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Manny Ramirez was involved in a trade.  The drug trade!  Many people move to Florida to retire.  Manny just decided to do them in a slightly different order.  Manny said of the sudden retirement, “I’m at ease.  I’m now an officially retired baseball player.  I’ll be going away on a trip to Spain with my old man.”  First, he tests positive for estrogen, now he’s going to Spain with what sounds like a sugar daddy.  Manny’s a kept man!  The Rays suddenly have room for Desmond Jennings… Or Matt Joyce… Or Sam Fuld.  We grabbed Desmond Jennings in one league where we had room for a flyer.  Here’s some of what Grey said about Jennings in the preseason, “DJ is currently on the ones and twos for top ranked MLB prospects.  He’s never had an OBP lower than .360 at any stop in the minor leagues, so I don’t think the bottom is going to fall out on that in 2011.  If he’s getting on base, he’ll be stealing bases and scoring runs, whether he’s slotted leadoff or ninth.  Is he much more than SAGNOF?  Yes and no.  He can be more than SAGNOF for 2011, but, worst comes to worst (or wurst comes to wurst, if you’re German), he’s going to steal bases.  There’s the possibility of him getting 5-8 homers and he has the power for 12.  If he reaches the top end of his ceiling, you’re looking at Carl Crawford.  More likely, you’re going to open up this Crackerjack and get half a Carl Crawford.  Say a Carlford.  You ain’t got the Craw yet, kid!”  And that’s us quoting Grey!  In the short term, if the Rays go with Joyce, he has decent pop, but his average will be po’.  Or poor if you’re a completist.  Or poo, if you’re a middlist.  Sam Fuld, who sounds like a cartoon character, can steal 25 bases this year with little power.  Sounds okay, until you break that down to one steal a week and little else.  Anyway, here’s what else we saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jered Weaver – 7 2/3 IP with 1 ER, 8 base runners, and 15 Ks.  That’s a Weaver family record!  Even more impressive is that he did this with Bobby Wilson as the catcher – if Jeff Mathis was the catcher, it would’ve been a no-hitter with 25 Ks.

Josh Beckett – 8 shutout innings with 3 base runners and 10Ks….against the Yankees.  Take that Weaver!  It seems like Beckett owns the Yankees but they crushed him last year to the tune of a 10.04 ERA in 26 IP.  So does this mean 2011 Beckett is back to the dominant SP that you would want to actually own on your team?  Not I.  Or is it not me?  Or not we?

Matt Thornton – After Thornton blew his second save, Ozzie tweeted, “Thornton is throws gas like me after a plate of frijoles.”  On Saturday, Chris Sale grabbed the save.  Here’s the thing, and there’s always a thing, Ozzie has no loyalty to Thornton, but Thornton also is better than he’s shown so far.  Don’t think Thornton gets every save and he may get even less than that if he keeps blowing saves, but right now I’d want him then Sale.

Ryan Franklin – Blew his third save on Saturday.  Motte hasn’t been good.  Mitchell Boggs hasn’t been bad but his best attribute is that he’s got the best law firm-sounding name this side of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.  La Russa will probably stick with Franklin for a few more blow ups, but I’d own Motte and Boggs, in that order.

Jaime Garcia – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Another gem on Saturday in spite of everyone saying a regression was coming this year.  Baseball-Reference’s Database had to talk Fangraphs Database down from the roof of a twelve story building.  “It’s not just your FIP.  It’s everyone’s.”

Carlos Beltran – Hit 2 homers on Saturday.  One for each knee he has problems with.

Chris Narveson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Now has 13 straight scoreless innings.  Someone go grab Orel Hershiser off the beach in Jamaica!  Not because Narveson is going to break his scoreless inning streak, but Orel’s really pale, you don’t want him to burn.  Grab Narveson in every single league you have room, you never know where a crazy breakout is going to come from.

Justin Masterson – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks and now has only given up 2 earned in two starts.  Could I have been a year early when I told you to grab Masterson last year?  It’s possible.  Sometimes when I pop out of my DeLorean, I have no idea what year it is.  It’s worth a flyer to see if Masterson can continue his early success, but I have less faith in him, the Indians and AL pitcher flyers, in general.

Russell Martin – Hit two four-baggers on Saturday.  Speaking of a four-bagger, for those who read my e-book, my friend from college, Dirty, was visiting me this week.  So we’re headed to this bar on Friday and he starts telling me about this girl he hooked up with on Tuesday night.  He’s like, “I was hooking up with her and then she starts making out with this girl… Then me… Then this girl….It was so hot!”  Now, my one experience with the bar he was at was seeing a friend’s band perform and there were a lot of lesbians there, so his story sounded plausible.  So I tell him to invite his bisexual girl to the bar we’re going to.  He does, but she has no car or cash.  He’s like, “I’ll pay the forty dollar cab ride for you!”  He’s giddy with excitement.  I’m giddy just to meet her.  He’s built this girl up to the point where I’m expecting Vanessa Hudgens taking pictures of herself.  She texts him from the cab outside, “Come pay for the taxi, I’m here.”  So he walks out while I stay inside the bar.  Fifteen minutes later, he walks in with his tail between his legs and a girl that can be best described as Rosie O’Donnell from the days of Exit to Eden.  She was wearing a denim jacket, a silver chain hanging from her jeans’ pocket and had a shaved faux hawk.  She wasn’t bi-curious, she was a lesbian.  Yeah, he still went home with her.

J.J. Hardy – Sidelined for six weeks with an oblique injury.  I see your appendix and intercostal and raise you an oblique!

