….. i’m still cool but he needs to NOT give up ANYMORE runs, WTF!

  426. @GopherDay: My opp has Haren tonight. His stinker’s keeping in WHIP going into tomorrow.

    By the way, picking up two start pitchers is a lot like smoking crack. Vincente Padilla, you’re dead to me.

  427. BSA says:

    Tek sending a message with his bat – talk about making the most of opportunities.

  428. Slinky says:

    GREY- if sean marshall is #27 on your list, then theirs no way he should be available right? in an RCL?

  429. Slinky says:

    @Slinky: or anyone if you have some insight…. sean marshall over carlos gomez or strasburg? (i burnt the late pick on stras so i hate to can him now)

  430. Peep Aki’s line tonight. Have him in a 15 teamer with deep bench. Could be 12 team worthy soon?

    Hammel and Latos both hanging tough. Hammel had one bad inning so far.

  431. @Slinky: I’d hang on to Stras.

  432. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @Slinky: What makes you want to pick S. Marshall? Potential for future saves or to steady your pitching?

  433. Kazmere says:


  434. HR Mini Donkey!

  435. Slinky says:

    @Yo Soy No Bueno: IDK…. grey has him ranked #27? and he’s not owned after just blanking a team?

    I think to stready my rotation. I’m a roto newb.

  436. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @Bob: Do you have all those guys available to start CI?

  437. Looks like I just traded Kershaw+R Soriano for Dan Haren. Grey’s gonna call me a Homer again.

  438. BSA says:

    Geez – Ethier pinch hits on my bench while the rest of my schlubs are 6 for 41. Like I needed that.
    Better at least get a save out of it.

  439. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @Slinky: Does your league score holds? What’s your rotation? How are you on RPs? Is Gomez starting?

  440. Slinky says:

    @Yo Soy No Bueno: RCL LEAGUE! no holds… i dont start gomez right now…. but if i drop him he’s basically my ONLY offensive bench player… are you in an RCL ?

  441. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @Slinky: Yes RCL. Gomez is not an advantage to keep on your team. Drop him for anyone you think that will make you’re team better but I doubt that Marshall will help you that much in the long run. You’d better off picking up J. Johnson and hoping for saves.

  442. Slinky says:

    @Yo Soy No Bueno: you do know what RCL means right? Jim Johnson is longgggg gone…..

  443. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @Slinky: I picked him up yesterday in a low numbered RCL league. 3 bench spots is a bitch.

  444. Slinky says:

    @Grey: HA! my bad grey, Eff me, i’m looking at #27 on your top 40 list, reading dempster and thinking “marshall”, wow i need to lay off the booze….

  445. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Elijah: I don’t know if Feliz would be the next option, but I think he’d get an opportunity or two if they start looking elsewhere.

    @BKK: Indeed. And to top it off, Madson was brought in today (non-save situation) and gave up a run. Label me “content” with my decision.

  446. Tony says:

    Kouz or Freese?

    and delmon young is on waivers, him over carlos gomez?

  447. mc serch says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: agree about price…cant figure why the kid was even sent out there for the eighth in that sitch, let alone hung out for 110 pitches

  448. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    So Broxton gets stretched out for an inning on Thursday, then is brought in for 2 outs in a non-save situation Friday. What happens if you need him for a save on Saturday? Smooth managing there, Torre.

  449. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @mc serch: 111 pitches, if I recall… but who’s counting (not Maddon, apparently)?

  450. Tony says:

    for the record he threw 20 in the first game of a double header and then roughly 100 in the second game, he did get a 20 min break, a sandwhich from arbys in between and a cupcake! HA!

    AND A WIN!

  451. Tony says:

    grey what do you say about Kouz or Freese?

    and that delmon young is on waivers? and i’m rostering carlos gomezzz?

  452. DJSatane says:

    Looks like Rangers may actually need CJ Wilson back in relief if their closer francisco doesnt find his way. Just a note based on his epic blown save today vs seattle(2nd in 4 days).

