I’m relieving Grey this morning.  I’ve been in triple A for a while now.  Alex Gordon and I have struck up a pretty good friendship and on the bus rides we sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall, so I’m hoping I’ll just be in the majors for a little while.  I think we were going to have smores tomorrow!

While I’m on the team bus I have been keeping up with Razzball Football so make sure you stop on over.  NFL training camp is only three weeks away.  I just wet myself a little when I typed that. Oh, so here are some baseball tidbits —

Joey Votto could be the first player to win the triple crown and not be voted to the All-Star game and be named after a baby kangaroo.  After finding out that Charlie Manuel’s senility had caused him to check off Ryan Howard’s name for the All Star game instead of his, he decided to misplace his anger and question the umpire’s sexuality, his virility and his knowledge of the strike zone, which got him tossed in the first inning at Wrigley on a day that a home run hitter, or any player with arms larger than SpongeBob’s, would want to take a crack at the fences.  The ejection also ended his on base streak at 41 games.  Not the greatest day for Joey, but I think he’ll trudge on through.

Ricky Nolasco — His breakout season hasn’t quite broken out yet, but he struck out 11 Braves and got his 7th win.  He’s put together a couple of good starts in a row and I see a good second half in his future.

Shin-Soo Choo — Choo had been chugga chugga chuggin along during a good stretch of hitting before he hurt his thumb and now what was thought to not be serious, is the opposite, which is serious.  He sprained it and will be out 6-8 weeks.  Michael Brantley was called up and should get plenty of work, maybe enough for an extra helping of SAGNOF.

Torii Hunter — Two donks and 7 RBIs makes for two home runs and 7 runs batted in and a whole lotta offense as Hunter led the Angels over the Royals. He do what he do, be glad he can still do it.

Alexei Ramirez — His home run yesterday was in Texas, but he has been playing a little better.  If you own him you are hoping for his  patented second half to keep its patent.

Sean Rodriguez — SeanRod is 12 for his last 28 and hit a home run yesterday.  He’s a free swingin’ Studio 54 type, so start him while he’s hot, and see if he has any extra blow.

Corey Hart — I just missed grabbing Hart off of waivers early in the season and I’ve cried myself to sleep every night since.  Hart hit another home run to raise his total to 19 and he’s now hit in 19 in a row.  And I played I Wear My Sunglasses At Night 19 times in a row in reverence.

Cliff Lee — Lee failed in his attempt for his 4th consecutive complete game.  He still ended up going 8 innings, striking out 11 and securing his 8th win.  The dude has an odd career arch.

Drew Stubbs — The Cubs were Stubbed, Janished, Millered, Philliped and Gomed by the Reds, but Stubbs did the most last-named damage with three home runs.  Wrigley was a bandbox, whatever that is, with the wind blowing straight out and the temps around 90.  Votto had to be extra pissed.  I wouldn’t put too much into this outburst by Stubbs.  He ain’t horrible, but you won’t be seeing another 3 donker anytime soon.

Tyler Colvin — He also hit a couple into the Wrigley-stream, but I’m pretty sure Eddie Gaedel could have hit one out yesterday.  Colvin should continue to see at bats, but not everyday.  You’ll need to find a deep or NL league to roster him.

Pedro Alvarez — He’s hit a home run in his last two games.  That’s 2 total for all you math wizzes.  He may have figured something out or he may have gotten a bit lucky in his free swinging ways, but if you’ve got room I don’t see any reason not to make a small wager on him having figured something out.

Yovani Gallardo — He left the game with an oblique strain.  An oblique strain of what exactly, I’m not sure.  Just cross your fingers that it’s not ebola.  These kinds of injuries can linger for a pitcher so if you own him, hope he gets a bunch of rest.

Ubaldo Jimenez — He’s given up 17 runs in his last 17 innings pitched.  He’ll turn things around, but he’s a pitcher and if you traded him for an elite hitter before this slump, you are feeling pretty good right now.  If it was the other way around, stop your blubbering.

Dexter Fowler — Our serial killer of barnyard bird serial killers is back on track after being called up from AAA.  He got on base 7 times, which is more than a lot.  If he continues to lead off there is no reason to think he can’t be useful and by useful I mean, Rickey Henderson meets a young Alfonso Soriano.

Matt Joyce — On Saturday he hit a dramatic pinch-hit grand slam, which I have done many times in whiffle ball with ghost runners on.  Joyce is worth a roster spot in AL leagues and if he can get playing time he might be more than that.

Jim Thome — Mr. Incredible passed Harmon Killebrew for 10th on the all time home run list when he hit 2 home runs against the Rays on Saturday.  That’s 574 total. He’ll be able to hit a pinch hit home run at 50.

  1. john says:

    America F*** Yea! Woo, Happy 4th of July!….Ok, that relieved some drunkeness out of my fingers so that I can coherently type this question:

    Who’s more likely to turn it around in the 2nd half, the Wandwagon or Nolasco?

