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Hanley Ramirez said he wasn’t lollygagging after the ball.  I see his point.  You can’t chase after the ball.  You kick the ball to the curb, neg it then hope the ball comes back to you.  That’s Pickup Artist Rules 101.  Hanley was benched yesterday and now there’s talk he may get traded.  Fredi said, “We don’t want the game played like that in front of our fans.”  Insert your “There are no Marlin fans” joke here.  I don’t think he’s traded away.  In fact, I think all this shizz blows over in a day or so.  What are the Marlins going to do?  Trade away their best player?  As someone in the audience of Jerry Springer might say, “Pay first month on that puh-lease.”  Fredi Gonzalez will be out of job before Hanley gets traded.  Hanley being Manny and the Marlins will learn to deal with it.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cameron Maybin – Hit his 2nd homer of the year.  That’s so Maybin!

Grady Sizemore – Had an MRI on his knee.  Know why?  Cause they can’t do an MRI on his bat.

Andre Ethier – Placed on the DL as lispers everywhere mourn.  But his name was Ethier to say! My guess is he’ll miss close to a month.

Shaun Marcum – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Has been incredible so far this year.  ERA at 2.61, WHIP’s at 0.97 as he leads the AL in innings.  He gets the Diamondbacks next in the no-DH, swing-friendly desert.  Yes, please.

Edwin Encarnacion – Hit a home run in his first at-bat back.  He’s fine in deep leagues as a stopgap, but when Snider returns in ten days, Edwin will lose playing time to Bautista.  To paraphrase, you Edwin some, you lose some.

David Price – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His 1.81 ERA is a bit of a mirage obviously, but he can be a good one for a long time to come.

Trevor Hoffman – Don’t you love when a guy’s ERA and WHIP says INF and INF?  That’s short for infested.  As in, my pitching was fine today except for the Trevor Hoffman infestation.  The Brewers could go to Villanueva or Coffey, in that order.  They should.  Will they is a whole different story.  They may ask Hoffman to go to the Disgraceful List to save face and my ERA and WHIP.   Then again, I can’t believe the Brewers have stuck with Hoffman as long as they have, so really what do I know?  Besides where you live.  That’s me standing behind you.  Hey!

Casey McGehee – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs with his first steal of the year.  Now only 3 RBIs away from leading the NL.  Considering his lineup and where he hits in it, it’s not completely fluky.  That’s assuming RBIs aren’t fluky, of course.

Austin Jackson – 1-for-4, as he bats .329.  His average has now dropped about 50 points since I made him a Sell.  It’s your team, friend.

Carlos Quentin – 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs after getting almost a week off for unsportsmanlike behavior.  You know, not hitting, fielding, running or anything else from his sport.

Andres Torres – 2-for-5 with a homer yesterday, but that’s not his bag.  It’s steals.  Who is he?  He’s the guy who’s playing every day in the Giants outfield while batting 2nd.  So why don’t you know him?  Because he’s 32 years old.  When you don’t know a guy that’s 32, you wonder where he’s been, right?  The minors.  On and off since 1998.  He’ll get exploited soon, but he’s a source of steals while he’s hitting.

Jason Donald – 2-for-3 in his major league debut.  He batted ninth, which makes sense since the Indians have Trevor Crowe and Mark Grudzielmacallit at the top of the order.  Can’t break those two up.  They’re like peas and carrots.  Over boiled, unsalted peas and carrots that you wouldn’t feed to the dog.  In the case of Sooner vs. Later, Jason Donald should move up the order.

Carlos Zambrano – Lou Piniella said, “We moved Zambrano to the bullpen because he had a 7.40 ERA.  He now has 7.07 ERA.  So that worked as well as everything else I’ve done this year.  I am Sweet Lou.  Now pray to my sweetness.”  The preceding wasn’t an exact quote.  So Z’s moving back to the rotation.  Z magnifique?  Nope.  Z adequate?  Yup.  I said I wouldn’t own him in the preseason, ended up drafting him then dropped him.  I’m not rushing out to grab him again.  Z you later!

Luke Scott – Yesterday, he hit his 5th and 6th homers since May 8th.  He has 9 homers overall.  He won’t have value for longer than two or three weeks, so if you want/need power, Scott is providing it right now.  Now go take your emoticons and pick him up.

Corey Patterson – Hit his 2nd homer of the year (he only has, like, 25 ABs).  Patterson’s one of the streakiest hitters out there.  After Luke Scott, of course.  And that, sir, is no slander.  You want slander?  Luke Scott and Corey Patterson usually suck dog balls.

Kevin Millwood – 8 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I grabbed him in one league for his two start week. (He gets the Nats in his next start.  It’s a’ight in most H2H leagues.)

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 14 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Lately, F-Her has been more like F-Me.  Someone in the comments yesterday mentioned F-Her might be battling a sore back.  It could be since his WHIP is out of control right now.  Not normal for him.

Troy Glaus – Hit his 4th homer in his last seven games.  These waiver wire guys don’t stay hot forever.  Well, except for Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton.

Kris Medlen – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Actually pitched better than the line shows.  Medlen made only two mistakes and coasted through 5 of 6 innings.

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks as he was appropriately enough Greinke’d!

Tyler Clippard – Took the loss as he moves to a 7-3 record.  Starting pitchers who have not missed a start only have 9 starts.  Clippard’s got ten decisions!  Yes, my voice is cracking right now like Tim Kurkjian.

Juan Miranda – The not-so-young Yankee rookie hit a homer yesterday.  After the homer, Miranda doffed his fruit basket to the crowd.  He’s a bit old for prospect status, but if the Yankees slot him in at DH for an extended period of time, he could hit some homers.  Right now, it’s not clear he’ll have every day time.  Fine in AL-Only leagues, I’d wait a bit in mixed leagues.

Miguel Olivo – Left the game after trying to do The Triple Lindy slide into 2nd base.  As of post time, he’s day-to-day.  Somewhere, Chris Iannetta laughs maniacally.

Jhoulys Chacin – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He gets the Royals next and that’s tough to pass up, but after that game I’ll probably say you shouldn’t own him in any mixed leagues.  You’ve been served!

Carlos Lee – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer in 3 games.  First, Quentin now the other Latino Chuck is clicking.  Don’t think Carlos Lee is anything more than a 25 homer, .270 hitter, but considering how bad he’s been, you’ll take it.

Felipe Lopez – Homered as he hit leadoff.  He’ll probably stay at the top of the order since no one else is hitting on the Cards and La Russa’s not crazy/drunk enough to bat the pitcher leadoff.  Or is he?

Torii Hunter – Now has 2 homers in 2 games.  Must be heating up in Texas aka Coors South.

Jered Weaver – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  I was thinking I should bench him because of Arlington and the Rangers scare me.  Unfortunately, I went with the bold move to start him.  Stupid nads.

C.J. Wilson – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  You had to kinda figure the 1.48 ERA wasn’t gonna hold all year.  If you didn’t, you should read this.  Wilson may quickly become a guy you only want to start on the road.  Am I seeing the future?  Yes.  Enjoy your Beef ‘n Macaroni at lunch.  No, that’s not a hair.  It’s yarn.

Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks as the Pirates beat him.  Ladies and gentlemen, you’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land where Carlos Silva wins his fifth game and the Pirates beat Roy Halladay — Next stop, The Twilight Zone!

Josh Beckett – Left the game with the same back problems that forced him to miss a start earlier in the season.  Chris Berman would diagnose Beckett with “back, back, back” problems.

  1. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Got offered Youk and King Felix for Morneau and Nolasco. Not sure if I want to pull the trigger, but I wouldn’t mind upgrading my hispanic starter. What do ya think?

  2. Ryan Beariot says:

    Grey, Russ Martin is available. Currently rostering Miguel Olivo, your thoughts?

  3. Terrence Mann says:

    Nice use of the name Ethier!

    Hoffman has been the best addition to my razz team, by far. Over 20 points yesterday and didn’t suck up any innings? How awesome is that?

    The Brewers have set themselves up on this one. There’s that huge sign in the outfield of Miller Park pimping “600”. It’s primed to be the biggest FAIL sign in history, next to “Mission Accomplished”.

  4. Sucklingduck says:

    Just say Ironman 2. Usually not into these types of movies but my inner nerd was definitely entertained. Maybe it was just Scar Jo looking so damn good.

    anyway, which side does everyone like better in a 5×5 roto league.

