Our boy Timmy took a Lincecumbacker to the knee. Not good if you’ve been riding his amazing 12-3 record (for the Giants?!?!), sub 3.00 ERA, and 10 K/9 IP.  He hobbled out of the game.  We’ll have to see if he’s as bad off as our other favorite Timmy but start scouting pitchers just in case.

In other injury news, there is the Flyin’ Hawaiian and The Overrated Mulatto. Shane Victorino came out of yesterday’s game with stiffness in his back, while Jeter left the game with a foot injury after fouling a ball off it earlier in the game. Both players are listed as day to day, which is sports journalist code for “I have no idea.” I wish I could get away with this in my every day life. Are you going to pickup dinner? Day to day. What’s that sore on your lip? Day to day. Why are you peeing on my leg? Day to day. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carl Crawford – It’s official. He’s done. Off to have surgery. This is probably a blessing for your team in some leagues. Crawford wasn’t having the best year, yet you had to start him because he was Crawford. Buh-bye.

Evan Longoria – I’d expect him to miss the rest of the season too, but the Rays are saying he should be back by September 1st.

David Ortiz – 2 HRs in the 1st inning with 6 RBIs. It’s the kind of inning that makes owners drool. Ortiz is now on pace for 430 HRs and 1.7 million RBIs for the rest of the year. He might fall short. Let’s not forget he did hit the HRs against Scott Feldman. If you’re not familiar with the name, that means you’re not related to Scott Feldman. Congratulations. Let’s not forget, Part II: The Return of More Deflating News From Grey, Ortiz was just complaining of a sore wrist.

Emilio Bonifacio – Since going 8-for-18, he’s gone 0-for-20. If he keeps going from feast to famine like this, the Nats might have to make Bonifacio watch the very special episode of The Facts of Life when Blair had an eating disorder.

Randy Johnson – 7 starts, 6 wins, 1.58 ERA and a .85 WHIP. Obviously, he’s ownable in every league. Even two team leagues where the other guy’s already quit.

Jermaine Dye – Hit his 28th HR yesterday. I picked him up off waivers in my 15 team ‘pert league back in April, but I’ve since traded him and Kouzmanoff to the ghost of George Carlin, which I kinda regret.

Lance Berkman – HR yesterday after hitting only two since July 1st. He was due for a cold spell. Too bad he’s not injury prone like Chipper so you could’ve just replaced him for a month or two.

Felipe Lopez – Landed in perhaps the only place where he could actually have value, St. Louis. If LaRussa can turn Aaron Miles, Adam Kennedy and Cesar Izturis into serviceable nine hitters, he might make Lopez into a decent number 2. And a “decent number two” is exactly what Lopez is.

Johan Santana – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 Ks. Has only struckout ten or more batters in a game twice this year. Cust kayin’.

Pedro Feliciano – Won the bullpen paper, rock scissors and got the save.

Mike Cameron/Jody Gerut – Two Carlos Lee replacements, two home runs yesterday.

Austin Kearns – 2-for-4 with a steal. My third Carlos replacement.

Juan Rivera – HR yesterday. I don’t currently have him on a team, but he might be heating up again after hitting well in July. (He was not good in August thus far.)

Brad Ziegler – Save yesterday. Officially the A’s closer and he’s pitched 38 straight scoreless innings.

Gio Gonzalez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks. After watching him pitch well last week (minus the first inning), I held onto him and was rewarded tonight with Savviest Fantasy Baseball Owner for August 12th. First, I wanna thank God. Without him, none of this would be possible. Second, I wanna thank Yahoo for having Gio Gonzalez in your database. We had some touch and go moments this season, but you came through when I needed you. Third, I wanna thank Aaron Cook for shitting the bed a couple of starts in a row and forcing me to pick a pitcher off waivers.

Gary Sheffield – 2 HRs yesterday. He obviously hit these homers because he was pissed off he was being placed on waivers. Can’t they hire someone to come into the locker room to insult Sheff? “Yo mama is so fat, she can only fit into a throwback Cecil Fielder jersey.” Maybe they can get Wilmer Valderrama.

Mark Reynolds/Krispie Young/Adam Dunn – .246/.235/.235/ respectively. Stinker to Whatevers to Fat Chance.

  1. Mike says:

    need to make a SP pickup… Aaron Cook and Hiroki Kuroda are both available. Which one you like more?

  2. Mike says:

    Lannan, Volstad and Maddux also available…. how would you rank these 5?

