Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the latest Cuban raftee, is set to sign with the Dodgers.  Hey, I’m no Quicken magician, but with the money the Dodgers spent on Yasiel Puig and Gonzalez, couldn’t they just have bought the island nation of Cuba and had all of their baseball players?  Shoot, for an extra million in designer green camo fatigues, they could have Castro too.  “I like the green camo fatigues that Heidi Klum wears in Munich.  But no fur hood!  If it has fur hood, you Marxist down the price.”  That’s Castro consulting with his fashion police.   Gonzalez’s repertoire consists of a mid-90’s fastball, changeup, curveball and forkball.  Anyone that’s seen him believes he’s major-league ready now, but M.A.G.’s will probably be sent to the minors for at least a few weeks, so it’s doubtful he makes any real impact this year for fantasy.  Maybe we’ll see him start two, three or six times in September, depending on how bad the Dodgers need a starter.  If nothing else, this signing will give Puig someone to commiserate with on why there’s so much Gulden’s on Cuban sandwiches made here.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Kemp – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer as he was activated from the DL, then he left the game with a minor ankle injury.  If Hollywood ever gets around to doing a Bubble Boy remake, I got a kill two birds with one stone solution for them.

Yasiel Puig – Mattingly benched him for an outfield of Ethier, Crawford and Kemp.  Mattingly is also being studied by a group of UCLA doctors to see if a mustache can make people smarter.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  For a moment yesterday, when I saw Kemp, Hanley, Kershaw, A-Gon and Crawford, I thought how the Dodgers are gonna be tough to beat, then Kemp got hurt again and I remembered how Crawford would get hurt again and Hanley would stop playing and — goddamn, homey, my mind’s playin’ tricks on me.

Carl Crawford – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 steal.  Managing to find playing time every day between all of the Dodger options if they stay healthy will take Carl being a Crawfjord.

Jordan Zimmermann – 2 IP, 7 ER, and the shortest outing of his career.  What kind of fantasy baseball ‘pert would I be if I smugly pointed out that I just told you to sell him?  Exactly the kind of fantasy baseball ‘pert you’ve always been?  Yeah, that’s probably true, Random Italicized Voice.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-3 and two solo homers off Kershaw.  When he sees a pitch to hit from a Dodger, Jayson ‘anjoys’ jumbling up Clayton with a “C LA?  Y not?”

Wil Myers – Missed yesterday due to a sore wrist.  Owners pist.  My shizz is so messed up, I lost my battleship playing Risk.

Luke Scott – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (1).  He’s still hitting, so, yes, I would and do still own him.  It’ll be apparent when it’s time to drop him.  See the last few days from Leonys on what a guy looks like that should be dropped.

Kelly Johnson – 3-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Let’s take, say, Asdrubal, and look at his numbers.  Okay, now try to remember those numbers for a second and look at Kelly Johnson’s numbers.  Now look at which one you have on your team.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3 and a homer.  16 more to go!

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  What happened to the Ks?  Did he FaceTime with Gerrit Cole?  Archer goes to Yankee Stadium next, and while the Yanks lineup makes me think of the salad days of Mel Hall and Luis Polonia when all fans under the age of 17 got more than a free Yankee calendar, I wouldn’t trust Archer there.  Not worth the aggravation in most leagues.

R.A. Dickey – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, 4.75 ERA.  The answer is, “Yes.”  The question is, “Can I find someone of equal value to Dickey off of my waivers?”

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Just in time to get suspended again!

Alex Rodriguez – Was supposed to join the Yankees early this week, but now that’s not happening because he’s having an MRI done on his sore quad.  *New York Post copy editor opens cabinet with Rodriguez nicknames, writes on a piece of paper Ail Quadriguez, closes cabinet*

CC Sabathia – 5 IP, 7 ER, raising his ERA to 4.37.  After the game, CC tweeted #ramjs jabds thismyfoothelp87a9a.  His Twitter profile reads, “The Yankees throw me for too many innings so sometimes I tweet with my toes.”

Mike Napoli – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  Gotta be his proudest day since he was photographed with his mom’s nipples showing.

Jonny Gomes – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  Proudest day for Jonny since seeing Napoli’s mom’s nipples.  Oh, and Gomes hit a homer on Friday and he rarely stops at only two homers when he starts hitting ’em.  Know what goes next to a hitting streak?  A streaming hot schmotato.

