The Aussie, Trent Oeltjen, went 4-for-4 yesterday, after hitting three homers in four games.  Wait, I know this one!  Sounds like Parrot Bones?  If you don’t own the guy when he’s hot, when do you own him?  Will he keep this up?  Can I shrug?  Will I own him on many teams waiting to see how long it lasts?  Why not?  Can I own him and Venable and Garrett Jones all on the same team, or will the rookie nookie circle of life implode on itself?  Who’s to say?  Can I talk in nothing, but short questions?  Maybe?  (Let’s hope Oeltjen didn’t share a bed with this koala.  Sorry, Michael Vick, she makes STDs look cute!)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kevin YoukilisThe Greek God of Fisticuffs, apparently. (WARNING, the music comes on that video immediately and is terrible.)  BTW, the only thing that homemade video is missing is for the cameraman to pull back from the TV so we can see Joel Zumaya playing Guitar Hero.

Jamie Moyer – Feels misled by the decision to bump him to the bullpen.  See, the breadcrumbs of poor starts were headed to the rotation, then — bam! — in the bullpen.  Moyer just can’t figure it out.  Throw him a bone here, Philly.  Don’t throw it too fast though, Moyer’s forty-six years old, for crying out loud.  Or maybe he just reads Razzball and saw how I said him in the bullpen made no sense.

Aaron Laffey – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER.  I could see owning Laffey… If he were a Padre and only started at home.  Kapeesh or no kapeesh?

David Wright – DNP with a stomach flu.  Okay, you got me… I’m David Wright, snitches!

Dustin Nippert – 6 IP, 5 ER, 10Ks.  I wouldn’t own him with your team, just to *pinkie to mouth* Nippert that in the bud.

David Hernandez – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Isn’t this the guy who starred opposite Kristen Drunkst in Crazy/Beautiful?  David Hernandez will have a murderous schedule in September like rebels in Sierra Leone. (Sorry, I’ve been watching a lot of Locked Up Abroad lately. Whatever you do, don’t take drugs into Bangladesh.  Fo’ realz.)  Do you need the ulcer that Hernandez can provide for the possible reward?  Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.  I wouldn’t pick him up without duress.

Tommy Hanson – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 Ks.  (Did everyone pitch 6 and two-thirds yesterday?)  I’m still very much up in the air as to how I’m going to draft Hanson next year.  Will I gamble on a Wainwright level draft pick hoping Hanson takes a big step forward?  I don’t know yet.  Still thinking… I’m thinking I won’t and wait until his third year.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3, and his 17th steal yesterday.  You’ve been riding the …Soo Choo Train for the whole year and you gotta admit, it’s kinda boring you, right?  I mean, 13 HRs and 17 steals is great, solid average, runs and RBIs, but it’s a slow moving train, ain’t it?

Randy Ruiz – HR yesterday as he was called up by the Blue Jays instead of Travis Snider.  I went to school with a Randy Ruiz, nice guy, smoked a lot of pot.  Actually, now that I look at Randy Ruiz’s player card, this might be him!  He’s old enough.  At 31, Randy Ruiz is, as Paula Dean would say, a bit overcooked, ya’ll.  Randy Ruiz has some pop for AL-Only leagues and also if you need a chaperone for your real rookies.  It is cool that his name only sounds right if you say the whole thing… Randy Ruiz… See?

Roy Oswalt – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Come back when healthy. Somebody doesn’t know their whens.

Will Venable – HR yesterday.  What does he do when he’s not hitting homers?  Saves kittens from trees.  Will Venable for City Councilman!

Adrian Gonzalez – 6-for-6 as the Padres (and my anus) exploded with a ton of runs yesterday.

Jake Fox – With Aramis smelling up the bench, Jakie Foxx is getting the starts (and batting 4th).

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 5 baserunners.  Fister?  I hardly knew… Um, yeah, he’s not worth grabbing in any leagues.

Miguel Olivo – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs as he hit his 16th homer yesterday.  Matt Wieters did not play.

