In the first act, some creepy kid runs into frame, mumbling, “I see blown saves.”  I know Ryan Madson is a Cuddle Boy, but don’t drop him yet.  Sorry to get Biblical on you, but hast thou forgotten the wrath Brad Lidge hast broust on ye past teams?  Please.  Give Lidge a week before abandoning Madson.  Lidge is like a “1000 Dollar Car” as sung by the Bottle Rockets.  Google the lyrics if you don’t know the song but in summation, “If a $1000 car was truly worth a damn, then why would anybody ever spend ten grand?”  Let shizz shake out first before you act rash, talcum.  There’s time to drop Madson.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan Meek – Recorded the 3 up, 3 down save yesterday as Dotel was out sleeping with your sister.  Don’t worry, Dotel’s days of ruining your ERA and WHIP aren’t over yet.  Meek was only used because Dotel had pitched two innings the day before (beautifully, I might add).  To recap, handcuffs across the Brewers, Pirates and Rangers:  Frank-Frank, Meek, Villanueva and the guy at Subway who gives you the skeeves, in that order.  Hoffman, Dotel and Feliz, in that order, should all still be owned.

Carlos Beltran – Was fitted for a knee brace hoping it accelerates his rehab.  Here’s me putting on my stethoscope.   If a guy needs to be fitted with a knee brace to help his recovery, it’s not a good sign.  This is like trying to make a girl jealous by going to the movies with your mom.

Paul Konerko – 2-for-3 as he hit his 9th and 10th homers.  Paulie’s bonkers right now.  Truly, Paulie Walnuts.  I say he gets to 30 homers and there’s really no reason why you need to unload him.  Just think you got Adrian Gonzalez in the last round of your draft.  Open a Michelob and celebrate.

Gavin Floyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I liked Floyd coming into this year.  Before yesterday, Nadir Bupkus looked better and he’s an imaginary hitter.  Floyd’s FIP is out of whack with his ERA as of right now.  He should continue to be better.

Carlos Quentin – Sat out Thursday and won’t play Friday with hamstring soreness.  This guy is made of paper-mache.

Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-3 and a steal.  Rudy pushed for me to put Alexei in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, so he’ll be there.  BTW, Ozzie had him bunting with two men on and no outs and Pierre up next.  Here’s what Ozzie tweeted, “Team sucks.  Bunt guys over for the 2000 All-Stars, Andruw and Konerko.  Someone get me Andres Galarraga!  Me gusto El Gato Grande!”

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-4 and looks like he’s finally seeing the ball well.  Sure, it’s a month late, but there’s still plenty of time for him.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-4, HR.  Mentioned the other day that I slotted in Inge on a short schedule day and got two homers.  Well, on a different team I have Smoak and he’s been riding my bench since I picked him up because A) I have enough hitters. B) He hasn’t hit. C) There’s no C.  There’s rarely a C.  So yesterday with the short schedule, guess who got into my lineup?  Booyakasha!  I am a mustachioed God!

Jair Jurrjens – Left the game with a strained left hamstring.  The good news, it wasn’t his arm.  The bad news, he’s still injured, his FIP last year showed he was lucky, he doesn’t strikeout people and his arm is still a reason for concern.  Okay, so the good news and bad news aren’t exactly even.

Kris Medlen – Took the ball for three innings after Jar-Jar went down.  If Jurrjens can’t come back and Medlen gets his starts, he would be worth owning in NL-Only and deep mixed leagues.

Yunel Escobar – Yunel strained his groin trying to go big fly.  *snickers*

Chipper Jones – There’s no news about Chipper, but with the other Braves injured I figured I’d put this here as a place holder.

David Freese – 3-for-3, homer and 6 RBIs.  It’s a been awhile since I’ve talked about him, so I’ll just tell you what I said last time, “(Freese) hits .300 everywhere he goes (in the minors) and he has 20 homer power.  Before you scoff like you’re some Victorian bigwig, those numbers may not be that far off from Butler at a shallower position.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!

Dontrelle Willis – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks as he faced a Twins team without Mauer or Morneau aka The Zombie Twins.

Kurt Suzuki – Probably headed to the DL with a strain of the intercostal.  Isn’t that the highway in Florida?  Weird!

Justin Duchscherer – Well, I tried to get everyone on board before he was injured again, but his wonky hip hit its capacity.  You can wait to hear how long he’ll miss, but I would just drop him if you’re hard-pressed for room.

Justin Morneau – Staying in the Justin genre, Morneau sat out with a sore back.  He hopes to return by today’s game.  We shall see…

John Buck – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs with 3 homers yesterday.  Buck dedicated this game to his nieces and nephew for teaching him responsibility while he was babysitting.

Luke Hochevar – 2 2/3 IP, 9 ER and now has a 6.11 ERA on the year and there’s the reason why I was so hesitant to endorse him.  Sometimes he can be absolutely miserable.

Brian Matusz – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Not a bad start at all considering the Orioles vs. Yankees looked like the Lambda Lambda Lambda’s vs. the Alpha Beta’s.

Robinson Cano – 2 more homers as he now bats .407.  We better put Ted Williams’ head out on the counter now, because things are never right when you defrost in the microwave.

A.J. Burnett – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I own Burnett in a few leagues, so I’m more than happy with his year so far, but where’s the Ks?  He now has 33 1/3 innings and only 20 Ks.

Everth Cabrera – EverCab has been dealing with a hamstring strain for days and trying to avoid the DL.  At one point, Kyle Blanks volunteered to put him in a Baby Bjorn and play short.  Alas, EverCab to the 15-day DL.

Ted Lilly – 5 IP, 6 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks in his last rehab start.

Mark Reynolds – 0-for-3 as the Diamondbacks scored 13 runs.  Ticker tease!

Adam LaRoche – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs with two homers.  How dare you show up Kelly Johnson!  Rudy had much love for Ad. LaRoche going into this year, saying that he might’ve started cold in past years because, well, he was cold.  As in he needed mittens.  In Arizona, that could change everything.  So far, Rudy’s looking like he might’ve been onto something even if this game was in Chicago.

