Can’t decide if Roger Bernadina sounds like a park bench real estate agent or a telemarketer.  Hey, this is Roger Bernadina– Hey, Roger, I’m in the middle of dinner.  I’ll be quick.  I just want to inform you that I’m hitting and stealing bases. Okay, is that it? There’s also this great timeshare in Santa Fe that I’d love for you to check out. Bernadina has been a top 20 fantasy producer for the last two weeks and top 15 for the last week.  He has 25 steal speed (over a full year), so he can help you in that department even if the power tails off.  The power is the odd thing here.  He’s never shown this kind of power in the minors, but, at 26-years-old, maybe his power is just developing.  It’s all neither here nor there at this point in the season.  He’s hitting and should be owned.  BTW, for the 3 people who got the title of this post, Eric Ripert thinks Bernadina’s a little fishy but you can’t be picky when it comes to 20/20 OFs.  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:


Aroldis Chapman – Rumors suggest he throws 105 MPH.  If I drove my high school car, a Hyundai, 105 MPH, it would’ve exploded.  So if Aroldis could throw a Hyundai, he could make it explode.  Eat some of that pretzel logic!  Oh, and own Aroldis in keepers.  He’ll be great until his arm falls off and then goes back to Cuba for their superior health care in Sicko II.

Carlos Carrasco – I’m actually a fan of Carrasco, but in September I have bigger fish to fry than starting an Indians pitcher who could blow up in my face.  In AL-Only leagues, I’d start him reluctantly.

Jordan Zimmermann – His first start was the worst case scenario, his next start was the best case scenario.  He’ll probably end up somewhere in the middle like Malcolm and Monie Love.

Freddie Freeman – Went over him in my September call-ups post.  I wouldn’t bother with him in any redraft leagues unless Derrek Lee comes down with a bad case of ‘can’t play anymore.’

Xavier Nady – Not sure why the Cubs aren’t at least giving Hoffpauir a chance, but trying to understand the moves some major league teams make is like trying to understand a David Lynch film.  Nady’s currently hitting and starting.

Koji Uehara – SAGNOF!

Matt Lindstrom – I’d own Lyon too, so this isn’t an either or scenario.  It’s a play it by ear scenario, something Van Gogh wasn’t so good at.

Jhonny Peralta – When I looked up Peralta’s current stats, I noticed something.  He’s earning $4.85 million this year.  I understand paying millions of dollars to big name stars.  Or at least I can understand the argument behind it.  They fill the stands with fans.  They sell jerseys, they make the club money, yadda3.  When was the last time you ever heard anyone say, “I really want to go see Jhonny Peralta play?”  I propose fans have a say in contract negotiations or arbitration.  Every time a player is up for a new contract, the fans get 50% of the say in how much they should be paid.  Imagine how differently a player would play if they had to win the fans’ love.  You think they would hustle?  Not throw balls at fans a’la Nyjer Morgan?  Play even when they’re a little dinged up?  Could players artificially inflate their salaries by kissing up to the fans?  Sure, but what’s wrong with a little kissing up?  Sycophant me!  Anyway, without the shortstop eligibility, Peralta would be as necessary as that Silent H in his name, but he’s currently hitting.

Desmond Jennings – I just went over my Desmond Jennings fantasy.  In keepers, pursue aggressively.

Drew Stubbs – Stealing bases, though by the time you read this he may be back in one of his patented 0-for-45 slumps.  His BBQ is still to die for.

Brad Hawpe – Don’t cha just love Hawpe?!  No?  Yeah, I don’t either.  If you’re desperate for power, hire A-Rod’s cousin to track down all the players on your team and trip into them with a syringe.  If that doesn’t work, grab Hawpe, but keep in mind he won’t start vs. lefties.

Michael Morse – The Pride of Ft. Lauderdale (unless you count all of their homegrown actors — Ft. Lauderdale aka “I Hardly Know Her Dale.”) has found a place for himself in the every day lineup and he’s hitting for power.  I don’t think it lasts, but get in while the gettin’s good.


Alfredo Simon/Mike Gonzalez – Koji’s the closer, so unless you’re in dire need of saves, I’d lose these two schmohawks.

Adam Jones – This year he’s looked about as good as Jordan’s Hitler mustache and now he’s hurt.

Jason Kubel – Not sure what eggs you have in your outfield basket, but this egg’s got salmonella.  And now he has a wrist issue. (BTW, I’m waiting for someone to name their daughter Salmonella.  You know it’s coming.)

Ian Stewart – I wanted more from Mini-Mini Donkey, but I’ll continue to argue he wasn’t bad for a 2nd baseman.  Now, he’s hurt and there’s no reason to wait around for him to return.  I’m pouring out some MGD for MMD.