  3. Steve says:

    I neglected to mention in a previous post, that in addition to Papi, my opponent this week also has Berkman. Sheesh!

    Luckily I have Hanley and the X-Man…

  4. BSA says:

    3rd baseman DL is getting full – Longoria and now Lowell with a strained oblique.

  5. Joe says:

    @Mike: I’d go Volstad, Kuroda, punt

  6. Joe says:

    Another save last night for Jensen Lewis. He entered a four run game in the ninth the day before and got their previous save also. I think he’s the Tribe closer now, act accordingly if you’re desperate for saves.

    My team has moved up to 7 out of 14 in saves, and for as long as Lewis, Chris Perez and Rodney are picking up saves, i’ve 6 closers! Whoop whoop!

  7. Denys says:

    This is what I had rolling last night: SP – Kershaw, SP – Gio, RP – Papelbon, RP – BJ Ryan, P – Kuo, P – Rafa Perez, P – Ziegler.

    Nightly Pitching line: 17.2 IPs 3 W 3 SVs 19 Ks 2.04 ERA 1.19 WHIP

    My league also counts CG (complete games) and HLDs, but you can’t have everything you want.

  8. Denys says:

    @Mike: Kuroda @ Home, Maddux against shitty teams (but mostly also at home), Volstad every now and then, Cook if you’re really desperate, Lannan if you’ve completely lost your mind.

  9. Frank Rizzo says:

    So who’s the better pitcher to own in NY?

    Oliver Perez or John Maine

  10. wakeNbake says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Joba Chamberlain

  11. jph says:

    Would you start Maine tonight in our nation’s capital?

  12. Chris says:

    The Rays dodged a major bullet when it was revealed that the fracture in Longoria’s wrist was at the Ulna and not in the smaller carpal bones. A return in the first week of September seems very possible.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: Volstad, Kuroda at home, Maddux at home, Cook then Lannan.

    @Joe: Kobayashi and Perez are still going to be there for the occasional saves, as well. Lewis could have an explosion at any time, but he may be the currently hot hand.

    @Frank Rizzo: As long as Perez is going better, which he has been for the last month or so, he’s better. But much riskier.

    @jph: In a ten team league, I am not starting him. In a twelve team league, I am starting him. And in a H2H, I’m starting him.

    @Chris: Thanks for the info, Chris.

    ****Everyone, Chris knows his stuff with injuries, so this is good news for Longoria owners.

  14. wakeNbake says:

    **Zumaya shut down**….. You think Rodney will get all the save opp in Detroit? Any chance they throw Farnsworth in there if Rodney doesnt shape up??

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @wakeNbake: I think he’ll get 95% of the save opps until he chokes then Farnsworth will get some until he chokes.

  16. Mike says:

    Would u start Kuroda at home tommorow even tho he gets the Phills?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: No, I wouldn’t, but I can understand someone who’s in a tight jam and who needs wins starting him.

  18. Doug Ault says:

    I scooped Sheffield just prior to yesterdays games,I’m still basking in the glow.Maybe Leyland should butt his smokes in Sheffy’s shoes prior to every game,it might just keep him hot.

  19. Frank Rizzo says:

    Sheff hit those dingers because he cares again, now that he’s on waivers. He “tried” because he’s hoping someone picks him up. He wants out of Detroit because he thinks he’s still good. Oh, he’s sadly mistaken. If the Tigers get someone with a pulse for him, plus paying half his leftover salary, they should consider it a success. Sheff is a waste of oxygen.

    So what are thoughts on Paul Byrd now? Sure, he can’t K a soul but in his last 4 games against the Blue Jays, Tigers, Twins, and Angels he’s only given up 4 total ER’s. Worth it for ERA and W’s?

  20. What up – nice work on this site. The headline was pretty priceless today… I love fantasy baseball and I’ll be back.

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I could see taking a flier on him for his next start against the Jays, but I wouldn’t want any part of Byrd, even in the deepest of leagues. He’s a lot better for real baseball purposes.

  22. yak says:

    Drop Bedard, Morrow, or Guardaddy for Campillo?

  23. mc serch says:

    so it appears i’ve entered the “stream” phase of my season…need wins, era and whip. what’s the prevailing view on starting slowey and blanton today and kuroda and moehler manana?

  24. Nick says:

    Start Sabathia & E. Santana tonight while benching Guthrie? How’s that sound?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: Morrow

    @mc serch: Risky on Slowey, okay on Blanton, deep leagues on Kuroda, okay on Moehler.