Miguel Cabrera – I put Miggy right behind Olivo, as he would’ve wanted it.  What, I didn’t say anything.  Cabrera was hit by a pitch on the hand.  Supposedly, he should be fine.

Leo Nunez – Blew the save.  Sorry for his owners, but I really want Lindstrom to get some saves.

Max Scherzer – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 Ks, 118 pitches vs. the Mets sans Wright.  Ready for it?  You know you are!  Cory Sullivan, Luis Castillo, Fernando Tatis, Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur, Jeremy Reed, Alex Cora and Brian Schneider with Livan Hernandez pitching.  The Comatose Mets Fan just pulled his own plug.

Randy Wolf – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners and a win to move his record to 6-6.  Now keep in mind that he pitches for the Dodgers, who have won 68 games — which is a lot by this point —  you would think with 6 wins, he’d be terrible this year, right?  He has a flippin’ 3.43 ERA!  Incredible.  No wonder I’m trailing in Wins in every league.

Carlos Gonzalez – HR yesterday and batting .438 in his last 7 games.  Sick of waiting for your overrated outfielder to come around, switch it up?  Instead of chewing gum, chew bacon.

Ervin Santana – 9 IP, 5 baserunners, 0 ER, 6 Ks.  Everything in my body is saying stay away, but if you need to take a gamble, why can’t Ervin be good for the next month-plus?  Well, besides that he’s been terrible for the last four months-plus.

Alex Gonzalez – 4-for-5, Without looking it up, I’m going to say four hits is the most hits he’s had in one game since grade school.

Justin Lehr – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 K.  Nice!  He also got carded after the game… Trying to get a senior citizen discount.  Him, Randy Ruiz and Dennis Quaid should get together for The Rookie II:  The Mexican Leagues.

  1. Steve says:

    What the hell time is this for a sick man to be posting on the interwebnet? It’s nearly my bedtime.

    But while you’re here, Venable or Da Big Fra-Gu?

  2. BSA says:

    Quick points –
    I will gladly let Razzball fly me to LA to ensure you don’t eat the chicken salad at the next outdoor Fantasy Baseball Picnic.

    I am still half asleep and was not easy to read about exploding runs from your anus being followed with a reference to smelling up a bench. I may have to go back to bed and hope this was a nightmare.

    To everyone – Nippert’s Ks were not worth the damage to my ERA. Being in a leapfrog race with Steve for Ks was the motivation – stupid, stupid, stupid.

    As to picking up flashes in the pan I picked up Ruiz and Oeltjen (I knew Steve would grab the countrymate) as well as trades with Steve and Hippo picking up Halladay, Utley, and Teixera for Reynolds, Alexei, CLee, and DLee. Something has to get me out of 8th – ugh!

  3. Steve says:

    @BSA: @Steve: He’s no countryman of mine. New Zealanders are altogether more witty, charming and civilised.

  4. BSA says:

    @Steve: To us geocentric Americans it is all the same Down Under.
    Yet I did go back to my Encyclopedia and read that Australia got all the criminals and New Zealand got the civility.

  5. Steve says:

    @BSA: There’s only four million of us – we’re easily overlooked.

  6. BSA says:

    That is a lot on that little island – sure your not a Taiwanese?

  7. Oeltjen’s dad was an American evidently, thats why he learned baseball. I had figured his family was from S Africa (lotta them have moved to other parts of the commonwealth with the unrest) but evidently not.

  8. Steve says:

    @BSA: Nah – plenty of room here. About the same size as Japan or Italy. A little bigger than the United Kingdom. Lot less people, obviously.

  9. BSA says:

    Saw this line today in the Boston Herald, thought it amusing –
    “Youk Had the Right Idea, But Ended Up Looking Like Don Zimmer Charging Pedro”

  10. Dad says:

    @Grey. Epic round-up, probably the hardest I’ve laughed at any. Koala, Zumaya, “runs”, etc. Eat more mac salad if that’s what did it. I have no questions.

