Well, that didn’t take long.  Rickie Weeks has swine flu in the wrist.  Anything negative health-wise wouldn’t surprise me with Rickie Weeks.  “Coach, Weeks got the black plague.”  “Wasn’t that only spread by rats 600 years ago?”  “Don’t know, Coach.  After Friday’s game, he was with some old broad who had snaggle teeth.  Might’ve been that.”  I wouldn’t be surprised to see this force Weeks to the DL then miss two months of the season because that’s what Weeks do.  It would be too convenient for Bill Hall to go to 2nd and Gamel to fill-in at third.  But offensively it would make more sense than the blahtoon of Counsell and Iribarren.  Anyway, here’s what I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Carpenter – Returning on Wednesday.  I don’t think he gets to the All-Star Break healthy.  If you have Carpenter, you might think about hammering out a deal.  (<–Pun!)

Koji Uehara – 5 IP, 4 ER.  I still believe he’ll be better going forward than most doodes that are on waivers.

Andy Sonnanstine – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  As you probably heard by now, Sonnanstine had to bat 3rd for Longoria because Maddon was wearing his Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D glasses instead of his prescription ones when he made out the lineup card.  So my question is, how long do you think Maddon contemplated just pitching Longoria to keep him in the lineup?

Armando Galarraga – 2/3 IP, 5 ER.   A guy I’d pass over for Koji.  Give him a Stiff-Armando off your team.

Ben Francisco – 2 HRs.  Be(e)n quite the disappointment.  Might be the start of a hot streak though.

Luke Hochevar – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  Walks got to Luke HocheVarErich early as he gave way to the bullpen, including Ravishing Ron Mahay.

Brian Roberts – 4 steals this weekend.  Obviously the spark he needed was being in Friday’s Buy/Sell.  So what’s your excuse Lester?

Pat Burrell – To the DL.  Some fantasy owner’s voodoo doll finally worked.

Matt Holliday – 4-for-4, raising his average to .267, meanwhile, after an 0-for-12 weekend, Cust falls to .262.  Now if Ryan Theriot would return Alexei’s eternal soul, everything will be dandy.

Trevor Cahill – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  You know when I might like this guy?  2010.

Brad Ziegler – 2 IP.  He’s a middle reliever now, in case anyone’s holding out hope…. Or hoping for holds.

Josh Hamilton – 0-for-3 then left the game with a mild groin strain.  This is much better than the extra hot groin strain.

Jordan Zimmermann – 5 IP, 5 ER, 6.35 ERA on the year.  How about dem rookie pitchers?!  (Way off topic, but I had SportsCenter on in the background when I was writing this up and I think Magic Johnson said Kobe didn’t need penetration because he was busy getting his teammates off.  Whoa… Magic.  Family show!)

Chan Ho Park – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Give Happ the ball!  When I say Happ, you say “Hochevar.”  Hmm… Damn you, subconscious.

Johnny Damon – Hit a game-winning homer yesterday (as if no one heard) and now has 10 homers.  I think he can hit 22 homers on the year and still have lots of value, but he’s not going to hit 35 homers.  The time to sell is… wait for it… here it comes… you know what it’s going to be anyway… but you still want to hear it… so here it is… coming right after this ellipsis… wait, what was I saying… was this about Star Trek?  I saw it and liked it, but “Great?”  Not really.  Oh, and sell Damon now.

Kevin Slowey – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER.  Probably the number one reason why if I trust a pitcher, I start them just about every time out.  When you start picking and choosing, you get Slowey for three runs in three innings and miss two earned over almost eight innings.

Gavin Floyd – 5 IP, 6 ER.  And this is why I don’t own pitchers who I don’t trust.  I wouldn’t want to start Floyd anywhere.

Aaron Hill – Another homer to bring his total to 11.  I wouldn’t sell him and could see him getting to 30 homers.  Zoinks!

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER and 1 hit.  I could point you in the direction of Slowey and say the same applies.  And it does.  What I’ll add is, Kershaw needs to cut his walks otherwise he’ll hardly ever see the 7th inning.  Look at yesterday’s game as an example.  He gave up only one hit and he only made it to the 7th.  Pitch Economy 101 as taught by a former employee of AIG…

Chris Coghlan – If anyone’s paying attention to this kinda of stuff (and my guess is everyone is), Coghlan’s batting .167 and sat yesterday.