  453. BKK says:

    @Tony: I’d grab young over gomez

    Wasted a stellar start by CC and Marmol’s great outing. Although I was happy not to suffer Lindstrom’s implosion. So I can’t start Oswalt tomorrow, can’t take the risk against Philly. So, I can’t win QS, may lose K’s. Hopefully the other guy takes a loss if he pitches Braden.

  454. Tony says:

    @BKK: dont worry he will do something idiotic, always does, just wait lol…..

    you think i should put a WW request in for young? he needs to clear… sucks, i’d make the move right now, but i dont think its worth my waiver priority? im currently at 6th

  455. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: Kouz and Delmon.

  456. BabyBeluga says:

    Montero potentially injured – drop Teagarden and pick up Snyder? (2 catcher league and Napoli hardly playing – Ruiz/Teagarden currently #2)

    Miguel Montero exited Saturday’s game in the second inning with an apparent knee injury.
    Montero suffered the injury while running to first base. He was replaced by Chris Snyder, who may be asked to start a few consecutive games.
    Source: Nick Piecoro on Twitter

  457. Tony says:

    @BKK: just emailed back and forth a couple times with him now…. hahah he just guaranteed he finishes higher than me…. hmmm, i’ve won the league, finished top 2 for 4 years running? i’d bet on me, but thats just me…. lets just hope he keeps dealing for his all rookie nooke team. What a moron.

    @grey thanks…. kouz it is…. i’ll have to see about delmon, he needs to clear, burn the priority? i’m 6 of 12…..

  458. BKK says:

    @Tony: How was the Chipotle?

  459. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BabyBeluga: Hmm… a little different than what I read regarding Montero:

    “Montero turned his right ankle while attempting to avoid a tag play at first in Saturday’s game and had to be replaced, according to FOXSportsArizona.com’s Jack Magruder.”

  460. BKK says:

    @Tony: If you want him burn the priority. What are you going to save it for? The priority means nothing if you never use it. No ones dropping Reyes in the RCL!

  461. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    MMD due up in the bottom of the 12th… I’d love to see a trot-off HR.

  462. BabyBeluga says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    Some more info gathered from cbssports – knee, being sent for MRI?

    News: Diamondbacks C Miguel Montero was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Pirates after injuring himself during his second-inning at-bat. Montero was trying to beat out a grounder to pitcher Zach Duke when he came up limping running through first base. He bent over in obvious pain before heading into the dugout. He did not return for the top of the third and was replaced by Chris Snyder. The Arizona Republic reports Montero suffered a right knee injury. The Diamondbacks don’t know the severity of the injury and will send Montero for a MRI.

  463. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BabyBeluga: Ugh… knee is a much different story than ankle. Time to see who’s expendable to pick up Clement as an insurance policy.

  464. Tony says:

    @BKK: true and 6th isn’t that great haha, but ya never know… a couple guys ahead of me burn there’s and say “pedro alvarez” comes up….? idk, overthinking it, you’re right, burn it haha…

    chipotle didn’t happen! i drove there, its 8:50 and they’re cleaning up! WTF? went for the $5 footlong! hahaha subwayyyyy…. EAT FRESH.

  465. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Just a duck snort for Stewart… or would that be a donk snort?

  466. Tony says:

    top 4 of the rockies order 1-22 tonight? not good rockies, not good at all….

  467. herschel says:

    @Grey: need to pick 5 of the following (weekly changes):

    s. baker vs kc
    j. cueto @ fla, @ pitt
    u. jimenez @ atl
    j. johnson vs cin
    j. lester @ minn, vs tb

    g. gonzalez @ sea
    m. latos vs atl
    j. sanchez vs pitt

    i was leaning towards the first 5, but johnson hasnt looked great and baker was decent today, but it could have been a lot worse it chi good put together any offense.


  468. superfan says:

    Should I trade Frasor and Dotel for Kershaw?

    I could use a starter and my closers are Frasor, Dotel, R. Soriano, F. Morales, C. Perez.

  469. pjtres says:

    grey..2 questions…

    time to cut sherrill loose?

    Can you rank these guys for a util spot? willingham, reimold, gaby s.

  470. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @BKK: Madson will probably hold on to the closer’s job a little longer after Lidge got lit up in Single A: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 1 BB.

