The horrid season for Shin-Soo Choo continues.  He’s probably wishing he just went the Bob Feller-Inglorious Basterd route and did his required military time this year in his home country.  Kevin Correia said, “We could’ve used him.”  Now when Choo gets blotto he can’t even hitchhike home from one side of the road.  An optimistic timetable has him out for 6 weeks, but it sounds like Choo doesn’t think he can.  I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him until September and, even then, what are you going to get?  The same you’d get off waivers.  If you don’t have DL room, I’d cut him, Mickey.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jose Tabata – Left the game on a cart with a quad injury after running out a bunt single.  Paula Deen would call that a bunt ache.  Or, as Cameron Frye would say, Tabata Tabata Tabata, stuh-rain, Tabata Tabata.  The Pirates immediately pulled Alex Presley from their Triple-A lineup.  It’s time for the really big shew with today’s guest, Alex Presley.  Girls in poodle skirts go crazy.  I just went over Presley the other day.  I said, “He sticks…longer…profiles…”  Hmm… Gotta work on what quotes I pull.  He’s a 12/20 guy over the course of a season.  In one league instead of Presley, I grabbed Xavier Paul, though Garrett Jones was who the Pirates called on yesterday to replace Tabata.  He would be my first choice too in some fantasy leagues.

Pedro Alvarez – Another setback as he has the worst sophomore effort since The Strokes’ follow-up to Is This It.

Ryan Madson – Having problems gripping the baseball on certain pitches and is sidelined for a few days.  On one hand, he’s had this problem since May 20th so hopefully he can pitch through it.  On the other hand, this sounds bad for a pitcher.  On the third hand that is really just a foot wearing aqua socks, I’d grab Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes, in that order, for vulture saves.

Justin Morneau – Out for another 6 weeks with neck surgery.  Lessneau is better than Morneau at this point.

Delmon Young – On the DL with a high ankle sprain.  After having a breakout season in 2010 (.298/21/112), he went on medication to prevent future breakouts (.256/2/21 in 200+ ABs).  The Twins are bringing up Rene Tosoni to try and replace Young’s 0.2 WAR.  Minnesota hasn’t had this high profile of replacement-level performance since Paul Westerberg left town.

Elvis Andrus – Out with a wrist sprain, but says he should be good to go as soon as Tuesday.  Viva la Elvis!

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 14 Ks.  As Leyland would say, “He’s as cool as menthol cigarettes.”

Alex Avila – Now hitting .303 and is on place for near 20/100.  While the AVG is inflated (.365 BABIP), it’s clear that AA is benefitting from all the time Miguel Cabrera is spending with him.

Ty Wigginton – Hit 2 home runs on Sunday and one on Saturday staying the mayor of Hot Schmotatown.

Chris Iannetta – 2-for-4 with the rare catcher slam & legs as he hit ninth behind Blackmon, who’s sunk like a rock, man.

Jay Bruce – Missed yesterday’s game with an illness.  Dusty said, “We have to find a way to quarantine him so he doesn’t get everybody sick.”  I have a better idea, put him with Ramon Hernandez so you have to call up Devin Mesoraco.

Homer Bailey – 5 IP, 5 ER as the Orioles sang, “(Won’t You Go Home At Will On) Homer Bailey.”

Cory Luebke – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Yeah, you should pick him up.  Yeah, even you ducking behind your desk trying to hide while you pick your nose.

Johnny Venters – 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, Venters gives up 4 earned runs in Petco.

Nick Markakis – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and a steal.  On Saturday, he hit a home run.  He’s now batting near .325 for the month of June with only two home runs.  He’s become pretty yawnstipating during his prime years, but he is currently hitting and can keep the average up.

Jon Niese – Left Saturday’s game with a rapid heartbeat, but was fine on Sunday after taking it Niese and easy.

John Danks – To the DL with a strained oblique.  Figure he’s out for 3-4 weeks.  Just as he was on the road back from an 0-8 record to 3-8.  Next stop 33% winning percentage!  Oh well, Danks for the memories.

Vernon Wells – Homers in back-to-back games.  It pains me to be an apologist for Vernon Wells, but, if you throw out his April, he has 8 homers in his last 92 ABs.  That’s 30 homers over a season.  Now to undercut it — he’s really not doing much else.

Geovany Soto – 3-for-3 with a HR and now has hit 3 HRs in his last 10 games.  Finally hitting the baseball like he hits a spliff.

Jonathan Broxton – Scratched from his Triple-A game because of a stiff elbow.  Or a little firmer than al dente.  The Dodgers get saves about as often as I update my hairstyle, so this might be moot, but I’d hold Guerra.

