Hmm… Let’s see, where does the news that Josh Hamilton is headed to the DL go on the Hype Cycle?  Oh, wait!  I know!  “Falls Back to Earth, Hits the DL.” Call me, Greyvoyant!  Hamilton may be headed to the DL this Thursday if he’s still in pain.  This is obviously bad news for Hamilton owners.  As we learned from Dylan McKay’s battle with drugs on 90210, addicts can’t take pain killers.  So Hamilton is in “extreme pain” and needs to let it subside on its own.  I don’t think he’ll be out much longer than two weeks, but I’m no doctor (I am psychic though).  If Hamilton’s rib becomes a nagging type injury that bothers him for a few months, this could turn into a Def-Con 4 situation and his owners may have to jump into an Andromeda Strain decontamination shower.  For those out there with alligator blood, this may be your only opportunity to Buy Low on Hamilton.  Just remember his owners were crying in their soup last night, don’t blow on it for them.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Edwin Encarnacion – Looks like his chip on his shoulder has moved to his wrist as he heads to the DL.  I liked Edwin going into the year, and was bummed to see him do nada, nada, not a damn thing this season.  At least the wrist injury explains what was going on with him.

Adam Rosales – NL-Only owners could take a flier on the Reds call-up, Rosales.  There’s no indication Baker will play him at all.  If he does, he has some pop.  He was batting .431 with 4 HRs through 17 games at Triple-A.  Not really mixed league material yet, unless your league is very deep.

Joel Hanrahan – Removed from the closer role.  Actually, he kinda removed himself.  As I said yesterday, Julian Taveras seems like the best option to me.  Kip Wells is said to be in the mix.  That mix is in the toilet bowl.  Joe Beimel is rumored to get a shot when he comes off the DL.  Might be, but if Taveras can hold the job, then Beimel will never see the chance.  Hmm… Now that I write that I must say it’s anyone’s job.  I would not carry more than one Nats reliever.  If you have an open DL spot, no harm no foul with Beimel.  I took a chance on Taveras in all of my leagues.  If it’s not him, I’m not losing sleep over it.  Just watch what you say about Taveras, he will karate kick you in the sternum.

Scott Richmond – 7 IP, 1 ER.  Not sure how long Richmond’s mastery continues because his stuff isn’t really that great, but I’ll admit it.  I started him last night in a mixed league.  Hey, lightning, you wanna get in a bottle for me?

Hideki Matsui – How many pop-ups can a lefty hit to the 2nd baseman?

Edwin Jackson – 6 IP, 0 ER. Hey, whaddya know?  He’s still looking good almost a month later.  I went over why I liked Edwin Jackson during the first week of the season.  If you weren’t here, go back and read it again.  If you were here, continue on, I start to pick up speed soon.

Phil Hughes – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 Ks.  I told everyone to start him because we were going at this like ripping off a Band-Aid.  This was either gonna be the last time he was on anyone’s team, or he was going to be great.  Glad he climbed the latter.  His hook was complementing the speedball very nicely.  Like a well-trained gimp, his leash got longer.

Jose Valverde – To the DL.  Told you yesterday it seemed to be headed this way.  LaTroy Hawkins gets a few weeks to shake his Cuddle Boy label.

Cole Hamels – Left the game after 4 1/3 scoreless innings with an ankle injury.  Can’t a brother get a Win?  Hamels really seems cursed this year.

Jo-Jo Reyes – 7 IP, 1 ER.  I don’t mind Jo-Jo in deep mixed and NL-Only leagues.  Though in most leagues, he’s No-No.

Kyle Lohse – 7 IP, 0 ER.  Has an ERA of 1.97 on the season.  You don’t want to be there when it starts to climb up to 4.

Dave Bush – 5 IP, 4 ER. Almost threw a no-hitter last time out.  So it’s a no-brainer to start him against the Pirates, who batted Brandon Moss as their number three hitter, right?  Moss of a .220 average.  Nope, Bush took a no-brainer and made you look stupid.  (BTW, I always need spellcheck for “brain” and “genius.”  I’m a moron.)

Jorge Cantu – Took deep Livan and Sean Green (not the Jewish one) in yesterday’s game.  Cantu’s now batting .357 on the season with 5 homers.  Mmm… Me love some cheap power.

Chase Utley – Chase ordered up two homers yesterday and three strippers.

Nick Swisher – HR yesterday.  Swisher has 5 HRs and is batting .300.  At some point the bottom will fall out of the average, but he’s good for 30 home runs.  You can put it on the boardddddd…  Oh, wait, he’s no longer on the White Sox.

John Danks – 4 IP, 5 ER.  Sure, Mike Sweeney’s batting third and A-drain Beltre is at cleanup with a .169 average.  Of course, you get hit hard in this game!  Makes perfect sense!  Danks!

Mike Fontenot – HRs in back-to-back games as he played 3rd for Aramis.  He’s still batting .238 and he seems destined to be a three to four games a week guy.

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 Ks.  I almost predicted him for AL Cy Young.  That’s how much I believe.  If he can stay healthy and get some Win Karma, he could do it.  Next start, F-Her ‘n the A’s. (<–provocative!)

Chone Figgins – 2-for-3.  I give Figgins a hard time and he’s still batting .246, but he stole two bases last night to give him 9 on the season.  That’s a healthy pace.  Then again, Fowler has 9 steals and he’s batting .310.  Cust kayin’.

Mark Ellis – Calf injury, headed to the DL.

Nomar Garciaparra – Sympathy pains, to the DL.

Ian Stewart – Lookie here, Miss Moneypenny, Ee-yon Shtew-art just played his 6th game at 2nd base and, with the Polish kid benched, 2nd base eligibility could happen verrrrry quickly.

Chad Gaudin – 5 IP, 0 ER.  I’m picking him up in all kinds of deep leagues.  Hey, he’s in Petco?  Why not?

Wandy Rodriguez – 7 IP, 1ER, 1.69 ERA on the season.  Begged people to draft him this season, but, let’s be fo’ realz, even I didn’t think he’d start out the year this well.  He’s not necessarily a sell because I don’t think people are buying, but he’s not going to finish the year under a 3 ERA, so he will take some lumps at some point.  Hopefully, they’re not for a while.  I’m still on the Wandwagon, just tempering expectations.  (BTW, wouldn’t Tempura Expectations be a great Japanese restaurant name?  What?  You like yakitori?)

Brad Penny – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  And Penny’s usually a pre-All-Star Break pitcher.  Hmm… Looks like someone’s missing Alyssa Milano’s nooners.

Ben Zobrist – HR yesterday off the bench.  As Zobrist goes, so go the mohels.

Matt LaPorta – Ripping up Triple-A and could replace Ben Francisco, then Francisco goes and hits a HR yesterday.  LaPorta will be up soon, but soon’s relative.  Ask Stephen Hawking.

Francisco Liriano – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  He bounced back from that last mugging like Bernie Goetz.

  1. Emporers Monkey says:

    How much playing time do you think Adruw Jones gets if Hamilton does see some DL time? Thinking about platooning him with Dukes or at least playing him occasionaly during home games.

    Edwin Jackson or Scherzer? Both are free agents in my league and I have a spot to add one.

  2. Bob from Germany says:

    in my H2H league i started 2 SP yesterday. Billingsley and Liriano. My Opponent has Broxton and Nathan as RP. I wouldn’t complain about getting the wins while he’s getting the Saves, but hey…


    they both blew the game and my wins! And both get credited with the wins themselves. And just for making me look a little bit more ridiculous, Broxtons game tying BB was credited to my pitchers ERA.

    gotta quote someone here:


    no more baseball today!

  3. Quintero says:

    Aaron Miles is not that big a threat to Mike Fontenot, isn’t he? Fontenot might have trouble hitting lefties but his career OPS looks good. Could he be as useful as DeRosa?

    Big Fat Bartolo Colón, a random stream option or not? Tell me he is not.

  4. Emporers Monkey says:

    Colon is like a poop omelet, alright for a couple bites and then bam!! You end up with a mouthful of crap.

  5. Steve says:

    12-team ESPN deep enough for Gaudin? Is he sixth starter material?

  6. JPH says:

    Who should I be starting at UTIL:
    Prince Fielder, Cruz or Carlos Lee?I have been switching between the three but missed Fielder’s 2 HR game and got zip last night when I started him.