Ian Kennedy – 8 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Was only hurt by a grand slam to Fukudome, but that is sorta Kennedy’s M.O.  Still ownable and startable and yadda2, but he gives up homers.

Kelly Johnson – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs, 1 Run, 1 Life-Threatening Disease Cured and a homer.  After he hit his homer, I went into the comments and wrote something giddy and after I posted it I realized something.  After I comment when I’m happy, my picture looks like I’m smiling.  After I comment when I’m upset, my picture looks like I’m frowning.  I’m Mona Lisa!

  1. Dracula says:

    In a 20 team league 6×6 (extra category is OBP), I have Reimold, EY2, and Gaby Sanchez basically all as depth (Bruce, BJ Upton, Fowler, Venable, Beckham, Miggy Cabrera ahead of them). Who’s the most cuttable for Lidge’s return?

  2. Jackie says:

    Love the Blanks Baby Bjorn comment!!!!

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    I told you Hochevar was Charlize Theron! Half kidding. I’d expect more starts like this one. He was lucky to escape those two starts vs. the Twins without getting shelled like this. Imagine being Trey Hillman and Hochevar gives up 9 runs and you’re only in the third inning. You leave him in there or just let him get killed? Trey will no doubt be facing that dilemma quite a few more times this year. We haven’t seen anywhere near the worst of Bannister or Davies yet.

  4. TastelessGarbage says:

    Drop 8th starter (Kennedy, W. Davis, or C. Lewis) to add Villanueva, M. Gonzalez or J. Gutierrez as 4th reliever behind Aardsma, Rauch, and Frank-Frank? Or instead drop J. Lopez (benched behind Figgins/Headley) to add a reliever?

  5. DrEasy says:

    Am I ranking the following schmohawks in the proper order: Alfonso Soriano, Ibanez, Hart, Swisher, Juan Rivera, Francoeur? I have the first two, but they’re driving me nuts.

  6. DrEasy says:

    Also, is Jim Thome worth picking up over Alfonso Soriano or Ibanez? I have two util slots, so I don’t mind that he’s a UT.

  7. Steve says:

    Oh yeah? Well I picked up Inge for a short-schedule day and got a spiffy 0/4 out of it.

    Put that in your pipe and Smoak it.

  8. Tom Reale says:

    AJ is pitching to contact this year bra. I’ll take the lower WHIP to offset that lack of K’s bra. I own him everywhere bra. You want a cigarette?

  9. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey. Hope you’re right about Floyd. I had him on my bench until we saw a good start from him or he pitched at home. Next week he has 2 home games. : )

  10. Howard says:

    @grey Love the “Big Cat” reference! One of my all time fave Expos!

  11. PaddyTwoTimes says:


    Why no love for Cargo? Batting 3rd he has been as explosive and game changing as your mustache.

  12. malacoda says:

    lolwut no mention of my awfulitude?


    Juan Pee-air

  13. Tom Reale says:

    @PaddyTwoTimes: I think you meant 5th bra, but yeah he’s been great.

    @Grey Should I give Hanley and Pujols to get Cano?

  14. anon says:

    Start Randy Wells home -vs- Arizona? Thanks

  15. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Cano gets MVP this year.

    Did anyone see his play on the Reimold grounder? Cano is better going left to right than any other 2B I’ve seen.

    Since you have William’s head out on the counter, pop open that tuna can and mix us up some tuna salad!

  16. FetaBallz says:

    @Grey: G Floyd over M Buerhle going forward?

  17. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: Ugh… as a Yankees fan I love the fact that he’s doing so well, but I would hate to see what an MVP would do to his attitude. He already puts forth Manny-esque effort (okay, maybe not that bad). If he had the work ethic and pride of Pujols, he’d probably be as good as, say… Pujols (consistently, I mean… I do realize that he’s doing better than Pujols at this moment).

  18. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    I give Grady/Nunez/Bills for Votto/Price

    Trying to trade Grady before the fall floors out, is this good value or should I hold?

  19. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @TheEvilEmpire: If Cano wins MVP I’ll eat Awesomus Maximus’s brow-wreath with Thousand Island dressing on top.

    Sorry — living in NYC, I’ve had my fill of Yankees’ homers. Jeter for Gold Glove! A-Rod for MVP! Pettitte for Cy Young! Zimmer for Manager of the Year! If you’ve never seen anyone go left to right better than Cano, you either weren’t alive or were blind during Roberto Alomar’s career.

    That said: Cano is putting up good numbers.

    In a related story: I’m starting to think my 14th round pick on Beltran would have better been used on Alomar. Or Zimmer.

    @Grey: You ever do that trick where you crease a bill along the edges of Andrew Jackson*’s mouth, and if you tilt it one way, he’s smiling, and the other way he’s frowning? Oh, it’s a party-starter, all right.

    *Also works for Franklin, Washington, Grant.

  20. Back to Minors says:


  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @anon: depends on the wind. arizona is right there with the best offenses in the NL with the phillies, brewers, and rockies. so if you don’t need the start, wells is hardly someone i’d consider a “start ’em if you got ’em” guy.

  22. Dingo says:

    Sometimes, on short schedule days, you start your bench players and get lucky when Justin Smoak hits a home run. Other times, you start your bench players, and your team goes 1/24 with 2 runs scored.


  23. ThePoonTycoon says:

    btw, i was just looking at team offensive totals from the NL and AL, and the NL actually has better average stats per team right now than the AL. it’s essentially even, with a slight edge to the NL. take away tampa from the AL and they drop even further (the rays are so far out in front of everyone the are giving the AL a boost on the overall avg offensive output).

    small sample size i know, but maybe this whole AL/NL switch is more psychological than anything…

  24. Jangles says:

    Grey, you really need to be writing for TV or something. You rock.