Jonathan Sanchez – To the DL with an injury the Giants made up so they didn’t have to watch him walk hitters anymore.  Was a bad weekend to be a pitcher with any variation of the name of Jonathan, though okay for Joe Nathan.

Al Alburquerque – Got his 5th win and now has 46 Ks in 27 2/3 IP.  I hate middle relievers.  There’s no rhyme or reason.  I’d put $20 down that Al Al’etc won’t even be a top 30 middle reliever next year.  These guys are the fantasy baseball equivalent to Icarus.

Luke Scott – 1-for-3 with a home run.  Usually I don my Easter bonnet and start doing The Funky Chicken when Scott hits a home run because where there’s one there’s usually multiple.  But I think he’s really struggling with his shoulder this year.

Jimmy Rollins – 4-for-4 and he stole one base wearing Ryan Howard’s jersey.

Roy Halladay – Complete game victory in Philly against the A’s.  Connie Mack is rolling over in his grave!

Chris Narveson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  In three short months, I’ve learned to hate Narveson.  I like him, he gets beat bad, I decide to move on from him and he pitches well.  Grr… Chris Narveson really is the Christian name for The Noid!

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with a home run and steal.  Gotta love a guy that only gets one hit and fills his fantasy line so well.  Love you, Braun.  Write soon!

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – 2-for-4 with his first multi-hit game since his return from the DL.  Would love to see him steal a base, more so I can see if he can.

Jhonny Peralta – Now has 11 homers since June 7th.  Silent H, which only sounds like a euphemism for herpes, has been better than lots of other shortstops.  Hanley, for one.

Danny Espinosa – Hit his 14th home run.  Officially having a better season than Jayson Werth.  Cust kayin’.

Joakim Soria – Has recorded six straight saves and hasn’t given up a run in June.  Has also only walked two hitters all month while striking out 12.  Guess he just needed a pat on the back to get through his May hiccups.

Ricky Romero – A 4-hit shutout against the Cardinals as he plowed right through their Pujols-less lineup.  His 2.74 ERA should be closer to 3.50 but is deflated thanks to a high strand rate (80+%) but his K-rate and BB rates have continually improved over his 2 1/2 seasons.  I just ask that he sticks with Ricky like ‘The Dragon’ did versus start insisting on being called Rick like Mssrs. Nelson and Schroeder.

B.J. Upton – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs.  Back-to-back games with homers.  Has 2 more home runs than Longoria and 19 more steals.  But everyone hates Upton… Sorry, everyone hates low averages.  Stop dispaveraging!

Evan Longoria – In 6 at-bats, 5 RBIs, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 home runs and a partridge in a pear tree.

Matt Downs – 2nd pinch hit home run in the last week.  Has a .280 average and .388 OBP.  Nice that the Astros are giving long looks to Clint Barmes and Jeff Keppinger.  Never know what they might give you.  Some days it’s 1-for-4 with a caught stealing and some days it’s 0-for-3 with a sac bunt.  The sky’s the limit!  If I were Ed Wade’s Toupee, I’d trade give away Barmes, Keppinger and Carlos Lee at the trade deadline.

Mark Melancon – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  I’d say trouble for his closer’s job, but his setup man, Wilton Lopez dispensed 4 runs in 2 1/3 IP yesterday.

Roy Oswalt – To the DL until August with back pain.  Oswalt was excited about the suggested treatment until he learned that traction has nothing to do with John Deere-branded equipment.

  1. B-rude says:

    Grey, between Soto, Iannetta and Martin who do you like going forward?

  2. Racehorse says:


    Silent H is “silent but deadly” (I just time travelled — between my ears — back to the 4th grade!)

    1. Who has the highest ceiling; Juan Nicasio, Tyson Ross, Danny Duffy?


  3. K76154 says:

    How do you rank these following pitchers if you don’t consider W: Ervin Santana, Chris Narveson, Cory Luebke, Jon Niese

  4. K76154 says:

    And by the way, thanks for answering all of my comments thus far. They really helped!

  5. Ernie says:

    Grey, what do you expect from Phil Hughes in second half? he is worth to own in 12 teamer?

  6. Chinaski says:

    Hey grey
    Would you start garza vs. Colorado?

  7. SpecialFNK says:

    looking for opinions.
    yahoo winner league. I’m in 2nd place and I want to win. Friday afternoon I accepted a trade. gave up- Curtis Granderson, Bud Norris, Anibal Sanchez. got- Ryan Howard, Ted Lilly, SIN SOO CHOO. choo choo train came off the tracks, going to be awhile before this train can run again. the trade was in the waiting process having just been accepted during the day. call me crazy, but I didn’t want Choo anymore. I voted against my own trade, not really expecting it to do anything. last night I saw the trade was vetoed. good news for me, right? I wont have Choo anymore.
    some have said this was shady on my part, but I’m sure there had to be other owners vote against the trade too. I doubt I have all the power to be the single person to veto a trade.
    was this shady on my part? or should I be happy/relieved I don’t have to own Sin Soo Choo anymore?

