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Already thin 3rd base position just got a lot thinner with Pablo Sandoval breaking his hamate bone.  When Sandoval first heard the bad news, he pulled a half-eaten ham bone out of his pocket and asked if the doctor could insert it in the injured bone’s place.  He couldn’t.  Sandoval now knows how Rikki Lake feels when she lost all that weight then lost her job.  Sometimes fatty boombalatties are best to stay fatty boombalatties.  Hey, I don’t make the world, I just live in it.  So, Sandoval will miss up to 2 months with surgery and rehab.  His blimpotence was already an issue and hamate bone breaks tend to zap power further.  It’s not a good day to own Sandoval.  Yesterday wasn’t very good either.  Tomorrow probably won’t be much better.  Then on Wednesday…Well, you get the point.  When Mark DeRosa returns, he stands to see an increase in ABs, for those in NL-Only leagues who just need counting stats.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Zimmerman – Will miss 6 weeks with a tear of the rectus muscle in his abdomen.  Why does he have an anus in his stomach?

Ian Desmond – Here’s one that made me do a double take.  Ian Desmond has 10 steals.  Zoinks!

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Only has a 4.29 ERA with plenty of time to have a 3.50-3.75 ERA on the year.  Cust kayin’.

Daniel Hudson – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Now has back-to-back solid starts.  Really see no reason why he can’t be as good as billed in the preseason.

Kendrys Morales – According to reports, Kendrys is not returning anytime soon.  Might want to think about adding an -ucks onto the end of his first name.  This is a boost for Trumbo.  Could be in line for steady playing time until the All-Star break.

Jon RauchBlue Jays manager, who is supposedly named John Farrell, said Rauch is his closer if push came to shove.  Should get a neck tattoo that says, “SAGNOF!”

Jose Bautista – Left with neck stiffness after he got a Viagra stuck in his throat.

Rajai Davis – 5 steals this weekend.  Sonavabench!  Couldn’t you have returned on Monday after I changed my weekly lineup?

Adam Lind – 2-for-4 with his 5th homer, and his 4th homer this week, batting .282 on the year.  And that’s how quickly a bust can turn around his season this early in the year.

Jered Weaver – Missed his start because of a virus.  That’s what happens when you try to download porn from malware-infested sites.

Kevin Youkilis – Out with an aggravated hip, which sounds like an album title from a 90’s group like Big Head Todd & the Monsters.  “Off our Aggravated Hip album, we’d like to play our song, “My Soul Starts With So.”

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-4 with 3 Ks as he hit .176 this week with no homers or RBIs.  Member two weeks ago when the Sons of Sam Horn came out of the woodwork to post in the comments how I was selling Lowrie short and he was the best thing since the gay porn reveal episode of The Real World?  Yeah, where are all those people now praising Jed?

Alex Cobb – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks and will be sent right back down.  Too bad, so sad.

Jake McGee – Was optioned to Triple-A.  His over/under for saves this year just got a lot more under.

James Shields – Struck out 12 on Saturday.  [Grey’s stupid] I’m glad I liked him for a bounce back this year yet didn’t draft him anywhere.  [/Grey’s stupid]

Matt Joyce – Hitting in the 4 hole, which is the left nostril if you’re on a porn set, and batting .412 over the last week with 2 homers.  You have to bench him vs. lefties but he’s destroying righties, and there’s, uh, more righties, so there’s that.

Jose Tabata – Out with hamstring tightness.  I have “You better come back soon and hit better than you have been” tightness.

Alex White – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Didn’t look terrible.  Yeah, not a huge compliment.  Honestly, it’s hard to get crazy excited about an Indians rookie pitcher in mixed leagues.  In AL-Only leagues, you’re obviously on board.  In mixed leagues, baby, I’m bored.

Justin Masterson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks.  As mentioned last week, we picked Masterson up for a spot start, but because he pitched so well we held onto him.  He now has an ERA of 2.25 and a 1.15 WHIP.  Yeah, who needs Liriano and Gallardo?  You POS’s.

Craig Kimbrel – Had back-to-back rough outings this weekend, but his stuff is still lights out and his manager gave him a vote of confidence.  I’m not worried.  Venters is worth owning but just because he’s a top middle man.

Derek Lowe – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and a 2.45 BAC.

Bud Norris – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Here’s what I said in the preseason rankings, “You want a guy that could be this year’s Jonathan Sanchez?  Here ya go.  I mean that in the best of ways and the worst of ways.  He could strikeout 200 while having a walk rate north of 4, a WHIP north of 1.45 and an ERA north of 4.50.” And that’s me quoting me!  So far the walks have been kept in control — literally! — and because of that his ERA and WHIP ain’t too shabby.

Carlos Lee – He was hurt in a collision with Angel Sanchez.  El Caballo was taken off the field as the Astros put the cart before the horse.

Jason Bourgeois – Now has 8 steals in only 36 at-bats and could see more time with Lee out.  Since he’s making the best of his opportunities, guess you could say Bourgeois is a capitalist.

Chris Narveson – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners (no walks), 7 Ks.  His ERA is up to 4.64 but his xFIP doesn’t look that bad.  Too bad I’m not in any fantasy leagues that use xFIP.

Justin Morneau – Hit his first homer of the year.  Now only one off Melky Cabrera’s 2 homers.

Marlon Byrd – 2-for-4, hitting .295 on the year in the heart of the Cubs order and has 5 RBIs on the year.  How is that possible?  Not rhetorical.  Seriously, what the eff?

Mike Aviles – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs.  At Sunday brunch, he had a mimosa, grapefruit wedges and a slam & legs.  Now has 5 homers (or Morneau +4) and 6 steals.  Pretty nice start for a guy I wasn’t a fan of.  A lot better than that other schmohawk I wanted no part of Martin Prado (2 HRs, 1 SB, .252 average).  Somehow Aviles is only owned in 35% of ESPN leagues.  Yeah, I have no idea either.

Zach Britton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (3 walks), 1 K.  Now has 15 walks to 20 Ks in 37 1/3 innings.  So, yes, I would own him, but it’s not all peaches and cream.

Luke Scott – 2-for-4 with his 3rd homer in the last 4 days.  Luke Scott should be picked up immediately after he hits one home run because it’s guaranteed he’ll hit at least 5 more within the next week.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Now has a 7.20 ERA as things have gotten hairy for Ubaldo.

Fernando Salas – Tony La Russa obviously gets a ten percent commission on all FAAB dollars spent speculating on Cardinal closers.  There’s no Cardinals closer, unless you count the hybrid, Fernchell Frankchez.

David Freese – Suffered a broken bone in his hand and now Freese is on ice.  Pun Master P, “Brilliant!”  Freese will be out for a while, which will give La Russa ample opportunity to play a ton of schmohawks at third base.  If anyone can get Nick Punto 400 at-bats, it’s TLR.

Robinson Cano – Left the game after he hurt his hand.  X-rays came back negative which is actually positive.  Weird!

Dustin Moseley – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Now has an 1.63 ERA on the year.  Still wouldn’t trust him in away games in most leagues, but I would definitely own him and run him out there in Petco.  They’re Hodgepadres, ya’ll, just don’t feed them after midnight.

Hanley Ramirez – Hit his first home run of the year.  Another guy that’s breathing down Melky’s neck.

Chris Coghlan – Shoulder woes forced him out of action for a few days and it’ll bother him all year or until he has surgery.  Always sad when a marginal player gets marginally worse.  Well, not really.

Gavin Floyd – 6 IP, 6 ER.  Seems like this is always the case with Gavin Floyd.  Good start, good start, good start, terrible start.  It’s like a form of Duck, Duck, Goose.  Only it’s goose eggs, goose eggs, goose eggs, duck!