  1. big o says:

    used to order stubbs sauce by mail .
    past couple of years , the guys got his shizz in the major stores .
    the hot stuff is just too damn hot , imo .
    of course , my stomach’s not getting any younger , either .

  2. big o says:

    too bad he wasn’t the white house chef during the early 70’s .
    “I’m a crook’s cook” .


    Noooooo! It only took until September to admit it. i wonder who 2011’s MMMD will be.

  4. Dingo says:

    That list of Fort Lauderdale “actors” is ridiculous! What kind of career counseling do they have in that town?

  5. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    Did anyone else think (and love) that Anthony Bourdain was basically telling Eric Ripert to go fuck himself on multiple occasions?

    I noticed that Ripert toned his shit down at the final judge’s table.

    My favorite part so far of this otherwise unremarkable season.

  6. magicterp says:

    What’s up w/ Nyger’s pending 7-game suspension? (Plus perhaps another for charging the mound Wednesday)
    Have him in a weekly H2H league, so I feel I need to bench him for now. I sure am missing his speed, though.

  7. BSA says:

    I agree with you on Hoffpauir. When he is in he hits. Ah well.

    Anyone hear from Steve Kiwi Land was hit with a 7.2.

  8. BSA says:

    Just checked my Google Earth and he seems to be a good 1000 km from Christchurch.

  9. BSA says:

    @BSA: that is about the same distance Hoffpauir is from regular starts….

  10. Steve says:

    All present and correct here.
    Damn Grandy. He’s 1-11 against Morrow, so I bench him.
    The reaction is of course equal and opposite.

  11. BSA says:

    @Steve: So not really correct. :)

  12. Steve says:

    Just dropped CQ for Raburn in my H2H league. Good move?

  13. Oregon Nut Cups

    Oregon Nut Cups says:

    To your Salmonella comment:

    Male Customer #1: It’s too bad Chlamydia has to be a venereal disease. It’s such a pleasant-sounding word.
    Male Customer #2: Chlamydia?
    Male Customer #1: Chlamydia.
    Male Customer #2: Chlamydia. I think I might name my daughter Chlamydia.

    Any fans of ‘Waiting’ out there?

  14. TonyD says:

    Will Aroldis Chapman be a setup man just about every night?

  15. Black Beard says:

    D. Huson or Chacin for the rest of the year?

  16. MrHappyTime says:

    Who’s the best spot starter for the weekend. Hammel @ SD, Wade Davis @ BAL, Santana @ OAK, or Happ @ ARZ? Thanks

  17. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    I admit to not getting the title of the article. Not a big fan of those chef shows. I am, however, a fan of the Nutty Hairdresser! Possibly the most delusional cast member ever… at least since Sarah (Philly) who had an imaginary relationship with M.J. complete with flirting, dating, the honeymoon phase, trouble in paradise, breaking up, and finally becoming friends… all of which M.J. was neither aware of nor participated in.

    Either way, I can’t wait to see him in the next challenge.

  18. Steve says:

    @BSA: Was actually a 7.4. Fair bit of damage and some injuries but no fatalities reported at this stage.

  19. 1st Season Manager says:

    Pick one for the weekend…Porcello, Galarraga, Zambrano, Guthrie

  20. royce! says:

    @Steve: I agree with many of his points, but I don’t dig the “honor of baseball” sort of schtick and think that the conclusion that MLB needs to teach teams when and how to hit a batter is a bit wacky. Dude might need an editor, too. Though I guess if you get hit by enough pitches you can be excused from knowing the difference difference between “except” and “accept” or “threw” and “through”.

    Or maybe the honor of baseball demands linguistic ignorance.

  21. royce! says:

    I apparently have been hit by too many shots of whiskey– “difference difference”? I write poorly to honor FBB website comment writing!

  22. big o says:

    johnny cueto left the team (today) to attend to some “serious family issues” .
    no timetable was given for a return date .

    ah , the lifestyles of the rich and famous .

    my friend , don , was supposed to come over today for the start of the yankee/toronto game .
    we only get one 2-3 hour window of opportunity per week (since his wife broke her ankle , last month) and this game fit into our plans just perfectly .

    at game time he called … (“have a few chores to do , 1st”) from the cvs pharmacy …. less than a half mile from my house …. where he was standing in line with a box of tampons .

    oh , so , you’ll be here in 10 minutes ?
    “no , i gotta go home , 1st .”

    don eventually showed up , about the 7th inning ,
    but while i’m on the phone with him ,
    i’m hoping the check-out girl at the cvs has to go on the inter-com

    anywho …. cueto’s still out ,
    but i wanted you to notice the time-table thing .

  23. Steve says:

    @royce!: He does lay it on a bit thick sometimes, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt and put it down to his love of the game.
    I think he nails the salient points, though.