  8. I'm Kieth Hernandez says:

    V Wells or Moustakas for UT spot?

  9. Joe B says:

    Time to start picking and choosing Scherzer’s starts? Start him versus the Blue Jays in Detroit?

  10. Ciao Grey — What are your thoughts on starting Hanson tomorrow right off the DL and @SEA? This is in a 14-team roto league.

    Also, what are your thoughts on the injured by returning OAK pitchers? B McCarthy, Tyson Ross, and Harden. How would you rank them for roster-worthiness in a 20-team roto league?


  11. RonWashington'sStache says:

    Would you drop anyone from this group to add V. Wells or Stauffer: JJ Hardy (I also have Alexei for a SS), Rasmus, Pena, Rios?

  12. AdamH says:

    What?!?!? Room on Fire is awesome!

  13. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Grey:can i get your opinion of this trade-10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league(K/9,QS)….

    I give up Arencibia,”Oh-God-no” and Wiggy plus my 1st 2 draft picks next yr(Im currently in 1st place)

    I get back Russell Martin,Beachy and Norris plus his last two picks(he’s in last place).

    I figure Ogando is in the process of a serious correction,and Wiggy is just Wiggy-i just grabbed him off waivers last week.The only real value I give up is Arencibia and the picks.In a league w/ total K’s AND K/9, Beachy and Norris are especially valuable.what do y’think?

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:

    im a believer that if a trade is accepted before the injury,then it should stand,and theres no other reason for that trade to be vetoed,

  15. BamBam says:

    Hi Grey. Please pick 1 for H2H Points league this week:
    Niese v Nova, Marcum @ Burnett, Humber @ Garza.

  16. Tony says:

    oh no you aint rippin and tearin without me…..

  17. SpecialFNK says:

    I accepted the trade based on the fact that Choo was going to help me. now that he’s injured he’s pretty much useless, and if you take his name out of the trade it doesn’t look even anymore. Granderson/Norris/Sanchez for Howard/Lilly?
    I was only 1 of 12 to vote against it. I’m sure there had to be multiple other people vote against it too, so I wasn’t the only one. I don’t have that much power.
    I would consider myself lucky, and I don’t feel bad that it didn’t go through.

  18. Wilsonian says:

    Silent H, Hardy, Uggla for the rest of the season?

    I wanted to thank you for letting me know that Espinosa was a great pick for 2nd. I’ve got him on all three of my teams and I’m happily watching him be better than earlier round picks. I.e. Phillips, Uggla, Prado, etc.

  19. Bobby J says:

    Keeper league. Who’d you want: Pedro Alvarez, Jesus Montero, Matt Moore or Shelby Miller?

  20. SpecialFNK says:

    I have had times in the past where I have taken the time to make a trade that the other owner and I felt was good, only to be vetoed by the league. I know how frustrating and upsetting it can be. I also know from then on other owners can veto another trade just because they are upset.
    in this case I was only 1 vote. obviously there had to be others who voted against it too.

  21. timSTi says:


    Soto or Wieters?

  22. timSTi says:

    Also, Garza vs COL is a no go in a 1500ip MAX right??

  23. Benson says:

    Bernadina or Blackmon?


  24. Buddo Chezuski says:

    re: Longoria/Upton – Longoria missed the 1st month of the season! Cust kayin’

  25. Just Say No to Waves says:

    Still selling Jar Jar?

  26. Fletch says:

    @Grey: Can only use 2 of these 4 options…

    D. Hudson vs. Cle (Tomlin)
    Sabathia vs. Mil (Wolf)
    Kershaw @ Ana (Weaver)
    King Felix vs. Atl (Lowe)

    I have Felix and D. Hudson in there right now. The way the Tribe has been playing I went with D. Hudson in my line up over Sabathia and Kershaw.

  27. AL KOHOLIC says:

    yeah i went from a 107 and a 97 two days ago to a 100.5 and a 91 in the RCL,S,pitching killed me,both starters and some closer blowups,the problem has been addressed

  28. Chris says:

    Pts league, pick 1 (quality start/Ks most important)

    Hamels vs BOS
    Baker vs LAD
    Pineda vs ATL
    Carrasco @ ARI

    My other 3 SP slots are taken with solid 2 start pitchers.