  11. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Traditionally, there are two types of post-40 type relievers in the ML: those who are washed up, and Jesse Orosco. Moyer likely resides in the former group.
    @BSA: Youuuuuuk has been ready to rumble since the Yankee Massacre. Don Zimmer- Ha!
    As a Comatose Met fan, I have to admit that the only reason that I watched the game was because Jobacum was pitching. And I still own Wright. Which I now realize is Grey. So it is my fearless fan’pert who is responsible for the East Coast power outage? I have taken a flyer on Frenchy in RCL A local columnist says that Frency has given the mets a “shot in the arm.”. Imagine Franceuor as the focus of excitement. Sad
    If you rotate Olivo and Montero judiciously, you can produce a Mauer, at a much cheaper price. I learned that from Grey.
    The Choo Choo Train is not the Bullet Express. Which I guess is ok, as I didn’t draft him in the first round.

    No questions; thanks for the roundup. And stay well – the Yahoo playoffs are not far off.

  12. Charlie says:

    Venable or Aussie to fill in until JUpton comes back?

  13. Dad says:

    @Grey. Ok, now i have a question. I’m rather desperate for a 3B. Atkins/Encarnacion aren’t doing it for me. I’ve got Fox and I’m ok with him, but if Aramis comes back, he’s an every other day player.

    Which trade is better for me if I want Zimmerman: Jose Lopez/Aardsma for Zimm

    or Kinsler or Berkman for Zimm (I’m ok with Lopez at 2B, and have Pujols for 1B)

  14. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Dad: 1st one is better, though if kinsler’s hammy doesn’t function you could be screwed at 2B. then the berkman deal. then the kinsler deal.

  15. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    The Fister comment got me, juvenile as it may be. Well played, sir.

  16. CT Old School says:

    Love the Simpsons reference on ‘los Gonzalez.

  17. ichirosan says:

    Kevin Jepsen or Luke Gregerson for holds?

  18. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    got offered F. Cordero for MacDougal, Jim Johnson. I can only play 5 RP and currently I have 6 closers and whip and era are tight races for me. Good move?

  19. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    ***16-team, H2H-Points League***

    Drop Lastings Milledge for which of the following currently hot bats, (I already own Venable)?

    Carlos Gonzalez
    Trent Oeltjen
    Chase Headley

  20. Dingo says:

    @Steve: Fewer people, sure, but what about the hobbits, orcs, elves, and dwarves?

  21. black love says:

    when is YouK’s suspension gonna start? anybody know?

  22. anon says:

    Start Buehrle in a 10-teamer? Or does he really and truly just suck?

    glad you’re feeling better Grey!!

  23. Dingo says:

    Hope you’re feeling better, Grey!

    Scherzer sonavabenched me after he got lit up in his last start at Metco. This is after he followed up a brilliant start against Pittsburgh with a giant bed-pooping against the same team. Similar deal against Colorado a few weeks earlier. I think there may be a pattern here – great start followed by awful start against the same team… or vice-versa. Now I just need to wait until he has a bad start against a team and start him the next time he faces them. Or maybe I’ll start him the first time he faces a team (to catch the good start) and sit him the second time he faces them (to skip the bad start). Now I’m just confused.

    Is it also considered sonovabench if I see that one of my opponent’s pitchers (Oswalt) gives up a ton of runs, only to find that my opponent has him sitting on his bench? Whatever it’s called, it sucked.

  24. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    @Charlie: Veneble

  25. mrbaseball says:

    Trent Oeltjen he needs to become B J Upton’s batting coach

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Venable

    @BSA: Ha!

    @Dad: Thanks!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Thanks!

    @Charlie: Venable

    @Dad: I’m confused, but if you get Aramis back on Friday, are you going to bench him if you have Zimmerman?

    @mgeoffriau: No, thank you, sir!

    @CT Old School: Hehe

    @ichirosan: Gregerson

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: Take Cordero.

    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): Oeltjen

    @anon: If you can’t start him vs. the Mariners, I wouldn’t own him. Thanks!