    (Oh, btw, nice fill in Doc)

  2. Chris J says:

    Votto plays for the Reds. The Reds aren’t the Yankees. Only the Yankees get on ESPN. ESPN tells people who they will vote for. People are idiots. Except for those that read Razzball.

    As Grey has said before… <3 Votto.

  3. Bodymore says:

    Hello grey light. I too just missed out on Hart…waited for grays opinion stead just pulling the old trigger. So it goes….

  4. Steve says:

    Nice job, Doc!
    Votto was a big-time ticker tease yesterday. Hoping now that Gorz can stop the bleeding…

  5. Chomp Samba says:

    What’s up, Doc? Scraping the bottom of the barrel for some promising SP arms as I’m ready to dump Wade Davis (have Helickson already) and uncertain of Chacin’s future. I know the whole caveat about young pitchers but I’m in a 16 team league where everyone seems to own at least 8-10 SPs. So I need to scrounge.

    Would like to know your thoughts and/or how you’d rank the following going forward: Blake Hawksworth (4 ER over last 11 IP/2 GS); Travis Wood (2.57 ERA, 4 K/7 IP in 1 GS); Barry Enright (83 K/93 IP, 2.88 ERA in AA); Bud Norris (65 K/55 IP); Brad Lincoln (6 Ks, 4 HA, 0 ER in 7 IP vs. CHC last week).

    Grassy ass.

  6. Adam says:

    With no keeper implications, in a 5×5 head to head, which one of these 1B is most worthy of a roster spot in the second half:
    berkman, ike davis, adam laroche, helton, gaby sanchez, smoak

  7. Daniel says:

    Sorry to break up the Doc love fest, but to say that Tyler Colvin will not be seeing regular playing time and should only be owned in NL only or deep leagues is just flat out false. Now I know that the Cubs have been dreadful, but their team leader in OPS (who has been playing regularly for weeks now) is definitely worth a look in any league where you’re in need of cheap power.

  8. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @john: Same question I was about to ask. But when I see someone else ask, I can’t help but say Nolasco. I think it’s because he has some more K potential and not the Astros offense behind him.

  9. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @Adam: LaRoche. 2nd half player most of his career, so based on his first half it could be a career year.

  10. @Doc: Good stuff. I’d be excited about Colvin if I didn’t already have 6 OF. Hopefully he’ll still be on waivers in my 12 team, if/when Beltran gets back and the Mets stupidly bench Pagan for Frenchy…

    Nice stuff Doc. I heart Dex. Although he really should understand that we picked him up for speed, and stop at 1st base more often.

    @Grey: Thanks for the call on Moyer & Hunter last starts. Two QS and a handful of K’s + a last minute pick up of LeRew gave me a one K win over my opponent, who thought he was slick with a 2am pick up of Mazzaro & Feldman.

    Oh and Jason Hammel with 8K’s? Booyah!

  11. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @myself: No one asked you.

  12. dingus says:

    I’m beyond confused about who I need to drop (to make room for Bedard to come off the DL). I need to drop one of the following:
    Pedro Alvarez, Drew Stubbs, Jose Tabata, Dexter Fowler, or Matt LaPorta.

  13. schlitz says:

    Gomes or ibanez for my ut spot?

  14. Ben the M says:

    J. Johnson or King Felix for the rest of the year?

    20 team 5×5 league, R. Davis should be dropped for something useful? Or just wait until another A’s OFer get injured?

  15. Ben the M says:

    One more –

    Kemp or Holliday the rest of the year?

  16. danimal35 says:

    Got Stanton and Ibanez on the bench…the following are free agents:

    Thome, Fowler, Sean-Rod, Alvarez

    Make any switches?

  17. BSA says:

    Gee Doc – Does this mean I can ask you questions re: my RCL team? :)

  18. bobbo says:

    Fowler or Borbon for the remainder of the season?

  19. Cal cheats says:

    Drop Choo in 10-man leagues?

  20. SpiralArchitect says:

    Better start for this week, Nick Markakis or Pablo Sandoval.

    8 team H2H simple points across all major scoring categories [TB, 1B-HR, RBI, R, SB, BB, (-)K, (-)CS].

  21. ThumbScrewed says:

    I’m looking for an Utley replacement, and was offered Kinsler for Ichiro and De La Rosa. I can replace dlR with Medlen from the wire. Pull the trigger? Thanks.

  22. Bermuda Triangles says:

    Can you give me some advice on my pitching staff?

    Rank the following for weekly HTH (one sits):

    Chad Billingsley (CHC)
    Mike Pelfrey (CIN, ATL)
    Filthy Sanchez (@MIL, @WAS)
    CJ Wilson (CLE, BAL)

    And based on your round up, there’s no way you’re gambling on Gallardo (PIT) in place one of the above (a 2nd guy would have to sit)? Is that right?

    Welcome insight from anyone in the comments.