  29. Salty Balty says:

    I get J. Upton , I give Ryan Zimm and J. Walden. I have Peralta and Mark Reynolds to take over at third. Thoughts? Zimmerman looks horrible. I’m sure he will rebound at some point, but I love me some J. Up

  30. MackeySasser says:

    Dominican battle royale: Deep, Keeper League, better ROS and 2012: Rubby D or Juan Nicasio?

  31. Salty Balty says:

    Also, L. Scott has been dealing with a tear in his shoulder, not back problems. He refuses to go on the DL b/c he’s waiting for a “miracle cure.” No, I’m not kidding.

  32. L-Boogie says:

    Bud Norris vs Boston or Edwin Jackson @ Cubbies (5×5).

    Thanks dude.

  33. EG says:

    Ok, so I’m reaching my breaking point with Stephen Drew…. He was a nice source of RBI early on, but now that seems to have faded.

    Drop him for any of the following in a H2H league? Alcides, Dee Gordon, Yunel, Bartlett, Nishioka, Theriot, SeanRod.

    I can definitely use steals, so would prob prefer one of the speedier guys on the list. Thanks!

  34. Exactly says:

    which side:

    Neftali, Weaver, Kennedy and Helton for Votto, Marcum, Walden?

  35. chris says:

    I’m in a 12 team roto league and I need to decrease my pitching ratios. My outfield is pretty strong (Kemp, Lind, Adam Jones, Victorino, Alex Gordon, and Brantley) and I feel I have enough to move one for some pitching. I’ve been offered a trade that sees me give up Victorino and Lohse and get back Ricky Romero and Francisco Cordero. What do you think?
    p.s. I’m also planning on grabbing Desmond Jennings soon to make up for the loss of Victorino.

  36. Cole says:

    Wow Longoria had 2 homers AND didn’t have to use his AK? I’d have to say it was a good day.

  37. t-tocs says:

    how do you feel about ackley for valverde if i’m currently starting aaron hill?

  38. uncdrew says:

    How do we feel about Billingsley? I missed him in the draft and was pissed. Now he’s been dropped and I grabbed him.

    I supposed I have a Chubby for Chaddy. Since Matthew Berry put him on a “he’ll bounce back” list, I’m 110% confident Billingsley will be lights out.

  39. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey you starting hellickson vs the reds?thank you

  40. t-rex says:

    Hey Razzballers,

    I can’t get enough of this site. I read this every morning before anything else. Always great info with a comedic touch.

    My question of the day…
    In a keeper league, I have R. Weeks on a 1 yr contract. At the end of the year I can re-sign him to a 1 or 2yr contract at a cost.

    I can trade Weeks for Sandoval who has a 2yr contract already. Is this a good trade? Is Sandoval that good? Weeks is an awesome player with pop at a shallow position. Does Sandoval’s upside justify moving Weeks?

    On my roster at 2nd I have Kendrick for 3yrs, J. Weeks for 3yrs, Theriot for 1 yr. I can even slot Cuddyer in at 2nd. At 3rd I have Peralta for 1yr. I know I need a back-up at 3rd since Peralta is playing over his value.

    Thanks for any advice.


  41. papasmurf says:

    This is one of those seasons where I am totally ok with players going down as that means I get a higher pick position next year and I can keep more keepers if my team stays near the bottom in standings. I like fantasy balling too much to just go on autopilot, but I also don’t wanna climb higher. What a crazy ride this year. Garbage in April, great in May, garbage again in June.

  42. mets fan says:

    Grey do you think Luebke is gonna be startable on the road or is gonna be another hodgepadre?

  43. joe says:

    Please rank ROS: napoli, posada, wieters

    Any news on when napoli comes back?


  44. The Vaporizers says:

    July 1st Jason Vargas and the Mariners are home against Dustin Mosely and the Padres. Who is the better stream? Also, its a wins – losses league so picking the winner is that much more important…

  45. SpecialFNK says:

    this is a yahoo public winners league. it doesn’t bother me if they want to hate me and say I’m the lowest scum. I’m never going to see any of these people again, I don’t care what they think. you had to win last season in order to even get into a winners league this season, so I’m likely playing against all good competition. I’m playing to win, and I think in the end that’s the bottom line. it’s a game, you play to win. I want to win. at the end of the season it’s not going to say.. but you “cheated”, even though I don’t think it is cheating anyway. if there was a rule against it, then it never would have been able to happen. I do what I have to in order to win. I also add/drop players for short days like today and then drop them just as easy. that’s probably frowned upon too.

    even if I myself were not 1 of the votes it took to veto it, there were still others who voted against it and it likely still would have been vetoed. I don’t feel that bad that I saved myself. I do think it sucks for the other guy, but I guess that’s just bad luck for him and good luck for me. ideally sure maybe it could have been good to have the trade vetoed by others and I had nothing to do with it, but I don’t feel bad that it didn’t go through.
    when I did vote against it I didn’t think it would work, but I felt like even if it did it could have made people upset. should I have just accepted Choo and likely kissed my chances of winning goodbye, but been a nice guy? or should I now be happy that I have a better chance at winning?