  24. royce! says:

    @Steve: Yep. So long as participants other than Morgan aren’t treated as blameless saints, I’m on board. A bunch of people made a bunch of stupid decisions. Fortunately, such decisions were highly entertaining, so I think MLB came out ahead! Or at least I did!

  25. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Which 2 of these 3 do you like for my playoffs coming up… Enright, Wade Davis and Chacin?

  26. Ray says:

    6×6 league (OPS/QS)

    Pedro Alvarez over MMD at 3b? I can wait on Stew since I have a bye coming up…
    Catcher slot: Jaso, Ramon Hernandez, Arencibia, or Doumit?

  27. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Any chance of getting ‘most active topics’ buttons separately for baseball and football in forums?

    Keep trying to stream that quarterback as a starting pitcher and finding that completions aren’t helping in my league where complete games don’t count.

  28. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Appears Varitek nearing return next week? Expectations for him?

  29. Grey

    Grey says:

    @simply fred: I have no expectations for him. I’d need to be in a 15 team league that only uses Sawx players to own him.

  30. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: sounds like a Razz league monster! :-)

  31. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    Hensley anointed new closer.

  32. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    “Clay Hensley will be Florida Marlins closer for now; Leo Nunez out

    by Joe Capozzi
    Lost in the drama of Wednesday’s Fight Night between the Marlins and Nationals was right-hander Leo Nunez, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning when the Marlins led 16-10.

    That wasn’t to just give Nunez a little work in a blow out. Manager Edwin Rodriguez said Nunez will pitch earlier in games until he can re-gain confidence in his pitches, and Wednesday was his first day on the his new job.

    Right-hander Clay Hensley will inherit the closer’s role. For now.

    “I talked to Leo about it and we’re on the same page,” said Rodriguez, adding that Nunez confided in his manager that he has lost confidence in throwing his pitches for strikes.

    Rodriguez said Nunez could be inserted back into the closer’s role as soon as next week, depending on his progress.”

  33. Deeeeeez Nuts says:

    I have Furcal coming of the DL and I need to pick a poison for my 4th OF: Beltran or Stanton?

    (I can’t drop both and grab somebody else because I’m out of moves)


    p.s. Great call on advising me to trade Hanson for Castro

  34. herschel says:


    need to pick two of the following two start pitchers for next week. need wins most.

    wandy – @ chi, vs la
    zimmermann – vs nym, vs fla
    bumgarner – @ ari, @ sd
    cueto – @ col, vs pit


  35. Adam says:

    The Chapman blurb made me lol. Then it made me actually type the term “lol” … I never do that.

  36. Sos says:

    This is a couple days late but the Borderline starters post has been really helpful. I love sorting through trash. Galaragga, Norris, or Masterson for a weekend start? I was gonna roll Wade D but someone just grabbed him. Doh! It’s a H2H and in this case I need a win worse then K’s or ratio’s…

  37. Bob says:

    Bernadina or Tabata?

  38. @Grey: Would you own Morse, Nady or Hawpe over Thome? He’s actually in the lineup today!

    Never order Bernadina on a Monday…

    Hey my man crush makes the Friday buy! Yay!

  39. Martin says:

    @grey- porcello, hammel, or lanan tommorow?

  40. Is Fister good or bad? Was the one hit in his first five innings last night or the infinite number of hits in the sixth inning the real Fister?

  41. GB says:

    You said the real fister. Lol.

  42. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: As Jason the poet (RW Boston) wrote, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.” Maybe it wasn’t him… could have been someone less famous.

    Anyway, I just loved how in true Nutty Hairdresser style, he told ‘brother’ he’d decided to leave the house and he was so happy about it… after he’d been unanimously voted out and literally locked out of the house.

  43. Steve says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: That’s the good name of Neil Young you’re messing with there. Careful now…

  44. Tom Emanski says:

    I keep forgetting to start Logan Morrison!! This guy is the ultimate “the power will come” guy.

  45. Steve says:

    H2H league counts Holds. Drop either League or Masset for Chapman?

    Or perhaps Morris or Minor? I have a ton of pitching…

  46. Tom Emanski says:

    For those of us who have Luke Gregerson in Yahoo leagues, we weren’t charged any runs for his blowup this week. Shhhh don’t tell anyone!

  47. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Would you lose Mike Minor for Joulys Chacin with my team?

  48. Steve says:

    WTF happened to Greinke?

  49. big o says:


  50. Vince says:

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    Would you pick up J-Zimm or Beckett ?

  51. TastelessGarbage says:

    For playoffs next week, thinking of dropping Chacin for streaming with JZim vs. Mutts Mon., then trying to grab Enright vs. SF Tue. or Duensing vs. KC Wed. Other starters are Latos, Johan, Oswalt, Buchholz, Wandypoo, Maxie, Myers.

