Mike Moustakas was called up!  No, he wasn’t! Yeah, he was, random italicized voice, why are you giving me a hard time?  Keeping you honest. Since nothing’s changed since last time I went over him but the date, here’s what I said in the offseason, “Last year, he spent time at Double and Triple-A.  Not at the same time, that would be some Multiplicity shizz.  In 484 ABs, he hit 36 homers and batted .322.  As they say in Moustakas’ home country, “Wow.”  (He’s from L.A.)  Then they would throw a glass into the fireplace and spray some Windex.  This past year saw Moustakas named the Texas League Player of the Year, which is more prestigious than the Koo Koo Roo Employee of the Year, but only barely.  As his skipper said, “(Moustakas) missed the first 16 games of the season and by midseason he was leading the league in all the categories.  And where’s Gilligan?!” And that’s me quoting me!  This year, more of the same.  In 55 games, 10 home runs.  I’ll conservatively give him 40/15/50/.280 in 275 at-bats.  He’s a pick up in every league for his eligibility alone.  To get all Iliad on you, it’s Moustakas of Troy that launched a thousand homers.  It’s also no accident that my iPhone wanted to autocorrect “Moustakas of Troy” into moistened trousers.   Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Aviles – Was sent down to make room for Moustakas.  The Royals obviously wanted to see more of Chris Getz.  Well, I guess the Royals can only make one intelligent decision at a time.

Dustin Pedroia – Has just a knee bruise, won’t need surgery and could return on Friday.  That’s awesome news!  A guy who has been downright terrible because of his ailing knee only needs one day of rest.  Riiiiiiiiiiight.  Extra I’s for sarcastic emphasis.

Ricky Romero – 8 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Now has an ERA of 3.18 on the year.  The biggest compliment I can give any player is I wish I owned them.  I wish I owned Romero.  (Now I will receive trade offers of Romero for Stanton.  Rudy and I were noticing that our Stanton receives by far the most offers to take over his services.  And that might be only interesting to Rudy and me.)

Mike Stanton – Hit his 14th homer this year.  Speaking of which, he’s going to hit 35 homers this year.  You can count on one hand the guys I’d give a better than 50% shot at 35 homers — Pujols, Fielder, Bautista, Teixeira and Stanton.  There’s others with a 25% chance, but not that many.

Chris Snyder – Out for the season with back surgery.  Sounds like a good excuse for a year pass to Burke Williams.  What?  I gotta speak to our three lady readers too sometimes.  Hey, ladies!

Jerry Sands – The guy who sounds like a 1960’s casino owner was sent back down to the hole in the Albuquerque desert where the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate plays.

Trevor Cahill – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  For some reason this guy has a bunch of supporters that come out of the woodwork when I say he’s not as good as he was showing.  Not entirely sure why and I’m pretty sure no one’s going to say anything after he pitches poorly.  Wait until after his next good start, then we’ll hear from them.  For what it’s Wuertz, since I told you in early May he was due for a correction, he has a 4.68 ERA.

Jair Jurrjens – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He now has a 1.82 ERA on the year.  If you think he’s a sub-2 ERA pitcher, I have a box of Jose Canseco Sportflix cards to sell you.  And, when he regresses to a 3.00 ERA, he still won’t have any Ks.

Adam Dunn – 1-for-3 with his 6th home run.  Luckily, the big man asked for a five count King Kong Bundy-style, cause he needed a four and a half before he showed signs.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2 with a triple.  It’s Rizzo, jerky!

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His ERA is better than Gallardo’s.  Stab me in the eye.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer.  Member in my preseason rankings when I put Hamilton much lower than any other ‘perts because of his injury history and how he had a 10 homer season in 2009?  He’s on pace for around 10 homers right now.  We’ll see if he gets there after his inevitable next DL stint.

Jonny Venters – Notched his 2nd save of the season.  Fredi Gonzalez said that they just needed to give Kimbrel rest.  Then he winked twice and nudged the reporter.  When asked about the double wink nudge, Fredi pulled his ear.  The reporter then asked if he was playing charades and Fredi touched his nose.