    And do you think I should be starting Cruz or Lee over any of my OFs-Sizemore, Beltran and Adam Jones?

  7. Quintero says:

    @JPH: You should trade one, or two of them. That’s what you gonna do.

    @Emporers Monkey: Colon’s next start, Rangers Ballpark. Poops in first bite!

  8. Steve says:

    @JPH: Quintero speaks the truth. You gotta make some trades. Keep trying to decide who to rotate in and out of that one spot and you’ll be wearing one of those jackets with the sleeves that tie up at the back by the All-Star Break.

    Making the wrong call on Ibanez and Lind for my LF spot has already cost me a grand slam this week…

  9. Emporers Monkey says:

    @JPH: Are you in a 4 team league? Sizemore, Beltran and Lee in your OF. Fielder in your Util spot. Trade Cruz and Jones for a pitcher or infielder.

  10. Rick Dempsey says:

    Boy did I pay for putting Bush in the lineup, but at the same time what can you do to predict IF’s not being able to handle routine infield plays (3) that inflate pitch counts??? GOD I HATE YOU BILL HALL!!!!

    What do you make so far of this Reds lineup? You said in your rankings that they SHOULD be good.

  11. BSA says:

    Grey – No the brother cannot get a win or any movement in the standings. Threw Millwood, Saunders, and Hamels. Should’ve been a hat trick.

    Hippo trying to make me feel better – Maybe they’ll give Cole a Win for getting close to five innings of work.

    Ever heard of horsehsoes and handgrenades?

  12. BSA says:

    Of course you haven’t heard of horsehsoes! Maybe horseshoes?
    Either way no Win for Cole.

  13. Drev says:

    Maine’s owner dropped him. Stash him instead of Holland, Ubaldo, or Wolf?

  14. Chris says:

    Looking for a fill in 1B/3B for D. Lee – pick up Blalock, Duncan, or Mora?

  15. BroadStreetBrawler says:


    Mora, Blalock, Duncan

  16. BigFatHippo says:

    “Well-trained gimp”


  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Drev: i have dropped both ubaldo and maine in my main 12 team league. maine had a decent start the other night, but neither is doing well enough for someone to jump on them right now. i’m monitoring both, and if they turn it around i’ll try to jump back on them, if not, whatever, they are gonna be rolloercoasters anyway. just knowing my league, marginal guys who are struggling right now are much more likely to sit on the wire than some promising young guys who could be lightening in a bottle when giving starts (holland, tillman, hanson, etc.), thus i’m better off holding onto holland right now than watching ubaldo or maine stink up my bench.

  18. steamer says:

    Is Corpas droppable yet for Hawkins or Madsen? The guy kills me every time he pitches

  19. JPH says:

    @Quintero: I hear ya loud and clear but no one is budging.
    @Emporers Monkey: No, a 10 team H2H–I offered Beckett, Fielder and Cruz for Billingsley but the guy didn’t bite.

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Chris: blaylock great for short term,just dont expect him to stay healthy all year

  21. Emporers Monkey says:

    @JPH: You should be glad he didnt bite. You would have gotten dry-boned on that deal, friendo. If its a H2H league and your pitching staff is weak, just stream as much as you can, unless there is a limit on innings pitched. Next time try to send an offer for an underperforming pitcher like Hamels. Don’t trade for guys who are at their peak value, especially pitchers.

  22. Eric H. says:

    I traded for Francisco Liriano recently and was encouraged by his bounce-back effort last night. The question is, Will he strike out enough guys to remain a valuable middle-of-the-rotation fantasy guy? Is he still capable of punching out 8 or 9 in a game from time to time? I have not watched him so it’s hard for me to evaluate. All the media talking heads say he’ll never be the same blah blah blah but I wondered what you guys thought. He settled into a very nice groove last summer after his call-up. Surely he can get back to those types of outings, right?

  23. Matt Sorrento says:

    Out of these three, who would you start at Utility in a league that counts OPS and Ks against hitters: J.Upton, Randy Winn, CoJack?

    Also, some dude just dropped Iannetta. I have Sandoval now, should I try to pick him up? I’d be dropping some crappy middle reliever.

  24. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey – Great story about Utley. Wasn’t around in 10/08 to read the original. Reminds me of what Casey Stengal, the Ole’ Perfesser, used to say:
    “Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.”

    Question – is Davies worth owning. If so, should he start tomorrow against the Blue Jays? He had been pitching ok except for his last outing.

  25. arthur says:

    Debate at the office: Which one would you rather have, Rios or Holliday?

  26. Emporers Monkey says:

    @arthur: Holliday…at least you know he CAN hit 25+ HR.

  27. Matt says:

    Tex for Quentin staight up, good deal or ripoff?

  28. @Rick Dempsey: Don’t use Dave Bush. Just don’t. He’s been doing this one-hitter-one-game-gobsmacked-the-next routine for four seasons. He’s just. Not. Worth. It.

    @Emporers Monkey: My head says Scherzer but my heart says Action Jackson. No way he should still be an FA in any league 10-teams or deeper.

    @Emporers Monkey: Please don’t put the image of a poop omelet in my mind first thing in the morning. Or a poop omelet in my mouth, for that matter.

    @Paulie Allnuts: Davies — no. Against Jays — definitely no.

    @Matt: Seems reasonable. I’d want Tex there, but not by much.

    @JPH: Trade Prince for a good pitcher, like Hamels. Prince should get you Hamels right now. If not Prince, then trade Carlos Lee. Just don’t carry All-Star hitters on your bench if your pitching needs attending.

  29. Eric C. says:

    Is this a legit trade? Trade away Victorino/Ellsbury/P. Hughes and receive Kemp/Rios?

  30. Drev says:


    I agree with Emporers Monkey, Holliday over Rios. Don’t forget he might get traded to a great offense.

  31. Drev says:

    @Eric C.:

    I wouldn’t veto it, if that’s what you’re asking.

  32. Drev says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins:

    I appreciated your thoughts on Oswalt the other day. I’m curious to know which ten or so starters you think will be the best from here on out. I’m also wondering what other underrated guys you think will out perform the overrated Oswalts of the fantasy world, such as Slowey and Meche per your earlier comment.

  33. johnson21 says:

    give up slowey and corpas for verlander? also, you think john maine is a decent FA pickup in 12 team mixed leagues?

  34. Eric C. says:

    @Drev: Sorry, I meant to ask if that’s a deal I should propose. I don’t keep up with the Blue Jays that well, so I don’t know if Rios is a good buy-low candidate.

  35. Zebo says:

    I got Peavy by giving away Derrek Lee and Liriano, how did it look? Will Peavy bounce back?

  36. Falcon says:

    Is Melvin Mora anything to get juicy about? My 3B option is kinda tame.

  37. bobbo says:

    I have a backlog of good pitchers and only so many innings to use them in (10team roto, 1450 innings max): Sabathia, Lincecum, Billingsley, Greinke, Liriano, Slowey, Edwin Jackson, Chris Young, Brett Myers.

    I’ve tried shopping the last 4 for a week to no avail… they’re just cluttering my bench while I don’t use them (don’t want to eat my innings). Safe to drop them and pick up some offense, given my top end staff?

  38. Pops says:

    @Rick Dempsey: I will hate Bill Hall until he gives up the throne to Mat Gamel. Gamel is straight raking in the minors. If only he could figure out how to throw the baseball across the diamond we’d be in business.

  39. JPH says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: The guy in my league who wants Prince has this rotation:Shields, Joba, Galaragga, LaTroy Hawkins, Fuentes, Peavy, Buerhle, Ervin Santana on DL and Wakefield.

    Who do you think I should go for?And i don’t mind dumping both Prince and Carlos Lee.

  40. BigFatHippo says:

    @bobbo: You don’t need 9 starters, drop CY if there’s a bat to pick up. If nobody will give you anything for the other guys you’re gonna have to trade one of your top 3, choose wisely………

  41. Frank Rizzo says:

    Good grief, rostering Chris Davis has become excruciatingly painful. 67 AB’s – 33 K’s. Honestly, how long do they keep trotting this guy onto the field to kill innings for them? It’s looking like he’s not ready and needs to be sent down.

