Javier Vazquez touched you in your no-no area for two months to the point where just looking at his name made you crawl up into a ball and cry, but yesterday he flirted with a no-no for seven innings.  He held the 1927 Blue Jays to only one hit, a home run by HGH Wells.  (In a strange twist, Bautista didn’t homer, but he did have sex with your wife.  Don’t shoot the messenger!)  So can Javier Vazquez now be trusted?  The better question is did anyone really think he was the 8 ERA pitcher he was showing in April and May?  Come on, this is baseball.  It’s a sport of aberrations from day-to-day and week-to-week and month-to-month, but, in the end, people find their level.  Vazquez is more or less a 4.50 ERA pitcher in the AL.  So you need some months of dreckitude surrounded by some months of usability.  Vazquez is still walking too many guys and, other than him striking out 9 Blue Kays yesterday and the Suckie-O’s the game before, his Ks have been down.  So usable, but don’t expect a full return of 2009 Vazquez.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Stanton – He’s coming up on Tuesday.  Can you hear that?  It’s my heart going pitter patter.  Put your ear up to the computer monitor, you’ll hear it.

Ricky Nolasco – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks in Metco.  God forbid Nolasco were to put together an entire freakin’ year pitching how he’s capable.  Maybe if I’m ever in a freakin’ league with a xFIP category, I’ll draft Nolasco.

Brandon Morrow – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Yankees.  Even more encouraging was the one walk he issued after only giving up 2 the game before.

Brad Penny – Out for another month or two.  Can’t Dave Duncan rub his hands together and touch the injury or some shizz?

David Freese – Is on ice.  Out until Friday with an ankle sprain.  This would never happen to my neighbor.  She has cankles.

Colby Rasmus – Left the game with tightness in his calf.  If he had four teats, he could be a cow.

Orlando Hudson – Likely headed to the DL.  It’s the hoosegow for the Hudson.

Doug Fister – On the DL with a sore shoulder.  Maybe he hurt it when he was pitching so far over his head.

Dontrelle Willis – Six scoreless on Saturday.  Seemed like every time he got himself in any trouble a lefty came up and he dominates lefties.  I’d wait to see at least two more starts from Willis before considering him.

Josh Hamilton – Should return on Monday after having a cortisone injection in his knee.  I wonder if he helped the doctor find his vein.

Matt Capps – 2/3 IP, 3 ER and another Cappsizing.  Riggleman said Capps will remain the closer, but if you’re trolling for saves — troll on, troller! — Clippard is the first pickup, though he’s probably owned already.  If you’re real desperate for saves, I won’t stand in your way of grabbing Drew Storen.

Scott Rolen – Hit his 14th homer.  Sonavabench!  Why must guys who aren’t starting come into the game and hit a home run?  Rhetorical!

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-4, hitting over .500 in the last week and one freedom fly.

Hisanori Takahashi – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER and has been about as tasty as Kashi.  Member about two weeks ago when I said he’s getting by with a funky delivery that people aren’t familiar with?  Yeah, that’s over.

Nick Hundley – Home run yesterday as he bats .306 on the year.  He has a .380 BABIP, which is obscene for him.  He has very little pop and he’s around a .260 hitter.  I’d prefer about 20 other catchers over him.

Chase Headley – 4-for-5, 2 runs.  How do you hit cleanup, go 4-for-5 and not get any RBIs?  Headley might need to be added to the definition of yawnstipating.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 9 baserunners, 2 ER, 8 Ks.  Damn, he was rocked!

Michael Wuertz – Got the save vs. the Twins because the A’s want Bailey to be rested for the upcoming series vs. the Angels.  There was no explanation for why Ryan Sweeney was hitting third.

Jack Cust – 3-for-4 and 7 for his last 13.  Cust is streaky like Bret Boone’s hair in the 90’s.  Unlike Boone’s hair, he’s on a good type of streak right now.

Lou Marson – Hit his first homer of the year.  The Indians should not only leave Carlos Santana down in the minors, but they might want to trade him. /sarcasm

Carlos Quentin – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs.  I swear, when I saw he had 2 hits, I looked to see if this was his first multiple hit game of the year.  Not a good sign.

Randy Wells – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.  All the stats point to Wells being better than he has been, but you can’t afford to start him right now outside of NL-Only leagues.  All’s not Wells.

John Jaso – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs, a steal and a home run as the DH, hitting leadoff.  This was the first time a DH hit leadoff since 1983 when Billy Martin turned in a lineup card on a cocktail napkin.  John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt has little power and hits for a decent average.  For those reading from the beginning of this post and not skipping around willy-nilly, I’d take Jaso over Hundley.

Carlos Pena – The star of Friday’s Buy/Sell hit his 9th homer yesterday.  Where we putting the over/under for his homers this month?  8?  Not sure if I’d take the over or under.  Damn, those oddmakers are good!

Brad LincolnPirates are calling up their top pitching prospect for Wednesday’s start.  First, let’s see what Stephen said in his Pirates Minor League Review, “Lincoln works a low-to-mid 90’s fastball, a power curve, and a changeup.  He keeps most of his pitches near the strike zone, which is both a plus and a negative – he gives up too many homers, especially when the ball is in the upper half of the zone.  If there’s one bone to pick, he’s never thrown a fastball at Grey’s big, stupid head.”  Hmm… That last sentence must’ve slipped by me.  Lincoln’s a fantasy number two to three starter in his prime, which he is not right now.  I’d grab him in keepers and NL-Only leagues, but he’s not worth bothering with in mixed leagues right now.  Best case scenario for this year in mixed leagues, he could have matchups appeal if he catches big league hitters by surprise.

Bobby Abreu – 0-for-6 as the Angels had 18 hits and 9 runs.  Ticker tease!

Mike Napoli – 4-for-5, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs, his 9th homer and one almost head nod from Scioscia.