  1. and1mcgee says:

    Osama bin Laden hit the DL

  2. TheDaneEvent says:

    Is Mitchell Boggs droppable in a holds league?

  3. Hi Grey — I’ve got Iannetta in the C slot of my 20-team redraft root league and I’m getting more or less what I expected: a low BA, decent OPS and even a surprise SB. I’m a fan of just putting someone in the C slot and forgetting them, but I’m being tempted by Olivo on waivers, who is playing regularly and well. Between the two, who do you like more over the rest of the year?

  4. johnny says:

    Hi, who is best choice at this moment – Cueto, Baker or Floyd?

  5. Another question, Grey — Is there any reason to think Feliz won’t come off the DL as soon as ready and wont takeover 9th inning duties starting his first game back? He’s not on my team, but I’ve been holding Oliver in hopes of catching a few SVs while Feliz is out, but I could use the roster spot. But I don’t want to regret cutting bait with him and then finding there’s a committee approach in Texas for a while.

  6. Please rank:

    Pineiro, Norris, Harrison, Ogando, Marquis, C. Richard


  7. Just another guy says:

    3B dropping like flies! I decided I’m just going to start collecting them until I’m the only one in my league who owns any with fantasy relevance! Mwahahahaha!

  8. Giant JJ says:

    I lost Panda and the waiver wire has available such nuggets as Miles, Punto and Descalso. I have surplus BA so I’d like to see about acquiring Mark Reynolds at a discount. How many pennies on the dollar would be reasonable to ask for Reynolds at this point? Thanks a million as always.

  9. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Bourgeois is a capitalist – nice!
    Adam Dunn and Mark Reynolds both hit a dinger yesterday; they now have 3 apiece, and are pulling away from the Melk-Man.

    BTW, the Donkey Trio are not having a very productive year thus far. Combined stats: .158 AVG, 6 HR, 19RS, 27 RBI, 1 ST. Since I own two of them (and 3 for a short while) this could help explain why my RCL squad is currently in 9th place.

  10. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Quantity and quality in the Monday roundup! Nice.

    Pujols just needs 9 more appearances for 3B eligibility!

  11. Tony says:

    lots of porn references today, LOL

    good weekend grey?

  12. The Situation says:

    @Grey: Time to drop Thornton or even more patience (I only have Axford and Waldon)? 12 team, 5×5, saves tough to come by.

  13. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey, Lowrie or Beckham?


  14. kba says:

    I guess I am one of your 3 female readers/fans. You’re hilarious.

  15. Child Please says:

    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) 4-keeper league (only allowed to keep players drafted after the 4th round), moves limit of 50 (used 6)

    Would you use one of your moves to drop Laroche for Trumbo or Wallace?

  16. RonWashington'sStache says:

    With Freese on the DL, I need a new Zimmerman replacement. My best options are: Aviles, Betemit, Uribe, Herrera, Hannahan.
    Any thoughts? I’m leaning toward Aviles.

  17. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @TheDaneEvent: It depends on who you’re dropping him for. Boggs should get a nice combo of saves and holds, with solid ratios and lots of K’s. I see no reason to drop him in a holds league.
    @Enrique: Miguel Olivo has heated up a lil of late, but he’s still sporting a .566 OPS. That doesn’t meet my standards of “playing well”, nor would I drop Iannetta for him.
    @johnny: I like Baker and Floyd about the same. I see Cueto as a notch below those two for now, at least until he proves himself healthy.

  18. Salty Balty says:

    Have Freese and Zimmerman on the DL, who should I grab:

    Valencia, Chris Johnson, Peralta, or that guy from the Indians Hanawhatever.

  19. Steven says:

    Drop Volquez for Bumgarner, Jeremy Guthrie, Colon, Travis Wood, Moseley or Duensing? Or hold?

  20. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Pick two: Billingsley, Liriano, Edwin Jackson

  21. kc says:

    I need pitching help with Gallardo sucking. I am thinking about trading my Fielder for Lester and Butler. Any thoughts?

  22. Project Badass says:

    10-team 5×5 roto non-keeper league.

    Would you drop Lirano for Morrow, Masterson, or Ogando?

  23. Doc Pounder says:

    Lowrie or Joyce this week?

  24. Will says:

    I have the same problem at 3B, but I also have Alvarez (who is still an iffy start at 3B) so I decided to go with Aviles for now until Alvarez decides to start hitting. I also have the Gallardo issue and I just traded Victorino, Fuld, and Walden for Crawford and Marcum, but now I have too many SP’s and could use to move one. Should I move Lilly, Gallardo, or De La Rosa? Also who could I get for one of these SP’s?

  25. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Just another guy: i thought i was trying to do that by trading for arod in the offseason (keeper league) and spending an early pick on alvarez. only one of those moves is paying off right now.

  26. Mr2Bits says:

    Kuo damn near roofied me yesterday. Love how he doesn’t feel sharp so he comes out and throws some BP. Yahoo is saying Broxton just solidified the closers roll there, are they dumb or true?

  27. ThePoonTycoon says:

    what do we make of the cardinals closer situation? i picked up sanchez the other day and now watch sals get saves. both have closer stuff. try to grab both and hold?

  28. HangingChad says:

    Espinosa, Beckham, Kelly J — pick one please?

  29. HangingChad says:

    Nevermind, Beckham was just picked up. Kelly J or Espinosa?

  30. SwaggerJackers says:

    @Grey: Even though Floyd pitched a stinker, you still have to start him @SEA this week, right? Other option is Beachy against MIL.

  31. HangingChad says:

    Would u drop Pena for Luke Scott?

  32. ujoh says:

    I have Longo coming back so I traded Gordon and Berkman for Garza and Broxton over the weekend. Putting Gardner back into my util spot where Berkman was playing.

    Thoughts? Did I sell too much for all those Ks? Is Garza legit? Had no idea that so many 3Bs would go down. Feeling kind of annoyed I let go of Gordon now.

  33. Eddy says:

    I think Smokey should have written the “I told you so” blurb on James Shields.

    Remember how hard he was getting bashed for writing it up in the pre-season? Poor guy.

    Let ’em know who was right, Smokey!

  34. @RonWashington’sStache: I don’t disagree with you … my general rule is to make a change involving one of my regular starters only if the case is overwhelming, which it isn’t here.

    But it is tempting: you are right that Olivo’s OPS this season is just .565 (compared to .811 for Iannetta). But over the last two weeks, since Olivo started to play every day, the numbers are more or less reversed: .795 vs. .565.

    I’m just wondering if it’s the start of something now that he’s getting regular at-bats (this was the big case for Inannetta — regular at-bats). Or is it just a so-so hitter playing OK for a few days before crashing back to earth?

    P.S. I always liked your message board name.

  35. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:

    Figgins or Aviles from here on out?

  36. HangingChad says:

    A Gordon for Smoak/Adam Jones?

  37. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @HangingChad: smoak/jones side in a landslide imo.

  38. Hi again Grey — and thanks for all the help.

    In my 14-team league, the waiver wire is filled with pitchers of varying degrees of interest: Beachy, Correia, Wolf, Pineiro, Harang, Ch. Young, Garland, McClellan, Norris, Anibal, Drabek, and Liriano.

    My SPs are Garza, Scherzer, Baker, and D. Hudson (with Slowey on the DL) and a spot I use for streaming pitchers or holding a hot bat (current occupant — Luke Scott).

    My questions: Am I better off picking up one of the guys on waivers as my 5th starter rather than streaming? Any of the four I have not worth keeping?