    Anyway-drop Howie Kendrick for Eric Young Jr.?

    Would you trade Beckham for Headley?

    I kind of need steals, but not to the point of irrational behavior.

    Thanks and have a great weekend

  25. mc serch says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Agreded that peeps are going a bit bat-shit crazy over Cano’s start….yeah it’s sick, and yeah he could win a batting title but saying that any aspect of his “D” is the best ever is a bit much….as for A-Jax, who I imagine swung some heavy hickory in his day, I’m gonna need a demo of the $20 bill trick…or a more specific description. I love shizz like that….anything to entertain while drinking.

  26. GopherDay says:

    Grey, you are the male persona of the Mona Lisa… Davinich couldn’t have painted you very well!

  27. Hideousmutants says:

    Ian Kennedy or Floyd going forward?

  28. Bill says:

    I’m running out a starting 5 of Sabathia/Hamels/Oswalt/Lilly/Filthy (with a pretty strict innings cap) in a 5×5 league, and Floyd is available. Is it worth dropping any of them out of my rotation for him?

  29. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bill: dropping them outright or just benching them? i’d bench lilly in tough matchups until he gets back to being in great shape if i had floyd on my bench with a favorable matchup.

  30. byrone says:

    happy friday, grey.

    as a dotel owner in a saves/holds league, i added meeks this morning, but i’ve got to drop one of these guys to get kinsler back in:

    meek, madson, gutierez, chris perez. which one? also have franklin and of course dotel.

  31. William says:

    @everyone/@Grey – Anyone know anything about Elvis Andrus? Yahoo! says he has a sore right calf. I already have Carlos Quentin out for a bit with the dreaded day-to-day.

  32. Big Nate says:

    As an owner of both Hawkins and Villanueva, I’ve gotta admit that this disappointing:

    “Manager Ken Macha mentioned Hawkins name on Thursday when asked who could take over the closer role from Trevor Hoffman if it ever came to that, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
    Spin: It’s going to take a lot more blown saves before the Brewers move Hoffman from the closer role, but Hawkins appears to be the best bet to get saves if that happens. Macha also mentioned that he’d play it by matchups, but Hawkins’ experience in closing games would probably weigh heavily in his favor.”

    Where’s the next stop for us save vultures?

  33. Matty D says:

    Rank, if you will,

    Hamels, Billingsley, Matusz, Peavy?

  34. Tony says:

    is PO-sada going to the DL? if so they need to get his old balls on it so i can pick someone up…. i dont have one spare part i can drop.

  35. RussB says:

    I have the chance to trade for one of these guys. How do you guys rank these players for the rest of the season? Are any worth targeting?

    J. Upton
    Adam Jones

  36. adamh says:

    Stopgap SS for next week/next two weeks, starting Monday while I wait for Evercab:

    JJ Hardy
    Ian Desmond
    Marco Scutaro
    Yuniesky Betancourt

  37. ABell says:

    Who would you guys start? I can only start two of these 4: Billingsley against Pit , Filthy Sanchez against Colorado, Johan at Philly, and Jered Weaver at Detroit.

  38. TheEvilEmpire says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wouldn’t it be a pisser though if Cano won an MVP that has thus far eluded Jeter.

    Also, sorry I should have clarified. Alomar truly was a great 2B but I meant Cano is the best going left to right than any other 2B I’ve seen that doesn’t have AIDS.

  39. Thunder Dan says:

    Dear Tall Chris Young,

    No need to hurry back.

    The San Diego Padres and my LeBlanc-augmented fantasy team

  40. hideousmutants says:

    In another potentially tomato/tomahto query…

    Olivo or Soto?

  41. ThePoonTycoon says:

    does anyone else ever feel guilty when they trade a guy and he gets hurt within 24 hours of the deal being accepted?

    trade my slowey/duchscherer/konerko/maybin for his lester/weeks

    duchscherer gimps off the field with a hip injury last night. i feel kinda guilty about it…of course his injury issues was one of the reasons i didn’t hesitate to throw him in the deal when the other guy said he wanted a 2nd SP.

  42. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Tom Reale: Good find.

    Got him mixed up with Joe Joe Reyes. Knew he was no longer leading off.

  43. Bill Lumbergh says:

    Drop Hochevar for either Medlen or Harang? Or are these just droppelgangers? Looking for SP reserve depth in my 12 team dynasty league (virtually no SPs available on the wire). Thanks!

  44. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @hideousmutants: soto. he’s got potential for a much higher avg/obp. olivo is only gonna give you solid power and a .250 avg with about 10 BBs on the season.

  45. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: “I hate the Yankees and I even I was sad Jeter didn’t win the MVP last year.”

    Like that fish in Springfield, too many Is.

  46. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Bill Lumbergh: droppelgangers

    though if medlan takes over a rotation spot, he’s at least got some unknown upside

  47. kenrr says:

    please rank them : price \billingsley\liriano thank you : )

  48. sean says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Eh, I think there are a few fundamental differences in the way the game is played in the NL that leads to higher offensive output than should be expected. For example, if the game is close in the sixth inning, and the pitcher’s spot is due up, even though the starter may be pitching well, he’s going to get pinch hit for. This means fewer ABs from the pitcher slot actually being taken by pitchers AND getting to the bullpen faster.

    Another thing that I’ve noticed is that the NL pitching philosophy seems to be more inclined to pitching to contact (perhaps because the bottom of lineups are so soft). Even the D-Backs, who probably have the hottest hitting lineup in baseball, have three near automatic outs in their lineup in the second base, catcher, and pitcher spots.

    One more thing could be to look at where these games are being played. I feel like I hardly ever see an NL game being played outside in an unfriendly atmosphere. The NL Central is much more conducive to productive April baseball (because of indoor and Southern environments) than the AL central (Minnesota, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago).

  49. Wah says:

    Gallardo or Beckett in a 12 Team H2H League? Keep 6 players annually.