Zach Britton – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Another solid start on Saturday.  Because he induces groundballs, his downside isn’t as bad as some other rookie pitchers.  He also doesn’t K a lot of people.  I’d prefer my SP flyer from the NL, but you do what you do, I do what I do and we’ll meet somewhere in the middle like Monie and Malcolm.

Hanley Ramirez – With a deep contusion on his leg, he’s out until Tuesday.  A deep contusion for Hanley is also known as a charley horse.

Ryan Zimmerman – Abdominal strain has knocked him out for a few days.  Zimm loves himself some day-to-day injuries, huh?

Brett Cecil – 5 IP, 5 ER on Saturday.  Hey, you took the flyer, gave him a chance, he touched your naughty bits and left you high and dry.  I’d start to look elsewhere.

Bud Norris – See 1/8th of an inch above…i.e., grab Narveson.

Andres Torres – Strained Achilles – consider him out until Friday.  Now if he has a doctor that stutters, no one will know when he says, “Heal heel!  Heal heel!”  The big problem with Torres coming into this year and his career is he had a hard time staying healthy.  Achilles injuries can linger, says the guy without the medical degree.

Ryan Doumit – Hurdle said he won’t play Doumit in right field or at first when Snyder returns.  I did enjoy Clint Hurdle’s quote about it, “It wouldn’t be fair to Ryan.”  He’s making it sound like he’s doing Doumit a favor by benching him.  This is like when you do the ol’ “It’s not you, it’s me” breakup.

Dan Haren – Got the relief win on Saturday.  In the dugout, the Sciosciapath was seen reading Dusty Baker’s book on managing pitchers, “They Weren’t a High Pressure One Hundred and Eighty Pitches.”

Jose TabataKnock Knock.  Who’s there?  Tabata.  Tabata who?  Tabata the Rockies are leaving town because Jose hit 2 HRs and stole 3 SBs in 4 games against them.  It’s been only 10 games but Tabata is showing signs of improvement vs. his rookie year.  He’s walking more than twice as much as last year, flashing more power (only had 4 HR in 400+ AB last  year), and is stealing more (5 for 6 vs last year’s 19 for 26).  While it’s highly doubful he’ll keep up this Bondsian/Eric Davisian pace (32 HR / 80 SBs), a 15/40 season isn’t out of the question.

Rajai DavisFor the love of Rajai!  Davis re-irritated his right ankle on Sunday.  Don’t they have band aids in Toronto?  Damn socialized medicine.  He will likely miss a couple games, just in time for Corey Patterson to appear off the DL, look great for a week or two, and then morph back into Corey Patterson.  This has the potential for the best SAGNOF fight with only CarGo Lite and Nyjer standing in its way.  And if Podsednik ever gets his act together, he can team up with Mike McCoy and the Jays can have a SAGNOF tag team event.

Stephen Drew4-for-4 with 3 RBI.  Looks like he’s holding Bloomquist in contempt.

Matt KempThat was 5 SBs for Kemp in the 3 game series at San Diego.  Maybe he just visualizes Chris ‘Tall’ Young on the mound.

Fernando RodneyJust when you think that Scioscia has no respect for Rodney as a closer, he gives him another chance.  Even crazier, he throws a 1-2-3 inning.  Maybe it’s because Walden pitched on Saturday but Rodney had pitched on Friday and Saturday.  Go figure.  I still think Walden will get more saves this year but you’ve got to hold onto Rodney for now.  Sorry in advance.

Yovani Gallardo – 4 ER and 11 base runners in 5 IP.  And only 2 Ks – which makes it 8 Ks in three starts (20 IP).  That’s Buehrlesque.  That’s not good at all for someone who’s averaged over a K an inning for his career.  Maybe he’s saving them up to impress Zack.

Metco – The Mets and Nationals hitters somehow made the quartet of Capuano (8 Ks), Gorzelanny (8 Ks), Marquis (9 Ks), and Chris ‘Tall’ Young (7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks) look like great pitchers.  If there’s anything to learn from this, it’s not to pick these guys up.  It’s to stream starters who face these two teams.

Jonny GomesSlam and legs!

Brandon BeltAnother 0-fer.  That’s 3 for 24 since the big HR in his 2nd game. We had a guy in one of our leagues spend his whole $100 waiver budget on Belt.  Ouch.  Obviously, Belt is better than this but it’s always a crapshoot with rookie hitters.  If you can bench him until he snaps out of this funk or gets demoted, do it.

Eric Bedard – That’s two bad starts in a row for Bedard.  The odds are low that he’ll pitch so poorly the rest of the year.  But that’s because there’s a 90% chance he gets injured and can’t pitch at all.

  1. Virinder says:

    Narveson or James McDonald??

  2. Virinder says:

    I actually dropped Kyle Farnsworth instead…should I remain patient with McDonald or is it okay to cut him loose??

  3. Mike from Jersey says:

    How come you never post on weekends? After the friday buy/sell, we always have to wait till monday morning :(

  4. Garvey's Illegitimate child says:

    Just picked up the Narve-dog in my 14 team, what are your thoughts on Oganda vs. Britton?

  5. Who wins?
    A.) Mccutchen and Raburn
    B.) Pineapple and Rasmus

  6. Steve says:

    Rudy did the Ryan Franklin blurb – or at the very least the Green-Ellis reference. Never been more sure of anything in my life.

  7. Wilson's Beard says:

    Narveson or Ogando? And if you were drafting today, where would you rank Eva(n) Longoria?

