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Justin Smoak has back-to-back days with home runs and back-to-back-to-back games with a home run.  Say that fast 117 times!  Where there’s Smoak, there’s fire!  See what I did there?!  Did you see?!  Yeah, of course you did, it was pretty obvious.  Smoak seems to be the hot schmotato of the moment.  (Hot schmotato hasn’t made its official way yet into the glossary.  Just taking it out for a test drive, seeing how it feels.  It does have that new Razzball glossary word smell.)  If you’re currently rocking a corner infidel that doesn’t excite you or your nipples, grab Smoak.  Kid’s got talent and might just be coming into his own.  The lost Smoak monster is found!  (BTW, he was a preseason sleeper.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, bassoon.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Erik Bedard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  When he’s healthy, he’s usually pretty a’ight, so, sure, I’d grab him.  As Fonzie’s horse would say, what the hey!

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 6 ER, 13 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Fudge!  Only I didn’t say fudge, I said the mother of all curse words.

Mark Teixeira – Left the game with a shoulder injury.  Joe Girardi said it wasn’t serious.  Then again, Joe Girardi wears braces.  We’re supposed to believe this guy?  Does Joe Girardi own Te(i)x on his fantasy team?  Well?

Phil Hughes – His arm went through five more hours of testing.  Hopefully his arm gets into its school of choice.

Bartolo Colon – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks. You should pick him up (for someone else’s team after stealing their password).

Eduardo Sanchez – 1 IP, 2 ER with the save.  This is your brain.  This is your brain trying to figure out who La Russa is gonna use to close games.  But whatever cuz Eduardo looked like Retardo Montalban and promptly gave up some runs.  The closing job is cursed!  I’d grab Boggs, Sanchez, Franklin (recorded no outs and gave up 2 runs in this game) or Motte.  Really in any order, and hope you choose right because this closerousel is off the hinges and the horses are going up down all willy-nilly and shizz with no leather straps.

Brett Wallace – 11 for his last 17.  Another hot schmotato.  (It’s starting to feel a bit more comfortable.)  Hitting .524 in the last week.  Yeah, go ahead and grab him.

Roy Oswalt – Left the Phillies due to personal reasons.  A source close to the situation says Oswalt was playing Halladay in Words With Friends and Halladay played “djin” on a triple word and Oswalt threw his cellphone in the garbage and left.

Tommy Hanson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Hommy Tanson!

Chipper Jones – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs.  Glass Chipper has the 2nd most RBIs in the major leagues.  In other news, RBIs are stupid.

Mat Latos – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and 5 unearned runs for the agita-filled ticker shock.

Jeff Francoeur – 2-for-4 with his fifth Freedom Fly.  For Frenchy, this might be as good as it baguettes, but go with him while it’s good.

Jim Thome – The Founding Father of Country Strong is day-to-day with a slight oblique strain.  More time to chop wood and chew tobacco.

Delmon Young – Headed to the DL with ribcage soreness.  Maybe Mauer coughed on his ribs.

Francisco Liriano – 3 IP, 7 ER.  If anyone wants to join me when I go to Hubert H. Homerfree Retrodome to throw a brown bag filled with crap at Liriano, more the merrier.

Tyson Ross – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Maybe I just want some Oakland A’s pitching action because it seems like they all can pitch, but I like Ross.  More in deep leagues than your run-of-the-mill variety, but still.

Carl Crawford – 0-for-4, hitting .156.  His start of the season reminds me of that terrific quote from Lawrence Taylor.  “My life is in the toilet and no one is flushing.”

Ryan Howard – Hit his 4th home run to keep pace with Shane Victorino, who hit his 4th homer earlier in the game.

Domonic Brown – Homered in his first rehab game.  I see your surgically-repaired hamate bone and I raise you a whole lot of talent.

Krispie Young – Hit two Krispie flies.  Not entirely sure why he’s leading off since walking for him is a feat.  Pun point!

Will Venable – 2 steals to bring his total to 8 while he hits .183.  I know what’s going on here, Venable’s trying to get his face on the SAGNOF t-shirt.

Alexi Ogando – When asked if Ogando would stay in the rotation when Hunter, Webb or Feldman returns, Ron Washington said, “I’m not taking him out of the rotation if he continues to pitch like this.  I’m not going to rob Peter to pay Paul.  Paul has to earn his pay.   Ogando is Peter and those guys are Paul.”  Doesn’t that sound like something Jules would say in Pulp Fiction?  Think we know what Washington’s wallet says.