Joba Chamberlain – Might need Tommy John surgery.  I don’t remember that being a part of the 5-step Joba Rules plan laid out by Cashman, but I didn’t read the whole document.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  His season ERA is 1.93.  I will not say anything else for fear my typees will put the jinx on.

Jonathon Niese – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He’s coming in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  You can hardly wait.  No, you!

Juan Nicasio – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Still not as pretty as I think he can look but he gets the Padres next.  That’s usually the soup for what ails you.

Eric Young Jr. – He’s a tiny guy.  Are we sure the manager knows he’s there?

David Hernandez – He got the save because Putz was stiff.  Hehe… Can grab Hernandez for potential vulture saves, but Putz is said to be up and moving in the right direction.  Hehe…

Bob Geren – The A’s manager was replaced by Bob Melvin.  They should’ve got Bob the Builder.

Ryan Madson – Blew his first save of the year.  Hopefully this doesn’t open the flood gates and he goes back to a Cuddle Boy who can’t handle the pressure.  Charlie Manuel met with the press after the game in overalls and no shirt underneath, which caused all the reporters to flee so no word at this time, but I’m sure Madson’s fine.

Geovany Soto – 2-for-5 and his 4th home run.  This ever happen to you — some players do nothing for so long you forget that they’re still playing?  That’s been Geovany for me.

Delmon Young – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer.  Speaking of players I thought suddenly retired months ago and I had just forgot about.  Member when Delmon was a can’t miss prospect?  Ah, yes, those were the days.  Boy, the way Damian Miller played…Dongs to make the hit parade…Guys like Gus Bell, they had it made…

  1. lou says:

    Would you add Moustakis over Rizzo and Mcgee

  2. Steve says:

    Couldn’t bring yourself to write about Kershaw? Man, what a shambles.

  3. TomtheBod says:

    I find it strange how I now own 5 of the 9 Royals’ starting lineup in one league (Hosmer, Moustakas, Butler, Francoeur, and Gordon), and they will often be in my starting lineup. This coming from a rival Chi-Sox fan.

  4. Lance Berkman says:

    Are you not entertained? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?


    (throws bat at Grey and spits on the ground)

  5. Josh2 says:

    Regarding Romero, he’s sort of doing what he did last year when I had him. He came out blazing with a high K-rate and low BB-rate, and now they’re slowly creeping closer to each other.

    Moustakas = moistened gives me endless enjoyment for some reason.

  6. Racehorse says:


    “Moustakas of Troy that launched a thousand homers” must also mean that Markakis of Sparta scuttled my team’s OPS.

    Now that Soria is closing again, albeit with no style points yesterday, do I move him to get what I can or should I hold?


  7. Lobster cola says:

    Hilarious and witty as always, Grey. My favourite (British spelling just because) line: “Joba Chamberlain – Might need Tommy John surgery.  I don’t remember that being a part of the 5-step Joba Rules plan laid out by Cashman, but I didn’t read the whole document.”

    Hosmer, moustakas, and Butler are also on my squads…Royale with cheese? Clayton Kershaw = Snidely WHIPlash. I enjoy watching “The Killing” on AMC Sunday nights, but am truly loving tonight’s encore. Good shizz. Sorry for the soliloquy…

  8. Derrick says:

    Reynolds or Moustakas the rest of the way?

  9. SpecialFNK says:

    ahh memories, King Kong Bundy and the 5 count. there’s a WWF name from the past. WWF was better when it was WWF and not WWE. RIP Macho Man. ohhh yeaahhh.

    yahoo sure is messed up this morning, every single player is NA. even DL players are NA, meaning you can’t make any moves if you have DL players.

    2 questions.
    who is the Dodgers closer? seems like maybe Guerra? he pitched the 9th in a 4 run lead the other night.

    do the Padres trade Ryan Ludwig soon/this season? if he gets traded I would think he would be a must add right? his road numbers away from PETCO on the season- .313/.358/.465/.822. I don’t remember where I read it, but the Reds could be interested. man imagine this guy in that park. hello! Ludwig has even been hitting well at home in recent games.

