Nyjer Morgan was back in the lineup to steal two bases in the first inning, then he left with a broken hand.  Bunt, go feet first and get back in there!  One of my ‘pert teams was pulling too far away in power, so last week I made a trade for steals and saves.  Two categories I usually just play the waiver wire for, but in a 16 team league, it’s slim pickins.  I traded Prince Fielder for Heath Bell and Nyjer Morgan.  Stab me in my eye!  Shove hot coals in my pants!  Hot poker my heart!  I still won’t miss Prince, but Nyjer’s broken hand… Well, I’d like to write on Nyjer’s cast, “Amputate,” as you should be doing with him on your teams.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tim Hudson – He’ll be returning on Monday to face the Marlins.  The good news, he gets a decent 2 start week next week.  The bad news, he wasn’t exactly lights out in rehab.  The moderate news, he’s worth a flier in 12 team leagues where you need an extra starter.  Just don’t expect him to be anything more than 5 IP, 3 ER.

Ian Kinsler – 2 HRs.  Post-All-Star Break, he’s batting .222 with 8 homers and 6 steals.  It’s going to be hard to justify a 2nd round pick next year for Kinsler with his propensity for bescumbering your fantasy baseball team in the second half of the season.

Chris Davis – HR yesterday.  IDK. W00t? Or BFD U POS?  The preceding was brought to you by your 14-year-old nephew’s texting.

A.J. Burnett – 6 IP, 3 ER, 12 Ks.  12 Ks courtesy of the league’s worst (best?) team for Ks, the Rangers.  After struggling for a few years with injuries, Burnett’s putting together another 30 start season (barring my jinxing right here).  Looking like a solid bet for 175 Ks and a 4.00 ERA next year.  That’s nothing to sneeze at, unless you’re allergic to that sorta thing.

Anibal Sanchez – 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners vs. the Mets.  I tried to push people away from Anibal because of his wont to tie his owners to the WHIPping post.

Chris Coghlan – 3-for-4, 2 HRs yesterday.  I can already see people drafting him next year in mixed leagues and then mid-April being bored with him.  It’s the trouble with 12/12 outfielders.  They look okay on draft day, but when they average 2 homers and 2 steals a month they get real yawnstipating.

Dave Bush – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Bush has a machine head.  But it’s not better than the rest.

Randy Wells – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners.  To make matters worse, the Cubs should start watching his innings.

Carlos Gonzalez – Was in the lineup, but it was too soon back in the yard and he hurt his knife wound.

Adam LaRoche – HR yesterday.  8 homers and batting .385 in August.  Must be after the All-Star Break.

Andy Marte – HR yesterday.  Deep league alert!  Has an eight game hitting streak with two homers and batting over .400.

Andrew McCutchen – HR yesterday.  Now has 9 homers and 15 steals.  Unbelievably, I’m starting to get excited about a Pirate for next year.  Not just any Pirate, but The Dread Pirate.

Garrett Jones – Robot Jones has not only continued to be productive (though admittedly less so than when he was first called up).  He hit his 15th homer yesterday and also has 8 steals.  For under 200 at-bats, that’s tremendous.  I have my doubts about him doing it over a full season.

Junichi Tazawa – 4 IP, 9 ER.  This is the reason I tried to steer people away from Tazawa.  I mean, he has a near 7 ERA on the year and 8 walks to 12 Ks.  Honestly, if it was for the Sons of Sam Horn hype machine, we wouldn’t even be talking about him.  Next year, we’ll reevaluate.

Alex Gonzalez – Has now hit homers in back-to-back games.  He’s a terrible hitter.  Make no mistake.  But hitters hit them in bunches, so he might have some short term value for MI pop.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Left the game with an ankle sprain.  He’s day-to-a-few-days.

Brandon Allen – Hit his first major league homer yesterday.  He’ll be discussed more in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  You can’t wait.  No, you can’t!

Matt Holliday – HR yesterday.  If he stays in the NL, it’ll be interesting to see if everyone drafts him next year like the first half of the year was a blip on the radar because of his Oakcation.  The only problem with that, he still only hit 25 homers his last full year in Coors.  Then again, maybe the Mets will get him, then no one will think his power will boon.

Albert Pujols – It’s almost like he owns himself in fantasy baseball.  He goes 0-for-2, but steals a base just to add some value.  This actually wouldn’t be a bad idea.  Part of everyone’s salary goes into a fantasy baseball pool.  The only caveat is they must draft themselves.  Hmm… But maybe that’s gambling.  Nevertheless, I love Pujols.  Well, that sounded wrong.