Hideki Matsui – 2-for-5 with his 9th homer as he hits near .500 over the last week.  For the first time in a while, Matsui is hitting some flies that have nothing to do with the porn stashed under his bed.

Adam Everett – Designated for assignment.  Leyland said, “”We just didn’t see anything happening (offensively) with Adam.”  Um, did they ever see, read or hear anything about Adam Everett that would’ve led them to believe otherwise?  This opens a spot for Danny Worth, who looks like a young Adam Everett, so there’s that.

Jeremy Bonderman – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Hey, there’s the Blunderman we all recognize.

Manny Parra – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Anyone who’s read Razzball for a while knows the love I have for Parra.  He’s so tantalizing with his Ks!  Unfortunately, everything else is a mess.  I mean, c’mon, he has a 1.71 WHIP.

Alcides Escobar – 1-for-5, has two steals on the year.  In other news, Josh Willingham has 5 steals.  In other other news, Jason Kendall has 5 steals.  Matt Stairs has 2 steals!  Matt Stairs doesn’t have legs, he has feet glued onto two beer coolers.

  1. DrEasy says:

    Fister – I’d have expected a sore hand instead.

  2. Terrence Mann says:

    The Hamilton joke was brutal. Duncan one was good, too. Well done.

  3. Aaron says:

    @Terrence Mann: Guess Im not alone. The Hamilton joke -ouch

  4. My favorite was the Matt Stairs comment.

    Grey (and anyone else who’d like to weigh in): My short-lived Bondo experiment is over … it’s just that pitching is so scarce in my 20-team league, plus I’m a Tigers fan, so I took a chance and got two good starts. I dropped him but held onto Ely in the same league. I grabbed Jason Hammel for a spot start today against the Astros, their inability to hit righties, and the beleaguered Wandywagon.

    Did Ely’s start change your mind much about him? I watched some of it, and it didn’t seem like they figured him out as much as that he couldn’t hot his spots, throw first strikes, etc. Seems like if he reverts back to his previous form — which seems likely — he’d still be effective. Or am I missing something?

    Of these possible Bondo roster replacements in the same deep 20-team roto league, who do you like most? The best choices are Bannister, RA Dickey, Padilla (who I read is about to come off the DL), and Vargas (a guy dropped Vargas to grab Morrow, so I’d prolly have to use my No. 11 waiver priority to get him).

    Do you expect an immediate impact (and an imminent call up) for farmhands Bumgarner (SF) and Hellickson (TB)? Are they worth considering li lieu of the motley crew mentioned above? And don’t they sound like names someone made up on the spot when they didn’t want to reveal their true identity?

  5. Ruah says:

    Having Rolen and Cantu 3B eligible, is it safe to dump Aramis Ramirez at this point? Could use the bench space, but if there are signs that he’ll come out of it, I’ll hold on.

  6. Cincinnasty says:

    Alex Rios for josh johnson.

  7. Tony says:

    @Cincinnasty: i love the nasty….. id say JJ, rios is bound to come back to earth, JJ is a #1 ace.

  8. hideousmutants says:

    hey anyone:

    I have an OF of

    BJ Upton
    Robot and Headley sometimes get slotted in when not at corners and I have Stanton waiting in the wings.

    Lind/Markakis/Quentin are esp. frustrating since they offer no speed while I wait for their power. Time to sell low on any of them or do I hope for a correction and the accompanying surge?

  9. dingus says:

    I have the number 2 waiver priority in a 12 team league. Guys are on waivers until after they make their major league debut. Is Stanton worth the waiver priority (he’d take Drew Stubs’ place)? I see no way he goes through waivers unclaimed.

  10. Jordan73 says:

    Screw you, Mark Teixeira. Screw. You.

    I’ve never been burned so badly by a keeper pick. At least last year when I wasted a keeper on Webb, he had the decency to go on the DL so I could pick up a more useful player. I knew going in, he was going to give me an April and May full of shizz, but after Saturday’s 0-fer-6 with 5 Ks, I’m ready to drop Tex outright and pick up Ike Davis. Anyone else handling this any better?

  11. Bodymore says:

    Is Youk a good pickup for Haren in an OPS/QS league?

    Worth hanging onto ohmen with other save options being Ardsma, Gregg, Corpas ? I wanna pickup Morrow, but a closer is a closer

  12. Howard says:

    Wish me luck, am starting Dana Eveland today. What can I say, it’s a deep league. It’s so deep I think Jacques Cousteau has a team! Too bad the Jays had to break up their centerfold duo, Brett and Dana!

  13. Schlitzy says:

    Is it worth grabbing Matsui over Boesch for my UT spot?

  14. Tony says:

    @Jordan73: have you looked at a calendar yet? Its June 7th, so his crappy start has continued a week into june…. it happens every year, did you expect something else. Calm Down.

  15. Johnny Drama says:

    Which side?



    Mauer and B. Wilson/Feliz


  16. Mike says:

    Got offered Luke Scott and Porcello for Nyjer Morgan. Yea or Nay?

  17. Jordan73 says:

    @Tony:I fully expected a bad start, but not this bad. I was just wanting some signs of life by now, and there don’t seem to be any.

  18. Danks Nugs says:

    Three questions for the price of one!

    Should I drop Takahashi or Contreras to make room for Stanton? Marmol, Cordero, Corpas, Zumaya, and Meek are my other relievers.

    Is Stanton worth a start over Seth Smith in his first week?

    I didn’t start Rasmus this past week (sonavabench!). Do I run him out there with this calf injury this week?

  19. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jordan73: well, i am sitting 2nd in my h2h keeper league with him, so that’s probably keeping my frustrations a bit subdued. but yeah, it’s annoying. usually by mid-may he’s back on track. this year is taking longer though. however, he’s totally realistically capable of 30-100 from now until the end of the season. i guarantee you ike davis or whoever else is on the wire won’t do that.

