Lastings Milledge was sent to the minors yesterday clearing room for Elijah Dukes to cover for him in center and probationary hearings.  Luckily, on his way out of town, Milledge stopped by Razzball HQ with some “word science.”  After you read the rhymes Milledge dropped, feel free to drop him.

Dukes has a good 3 days, so he gets a buffer?
I’m da original Bowden Fluffer!
My rhymes are so hard they break bats,
Why you go out and sign that Three-True Outcome Fats?
To the minors, you’re sending moi?
I’m declaring a fatwa!

Don’t push me, cuz I’m close to the edge,
I’m trying not to lose my head,
Uh huh ha ha ha…
It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder,
Why MLB didn’t let this team go under.

Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tom Glavine – Career might be over.  Take a moment, go to the front lawn, pocket some dirt in honor of Glavine’s career, then drop him.

Chris Carpenter – From the top 60 starters post, “There’s plenty of pitchers to choose from, give Carpenter a year to prove himself.  That’s all, one year.  Or maybe until the All-Star Break.  Just don’t draft him out of the gate.” Do I need to continue?  Carpenter left yesterday’s game with a strained oblique.  That’s vaguely a belly ache.  I wouldn’t drop him, but I would hope he gets placed on the DL so you can at least free up a spot.

Jesse Litsch – Wasn’t worth owning prior to forearm tightness and now he’s on the 15-day DL.  Call in Reggie Roby.

Xavier Nady – Left with elbow pain.  In the 1st basemen to target post, I said, ” I think (Swisher) takes the job from Nady when Nady’s exploited for not being what he was last year.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Nady’s one of the bigger busts this year outside of Billy Butler’s moobs.   Nady was injury-prone prior to last year and last year was a career year.  Do the math!

Nick Swisher – 4th HR yesterday.  Read again what I wrote about Nady.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – One inning, 5 earned.  I’m not going to quote or link to anything, but I told you to avoid Dice-K this year.  You do what you do, I do what I do.  Word on the Bean Streets is he’s suffering from “arm fatigue.”  Clay Buchholz may be getting the call to replace him for a couple of starts.

Scott Podsednik – Jeopardy contestant, “Questionable Manager Moves for $100.”  Alex Trebek, “The answer is ‘The White Sox signed Scott Podsednik.'”  Contestant, “How could Ozzie Guillen find a worst centerfielder, leadoff man than DeWayne Wise?”

Vladimir Guerrero – Admitted this offseason to lying about his age and is now coping to a Latin 34.  He seems like a nice guy, but, man, he’s been looking like a Latin 40.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 2 ER.  C’mon, that’s a made-up name!  It’s too perfect.  Good results for “Ricky” so far as he’s kept his walks in check.  His minor league numbers say trouble isn’t too far away.  In AL-Only leagues, he’s worth a flier, but don’t get too excited.

Glen Perkins – Also 8 IP, 2 ER.  Another great start for The Pancake House.  Again, don’t invest too heavily.  He’s like Slowey-lite.

Nelson Cruz – Hit his 4th homer.  If he’s on waivers in any leagues, he shouldn’t be.  If you have a power void on your team, I’d trade for Cruz.

A.J. Burnett – No hitter into the 7th.  I’d look to trade him if you’re fine on starters.  Five dollars says he doesn’t get through May.

Carlos Villanueva – 1 IP, 3 ER.  Kazaam!

Javier Vazquez – 12 Ks in the loss.  Ah, those patient Marlins hitters.

Emilio Bonifacio – 2-for-5 to drop his average to .485.  The correction is complete!

Melvin Mora – To the DL with a hamstring injury.  Wigginton will field the spot for a few weeks.  That’s no endorsement of Wigginton unless you’re desperate.  Then again, if you were playing Mora, you probably are desperate.

Manny Parra – 6 IP, 3 ER.  Two runs scored on walks to Taveras and Hairston, two guys that need to be knocked down to take a pitch.  In summation, Parra really needs to cut down on his walks.

Chris Davis – 2nd HR in two days.  Now don’t you feel bad for hating him three days ago?