    Lind, Nolasco, Beckham


    granderson, wandy, austin jackson, aviles

  5. Sucklingduck says:

    @Ryan Beariot: i own Russell Martin in one league and I’m bored just typing his name. I would stick with Olivo. He plays in Coors and hit 23 homeruns last year in less than 400 at bats. Lucky HR/FB ratio? yup. But still much better than what Martin can give you in 600 plate appearances.

  6. Grey — Ethier you meant Jared Weaver (not Jeff) or I really missed something last night.

  7. Grey: Are you still a believer in Smoak in one-year leagues? I’ve been using him off and on in my UTIL spot in a 16-team league, but Glaus is mocking me from the waiver wire.

  8. Les says:

    One year 12 team Yahoo league my team :
    C Geovany Soto
    1b Prince Fielder
    2b Rickie Weeks
    3b Kevin Youkilis
    SS Jimmy Rollins, Starlin Castro
    OF Nelson Cruz, Adam Lind, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Carlos Quentin, Adam Jones

    I’ve been offered Michael Young and Adrian Gonzalez for Kevin Youkilis and Carlos Gonzalez, should I pull the trigger? Or try to rework the trade? Thanks in advance!

  9. @Asdrubal Bastardo I would want Youk/F-Her in that side – Morneau will wind up getting hurt and Youk will continue with solid production

    F-Her will outproduce Nolasco by a lot

  10. Aaron says:

    Is the Triple Lindy Rodney Dangerfield’s dive in Back to School?

  11. Giant JJ says:

    I take Hanley’s word at face value simply because the alternative is unfathomable. Players want to win. I know lazy players don’t hustle, but they don’t jog when base runners are all over the diamond and heading home. He just had to be hurt.

    20 team 5×5. My Hart and Chris Davis for his meche and Blalock?

  12. sean says:

    What the shizz happened to Sanchez last night? I go to bed, he’s through four scoreless with 4Ks. I wake up, he gives up 4 ER in 6 IP. Freaking left coast… Can’t trust them once you close your eyes.

  13. bodymore says:

    Do you think Quentin regains form? He just hit the waiver in my league, maybe I drop Willingham for him.

  14. steamer says:

    Adam Jones has about 1 week left on my team before he’s gone. I can’t handle anymore 1 for 4s with a bunt single. I can’t even trade him for Bautista! If I would have typed this 4 weeks ago people would think I’m crazy. This is why this game is crazy, amazing how hot/cold streaks change players value so quickly.

  15. bodymore says:


    Tell me about it, the problem with jones is that its been 3/4 of a season of hitting under .250. Was pre ASB last year a fluke? Has he been aching since?

    Every at bat, he looks so frustrated, it has to be affecting his game…he’s getting fined for spiking his helmet. He is such a sucker for junk low and away, that I’m losing faith he can turn it around.

    I gave up Billingsley for him, which at the time seemed like a great trade…but I’m close to dropping Jones too. I just can’t pull the trigger yet given that I gave up a decent SP for him.

    Good point though, I’d never have thought Quentin would hit the wire in my league.

  16. PepeSilvia says:

    12 team mixed league, I have to start at least two of these guys today, but I can start all three if I want. Which two (or should I go with all three)?

    Gorzelanny (@Phi)
    Harang (@Atl)
    Kennedy (SF)

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @steamer: in a league with only 4 bench spots, i had to drop either smoak or pacman when cruz came off the DL. i dropped pacman.

  18. Danks Nugs says:

    Fukudome or Maybin?

  19. Wilsonian says:

    @Enrique: I’m guessing that was a Freudian slip. He pitched so much like Jeff that Grey thought he had actually morphed into Jeff…it could also reference the Twilight Zone quip re: Halladay losing an f-in game to the Buccos and Jered actually transformed into his brother on the mound…ridiculous!

  20. whigs says:

    Trade help re: Hanley

    My pitching staff:
    Josh Johnson
    Johnny Cueto
    Ian Kennedy
    John Ely
    Scott Olsen

    He’s offering Hanley, Posada and Correia for my Ubaldo, M. Olivio, and Bartlett.

    12 team H2H points (no MI,CI…don’t laugh), would you take the trade?

  21. Crafty35a says:

    Who do you like better the rest of the way — Peavy or Cueto?

  22. This was a very excellent recap, Mr. Grey. Thank you. The Jason Donald peas-and-carrots entry sent several sips of coffee out of my mouth and on to my bathrobe. Every time I thought it was safe to re-sip — snorf!

    Thoughts on Mo Rivera? You know, the sore-backed forty-year-old reliever currently getting smacked about by the BoSox? I have half-a-mind to pick up Joba, but then I have the-other-half-of-mind that’s hesitant because Jobmonster is also getting pwnsoned of late.

    Couldn’t bring myself to pick up Carlos Newhouse on the Brews, just as I couldn’t pill the trigger on Corpas. Newhouse has had this job before and pooped the bed several times, while I was under the sheets. Meanwhile, I’ve cast my lot instead with 63-yr-old Jose Contreras. As Ferecito would say: “Ay dios mio!”

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: I like the Youk side, though you might want to wait a few days for news on Felix. I own him and am wondering if we won’t see a DL stint soon.

    @Ryan Beariot: I’d stick with Olivo.

    @Enrique: I think you can lose Smoak for Glaus (swap oa for au), but keep an eye on Smoak. He will get hot this summer and he will have one terrific month.

  23. Wilsonian says:

    Is Luke Scott an actual pick-up for the time being in an 8 Team H2H, or is this too much of a stretch? I could use some pop while my guys are slumping their asses off, and thought he could work while he’s hot.

  24. Danks Nugs says:

    Not that it’s any great revelation or anything, but I don’t see the Yanks slotting Miranda at DH for any length of time that would make him worth owning. Girardi has shot down the idea of using Posada there and playing Cervelli behind the dish because he wants to rotate some of the older guys in and out of the DH slot to give them a bit of a rest…

  25. Just for fun, I looked back at Villanueva’s brief stint as fill-in closer for the Brews last year, when we had the last round of the “Hoffman Is Done” discussions and Hoff went to the Disgraceful List.

    It looked like this: BS, BS, SV, L, SV

    Macha was the Brewers manager then as well, yes? Do you think maybe he went through all his Pepto Bismol with Newhouse last time around?

    Call me crazy but I think they go to Coffey if they make the switch. Coffey had success in Cincinnati as a fill-in closer. Also, he’s been ahead of Newhouse in the bullpen pecking order, i.e. he’s pitching the 8th these days, with LaTroy Hawkins out.

    @Wilsonian: Depends on who you have to drop, but sure, why not? Homers is homers.

  26. Wilsonian says:

    @Wilsonian: Related follow-up: Smoak is the bizzaro world Luke Scott right now…is Smoak droppable for Scott in a 16 Team H2H Keeper (5 players, as long as you want, no other rules)?

  27. Wilsonian says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: being that it’s an 8 Teamer…I have limited resources to drop. Right now that would be either Span, Krispie or MMD. Anyone for Scott?

  28. Lob Ball says:

    I’m quickly losing patience with Smoak & Mirrors. These guys are available: Venable, J Guillen, Borbon, Eckstein, D Young, and Andres Torres. Time to make a move or keep the faith?

  29. paddytwotimes says:


    Legally, slander about a public figure needs actual malice aka knowledge of falsity. So since Corey Patterson and Luke Scott do normally suck dog balls (in a figurative sense I hope), you did not commit any slander my friend.

    That will be 150 dollars.

  30. Donnie Baseball says:

    Ha! at Ethier. At first I was like what the hell is he talking about. Then I said it out loud.

  31. EffenHooer says:

    drop Headley for Bautista or Wigginton?

    (I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks)


  32. Ciao Grey — How would you rank Bernadina, Corey Patterson, Saunders, Fred Lewis, Hinske, and Thames as a short-term WW pickup in a very deep roto league? I’m looking for a last OF who won’t hurt in AVE and who may add some pop or an SB or two.

    Also, what are your thoughts on Tillman if he comes up in two or three weeks. Is he worth speculatively picking up before his first start?

  33. steamer says:

    Speaking of Jones, what do you think of Ad. Jones/J. Garcia for Sizemore/A. Bailey?

  34. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    With Ethier hitting the DL, I need a bat…Freese or Rolen?

  35. K says:

    @anyone: I’m in a deep keeper league with OPS as a 6th category. We have individual LF/CF/RF spots and I have Milledge as my CF. Would anyone rather have any of these available CF? Maybin, Sweeney, Rowand?

