Matt Holliday hits the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring. I wouldn’t be surprised if he just sat for a few days and pushed through it if the Rockies were in a better position team-wise. Well, ain’t that a kick in the pants? In one NL-Only league I have Holliday, I’m pretty much screwed. Some people who are out there in some leagues (this is the order I’d pick them up, but, as always, it depends on needs): Mike Cameron, Bill Hall, David Murphy, Jose Guillen, Gary Matthews Jr. or Joey Gathright. Then there’s Seth Smith, another stopgap replacement for Matt Holliday, is the rookie call-up that should be replacing him (at least against righties) while Holliday’s on the DL. Is he worth a flier? Sure, but he’s got two strikes against him. 1) The Rockies seem convinced he’s nothing more than a pinch-hitter and 2) The Rockies have options in the outfield. Hopefully you have some maneuverability so you can just pickup a hot hitter and not have to worry if he’s an outfielder. Holliday swears he’ll be back in two weeks on June 8th; he better not pull a Kotchman. Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday:

Clayton Kershaw – The most hyped non-Mexican, non-Jew Dodgers lefty of all-time. He has the kind of stuff that can battle back from being behind on hitters. Pretty impressive debut. Of course, his ownership is contingent on the farkakteh Yahoo waiver process. I know they are reading this, because they’ve linked here before, so I’m going to explain something to them. Everyone else can skip ahead. Rudy covered this already in one post; I’m adding my two cents. Yahoo, take everyone that is sent down to the minors and pull them from waivers until they are called back up. So if they are not currently rostered and they are in the minors, then they are unavailable. Rich Hill? Yup. Homer Bailey? Yup. Sidney Pollack? Well, he’s a film director, so he should be unavailable too. I prefer everyone is available, but obviously you can’t figure out how to do that. CBS Sportsline and ESPN are doing a lot better job than you, so I’m assuming it’s a financial decision on your part. Well, financially it can’t take much programming (I’m pretty computer-stupid, so I’m not sure about this) for you to simply make everyone in the minors unavailable. This way at least there’s an even playing field. Right now, some minor leaguers are available and others are not. It feels completely willy-nilly and it causes unnecessary confusion. Why would Jay Bruce be available and Clayton Kershaw not be? There’s no reason other than a complete lack of regard for your customers. If this is not rectified by next year, I will do everything in my power to direct people to any site other than Yahoo. Okay, carry on. And thanks for reading!

Kevin Kouzmanoff – A Padres hitter besides A-Gonz that is hot. Weird! Kouzmanoff was a preseason favorite of mine because I figured he’d build on his strong ’07 second half. Well, it didn’t work out fully like that early on, but he is getting hot now. Here’s hoping he stays hot.

Aaron Cook – Sure, he averages four Ks a game if you count the front and back of his jersey, but he can be useful.

John Maine – If I have a pitcher facing another pitcher on my team or pitching at Coors, I almost always start him. I figure there’s no reason to have a guy if you’re not going to start him. Maine went against Cook today on my ten team mixed league and it worked out fine.

Jon Lester – Make-A-Wish sends Lester back out to do battle on his own.

Ryan Zimmerman – Being outslugged by Aaron Boone. Awesome!

Corey Hart – Last year he didn’t get hot until June. Hopefully that doesn’t mean he’s going to get cold a month earlier this year.

Manny Parra – I think a minor league stint might be in his future. As he’s been pretty, um, sub-Parra.

Cole Hamels – I hate to the bearer of bad news, but knowing Hamels, a bad outing means he’s injured. I sure hope I’m wrong. In his defense, he had a ten minute delay because Carlos Lee bonked the ump with his bat.

John Smoltz – Experienced tightness in his shoulder. The Braves don’t consider it setback. Nah, why would tightness in a shoulder be a problem for a pitcher over the age of forty? I told you two weeks ago to try and trade him if you don’t need saves. At this point, I’m thinking I’d trade him for another closer if you do need saves.

Daniel Cabrera – If you have high blood pressure, you may want to consult with a doctor or Leo Mazzone before adding Daniel Cabrera to your fantasy baseball team.

Nomar Garciaparra/Andruw Jones/Rafael Furcal – When Torre was asked how he felt about the injuries hitting Garciaparra, Jones and Furcal, Torre said, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

Justin Verlander/C.C. Sabathia – Both pitched well, neither got the win. It’s like their poor Aprils pissed off their teams and now they’re not speaking. Maybe in their next start they can get makeup sex.

Josh Hamilton – He was ejected yesterday. Let’s hope it doesn’t send him on misbehavior spiral. Hopefully he just gets another tattoo and calls it a day.