  10. SpecialFNK says:

    ..the Padres can trade Ryan Ludwig, but no one is going to want him. who’s Ryan Ludwig? I guess it would be nice if I could get the guys name right, right? Ryan LUDWICK!
    where’s the edit button.

  11. knighttown says:

    Start neither, either or both Kennedy in Florida or Colon at home to Cleveland?

  12. Tony says:

    @ anyone and everyone and GREY:

    #1 Beachy is off the DL, or so yahoo says since i wanna pick up a guy but they’re saying i must activate a player no longer on the DL!

    #2 Should I drop Carp for GOMES? Gomes seems to maybe be going on another little hot streak….

    #3 “We’ve got a SHITUATION!” I hate Brian Fuentes, this man has caused me so much anger this year, really A’s? bring him in down 6-3 in a NON-Save Shituation? Jeese I wonder what the closer who’s 1-7 this year will do in that SHITUATION! Hmmmm maybe shit the bed? Maybe smear the poo in my face? Ughhhhhh….. damn u fuentes! yet I can’t bare to drop a guy who is still the closer!

  13. Tony says:

    Why are all the players in yahoo “NA” right now, i swear they have it out for me this year, really cheesing me off when i can’t move a guy to the DL and pick up another guy i want!!!

  14. sean says:

    @grey: look where babying Hughes and Joba got the Yanks. Meanwhile, Kennedy is a horse in the desert, which is technically a camel, I guess.

    @Derrick: maybe you should let the Moose get an AB before you ask about the long haul.

  15. DHill Dragons says:

    I’m surprised to not see Jay Bruce (also probably Matt Kemp) mentioned in your players that have a better than 50% chance of hitting 35+ homers this season. I certainly wouldn’t think about laying any money on the under.

  16. coco krispie says:

    which side of this trade? I would be getting Longoria and currently have Aramis and Moustakas as 3B and Morneau as my CI. I am weak in pitching though. 12 team 5×5. Thanks.



  17. elwood blues says:

    I have a pitching problem.
    I am in 3rd in our NL Only 4×4 league despite being last in saves.

    I have 2 weeks to decide what to do with Lyon coming off the DL.

    My RP’s are:
    Storen, Venters, E.Sanchez, and Adams.

    I can’t go below 5 starters so one of the relievers has to go.
    Do I just let Lyon go? Drop or try to trade Sanchez?
    This is tough because I may need all the saves I can get.. and I don’t want to give any save opportunities to any team ahead of me.

  18. Trevor

    Tggq21 says:


    I got a question in the forum for you.

  19. frank rizzo says:

    Gallardo and Kershaw suck, Venters steals a save from Kimbrel and now we need to wonder if this is the start of a change, and Grey leaves Miggy out of the 50% shot for 35+ club. Maybe that’s because Grey has Miggy in the 60% shot for 35+ club………it better be the reason! I’m pissed. Last night sucked.

  20. chunk says:

    For rest of the the season….

    Trumbo or Dunn?

    Britton or Niese?

  21. birdis78 says:

    Drop Peralta for Moustakas as my fill in for Wright?

  22. birdis78 says:

    Dunn or G.Sizemore rest of the way?

  23. Howard says:

    @Grey Jamile over EYJ? What did he do, sleep with Tracy’s wife?

  24. macwhatwhat says:

    would you drop logan morrison or alex gordon for mous??

  25. g’morninn

    @ Grey – would you take Guerra over Eduardo Sanchez at this point? My closers are Salas and Marmol in the NL only league. I would just hate for TLR to throw Salas out of the role, and then be stuck with nothing (feel safer having the beast known as Fernuardo Salanchez). but if Guerra’s gonna get saves.. it’s a no brainer right?

  26. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Moustakas or M. Reynolds?
    M. Reynolds or C. Pena?

  27. John Drunks says:

    looking for OF upgrade…you think Pence + Nolasco for Hamilton is way too much? i kinda think hammer is gonna have a monster last 4 months…

  28. joe from point pleasant says:


    How could you not put Bruceeeeeeee on your one hand of players with a better than 50% chance to hit 35? Better find a 6th finger before Jay hears about this, or he may not ever forgive u.