  1. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:

    Didn’t listen to you concerning the maiden Anibal Pee, who had no other thought then this; to tie me up to the Whipping Post, and on my ERA take a piss. Proof that you even have to be think before throwing a schmohawk at the triple A Mets. A much more serious error on my part was believing that Tazawa’s nice effort against the Yankees could be translated into a solid effort against the Chisox. Not the case. The combo of rebellion against you on these two choices spells Yahoo H2H ERA and WHIP death for the week. On the other hand, Yosemite Petit did nicely, proof that 1 of 3 schmohawks will be ok on any one day. You just have to guess well. Will have to borrow Harry Dent’s coin next time I am in a desparate situation and need to throw a pitcher with a sordid past. Such is life in H2H when you need close to a Dime to make it to the promised land next week.

    Just venting frustration – I held on to Manny for 50 games so he could be the 786th rated player in Yahoo ratings? Honestly, even Big Papi has more present value, and that is sad.

    Grey – thanks for enlightening our lives with hard fantasy truth, even if we choose to ignore it at times.

    Speaking of such, how does Ian Snell at home against KC, and Charlie Haegar at Cincy look next week? As I am desparate, I will likely stream them, for the damage has been done, but is there a chance that they may bring a smile to my face?

    Thanks, as always

  2. big o says:

    ha !
    a common term in the casino business .
    if called on the carpet , pos means “player of significance” .
    cust kayin’ .

  3. bob walk says:

    I awoke at 5am with nightmares about my fantasy team. I hope someone can help. The problem is: I have too many good looking options today and can’t figure out whom to bench. Here goes:
    Catcher-Doumit(Parra) or Martin(Homer Bailey)
    1B & 3B Miggy(Garza), Mark Reynolds(Bazardo), or Morales(Tomko)
    OF-McCutcheon(Parra), Garrett Jones(Parra), Ludwick(Lannan), Bay(Romero), Matt Diaz(Pedro Martinez), and Matt Kemp(Homer Bailey)
    UTIL-One of the above.
    This is a Yahoo 12 man league and I am 5 pts behind the leader.
    I rank in the top 3 in the all of the 5 offensive categories EXCEPT batting average where I rank 7th(thanks to Uggla,Soriano, Bay and Adrian Gonzalez). So avg is of most concern. The Pirates players and Diaz seem to be the correct ones to sit. But Parra and that Brewers bullpen are ripe for a double digit run night, plus Diaz is scorching right now vs Pedro who has been muy hittable. Appreciate the input…

  4. Dumbmutt says:

    Hold onto Rios bench spot or drop for Choo – Werth?
    And Thank you Hurricanes for the waves!

  5. mgeoffriau

    mgeoffriau says:

    Worth it just for the Dave Bush blurb. So sweet it was almost glycerine.

  6. Billy says:

    i have Inge as my catcher, and he has sucked, 10team league h2h, and i was wondering if i should dump him for either Doumit or Suzuki?


  7. nathaniel_g says:

    Fuentes/Pence vs. Halladay/Dye. Who wins?

  8. David Souter says:

    Need two starts next week: Hochevar against Oakland and Anaheim, or Hudson against Florida and Cincinnati (at home)?

  9. mr baseball says:

    Brandon Allen – if the information is positive – it came too late – he is taken – so tone it down a lttle for Allen

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Paulie Allnuts: No problem. I’d go with Haegar before Snell.

    @big o: Hehe

    @bob walk: Why do own Doumit and Martin? I’d sit Martin. I’d sit Morales. There’s no question on the outfielders, so I’m confused there. But if there’s an “or” on the OFs, I’d sit Diaz too.

    @Dumbmutt: I’d go with Werth.

    @mgeoffriau: Hehe

    @Billy: Lose him for Suzuki for everything except pop. Grab Doumit for that.

    @nathaniel_g: Halladay if you need pitching, Pence side if you need saves and an OF. In other words, it’s fair. I’d go with Pence’s side this late.

    @David Souter: Hudson

    @mr baseball: Will do.

  11. stumanji says:

    Drop Dye for The Dread Pirate?

  12. stumanji says:

    @stumanji: Or drop Jim Johnson or Washburn?

  13. Jareth Cutestory says:

    I am not trying to be a dick hole but I am glad I didn’t take your Garrett Jones frustration very seriously. A slump was inevitable but the talent is obviously there, nobody should have cut him. Just bench him against lefties if you can afford a platoon.

  14. stumanji says:

    My RPs: Nathan, Rivera, Aardsma, Qualls, Jim Johnson = 3 SV, 2 BS this week.


  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @stumanji: I would.

    @stumanji: Johnson, though they give you different things. Depends what you need.

    @Jareth Cutestory: He’s done about half the production in August as he did in July, so there was some drop off. Just not as much as I imagined.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @stumanji: Lose Johnson then if you don’t need the one save every two weeks.