    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  23. Wilsonian says:

    @Anybody: 8 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5, must be 2 pitchers and 2 position players, 1 your choice). Here’s my team:

    Santana, V-Mart-DL, Prince, Weeks, Utley-DL, Longoria, Wright, Holliday, Kemp, CarGo, Krispie, BJ, Sean-Rod

    Ubaldo, JJ, Weaver, Verlander, Romero, Floyd, Lewis, Aardsma, Capps, K-Rod, Axford

    This trade has been offered to me: Bay, Cain and Scherzer for Utley and Capps. I don’t feel like this is enough for Utley, even though he’s got a good deal of sand in his vagina. I was thinking about countering and substituting Kershaw for Cain and throwing in Lewis, too. What do you guys think about the offer or my counter idea? Picking at scabs?

  24. Philomath says:

    Lost Utley and need a replacement… I have been looking at EXstein & Aviles sitting on the WW, and have an offer of Kendrick & Sheets for my Cain. What do I do?

    PS Nice takes, while Gray is away. (Your beard is weird)

  25. big o says:

    fantasy footballers (grey’s mom’s term) wet themselves .

  26. Clyde Prompto says:

    Would any of you clever lads trade Votto for Huff/B Phillips? Phillips would be replacing Jose Lopez for me. I’m leaning toward keeping Votto, but thought I’d seek other opinions.

  27. quimmy says:

    @Clyde: rather have the Votto/J.Lopez combo

  28. Mr2Bits says:

    Glad to see Wrigley was playing like a softball stadium and D. Lee managed to do nothing yet again……..patients are wearing thin

  29. Doc

    Doc says:

    @BSA: No problem. You should trade Hanley Ramirez for Callaspo.

    @big o: your mom

  30. Wiley says:

    At second base going forward does Kelly Johnson or Rickie Weeks hold more value?

  31. BSA says:

    @Doc: Let me guess who has Callaspo?!

  32. Wilsonian says:

    @Wiley: Weeks. Assuming he stays healthy, of course. But he’s having a monster season so far. He’s the 5th ranked 2B on Yahoo right now.

  33. @dingus: I’d drop Tabata. Deep position, hasn’t shown me anything that you can’t reliably find on the waiver wire.

  34. royce! says:

    I love that Lexus LFA ads are appearing on Razzball… I was on the fence about the LFA, but now I’m definitely going to get one. Just as soon as I win top prize in my money league.

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Nolasco

    @Chris J: Ha

    @Chomp Samba: Norris, Lincoln, Wood…

    @Adam: LaRoche, Sanchez, Smoak…

    @3Fingersbrown: Nice!

    @dingus: Tabata…

    @schlitz: Gomes…

    @Ben the M: I’d hold Rajai, but depends on who you’re dropping him for. F-Her…

    @Ben the M: Kemp

    @danimal35: Go with Fowler and Sean-Rod…

    @BSA: Ha

    @bobbo: Fowler

    @Cal cheats: Sure

    @SpiralArchitect: Markakis

    @ThumbScrewed: Go for it.

    @Bermuda Triangles: Nice signature! Pelfrey, Sanchez, Wilson…

    @Wilsonian: I wouldn’t do either.

    @Philomath: Aviles… I wouldn’t make that trade.

    @Clyde Prompto: Go with Votto.

    @Mr2Bits: Yup

    @Wiley: Weeks

    @royce!: Ha!

  36. DirtDog says:

    Grey, Do I drop Rajai Davis for Fowler?

  37. Doc

    Doc says:

    @john: @Steve: @3Fingersbrown: @Philomath: Gracias senors.

    I’m going to defer to his Greyness on ya’ll’s questions. I’m sure he won’t sleep past 2 pacific time.

  38. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Grey: Oh, there he is! Told you he’d get up early for ya’ll

  39. Hi everyone — what’s the verdict on starting Oliver vs. Baltimore and Gorzelanny @ Arizona? How about Bumgarner tomorrow @ Milwaukee? As you can guess, I’m looking for streamer options in a deep roto league. Anyone with strong feelings on any of them?

  40. BSA says:

    @Grey: I guess I’ll keep my questions in my head and continue the current strategy. Did you see that advice Doc is giving out? Stellar.

  41. big o says:

    my mom’s still dead ,
    but thanks for bringing her memory into the conversation .

  42. DirtDog says:

    Sorry Doc..Do I drop Rajai Davis for Fowler?

  43. Doc

    Doc says:

    @big o: I have a bladder control problem. Thanks for making light of it.

  44. big o says:

    no need to mention it .

  45. TastelessGarbage says:

    Grandy still worth holding over Coghlan or Borbon? I’m thinking wait until August 1 before dropping da bum.

  46. Danks Nugs says:

    It’s tense up in here!

  47. King of Queens says:

    Whos is the more valuable rod the rest of the year…..Wandy Rod or Sean Rod?

  48. @big o: @Doc: You jackasses need to stop talking about my mom’s incontinence.

  49. Dingo says:

    Drop DLee for Thome?

  50. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Thanks man, I kinda felt that way, but I definitely appreciate the advice.

    Can you rank these guys for the rest of the year: Lewis, Floyd, Cahill, Scherzer?

  51. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and Richard too…

  52. BSA says:

    I tell you the way the this season’s DL list is growing the 2010 Fantasy Baseball season is becoming more about managing free agent pick-ups that were no where on anybody’s radar list at the draft.