Madison Bumgarner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Sonavabench!  I’ve figured out what it takes for one of my starters to pitch well.  I have to bench them.  Works like a charm.  A charm that is infected with typhoid fever and gives you the shakes.  A charm, nevertheless.

James McDonald – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Or I can just drop them.  That works too.

Jose Tabata – 1-for-4, now batting .267.  Member when him, The Dread Pirate and Neil Walker were all batting .350+?  I liked that.  Can we go back to that?

Roger Bernadina – 2-for-2 but didn’t start.  Might want to cover your ears for a second… LET HIM PLAY, NATS!  YOU IDIOTS!

Casey Blake – Out for a month with gray-haired, old man brittle bones.  “I have gray-haired, old man brittle bones!  Watch me creak!”  That’s what Blake said.

Jonathan Broxton – Didn’t appear in the game because his elbow was a little tender.  Or al dente, if you will.

Vicente Padilla – Recorded his first save.  The over/under for Padilla saves is 7.  I’m taking the under.  I highly doubt he gets more than 4 after Kuo returns.  In deep leagues or those leagues where you’re bonkers desperate for saves, by all means.

Andre Ethier – 2-for-5 with his third homer as he pushes his hitting streak to 24 games.  Los Angeles hasn’t seen a streak like this since Mike Piazza frosted his hair.

  1. Chet "The Rocket" Steadman says:

    Hey, Grey. What do you think about Wallace vs. Smoak for the rest of the season?

  2. Codyjorge says:

    You like Ross better than McCarthy?

    Also, I’m digging Hot Schmotato.

  3. matt says:

    while i was attempting to read this article i had a seizure from the unreal amount of ads you have on the website now

  4. Gambler says:

    Who do we like going forward: Gallardo or Scherzer? I think Scherzer has just as much upside,he is pitching better at the moment, and I think he might be done with his bad start to the season phase (though his last two starts were against the Mariners and the sruggling Whitesox)..

  5. dd88 says:

    What should owners do with Liriano? I heard his velocity was fine in this game.


  6. Mike says:


    Someone just dropped Logan Morrison, so I scooped him up. What do you expect from him for the rest of the year? Drop him for Smoak? Thanks!

  7. Emporers Monkey says:

    Whats with all of these major league players with gray beards and Phil Donahue gray heads of hair that are younger than me? I’m older than 99% of these turds and I look like Brad Pitt’s younger brother? Good genes?

  8. Tony says:

    @matt: LOL gotta make MONEY!

  9. Racehorse says:

    Smoak on the water,
    A fire in the sky!

    … no questions, just had to get that in.

  10. Bosmosis says:

    Drafted Liriano as my number one SP in a 12 team H2H league. Guess who has yet to win more than one pitching cat. (Hint: Starts with B and ends with “osmosis”.) Do I bench this turd until the weather warms up? I’m at my wits end with this guy. Is he a Mercurio (am I using the correct glossary term), or a just a bum? What is his major malfunction?

  11. Fantasy baseball is great and all… but I’m sitting pretty comfortably in 2nd place (at -63 pace for games started and the only cats I’m hurting in are K, W and QS). So can we please talk about Real World: Vegas again or is your family still cramping your DVR style?

  12. Cain Fan says:

    Tabata’s OBP is 362 though, thats delish in my league. Also Michael Young picked up 2B eligibility in Yahoo (5 games started). I am pretty excited about that.

  13. Steve says:

    @Racehorse: Smoak gets in your eyes?

  14. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    Jo-Jo Reyes gave up a million runs and run of them were earned. Jo-Jo Reyes is on my Razzball team.

    It is sort of a ticker tease/bizarro ticker shock, I guess.

  15. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:

    *None of them were earned

  16. Jack the Ripper says:

    2 start guys next week…you like:
    – Leake, HOU, @CHC
    – Bedard, TEX, CHW
    – McDonald, @SD, HOU
    – Volstad, @STL, WAS
    – Gorzelanny, @SF, FLA

    ? Thanks!

  17. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Chet “The Rocket” Steadman: definitely smoak imo. much better BB ratio, and more highly regarded prospect. neither plays in a good lineup, so that won’t be a factor.

    @Mike: i’d hang onto smoak if youa re asking drop smoak for morrison, simply because smoak is healthy. if you have room for morrison though, by all means, fit him in.

  18. Ffej says:

    Team 1 gets M. Young and Soria. Team 2 gets A. Gordon, Nunez and Farnsworth. Who wins?