Carlos Gomez – Sat out yesterday with a sore elbow.  He should talk to one of the Milwaukee racing sausages, they have to have some extra elbows (or asses or lips).

Wily Peralta – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His next start is in Coors, which is blech, but after that he gets the Cubs, Giants and Mariners, which is yes, please and thank you.  Also, he was a preseason sleeper by our fantasy football soothsayer, Sky.  Go see if his sayering is similarly soothing for football.

Ryan Braun – 0-for-1 as he entered yesterday’s game as a pinch hitter.  Someone should point out that it’s cheaters never prosper (in the long term).  The parenthesis is as important there as (Don’t Fear) The Reaper.

Paul Konerko – His back withstood rehab games and he will be activated today.  Guess whose back is back again?  Konerko’s back, Konerko’s back, Konerko’s back.

Alex Rios – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 20th steal, and on Saturday he went 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 12th homer against the Braves, a team he was rumored to be dealt to.  The Braves must’ve figured they had an extended version of Rios in Terdoslavich.

Jose Quintana – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 12 baserunners, 4 Ks.  When I saw this line, what was the first thing I did?  No, I picked out a wedgie second.  First thing I did was look at what the Stream-o-Nator said about this start.  It said burp, and other than the low earned runs it was burp.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and has played (and hit) in all the games since the All-Star break.  I just thought of the perfect song for him to walk up to the plate with — “Everybody’s Free (to Wear Sunscreen).”  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  He’s walking up to the plate and there’s some strange voice talking behind him.

Mike Minor – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  About the only Braves starter I haven’t heard potentially going to the bullpen for Brandon Beachy or Alex Wood.  Sounds like Beachy is finally ready to rejoin the club.  There was even whispers that he could take Thursday’s start from Maholm.  Or maybe the Braves are just one of those low talkers.  I’m staying away from the Beachy circus in all of my leagues.  In his rehab starts, his walk rate is over 5, and while that hasn’t hurt his ERA in the minors, if he gives up five walks per nine innings with the Braves, he’s going to get hurt.

Matt Holliday – Ended up hitting the DL which makes room for Matt Adams.  Well, Holliday hitting the DL and the carpenter removing the door frame made room for Adams.  Matt Adams brings the same to the plate as Billy Butler.  Seriously, that wasn’t a fat joke.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and hitting .400 since the break (yes, that’s 4-for-10).  I keep going back to Freese, because I have to believe some of that Cardinal fairy dust that has given a bounty of counting stats to every Cardinal hitter has to find Freese at some point.

Adam Wainwright – 8 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, moving his record to 13-5, and 2.44 ERA.  Is it too early to talk about Cy Young?  No, probably not since he’s been dead for 57 years.

Martin Perez – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  I’ve been saying since he was called up that I don’t trust him.  Do you think this start helped or hurt his case?  Okay, I’ll give you another guess.  *slyly shaking my head to lead you to the answer*

Chris Tillman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.84 and moving his record to 12-3.  All he does is win!  Well, except for three times.  Tillman, unlike Perez above, I like.  He gets Ks, can be hurt by walks and homers but gives you a chance for a win (except those other three times).  Unfortch, he gets the Red Sox next, but after that it’s the Astros and Padres.

Henry Urrutia – Called up on Friday to platoon at DH.  He played Saturday (1-for-4 with an RBI) and sat on Sunday with a lefty on the mound, even though Urrutia was a switch hitter in Cuba and he throws right-handed.  If you can figure that out, give me a heads up, cause it makes no sense to me.  Urrutia pounds balls up the middle, and coincidentally his name translates to urethra.  He looks like a solid average guy with some pop and little to no speed.  Think 20-23 homers, .300 average and 3 steals over the course of a season.  The problem is the O’s want to sit him vs. lefties (even though he is a natural righty!).  I like him, but you need to platoon him in and out of your fantasy lineup.

Tommy Hanson – Will be activated on Tuesday to start vs. the Twins.  That’s the good and bad news all in one big ball of wax like when you clean out your ears and now can hear your woman.

Ryan Ludwick – Will start a rehab assignment on Wednesday.  Ludwick said, “You thought I was retired all year?  Nah, I was injured.  Am I worth stashing in most fantasy leagues?  No, I am not.”  Gotta love when players really get to the heart of the matter with their comments.