Mark Reynolds – HR yesterday.  Okay, Davis 2, Reynolds 1… Now go to your corners and when you hear the bell come out swinging.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Stole his fourth bag as he bats .194.  I could see him hitting .260 and stealing 40 this year.  Oh, and Jacoby Ellsbury says, “It’s April 15th, do your taxes!”

  1. Emporers Monkey says:

    Just picked up Dukes out of the FA pool last night after an upatient owner dropped him a few days prior. That unpatient owner was me. Redemption!

    I plan on pitching Danks against Detroit tomorrow. He pitched well against them last season but for some reason I just have a bad feeling about trotting him out tomorrow. Perhaps its because my ERA currently stands at an unrealistic 2.90 and that number is starting to grow on me. You guys think he will have a decent game?

  2. Freak says:

    I’m off to Wrigley for games today and tomorrow.

    Be jealous.

  3. anon says:

    would you trade Damon for Nelson Cruz?

  4. Tony B. says:

    I swore Buchholz pulled/strained a hammy in his 1st start with Pawtucket, yet I don’t know the severity, I haven’t been able to find anything else about it. Masterson looked damn good in his relief of Dice-K (4 scoreless innings, no walks, and 6 strikeouts). Any chance Boston spot starts him instead of calling up Buchholz?

    Also, if you think Buchholz does get the call, does he appeal more than Jordan Zimmermann?

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @anon: if you need power and 12-15 steals and the ave for cruz could be anywhere from .250 and up anyones guess

  6. mikey boy324 says:

    grey whats your thoughts on slowey i know hes had a rough start but i was pretty high on him before the season someone in my league dropped him and i was thinking about picking him up and dropping wang what you think?

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @mikey boy324: yes drop wang for him,he`ll come around and if he doesnt,probably still better than wang

  8. Eric says:

    What are you thoughts on Kyle Davies? Another solid outing last night for KC. Is he a steal off the waiver wire or a fluke? Stat line so far:

    12.7 IP, 13 K, 3 BB, 3 ER, 10 Hits Allowed

  9. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Eric: i dont know for sure,but if he`s a free agent ,i grab him now

  10. Rob says:

    Is Chris Iannetta going to break out of his slump should I go after John Buck free agent?

  11. Tony B. says:

    @Eric: Agree with AL, I’d grab him, he was highly regarded coming up with ATL and KC’s GM Moore was with Atlanta back then, so he obviously saw something in Kyle.

  12. Tony B. says:

    @Rob: Stay the course with Ianetta!

  13. PhillyYorker says:

    Just a heads up to us lucky Longoria owners out there. Yahoo is reporting he will be out of the lineup today and tomorrow dealing with a family issue.

    It’s gonna be a Ellsbury/Crisp day for the my outfield.

    Good morning, Chris Davis. We were worried about ya.

    Days when I have no starters going are so much more enjoyable than days when they are.

  14. Rob says:

    @Tony: Thanks I will stick with Ianetta.

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Rob: floridas baker is an option also but id hold on to ianneta

  16. Frank Rizzo says:

    Davis facing a lefty today. I don’t remember if he was supposed to be better against lefties or righties. Anyone?

  17. p0rk burn says:

    @anon: Yes. Damon is old and diminishing. Even when he wasn’t old he was mostly speed. Now he’s old speed which equals no speed. Cruz is still showing us what he’s got. Upside vs less than you are expecting? C’mon now.

    @Rob: @AL KOHOLIC: Al’s right, stick with Ianetta. And take your ADD meds.

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:

    playing at texas against the worst pitching in the league(baltimore),play him

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Frank Rizzo: but if it helps more,he batted 258 with 5 hr`s in 98 ab`s last year against lefties,and those 34 k`s

  20. Tony says:

    @Frank Rizzo: check his splits, you can do that for any player for each year they’ve played…

  21. Tony says:

    Ok is beckett going to be able to pitch this next start since he’s appealing the suspension?