  42. BroadStreetBrawler says:

    @Falcon: is he anything to get excited about? I dont get excited over him, but he certainly is a consistently decent player. I guess it depends who your other option at 3b is. Mora is gonna bat .270-.280 hit ya 15 hr’s 75rbi’s and 65-70 runs.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Emporers Monkey: Scherzer

    Jones should get the majority of the playing time in Hamilton’s absence.

    @Bob from Germany: Ha, nice rant.

    @Quintero: DeRosa has 20 more ABs than Fontenot through a month. That’s over a hundred at the end of the year.

    Colon is not.

    @Steve: Yeah, he could be. Just home games.

    @JPH: You need to make a trade.

    @Rick Dempsey: Who in particular?

    @Drev: Nah

    @Eric H.: I think he can, yup.

    @Matt Sorrento: CoJack, you don’t need two catchers. Drop Iannetta for Sandoval if you want, but don’t carry two.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I still don’t trust Davies.

    @Eric C.: It’s fair for both sides.

    @johnson21: Don’t wnat Maine, don’t want Verlander there.

    @Zebo: Sounds okay, hopefully Peavy bounces back.

    @Falcon: If your 3rd base is that bad, okay on Mora, he’s pretty tame though.

    @bobbo: I wouldn’t drop Slowey or Young.

  44. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Frank Rizzo: yeah,i traded him as a $5 keeper in a 7×7 roto league with brandon phillips for albert and pedroia,ave,k`s,obp all big improvements for me

  45. Zebo says:

    Why has Erik Bedard not paid a visit to Dr. Freeze yet? He is turning out to be the biggest steal of the draft! Can he keep this up for real?

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Zebo: shus,dont jinx him,with hammels and peavy having rough starts,i need him

  47. NoonTime says:

    @Zebo: Because he is on my staff and has joined forces to form the dreaded three headed SP monster Timohanik Linsantanadard! Today is a happy day.. all three pitch. Last time they went for 20.2 IP, 16 hits, 2 BB, 4ER, 28 K, 3W… thank you sir may I have another!

  48. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    I just dropped Giambi for Russell Branyan. I’m not particularly proud of this, but it’s done and I just had to tell the world.

    You’re welcome.

  49. Zebo says:

    @NoonTime: wow, that’s a pretty good rotation. Did you draft Timohan Linsantana in the first two rounds?

  50. NoonTime says:

    @Zebo: Nope… some good ol’ fashioned horse trading netted those… Did target Bedard going into the draft… fingers crossed that he can keep it up…love the 29:3 K:BB rate.

  51. SRM says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I hear ya. He’s batting .138 for me in 58 at bats but i’ve somehow lucked into some hot starts and a .291 AVG and .945 OPS in a 12 team league. If only i had grabbed Dunn.

    Last week I traded my Huff for YoGall (since i have A-Rod coming back soon, along with Reynolds & C Davis at 3B) My offense is strong and I’m in a 6×6 league with a QS’s. Fair shake?

  52. RT says:

    Shsssssssssh. Dude, that is just bad karma. I own him!!!

  53. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @NoonTime: i got bedard 147th pick,hammels 46 peavy 51,hope the latter 2 end up 3.5 or under,1.20 and 9k9 from here out

  54. Falcon says:

    @BroadStreetBrawler: @Grey: Yeah, currently platooning FLopez & Teahen at 3B.

    I think I am going to monitor the Mora situation this week and make a decision on whether to drop Teahen this weekend.

  55. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @IowaCubs – Almost a week ago I dropped C. Guillen for Branyan. He went 5-5 in the second game of yesterday’s double header. I will play him as long as he is hot. My expectations are low, so I’m not going to get to upset when he settles into expected mediocrity.

    For Grey or any astute commenter: What side of this deal is better: Beckett for Matt Holliday. I could also offer Garza and Hughes for Holliday, but I don’t know if this will fly.

  56. NoonTime says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Volquez 121, Bedard 144 and Verlander 145 were my first 3 pitchers taken. Volquez and Verlander have departed via trade. Hamels was looking good before the ankle…sounds like he’s ok though. I got N.Cruz and Cano on my team too… had Manny. You’d appreciate my RP staff of Percival, Sherrill, Downs, Madson, Valverde, Hawkins, Taverez…

  57. Rick Dempsey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’ve got Peavy and gone back to look at his starts…… I’m starting to think,” Is there just too many miles put on this arm?” Seriously freaked out about him but just can’t trade him cause his value has gone down. ZOINKS!! What do you guys think is going on?

  58. Zebo says:

    sorry for causing bad karma, was just trying to trade for Bedard, but the other owner will not give up under any circumstances (as in decent hitter plus decent pitcher)

  59. Falcon says:

    Is Tommy Hanson worth using #1 WW priority on, or do I chance it and wait ’til he clears? I’ll be dropping Randy Wolf.

    I have seen some panicky drops lately… is it possible to covet your own #1 WW position? Seems like masturbation…

  60. BroadStreetBrawler says:

    @Falcon: Honestly I liked Lopez alot going into this season, I figured leaving washington and moving to leadoff would raise his value. Although it has a slight bit, he is more of a utility player in sub 12 team leagues. Teahen is a similar player, minus the speed Lopez has. As far as i’m concerned Teahen is a punt

  61. Ethan says:

    In a keeper league, would you trade Hamilton for Beltran?

  62. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Falcon: hanson is going to be good but when?ive never had a high waiver priority more than a week,but sometimes it could help,always one newby in most leagues that freaks out and drops a stud early @Ethan: im not sure how bad ham is hurting,ribs can be long term bothersome,i play to win this year,so i would do [email protected]Rick Dempsey: i think peavy is ok,early and he is picking the corners and getting behind in the count,

  63. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: So if Laporta were to come up to Cleveland, what are expectations? What would he compare to? Snider? Bruce? How hot of a pickup would he be?

  64. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Frank Rizzo: i see laporta going 270-25 in 160 games,ave could be lower and hr`s a bit higher,keeper league he`s worth more but he isnt coming up very soon

  65. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: He has a lot more plate discipline. He could have an immediate impact, but it depends if the Indians demote Francisco and what his playing time looks like. So he’s skilled, but playing time might be an issue. If he’s up by June 1st and plays every day, he could hit 20 HRs and a decent average, think .280. He has no speed.

  66. JR says:

    @Grey: Thoughts on Freddy Sanchez? Do I remember correctly that Rudy was somewhat high on him? Or got high with him, or something?

  67. Prince says:

    Not your run-of-the-mill response: (from Rotowire)

    “I have to do something quick. I don’t like this. It makes me mad. I am serious,” Corpas said. “I don’t want this to happen again.”


    I know I asked about this yesterday, but didn’t think of Jones then. Fowler or Jones to sub for Hamilton?

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JR: Ha, I think it was the latter. He’s fine for a decent average, Runs and RBIs. I prefer to get steals from my MI. (In fairness, I think Rudy does too, but sometimes it’s not possible.)

    @Prince: Wow, no one talk to Corpas; he’s pissed.


  69. @Falcon: How deep is the league?

    Personally, I’d wait for him to clear. He’s available in 88% of Yahoo! leagues, so he’s still pretty much under the radar, and no call up imminent. I’d save you claim for an under performing stud drop.

  70. SRM says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Classic case of need and league settings. Kneejerk – i’d rather have Beckett. I’d try the latter first. FWIW, Holliday was just traded for Chone in my league.

    Anyone know of a good RSS feed for breaking news? Or any other system for getting beat to new closer announcements?

  71. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grabbed matsui for a few steals and got 2 last night,not fowler-esc but considering i counted on spilbourghs to get 20,ill take em any way i can,

  72. Dumbmutt says:

    10team Roto I have F. Lopez but have really only used him in the OF. Since he is not stealing as much could I drop for Fowler Morgan Bourn Winn Crisp. Really would like a R SB guy. Fowler I might feel bad not picking up later on.

    If I should try to keep Lopez I could just drop Lowell who I picked up to fill for Aramis this week, and leave Lopez at 3rd for now.

  73. @SRM: Rotoworld keeps me relatively up to date, though they don’t always update until a game ends. But I use twitter search to get info on injuries, pretty much as they happen since I can’t watch every game, and the game casts and box scores only go into so much detail.