  36. Ron Washington's Stache says:

    @PepeSilvia: Kennedy vs. SF for sure. Not so sure about the other two.
    @Lob Ball: Time to keep the faith.

  37. giantJJ says:

    i’d bet grey is the happiest man in the business of fantasy baseball pundits. he must laugh his ass off alone in front of the computer whenever he comes up with a doozie. i know i do when i read them. it has to be a blast to write when you are that good at it. rock on, brother.

  38. knighttown says:

    Which schmohawk to sub in for Asdrubal? My biggest needs are runs and average but whatever…it’s only May.


    And I just dropped Asdrubal as my DL spots were filled with Snyder and DeLaRosa. Right call?

  39. TheEvilEmpire says:

    My Andruw Jones and Jon Rauch for his BJ Upton.

    Good deal?

  40. TheEvilEmpire says:

    I should mention, I have Bell, CarMa, Simon, and Corpas for RP and my OF has been decimated by injury.

    Pence, Fred Lewis, and Boesch are my OFers with Ethier and Snider on the DL.

  41. Eric says:

    Everyone — Who are some pitchers you think could be worth targeting in return for Wigginton by himself or paired with someone else, like Chaucin? I’m finding myself with good replacements for Wiggy but still in need of an upgrade at SP and RP.

  42. Chris says:

    Grey, I’m about to move 2 guys to the DL. I was going to add 2 of these 4 SP: Olsen, Cecil, Ely, Richard. Who would you get?

  43. K says:

    Anyone – I’m in a deep keeper league with OPS as a 6th category. We have individual LF/CF/RF spots and I have Milledge as my CF. Would anyone rather have any of these available CF? Maybin, Sweeney, Rowand?

  44. Fletch says:

    @Grey – Do I drop CarGo for Quentin who is on waivers?

  45. Philabuster says:

    Nickname alert!

    Tyler Clippard is…The Decider.

  46. Red Panda says:

    Would you drop Alexei for Ian Desmond? Desmond’s stats to-date are already better as a rookie, but I am wondering if Alexei should come out of his funk now that he’s 7 weeks in.

  47. Commish Cauda says:

    @Ryan Beariot: drop Olivo for Martin

  48. Jackie says:

    Advice needed:

    I’m in a very competitive 12-team ML 5×5 league. Someone just dropped Mike Stanton and I have the #1 waiver pick. Do I use up the pick and scoop him up? It is a keeper league though I need production THIS year (I’m in the hunt).

    And if I pick him up, who do I drop for him among Kearns, Cody Ross, Jose Lopez (starting to hit), Nyjer Morgan. Thinking of dropping Kearns.


  49. Mike D. says:

    @Grey: AL Only, 5×5 Roto:

    Do I trade F-Her/Ass-Cab (really the combo) for Cecil/Cano?

    Overall, I’m a little stronger in pitching than hitting.

    If I held onto F-Her, my alternatives to fill Ass-Cab’s active slot in my lineup would be either Hank Blalock or “soon-to-be, 2-B” Carlos Guillen (I can use Tejeda in either CI or MI).

    Thanks Grey,
    Mike D.

  50. Back to Minors says:

    @Fletch: Drop Cargo for Quentin…are you nuts?

  51. Mike D. says:

    @Jackie: Just saw your post above mine. Definitely use your #1 waiver and drop Kearns IMO.

    Mike D.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Asdrubal Bastardo: Pretty much a push, so I’d stay pat.

    @Terrence Mann: Ha! And nice move on the Razzball team.

    @Sucklingduck: Lind side… Haven’t seen the Ironman 2 yet, so can’t say.

    @Enrique: Oops, confused my mullets. Thanks for pointing that out.

    @Enrique: I am a believer, but in the UTIL spot, you just gotta run with the hot hand. Go with Glaus.

    @Les: I don’t see how this trade makes you better.

    @Aaron: Yup

    @Giant JJ: I’d keep Hart.

    @sean: Ha

    @bodymore: I’d lose Willingham for him.

    @PepeSilvia: I’d sit Gorzelanny.

    @Danks Nugs: Maybin

    @Wilsonian: Ha!

    @Lob Ball: I’d hold unless I needed speed then I’d go with Borbon.

    @paddytwotimes: Ha!

    @Donnie Baseball: Hehe

    @EffenHooer: You can go with Wiggy.

    @Enrique: Yup on Tillman. Patterson, Bernadina…

    @steamer: I’d take the Sizemore side.

    @Ron Washington’s Stache: Rolen

    @K: Maybin

    @giantJJ: Aw, thanks, man. That was nice of you to say.

    @knighttown: Dropping Asdrubal is fine… Aviles…

    @TheEvilEmpire: Sounds good.

    @Eric: You’re better off trying to get a cheap closer… Say Dotel, maybe Nunez, not in that order. Really need a SP, then maybe a fast starter that no one trusts, say Penny. One people might want to get out of now, say CJ or Weaver…

    @Chris: Richard (at home), Olsen, Ely…

    @Fletch: Nope

    @Philabuster: Nice!

    @Red Panda: You can make that move, sure.

    @Jackie: Lose Kearns for him.

    @Mike D.: Nice combo. That trade is fine for you.

  53. Jangles says:

    Folks: Would you drop Nyjer Morgan or Unsexy Alexei for Starlin Castro? Or hold onto them and leave Castro. Need some help at SS!

    thankee kindlee

  54. Hilarious Grey. Too much funny edgy shizz to mention. & it’s remarkable how a 2 fo’ 4 night and a couple of HRs can peak interest in a guy like Quentin. Just showed up on waivers in a small 10 Team H2H league where OFs are plentiful. Is he worth a high waiver priority? Still carrying and not giving up on Grady & PacMan, waiting for Grandy to be activated in about 10 days, & usually play a hot OF or UTIL (presently the righty swingin’Swisher & Hart). Please also factor that I own too many CHW for my liking (Alexei, Rios and friggin’Beckham) and despise having to endure their manager’s eloquent post game nonsense. All considered, burn the waiver spot & give Quentin a shot in such a small format with 3 other palehose players managed by an ass?

  55. bodymore says:

    Thanks. Too bad I just wasted my high waiver claim on Floyd, only to drop him (Though the guy that picked him up dropped Quentin) I guess we’ll see if I get it.

    Do you like Bonderman as a spot starter tomorrow vs Oak? I might have to drop Gregerson to make room, but the QS/W might help more than a few IP with good stats.

  56. NukeLaDouche says:

    Bartlett over Aybar right?

  57. airlifting says:

    A gets Howard & Figgins. B gets Shields, Papelbon, & Alexei.

    A needs powers & steals, B needs SVs and SPs.

  58. Tom says:

    Grey and everyone need your suggestion of a trade

    Butler & Andrus

    Weeks & Verlander

    i currently have braind roberts and juan uribe as my 2b


  59. birrrrdy says:

    So sad that Paddy is charging you $150 for bad legal advice.

    Aside from the malpractice, slander is when something defamatory is spoken.

    Grey, you are clearly committing libel, which is defamation in written form. But if someone has any photos of these guys sucking dog balls, then truth is an absolute defense.

  60. Tom says:

    wait change that to

    Butler & Andrus

    Weeks & Weaver

    i currently have braind roberts and juan uribe as my 2b


  61. Commish Cauda says:

    H2H-POINTS League

    Trade McCann for Zobrist?

    Beckham was my only 2B. I am now currently streaming 2B with the best available free agents, (Barmes, Sean Rodriguez, DeWitt, etc….and most recently Jamey Carroll and Felipe Lopez). Such a trade would instead mean streaming C with Napoli, Snyder, or Max Ramirez).

    So it translates to either:

    Napoli & Zobrist
    McCann & hot 2B of the moment

    What say you?

  62. charlie batch says:

    DlR was dropped in one of my 12 team leagues. Is he ownable at this point?

  63. Wilsonian says:

    8 Team H2H keeper league. I deal MMD and Span for Wright and his 9 billion Ks. Is this a no brainer for me?

    Also, drop Smoak (who is currently riding the pine) in a 16 Team H2H keeper league for Scott? The only other option to drop would be Headley who’s in one UTIL spot and Lind in the other.

  64. whigs says:

    sorry to repost…

    Trade help re: Hanley

    My pitching staff:
    Josh Johnson
    Johnny Cueto
    Ian Kennedy
    John Ely
    Scott Olsen

    He’s offering Hanley, Posada and Correia for my Ubaldo, M. Olivio, and Bartlett.

    12 team H2H points (no MI,CI…don’t laugh), would you take the trade?

