Eric Young, Jr. was in the September call up post, but it turns out he’s a preemie by a week.  Young has so many steals in the minors he’s worth a pickup in every league.  How many steals, you ask.  Well, I was getting there if you give me a second.  In the last four years of the minors, he has 87, 73, 46 and 58 steals, respectively.  Or disrespectfully, holy effin hey, are you kidding me?  In my never-ending rotation of schmohawks (thanks Beltran!), I dropped Alcides Escobar for Young in one league and chucked Drew Stubbs for him in another.  Will Young play every day?  Seems doubtful.  He has been playing in the outfield for at least a few days and will occasionally spell Barmes — B-A-R-M-E-S.  I think he’ll see four to five days a week, but for those needing steals, you know the drill.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Johan Santana – Done for the season.  This, and his lackluster (for him) season, might actually help Johan come at a discount in 2010 drafts.  I wouldn’t reach for him because I don’t believe in drafting pitchers early, but I could see him falling into the 5th or 6th rounds of early drafts.  The reason why I specify early is because once Johan looks good in spring training, he’ll bump up a round or two.  Then if Johan looks terrible in March, you’ll want to trade him for Nick Markakis.  Oh, and your fly’s open.  Don’t ask me how I know.

Billy Wagner – Headed to the Sox before The Curse of the Shirtless Bernazard got him.  He’ll back up Papelbon and, as a commenter pointed out yesterday, hopefully he turns out better than The Gagne Experiment™ in 2007.

Hank Blalock – Will be a bench player and will be asked to perform Cole Porter’s Anything Goes.  This is good news for Chris Davis.  Now for Davis to do something with this vote of confidence.

Freddy Sanchez – Headed to the DL.  Postdate this next comment 2011:  The Giants trade for Sanchez will cost them dearly.

Jake Peavy – Doode just can’t win.  On the next to last batter in his last minor league start, he was hit on the elbow by a comebacker.  Cue Kudrow, “I did not need to see that!”  Now because of elbow soreness, he might not be able to pitch this Saturday vs. the Yanks.

Joba Chamberlain – 4 IP, 7 ER.  He’s going again on regular rest this Sunday vs. the Orioles, so I can kinda understand holding him until then, but he’s really unstartable.  Then, on top of that, he’s been skipped here and there.  Okay, he’s not unstartable; he’s unownable.

Jorge Posada – Hit his 16th homer yesterday.  I’m calling a bogey on February Grey who said Posada was done.  He obviously was not done.  Being wrong at catcher is the position to be wrong at, but nevertheless still wrong.

Robinson Cano – Hit his 20th homer yesterday.  Not wrong here, because in the preseason I put him in the “Good value before we get to total Crapolanco” Tier.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 2 baserunners, 0 ER in Atlanta.  I’m guessing a lot of people were sonavabenched on this one.

Jimmy Rollins – 2 HRs yesterday.  Coming up after the break, J. Rolled The Dorf.

Brad Lidge – No outs recorded, 3 earned.  Lidge has blown nine games this year, an 0-6 record and a 7.33 ERA.  If anyone happens to run into Lidge, give him my regards.  And, by regards, I mean the middle finger.  (BTW, On one team of mine, I had Lidge, Frank2, Capps and Bell all give up runs and blow three saves.  Bad week to quit sniffing glue.)

Ryan Doumit – Obviously just needed the additional push of me putting him in Friday’s Sell.  He now has 2 homers in his last three games.

Travis Snider – Hit another homer yesterday and now two in three games.  I have an idea, stop Kemping him and move him up the order.

Carlos Pena – 2 HRs.  Six homers in the last week and a half.  On August 13th, I asked how many homers does Pena have left in his bat?  I gave the over/under of 13.  That means he has an over/under of 7 left.

Carlos Zambrano – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER.  I admire Big Z for returning from the DL with a mustache, but this start did not make ‘stached men proud.  No, sir.  Clay Zavada and I may need to have a word with him.

Josh Willingham – 4-for-4, 2 HRs, 5 Runs and 6 RBIs.  This is the total production of Jose Reyes’s 2009 season.