Juan Pierre – 3-for-5.  Hey, should I sell him high? First of all, random italicized voice, who’s buying a guy who’s on borrowed playing time?  Second, why not just collect the 25 steals he’s going to get in the next month and a half and be done with him?  Rhetorical!

Rich Harden – 6 IP, 4 ER.  Someone asked a very legitimate question about Harden on Friday, “I figured (Harden would be) either dominant or injured…I didn’t expect healthy and mediocre.”  Okay, maybe not a question, per se, but it brings up an interesting point.  Then commenter, Mark, answered with a little taste of brilliance, “(Harden) threw a ton of sliders last year, and this year dropped back to his 2007 level.  He appears to be throwing his changeup more than ever.  Velocity looks pretty good on everything….his fastball’s a good bit slower than it was 2 years ago but no slower than last year.  Here’s the biggie…he’s lost a ton of movement on his slider, particularly along the vertical axis.”  Also, Mark went on to notice that Harden may not be throwing his splitter at all anymore.   This could be the reasoning behind Harden’s mediocrity.  Or not.  But it’s interesting, nevertheless.

David Aardsma – Got the Win yesterday and will get the majority of the saves while Morrow tries to find what he’s looking for where the streets have no names.

Justin Masterson – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Throw out two terrible starts against the Indians and the Rays and he’d be sitting on a very pretty record right now.

David Wright – From what I hear from Joe Morgan, Wright took a long slide yesterday when he was caught stealing.  A long slide.  A real long slide.  See, the problem was the slide was very long.  Too long of a slide.  Joe Morgan sounded like Milli Vanilli when they were caught lipsynching or Raymond Babbitt at the blackjack table.  Say it once, Joe.  We’ll figure it out.

Brad Lidge – Got the save, but, check this, he wasn’t brought into a save situation until after two lefties faced some other doode.  Lidge ain’t off the ledge yet…

Darren O’Day – Got the save yesterday but only because C.J. Wilson got the save the previous two days.  Wilson’s still the fill-in.  I would own Wilson in just about every league except NL-Only ones, cuz then your leaguemates will just mock you.

Shane Robinson/Nick Stavinoha – If you know who either of these two guys are, you have a Willie McGee bobble head and you’re halfway through writing a book titled, “Whiteyball,” that will definitively answer all those crazy Moneyball people.

  1. Steve says:

    Do we need a glossary term for when you tout someone as a sell and they catch fire?
    Was actually a bit inconvenient as my H2H opponent had Roberts.
    Please check with me next time.

  2. Chomp says:

    @Steve: “Flamer”?

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Nice round-up today. “Whiteyball?” I’m buying.

  4. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Grey – Looooooong slide…very looooooong slide. You know Peter, David Wright would be better off if he didn’t take that looooooong a slide. As Matt Clapp has stated, “If you’re sane, you can’t stand Joe Morgan.” The only thing worse would be to make Steve Phillips, the incredibly incompetant ex-GM of my Mets, the color analyst. However, didn’t Berry say that Phillips was just about the best fantasy player around these days?

    Another nice job…Another year or two and you can come up with the Best of Grey – of course, giving signed copies to all of the ESPN staff.

    Do I start Carpenter Wed?
    Dump Ziegler?
    Is Sheff of the Wavy bat worth a flyer? I think that he will be starting daily, as my guy Murph has fallen off a cliff. (Yeah, you were right on that guy. Teaches my not to listen to Jon Williams all the time.)

  5. Spaceman.Spiff says:

    I was offered Andrew Bailey for my Huston Street? Do I pull the trigger? Or is Street the safer bet going forward?

  6. Rob says:

    Hey Grey,

    I picked up Hill when he starting getting hot weeks ago, now I have a dilemma. I have hill, howard, utley and a. gonzo, but can only slot 3 of them (only 1 UI in my league). Ive been trying to sell hill, but like you said Grey “nobody wants him”. It kills me that I keep Howard on my bench, but since I think Hill will drop off soon, I dont wanna trade Howard (have received a number of trade offers, but nothing spectacular; best offer was kershaw and price for him) any advice?



  7. Mark says:

    Holliday is broken in now. He’ll get 3 steals easy this week.