  65. Tom says:


    Butler & Andrus

    Weeks & CJ Wilson

    i currently have braind roberts and juan uribe as my 2b


  66. Tom says:

    SORRY FINAL Change

    Butler & Andrus

    Weeks & CJ Wilson

    i currently have brian roberts and juan uribe as my 2b


  67. ETMcgee says:

    anyone else hoping that Lady/Gimpy Sizemore goes on the DL? I would love to stick him on the DL and leave him there until he produces something besides suckitude…

  68. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, the Rockies are facing a bunch of right handers in the next few days (Paulino, Oswalt, Bannister). Would you pick up Seth Smith and drop somebody like Branyan or Gomes?

  69. GopherDay says:

    @whigs: One word….Heck Yeah!!! Okay, I guess thats two words, but you get the point.

  70. Howard says:

    Grey, I think it’s time to me to cut bait on Qualls. Likely candidates on waivers include: Rodney, Villanueva, Corpas, Heilman…? ty

  71. Howard says:

    @Grey Have been getting a popup window from when I come to Razzball. That’s new, is it part of the site or just someone trying to glom on to your following?

  72. Dingo says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Funny – I did just that a second ago. Nice to see my actions confirmed by Baron’s advice!

  73. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: I’d take Wright there and drop Headley.

    @whigs: I’d take Hanley.

    @Tom: I’d want Butler’s side.

    @ETMcgee: Best thing he could do at this point.

    @Van Hammersly: It’s a wash, but if you want to lose Branyan for him, it’s okay.

    @Howard: I’d hold.

    @Howard: Yeah, it comes occasionally, sorry.

  74. Real Tom says:

    Is Cain way too much to give up for Konerko or Lind? I need power numbers.

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Real Tom: trade him for lind, not for konerko

  76. Kent Bottenfield says:

    Start Baker against the Sawx? As of now I’ve opted not to, but say the word and I shall entrust all my fantasy successes to your daquiris.

  77. Quimmy says:

    Quick help please

    I send fielder
    I receive cargo, Stewart and Ricky romero


  78. airlifting says:

    A gets J. Reyes, B gets Butler.

  79. whodat says:

    Good or bad trade. Felix Hernandez for Jason Bay and Brian Fuentes.

  80. Danks Nugs says:

    @Grey: Thanks for answering my Fuk-o-dome vs Maybin question before. Instead of limiting myself to just dropping one for the other, though, who would you say is the most droppable from this list?


  81. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Is it possible that Fredi was looking at Hanley’s 2 SBs on the season when he benched him for “lack of hustle”?

  82. Goose says:

    what is up with Nyjer? he’s not hitting, not stealing (our league counts CSs too, which hurts) — he’s not doin’ anything at all. he’s my UTIL, and i need the steals, so i’m hoping for a rebound soon. but i’m also starting to hate him. advice: would you drop him for one of these guys: Conor Jackson, Pagan, Cust, Stubbs, Fowler, Fred Lewis…? thanks!

  83. birrrrdy says:

    @Grey you can’t sue yourself, as there is no standing. But you could form a corporation – Razzball, Inc. – and then have that entity sue you personally. But not on the libel allegataions from the dog ball suckers. They have to bring that suit. Razzball, Inc.’s cause of action against you would need to be along the lines of breach of fiduciary duties, corporate waste, and perhaps fraud in convincing us all to pick up Juan Gutierrez at some point this year, or in stating that Ramon Hernandez would hit 19 HRs in your preseason predictions leading me to draft him in a NL only league with only 10 teams and 1 catcher position…


  84. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Would you trade any (and if so, which) of these SPs to get Zobrist?


  85. tHe ShiT says:

    @Grey: Which side of this trade, PacMan/Gallardo 4 Lester/Bruce?

  86. @Grey: Torres has had decent BB rates, which set him apart from other SAGNOF guys (Stubbs, EverCab, C.Pat, Donald) available in this league that counts BA/OBP.

    If Donald can hit his way up to the top of the order (which isn’t hard) he could be an interesting play.

    As you said, Medlen looked really good last night. I think he’ll get even better as he builds up his arm strength.

  87. diy says:

    Grey, who’s the better pickup? Scott Olsen or John Ely? Thanks

  88. El Burro says:


    In a vacuum, choose 1 of these 3 guys to fill a UTIL spot (14 team mixed league, h2h, non-keeper, 6×6; with total bases):

    Cameron Maybin
    Julio Borbon
    Corey Patterson (yes, I really did just write that name down)

    Also, fast forward 3 weeks and do you think that Franklin Morales regains any late inning value for Colorado (or does he simply become a situational lefty setting up for Houston Street). Im trying to figure out if he becomes a Matt Thornton like option for 1/2 holds, 1/s2 saves considering that both Corpas and Betancourt figure to be in the mix if Street falters or experiences a set-back down the road.


  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Quimmy: Eh… Depends if you need depth, but I’d prefer Fielder.

    @airlifting: Reyes

    @whodat: I’d take F-Her.

    @Danks Nugs: Harden and Beckham

    @Awesomus Maximus: Ha… Nah, I think the Marlins put the brakes on their star on purpose.

    @Goose: Could lose him for Stubbs, but you know next week Nyjer will steal 15 bases and you’ll be kicking yourself.

    @birrrrdy: Then Razzball, Inc. could have Ramon Hernandez take the stand and tell you how he’s perfectly capable of 19 HRs. I could also have baseball projectionists take the stand and say 19 HRs is in the realm of possibility. Or I could plead insanity.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Garcia

    @tHe ShiT: Lester’s.

    @3FingersBrown: Hope so re: Medlen. That’s his one issue, can’t go deep in the game.

    @diy: Olsen

    @El Burro: Morales could get back in the picture, sure. Maybin for now. De Nada.

  90. Grey — How worried are you by Chapman’s control issues at AAA? Seems to me like it could be anything: maybe he’s working on new pitches, maybe he’s practicing pitching from the stretch, or experimenting with a different foot plant. Why knows? That’s what the minor leagues are for when the guy is a clear minor leaguer. But most commentators seem to treat it as something serious. What are your thoughts about it?

  91. Goose says:

    @Grey: i know, right? thanks.

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Enrique: I heard him compared to Randy Johnson and that seems apt. It’s both a compliment and an insult. As we learned last week, Johnson was wild as any turkey ever was.

  93. Quimmy says:

    I did it. It then allowed me to acquire Lind for gallardo

    I needed offensive help badly.

    All in all I did this today:

    Fielder and gallardo
    Cargo, Lind, Stewart and Romero


  94. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Yeah, I remember some ‘pert dropping an SB warning pre-season… something like, “Hanley’s not stealing like he used to because the team doesn’t want to risk him getting hurt”, or thereabouts. Smart dood, right there.

  95. Danks Nugs says:

    *Ren voice*

    You eeeeeeeediot!!!!


  96. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Quimmy: It’s okay, hopefully the depth works out for you.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Who’s that brain surgeon? Sounds like he has stuff to say. Dare I say, smart stuff.

  97. dave says:

    McGehee + Werth >>>>>> Marmol + Mark Reynolds ????

  98. Grey

    Grey says:

    @dave: It’s fair, I’d take the Werth side.

  99. Matt B says:

    12 team 5×5 h2h keep 9 league; I’ve got a stacked infield (votto, utley, reyes, a-rod, util-mini-donkey) and a weak OF (start 3: Heyward, Adam Jones, Krispie, Robot Jones, JD Drew, hot hand of the week…)

    I invested an early pick in Beckham with no where to play him. I was offered Ludwick for him. Ludwick solid enough to count on as OF2 for the rest of the year? Should I shop around for a little more first? The league is a keeper and loves youth but I can’t imagine him fetching too much in his current state.

  100. Josh says:

    I’ve got Papelbon in a few leagues and his lower K-rate this year is kind of scaring me. Last nights run came off A-Rod reaching on a Scutaro error followed by a defensive indifference letting him take second. Still, Papelbon doesn’t really seem to be a great option for my bullpen. He slid in my draft so I didn’t overpay for him, but would it be worth selling him for a guy like Nunez and another bat?

    Also, do you think its worth buying low on Haren right now (whose FIP looks better than his ERA) even if he may not deliver in the second half? I mean, he’s still an ace, and he’ll have to get luckier some point this season right?

  101. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Matt B: I’d take Ludwick at this point.

    @Josh: Depends on the other bat. Haren should be better, yeah.