  8. Dirt says:

    Who’s has a better fantasy year… Javierf Vasquez or Chris Narveson ?

  9. papasmurf says:

    I ended up grabbing Volquez back after he passed through waivers unclaimed. I dropped Aaron Harang and thank him for a good start.

    Now Latos is coming back, I need to dump one of Matt Harrison, Bedard, or Narveson. (Or Volquez if I feel like flip flopping again)

    What do you think? Thanks (Yes, my pitching is ugly)

  10. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Pick two of these SP’s- Zimmerman, Narveson, Wood, Harang, Holland

  11. Ozzie says:

    Just dropped Bedard for Narv, hope thats what you were thinking….

    Scored 556 points in CBS for the first scoring period, must be a record…season complete

  12. The Biz says:

    What’s up with Yo-Yo? I want to pick up Narveson, in what order should I consider dropping the following three? Belt, Venters, Raburn? They are all on my bench in a competitive 12 team mixed league. Thanks!

  13. Racehorse says:

    Grey or Rudy…

    16 team dynasty league.

    Do I pull the plug on Posada? Wilson Ramos, who’s a thousand years younger than Jorge The Geritol Man, is available on the waiver wire.

    I agree with the philosophy of punting catcher which has me thinking I should ride Posada into sawdust, but then again, I dunno.

  14. Cain Fan says:

    And to think I was worried about SBs in my league. Then Kemp goes Ricky Henderson this weekend and Tabata goes all Juan Pierre. I am loving it!

    What’s Kemp SB ceiling, 40/50? He is like a whole new man, only 3 Ks so far as well, something definitely changed. I also read he is back with Rihanna, that ruined my weekend.

  15. The Biz says:

    I want to pick up Narveson, who to drop? Possibilities are Belt, Raburn, or Venters. All are currently benched. This is a 12 team mixed league. Also, what to make of Yo-Ga?

  16. Eddy says:

    @Cain Fan:

    I got sad when I read this, but apparently the majority of the links date back to mid-February? If so, then maybe it’s a good thing.

    She started to use her whips and chains on him.

  17. SwaggerJackers says:

    Belt or Smoak in a weekly league?

  18. Gavin says:

    Which mediocre 3B would your rather have? Headley or Freese?

  19. Scout says:

    @Grey. H2H, weekly OBP league. Could you rank the following for the upcoming week (I’m having to shift a lot of guys around because of the Longoria injury and Dunn’s appendix): Dunn, Carlos Pena, Smoak, Jeff Baker, Sean Rodriguez.


  20. Future Man says:

    Drop Anibal for Narveson?

  21. TJ says:

    Drop Javy Vazquez for Narveson?

  22. Joe says:

    Lost Manny and Tsuyoshi last week? I have 2 open spots for batters. Bloomquist is available, should i take him? Also available: Ben Francisco, Gomes, Callaspo, Maicer Izturis, Melky, Espinosa, Jose Lopez


  23. TJ says:

    Sorry for the extra comment- drop Javy or Niese for Narveson? Not sure which one to cut bait on.

  24. CL says:

    talk to me about Phil Hughes… is it too cold for him or something, or is there a bigger problem I wonder? give him until the end of the month, or dump him to free up roster space to pick up guys like Narveson and the like?

    10 team dynasty league, and I was banking on Hughes this year.


  25. pubscout says:

    drop storen for rodney?

  26. Too Live Crudite says:

    5*5, in a vacuum: Pedroia for J. Upton?

  27. xopchipili says:

    @CL: His velocity is way down. Supposedly they’re working on his mechanics…

  28. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – I’m holding old Jorge for the Yankee homestand this week. Arencibia, Avila or Ramos if the 0-fers continue? Thanks!

  29. Smell my finger says:

    In my 5×5 mixed league, I want Narveson badly, like everyone else here. Am I safe to drop Belt, Raburn, or Venters yet? Thanks!

  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the love and info on Tabata in the preseason. Now can you just call up Lorenzo Cain?

  31. AnotherFalstaff says:

    @Grey – Forgot also that Eric Chavez was the DH Saturday. That will hurt Jorge as well.

  32. pia smokin says:

    are we starting latos tonight?

  33. Timequake says:

    I have a decent relief staff (Bell, Axford, and Walden), so I’m thinking of dropping Thornton for a SP. Who(m?) do you like out of Narveson, Wood, Beachy, Britton, and Harang? Thanks.

  34. MattW says:


    1) Drop Beachy for Narveson? (over/under on drop X for Narveson posts is 21)

    2) Volquez at Petco tonight? If he doesn’t get his ERA down tonight, I might lose faith

  35. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: Question #2 from SwaggerJackers: Run Liriano out there at home vs KC or go with Drabek in Seattle? Liriano hasn’t looked good so far. I could also go Beachy @ FL.

  36. SwaggerJackers says:

    @pia smokin: I am but have a feeling I’ll regret it. It’s a weekly league and I want him in for his 2 starts.

  37. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    E. Volquez or Narveson (if I don’t have time to wait for EV’s start today)?

  38. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @CL: in a perfect world they DL him for a few weeks and free up the roster spot for me and i don’t have to drop him and watch him figure it out elsewhere. i decided to keep him on my bench for now rather than drop him for a flavor or the week (narveson, britton, etc).

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @pia smokin: if you took him, you took him fairly high. high enough that you expected to trot him out for every start unless things really got bad. so i say yes. plus it’s in petco. plus while the reds offense is good, ian kennedy mowed them down last week for a game. even the rangers got shut out in baltimore saturday. so no guarantee that the reds are gonna tee off.

