Julio Borbon has been running around like a chicken without its head or maybe Borbon is *pinkie to mouth* a Wild Turkey.  Yesterday, he even hit a home run.  The word out of the mean streets of Arlington was he’d sit once Cruz returned.  Cruz returned.  Borbon played.  Natch!  Will Borbon’s brilliance continue?  Unfortunately, I don’t think so.  He’s doing his best Mr. April, Emilio Bonifacio, impersonation (Flex, Bonifacio!  Yeah, you are so Mr. April!) and we saw how long that lasted.  While Borbon’s hot, own him like Angelina with 3rd world children, but in Triple-A, he had 2 homers in over 400 at-bats and a pretty terrible caught stealing percentage, so know that he’ll come crashing back to Earth like your unrealistic fear of meteors.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Drew Stubbs – 1-for-5, 3 Ks.  He’s like a white Willie Mays Hayes.  He was guessing on 0-2 counts like a pimple-faced, teenaged waiter guessing what’s in the meatloaf.  Cain’s nasty and able, but Stubbs looked overmatched on every pitch.  Keep in mind what I said yesterday, “In Triple-A, he had 104 Ks in 107 games.”  And that’s me quoting me!  But remember Willie Mays Hayes can run, so Stubbs still has value.  Just know what you’re getting.

Gary Sheffield – Sheff was seen angrily wagging his walking papers at the Mets front office.  He thinks he should get a contract; after all, he is their top home run hitter this year with 10.  Sheff owners should want him on the Mets.  Anywhere else, he’s not a cleanup hitter… He’s not even really an every day player.

Billy Wagner – Returned to action and looked dominant.  He could end somewhere that includes saving games.  Those in dire need of saves.  You know the drill.

Justin Morneau – Oh-fer-geez, Morneau heads back up Nort to have his ear checked, dontchya know?  May be headed to the DL.  Uffdah!

James Shields – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 unearned runs, 9 baserunners.  He should’ve mopped the Trop with the O’s like Carol Burnett.  The way the O’s are playing you’d think they didn’t want Bryce Harper.

Ben Zobrist – HR yesterday.  Might finally be coming out of the funk he’s been in.

Nolan Reimold – HR yesterday.  First homer of August.  Lately, he’s been almost as non-existent as his brother, Judge.

Jason Hammel – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners.  I picked him up for this game.  Ye of a sub-3 ERA away from Coors.  Then I got cold feet and didn’t start him.  Sonavabench!

Joe Blanton – 8 IP, 3 ER.  Since I told you to buy him on June 24th, he has a 2.25 ERA in almost two months.  Cust kayin’.

Brett Cecil – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 2 Ks.  You guys had a good run… *realizing he has a 4.82 ERA*  You guys had an all right run… *realizing Cecil has a 1.58 WHIP* Wait, why do you own him?

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks.  Since I’m in that type of mood, on May 15th, I told you to get Lester.  Since then, Lester has a 2.49 ERA.  It’s hard to make this shizz up.

Marlon Byrd – 8 for his last 19 as he hit two homers yesterday to give him 14 on the year.  This Byrd you cannot cage…

Kendry Morales – Hit his 27th homer.  He’s having some kind of season.  It’s about time, too… Wait a second, he’s listed as 26 years old?  Oh, c’mon.  He’s easily a Latin 28.  Remember that when you’re considering him for keepers.

Wandy Rodriguez – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Last time out, the Wandwagon’s horse had a nail in its hoof.  Well, that horse is now glue and the Wandwagon rolls again.

Kyle Blanks – Has three homers in the last four games.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  On the right side of the slash, which is the left.

J.D. Drew – 4-for-4 with 2 HRs yesterday.  After the game, a reporter asked Drew if he’s changed his approach.  He said, “No, I just love my Mom more than Stephen.”

Kenshin Kawakami – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks.  Guess who it was against?  Meet the Mets, meet the Mets… Step right up and beat the Mets.  Start your rookies, contact your bookies… They’re worse than your local Chinese restaurant’s almond cookies.

  1. Dad says:

    @Grey: In a 12-team league, would you start Scherzer tomorrow at Hou?

  2. Despite his subpar season thus far and much complaining, I haven’t had the guts to cut bait on Marlin Cantu who’s now DTD with a neck issue. C. Guillen, Crede, Rolen, Feliz haven’t been enough of an upgrade to drop him. But might Big Baby (listed @ 22yrs., 6’6″, 285lbs.) Blanks be? Ordinarily, BBBs size is reason enough to roster him as an oddity, but it’s too late in the season for such hijinks. & swapping the cleanup hitter for the Marlins for the 6 hitter for the Pads just seems bad fo’buisiness. I need some legit. production out of the 1B/3B slot! Anxiously awaiting Blank’s positioning on the prefered side of the slash this afternoon, but ANY thoughts prior to that on Triple B or the other noted & possible un-noted options would be greatly appreciated.

  3. JimmyT says:

    Where do you rank Wandy and Morales for 2010? What type of numbers do you see them putting up?