  102. O Maestro: Starlin or Furcal at ss? Gracias.

  103. In a league with Holds and K/BB as categories

    Do you like Wuertz, Romo, Saito, or Uehara?

  104. Thanks Grey…would you drop Meek or Storen for Saito… dropping one seems logical to me, especially if the Braves start to win some games.

  105. airlifting says:

    A gets J. Reyes & S. Santos, B gets Bruce & Boesch.

  106. Wilsonian says:

    These questions pertain to my 16 Team H2H Keeper:

    Who do you like long(ish) term? Gomes v. Scott.

    Is it time to cut ties with Joba? My league counts Ks/9, and no holds. I have no closers because I just dealt my only one (Frank Cord) for Lind. I have Joba, Clippard and Hensley as my relievers. Available are relievers like Meek (on waivers), Bard, Santos, Wheeler (on waivers), Storen (on waivers) or starters like Ely (on waivers), LeBlanc, Chacin, Richard, Moyer, Medlen. Any moves that should be made or any insight on some vulturing?

    What is your take on Barajas? Is he for real? I have Soto but he’s providing me with nothing but OPS.

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @airlifting: I’d take Bruce’s side by a hair.

  108. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Wilsonian: Gomes… Lose Joba for Ely. I’d want Soto over Barajas.

  109. Adam says:

    Give Marmol for Dotel and Gregerson in a holds league? I’d need to drop Olsen or Boesch (and hope Pena breaks out) to make roster room…I’m behind in holds, but I’ve made a few moves to rectify the situation, picking up Kuo right before he got hot and getting Mike Adams in a trade

  110. airlifting says:

    @Grey: what if your current SS is ian desmond & your OF is lind/holliday/mccutchen? i’ve got two spots for bruce/butler/figgins at util.

  111. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: Thanks – your advice is always appreciated. Put in my claim on Ely. We’ll see if it goes through tonight. If it doesn’t, is it worth it to drop Joba for a FA like Richard, LeBlanc, Medlen, Chacin?

    I’ll hang on to Soto for now. I’m a Cubs fan, so I’m pretty pessimistic and I have very little faith that he provides a lot over the course of the season, but I’ll see if I can stick it out.

    I took your advice earlier and dropped Headley for Scott. Would you say that you would rather have Gomes instead of Scott right now (being both are hot) or just you think Gomes has more of a shot at providing better numbers throughout the year?

  112. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Not crazy about the trade for you.

    @airlifting: It’s fair, take Reyes.

    @Wilsonian: Joba for Medlen. Gomes will be better for long term, but I’d take Scott right now.

  113. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: you expect barajas to be the 2nd coming of mike piazza or something? he’s turning 35 this season and has a .240 career average.

  114. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: oh hell no. Just wondering thoughts on him actually keeping up his solid play. Like I said in a later post, I’m a Cubs fan, so by nature I’m pessimistic about anything Cubs (I actually try to avoid having any on my rosters unless it was juiced up Sosa circa 1998). It just so happened that Soto fell to me in our draft and I had to pick him. I like his eye, isn’t he leading the league in walks? But he isn’t providing me with anything else.

  115. Tom Emanski says:

    “Tyler Clippard – Took the loss as he moves to a 7-3 record. Starting pitchers who have not missed a start only have 9 starts. Clippard’s got ten decisions! Yes, my voice is cracking right now like Tim Kurkjian.”

    Hahahahahahaha, perfect.

  116. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Wilsonian: from the C position 60 RBIs is probably average. soto will be around there. he’ll give you + avg and + ops/obp and + power, maybe + RBIs (guys have 20 RBI months all the time), and probably average R. all relative to Cs of course. he could easily end up the #2/3/4 C this year depending on mccann’s eyes, vmart’s age/D, and mauer’s health. he was right there with them 2 years ago.

    barajas gives you + power, maybe + RBIs. that’s it.

  117. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I like your explanation. Sometimes my Cub Fandom blinds my eyes. Like I said, I have no faith in any of them improving or putting up solid numbers throughout the course of the year – and that’s just me being pessimistic. (I’m actually a Cub fan that wants them to *gasp* get a new friggin’ stadium, preferably on the West side where they used to play – and where they actually were when they won their last WS.) But your indepth analysis helped ease my mind. I’ll stick with Soto, don’t worry. Your advice, like Grey’s, is also always appreciated.

  118. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Grey: Couldn’t pull the trigger on that Youk/Dunn trade. That leering hairy wriggler won’t be mine after all.

    Is this nuts: Hanley/Aramis for Justin Upton/Zimmerman?

  119. LeeDeWyazed&Confused says:

    @Grey: please help, i’m in dead last in 12 team yahoo mixed league. my Batting is finally warming up but pitching is becoming frightening. One of my colleagues wants Ian Kinsler and I feel a trade for his pitching is my only chance of survival.

    Here is my team: C Olivo, 1b Howard, 2b Kinsler, SS Zobrist, 3B GlassHouse Chipper, OF Victorino/Markakis/Hunter, Utility Konerko, Bench Kelly Johnson, Willingham, FraGu,Friese. Pitching: Greinke, Weaver, Buccholz, Hudson, Zito, Scott Olsen, Colby Lewis, Dotel, Rivera

    Colleagues team: Pitching: Lester, D. Price, Liriano, J. Sanchez, M. Corpas, C. Hamels, D. Holland, J.Cueto, A. Chapman, Strasburg, Ely, Anderson.

    Can you give thoughts on a good proposal I should offer? Sorry for the lengthy post – any help much appreciated

  120. William says:

    Beckett to the Disgraceful List

  121. Kazmere says:

    Beckett on the DL.

  122. @Grey: One last ditch effort to move AJax in my keeper league. Offered him for the Bourne ID to the poor sap in last place (I’m 2nd to last going into the week) who just woke up from a coma and made a few roster moves for the first time in 2 weeks.

    Ironic because I traded Bourne (worth 25th round pick) to the same guy for Wainwright (8th round pick) and a 14th round pick in the off-season.

    Obviously the guy is the perennial door-mat but he keeps ponying up his money…

    Crossing my fingers. I plucked Bourne off of waivers last year and he’s displaying the same patience actually improving his BB/K rates so far.

  123. airlifting says:

    one last opine, plz; FA OF to add…kearns, fukudome, f. lewis, torres, hart, ludwick…

  124. @Grey: Donald over Brignac simply for regular playing time?

  125. Adam says:

    @Grey: Thanks…also, lose any/all of Lilly/Wandy/Holland/Mr. Bs for Ely/Richard/Stream of the Day? Ely (vsDET) and Richard (@SEA) have better short term match-ups than the others, but just wondering if they’ll be good enough long-term to keep around

  126. William says:

    @Grey – I’m thinking of dropping Clayton Richard for Scott Olsen, but it really comes down to Clayton Richard v. Seattle or Scott Olsen v. Orioles.

    Unless I let go of Kevin Slowey for Scott Olsen, but I have a mancrush on Slowey that I can’t seem to shake…

  127. Adam says:

    @William: I’d lose Slowey, his low k rate and generally crappy start, in addition to his offseason wrist surgery, worried me enough to drop him

  128. penpen says:

    Grady to the DL

  129. penpen says:

    @William: the crush would be justifiable if Slowey was Slowey but he just ain’t this season. He’s the one getting crushed out there

  130. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Adam: Can lose a Mr. B for Ely.

    @William: Richard vs. Seattle is just as good as Olsen. No reason to lose one for the other if you want to hold Slowey.

    @penpen: Ugh. Thanks for the heads up!

  131. William says:

    @Grey – I’m guessing Slowey v. Milwaukee is not as good as Olsen v. Orioles

  132. peter says:

    @William: Unfortunately, I’d advocate dropping Slowey for Olsen. I like Olsen & Richard’s next several match-ups. Slowey’s not doing you any favors right now.

    @penpen: Is the deep knee bruise the new, trendy injury for multi-tool OFs? Carlos Ricky Beltran has always been so fashion forward.

  133. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    I got offered Billy Butler, Wade Davis and JJ Hardy for Tulowitzki. Which side wins? 12 team roto league, Butler would replace Branyan. Davis would replace Slowey, Ely, or C Richard.

  134. peter says:

    If I’ve got Freese at 3B, is it – ahem – cool to drop Headley for Olsen?

    I could always use the pitching, and Hedy – No, that’s Headley! – has dropped 40pts from his avg in the last 10 games and finding himself parked on my bench. Will he turn it around or is he back to being a yawnstipating .268 hitter?

  135. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Boesch or McLouth rest of season for all around production?