  471. Steve says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on starting Lee Harvey Oswalt against Doc and that lefty-heavy Phils lineup?
    Run him out there or leave him sitting on the grassy knoll?

  472. ASAOK says:

    Yea I’m debating whether to start Oswalt also. I need someone to get me a couple of k’s and not completely mess up my era. Would you go with Oswalt vs. Phi or Buchholz @ KC?

  473. AsdrubalBastardo says:

    Too early to lose Soto for Clement?

  474. @Grey:

    ABtC, I remember!

  475. Adam says:

    Drop Fowler for FraGu?

  476. Howard says:

    Morning Grey! It’s nice to wake up to Beckham’s new found eligibility! Now to find a third baseman???
    Looks like I’m going to have to do some catcher trolling with the news on Montero (I own him 4 times). Some unlikely candidates:
    Iannetta, Clement, Mathis, Ruiz. Anyone stand out? Personally I think Clement has the most upside but he may join Chris Davis and Kyle Blanks for the donut title!

  477. Real Tom says:

    Hardy/R.Soriano for Slowey/Andrus. I technically depends on needs, but which side you like?

  478. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Which is the best spot start for today. Ahead by 5 in K’s, we’re damn near tied in WHIP/ERA, I’m ahead by 1 win and losing by 1 loss. He’s throwing Dallas Braden today.

    L.Hernandez @ NYM
    A.Sanchez vs LAD
    Milwood vs TOR
    Snell @ TEX

    Slim pickings, I know. I don’t have any starters going today. Would drop Latos for whoever is the best pick and then drop them for Correia and his 2 starts at home this week.

  479. paulzone says:

    Catcher! Who should be my catcher out of (5×5, plus gidp, err, obp):

    soto, yadier, barajas, clement, doumit

  480. BSA says:

    When setting lineups – word out of KC – JD Drew is out of the lineup today.

  481. Mr2Bits says:

    Glad to see Rauch is on par for 120 saves and Polanco 160 Runs this year…fuck me and the guy I’m playing owning both losers

  482. BSA says:

    sorry – I am not thinking about people having Scutaro – he is out and Bill Hall is in….

  483. @Grey: 15 team, 30 man roster. With Montero’s ailing knee, I’m left with AJP and (who shot) JR Towles as my 2 catchers. I don’t have a DL spot left if/when Montero is assigned to the DL, so I’m looking for an upgrade over Towles.

    Rank these catchers: Towles, Teagarden, Moore, Snyder, Zaun

    Snyder gets the nod? You have an inside track as to when Carlos Santana will be up in CLE?

  484. Tony says:

    @Mr2Bits: yep the guy i’m playing has yadier molina and crapolanco…. and he’s complaining about me being lucky, ha!

  485. GTS says:

    Pick up Reimold and drop Fowler?

  486. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Grey, what was your impression of Sheets most recent outing? Still hold?

  487. Eddy says:

    I know you’re gonna let Ervin have one bad start before jumping ship, but his next start is against the Yankees. Any leniency there?

  488. Kazmere says:

    update: Ryan Zimmerman, who left Saturday’s game with a tight hamstring, is not in the Nationals’ lineup Sunday. MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that he won’t play Monday either.

  489. Euroalien says:

    12 Team Keeper (max 8), 5 x 5 – Someone just dropped Cory Hart……. is it worth dropping Snider, or Scott Sizemore or even Fowler for?

    Other OF’s are Bay, Granderson, Damon, Fowler, Hamilton with Stewart as my 2B.

    Also bench Slowey agst Boston next week to play Price @ Bal?

  490. Eddy says:

    In a vacuum, Adrian Beltre or Headley?

  491. Eddy says:

    In a vacuum, Beltre or Headley?

  492. Eddy says:

    Damn slow ass comp. Thanks though, appreciate the quick response!

  493. Euroalien says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey! Was that a nope to both questions……. picking up Hart……. and starting Price over Slowey next week? Appreciate the advice

  494. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Euroalien: No, sorry, it wasn’t. Nope and start Price.

  495. mauledbypandas says:

    SAGNOF alert

    “Feliz will take over as the “temporary” Rangers’ closer for the struggling Frank Francisco, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.”