    Need more starts as other guy has 10 SP, and I’m not expecting Johan to work next week. Could also wait until Johan throws tomorrow and see if they shut him down.

    Also, have Axford and Lyon behind Feliz and Aardsma. Worth dropping either/both for Storen/Takeasushi? (Hesitant to drop Lyon earlier while Lindstrom was out.

  52. paulzone says:

    Out of Nady, Jennings and Hawpe…would you pick up any of these guys for allen, thames, berkman, or uribe? I don’t need runs but hr’s and rbi’s with at least some avg would help! one, two or all three? let me know who you’d dump…thanks.

  53. Tom Emanski says:

    Who needs Ryan Howard when you have Raburn?

  54. paulzone says:

    what about daric barton – can you throw him in the mix from my post #57 as potential ads…remove Nady since i just picked him up for a rp…

  55. Bring Back Pluto says:

    Hey Grey, I still have Kuo and Broxton hand-cuffed.

    It’s a weekly league, though, and I only want to start the one. Is Kuo still looking like the closer for the near future?

  56. Steve says:

    Who’s going to make Sunday a Funday?

    Erv the Swerve @ Oakland
    Richard v Rockies
    Happ @ DBacks
    Davis @ Baltimore


  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Thanks!

    @Sos: Masterson

    @Bob: Tabata

  58. big o says:


    should we avoid happ altogether ,
    or is he a close 2nd ?

  59. DrEasy says:

    Drop any of the following Brain Freezes to pick up another one in Hensley? Rodney, Uehara, Jenks, Takahashi, Aardsma?

  60. mr baseball says:

    hye hey its Mr Burnout here – took on way too many teams this year

    Justin Smoak – I have him on my bench in my 20 team dynasty league – he came cheap as a free agent – what do you see from him next year or a few years down the road – am I wasting my time with him

    Chase Headley been on my team all year – the key here was that he played not only 3B this year but I was able to use him in the outfield

    To me it seems last year numbers and this years numbers were abut the same – losing faith in him – I think his parents are also losing faith in him – Not sure if his numbers will ever get better – at least he put up better numbers than Manny Ramírez

    Carlos Quentin power numbers are weak – last time I listen to Miss Cleo on drafting a player in a dynasty league

    Curtis Granderson – bought low on him

    thanks for hours and hours and hours and minutes and seconds of good old baseball writing Grey

    Jhonny Peralta – thats the biggest article I ever seen written on Jhonny Peralta

  61. Vince says:

    @Grey: I think you misread my post Grey? I was asking which of J-Zimm or Beckett you’d pick up…?

  62. Terrance Mann says:

    @Grey: After you wake up and get a couple daiquiris in you, think we can get a razz standings update?

  63. Chris says:


    A couple weekly H2H points questions…

    Sit two:

    Price @Bos; Hamels @ Fla; Greinke @ Min; Brett Anderson v. Sea, Bos; MadBum @Ari, @SD; Gio @ Sea

    Pick a 2B:

    Hill (4 v Tex, 4 v TB), Kelly Johnson (3 SF, [email protected]), Raburn (4 CWS, 3 Bal)

    As a follow up, pick two Util guys from the 2B above as well as Bruce ([email protected], 3 v Pit) and Granderson (3 v. Bal, [email protected])

  64. Terrance Mann says:

    @Grey: This is your outlet. I don’t care if you’re in Delaware or the Hamptons. I demand an update!

  65. GopherDay says:

    *Praying Yahoo doesn’t mention Maya getting called up Monday and I can get him off waivers as a cheap keeper* *Praying*

  66. Moonlight's Grahams says:

    Do you see chapman cracking the rotation at all this year?

  67. royce! says:

    @GopherDay: Where did you hear that Maya is getting called up? I can’t find anything.

  68. royce! says:

    @royce!: Never mind, I found it. They plan to call him up after Monday’s AAA game.

  69. royce! says:

    @royce!: And the Reds have 4 @ COL and 3 v. PIT. Which won’t do R Hernandez any good if they don’t play him.

  70. GopherDay says:

    @royce!: Yeah, that’s what they’re doing. Is he on schedule to pitch on Tuesday? He’s available on ESPN leagues, but not Yahoo.

  71. royce! says:

    @GopherDay: Well, he pitched Sept. 1, which puts him on schedule to pitch again Monday, September 6, the last game of Syracuse’s season. I suppose they could skip his start and have him take over Olsen’s spot in the rotation (Olsen was terrible last time out). So I guess we just wait and see whether Syracuse pitches him Monday.

  72. black love says:

    delmon young is riding my bench today and kemp is out of the lineup tonight. i need a spot start from someone, do you think its crazy to drop young? its the last 2 days of my league and im right on the edge of making the playoffs. young hasnt been that great this past month, im in a none keeper league.