Zach Grienke – 8 IP, 2 ER, 15 Ks.  *speechless*

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA is only .08 away from Greinke.  Cust kayin’.

Bronson Arroyo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 Ks.  Continued his post-All-Star break march of excellence.  He’ll fool someone next March who thinks he’s going to be good in April, May and June.

Felipe Lopez – 4-for-5 with his 8th homer.  He left the game in the ninth and is day-to-day.  It’s nice and all that he’s hitting .319, but 6 steals on the year is not buttering the biscuit.

Delmon Young – 4-for-5 yesterday.  Wait, Delmon Young actually had a good game yesterday?  Glory be!  Only 18 months after predicted.

Howie Kendrick – HR yesterday as he started only his third game in the last week.  In some ways, I kinda understand what Scioscia is doing with Kendrick’s playing time.  I mean, everyone on the Angels is slap-hitting .300 right now.  He could run out there Dick Schofield and he’d hit .300.

Laynce Nix/Jayson Nix – 3 HRs combined yesterday.  Their older brother, Jaymes Nix got drunk.

  1. Mike from Jersey says:

    hey waddya know my fly IS open. i was also lucky enough to have dropped capps last week, have feliz in 2nite instead of Frank squared, and started latos.

  2. Jersey Mike says:

    hey waddya kno my fly IS open. i also was lucky enough to have been rid of matt crapps, started mat latos, and have neftali feliz starting and frank squared benched.
    -so grey, im in a pitching friendly league, what are your thoughts on jered weaver the rest of the way? im thinkin of dealin for him since he’s the best on the market

  3. Steve says:

    Great news for Snider owners. I just dropped him for Willingham so you know he’s having a big day tomorrow.

    Grey – Borbon or Young the Younger for the Util spot?

  4. reveries says:

    I lost out on Latos, but I stuck Willingham in at the last minute when I read Ichiro would be out of the lineup, so it balanced out. And Greinke channeling the spirit of April also helped.

  5. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    I now have a trio of Mets All-Stars on my Yahoo fantasy DL: Wright, ‘Tran, and Santana. Guess this is why I am in the second division…

    The results of the pre-season evaluation of my team stands at Grey 7-Paulie Allnuts 2. Unfortunately, for me at least, you were spot on concerning all my schmohawks, from Mike Aviles (remember him?) on, except for Morneau, who you were not so crazy for, and Posada. The latter two helped keep my fragile fantasy ego in tact, which, is important, for there may be a post-Grey fantasy baseball period (hopefully not for a very long time.) and I need to be prepared.

    My question would be: what exactly does one do with Lidge? I have two closers, Rivera and Wilson, who either are or are close to $12.00 Salads. I am comfortably placed at #2 in saves. I am saddled with Lidge, who seemingly does more damage to my ERA then he makes up for with the occasional successful save. There are no other save candidates available, and of course trading is over. Do I just dump Lidge for a serviceable ML like Mujica?

    Thanks, as always

  6. Moneybrawl says:

    Grey- Perhaps you’ve covered him during my 2 week swine flu sabbatical – I’m close to dropping Ráül Íbàñèz for Rajai or Byrd.

    What say ye and thanks.

  7. JRT says:


    What say you? Drop I. Stewart, Cust, or Davis (is he still going to be productive?) for Young Jr.?

  8. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    some articles are smooth and delectable , like sweet cream .
    others are just milk duds .

    “… and will occasionally spell barmes …” now , T-H-A-T-‘S humor .

  9. mc serch says:

    @Moneybrawl: yeah, I’m having trouble covering up Ibanez’s gaping o-fers every night too…i pimped him aroound pretty heavily at the trade deadline but no takers….guess dudes were right….I was starting Rajai and benching Raul (as opposed to “Eating Raul”) but now Rajai’s got a hand issue…I think I would drop either my Beckham or Alexei before dropping Ibanez though…its not beyond the realm of possibility that Ibanez heats up in Sept…I would hold tight for now if you [email protected]Paulie Allnuts: I picked up B. Myers last week in the hope Lidge would do what he is doing. Assuming Lidge continues to defecate on his duvet, I’m thinking maybe Philly would go with experience (Meyers) over youth (Madson) in that role. It could happen.