  496. Euroalien says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey!!

  497. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Would you prefer Nunez or Feliz over the long-term?

  498. Clyde Prompto says:

    Howdy, Grey. Just wondering which 2 you’d prefer out of Headley, Fowler, Blanks, Chris Davis and Reimold. I don’t have a glaring need for either SB or HR, so basically I’m just looking for the best overall production.

  499. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    “DBax recall C John Hester from lass AAA Reno on Sunday; C Montero (R knee) expected to go on DL” – Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona

  500. Kazmere says:

    Grandy v J.Shields today or Quentin v Blackburn?

  501. BeanyBill says:

    Starting UT spot in a pts league: Drop Travis Snider to pick up Casey Kotchman? Could also pick up Reimold, but I’m worried about his PT once Pie is back and healthy…

  502. Brian says:

    Reimold is out today. Pie in LF leading off.

  503. Professor Chaos says:

    @Grey: Would you take Hardy over Stephen Drew and Alcides? Am I dumb to be considering Renteria too?

  504. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    “To be clear on Feliz. Label may be “temporary” but he will close as long as he’s successful. #Rangers won’t pull plug while he’s hot.”—Dallas Morning News, Evan Grant

  505. @Grey:

    Kershaw and Soriano for Haren not a bad trade tho is it? Its really gonna be for Haren and whichever P I grab to fill Soriano’s spot, probably Feliz at this point.

  506. James says:

    Josh Willingham – Grand Slam off Johan Santana

  507. Eddy says:

    So I have Verlander and Johan in one league where last I checked I was ahead in ERA. I can’t believe they BOTH gave up grandslams in a matter of two minutes. Thanks for the earned runs assholes.

  508. Chris says:

    Hey Grey, a few questions if you have a chance.

    Pick one for the week: [email protected], Slowey v. Bos, Marcum v. Ana

    Also, any thoughts on what I should do with Napoli? 14 team H2H league with a short bench and the free agent pool is awful.

    Bench players: Soriano, Snider, Duchscherer, Kennedy, Jonathan Sanchez.

    Available catchers: Snyder, Pudge, Barajas, Kendall, Towles

  509. timSTi says:

    My first week of my first ever H2H league rests in the hands of Kevin Milwood. Can we rewind 10 years and let it be that Milwood?

  510. @Grey:

    Yeah I guess its more of a lateral move than anything.

  511. @Eddy:

    Im trying not to chuckle, sorry.

  512. BKK says:

    @Elijah: I trying not to chuckle at you trying not to chuckle.

  513. Dumbmutt says:

    Wagner Aardsma Jenks for closers with Lidge on DL.
    10 team roto drop Lidge for Montero DL?

  514. Mike says:

    Which side? Lance Berkman/Rickie Weeks or Robinson Cano?

  515. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Did you go with Duke yesterday or Gorzelanny today?

  516. cockyphoenix says:

    A grand slam is worth -27.00 Razzpoints. I hate you, Justin Verlander

  517. cockyphoenix says:

    @Grey: ¡Tal pena!

  518. Love me some Utley.

  519. @Grey or anyone else with an opinion:

    I need a little pop in my deep bench, 15 team league and I have a little bit of a pitching and speed glut. Would you trade Cameron Maybin and Shawn Marcum for Garret Jones? I’m not going to get crazy over Jones’ start but I’d offer any 2 of the guys below…

    I have Maybin, Jackson, Gwynn, and Pagan for speedy 4th/5th OFs. Castillo and Aki platooning at MI. Marcum, Cueto, Correia and Kazmir on the block from the back of my rotation.

    Think that’s fair or am I offering too little?

  520. Kazmere says:

    Tests revealed Sunday that Miguel Montero has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will require surgery.

  521. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Barajas or G. Soto (just for next week M-S) ?

  522. Eddy says:

    @Elijah: @BKK:

    I hope one of you has Greinke on your squad.