    W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP

  50. Duch of Oakland hurt? What a shock.

    About as shocking as Lidge coming back, sucking and my going, “Damn, why’d I let go of Madson.”

    Madson is cuddleboy numero uno and he’s a clubhouse cancer in my imaginary fantasy world, so he had to go for the alien being the humans call Brignac.

    @Grey: Think Lilly is a good buy low candidate?

  51. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @sean: wait…what was that about the dbacks 2B being an automatic out?? also, most AL teams have damn near an auto out at 3 of 2B/SS/C/DH.

    also, not disputing the fundamental differences, usually the AL ends up a little better. 2009 the average AL team was way better but going back to years previous, it was pretty close. i just think a guy like vazquez sucking for the yanks after excelling for the braves is more of a mental/mechanical issue than him facing better lineups (his velocity is down and scouts say he’s overthrowing his offspeed stuff). same with peavy, i think there are injury issues going on there, not him just facing better lineups. same with halladay, we’ve seen him have stretches like this in the AL east shutting down the yanks, sox, and rays of the last few seasons, so i think he was just in a hot stretch, not some advantage of playing in the NL.

  52. Jonathan says:

    Ok, so right now with Cruz out… my OF consists of Lind, Chris Young, Ryan Ludwick, Soriano.

    We start 3, with a Utility. Which one should I dump…?

    McCann has been atrocious and Doumit is available. I was going to dump Young or Soriano, and fly with Doumit until McCann comes back around.


    Adam LaRoche is also available, and with D. Lee batting just over .170, I was thinking of doing the same thing with him…?

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jonathan: stop picking at the scab

  54. KeeblerMN says:

    I echo Big Nate’s concern that Hawkins would take over IF, and that’s a biggest loser contestant before the initial weigh in sized “IF”, they take The Hoff out of that spot. Why tote Vills ove The Troy?

  55. uncdrew says:

    I got the Meek save last night. Here’s to many more more where that came from. Cheers!

  56. Eric says:

    Opinions, please: which side is better? 2B Cano + SP Buchholz or 2B Kelly Johnson + SP Wandy.

  57. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Eric: cano side and not close at all

  58. @Jonathan: @Jonathan: If you plan on keeping Soriano, you should have a back up for those days when he’ll sit.

    Drop Lee at your own risk. He started slow last year too…

    @Grey/all: Sit Cueto against STL today? He’s been dreadful, but his only good start this year was against STL. Albert had a day off however…

  59. Jonathan says:

    @Eric I’d go Cano and Clay…

    @Poon… so just ride it out?

  60. Jonathan says:

    @3Fingers… I wouldn’t drop Lee, just try and work something where I could drop someone and bench him for the time being.

    I’ve got Chapman and Wade Davis stashed right now, and although I wouldn’t think twice about dropping Chapman, (keeper league)… maybe Davis is expendable?

  61. Wilsonian says:

    Decent catchers available (Olivo, Doumit, Ben Molina, plus Rob Thomas and Posey for the future). What kind of value could I expect for V-Mart? No, I’m not dropping him, I’m just curious as to what you guys think is a comparable 1 for 1, any position. I’m debating on seeing if I could sucker a sweet deal for V-Mart, which as of right now, looks unlikely, but I’ll test the waters.

  62. CMR says:

    Hey Grey,

    Headley or Freeze going forward?


  63. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jonathan: yeah stick with mccann, he could hit 2 bombs tonight. you never know when a guy is gonna heat up, and mccann has proven over the years to consistently be a top 3 C.

  64. Killing Machine says:

    Need 1 outfielder.

    Have V Mart and Soto, what players should I be targeting in trade for one of them.

  65. adamh says:

    @Eric: Cano/Bucholz in a landslide

  66. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @CMR: headley

    @Wilsonian: i’d wait for vmart to get hot, then try to trade him if you wanna go that route. by then doumit or olivo may not look like an appealing replacement either.

  67. dingers says:

    ‘crystal ball guru’ Grey, 3 numbers 1-20 for the derby winner tomorrow… i need to send more daquiris ur way!

  68. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: good advice, being that it’s such a small league, there are always decent options on the WW. He’s just dead weight right now, but the rest of my guys are keeping me in good shape. I’ll most likely wait it out and assume he’ll remove his head from his rectum…damn near killed ’em!

  69. Donnie Baseball says:

    Hey Grey, what do you think about D. Holland?

    Really looking good down in the minors. 33 in 2 ER.

  70. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: yeah, most Cs aren’t worth the wait, but vmart has the potential to produce so much more in certain areas than your avg C he’s worth waiting on if you’ve spent the pick on him. he’s one of the few Cs with a legit shot at 100 RBIs due to his lineup placement (mccann and mauer being the other 2).

  71. steamer says:

    Hey guys, I need to pick 2 out of Fowler, Maybin & EY Jr.? It’s for my last OF & UT spot. I know they all bring similar things, I like Young’s speed, but concerned about playing time.

  72. Killing Machine says:

    I got v-mart in the 9th round. I didn’t want to pay for a catcher but at that point his numbers were as good as any remaining player and couldn’t pass. I Just need another outfielder, my league hates trading so I I know it will only get me a 3rd outfielder. Just trying to figure out what I should target. Thus far I have only been offered cargo

  73. ThePoonTycoon says:

    DL replacement for evercab/jroll:

    the riot

    well that’s about it.

    i wish the rays were playing brignac every day. i would just roll with him.

  74. Jarrad says:

    Give Halladay, get A-Rod?

    My pitching staff consists of Doc, Wainwright, Garza, Burnett, Danks, Harden, E. Santana, and Carmona. I also already have A-Gonz, Sandoval, and Votto as my CI’s…

    …oh, and Doc is in the last year of his contract, while I would get A-Rod for one more year.

    Whaddaya say?

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Killing Machine: if you really wanna get rid of vmart, i think you could do worse than cargo. his avg will fall without many BBs but it appears he’s breaking out like many predicted he would.