  40. Ali says:

    @ Everyone above. Do you also want Grey to wipe your ass for you? Come on people, rank players x, y, and z yourselves, baring that why don’t you use the razzball rankings and fill in the blanks yourself. I know, why don’t we all just give Grey our passwords and he can run everybody’s team for them.

  41. ScottyM says:

    I read that Russell Martin blurb expecting it to clear up my problems at catcher and it only managed to damn near get me fired. I was laughing so hard, so I guess for once LOL is actually appropriate.
    Anythewho(you didn’t trademark that yet, right?)
    Is Iannetta a “Ron Popeil special” or would you consider dumping him for the ghost of 2007 Russell Martin.

    disclaimer: Iannetta in midst of 0-13 streak after looking like he turned corner early in the week. Is Martin capable of hitting 15 bombs in the jet stream even tho he’s a righty?

  42. AdamH says:

    All I could muster off waivers was Peralta… him or Zimm in weekly roto league?

    Thanks Grey.

  43. Aceupmysleeve says:

    Great Title

  44. @Mike from Jersey: Grey insists on having a life. He tried to embrace the 24/7 blogger lifestyle but his hands became gnarled from the constant activity, not to mention all the typing.

    @Garvey’s Illegitimate child: Ogando vs Britton. That’s a tough call. I got Britton for $1 in my AL League so I’m biased towards him. He is definitely more of a ‘pitcher’ at this point than Ogando. But I think both will be useful starters that I’d start 2/3 of the time (btw, I LOVE that the Orioles pushed Britton’s start back this week so he doesn’t face the Yanks – not as an analyst but as an owner).

    @Steve: Ha. Yeah, I added the lawyer blurb. Is it because Grey knows nothing about football? If so, I’m going to have to work some more football references so people realize my handywork.

    @Wilson’s Beard: I’d go with Narveson over Ogando just because he doesn’t have to pitch @TEX. And Longoria would be a 2nd round pick.

    @Dirt: Would have to say Narveson at this point and that pains me b/c we have Vazquez in both our NL-only leagues and another mixed league. I have no faith in Vazquez this year until he K’s 7 or more guys in a game. He had K’d 200 guys a year consistently up through two years ago and still rarely had dominant ERA/WHIP. Without those K’s, he’s on the fast track to irrelevance.

    @papasmurf: I’d drop Matt Harrison or Erik Bedard. I’m not sold on Harrison yet (but I’m warming to Derek Holland). Bedard hasn’t had much success and is so injury-prone. Definitely wouldn’t drop Narveson of these three.

    @RonWashington’sStache: If you asked me at the beginning of the year, I would’ve said Zimmermann and Wood. I’m going to stick with that opinion for 2 more weeks. Narveson and Harang are clearly making up ground. I’d still have Holland last on the list b/c he pitches in the AL.

    @Racehorse: I’d hold on Posada. I think he’s good for 20 HRs with above average RBIs. Wilson Ramos is just eh.

    @Cain Fan: Kemp’s ceiling is 35 SBs imho. I’ll be more excited if he shows this rate of success against another team.

    @SwaggerJackers: this week? Smoak.

    @Gavin: Headley. Freese has hit better when healthy but who needs the agita for a middling 3B.

    @Scout: I’d rank them: Dunn, Smoak, Carlos Pena, Jeff Baker, Sean Rodriguez.

    @Future Man: Sure. Assuming you’re in a 12-team league, those guys are interchangeable towards the bottom of your roster.

    @TJ: I’m losing faith in Javy by the start but I’d give him one or two more starts to see if the K-magic returns.

    @Joe: I’d take Ben Francisco and Danny Espinosa.

    @TJ: Niese.

    @CL: As xopchipili mentioned, supposedly the Yankees pitching coach caught something in his delivery. He has to be benched in all but AL-only leagues right now until he shows he is back on track. If you don’t have the bench space, I’d drop him in a 10 team league.

    @pubscout: Nah. Unless Rodney is definitely the closer, I prefer Storen. He’ll be closing soon.

    @pia smokin: It’s @SD so yes. If it was @CIN, no.

    @Timequake: I think it’s early to drop a closer (ignore the committee nonsense) but I’d lean towards Narveson, Harang, or Wood.

  45. Feeding the Abscess

    Travis says:

    How long before Berman breaks out the Jose “You Say Tomato, I Say” Tabata joke?

  46. Eddy says:


    Because, for the most part, Grey has many more years of experience than us in this game. Yes, his rankings are there, but once the season starts, everything changes. Are we still ranking Hughes and Vazquez above Narveson? No. So the rankings can’t be followed strictly anymore.

    This is a baseball blog. Not fashion, entertainment or food blog. We talk and ASK baseball here. He doesn’t mind answering these questions. It gives us all a chance to pick his brain.

    So, little troll boy, go back to the ESPN blog where you came from.

    And if you decide to stay here, be respectful to everyone because that’s the standard here. We all help each other out and don’t need morons like you coming in here whining.

  47. MattW says:

    @Ali: You’re so right, but I blame Grey…he’s an enabler…an awesome, mustached enabler

  48. AdamH says:

    @Ali: Will you wipe my ass for me then?

  49. Scout says:

    @Ali: No, I have someone else to do that for me. I just wanted Grey’s opinion on ranking players x, y, and z.

  50. Long Bawls says:

    I’m thinking of sending old McDonald back to the farm…a real nice farm up north, where he’ll get to play with lots of other Pittsburgh pitchers. I love his potential, but is Narveson a better bet now? Or are we still in small sample size territory?