    For instance, Barbaro Hamels spraining his ankle last night.

  74. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @SRM – Thanks; that makes sense. Chone Figgins – how the mighty have fallen.

    Homer Bailey had 15K’s in 6 innings last Sunday. Is he still on the Reds radar? Micah Owings can’t be too secure as the #5 starter. i know that he has been awful in previous ML efforts, but then again, so was Phil Hughes, until yesterday. And if he is promoted, would he be worth a flyer?

  75. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Dumbmutt: for an o.f lopez isnt much in 10 teamer,fowler or morgan

  76. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: homer still has like a 7 era in louisville,1st good outing this year,but id watch his next 2 or 3 starts because if he is decent the reds will probably try him again before long

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:

    damn cantu`s at it again,pitchers duel johnson and santana,2-1 in 1st,i own niether so i hope its a slug fest,hell bonifacio and wright might make contack today,although as of now both are 0-1 with a k each

  78. ron mexico's papi says:

    Need some trade advice.

    In a keeper format, would you do the following trade (Keep in mind all 3 guys I am giving up are under contract through this year and all HAVE to reenter the draft pool next year)…

    I get: Dexter Fowler, Joe Saunders and a 3rd round draft pick in our 2010 draft

    The other guy gets: Victor Martinez (I will still have Mauer), John Lackey and Hunter Pence

    My team is not likely to be competitive this year. I took the team over after the first year of the league and am tryign to rebuild a team that was terrible when I got it that is now in its 4th season. This trade is all about me getting a guy I might could keep long term in Fowler and picking up a fairly early pick in next year’s draft (my team will be much more competitive vs. everyone else next season).

  79. deepee says:

    Should I “upgrade” Shoppach for any of the following:

  80. SRM says:

    @naughtandcross: Thanks. I just put their widget on my iGoogle. Man that sounds dirty.

    Do I drop Conor Jackson for Spilborghs?

  81. Dumbmutt says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thank ya. Yeah I don’t move him much and I think I got attached to the utility. I was thinking those two now just have to choose.

  82. Pops says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: It seems that you are trading away the wrong pieces. Instead of Victor Martinez, why not give him Joe Mauer. I’m not sure what your contract situation is with Mauer, but I wouldn’t want him as a holdover. What other pitchers are availiable for you to acquire? I really think that you are giving up too much here, even in a rebuilding situation. Good luck, and don’t be afraid to ask for more.

  83. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Pops: Mauer is not under contract yet. The hope would be that Fowler will pan out and I can keep him and Adam Jones long term from this season (one for 4 years and the other for 3 years). We keep 4 players each season (one player for 4 years, one of 3 years, one for 2 years and one for 1 year) in addition to the guys we already have under contract. The way it works out, each team would have 10 players kept (although some get traded…but a total of 100 players are kept…10 team league). I would plan to keep Mauer for 2 years if Fowler pans out, and for 3 years if he doesn’t.

  84. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @deepee: id replace him withsalty or laird,ramon hernandez isnt hitting yet but keep an eye on him,@ron mexico’s papi: if your sure your season is over,i cant argue your [email protected]Dumbmutt: when i guy steals 5 in one game,he is running crazy and confident,i go fowler 1st,,,,NOTICE to alli m nothing more than another opinion grey and company are experts so take my advice as such

  85. ron mexico's papi says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I have very little chance of finishing in the money considering what other teams have vs. mine. For example, the guy I am doing this trade with has Hanley, Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Prince Fielder, Carlos Beltran, Carl Crawford, Dustin Pedroia, Jake Peavy, Papelbon, James Shields and other good players. My roster can’t compete with that and a couple of others.

  86. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: in a 7×7 league mauer is nice,300-10-80-400 obp with low k`s, 5×5 not quite as valuable,victor is back to being a if not the top catcher though

  87. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @ron mexico’s papi: never played that format,we have 1 keper league,keep 6 guys but its a auction league and every year the guys price increases $5,and ditto in ours,if im out of the running half way into the season,ill start trading for $5 guys with upside.good luck and if available grab hanson and or holland

  88. ron mexico's papi says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m only going to keep 1 SP this year. I’ve already got Kershaw, Scherzer, Wainwright and Volquez to pick from. Hanson is already on someone’s roster and I just can’t see myself keeping Holland over Wainwright, Kershaw or Scherzer.

  89. Zebo says:

    On Peavy, I feel like there really is no cause and effect relationship between playing a few games in WBC and struggling during the season. WBC is just like a spring game. Why would he suffer because of it? It sounds more like something the Elias Sports Bureau would come up with. “In the last 160 years, top 10 caliber pitchers that have started more than 2 games later than 7 PM EST in the WBC have in the upcoming MLB season increased their ERA and WHIP by more than 30%.”

  90. thedude says:

    What do you guys think of Shields and Jenks for Peavy is this selling him short?

  91. Drev says:


    I think that theory revolves around the idea that pitchers in the WBC are exerting themselves as if they were in a playoff game before they’ve been fully and properly stretched out.

  92. Tom says:

    Burriss or Bonifacio?

  93. royce! says:

    @Rick Dempsey: I am also concerned about Peavy, but think he could turn it around. His BB/9 is up about .60, but I think that could drop off, and may be attributed to a couple conservative umps. His K/9 is actually better than last year. Two things really stick out for me: First, his BABIP is quite high at .340 and his LOB is low at around 60% (while his GB/FB rate is 1.29 and his LD rate is .16) so he seems to be getting unlucky with all those grounders; Second, however, his velocity is down a notch on both his FB and slider. Not sure if he just will speed up as time goes on.

    All of that said, I’m betting on him seriously improving. And I put my $ where my mouth is and packaged him in a trade where I basically gave Pena for him. So let’s drink to another Peavy Cy Young year!

  94. Grey

    Grey says:

    @thedude: It’s a fair trade.

    @Tom: Bonifacio, but they’re pretty much tomato-tomahto.

  95. AL KOHOLIC says:

    gallardo-5.2 1 hit no walks 8 k`s,yes sir

  96. Denys says:

    just saw the gallardo line… something’s gotta give.

  97. AL KOHOLIC says:

    6 innings 9 k now,bedard looks ok,had 2 guys thrown out trying to steal last inning always helps

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    Sure would be nice if the Brewers scored a run.

  99. SRM says:

    @Grey: Agreed. I’ve got Haren too and this lack of run support seems to happen every year to me.

    Still early, but I think i answered my earlier question of whether Gallardo was worth the price of Huff (i got his CG gem last week too).

  100. @JPH: There’s no one pitcher there that’s worth Prince or Carlos Lee straight up. The only one who comes close is Peavy, but that’s a risk given what he’s done so far.

    Prince and Carlos are both top 20 offensive players — I’m sure if you dangle them, others will bite, unless this is a super-shallow league.

    @Drev: To be fair, I don’t think Slowey or Meche will necessarily outperform Oswalt, one-to-one. But I do think you could trade Oswalt for one of those guys plus another good player (say, Abreu) and come out ahead.

    As for sleeper pitchers, I’d go with Grey’s recommendations, avoid people on Rudy’s Risky List, and look for guys who went in rounds 10 or later this year, but meet two or more of the following criteria: a) young (i.e. under 28); b) in a good situation (e.g. NL, pitcher’s park, winning team); c) have a good pedigree (i.e. were first-rounders or one-time top prospects who lost their luster). Also, don’t get swept up in rookie hype (Tommy Hanson) but look instead for 3rd year guys who are putting it all together.

    Given that, I’d take any of John Danks, Slowey, or Matt Cain over Oswalt. Given how Gallardo is pitching today, that horse is likely out of the barn, but he’s a monster in the making. Ditto Josh Johnson, but if you can pry him from a skeptical owner for Oswalt, you should do that.

    My favorite deep sleeper is Edwin Jackson: Former tippy-top prospect with eye-raising stuff who got a change of scenery this year, and seems to be putting it together, a la Brett Myers in ’05. Phil Hughes is also intriguing: He was a premium prospect just a few years ago, and is still young. He seems like a bit of a headcase, but so was Greinke a few years back.

    These are all hunches, btw.