    @Dingo: Thanks! And it sounds liuke you have it all figured out.. That last thing sounds like a form of a ticker tease. It doesn’t have a name though.

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

  27. 101 M.P.H. says:

    How does a koala contract Chlamydia? I thought that particular infection was exclusive to prostitutes and sailors on shore leave…..


    No fair!! Rick Porcello knows jujitsu!! Or, in the alternative, Kevin Youkilis has never been in a fight before. Either way…. no fair!!!!


    After being demoted to the bullpen by the Phillies, Jamie Moyer was quoted as saying: “It’s the humidity I can’t stand!”, after which he removed his dentures, gummed a pudding and proceeded to watch an episode of “Murder, She Wrote”.


    Gray, if you are indeed David Wright, could you, oh, I don’t know….. go on steroids or something?


    If the trend continues, can we amend the razzball glossary to describe the phenomenon of pitching six innings, giving up 5 earned runs and racking up double digit Ks as “nippin’ out?”


    I Shin Shoo Choose to never draft another yawnstipating player on my fantasy roster, regardless of whether they offer moderate production in multiple categories.


    Trivia Question: Who sold more pot in high school? Randy Ruiz or Vince from Sham-Wow?


    Fister? I only walked her home!!!!!


    On a final note, and apropos of nothing in this column… would it still be worth my while to trade for David Price as a 2010 keeper (at $8)? His career trajectory is beginning to resemble that of Edwin Jackson. This could potentially make Price a viable option in 2016, but (call me impulsive) my plans are for the shorter term….

  28. Dad says:

    @Grey: Sorry, that was confusing Grey. I just meant that when Aramis comes back, Fox will do my team little good as my primary 3B since he won’t be an everyday player so I’m looking to upgrade over he and Atkins/Encarnacion – which is why I was looking to trade for Zimmerman.

    That said, what are your thoughts on the trade proposals…

    Which trade is better for me if I want Zimmerman: Jose Lopez/Aardsma for Zimm

    or Kinsler or Berkman for Zimm (I’m ok with Lopez at 2B, and have Pujols for 1B)

  29. mrbaseball says:

    error – me should be more

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @101 M.P.H.: That’s awesome! Price is looking like he may even be cheaper than $8 in some leagues, unless he goes Larsen in the playoffs.

    @mrbaseball: Ha!

    @Dad: Ah, gotcha. I’d trade Berkman for Zimmerman, then the Lopez/Aardsma one for Zimm.

  31. Art Vandelay says:

    What’s up with the Flyin’ Hawaiian? Time to bench him until it’s clear he’s healthy?

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Art Vandelay: If you have an alternative, I’d consider it.

  33. Art Vandelay says:

    I’ve got G. Jones, who I haven’t had the strength to break up with yet. Or I could roll with Beltre in my UTIL spot for now.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Art Vandelay: If you got Jones, then go with him for now.

  35. Art Vandelay says:

    @Grey: Thanks, that’s what I was thinking as well.

    Nice Dr. Nick pull, btw.

  36. Lava says:

    Who’s the first of my three pirates to get dropped for someone hot, i.e. Oeltjen? Jones, Milledge, or (actually, I could use the Dread Pirate’s steals). So Jones or Milledge, or should I wait and see if Milledge gets hot like last year?

  37. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: morrow looking good in his rehab 2 starts 13 ip 3 runs,you see him being decent and starting soon

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Lava: Milledge, if Jones won’t get cold.

    @AL KOHOLIC: He could have a solid month in him, yeah.

  39. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Dingo: A classic case of bait and bench

  40. royce! says:

    Randy Ruiz and Rusty Ryal (new 3B for the Diamondbacks) sound like the kids my mom wouldn’t let me hang out with in elementary school. I hung out with them anyway and ended up accidentally shooting a bird…that’s how I got the nickname, “Killer.”

  41. RIP Harry says:

    Brewers sent Hardy to AAA and brought up Escobar? Worth picking up?