  19. Mr. Rickey says:

    Is Reynolds going to come around or should I look elsewhere? As of now, he is killing me.

  20. xopchipili says:

    i’m pretty sure that if you put a face on the SAGNOF tee shirt, the universe implodes

  21. Chubby says:

    Which 2nd baseman do you like better going forward:
    Mike (Kill All Hatfields) McCoy, Jamey (Got A Gun) Carroll or Adam (I’m a 3rd cuz of Carl) Everett?

    Razzball > you

  22. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Mr. Rickey: his babip is very very low, but his peripherals (K rate, BB rate, GB/FB/LD rates) are pretty much in line with his 2009 season and better than last season. obviously he’s not gonna hit .300, but with a little better luck he should get to around .250 with 30 HRs.

  23. Josh says:

    How long do we wait on Alvarez? He’s my utility guy and he sucks. I’d rather have Smoak, or somebody on pace for more than a 6/6 year.

  24. Josh says:

    Same with Swisher. 29 homers the past two years is the only reason i drafted him, but through 75 ABs he hasn’t gotten one and has given pretty much no production. Seth Smith is pretty much the extent of waiver OFs.

  25. Wilsonian says:

    What does everyone think about Tabata and Gordon in an 8 Team H2H league? I’m usually playing one of them and benching the other (with Dunn in the other UTIL spot). Do you hang on and hope they pick it back up, or do you drop them for the Hot Schmotato of the moment, who are: Coghlan, Ike, Ryan Roberts, Smoak, Glass Chipper, Lind, Damon, Fuld?

    This is my current offense: Wieters, Fielder, Zobrist, Wright, Andrus, CarGo, Kemp, Krispie, Tabata, Gordon, Dunn, Longo-DL

  26. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Josh: @Wilsonian: if you keep dropping guys left and right trying to find the hot hand, you’ll usually end up being a step behind the hot streak and picking up guys just in time for them to cool off while the guy you dropped goes on a 10 for 15 streak with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs are something.

    i do like smoak alot. but i wouldn’t drop alvarez or swisher or tabata or gordon for a ryan roberts or sam fuld flash in the pan. or a low ceiling known quantity like damon.

  27. frog says:

    deep nl-only league, looking at picking up gorzelanny or mcdonald.
    but i’d have to drop garland or hammel.

    what’s my play?

  28. Julia says:

    Assuming the following SS are all healthy. Please rank the following; Jeter, Hardy, Y. Escobar, M. Iszturis, Furcal. Thanks!

  29. AnotherFalstaff says:

    Tabata was scorching @ leadoff. Walker shined hitting second. Am I missing something since the lineup change?

  30. Mhfella says:

    @Grey I’ve been drooling recently as I watched Smoak and Wallace do their respective thangs. I’ve been riding Hafner for a while in my utility spot. My trigger finger’s getting itchy. Would you drop Hafner now for one of those young 1Bs? Thanks!

  31. Mike says:

    I have both Morrow and Ogando. Would you start either today? Both? Neither?

  32. Wilsonian says:

    @ThePoonTycoon: I totally understand. That’s kind of why I’m really leery of dropping either one. Plus, I’ll have Longoria coming back and can put either him or Wright into one of the UTIL spots. It’s like getting a free trade for a top 5 player. I do have ADD, especially in my 8 Team league because there is SOOOOO much talent in the FA pool. I have Tabata in my 16 Team league, too, and I have no desire to even consider dropping him there.

    @AnotherFalstaff: yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The change has done NOTHING for McCutchen, too…

  33. Billy says:

    should i make this trade?

    A Gordon, Smoak and Beachy for Pence and DelaRosa or Kennedy

    if so who should i ask for De la Rosa or Kennedy


  34. Tony says:

    @Billy: i’d do that to get pence, best player in the whole deal IMO, go with kennedy…. see what grey says but i venture its the same.

  35. Busta says:

    Carlos Lee dropped…should I pick him up and drop Pena? I have a hard time dropping Pena in our league that favors power. Who’s more likely to get their head out of their a** and have a decent year?

  36. How many more starts until you’d look to trade Gallardo and Latos for anything more than a kick in the nuts? 2 starts? 5 starts? All-Star break? Is there a point when they’re just drop worthy? They have to turn it around, right?

  37. Trevor

    tggq21 says:

    Grey, why is it a bad idea to add colon?

  38. ABell says:

    would you drop travis wood for edwin jackson?