  29. joe from point pleasant says:


    Thoughts on Carlos Carrasco for the ROY?

  30. mc serch says:

    Morning All…..would anyone here trade Cueto for Uggla….is Uggla a buy low or a lost cause? My 2B slot is presently manned by EY2 and like many others here its causing me great consternation. Also I offered Gordon, Bedard and Vladdy for Howard and Bailey, and the dude basically told me I was an asshole for proposing such an insane trade…I may be an asshole for other reasons (I’m sure my ex has an opinion on that), but does that trade offer make me a bigger one?

  31. @ Grey

    Question #2 of the morning:

    Pick 2: EY JR., Chris Nelson, Charlie Blackmon… Thought it would be a no brainer, but Nelson has been the one getting playing time. (I have all of these players and need to drop one)

  32. joe from point pleasant says:


    Sorry I didnt put this all into one post lol, but the Venters / Fredi Gonzalez comment probably made me laugh harder than anything has in the last couple months lol! Good job!

  33. JohnnyFive says:

    Drop Zach Britton or Casey McGehee for Moustakas?

  34. Rob says:


    Drop Mcgehee for Moustakas?

  35. Al-D says:

    would you start Travis Wood tonight?

  36. Fman says:

    Grey — which of these hunks of crap would you cut bait on in a redraft league — Morneau, Uggla, McGehee, Rios? All of them?

  37. birdis78 says:

    Start Billingsley @ Coors tonight?

  38. theguarantee says:

    16 team, standard + OBP + K/BB league. Essentially being offered Holliday for Haren. That would leave my staff as Shields, Volquez, Beachy/Minor, Hellickson, some scrubs, and a fairly weak bullpen (thanks Brad Mills!).

    Pretty shaky, but I’m sputtering and it would give me a Braun, J Upton, M Holliday OF with C Young sliding to the Util. Pretty epic in a 16 team league….Matt Berry go big or go home style?

  39. OaktownSteve says:

    @Grey: greetings from the woodwork. I like Trevor Cahill. I am also an A’s fan. I am not happy. Cahill is at 3.18 with 6 wins, 67 ks and a little whippy at 1.32. He’s walking too many guys and the league seems to have stopped chasing the sinker out of the zone. He is good and smart though and I think he’ll make an adjustment. The A’s do suck a huge amount though right now. They are playing uninspired defense behind him and that hurts (4 infield hits last night).

    Of course, and man this is hard to say isn’t it, I could be wrong. He might continue to slide and I should cut bait.

  40. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Drop Scherzer for Bumgarner?

  41. Wilsonian says:

    Damon or Frenchy?
    Hill or Frenchy?
    Kendrick or Frenchy?

    Wiggy or Callaspo for 3rd? Thanks to Lawrie for injuring his vagine and leaving me with such great options…

  42. theguarantee says:

    Also, in addition to my question at #42 regarding Haren for Holliday…if I could get it done Shields for Holliday, which is a better for me at this point (slightly concerned with Haren’s back spasms)? If either? Thanks.

  43. frank rizzo says:

    I’m no guru, but these questions on McGehee vs Moustakas seem pretty simple to me. Give me the upside of Moustakas over the putrid crap you’re getting from McGehee. He’s waiver wire material.

  44. KarlJ. says:

    Grey/ All:

    In one league, I have an opportunity to to make the following trade:

    I give up Billingsley and Micheal Young

    I receive McCutchen and Chipper Jones.

    I should jump on this, right?

  45. Vince says:

    Grey would you drop Trumbo or Rasmus or a SP for Moustakas? Or you’d stay put? Here’s my lineup :

    12 teams, H2H, 5×5, Non keeper

    C: Montero
    1B: Cabrera
    2B: Johnson
    SS: Andrus
    3B: Youk
    OF: J-Up
    OF: Bruce
    OF: Lind
    Util: Trumbo
    Bench: Rasmus

    SP: F-Her, Verlander, Romero, Scherzer, Liriano, Lilly, Latos, Norris, Matusz
    RP: Walden, Farnsworth

  46. Amart says:

    I grabbed Stauffer for a spot start at home against the nats. Niese is a FA. Is the spot start worth it or should I grab Niese? Also could potentially drop Volquez… Thanks!