  42. RIP Harry says:

    no “?” after Escobar

  43. a winner is you says:

    I am heavy on pitching, need power and really want to move Edwin Jackson or Dan Haren. I’m shooting for Haren for Ryan Howard or Jackson for Kendry Morales. Are those reasonable offers?

  44. RIP Harry says:

    @Grey: Escobar over EverCab?

  45. Dingo says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: I like it. In my case, it turned out to be bait and bench and bitch.

  46. 101 M.P.H. says:

    mr baseball: Right you are. The answer is Vince, because when high schoolers bought pot from Vince (in the next 20 minutes, because he couldn’t do this all day) he threw in a ‘Graty’ at no extra charge.

  47. timSTi says:

    Ruiz just hit another homer off Burnett. Is he worth a look?? Maybe the next Venable/Jones/Donkster of the week?

  48. BSA says:

    aaahhh! Ruiz said thank you for picking me up with a first inning HR.

  49. martin says:

    I got offered aramis and billingsly for holliday. I would prob take the holliday side how bout u?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Try it out for power.

    @martin: It’s fair, depends if you can lose Bills.

  51. martin says:

    grey- the trade deadline is in a couple days so I wouldnt be able to move those two.


    The brewers send down hardy to make way for prospect alcides escobar.

    We should now play name that escobar!

  52. timSTi says:

    Jeter took a pitch off the ankle. Stayed in a ran but isn’t returning to the field in the 3rd.

  53. 101 M.P.H. says:

    If Randy Ruiz is a high school pot dealer, then Alcides Escobar is a Colombian drug lord.

    I’ll stop now….

  54. timSTi says:

    Jeter Update:

    Right foot contusion(bruise). Undergoing X-Rays at the stadium.

  55. bobbo says:

    @Grey: I can only keep 2 in an “indefinite” keeper league: Beltran, A Jones, BJ Upton, Man-Ram. Which do you keep? (How sad is it that I am consistently benching Upton for Jim Thome because I say to myself — “At least Thome won’t kill my avg”)?

  56. martin says:

    oeltjen or g.jones?

  57. Grey

    Grey says:

    @timSTi: Thanks for the update!

    @bobbo: Jones and Upton, probably, but there’s still some season left.

    @martin: Jones

  58. Hardcore Midget says:

    In a H2H keeper league, would you trade Josh Hamilton (who can be kept for 2010) for Adam Wainwright or Matt Garza (neither of whom can be kept for 2010).

    I’m not even sure if I’d hold on to Hamilton in 2010. We get 5 keepers, and right now I’m leaning towards Kemp, Kinsler, Hanley, Nolasco, and then either Beckham or Hamilton.

    So is it worth it to move Hamilton to improve my SP staff for this year?

  59. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    With the trade deadline approaching, I wanted to share my trade results this year. Never before have I been able to complete so many trades that I thought (at the time) were clearly in my favor, with such disastrous results. Players I gave up are listed first, players received listed second.

    April 17: Doumit, Bonifacio, and Shields for Chipper Jones and Geovany Soto

    This looks like a wonderful deal considering Doumit was on the DL shortly after the trade — however, I had to suffer through a month and a half of .200 from Soto, and constant hangnails and bruises from Chipper.

    May 8: Beltre, Heath Bell, and Werth for Carlos Quentin and Brandon Morrow

    Again, looks like I won, right? Unfortunately, Morrow lost the closer’s job shortly after returning from the DL, Quentin was on the DL within 2 weeks, and Werth proceeded to go nuts.

    May 21: Carl Crawford, Bedard, and Wandy for Alfonso Soriano, Victor Martinez, and Carlos Zambrano

    I was happy to sell high on Crawford, Bedard, and Wandy…unfortunately, I was also buying high on Soriano and V-Mart, who proceeded to immediately fall into .200 slumps. Zambrano was the lone bright spot.

    June 20: Garrett Atkins for Rafael Furcal

    Now this one worked out well; of course, the only reason I needed Furcal was because I was missing Jose Reyes, my first round pick (d’oh!).