  53. Chris says:


    Grey, if you see this before lineups lock at 1:05 EST, would you start Gaby Sanchez over any of the following: Bruce, Coghlan, Hart, Krispy

  54. Lines says:

    Medlen over Lilly? Or am I making too much of one unbelievably, completely, truly terrible start?

  55. ASAOK says:

    @Grey I think you mentioned it in a roundup, but you’d take Molina over Posey for the rest of this year?

  56. paulzone says:

    Need to fill my 2b spot (gonna try sean rod for a bit, barmes/kendrick avail too)

    who would you drop:
    volquez (in my one DL spot)

    i have hamels / johan who are underperforming too…

    someone’s gotta go. please advise.

  57. Clyde Prompto says:

    @Lines: I started Lilly yesterday, too. BRUTAL. But the wind was absolutely howling out so it wasn’t entirely his fault. So I’d take him over Medlen.

  58. Eddy says:

    What line would you give Montero from now until end of season? Thinking of spinning a Kennedy trade for him and dumping Wieters.

  59. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Trade Sandoval straight up for Marcum? Also, trade Haren and T. Hunter for Weaver?

  60. Ian says:

    Need some help picking 3 for tomorrow, mostly good matchups in my giant OF/CI/U platoon :
    Todd Helton (vs. Suppan)
    Seth Smith
    Brad Hawpe
    Francoeur (vs. Wood)
    Drew Stubbs (vs. Santana)
    Tyler Colvin (vs. Enright)
    Berkman (vs. Lincoln)


  61. TastelessGarbage says:

    With Bedard coming off DL, which two for rest of season (esp. September) — Medlen, Richard, Cahill, Bedard?

  62. aj says:

    would you sit pelfrey vs. cin 5×5 roto 13 team

  63. paulzone says:

    @Grey: i was afraid you were going to say utley. its a non-keeper. that was my gut too, but have a hard time dropping my #1 pick. ah well. bye bye chase.

  64. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Morning Grey. Safe to start Garza vs. BOS?

  65. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Not sure if you saw this…Trade Sandoval straight up for Marcum? Also, trade Haren and T. Hunter for Weaver?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThE sHiT: Morning, doode. I’m starting him because how well he pitched last time, but I fully expect him to make me pay for it.

    @Fletch: I wouldn’t trade for an injured pitcher (Marcum). I’d take Weaver there if you need pitching, but that trade is fair.

  67. Cal cheats says:

    Wandy or Marcum the rest of the way?

  68. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Yeah i feel ya. Hey, BTW, i went against ur advice on fri and started Jaime Garcia. I was pleased with how well he pitched. He doesnt look like a pitcher who will really implode and start sucking. Of course he will have a bad start here and there, but im thinking hes this years JA Happ. Ur thoughts?

  69. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Also, wanted to let u know how grateful ive been for ur advice and the overall greatness of the site. Been my morning read since i discovered it. 2day is the last day of my unemployment as i will start wking 2moro 4 TSA. So obviously i wont b on razzball as much anymore, but rest assured razzball will be in my mind and heart while im at wk, and on my iphone while im on break. With that said, do i start these guys?
    Medlen @ PHI
    Jaime Garcia @ COL

  70. TastelessGarbage says:

    @Grey: Thanks for putting in the hours on a holiday. Always appreciated!

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThE sHiT: Garcia, or any pitcher, can walk between the raindrops and not get wet for an entire season but at some point it should catch up to him. Can only play the percentages. Percentages say he’s a sell candidate, but anything can happen. Thanks for the kind words! Have fun at work! I wouldn’t start Garcia. At this point, Medlen a start everywhere.

  72. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Yeah it definitely will catch up 2 him, but hopefully it is next season when hes not on my team : )

  73. Joe B says:

    Alright… this seems to be a stupid inquiry on the surface, but hear me out. I currently have 3 catchers (start the laughter)… B MCann (drafted), C Santana (waivers), and Montero (DL grab). I’m trying to trade Montero, but most want Santana or McCann. I believe Santana is the real deal and McCann is starting to hit like he’s supposed to… there in lies the problem. Who is better the 2nd half… McCann (has a track record) or Santana (higher upside?)?

    Trades I have in the works:

    Montero, C Hamels, and Carlos Lee for T Hunter and R Nolasco

    Montero and O Dotel for J Soria

    Santana or McCann may have to be substituted.

  74. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Is it time to drop Lee for someone like Huff or Glaus or just ride it out and hope he has a second half resurgence like last year?

  75. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ThE sHiT: Hehe

    @Joe B: Go with any of them and lose the other two in any trade. Wasting valuable bench space. Take a Brain Freeze and move them.

    @Mr2Bits: Lee? Carlos? Sure, lose him for Glaus.

  76. Tom Thumb says:

    Kennedy gets 10 Ks and the win against the Cubs today.