  4. JimmyT says:

    Also curious (same question) about David Price. I know you’ve said he won’t be worth rostering next year, but what kind of numbers do you expect? Do you think he was over-hyped or just not ready?

  5. AL KOHOLIC says:

    i grabbed wagner hoping for a trade to a real team(soory paullie),i have sheff and i think the mets should cut his ungratefull ass,and im flying with bird while he is hot

  6. Probable Party Starter says:

    “Cain’s nasty and able”. Grey, did you learn that in Vacation Bible School?

  7. timSTi says:

    So who’s my best option for speed and avg at MI: Andrus, E.Cabrera, O.Cabrera, or A.Escobar?

  8. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Grey – you didn’t complete our Mets theme song:

    “Luis, Fernando, muffing the ball,
    All on the Farm are getting the call;
    Eastern, Western,
    All Divisions coming down,
    To crush the hapless New York Mets
    In New York Town!”

    @AL KOHOLIC: Don’t apologize for picking up Wagner, with the hopes of being traded. I am at the f’ing the sister, streaming Kawakami, and hoping the Brave relievers don’t blow the lead, so I can pick up a win. Felt soiled and dirty afterwards, but it’s crunch time in Yahoo Leagues.

    Grey – too risky to start Randy Wells at LA Dodgers?

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Also, Sanchez at Colorado?

  10. Lava says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: With how hot the Rockies are right now, I didn’t start him. I’m starting DLR, though.

  11. jamiesonmj says:

    CarGo vs Sanchez (@Col), or Quentin vs Guthrie (@CWS)?? Can Cargo cool down so you dont have to make these decisions for me?!

  12. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Grey, for next year:

    Morales or Butler?

    Rank(IP+Ks): Kershaw, Feliz, Scherzer

    Thank you.

  13. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: my redstockings look like they need to start wearing thongs the way they play,brandon phillips is a legit 6 or 7 hitter ,not a cleanup hitter

  14. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: But you can always look back with fondness on your 1867 team; the Cinncinnatti Redlegs had the greatest year in baseball history – they had a record of 57-0. Go to the Latin 9 forum for a run down of that amazin’ year…

  15. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Correction – The Latin Nine League Page

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Dad: Yup

    @zombie: Ha — BBB. I’d lose Cantu for Blanks.

    @JimmyT: In the preseason, I saw Kendry and Wandy putting up solid numbers this year. I’ve seen nothing to make me change that for next year. Only thing will change is other people’s perceptions of them.

    Price hasn’t shown me anything. Right now, I think the best case scenario is a pitcher you draft late that finally puts it together. I may draft him if value is right, but I’m not sure yet.

    @Probable Party Starter: Amen!

    @timSTi: Andrus

    @Paulie Allnuts: Ha! I’m starting Wells in an NL-Only league. I’d start him in a 12 team league and deeper too.

    @Paulie Allnuts: I wouldn’t start Sanchez.

    @jamiesonmj: Start Quentin.

    @Simply Fred: Morales, doesn’t mean that’s who I’d own though. Kerhsaw, Scherzer…

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: cool,ill check it out

  18. Joel says:

    I have Nunez and Lindstrom (also Jim Johnson and Chad Qualls). I’m firmly in 5th place in saves with the next guy ahead of me 5 saves up and the guy behind me 7 saves down.

    Can I drop Lindstrom now?

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joel: only if your adding someone usefull that you would play

  20. Joel says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I’m a close bunch with average and I have Werth, Kemp, Willingham, Hawpe, Felipe Lopez and Quentin with Cruz coming off the DL.

    I would just drop Quentin and get over it, but I’m 6 HR ahead of the next guy and don’t want to help anyone out. I’m keeping WIllingham (away games) and Hawpe (home games) for the big average boost.

  21. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Joel: i dont know why lindstrpm would be given the job back,nunez has done great,i just dropped gregg for wagner in one league,hoping to get lucky on a trade to a needy team

  22. GTS says:

    What do you think about Jayson Werth and his current production? Repeatable? He tends to be pretty streaky but has had a bunch of good streaks this season. I also have Holliday ($16 next year) and J-Upton ($14 next year) and Werth who will be $12 to keep next year. I don’t want to keep more than 2 OF as keepers.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Why don’t you want to keep three? Those three all seem worth holding onto.

  24. Art Vandelay says:

    Troubled Gregg owner here. Drop him for Lindstrom, Wagner, or Downs?

  25. GTS says:

    @Grey: 7 total keepers in our auction league and I have Lincecum ($10 next year), Kinsler ($19), Longoria ($10), Fielder ($25), Rollins ($28), Howard ($28), V-Mart ($19) all as possible options/trade bait. Which 7 would you keep including those OFs?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Werth, Holliday, Upton, Kinsler, Lincecum, Longoria and Fielder.

  27. airlifting says:

    pick two; rios v. guthrie, snider v. o’sullivan, mccutchen v. owings.

    pedroia v. pettitte or j. nix v. guthrie? fwiw, pedroia is historically bad against pettitte with over 35 ABs.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @airlifting: Rios, Snider — Pedroia


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