  10. Dingo says:

    Anybody have a take on how playing time in the Colorado outfield will be distributed? I’ve got a roster spot available, and I’m trying to decide whether Seth Smith or Eric Young is likely to get more starts.

  11. mr baseball says:

    Eric Young – caught stealing

  12. mr baseball says:

    Brad Lidge – this is why Grey would never ever draft waste a draft pick on a relief pitcher like Brad Lidge – Heath Bell came much cheaper

  13. Nathan says:

    After Everth Cabrera’s 0-6 last night, my impulsive side wants to drop him for Eric Young. Bad idea?

  14. Andy says:

    Spot start Jonathan Sanchez vs. Arizona today? Mini-Donkey is out for another day!

  15. GTS says:

    Picked up Brandon Morrow in my money league – thanks for the tip Grey!

  16. Martin says:

    If I need a roster spot is jason frasor worth dropping now?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jersey Mike: Told ya! Depends what you can get for him.

    @Steve: Young

    @Paulie Allnuts: Aviles, wow that’s a name from the past. Can you afford to lose Lidge? I mean, can you afford to lose the saves he gives you on occasion?

    @Moneybrawl: If you really need steals, I could see going for Davis.

    @JRT: Drop Stewart.

    @Dingo: I’d own Young for steals, and someone else for other categories.

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @Nathan: I think you’re being a bit too rash there.

    @Andy: Sure, go with Sanchez.

    @Martin: He still might get some saves, so it depends on how much you need saves.

  18. teddyballgame says:

    I’m in the playoffs already in a 10 team H2H points league on ESPN, 3 two-week matchups. The catch: Playoff teams can’t add/drop unless someone gets hurt or to make room for someone coming off the DL. That being said, I have K-Rod, FrankFran, and Lidge. Wins are five points, saves are five points. Would you drop Lidge or FrankFran to make room for Peavy? Or would you keep saves and drop one of my other contestants: Kazmir, Price, Shields? If Lidge or Frankhurt loses the job, this may have been my last chance to dump him. Kinda long, but THANKS!

  19. teddyballgame says:

    @teddyballgame: Peavy’s on my DL if that wasn’t clear.

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @teddyballgame: That’s not an easy choice. I feel that if you’re activating a starter, you should be losing a starter to keep the same balance, unless you know for a fact you have too many closers, then lose Lidge. If you don’t have too many closers (and really who does), I’d drop Price.

  21. Jake says:

    Hey G – forget all the past disappointments and biases, and just looking at his pedigree, scouts analysis, projectability, age, team, development, etc.

    What is Delmon Young’s highest upside?

    Seriously, if he develops, is 40 homerun potential still a possibility in his prime?

    This is my understanding and why people need to take notice now (especially in keepers).

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Jake: 30/15, which is great, seems like his highest upside, but that’s so far from where he’s been it’s hard to say that he’ll reach that any time soon.

  23. ASAOK says:


    With Upton coming back I have a free dl spot. Worth stashing B. Myers or Kuroda?

  24. Razzin says:

    Hamels vs. Pirates? Feeling nauseous.

  25. Dad says:

    @Grey: Trevor Hoffman placed on waivers.

    IF he were to be moved, who’s first in line for saves in MIL?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @ASAOK: Kuroda

    @Razzin: Yeah, it sucks, but you have to start him there.

    @Dad: Probably Coffey.

  27. black love says:

    Stauffer Vs. ATL or Rzepczynski Vs. TB
    for a spot start who do you like better?
    neither? haha

  28. Chase says:

    Grey you forgot to note that the wandwagon is still rolling

  29. black love says:

    oh or Looper Vs. Cin. the reds havent been hitting to much lately

  30. Art Vandelay says:

    So, do you think it’s safe to drop Gregg for Downs now? I have Downs on the DL and need to drop someone to activate. I’m in a close race for saves, and Gregg is probably my best option to drop except for maybe DLR.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @black love: Nope, not Looper either.