  39. papasmurf says:

    My own mistake for assuming that Morales will be back. I didn’t bother grabbing a backup 1b until the end. Drafted Moreland thinking I just need a fill in for a few weeks, punted due to non-FT status and when it looked like Morales will be out for a while. Got Wallace and punted after he did nothing in a week (Of course he’s hitting like .850 since). Now I have the ageless wonder Todd Helton manning 1B.
    Passing through Remorseville quite early this year.

  40. Rabbit says:

    Can’t figure out if I should trust Harang for two starts at Petco this week after what he did last week to my ERA, Whip, and childhood innocence. It’s good to have choices but the Paradox of Choice gets my mind all uneasy and leads me to ask which 2 of the following SPs listed below I should start (Kershaw, Pineda, Kuroda and DLR are my other four starters; regular roto cats except K/9 instead of Ks):

    Harang (Pit, Ariz)
    Hudson (@SD)
    Britton (TB)
    Volquez (@ChC)
    Dempster (Hah! Just to see if you were paying attention)

    Those two starts at Petco for Harang seem so enticing, but how the Hey did he give up 8 runs in 6 IP to Atlanta at home? Is this the start of something Yecch for him? Hudons seems like he should be one of my starters, but Britton has been piling up Wins and good ratios (except for K/9) sitting on my Sonovabench. Thoughts, Grey, anyone? Thanks.

  41. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Stanton, Dunn or Fuld this week @ utility?

    Also, Storen, Walden or Axford?

  42. AubreyHuffingGlue says:

    So Brett Myers or Bud Norris going forward?

  43. i still like lowrie fine. i wasn’t just pumped about the hot streak. i drafted him for a keeper league in 2005. if one week is enough time to make calls on this kind of thing, i guess bautista’s officially for real?

  44. ujoh says:

    @Rabbit: I put Harang in. 5 of 6 starts have been great, and I figure Atlanta is a far superior team to Pit and Arizona. If you aren’t going to start him this week, when are you going to start him?

  45. AdamH says:

    H2H standard stats plus K/BB. If I choose a 1-start pitcher, I have even starts with my opponent. If I choose a 2-start pitcher, I have an extra start over him.

    Start 1 this week:

    Volquez @ CHC
    Narveson @ StL
    Mosely vs. Ari
    Buehrle v Balt, @ Seattle
    Francis v Balt, v Oak

    Thanks in advance.

  46. MD says:

    GREY! Razzball nation!

    I’m trying to ship off Nathan, just offered a dude Nathan and Casper Wells / Felix Pie (whomever he chooses) for Mark Trumbo and Jake McGee (whom i’ll reserve)..

    Thoughts/ Advice?

    I think this is a pretty fair deal.

    BTW… how about that Joel Pineiro guy… pretty decent huh.

  47. OaktownSteve says:

    I’m rolling with Bud Norris. First of all, his name is shorthand for weed and beer. Also very handy if you want to talk like a guy from the 40s: “say, what gives, Bud?”

    More importantly, my friend Sweet Louie D makes a couple of good calls every year. Last year, for instance, he talked me out of Utley. This year he said, two words my boy…Bud Norris.

  48. frank rizzo says:

    Hey all. In my roto league my offense is strong and I’ve gotten away with a couple good trades adding Kemp and Heyward early. I have plenty of offense but my pitching numbers are atrocious. Anyway, I’ve been offered Kershaw for Heyward straight up. I’d still have Kemp/Bautista in my OF to go with Miggy, ARod, Kinsler, Teixeira in my INF. I’ve got a ton of power and Kershaw may make more sense to my team.

    Should I do it?

  49. Eric says:

    Hi everyone … first time I ever managed to grab Luke Scott for one of his (I hope) hot streaks. Tomorrow he’s facing a lefty — not a fearsome one: it’s Jeff Francis. He’s never faced Francis before but he’s hitting .083 so far this year against lefties. Do you still start him because he’s hot?

  50. OaktownSteve says:

    @frank rizzo: based on what you say there…yes

  51. paddyman says:

    Getting done w Gallardo. Is he the new buehrle?

    leaning towards dropping him for pineda. Premature?

    Also Tabata is out now and I’m a bit paranoid about Hammies on runners.

    I can pick up Coghlan (who is also a sick note) , pena, K Johnson, Kubel, A hill or Desmond.

    Or is there a starter you like this week instead? I have some flexibility there.

  52. Bobby says:

    Do I deal HanRam and Jaime Garcia for Braun and Rollins?

  53. frog says:

    haven’t heard marquis’s name mentioned much but the stats cannot be ignored: 24:5 K:BB rate, 2.62 ERA, 1.17 WHIP.
    i don’t think he’s gonna keep it up like this, but he may be rosterable in most leagues.

  54. Wiley says:

    In a H2H league with both saves and holds. Currently own Lindstrom, Betancourt, Chapman, Storen, and Kuo. Would you take Salas over Lindstrom or Kuo?

  55. ichirosan says:

    20 man H2H dynasty league, 6×6 with OPS and Holds as the extra cats.

    I give:
    Garrett Jones
    Fernando Rodney

    I get:
    C.J. Wilson

    Your thoughts?

  56. Paul Wilson says:

    I feel the need to toot my own horn in celebration. I just clicked accept on a trade that would make Grey say, “what schmohawks are in your effing league?!”

    I give:
    Matt Latos
    Jed Lowrie
    Mitchell Boggs

    I get:
    David Wright
    Brandon Phillips
    Daniel Hudson

    My work here is done for today.

  57. @wily mo: tulo hit .150 with no homers and 1 RBI over the past week. where are all you tulo lovers? hanging your heads in shame!

    lowrie’s big hot streak came when the sox were facing like 6 lefty starters in a week. he’s substantially better against LHP. he’s not useless against RHP, just not as crazy good. this week was a bunch of lame righties. like felix yesterday. so, kind of expect that pattern to continue.

    or maybe i’m wrong and striking out three times against felix means he sucks. that’s possible too.

  58. Wilsonian says:

    Would you drop any of the following for Salas:

    Lewis, McCarthy, E.Jackson?

  59. Wilsonian says:

    @Paul Wilson: wow…wow…what Schmohawks are in your friggin league?

  60. Josh says:

    Tough luck on Shields. I was curious and went back and looked at your 09 rankings, saw you had him as the 12th ranked starter. Then he burns you two years in a row so you back off, and he promptly starts crushing it.

    <–Proud James Shields owner (who's trying to trade him ASAP)

  61. Grey

    Grey says:

    @and1mcgee: Ha!

    @TheDaneEvent: Potentially

    @Enrique: Iannetta

    @johnny: Baker

    @Enrique: What RonWashington’sStache said.

    @Craigo: Norris, Ogando, Richard…

    @Just another guy: Ha

    @Giant JJ: 50

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yeah, hasn’t been pretty. Will get better.

    @VinWins: Thanks!

    @Tony: Oh, yeah.

    @The Situation: What RonWashington’sStache said.

    @Chinaski: Beckham

    @kba: Thanks!

    @Child Please: Hold for now.

    @RonWashington’sStache: Aviles

    @Salty Balty: Johnson

    @Steven: Bumgarner

    @RonWashington’sStache: First two.

    @kc: It’s fair.

    @Project Badass: Nope

    @Doc Pounder: Joyce

    @Will: dlR…2nd outfielder?

    @Mr2Bits: He needs to pitch well.

    @ThePoonTycoon: Sanchez, Salas, Mitchell, Franklin…As of right now. It’s fluid.

    @HangingChad: Espinosa

    @SwaggerJackers: Yup

    @HangingChad: Yup

    @ujoh: Sounds fair.

    @Eddy: He took heat for Burnett.

    @MattTruss223: Figgy

    @HangingChad: What Poon said.