Fausto Carmona – He’s expected to miss about four weeks with a strain in his left hip. Carmona was seen muttering, “Why can’t I have hips like C.C.? He’s got them good girthing hips.” For his owners, don’t worry, get Laffey. Actually, worry.

J.J. Putz – He blew a save to give the Yanks a three-game sweep. The Mariners management is contemplating whether to outsource the team to Asia.

Jorge Cantu – He hit two more home runs yesterday. What does Florida have to do to suck? Their owner must feel like the female owner in Major League.

Evan Longoria – He gets another big late inning hit. If it weren’t for all those early and mid innings, he’d be hitting higher than .246. Longoria is going to be great. Odds are it won’t be this year. There are more Gordons than Brauns.

Carlos Quentin – While Carlos Quentin may have 14 HRs, Eric Byrnes still has better hair.

Aaron Harang – 9 Ks in 4IP. How hard do you think Dusty had to twist his arm to enter a game facing the Padres at Petco?

Corey Patterson – After going 0 for his first 8 ABs, Corey was successful in sacrificing a player to second. It’s fitting because when Red fans think of sacrificing a player, they think of Corey.

Jay Bruce – Red fans are calling for Bruce so much they sound like they’re from Jersey.

Edinson Volquez – He got Dustied today. No idea how Dusty throws a rookie pitcher out there two days after he threw more than 90 pitches. Somewhere, Mark Prior sheds a tear like a commercial Native American crying at environmental abuse.

Direct TV – I love how I watch a game for six hours and then it cuts out three minutes before Adrian Gonzalez hits a game-winning home run. Maybe Direct TV’s the mastermind behind Yahoo’s waiver process.

  1. john says:

    Repost: I hope I can start “walking around my kitchen in my underwear screaming ‘I am Markakis’” soon again..I still have the faith, just can’t wait to see him turn it on again

    Also…do you think I should quick cancel that trade I had with Dice-k and others for Hamels and Pujols?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: What was the trade again?

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: re: Markakis — yeah, me too.

  4. john says:

    Dice-k, soria, matsui and cojack for hamels and pujols

  5. john says:

    the phillies article on the game doesn’t seem too worried about it..and hamels just said he was a little off with his fastball…but i didn’t see the game

  6. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Honestly, I’m concerned. Has the trade already been accepted?

  7. john says:

    nah, he hasn’t checked his team yet…so you’re thinkin pull the trade for now?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: I might just be being paranoid. Just trying to be safe rather than sorry.

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Yeah, just cancel it. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Give Hamels another start before reoffering it. That’s not being flaky either, since he’s the schmohawk that never checked his team.

  10. john says:

    yea, thats understandable..haha, yea. i know the guy so maybe i now can snag Hamels and Pujols for a little less or if it turns out he’s hurt find another good 1b and top pitcher.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: Yeah, there’s no reason to risk anything with the guys you’re giving up. The trade should be completely solid.

  12. john says:

    yea, I know. In case Hamels turns out hurt, these are some other combos I might be able to swing for the same guys as before, what do you think?..Halladay/Howard…Haren/Derek Lee…Sheets*/Teixiera or Bedard*/Teixiera

    *both are risky, i know

  13. Tony B. says:

    I own both Lackey and Quentin. I feel so bad for Lackey, he pitched a hell of a game – at one point Miller stated that he had thrown maybe something like 39 pitches over 5 innings?

    Did Arizona just think Quentin would never fully come back from his shoulder woes to deal him like they did?

    I play a game during every Sunday Night Baseball telecast – it involves Jon Miller and shots of tequila – everytime you hear Jon Miller say something to the effect and ______ steals – the throw to 2nd – “SAFE!!!!!”” or groundball to short _____ flips it to _________ the relay to 1st – “SAFE!!!!!” you must drink a normal sized shot of tequila – if you hear him emphatically scream “SAFE!!!” two times within a 5 minute span, you do a double shot.

  14. @Tony B.: How much do you drink when Joe Morgan rambles nonsensically or would that lead to alcohol poisoning?

  15. john says:

    I think you’d be dead before the 3rd inning.

  16. Tony B. says:

    @ Rudy: I don’t for the reason you gave about alcohol poisoning. I don’t know how many times I heard him say earlier that since Quentin hits from a crouched stance that since he is in a crouched stance, those lower pitches, he doesn’t have to crouch down to hit them like someone who stands up straighter would have to do, because if you more up straight you have to crouch down to get to those lower pitches and since Quentin already occupies a crouched stance, he is already in position to hit those lower pitches.