    What a horrible week for this to happen. I hope he can throw, I have horrible matchups, carpenter is throwing a good game last night and he strains his abdomen swinging a bat!? come onnnn…..

    anyone with any Beckett Info, i can’t find anything anywhere? DO they let him pitch til the decision is made because it pretty much boils down to he needs to miss ONE start….

  22. Tom says:

    Alexei is eligible at 2nd, SS and OF in Yahoo, and he’s available if I want to trade Uggla for him. Rudy helped convice me that Uggla is a huge asset, but I do need some steals. I remember Grey saying that he could see Alexei either tanking or exploding (in a good way) this year. Should I still view Alexei as an upgrade, or be cautious now?

  23. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Tony: he can pitch while the appeal is pending

  24. nick m. says:

    ok, things seem to be going south quickly – carp looks to be headed to the DL (which is to be expected but it still stings), pelfrey has forearm tendinitis, and villanueva looks to throw away an opportunity…should i pick up millwood, guthrie, or davies for the foreseeable future?

  25. BSA says:

    @Tony: The Sawx will look at the schedule and the Dice-K situation. He will pitch his next start and the appeal.

    As to Masterson filling in – It makes perfect sense. I didn’t here anything about Bucholtz getting hurt. Do to pitch counts they will keep him around four innings per outing – good or bad.

  26. sean says:

    Nice! Was able to drop Lyon for Price in another league! What is going on with these fools?!?

  27. sean says:

    @BSA: based on what you are saying, it would make sense to piggyback Buchholz/Masterson for that fifth slot for the time being.

    Is it just a matter of time before we see Bowden?

  28. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    With Carp going down who is the best pickup?

    Guthrie, Maine, Lilly, Maholm, E. Jackson, Arroyo, Cahill, Wolf, Davies, Kawakami

  29. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @nick m.: davies

  30. David says:

    So with Tom Glavine out what are the odds the Braves will call up Tommy Hanson?

  31. Tony B. says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I’d rank them Lilly, Davies, Guthrie, Maine, Maholm

  32. Tony says:

    @BSA: @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah i was kinda figuring if he’s appealing whats the point of appealing if they’re NOT going to let him make his next start? Thats sweet…. its vs. BAL too, which in the past that would make me happy, but lately they’ve been putting up some #’s!

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:

    lilly or davies,maholm is throwing great but no k`s

  34. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @David: i to am hoping for this,but its looking like they`ll wait another month,i am going to wait and see what jo jo does,vazquez and lowe leading the way,the braves could have a great year,of course chipper has to play 140 games,

  35. Tony says:

    Whats the ETA of YAHOO getting off their duff and putting CARP on the DL….? God they’re slow!

  36. sean says:

    @David: Braves already announced that Reyes is going to start in the spot for the time being. Hanson is, hopefully, a May call-up. Atlanta’s staff is an injury waiting to happen…

  37. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    ESPN hasn’t done it either have the Cardinals officially put him on the DL?

  38. BSA says:

    @sean: Nah, Based on the way things are going Bowden is probably the fourth to get the call.
    1. Masterson
    2. Buch
    3. Smoltz – should be ready soon
    4. Bowden

  39. Hardcore Midget says:

    Better option at OF- Dukes or Jayson Werth?

  40. Tony B. says:

    @BSA: I’m a big fan of Masterson, he has a Webb-like repetoire

  41. Tony says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: yeah thats true i guess once the cards figure out whats going on YAHOO will do something…. so now i’ll have CARP going to the DL, wang is close to droppable…

    slowey is in the waiver pool and so is Rafael Soriano….

  42. Tony says:

    @Hardcore Midget: yeah werth, better line up, better 20/20 upside and then some….

  43. Zebo says:

    continue to start Jacoby, while he singlehandedly, ok, maybe along with the Lee twins of suckiness, Derrek and Carlos destroy my OBP and SLG? Would it be wise to bench him for a while in favor of Snider/Burrell (hope waiver goes through)?

  44. Tony says:

    anyone thinking about taking a flyer on anibal sanchez? Marlins are looking good. I gotta get a guy before he throws one decent inning in my league or i’m too late…..