    @Enrique: Beachy

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @Rabbit: Start Harang.

    @Fletch: Storen, Stanton…

    @AubreyHuffingGlue: Norris

    @AdamH: Moseley

    @MD: Fair for you.

    @OaktownSteve: Ha

    @frank rizzo: What Oaktown said.

    @Eric: As long as he’s starting, sure.

    @paddyman: Hold Gallardo, go with Desmond.

    @Bobby: Sure

    @frog: I wouldn’t trust him to continue it.

    @Wiley: Hold

    @ichirosan: Sounds good for you.

    @Paul Wilson: Wow

    @Wilsonian: McCarthy

    @Josh: Yeah, he’s a bastard.

  62. C.O.C. says:

    Need to figure out my last starter…..choose one: Colon @Det,@Tex, Duensing @Bos, Burnett @Det, Young LAD, Narveson @StL, White @LAA….

  63. Sal says:

    @Grey: which 2 start jobber do you like best this week – thats if you like them at all… Buehrle vs. BAL @ SEA; McDonald @ SD vs. HOU; Ross vs. CLe @ KC.. Thanks.

  64. Chinaski says:


    Its not about the quantity but the quality of those starts. 4 quality starts beat 8 average or underaverage starts any day. All those matchups are nothing special, bunch of shakey spot starters. I dont know about the rest of your starters but looking at those pitchers, there is a good chance that extra start you are looking for, will end up ruining your WHIP and ERA. I wouldnt do anything. Stay put and let your opponent have his extra start.

  65. Wire says:


    Pick two of these OF to start this week… Roberts (ARI), Tabata, Juan Rivera,

  66. El Famous Burrito says:

    I bet Sandoval broke his hand trying to reach up into a vending machine when he saw a dangling Snickers bar.

  67. John says:

    I Need help i lost freese and slid roberts from OF to 3b. So far my team is really suffering in power and rbis so..

    Who would you pick from the following?
    LaPorta, Boesch, Willingham, hannahan, Joyce, and seth smith

  68. Wilsonian says:

    Here’s my lineup:

    C – Wieters
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Zorilla
    3B – Wright
    SS – Andrus
    OF – CarGo (probably should be on the bench)
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Krispie
    UTIL – Lind
    UTIL – Dunn
    BN – Tabata
    BN – Soriano
    DL – Longo

    SP – Lincecum
    SP – Verlander
    SP – Hamels
    RP – Soria
    RP – K-Rod
    P – Walden
    P – Santos
    P – Bills
    BN – Gio
    BN – D. Hudson
    BN – Pineda
    DL – Strasburg

    I’m dropping either Soriano or Tabata today to get Longoria back in the lineup. Would you drop either one of Tabata or Soriano for one of these fine SPs:

    Kuroda, Norris, Kennedy, Masterson? Or would you drop anyone else for one of them?

    This is my 8 Team H2H Keeper, obviously with that lineup.

  69. Chinaski says:


    Smith or Boesch

  70. Will says:

    @Grey: my current OF is CarGo, Bruce, Stubbs, Crawford, and Tabata (4 OF slots) should I trade dlR for another OF or stick with what I have? Joyce, Maybin, and Luke Scott are all available

  71. Grey, not only didn’t you break Tabata’s slump, but now he’s limping off the field. Please do something!! I can’t believe how many people are talking about dumping him for flavor of the day type pitchers…..

  72. Eddy says:


    Ah, very true.

    Are you starting Gallardo against ATL today? Normally I just throw all my pitchers out there, but I’m trying to think things through now and avoid ending the week with a 5+ ERA. How about Colon v. DET and Verlander v. NYY?

  73. dynas7y says:

    Please rank: Buccholz, CJ Wilson, Liriano


  74. Shakey The Moyle says:

    Re: Sandoval:

    “Portly yes, but smart as a whip.”

  75. Will says:

    Ideas to improve? Here is my current team
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Cano
    SS – Reyes
    3B – Aviles
    4 OF’s – Cargo, Bruce, Stubbs, and Crawford
    UTIL – Lind and Ike Davis
    Bench – Alvarez and Tabata
    SP’s – Weaver, Gallardo, Marcum, Scherzer, Lilly, de la Rosa
    RP’s – Storen, Nunez, Hanrahan, Venters, and Resop

    We have 10 teams with a 150 starts limit. Available SP’s include Wolf and Daniel Hudson.

    Any thoughts?

  76. Scott says:

    I can start three of the following in a weekly 5×5 league. Who would you go with?

    AJ Burnett (@ Detroit)
    Chris Young (Home for LAD)
    Mike Leake (Home for Houston, @ ChC)
    Kevin Correia( @SD)
    Luke Hochevar (home for Oak)
    Ricky Romero (@TB)
    Jonathan Sanchez (@NYM)

  77. MattW says:

    @Grey: Which side?



    Garza and one of these two (Kendrick/D. Murphy)

  78. Wilsonian says:

    @Craigo: I’m looking to maybe dump him in my 8 Team league. I’ve also got him in a 16 Team league, and I’m definitely not even considering losing him there. I’ll ride it out. But in an 8 Team league, it doesn’t make sense to hang on to someone who’s slumping/injured when there are TONS of guys out there producing.

  79. herschel says:

    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto weekly league, this week only, need to select 2 of the following 3:

    gomes (3 vs hou, 3 @ chc)
    l scott (1 @ chw, 3 @kc, 3 vs tb – also facing 4 lefties)
    raburn (4 vs nyy, 3 @ tor)

    also, do i start youk in a weekly league. with roster flexibility, option would be to start all 3 listed above.

    thanks as always.

  80. GTS says:

    I gotta drop one when Longo is back. Raburn (2B), Aviles (CI), or Smoak (UTIL). I’m leaning towards Raburn and shifting Aviles to 2B…

  81. OaktownSteve says:

    @wire: Juan Rivera is stroking it right now (trying to keep up with the gay porn theme). Seriously, Blue Jays radio guys were saying even his outs have been loud. Plus everybody on the Blue Jays runs now.

  82. Nick says:

    @Grey: Which outcome is more likely to happen? Verlander beats the Yankees (Colon) at home or Weaver beats the Red Sox (Buchholz) away? Both LAA and the Tigers have good opponent pitcher matchups but I feel like I have to go with the hot Weaver. (Grey-this is for ‘streak for cash’ cust kayin’…

  83. Nick says:

    RE: Just saw that Weaver was sick yesterday so who knows if he will start. Going to avoid that game. So now its between the Yankee matchup and Holland (Tex) @ McCarthy (OaK). Whata ya think?

  84. Project Badass says:

    10-team roto 5×5 non-keeper league

    My team has plenty of saves so I am shopping Putz…would you trade C. Young (Ari) & Putz for Kemp?

  85. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Nick: i feel like verlander and weaver are guys you start every week regardless of opponent. until they go into a prolong funk and/or show they aren’t high end SPs anymore.

  86. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @OaktownSteve: i’ve picked up rivera where needed. especially with snider demoted for awhile, he has even less competition for ABs.

  87. Hi Grey — I asked two questions early on and you answered the first one twice but not the second. But I’m curious to have your take on the TEX closer situation. Here’s the original question:

    Is there any reason to think Feliz won’t come off the DL as soon as ready and wont takeover 9th inning duties starting his first game back? He’s not on my team, but I’ve been holding Oliver in hopes of catching a few SVs while Feliz is out, but I could use the roster spot. But I don’t want to regret cutting bait with him and then finding there’s a committee approach in Texas for a while.

  88. Travis says:

    Just got offered B.J. Upton for Broxton. Already have Grady and Werth but Broxton has been on tilt.