    Lackey is only at 77 pitches through 8 innings compared to Contreras at 101 through 8 innings due to the fact that Contreras has struck out 10 batters tonight compared to Lackey’s 3, so of course your pitch count is going to be higher if you’re striking out more batters because you’re throwing more pitches, in Lackey’s case, he has only struck out 3 tonight and he has induced other outs, as flyouts and groundouts tonight, so that of course shows why he has only 77 pitches through 8 innings.

    Did I miss anything? Maybe a comment about when Joe played or a reference to Johnny Bench or someone else who he played with on the Reds?

  17. cockyphoenix says:

    Wow, exactly. I emailed Yahoo! the other day about missing out on Cueto and blowing waiver claims on Scherzer and (hopefully) Kershaw, citing Bruce as the clearest reason they suck. They thanked me for submitting feedback and they assured me that they noted my enhancements. That really makes me feel great, which is good because my team is falling apart: Gallardo, Tulowitzki, Casilla, Holliday

  18. Mike says:

    Figgins & Napoli for McCann ? I’m concerned about Napoli so I’m tryin to trade for a better catcher since there are few good catchers

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony B.: I like to play Drunk Driving Miss Daisy. Every time Morgan Freeman says, “Ma’am,” you have to take a shot. You’d be surprised at how hot Jessica Tandy looks by the end.

    @Mike: I like that trade for McCann as long as you can take the hit with the loss of steals from Figgins.

  20. john says:

    @Grey: In case Hamels turns out hurt, these are some other combos I might be able to swing using Dice-K et. al., what do you think?
    Halladay/Howard…Haren/Derek Lee…Sheets*/Teixiera or Bedard*/Teixiera

    *both are risky, i know

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: I like these — Halladay/Howard, Haren/Derek Lee and Bedard/Teixiera, in that order.

  22. john says:

    where does the hamels deal rank with that?

  23. mike says:

    Just traded Duchscherer for Sherill. He wanted Oswalt for Percival at first, so Im happy with this deal instead. I needed a closer desperately,and I picked up Duchscherer on waivers. I guess Duchscherer did good just in time to trade him.

  24. Russ says:

    i’ve got to figure out my lineup for this week. i’ve got three not-so-nice choices for two spots. CI and DH. matt stairs, edwin E, and ian stewart. i was checking home/away splits last night and it looks like i’m going stewart/edwin. any input?

  25. RT says:

    Gents. Just posted this to Rudy’s topic, but thought it may be the wrong place…

    Am I crazy? This trade just happened in my league… David Wright and Mark Lowe for BJ Ryan for BJ Upton. I voiced my displeasure, but others thought it was fair. Am I missing something?

  26. Russ says:

    which side do you think is getting too much? i don’t see anything wrong with it.

  27. RT says:

    Really? Hmmm… Well, Wright is a Top 5-7 Fantasy Pick and can carry a team to 1st place just by getting out of bed in the morning. Ugh… Bad 2007 flashback. In all seriousness, I don’t think it’s enough. Ryan doesn’t close the gap between Upton and Wright in my humble opinion. I can pick up Torres for 10 saves(ish) from now to the end of the year… Not to mention the injury history of both Ryan and Upton. Wonky shoulders and all.

  28. @RT: I prefer the Wright side as I think Upton is overvalued but the trade should be allowed to go through…

  29. Russ says:

    it’s definitely not enough to get voted down. whenever i hear myself saying, “i dont think” or “in my opinion” i know i need to back away from the veto button, because ……. it’s not my team. guys can do what they want with their teams as long as there is no collusion, and this is pretty obviously not collusion. we have no context to go on in the trade anyway. maybe the team with wright needs saves bad, and ryan is a top closer with great periphs.

    that’s my biggest beef with voting on trades: managers are too ego-centric. they can’t see past their own team. i’m not putting words in your mouth here, but what i’m feeling is a “i would have given more to get wright” type of emotion. that’s my #1 reason NOT to veto a trade. that’s just jealousy.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @john: I’d put it first or second depending on Hamels’s health. They’re all very solid deals though, except for the Sheets one.

    @mike: Yah, that’s real solid. Nice trade.

    @Russ: Sometimes rookies come up and hit immediately, other times they bust. I’d take a one week chance that Stewart’s going to hit.

    @RT: I do love the word wonky, but I agree with the others. It’s fair.

  31. Just hangin’ out. heheh.


    I did a backlink check and saw an exponential growth. Good job!

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Bendz: Thanks, Bendz.

    To everyone, Bendz designed the site’s banner.