  77. Mr2Bits says:


    D. Lee?

  78. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: on that note…would you pick up Clay Ricardo for his start tomorrow at Warshington and would you drop Sean-Rod to do so or would you drop someone else out of this lineup:

    Santana, V-Mart-DL, Prince, Weeks, Utley-DL, Longoria, Wright, Holliday, Kemp, CarGo, Krispie, BJ, Sean-Rod, Ubaldo, JJ, Weaver, Verlander, Romero, Floyd, Lewis, Aardsma, Capps, K-Rod, Axford?

    This is my 8 Team H2H Keepah…

  79. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Jamie Garcia for Rafael Soriano a fair trade?

  80. alvaro says:

    Which of this Pitchers can get me Laroche and would you do it?

    Billingsley E. Santana Ted Lilly K. Medlen

  81. Steve says:

    C’mon Gorz – WTF are you doing?

  82. Steve says:

    @Steve: Sac fly and double play. Could have been worse.

    I heart the double play.

  83. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @BSA: Brian, did you get the email I sent you on 6/21?

  84. Steve says:

    @Grey: So it seems. Completely unintentional – I was just whining.

  85. mr baseball says:

    I forgot to start Oliver Hardy today – I am ahead of the game – playing with house money so I quess I will start Daisuke Matsuzaka against the the Devil Dog Rays

  86. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: word…done and done.

    BTW…BJ not in the starting lineup tonight @ the Sawx…

  87. mr baseball says:

    Kennedy has lived out his usefulness

  88. Steve says:

    @Grey: Ugh – just hoping now that he can get through 5 with the lead intact.

    Perhaps handing over to Marmol for a four-inning save…

  89. Steve says:

    @Grey: Hay-soos, he’s walked SIX guys.

    Is he prone to control problems?

  90. Big Nate says:

    This question is probably a couple months overdue, but is it time to part ways with Aaron Hill? The guy is killing my average.

    I could drop him and pick up either Brignac, All-Star Infante, Peralta, Betancourt, or Ian Desmond to take his spot.

    Or – Do I hold onto him for better days to come?

  91. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Not usually this bad. Around 4 walks per 9.

    @Big Nate: I’d grab Desmond.

  92. Wilsonian says:

    What do ya think about losing Clippard for Branyan in a 16 Team H2H? Not sure it matters a whole heckuva lot, but I like the idea of a couple of bombs I can snag every week.

  93. Big Nate says:

    Also – Dropping Ian Kennedy and picking up Pineiro, Takahashi, LeBlanc or Tommy Hunter?

  94. mr baseball says:

    They put in J. Valverde in a non save situation and he gets lit up – This always happens – there should be a law against that – what do I have to really gain when they place my closer in a non save situation – I have everything to lose

  95. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: You’ve been high on Desmond all year (and I drafted him originally) but he hasn’t exactly lit it up recently. Are you that down on Hill for a potential turnaround?

  96. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: There’s no bench in this league, so I won’t have the option to start only at home. I see his next start isn’t until next Saturday at Colorado. Who would you pick up for this week then out of the above list?

  97. mr baseball says:

    Hey Grey are you ever going to quest star on Doc’s Fantasy Football Razz sight

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Nate: You didn’t exactly give me Tinker, Evers and Chance to choose from. If you want, keep Hill. I said to sell him about two months ago and that was after saying you shouldn’t draft him in the preseason. Hunter…

  99. Big Nate says:

    @Grey: Ha. Yeah, the waiver wire is pretty thin in this league. I only ended up with Hill b/c I had the option to keep him for $6 this year and felt a sense a loyalty after he carried my team last year. I’m just being stubborn but I know it’s time for us to spend some time apart…

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Big Nate: Ha… Yeah, get his digits. You guys can keep in touch.

  101. Steve says:

    Since when did Freddy Sanchez take it upon himself to be an AVE drain?

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Boring Sanchez…

  103. Steve says:

    @Grey: Annoying Sanchez…

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Bothering Steve Sanchez…

  105. Steve says:

    @Grey: That’s him!

    Tell me you’re not still holding Juan Gutierrez…

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: God no. Not that desperate in any league. Contreras got me yesterday with earned runs I didn’t need.

  107. Steve says:

    @Grey: Wish I had him in Fantasy Razzball.

    Looks like Almost-Redeemed-Himself-At-The-Last-Minute Sanchez just showed up.

    Aand Ibanez hitting third today…

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, me too. The amount of homers he has allowed vs. the amount of IP he’s pitched is incredible.

  109. bostonaccent says:

    Home oh-fer number 15 out of 40 home games for Ryan Braun today.

    I’m so excited that my first round pick appears to be a must-sit at home.

  110. barker says:

    trade shallow 20 team went through already

    i give smoak cecil jenks i get santana and nyjer

    posted on another post sorry if u answered already i forgot where i put it exactly … long weekend

    1b huff cuddyer
    rp storen dotel heilman axford
    sp kershaw vasquez pelfrey chacin cecil dl de la rosa penny

    heilman droppable at this point???

  111. BSA says:

    @GrandSlamSingle: No – try again – [email protected]

    Thanks for checking. I actually just got back from a family vacation so I only checked things every few days.