  45. Ethan says:

    Have one DL spot and two DL prone pitchers – Carpenter and Escobar – who do i put on the DL and who do I drop?

  46. AL KOHOLIC says:

    werth is the safer play and will play everyday,dukes has a high ceiling as long as he doesnt pull one of his idiot moves this year,id start werth and stash dukes on bench for now

  47. Zebo says:

    how did Jobacum’s stuff look in his first start?

  48. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Freak: Lucky.

    Grey you are an animal if you really answer all of these questions all day. Amazing.

    Is it safe to say that Todd Coffey is really the closer in waiting in Milwaukee?

  49. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Ethan: id want to here the report on carp`s injury 1st, 1 week,15 day dl,not known yet,escobar might not start at 1st when he comes back? roll the dice on two injury prone pitchers,i doubt either will finish the year without another dl visit

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Emporers Monkey: I like Danks.

    @Freak: Come back, Freak!

    @anon: Sure, if you needed some extra risk, but potential big payoff, go for it.

    @Tony B.: More than Zimmermann – yes. Does Masterson get the start — potentially. Either would be good spot starts.

    @mikey boy324: I was high on him too. I don’t jump off the wagon of guys I was high on a week into the season, so I still like him. I like Wang too (um, that’s weird), but Slowey more.

    @Eric: Grab him if you like, but I don’t buy the start. Then again, I was saying in September of last year I didn’t buy the Cliff Lee year either.

    @Rob: Hold Iannetta.

    @PhillyYorker: Yup, starter days are nice.

    @Tom: Alexei should be better than Uggla, but they’re so close, it’s not a trade worth making.

    @nick m.: Guthrie, Davies, punt, in that order.

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Lilly, Guthrie, Kawakami, Davies, in that order…

    @David: They’re going with Jo-Jo Reyes in the short term.

    @Hardcore Midget: Werth

    @Zebo: Jacoby and Burrell or Snider are two different kinds of players. Do you need steals? Then play Jacoby. Didn’t see Jobacum, was watching Rock of Love Bus finale.

    @Ethan: Drop Escobar if it comes down to that. Hold for news on Carp first.

    @IowaCubs: Coffey seems like he’s stuck behind Villanueva — performance be damned. Hoffman should be back momentarily anyway.

  51. G-RAM says:

    Hey Grey. Love your take on this one as well. In the spirit of SAGNOF, which of these guys is worth taking a look at at this juncture: Perez, Balfour, Wheeler, Corpas, Soriano, Ray, Coffey, or perhaps someone else that’s REALLY a longshot, like Dotel. I currently have Broxton and Bell as solid options, and Villanueva and Aardsma as temporary solutions, with Zumaya just waiting to get off my DL so he can implode and then go right back on the DL.

  52. sean says:

    Free Agent RPs: Motte, Corpas, Wheeler, TA Pena, CJ Wilson, Izzy, C-Cord, Balfour, Putz, Rauch, Nunez, Batista, Coffey, and Saito.

    I have: Arredondo, F-Cord, Lyon, Morrow, BJ Ryan, Villanueva.

    Any moves to be made here?

  53. Tony B. says:

    @Tony: Already jumped on board last week after watching him throw against the Mets, I expect good things!

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @G-RAM: Wheeler and Soriano.

    @sean: Not yet. But when Villanueva isn’t worth using anymore (once Hoffman returns), then there will be a move to make.

  55. Probable Party Starter says:

    Hey, does anybody have a semi-reliable weather prediction site that can give a quick-glance heads up on possible rain-out situations?

  56. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Grey what’s your verdict on Anibal Sánchez? Rudy said wait for May/June to see how he does? Should we pounce now?

    Lilly or the Big Unit?

  57. Probable Party Starter says:

    @sean: Ah Vegas. Is there anything you can’t do?

  58. @I’m Keith Hernandez: I can’t answer about Sanchez (though I’m curious to know) but you should def. go Lilly over Big Unit.