    @Nick: Why are you benching Guthrie?

  26. Nick says:

    @Grey: Saw his career stats vs. Cleveland 1.1IP 6ER but didn’t realize that this stat was not from this year. Guess I’ll give him a shot as well.

  27. Mike says:

    An article in the NY Post today speculates that Phil Hughes could take Dan Giese rotation spot as soon as this coming tuesday. Good move to take a flier on him?

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: No, I don’t want any part of Hughes.

  29. yak says:

    Drop Bruce for Hairston Jr? I would replace Reynolds since I’m behind in avg and in first in Hr and RBI? Also dropped Kobayashi and picked up Guthrie!

  30. Joe says:

    @Grey: Who am i dropping to activate Maine for tonight’s start? Harang or Parra? I think i may be ready to give up on Harang.

    Or should i wait it out and leave Maine on the DL for the time being, to see how Harang does in his next outing? It’s hard to resist starting him against the Nats.

    Oh and Verlander is pissing me off.

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: Is this for a Utility spot? It’s a decent move, but I would think there’s got to be someone better on waivers.

    @Joe: I’d hold off on activating Maine.

  32. Doug Ault says:

    I benched Slowery,he both sucks against NY and hates day games

  33. Mike says:

    Why so down on Hughes? I was figuring his poor start might have had something to do with his injury. Ive watched him a couple of times and thought I saw some potential in him, plus add the Yanks lineup backing him up and I thought he could get some cheap W’s. Do you feel like hes being rushed back or you just dont think hes that good?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: He’s still basically a rookie with rookie growing pains. Then throw in tough matchups in the AL East and a guy who hasn’t shown his ace stuff outside of one game over a year ago and I’d prefer to take Maddux at home-type starts over the promise of Hughes.

  35. yak says:

    Aviles,Hairston,Crosby,Barmes,Aurilia…Take a flier on Furcal? When should he return?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @yak: Furcal’s not coming back for three weeks at the earliest. Is this for a bench spot flier or for a guy that could give you production? If you just want a bench spot flier that may not give you anything, then grab Furcal. If you need something right now, Aviles, Hairston, Crosby, Barmes, punt.

  37. yak says:

    Yeah. As bad as it sounds I am close enough in average to gain a few points with a reasonable bump in avg. I am in fifth place but only ten points back. I am dead last in wins, era, whip, First in hr,ribbies, second in sb’s. and in the middle in e’rythang else. Just trying to make a last second run. Thanks for the help.

  38. Mike says:

    @Grey: Gotcha, that makes sense.

  39. mc serch says:

    yeah, dougie fresh , I saw the same thing with slowey and day games. Parked his ass on the bench…which means he probably throws a 2-hit shutout). My league’s mobb deep so i’m gonna have to mos def roll with Blanton, Kuroda & Moehler (sounds like an immigration law firm). For schnizzle!

  40. mc serch says:

    yup, just checked it…slowey’s gone 6 full, giving up one run, three hits and one walk. There’s gotta be a razzball term for that…

  41. mc serch says:

    yeah, well I feel like the guy in that youtube clip…except my shoulder is still in its socket (so far).

  42. Denys says:

    So don’t start Maine tonight? I did get burned by Harang last week, though it didn’t effect me as much I thought it would…

  43. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Regarding Maine vs Ollie… you could go a different route like I did…

    I currently am rostering Pedro, Maine, Ollie and Pelfrey. My Mets homerism has cost me fantasy success year in and year out but I can’t seem to shake my faith.

    Figures I have the entire staff except the ace. And with that glorious Mets bullpen, I should be good for about 32 blown wins from here on out. What, your league doesn’t count that stat?

  44. SaltyBiscuits says:

    @Denys: I am predicting a solid start from Mr. Maine tonight.

    Predicted line: 7 IP, 3 ER, 4 HA, 3 BBI, 7 K’s

    And then loses his win to yet another blown save.

    A risky start? Sure, but unless you clearly have better options, it isn’t a dumb move.

  45. Denys says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: Yeah but dude… it’s the NATS!

  46. JR says:

    @mc serch

    There is a Razzball term for that: Sonovabench!

  47. Nick says:

    Hey Grey you have any recommendations for fantasy football? I love this site & I’m hoping there is something similar for my fantasy football season!

  48. wakeNbake says:

    you like Denard Span Grey?