  51. CL says:

    @rudy, @xopchipili, @thepoontycoon: thanks for the insight.

    @ali: huh? this is a discussion. we are discussing our teams. what are you doing besides wasting our time with meaningless comments? no one cares what you think, or if you think you are The Smartest Man Alive.

  52. pia smokin says:

    ALI,i agree with Eddy

  53. Long Bawls says:

    @Eddy: @AdamH: @Ali: Seriously, guys? We’re going to turn this message board into every other message board?

  54. Francis says:

    Gotta drop one – who? 14 team H2H 5×5 + QS
    A. Sanchez
    Esmil Rogers

  55. mrobs says:

    drop burnett or league for rodney?

  56. AL KOHOLIC says:


  57. Francis says:

    @Too Live Crudite: without any other info, Pedroia easily for this year

  58. Dirty Jersey says:

    “Speaking of a four-bagger,”

    didnt get it till after reading the blurb….. hilarious

  59. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Long Bawls: mcdonald is the definition of a late round flyer. he hasn’t done much in 2 starts so move on to britton or narveson.

  60. Mark says:

    Rodney got the save on Sunday cause he only threw like 5-6 pitches on Saturday, while Walden threw over 25. There’s zero concern there besides Scioscia Being Scioscia.

  61. @MattW: I like Narveson better than Beachy. Yes, start anyone @SD.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: I’d give Volquez more time.

    @ScottyM: I wouldn’t drop Iannetta for Martin yet if you need the power. But Martin should hit for a better AVG, score more runs, and at least equal in RBIs.

    @AdamH: Zimm.

    @Travis: Do they let Berman do baseball anymore?

  62. Long Bawls says:

    @mrobs: I’d keep Burnett for sure. League is probably just a placeholder for Aardsma. Which is weird, b/c Aardsma’s not hard to find–he’s on the first page of the book.

  63. Long Bawls says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Yeah, somewhere between a flyer and a punctured zeppelin. Thanks!

  64. Martin says:

    @grey-Should i grab narveson or stauffer?

  65. Howard says:

    @Grey @Rudy Quick question, would you start Hellickson at Boston?

  66. @Francis: Esmil Rogers.

    @mrobs: I have little faith in Rodney at this point but he probably ends up with more saves than Burnett or League. It’s really a three-way coin flip. I’d stick with Burnett and League who are more likely to get their team’s next save opportunity.

  67. joe from point pleasant says:


    Was this entire post written by Rudy trying to sound like Grey? LOL i don’t know why but i just got that feel when I was reading. Unless maybe you guys took turns writing after every 5 words.

    Anyways, I traded Big Pelf and got back Thornton yesterday…


    Also, I got offered Beckett and Lackey for Billingsley… Is it worth trading Bills away for these old farts?


  68. Donnie Baseball says:

    bruce and SRod or Ellsbury?

  69. Commish Cauda says:

    I have four arms to fill three spots in a deep mixed H2H-Points league.. Who sits?

    Hammel @NYM (Pelfry), vsCHC (Coleman)
    Chacin vsCHC (Garza)
    Hudson vsSF (Cain)
    Anderson @CHW (Danks)

  70. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Ali is just venting. The burka ban in France has him very upset.

  71. Pooch says:

    The closers on my team are Soria, Thornton, Rauch/frankfrank, and Farnsworth. Should I drop Farnsworth for Sale to handcuff Thornton?

    The rays don’t look like they are gonna win many games, and i’m thinking i’d rather get almost all the saves from a good team than half the saves from two teams.

  72. Commish Cauda says:

    @Pooch: I would….Farnsworth is excrement.

  73. Eric says:

    Hi Rudy — good to see you on here today. I hope you don’t mind three questions in one:

    –I have Smoak for my UTIL spot in a 14- and 20-team league. With Tumbo heating up now, is it worth making that switch?

    –Please tell me last night’s performance is not what we can expect from Anibal Sanchez? He looked terrible. Would you rather have Phil Coke?

    –And do you guys still believe in Bourjos? Raburn?

    Many thanks!

  74. Wilson's Beard says:

    Thanks for the quick response, Rudy. A couple of follow up questions: Strictly in terms of value, would you trade Haren + Victorino for Longoria? Where would you rank Haren overall and in terms of starting pitchers? (I think Grey had him around 100 overall and just outside of the top 20 SP’s.)

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilson’s Beard: i think haren has a big year. and victorino is off to a good start and is a good bet for 15-35 and scores runs by the boatload.

    longoria is hurt now, and is gonna be playing in a pretty weak lineup.

    unless it’s a keeper league or you are in extreme desperate need of a 3B, i’d leave longoria alone for 2011.

  76. @joe from point pleasant: It was probably 60% Grey, 40% me. Most blurbs were written by just one of us. You got Thornton for Pelfrey…nice! Lackey is toxic right now and I’d rather have C-Bills over Beckett.

    @Donnie Baseball: S-Rod is replacement level in most formats so the question is Bruce for Ellsbury. Matters what your team looks like. If you’re short on power, no way. If you have power to spare and weak in speed, sure.

    @Commish Cauda: Hammel is the worst pitcher of the four so I’d lean towards him.

    @Pooch: Farnsworth is getting saves. I’d drop Frank-Frank for Sale.