  39. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Craigo: i mean latos didn’t get the W last night or anything, but 5IP, 1 ER, 5 Ks, 1BB isn’t exactly awful. remember he’s still ramping up after being injured through some or spring training and to start the year.

    as for yovani, you hold and you hope. he’s got a solid track record and the talent to go on a 4 month rampage through the league. his Ks are way down, but according to fangraphs, his velocity is in line with career norms. maybe the brewers are trying to get him to pitch to contact? his FIP is 4.35 and his xFIP is 4.15 even with the low K rate, which is ~1.50 or so runs lower than his current ERA, so it should get better.

    sometimes you just have to go down with the ship. if you drafted gallardo and latos as you SP1 and SP2, then you can’t sell them at 50 cents on the dollar and expect to win. you can’t drop them for alexi ogundo or scott baker and expect to win. you just have to ride out the rough patch and cross your fingers that they come around (wouldn’t be the first time a SP has a great year with an april era of 5.00+). some years you draft the guys that bust and shit happens, but more often than not a guy in his prime (gallardo, latos) pitches to the back of their baseball card over 162 games give or take reasonable fluctuations and developments with experience.

  40. Calogero says:

    12-team Roto league with 1250 innings cap.

    Kuroda for Swisher – fair?

  41. chris says:

    Was offered Marcum for Kimbrel/Alex Gordon in a lifetime keeper. Pull the trigger?

  42. AL KOHOLIC says:

    GREY-moreland or wells

  43. Rabbit says:

    2 Catcher, 12-team league, and I got Salty as my 2nd Catcher. Ugh. Lucroy is available. Drop Salty for Lucroy? Chris Snyder and Josh Thole are also out there for picking up.

  44. Christopher says:

    @Steve: Yeah, it’s that Smoak from a distant fire

  45. Timequake says:

    With Longoria coming back, I need to drop Gordon, Gomes, or Morneau. Who gets voted off the island?

  46. Dr Hocker says:

    @ Grey:

    a guy dropped Buchholz in one of my leagues. I’m LOADED in the save department and get rid of either Rauch–Fuentes or Farnsworth to pick up Clay on waivers. I’m thinking Rauch as Bailey can never seem to stay healthy to bump Fuentes and Farnsy the thigh master has looked dependable in TB–your thoughts sir?

  47. @ThePoonTycoon – Problem is, I tried to a different strategy this year. Heavy pitching, then focus on top of the order, speedy, decent average batters. Basically, punting HR and RBI. My staff is stacked, but obviously, these two are really screwing up my strat. For it to work, I need to 5-0 pitching, or 4-1 at worst, and they are creating havok right now… I have the following staff – Kershaw, Weaver, Lester, YoGa, Latos, Loshe, Kennedy, Harrison, and Richard rounding off the SP’s, then Broxton, Valverde, Street, Putz, Cordero, & eventually Lidge rounding out my RP’s. If it hasn’t been for YoGa and Latos getting lit up, I’d be doing awesome….

  48. Alvin says:

    Can someone who was watching (or closer to the Nats situation) explain what was up with Burnett getting the save opp last night (and then getting lit up)? Was that the final act of the “platoon” idea? I was under the impression Storen was in the clear with that job prior to last night.

  49. Danks Nugs says:

    Hot schmotato gets my vote!

  50. chata says:


    there’s always someone trying to bring logic into the conversation .

    @ Grey


    my bedtime is usually sometime shortly after you post a new article .
    occasionally , i save reading it until after i awaken , but ,
    usually i read the article 1st .

    anywho ,
    have you been changing the headers , while i’m asleep ?

    plus :
    there’s cheech and chong
    deep purple …. whose link i was gonna post , but the song really does suck .

  51. Danks Nugs says:

    Also, what is your Words with Friends username, Grey?? :P

  52. MD says:

    morning fellas.

    crazy question, with Colon pitching so well (dude was hitting 95 in the 7th inning last night), would you rather have him or Pineiro coming off the DL?

    Never thought i would contemplate taking Bartolo Colon over anybody, but pitching for the yanks brings value by itself…

  53. Mike says:

    drop Peña for Smoak?

  54. Donny Kerabatsos' Ghost says:

    @Craigo: I’d like to know if the pitching heavy strategy works for you. I tried it last year (my first year in fantasy baseball), finished 5th place, and quickly learned that you can’t trust non-counting stats. I drafted Lincecum, Greinke, Wainwright, Haren, and Cain. It was great for W’s and K’s, but I still finished middle of the road in ERA and Whip. I drafted all leadoff career .300 hitters with speed, won SB’s, but they all sucked in AVG and runs. It didn’t help when Ellsbury got hurt though. Yahoo 5×5, stick with power bats if you want to win. Next year I think I’ll wait until at least the 12th round to draft a starting pitcher, and then not start streaming until May.