    I also play in a private league with the same people every year. in this case I would take into consideration how something like this would effect me in the future.

  46. John says:

    How long is tabata going to be out for? I have hanson coming off the DL and need to drop either Tabata or Roberts (Ari)

  47. AL KOHOLIC says:

    small sample size but his away splits are awesome 17 inn-6 hits 8 bb 21 k,s with a 2 era and a .8 whip

  48. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey re: Al Alburquerque

    I’ve voiced my unwavering adoration for Al Al and his unworldly talent on this site before, hehe. Sufice to say; I’ll take you up on putting down $20 that Al, IS infact a top 30 RP next year.

    You’re wise man, but I can say that Al is beyond clutch. I’ve been to several Tigers games this season (yesterday included) and the man is at times sheerly unhittable and comes through in key situations. In my opinion (which isn’t worth much, ha!);

    Detroit tends to rally when he’s pitching, he’s a weapen. Hence the 5 W’s for a middle reliever. Not to mention his insane K rate I’ll stop rambling now, but should Al not be closing games next season, I’d be willing to bet that he remains top 30, easily.

    Anyways, brilliant writeup as always! You’re a deity,

    -The Spaceman

  49. The Spaceman says:

    *weapon. Apologies for the spelling error! Hugs!

  50. SpecialFNK says:

    if it was all based on performance good or bad then others in the league likely would not have voted against it and it would not have been vetoed. my 1 vote wasn’t the reason it was vetoed. after accepting Friday afternoon and Choo getting hurt Friday night, I clicked my vote against on Saturday morning. the trade was not vetoed until late Sunday night. others in the league had more of a part in what happened than what I had. should those in my league who voted against it feel bad too?

    this is also online where nobody knows anybody else. I don’t know who they are and they don’t know who I am. if I knew them I would have done things differently.
    I admit it wasn’t the honorable move, but I’d rather win in this particular league than be a nice guy in this league.

  51. SpecialFNK says:

    I never said it wasn’t shitty for me to do it. I did ask what other people thought, and I expected to get negative responses. I do also consider myself lucky that it did get vetoed. I’d be disappointed if I had Choo right now, which is how I felt after I found out Choo would have been out awhile.

    everything happens for a reason. I offered him another deal, which actually helps him more than the last trade would have. he can get Granderson, Espinosa, Norris and I can get Howard, Lilly, Nelson Cruz. he needs SB more than power but he gets the power too. he also wants Norris and gets the better pitcher and I can take the chance that Lilly gets back to what he did in the 2nd half of last season.

    this type of situation reminds me of the TV show Survivor. the 2 that make it to the end usually have to lie and back stab. if they didn’t they likely would not have made it. just because I did this is this one league, doesn’t reflect the type of person I am outside of fantasy baseball.

  52. Eric H. says:

    @Grey: Trade Morse to get Quentin? Or is that apples for apples?

  53. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Ha! Yeah, I was just ragging (Although I’d be down to put cash on it). You’re quite right about middle relievers being the Icarus of fantasy baseball, I just love the dude. Anyways, enjoy your Monday?! Peace,

    -The Spaceman

  54. The Spaceman says:

    @ Grey

    Quick (middle relief) questions. ;)

    Melancon, Chapman, Romo.

    Ditch one. Thanks for everything!

    -The Spaceman

  55. Ian says:

    NL-only, 6 team, Roto league…

    Got offered Greinke for my Kimbrel. Currently in 3rd in saves, but a hefty 13 saves back of 1st and 2nd and 6 ahead of 4th place. Have Putz, Melancon and Guerra rostered too.

  56. Rabbit says:

    Every now and again I feel the need to post a comment telling you how much I enjoy your semi-obscure high culture and pop culture references, just to make sure that you know the time and effort you put into concocting them is well appreciated. Greek mythology and Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey in the same post? That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!
    Special FNK’s post about voting against his own trade raises some interesting ethical issues. There is one school of thought which says that if something is permitted by the rules, then you’re allowed to do it–the rules can be modified to prohibit the practice if that’s what the players want. I think the biggest problem here is the system of having owners vote on trades. I agree with the other commenters that a trade should not be vetoed unless there is collusion or cheating, but in the public leagues I have played in that is not specifically stated in the rules–so the inclination of many owners is to vote against a trade simply if the trade goes agaisnt their own interests in winning–which they will often conclude it does, since it may help improve a competitor’s team. For that reason, I much prefer a Commisioner-based review of trades, but that of course requires an unbiased Commissioner (all power corrupts, and Absolute Power currupts absolutely).