  101. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: yeah really,thier like the reds to many strikouts with guys on,never moving runners over,hr or bust,,like to see bedard get some runs to,ye yes jermain dye just made a great diving catch

  102. DrEasy says:

    With Ellis and Garciaparra on the DL, a spot opened up for a certain Eric Patterson. According to Funston he’s been raking in the minors, but his major league stats are pretty bad. Is he worth dumping Zobrist for?

  103. SRM says:

    @Grey: You’ve got to love a pitcher who takes run support into his own hands (YoGall just went yard for a 1-0 lead)

  104. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Lose Zobrist for him.

  105. Grey

    Grey says:

    @SRM: Nice! For some reason, I can’t find it on Direct TV.

  106. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ha,snell just got ga-yardoed,if you cant get any help,then help yourself,ala zambrano

  107. Nick says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: hahaha I saw that & was gonna say the same thing. Its sad the pitcher had to earn his own win. (if they can hold off the terrible Pirates!)

  108. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: i didnt jump on jackson when i should have and i still cant trust hughs yet

  109. Falcon says:

    Thank you Ken Griffey Jr!! Run support is hard to come by these days.

  110. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Nick: i got hoff in both leagues and got some cathing up to do in saves,crossing my fingers,and yes yes yes,now griffey gives bedard a lead,my offensive numbers in both leagues great,just waitingon pitching,hopefully this is a start to things to come

  111. AL KOHOLIC says:

    adrian(not balboa)gonzalez,got him on the cheap,awesome,florida gets 2 on no outs 8th inn. on putz,palino hitting 3 k`s today,own 1 run,see if a manager knows the bunt sign

  112. BigFatHippo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Go to the forums and look at my list of closers, you’ll be appalled. Well, you won’t be, you see me do it every year.

  113. jsp2014 says:

    NOOOOO, Villanueva is attempting to close out the game for YoGa.

  114. Griff says:

    Villanueva on for the save. Looks like they’re using geriatric gloves with Hoffman.

  115. Villanueva Gonna Get Out of this Inning in for the SV opp.

    I know Hoffman is getting babied, but I am thinking about cashing out before he hurts himself.

    Does Hoffman for Salty, Mark Reynolds, or Tulo make sense?

    I am sporting Soto, Beltre, and Hardy respectively. Do any of these provide any real upgrade?

  116. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Nice forum thread… I accepted your challenge.

    @Griff: Ha! I might have to use that for tonight’s roundup.

    @naughtandcross: I like Hoffman for either Reynolds or Tulo.

    EDIT: Typo. Word.

  117. Zebo says:

    you can’t help but marvel at how well Greinke is pitching. He is dialed in! more than 1 K per inning, 6:1 K:BB ratio, and no runs given up. Grey, I think your projection is a little too concervative. I realize he is a risky pitcher, but he may be able to handle it all. The Prozac is working!

  118. NoonTime says:

    No bullpen help today… Putz blows it for Johan, Shawn Kelley can’t bail out Bedard.

  119. Rick Dempsey says:

    @royce!: Your optimism on Peavy give me some comfort…..It really has been a couple mistake pitches that led to a three run bomb and a grand slam that sunk him in those games. Here’s to Peavy and hopefully a descent offer by the Pads to unload his ass on a contender. SALUD!

  120. NoonTime says:

    @Zebo: First you take out Bedard now you are going after Greinke!!!

  121. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    I’d like to personally thank you gentleman for first mentioning Bedard’s potentially good start, then using the words “jinx” and “bad karma” in relation to it. See you again in 5 days?

  122. cubbies299 says:

    Hey, DL stash Guzman, Gordon, Rich Hill or Jannsen? I’m leaning Jansen, though with tulo benched? (i don’t think it will be for long)… I just feel like guzman is so useless

  123. vinko says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: FYI, Dusty is not placing Brandon Phillips in today’s lineup!

  124. mgeoffriau

    Mark says:

    Chris Young (SDP) dropped in my 12 team mixed league with 26 man rosters…….pick him up? Drop Juan Cruz, Chris Volstad, or Ryan Madson for him?


    re: Hughes — I know his past in the bigs is ugly, but he’s got all the proper attributes:

    Former premium prospect? Check.
    On a winning team? Check.
    Had a few years to work out the wrinkles and shrug off the new-to-the-show jitterbugs? Check.

    There’s really nothing not to like about him. A few years back he was right up there with the Gallardos and Lincecums and Billingsleys of the world, in terms of hype.

  126. Zebo says:

    @NoonTime: I just read Jeff Passan’s column on yahoo, you know, on Greinke’s story. Didn’t know I am so antagonized. I think I will shut up indefinitely, except asking advice on waivers and trades, and such, strictly objective managerial decisions.

  127. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: what do i know,i had motte in both leagues and have sat on jaba 3 years now with nothing from him,what were hughes numbers in minors this year?

  128. Falcon says:

    “I like the guacamole,” Greinke said. “Now, I don’t really love the guacamole. So I get it when I feel like it. They changed their guacamole from $1.50 to $1.80. I mean, $1.50 is already pretty darn high. So they changed it to $1.80, and I’ll never again get guacamole.”

    Normally I think Jeff Passan is a DB. This is a pretty sweet quote though.

  129. AL KOHOLIC says:

    iannetta-2 for 3 3 rbi`s,,that gives him 5 rbi`s and a .178,now he could help a razz team,still look for him to hit a few dinggers,the average and k`s,ouch

  130. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mark: Lose Cruz for him.

  131. NoonTime says:

    @Zebo: Heh… not a Greinke owner unfortuantely, but if all that was required to tank a pitchers start was a Zebo comment on Razzball, I imagine you could make a nice living with that power! Just stay away from TIMMAY! today ;) I hope Greinke doesn’t give up a run all season (as long as the rest of the guys on the team that owns him in my league make up for it)

  132. @AL KOHOLIC: They were super-duper!

    Not going to look them up but I think it was like 1.83 ERA in 18 IP or so, with like 18Ks and 3 BBs.

    I basically made that up, but I bet it’s close!

    (Okay, fine — I’ll go look: 19.1 IP, 17H, 3BB, 19K, 1.86 ERA.)


    Of course, I’ve probably read those 300 times in the last 48 hours.

  133. Brady says:

    At the risk of getting verbally abused, I just got a trade prop of Hamilton and Bedard for Carlos Lee (Carlos is on my team). Would you pull the trigger? Could use the pitching, but am not desparate. Comments, critiques and insults are welcome.

  134. cws05nuts says:

    @grey: Ian Stewart vs. Melvin Mora (pts league) for the rest of the year? And do you see the Divine or smack coming to the aid of Hamilton’s rib first?

  135. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brady: That trade’s fair for you. If you could use the pitching, I’d take it. I don’t think Hamilton’s going to totally collapse and should come close to Lee’s numbers. Hopefully you have a decent fill-in for the time being.

    @cws05nuts: Stewart, Divine.

  136. aconstipatedmonkey says:

    @SRM: Heh, I just traded Gallardo and F. Lopez for Fielder, and got his last start today. I hope I haven’t made a mistake.

  137. Brady says:

    Thanks. I’ve got Kemp, Adam Jones, J. Upton (makes me nervous but getting better), and a couple of scrubs. I probably can get by with them for a few weeks.

  138. cws05nuts says:

    @grey: Cool. Thanks. And do you think Holliday has a slump or lack of hgh problem going on?

  139. Steve says:

    @Steve: That’s if that stupid bullpen can hang on.

  140. cws05nuts says:

    … I guess I should say designer steroid instead of hgh because they still can’t detect hgh… but maybe the retroactive release of Bonds’ Arod’s and Clemens’ pee pee is serving as a stat quo deterrent?

  141. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: damn,that was good,need to drop juan cruz or bradley

  142. jsp2014 says:

    @cws05nuts: why would he stop juicing in a contract year?

  143. AL KOHOLIC says:

    we`ll just call him A-GONE-ZZZ,2 MORE TODAY

  144. jsp2014 says:

    Before anyone freaks, Street is getting the save op because Corpas has pitched 3 straight days.

  145. Steve says:

    @jsp2014: I started Cook today, so that news is doing nothing to stop me from freaking ;-)

  146. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Brady: Yeah, no problem.

    @Steve: Yeah, Cook’s line is about what I expect from him every game. Hopefully Street can save the game. I dropped Carmona for Gaudin. But don’t tell anyone. What a schmohawk that Carmona turned out to be.