  47. Matt Damon says:

    Hey Grey, just FYI – Yahoo has Moustakas projections for the rest of the year at 140 R, 47 HR, 167 RBI, 42 SB, and a .389/.500/.989. I think that is a fair assessment.

  48. Amart says:

    I also still have B. Anderson. Any word on whether he needs TJ surgery? I didn’t want to drop him just yet incase he doesn’t need it… Thanks again Grey

  49. Joe says:

    Dump Tabata for Rizzo or Lawrie? It’s a keeper league but chances are I won’t have the room for Rizzo or Lawrie.

  50. EG says:

    Looks like Farrell said Rauch is the closer, despite his injury. Drop Francisco for Venters?

  51. dynas7y says:

    Grab Moustakas or hold onto Lawrie?

  52. Neidecker says:

    Trade Moustakas and Walden for Justin Upton? 16-team h2h keeper I have Longoria, Zimmerman. League and Gregg (BRAIN-FREEZE!) and my outfield is BJ Upton, Willingham, and Gardner…gross. I actually feel like I’m retarded for even asking to accept?

  53. Which rookie do you like better for power, Trumbo or Moustakas?

    Which do you like more for third base, Neil Walker or Moustakas?

    Which do you like better for singing, Neil Sedaka or Moustakas?

  54. ouchmyhammy says:

    trade advice for keeper league:

    assdribble (3 year keeper) and ethier (non-keeper) for beckett (3 years) and joyce (3 years)

    who wins?

  55. Hugh_Jass says:

    J. Reyes, Stubbs, N. Walker for Youkilis, BJ, Zobrist

    Who wins?

  56. Van Hammersly says:

    Grey, what’s your thoughts on Heyward in a 12-team dynasty format? I’m thinking that right now his value is at its lowest it’s ever been. I am comfortable with my OF right now until he’s off the DL (Lind, Rasmus, and Krispie). Since I kind of hate Ethier, I naturally would like to deal him for Heyward. Sound like the right move? Thanks!

  57. ltf says:

    I was surprised to see Bob Geren in your rundown Grey., funny stuff. I think Beane will continue to cast shitty Bob managers until Hollywood finishes the Moneyball movie with Beane played by Brad Pitt.

  58. AL KOHOLIC says:

    does anyone else have thier favorite site for new info(like june call ups)on speed dial and keep refreshing it 1000 times a day,im just waiting on jennings now till lawrie heals

  59. joe from point pleasant says:


    RE: Carrasco for the ROY…

    I’m an idiot, i meant to put ROS but put ROY which in my head stood for “rest of the year”, not realizing it also stands for “rookie of the year” lol

    That being said, what does Grey Albright think of Carlos Carrasco for the rest of the season?

  60. Rabbit says:

    Not to get all picky on your nit or anything, but I believe you got all Christopher Marlowe on us, not all Iliad, with the face that launched a thousand ships reference (from Doctor Faustus). But this is why I love Razzball: the mélange of high culture and pop culture references, all wrapped in a cocoon of fantasy baseball knowledge and served with generous dollop of humor. It’s my only required daily reading.

  61. Giant JJ says:

    Strategy question. You’re in a 20 team league with a six man bench. There are very few bench players available who get regular playing time to put on your bench. So do you grab as many big time prospects as you can to fill out your bench and wait patiently for some of them to get the call up, or do you fill out your bench with every lesser prospect who ectually gets a call up and has a shot at some regular playing time. Guys like Duda for example. Seems if you are grabbing every schmowhawk who gets the call because of an injury, you stand a chance of catching lightning in a bottle now and then. As opposed to having a bench full of guys like Chisenhall an Moustakas and waiting around for 3 months. In the past ive always opted to grab the best talent and sit on them. But now I’m questioning that strategy. Maybe a spray and pray method of filling out a bench is a better tactic. Throw enough darts and some will stick.