  76. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: has anyone else noticed how Brignac looks like a 12-year old? It makes me feel creepy wanting to own him on my team.

  77. Professor Chaos says:

    Hey guys, would you trade Jaime Garcia for Gordon Beckham in a weekly league with only 4 SP and I already have Haren, Ubaldo, Liriano, Garza, and Filthy Sanchez? I’m leaning yes, but would appreciate any input.

  78. adamh says:

    @Jarrad: Yes, do it.

  79. Casadilla says:

    Somehow, I am in dead effin’ last in my 5×5 12-Team Roto. Is my team really this bad?

    C Wieters
    1B Derek Lee
    2B Ian Stewart
    3B Michael Young
    SS Tulowitski
    OF Zobrist, Justin Upton, Pence
    UT Markakis, Ike Davis
    BN Swisher, Rhyne Hughes

    SP Cain, Zito, Marcum, Carmona, Neimann, Matusz, Peavy, Chacin
    RP Aardsma, Morales

    I know my pitching ain’t great, but it’s the offense that’s killing me.

  80. Tommy says:

    I have kelly johnson and polanco at my 2B slot now, guy in my league offered me his aj burnett and ian kinsler for my kelly johnson and dan haren… my SP staff is very very strong so losing haren wont be a big deal if im getting a solid SP back in return….is this a good deal?

  81. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Casadilla: yeah you are just loaded with a lot of guys off to real slow starts. don’t do anything rash and see where you stand as things normalize in may.

  82. timSTi says:

    @Grey: You have Gutierrez over Meek? Villanueva was just scooped up. Gutirrez is already on my team. I do have Dotel so I’d like to possibly handcuff, but is Gutirrez the better option?

  83. adamh says:

    Give Price/Stewie/Marmol for Lester/Pedroia? Have plenty of Donkeycorns/Brainfreezes to fill in for Marmol…

  84. Jarrad says:

    @Jarrad: Oh, and for further clarification, this is a 10-team Roto keeper w/ 2 U slots…


  85. KarlJ. says:

    Trying to practice the ABTC philosophy and I think I can get Buchholz from a Hoffman owner for Ryan Franklin.
    Thumbs up??

  86. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @adamh: not a bad deal. though you are giving up a ton of upside in price/mmd. shoulda been buying lester this time last week.

  87. Killing Machine says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I am not trying to get rid of vmart, I am trying to figure out if Soto at catcher and Cargo at UTIL is better than Soto at catcher and Vmart at util. I am sitting in first with teix not hitting and vmart not hitting and adam jones not hitting. I just trying to figure out what is best going forward.

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Killing Machine: gotcha, i would probably say they’ll end up with similar rankings independent of position at the end of the year. cargo with more SBs obviously, but if he keeps hitting in the 3 spot, he could put up the same number of RBIs as vmart.

  89. Falcon says:

    I have need but not desperation for SB’s. Some shmucks are dropping quality OF’s right now, so I am thinking I should make a move.

    Who do I drop Brett Gardner for: Span or FraGu?

  90. ThePoonTycoon says:

    jesus, just looking at the team totals for my h2h weekly lineup league and i’m 75 ABs behind the next lowest total. losing rollins, cruz, and now evercab to injuries on monday/tuesday of a week plus scioscia’s refusal to play napoli for a week and a half is seriously hurting my ABs. amazingly enough i am still 2nd in HRs, 4th in RBIs, and 2nd in SBs.

  91. pubscoot says:

    grey: if i could revisit the question to which the answer was previously duchscherererererer: romero v. pelfrey over the course of the remainder of the 162?

  92. tHe ShiT says:

    I think what has been giving the edge to the NL in avg/hitting is the starting pitchers who have been hitting well. I know there are a few SPs who annually are ok, but it seems the Harens and Gallardos of the NL have been helping their own cause a little more than normal. Just an observation. TGIF!

  93. Phightins#1 says:

    @Grey – Posey, Prado, LaRoche (Ari) for Sanchez/Nolasco, Adrian Gonzalez.

    Deep NL Only League – Who Wins? I’m trying to deal Adrian before the deadline

  94. rob says:

    I have Ian Stewart (2b, 3b), David Wright(3b), Kelly Johnson(2b) and asdrubal cabrera (ss). Will Stewart and Johnson keep this up, to the point where I should try to move Wright for a Tulo or Rollins? Or should I just bump Heyward/Victorino from my utility?

  95. Tom Emanski says:

    The Don’t Ask Dotel law prevented me from realizing that Dotel has 86 saves to 41 blown saves!!

    Freese is available. Should I swap?

  96. Matt B says:

    5×5 (OBP instead of AVG) Which side:
    Pujols, Greinke, & Damon
    Miggy, Tulo, & hamels

  97. GTS says:

    I can only start one of these guys the next two days: Phillips, Span, Krispie or Headley?

  98. sean says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Haha, I was hoping you’d pick up that jab at Kelly

  99. Tony says:

    any hope for scherzer this year? just saw he’s DROPPED in my league….

  100. Tony says:

    reimold dropped too…. Corey hart is about the only guy i can maybe see dropping, or juan pierre…. hart, pierre or would you rather have reimold or Scherzer……?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dracula: Reimold

    @Jackie: Thanks!

    @Terrence Mann: Ha

    @TastelessGarbage: Davis for Gut

    @DrEasy: Hold tight.

    @DrEasy: Nope

    @Steve: Ha

    @ScoutAbout: Cool

    @Howard: Hehe

    @malacoda: Hehe

    @Tom Reale: Ha

    @anon: Yup

    @FetaBallz: Yup

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’d take Votto.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Nope, I’ve done the one where I pull out a twenty and say, “Hey, it’s Peter Gammons!” real loud and people look at me.

    @Back to Minors: Hodgepadre

    @Dingo: Ouch

    @Jangles: Thanks! I’ hold tight for now.

    @GopherDay: Hehe

    @Hideousmutants: Kennedy

    @Bill: Eh

    @byrone: To you too. Meek

    @Big Nate: Interesting…

    @Matty D: Seems okay for now.