  8. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    Any further thoughts on Jorge De La Rosa after another dominating start against the (ahem) Pirates?

    You liking him as a start this week in Atlanta against Frenchy and the Braves?

    p.s. Frenchy still sucks.

  9. RGP says:

    Why has ziegler been demoted? He was closing well, got sick. Lost his job? And who is likely to get saves in Oakland?
    I am confused.

  10. Bamboo Cheetah says:

    Rest of the year, Pedroia or A. Hill?

  11. Rob says:

    what do u guys think of this trade?

    braun and beckett for cc and quentin

    which side is stronger?

  12. jk says:

    do you guys suggest starting a pitcher coming off of the DL or letting them sit for a game first?

  13. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Steve Phillips is a jackass. Probably 35 solid minutes of monologue from this failed executive on why Beltran isn’t a top-tier player / leader and why he should be the first to go.

    Tell me again how one can fail at something, and then get paid to pretend to know about it??

    I hope his entire family gets an allergy to something really common and unavoidable.

  14. Bamboo Cheetah says:

    @Rob: I’d prefer the CC and Quentin side.

    @jk: I’d normally let them sit a turn unless you were feeling adventurous and/or desperate.

  15. Eric C. says:

    Drop Atkins for Jerry Hairston Jr or Ian Stewart? Drop Ziegler for Koji Uehara?

  16. Cheese

    marcheese says:

    Grey, you may want to revise your “Lidge off the Ledge” blurb. Let’s see his game log… Pitched May 14, May 15, and May 16th. How often to closer’s get a day off after 3 consecutive days? I’d say very often! And they only brought Lidge in because they had to, they didn’t really want to. Runners on 1st and 2nd I believe, with 1 out, who else do you turn to? Of course, the most reliable reliever on the team, Brad Lidge! I’d say he’s about 10 feet from the ledge right now.

  17. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @SaltyBiscuits: You’re forgetting the critical and inarguable points….Beltran can’t be a leader because he won’t slide, doesn’t hit cutoff men, and doesn’t have enough “grit”.

    The thought that ran through my head was, “I wonder if his teammates appreciate the .295 average, 30 homeruns, and 115 RBI….nah, I bet they just want him to be grittier.”

    On an unrelated note: I just made it into my very first Razzball post (sadly, under a username I just had to give up) and my life is now complete.

    mgeoffriau (was Mark)

  18. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Eric C.: Ugh, is Atkins really droppable? I’ve been holding out hope that I can trade him for something, anything really.

  19. Euroalien says:

    Is it time to drop Ziegler…… ? About the best FA closer out there in my league is CJ Wilson and he’s really only a short term option. What do you guys think…. Will Ziegler get his job back?

  20. Hey, I finally won a week!

  21. mikey boy324 says:

    grey alexei and meche where just dropped in my 10 team h2h league i was thinking about dropping konerko for alexei and zimmermann for meche what you think?

  22. Mr. Rickey says:

    I am considering putting Quentin on the bench in my weekly league but will need to pick up a replacement. Which one do you like for this week:

    Jerry Hairston
    Denard Span
    J.D. Drew
    Jose Guillen

    or stick with CQ for the week?

  23. In Head to Head this week I’m facing a dude who basically made their strategy at the start of the year to load up on pitching and neglect everything else. I have a rag tag bunch of pitchers, he has Johan, CC, Greinke, Cliff Lee then 3 more decent pitchers. Anyway, my first pitcher is Ricky Nolasco and he is likely to get my ERA off to a bad start.

    So, do I start him and go for Ks, Ws, quality starts…league also has losses…so, the other strategy would be sit Nolasco, sit Meche, just play Wandy, Ubaldo and Beckett and go for L, ERA, whip…but, even then ERA/whip aren’t nearly a lock as just throwing out everyone. Also have Bedard, so I guess I pitch him.

    The other thought would be I have 2 middle relievers so I could completely stream those 2 spots…

    Anyone have a best strategy for attacking someone with dominant pitching? Thanks.

  24. BSA says:

    @Eric C.: @mgeoffriau:
    Atkins is an odd case. Looking at his numbers from 2008 and what he is going through now and the discussions about dropping him.

    I wonder if he and Ortiz are drinking the same KoolAid?