  55. artie says:

    It would be awesome if the SAGANOF shirt just said SAGANOF on the front – but without any graphics. Just sayin’

  56. Tim says:

    Do I risk starting Edwin Jackson @NYY tonight?

  57. Critter Nagurski says:

    man, you were of fire today. that was great

  58. Bas says:

    @Grey: In the RCL I have to drop a corner-infidel to pick up a fifth outfielder tomorrow. Do I drop Smoak or Freese. Contrary to what you might think from reading their names, both are kinda hot (I know, lame joke, couldn’t resist.). My other corner-infidels are Votto, A-Rod, and Panda so either one (Smoak or Freese) would be my utillity.

  59. Rabbit says:

    I think the SAGNOF shirt has to have a picture of a full body but no face–either something like a shot form the 1950s Invisible Man movie, where they’re unwrapoping his head and there’s no face there, only the sunglasses hanging in mid-air, or perhaps Edvard Munch’s The Scream but with the facial feature erased (the Munch angle signifying the existential angst of putting Kevin Gregg or Juan Pierre in your lineup and hoping they give you their one cat without killing you in the others. Oh the Humanity.)

  60. Commish Cauda says:

    20-team mixed H2H-Points league

    Drop which bench fodder schmohawk…Jack Wilson or Marco Scutaro…to make room for Bernadina?

  61. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Timequake: Gomes…and why you included Morneau on that list is beyond me. Are you actually considering dropping him?

  62. Last Place says:

    10 team H2H standard scoring + OPS

    I have Brian Roberts at 2nd right now. Kelly Johnson is on the waiver wire, as well as Espinosa, Beckham, Cuddyer, and Rayburn.

    Who do I want for the rest of the season?

  63. A Hill O' Beans says:

    From SBNation today – “It is safe to say he should be dropped if he is still owned in any league”

    That is them talking about Francisco Liriano…..ummm…in any league? Its funny to read that because multiple times before that in the same article they point out that “Its April people” with respect to other players hot/cold starts.

    While its probably a good idea to bench him, isn’t dropping him in all leagues over reacting just a touch perhaps?

  64. Timequake says:

    @RonWashington’sStache: Not particularly, but I just picked him up off the wire from someone else who dropped him, so I guess I didn’t feel very attached. Yovani and me, on the other hand…we’ve already been through so much together.

  65. Mark says:

    Grey, Tim Hudson or Nolasco and Rauch? I tried pawning off Rauch+Liriano for Hudson and that was the counteroffer. I’ve got three other closers plus FrankFrank and Kuo. Make the trade?

  66. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team mixed H2H-Points league

    What do you think about buying low on Lilly and selling high on Leake?

    I could move back-ups Avila (Soto is my starter) and Leake for Lilly.

  67. A Hill O' Beans says:

    @A Hill O’ Beans: Sorry, that was from

  68. Starlin Castroated says:

    Ryan Dempster has been dropped. Should I pick him up? Who should I drop?

    Standard scoring + Innings (stupid category)

    Brian Wilson
    Daniel Hudson

  69. Rob says:

    Grey, I was offerred Dice K and Jay Bruce for Matt Kemp. This is NL league plus two team from AL Red Sox and Yankees. My offense is solid and pitching needs some wins and K’s to move up.

  70. royce! says:

    I just got an offer of Logan Morrison for Kimbrel. The offeror cancelled it before I could give it any serious thought, which was fine by me, because I don’t want “Lomo” on my team because “Lomo” is the lamest baseball nickname ever. What is he like the camera that hipsters love? Is he like an animal’s back (in Spanish)? Is he a lame-o?

    Have we all gotten so lazy that all we can do to make nicknames anymore is to combine the first syllable of the person’s first and last names? I mean, granted, mine would be RoBo, which is cool insofar as I’m half way to Robocop, but still, the stupidity of the Lomo nickname should make it clear that the madness must end.

  71. Wiley says:

    12 Team H2H. Are the following pitchers in the right order?

    Volquez, D.Hudson, Wolf, Bumgarner?

    Currently running with Kershaw, Hamels, Kuroda, Wandy, and Rickey Romero. I own Wolf and streamed in Wade Davis now, so I was thinking of swapping Wolf and Davis for Volquez and D.Hudson.