    July 9: Carlos Zambrano and Dan Meyer for Clayton Kershaw

    This wasn’t bad either. Got rid of Big Z before he got injured again, and picked up a lower-cost keeper for next year.

    July 23: Mark Reynolds, Javier Vazquez, and Peavy for Aramis Ramirez, Josh Hamilton, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Cliff Lee

    Trying to sell high on Reynolds and Vazquez while getting anything for Peavy too. Lee has been great, Asdrubal is decent, Hamilton is showing signs of turning it around…….but Aramis is injured again, and I sold Reynolds immediately before his recent billion HR in a billion and one games streak. Whoops.

  60. AL KOHOLIC says:

    got a huff sighting,hr finnaly

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Hardcore Midget: Sure, grab Wainwright.

    @mgeoffriau: Sometimes it’s the trades you don’t make that work out best…. Actually, they all still make sense, but shizz obviously happened.

  62. Denys says:

    Alcides Escobar, SAGNOF!

  63. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Grey: Yeah, if I replayed this season, I’d still make all those trades again. Actually, in a weird way, it was kind of like a gambler on tilt…..the worse the previous trade played out, the harder I worked on the next trade offer. Gotta chase that feeling.

  64. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: I think Ruiz is Candy Maldonado’s bastard love child

  65. Dingo says:

    @mgeoffriau: Yikes, that’s quite a lot of talent shipped off from your roster, with mixed results. I had a couple of trades that went down similarly:

    May 3rd: Matt Cain and Andre Ethier for Lance Berkman

    I was eager to sell high on two guys with flashy starts and buy low on a 2nd-rounder. This looked fantastic for a couple of months, as Berkman recovered from his early slump and Ethier fell into a Manny-sized hole. But then Berkman got hurt, Ethier got hot, and it turns out that since the trade, Berkman’s only beaten Ethier in AVG and SB. Meanwhile, I’ve spent the whole season waiting for Cain’s ERA to meet up with his FIP. I’m still waiting.

    May 8th: LaTroy Hawkins for Gil Meche

    This seemed like a no-brainer — Hawkins represented maybe a month’s worth of saves, and Meche had good peripherals and had been a solid pitcher for two years in a row before this season. Meche put together a couple of brilliant starts in mid-June, but then the wheels totally came off and, mercifully, he hit the DL.

    July 20th: Trevor Hoffman for Luke Scott

    I was willing to make a sub-optimal trade here in order to help my trade partner overtake my main competitor in saves, but I didn’t expect Scott to crap the bed this horribly. I could’ve gotten Kubel or Juan Rivera instead, but the projections for Scott looked better.

    In each of these trades, I based my decisions on advanced stats and projection systems and got burned as a result. The same tools have really helped me in other decisions, though, so I don’t think I’d want to change my approach as a result of these moves.

  66. Hoping that one of these days Torre gets hit over the head with a tightly wrapped braciole and comes to his senses, I continue to check the Dodger lineup daily. Alas, this afternoon is no different than those that have preceded it. Kemp sits in his usual spot protected by the lethal bats of Juan Castro and Jered Weaver’s talent challenged brother. I should be used to this and cease checking, or at least no longer be surprised that Grandpa Joe continues to ignore the obvious benefits to his club and Kemp’s fantasy owners with a move up the lineup. I’m going to keep the faith, continue to check, and one day open that lineup and see a golden ticket to a championship.
    Stash Morrow or Duchscherererer for potentially solid stretch run contributions?

  67. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @zombie: People have bitched and whined about that all year, and then someone here (can’t remember who, sorry) pointed out Kemp’s splits based on lineup spot…..essentially, he’s hit much better out of the bottom half of the lineup.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:

    @zombie: Sure, stash either. Flip a coin. I’d go Morrow.

  69. Hardcore Midget says:

    Berkman back from the DL and in the lineup tonight.

    Do I play him at 1b, or Garret Jones @Colorado tonight? Berkman might be rusty.