  25. Really hope the Phillies give Happ the ball. “Just say (Chan) Ho!” “NO! He’s got to go!” Did have hopes for him after a really strong spring, but Park is making Adam Eaton look like Jeff Suppan, or something.

    With that said, I don’t think Happ is as much of a risky rookie as one would think. He’s 26, already has post-season pitching experience (vs. LAD in the NLCS), and has ably pitched out of others’ jams in relief this season, in addition to starting a handful of games last season. Definitely worth a pickup if the league is right.

  26. @mikey boy324: I like both of those moves for you. Konerko hasn’t been owned at any point this season in my 12 team, and for better or worse you know what youa re getting with Meche.

  27. cws05nuts says:

    @Rob: cc and quentin

  28. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @BSA: Yeah, I’m kicking myself over drafting him at all. I hated rounds 7-9 this year, just a wasteland….every pick felt like a reach or a mistake. Of course, now it’s easy to see that I should’ve taken Adam Dunn or Ryan Zimmerman at that spot (both available when I took Atkins), but I was hoping for a bounce-back year from Atkins, envisioning .310 and 25 HR’s……

  29. cws05nuts says:

    @Mr. Rickey: *** Only because Carlos’ heel is iffy and is sitting on Monday’s bench.

  30. Eric H. says:

    Would you trade Pedroia/Harden for Aaron Hill/Verlander?

  31. Mike Ketchen says:

    Not to crap all over the Harden theory, but I would actually be buying right now. But his Swingstrike% is actually up. He is just walking a few more and giving up the long ball a little more often. I would try and buy and be sure to site all the injury blah blah and underperformance nonsense I could, to lower the price.

  32. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Mike Ketchen: Yeah, I’m not sure the less movement on Harden’s breaking pitch (changeup/slider/splitter) is a danger sign, may just mean he doesn’t have full confidence in it yet and is taking a bit off.

  33. Elbert says:

    @Elijah: Congrats to you! your team is bound for a rebound!!

  34. Elbert says:

    should i keep Coghlan and keep waiting for him to get it going? or should i cut bait & try to grab another hitting prospect or pitchers?

  35. ThePoonTycoon says:

    just as i am about to swing weeks for some pitching help he goes off and hurts himself.

  36. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Elbert: depends, coghlan wasn’t an extremely highly touted prospect, so i would probably move on to a bigger and better prospect and hope to catch lightning in a bottle. but that’s just me.

    of course he very well could go all pedroia too.

    side note, anyone buy into the theory that brandon wood will be up playing SS for the angels soon since he’s been playing SS in AAA since his demotion, and he was playing 3B prior to being called up?

  37. brad says:

    @Maitland: seems to me that trying to get the ratios and loss category is your best bet there, just go for the minimum IP with your best guys.

    conversely you could stream like crazy and try to win W, QS, and Ks, but that seems unlikely to me, given your situation.

  38. Falcon says:

    Say what you want about Joe Morgan, I like him. The guy makes me want to sit on the front porch for about 3 hours drinkin’ lemonade and talking about how fast grass grows, and wonderin’ if we should mosey over to the hootenanny.

    I don’t think he’s a smart baseball commentator though.

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    partial (hopefully) week of games from hamilton or a full week of games from konerko????

  40. Mr. Rickey says:

    Guy in my league just dropped Ervin Santana – I could make a bid but would have to drop Chris Young, Scherzer or Edwin Jackson. Worth it or no?

  41. Denys says:

    saw atkins on the waivers.

    anyone picking him up?

  42. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mr. Rickey: i’d pack chris young’s bags in a heartbeat.

    jackson is pitching too well to drop and scherzer has the upside, and is pitching pretty well already.

  43. SaltyBiscuits says:

    Anyone starting Votto this week?

    He is meeting with an “internal medicine specialist” in Cinci today… 6 home games the rest of the week.

    Gotta stop being dizzy at some point right?

  44. Gareth says:

    Am being offered Carlos Lee, Votto and Billingsley for my Beltran, Brandon Phillips and Yovani Gallardo.

    I currently have Swine Flu Weeks, Alberto Callaspo, Lance Berkman and Delgado on the DL. Thoughts?