    @Tony: Didn’t think so.

    @RussB: Upton

    @adamh: Desmond

    @ABell: Middle two.

    @Thunder Dan: Hehe

    @hideousmutants: Soto

    @ThePoonTycoon: Nope and nice.

    @Bill Lumbergh: Medlen

    @kenrr: Liriano, Price…

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Ha!

    @Wah: Gallardo

    @3FingersBrown: Sure

    @PaddyTwoTimes: Dayum.

    @3FingersBrown: Sit him.

    @Wilsonian: Is now the time to be trading V-Mart? Try and get a piece you need.

    @Killing Machine: Maybe you can sneak out Grady with V-Mart.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Theriot

    @Jarrad: Take A-Rod.

    @Professor Chaos: Sure

    @Tommy: Take it.

    @timSTi: Go with Gut.

    @KarlJ.: Take Buchholz.

    @Falcon: Hold tight.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks for answering so many questions.

    @pubscoot: Pelfrey

    @Phightins#1: I’d want the Nolasco side.

    @rob: I would sell Wright for Tulo.

    @Matt B: Depends on need. I’d take Tulo’s side.

    @GTS: Krispie… You have too many bench hitters. Make a trade.

    @Tony: Hold tight.

  102. kenrr says:

    graydy sizemore or ellsbury ?? 3Q

  103. majortommy says:

    Lidge is back, break out the gasoline and matches he is about to burn the whole damn park down, not just the infield!
    Even money says ole Roy channels his inner Carlton and has 30 complete games just to keep Lidge in the pen and away from his decision!

  104. Howard says:

    Jay Bruce or Smoak?

  105. p0rk burn says:

    About to pry Headley from a guy for Leo Nunez. This is hard for me to do as I like having a Fish to watch on the local games, but Chone was my panic 3rd baseman pick in the 8th round and he’s just not cutting it.

    Also, I’m stocked to the gills with closers with Gregg, Valverde, and Bell also doing their thing. Granted, Gregg is due to explode in the next month (actually, I offered him first but apparently I’ve built a reputation and the owner smelled the dirty sanchez coming) but there will be another Schmoe pitching in the 9th when that time comes.

  106. Frank Rizzo says:

    I’ve got too much at 1b/3b and can afford to part with Youkilis but need an upgrade in the OF. The other guy has too much OF but is dependant on Headley at 3b right now. Is offering him Youk/Rios for Crawford/Adam Jones a good deal for me?

  107. Built to Spilborghs says:

    Do you think Grady Sizemore will bounce back? I haven’t watched him this year but I heard he looks horrific. And would you rather have Granderson or Sizemore for the rest of the year?

  108. Wilsonian says:

    H2H League, my opponent has Tommy Hanson v. Hou going tonight and I have Slowey @ Cle. Right now I’m 3 wins up, 1 loss down, 1 save up, 19 ks up, 0.83 up in ERA, 0.18 up in WHIP, and 1.04 down in Ks/9. I know I’m insanely overthinking, by do I risk benching Slowey for the night? I know Cle’s awfense has been offul, and Slowey dominated them last time out, but so far he’s been like my current relationship status, on again, off again, and I’m not oozing with faith at this point. Plus, I still have prospective starts from Doc, Ubaldo, Jered and JJ over the weekend.

  109. PaddyTwoTimes says:

    @Grey: Michelob huh?

    Saw you more as a dos equis man. You know mustache/beard, international man of mystery, speaking French in Russian.

  110. Wilsonian says:

    @me: edit – I have a prospective start of Verlander v. my Jered this weekend, not Ubaldo (he’s shedyuled for Monday).

  111. Wiley says:

    @Grey. Been having a debate with a friend over the value of Javier Vazquez. I think he’ll have trouble all year with blow ups of Hoche-like proportions, and not have many starts better than that of a pitcher in the FA so he should be dropped. He think’s he’ll turn it around to be what he was last year. So is Javy worth keeping for the turn around or time to let go?

  112. tHe ShiT says:

    @ Grey:
    Start Bills 2nite vs the Butt Pirates?

  113. p0rk burn says:

    @Grey: Figgy isn’t going anywhere, but Headley will be a nice breather for these long stretches of suck. Plus the occasional off day – I like to keep the players fresh, otherwise their balls start to stink.

  114. papasmurf says:

    Kelly Johnson was picked literally one pick before my turn came up. Would be nice to have him with Roberts on the DL. Spilled milk, but I can still cry about it.

  115. Matt says:

    Hm, I’m struggling to convince myself to hold onto Masterson/Jurrjens/E-Jax. Are any of this guys worth cutting lose or should I be patient?

  116. Killing Machine says:

    I went after Sizemore and he countered with Either. I think that puts me in good shape

  117. p0rk burn says:

    Jurrjens and Jax are expendable. Masterson should put up good numbers even if the wins don’t follow.

  118. majortommy says:

    @tHe ShiT: I have the same dilemma.
    I would like to think that tonight would be the night for him to get going, but what if I am wrong?

  119. HowardtheDuck says:

    @grey I have a chance to pick up Fowler over Willingham, Morgan or Guillen. I want me a piece of that Coors action! Worth a shot?

  120. GTS says:

    @tHe ShiT: @majortommy: I’m starting Billz tonight in my H2H league because I’m losing ERA, WHIP, and W anyway.

  121. Grey

    Grey says:

    @tHe ShiT: Yup

    @p0rk burn: Then go for it.

    @papasmurf: Yup

    @Matt: Give Masterson some leash, the other two you shouldn’t drop, but I wouldn’t own.

  122. tHe ShiT says:

    @ majortommy:
    My gut says this is the start he dominates like I think he can, but my 0.31 team era thru 28 inn looks 2 good 2 fuck with. Plus I can start Gallardo 2moro or Liriano on Sunday if I have 2… I think I’ll sit him 2nite.