  57. bcooper says:

    @grey – in a 10 team h2h keeper league, would you rather stash bryce or trout. both are available.

  58. Rabbit says:

    An addendum to my last post: if you are going to say that there are unwritten rules that a fantasy baseballer should abide by (such as you should not vote against your own trade because after you made it a guy you traded for got hurt), what are those unwritten rules? I agree that there are such unwritten rules and I try to play by thjem myself, but I’d be interested in hearing what others think they are. Is streaming SPs OK? Presumably adding a dropping a bunch of players so that they are on waivers and other teams cannot pick them up is against the unwritten rules, right? What making a trade to a non-contending team that is intended to allow that team to pass your competitor in a given category (e.g., trading Ellsbury to the last place team so that team can pass your nearest competitor in SBs)? Anything else?

  59. bogbert says:

    Ditto on Rabbit’s appreciation for your work, Grey.

    1) Wigg or Smoak?
    2) Swisher or Helton?


  60. SpecialFNK says:

    if there is nothing specific in the rules, then in a public league I will do it.

    no max moves. I love making moves. I add/drop players just for short days like today. for today I picked up Escobar/Getz just hoping for SB. already dropped Escobar to get Bay off waivers, and likely sometime today will drop Getz for someone more useful to me for the next few days. or maybe I’ll keep him since he is stealing. you are allowed 162 games per position. why not get as many games played as possible? get all the stats you are able to get in order to win.

    when Beachy came off the DL to pitch, that night he sill had the DL beside his name. one could easily have put him back in the DL spot and add someone else more useful until his next start 5 days later. with him in the DL spot but not on the DL you just would not have been able to make any more moves. I would have done this, except I already had multiple other DL players.

    I don’t stream pitchers that often because to me it’s all about whether or not they have a good match up. but I have no problem with spot starting pitchers when I feel they have a good match up. 2 parks in the NL are good for spot starting, San Diego and New York.

  61. CL says:


    So garza at home, eh?

    What about Latos at home (Pads got lit up at home yesterday?) and Beachy on the road? I love me some Beachy. Mmmmmmm.

    Thanks man!

  62. airweino says:

    Dragging my feet on picking up a Pujols replacement because I have M-Cab and Big Tex plus Hosmer and Rizzo (yeah, I am loaded at 1B – did I mention I have Goldschmidt too?)…

    Some of the best available options are John Jay, Travis Hafner, Laynce Nix, or maybe Chris Heisey (or I could corner the market on 1B prospects and grab Yonder Alonso).

    FWIW, my OF is Braun, McCutchen, Rasmus, Morrison, Joyce.

  63. Bob says:

    For the record, I’m starting Garza vs Colorado and Beachy @Seattle.

    But the real dilemma is whether to start Billingsley @MIN or not. My stomach turns just considering the options. Advice?

  64. Lob Ball says:

    Trying to plan ahead. If Tabata goes DL, I’ll need a replacement in my ROTO league. I’m currently in 2nd place in all Batting categories so looking for all-around utility. Here are the available candidates:

    Nyjer M.
    Garret Jones


  65. CL says:

    @Bob: My stomach churns because I have Latos, Garza, and J. Sanchez on my team.

    I was definitely starting Beachy @ SEA… I’ll ride any pitcher from the ATL system as long as I can.

    I don’t know what to tell you about Billingsley.

  66. AdamH says:

    With BJ Upton on pace for 20/40 with a terrible average, about where would you project him for draft-wise for next year in a typical 5×5 12 team league?

  67. Clueless says:

    Hey Grey,

    Ten Team AL Only: What do you think of Brantley/Lackey for Bedard?


  68. Brew Crew says:

    Start Bills tonight @ MIN?? (12 Team ROTO)

  69. Tom Thumb says:

    For all of those who are ripping this guy for the self-veto: I would like to preface this coment by saying my first inclination was to rip him too.

    However, when faced with a situation where you are giving up some good guys and an injury happens right after a trade, it’s tough. My trade FOR David Wright was in the voting period when he hit the DL so I was in a similar shitty situation. I would like to say that I DID NOT vote against my own trade.