    And none actually. I only have Buchholz and Kawakami going today. Hopefully he maintains that 4-0 lead the Sox gave him

  523. paulzone says:

    @Grey: so i am in a very shallow league, who would you want at SS right now (5×5 plus obp, err, gidp):

    hardy (current SS), alcides, yunel, drew, theriot, furcal, renteria, alexei, desmond

    i hate shallow leagues…

  524. @Grey: Thanks. I think so too. I’m trying to avoid the lowball dance.

    @Kazmere: I think Montero’s done for the season. Just dropped him and picked up Snyder. I feel more secure with Snyder’s playing time over Teagarden’s now.

    C’mon Carlos Santana…

  525. matthole says:

    @Grey: how long do you hold onto soto?

    never played in a league with daily changes and a SP cap of 180 games started. As a strategy, would you pace your starts and just play the top guys (greinke, beckett, baker, dempster, price (160GS) and then mix in masterson/wade davis) that could amount to 180…..would you bother looking waiver SPs if that could potentially take away a start from a top guy?like starting padres at home, or a quality matchup, etc….thx

  526. nick m. says:

    Grey, which pair would you rather have – Miggy Cabrera and Jeff Clement, or AGonz and Posada?

  527. Did anyone see Willingham’s slammy?

    Funny shit – Everyone thought it was off the wall at first. Donkey came down the line and splattered Barajas all over the batter’s box. Barajas recovered, caught the loose ball and then tagged out Willingham, who thought the ball was still in play as well.

    Poor Barajas. Got his clock cleaned and made a nifty play all for naught.

    Willingham’s going to have a serious year, especially if you like OBP.

  528. Trevor says:

    Just accepted a trade in my keeper league.
    I got Asdrubal Cabrera, Derek Lee, Francisco Rodriguez, and Carlos Marmol while I gave up Garrett Jones, Everth Cabrera, Jason Motte, and Brian Matusz.

    What do you feel about this? I kinda feel it was possibly a joke of an offer from him and my head screamed “race to the page and accept” as soon as I saw the proposal in my email.

  529. matthole says:

    @Grey: @matthole: and if need be stream SPs 2nd half of season

  530. Eddy says:


  531. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    @3fingersbrown: Just read that recovery time for surgery for a professional athlete is 4-8 weeks for a torn meniscus. I’m not doctor so it would be better to have someone knowledgeable weigh in. Not dropping Montero…yet.

  532. timSTi says:

    @Grey: in a 12 team H2H with only 9 pitchers allowed on your roster, drop Mike Gonzalez for Neftali Feliz?

    My other RP’s are Marmol & Aardsma. I don’t really have a spot to hold onto Mike Gonzalez nor do I have a drop worthy SP.

  533. Tom Reale says:

    @Eddy: Shizz-Shizz!

  534. Chris says:

    Better pickup: Clement or Chris Snyder?

  535. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Nope, never drafted a pitcher this year before the 5th. Don’t feel bad, I left Sabathia on the bench yesterday in a H2H league. One of the things I dislike about H2H is it forces you to make decisions like that. In Roto, I reap the reward of that 1 hitter.

    To bad on Gorzelanny, he pitched well today.

  536. Chris says:

    Does Charlie Haeger have any mixed league value?

  537. Eddy says:

    Yea I also didn’t nab any true top tier guy.

    I just hate missing out on great hitting/pitching performances in H2H.

  538. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Ack, with Montero out, Grey, you’ll probably need to supply virtually every one of your readers with a suggestion for a replacement…

  539. Eddy says:

    And on another closer note, Dave Trembley said he won’t use Mike Gonzalez TODAY, but he hasn’t opted to switch him out of the role yet…

  540. mauledbypandas says:

    @Grey: 4th closer, dropped Perez for Feliz. Neither one has a solid job, but I am a Rangers fan first and foremost.

    also, the waitress will be by with your drink shortly. Appreciate the site.

  541. MarkM says:

    @Eddy: The Santana/Verlander thing happened to me, but I have each in separate leagues. “Shit, well there goes my ERA this week. Let’s check the other league…SHIT”

  542. @Yo Soy No Bueno: He’s also undergoing more tests tomorrow to check for ligament damage. I may have been rash, but I don’t see Miggy contributing much for the rest of the season. Even in a best case scenerio, he still has to rehab. Add on the rigors of fielding his position, not a good prognosis for ’10

    I’m not a doc, so take my words with a grain of salt. I do know a bit about recovery though, since I’ve had numerous sports injuries, including a knee. Rehab takes time.