    @Eric: Smoak is more assured of ABs than Trumbo. I’m not sure what to expect from Sanchez. He’s usually solid when healthy. He was high on my risky pitcher list given his high % of breaking pitches. I like Phil Coke this year for deep leagues because of my fascination for converted relievers (seems like they do great for the first year, bad the second). I wouldn’t drop Anibal yet though….just too tempting that he pitches @FLA for half his starts and also gets starts @WAS and @NYM. Bourjos and Raburn are 5th OF types in 12-team mixed leagues. Neither has looked impressive so far. I like Bourjos more only b/c he’s less replacable (no one wants to see Torii or Vernon at CF).

    @Wilson’s Beard: Based on 12-team Point Shares, Haren + Victorino are worth 2.5 PS and Longoria is worth 3.8 PS. The $ value is $34 for Longoria vs. $31 for the other two. Assuming you can replace the two with decent players AND your existing 3B/CI is no better than those replacements, it’s a good deal for you.

  77. Randy BoBandy says:

    Drop Beachy or McLellan for Narveson?

    I don’t have any other drop candidates!

  78. Wilsonian says:

    My RCL team is god awful…could be because this is my first Roto league since 2001…but I’ve been purging the losers. I need to know who else to purge, since I have a solid 35 points!

    I just got rid of a few cancers (those being Vazquez, Neise, Cecil) for Narveson, Britton and Rodney – who is a cancer himself – just to take a shot on them and hope they don’t take a shizz on me.

    I’ve got a few more bums on my team in Wieters, Zobrist, Raburn, Torres. Do you drop any of them for the following:

    Buck, Hundley, Iannetta, Freddie Sanchize, Frenchy, Willingham, Gomes? Or fo I just hang on to them and hope they make a turn around sometime in the near future?

    I’ll listen to anyone’s advice. I’m at a loss with these bums…

  79. Hennessey says:

    5×5, pick a side of this trade:

    Pujols/Alexei/Hamels or Dunn/Hanley/J.Johnson

  80. Eric says:

    Many thanks, Rudy!

  81. Eric says:

    Many thanks, Rudy!

  82. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: oh, and would you drop Zambrano for Sale when my “closers” are Axford, Lyon, Burnett, Rodney?

  83. The Vaporizers says:

    @Wilsonian: My advice? Don’t take a chance on Rodney!

  84. Wilsonian says:

    @The Vaporizers: well, I don’t like the guy, but there aren’t really any other options out there. I guess I could swap Rodney for Sale. What about the other SHIZZ on my team? I’m at a loss with so many people NOT performing at all.

  85. Josh B. Owner says:

    Grey, help me out here on Josh Beckett.

    This is a guy who you specifically ranked #30 on your SP list this year – ahead of guys like D. Hudson, Marcum and Gio. If any of those guys had gone out and stymied a powerhouse offense like Beckett did last night, you’d say the breakout year is here. And yet you still don’t want Beckett on any of your teams????

    I’m a little confused, if you don’t believe in Beckett even when he looks like a new man, then why rank him that high to begin with?

  86. Timmox says:

    Drop Pierre for Tabata? I play in an OPS league so more than 1 HR would be appreciated.

  87. Wilsonian says:

    @Timmox: absolutely. Do it now, and do it fast.

  88. Hi Rudy — who is a better pickup for speculative saves between Peralta, Venters, and Kerry Wood, Lindstrom, and Breslow. This is a 20-team league, so pickings are slim and saves are at a premium. I have Peralta now, and might need to use the No. 5 waiver claim for Venters, but the other three are available. Many thanks.

  89. Jah says:

    hey i have a contused Hanley, Aaron Hill and Mike Aviles for my SS, 2B, and 2B/SS lineup spots. I probably need to pick up another SS, right?

    Its a deepish 10-team points league, I wouldn’t be dropping anyone important (Dice-BB).

    Would you rather Scutaro, Angel Sanchez(?) or Paul Janish (yikes)?

  90. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: would your advice be to hang on to the bats of Wieters, Zobrist and Torres, but swap out Raburn for Willingham – and to also drop Zambrano for Sale? Thanks man.

  91. Long Bawls says:

    Jeter for Rios, if I already have I. Desmond?

  92. Sol says:

    Hey Grey,

    Strategy: If I pick up both Boesch and Raburn and plug them in based on that days lineup what would you predict be their average 2011 projections combined.

  93. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: you said switch the three, but I already did that, assuming you were talking about dropping Vazquez, Cecil and Neise for Masterson, Narveson and Rodney…

  94. Mike D. says:


    Bench Rajai this week for a warm body (OK, Overbay) at UT?

    He’s hit like crap so far and his only real plus, his SAGNOF ability, is impacted by a bum ankle.

  95. Long Bawls says:

    BTW, I. Desmond=sequel to I, Robot, featuring Garrett Jones (his first scene’s great, then he’s kinda eh).

  96. timSTi says:

    Drop Bumgarner or Zimmerman for Narveson??

  97. Long Bawls says:

    @Mike D.: I shudder to type this, but Bloomquist’s got the hot bat n’ legs right now if you want a Rajai surrogate (bat n’ legs is the cheapest combo meal at my local KFC knockoff. Pay the extra dollar and get chicken).

  98. sean says:

    Weekly 5×5, 10-team, 9P in lineup.

    Start Volquez (PIT, @SD), Pineda (TOR, @KC), Beachy (FLA) or Zimmermann (PHI) this week?

    Other starters are: Kershaw, Gallardo, Billingsley, Lilly and Marcum
    Relievers: Kimbrel, Axford, Hanrahan

  99. sean says:

    @Long Bawls: I think the key on Desmond is to turn off the expectations and enjoy .275 80/15/60/20 while the guy who drafted Derek Jeter in the fifth is praying for those numbers.