    Nonetheless, I also didn’t believe the injury to be too serious at the time and I was pretty sure that the trade (Cliffly + Smoak for Wright I believe) wouldn’t be vetoed anyway. But I believe that many who are speaking to this issue are being ‘holier than thou’ right now. Had I known Wright would be out this long or believed a veto would work, I may have been tempted to veto as well with the winner taking 1600 bucks.

    I am sure some of you stick to your scruples and would hang tough in this situation. But many of you wouldn’t. You’d veto too. Don’t lie.

  70. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Put pitching on the block on my trade list, looking for offense; received an offer of Scherzer for McCutchen.

    Should I even bother being civil in my rebuttal?

  71. Black Beard says:

    ROTW: Bernadina, Pagan, or Gardner?

  72. Amart says:

    Posada, Lucroy, or Arencibia for the rest of the year? 12 team roto

  73. C.O.C. says:

    H2H weekly points league….need one of these…Leake @TB,Cle, A.Miller @Hou, Luebke @Sea.

  74. larry says:

    I have Bedard vs. Beachy pitching today. Start them both tonight? Is there a strategy to employ when owned pithchers face off? It’s a 10 team roto with start limits. Thx.

  75. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Should have mentioned that I’m the McCutchen owner.

  76. AL KOHOLIC says:

    grey,when can we get an update of yours and rudys teams?

  77. AL KOHOLIC says:

    great thanks and we are hoping to hear good things

  78. chata says:

    many people don’t like yahoo, however this is a mid-afternoon rant about
    ‘why’ espn sucks vs yahoo .

    at espn, if you want to search out whether a player is available on the waiver wire, you better damn well have the spelling for rzepczynski down pat, otherwise, keep trying sucker, until you get it correct, ‘cuz there ain’t no player available with the spelling that you provided, (moron) .

    whereas, at yahoo, if you just give it the good old kollege try, they pop up
    with a whole bunch of probable names that they think you might mean .
    click on the one you want, and you’re good to go .

    hell, in this particular case, you could just punch in “rc” and find rzepczynski .
    and for you math majors out there , that means you started out by missing 3 of the first 5 letters !
    try doing that at espn .

    they’re spelling nazis , i tell ya .

    (thank you) .

  79. FuzzyD says:

    Looking for some power….not that my pitching can stand such a hit…but I’m thinking of offering Vogelsong for Quentin….good move? Should I target Swisher or Stubbs instead? Thanks!

  80. Chisenhall got the call up!

    Everett DFA’d

  81. Sweet D says:

    I’m curious how you value Pineda in a H2H non-keeper 10- team. I’m concerned about second time around the league and innings limits. What pitchers might you be targeting in order to compete in the playoffs?

  82. Corvallegian says:

    Delmon Young was my UT guy…who would be the pickup between these guys? standard categories with OPS: Glass Chipper, Johnny Damon, Tori Hunter, Roger Bernadina, Angel Pagan…


  83. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Thanks Chacin for the great start!

  84. Tony says:

    is tabata going to be DL’d? would you drop him? I mean the dudes got only 3 HR’s and 14sbs? Its not like he’s setting he world on fire.

  85. AL KOHOLIC says:

    shit chacin,im gonna start sounding like steve if my pitchers keep this crapp up

  86. Rodger-Dodger says:

    Sometimes I’m a bit more pessimistic on Grey’s advice for starting pitchers against good offenses, but for some reason I decided to go with his word on Garza today.

    Now, be honest!… I’m not the only one who dirtied the ol’ superman underroos when CarGo launched that homer in the top of the 1st am I?! Especially when I saw the play log only after he followed-that-up by hitting stupid Herrara too.

    Ha ha… but then he settled down and now he’s looking all spiffy and shiney. Yay!

    I’m doubling down with Billingsly and Scherzer tonight too… and “Cause it’s YOU”… I picked-up Luebke from the ol wire. I really hope you’re right on him too. Been thinking about it, for a bit, but your morning column called-me out.

    Hat-tip to you Grey!

  87. Wilsonian says:

    I don’t think it was mentioned on here anywhere today, but Freese was activated and should be in the lineup tomorrow at Baltimore.

  88. Exactly says:

    Grey: what do you think of Latos? Good buy low option or is next year the year to draft him?

    Also, if you don’t mind, could you name a few of your current fav buy-low guys. Thanks and appreciate your views, as per usual.

  89. Walker, Pittsburgh Pirate says:

    drop moustakas for chisenhall in an attempt to catch lightning in a bottle? moustakas hasn’t done anything (currently waiting on wright)

  90. agarthered says:

    Been offered Anibal Sanchez for Bj Upton

    my of is kemp, beltran, heyward, lind (also have miggy,reyes,reynolds)

    starters: Verlander, hellboy, cueto, lewis, bumgarner, dan hudson

    Would you make the trade (i also have desmond jennings loomin on bench)

    or should i hold out and try and get cain for upton?