  136. peter says:

    @Cheese: Probably Boesch if you want *any* production.

  137. William says:

    @Grey – Ike Davis batting cleanup for the foreseeable future… is he worth a spot on my roster?

    C- Geovanny Soto
    1B – Prince Fielder
    2B – Kelly Johnson / Casey McGehee
    3B – David Wright
    SS – Elvis Andrus
    OF – Jason Bay, Matt Kemp, Alfonso Soriano
    UTIL – Carlos Quentin
    DL – Curtis Granderson

  138. Grey

    Grey says:

    @peter: Grab Olsen.

    @William: Maybe if you can bench Quentin.

  139. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:


    Your wish came true.

    Also, he might need knee surgery.

    So, uh, don’t anyone trade for him right now.

  140. Sal says:

    @Grey: thoughts on Nate McLouth? He was just dropped and I have a claim pending – I will be dropping Fowler or Branyan, whicher I have by the end of the week.

  141. Sal says:

    whicher – thats jive for which ever

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Sal: Ha! Can drop Fowler for him…

  143. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    @peter: I meant to add rest of season… does your opinion change?

  144. Sal says:

    @Grey: rather have Branyan or McLouth? needs aside…

  145. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Cheese: Boesch over McLouth.

    @Sal: Branyan

  146. William says:

    @Grey – So all my current hitters are better bets than Ike Davis? Carlos Quentin is already “benched” in my utility spot. I’ve been playing Casey McGehee as my UTIL player with Kelly Johnson as my 2B for the most part.

  147. Grey

    Grey says:

    @William: Yeah, I don’t see any room for him.

  148. Tom Reale says:

    Grady to DL

  149. Dumbmutt says:

    Can you rank these SP for ROTO.

    Leake Olsen Latos Fister

  150. Vince says:

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non Keeper

    Jose Reyes & Hughes for Tulo… Fair?

  151. Vince says:

    @Grey: Thanks! I’d be getting Tulo. Is it worth it? I’ve got Johan, Josh johnson, Hamels, Weaver, Nolasco, Kennedy, Cueto as my other SPs

  152. Tom Reale says:

    Hanley and Chase back in the lineup tonight…hopefully they are both over their sicknesses.

  153. Martin says:

    @grey- which side is better, cano, berkman, loney, cliff lee, or stewart, fielder, grand?

  154. I am the Liquor says:

    Grey- best 2 current options for fills for Snider and Sizemore, no particular need in mind: Seth Smith, Patterson brothers, Bernadina, A Torres, M Saunders, X Paul? Thanks!

  155. TastelessGarbage says:


    Non-keeper h2h, please pick two at each position:

    1B – C. Pena, Smoak, Glaus, Scott

    3B – Headley, Bautista, Freese, Rolen

  156. royce! says:

    I picked up Beckett off of waivers in a 10 team league about a week ago. My priority was low- 6 of 10. Should I drop him now to free up a spot for streaming SP and good hitting matchups?

    Also, same league- drop Krispie for Luke Scott?

  157. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Vince: Yeah, it’s a bit much, but you have to pay for guys you need.

    @Tom Reale: Hehe

    @Martin: Fielder side, it’s fair though.

    @I am the Liquor: Smith and Corey.

    @TastelessGarbage: For what, the season? Tonight? Pena, Glaus… Headley, Rolen…

    @royce!: I’d DL Beckett, grab Scott…

  158. royce! says:

    @Grey: Already got Granderson on my DL, but I take it that I should hold on to Beckett despite this?

    Thanks for the help

  159. mr baseball says:

    A problem in my league – someone (Snake Draft Plissken) is upset about my set up –

    why only 1 DL spot?
    (Snake Draft Plissken)
    give me a reason. horrible decision

    Re: why only 1 DL spot?
    (Moe Night Shyamalan) – thats me mr baseball
    which league are you talking about – I have 2 DL spots in this league

    think as the setup like this – your are Survivorman – No food, no shelter, no fresh water – one man alone in the wild with only 2 DL spots with only your wits and stamina to get him through the injuries

    Re: why only 1 DL spot?
    Posted by: (Snake Draft Plissken)

    how many DL spots do real mlb teams have?

    Re: why only 1 DL spot?
    (Moe Night Shyamalan)

    isn’t this fantasy baseball – how real is this

    I thought you told me you hired Tony Little and his Gazelle to keep your players healthy

    Re: why only 1 DL spot?
    Posted by: (Snake Draft Plissken)

    still waiting for the reason you didn’t allow the max option for DL spots
    you had to say something to youself when you picked 2. what was it?

    Re: why only 1 DL spot?
    (Moe Night Shyamalan)

    this is the story – I wanted to put pressure on the manager to make a tough decision what to do – drop a player or play a man short

    now hear me out – if there was a max option the player you now are looking at would already be on someone else roster – so because of this set up you now can pick up that player – all you have to do is drop a player – now that is what I call managing –

    in closing I wanted to keep as many good players on the free agent market – that promotes league activity

    wait a minute you dropped Rick Porcello – THIS DROP MADE YOUR TEAM BETTER

  160. royce! says:

    @mr baseball: That’s some funny shizz. Everyone seems to think that league settings are unreasonable when they aren’t furthering their current needs. As I write this, I am bummed about having chose to only have 1 DL spot in the league I am running. Then again, I think I’d rather have Beckett on the DL so I’m not tempted to start him again…

  161. mr baseball says:

    the reason I chose the team name (Moe Night Shyamalan) is because my team was playing worse than his movie The Happening

  162. malacoda says:

    Queen Felix is angering me. I am going to go all Henry VIII if I get another start like that.

  163. Doot Doot says:

    I need to clear some space.
    Can you rank my UTIL/BN players for me please, in order of preference for the rest of season.
    Much thanks..
    Boesch and scott are hot right now, but willingham was banged up for a bit and cammy is soming back soon as well. sigh,,

    –Also, what side you want Grey? Holliday/Meek or Crawford/Kennedy

  164. Donnie Baseball says:

    anybody hear anything about Nolasco?

    Saying something about a big velocity drop in his last game.

  165. Josh says:

    Sizemore’s gone, who do I pick up?

    Luke Scott, Corey Patterson, Corey Hart, Austin Kearns, Seth Smith, Xavier Paul, or Michael Saunders. I’ll probably have to drop Mike Gonzalez to fill the spot, but Simon seems to have the job under control anyways.

  166. royce! says:

    @Donnie Baseball: Only thing I’ve seen is a Palm Beach Post article saying it was down to 89-91 on Sunday. But that was just one start. According to fangraphs his velocity is down 1 MPH from last year.

  167. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: If you got him from waivers, send him back there.

    @mr baseball: Nice username, Shyamalan. You’re hilarious, man.

    @malacoda: Ha

    @Doot Doot: Holliday side, unless you really need steals. Boesch, Scott, Willingham…

    @Donnie Baseball: He was on the risky pitcher list. And he’s always injured. Could be again.

    @Josh: Scott for the next week, then reevaluate.

  168. Donnie Baseball says:


    Yeah I saw that on fangraphs too. Been like that the whole season.

    But also has him throwing his slider a little harder, which is a little weird.

    Damn Rudy for putting him on his risky pitchers list, and now have me worrying about every little thing.

  169. GopherDay says:

    @Grey: Santana and Kelly Johnson or Brandon Phillips?

  170. Tom Emanski says:

    Aw crud. Milton Bradley passed Go and is back in the lineup tonight. Now what happens with Saunders? I was enjoying owning him.

  171. GopherDay says:

    @GopherDay: And by Santana I mean Johan Santana…

  172. Tom Emanski says:

    @GopherDay: Tough call. What kind of league is it?

  173. Howard says:

    @Grey Need to replace Beckett. He wasn’t giving much except for K’s! Masterson, Ely, Leake, Pavano, Olsen, Holland, Myers, Chacin. I like Masterson he’s a K monster. At the same time I could use some wins/era/whip! Becketts line: 1/40/7.29/1.66 Sonofabeckett!

  174. Donnie Baseball says:

    Hey Grey, as far as Nolasco would you try moving him now then.

    How about for guys like Ellsbury or BJ Upton?

    Or just hopes it passes and it’s nothing.

  175. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GopherDay: Johan side.

    @Tom Emanski: Probably gets benched.

    @Howard: Ha… I’d grab Olsen for across the line numbers, Holland for upside and Ks.

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Donnie Baseball: I’d take Upton if you need steals. I wouldn’t touch Ellsbury.