Homer Bailey – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Was cruising through this game until he got Dustied when he gave up two runs as he was approaching 120 pitches.  I was thinking the word dusty is like the chicken or the egg.  When someone leaves something out too long and it gets dusty, is that because of Dusty or is the Reds manager named Dusty because of that?  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.

Jeff Locke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks in Cincy, moving his record to 9-2 with a 2.11 ERA.  Well, I got sonavabenched by him here.  Little did I know that the key to Locke is letting the chips fall where they may.  Or the key to Locke is letting the chips fall where they may in bed, if you’re reading in a Chinese restaurant.

Garrett Jones – Two days in a row with a 1-for-3 and a homer.  Walks like a hot schmotato, talks like a hot schmotato, is a hot schmotato.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  What 2nd half slide?!  The one you kept saying was coming.  I know, Random Italicized Voice, it’s a figure of speech.  What 2nd half slide is a figure of speech where?  Mississippi?  Forget it.

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 Hit, 0 Walks, 8 Ks vs. the Twins.  Came within a hit of the seldom-discussed seven inning no-hitter.  Nice start, but in the Hubert H. Homerfree Dome just about anyone is startable.  Jair Jurrjens, “Even me, Grey?!”  No, not you Jar-Jar.

Brad Ziegler – Got the save.  On behalf of Ziegler’s owners, I’d like to send a strongly-worded letter to the Diamondbacks organization that they don’t need K-Rod, but postage is a fortune and if I buy those forever stamps, is there a guarantee that the postal service stays in business?  Forever is a long time.  What’s the contract look like for forever stamps?  Do I get a refund if I outlive the postal service?

Randall Delgado – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, 3.43 ERA.  Has been far from dominant in any of his starts, giving up at least 2 runs in six of seven starts, but he gets the Padres next, and you don’t have to be a worker on rockets person to know that’s good.

Martin Prado – 3-for-4, 2 runs.  It’s like Prado never went on break.  Maybe because he took all of April and June off.

Jeremy Affeldt – Hit the DL.  Luckily, Affeldt has Aflac.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  If you look at your waivers and Byrd’s still there after I’ve told you to pick him up for the last month, open your office window, toss your computer out the window, tell the homeless person it hits in the head your fantasy password and have them manage your team.  You lost the privilege.

Juan Lagares – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and 7 for his last 13 since the break.  Sure, his name sounds like one of the islands mentioned in Kokomo — Aruba, Jamaica, Juan Lagares — but he’s swinging a hot bat right now.  Power isn’t usually a part of his game.  Or it’s apart from his game.  He does have solid speed and shouldn’t kill you in average.

Matt Harvey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, 2.23 ERA.  For all of you like me that wanted Harvey this year but didn’t draft him, let’s form a prayer trapezoid and hope he gets shut down in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.

Cliff Lee – 6 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks in Metco.  Oh.  Huh?  Wait, in Metco?  Maybe Lee thought he was in Mexico instead of Metco and wanted to go Cliff diving?  Yeah, I’m stretching here.  I have no explanation for this start.

Doug Fister – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, 3.90 ERA.  As I mentioned Friday, there’s a chance that Fister has a 2nd half comparable to Zimmermann.  And that’s me paraphrasing me!

Andy Dirks – 2-for-4 and a slam (7) and legs (7).  Damn, I almost picked him up yesterday because the Hitter-Tron liked him, but the Hitter-Tron was also fondling my coffee maker at the same time, so I had some pause.

Miguel Tejada – 1-for-3 with his 3rd homer as he hits .280.  He’s having a better season than three-quarters of the Royals infield.  The Royals might consider fielding their Old Timer’s team in the 2nd half.  The Over-the-Hill’er B’s:  Brett, Biancalana and Balboni.

Yoenis Cespedes – Sat out all weekend with a sore wrist because the Home Run Derby is cursed.  I’m kidding, it’s not cursed (it is cursed).

Brandon Moss – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  A rolling Moss catches no moss against righties.

Bartolo Colon – 9 IP, 0 ER,  5 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his record to 13-3 with a 2.52 ERA.  Sure, you could’ve drafted him instead of Verlander, but then everyone would’ve laughed at you, and now you’d be laughing at them.  And those that laugh last come off as pricks, so you don’t want that.