  112. mr baseball says:

    Hey Grey are you ever going to quest star on Doc’s Fantasy Football Razz sight

    @Grey Says:

    @mr baseball: Doubtful, I don’t know football.

    How are you with baseball :)

  113. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Doc: im ready for football too,nice fill in here again,ill slide over and start catching up on the football with you to,

  114. mr baseball says:

    who could not see this coming !

    Erik Bedard will miss Tuesday’s start with a stiff shoulder.

  115. mr baseball says:

    Doc has done a nice job so far this year with the fantasy football

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: I wouldn’t drop Heilman in a 20 team league. Storen would be my choice.

    @mr baseball: Eh, menza menz.

  117. Steve says:

    @Grey: @mr baseball: It’s a pity Garza couldn’t find a little injury.

  118. Steve says:

    @Steve: But, then, with Dicey-K on the mound, you’re never out of the game…

  119. BSA says:

    @GrandSlamSingle: Hey – found it and emailed a response.

  120. BSA says:

    @Steve: True but Garza is done as Sonny is warming and Garza is around 90 pitches.

  121. Steve says:

    @BSA: (sighs) Yup.

  122. BSA says:

    Alright going to ice down some Sams for the night as I get to enjoy a long night of baseball – Red Sox fan in me is enjoying the early show with the fantasy fan ready to watch Vazquez/FHer later hoping to rack up the Ks in the RCL. Looking at you Kiwi!

  123. Steve says:

    @BSA: Never!

    I put the ‘K’ in Kiwi.

  124. BSA says:

    Eric Patterson – 2 HRs tonight? Huh?!

  125. barker says:

    thoughts on trade???

    own storen in all 20 team leagues im in got faith they will trade capps or just name him the closer outright league counts hlds as well

  126. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Yeah, and Garza makes me want to hurt someone.

    @barker: Ah, Holds league, gotcha. No idea what Santana that is in your trade.

  127. Steve says:

    Matthew Vincent LaPorta? Love your work.

  128. BSA says:

    @Grey: That little voice told you that was going to happen.

  129. Terrence Mann says:

    @Grey: Now that I’m being punished for Choo-Choo-choosing Shin Soo Choo, who do you like as a replacement? Ibanez, Kubel, Borbon, or Branyan? Equal need HR and SB. OBP is a category.

  130. barker says:

    sorry —- johan

  131. Grey

    Grey says:

    @barker: I’d take Johan’s side.

  132. barker says:

    a trade is never complete w/o greys blessing — thank you

  133. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: LaPorta just homered then gets an elbow to the back of the head at the bottom of the inning. I hope that doesn’t knock anything loose cause he’s on fiiiiiiiiiiire.

  134. Steve says:

    @BSA: Look behind you…

  135. GrandSlamSingle says:

    @BSA: Thanks, I’ll check my mail later.

  136. BSA says:

    @Steve: Thought I felt something odd, oh yeah it is a prickly kiwi feeling empowered. Now shush until I get Stanton, Ethier, and Hanley batting with Vazquez and FHer pitching.

  137. AL KOHOLIC says:


  138. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Love that guy.

  139. Steve says:

    Oh CQ, I am so glad I drafted you/dropped you/picked you up/dropped you again/picked you back up.

  140. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: yeah,just put in my allstar vote for him

  141. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: In my 8 Team H2H Keeper, I’m pretty stacked with steals (have Krispie, CarGo, Kemp, Wright, Longo, Andrus and BJ). BJ ain’t doin’ nuttin’ lately besides pulling a Hanley/Hammy (actually think it’s a quad, but it didn’t work in the joke). Would you toss his ass to the curb for Carlos San Quentin or Matthew LaPorta-potty? I’m a homer whore…and that’s ok…

  142. LMack says:

    Vottoooo <3

    Give Hamilton/Weaver
    Get Holliday/Hanson

    Too lateral in a 1 year 5×5 roto, worst offensive category is steals, 1st in all pitching categories.

  143. LMack says:

    That “too lateral” should’ve been a question for ya, not a statement although I’m inclined to think that it might just be.

  144. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: with gibson taking over and apparently demoting hielman to 8th innings ,who closes,what order do you like(kinda)?

  145. AL KOHOLIC says:

    oh steve,votto missed another hr by a few feet foul,now a double,he is hot

  146. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: hold hoffman over demel?i guess that answers the desperate question

  147. BSA says:

    Alright Steve I see many Ks coming my way this evening and 3 points.

  148. danimal35 says:

    @Rick Dempsey: not watching that game…are they playing rugby? how does he get an elbow to the back of the head?

  149. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @danimal35: my thoughts also

  150. Chris says:


    Starting MadBum tomorrow @Mil?

  151. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: RE:Laporta: He was out on his back, then stayed in the game. It initially looked really bad but not that bad I guess.

  152. bm says:

    Grey, in a 10 team non keeper league, would you drop Ian Stewart for any of the following: Cuddyer, McGehee, Headley, Uribe, Wiggington, Jose Lopez? Or stick it out…

    Also, Quentin or Delmon Young right now?