    @Art Vandelay: Sure, I think it’s probably safe at this point.

  32. Curly Day says:

    Anyone know why Johan is not DL eligible in ESPN leagues?

  33. Jackie says:

    Is Ian Stewart worth holding onto? He barely plays and I need to the roster spot to spot start and keep my 1st place lead.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Curly Day: Cause ESPN sucks.

    @Jackie: Kick him to the curb if you need the spot.

  35. Mike says:

    Drop Hank Blalock to use for spot starters or pick up Joe Saunders?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: Drop Blalock, but I wouldn’t grab Saunders.

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ah started laporta with a couple other guys having bad lefty matchups,reward with a hr,thank you very much,in my keeper league,hoping he gets hot so its worth keeping him

  38. Atomic says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah thanks for the tip to buy into LaPorta on Friday. I just added him last night to fill in for Reynolds and/or Crawford for this week. Already paying off!

  39. spenceR says:

    Hello sir grey. I’m a met fan and this is a sad day on a sad season. Anyways. For rest of season name game!
    Ryan zimmerman
    Michael young
    Kendry morales.

    Thanks as always.

  40. Grey

    Grey says:

    @spenceR: I agree with what Stephen told you.

  41. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Dropping V Wells for the Dreaded Pirate is a no brainer right???

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: I’d go for it.

  43. Dingo says:

    hmm, now I’m torn. Eric Young Jr. or Matt LaPorta? Assume that power and steals are both equally valuable.

  44. DrEasy says:

    Grey, should I bench Burnett at home against Texas tomorrow? You helped me avoid his disaster start last time by telling me to sit him.

    DLR at home against LA should be a go though, right?

    Also: LaPorta, Hairston, Overbay: pick two, please!

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dingo: LaPorta

    @DrEasy: I’d bench dlR and start Burnett. LaPorta, Hairston.

  46. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Trevor Bell’s grandpa was Bozo the Clown, I luv him already.I hope some folks in the seats where Bozo outfits for his start on friday.

  47. Steve says:

    @Grey: With Pineiro and J Sanchez also going today, do I need to risk the Wolfman?

    It’s roto…

  48. Steve says:

    Young the Younger caught stealing again!

  49. Steve says:

    J-Up set to be activated before tonight’s game.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, saw that. He is quick though. Good sign that he’s trying at least.

  51. Steve says:

    Madson on for the save…

    Also, is it time to give Byrd the bird? Headley, Snider and LaPorta are out there…

  52. Joe B says:

    @Grey: Should I drop R Furcal for E Aybar??? I could use some steals and AVG, neither of which Raffy is providing. Aybar seems to be starting everyday and is providing what I thought Furcal would this year. I have Sexy Alexei starting at SS, but I’m afraid he’s going to fade again this year in September…

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Go with Snider. Doesn’t mean much with Madson.

    @Joe B: I’d go with Aybar.

  54. Martin says:

    start petit @ SF or fister vs KC tomorrow?

  55. Adam says:

    Anibal Sanchez vs NYM, Clayton Richard @ ATL, none of the above, both of the above?

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Martin: I wouldn’t start either.

    @Adam: Anibal’s risky, but the Mets are terrible, so it’s worth a shot.

  57. big o says:

    so i take it that your junior sprints was NOT a take-off on junior mints ,
    which is why you didn’t get my milk duds reference ?

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: It is, and I did. Sorry, I didn’t comment. Meant to, but sometimes I slip up and miss one.

  59. big o says:

    cuz if you’ve ever used the “spelling” reference before ,
    it took me until this morning to get it !!

  60. Steve says:

    @Grey: It’s time to start trusting the Wolfman almost everywhere, is it not?

  61. mr baseball says:

    why this sight rules – besides Grey ——- you always get the first alert here when key players are coming up – sometimes I wish i didn’t get this information but all and all it does help

  62. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’m on the 2B-go-round.

    Valbuena (who I have now), B Ryan or McGehee?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Valbuena had about a solid two weeks, give him another day or two.

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