Jonathan Villar – The Astros called him up to play shortstop.  Your brain, “Yawn, moving on!”  I hear ya, your brain.  But Villar has some solid potential with his bat and legs.  Or bat legs, if they’re skinny and hairy.  He has 8 homers and 31 steals in 90 games this year at Triple-A.  Everywhere he’s gone in the minor leagues he’s struggled to hit for a good average due to his Ks, which will help him fit right in with the Astros.  If you need some sweet, sweet SAGNOF at MI and can afford a guy that might hit below .250, I’d give him a whirl.

Nick Franklin – 2-for-6, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer.  In case you haven’t read the site in the last 6 weeks, that’s 7 homers in 45 games.  I’m officially in love.  Mentally, I have already drafted him in every league next year.   Nick and I are gonna make babies and name them Giancarlo and Scherzer.  Open a B&B in Nicaragua and make arroz con pollo for our guests.  I do kinda wish he’d pull up on the throttle a tad so he’s not on radars too much next year.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-4, 1 run and 2 RBIs.  You might ask yourself if you need to pick up Ackley.  Not yet in most mixed leagues.  You may also find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife.  Cool stuff, David Byrne.

Brad Miller – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and two homers on Friday, which came after I highlighted him in the Buy column.  You might also recognize him from posters all over your city that say, “I am Brad Miller, teen speed/power runaway.”

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, and 6 for his last 14 since the break.  You know the people who wonder if they should pick up Yonder?  They’re the same people who have never owned Yonder.  If you owned him, you’d be *pinkie to mouth* over Yonder.

Starlin Castro – 4-for-5, 1 run.  Don’t you want to add an apostrophe at the end of Starlin?  Eh, maybe it’s just me.

Edwin Jackson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  That’s right, Edwin, sing it… FIP don’t kill my vibe.  FIP don’t kill my vibe.  He gets the Giants next, and that’s a Edwin-win situation.

Rafael Betancourt – Hit the DL with appendicitis.  Here I thought the Rockies swollen appendix was Helton.  Betancourt will probably miss just over two weeks.  This means Rex Brothers will get saves in his stead.  The Rox trading one injured RB for another healthy RB reminds me of the time Arby’s offered to switch out my sandwich when I found a Band-Aid.

  1. Brooke says:

    Morning Grey! I just accepted a trade offer in my H2H points league. I receive Verlander and give away Matt Carpenter. I wanted to get your opinion. I know on the surface, if we just look at names it seems like a no-brainer but it was a difficult decision for me looking at the numbers.

    Carpenter is cute, he has been unreal awesome, and eligible at 4 positions. Verlander has been pitching like Gallardo all year (The version of that POS Gallardo every time he was in my line-up). My gut was screaming ACCEPT, ACCEPT, ACCEPT, but my brain was saying REJECT. My gut won this battle, but since it has a poor history of success I wanted to see what you think? Thank you!

    • Troy: The Collector

      troy says:

      @Brooke: easy accept especially if you have a 2 bag to fill in

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Brooke: Agree with above, if you have a solid 2B to move in I’d go with the gut.

    • longbeachyo says:

      @Brooke: you definitely need to inspect this gut feeling a little deeper, Grey. As soon as the cougar leaves for work, invite Brooke over to see what’s really going on. =)

      • Dingbat says:

        @longbeachyo: Don’t be that guy.

      • Nathan says:

        @longbeachyo: No, but seriously, don’t be that guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      @Brooke: Morning, you! Trade seems fine, worth a shot at accepting…

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

    if this week i have 18 starts and opp only has 8, which are the best benches? . 16 team league
    Milone @HOU
    cole @WAS
    medlen @METS
    erasmo vs CLE
    Hefner vs ATL
    Peavy vs DET
    kluber vs TEX
    Bailey @LAD
    milone vs LAA
    Gee @WAS
    cole @MIA
    medlen vs STL

    I’m thinking the weakest games are Hefner (benched until he looks good again?)/milone’s road game/ Medlen’s STL game/ Gee on the road and at home vs ATL/ and maybe even Peavy vs DET
    so that’s 6 benches, leaving me with still 12 starts to Opp’s 8. I can always just put em all in if I’m getting killed in era/whip.