  33. Tony B. says:

    Any opinions on Andrew Miller, he’s still sitting on my waiver wire despite his strong showings in his last 3-4 outings. I know he has @ NYM and @ ATL on deck, is it best to leave him on the wire as he is or scoop him up and keep him reserved against those teams to see how he fares?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony B.: Who are you dropping to get him?

  35. cockyphoenix says:

    I am against trade vetoes. That said, I can’t figure out this trade. This league has had problems (in the NFL season last year particularly, a player-for-workshift trade won the league) with collusion and outside interference in the past. Now a guy who has Prince Fielder, Alex Gordon, and Paul Konerko traded Ryan Braun for Justin Morneau. That means he traded away a first rounder for a third rounder and a logjam at first base with a 12th rounder taking over for the first rounder at third. Whoa numbers. The guy who got Braun is the same guy who tried to trade Victor Martinez and a shift at Red Lobster for Johan Santana (got shot down). Am I paranoid and missing something? Someone give me an alternative explanation if you can.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cockyphoenix: Hard to know the exact value of a shift at Red Lobster, but you’re not being paranoid. That trade smells of collusion. You should’ve never gotten in a league with those schmohawks again.

  37. nick says:

    This trade was proposed to me…don’t think its that good but…

    I get : Theriot, Soriano, Lyon & Haren
    I give: Rollins, Figgins & Zambrano

  38. p0rk burn says:

    I convinced our Jobacum owner that he was going to be worthless because of Doug Davis’s return (to the rotation, not of the cancer). Ignoring the ethical issues that got him to the free agent pool, now that Jobacum is available is he an upgrade over Chris Perez? We score holds and I currently have Nathan, Street, and Hoffman for saves with only Bell and Perez for holds. Perez would be nice if he ends up closing because Hoffman is shaky but something about Jobacum is alluring.

    Using your crystal ball(s) – ick? – is Scherzer going to stick in the big leagues and how long, if ever, until Perez takes Franklin’s job?

  39. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nick: That’s not a bad trade for you. Rollins is the top player, and it’s never great to be giving away the top player, but Soriano (assuming it’s Alfonso, not Rafael) will hit more home runs and Theriot should give you decent speed to replace Rollins. Lyons and Haren for Big Z is in your favor, so it comes down to whether you can lose some speed in Figgins. If you can lose Figgins, I’d do it.

    @p0rk burn: I think you’re better off with Perez for holds and the possibility of saves, whereas Jobacum will be better for Ks, IPs, Ws, WHIP and ERA (the ratios because he’ll be throwing more innings), so it depends what you want. I think Jobacum will stick in the big leagues and be similar to Joba with more two or three inning outings and Perez might take over by July/August, but it’s hard to know, lots of factors in regards to that.

  40. nick says:

    @ Grey: I agree with you but Theriot is going to be my only SS ( & he is slumping now)… & do you think Soriano will be healthly for the season ? I heard his legs aren’t doing to well right now

  41. Tony B. says:

    I have an overabundance of RP’s right now:

    Brian Wilson
    Chris Perez

    This is a keeper league so that’s why I’m not looking into dropping Perez or Scherzer. I lead in saves over the 2nd place team by 13 right now.

    MY SP’s look like this:

    Erv. Santana

    I was thinking about dropping Torres to grab Miller. I can’t get rid of Torres through a trade b/c everyone in my league realizes Gagne will be back in a week so no one is going to give me any real value for Torres. I was thinking giving my gluttony of RP’s I could drop Torres and not let it hurt me. Other categories my league rolls with are K’s, K/9, K/BB, and WHIP so going back to Perez and Scherzer again, they really can help me in those categories even if they aren’t closing.

    Along with Miller, the following SP’s are also available on the WW…

    Aaron Cook (I tend to look away b/c he can hurt me with his lack of K’s)
    Laffey (lack of K’s again)

  42. Grey

    Grey says:

    @nick: Well, Figgins’s legs might be even worse than Soriano. Theriot has a great eye, so I’m not too worried about him. You *will* be taking a big hit in steals with this trade, it’s all a matter whether you can overcome that, but I actually like your side of the trade.

  43. The Dude says:

    Do you guys think that I should sell high on Dan Uggla or is he valuable enough to keep?

  44. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony B.: I wouldn’t assume Gagne’s going to be back in a week and I think Gagne’s going to be crap when he returns and Torres will end up with as many saves as him, but with your league’s categories I’d go Contreras (he’s streaky, but on a good streak right now), Duch, Guthrie then Miller.