  123. Frank Rizzo says:

    Who’s the better gamble this weekend? Gio Gonzalez in Toronto or Mat Latos against Milwaukee at home in Petco?

  124. akk says:

    price or lackey for the long run?? thank you

  125. @Grey:

    I warned ya, don’t goad Quentin, he’s fragile.

  126. Scott says:

    Furcal for Ludwick?

    AJax for Ludwick?

    Like Ludwick in both?


  127. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Give Price/Pence, get Abreu

    Current SPs: Halladay, Greinke, Johnson, Nolasco, Price, Scherzer, Buchholz
    Current OF: Kemp, Markakis, Bruce, Pence, Bourn


  128. HalLeeDay34 says:

    Pierre has reportedly lost his leadoff spot and will be benched today according to his fire note on yahoo. Along with his 200 average and 8 year old girl strength both with his bat and arm, I think I’m ready to cut him. I’m desperate for steals though with Alcides and Granderson struggling. Do I go after a struggling Rajai Davis or is he the same player? EY Jr is out there but I’m playing with Smoak as my util and will eventually have Santana at C. Too much youth? I have Miggy, Cano Holliday as the base of my hitting if that helps

  129. Lava says:

    Hoping Pennington keeps it up and doesn’t fall victim to the Athletics’ nefarious training staff, and can serve as a viable replacement for EverCab.

    I’ve really liked EverCab producing (the RBI’s are a nice surprise) even with the low AVG and OBP, and definitely think he’s worth waiting around for.

  130. HalLeeDay34 says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Your pitching looks really solid but I think you could aim higher if your gong to deal a high upside pitcher like Price who has started off so strong

  131. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: you can do better than bobby

  132. Terrence Mann says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    I think I like it. Price is a sell high guy right now and your SP is great even without him. Abreu puts a very consistent hitter in an outfield where you have two Astros.

    If possible, I’d try to upgrade somewhere else in this deal (add a closer or something). Failing that, I’d probably take it, though.

  133. HowardtheDuck says:

    @Grey Need a MI to replace Furcal. The options are Hardy, Barmes, Escobar or Young. Hardybarmescobar har har or Young? ty

  134. Wah says:

    Ok, so I’m working on 3 deals right now that essentially work out to the following:

    I trade:
    Johan Santana
    Adam Wainwright
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Jayson Werth
    James Shields
    Chase Headley
    Alex Rios
    Heath Bell
    Justin Smoak

    I receive:
    Joey Votto
    Dan Haren
    Yovani Gallardo
    Ricky Nolasco
    Matt Holliday
    Jay Bruce
    Nick Markakis

    Like I said, 3 separate deals.. but this is what it comes down to in the end.

    Without getting in to specifics with rosters, scoring, etc. This would seem to make sense for me right?

  135. Tony says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: not enough, i’d want pence over bobby straight up, then throw in price’s upside? wouldnt even think about that deal….

    @HalLeeDay34: i own pierre too, he’ll get his spot back, not been a great start, the speed i there but he has to get on to steal! Guillen loves to bench a player to light a fire under their ass! He did it too alexie, he’s not afraid of doing it, and he’s usually right, it puts the player in his place and they straighten up…. I think you just bench pierre for a while.

  136. Sal says:

    Justin Duchscherer said Thursday that his new left hip injury feels “identical” to the right hip injury that required two surgeries in 2007-2008.

  137. Big Nate says:

    @Wah – In my opinion it looks like you are getting the best player in most of your deals but you are trading 9 players and receiving 7. You should consider whether there are quality options as replacements at those 2 spots? If you are replacing Alex Rios with Matt LaPorta it may not be worth it.

  138. Tony says:

    @Wah: thats too much too even register in my head…. why dont you just swap emails and manage the other guys team, if its multiple owners then combining it is not helping….

  139. Sal says:

    Pirates manager John Russell confirmed Thursday that the Pirates are sticking with Octavio Dotel at closer despite his recent struggles.

    and thats my news feed for today…

  140. john says:

    Latos vs Mil, Masterson vs Min, or Eveland vs Oak if I want to grab innings and keep my ERA and WHIP in check?

    (I suppose that caveat throws out all three, but hey, where’s the challenge in that?)

  141. Wah says:

    @Tony and @Big Nate

    Sorry, I was confused myself while typing it and still don’t know if I have completely grasped it all.

    It’s 4 deals with 4 separate teams and is complicated and 1 week in the making. I have my reservations that things will go down as described. It involves a big initial trade:

    I trade:
    Adrian Gonzalez, James Shields, Jayson Werth, and Chase Headley

    I receive:
    Dan Haren, Yovani Gallardo, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Lee

    I then flip Aramis Ramirez and Alex Rios for Nick Markakis and Ricky Nolasco.

    I then flip Carlos Lee, Adam Wainwright (whom I already own), and Justin Smoak (already own) for Matt Holliday and Jay Bruce.

    I then trade Johan Santana and Heath Bell (I own both) for Votto.

    I stihave enough depth to absorb not receiving an equal # of players in return.

  142. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Thanks for all the feedback, gents. Been trying to work a “Scherzer/OF for OF” trade with this guy, but he’s sour on Scherzer and high on Price, hence this most recent offer (Pence/Price for Abreu). The only other good OF he’s got is Werth. With that in mind, what do you think of these:

    Pence/Price for Werth
    Bruce/Price for Werth
    Pence/Scherzer for Abreu

    Those are the fairest options I can come up with. I’m thinking of emailing him those options and telling him that’s the best I can do… so take one or negotiations are over.

  143. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sal: Ouch

    @Tony: Ha

    @Sal: Thanks for the update!

    @john: Latos at home.

  144. Tony says:


    how the hell do you even set that up without having made one of those deals yet? so much assumption. All one guy has to do is renig in the middle and its all eff’ed up.

  145. NukeLaDouche says:

    Any reason to dump D-Lee for Ike? Lee’s average is killing me plus he has fallen in love with striking out and my league counts K’s.