  45. Gareth says:

    @Gareth: Roto, by the way, with 1B, 2B, 3B, OPS, K/9 and CG in addition to the usual 5×5 stats.

  46. Falcon says:

    Grey: I have Carpenter coming off the DL: Drop Nolasco? No one is even remotely interested in a trade. Other option is to drop Dukes, but Dukes is my sole offenseive bench player.

    Or do I leave Carp on the DL and not start him, and wait for Yahoo! to force me into action.

  47. NoonTime says:

    Price: 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 Hits, 2 BB, 9 K
    Hanson: 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 1 BB, 7 K


  48. Mr. Rickey says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: Thanks – I was leaning in that direction. Since I have him, start Young this week – he’s going 2X at Petco?

  49. Gareth says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: How about Phillips’ relentless bagging of Beltran on last night’s telecast. An extraordinary – and totally unjustified – attack. The bloke has carried the team all year and there is no better all around CF in the game. Ridiculous.

  50. Should I have enough confidence that at one of Reimold/Gamel/Parra will get full time and do well from here on out so I can trade Vernon Wells?

    It looks like Parra is here to stay. Whitesell/Jackson/Chrispie/Byrnes are so bad it looks like he’ll get full time to prove he belongs, but will he end up showing he needs some seasoning or play well all year?

  51. @Falcon: There is a slim chance that Dukes goes on the DL with his hamstring problem. Kearns is reportedly nursing a hand issue, so the Nats may have to make a move if they are down two OFers. I’d monitor that situation, and maybe roll with Carp on the DL for his first start and wait until Yahoo! forces your hand. It sounds like you have a pretty deep rotation if you are only using one bench spot for a hitter, so I assume it won’t hurt to much to skip that one start.

  52. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Gareth: That’s like half my team being swapped for each other.

    Beltran > Lee
    Votto Gallardo

    So it doesn’t look great for you — the big question: Who do you replace Phillips with at 2B? If it’s either Weeks or Callaspo, I don’t want that downgrade at 2B for the (ever so slight) upgrade of C-Bills over Gallardo.

  53. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: My comparisons got swallowed up by the miracle of coding.

    Should read:

    Beltran better than Lee
    Votto worse than Phillips (mostly b/c of 2B elig)
    C-Bills better than Gallardo

  54. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chomp: Ha!

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks!

    @Paulie Allnuts: Yes on Carp, sure on Zeigler and maybe on Sheff, no idea what your options are.

    @Spaceman.Spiff: Keep Street.

    @Rob: Yeah, that’s a tough position. I’d look to trade Utley for a big time piece.

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I do like De La Rosa again this week, he really seems like he turned a corner.

    @RGP: A’s don’t see him as the future closer. More of a long man.

    @Bamboo Cheetah: Hill

    @Rob: Both sides are fair, I’d want the CC/CQ side.

    @jk: Depends who it is and the match-up.

    @SaltyBiscuits: Yeah, I had that Beltran rant too. He’s clueless too.

    @Eric C.: I’d hold Atkins and lose Zeigler for Koji.

    @marcheese: I suppose, but the sentiment holds true when you’ve given up 9 earned in the 8 and two-thirds.

    @mgeoffriau: You abandoned the username “Mark” because you strive for acclaim for your words not your name.

    @Euroalien: I want Wilson over Zeigler.

    @mikey boy324: I think those moves make sense.

    @Mr. Rickey: CQ should be back by Wednesday. I’d just play him.

    @Maitland: Just play every starter and hope you come out the other end on the winning side.

    @VanHammersly: Yeah, I own Happ in one deep league, but Hochevar had starts last year too, and that didn’t stop him.

    @Eric H.: I’d take the Hill side there.

    @Falcon: Ha!

    @ThePoonTycoon: Hamilton

    @SaltyBiscuits: Risky to start him this week.

    @Falcon: Drop Nolasco for his start.

    @bpasinko: I’d wait on moving Wells.

  55. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Kris Medlen will likely have his MLB debut on Wednesday now that Lowe’s start will be bumped up after the rainout. I’m looking at his minor league numbers and liking what I’m seeing… Huge k/9 of 10.5, very few walks and very few HR. Thoughts?

  56. Gareth says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Thanks Baron. He wants the second baseman, so is it worth me going back with Gallardo/Phillips for Lee/Billingsley?