  73. Vince says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey!

  74. mr baseball says:

    This is Ivan – Mr Baseball Just sent you out some drinking money – thanks man

  75. BSA says:

    Well I just moved Yuniesky for Yunesky – counting on a start on Tuesday.

  76. Steve says:

    It rhymes with Chuck Norris.

  77. Eddy says:

    For tomorrow would you pick DLR @SD, Wade Davis @BAL, Beckett vs CWS, Minor @FLA, or Galarraga @KC.

    I know a few of these you mentioned on borderline starters but I wanted to get an opinion with the others in the mix.

  78. Dude says:

    @Grey and everyone… who do you prefer as an NL-only keeper next year: Victorino at $18 or Dread Pirate at $19? thanks..

  79. big o says:

    # 90 has me chuckling

  80. big o says:

    hughes @ home vs jays ??

  81. big o says:

    nevermind …. i should just flat-out drop him .

  82. Steve says:

    Tu-Soon Kuo?

  83. royce! says:

    And too soon for Broxton too! Yeeouch.

  84. big o says:


  85. Steve says:

    Missed a Lilly win, avoided a Cain loss, some scoreless stuff from Kuo and a Wilson save.
    I guess I came out ahead but it sure doesn’t feel like it.

  86. Gambler says:

    Please rank the top 3 of these guys for the near future:

    Granderson, Bruce, Luke Scott, Coco, Raburn..

  87. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bum Juice: Kuo

    @Gambler: Bruce, Scott, Coco… Unless you need steals then Coco would move up.

  88. Bum Juice says:

    Grey, sorry I wrote my question strange (I originally had 3 choices).

    Just to be sure I got you right:

    You would prefer Hensley over Kuo this week?

  89. Howard says:

    Guess it was only a matter of time before Minor got roofed.

  90. Art Vandelay says:

    Would you drop Abreu, Dexter the killer, or Span for LogaMo?

  91. @Grey: Swish, Thome and Dunn all dinged up and Johnson sucking – need some depth at the corner infidel. Drop C. Johnson or Thome for Morrison, Barton, Morse or Kouz? Counting AVG & OBP.

    Going down to the wire today in last day of the regular season. Down 1/2 game and leading 11-0-1. Even if I sweep, I need help holding off the 2nd place team today.

    Got Dempster going against my opponent’s Niese today. This is my favorite thing about fantasy – how it makes otherwise completely meaningless games mean everything.

  92. Tom Emanski says:

    Morrison got hit by a foul ball in the FACE! He walked off but still waiting for an update. Not what I need right now.

  93. Tom Emanski says:

    Morrison will not travel to Philly for the doubleheader tomorrow. X-Ray await.


  94. Tele says:

    Afternoon, Grey.

    The Ws have not been falling my way, so I’m cycling starters for the remainder of the season. Who’s the safest bet for a W tomorrow?

    W. Rodriguez @ CHC, E. Jackson @ DET, or Burnett @ BAL?

  95. Telemachus says:

    Need HR/BA/R…4 hitter spots in flux…which 4 do I play this week?


    Historical matchups seem best for Gomes and Lind this week. Barton’s are ok too…Helton has good history in September

  96. struggler says:

    Clinched a bye for this week. Trying to choose 3 starters for the following week. Any suggestions?:
    Wood vs ARI
    Baker @ CWS
    Carrasco @KC
    Porcello @TEX
    Carmona vs ANA
    Vargas vs TEX
    Minor vs WAS
    Bumgarner vs LAD
    Padilla @SF


  97. struggler says:

    H2H with QS rather than wins. And rather protect WHIP/ERA rather than get Ks.

  98. Telemachus says:

    @struggler: Minor and Padilla seem like the top 2 just looking at it…then maybe Bum…probably avooid Porcello or anyone @ TEX

  99. @Grey: Yeah, that’s what I was leaning towards. I need to slow play this though, since it looks like I’ll get a 1st round bye next week. In 2nd place now, 1/2 game back and I need Erv to not win and Richards to win in SD…

  100. joecoz says:

    Follow up on Morrison:

    In another corner of the clubhouse, Morrison was sporting a golfball-sized lump near his left eye. He said X-rays came back negative, that he felt fine and that he planned to fly to Philadelphia with the team for Monday’s series-opening doubleheader.

    “Unless it swells up, I hope to play tomorrow,” Morrison said

  101. How would you rank these starters for this week? Zambrano, Wells, Porcello, Nova, Wolf, Holland?


  102. Oh and add Minor to that list. :)

  103. Tom Emanski says:

    @joecoz: Good news. Man the Marlins really need a new park.

    Need some playoff advice: I have Jonathan Sanchez and the other guy has Freddy Sanchez left.