  100. fred says:

    In a 10 team mix is Ian Stewart droppable or is there is hope???

  101. Thoughts on Hafner? Has looked like the former 2nd round Pronk so far now that he’s finally “healthy.”

    Also, Bedard, Masterson, Holland, Harang, or Morton?

  102. Mike D. says:

    @Grey, @All Razzers:

    To answer my question above about Rajai – John Farrell said they are going to give Rajai “about three days” to get his ankle right. Corey Patterson’s going to start in CF in the meantime.

  103. Mike D. says:

    @Thanks, Long Bawls. Yeah, Bloomquist is actually rostered (deep league). I do have Overbay on the bench, gonna throw him in.

  104. joe from point pleasant says:


    How much wood would a Chatwood chat if a Chatwood could chat wood?

  105. Long Bawls says:

    @sean: I totally agree; I was that guy! Traded Pagan for Desmond (gleefully) after watching Jeter hack helplessly away in a few games, and am now trying to see if someone bites on the name value. It could just be a multiweek hiccup, but seeing Jeter’s at bats I’m not so sure.

    Tough call on your SP question. I’m a Beachy believer, but I’d probably go Volquez, spotty as he is. PHI is too risky; KC and TOR are doing their usual first-month run at the WS.

  106. Donnie Baseball says:

    get Haren give Walden, Frank-Frank, and J. Rivera?

  107. Long Bawls says:

    @Mike D.: Gotcha!. Good luck with Overbay, who still has the power to surprise. And if baseball names were a counting stat, he’d be a second-rounder.

  108. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Who to drop to get Narveson? Kennedy, dlR, Volquez? Thanks dude!

  109. frog says:

    “While the Cardinals are insisting that Ryan Franklin’s closing job is safe, next in line should Franklin continue to struggle would probably be Batista, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.”

    Batista before Motte/Boggs??

  110. AdamH says:

    Should I drop my first born for Narveson?


  111. Scout says:

    Hey Rudy! Nice to see ya! Thanks!

  112. charlie batch says:

    who to drop for narveson ins 12-teamers:
    a) Niese
    b) Pineda
    c) Vazquez
    d) No one

  113. Myyyyyyy Kuroda says:

    Someone in my 16-teamer dropped Carlos Santana!!. Should I drop Wieters for him in a 1-Catcher league or one of my RP’s that I have 3 for 2 starting spots (Hanrahan/Thornton/Walden). I have only one extra Hitter spot right now that I have filled with Alex Gordon. Thanks

  114. Lil' Saucy says:

    Hey guys,

    Who should I start at catcher for the week (We have weekly changes). Russel Martin or Posada? Also, Iannetta is on waivers so I could grab him real quick too.


  115. Lil' Saucy says:

    Hey Guys,

    Posada or Russel Martin at catcher for the week? We have weekly changes. Also, Iannetta is on waivers so I could grab him quickly too.


  116. joe from point pleasant says:


    Posada or Avila?

  117. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: much obliged.

  118. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: What about dropping Raburn? Hes just a bench bat. I have Snider and Gordon at my last OF and UTIL spots.

  119. GTS says:

    I need a 2B with power. Do you think giving Werth and getting Uggla is fair?

  120. paulzone says:

    would you or is anyone starting oganda vs. verlander??

  121. @Enrique: Peralta has the best shot for vulture saves while Venters is the best pitcher.

  122. charlie batch says:

    Also, what are your thoughts on Paul Janish @ SS in deep leagues? In particular, over Brignac? Brignac’s been getting playing time so far.

  123. GTS says:

    Drop Niese for Pineda? This is the very back end of my rotation. I guess I could take getting roofied for some upside.

  124. Andy says:

    @Grey @Rudy

    I need someone to tell me I’m not crazy for starting Hellboy at Boston tonight. You guys sitting or starting him?

  125. Wilson's Beard says:

    Thoughts on Gavin Floyd? He always seems to have one stretch per season where he FIP’s like he should but then reverts to standard shelldom. Any hope for him to finally put it together after his last start and solid K:BB thus far?

  126. charlie batch says:

    @Grey: thank you

  127. Black Beard says:

    Pick 2 for the week: C. Perez, Broxton, Hanrahan.

  128. SwaggerJackers says:

    Trade Kendrick for Ellsbury? I’d have to play Alcides in my 2B/SS and bench Snider.

  129. Richard Pryor says:

    (1) what was the point of your friends story? Is R. Martin supposed to be (a) the lesbian; (b) your friend; or (c) the taxi driver?
    (2) is J. Weaver a top 5 pitcher after yesterday’s outing? He showed the K’s will be there, so I see no reason not to rank him higher than Sabathia, Liriano, Gallardo and, considering he plays in the AL East, maybe Lester.

  130. Andy says:

    @Grey: 11 teams, 5×5 roto, OBP in place of AVG

  131. tHe sHiT says:

    @Grey: Done and done. Thank you kind sir.

  132. Rob says:

    Just got offered McCann & Youk for Votto.

    I’m leanin against, I have Posada at C right now. I just think Votto and Posada out produce McCann & Youk – thoughts?

  133. josh says:

    Would you rather have Narveson, Kyle Drabek, Kyle Mcceland, or Pineda? k/9 count.

  134. Suck My Wieters says:


    Someone needs to explain to me why the F Raburn isnt playing almost everyday. This is an absolute joke.