  153. Steve says:

    @Grey: Just dropped Kuo for Thornton in the RCL (thus not breaking any rules in asking this…).

    How do you like Thornton’s chances for a few more saves going forward?

  154. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: jenks came in in the 7th to give up a hit 2 walks and a run in .2 innings

  155. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chris: In vacuum, no.

    @Rick Dempsey: Thanks for the heads up!

    @bm: Quentin

    @Steve: I think he has a great chance for saves, more so than Kuo.

  156. ASAOK says:

    Just offered Lincecum and Filthy Sanchez for F-Her (or Weaver) and Cueto. Would you do it?

  157. bodymore says:

    Is my CI spot cursed? Sorry Laporta owners, for putting him there. First I lose Kendry… any word on how serious Laporta’s injury will be? I remember when Kotchmen was seemingly breaking out with the Angels, got a ball to the head and was concussed, never to be the same. ahh!

  158. BSA says:

    @Steve: Too funny.

  159. @Grey: Evenin’ Grey. Hope you had a great holiday weekend. I nearly passed out in the heat while shooting on location. Good god, there has to be an easier way to make a living…

    So Ely shit the bed tonight. Dump him and his next start at home vs. the Cubs in favor of Abuelo Livan and his two at home against the Pads and SF?

    Also O-Dawg just went on waivers. Dump FeLo for him or just hold? I like Hudson a little better but I think the two are basically tomato tomata.

  160. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: And what do I see when I head over to the ol’ keeper… ?

  161. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: i grabbed him before i even new anything,i seen you grab him and thought jenks was hurt

  162. Steve says:

    @Grey: For Thursday, the Parra-trooper v Giants or Chacin v Cards. The former, right?

  163. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I grabbed him when I saw Jenks struggling. Don’t know if he’s hurt, just a bit rusty I guess.

    Thornton can help in other categories of course – as you know.

  164. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ASAOK: I’d want the Lincecum side.

    @bodymore: LaPorta’s day to day. Should be okay.

    @3Fingersbrown: Happy holiday to you too! I’d go with Ely over Livan. I’d hold Lopez.

    @Steve: Yeah, former.

  165. Calogero says:

    Who we liking more through the end of the season:

    Julio “apparently I’m a power hitter now and don’t steal bases” Borbon


    Dexter “am I actually good to help your team or just good enough to make you pick me up and then get frustrated 3 weeks later” Fowler

  166. Steve says:

    In case anyone didn’t catch up with it, Clay Buchholz has been put on the DL.

    This is annoying to me.

  167. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: and cruz just had a 3run hr reversed then k,d,this also is annoying to me

  168. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Oh – I wondered how I’d got ahead of you in AVE again…

  169. @Grey: Yeah Lopez = hot, O = cold, so that’s really a no brainer I guess. I’m on the fence about Livan vs. Ely…

    I had to dump Tommy Hunter in order to get one more start (Anthony Lerew – I was big in everything else, so I just needed K’s) to win K’s, which I pulled off by 1 thanks to the combination of Waino, Hammel and Lerew yesterday.

    I may just throw Livan tomorrow and than pick Hunter back up for the O’s @ home. He’s been really good since you gave him the thumbs up. If those guys falter and I need the numbers, I think after today’s crapper, Ely might still be around for Saturday’s start.

    Oh by the way, how awesome is it that Posey hits great on Mondays and Thursdays? Seem to be the only days I play him now with Smooth doin’ work. Having those two and Pagan hit jacks tonight must scare the shit out of my opponent, since I have Albert, Swish, Hart and JWill usually providing the power.

  170. Big Nate says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I also noticed that my Cruz HR got taking away. Anyone see what happened? Did it go to instant replay or something?

  171. bodymore says:

    DL spots are used up by Kendry, VOlquez, DLR… keep 5 league but I’m not sure Kendry is worth the risk now, post surgery keepers = ?

  172. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Big Nate: i didnt see it,

  173. @bodymore: Depends what you have to give to keep him. In my league, an owner loses the pick with which the player was drafted. Kendry was kept this year for a 21st rounder. However to keep him this year it would cost the owner a pick equivalent to his Yahoo rank in our format. So keeping by keeping Kendry, the his owner would lose much – depending on where he’s ranked at season’s end.

    My brah kept Hamilton for that reason (don’t remember the pick he gave up, but i was pretty low).

    Like a dope, I kept Hill and Weiters for relatively cheap but fortunately I managed to trade them to a bigger dope.

    BTW: I just saw a campaign ad for Linda McMahon. Crazy! I’m waiting for Stone Cold to appear and give her The Stunner.

  174. @bodymore: Sorry my writing is horrible tonight. I’m fried… We keep 5 too btw. I have a feeling his owner will keep Kendry this season. I would. I think it’s worth a shot for a 18th round pick or whatever it’ll cost him next season.

  175. Steve says:

    Is League throwing a beachball up there or something?

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yup

    @3Fingersbrown: Gotta love when you’re on a short schedule and your bench guys do something. Yeah, Livan could be fine tomorrow. Just can’t recommend him ever.