    Relying on Randy Johnson is like playing Jenga — you’re basically just waiting for the whole thing to fall apart.

  59. @I’m Keith Hernandez: I projected he’d start slow but that he might heat up in May/June. His first start out of the game against the Mets was encouraging. At this point, I think Sanchez and Volstad are worth picking up in any league format – preferably for a weak Middle Reliever or a borderline starter (espec. AL).

  60. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Thanks Rudy! I am waiting for Carp to go on the DL and then I will grab him. I will prob drop Randy today for Lilly, just waiting for someone to reject this one trade first. ( I am in league where if you package someone with a closer you can really upgrade players, wish me luck!)

  61. nick m. says:

    anyone with thoughts on sean marshall? as opposed to anibal sanchez or kyle davies.

  62. johnson21 says:

    Hello! Milledge vs. Fowler for the season?

  63. BSA says:

    re: Beckett & Dice-K

    Dice-K – Through an interpreter – “I haven’t met with the manager yet but I feel fine. Hmmmm? His next start comes up on Monday at 11:00

    Beckett – the appeal will probably not be heard for at least a month due to issues with MLB scheduling.

  64. Tony says:

    @BSA: Lets hope on Beckett. Well pretty much I just really need him to start this week. After that I dont care… Big H2H matchup.

  65. Dumbmutt says:

    Who has the most chance to be traded now? I thought it was Hawpe, but now it is Atkins?

    Larussa says Carp “out for awhile” heh

  66. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: So then you believe Sanchez is a better option than Davies right now? Better than the Big Unit?

  67. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: is motte worth holding?all id be dropping him for would be spot starters

  68. Dock Ellis says:

    worth dropping Fowler for A. Sanchez or Masterson/Buccholz if Fowler rides my bench?

  69. @Frank Rizzo: i like anibel over davies b/c he pitches in the NL. i’d lean towards big unit over anibel because of his track record but he’s such a crapshoot given his age. i’d probably go with anibel just to avoid the injuries and potential for collapse….

  70. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @NoonTime: looks good,but due to these guys holding guys back to save a year of arbitration,we might see him and stause in about 5 years

  71. Dumbmutt says:

    Yeah that’s what I thought you had said before. ESPN and Yahoo have the rotowire blurp with a Denver Post guy (Troy Renck) if they are stinkin it up it would be Atkins in June/July. The spin has it with Helton at first and Stewart at 3rd.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Franklin’s the only one I’m holding in 12 team leagues or smaller.

    @Dock Ellis: Sure, grab Anibal.

  73. Anybody think Micah Owings is worth a start in NL Only formats tonight vs. the Brewers? I’m kind of inclined to do so just because he was strong at the very beginning of last year (4-0, 2.42 ERA), and he seemed to have a good spring. On the other hand, I can’t count his hitting stats.

  74. RT says:

    Ian Stewart is starting in RF today.
    2B/3B and OF elig. would be huge and pretty damn stellar.

  75. sean says:

    Start Stewart or Fowler at U today?

  76. RT says:

    Fowler is not in the lineup.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:

    @VanHammersly: The Brewers are ice cold. It’s rolling the dice, but the odds are slightly in your favor.

  78. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey:I’m feeling good about trading Braun these days.He has to really be hurting to be sucking this bad.I wonder if they let him play through it or shut him down for awhile?

  79. sean says:

    Grey: been able to watch the Brew Crue thanks to MLB Extra Innings, and Prince/Braun have been noticeably absent. Weeks is off to a shockingly decent start, and Hart and Hardy have definitely contributed, but they need those two if they are going to outhit their bad SP.

    Still, I wouldn’t want to spot start anyone in Miller Park with the power potential of that Brewers’ lineup…

  80. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @NoonTime: I like this quote from his coach:

    “I tell you what, he’s just in a zone right now,” Mustangs coach Scot Wilcox said.

    Ya think? I wonder if, after his second straight no-hitter, Schuster said to the coach, “You know, I think I’m really in the zone.”

    And the coach said, “Let’s see how you do next time out.”