  17. stumanji says:

    @Grey: HA! Thanks.

  18. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    OK. Official-pronouncement-to-the-world-so-that-I-am-not-tempted-to-draft-Doughlan-excuse-the-freudian-slip-under-any-circumstances-next-year-simply-because-of-temporary-glitter-on-this-VERY-likely-no-ALMOST–certainly-well-SURELY-ABSOLUTELY-schmohawk-of-course-unless-the-dread-pirate-cracks-another-pinky-or-ellsbury-stubs-a-toe-NO-under-NO-circumstances-will-he-get-off-this-NO-DRAFT-list—-KEEP-REMINDING-ME-SIR!

  19. TJ says:

    OK, who am I picking up to replace Nyjer as my Utility/4th OF in a H2H- Travis Snider, Marlon Byrd, David DeJesus, Will Venable, Angel Pagan, or Matt Diaz.

    Already have half-way decent speed on my team between Kemp, Hanley and Kinsler, so I’m just looking for the best overall option.

    A bunch of schmohawks indeed.

  20. spencer says:

    Grey! Why don’t you like the Kinsler! He may be the only player to go 30 30 !!!

  21. peter says:

    Losing Nyjer this time of year is brutal. I picked him up just after he was traded and it’s been a great ride. Drop him for Borbon? Luis Castillo? Angel Pagan? Eric Young? While depth at 2B is a luxury for off-days, position eligibility isn’t a factor.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Simply Fred: Will do.

    @TJ: Try Snider. Or Diaz if you have the luxury of only playing him vs. lefties.

    @spencer: His 2nd halfs have left a lot to be desired.

    @peter: Borbon

  23. peter says:

    @spencer: I’m not a Kinsler fan because of the cost. One’s got to pay an arm/leg for a guy whose production disappears for long stretches of the season (through injury or just hitting .220). At that price I like more of a sure thing.

  24. spencer says:

    True….I guess. He’s my favorite player. He was also hurt so you have to account for that. Going into the season I saw him doing this:

    .265 / 31hr / 30sb / 100 runs / 100 rbi

  25. big o says:

    except for what happens after they actually pick up the ball ,
    i’m not so sure that ryan braun is really any better defensively , out there in left field , than clowny ramirez .

  26. aj says:

    @Grey, re: Linda Rondstad

    I know you’ve been saying all year that Hill’s 30+ HR are not a fluke, but I think you should read FanGraphs new article about his HRs. Very interesting. You may reconsider.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @aj: Was interesting. Thanks for pointing it out. So at 28 his homers will turn back to doubles? Usually doesn’t work that way. I’ll probably project him for about 27 homers next year. Not 30+ which is what he’ll end up with, but I don’t think he suddenly becomes an 17 to 20 homer hitter next year, barring injury.

  28. WillieMaysHayes says:

    Safe to start Lilly vs. quadruple “A” Met’s?

  29. Spencer says:

    Start Billingsley, Beckett, Hanson, and Scherzer today?

    Behind in IP, K, QS. The other player in H2H is streaming pitchers.

    ahead in ERA and WHIP. and Losses.

  30. spencer says:

    Sorry to ask so many questions buuuut

    Do you take a flier on Tillman tomorrow? Need IP QS and Ks

  31. Grey

    Grey says:

    @spencer: I wouldn’t risk it.

  32. Tony says:

    just read the LIND/HILL post….

    I scouted aaron hill and took him with my last pick overall in the 2008 draft, he had i believe around 40 some doubles in 2007, total sleeper, then of course he gets the concussion… this year i fall into CANO in the 14th round so i didn’t look at HILL, although i knew he was there, then my one buddy wants to deal Howie K. so i said, dude deal him while he’s hot and grab HILL….. ( STUPID STUPID STUPID)

    anyways, HILL is the RILL DILL, he was up and coming til that concussion and i think he’s back on that track…. people just didn’t notice bc he was hiding for a year…

    LINDS quietly put together a solid season, so you think 3rd round next year would be MONEY for him grey?

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: I think Hill might have top 5 round value next year, but I think he’ll be undervalued going around the 7th round. Hopefully at least.


  34. With a 2 fo’5 evening, Stephen Drew avoided an extreme case of Ticker Tease, but did give us a more than mild rash as he recorded 1 Rbi & 0 Runs as the D-Backs recorded 11. You know most things Grey, do you think that his child will be born while DBacks are Home so that he doesn’t miss any more time, and maybe relax & recall what it’s like to be productive? Or can we expect three friggin’ days off as he straps on a male nursing apparatus? OR, are any of Kendrick, Guzman, Stewart, Aybar, Nix, Ellis, or Everth C. better options going forward? Thanks

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