    @cws05nuts: I wrote about Holliday in the preseason so much… There’s a search on the top left of the site. In short, Holliday hit 25 HRs calling Coors home. In Oakland, that’s not going up.

  147. cws05nuts says:

    @jsp2014: Good argument. But, looks like Beltre stopped too. Or is bad. Or both.

    But, also especially with the A’s. Besides Cleveland and the Rangers it looks like no other clubhouse has been effected more from the roids fallout.

  148. Steve says:

    @Grey: So would you drop Cook for Gaudin?

  149. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Nah, I didn’t drop Cook. I dropped Carmona. I’ve owned Cook all year. (<--This is the guy you're taking advice from.)

  150. jsp2014 says:

    @Steve: Touche.

  151. cws05nuts says:

    @Grey: Yeah. Missing Coors. But, some great offensive campaigns have been mounted by A’s players. AL West pitchers bad. A few games in Arlington +. But, I think he misses Uncle Todd’s Flinstone’s vitamins the most. Just my opinion.

  152. Steve says:

    @Grey: Cool. I’ll ride Cook’s (hopefully) boring predictability for a bit.

  153. Zebo says:

    how long is Lindstrom’s leash? What I am asking is, drop Nunez for J-Upton or Reynolds?

  154. knighttown says:

    Goddamned Beltre. Goes 1-for-9 yesterday in the double so I make him sit and think about it today and he goes 4-for-4.

    I hate Victor Martinez a lot for what he did to me last year but this Beltre guy is getting close.

  155. Martin says:

    would u drop holland for gaudin?

  156. Zebo says:

    @knighttown: Sonovabench. I got rid of all my bench hitters because of it.

  157. Martin says:

    also should i offer matt holliday for josh hamilton?

  158. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Zebo: Lose Nunez for Reynolds.

    @Martin: If you need a starter immediately. Holland has a lot more upside though, so if he’s nothing but a flier 5th to 6th starter, I’d hold Holland.

  159. Tom says:

    I was so hoping Lindstrom would blow that ninth today, how the hell did he get out of that mess?! I have nunez (who wasn’t that great either) and Im waiting on Lindstrom to implode.

    My league has a limit on FA pickups (lame), and I’m notorious for raiding the waiver wire. So no more waiver wire for me. I grabbed some potential closers-in-waiting recently, and was wondering which you think now have a chance at getting some regular work: Madson, Downs, Motte (no chance), Tavarez (Ty Wiggington was mistaken for Brad Pitt the other day while standing next to Tavarez), and Nunez. Who’s going to get saves, and who should I try to trade to the real closer’s owner? ie: Trading Downs to BJ’s owner could get me a good OF, but since I only have Qualls and Francisco, I wouldn’t mind the saves.

  160. Dexter says:

    I have Papelbon, Qualls, Corpas, Valverde (and Hawkins). Worth dropping one of them for Madson? Or i could drop Kyle Davies. If not, is it worth dropping Davies for Gaudin or Cook?

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Nah, I wouldn’t trade Holliday for Hamilton.

  162. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: re: Wiggington-Pitt — Ha! Madson, Tavarez and Motte have pretty limited value, especially Motte.

    @Dexter: You can’t drop a closer or Hawkins for Madson. I’d prefer Madson, Cook, Gaudin to Davies, in that order.

  163. BSA says:

    As I am getting caught up this afternoon Berkman put it best –
    “It stinks to stink,”

    On a positive it is nice, to say the least, to see JUpton, Alexei, and Iannetta heat up today.

  164. Martin says:

    madson or hawkings? side note is that i also own valverde

  165. Tom says:

    As someone who got Liriano and Al-Ram for Volquez-Lowell-Hardy, I’m feeling good today to see Al-Ram actually get on base a few times.

    People are saves-crazy in my league. The dude who owns Lidge just might take Madson-Dukes-Romero for Victorino-Maholm. Is that worth it?

  166. Ashley says:

    So I added LaPorta with my open roster spot, and I find out Hafner is being placed on the DL and will be visiting Dr. Andrews because of shoulder issues.. Music to my ears.

    But I’ve read a few quotes from Wedge, and… It really sounds like he hates LaPorta. I feel like Wedge would send him down to A ball if he could.

    It would make wayyy too much sense to call up your top prospect who’s hitting .368 with 20 runs, 5 hr, and 14 RBI in 19 games.. So I’m really not expecting LaPorta to get the call.

  167. Steve says:

    Felipe Lopez or Kelly J for my 2B spot. Felipe just hit the wire and I have No.1 waiver…

  168. Doug Ault says:

    I think after today I am finally ready to give Dempster the ole heave ho

    I don’t think he has any trade value left in my 10 team league,and I have both Lackey and Dice K returning soon anyway.

  169. BabyBeluga says:

    Qualls FOR Cueto? or Kershaw (neither?)
    H.Bell/Fowler FOR J.Shields/Maybin?
    (have Lidge/Madson, Bell, Qualls, Franklin -12 team, mixed).

  170. Martin says:

    BABY BELUGA- WOW DEFINITELY trade qualls for cueto or keshaw. I’d say cueto but your closers seem good already. I would also do the trade below if you receive shields. I may drop maybin though

  171. cubbies299 says:

    Would you trade Lewis for Beltre?

  172. jsp2014 says:

    Tallet is in a rain delay right now, and was on the fence about starting him going in. Has rain been statistically proven to be good or bad for pitchers? I’d imagine it makes pitching, fielding, and hitting all more difficult, so I’m guessing it’s a net negative?

  173. Tom says:

    Hey Grey, when King Felix pitches in Anaheim, would Chris Berman say “Here he is, F-Her in the Big A”?

  174. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: You gotta go Felipe there, is that in the RCL?

  175. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: @Grey: Yup. And Weeks over KJ for the MI spot?

  176. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: There’s a veto in the keeper!

  177. Steve says:

    Sheesh – Wainwright has allowed a lot of baserunners this year. It’s gotta catch up with him…

  178. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Who vetoed? We don’t veto often but that was fishy. Roob’s buddy he just got in the league this year and he gets Nathan for Pronk? Then Pronk goes on the DL?

    What so you guys think, Nathan for Pronk straight up? Bullshit or no?

  179. Martin says:

    whats wrong with joba. He’s walking everybody!

  180. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Just saw the veto, Roob (the commish) did that on his own just cause AL questioned it.

    He did the same thing last year, he’s always trying to sneak one through…….

  181. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Dunno who vetoed. Did Roob maybe pull the plug on it himself?

  182. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: I wouldn’t veto it, but that trade’s awful and smells fishy.

  183. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Snap! Always a sign if the commish vetoes at the first sign of dissent ;-)

  184. BigFatHippo says:

    @Ashley: How deep is this keeper league of yours, I was under the impression it’s pretty deep from last nights comments. Didn’t think LaPorta would get 400 ABs this year, but me may.

  185. BigFatHippo says:

    @BigFatHippo: HE may you idiot, get yer shit together.

  186. BSA says:

    Wrong night, so far, to sit Myers. Not as many Ks as he might normally throw but he would have been a better call than Lester tonight. Ugh!

  187. Steve says:

    The Swish keeps rollin’…

  188. BKK says:

    @BigFatHippo: I don’t like to veto either. But, that trade doesn’t make any sense, a pre-10th round draft pick for a guy who didn’t even get drafted in most leagues and was AWOL last year. Very fishy!

  189. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: roob said he and the other guy involved in the trade are partners?i told you roob was running that team again,i didnt veto just told them i thought roob was running it and they admitted it,dont know why we care roob sucks every year

  190. Steve says:

    @Grey: Shall I jinx Carmona to make us both feel better?

  191. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: @Grey: We made a rule 2 years ago that anybody not at the draft can’t trade with the guy who drafted his team for him.

    Punching bag WAS at the draft but he’s still a co-worker of the commish who’s pulled this shit before, basically owning two teams.

    He tried it last year with a guy who he drafted a team for and AL K called him out, vetoed the same night. I can’t remember what the trade was but AL K will, he never forgets.

  192. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Oh tangled web!