    These are the H2H totals for the stat categories in play (my team first)

    Runs: 33-30
    W: 1-2
    K: 49-54
    WHIP: 1.23-1.33

    I’m up 7-5 but he has the tiebreaker. Should I start Dirty Sanchez or sit him to protect my WHIP lead? The risk with sitting him is that Freddy scores 3 runs and he wins 6-6.

  104. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    I am currently tied in OBP. I have Matt Kemp left and he has Aubrey Huff. Whoever wins the category wins first place and in my league regular season winner gets some money. I’m considering benching Kemp and betting that Huff doesn’t get on base twice (our OBP is currently .387). What do you think?

  105. struggler says:

    Doubtful Sanchez scores 3 runs. Probable Sanchez destroys your WHIP. Sit him.

  106. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @Tom Emanski: I think its a no brainer to sit him. 3 runs for one player is very unlikely.

  107. Tom Emanski says:

    OK good call. Thanks guys.

  108. tall chicks says:

    @Tom Emanski: Yeah, sitting him makes sense. Although, there’s a good chance Filthy strikes out 6 or more and could also pick up a win. In that case, even if you did lose in WHIP, you win in Ks & tie in Ws, and Freddy somehow scores 3 runs to tie, you’d still win 6-4-2. And if Filthy strikes out exactly 5 and everything else I just said stays the same, you’d still win 5-4-3. Where was I? Oh, yeah, just bench him.

  109. tall chicks says:

    @TheBravesWearPrado: Huff is struggling terribly lately, but Kemp is 9/20 with 3 BBs against Sanchez in his career and coming off a day of rest. I’d start Kemp, but I can see taking the passive route too.

  110. motorcitykitty says:

    @Razzballers and Grey: 16 team H2H…So I had Ordonez and Willingham in my OF, obviously both are done for the year. I luckily scooped up Andres Torres early enough, and have David Murphy, but with Cruz back from the DL I replaced Murphy with Burrell. Now Torres is slumping (at 32 years old, his season may be an anomole) and my outfield as a whole is my achilles heel. Should I replace either Torres or Burrell with a guy like Michael Morse? Our lineups are set weekly in this league, not daily, and I achieved a bye this week in the first round of our playoffs….so I need someone who plays pretty much everyday. Would you just roll with Torres and Burrell? Some guys available to pick up that would be my alternative to either of those 2 are:
    Morse, Rajai Davis, Dexter Fowler, Tyler Colvin, Fukodome…..Is there a Sept. call-up who will play everyday that would be a better alternative? Need some playoff help…..THANKS….

  111. Awful turn of events. Despite having sweeping the final week 12-0, I’m going to end up in third! No bye for me next week… Morse it is.

    Anyone starting Slowey tomorrow against KC? I’m tempted. He has good numbers lifetime against KC and shut them down his last time out.

  112. Another interesting development… Valverde was dropped. Do I drop Uehara or Gregg for him? I have seven moves left with hopefully four weeks of playoffs ahead of me.

  113. TheBravesWearPrado says:

    @tall chicks: Thanks I saw those matchup numbers as well and that nudged me to start him but its not looking too good right now.

  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tele: Burnett

    @Telemachus: Lind, Helton, Branyan and Gomes

    @struggler: Lot can change in one week, not sure why you’re choosing now.

  115. Martin says:

    @grey- would you start leblanc tommorow at home vs. the dodgers in a 12 team league?

  116. Martin says:

    @grey- also coco, burrell, or morse?

  117. Steve says:

    @3FingersBrown: Wow. You couldn’t really do much else. I was up against a dead team too – led 11-0 or 12-0 for the last few days but got pulled back to 9-2 today. Still good enough for 2nd though and a first-round bye.

    @Grey: Seems timely to say thanks for all the help thus far and to expect the tone of my comments to become more strident and desperate as I (hopefully) move through the playoffs…

  118. Steve says:

    @Grey: Oh – and enjoy your vacay.

  119. struggler says:

    Very true but I’d like to control at least one of those guys now since I have a slot open. None of those guys jump out at you? Wood would get 2 starts that week if he stays on a regular schedule. vs ARI and @ Hou.


  120. @Grey: Swap relievers even with so few moves left? I would jump to grab Valverde, but the transaction limit scares me. He’s a big enough upgrade to make that move though, huh?

    @Steve: Yeah I did what I could. Bummed that I couldn’t at least finish in 2nd. 1 and 2 finished with the same record. I was a half game behind and I would have lost any tie-breaker.

  121. Doog says:

    Playoffs start tomorrow in my dynasty points league, and we start guys over a two week period. Do I bench either Span or Rasmus to keep Josh Hamilton in the lineup? If he’s out only a week, one week of Hamilton might be better than two of one of the other guys…but he might be out more, eh?