  57. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    Do you all think Wainwright for Fuentes is bad trade. I would be getting Fuentes. I have excess SP and need a closer and pretty much anyone who can close is owned.

  58. JPH says:

    If you had to dump Beckett and pick up one of these three bats would this be the order of how you want them: Markakis, Howard, R. Ibanez? This is in a H2H league where the team looking to dump Beckett has very strong pitching already…

  59. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @JPH: Are u offering one of these bats for Beckett? If so any of them are way too much for Beckett

  60. @Grey: Thanks, I guess I’ll hold unless I’m getting the best player in a deal

    @JPH:Unless you need homers that’s the way I’d rank em. It seems like razzball really likes Howard but I really like Nick.

  61. Tom says:

    Is Bailey officially the closer now?

  62. JPH says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: No, but the kid offering Beckett wants Markakis and the owner of Markakis has both Howard and Ibanez and is weak on pitching, not that adding Beckett will make a whole hell of a difference…I was mainly curious in finding out if people would want Markakis over Howard.

  63. Teef says:

    Who would you rather own the rest of the way

    Bedard or Hamels

  64. Mike says:

    Need some help with my 5th starter this week, (16-team, H2H-Points: wins=10, loss=-5, K=1, INN=1, ER=-1, BB=-0.3, HA=-0.1, QS=1); wins are big…but I the choices are weak

    Wellemeyer vs KC (Davies)
    Davies @STL (Wellemeyer)
    Owings vs PHI (Blanton)
    Kawakami vs TOR (Halladay)


  65. johnson21 says:

    Grey, which end wins? Coco + Napoli OR Russell Martin?

  66. Mike says:

    @Teef – Hamels

  67. @Teef: If for w/e reason both were on waivers I’d choose Hamels. But I’d rather trade for Bedard since he’d cost less, and would rather trade Hamels since I could get more.

  68. SRM says:

    @All: Is there a (free) website or functionality in ESPN/Yahoo! leagues to see who x player has been traded for recently?

    @Grey: Any expectations for G. Parra’s steals potential assuming he keeps playing regularly? Is he worth a dropping Dukes or Spilbourgh for?

    @NoonTime: Grrrr. I’ve been holding Hanson almost all year. Thanks for the update though.

  69. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:

    @Gareth: Do you need the OF help?

    C-Bills is better than Gallardo but not by a huge margin… Personally, I wouldn’t want to trade a top-3 2Bman and create an instant hole in my lineup unless I’m addressing a pressing need elsewhere. Weeks may well be cooked for the year (he’s Weeks!), so are you ready to put all your 2B eggs in Alberto Callaspo’s basket?

    Unless you’re currently starting Scott Posednik as your third OF, it’s hard for me to see this trade as an overall improve for you.

    @Teef: Hamels

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: I don’t see this as terrible. I was thinking of sniffing around Fuentes myself. I think he’ll be reliable all year. It may not be even on a pure talent score, but if you can spare the SP, it’s a reasonable move.

  70. Tony says:

    chris davis/ian stewart for BRAUN?

    why do people even make these offers, ridiculous

  71. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Gareth- you are absolutely correct. It was unjustified. ignorant and inane at the same time. I guess they would think that Beltran is a leader if he went on a tear a la Paul O’Neill, and started destroying bats, coolers, etc. Many fans expected Beltran to play at the level that he did in the playoffs back when he was in Houston. No one except the ‘roided up Barroid and Manley Ramirez hits like that on a fairly regular basis. Instead, what he has given the Mets during his stay are consistent stats that are as good over time as any center fielder in the business, as well as fielding like Bernie Williams with a good arm. The reason the Mets folded last year is that they had the worst bullpen in the majors, period. It was so bad that they picked up a reliever from the Nats as their closer; when they picked him up he had an ERA well over 5.00. It has nothing to do with a so-called lack of leadership.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: Worth a pickup to see what he does.

    @Tom: No official word.

    @Mike: Punt? I’d go with Davies.

    @johnson21: Napoli

  73. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Just got offered Soriano, V Mart, and Zambrano for Crawford, Peavy, and Wandy.

    I have too many SP’s and could use the C/1B.

    I figured Soriano > Crawford by a little
    Peavy > V Mart
    Zambrano > Wandy ??