  193. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: @Steve: what doyou guys think about bradley,thought he`d kill it in wrigley,hurt ,now stinking,3-28,i wander if lou will put up with him,but that fat contract gives him a long rope,keep him or swish,or teahan,can either 1 starting spot open,keep 2 or only 1 of them and add a sp/rpl

  194. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: I feel like a bunch of blue hairs bitching over a Bridge game but jeez……………….

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’ve never liked Bradley, too much crap. Who’s available to pick up? Don’t like Swish or Teahen either………….

  195. Martin says:

    shoppach just homered. He should get more playing time with Pronk on the DL. Should i drop him for baker though?

  196. Steve says:

    Shoppach! The Cufffs are on the move in the RCL! Not feeling quite so apoplectic all of a sudden.

    And Volquez getting run support too!

    Now, what’s for lunch?

  197. GhostfacePrzybilla says:

    Nats acquired Logan Kensing. Joel Hanrahan and I sigh as we ask this, but any chance Logan gets inserted into the closer role? Manny been Acta’n a Fool lately.

  198. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: +7 1/2 right now, way to go!

    You gotta be fast to catch a hippo though……….

  199. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Don’t forget who’s king of the jungle…

  200. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: it was like crispy young and hafner for nathan and beltran or close to that,hey i dont mind any trades between 2 owners,but trading with your 2nd team thats always in last while you have basicaly a $600 budget,only roob,youd have to know the guy,tried lying to me and hippo saying he paid us when he didnt

  201. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Drop Shoppach now that he’s getting playing time? Huh? I’m confused.

    @GhostfacePrzybilla: He’s pretty awful himself. Doubt he gets shoved into the role at first. May be a few weeks before he gets his inevitable opportunity. I wouldn’t bother with him right now.

    EDIT: Typo. Word.

  202. Doc says:

    Can someone tell me why I have Swisher on my bench?

  203. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: not much else but swish just hit another

  204. Colin says:

    It’s official…Brett Myers blows. Does he know he’s pitching to the Nationals and that he’s a free agent next year?

  205. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: @Doc: @AL KOHOLIC: Don’t care, don’t trust Swisher after I actually paid money for him last year and dropped him within 2 weeks.

    Hear me Swisher? Pull a frickin hammy, pull it right off, you still owe me money…………like Roob!

  206. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Colin: someone will give him a zitto type contract,

  207. AL KOHOLIC says:

    jaba giving what ive been waiting on along with gallardo today,should help me in keeper league,gotta damn hippo on my ass though

  208. AL KOHOLIC says:

    greinke gives 1 up

  209. Infamous says:

    Does Russel Martin, Cody Ross, and Matt Cain seem like a fair deal for Roy Halliday?

  210. Vince says:

    @Grey: Trying to buy low on Peavy… In what order would you rank Oswalt, Wainwright and Josh Johnson for the rest of the season? And which one should I offer for his Peavy?

  211. Eric W says:

    @Infamous: Halliday for Cain seems like trading apples for a apple that gets a few more K’s.

  212. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Infamous: It’s too much for Halladay.

    @Vince: Oswalt, Wainwright and Johnson, but they’re all useful and shouldn’t be traded for Peavy.

  213. Ashley says:

    @BigFatHippo: It’s a 10 team league.. Same 10 teams for NFL, NBA, and MLB. My team is pretty good, I’m 22-5-3.. I don’t need LaPorta, but there are a couple bad teams in the league who are desperate for keepers so I will try to sucker someone into giving me a good draft pick for LaPorta like someone did to me for Jay Bruce last year.

    I’ll hang onto LaPorta for a couple weeks max.. If he doesn’t get called up or if there isn’t any talk of him being called up anytime soon, I’ll move on.

  214. Martin says:

    Grey on friday i have 4 pitchers

    Zimmerman home vs. Stl
    Parra home vs. Ari
    Slowey home vs. KC
    Pettite home vs. LAA

    who should i start?

  215. Steve says:

    @Grey: Last one on the subject. Cook or Parra as a sixth starter?

  216. Vince says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey. So you don’t really trust Peavy this year?

  217. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: Slowey and Zimmermann — Parra if you’re feeling risky and can afford a blow up.

    @Steve: Parra if you want upside, Cook if you just want something safe.

  218. anyway Huston Street is back in the mix? i know corpas had pitched how many days in a row and it was an off night, but street came in 3K, SAVE….?

    and is it TOO SOON to pick up LaPorta?

  219. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vince: I do, but you’re trading three potential starters that have looked good for one that hasn’t. If you were trading Mags or an outfielder, I’d understand it. Don’t get trading a good starter for one that should be good, but hasn’t been.

  220. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony Y: re: LaPorta — Depends on the league. Mixed leagues, 12 and under, too early. Keeper leagues, AL-Only, not too early.

    Street — You answered your own question.

  221. Vince says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I see your point!

  222. paulzone says:

    what’s the storyline going to end up like for this Scott Richmond? 20 k’s in 23 ip ain’t so bad…

  223. Steve says:

    A nice day to own Vloquez and F-Cord. Volquez (unusually for him, and it was only the Astros) seemed pretty efficient. Did anyone see much of that game?

  224. BigFatHippo says:

    OOps, you don’t have to put the whole league on there just your team. Don’t know how that happened, I’m computer stupid.

  225. paulzone says:

    oh, and chalk up another save for Franklin.

    who is the closer in STL!!!?

  226. BigFatHippo says:

    @paulzone: Told everyone it was CBC early, then been touting Frankenbeard for 3 weeks…………..

    Hopefully you listened, I even traded for him in one league. :) <—–Steve’s emoticon, not mine.

  227. Ashley says:

    @BigFatHippo: Ok I’ll keep that in mind..

    My 3 keepers are Calvin Johnson, Fitzgerald, and Forte.

    I have the 2nd pick in the draft. We start 2 QBs.

    I know it’s early, but would you take MJD, Warner, or Matt Ryan with my keepers.

    I never really liked MJD, but he just got a big contract and Fred Taylor was sent packing, so I think he could have a monster year.. But I don’t want to be stuck with 2 mediocre QBs again. Last year I finished in 3rd, I had a great overall team but you can only go so far when you’re rotating Orton, Schaub, Rosenfels, and other mediocre guys in and out each week. So I’d prefer not to go through that again.

    And my keepers are so young that I could see myself keeping them again next year, so while Ryan would be a better keeper option at QB.. I think Warner would have a bigger season in 2009 so I’d be leaning towards him over Ryan.

  228. Slappy McSlap says:

    @everyone… who do you think gets the better end of this trade? Josh Hamilton, Morneau, and Oswalt for Fielder and Beltran. In the league, walks are an added stat. Thanks in advance for any feedback and/or opinions.

  229. Vince says:

    @Grey: How about Hart for his Peavy? I also have Beltran, Lee, Bruce and Werth and we can only play 3 OF + 1 Util…

  230. Eric W says:

    @Slappy McSlap: Eh even trade is even.

  231. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Slappy McSlap: I want the Fielder side.

    @Ashley: Yahoo sucks because you can’t see other people’s teams through a link.

    @Vince: Now that’s a good trade for you.

  232. Vince says:

    @Grey: Alright, gonna give it a try! Thanks

  233. Slappy McSlap says:

    @Grey Awesome thanks. And just read that Hamilton should be going on the DL for a couple weeks. Mmm i love the smell of a trade victory in morning.

  234. BigFatHippo says:

    @Ashley: Post it in the forum so Grey and Rudy can help you, the rest of us will chip in, but we’re no experts. Those guys are, trust em.

    Post your football questions under the football link on the board index and I’ll see what I can do. But for now you might rethink Calvin as a keeper, he’ll have a rook throwing to him, you know they’re gonna play Stafford at some point, maybe mid-season. Keep in mind this is purely speculation on my part, yes it’s early………….

    BTW, I love MJD this year but Ryan might be the way to go in a 2 QB keeper league.

    Sorry guys, I can’t resist football questions, carry on…………………

  235. Homer at the Bat says:

    just got offered Hamilton for Kazmir (H2H points keeper league)

    Good deal?

  236. Colin says:

    Thank you Joe Torre for letting us know Kemp would sit tonight. If I knew that I could have started Upton and get those 3 RBI. Thanks for nothing you old rubber faced twerp.

    Anyone know a good site that has news stories in the morning of who’s starting and what not?