  20. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Danks Nugs: (1) later takahashi

    (2) depends on smith’s pitching matchups

    (3) i sat rasmus last week too, and i plugged him in for this week until i heard about the calf injury, so sat him (and lind) in favor of willingham

  21. ThePoonTycoon says:

    do i drop medlen for zambrano?

    i know zambrano has been a total headcase, but his babip is .400 and his xFIP is like 3.60 (or 3.80, can’t remember but just looked), so he could easily have at least a vazquez type revival and be useful this year right?

    is medlen gonna hang onto the rotation spot? seems like he’s gotta have earned the chance to stay in the rotation.

  22. Jordan73 says:

    @ThePoonTycoon:I wasn’t really going to drop him for Davis, it’s just a really frustrating situation, especially now that I’ve lost Morales for what could be the rest of the season. If I could bench him I would, but that’s not really an option at this point.

  23. Christopher says:

    @Schlitzy: Definitely pick-up Matsui, aka, GODZILLA!!!

  24. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Jordan73: yeah i know the feeling.

    i have had a lot of trouble with my bats this year. teixeira has sucked longer than usual, cruz and rollins have raked when healthy but both can’t stay healthy, braun hasn’t his for power in like a month, bj upton has been bj upton.

  25. Steve-I says:

    I got offered Haren for Ellsbury. I have a 2 in wins and K’s so I need a k pitcher. On the other hand my only SB guys are B. Phillips and Rios. Should I do this trade?

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    btw i know not as many people read on the weekends, but i’ve (and grey and some others) have been saying be patient with smoak, that’s he’s been incredibly unlucky. well if he’s on your WW now is the time to get him. batting .444 over the last week with 2 HRs. it’s about time that .160 BABIP with a 22% LD rate corrected itself.

  27. @Danks Nugs: I think Marmol stands out from that group for the combination of saves and highs strikeouts. I’d drop Takahashi.

    I have a feeling Rasmus’ calf will keep him out one day, or maybe not at all.

  28. @Steve-I: I’d rather have Haren than Ells under the current circumstances. I think Haren will pitch some nice games, while I fear Ellsbury is going to struggle with this rib thing for a while. He may play again soon, but I can’t imagine he’s going to be running between the bases with wreckless abandon …

  29. yanks4life says:

    Drop Wells for Cueto, Javier, Edwin, Cecil, or Medlen

  30. Ian says:

    Everytime I see John Jaso’s name anywhere I can’t help but think(sing in my head), “John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt”. That is all…

  31. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @yanks4life: i’d probably take cueto and vazquez over wells. but wells over edwin (he sucks), cecil (awful matchups to work with), or medlen (does he keep a rotation spot?).

    i just think cueto and vazquez have far more upside. that said, wells xFIP is still like 3.60, so he could be better than either from here on out.

  32. The Giant Brain says:

    Offered Adam Lind for Bobby Abreu. Is this something worth doing?

  33. big o says:


    dropped kaka-kakis (!) 2 days ago .
    better options on the waiver wire .
    like kearns .
    or colvin vs righties ,
    if the hot summer winds are blowing in wrigley ,
    (and piniella , not so much) .

  34. K says:

    Jaso seems to be playing all across the diamond. He may be a 6-7 game a week catcher. That has to hold considerable value, especially if he continues to bat at the top of that potent lineup.

    I’m thinking about dropping Buck for him in a 1C league. What do you guys think?

  35. Brian says:

    Would you consider sitting Heyward or McCutchen to start Stanton?

    I already have Holliday and Rios in my outfield, so the gamble could be worth it. What if he has one of those crazy Jay Bruce first weeks?

    Also, if you have to drop one, is it Floyd, Harden or Ely?

  36. charlie batch says:

    who would you want ROS – garrett jones or mike stanton

  37. Kazmere says:

    12 team 5×5 roto.

    Time to throw Papi back into the FA pool? Tried to trade him, no one wants him. Smoak, Coghlan, Stubbs, Matsui, Kouz, Robot all in the FA.

    Also, is Posada droppable? I have Napoli. Again, no one wants to trade for him and I’ve packaged him in some fair offers. I’d like to pick up another SP– maybe Morrow.

  38. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @dingus: yes he is worth every penny of it

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @dingus: yeah at this point, there aren’t gonna be very many difference makers showing up on the wire, therefore i’d put in for stanton cause he could be a difference maker. put in for strasburg too. seems like after tuesday you’ll have 1 of the 2.

  40. Wilsonian says:

    16 Team H2H Keeper – muliple questions:

    A) I have Soto and his probably benched bat. Would Lind for Posey be too much to offer? My OF/UTIL consists of Hamilton, Hunter, Lind, Headley, Boesch, Smoak (we play 3 OFs and 2 UTILs and I also have Dunn that is OF eligible). I’m getting tired of waiting around on Soto and Lind to do something, and this way I could kill two birds with one stone.

    B) Got an offer of his Hart for my Ervin. He originally offered Bills for Hart; I countered with Anibal; he countered with Ervin. Here’s my staff: Cain, Lester, Bills, Haren, Ervin, Latos, Ely, Anibal. I’m thinking of countering with Ely. Not sure I want to give Ervin right now, he’s looked ridiculous lately, and I’m not THAT desperate for an OF (I’m in 2nd place out of 16). Plus, I had originally drafted Hart and then dropped him at some point, not even sure who, when he wasn’t getting consistent playing time. So, counter with Ely or take the deal?

  41. Christopher says:

    @K: I like Jaso over Buck. I watched Jaso in AA here in Montgomery. Oddly, he didn’t stand out like Longoria and Brignac did (Jennings was fun to watch, too!). But he’s making good now.