    @Big Nate: Was a homer but they took it away stupidly.

    @bodymore: I’d keep Kendry in a keeper over dlR or Volquez, assuming you have Kendry for a decent keeper price.

    @3Fingersbrown: Yeah, saw her ad too. Be cool to see her slam a chair over her opponent’s head.

  177. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: That blown save really hurt.

  178. Steve says:

    @Grey: Damn fool didn’t even get deep enough into the inning to be allowed to stay in and get a shot at a wholly-undeserved-but-I’m-taking-it vulture win.

  179. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, seriously.

  180. Steve says:

    @Grey: I have Aardsma too, but I don’t feel a hell of a lot better about him.

  181. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: thats at least 2 ,3 run leads he,s lost for felix,

  182. @Grey: Who do you like better for the rest of the year: Fowler or Brantley? I was surprised to see ZiPs ROS like Brantley more.

    Re: Livan. I feel dirty even mentioning his name but he looked great against Los Mets last week. I’ll see what’s left in the tank.

  183. BSA says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @Steve: It hasn’t helped Felix that his offense doesn’t perform when he is on the mound.

  184. Steve says:

    @Grey: With every man that reaches base, my annoyance grows.


  185. Steve says:


  186. Steve says:

    C’mon Seattle – don’t get a win!

  187. @Grey: Me too. I have Brantley in 15 team and even though I can use his speed in 12 team, I wouldn’t cut Fowler (or Of Jesus) for him.

    Qualls used in the 8th today. Heilman got the call in the 8th over the weekend. Maybe the Son of Sam gets the call in the 9th soon, since Gibson’s on some Pol Pot back to year 1 shit.

    Totally unrelated: MLB has to stop with the All-Star game deciding home field in the WS. Might be one of the stupidest things going in professional sports today. It’s like the World Cup being decided by penalty kicks. I just don’t get why BB can’t be like other sports and have the best record decide… I’d even rather see them just alternate every year like they used to.

  188. barker says:

    just offered to me 12 team roto large roster i offered ubaldo for miggy

    im in first 128.5 the kid is in second 89.5

    i give wain and jimenez i get johan and miggy

    just got johan in another league the other day just thought it was weird but i guess its not

    c olivo 1b butler 2b zobrist 3b wright ss reyes CI huff MI stewart lf abeu cf rasmus rf kubel of matsui of byrd util rios util kel jo
    bench jose lopez

    pitchers include lincecum wain ubaldo pelfrey filthy sanchez billz jaime garcia just got off waivers??? valverde rauch gregg rodney meek axford kuo

    would rather not give up wain kid seems willing to deal though
    could use the upgrade at first and i wouldnt be giving up butler
    who wins??
    sorry for the long post thought showing my whole team would add context that offense doesnt seem that good i cant believe im winning by that much must be all pitching

    also a roto strategy Q should i be saving Games Played for the position players for the end of the year my innings pitched is fine and below pace just wondering if it would be beneficial to save games w/ such a big lead and not play j lopez (still waiting for a hot streak hes just not that good is he?) or other players

  189. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Ha

    @3Fingersbrown: Pol Pot – nice! Totally agree about home field advantage. Just another stupid Selig rule.

    @barker: Don’t worry about position player games played. That trade’s not so great.

  190. Steve says:

    Hate to offend my American friends but the whole All-Star thing comes off as a bit of a nonsense to this foreigner.

  191. barker says:

    thanks and thanks i thought so what do u think i can counter with i dont want to give up huff but will i will not let him stand in the way of miggy but i guess i understand why he wont do it straight up

  192. @Grey: RZE is back after lecturing Bill Murray on the dangers of coffee addiction… Gets a start against the Twins this week. Drop Fister (god I love looking at that name every day) for the RZE? He was pretty bad in the minors while rehabbing from the busted finger that he lost to the fatal flying guillotine, but he’s got K potential and… well he’s another Hodge Podge Jay!

    @Steve: ASGs are inherently stupid. If baseball’s was played in November, no one would watch – like the Pro Bowl. It’s an exhibition – or should be. Just a way to let the fans see all their favorite players on one field or see Pete Rose end some poor schmucks promising career, take your pick.

    Hey the NBA should give home court in the finals to the team who’s guy wins the dunk contest.

  193. barker says:

    i offered back Jimenez and J garcia for miggy and santana

  194. @barker: That’s good for you, but I wouldn’t make that move if I were the other guy.

    Just offered the last place team (12 team keeper) Posey for Figgins. We move in slow motion and I have FeLo at MI.

    I doubt he’ll bite, but I’m hoping Figgins’ owner is in ‘sell’ mode and is looking for a good value keeper. I did trade him Bourn (25th rounder) for Waino (9th round) and a 15th round pick, so he’s not all that bright. Posey would cost him a 25th rounder next year and I won’t be keeping him, since I’ll be keeping Smooth for the same price.

  195. barker says:

    thanks for the response 3 finger
    i like the posey idea but i dont really like chone
    in this situation with lopez though it works methinks especially with the keeper aspect and smooth

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