  89. Nick says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: This is for ‘streak for cash’ so its not about holding a SP out, but which team between 2 matchups will most likely get the W tonight

  90. Randy BoBandy says:

    Hey Grey,

    Drop the much maligned Huff for Trumbo? I am definitely hurting at the 1B position.

  91. Jake says:

    Better 2 start option:

    McCarthy vs TEX (Holland) & @ KC (Hochevar)


    Dickey vs SF (Vogelsong) & vs LAD (Kershaw)

    PTS league…wins devalued, racking up innings and Ks with low WHIP/ER most important.

  92. OaktownSteve says:

    @Poon Tycoon: always kind of liked Rivera. Thought 2009 would be a breakout. He’s still not guaranteed everyday ABs, but the door is open. Maybe some of that Toronto HR pixie dust will hit him.

    @Travis: take Bossman Junior in a heartbeat unless you have a crazy need for uncertain saves.

  93. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Nick: ah gotcha, my bad. i’d definitely roll with weaver over verlander. weaver has been the much better pitcher this year thus far. not the verlander has been bad, but you gotta roll with the guy sporting the sub-1.00 era.

  94. Grey

    Grey says:

    @C.O.C.: Young, bleh

    @Sal: McDonald

    @Wire: Roberts, Rivera

    @El Famous Burrito: Ha!

    @John: LaPorta

    @Wilsonian: Both, Kuroda

    @Will: Stick

    @Craigo: Yup

    @Eddy: Starting him, but how many teams in a league kinda matter with these questions.

    @dynas7y: Wilson, Liriano…

    @Shakey The Moyle: Ha

    @Will: Team’s doing well, no?

    @Scott: Leake, Correia, Sanchez…

    @MattW: Kinsler

    @herschel: Scott, Raburn

    @GTS: Raburn

    @Nick: Verlander

    @Project Badass: Yup

    @Enrique: No reason he won’t take over.

    @Travis: I’d want Upton.

    @Randy BoBandy: Sure

    @Jake: McCarthy, neither are terrific.

  95. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @OaktownSteve: yeah i never realized how great is K/BB rates were until i looked into him a little further when i needed some OF help this past week.

  96. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks Grey! Would your thought change on Kuroda if I told you this was a K AND Ks/9 league? Sorry, I’m a K whore, and Bud looks good there, so just wondering.

  97. Jake says:

    Follow up question….

    I have Youk, Polanco, and Ortiz as my candidates for 3B/UTIL this week. Given Youk’s (supposedly) minor injury, which two do you play?

  98. Jake says:

    (weekly league**)

  99. Eddy says:


    Gotcha. And sorry about that. I’m assuming 12 or lower sit and 14 or higher start?

  100. Will says:

    @Grey: yes I am currently in first, but trying to make sure I stay there. That is why I decided to trade for Crawford and Marcum. Thanks for the thoughts

  101. royce! says:

    Loved the cart before the horse joke. Thanks for making my quest to get out of last place more enjoyable!

    Interesting note: the Reds have a combined OPS of 1.011 against lefties this year. Small sample size (139 AB), but probably good to remember if you’re thinking of starting a lefty against them.

  102. Luke T says:

    Going forward, Gardner or Tabata? Desmond or Alexi Ramirez? Thanks for the advice, always appreciated.

  103. kangaroo hops says:

    It is, unlike all previous years, The Year of Being Patient. I have Thornton, Edwin Jackson, Fuentes, and Frankcisco.

    Jackson looks dialed in before some starts, and like he did a couple of jello shots with the boys in the bullpen before the other ones. Edwin Hyde/Dr. Jackson.
    Does Thornton have a chance at closing anymore, at all, really? I suspect he’s the FTG.
    Frankcisco only has a chance at closing more than once a week if Rauch gets injured.
    Fuentes has a chance of losing his job, but I like his chances of keeping them.
    Where did all my well-laid plans go awry?

  104. Will says:

    @Grey: I do have one more question. I am trying to figure out if I should stick with Resop or pick up someone else who might close in the future like Nathan, Thornton, or Lidge

  105. TheRealTaz says:

    Hey Grey, grab McDonald for spot start @ SD today?

  106. GTS says:

    Tyson Ross startable against CLE in 10-team mixed H2H leagues?

  107. Rob says:

    Hudson (Dan) on WW. Drop Liriano for him?

  108. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks for the advice!

  109. Richie says:

    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like better in a standard 5×5 league…Alex Gordon or Adam Jones?

  110. Long Bawls says:

    (I get) Holliday for Weaver? I feel like I get a little extra value on the Cy-Young-in-April hype, esp. since Holliday’s already proven (unlike Weaver) that mortal ailments barely affect him.

  111. Euroalien says:

    12 Team 5 x 5 Roto……… currently riding in first – Pitchers: Anderson, Beachy, Kuroda, Masterson & Oswalt, with Bell, Storen and Walden. Bench of Broxton, Capps, Ogando, Volquez & Cueto on DL.

    For the week – Do I go with Anderson Vs. Cle or take two starts from Ogando Vs NYY & Sea. Am leaning towards Ogando…….??

  112. Tony says:

    @Long Bawls: take Holliday…. Weaver will be great this year, but offense is down if you ask me, you’re not going to get too many .320+ hitting OF’ers offered to your for a guy you took past the 6th round…. weaver won’t win every game and will probably hit a mini wall sometime too. Think Ubaldo last year, these guys can’t keep this up….

  113. Wilsonian says:

    Freese to have surgery and miss at least a month.

    Also, would you deal CarGo for Crawford, or is that tomato/tomahto?

  114. papafrog says:

    @Grey: Nobody is mentioning Alan Craig as a possibility to get at bats at 3B while Freese is out. Hmmm. Cheeky!?

  115. Wilsonian says:

    Also, Tabata should be back in the lineup tomorrow, for those of you wondering.

  116. GMen says:

    @Grey: Pls rank the following starters: Lilly, Bumgardner, Garza, Norris.

    Thx. Love your work, btw.

  117. Hindsight with a 20 gauge says:

    I drafted both Liriano & Dempster and still have both for now.

    Our pitching bench only consists of one player (that can be freely added in and out when their turn comes) and one “injured” player that is out of commission for a full 2 week scoring period (head to head points league).

    My gut says to put Liriano at the injured spot for the next 2 weeks and give Dempster one more start, if he fails I’ll swap him out for a Brandon Beachy or the like. Does this seem like the way to go? If not, how would you play those two starters in my shoes?

  118. kba says:

    In my AL-only pitching-reliant league, am I really sunk with Liriano and Cecil in my pitching rotation? Or am I being too impatient? (My other 3 starters are strong.) Should I trade a fairly expendable part for Tyson Ross, as insurance?

  119. Eng says:

    I own both Sandoval and Zimmerman. Yipee. Who is the least crap: Tejada, Herrara, Cantu, Carroll, Kouzmamoff? Rolen or MMD would be okay but they have no timetable. Mucho gracias.

  120. frank rizzo says:

    I’m an ARod owner that drafted McGehee for value and insurance. He’s on my been filling my Utility spot and I’m thinking of offering him straight up to another owner for Zimmerman. I could make up for Utility with someone else but Zimm could be solid down the stretch.

    Getting Zimm for McGehee a good move since I already have Arod?

  121. dingbat says:

    My team’s weak in SBs. If Michael Brantley’s available, should I drop Desmond Jennings for him in a non-keeper league?

    Never mind. I just did.

  122. Long Bawls says:

    @Tony: Thanks! Agreed.

  123. Long Bawls says:

    @frank rizzo: Good…if he goes for it.

  124. Grey

    Grey says:

    @royce!: Thanks!