  70. @mgeoffriau: think I recall reading some splits supporting the 7 hole also, but it just seems to defy common baseball logic is all! Can’t argue with this season’s production though & entering baseball’s peak age group, his OF Keeper value has got to be Top 10 at least, maybe Top 5 (Crawford, Braun, Holliday, Sizemore…?)!

  71. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @zombie: For what it’s worth, I tend to assume that it’s more coincidence that he hasn’t hit well in the upper half of the lineup. I don’t think the lineup spot matters much at all in terms of “protection”, but I do think he gets better R and RBI opportunities at the top of the lineup.

  72. john says:

    Anyone think Rios will go off against Felix tonight to impress his new team?

    Personally, I’m benching him despite his favorable career numbers against F-Her.

  73. Steve says:

    @Dingo: They all live under ground, so still plenty of room for us surface-dwellers.

  74. timSTi says:

    Youk got nailed with a 5 game suspension. Guess i’ll try out this Ruiz character and see if he can keep the donks up!

  75. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @zombie: no j upton?

  76. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Steve: Weren’t you the one who provided the batting order stats on Kemp? (which continue to hold true?)

  77. Steve says:

    @Simply Fred: Nope – wasn’t me.

  78. Dad says:

    @Grey: My trade offers for 3B Zimmerman of Berkman or Jose Lopez/Aardsma have both been rejected and now I’m looking at:

    His: Aaron Hill/Branyan
    My: Kinsler/Aardsma

    With my current 3B schmohawks of Encarnacion/Fox, this is still a no, right? I can afford to lose some saves, fyi.

  79. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: That’s fair.

  80. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @zombie: Found it. Might as well give the man credit!
    “# 27 Scott Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 7:11 am
    Kemp’s numbers based on lineup position:

    4th: 158/273/211 in 19 AB’s
    5th: 267/389/267 in 15 AB’s
    6th: 271/338/441 in 59 AB’s
    7th: 311/371/489 in 135 AB’s
    8th: 478/520/652 in 23 AB’s
    9th: 545/583/1091 in 11 AB’s

    Keep it up, Joe!”

  81. big o says:

    ok , i’m late to the party .
    but as lincecum walks off the mound , with the score 2-2 ,
    why are the announcers saying that the umps cost him the win ?

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Not sure, sorry.

  83. Dad says:

    @Grey: Thanks so much. I’m trying similar trades that failed for Zimm on Youkilis, but I might end up settling on that one.

  84. big o says:

    s’ ok … will check out mlb tv , later …. maybe the re-cap will show what the frisco “mikes” are bitchin about .
    (this mlb on the computer always shuts off , without post-game re-caps) .

    also ,
    BUSH move by youkilis .
    charge the mound … maybe , ok .
    throw your helmut ??
    bush .

    and ,
    you still look like a pansy , with that batting stance/squat

  85. @SimplyFred,Scott,Poon,Grey,etc: WOW. Razzballers unite! Great stuff. Great stuff indeed! & not real sure where J.Up would fall in the pecking order…would have to give some thought. Perhaps after dinner. Thanks all.

  86. Tijuana Two Stepper says:

    HEY GRAY….can we get a RCL update??!!??

  87. Tijuana Two Stepper says:

    i will replace the “A” with an “E” once it happens

    gotta leverage something!

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tijuana Two Stepper: Rudy was in Prague for a few weeks. See if he can do it when he returns.

  89. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Nolasco getting lit up…… 5ER .1ip so far, damn it, I have been moving up in whip and ERA….ugh

  90. john says:

    Nolasco definitely just destroyed my ERA..and he was doing so well on his road back to being good. I think Josh Hamilton must have talked to him about the joys of relapsing.

  91. Ham says:

    Do I give Liriano one last shot tonight at home against KC?

  92. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ham: Step away from the keyboard, Ham.

  93. Ham says:


  94. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    berkman is sonavabenching me and take Nolasco out before he kills my season!