  543. Bring Back Pluto says:


    I have both in my main league. Great way to start a day of games and tracking my studs. X(

  544. Guest Writer

    Billy Bob says:

    Drop Barmes or S. Drew for Theriot?

  545. BKK says:

    @timSTi: Millwood was cruising until the Tejada error!

  546. Sparky Anklebiter might get his 20 HR’s.

  547. timSTi says:

    @BKK: I know! Still only 2 ER and 5 H in 7.2 with 6k. Woulda loved the W but I’ll take that for a last day flyer! Great advice Grey!

  548. herschel says:

    @Grey: may need a temp replacement for zimmerman in 12 team roto with weekly changes. which two of the following do you like most (slim pickings, i know)?

    kouz, callaspo, blake, inge, freeze

  549. Euroalien says:

    Great in one league I just dropped Napoli to pick up Molina….. and now in my other league I have Montero……….. ughhhhhhhhhhh

    I guess I move Montero to the DL or just drop him as I guess he’ll be out for a while…….. who makes the best replacement Ianetta, Clement, Ram. Hernandez, Shoppach ?

  550. Eddy says:

    For me it was “Crap, the replay was a grand slam for willingham! Damn it, let’s check Verlander…..OMFG!!”

  551. @Euroalien:

    They are just Catchers. Pick one and move on…

  552. Eddy says:

    But whatever, I just got happy as hell. With Rajai Davis’ walk and Wrights, Grandersons, and Davis’ 5(!) steals, I went from 5-6 to 7-5. Loving it!

  553. James says:

    Hey Grey,

    So what do you think of Frank Frank Fail Fail now that he’s no longer the closer (although temporary they say)? Still hold on to him?

  554. Eddy says:

    Davis with another one! Keep ’em
    coming, 11 SB so far!

  555. Matt B says:

    Need some help: 5×5 (obp instead of avg), Weekly h2h

    1) Pick 2: Harden (@CLE, @NYY), Correia (ATL, ARZ), Oswalt @CHC, Slowey vsBOS
    2) RP: Neftali Feliz or Octavio Dotel

    3) Pick 2: Headley (6 home games), Bruce (7 road games), G Sizemore (6 home/hurt?)
    4) Pick 2: E Santana (@NYY, @TOR), S Baker vsKC, Danks @TOR, Slowey vsBOS

  556. superfan says:

    What do you think of trading my Utley/Granderson to get Halladay/B. Phillips?

  557. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Strasburg’s final line from today: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.

    82 pitches, 55 for strikes.

  558. BKK says:

    @Eddy: Haegar had 12 strikeouts today? Wow? knuckleball must have been dancing!

  559. herschel says:

    cargo (col) leaves game in the 4th. anyone see what happened?

  560. jeffjam says:

    Is not that sorry ass craphole Clement supposed to play every day given he plays at first base? I suppose not, in the end…

  561. Wow thrilling end for the ChiSox! Pierre showing off the arm! LMFAO!

    This week perfectly illustrates why I love Buehrle as a back end guy in 12team mixed.

    I know it sounds gay, but you simply have to love a guy who’ll give his team a chance to win every start. Of course W’s don’t say squat about a guy, but the dude wins consistently because he’s efficient and goes deep into games. Of course he won’t K people, but how many W’s will a guy who can only go 5 or 6 get you?

  562. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Hamstring tightness. Announcers are hoping it’s not a pull.

  563. I am the Liquor says:

    Chris Perez was terrible today. 4bbs 3er and a BS. He’s probably safe for now, but never good when a closer cant find the plate.

  564. herschel says:

    @Grey: worth hanging on to fowler in the event cargo has to miss some time or would fowler still not see regular abs with smith, hawpe, spilborghs, etc?

  565. agarthered says:

    CarGo better not be bad, I’m loving him right now!