  45. p0rk burn says:

    The Dude: I’m the biggest Uggla fan here and I can tell you he won’t keep this up. Even in his best season he is going to end up with a .270 average (.280 if you really want wishful thinking). The Fish dropped him down to the five hole just prior to his hot streak but I don’t think the batting position is going to turn him into a 110 rbi 40 homer guy hitting over .300. The new spot should find him a few more rbis – I think 100 rbis is a very realistic expectation for him this season (he had 90 or so not too long ago) – but I’ll be surprised if he gets to 40 homers. If you want to sell him now is the time to do it, otherwise get ready to absorb a lot of Ks and be frustrated from time to time. When he isn’t on he’s either swinging at really bad pitches or hitting pop flies to shallow left-center.

    With that said, you can find me watching the Marlins games with my autographed Uggla baseball and Uggla bobblehead. Its become a running joke now with my league mates. Dan Uggla is ALWAYS on my team. Don’t ask me why, I couldn’t explain it if i wanted to.

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @The Dude: He’s a 35/.250 hitter, so if you can handle that average and need those home runs, he’s not really a sell high guy.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:

    Okay, so it looks like you could sell Uggla high to p0rk burn, but you’d have to be in his league and draft Uggla in the first round before p0rk burn got to him.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    I should say if someone thinks Uggla’s a 40/.300 hitter then by all means sell him high. But as P0rk Burn’s own admission, he’s a fan and he doesn’t think Uggla’s that.

  49. Tony B. says:

    I watched Contreras last nite and he looked filthy at times…

    I agree with you on Gagne, he is complete shit and he and Turnbow are one in the same at this point.

    Does my SP situation warrant a pickup of Contreras right now or do you think I should hold onto Torres a wee bit longer to see if he can build some value and maybe have some owners in my league re-think about trading for him?

  50. Chase says:

    Grey, what’s the deal on Quentin..Is he a true God? or should I offer him to a sucker to get some unpolished Gold.

  51. john says:

    @Grey: I am Markakis!…maybe this is his turning point

  52. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chase: He’s a combination of plus power, great eye and some speed. He’s for real. Don’t sell him short.

    @john: I sure hope so cause, as TJ Lavin would say, my pitching is killing it in a lot of leagues, but my offense has been lacking. Which is odd since I draft very heavy on offense.

  53. cruisinkc says:

    I know you guys are against vetoing and I don’t plan on vetoing this trade I just wanted to know if this is same value..
    Votto for bedard?

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cruisinkc: It’s a pretty shitty trade, but it’s not really veto-able. Votto looks legit and Bedard has injury concerns.

  55. Chase says:

    How is your Greinke for Cabrera trade coming along? :)

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chase: I think Rudy’s considering dropping Melky and I’ve had four or five solid starts and one meltdown, so it’s barely a win in my corner right now. Overall, I picked up Mike Cameron when I lost Melky and he’s been better than Melky. Rudy’s still in first and I’m a couple points behind in second, so it’s still too close to call.

  57. KarlJ. says:

    So I took your advice Grey and held on to Billingsley. I ended trading Halladay and C Pena for Teixeira and Cain. I flipped Cain to another owner for Posada who is due to come back next week. I can now finally dump that schmohawk Johjima and actually get some production from the catcher position. Of course I was delighted to see Teixeira get 4 rbi’s in his first game on my team.
    Thanks again.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:

    @KarlJ.: Yeah, and Tex is only going to get better. Glad it’s working out so far.

  59. Did you guys kill Sidney Pollack with this or what?

  60. Tony B. says:

    Have a deal in place where I send Bedard and Fuentes to get back Hamels. Likey or no likey?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Aaron: Wow, we totally did. I’m glad I didn’t put Nick Markakis as the third name. Phew.

    @Tony B.: No, I think you’re giving up a bit too much.

  62. Ted says:

    What do you think the value of Clayton Kershaw is? I have the No. 1 waiver pick in my league and I’ve already posted a willingness to trade it. How about a rough projection or an equivelent valued pitcher?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ted: Think Lincecum’s last year numbers. 8 to 10 Wins/4.00/1.20/100 Ks

  64. Endless Summer says:

    lol @ Aaron. I just saw it on Yahoo’s front page today after hearing him mentioned on Razzball.

  65. Steve says:

    There’s no reason other than a complete lack of disregard for your customers.

    Hmmmm — wouldn’t “a complete lack of disregard” mean that you actually regard your customers with the utmost respect?

  66. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: hehe. Yeah, that’s probably true.

  67. Aaron says:

    This is the most haunting part:

    “Sidney Pollack? Well, he’s a film director, so he should be unavailable too.”

    And thus he was made unavailable to all of us.

    By Razzball….

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    Let that be a lesson to everyone. You do not want to be mentioned in one of these posts.

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