    @Luke T: Tabata, Desmond…

    @kangaroo hops: Not any time soon.

    @Will: Nathan, Lidge…

    @TheRealTaz: Sure

    @GTS: Eh

    @Rob: I’d hold for another start.

    @Richie: Gordon

    @Long Bawls: Sounds fair.

    @Euroalien: Anderson

    @Wilsonian: Depends on need.

    @papafrog: Indeed

    @GMen: Lilly, Garza, Bum…

    @Hindsight with a 20 gauge: Makes sense.

    @kba: You’re not sitting pretty. Get Ross if you can.

    @Eng: Blech…Tejada or Herrera for speed.

    @frank rizzo: Sure

  125. The Shizz says:

    Was offered Mike Stanton for Alphonso Soriano. Thoughts? Thanks!

  126. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: don’t really have a need, just wondering if one of them would be less Schmohawk-y for the rest of the year. CarGo just ain’t doin’ shizz…

  127. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Wilsonian: cargo has 4 hits in last 11 ab,s,hoping this is his coming out party,i didnt expect last years numbers but i did expect a top tier outfielder

  128. Flunkie says:

    Keeper League: Cut losses on Sands now, and pick up Brantley?

  129. Wilsonian says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: yeah, I didn’t expect Willie Mays, either, but I did expect a top 50 player, top 5-10 OFer. I’ll probably hold on him for a little while longer.

  130. Seriously… what to do with Ubaldo and Coghlan in a 12-teamer? Won’t get anything but laughter if trade offers are sent… can’t drop the former, can’t pick up anything better than Sam Fuld if I drop the latter. None of this is rhetorical, though it certainly reads that way.

  131. Denys says:

    just got offered Jeter for Lowrie, pull the trigger?

  132. EL Gato says:

    Trade advice – need C help and I’m pretty deep with SP – deal Gio for Wieters?

  133. Dave says:


    I was offered Kimbrel for Lowrie, pull trigger?

  134. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    how would any of you feel about a price vs. bruce trade

    weekly 12 team h2h league with obp

    which side would you rather have

  135. cubbies299 says:

    Would you go out of your way to acquire Pineda’s services in a dynasty league? Do you think he’s going to be in the next flock of future MLB aces?

  136. trick dad says:

    1. ryan roberts or mark reynolds?

    2. start scherzer vs NYY tomorrow?


  137. MD says:

    is it “Fire Sale” time yet for Francisco Liriano… i mean, seriously, if he gets replaced in the rotation by Kevin Slowey, there’s not much more of a kick in the D**k that you can take… Drafted this guy as a #1. now i’d be lucky to get .50 on the dollar for him.

    on a team where i have joe nathan and liriano, my pitching staff is basically screwed at this point, and it’s only May 2.

  138. Bermuda Triangles says:

    Hi Grey

    HTH 5×5 Weekly league: who are you starting?

    Lind vs Wright
    Bills (vsCHC) vs Masterson (@ANA)
    Still Bourjos over Coglan and/or Brantley? (that was your advice last week) steals are a priority.

    Thanks for all the help!

    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  139. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    In a h2h 5×5 league with QS counting instead of wins, who do I start? (pick 2 of 3)

    Garza at home
    Chacin @ AZ
    Sanchez @ NYM

  140. Grey

    Grey says:

    @cubbies299: Yup

    @trick dad: Reynolds… Yup…

    @MD: I should probably write a post for this but quickly, unless you’re in a 12 team AL-Only league, there’s dozen of pitchers to pick up every day/week.

  141. MD says:

    @Grey: Yeah i am in a 12 tm AL only league. best SP out there is Sean O’Sullivan (who i wouldn’t touch). I’m offering Liriano to basically every team out there at this point, hard to wait on him anymore, and if he gets blown up on his next outing, Minn might take him out of the rotation… I’ll be lucky to get an OF#3 for him at this point.

  142. Grey

    Grey says:

    @MD: Okay, that does suck. Yeah, your back is against the wall. Hey, it’s a challenge right?

  143. Longing for Long says:

    with ELongoria coming off the DL Tuesday – do I start him and sit PPolanco??? Thanks.

  144. Bermuda Triangles says:

    One more…

    HTH 5×5 weekly: who are you starting this week

    2B: Getz (playing time) or Wigginton (injury)?

    This is what punting on 2B in a 12 team league looks like… not pretty folks.


    Bermuda Triangles
    Get Lost!

  145. SwaggerJackers says:

    Does anyone feel inclined to start slumping White Sox players Beckham or Rios against Guthrie tonight? Those two have been riding my bench a lot lately.

  146. MD says:

    @Grey: haha you aint kiddin, i guess i can’t complain. I’ve came in the $$ plenty of times in this league. Anyway, i got shot down on 3 offers today. Just offered this:
    Liriano, Nathan and (felix Pie or Casper Wells) for (Juan Rivera or Coco Crisp), AJ Burnett and Hisanori Takahashi.
    Dude has no closers at all, so it might be worth for him to take a shot on Nathan. His pitching staff is already ridiculous (Weaver, Haren). So losing Burnett and taking a gamble on Liriano might push him over the top. IDK, I’d be lucky if he takes it… about 2 months ago, i would’ve laughed at the thought of trading liriano and Joe Nathan for Coco Crisp and AJ Burnett… thats fantasy baseball though..

  147. Richie says:

    Hey Grey,

    Adam Jones or Justin Smoak in a standard 5×5?

  148. L-Boogie says:

    For this week only, Harang x 2 or Bud Norris x 1. Thanks, dude.

  149. bogbert says:

    @Grey: @MD: Grey, regarding “dozens of pitchers to pick up every day/week,” I’ve wondered how to manage this. Would you drop any of the following to use those dozens of pitchers (10-team league) in a streamer spot? Thanks.

    Marcum, Bills, Gallardo, Morrow, Latos, Jurrjens, Gio.

  150. Grey

    Grey says:

    @bogbert: I’d hold those guys for right now.

  151. The Good The Vlad The Utley says:

    Grey, a few quick questions:

    1) Beltran has been dropped in one of my leagues, would you drop LoMo, Grady, Rasmus or Adam Jones for him? My outfield is plenty deep, with J Up, Granderson and Pence as well, but why not try to max out, right?

    2) Same league, Colby Lewis available, my staff is Haren, Liriano, Daniel Hudson, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Kennedy and Beachy, with Broxton, Axford, Walden, and Joe Nathan in relief.

    3) Kinsler for Joakim Soria and Chone Figgins, who comes out on top?

  152. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, H2H-Points League

    Wins=10, L=-5, S=5, INN=1, K=1, ER=-1, BB=-0.3, HA=-0.1, QS=2, CG=2, Holds=3

    Humber is RP and SP eligible. Start him @SEA or go with Brandon League?

  153. Nuke LaDouche says:

    No reason to start Verlander against the Yanks in a 12 team mixed right?

  154. Buge Hoobs says:

    Hey Grey:

    Can’t believe only one Bin Laden comment in the replies so far !?!

    In a 10 team std 5×5 roto:
    My share of the points is 3 for K, 8 for ERA and 6 for Whip

    Would you switch out Ed Jax for Norris or Beachy? Or give ’em one more week?

  155. Wilsonian says:

    Any upside in deep leagues for Bryan Petersen who just got called up in FLA?

  156. brad says:

    tabata for my marcum? or keep marcum and continue running out coco crisp or carlos lee, whichever’s not hurt?

  157. Doog says:

    Points league, setting lineup for a 2 week period. Would you choose:

    Scherzer (NY, KC, @TOR) or Harang (PIT, ARI, @COL)?