  72. theevilempire says:

    Brian Fuentes is a FA. Am I missing something? This guy has 6 saves and he’s available.

  73. theevilempire says:

    @Rob: Hell no. You’re going to want a legit #1 pitcher in any trade where you are giving up Kemp.

  74. OaktownSteve says:

    @royce: nicknaming has gotten lame. The only thing that would be worse than Lomo is LoRod.

  75. Learn Teixiera says:

    Starting Wood vs Marlins tomorrow?

    Starting Kennedy vs Cubs the next day?

  76. Learn Teixiera says:

    @Rob: Dice K stinks. I’d bet you could pick up a better starter off of waivers.

  77. RonWashington'sStache says:

    @Timequake: In that case, you need a new league. Morneau is too good to drop.

  78. Wilsonian says:

    @royce!: nice rant! I do happen to follow him on Twitter, and he might be the most obnoxious person on there (next to Trump, assuming he’s on Twitter). Dude responds to everything, but he basically responds in a “High School Jock, I’m Better Than You” kind of way, and mocks people, degrades them, etc., and is overall pretty un-funny. Basically makes me not want to have him on any of my teams. But I still can’t un-follow him on Twitter because he’s basically a train wreck that you can’t look away from.

  79. papasmurf says:

    I think Boggs should be alright. Franklin is mediocre and kept the closer job for a long time. And the Berkman resurgence continues. How is it that we see guys like Bautista break out from scrub to superstar at 30 and “over the hill” guys like Berkman turn back the clock ten years on the league? I picked up Helton just in case he is sipping from the same fountain as the Berkster… and cuz Kendrys is chillin’ on the DL.

    I punted Burnett, the lastest of my pitchers to get hammered this week. All my SPs got rocked and half my pen imploded. My team’s now dead last. Sucky hitting and sucky pitching LOL. My team didn’t look that horrible on paper coming out of the draft, but the stats are putrid. Only thing to look forward to now is hopefully making some trades in the summer to get some keepers for the future.

  80. Rob says:

    @theevilempire and @Learn Teixiera thanks for your input. I like Bruce a ton but Kemp has been a stud for me.

  81. The Vaporizers says:

    dynasty league trade question

    Dexter Fowler of Lorenzo Cain

    Who you like better?

  82. royce! says:

    @OaktownSteve: Shorten LoRod to LoRd, and make him a closer!

  83. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Timequake: gomes and it’s not even close

  84. royce! says:

    @Wilsonian: Yikes, thanks for that- I need a reminder every once in a while about why I don’t follow anyone on twitter.

    LoMo is certainly full of bro-love. Maybe it’s just me, but if I loved someone, I wouldn’t be letting them know over twitter. I guess he didn’t have Medlen’s phone number.

  85. ThePoonTycoon says:

    @Craigo: get back to me in september and let me know how yovani’s and latos’ (assuming he stays healthy) numbers look compared to richard and lohse and harrison. those are the types of guys you drop for scott baker or whoever the hot pick up of the week is, not yovani because he had a bad month. it’s only april 28.

  86. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Chet “The Rocket” Steadman: Smoak

    @Codyjorge: Nah

    @Gambler: Scherzer

    @dd88: You’d be selling low, I wouldn’t.

    @Mike: I’d hold if you have a DL spot.

    @Emporers Monkey: Certainly

    @Bosmosis: Hopefully he heats up with the weather.

    @Awesomus Maximus: Was there an episode last night? I saw the Cooke arrives and girls hate her episode.

    @DonSlaughtOnslaught: Ha

    @Jack the Ripper: McDonald, Leake

    @Ffej: 1

    @Mr. Rickey: Depends what’s elsewhere.

    @xopchipili: Probably true.

    @Chubby: Got a gun.

    @Josh: I’d holding Alvarez, but depends on your league. Lose Swisher.

    @Wilsonian: Go with Smoak over Gordon.

    @frog: Lose Garland for McDonald.

    @Julia: Jeter, Furcal…

    @Mhfella: Yup, Smoak

    @Mike: Both

    @Billy: Sure, Kennedy

    @Busta: Eh

    @Craigo: I’d look to trade Latos, hold Gallardo.

    @tggq21: Because he’s been hideous for 5 of the last 6 years.

    @ABell: Nope

    @Calogero: I’d want Kuroda.

    @chris: Eh

    @AL KOHOLIC: Moreland

    @Rabbit: Go with Lucroy.

    @Timequake: Gomes

    @Dr Hocker: I’d hold.

    @Alvin: If it wasn’t before, Storen looks to be the closer now.

