Yesterday, Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with his 34th homer and 14th steal.  Tomorrow, the MVP.  He didn’t have the biggest offensive day for all hitters yesterday, but he’s getting the lead today.  Wanna know why?  Cause I’ve been shot by Cupid and I love Joey Votto.  True story, I walked into an ice cream parlor and asked for a Joey Votto.  The guy behind the counter said, “I don’t know what you mean.”  I punched him in his mouth.  Here’s what I said last December, “If Votto continues to progress, you’re looking at a guy that could easily give you 32 homers, 10 steals and a .300 average.  Want more?  If you buy into Joey Votto for 2010, I’ll also throw in a climbing walk rate and OPS for absolutely free!  Don’t want it?  Who cares, it’s free!”  And that’s me quoting me!  Finally, know who I’m probably not going to be able to afford in 2011 drafts?  Votto, my love!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jay Bruce – 3-for-4, 2 Runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers as he lives up to his Septacular reputation.  Last September, he hit 4 homers and .353 in only 34 ABs after not hitting above .258 in any other month.  Had 7 homers in September of 2008.  Play Bruce in the Venezuelan Winter League and he’ll win an MVP.

Derek Lowe – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Probably should’ve been the lead today with the game he threw yesterday.  Eh, he’ll get over it.  BTW, ever notice Lowe’s slogan is Let’s Build Something Together and Home Depot’s slogan is There’s Really Cheap Laborers In Our Parking Lot?

CC Sabathia – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  On the front page of MLB’s ESPN coverage it said something like CC was chasing F-Her for the Cy Young.  Someone besides Keith Law is voting for a guy with 11 wins?  It would be progress, my hopes aren’t high.

James McDonald – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Nothing like pitching vs. the Mess in Metco to help a guy realize his potential.

Dillon Gee – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Yeah, still can’t recommend him.  Was hit too hard in Triple-A for me to trust him this time of year.

Joe Blanton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He gets the Nats on Sunday.  Could be a game changer for those in H2H leagues.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4 with his 21st homer.  Assuming he stays in Philly, he’ll be undervalued next year because of a wonky RBI year he’s having.  He’s hitting .098 with men in scoring position and two outs.  That’s just fluky.  If he plays somewhere else next year, all bets are off.  Imagine he ends up in Petco.  That gets The Gas Face.

Brett Myers – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I was actually able to pick him up in one league on Sunday.  He has a 2.85 ERA on the year and he’s on waivers in a league with ‘perts.  Makes little sense.

Matt Lindstrom – Got the save yesterday with Lyon pitching the previous 4 days.  I don’t think it’s anything more than that but — and there’s always a but unless you’re an alien — Lyon did get hit the other day.  They could share some saves down the stretch.

Chris Narveson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He had a 2.48 ERA post-All-Star Break last year in 36 1/3 IP, most of which was in September.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-4 with 2 steals.  Gotta love a guy who gets more steals than the times he’s on base.  I can’t wait for the epilogue of Moneyball: The Movie when the white letters fade up over a black screen and reads, “Or throw out everything that came before this and steal some bases…”  BTW, you know how you look up something in Google and end up on a 3 hour odyssey that always leaves you off in YouTube looking at funny kitten videos?  That’s what happened to me when I Googled “Moneyball” + Coco Crisp.  I knew he hadn’t appeared in the book (unless it was in the Acknowledgments where Lewis professed his love for the breakfast cereal).  I was trying to get a grasp on people’s current thoughts on Moneyball.  I think the emperor has no clothes, but I didn’t need Google to find out what I thought.  I just needed to bang my head against my wall until my brain started working.  If Michael Lewis wrote a book about me — say Razzballball:  The Art of Wasting Time — he could make me sound like a hero.  That’s how Michael Lewis do.

Brian Matusz – After being hit with a comebacker, Buck Showalter lifted Matusz from the game.  Weird, cause Showalter doesn’t even look that strong.  Matusz will be reevaluated today.

Brian Roberts – 2-for-4 until he was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game.  Balls 2, O’s Brians zero.  Roberts has actually been more productive than I thought he would in his return.  I’m not a huge fan of old guys who rely on their legs, but Roberts may be a steal in next year’s draft.  Pardon the pun, I’m lazy.

Evan Meek – Will get some save chances along with Hanrahanananan, according to John Russell, who is the Pirates manager, not the Christian name for a Jack Russell terrier.

Cory Luebke – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  That might’ve just opened a nine foot, ten inch hole for Chris Young to walk through.