  177. Elbert says:

    if you had to pick, which 3 of the 4 would you choose to keep going forward: Aaron Harang, Brett Myers, Wade LeBlanc & Jeff Francis?

  178. BigFatHippo says:


    I was gonna comment on the Ethier line as being your best yet but this whole post was your best ever, right down to the Berman line in the very last sentence. Kudos my man, you made me Laugh Out Loud.

    You should submit this for a Pulitzer, ok I’m gonna quit sucking up now. You stink, quit your day job.

    ps, I was gonna say lol, but I never lol and I’m not about to start now. Lol’ing that is………………….

  179. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Elbert: I’d leave off Francis.

  180. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: You are a man of great fantasy baseball taste.

  181. Tom Emanski says:

    Yea, it doesn’t get said enough: Grey is a comedy god. He should have a job as a comedy writer somewhere. Maybe he could even make The Office funny again.

  182. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: and I taste good, Charlie……………

  183. Tom Emanski says:

    What the hell is wrong with Jose Reyes? You’d think when you trade Freese for Reyes, you would win that trade hands down.

  184. BigFatHippo says:

    Jaime Garcia has a perfect game going through .2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who eees himey garcia?????????????

  185. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: Ha… Thanks.

    @BigFatHippo: Haven’t watched much of him, but from what I’ve seen he looks really nasty.

  186. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon either. Just struck out the side, albeit with the bases loaded.

    He may be at the top of my keeper list, in other leagues I’d say he’s a strong buy.

  187. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Does Yadi get much attention from the national media for how great he is behind the plate and how he handles pitchers? To Cards fans everywhere, he’s a god at the catcher position.

    Jaime loaded the bases until Yadi went to the mound to talk, then he struck out Ross on 3 pitches. Yadi!

  188. BigFatHippo says:

    last comment should have been @ everyone. You guys are freakin everywhere!

  189. Tom Emanski says:

    @BigFatHippo:I’m guessing you’ve never seen a Tim McCarver broadcast?

  190. BigFatHippo says:

    @Tom Emanski: Not really, they black it out because Fox Midwest has all the games. Unless it’s a Sunday night game and I’m usually drunk by then.

  191. Tom Emanski says:

    @BigFatHippo: Well, since the Cards are seemingly the only team shown on FOX national games, we get to hear McCarver drooling over Yadi all the time and learn how much LaRussa loves him too.

  192. Vince says:

    @Grey: Thanks Grey! Another question for that same league : Would you give Wright, Krispie and Kennedy to get A-Rod and Billingsley?

  193. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: The only reason anyone knows about Yadier is because of his defense. Half the people who own him in fantasy wouldn’t even know him if it wasn’t for his defense.

    @Vince: Yup

  194. Joe B says:

    Any of my OF in my roto league worth dropping? I have to start 5 of them.


    OF available are: J Guillen, N McLouth, F Lewis, C Maybin, C Jackson, A Pagan, T Colvin, C Patterson, or D Stubbs

  195. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Joe B: I’d lose Kubel for Patterson if you need steals, though I wouldn’t hold Patterson too long. Or I’d grab Pagan for Runs or Maybin for upside.

  196. Tom Emanski says:

    Sonavabenched Wade Davis against the Yankees in NY.

  197. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: Eh, it was the smart play to bench him.

  198. DrEasy says:

    @Tom Emanski: If that makes you feel better, ARod just hit a HR off him. ;)

  199. mr baseball says:

    @Tom Emanski

    UnSonavabenched Wade Davis against the Yankees in NY. – I meant to sit him but forgot about it

  200. mr baseball says:


    it does not make me feel better

  201. Tom Emanski says:

    @DrEasy: Me neither. I at least wanted him to have a good game. He’s still struggling with pitch counts. Can’t get Ws that way.

  202. Elbert says:

    Gorzelanny exits game off Ruiz’s line-drive, damn you Ruiz, i was just having a good year Gorza….

  203. drew says:

    gardner, jose bautista, byrd, Loney, or damon to replace DL’ed grady?

  204. ken plane says:

    Looking to trade Liriano for a bat. How high should I shoot, I’m looking for HR & RBI. I drafted him in the 18th round. basic 5×5 roto.

  205. Grey

    Grey says:

    @drew: Gardner for steals, Damon for runs and average, Byrd for a little of everything, Baustista for power…

    I’d grab them the way I listed them.

    @ken plane: Holliday… Work down from there.

  206. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    My Garcia for his Zobrist was declined, he countered with either Weeks or Prado for Garcia. My other option, now that Grady has hit the DL, is to just hang onto Garcia and replace Grady with a free agent. Do you like any of these guys as a “hopefully short term, but possibly long term” Grady replacement better than either of those Garcia trade options?

    A. Jones

  207. Joe B says:

    Drop Yunel for Theriot in H2H league… SS is my weak spot obviously and could use some steals. I thought Yunel could serve me as a decent stat filler with a good AVG, but he is scaring me right now.

  208. steamer says:

    Longoria with 2 SBs tonight – 7 on the year. Who knew??!!

  209. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @steamer: Longo owners should send Burnett a “Thank You” card.

  210. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Start Shields and Liriano at NY and Boston tomorrow?

  211. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: I’d go with Gomes.

    @Joe B: If that’s a question, sure I could see that drop.

    @steamer: I wrote in the preseason I think Longoria could get 20 steals.

    @BigFatHippo: I’d sit both.

  212. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Thanks, I will. Too many innings anyway.

    Himey! Just had to get that in there……………..

  213. Vince says:

    Just got offered Hamilton for my Hughes. No brainer, right? My SP staff beside Hughes is listed here

  214. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @Grey: Thanks. My feeling was to just go with a FA, as well. Jaime has been too good to let go for a hot Prado or a cool Weeks. Guy tosses a quality start every outing, doesn’t give up the long ball, doesn’t walk people, K’s a little under a dood per inning… I’m willing to part with him, but I can’t seem to get fair value.

  215. BigFatHippo says:

    @Vince: Nice offer, wish somebody would offer me that for my Zito……………….

  216. Bodymore says:

    whats up with Bard coming in for the save?

  217. BigFatHippo says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Hang onto Himey. He’s not going bad anytime soon. Especially if it’s a keeper league.

  218. Bodymore says:

    Bard got the save, is he a pickup or was Papelbon just off tonight?

  219. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    @BigFatHippo: Not a keeper, but even so… along with everything I mentioned above, he’s got a pretty good offense to give him some run support (assuming Pujols and Holliday start producing, which, to borrow a Grey-ism, isn’t venturing out on a termite infested limb).

  220. Bodymore says:


    Yeah probably, thought he could be injured, never know w/ his shoulder.

  221. Tom Emanski says:

    Really regretting dropping Dotel now

  222. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bodymore: Yeah, I don’t think so. I watched the Sawx postgame show and heard never about it. He threw a lot of pitches yesterday.

    @Tom Emanski: Should never drop a closer.

  223. timSTi says:

    @Grey: Pick 2 from these FA’s. Need HR + SB the most. UT + OF spot.

    Hart, Patterson, Drew, Boesch, Gomes, Ross, Pagan, G.Sanchez, Coghlan, Branyan.

    Keeper league if it matters. Have Snider on the DL.

  224. BigFatHippo says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Good point, he ought to be the talk of the league regarding rookies. I hope he stays under the radar, but doubt he will. And yes, Cards offense is well, offensive right now. But Pujols will produce as soon as Holliday gets hot and they quit giving him a free pass twice a game.

    @Grey: Is Sanchez a must add right now? Cause I just dropped Jooleez for him in the RCL, per your advice. I can see him being good for awhile.

  225. Mike D says:


    How much more valuable than Choo is Kinsler in a H2H re-draft?

    I ask because Choo has great numbers in September (during H2H playoffs) and Kinsler’s are rather underwhelming.

  226. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Gomes and Hart…

    @BigFatHippo: He doesn’t have much power, but I’d add him while he’s hitting, sure.

    @Mike D: I good deal more valuable. He’s a 30/30 guy at 2nd base.

  227. Tom Emanski says:

    Carlos Lee homers again!

  228. Martin says:

    @grey and everyone else

    Hey, so I am starting a sports blog for fun. Anyway I have to create a name for the blog and was wondering if any of you had some ideas? A friend suggested Quadruple A which i liked a lot, however it was unfortunately taken by 4 teenage girls, all with names that start with the letter A. So..any ideas guys?