  49. wakeNbake says:

    @Nick: I second that

  50. Doug Ault says:

    @Denys: I’m predicting this headline

    Nationals chow Maine

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nick: Don’t know fantasy football, bra. Sorry.

    We will be recapping then looking ahead to 09 all winter and into next season. catch the excitement!

    @wakeNbake: I do like Span.

    @Doug Ault: How about Maine is Home for Nats’ Peach Pit, which doesn’t really make sense but it’s a 901210 reference so there’s that.

  52. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I can honestly say I never watched 901210,even by mistake….but I did enjoy scare tactics

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: Never watched it? What, you chew tobacco? Carry a firearm? Think midgets are for tossing?

  54. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey:lol,you’re scaring me,one of my teams is called The Dwarf Tossers

  55. BigFatHippo says:


    Kaz Mat and C Guile hurting. I need to fill MI slot and SS.

    Ian Stewart, Freddy Sanchez, Omar Infante have been hot. Pick up who and drop who? Or someone else.

    Team posted in Forum under my team vs. His Team.

    He’s now 6 pts back BTW, don’t know how he does it, smoke and mirrors perhaps.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: It’s hard for me to say who’s available, but I could see grabbing Stewart and Sanchez. Unless Hairston Jr.’s around. Then grab him instead of Sanchez.

  57. BigFatHippo says:


    The only other one I see is Willie Harris.

    He worth a shot? Gettin desperate up here at the top.

  58. BigFatHippo says:



    Sorry to be so redundant but I gotta study hard, Hippo’s don’t make snap decisions.

  59. BigFatHippo says:

    OK, studied a while and made a decision.

    Sanchez, Wigginton.

    Wiggs should see plenty of playing time with CLee out. Plus he has good career numbers in Sept.

    Sanchez avg better than Kaz Mat from here out methinks.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Wiggington’s okay, but he’s sitting on waivers in a 15 team pert league and no one’s reaching for him. He kinda is what he is. Stewart’s a bit more exciting, but Wiggington’s safe and fine. Go with it.

  61. BigFatHippo says:


    I agree Stewart’s more exciting, but we count Ks.

    Kinda made my decision for me.

    Stewart, 51 Ks in 128 AB.
    Wigginton, 45 in 259 AB.

    This is the time of year when every category counts.

  62. BSA says:

    My outfield is now Ankiel, Markakis, McLouth, with Granderson as utility
    Pence is on my bench. Now I saw that Wells hit a grandslam but is he an upgrade over my current outfielders?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: I’d want a healthy Wells over Pence.

    EDIT: Of is not over.

  64. Bud Johnson says:

    So lets see, you’re wrong about Maholm, wrong about Baker, wrong about Papi, wrong about nearly everything you preen about. You’re on the Razzblog hall of fame already

    Murray Fucking Chass could give better advice. Razzball is banned.

  65. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Vernon or Adam LaRoche in terms of overall offensive production here on out?

  66. BSA says:

    Blanton and Penny trying to recreate the Boston/Texas game from last night?

  67. BSA says:

    Thoughts from Boston.com Globe Staff blog re: Ortiz
    Is David Ortiz smiling?

    Consider these stats on the two players who have hit behind him:

    Kevin Youkilis: batting average with men on base: .429
    Manny Ramirez: batting average with men on base: .291 (Sox); .478 (Dodgers)

    Youkilis hitting in 7+ innings: .390
    Ramirez hitting in 7+ innings: .213 (Sox); .357 (Dodgers)

    Youkilis OPS (on-base plus slugging): .948
    Ramirez OPS: .786 (Sox); .899 (Dodgers)

  68. emayetee says:

    What do you think of Kent? He’s on waivers, and he’s been raking since hitting in front of Manny… like he did in front of Bonds. Is he worth dropping Polanco for? Already have Stewart and DeRosa, categories are h, hr, r, rbi, bb, k, avg, slg.

  69. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BSA: Youuuuuk’s been very underappreciated this year. I was only half kidding when I listed him as my dark horse MVP candidate.

  70. BSA says:

    Holy crap did Fuentes pitch himself into a hornet’s nest, bases loaded, two outs, full count and…..

    Comes away with a save.

  71. Grey

    Grey says:

    @emayetee: I like him better than Polanco, fer sure. As you said, Manny’s brought up the value for the entire lineup. Well, you didn’t say it, but I am.

    @BSA: Seriously.

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