Ryan Kalish – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last week (also has 2 steals) and is hitting around .350.  Took a bit for him to find his footing, but keep in mind that he’s a solid prospect with 20/20 ability over a full season.  Could be this year’s Rasmus next year, clear?

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Now has 208 Ks in 190 IP.  *Grey drools*

Yunesky Maya – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Maya culpa for even suggesting you watch this guy.  Know there’s something in that arm of his because of the success he had in Cuba, but right now you obviously can’t start him anywhere.

Nick Swisher – He pinch hit yesterday, but he’s supposed to have an MRI on his knee today and will probably be out at least a few games.  My guess is he won’t play until the weekend and even when he returns, he’ll probably be nursed like a big baby sucking on Billy Butler’s moobs.

Logan Morrison – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer and has now reached base in 33 straight games.  Hello, I Love You.

Barry Enright – 3 IP, 5 ER.  About four starts ago, I said, “Don’t believe the magic, Enright’s getting by on smoke and mirrors.”  Therefore he doesn’t exist, so poof…vamoose son of a bitch!

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Was there any offense yesterday?  Why couldn’t all my hitters face Uncle Barry Enright?

Jaime Garcia – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Last game, he got sabotaged, shellshocked, rocked and ruled.  Day in the life of a fool.  Overall, really hard to be too down on a rookie who is still under a 3 ERA in September.

Albert Pujols – 0-for-3, admitted to elbow discomfort, but said, “There’s no DL in September.”  Though there is in calendar.

  1. JT says:

    The Jaime Garcia comment = gold, Jerry, pure gold! Thanks, Grey.

  2. Steve says:

    Logan Morrison. It’s a name that will open a lot of doors in the future…

  3. BSA says:

    O Me-oh Maya I did not need those two starts working against my ERA and WHIP. Ugh!

    Streaming pitchers trying to get Ks and wins off the waiver wire, well throw in Wainwrights crap lately is enough to make me drink, or smoke through these last three weeks.

    Top three in the RCL may be at critical mass but close nonetheless.

  4. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Tossin’ around Fear of a Black Planet lyrics? Me likey (plus it’s one of my faves on that album).

  5. Child Please says:

    6×6 (OBP, QS)
    Pick one for today:
    Hardy vs Danks (Hardy is hot but has been horrible against lefties)
    Desmond vs Jurjuins (Des is cold but has good #s vs Jurjuins and the Braves)

  6. timSTi says:

    Anyone starting Garza tonight?

    I’m in the playoffs. Have Hamels going tonight as well. Got two solid starts from Lester & Narveson last night. Worth risking it throwing him tonight?

  7. TheEvilEmpire says:

    @Grey: Got a few questions for you. Keep in mind it’s league playoffs now so 2 weeks worth of stats are counted.

    Should I start Dickey vs. Pitt? I’m winning significantly on ERA and WHIP, tied for strikes and have 1 more win. I know Dickey could grab a win and fare decently on ERA but if he implodes, he could kill my ERA and WHIP. And even with a win I see him putting up 2-3 K’s tops.

    Same applies to Kershaw. He could get me the K’s I need but could easily shit the bed vs. the Giants.

    Lastly, pick 2:

    Gomes vs. Braves (Hudson)
    Jhonny @ Tex (Holland)
    Boesch @ Tex (Holland)
    Ethier @ Giants (Zito)

    Thanks :)

  8. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Get out that crystal ball Grey… regarding James McDonald and Yunesky Maya, for 2011 (and beyond)…

    Who gets more wins?
    Who has a better overall career as a SP?

  9. Eric C. says:

    JA Happ against MIL or Colby Lewis against DET? How about for the rest of the season? Thanks

  10. Cole says:

    Coco stole 2 bases and was caught stealing while on base once? Did he unsuccessfully try to steal home? If so, the fact that he tried makes me love him more than the hot counter girl at my local Noodles and Company.

  11. anon says:


    I am in the exact same boat. I got a solid start + a decent inning out of Price/Matusz last night, and now I have Hamels and am wondering if I should also roll out Garza -vs- the Yanks as well. Expecting two solid starts in a row out of my Rays pitching versus the Yankees might be asking for too much!

  12. Barry Heanbag says:

    I’m streaming starters in my roto league. I need wins and have a little room to get hurt in ERA and WHIP before it costs me a point.

    Can you rank:

    Pelfrey vs Pitt
    Niese vs Atl
    Livan vs Hou

  13. TheEvilEmpire says:

    BTW Grey, your De La reference made me squirt Trugoy all over myself.