  42. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    Pick one…Randy Wells, Gavin Floyd, Brandon Morrow

  43. ScottyM says:

    Grey, as usual you type, I ROFL. I second that on Nolasco & an xFIP cat!

    Now, some schmoe dropped Lind in my league. Should I waste my waiver claim on him?
    We carry 4 OF and my roster holds: Cruz, Dunn, Grandy, Bruce & Quentin.
    Who do you see the mostly likely bounce back from: Lind or Quentin?
    Quentin’s BABIP is just so low of course so is his LD rate. Lind’s BABIP has room for improvement but his HR/FB is regressing back to career levels. Especially, if your career is as a Quad A player. Thoughts anyone?

  44. Brian says:

    @charlie batch:

    You have to see what Stanton does first, but I would go out on a limb and say Stanton

  45. William says:

    @Grey – With my trade of Casey McGehee for Matt Wieters, my 2B are now Kelly Johnson and Rickie Weeks… Do you see Jose Lopez being a better 2B than Kelly Johnson from here on out?

  46. @ThePoonTycoon: been tempted by the Smoak Razzlove but haven’t pulled the trigger as he fortunately remains on waivers. Pena was also recently dropped and has more recently shown signs of life. With a crowded 1B/3B position on a H2H squad, Teix (damn him – imagine Pena AND Teix on the same squad, nice AVG there!), Swisher, Freese, and Aramis (imagine Teix, Pena & Aramis, adding those 3 AVGs together might not break .300!) occupy 3 spots. & I hate being forced to carry offensive bench players due to their combined ineptitude! Thoughts on any adjustments with Pena &/or Smoak? Thanks Poon,…Grey or anyone else with insight?!?!

  47. Howie Met Your Mother says:


    I gave up Werth & Hudson for Braun… Yay or nay?

  48. Tony says:

    @zombie: id boot aramis. I dropped freese in my league, the guys off til friday and it might be longer and hes really not much of a source of anything other than runs/rbi’s….. thats quite the combo of lackluster players you have there.

  49. Kazmere says:

    12 tm 5×5 roto: Slowey, Cecil, Wells, Lilly or Morrow?

  50. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: counter with ely. hart isn’t gonna stay this hot for much longer. he’ll end up with like 25 or maybe 30 bombs, but he’s already over halfway there and there are nearly 4 months to go in the season.

    and yeah, trading lind for posey is not a good deal. posey isn’t bring significantly more to the table that soto, and lind could easily go for 25-90 from now until the end of the season.

  51. magicterp says:

    All –
    Better situational SP for the rest of the season…
    Felipe Paulino or Wade LeBlanc?

    5×5 H2H NL-only


  52. @Tony: Indeed it is! Had to drop Chris Davis to assemble such a 1B/3B group! Thanks for the input.

  53. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @zombie: i’d drop pena for smoak unless you are a very power deprived team and could use a .250 avg, 10 HR month out of pena. don’t know how i feel about the freese/aramis combo at 3B.

    hell, i would probably just drop swisher. he’s not gonna bat withint 40 points of .300, which means a few months of pena type avg is coming. whereas pena should climb his avg up to .230-.250 range.

  54. Frank Rizzo says:

    The good…..I picked up Javy just over a week ago when after another owner had given up on him.

    The bad….I still am rostering Adam Lind

    The question….Can Lind be outright dropped for Mike Stanton right now?

  55. Howie Met Your Mother says:

    @Grey and anyone else with an opinion.

    Super weird 12 Team, H2H League where OBP, Whip, K/9 are additional categories. Also, there are quite a few bench spots, so Free Agents are hard to come by. Here is my team:

    C: Mike Napoli
    1B: Mark Reynolds
    2B: Jose Lopez
    3B: Adrian Beltre
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    OF: Justin Upton/Matt Kemp/Matt Holliday
    Util:Troy Glaus
    Bench: Chase Headley, Nyjer Morgan
    NA: Carlos Santana
    Starters: Justin Verlander/Felix Hernandez/John Lester/Clay Bucholtz/Matt Latos/Mike Leake
    Relievers: Jon Broxton/Neftali Feliz/John Axford/John Garland
    DL: Brad Penny

    I just dropped Contreras and now have 2 open roster spots. Here are the interesting names in the Free Agent pool: Carlos Pena, Mike Stanton, Carlos Zambrano, Gavin Floyd.

    Which two of those guys do you think would fit best for my team? I appreciate the advice!

  56. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: the guy has Choo, Bruce, Upton, Hart, Heyward, Stanton (which is why I guess he’s looking to deal a bat for an SP). Of those guys, I’m probably the least excited about Hart and Choo. What do you think of offering Ely or a different SP (again my staff is: Cain, Lester, Ervin, Bills, Haren, Ely, Anibal, Latos) for one of the other 4?

  57. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-POINTS league

    Pick TWO for this week. All three play seven games

    Seth Smith (vsHOU, vsTOR…3 lefties)
    Jay Bruce (vsSF, vsKC)
    Jonny Gomez (vsSF, vsKC…2 lefties)


  58. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: i would see about ervin for bruce. he probably tipped his hand showing the interest in ervin. i’d also trade cain for heyward, but i wouldn’t do lester or haren.

  59. Tarasco's Secret Stash says:

    Jaso worth grabbing over The Ghost of Chris Iannetta’s Upside?

  60. mr baseball says:

    @Grey – Jack Cust – 3-for-4 and 7 for his last 13. Cust is streaky

    Jack Cust is the streak

    Hello, everyone, this is your action news reporter with all the news
    that is news across the nation, on the scene at the supermarket. There
    seems to have been some disturbance here. Pardon me, sir, did you see
    what happened?

    Yeah, I did. I’s standin’ overe there by the tomaters, and here he
    come, running through the pole beans, through the fruits and vegetables,
    nekkid as a jay bird. And I hollered over t’ Ethel, I said, “Don’t
    look, Ethel!” But it’s too late, she’d already been incensed.