  95. royce! says:

    Yeah, there’s no way I would have benched Nolasco for this start, and that hurts. However, I also started Norris, who so far has helped reduce my ERA for the day to 19.64! Thanks, Bud!

  96. Ham says:

    Benched Liriano at the last minute, and not because every Tom, Dick and Harry in fantasy land is saying to. But because when I asked my woman if I should start or sit him she replied “Eh bench him, I don’t like how his name sounds.” Coincidentally AJ Mass uses a similar method for his fantasy analysis.

  97. AJ Mass says:

    @Ham: Excuse me I like to stick my finger up my bum and do a smell test, thank you very much….

  98. Dingo says:

    @Ham: The game’s still young, and he’s got 2Ks in one inning, but when you give up a home run to Willie “Boom-Boom” Bloomquist, that’s a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad sign.

  99. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Nolasco’s bleedings stops and 3.0, 9er, 8 hits, 2bb’s…. I was about to take second in whip and era in my big money league……:(

  100. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @john: correction it’s 10er, damn it this really pissed me off, since I almost benched him….

  101. Elbert says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: i’m ready to jump off the ledge… Sanchez…. E-Jax… now Nolasco.

  102. john says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: That’s rough. My era went from a sultry 2.56 to a 9.49 for this week because of him..but I never even considered benching him, he’s just been too good lately. I really hope this was just a blip, and not him starting to suck again.

  103. Elbert says:

    @john: from now on, i would definitely try to bench Nolasco during night games, since Nolasco seems to own far better record in day games.

    but wait, i’m in a weekly-lock league … oh how nice to see them stumble and you can’t do shit about it..

  104. AL KOHOLIC says:

    nolasco said-NO MAS NO MAS just killed me

  105. Ham says:

    Benching Liriano tonight is not enjoyable.

  106. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Ham: Don’t blame your old lady, it was the right move.

  107. Robert says:

    I think I can top everyone. I had Price on Tues. AND Nolascoooooooareyoukiddingme?!

  108. Schlitzy says:

    I have an offer out giving Joba and getting Nolasco- should I still go ahead with it?

  109. Robert says:

    And the topper…I also have Coffey in for holds. Adios era and whip.

  110. Schatzi says:

    Would you do both of these trade scenerios?

    Howard/S.Drew for Tulo/Kemp
    Howard/S.Drew for Rollins/A.Jones

  111. Dingo says:

    @Dingo: What the hell do you know, anyway?

  112. Steve says:

    The ol’ H2H – drop Willingham to pick up Car-Go of the Rox?

  113. @Grey: Do you thnk an offer of shields for votto is fair? He is looking for pitching….from that I could possibly trade votto and hoffman for Pedroia….would you explore either of those scenarios?

    I like shields, just think hes too streaky to depend on…


  114. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Schlitzy: Sure, it’s fine. Joba’s being skipped.

    @Schatzi: I’d do both for the Tulo side and Rollins side.

    @Steve: Go for it.

    @matthole: I’d take Votto there, but not take Pedroia.

  115. Art Vandelay says:

    Victorino: HR and a triple. Sonofabench! Hopefully this means all is well in the islands again, at least.

  116. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    How ’bout that Gaudin. American League Dragon Slayer!

  117. mrbaseball says:

    The Midget could have pitched better against Pedro

  118. mrbaseball says:

    123 Art Vandelay Says:
    August 12th, 2009 at 8:48 pm
    Victorino: HR and a triple. Sonofabench! Hopefully this means all is well in the islands again, at least.

    It been like the The Island of Dr Moreau

  119. @Grey: Do you see the mets shutting down johan mid-late september?

  120. The Dude says:

    Jurrjens and Ubaldo for Wainright?

    I drop Hardy, who was just optioned to AAA

  121. Gray, thanks for the insight…should have known ol’ ruttiger was the cause of my angst…i’ll be sure to hit him up when he next posts

  122. Tijuana Two Stepper says:

    …in other news, i’m both a liar and mentally challenged. i owed you an ‘E’, my bad Grey.

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