  14. BSA says:

    @Grey: If I was passing blame I should really include Hudson (2 crap starts), Wainwright (4 crap starts), King Felix (last crap start), Maya (crappy intro to the league).

    C’est La Vie – It just brought my lead in ERA and WHIP back closer to the pack.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Glass is half-full. That makes things more interesting, so it’s good for the league.

  16. Barry Heanbag says:

    Same situation, would you start Hudson vs Cincy tonight?

  17. BSA says:

    League top 4 are as follows:
    Schmohawks – 99.5
    BSA Dogs – 90
    Al Koloholic – 82
    Kiwi – 81

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Barry Heanbag: Sure

    @BSA: With a lot of luck, can you get to the Schmohawks?

  19. Wiley says:

    Would you rather have Kennedy or Duensing? or are they just about even to finish up the season?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wiley: Kennedy by a slight margin…

  21. BSA says:

    @Grey: Kind of like the Red Sox chances a couple of weeks ago. There are 4-5 categories where he can lose a couple of points and I can gain a couple of points (HRs, RBIs, Ks, etc. within 10)if that makes sense.

    Big picture for me is to either win it or stay in second since last year I ended in 4th.

    I am also psyched to be within the top 50 overall. Like I always say – before your little haven was created I knew nothing about FBB.

  22. BSA says:

    Oh yeah – I knew you had to be a little crazy to be a closer but KRod is a fool.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Cool, glad I could be of assistance. Could see K-Rod in a Celebrity Boxing match vs. Rodman.

  24. DrEasy says:

    Start Dan Hudson in Cinci? I’m way ahead of pace in IP, so I can afford to be more discerning. Should I fear the Reds’ ballpark and offense?

  25. struggler says:

    Ozzie names sale closer sort of:

    Bobby’s not my closer right now, he’s not, I’m very happy with (Chris) Sale,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I’m not saying (Jenks had) lost his job, I have to wait to see to put him in the game to see how he’s doing, how he feels, he’s got to throw on the side. It’s another process; it might take a little while, maybe one day, two days, three days… a week.”

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Sure, sit him.

    @struggler: Damn, I just dropped him in a league. Thanks for the heads up!

  27. DrEasy says:

    @Grey: Thanks! I’ll use him next time against Pittsburgh.

  28. Eddy says:


    Hey Grey what’s up, I’m looking to continue churning out my one spot starter a day method in the semis here.

    For tomorrow there’s a choice of:

    Duensing @CWS
    Drabek @BAL
    Minor vs WAS
    Bruce Chen vs OAK
    Jenrry Mejia vs PIT
    Dave Bush @HOU

    I’m leaning towards Duensing but I just wanted to run the others by you simply because of the quality of their opponents.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: No problem.

    @Eddy: Duensing…

  30. Tom Thumb says:

    @Grey: Looking for advice on Hudson tonight and noticed you told one guy start and another sit. He was phenomenal last time out against them. Start or sit?

  31. Hans says:

    @Grey start andrus vs. bonderman or furcal vs. zito tonight?

  32. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Is CarGo a 2nd rounder next year?

  33. Mzyptlk says:

    Drabek, Minor or neither tomorrow? What’s your average daily daquiri consumption rate?

  34. Tom Thumb says:

    @Grey: less than .1 lead in ERA, 1 win lead and .03 lead in WHIP. Strikeouts are not an issue, I am way ahead. Roto with a max start limit of 225. I am currently on pace for 223 and am also starting Kershaw, Greinke and Wainwright tonight. Start Hudson or sit him?

  35. Tom Thumb says:

    @Tom Thumb: By lead I mean the difference between myself and the guy in 2nd. I have a 7 point lead overall but that can vanish quickly

  36. Tom Thumb says:

    @Grey: Or would you start Minor tomorrow in lieu of Hudson today?

  37. Tom Thumb says:

    @Grey: Thanks!

  38. ThE sHiT says:

    @Grey: Gotta see another good start from Volquez to maybe consider him? Or is it ok to throw him vs ARI?

  39. Do people like DlR or the Duensing in a spot start situation…I need W’s more then anything so I was leaning towards the DlR since the Rockies can’t lose these days…wait what happened last night? I was drunk…

  40. Mzyptlk says:

    Start Hammel tonight vs. SD? Daquiris on the way.

  41. Mateo says:

    Grey, start danks vs minn? hudson at cin? Jair vs Was? H2H league, I just need a good outting.

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mateo: Danks…


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