    Here he comes, look at that, look at that
    There he goes, look at that, look at that
    And he ain’t wearin’ no clothes

    Oh, yes, they call him the Streak
    Look at that, look at that
    Fastest thing on two feet
    Look at that, look at that
    He’s just as proud as he can be
    Of his anatomy
    He goin’ give us a peek

  61. @ThePoonTycoon: I hear you on Swisher; & Freese sort of yawstipates me. Pena hasn’t come off of waivers yet, but might just grab Smoak instead. Dropping Freese though would bank on Aramis everyday, and not sure that he’s healthy. I should drop them all. That might just feel terrific. Thanks for the advice.

  62. CoreyII says:

    With Montero coming off the DL soon, I maybe need to replace Snyder as my C. I like Jaso, but with the Rays carrying 3 C’s right now do people think he’ll get enough ABs? Would you grab Jaso over YMolina who is the only other decent FA availible? Thanks.

  63. john says:

    Soto is now expected to sit more with Hill taking more time as Pinella wants better defense.

    So, should I drop Soto for Napoli or Posey, even in an OBP league?

  64. Frank Rizzo says:

    Updating a previous post…..I’m dropping someone for Stanton. Should it be Lind or Quentin?

  65. Hebrew says:

    Cecil or Nolasco this week???

    both at Tampa

  66. Danks Nugs says:

    @Frank Rizzo: That’s a tough one, cuz both of ’em have really only had one good year. I’d go with Quentin…

  67. Danks Nugs says:

    …as in I’d drop Quentin instead of Lind. ;)

  68. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Danks Nugs: You mean you’d keep Quentin or drop Quentin? Quentin and Lind are almost equal turds….same BA at about .210, Lind has 8 HR’s to Quentin’s 7, and they have almost equal amount R’s and RBI…..the difference is Quentin has put up equal numbers to Lind in 47 less AB’s, for whatever that’s worth.

  69. Nathan says:

    I have 4 guys for two spots right now. For the immediate future, which 2 guys do you give playing time to out of Quentin, M. Bourne, Adam Jones, Stanton.

    H2H league, other sources of steals are I. Stewart, Wright, Reyes, Werth, McCutchen. Thanks as always, Grey!

  70. mgeoffriau

    Mark Geoffriau says:

    Jimmy Rollins owner looking for an answer at SS (using Acildes to fill in for now). Someone offered me Stephen Drew, Carl Crawford, and 2 schmohawks for my Ethier and Kershaw. Clearly an opening offer and the guy said feel free to counter…so I sent this back:

    My Victorino and Nolasco for his Stephen Drew and Crawford.

    I think that might be a little too heavy in my favor for him to accept, but that’s in the ballpark, right? Victorino gives him 85% of Crawford’s production in return, and Nolasco for Drew who he doesn’t need.

  71. Donnie Baseball says:

    grey, Nolasco looked good yesterday. Then he gives up 4 straight singles in the 6th. One a bunt and another a bllop over the SS head.

    And then idiot F. Gonzalez comes out and takes him out after 82 pitches and 1 run. For M. Wood. What the hell was he thinking?

  72. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Frank Rizzo: but lind doesn’t have quentin’s health issues to be worry about.

    i’d probably drop quentin.

  73. fatboy slim says:

    @ anyone and everyone…

    12 team mixed head to head which side would you rather have

    d.haren vs. garza/mcgehee

    id be getting haren, my other pitchers are jiminez, lee, baker, bucholz and j.sanchez im a little worried about garza facing the yanks, sox and jays every third outing…

  74. Frank Rizzo says:

    @fatboy slim: I’m not positive, but hasn’t Garza typically been better against his AL East matchups over all others? I think he’s been pretty tough against the Yanks/Sox.

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @fatboy slim: entirely depends on your 2B/3B situation. i have a league with mcgehee saving me from 3B hell, and it would probably cost a lot more than he’s actual worth for me to deal him and not get a 3B.

  76. Tony says:

    @Donnie Baseball: ya that nolasco outting pissed me off yesterday! frikking 2 outs from getting me a QS, which woulda won me the week in H2H, then the idiots in the pen can’t hold a 3 run lead? gimme a break…. of course i had him benched during his nice outting vs. MIL…. i can’t win playing the matchup game this yr!

  77. jimmy jack says:

    anyone knowledgable,are seth smith and spillbourghs going to platoon or is seth the left fielder?

  78. Tony says:

    what do you guys think about Cargo for Greinke? Now is defly the buy low on greinke time, but do i even want him in H2H? 10×10 we count wins, losses, QS’s, etc…..

    dealt cargo/stras in my RCL for KEMP over the weekend, for some reason i just think cargo is going to hit a wall, like some have mentioned the dude doesn’t walk…. and even if he keeps it up he’s a 20/20 .300 guy? IF he stays hot….

  79. ScoutAbout says:

    @Grey et al. I was offered his McGehee and Tommy Hanson for my Ryan Zimmerman and Nolasco. I think that is too much but might want to counter. His other SPs worth looking at are Jimenez, Gallardo, and Ervin Santana. My other SPs are Verlander, Jered Weaver, David Price, Slowey, Medlen, Clalyton Richard, and Billingley.

    I’m just looking for some suggestions as to what might be a fair offer (or am I overvaluing my players and his offer is good as is)? Also, what is realistic to expect from McGehee for the rest of the year (as compared to what I will get from Zimmerman)?

    Thanks in advance for any help?

  80. Quimmy says:

    For the next 2 weeks till montero holla’s back, Jaso or Buck? Is the answer buck for power, jaso for avg or is one clearly better?

  81. Christopher says:

    @fatboy slim: Gotta be someone other than Garza you can throw in there.