  146. NukeLaDouche says:

    I guess Smoak is an option too.

  147. Eric says:

    This is a competitive and very deep (20-team) league … so no laughing at the level of talent we’re talking about here!

    What do you guys think about trading Chapman and Wigginton for Aramis Ramirez and Johnny Cueto? It’s basically a bet that Ramirez and Cueto turn it around, while selling high on Wigginton plus the idea that Chapman will have some growing pains after he gets the call in a month or so.

  148. Wah says:


    I know, but the league is a group of friends that’s been playing for over 5 years together now. No one will screw each other over.

    It’s a 12 team league, $50 per team.

  149. @Wah: “I then flip Aramis Ramirez and Alex Rios for Nick Markakis and Ricky Nolasco.”

    That’s the steal of the whole thing. The rest is solid but unspectacular. This part of the trade is definitely worth it though.

  150. Terrence Mann says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    Overall, does your team need more speed or power? Werth would be the better power option (Abreu won’t keep up his HR pace) but Abreu should get more SBs.

    That being said, I don’t think I’d give up Price and Bruce for Werth. These guys are probably right. If this dude is so high on Price right now, make him pay for him.

  151. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: i wouldn’t be so quick to push pence. since berkman’s been back int he lineup, he’s been hitting well. i think you are selling low on him by selling him now. he’s not gonna win your league, but he’ll give you enough of the same production werth or abreu would that i wouldn’t include him in a deal with price for one of them.

  152. Art Vandelay says:

    Should I trade Kevin Gregg for Chone Figgins? Do you think I can get more for Gregg, or does that seem fair?

  153. pjtres says:

    grey…hawkins or alfredo simon?

  154. royce! says:

    Jose Guillen has cooled off considerably over the last week. Should I drop him for one of the following hot bats: Fowler or Austin Jackson?

  155. ThePoonTycoon says:

    since berkamn came back and april 20, pence has 5 multi-hit games. the power/RBIs aren’t there yet, but be patient. if he keeps hitting the ball he’ll be fine. also, his K rate is way down and his babip is only .239.

  156. Krispie Young sitting today, move in your bench (Hi Smoak!).

  157. Kazmere says:

    Ryan Zimmerman is back in the starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the Marlins.

  158. NukeLaDouche says:

    Borbon, Podsednik, Maybin, Morgan, Pierre, Fowler? I need a CF and no one is exciting me. I’m leaning towards Morgan though.

  159. Terrence Mann says:


    I don’t know if you need speed over power, but look at the Royals schedule in May. After they get through Tampa this weekend, it’s very hitter friendly. Two series against Texas and two against Cleveland. I’m not high on Guillen but at the end of May he could be leading the league in HRs.

  160. royce! says:

    @Terrence Mann: Nice! Thank you for the in depth analysis! I will keep him around. I need SB/R just as much as I need HR/RBI, so I’m gonna stay put, for at least a week or two.

  161. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Heh… yeah. Message received loud and clear. Thank you for showing me the door, Morpheus; I will now walk through it.

    @Terrence Mann: Werth is actually his best player (auction auto-drafted team). He’s a friend, so I’m working hard to try and find something, but I think that mindset has me skewing values and ignoring needs. Posting here and getting feedback has me thinking straight again.

    Much love, homies.

  162. Terrence Mann says:

    @Awesomus Maximus:

    If he’s a friend, that skews everything!

    I retract my comment about not giving up Bruce and Price for Werth. I’d give him Bruce and Price for Abreu. See if you can throw something else in the deal, too.

  163. Wilsonian says:

    @Elijah: I got this message too damn late to take him out…but any word on why? I’m assuming just a day off?

  164. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yep. With the “fog of friendship” lifted (very dangerous when trying to navigate trade negotiations) I’m remembering that Pence and Abreu could easily be the same player at year’s end (Pence with more HRs, Abreu with more SBs). No need to swap them.

    My weakest hitting cats are RBI and AVG, so swapping Bruce for Abreu would help out. I think I’ll offer Bruce/Scherzer for Abreu and just roll with what I got when he declines.

  165. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Kazmere: Thank you for that update. Been waiting on that piece of news. Beckham? Bench ’em!

  166. Lava says:

    With Krispie sitting I have to choose between Span or Sizemore. Who’s the better play tonight? Span is against Carmona, and Sizemore is against Slowey.

  167. @Wilsonian:

    Yup, I think this is his first day off all year. They need his defense in CF so days off will be rare.

  168. Is it just me or do the Dodgers have the worst rotation in the NL West right now?

  169. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: yeah, plenty of time left to deal anyway. if he won’t do it now, no need to force a deal, just let things sit a few weeks and reevaluate where your team stands. chances are if bruce stays hot his value is gonna sky rocket as his overall numbers start to look prettier to those who aren’t following him closely. abreu is a known quantity. low ceiling, high floor. no need to try to grab him before he blows up, he is what he is and he’ll be the same player a month or 2 months from now. bruce could be a lot more of a player in a month or 2.

  170. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Heh, low ceiling, high floor. Abreu is the 7 1/2th floor in Being John Malkovich?

    I think Grey wrote that to describe someone other than Abreu a while back… great reference.

  171. sean says:

    @Wah: What’s the point of turning over almost half your roster a month into the season? Don’t you have any faith in your drafting abilities? Sounds like you just want to make some deals…

  172. @Elijah: I believe you’re right. As bad as they are, I can easily see them in last place.

  173. Wilsonian says:

    I think this is the first time ever that I’ve seen this go nearly two hours without nothing, nada, niente…

  174. Nathan says:

    Not one week after Adam Jones appears in your buy/sell on the buy side, and I get offered Adam Jones for my Chase Hedely. Hedely’s good, but he went undrafted in my league. Filling the last spot on my starting roster with Jones is pretty sweet.

  175. Big Nate says:

    Chirp, chirp. Chirp, chirp.

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