    I think Wandy’s got to regress some, he’s got to give up some HR’s eventually. Zambrano may be good when he comes back but it’s no sure thing.

    I’m thinking of countering with Bedard in place of Peavy, or is that not enough?

  74. Tom says:

    Well, if Bailey is owned by the Lidge owner, do I offer Madson for him?

  75. Gareth says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Not particularly Baron. Beltran, Ibanez, McLouth, Dye are my four OFs for four spots (LF, RF, CF, OF) – it’s a shallow 10-teamer – although the acquisition of Lee would allow me to unload Ibanez, who I am keen to move.

    Perhaps it’s best to just hold tight for now until Weeks’ status becomes clearer.

  76. SRM says:

    @naughtandcross: Perfect. Thanks. It’s amazing to see how lopsided some trades are (or at least, appear).

  77. Gareth says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: Your point about the bullpen is spot on and the slow start this year could be directly attributed to four out of five starters pitching to ERA over 6, but three games under .500 in late April and all of a sudden the Mets have to break up the core of their offense to solve all their ills? Makes no sense.

    Get two good weeks of decent starting pitching and, hey presto, Mets are in first place and everyone’s happy.

    Except that malcontent Phillips.

    Sorry for the non-fantasy rant but that clown really gets me wound up.

  78. Grey

    Grey says:

    @mgeoffriau: Try countering with Bedard. As it is, I wouldn’t do it.

    @Tom: Sure

  79. brad says:

    @mgeoffriau: you definitely take a hit in the pitching department, a Bedard counter isn’t a bad idea, but i don’t think i would bite. Does he have anyone better than Zambrano?

  80. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Should I be panicking about Garrett Atkins? The Rockies seem to be done with him. I just picked up Adam Rosales and will be benching Atkins until he figures out this funk.

    How much of a discount do you figure I’d be giving up if I wanted to trade him? Would Matt Capps be a fair return for him at this point?

  81. NoonTime says:

    Has anyone else had a lower 40+ AB day for Average? 4 for 43 yesterday, 2 Runs, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 SB, .093 AVG. Thank you Juan Pierre for 3 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI… I’d be nothing without you. This from an offense that is 12, 12, 12, 10, 11 (12 in AVG before yesterday)

  82. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @NoonTime: i had a 3 for 35 day last week in a weekly h2h league

  83. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    @Grey: @brad: Only starter he has better than Zambrano is Harden….is Peavy, Crawford, Wandy for Soriano, VMart, Harden worth it? If not, I’ll just shoot back a Bedard deal and see if he’s interested.

  84. Eric H. says:

    @Grey: I’m in third place in a 12-team 5×5 ML despite being having a spectacular power outage in my lineup (at or near the bottom in HR and RBI). My lineup is Soto, Votto, Pedroia, Tulowitzki, Wright, Werth, Bruce, Pence and Kemp. Do you think that lineup should be OK in the long-haul and that it’s just a case of guys off to slow starts power-wise (Soto, Votto, Pedroia and Wright) or am I going to need do some maneuvering to add power? I keep telling myself Pedroia will get his 12-15 and Soto will get his 20 and Votto will get his 25? Reassure me, please. Assuming Vlad comes back healthy soon, would you start him over any of the 4 above-mentioned OFs I listed? Thanks.

  85. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Holy crap! He accepted my counteroffer. So it’s Crawford, Bedard, and Wandy and I’m getting Soriano, V Mart, and Zambrano in exchange.

  86. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @Baron Von Vulturewins: I have Peavy, J. Johnson, Liriano, Wandy, Slowey, Oswalt, Wainwright and Hanson. I want to trade 1-2 of them for closers. Wandy seems too undervalued to trade. Every closer and potential closer is owned. I could really use some trade ideas for closers.

    Would you all do Liriano, Oswalt or J. Johnson for Manny or just stay pat?

  87. Mann of Sandd says:

    Ouch, after a good week, the injury report on Sunday leaves me scrambling for replacements for Weeks, Morgan and Dukes, as well as Stults.

    Any thoughts on Detwiler’s potential? Picked him up in the hopes he’d pull a Cecil and I could move him.