  82. jimmy jack says:

    @ScoutAbout: hanson is on a innings limit,so i wouldnt,zimm is bad ass

  83. pwnightmare says:

    The best thing about the Parra start against the Cards yesterday was that he managed to strike out seven over two innings. That doesn’t happen everyday.

  84. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @ScoutAbout: i think mcgehee can give you 90% of zimmerman’s numbers. i think he can hit right around .300, give you 25-30 HRs and 100+ RBIs. and he takes a walk, so his OBP will be fine.

    @Tony: yeah, i’m trying to figure out what i want to do with cargo right now in a league. i know his value is as high as it’s gonna get, but it’s just finding someone who believes and has something i want from their team.

  85. CoreyII says:

    @Quimmy: I like Jaso there if people think he keeps getting ABs even though the Rays have both Navarro and Shoppach on the team now.

    I have the opposite question – I’m playing Snyder now – would people prefer Jaso or YMolina as his replacement when Montero returns?

  86. El Famous Burrito says:

    Hey everyone,

    Thinking about selling high on Ubaldo in a 10 team Roto…

    What do you think of this trade?

    Ubaldo, A. Gonzales and D. Span


    Youk, Crawford and Mauer


  87. ThePoonTycoon says:

    would cargo for liriano be about right?

    yes, i’ve work on trying to move cargo for a higher end guy, no it hasn’t worked. how tony sold him + stras for kemp baffles me.

  88. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @El Famous Burrito: if that is adrian gonzalez and not alex then you are giving up way way way too much.

  89. Challenge Guy says:

    Sort of startled by the fervor of the “dump Lind” positons here. Heck I’ve been suffering with him too, but he doesn’t belong in the same class as a one-trick pony type like Quentin. Quentin bats in a crappy spot for a team that mailed it in months ago, and is a candidate for “days off”. At least Lind is in a primo spot on a team that’s putting up the runs. That said, I dropped Lind from my Fanball Challenge squad because I can’t wait around any longer given the batting avg. drag I have by also owning Texeria and BUpton. Accordingly, he’ll will now turn his season around…….

  90. jimmy jack says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: finding guys that love a player is the trick,but if your ready to and have a replacement for cargo then thats fine

  91. keith says:

    trade lind of pena in an OPS league?

  92. keith says:


  93. john says:

    @El Famous Burrito: Even still, I don’t think I would do that deal.

  94. SpiralArchitect says:

    Would you consider sitting Heyward or McCutchen to start Stanton?

    I already have Holliday and Rios in my outfield, so the gamble could be worth it. What if he has one of those crazy Jay Bruce first weeks?

    Also, if you have to drop one, is it Floyd, Harden or Ely?

  95. brad says:

    Morneau/J. Garcia for Tex/Liriano

    which side you want?

  96. El Famous Burrito says:

    @Poon Tycoon

    It is Adrian, and thanks for the advice. Frankly, the guy I’m dealing with is kind of a dick about trades, so he can go pound sand. I don’t have to give up everything for a lesser return.

  97. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @brad: tex/liriano side easy

  98. El Famous Burrito says:


    Thanks, I will re-think my strategy here. Maybe I’ll just hold Ubaldo.

    I get paranoid whenever something is going good for me, like an injury is right around the corner or something.

  99. john says:

    @brad: Tex/Liriano…get in now before PABST takes off

  100. john says:

    @El Famous Burrito: Yea, I have Ubaldo too. I tried to trade him, but failed because everyone in my league doesn’t believe his success and think he’s going to collapse.

  101. Quimmy says:

    @coryh: I like the flying Molina better, at least we know how his at bats will play out and he has been fairly productive for a catcher throughout his career

  102. SpiralArchitect says:

    Tex/Liriano for sure.

  103. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @El Famous Burrito: i’m holding ubaldo unless i’m blown away by an offer. he’s a high end prospect, and last year had a 3.03 era from may onward, so it’s not like this is completely out of nowhere. i doubt the era stays under 1.00, but no reason he couldn’t have a full season with an era around 2.50. he’s this year’s breakout, just like grienke and felix were last year’s breakouts.

  104. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    Uggla/Kershaw for Grienke/Heath bell. which side? I have uggla/kershaw and could plug Kinsler into second. util slot would be filled by stanton now.

  105. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @El Famous Burrito: also, note that ubaldo’s BBs have actually decreased as we’ve gotten deeper into the season, AND he’s still hitting 96-98 on his fastball, even late in games. so i wouldn’t worry about an injruy until i saw trouble brewing in 1 or both of those areas.

  106. Mr. Rickey says:

    NL only league – which of these bottom dwelling starters do you like best:


  107. SpiralArchitect says:

    Would you trade Kinsler and Shields for Tex?

    I already have a solid rotation (Hanson, Wainright, Cain, Price, JSantana), and I have Utley.

    8 team H2H Keeper league.

  108. El Famous Burrito says:

    @Poon Tycoon

    Thanks for the follow-ups. I’m just getting antsy, that’s all. I’ll hold, and if he continues to mow through everyone, then his trade value will just get better.

  109. SpiralArchitect says:

    @Mr. Rickey:
    I like Dana Eveland, AL pitchers always seem to succeed on the NL switch.

  110. Kid says:

    Hate to drop a hot bat, but is John Jaso a solid pickup over Napoli? Jaso filling in as DH and being primary catcher for TB has to add value. In a H2H league that counts batter Ks and OBP so Jaso seems like a potentially better add.

  111. john says:

    @SpiralArchitect: I think that is a little too much for Tex, but that might just be me.

  112. Tony says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: haha i love getting KEMP, i just hope cargo slows and stras is good but is kept on an inning limit like has been said….. then basically i think i’ve made out.

    I’d shoot for a little more than Liriano, i dont know what but more….