    also, need more bench bats and extra pitching spots are about to be taken up by ziegler (still open in 16 teamer!) and bastardo. 1. who is first drop
    cole/hefner/milone/gee/eraser? i’m guessing cole.
    does that change if eraser gets messed up tomorrow? I’m grabbing Saunders as 4th OF due to needing rbi’s but not runs (instead of span)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also could drop smyly or robertson but smyly counts as SP, so he’s valuable since we only have 2 RP slots, 2 Any pitcher slots, and 3 SP slots. So with smyly i can play 5 RP everyday instead of 4. except days where a lot of starters are going.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also, kluber’s tex game, milone
      s LAA game, and Cole’s @WAS game. But put Peavy back in that would be 8 benches with 10 starts left. Should still win K’s this way too.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: Agree with those worst matchups and bench as you go. Keep an eye on Kluber, left with a tight hip, may miss a turn. I think the Hefner vs ATL and Peavy vs DET are scariest two for a huge blowup. Yea Cole is prob 1st drop, Gee a close 2nd. Too many walks and dwindling Ks but did do better last game. Would hold tight on Erasmo even if another bad one.

  3. Choice says:

    Hi Grey,

    I’m in a 16-team H2H Standard 5×5. We keep 10 with no restrictions.
    Question is simple. I’d like to compare my 10 with your 10.

    Evan Gattis(Atl – C,OF)
    Mark Trumbo(LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    Ian Kinsler(Tex – 2B)
    David Wright(NYM – 3B)
    Jhonny Peralta(Det – SS)
    Matt Kemp(LAD – OF)
    Mike Trout(LAA – OF)
    Andre Ethier(LAD – OF)
    Chase Headley(SD – 3B)
    Nick Markakis(Bal – OF)
    Xander Bogaerts(Bos – SS)
    Álex Rodríguez(NYY – 3B)

    Stephen Strasburg(Was – SP)
    Zack Greinke(LAD – SP)
    Justin Masterson(Cle – SP)
    Jeremy Hellickson(TB – SP)
    Yovani Gallardo(Mil – SP)
    Iván Nova(NYY – SP)
    Jonathan Papelbon(Phi – RP)
    Kenley Jansen(LAD – RP)
    Ernesto Frieri(LAA – RP)

    Please and thank you!

    • goodfold2 says:

      @Choice: stras/greinke/boegarts/jansen/kemp/trout/wright/kinsler.
      last 2 are harder, probably headley and 1 of masterson/trumbo

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Choice: I’d say definitely Trumbo, and probably Masterson but if Headley heats up, maybe him

  4. goodfold2 says:

    already used 2 of my pickups for phegley and bastardo. This week i’m playing a guy with only 1 closer in Rodney, vs my Rivera/perkins. Ziegler is still out there but i’m guessing he won’t close for long. I’m gonna need a 4th OF and i probably want to drop beckham for Miller as well, or beckham to DL. I only have 3 pickups left for week and will probably win saves this week anyway; if Ziegler doesn’t last long it’d be silly to use last pickup of week on him, esp since it’s likely this week (and first 3 days or next) other closers could get flipped and i’d miss out on ROS closers if I didn’t have any more pickups left. Lindstrom/Crain/Cisnero/Strop/ all are open if Reed/Veras/Gregg get flipped. So which of these pickups is least important?
    1. saunders as 4th OF for Choo lefty days/util guy for scott lefty days, really am weak at rbi’s but strong at runs
    2. ziegler as likely short term closer
    3. Miller as Util/2b (1 more start)/ss either starting or backing up gyorko/aybar/dj leme
    Since i’m playing the worst team in the league i probably can go without a 4th OF as well, of course choo would play against all lefties that way (he does have 3 hits in last 2 games against lefties) and anytime anybody had a day off it’d be a empty roster spot.

    good call on the luke scott train. that dude had a great week. thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @goodfold2: Ugh yea Luke Scott and his rat tail… Least important sounds like 2, Rodney’s been struggling anyway and you should win saves

  5. TarmanGotHim says:

    12 Team H2H 6X6 includes IP and BB’s

    Had Myers dropped and available.

    Who should I pick up or not pick up?

    Myers OR Byrd

    S Perez

    J Turner

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @TarmanGotHim: Myers for Cingrani

      • Moose Out Front says:

        @JB Gilpin: That’s pretty low on Cingrani. Not that it really matters once you’re sorting amongst the WW fodder.

  6. Yeshcheese says:

    Thank you Jordan Zimmerman for that gem. Why oh why did I start you?? We are all Trayvon

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Yeshcheese: I don’t get that one…

      • John says:

        @JB Gilpin: It means that he got killed by Zimmerman, just like Trayvon. I normally wouldn’t say this, but that falls somewhere between “too soon” and “not at all”.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:

          @John: Oh I get it now, side with “not at all”

    • PhillyBoy32 says:

      @Yeshcheese: awful but Hilarious. awfully hilarious.