  81. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    p.s. Looks like Nady might be out for the season. From Rotoworld:

    “Though nothing is official, Peter Abraham of the Journal News reports that Xavier Nady’s elbow will need season-ending surgery.”

    Swisher owners, rejoice!

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Doug Ault: I think he comes out of it just fine, but it may take a few.

    @sean: Arroyo looked good against them.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks for the heads up! Wow, I wish I would’ve downgraded Nady even more, but that’s pretty unforeseeable.

  83. Luke says:

    @Grey: So, if you’re jumping ship on Motte, would you drop him in favor of R. Soriano in hopes that he’ll take the closer role eventually? Or not worth wasting a roster spot on hoping for that?

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Aha! The other owners in my league scoffed at my late-round Swisher pick! I don’t hear them laughing now! …though I’m sure I’ll hear it again when he goes 0-40 in May.

  84. Zebo says:

    @Grey: Drop Edwin Jackson and pick up Bartlett/Guzman, to help me endure this Cuban Missile crisis? I can’t take anymore 0 for 4s. Those numbers will mean the difference between winning and losing in semptember.

  85. Tony B. says:

    Anyone like Sean Marshall tomorrow @ Wrigley against St. Louis

    2008 numbers against St. Louis looked like this:

    11.0 innings

    9 hits

    4 walks

    9 strikeouts

    0.82 ERA

    1.18 WHIP

    Downside = He’s up against Wainwright…

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Luke: I’d prefer Soriano right now.

    @Zebo: No, I wouldn’t do that.

    @Tony B.: I like him tomorrow.

  87. Frank Rizzo says:

    With Aramis out, I’ve got to choose between Reynolds and Davis as my 3b today. Reynolds is in the lineup today, batting 5th against righty Piniero. Not sure if Davis will be in the lineup tonight or not but Texas is facing LHP Hendrickson. Davis did hit a HR last night but followed that with 3 K’s. Will he get a “day off” today?


  88. Frank Rizzo says:

    Wow. Harden is dealing so far. 4 batters faced, 4 K’s.

  89. BSA says:

    @Frank Rizzo: And then we go see men on first and second with one out. Hate when that happens…

  90. Frank Rizzo says:

    Wow. Harden’s lost all control in the blink of an eye. WTF?

  91. BSA says:

    Dice-K update –
    The Red Sox have placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 15-day disabled list with a tired shoulder and recalled lefthanded reliever Hunter Jones from Pawtucket.

    It is uncertain for now who will take Matsuzaka’s next turn in the rotation, though Masterson, who struck out six in four innings last night, would seem to to be the best bet. It also may be dependent on the status of Josh Beckett, who is appealing his six-game suspension — one start — for nearly hitting the Angels’ Bobby Abreu with a pitch Sunday.

    The team is hoping Jones will be in Oakland for today’s game since they wiped out the bullpen in the 10 innings of scoreless relief last night.

  92. BSA says:

    Alexei = stress
    2/1 count and he pops it up. Come On!!!!!!

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grabbed chris perez and dropped motte in both leagues,i dont see tony putting motte out there with game on the line for a while,hope perez takes over for franklin soon,assuming you all new perez got called up today

  94. p0rk burn says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Man, I had both Nady and Swisher . . . and dropped Swisher for Senor Goodface. Cue the violins. Needless to say (but I’m saying it anyways) he lasted about two days as a FA before he was picked up. Moral of the story: Bonifacio is going to be the NL MVP to justify my move.

    Totally no wishful thinking involved here. None at all.

  95. Moonlight's Grahams says:

    Potential for Maddux and Glavine to go in together. It’s sad to see Glavine not retire on his own terms but at least sentimental fans like me can get something out of it.

  96. bubba chuck says:

    Drop Nady for Scutaro, Fukudome, or Orlando Hudson?

  97. Joel says:

    Jay Bruce is pissing me off, royally.

    I also have David Ortiz (he slid far) but I was prepared for suckitude from him, so that’s ok. Bruce, I’m expecting big things.

Comments are closed.