  88. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric H.: I wouldn’t start Vlad over them, I’d trade one or him. The lineup should be okay, I wouldn’t count on 20 HRs from Soto, hope for 15. Votto will be fine.

    @mgeoffriau: Nice

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mann of Sandd: I wouldn’t pitch Detwiler in any league for this week.

  90. I'm Keith Hernandez says:

    @NoonTime: not in this league, peope horde closers, and since Hanrahhan and Ziegler have gone to poop, I am down to Downs, Qualls and Chris Ray.

  91. brad says:

    @mgeoffriau: nice. i like it

  92. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @I’m Keith Hernandez: i’d be plenty fine with downs, qualls, and ray. sagnof.

  93. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: So your feeling is that De La Rosa is turning a corner and is useful every outing or is he just a matchup guy?

    Dave Bush is for gambling men correct?

    I’m not sure what to do with Randy Johnson. Should he just be dropped or rostered to see if he works through this like he did last year?

  94. Rob says:

    @grey – what do u think is a fair offer for utley – webb or cc? or am I shooting too high with him? If so, what range player do u think I should try for

    as always



  95. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: I like De La Rosa for right now. Bush is risky. Randy’s not worth the headache.

    @Rob: CC, Johan or Lincecum are fair.

  96. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    @Gareth- One can say, in a sense, that your rant was relevant, as Phillips ran the Mets like a fantasy team. He signed Mo Vaughn when he weighed 320 lbs., without a physical. Let us not forget Jeremy Burnitz, Robbie Alomar, Roger Cedeno…not to mention feeling up interns at the same time he was making these moves. Steve Phillips Shitcanning Day (June 12, 2003) should be a Mets holiday. Ever wonder why no one has ever offered this bozo another GM job?

  97. p0rk burn says:

    ¿Andrus > Aviles, correcto?

  98. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: Gracias Grey.

    Follow up on pitchers. Are Ohlendorf the other day but I can’t tell if it was a positive or negative mention. And what of Martis from Washington?

  99. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Grey: To clarify….you mentioned Ohlendorf the other day….but I can’t tell if it was positive or negative.

  100. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Forget the ‘Dorf, I’d give Martis a go.

    ****There’s a new post.********

  101. Seattle Zen says:

    I have DLowe and Max Sherzer in a shallow mixed 5X5. Would you drop either for K Slowey?

  102. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Seattle Zen: I’d prefer not to, but I would consider Scherzer if you have no other option.

  103. papasmurf says:

    Hope for Weeks’ sake that the injury doesn’t set him back for next year too. Just when he finally was starting to fulfill his promise…

    I have Doumit and Weeks. Not a good year for swing and misses.

  104. Tbatter says:

    Everybody’s preseason rented mule, Joe Mauer, two more HRs Friday and Saturday. Jus sayin’….

  105. Tom says:

    Gamel’s starting at 3rd. Sweet.

    That’s right Brewers, wins are overrated. Are you really going to act like you suddenly care about defense? Get those big bats out there and help my fantasy team, Brew Crew! Who cares about your season!

  106. bubba chuck says:

    Pick up Callaspo or Ian Stewart while I bench Uggla?

  107. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: Ha!

    @papasmurf: Ah.. The Smurfy luck.

    @bubba chuck: Stewart

    *****There’s a new post for follow-ups.****

  108. boyle says:

    What are your thoughts on Vlad coming back? Contract year…today’s BP he “hit the cover off the ball”

    Damon/Bruce for Vlad/Burhle

    I have Damon and Bruce….my OF already has Lind, Hunter, Braun, Markakis.

    I’m thinking Vlad goes bonkers for a contract?

    gave up too much w/ Damon and Bruce?

  109. Grey

    Grey says:

    @boyle: I’d want Bruce and Damon.

  110. Tom says:

    Grey: Writing this makes my fingers hurt, but is Sheff worth a pickup now (12 team roto) with Delgado out?

    I feel like the #4 hitter in the Mets lineup should be on someone’s team. But dang, I hate that guy. Doesn’t anybody else wish that Uncle Doc and Strawberry had hidden their coke stash in his bag when they were going through the airport? Or at least force him to hide it somewhere uncomfortable.

    Nevermind, even if he’s Mickey effing Mantle, I probably don’t want him.

  111. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tom: It’s okay; you blame your fingers for typing it.

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