    • Prezz says:

      @Yeshcheese: Ha!! really testin Razzballs sensitivity today.. i like it.

  7. Yeshcheese says:

    Also looks like the Vote Pedro (Alverez) Train got derailed over the ASB. Just in time for Lawrie’s return!

    Anybody actually think Pedro doesn’t hit .100 for the next fortnight?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:

      @Yeshcheese: many forkthnights maybe.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Yeshcheese: Hah nah he’ll top that, but could be a bumpy 2nd half.

  8. TarmanGotHim says:


    Just a question about Harvey. I drafted him around Rounds 15-20 in 3 out of my 4 leagues. I have taken your advice as Razzball is the greatest things that’s happened for me with fantasy sports and has truley brought me to a new level as a fantasy sports manager. I appreciate everything you guys do for us!!!

    I do have one q about Harvey though. You suggested selling him awhile back, I did.

    Harvey for Braun – literally 3 days before the PED Situation and completely being nonexistent.

    Harvey and R Zimmerman for Kershaw and Cain- Happy Camper

    Harvey for Latos – Harvey is better but can’t complain with Latos.

    My q is, you liked all the trades, I did and do for the most part too, do you retract selling Harvey? They said 180 IL, then 200-210 or something like that. You think this will stick? If it does, does it have an affect on Fantasy playoffs? If so, it’s a win in the long run obviously.

    Sorry for going on but I just wanted to know your opinion with this situation, cause my pitching without him in my league pretty much leads in WHIP ERA ETC as I own Scherzer Bumgarner Kuroda and guys like that in all my leagues. Without him im still good but I feel like I may have made a mistake.


    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @TarmanGotHim: Harvey is unreal. That said all 3 of those trades are fine, not in love with the Latos one, but I’ve never been as big on Latos as most. There’s just no way he makes his last start or two, even if going for the Cy, so that’ll help your last week or two of playoffs.

  9. The Dutch says:

    Best guess: Is Matt Cain going to be worth anything in the 2nd half. I can trade Alex Gordon for him who has been sitting on my bench all year.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @The Dutch: Yes, and would try to get more, but don’t mind it since he’s on your pine.

  10. TheNewGuy says:

    Claim Leonys and drop Fatt Adams or Smoak (and mirrors)?

    Got the need for speed.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @TheNewGuy: Hah Smoak and mirrors. Kinda sums up his career? I’d drop Adams, the retroactive date on Holliday isn’t that far away.

  11. TheNewGuy says:

    Gregerson or Rosenthal? Best overall value.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @TheNewGuy: Rosenthal

  12. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:

    Tonight is the last chance I’m giving Ryu to produce a QS and maybe a W, but at least a QS. You think I’m being impatient or what? His production has slowly been going down for his last several starts. Thanks.

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Tough game for that ultimatum at Toronto with the DH. Don’t mind a drop, but I’d bench and hold

  13. Mike says:

    Rendon or franklin ROS?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Mike: Tough to pass on Franklin

  14. Mike says:

    Would u drop Gyorko and pick up Headley?

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Mike: Yup

  15. G’morning, Grey — Three questions I’d like to ask for help with (all for a 14-team redraft, roto league … biggest needs: WHIP, power, saves).

    –On paper, Garza’s start today is just OK ($5.7, according to the SoN). Do you think the trade rumors swirling around him would change that much? I could use a good start, and I was thinking the trade stuff could go either way (he ups his game to make a trade more likely, or he’s distracted and pitches badly).

    –Juan Francisco has faced a series of positive match ups since the ASB, but has gone 1-for-13 (albeit with a homer for his 1 hit). If he puts up another 0-fer tonight, despite the good matchup ($13.3; vs. Cashner), would you drop him for Gomes, Saunders, Smoak, Ruf, or Lagares? Or does Francisco deserve a longer leash?

    –I have Bastardo hoping he lands the closer gig after a Papelbon trade. Am I better off with Axford or Strop?

    Many thanks!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:

      @Enrique: 1 – Nah I don’t buy into that, he’s been solid lately I think you play him 2 – Francisco is so terrible at defensive… sigh just a rant… the one homer he didn’t even connect on right either, I think stream that spot – like Smoak the most right now, whoevers hot 3 – Bastardo right now

  16. Frank White says:

    Hey man… Should I pickup smoak over Matt adams?