  135. bogbert says:

    Forgive the noobish question, but I am pretty new at this so it’s the only kind of question I can ask. How long into the season before you begin questioning the guys you drafted? Is this too early? I’m looking mostly at Vernon “Black Hole” Wells, and to a much lesser extent, Carlos Pena and Aaron Hill. Some availables include A. Gordon, Freddy Sanchez, Russell Martin, Marlon Byrd. With Wells it’s not entirely that he currently sucks, but I’m doubting he’ll ever pick it up.

    Manny’s “Ridiculous Offense, No Defense” … that was good.

  136. JesusJuice says:

    Trade offer thoughts?

    I was offered cano, liriano, cordero for dunn, justin upton, kimbrel

    H2H 5×5 league

    My current 2b is hill, OF is heyward, kemp, j upton (with tabata or lind to take place if I accept trade) and my 1b is pujols.

    Current top starters are oswalt, anderson, marcum. Closers are bell and valverde

  137. Cole says:

    Drop Kila for Gomes in my utility spot?

  138. Eric C. says:

    Any thoughts on Beachy vs. Holland?

  139. Ozzie says:

    Tommy Hanson and Yovani – where are my K’s?

  140. Tony says:

    @paulzone: i’ve got him out there, put on the blind fold and cross your fingers

  141. charlie batch says:

    @Rob: I wouldnt do it

  142. GTS says:

    @Tony: I am too – he looks good!

  143. Last Place says:

    Offered Lincecum for Ethier and Neftali. Take it? Here’s my roster.

    Gordon Beckham
    Alex Gordon
    Elvis Andrus
    Adam Dunn
    PEDro Alvarez
    Brian Roberts

    Brian Wilson
    Jordan Walden

  144. ltf says:

    Great writeup and reples Rudy. Thanks.

    Dan Hudson
    Kyle Drabek
    Jhoulys Chacin
    Travis Wood
    Chris Narveson
    Edwin Jackson

    Jordan Walden
    Matt Thornton

    My offense is stacked, and I have 5 SP and 2 RP that I have to lock in for a week. I’m not sure if I’d prefer Drew Storen or another closer over mine, and how my pitching staff looks to someone else. Any criticism would be appreciated.

  145. ltf says:

    Just read through Grey in the comments as well. Welcome back from having a life this weekend.

  146. Joel says:

    Question: in a 6×6 h2h league, which 1b-3b combo would you rather have: Dunn and Youkilis OR Fielder and Bautista??


  147. BERKLEY says:

    I have JJ Hardy in a 2B/SS slot. Any thoughts on who I should grab off waivers once I can stick him on the DL? My team is pretty solid on steals, but not too strong in HR/RBI/AVG. Available are:

    Ian Desmond
    Sean Rodriguez
    Jhonny Peralta
    Miguel Tejada
    Orlando Cabrera
    Alex Gonzalez
    Ryan Theriot

  148. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Black Beard: First two…

    @SwaggerJackers: Sure

    @Richard Pryor: I wouldn’t say a pitcher is top five after one outing. After the last year plus, he’s top ten.

    @tHe sHiT: No problem.

    @Andy: I wouldn’t start him.

    @Rob: It’s fair, seems unnecessary.

    @josh: Narveson

    @Suck My Wieters: Ask Leyland.

    @bogbert: It’s too early. Though that league sounds shallow.

    @JesusJuice: Eh

    @Cole: Eh

    @Eric C.: I’d want Beachy.

    @Last Place: More than fair, doesn’t help your team though.

    @ltf: Eh on Storen. In a 15 team league that pitching is great, in a 8 team league it’s terrible.

    @Joel: Dunn/Youk

    @BERKLEY: Desmond


  149. ltf says:

    @Joel: I like Fielder and Bautista. I think Fielder is the best player in the deal, and I am comfortable with Jose Bautista. Dunn/Youkilis are 31 and 32, and you know what to expect, if not a bit less with age.

  150. WDE05 says:

    Verlander goes 9 innings and gives up 2 runs and looks like he’ll get stuck with the L. Another great pitching performance for my team without a W.

  151. k roc says:

    I have a theory that the Red Sox starters pitch better when Varitek is behind the plate, and since he hasn’t been in the lineup all that often the past 2 years, the starters haven’t been all that good.

  152. 5 dolla yo says:

    pick 2- willingham, crisp, francisco, morrison
    ian desmond or asdrubal cabrera?

  153. Fanning says:

    thoughts on chatwood tonight?

    his he prospect-y enough for a speculative add now to sit on my bench tonight to see if he does well in my 12 teamer with expanded rosters?

  154. Rick Dempsey says:

    @Grey: another great showing by Ogando today, worth a flier in a 10 team 5×5 roto league?

  155. BERKLEY says:

    Thanks for the advice! Also: ugh, I also own Ryan Zimmerman. He’s going to the DL so, any favs from this list of 3b-eligible waiver-dwellers? (Looking for HR, AVG, RBI mainly while Zimmerman’s out)

    Jhonny Peralta
    Miguel Tejada
    Brandon Inge

    perhaps the illustrious Jack Hannahan?

  156. impaulsible says:

    classic post and heading :thumbs up:

  157. Juan Pierre is Fast says:

    Grey, which end of this trade would you take?
    Roy Halladay, Robinson Cano, and Ryan Howard for Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Josh Hamilton, and Victor Martinez.

  158. AM2 says:

    Kemp now with his 7th SB already…. just wow. Could he steal 50+ this year? .290-100-25-100-50?

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