  237. Homer at the Bat says:

    or should I counter with Myers for Cruz or Ludwick? (sorry to use multiple posts… got too excited and clicked submit prematurely). I swear that doesn’t happen often, baby!

  238. AL KOHOLIC says:

    steve,volquez looked great,fastball jumping hitting the corners keeping it low,looked like last april and may

  239. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Colin: lineups poted about 30 minutes before game starts

  240. Steve says:

    @Colin: Joe was waiting to see who you had in your lineup.

  241. BigFatHippo says:

    @Homer at the Bat: You’re a premature accepter!

    Sorry, didn’t follow, did you accept Hamilton for Kazmir or are you trying to do something different?

  242. vinko says:

    @Steve: Watched most of the game. Volquez wasn’t as overpowering as he usually is, but I think that played to his advantage. His change was working well and the defense certainly helped ( Rosales filling in for EE looked great, both in the field and at the plate.) Overall, I don’t think he would have fared as well had he been pitching to a lineup that’s patient as, say the Cardinals, but either way, he looked impressive.

  243. Ashley says:

    @BigFatHippo: Calvin is a freak, there’s no way I wouldn’t keep him. I go to UGA, Stafford will be a stud.. That’ll be a great combo for years.

  244. Homer at the Bat says:

    Sorry for not being very clear in my prior disjointed postings.

    I was offered Hamilton for Kazmir, still on table.
    Wondering if it’s a deal I should do, or should I counter with something like Myers for Cruz or Ludwick?

    Trying to figure out which deal would be better value for me, can’t really decide. Ludwick/Cruz are certainly lesser players than Hamilton, but obtainable at a cheaper price.

    Also, I have Kinsler, Chris Davis (moving towards bench – K’s are killing his points), and Andruw Jones (he’s on bench at moment), so I’m a little afraid of making my team too boom-or-bust by carrying so many Rangers.

  245. whigs says:

    What’s up with K JO? I know its early but an awesome 4/1/3/.130 for the last 15 is hard to stomach in a 10-team league with a lot of talent available, not to mention him sucking his thumb for two straight games.

    I know you like Felipe more, what about Weeks?

  246. BigFatHippo says:

    ************Beltre Alert****************

    4/4 today in his first stint on my bench, why do you hate me?

    Ah, well, like it matters, we’re all getting wiped out by the swine flu anyway, nice knowing you guys……………..

  247. BigFatHippo says:

    @Homer at the Bat: You won’t get Cruz or Ludwick for Myers, try Kazmir. Cruz/Ludwick are better bets than Hamilton this year anyway.

  248. Steve says:

    Any need to hang on to Jason Frasor? Is he going to see any save opps?

  249. p0rk burn says:

    Mauer coming off the DL is seriously about to jack-up my steez. I’ve trimmed the bench bats down to 2 and built a dominating pitching staff between sweet drafting and astute free agent pick-ups. I can’t even trade him because that doesnt solve the problem of my over-capacity line-up. Inge has grown comfortable in the catcher spot but I don’t want to be holding the bag when he remembers he should be hitting .220.

    This leaves me trying to package Inge and something else to plug Mauer in. Ugh. The only expendable piece is Hanson who was picked up to be trade bait. I wish my leaguemates weren’t so dumb so I could give away a piece; I’m pretty sure they will try to hose me by offering a piece of gum and a cracker jack toy for anybody I try to move.

  250. ron mexico's papi says:

    @Ashley: Ohhhhh…seriously disagree on Stafford. He has all the physical skills, but not the mental make. Misses too many open receivers and makes too many bad decisions. NFL secondaries will eat him alive.

  251. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @BigFatHippo: i had a big night in keeper league,10.5 points,moves me up by like 10 points hippo and your still getting on my nerves

  252. BigFatHippo says:

    @Ashley: Don’t get caught up in rookie QBs. Just a warning, they don’t all have a history like Ryan. Especially in Detroit, cause it’s Detroit…………..

  253. BKK says:

    @BigFatHippo: Can Hippo’s get Swine Flu?

  254. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: @BigFatHippo: Sheesh. I had four home runs, a steal and a save – and lost points.

  255. BigFatHippo says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Bite me!

  256. BKK says:

    @p0rk burn: Same here. I have been carrying Baker propping up some of my average. Tried to package him a couple times to guys in need of a catcher, but everyone is just so content punting catcher…and to be fair, it’s hard to get excited about Baker or Inge for that matter.

  257. BigFatHippo says:

    @BKK: Ha!

    No, we’re immune, but susceptible to hoof in mouth…..glad that shit’s over.

  258. p0rk burn says:

    @BKK: Making matters worse is that I don’t feel a need anywhere. You can always use more closers but trading for pieces you don’t need is a really bad idea.

  259. TheQuestforMerlin says:

    I’m looking to trade for a pitcher (packaging some of my surplus offense), my rotation currently looks like this:

    Haren, Beckett, Gallardo, Kershaw

    How would you rank these pitchers for my pitching needs:

    King Felix, Volstad, Scherzer, Bedard, Nolasco, E Santana.


  260. BKK says:

    @p0rk burn: Are you planning on plugging Joe in the lineup right away or wait until he is good to go. Sounds like he may only start 3 or 4 games a week for a bit.

  261. Homer at the Bat says:

    Chase Headley dropped in my league… should I put in a claim on him (dropping Zobrist) to fill Util slot?

  262. p0rk burn says:

    @TheQuestforMerlin: Felix, Bedard, and then we start talking what you can probably afford. I like Scherzer’s upside but he needs work and you already have that with Kershaw, Santana was nice last year but who knows what happens out of the gate when he comes back, I think Volstad and Nolasco are meh but I prefer Nolasco. I’d try to get Santana on the cheap and hope for the best.

    Is Wandy sitting on your waiver wire? You could wait for a few bad games from Edwin and try to snag him from someone.

    @BKK: I’ve always had a thing against Mauer (he was an autopick due to technical difficulties) and my league scores a lot of offensive stats that he doesn’t do – triples, steals, pretty much everything other than average – so I’m going to sit on him until Inge gets too bad to use everyday.

  263. Ashley says:

    @BigFatHippo: I don’t plan on taking Stafford, and I don’t expect him to even play much this season. I’m just saying, he has a cannon. And that Calvin Johnson is the most phsyically gifted WR in the NFL and there’s no way I’d ever not consider him a keeper. It’s almost unbelievable what a monster year he had last year with 5 different pathetic QB’s throwing him the ball.

  264. BKK says:

    @BKK: I drafted him in round 11. So I don’t feel bad. He offsets Pena and Weeks weaknesses a bit. I’ll probably start him and drop baker and see what pitching crapshoot and I can take a gamble on.

  265. Colin says:

    @Steve: I know but If I knew Kemp wasn’t going to start tonight AL, I could have at least put in Upton at 3:40. Unless the LA Times posted a store saying that Torre would give Kemp a day off there was no way I would foresee Kemp not starting.

  266. TheQuestforMerlin says:

    @p0rk burn: Cheers, yeah unfortunately no one of note is on the waiver wire.

    I know I can get Scherzer for Lind, but as a project, like you said, he worries me.

    So I’m trying for Felix, and putting out a feelers on Santana.

    Thanks for the advice!

  267. cubbies299 says:

    Hey guys, quick hits.

    Motte just got dropped in our league. Who should I drop for him? It’s a holds league and my MRs are Zumaya, Affeldt, Meyer (dual eligible, don’t wanna drop him), Holland, and Balfour.

  268. DrEasy says:

    Adrian Gonzalez: I love you.

  269. cubbies299 says:

    also i forgot… DL stash christian guzman, Casey Janssen, Rich Hill, or Corey Wade? Again, holds league. I’m leaning Wade, as he returns to the 8th inning role.

  270. DrEasy says:

    Somebody just demped Dumpster, err I mean dumped Dempster. Am I missing something? Or is it worth dumping Guthrie, Big Unit or Derek Holland to get him?

  271. cubbies299 says:

    anyone, drop affeldt for mott? or should i drop zumaya, holland, balfour?

  272. GhostfacePrzybilla says:

    Fontenot or Yunel Escobar?

  273. Eric W says:

    @Steve: Hahaha that cracked me up. I wish I new some one from Cleavland to send it to.

  274. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: “Fat ass broke your chair?”


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