    @chata: No comprende.

    @Danks Nugs: FranciscoLirianoSucks

    @MD: Neither? Colon

    @Mike: Eh

    @artie: Gotcha

    @Tim: Nope

    @Critter Nagurski: Thanks!

    @Bas: Freese

    @Rabbit: We’re thinking a brown paper bag.

    @Commish Cauda: Wilson

    @Last Place: Johnson

    @A Hill O’ Beans: Yup

    @Mark: Hudson

    @Commish Cauda: Sounds good.

    @Starlin Castroated: Stauffer

    @Rob: Nope

    @royce!: Ha!

    @Wiley: Hudson, Volquez…

    @Learn Teixiera: Yes and yes.

    @papasmurf: Ha

    @The Vaporizers: Fowler

  87. Dirt says:

    Which catcher has the most fantasy value for the rest of the season…Wilson Ramos, Yorvit Torrealba, Yadier Molina, or Kurt Suziki???

    right now i have suziki but was thinking of dropping him for Ramos!!!!

  88. slam says:

    brett wallace, dominic brown, coghlan, coco crisp or smoak to fill in for Delmon in my Util spot?

    I could use help in all my hitting categories, standard plus walks and slugging

  89. papasmurf says:

    @royce!: What if his name was Hogan Morrison?

  90. Julia says:

    How many ABs does Beltran finish with and what is his final 5×5 line?

  91. royce! says:

    @papasmurf: Then Hogan’s Heroes would have been a very different show…

  92. royce! says:

    @papasmurf: Wait, that last one didn’t make sense…hmm…then we’d be in store for a different type of Hogan’s Heroes?

  93. MD says:

    @Grey: haha neither. nice… in a deep 12tm AL only league. Joel Piniero is like gold right now. i got to think that Colon is going to fizzle out pretty soon, and the yanks got Kevin Milwood doing pretty decent in the minors for when either Freddy or Colon come back to earth.

    Here’s another question. I see above saying that you would try to trade Latos right now.. I’ might try to acquire him (for someone with your thought process). I just made an offer to the dude with Latos, i offered him James McDonald and Eric Young Jr. I’d be crazy not to take Latos for that right? His upside is leaps n bounds over Mcdonald, and EY jr. might not even make it up to the bigs this season.

  94. Dude, love the braces comment… not to mention I’m on my way to smear dog crap on Liriano’s face as I type this!

    Quick question Grey/Razzballers:
    rank these guys in order of most likely to rebound in the near future:
    Pena, Swisher, Alvarez, Gardner or Snider. (I’m still waiting for FEDEX to deliver my semi-naked, clean shaven Eastern European oracle).

  95. Chinaski says:

    Hey Grey, what should i do with Delmon Young, the guy didnt do jack so far and now he is put on the DL. The options on the wire are nothing special….D.Brown, Ben Francisco, Moreland, LaPorta…i have 4 other OFs and could do without him for a while.

    What do you think? Keep him or dump him for say Bumgarner?

    Thanks in advance

  96. royce! says:

    @papasmurf: Shoot, that one was silly. Maybe Grey can answer it.

  97. Wilsonian says:

    @Grey: thanks man. I actually hung on to Gordon for the time being to try to deal him, and instead dropped Lyon…I know you’re gonna be mad at me, and I do send my sincerest of apologies, but he was dragging my ratios DOWN and I have Soria, K-Rod, Walden, Santos currently pulling their weight (Soria not included).

  98. DogHat says:

    12 team roto 10×10 daily league
    I need to drop one pitcher from this list:
    Zambrano, Narveson, or Drabek?

  99. Ben the M says:

    20 team keeper league 5×5.

    I have Votto, Cano, Longoria, Kemp, Howard and Reyes on offense and well….my pitching is weak.

    Would it makes sense for me to trade Howard for Hamels and Street?

  100. Commish Cauda says:

    H2H-Points league

    Pineda @DET (Penny) today or Jon Sanchez @WAS (Lannan) on Sat.?

  101. chata says:

    napoli is in the starting line-up today .
    should i drop him ?

  102. crews says:

    BWAHAHAHAHA…sorry, still laughing at the Venable blurb. Get that T-shirt out ASAP.
    And Grey, let me know when you’re ready to hit Minneapolis with that bag; I’ll bring two of my own. God knows he’s thrown enough of them at my teams.

  103. Wilson's Beard says:

    Ogando or Baker?