    @SpiralArchitect: what if he has one of those crazy I’ve never been in the bigs first weeks/months…. i’d say thats more likely. He does K alot. I’d keep heyward in.

    @Broadstreetbrawler: id rather have Kershaw than greinke, if he keeps striding forward he’s solid plus he actually has potential to get WINS.

  113. TheEvilEmpire says:

    Drop Fister for who? H2H, W/K/SV/ERA/WHIP

    Here’s a list of who’s available:


  114. anon says:

    Which side, Uggla/Kershaw or Bell/Greinke?

  115. NoEmoJoe says:

    Any faith in Aramis bouncing back? What OFer do you think is fair value for himright now?

  116. SpiralArchitect says:

    I like Heyward getting 4 at Chase, but McCutchen has some nice matchups. Stick with heyward?

  117. jimmy jack says:

    @Mr. Rickey: all spot starters

  118. El Famous Burrito says:


    Uggla/Kershaw, without knowing anymore details.

    H2H or Roto?

  119. anon says:


    nevermind, already been asked

  120. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Kid: napoli, even with Ks and OBP

  121. Justin Beaver says:

    Keeper league trade proposed, who’s the better bet for the next 5 years? Mauer or Wieters? The Wieters side gets a better draft pick.

  122. anon says:

    @El Famous Burrito:

    I was just asking for a friend who said his cpu was down, but after reading comments I see that he was able to log in. He has Kinsler as well as Uggla and needs saves. My opinion is that he should do the trade and get Greinke/Bell.

  123. Grey

    Grey says:

    @DrEasy: Ha!

    @Terrence Mann: Hehe

    @Enrique: It was a bad start from Ely, these things will happen. A few bad starts in a row is a problem. Those waiver wire guys are terrible. I’d just stay with Bonderman for one more.

    @Ruah: Lose him.

    @hideousmutants: Sell Markakis or Quentin for whatever you can get.

    @dingus: Sure

    @Bodymore: Sure, take Youk. Grab Corpas for now.

    @Howard: Ha!

    @Schlitzy: Sure

    @Johnny Drama: Depends on needs… I’d take Mauer/Wilson.

    @Mike: I’d take Morgan.

    @Ian: Hehe

    @The Giant Brain: It’s fair. Depends what you need.

    @K: I’d take Jaso.

    @Brian: Sit Heyward, drop Floyd.

    @charlie batch: Jones

    @Kazmere: Lose Posada… You’re done with Ortiz already? I’d give him another week or so.

    @Wilsonian: A) Too much. B) You’re trying to trade away an OF cause you have too many, why are trying to trade for one here?

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Morrow

    @ScottyM: Thanks! I’d grab Lind.

    @William: Eh, tomato-tomahto. If you need power, go with Lopez.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: No point to that trade.

    @Kazmere: Cecil, Slowey…

    @magicterp: LeBlanc

    @Frank Rizzo: I wouldn’t.

    @Howie Met Your Mother: Pena, Stanton…

    @Commish Cauda: Bruce, Gomes…

    @Tarasco’s Secret Stash: Jaso…

    @mr baseball: Ha!

    @CoreyII: Jaso’s fine for now.

    @john: Napoli

    @Hebrew: Nolasco…

    @Nathan: Quentin, Stanton…

    @Mark Geoffriau: It’s fine.

    @Donnie Baseball: Not sure, that’s always the case with Nolasco. He always looks good. His ERA never shows that though.

    @jimmy jack: Smith doesn’t play vs. lefties.

    @ScoutAbout: I don’t like downgrading Zimmerman to McGehee. I’d want at least Gallardo. Though you don’t need him, so this trade’s kinda eh for you.

    @Quimmy: No, that’s the answer. Jaso could give you more than two categories though.

    @pwnightmare: Yup

    @ThePoonTycoon: Seems about fair.

    @Challenge Guy: Yup

    @keith: If you need a 1st baseman, it’s okay.

    @Mr. Rickey: Correia (at home), Eveland…

    @SpiralArchitect: Eh

    @Kid: Napoli’s much better than Jaso.

    @TheEvilEmpire: Correia (at home), Ohman…

    @Tony: Ha!

    @Justin Beaver: Mauer…

  124. Wileyqed says:

    Is Ibanez still a better option going forward than Chris Young or Jose Guillen? In a 12 team H2H and I’ve been struggling with RBIs and HRs lately. My other OF’s are Victorino and Stubbs.

  125. SpiralArchitect says:

    Trade JBautista for Markakis? I have to think Markakis will get 15 HR and 72 RBI from this point forward, but will Bautista?

  126. Broadstreetbrawler says:

    @Grey: Sorry Grey, might have missed it, which side of grienke/bell for uggla/kershaw?

  127. fatboy slim says:

    thanks for the input…guess im just a little nervous about garza over the past couple of starts and figured haren has nowhere to go but up…i do have bautista holding down 3rd right now though

  128. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @SpiralArchitect: eh, i think you have to start dread pirate and heyward in over stanton. sure if you were rolling raul ibanez out as your OF3 or util guy or something, then plug in stanton, cause it can’t get worse. but both heyward and dread pirate have proven to be more than capable of handling MLB pitching. stanton hasn’t. if he goes off, there is always next week.

  129. GTS says:

    Which start do you like the best: Richard @ NYM (Pelfrey), Medlen @ ARI (Jackson), or Kennedy vs. ATL (Kawakami)?

  130. SpiralArchitect says:

    Does anyone think Buehrle can turn it around this season? Is 9-6 rest of the way with a 4ish ERA ridiculous?

  131. @Grey: Matt Stairs killed it. Swish for Bills? Standard 5 + OBP & QS

  132. chrisbenson says:

    am i crazy to think i could have created a mega player with seth smith/jonny gomes?? lol (one vs right, one vs left?)