  158. Wilsonian says:

    Can you rank these SPs for the rest of the year?

    Bills, Gio, Shields, Filthy, Marcum, Kennedy, Cahill, Garza, Chacin

    Thanks! Looking for a trade partner to clear up some room for Longo before I decide to just dump Tabata.

  159. Steve says:

    Morning Grey. Well, it is here anyway. Are you more inclined to start Gallardo in a 12 if it’s H2H?

  160. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Bumgarner, Cueto & E. Santana…please rank.

  161. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Bud Norris is this year’s Morrow. 43/12 k/bb rate and a good groundball rate too. Drafted him in round 25 of a 14 team, 25 round draft!

    I’m in an OBP league, am I crazy to offer Alfonso Soriano for Alex Gordon?

  162. Eng says:

    Vernon Wells or Dexter Fowler? And thanks for the earlier input, most appreciated. You the man.

  163. GTS says:

    Ramos or Hundley?

  164. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: is the difference between Chacin, Marcum, Bills, and Gio negligible, or is Chacin or Marcum a worthy upgrade over Bills or Gio?

  165. paulzone says:

    would you accept this trade offer?

    weeks / lyon for my lind / vlad / axford

    I need to drop someone to make room for Longo, so was looking at a 2 for 1 deal for a better 2B and this is what i got offered. (PS. I am also trying to pry M. Young from another owner but this is on the table.)

    c – avila
    1b – fielder
    2b – espinosa
    3b – longo
    ss – reyes
    lf – lind or gordon
    cf – c young
    rf – j upton
    bench – vlad, chipper

    sp – sabbathia, hamels, oswalt, lilly, ogando, lohse
    rps – kimbrel, axford, chapman (hlds), padilla (sp w hlds)

    if i don’t trade, you already recommended dropping vlad to make room for Longo. so basically, its my Lind/Axford for his Weeks/Lyon. or do you have a fair counter offer??

  166. paulzone says:

    i forgot our Util spot – Chipper or Gordon or Vlad. sorry.

  167. Joel says:

    Grey: in my 6×6 h2h league, I’ve been offered posey, sizemore and rajai davis for russel martin, J Up and Bourn. what do u think? I’m nervous about Martin for the rest of the year, and Posey has dual elig at 1B.

  168. it’s funny how this vernon wells thing is such an immediate, total disaster that people aren’t even bothering to rub it in the angels’ faces any more. everybody’s just like, “yep.”

  169. Lazar says:

    I heard mcgee was gonna be brought back up tuesday, they just needed to add a spot starter for the day. Obviously you don’t know what they’ll do for sure, but i’m just saying (and hoping)! But while we’re speaking about the minors, check out Anthony Rizzo. 7 homers 30 rbis…why isn’t this guy up already? Hawpes got 7 hits in his last 20 at bats, but still batting only 169 with 4 walks. They better not keep him around if he has another month of the same shiz.

  170. Grey

    Grey says:

    @GTS: Ramos

    @Wilsonian: Negligible

    @paulzone: I’d accept.

    @Joel: I wouldn’t take it.

    @wily mo: Ha

    @Lazar: Rizzo, as with most prospects, probably won’t be up until June 1st.

  171. paulzone says:

    @Grey: do you like michael young better than weeks?

  172. JJHardon says:

    Can you rank these pitchers?

    Edwin Jackson, Bud Norris, Scott Baker

  173. Wilson's Beard says:

    Longoria/Jeter or Tulo/Sandoval?

  174. Flunkie says:

    In my non-paid league (AKA it-doesn’t-matter league) I got Latos back from the guy I traded him to before the season started for Scherzer (never liked him) and Boggs, and I picked myself up Frank-Frank with the open roster spot! I might just be a genius, if Latos’s head starts to shrink and he comes back down to earth. If not, who cares! It’s an it-doesn’t-matter-league!

    I still don’t like Latos, but I hope that he gets lucky for a few weeks for sake of pawning him off to someone else.

  175. Steve B says:

    When is it time to get rid of Liriano?

  176. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve B: I’d give him at least one more start.

  177. Eddie says:

    Why is Trumbo losing AB’s. The dude has done a pretty decent job! Time to drop?

  178. AdamH says:

    I have Ian Desmond and Derek Jeter. Do I try to trade Jeter or hold onto him? If trading, are either of these guys worth trading for (owner of them has some interest in Jeter)?

    David Price and Alex Rios are on his trade block.

  179. paulzone says:

    Lohse or Norris? We count losses too.

  180. Flunkie says:

    @Eddie: I just think of it as a game where he doesn’t get a home run and doesn’t affect my average!

  181. Eddie says:

    @Flunkie: I play in a H2H points format, so I don’t have to worry about ratio statistics like batting average. When he sits, I just miss out on the chance to accumulate points.

  182. Wake Up says:

    Has anyone seen Scottie Pippen today? That was hilarious!

  183. Eddie says:

    Encouraging 1st inning from Gallardo: IP, 2 K, no baserunners allowed.

  184. Giant JJ says:

    Panda out 7 weeks now.
    Is Panda enough to offer for Mark Reynolds or should I throw in Fuentes? Or is Panda too much to give for Reynolds? 20 teams I’m a horrible trader, don’t judge me!

  185. Steve says:

    @Eddie: Shhh!!!
    @paulzone: You’ve gotta hang on to someone called Lohse in a league that counts Losses, don’t you? ;-)

  186. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eddie: Hold for now.

    @AdamH: I’d take Rios or Price for him depending on your team. They’re all about equal though.

    @paulzone: Norris

    @Wake Up: Ha

    @Eddie: Your deity willing…

    @Giant JJ: It’s not happening. He’s out for two months. Guess try it.

  187. chata says:


    nice yosemite sam .

  188. chata says:


    is ubaldo this year’s poison pill ??

    also ,
    ryan raburn plays left field like a young manny .
    lousy …. but a bit quicker than the old clowny that everyone remembers.

  189. Steve says:

    David Ross? Jesus.

  190. Eddie says:

    And then YoGa allows a homer to the guy that took Mark Grace deep. Gah!!!

  191. Grey

    Grey says:

    @chata: Nah, Ubaldo’s got too good of stuff to be terrible all year, he’s just not as good as last year either.

    @Eddie: Ha

  192. Eddie says:

    @Grey: I was hoping for a ‘baconalia’ joke when I began reading this morning’s roundup.

  193. Steve says:

    I can hardly bear to look when Gallardo is pitching – and that’s just at the ESPN FantasyCast app.

  194. Steve says:

    Jesus effing Christ.

  195. Eddie says:

    @Steve: @Steve: Gallardo sucks.

  196. Steve says:

    @Steve: Another big ERA/WHIP hole I’ve got to dig my way out of.

  197. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: yeah like i said,ive owned him 3 years in a row and swore him off this year

  198. Eddie says:

    There is no baseball tradition I detest more than the ‘tomahawk chop.’ The Braves might as well offer discounts on beer for fans coming to the park in “redface.”

  199. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: yeah but atleast in head to head you get a new start every monday

  200. AL KOHOLIC says:

    oh today is monday

  201. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah, but I’m not too worried about next Monday right now ;-)

  202. Fletch says:

    Nice f-ing run support Giants!!!

  203. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: And he’s my No.1 in this league so it’s pretty annoying.

  204. Bill Lumbergh says:

    @Grey: Trade offer in my 12 team mixed dynasty league. Pick a side J-Upton & Reyes for CarGo & Elvis. Thanks!

  205. Steve says:

    @Steve: On the bright side, my opponent just got sonavabenched by Sanchez, and he could have fitted him in, too.

  206. Dominic says:

    What do you think of Jason Heyward for Carl Crawford?