    This is the link of the 4 damn girls who already had that blog name! haha i still find it hilarious

  229. timSTi says:

    @Grey: What kind of SB SAGNOF you think I can get with Castro in a keeper? Is Podsednik gonna keep drinking his youth juice and possibly pump out 50 SB’s??

  230. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: It’s Anibal Sanchez I’m talking about. Freddy is dead to me. Long live Freddy.

    What about Anibal?

    I may need him in the keeper, have to hang on to him in the RCL now that I’ve asked under my own name instead of say, somebody named Greg…………..

  231. elwood blues says:

    @grey I see you are recommending Gomez.. going forward in an nl only 4×4, who’s the better get as a 4th OF:
    Gomez or Colvin?

  232. charlie batch says:

    I need to drop one to pick up a replacement for sizemore:
    cecil, ian kennedy, clayton richard, leblanc, olsen.

    is it Richard I drop?

  233. BKK says:

    time to drop andruw and pick up maybin again?

  234. timSTi says:

    @Martin: I went to a blog about 4 girls semi excited only to get let down and very uncomfortable at the same time. Probably shouldn’t be linking to a teeny bopper blog on a fantasy baseball blog filled with a bunch of grungy ass sports fans (majority men).

  235. elwood blues says:

    @grey i saw your s as a z
    no, I am talking carlos gomeZ or Colvin
    going forward

  236. Grey

    Grey says:

    @elwood blues: If you need steals, sure. Otherwise, Colvin.

  237. Tom Emanski says:

    @Grey: I’ve learned my lesson. When, if at all, do you think I should trade Capps, assuming he’ll be traded at the deadline to a team where he won’t close?

  238. timSTi says:

    So glad you’re back Kerry Wood.

  239. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Aaaaahhh, Gaby. Is that the hot little chick I buy my 30 packs from? Cause she’s hot, not staying away from her anytime soon.

    About Anibal, noted. But I have to keep him for at least 2 starts in the RCL or the Kiwi will call me out, he’s a fricken dictator.

  240. tony b. says:

    Anyone watching SF/Zona? Ian Kennedy posting another quality line, 5inn 7 k 2bb…

  241. elwood blues says:

    @tony b. yeah, I got him.
    wait ’til the bullpen comes in and blows it up.. at least there’s no more howry.

  242. charlie batch says:

    @Grey: spank youp

  243. mr baseball says:

    Yunel Escobar for [ View Trade ] Ian Desmond in my 20 team keeper league – which one do you like best grey

  244. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom Emanski: Depends what you’re getting and how much you need saves.

    @timSTi: Ha

    @BigFatHippo: Wait, weren’t you the one that said all pitchers are Cy Young worthy vs. the Cards now?

    @tony b.: Kennedy!

  245. timSTi says:

    @Grey: With my RP’s looking like Dotel, Marmol, + Wood, you think its time to make a move or hope someone like Villanueva steps up and I scoop him off waivers. I’m 8th in Saves in a 10 team 5×5. I’m about to just punt Wood and throw Clippard in there. Its an 5SP 3RP league btw.

  246. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Just mediocre lefties like Bud Norris and Lannan. For some reason the Cards can’t figure them out. I can’t remember all of them but there’s been about 6 this year that have stymied the Cards. Makes no sense, I blame it on McGwire. He sucks as a hitting coach, bring back the drunk guy.

    Anibal’s been pitching well lately, he may still have a no hitter in him……………Not!

    Whatdoiknow, flirting with last place.

  247. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: I wouldn’t drop Wood yet.

    @BigFatHippo: Drunk guys are better at everything, or so I tell myself.

  248. timSTi says:

    @Grey: No I’m not planning on dropping him unless he loses his job. Just wondering if you think I should do the dreaded, trade for a closer or just hang tight.

    Just when I get my ERA below 4 he slaps me and reminds me I drafted K’s over ratios!

  249. DrEasy says:

    … and with that Adrian Gonzalez blast I’m now leading my league! Thanks Grey for all your help! A daiquiri was sent your way yesterday, enjoy!

  250. Black Beard says:

    Drop Andruw Jones for Jose Bautista or am I just signing up for a different brand of eventual suck?

  251. Black Beard says:

    Is Erik Bedard worth a DL spot any longer with his move to the 60 day DL?

  252. GopherDay says:

    Why did Boech get taken out?

  253. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    In one (10-Team, Roto, 5×5) league I ended up with both Wieters and McCann, and I’ve probably sent out close to 50 trade offers since draft day trying to move one or the other with no success. With Wieters sucking hard (not to mention getting every Sunday off), would you drop him? Or would you try to move McCann (again) now that he’s hitting and trust that Wieters is gonna’ work it out?

    Feels crazy to drop someone with Wieters’ talent, but it also feels crazy to hold a second catcher who isn’t producing and has zero trade value.

  254. Tom Emanski says:

    Everyone on the D-Backs homered except Mini Donkey. Ticker Tease!

  255. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:

    Also, new update in the trade negotiations (I know you’re all on the edge of your seat over this one). Told him no dice on Garcia for Prado or Weeks, but the Garcia for Zobrist was still on the table if he changed his mind. He said he’d consider it, but then asked if I’d take Headley instead.

    My other “low-level” pitcher is Buchholz, so I’m considering telling him I’d do Buch for Headley, or Garcia for Zobrist. Approval stamp?

  256. Kazmere says:

    Jose Reyes sucks. And thinking about him and the Mets going up against the Yankees during interleague play makes me throw up in my mouth, just a little.

    Would it be insane to play Starlin for about a week for SOME production? Cubs are heading to Arlington…!

  257. DrEasy says:

    So now I need to drop someone to pick up a replacement for Posada… Of the following schmohawks, who would you drop?

    – Ibanez <- drafted him quite high, but he's been pretty useless, although he's slowly heating up.

    – Glaus <- waiver pick-up who has been great to me and he's red hot

    – Papi <- see Glaus

    – Pierre <- I need the steals though

    – or one of my brain freeze guys: Jenks, Simon, Contreras, Dotel

    I'm thinking Ibanez.

  258. DrEasy says:

    @DrEasy: I should mention that the interesting catchers that are available on waivers are: Olivo, Cervelli, Snyder, Santana, Posey, Miguel Montero, Varitek.

    I’m thinking Cervelli.

  259. Tom Reale says:

    @Kazmere: I’m benching Reyes for Castro right now.

  260. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Awesomus Maximus: Sucks you drafted both, but I guess you have to lose Wieters. Or wait a week and see if McCann gains trade value. He did hit a homer tonight, as I’m sure you’re aware.

    @Tom Emanski: Ha

    @Awesomus Maximus: I’d want Buchholz there, but I’d take Zobrist in the other one.

    @Kazmere: I could see going to Starlin for a few games.

    @DrEasy: Thanks for the heads up!

    I’d drop Glaus before Ibanez. I’d grab Cervelli.

  261. Tom Reale says:

    @DrEasy: Santana should be up real soon…he’s also interesting.

  262. Tom Reale says:

    Do I use my waiver priority on Qualls?

  263. DrEasy says:

    @Tom Reale: Yeah, I’m probably gonna grab Cervelli and keep an eye on the Santana situation.

  264. DrEasy says:

    @Tom Reale: I wouldn’t bother, and he’s probably going to clear waivers anyway.

  265. DrEasy says:

    @DrEasy: How deep is your league though?

  266. Kazmere says:

    Someone dropped Beckett in my league, before he hit the DL. Drop DL Gonzalez for him? He’s my 3rd closer, but if Beckett turns it around I figure I can trade for a bat + a donkeycorn, yeah?

  267. Tom Reale says:

    @Grey: @DrEasy: Thanks. 12 teamer. I am dropping a streaming pitcher, that I am embarrassed to name, for him. I’m also currently last in saves….and, great news, I caught Kerry Wood’s glove tonight!

  268. DrEasy says:

    A Jays report:

    For what it’s Wuertz, Gregg is starting to look shaky while Frasor’s velocity is back (he finally hit 94 the last time he pitched, which was yesterday). At the very least, Frasor might be worth a look for some holds, if your league cares for such things.

    Safeco took away at least a couple of HRs from Jays players tonight: a Bautista blast that hit the scoreboard on the left, and a Hill fly ball that was caught by the Big FraGu.

    Also, Cecil’s outing might look good on paper, but I think it was more of a case of the Mariners offense being plain pathetic.

    Finally, Randy Ruiz was released. Too bad Cito never really gave him an opportunity. Pick him up if you’re playing Japanese League fantasy baseball!

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