  91. KarlJ. says:

    How do you feel about the following?

    I give Aramis Ramirez and Jurrjens
    I receive Ryan Zimmerman and either Morrow or Liriano

    Aramis is red hot and Zimmerman’s ice cold but it looks like the classic sell high/ buy low trade

  92. Ethan Stein says:

    Drafted Morneau in 6 or 7 round after picking up solid players (Wright, Braun, McCrutchen and Phillps) prior as detailed in your rankings leaving us with him. We picked up G Sanchez along the way and he has done well, but not sure if well enough in a 12 team H to H as he is ranked 11th in the player rater out of the 1B’s. I see Carlos Pena who jacked 2 today and Mark Trumbo are available. Who do you favor going forward – Pena, Sanchez, Trumbo? Also have Werth and L Morrison at Util right now. Would you take Pena over Werth or Morrison?

  93. AL KOHOLIC says:

    ha,my team is 5 for 8 with 5 runs 4 hr,s and 5 rbi,s,but chacin took a crap on my pitching,its a short schedule today,lets see if i cant hit about 3 more hr,s tonight and get a big game from hellickson

  94. Grey,

    who’s the drop, Felix Pie, Andy Dirks, Mike Carp?

  95. Jason says:

    I dropped McGehee for Chisenhall in a 12 team roto mixed as a backup to KFP. Can’t be any worse than McGehee has been, right?

  96. herschel says:

    Brewers recalled INF Mat Gamel from Triple-A Nashville.
    As expected. Gamel was batting .321/.380/.577 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI over his first 76 games with the Sounds, including a .347 batting average over 101 at-bats this month. The 25-year-old has flopped in a small sample in the major leagues, but he’ll get a chance to DH over the next six games as the Brewers play in American League ballparks.

    Any chance he sticks post-interleague?

  97. Wilsonian says:

    If this is my lineup:

    C. Santana, Fielder, Espinosa, Longoria, Andrus, Kemp, Lind, Cargo, Krispie, Heyward, Peralta, Bourn

    Which 2 of these guys do you want for the rest of the year: Bourn, Pena, Hardy, Uggla, Peralta? I only play Bourn if I think I need a steal or two. I could pick up Pena, Hardy, and/or Uggla as they are FAs.

  98. Arod Loves Frost says:


    Can you address which players are worth targeting for 2nd half (Tulo/Howard types)?


  99. Steve says:

    Man, Dodgers file for bankruptcy. What a mess.

    Read a great piece the other day about how the McCourts treated the organisation like a personal credit card. I’ll dig it up if I can.

  100. Chillmodious says:


    Thoughts on dropping Yadier for Soto?

    Also, which 2 would you rather own ROTW of Ackley/Chisenhall/A Casilla/Blackmon?

    Thank you!

  101. Kyuss says:

    Who would you rather own in a h2h league: Olivo or Salty?

  102. Exactly says:

    Is edwin jackson worth starting with favorable matchups in a 12 team H2h?

  103. d2bnz says:

    Hey Grey …..5×5 roto with a keeper element of eight per year . Have just been offered Youkilis for my David Wright . I have had 3B manned by the versatile Cuddyer for weeks now so not desperate to make the move …..probably answered my own question ….but would you pull the trigger , cause I’m scared of back injuries!!!

  104. Exactly says:

    which side, pena or bud norris?

  105. Exactly says:

    ROS: morse or pena?

  106. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Slotted Santana in my lineup, hoping for Magic.

    Got Earvin instead.

  107. Feeding the Abscess

    Feeding the Abscess says:

    Or should I say Ervin, as in the Bucks center.

    Way to ruin my own joke!

  108. John says:

    Who would you drop for Hanson coming off the DL: Roberts(Ari) or Tabata. Im thinking tabata since i like being able to slide roberts in at mutiple positions, agreed?

  109. herschel says:

    @Grey: this year only, which side? moustakas/norris for r. zimmerman?

  110. Steve says:

    Not helping, Pestano. Not helping.

  111. Steve says:

    And Bourjos – 3/4 and no stolen base? Come on!

  112. herschel says:

    @Grey: downs the handcuff in anaheim of los angeles?

  113. ruah says:

    Dump Choo for joyce or hafner(both come off waivers tomorrow) 10 team keeper Roto

  114. ruah says:

    That was meant to be a question, not just the option of the 2.

    Also, I picked up D Lee for his little streak, I could drop his as well for one of those 2

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