  133. dsimon says:

    Grey what are your general thoughts on Adam Lind for the rest of the season and beyond? His K rate in 2008 and 2009 was 18.1% and 18.7% and he’s at 27.4% now.

    What gives? Was he a total flash in the pan? You think this is temporary?

  134. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Didn’t get my lineup set in time and missed out on Cueto & Hamel’s starts. Who’s a better 2 start pickup for tomorrow and Sunday in my 12 tm H2H


    I’ll have 6 starts to his 8 this week. I’d have to drop Garcia. There’s a good bit of available pitching as we can only roster 9 P’s total.

  135. Bodymore says:

    @Grey: already have corpas, was deciding whether to cut ohman.
    Which would you do if you needed a kendry replacement… haren for youk or adam jones for smoak?

  136. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chrisbenson: No, it’s not a bad formula.

    @dsimon: He’s not a flash in the pan. He’s struggling right now. He has 35 homer power.

    @timSTi: Slowey

    @Bodymore: Smoak…

  137. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    In my 2 catcher, 12 team 5×5 league I picked up Jason Kendall when Pudge got injured. To my surprise, he’s been pretty good, even picking up a couple of SBs. With pudge coming back from the DL who will be a better option going forward, Pudge or Kendall?

  138. chrisbenson says:

    grey, would you move j-up in my keeper?
    jup has potential…but hes killing me this year. we get nailed for K’s…

    should i just hold tight, or do you think there are guys out there who are better? who i might be able to get?

    if so, who are some of them? votto? tex? etc? orrr

  139. How painful was the Chad Billingley’s outing on Saturday?

    0 ER, 1.00 WHIP, 5 K through 6, in line for the W, then not only 3 consecutive singles, but the hook plus all 3 runners scoring. Ouch. Good thing he was on my bench for that one.

    On the other hand, another stellar outing at home for Ricky Romero. Had to bench him due to the resurgent Pettitte, though.

  140. SoHo says:

    What kind of bat should I expect in return for Ubaldo in a trade? Would Utley be a legitimate target?

  141. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: Tomato-tomahto. If you like Kendall, I’d play him.

    @chrisbenson: If you can get Votto or Tex I’d do it. But Upton will be a better, he does K though.

    @Arthur O: Yeah, frustrating.

    @SoHo: Utley’s legitimate.

  142. Your mom's corn hole says:

    I have been a huge sagnof guy, and my league mate offered me either:

    Nunez and Fragu for Hamilton

    Nunez for Cargo

    Gregg and Fragu for Cargo.

    I told him I would do the Cargo and he is hestating pulling the trigger but I think all these deals are fair. Correct?

  143. Kent Bottenfield says:

    @Grey: This week, in a h2h league that counts losses I have 10 scheduled SP to my opponent’s 6. I’m looking to bench maybe 2-3 (not all 4, so I still have the advantage in wins and Ks). Could you pick out the ones you would bench for me please?

    F-Her – @Tex / @SD (clearly not the latter)
    J. Sanchez – @Cincy
    Hudson – @Min
    Lester – @Cle
    Verlander – Pit
    Strasburg – Pit / @Cle
    Ervin – @Oak
    Nolasco – @TB

    Nolasco seems like a no-brainer bench here…then maybe Hudson @ the Twins? And I’ve actually considered benching F-Her @ Tex just because of all my other nice matchups. Any thoughts on those, and maybe any others I listed? Thanks in advance!

  144. sean says:

    Is it not the dirtiest trick of all time that Uncle Vernon and Jose Bautista are leading the world in offense and Adam Lind is hitting .210. Is it opposite year and nobody told me?

  145. Eddy says:

    Chris Smith, Brewers’ minor league closer was promoted…

  146. sean says:

    @Kent Bottenfield: I’d sit Nolasco and Hudson, though Minnesota has been playing like Petco.

  147. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddy: Thanks for the heads up!

  148. Shack says:

    In a H2H .OBP league. Considering Jaso. I’ve got Soto (OBP .401) and Montero on the DL. Is he a better long term option than Soto and/or Montero? Jaso has an OBP of .423 and avg .307 thus far but I’m sketchy about the DHing and 3rd on the Depth Chart for C.
    Biggest question though: is it pronounced Jaso or Yaso? Yaso will make me lean towards a pick-up. Gives me the chace to shit-talk about him to white-friends who go “WHO’S THAT?!?!?”

  149. sean says:

    @Arthur O: Get used to it. Torre always hangs him out to dry. I’ve had Bills the last two years and it happens way too often. It’s good for trying to steal a W, but it’s bad for the ratios.

    Though it wasn’t as bad as Nolasco getting the hook with two outs and the bases loaded and the guy out of the pen promptly gives him a two-earned-run mushroom stamp.

  150. Wilsonian says:

    Soto is driving me nuts. I spend most of my time bitching about him, and today he’s 2 for 2 with a ribbie and a bomb to left center that woulda been out in 90% of the parks. Would you make up your damn mind, Geo?!?!

  151. Shack says:

    @Wilsonian: MOTHER. . . Grey disregard my last post about Yaso. Soto just roped me in for another ride on the shit wheel. WWEEEEEugh it’s gross on here

  152. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Shack: I believe it’s Jaso, unfortunately. I’d just hold Soto.

    @dsimon: I’d want F-Her there.

    @Wilsonian: Ha


  153. Bobby Nice says:

    I’m looking to pick up Carlos Pena, as he was just dropped. I’m trying to figure who to drop:

    Chone Figgins (Util / Bench)
    J. Sanchez
    None of the above?

  154. Steve Mc says:

    Would you trade Weaver and Stanton for Holliday?

  155. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bobby Nice: FraGu…

    @Steve Mc: Yup


  156. Junker23 says:

    Drop Wieters for Napoli? Seems like a no-brainer, but I’m hesitant that I’ll be missing out on Wieters being awesome later on this season.

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