  207. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: you about gotta stick with him,when he throws a good one its usually really good

  208. Steve says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah – to change it to the past tense, I’m stuck with him. Certainly not going to drop him and it’s not as if I can trade him for anything worthwhile right now.

  209. chata says:


    didn’t you draft yovani in something like the 10th or 12th round ?

  210. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ill guess the 7th round

  211. the grate one says:

    grey…thinking about dropping oliver for motte so i get some saves…

    is that a decent move? since its tony larussa…we dont know, but predictions on how the cards bp will shake out??
    thansk man.

  212. vottomatic says:

    @Grey… What do you think about Bumgarner after tonights performance? Buy if available?

  213. AL KOHOLIC says:

    the real killer is weaver and johnson probably went after him

  214. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,colon bedard or norris

  215. chata says:


    after ?
    no way .

  216. herschel says:

    @Grey: 5 x 5 roto, which side do you like? votto/peavy vs dunn/lincecum?

  217. Eddy says:

    Fernando Salas warming up…in the 6th.

    TLR is so annoying.

  218. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @chata: i really wanted weaver this year,had johnson last year and was scared he would be hurt this year,

  219. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey who would be next for saves in detroit,benoit is stinking bad,alburquerkue is mowing them down,your guess please

  220. sal says:

    gallardo seems to break down whenever adversity hits. His stuff was good, he just can’t win the battle in his head.

  221. Wilson's Beard says:

    Grey, how would you rank Beachy, Bumgarner, Baker, and Zimmermann?

  222. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    well.. bye bye harang.. its been fun

  223. chata says:

    give you a little rope
    and you harang yourself

  224. Benny says:

    Grey – which of these struggling pitchers would you try and buy low on in a dynasty league – Liriano, Gallardo, Ubaldo.

  225. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    @Grey: He was grabbing his shoulder and wincing in pain after every pitch… makes me worry- Valverde

  226. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: yeah he grabbed his shoulder,noticably,but stayed in and wasnt effective,the announcers couldnt believe he stayed in,might not be anything

  227. chata says:

    doesn’t seem right , that weaver should get a quality start .
    he gives up 3 runs , a hit per inning , and exits the game early (6 innings) .
    era of 4.50 .
    i hate quality starts .
    4.50 !

    more in line with the lessening of standards .
    this is the stuff cy young awards are made out of , i suppose .

  228. vottomatic says:

    @ Grey….. should I drop Javy Vazquez for Bumgarner? Since my staff anchors (Liriano and Gallardo) are sucking my will to live at this point. I’m looking for a little help.

  229. paulzone says:

    i need a bench /utility player, who should i pick up out of (r, hr, rbi, sb, avg, obp, gidp, errors) :

    rajai davis, smoak, adam jones, raburn, boesch, damon, willingham, luke scott

    post trade team:
    c – avila
    1b – fielder
    2b – weeks
    3b – longo
    ss – reyes
    lf – gordon
    cf – c young
    rf – j upton
    util – chipper

  230. AL KOHOLIC says:

    did you see the line drive blast stanton hit to big mac land?wow

  231. AL KOHOLIC says:

    you know when a pitcher is a little wild the ump tightens up the strike zone on them,gallardo wasnt getting anything,i mean terrible

  232. Andrew says:


    Who wins this trade and by what margin?
    Jered Weaver for Hunter Pence and Michael Pineda
    What are the chances Pineda gets more than 120 IP?

    Thank you

  233. Steve says:

    Tigers update – Rhymes sent down, Sizemore called up to play 2B. Raburn to stay in LF (it says here).

  234. Steve says:

    It’s kinda depressing when a perfect game probably wouldn’t gain you a point in ERA or WHIP.

    Thanks Dempster.

  235. chata says:

    hanley makes a super play , on that bunt

  236. Steve says:

    @Grey: What are you doing with Mini Donkey where you own him (I assume you do own him here and there)?

    Do you run him out there every day or are you benching him til he heats up?

  237. Eddy says:

    So what’s up with Kershaw’s 4 IP and 0 Ks? Did he and Mosely switch starts?

  238. Steve says:

    Someone on Twitter just told me that Pedro Alvarez has been behind in the count 0-2, 40 times this season. He is 0-40.

  239. Eddy says:


    Thank God I traded him and Narveson for Garza.

    And pretty much got rid of him in every league.

  240. yankees2011 says:

    Hello Grey,
    Who would you rather have at this point – Johnny Damon or Garrett Jones? The one thing that scares me about Jones is that I also have McCutchen and Tabata – too many Buccos perhaps.

    Thanks much Grey!

  241. Eddie says:

    @Eddy: I’m surprised C-Pain hasn’t struck out 4 times in his 2 AB’s against Kershaw.

  242. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: thanks,but raburn is terroble in the field,looks slower than grace,cost the tigers twice tonight

  243. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @yankees2011: when jones is hot(and he is)take him,tabata is hurt

  244. yankees2011 says:

    I also have Smoak that I could lose for Jones if appropriate. For some strange reason, I have a hard time getting excited about a Mariner. I guess a Bucco ain’t too far behind.

    Thanks again!

  245. yankees2011 says:

    @AL KOHOLIC: I benched Tabata this week with his tight hammy. Damon seems to have slowed down a scooch, although this is the first week I have started him. Jones seems to go on big runs.

    Thanks for the advice Al.

  246. Tom Emanski says:

    Drop Adam Kennedy for Scott Sizemore right?

  247. chata says:

    sometimes scully just talks too much .
    like when he mis-heard the ump telling quade to “knock it off” ,
    because he was too busy talking .
    (scully quoted him as saying “shut up”) .

    i think it ‘cuz he’s always used player bio info , to kill dead-time
    waiting for some game action .
    maybe today’s computers are just feeding him too much info .

  248. Steve says:

    @chata: I hereby unmask you as Murray Chass.

  249. Gambler says:

    Which streaky slugger do you like in the near future: Garret Jones or Luke Scott?

  250. shippity says:

    Laynce Nix, Greg Dobbs, or Tyler Greene? Dare I dig deeper for someone like Burriss who could SAGNOF it up if he can find at bats.

  251. Eddie says:

    Scott Sizemore recalled to Detroit.

  252. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Steve: man i like sizemore,but cant add him anywhere,i need a ss to replace barney soon though,keep hoping for a surprise call up od dee gordon but all reports say he is no good on defense and strikes out to much,

  253. Tom Emanski says:

    I added Sizemore but I don’t have much faith. He’s 26 and showed no promise in his one stint in the majors.

  254. AL KOHOLIC says:

    here comes broxton

  255. AL KOHOLIC says:

    np fair,1st guy was pena 1 down

  256. Flunkie says:

    Sands had 2 RBI while going 1-4 tonight.. depressing. I kinda feel bad for dropping him now.

    I felt good about it earlier, but now I just have this overwhelming feeling of regret. I spent my number 1 waiver on him, so I was kind of attached. Garsh, breaking up sucks.

  257. Gambler says:

    Thanks.. that’s what I was thinking. Scott is insane when he goes on these runs.

  258. jay says:


    In a bubble uggla and gordon for j.up and zoborist.

  259. Joel says:

    Grey: in my 6×6 h2h league my pitchers are CC, Hamels, marcum, brett anderson, Harang, Bumgartner and Pineda. If u were me, would u trade CC for Chris Carpenter and Soo Chin Soo?

  260. I benched Gallardo in both leagues. Yeah me. I still think he’s going to be good at some point, but it ain’t here yet.

  261. paulzone says:

    @Grey: for that final bench/utility spot, can you rank these guys:

    adam jones, markakis, rios

    (the other two just became FAs)

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