  62. Boomer19 says:

    Is it safe to drop Anderson for Niese? Or am I early on the trigger? Thanks

  63. Hi Grey, fellow commentators. Two-part question here.

    First, what’s the consensus on starting Liriano, Scherzer, and Minor this weekend?

    And, as per usual, I’m looking for streaming candidates in a very deep roto league. Please help me pick two or three decent choices. Here are the candidates:

    –Either Clayton Richard or Lannan in the SD-WAS matchup at Petco
    –Either Paulino or Pineiro in the KC-LAA matchup in Anaheim
    –Mike Leake @ SF/Lincecum

    –Hand vs. ARI/Hudson

    –Coke vs. TB/Cobb
    –Either Maholm or Pelfrey in the PIT-NYM matchup in Pittsburgh

    Thanks everyone!

  64. bobbo says:

    @Grey: Yesterday you advised Hanson/Gallardo for Sabathia/Norris. I didn’t get a chance to accept before the great Gallardo implosion. You still doing that deal? Would you like Hanson/Soria better (guys like Lilly/Dempster/Danks/Nolasco still on the wire)?

  65. Racehorse says:


    I need to create a roster spot, and to do it I’m going to take it out from my bullpen (holds count – dynasty league)…

    Vinnie Pestano or Mike Dunn? … or Kenley Jansen who I’ve stashed?

    Or am I grinding my teeth over nothing?


  66. virinder says:

    Should we try to sell high on Cueto, like JarJar & Cahill, because he’s playing over his head like them, or is Cueto the real deal?

  67. Mark says:

    Leo Nunez said he’s been dealing with back soreness. Is Dunn the guy to grab as a backup? You didn’t mention him in your latest Closer Look post but he seems to have the most closerish profile/stuff.

  68. herschel says:

    @Grey: which three do you like best for SAGNOF potential? crow, lyon, contreras, lidge, hernandez, dunn, issringhausen and jansen.


  69. xtremehulk says:

    Drop Aramis for Moustakas?

    Drop Travis Wood or Matt Harrison for Mike Minor??

  70. Long Bawls says:

    Maybe let’s just call it Rizzball, with a side of Moustachekas.

  71. stumanji says:

    B. Phillips for Alexei. WHO YA GOT?

  72. slumpbustin says:


    I am in a 12 team keeper 5 x 5 and have been thinking of pulling the deal on an offer of his Latos and Lind for my Lester. I could use a power boost and my starting pitching has been pleasant also have Gallardo, Marcum, Chacin, T. Hudson, Kuroda, Volquez, and the recently picked up Myers. Is giving up a top 10 pitcher too much for those guys? The only player in the deal I value as a keeper (we keep 4) is Lester. Thanks.

  73. zzzzzz says:

    Duda over Pagan?

  74. Matt says:

    If I have both McGahee and Reynolds, and need to drop one, who would you suggest goes and why?


  75. herschel says:

    @Grey: move value in a roto league, j. weeks or revere.


  76. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Good Friday sir! Dug today’s write up bigtime. ‘random italicized voice’; golden. Sometimes I hear voices too, so it’s cool.

    So as a Tigers fan and stubborn (ie: sometimes stupid) fantasy manager, I’ve hung onto Raburn (cuddles!) since I’ve drafted him and I regret it every minute. Therefore my question is:

    Ditch him for J Weeks?

    You’re the man Grey,


  77. Long Bawls says:

    Would you give up Rollins, Rasmus and Andrew Bailey for Choo and Bruce?

  78. Brew Crew says:

    Start Bills @ COL?? (12 Team-5×5 ROTO)

  79. Jim says:

    Which side wins this trade: Jay Bruce and Colby Rasmus for Robinson Cano and Victor Martinez?

  80. A2K says:

    Get Stubbs, Moustakas; give Rasmus and Mariano ‘Panamanian’ Rivera.
    have Peralta at 3B right now, with Zimm coming back, thoughts?
    I could use bags, counter with Desmond ‘Life Goes On’ Jennings in place of Mooseshocker?

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