  566. BeanyBill says:

    Middle Infield – drop Kelly Johnson for Alex Gonzalez, or are those 4 opening week HRs a fluke?

  567. BeanyBill says:

    @BeanyBill: Ian Desmond’s another possibility…

  568. mauledbypandas says:

    wow, really glad I didn’t start Perez today. Sometimes fate just smiles on you. I had him in the lineup until the Feliz news.

  569. I am the Liquor says:

    @BeanyBill: I’d hold on to KJ. They’ll probably both finish with 15-20 hrs and KJ has better Avg and SB upside.

  570. @BeanyBill:

    Kelly Johnson looks like the real thing so far.

  571. @I am the Liquor:

    He also may end up hitting leadoff if he keeps going strong.

  572. Chase Headley looking like a steal so far.

  573. Eddy says:

    Yea, historically the Marlins have been a team who can’t hit slow pitchers to save their lives. Which is why they are 1-10 against Jamie Moyer.

    Yet they somehow manage to beat guys like Lincecum and Halladay. Go figure.

  574. Real Tom says:

    @Elijah: Word. I love getting Headley.

  575. Real Tom says:

    Anyone know the reason why CarGo is already out of the game?

  576. Eddy says:

    So after the first week down, which three of these closers would you put up for a weekly H2H league


  577. Eddy says:

    @Real Tom:

    # 607 Grey Says:
    April 11th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    @herschel: Hamstring tightness. Announcers are hoping it’s not a pull.

  578. 3 run Homer Chris B Young…its about time to look at picking him up if you need an OF.

  579. HR Kelly Johnson!

  580. Tom Emanski says:

    Stupid me traded Chris Young scared off by his OBP

  581. @Tom Emanski:

    When he gets on a streak like this he could hit 10 HR in April.

  582. Eddy says:

    CINCINNATI — Highly touted Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his American professional debut on Sunday afternoon for Triple-A Louisville in Toledo, Ohio.

    Chapman allowed just one earned run on five hits, walked one and struck out nine in 4 2/3 innings. He threw 85 pitches, 55 for strikes, and left the game with Louisville leading, 2-1.

    Four of the five hits he allowed did not leave the infield

  583. Eddy says:

    And as for Strasburg’s debut:

    Pitching for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick made it through five complete innings, allowing four runs — though only one earned — on four hits. He walked two and struckout eight, getting credit for the win against the Altoona Curve, the Pirates’ affiliate in the Eastern League.

    In case there was any question as to what Strasburg would bring to the table in his first start, the radar guns behind home plate lit up with a 99 mph (one had it at 100 mph) fastball on his first pitch. Over the course of his 82 total pitches, Strasburg was comfortably throwing 97-98 mph. He froze a few hitters with nasty breaking stuff and threw a few outstanding changeups to boot.

  584. Grey

    Grey says:

    @herschel: Fowler

    @Eddy: Aardsma, Franklin, Capps

    @Eddy: Thanks for the updates!

  585. penpen says:

    anyone else watching this bonkers pirates/dbacks inning? Jackson just homered in his second hit of the inning… EDWIN jackson that is

  586. Eddy says:

    3 SB so far for Davis. Ricky Henderson’s words are echoing through my head!
    Thanks! And will you have a blurb for Buchholz tomorrow? I’m interested in knowing how I should handle him.

  587. @penpen:

    Of course, 13 run inning, franchise record.

  588. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    EverCab, K. Johnson or I. Desmond in a 6×5 (+OPS)?

  589. jj says:

    Deeeep league.

    Overbay or A. Gonzalez?

  590. Eddy says:

    Should I drop Gonzalez for Jim Johnson even though Gonzalez hasn’t officially been kicked out?

    I can’t roster both and I don’t want to risk Gonzalez getting picked up if they decide to revert to him.

  591. Eddy says:

    Does anyone know why Yahoo adds stolen bases then removes them? Granderson had 2 and now has 1, and Davis had 3 and now has 2. It doesn’t make a difference for me in that category, but if it were a tight race right now, I’d be pretty ticked.

  592. @Eddy: I noticed Drew Stubbs originally had 3 and now has 2.