  122. big o says:

    would someone , who actually knows real baseball ,
    explain , please , how leroux gets a blown save (yahoo)
    against atlanta , today .
    the guy pitched the 6th inning .

    thanking you , in advance .

  123. herschel says:

    @Grey and all: Tabata or Fowler in roto? Need runs and steals.

  124. Steve says:

    @big o: My stab at it would be that any time a guy enters the game after the fifth inning and his team is leading by three runs or less, technically it’s a save situation.

    If he fails to hold the lead, it could thus be said he’s blown the save.

    I suspect it has more to do with the way Yahoo records its stats for display on the web, or for use in fantasy leagues that count blown saves.

    Or something like that…

  125. struggler says:

    I’d go with Fowler since he’s got 7 days next week @ home.

  126. big o says:


    must be .
    but i don’t recall seeing one that early , before .

    of course , at my age

  127. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Steve: Good explanation, but doesn’t have to be 3 runs or fewer. A save can be awarded for pitching 3 innings or more, regardless of the score.

  128. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doog: Don’t start a guy who could be out a week.

    @herschel: Fowler

  129. Steve says:

    @VinWins: Ah quite so. I forgot about that possibility. Or remembered it and forgot to write about it!

  130. magicterp says:

    Ned to decide on my last two rotation spots for playoffs this week. Please rank these starters for this week only in a 5×5 H2H…

    Mad Bum (2 starts – @ARI & @SD)
    Jor Zimm (2 starts – NYM & FLA)
    Homer Bailey (PIT)
    Bud Norris (LAD)


  131. Steve says:

    @Grey: Liking Padilla first game off the DL @ Petco?

  132. HotCorner says:

    @Grey…Billingsley, D. Hudson or JDL? Which one of the three would you start this upcoming week? Thanks!

  133. DrEasy says:

    What’s wrong with EYJ? Replaced by Barmes after 4 ABs on Saturday, didn’t play today. I need to activate ARod and I need to figure out if I dump Neil Walker or move him to 2B and dump EYJ.

  134. TastelessGarbage says:

    Drop Carlos Pain?-Yeah! for Barton or Killa? h2h playoffs start tomorrow.

    Morrison also available, but seems too risky with his face caved in.

  135. gza says:

    Which one looks like the best spot start tomorrow?

    Burnett @ BAL
    Pelfrey @ WAS
    Zimmerman @ NY
    Kennedy @ SF

    Thank you

  136. DrEasy says:

    @gza: I picked up J-Zimm for tomorrow…

  137. big o says:


    generally , i tend to go by “start at home only”,
    especially at this time of year .
    am intrigued , however , by matusz @ burnett .
    burnett could get rocked .

    what are your thoughts for matusz , tomorrow ?

  138. @Grey: I feel you Grey. I’ll go with Valverde.

    Turns out that Brian Wilson’s two K’s at the end of the Giants – Dodgers game earned me a 2nd place finish and a bye this week. Craziest finish I’ve seen!

    So I moved C.Johnson for Morse, Uehara for Valverde and I prematurely dumped Thome so I could bring Slowey off of the DL – thinking I’d be playing this week – the opponent I thought I was playing has 14 starts this week, so I wanted to match up.

    At least I get a week off to breath and one less I have to win…

  139. Suck My Wieters says:


    Is it now acceptable to drop Adam Jones in a keeper league. I have no intentions on keeping him. I would like to pick up Jason Kubel

  140. Johnny Drama says:

    Pick three for the rest of the season.

    Abreu, Rasmus, Bruce, Bernadina, Morse, Branyan, or Stubbs


  141. Wilsonian says:

    Two big questions for ya:

    1) 16 Team H2H Keeper (keep 5, no other stipulations or requirements): I lost out on second place with a poor performance last week, so now I have to play today in the first round of the playoffs. I need some offense and I need it now. Here is my lineup:

    C: Buck
    1B: Dunn
    2B: Beckham
    3B: Wright
    SS: Alexei
    OF: Hamilton
    OF: Hunter
    OF: Torres
    UTIL: Lind
    UTIL: Peralta

    SP: Lester
    SP: Cain
    SP: Latos
    P: Axford
    P: Capps
    P: Storen
    P: Hanrahan
    BN: ErvSan
    BN: Chacin
    BN: Bills
    BN: Haren

    I obviously need a replacement for Hamilton. I’m leaning towards dropping either Chacin or Chapman for Murphy and either the other guy or Peralta for Branyan because I need some pop. I wonder about Chapman because he will probably be the least helpful to my team down the stretch, but would be either a good keeper or good trade bait in the offseason. What do you think? Who gets the drop on ’em?