  104. Commish Cauda says:

    16 team, mixed, H2H-5X5

    Back-end arm flyer moving forward. Drop Esmil Rogers for Morton, Volstad or Humber?

  105. Wilsonian says:

    Diggin’ deep at the back end of my rotation…would you drop either McCarthy or Morton for Bedard, F. Garcia, Estrada, Arrieta, Narveson, Tyson Ross?

  106. Alejandro says:

    @ Grey

    How would you rank these pitchers?

    Dempster, Edwin Jackson, Volquez, Wood, Leake, Baker, Beachy

  107. Euroalien says:

    12 Team Roto, 5 x5…….. Looking at a utility spot – Does Alcides bounce back (other SS is Desmond) or is it time to let him go and pick up Ryan Roberts….. or Darwin Barney?

  108. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: Noticed you’ve avoided Domonic Brown questions. You working on an afternoon post?

  109. theevilempire says:

    Prediction: Bartolo Colon suffers another arm injury midseason.

    Next day’s Razzball headline: Blown Colon.

  110. Commish Cauda says:

    16-team, mixed, H2H-Points league

    You approved Avila & Leake for Lilly

    As an alternative, what about Gio Soto & Daniel Hudson* for Hamels? I would then be starting Avila at catcher.

    You likey more or stick with the Lilly trade?

    *Hudson can be kept in 2012 for a 8th round pick


  111. chata says:

    pineda @ detroit

    sit him now , chickenshizz

  112. Stinky Cheese Man says:

    Who do you like better going forward this year… Adam Dunn or Krispie Young?

  113. Mike says:

    Was offered Rollins for Jeter by a Yankee fan. Hold Jeter or swap for Rollins? Any thoughts or input from people would be appreciated. Thanks!

  114. Whiskey Diet says:


    I streamed Fister and he’s still on the roster.

    Who do I drop him for:

    Tyson Ross

    Cool, thanks.

  115. chata says:

    3 K ‘s

  116. Howard says:

    @Grey Received my Sparky Anklebiter t-shirt today. I feel more scrappy already! Nice touch that they put gum and baseball cards in the packet.
    Looking forward to a ‘Donkeycorn’ T! Thanks again!

  117. Simply Fred

    simply fred says:

    @Grey: My bad. Brown was in there on a couple of options: you chose else.

    Wishful thinking. I got him on my benching hoping for lightning.

  118. Loopid says:

    Random comment that doesn’t have anything to do with anything in this thread — I would for sure buy a ‘Cust kayin’ t-shirt. Actually I would nab two. One of my weird buddies actually says this phrase regularly in emails to me.

  119. chata says:

    rays are running wild on blackburn/holm

  120. the bat rastard says:

    Quote fo the Day….after getting bombed again…Liriano said, “That he just didnt have the feel of the baseball.” Gee Francisco what was the problem in the other games you got shelled in…lol. Heck I wuda asked for a new ball at least.

  121. Howard says:

    Krispie sonofabenched vs Hamels! Two dingers but Hamels still got the conshellation prize!

  122. frog says:

    grey, you like mcdonald over mortorn?

  123. Stophe says:

    League or Boggs for final closer spot?

  124. trying to free up some roster space for Cueto coming back:

    C Young (of) & Beachy for Crawford

    in hopes Crawford bounces back….also need some bags!

  125. Brian says:

    Smoak vs Lind?

  126. herschel says:

    @Grey: how would you rank the following 2 start options for next week?

    MadBum (@ Was, vs Col)
    Buehrle (vs Bal, @ Sea)
    McDonald (@SD, vs Hou)
    Ross (vs Cle, @KC)


  127. DiscoD says:

    @ Grey

    Rank these players: Freese, Reynolds, Wallace

  128. Deano says:

    Padilla also has SP eligibility which is huge in certain leagues since he’s the only SP-eligible pitcher with a chance for saves right now (maybe Hernandez in Arizona?)

  129. Garvey's Illegitimate child says:

    Tomlin vs. Leake?

  130. Anyone have any thoughts on Vogelsong?

  131. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    Does a solid line drive count as a flyball?

  132. Asdrubal Bastardo says:

    @FuzzyD: He is a 34-year old pitcher who has been pitching in Japan and the minors for the past 5-6 years. He seems to have refined his 7+ ERA stuff while he was in Japan (ala Colby Lewis). Overall, he is a decent pitcher (although he had control issues in the first couple innings today), who could be a matchup play. He will probably only get one, maybe two, more starts until Zito returns from the DL. Really irrelevant unless Zito gets seriously hurt.

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