    Snyder’s off and running with the C job in AZ. 2-3, HR, 5 RBI so far…

  593. Eddy says:

    Looks like Snyder sabotaged Montero

  594. BeanyBill says:

    Grey, would you yell at me for dropping ya’boy Latos ffor Randy Wells in anticipation of Wells’ 2-start week week-after-next (the competition for 2-start pitchers is fierce in my league, so you have to anticipate). I suspect I’ll be able to pick up Latos and/or Gio later…

  595. Buge Hoobs says:

    DROP Montero for Y.Molina, Snyder, or Ianetta? After today’s performance, leaning toward Snyd

  596. BeanyBill says:

    @jj: Does Overbay even have a hit yet? Last I checked he was something like 0-8…

  597. Tom Emanski says:

    What the EFF EFF!!! Just lost Frank2 as a closer “temporarily”. Was thin on saves to start with. How many saves is OK for a 18 team roto? 50 enough? Aardsma is my only other closer.

  598. jj says:


    LOL, he is 2 for 23 with 2 singles.

    20 team leagues you have to do what you have to do.

  599. ScoutAbout says:

    @Eddy: I don’t play in a Yahoo league this year but last year I did and I have some vague recollection of this kind of problem with stats the first couple of weeks. They eventually worked out the kinks but the stats weren’t quite right in my league for the first couple of weeks. They were also very slow to post.

  600. Yo Soy No Bueno says:

    Would you trade Aardsma for Borbon?

  601. BSA says:

    Grey, What does Milledge bring to the table? As he is batting 3rd he is intriguing, that and a 3/5 day.

  602. BabyBeluga says:

    How do you evaluate Votto’s value vs. Dunn in a 6×6 league with OPS?
    How much would be required in a package with Dunn to get Votto? Dunn+Harden… Worth making this type of move or hold pat with Dunn (extra wrinkle – keeper and Dunn at $17, with Votto for $28 – but playing for this year)

  603. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BabyBeluga: That trade’s fair for you, but I’d hold pat in a OPS league.

  604. BSA says:

    @Grey: Better than LaPorta or CoJack?

    Also, FYI – Look for Elsbury to sit a couple of days and Hermida to be in there as Jacoby got nicked up and Hermida has done well the last two days.

    What is going on with Alex Gonzalez? That is not the Alex that the Sawx let go of this year?

  605. BSA says:

    Just read the headlines at SI – Bonds is a DINK! When is he going to learn to shut up?

  606. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Gonzalez had a lucky week, nothing to see there. I’d go with Milledge.

  607. BSA says:

    No I am not picking up Gonzalez – just another one that gets people giddy thinking they picked up a diamond in FA – right up there with Ankiel.

    An observation – my team hit a total of .211 this week and I picked this crew for a pretty good BA. I am looking for HUGE pick me up this week, or next, or next.

    I let the RCL know that as everyone goes up and down like a yoyo in week one, my trick is walking the dog – spin at the bottom and wait for the pick up.

  608. Doc says:

    Hmmmm, I hope this question doesn’t have anything to do with the Razzball Originals??? Our kangaroo court will not be lenient!

  609. BSA says:

    @Doc: I already picked him up. Did I see you jump on Alex? Lets go see.

  610. BSA says:

    Nah it was Hank.

    If found guilty, I’ll take my lashes!!

  611. Brian says:

    Is it worth owning Snyder over Iannetta at this point?

  612. penpen says:

    Weeks, you sonavabench!

  613. BSA says:

    Lincee looking like Grienke –

  614. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brian: Sure, you can do that.

  615. Tony says:

    wow the comment board has gone wild, new record i’d assume….

    GREY OR SOMEONE: please explain to me how Kevin Milwoods outting was a QS? He gave up 4 runs, in the boxscore it says 1 ER? Yet he gave up 3 HRS? I AM LOST!?

    I thought the definition was 6 innings with 3 er’s or less? I’m seeing a. gonzalez (tor) HR, another one, and bautista with a HR with a guy on….!?

  616. BKK says:

    @Tony: Everything after Tejada’s error was unearned.

  617. I Am The Liquor says:

    Hart or Reimold?