    2) I’ve got Weeks on my bench and Kemp in my lineup in my 8 Team H2H Keeper. I’m not dropping Kemp regardless of how terrible he is. Who do you like more right now: Walker or Hill, and would you drop Weeks (if he’s just a sub) for either one?

    Thanks man, and sorry for the long question. I hadn’t asked in awhile, so I guess I’m making up for lost time…

  142. Black Beard says:

    Need some fast help because rosters lock in 30 minutes…I’m currently holding N. Feliz and Heath Bell in a shallow H2H league, about to go into the playoffs.

    Every other playoff team is carrying a 3rd RP, I am not. So the question is, do I drop one of G. Floyd, H. Kuroda, or D. Hudson to pick up a reliever on the wire (Koji, Lyon, Kuo, Rodney, Takahashi)?


  143. sal says:

    @Grey: playoff time h2h points. Start jzim, chacin or slowey this week? I have chacin penciled in now. Also, start the second guy out of that group over heath bell?

  144. amscalone says:

    i went to high school with a kid named sal minella. thought you should know.

  145. Alex says:

    Sit or Bench Gallardo today against Cards?

  146. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Johnny Drama: Bruce, Bernadina and Morse…

    @Wilsonian: Chacin and Peralta for Branyan and Murphy. Go with Hill.

    @sal: Zimm over Bell if you don’t need saves.

  147. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Alex: I’d sit him.

  148. Dan says:

    Would you rather keep Takahashi or Lindstrom? Thanks

  149. Mr2Bits says:

    Grey : Would you snag Mike Stanton off the FA wire to keep him at a 24 spot next year or is he still too far away to burn a keeper pick on?

  150. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dan: Takahashi

    @Mr2Bits: I’d grab him.

  151. Tom Emanski says:

    Who else forgot Philly had a double header and didn’t start Oswalt?

  152. Bob says:

    Kubel or Tabata?

  153. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Tabata

  154. Bob says:

    @Grey: Thanks. Robot Jones or Kubel?

  155. Steve says:

    Is it too much to ask for Stanton to string a few games together?

    These yawning chasms of nothingness, punctuated by the (very) occasional homer binge do nothing to encourage one to get him into one’s line-up, thus leading to the nasty sonavabenching that one is enduring today.

  156. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @Steve: My opponent in the 1st round of the playoffs, who has only made 6 moves all season, has Stanton and Hart in the lineup – 4 HRs. Obviously he knew how to draft.

  157. Tom Emanski says:

    @Tom Emanski: Looks like this turned out just fine!

  158. royce! says:

    @Steve: I think it would be reasonable to expect a good week from Stanton. He’s been an extreme Road Scholar so far this year (the part of me that prefers a good story thinks that he’s young and perhaps is more effected by the stress of high expectations at home): .581 OPS at home, .938 on the road.

  159. Steve says:

    @royce!: And he can really let fly in the clubs, where less people know who he is.

  160. royce! says:

    @Steve: Oh, and also he’ll be at PHI for a few then at WAS. OPS at WAS- 2.150!

  161. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bob: Kubel

  162. royce! says:

    @Steve: Ha!

    Yeah, I bet the Florida paparazzi is really cramping his style.

    Wait, he wouldn’t even be able to get in the clubs- isn’t he 20? He’ll have to go to the 18 and over clubs (where they don’t serve alcohol), which I think are universally lame. But I guess then he’d be sober and well rested.

  163. Steve says:

    @royce!: Certainly sober.

    Possibly not well rested ;-)

  164. Black Beard says:

    Perhaps an arbitrarty comment….but here we go anyway:

    Last year 16 players reached 20/20. So far this year, 4 have: Rios, Hanley, C. Young, and Car-Go. There are several players who have a good shot at making it (Pence, Kemp, Wright, etc.) but we certainly won’t see 16 again. Just curious if this makes the ole slam and legs potentially more valuable going into next year?

  165. Black Beard says:

    @Black Beard: Scratch that, there were only 14 but two more were very close (a SB or two within 20/20)…also I don’t know how to spell.

  166. Steve says:

    C’mon – at least let Padilla go 5!

  167. Anyone know what happened with Rios and his three steals last yesterday? It seems like the official scorer gave him another one well after the game was over… or Yahoo made a mistake.

    Either way, that along with Wilson’s 2 K’s in his appearance last night gave me that second place finish, a half game behind the leader and a half game up on 3rd.

    How’ve your teams done Grey? You certainly helped me a lot this season. Hope you’ve picked some winners for yourself!

  168. Steve says:

    Thoughts on Yo-Lease tomorrow?

    At home, against the Reds…

  169. Steve says:

    @Grey: Early flight?

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yup, headed back to LA.

  171. Steve says:

    @Grey: It’s a great big freeway. Put a hundred down and buy a car.

    Travel well.

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